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Greece slams EU travel ban on Britons – 'no need to impose additional restrictions!'

Both German and French governments are plotting to try to stop British holidaymakers from travelling to all EU countries. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have said they might have to resort to banning Britons from visiting the European mainland.

Ms Merkel’s call for other EU countries to follow Germany’s lead comes due to the high level of infection in the UK of the Delta Covid variant.

However, Mr Mitsotakis slammed disagreed with the chancellor.

Speaking at the summit, he said: “Regarding the Delta variant, in my intervention I said that we should not adopt a logic of new restrictions but, on the contrary, accelerate the vaccinations.

“As I said yesterday, those who have been vaccinated are protected, those who have not been vaccinated are in danger.”

The Greek prime minister later spoke to journalists at the end of the summit, adding: “My personal assessment – which I believe is shared by the majority of the European Council – is that there is no need to impose additional restrictions on travel from countries where this mutation already exists and its spread is more pronounced.

“There is an answer to the question of variants – and in particular the Delta variants – and that is to speed up the vaccination process.”


Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte sided with Mr Mitsotakis.

He said: “At the end that is up to the individual member states to take those decisions.

“We see some differences now, for example Malta and Spain, being a bit more lenient, maybe some other member states but that’s up to them, they can do that.”

Meanwhile, José Ramón Bauzà, former President of the Balearic Islands, said countries should focus on vaccination rates.

Mediterranean nations heavily reliant on tourism want to open their borders to Britons, while France and Germany have other ideas.

Ms Merkel said: “In Great Britain and Israel, who are further ahead with the vaccinations, we see strongly increasing incidence rates and we also see hospitalisations apparently increase with this variant.

“I can only continue to make a case to continue to be careful.”

Additionally, Mr Macron said there was a need to “stay vigilant” and “harmonise our rules on opening to third countries”, such as the UK.

Meanwhile, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, also highlighted the need for vigilance.

She said: “We are worried about the Delta variant. If you look at the UK, there the Delta variant is by now dominant, 90 percent of the infections are the Delta variant.

“It is rapidly progressing also speeding up here. The good news is that is that we see that the vaccination protects. Double vaccination protects very effectively against the Delta variant. And a single vaccination or single shot at the beginning, gives at least a reduction of severe illness.

“But with this Delta variant, we need to stay vigilant. We need to stay very coordinated while restrictive measures are concerned. The typical things like masks and distance have to stay in place. And we need to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate – that’s the best strategy against these variants.”

France and Germany are currently on the UK’s amber list, meaning Britons should not travel to the countries without good reason, and must quarantine on return to the UK.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Wingspan Along with 10 Additional Swifts and Starts Lands on Xbox Today

In Wingspan, you and up to 4 other players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. It is a relaxing experience, where your goal is to discover and attract beautiful birds with unique abilities. Every single bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards or gathering food. Many of the 170 bird types have powers that echo their real life counterparts: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock. You’ll feel right at home if you’re bird-savvy, but if you’re not – don’t worry, you’ll catch on in a jiffy.

But that’s not all. There’s also the fact that each bird you add to your preserve extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat, in turn, focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves. This interesting loop is what keeps the gameplay interesting and what will hook you right into it.


The digital edition of Wingspan is the official adaptation of an award-winning board game of the same name. It has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres.

When the board game was released in 2019, it took the world by storm. To the point that Golden Geek Awards rules needed to be adjusted, because Wingspan won half of the categories. When I reached out to Jamey Stegmaier – the publisher – in January 2019, this was still yet to happen, but we’ve heard enough about the concept to jump head-first into creating its digital counterpart. This version not only preserves the original’s look and feel, but builds upon it to enhance the relaxing experience. The birds now sing with their real life sounds and interesting pieces of information are available on each and every species in the game. The goal to create something special, based on the original, is what’s been driving us from the very beginning. It’s been quite a while since we set out on this journey, but we’re not stopping here.

All of the above makes Wingspan a game that merges three worlds together. The nature related theme blends seamlessly with the sharp board game mechanics and allows for strategic depth. In the digital adaptation, in turn, the birds and habitats of Wingspan are brought to life by the beautiful art, carefully crafted animations and calming soundtrack.


Wingspan is an experience for everyone. You’ll be able to learn it in no time, but on the other hand, its mechanics allow for a lot of experimentation. The kids will love the audiovisual aspects and the atmosphere, while advanced players can also dive deep into the strategic and tactical choices it offers. This turns the game into a fantastic time that you can enjoy with your family and friends, both offline and online.

Wingspan is not only the game, it’s also – if not first and foremost – the players. There’s a phenomenal community that is built around the game and it would be great if you’d like to become a part of it. Head on over to discord.gg/wingspan and chat with gamers and bird lovers from all around the world. It’s the best place to find multiplayer partners, too. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – follow us to keep posted with Wingspan related news.

See you in your bird preserve!

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You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves. In Wingspan up to 5 players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. Each beautiful bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards, or gathering food. Many of the 170 unique birds have powers that echo real life: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock.

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This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

PIP claimants may get additional payments worth £4,610 per year – eligibility explained

PIP can help people with some of the extra costs associated with long term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities. To be eligible for PIP, a claimants will need to be aged between 16 and state pension age.

On top of these payments however, claimants may be able to qualify for other financial help.

This can include carer’s allowance or help with housing or transport costs.

For those who get PIP and work, it may be possible to get the disability element of working tax credit.

This could award claimants with an additional £3,220 a year of up to £4,610 if their disability is severe.

Before making a PIP claim, people will need to have the following details ready:

  • Their contact details, for example telephone number
  • Their date of birth
  • Their National Insurance number
  • Their bank or building society account number and sort code
  • Their doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
  • Dates and addresses for any time they’ve spent in a care home or hospital
  • Dates for any time they’ve spent abroad for more than four weeks at a time, and the countries they visited

Following an initial claim, claimants will go through an assessment process and so long as they’re eligible, they’ll then be paid once every four weeks.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed