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Tenerife was plunged into level four on Monday January 10 and the restrictions are expected to last until at least January 20. With the service industry heavily impacted, hospitality workers are sure to suffer. Ferghal Flaherty, an Irish expat who co-owns an Irish pub on the island, criticized the new measures.

The Irishman, co-owner of Irish music pub The Hole in the Wall, took to Facebook to express his distress and annoyance that Tenerife was implementing new Covid measures which would affect tourism.

He said: “What a difference one day makes. The new restrictions are just killing joy.

“It’s so hard to turn down our regulars and see the disappointment on their faces.”

Ferghal has been forced to close to some customers as new restrictions require hotel and restaurant capacity to be reduced to 75% outdoors and 33% indoors.

On the second level, the indoor capacity of bars, restaurants and cafes was limited to 50%.

Another restriction, reported by whatsontenerife.com, stated: “Non-EU residents (including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) must be fully vaccinated to enter Tenerife.

“You must be fully vaccinated to enter bars, restaurants and cafes with a capacity of 30 people or more.”

While Level 3 allowed bars and restaurants to stay open until 1am if their license permitted, Level 4 requires hotel businesses to close at midnight.

Ferghal continued: “To believe that cutting the hospitality industry by another 17% and one hour less will stop the infection rate is absurd.

“They allow thousands of tourists on the island but they don’t want them having fun. Yes, people come for the winter sun, but if they force many of our other entertainment establishments to close , a large percentage of tourists will not come.

According to European Best Destinations, Tenerife is “the favorite destination for sun lovers; it is perfect for children and adults”.

However, tourists visiting the island are likely to have problems letting loose and having fun amid the strict new rules.

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In addition to reduced capacity in bars, holidaymakers will be required to wear masks indoors unless seated at a table.

The festivities and meetings between tourists will take a back seat for the moment, to the chagrin of holidaymakers.

Still, Hole in the Wall co-owner Ferghal remains optimistic and resilient.

He said: ‘We are the heart and soul of the tourism industry and deceive them if they think doing what they are doing is going to solve the problem.

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He went on to say that while the easiest option would have been to cut their losses, he felt responsible to their “loyal family”, which kept them alive.

“We’ve had good weeks and bad weeks, but we’re moving in the right direction, our hard work and passion for what we do will outshine any power-hungry government officials who have never gotten their hands dirty working honestly or anyone who feeds on the death of other people.”

Ferghal concluded: “Where there is unity, there is victory.”

Irish pub lovers flocked to comments expressing their gratitude for the Hole in the Wall; Ann Kennell called the news “soul destroying” for the pub.
Murray Leith said: “Every government is a disgrace right now. None of them have a clue what they are doing. They are slowing down the death of the hospitality industry and everything connected with it. .”

Top sustainability trends for 2022, greening air travel and discussing plant-based diets https://jacahuesca.com/top-sustainability-trends-for-2022-greening-air-travel-and-discussing-plant-based-diets/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/top-sustainability-trends-for-2022-greening-air-travel-and-discussing-plant-based-diets/

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The World Economic Forum has once again postponed its annual event in Davos, Switzerland, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but its 2022 annual Global Risks Report has been released as scheduled. The report draws on the insights of more than 1,000 academic, business, government, civil society and thought leaders, as well as 12,000 national leaders, on their perception of risk in the short, medium and long term. Risks associated with climate change, such as ‘extreme weather’ and ‘failure of climate action’, dominate short-, medium- and long-term concerns. The latter is also cited as one of the risks that has worsened since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the erosion of social cohesion and livelihood crises.

The report is not light or fun reading, but knowledge is power and only awareness of the risks we face can help us avoid them (as a certain movie says, “look up!”). Other stories I’m highlighting this week include the energy forecast for 2022, Denmark’s commitment to make domestic flights fossil-free by 2030, and how best to prepare a business for climate stress testing.

In Climate Talks, to tag ‘Veganuary’, I spoke to Richard Waite, senior research associate at the World Resource Institute, about how a plant-based diet can impact carbon emissions from agriculture .

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2022 Energy Predictions: Coal Decline Accelerates, Fed Funds Boost Clean Energy, Millions of New Electric Vehicles and Chargers

Five leading policy experts shared their predictions for the year ahead, including accelerating coal decline, federal investments driving clean energy adoption and grid expansion, and millions of electric vehicles on the streets. American roads to help electric vehicle chargers become a new class of investment.


Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced her intention to make domestic flights without fossil energy by 2030. Some experts believe this is an achievable goal.

A bill proposed in the New York State would require mega-brands to increase the transparency of their supply chains and their social impact.

Asia’s richest businessman Mukesh Ambani has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian state government of Gujarat to invest $80 billion in green projects, which, if realized, would allow the state to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2035.


California is considering changing its net metering rules this would dramatically increase the time it takes for solar panel installations to provide a return on investment and would have a profound impact on the solar energy and storage markets, as well as carbon reduction targets.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that natural disasters cost US$145 billion in 2021, the third highest Invoice checked in after 2017 and 2005.

At the current rate, the Earth will have warmed by 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times in 2033— a level of warming that experts hoped would not see this century.

Climate stress testing is here: 4 ways your business can prepare

As climate has become a widely recognized financial risk, supervisors are creating climate stress tests to better understand the magnitude and nature of climate risk.

Climate Talks

Richard Waite is Senior Research Associate, Food Program, at the World Resource Institute. As more and more people choose to start the year by trying a vegan diet, an initiative known as Veganuary, I spoke to Waite about how a plant-based diet can impact your carbon emissions from agriculture.

Agriculture contributes more than a quarter of total global greenhouse gas emissions. What are the main drivers of emissions in this sector?

Agriculture causes greenhouse gas emissions in two main ways. The first is through the agricultural production process itself – emissions that occur on farms like cow burps or nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer use, or methane emissions from rice paddies. , and emissions that come from the production of agricultural inputs, such as the production of fertilizers. And then the other category is emissions due to land use change, deforestation. Agriculture is the main historic and current driver of deforestation, and tropical deforestation continues. Some people watch the food too [once it] goes to landfills, rots and [emits] methane, and then you’re up to about a third of the total greenhouse gas emissions.

Livestock farming accounts for about two-thirds of agricultural production. Emissions and animal agriculture account for about three-quarters of agricultural land use, so it’s a big contributor to both of these emission sources. In the United States, more than 80% of the emissions from our agricultural production are related to animal agriculture, and nearly half of those come from beef alone. High emissions from land use for animal agriculture pose a challenge, as the world is likely to add another two billion more people by 2050. But at the same time, we need to stop deforestation. We must bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Thus, meat-rich diets make it more difficult to balance food security and global environmental goals. Another thing to also think about is the differential impacts of food. If you look at per gram of protein, beef takes up about seven times the land, and its production emits seven times more greenhouse gases than chicken production, and 20 times the land and greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse as beans per gram of protein.

What you describe is a complex and challenging picture. Whenever people ask “what can I do to stop climate change“, switching to a plant-based diet is usually one of the top answers, but is a change in consumer demand enough? to push carbon reduction in the sector?

The challenge of feeding 10 billion people and meeting these global environmental goals is so great that you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket – forgive the food pun. We must continue to improve agriculture as much as possible, and that includes animal husbandry. We also need to look at consumption patterns. When you think about what an individual can do, there are usually two things. If you eat a lot of meat and especially beef, switching to a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to go vegan or vegetarian. For example, we looked at a scenario where everyone in the north of the world reduced their beef consumption to no more than one and a half burgers per person per week. This has reduced emissions and land demand so much that it has made it possible to feed 10 billion people without further deforestation. So it’s a potentially quite powerful solution. Then the other thing is to minimize food waste, as more than a third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted between farm and landfill.

As with any climate solution, it is not enough for the individuals concerned to change their consumption habits. These are the decisions that businesses and governments make. We have an initiative called Cool Food where we work with foodservice companies that commit to reducing their food-related emissions by 25% by 2030 by serving more delicious, climate-friendly food. We help them measure their greenhouse gas footprint over time and bring insights from behavioral science to ensure the change they make will satisfy consumers. We have seen some really exciting progress as they have already been able to reduce their emissions per plate by 16% through 2020.

In terms of reducing carbon emissions, is it enough to switch from a beef burger to a vegetable burger in a fast food chain or do we need to rethink the way we eat globally?

There’s no silver bullet, but there are a lot of things that push things in the right direction. Different consumers will likely be interested in different things. Some people who really like meat [will enjoy] those products that mimic the taste and texture of meat, but at a much lower impact, others may consume more beans and fruits and vegetables and whole grains and so on. And some would say both. At the societal level, it all adds up.

What do consumers looking to shift to more sustainable food consumption need to keep in mind when shopping and eating out, and can carbon labels be effective in supporting these decisions?

Two basic rules are: minimize the food you waste and adopt a more plant-centered diet, not necessarily vegan or vegetarian. Hopefully in the future we can have credible carbon labeling. But consumers are already bombarded with too much information when they go to the store, which adds complicated eco-labels. [might not] change things too much. As part of the Cool Food initiative that I mentioned, in 2020 we launched the school meals program. It’s a small badge that says “cool food meal” that accompanies meals or menus that fall below a certain greenhouse gas threshold. Now that we’ve been doing this for about a year, we’re going to start evaluating [its impact] on food purchasing decisions, which are generally driven by taste, price and convenience. Next week, we’ll also be releasing research looking at different climate messages around food, to see what kinds of messages resonate with consumers.

Richard Waite’s responses have been edited and condensed for clarity and conciseness.

on the horizon

As we venture further into this crucial decade for making a meaningful dent in global carbon emissions, here’s who trends are likely to dominate the coming year in terms of energy transition, food sustainability and ESG strategies.

Spain’s tourism sector hopes to turn the page on a dark 2021 – Expat Guide to Spain https://jacahuesca.com/spains-tourism-sector-hopes-to-turn-the-page-on-a-dark-2021-expat-guide-to-spain/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:10:58 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/spains-tourism-sector-hopes-to-turn-the-page-on-a-dark-2021-expat-guide-to-spain/

Tourism activity remained subdued in Spain last year, well below pre-pandemic levels, industry experts said on Thursday, predicting a stronger recovery this year once the Omicron wave passes.

In total, tourism generated 88.5 billion euros in Spain in 2021, an increase of 36 billion euros compared to the 2020 figure, but some 43% less than in 2019, said the Exceltur tourist association.

Although tourism has improved from the disastrous levels of 2020 when the pandemic first hit, the recovery has been “partial” and “full of ups and downs”, said Exceltur’s vice president, Jose Luis Zoreda, during a press conference.

Health restrictions at the start of 2021 meant that tourist activity remained “paralyzed” until May, and after a rebound during the summer, it slowed again at the end of November with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

International tourism has been hardest hit, with just 31 million people visiting Spain, according to Exceltur, a figure well short of the government’s target of attracting 45 million visitors – around half of the arrivals seen in 2019.

Before the pandemic, Spain was the second most popular tourist destination in the world after France, but it has been particularly affected by the decline in British travelers who were previously the largest national group of visitors.

“Those who have suffered the most are travel agencies, airlines and city hotels” in places like Barcelona and Madrid, Zoreda said.

But Exceltur said it has seen the situation improve this year with the passage of the Omicron wave which has slowed the recovery of the sector.

Oscar Perelli, head of research at Exceltur, said the industry was likely to experience “a very complex first quarter” with sales down a third from 2019 levels, but expected “a marked recovery from ‘April”.

Exceltur said it expects the sector to generate 135 billion euros this year, or 10.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), compared to 5.5% in 2020 and 7.4% last year.

Before the pandemic, tourism represented 12.4% of the Spanish economy, according to official statistics.

La Nina is expected to persist until May before disappearing https://jacahuesca.com/la-nina-is-expected-to-persist-until-may-before-disappearing/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 17:55:14 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/la-nina-is-expected-to-persist-until-may-before-disappearing/ La Nina could linger for at least another four months before the phenomenon begins to fade.

La Nina could persist for at least four more months before the phenomenon blamed on South American droughts, milder weather in the southern United States and heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest begins to fade. . There is a 57% chance that La Nina will disappear by July as ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific approach normal, according to the US Climate Prediction Center. Until then, the event marked by cooler waters in parts of the Pacific will likely continue through at least May.

This is the second year in a row that La Nina has established itself around the world. Of the 12 La Ninas that have developed since 1950, eight have turned into “double-dip” events, according to a blog post by Climate Prediction Center scientist Emily Becker. Two even lasted until a third year.

There is a 30% chance of La Nina returning between August and October, although the reliability of these forecasts is lower in the Northern Hemisphere spring – a period forecasters call the “spring barrier”.

Last year was the world’s sixth hottest on record – US scientists

(Reuters) – Last year was the sixth-hottest year on record, causing extreme weather events around the world and adding evidence to support long-term global warming, according to a analysis carried out Thursday by two US government agencies.

Data compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA also revealed that the past eight years have been the eight hottest, and the past decade has been the hottest since the start of the record. records in 1880, officials said.

Global warming is “very real. It’s now, and it’s impacting real people,” Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview. Last year’s extreme heat wave in the US Pacific Northwest, intense rains from Hurricane Ida and flooding in Germany and China were linked to global warming, he said. .

A key indicator of climate change, the heat content of the world’s oceans, hit an all-time high in 2021, the agencies said. The oceans absorb more than 90% of the excess heat trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere by greenhouse gases, and these warmer waters influence weather patterns and changes in currents.

“What’s scientifically interesting about this is that it tells us why the planet is getting warmer,” Schmidt said. “It’s getting warmer because of our impacts on greenhouse gas concentrations.”

According to NOAA, average temperatures for 2021 were 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 Celsius) above the 20th century average, putting it just ahead of 2018. NASA’s analysis, which uses a 30-year reference period, showed that 2021 temperatures were tied to 2018 as the sixth-warmest year.

The greatest warming has occurred in the Northern Hemisphere, both on land and in the Arctic. The Arctic is warming more than three times faster than the global average, the agencies said.

NSW COVID Cases Rise, Victoria COVID Cases Rise, Novak Djokovic’s 2022 Australian Open Visa Saga Continues, 2022 Australian Open Crowds Capped, Qld’s COVID Cases Rise, AS COVID Cases Rise, NSW RAT Test Result Reports Become Mandatory https://jacahuesca.com/nsw-covid-cases-rise-victoria-covid-cases-rise-novak-djokovics-2022-australian-open-visa-saga-continues-2022-australian-open-crowds-capped-qlds-covid-cases-rise-as-covid-cases-rise-nsw-rat-tes/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:11:18 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/nsw-covid-cases-rise-victoria-covid-cases-rise-novak-djokovics-2022-australian-open-visa-saga-continues-2022-australian-open-crowds-capped-qlds-covid-cases-rise-as-covid-cases-rise-nsw-rat-tes/

Queensland deserves more support from the federal government after saving billions of dollars in Canberra during the coronavirus pandemic, the state health minister has said.

With Queensland set to finally fully open its borders to interstate travelers on Saturday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state should receive additional financial support from the Commonwealth because it lacked funds. huge sums paid to NSW and Victoria.

Queensland Minister of Health Yvette D’Ath.Credit:Matt Dennien

“We have given the Commonwealth a huge advantage in the way Queensland has handled the virus because, since June of last year, the Commonwealth has provided $ 252 million in payments for COVID-19 disaster in Queensland,” she declared.

“[To] NSW and Victoria combined provided $ 11 billion. We have saved the Commonwealth billions of dollars by the way we are handling the virus.

“So if there’s any financial support to be given, I think, you know, Queensland deserves it because we’ve definitely saved the Commonwealth a lot of money.”

Ms. D’Ath added that the federal government should do more to ensure essential workers and employers have better access to rapid antigen test kits.

Read the full story here.

iodp: Bhu Prof will participate in the Iodp expedition | Varanasi News https://jacahuesca.com/iodp-bhu-prof-will-participate-in-the-iodp-expedition-varanasi-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 23:03:00 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/iodp-bhu-prof-will-participate-in-the-iodp-expedition-varanasi-news/ Varanasi: Dr Komal Verma, Assistant Professor in the Geology Department of the Hindu University of Banaras has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 397 to the Atlantic Ocean as a micro-paleontologist, for two months in October-December 2022.
According to the spokesperson for BHU, she will represent India in this expedition and conduct research aboard JOIDES RESOLUTION with international scientists from 17 countries including UK, US, Germany, Japan, China and others. This international team will carry out research to explore the potential of marine energy resources. His participation in this next expedition will provide an unprecedented opportunity for advanced research and teaching in ocean science to international standards at the university and nationwide through international collaborations with eminent scientists aboard ships.
The laboratory of the geology department of BHU, working in the field of oceanography and micro paleontology, is the center for the study of global oceanic and climate change and its impact of this change on evolution and marine organisms. . Many IODP programs are underway here under the supervision of Prof. Arun Deo Singh.
Dr Verma’s selection is a great honor not only for herself but also for the Hindu University of Banaras, as the IODP is the most prestigious and important international organization in the world geared towards cutting-edge ocean research. and the most technologically advanced research vessel. The participating scientists are selected from international groups of marine science experts. ]]>
Spain wants EU to handle COVID as ‘common flu’ – EURACTIV.com https://jacahuesca.com/spain-wants-eu-to-handle-covid-as-common-flu-euractiv-com/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:40:05 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/spain-wants-eu-to-handle-covid-as-common-flu-euractiv-com/

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The Spanish government has been working for several weeks on a plan to approach the COVID-19 disease as if it were ordinary flu, EURACTIV partner EFE reported, citing El País. Read more.



