Hi! I'm a 21/F and I will be traveling to France, Italy, Greece and England (in that order) from 28 June to 7 Aug. Im graduating from college this weekend and this is kind of like a grad gift to myself. I haven't left the country in a long time and am kind of terrified of traveling alone so I am looking for anyone either from these places to show me around or who is also going to be in/around these places around this time.
Feel free to message :)
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And now, after years of being asked “what’s your secret to finding cheap flights?” I finally got my shit together and compiled everything I know into a book out next week, Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World.
One of my goals in this book was to cut through the BS misconceptions that get parroted elsewhere as cheap flight advice, like “clear your cook... keep reading on reddit ➡
I met my girlfriend (now wife) at a student exchange in Russia before the pandemic and trusting in the availability of flights we gave it a chance. So when the pandemic hit and borders were closed we couldn’t see each other for about half a year due to visa ant travel restrictions. Naturally we were really desperate and when Germany finally allowed visa for couples again we jumped on the opportunity, booked flights immediately and went on planning our 3 months together.
The day before her flight was due I checked her times again to be double sure, only to find out the flight has been cancelled by the airline and the platform I booked through didn’t inform me. So I called the airline, while also checking other possible flights online. Luckily there was one via Zurich just some hours later, so after some arguing about the finer points of European Law the Airline accepted responsibility even though we had booked through a different platform and rebooked her on this flight.
Later that day my girlfriend calls me crying and explains that she had been rejected by the airline as Switzerland doesn’t accept transit passengers from outside Europe and she is essentially trapped in Moscow now with no way to either come to me or get back home(She is from a different city in Russia). So same thing again, I call the airline. While the law is pretty clear about this callcenter agents are trained to use all kinds of tricks for you to either accept a refund or accept other bad conditions. The agent offered either a refund or a flight a week later as “there are no flights available”. Neither was satisfactory. A quick internet search yielded several other possible flights from Moscow the next day. It was getting late and I had spend the better part of my day in a queue, arguing with airline representatives over the law, getting hung up upon and comforting my girlfriend. Getting desperate myself I asked what their policies on “accepted flights” were in order to get her here. They had to originate from the same airport and be with the same alliance. And sure enough the next “acceptable” flight was in a week, while there were still multiple flights available from other airports and alliances.
Me: “So you are saying that as long as she starts at the same airport and flies with your alliance all flights are fine?” Airline rep: “Yes, that is correct” Me: “And she has to start from Moscow Domodedowo, you can’t fly her from Moscow Vnukovo? There is one flight available with your... keep reading on reddit ➡
Switzerland has higher numbers of infections than Germany and still opens shops again after just six weeks. This is due to the direct and balanced policy of the Confederates. Bern is successful in at least two important respects.
Only about six weeks after the shops in Switzerland had to close, they are allowed to reopen next Monday. Museums and zoos can then also receive visitors again. This means that the Alpine country not only entered the hard lockdown later than most European countries, it is also leaving it again relatively early.
The shops that do not sell everyday goods did not close until January 18th. The hard lockdown was also imposed out of fear of the uncontrollability of the new variants. In Germany it has been working a month longer.
Nevertheless, the Swiss are getting out again and loosening the measures. And that with higher infection rates. Many Germans are likely to look enviously at the Alpine country and wonder why the hard lockdown was only necessary for such a short time.
According to Our World in Data, Germany currently reports around 90 new infections per day per one million inhabitants, Switzerland 116. However, the number of corona fatalities with two deaths per day (per million inhabitants) is well below the German average of 4.8 Corona deaths a day.
In January, the hard lockdown in Switzerland was also imposed out of fear that the new variants could not be controlled. Federal Council President Guy Parmelin said on Wednesday afternoon: "The epidemiological situation is still very fragile and the numbers are slowly starting to rise again." But despite this outlook, the government is sticking to the cautious exit from the hard lockdown.
One explanation for this unusual strategy could be a Swiss peculiarity: Since the politicians are used to the system of direct democracy, it is obvious for them to include the will of the citizens in the management of the Corona crisis.
Michael Hermann, managing director of the opinion research institute Sotomo from Zurich, is certain: "The politicians are trying to avoid corona measures, which are very unpopular with the population." Hermann knows what he is talking about, because his company has been creating since the outbreak of the pandemic the corona monitor, which serves as a regular picture of the mood of the Swiss during corona times. The sixth edition was published in mid-January.
Since Sotomo collects the evaluation for the public media company of Switzerland SRG /... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have a transit flight:
SKG (Thessaloniki, departure) --> BSL (Basel, transit) --> LPA (Las Palmas)
I have never flew through BSL (Euroairport) and after making some calls to the airport and to airline I am still confused about what rules should I follow. For your information, BSL airport is on the borders of Switcherland, France and Germany.
My understanding is for this flight I arrive to the French part of the airport and i departure from the Swiss side.
Did anyone had a transit on BSL airport this period for some insights? From which country the health related rules should I follow? Cause Switcherland and France needs a covid test max 72 hours before, and Germany 48 Hours before. Also some additional paperwork for all countries.
