ECTAA: Europe urgently needs a common approach to travel restrictions and testing

first_img/ / / EC PROPOSES A FAIRER APPROACH TO CLOSING BORDERS, COMMON CRITERIA AS WELL AS MAPPING REGIONS ECTAA brings together national associations of travel agencies and tour operators from Europe and represents about 70.000 entrepreneurs who provide consulting, transportation and accommodation services in the segment of tourist and business travel. Every day, we obey new restrictions on movement that significantly reduce our ability to travel across borders. Such restrictions – especially self-isolation measures – are in fact tantamount to closing borders, and have a huge impact on people’s lives, our societies and the global economy.. Some governments impose strict restrictions on the movement of European citizens from one member state to another, which is often reckless and ultimately detrimental to the European economy. – highlighted in a recent joint statement by CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies), Copa-Cogeca-e (European farmers and agri-companies), Eurochambres (Association Of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry), EuroCommerceAssociation of Retail and Wholesale Trading Companies), SME United (Association of Crafts and SME Companies) and UETR (European Road Haulers Association). “European political leaders need to act immediately, because we are very close to the collapse of both tourism and the tourism industry, which will have a negative effect on all other sectors of the economy. ” pointed out Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA. ECTAA: Europe urgently needs a common approach to travel restrictions and testing ECTAA (European Association of National Associations of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators) joins the calls of various stakeholders in the field to warn that Europe must act in a coordinated way when it comes to travel restrictions. ECTAA points out that we need a quick adoption of the proposal Recommendation for the coordination of travel restrictions which includes common risk assessment criteria and a common color coding / mapping system for marked risk areas. Also, the sector strongly supported the call to replace the obligation of self-isolation with the obligation of testing. ECTAA strongly supports the proposal of the three A4E air transport stakeholders (Airlines for Europe), ACI-e (Airports Council International) and IATA (International Air Transport Association), on an EU-wide testing protocol (EU- Testing Protocol for Travel). Tourism and the tourism industry are among the hardest hit, but businesses from all industries are also under attack. Cover photo: Anna Shvets, Pexels.com This would replace the obligation of self-isolation with pre-departure testing from high-risk areas in the EU / Schengen area as well as from third countries. The Protocol builds on the risk assessment and color coding criteria contained in the above-mentioned proposal for a Recommendation. ECTAA joins the appeal of the profession to European leaders and the European Commission to agree on a common approach in setting travel restrictions and testing passengers / / / AIR TRAFFIC ACTIVATION IS KEY TO TOURISM’S RECOVERY, AND THIS NEEDS THREE PREREQUISITESlast_img read more

Bahrain top court upholds death sentences against two activists

first_imgBahrain, which is led by a Sunni Muslim royal family but has a Shi’ite majority population, has been clamping down on dissent since 2011 when it quashed protests with Saudi help.Home to the Middle East headquarters of the US Navy, the Gulf island kingdom has prosecuted and revoked the citizenship of hundreds of people in mass trials. Most opposition figures and human rights activists are jailed or have fled.”Today’s verdict is yet another dark stain in the struggle for human rights in Bahrain … This horrendous injustice could not have happened without the tacit acceptance of Bahrain’s western allies,” Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy at BIRD said in a statement.  Topics : Bahrain’s highest court upheld death sentences against two activists for bombing a convoy and killing a police officer, after convictions that human rights groups say were based on confessions extracted through torture.Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa lost their final appeal on Monday against death sentences that were initially handed down by a criminal court in December 2014, a statement from the kingdom’s public prosecutor said.Security forces arrested Moosa, a hotel employee, and Ramadhan, a security guard in Bahrain’s international airport, in early 2014 after a policeman was killed in a bombing in al-Deir, a village northeast of Manama. Ten other people tried with them have also been jailed.center_img Amnesty International and a UK-based pro-opposition activist group, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), have said both men were tortured to extract false confessions, subjected to sexual assault, beatings, sleep deprivation and other abuses.”The terror of knowing that my husband can be executed by firing squad at any moment without proper notice is tearing me apart,” Ramadhan’s wife, Zainab Ebrahim, tweeted after the sentence.Both were prevented from meeting their lawyers until they were sentenced to death for the first time by a criminal court in December 2014, the groups say.Bahrain’s government has denied it tortures prisoners or persecutes the opposition. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the torture allegations.last_img read more

Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points

first_imgUnai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points Advertisement Emery is in his first season in charge of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has insisted Arsenal still believe they can finish in the top four, but claims they are just taking each game as they come.The Gunners are currently fourth in the league, helped by Manchester United’s draw against Liverpool on Sunday.However, their is just a one-point gap between themselves and United, with Chelsea just three points below with a game in hand.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith just 11 games to go, the season is set for a tense ending as to who will secure a top-four spot and secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign.ADVERTISEMENT‘We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The most important is to be focused and ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four. The season is not done we still have lots of games to play. Do we believe? Yeah, everything is possible.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Our focus is on our way, because we cannot control the results of Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham, only when we play against them. The most important thing is to think step by step and our focus is to win Wednesday.‘It’s a positive to be in the top four but it doesn’t change our way, we take things game by game. Wednesday is important and we feel strong at home.’Arsenal’s next game is against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.MORE: Barcea tell Arsenal to buy Suarez for £17.3mWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 12:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Santi Cazorla open to returning to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel Arteta

first_imgSanti Cazorla open to returning to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 4:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.7kShares Comment Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla spent four seasons together at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I don’t know what my legacy is [at Arsenal],’ Cazorla told Vamos.‘You have to ask the fans, but I want to thank everyone. ‘I don’t know what I will do next, maybe a coach, maybe a sports director, but I would like to come back.’Cazorla also concedes that it is now ‘difficult’ for him to make Spain’s squad for their next major tournament after Euro 2020 was postponed for a year.‘It is a bit frustrating because I had the dream of going to the European Championship,’ said the midfielder. Santi Cazorla is open to another season with Villarreal (Getty Images)‘I am aware that I am already 35 years old and that it is more difficult every day to be in a group as good as the Spanish team.‘It has been delayed a year and I am aware that it is much more complicated for me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I was enjoying it a lot and I hope to continue doing it, if the competition resumes, until the end of the season. ‘Next year I will decide and see what my body asks of me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Santi Cazorla is open to being part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff at Arsenal (Getty Images)Santi Cazorla says he would welcome the chance to return to Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff.The 35-year-old has been a key part of Villarreal’s midfield for the last two seasons and even earned a recall with Spain’s national team after a four-year absence last June.Cazorla spent six years at Arsenal and helped the club win two FA Cup trophies under Arsene Wenger.The midfielder also played alongside Mikel Arteta for four seasons at Arsenal and has already backed his former teammate to be a success after he replaced Unai Emery as manager in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Cazorla has now indicated that he would be open to working as a coach under Arteta once his playing career finishes. Advertisementlast_img read more

Swedish buffer fund AP4 names former AP3 CIO as chief executive

first_imgSource: AP4Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4Sarah McPhee, AP4’s chair, said she felt “privileged” to have recruited Ekvall.“Niklas has a deep understanding of both asset management and the AP funds, and he is motivated in bringing AP4’s sustainability engagement to the next phase,” she said. “We are very happy Niklas will join us at AP4.”The chair also thanked Andersson for his “outstanding contribution” while at AP4, noting his advocacy for investment strategies focused on the long term and matters of sustainability, for which he was awarded the Outstanding Industry Contribution at the 2014 IPE Awards in Vienna.Andersson, who announced in March he would be stepping down, will leave the buffer fund in June, with Per Colleen, AP4’s head of equities, acting as interim chief executive until Ekvall’s arrival. Ekvall worked at AP3 until 2004, leaving it to join Carnegie Asset Management.After three years as head of asset management at Carnegie, he joined Nordea Bank’s Swedish business as head of investment in savings and asset management, most recently serving as the bank’s head of group treasury. Niklas Ekvall has been named chief executive of AP4, succeeding Mats Andersson, who is stepping down after a decade in the role.Ekvall (pictured), who will join the SEK310bn (€33.2bn) Swedish buffer fund at the beginning of October, has held senior positions across the finance industry and academia, having taught finance at the Stockholm School of Economics.The incoming chief executive, who spent five years as deputy chief executive and CIO of AP3, said the AP funds had one of the most important roles in the Swedish financial sector.“I am really proud to be given this opportunity to be part of AP4 and to further develop an organisation that has been so successful in managing capital,” he said.last_img read more

Kenya Government Directs Schools to Close on Monday

first_imgThe Kenyan government has ordered all public and private schools to be shut down by Monday following the ongoing teachers’ strike in the country. Only final year candidates have been directed to stay on, in school.The directive was given through a circular by Kenya’s Ministry of Education.At least 1.4 million candidates will be sitting for their national examinations this year. According to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) final year students the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will begin on November 10 and end on November 12. The Candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will start from October 12.Teachers’ strike is based on the promised salary increase of 50 – 60 per cent given to them by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in June and upheld by the Court of Appeal in July.last_img read more

