Millions of Americans could be grounded from flying because of REAL ID deadline

first_imgDepartment of Motor Vehicles(NEW YORK) — As more Americans return to the skies for trips across the county, federal and state officials are sounding the alarm about a looming deadline that could potentially ground tens of million flyers.Starting Oct. 1, any flyer over 18 will need to have a REAL ID-issued driver’s license or another federally approved identification card if they are going to fly domestically. The regulation was put in place in 2005 to ensure travelers’ identity in light of the 9/11 attacks, according to the Department of Homeland Security, but only recently did all 50 states come into compliance.With less than six months left until that deadline, the country is far from meeting the new standards, as only 43% of the U.S.-issued driver’s licenses are REAL ID-compliant, according to DHS data.Tori Emerson Barnes, the executive vice president of public affairs and policy at the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit that represents the travel industry, said there are millions of Americans who either aren’t aware of the new rules or are stuck in a backlog at their local department of motor vehicles (DMV) that have been hindered by the pandemic.“The last thing the air industry and travelers need is another delay,” Barnes told ABC News.As the federal government mulls calls from governors to delay the deadline, which was already pushed back by a year due to the coronavirus, experts say states need to promote the REAL ID license upgrades and streamline the process as soon as possible.Sluggish startREAL ID licenses require more proof of identity, such as a Social Security card, tax form or pay stub. In some states, REAL ID compliant licenses are the only form of licenses given out to residents, while others are optional.Licenses that are REAL ID-compliant can be identified with a star or wording on the card that indicates it is compliant.Travelers who wish to fly after the Oct. 1 deadline and do not have a REAL ID can use a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID to fly, according to DHS. Passengers with Enhanced IDs, which are used to travel to Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean nations without a passport and require additional proof of identification such as a birth certificate, are also accepted.Ian Grossman, a spokesman for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, which represents DMV officials throughout the country, told ABC News there were a number of factors behind the slow rollout of the new IDs.Although Congress approved the new rules in 2005, several states didn’t begin to issue REAL IDs to their residents until years later.Some state legislators and even federal leaders on both sides of the aisle challenged the act for concerns that it infringed on people’s privacy and created problems for immigrants who may not have the necessary paperwork to get a license and fly.The first states were certified for REAL ID in 2012 and it took the next eight years for all 50 states to be compliant, according to DHS records.“The [states] that have a higher rate of enrollment are Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and Maryland, because they were among the first states to offer it,” Grossman told ABC News.DHS said the pandemic was a setback for rollout as DMVs had to cancel all of their in-person appointments and applications. Fortunately, the federal government announced in March 2020 that their original October 2020 deadline for air passengers to have a REAL ID would be postponed by a year, due to the pandemic.Some reliefAs of April 8, 118 million of the 274 million state-issued driver’s licenses in the country and IDs are REAL ID-compliant, according to DHS.“The national adoption rate is increasing approximately .5% a month today, as compared to over 1% a month prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the agency said in a statement.With DMV offices now open to in-person appointments with smaller capacity, applications have begun to increase, but there is still a backlog, according to Grossman.DHS officials said they are working with states to promote the REAL ID and help them guide license holders to get their cards updated. It also has an online portal that provides users with answers and information on the deadline and links users to their local DMV.Barnes also said that airports and airlines have been informing customers who have returned to flying in the recent months about the REAL ID deadline.“Some airlines and airports are informing them at the point of booking,” she said.Congress did provide states with assistance as part of its omnibus spending bill at the end of 2020. States now have the option of accepting documents for REAL ID applications, such as photo ID, online to speed up the process, according to the new rules.“That technology is already available however some states have laws in their books where they needed a piece of paper in order to process the REAL ID application,” Grossman said. “The omnibus bill gave them the money and approval to do it.”Calls for more timeWhile Grossman said he’s optimistic the federal outreach and new tech will make a difference in speeding up REAL ID applications, he said there is very little time to get a majority of Americans approved.“It will take some time for DMVs to build up that new technology to process documents online,” he said.Barnes said her organization and other travel groups have also been in contact with the federal government and the White House about a possible extension and she emphasized that the people who will most be affected will be the casual travelers who don’t know about the new regulation.And with a post-pandemic demand soaring as more people are vaccinated and travel restrictions eased, Barnes warned that millions of adults might be grounded in the fall.Barnes said the number of people screened at airports has been steadily increasing every month and she predicted there will be a large demand come Thanksgiving and the holidays.“I do think more people are becoming aware of the REAL ID deadline, but there are many who don’t and others who are still waiting to get their application processed,” she said.State leaders are also calling for another extension.On April 8, the National Governors Association, which represents all 50 governors, put out a statement stating, “the prolonged impact of COVID-19 may require an extension,” and called on Americans to apply for the license if they don’t already have one.A spokesperson for DHS told ABC News in a statement that the agency “is assessing the necessity to move the enforcement date.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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Saint Mary’s to host outdoor Mass to celebrate St. Francis, creation

