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Charity Delmo(NEW YORK) -- A CEO is making news. Not because of a deal she brokered or a company she acquired.

She's making news by telling working parents to go home.

Charity Delmo, the CEO and founder of Ideal Visa Consultancy in the Philippines, has a new rule: "Family over boss."

Delmo's now-viral post has been shared 46,000 times on Facebook. In it, she writes in part:

"So when the time comes that you will have to choose between attending your sons and daughters’ school activities over a client’s needs, if you have to choose between your wife or your husband’s needs over mine as your boss' -- please choose them."

"I have always believed that a person who’s happy at home is also happy at work," she continues.

Delmo told ABC News' Good Morning America she wrote the post on a business trip in Australia.

"My head administrative staff was updating me on our offices and employees. Some were already getting sick because it’s already the end of the year and stress level is already high. A few mothers are asking extra day offs to attend their kids needs," she said.

Simultaneously, she said, she saw a member of her staff tagged in a photo of her son getting a school award.

"I asked her where she was during that time and she said that she was at work. It crushed my heart knowing that. Recognition at school happens almost once or twice a year and she shouldn’t miss that milestone," she said.

Those instances, she told GMA, prompted her to "let them know that I don’t run a business to be rich. I am here to give value, help others grow in their careers without sacrificing the very essence why they are working and to stop the stigma that one has to sacrifice important family needs for my satisfaction as a boss."

One day, Delmo said, she hopes she too will become a mother.

"I will be needing the same grace and understanding from the people around me, especially my employees," Delmo said. "So the rule of thumb at work now is family over boss. This has been so effective because they work more diligently every time it’s busy season because when it’s their own version of 'busy season' at home, they know they can always go home too without the fear of losing their job."

She added, "Life is too short for us to be chasing so much with perfection at work only to miss the joy of the reason why we are working can give to us."

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absolutimages/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Have a conversation with a dog lover and you’ll quickly figure out that their pup is an integral part of the family. The bond is a tight one and the thought of being separated is incomprehensible. So what happens when “pet parents” decide to split?

Breakups are never pleasant and often times downright messy, especially when it comes to the division of assets. Who gets the family pet has become such a hot topic that couples are including the issue in prenups.

When Elizabeth and her now ex-husband split, their dog's well-being became an issue. Both parties loved the dog and neither wanted to give him up.

"Throughout the divorce my ex used our dog to hurt me,” Elizabeth, who asked that only her first name be used, said. “He was willing to drag things out as long as possible and would only settle if I gave up the dog.”

It’s not uncommon to hear one party using the dog as more of a bargaining tool to get what they want, according to Mitchell B. Gordon, a Chicago-based attorney with Bradford & Gordon, Inc. He points out that a lot of times it’s not the pet that couples are really fighting over.

“One partner knows the emotions the other has [for] the pet and uses it against them in the divorce,” Gordon explained.

In Elizabeth's case, she said her ex-husband wore her down and she ultimately relinquished her rights. As a result of the experience, she included the dog she shares with her new husband in a prenup. Instructions on care and custody, along with a designated veterinarian to make any medical related decisions should they be unable to agree, were hashed out in the legal document.

Putting these types of provisions in writing not only provides peace of mind, it eliminates an issue to fight over later.

Karin Lundell, a partner at the firm Rower LLC in New York City, believes prenups are on the rise. People marrying for the second time want to protect what they’ve already acquired while younger couples who don’t have substantial assets but anticipate that they will in the future want to be protected as well, she said.

Gordon said his firm has seen an increase in the number of clients seeking prenups and they aren’t necessarily coming from exceedingly wealthy backgrounds.

"The main type of client seeking prenups is couples who are marrying when they're older, who are likely to have worked longer, and have more assets that they wish to protect,” he said.

The firm is also seeing younger couples who either have a good amount of student debt and neither one wants to be saddled with the other's loans, or there is pressure by their families to have a prenup.

How courts see dogs in divorce proceedings

And while dog owners will tell you their pup is a member of the family, the courts tend to think otherwise. The law, although antiquated, dates back hundreds of years and views pets as personal property, just like the contents in your home, even though the way in which people relate to their animals has evolved.

In most cases it comes down to which partner's name is on the paperwork when purchasing or adopting the dog, Regina DeMao, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland area, said.

“Title is important,” said DeMao. “With certain joint property you can sell it and split the proceeds. But with a pet you can’t do that."

Some states are looking at pets as more than just property. Starting Jan. 1, California will ensure a pet is taken care of while divorce proceedings are underway.

Similar laws have been enacted in Illinois and Alaska. Judges in these states have the power to take into account the well-being of the animal.

In New York, Lundell said the law as it pertains to divorce has evolved.

“New York law looks at pets in the context of divorce differently in recent cases and instead of treating pets simply as property, courts have applied a standard of ‘what’s best for all’ meaning owners and pets,” she said.

The goal is to try and resolve what’s in your pet’s best interest and ensure they are well taken care of because at the end of the day, their well-being is what’s most important.

Couples can lay out a plan in their prenup if a divorce happens, like who will pay for pet insurance (if applicable), veterinary bills and everyday living expenses along with medical decisions.

Many are also including a “shared” custody schedule for their dog. Although the issue of child custody is not allowed in a prenup, Lundell said there are couples who stipulate the family pet will follow the same parenting schedule as the child. By doing so, the child and pet are able to remain together which creates a sense of stability in an unstable situation.

When Deborah, who asked that only her first name be used, and her husband drew up their prenup, they had clear goals about what they wanted in their relationship, which included children and a dog. For them, it made sense to blend the two together in their agreement.

“The thinking behind this was that the child would probably have an emotional attachment to the dog and having the dog around could help to create stability for the child should we divorce,” she said.

For unmarried couples who are pet parents, a prenup isn’t an option. But doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself in the event of a split, according to Gordon. While there is no specific name for it, non-married couples can still have an attorney draft an agreement that will address the issue of what happens to the dog should they separate.

"I’ve also noticed pet rescue organizations now have questions on their adoption applications that ask what will happen to the pet in the event of a split," he said, "so a contract is definitely something to consider."

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- American and Chinese leaders are now in an international showdown over the U.S.-orchestrated arrest of a top executive at Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom giant that has become the world's biggest supplier of network equipment for phone and internet services.

The executive, Meng Wanzhou, was being detained in Canada after a court there delayed a decision Monday on a U.S. request that she be extradited.

But -- even as the standoff comes at a particularly sensitive time for U.S.-China relations with the two countries battling over trade –- the latest row is hardly the first time that U.S. government concerns over Huawei have pitted American officials against their Chinese counterparts.

And it's still unclear whether lingering concerns about Chinese espionage could have played a role in the U.S. government’s decision to file federal charges against the executive for financial-related crimes. A Justice Department spokesman declined to answer a question from ABC News about it, but top national security officials from Justice, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are slated to testify Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee about "China's non-traditional espionage against the United States," as the hearing is titled.

As far back as 2011, the House Intelligence Committee began investigating what it called "the counterintelligence and security threat posed" by Huawei and similar Chinese tech firms. At the time, the committee even sent a team of investigators to China to press Huawei executives about the matter.

“Based on available classified and unclassified information, Huawei ... cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose[s] a security threat to the United States and to our systems,” the House panel wrote in its final report.

Huawei “was unwilling to explain its relationship with the Chinese government or Chinese Communist Party, while credible evidence exists that Huawei fails to comply with U.S. laws,” the report concluded.

In the years since, the FBI has kept close tabs on Huawei, according to law enforcement sources. And just four months ago, U.S. prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York secretly filed fraud charges against 46-year-old Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder.

At the U.S. government’s behest, she was arrested earlier this month while traveling through Canada, where court documents say she and others “repeatedly lied” to international banks about Huawei’s ties to businesses in Iran.

In particular, Huawei used a Hong Kong-based company, Skycom, as a front for Huawei’s “operating” in Iran despite U.S. sanctions, and Meng falsely claimed to “numerous multinational financial institutions” that Skycom was not connected to Huawei so that those institutions would carry out hundreds of millions of dollars in otherwise prohibited transactions, according to court documents released in Canada.

In the United States alone, one major bank ended up improperly approving $100 million in transactions based on the lies, the court documents allege.

But after news of Meng’s arrest became public last week, officials in China warned of “grave consequences” if she is not released, calling her detention “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature."

The official Xinhua News Agency said a top Chinese diplomat "lodged solemn representations and strong protests" with Canadian and U.S. authorities over the matter, demanding the United States drop the "extremely egregious” charges against Meng.

The Chinese government’s demands over Meng come as President Donald Trump and his administration are trying to hammer out a deal with China that would alleviate growing tensions over trade and possible tariffs. Those tensions have already rattled U.S. markets, contributing to a substantial drop in the stock markets last week.

On Sunday, the U.S. trade representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, insisted the dispute over Meng’s arrest “shouldn’t really have much of an impact” on China’s willingness to negotiate a trade deal with the United States.

“I can understand from the Chinese perspective how they would see it that way,” but Meng’s arrest “is a criminal justice matter” that’s “unrelated” and “totally separate from” ongoing trade talks, Lighthizer told CBS News.

Nevertheless, Lighthizer added that any deal must include assurances from the Chinese government that it will stop trying to steal U.S. technology from American companies and others.

“China has a policy of theft of intellectual property from America,” he said. “It's extremely important that China [stops] that.”

According to U.S. officials, there is one tool in particular that Chinese authorities may be able to exploit to steal intellectual property: Huawei.

In fact, a top Homeland Security official, Jeanette Manfra, recently told a congressional panel the U.S. intelligence community is “concerned about” laws inside China that compel companies like Huawei to take certain actions. And a telecommunication company is “particularly problematic because [it] gives a government the capability to have access to communications that are global,” Michael Brown, the former CEO of global cyber-firm Symantec, said at a House Intelligence Committee hearing in July.

“So this represents a particular danger,” he added.

Meanwhile, a top member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, recently described Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies as “arms of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Now –- with the U.S. economy and U.S. national security at stake -- the Chinese government is demanding the release of Huawei’s chief financial officer.

The U.S. government, meanwhile, has yet to unseal the charges against Meng, which for four months left U.S. prosecutors waiting for Meng to travel internationally so she could be arrested.

“The only documents released thus far are from the Canadian courts,” and the U.S. government has yet to release any information about the case, a Justice Department spokesman noted to ABC News.

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tupungato/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- In a testy exchange in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai refuted allegations that the company targeted Latino voters during the 2016 U.S. elections.

During a hearing on Google’s data collection and filtering practices, Ohio Republican Jim Jordan alleged that in 2016, the company engaged in partisan behavior to target Latino voters in key states, citing a leaked email written by Google’s head of multicultural marketing, Eliana Murillo.

According the email, Pichai “gave the effort a shout out and comment in Spanish, which was really special.” The four-page email goes on to note “we pushed to get out the Latino vote with our features in key states,” pointing out “we supported partners like Voto Latino to pay for rides to the polls in key states.”

Pichai denied the allegations, saying that Google “found no evidence to substantiate those claims.”

In her email, Murillo described the 2016 election as “devastating for our democratic Latino community.”

“We as a company didn’t have any effort to push out votes for any particular demographic, that would be against our principals. We participate in the civic process in a non-partisan way,” Pichai said.

“So she just made it up out of thin air the day after the election, wrote this email to your top executives, and it’s not true?” Jordan asked.

Punting the question, Pichai said that he was “happy to follow up,” noting that “employees do their own activities.”

Jordan retorted that he didn’t want a follow-up. “I want the real answer right here in the committee,” he said.