President of the European Parliament David Sassoli dies. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died on Tuesday in the early hours of a hospital in Italy, his spokesperson announced on Twitter. Read more.



Mega cruise ship builder with facilities in Germany files for bankruptcy. MV Werften, a large shipbuilding company based in the German Land of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and employing around 1,900 workers, filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Read more.



Taubira will run in the French presidential elections if she wins the citizen primary. Former MEP and Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira has announced that she will only stand in the French presidential elections if she is nominated by the People’s Party Primary, a citizens’ initiative. According to her, it represents “the last chance for a possible union of the left”. Read more.



Austria steps up checks on compliance with COVID rules. Starting Tuesday, store and restaurant owners will face intense police checks to see if they are verifying their customers’ COVID certificates. Read more.



The UK banned Huawei because the US told us, former minister. The UK government’s decision to ban Huawei 5G equipment and services “had nothing to do with national security” and was due to US pressure, a former business and industry minister said. Read more.



Ireland is considering compulsory vaccinations. The Irish National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will consider introducing a mandate on vaccines following the publication of an upcoming article by the Department of Health on the complexity of the problem. Read more.



Swedish Minister of Defense: Russia threatens European security order. Russia’s actions threaten the entire European security order, Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said in a keynote address at Folk och Försvar, an annual meeting of the Swedish security and defense policy community. The minister also spoke about Russia’s demands on NATO and the current situation on the Ukrainian border. Read more.



The Baltic States top the euro area monthly inflation table. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania currently have the highest monthly inflation rates in the euro area, according to the latest Eurostat estimates. Read more.



Cyber ​​attacks against Portuguese organizations increased by 81% in 2021. The average weekly number of cyber attacks against Portuguese organizations increased 81% year-on-year in 2021, with one organization being attacked 881 times per week according to data from Check Point Research. Read more.



Greece silently admits the death of the East Med project. The market, not governments, decide the economic viability of energy projects, the Greek government said in the wake of a US State Department statement suggesting that Washington had lost interest in the EastMed gas pipeline project. Read more.



Surgeries in Italy drop 50 to 80% as intensive care units fill with COVID-19 patients. TThe lack of space in intensive care units (ICUs) caused by the number of COVID-19 patients is causing a deep crisis for surgical activities in hospitals, which have dropped to between 50 and80% as a result. Read more.



The Hungarian minister is certain of the fourth vaccine. Human Resources Minister for Health Miklós Kásler said he was absolutely certain that the need for a fourth vaccination should be taken into account in an interview with InfoRádió on Monday, Telex reported. Read more.



A critic of the government acquitted of insulting the Polish president. The Warsaw Regional Court has decided to stop the trial against the writer Jakub Żulczyk, who called President Andrzej Duda a “moron”. The decision was not well received by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), of which Duda was a member until 2015. Read more.



Czech farmers fight over CAP strategic plan. Small-scale farmers protest against the EU’s national strategic plan for the implementation of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Czechia, calling for more sustainable agricultural finance while large-scale farmers oppose last-minute changes . Read more.



Slovaks lose thousands of retirement savings per year. Pension savings are worth hHundreds of millions or more than a billion euros in total are lost every year by Slovaks who invest their money in the second pillar of the pension system. Read more.



The European Commission chooses not to comment on the protests in Tirana. The European Commission has chosen not to comment on the protests that rocked Tirana over the weekend as tensions between two factions of the Democratic Party peaked. Read more.



Bulgaria is concentrating its efforts on the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians. Bulgaria will focus its efforts on protecting the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians in talks with North Macedonia, while Skopje will seek to negotiate the swift lifting of Bulgaria’s veto on EU membership. Read more.



Romania has sold or donated nearly 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Romania has received more than 28.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the end of 2020, but less than 60% have been used for its own population. Some 3.5 million doses have been sold to other countries, 2.2 million have been donated and nearly a million of what remains has expired. Read more.



Electricity and gas prices will increase in Croatia. The government and all its ministries are trying to avoid a blow to the standard of living due to the rise in energy prices, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said. Read more.


Unemployment in Croatia has fallen for the ninth consecutive month. At the end of December, 125,715 people were registered with the Croatian Employment Service (HZZ), i.e. 34,130 job seekers or 21.4% less than in December 2020, reported the HZZ. Read more.



