U.S. travel ban lifts Nov. 8; airlines brace for ‘onslaught’ of travelers


The United States will accept people who have been vaccinated with the shots that have been authorized within its borders — vaccines by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson — as well as vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as those developed by AstraZeneca with Oxford University, as well as by China’s Sinovac. It will also allow people who have received combinations of such shots. However, Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine won’t be included, as it has yet to be approved by the WHO, which suspended its review of the vaccine in September over concerns about production practices but resumed the process in October.



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Hawaii wants vaccinated tourists to return, starting Nov. 1


“Because of this, it is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume nonessential travel to and within the state of Hawaii,” he said. “Beginning November 1, we want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure, trans-Pacific and inter-island.”



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This Week in Illini Athletics: Nov. 15-21, 2021


Welcome to “This Week in Illini Athletics,” a weekly review of the past week of Illini sports and a preview of the week to come.

FOOTBALL (4-6 Overall, 3-4 Big Ten)

This Week: After their final bye week, the Illini return to action at #20 Iowa at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)

Last Week: #11 Illinois won both of its games in the opening week of the college basketball season. Despite missing Kofi Cockburn, Andre Curbelo, and Trent Frazier, the Illini won handily in the season opener on Tuesday, defeating Jackson State 71-47 behind 20 points from Jacob Grandison. Curbelo and Frazier returned from injuries on Friday and helped lead Illinois to an even more decisive victory, as the Illini clobbered Arkansas State 92-53. Coleman Hawkins starred in the win, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 4 blocks.

This Week: The Illini travel to Marquette for the Gavitt Tipoff Games tonight at 6 in their lone game this week.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL (17-10 Overall, 9-7 Big Ten)

Last Week: The 25th-ranked Illini played in a pair of sweeps this week, winning one and losing one. First, Illinois dominated Indiana on Friday, holding the Hoosiers to 46 total points in a three-set victory. Sophomore Raina Terry led the Illini with 20 kills in the match. Against #10 Ohio State on Sunday, the Illini played two sets very close, losing the first and third 27-25 and 25-23, respectively. Illinois couldn’t quite win either though as it fell in three sets to the Buckeyes.

This Week: Illinois heads to Indiana for a Friday evening matchup at 6 before coming home to face Maryland on Sunday at noon for Senior Night.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)

Last Week: The Illini opened up their season with a pair of non-conference wins at State Farm Center. First, Illinois defeated North Carolina Central 73-56 on Tuesday. Sophomore Aliyah Nye led the team with 23 points, and Michigan State transfer Kendall Bostic chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds. On Sunday, the Illini pulled out a close one against Miami (OH). The scoring was balanced in the winning effort, with four Illini finishing in double figures.

This Week: Illinois hosts two more non-conference games this week. SIUE comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday, and the Illini finish the homestand against UC Riverside on Sunday afternoon at 2.

MEN’S and WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Last Week: Both Illini teams placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, but neither team qualified for the NCAA Championships. Senior Jon Davis was the lone Illini to qualify for the NCAA Championships as he finished in second (30:21.70) at the regional. Junior Olivia Howell paced the Illini, finishing in 24th with a time of 21:17.80. This marks the end of the season for Illini women’s cross country.

This Week: Jon Davis will run in the NCAA Championships as an individual in Tallahassee on Saturday.

WRESTLING (0-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)

Last Week: Due to COVID-19 issues within the program, Illinois withdrew from the Mountaineer Invitational this weekend.

This Week: The Illini wrestle next at the Lindenwood Open on Saturday.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (4-2 Overall, 0-1 Big Ten)

This Week: Illinois heads to Indianapolis this weekend for the House of Champions Invitational from Thursday to Saturday.



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Men’s Basketball schedule: The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge in Charleston (W.Va.) Nov. 12-13


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California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, Nov. 2021

The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program announced its schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday afternoon.

The schedule consists of 28 games with 22 contests mandated by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as 16 games are versus divisional opponents and six contests are against crossover schools. The league features a balanced nine-team structure in both the Western and Eastern Divisions.

The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge hosted by Charleston (W.Va.) on Nov. 12-13. Cal U will face the host Golden Eagles on the initial day before playing Glenville State after both teams advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament.
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Cal U will play its first home game in 625 days on Nov. 16 when it hosts Franklin Pierce (N.H.), which advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference Tournament. The Vulcans then face 2021 MEC Champion Fairmont State at home on Nov. 18 before traveling to face Shippensburg, which advanced to the finals of the 2020 PSAC Championship, in non-conference play on Nov. 23.