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to attend “Mass on the Grass” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Le Mans Circle, an event celebrating the Catholic Church’s Season of Creation.“There’s a season of creation going on in the Church,” director of campus ministry Regina Wilson said. “It’s ending on October 4 … it was a season to honor creation, to learn more about it and celebrate it so we appropriately decided to do Mass, on the grass, which we have never done before.”The Mass will also be in honor of St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day is also Wednesday.“[St. Francis was] a 13th-century man who heard the invitation to live a radical life of Christian discipleship,” Wilson said. “What I mean by radical life of Christian discipleship is in communion with all of creation, living nonviolently and living a life of poverty.”Wilson said she believes one of the reasons St. Francis has become more popular is because of the current pope.“I think he’s become more relevant since Pope Francis,” she said. “He is one of the saints that his chosen name Francis comes from … and Pope Francis cites part of St. Francis’s famous canticle of creation in ‘Laudato si.’”Wilson said St. Francis has also come to popularity because of his concern for the earth.“I think that he is an example [for] people who are very much interested in and concerned about the state of our planet,” she said. “People throughout creation look to him as an example of how Christians are called to care and see how we are in creation and how we are in communion with it.”Wilson said the “radical” way St. Francis lived his life is another reason why he is fascinating to people.“His commitment to living a life of poverty I think draws a lot of people now who are interested in what I would consider a radical Christian life,” she said. Campus Ministry decided to celebrate the Mass outside, in order to fully celebrate the Season of Creation.“People can be outside and celebrate Mass in a setting close to creation,” Wilson said. “The Eucharist connects us to creation, the bread and wine are fruit of the Earth and work of human hands so they connect us to creation. This is to celebrate Francis who is the saint of creation and to give glory to God through all of that.”Tags: creation, Mass, St. Francislast_img read more

LaLiga: Spanish FA Backs Fans over Monday, Friday Matches

first_imgThe Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled that LaLiga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval.The first three round of matches for the 2019/20 season had already been scheduled by LaLiga, with Athletic Bilbao hosting champions Barcelona in the season opener on Friday, 16 August.But the RFEF’s competition judge has now rescheduled those fixtures. “Spanish football fans do not want games on these days,” the RFEF said.“Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games.”In February, Alaves supporters held a mock funeral during their La Liga win over Levante in protest at the match being switched to Monday night for live TV coverage.La Liga said the ruling threatens their 2bn euro broadcast deals and a court hearing has been set for 7 August.Changes made by the RFEF mean the season will now open with Athletic-Barcelona a day later than originally planned, on Saturday, 17 August, with all other fixtures scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.“With this illegal conduct RFEF officials are generating confusion in the national and international broadcast space, which accounts for 2bn euros in annual rights income for La Liga,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas.“These officials have no idea of the consequences of their irresponsible acts. This has no purpose, nothing will change, this only creates confusion, which is the only thing they know how to do.”This is the latest in a long-running row between the two organisations.They clashed over La Liga’s failed bid to play Girona’s home league game against Barcelona in Miami in January, after the RFEF did not give approval for the game.La Liga called the RFEF’s move “an attack” and said it is “the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition”.It claims the judge’s ruling changes nothing and “the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played”.The RFEF said the judge made the ruling “due to the incompatibilities detected between the approved calendar and the days and established schedules”.In a statement after Friday’s ruling, the RFEF claimed responsibility for setting the days of the fixtures.“Setting the schedules is a competency of the League, while the days are of the RFEF,” it said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Annual shut down of recreation facilities starts today