Serbian speaker: Harmonization with EU laws should not be scary. Serbia “cannot be hurt” by harmonizing its laws with those of the European Union, Parliament Speaker Ivica Dačić said on Monday, adding that the alignment should give rise to no fear. Read more.


Serbian health expert: COVID passes should be required 24 hours a day. Only a massive deployment of vaccination and the required 24-hour COVID passes could curb and mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Colonel Ivo Udovičić, head of the Karaburma military hospital in Belgrade, said on Monday. Read more.



BiH citizens across Europe are protesting against the crisis in the country. Bosnians and Herzegovinians in the UK, Italy, Sweden, Belgium and 14 other countries staged protests for the preservation of peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina, urging the EU to react against those who question the survival of the country, N1 reported. Read more.



Bread prices in Montenegro up 30%. Basic types of bread in Montenegro will cost 65 euro cents, which is 30% more than the previous 50 cents, a bakery business group of the Montenegro Chamber of Commerce decided.

This comes after the Ministry of Economic Development announced at the end of December that it was proposing free price setting for white bread from January 1, 20002.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)


  • EU / France: President Emmanuel Macron receives European Council President Charles Michel in Paris.
  • Germany: ECB President Christine Lagarde and German Finance Minister Lindner speak at handover ceremony for new Bundesbank President Nagel / Press conference by Minister for Climate Protection and Economy, Robert Habeck.
  • Austria: The FFP2 mask becomes mandatory outdoors in the fight against Covid-19.
  • Switzerland: The World Economic Forum publishes an annual report on global risks.
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian and Taiwanese economy ministers hold joint press conference online.
  • Czechia / Slovakia: Prime Minister Petr Fiala is visiting Bratislava to meet his Slovak counterpart Eduard Heger and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová. European affairs such as the EU’s eastern borders and the Green Deal are on the agenda.
  • Croatia: Government bargaining committees and union representatives hold meeting on general collective agreement for public sector employeess.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]

Winter’s wrath envelops the Berkshires in polar frost to start the week | Weather https://jacahuesca.com/winters-wrath-envelops-the-berkshires-in-polar-frost-to-start-the-week-weather/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/winters-wrath-envelops-the-berkshires-in-polar-frost-to-start-the-week-weather/

A brutal explosion from a deep arctic frost, also known as a “polar vortex”, was on deck earlier this week, after Sunday’s brewing of freezing rain and sleet. The roads in the area were so dangerous that many were impassable from early to mid-morning until they could be handled by road crews.

My police radio crackled with multiple reports of accidents, including cars in ditches. At one point, Lenox police struggled to reach a motorist because the roads near Tanglewood looked like ice rinks.

The Albany National Weather Service summed up the forecast for tonight through Tuesday night: Dangerous cold could cause frostbite and hypothermia, and wind chill alerts will be needed.

How cold? At dawn Tuesday, zero or so. Tuesday’s maximum: 5 degrees! Then the late night low will dip to minus 6 or below. By later this week, we should welcome a return to the average temperature range for week 2 of January: a low around 15, and a high near 30 or slightly above.

What wind? Gusts as strong as 40 mph. What’s needed? Parkas, gloves, hats and a cup of tea.

Here in the Berkshires, “with a tenth to a quarter of an inch of ice potentially on trees from daytime freezing rain, strong winds can break tree branches, causing power outages,” according to an article. online from government forecaster Christina Speciale in Albany. This threat is expected to abate by mid-morning today.

Another concern this morning is a band of flurries caused by extremely cold air passing over the still partially thawed Great Lakes. This could drop an inch or two of snow, especially in the southern Berkshires, affecting the return to work and school.

Some of the frigid air mass of northern Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories in Canada is finally heading northeast by tonight, thanks to a deep bend in the jet stream . Sunday morning’s extreme cold brought temperatures to a record minus 63 in Chicken, Alaska, as well as Deadmen Valley and Rabbit Kettle, both in the Northwest Territories.

For next weekend, seasonal temperatures are expected, although there is a risk of snow on Sunday.

The outlook for Jan. 16-22 suggests slightly below normal temperatures and slightly above average snowfall for western New England, according to the Climate Prediction Center.


The incursion of arctic air also affected the Upper Midwest and northern plains earlier this week, along with dangerous wind chills. Elsewhere, calm weather and a warming trend will be welcome in the Great Plains and much of the West.

