It was a weeklong whirlwind for those in the travel world after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed air travel requirements for re-entry into the United States. January 26, travelers entering the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours. The travel industry had to respond quickly. For travel counselors, many were in mode panic, responding to numerous calls and questions from their customers. Fortunately, all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean Islands – the two international destinations where the majority of Americans currently travel – have stepped up to offer options for tourists and many of them go beyond offering free COVID-19 testing on site. Trending Now This will go a long way in calming the minds of those who are planning to travel abroad at this time. Kudos to these stations for quick action to get there, especially given the short time the CDC has set with the start date. Hasn’t this been done at any time in 2020? A more advanced review would not have led to backlash and, in some cases, sleepless nights for travel counselors and suppliers, unfortunately it will be another setback for some as companies take another hit. on probable cancellations from unwilling people. to go through the testing process. But hopefully this will lead to a major comeback for travel counselors. This is another time to show the importance of working with an advisor to book a vacation. There are a number of questions regarding the travel experience now, and a travel counselor can help make things a lot easier for anyone looking to take a trip. What are your next travel plans? Let me know on Twitter and Instagram: @EricBowman_Get Caught Up In case you missed it: Biden to end Trump’s travel ban Vaccines and pent-up demand could lead to a potential return of travel. Disney executives shared a preview of the new Star Wars hotel. Top Destinations Americans want to travel to post-pandemic destinations. 30 influential people in the travel industry. Best deals.
New Zealand team boss Grant Dalton has offered to unlock his team’s resources to help the American Magic get their damaged AC75 back in the water.
The ship, named the Patriot, had a large hole in its hull as a result of a tumbling at the end of a Prada Cup race on Sunday afternoon, which submerged the ship and nearly sank.
The New Zealand team, as well as fellow Ineos Cup syndicates Team England and Luna Rossa, and local emergency services are on hand to help America keep the ship afloat.
Speaking to the media on Monday, American Magic captain Terry Hutchinson expressed his gratitude to the other teams, in particular Defender.
“I think the Dalts quote is ‘whatever you need, we have it for you’,” said Hutchinson.
“From a shipbuilding perspective, defenders are in the strongest position because we are in their hometown. They are halting part of their program so that there are lots of people available to help us and them straight away. [Team New Zealand] contact us. “
While members of all the syndicates helped save the ship, members of the New Zealand Team stayed with the American Magic crew on their nearly three-hour journey back to base from Hauraki Bay off the coast of Milford, and took pizza as their slow pace. having to make the return journey meant they wouldn’t be ashore until after 10 p.m.
Hutchinson described it as “the element of sportsmanship which is the highest level”.
“We have great support from all the teams… everyone has offered their services to bring the Patriots back to the water. As competitors, most of the time we argue with each other about things that are only about sailboat racing, we argue to make our point. “But today you can’t find more sportsmanship or a more generous team that we have around us,” said Hutchinson.
“With all the sincerity in the world, they gave almost all the facilities for us to use to rebuild the Patriot.”
Asked about their dinner options, Hutchinson joked that the Kiwi crew could get into trouble with a McDonald’s sponsor.
“I’m sure they stole from McDonald’s for not bringing us Big Macs and a quarter pounders, but we specifically asked for pizza so I don’t want them to get into trouble!”
Towards a Cup race?
• Give yourself plenty of time and think about taking the ferry, train, or bus to watch the Cup.
• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. It’s the best way to ride.
• Don’t forget to scan the QR code with the NZ COVID Tracer app while on public transportation and entering America’s Cup Village.
• For more ways to enjoy race day, visit at.govt.nz/americascup.
The NZ team helps save the Patriot. Photo / Michael Craig
The Emirates New Zealand team has gone on to save American Magic in an attempt to help save the Patriots after a dramatic reverse.
American Magic would eventually board the Prada Cup before their ship took off, hit the water hard and rolled sideways.
They were forced to withdraw from the race, and are now trying to stop their ship from sinking.
Team New Zealand’s chase ship rushed to the scene to aid in the burgeoning rescue.
Peter Burling of the Kiwi syndicate is seen helping a floundering American ship along with some of his teammates.
In a statement, American Magic thanked all three teams – Team NZ, Team Ineos England and Luna Rossa – for coming to help.
Meanwhile, Michael Burgess of the Herald reports American Magic has sent a message to race organizers asking for the barge used to retrieve the sign that sank to the bottom after “human error” in the World Series.
