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  •  Rennes clung on to top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday after being held to a 2 2 draw at home by lowly Reims The visitors were picking up only their second point of the season Rennes still unbeaten after six games were joined on 14 points by Lille who earlier won 3 0 at Strasbourg but they stayed top on goals scored Both teams have four wins and two draws and a goal difference of seven Champions Paris St Germain PSG are fourth with 12 points Reims took the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute when Yunis Abdelhamid was allowed a free header at a corner kick Raphinha replied in the 24th minute after exchanging passes with Serhou Guirassy The Brazilian winger also set up the second goal with a corner kick which team captain Damien Da Silva headed in at the far post in the 37th minute But Reims one place off the bottom were not finished and levelled through Boulaye Dia in the 66th minute after he held off challenges from two players Rennes were denied a win when Steven Nzonzi hit the post in the 90th minute In another game Mehmet Zeki Celik with a 30 metre strike Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz were on target as Lille dispatched struggling Strasbourg In other games an eighth minute goal from Romain Faivre gave Brest a surprise 1 0 home win over AS Monaco Girondins Bordeaux notched their first home victory since December by beating Dijon 3 0 Edited By Olawale Alabi Source NAN
    Rennes cling on to Ligue 1 top spot after home draw with Reims
     Rennes clung on to top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday after being held to a 2 2 draw at home by lowly Reims The visitors were picking up only their second point of the season Rennes still unbeaten after six games were joined on 14 points by Lille who earlier won 3 0 at Strasbourg but they stayed top on goals scored Both teams have four wins and two draws and a goal difference of seven Champions Paris St Germain PSG are fourth with 12 points Reims took the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute when Yunis Abdelhamid was allowed a free header at a corner kick Raphinha replied in the 24th minute after exchanging passes with Serhou Guirassy The Brazilian winger also set up the second goal with a corner kick which team captain Damien Da Silva headed in at the far post in the 37th minute But Reims one place off the bottom were not finished and levelled through Boulaye Dia in the 66th minute after he held off challenges from two players Rennes were denied a win when Steven Nzonzi hit the post in the 90th minute In another game Mehmet Zeki Celik with a 30 metre strike Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz were on target as Lille dispatched struggling Strasbourg In other games an eighth minute goal from Romain Faivre gave Brest a surprise 1 0 home win over AS Monaco Girondins Bordeaux notched their first home victory since December by beating Dijon 3 0 Edited By Olawale Alabi Source NAN
    Rennes cling on to Ligue 1 top spot after home draw with Reims
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    Rennes cling on to Ligue 1 top spot after home draw with Reims

    Rennes clung on to top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home by lowly Reims.

    The visitors were picking up only their second point of the season.

    Rennes, still unbeaten after six games, were joined on 14 points by Lille, who earlier won 3-0 at Strasbourg, but they stayed top on goals scored.

    Both teams have four wins and two draws and a goal difference of seven.

    Champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) are fourth with 12 points.

    Reims took the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute when Yunis Abdelhamid was allowed a free header at a corner-kick.

    Raphinha replied in the 24th minute after exchanging passes with Serhou Guirassy.

    The Brazilian winger also set up the second goal with a corner-kick which team captain Damien Da Silva headed in at the far post in the 37th minute.

    But Reims, one place off the bottom, were not finished and levelled through Boulaye Dia in the 66th minute after he held off challenges from two players.

    Rennes were denied a win when Steven Nzonzi hit the post in the 90th minute.

    In another game, Mehmet Zeki Celik, with a 30-metre strike, Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz were on target as Lille dispatched struggling Strasbourg.

    In other games, an eighth minute goal from Romain Faivre gave Brest a surprise 1-0 home win over AS Monaco.

    Girondins Bordeaux notched their first home victory since December by beating Dijon 3-0.

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    Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
    Source: NAN

     

  •  French champions Paris St Germain PSG on Sunday earned their third successive Ligue 1 win after their opening two defeats Argentine striker Mauro Icardi scored twice to give them a 2 0 win at struggling Reims The result lifted PSG to seventh place on nine points from five games four behind leaders Rennes while Reims stayed 19th on one point Icardi fired the visitors ahead in the ninth minute with a crisp low shot into the far corner from 10 metres after a perfect assist by Kylian Mbappe Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic then kept the home side afloat with several fine saves Neymar spurned a gilt edged chance in the 43rd minute when he shot wide after beating three defenders with a dazzling solo run The hosts missed their best opportunity on the hour when substitute Boulaye Dia hit the post They were punished barely a minute later as good work by Mbappe and Julian Draxler left Icardi with a simple finish Mbappe notched his second assist of the night exchanging a one two with Draxler before squaring the ball to Icardi for a tap in from close range into an empty net Rajkovic produced another fine stop midway through the second half to deny The France forward was guilty of poor finishing in the 82nd minute as he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat after a fast break Pablo Sarabia blazed a shot over the bar and Neymar s free kick sailed inches wide in the closing stages Earlier on Sunday Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in Monaco s 3 2 win over visiting Strasbourg with the home side having Aurelien Tchouameni and Axel Disasi sent off in the second half Last season s UEFA Champions League semi finalists Olympique Lyonnais continued their patchy start with a 1 1 draw at 16th placed Lorient which left them 11th on six points Edited By Olawale Alabi Source NAN
    Icardi double gives PSG 2-0 win at Reims
     French champions Paris St Germain PSG on Sunday earned their third successive Ligue 1 win after their opening two defeats Argentine striker Mauro Icardi scored twice to give them a 2 0 win at struggling Reims The result lifted PSG to seventh place on nine points from five games four behind leaders Rennes while Reims stayed 19th on one point Icardi fired the visitors ahead in the ninth minute with a crisp low shot into the far corner from 10 metres after a perfect assist by Kylian Mbappe Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic then kept the home side afloat with several fine saves Neymar spurned a gilt edged chance in the 43rd minute when he shot wide after beating three defenders with a dazzling solo run The hosts missed their best opportunity on the hour when substitute Boulaye Dia hit the post They were punished barely a minute later as good work by Mbappe and Julian Draxler left Icardi with a simple finish Mbappe notched his second assist of the night exchanging a one two with Draxler before squaring the ball to Icardi for a tap in from close range into an empty net Rajkovic produced another fine stop midway through the second half to deny The France forward was guilty of poor finishing in the 82nd minute as he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat after a fast break Pablo Sarabia blazed a shot over the bar and Neymar s free kick sailed inches wide in the closing stages Earlier on Sunday Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in Monaco s 3 2 win over visiting Strasbourg with the home side having Aurelien Tchouameni and Axel Disasi sent off in the second half Last season s UEFA Champions League semi finalists Olympique Lyonnais continued their patchy start with a 1 1 draw at 16th placed Lorient which left them 11th on six points Edited By Olawale Alabi Source NAN
    Icardi double gives PSG 2-0 win at Reims
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    Icardi double gives PSG 2-0 win at Reims

