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Statement to Parliament: The Global Travel Taskforce

first_imgI committed to keep the House updated on proposals for testing international arrivals to safely reduce the 14-day self-isolation period in my statement on 7 September 2020; this statement provides an update on next steps.The introduction of travel corridors in July was a major step forward in safely re-starting international travel whilst retaining the government’s ability to act quickly if public health was at risk, with international passenger numbers handled at UK airports up by around 400% between June and July to 3.1 million passengers.However, many of our major markets remain or have become high risk, and therefore are not eligible for our travel corridor list. A potential solution that has been widely debated is the use of testing to reduce or replace the need for self-isolation.As I made clear in my statement to the House on 7 September, based on scientific evidence, the government does not support the use of a single test on arrival as an alternative to self-isolation. However, a combination of self-isolation and testing is promising.Since then, my department and the Department of Health and Social Care have been working extensively with clinicians, health experts and the private testing sector on the practicalities of such a regime. My ministerial colleagues and I have agreed that a regime, based on a single test, provided by the private sector and at the cost of the passenger after a period of self-isolation, could achieve our objectives.The next step is to further develop how this approach could be implemented. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that, at the request of the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and I are standing up the Global Travel Taskforce.The overall aim of the Taskforce will be to consider what steps the government can take, both domestically and on the international stage, to enable the safe and sustainable recovery of international travel. To do this, the taskforce will work at pace to consider: how a testing regime for international arrivals could be implemented to boost safe travel to and from the UK what steps we can take to facilitate business and tourist travel on a bilateral and global basis, through innovative testing models and other non-testing means more broadly, what steps we can take to increase consumer confidence and reduce the barriers to a safe and sustainable recovery of international travel The taskforce will further consider what day that testing should be taken on, informed by public health analysis of when this would be effective, but taking into account economic and other factors, as well as finalising a delivery plan. However, testing is not the only solution and so the taskforce will also consider steps to support the recovery of international travel more broadly, including non-testing based interventions.Facilitating safe international travel is not a task that can be undertaken by the government alone, so this taskforce will operate in collaboration with the transport industry, the tourism and local business sectors and the private testing sector. It will also engage with partners from governments across the globe, including on the development of bilateral testing pilots.Each country has understandably implemented its own measures, but these are confusing and complex for the consumer and for operators, so we will show global leadership by developing a framework for international travel to provide that global consistency, while protecting public health.The taskforce will be chaired by myself and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. It will include collaboration between officials from departments across government, and will liaise with the travel sector in order to work on the operationalisation of testing approaches designed to safely reduce self-isolation.The taskforce will operate at pace for a time limited period, and will formally report back to the Prime Minister no later than early November 2020. I will update the House on its conclusions and outputs. I have published terms of reference alongside this statement on GOV.UK and will place a copy in the libraries of both Houses.last_img read more

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Duncan Hall hosts tower climb in honor of 9/11 first responders

first_imgHaving lived in New York during their childhoods, sophomores Conor Milligan and Patrick Creaven were both directly impacted by the events of 9/11.Creaven’s dad, who lived in New York at the time, watched the plane fly into the south tower and had friends who were killed in the tragedy. Milligan’s family knew a police officer — Ramon Suarez — who died while rescuing people.So the two Duncan Hall residents came together last spring and started planning a new dorm signature event to honor first responders — particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. On 9/11, this Wednesday, Duncan Hall will host ND 110, a “9/11 Tower Climb,” to raise money for Heart 9/11, a charity founded by New York first responders.CLAIRE KOPISCHKE | The Observer “There’s a lot of talk going on now about how the police are terrible and disrespecting them, but they put their lives on the line every time they go on the clock [and] even if they’re off the clock, because [they] keep our communities safe,” Milligan said.Participants will climb 110 flights of stairs, the number that firefighters had to climb in the Twin Towers. The event will be held in Jordan Hall, and organizers estimate it will take about 45 minutes to complete the 24 laps of the front, south-side staircase which equals 110 flights of stairs.“It’s not a race — it’s in honor of the firefighters,” Milligan said. “Not everyone starts at 5 o’clock. People come in and it takes about 45 minutes, but you come and do it at your own pace.”The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with participants staggered in waves of up to 100 at a time. The event took inspiration from Storm the Stadium, an annual University event sponsored by the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Milligan and Creaven met with firefighters who said they felt the event was more focused on honoring members of the military and wanted to create an event specifically geared towards recognized first responders.“I know a decent amount of them went to Storm the Stadium but … it’s not for them specifically,” Creaven said. “So for them to have something for them [specifically], they appreciate it a lot.”Milligan said he and Creaven discussed the event with firefighters from the South Bend Fire Department in April and began looking at ways to recognize first responders in particular on campus.”We met with them and sort of asked them, ‘Do you guys feel like an event like Storm the Stadium really accommodates first responders?’” Milligan said. “And they mentioned that, especially in a community like South Bend, there’s sort of a disconnect between the community and first responders, and then also that divide between campus and South Bend. So they were like, ‘Yeah, Storm the Stadium is great, but it’s for military and veterans.’“So a first responder event was something that they really wanted. … We thought this would be a good way to bridge the campus-community divide and sort of unite us with first responders.”About a dozen first responders have already signed up for the event, amongst 55 pre-registered participants. Creaven and Milligan said they hope to have at least 200 participants in order to raise around $2,000 for Heart 9/11.Milligan said the tower climb is the only event of its kind within a two-hour radius of campus. As such, he said he hopes the event will have even more of an appeal in the local area.“The closest one might be in Chicago,” he said. “So, it’d be a good draw to get an event in the Michiana area. And Notre Dame is really good at hosting large events, with football and everything so [it] can very easily tack on something like this.”Creaven and Milligan spent months planning the event, submitting their SAO request during the summer. This is the first year Duncan Hall will host the tower climb. In past years, the dorm considered the Bald and the Beautiful to be its signature event, though the popular event is now run through a club.Milligan said he looks forward to honoring firefighters and first responders at Wednesday’s event, as the community comes together to remember 9/11.“It’s a defining moment for our country,” Milligan said. “A lot of us on campus now were very, very young when it happened, but it shaped our daily lives, so we never forget that it happened.” Participation in the event is free for first responders and costs $15 for other members of the community. Event t-shirts can also be purchased for $15. Registration is available online and at the time of the event.Tags: 9/11, climb, Duncan Hall, honorlast_img read more

