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

Scott Van Slyke’s walk-off home run gives Dodgers 5-3 win over Marlins

first_imgScott Van Slyke has your back.A baserunning blunder by Joc Pederson that costs a run? No worries, Van Slyke makes a spectacular running catch and throw to nail a runner at the plate.A rare ninth-inning meltdown by the Dodgers bullpen? No problem. Van Slyke answers with a booming three-run walk-off homer for a wild 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday to send the crowd of 44,941 into a frenzy.• Photos: Dodgers celebrate walk-off win over Marlins Van Slyke went 3 for 4 with a double and a homer to end an 0-for-12 drought.“It’s reassuring knowing that guys can pick you up if you’re having a bad game,” Van Slyke said. “You have confidence the guy coming in for you is going to pick you up.“I like the way this team is playing.”VIDEO: Scott Van Slyke on how the team picks each other upSuddenly Pederson’s baserunning blunder, being doubled off first base on a rather spectacular catch and throw by Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, was forgiven. Imagine the outcry if Yasiel Puig had been doubled up in that fashion.Van Slyke caught a sinking liner off the bat of Adeiny Hechavarria. Then as he was still charging, fired a strike to the plate to barely nail Yelich to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.That’s the way the Dodgers are playing these days.“When I let it go, I knew it was going to be on line, but I was not sure how well I threw it because I was on the run,” Van Slyke said. “(Catcher) Yasmani (Grandal) walked off the field. He made it pretty obvious he thought he got him.”VIDEO: Watch Scott Van Slyke break down his game-changing throw to the plateSo when nearly invincible Yimi Garcia gives up a two-run homer to former Westlake High star Christian Yelich, Van Slyke again picked up his teammate.Van Slyke said non-everyday players have a friendly competition amongst each other.“I don’t know. I’ll have to check the stats, but that sure helps,” Van Slyke said. “It’s just a friendly game of fantasy baseball. RBIs, runs, base on balls, good plays on defense.“No sabermetrics though. We’re old-school.”VIDEO: Scott Van Slyke breaks down the non-sabermetrics fantasy game the non-everyday players play Greinke threw seven strong innings, allowed just one run — a seventh-inning homer by Marcel Ozuna — with six hits, five strikeouts and two walks.Greinke did not factor into the decision, but remained unbeaten since Aug. 9, 2014 when he last lost against Milwaukee. He has recorded a 1.95 ERA since that loss, yielding just 21 earned runs in 97-plus innings.Greinke also recorded his seventh straight quality start (at least six innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed) to begin the season. Only Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and Brad Penny in 2007 have had more quality starts to open a season (eight).The Dodgers now stand at 47-20 in Greinke’s starts since he joined the Dodgers, a .703 winning percentage.Though Pederson’s baserunning blunder loomed large, the rookie outfielder redeemed himself with a single up the middle to score Van Slyke for a 2-1 lead in bottom of the seventh inning following Van Slyke’s spectacular throw.The bullpen looked as if it was going to take care of business.Lights-out Adam Liberatore struck out the only two batters he faced in the eighth and has retired 28 of the 29 batters he faced in 9 2/3 scoreless innings to start his career. Chris Hatcher closed the eighth by getting the only batter he faced.Then Garcia came undone.Garcia allowed two runs with three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning and left the game with the bases loaded. JP Howell got the final out to limit the damage and eventually earn the victory.Garcia has been nearly unhittable for the Dodgers with a 0.63 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 14 innings entering the game. Batters were just 4 for 48 against him entering the game for a mere .083 average. He saw his string of 12 1/3 scoreless innings come to an end.The game served as a reunion with Dee Gordon, who returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since an offseason trade to the Marlins. Gordon received a warm ovation from the Dodger Stadium faithful but went 0 for 4 with a walk and was caught stealing.Gordon did make a behind-the-back throw to first place on a soft tapper by Grandal to end the sixth. “I didn’t think about it too much,” Greinke said of Gordon’s speed. “I hold runners pretty good. I’m not too worried. I’d rather face that than Stanton with two guys on base.”VIDEO: Zack Greinke breaks down his performanceThe Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Howie Kendrick hit an opposite-field double to right field to lead off the inning, took third on Adrian Gonzalez’s single to left field, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and scored on Justin Turner’s run-scoring force out.But the Dodgers managed just one run and three hits in six innings against Miami starter Tom Koehler.Steve Cishek got the loss after giving up Van Slyke’s homer. “It was like, ‘Dang, he’s doing it all today,’” said Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who delivered another stellar seven-inning performance. “Thinking about it, it seems like he was on base every time. He always does well in the outfield. He doesn’t get enough credit, but he does a very good job out there.“This is fun. We’ve been playing well, and you always kind of think we’re going to win.”VIDEO: Zack Greinke reflects on heroics of Scott Van SlykeVan Slyke hit his second homer of the season. It was also the second career walk-off homer by Van Slyke, whose other one came off Arizona’s Josh Collmenter in 2013.Van Slyke appeared to embrace the inevitable ice water showers during the postgame interview.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Marie Felicia Horsch: April 16, 1919 – Jan. 4, 2013

first_imgMarie HorschMarie Felicia Horsch, age 93, longtime Wellington resident, died on Friday, January 4, 2013 at her home in Wellington.Marie Felicia (LaFouge) Horsch was born April 16, 1919 to Ferdinand August and Mary Ellen (Brophy) LaFouge in Greenbush, Kans.Marie married Peter Paul Horsch on December 28, 1937 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington, KS.  They celebrated 67 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on February 18, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; two sons, Benny and Ronny Horsch; and three grandchildren, Felicia Horsch, Katherine Horsch and Jeff Horsch. She is survived by seven sons, Bill Horsch and his wife Lynda of Wellington, Kansas, Jim Horsch and his wife Helen of Richmond, Texas, Tom Horsch and his wife Ruth of Goddard, Kansas, John Horsch and his wife Cristal of Fort Scott, Kansas, Terry Horsch and his wife Janice of Wellington, Kansas, Mike Horsch and his wife Kristi of Wellington, Kansas, Kenny Horsch of Wellington, Kansas; five daughters, Mary Ellen Williams and her husband Jim of Belle Plaine, Kansas, Linda Smith and her husband Franklin of Summerville, South Carolina, Paula Gill and her husband Steve of Wellington, Kansas, Sammie Nugen and her husband Gregg of Wellington, Kansas, Patti Johnson and her husband Roy of Lewisville, North Carolina. Marie was one of 11 children and is survived by the youngest in the family, Jeannie Sullivan of Wichita, KS; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 9-5 p.m. In honoring Marie’s wishes the casket will remain closed.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, KS on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. Family visitation will follow the Rosary at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church.  Father Andrew J. Seiler Celebrant. Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington, KS. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Food Bank and Rivercross Hospice in lieu of flowers.  Memorials can be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more