Divers are trying to patch the holes in the hull, while the chase ship Luna Rossa has appeared with more buoys to try and help keep the ship afloat.
Officers lifted the buoy onto the mast, so they could find it later.
The team confirmed everyone on board was safe shortly after.
– More to come.
Against the backdrop of the US Capitol, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through an anti-scaling security fence in Washington. Photo / AP
Busloads of buses and cargo of planes, National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors responded to US defense officials’ urgent requests for more troops to help guard Washington even as they watched anxiously at possible violent protests in their own states.
Military leaders spent most of the night Thursday and Friday calling on the state in an unprecedented call for more National Guard troops to help lock down large swathes of the city in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In the dribs and drabs, the governor replied, some agreeing to send an extra dozen, 100 or even 1,000, while others said no.
The calls reflect concerns that violent extremist groups are targeting the city after a deadly uprising on the US Capitol on January 6.
Threats range from armed insurgents to possible attempts to plant explosive devices on so-called soft targets. But as Washington begins to resemble an armed camp, with more than 25,000 guards set to be in the city as early as next week, concerns about violence in the state capital have mounted.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she rejected a federal request to send at least 100 more National Guard troops to DC “I don’t think we can safely fulfill that commitment,” Brown said. Oregon has agreed to send 30 to Washington, but state leaders are concerned about violence at the state capitol in Salem.
Others agreed, sparking dizzying bursts of military and convoy flights into the region.
“The peaceful transfer of power is a central principle of American democracy, and Connecticut stands ready to help protect our country.” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, who initially agreed to send 100 guards and on Friday agreed to send 200 more.
In all, more than 130 US Air Guard flights in the past 72 hours have brought at least 7,000 Guard troops to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal numbers. Thousands more were in buses and military trucks, rumbling down the highway to Washington.
Army General Dan Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau, called in general aides across the country, and others, such as Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, called in governors for help. McCarthy praised the state, saying defense and military officials were well aware of the threats they also faced.
“The governors and TAG were great. They helped us a lot,” McCarthy told The Associated Press.
“That’s the problem – that in the midst of a very dire situation you see how great this country is, everyone is getting together and helping each other get through this.”
What began in early January as a routine deployment of some 350 DC National Guard members to aid protests that are expected to explode over the past two weeks became a much larger operation to protect the inauguration and the US Congress Building, and to block access to the city and its many historical monuments.
When the protesters entered the Capitol on January 6, only a little over 100 National Guards were scattered around the city, guarding the Metro’s checkpoints and entrances. Hours later, five people are dead, the Capitol is in disarray and 1100 DC Guards have been activated.
The next day, as information arrived about more planned violence, requests went out for 6,200 members of the Guard from surrounding states.
On Thursday evening, as law enforcement and defense officials flooded maps and conducted security drills, they concluded they needed at least 25,000 to lock down Capitol grounds and vast areas of DC, including the National Mall. And they agreed that most of the Guards would be armed.
At that time, a new chapter of summons to state governors and military leaders began.
Many governors were willing to help, but they made it clear that the state capital was their priority. Some agreed to send more, while others couldn’t. And the numbers vary widely.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf doubled his initial commitment from 1,000 to 2,000. Other states managed to collect an additional dozen.
After reviewing threats against its own country, Minnesota decided it could significantly increase its contribution and would send 850 guards rather than the 130 originally deployed to leave, according to the state’s aide general, Major General Shawn Manke.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has agreed to send 700. On Friday, he announced he would send 300 more – even as he ordered nearly 600 to secure the Ohio state home in Columbus. So it is with the Governor of North Carolina.
Roy Cooper initially agreed to send 200 guards, and on Friday a Ford Porter spokesman said the country would send 100 more. Iowa first said it sent 250 and now the number is 265.
The big military response comes as Congress and law enforcement authorities try to figure out how the US Capitol captured the dramatic power of January 6.
The leaders of four committees in the Democratic-controlled House sent a letter on Saturday seeking briefings and documents from the FBI and other federal agencies as part of their review of the insurgency.
The call for more American soldiers also underscores the Pentagon’s limits on the use of active duty troops. Under the law, they cannot be used for law enforcement, and officials intend to avoid the emergence of armed active forces being used against US citizens on American soil.
Active duty forces routinely prepare to respond to emergencies in Washington, such as flight violations in restricted airspace over DC, and rapid reaction forces are on standby. Other active duty units will take part in various inauguration ceremonies.