I am so confused.
Hi. This post ist because we are getting an increasing number of questions about traveling to Switzerland for tourism soon. Unfortunately, the situation is complicated and some users give wrong answers. This post serves to make the rules clear.
> Will the change before my travel date?
The government is discussing plans with stakeholders to easen both quarantine and border rules. The proposal, which will be decided upon on the 23rd of June, suggests that per the 28th of June,
Vaccinated travelers from non-Schengen countries will be allowed to come to Switzerland
Travelers from Schengen countries do not have to quarantine
The FOPH list of risk countries will only concern those with variants of concern. Those who have not been vaccinated and not recovered from a covid infection will have to quarantine.
Assume the following rules will only be valid until the end of June and easened up by then. However, we cannot guarantee this. We'd suggest, if you can, you hold off with making concrete travel plans until the end of June.
> Can I travel to Switzerland?
Whether you are allowed to enter Switzerland depends whether the country you start your travels from is on the SEM list of risk countries which you can find here.
The list of non-risk countries, from where travel is allowed, includes the Schengen area, Ireland, minor European countries, and some Australasian countries with an effective Zero Covid-strategy.
The list of risk countries, from where travel is not allowed, includes the US and the UK.
Anyone whose travels originate from a risk country are banned from entering Switzerland at this point in time.
Swiss citizens and residents as well as EU citizens and residents are generally excepted. Their immediate family members are exempt in some cases (see the entry for special necessity in the link). The website above will give you more information about exceptions.
Travel for work reasons is also generally permitted, but do consult the above website.
There appears to be a rule that once you've been in a safe country (read: Schengen area) for some days, you will be allowed into Switzerland. While the FAQ linked below mentions this possibility, it is not mentioned how long that time has to be. other users indicate that the consulates t... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi, guys, sorry for the delay.
When I began writing this I was freshly unemployed, so it was a breath of fresh air for me in a sea of sending CVs to be ignored. Now I'm not-so-freshly unemployed and while I'm still sending CVs and getting ignored, I'm getting busy with a lot of stuff so I have less time for this (and I may have even missed some drama).
Sorry about that.
Anyway, in my last post I showed you the aftermath from the national selections in February, but back then only half of the countries or so had selected their songs, there is still a lot more to cover so here's the second half of the story.
Here goes the usual glossary for people who are not up to speed on what Eurovision is:
As with the previous post, first we will list the countries with no drama, then the countries with low drama, and then the main course.
For a short introduction, thanks to the pandemic 2020 was the first edition ever of Eurovision to be cancelled, and for 2021 there's still a contingency plan in case the contest can't be done live. All artists will record a backup performance that will be used if the artist can't go or if travel restrictions must be imposed for another COVID wave. There will be at most a limited audience in the arena, maybe none, and most other events will be restricted or directly not held.
Also, since last year all artist had their Eurovision journey cut halfways, this year a lot of countries decided to repeat their artists. This had two consequences: First, knowing you're safe and already chosen means you don't need to plan on how to win a national final or impress a selection jury, so so... keep reading on reddit ➡
Your 12-minute Thursday report in 2999 words.
##the Government approves draft bill to legalize hemp production in Armenia
Growing, exporting, importing, and sale of industrial hemp could become legal soon. A special license will be required, said acting deputy PM Avinyan.
Government: about a third of agricultural lands are unused in Armenia. Hemp could help the development of the agricultural sector.
Many jobs will be created after hemp launches as a new business branch. These jobs will be in areas that have always lacked economic opportunities.
Hemp license will be issued to those who have not violated laws about narcotics and are not drug addicts.
Industrial hemp is a source of CBD oil and fiber (մանրաթել) which are used in a range of consumer products. //
Full: https://youtu.be/K40vJIswPW8 https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/212603 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1050746.html
Tags: #Cannabis #hemp
##update: Azeri soldiers retreat again near Artsakh's Nor Ghazanchi village borders
They came 370m forward and retreated twice between April 26-28.
##group of civilian-dressed Azeris caught attempting to cross the border to install a water pipe (not clickbait)
Defense Ministry: yesterday at 11:40, in the north-eastern [presumably Tavush] section of the Republic of Armenia border, from the direction of Alibeili village, 8-10 Azeris dressed in civilian clothes entered the buffer zone.
They were carrying 40-meter-long pipes, possibly for delivering water to nearby Azeri positions.
After noticing Armenian border guards, they quickly dropped the pipes and returned to the Alibeili settlement. The Armenian guards exercised restraint.
##Armenian and French MPs discuss Artsakh's right to self-determination
Parliament president Mirzoyan met high-ranking French counterparts. He thanked them for the visits to Armenia and Artsakh. They discussed topics relating POWs and OSCE.
They agreed to make joint efforts to secure the Artsakh people's right to self-determination and to make the issue more public in European countries. [French Parliament earlier adopted a resolution calling for the recognition of Artsakh Republic.]
