Utah Jazz will be without Donovan Mitchell against Golden State Warriors


SAN FRANCISCO — The Utah Jazz have been without Donovan Mitchell for the last two games, and they’ll be without him when they return to the court on Sunday.

Mitchell suffered a concussion against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and has been in the NBA’s concussion protocol since then.

The Jazz told reporters that Mitchell did not travel to San Francisco with the Jazz on Saturday, that he remains in the concussion protocol and thus that he will not play against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Additionally on the Jazz injury report, Rudy Gobert (left ankle soreness) and Trent Forrest (right hip contusion) are both questionable to play at Golden State.

Hassan Whiteside, who has missed five games after testing positive for COVID-19, has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocol but is listed as questionable to play on Sunday as he returns to game-ready condition.

The Jazz tip off against the Warriors at 6:30 p.m. MST on NBA TV.



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EU seeks to suspend visa-free travel with Vanuatu over ‘golden passport’ scheme


The European Commission has proposed a suspension of a visa-free travel agreement with the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu because of the nation’s scheme offering passports to rich foreigners.

The proposal was announced on Wednesday local time. If it is backed by EU states, it will be the first time the EU has imposed sanctions on a country for running “golden passport” schemes.

The commission has repeatedly warned the scheme could pose security and money-laundering risks. 

Under the scheme, foreigners can obtain Vanuatu citizenship and a passport in exchange for a minimum investment of $US130,000 ($178,000).

That in turn gives them visa-free access to the EU under a visa-waiver agreement the country has with the 27-nation bloc.

The lucrative “cash for passports” scheme helped keep Vanuatu’s economy afloat when the pandemic hit and the country’s tourism industry was on its knees.

In 2020, the citizenship program accounted for 35 per cent of the government’s revenue.

Approved Vanuatu citizenship agent Catherine Boudier said suspending visa-free travel to the EU would have a huge impact on citizenship sales.

“A lot of the [citizenship] enquiries and why the clients have been contacting us is to be able to travel in Europe,” Ms Boudier told the ABC.

“I personally think it’s very serious.”

Vanuatu Business Resilience Council chair Glen Craig said the effects on Vanuatu’s economy would be “immediate” and “drastic”.

“Especially in COVID times, the Vanuatu economy is almost solely being propped up by the citizenship program,” Mr Craig said.

“For the EU to be looking at such a suspension right now, in a fragile, small South Pacific country, on the grounds that they’ve given, we think it’s pretty poor form.”

Mr Craig said suspending the visa-free travel arrangement would impact on local services like health, education and governance.

“If I was in the finance and economic management department of the government I’d be very stressed right now about how we can afford to pay doctors and nurses and keep hospitals open,” he said.

The commission has proposed suspending visa-free travel for all holders of Vanuatu passports released since May 2015, which is when the investor program started to operate in earnest in the country.

The moratorium would be lifted if the program was properly amended.

The EU executive said the scheme was risky because it essentially accepted all applicants and did not sufficiently screen them, despite some appearing in Interpol’s security databases.

Tess Newton-Cain, the project lead at the Pacific Hub for the Griffith Asia Institute, said one issue the commission had raised was that citizens from countries that were not granted visas into the EU, were using a Vanuatu passport to enter instead.

“They seem to have a concern that these these passports, the Vanuatu passports, are allowing people to do an end run around a process that they would otherwise fall foul of,” Dr Newton-Cain said.

Vanuatu’s embassy in Brussels was not immediately available for comment.

The commission said it was monitoring countries with visa-free access to the EU which were effectively operating or planning to set up investor-citizenship schemes, including Caribbean and Pacific islands and eastern European states Montenegro, Albania and Moldova.

Most EU states have their own schemes offering passports or visas to wealthy foreigners, but the commission considers most of them in line with EU rules, with the exception of programs set up by Cyprus and Malta.

Both states are facing legal challenges from Brussels which require them to change the programs or stop running them to avoid the risk of a fine.

