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News: TUI to offer permanent flexible working in UK

TUI is moving to permanent flexible working in the UK following 16 months of home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of office-based employees in the UK have worked from home since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

During this time, the company sought to embrace the shift realising that almost all office-based roles could be done remotely. 

TUI conducted colleague research to understand their views on ways of working, with many citing they have adjusted their working practices and have discovered benefits, including a better work life balance, that they would like to continue with once the pandemic is over.

As part of the new ways of working, TUI employees will only be required to attend the office once a month to attend face to face team meetings or collaboration events, enabling individuals to make their own choice about how often they would like to work in an office environment.


While offices will remain open individuals will be able to decide what working environment works for them.

Recognising the importance of transitioning to a permanent flexible working approach, the organisation has created a new workspace director.

This role will be responsible for workspace portfolio across the UK and Ireland and will have the accountability to define and implement a workspace strategy.

Belinda Vazquez, workspace director of TUI UK & I, said: “At TUI we embrace the concept that work is something we do, not somewhere we go.

“We have listened to our employees in order to define a clear framework that ensures ultimate flexibility, whilst creating positive experiences that enable all colleagues to feel like they belong and are valued.”

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AstraZeneca EU travel ban backlash: ‘Permanent disappointment’

The AstraZeneca jab administered across the UK but developed in India has not been approved by the EU, meaning Britons who had the vaccine won’t be recognised by the EU’s green travel pass when going on holiday.

This could mean holidays in Europe are off the table for double-jabbed Britons, who were confident the vaccine would allow them to travel restriction-free.

The EU has released a Digital Covid Certificate which is currently being rolled out across member nations to facilitate travel.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved a selection of vaccines including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in the UK or Europe, sold under the brand name Vaxzevria, but not the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India, called Covishield.

It is believed more than five million Britons received the jab.

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Express.co.uk readers have voiced their anger after hearing about the possibility.

Many have vowed not to go on holiday to any EU country ever again.

One user said: “Personally I refuse to visit EU countries and contribute to their economy due to the way they are treating us.

“Plenty of beautiful places to visit in my own country, England and this will help our economy.”

“If I’m one of those on EU’s ridiculous list, I have no intention of visiting the EU anytime soon,” said another.

A third one commented: “It’s just the EU taking another swipe at the UK and AZ which makes them look more pathetic and petty by the day.”

Another one said: “As a recipient of one of the five million doses, I must say I don’t think it will bother me that much as have no intention of going to an EU country this year anyway.”

Many wondered why the specific batch was under discussion anyway.

“It makes NO difference WHERE the vaccine is produced, it’s the same formula, the same components, etc. It’s like saying the Pfizer vaccines produced at a separate plant outside the deluded EU are not approved either.”

“Permanent disappointment.

“More EU excuses, they really are not fit to be called friends,” said another reader.

Many wondered how EU countries spend months complaining about the lack of British tourism and are now trying to prevent Britons from visiting at all costs.

“How these countries can complain about loss of income due to tourism being down and then do everything to prevent tourism is beyond me,” another one wrote.

“The European are a joke themselves so bureaucratic it takes ages to prove anything a lot more people have died because of their complete incompetence.

“Plenty of other places to go on hols & most of them better & cheaper too.”

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This pandemic jobs program may become a permanent part of Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A program launched to help Austinites find work during the pandemic is expanding.

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is looking for a new crew that will focus on reducing wildfire risks this fall. It will be one of about a dozen projects that have kept people employed since the program’s launch last fall.

And now, the city council member behind ACCC doesn’t want to see the program end.

“Especially after a lot of the rain, the trails will grow over, so we’re coming through with loppers and clearing it out, making it easier for people to walk through,” explained Michael Dehay.

He’s the ACCC crew lead for the American Youthworks team, one of the community partners that manages the program.

Dehay seems to know a lot about conservation, but he’s only been in the field for about five months.

“I had been doing the print shop job for 10 years and kind of thought I’d be doing that for my life,” he said.

He lost his job in March during COVID-19 shutdowns. So did everyone else on this team.

“Never touched a chainsaw in my life before this job,” one of them said.

That’s when they found the ACCC — modeled off President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The goal is to employ those hit by the pandemic through city projects and provide them with the training to be able to pursue a long-term job after the project wraps up, which can range from a few weeks to a few months.

More than 100 people have cleared trails, created artwork and even worked on construction projects in the City of Austin.

“It helps us to accomplish multiple city goals at once: we are providing the jobs, we are providing training and we are beautifying and improving our city,” said Alison Alter, city council member for District 10.

Alter, who created the program, said those jobs aren’t going away anytime soon, and the city needs a reliable, trained labor force.

She also said labor ends up being cheaper for the city than hiring contractors, since the projects are typically seasonal for different departments, and crews can be hard to find.

“If you can piece all of those together to create a crew that’s running all year round, it’s much, much cheaper than just trying to tackle sort of the one project at a time,” Alter said.

It’s why she’s trying to secure $ 5 million for the program for the next fiscal year.