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Cordray discusses credit union exemption

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During his semi-annual report to Congress, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the CFPB continues to look at its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt credit unions from its rulemaking and cited instances where the bureau has used some exemptions for small financial institutions.Several Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee questioned the director about a March 14 letter penned by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). In the letter, a bipartisan group of 329 members of Congress called on the director to use the bureau’s authority to exempt credit unions from its rulemaking. continue reading »last_img read more

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‘Don’t use phones while dealing with capitol clients’

first_imgHe said mobile phones should only belimited to work-related issues, wherein an employee can make calls in order toverify certain information. Lacson pointed out that if it would bebased on good manners and right conduct, using gadgets while talking withanother person is wrong. “It is basic ethics for governmentemployees, especially those in front line not to use their phones while talkingto clients,” Lacson said. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Lacson ofNegros Occidental has reminded employees of the provincial government not touse their cellphones while tending to clients. This after the Department of theInterior and Local Government (DILG) issued an order for all governmentemployees not to use their mobile phone while on duty. The DILG reportedly issued the orderafter several instances were reported over the past few weeks, whereingovernment employees were caught using their phones while on duty and there areeven instances that some of the employees are busy talking on their mobilephones while clients wait./PN In an order issued by DILG SecretaryEduardo Año on Sept. 6, all local chief executives must ensure that thedirective on phone usage should be observed by all frontline workers inaccordance to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officialsand Employees.last_img read more

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Matuidi quits Juventus

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Higuain joins Inter Miami after Juventus exit Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years French midfielder Blaise Matuidi will leave Juventus after three seasons following the mutual termination of his contract, the Serie A champions said on Wednesday.Matuidi, linked with a move to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami in the Italian media, made 45 appearances for Juventus across all competitions last season as they claimed the league title for a ninth season in a row. “The French midfielder leaves Juventus after three years and five trophies won at the club,” Juventus said in a statement.“Blaise is someone who will always be in our hearts and we wish him all the very best for the future.”Matuidi, who arrived in Turin from French side Paris St Germain in 2017, won three Serie A titles with Juventus.Capped 84 times by France, the 33-year-old was part of the 2018 World Cup squad which defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final.He also made over 100 appearances for French club St Etienne between 2007 and 2011, before moving to PSG where he won four Ligue 1 titles. —Tags: Blaise MatuidiInter MiamiJuventusMajor League Soccerlast_img read more

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Beat writers bullish on No. 5 Duke ahead of Saturday night’s matchup with Syracuse

first_img Published on February 24, 2018 at 11:56 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (18-10, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 5 Duke (23-5, 11-4) on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The Orange is fresh off a 78-74 home loss to No. 10 North Carolina, and the Blue Devils are winners of four-straight, most recently beating up on Louisville, 82-56.See how our beat writers think the showdown will play out.Matthew Gutierrez (23-5)The Blue MonsterDuke 71, Syracuse 58Time is running out for Syracuse to extend its streak of beating a Top 10 team every season since 2004-05. Based on how recent years have gone, the Orange is due for a big upset. Just don’t think it will come on the road against a sizzling Duke team that has held three consecutive ACC opponents to under 60 points. That the Blue Devils beat Louisville by 26 points Wednesday night, even without star Marvin Bagley III, who missed his fourth straight game, speaks to how well-rounded this club is.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (20-8)Durham bulledDuke 77, Syracuse 60This game is tough to pick a score for when we’re uncertain about the statuses of Bagley (injury) and Wendell Carter (reported amateurity violations). But the result shouldn’t be in doubt. The Blue Devils will have the best player on the floor no matter what in Grayson Allen and he’s strong and seasoned enough to lead a roster still rich in talent to the win over the Orange.Tomer Langer (19-9)DevilishDuke 80, Syracuse 64Duke has been cruising of late, even without Bagley as he remains out with an injury. Syracuse has played well on the road recently, against Louisville and Miami, but this team and environment is on another level. Ultimately, it’s too much for the Orange. Commentslast_img read more

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