Heathrow again calls for testing regime as passenger numbers collapse | News

first_img– Advertisement – OlderNew research further undermines UK quarantine scheme NewerSteenbergen appointed chief financial officer at Lufthansa Heathrow chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “Aviation is the lifeblood of the UK’s economy, critical for exports of goods and services and imports of vaccines, as well as inbound tourism, students and foreign direct investment. “Lack of government action is weakening our sector, making it harder for us to support the eventual economic recovery and help deliver the prime minister’s vision of a global Britain.”Heathrow argued the lack of a testing regime has left British airports unable to compete with EU rivals.- Advertisement – Passenger figures at Heathrow were down 82 per cent in October when compared to last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic continue to take a toll on global aviation. The airport also warned data for November was likely to be even worse, as England enters a four-week lockdown. – Advertisement – Long-haul and critical markets for trade suffered the worst declines, Heathrow said.This was due to the “debilitating quarantine requirements” put in place by the UK government. Overall cargo volumes were down 23 per cent compared to last year. – Advertisement – At the same time, the refusal to offer English and Welsh airports business rates relief runs the risk of worsening an already challenging situation and the plans to end VAT-free shopping threatens to kick our industry when its down, a statement added.The figures come as new research suggests the quarantine regime may be less effective than previously thought.last_img read more

Reynolds’ plan for easing access to birth control gets Senate hearing

first_imgDES MOINES — A three-member Senate panel has unanimously advanced Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposal that would expand access to birth control in Iowa.The bill would let Iowa women get birth control pills and some other forms of contraception directly from a pharmacist. Patients would still have to go through a health screening and might be referred to a doctor. Jodi Tomlonovic, director of the Family Planning Council of Iowa, testified at the senate subcommittee hearing yesterday.“We think this is a good step forward and adds to our ability of women, in particularly in the more rural parts of the state, to access birth control,” she said.Kathryn Kueter of Concerned Women For America said a woman’s health could be harmed if she takes the wrong dosage of birth control.“We’re also concerned about the lack of accountability this bill provides since there’s no liability for the pharmacist,” she said. “And we think there needs to be some accountability on those fronts.”Mariannette Miller-MeeksSenator Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa, the Republican in charge of guiding the bill through the senate, said she wouldn’t be supporting it if she thought it would endanger women’s health. Miller-Meeks is the former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.A three-member House subcommittee is scheduled to consider a similar proposal tomorrow.last_img read more