“Ten years ago, the European Parliament had already asked for protection against the insolvency of airlines, and nothing has changed since then. After the failure of 10 European airlines in less than three years, it is time to act at EU level. ” – said Said Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA. The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the negative effects of the bankruptcy of the world’s oldest tourism company Thomas Cook in European tourism. The European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators ECTAA supports the Resolution and particularly welcomes Parliament’s urgent call for protection against airline insolvency. Thomas Cook, Europe’s second-largest tourism operator, went bankrupt on September 23, damaging industry, destinations, tourism service providers and workers. It was also very stressful for the users of the British company Thomas Cook. However, the latter were fully taken care of by the tour operator’s guarantee system established in accordance with European legislation, often referred to as the “Travel Package Directive”. As a result, tourists were able to continue their vacation and return to their homeland. This was possible because tour operators must provide sufficient evidence of security for the return or return of passengers in the event of insolvency. ECTAA welcomes the European Parliament’s Resolution recognizing the importance of tourism in the EU economy, both in terms of wealth (10% of EU GDP) and its social impact (12% of the total workforce), and calls for better recognition of this key EU sectoral levels. The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Airlines and a number of previous airline failures, show that consumers are not treated equally when a company goes bankrupt. Passengers who buy a package trip are better protected from the bankruptcy of the tour operator who must provide guarantees against his insolvency to ensure the return of the passengers. However, there is no similar protection for passengers who, in the event of the airline’s illiquidity, purchase one airline flight ticket. In this case, passengers cannot get a refund and must purchase a new ticket to return home. Consumers are treated differently, despite the fact that they pay a lot to the airline or tour operator. Source / photo: ECTAA, Pixabay
Paul Pierce started in Griffin’s place.The Clippers and Rivers have spoken about being more conservative with Griffin’s workload this season, a plan that Rivers acknowledged the team didn’t stick to in training camp.The Clippers, which invested in biomedical analysis this summer, got confirmation from their medical staff that the timing was right for Griffin to get a night off, Rivers said.“They showed me all the science. (Director of player performance Mark Simpson) had a pamphlet ready to go for this argument we were about to have,” Griffin said. “…I definitely presented my case – wasn’t as well prepared as I would’ve liked to have been.”In 18 games this season, Griffin is playing 33.1 minutes – essentially the same as last season – averaging 21.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists.Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are the only players in the NBA with higher scoring, rebounding and assist averages.This likely won’t be the last time the Clippers sit one of their regulars as a healthy scratch, with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan all possibilities to sit.“After a little bit, I just said if this is what you think is best for the team, you know, I’m going to do it,” Griffin said.Johnson on the court, Stone in the room The Clippers’ had both of their rookies in the locker room for the first time in weeks with Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone both in Brooklyn.Stone, currently assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors, is in town for games in Westchester and Long Island.Johnson, the team’s first-round pick, hasn’t played since the preseason after suffering a herniated disc in his lower back.Monday, Johnson was on the court shooting before the game, a small step in his return to action. Johnson has also been doing some running, though he admitted his lungs felt like those of a heavy smoker. Rivers said he still doesn’t expect Johnson back anytime soon.“My guess would be he’s just inching along,” Rivers said. “Usually, they would tell me, ‘Brice is getting close,’ and I haven’t heard that.” NEW YORK >> It didn’t matter that Blake Griffin moved a little slowly Sunday in the Clippers’ loss in Indiana. It didn’t matter that needed to wear a compression sleeve on his right leg after getting kicked in the calf Friday in Detroit.And, it didn’t matter that Griffin moved around fine during the team’s shootaround Monday morning in New York.Doc Rivers made up his mind.“Months ago,” he said. “Literally months ago.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It game him and the staff time to prepare a full-fledged presentation to Griffin Sunday afternoon, informing him of the decision.“Doc mentioned something to me in Indiana and I brushed it off like there was no way that was happening,” Griffin said. “(Sunday) afternoon, I had to go up to Doc’s room and I walk in there, and it’s our trainer, our head of player performance (Lawrence) Frank and Doc. I walked right into an ambush.“I knew exactly what was going to happen.”The schedule, the one that’s kept the team from practicing and made it harder on the team to keep defending, dictated that Monday, it was Griffin’s turn to sit, forcing him to watch the Clippers’ 127-122 double overtime loss.“I was frustrated before the game,” he said. “Now, it’s even worse.”