    French champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) on Sunday earned their third successive Ligue 1 win, after their opening two defeats.

    Argentine striker Mauro Icardi scored twice to give them a 2-0 win at struggling Reims.

    The result lifted PSG to seventh place on nine points from five games, four behind leaders Rennes, while Reims stayed 19th on one point.

    Icardi fired the visitors ahead in the ninth minute with a crisp low shot into the far corner from 10 metres after a perfect assist by Kylian Mbappe.

    Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic then kept the home side afloat with several fine saves.

    Neymar spurned a gilt-edged chance in the 43rd minute when he shot wide after beating three defenders with a dazzling solo run.

    The hosts missed their best opportunity on the hour when substitute Boulaye Dia hit the post.

    They were punished barely a minute later as good work by Mbappe and Julian Draxler left Icardi with a simple finish.

    Mbappe notched his second assist of the night, exchanging a one-two with Draxler before squaring the ball to Icardi for a tap-in from close range into an empty net.

    Rajkovic produced another fine stop midway through the second half to deny .

    The France forward was guilty of poor finishing in the 82nd minute as he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat after a fast break.

    Pablo Sarabia blazed a shot over the bar and Neymar’s free-kick sailed inches wide in the closing stages.

    Earlier on Sunday, Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in Monaco’s 3-2 win over visiting Strasbourg, with the home side having Aurelien Tchouameni and Axel Disasi sent off in the second half.

    Last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists Olympique Lyonnais continued their patchy start with a 1-1 draw at 16th-placed Lorient which left them 11th on six points.

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    Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
    Source: NAN

     

  •  Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands smashed the world record for the women s one hour race by more than a lap when she ran 18 930 metres during the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday The Ethiopian born athlete who won gold in the 1 500 metres and 10 000 metres at the world championships last year ran 413 metres more than one whole lap further than the previous record of 18 517 metres set by Ethiopian Dire Tune in 2008 The 27 year old took control of the rarely run race almost from the outset and surged away over the last minute of the endurance test to add to the mile world record she set at Monaco last year An hour is long it takes a lot of concentration and focus Hassan said After the first half I found my rhythm I m really happy with this record Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel was second having covered 18 571 metres also beating the previous record while Kenya s Eva Cherono finished third with 18 341 metres Edited By Dianabasi Effiong NAN
    Hassan breaks women’s one-hour record by 413m
     Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands smashed the world record for the women s one hour race by more than a lap when she ran 18 930 metres during the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday The Ethiopian born athlete who won gold in the 1 500 metres and 10 000 metres at the world championships last year ran 413 metres more than one whole lap further than the previous record of 18 517 metres set by Ethiopian Dire Tune in 2008 The 27 year old took control of the rarely run race almost from the outset and surged away over the last minute of the endurance test to add to the mile world record she set at Monaco last year An hour is long it takes a lot of concentration and focus Hassan said After the first half I found my rhythm I m really happy with this record Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel was second having covered 18 571 metres also beating the previous record while Kenya s Eva Cherono finished third with 18 341 metres Edited By Dianabasi Effiong NAN
    Hassan breaks women’s one-hour record by 413m
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    Hassan breaks women’s one-hour record by 413m

    Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands smashed the world record for the women’s one-hour race by more than a lap when she ran 18,930 metres during the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday.

    The Ethiopian-born athlete, who won gold in the 1,500 metres and 10,000 metres at the world championships last year, ran 413 metres — more than one whole lap — further than the previous record of 18,517 metres, set by Ethiopian Dire Tune in 2008.

    The 27-year-old took control of the rarely-run race almost from the outset and surged away over the last minute of the endurance test to add to the mile world record she set at Monaco last year.

    “An hour is long; it takes a lot of concentration and focus,” Hassan said.

    “After the first half, I found my rhythm. I’m really happy with this record”.

    Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel was second, having covered 18,571 metres — also beating the previous record — while Kenya’s Eva Cherono finished third with 18,341 metres.


    Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong (NAN)

