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Tycoons and sports stars to be exempt from quarantine in controversial English travel rule

From Dec. 5, high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in a travel corridor.


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Senior company executives, elite sportspeople, and television production staff are among those travelers who will be exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for international arrivals in England, the government has announced.

“From 4 a.m. on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply,” transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter
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Under current rules, travelers from nonexempt countries have to quarantine for 14 days. However, from Dec. 15, they can cut this time to five days if they pay for a private coronavirus test under the government’s new Test to Release program. The tests will cost between £65 and £120.

Read: ‘Test to Release’ option can cut travelers’ quarantine time to five days — and make Christmas in England a possibility again

In a more detailed statement, the Department for Transport said that “individuals undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the U.K. economy — including activity that creates or preserves 50+ U.K. jobs — will no longer need to self-isolate when traveling or returning from nonexempt countries.”

It added that all travelers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the U.K., unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.

The move was criticized by Jim McMahon, shadow transport secretary of the opposition Labour Party, who tweeted: “Are you loaded? No quarantine.

“I hope the virus has been made aware of the rules and keeps well away from them.”

Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw also slammed the move, tweeting: “Is this a joke? What Is high value?”

However, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, welcomed the government’s initiative, saying the decision will bolster business travel and provide a significant boost to the fragile U.K. economy.

“Last year, international business travel contributed £7.5 billion ($10 billion) to the U.K. economy, which demonstrates how vital it will be to reviving the country’s battered economic fortunes,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and Chief Executive.

The news lifted shares in British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines
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which rose 2.06%, while Ryanair
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was up 1.22%, and easyJet
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edged 0.81% higher in Friday morning trading in London.

New guidelines published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Dec. 2 suggest that there is no increased risk to the spread of COVID-19 from passengers arriving by air.

“Travelers should not be considered as a high-risk population, nor treated as contacts of COVID-19 cases, unless they have been in known contact with a confirmed positive case,” the guidelines said, adding:

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Sacramento area football stars find games out of state

Christian Brothers’ Justin Douglas (6), runs for a touchdown making the score 7-0 as the Jesuit Marauders face the Christian Brothers Falcons in the Holy Bowl at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

Christian Brothers’ Justin Douglas (6), runs for a touchdown making the score 7-0 as the Jesuit Marauders face the Christian Brothers Falcons in the Holy Bowl at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

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Justin Douglas and Takeshi Faupula enjoyed playing football so much they were willing to move out of state to continue the competition.

None of this would be a surprise if they were in college. Douglas and Faupula are high school seniors who went to any lengths to keep playing and to raise their chances of playing in college, preferably through scholarship means.

So, have game, will travel. The governing body California Interscholastic Federation in July announced it was pushing the start of the prep sports calendar into 2021 to combat the rise in coronavirus numbers. But there were no guarantees football would start on time or at all, with those decisions ultimately falling on the shoulders of county health departments, school districts and individual leagues.

That was enough for the families of Douglas and Faupula to brainstorm. Their options were to stay put and hope for a winter 2021 season, or to move in with relatives out of state and start fresh.

They moved.

Douglas is a 6-foot, 210-pound do-all player who suited up for Christian Brothers last year and now dons the colors of Rocky Mountain High in Meridian, just outside Boise.

He also bears the broad grin of achievement. He played a vital role in Rocky Mountain’s 5A State Championship victory. He had a sack, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded 11 tackles in a 17-14 victory over defending champion Rigby, which came in with a state-leading 20-game winning streak. Rocky Mountain finished 11-0 in a COVID-19-shortened season.

The Nov. 21 state game was played in crisp, dry conditions, in front of a large gathering. Fans wore masks to do their part to ensure no stalls or delays tied to COVID-19 (some prep games across the country had games halted or canceled in progress due to fans refusing to wear masks, despite reminders at the entrance).

In Utah, Faupula carried the ball as a 5-9, 225-pound bruiser of a fullback at Lehi High. It was his third school. He started his prep career at small-school powerhouse East Nicolaus of the Northern Section before playing the 2019 season at Yuba City, a Division III program.

Neither athlete has any regrets. It was worth the challenge of getting to know new classmates, teammates and opponents. They arrived at the start of the academic year, impressed, became starters and got the senior year so many of their friends and rivals crave in the Sacramento region.

Douglas’ parents bought a home in Idaho. He will remain there and graduate with his new class after a spring season of baseball.

Faupula will return to Yuba County in the coming weeks, where he will sign a letter of intent to play scholarship college football. He will not be

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Nikhil Dwivedi slams Bollywood stars posting vacation photos from Maldives amid surge in Covid-19 cases: ‘We are so self-absorbed’





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Actor and producer Nikhil Dwivedi feels that Bollywood stars posting pictures of themselves holidaying in the Maldives amid the Covid-19 pandemic is tone-deaf. Many parts of the country, including the capital, continue to witness a spike in new cases which has triggered an unemployment crisis.

Responding to a tweet by journalist Barkha Dutt, Nikhil wrote on Twitter that it might appear that celebrities are heartless, but that is not the case. They are ‘just plain stupid’, he said. “Absolutely. Then we r surprised at the suddenness of the backlash the movie industry receives for unrelated reasons. We r so self-absorbed &so oblivious to what’s around us tht we appear unempathatic. Let me also assure it’s not like they r heartless, none are.. just plain stupid,” he wrote.

Barkha had written, “With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it.”



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A number of Bollywood celebrities are currently in the Maldives, including actors Sonakshi Sinha, Rakul Preet Singh, Tara Sutaria and Aadar Jain, and have been sharing glimpses of their beach vacation. Several more had taken off to the island nation in the last few weeks for a quick getaway, including actors Taapsee Pannu, Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Mouni Roy, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi and Kajal Aggarwal.

Also read: Ankita Lokhande and boyfriend Vicky Jain take over Instagram with new dance video in ‘night dresses’. Watch

Nikhil tested positive for Covid-19 last week and is under home quarantine. He recently announced his next production, a naagin trilogy starring Shraddha Kapoor.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said that the concept of an ichchadhari naagin is not all that outlandish. “I keep giving the example of Spider Man, which is about a college-going boy who gets bitten by a spider and jumps from one building to another. We are equally ready for an ichchadhari naagin. It depends on how you want it to come on screen. Eventually, it is a fantasy. If a Spider Man or a Superman can exist, so can a shape-shifting snake. Twilight is one of the most successful films; it is believable because we know it is a fantasy,” he said, adding that their films will be ‘very contemporary’ and different from what has been made before.

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ELEVEN PSG stars get trapped in a lift for 50 minutes at their team hotel in Germany

ELEVEN PSG stars – including Angel Di Maria and Moise Kean – get trapped in a lift for almost an hour at their team hotel in Germany after training ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with RB Leipzig

  • A number of PSG players were trapped at the team hotel after a training session
  • Firefighters had to come to their rescue after they were stuck for 50 minutes 
  • PSG take on Leipzig in Group H of the Champions League on Wednesday night 

PSG’s preparations for their Champions League clash against RB Leipzig took a twist on Tuesday night when 11 of their players got stuck in a lift at the team hotel in Germany.

According to Le Parisien, the group of players were stuck for 50 minutes and needed to be freed by firefighters. Defender Layvin Kurzawa posted a clip of the firefighters coming to their rescue on Instagram. 

He later deleted the clip, but not before a number of supporters had shared the footage across social media.

Layvin Kurzawa took to Instagram as one of the 11 PSG players who were stuck in a lift

Layvin Kurzawa took to Instagram as one of the 11 PSG players who were stuck in a lift

They were there for 50 minutes and eventually needed help from firefighters to free them

They were there for 50 minutes and eventually needed help from firefighters to free them

Reports in France on Wednesday say that Kurzawa was stuck in the lift with Presnel Kimpembe, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos, Bandiougou Fadiga, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Moise Kean, Colin Dagba and Kays Ruiz-Atil. 

In Kurzawa’s clip, one player can even be heard jokingly calling out to the firefighters that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are stuck with them in the lift, seemingly in the hope that they could be able to free them quicker.

The team had returned to their hotel after an evening training session in Germany to finalise their preparations to take on the Bundesliga side. 

PSG lock horns with Leipzig on Wednesday night, with both sides looking to claim a vital three points in their Group H Champions League clash.

Angel Di Maria and team-mate Kurzawa were two of the PSG stars who were stuck in the lift

Angel Di Maria and team-mate Kurzawa were two of the PSG stars who were stuck in the lift

PSG and Leipzig both trail Manchester United in Group H of the Champions League

PSG and Leipzig both trail Manchester United in Group H of the Champions League

The two sides trail early group leaders Manchester United by three points, having both lost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far in the tournament.

PSG were beaten 2-1 at the Parc des Princes while Leipzig were crushed 5-0 at Old Trafford last week. 

Both Leipzig and PSG have three points after they each defeated the other team in Group H – Istanbul Basaksehir, so victory for either side later on Wednesday would see them strengthen their grip on securing a top-two finish in the group and a place in the knock-out stages. 

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