FULL TIME! THE GREATEST COMEBACK EVER!!!! BARÇA INTO THE QUARTERFINALS! HISTORY!FCB 6-1 PSG (agg. 6-5) #FCBPSG #FCBLive #ForçaBarça! ??? pic.twitter.com/r86KnmylCy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp Last-minute Barca clinch miracle 6-1 triumphBarcelona, Spain | AFP | A goal in the fifth-minute of injury time from Sergi Roberto gave Barcelona a miracle 6-1 win over Paris Saint Germain to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday in breathtaking style.Barca scored three times in the last few minutes to go through 6-5 on aggregate having lost 4-0 in Paris in the first leg.Barcelona were ahead after just three minutes when Luis Suarez headed in past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp from close range.It was 2-0 five minutes from half-time when PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa prodded the ball into his own net after Andres Iniesta had found the key pass with a clever backheel.Lionel Messi made it 3-0 from the penalty spot just minutes into the second half after Neymar was fouled as Barcelona appeared poised to complete their unlikely comeback.PSG’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani silenced the Camp Nou with a powerful right-foot drive just after the hour mark.But two goals from Neymar in three minutes — one from a penalty — brought the Spanish giants level before Roberto stabbed the winner in from close range.3′ Barca 1-0 PSG40′ Barca 2-0 PSG50 ‘Barca 3-0 PSG62′ Barca 3-1 PSG88′ Barca 4-1 PSG90′ Barca 5-1 PSG95’ Barca 6-1 PSGINCREDIBLE— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) March 8, 2017 ????????Cardiff we are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??? #ForçaBarça!#RoadToCardiff #FCBPSG pic.twitter.com/T44LYvWuPD— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017 Aubameyang hat-trick fires Dortmund into quartersA hat-trick by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic’s dazzling display fired Borussia Dortmund into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 thrashing of Benfica on Wednesday.The result saw Dortmund win the round-of-16 tie 4-1 on aggregate after Aubameyang’s early goal cancelled out Borussia’s 1-0 defeat in Lisbon last month.The Gabon hot-shot has now scored seven times in his last three games and has seven Champions League goals in as many matches this season.He is on 28 goals for the season as Dortmund reached the last eight in Europe for the first time since 2013/14.But it fell to US international Pulisic, who only turns 19 in September, to net the Germans’ crucial second on 59 minutes, which put Dortmund ahead for the first time on aggregate.Pulisic, in for injured Germany winger Marco Reus, claimed his first Champions League goal and set up Aubameyang’s opening goal in an impressive all-round display.After Kostas Mitroglou sealed Benfica’s 1-0 first-leg victory, Dortmund took just four minutes to cancel out the advantage.Ousmane Dembele’s corner was flicked on by Pulisic to Aubameyang, who headed home at the far post to delight the sell-out Signal Iduna Park crowd.It was redemption for the Gabon striker, who had a night to forget in the first leg, missing four clear chances including a penalty in Lisbon.After a strong start from the hosts, Benfica clawed their way back with captain Luisao heading straight at Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki from a free-kick midway through the half.Dembele showed his youth, needlessly picking up a booking from English referee Martin Atkinson late in the first half for bitterly complaining after conceding a free-kick with a push on Andreas Samaris.Benfica grew in confidence as the half wore on and Dortmund’s defence wobbled, but it finished 1-0 at the break.Dortmund had a big let-off soon after when Lukasz Piszczek failed with a clearance, which Franco Cervi snapped up on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked.Aubameyang then squandered three golden chances at close range before Pulisic finally got the breakthrough.The US starlet chipped his shot over the advancing Ederson on 59 minutes after Piszczek’s superb pass into the area.Aubameyang grabbed his second just two minutes later when he stabbed home Marcel Schmelzer’s pass.He hit his third goal of the night on 85 minutes when Erik Durm’s run and cross from the right handed him a simple tap-in.