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

BMKG warns of heavy rainstorms in Greater Jakarta, other regions until early next week

first_imgThe Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has called on the public to brace for heavy rainstorms in a warning issued on Tuesday, with extreme weather predicted to occur across the country, including Greater Jakarta, from Feb. 25 to March 2. Based on the latest analysis of the atmosphere, the BMKG said that low-pressure areas in the southern hemisphere contributed to the increased likelihood of bad weather occurring throughout Indonesia.“The BMKG has predicted that there will be continuous heavy rainstorms next week,” said BMKG deputy of meteorology R. Mulyono R. Prabowo as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday. The agency linked the potential rainstorms to the Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand detected in the seas south of West Nusa Tenggara, as well as wind patterns in the seas southwest of Banten to bad weather that might hit areas along East Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara. The agency also detected similar wind patterns in Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi and Maluku.Read also: Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commutersAccording to the BMKG, areas predicted to be hit by heavy rainstorms from Feb. 25 to 28 include Greater Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, Kalimantan, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku, West Papua and Papua. Topics :center_img Other areas, including Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, Lampung and provinces across Java Island, are predicted to be affected by rainstorms from Feb. 29 to March 2.The agency further called on the public to remain alert over potential floods, landslides and other natural disasters caused by the extreme weather.Greater Jakarta was hit by floods on Tuesday morning following overnight torrential rainfall. At least 294 neighborhood units have been affected by the floods, which paralyzed part of the capital city, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency.The floods mark the fourth time Jakarta and its satellite cities have been hit by major floods this year. On Jan. 4, 60 were reported dead as a result of severe flooding across the capital and its surrounding areas following heavy rainfall that began on New Year’s Eve. (dpk)last_img read more

Doctors association pleads for accessible health care for frontline medical workers

first_imgRead also: 100 doctors in Indonesia have died from COVID-19: IDIShe said health workers and their families still found it hard to access COVID-19 swab tests and had to pay out of their own pockets, increasing the risk of getting infected and passing the disease to others.According to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), at least 100 doctors have died of the disease as of Aug. 31.“Those are not just numbers; those represent people’s souls, hopes and dreams. Each of those numbers have families, parents, children and relatives who love them.”IDI chairman Daeng M. Fiqih told The Jakarta Post last week that the association had coordinated and urged the national COVID-19 task force to ensure more personal protective gear and health facilities for health workers in order to prevent more fatalities.Topics : The government must provide accessible health care for health workers and their families as the battle against COVID-19 seems far from over, the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) has said.“Hundreds of health workers who have died [of COVID-19] prove that the pandemic is not a conspiracy made by doctors and health workers; it is real,” a pulmonologist and a member of the PDPI, Eva Sri Diana, said during an online discussion held by volunteer group Lapor COVID-19 on Saturday.“We also beg [the government] to give the health workers who relentlessly fight COVID-19 easy access to medical check-ups. Please help us [health workers] get access to health care.”last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map

first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Analyses, Non-Partisan Experts Say GOP Submission is Partisan, GerrymanderedHarrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he will not accept the proposed map Republican legislative leaders submitted because it, too, is a partisan gerrymander that does not comply with the court’s order or Pennsylvania’s Constitution.“Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said. ” As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”Read a statement from Professor Moon Duchin on her analysis here.The analysis by Governor Wolf’s team confirms the universal analysis of various non-partisan experts that say the Republican leaders’ submission is another partisan gerrymander.Princeton University professor Sam Wang said bluntly that “a prettier map can still conceal ill intent” and “it appears that Republicans are not dealing in good faith with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order.”A Washington Post data expert concluded, “Pennsylvania Republicans have drawn a new congressional map that is just as gerrymandered as the old one.”The New York Times found the submitted map would extract the same partisan advantage for Republicans as the current one. February 13, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Why Steve Jobs was a low tech parent

first_imgMercatornet 15 September 2014In an announcement that coincides with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus—a predicted preteen must-have—New York Times tech columnist Nick Bilton tells us that Steve Jobs (1955–2011), Apple co-founder and pioneer of the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad, restricted his four children’s use of technology:I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.What, Bilton wonders, do the high tech whizzes know that the rest of us don’t?Well, one thing they told him is that people become addicted to electronic devices. Indeed. We’ve not only seen it, some of us have been it. It’s addiction when– we prefer online relationships to natural ones (because they feel safer).– instead of helping us with focused work or study projects, the Net wastes our time, costing us promotions and marks—and we don’t even care as long as we can keep surfing.– we have a history of substance abuse, and our Internet use is beginning to resemble a bout with a substance.Children are at risk for Internet addiction because, unlike substances, it isn’t forbidden, controlled, or restricted, except by parents or teachers. Add to that the fact that some children spend far too much time alone in their rooms online, and addiction can be predicted.http://www.mercatornet.com/connecting/view/14790last_img read more