first_imgVisitors will be able to purchase items, obtain maps and receive information regarding the area.For more information, please contact [email protected] or CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual shut down of the recreation facilities starts today, Monday, July 22nd through to Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.Facilities that are closed during this time include the Pomeroy Sport Center, Kids Arena Field House and the North Peace Arena. The closure includes the Northern Vac Walking Track, basketball court, ping pong tables, and the indoor playground at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.As recreation facilities are actively used year-round and open 20 hours per day, 7 days a week. Facilities require maintenance and upgrading, which the closures provide an opportunity, according to the staff of the City of Fort St. John.- Advertisement -As well, the annual shut down allows staff to maintain or upgrade their certificates and competencies and enable time to complete an annual maintenance cycle on the facility and equipment.The North Peace Leisure Pool is scheduled to occur September 2 – 29, 2019.The Fort St. John Visitor Centre will be temporarily relocated to Centennial Park, 9522 100 Street, near the North Peace Leisure Pool. This mobile visitor centre will be housed within the existing mobile visitor trailer and will be open between 10 am and 6 pm daily.Advertisementlast_img read more

Shuttered Cape Breton call centre reopens today under new ownership

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton call centre that abruptly laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas is scheduled to reopen today under new ownership.Iowa businessman Anthony Marlowe bought the former ServiCom call centre in an auction that was part of ServiCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.Marlowe Companies Inc. said earlier this week that more than 450 people have already applied for positions at the Sydney Call Centre.If hired over the next month, workers with call centre experience from the last 90 days will receive a $300 starting bonus, along with the base pay and vacation levels from their previous employers and benefits.The starting wage for newly hired workers will increase to $12 per hour from $11 per hour.All work programs will restart by Jan. 14, and the company is still accepting applications.MCI had been in negotiations to buy the call centre in the weeks before its sudden closure. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Joao Mario I had to learn and improve

first_imgInter Milan midfielder Joao Mario admits fans frustrations at his displays forced him to improve his game.Joao Mario was poised for an exit from the club last summer, after a loan spell with the Hammers, the Portuguese has worked his way back into Luciano Spalletti’s plans.“Every so often, at the end of games, I thought that I had at least given everything on the field, even I didn’t play very well in a technical sense,” he told Football Italia.“However, I saw that people were annoyed with my performances so I had to go over some things and improve.“I didn’t think I could’ve been a starter a year ago. Playing at San Siro can be a bit complicated, so I had to be patient.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“In the past, I was very worried about what I couldn’t control, but one thing I’ve learned is that even if you work hard, there are some things you can’t control. Therefore, you have to be calm because sooner or later an opportunity will come.“Not playing that many games was tough for me, but it forces you to grow up. I didn’t expect to play. It was a difficult match, away from home.“However, I had the opportunity and I knew I had to give everything to gain continuity. Spalletti tries to help everyone with their mental state.“Maybe you’re not feeling good mentally and people don’t understand why. Spalletti’s a very emotional person in games.last_img read more

Tourism dept to renovate upgrade lodges to 3star properties

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department will soon commence a large-scale renovation work of around 1,000 rooms of its lodging properties across the state and upgrade them to three star categories.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb on Wednesday said the work for upgrade will start in July and work will be carried out in phases and on a rotational basis to avoid inconvenience of tourists during this time phase.”Work is expected to be completed by September before the Puja season. There will not be a complete shutdown of these lodging facilities at the time of work, Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsbut some of the facilities will remain non-functional during this period. The first phase of work will include 25 properties.” Deb said.It may be mentioned that from July to September, when renovation work will be undergoing, bookings for some lodges have to be doneoffline.The online booking will be available partially and the department will offer discount to attract tourists.In most tourist destinations, this three-month period is a lean period owing to the monsoon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe department has plans of installing kiosks in the lobbies of the lodging facilities, while handicrafts from the Micro Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) will be on display for sale including processed food items depending on the demographical location of the lodges.”In forest areas or some hill destinations, the tourists have to remain indoor as they hardly have activities after a certain point of time. We will be promoting cultural programmes highlighting the folk culture to entertain the tourists in these lodges,” a senior official said.The minister further added that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had handed over the responsibility to undertake development work of the Pathasathi shelters.A senior Tourism department official maintained that there may be a slight rise in the tariff after the rooms are refurbished but the facilities the tourists will be getting will be the best.last_img read more