In December, the Vulcans start PSAC Crossover play with a weekend road trip to Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg on Dec. 3-4. Cal U returns to the Convocation Center for three games following Finals Week, starting on Dec. 15 versus Carlow. The Vulcans close out the 2021 portion of their schedule with back-to-back home games against West Chester and Millersville on Dec. 18-19.

Cal U starts 2022 with a home crossover contest against Kutztown on Jan. 2 before opening PSAC West play against 2020 PSAC Champion IUP on Jan. 5. The Vulcans then travel to face Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 8 before playing their final crossover game of the season on Jan. 10 at Shepherd. Cal U hosts Slippery Rock on Jan. 12 before beginning a three-game road trip at Edinboro on Jan. 15. The Vulcans then play at Clarion on Jan. 19 and travel to face Mercyhurst on Jan. 22. Cal U closes the month of January with three games in a week, starting with home games versus Gannon on Jan. 24 and Seton Hill on Jan. 26 before starting the second round of divisional play on Jan. 29 by traveling to Slippery Rock.

In February, Cal U plays Pitt-Johnstown at home on Feb. 2 before having an idle Saturday. The Vulcans return to action on Feb. 9 at IUP before hosting Edinboro on Feb. 12. Cal U travels to nearby Seton Hill on Feb. 16 before playing consecutive home games against Clarion on Feb. 19 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 23. The Vulcans close the regular season with a road game against Gannon on Feb. 26.

The PSAC Tournament is slated to start on Feb. 28 with the top-six teams from each division qualifying for the event. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will hosted on March 5-6 at the top remaining seed from the Western Division.

Note, games, dates, locations and times are subject to change.



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Former princess Mako, husband to travel to U.S. Nov. 14: source


Former princess Mako Komuro and her husband are planning to leave Japan for New York on Sunday, a source familiar with the matter said Friday.

The newlywed couple, both 30, are scheduled to depart from Haneda airport in Tokyo to start their new life in New York, where Kei Komuro works as a law clerk at a legal firm after graduating from Fordham University’s law school with a Juris Doctor degree in May.

The Komuros have already secured a place to live in the U.S. city, according to the source.

Former Japanese princess Mako and her husband Kei Komuro meet the press at a Tokyo hotel on Oct. 26, 2021. They got married earlier in the day, and the princess became Mako Komuro under a family registry with her husband. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

It was originally planned that Komuro would travel to the United States first due to work commitments and the former princess, who left the imperial family upon marrying a commoner, would join him later after obtaining a passport.

But the husband’s stay in Japan was prolonged after former princess Mako’s grandfather and Crown Princess Kiko’s father, Tatsuhiko Kawashima, a professor emeritus at Gakushuin University, died last week and the couple attended his family funeral Saturday.

The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and her boyfriend married on Oct. 26 after years of controversy over a financial dispute involving his mother that led the couple to forgo traditional ceremonies associated with a royal marriage.

The couple appeared together in front of the press later that day for the first time in about four years, with the bride saying she wants to lead a “peaceful life” in a new environment.

With the niece of Emperor Naruhito having been diagnosed with a complex post-traumatic stress disorder following a media frenzy over the couple and the financial dispute, the two only gave opening remarks and distributed written answers to questions earlier submitted by the media at the press event.

The 1947 Imperial House Law, which limits heirs to a male who has an emperor on his father’s side, requires female royals to give up their imperial status when they marry a commoner.

Komuro returned to Japan from the United States in late September for the first time in about three years. Following the marriage, the couple has been living in a Tokyo condominium.

The husband took the New York state bar examination in July, but failed it. He is expected to retake the exam, possibly in February.


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International travel to U.S. resumes Monday, Nov. 8


TAMPA, Fla—More than a year-and-a-half after the United States closed its borders, international travelers are headed back, starting Monday. But there are still a list of restrictions for travel, even for American citizens who wish to head overseas.

Starting November 8th, the United States will start allowing fully vaccinated international travelers to cross our borders, with a few exceptions. Children under 18 don’t need to be vaccinated, but they will have to take a negative COVID-19 test if they’re over 2-years-old.

U.S. travel advisors are already expecting a big influx in people coming in, and Americans going out.

“There is so much pent up demand! I mean, for all of us who even had trips booked before the pandemic, we’re ready to go again,” said Lori Judd, owner of Prestige Travel Vacations LLC located in the Tampa Bay area.

For Americans headed outside the country, regulations are going to be similar to foreigners when you come back in. If you’re vaccinated, you’ll need to provide a negative COVID test within three days of your departure back to the U.S. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to provide a negative test within 24 hours.

Judd recommends using a travel advisor to help you keep up on changing restrictions.

“It’ll help you navigate the coronavirus-related restrictions, and make canceling trips or rebooking trips a lot easier,” said Judd.

She tells people not to be wary of traveling internationally, but warns people to book early, and be flexible.

“As we already know, the airlines have already canceled flights, so pay the extra money for trip insurance, that’ll cover you if you test positive and you can’t come back into the states right away, that’s gonna be an extra cost, but it’s gonna be well worth it,” said Judd.

She also reminds people that Americans are going to be competing against international travelers, once again, for our domestic flights, so if there are less options available, that may be why.

When it comes to who will enforcing these rules, airlines are expected to verify vaccine records for air travel, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will be checking for proof of vaccination for those traveling by land.

For a full list of travel regulations and restrictions, click here.





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Forty Acres Insider: Nov. 2


Longhorn Nation,

Last week was another busy one for our Longhorns and it all wrapped up with a special Sunday. In addition to it being Halloween and an opportunity for our student-athletes to share their favorite costumes and celebrate as a team, it also was a successful day of sports action. The bats were cracking, gloves thumping and all of the kids trick or treating during the day at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. That night, Soccer treated us to a thrilling and dominant 5-2 Red River Showdown postseason victory over our rival Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament in Round Rock. It was such a joy seeing all of you at the park and the pitch, and we’re so grateful for your never-ending support, passion and pride for your Longhorns.

However, Sunday did come on the heels of another heartbreaking football game, this one a 31-24 loss at Baylor. It’s been three straight games where we played so well at times against top 25-ranked teams, built good leads, but just couldn’t hold on in the end. The team played extremely hard, made a lot of big plays in all of those games, and Coach Sark has been really pleased with how they’ve prepared each and every week. It’s just come down to missed opportunities in the end, and I know we are all disappointed, but nobody more so than our coaches and student-athletes. They’re pouring all of their energy into learning from their mistakes, getting better and finding every possible edge to get back on track. They need our support more than ever, so I hope y’all can help us rally behind them and charge into the weekend and their game at Iowa State (6:30 p.m. CT/FS1) with our best Texas Fight. There’s a lot of football to be played, we still have high expectations and we’re looking forward to Saturday.

In the meantime, our teams are right back at it already again this week, and it started Monday night with Men’s Basketball tipping things off with a 96-33 exhibition game victory over Texas Lutheran at the Erwin Center. Thank you to everyone who came out for the sneak peek at our 2021-22 Longhorns. It’s the final year at our longtime hoops home and what a special time it was as Coach Beard continued his Unite the Family efforts by squaring off against a team coached by a Longhorn great in Mike Wacker.

Coach Schaefer and Women’s Basketball are up next this week as they’ll host an exhibition game, this one at Gregory Gym on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT. Admission is free, along with free parking in the Brazos Garage, so stay tuned to TexasSports.com and all of our social media channels for all the details on that one. For those of you who can’t be here in person, our friends at Longhorn Network will be carrying the game live, so clear you calendars and plan on cheering on your Horns!

Speaking of right back at it, how about Coach Kelly and our Soccer squad!? It was total domination on Sunday night versus OU, and now we’re riding into the Big 12 Tournament semis on a program record-tying 13-match unbeaten streak. It started late last week as our Horns secured the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a convincing 2-0 victory in the regular-season finale at Kansas. Our dynamic freshman duo of forward Trinity Byars and midfielder Lexi Missimo both scored goals in that one as our Horns took care of business on the road. And we came so darn close to adding a Big 12 regular-season title, falling just one point short of TCU, but a huge Hook ‘Em is in order for our squad that managed our first unbeaten Big 12 campaign in program history at 6-0-3. Then it was on to the postseason on Sunday in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals right up the road on I-35 in Round Rock where we cranked up the offense against those Sooners by scoring five times in a convincing, 5-2 win. Byars provided the Halloween trick, as our rookie superstar was at it again, scoring her first career hat trick. Forward Mackenzie McFarland managed her second brace (two goals) in the last three matches, as well. Up next for your Burnt Orange and White is a huge Big 12 Championship semifinal against West Virginia on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Be there or be square my friends! Like I said, our Longhorns are playing just up the road at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, so head on out and support them on to the Big 12 Championship as tickets are available for $5 each day.

But wait, there’s more! Spring will be in the air at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this week as Coach Pierce and Baseball host the annual three-game Fall World Series starting on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. Game two is slated for Friday at 6 p.m. with the series finale set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. You can get that Burnt Orange and White garb ready, don that Longhorn hat and come on out to the ballpark. Admission to each of the games is free, parking is available in the East Campus Garage next to the stadium and gates will open one hour before first pitch.