By midweek, moderate to heavy precipitation is expected over the Pacific Northwest, Four Corners States, and then across the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley by Thursday and Friday. The risk of winter conditions could increase by next weekend for the Midwestern and Great Lakes region, as well as an outdoor risk of snow in the northeast.

The Big Chill will subside in the east starting Wednesday, while the central United States will be much milder than normal, particularly in the plains and the Mississippi Valley.

After the early week showers in Florida, the sun is expected to return from Wednesday, with peaks in the 1970s. The Carolinas are expected to be mostly sunny after a few rains today, with highs near 60.


More than four in ten Americans live in a county that was hit by extreme climate-related weather last year, according to a new Washington Post analysis of federal disaster reports. While all of New York State, Vermont, and Connecticut were included, Berkshire County and the rest of Massachusetts were not.

But more than 80% of Americans have suffered at least one heat wave, including the Berkshires. Heat wave data from about 7,500 NOAA temperature monitors across the country came to the conclusion.

Although the extreme heat is not officially considered a disaster, it is one of the deadliest forms of severe weather. Officials say at least 227 people were killed by the record-breaking heat dome that engulfed the Pacific Northwest in late June – a figure that is almost certainly an undercount.

In the country that has generated more greenhouse gases than any other country in history, global warming is extending its reach and taking a heavy toll, the Post said in its weekly climate report.

At least 656 people have died amid the onslaught of disasters, as shown by media and government records. The cost of destruction exceeds $ 104 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, even before authorities calculate the final toll of wildfires, drought and heat waves in the West.

There is no doubt that the future will be worse. Steadily rising temperatures increase the risk of forest fires, turbocharged rainstorms, exacerbate flooding and intensify drought.

Yet the pollution that warms the planet, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, reached near record highs last year. The Build Back Better Bill, which contains the largest clean energy investment in U.S. history, has been blocked in Congress.

The United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland produced pledges that put global average temperatures on track to rise by about 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century – a warming amount that would turn once-unthinkable disasters into almost annual events.

Even though climate change will make freezing weather less likely, some scientists have suggested that a warming Arctic may cause fluctuations in the polar vortex, allowing tongues of cold air to spread into lower latitudes such as New England. Other studies indicate that warmer winter temperatures fueled late-season thunderstorms that triggered December tornadoes in the South and Midwest.

Some recent events have been made so extreme by rising temperatures that they are shattering statistical patterns. The Pacific Northwest Thermal Dome, which scientists said was “virtually impossible” without climate change, was one such event, said Michael Wehner, climatologist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California. . Last month’s Marshall fire in Colorado will likely be another.

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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid entry rules for Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Turkey https://jacahuesca.com/heathrow-and-gatwick-latest-covid-entry-rules-for-italy-france-spain-germany-and-turkey/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:36:42 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/heathrow-and-gatwick-latest-covid-entry-rules-for-italy-france-spain-germany-and-turkey/

It’s no secret that Covid has posed travel challenges for many over the past two years.

The Omicron variant is the most recent cause of travel restrictions and some countries have even banned visitors from the UK.

There are still places to escape to soak up the winter sun, but be sure to check the entry rules for each destination before booking.

Here are the entry rules for Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Turkey.

READ MORE: New rules for travelers as pre-departure tests are finally removed


To enter the country, visitors must prove their Covid-19 status with a green pass.

The popular tourist destination accepts UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination as its counterpart.

Italy has spectacular sites to explore

Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to self-isolate but must complete the Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) prior to entry to obtain a QR code.

They will also need a negative PCR test from the previous 48 hours or a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before entry.

Unvaccinated travelers should complete the same form and also require a negative PCR or lateral flow test. They will also have to inform the prevention service of the local health authority of their entry into the country and self-isolate for five days, making sure to undergo another test at the end of the isolation period.

Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if accompanying a vaccinated parent and those under 6 are exempt from testing.

Any arrival may be subject to random Covid testing at the airport.


The British are still banned from France

British residents wishing to visit France currently cannot do so, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they meet strict criteria, traveling for essential reasons.

French nationals and residents are allowed to enter the country from the UK.

Other exemptions exist, in particular for certain reasons for business travel, and for British nationals residing in other EU Member States or assimilated countries (EEA countries, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra) who intend to go through France to return to their country of residence.

If travelers meet the criteria, there are strict entry rules.

All persons over 12 years of age should have a negative PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of departure.

Visitors must also provide their contact details to the French authorities via an online form as well as a sworn statement of absence of symptoms.

All travelers must also self-isolate for 48 hours and perform a negative PCR or antigen test to exit quarantine. A positive result would require an additional isolation period of 10 days.

Unvaccinated travelers entering via Eurostar must take an additional Covid-19 test upon arrival at Gare du Nord and self-isolate for 10 days if positive.


Only vaccinated travelers can enter Spain

Prior to travel, visitors must sign and an online health check form and, upon arrival, must present the QR code.

Tourists must also demonstrate full vaccination status and may undergo other tests at the airport, including temperature control.

Arrivals may be required to undergo a PCR, TMA or LAMP test up to 48 hours after arrival in the country.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be tested or self-quarantined, regardless of the reason for travel. Children under 12 do not need to prove their immunization status or take a diagnostic test to enter.

People aged 12 to 15 can apply for an NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel.

Unvaccinated visitors currently cannot enter Spain from the UK for tourism.


Skyline of the Reichstag, Berlin
Germany is open to vaccinated visitors

Anyone wishing to enter Germany from the UK must complete a digital registration before departure, regardless of their vaccination status.

Those who are fully vaccinated can enter for any reason for travel, but those over 6 years old must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival.

The proof must include:

  • the details of the vaccinated person (at least last name, first name and date of birth)
  • date of vaccination, number of vaccinations
  • vaccine name (because only certain vaccines are accepted)
  • name of the disease against which we vaccinated
  • official characteristics indicating the person or institution responsible for carrying out the vaccination or issuing the certificate

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Unvaccinated visitors are only allowed entry if they are a German citizen; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German resident; play an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.

They are also required to quarantine themselves for 10 days upon arrival with an option of testing and being released after five days.

Fully vaccinated and recovered travelers are exempt from this requirement, once they upload their proof of status to the digital check-in portal prior to departure.

All visitors over the age of six, vaccinated or not, must have a negative Covid test result. This can be either a PCR test performed 48 hours or less before departure, or a rapid antigen not older than 48 hours at the time of entry.

Unvaccinated children under the age of five are allowed to enter Germany without a negative test if they are traveling with a vaccinated parent but must self-quarantine for five days.


UK holidaymakers may be subjected to random PCR tests upon arrival
UK holidaymakers may be subjected to random PCR tests upon arrival

Anyone wishing to enter Turkey aged 6 and over must complete an online form (Turkey Entry Form) no later than 72 hours before travel.

All travelers 12 years and older must have proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid, negative PCR test from 72 hours before arrival or negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours of arrival .

Children aged 11 and under do not need a PCR test or proof of vaccine to enter the country.

All arrivals will need to undergo a medical assessment for symptoms of Covid, including temperature checks. They may also be subjected to random PCR testing upon arrival.

Travelers will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey with their contact details.

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]]> Omicron variant Live updates: Karnataka reports 12,000 new cases of Covid; 9,020 from Bangalore only https://jacahuesca.com/omicron-variant-live-updates-karnataka-reports-12000-new-cases-of-covid-9020-from-bangalore-only/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:03:16 +0000 https://jacahuesca.com/omicron-variant-live-updates-karnataka-reports-12000-new-cases-of-covid-9020-from-bangalore-only/

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Health workers outside the Covid care center of a hospital in Ahmedabad.

Maharashtra continues to have the maximum number of Omicron cases, followed by Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Kerala in India. In addition, several states have imposed restrictions and a nighttime curfew to curb the spread of the infection.

With the surge in COVID-19 cases, India is witnessing a third wave of the pandemic believed to be caused by the Omicron variant and experts continually warn that it is highly contagious and cannot be taken lightly. Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant at Apollo Hospitals, said: “We certainly shouldn’t take Omicron lightly as a fraction of patients will certainly become ill. We are already seeing an increase in hospitalizations. Guess we don’t think Omicron is virulent, but if you have underlying uncontrolled diabetes, bronchitis, or asthma, you’re going to get sick. Even before the Omicron or even before this COVID came along, all of these immunocompromised or vulnerable patients got sick with it. So what I’m going to say is because it’s very contagious, and so many people are infected with it. , you might be young, you might get through it, but if you belong to the vulnerable population then don’t take it lightly. “He added,” So don’t take it lightly. There is no reason to panic. This is what I would say. But yes, you can’t take it lightly and you shouldn’t throw in your guards, you should be careful in your approach until the time we get over this pandemic. ”

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