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Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

COVID-19, HEALTH, London, Transport, TRAVEL, UK
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for use of face coverings to remain compulsory on public transport in the British capital after government plans to relax Covid-19 curbs begin on 19 July. Under the plans passengers on Transport for London (TfL) services - which include the city's tube, bus, tram and rail networks - would be required to wear a face covering after an England-wide requirement ends under plans set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. "I've repeatedly made clear that the simplest and safest option would have been for the government to retain the national requirement for face coverings on public transport," Mr Khan said in a statement. "I'm not prepared to stand by and put Londoners, and our city's recovery, at risk. This is why, after careful consid...
Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

ACCIDENT, ADVOCACY, AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, Transport, TRAVEL
In 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines jet headed for Nairobi, killing all 149 onboard including 32 Kenyans. In Summary The payment comes barely a few months after Kenyan families agreed to drop the caseRibbeck Law Chartered, which represents more than 90 clients made the announcement after at least three years of litigation. L-R:Ribbeck Law Chartered Founding Partner Manuel von Ribbeck , Igeria & Ngugi Advocates Head of Litigation David Njoroge and Global Managing Director of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s Air Disasters Global Insurance Claims Deon Botha. Ribbeck Law Chartered is representing most of the victims of Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes against Boeing/COURTESY Families of victims of the two 737 Boeing Max crashes that killed 346 people in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019 have ...
Chinese-built modern railway in Kenya marks 1,500 days of safe operation

Chinese-built modern railway in Kenya marks 1,500 days of safe operation

AFRICA, China, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Transport, TRAVEL
NAIROBI, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) linking Kenya's port city Mombasa to the capital Nairobi is celebrating 1,500 days of safe operation as it seeks to boost the safety of passengers and cargo along the 480 km corridor. A statement from the SGR operator released in Nairobi on Friday said the modern train service has been at the forefront of Kenya's socio-economic transformation in the last four years since its operationalization. "SGR's transportation indicators and its increasingly important social significance have also earned the approval of freight owners and passengers," said Africa Star Railway Operation Company Limited (AfriStar) that operates SGR. The operator said 1,500 days marked a milestone in safe, efficient and quality oper...
Ugandan campaigners vow to keep on fighting for Bugoma forest

Ugandan campaigners vow to keep on fighting for Bugoma forest

AFRICA, ANIMALS, EAST AFRICA, Nature, TOURISM, UGANDA
Residents and civil society groups have been waging a legal battle against a sugarcane development project. Bagyenda Anatole (left) and Charles Twongwire, members of the Save Bugoma Forest campaign [Federica Marsi/Al Jazeera] Hoima, Uganda – Bagyenda Anatole walked briskly under the thinning canopy cover in Bugoma Central Forest Reserve. Along the narrow path, the remnants of butchered tree trunks bore testimony to the ongoing clearing of Uganda’s largest remaining block of natural tropical woodland. Since August 2020, when mechanical graders roared to life as part of a controversial sugarcane development project, residents and civil society groups under the Save Bugoma Forest campaign have been waging an uphill legal battle. A short walk from a parked bulldozer, police office...
Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Transport, TRAVEL
Israel’s new VIP transport could be sold before it even enters service. The modified Boeing 767-338ER has been with the Israeli Air Force for four years and was taken on to the transport Israeli Prime Minister and the President of the State of Israel. However, it has faced significant opposition from certain officials. Could this head of state aircraft be abandoned before serving its role? Photo: LLHZ2805 via Wikimedia Commons A costly program The “Wing of Zion” conducted its first flight after conversion on November 3rd, 2019. Holding registration 4X-ISR, it is yet to enter service and has been under scrutiny for the high costs, leading to overruns. The original budget for the acquisition, modification, and upgrading of the Israeli “Air Force One” was ₪393 million ($11...
Uganda: Boda Bodas Cry Foul Over Seizure of Motorcycles

Uganda: Boda Bodas Cry Foul Over Seizure of Motorcycles

AFRICA, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA
The ongoing lockdown aimed at curbing Covid-19 has left several boda boda riders in Jinja City jobless following the seizure of their motorcycles over alleged failure to make contractual remittances. On June 16, President Museveni declared a 42-day lockdown, barring boda bodas from ferrying passengers and directing that they stop their operations by 5pm, with an exception of the sick upon presenting letters from authorities. However, some non-banking financial institutions, which provide the motorcycles on hire purchase agreement, have started confiscating them due to alleged failure to make daily remittances. On Nadiope East Street in Jinja City, several motorcycles are parked after they were confiscated by one of the providers. Mr Hareed Mukisa, one of the victims operat...
Emirates Airline launches alternative payment solution for flight tickets