“So that it can serve as a workforce hub and allow all the departments that have these projects that are climate, creative related to get those things done,” Alter said.

Currently, she said they have $ 1.9 million through the fiscal year. About $ 500,000 came from the general fund and the rest was reallocated from seven different department budgets.

So far, only about $ 850,000 has been committed for next year, but Alter hopes city council will make room in the budget as well as the American Rescue Plan funding, both of which are currently being discussed.

Dehay’s time with ACCC ends in October, but he plans to stay in his new line of work. He’s already applied to a conservation-related job with the city.

“I love it,” he said.

In April, Travis County commissioners voted to create a similar program, based off of Austin’s success.

The Civilian Conservation Corps will create jobs that will also benefit the environment.

Commissioners are in the process of developing a strategy for the program. The goal is to have that done by June 15th.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Coronavirus symptoms update: Audio-vestibular symptoms could cause permanent damage

In the first few months of the pandemic, a systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. Although uncommon, sudden permanent hearing loss seems to be linked to COVID-19 infection in some people, warn doctors.

Hearing loss and other auditory problems may be linked to Covid says latest study from The University of Manchester and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.

Scientists estimate that around 7.6 percent of people infected with coronavirus experience hearing loss, with 14.8 percent suffering from tinnitus and 7.2 percent with vertigo.

The data from study was compiled using self-reported questionnaires or medical records in order to obtain Covid-related symptoms.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Audiology and was funded by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.

Kevin Munro, professor of audiology at The University of Manchester and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) hearing health lead, said: “There is an urgent need for a carefully conducted clinical and diagnostic study to understand the long-term effects of Covid-19 on the auditory system.”

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In a study published in BMJ, permanent hearing loss after a COVID-19 infection was investigated.

The study noted: “Despite plenty of published research on sudden onset hearing loss, only a handful of other cases associated with COVID-19 have been reported, and none in the UK until now. 

“The doctors describe a case of a 45-year-old man with asthma who was referred to the ear nose and throat department at their hospital after suddenly experiencing hearing loss in one ear while being treated for COVID-19 infection as an inpatient.

“He had been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms which had been going on for 10 days. He was transferred to intensive care as he was struggling to breathe.”

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The patient noticed ringing in his left year a week after he left intensive care with examination of his ear canals revealing that he had no blockages or inflammation.

But a hearing test showed that he had substantially lost his hearing in the left ear.

“Despite the considerable literature on COVID-19 and the various symptoms associated with the virus, there is a lack of discussion on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing,” say the report authors.

“Hearing loss and tinnitus are symptoms that have been seen in patients with both COVID-19 and influenza virus but have not been highlighted.” The first case of hearing loss mentioning COVID-19 alone was reported in April this year.

Hearing difficulties associated with COVID-19 have been reported across a wide age range and COVID-19 severity, ranging from mild to severe.

There are several case reports of sudden loss of hearing in one ear, often accompanied by tinnitus.

In July last year, Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, carried out a phone survey which found more than one in 10 people suffered auditory issues after being discharged from coronavirus treatment.

Of the 121 adults admitted to the hospital, 16 or 13.2 percent said their hearing had worsened after being discharged.

Haaland agrees with Arteta about Odegaard as Arsenal seek permanent deal

Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is “incredible” when given a run of games.

The Norway captain has had a stop-start career trying to break into the Real Madrid[1] first team and being sent on loan to clubs like Real Sociedad and Heerenveen.

The 22-year-old joined Arsenal[2] in January and has impressed in a short time, prompting calls from Arsenal fans to make the transfer a permanent one at the end of the season.

Gunners boss Arteta has regularly sung Odegaard’s praises, pointing out he is an incredible talent on his day.

Following Arsenal’s comeback against West Ham,[3] Arteta said: “I think he had an incredible performance, he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wants to win.

Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is "incredible"
Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is “incredible”

“When everyone was a little bit trembling, he gave us that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.

“I love talented and creative players that all the time are willing to take that ball and make things happen, that are mobile and also hard-working. He is one of them.

“We have some others with different qualities but it’s true that Martin is now giving us a different level on certain things that we didn’t have.”

Odegaard’s Norway team-mate Haaland has previously said the same of his compatriot.

“You need minutes,” explained Haaland. “All they have to do is put him in the line-up and leave him play.

“We know how good Odegaard can be. When he gains confidence with the ball, you know incredible things can happen.”

Odegaard with Arsenal manager Arteta
Odegaard with Arsenal manager Arteta

Odegaard has dropped hints he would be keen on making his move to Arsenal a permanent one.

He recently told a press conference while on international duty: “I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer. The deal with Arsenal is until the end of the season.

“We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand for: Stability and development are keywords.”


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Alcohol industry urges permanent removal of all US, EU and UK tariffs

The alcohol industry on Tuesday formed the Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition to advocate for the permanent removal of all U.S., European Union and United Kingdom tariffs on its products. 

