BA, Ryanair, easyJet protest over ‘wholly unjustified’ UK quarantine plan

first_imgThree airlines have written to the British government in protest at its “wholly unjustified and disproportionate” quarantine rules for most international arrivals from Monday, a copy of the letter seen by Reuters showed.With planes around the world grounded since late March, airlines had hoped to start flying from July, but bosses say quarantine measures will hamper that recovery.From June 8, almost everyone arriving in Britain will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and to fill in a contact form with details of their accommodation. Describing itself as a “pre-action protocol letter,” meaning it could be followed by legal action, the letter from British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet said the government had failed to justify the blanket nature of the regulations.“The effect is to establish a wholly unjustified and disproportionate restriction on individuals traveling to England (and questionably the United Kingdom) and will inevitably mean that there is very little increase in the numbers of persons leaving and entering the country,” the letter said.Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA owner IAG said on Friday the industry had not been consulted and the company was considering a legal challenge.The government has said the new regime will be in place across Britain, although enforcement measures will be set individually by each of the devolved nations. In England, a breach of rules will be punishable with a 1,000 pounds (US$1,266) fine.The airlines say the quarantine measures are more stringent than those imposed on people suspected of being or confirmed to be infected by the novel coronavirus who are asked to isolate and do not face criminal sanctions.Their letter also said it was “illogical and irrational” to impose quarantine on people arriving from European Union countries that have lower infection rates than Britain.Topics :last_img read more

In memoriam: Bosco Tjan remembered for passion for his work

first_imgThe last time Michelle Greene saw Bosco Tjan, he couldn’t wait to show her a new data set at the vision research conference they were both attending. Greene, a USC alumna who studied under Tjan as an undergraduate student and now works as a research scientist at Stanford University, said that in this moment, his passion for his work was clear. “He was always a great kinetic, positive presence at the conference,” Greene said. “He would come up to you with a great, big smile and had this infectious enthusiasm.” Tjan, a professor of psychology and co-director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Center at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, was found dead in his office at USC after being fatally stabbed on Dec. 2. He was 50. On Monday, students, faculty, staff and members of the public gathered in Hahn Plaza to celebrate Tjan’s life and grieve his loss, which has affected current members of the USC community as well as the larger Trojan Family. “Bosco died doing what he loved, doing what he believed in — serving his students and building up a new generation of scholars,” President C. L. Max Nikias said at the memorial ceremony. “The presence of the women and men gathered here today testifies to that impact.”Tjan came to the University in 2001 after receiving a doctorate in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He started as an assistant professor before being named an associate professor in 2008, and finally a full professor in 2014. He was an expert in vision research and described his work as using “behavioral, computational, and neural imaging techniques to address basic and translational questions pertaining to vision loss, restoration, and rehabilitation.” Greene said that his personal qualities made him stand out among her instructors, even prompting her to take his graduate-level courses.“Artists imitate masters, and he was definitely that mold that I wanted to fit myself to,” Greene said. “His blend of rigor and humor had a way of bringing out the best of you.” Tjan was born in Beijing but grew up in Hong Kong, where he got his start working in the hardware field and specializing in computer monitors. Greene described him as a “profoundly curious person” who devoted his time to helping students develop their own research and skills at USC. “He was great at mentoring [and] generous with his time,” Greene said. “He took his job as a mentor very seriously, and would talk to you for as long as you needed to talk, even to the exclusion of things he needed to get done.” This mentorship, Greene said, helped students grow and develop during their time at USC, thanks to Tjan’s willingness to help turn around what might start out as an “objectively terrible idea.” “If you’re pitching an idea to him, he’d listen, and he’d find that one nugget of something salvageable and lead you in conversation to something workable,” Greene said. “He’d never say ‘you’re wrong, do it this way’ — and by the end of it, you thought it was your idea, even though it was very much the idea that he planted as a seed in your head.” In a letter to students on Dec. 3, Provost Michael Quick described Tjan as a “true teacher and mentor,” and praised the intellectual discoveries he made while at USC as well as his giving personality. Quick recounted his early memories of working with Tjan in the neuroscience imaging field, where together they urged students to learn outside the classroom.“Professor Tjan … represented the very best in our faculty,” Quick wrote. “He was, first and foremost, brilliant, but he will equally be remembered as an insightful and generous colleague, an outstanding teacher, a prolific researcher and an exceptional collaborator across the university and at other institutions.”Tjan is survived by his wife and son. The USC psychology department started a GoFundMe initiative to raise money for Tjan’s family, which, as of Thursday afternoon, had raised $85,831 of its $125,000 goal. The funds will go to help cover the his son’s future higher education costs.last_img read more

