Dover has warned that chaos could descend on the port this summer as foreign travel restrictions continue to ease for Britons. Yesterday, the Government confirmed that double-jabbed British tourists will be allowed to travel to amber list countries without needing to self-isolate on return.
Thousands, if not millions, of Britons are expected to travel abroad this summer after it was announced that fully vaccinated people living in England will be able to travel quarantine free.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday, July 8, that English residents will be able to visit amber list countries more easily and not have to self-isolate on their return to the UK.
Most European countries, including France, Portugal, and Spain, are on the amber list.
This means it is very likely that many Britons will travel through the Port of Dover to get to the continent.
But now that the Government has scrapped a travel quarantine requirement for double-vaccinated Britons, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of vehicles travelling to the continent over the coming weeks.
Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, said the port had managed to switch to the new full customs checks well so far, ever since Britain left the trade bloc at the end of last year.
He told Reuters: “That’s because we haven’t seen the demand for tourists coming from our facilities, as we would normally expect to see.”
“It’s at those points in time when the pressure on the total system increases.”
Before the pandemic, in 2019, around 2.4 million trucks passed through Dover, as well as 2 million cars and 74,000 coaches.
If the number of vehicles descending on the port will quickly increase, Mr Bannister said “there will be longer transaction times and more processing”.
The food supply industry is already struggling with trade due to Brexit, with many deliveries to British shops being delayed or missed because of a lack of workers.
Many lorry drivers who were EU citizens have returned to their home countries because of both Brexit and the pandemic.
In his announcement to the Commons yesterday, Grant Shapps explained the latest easing of travel restrictions in more detail.
He said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.
“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.
“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.
“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”
Fans will descend on Wembley Stadium on Sunday to watch the final fixture of the Euro 2020 tournament. The Euro final is timed to kick-off at 8pm, so expect public transport to be busier than normal on Sunday. Transport for London (TfL) has issued an update for fans planning to use the network this weekend.
How can you avoid peak travel times on Sunday?
Transport for London (TfL) has issued an update for football fans hoping to travel on Sunday via the London Underground.
Firstly, TfL is warning that capacity at Wembley is increasing and so the area around the stadium is expected to be busier than it has been for previous games.
Anyone who isn’t travelling to Wembley Stadium for the match is advised to avoid the area if possible.
Andy Lord, managing director of London Underground, said: “We urge fans to be patient as it may take longer than usual to access stations after the games.
“Customers must please wear a face covering over their nose and mouth unless they are exempt.”
Mr Lord added: “Fans travelling to the games should ensure that they check their journeys before they travel and leave enough time to get to Wembley so they don’t miss kick-off, and should make plans in case the games go to extra time and penalties.
“A huge amount of work has been put in to make sure that journeys can be completed safely and our staff will be on hand in stations to help customers.”
Are there any planned line closures on Sunday?
There will be some disruption on Sunday to the District Line, with Earl’s Court to Kensington (Olympia) affected.
There are also several planned line closures on Saturday, July 10.
Check the TfL website for disruption before setting off on your journey.
Will there be a Night Tube service?
On Sunday night, the underground will not be running a Night Tube service.
So fans should take note of the last train times to get home.
The TfL website states: “Should the game go to extra time or penalties, customers are reminded that services do not run overnight and that they should check their route home before travelling.”
Security forces in Haiti have shot dead four suspected killers of President Jovenel Moise and captured two others, the country’s police chief said on Wednesday, as the brazen assassination threatened to plunge the already impoverished, crisis-hit Caribbean nation deeper into chaos.
Police General Director Leon Charles described the four people killed as “mercenaries” and said that security forces were locked in a fierce gun battle with the men who assassinated the president at his home overnight.
“We blocked them en route as they left the scene of the crime,” Charles said in televised comments. “Since then, we have been battling with them.”
“They will be killed or apprehended.”
Moise, a 53-year-old former businessman who took office in 2017, was shot dead and his wife, Martine Moise, was seriously wounded when heavily armed assassins stormed the couple’s home in the hills above Port-au-Prince at around 1am local time on Wednesday (05:00 GMT).
Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, said the gunmen were well-trained “foreign mercenaries” and said they had masqueraded as US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents as they entered Moise’s guarded home under cover of darkness.
The DEA has an office in the Haitian capital to assist the government in counternarcotics programs, according to the US Embassy.
Moise’s wife, Martine, was in a stable but critical condition and had been evacuated to Miami for treatment, the ambassador added.
The assassination, which drew condemnation from Washington and neighbouring Latin American countries, came amid political unrest, a surge in gang violence, and a growing humanitarian crisis in the poorest nation in the Americas.
Joseph Claude, the interim prime minister who has assumed leadership of the country, said the assassins spoke English and Spanish – the majority in Haiti either speak French and Haitian Creole.