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Erikona/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Google is planning a shutdown for Google Plus after revealing a new bug in the software compromised the data of more than 50 million users.

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Boarding1Now/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Delta Airlines will soon enforce new restrictions for customers who are traveling with service and emotional support animals.

Emotional support animals will no longer be allowed on flights that are longer than eight hours, the airline announced Monday.

The new policy will also prevent passengers from traveling with service and support animals that are less than 4 months old, regardless of flight length, the airline said.

Customers who purchased tickets before Dec. 18, and requested to travel with a support animal, will still be allowed to travel as planned, according to the airline. The restrictions will take effect on Feb. 1, regardless of when tickets are purchased.

"We will continue to review and enhance our policies and procedures as health and safety are core values at Delta," John Laughter, senior vice president or corporate safety, security and compliance, said in a statement. "These updates support Delta's commitment to safety and also protect the rights of customers with documented needs - such as veterans with disabilities - to travel with trained service and support animals."

Customers will be contacted by an airline representative to adjust their reservations if the new policy effects their travel plans, according to Delta.

Delta first cracked down on its emotional support animal policy in July, stating that each customer could only travel with one animal. The airline also announced it would no longer accept pit bull breeds as service or support animals.

Delta, however, is not the only major air carrier to adjust its policies for service and support animals. Earlier this year, United, American, JetBlue and Southwest separately announced new restrictions following a string of emotional support animal incidents, including a 70-pound dog that reportedly attacked a Delta passenger. In January, a woman was denied boarding because her emotional support peacock failed to meet United’s guidelines.

All support and service animals are required to be trained to behave in public and must stay near their owners at all times, according to Delta. Any animal that displays disruptive behavior may be denied boarding.

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Finding Rover(NEW YORK) -- A new app that uses innovative, facial recognition is now being used to reunite people with their missing pets.

Pet owners can upload a photo of their missing dog or cat and click "lost" on the free app. After typing in some basic information, the app, known as "Finding Rover," will scan a database of more than a million rescued or found animals that could be a match.

Kevin Villicana said he found his dog Sergeant thanks to the app.

"I was excited," Villicana told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I ran into my parents' door and told them, 'I found Sergeant.'"

Finding Rover has an accuracy rate of 98 percent, according to the app's founder, John Polimeno. The app's database scans for fur color and texture, snout length and space between the eyes, among other traits.

"Through the Finding Rover app, we've reunited over 15,000 pets with their owners," said Polimeno.

"If they can identify people using facial recognition, wouldn't it be cool if they can identify dogs and cats?" he added.

GMA entered a dog named Lucy into the app's database and marked her as lost. After a quick scan, Lucy's exact photo popped up in seconds.

Debra Rahl, a director of special projects at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter in Maryland, said the app has been a saving grace.

"We struggle with the lost and found here until we've started to use this tool," Rahl told GMA.

So far, the service had partnered with nearly 600 shelters in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

"It gives everybody the opportunity to save a lost pet by just taking a photo of it," said Polimeno. "You don't need to own one to save one."

The app is not meant for being a replacement for microchipping your pet. But it's an added layer of protection should they go missing.

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bigtunaonline/iStock(NEW YORK) -- This holiday season, Instagram is introducing something special -- its first #InstaGiftGuide, which pairs six popular hashtag trends with gifts produced by more than 30 brands.

You can get the purr-fect gift for your #CATSOFINSTAGRAM loving friends, hilarious #ISEEFACES-worthy gifts, stylish gifts for those friends who love the #FINGERBOARDING hashtag, #TUTTING gifts for the dancers in your life, #ODDLYSATISFYING gifts for everyone in your life and music-related gifts for those people in your life who are nostalgic for the 80’s and 90’s and follow the #VAPORWAVE hashtag.

The #InstaGiftGuide adds to the company’s shopping portfolio as the social media platform revolutionizes the way that we shop. The shopping channel on Explore, saving products to your own personal Shopping Collection and finding out about new brands by following your favorite Instagram influencers, are all ways that the platform has made it easier for consumers to make sure their #ootd is on point.

The company says the gift guide "is both a celebration of interest communities on Instagram and a one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs."

Instagram is also making the gift guide reflective of the holiday spirit of giving by donating all of the items featured to Bottomless Closet, a non-profit that helps disadvantaged women transition from unemployment to the workforce.

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neoblues/iStock(PITTSBURGH) -- While other children across the U.S. are busy making their holiday wish lists, one Pennsylvania boy has made it his mission to make sure other kids get toys this season.

Colby Jeffrey, 10, collected over 1,000 toys this past Saturday for Toy for Tots in Washington, Pennsylvania, according to ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. Toys for Tots is organized by the U.S. Marine Corps, and aims to collect and give away toys to children at Christmastime.

“Every year we provide the donation boxes for him. But he does everything else himself with the help of his mom," Michael Pallesco, a coordinator for Toys for Tots, told ABC News. "Everything from the social media to making the signs. It’s very impressive because a lot of kids his age are asking for toys, but instead he is out collecting them and getting involved.”

This is Colby's fifth year collecting toys for the organization, according to WTAE-TV.

“They knew that it was for the other kids, and they knew I cared, and I'm just so happy that they'll do that,” Colby told WTAE-TV.

"I know the feeling of getting toys, and some of those kids might not be able to, and I'm trying to help out with that so that they can have the feeling that I have every year,” Colby told WTAE-TV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a random act of kindness, a man gave up his airplane seat for a mom and baby flying to a children's hospital.

On Dec. 6, Kelsey Zwick was traveling from Orlando to Philadelphia with her 11-month-old daughter Lucy when the stranger, later revealed to be Jason Kunselman, offered his first class seat to them.

Zwick said that she knew the flight with an infant, who was born premature and uses an oxygen machine, was not going to be easy.

"I have a baby, a roller, a diaper bag, then I have an oxygen concentrator that she needs while we travel," Zwick told Fox affiliate WTXF-TV.

As she settled into her economy seat, a flight attended informed her that a first class passenger wanted to switch seats so she and Lucy could have more room.

"I'm just standing there looking at him, crying just saying, 'thank you,'" Zwick told WTXF. "He just quietly was smiling so big and was like, 'you're welcome.'"

But when the flight landed, Zwick was unable to find Kunselman at the gate.

She posted a message to Facebook, which garnered over 415,000 shares, thanking "the man in 2D."

"Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!" Zwick wrote on the same day of the flight. "She felt it in her bones too... real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly."

Zwick said American Airlines got word of her post and connected her with Kunselman.

"She came up [in line to board] and had the normal roller board luggage and also which I found out later, was an oxygen concentrator," Kunselman told "GMA." "I went up and asked the flight attendant if she thought she would be more comfortable sitting up in my seat and I would take the one in the back."

Kunselman went on, "The next thing I know she came walking up crying and said thank you and I said you're welcome and headed back towards the back of the plane. It just seemed like the right thing to do."

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artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- With Christmas fast approaching, retailers are offering some last minute deals for online shoppers on Monday.

Known as Green Monday, the day is similar to Cyber Monday and usually falls on the second Monday of December.

Some of the biggest discounts you can find online this Green Monday include a 14-inch Chromebook at Best Buy for $210, Apple's newest iPad for $250 at Target and the popular Instant Pot is nearly half off on Amazon.

If you haven't already completed your holiday shopping, time is ticking. There are just 10 business days left before Christmas.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Daniella Yacobovsky and Amy Jain are the best friend duo behind BaubleBar, the fashion, jewelry and accessories brand founded in 2011 that has attracted the likes of Meghan Markle, Olivia Palermo, Bella Hadid and countless other A-listers.

In its seven-year history, the company has grown exponentially, becoming a multichannel brand leveraging real-time data to make design decisions. Through partnerships with companies like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, the brand can now be found in more than 200 major retailers across 17 countries.

