The UK’s traffic light travel system could be simplified to just two lists – a ‘go’ and a ‘no go’, similar to the current green and red lists, say sources.

In the wake of reports by the BBC and The Telegraph last week, The Telegraphis now reporting that double-jabbed travellers will be able to take cheaper lateral flow tests before and after travel to the UK from abroad.

Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, has told the paper that up to 24 countries could move straight from the former red list to a new green list, with the red list expected to be “significantly shrunk”.

The government last week declined to comment on any big changes, saying: “Our international travel policy is guided by one overwhelming priority – protecting public health.

“The next formal checkpoint review will take place by 1 October 2021.”

In other news, more than 300,000 people are estimated to have broken quarantine rules between March and May.

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Dominican Republic, Indonesia and the Maldives ‘should come off red list’, says expert

A dozen high-profile countries – all with either a big population or very popular with British travellers, or both – should be removed from the UK’s red list, a data analyst and travel expert has said.

Tim White, who tweets as @TWMCLtd, has given his expertise to The Independent.

These are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

He notes, though: “If cautious, Mexico may need to stay a while longer, and Dominican Republic needs help to conduct genomic sequencing.

“Some scientists will say it’s a risk taking South American countries [including Argentina and Peru] off the red list with Gamma, Lambda and the latest “Mu” variant all in circulation to some degree.

“But most scientists believe most of the variants circulating in South America are not more likely to evade vaccines so there is an argument to allow them all off red.”

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Argentina, Egypt, Oman and South Africa could come off red list, says expert

South Africa, Argentina and Pakistan are among the countries that should be removed from the UK’s red list, travel industry expert Paul Charles has said.

“There have been no new Covid variants of concern since 11th May,” he tweeted this morning.

“Our analysis shows 24 countries should come off the UK red list immediately, including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, SouthAfrica, Uruguay, Zambia.”

Charles’s company The PC Agency has researched the red list countries with low enough cases and no variants of concern, to determine possible candidates for a move from the current 62-strong red list to a new “safe” list, that would

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The Bailey Basketball Academy announced today the fall schedule for upcoming BBA hoops program. Parents and players will have an opportunity for competitive travel play, individualized instruction, skills development and fundamentals as well as league play. BBA is considered the premiere player development basketball program in Central Jersey and is led by former PDS Girl’s coach and Philadelphia 76’er International Camps Clinician, Kamau Bailey. Coach Bailey, a former NYU graduate and player, was a Colorado High School All State and McDonald’s All American and is a quality coach and teacher of the game. He is sought after as a speaker and hoop instructor.

The BBA Fall program will include two competitive boys travel teams(3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade), weekly practices and Shot King Shooting Program and Player Development Skill Sessions for elementary through high school players(boys & girls). BBA programs stress fundamentals and team play with emphasis on ball handling, shooting, passing, footwork,speed, agility,movement with and without the ball, one on one moves, defense and various other basketball-related skills

There will be BBA registration and practice for interested players and parents on Tuesday, September 14th in the Stuart Country Day School gym from 6:00pm-7:15pm(3rd -5th grade) and 7:15pm-8:30pm(6th-8th grade) and Friday, September 17th. Shot King Shooting Session will be held on Wednesdays, starting September 15th. Parents can sign their players up for hoop programs for boys and girls all ages. For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]

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FRISCO, Texas – The FC Dallas Academy’s 2021/22 MLS Next season starts this week and here are five things to know ahead of the new campaign.

1. Age Groups and Teams

The FC Dallas Academy will field teams in the MLS Next U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19 age groups. MLS Next also has a U-16 group but FCD merges its U-16 players with its U-17 team. Also, FCD has a U-12 Academy team that is too young for the MLS Next platform but it’s still a crucial component of the FCD Academy system. FC Dallas currently has 11 Academy products signed to Homegrown contracts in its first team, and MLS Next is a crucial stepping stone to that next level.

2. Schedule

The four youngest age groups (U-13 through U-17) kickoff their MLS Next campaigns on Sept. 18 against the Houston Dynamo FC Academy at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco. FCD’s U-19s starts their season a week later against Real Colorado. The regular season runs through early June before filtering in the MLS Next Playoffs. The new season also features more games for each age group:

Chris Hayden, FC Dallas VP of Youth Soccer: “The competition structure is more robust with more games, more weekends with matches and a more regular, consistent schedule—which is one of the three pillars to our success as a club: you have to have good games to play. The league has done a good job dealing with the COVID protocols and putting together the competition plan.”

3. Path to Pro

Another change for this year affects the U-15 and U-17 age groups. Those groups are considered “path to pro” and they will play more games against fellow MLS academies to ensure the high levels of competition.

Chris Hayden: “The biggest change is that the U-15 and U-17 age groups are considered “pro pathway” age groups, meaning we will more frequently play MLS teams’ academies at a higher percentage than in prior years. It’s an attempt to really accelerate the development of in MLS clubs by increasing the frequency of meaningful and professional club matches.”

KUALA LUMPUR: The travel bubble initiative which will be implemented in Langkawi from Thursday will serve as a benchmark for opening more tourist destinations in the country.

In this regard, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has advised those planning to travel to the resort island for a holiday to be responsible tourists and follow the prescribed standard operating procedure (SOP) because their action will determine the fate of the country’s tourism sector.

“We want to see how Langkawi will impact the entire economic sector, especially the tourism sector.

“This will be a model of our travel bubble.

“We want and hope Langkawi to be a good model to enable us to open more travel bubbles,” she told a press conference at the Parliament building yesterday.

Nancy reminded all parties to comply with the SOP, which includes tourists being required to use transport services provided by travel agencies if they are travelling by land.

Nancy said there were proposals from the private sector to set up a centre for conducting swab tests for tourists going to Langkawi.

“It is a very good initiative, although it is not compulsory for individuals to go for swab tests.

“I have asked them to speak to Lada and I hope they can work together,” she said, referring to the Langkawi Development Authority. — Bernama

A 22-year-old woman who was on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend has disappeared, her parents said. It was unclear if her boyfriend was also missing.

Gabrielle Petito was last known to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August when she stopped communicating with her family, police said. She was reported missing Saturday.

Petito had been traveling in a van with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, and documenting their travels on YouTube under the moniker “Nomadic Statik.”

The vehicle, a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate, was recovered in the city of North Port, south of Tampa, the police department there said.

“We currently have no definitive information that a crime took place here in North Port,” police said in a statement. “With that said, the circumstances are odd. The vehicle she was traveling in was located here in North Port. So, we are actively gathering local details and any evidence to assist in finding needed answers.”

Police have not identified Laundrie as a suspect, nor have they associated him with Petito’s disappearance. He could not be reached for this story.

Petito is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She also has several tattoos, including one on her forearm that reads, “let it be.”

Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, told NBC affiliate KSL that her daughter left with her boyfriend of two years from Blue Point, New York, on July 2.

“She wanted to cross the country in the camper van and live the van life and live free. This was her dream,” Schmidt said.

Gabrielle Petito went missing while traveling in Wyoming. (Suffolk County Police Department)

Gabrielle Petito went missing while traveling in Wyoming. (Suffolk County Police Department)

According to her mother, Petito extensively documented her journey across the states with her boyfriend on social media, but those posts slowed down toward the end of August.

Schmidt said the couple left Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park around Aug. 24, which was when she said she last spoke to her daughter on a FaceTime call. She added she received texts sent from her daughter’s phone until Aug. 30, but wasn’t sure whether her daughter sent them.

Suffolk County police did not immediately respond to questions Monday about her boyfriend’s whereabouts or where her vehicle was found. Efforts to reach her parents were unsuccessful Monday.

She last posted a photo to her Instagram account Aug. 25. In the video, Petito and Laundrie can be seen driving, hiking and camping at different roads, parks and beaches across the country.

Police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

President Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has come out in support of banning people from flying on airplanes if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fauci was asked during an interview with theSkimm on Monday if he would support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Americans in order to fly.

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“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said.

The White House has not explicitly taken a federal vaccination requirement for air travel off the table.

Although, with Fauci’s influence as the president’s top doctor, the administration could sway in that direction if Biden chooses to follow suit, as he often has.

When asked if the White House was considering a vaccine mandate for air travel, an administration official pointed Fox News to White House coronavirus response director Jeff Zients’ comments from Friday when he was asked about the subject and remarking that is where the administration stood on the issue at the moment.

Zients did not take an air travel ban for unvaccinated Americans “off the table.”

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“As to travel, we’re taking further action, as you know, to double the fines for noncompliance of masking on airlines,” Zients said. “So that’s a TSA action that was announced yesterday.

“And overall, I think we have a – you know, a very strong track record that shows we’re pulling available levers to acquire vaccinations and we’re not taking any measures off the table,” he added.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.

After nearly eight years of a strained and periodically hostile relationship between the mayor of New York City and its business community, the city’s likely next mayor on Monday delivered a clear message: He wants a reset.

“New York will no longer be anti-business,” declared Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee who is almost certain to win November’s election, in a speech at a business conference in Manhattan. “This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years.”

In many ways, Mr. Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio have found political common ground, and Mr. de Blasio was thought to favor Mr. Adams during this year’s primary. But Mr. Adams’s brief remarks on Monday underscored what may be one of the most consequential differences between the de Blasio administration and an Adams mayoralty: a significant shift, in tone and approach, when it comes to dealing with the city’s big-business community.

Mr. de Blasio has, at times, fostered close ties to the real estate community, but he based his campaign on addressing the city’s widening inequity, saying that New York had become a “tale of two cities.” He has also downplayed the need to bring back wealthy New Yorkers who fled during the pandemic.

Mr. Adams also ran on a message of combating inequality and was embraced by key labor unions. But his main focus was on combating crime, which also happened to be a primary concern of the city’s business elite. And he took a far warmer approach to engaging the business community, becoming a favorite of New York’s donor class, with whom he has spent much of the summer, while earning skepticism from the left. Publicly and privately, he has pledged to travel to Florida to bring erstwhile New Yorkers home.

His remarks on Monday, focused on fostering deeper partnerships between New York City and the business community, came at the SALT Conference, held at the Javits Center and overseen by Anthony Scaramucci, the onetime Trump White House communications director. The schedule promised appearances from two hedge fund billionaires who were principal backers of a super PAC supporting Mr. Adams’s candidacy: Daniel S. Loeb, a prominent charter school supporter, and Steven A. Cohen, the owner of the Mets.

Mr. Scaramucci, a Wall Street veteran, donated $2,000 to Mr. Adams’s mayoral campaign. Over the weekend, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who got on poorly with Mr. de Blasio, released a direct-to-camera video noting his support of Mr. Adams, who is facing off against Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate, in the general election.

“As a candidate, Eric Adams has shown ambition and political courage,” Mr. Bloomberg said in the video.

In his speech, Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, urged employers to collaborate with the city on a common job application, part of a suite of proposals aimed at boosting the city’s economy and combating unemployment and underemployment.

“I’m proposing an unprecedented partnership between city

Many countries around the world, concerned over the economic and human costs of the lengthy shutdown of international travel during the pandemic, are busy experimenting with how to reopen their borders while protecting their citizens. The United States, in stark contrast, is locked down even more tightly than it was when the Trump administration first put travel restrictions in place at the start of the outbreak. Against all common sense, fully vaccinated travelers from many countries with much lower case rates than the United States remain blocked.

Amid the tribal fights that roil American politics daily, liberals and conservatives seem to have found strange common ground on closed borders. The left fears the virus; the right fears foreigners. The result has been a policy gridlock that is increasingly isolating the United States, especially from its closest allies, while doing nothing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Many countries that have endured several COVID-19 waves are nonetheless trying to re-open their borders as conditions permit. European Union member states have for many months regularly updated their lists of restricted countries based on the latest epidemiological data. Most have now opened to foreign travelers, generally requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. The EU recently removed the United States from its safe travel list due to the surge of the delta variant, but Germany, France, Spain, and most other EU member states are still permitting travel by fully vaccinated Americans or those recovered from COVID-19 and naturally immune. Only a handful of European countries, such as Norway and Bulgaria, have opted to close to U.S. visitors, while some others allow only limited essential travel.

Many countries around the world, concerned over the economic and human costs of the lengthy shutdown of international travel during the pandemic, are busy experimenting with how to reopen their borders while protecting their citizens. The United States, in stark contrast, is locked down even more tightly than it was when the Trump administration first put travel restrictions in place at the start of the outbreak. Against all common sense, fully vaccinated travelers from many countries with much lower case rates than the United States remain blocked.

Amid the tribal fights that roil American politics daily, liberals and conservatives seem to have found strange common ground on closed borders. The left fears the virus; the right fears foreigners. The result has been a policy gridlock that is increasingly isolating the United States, especially from its closest allies, while doing nothing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Many countries that have endured several COVID-19 waves are nonetheless trying to re-open their borders as conditions permit. European Union member states have for many months regularly updated their lists of restricted countries based on the latest epidemiological data. Most have now opened to foreign travelers, generally requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. The EU recently removed the United States from its safe travel list due to the surge of the delta variant,

The fastest woman to cycle the globe came to visit Aberfeldy last week, inspiring school pupils to consider ways to get active, particularly girls.

World champion athlete Jenny Graham – who holds the world record for best female time cycling round the world – was welcomed to the Highland Perthshire town by children from Breadalbane Academy, local wild swimmers and canoeists.

Jenny is promoting active travel, using adventure to inspire more people to be everyday active.

She is undertaking the ‘From Source to Sea’ mission with Lee Craigie, the active nation commissioner for Scotland and director of the Adventure Syndicate.

Beginning on Monday, September 6 from Glasgow Queen Street Station, the team travelled to Crianlarich on ScotRail’s new bike-friendly Explorer Carriage in search of the source of the Tay in the Grampian hills.

Covering an average of 30km a day, over the following days their excursion by bike and boat took them through Perthshire, exploring the length of the river, to finish at Dundee.



Perfect day to explore the River Tay
Perfect day to explore the River Tay, day 2 of the Source to Sea adventure

The project, promoting “the personal, social and environmental benefits we all stand to gain if we choose to travel even the occasional short distance by foot or wheel,” saw them cover the length of the River Tay without stepping into a car.

Their hope was to educate school children along the way.

On Tuesday last week they enjoyed a rapturous welcome to Aberfeldy, home of Breadalbane Academy and a community currently attempting to be ‘Scotland’s Healthiest Town’.

Knowing Jenny and Lee were coming to visit, school children and individuals had been encouraged to match their active miles in their everyday journeys to work or school.

Pupils from Breadalbane Academy recorded their self-propelled journeys to school all last week and uploaded them to a live interactive map via The Adventure Syndicate’s app.

For part of the trip the duo followed the River Tay from Kenmore, putting their bikes onto a specially-designed pack raft which brought them to the bank below Wade’s Bridge and the Black Watch Memorial in Aberfeldy.



Jenny Graham, 'Fastest woman to cycle round the world' with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy
Jenny Graham, ‘Fastest woman to cycle round the world’ with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy

Sabina Laurie (10) was in a kayak with Jenny and another Breadalbane pupil – aptly named Tay Will – travelled in the boat from Kenmore with Lee.

Arriving in the town soon after school finished, there were other boats in the water to meet Jenny and Lee as Breadalbane Canoe Club paddled over to say hello.

Blessed with September sunshine, the Breadalbane Academy Parent Council (BAPC) unfurled a welcome banner and offered to refuel the travellers with treats from their impromptu bake stall.

Lee said: “We can all get very hung up on ‘doing the right thing’ when it comes to our health and averting our climate crisis, but we hope our Source to Sea adventures

A family of six, including four children, have been killed after a travel trailer caught fire in Nova Scotia’s Cumberland County.

RCMP were called to the fire on Mountain Road in Millvale, N.S. at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The bodies of six people were located. The victims are a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and four children aged three, four, eight and 11. The family is from Amherst, N.S., which is about 45 minutes away.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Marshall said the trailer was parked on a plot of private land, and was not easily accessible. Officers found the roads “unpassable” and it took them “quite a bit of time” to arrive at the scene.

By the time officers arrived, the fire was out, Marshall said.

“The exterior of the travel trailer was intact,” he added.

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Marshall was not sure how long the camper had been parked there, but believes the family was at the location for the weekend. He said the 911 report came from someone who hadn’t heard from the family in a while, and had gone to check on them.

RCMP said the preliminary investigation has led them to believe that the fire is not suspicious at this time.

“It’s certainly a tragic situation,” said Marshall. “Members who responded, it would have been difficult for them.”

The Collingwood Fire Department, which responded to the fire Sunday, declined to comment on the case, citing the investigation.

Volunteer Jake Cotton said those who responded are doing “as good as we could do right now” after the horrible discovery.

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education has confirmed that three of the children were students in the school district.

“Right now, our priority is to support our students and staff members of Cumberland North Academy where these sudden losses will leave a lasting impact on those who knew them,” it posted on Twitter.

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School psychologists, the student services consultant and school counselor will be at the school Monday to provide support.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community impacted by this tragedy,” the district wrote.

The investigation into the fire is continuing Monday with the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal’s Office, the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office and RCMP.

— With a file from Alex Cooke




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