The Azores – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ Fri, 20 May 2022 23:25:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://turismo-stp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png The Azores – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ 32 32 Two years after a massive wildfire, a reopened general store still offers a helping hand https://turismo-stp.org/two-years-after-a-massive-wildfire-a-reopened-general-store-still-offers-a-helping-hand/ Fri, 20 May 2022 13:30:28 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/two-years-after-a-massive-wildfire-a-reopened-general-store-still-offers-a-helping-hand/ Hello and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Friday May 20. I’m Diana Marcum, and I’m writing from Cressman’s General Store, where a family pulled up with a broken radiator. Cressman’s is on Route 168 in Fresno County, Sierra Nevada. On the road to what Central Valley locals call the plains, it’s just above […]]]>

Hello and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Friday May 20. I’m Diana Marcum, and I’m writing from Cressman’s General Store, where a family pulled up with a broken radiator.

Cressman’s is on Route 168 in Fresno County, Sierra Nevada. On the road to what Central Valley locals call the plains, it’s just above where the road narrows from four lanes to two and a sunny road becomes pine-scented and shaded – or du less before the 2020 Creek fire.

Now the only thing here is a new gas station and store housed in a shipping container surrounded by blackened ghost trees. Cellular service is spotty in these mountains, and Cressman’s has always been the place people know to go to in case of trouble.

Roxanne Marshall and Dave Parker had issues. Smoke billowed from their truck, which was pulling a posh trailer they had purchased during the pandemic as an escape hatch. “Sometimes it seems like the world is going to hell in a hand basket and never coming back,” Dave said. “Then you meet someone like the two in that store right there.”

Teresa Foster and Xochitl Caballero gave them cold drinks and use of the telephone. When they needed to know the size of their radiator, Teresa called her kids’ school bus driver, and he ran over a tape measure. Everyone who entered the gas station said hello and asked if they needed a hand.

Roxanne had been shaken at first – she had three small dogs in the back seat and one had just five teeth pulled.

But Teresa dated Bucky, her 1-year-old Great Pyrenees. “Bucky can calm anyone down,” Teresa said.

He had a lot of practice. The original Cressman’s – you’ve passed it if you’ve ever been to Huntington or Shaver lakes: white and green, next to an old barn where a man sold chainsaw art of waving bears – was there since 1904. He had a bakery and delicatessen. But when it reopened in the temporary container, Teresa brought Bucky to work as there was no food around.

Many in the community had moved away. Those who remained were uprooted, dragged, frightened. People started coming just to hang out with Bucky.

Xochitl lost the house where she lived before the fire. She does not know if she is in a state of trauma or recovery. “Some days you’re looking for something you don’t have anymore and it’s like the world is ending again,” she said. “But there are too many reasons to be grateful not to go ahead.”

She said she had seen clusters of yellow daffodils growing all over the hills this spring. Behind the store, the hill was covered with green grass, orange poppies and lavender lupine.

Roxanne’s daughter, Alisha, arrived with the new heater. The 24-year-old is a nurse at a children’s hospital and it was her week off. The plan was for her to drive behind the trailer in the car also carrying her 22-year-old brother, Alton, and Dave’s 88-year-old mother, Barbara. Then Dave and Roxanne sent them back to get a forgotten generator, then a chainsaw, then buy a heater.

“But they remembered the fishing rods,” she laughed.

Her mother also laughed as she walked with Alton in the parking lot. He suffers from severe autism and cannot speak. “When you have a child with a disability, you learn to laugh at everything,” Roxanne said.

On her hand, she had written Teresa and Xochitl’s names in ink, so she would remember them for the gift cards she planned to bring them.

Radiator replaced, they were finally on their way to the “boondock” – set up on a forestry service lot with no power or water. If they’re lucky and the fire doesn’t reach the spot they found by a stream, their camp will be waiting for them as soon as they can get from their home in Sanger. Someone told Roxanne that he heard a child say he liked to look at wildflowers until his eyeballs hurt. She said that’s what she hopes to do this summer.