##prosecutor: Azerbaijan & Turkey conspired to recruit Syrian militants in June 2020 (shortly before Tavush clashes)
Armenia will press felony charges against dozens of Azeri individua... keep reading on reddit ➡
Your 12-minute Thursday report in 3080 words.
##update: Azerbaijan's encroachment into the Republic of Armenia
Sev Lake (diameter 1mi) is located on the Syunik border. It has several surrounding heights belonging to Armenians and Azeris.
Officials reported that Azeris could not place their border guards on their side of the border sooner because of snow, but with its recent melting, they recently began the placement process. Last week it was reported that Azeris were installing their positions on their side of the lake.
Evidently, during this process, yesterday they decided to encroach on the Armenian side under the pretense of using a map that allegedly showed it was their territory. The Armenian side said the real map shows it's an Armenian territory, and that the Azeri actions are a deliberate provocation.
Pashinyan held a Security Council meeting and called it an unacceptable action and said "peaceful negotiation is one of the options". Negotiations began between Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan.
False information was widely circulated yesterday about shootouts and encroachments elsewhere. Neither was confirmed and they were denied by official and local forces. The circulation of "alarm-inducing misinformation" was criticized by authorities and Human Rights Ombudsman.
Pashinyan urged the political opposition to refrain from "attempts to win political dividends from an incident that concerns national security", while the opposition accused the government of being traitors and incompetency. Other opposition figures suggested capturing the Azeri troops.
A local official reported yesterday that Azeris somewhat retreated but not fully. Negotiations continued overnight.
Vazgen Manukyan summoned a meeting with the forme regime allies while BHK called for a Parliamentary session to discuss the topic.
Pashinyan this morning: yesterday morning, Azerbaijani Armed Forces carried out a provocative operation to cross the RA state border in the Sev Lake area. There has been no significant change in the situation since yesterday.
We have a large number of Armenian forces in the area right now. But the situation has not escalated militarily, no shootouts, there are negotiations since yesterday to remove Azeri troops.
This was a pre-planned provocation by Azerbaijan. They brought with them visibly falsified maps and claimed that the area belongs to Azerbaijan. It's obvious the maps were altered. It's visible by comparing them with the... keep reading on reddit ➡
(Disclaimer: Fully vaccinated)
I'm looking to take a 2-legged Europe trip this summer, the first leg of which will be in Iceland. I'm considering whether border restrictions allow for travel to Portugal, and am getting a little lost in the sauce. visitportugal.com states that
"Flights to and from Portugal are allowed for:
Non-essential travels from the countries of the European Union, from Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and from the UK (see specific information for UK travellers at https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/uk-travellers-travelling-and-testing-procedures.) Passengers must present proof of a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time."
If I'm reading this correctly, if I'm flying to Portugal from Iceland, I will be allowed to enter, despite being a US Citizen? This seems a little suspect to me, because it would imply that its fairly trivial to circumvent travel restrictions into "closed to tourism" EU countries by taking a layover in a more open Schengen country. Is there something I'm missing here?
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##Security Council publishes parts of audiotape from Onik Gasparyan's report on 4th day of war
Context here. TLDR: After the war ended, the now-former army chief teenager Onik Gasparyan published an "I told you" letter. The teenage government responded with "you didn't tell us jack sh!t" letter.
After publishing Onik's September 30th (4th day) briefing details last week, today the Security Council published parts of the audiotape from the meeting.
In it, Gasparyan gives a positive assessment, saying the overall situation hasn't changed, the enemy has made no advancements, the Armenian army continues to do its duties, and that Armenians organized a successful small counter-attack in Jabrayil.
Onik's side: Onik earlier said that he reported that the war should be stopped within days, if the intensity of the Azeri-Turkish attacks remain the same because the initial attacks destroyed large portions of the Armenian weapons arsenal. Onik is unhappy that the Security Council only declassified the part that fits its narrative.
Government's side: Pashinyan said that after learning that they sustained heavy losses in the first few days, they purchased weapons and ammo to supplement the reserves, which allowed them to keep fighting. The army later reported that the enemy attack intensity subsided down after the initial heavy wave (Onik's concern was that the intensity was heavy in the first days). Onik gave a positive outlook for the Armenian army during the September 30 Security Council meeting, which lead to the decision to continue to fight.
(The truth is likely somewhere in between, with each side presenting only parts of the meeting that backs up their claim.)
Audio: https://youtu.be/LRqnk8dRGAg https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1049607.html https://youtu.be/YvueLIdISLU
##alternative to 2-year army conscription
During the Vayots Dzor trip on weekened, Pashinyan spoke about the army reforms and a need to hold discussions about the possible changes to army conscription terms.
Ruling QP MP said these are only ideas and that there should be a discussion over various options. The one mentioned by Pashinyan was about 3 months of service every 5 years, instead of one long 2-year service... keep reading on reddit ➡
Am writing this here from the perspective of a Singaporean, also resisting this New Normal bullshit.
Sweden and Singapore had the most opposite approaches towards tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sweden went early on for mitigation and herd immunity. They were one of the first to recognise that the virus in the new pandemic was very likely going to end up being endemic and just another variant of the common flu coronavirus. They didn't pursue draconian lockdown measures, they merely kept an eye on the developing pandemic situation and took measures only to make sure their public health resources wouldn't be overwhelmed.
Singapore went the opposite direction. Initially looking to follow the lead of Sweden, it swiftly went the other way in March and April 2020 and brought in an entire pandemic de-facto lockdown for the country. We've seen a very slow, stop-start recovery ever since, as Singapore remains myopically fixated on a "casedemic" based on daily case numbers above all else, with rolling restrictions on public gatherings, social events, travel, and even dining out in public.
Both strategies and approaches were taken with an eye towards preserving and recovering the economy and society post-pandemic. Both were advocated as the best way to achieve such goals.
Today, an important "test result" barometer of the past year is released by the IMD (Institute for Management Development). In the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2021, Singapore tumbled four positions (from 1st to 5th) in global competitiveness. Sweden went up four positions (from 6th to 2nd).
This is despite Sweden having 1.08 million cases and 14,574 dead, in comparison to Singapore's 62,339 cases and 24 dead.
**"While Singapore (5th) remained the top-performing Asian country, it did not manage to maintain its top position enjoyed for the last 2 years. Singapore managed to top the economic performance factor, one of four factors in the ranking, but fell to 9th in global business efficiency and 11th in global infrastructure. It ran into problems with job losses... keep reading on reddit ➡
My company, a small literary tour group spends about $100,000 every year in the UK. And we are only one of the smaller tour groups. We were just forced to cancel our July trip, leaving ~30 people without vacation plans for the summer. We were holding out until G7 for some hope, but this task force seems unlikely to do anything in time. It is a real shame.
I appreciated the words of Ms. May in Parliament yesterday:
"One year on, we are no further forward. Indeed, we have a devastated industry, jobs lost and global Britain shut for business.
More than not being any further forward, we have gone backwards. We now have more than 50% of the adult population vaccinated—it is a wonderful programme—yet we are more restricted on travel than we were last year. In 2020, I went to Switzerland in August and South Korea in September. There was no vaccine but travel was possible. This year, there is a vaccine but travel is not possible. I really do not understand the Government’s stance.
Of course, it is permissible for a person to travel to countries on the amber list, provided that it is practicable for them to quarantine when they come back, but Government Ministers tell people that they must not travel and cannot go on holiday to places on the amber list. The messaging is mixed and the system is chaotic. Portugal was put on the green list, people went to the football, then Portugal was put on the amber list, leaving holidaymakers scrabbling for flights and devastated families having to cancel their plans. That is not to mention the impact on the airlines, on travel agents here and on the travel and tourist industry in our longest-standing trading partner in Europe.
Business travel is practically impossible: global Britain has shut its doors to business and investors. In a normal pre-pandemic year, passengers traveling through Heathrow spent £16 billion throughout the country, including at places such as Legoland Windsor, which is partly in my constituency. That has been lost.
There are some facts on which the Government need to be upfront with the British people and about which Ministers need to think a bit more when they make decisions. First, we will not eradicate covid-19 from the UK. There will not be a time when we can say that there will never be another case of covid-19 in this country. Secondly, variants will keep on coming. There will be new variants every year. If the Government’s position is that we cannot open up travel until there are no new varia... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm a cherry 11B stationed at 173rd IBCT(A). It looks like the travel restrictions will be lifted in the next couple of months. Based on the research I've done, I'd love to travel to several places in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. I don't know if I can hit all these countries in the next 2-3 years, but I'll do what I can.
What is the most cost effective way to travel during my time here? I want to travel when I can, but not break the bank at the same time. What are the best places to go? Is it true we get 4 day passes every month? If so, are you allowed to leave the country?
Australia has imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against a Russian individual and four Russian companies connected to the construction and operation of the Kerch Strait Railway Bridge linking Russia to the illegally annexed territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
“The Kerch bridge is an attempt to consolidate Russia’s control of the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula. By virtue of their activities, this individual and the entities are complicit in seeking to legitimise Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and support separatist activities in eastern Ukraine. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Australia continues to urge Russia to return Crimea and Sevastopol to full Ukrainian control. Australia rejects Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and will continue to call out its ongoing intervention, interference and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine,” reads the statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Marise Payne.
The sanctions have been announced "in coordination with Canada and aligns with action taken by the United Kingdom and European Union," it said.
Australia continues to "support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in coordination with our international partners," the ministry said.
In all, Australia has included 168 individuals and 52 legal entities from Russia in its sanctions lists since 2014, the ministry said.
“The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions against 2 individuals and 4 entities…in response to Russia’s illegal occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the message says.
Crimean first insurance company, Crimean railways, Lenpromtransproyekt and Direction on the construction of the railway Berkatit-Tommot-Yakutsk and Director-General of Grand Service Express Aleksander Ganov and Deputy Director-General of infrastructure projects of Stroygazmontazh Company Leonid Rizhenkin fall under the action of the Canadian sanctions.
The restrictive measures freeze their assets and ban trading operations in Canada.
Earlier, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union also sanctioned these four companies, Ganov and Ryzhenkin.
