The European tourism sector is calling for urgent action to help and alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img– Simplification of visa rules for long-term markets- Reduction or waiver of taxes from passengers- Support to destinations, by increasing the budget for the needs of promotion, marketing and product development as soon as they are ready to welcome visitors again. “The Alliance of European Tourism Manifestos welcomes the immediate response presented by the European Commission on 13 March to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. We call for the urgent implementation of these measures, which should be reinforced by additional instruments focused on the tourism sector. Measures are now needed to strengthen the sector’s resilience in the long term and prepare for a speedy recovery from this unprecedented crisis”Emphasize from ETM. European Tourism Manifesto Alliance (ETM), the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, which brings together more than 50 European public and private tourism organizations, issued a statement on the implementation of emergency measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the sector: The European Tourism Manifesto Alliance calls on the European Commission and national governments to swiftly implement the following emergency measures: In order to guarantee a speedy recovery after the crisis, the ETM calls for the implementation of additional measures: – Temporary state support of national governments for the tourism and travel sector- Quick and easy access to short- and medium-term loans to overcome liquidity shortages, including funds made available by the EU through the Corona Virus Response Initiative- Fiscal relief (both in the source market and at the destination level), starting from small and medium enterprises to economic entities of all sizes- Protection of workers from unemployment and loss of income (short-term work programs, improvement and retraining programs) and support for self-employed stakeholders in tourism- Rapid launch of the European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme- Postponement of fiscal and social contributions- Adopt the temporary abolition of airport slots- Support for action for the wider field of culture (art and heritage)- better coordination between national authorities in terms of harmonizing travel advice with the affected regions and requirements for travelers returning from those areas. The effects of the pandemic outbreak are already being felt throughout the world economy. Economic activity has declined, and all evidence points to a significant decline in areas affected by the virus. Tourism and the tourism sector are particularly affected. There are currently millions of jobs at stake, with many SMEs at risk of closure. Support for tourism must be a priority in the crisis response, recovery plans and actions of the affected economies, they point out in their statement from ETM.last_img read more

Premier League clubs face backlash as FIFA urges action

first_imgEven the average salary for a Premier League footballer is more than £3 million a year, according to the 2019 Global Sports Salaries Survey.European champions Liverpool, who recorded pre-tax profits of £42 million in February, announced their decision to furlough some non-playing staff on Saturday, becoming the fifth Premier League club to do so.The controversial move comes with no sign of a deal between Premier League clubs and players’ representatives on a pay cut. Oliver Dowden, a culture and sports minister, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said people had a right to expect leadership from football. Premier League clubs are facing a backlash after Liverpool tapped into public funds during the coronavirus pandemic while FIFA on Monday urged players and clubs to reach agreement over wage reductions.English top-flight clubs, among the wealthiest in the world, have come under intense scrutiny, with government ministers warning bosses and players they should “think carefully” over their next moves.The highest-paid Premier League players such as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne command eye-watering salaries, reportedly nearing £20 million ($25 million, 23 million euros) a year. “Clubs, players and owners should be thinking very carefully about their next steps,” he said.”Leaving the public purse to pick up the cost of furloughing low-paid workers, while players earn millions and billionaire owners go untouched is something I know the public will rightly take a very dim view of.”Former Liverpool stars Jamie Carragher and Stan Collymore strongly criticized the move by the Premier League leaders.Under the scheme, the British government pays 80 percent of wages. Liverpool said they would top up the remaining 20 percent.Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly initially supported the move but later wrote to the club expressing concern at the negative reaction.American-owned Liverpool’s opponents in last year’s Champions League final, Tottenham, owned by billionaire Joe Lewis, have also opted for the furlough option, along with Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth.Manchester City, bankrolled by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour, said they would not be using the government’s job retention scheme, with Manchester United reportedly set to follow their example.FIFA on Monday urged clubs and players to reach agreement on taking wage reductions in order to protect clubs who are suffering financial damage, sources at world football’s governing body said.It also recommended that players’ contracts be extended until the end of the interrupted football seasons and that the transfer window should not open until that time.The call from FIFA comes as Premier League clubs are locked in talks with players and their representatives about taking pay cuts.The English top-flight is lagging behind other European leagues. In Spain, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid players have agreed to pay cuts of 70 percent.Many politicians have urged action from the Premier League and in a poll conducted by YouGov last week, 92 percent of respondents said they backed a pay cut.But some leading players resent the political pressure. Former England captain Wayne Rooney has criticized the government and the Premier League for placing footballers in a “no-win” situation.Rooney questioned the wisdom of the Premier League in preempting behind-the-scenes talks involving players with its own proposals for sweeping reductions.”In my opinion it is now a no-win situation,” he said in a newspaper column. “Whatever way you look at it, we’re easy targets.”With no collective agreement in sight, the BBC said on Monday that Premier League players were set to start negotiations on a club-by-club basis over proposed wage cuts.Burnley manager Sean Dyche said footballers deserved more credit for the work they do to help good causes — efforts that, he said, are often little publicized.”I have seen footballers do so many good things, so many things financially, so many things with time, care effort and attention,” he told Talksport radio.In the latest sign of the financial crisis as a result of the coronavirus, England manager Gareth Southgate and the Football Association’s top earners have agreed to take wage cuts of up to 30 percent.Topics :last_img read more

