The planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes

first_imgFrom the latest provision of the Polish Government on the ban on flights – Croatia has been deleted, said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the CNTB office in Poland. Read more about the official decision HERE Although it was announced that Poland will ban flights from 02 countries, as well as from Croatia, from September 46, the planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes.last_img

Easing restrictions? Not so fast, experts say

first_imgAs countries around the world gradually relax their pandemic curbs, Indonesia appears intent on easing its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) amid claims of slowing COVID-19 transmission.However, experts warn that the fight is far from over.No sooner than a month since the introduction of the PSBB policy, which is in force in four provinces and 12 cities or regencies nationwide, the government announced this week that it would grant exemptions to its travel restrictions. The prevailing restrictions were stipulated in Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020, which was originally issued to ban the Idul Fitri exodus as part of the national virus containment strategy.The national COVID-19 task force on Wednesday issued a circular letter exempting state officials, private sector workers and state-owned enterprise (SOE) employees from the ban, particularly those who provide health services, basic necessities, security and defense and vital economic functions.Repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals in need of emergency medical care and family members of deceased individuals are also allowed to travel, with exemptions beginning Thursday.The ministerial regulation initially banned all inbound and outbound travel from COVID-19 red zones, areas under PSBB and agglomeration areas such as Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung in West Java, from April 24 to May 31. It has come with several exceptions, such as the transportation of basic needs, medical supplies and equipment, and also allows for the operation of fire trucks, ambulance and hearses, as well as other operation vehicles for certain government missions.However, exemptions for businesspeople or others with “essential urgencies” like deaths are not stipulated in the regulation.Task force chief Doni Monardo said the government decided to grant exemptions to ensure the smooth transportation of medical kits and viral specimens, as well as the mobility of medical personnel and those from other sectors, among other reasons.“For instance, a military officer’s wife isn’t allowed to follow [her husband] to his assigned post. But surely her presence is important during military handover ceremonies,” Doni said on Wednesday.However, the government had insisted that the exodus (mudik) ban remains in place and that exemptions shouldn’t be seen as an attempt to ease restrictions.The new exemptions came shortly after senior security minister Mahfud MD revealed over the weekend that the government was mulling over the possibility of relaxing the PSBB policy.It would do so by allowing food stalls to operate and people to shop and go to work, among other things, while continuing to maintain existing health protocols, reported.The coordinating legal, political and security affairs minister said that relaxing curbs in some manner had become “necessary” to allow the economy to continue running smoothly.Regions implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) (JP/Hengky Wijaya)President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also instructed Wednesday that the country must slow the rate of viral transmission “by all means necessary” so that it falls to mild levels come July.Confidence is high among officials that the country will be able to enter its “new normal” by July or August, after Doni on Monday claimed that the rate of transmission had slowed to around 11 percent.However, just one day later, Indonesia reported its highest daily increase in confirmed infections of 484 new cases.As of Thursday, the government has officially recorded 12,776 infections, 2,381 recoveries and 930 deaths.Experts believe the delayed results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and the nation’s low testing capacity have made it difficult to capture the true scale of the epidemic, although most agree that restrictions had helped curb infections. As of Thursday, Indonesia had tested 96,717 people, a considerably lower rate than its neighbors at 358 tests per 1 million people.An epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, Pandu Riono, said that while the task force’s travel exemption was necessary, it was prone to abuse given that those working in the private sector can still travel if they obtain an assignment letter from their board of directors or corporate heads, among other requirements.Pandu urged the government to issue a more detailed regulation that covers the blatant loopholes in the circular, including by imposing sanctions on those who violate the provisions.With the recent discovery of new transmission clusters, half-hearted PSSB implementation and the fact that some regions have yet to reach their supposed peak infection rate, Pandu warned it was still too early to ease restrictions.The province of East Java, for instance, recently discovered new clusters at a factory owned by tobacco giant HM Sampoerna in Surabaya, even though the Greater Surabaya area was placed under PSBB status from April 28.The provincial administration reported that referral hospitals were experiencing overcapacity, forcing patients into non-isolation wards or non-referral hospitals. As of Thursday, the region had recorded 1,267 cases, 206 recoveries and 133 deaths.Only with timely, accurate data on transmissions could officials then evaluate the PSBB policy and plan to loosen restrictions gradually rather than all at once, Pandu argued.”We have to wait until PDP [patients under surveillance] numbers decline, no new clusters are found and the number of new cases falls or even reaches zero.“Easing restrictions must come in stages, and even then, the healthcare system and testing capacity must be adequate. If that is achieved, restrictions can be imposed on a more local scale – in clusters – so contact-tracing must be rock-solid for the virus not to spread. The problem is that it has spread widely,” he said.Separately, Ilham Akhsanu Ridlo, a health policy lecturer at Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, said on the one hand that many regions were still struggling to impose the large-scale restrictions in full, and that any plans to relax the curbs must take into account further epidemiological studies.Considering the lack of capacity in healthcare services, helped along by its low ratio of patients to doctors, beds and ventilators, Ilham said that restricting mobility was the only viable way to curb transmission and deaths.”Overcapacity is inevitable. That’s why the battle should focus not on healthcare facilities and curative efforts, but emphasize preventive and promotive efforts,” he told the Post.Topics :last_img read more

Stoke complete Bardsley deal

first_img However, he fell out of favour with former boss Paolo Di Canio and seemed destined to leave the club last summer, when only a foot injury scuppered a proposed move to Fulham. Di Canio took a dim view of the player being pictured lying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes, and was even less impressed with an ill-advised tweet after the club’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season. Bardsley joined Sunderland from home-town club Manchester United in a £2million switch in January 2008 after loan moves to Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United and established himself as first-choice right-back. However, he was handed a clean slate by new manager Gus Poyet after he replaced the controversial Italian in October last year, and rehabilitated himself to such an extent that he started the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in March. Manager Mark Hughes believes Bardsley will be a valuable addition to his squad. He told “I’m really pleased to bring Phil in to the club. “He’s a player of great Premier League experience who I think will bring added quality to the squad. “He has plenty of qualities that will improve us and help move the Football Club forward to where we want to be. “Phil was genuinely excited to join and I’m delighted to bring him in as his personality and desire will shine in the dressing room.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsenal Appoint Vinai Venkatesham as Chief Commercial Officer

first_imgArsenal Football Club has appointed Vinai Venkatesham as its Chief Commercial Officer, following Tom Fox’s move to Aston Villa as Chief Executive Officer.Venkatesham has been with Arsenal for four years since joining from the London 2012 Organising Committee, where he played a key role in raising the £2 billion of private finance required to fund the Games through sponsorship, licensing, hospitality and broadcast deals. He is currently Arsenal’s Sales and Marketing Director, where he sits on both the Arsenal Executive team and the board of Arsenal Broadband Limited who own the Club’s media rights. He will step up into his new role after leading the sale and negotiations of the recent partnership with PUMA and the contract renewal with Emirates.In this new role, as well as his existing responsibility for Partnerships, Hospitality, Marketing, CRM and Business Strategy, Venkatesham will oversee the Retail and Arsenal Media teams.Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis said: “Tom has played a leading role in our development over the past five seasons and I take it as a great compliment that members of the Arsenal team are sought after for the top jobs in the industry. I wish Tom all the best in his new position.“Having worked closely with him over the past four seasons, I am very confident that, in Vinai, we have another top class leader who will continue to drive forward the Club’s off field success.”last_img read more