Emirates Airline launches alternative payment solution for flight tickets

Business, INTERNATIONAL, Transport, TRAVEL, UAE
An Emirates plane is seen at Lisbon's airport, Portugal June 24, 2016 Dubai-based Emirates Airline has launched Emirates Pay, a new industry payment solution for purchasing flight tickets, Dubai Media Office reported on Monday. “We’re pleased to be the first airline to roll out this new account-based solution for our customers,” Dubai Media Office quoted Emirates’ chief financial officer Michael Doersam as saying. “Customers who don’t have a credit card, and those already using direct payments for other purchases, will welcome the simplicity and security of this method when making travel purchases. When it comes to payments solutions, we’ve always kept close to the latest innovations so that we can offer our customers in different markets the most secure and convenient options,” ...
Plane with 28 people on board goes missing in Russia’s Far East region

Plane with 28 people on board goes missing in Russia’s Far East region

CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA, TRAFFIC, TRAGEDY, Transport, TRAVEL
Russian Air Force Antonov AN-26. Picture used for illustrative purposes only. Contact has been lost with a passenger plane carrying 28 people in Russia's Far East, the country's emergencies ministry said on Tuesday. The AN-26 airplane was flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana in the Kamchatka Peninsula when it did not make a scheduled communication, the ministry said. The Interfax and RIA Novosti agencies quoted the emergencies ministry as saying that the search and rescue teams were on their way to the area. There were 22 passengers and six crew members on board. An investigation has been launched, and a search mission is underway. Two helicopters and an airplane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane's route, local officials said. The plane was on approa...
Germany lifts travel ban on passengers from India, 4 other countries

Germany lifts travel ban on passengers from India, 4 other countries

COVID-19, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Transport, TRAVEL
People who have had either both vaccination doses, or who can demonstrate they have recovered from COVID, will not need to isolate on their return or arrival. (Representational Photo: AFP) India was classified as a virus variant area at the end of April, followed by Nepal and the UK in May Germany is lifting a ban on most travellers from five countries hit by 'Delta' variant of COVID-19, including India and the UK from Wednesday, said German envoy Walter J Lindner. "From tomorrow, Germany is removing the entry ban and easing travel rules for five countries where Delta variant is widespread, including India," tweeted German ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner on Tuesday. German public health agency the Robert Koch Institute on Monday said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal and th...
Africa protests EU’s vaccine apartheid in Green Pass policy

Africa protests EU’s vaccine apartheid in Green Pass policy

AFRICA, African Union, EUROPEAN UNION, PAN AFRICA, TRADE, Transport, TRAVEL
The African Union is deeply upset about an apparent discriminatory policy by the European Union in travel bans for people vaccinated with the World Health Organisation-backed AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India. Further, with a paltry one percent of Africa’s population vaccinated as the delta strain of the Covid-19 sweeps across the continent leaving a trail of death and suffering, the AU is citing bias in the global distribution of the available doses. Only a trickle of vaccination donations are coming in from wealthy countries. Major moves to quicken commercial vaccine rollout across the continent have come too late to prevent calamities, the AU says. On Thursday, when the EU digital programme Green Pass came into effect, AU officials leading the war on the coronavirus co...
Ethiopian retains top rank in Africa for passenger, cargo

Ethiopian retains top rank in Africa for passenger, cargo

AFRICA, Business, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, TRADE, Transport, TRAVEL
Ethiopian  Airlines, the  largest  Pan-African  airline,  has  been  ranked first for passenger and cargo traffic in 2020 retaining its leadership position in the continent, according  to  the  African  Airlines  Association’s  (AFRAA)  report. The airline carried 500,000 tons of   freight   and   5.5   million   passengers   through   its   main   hub,   Addis   Ababa   Bole   International Airport during the year. Ethiopian  Airlines  Group  CEO  Tewolde  Gebre Mariam  said: “We  are  honoured  to  continue  our  leadersh...
Al Sulaiti sends message to Tourism Minister of Morocco

Al Sulaiti sends message to Tourism Minister of Morocco

AFRICA, MOROCCO, TOURISM
The Peninsula Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti has sent a written message to the Minister for Tourism, Traditional Industry, Air Transport, and Social Economy of the sisterly Kingdom of Morocco H E  Nadia Fettah Alaoui, on bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries in the fields of air transport and ways of further enhancing them.The message was delivered by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Chairman H E Abdulla bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey who met with the Moroccan minister, in the attendance of Qatar’s Ambassador to Morocco     H E  ahad Ibrahim Al Hamad Al Mana. The meeting came on the sidelines of the 26th Ordinary General Assembly of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization, held in Rabat and which witnessed elections where ...
Egypt Launches 2nd Tourist Promotional Campaign Targeting Arab Market

Egypt Launches 2nd Tourist Promotional Campaign Targeting Arab Market

AFRICA, Egypt, NORTHERN AFRICA, TOURISM
Under the slogan "summer in Egypt is a Different Story", Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched the second part of the promotional campaign for Egypt in the Arab market on the most important electronic platforms, social networking sites and major search and reservation platforms. This is an investment in the success and positive results achieved by the first part of the campaign, which was launched on May to promote tourism in Egypt and invite Arab tourists to visit during the summer vacation season and Eid al-Adha. CEO of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority Ahmed Youssef explained that the new promotional content includes a short film and an illustrated promotional content through which the focus was placed on the most important elements of Egypt's tourism an...
New directives of Uganda’s lockdown effected by President Yoweri Museveni  during his National address.

