The Basic Details
Keeping in mind the continuous consideration of the spread of the virus and the ever-lasting pandemic, several countries all over the world continue to take major precautions in order to ensure the healthy being of its citizens and residents along with the ones visiting the country. Therefore, in case you are willing to travel to the UK from the United States of America and vice versa, there are certain things you need to know about travelling as well as about esta renewal. Therefore, this article will help you understand everything about the same.
The Basic Details
All the passengers travelling by plane to the US who are 2 years or older are required to offer a negative report of COVID-19. This test must have been taken within the previous 72 hours and the rule is irrespective of the place they are travelling from. Also, the people travelling to the US are also required to give documentation that is taken from a licensed healthcare professional regarding the complete recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days from the date of travelling.
Further, the order also needs an attestation by the passenger that states that they have gained a negative Qualifying Test result.
Information Specific to Nation
A Level 4 Travel Health Notice has been issued for the UK by the US State Department, which majorly states that travelling should not be done by COVID-19. Moreover, the restrictions regarding travelling continue to exist when it comes to travelling from the UK to the US. In case you have a plan to travel to the US, it is crucial that you go through the regulations related to quarantine for the state you plan to visit prior to your departure. Ensure that you will still be needed to be quarantined as stated by CDC even in case you are an exception or have simply received an order for directly travelling to the US.
The citizens of the United States who live in the UK are subject to the regulations of the government of the UK. You must not travel internationally unless the rules permit the same.
COVID-19 Restrictions for the UK
The response of the UK to the virus keeps updating repeatedly based on the monitoring of the situation by the government. The citizens of the US who live in the UK are also subject to the government of UK's regulations. In case you go to the UK, you may come back to the US. You must also take into consideration the restrictions that exist at your destination of arrival, if any.
Make sure to consult with your airline directly and to follow all the guidelines of the UK government when you are making your arrangements for travelling.
Even though the law does not state to necessarily wear face masks anymore, the government of the UK still suggests individuals to wear face mask coverings in public places, especially commuting through public mode of transport. The rules may vary from locality to locality.
Who Can Visit
All the travellers who visit the United Kingdom, along with the ones of British nationality, are required to show a negative report of COVID test that is taken within 3 days of the arrival in the country. Further, the travellers who are residents of the region and have been vaccinated in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland or England are not required to follow the procedure of quarantine.
Situation of COVID in UK
The UK is the first country of the world that started its program for vaccination, which has thereby reduced the burden that the National Health Services have. Further, all the adults who live in the UK have been provided with the vaccine's first dose. Even though the restrictions related to lockdown have been all eased all the countries that are part of the UK, Northern Ireland continues to enforce certain restrictions.
Also, there is a travel ban list that has been provided for rejecting certain nations from entering the UK. Luckily, the US is not a part of that list. Moreover, there are not any existing curfews or restrictions associated with interstate travel.
Requirements of Entry and Exit for the US
The US citizens can enter in case they are not travelling from a nation that is categorised in the red-list and since UK is not among them, you can surely do. Further, in order to enter the US, you must be required to have a negative PCR test report. For the same, you will go through the screening process associated with health at the ports of entry as well as the airports. This is a process for measuring precautions and maintaining utmost care to ensure the health and safety of all those entering and exiting from the US.
Lawsuits are piling up in the wake of the massive data breach.
Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against T-Mobile in the wake of a massive data breach that left millions of customers' personal information exposed.
Overall, at least 47 million people were affected by the data breach. Motherboard first reported the hack, noting that a hacker was selling portions of the data on an underground forum. T-Mobile said it was investigating the claims, but soon confirmed the broad strokes of the data breach.
T-Mobile said the hack impacted various kinds of customers, and the data that was compromised included names, drivers' licenses and identification information, Social Security numbers, and more.
In a suit filed late last week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, it claims that T-Mobile maintained the personal information in a "reckless manner" that was "vulnerable to cyberattacks."