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Northern lights, wild flamingos and golden eagles: readers’ favourite holidays of 2021 | Travel


Winning tip: Wild flamingos, pine woods and paella in Spain

An easy 12-mile (19km) cycle south from Valencia takes you to the sand dune beaches of El Saler and the Albufera nature reserve. I stayed two nights in the Parador de El Saler hotel, which looks on to the Mediterranean sea and is surrounded by pine forests. The nature reserve means the area has few buildings and is full of birds. I cycled to a birdwatching centre 10 minutes from the hotel to see flamingos. Albufera is famous for its very shallow salt-water lake and there are sunset trips in traditional flat-bottom boats. There are plenty of restaurants serving paella (cooked outside over fires made from orange-tree branches). I loved the beach and the forest.
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Diamond beach and northern lights in Iceland

The Jökulsárlón glacier in southern Iceland.
The Jökulsárlón glacier in southern Iceland. Photograph: Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images

A visit this month to Jökulsárlón glacier in Iceland was worth the effort. The drive from a small town, Vik, to the glacier through a vast expanse of snow-covered plains gave an exhilarating feeling of being on another planet. Small icebergs that had cracked away from the glacier and been chucked on to the contrasting black volcanic sandy beach glittered like diamonds – an extraordinary spectacle. Vik is idyllic, with snowy mountains on one side and the black sand beach on the other. The aurora watched from a hilltop church’s grounds was a spectacular display of colours.
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Higher than eagles in the Hebrides

Ceapabhal hill and saltings on the Isle of Harris.
Ceapabhal hill and saltings on the Isle of Harris. Photograph: Studio-Annika/Getty Images

Ceapabhal, known locally as Toe Head, looms wherever you are on the Isle of Harris. It only took me 15 years of visiting the Outer Hebrides to pluck up the courage to climb it. The views from the top are panoramic: the topaz waters and powder-white sands of almost every beach on the island sparkle below. From my elevated position, feathers glowed golden in the sunshine. For the first time, I had the privilege of looking down on not one, but three magnificent raptors. Enormous golden eagles swooped beneath me before soaring on thermals into the clouds.
Vanessa Wright

Fairytale waterfalls by Loch Lomond

The Falls of Falloch, just north of Loch Lomond.
The Falls of Falloch, just north of Loch Lomond. Photograph: Angus McComiskey/Alamy

During our journey on the West Highland Way there was one place where I wished I could stay longer. The north end of Loch Lomond stole my heart with its dramatic landscape of placid lake and imposing mountains. We stayed in Beinglas Farm campsite, a quiet, friendly place with a bar, shop and good breakfasts. Walking away from the loch you come to the Falls of Falloch fairly quickly, and many other small waterfalls besides that have an enchanting, fairytale quality. Take a dip in the little pools if you are brave: the water is as clear as a mirror.
Philippa Hughes

Cheese pies by the side of Morecambe Bay

Rock-cut tombs outside St Patrick’s chapel, Heysham, Lancashire.
Rock-cut tombs, thought to be pre-Norman, outside St Patrick’s chapel, Heysham, Lancashire. Photograph: gtimages/Alamy

Cycling and walking have led us to discover local gems. Glasson Dock, a port that time forgot, should be your starting point. Cycle up the gravel-and-tarmac old railway line along the estuary to Lancaster (about five miles). Cross the Lune on the elegant Millennium bridge and then head towards Morecambe. Just a few hundred metres from this excellent and well-used cycle track is Susan’s Pies – our favourite is cheese and onion. Resist eating now but turn along the coast to Heysham, where you can eat in the graveyard of Grade I-listed S Peter’s church near the much older ruins of St Patrick’s chapel and its rock-cut tombs, overlooking the famous bay.
Martin Charlesworth

Bracing Cornish salt water for the soul

The unheated seawater pool at Bude in Cornwall.
The unheated seawater pool at Bude in Cornwall. Photograph: Nik Taylor/Alamy

We had an utterly wonderful long weekend with family in Cornwall, where we were encouraged to partake in their regular activity of an early-morning dip in Bude sea pool, an outdoor swimming pool built the 1930s among the natural dramatic rock formations of the cliffs. The unheated seawater is refreshed with every high tide, and taking the plunge is a highly recommended to invigorate the soul and make you feel truly alive.
Johanna Ogden