Along with the Football game in Ames, there will be plenty of action on the road, as well. After a bye week, No. 1 Volleyball travels to Waco for a critical pair of Top 10 matches with Baylor on Friday (8 p.m. CT/ESPNU) and Saturday (6 p.m. CT/ESPN+). Coach Elliott and our Horns are 17-0 and have won all eight of their Big 12 matches so they’ll be looking to remain perfect in a raucous road environment. They have a great history of stepping up in those situations, having won 18-straight on the road, so they’ll be looking to build on that.

Two of the nation’s top programs will square off this week as our No. 1 Men’s and No. 5 Women’s Swimming & Diving teams travel to Virginia for a big-time Big-12-ACC dual meet clash on Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville. The Cavalier women are the defending NCAA Champions while the UVA men currently rank No. 9 so expect some great performances across the board in this early season Top 10 matchup! Men’s and Women’s Tennis will be hitting the courts to compete in fall action, as well. You can follow along in all of our sports on TexasSports.com and across all of our social media platforms. Hook ‘Em Horns!

Still time to get those Men’s and Women’s Basketball season tickets

Coach Beard and Coach Schaefer are putting on the final touches of their preparation for what promises to be highly entertaining seasons that are right around the corner with next week’s doubleheader tip off. With that in mind, now is the time to get on board and make those season ticket purchases because only 2021-22 season ticket holders will have priority to purchase season tickets at the Moody Center for the 2022-23 Texas Basketball season. We can’t wait to see the Erwin Center charged up and rockin’ out for one more season, and absolutely want you along for the glorious ride into a breathtaking new basketball experience in the Moody Center. So don’t miss out, get your tickets and bring that Texas passion and pride to the Drum for one more year! Men’s and Women’s season tickets are on sale now and start at $99 apiece. Come out all year and help us celebrate the final season at the Frank Erwin Center in what’s shaping up to be one of the most anticipated campaigns in Texas Basketball history!

Mark your calendars for November 9

We’ve got an old school doubleheader planned to tip off the farewell season at the Erwin Center on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as Coach Schaefer and the Women get things going at 5:30 p.m. CT against New Orleans, followed by Coach Beard and the Men at 8 p.m. CT against Houston Baptist. Tickets are $10 to catch both of these games and all seats will be general admission that night. We’ve got plenty of giveaways and activities set for what will be an incredible evening of basketball.

Football single-game tickets available

There are two games remaining at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and you can still get your single-game tickets for those games vs. Kansas (11/13) and Kansas State (11/26). Home is Where the Horns Are, and let’s keep those wonderful gameday gigantic family reunions going strong!

Props to our Football standouts Bijan Robinson and DeMarvion Overshown on earning a spot on a pair of prestigious national college football awards semifinalist lists. Bijan was tabbed as one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell award that annually goes to the Collegiate Player of the Year. He is already closing in on 1,000 rushing yards this season and leads the Big 12 in total TDs with 14. And as you all know, his highlight reel runs and catches are off the charts! Meanwhile, DeMarvion is one of 16 semifinalist for the Butkus Award that is given each year to the nation’s top linebacker. He’s been a stat sheet stuffer, leading our Horns in tackles (61), while posting 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks to go with two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Needless to say, he’s been all over the field. In addition, we’ve nominated our walk-on turned starting linebacker Luke Brockermeyer for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to a standout player that began his career as a walk-on. Luke’s a third generation Longhorn and just an awesome story. He’s worked so hard to earn a scholarship then a starting position and now ranks second on the team with 59 tackles, shares the team lead with five tackles for loss and has two interceptions this year. Way to go men, we’re proud of all you’ve accomplished so far and excited to watch you for the stretch run of the season.

Finally, congratulations are in order for a pair of our Men’s Cross Country runners, Cruz Gomez and Haftu Knight. They both earned All-Big 12 honors at last week’s conference meet in Stillwater. Cruz was 11th and Haftu 13th as the men finished in a solid third place as a team while the women took fourth. It’s on to NCAA competition with a spot in the NCAA Championships on the line when our Horns travel to Waco on Friday, Nov. 12. That’s the site of the NCAA South Central Regionals at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

It’s another week of Texas Fight with plenty of chances to cheer on your Horns right here on the Forty, in nearby Round Rock and on the road. Whether you’re with us in person or cheering from afar, let’s keep those Horns Up and bring that patented pride, passion and spirit that the best fans in America are known for!

Hook ‘Em Horns,

Chris Del Conte 


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P.S. — Fun time with Coach Vic making a visit on the LHN broadcast of Texas Volleyball. One big, happy family we are here!

P.S. — Always a joy seeing what our teams have for us on Halloween, and Men’s Basketball sure did have some fun with it!

P.S. II – And then there’s this Halloween treat from Texas Softball.

P.S. III – If you haven’t seen it, this is so cool! Our creative team is the absolute best!!





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