AS 2021 begins, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 1,905 projects with 307,093 rooms

AS 2021 begins, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 1,905 projects with 307,093 rooms

According to the latest Europe Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), analysts at LE report that at the close of 2020, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline increased 2% by projects and 3% by rooms year-over-year (YOY) to end the fourth quarter with 1,905 projects and 307,093 rooms, a record high project and room count for the region. Europe’s construction pipeline has remained robust as hotel developers have purposely delayed their opening dates to await improved operating conditions. Rooms under construction are at an all-time high of 967 projects/157,833…

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Study shows that Global Tourists are exposed to a greater burden of multi drug-resistant bacteria

Study shows that Global Tourists are exposed to a greater burden of multi drug-resistant bacteria

Travelers can pick up the bacteria even during short visits and further spread the strains after returning home. International travellers are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria – often picking up several different types during a trip through spending time in the company of other tourists, a new study has revealed. The global spread of intestinal multidrug resistant gram-negative (MDR-GN) bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide, with MDR clones of E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae threatening more antibiotic resistant infections around the world. Researchers monitored a…

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Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

The centre-left government on Wednesday put forward a proposal that for the first time would allow it to close shopping centres, gyms, and restaurants and to fine those who fail to obey the rules SKr2,000 ($240). “There is a significant risk of a third wave of infection . . . It can be necessary to shut down parts of Sweden,” said social minister Lena Hallengren. The country, which stood out internationally because of its refusal to introduce a lockdown, has since December brought in more and more restrictions. Coronavirus cases per capita have ticked…

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Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. “Decades of repression have taught us that punishment doesn’t work. On the contrary, punishment can make things worse,” Education Minister Guri Melby told a press conference. “Drug addicts need help, not punishment,” she added. Under the centre-right coalition government’s proposal, both possession and the use of small quantities of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, would no longer be punishable under…

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Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Virus variants have been scientists’ main struggle while vaccine efforts started to pick up steam around the world against the global COVID-19 pandemic, and now a new strain in Finland may have mutated in a way that enables it to escape detection in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, according to experts. Helsinki-based Vita Laboratories said the variant Fin-796H was different from strains previously found in South Africa and the U.K. and that the new mutated coronavirus may not show up in PCR tests, Finland’s national public broadcaster YLE reported. “The…

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Big Win For Macron As French Parliament Passes Anti-radicalism Bill to battle ‘Islamist extremism’

Big Win For Macron As French Parliament Passes Anti-radicalism Bill to battle ‘Islamist extremism’

France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a law to battle “Islamist separatism” that is billed by the government as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine the secular state. The draft legislation, which has been criticised for stigmatising Muslims and giving the state new powers to limit speech and religious groups, was backed by a clear majority of MPs in the National Assembly. The lower house of the French parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a controversial bill that would strengthen oversight of mosques, schools,…

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Spain’s Coronavirus cases increase amid discovery of variants of South Africa, UK mutation in few areas.

Spain’s Coronavirus cases increase amid discovery of variants of South Africa, UK mutation in few areas.

Spain confirmed 14,515 new coronavirus infections Thursday, as the Health Minister reported a growing number of variants. Carolina Darias said Spain detected seven cases of variants found in South Africa, three from Brazil and the UK version is now responsible for 20% of new infections. To avoid further spread of the variants, Spain will make all arrivals from Brazil and South Africa quarantine for 10 days from Monday, even if they test negative. “It doesn’t make much sense to do the same for the UK as the variant is already…

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Protests continue in Spain against jailing of rapper Pablo Hasél

Protests continue in Spain against jailing of rapper Pablo Hasél

A dramatic arrest earlier this week of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél, who was convicted of criticizing the monarchy and supporting a Basque separatist group in social media posts, has sparked days of protests across Spain and renewed debate over free speech in the country. Thousands of Hasél supporters have taken to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Girona, since his arrest. But peaceful protests devolved into chaos as protesters clashed with police for a third night in a row Thursday. Dozens have been arrested across the country since the…

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Italian PM Mario Draghi & his new government wins vote of confidence in Parliament.

Italian PM Mario Draghi & his new government wins vote of confidence in Parliament.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday night secured final parliamentary approval for his government, meaning he can now focus on dealing with the country’s unprecedented health and economic crisis. The lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, overwhelmingly backed the former European Central Bank (ECB) chief and his cabinet team of technocrats and politicians, with 535 votes in favor, 56 against and five abstentions. Given that nearly all parties have lined up behind the new executive, the near-unanimous result was not a surprise. On Wednesday, Draghi easily won a first…

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Facebook blocks news sharing in Australia over new media law

Facebook blocks news sharing in Australia over new media law

Facebook has started blocking users, news organisations and other organisations in Australia from sharing news and other links on the platform. The announcement comes as Australia is set to make the new ‘media code’ as its law, which seeks to correct the bargaining imbalance between newsrooms and digital giants such as Facebook, Google. The social media giant had threatened to do this if the proposed law were passed and it has followed up on the same. Australia’s proposed law argues that both platforms should pay news publications for the links they use….

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