A Tip for Checking Your Destination’s Vaccine Requirements

As the world opens up to vaccinated Americans, the good news is that you can now travel to most of these destinations without the need to quarantine. You may still be tested upon entry, and U.S. rules still require you to be tested within 72 hours of your return to America.

But a number of countries are now adding an extra wrinkle to the requirements for entry.

Switzerland, for example, says that vaccinated Americans can come but only if you’ve had your shots within the last six months.

So if you got your vaccine back in January, you won’t be allowed in Switzerland if you want to go in August.

A good idea is to check with your destination country to determine if it has a similar rule.

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Owners ‘devastated’ as burglars ransack café’s tip jar and till and leave it £3k out of pocket

A restaurant in south Manchester that opened during the pandemic is more than £3,000 out of pocket after burglars ransacked the venue last week.

On Friday morning (June 18), staff at Aunty Ji’s in Levenshulme arrived for work to discover the restaurant had been broken into.

Burglars had stolen a safe, money from the till and a tip jar that was to be divided between staff.

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For co-owner Zee Ahmed, who just opened the restaurant on Stockport Road in July last year, he said he’s absolutely ‘devastated’.

“I’m speechless really,” Zee tells the M.E.N.

“The whole team has been really down about it. We turned up on Friday morning and found we’d been burgled.

“They’d taken out the till and stolen the tip jar that our staff had worked really hard for.

“They’ve also taken our phones which were used for customer orders and to manage stock. It’s made things really difficult for us.

“To take the tip jar from a business that has been unable to operate is just low.”

Zee Ahmed launched Aunty Ji's in Levenshulme in July last year
Zee Ahmed launched Aunty Ji’s in Levenshulme in July last year

Zee predicts that the money stolen and the cost of repairs will fetch the business back more than £3,000 – something they do not have.

“We’ve put all our life savings into this business,” Zee, who previously launched a travel company before it was forced to shut down due to the pandemic, says.

“We opened last year and had a couple of months before we had to close completely due to the local lockdown.

“We were able to reopen in January after three months of no income whatsoever.

“We survived just about by minimal staff – it was just me, my partner and a chef.

“Finally, we were really looking forward to being able to reopen and we’ve had to deal with staff shortages which has been quite difficult for us.

“We’re not in the city centre so it’s not always easy for us to get staff.

Aunty Ji's has been a popular cafe in Levenshulme since reopening at the start of the year
Aunty Ji’s has been a popular cafe in Levenshulme since reopening at the start of the year

“In the last few weeks, we’ve managed to get a full team together and we were doing quite well until this happened.

“It has taken us back – we’re barely surviving as it is.

“This sort of money is crucial to us. We’re not a big place in the city centre, we’re a small cafe out in Levenshulme where we’ve put our life savings into.”

But, despite the hardship, Zee says his team has refused to let it affect them.

“We’re quite resilient as a team,” he explains.

“The morale of the staff has been low but we’re refusing to let it stop us.

“We opened back up on Friday evening and have been open ever since.”

Aunty Ji's on Stockport Road, Levenshulme, was broken into last week.
Aunty Ji’s on Stockport Road, Levenshulme, was broken into last week.

Zee says the Levenshulme community have also been supporting Aunty Ji’s, which describes itself as a ‘pan-cultural space’, since hearing about the burglary.

“When my grandparents moved to the UK from Pakistan in the 50’s, they moved to Levenshulme,” Zee adds.

“It’s always been one one of those places that is such a mix of people from different backgrounds.

“It’s a place where people from everywhere come together and we like that.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were called to a report of a burglary at the premises on Stockport Road in Levenshulme at around 7.30am on Friday 18 June 2021.

A GMP spokesperson said: “Enquiries have since established that an unknown offender(s) had entered a premises and caused damage to a cash register and a safe.

“A quantity of cash was also taken.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information can contact GMP on 101.

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G Adventures’ Bruce Poon Tip awarded honourary doctorate


“Let me first say that this honour is less about me and my achievements, and more about the decisions and sacrifices of my community that has made me who I am, and gave me the auspicious gift of opportunity. 

“There’s a famous saying; love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life, and I’m a big supporter of that. Live a purposeful life – if you find your purpose in what you do, then that’s your destiny. And when destiny calls, be prepared to listen,” said Poon Tip. 

During the online celebration, Kevin Hall, president of the University of Victoria, said the university’s honorary degrees are awarded to people with exceptional records of distinction and achievement, but more importantly, to game-changers. 

“Your commitment to leadership and humanity, pursuit of a better future for people on the planet, and your remarkable, wide-ranging accomplishments are truly uplifting in these challenging times. You and your enduring legacies reflect the important role our university plays in fostering our leaders of tomorrow. You inspire our graduates and our entire community to pursue their dreams of a better world with passion, and determination,” said Hall. 

The honorary doctorate is the second to be accepted by Poon Tip. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Capilano University in 2019. 

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Tip your favourite themed UK trail for the chance to win a holiday voucher | Travel

A themed trail can turn a walk into an adventure, keep children occupied and be educational, too – and we’re keen to hear your favourites. Whether it’s a child-friendly Gruffalo trail or an arty route following sculptures along the coast, a literary trail tracing the haunts of an author, or a historic walk, we want to know about it. They might be trails you’ve found in a guidebook, downloaded on an app or invented yourself – send us the web link if necessary.

If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 29 June at 9am BST

Have a look at our past winners and other tips

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Houston Happens – Send YOUR pet photos, gay NFL player, Crime Tip Tuesday, National Dairy Month, travel on a budget

HOUSTON (KIAH) Good Tuesday morning, thanks for watching Houston Happens. Host Maggie Flecknoe is starting us off with today’s top talkers including the first openly gay active NFL player. Plus, check out the ‘revenge necklace’ a woman commissioned after her boyfriend cheated on her with not one, not two, but three other women!

And in today’s Crime Tip Tuesday Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO Rania Mankarious has a warning about Amazon phone and email scams!

Also, we’re celebrating National Dairy Month with LeRoy Butler, a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers. And ready, set, EAT! Check out Sadler’s Smokehouse® beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and St. Louis Ribs at select retailers this summer.

Looking to travel this summer? We have advice on how you can travel on a budget.

Plus, this Friday is take your dog to work day. We want you to email us you and your cat or dog hard at work.

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Tip Top Has Released A Cinnamon Doughnut Flavoured Bread

Friends, I require you to avert your eyes right over here and prepare your mouths to water like they’ve never watered before. I’m talking Warragamba levels of liquid. Why? Because Tip Top has launched cinnamon doughnut flavoured bread. Read it again and weep.

You may be thinking, Pedestrian writer, isn’t that just cinnamon toast? And you’d be absolutely fkn correct in thinking that. The difference is it’s made from that super fluffy Tip Top bread that they make all their good shit from, like their Golden Circle crumpets.

It’s also got a little bit of a sugary hit to it, making it taste just like a warm cinnamon doughnut when you toast it. Sounds like perfection because it is.

Now you don’t need to go to all the trouble of buying a new pack of Woolies cinnamon doughnuts every week just to watch them become empty in record time. Instead, you can buy a pack of this, and watch it disappear even faster.

Something we’re also not acknowledging is how incredible Tip Top toast tastes with butter. A cinnamon doughnut with butter is blasphemous. Mix the two, however, and I’m sure you can overcome all hindrances and reach complete nirvana.

tip top cinnamon donut flavour
Rumour has it this is how they look in the Woolies aisle.

Here’s how Woolies describes the yummo new product:

“This scrumptious loaf is soft in the middle but also crunchy on the outside when toasted. Each slice is slightly sweetened and made with delicious bursts of Cinnamon flavour.

“Toast a slice and it will fill your house with an irresistible aroma of freshly baked cinnamon doughnuts… or eat it straight from the pack… Just as yummy!

“Made with Cinnamon Bursts.”

It’s that last part that has sent me into a hungry spiral. Cinnamon bursts? So, like, delicious clumps of cinnamon? My belly rumbles and my mouth hungers. Masks on girls, gays and theys, we ride at dawn to the nearest Woolies.

You can catch this delisho new product at your local Woolies for just $5. Despite the fact that I’ve written over 300 words about a slice of bread, you better believe that I did it all of my own accord.

Tip Top, if you’re reading this, love your work. Send me some bread, this is fkn genius.


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TIP Predicts Strong Growth for Travel Adapter Market by 2028 end Amidst Rising Demand – The ERX News

This research report will give you deep insights about the Travel Adapter Market and it will also help you in strategic decision making. The final research document is an exhaustive document comprising of 150 pages. All our reports are usually purchased across industries by Executives, Managers, Senior Managers, Strategy people, Directors, Vice Presidents, CXOs, etc. and help them in understanding about the market trends and analysis, competition, industry landscape, market size, market revenue, forecast, COVID-19 impact analysis, SWOT analysis, etc.

The increasing number of international travelers and the increasing adoption of various consumer electronics devices are the major factors supporting the travel adapters market’s growth. However, the presence of counterfeited products in the market might hinder the growth of the market. The travel adapter market is price sensitive as companies operating in the market are focusing on offering travel adapter at competitive prices. North America holds a significant market share; however, APAC is expected to grow at a high CAGR.

Top key players of Travel Adapter Market:

1. Apple Inc.
2. Havells India Ltd
4. Moshi
5. Panasonic
8. Targus
10. Xiaomi Corporation

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Mark Milligan tip for Belmont Park & Santa Anita

Timeform’s US racing expert Mark Milligan has a couple of selections including one running at Santa Anita in the early hours UK time.

Best bet for US Racing on Sunday

#2 Americanrevolution, 2pts at 7/2 (min 5/2) – Belmont R8, 21:40

Americanrevolution made his debut at Keeneland in October in a race that that has thrown up stacks of subsequent winners, not the least the victor on the day Mandaloun, who will likely be awarded the Kentucky Derby sometime in the near future once the disqualification of Medina Spirit is officially confirmed.

Not only did Americanrevolution run really well in fourth, he did it in eye-catching fashion having been slowly away and green in the early part of the race. His performance is also worth upgrading a little, as he got in a barging match with Mandaloun in the home straight before staying on nicely.

A stable switch from Rodolphe Brisset to Todd Pletcher has also taken place since that debut, and while Brisset himself is a perfectly capable trainer, a move to Pletcher’s barn has to be viewed as a positive. Lasix first time is the icing on the cake for a selection that looks overpriced at 7/2.

#3 Sea Dreamer, 1pt at 7/2 (min 11/4) – Santa Anita R10, 02:02

Tonight’s second selection takes place in the wee small hours but could be well worth the wait (although I’ll be watching on video the next morning!).

Simon Callaghan’s first-timer starters tend to improve for the experience, though his good ones are more than capable of winning first up, and Sea Dreamer could well be above average.

A $250K daughter of top US sire Into Mischief, Sea Dreamer has worked stylishly for this debut, including in company with Grade 3-placed Paige Anne.

Although it’s always worth treating workouts with a pinch of salt, the selection did appear to travel better than Paige Anne over 5f earlier this month, and if she can produce what she’s been showing in the mornings she’ll prove tough to beat on debut.

Published at 1500 on 20/06/21

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Bangor Pier featured as the ‘Winning Travel Tip’ in the Guardian

Bangor Pier has been featured as The Guardian Readers’ winning travel tip from 10 of the best piers and promenades in the UK.


The Travel guide is compiled from tips from Guardian readers which described the feature as “Seaside strolls are all the better for a classic, characterful pier or the views and attractions of a waterside prom”.

The ‘Winning Tip’ Bangor Pier

Bangor pier holds many memories for us. It’s the place where my husband lost his car keys 50 years ago. Luckily those were the days when you could hotwire a car (or in this case minivan) to start it. We return there often. The pier has breath-taking views of the Menai strait on one side and to the Great Orme behind Llandudno on the other. In front is beautiful Anglesey; turn round for wonderful views of Snowdonia. It is a pier that is unrivalled anywhere. It has refreshments and ice-cream too! – Ruth

Bangor Garth Pier celebrates its 125th year anniversary this year.

Lord Penrhyn officially opened the pier on 14th May 1896, following a procession through the city and a crowd of over 5,000 people assembled to watch the opening ceremony.

The Grade II listed structure is 1,500 feet (460 m) in length, it’s the second-longest pier in Wales, and the ninth longest in the UK.

The original Pier had a small railway for handling baggage which had been included in the design, it was removed in 1914.

The pontoon handled the pleasure steamers of the Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company to and from Blackpool, Liverpool and Douglas, Isle of Man.

In 1914, the cargo steamer SS Christiana broke free from the pontoon overnight and caused considerable damage to the neck of the pier. A resulting gap to the pontoon was temporarily bridged by the Royal Engineers, that remained until place until 1921 due to the onset of World War I. By this time, additional damage had occurred, and repairs took a few months over the originally envisaged few weeks.

In 1971, the pier closed on safety grounds, with ownership being passed to Arfon Borough Council in 1974. The council took the immediate decision to demolish the pier, but Bangor City Council objected, obtaining a Grade II listing for the structure, with the planning officer considering it one of the three finest surviving piers in Great Britain.