"Plaintiffs' and class members' identities are now at considerable risk because of Defendant's negligent conduct since the private information that T-Mobile collected and maintained is now in the hands of data thieves," the suit reads.
Meanwhile, as Fox Business reports, another suit was filed just a few days later that says T-Mobile violated the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
"Plaintiffs now seek compensation under the CCPA and principles of common law negligence, unjust enrichment, breach of implied contract, and breach of confidence, for their damages and those of fellow class members," the suit reads. "Plaintiffs also seek injunctive relief to ensure that T-Mobile cannot continue to put its customers at risk."
The suit also notes that T-Mobile has had at least five data breaches over the past three years, citing news stories about them. T-Mobile says it is offering affected customers identity protection services for free over the next two years, a decision that the suit calls "insufficient."
"As discussed above, the threat of identity theft and fraud from the data breach will extend for many years and cost plaintiffs and the classes significant time and effort," the suit reads.
Joe Biden's inauguration marks the beginning of a time of healing for America.
The day finally arrived. Joe Biden has been inaugurated and is now the 46th president of the United States of America. Kamala Harris has been sworn in as our country's new vice president. She is the first woman and the first person of color to fill the role. After years of fighting, frustration, and fear, this is a day of celebration. It's a day of hope as we look to the future. It's also a day of healing, as our collective wounds are still very fresh.
When rioters stormed the Capitol building, it was the day Congress was meeting to certify Biden's election win. This was an important moment because Trump was still pushing the lie of voter fraud. It's hard to know whether this was a move of extreme narcissism or extreme embarrassment. Was Trump so egotistical that voter fraud seemed like the only possible answer to his loss? Or was he aware that he lost fair and square but couldn't bear the blow as such a powerful man?
Something tells me the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Trump himself continually expressed his outrage on social media and at a rally before that fateful day at the Capitol. In his speech, he called on his supporters to march at the Capitol that day and to "fight like hell." This definitely sounds to me like incitement of violence but it will be up for the Senate to decide. Trump has become the first President in history to be impeached twice.
The second impeachment was due to the House's vote that he incited the riots that day. Not only that, it took forever for Trump to condemn the violence. He didn't make any statement until much later in the day, after the damage was already done. He also spent much of the time before the House vote defending his speech at the rally. It wasn't until after the House vote that he posted a video message condemning the violence.
By that point, it felt so insincere it was almost laughable. It sounded more like he was saying, "I don't want to get indicted, so I'm making this statement my advisors wrote for me." It was posted to the White House's Twitter account because Trump had been permanently banned from the platform. His years of ranting and divisive tweets finally led to what many had long been calling on Twitter to do.
This move didn't go over well with many Republicans and Trump supporters. The understanding of Twitter being a private company and, therefore, being allowed to ban anyone it saw fit was lost on them. There was also a lack of understanding of the First Amendment. It actually says Congress shall not pass a law stripping freedom of speech. The most ignorant of the reactions would come in the form of Holocaust comparisons.
A mass genocide that killed 6 million Jewish people and millions of others is not the same thing as being banned from a social media app.
I can't believe that's something that even needs to be said, but I guess that's the intelligence level we're dealing with. Making such nonsensical comparisons is antisemitic and blatantly disrespectful of Holocaust education. We can't minimize and cheapen the severity of the horrors of that tragedy.
Yet, that's exactly what these politicians are doing. And it's not just on the right. No — the left has committed its share of sins as well. For the record, imprisoned children at the border, as terrible as it is, isn't the same as Jewish people being rounded up in concentration camps. And not everyone who disagrees with you is a Nazi. Even the rioters at the Capitol aren't Nazis, they're Neo-Nazis. That term exists for a reason. Use it.
It should come as no surprise then, when we see a rioter at the Capitol wearing a shirt that says "Camp Auschwitz." Not to mention an Israeli news reporter that got harassed during live coverage of the events. I have no doubt this was an attempted coup and insurrection. Everyone who participated in it should be held accountable. And yes, everyone who incited it should be held accountable as well.
