Survey: 80% of Britons are already planning their holiday

first_imgYou can see the results of the survey on this one connectors. More than 40% of respondents said they are ready for vacation this summer, and key findings from this survey give room for optimism. Although, according to experts, tourism will first recover within the borders of the countries, almost 50% of British respondents said they would travel outside their country, and 63% would visit a European destination. Source: Overseas Leisure Group The travel agency Overseas Leisure Group, which is most involved in the organization of luxury travel, conducted a survey among 500 British travel enthusiasts. The figures are encouraging for the tourism sector, as they show that most, in this case the British, are already planning future travel and holidays.center_img For the vast majority of them (87%) the journey is just on hold, that is, they are not of the opinion that the journey has changed forever. Interestingly, more than 42 percent of respondents would have already made a reservation now if there were no pre-travel payments as well as no cancellation fees. The survey was conducted from April 24 to 28, and almost 75% of respondents are between 30 and 50 years old. last_img read more

Supreme Court acquits former Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan of graft charges

first_imgThrough the acquisition, Pertamina planned for the BMG Block to produce up to 812 barrels of oil per day (bpd). However, the block could only produce an average of 252 bpd, resulting in state financial losses of Rp 568 billion (US$39.7 million).The judges said that Karen had violated investment procedures, leading to the losses.Read also: Former Pertamina boss Karen Agustiawan sentenced to 8 yearsThe panel of judges said in its verdict that she had colluded with Pertamina’s former financial director Ferederick ST Siahaan, former mergers and acquisitions manager Bayu Kristanto and legal and compliance counsel Genades Panjaitan in her acts of corruption.Karen immediately filed an appeal after her verdict was announced. Previously, the Supreme Court also acquitted ST Siahaan in the case.Karen was the first woman to lead Pertamina, challenging long-held norms in a male-dominated industry.One of the few women to have succeeded in breaking the glass ceiling looming over the oil and gas industry, Karen has more than 30 years of experience working in the field. When appointed president director of Pertamina in 2009, she had been working in the industry for 25 years. (gis)Topics : The justices said that Karen’s actions were part of a business judgement and not a crime.“According to the justices, a director’s decision regarding a company activity is inviolable, even if the decision ends up costing the company. It is part of the risk of doing business,” Andi said.Karen was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by the Jakarta Corruption Court on June 10, 2019, after being convicted in a case involving Pertamina’s investment in the Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) Block, Australia, in 2009.The case began in 2009 when Pertamina acquired a 10 percent stake of Roc Oil to work on the BMG Block through its subsidiary, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE). The Supreme Court has acquitted Karen Galaila Agustiawan, former president director of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, of all graft charges, overturning an eight-year prison sentence imposed by the Jakarta Corruption Court last year.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said that the ruling was announced on Monday.The justices that presided over the case were chief justice Suhadi and justices Krisna Harahap, Abdul Latif, Mohammad Askin and Sofyan Sitompul.last_img read more

