Airline alliances call for globally harmonised approach to Covid-19 | News

first_imgOlderAccor signs for three properties in Djibouti Government-imposed travel and entry restrictions continue to significantly impact global travel demand. Meanwhile, Covid-19 testing has emerged as an important part of an end-to-end solution to enable the safe restart of international travel by potentially reducing the reliance on the blunt instrument of blanket quarantines.  “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report which, among other things, calls for the serious consideration of screening and testing as a means for easing travel and border restrictions, and reviving the travel and tourism industry and the global economy,” said Star Alliance chief executive, Jeffrey Goh. – Advertisement – The three major global airline alliances have offered their full support to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) second-phase council on aviation recovery task force (CART) report.SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance urge governments to implement the report guidelines for passenger testing protocols, as well as the adoption of digital health pass technology, so air travel may safely resume. – Advertisement – “A robust protocol for testing will also provide further evidence to demonstrate that air travel is not a material cause for infections and will pave the way for a framework of trust to be established between countries.” On behalf of their 58 member airlines, representing over 60 per cent of world airline capacity and carrying over 1.87 billion passengers annually prior to the Covid-19 crisis, the three alliances are calling for a harmonised approach to testing that will form the foundation of a trust framework, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines.  SkyTeam chief executive, Kristin Colvile, said: “Testing regimes and trials of digital health passes have identified means to restoring confidence and reopening borders, complementing the layer upon layer of passenger safety measures already implemented by airlines and airports worldwide. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Aviation supports millions of jobs around the world and drives international commerce, trade and tourism. Urgent action is needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate Covid-19 risks and safely and quickly revive international air travel.” The recent digital ‘health pass’ trials, such as Common Pass, are presenting a strong case for using digital technology to deliver harmonised standards in the validation and verification of accredited passenger health data.The alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable and affordable way to declare passenger health data that is simple to implement as part of the customer journey, with processes-initiated pre-travel to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports.  oneworld chief executive, Rob Gurney, said: “With extensive travel restrictions creating much uncertainty for customers, testing can play a role in enabling the safe restart of travel. “Any solution used in declaring passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost effective – this will provide clarity and confidence to customers, airlines and other stakeholders as international travel resumes.” NewerCelebrity Cruises launches new inclusive pricing modellast_img read more

President’s Budget: $188 Million for Sacramento District Projects

first_imgMore than $188 million in flood risk management work for Northern California were outlined in two separate budget releases on February 10, adding to an already robust Sacramento District workload, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District. President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal would fund two District projects in his plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program.Continued upgrades to Natomas Basin levees leads the way with $131.5 million. Construction to improve 42 miles of levee surrounding the Sacramento area suburb has ramped up in recent years with construction work underway in four different sections of the project.The other project in the budget sits across the Sacramento River from Natomas in West Sacramento, which is targeted for $2.028 million to continue ongoing design efforts for authorized levee improvements around the city.Three Sacramento District projects are expected to achieve significant milestones thanks to additional Corps of Engineers work plan funding allocations for fiscal year 2020, it was also announced on Monday.One of six new construction start projects funded across the Corps, the Lower San Joaquin River flood risk management project will receive $23.1 million to close out design and start construction on flood risk reduction efforts in north and central Stockton.Design work for improved fish passage at Englebright and Daguerre Point Dams will get underway after the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration project received $4.478 million, and the Sacramento District will be able to complete its Lower Cache Creek feasibility study, which aims to explore flood risk management options in the City of Woodland and adjacent communities, as a result of the extra $635,000 it’ll receive this year.Overall, nine Sacramento District projects received more than $54.5 million in this year’s work plan. Other projects include Natomas Basin levee improvement work along the Natomas East Main Drain Canal ($15.7335 million), Rural Nevada and Utah water supply improvements ($5 million), design of temperature control shutters as part of the Folsom Dam Raise project ($3.514 million), West Sacramento design work ($1.072 million), and Tahoe Basin restoration efforts ($1.025 million).The projects announced February 10 will add to the district’s portfolio, which also includes a handful of fully-funded projects, said USACE.last_img read more