The white supremacy that was displayed at the Capitol didn't just include antisemitism. It was littered with racism as well. There were sad, yet unsurprising photos of a man walking into the Capitol carrying a Confederate Flag. There was also an alarming display of white privilege when compared to the Black Lives Matter protests.
Last summer, peaceful protesters were shot with tear gas, beaten up, and in some cases, driven into. Yet, police at the Capitol were nowhere near as aggressive, with some even posing for selfies with the rioters. Windows were broken, people were beaten up, and several people died. But people who wanted to march outside peacefully got more pushback. Make it make sense.
The reaction to such a monumentally terrifying occasion wasn't one I hoped for. Instead of a real attempt at unification, people were either feeling sorry for themselves or infighting. The Twitter feud between Ted Cruz and AOC over who was more antisemitic was particularly amusing. It left me feeling like a mother whose kids were fighting and both needed to be put in time out for misbehaving.
You know it's bad when you feel the only way to get through to politicians is to talk to them like children. However, I felt a very strong feeling of hope at the same time. In the 24 hours before the riots, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were declared the winners in their Senate races in Georgia. This helped flip the Senate and give Democrats control. It was particularly comforting to see a Black man and a Jewish man win on a day where so much racism and antisemitism unloaded on our country's Capitol.
It was comforting because it signaled the future. It signaled the fact that, no matter how big of a hissy fit these Trump supporters throw, they have no power. Yes, their hatred is very real and still exists in the world. We should pay attention to it and do everything in our power to rid this world of such hatred. However, the democratic process of our country will go on no matter what. And by the looks of it, we're headed in a much better direction.
The unified front Ossoff and Warnock showed during their campaign should serve as an example to many. There is still much infighting in marginalized groups. Being part of an oppressed group doesn't absolve you of being bigoted yourself. In the past year, many seemed to forget the history of the Civil Rights Movement and how Jewish people marched with Black people.
We lost John Lewis last year, who worked with the Jewish community to fight antisemitism. Lewis served as a mentor to Ossoff and was very supportive of him. Warnock is the pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was once pastor. King was also a friend to the Jewish people and supported Israel. These connections aren't merely coincidence. I believe this signals our country is headed in a brighter direction.
And so, here we are on Inauguration Day. Unlike some social media users, I wasn't convinced that everything would restart once the clock struck midnight on January 1. But I still believe this year and new administration has the potential to be a time of healing. I have hope for actual unity and progress.
As cheesy as the following saying is, it's true. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and I believe we're getting closer to it.
Regardless of who is president, let's celebrate these huge victories for LGBTQ representation in various states' governments.
The presidential election was extremely stressful for us all, causing us to worry about who will win and what it means for the future. For many of us, this can mean the difference between life and death, especially for BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ communities who are at the mercy of homophobes and racists — many of whom are proud supporters of the color orange.
Instead of worrying whether I'll be sent to a conversion camp next year or not, I'd rather celebrate the much bigger and more important wins. There have been six representatives added to state governments this past election who are all a part of the LGBTQ community.
1. Michele Rayner-Goolsby
Michele Rayner-Goolsby made history as the first Black queer woman to become a state legislator in Florida. According to her website, "Michele comes from a long line of service — her mother is one of the first Black social workers in St. Petersburg, Florida."
She's won over five awards for civic engagement and has become an emerging voice on criminal justice reform, education, health, economic disparities, race, and gender issues.
2. Taylor Small
Taylor Small has become Vermont's first out transgender state legislator. Her current advocacy role is as the director of the health and wellness program at Pride Center of Vermont. Small is also a well-known drag queen in her area. She plans to discuss issues on addressing health care, transportation, and internet access.
