The government’s next update to the traffic light travel restrictions is likely to take place on Thursday (16 September).

And the most recent government briefings indicate that the current system restricting travel to the UK is likely to be dismantled soon.

The UK has by far the highest infection rates for any major country in Europe, yet it also imposes the strictest rules on arrivals.

A total of 62 nations and territories are on the UK”s “red list,” representing a total population of well over one billion people.

Appearing on the red list is effectively a travel ban, with arrivals from those countries required to go into 11 nights of hotel quarantine once in the UK – at a cost, for a solo traveller, of £2,285.

So which countries might leave the club – and which nations should join?

Tim White, the Covid data analyst who tweets as @TWMCLtd, has trawled through the genomic sequencing records held by Gisaid, the worldwide database, with a focus on variants of concern.

He will be on hand to answer all your latest travel questions around the upcoming announcement and what might happen to the traffic light system in coming weeks during a live ‘ask me anything’ event being held on this page today (14 September).

Join Tim at 4pm today, 14 September, when he’ll be on hand to answer your travel questions about all the latest rules and restrictions live.

Register to submit your question in the Comments below. If you’re not already a member, click “sign up” in the Comments box to leave your question.

Don’t worry if you can’t see your question – they will be hidden until Tim joins the conversation to answer them.

Then join us live on this page from 4-5pm as he tackles as many as he can within an hour.

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HONG KONG, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Asian shares held their gains on Friday while the dollar was at a month low against major peers as traders awaited U.S. employment data with global shares at record highs.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was broadly flat in early trading in Asia having posted gains in eight of the last nine sessions as the benchmark edges back towards its position in mid July before Chinese regulatory crackdowns sent shares tumbling.

Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) rose 0.38%, and MSCI’s all-country world index (.MIWD00000PUS) edged higher having ended the previous session at its fifth consecutive closing high.

Australia (.AXJO) was up 0.3% and Korea rose 0.61% while Chinese blue chips (.CSI300) fell 0.27% and Hong Kong (.HSI) dropped 0.6% right after the bell, as traders try to balance weaker economic data out of China against the potential for future stimulus.

Investors anticipate that Beijing will accelerate fiscal spending and credit growth as its economic recovery slows, but that such measures will be finely targeted as the U.S. Federal Reserve prepares to taper its own stimulus. read more

Traders are hoping to get a better sense of the timing and pace of U.S. tapering on Friday after U.S. non-farm payroll data is published later in the day, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell has suggested an improvement in the employment numbers is the remaining major prerequisite for action.

According to a Reuters survey of economists, non-farm payrolls likely increased by 750,000 jobs last month after rising by 943,000 in July.

“When it comes to tapering the focus is now the labour market. If we’re in the area of 750,000 the expectation will be for a September tapering announcement,” said Stefan Hofer, chief investment strategist at LGT private bank in Asia.

Hofer said he was focused on leisure and hospitality jobs as they were a good indicator of the state of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. treasuries have been cautious ahead of the data release, and in Asian hours on Friday the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes was 1.2919% compared with its U.S. close of 1.294% on Thursday.

The dollar stayed pinned at month lows against a basket of currencies , with the euro doing a fair amount of the work.

The European single currency touched its highest level since early August against the greenback on Friday, as markets start to react to the potential for more sustained eurozone inflation and reduced stimulus from the European Central Bank.

“The persistence of the increase in input inflation will provide more substance to arguments that the ECB should soon start to dial back its asset purchases,” analysts at ANZ said.

Oil prices fell in early Asian hours having risen by more than $1 a barrel on Thursday.

U.S. crude dipped 0.36%

All four Manchester City teams are up and running in 2021-22, with their respective campaigns set to begin in earnest as we enter the second month of the season.

Ederson reveals ultimate ambition after extending City stay

There will be 20 games split between our men and women’s first teams, Elite Development (EDS) and Under-18s in what is shaping up to be a busy September in which we’ll get under way in the Champions League, the Carabao Cup, the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), the UEFA Youth League and the Under-18 Premier League Cup.

So, to ensure you don’t miss a kick, here are the key dates you need to look out for over the next 30 days.

Key dates

Saturday 4th

Wednesday 8th

Saturday 11th

Sunday 12th

  • City v Spurs, 12:45 (UK). Taylor’s side welcome Tottenham to the Academy Stadium for the first home game of the league season. Tickets are on sale now and, for those fans who can’t make it, the game will be available to watch on Sky Sports.

Wednesday 15th

  • City v Leipzig, 20:00 (UK). Champions League football returns as Guardiola’s men’s group stage campaign begins. You can register your interest for tickets now and, if you can’t attend, the game will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.
  • EDS v Leipzig, Kick-off time TBC. The return of the Champions League means the return of the UEFA Youth League, with our Under-19s’ fixtures set to mirror the first team. You can follow live updates on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.

Saturday 18th

  • City v Southampton, 15:00 (UK). The first team welcome the Saints to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on a busy Saturday at the Etihad Campus.
  • EDS v Crystal Palace, 15:00 (UK). Brian Barry-Murphy’s side entertain Palace at the Academy Stadium.
  • U18s v Aston Villa, 12:00 (UK). Our Academy outfit host Villa at the City Football Academy in the Premier League Cup group stage, a competition we last won in 2020.

Tuesday 21st

  • City v Wycombe Wanderers, 19:45 (UK). We kick-off the defence of the Carabao Cup in the third round at home to League One outfit, Wycombe, in what is the first meeting between the two teams since 1999.
  • Doncaster Rovers v EDS, 19:00 (UK). Our EDS’ Papa John’s Trophy group stage schedule continues at Doncaster and you can follow live updates on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.

Saturday 25th

  • Chelsea v City, 12:30 (UK). City travel to Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s Champions League final. Ticket information will be released in due course and, if you can’t attend, you can watch it live on BT Sport in the UK.
  • EDS v Arsenal, 15:00 (UK). Barry-Murphy’s youngsters welcome the Gunners to the Academy Stadium, which you can follow live on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.
  • U18s v Middlesbrough, 12:00 (UK). Our Academy outfit host Middlesbrough at the Academy Stadium and you can also follow that game on @ManCityAcademy.
English Premier League

The major U.S. equity indexes rose Thursday and the S&P 500 set a new record closing high as energy and travel stocks bounced back ahead of a key labor market report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 271.58 points, or nearly 0.8%, to close at 35,064.25. The S&P 500 added 0.6% to finish at a new all-time high of 4,429.10, while the Nasdaq Composite rose about 0.8% to 14,895.12. The moves in the stocks came after a mostly lower regular session on Wednesday, in which the Dow dropped more than 300 points.

Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 385,000 on Thursday, in-line with expectations. The claims data was the last reading before the key July jobs report, which will be released on Friday morning. There is a wide range of estimates from economists about what the report will show, and some metrics for employment gains have disappointed despite a high level of reported job openings.

The jobs report is expected to be a key data point for the Federal Reserve as it considers when to tighten monetary policy.

“That’s going to be the big event for the week as it has a lot of direct implications for what the Fed will do. Tomorrow’s reading and the September one are critical for policymakers to decide on tapering and the timing of that and the pace of that,” said Angelo Kourkafas, an investment strategist at Edward Jones.

The results of an ADP private payroll survey released Wednesday showed a gain of 330,000 jobs for July, well short of the consensus estimate of 653,000. Kourkafas said that the ADP miss showed that there was downside risk to Friday’s report. Economists expect the reading will show the U.S. added 845,000 in non-farm payrolls in July, about even with the previous month, according to Dow Jones estimates.

Travel stocks, including airlines, bounced on Thursday after struggling over the past week amid the spread of the delta variant of Covid 19. American Airlines rose 7.5%, while casino stock Caesars Entertainment jumped 6.4%.

“It’s nice to have a day where we’re seeing a rebound in reopen and travel. They’ve just gotten nailed every which way from Sunday,” said Stephanie Link, chief investment strategist and portfolio manager at Hightower Advisors.

Energy stocks also performed well. Shares of ConocoPhillips closed 1.8% higher. Dow component Chevron climbed 0.9%.

The 10-year Treasury yield topped 1.2% on Thursday, continuing a volatile stretch of trading for the benchmark measure. The yield briefly dipped below 1.13% on Wednesday before bouncing back in late morning trading.

Shares of Roku dropped roughly 4% after the company issued quarterly results on Wednesday and reported a slowdown in streaming TV viewing. Etsy fell 9.7% after the company gave guidance for the current quarter that indicated the pandemic-fueled commerce boom may be coming to an end.