The bridge over Kerch st... keep reading on reddit ➡
12 countries updated their border restrictions
8 countries updated their internal restrictions
✅ Azerbaijan - Opened the country’s doors to vaccinated or recovered citizens of Turkey and Russia starting on June 10.
✅ Switzerland - The government has announced plans to ease entry restrictions for people wanting to visit Switzerland from the end of this month.
✅ Czechia - Citizens of Poland, Romania, and Monaco now permitted to enter without being subject to testing or quarantine requirements.
✅ Germany - Germany no longer classifies some regions, including the United States, Canada and Austria, as areas of a high coronavirus risk.
❗️ Spain - Looking into ending a deal that allows visa-free crossing from Moroccan towns into Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
✅ France - The new vaccination certificates will contain a QR code that will operate with verification tools in use in all EU Member States.
✅ Israel - Israel could ease entry procedures for foreign visitors who have been vaccinated from the beginning of next month.
✅ Isle of Man - A provisional date of 28 June was set for the border to open to UK residents in the government's exit framework.
✅ Kyrgyzstan - Starting Thursday, the flights between Moscow and the capital cities of Austria, Hungary, Lebanon (and more) were scheduled to resume.
✅ Morocco - Morocco will reopen its airports and ports to international passenger traffic from June 15, both for its own citizens and foreign nationals.
❗️ Saudi Arabia - Saudi citizens were on Friday warned against travelling to Uganda.
❗️ Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to its own citizens and residents for the second year running.
✅ United States - The US Centers for Disease Control Prevention announced Antigua and Barbuda‘s twin island to be placed in the Level-1 category.
✅ United States - United Airlines will resume flights from San Francisco to Papeete this week.
❗️ United States - The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel for the British Virgin Islands.
✅ United States - Travel Advisory Level for the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy) lowered to a Level 3.
✅ United States - The Department of State has lowered the Travel Advisory Level for Saint Lucia to Level 3 – Reconsider travel.
❗️ India - In 27 Distr... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have 4 x tickets to Italy v Switzerland on Wednesday. Cannot attend due to travel restrictions.
Not interested in making profit, would rather the seats are used.
Happy to bundle the 4 tickets into 3 and sell for €150 in total for 4 tickets to be honest.
First post though I have been reading other posts in here.
So basically, I am a 45 year old full stack web developer working in Belgium at the moment with over 20 years experience in this field. I am also an EU citizen and have been thinking of moving to Switzerland (Zurich in particular) for some time now, but I was put back because of COVID.
I have some questions after reading some posts in here, if you are kind enough to respond.
I speak fluent English and Italian, some French but no German. I started studying German and would intend to continue by following some courses there. Would that be a big problem to find a role in IT?
Should I be right in asking for 100-130K? Is that fair for my experience considering I do not know German, or should I ask for more?
As regards to my CV, do I need to add the DOB, my current address and a photo of my face? I am asking since I have never had to do it before but I read some posts stating that its quite common for a CV in Switzerland to have all this.
I read a lot how difficult renting is over there, experienced something similar when I moved to Dublin. If you had to say someone like me, who has no German, and is just moving there, would it take me months to find something? I am happy to just rent a studio to start with, don't mind. In that case, should I go for an Airbnb or is there any other arrangement in Switzerland? Would love to hear your experience on this.
I have not started searching for a job yet because of COVID restrictions, and my plan is to be in Switzerland by July-August. Should I start now or wait maybe another 2-3 months until hopefully things will start calming down? Is it "allowed" to travel into Switzerland even with a negative test now?
What are the "nicest" and "worst" neighborhoods to rent a flat in when searching online?
I am sure that there are some people who moved from Belgium to Switzerland. Anyone can share their experience, like pros and cons of the move?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and respond to my post
"... because I'm not a lying bastard." - Don McGahn, on why he was sad Trump called him a "lying bastard."
Joe Biden’s first visit abroad as president is a mission to shore up our European alliances, increase the resolve of their democratic governments, and tell Vladimir Putin to stuff it, even as our own country’s democracy continues its tailspin into oblivion. AWKWARD!
It’s fitting then that Biden began his trip with a speech not to Europeans but to U.S. military personnel stationed in the U.K., to boost their democratic morale. “I believe we’re at an inflection point in world history—the moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies will not just endure, but they will excel as we rise to seize the enormous opportunities of a new age,” he said. “We have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over...You know and I know they’re wrong. But it doesn’t mean we don’t have to work harder than ever to prove that democracy can still deliver for our people.”
Biden’s first overseas meeting with a head of state, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, culminated in an agreement to ease COVID-19-related travel restrictions between the U.S. and U.K., and a revised Atlantic Charter, which is modeled on the joint statement FDR and Winston Churchill issued 80 years ago to formalize their shared vision of post-WWII democracy. In his remarks afterwards, Biden made good on the “U.S. is back” theme, detailing his plan to donate hundreds of millions of coronavirus-vaccine doses to countries that need them, and announced that other G-7 nations would soon follow suit in announcing their no-strings-attached vaccine commitments. Also, Jill
I am really concerned about the judging panel’s objectivity both in the ladies short program and in upcoming events. In ladies, 8 out of 9 judges were European as well as the entire technical panel. While this might be due to travel restrictions and not a deliberate intention to create unfair results, I hope this is not also the case for other events, as this has led to very unfair results and may also play a huge role in Pairs and certainly Ice Dance.