Napoli will enjoy Osimhen’s style of play, says Nsofor

first_img “It was an electrifying encounter any time that Napoli plays against Inter or when I play against Napoli. The two teams that I’ve played for, we have great respect for Napoli as a team because Napoli is a big name, one of the big teams in Italy. Each time you play against them, playing in front of their fans, it’s always a cracker as a game.” Nsofor said after staying without a club for two seasons, he has secured an Italian passport and won’t be affected by the foreign rule in the country anymore. He told CalcioNapoli24 that he’s waiting for the right offers to come in for him as he hopes to continue his football career. read also:Napoli seal signing of Victor Osimhen – Report “Yes I’ve been off for two seasons because when I came back from my last club back to Italy, I couldn’t play for any professional side in Italy due to the foreign rule and I had to wait and push for my Italian citizenship which eventually now I have. “I’m an Italian citizen and hopefully I’m waiting for the right offer soon and lastly, I just wish Napoli and Osimhen the best because I believe Osimhen can make Napoli proud and  help them to achieve their objectives.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Obinna Nsofor, has rated Victor Osimhen better than him, saying that the player will be a success with the Italian club, Napoli. Nsofor, 33 in an interview with CalcioNapoli24’s Vincenzo Credendino said while Osimhen’s gangly style of play is similar and better than what he displayed during his active his career. He said Napoli are going to enjoy Osimhen as he comes with enough talent to rise up to the expectations of his admirers. “We have similar characteristics in terms of how we play but Osimhen at his age is much better than me in terms of goalscoring. He scores easily, he’s like a poacher in front of the goal. In that aspect, he’s more lethal, in front of goal,” Nsofor said. When asked about his experiences playing against Napoli, Nsofor said he enjoyed the matches during his time with Inter Milan and Chievo because of the huge followers of the Partenopei in Italy. “I had fantastic, beautiful experiences with both teams and thanks to Inter Milan for bringing me to Italy, I’m a fan of Inter from day one because they’re the one who brought me to Italy and I had beautiful experiences while I was at Inter although it was short but I really enjoyed my time playing for Inter Milan.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Docenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Newcastle lodge appeal over Fabricio Coloccini red card against Sunderland

first_imgNewcastle have appealed against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland. Press Association A statement from the Magpies read: “Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. “Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick. “The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards. “Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St James’ Park.” Coloccini leaned heavily on Fletcher as the Sunderland striker sought to get on the end of a Jermain Defoe through-ball just before half-time. Steve McClaren criticised Madley after the incident, which did his team few favours in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid a sixth successive derby defeat to their fierce rivals. The Newcastle boss said: ”It’s simple: he is wrong in my opinion. “Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance – you can’t control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today – not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee. The Magpies captain was dismissed just before half-time after fouling Steven Fletcher, an incident which led to Adam Johnson opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win for the Wearsiders. Newcastle confirmed they had lodged an appeal with the Football Association on Monday morning. “I have seen lots of challenges like that in the game, in every game and, outside the box, they are never given. It’s a double whammy – a penalty and 10 men. It made it very difficult. ”We need an experienced referee for this and I think he was a little too quick to make a decision.” Second half goals from Billy Jones and Fletcher sealed a victory for Sunderland which saw them move above their rivals, although both teams occupy positions in the bottom three above Aston Villa. last_img read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis pledges $250 million for housing assistance

first_imgDuring a news conference on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida is putting $250 million it received from the federal CARES Act toward rental, mortgage, and other housing assistance for Floridians who suffered financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Hundreds of thousands of Floridians who may have already had difficulty making ends meet are now suffering even more, losing a job, not being able to find a job, having to figure out how to pay for child care while schools were in distance learning,” DeSantis said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health on Friday, there are 323,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.Florida’s unemployment rate in June was up 10.4% according to the latest reports.last_img read more