Badgers sweep Huskies

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWith their 4-0 defeat of St. Cloud State on Saturday, the Wisconsin women?s hockey team built themselves an eight-game winning streak to start off the New Year.After getting swept in heartbreaking fashion by the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in late November, the Badgers haven?t dropped a game in close to two months, sweeping North Dakota, Minnesota State, Ohio State and now St. Cloud State to push their record to 18-6-2.With the top three teams in the WCHA all garnering sweeps this weekend, UW was unable to pick up any further ground on UMD and Minnesota, who are first and second in the conference, respectively.In Saturday?s game, which set a new NCAA record for attendance with 5,377 fans filling the lower bowl of the Kohl Center, the Badgers played brilliantly in front of the large crowd, downing St. Cloud 4-0. As was the case last year when UW and Harvard played in front of the then-record-sized crowd at the Kohl Center, senior Jinelle Zaugg stepped up, scoring two goals in the decisive win. Against Harvard last year, it was Zaugg?s overtime goal that sealed the win for the Badgers. Hillary Knight and Mallory Deluce also netted goals for Wisconsin.With the shutout, junior goaltender Jesse Vetter now has nine shutouts on the season, on pace to break her own mark of 15 from last season. She stopped all 18 shots she faced Saturday and made 22 saves Friday.But while the defense seems never to be as much of an issue for the Badgers, the offense?s struggles before the break were causing a lot of problems for the momentum of a team not used to having trouble lighting the lamp.?We had been getting our scoring opportunities, but now the puck is actually going in,? UW head coach Mark Johnson said following Friday?s game. ?It makes a huge difference when you can get the three, four, five goals. I?d say one of the biggest reasons we?ve been more successful the past eight games or so is because the team has been scoring much more than it did earlier in the season.?For a team that isn?t used to playing with a deficit, having their high-powered offense back in full swing certainly has helped the overall mentality of the team.Gaining an early lead eight seconds into the game also helped the offense, as was the case Friday when sophomore forward Jasmine Giles notched her goal faster than anyone in Wisconsin women?s hockey history, breaking a record of 11 seconds set by former Badger Lindsay Macy.After being away from the Kohl Center for close to two months, scoring early was going to be a top priority for the Badgers now that they have a series at home with North Dakota coming up this weekend.?[Giles? goal] is a great way to start a hockey game,? Johnson said. ?If we can patent that start for every game, we?ll take it.?Wisconsin was able to use that momentum to get on the board quickly again in the second period with a Mallory Deluce goal. Senior Jinelle Zaugg continued her recent hot streak by adding her own goal shortly after, with freshman Kelly Nash capping off the game with a wrist shot that singed the top of the net.Next weekend the Badgers are home for a series against the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota and will look to gain on the one-game difference in conference standing between themselves and Minnesota.last_img read more

Meet the 14 men tasked to deliver Afcon 2017 hosting rights to Ghana today

first_imgGhana’s bid to host the 2017 African Cup is in its final throes with a high-level delegation currently in Cairo to boost the effort.The team touched down in the Egyptian capital this morning as the Confederation of African Football deliberates on various issues affecting the continent’s game.The committee is led by its chairman Ernest Thompson, three time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Ayew Pele and GFA Veep Fred Crentsil.Also there are ex-GFA spokesman Randy Abbey, businessman Herbert Mensah and former Hearts boss Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe.The rest are Lepowura Mohammed ND Jawula and Nana Sam Brew, both past GFA bosses as well as the Chief Ops Officer for CAN 2008 LOC Rex Danquah, GNPC boss Alex Mould and Abdullai Yakubu.Some eminent footballers on the team are also there in the form of ex-Ghana captains Anthony Yeboah and Stephen Appiah and boxing legend Azumah Nelson. The committee is expected to complete final lobbying efforts of the 54 Caf reps at the meeting.Joy Sports sources say Ghana’s biggest challenger will be Gabon who, together with Algeria, are the nations gunning for the hosting rights as well.The host nation will be named on Wednesday, April 8.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more