IATA data reveals slowdown in aviation recovery | News

first_imgCapacity plummeted 79 per cent, and load factor withered 38 percentage points to 43 per cent.Domestic demand in September was down 43 per cent compared to the previous year, improved from a 51 per cent decline in August. Compared to 2019, capacity fell by a third and the load factor dropped 12 percentage points to 70 per cent.- Advertisement – OlderWizz partners with CarTrawler for new rental options This is only a slightly improvement over the 75 per cent year-to-year decline recorded in August.Capacity was down 63 per cent compared to a year ago and load factor fell 22 percentage points to 60 per cent.International passenger demand in September plunged 89 per cent compared to September 2019, basically unchanged from the 88.5 per cent decline recorded in August. – Advertisement – “We have hit a wall in the industry’s recovery. “A resurgence in Covid-19 outbreaks – particularly in Europe and the US – combined with governments’ reliance on the blunt instrument of quarantine in the absence of globally aligned testing regimes, has halted momentum toward re-opening borders to travel. “Although domestic markets are doing better, this is primarily owing to improvements in China and Russia. “And domestic traffic represents just a bit more than a third of total traffic, so it is not enough to sustain a general recovery,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general.center_img Figures from the International Air Transport Association have confirmed that passenger demand in September remained highly depressed.Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was 73 per cent below September 2019 levels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Hospital pandemic drill reveals major supply challenges

first_img The ICNs on hand during the exercise found that compliance with the infection control guidelines was good, but they also noted plenty of concerns and areas of uncertainty. A few examples included problems with donning and removing PPE, patients being kept waiting while HCWs put on PPE, decontamination of ward equipment such as telephones and door handles, and hand hygiene after contact with inanimate objects. The 24-hour exercise in a British hospital also revealed various other challenges, including that hospital workers lacked confidence in their ability to follow infection control guidelines, felt uncomfortable wearing surgical masks, and felt that wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) hindered communication, according to the report, published online by the Journal of Infection Control. She said she wasn’t surprised by the finding that many workers found the surgical masks uncomfortable. “It’s difficult for staff not used to wearing the things to wear them all shift long,” she said. “Healthcare in a pandemic situation is not simply a case of applying pandemic influenza infection control guidance to current practice; hospitals need to consider changing the way care and services are delivered,” states the report by N. F. Phin of Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, Chester, UK, and colleagues. These guidelines “involve major changes to the way care is currently delivered and the use of infection control measures and PPE on a scale far beyond that experienced in the recent past,” Phin and colleagues write. “Few currently employed healthcare workers have experience of a pandemic and the lack of a detailed operational data makes implementation of the current guidance challenging.” The team also recorded traffic through the ward and found that at least 115 different workers made 167 visits during the exercise. “This level of traffic would be highly undesirable during a pandemic, and as a consequence of the exercise, operational assumptions and plans are to be reappraised in order to minimize unnecessary staff movement,” they write. During the exercise, conducted in November 2006, 17 infection control nurses (ICNs) monitored staff compliance with the infection control guidance, gave advice when needed, and recorded issues that arose. The volume of trash is also a concern, said Patrick, who is a board member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She said hospitals might consider using trash compactors to deal with that, but compactors might cause aerosolization of pathogens, and heavier trash containers might increase injury risk for workers. On the basis of World Health Organization (WHO) guidance at the time, the investigators had expected a much smaller need for basic PPE and a greater need for high-level equipment. “WHO guidance overestimates the use of high-level specialist PPE and underestimates the amount of basic PPE required,” they write. A key finding was that HCWs used far greater than normal quantities of basic PPE during the exercise: about 1,200 pairs of gloves, 650 surgical masks, and 750 disposable aprons. This suggests that during the height of a pandemic, the use of aprons, gloves, and masks would increase 13-fold, 10-fold, and 450-fold, respectively, the report says. “Where do you store all that?” Patrick asked. “Most hospitals, just like grocery stores, don’t have big storerooms of supplies. A lot of places have gone from a 24-hour supply to 72 or 96 hours, but we don’t have stocks and stocks of stuff.” Workers’ perceptionsTwenty-one of the 23 ward staff members completed a questionnaire about the exercise. Among the results: Fourteen (67%) of them found it uncomfortable or very uncomfortable to wear a surgical mask; 17 (81%) said their duties took longer; and 9 (43%) felt that talking with others was more difficult. In addition, three workers reported that wearing a mask seemed to affect their hearing, very likely showing the importance of nonverbal cues in communication. As for respirators, people who have asthma or other respiratory problems find it very difficult to wear them for more than a few minutes, she added. Because of that, her own healthcare system uses powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), which blow air through a HEPA filter and into a hood worn by the worker. The device has a clear face shield and does not require fit testing. Supporting what some of the staff reported, the investigators also found that “many tasks and routine procedures took much longer than usual, despite the rostering of additional staff; this was particularly obvious at night when the drug round took twice as long as usual to complete.” Basic PPE much more in demandTo assess the operational challenges, the researchers set up their 24-hour exercise on a 29-bed general medical ward that received mostly respiratory and gastrointestinal patients. The staff, including 14 nurses, 5 healthcare assistants, and 4 domestic workers, was briefed in advance on pandemic flu, infection control procedures to be used, and how to don and remove PPE, including FFP3 respirators. Patrick said the British guidelines differ in a couple of respects from those used in her institution. One was that the former do not call for eye protection for HCWs in close contact with infectious patients. Study ‘generalizable’ to US hospitalsMarcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC, infection control director with the MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., called the study very interesting and said the big increase in usage of PPE impressed her as the most important finding. Nov 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Hospital workers who followed official infection control guidelines for pandemic influenza for 1 day used 10 times as many gloves as usual, generated three times as much clinical waste, and found that many tasks took longer than normal, according to a new report. Overall, the staff had a good grasp of basic infection control steps, but they were unsure about the extra measures recommended in a pandemic, the report says, adding, “Uncertainty was also evident in participating staff as ICN observers occasionally gave conflicting advice.” Along with the surge in basic PPE used came a major increase in waste generated: 18 48-liter bags, versus four to six bags on a normal day, the report says. “Another good point is that most of the masks and gloves and gowns are made in China or some of those other countries, and the likelihood of a supply shortage [in a pandemic] is enormous,” she added. On the other hand, it says the quantities of high-level PPE used were much lower than expected: 13 gowns, 13 FFP3 respirators, and 13 pairs of goggles. Expecting a much greater need, the team had ordered 500 respirators for the exercise. “I believe it [the study] is generalizable to US facilities, particularly the increased amount of isolation supplies that would be needed in a pandemic,” she told CIDRAP News. See also: “I would want mask and eye protection to be linked—not just used for cough-inducing procedures,” she said. “We have found that requiring masks with eye protection and providing the single-unit items has increased compliance.” Despite the challenges pointed up by the exercise, the staff felt that it increased their confidence about dealing with a flu pandemic, the researchers write. They conclude, “We believe that this is the first simulation of its kind in the UK, and that many hospitals would benefit from undertaking similar exercises in order to gain confidence and understanding of their own operational needs.” British health authorities issued infection control guidance for pandemic flu in October 2005, the report says. The guidelines call for healthcare workers (HCWs) to wear gloves, a plastic apron or gown, and a surgical mask when coming within 3 feet of pandemic flu patients. They recommend the use of an FFP3 respirator (equivalent to a US N-99 respirator, designed to stop 99% of small airborne particles) and eye protection during aerosol-generating procedures. Phin NF, Rylands AJ, Allan J, et al. Personal protective equipment in an influenza pandemic: a UK simulation exercise. J Hosp Infect 2008 (early online publication) [Abstract] Oct 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”last_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri reveals who is to blame for Chelsea collapse against Everton