It’s not bad for two former investment bankers with zero experience in the fashion industry. Yacobovsky and Jain met after college at their first jobs in banking. They both went onto Harvard Business School and together came up with the idea for BaubleBar.

“Both of us had no intention of starting a business. We had jobs after business school. This was a class project in school that we had actually just started doing because we wanted to figure out how to have fewer school hours and more time away from campus,” Jain told ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis on an episode of the “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis" podcast.

Yacobovsky added, “We had the idea between our first and second year of business school, and we decided to basically spend our second year at business school doing nothing but pursuing what is today Baublebar.”

After graduating, the two launched a beta site, and that’s when something unexpected happened.

“Obviously the first order was Amy's mom and the second order was my mom, which was expected, but then we started to see these orders come in. We were like, ‘I don't know who that is. I don't know who that is.’ And it started to feel like it actually was going to be something. And that's when we realized that we had something really exciting on our hands. And we were like, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we could really do this for real,’” Yacobovsky said.

They both made the difficult decision to turn down job offers and pursue Baublebar. Today, the company has secured a spot as one of the leaders in the costume jewelry market, which is poised to reach almost $50 million by 2023, according to Qurate Business Intelligence.

When Yacobovsky reflected on the worst advice she’d ever received, she thought back to the beginning of the company.

“One piece of advice that we got from a lot of different people -- but told in different ways -- was to, you know, fake it until you make it, or use smoke and mirrors to make the business seem much much bigger than it actually was,” she said.

Both Yacobovsky and Jain immediately knew that wasn’t how they were going to build their company.

“Amy and I heard that advice and it just felt so counter to who we are as people, and we knew that was not advice we would ever follow,” Yacobovsky said.

You can hear more from Yacobovsky and Jain on episode 84 of the “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis” podcast.

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GiorgioMorara/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A splinter pilots' union is threatening to strike against Virgin Atlantic right before Christmas, demanding the airline recognize it at the negotiating table.

The Professional Pilots Union is threatening to walk out days before the holiday rush if the United Kingdom airline doesn't negotiate with the group and include it in a staff benefits review, a spokesman for the union told ABC News Saturday.

After 72 percent of its 400 members voted in favor of striking against the company, the union said it could strike as early as Dec. 22, it said in a statement. The strike could last into early January, the statement continued.

“All our members ... will be expected to abide by the vote and take strike action,” a spokesman of PPU told ABC News.

More than 300 of the pilots are active and currently flying planes, the spokesman said.

“It’s the last straw; Virgin Atlantic [has] consistently refused to [recognize] the PPU as a legitimate and independent union, essentially disenfranchising our members,” Steve Johnson, a spokesman for the union and a former Virgin and Red Arrows pilot, said in a statement. “Despite the rhetoric that consultations are inclusive of all staff and unions, in practice, this doesn’t happen."

The union formed in 2011 after hundreds of pilots were unsatisfied with how a larger union, the British Airline Pilots Association, represented them, the PPU said. Those members broke from the larger group and started representing themselves.

As for the threatened strike, Johnson added that the union hopes "Virgin acknowledge the mandate our members have given us, and help avoid strike action by [recognizing] the PPU and halt the benefits review that is so damaging to our [members'] long-term security.”

But Virgin Atlantic said its flight schedule during Christmastime won't be affected.

The airline said the number of pilots who voted in favor of striking amounts to 16 percent of its more than 900 pilots.

“A small group of pilots ... have voted to strike," a spokeswoman, Louise Gallagher, said in a statement. "However, all of our customers will be able to complete their journeys this Christmas as planned. This is our absolute priority.”

Virgin Atlantic added that PPU isn’t recognized by the Trade Union Congress, a federation of trade unions in England and Wales.

Meanwhile, PPU said it welcomes negotiations and solutions to so that it won't have to strike.

“Our door is -- and has always been -- open to Virgin to take the necessary steps to prevent any disruption for Christmas travelers,” Johnson said in the statement.

The British Airline Pilots Association told ABC News that it is aware of the threatened strike, but it has nothing to do with it.