  •  Monaco rallied from two goals down to salvage a point in a 2 2 home draw against Stade de Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday It was their first game under new coach Nico Kovac a former coach of Bayern Munich Hoping to find some stability after using five coaches in two years Monaco found themselves trailing 2 0 after 21 minutes following goals by Boulaye Dia and El Bilal Toure But Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile who both had a catastrophic start in central defence scored either way of the interval as Monaco stepped up a gear Angers the only team with a win so far are the early leaders after the 2020 2021 Ligue 1 season started on Friday There was no Ligue 1 matches for five months as the 2019 2020 season was abandoned because of the COVID 19 crisis Dia outpaced Badiashile and beat Benjamin Lecomte with a low crossed shot in the fifth minute to give the visitors an early advantage The visitors doubled the tally 16 minutes later when Toure made the most of a defensive misunderstanding between Disasi and Badiashile Monaco however pulled one back on the stroke of half time as Disasi headed home from point blank range The hosts equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Badiashile netted with an angled shot from Aleksandr Golovin s free kick Champions Paris St Germain PSG and Olympique Lyonnais are not playing their respective season openers for now They were postponed after both teams reached the UEFA Champions League semi finals PSG will face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final later on Sunday while Lyon lost on Wednesday to Bayern Munich in the semi finals Olympique de Marseille s home game against St Etienne which was scheduled for Friday was postponed after four OM players tested positive for the coronavirus Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Monaco force draw against Reims in Kovac’s first game in charge
     Monaco rallied from two goals down to salvage a point in a 2 2 home draw against Stade de Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday It was their first game under new coach Nico Kovac a former coach of Bayern Munich Hoping to find some stability after using five coaches in two years Monaco found themselves trailing 2 0 after 21 minutes following goals by Boulaye Dia and El Bilal Toure But Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile who both had a catastrophic start in central defence scored either way of the interval as Monaco stepped up a gear Angers the only team with a win so far are the early leaders after the 2020 2021 Ligue 1 season started on Friday There was no Ligue 1 matches for five months as the 2019 2020 season was abandoned because of the COVID 19 crisis Dia outpaced Badiashile and beat Benjamin Lecomte with a low crossed shot in the fifth minute to give the visitors an early advantage The visitors doubled the tally 16 minutes later when Toure made the most of a defensive misunderstanding between Disasi and Badiashile Monaco however pulled one back on the stroke of half time as Disasi headed home from point blank range The hosts equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Badiashile netted with an angled shot from Aleksandr Golovin s free kick Champions Paris St Germain PSG and Olympique Lyonnais are not playing their respective season openers for now They were postponed after both teams reached the UEFA Champions League semi finals PSG will face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final later on Sunday while Lyon lost on Wednesday to Bayern Munich in the semi finals Olympique de Marseille s home game against St Etienne which was scheduled for Friday was postponed after four OM players tested positive for the coronavirus Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Monaco force draw against Reims in Kovac’s first game in charge
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    Monaco force draw against Reims in Kovac’s first game in charge

    Monaco rallied from two goals down to salvage a point in a 2-2 home draw against Stade de Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

    It was their first game under new coach Nico Kovac, a former coach of Bayern Munich.

    Hoping to find some stability after using five coaches in two years, Monaco found themselves trailing 2-0 after 21 minutes following goals by Boulaye Dia and El Bilal Toure.

    But Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile, who both had a catastrophic start in central defence, scored either way of the interval as Monaco stepped up a gear.

    Angers, the only team with a win so far, are the early leaders after the 2020/2021 Ligue 1 season started on Friday.

    There was no Ligue 1 matches for five months as the 2019/2020 season was abandoned because of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Dia outpaced Badiashile and beat Benjamin Lecomte with a low crossed shot in the fifth minute to give the visitors an early advantage.

    The visitors doubled the tally 16 minutes later when Toure made the most of a defensive misunderstanding between Disasi and Badiashile.

    Monaco, however, pulled one back on the stroke of half-time as Disasi headed home from point blank range.

    The hosts equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Badiashile netted with an angled shot from Aleksandr Golovin’s free-kick.

    Champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) and Olympique Lyonnais are not playing their respective season-openers for now.

    They were postponed after both teams reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

    PSG will face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final later on Sunday, while Lyon lost on Wednesday to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

    Olympique de Marseille’s home game against St Etienne, which was scheduled for Friday, was postponed after four OM players tested positive for the coronavirus.

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    Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

  •  British tourists on Friday rushed to return home before new travel restrictions introduced by the British Government kick in on Saturday According to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as from 4 a m on Saturday 0300 GMT anyone arriving from France the Netherlands Monaco Malta Turks Caicos and Aruba will have to self isolate for 14 days According to their official Twitter account the Eurotunnel which connects Britain with continental Europe was fully booked on Friday The Eurostar also tweeted that its trains to the UK were very busy on Friday urging passengers to stay away from stations unless they had a ticket for its trains which link Britain with Netherlands and France P amp O Ferries which operates between Calais and Dover also wrote that their boats were busy and urged passengers to only come with a valid booking Meanwhile the BBC and Sky News reported price spikes for flights to Britain on Friday France is the second most popular travel destination for Britons after Spain It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travelers who will need to quarantine when they return after the deadline France s junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune responded to the announcement on Twitter saying France would take reciprocal measures However the Netherlands on Friday announced it would not impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving from Britain though it issued a travel warning based on Foreign Ministry statement YI Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    British tourists struggle to return home before new travel restrictions kick in
     British tourists on Friday rushed to return home before new travel restrictions introduced by the British Government kick in on Saturday According to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as from 4 a m on Saturday 0300 GMT anyone arriving from France the Netherlands Monaco Malta Turks Caicos and Aruba will have to self isolate for 14 days According to their official Twitter account the Eurotunnel which connects Britain with continental Europe was fully booked on Friday The Eurostar also tweeted that its trains to the UK were very busy on Friday urging passengers to stay away from stations unless they had a ticket for its trains which link Britain with Netherlands and France P amp O Ferries which operates between Calais and Dover also wrote that their boats were busy and urged passengers to only come with a valid booking Meanwhile the BBC and Sky News reported price spikes for flights to Britain on Friday France is the second most popular travel destination for Britons after Spain It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travelers who will need to quarantine when they return after the deadline France s junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune responded to the announcement on Twitter saying France would take reciprocal measures However the Netherlands on Friday announced it would not impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving from Britain though it issued a travel warning based on Foreign Ministry statement YI Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    British tourists struggle to return home before new travel restrictions kick in
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    British tourists struggle to return home before new travel restrictions kick in

    British tourists on Friday rushed to return home before new travel restrictions introduced by the British Government kick in on Saturday.

    According to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, as from 4 a.m on Saturday (0300 GMT) anyone arriving from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks, Caicos, and Aruba will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

    According to their official Twitter account, the Eurotunnel, which connects Britain with continental Europe, was fully booked on Friday.

