Travel bans extended as United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda added to red list to prevent spread of new variant

first_imgTravel bans extended as United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda added to red list to prevent spread of new variant entry to the UK is banned for visitors arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi and Rwanda from 29 January 2021 at 1pm – British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enterfrom 4am on Friday morning all arrivals who have, in the 10 days before their arrival in the UK, been in these destinations, and their households, will have to self-isolate immediately, and will not be eligible to use Test to Releasemove is in response to new evidence showing the likely spread of a coronavirus variant first identified in South AfricaThe government has taken the urgent decision to ban travel to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi and Rwanda to prevent the spread of the new variant originally identified in South Africa into the UK.From 1pm on Friday 29 January, passengers who have been in or transited through the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda in the last 10 days will no longer be granted access to the UK.This does not include British and Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days at home, along with their household. Passengers returning from these countries cannot be released from self-isolation through Test to Release.There will also be a flight ban on direct passenger flights from the UAE.The decision to ban travel from these destinations follows the discovery of a new coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, that may have spread to other countries, including the UAE, Burundi and Rwanda.Any exemptions usually in place will not apply, including for business travel.British nationals currently in the UAE should make use of the commercial options available if they wish to return to the UK. Indirect commercial routes that will enable British and Irish nationals and residents to return to the UK continue to operate.British nationals should check Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and follow local guidance. The FCDO will continue to offer tailored consular assistance to British nationals in country in need of advice on a 24/7 basis.Today’s (28 January 2021) action follows new measures announced by the government yesterday to minimise travel across international borders and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including managed isolation in hotels and the need to declare a reason for travel. More details on these measures will be set out next week. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, British, Burundi, business, commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, Discovery, Government, isolation, Rwanda, South Africa, travel ban, UAE, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Rory: It’s about the office, not the man

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Turns out there’s a reason why you don’t talk politics on the golf course. It’s a harsh lesson to learn, particularly for a professional golfer. Just ask Ernie Els or Rory McIlroy. For Els the toll came the week of the Genesis Open following a round of golf with President Donald Trump in South Florida. The Big Easy was anything but after enduring a barrage of criticism, mostly on social media. Now it’s McIlroy’s turn to withstand the slings and arrows of a polarized social media universe. McIlroy, who was born and raised in Northern Ireland, was so staggered by the reaction to his round with Trump on Feb. 19 that he tweeted a lengthy explanation of the round and why he felt compelled to play with the leader of the free world. On Tuesday at the WGC-Mexico Championship, the world No. 3 dug even deeper, figuring a round of golf with the president of the United States wasn’t really an either/or option. “I was a little bit taken aback by the blowback I received but I get why,” he said. “I was just doing what I felt was respectful and the president of the United States phones you up and wants to play golf with you, I wasn’t going to say no, like I don’t agree with everything that he says but it is what it is.” It didn’t appear as if McIlroy put much thought into the alternative, turning down a round of golf with a sitting president, but it’s likely there would have been just as much “blowback” had he taken a hard pass on his round with the POTUS. WGC-Mexico Championship: Articles, photos and videos McIlroy, who hasn’t played since the second week of January as he recovered from a rib injury, still seemed stunned by the reaction his round with Trump has caused. Although he’s never been shy when it comes to addressing difficult topics, the 27-year-old’s initial take when asked about the round was slightly aloof. “Played golf with some people . . . won’t go there,” he demurred. But he did go there in detail, in fact. For McIlroy, who has played his share of golf with dignitaries and politicians, the spectacle of playing golf with the president was profound. He said there were 30 Secret Service agents, 30 additional law enforcement officers and even snipers in the trees at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla. “It was just a surreal experience for me to see something like that. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play,” he said. This wasn’t a political statement. That’s not Rory’s style. Long before candidate Trump became president, McIlroy told a group of reporters last year as the PGA Tour mulled a possible move away from Trump’s property at Doral to Mexico City, “wouldn’t it be silly not to have some sort of relationship [with Trump]?” During the same interview he was asked about the presidential campaign, which was just starting to heat up, and his point and political affiliations remain unchanged. “I’m not an American, I can’t change the way the political system is there. I can’t vote,” he said on Tuesday. “I said this in Doral last year, even if I could vote I would have voted for an independent or someone else.” It’s been a tough few weeks for those who choose not to hide behind platitudes and vanilla one-liners. Pat Perez was scrutinized last week after suggesting Tiger Woods might retire if he doesn’t play the Masters, and rookie Bryson DeChambeau caught similar heat for comments concerning his face-on putter that was deemed non-conforming earlier this year by the USGA. Both players ended up walking those comments back, either to clarify or cool the room. But McIlroy didn’t step to the podium on Tuesday to apologize. Instead, he attempted to explain his situation, his thought process and his position, that whatever your political affiliation it’s important to recognize that the bigger picture is often skewed by the heat of the moment. “I’m sorry if I sort of pissed people off, but I felt I was in a position where I couldn’t really do anything but say yes, respect the office even if you don’t respect the guy that’s in it, go play and go from there,” he said. McIlroy isn’t blind to what his 18 holes with Trump means or the emotions his round stirred. But just as he knows there’s no room in golf for politics, there’s certainly no space for disrespect.last_img read more

