Lynbottom tip remains open during tree cutting work

The Isle of Wight Council will be closing the road near Lynnbottom recycling centre to do works to trees, and the recycling centre will remain open and fully accessible.  

The council has been doing work to trees in many locations, including public parks and roadsides. 

New trees planted
As well as cutting back or removing trees that might pose a hazard in the future, new trees have recently been planted by contractors and volunteers in locations including Appley Park and Big Meade. 

Road closures
Next month (May 2022) tree work is to be carried out in the area of road between Lynnbottom recycling centre and the Robin Hill roundabout to trim back or remove some potentially dangerous trees. 

The road will be closed between Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th May inclusive. 

Full access remains
Full access for domestic and commercial users of the Lynnbottom recycling centre and Biffa’s Standen Heath landfill site will be maintained throughout, with diversion routes signed.

Traffic will be able to approach the Lynnbottom recycling centre from the north, from the Wootton direction.

To avoid queuing the council is requesting that users do not arrive before their booking slot.

Matthews: Vehicle access to Lynnbottom is maintained throughout
Lee Matthews, the council’s public spaces manager, said,

“We’re conscious that this is a very important route so we will be ensuring that vehicle access to Lynnbottom is maintained throughout the works.

“Because this work needs doing urgently, we’re not going to wait until next winter.

“This means that we will be doing a full check for nesting birds and other protected species such as bats and squirrels.  

“If it turns out there are protected species that might be adversely affected by the work of course we will not proceed.

“The overall aims of this programme of tree works across the Island are to ensure that we have a safe and sustainable tree stock, and to support the council’s climate and environment strategy.

“We aim to finish up with many more trees growing safely on public land for future generations.”

News shared by Isle of Wight council press office, in their own words. Ed

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Travel Demand Remains Strong Despite High Gas Prices

Many Americans are concerned about high gas prices but that is not stopping them from traveling.

Longwoods most recent survey of U.S. travelers found that more than 90 percent have trips planned in the next six months.


COVID-19 is also less likely than the price of gas to alter travel plans, according to the survey.

Only 20 percent of travelers said that the coronavirus would greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months, the lowest percentage since the pandemic began two years ago.

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Thirty-eight percent reported that rising gas prices will greatly impact their travel decisions in the next six months. So, while gas prices aren’t canceling travel plans, they are affecting them.

“With concerns about COVID-19 more and more in the rear-view mirror, we are seeing a face-off between the pent-up demand to hit the road and fuel costs,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “Summer travelers may be more cost-conscious given both the fact of higher gas prices and the extensive news coverage gas price increases generate.”

U.S. travelers report that, in order to combat the rising price of fuel, they are visiting destinations closer to home or reducing the number of trips that they have planned. Another way that travelers are altering their behavior to accommodate rising gas prices is to reduce how much they spend on everything from retail and entertainment and recreation to food and beverage.

Only 18 percent reported that rising gas prices will have no impact on their travel plans.

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Daughter of IS murder victim David Haines to travel to Syria to find father’s remains

The bereaved daughter of a man who was murdered by the Islamic State is travelling to Syria on a quest to find her father’s remains.

Bethany Haines, from Perthshire, said that a mystery man called her and gave her a tip-off.

She will make the journey from America to the Middle East with map coordinates of the exact location where the body of her dad, David, is thought to be.

The 24-year-old told The Mirror how she made it her goal to bring him home and lay him to rest.

She said: “I’ve made it my goal to bring him home for a proper burial. I won’t rest until that happens.”

David Haines was captured and beheaded in 2014 after being held by a four-man terrorist group
David Haines was captured and beheaded in 2014 after being held by a four-man terrorist group

The mum-of-one also plans a memorial to David and others executed by IS.

She was a schoolgirl when video of her father’s murder horrified the world in 2014. She has since visited Syria to look for his remains and now plans to return, believing the caller “obviously wanted to help me”.