Referee: Mr. Fabio BIANCHETTI Italy
Technical Controller: Emilie BILLOW Sweden
Technical Specialist: Ms. Vera VANDECAVEYE Belgium
Assistant Technical Specialist: Mr. Sandor GALAMBOS Switzerland
Judge 1 Ms. Lenka BOHUNICKA Slovakia
Judge 2 Ms. Francoise de RAPPARD Belgium
Judge 3 Ms. Peggy GRAHAM USA
Judge 4 Ms. Elisabeth LOUESDON France
Judge 5 Mr. Massimo ORLANDINI Italy
Judge 6 Ms. Marketa HORKLOVA Czech Republic
Judge 7 Ms. Katarina HENRIKSSON Sweden
Judge 8 Ms. Elena FOMINA Russia
Judge 9 Ms. Tineke POSNO Netherlands
Your 14-minute Monday report in 3408 words.
##it begins: department for the confiscation of illegally-obtained property is investigating 214 entities
An anti-corruption bill aimed at public officials was approved recently to allow the authorities to require them to prove that they obtained a large property legally, or face a threat of confiscation. No felony case will be launched besides the confiscation unless it is proven that the property was stolen, however.
Justice Minister Badasyan: the law was approved in April of 2020. The agency began operating in September. Petitions were filed to investigate 430 properties that were already part of various felony trials. The preliminary investigation found enough grounds to investigate 214 of them. They are in process.
According to new rules, public officials must disclose certain expenditures. The Corruption Prevent Committee is authorized to request expenditure declarations from third parties, too.
Within 2 years of the official's departure from the position, if their wealth changes significantly, the CPC can demand details about incomes and properties.
The definition of a luxury property is reduced from ֏8m to ֏5m.
The list of officials required to disclose wealth has expanded. It'll include municipal secretaries and city council members of settlements with over 15k population. That means 9,000 public officials must disclose wealth instead of the previous 3,000.
https://youtu.be/riJHH00Z9X0 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1046735.html ,
##Anti-corruption stats in 2020
1,114 recorded corruption cases. 157 bribery. 160 embezzlement. 155 forgery. 389 abuse of power. 52 other types of abuse of power.
140 of the cases were reported by citizens through a web portal.
##Anti-corruption: mining ownership transparency law
... was approved last year to require miners to provide information about "real" ownership.
Justice Ministry: In order to reveal the real owners of metal mining companies, for the first time, a declaration of real owners was submitted by 34 companies.
(LHK earlier argued that the law doesn't go deep enough and allows owners with small shares to stay hidden, while the government argued that they used internationally accepted practices while creating the law.)
##update: Internal Affairs Ministry to bring the police under civilian oversight
Justice Minister Badasyan: The po... keep reading on reddit ➡
✅ Austria - Lockdown measures in the areas of culture, sport, gastronomy and tourism would be relaxed in May.
⚠️ Bangladesh - Started a new phase of lockdown on April 14, 2021—apparently a more stringent one.
⚠️ Costa Rica - The Costa Rican Presidency has re-introduced weekend driving restrictions.
✅ Spain - ‘Digital Green Certificate’ is due to come into force in June. EU citizens won't have to quarantine or take a coronavirus test.
⚠️ France - France will impose a 10-day mandatory quarantine on those arriving from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa.
✅ Greece - Greece was mostly lifted its lockdown across the country, more areas will be allowed to open businesses on April 19.
✅ Ireland - Israel, Albania and St Lucia, will no longer be designated states under the system of mandatory hotel quarantine. (Apr 12)
⚠️ Japan - Government placed Tokyo under a new, month-long “quasi-emergency” state (Apr 8). Unnecessary travel should be avoided.
⚠️ Kazakhstan - All arriving passengers, incl. the citizens of Kazakhstan, to present a negative test before departure starting April 14.
✅ St. Lucia - Saint Lucia has launched a new extended stay programme encouraging travellers to stay for six weeks.
✅ Norway - Restrictions being eased include a ban on serving alcohol, social distancing and the number of permitted guests at homes.
✅ Slovakia - From Monday, all shops, services, hotels, and swimming pools will reopen.
✅ Slovakia - From Apr 19 all vaccinated travellers who visited the EU or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, or the UK can enter.
I’d like to bike across Europe over 3-4 months starting in July (contingent on EU travel restrictions for US residents), but I’m not sure where to start. I did a 2,300 mile bike tour from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, CA, but that was in 2013 and I am not anywhere close to that level of fitness now. I have some time to train until Summer, but I still plan to mostly train into the trip once it starts. That’s what I did in 2013 when it took 2-3 weeks to start building a lot of strength and endurance. I generally struggle with climbing, but on that trip I eventually was able to tackle any slope, but definitely not at first.
