Spain holidays: FCO travel advice for Spain, Canary Islands & Balearics as rules change | Travel News | Travel

Spain holidays have ridden a rollercoaster this year as the country’s tourism suffered at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic. The country was axed from the UK’s travel corridor on July 25 amid rising COVID-19 cases. This meant that anyone returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands had to quarantine for 14 days. While these rules still apply to the mainland and the Balearics, the Canaries have now been liberated. The archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa was added to the ‘safe’ list today, following an…

Winter Fuel Allowance: Who can get Winter Fuel Allowance? | Personal Finance | Finance

Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment granted to eligible Britons, to provide much-needed support towards heating bills during the winter months. As the temperature drops, many of us pop the heating on without a second thought. But for millions of Britons, this can be an expense they cannot readily afford. Winter Fuel Allowance is a Government-run scheme which gives a payment to eligible Britons to help towards the extra costs of heating. The extra cost of heating can soon add up during the winter, and so several schemes have…

Parkinson’s disease: Rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder could be a sign

“With this study, we have gained new knowledge about the disease processes in the brain in the early initial stages of the disease development. “The idea is for this knowledge to be used to determine which patients with the sleep disorder will later develop Parkinson’s disease. “At the same time, this is also knowledge that can help to develop drugs which can stop or slow the development of the diseases,” explained Morten Gersel Stokholm about the sleep disorder which most often affects persons aged 50-70, and more frequently men than…

Cyclists are put at risk on UK roads as one third of drivers do not keep a safe distance

Drivers may be risking the lives of cyclists and putting themselves in danger of heavy penalties by failing to keep enough of a gap. Research from Cycling Scotland found that one-third of road users do not always leave a 1.5-metre gap between themselves and cyclists. Quotezone also warns drivers that the points will remain on a licence and continue to affect costs for up to five years. Undercover policemen are now using helmet fitted cameras on bicycles to help identify offenders which could see many unsuspecting road users facing the…

Doomsday machine-like explosion seen booming from the Sun | Science | News

A large expulsion of plasma and magnetism from the Sun has been spotted in satellite data. The explosion is known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) and occurs when magnetism becomes unstable on the surface of the star at the centre of our solar system. The CME was spotted by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, with some claiming the ejection looks like the Doomsday Machine from Star Trek. The Doomsday Machine was a mechanical monster in space, which had a large circular opening and a long, faint tail.…

Alexa update is all about controlling the biggest screen in your home

Amazon has announced a new upgrade to its talkative Alexa voice assistant that’s sure to make life a little easier for those who binge boxsets and watch movies using an Amazon-built Fire TV streaming dongle, set-top box, or 4K TV. That’s because Amazon has added a truckload of new features to Alexa, the brains behind smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, which will let users control their telly with a few new voice commands. The amount of control that Alexa will have over your telly depends on which Fire TV…