“I am calling for calm. Everything is under control,” Joseph said on television alongside Charles. “This barbaric act will not remain unpunished.”
The Haitian government has declared a two-week state of emergency to help it find the assassins.
In an earlier interview with The Associated Press news agency, Joseph called for an international investigation into the assassination and said elections scheduled for later this year should be held. He also pledged to work with Moise’s allies and opponents alike.
“We need every single one to move the country forward,” Joseph said. He described the president as “a man of courage” who had opposed “some oligarchs in the country” and said, “We believe those things are not without consequences.”
Haiti, a country of about 11 million people, has struggled to achieve stability since the fall of the Duvalier dynastic dictatorship in 1986, and has grappled with a series of coups and foreign interventions. During the past year, Moise had been governing by decree after failing to hold elections, and in recent months, the opposition demanded he step down, saying he was leading it toward yet another grim period of authoritarianism.
Ever since he took over in 2017, Moise has faced calls to resign and mass protests – first for corruption allegations and his management of the economy, then for his increasing grip on power.
Lately, he presided over a worsening state of gang violence that rights activists said is linked to politics and business leaders using armed groups for their own ends.
In the US, President Joe Biden condemned Moise’s killing as “heinous” and called the situation in Haiti – which lies some 700 miles (1,125km) off the Florida coast – worrisome. “We stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti,” he said.
The Dominican Republic said it was closing the border and reinforcing security in the area, but described the frontier as ″completely calm”.
“This crime is an attack against the democratic order of Haiti and the region,” Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader said.
Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, also condemned the assassination and stressed that “the perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice,” according to a spokesman. The UN Security Council meanwhile expressed deep shock and sympathy over Moise’s death before a closed-door meeting on Thursday, requested by the US and Mexico, to evaluate the situation.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) expressed concern on Wednesday that the violence could deal a setback to efforts to fight COVID-19 in Haiti – one of only a handful of countries worldwide that has yet to administer a single shot of coronavirus vaccine.
In Port-au-Prince, the usually bustling streets were mostly deserted on Wednesday and the airport was closed although gunshots rang through the air.
A caravan of vehicles including the ambulance carrying Moise’s corpse to the morgue had to change route because of gunfire and roadblocks, according to local reports.
With Haiti politically polarised and facing growing hunger, fears of a breakdown in order are spreading – particularly as Moise’s murder took place amid a power vacuum.
Just this week, he nominated a prime minister to replace Joseph – who was only meant to be an interim leader – but the official, Ariel Henry, has yet to be sworn in. And the Supreme Court’s chief justice, who might be expected to help provide stability in a crisis, died recently of COVID-19.
In the AP interview, Joseph said he had spoken three times with Henry and that there was agreement that he was in charge for now.
“He was actually designated but never took office,” Joseph said of Henry. “I was the one who was a prime minister, who was in office. This is what the law and the constitution says.”
However, in a separate AP interview, Henry appeared to contradict Joseph. “It’s an exceptional situation. There is a bit of confusion,” he said. “I am the prime minister in office.”
Late on Wednesday, an extraordinary issue of the official gazette said the prime minister and his cabinet – meaning Joseph’s government – would assume executive powers until a new president could be elected, as per Haiti’s constitution.
Presidential, legislative and local elections are due to be held in September, alongside a controversial referendum on a new constitution that Moise had said would help finally bring political stability to the country.
Alex Dupuy, a Haiti-born sociologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, said the best scenario would be for the acting prime minister and opposition parties to come together and hold elections.
“But, in Haiti, nothing can be taken for granted. It depends how the current balance of forces in Haiti plays out,” he said, describing the situation as dangerous and volatile.
The main opposition parties said they were greatly dismayed about the killing.
“In this painful circumstance, the political forces of the opposition condemn with utmost rigor this heinous crime that is at odds with democratic principles,” their statement said.
The parties added that they hope the National Police will take all necessary measures to protect lives and property, and they called on Haitians to be “extremely vigilant.”
The Russian Su-30 fighters intercepted the US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol plane over the waterway, Russia’s National Defense Control Center reported this morning. Russian radar stations had detected what they described as an “aerial target” approaching Russia’s state border.
The fighters, from the Black Sea Fleet’s quick reaction alert naval aviation and air defense forces, were scrambled to investigate, the statement explained.
The National Defense Control Center added: “The crews of the Russian fighters identified the aerial target as a Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and shadowed it over the Black Sea.”
The statement insisted the aircraft, which belonged to the United States, was “not allowed to violate Russia’s state border.”
Separately, Russia is tracking a Spanish naval ship in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Wednesday, with both Ukraine and NATO countries both holding military drills in the area.
The ministry said the Spanish ship had entered the Black Sea on Wednesday to take part in the Sea Breeze 2021 military drills, which started late last month in the Black Sea and southern Ukraine and involve more than 30 countries.
HOLIDAYS in the European Union are back in full swing, however, a series of travel restrictions in the UK means travel for Britons is not so simple. As airlines warn of “major operational risks”, Ryanair’s boss has urged the UK to join the EU Covid pass certificate scheme.
Starting today, this epic parody of classic tabletop RPGs is available on Xbox One! Controller in hand, it’s time for you to take the lead of the stupidest adventuring party that you’ve ever seen and, through stroke of genius and sheer dumb luck, guide them to a triumphant victory.
In The Amulet of Chaos, seven stereotypical RPG characters (from the Ranger to the Barbarian, including of course the Elf, the Dwarf and the Wizardess) explore an increasingly weird dungeon. Between evil plots, puzzles, mysteries and time-travelling shenanigans, they somehow manage to obtain powerful items and acquire experience. Although they enter the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk as a bunch of idiots with rusty swords, they are determined to leave it as legendary heroes!
It is up to you to take advantage of their strengths and weaknesses to beat them into shape. You’ll be responsible of every tactical decision they make during the numerous fights they will encounter during their climb of the dungeon; when they level up, you also get to decide which characteristics and skills you decide to upgrade.
Take the Ranger, for instance: depending on the way you level him up, he can a well-versed, polyvalent character, an excellent support for your team, a strong attacker or a fearsome tank that can hold waves of goblins into place! The way you customize your party is almost limitless, and the choice of an eighth character between the three candidates you’ll meet in game makes it even more immersive. Your heroes are yours and yours only!
The fun doesn’t stop there, however! The Amulet of Chaos is a fully voiced adventure, blessed with a stellar cast, like the extremely talented Felicia Day who plays the Wizardess. The hilarious dialogues of these adventurers will definitely get a few good chuckles out of you. Regularly, you’ll even get to decide between several dialogue options that will influence the progression of the story!
Once you reach the end of the main game’s story, you’ll still have the Ruins of Limis to explore – the first DLC of The Amulet of Chaos, included in the console version (the Chicken Edition). Five to eight hours of post-game content spent in a gloomy ruin, caught in a drawn-out conflict between vampires and necromancers!
What are you waiting for, adventurer? It’s your turn, roll initiative!
The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos – Chicken Edition
Are you ready to dive into a tactical RPG chock-full of charm, humor and crazy characters?! They are clumsy, inexperienced and feisty but…they’ll have to endure each other’s company to get the dungeon’s treasure. However, a feeling of déjà-vu quickly arises… Guide this team of unlikely heroes in an adventure full of humor and chaos! The Naheulbeuk universe is an original creation by French author John Lang. It started as a very popular audio comedy series parodying role-playing games and heroic fantasy tropes. Now the story is available in English and as a video game for the first time! A less than ideal team of heroes • Play with seven classic role-playing game characters complementing each other’s skills as you level them up: the Ranger, the Elf, the Dwarf, the Barbarian, the Magician, the Ogre and the Thief! • Every member of the team has their own skill tree to upgrade their abilities and equipment. • Choose one of three additional companions to join the team on their adventure! Epic battles • Exciting turn-based battles, with creative support mechanics between team members. • An adaptive difficulty system: from an accessible and fun story mode with simplified combat to the “nightmare mode” where the smallest tactical errors will doom you! • An expansive bestiary (more than 100 enemies!) pushing you to think more tactically with every fight. • Epic boss battles where you’ll have to muster both strength and smarts to emerge victorious! • Hidden and destructive objects (including beer kegs) with surprising status effects will turn the tide of battle for the better…or worse! A dreadful dungeon • Explore a huge and surprising dungeon from the cave up to the luxury quarters of the evil lord Zangdar, passing through the goblin iceskating park and even an extremely lively tavern! • Escape traps and solve deadly puzzles to unlock the most impressive treasures! • Bizarre conversations, absurd situations and unusual encounters await! • Experience an exciting main storyline and many side quests for your heroes
Author: Thibaut “Nero” Eloy, Associate Product Manager, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Sweden slams EU on call for states to determine minimum wage
Sweden‘s political landscape is changing at rates never before seen. This week, the country plummeted into a full-blown crisis after a clash over housing policy resulted in a fragmented parliament. Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven saw 181 lawmakers vote against him.
He now has a week to decide whether to call a snap election or resign and move towards building a new governing coalition.
As the country’s once stable political position crumbles, the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) have made serious gains in both influence and attention.
Countries Europe over have seen right-wing, nationalist parties gain traction in recent years, with the coronavirus pandemic having sped-up the process.
