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Morrisons More scheme scraps point collecting system – 'They’ve slowly stopped rewarding'

Morrisons shoppers won’t be able to collect points on their More cards from next week as the supermarket moves to digital-only offers through its app. The supermarket giant has also said it will stop producing physical plastic cards for its loyalty scheme.
From May 10, shoppers can continue to use their existing card but it won’t collect any points.

Instead, customers need to download the app where they can find access to their rewards.

For those who have built up 5,000 points, there are also new rules regarding turning this into the £5 reward voucher.

Some customers choose to have their £5 voucher automatically printed in store once the 5,000 point mark is reached, but others choose to do so manually.

This means June 8, 2021, is the last day customers can transfer their receipt points if they stopped shopping on May 9.

On its website, Morrisons said: “With Morrisons More, we are always listening to our valued customers, taking feedback on how we can improve the experience.

“What we’ve heard is that you’d like your rewards to be immediate, including discounts and money off your next shop.

“We also learned that you want to give back to your local community and to support environmental causes by going paper and plastic free wherever possible.”

Taking to Twitter to share their thoughts, customers had mixed feelings about the loyalty scheme shake-up.

One person said: “They’ve slowly stopped rewarding us.”

Another wrote: “I keep having problems with the points anyway, they never add to my account.”

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Spain holidays: Traffic light system sparks summer holiday concern for tourist resorts

Following the Global Travel Taskforce’s announcement of a “traffic light” system to determine where Britons can jet off to this summer, Spanish tourist officials have begun to show some concern. Some suggest a “lack of certainty” around “summer holidays” could spark trouble for regions heavily reliant on tourist traffic.
Andalucia’s tourism minister Juan Marin, said: “While the announcement of the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework for restart highlights a route out of the pandemic and back to international travel, we are still concerned at the lack of certainty surrounding summer holidays.”

It comes following Jet2’s decision to axe all flights and holidays until June 23.

This has been particularly worrying for Spain, with vast swathes of its UK visitors flying in via these routes.

Andalucia’s tourism minister Juan Marin, said: “We are saddened to hear that major airlines such as Jet2 have taken the difficult decision to postpone their operations given the lack of clarity around likely start dates or requirements.”

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The region is home to a number of popular holiday resorts, including Marbella and Malaga.

In a bid to encourage the return of safe tourism, Andalucia has introduced its own special COVID-19 insurance for arrivals.

According to the region’s tourism website: “Andalusia provides all non-resident international travellers with free Covid insurance for stays at any type of regulated establishment in the region between 1 January and 31 December 2021.”

Mr Marin added: “The international travel insurance offers travellers up to €4,000 of cover on medical expenses, sanitary repatriation and extension of stay in the case of a COVID-19 infection, providing visitors with the confidence that they are safeguarded during their trip.

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“We continue to invest in resources to enable our tourism sector to restart operations safely and eagerly anticipate the return of British tourists.”

It is unclear, at the time of writing, whether or not Spain will be given a place on the UK’s “green list”.

UK travellers will be able to jet off to nations categorised as green without the need for self-isolation upon their return home.

According to Gov.uk: “Arrivals from green countries will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into England – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday.”

Steve Norris, managing director of Flight Centre said: “There is still more to be done to clear the mist still blanketing summer travel, specifically in perfecting the traffic light system ahead of 17 May.

“The green watchlist announced today is a step in the right direction for the alert system we desperately need, giving our overstretched industry prior warning before consumers dash to book the next green destination, but this needs to be developed further.

“For the system to be a genuine help, it should also provide warning when a country risks heading into amber or red, giving travellers peace of mind to book knowing they won’t be faced with an overnight scramble to return to the UK and allowing agents time to amend customer’s bookings.”

Further updates on the new system are anticipated in advance of May 17, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson predicts some foreign holidays can restart.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Traffic light system could see Britons travel to '130 countries' including Spain & Dubai

According to The Times, green-ranked countries would see travel allowed without restrictions, including Britons being given the go-ahead to skip hotel quarantine.

However, arrivals from these nations will still be required to take a lateral flow coronavirus test (LFT) at the airport before departure, and then a “sequencing test” within days of landing to check for strains.

By looking at the risk of new infections from July and August 2020, when the travel corridor scheme was in place, Oxera and Edge found travellers from the UK could now visit overseas destinations with virus prevalence rates three times higher than they were in 2020, without increasing the risk or putting pressure on the NHS.