Marrone touts importance of last year’s seniors in getting to bowl

first_img Comments Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Mike Owen called his good friend Andrew Lewis Sunday night to offer congratulations. He called Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone Monday morning to do the same. Owen, a senior tight end on Syracuse’s 2009 team, never got that elusive bowl bid in four seasons at SU. But to Owen, the Orange’s bowl-clinching 13-10 victory over Rutgers Saturday was the culmination of a process that started with him and the 2009 version of SU. ‘Last year, we tried to lay the foundation,’ Owen said in a phone interview Monday. ‘The seniors last year, we were on the same page with Coach Marrone’s philosophy. … We wanted everybody to believe in his philosophy and his values.’ And it was clear Marrone felt the same way Saturday after the Orange’s win. To get to this point, Marrone knew it would be a long road. So in his three-minute opening statement Saturday — noticeably longer than usual, given the circumstances — Marrone went all the way back to his playing days under then-SU head coach Dick MacPherson. But perhaps the most surprising group he thanked was last year’s group of seniors, who helped start the process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It only led to a 4-8 season in Marrone’s first year at the helm, but the SU head coach recognized the part the group played in getting Syracuse back to national relevance. ‘I want to make sure that, somewhere along the line, we understand that there were some good seniors last year that really helped this foundation,’ Marrone said. ‘And I don’t want to forget those players, either. … Even though they’re not here with us today, those players are part of what we’ve done today. No doubt in my mind.’ Marrone singled out Owen specifically, along with quarterback Greg Paulus and defensive tackle Art Jones. To hear of Marrone’s statements gave Owen more respect for Marrone, a coach he considers ‘a great man to lead this team.’ For Owen, last season was the start of something big, even if it didn’t immediately show in the Orange’s results. That meant getting some tangible turnaround in Marrone’s first season. That meant getting players, especially the underclassmen, to buy into a Marrone system he believed in. That meant laying the groundwork for what was to come. ‘Last year, we were 4-8,’ said Owen, who just finished a season coaching at Riverhead High School in Riverhead, N.Y., where he attended high school. ‘But I can honestly say that every game besides the UConn game, we were in the game the whole time. … It was just a matter of growing and understanding each other and understanding where Coach Marrone was coming from.’ In his weekly press conference Monday, Marrone made little time for dwelling on the significance of Saturday’s victory, which also helped Syracuse receive two votes in this week’s Associated Press poll. Marrone said he is already focusing his full attention on Saturday’s opponent, Connecticut. But he did take some time to reflect. And he said the one thing that made this season so special for him was that this year’s senior class could go out on top. ‘What pleases me the most is that the seniors are going to go out with a winning season and a bowl game,’ Marrone said. ‘For me, I felt there was a lot of pressure on myself and the coaches for us to do this the right way so that our seniors can leave here winning, knowing that it is going to help them more so in life than the gratification you get at the moment.’ Lemon, Tribbey expected to play Marrone said Monday that he expects both starting wide receiver Alec Lemon and defensive tackle Bud Tribbey to play this weekend in SU’s contest against Connecticut. Both did not play Saturday against Rutgers, despite being in uniform and on the sidelines. ‘We expect both of those players to be on the field for us this week,’ Marrone said. ‘They’re cleared medically.’ When asked about the specifics of Tribbey’s injury, Marrone did not elaborate. Lemon missed the game against Rutgers because of an injured left hand that was heavily taped on the sidelines. Lemon said last Tuesday that he injured the hand in SU’s loss to Louisville the previous week, on a diving attempt at a touchdown catch that grazed off his fingertips. Despite having the hand heavily taped when talking to reporters last Tuesday, Lemon said he expected to play against Rutgers. ‘I’m good,’ he said. ‘It’s just going day by day right now. The swelling is going down, and I’m feeling better every day.’ Without Lemon, junior Marcus Sales started and freshman Adrian Fleming saw more time at wide receiver. Sales caught five passes for 73 yards, including two on the Orange’s final 66-yard drive that would lead to Ross Krautman’s game-winning field goal. Tribbey will be especially important in taking up blockers against Connecticut’s Jordan Todman, the seventh-leading rusher in the nation. His absence was a crucial factor in Rutgers’ Jeremy Deering rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown out of the Wild Knight formation. But Marrone said Monday he anticipates both Lemon and Tribbey will be back to fill those holes. ‘You’re cleared medically to play, that is one thing,’ Marrone said. ‘The other thing is being able to go out there and perform at a level where we can win. … It is just a matter of how they perform. And they’ll both be practicing this week.’ bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Advisory group makes sustainability education a priority