ID’s Top Six — The Fine-Tuning of the Universe

first_img Physics, Earth & Space ID’s Top Six — The Fine-Tuning of the UniverseCasey LuskinNovember 8, 2017, 1:08 AM Intelligent Design Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Editor’s note: In the past we’ve offered the top 10 problems with Darwinian evolution (see here for a fuller elaboration), and the top five problems with origin-of-life theories. But somehow we neglected to offer a parallel listing of the top lines of evidence supporting intelligent design. Many different pieces of evidence pointing to design in nature could be adduced, but we decided to distill it all down to six major lines of evidence. Sure, five or ten would have been more conventional, but when did ID advocates start playing to expectations?So here they are, their order simply reflecting that in which they must logically have occurred within our universe. Material is adapted from the textbook Discovering Intelligent Design, which is an excellent resource for introducing the evidence for ID, along with Stephen Meyer’s books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt.2. The Fine-Tuning of the UniverseThe term “Big Bang” conjures images of an explosion, and usually when we think of an explosion we imagine a highly chaotic, stochastic event that destroys any order that is present rather than creating or preserving order. The Big Bang was not that kind of an “explosion.” It’s much better understood as a “finely tuned expansion event,” where all the matter and energy in the universe were expanding from an unimaginably high energy state. However, matching that energy was control and guidance through natural laws that were designed to produce a habitable universe, a home for life.Consider some of the finely tuned factors that make our universe possible:If the strong nuclear force were slightly more powerful, then there would be no hydrogen, an essential element of life. If it was slightly weaker, then hydrogen would be the only element in existence.If the weak nuclear force were slightly different, then either there would not be enough helium to generate heavy elements in stars, or stars would burn out too quickly and supernova explosions could not scatter heavy elements across the universe.If the electromagnetic force were slightly stronger or weaker, atomic bonds, and thus complex molecules, could not form.If the value of the gravitational constant were slightly larger, one consequence would be that stars would become too hot and burn out too quickly. If it were smaller, stars would never burn at all and heavy elements would not be produced.The finely tuned laws and constants of the universe are an example of specified complexity in nature. They are complex in that their values and settings are highly unlikely. They are specified in that they match the specific requirements needed for life.The following gives a sense of the degree of fine-tuning that must go into some of these values to yield a life-friendly universe:Gravitational constant: 1 part in 10^34Electromagnetic force versus force of gravity: 1 part in 10^37Cosmological constant: 1 part in 10^120Mass density of universe:  1 part in 10^59Expansion rate of universe: 1 part in 10^55Initial entropy:  1 part in 10^ (10^123)The last item in the list — the initial entropy of the universe — shows an astounding degree of fine-tuning. What all this shares is an incredible, astronomically precise, purposeful care and planning that went into the crafting of the laws and constants of the universe, gesturing unmistakably to intelligent design. As Nobel laureate in physics Charles Townes stated:Intelligent design, as one sees it from a scientific point of view, seems to be quite real. This is a very special universe: it’s remarkable that it came out just this way. If the laws of physics weren’t just the way they are, we couldn’t be here at all. The sun couldn’t be there, the laws of gravity and nuclear laws and magnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and so on have to be just the way they are for us to be here.Some scientists respond, “Well, there must be an enormous number of universes and each one is a little different. This one just happened to turn out right.” That’s a postulate, and it’s a pretty fantastic postulate — it assumes there really are an enormous number of universes and that the laws could be different for each of them. One would like to get a look at the universe-generating machine responsible for this abundance. The other possibility is that our universe was planned, and that’s why it has come out so specially.Again, William Lane Craig has a fantastic video explaining this: Recommended TagsBig BangCharles TownesDiscovering Intelligent Designelectromagnetic forceexpansion rate of universefine tuninggravitational constantgravityhydrogenID’s Top Sixinitial entropyintelligent designmagnetic theorymass densitynatureNobel laureatephysical constantsphysicsquantum mechanicsstarsstrong nuclear forcesuniverseweak nuclear forcewilliam lane craig,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Image source: spirit111, via Pixabay. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

School Board Member Supports New Testing

first_imgTo provide more incentive for teachers to fine tune their lessons, their salaries may soon be tied to their students’ progress under a new federal program. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state’s new Alaska Measures of Progress tests have caused some concern, particularly in homeschooling communities, but local School Board member Dan Castimore says he supports the new approach to student exams… Instead of grading a student based on their answers to one exam, the AMP tests will track a student’s progress throughout their schooling career and show how that child has grown. Some parents have resisted the idea of the state monitoring children so closely. Castimore said in order for teaching methods to improve, educators need to be able to see how students process their lessons. Castimore: “Well hopefully if it’s used right it will change dramatically because now teachers will know what their strength and weaknesses are, what they need to improve and what they do well, and at the same time parents will be able to say hey my kid is struggling in this category or in this section. And at the beginning of the year for the next teacher they’ll be able to evaluate all their students and say okay I know that Jimmy here needs to spend more time on fractions and they can start to tailor their program on the kids coming in.” Castimore: “The AMP test is actually going to start allowing us in the future to show the progress that a student has made. So if a student comes in to fifth grade and they’re reading at a third grade level and they move to a fifth grade level, that shows two years of growth. So maybe they’re not at a sixth grade level when they get to sixth grade but at least we’ve shown hey they’ve made two years worth of progress in one year and so we can start to show progress instead of just showing where they’re at right now.”last_img read more

Trophy Stall makes significant contribution towards Sunday’s horse race meet

first_imgTrophy Stall Bourda Market through its Managing Director, Ramesh Sunich, has made good on a promise to support Sunday’s Nand Persaud Sprint Classic horse race meet. The Trophy Stall, of Bourda Market, which is one of the leading trophy and engravement entities in Guyana continues to make good on its many promises.The entity, with businesses now in Bourda Market, City Mall and South Road, through Its Managing Director Ramesh Sunich has made a significant contribution to the Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Mega Sprint Classic Horse Race meet this Sunday.The event, which is organised by the Company’s Sky Plus Promotion Group, is set for the No.36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne, Berbice Racing Facility.  According to a press release, Trophy Stall has consented to donate the champion jockey and champion trainer trophies along with other incentives for other outstanding participants on the day. There are seven races carded for the day with over $4M in cash, trophies and other incentives up for grabs.The event, which is being organised by the Company Sky Plus Promotion Group, will see the horses running in a straight line on Guyana’s only grass track.  So far over 40 horses have entered and a number of other sponsors are on board.Among them are Ansa Mc Al and Stag Beer, Republic Bank, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, NTN, Prem’s, retired jockey Abdul Latiff and businessmen Deo Persaud, Jaikarran Sergobin and Jaikishan Persaud among others. The feature is for animals classified D and lower over four furlongs for a winning purse of $400,000 and trophy which will see the likes of TNT and Isn’t She Charming, bidding to outdo each other for the attractive purse. The other events are for horses classified H and lower for a take home prize of $260,000 and trophy over 3 furlongs.The race for three-year-old animals has a winning purse of $200,000 and trophy over a distance of three furlongs.The event for two-year-olds has a winning purse of $200,000 and trophy over four furlongs. The K Class and Lower animals will have at stake a first prize of $140,000 and trophy over three furlongs.There is an event for male animals classified L and lower over four furlongs for a winner’s prize of $100,000 and trophy.The L class event for female horses over three furlongs also has a first prize of $100,000 and trophy.Race time is 12:00 hrs. And there will be lot of other attractions for the family and kids. An action packed day of racing is anticipated.last_img read more