first_imgEverton came away with the win (Picture: /Fantasista/Getty Images)Asked why they lost, he told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know. The player don’t know what happened. At the moment I don’t really explain the change. We played in my opinion the best first half of the season. We could have scored four or five times. Suddenly we stopped to play. It’s very strange.‘We stopped to defend, to counter-attack, to everything. We had only to continue, I think. We were in control of the match. We played very well and needed to continue. at the beginning of the second half we didn’t play. It’s strange. I cannot understand.‘Tactically, if you don’t play, you don’t play. We changed the system but it was the same. It’s very difficult but I think the problem was mental. If you have a mental problem suddenly on the pitch, the system, the tactics is not enough.’‘No, it was not at all [that we lacked motivation], we started the match very well with big intensity and strong mentality, I don’t know what happened.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Sarri was not happy (Picture: Getty Images)Maurizio Sarri absolved himself of blame for Chelsea’s defeat to Everton and instead pointed the finger at the players.The Blues appeared in complete control in the first half, missing a series of good chances, but were off the pace after the half-time break and were beaten 2-0 courtesy of goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.It was a wasted opportunity for Sarri’s side to put pressure on their top-four rivals – all of whom who aren’t playing this weekend – but fell short once again, to leave them three points off Arsenal in fourth place.Their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League took yet another blow but Sarri refused to take the blame for the disappointing defeat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTInstead he questioned his players’ mentality and insists they would have lost regardless of what tactics he used. Maurizio Sarri reveals who is to blame for Chelsea collapse against Everton Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 7:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Sarri concerned with Chelsea mentality after Everton defeatTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:05FullscreenSarri concerned with Chelsea mentality after Everton defeathttps://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-concerned-chelsea-mentality-everton-defeat-1885108/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.last_img read more

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Manchester United want to extend Eric Bailly’s contract ahead of talks with injured star

first_imgSolskjaer wants Bailly to stay at United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were one of several clubs to show an interest in Bailly in recent transfer windows and United are ‘desperate’ to avoid losing him on a free transfer.AdvertisementAdvertisementBailly’s contract expires next summer and the Ivory Coast international is again stuck on the sidelines.A medial knee ligament injury in pre-season has ruled Bailly out until January and it is the second serious injury the Red Devil has suffered in the last year. Bailly is unavailable until January due to injury (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are ready to extend Eric Bailly’s contract at Old Trafford, according to reports.Bailly, 25, has a woeful recent injury record at United, but the Red Devils are convinced the centre-back can still be a success at the club.Signed by Jose Mourinho in 2016 in a £26million deal from Villarreal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of the defender.The Sun claim United are set to sit down with Bailly, as they look to activate a further two years on his current deal.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United want to extend Eric Bailly’s contract ahead of talks with injured star Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 18 Aug 2019 6:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link644Sharescenter_img Bailly’s current deal expires next summer (Picture: Getty)Bailly earns £120,000 a week at United and the club recently spent a small fortune bringing Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire to Old Trafford.Maguire went straight into Solskjaer’s starting eleven and is set to be paired with Swedish defender Victor Lindelof for the foreseeable future.Solskjaer wants Bailly to stay at the club, fight for his place and serve as a back-up to Maguire and Lindelof.MORE: Why Christian Pulisic rejected Manchester United to join ChelseaMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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More illegal Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: bahamaspress.comNASSAU, Bahamas — One day after a Haitian woman drowned and scores of other illegal Haitian migrants were apprehended in an illegal smuggling attempt on New Providence, dozens more illegal Haitian migrants were caught entering The Bahamas on Wednesday.Royal Bahamas Defence Force Public Relations Officer Lt. Origin Deleveaux said that 62 migrants were apprehended at Cistern Cay, Exuma, around 9 am.Deleveaux said officers discovered 50 males, seven females and one child onboard a wooden Haitian sloop anchored just off the cay.The other three migrants were actually on the cay when they were apprehended, according to Deleveaux, who said the immigrants had no injuries.Immigration officials also reported apprehending 30 illegal Haitian migrants from an area called Hole in the Wall near Sandy Point, Abaco, on Wednesday.According to Director of Immigration Jack Thompson, immigration officers in Marsh Harbour apprehended 26 males and four females who claimed to have traveled from Port-de-Paix in a Haitian wooden sloop.Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img 12 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional More illegal Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas by: – July 13, 2012last_img read more

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Hall Hockey

first_imgDid you ever play “hall hockey” as a teenager?  This was the most fun in a college dorm with the cement block walls lining the hallway.  Anything could be used as the hockey stick (broom, umbrella, or bat) and a tennis ball usually wound up as the puck.  The real skill was being able to get around the defense man in those narrow halls of my dorm without losing a lot of arm skin.  Of course, taking a bat to the shins on a missed puck was also a lot of fun.  Ho, Ho!These games could go on for long periods of time and much skin was left on the walls and several nasty bruises would show up on various parts of the anatomy.  This activity did have several pluses, though.  We weren’t at a bar, we were getting exercise, and studying was not as hard after a highly competitive game.  Unfortunately, the dorm counselors had a much different view of this than we did.  Gee, no one worried about concussions in those days.last_img read more

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BMV branches extend hours next week

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles say they will extend hours next week in order to issue identification cards and licenses in preparation for the November election.Branches will be open Monday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, November 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Workers will only process new, amended or replacement identification cards and renewed, amended, or replacement driver’s licenses and learner permits.Officials say residents with credentials that expired after the last election, they can still be used on election day.Helpful information can be found here.last_img

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Herrera happy to stay in Bilbao

first_img Press Association David Moyes’ side were still being linked with Herrera right up until the close of the transfer window but no move was forthcoming. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Herrera insisted he had not had talks with United, but admitted the English side might have struggled to turn his head anyway. He said: “Obviously when United make an offer for you it’s very flattering and I’m very grateful, but I’m very happy with Athletic. “I didn’t pass a medical as has been said. Athletic have made things clear in an honest way from the start. “In the first place the club have to pay the clause, which is 36 million euros for me, and then attract me more than Athletic do, which is very difficult. “It’s totally false that an agreement was reached with me. To talk with me they would’ve had to pay the clause.” Asked if he felt let down at all by United, Herrera said: “Not at all. How am I going to feel mistreated when a club of the level of United make a formal offer? “I’m grateful for that and also because Athletic have not wanted to negotiate, as that shows how they value their players. Herrera broke his silence on Wednesday over the transfer saga which saw United’s late bid to sign the 24-year-old before the transfer window closed end in failure and a degree of farce on Monday night. United saw an initial offer for Herrera rejected by Athletic last week with the Basque club’s president Josu Urrutia insisting they would not negotiate for their players and that if the Red Devils wanted their man they would have to pay the release clause in his contract of around £30.75million. Ander Herrera is flattered by the interest shown in him by Manchester United but admits it would have been difficult for the Barclays Premier League champions to have enticed him away from Athletic Bilbao had negotiations over a proposed move got that far. “It makes me proud that one of the leading clubs in the world are interested in me. “It shows that I’m doing things well.” The farce of the proposed transfer came on Monday night when reports emerged that three people said to be representing the Red Devils had turned up at the Spanish league headquarters, seemingly to meet the clause in the former Real Zaragoza player’s contract. The trio left an hour later, apparently unable to complete the paperwork required to finalise the deal. However, it then transpired that United, who dealt directly with Athletic, knew nothing of the trio’s existence. When asked about that, Herrera said: “They were nothing to do with me, you’ll have to ask them. They don’t represent me nor do I know who they are.” Herrera, who insists he has been calm and relaxed since the events of Monday night, also feels he has conducted himself correctly throughout the matter. He said: “My behaviour has been good, I’ve never pressured the club and I’ve not asked to go. I’m very relaxed with the way I’ve done things. And the club have been faithful and honest with what they’ve transmitted. “I was staying quiet because it wasn’t planned for me to go out at a press conference and because there was an important game against Real Madrid (on Sunday). I like to show my face, not talk through Twitter.” Looking to the future, which on Wednesday saw Athletic players train for the first time at the new San Mames stadium, Herrera said: “I started the season with Athletic and I’m thinking of finishing it with them. We have a marvellous stadium which is going to be full. I’m in a special place. “I’m going to continue showing the performances with Athletic that I have done since the first day I arrived. “Two years ago I played in two finals (Europa League and Copa del Rey). There’s nothing nicer than this. I hope that with the effort that the club have made we can be regular participants in European competition and we don’t have to be jealous of anybody.” last_img read more