    The Eurostar also tweeted that its trains to the UK were very busy on Friday, urging passengers to stay away from stations unless they had a ticket for its trains, which link Britain with Netherlands and France.

    P&O Ferries, which operates between Calais and Dover, also wrote that their boats were busy and urged passengers to only come with a valid booking.

    Meanwhile, the BBC and Sky News reported price spikes for flights to Britain on Friday.

    France is the second most popular travel destination for Britons after Spain.

    It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travelers who will need to quarantine when they return after the deadline.

    France’s junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, responded to the announcement on Twitter saying France would take reciprocal measures.

    However, the Netherlands on Friday announced it would not impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving from Britain, though it issued a travel warning, based on Foreign Ministry statement.

    YI/


    Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  Britain on Thursday announced it is re imposing travel restrictions for six popular holiday destinations amid growing COVID 19 risks From 4 00 a m on Saturday 0300 GMT anyone arriving from France the Netherlands Monaco Malta Turks and Caicos and Aruba will have to self isolate for 14 days Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted He said the destinations were removed from Britain s list of unrestricted coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates down The Foreign Office has also advised against non essential travel to France the Netherlands and Malta Shapps told the BBC that the quarantine was needed because we ve absolutely worked so hard to make sure that we are keeping our numbers down here We can t afford to reimport those cases from elsewhere France is the second most popular travel destination for Brits after Spain It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travellers who will need to quarantine when they return France s junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune responded to the announcement on Twitter saying France will take reciprocal measures He added that Paris regretted the decision and hoped for a return to normal as soon as possible Britain s Department for Transport officials said data from France indicated a sharp rise in COVID 19 It stated that over the past week there had been a 66 per cent increase in newly reported cases per 100 000 people It also said that the Netherlands had seen a consistent uptick in newly reported cases over the past four weeks with a 52 per cent increase between Aug 7 and Aug 13 Meanwhile Malta s newly reported cases increased by 105 per cent over the past seven days On Thursday Britain recorded 1 009 daily coronavirus cases On Wednesday it revised down its official death toll by more than 5 000 It currently stands at to 41 347 which is still the highest in Europe AIBEdited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Britain to add France and Netherlands to travel quarantine list
     Britain on Thursday announced it is re imposing travel restrictions for six popular holiday destinations amid growing COVID 19 risks From 4 00 a m on Saturday 0300 GMT anyone arriving from France the Netherlands Monaco Malta Turks and Caicos and Aruba will have to self isolate for 14 days Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted He said the destinations were removed from Britain s list of unrestricted coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates down The Foreign Office has also advised against non essential travel to France the Netherlands and Malta Shapps told the BBC that the quarantine was needed because we ve absolutely worked so hard to make sure that we are keeping our numbers down here We can t afford to reimport those cases from elsewhere France is the second most popular travel destination for Brits after Spain It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travellers who will need to quarantine when they return France s junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune responded to the announcement on Twitter saying France will take reciprocal measures He added that Paris regretted the decision and hoped for a return to normal as soon as possible Britain s Department for Transport officials said data from France indicated a sharp rise in COVID 19 It stated that over the past week there had been a 66 per cent increase in newly reported cases per 100 000 people It also said that the Netherlands had seen a consistent uptick in newly reported cases over the past four weeks with a 52 per cent increase between Aug 7 and Aug 13 Meanwhile Malta s newly reported cases increased by 105 per cent over the past seven days On Thursday Britain recorded 1 009 daily coronavirus cases On Wednesday it revised down its official death toll by more than 5 000 It currently stands at to 41 347 which is still the highest in Europe AIBEdited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Britain to add France and Netherlands to travel quarantine list
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    Britain to add France and Netherlands to travel quarantine list

    Britain on Thursday announced it is re-imposing travel restrictions for six popular holiday destinations amid growing COVID-19 risks.

    From 4.00 a.m. on Saturday (0300 GMT), anyone arriving from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba will have to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted.

    He said the destinations were removed from Britain’s list of unrestricted coronavirus “Travel Corridors”, in order to keep infection rates down.

    The Foreign Office has also advised against non-essential travel to France, the Netherlands, and Malta.

    Shapps told the BBC that the quarantine was needed “because we’ve absolutely worked so hard to make sure that we are keeping our numbers down here.

    “We can’t afford to reimport those cases from elsewhere’’.

    France is the second most popular travel destination for Brits after Spain.

    It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of British travellers who will need to quarantine when they return.

    France’s junior European Affairs Minister, Clement Beaune, responded to the announcement on Twitter, saying France will “take reciprocal measures”.

    He added that Paris regretted the decision and hoped for “a return to normal as soon as possible’’.

    Britain’s Department for Transport officials said data from France indicated a “sharp rise in COVID-19’’.

    It stated that over the past week, there had been a 66 per cent increase in newly reported cases per 100,000 people.

    It also said that the Netherlands had seen a consistent uptick in newly reported cases over the past four weeks, with a 52-per-cent increase between Aug. 7 and Aug. 13.

    Meanwhile, Malta’s newly reported cases increased by 105 per cent over the past seven days.

    On Thursday, Britain recorded 1,009 daily coronavirus cases.

    On Wednesday, it revised down its official death toll by more than 5,000.

    It currently stands at to 41,347, which is still the highest in Europe.

    AIB


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  Two times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is clear to compete in this month s Indianapolis 500 after resolving a United States visa hurdle McLaren F1 team boss Zak Brown said on Saturday Speaking to reporters at the British Grand Prix Brown said the Spaniard would travel to the United States next week As you can imagine with the state of play in America right now it is a bit chaotic So going through all those government hoops was taking some time But he now has everything he needs he said Alonso told reporters last month he was having issues even to travel to the United States The Spaniard who will return to Formula One with Renault next year after two years out has made the Indy 500 his top priority for 2020 Victory at Indianapolis this month will make the Monaco Grand Prix winner and Le Mans 24 Hours champion a record breaker He will become only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport Alonso led Indianapolis for 27 laps on his 2017 debut before his car s engine expired and he failed to qualify in 2019 He will line up for Arrow McLaren SP in a race rescheduled from May 24 to Aug 23 due to the COVID 19 pandemic Brown will also be attending the race and he said he would stay away from the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month as a quarantine precaution due to COVID 19 The United States recorded 1 87 million new cases of the new coronavirus in July bringing total infections there to 4 5 million Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Alonso cleared for Indy 500 after United States visa hurdle
     Two times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is clear to compete in this month s Indianapolis 500 after resolving a United States visa hurdle McLaren F1 team boss Zak Brown said on Saturday Speaking to reporters at the British Grand Prix Brown said the Spaniard would travel to the United States next week As you can imagine with the state of play in America right now it is a bit chaotic So going through all those government hoops was taking some time But he now has everything he needs he said Alonso told reporters last month he was having issues even to travel to the United States The Spaniard who will return to Formula One with Renault next year after two years out has made the Indy 500 his top priority for 2020 Victory at Indianapolis this month will make the Monaco Grand Prix winner and Le Mans 24 Hours champion a record breaker He will become only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport Alonso led Indianapolis for 27 laps on his 2017 debut before his car s engine expired and he failed to qualify in 2019 He will line up for Arrow McLaren SP in a race rescheduled from May 24 to Aug 23 due to the COVID 19 pandemic Brown will also be attending the race and he said he would stay away from the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month as a quarantine precaution due to COVID 19 The United States recorded 1 87 million new cases of the new coronavirus in July bringing total infections there to 4 5 million Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Alonso cleared for Indy 500 after United States visa hurdle
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    Alonso cleared for Indy 500 after United States visa hurdle

    Two-times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is clear to compete in this month’s Indianapolis 500 after resolving a United States visa hurdle, McLaren F1 team boss Zak Brown said on Saturday.

    Speaking to reporters at the British Grand Prix, Brown said the Spaniard would travel to the United States next week.

    “As you can imagine, with the state of play in America right now, it is a bit chaotic. So, going through all those government hoops was taking some time. But he now has everything he needs,” he said.

    Alonso told reporters last month he was “having issues even to travel to the United States”

    The Spaniard, who will return to Formula One with Renault next year after two years out, has made the Indy 500 his top priority for 2020.

    Victory at Indianapolis this month will make the Monaco Grand Prix winner and Le Mans 24 Hours champion a record-breaker.

    He will become only the second driver, after the late Briton Graham Hill, to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

    Alonso led Indianapolis for 27 laps on his 2017 debut before his car’s engine expired, and he failed to qualify in 2019.

    He will line up for Arrow McLaren SP in a race rescheduled from May 24 to Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Brown will also be attending the race, and he said he would stay away from the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month as a quarantine precaution due to COVID-19.

    The United States recorded 1.87 million new cases of the new coronavirus in July, bringing total infections there to 4.5 million.

