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Spain furious at huge numbers of French tourists – while local can't move between regions

Spain furious at huge numbers of French tourists - while local can't move between regions
Spain[1] is currently closed off to Britons but that doesn’t mean holidaymakers from elsewhere can’t enjoy the destination. French and German tourists are enjoying holidays to Spain but friction has been caused due to local rules that mean Spanish inhabitants cannot travel. Frustration was sparked after the Spanish government decided to let autonomous communities decide on regional borders’ closure.
In February, Spanish capital Madrid welcomed almost 35,000 tourists, according to the National Statistics Institute.

Most of these were French and stayed overnight in Spain.

Bars in Madrid remain open until 11pm despite the high number of cases in the region.

Parties have had to be broken up while the municipal police intervened in over 3,700 tourist accommodation sites, such as Airbnb, which did not comply with restrictions.

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Víctor Rey, president of the association of neighbours of Las Letras’ district, slammed the behaviour of tourists: “We have been resisting for eight weekends. For them it is paradise, for us, it is a disgrace.”

The problem has arisen because autonomous communities do not have the power to decide on the closure of borders to other countries.

This differs from the central government which has limited travel from the United Kingdom and non-EU countries.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez justified the decision not to act on the rest of the EU, stating: “Spain is following the European Union’s recommendations, which recommends keeping the borders open for community travel.

“The important thing is to carry out checks to avoid imported infections and that is what we are doing.”

However, the European Commission has intervened on the issue by recommending “consistency” on internal and external travel.

While the French favour the mainland, Germans have been flocking to the Balearic islands.

Bookings from German tourists have boomed after Spanish hotspots such as Palma de Mallorca and Benidorm were axed from the list of areas considered at risk on March 14.

Airlines serving Germany proceeded to ramp up flights to Spain as a result.

TUI plans to offer more than 300 flights in the coming weeks and Ryanair has already added 200.

According to German news source DW, over 40 thousand Germans will spend the Easter holidays in the Spanish islands.

Under current rules, Britons will be allowed to travel to Spain from March 30 providing they can prove their journey is essential.

References

  1. ^ Spain (www.express.co.uk)

Visa settles 1st payment transaction with crypto in ‘milestone’ move for industry

International payment system Visa has announced that it’s testing the ability to settle payments in USD Coin (USDC), becoming the first major payment platform to accept transactions directly in the stablecoin.

The first such settlement in USDC – a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio and transacted over the Ethereum blockchain – was conducted earlier this month, Visa and its partner Crypto.com announced on Monday. The crypto platform sent USDC to Visa’s Ethereum address at digital asset bank Anchorage.

The move marks “a huge milestone for the industry as crypto and fiat networks begin to converge,” Visa’s partner Crypto.com said on Twitter.
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“The announcement today marks a major milestone in our ability to address the needs of fintechs managing their business in a stablecoin or cryptocurrency, and it’s really an extension of what we do every day,” Jack Forestell, Visa’s executive vice president and chief product officer, said in statement.

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Visa’s settlement process initially required Crypto.com to settle in a fiat currency, which could result in additional costs and complexity for businesses. The latest step would allow payments to be settled directly in USDC without converting the cryptocurrency into traditional money.

Visa plans to expand the program, offering USDC settlement capability to more partners later this year after additional tests and talks with clients, the company said. Work with stablecoins could further allow the payment provider to support sovereign digital currencies, known as Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC), as more and more countries are currently developing their own tokens.

The global payments giant and the crypto platform have been partners for several years. In 2018, they launched a Crypto.com Visa card, allowing users’ crypto to be converted into one of the supported fiat currencies.

Digital currencies have become more broadly accepted by the mainstream financial industry in recent months. Visa’s rival credit card giant Mastercard announced in February that it plans to allow payments in certain cryptocurrencies on its network this year. Payments companies Square and PayPal have also backed cryptocurrencies.

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Google Maps Street View: Surfer flashes camera in rude public move

Google Maps Street View: Surfer flashes camera in rude public move
Google Maps[1] Street View has become increasingly popular with users looking to spot unexpected moments happening around the world. Though these incidents are sometimes snapped by accident, others have been planned by the people caught in the images.
Instead, it seems one of the men wanted to pull something of a prank on the camera.

It is clear both men are aware of the camera’s presence, with one of the men looking directly at the camera as he holds both arms up.

With his fingers outstretched, he appears to be waving.

The second of the men, however, took a less traditional approach to greet the camera.

This is not the first time a beachgoer has decided to put on a rather lewd display for the Google Maps Street View cameras.

