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Green list warning: Hotspots see infections SPIKE – will Majorca and Ibiza move to amber?

As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, international travel remains uncertain – with the UK Government implementing a traffic light system which can be altered at a moment’s notice should cases spike. Under the system, only green list countries can be travelled to freely, however, there aren’t many on the list – disappointing those hoping for a week in the sun.

In the latest travel update, 16 areas were added to the green list, including the popular Spanish Balearic Islands.

This meant holiday hotspots like Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera are now open for travel to Brits, without having to isolate on return to the UK.

However, mainland Spain remains on the amber list, and there are fears the archipelago could be upgraded to amber at a moment’s notice.

And new guidelines in Spain mean unvaccinated British visitors will have to provide proof of a negative test before travel.

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Cases aren’t looking too good in the Balearic’s either, as on Sunday, health officials said there had been 303 cases in the past 24 hours, 70 more than the 233 notified the previous day.

The positivity rate is also up, from 6.76 percent on Saturday to nearly 8.5 percent on Sunday.

In the Balearics, the Covid incidence rate has grown to almost 130 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This is more than triple what it was at the end of May.

The Balearic Islands are currently on the Government’s green watchlist, which means they could face being upgraded to amber at a moment’s notice.

For those with holidays booked, the Islands changing to amber could see a mad scramble to book flights home before the changes come into effect.

If holidaymakers instead opt to stay past the deadline, they will have to be prepared to quarantine for 10 days on return to the UK.

The same is true for all of the countries on the green watchlist.

Green watchlist countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

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Documents shed light on the information being received by decision-makers as they struggled to move forward with costly repairs

In a series of presentations delivered in the fall and winter of 2020, residents were shown slides titled “why we have to do all this now” and told that the driveway on top of the building’s garage had “very poor drainage (design flaw).”
“There is no waterproofing layer over the garage in the driveway or any area except the pool deck and planters. This has exposed the garage to water intrusion for 40 years. Where there is waterproofing, it has failed. Water has gotten underneath and caused additional damage to the concrete,” one presentation, from October of that year, reads.
“The drainage problems must be corrected so that water drains off to the sides (code issue),” says another December 2020 presentation, the first half of the sentence underlined for emphasis.
The documents, which were first reported by NPR, provide a further window into the information being received by decision-makers at the condominium as they struggled to move forward on the costly repairs required by local law.
It was not clear who delivered the presentations, but in some of them an official with the building’s management was listed as a point of contact for any questions.
The language used to describe the structural problems in the 40-year-old building has varied since an engineer brought in by the condominium board first reviewed the tower in 2018.
In a report that year, the engineer, Frank Morabito, wrote that “failed waterproofing” below the pool deck and the entrance drive was “causing major structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas” and warned that failure to replace it in the near future would cause “concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”
But an inspector from the town of Surfside, Ross Prieto, told residents at a November 2018 meeting that building was “in very good shape,” according to minutes obtained by CNN earlier this week.
By April 2021, the president of the condominium’s board, Jean Wodnicki, was warning that “the concrete deterioration is accelerating.”
“The observable damage such as in the garage has gotten significantly worse since the initial [2018] inspection,” Wodnicki wrote in a letter to building residents.
Infighting among the board members over the repairs, which had jumped in price from an estimated $ 9 million to $ 15 million by 2021, had led in part to the resignation the majority of the condominium’s board by the fall of 2019, The Washington Post reported.
The rancor among residents was made clear in one of the new presentations obtained by CNN on Saturday.
“Complaining Or Shouting At Each Other Doesn’t Work! Voting Is The Best Way To Understand What The Majority Wants,” the November presentation reads.

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Spain expat says ‘the perfect time is now’ to move – ‘solutions’ to travel restrictions

Spain expat says 'the perfect time is now

Around 285,000 Britons currently live in Spain, having relocated into the sunshine. However, the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 has seen an influx of travel restrictions which may see some Britons hesitant about making the leap overseas.

According to one expat, though, these should not act as a barrier for those who are hoping to relocate.