Laid-back camping in Cornwall

With its palm trees, subtropical plants and striking coastal views, Henry’s campsite in Helston, Cornwall, transported us to a vibrant and bohemian world where for one week all we needed was common sense, flip-flops and a pitcher of cider. Mornings were easy, with a slow wander up to the farmhouse for coffee and a croissant (dodging free-range chickens and children en route), followed by sunny days spent wandering the coastal paths, stopping at beach bars and swimming in hidden coves. Our evenings ended perfectly with live music, fire-pit marshmallows and watching the sun melt into the ocean.
Hayley Kenney

Amarante, Portugal’s best kept secret

The church and bridge of São Gonçalo in Amarante, Portugal.
The church and bridge of São Gonçalo in Amarante, Portugal. Photograph: Luis Pina Photography/Alamy

Amarante is a small, quaint village in the north-east of the country. I was taken here on a surprise trip by my partner and was pleasantly surprised by the fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes. Our trip was spent taking short walks by the river and exploring the great tourist-friendly city of Porto, 35 miles away. For those looking for a challenge, I would recommend Paiva Walkways in Aveiro for its 12km mountainside trail through the beautiful hills of Arouca. All in all, a week away in September cost us £200 each, which, when you consider the cost of other European getaways, is an absolute steal.
Mariah Sowa

Walk on water in Diss, Norfolk

Anglers fishing Diss mere in the centre of Diss, South Norfolk, East Anglia, England, UK.JKTMDE Anglers fishing Diss mere in the centre of Diss, South Norfolk, East Anglia, England, UK.
The mere at Diss, teeming with fish. Photograph: Graham Turner/The Guardian

Having visited twice on short breaks this summer, we are now big fans of the market town of Diss in south Norfolk, with its historic “Heritage Triangle”, home to an abundance of independent shops, and its mesmerising mere. Among Diss’s many attractive historic buildings is the imposing neoclassical Corn Hall, still partly used as a corn exchange until the 1990s and now an arts venue. The central six-acre mere, teeming with fish, was once thought to be the waterfilled crater of an extinct volcano. We enjoyed relaxing on the lakeside decking of the Waterfront Inn and walking over the water on the floating boardwalk.
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Rediscovering the delights of Dovedale

Tourists crossing River Dove on stepping stones in Dovedale Derbyshire peak district national park England
A natural starting point … the stepping stones in Dovedale. Photograph: eye35.pix/Alamy

Dovedale in Derbyshire was close enough to our school in north Birmingham for it to be the location of all our field trips, armed with measuring wheels, notepads and generic juice cartons – but I don’t think I appreciated its beauty back then. The stepping stones are a natural starting point, but walk in any direction and the vistas are stellar, the hill of Thorpe Cloud being the star. Without the class clown as a distraction, Lion Head rock really does look feline, and lovely Milldale becomes reachable without teachers who just want to get back for happy hour. This quiet time of year is perfect. Enjoy hot food and a movie at the cosy Northern Light Cinema in Wirksworth, about a 40-minute drive away.
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Holiday Traditions in the Golden State


The rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the United States is at the very least unsettling, if not outright bleak.

Covid-19 hospitalizations are already spiking in California, with the highly contagious variant likely to cause “exponential growth in cases over the next few weeks,” Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County public health director, said during a news briefing on Thursday.

So, as our collective anxiety begins to swell, I’m offering something of an antidote: winter cheer, California-style.

Over the past few weeks, you have been writing to me about your Golden State holiday traditions, which included eating In-N-Out for Christmas dinner or taking an ice-cold plunge in the Pacific on New Year’s Day.

Reading these brought me joy. I hope they help you too.

“I am a junior at Smith College but I was born and raised in Oakland. I can be home for my New Year’s Day birthday because it falls during winter break, so every year my family, some very good friends and I wake up at 5 a.m. on the first day of the new year to drive to the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge and walk across as the sun rises! This year I will be turning 21 so it’s gonna be a (chilly) party.” — Adrienne Wander, Northampton, Mass.

“Christmas Day is for family. Even Christmas Eve is for family. But Christmas Eve EVE? Dec. 23? That is the day reserved for time with my best friend from high school and our annual tradition of making dinner together and going to see a light show, usually the Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, which is exceptionally beautiful.