Martial shows off gruesome injury after Man Utd goal in Derby win

first_imgAnthony Martial showed off a gruesome-looking injury after helping Manchester United to a third win of the season over neighbours City. Martial fired United ahead half an hour into Sunday’s Manchester derby, with City keeper Ederson failing to deal with his volley after a quick free-kick from Bruno Fernandes. Anthony Martial was injured after colliding with Manchester City keeper Ederson Ederson was again at fault for United’s second goal, as Scott McTominay made sure of the points in added time with a fine long-range hit following a poor throw from the City keeper. Martial was uncharacteristically aggressive throughout the game, and almost doubled United’s lead early in the second half. The French forward nearly scored as he chased down a poor touch from Ederson, who endured a nightmare derby.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Read Also: Ighalo still on cloud nine after first Manchester derby Later on, a picture was shared on Twitter which appeared to show a nasty-looking gash in Martial’s leg. The tweet later appeared to have been deleted. The 24-year-old, who has upped his game in the absence of Marcus Rashford, played on but was eventually replaced by fellow goalscorer McTominay 12 minutes from time. Martial will now be a doubt for the first leg of United’s Europa League last-16 clash against LASK in Austria on Thursday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ederson managed to clear his lines, but caught Martial who ended up lying in the goal in pain. Loading… last_img read more

Ayers gets first career IMCA Hobby Stock win

first_imgAdam Ayers was a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner Friday at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (May 25) – Adam Ayers beat the clock and the rest of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field in earning his career first feature win in the division Friday at Stuart Speedway.Ayers and Jack Phillips brought the field to green with Ayers getting the jump to lead Phillips and Matt McAtee on lap one. McAtee got past Phillips on lap two with Jeremy Purdy making it to third a lap later.The top three stayed the same until the race was brought to a stop on lap eight after Solomon Bennett got into the turn one wall and rolled over onto his roof. Bennett was OK but his night was over. Once the green came back out it didn’t last long as second place McAtee put his car up and over the turn two wall and went all the way to the bottom of the embankment. Like Bennett, McAtee was OK but his night was over as well.With the time limit looming, the last five laps ran without incident as Ayers picked up the win. Purdy finished second with Brandon Cox third.Ricky Thornton Jr. was the IMCA Modified winner and Brandon Pruitt topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Curtis Miller captured the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers.Winner of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, on Karl Chevrolet Night at the Races, was Austin Luellen.last_img read more

Lampard eyes the 100 club

first_img Press Association He added: “I’m enjoying being a part of it. It’s a very happy, comfortable squad with Roy (Hodgson) in charge. “It’s 94 (caps). But six caps in international football is still a relatively long way. So I’ll take it cap by cap.” Lampard showed few signs of age catching up with him against the Hammers and he is relishing the finale of a season which could be his last at Stamford Bridge, with his contract set to expire this summer. Despite the Blues facing such intense fixture demands, Lampard is happy with the busy schedule. “As I’ve got a bit older I’ve found I feel better when I play regularly and keep training,” he said. “If I had a week in Dubai I’d probably stiffen up and take three weeks to get back. So I much prefer staying involved and staying fit.” Frank Lampard hopes to reach a century of England appearances after netting 200 goals for Chelsea.center_img The 34-year-old midfielder reached his double century of goals in the 2-0 defeat of his former club West Ham which took the Blues to third in the Barclays Premier League ahead of the international break. Chelsea face six matches in 16 days following the internationals, but Lampard is now focused on England duty, with six more appearances required to reach 100 caps. “I’m really enjoying the England thing,” said Lampard, who is in the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro. “You really appreciate it as you get older every time you play for them.” last_img read more

Cricket News Now, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry Blames India For Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Pakistan Tour Boycott

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Continuing his attack on India, Pakistani Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday accused India of coercing members of the Sri Lankan cricket team into dropping out of the Pakistan tour, sparking yet another  controversy on social media.According to Chaudhry, India had threatened to remove Sri Lanka’s players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they didn’t refuse to play in Pakistan.”Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry tweeted.Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.The Sri Lankan cricket board had given the freedom to its players to choose if they want to travel to Pakistan. Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against travelling to Pakistan, citing security concerns.Earlier, Chaudhry threatened that Prime Minister Imran Khan was considering a complete closure of airspace to India, a day the US agreed that Kashmir is a bilateral issue after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra and President Donald Trump. He said the prime minister is contemplating the stoppage of routes to impede Indian trade.”PM [Imran Khan] is considering a complete closure of air space to India. A complete ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in a cabinet meeting. The legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…Modi has started we’ll finish!” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.center_img Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The PCB said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. last_img read more