Speaking on his podcast Moving to Spain with David Wright, the British expat turned podcast host reveals he thinks the “perfect time” to relocate is right now.

“There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment what with Brexit, travel restrictions and the virus and the uncertainty fit all,” he said.

While the expat says he appreciates and understands the current “fears and anxieties” some people may have, he does not believe this should put people off from following their dreams.

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Currently, COVID-19 restrictions mean that only vaccinated Britons can enter Spain without quarantine.

Unvaccinated Britons must provide evidence of a negative PCR test if they are to sidestep the quarantine rule.

These tests can cost anywhere from £60 to £120, which is off-putting to some.

Meanwhile, new Brexit rules mean Britons no longer have freedom of movement throughout the European Union.

Instead, they must apply for a visa – a rule which often comes with its own costs.

Despite these rules, Mr Wright says the key thing is to remain “positive and organised”.

“Whatever you can dream you can do, and moving to Spain is no different,” he explained.

“It’s all about your mindset. The perfect time is always now.”

He continued: “There is going to be loads of paperwork. There are going to be rules and regulations to follow but you can learn how to get the solutions to all of these problems.

“Wishing it won’t work, you need to take daily action and even the smallest of actions can get you on the right path.

“All of the excuses you think you have are all in your head – money, kids, family commitments or work.

“We all have these same things to get over. Everyone who has ever moved to Spain has been through similar things and they found solutions for these problems.

“The internet is full of people posting and pointing out the difficulties and problems when moving to Spain. But you need to stay focussed and find positive people and the information that will help you push forward.”

Living in Spain with David Wright is available on Spotify.

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Expat tells Britons NOW is best time to move to Spain after ‘major drop’ in house prices

New immigration rules for Britons relocating to Spain came into force as the UK left the European Union. Although it might be a bit trickier to move to the Mediterranean country, one expat has explained this year is a good time to do so anyway.

Nigel Ayres is a Briton who decided to relocate to the Mediterranean country years ago and is now happily living by the Valencian coast, in eastern Spain.

He told Express.co.uk that although the new requirements – which include proof of a heightened household income – might make the process more difficult, now it is the perfect moment for Britons to relocate to Spain if they have the money to do so.

The reason is that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fewer Britons moving to the country and consequently, house prices dropping dramatically.

He explained that at the moment, “the main potential difficulties when applying for residence is proving you have sufficient funds in a Spanish bank account and obtaining a private health insurance policy.”

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Nigel said: “The requirement is for an income of at least €27,115 for an individual or €33,894 for a couple when people get a Non-Lucrative Visa, which is the main visa for non-EU citizens wanting to retire to Spain.

“The other option is a Golden Visa which has a slightly lower income requirement but requires an investment of €500,000 in property in Spain.

“The income requirement means that anyone on a basic UK state pension cannot afford to retire to Spain anymore,” he explained.

Nigel predicted that “people planning to retire to Spain from the UK will be reduced as many will not be able to meet the more onerous financial requirements post-Brexit.”

He explained that another post-Brexit issue is health insurance, as “the requirement to have a private Spanish health insurance policy has been problematic for those with serious pre-existing conditions who may not be able to get cover.”

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However, despite the new hiccups, he explained that the pandemic has resulted in a drop in property prices as people have not been able to get to Spain this last year.

“Many property agents I talk to have seen a major drop over the last year. The fall has been driven by COVID-19 more than Brexit.”

A recent study by Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) has reported property prices falling by 10 percent in Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Malaga, and up to 30 percent in Costa del Sol, in Andalucia.

With a significant drop in house prices, this year might be the best time for Britons who can meet the financial requirements to move to the country.

The expat also predicted that “going forward the financial requirements will clearly have an impact on the market for even cheaper properties.”

What are the main tips for Britons planning to move to Spain this year?

Nigel explained: “Those who want to move to Spain this year should make sure that they can show that you have sufficient funds to support themselves if they plan to retire here.

“When it comes to property it is always best to rent before you buy as, even if you know the area you want to live in, once you are living here you will get to know the specific areas that are best for you,” he continued.

“You will also get to know the market better and be able to spot a bargain.