I’m interested in taking different EuroVelo routes, possibly from Norway to Greece, but I’m not sure if the Norwegian part of the EV12 North Sea Cycle Route will be too difficult to start at. Ideally, I start in a flat area. I am only intent on seeing Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Northern Italy, and then down along the Adriatic coast to Greece. I could start in Greece and head towards Norway instead of the other way around, too. Despite wanting to start in easier terrain, I absolutely do not want to stay in flat areas the entire trip. I want to see as much diverse terrain and scenery as possible.
Any recommendations? Thanks!
Hello free thinkers!
Please find following the second chapter of my essay 'Fianaise Ar Chomcheilg Faoi Chois' ('Testimony of Suppressed Contemplation'). It is written in relation to Ireland but it is still definitely applicable to other countries around the world, like the US and the UK.
The Great Reset/The New World Order (DEHUMANISATION)
The Great Reset is described as ‘a creative industry movement to embed the positive environmental shifts that have happened during the lockdown as THE new normal.’ It was announced in June 2020 by the unelected, fascistic organisation that most governments of the world play down to – the World Economic Forum, a forum that has morphed from a ‘jet-setter climate gabfest’ into a sinister ‘anti-democratic enterprise designed to destroy your job, steal your prosperity and rob your kids of a future’, as described by Sky News Australia host, Rowan Dean – at its 50th annual meeting, with high-profile business and political leaders and even Prince Charles of the corrupt, British monarchy declaring their support and its alleged importance.
According to the World Economic Forum, the chief sponsor of The Great Reset, ‘There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.’ You may find that you have never heard of this initiative before, though it sounds like something the mainstream media would be proudly declaring every day. However, this radical globalist quest is something that many countries around the world have signed up to and are continuing to. While it is presented as a great initiative that people would be stupid to dismiss, the actual context and the purpose of this enterprise is often passed off as a harmful ‘conspiracy’ by the media outlets who actually bother to report on it. So why are they so reluctant to report on it?
Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, wrote an article for a special edition of TIME magazine dedicated to the little-known globalist venture known as the Great Reset on October 23rd 2020, entitled ‘A Better Economy is Possible. But We Need to Reimagine Capitalism to Do It.’ This article reveals the essence behind The Great Reset. In this article, Schwab makes an argument that capitalism (a system that has allowed people to excel and achieve and lifted millions out of po... keep reading on reddit ➡
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 57%. (I'm a bot)
> European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc's door to all Britons and to vaccinated Americans.
> Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved a European Commission proposal from May 3 to loosen the criteria to determine "Safe" countries and to let in fully vaccinated tourists from elsewhere, EU sources said.
> One EU diplomat said cases of the Indian variant in Britain would need to be taken into account, although individual EU countries are already setting their own policies.
> Under current restrictions, people from only seven countries, including Australia, Israel and Singapore, can enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
> Under the plan, EU countries that waive test or quarantine requirements for vaccinated EU tourists are encouraged to do the same for vaccinated non-EU holidaymakers.
> The EU plan covers countries of the border-free Schengen area, including non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, but not the non-Schengen EU member Ireland.
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Hello, I saw that Morocco banned passengers from a lot of countries until May 21. Any ideas on the possibility of the restrictions getting extended? I am planning to travel to Morocco on the 22nd. Also, what is the fee for a PCR test in Morocco?
1. Until 21 May 2021, passengers arriving from Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.
From Norways biggest newspaper:
>On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its proposal for a digital vaccine passport, which will make it easier to travel between EU countries. They allow Norway to join. The electronic document must show whether a person has been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered after being infected. The hope is that the member states and the European Parliament can process the proposal quickly, so that the vaccine passport can be used by the summer. - With this certificate, we ensure that EU citizens and their families can travel safely and with as few restrictions as possible this summer, says EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders. In addition to the vaccine passport being valid throughout the EU, the Commission allows Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to join.
Could this be based on IOTA, and the product built for Germany?
(This will probably just be a one time thing of me talking about stuff I wanted to tell about from each of my Sub-settings and such. So, enough rambling, let's get to sweet juicy lore.)