“We know that the breakaway PPU is seeking recognition but that is their dispute, not ours," Balpa said in a statement.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Credit: Federal Communications Commission)(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into whether major mobile carriers submitted incorrect coverage maps to the agency, falsely representing the locations where their high-speed Internet was accessible.

The FCC's Mobility Fund Phase II program asked mobile providers to submit data "current, standardized coverage data" to determine where to allocate $4.53 billion over the next ten years to advance internet access in rural areas not currently served. Following more than 20 million speed tests, the FCC says those tests "suggested significant violations of the Commissions rules."

"My top priority is bridging the digital divide and ensuring the Americans have access to digital opportunity regardless of where they live," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "In order to reach [rural areas currently without sufficient Internet access], it's critical that we know where access is and where it is not."

The FCC did not cite specific carriers, but said it was looking into whether one or more had handed over inaccurate data.

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and heir apparent to Chinese tech giant Huawei, will at least be spending the weekend in a Vancouver jail after a bail hearing on Friday.

Court was adjourned at about 4 p.m. local time with no decision made on bail, so the daughter of Huawei's founder will remain in custody. The hearing will resume at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The Crown prosecutor, who made the case that Meng be denied bail, argued that she is a “flight risk” with significant resources and no ties to Vancouver, per CTV.

Meng's lawyer argued the opposite, saying she actually owns two homes in Vancouver -- though she spends only a few weeks in the city each year -- and that if she did flee it would bring dishonor to the company and her father.

"You can trust her," he argued.

The Crown said Meng’s arrest stems from a warrant issued in New York on Aug. 22 for alleged fraud offenses dealing with Skycom Tech and Huawei regarding dealings with Iran. She was arrested while traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico via Canada on Saturday. She faces extradition to the United States.

It was alleged in court documents that between 2009 and 2014 Huawei used an unofficial subsidiary, called Skycom, to transact business in Iran, in violation of U.S. and EU sanctions. During part of that time, Meng was on Skycom’s board and other Huawei executives were as well. Furthermore, as CFO, Meng misrepresented that Skycom and Hawei were the same company, and “deceived” U.S. banks into doing business that would violate U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to court documents filed Nov. 30.

The filing came one day before Meng's arrest in Vancouver.

The affidavit justifying the request said charges against Meng in the U.S. are "on serious charges of fraud involving millions of dollars. If convicted, she would likely face a sentence of substantial jail time."

In court, the Crown also referenced a 2013 Reuters report, which cites corporate records as showing Skycom attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator, and that the company had closer ties to Huawei than previously known. The Crown says in 2013 Meng misrepresented Huawei’s connection to Skycom to banking institutions.

Immediately following the report, Meng and others delivered a PowerPoint presentation which stated that "Huawei operates in Iran in strict compliance with applicable laws, regulations and sanctions." The court documents allege that was a lie.

Meng served on Skycom’s board between February 2008 and April 2009 and despite claims Skycom was "sold" in 2009, it was actually controlled by Huawei until at least 2014, according to the affidavit.

The court filing also alleges Meng was likely aware of the U.S.'s criminal investigation and didn't travel to the country intentionally to avoid arrest.

"US authorities believe that after in or about April 2017, Huawei became aware of a US criminal investigation into Huawei when Huawei US subsidiaries were served with a grand jury subpoena commanding production of, among other materials, all of Huawei's Iran-based business," the filing stated.

The filing continues, "As a result, Huawei executives began altering their travel patterns, to avoid any travel to or through the United States."

Meng herself had not visited the U.S. since March 2017, the month before they allegedly became aware of the investigation.

Stock markets plunged on Friday partly due to the arrest of Meng. The Dow Jones dropped 558.72 points on Friday, while Nasdaq, which is filled with tech companies, dropped 3 percent for the week. The Shanghai SE Composite Index was down almost 2 percent on Thursday, after news of Meng's arrest broke, but rallied slightly to close the week.

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