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Businesses urge Boris Johnson to cut quarantine to five days by Christmas to safeguard billions of pounds in passenger traffic and trade

Britain’s business leaders have written to Boris Johnson urging him to introduce five-day quarantine tests by the start of next month to open up travel in time for Christmas.

Ten leaders of organisations representing travel, tourism, small business, retail and hospitality have told the Prime Minister it is “vital” a testing regime is in place by the end of the second national lockdown, due on December 2.

They warned that without it the UK risked losing not only £121bn in exports to the US and passenger traffic but also our status as the third largest aviation market in the world.

Their appeal comes as the Government’s taskforce on testing, chaired by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, and Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is due to present its report to the Prime Minister this week.

The business leaders urged Mr Johnson to consider the minimum period of quarantine necessary for release

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  • November 10, 2020

England Golf fighting against lockdown to force Boris Johnson into u-turn

England Golf is ready to fight the Government’s order to shut courses on Thursday, with the governing body labeling the fresh guidance as “confusing” and “contradictory” to the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday night.

Sources indicate that senior figures at England Golf were stunned to learn that clubs are being instructed to close on Nov 5 for at least four weeks, along with driving ranges, par-three set-ups and all other facilities. 

After the successful behind-closed-doors tactics that saw golf become one of the first sports to resume in May following a near two-month hiatus, Jeremy Tomlinson, the England Golf chief executive, has elected to go far more public in the attempt to force a rapid Johnson u-turn. 

Not only has Tomlinson written an open letter to golfers on England Golf’s official website but he has also revealed that he has signed the online petition to “exempt golf courses from the

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  • November 1, 2020

Hotel Revival General Manager Appointed Donte Johnson Named to Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Board | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

Donte Johnson, general manager of Hotel Revival, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Hotel Revival is a 107-room, 14-story boutique hotel located at 101 West Monument Street, in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Johnson. “As a native of Washington, DC, I have been blown away since my arrival in Baltimore. I have met some amazing people, and we have done some wonderfully interesting things at Hotel Revival. It’s been a tough time for the industry, and to be in a community that is so supportive has been great for us. Baltimore has been good to me, and I will look to continue to serve in any way I can. Serving on the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy makes all the sense in the world.”

Highlighting Lance Humphries, executive director of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Johnson talked

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  • October 23, 2020

U.S. Election, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering France’s bid to avoid a lockdown, competing town halls ahead of the U.S. election and Boris Johnson’s play for time.

France thought it had beaten the coronavirus. But a roaring second wave has left French leaders scrambling for solutions to avoid another painful lockdown.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday announced a curfew for Paris and eight other major cities. The pressure on intensive care beds was intolerable, he said, adding, “Our caregivers are exhausted.”

If the virus was ever under control in France, that was before the summer. But experts say that after that period, the French, like so many others elsewhere in Europe, let their guard down.

The weekly number of new cases in Europe is now at its highest point since the start of the pandemic,

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  • October 16, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon examining Wales-style cross-Border travel ban if Boris Johnson refuses to act

Ms Sturgeon also warned Scots against travel to the areas in the top two tiers of England during the October holidays and singled out Blackpool for special attention.

She warned the Lancashire holiday town is “now associated with a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland” and urged people to stay away.

But she faced a backlash from Blackpool’s civic leaders, who said its Covid-19 rate of 218 cases per 100,000 people is one of the lowest in the North West of England and parts of Scotland.

Blackpool Council said “stringent Covid secure measures” were in place, while local hoteliers said Ms Sturgeon singling out the town was “a real kick in the teeth”.

The row broke out as Scotland recorded a record 1,429 cases, with 16.4 per cent of people testing positive. A further 15 deaths were registered.

Mr Drakeford said he was taking action after the

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  • October 14, 2020

James Johnson | Obituaries |

GREENVILLE – On October 3, 2020, James Otto Johnson, devoted husband and father of two children, went to meet his heavenly father at the age of 56 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. He had a brief but valiant fight with GBM, glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive malignant brain tumor.

The memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville, officiated by Rev. Ben Alexander, pastor of St. James United Methodist Church. The service will be carried via live streaming at

James was born on October 2, 1964 in Inglewood, CA to James Robert Johnson and Isabel Faye Johnson. At an early age he moved to Midland, TX where he was involved in sports and graduated from Midland High School in 1982. He attended Texas Lutheran College where he played tennis and soccer and graduated in 1987 with

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  • October 6, 2020

Who is Berkeley rent board candidate Xavier Johnson?

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board candidate Xavier Johnson. Courtesy: Johnson campaign

Name: Xavier Johnson, 29, legal fellow at Centro Legal de La Raza

What office/district are you are running for? Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board commissioner

What is the main reason you are running? I am running for office because I believe we have the technology, resources, and power to make sure that everyone has access to safe and affordable housing. If we want to make housing a human right, we need to recognize that capitalism is not working. We need much more public funding in affordable housing to ensure that everyone has a home. We need to protect tenants and preserve affordable housing while also significantly increasing our housing supply. The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board is one of our strongest resources to prevent our children, family members, friends, and community members from being priced out of Berkeley. I plan to bring

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  • October 4, 2020

Boris Johnson ‘will not hesitate’ to get tougher

PM calls for ‘collective forbearance’ from the nation

Boris Johnson called for “collective forbearance, common sense and willingness to make sacrifices” in the battle against coronavirus, warning that tougher measures could be introduced if the evidence showed they were needed. The Prime Minister told the British people “we have to stick to it together” as he said he “profoundly disagrees” with those who think coronavirus should be just allowed to “take its course”. The 100th press conference from Downing Street since the pandemic began saw chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallence set out the data on how the virus has affected the UK. It comes as another 71 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded, taking the UK total to 42,143. Another 7,108 people have tested positive in the last 24 hours. Our liveblog has the latest and a summary of the graphs.

Meanwhile, Matt

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  • September 30, 2020

Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are in danger of losing British business

Boris Johnson addresses the nation: REUTERS
Boris Johnson addresses the nation: REUTERS

Has Boris lost business? Perhaps not yet, but that is his direction of travel.

The business community is typically, naturally, supportive of Conservative governments since it assumes the same goals, such as freedom to make a profit, get rich, pay less tax.

What it craves most of all is some sort of certainty.

At its best British business is innovative, nimble and in fierce competition.

We saw that best in the early and ongoing responses to Covid-19. Business leaders from the guy who runs the pub at the end of my street to the chief executive of Next saw a crisis emerging, but also a chance to show what they are made of.

They flipped all sorts of old certainties into the bin and cracked on.

The publican sold his excellent food online and offered takeaway beer.

Simon Wolfson, the Next boss, noted in

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  • September 23, 2020

Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

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  • September 19, 2020