If the United Kingdom does not lower the price of the tests, its tourists will not travel

They ask to be allowed to travel to countries that are within the green list of low-risk destinations without any type of restriction

Given this scenario, although they agree with the test, the vast majority of British respondents ask that, if they do not lower themselves, travel to countries on the green list of low-risk destinations is allowed without any restrictions, something that apparently will not happen. Likewise, they propose that PCRs be replaced or supplemented with antigen tests, claiming that they are much cheaper and give results in 30 minutes.

“The government of the United Kingdom should release the final details of the testing regime as soon as possible and let people know the levels in which countries will be classified and the criteria that will be used to decide those levels, “said easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren. In this regard, he believes” that most countries Europeans should be on the green level, based on the protection that the UK National Health Service provided to the British through our vaccination campaign, and the low presence of strains in most European countries. “

The British Sector sees the summer season in danger

As NEXOTUR published, some tourist associations in the United Kingdom already warned that this situation had to be remedied or it would have consequences in the summer season. “The restart of international travel must be accessible to everyone,” said ABTA CEO Mark Tanzer. In this regard, he insisted once again on the need to implant antigen tests, and in the event that the traveler tests positive in this test, carry out the PCR test. Likewise, it is necessary that “The Government also considers people who have been vaccinated to be exempted from the testing requirements, in case scientific studies suggest lower transmissibility. “

For her part, the executive director of the Association of Airport Operators (AOA), Karen Dee, warned that “Without a cost-effective solution like this, summer vacation will be out of reach for many and will further harm an already badly affected aviation and travel industry. “” As the government offers free rapid tests nationwide, it is vital that business travelers and vacationers can make use of them for countries in the region. the green list upon their return, “he adds.

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UK Gives Provisional Green Light to Merger of O2 and Virgin, Key for Pallete | Companies

Relief for Telefónica in the UK. The British competition authority, the CMA, has given a provisional green light to the merger of O2, the British subsidiary of the Spanish company, with Virgin Media, owned by the American LIberty Global. The operation is valued at 35,800 million and will create a telecommunications giant in the country, which with 46 million lines, between mobile, fixed broadband and television, seeks to threaten the historical leadership of BT. For this reason, the authorization of competition is key.

“A thorough analysis of the evidence gathered during our investigation has shown that the agreement is unlikely to lead to an increase in prices or a reduction in the quality of mobile services, which means that customers should continue to benefit from strong competition.” , has indicated the CMA. The competition authority, in this case the European Commission, has already thwarted a key operation of Telefónica O2, its sale to Hutchison in the spring of 2016.

Like the former, the integration of O2 and Virgin is key to the plans of the Spanish company and its president, José María Álvarez Pallete, in reducing debt. With the operation, teleco foresees a debt reduction of between 6,300 and 6,652 million euros, and an initial payment of 6,500 million euros. At the end of 2020, Telefónica’s debt was around 35,000 million, although the teleco pointed out that, with the pending operations, the merger of O2 and Virgin, and the sales of Movistar Costa Rica and the Telxius towers to American Tower, indebtedness would be around 26,000 million.

The operation was announced in May last year, in the midst of the pandemic, and a few months later the United Kingdom asked Brussels for the operation’s file, in view of its characteristics and the end of the post-Brexit transition process.

The CMA has indicated that its analysis has not focused on possible duplications in the retail markets, without considering whether the operation may reduce competition in the wholesale market, that is, in the rental of services to third-party operators.

Virgin rents lines to operators such as Vodafone or Three to complete its own networks, while O2 rents its network to alternative mobile operators. The CMA feared a price hike in these areas, but has provisionally ruled out this possibility, indicating that customers should continue to benefit from strong competition.

The final approval could take place during the month of May, according to industry sources, who point out that it is highly unlikely that the CMA could change the direction of its decisions. From the outset, Telefónica’s management has demanded approval without conditions, recalling that, in 2015, the United Kingdom gave the green light to a very similar transaction, the purchase of Everything Everywhere by BT, also without setting conditions.

Both partners have worked with that conviction. In fact, already in the second half of 2020, they completed the recapitalization of the joint venture, with the raising of more than 6,100 million euros between credits and bonds. Last week, Telefónica and Liberty announced the management structure of O2 Virgin Media. Thus, Lutz Schüler, from Virgin will be the CEO of the new operator, while Patricia Cobián, financial director of O2, will occupy the same position in the joint venture.

In addition, Liberty Global has accelerated in recent weeks the segregation of Virgin Media’s business in Ireland, which was not part of the agreement with Telefónica.

Telefónica and Liberty have argued that the merger combines the mobile strength of O2, with an ambitious 5G deployment, and the weight of Virgin Media in fixed broadband. One of the promises of both partners is the acceleration of the deployments of the next generation infrastructures, both mobile 5G and fiber. In this case, the Spanish group has highlighted that it will contribute its experience in the deployment in markets such as Spain and Brazil.

Telefónica shares started the session with slight decreases, amid the doubts that surround the markets. In the first minutes of trading, they are left around 0.7%, up to 3.71 euros. Various analysts have agreed that the approval of the merger of O2 and Virgin Media should be a catalyst for the recovery of the matildes.

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Christian churches against a reduction in international aid

“Balancing the books during a pandemic on the backs of the world’s poorest is unacceptable.” In a column published Tuesday, April 6 in the columns of the British daily Evening Standard, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, have vehemently criticized the cut to the international aid budget, announced by the executive last November.

These cuts, temporarily introduced by Boris Johnson’s government to help offset the deficit created by the Covid-19 crisis, imply a drop of 4 billion pounds (4.6 billion euros), thus dropping to 0, 5% of national wealth, well below the legally binding threshold of 0.7%. Now these “Hastily implemented reductions” are already causing “Real damage” in Yemen, Syria or South Sudan, deplore religious leaders, still fearing that this measure will become permanent.

“Morality and respect”

“Promises – and truth – matter in politics, as in all areas of life. It’s never too late to do the right thing. Great Britain cannot prosper if it shies away from its international responsibilities ”, hammer home the two archbishops in the text, before calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to do an about-face: ” (…) it’s about [d’une question] of morality and keeping our promise to people who live in poverty. We have to live up to the situation ”.

→ ANALYSIS. London looks at first post-Brexit budget

This is not the first time that Catholic and Anglican leaders have stepped up to the plate on this thorny issue. After having repeatedly challenged public opinion and political leaders on the subject since last November, Justin Welby had notably urged, in early March, the faithful to express their disagreement to their elected officials.

“Not back”

In a letter to parliamentarians in late November, Cardinal Vincent Nichols mentioned one “Not back” for the country. « The great tragedies of mass forced migration and human trafficking must be tackled at the root. Carefully targeted and well-managed aid programs are an essential part of this effort », he underlined, before quoting the encyclical Fract them all of Pope Francis: “Either we all run away or nobody runs away”.

Across the Channel, the announcement of these budget cuts also crystallized resistance in the ranks of deputies; while the United Kingdom is due to host the G7 summit next June, « [il est] the only country [du groupe] which reduces international aid. From a diplomatic point of view, it is therefore imperative that the Prime Minister be able to bring together all the allies to boost the global recovery, fight against Covid and avoid climate change ”, deplored Anthony Mangnall, deputy of Totnes. In March, Boris Johnson argued that the British could stay “Proud” of their aid spending, among the highest among G7 members.

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The United Kingdom will reduce the number of its troops by more than 10,000 soldiers

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Updated:3/22/2021 14:46h

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will again announce this week in the House of Commons a new change in his defense strategy, after a few days ago he revealed that the country is going to increase by 40%your nuclear arsenal. This time, he will explain the reasons why he plans to reduce the number of soldiers by more than 10,000 soldiers, one of them, to invest more in innovation and technology.

This decision is part of the so-called Integrated review of security, defense, development and foreign policy of the Government, conceived in the document ‘Global Britain in a competitive era‘, which according to Downing Street sources represents the most radical assessment since the end of the Cold War. For many MPs in the conservative ranks, these changes are putting the UK, once divorced from the European Union, on its way to being “again” the geopolitical center of the planet.

New technology

In his statement to MPs, the Prime Minister will explain that while NATO remains the cornerstone of UK security in the Euro-Atlantic region, the country cannot rely solely on an ‘increasingly obsolete international order’ to protect their interests, especially when their sights are set on the Indo-Asian region. Johnson, who announced last November an increase of 16.5 billion pounds pounds on British defense spending over the next four years, will detail its intention for the armed forces to embrace the regular use of cutting-edge technologies, such as drones, robots and artificial intelligence in general, as well as the creation of a new counter-terrorism operations center that will serve as a base to respond to attacks of this type.

However, some voices have expressed their concern at the announcement, since they consider that the British Army, which is the smallest of the last four centuries, needs not only technology but also of human capacity to function properly. However John Clark, chief of strategy for the Army, believes that thanks to the use of technology “the same effect can be achieved with fewer people.”

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Britain faces shortage of vaccines, according to the NHS

Dhe UK public health service, the NHS, has notified the government of a “significant reduction” in vaccine supplies. The supply bottleneck will begin at the end of March and last for four weeks, according to a letter that was leaked to several media outlets on Wednesday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the letter that evening as a “normal operational letter” and a “standard letter” the NHS had used to respond to a standard government request. The supply of vaccine had never been linear, and the predictions went “sometimes up and sometimes down”.

Hancock assured that the government’s targets were not in jeopardy. Currently, the over-fifty-year-olds would be the last of the nine priority groups to receive invitations and be vaccinated by April 15, as planned. The goal of having all adults in the kingdom protected by the end of July will also be achieved. Hancock spoke of “fantastic progress” and emphasized that 25 million residents have already been vaccinated, which means that almost every second adult is protected with at least one dose.

In a press conference, the Minister of Health also commented on the threat by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to stop the export of vaccines from the European Union to the Kingdom if they should not be delivered in the other direction. Hancock recalled that the UK government is giving “tens of millions of pounds” to Astrazeneca’s vaccine research, supply chains – including in the UK I – helped build it, and agreed a legally binding contract in which Great Britain was guaranteed “the first 100 million cans”. London therefore expects Astrazeneca to meet its obligations and continue to deliver the vaccines to the UK from European manufacturing facilities. Von der Leyen also acknowledged the principle of contract fulfillment.

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Britain faces shortage of vaccines, according to the NHS

Dhe UK public health service, the NHS, has notified the government of a “significant reduction” in vaccine supplies. The supply bottleneck will begin at the end of March and last for four weeks, according to a letter that was leaked to several media outlets on Wednesday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the letter that evening as a “normal operational letter” and a “standard letter” the NHS used to respond to a standard government request. The vaccine supply has never been linear, and predictions have gone “sometimes up and sometimes down.”

Hancock assured that the government’s targets were not in jeopardy. Currently, the over-50s would be the last of the nine priority groups to receive invitations and be vaccinated by April 15 as planned. The goal of having all adults in the kingdom protected by the end of July will also be achieved. Hancock spoke of “fantastic progress” and emphasized that 25 million residents have already been vaccinated, which means that almost every second adult is protected with at least one dose.

In a press conference, the Minister of Health also commented on the threat by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to stop the export of vaccines from the European Union to the Kingdom if they should not be delivered in the other direction. Hancock recalled that the UK government had given “tens of millions of pounds” to Astrazeneca’s vaccine research, helped build supply chains – including in the EU – and signed a legal contract under which the UK guaranteed “the first 100 million doses” have been. London therefore expects Astrazeneca to meet its obligations and continue to deliver the vaccines to the UK from European manufacturing facilities. Von der Leyen also acknowledged the principle of contract fulfillment.

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reinforcements, salary reduction and an ambassador position

Going out of his way to convince Lionel Messi to continue at the club after June 30 was a campaign promise shared by all of Barcelona’s presidential candidates. After his electoral victory last Sunday, Joan Laporta began to unfold his plan to achieve that goal. And in the next few days he will expose it to the captain and to Jorge Messi, his father and representative.

According to what was published by the newspaper Sports world This Saturday, Laporta will bet on seducing Leo with a combo that will include not only the guarantee of a competitive team for the next season, but also a position of ambassador for the institution when his career ends. This would compensate, in part, the salary cut that the proposal will include, in line with the general pruning that the club has been doing as a result of the fall in income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the footballers who could join Barça for the next season, the Norwegian Erling Haaland stands out. The Borussia Dortmund striker, barely 20 years old, is one of the most coveted pieces for the next transfer market, so the Catalan club will have to make a major financial effort to count on him. For this, it will be necessary to make sales that report good income. Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé head the list of candidates starting.