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Inside Irvine Taiwan Presbyterian Church, Pastor Billy Chang was in his element reading the book of Isaiah: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will fly on wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired. They will walk and not faint. Hours later, the parishioners had to find the strength to save their own lives when a stranger locked them in the auditorium and started shooting. Dr. John Cheng gave his own life to save others. Los Angeles Times

California mothers share their breast milk. With store shelves empty and government relief for the baby formula shortage yet to begin, nursing mothers across California are donating their breast milk to strangers. Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County hospitals are once again filling up with COVID-19 patients. A sharp rise in numbers is raising new concerns that healthcare systems could again be strained. Los Angeles Times

STORIES FROM THE

A Los Angeles-based cash advance app is an upgraded version of a payday lender. At a time when so many Californians live paycheck to paycheck, many banks refuse to cut exorbitant fees. Apps like Dave, with bouncy graphics and cute names, see the opportunity to charge the cash-strapped big bucks to avoid the greatest devastation of bank fees. Los Angeles Times

LA’s beloved Angelyne (who can still be seen driving his pink Corvette around town) gets the biopic treatment on Peacock. Los Angeles Times

It reminds us of all our IRL Angelyne moments. Los Angeles Times

Why can’t you find an apartment in Los Angeles with a refrigerator? How the town became “a refrigeratorless aberration is one of the region’s most mysterious and least delightful eccentricities,” writes Liam Dillon. Los Angeles Times

We know you have a story about “that time when…” Help us celebrate the Hollywood Bowl by sharing your memories as the venue enters its 100th season. Los Angeles Times

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Richard Riordan, the last Republican mayor of Los Angeles, endorsed Rick Caruso. In the early 1990s, Riordan ran a mayoral campaign similar to that of Caruso — a former Republican who is now running as a Democrat focused on public safety and making the city more hospitable for business. Los Angeles Times

FBI Tapes Reveal Secret ‘Cabal’ Running Anaheim, home to Disneyland Resort, the Ducks of the National Hockey League and the Angels of Major League Baseball. The corruption scandal jeopardizes a deal for Angel Stadium. Los Angeles Times

A Pennsylvania Democrat paid for a publicity blitz attesting to a candidate’s MAGA bona fides. It was a move straight out of the California playbook for picking your opponent. Los Angeles Times

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HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Powerful California oil lobbies and unions helped defeat a bill that would have banned oil drilling in state-controlled waters. Seven months after a major spill polluted the beaches and wetlands around Huntington Beach, Senate Bill 953 failed to pass an oversight committee. Los Angeles Times

A century after an agreement to divide Colorado River water between western states, there is an urgent call to rework the pact amid an ever-worsening drought. “It is absolutely urgent that we start thinking now, while there is time,” former Home Secretary Bruce Babbitt told our water reporter Ian James. Los Angeles Times

Interview with Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek might make you pay more attention to rainbows and consider the difference between curiosity and wonder. Los Angeles Times

CALIFORNIAN CULTURE

Babies, babies, babies. Rihanna, who may have changed maternity clothes forever, and her boyfriend rapper ASAP Rocky welcomed their first child in Los Angeles on May 13. TMZ

And the twin sisters gave birth to sons on the same day at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim. It was not planned like that. Washington Post

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In 1946, my father, William F. Heyler, sold a property on West Pico Boulevard to Alan Baker of Chicago, and then Mr. Baker built the iconic Apple Pan restaurant. I had the very first Steakburger and a piece of apple pie, which Mr. Baker’s mother, Mrs. Gamble, baked. I was in half-day session at Overland Avenue School at the time. It’s amazing that the Apple Pan is still going strong three quarters of a century later. Prices have gone up, but the interior is still the same.

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Faith & Feast: Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2022 – Azores https://turismo-stp.org/faith-feast-festa-do-senhor-santo-cristo-dos-milagres-2022-azores/ Tue, 17 May 2022 23:28:44 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/faith-feast-festa-do-senhor-santo-cristo-dos-milagres-2022-azores/ Posted May 17, 2022. The religious celebrations of the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2022, [The Holy Feast of Christ of the Miracles] will take place on the weekend of May 21-22, in the city of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. This year complete calendar of festivities will fall between Friday (20and) and […]]]>

Posted May 17, 2022.

The religious celebrations of the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2022, [The Holy Feast of Christ of the Miracles] will take place on the weekend of May 21-22, in the city of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores.

This year complete calendar of festivities will fall between Friday (20and) and Thursday (the 26th) to include religious ceremonies and traditional secular festivals.

The party returns after being canceled for the past two years, due to restrictions related to the Covid’19 pandemic.

The biggest religious holiday in the Azores, the celebration is also considered the second biggest religious event in the country after the pilgrimages to Fátima.

Cardinal D. Jose Tolentino Mendonca will officiate the religious celebrations as a guest. Born in Funchal, Madeira, he is a distinguished theologian, poet and prolific writer, who served as archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church and was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The event brings thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to São Miguel Island, coming from the islands, mainland and emigrant communities, namely the United States of America and Canada.

The venerated image of the “Christ of Miracles” will be displayed outside the church sanctuary on Saturday evening (May 21), as well as on Sunday (May 22), at the end of the procession, which will parade through the main streets. from the city of Ponta Delgada.

Celebrated every year on the fifth Sunday after Easter, the culmination of the festivities is the veneration of the holy image of the Lord Jesus, by the people of the Azores, represented by an artistic wooden carved image of the Passion of Christ. The image is venerated in the chapel of the Convent of Our Lady of Hope in Ponta Delgada.

Established nearly 400 years ago, religious devotion to Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres took place on the island following a severe chain of seismic events on the archipelago.

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the Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal made up of nine islands. The archipelago, discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, made up of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a term of four years. ; the Regional Government and the Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the executive operations of the Regional Government. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the central government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census, more than 1.3 million people of Portuguese descent live in the United States, with the majority having roots in the Azores.

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Heathrow and Gatwick: Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal update travel rules ahead of summer vacation https://turismo-stp.org/heathrow-and-gatwick-spain-greece-turkey-and-portugal-update-travel-rules-ahead-of-summer-vacation/ Sun, 15 May 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/heathrow-and-gatwick-spain-greece-turkey-and-portugal-update-travel-rules-ahead-of-summer-vacation/ With summer vacation fast approaching, the jet-setters among us will be looking for a sunny place to travel. But although Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK, other countries have their own set of entry requirements. Beyond vaccinations, PCR tests and whereabouts forms, new consumption rules have been introduced in various destinations in Spain. […]]]>

With summer vacation fast approaching, the jet-setters among us will be looking for a sunny place to travel. But although Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK, other countries have their own set of entry requirements.

Beyond vaccinations, PCR tests and whereabouts forms, new consumption rules have been introduced in various destinations in Spain. In January 2022, legislation was introduced by the Spanish government limit all inclusive guests to six alcoholic drinks a day including three at lunch and three at dinner in Magaluf and El Arenal, and the Balearic island of Ibiza.

So even if the the weather is starting to warm up and the wanderlust intensifies, it’s always important to take the time and double-check the rules wherever you go. Here has MyLondon we have compiled updates on all travel rules to Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal.

READ MORE: Tripadvisor’s Best Beach in Britain, Feels Like Greece

Spain

Earlier this week, Spanish authorities announced they would be extending some restrictions currently in place. More specifically, wearing a mask remains compulsory when traveling on public transport and in health and care establishments; it is still mandatory to wear a face mask on a flight, but not at an airport.

When visiting Spain, travelers will need to present proof that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival or have recovered from Covid within the last six months. If you can prove the above, or if you are a child under the age of 12, it will not be necessary to complete a Traveler Health Screening Form.

There are certain exemptions such as being a citizen of Spain which are listed here. If you are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to be tested or quarantined, whatever the reason for your trip.

If you are not vaccinated, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourist purposes if you can present valid proof of compliance with the vaccination requirements set out above or a medical certificate stating that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months before travelling.

You can receive a minimum fine of €3,000 if you fail to meet the requirements.

Greece

From May 1, people visiting Greece will no longer have to provide proof of Covid status, negative test or proof of recovery. In addition to no longer needing these documents, travelers are also not required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF); however, wearing a mask will still be required during the flight.

A Covid test is required on arrival and those who test positive will be required to self-isolate for five days in quarantine hotels or at home. If you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours and you do not need medication, then you can leave isolation after the fifth day. Once you leave isolation, you will be required to wear a double mask in all public and outdoor spaces for five days afterwards.

For more information, see the Advice from the Greek authorities .