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Faugheen tests Champion credentials

first_imgRuby Walsh believes Faugheen will have to improve on what he’s shown so far to confirm himself a live Champion Hurdle contender in the William Hill Christmas Hurdle on Friday. Put in as third favourite behind Faugheen and Fighting Fifth winner Irving, Morgan is well aware of the task his charge faces. He said: “We’re just hoping the rain holds off. “It was the right decision not to run him in the Ladbroke. “I spoke to Nicky on Saturday evening and Barry (Geraghty) had told him that the ground was dead and tacky, which wouldn’t have suited him at all. “If the rain does hold off all we’ve got to worry about then is Faugheen! “It’s great for the sport that the Champion Hurdle favourite is coming over, and very good for Kempton. “Punters want to see these good horses running and I hope we’re adding a bit of interest.” “You’d think he’d a good bit straighter and improved for his run at Ascot, but he’ll have to be. “Irving was very good in the Fighting Fifth. He has good course-and-distance form around Kempton and Faugheen will have to be a good bit more forward than he was at Ascot to beat Irving. It’s his backyard. “Irving will be a tough nut to crack, but if we have aspirations of Faugheen being a Champion Hurdle horse then in order to beat The New One, Hurricane Fly and Jezki down the line he will have to account for Irving. “I think his jumping will improve the more experience he gets. I’ll be hoping he’ll be a bit slicker again at Kempton “His schooling at home has been good and his work has been good. We’re happy with him and very much looking forward to Friday.” Owner Matt Morgan believes the right decision was made to skip Ascot on Saturday with Sign Of A Victory and instead have a crack at the unbeaten Faugheen. The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old laughed at the handicapper upon his return to action this season, winning a valuable Ascot prize on the bridle from stablemate and subsequent scorer Dawalan. He had been kept back to run in The Ladbroke at the weekend but connections decided to skip the handicap and go straight for a Grade One once rain turned the ground soft. Faugheen takes an unblemished record to Kempton, which included victory in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and over two miles at the Punchestown Festival. and returned t action with victory at Ascot. “He won the Grade One novice over two miles at Punchestown last year. I don’t see dropping down in trip will be an issue,” the jockey told Racing UK. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gattuso’s Job on Line after Loss to Betis

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso accepts his job should be debated after they produced a “terrible, embarrassing performance” against Real Betis.Milan are 12th in Serie A after a 1-0 injury-time defeat by Inter Milan and followed that with a 2-1 Europa League home defeat to the Spanish side.“It’s only right that my position is under discussion,” Gattuso, 40, said. “It’s difficult for a coach to sleep after a performance like this, one of the worst.”Gattuso, a former midfielder with Milan and Italy, has been in charge of the club – who have not won a major trophy in seven years – since November 2017.Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said his job was not in immediate danger, but that Milan’s next three games are crucial.“I’m worried, disappointed and angry, especially with myself,” he said. “I do not think about my situation, I’m thinking about how to solve this problem.“I’m the first person responsible for this situation; I’m bound by the results. I train a great club and it is right for me to take responsibility.“I have to understand who has the right mentality. In some moments we applied nothing which we had prepared. There is too much fear of making mistakes.“It’s not a question of formations – the team has lost its identity. This performance baffles me. Probably my staff and I were not clear enough, otherwise, we cannot explain this performance. The defeat does not hurt as much as the performance.“We did not play as AC Milan do. Right now what leaves me more worried is the fragility and the mentality. We must understand why the light suddenly turned off.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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