3. Jabari Brisport
Jabari Brisport made history as the first LGBTQ person of color elected to the New York State Senate. Jabari is a third-generation Caribbean-American from Brooklyn who has spent his life working as both an activist and educator. As a public school teacher, Jabari is part of the movement of working-class New Yorkers fighting for his state. He is backed by the Working Families Party, New York Communities for Change, Democratic Socialists of America, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
4. Shevrin Jones
Shevrin Jones is Florida's first openly LGBTQ+ state senator. Jones is an activist for justice and equality for the people of District 35 and all of Florida. His policies include "expanding funding for public education to make sure our kids can compete in the 21st-century economy," "protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination in housing and employment," and "supporting Florida's network of small businesses, the lifeline of our economy."
5. Kim Jackson
Kim Jackson has become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Georgia State Senate and became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to that chamber. To put it into perspective, there are currently just three openly LGBTQ Black women state senators in the entire country.
6. Mauree Turner
Mauree Turner is the first non-binary state lawmaker in the United States and the first Muslim in Oklahoma's statehouse. Turner is the first non-binary person to be named to a state legislature. Turner identifies as non-binary, which the National Center for Transgender Equality defines as gender understood as neither male nor female. Turner uses both they and she as pronouns.
A hilarious and frightening game of who said it: Donald J. Trump or a villain from "Avatar: The Last Airbender" or "The Legend of Korra."
Have fun guessing whether outgoing President of the United States Donald J. Trump or a literal anime villain said each of these 26 quotes. To keep the answers a surprise (not being able to see the answer right below the quote), I will have all of the answers at the bottom of the page.
Ready? Here we go.
1. "Trust is for fools."
2. "So this is your girlfriend. No wonder she left. She's way too pretty for you."
3. "Well, I don't know how you could possibly know more than our national history book."
4. "I am the solution."
5. "Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault."
6. "No human can stand against me."
7. "In life, you have to rely on the past, and that's called history."
8. "These hooligans are part of an anarchist cell."
9. "There's no use fighting. Let go."
10. "Don't tell me it doesn't work; torture works."
11. "Don't they understand that they are destroying themselves?"
12. "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening..."
13. "That's the scent of losers."
14. "Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes."
15. "The answer is there has to be some form of punishment."
16. "I don't have sob stories like all of you."
17. "Your era is over."
18. "And, by the way, I know it doesn't sound nice. But not everything is nice."
19. "And they're going to do things that people will not even believe are possible."
20. "We're talking about sand and death. That's what we're talking about."
21. "Nothing could stop this moment."
22. "Right now, you're lost, but pledge your loyalty to me, and I'll give you a new purpose in your lives."
23. "But we will turn our grief into action. We have to have action."
24. "We have to fight these people whenever we can, wherever they are, with any means necessary."
25. "Who knows what's in the deepest part of my mind?
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For the purpose of making this easier to read, I will write ATLA in place of "Avatar: The Last Airbender," TLOK for "The Legend of Korra," B for book, and E for episode.
1. ATLA — Azula: B3 E20
2. TLOK — June: B1 E15
3. ATLA — A Fire Nation School Teacher: B2 E2
4. TLOK — Amon: B1 E9
5. Trump — Twitter: 09/05/13
6. TLOK — Vaatu (literally the spirit of Chaos/evil): B2 E8
7. Trump — Celebrity Apprentice
8. ATLA — Long Fen: B2 E17
9. TLOK — Vaatu: B3 E13
10. Trump — Town Hall event in Bluffton, South Carolina: 17/02/2016
11. Trump — Twitter: 23/03/20
12. Trump — Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention: 24/07/18
13. TLOK — Tahno (on Wolf-Bats): B1 E5
14. Trump — ABC News: May 2020
15. Trump — MSNBC: 30/03/16
16. ATLA — Azula: B3 E5
17. TLOK — Unalaq: B2 E12
18. Trump — 60 Minutes: 27/09/15
19. Trump — Meet the Press: 04/10/15
20. Trump — Cabinet Meeting: 01/02/20
21. TLOK — Vaatu: B2 E13
22. TLOK — Kuvira: B4 E1
23. Trump — 2018 White House Business Session: 28/02/2018
24. TLOK — Hama: B3 E8
25. Trump — BuzzFeed: 13/02/2014
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign