When we talk about Man Island in Jalopnik, we usually talk about TT Man Island, but today, the tiny island is involved in something even wilder: an underground roundabout.
Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, has been talking about underground tunnels for years, but this one is perhaps the most daring. Because this is not just an underground roundabout, but also involves an underwater tunnel meant to connect Northern Ireland to Scotland and England.
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The proposal will involve not one but three different tunnels under the Irish sea, all of which converge under the Isle of Man. And while his aides call the plan “bullshit,” it seems that some smart people are actually working on it to see if it can actually be done. Even so, another aide said this plan exists “especially in PM’s mind. “But Johnson really likes the idea that he” can’t die. “Whoa.
It’s a bold plan to start with, but somehow it’s more acceptable than the previous tunnel options, which will connect Stranraer, Liverpool to Larne, Northern Ireland. The original idea would require a tunnel to dig through Beaufort’s Dyke … which was also the dumping ground for 1.5 million tonnes of ammunition during World War II. I can’t say that would be a very fun route to dig into.
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So, here we are. With three tunnels that all meet under the Isle of Man. With the whole Brexit situation going on, Britain is completely cut off from the rest of Europe, and Northern Ireland is cut off from the UK. Relations between countries will be an act of symbolic unity, especially when the tiny island has adopted a us-against-world mentality. But this is definitely one extraordinary way to achieve that goal.
Germany closed part of its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol on Sunday over a disturbing spike in coronavirus mutations, drawing a strong rebuke from the European Union.
A thousand police officers were deployed to ensure strict border checks, a reminder of the much-criticized early days of the pandemic when EU countries hastily closed their borders to one another. At the Kiefersfelden crossing in southern Bavaria, masked officers in yellow high-visibility jackets came out in sub-zero temperatures, stopping every vehicle arriving from Austria. Under the new rules, only German or non-German citizens are allowed to enter. Exceptions were made for essential workers in sectors such as health and transportation, as well as for urgent humanitarian reasons, the German interior ministry said. Everyone should be able to give a negative coronavirus test recently. Among those who returned was Austrian driver Irene, who said she now had to turn around for hours. “I just wanted to drive through Germany to go to Vienna,” he told AFP. “This is catastrophe, I have a dog in the car who is 15 years old … I don’t know the way and I don’t have a GPS.” The restrictions aim to slow the spread of the more infectious variant that first appeared in Britain and South Africa, and have created new virus hotspots along the Czech border and in Austria’s Tyrol region. At the German-Czech border crossing in Bad Gottleuba, a police spokesman said the check led to a waiting time of about one hour. Traffic is expected to be heavier starting Monday, he added. As of Sunday afternoon, German police had searched more than 1,700 vehicles and refused entry to more than 500.
The European Commission, eager to avoid a return to the go-it-alone pandemic response, has condemned Germany’s border restrictions. “The fear of coronavirus mutation is understandable,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told Germany’s Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday. “But the reality is that the virus cannot be stopped with closed borders,” he said, adding that vaccines and hygiene precautions were “the only thing that worked”. “I think it’s wrong to return to Europe with closed borders like we had in March 2020,” he added. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dismissed the criticism from Brussels. “That’s enough now,” he told the bestselling daily Bild. The European Union “has made quite a few mistakes” with the slow rollout of a vaccine, he said. “We are fighting a mutated virus,” he said. “The EU Commission should support us … rather than laying stones in our path.” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said he supported a “border-free Europe”. “But there are times of pandemics when you have to make these decisions for the safety and health of everyone,” he told Sueddeutsche newspaper. German rail company Deutsche Bahn has suspended service to and from the affected areas. At Frankfurt airport, the country’s largest federal police are checking passengers arriving from Vienna and Prague.
More than two months of a tough shutdown have significantly lowered Germany’s number of infections, but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government recently decided to extend the partial lockdown to March 7 because of the risks posed by the variant. In the Czech Republic, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries, three cantons including two on the German border have been locked down because of the prevalence of British tensions. In Austria, anyone leaving the mountainous Tyrol region now needs to test negative following a cluster of Covid-19 cases linked to the South African variant. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, who visited a checkpoint with the Czech border, said Germany could not risk squandering the progress made in the battle against the pandemic. “For everyone who does not live in the hotspots, it is reassuring to know that those in the border areas are working hard to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Saturday slammed EU officials for rejecting his government’s plans for a while restore again control on its borders with Austria and the Czech Republic.
“We are fighting a virus that mutates on the border with the Czech Republic and Austria,” Seehofer was told Germany’s BILD tabloid. “The EU Commission must support us and not put spokes on our wheels with cheap advice.”
Earlier this week, the German government designated the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol region as so-called “mutation areas,” due to the high number of coronavirus cases caused by a variant of the virus.
According to reports on BILD and GlassThe European Commission called for Germany’s new rules to make exceptions for commuters, among others.
At a daily press conference on Friday, a spokesman for the Commission said the German government had not yet informed about planned border controls, which are expected to take effect Sunday.
“We urge Germany to implement these measures fully in line with the recommendations of the Council,” a Commission spokesman said Friday, adding that the Commission expects EU countries to follow a previously agreed general approach to travel restrictions and to avoid border closings and travel bans. that enveloped.