Wainui Beach, Gisborne. Photo / J Dobson
Don’t miss your chance to nominate your favorite stretch of sand in our search for New Zealand’s Best Beaches 2021
We’re looking for the best beaches in New Zealand and we need your help. We want you to nominate your favorites, tell us why you love this beach and what makes it so special. Send us a photo of your favorite beach, too, and we’ll profile some of your entries over the summer. But hurry up, the nominations close at midnight [Sunday, January 10].
From there, your entries will be counted and the top 10 beaches will be named as our finalists, with the bonus of three wildcard entries chosen by the Herald Travel team.
You can then select one beach from the top 13 beaches to be crowned the ultimate winner.
Meanwhile, here are some of the nominees so far. Don’t see your favorite here? Vote below, or open nzherald.co.nz/bestbeach
May the best beaches win!
Matarangi Beach, Coromandel
This is one of the few beaches that are truly north facing in New Zealand with fine white sand, beautiful clear water. There is a wide variety of sea conditions for all – young shallow swimmers, ocean swimmers, boogie boarders, surfers, kite surfers, paddle surfers. The beach is never overcrowded and apart from that you can often see dolphins passing by.
Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson Tasman
I think Kaiteriteri beach is one of the best in New Zealand, known for its unique golden sand and crystal clear waters. An ideal and popular summer spot, it has everything you need for an action-packed day, from sailing, kayaking, bicycle tours and more. Even better, Kaiteriteri has more beautiful and unique beaches that are all located next to each other.
Pumps up the surf, there’s awesome wildlife (sea lions and penguins) and some really cool cliffs and rocks.
Bark Bay, Abel Tasman National Park
It’s secluded (you have to get there by hiking or by boat), has a sloping white sand beach, with clear, sheltered sea water and deep enough to swim. It’s also supported by a national park, so it’s 99 percent natural.
Mangawhai Surf Beach, Northland
Mangawhai is truly magical because the sunsets are amazing, you can surf, you can walk on the cliffs to see amazing bird’s eye views from places that cannot be caught on camera, there is local dune protection. Everyone must experience the Mangawhai miracle.
Cable Bay in Doubtless Bay, Northland
There’s an ice cream shop there, golden sand, blue water, happy people – the perfect place.
Soft white sand and clear clear water that stretches for miles make this beach our favorite. Ice cream in “the chilly bin” after a day in the sun is a bonus.
Campbells Bay, Kakanui, Waitaki
It’s great for families, surfers, and dog-friendly. This can keep you busy or treat you as your only friend. Take a walk to All Day Bay and back, or try a small kite. I like it.
Matapouri Beach, Northland
This beach has soft sand, warm water, and small waves perfect for swimming and body boarding. Ample parking makes it easy to prepare for a long day at the beach.
Anushree Sen Gupta
Kano Beach, on Mapoutahi in Otago
Canoe Beach has it all – beautiful for a walk with your dog, caves to walk through at low tide, rope swings, history, pā to hike and watch surfers, lovely long beaches to walk along the other side of the headland. Kano Beach is also great for swimming as it’s sheltered – you can kayak around to Osborne bay, and now there’s even a local brewery in Waitati. Nothing is missing.
Wainui Beach, Gisborne
Wainui not only greets the sun before anywhere else on mainland New Zealand, it also has a fun and nurturing community, incredible waves and beautiful clear water. There is a rock pool at each end with interesting creatures. The Okitu shop, about half way down, has excellent summer food and the most friendly staff.
Castlepoint is a superb coastal formation with a variety of coastal experiences. Wild surfing and calm and safe lagoons. Stunning rock forms, lighthouses and sand dunes. Great fishing, swimming, surfing and kayaking. Stunning views and walking opportunities. Sitting under the lighthouse after dark is also a real experience. This is an authentic Kiwi beach and bach environment, with an annual horse race on the beach.
Melissa de Souza-Correa
Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay
Wharariki only cut Mataī Bay and Castlepoint Northland for me. The three of them were very beautiful. But Wharariki won because it had exposed rocks like Cathedral Cove, providing a unique sight to behold. Has a rock pool for baby seals to swim and play. The distance is far away, which adds to its charm. There is plenty of room for multiple people to enjoy at once. Good surf. You need to take a short walk to access it, which might be considered negative, but people who tend to make an effort to reach it are less likely to litter and wreck the place. There are lots of walks, which can also expose you to a variety of wildlife.
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Cathedral Cove is a slice of heaven. There are stunning walks to the beach, pristine clear water, waves and waterfalls. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Mahdi Algargoosh |