Sunny days draw crowds to beaches, parks as US reopens from lockdowns

first_imgSunny days and warm weather are proving to be as challenging to manage as restaurants, hair salons and other businesses as about half of US states partially reopen their economies after the coronavirus lockdown.On Saturday, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington to view a US Navy flyover to honor healthcare workers and others battling the pandemic.In New York City, the warmest weather yet this spring caused picnickers and sunbathers to flock to green spaces in Manhattan, including crowded conditions at Christopher Street Pier in Greenwich Village, according to photos on social media. Protesters gathering, as they did last week in Michigan and other parts of the country to demonstrate against stay-at-home restrictions, poses a huge risk, she said.”It’s devastatingly worrisome to me personally if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a comorbid condition and they have a serious or a very — or an unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives,” Birx said.Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on Sunday the country was seeing a “mixed bag” of results from coronavirus mitigation efforts. He said there were about 20 states that are seeing a rising number of new cases including Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Virginia reported a record number of deaths on Sunday, up 44 for a total of 660.”We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we’re just not seeing that,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “If we don’t snuff this out more and you have this slow burn of infection, it can ignite at any time.”Even in the face of rising cases, some Americans are eager to return to socializing and large gatherings — including sports.The National Football League said it will announce its schedule for the upcoming season this week including its season opening game on Sept. 10 and the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 7.”We are planning on playing the 2020 NFL season as scheduled,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email, noting they will adjust to government regulations.On the other side of the spectrum is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in Massachusetts, which has not begun reopening and is seeing coronavirus cases still climbing. Massachusetts also has issued a statewide order telling people to wear masks in public.He said the rallies against coronavirus mitigation efforts were causing confusion and making his job harder.”I don’t understand it. That makes messaging really confusing. … It’s the wrong message, because we’re still very much in the beginning days of coronavirus. Even if you’re a state that is seeing numbers go down,” Walsh said.”If we’re not smart about the way we do things, those numbers could turn around and go right back up again.”As Texas becomes one of the leading states pushing for its businesses to reopen, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said people appear to be obeying the new rules.”People have not been rushing back into these restaurants and they have not been rushing back into the areas of the economy that the governor reopened on Friday,” he told CNN. “What we are seeing is people sort of putting their toe back in.” Last week, California ordered beaches in Orange County to close, after crowds defied public health guidelines to throng the popular shoreline. That prompted protests by demonstrators who accused the state’s Democratic governor of overreach.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are “some real issues” near the pier and police would increase patrols.Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said on “Fox News Sunday” that massing on beaches was not safe unless people kept at least 6 feet apart. She also weighed in against allowing such businesses as beauty salons and spas to reopen in the first phase.”We’ve made it clear that that is not a good phase one activity,” she said, as the number of US cases topped 1.1 million and the death toll rose to more than 67,000 on Sunday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in training

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shares Frenchman Wenger led Arsenal to league glory in 2004 (Picture: Getty Images)‘How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry [Henry], Thierry with Martin [Keown], Patrick [Vieira] with Freddie [Ljungberg].‘We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities, but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.‘You need that, big egos, but you have the manager as well that knows how to control the big egos, how to control those players.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I prefer to be in a team that you see players face to face, you can talk to him, tell him whatever you want but when the games arrive you will be 100 per cent for the same goal, to achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.‘This is the most important thing; without that it is difficult to win things. I don’t want to be in a team that nothing happens, we’re all quiet, if you win no problem, if you lose no problem. You can’t compete like that.‘In our time we were all competitive, we were all fighting between each other but at the end of the day we were fighting for the same goal and that’s why we managed to win things.’MORE: Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal careerMORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Cameroonian was a key part of the Invincibles squad (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Lauren has revealed how the competitive nature of the Invincibles squad saw them constantly getting in fights with each other on the training pitch but feels it was a key part of their success.Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 side remain the only Premier League team to go an entire top-flight campaign without losing a single game.Despite appearing as a united front on the pitch, Lauren confessed that the number of big personalities in the dressing room led to infighting behind the scenes – though it never affected them on game day.He told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast: ‘Of course there was fighting. I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn’t go to the training sessions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In Spain in that time [journalists did go], it has been changed, now they have stopped the journalists going every single day. When I went to Arsenal in 2000 I said, “This is not possible.” Why? ‘Because in [Spain] the journalists were going every single day to find history, what happened here, who’s fighting with who. In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day. Comment Advertisement Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in traininglast_img read more

Nordic roundup: Danish parliament approves LD as holiday fund manager

first_img“So I am very pleased that it has been possible to achieve a broad political agreement, which ensures that new employees now also have a paid holiday.”LD said that when the fund is established, around DKK1.3bn will be transferred from various existing holiday pay funds.However, since the precise amount to be transferred by the employers is unknown, LD said it does not know exactly how much money it will have to invest.Dorrit Vanglo, chief executive of LD, said: “It is a challenge, but one of the good ones, which we are happy to take on.”Sampension gains 5.3% but plays down return expectationsMeanwhile, labour market pension fund Sampension has warned that the global upturn for equity markets is nearing its end-phase, as it reported a 5.3% investment return for the first nine months of the year for customers with market-rate pension plans.Hasse Jørgensen, chief executive of Sampension, said: “Growth in the global economy has boosted equity prices to a very high level. Prices for all asset types have become high, and we will prepare ourselves for the fact that the global upturn is approaching its end-phase.”Sampension said foreign and Danish shares had led its investment returns in the period.Emerging markets equities generated the highest return at 23% in the nine-month period, followed by Danish shares which produced a 20% return, the pension fund said.Swedish insurers oppose EIOPA data plansThe Swedish insurance industry association Svensk Försäkring has added its voice to those criticising planned new reporting requirements from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).Aimed at primarily at occupational pension schemes, EIOPA’s plans to streamline reporting requirements were too far-reaching, the association said.The industry body also said the date for the new rules to come into force had been poorly chosen.Under the proposal, the first report under the new system would have to be submitted in 2018, the year before the implementation of the IORP II directive.Karin Chenon, economist at Svensk Försäkring, said: “Retirement institutions and regulatory authorities need to have enough time to adapt systems and routines to changing reporting requirements.”In order to avoid introducing two sets of new rules in a short period of time, she said the association proposed EIOPA postpone the date at which its new requirements would come into force.EIOPA has already been criticised by the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the Europe-wide trade body PensionsEurope, and German pension groups for the potential burden its reporting proposals would place on schemes.The association also said it was “remarkable” that information about individual institutions should be submitted directly to EIOPA.“EIOPA has no supervisory responsibility for individual institutions,” Chenon said. “We are therefore particularly opposed to the proposal that company-specific data from individual occupational retirement institutions over a certain size should be submitted to EIOPA.” Danish politicians have signed off on legislation covering holiday pay adjustments, which is set to add DKK80bn (€10.7bn) to Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD).Political parties representing a large majority of the Danish parliament have agreed to the changes to holiday entitlement rules for Danish employees. The huge new investment fund will managed by LD and administered by ATP.The law is being changed to bring Danish rules on holiday rights in line with EU law, and will effectively give existing employees add an extra 12 months’ worth of holiday entitlement, paid for on retirement by the new LD fund.Troels Lund Poulsen, minister for employment, said: “All people who work sometimes need to recharge their batteries and have a holiday.last_img read more

Unite trade union urges for Swansea lagoon go-ahead

first_imgBritain and Ireland’s largest trade union Unite has called the UK government to stop stalling on the creation of over 2,000 jobs and unleash an economic boost worth at least £500 million to the Welsh economy, by giving the green light to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.The union, whose members work in construction and manufacturing across the Welsh and wider UK economy, has grown increasingly frustrated over the UK government’s failure to give the go-ahead to the project, Unite said.The venture, which would be the first power project of its kind in the UK, was given planning consent two years ago and has the backing of the Welsh government in addition to cross party support in Westminster.An independent review, led by Charles Hendry, concluded that tidal lagoons can play a ‘cost-effective part in the UK’s energy mix’ and that moving ahead with the Swansea Bay project ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ is a ‘no regrets policy’.Unite believes the Swansea Bay lagoon project could open the door to similar larger projects around England and Wales and pave the way to the UK becoming a world leader in tidal power electricity generation as part of a wider industrial strategy.Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary, said: “Theresa May and her government needs to stop the dithering and end the continued uncertainty over the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. This is a landmark project which would unleash an economic boost worth millions into the Welsh economy and create thousands of much needed decent jobs.“Not only would it be great news for Wales, but it would also see the birth of an industry that would have transformative impact across the whole of the UK.“It’s a no-brainer, if Theresa May is indeed in ‘listening mode’ then she needs to heed the chorus of support from industry, unions and politicians from all parties by giving a resounding ‘yes’ to Swansea.”Unite has around 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy.last_img read more

Dubai Harbour to Feature a Second Cruise Terminal

first_imgDubai Harbour will have a second cruise terminal in addition to the one already revealed in January 2017, Dubai-based holding company Meraas informed.“Dubai Harbour will be the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously which when completed will accommodate 1,200,000 passengers annually,” the company said.Each terminal will be approximately 14,000 square metres in size with one single apron of 900-metres.The addition of a second terminal is intended to build on Dubai’s reputation as a leading tourism destination, while capitalising on strong growth in the cruise industry globally, the company said. Industry data suggest that over 40 million people will travel by cruise annually by 2030, up 40 percent from 24 million in 2017.“By creating a world-class destination that appeals to people around the globe, Dubai Harbour represents an opportunity to achieve economies of scale and drive growth in the maritime tourism sector. It will also help maintain Dubai’s status among the world’s top tourism destinations for generations to come,” Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said.Image Courtesy: Meraaslast_img read more

