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Airlines Schedule Extra Portugal Flights To Repatriate Brits

Airlines Schedule Extra Portugal Flights To Repatriate Brits

DIPLOMACY, INTERNATIONAL, TOURISM, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL, WORLD
United Kingdom airlines are scrambling to lay on extra flights to Portugal so that Brits can make it back home before Portugal is placed on the UK’s Amber list. The Iberian nation was removed from the UK’s Green list of safe countries to visit on Thursday after transport secretary Grant Shapps said the presence of the Delta variant (Indian) and an increasing positivity rate was behind the move. The changes to the UK’s traffic light-like system of rating counties based on their infection rates will come into effect at 04:00 on June 8th. Any person arriving in the UK from Portugal after then must self-isolate at home for ten days and is required to take two expensive post-arrival  COVID-19 PCR tests. The travel industry has called the sudden move by the UK government as being in...
The EU Bans Belarus Airlines And Reroutes Flights Around Its Airspace

The EU Bans Belarus Airlines And Reroutes Flights Around Its Airspace

INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL, WORLD
International relations are still tense following the shocking arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich by the Belarusian government last month in which it forced the plane he was aboard to land in Minsk. European and U.S. governments have been engaged in an apparent tit for tat with Belarus and Lukashenko's government following the incident. European Union ambassadors on Friday approved a plan to ban Belarus airlines from flying over EU territory or landing in EU airports. European Union airlines will be prohibited from flying over Belarus as well, according to Reuters. That affects about 400 civilian flights that usually fly over Belarus every day, according to European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol. That includes 300 overflights, about 100 operated by EU or British ...
Progressive committed an error, not bad faith – 11th Circuit

Progressive committed an error, not bad faith – 11th Circuit

ADVOCACY, CARS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INSURANCE, INTERNATIONAL, Transport, TRAVEL
Progressive American Insurance Co is not liable for a $10 million verdict a bereaved mother in Florida obtained after Progressive failed to follow her attorney’s instructions for drafting a $20,000 settlement agreement, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Progressive’s win in a third-party bad faith lawsuit by Heather Eres, whose 8-year-old son was killed in a 2007 train collision caused by Progressive’s insured. Progressive admittedly botched the settlement with its wording of the releases; however, under a totality of the circumstances approach, its handling of Eres’ claim was “diligent,” “expeditious,” and “quite the opposite” of bad faith, Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom wrote for the court. He was joined by Circuit Judges Jill Pr...
TANZANIA: Muslims In Fear Of Missing Hajj Due to Delayed Vaccination 

TANZANIA: Muslims In Fear Of Missing Hajj Due to Delayed Vaccination 

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Religion, TANZANIA, TOURISM, TRAVEL, World Health Organization
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Saudi Arabia is requiring all pilgrims for the scaled-back, annual Hajj in July to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In Tanzania, where vaccinations have not yet begun, Muslims hoping to go to Mecca are urging authorities to start jabbing. Omar Aboubakar, like many other Muslims in Tanzania, wants to make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. It’s an integral part of the Muslim faith, but for now only those immunized against COVID-19 can take part in this year’s Hajj. Aboubakar is worried because vaccinations in Tanzania have yet to be approved. “The time remaining is limited but still, we haven't given up,” he said. “We expect our top leaders to check on the issue of vaccination carefully so we can accomplish this holy w...