Portugal

A Passenger Locator Form is no longer required to enter mainland Portugal and the Azores. It is recommended to you fill out a form if you are traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo. When traveling to the mainland if you are fully vaccinated, you must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated when checking in for your flight to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

The criteria for being fully vaccinated are:

  • An approved single-dose vaccine OR

  • Both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or a combination of two different vaccines OR

  • A full cycle of vaccine, plus a booster vaccine OR

  • If you caught Covid-19 after a single dose of a two-dose vaccine and your certificate shows that your vaccination cycle is complete after a single dose of the vaccine was given

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present proof of a negative PCR test, rapid lateral flow test or valid proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 when departing to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

Turkey

All arrivals to Turkey will be subject to medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing upon arrival. Face masks are also mandatory for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present proof of a negative PCR test, rapid lateral flow test or valid proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 when departing for Turkey.

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Worlds collide: A Brockport student’s message in a bottle washes up on the Bahamas coast a decade later | WIVT https://turismo-stp.org/worlds-collide-a-brockport-students-message-in-a-bottle-washes-up-on-the-bahamas-coast-a-decade-later-wivt/ Wed, 11 May 2022 17:21:27 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/worlds-collide-a-brockport-students-message-in-a-bottle-washes-up-on-the-bahamas-coast-a-decade-later-wivt/ BROCKPORT, NY (WROC) – What started as a 4th grade class project in 2010, has now connected people around the world. Over a decade ago, students at Hill Elementary School in Brockport decided to do a class project. write letters, put them in bottles and ship them out to sea. Professor Christopher Albrecht said the […]]]>

BROCKPORT, NY (WROC) – What started as a 4th grade class project in 2010, has now connected people around the world.

Over a decade ago, students at Hill Elementary School in Brockport decided to do a class project. write letters, put them in bottles and ship them out to sea.

Professor Christopher Albrecht said the project came about after a student reported on a bottle found in the North Sea 25 years after it was launched from a cruise ship.

“All I could think was, ‘OK, we’re in Rochester, New York – how do you put bottles in the ocean? ‘” Albrecht said.

But that didn’t stop them.

After the students wrote their letters and Wegmans donated dozens of bottles, Albrecht’s late mother came to the rescue. She lived in the Outer Banks in North Carolina at the time and contacted a fishing boat captain.

“He was able to take them in March into the Gulf Stream,” Albrecht said. “We realized through classroom research that if we just threw the bottles off a jetty, they would come back to shore.”

In March 2011, the captain of the fishing boat took the bottles out into the ocean and Albrecht’s students were able to watch from afar.

“We had our smart board in the classroom and we got to see his son throw those bottles into the ocean live, which was really cool,” Albrecht said.

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Labor thinks Sir Keir Starmer can prove he didn’t break lockdown rules https://turismo-stp.org/labor-thinks-sir-keir-starmer-can-prove-he-didnt-break-lockdown-rules/ Tue, 10 May 2022 03:00:58 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/labor-thinks-sir-keir-starmer-can-prove-he-didnt-break-lockdown-rules/ Labor believe it may show Sir Keir Starmer did not break lockdown rules after the party leader vowed he would quit if fined by police. In a dramatic statement on Monday, Sir Keir said he would do the ‘right thing’ if he received a fixed penalty notice in relation to a rally at Labor offices […]]]>

Labor believe it may show Sir Keir Starmer did not break lockdown rules after the party leader vowed he would quit if fined by police. In a dramatic statement on Monday, Sir Keir said he would do the ‘right thing’ if he received a fixed penalty notice in relation to a rally at Labor offices in Durham in April last year.

The move was seen as a huge gamble, putting his future in the hands of Durham Police after it was announced last week that officers would reopen an investigation into the event where Sir Keir drank beer and ate curry. However, Labor sources are confident they can prove it was a work event and those present were taking a break to eat while working late on preparations for the Hartlepool by-election.

The party compiled time-stamped logs from WhatsApp chats, documents and video montages, showing they continued to work after takeout was delivered – until 1am, The Guardian reported. A party source said: ‘We have been completely clear that no rules have been broken. We will provide documentary evidence that people were working before and after stopping to eat.

In his statement, Sir Keir repeatedly said no rules were broken as he sought to contrast his actions with Boris Johnson who refused to step down after being fined by Met Police for a rally at No 10 in June 2020 to mark his 56th birthday. But after repeatedly calling on Mr Johnson to go for breaking the law, many in Westminster believed he would have no choice but to fall on his sword if it turned out he had it does himself.

Deputy Chief Angela Rayner – who also attended – said she would also step down if fined. A government minister, however, accused Sir Keir of ‘attempting to pressure the police to clear him’, saying a fine would end his leadership.

Technology Minister Chris Philp said the Labor leader’s statement was “deeply inappropriate”. However, Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry said it was the Tory MPs who called for the investigation to be reopened who were looking to pressure the police.

“Anyone who stands back and watches this with an open mind can see that attempts have been made to put pressure on Durham Police,” she told LBC. “Tory MPs tweeted at them, wrote to them. What’s the point of doing that if not to put pressure on them?”

In his statement, Sir Keir said he believed in the principle that “those who make the laws must follow them” and that politicians who do not “undermine our democracy”. “I am absolutely clear that no laws were broken, they were obeyed at all times, I just had something to eat while working late into the evening as any politician would a few days before a election,” he said.

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Met Office weather forecast: Essex set for full sunshine ahead of mini heat wave https://turismo-stp.org/met-office-weather-forecast-essex-set-for-full-sunshine-ahead-of-mini-heat-wave/ Sun, 08 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/met-office-weather-forecast-essex-set-for-full-sunshine-ahead-of-mini-heat-wave/ Essex is expected to see full sunshine today as the hot weather continues into the weekend. According to the Met Office, places like Chelmsford and Harlow will experience blazing sunshine all day, with some areas hitting highs of 18C. According to the Mirror, a mini-heat wave, where temperatures climb well above average, is expected to […]]]>

Essex is expected to see full sunshine today as the hot weather continues into the weekend. According to the Met Office, places like Chelmsford and Harlow will experience blazing sunshine all day, with some areas hitting highs of 18C.

According to the Mirror, a mini-heat wave, where temperatures climb well above average, is expected to continue into next week. On Saturday, parts of the country even reached 22°C.

Mercury is expected to remain in the 20s and 20s in southern England thanks to an anticyclonic system brought by south westerly winds from the Azores.

Read more: Get the latest weather news

On Monday, a maximum of 23C is even possible depending on the office met, with near-teen temperatures for much of southern England. The Met Office forecast for the east of England today said: ‘Any low cloud will clear to give a fine, dry day with plenty of sunshine. A few varying amounts of cloud in the afternoon. Warm but cooler near the coast. Maximum temperature 19°C.”

A heat wave is defined as three or more consecutive days of a certain temperature threshold being reached or exceeded. Meteorologist Dan Stroud said there will be “decent sunny spells” across much of England and Wales over the next week, while temperatures will be cooler for Scotland and the UK. ‘North Ireland.

However, next week is “a bit of a mixed bag”, Mr Stroud said. He added: “We’re going to see generally above average temperatures for much of next week, but the caveat will be that there will be bands of cloud and rain at times, so it’s not is unfortunately not easy all the way through.

“There is a hint that we might see something warmer towards the end of next week and the weekend after, but that’s a long way off.”

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April showers are rare for Fife https://turismo-stp.org/april-showers-are-rare-for-fife/ Fri, 06 May 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/april-showers-are-rare-for-fife/ April showers were rare in Fife, as it only recorded 33mm of rain in April, making it the driest county in Scotland. Met Office figures show Sutherland was at the other end of the graph with 132mm of rain recorded, making it the wettest place in the country. Generally, the north of Scotland received an […]]]>

April showers were rare in Fife, as it only recorded 33mm of rain in April, making it the driest county in Scotland.

Met Office figures show Sutherland was at the other end of the graph with 132mm of rain recorded, making it the wettest place in the country. Generally, the north of Scotland received an average of 111mm of rain during the month, around double the amount in the south.

Dumfries was dry at just 49mm, which is on par with the rest of the UK. Overall, Scotland recorded 92% of the average rainfall with 85.7mm.

Renfrewshire had the highest average temperature at 8 degrees Celsius, which was also the UK average. However, the mercury dropped for Shetland and Aberdeenshire which did not all record averages above 6 degrees Celsius.

The Southwest was the sunniest. Wigtown had over 190 hours of sunshine in April, with Ayrshire and Kirkcudbright not far behind at 180 hours. It dimmed further north, with Sutherland recording just 111 hours of sunshine and Inverness 116 hours.

Tweeddale was the coldest place with 10 days of air freezing compared to Orkney and the Western Isles, which had three days of freezing or less.

Read more: Reflecting on the year’s ‘beautiful’ weather – but the clouds are forming!

Further south in England there was a third less rainfall than average, with parts of southern England particularly dry. The average was 48.9mm, 68% of the long-term average, but still above last year’s thirsty 20.6mm and 30mm of rain recorded in April 2020.

Dr Mark McCarthy of the National Climate Information Center said: ‘High pressure was the main influence of the UK weather in April 2022, resulting in a good spell of calm calm weather, particularly in the south .

“Although there was some rain in northern areas earlier in the month, the Azores High helped push back any lingering incursion of unstable weather earlier in the month. Later another high pressure system remained dominant , but this time more centered towards Scandinavia or Iceland. What this mainly did was create a good amount of clear skies while keeping the rain out. It also resulted in a mix of high temperatures above average and below average minimum temperatures overnight.

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Here’s how many South Africans are moving to Portugal – and the changes for Golden Visas https://turismo-stp.org/heres-how-many-south-africans-are-moving-to-portugal-and-the-changes-for-golden-visas/ Mon, 02 May 2022 05:10:47 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/heres-how-many-south-africans-are-moving-to-portugal-and-the-changes-for-golden-visas/ South Africans considering moving to Portugal under a Golden Visa program will face increased pressure as the country has made access increasingly difficult. Originally created in 2012, the Golden Visa is issued to third-country nationals who have made a specific investment in the country. Investors can obtain Portuguese citizenship by residence by absence and obtain […]]]>

South Africans considering moving to Portugal under a Golden Visa program will face increased pressure as the country has made access increasingly difficult.

Originally created in 2012, the Golden Visa is issued to third-country nationals who have made a specific investment in the country. Investors can obtain Portuguese citizenship by residence by absence and obtain EU citizenship after obtaining temporary resident status for five years.

Data from Sable International shows that South Africa is the fourth most popular country for Golden Visa applicants to come from, with over 416 Golden Visas issued to South African investors by the end of 2021 – excluding accompanying families.

The program was last updated on January 1, 2022, with the Portuguese government increasing visa fees and limiting travel locations:

  • The Investment Fund option increased from €350,000 to €500,000 (R8.4 million);
  • Capital transfer option increased from €1m to €1.5m (R25m);
  • Real estate investment for residential purposes will be limited to the interior areas of the country as well as the islands of Madeira and the Azores;
  • Urban areas, such as Lisbon and Porto, will be available to buy commercial and tourist properties.

crackdown on golden visas

The European Union has also raised concerns about ‘citizenship by investment’ (CBI) schemes, under which third-country nationals obtain citizenship rights in exchange for a sum of money, undermining the essence of EU citizenship.

In a March 2022 meeting, the European Parliament said granting citizenship posed potential security risks, citing Russia’s war in Ukraine and the fact that many Russian oligarchs hold dual citizenship. European.

He added that this practice, which is common in countries such as Portugal, Malta, Bulgaria and Cyprus, is a form of ‘free-riding’, as Member States sell what was never intended to become a merchandise.

Noting the lesser risks posed by “residency by investment” (RBI) schemes, referred to as rules to help combat money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, including:

  • Rigorous background checks (also on applicants’ family members and funding sources), mandatory checks against EU databases and verification procedures in third countries;
  • Reporting obligations for member states, including a “notice and consult” system to allow other member states to object; and
  • Requirements of minimum physical residence (for applicants) and active involvement, quality, added value and contribution to the economy (for their investments).

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Latest Passenger Locator Form rules for Spain, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Cyprus https://turismo-stp.org/latest-passenger-locator-form-rules-for-spain-france-turkey-greece-italy-and-cyprus/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 13:37:34 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/latest-passenger-locator-form-rules-for-spain-france-turkey-greece-italy-and-cyprus/ The holiday season is well underway with Britons heading out in droves at Easter and the pattern is set to continue over the coming weeks and months, with bank holidays, mid-term break and summer ahead. For most spring and summer heralds, the prospect of vacations in the sun and demand are skyrocketing as global travel […]]]>

The holiday season is well underway with Britons heading out in droves at Easter and the pattern is set to continue over the coming weeks and months, with bank holidays, mid-term break and summer ahead. For most spring and summer heralds, the prospect of vacations in the sun and demand are skyrocketing as global travel returns to near-normal after the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid travel rules have been relaxed in many countries, in a bid to bring tourists back and boost economies. The tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and now the battle is on to attract visitors.

Although many entry restrictions that apply when traveling abroad have been relaxed or removed, some countries still require visitors to complete passenger locator forms, Birmingham Live reports. Here are the rules in some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.

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Spain

Fully vaccinated people, as well as those who can prove they have recovered from Covid within the past six months, do not need to complete a Spanish health check form. Children under 12 are exempt from Spanish testing and vaccination requirements.

Adults who are not fully vaccinated cannot currently travel to Spain for tourist purposes. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can travel to Spain if they can provide a negative PCR test result no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a recent certificate of reinstatement.

France

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel tipspeople traveling to France may be required to complete the EU Passenger Locator Form before boarding.

Portugal

People traveling to mainland Portugal do not need to complete a passenger locator form. However, the UK Foreign Office orientation states that travelers to the Azores are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival, and it is also recommended to do so when traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo.

You can find the Passenger Locator Form for Madeira or Porto Santo hereand a health card for the Azores here.

Turkey

Tourists aged six and over will need to complete Turkey online registration form no more than 72 hours before arriving in Turkey, the British government travel tips States.

Cyprus

Passenger locator forms are no longer required when entering the Republic of Cyprus (different rules may apply in Northern Cyprus, which the UK does not recognise). This requirement was dropped on April 18, Visit Cyprus website states.

Greece

Since March 15, people traveling to Greece are no longer required to complete a passenger locator form.

Italy

Adults entering or traveling through Italy as visitors are required to complete a EU Passenger Locator Form. Accompanied minors can be recorded on the Accompanying Adult Passenger Locator Form in the declaration section.

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Brussels calls for digital Schengen visas https://turismo-stp.org/brussels-calls-for-digital-schengen-visas/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 07:04:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/brussels-calls-for-digital-schengen-visas/ The aim is to make the process less bureaucratic and costly for Member States and applicants, as well as to increase security in this area. The European Commission wants the digital process of granting visas to enter the Schengen area to be fully functional by 2031, as a measure to facilitate entry into the European […]]]>

The aim is to make the process less bureaucratic and costly for Member States and applicants, as well as to increase security in this area.

The European Commission wants the digital process of granting visas to enter the Schengen area to be fully functional by 2031, as a measure to facilitate entry into the European Union (EU) and to strengthen the security in the area of ​​free circulation.

The digitization of entry visas to the Schengen area, included in the new pact on migration and asylum, aims to make the process less bureaucratic and costly for Member States and applicants, in addition to enhancing security in this space.

Online process

According to information from the EU executive, visa applicants will thus be able to apply for entry authorization online and make payment via a single EU platform, regardless of the country of destination. The future platform will automatically determine which Schengen country is responsible for examining the visa application, especially if the application includes several countries.

The proposal will need to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, with the European Commission aiming for the future platform to start developing in 2024 and be operational in 2026, with a transition period of five years, which implies only in 2031 will it be able to be used by all Member States.

move forward as one

“Today we are bringing EU visa policy into the digital age,” said Margaritis Schinas, EU Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life. “With some member states already going digital, it is vital that the Schengen area now progresses as one,” he told a press conference.

For her part, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johnson added that “a modern visa process is crucial to facilitating travel to the EU, whether for tourism or business”. The Commissioner also stressed that “it is high time there was a fast and secure online visa application platform for citizens of 102 countries applying for short-term permits to travel to the EU. “.

The Schengen area guarantees freedom of movement in a territory that includes 26 countries (including 22 EU Member States, including Portugal) with more than 400 million citizens.

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