Seales’ assisted dying case at top of slippery slope, opponents say

first_imgStuff 23 May 2015The terminally ill Wellington lawyer’s application begins in the High Court at Wellington on Monday.Treatment of her brain tumour has ended and she is having palliative care, but believes that might not continue to meet her needs. She wants the option of having her doctor help her to die if her suffering is intolerable.That option would likely give her a longer, more peaceful life than if her only way to end suffering was to take her own life while still able to do so unaided, her claim says.Seales, 42, says the court case is about her and her circumstances only.The attorney-general, who is the defendant in the case, disagrees and so does an interest group, Care Alliance, which has been allowed a limited say in Seales’ case.Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, representing the attorney-general, said if Seales’ claim were accepted, it would have implications well beyond her case and would apply to all who have a terminal illness and think their suffering is intolerable.“The attorney-general’s position is that the conventional understanding of the Crimes Act – which precludes physician-assisted dying – must continue to apply unless and until it is altered by Parliament.”Care Alliance says that, if Seales is successful, overseas experience suggests it would be the start of a slippery slope that would put vulnerable lives at risk.It might start as an expression of compassion for one or a few, but then numbers would increase and decisions would begin to be made for people without their consent, such as people in comas or with dementia, opponents say.Alliance spokesman Matthew Jansen said that,  as a compassionate society, we should be doing more to make palliative care available.“Let’s take the harder but better road to invest in palliative care.”Seales should have the best care and she and her family deserved compassion, but having a doctor help her to die, or kill her, should not be an option, Jansen said.He said the alliance had gained members as a result of Seales’ case. Its members were individuals, as well as groups including Christian Medical Fellowship, Euthanasia-Free NZ, Family First, Palliative Care Nurses, and The Salvation Army. read more

Trump to reverse Obama’s transgender rules

first_imgNewsHub 23 February 2017Family First Comment: Obama threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender ASSIGNED AT BIRTH against their will. Trump will get things back to normal.Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defence of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature initiative, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.The White House said on Wednesday they expect to release something new on the issue today, after the Justice and Education departments finish reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.“I would expect further guidance to come out on that today,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer told a news briefing, adding that “the president … is a firm believer in states’ rights” and the new administration had “several areas of concern, both legal and procedural”.The draft document states that its purpose is to withdraw the guidance of May 13, 2016, that threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth against their will.During the election campaign, Trump at first said transgender people should be able to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate, but changed tack after coming under criticism from fellow Republicans, saying it should be a matter for states to decide.On Tuesday, that position was repeated by Mr Spicer. House signals reversal in transgender-bathroom policyTrump to slash bathroom policy?Stuff 22 February 2017Significant setback for gay rights as Trump administration plans u-turn on transgender bathrooms.READ MORE: read more

Government owed millions for business loans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Millions of dollars are now owed to the National Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) by persons who borrowed funds to start their own businesses and never paid back, according to Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Errol Mc Leod. In some cases, he said, the funds were not used for what they were intended.Mc Leod said efforts are now being made to recover the monies. He made the disclosure yesterday, while speaking to reporters, following a public consultation on ‘Enterprise Development through Business Incubation’.Minister Mc Leod said there was “hardly any evidence” to support the recipients involvement in business development with the funds received. The loans disbursed would have ranged from TT$250,000 (US$39,370) to TT$500,000 (US$78,740) each. Mc Leod expressed dissatisfaction with the operations of NEDCO because of improprieties which he said came to his attention a year ago, when he took office. However, he said he could divulge any details because of an ongoing investigation.NEDCO was established in 2002 as the implementing agency for government’s policy on small and micro-enterprise development. Caribbean 360 News Share 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Government owed millions for business loans by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more