first_imgPresident Carol Folt coordinated with the Academic Senate in September to create the sustainability working group.(Daily Trojan file photo) In alignment with her plans to make USC a sustainable campus, President Carol Folt announced the Presidential Sustainability Working Group in early February, a task force focused on creating recommendations for a more sustainable campus through education, research and operations. In the campus-wide email, Folt said the task force was a University-wide approach to campus sustainability by surveying students and faculty on how they can improve the University’s sustainability efforts.  The group also advised that the University implement an experiential learning sustainability course to provide a more hands-on experience to sustainability education through activities such as research, field-based and service focused projects. “We did feel that it was important that there be a chief sustainability officer for the University, partly to facilitate some of this cross-talk within the University, partly to signal to a lot of our partners and potential partners outside of the University [of] the University’s commitment,” Boarnet said. The group suggested that USC require all freshmen or students in their first two semesters to take introductory-level sustainability courses focused on educating students about the implications of not addressing climate change, Mazmanian said. The advisory board also recommended that USC create options within each school to offer majors and minors focused on environmentally friendly coursework and be identified as “USC Sustainability Schools” that will help prospective students to identify which schools offer sustainability curriculums.   “The challenge in these introductory courses by school and discipline, are the existential threat as viewed through the lens of your school and discipline,” Mazmanian said. “In the Price school [it would] be a policy lens. And then you might go over to psychology and it’s a behavioral change lens … all of them triggered by this realization that things are changing dramatically because of the existential [climate] threat.” “We are charged with thinking boldly about how the University needs to change to become sustainable,” Mazmanian said. “How to help make sure that the University itself is operating sustainability, as in reducing its greenhouse gas impacts, reducing its carbon footprint, moving toward zero waste, being more efficient at how we use our materials … but these are recommendations.” “The belief of everyone on the committee … was that from a pedagogical point of view, having an actual experience in a community, in an area, with an activity of research that is really about the existential threat, small groups,” Mazmanian said. “Experiential learning activity is a very important way of communicating that there’s a future. There is a problem, but there is a future because people are working on it.” Mazmanian said the group will keep working toward making the campus more sustainable as long as they are needed and plans to continue in the upcoming fall semester.  center_img “[My goal is] to make sure that I am acting as some type of vessel for the student body so that when I am making [suggestions to Folt], I’m thinking about my experiences with undergraduate and graduate students,” Shaw-Wakeman said. “I do think if policies are going to affect students, they should be at least informed [of them].” Shaw-Wakeman, a senior majoring in psychology and social entrepreneurship, said the presence of student representatives on the committee allows the group to directly address student concerns about sustainability, emphasizing that conversations about sustainability need to be made accessible to students.  The task force was created by the Academic Senate in September after Folt’s request to include community recommendations to sustainability efforts. Members include faculty, staff and students from eight schools such as the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Marshall School of Business and the Rossier School of Education. They have since made recommendations to USC about implementing more education about sustainability, more administrative oversight and adhering to the University’s Sustainability 2028 plans, which will include long-term sustainability goals in energy, water, waste diversion and transportation. The advisory board also includes student representatives Nathaniel Hyman, co-executive director of the Environmental Student Assembly, and Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, a representative of Environmental Core, alongside 19 faculty members including Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Christina Bellantoni and Project Specialist for the Office of the President Nicholas Hudson. The group is currently in the process of making recommendations to the developing 2028 Sustainability Plan regarding waste diversion, expanding the University’s recycling programs and reducing its carbon emissions, Mazmanian said. The task force suggests USC divert waste and grow the recycle program and reduce USC’s carbon emissions. The task force has also recommended that USC add a chief sustainability officer as a senior-level appointment. Chair of the Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis Department Marlon Boarnet, a member of the task force, said it is crucial for the University to appoint a chief sustainability officer to more efficiently bring student recommendations on sustainability initiatives to administration and the advisory group. “Our responsibility is to … think through the kind of institutional changes that are needed to facilitate, to engage, to make it a more viable, sustainable University and recommend things that therefore should be changed or modified in order to accomplish sustainability,” chair of the group and Price School of Public Policy professor Daniel Mazmanian said. “We’re going to be in existence as long as they continue to come forward, that someone brings [a suggestion] to the president [and] the president says, ‘Would you please look at this deeply for us?’” Mazmanian said. “We’ll see what those are going to be. I just want to mention this is not just the ending in April or May rather, that the expectation is that we’re going to be in business next year also.”last_img read more