Seehofer also criticized European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides for their handling of vaccine launches across the continent. “That’s enough,” Seehofer the word. “The commission has made quite a few mistakes when it comes to ordering vaccines in the last few months.”
Starting on Sunday, German authorities will carry out random checks at the border and travelers from certain areas in Austria and the Czech Republic who cannot show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test may be refused, ARD reported.
Topline In an effort to control the spread of the most infectious variant of the coronavirus which is causing another wave of Covid-19 cases across the country, UK ministers are preparing to announce new restrictions on international travel on Tuesday to supplement measures lockdowns that prohibit everything but essential activities and travel for the foreseeable future. The UK will announce tighter border restrictions on Tuesday in a bid to control a recent outbreak of … [+] coronavirus case. Getty Images Key Facts Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the government will release new border restriction plans on Tuesday, which is the first day of the third Covid-19 lockdown in England. “The message is very, very clear to British citizens that they should not travel,” the minister told Sky News. It’s unclear what the new restrictions will entail, although it is possible they will include Covid-19 testing on new arrivals – which ministers have long ruled out – as well as stricter quarantines and a travel ban abroad. When the lockdown was first announced on Monday, travel agency ABTA urged the government to support the struggling sector which it said has not received personalized government support. “It is true, of course, that the government is taking action to control the spread of the virus,” the group said, “but it must be accompanied by the right measures to support travel companies that have little or no means. to work.” Key Context In an effort to control an upsurge in Covid-19 cases across the country, British nations have imposed strict lockdowns restricting individual freedoms. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed a new lockdown in England, banning all activities except essential activities outside the home, including the closure of schools and universities. Scotland has issued similar stay-at-home orders, Wales has closed schools and Northern Ireland is expected to finalize tougher restrictions on Tuesday. It’s unclear when many of these restrictions will end, although politicians have said they will likely be in place until at least mid-February. Much of the new wave of Covid-19 is being driven by a contagious new variant, B.1.1.7., Which was discovered in south-eastern England and London in December. While the new variant isn’t considered vaccine resistant – manufacturers are testing it to make sure – or causing more serious illness, it is more infectious. This makes the virus harder to control and can overwhelm hospitals with an influx of cases. Further Reading New Variant Of Covid-19 Has Appeared In England – Here’s What It Could Mean For The Pandemic And Vaccines (Forbes) Here’s What You Need To Know About The New Variant Of Covid-19 In England (Forbes) England to enter nationwide lockdown Amid Covid-19 Surge (Forbes) UK to tighten COVID-19 border controls soon – Gove (Reuters) Full coverage and live updates on coronavirus.
The ubiquitous hand sanitizers, face masks, social distancing floor tags, nasal swabs and new customer service protocols were not part of the travel experience before the coronavirus pandemic. Nowadays, they are an integral part of the routine. But for how long? As the world slowly recovers from the massive collapses caused by the infectious disease and borders gradually begin to open, many expect travel to be different than it was before the pandemic. In recent months, many tour operators have significantly reduced their number of trips. Leisure travelers have moved significantly from international to domestic destinations. In Iran, the number of foreign travelers has dropped significantly since the virus first debuted, with the country registering just 74 international visits in the spring, which is traditionally a high season. The coronavirus epidemic has ruined more than 1.5 million jobs in the Islamic Republic’s travel sector, according to Tourism Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan. “Many tourism insiders are now unemployed or staying at home.” Based on available data, Iranian tourism suffered a loss of 140 trillion rials (some $ 3.3 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) from the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic until the end of Shahrivar ( September 21). In a post-coronavirus world, travelers should be much more aware of the new requirements. Travel marketers will need to be more innovative in crafting routes that avoid public transport and crowded tourist areas, as their clients will assume this more thoughtful approach to travel design. This way more distant destinations or niche travel sites are more likely to be put into service. From another perspective, it is evident that the travel and hospitality sectors need to be sustainable and bearable both for Mother Earth and for communities, as well as for tourism related businesses in general. The newly prescribed health measures will, of course, be of benefit to travelers and host communities, allowing tourism to resume operating safely and, therefore, generating economic benefits for those involved. In a post-COVID-19 world, travel agents of tour operators specializing in creating group tours may want to start thinking about how to balance their business to operate safely and successfully in this new world. . One option might be to switch completely from group travel to free independent travelers for those who are planning their trips and prefer to travel alone or in small groups. This is the opposite of mass tourists, who travel in large groups and buy pre-defined travel packages. Another choice may be to continue offering group travel, but only to people who already know, trust and interact with each other on a regular basis. With considerable uncertainty over travel safety, travel designers, looking for a way out of the recession, are expected to offer new niche destinations to potential travelers who continue to turn to the experts when it comes to planning their trips. trips. Mohammad Ali Vaqefi, vice president of the Iranian Association of Tour Operators, believes that sightseeing and travel would be transformed into a realm of luxury as observing health protocols increases travel costs. While no one knows exactly what will happen on the global travel scene, one thing is clear; we won’t be able to travel as freely as before. Government regulations, outstanding refunds, shifting policies, and health awareness tell us these “ unusual ” trends will continue into 2021 and beyond. AFM /.