Haitian American Chamber of Commerce is Going PINK & NOIRE for…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – More than 3 million women have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Recent research has shown that Breast Cancer is among the leading causes of death resulting from cancer in the Caribbean. As well-known Advocates for the Haitian and Haitian-American Community, the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce identifies the urgency for more education regarding Breast Cancer within the Caribbean community. On October 19, 2019, the Pink Noire Breast Cancer awareness event will be held for its 4th year. “Pink” for cancer awareness and “Noire” to emphasize the staggering number of newly diagnosed women of color.The Chamber’s Vice President, Djenane StFluer, believes that the fight against breast cancer can ABSOLUTELY be won. As a 4-time cancer survivor, Djenane knows all too well the life-changing experience of being diagnosed with cancer.  “Early detection can save so many lives, getting the information out there is a must”.  As the organizer of Pink Noire, every detail must be perfect. “Pink Noire is a celebration of all survivors and a remembrance of the fallen heroes who are no longer with us”, “I am living proof that this battle can be won,” says Djenane.Pink Noire will be a night to remember with one of the most popular bands of Haiti, “Mizik Mizik” undoubtedly enchanting its guests with its magical sound.Let us celebrate life on October 19, 2019, at the Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Rd, Dania Beach, FL 33004. For more information contact the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

Half-time: Basel 0 Chelsea 0 – Eto’o injured as Blues struggle in Switzerland

first_imgChelsea lost Samuel Eto’o to what looked like a nasty injury and were on the back foot during the first half of the Champions League clash in Switzerland, where a point would seal their place in the knockout phase.Keeper Petr Cech, making his 450th Chelsea appearance, had to be alert to punch Taulant Xhaka’s free-kick clear and dealt with several other deliveries into the danger area.And Basel, who won at Stamford Bridge in these teams’ opening Group E match, would have gone ahead had John Obi Mikel not been on hand to clear off the line after a corner had dropped to Ivan Ivanov.The home side continued to press and Cech was called into action again, this time keeping out a shot from Mohammad Salah, who sent another effort wastefully wide.Chelsea then had to make a change when Eto’o was stretchered from the pitch with what appeared to be a groin injury and was replaced by the fit-again Fernando Torres.Eto’o was hurt while stretching for the ball 40 yards from goal and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.Blues boss Jose Mourinho made one change to the side that crushed West Ham on Saturday, with Willian starting instead of Eden Hazard. Juan Mata again missed out.Mata was named among the Chelsea substitutes along with Torres and Ashley Cole, with Cesar Azpilicueta keeping his place at left-back.Chelsea: Cech Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Oscar, Willian, Eto’o (Torres 43).Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mata, Hazard, De Bruyne, Schurrle.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eagles 19s prepare for postseason run

first_imgIt’s crunch time for the Humboldt Eagles this weekend, as they begin play at the American Legion 19-under NorCal Area Tournament in Chico.The Eagles earned the top seed for the eight-team tourney after sweeping a doubleheader over the previously undefeated Chico Nuts on Monday, and will open today against No. 8 Yolo.Last summer, the Eagles lost in the state championship to Chico, and this season they’ll be hoping to go one better.“It’s one step at a time,” head coach Justin Andersen said. …last_img

SA ‘ready to help rebuild Libya’

first_img23 August 2011 South Africa has pledged to contribute to the rebuilding of Libya as Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule crumbles – while denying that it had sent a plane to evacuate Gaddafi from the oil-rich north African country. As news broke on Monday of rebel forces taking control of Tripoli, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa did, however, have a plane on stand-by in Tunisia in case South Africans and embassy staff in Libya needed rescue. “The South African government would like to refute the rumours that it has sent planes to Libya to fly Colonel Gaddafi and his family to an undisclosed location,” Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters. According to media reports quoting a rebel spokeman, the rebels now control over 95% of Tripoli, including the Libyan state radio building. Gaddafi’s two sons have also reportedly been arrested, with his eldest son, Mohammed Al-Gaddafi, apparently surrendering to rebel forces. South Africa says it will support the will of the people of Libya. “With the imminent fall of the government of Colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authority in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centred dispensation,” the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Monday. The statement also made it clear that Pretoria had no knowledge of Gaddafi’s whereabouts, with Nkoana-Mashabane adding that officials in South Africa were “sure that he will not be coming here.” The government said the political and socio-economic transformation of Libya “held real prospects of ushering in a new era based on the will of people in which Libya should take its rightful place in the community of nations. “As Libya turns a new leaf in its history, the transitional government has the immediate responsibility of building national unity and reconciliation, restoring public order, reconstruction and reviving the economy.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How leveraging data can create a safer, smarter city

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#UL How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … At its core, a smart city should be a safe city. However, with 54% of the world’s population living in urban areas today, and the addition of another 2.5 billion people to cities expected by 2050, achieving this goal has never been more challenging. Urban environments present unique safety challenges including higher density populations and corresponding close proximity of people and hazards.Nonetheless, there is cause for optimism that human ingenuity can rise up and meet the challenge of exploding urban populations and simultaneously improve the safety of citizens in those cities. New, emerging data sets promise to provide insights into city planning, public safety and management previously unavailable. With those data sets, urban leaders can be expected to use more data-driven decision-making, enabling cities to target limited resources better and strategically apply them to infrastructure with the greatest and most immediate needs and benefits.These data are made up of and will come from a variety of sources. Smart infrastructure technologies are just beginning to collect vast amounts of data on urban patterns, providing an opportunity for that data to help solve a multitude of urban sprawl challenges. In addition, once siloed data sets are now being aggregated to identify patterns not able to be observed previously.UL has built a new toolWith its long history of investing in independent research, UL recently built a new tool, the UL Safety Index, which quantifies the relative state of safety across nearly 190 countries based upon three measurable drivers of safety: institutions and resources, safety frameworks and safety outcomes. Using available data from credible resources, UL built an algorithm, comprised of data for the three measurable drivers to score national safety levels for each country. Using this tool and its supporting data sets will enable countries to identify areas for targeted allocation of time and resources.Cities that harness the use of smart technology and the multitude of data it can provide will find ways to dramatically improve the quality, effectiveness and cost of services to their citizens. Moreover, connected cities will become immense sources of data, enabling leaders to identify indicators for meeting the needs of urban populations. By leveraging data, cities will be able to tackle challenges like overcrowding, traffic congestion and crime, and ultimately deliver safer conditions.David Wroth, Director of Public Safety, ULAn important attribute in establishing a smart and safe city is to review and analyze historical data that might inspire new ideas. Investing in citizen safety should always be made a priority in city planning – and global technology communities tend to concur. According to a 2015 survey of technology business leaders by Hitachi Data Systems, respondents expected their country would invest more than $100 million in public safety projects over the next two years.Government data portals have been implemented in many countries, making city, state and provincial level, and federal data available to analysts globally. The US Government’s Data.Gov site aggregates data sets on product recalls, road safety, worker safety, first responders and many others that may be used to quantify hazards and develop responses. These data are beginning to incorporate higher resolution data from sensors being deployed through a variety of initiatives.When thinking about smart cities, best-in-class examples abound today. From Barcelona’s smart streetlights and noise and air quality sensors, to Chicago’s smart payment transit system, cities are experiencing success with smart innovations. A tool like the UL Safety Index could help to identify an increase in unintentional injury rates spurring from poor air quality, prompting a city like Barcelona to invest in the sensors that could improve their citizens’ quality of urban life. To become a success story, each region commonly begins with an assessment of its area’s shortcomings and generates ideas for how to mitigate various risks.In Rio de Janeiro, for example, the city opened a free data exchange using sensors throughout the city to provide emergency managers with a comprehensive view of problems as well as available resources. The operations system was developed following a fatal landslide in 2010. Today, the operations center of the city works with city offices that include traffic surveillance, security, weather forecasting, electricity and gas providers, to help them exchange data amongst themselves to increase the efficiency of their services.With programs like these, cities are able to understand – through data analysis – the true impact advances can have within urban environments, informing their infrastructure investment decisions for years to come.Data exchange is not just limited to a city’s borders. There is much to be learned from data sets exchanged among a city, its neighbors and leading technology companies around the world.In January of this year, AT&T formed alliances with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm to make it easier to deploy smart city technologies across select U.S. areas. The collaboration works like the City of Rio data exchange but extends the concept beyond one city’s limits to harness data to make informed decisions when it comes to smart infrastructure.Safety infrastructure is keyAs cities expand in size and complexity and the challenge to keep citizens safe grows, leveraging data sets in decision-making will facilitate smart infrastructure investments. However, engagement with the developer community to build data-capture technologies and perform analysis of complex data sets is essential to this process.During CES, as part of the ReadWrite Hackathon, developers will be challenged with creating a safety solution with an impactful approach from the open data sets of the UL Safety Index and other data resources. The winning team will be awarded Series 2 Apple Watches.While the narrative around smart cities continues to focus on the excitement of new consumer conveniences, improvements to citizen safety are an equally important part of the promise of the future city. With the ubiquitous connectivity of the smart city, the need to manage personal data security and address the security of infrastructure, must be a top priority. Only smart cities designed with safety in mind can deliver a sustainable urban environment that can withstand expected population growth demands. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more