New directives of Uganda’s lockdown effected by President Yoweri Museveni during his National address.

GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRADE, Transport, Twitter, UGANDA, WORLD
Kampala,Uganda: Starting today 18.06.2021, 22:00 hours today, directives are revised and updated  1. Public and private vehicles & bodaboda suspended for 42 days. Will only move to transport patients with permission from LCI, RDC or Health Work. 2. Boda boda can carry merchandise/ cargo. 3. Curfew from 19:00 hours (7pm) - 05:30hours (5:30am) 4. Bodaboda allowed to move up to 5:00pm but only to carry cargo and patients 5. Ministry of Local Govt and Ministry of Finace to support regional, and District Task Forces. 6. Entebbe International Airport to remain open. 7. Cargo vehicles allowed to move - will only be tested. They should not pack in trading centres. Shld park in seclusion centres. 8. Food market venders to camp in their places of work/markets (residen...
After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, TRANSFER, Transport, TRAVEL, UK, USA, WORLD
A deal to end or pause world’s largest corporate trade war will help dozens of industries caught in tit-for-tat tariffs. The dispute between the US and EU dates back to 2004 over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus [File: Edgar Su/Reuters] The United States and Europe are speeding efforts to reach a pact to end a 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies but may settle for a prolonged truce in recent tariff wars, people familiar with the matter said. A deal to either end or pause the world’s largest corporate trade dispute would grant relief to dozens of other industries affected by tit-for-tat tariffs that were suspended in March. They face a renewed trade war within weeks if there is no progress. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed the dispute in her first face-to-f...
Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, Rwanda, TRADE, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA
Rwanda’s national flag carrier has indefinitely suspended flights to and from Uganda, as the latter grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. “Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Entebbe [International Airport] effective June 10, 2021, until further notice,” RwandAir said in a statement late on Thursday. The airline advised affected customers to request a refund or rebook and fly at a later date once flights resume. A record 1,438 new infections were registered in Uganda on Thursday, bringing the cumulative tally to 56,949. The country’s COVID-19 death toll crossed 400 this week, with health authorities blaming the deteriorating situation on citizens’ refusal to comply with safety rules. On Monday, the g...
Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

AFRICA, CRISIS, South Africa, TRADE, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL
South African Airways will now be 51% owned by a private consortium, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Friday. At a virtual press conference, Gordhan said "The government has agreed that the financial partner will hold 51% of the shares and the government 49%." The Takatso consortium consists of the pan-African investor group Harith Global Partners and the aviation group Global Aviation, Gordhan added. Africa's second-largest airline was placed on a safeguard plan in December 2019 to avoid bankruptcy. In April, the independent administrators in charge of its restructuring declared SAA solvent again. The 635 million euros restructuring plan was followed by a large-scale layoff plan. South Africa’s national airline was heavily indebted and unable to ...
Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Somalia, Transport, TRAVEL
Kenya on Thursaday lifted a ban on direct flights from Somalia ending a month feud after the suspension of air travel between the two countries. Kenya through its Foreign Minister Said it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia.” Kenya-Somalia diplomatic relations have severed in recent months with the latter blaming Kenya of meddling in its internal political affairs. Somalia on Monday ordered all its diplomats in Kenya to leave within seven days while also ordering Kenyan diplomats to quit within the same period. Somalia has said its southern neighbor is backing Jubbaland state governor Ahmed Madobe, a key foe of President Farmajo. The two ...
Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, CRISIS, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA, Zambia
Media statement: In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending passenger flights from Zambia and Uganda to Dubai, effective 11 June 2021, until further notice. Emirates flights from Dubai to Lusaka, continuing on to Harare and flights from Dubai to Entebbe will continue to operate as normal. Furthermore, passengers who have connected through Zambia and Uganda in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. UAE Nationals and their first degree relatives, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions accredited by the UAE and the two countries who comply with updated COVID‑19 protocols, as well as delegations and businesspeople who have received prior approvals, will be exempt for travel.‎ Emirates regre...

Flying taxi start-up Vertical Aerospace plots $2bn Osmond SPAC merger

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL
Stephen Fitzpatrick's Vertical Aerospace is close to agreeing a merger with a SPAC set up by Hugh Osmond, Sky News learns. A British 'flying taxi' company set up by the founder of OVO Energy is in advanced talks about a $2bn 'blank cheque' merger that will see another major British technology company heading for the US public markets. Sky News can exclusively reveal that Vertical Aerospace, which was established by Stephen Fitzpatrick five years ago, is close to sealing a deal with Broadstone Acquisition Corp that will see it become a publicly traded company in New York. City sources said the merger with Broadstone - which was established by the businessman Hugh Osmond last year - could be announced as soon as Thursday. They added that the deal was likely to value Vertical...
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