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Amazon Prime Raises Its Annual Subscription Prices By $20 And Its Monthly Subscriptions Increase By $2

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Amazon Prime Raises Its Annual Subscription Prices By $20 And Its Monthly Subscriptions Increase By $2

According to new reports, Amazon Prime members are set for a hefty increase to use the lighting fast shipping and entertainment service, after it was confirmed that both annual and monthly subscriptions are on the rise.

Now is apparently the time to ask yourself just how much you love Amazon Prime and how much you’re willing to pay for it. @CNN reports, to kick off a new year, Amazon just informed its millions of customers that prices are going up…and a lot sooner than you think. The price of annual Amazon Prime subscriptions will increase from $119 to $139 per year in the United States, while the price of monthly subscriptions will offer less of a hike, going from $12.99 to $14.99. The price changes will officially go into effect on February 18th for new Prime members and March 25th for all existing members.

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If you’re curious about why Amazon has decided to raise its prices seemingly out of the blue, well according to company representatives it’s because of the forthcoming “expanded Prime membership benefits.” These benefits include additional Prime Video content and expanded free same-day shipping, although the rising costs of labor and transportation in the company’s distribution network is also a reason for the increase to members.

The last time that Amazon Prime raised its prices was back in 2018, when the annual membership fee increased from $99 to the current (but not for much longer) price of $119. The latest price spike represents a 17% increase.

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The decision follows in a long line of others these days, in which companies nationwide are forced to raise prices because the cost of practically everything has gone up since the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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New Omicron Variant BA.2 Is Now The Leading Version Of COVID-19 And Considered “Highly Contagious”

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

 

BA.2, the new Omicron variant that led to a surge of new COVID-19 cases in Europe, has now overtaken the U.S. as the most dominant version of the virus throughout the country. This latest data estimate is from a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, predicted that BA.2 would quickly become dominate in the U.S

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The first case of the BA.2 was initially identified in the U.S. back in December. Meanwhile, scientists have been closely watching BA.2—which is now the third of the genetically distinct varieties of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The rapid growth of BA.2 is due partially to its eight gene mutations that spike protein on the virus’s surface, something that is not found in the previous strain, BA.1.

Although BA.2 is more transmissible than BA.1, as of now there are no signs that it causes more severe illness and it’s shown that vaccines continue to protect against the worst outcomes.

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Many U.S. health officials said that they expect cases to rise and are firmly blaming U.S. residents for not doing enough to prevent another potential surge of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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JUST IN: China Eastern Plane Carrying 133 People Crashes In Guangxi, Says State Media

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A China Eastern plane carrying 133 people on board has crashed in Guangxi province, Chinese state media is reporting.

The number of casualties and reason for the crash are not yet known.

The crash of the Boeing 737 jet, in a mountainous region, led to a fire in the woods, state media is reporting.

Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 13:15 local time (05:15 GMT) and was en route to Guangzhou.

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Flight tracking sites report the plane was in the air for just over an hour.

The plane went down near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the area, CCTV reported.

According to FlightRadar23 data, the last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 14:22 local time, at an altitude of 3,225 ft.

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