“If you do plan to buy it is worth choosing a property agent or property finder to work with you as they will be well placed to advise you on the best areas and ensure you get the most out of viewing trips.”

In terms of the residency, Nigel said it is relatively easy and “generally people who apply can qualify.”

However, the expat also pointed that “Spain’s requirements are significantly above the requirements for the equivalent visa in Portugal which only requires an income €7,980 for an individual and €11,970 for a couple.

“People seem unaware of this option to choose Portugal rather than Spain if they still want to retire to the sun. Portugal also has its Non-Habitual Residence Scheme which means that people can receive pension income at 10 percent tax for ten years (and some other foreign income tax free).

“We do not have any reason to move but if we were moving now given the new rules we would probably choose Portugal,” he said.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Travel list expanding ‘soon’ – but what countries will move from red to amber?

Travel abroad is now allowed across Britain and many are looking forward to the next few weeks hoping to take a trip abroad. Only green list countries can be visited for leisure travel without quarantine rules. Several countries on the banned red list could soon become amber nations.

International travel for leisure opened up to Britons on May 17 – however, only a select number of countries are on the permitted list.

From 4am on Wednesday, June 30, more countries joined the UK’s green travel list.

Green list locations do not require Britons to quarantine upon their return to the UK.

The green list countries include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Malta, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Countries unlikely to be moved from the red list include Egypt which has thus far only vaccinated 1.15 percent second doses.

This is despite a seven-day case rate of just 2.46 per 100,000 people.

The Maldives is also unlikely to be moved from the red list because it has a case rate of 246.21 per 100,000.

The country has undertaken 44.5 percent of second doses so far.

South Africa is in the midst of a significant third wave of coronavirus and therefore will likely remain on the red list.

The UK Government will likely keep the nation as a red list country, particularly in light of the high case rate and slow vaccination rate.

The death rate in South Africa also remains very high with 112,907 cases in the past seven days, there were 1,389 deaths.

The Seychelles and India will also likely remain on the red travel list.

The country has a seven-day case rate of 978.6 per 100,000, while India is the origin of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

Author: Kaisha Langton
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Balearic warning: Islands could move to amber soon after mass COVID-19 outbreak

A spike in cases in the Balearic Islands could threaten its place on the green list. The islands, which are part of the “green watchlist” could become amber soon as a mass COVID-19 outbreak has been detected due to due hundreds of school trips in the past days.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s green list last week during the last traffic light system review.

Although it was considered a “safe area” for its low rate of COVID-19 cases, a spike has now been reported.

The islands have seen their average case rate double in 10 days to 300 per 100,000.

The small island of Formentera has the highest at 109 – the UK average case rate is 184.

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This means the Spanish islands could move to the amber list soon, as the Balearics were added to the UK’s green “watchlist”.

Countries on the green “watchlist” can become amber without notice if there is a spike in cases in the region.

At the moment, British holidaymakers can enjoy quarantine-free travel to the islands with no need to quarantine on their return.

However, according to the traffic light system, they are “most at risk” of being downgraded to “amber” at short notice.

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The islands have begun vaccinating the 16-29 age group this week, which is believed to be driving the increase in infections.

The main cause, however, is believed to be thousands of students who have visited the islands on school trips this week, with over 20,000 returning home infected.

Dr Javier Arranz, a spokesperson for the Autonomous Committee for Infectious Diseases, said: “Young people who are not vaccinated are the ones who are becoming infected.

“We have to see how these numbers behave in the coming days as we take control of these outbreaks.”

The regional tourism chief for the Balearic Islands, Iago Negueruela, said that “this type of practices must not be tolerated.”

Although the islands have been on the green list for just a few days, the Government could move them to amber anytime.

Portugal, which was added to the green list in May, saw thousands of tourists rushing to get home after it was moved to the amber list with very short notice.

This comes after thousands of Britons arrived on the islands yesterday, on the official day the holiday spot was added to the UK’s “safe list”.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Spain expat: 'Brits are still going to move here long after Brexit' – tips for relocating

Not only will learning Spanish make the process easier to understand, it can also save expats vital money in the lead up to their big move.