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  •  One of the patriarchs of jazz Libya s rebel prime minister and the Chinese doctor reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the novel coronavirus are among the more than half a million people who have died from COVID 19 Below is a list of some prominent people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus Prince Albert of Monaco 62 tested positive for coronavirus but his health is not a cause for concern his office said on March 19 Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli 61 said he felt like he was living a nightmare during his battle with coronavirus in March Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro 65 said on July 7 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the pandemic Britain s Prince Charles 71 tested positive for the virus his residence said on March 25 The heir to the throne had self isolated at his residence in Scotland for seven days with mild symptoms Novak Djokovic the top ranked men s tennis player tested positive for the virus on June 23 Djokovic 33 apologised to anyone who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo 79 said on March 22 that he had tested positive and went into self isolation with his family NBA basketball player and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant 31 tested positive for coronavirus in March NBA Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert 28 also tested positive in March British actor Idris Elba 47 said on March 16 he had tested positive after discovering he had been exposed to someone with the disease New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing 57 on May 22 said he had tested positive for COVID 19 Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife actress Rita Wilson tested positive in March Both 63 they were in Australia because Hanks was working on a film Kristofer Hivju 41 best known for playing the formidable bearded Tormund in Game of Thrones tested positive for the coronavirus he said in an Instagram post on March 14 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson 55 was admitted to hospital on April 5 after suffering symptoms including a fever and a cough for more than 10 days He spent a week in hospital including three nights in the intensive care unit Actor Daniel Dae Kim 51 best known for the television series Hawaii 5 0 said on March 19 he had tested positive for the coronavirus Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko 40 who appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008 said on March 15 that she was locked up at home after testing positive for the coronavirus American singer Pink 40 said on April 5 that she had tested positive for COVID 19 two weeks prior and had since recovered She donated 1 million to relief efforts Juventus defender Daniele Rugani 25 was the first Serie A soccer player to test positive the Turin side said on March 11 Actor Tony Shalhoub 66 who stared in Monk and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel revealed in May that he and his wife had recovered from coronavirus Sophie Trudeau 45 wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 The entire family self isolated themselves for two weeks Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller 31 tested positive in April Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein 68 who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape tested positive for the coronavirus in March according to the head of the state corrections officers union Patricia Bosworth the United States writer and actor who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in The Nun s Story in 1959 died on April 2 aged 86 Tim Brooke Taylor a stalwart of British comedy best known for the 1970s TV show The Goodies died on April 12 aged 79 Nick Cordero a Canadian Broadway actor who played leading roles in Bullets over Broadway and Waitress died on July 5 aged 41 Manu Dibango the Cameroon born singer and saxophonist who recorded the hit track Soul Makossa in 1972 died in France on March 24 aged 86 Pape Diouf the former president of Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille died aged 68 on March 31 The Senegalese national who moved to Marseille as a teenager died in Dakar Annie Glenn philanthropist and the widow of pioneering astronaut and United States Sen John Glenn aged 100 died on May 19 at a Minnesota nursing home Dave Greenfield keyboard player for the British rock group The Stranglers died on May 3 aged 71 He wrote the music for Golden Brown the band s biggest hit Roy Horn the magician who starred alongside Siegfried Fischbacher in a popular long running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers died on May 8 aged 75 Mahmoud Jibril who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution died in Cairo on April 5 He was the interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012 Lee Konitz the United States saxophonist who pioneered cool jazz died on April 15 aged 92 He cut albums with Miles Davis pianist Bill Evans sax player Gerry Mulligan and bassist Charles Mingus among many others Li Wenliang the Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease died on Feb 7 Ellis Marsalis one of the patriarchs of jazz as the father of Branford Wynton Delfeayo and Jason and a great pianist in his own right died on April 1 aged 85 Terrence McNally the Tony award winning playwright known for plays including Love Valour Compassion and the musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman died on March 24 aged 81 John Prine the Grammy winning singer who wrote his early songs in his head while delivering mail and later became one of the most influential songwriters of his generation died on April 7 aged 73 Sergio Rossi the Italian luxury shoemaker died on April 2 He was in his 80s Luis Sep lveda the Chilean author best known for his book The Old Man Who Read Love Stories died in Spain on April 16 aged 70 Ken Shimura one of Japan s best known comedians died on March 29 aged 70 Edited By Emmanuel Okara Peter Dada NAN
    Prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19
     One of the patriarchs of jazz Libya s rebel prime minister and the Chinese doctor reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the novel coronavirus are among the more than half a million people who have died from COVID 19 Below is a list of some prominent people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus Prince Albert of Monaco 62 tested positive for coronavirus but his health is not a cause for concern his office said on March 19 Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli 61 said he felt like he was living a nightmare during his battle with coronavirus in March Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro 65 said on July 7 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the pandemic Britain s Prince Charles 71 tested positive for the virus his residence said on March 25 The heir to the throne had self isolated at his residence in Scotland for seven days with mild symptoms Novak Djokovic the top ranked men s tennis player tested positive for the virus on June 23 Djokovic 33 apologised to anyone who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo 79 said on March 22 that he had tested positive and went into self isolation with his family NBA basketball player and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant 31 tested positive for coronavirus in March NBA Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert 28 also tested positive in March British actor Idris Elba 47 said on March 16 he had tested positive after discovering he had been exposed to someone with the disease New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing 57 on May 22 said he had tested positive for COVID 19 Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife actress Rita Wilson tested positive in March Both 63 they were in Australia because Hanks was working on a film Kristofer Hivju 41 best known for playing the formidable bearded Tormund in Game of Thrones tested positive for the coronavirus he said in an Instagram post on March 14 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson 55 was admitted to hospital on April 5 after suffering symptoms including a fever and a cough for more than 10 days He spent a week in hospital including three nights in the intensive care unit Actor Daniel Dae Kim 51 best known for the television series Hawaii 5 0 said on March 19 he had tested positive for the coronavirus Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko 40 who appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008 said on March 15 that she was locked up at home after testing positive for the coronavirus American singer Pink 40 said on April 5 that she had tested positive for COVID 19 two weeks prior and had since recovered She donated 1 million to relief efforts Juventus defender Daniele Rugani 25 was the first Serie A soccer player to test positive the Turin side said on March 11 Actor Tony Shalhoub 66 who stared in Monk and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel revealed in May that he and his wife had recovered from coronavirus Sophie Trudeau 45 wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 The entire family self isolated themselves for two weeks Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller 31 tested positive in April Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein 68 who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape tested positive for the coronavirus in March according to the head of the state corrections officers union Patricia Bosworth the United States writer and actor who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in The Nun s Story in 1959 died on April 2 aged 86 Tim Brooke Taylor a stalwart of British comedy best known for the 1970s TV show The Goodies died on April 12 aged 79 Nick Cordero a Canadian Broadway actor who played leading roles in Bullets over Broadway and Waitress died on July 5 aged 41 Manu Dibango the Cameroon born singer and saxophonist who recorded the hit track Soul Makossa in 1972 died in France on March 24 aged 86 Pape Diouf the former president of Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille died aged 68 on March 31 The Senegalese national who moved to Marseille as a teenager died in Dakar Annie Glenn philanthropist and the widow of pioneering astronaut and United States Sen John Glenn aged 100 died on May 19 at a Minnesota nursing home Dave Greenfield keyboard player for the British rock group The Stranglers died on May 3 aged 71 He wrote the music for Golden Brown the band s biggest hit Roy Horn the magician who starred alongside Siegfried Fischbacher in a popular long running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers died on May 8 aged 75 Mahmoud Jibril who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution died in Cairo on April 5 He was the interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012 Lee Konitz the United States saxophonist who pioneered cool jazz died on April 15 aged 92 He cut albums with Miles Davis pianist Bill Evans sax player Gerry Mulligan and bassist Charles Mingus among many others Li Wenliang the Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease died on Feb 7 Ellis Marsalis one of the patriarchs of jazz as the father of Branford Wynton Delfeayo and Jason and a great pianist in his own right died on April 1 aged 85 Terrence McNally the Tony award winning playwright known for plays including Love Valour Compassion and the musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman died on March 24 aged 81 John Prine the Grammy winning singer who wrote his early songs in his head while delivering mail and later became one of the most influential songwriters of his generation died on April 7 aged 73 Sergio Rossi the Italian luxury shoemaker died on April 2 He was in his 80s Luis Sep lveda the Chilean author best known for his book The Old Man Who Read Love Stories died in Spain on April 16 aged 70 Ken Shimura one of Japan s best known comedians died on March 29 aged 70 Edited By Emmanuel Okara Peter Dada NAN
    Prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19
    General news2 years ago

    Prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19

    One of the patriarchs of jazz, Libya’s rebel prime minister and the Chinese doctor reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the novel coronavirus are among the more than half a million people who have died from COVID-19.