Forty-seven associations in the sector have joined the coalition[1] so far, representing producers, importers and wholesalers, as well as the restaurant and retail industry. The tariffs are in place in connection to steel and aluminum and Boeing and Airbus disputes.

The U.S. and EU earlier this month agreed to suspend[2] for four months tariffs relating to a long-standing trade dispute over subsidizing aerospace competitors Boeing and Airbus. The U.S. and U.K. made a similar agreement days earlier. 


The EU and U.K. still have a 25 percent tariff on American whiskeys such as Bourbon, which were imposed in retaliation to President TrumpDonald TrumpGood luck, Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Conservative group says polling shows Dems’ voting rights bill ‘out of sync with American voters’ MORE[4][5][6][7][8][3]‘s steel and aluminum tariffs. On June 1, the EU’s tariff is expected to double to 50 percent. 

“This is a broad coalition representing a lot of different aspects of the hospitality sector that are invested in supporting the Biden administration through this,” Chris Swonger, CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council, told The Hill. 

John Bodnovich, executive director of American Beverage Licensees, called the situation a unifying issue for the industry. 

“We’ve all been working on this for the past couple of years and it’s good to be united together on this effort,” he said.

American whiskey’s largest export market is the EU, and exports have dropped 37 percent from $ 702 million to $ 440 million since the tariffs were first implemented in June 2018

The shutdowns and closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic have also negatively impacted the industry, which relies on revenues from restaurants, breweries, distilleries and other on-premise services.


“From a retail perspective, COVID-19 closures and operating restrictions have really just ravaged the on-premise industry,” Bodnovich. “We’re already operating here in a very, very tough time.”

“A permanent removal of these tariffs will be a critical, critical element of getting our economy back to full throttle for the betterment of everybody,” Swonger said.

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“The administration is very, very aware that these tariffs have had a big impact. We believe it is top of mind,” Swonger said. “We are very optimistic that the administration will do all it can to resolve the ongoing trade dispute over steel and aluminum.” 

Other members of the coalition include the Wine & Spirits Wholesales of America, National Retail Federation, National Restaurant Association, and the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association, among others.

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Tottenham to be offered permanent Gareth Bale deal as Real Madrid eye Kylian Mbappe swoop

Bale scored twice in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley to take his tally to four goals in four games – in a spectacular return to form after a patchy first four months of his loan from Real.

But Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is now ready to plead with Wales to go easy on Bale in their World Cup qualifying games at the end of this month – to protect the 31-year-old.

The Welsh star will still have a year left on his Bernabeu contract at the end of this season – but Real want to clinch a permanent deal with Spurs and get his £600,000-a-week wages off their books.

Real want to put the funds together for an £135million move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the summer – and letting Bale go would bolster finances.

Wales face Belgium away in their opening World Cup qualifier on March 27, then meet Mexico in a friendly three days later, and finally face the Czech Republic in another qualifier on March 30.

Before that, Spurs face Fulham on Thursday, Crystal Palace on Sunday and Dinamo Zagreb at home in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, before the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday March 14.

They then face the second leg against Zagreb and a trip to Aston Villa before the international break.

Mourinho said last week: “Our players are going to be on a 10-match run in March, which is crazy. Seven for the club plus three for national teams.

“Gareth is a player we need to take care of. He is playing all the minutes that he can and that we feel are good for his evolution.

“I want to play him on Thursday and Sunday, and next week against Dinamo – but I don’t think I can.”

Tottenham’s last 16 Europa League tie against Zagreb was switched by UEFA on Monday night to avoid a clash with neighbours Arsenal, so Mourinho’s team will now play the home leg first next Thursday.
Spurs and Arsenal, who face Greek club Olympiakos in their last-16 tie, were both due to play their first legs away on March 11 and the second leg at home a week later, with the north London derby at the Emirates sandwiched in between.

As domestic cup winners, Arsenal’s tie takes priority, so Tottenham’s game has been reversed, leaving them without a trip overseas ahead of the potentially pivotal derby.

Bale, who had only started two league games before Sunday, has had a series of niggling injury problems – with Mourinho at one point criticising the Welshman’s Instagram post for giving a “totally wrong” impression about his fitness.

At that point Bale’s loan spell looked certain to end unhappily – with his agent Jonathan Barnett even at one point suggesting that he was nearing the end of his career.

But he has turned things around and is now back in good rhythm for the north London club.

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On the international stage, in November, Bale played in both Wales’ Nations League games, against the Republic of Ireland, where he played for the full 90 minutes, and Finland, where he featured for 61 minutes.

But the Wales icon sat out the friendly against the USA just before the two Nations League games. Bale has 33 goals so far from his 87 caps for Wales.

His goals in Spurs’ win over Burnley meanwhile took him to 50 English league goals. He has three this term to add to 42 in his previous spell with Spurs and five with Southampton in the Championship.

He joked: Bit of a while between getting it but it’s nice to get it! The most important thing was to help the team.

I have been building up a little bit to get fully fit – felt comfortable and my form is coming back, it’s nice to help the team.