However, earnings season has been strong overall. Goldman Sachs raised its year-end target for the S&P 500 to 4,700, representing 7% upside, in part due to an improving earnings outlook.

During regular

Qantas is already taking bookings to Singapore with international flights set to resume from mid-December.

The flying kangaroo airline started accepting bookings to the Asian financial hub on Thursday morning, hours after it announced overseas flights would resume when 80 per cent of Australians were fully vaccinated.

The federal government is yet to formally repeal the ban on overseas holiday travel but air tickets for Singapore are now available.

Prices for a Qantas flight from Sydney just before Christmas, one way, start at $741 for economy.

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Qantas is already taking booking to Singapore with international flights set to resume from mid-December. The flying kangaroo airline started accepting booking to the Asian financial hub on Thursday morning, hours after it announced overseas flights would resume when 80 per cent of Australians were fully vaccinated

Airfares for destinations like Singapore went on sale on Thursday morning even though the federal government is yet to formally announce the end of the travel ban for overseas holidays. Prices for a Qantas flight from Sydney just before Christmas, one way, start at $741 for premium economy

Airfares for destinations like Singapore went on sale on Thursday morning even though the federal government is yet to formally announce the end of the travel ban for overseas holidays. Prices for a Qantas flight from Sydney just before Christmas, one way, start at $741 for premium economy

A day before the Qantas announcement, Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hinted Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand would be expanded to include the likes of Singapore.

‘When we see 80 per cent are fully vaccinated, outbound international restrictions will be lifted and travel bubbles will be expanded,’ he told Parliament.

‘So not only will we have the travel bubble with New Zealand but the Pacific Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the US, the UK are all possibilities that we’ll be able to extend our travel bubbles to.’ 

Travellers from Australia are already on Singapore’s favoured list, despite lockdowns in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, with no pre-Covid test required before boarding a flight.

Only China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, Germany,  New Zealand and Macau are also in Singapore’s special category.

Qantas is expecting Australia to reach the 80 per cent vaccination target in December – triggering the re-opening of international borders as part of ‘Phase C’ of the federal government’s path to pandemic normality. 

A day before the Qantas announcement, Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hinted Australia's travel bubble with New Zealand would be expanded to include the likes of Singapore

A day before the Qantas announcement, Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hinted Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand would be expanded to include the likes of Singapore

Qantas plan for international travel

MID-DECEMBER: Singapore, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom and Canada using Boeing 787s

New Zealand if travel bubble reopened with Australia 

Airbus A330s, and 737s and A320s for services to Fiji

FEBRUARY 2022: Hong Kong 

APRIL 2022: Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg

APRIL 2022: Budget subsidiary Jetstar to resume international flights 

JULY 2022: Sydney to Los Angeles on A380s

NOVEMBER 2022: Sydney to London via Singapore with Darwin instead of Perth as a possible transit point 

The first available travel routes will be to first-world destinations with high vaccination rates including the United States, Canada, the UK, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand, Qantas told the Australian Securities Exchange.

Those routes will

Holy Angels opens the season with a soccer doubleheader at StarDome with the girls facing St. Paul Highland Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys against St. Paul Academy at 7:30 p.m.

The Stars boys host Minnehaha Academy at StarDome 1 p.m. and the girls play at Totino-Grace, also at 1 p.m. Jefferson boys travel to Park Cottage Grove for the season-opener at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, while the girls visit Hastings for a 7 p.m. start.

Jefferson will host a soccer doubleheader against Prior Lake at Bloomington Stadium Saturday, Aug. 28. The girls begin at 10 a.m. followed by the boys at noon.

Kennedy boys open at home against Rochester Lourdes on the high school turf at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles girls’ travel to St. Croix Lutheran for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Aug. 27.

Richfield boys open the season at Hastings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 and travel to Blake for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The Spartan girls travel to St. Paul Como Park for the season opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.

Kennedy travels to Holy Angels to open the season at 7 p.m. at the Richfield campus. 

Richfield High School will host a doubles tournament including Jefferson, Minneapolis Southwest and Southwest Christian on the courts at the high school and Augsburg Park starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Each area football team will take part in a scrimmage on Saturday morning. 

Jefferson and Richfield will host at their respective high schools starting at 9 a.m. North St. Paul will visit Spartan Stadium. Jefferson hosts Hastings, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul Central.

Kennedy will scrimmage at Burnsville’s Pates Stadium. 

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As more Texans pack their bags and resume traveling again after the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA Texas is hiring 50 workers across the state to help meet a surge in demand.

The company will add travel advisers, insurance agents and other customer service positions ahead of what’s projected to be a record-setting summer for travel. The company has 29 offices statewide, 14 of which are in Dallas-Fort Worth.

It also plans to add more than 200 positions in its Texas call centers, which provide roadside assistance to member drivers, before the end of the year.

Memorial Day weekend travel in Texas was close to pre-pandemic levels and hasn’t slowed down since, said AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster.

“It’s just accelerated from there,” he said.

AAA Texas expects a record number of leisure travelers for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, forecasting that nearly 3.7 million Texans will be traveling between July 1-5, up 3% from the previous record in 2019. Most of them will be hitting the road, with 3.3 million residents predicted to travel by car. This year’s record number of drivers is a 10% increase from the previous high, also recorded in 2019.

“With more people getting vaccinated and the pent-up demand from people staying at home for so long, there’s so many people that want to travel now,” Armbruster said.

Air travel will see increased demand during the holiday weekend as well. AAA Texas forecasts a 177% increase in Texas air travel from 2020 figures, mirroring a national rise in passenger traffic as pandemic restrictions relax. The Transportation Security Administration reported that it screened over 2.1 million passengers last Sunday, the highest figure since March 2020.

AAA Texas has 2.3 million members statewide, a figure that has risen during the pandemic as travelers seek extra support to travel amid uncertainty. As the travel industry navigates the growing pains of rebounding from the pandemic and deals with problems including canceled flights, labor shortages and high fuel prices, Armbruster said the travel adviser positions have become crucial for AAA.

The company is hiring in its offices in Dallas-Fort Worth, Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio.

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Long lines at the Kahului Airport are causing some frustration for travelers.

“We stood in line for an hour and 20 minutes, barely making it to our flight before taking off,” said Jannelle Fukuoka, a Maui resident recently traveling from Kahului Airport. “Luckily they held the gates open at Hawaiian Air because I think many other passengers were stuck in the TSA line.”

Nearly 8,500 visitors touched down at the Kahului Airport on Monday. With travel restrictions loosening on Thursday, some are expecting the long waits to get even worse.

“It was a pretty gnarly experience to say the least, because I’ve never seen airport that packed before,” said Trisha Gives, an Oahu resident who recently traveled from Kahului Airport.

Mayor Michael Victorino is aware of the capacity concerns at the airport. He also says there are talks of Kahului Airport expanding.

“So there are more changes coming,” said Michael Victorino, mayor of Maui County. “I will be meeting with them very soon to see what they’re discussing and what kinds of plans they have.”

Hawaiian Airlines says it is also aware of constraints at Kahului Airport and regularly discusses with the state and TSA on solutions to improve passenger flow.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii Department of Transportation says flights schedules and gate assignments have been made through July, and Kahului Airport has the capacity to handle the schedule traffic.

Travelers want change as tourism picks up again.

“There’s just so much travelers coming in at one time of the day,” said Fukuoka “I think it’s because all the mainland flights going in and mixed in with interisland at the Kahului Airport, which I feel like we should have it separated.”

Mayor Victorino previously proposed limiting flights to Kahului Airport, but Gov. Ige says it’s illegal to limit interstate travel.

The HDOT will continue to work with Maui County to manage gate and other operations.

Just days before travel ramps up for the July 4 holiday, drivers are finding bagged pumps and outages at some gas stations, as the fuel delivery industry contends with an ongoing tanker driver shortage.

The temporary delivery issues have been reported in parts of Colorado, the Florida Keys, central Iowa, south central Ohio, Washington and Oregon. Pumps have been bagged, indicating an outage, for between 12 to 48 hours, industry watchers said.

That’s creating some supply concerns, as AAA estimates 43.6 million people will take to the roads this holiday weekend, up from 41.4 million in 2019, and bouncing back sharply from just 32.5 million in 2020.

Gas prices are already on the rise, reflecting — and potentially curbing — some of the higher demand. The national gas average price is $3.10, according to AAA, above the $2.75 and $2.86 seen in 2019 and 2018, respectively, ahead of the July 4 weekend.

“It’s very limited, and random in nature,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy gas pricing app, said in an email. “Stations and truckers are running behind schedule on delivery to a very few amount of stations. Most motorists won’t even notice this.”

This is not a repeat of what happened in May after the Colonial Pipeline was taken offline by ransomware. In that case, fuel supply was short circuited, leading to lines and outages in affected regions, largely the Southeast. This time, it’s not a gas shortage. It’s a tanker driver shortage.

Drivers pulling up to a gas station that’s dry can just drive across the street or around the corner to the next station, said Jeanette McGee, spokesperson for the AAA travel service.

“Most likely it’s a single chain and a couple of pumps in one market,” McGee said.

Larger chains with their own fleet of delivery drivers are more likely to have gas. More remote travel destinations such as mountains or beaches, which might be further from a supply depot, are more likely to face delivery issues.

The petroleum industry, like so many other sectors of the economy, has struggled with losing workers and production during the pandemic and is now racing to catch up with surging demand.

Before the pandemic, the industry was already contending with an aging and declining driver population. As delivery demand plummeted during lockdowns when traveling went down, many tank truck drivers retired or found new work.

“There’s plenty of refining capability, plenty of bulk gasoline in pipelines and terminals, but there truly is a driver shortage to take the fuel the last one to fifty miles,” said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service.

Driving jobs in general are up nearly 50 percent compared to Feb 1, 2020, according to data from job site Indeed. Employers also offering more hiring incentives, with 16 percent offering sign-on bonuses or other perks,up from 11.4 percent in January.

Online jobs boards for oil truck driver jobs boast bonuses of between $10,000 and $15,000 for

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LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Global equity markets edged lower on Monday, though supported by U.S. shares hitting new highs, while Treasury bond yields eased and the dollar was little changed as investors await jobs data that could sway the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.

MSCI’s all country world index (.MIWD00000PUS), which tracks shares across 50 countries, slid 0.1% as markets in Europe fell. But fresh highs by the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq offset the declines in the major French (.FCHI), German (.GDAXI) and UK (.FTSE) bourses as the global index is U.S.-centric.

Weaker-than-expected U.S. inflation and news of a possible bipartisan U.S. infrastructure agreement boosted risk appetite as the week opened. The infrastructure plan is valued at $1.2 trillion over eight years, of which $579 billion is new spending. read more

The plan is less than the White House’s initial proposal, but the total amount is likely to be greater than Republicans’ initial figure and lead Congress to spread the initiative across two bills, said Solita Marcelli, UBS’ chief investment officer for the Americas for its global wealth management division.

While that could provide a tailwind for the reflation trade, Marcelli said “(the spending) will be spread out over a multi-year period, and tax increases could be part of the mix. So the stimulative impact on markets overall may not be very large,” Marcelli said.

Stock markets across the world rebounded last week, but growing concern about the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus took some shine off on Monday.

European stocks, as measured by the pan-European STOXX 600 index, closed down an unofficial 0.53%, still near record highs. Germany’s DAX (.GDAXI) fell 0.34%, while France’s CAC 40 (.FCHI) slid 0.89% and Britain’s FTSE 100 index dipped 0.88%.

Travel and leisure stocks took a particular hit, with the region’s sectoral index falling to a one-month low. (.SXTP)

“In Europe, the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant is looming over the start of the tourist period,” said Sophie Griffiths, market analyst at OANDA. That could “be a severe blow to airlines and travel and tourism stocks, which are trading sharply lower today.”

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 175.47 points, or 0.51%, to 34,258.65, the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 0.95 point, or 0.02%, to 4,281.65 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 102.99 points, or 0.72 percent, to 14.463.37.

Earlier in Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) edge up 0.1% at 703.86. Australian shares (.AXJO) slipped 0.1%. Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) and South Korea’s benchmark KOPS (.KS11) were barely changed.

Sydney is in lockdown and Malaysia extended its lockdown due to spreading cases of the new Delta variant. Indonesia is battling record-high cases, and Thailand announced new restrictions in Bangkok and other provinces.

Chinese shares were a touch higher, with the CSI300 index (.CSI300) up 0.2%. Data over the weekend showed profit growth at China’s industrial firms slowed again