Sudan Edge Libya On Penalties To Take Third Place At CHAN 2018

first_imgSudan have taken third place at the ongoing African Nations Championship (ANC) in Morocco after they saw off their North African opponents Libya 4-2 on penalties in their 3rd/4th place playoff match on Saturday night.The Sudanese team took the lead as early as the eighth minute through Walai Eldin before they were pegged back late into the game through Salem Ablo thereby forcing extra time and penalties.The aforementioned Ablo and Amadou Elhouni missed their penalties for former champions Libya during the shootout to hand Sudan third place at the tournament via a 4-2 win.The final match will be contested by hosts Morocco and Nigeria on Sunday night.RelatedCHAN Eagles See Off Sudan To Seal Final Meeting With MoroccoFebruary 1, 2018In “Africa”CHAN Eagles Group Stage Opponents Revealed After Morocco DrawNovember 17, 2017In “Africa”CHAN 2018 Matchday 2 Review: Namibia Shock Ivory Coast As Sudan And Zambia Secure Respective WinsJanuary 15, 2018In “CAF”last_img read more

Parish crowned golfer of the year

first_imgBrian Parish (right) was named golfer of the year.The Tropical Golf Group Tuesday, Dec. 26, Royal Lakeside – StablefordIt is not supposed to be wet, cold and nasty at this time of the year, but on this Tuesday morning it was all three.  The question also was should we go to the course, and the answer of course was yes, so off we went, all 8 groups.With many of the payers donning jumpers or jackets at the first tee we set off into a strong, cold wind and with the threat of rain.  The course was wet but not too bad as carts were allowed on the fairways, but there was not much run.  The greens however were firm and true and the mist over the course lifted as midday came and a weak sun shone through. Back at BJ’s in Pattaya we got into the results, and what results they were.  In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner with 41 points was Gerd Riedler, with Bob Britton in second place on 40 and Mashi Kaneta taking third with 39 on count-back over Steve Truelove in fourth.  In fifth place was Geoff Bracegirdle with 38 points.In the B Flight, 20 up, the players seemed to have gone berserk and produced scores that were certainly the best I can remember.  The winner was Gordon Clegg with 49 points, incredible, with Torsten Bischoff second on 46, a score that would normally be good enough to win any competition.  And how about Karen Brown in third place with 45 points, another good round.  Don Carmody was fourth with 43 and Dave Cooper placed fifth with 42.  Imagine having 41 points and not being in the top 5!As usual we had best front and back nine prizes for non winners and these were won by Tom Harrington with 22 points (front) and Andre Van Dyk with 20 points (back).It was also time for the golfer of the month to be announced and the winner by a clear margin was Tom Harrington ahead of Bob Britton and Dave Cooper.Friday, Dec. 29,Silky Oak – StablefordTropical Golf finished up a stellar week and year with a trip to Silky Oak.  To give it a bit of fun and suspense we played blind partner, and you didn’t know whose Stableford score you would be combined with until after the round.  The course was in excellent condition, especially the fairways.Tommy Marshall / SK Kwok were the victors on the day with a combined score of 80 points, one point behind in second came Bob Watson and Brian Parish while third place on 77 points went to Rob Brown and Ronnie Ratte.  Taking fourth on 68 points were Graham Buckingham and Henry Wong while the duo of Derek Brook and Andy Murphy with 64 points just managed to edge a count-back for fifth place over Maurice Roberts and Barry Elphick.Near Pins went to Rob Brown (2), Derek Brook (2) and Bob Watson.At the presentation we were pleased to announce that Brian Parish had won the golfer of the year award.  During the previous 12 months his handicap went steadily down from 14 to brushing single digits with a current 9.9.  How did he do it? Brian isn’t saying, but he has an eye condition now from all the flash photography he’s been through lately.last_img read more

