New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed overseas travellers made just 398,000 trips to the UK in the second quarter of the year.This was down a staggering 96 per cent from the same period last year.- Advertisement – “While the figures relate to the first lockdown period, since then the industry has had to deal with constantly changing travel advice and quarantine measures, as well as local lockdowns, meaning there has been very limited scope for recovery in the travel industry. “As a result tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost and many businesses have closed their doors for good. “In addition to tailored financial support for travel companies, the government needs to implement an effective testing regime and introduce a fully regionalised travel corridor approach by the time lockdown is lifted to help people feel more confident to travel. “It also needs to introduce flexibility into the furlough scheme to support businesses who need to have staff processing refunds, but won’t be generating income.” OlderFuture of Norwegian uncertain as government denies further aid UK residents made 939,000 visits abroad in over the three-month period, which was 96 per cent fewer than the corresponding period the previous year.They spent £402 million on visits abroad. The ONS said data collection by the International Passenger Survey was suspended for the period covered, so the figures are based on administrative sources and modelling. Commenting on the data, and ABTA spokesperson said: “Today’s ONS figures for overseas travel in April to June 2020 lay bare the devasting impact Covid-19 has had on the industry. – Advertisement – The ONS placed the blame for the decline squarely on the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, overseas residents spent £218 million on their visits to the UK in in the second quarter of the year.The figure was again down 97 per cent on the same period of 2019.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Statewide— Duke Energy is warning its customers to be on guard against phone calls from scammers who are demanding that utility customers pay their electric bill immediately or risk having their electric service disconnected within the hour.Typically, the customer receives an unsolicited phone call—sometimes an automated call– from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative demanding immediate payment, usually in the form of a prepaid debit card. Scammers have even duplicated the Duke Energy upfront Interactive Voice Response system, so when customers call back phone numbers provided by the scammer, it sounds like a legitimate Duke Energy phone number. Some of these criminals also use caller-ID spoofing to replicate a utility’s customer service number.Red flags for scam activityThe caller becomes angry and tells the customer his or her account is past due, and service will be disconnected if a large payment isn’t made – usually within the hour.The caller instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy.The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds.The customer has received no other notice from Duke Energy that an account is overdue.How to protect yourselfDuke Energy never asks or requires a customer with a delinquent account to purchase a prepaid debit card – or iTunes card — to avoid disconnection.Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, or mail.Customers with delinquent accounts receive advance disconnection notification with the regular monthly billing – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.Customers who suspect or experience fraud or feel threatened during contact with one of these thieves, should contact local law enforcement authorities and then the Duke Energy Indiana phone number listed on their bill (800.521.2232). Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.Customers can get more scam and fraud prevention information at Duke Energy’s Fraud and Scams web page by clicking here.
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is offering few public clues about her views on how a bill legalizing sports betting should be structured.“I’m going to watch it. I’m not going to weigh in,” Reynolds said during her weekly news conference. “I’m going to let it go through the legislative process. That’s where issues…have a chance to get fully vetted.” Legislators have been holding hearings this week on a variety of approaches to legalized sports betting in Iowa.The general consensus among lawmakers directly involved in drafting a deal is that it will allow betting on professional and college sports. The governor has indicated she is open to the idea of granting state licenses to sports betting operations.“You know, I think it needs to be regulated,” Reynolds said. “It’s happening. It’s happening to a big extent.”Key legislators say part of the plan may be allowing people within the state’s borders to use their smart phones to place their bets on sporting events. Reynolds was asked during her weekly news conference if she is comfortable with fans inside Iowa, Iowa State and UNI arenas and stadiums placing bets as they attend the game they’re betting on.“That’s the great thing about the legislative process,” Reynolds replied. “That’s where we start to really address and identify some of the issues like you just raised.”Reynolds did not indicate whether she favors or opposes letting fans at Iowa college sporting events wager on the games or matches they’re attending.
“Got my gloves on my hands but tonight is for a different reason / I know the storm’s pouring down outside but it’s a different season / How many lives must we lose before we realize, start believing… / I might be calm outside but down inside I’m weeping / Ebola is real…”It is one of the most played Ebola songs on the airwaves, written and performed by Tan Tan B and Quincy B. Titled, ‘State of Emergency’, the chorus is pouring on every child’s lip around Monrovia today.Music like State of Emergency can be a very powerful tool in delivering a health message because it is catchy, emotional and entertaining.The song, with its slow beats and soulful lyrics, has a direct and authentic message warning people of the reality of Ebola and how many lives it has taken away. What catches many people’s attention for the first time when listening to the song is the manner in which Quincy B sings his heart out beautifully in the chorus, pouring out every emotion about how he truly feels about the virus that has taken the lives of so many people while Tan Tan B raps highlighting the deaths the disease is causing especially it starting from his very own home county, Lofa, where the virus first entered Liberia. Speaking to LIB Life, Tan Tan B says, “I feel so sad seeing a country that was once full of life, is now so lifeless with so many deaths all because of this deadly virus. All we can do is educate our people about the reality about the virus through our music cuz after all this is a state of emergency and only God can save us”.All over Liberia, Ebola is now the hottest topic all over the airwaves. It’s not the just news about the disease but also awareness songs as well. The virus is taking away so many lives, causing many to wonder if God is angry with Liberia.This Ebola Virus has been the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, for which there is no known cure, and has killed more than 3,000 people, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, since the start of the year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)