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EU urges members to prolong entry ban until May 15

first_img“We should not yet let the door open whilst we are securing our house.”Since the implementation of the travel restriction by all EU member states except Ireland in the second half of March, air passenger traffic has dropped to almost zero, the commission said. Topics : The European Commission urged EU member states Wednesday to maintain a ban on non-essential travel into the bloc’s passport-free zone until at least May 15 to slow the coronavirus epidemic.”All member states have successfully implemented social distancing measures to limit social interaction and slow down the spread of the virus,” said Margaritis Schinas, commissioner for promoting the European way of life. “The restriction on non-essential travel from third counties to the EU complements these measures at the EU’s external borders.”center_img The ban on entry to the so-called EU+ area — which also includes non members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland — is one of bloc’s most drastic measures against the epidemic.Responsibility for visa and migration rules lies with the member state governments, but Brussels is trying to coordinate the response to slow infections while avoiding unnecessary economic harm.Some EU members are beginning to chafe at lockdown restrictions, while others are tightening them, hoping to cut off the spread of a disease that has killed more than 80,00 people.”While we can see encouraging first results, prolonging the travel restriction is necessary to continue reducing the risks of the disease spreading further,” Schinas said in a statement. last_img read more

Gold Coast block of land sells for $1.5 million

first_img20 Seafarer Court, Paradise Waters.A RESIDENTIAL block of land in Surfers Paradise has sold for $1.5 million — more than $300,000 more than what it sold for two years ago. 20 Seafarer Court, Paradise Waters, Qld 4217. Picture: Realestate.com.au“We are finding strong activity in the Paradise Waters market from entry level waterfront upwards,” he said. 20 Seafarer Court, Paradise Waters, Qld 4217. Picture: Realestate.com.auAll three sales were negotiated by First National Real Estate.Agent Russell Rollington said it showed the strength of the market.center_img More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago20 Seafarer Court, Paradise Waters, Qld 4217. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe property is at 20 Seafarer Ct, Paradise Waters.It changed hands in February, 2015 for $1.17 million and again in July, 2015 for $1.22 million.last_img read more

Government still awaits LIAT’s scheduled night flights

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Photo credit: GIS NewsLIAT has still not announced scheduled night flights into the Melville Hall Airport despite indications that they will commence in July.Civil Aviation Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says while the issue has not materialized in the manner in which government would have liked, it is to no fault of government.He says however, LIAT has been flying into Dominica at nights however the flights are not scheduled.“Notwithstanding the fact that we have not had any schedule program, from LIAT, it still remains the biggest regional carrier in the region. It is to our benefit to have LIAT having schedule programs. LIAT Chief Executive Officer has written to me in July and had indicated that the airline will have a schedule flight from July 7th into Melville Hall. That has not materialized and that’s not our fault. I can say however that LIAT is the airline that has been coming to the airport the latest,” he said.He said LIAT is using an irregular approach but “that is still good for Dominica.”Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Government still awaits LIAT’s scheduled night flights by: – August 27, 2011last_img read more

University enforces new tailgating rules for game day

first_imgSoapbox: Is the current state of a tailgating on campus a problem?The university has established additional tailgating regulations in response to an increase of alcohol-related incidents this semester, university officials said.Party foul · Students tailgate on McCarthy Quad on game day. The university has instituted new tailgating policies concerning drinking. – Heather Lee | Daily Trojan Since Oct. 1, the office of the senior vice president of administration issued a document containing new and existing rules that all students, alumni and visitors must abide by on campus on game day, said Capt. David Carlisle of the Department of Public Safety.“What is driving this issue is this semester. We’ve had a record number of alcohol-related incidents and transports to hospitals,” Carlisle said. “We want people to be responsible.”One of the primary new regulations this semester, Carlisle said, is the prohibition of drinking games, including activities, such as beer pong and “beer jeopardy.”“The drinking games just lead to drinking too much and if you’ve got all day to drink, it could be a problem,” said Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration, who said evening games create increased opportunities for people to consume more alcohol, which leads to problems.Another main provision that will change tailgating on campus is a ban on loud music after receiving complaints from tailgaters and visitors, Dickey said.“We’ve seen some very large DJ booths turn out with very loud, amplified sounds,” Dickey said. “We think having music at your tailgate is fine, and having TVs at your tailgate is perfectly fine, but having music that you can hear from a block away is not OK.”DPS will be responsible for enforcing tailgating rules on campus; however, public safety officers plan to maintain a low profile this year since many people are unaware of the new rules, Carlisle said.“It’s going to take a few games for people to understand what the rules are,” Carlisle said.DPS officers began to inform tailgaters of the new rules during the  Oct. 2 University of Washington game by walking around campus handing out yellow fliers to tailgaters who were not obeying rules, Carlisle said.“We let them know that this is now going to be against USC campus rules,” Carlisle said. “Generally they were understanding and cooperative, but there were a few who weren’t happy … the change is for the benefit of everyone.”Dickey said he believes there won’t be any problems this weekend because of the early game time of 12:30 p.m. for Saturday’s game.“We want [campus] to be a family-oriented tailgating experience,” Dickey said. “It’s not going to be heavy-handed implementation. It’s going to be reminding people that we want tailgating to be a good experience for everyone.”If tailgaters do not follow the rules once informed by DPS officers, students might be cited and referred to Student Judicial Affairs and visitors to campus might be asked to leave campus, which is allowed because the university is private property, Carlisle said.“We’re all Trojans,” Carlisle said. “In order to maintain an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy, there have got to be some rules imposed.”And yet, Carlisle said he is pleased to see so few incidents for the large number of people on campus on game days.“For the number of people we have on campus — students, visitors — overall, people are generally really well-behaved, but there’s always that small group who overindulge,” Carlisle said. “When you drink alcohol, you do foolish things, and when you do foolish things, you get yourself hurt.”Prohibiting beer games and amplified music are the newest regulations the university will focus on enforcing, Carlisle said, other rules against prohibited activities — failing to discard trash  properly in receptacles, disruptive behavior, using open flame without having a fire extinguisher nearby, driving tent poles or stakes into the ground — must still be followed.“These kinds of rules have always been in place,” Dickey said. “It’s just nice to have a policy that we can point to … people are usually really good if you just go up to them and remind them; they’re always cooperative.”last_img read more

QuASA plans for upcoming semester

first_imgOn Jan. 12, Queer and Ally Student Assembly hosted their spring barbecue in Alumni Park.Catered Hawaiian barbecue awaited attendees on brightly colored tablecloths. The atmosphere was a fun and vibrant one, due to the music that blared loudly from speakers.Rainbow colors · Banners QuASA put up in honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 still fly proudly over Trousdale Parkway. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanAlec White, a sophomore majoring in political science and a QuASA member, spearheaded the spring barbecue.“QuASA is a great organization, especially for those who are not out yet. We put on events to show our support — to show that they aren’t the only ones who feel a certain way about themselves,” White said.White’s involvement with QuASA is unique as he identifies as straight in an organization of predominantly queer and gay students.“QuASA is here because it’s everyone. It reaches so many different kinds of identities, whether you are queer or straight. Maybe you are Latino or Jewish — we get everyone,” said Becca Grumet, executive director of QuASA.Grumet described how her role in such an active student group on campus serves as her main inspiration.“I love giving people what they want. Once, QuASA brought a couple of famous YouTube bloggers to campus,” Grumet said. “Seeing students shaking when meeting the stars they are obsessed with was so cool. It sounds cheesy, but it’s that feeling of making people’s dreams come true.”According to Grumet, one of the events that are currently in the works for the semester are the Valentine’s Day Sex Carnival and a dodgeball event called Everybody’s Dodgeball.Glenn Young, assistant director of QuASA, is looking forward to the Sex Carnival, in particular.“The Sex Carnival is a fair that will promote safe sex and sexual awareness and awareness of different identities,” Young said. “We plan to bring in food trucks and though I don’t want to compare it to Springfest, we want to make it big like that.”One of QuASA’s signature and most popular events is the Second Chance Prom, which will be held at The Lorenzo this year. In the past, the Second Chance Prom featured themes like “Zombies” and was held at the California Science Center.Within the next two weeks, QuASA has planned a Rainbow Skate Night and a Welcome Back Dance.One of the organizations under QuASA is OUTreach. Its service-oriented projects range from helping the homeless to working with LGBT senior citizens.As QuASA and its member organizations move forward, Co-President Dawson Ray stressed improving the partnership between LGBT students and their allies.“One thing that the USC community could do a better job of is joining the Ally Alliance group. As of right now, I feel like we have two members — the president and vice president,” Ray said. “It was started recently, but I feel like not a lot of people know about it, or those who know about it identify as queer or gay. Getting the word out about Ally Alliance would be great.”last_img read more