SD are, like other right-wing parties on the continent, vehemently opposed to the EU and increasingly confident in voicing criticism.
EU news: Brussels could be left red-faced as Sweden’s anti-EU party gains ground (Image: GETTY)
Sweden: The country’s parliament descended into chaos this week (Image: GETTY)
In return for this SD and its leader Jimmie Åkesson have gained a surge in popularity from the public and a handful of Swedish politicians.
Mr Åkesson recently persuaded three other opposition party chiefs that they will need his support to take power from Mr Löfven in an election.
If successful, SD could push an anti-EU agenda to the heart of Sweden’s parliament, raising fears among Brussels top brass.
Speaking to Politico, Tommy Möller, a political scientist at Stockholm University told of how immediate change could arrive.
Stefan Löfven: The Prime Minister’s place in Sweden’s politics is now unclear (Image: GETTY)
He said: “This is definitively a formative moment within Swedish politics.
“The landscape is changing rapidly.”
SD first entered parliament in 2010.
Back then, the party looked doomed to fail.
As Mr Åkesson gained momentum, former Moderate Party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt, Sweden’s prime minister from 2006 until 2014, called SD a “xenophobic force” and refused to discuss policy with them at all.
It is true that SD was previously a messy mix of unsavoury elements.
When Mr Åkesson joined the party in 1995 it included several neo-Nazi figures.
Since becoming leader in 2005 he has purged the party of people who have made racist statements.
Jimmie Åkesson: The SD party leader has soared in popularity in recent years (Image: GETTY)
Sweden Democrats: Åkesson delivering a speech at a party conference in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
SD really gained popularity in 2015 amid Europe’s migration crisis and a resulting spike in the number of asylum seekers entering Sweden.
This caused a change in approach for the Moderates, as well as their long-time partners the Christian Democrats, and the Liberals.
Ulf Kristersson, who became Moderate leader in 2017, initially rejected collaboration with SD.
However, since narrowly losing an election to Mr Löfven in 2018, he has slowly shifted direction, becoming increasingly clear over recent months that he is now ready to seek SD backing to avoid another defeat.
Brexit seats: Sweden gained an extra seat within the European Parliament following Brexit (Image: Express Newspapers)
The series of events falling into SD’s hands look grave for the EU.
In 2018, Peter Helmut, a local Swedish Democrat warned that the bloc’s behaviour over Brexit may trigger Sweden’s own departure.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “We don’t have any faith in the EU.
“We don’t think they should tell us what to do in Sweden, the laws and so forth.
Brussels: Löfven pictured with Emmanuel Macron in Brussels (Image: GETTY)
“Yes, we want to leave the EU. You call it Brexit, we call it Swexit.
“Why are there problems in the talks? It’s not Britain. It’s the EU that makes the problem.”
According to Politico’s ‘Poll of Polls’, SD is currently in third place at 19 percent, compared to Mr Löfven’s Social Democrats which is on 25 percent.
Mr Kristersson’s Moderates trail slightly behind at 22 percent, revealing just how small the margins are between the vastly different parties.
Get Packed Fully Loaded is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on July 29!
In Get Packed: Fully Loaded, you must help the residents of Ditchlington who have been evicted by the hostile Salt Corp Incorporated.
Relocating has never been so much fun!
Get Packed: Fully Loaded is the expanded edition of the couch co-op removals game that’s full of calamity and physics-based carnage for 1-4 players and is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on July 29!
So what makes Get Packed: Fully Loaded a must have game for 2021? Read on to find out more about this explosively fun removals game.
What makes Get Packed: Fully Loaded fun?
The mixture of carnage and competition between friends in Get Packed: Fully Loaded is really what makes this game fun to play. Split into teams in versus mode to see who can pack more in the time you’ve been given, play through the story and pack to save your town in campaign mode, or if you just want to break stuff and set off a bunch of fireworks then destruction mode is the one for you.
The silly physics and sheer silliness of the scenarios that you and your friends can create are guaranteed to be a fun time with lots of laughs spread over 18 levels of explosive carnage!
What is Get Packed: Fully Loaded?
Get Packed Fully Loaded takes place in the charming town of Ditchlington, but when a greedy salt mining company takes over the town, Last Ditch Removals must handle the hostile eviction. With little time and even less caution, your ragtag removals team gets to work rapidly relocating the entire town… leaving a trail of destruction, explosions, and debris in your wake!
The ’90s, Cats, and a Few Surprises
The ’90s backdrop and zany customizable character outfits really add some nostalgia and eccentricity to the game (and keep you looking hella’ fresh of course). The local cats aren’t the only ones who will try and make things difficult for you either, there have been rumors about hauntings over at the old Manor House for years and even some UFO sightings…
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Author: Laura Barnwell, Digital Acquisition Manager, Coatsink
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire