UK travel industry calls for urgent government action

Planes on the apron at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb.
Planes at London City Airport. Photo: PA

UK travel group ABTA said the government is not doing enough to support the sector, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

It criticised the government for “ever-changing quarantine rules and a dwindling number of destinations for holidaymakers to visit,” and demanded tailored support, including further grants.

ABTA said it is “vital that the Global Travel Taskforce launched this month to consider a testing regime, and other measures to support recovery of the travel industry, acts decisively and urgently to help increase consumer confidence and get the industry moving again.”

The taskforce was set up by the government and is meant to report to prime minister Boris Johnson no later than early November, setting out recommendations for how the UK can support the recovery of international travel.

According to new figures released by ABTA, only 15% of people took a foreign holiday

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Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo in ‘urgent need’ of foster families

WATERLOO REGION — The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is calling on anyone thinking about fostering a rescued or surrendered pet to step forward.

“We are in urgent need of fosters,” said Anya Barradas, spokesperson for the organization.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction of staff and volunteers at the organization’s centres. Adoptions are still happening, but only “fast trackers” — kittens, puppies or unique breeds that quickly go up for adoption after they arrive — are kept at these shelters.

All other animals are moved into foster care once they’re cleared by the medical team. The problem is there isn’t enough foster families to take them.

In July, there were close to 100 families fostering animals on a regular basis. At that point in the pandemic, many people were sticking close to home.

But now that the province has opened up a bit more,

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Want to solve society’s most urgent problems? Cash prizes can spur breakthroughs

Innovation is a critical part of tackling problems in areas as diverse as transportation, housing, public health and energy. But the scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs who might generate creative solutions often investigate issues or pursue economic opportunities in other less urgent fields. Incentives for science and innovation try to steer efforts toward the most pressing societal problems.

Prizes – cash rewards for scientific, engineering and other achievements – are one form of incentive that has been around for a very long time. In the 18th century, for example, organizations such as the Royal Society in the U.K. awarded medals to scientists for their breakthrough research.

Today, in addition to this type of scientific award, there are also prizes for solutions to diverse problems including the invention of new transportation means for disabled people, the engineering of new battery recycling methods, and even the development of technologies to treat COVID-19 patients.

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