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea: Spurs come from behind to stay right in the title hunt

first_img Harry Kane, wearing a protective mask, celebrates with Nacer Chadli This was a huge day for Tottenham in terms of their assault on the Premier League title and a bad one for Swansea in their bid to avoid relegation.Spurs’ 2-1 win came as Arsenal lost to Man United, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s side pulled three points clear of their north London rivals and remain two behind leaders Leicester.Swansea, however, sit three points clear of the drop zone.But Tottenham were made to work for their victory as they found Lukasz Fabianski – a former Gunner – in excellent form and had to wait 70 minutes to finally beat the Swansea goalkeeper.Before Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose’s strikes, the Pole kept everything out as Tottenham looked for a way back into the game after Alberto Paloschi’s first goal in English football.A lively start at White Hart Lane saw Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela go close and it seemed the game’s opener was not far away.Tottenham failed to defend Swansea’s short corner and when Angel Rangel’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected into Spurs’ penalty area, Paloschi pounced with 19 minutes on the clock.Spurs instantly ramped up the pressure, with Fabianski getting down to keep Christian Eriksen’s free-kick out and he had to be alert again to deny Heung-min Son when the forward found himself bearing down on the Swansea goal.Dele Alli’s appeals for a penalty were waved away, while Toby Alderweireld was on hand to block another Paloschi effort inside the 18-yard box and right at the end of the half Fabianski saved superbly to keep out Eric Dier’s goal-bound shot.Tottenham began the second 45 minutes as they ended the first and Eriksen tried his luck again only for Fabianski to stop him once more and he then prevented Harry Kane’s 30-yard drive from finding its target.With nothing working, Pochettino took off Lamela and sent Nacer Chadli on his place on the hour mark and it paid off shortly afterwards when the Belgian turned in Kyle Walker’s skewed shot.Sensing a winner was close, Tottenham continued to attack the Swansea area and were rewarded when Rose’s low drive from 18 yards flew into the net following a corner.However, the home fans’ nerves were on edge as Swansea searched for that valuable point.Paloschi forced a fine save from Lloris and then almost immediately, Walker thought he added a third after a swift counter, but it was judged to have been offside.Still Swansea came forward and Sigurdsson’s free-kick caused problems, but Spurs were able to deal with the resulting corner and saw out the five minutes of added time without anymore scares. 1last_img read more

POPE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF BISHOP HEGARTY

first_imgThe Pope has accepted the resignation of Seamus Hegarty as Bishopf of Derry, the Vatican announced today.Dr Hegarty offered his resignation two weeks ago as bishop, citing an unspecified “irreversible” illness as the reason.The 71-year-old Donegal native is also expected to feature in an forthcoming church-authorised investigation into the cover-up of clerical child abuse in his previous diocese, Raphoe. Earlier this year senior Catholic officials visited Ireland to investigate how church structures should be reformed following a series of such scandals. Merging dioceses and eliminating bishops’ posts is one option.POPE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF BISHOP HEGARTY was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more