This is largely thanks to the successful ongoing roll-out of the Covid vaccine across the UK.

READ MORE: Expert predicts countries opening to UK tourists ‘before end of May’[1]

Can't update Chrome or Android System WebView in Google Play Store? We've got the fix

It’s been a rough few days for Android users. Starting late on Monday night, a bug started to cause Android apps to crash immediately. Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Google’s own search widget, BBC Weather, Amazon and dozens more apps were impacted by the glitch. Google Pixels, OnePlus, Samsung …almost all Android phone brands were hit by the bug. Google announced a fix the following day (March 23) but some users are still struggling with the glitch.

If you’re unable to download the latest version of Google Chrome and the Android System WebView from the Play Store – the way that Google recommends fixing the problems – here’s a quick fix that you can attempt to get everything up-and-running on your device again.

As mentioned above, the key to stop Android apps crashing is updating to the newly-patched versions of Google Chrome and Android System WebView pushed out by Google to the Play Store. However, in some cases, tapping on the Update button next to these releases won’t do anything – leaving you unable to install the patch.

If that’s happening on your device, follow the below steps.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Apps & Notifications > Google Play Store > Storage & cache > Clear Data

According to Google, only a handful of users running Android 10 or Android 11 will be forced to add these extra steps. The Mountain View-based firm has also warned that the above steps will clear Google Play Store settings like parental controls and auto-update preferences. So, if you’re trying to get a shared tablet or phone working – you’ll need to remember to head back into your settings and set up age limits again as they will have been wiped. 

Next up, you’ll need to follow the same steps as everyone else

  • Open the Play Store app on the smartphone or tablet suffering the issues
  • Search for “Android System WebView”
  • Select Update. If it doesn’t say “Update”, skip this step
  • Search the Play Store for “Google Chrome”
  • Select Update

You don’t need to understand exactly how “Android System WebView” works to fix the app crash problems. In a nutshell, this is core part of the Android operating system that powers a number of Google-developed and third-party apps. “Android System WebView” is tied with Chrome and enables allows Android apps to display content from the web.

That’s why you need both Android System WebView and Google Chrome updated to fix the problem.

Since the problem is caused by this core system component, it’s also why deleting and reinstalling the apps that are crashing – whether it be Microsoft Outlook, Amazon, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or whatever – will not solve the problem.

Holidays: Government considering 'rapid testing' & 'three tier' system for summer travel

In the latest boost for holidays, it has emerged the UK Government are considering a three-tier system combined with “rapid testing” for travellers. It is speculated that ministers are looking at grouping countries into Covid[1] zones, based on cases, allowing those with vaccine[2] passports or recent tests to fly abroad and return safely.
Under these plans, countries will be grouped into three different categories.

Arrivals from green countries will only be required to take a rapid lateral flow test.

These 15-minute tests would most likely be taken at the airport.

Rapid lateral flow tests usually cost around £30, the cost of which will be footed by the passenger.

Arrivals from amber countries might be required to take PCR tests within a certain amount of time prior to travel[3].

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Paul Charles, chief executive of The PC Agency travel consultancy, told The Sun: “It is encouraging to see there will be a traffic light system in place to get travel going again on May 17.

“It will be important to give clarity to the consumer and ensure there is enough of a notice period before any destination is switched.

“We don’t want to see the distressing scenes that we saw last summer, caused by popular destinations coming off a list at the 11th hour.”

The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce is due to resume meetings from April 12 to discuss the safety of international travel and how it can be made a possibility.

Britons are expected to learn more about the possibility of summer travel on April 5, a week before the Taskforce sits.

There are ongoing conversations between the UK and some popular holiday hotspots including Spain, Greece and Portugal about the potential for travel.

The European Union recently made plans to fast track its “digital green pass” for travel which will work a lot like a vaccine passport.

Meanwhile, ministers are also said to be in the process of striking agreements with the US and Israel thanks to the speed of their vaccine rollout.

References

  1. ^ Covid (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ vaccine (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ travel (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Google Maps Street View: Users baffled by ‘mysterious’ naked man (www.express.co.uk)

Bernie Ecclestone would ‘absolutely’ reject Queen’s knighthood: ‘Whole system is wrong’

The 90-year-old is the former chief executive of the Formula One Group, which manages Formula One and controls the commercial rights to the sport. He enjoyed a career in motorsport that spanned seven decades and still attends a handful of Grand Prix weekends each year. Mr Ecclestone claims he received a knighthood offer from Queen Elizabeth II back in the Nineties, but turned it down.
He detailed his issue with the “whole system” during an interview on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’.

He said: “I think years and years and years ago people would go and capture a country or do something for England.

“They would come back and give the keys to the King or the Queen and say ‘this is what I’ve done.’

“They would be knighted for doing something super for England.

“I didn’t think I deserved anything at all, like probably 90 percent of people who are given these honours.”

Mr Ecclestone went on to state “anything I did, I did for myself, not for England”.

He elaborated in 2017: “If England benefited from it, then good, I didn’t go out particularly to do that.

“I think the whole system is wrong.

“I think if somebody actually dedicates themselves to do something for the country and is proud to do it, they should be recognised for that.”

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“Nobody knows where it goes.

“If I’d still been around there wouldn’t have been anyone wearing [anti-racism] t-shirts on the podium, that’s for sure.

“100 percent, there wouldn’t have been this business of kneeling before races.”

The seven-time world champion previously labelled Mr Ecclestone “ignorant and uneducated” for past comments on racism and diversity in F1.

Mr Hamilton has led the sport’s push to deliver messages on social issues, with drivers on the grid kneeling before races last season in support of the fight against racism.

Mr Ecclestone’s daughter also made headlines this week after slamming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for “doing interviews”.

Petra Ecclestone claimed she had “always tried to stand up” for the former actress,” but did not reveal exactly what for.

It came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rocked the Royal Family following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Ms Ecclestone, 32, said: “Harry and Meghan did have the freedom to leave if they really didn’t want that life.

“But, on the other hand, they said they wanted privacy and they didn’t want to be famous and they didn’t want to do interviews — but all they’ve done since is basically do interviews.”

Eye twitching: Optician warns spasms could be a sign of brain and nervous system disorders

“Eye allergies release histamine into the eyes, which leads to swelling, irritation, itchiness and sometimes twitching,” said Copeland.

However, hay fever may not be the only culprit behind sensitive eyes – it could be down to a new cleaning product in your regime.

“Simply removing this cleaning product from your life can help your eye twitching to stop,” suggested Copeland.

Eye strain and dry eyes

Most people may find that they are spending a lot more time using screens since the coronavirus pandemic first entered our lives a year ago.

Russia’s national payment system Mir to launch Apple Pay support

Mir cards, developed by Russia in response to Western sanctions, will finally become available in Apple Pay. The mobile payment platform promoted by the US tech giant Apple will start accepting the cards as early as April.

Users of Apple devices will be able to add Mir cards to their Apple Wallet, according to a letter sent by Russia’s national payment system (NSPK) to banks and lending agencies.

“We are working on bringing Apple Pay to our customers. More details will be announced later,” a representative of the National Payment Card System, which operates the Mir cards, told Russian business daily RBK.

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Apple Pay was launched in Russia in 2016, but the service hasn’t been available for Russian Mir cards that could be added to Samsung Pay, as well as to Mir Pay, developed by the Mir national payment system. Mir Pay is available on Android smartphones destined for sale in Russia.

Payment systems provide users with an opportunity to tie their bank cards to smartphones and pay for goods and services via contactless payment by tapping or hovering the device on or over the POS terminal’s sensor for a couple of seconds.

In 2020, Russia was ranked second in a global rating based on the number of Apple Pay users across the nation, outpaced only by the US.

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Russian banks, along with local technology giants, have started to launch their own payment services. Last summer, the biggest state-run lender Sberbank introduced the SberPay wallet for Android smartphones. The country’s biggest private bank Tinkoff Bank also announced plans to launch its own wallet. Yandex is reportedly also preparing to launch a contactless payment service.

Russia had to quickly develop its own card payment system Mir, which means “world” or “peace” in Russian, in 2014 after Washington and Brussels added several Russian banks and businesspeople to their sanction list. The step came as a part of anti-Russian penalties introduced after the country’s reunification with Crimea. Back then, the Western nations reportedly threatened to block transactions via US-based Mastercard and Visa.

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In 2020, NSPK, created and operated by the central bank of Russia, reported that the share of Mir cards in the country amounted to 30 percent. At the same time, the volume of transactions using the cards totaled 24 percent.

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