St. Viator is taking a cautious approach to its scheduled Week 1 football game on Friday, August 27.

So much so, that the Lions have canceled their scheduled game with St. Joseph Academy of Kenosha, Wis.

It wasn’t that either school has had a COVID outbreak. It is because St. Joseph Academy is located in Wisconsin.

St. Viator athletic director Jason Kuffel said that Illinois Department of Public health guidelines say that limiting travel to greatly affected areas of the country is prudent.

“By adhering to the Illinois Department of Health current guidelines, we decided not to travel to Wisconsin to participate in that game,” Kuffel said. “We want to keep our community and our school as safe as possible so we can maintain in-person learning again this year.”

IDPH Sports Safety Guidelines regarding teams traveling out of state say: “IDPH recommends that before traveling for sports activities, teams review the most recent data on county-level transmission across Illinois or in other states. If playing outside of Illinois, teams should avoid travel to areas of higher risk as recommended in the IDPH Travel Guidance.”

Suburban Cook County issued a travel advisory to Wisconsin on August 11. Vaccinated persons would not have to quarantine. Those unvaccinated would have to take a viral test 1-3 days before traveling and then get a viral test 3-5 days after traveling as well as quarantine for a full seven days.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health website, 47.3 percent of Kenosha’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. That is far below Illinois’ 75.2 percent that was reported Thursday by the IDPH.

“That is part of our whole analysis,” Kuffel said “We are taking everything into account. We have to look at the whole picture. It is not an easy decision.”

Kuffel said the athletic department and coaching staff at St. Joseph Academy were very understanding.

“St. Joseph has been absolutely tremendous in their partnership with us,” Kuffel said. “We have been open and transparent with them. We want to continue our relationship with one another. They are not going to hold us to the contract, and we are working to help them find a game.”

Illinois High School Association assistant executive director Sam Knox, who administers football for the state, said St. Viator would not be charged with a forfeit loss if it can’t find a replacement game.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Kuffel said he and head coach and assistant athletic director Dave Archibald told the team Wednesday about the decision to cancel the game.

“I know that coach Archibald talked to the captains, and they are staying positive,” Kuffel said. “While they are disappointed, they understand that certain decisions have to be made in order for our community to stay protected.”

Kuffel said that St. Viator is looking to find another opponent for Week 1.

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Southwest Airlines has canceled more than 200 weekend flights and delayed hundreds of others, the continuation of a rough month for the nation’s largest domestic carrier and its passengers.

Southwest canceled 156 Friday flights – far more than any U.S. carrier – and has already canceled 67 Saturday flights, according to flight tracker FlightAware

Tardy flights are a big issue, too: Southwest has 541 delayed Friday flights, or 15% of its flights, according to FlightAware.

The issues come a week after Southwest canceled or delayed hundreds of flights due to two separate technology issues and a week after American Airlines struggled with operational woes during the busy Father’s Day travel weekend and said it would proactively cancel nearly 1,000 July flights to give it more breathing room when weather and other issues crop up.  

Why are Southwest flights canceled today
 

Southwest spokesman Dan Landson said the airline canceled flights ahead of summer storms. 

“To proactively manage our operation, we implemented a scheduled reduction ahead of expected storms and probable air traffic control initiatives,” he said in a statement.

He did not specify any storms, but the airline’s representatives on Twitter have been telling frustrated passengers the issues include residual effects of Thursday storms in Chicago and Denver, for example.

Landon said travelers are being rebooked on other flights. But some travelers are finding the next flight isn’t always the same day given the busy summer travel season.

And plenty of travelers are finding it hard to reach the airline, a universal problem for passengers this summer.

Can I get a refund if an airline cancels my flight?

Passengers whose flights are canceled or significantly delayed are eligible for a refund per U.S. Department of Transportation rules, even if the airline has already rebooked them.    

The problem with opting for a refund during peak travel times if your trip is a must and you’re on a budget: Finding a last-minute flight on another airline won’t be easy or cheap. 

With more people traveling, there’s in increased demand for flights. However, some major airlines are struggling to keep up with post-pandemic travel.

With weather and staffing changes, American Airlines has been forced to cancel hundreds of flights, with more cuts on the way.

Over the weekend, TSA screened more than two million travelers at security checkpoints over the last four days, indicating that people are feeling safe to hit the skies again.

“It feels good,” said one traveler. “It feels normal.”

As this increase continues, American Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 300 flights over the weekend due to bad weather. This is impacting crew schedules, and a big rise in customer demand is causing them to adjust.

“On several days throughout the past weeks, we’ve experienced multi-hour ground stops that have had a serious impact not only on our aircraft routing, but also our crew routing,” officials said in a statement.