    Below is a list of some prominent people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

    Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, tested positive for coronavirus but his health “is not a cause for concern,” his office said on March 19.

    Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, 61, said he felt like he was “living a nightmare” during his battle with coronavirus in March.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, said on July 7 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after months of playing down the severity of the pandemic.

    Britain’s Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for the virus, his residence said on March 25.

    The heir to the throne had self-isolated at his residence in Scotland for seven days with mild symptoms.

    Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s tennis player, tested positive for the virus on June 23. Djokovic, 33, apologised to anyone who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia.

    Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, 79, said on March 22  that he had tested positive and went into self-isolation with his family.

    NBA basketball player and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, 31, tested positive for coronavirus in March. NBA Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, 28, also tested positive in March.

    British actor Idris Elba, 47, said on March 16 he had tested positive, after discovering he had been exposed to someone with the disease.

    New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing, 57, on May 22 said he had tested positive for COVID-19.

    Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, tested positive in March. Both 63, they were in Australia because Hanks was working on a film.

    Kristofer Hivju, 41, best known for playing the formidable, bearded Tormund in  “Game of Thrones,” tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in an Instagram post on March 14.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on April 5 after suffering symptoms including a fever and a cough for more than 10 days. He spent a week in hospital, including three nights in the  intensive care unit.

    Actor Daniel Dae Kim, 51, best known for the television series “Hawaii 5-0,” said on March 19 he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, 40, who appeared in “Quantum of Solace” in 2008, said on March 15 that she was “locked up at home” after testing positive for the coronavirus.

    American singer Pink, 40, said on April 5 that she had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks prior and had since recovered. She donated $1 million to relief efforts.

    Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 25, was the first Serie A soccer player to test positive, the Turin side said on March 11.

    Actor Tony Shalhoub, 66, who stared in “Monk” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, revealed in May that he and his wife had recovered from coronavirus.

    Sophie Trudeau, 45, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus on March 12. The entire family self-isolated  themselves for two weeks.

    Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, 31, tested positive in April.

    Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 68, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, tested positive for the coronavirus in March, according to the head of the state corrections officers union.

    Patricia Bosworth, the United States writer and actor who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in “The Nun’s Story” in 1959, died on April 2, aged 86.

    Tim Brooke-Taylor, a stalwart of British comedy best known for the 1970s TV show “The Goodies”, died on April 12, aged 79.

    Nick Cordero, a Canadian Broadway actor who played leading roles in “Bullets over Broadway” and “Waitress,” died on July 5, aged 41.

    Manu Dibango, the Cameroon-born singer and saxophonist,who recorded the hit track “Soul Makossa” in 1972, died in France on March 24, aged 86.

    Pape Diouf, the former president of Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille, died aged 68 on March 31.

    The Senegalese national who moved to Marseille as a teenager died in Dakar.

    Annie Glenn, philanthropist and the widow of pioneering astronaut and United States Sen. John Glenn, aged 100, died  on May 19 at a Minnesota nursing home.

    Dave Greenfield, keyboard player for the British rock group The Stranglers died on May 3, aged 71. He wrote the music for “Golden Brown,” the band’s biggest hit.

    Roy Horn, the magician who starred alongside Siegfried Fischbacher in a popular, long-running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers, died on May 8, aged 75.

    Mahmoud Jibril, who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya’s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution, died in Cairo on April 5.

    He was  the interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012.

    Lee Konitz, the United States saxophonist who pioneered “cool” jazz, died on April 15, aged 92. He cut albums with Miles Davis, pianist Bill Evans, sax player Gerry Mulligan and bassist Charles Mingus among many others.

    Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease, died on Feb. 7.

    Ellis Marsalis, one of the patriarchs of jazz as the father of Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason and a great pianist in his own right, died on April 1, aged 85.

    Terrence McNally, the Tony award-winning playwright known for plays including “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and the musical version of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died on March 24, aged 81.

    John Prine, the Grammy-winning singer who wrote his early songs in his head while delivering mail and later became one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, died on April 7, aged 73.

    Sergio Rossi, the Italian luxury shoemaker, died on April 2. He was in his 80s.

    Luis Sepúlveda, the Chilean author best known for his book “The Old Man Who Read Love Stories,” died in Spain on April 16, aged 70.

    Ken Shimura, one of Japan’s best-known comedians, died on March 29, aged 70.

    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Peter Dada (NAN)

  •  The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO at the 209th session in Paris on Tuesday declared the Toba Caldera in Indonesia s province of North Sumatra as a global geopark the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday Through this declaration Indonesia can develop the Toba Caldera through the Global Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Especially regarding the empowerment of the local people Arrmanatha Nasir the Indonesian Ambassador to France concurrently Andorra Monaco and UNESCO said after the declaration The Indonesian government has succeeded in convincing UNESCO that the Toba Caldera has geological potentials that sustain the lives of the local people so as to form a rich culture tradition and biodiversity the ambassador said Nasir added that in this context UNESCO member countries support the preservation and protection of the Toba Caldera as part of UNESCO Global Geopark This declaration was expected to encourage economic growth and sustainable development in the province and at the same time the government and local people are obliged to preserve the environment in the Toba Caldera he said Previously the Toba Caldera was put in the UNESCO list at the 4th UNESCO Global Geoparks International Conference in Lombok Indonesia from Aug 31 to Sept 2 2019 The Toba Caldera in North Sumatra Province was formed from a supervolcanic explosion 74 000 years ago The base of the caldera was filled with waters and became the largest lake in Indonesia with an area of 1 130 square kilometres In addition to the Toba Caldera Indonesia already has four other UNESCO Global Geopark sites namely Mount Batur in Bali the Ciletuh geopark in West Java the Gunung Sewu geopark which covers Yogyakarta Central Java and East Java and Mount Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    UNESCO declares Indonesia’s Toba Caldera as Global Geopark
     The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO at the 209th session in Paris on Tuesday declared the Toba Caldera in Indonesia s province of North Sumatra as a global geopark the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday Through this declaration Indonesia can develop the Toba Caldera through the Global Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Especially regarding the empowerment of the local people Arrmanatha Nasir the Indonesian Ambassador to France concurrently Andorra Monaco and UNESCO said after the declaration The Indonesian government has succeeded in convincing UNESCO that the Toba Caldera has geological potentials that sustain the lives of the local people so as to form a rich culture tradition and biodiversity the ambassador said Nasir added that in this context UNESCO member countries support the preservation and protection of the Toba Caldera as part of UNESCO Global Geopark This declaration was expected to encourage economic growth and sustainable development in the province and at the same time the government and local people are obliged to preserve the environment in the Toba Caldera he said Previously the Toba Caldera was put in the UNESCO list at the 4th UNESCO Global Geoparks International Conference in Lombok Indonesia from Aug 31 to Sept 2 2019 The Toba Caldera in North Sumatra Province was formed from a supervolcanic explosion 74 000 years ago The base of the caldera was filled with waters and became the largest lake in Indonesia with an area of 1 130 square kilometres In addition to the Toba Caldera Indonesia already has four other UNESCO Global Geopark sites namely Mount Batur in Bali the Ciletuh geopark in West Java the Gunung Sewu geopark which covers Yogyakarta Central Java and East Java and Mount Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    UNESCO declares Indonesia’s Toba Caldera as Global Geopark
    Foreign2 years ago

    UNESCO declares Indonesia’s Toba Caldera as Global Geopark

    The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), at the 209th session in Paris on Tuesday, declared the Toba Caldera in Indonesia’s province of North Sumatra as a global geopark, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

    “Through this declaration, Indonesia can develop the Toba Caldera through the Global Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network.

    “Especially regarding the empowerment of the local people,’’ Arrmanatha Nasir, the Indonesian Ambassador to France concurrently Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO, said after the declaration.

    “The Indonesian government has succeeded in convincing UNESCO that the Toba Caldera has geological potentials that sustain the lives of the local people so as to form a rich culture, tradition and biodiversity,’’ the ambassador said.

    Nasir added that in this context, UNESCO member countries support the preservation and protection of the Toba Caldera as part of UNESCO Global Geopark.

    “This declaration was expected to encourage economic growth and sustainable development in the province, and at the same time the government and local people are obliged to preserve the environment in the Toba Caldera,’’ he said.

    Previously, the Toba Caldera was put in the UNESCO list at the 4th UNESCO Global Geoparks International Conference in Lombok, Indonesia, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2019.

    The Toba Caldera in North Sumatra Province was formed from a supervolcanic explosion 74,000 years ago.

    The base of the caldera was filled with waters and became the largest lake in Indonesia with an area of 1,130 square kilometres.

    In addition to the Toba Caldera, Indonesia already has four other UNESCO Global Geopark sites, namely, Mount Batur in Bali, the Ciletuh geopark in West Java, the Gunung Sewu geopark which covers Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java, and Mount Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara.

    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  The Council of the European Union EU on Tuesday adopted a recommendation to lift entry restrictions for residents of some third countries starting Wednesday and the United States is noticeably shut out The council recommended the lifting of travel restrictions for residents of Algeria Australia Canada Georgia Japan Montenegro Morocco New Zealand Rwanda Serbia South Korea Thailand Tunisia and Uruguay Residents of Andorra Monaco San Marino and the Vatican are to be considered as EU residents for the purpose of the recommendation The United States a traditional ally of the EU and a significant source of tourism is not on the list The external borders of the bloc have been closed since mid March due to the coronavirus pandemic The council said the criteria to determine the group of countries for which current travel restrictions should be lifted cover in particular their epidemiological situations and containment measures The list of safe third countries will be reviewed every two weeks The council also recommended that residents of China be allowed to travel to the EU subject to confirmation of reciprocity While highly anticipated the council s recommendations are not legally binding since border control is still its member states competency the council said The member states may in full transparency lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner the council said XINHUA
    United States shut out in EU list of countries approved for entry
     The Council of the European Union EU on Tuesday adopted a recommendation to lift entry restrictions for residents of some third countries starting Wednesday and the United States is noticeably shut out The council recommended the lifting of travel restrictions for residents of Algeria Australia Canada Georgia Japan Montenegro Morocco New Zealand Rwanda Serbia South Korea Thailand Tunisia and Uruguay Residents of Andorra Monaco San Marino and the Vatican are to be considered as EU residents for the purpose of the recommendation The United States a traditional ally of the EU and a significant source of tourism is not on the list The external borders of the bloc have been closed since mid March due to the coronavirus pandemic The council said the criteria to determine the group of countries for which current travel restrictions should be lifted cover in particular their epidemiological situations and containment measures The list of safe third countries will be reviewed every two weeks The council also recommended that residents of China be allowed to travel to the EU subject to confirmation of reciprocity While highly anticipated the council s recommendations are not legally binding since border control is still its member states competency the council said The member states may in full transparency lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner the council said XINHUA
    United States shut out in EU list of countries approved for entry
    Foreign2 years ago

    United States shut out in EU list of countries approved for entry

    The Council of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday adopted a recommendation to lift entry restrictions for residents of some third countries starting Wednesday, and the United States is noticeably shut out.

    The council recommended the lifting of travel restrictions for residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican are to be considered as EU residents for the purpose of the recommendation.

    The United States, a traditional ally of the EU and a significant source of tourism, is not on the list.

    The external borders of the bloc have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The council said the criteria to determine the group of countries for which current travel restrictions should be lifted cover, in particular, their epidemiological situations and containment measures. The list of "safe" third countries will be reviewed every two weeks.

    The council also recommended that residents of China be allowed to travel to the EU, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    While highly anticipated, the council's recommendations are not legally binding, since border control is still its member states' competency, the council said.

    The member states "may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed. A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner," the council said.


    (XINHUA)

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