The Divine Realms: The Light Maker and The Dark Armories
"With the steel of blood and the fires of Hell. Under eyes of night and over hearts of dark. I forge the weapons to end worlds a thousand fold"
During the 2nd Hell War, around 12 Billion Years ago, the first armies of Heaven and Hell clashed, and Hell was winning. If the Dark Divine Family and their legions of early fiends were to break the balance so soon, then all would be consumed in darkness. But in the darkness, a Light was found. Discovered by the Grandson and a number of early Archons was a being simply known as "The Light Maker", a humanoid figure with six arms and a strange, techno-organic appearance shone in bright, white light. Despite being a being of great power, the alien nature of the Light Maker make direct speech impossible. But through great effort, the Grandson and his companions were able to do something, to convince the Light Maker to join their side. With this alliance, the Celestials learned of the nature of their purified Abstracta, a divine energy which before then only the Bright Divine Family could access, the Light itself. With it, the Celestials were able to harness its energy to use in the earliest forms of divine magic, while lower ranking celestials used so-called "Light Bolts" as ranged energy weapons. With this new found advantage, the forces of Hell were put in their place once more. Later on, the use of "Light Forges", Light-infused tools which kickstarted something akin to an extra-dimensional industrial revolution, would lead to the creation of the Holy Machines (which will be expanded upon in future lore). It is the duty of the Creation Masters and their lower-ranking celestials to maintain and improve upon the many different forges across the realm. This advantage was great, but it would not last for eternity. After the short-lived 3rd Hell War, when the ruling Archdevils began to take their place, the Mother and the Son, the two most active rulers of Hell, decided they needed to even the score. The Son would then contact Asmodeus, the Desecrant Lord, a fallen seraphim wh... keep reading on reddit ➡
healthgovau: It’s important to stay informed about #COVID19 but too much news & social media can take its toll. Set aside time each day to take a break from digital platforms & spend time doing another activity. For more mental health tips, visit: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/managing-my-daily-life/coping-with-isolation-and-being-at-home/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself.html
On Tuesday, March 9 from 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST (Wednesday, March 10 from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. AEDT) the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security will co-host a discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Government Department of Health. Moderated by Katherine E. Bliss, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, the discussion will examine how the Australian and United States governments are recalibrating their public health strategies in response to SARS-CoV-2 variants, which have fundamentally changed the trajectory of the pandemic.
The proliferation of variants threatens to curtail vaccine efficacy and generate an endemic, recurrent pandemic. Prospects for reaching a single pivot moment, in which herd immunity is achieved and public health controls are loosened, appear to have faded. Panelists will consider how to communicate this complicated set of new realities to a weary public, as well as the most promising areas of health security collaboration between the United States and Australia.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
KO: 16:00 GMT, 12:00 EDT
Competition: Women’s Champions League, quarterfinals
Venue: Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary (CET)
Welcome to the /r/chelsealadiesfc match thread for this first leg of Chelsea-Wolfsburg in the last eight of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. This is your one-stop shop for team news, match preview, how to watch, and live updates during the match. COME ON, CHELSEA!
It has been three years since these clubs last met, when Wolfsburg knocked Emma Hayes’ Chelsea out of the Champions League for a third successive season. The German side won 5-1 on aggregate in the WCL semifinals in 2017/18 and have also seen Chelsea off in the round of 16 stage (15/16) and the round of 32 (16/17). In 2018/19, the two clubs did not meet and Chelsea fell to eventual champions Lyon in the semifinal -- Lyon have won the last five editions of this storied competition. Wolfsburg won the competition in 2013 and 2014 and were runners-up in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Like Chelsea, Wolfsburg have only lost one match in their league campaign this year. “Die Wölfinnen” (The She-wolves) are second in the women’s Bundesliga behind unbeaten Bayern Munich. Wolfsburg’s roster is comprised of mostly German players; manager Stephan Lerch has been with the club since 2015 as assistant manager and stepped into the lead role in 2017. Wolfsburg have won the league the past four seasons.
All that to say, this is the biggest test Chelsea have faced thus far this season. The team landed in Budapest on Tuesday afternoon for a final training session. Both legs of this tie are being played in Budapest due to government restrictions on travelers entering the UK. Chelsea are the home side today.
This season, of course, Wolfsburg are without two-time UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Pernille Harder (whom you may have heard of). Emma Hayes told the Chelsea website she believes the competition in this year’s Champions League is exceptional, saying six of the last eight teams could win the competition “easily.” She remarked Harder may be at an advantage, having spent more than three years at Wolfsburg, but emphasized any performance will involve the entire squad:
“We all know that Pernille is a world-class player who is also playing in a world-class team. We have attacking talents that go beyond Pernille, we have players in a really good space who are in top form. The realities are that the result is non dependant on a... keep reading on reddit ➡
5 countries updated their border restrictions
6 countries updated their internal restrictions
⚠️ Indonesia - Indonesia will stop issuing visas for foreigners who have been in India in the past 14 days.
✅ Israel - Israel and Bahrain on Thursday reached agreement for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine passports.
⚠️ Canada - Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.
⚠️ France - New quarantine measures from Sat for travellers arriving from: Brazil, French Guiana, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and India.
✅ France - Travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month.
⚠️ Australia - Australia to reduce direct flights from India.
✅ Switzerland - Further easing of its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to reopen outdoor terraces from next week.
✅ Czechia - The end of 9 p.m. curfew and limits on movement between districts lifted from next week.
⚠️ Germany - The federally imposed shutdown will affect almost all of Germany. Starting on Saturday.
⚠️ Laos - Laos has locked down its capital and closed its borders to most traffic.
⚠️ Qatar - The new guidelines ordered the closure of museums, cinemas, libraries. No food served indoors or in open-air spaces.
⚠️ Thailand - 2 weeks of new restrictions: schools, bars, and massage parlours closed and restaurants banned from serving alcohol.
All travel changes can be found at: covidtravelupdates.com