In Tulum, in Mexico, one couple decided to reveal themselves after they noticed a Google worker gathering images on foot.

The twosome can be seen removing their swimwear, exposing themselves entirely.

They then proceed to run in front of the camera, stopping to pose or make gestures every now and then.

In relation to nudity, Google assures it always blurs images.

A Google spokesperson previously said: “Users can refer to Google’s content policy instructions to understand what content is prohibited and restricted, such as not allowing pornography, explicit or sexually suggestive content.”

References

  1. ^ Google Maps (www.express.co.uk)

Chelsea handed transfer advantage by Paul Pogba as Erling Haaland tipped for 'scary' move

Chelsea handed transfer advantage by Paul Pogba as Erling Haaland tipped for 'scary' move
Chelsea may be about to take advantage of Juventus’ interest in Paul Pogba this summer by swooping for their own transfer target while Erling Haaland could prove to be a “scary” addition to Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Express brings you the latest Chelsea news with the summer transfer window just a few months away.

Paul Pogba hands Chelsea transfer advantage

Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Paulo Dybala in the summer transfer window, and Paul Pogba may well help their chances.

The Argentina international has struggled with fitness issues this season but there also remains doubts over his long-term future at Juventus.

And the Serie A side’s interest in re-signing Pogba, according to Italian outlet Quotidiano, could well open the door for Dybala to leave.

Juventus will need to raise funds if they’re to make a move for Pogba and getting Dybala off their wage bill could clear the space they need.

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Erling Haaland ‘scary’ transfer move

Micah Richards believes Erling Haaland joining Chelsea next season would make Thomas Tuchel’s side a “scary” proposition for all their rivals.

Haaland is the hot property among Europe’s elite clubs heading into the summer transfer window with Chelsea said to be in serious contention to make a move.

Former Manchester City defender thinks Chelsea are already proving to be a strong outfit, but add Haaland to the mix and they would be a real threat.

“I think they’ve got absolutely everything. They’ve sorted out defensive problems, the only thing to add that little bit of icing on the cake would be a striker,” he told the BBC.

“They’ve got Werner in there, Havertz in there, it seems like they haven’t cracked that offensive aspect yet. If you put Haaland in this team, they’ll be scary next season.”

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Stacey Solomon fears being 'judged' over house move with Joe Swash: 'I'd be embarrassed'

Stacey Solomon fears being 'judged' over house move with Joe Swash: 'I'd be embarrassed'
Stacey Solomon, 31, has revealed why she made a special effort to ensure her old house was spotlessly clean before she and her family moved into their new home at Pickle Cottage. The former X Factor contestant admitted she felt concerned about being “judged” by the new homeowners who bought her old house in Essex, due to her reputation as a cleaning and organising expert.
The mum-of-three, who moved into her new house today with fiancé Joe Swash, their one-year-old son Rex, and her two older sons Leighton, eight, and Zachary, 13, from previous relationships, took to Instagram to explain her extensive preparations to fans.

While sharing a video of herself jet washing the family’s former patio in view of her 4.2million followers, Stacey penned: “Patio furniture is on the grass so I get to have some fun with the jet wash.

“Some of you are asking why I’m doing things the next people could do. 

“Firstly, I’d be embarrassed to leave random things like the vinyl on when everything else is gone and I feel like it would be savage not to give everything a really good clean. 

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“Also, imagine the judgement if anyone finds one speck or dirt or hole in the wall it’ll be straight in the paper. 

“Plus, I actually enjoy this and get so much satisfaction from it so wahoo.”(sic)

The Tap to Tidy author went on to speak to fans in a video, which showed her old home looking completely empty and spick-and-span just before she moved out.

An overwhelmed Stacey said: “Here we go, this is it, so empty! 

 

“So I’m going to take all my mirrors with me that I made and start again!”

Despite her worries and emotional state while making the big move, Stacey seemed delighted when she and her brood finally made it to Pickle Cottage.

Stacey and her boys posed in front of their new home, which features Tudor-style wooden beam detailing and reportedly has its own library on 2.5 acres of land, according to the Sun Online.

The television personality wrote alongside the sweet image: “Home Sweet Home. And so a new chapter begins. We can not even describe how strange it feels that this is home.  

“Never in a million years did we ever think this would be. We feel so lucky and are so grateful to have found this hidden treasure closer to our family and further out. 

“We can’t wait to fill it with love and give it our everything. To raise our family here. And to just start a fresh.

“I’m very emotional for some reason. It still hasn’t sunk in and doesn’t quite feel real. Thank you for all of your supportive, kind, loving messages. 

“We love you to the moon and back and I can’t wait to show you around… Here’s to the next chapter in pickle cottage.”

How to Decorate Your New Home Before You Move

How to Decorate Your New Home Before You Move

Moving in a pandemic has special challenges — especially if your new place is across the country and you can’t make repeated visits to gradually set things up. And shopping for furniture in crowded stores may make some people uneasy while the Covid-19 vaccines are still being distributed.

If you’re planning a move, you can do a lot of prep work to make the eventual unpacking and decorating go more smoothly. (And if you’ve already made a visit to your new home to take photos and measurements, use that information.) With 3-D models and augmented reality[1] apps, you can lay out your rooms, select a color scheme and even sample virtual furniture. Here’s a guide.

If you don’t have detailed floor plans from the real estate agent or broker, and you have an opportunity to visit your new home, make your own. A tape measure[2] and notebook are efficient and inexpensive, but you should be able to get approximate numbers with your smartphone.

Apple’s Measure app[3] for iOS and Google’s Measure[4] tool for Android use the phone’s camera and augmented-reality technology to calculate distance, so grab the numbers on your room dimensions, ceiling heights, windows and doors. (Low light and other factors affect accuracy, but you can often get a general idea of the space.)

Credit…Google; Apple

Room-scanning apps, sometimes used by contractors, are another option. Just follow the onscreen instructions and move your device around to capture the room’s dimensions and create a floor plan. AR Plan 3D[5], for Android and iOS ($ 8 to use it ad-free), is one such app, as is the $ 10-a-month Magicplan[6]. The $ 8.50 RoomScan Pro[7] for iPhone and iPad is a similar program.

Credit…Magicplan

If you’re moving into an apartment, take additional measurements of the building’s staircases, hallways, elevator cars and main doors. You don’t want to find out on moving day that your extra-long couch or snooker table can’t make the turn on the stairs or fit through the door.

Once you have all the measurements, create floor plans of each room so you can figure out where your furniture will go. Even if you don’t have precise measurements, you can still make a rough layout. One way to visualize your space (and the stuff in it) is to use a home-design app with 2-D and 3-D views[8].

Home Design 3D[9] or Planner 5D[10] (both available for Android and iOS; paid versions start at $ 7) are two easy-to-use apps in the category. Once you plug in a room’s dimensions, use the program’s tools to decorate it and fill it with virtual furniture by tapping, dragging and dropping.

Credit…Planner 5D

Some floor-plan apps let you color the walls, but several paint manufacturers have their own apps and color-picking tools online. Benjamin Moore’s Color Portfolio[11] app and the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Visualizer[12] are stocked with their branded colors, while the Home Depot’s ProjectColor app[13] displays paints from Behr and Glidden. (All apps are available for Android and iOS.)

Many of these programs work the same way: You point the camera at a wall or upload a photo of the room, and then tap through a series of color samples until you find one that suits you.

Paint apps can give you an idea of how colors will look in your space, but factors like your smartphone’s screen and the light in the room can affect the final look. Still, if you’re trying to decide if the kitchen walls should be Soft Fern green or Utah Sky blue, digital paint makes it much easier to narrow down the color scheme.

Many 3-D programs provide stock furniture models so you can virtually decorate, but what if you want to see real stuff you can actually buy? In some apps, you can. Room Planner[14], for example, uses virtual replicas of Ikea furniture linked to the real catalog. The app makes it easy to create two-dimensional and 3-D room designs, but note that the software takes up more than a gigabyte of space on your Android or iOS device; subscriptions start at $ 5 a week.

Credit…Wayfair

But poke around in the app of your favorite furniture store, as many now let you position digital images of an item in your home that you can see through your phone’s camera. The free Ikea Place[15] app for iOS includes virtual furniture samples, as does the free Wayfair app for Android[16] and iOS[17].

Credit…Amazon

The Houzz[18] and Build With Ferguson[19] apps show a variety of products in two dimensions or augmented reality, and the Amazon app has a View in Your Room[20] feature. Your results with these apps may not resemble a seamless Hollywood special effect, but you get some idea of how that chair might look in the corner when you can finally sit down after moving.

References

  1. ^ augmented reality (www.apple.com)
  2. ^ tape measure (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ Measure app (support.apple.com)
  4. ^ Measure (play.google.com)
  5. ^ AR Plan 3D (www.grymala.by)
  6. ^ Magicplan (www.magicplan.app)
  7. ^ RoomScan Pro (www.locometric.com)
  8. ^ a home-design app with 2-D and 3-D views (www.nytimes.com)
  9. ^ Home Design 3D (en.homedesign3d.net)
  10. ^ Planner 5D (planner5d.com)
  11. ^ Benjamin Moore’s Color Portfolio (www.benjaminmoore.com)
  12. ^ Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Visualizer (www.sherwin-williams.com)
  13. ^ Home Depot’s ProjectColor app (www.homedepot.com)
  14. ^ Room Planner (www.roomplannerapp.com)
  15. ^ Ikea Place (apps.apple.com)
  16. ^ Android (play.google.com)
  17. ^ iOS (apps.apple.com)
  18. ^ Houzz (www.houzz.com)
  19. ^ Build With Ferguson (www.build.com)
  20. ^ View in Your Room (www.amazon.com)

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Time’s up: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo must move on this summer if they really want to win the Champions League again

Time’s up: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo must move on this summer if they really want to win the Champions League again

Despite what they might argue, Barcelona and Juventus remain highly unconvincing works in progress after their latest early Champions League exits. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo haven’t got time to lose another wasted season.

Juventus were only knocked out on away goals. Barcelona would only have been two goals down if Messi’s late first-half penalty had gone in rather than hit Keylor Navas and the crossbar.

Ronaldo should have scored from a free header. PSG should not have been awarded the penalty from which Kylian Mbappe put them 5-1 up on aggregate at the Parc des Princes.

There are, as usual, plenty of ifs, buts, coulds, shoulds and woulds around Barcelona and Juventus’ latest calamitously premature ends to their Champions League campaigns.

No matter how tangible the parallel universe in which they progressed seems to some, Messi and Ronaldo are both out at the round of 16 stage for the first time since 2005.

Whether either of the modern greats could have performed better individually seems as irrelevant a question as quibbling over VAR decisions and inspired goalkeeping in the ties.

Neither of these traditional contenders deserved to reach the quarterfinals. Barcelona were battered in the first leg against Paris courtesy of defensive naivety against Kylian Mbappe’s pace in a performance bearing all the hallmarks of the hopeless defeat to champions Bayern last season, the conclusive measure of how far they had fallen.

Juve arguably lost the tie in the opening minutes of either half in the first leg against Porto. No misfortune or narrow margins can make up for not being switched on upon entering the pitch.

That fatal lack of focus and sharpness is the responsibility of coaches and collective spirit. It is an indictment of the crisis of character facing both clubs that they could not provide a platform from which Ronaldo and Messi could have made the difference that would have sent them to the next round.

Anything other than grasping for optimism would be an effective letter of resignation from coaches Ronald Koeman and Andrea Pirlo, who only need to look at the swift departure of Maurizio Sarri from Juve last season to appreciate the consequences of a preference for realism rather than obstinate blue sky thinking.

Koeman says Messi knows that Barca have a bright future. That seemed somewhat evident in Paris, but it was as much a reminder of how they routinely used to perform as it was an exception to the rule over recent seasons, and difficult to properly analyze in the context of opponents who did not need to attack them.

Barca will take comfort from the welcome return of fluidity and confidence they showed in the second leg, just as Pirlo can plausibly claim his Juve players gave him everything in the final hour of their tie, reacting admirably to force themselves back into the reckoning.

The managerial newcomer has been involved in enough crucial Champions League matches as a player to know that, really, there can be no excuses for losing to opponents ranked as far below Juve as Porto are. But the worst aspect of the defeat was how obvious it became that Sergio Conceicao had inspired every reserve of determination, energy and togetherness from his resolute side.

Had Juventus even done the basics right in those opening moments of the first two halves, let alone performed above par, they would have proved Porto to be the gatekeepers that they look and avoided a repeat of the drama with which they exited the competition last season.

So what do Ronaldo and Messi do now? The only certainty about their clubs is that they will still be in transition this time next year, while the likes of PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid will be ready to challenge without trying to work out who they are and what their strategy is.

There has always seemed something patronisingly trite about saying that it is a shame when the duo do not make the latter stages, yet the closer they both move towards retirement – or at least a notable long-term cessation of form – the more you hope that they won’t spend their final few seasons in the competition attempting miracles in isolation, only to end up being the subject of more always-next-season post-match press conferences.

There are no guarantees, but Barcelona and Juventus are big names rather than present threats in the rearview mirrors of Europe’s elite right now, showing few signs of catching up in the next few seasons.

Ultimately, if their designs on rebuilds are sincere, they may find them easier to achieve without a talisman around whom tactics must forever be drawn to the distracting sound of constant transfer rumors.

For the rest of the season, their uphill task to win their domestic leagues is the only problem. There are deeper issues to ponder once that is settled, none of which are likely to be solved in time to re-establish themselves in Europe within the remaining career spans of their two best players.

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Big Brother sets sights on bitcoin: Boom Bust digs into latest move by IRS to root out unreported crypto earnings

Big Brother sets sights on bitcoin: Boom Bust digs into latest move by IRS to root out unreported crypto earnings

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is launching a new investigation named “Operation Hidden Treasure,” to uncover unreported crypto-related income and to fight cryptocurrency fraud.

RT’s Boom Bust is joined by the program co-host Ben Swann to explore what the move may mean for the future of digital currencies, how this crackdown will be carried out and who the revenue agency will focus on.

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The measure is going to really hit early adopters of digital currencies and people who have tried to live within the crypto ecosystem without coming out, according to the journalist. Swann added that it remained a big question what and who Operation Hidden Treasure is focused on.

“Anyone who had crypto, converted that into fiat dollar and didn’t pay taxes on it, or people who exchanged one token for another token, or people who move tokens out of exchange and into a cloud storage wallet,” he says.

“It’s not billionaires like Elon Musk or Mark Cuban who are affected by this, it’s the everyday people who have made cryptocurrency successful who will be targeted by the IRS,” he adds.

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Spain holidays: How holidaymakers may need a green pass 'to move safely in EU'

Spain holidays: How holidaymakers may need a green pass 'to move safely in EU'
Spain is already set to be a popular destination for British tourists, with easyJet and Skyscanner both reporting an increase in bookings to the hotspot since the Prime Minister’s “roadmap” out of lockdown was announced. However, plans for a new “EU green pass” could soon add a requirement for UK travellers looking to visit the bloc.
Mr Hancock told a Downing Street press conference the UK was “working with international partners” on the issue.

“The EU is part of those discussions, as are several other countries around the world, and it’s obviously important work,” he said.

“What I’d also say is that in a sense this already exists because you need to have a test before you can travel to the UK and, as far as I understand it from the details set out today, the EU proposal is that certification includes both whether you’ve had the vaccine and also whether you’ve recently had a test for those who can’t get vaccinated yet, which is obviously particularly important.

“Therefore it’s something that we’re working with them and others on and it matters that we get the details of this right for international travel.”

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Prof Van-Tam struck a cautious tone about foreign travel, saying: “We are still in a zone of great uncertainty about what the virus will do next.

“On top of that, many of the vaccination programmes in Europe – which is a place where we frequently go on holiday abroad – are running behind ours.

“Clearly, whether we can go on holiday abroad to places such as Europe depends on what other countries will say and do in terms of foreign tourism.

“There has to be great uncertainty at the moment.”

Downing Street said Department for Transport officials will speak to the EU about the approach it is planning for the 27-member bloc.

The full details of plans are not fully known yet, or how much they are likely to impact British tourists heading to the likes of France, Spain and Italy.

The UK Government has suggested one more is understood about the impact of vaccines, it may introduce a system which allows those who have been inoculated to travel more freely.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have said that we are looking at the issue of vaccine passports.

“As you can expect, DfT (the Department for Transport) will work (with) and do speak to countries across the world in terms of how they may look to introduce passports.”

However, one travel expert has predicted the new “green pass” may not impact Britons’ ability to travel.

“I believe that a vaccine passport will not be necessary in order to travel to the EU, but will probably be used to either eliminate or reduce any quarantine time at arrival at your destination and on return home to the UK,” Neil Wright, founder and managing director of CoverForYou told express.co.uk.

Mr Wright continued: “It would make sense for the UK to follow suit as this is clearly a way in which travel, which supports so many jobs in the UK, can be safely opened up.

“A standard Covid vaccine passport will allow for normal holiday travel to be a real possibility this summer and should be welcomed.”

Ant Middleton breaks silence as Channel 4 refuse to work with him again 'Time to move on'

Ant Middleton breaks silence as Channel 4 refuse to work with him again 'Time to move on'

“Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”

Ant followed up his announcement with the comment: “Stay positive.”

Many of his fans flocked to his post to share their thoughts.

Tipping Point host Ben Shephard wrote: “Have loved every minute @antmiddleton we’ll miss watching you on the show but will look forward to what’s coming next!”

Another commented: “Gutted you’re leaving Ant, you’ve been an inspiration, whatever you choose to do next good luck!”