Joan Laporta was elected president of Barcelona last Sunday. (Photo: Andreu Dalmau / EFE)

In addition to Haaland, other renowned footballers could also join, with more experience and whose hiring would not require a significant wallet blow. One of them is Sergio Agüero, one of the most endearing friends that football gave Messi. The When His contract with Manchester City ends in the middle of the year and everything indicates that he will not continue there. Another is Austrian defender David Alaba, a multi-champion with Bayern Munich, who will also be released on June 30.

With the arrival of these players plus the young people who have stood out this season (Pedri, Ansu Fati, Frenkie De Jong), Laporta aims to set up a squad that supports Messi and allows the team to be competitive again, especially in the continental bid. A sample of this lost ground was the elimination of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday: it was the first time in 14 that the Blaugrana team could not overcome the round of 16 of the main club tournament in Europe.

But the proposal is not just for the short term. According Sports world, the new leadership would offer Messi a contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar “and, from then on, a future in the United States, where it is not ruled out that the Barcelona club will recover the old project of a franchise”. Later, the man from Rosario would become the institution’s ambassador.

Lionel Messi voted on Sunday in the Barcelona elections with his son Thiago at the Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi voted on Sunday in the Barcelona elections with his son Thiago at the Camp Nou.

After the elections last Sunday, Laporta (not yet formally assumed the position of president) and Messi had brief and cordial contacts. But they have not yet discussed the renewal offer. The new president clarified that he would not do it until the audit in the club was finished, since only then could he diagram an economic proposal.

For now, it is likely that Jorge Messi will travel to Catalonia next week to meet with the new leadership of Barça and thus begin to define the future of his son.

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The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide decreases for the third consecutive week | Voice of America

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted on Monday that globally, the number of new coronavirus cases decreased for the third week in a row.

At the agency’s regular briefing, held primarily from the organization’s Geneva headquarters, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while many nations continue to see an increase in infections, the news is encouraging.

Tedros said these latest data show that the virus can be controlled, even with the newer variants in circulation, and that with proven public health measures such as social distancing, the use of masks and good hygiene, infections can be prevented. He cautioned, however, that the world has been to this point before, and this is not the time to relax.

Is using two masks better to prevent COVID?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert, said in a virtual meeting Friday that efforts need to be speeded up to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially now that it has come to light that two of vaccines are less effective against new strains of the virus.

“Over the last year, there have been times in almost every country where cases have dropped, and governments opened up too quickly, and individuals let their guard down, only for the virus to resurface,” he noted.

Tedros said that as vaccines are distributed around the world, it is important to continue to take the precautions that keep people safe. He stressed that controlling the spread of the virus saves lives now and reduces the chances of more variants emerging.

“And it helps to ensure that vaccines remain effective,” he concluded.

Research in Wuhan

Also at the briefing, WHO Emergency Program Director Michael Ryan responded to a question about the WHO-led team currently studying the origins of the virus and early skepticism about what it may find.

WHO begins to investigate the origin of the pandemic in China

WHO begins investigating the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic in China

Commenters have raised questions about what investigators may discover so long after the outbreak emerged there and given China’s faltering cooperation with the investigation.

Ryan rejected the skepticism of those who have already said they will not accept the team’s report or that there may be other reports with different findings.

“No other country has provided any desk, intelligence or other information to WHO. We are looking for it. We are on the ground with experts from ten countries looking to find the answers. If you have the answers, if you think you have some answers, please let us know, “he said.

Ryan said the team currently in China represents not only WHO, but the world community and deserves support.

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The Chinese Super League imposes a 50% salary cut on Jonathan Viera

The Chinese Super League imposes a 50% salary cut on Jonathan Viera

Salary cap for foreigners of three million, more severe sanitary restrictions, bubble venues and the inexhaustible flight of stars in the Chinese Super League. What awaits Jonathan Viera. The Beijing midfielder from Gran Canaria – his contract expires this December – finalizes his trip to Beijing to start the preseason under Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian coach, who has taken the reins of the national team, West Bromwich, West Ham, Besiktas or Lokomotiv, replaces Bruno Genesio. On the eve of his fourth season in the Chinese Super League, the former UD Viera player faces a complex scenario. The Federation of China issued a new statement a few days ago reviewing the points within the competitive order. Looking ahead to the next two seasons – from 2021 to 2023 – a salary cap of three million is established for foreign stars.

Along with Jonathan Viera, the measure affects El Shaarawy and Mbia (Shanghai Shenhua), Moussa Dembélé (Ghangzhou), the former UD player Salomón Rondón and Hamsik (Dalian) or Leo Baptistao (Wuhan Zall).

In addition, the format of the bubbles is repeated in the different venues of the Chinese Super League. Each foreign player must spend forty two weeks when landing in the Asian country. Beijing’s preseason begins next Monday, January 25.

Escape and recognition

For his part, Paulinho, a benchmark in Guangzhou Evergrande and former FC Barcelona player, current runner-up in the Chinese Super League, has already announced that he is leaving the competition. Conceive new professional horizons in the face of the high number of restrictions.

Viera, who lost in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals, has been included in the list of the stars of the event. He is nominated for Best Player and competes with Andrés Iniesta, Negrao, Masharipov or the Korean Yoon Bit-garam.

The playmaker from Gran Canaria -190 duels in yellow- is a fixation for President Ramírez, who awaits him in December. Finishing her physical preparation, Viera went to the José Ojeda Campus -photo- to teach the new pearls. |

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London lowers its fishing requests and an agreement is approaching: it claims 223 million in quotas

Trucks trapped near the port of Dover yesterday in one of the kilometer lines. | // EFE

Radical turn in the negotiations for an agreement for Brexit. And key. The UK has significantly lowered its requests regarding the percentage of fishing quotas it wants to retain. If at the time it did not fall below 80% and in recent weeks it did not fall below 60%, the negotiating team led by David Frost has put 35% on the table, which would be equivalent to 223 million euros per year in quotas . Despite supposing a decrease in their requests, the approach remains above the “final offer” launched at the end of last week by the community counterpart. Michel Barnier set the limit at 25%, which is equivalent to 160 million and a potential damage for the Galician fleet and the rest of Spain of almost 200 million, as published by FARO. Sources of the sector consulted predict that a pact could be sealed in the medium term, 30%, although the six years of transition and access to water would be maintained, a harmful measure that would force to reopen the talks after that period with a position of disadvantage for the community fleet.

The proposal was advanced yesterday afternoon by means of both trenches. On the one hand, Politico, through an article signed by the former special advisor to former Prime Minister Theresa May, Raoul Ruparel. On the other, both the Financial Times and The Guardian, with journalists who have followed the process since it began four years ago and who cite diplomatic sources from London and Brussels.

The Downing Street proposal states that the United Kingdom would keep 35% of the quotas that the Community fleet has been capturing in its waters. In addition, the government of Boris Johnson would be willing to accept a transition period of five years, one less than that proposed by Barnier, which would include a series of mitigation measures (in the form of tariffs) if the difference in quota is very damaging .

Sources from the European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) explained yesterday at the last minute that, once Frost’s proposal is known, “an agreement is very close.” In fact, after the deadline given by the European Parliament for last Sunday, from the sector they fear that the pact “could arrive before Christmas Eve”, confirming the blow for the European industry.

While Frost and Barnier are silent, the European Parliament advanced that it would not be possible to ratify an agreement by January 1. Everything would remain at the expense of a provisional application or a no deal, since the British Government ruled out yesterday again an extension of the transition beyond December 31.

Gravity

The sector, in between, holds its breath. The gransolera association of the Vigo Shipowners Cooperative (ARVI), Anasol, warned that the information on the status of the negotiations is considered “of the utmost seriousness.” Through a statement issued before the British counter offer was made known, Anasol estimated Barnier’s initial proposal would mean the “practical disappearance” of the fleet that operates in the historic fishing ground and that “a no-deal is better than clinging to the one proposed ”.

In Anasol’s opinion, the European Commission is “on the verge of betraying the fishing sector” after “a long period of maintaining a unitary position” from the EU. “The end of the exit period without an agreement would be very bad news, but it would be much worse if an agreement could be reached on the terms that are now being proposed,” they warned from the ARVI association, which insisted that fishing “does not it can be the bargaining chip ”, something that the sector remembers practically since the British referendum on exit, in 2016.

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