Rain or shine, we go, bringing or dragging all variety of family members along with us, laughing all the way (laughing hardest on the times when it has poured down rain).” — Gabrielle Pascoe, Hollywood

“Every year my husband and I, along with 50 to 100 other folks, take the New Year’s Day ‘polar plunge’ at La Jolla Shores beach, 8 a.m.

It is a bracing metaphor for the start of a new year, and was so especially last New Year’s Day, when we were still all so dumbstruck by Covid, riots, looting, violence and the economic, political and social disintegration we seemed to be experiencing on all sides. At first it’s shockingly painful, but soon you’re numb and begin laughing hysterically.” — Mary Allen, San Diego

“Every Christmas my family gets together for our tamaleada. We get about 100 pounds of masa and make six different kinds of tamales. It’s a treasured and cherished tradition that began with my late grandmother, Mama Nena, and lives on through us. We took a hiatus last year because of the pandemic but with everyone fully vaccinated this year we will be back at it this weekend. I can’t wait!” — Ericka Moreno, San Francisco

“Some years I have traveled east for Christmas, but any year that I am in town, I go to a beach (with fire rings, of course) for a small evening fire. The first few times, I figured that if I was going to be away from ‘home’ on Christmas, I would enjoy something that I couldn’t do anywhere else I’d lived. And it has just stuck. It’s always quiet and peaceful, and is an easy way to send a general invitation out to anyone who wants to drop by without having to worry about space and accommodations and ‘when will the food be ready?’” — CT Turney-Lewis, Long Beach

“Our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables always include plenty of cold cracked local Dungeness crab served with a sweet-and-sour sauce (my grandma’s recipe) and steamed rice with black mushrooms and Chinese sausage wrapped in lotus leaves. Sometimes my mom fries up lotus root chips. And one time my sister baked a Blum’s-recipe coffee crunch cake. (Hint, hint, Stephanie!)” — Audrey Yee, San Francisco

“For the past several years, I have participated in a timed run on New Year’s Eve at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The goal is to complete as many miles as you can while running or walking for six, 12 or 24 hours around a one-mile loop, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts on each lap. There’s often champagne at midnight, and if the night is clear you might see fireworks over the bay.” — Jennifer O’Connor, Walnut Creek

“Although we always had big family Christmas dinners at home when I was young, when my mother hit her 80s she longed for something quieter. She had read somewhere that Walter Brennan and his wife just went out for a hamburger on Christmas Day.

So we started having a quiet drive-through dinner at the most Californian of all burger places: In-n-Out.

We kept it up every year until her death at 93. Even now, my favorite part of Christmas is a double-double, animal style.” — Shelly Ingram, Gridley

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Today’s travel tip comes from Cathy Steffen, who recommends San Mateo’s Central Park, where she volunteers:

“This city park has a long history dating back over 100 years. The park has its own aquifer so it has not had to face water shortages common to California parks. The San Mateo Arboretum Society in San Mateo’s Central Park is worth a visit on weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when many of the same types of plants seen in the park can be purchased to enhance the local communities’ horticultural beauty.

S.M.A.S. was founded in the early 1970s and restored the Kohl Pumphouse, which has continued to house the pump that feeds water to the park from the aquifer. The society is run entirely by volunteers (most of us love to play in the dirt gardening) who help to support the park’s many gardens through their care of the plants and fund-raising efforts. The park has a beautiful rose garden and a hummingbird and butterfly garden, as well as playgrounds, a free summer concert series, a working children’s-size train and a Japanese tea garden.”

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


California has more than a dozen children’s hospitals. But children with cancer, congenital heart defects and other serious illnesses often need medical care for the rest of their lives.

On Thursday, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced a $100 million program, based on a record donation, to expand pediatric beds, underwrite physician training and research, and offer specialized medical treatment that will follow children beyond childhood.

The renovation’s opening is scheduled for the spring.


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Monday. Enjoy your weekend. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Watercraft with a palindromic name (5 letters).

Shawn Hubler, Jack Kramer, Steven Moity and Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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Plane issues throw wrench in Golden State’s travel plans ahead of Knicks showdown


The Golden State Warriors hit another roadblock after their win against Indiana, as team plane issues arise before a scheduled clash against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

With Stephen Curry two three-pointers away from breaking Ray Allen’s record, many fans are dying to witness history unfold. Hitting two three-pointers in a game seems like a walk in the park for the Warriors star. Besides, breaking the record in the world’s most famous arena is an extravagant place for a grand milestone in Curry’s career.

However, as the Warriors extend their stay in Indianapolis due to mechanical issues for their team plane, another difficult circumstance hits the team and Curry’s chase for the record.

Playing in back-to-back games is difficult enough for most teams, but this additional hit to Golden State’s schedule just ruins the logistics of their preparation against the Knicks.

 

Despite the difficulties and issues arising due to late arrival, it seems that the 7:30 pm tip-off is a go. All the rest, recovery, and preparation that the Warriors usually get will undoubtedly be affected. Although they face a slumping Knicks team, this kind of situation can be challenging, mainly since players perform better when following the schedule during their road trips.

With everyone dying to witness Curry’s record, can he showcase a classic performance in New York despite having a severe roadblock on the day itself? While everyone is eager for Curry’s greatness to unfold, the priority is certainly the health and safety of all members of the Warriors’ team and staff travelling to MSG.

 

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Golden RCMP unable to stop pickup truck believed stolen in Sicamous – Vernon Morning Star




Sicamous RCMP received a report of two pickup trucks and a 27-foot trailer having been stolen on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Sicamous RCMP received a report of two pickup trucks and a 27-foot trailer having been stolen on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Golden RCMP unable to stop pickup truck believed stolen in Sicamous

Two Ford trucks and 27-foot trailer reported stolen on Nov. 29




Police in Golden were unable to stop a vehicle believed to have been one of two pickup trucks stolen in Sicamous.

The trucks, a 2020 Ford F350 and a 2020 Ford F550 flatbed, along with a 27-foot travel trailer, were reported stolen from a locked compound on Maier Road in Sicamous on Monday, Nov. 29.

Later that day, at 2:30 p.m., Golden RCMP attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of the stolen flatbed, but Sicamous Sgt. Murray McNeil said the driver failed to stop for police.

The stolen travel trailer was recovered on Nov. 30 by police near Invermere. As of Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, the two trucks hadn’t been recovered.

Anyone with information that may help with this investigation may call the Sicamous detachment at 250-836-2878, or by leaving an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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United Arab Emirates celebrates golden jubilee at Expo 2020 | News


The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) golden jubilee celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off today with a special opening of the portal at Sustainability Gate by members of the Emirates Writers Union.

As announced by the UAE president, sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2021 commemorates 50 years since the founding of the UAE in 1971.

Nahla Al Mheiri, director, creative management, events and entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “This initiative celebrates the writers who are part of the success of the UAE.

“They are our main resource to create our vision and our visuals at Expo 2020 – so they are part of our success.

“They are part of documenting the story of Expo.

“They write our stories and tell our stories to the world.

“Having them here on this significant day is an affirmation of the importance of culture and science.”

Writer Amna Alshamsi, said: “I am very proud to be one of the storytellers from the UAE chosen to speak on such a special day.”

Expo 2020 Dubai is offering visitors the chance to experience the United Arab Emirates golden jubilee celebrations in full glory, with free site-wide access today.

A four-day slate of world-class events and immersive Emirati experiences will mark 50 years since the founding of the nation in show-stopping style with renewed optimism for the next half century.


Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, commissioner general of Expo 2020, speaks during the UAE national day ceremony at Al Wasl

As part of the celebrations, the United Arab Emirates’ national day ceremony took place on the Stage of Nations at Al Wasl Plaza.

The show was hosted in the presence of sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of tolerance and coexistence and commissioner general, Expo 2020 Dubai, and Reem Al Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation and director general, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Also on hand were ambassadors, consuls and commissioner generals of participating countries, as well as crowds of visitors.

National day is celebrated every year to commemorate December 2nd.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made an official speech to mark the day and said: “Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, it is with great pride that i address and embrace my fellow commissioner generals on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.

“I am thankful that you have joined us on this momentous journey, and honoured to stand among you at this special moment in the story of our nation, a story in which you have each played a significant part.

“Together we are peers, and partners, and pioneers in overcoming shared adversity to deliver on our solemn commitment to a World Exposition that offers hope and optimism for all.”

