Leaders from the European Union's (EU) 27-member states came to together for a virtual summit on Thursday with the aim of solving pressing coronavirus-related health and logistical problems confronting the bloc. Member state politicians used the meeting to discuss approaches to speeding up the delivery of vaccines, the implementation and use of vaccine passports and the potential for conflict arising from national border closings. Perhaps the most important short-term announcement to emerge from the meeting was that of "convergence" around the concept of a vaccine passport. Speaking at a press conference alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel said Europeans and their leaders "need to face the truth" about the difficulty of the task at hand but said hope was on the horizon. Commission President von der Leyen, too, stressed progress made so far, noting that 8% of the bloc's adult population had already been … [Read more...] about EU coronavirus summit: Vaccine certificates expected by summer
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European Union leaders are divided over developing vaccine passports to open the continent up to tourism this summer. Some countries want an EU -wide approach instead of individual nations having their own certificates, while others are concerned such documentation could result in discrimination. Leaders of the EU's 27 countries met online on Thursday to start a two-day summit to discuss the pandemic, and while they agreed to work on vaccine certificates, they could not come up with a unified plan. Greece, where tourism contributes to 25% of its GDP, has been leading the call for an EU-wide vaccine certificate to ensure it can benefit from summer tourism. Athens is in talks with Britain about using a digital "Green Pass", which it has already agreed with Israel, that issues certificates for people who have had both of their coronavirus jabs. Advertisement Its tourism minister said on Thursday that even unvaccinated Britons could visit the … [Read more...] about COVID-19: EU leaders divided over vaccine passports to allow European travel this summer
UEFA bosses have told the planned Euro 2020 hosts they still expect the tournament to be played in 12 nations this summer. Speculation about England playing host to all 51 games rose after comments by the head of the Albanian FA. Armand Duka, a member of the Uefa executive committee, told an Italian radio station: “It doesn’t depend on Uefa - it’s up to the authorities in each country. “They have decided to let the fans into the grounds in England and we hope it will happen in the rest of Europe too. “The hope is that Euro 2020 can be played with 50 per of fan capacities in the stands. “It is possible that it could be played solely in England. “But there are still four or five months left. “Let’s see if the situation will change. If not, England remains a possibility.” The lifting of all UK Covid restrictions means Wembley could in theory welcome 90,000 full houses from June 21, which is part-way through the opening group phase. Wembley is due to … [Read more...] about Euro 2020 still planned to be held in 12 different countries and NOT one with Uefa set for April announcement
JEOPARDY! producer Mike Richards stepped behind the lectern for the first time on February 22. A series of guest hosts will take turns fronting the show after Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek passed away in 2020. Who is Mike Richards? Mike Richards is an American television personality and producer. Mike is an executive producer for Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Before his recent game show stints, he executive produced The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal. He is a 17-time Emmy nominee, three of those nominations of which he won for Outstanding Game Show. He has produced a plethora of shows across all categories from game shows, dating shows, reality shows, talk shows and cable news. Mike graduated from Pepperdine University in California, and went into stand-up comedy before he started his work behind the camera. When will he guest host Jeopardy? Mike is set to take over Jeopardy! between Monday, February 22 and Friday, March 5. "I didn't know I was … [Read more...] about Who is guest Jeopardy! host Mike Richards?
JET2 has reported a 1000% in sales following the lockdown announcement - despite an official start to foreign holidays still to be given. Boris Johnson explained on Monday that UK holidays could restart from April 12, but is yet to announce when a trip abroad is back on the cards. Another announcement on April 12 will be given for foreign holidays, but is expected to be no earlier than May 17, and more likely to be June 21. Despite this, the tour operator has seen a boom in bookings for the summer holidays, particularly from July onwards. Spain including the islands is one of the most popular bookings for Brits, along with Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Jet2 has suspended flights and holidays until May 16, due to the uncertainty of holidays, but hopes to resume for the summer period. They are also automatically cancelling and refunding anyones holidays which are affected. Jet2 flights from £48 - find here Jet2 half-board holidays to Spain from £378pp - … [Read more...] about Jet2 reports 1000% increase in sales this week – with Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey top of list