“Learning Spanish really will help you more than you know,” he continued.

“I will say I spent several hundreds, if not thousands, when moving to Spain because I couldn’t speak Spanish properly.

“And I had to pay other people to help me with many things like my residency, buying a car here, bank accounts, doctors, dentists, setting up utility bills, reading letters that I had from banks and businesses and stuff like that.

“If you don’t speak Spanish or understand these things you’re going to have to pay somebody to help you out and do this.

“Use this time now before you even move to Spain if you can to learn some basic words and phrases.”

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Pelosi Will Move to Create a Select Panel to Investigate the Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would move to create a select committee to further investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, promising a meticulous look into the riot and its root causes after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan push to form an independent commission to do so.

The effort came after Ms. Pelosi had signaled for weeks that she planned to take matters into her own hands after Republicans thwarted attempts to scrutinize the storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump loyalists who sought to disrupt Congress’s counting of electoral votes to formalize President Biden’s victory. It would require the approval of the Democratic-controlled House.

“Jan. 6 was a day of darkness for our country,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters. “Our temple of democracy was attacked by insurrectionists. The gleeful desecration of the Capitol resulted in multiple deaths, physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement and terror and trauma among staff, workers and members.”

Ms. Pelosi had maintained that she preferred that the Senate follow the House’s lead and approve a bill to form a bipartisan commission, modeled after the one that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But with Republicans opposed and many G.O.P. lawmakers working to downplay the riot, she conceded that no longer seemed possible. Fewer than 10 Republicans — the number needed to overcome a legislative filibuster — supported such an inquiry when it came to a vote in the Senate this month.

“It is imperative that we seek the truth,” she said. “It is clear the Republicans are afraid of the truth.”

Creating a select committee would hand Democrats who hold the majority the power to issue subpoenas for witnesses and documents that could reveal crucial facts. It would also all but guarantee that the investigation would take on a highly partisan dynamic on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have argued for months that Democrats are only dwelling on the riot to try to tarnish former President Donald J. Trump and their party.

In 2014, the Republican-controlled House created a select committee to investigate an attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which Democrats denounced as intended to damage the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state. It ultimately became one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history.

Ms. Pelosi said the Jan. 6 committee would investigate the root causes of the riot, including white supremacist ideologies and extremist groups, as well as security failures at the Capitol that allowed it to unfold.

Several investigations into the assault are already underway, but none have a mandate to look comprehensively at the event similar to the fact-finding commissions that scrutinized the attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

But much about that day remains unknown, including: who put explosives outside the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic Parties that drew law enforcement attention away from the Capitol as the crowd grew and became more violent; what was the level of coordination between extremist groups and the Trump supporters who planned the rally that preceded the attack; what Mr. Trump was doing as the mob overtook the Capitol; why the National Guard took more than four hours to respond; and what changes can be undertaken to ensure such an attack never happens again.

“Most of us had our hearts set on an independent bipartisan commission similar to the 9/11 commission — the speaker was very invested in making that happen — we just ran into a brick wall of G.O.P. opposition,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and a member of Ms. Pelosi’s leadership team. “They apparently see no political mileage in undertaking any inquiry.”

Mr. Raskin, who led the impeachment case against Mr. Trump over a charge of inciting the riot, said his prosecution team was “not able to follow many leads about the president’s organization and mobilization of different groups to participate in the events of that day” and he hoped the select committee could pick up that work.

“We need to learn about how that coalition of extremists came together and who facilitated it and to what extent it’s a threat to us in the future,” he said.

It was not immediately clear who would sit on the committee or who would lead it. Ms. Pelosi said she hoped that Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the minority leader, would name “responsible” people to participate.

But Mr. McCarthy, who opposed the formation of an independent inquiry, said Wednesday that he preferred to allow Senate committees that had already been examining the attack to continue, rather than creating the body that Ms. Pelosi was proposing.

“When it comes to what happened on Jan. 6, we want to get to the bottom of that. It’s disgusting what transpired that day,” he said. “Unfortunately, the speaker has always played politics with this. Time and again. She’s never once talked to me about it.”

Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, one of seven Republicans who voted to find Mr. Trump guilty of inciting the insurrection during the Senate’s impeachment trial, also said a select committee was unnecessary.

“Listen, they want to expand this to prosecute the former president — I get it,” he said. “But we need to get politics out of this. The American people need answers. They’ve gotten a lot of them from the Rules Committee and we ought to move on.”

But Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was ousted from Republican leadership for criticizing of Mr. Trump and was one of only 35 members of her party to back the formation of a commission to investigate the riot, said such a panel was critical.

“It’s really important for us to make sure we have a full investigation into what happened Jan. 6,” she told reporters this week.

Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.

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Green list hope ahead of review -‘You could happily move the entire amber list to green'

“But positivity has halved too, from 1.8 percent to 0.9 percent.”

Whether or not this will be enough for the Government to boost the green list remains unknown.

Mr Charles has predicted both Malta and Finland are in good stead to make then quarantine-free travel list.

“According to my latest analysis obviously Malta should still be on there as we have been saying for some time,” he explained.

“The likes of Finland should be on there. There are many other countries within Europe now which are in the green zone.”

Mr Calder, meanwhile, looked to the easing of travel restrictions around the world in order to guess which countries might be listed as green by the end of the month.

“It all depends who wins the battle in Downing Street when these things are decided,” the travel expert said.

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Man Utd make improved £75m Jadon Sancho transfer bid as Dortmund set out terms for move

Manchester United have submitted an improved £75million bid for Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to land his top target ahead of the new season, according to reports. The 21-year-old has been on the club’s radar for some time and could finally make the switch to Old Trafford this summer after the Red Devils failed in their efforts to secure his services a year ago.

United pushed hard to sign Sancho last summer but were unable to meet Dortmund’s reported nine-figure asking price which ultimately poured cold water on their hopes of a deal.

The England man stayed in Germany as a result and went on to play a significant role in helping the Bundesliga heavyweights to achieve Champions League qualification and seal their fifth DFB-Pokal triumph.

Sancho chipped in with 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 in the process.

United have rekindled their interest in the Camberwell native ahead of the new campaign, with Solskjaer keen on adding a top-class winger to his ranks in order to aid a renewed Premier League title challenge.

Sancho is said to be a priority target for the 20-time champions, who acted on their desire to bring the former City starlet back to Manchester with a formal offer, according to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.

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And it is now believed that United have returned with a second bid for the player, with personal terms said to have already been settled.

However, the offer reportedly fails to match Dortmund’s valuation of £81.6million plus bonuses, a figure that is understood to be non-negotiable.

Sancho’s current employers want the situation to be resolved by mid-July at the latest, suggesting that United could miss out on his signature once again if they fail to strike a deal at club level within the next four weeks.

It seems as though Dortmund are planning for life without the forward after reportedly identifying PSV Eindhoven teenager Noni Madueke as a potential replacement.

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It remains to be seen whether United will be able to complete a move for Sancho this time around, but the Old Trafford club appear determined to follow through on their interest after years of admiring the player from afar.

Solskjaer’s side have looked two or three players short of being able to challenge City for the Premier League title in recent outings, and the addition of Sancho would see the 47-year-old benefit from the additional star quality at his disposal.

However, former Liverpool forward John Barnes recently suggested that United will struggle to return to the summit even if they manage to land the Dortmund winger this summer.

“They’ll still be inconsistent,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets earlier this month.

“Manchester United’s problem hasn’t been their attacking play and scoring goals. They’ve got [Edinson] Cavani, [Mason] Greenwood, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Paul] Pogba, they’re all good attackers.

“Sancho will add to that, but their problem is that they’ve not been consistent enough and they’ve conceded goals and lost matches because they’re not strong enough defensively.

“It’ll be a good signing for them – a young English player which is what you want in the squad. But I don’t think it will make them challengers.

They’ll be in the top four, but they’re not consistent enough and they haven’t got the right balance between attack and defence to compete with Manchester City or Liverpool.”

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