He added: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, the United Arab Emirates has never wavered in the fulfilment of that promise, nor the honouring of its founding principles, prominent among them the values of tolerance and openness, the preservation of rights and the enshrining of human dignity for all.

“Our philosophy is that good neighbourliness is the basis of genuine stability, from which growth and development will necessarily flow.

“Our globalised present and increasingly interconnected future means that you are all our neighbour, a prospect that inspires us as we launch towards another half-century of peaceful, reliable, and invaluable cooperation and collaboration.”

More than 50 of the country pavilions have expressed their well-wishes to the UAE.





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Expo 2020 Dubai prepares to mark UAE golden jubilee | News


Expo 2020 Dubai will mark 50-years since the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in show-stopping style with a four-day slate of world-class events and immersive experiences.

Organisers said the show comes as the country celebrates its golden jubilee with “renewed optimism for the next half century”.

Running from December 1-4, the site-wide celebration – taking each and every visitor to Expo on a journey of authentic Emirati experiences and stories – will include world-class ceremonies, exceptional musical showcases, meaningful cross-cultural conversations, culturally-fused performances and engaging exhibits.

As announced by the UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlights at Expo 2020 include the UAE national day, celebrated every year to commemorate December 2nd, 1971, when the UAE declared independence as a sovereign nation.

From 10:15, visitors are invited to Expo 2020’s UAE national day ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, including the raising of the flag, high-level speeches and anthem performances by a children’s choir, concluding with an Al Azi Performance by Al Wasmi.

This will also feature alongside horses of the Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Interior Marching Band in the Colours of the World Parade between 12:45 and 13:15.

A gravity-defying aerial performance by Dubai Police will follow shortly after, alongside a 30-minute musical showcase by Emirati singer Fatma Zahrat Al Ain, and a jaw-dropping flyover display by the UAE Air Force aerobatics team Al Fursan.

The diamond in the crown of Expo 2020’s programming will be Al Wasl Plaza’s immersive theatrical show, Journey of the 50th.

Set to take place from December 1-4, the show will push the boundaries of what is possible in Al Wasl Plaza, featuring a blend of human performance, theatrics and the unique capabilities of the venue in a never-before-seen way.

Over 200 hundred performers including participating countries will take part of this theatrical show.

Amna Abulhoul, executive creative director, events and entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As the show unfolds, we will learn about the origins of the Emirati people, the people of this land, who follow the current of the sea, know the language of the stars and hear the wind as it speaks.

“Their true connection to the earth and how the values of our forefathers still continue to push us forward today.”

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Portugal’s golden visa system offers new opportunities for British expats | Travel News | Travel


Designed for non-EU citizens, Portugal’s golden visa is a residency by investment scheme that launched in 2012. Since the UK left the EU, the Portuguese golden visa has become an attractive option for British expats.

Patrick McCaghy, managing director of Golf Travel Centre, told Express.co.uk: “The golden visa has been a great way to encourage investment across Portugal, allowing many Brits to purchase holiday homes and boost tourism.

“Since the visa, Golf Travel Centre has continued to see immense growth and demand for travel to locations such as the Algarve, Porto and Lisbon.

“With the changing rules, it’s an opportunity for other, less-visited regions to economically benefit and become new must-see destinations.”

In good news for British expats, the minimum investment value for property to qualify for a golden visa will remain at €500,000 (£420,937).

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After the rules change in January, expats could have the chance to explore a new area of Portugal.

Christopher Nye, senior content editor at Portugal Property Guides, told Express.co.uk: “If you’ve still got your heart set on a home in the Algarve, the good news is there are still some areas that will qualify for the golden visa in January 2022.

“They’re all beautiful, good value for money and within driving distance of the region’s favourite beaches.

“These include Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Monchique and Vila do Bispo.”

A popular tourist destination, visitors come to Monchique to enjoy treatments at the Caldas de Monchique spa.

Quiet and peaceful, Vila do Bispo is a pretty village, located just a short trip from stunning sandy beaches.

Christopher told Express.co.uk: “Portugal’s Golden Visa is widely regarded as one of the best visa schemes in the world.

“In return for investing in property or business in the country, applicants will receive five years of residency with the opportunity to later apply for citizenship. The visa also gives free movement around the Schengen zone.”





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