Bethany was speaking from America, where she is watching the trial of one of her father’s tormenters.

David Haines
David Haines

El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was one of the four Londoners in IS who were dubbed “The Beatles” by hostages because of their British backgrounds.

Ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, was filmed killing David in a propaganda video. The next year, the monster was taken out in a drone strike.

Dad-of-two David, a former RAF engineer born in Holderness, East Yorks was working for a French agency when he was kidnapped in Syria in March 2013.

David Haines in South Sudan in 2012
David Haines in South Sudan in 2012

Elsheikh was said to be the main torturer and last week Bethany looked him in the eye as he went on trial in Virginia.

He is the last of the gang to face justice and denies eight charges related to the capture, detention and deaths of six US and Japanese aid workers and journalists, as well as David and fellow Brit Alan Henning.

On Wednesday a court heard how Elsheikh seemed to enjoy and take “satisfaction” from the “horrific” torture of hostages.

Prosecutors said he served as a prison guard for the foreign hostages and acted as a go-between with their families as the cell tried to get ransoms.

Bethany and her dad David
Bethany and her dad David

The defence tried to claim Elsheikh was a “simple IS fighter” and it was a case of mistaken identity.

Bethany has said she wants her father’s killers “hung from a tree”. She said: “If it was up to me these men would get the death sentence but because of the extradition agreement, that can’t happen. I’ve been shown the maximum-security jail they’re likely to be sent to. I’m happy they’ll have a suitably horrible time.”

Bethany says she has pieced together her dad’s final months by speaking to fellow hostages, Syrian police and government officials.

And she will face another of the “Beatles” – Alexanda Kotey, 38 – as part of the conditions of his guilty plea.

She said: “I’ll have no fear. I’ll put my theory on where dad is to to him, then I can start arranging a dig. I do fear my dad’s body was burned.

“Other hostages’ remains were burned as the ground was too hard to dig a grave. But there will still be part of him I can bring home so me and my son can properly say goodbye.”

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International Airlines Group significantly narrows losses but remains in the red – Breaking Travel News

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Chicago’s COVID Travel Advisory remains unchanged for seventh consecutive week

For the seventh straight week, no states or territories have been removed from Chicago’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory, city health officials announced Tuesday.

Next week could be could the first time in 2022 that the entire U.S. is not included on the advisory, according to Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

Despite falling case rates nationwide, no state or territory met the advisory’s requirements, city health officials said. In order to be removed from the list, a state or territory’s daily COVID-19 case rate must remain under 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks.

Maryland is the only state or territory with a case rate under 15 in the past week. The state will need another week of similar numbers to be removed from the city’s travel advisory.

The current daily case rate in the country is at 48.6.


Since the last two weeks, Illinois’ daily case rate has dropped by 76 percent from 139.6 to 33.8, city health officials said.

Chicago’s daily case rate is currently at 15.9, after recording 21.2 last week, health officials said.

“It’s great to see these daily case rates go down throughout the country, as I know we’re all anxious to put COVID-19 behind us,” Arwady said in a statement. “But the fact remains that every state and territory is still on our Travel Advisory because their COVID case rates are still high. There is still at risk of getting COVID-19 while traveling, and unvaccinated travelers face the highest risk.”

City health officials encouraged unvaccinated residents who plan to travel to following advisory guidance and get tested for COVID-19 before and after travel from any state on the list and quarantine upon arrival in Chicago.

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Remains found after pre-execution tip from Mississippi man

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have uncovered the remains of a Mississippi woman following a tip from an inmate who revealed the location of her body prior to his execution on other crimes last month.

On Sunday, police discovered what’s believed to be the body of Felicia Cox on land that had once belonged to her family in Pontotoc County. The remains will be taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy and DNA testing to confirm identity, according to Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford.

Last month, David Neal Cox became the first inmate executed in Mississippi in nine years, put to death for killing his estranged wife, Kim Kirk Cox, and sexually assaulting her young daughter as her mother lay dying. Cox pleaded guilty in 2012 to capital murder for the May 2010 shooting death. He also pleaded guilty to multiple other charges, including sexual assault.

Cox had dropped his appeals, filing court papers calling himself “worthy of death” before the state Supreme Court set his execution date.

Questions had remained about whether David Cox was responsible for the 2007 disappearance of Felicia Cox, his brother’s wife, who was last seen in a neighboring county. Her daughter, Amber Miskelly, recently told WTVA-TV that David Cox was the last person to see her mother alive.

Before his Nov. 17 execution, David Cox told his attorneys he killed Felicia Cox in 2007, providing detailed instructions on where investigators could find her remains and waiving his attorney-client privilege after death, according to John Weddle, the district attorney for several northern Mississippi counties.

The information was presented to Weddle’s office two days after Cox’s execution, the district attorney said last week, adding that David Cox has been a longtime suspect in his sister-in-law’s disappearance.

“Our office is greatly indebted to many as we reflect on the discovery of what appears to be the remains of Felicia Cox today in Pontotoc County,” Weddle said Sunday in a statement posted to his official Facebook page. “We are thankful the family can now begin the process of giving Felicia Cox a burial.”

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DC-area traffic congestion remains below 2019 levels

Nearly two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic analysis indicates that many in the D.C. area who commuted each day are still working from home.

Nearly two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic analysis indicates that many in the D.C. area who commuted each day are still working from home.

Traffic congestion remains about 65% below 2019 levels, according to INRIX, a company focused on traffic analytics.

Driving fell off significantly in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and D.C. in March 2020, when the region went into pandemic lockdown, with schools closed to in-person learning and many government and private employers stepped up telecommuting policies.

INRIX estimates that traffic bounced back a bit this year compared to last year.

The company measures traffic congestion in hours lost to commuters. INRIX estimates D.C.-area commuters are losing 44 hours this year in congestion during peak commuting periods, compared to off-peak conditions. That compares to 124 hours lost in 2019 and just 29 hours lost last year.

It ranks D.C. 13th on the list of U.S. cities (compared to 12th in 2020) for the amount of hours lost traffic congestion. The top three cities for hours lost in traffic congestion this year are New York (102), Chicago (104) and Philadelphia (90).

The company also detects reduced demand for travel specifically into downtown D.C. According to the INRIX study, while downtown D.C. is home to 13% of the region’s jobs, travel demand there remains 38% below the level in 2019.

The traffic analyst also placed Interstate 95 south in the area of Lorton Road as the 21st-ranked worst corridor in the nation for congestion, with travelers typically delayed by 11 minutes each day at 5 p.m.

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Jet2 racks up losses but remains optimistic | News

Jet2 has reported a pre-tax loss of £206 million for the half-year ended September 30th.

This is a significant increase on losses of £119 million recorded for the same period last year, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Revenue did, however, increase 43 per cent to £430 million during the six-month window.

Although seat capacity for the period increased by 86 per cent to 2.68 million, average load factor fell to 57 per cent.

The operator found it harder to fill planes to ‘amber’ destinations, primarily popular high-volume leisure destinations.

Customers remained anxious such destinations could quickly be changed to ‘red,’ meaning enforced quarantine on return to the UK, Jet2 said.

Philip Meeson, executive chairman of Jet2, said: “Although first half losses are greater than last year, given the limited number of Green destinations operated throughout the period and the fragile consumer confidence surrounding amber destinations, we have been satisfied with the positive financial contribution achieved, supported by our quick to market, flexible operating model.”

He added: “The dissolution of the green and amber lists from October was particularly heartening, as were the changes to the UK government’s testing requirements for passengers returning to the UK.

“As a consequence, forward bookings for winter 21/22 have been markedly stronger and average load factors much improved.

“At present, on the assumption of a continued unhindered flying programme, we anticipate seat capacity for winter 21/22 will be approximately 11 per cent less than winter 19/20.”

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