The Council purchased the pier for a nominal fee of 1p in 1975, although it wasn’t until 1982 that renovation started. The restoration took six years to complete and the pier reopened in 1988. Financial assistance was given from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Welsh Office and Manpower Services Commission. The pier was reopened by George Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey on 7 May 1988.

Major restoration work commenced in August 2017 costing £1.8million which involved replacing steel trusses and supports, this is the first major restoration project since the 1980s.

With a large-scale 125th anniversary celebration delayed by a year until May 2022, Bangor City Council and Friends of Bangor Garth Pier will celebrate the anniversary in different ways over the coming months.

Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, said: “It is a huge privilege for us to be involved with Bangor Garth pier, and play a pivotal role in protecting the pier for the future, especially so as we are enabling the local community to take part in that process. Our pier – owned by the City Council and loved by all.”

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Minnesota’s Backyard: At the tip of the Arrowhead, shared waterfalls at Grand Portage State Park

But if you are truly longing to see a neighbor from the north, you can go to Grand Portage State Park, have them meet you on the other side of the Pigeon River, and wave. It’s only a few hundred feet or less to another country. But you are unlikely to be able to converse with your Canadian friend, as the river’s raging waters are what draw visitors to this most northeasterly of Minnesota’s 66 state parks.

At the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in the Twin Cities, Fort Snelling refers to a historic site, a former military post, a state park, an athletic facility and a light rail train station. As people learn when they drive to the tip of the Minnesota Arrowhead, the name Grand Portage is similar in that it identifies not only a fantastic state park, but also a town, a historic site vital to European exploration of Minnesota, a reservation, a casino/hotel/marina/campground complex and a national monument.

One of the newest uses of the name, opened in 1994, is the state park, which is unique in that it is the only one in Minnesota on land not owned by the state. The day-use park, and the access to its waterfalls, is part of a cooperative agreement between the state and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In the new visitor center, opened in 2010, are numerous displays about the history and culture of the region’s original residents, before European explorers came here as part of their fruitless search for a route to the Far East. But the Pigeon River and its waterfalls are the primary attraction.

There are a wide variety of hiking trails on-site at Grand Portage State Park, from a half-mile paved trail that takes visitors to a viewpoint above the state's highest waterfall, to more remote trails into the wilderness above Lake Superior. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources photo.

There are a wide variety of hiking trails on-site at Grand Portage State Park, from a half-mile paved trail that takes visitors to a viewpoint above the state’s highest waterfall, to more remote trails into the wilderness above Lake Superior. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources photo.

From the visitor center, down a half-mile paved trail that is wheelchair accessible, is an overlook above the High Falls, which at 120 feet is Minnesota’s highest waterfall. For the more adventurous hikers, a nearly five-mile round trip hike takes them further down the river to Middle Falls.

“That’s a much more rugged hike, with 600 to 700 feet of elevation gain over the course of the hike,” said Travis Novitsky, the park manager. “You go up over a ridge that includes views of Lake Superior, and you can see the Susie Islands and see Isle Royale from up there.”

With access to Canada cut off, for now, it has had a negative impact on the residents of the region, who in normal times travel to Thunder Bay, Ontario (about an hour away) for groceries and to see a movie on occasion. But the lack of border access has not dampened the desire of visitors from the United States to visit the park. Novitsky said their June visitor numbers are double what is normal, and in April — traditionally a slow month — they were quadruple typical numbers, as folks seek to get outside on the back side of the pandemic.

History happens

Grand Portage exists because of those Pigeon River waterfalls. The region’s first European explorers could not take birchbark canoes over those raging waters, and came up with a roughly nine-mile overland route to a more tranquil stretch of river that took the voyageurs, eventually, to Rainy Lake, the Rainy River, Lake of the Woods and points further west.

Opened in 1994, Grand Portage State Park is unique in that it is the only one in Minnesota on land not owned by the state.

Opened in 1994, Grand Portage State Park is unique in that it is the only one in Minnesota on land not owned by the state.

That history is on display just a few miles south of the state park at Grand Portage National Monument, where costumed actors take visitors back to the days of the fur trade, and the village’s fur trading post and stockade had been re-created on the site where they first stood in 1731.

Notable nearby

Isle Royale National Park is considerably closer to this part of Minnesota than it is to any part of Michigan, but still, the 45-mile long island in Lake Superior is considered a part of Michigan, not Minnesota. In any case, Grand Portage is a noted departure point for excursions to Isle Royale, with two ferries making the two-hour trip to the island and back each day in the ice-free months.

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