The airline announced they would be cutting flights to avoid any strain in their operations. This was decided after storms nationwide hit major hubs for the airline, causing delays and cancellations. This also allows for a bigger pool of pilots on reserve to pick up the load.

Luckily, for travelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport today, things seemed to be running more smoothly.

The airline plans to cut about 1% of flights during the first half of July to provide employees the flexibility to respond to problems when they arise. Luckily, Sky Harbor is not one of the airports affected heavily by this.

“Everything has been done, everything has been normal,” one Sky Harbor visitor said.

The full statement by American Airlines:

The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crewmember schedules and our customers’ plans. That, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp-up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July. We made targeted changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation.

Our focus this summer — and always — is on delivering for our customers no matter the circumstance. We never want to disappoint and feel these schedule adjustments will help ensure we can take good care of our customers and team members and minimize surprises at the airport.

While this is happening, Delta Airlines is announcing a hiring boom and are looking to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer.

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A secondary school said they are “disappointed” to cancel an overseas trip for their pupils organised by a travel provider amid an ongoing row with the firm. 

Fifteen pupils from Neale-Wade Academy in March were meant to be travelling to Kenya this summer as part of a four-week expedition in partnership with Camps International.  

But despite Kenya being listed on the government’s red list, meaning entering the UK from that country is banned due to Covid-19 restrictions, the trip provider has allegedly asked parents to pay the remaining balance by tomorrow (Saturday).  


Neale-Wade Academy principal Graham Horn


Graham Horn (pictured), principal at Neale-Wade Academy, said he was “disappointed” the school has had to cancel its trip to Kenya for students this year, organised by Camps International.

– Credit: Active Learning Trust

“We are disappointed to have to make the decision today to defer this trip with Camps International until next year,” Graham Horn, principal at Neale-Wade Academy, said.

“However, we felt this was the only viable option left for the school.


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“It is also done with the health and safety of the students in mind due to the ongoing uncertainty around travel abroad with Kenya currently on the UK ‘red list’ for travel.”  

Despite not confirming whether their trips will go ahead this year, Camps International had allegedly told parents to pay £2,000 by May 1 or risk losing the money paid to date. 

The move has sparked criticism from parents, including one who believes the decision to still charge parents is “completely absurd”. 

Camps International had said if payment is not received on or before May 1, that pupil’s place would be lost and all payments received up to that point would not be refunded. 

But in a statement published on their website today (Friday), it said: “For clarity, if nearer the time Government and FCDO advice constrains us from travelling, we of course will refund in full. 


Neale-Wade Academy March


Graham Horn, principal at Neale-Wade Academy, said he was “disappointed” the school has had to cancel its trip to Kenya for students this year, organised by Camps International.

– Credit: Facebook/Neale Wade Academy

“The vast majority of our schools who were previously due to travel this summer have now made an early decision to either cancel or defer to 2022.” 

The statement continued: “For those schools that have cancelled, they are typically claiming any unrecoverable costs through insurance.   

“Most however, have elected to defer and we will spread any remaining payments between now and the new travel dates.” 

Staff at Neale-Wade Academy are now working with parents to prevent any more payments being made to Camps International. 

Mr Horn added: “The school has enjoyed a strong relationship with Camps International in the past resulting in a number of successful trips abroad, which makes their recent lack of clear communication to the school and parents all the more disappointing.” 

Taiwanese travelers preparing for the April 1 ‘travel bubble’ flight to Palau 

(CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Barely two weeks after Taiwan and Palau inaugurated their “travel bubble,” China Airlines (CAL) announced it was canceling its April 17 flight due to lack of interest, reports said Tuesday (April 13).


On April 1, Palau President Surangel Whipps, Jr. was one of more than 100 passengers to board CAL’s inaugural flight under the program. His Pacific island nation has not registered a single COVID-19 patient, leading the two countries to do away with compulsory quarantine under certain conditions.


However, interest quickly waned afterward, partly due to the high price of packaged tours and the “strengthened” self-health monitoring requirements imposed by Taiwan, the Liberty Times reported.


Travel agencies initially charged between NT$70,000 (US$2,450) and NT$80,000 for a four-day trip to Palau, though the price has since been reduced to about NT$50,000 thanks to measures by the Palauan government.


The main stumbling block has been Taiwan’s demand that returning travelers spend five days conducting a “strengthened” self-health monitoring period followed by another nine days of monitoring. While children can return to school after the first five days, parents have complained that their children might be looked on with suspicion by teachers and classmates, according to the report.


Since the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) hinted it might relax the rules, many travelers have just postponed their trips from April to May in hopes that the change would be effective by then, travel agents said.


Despite its announced cancelation, CAL is still planning to resume flights from April 21, according to cable station TVBS.