Cricket: Abdul Razzaq desires to make Hardik Pandya the best all-rounder

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricTrackerAdvertisement 3v2rsvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1na2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egiuc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 031jWould you ever consider trying this?😱xuwCan your students do this? 🌚4obRoller skating! Powered by Firework Hardik Pandya’s brash hitting and timely bowling has attracted a lot of eyeballs with former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq being the latest name. The former cricketer claims that he can make Pandya the best all-rounder in two weeks if allowed.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricTrackerIn a surprising revelation and a bizarre request, one of Pakistan’s greatest all-rounders got to Twitter to state Hardik Pandya’s flaws after watching the Mumbai Indians player very keenly.The former all-rounder, after stating the flaws, proceeded to make an offer to train Hardik Pandya for a period of two weeks and went on to claim that he would make him the best hitter and all-rounder before making himself available for the BCCI.Advertisement Here is what he stated in the two tweets that he posted:“So today I have been closely observing Hardik Pandya and I feel like I see a lot of faults in his body’s balance when hitting the bowl hardly and I observed his footwork as well and I see that also let’s him down sometimes and I feel like if I give him Coaching in for example UAE,”Advertisement “I can make him one of the best all-rounders if not the best and if BCCI wants to make him a better all-rounder I will always be available. Thanks,”Read Also:CWC 2019: KL Rahul aims to learn from mistakes in the upcoming gamesCWC 2019- SL vs SA Review: Proteas play spoilsport to Lankan semi-final pursuit Advertisementlast_img read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

first_imgWeatherA tropical disturbance is scheduled to make for a wet weekend, so keep that in mind when you make your plans. For the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Liberty Square RiverboatEpcot:Kringla Bakeri og KafeWhat do you think of this After Fireworks Dessert Party? Would you try it out? Let me know in the comments! Share This!We’ve got high crowds and some great temps for you this week. Grab a sip of water (gotta stay hydrated!) and read your Walt Disney World preview here!Special EventsThe Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival ends May 28. Will you get to visit before it ends?As of May 28, Magic Kingdom’s After Fireworks Dessert Party is available to participating guests. Admission is $69 for adults and $41 for children, and you can read more about it here.Annual Passholders are receiving special offerings now through June 29. These include a 20% discount at Hollywood & Vine (located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and early access to purchase a Toy Story Land-themed MagicBand.PhotoPass Photographers have added new Magic Shots around the resort. At Magic Kingdom park, see Dumbo fly over Storybook Circus, catch the Cheshire Cat near the Mad Tea Party, or get your head shot taken near the Casting Agency door!The Friendship Boats are closed temporarily as of May 7. This transportation service is for guests staying at the Epcot area resorts, and the closure is due to a bridge refurbishment. At the time of this article, Disney has not yet released a completion date.last_img read more

South Africa’s

first_img2 October 2013 Competing against more than 400 other global entries, South African movie Felix won the Best Children’s Film award at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Germany on the weekend. The panel of judges included four children. The producers, in a South African first with an all-female team, were awarded with R101 816 in prize money. The team includes Safta Lifetime Achievement winner Roberta Durrant directing; Natalie Haarhoff as the director of photography; Shirley Johnston as the screenwriter; Kate Schalk as the line producer; Surisa Surisa as the art director; Ayesha Khatieb as the wardrobe stylist; Islyn Goliath as the hair and makeup artist; and Maryke Kruger as the editor. Rave reviews Reviewers and film fundis alike have been gushing about Felix. The Vancouver International Film Festival described the film as “an inspiring coming-of-age tale about finding the courage to fulfil your ambitions and the strength to let the past go”. The Lucas International Children’s Film Festival gives a nod to the film’s South African roots, saying, “This is a film that reflects the South African ‘love for life’.” Closer to home, local tabloid newspaper The Daily Sun calls the movie a “gentle, life-affirming tale”, while the Mail & Guardian’s Matthew Krouse says it’s “Perfect for a kiddies’ birthday party … or as a special treat for gran.”Heartwarming story Set in picturesque Cape Town, Felix follows the fortunes of 14-year-old Felix Xaba who hankers after being a saxophonist, just like his father. His mother, Lindiwe, however believes jazz is the devil’s music and wants her son to concentrate on his studies at the elite private school he’s won a scholarship to. Felix rebels, looking up his dad’s old jazz buddies to mentor him to play in the school’s jazz concert. Culturally inspired soundtrack The movie’s score takes its cue from Cape Town’s rich jazz heritage, with musical director Murray Anderson, who’s worked with the likes of jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim, teaming with former Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year Mark Fransman and Bokani Dyer, as well as triple 2012 South African Music Awards nominee Lwanda Gogwana. The film’s cast includes Johannesburg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film; South African Film and Television Award (Safta) Best Actress winner Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo) in her feature debut; and newcomer Hlayani Junior Mabasa, who was cast as Felix from over 400 auditions across the country. Felix is currently showing at 40 cinemas countrywide and will be screened at both the BFI London Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more