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France among six nations placed on UK travel quarantine list as cases rise

Travelelrs, wearing protective face masks, line up at a check-in desk of the Orly Airport, south of Paris on August 1, 2020 during a major weekend of the French summer holidays - Stephanie de Sakutin/AFP
Travelelrs, wearing protective face masks, line up at a check-in desk of the Orly Airport, south of Paris on August 1, 2020 during a major weekend of the French summer holidays – Stephanie de Sakutin/AFP

France is among six countries that have been struck off the Government’s quarantine free travel destination list after another record high in post-lockdown cases in the country.

Up to 400,000 Britons are currently on holiday in France and they now face a last-minute dash to return home before the new restrictions come into force on Saturday at 4am.

Britain’s second favourite holiday destination was removed from the UK’s “travel corridor” list tonight as the French health ministry reported 2,699 infections in 24 hours.

Whilst on Thursday morning, it was thought France had done “enough” to retain its status, it has now been taken off the quarantine-free list alongside the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos,

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  • August 13, 2020
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Video shows American Airlines banning a pro-Trump personality for refusing to wear a mask

David Harris Jr. was banned from future American Airlines flights after refusing to wear a mask. <p class="copyright"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDwI6t2Jabj/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@davidjharrisjr/Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">@davidjharrisjr/Instagram</a></p>
David Harris Jr. was banned from future American Airlines flights after refusing to wear a mask.
  • Conservative author and podcaster David Harris Jr. is going viral after posting a video of his encounter at a Dallas airport in which American Airlines agents informed him that he’d been banned from future flights.

  • Harris, who has previously posted videos from his travels online, had refused to wear a mask on earlier American Airlines flights, citing medical reasons, though most doctors refute the idea that medical conditions are an excuse to not wear a mask.

  • A spokesperson for the airline told Insider that Harris’ failure to comply with a face-covering requirement was the reason behind his ban from future flights. 

  • While some airlines suggest that the majority of passengers comply with new safety measures, anti-masker incidents continue to stir up attention online. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As airlines are cracking

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  • August 13, 2020
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Budweiser and Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the giant Sturgis motorcycle rally undercuts their COVID-19 advertising strategies, which emphasize social distancing

Real Pinard, who recovered from a 15-day bout of COVID-19, said many rally goers believe that the pandemic is a hoax designed to throw Trump's re-election. <p class="copyright">Jim Urquhart for Insider</p>
Real Pinard, who recovered from a 15-day bout of COVID-19, said many rally goers believe that the pandemic is a hoax designed to throw Trump’s re-election.
  • Brands like Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, and PepsiCo are sponsoring this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as they have in years past.

  • That contrasts with many of their own ads about staying home and staying safe to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

  • Meanwhile, many rally attendees have gathered at concerts and drinking establishments sans mask — piquing the concerns of public health officials.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The continued spread of COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of an untold number of gatherings large and small, but it hasn’t stopped the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Even amid the pandemic, city planners in the otherwise sleepy South Dakota town expected 300,000 to 350,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to attend this year’s iteration

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  • August 13, 2020
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US weekly jobless claims beneath 1m for first time since start of crisis

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Blog wrap

Well that’s all from us today, join us again in the morning.

Here’s a quick recap of today’s events:

  • It was a poor day for Britain’s top stock indices, with London’s blue-chips feeling the impact of a slew of stocks trading “ex-dividend”, meaning investors who bought their shares would not be entitled to the companies next payout.

  • BP, Shell, Diageo, AstraZeneca, GSK and Legal & General were all among those trading ex-divi.

  • GVC Holdings was the only blue-chip to release results, briefly leading risers on the FTSE 100 after posting consensus-beating guidance but scrapping its interim dividend.

  • Wall Street opened mixed, with the Dow sliding 0.4pc, despite data showing new weekly claims for unemployment benefits fell below one million for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck in March.

What to look forward to

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  • August 13, 2020
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New Claims Fall Below One Million For First Time Since Crisis Began

(Thursday Market Open) Some welcome news on the jobs front might give stocks just enough support today to push them toward another test of record highs. 

Initial jobless claims last week totaled 963,000, the government said. That’s the first time they’ve been under one million since this crisis began. The number was down a decent amount from the 1.1 million that analysts had been expecting, and might provide more indication that the economy continues to recover. That said, any figure this high would be historically huge in normal times, so we still have a long way to go.

Stock indices had been under pressure in pre-market trading ahead of the data but began to trim losses once the number hit the tape. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) sits just below the all-time record high of 3393 and the all-time record close of 3386. 

Aside from claims, investors might keep an

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  • August 13, 2020
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In Copenhagen, a Glimpse at the Future of Fashion Week

COPENHAGEN — All eyes were on Copenhagen as it hosted the first physical fashion week since COVID-19 forced the world to a standstill.

The biggest takeaway from the three day event? This wasn’t going to be business as usual.

For starters, this was an international event with very few international visitors — physical attendance boiled down to a smaller local group of editors, retailers and influencers, with just a handful of buyers and editors flying in from London, Paris or Stockholm where travel bans have been lifted for business.

Masks were provided, handshakes and kisses were discouraged and seats at events were placed at an acceptable distance — no more crowded front rows or backstage mayhem.

Copenhagen Fashion Week also tested a new hybrid format, combining in-person events with digital presentations, talks and designer Q&As, presented on its new digital hub.

The brief given to participating designers was that this

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  • August 13, 2020
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Hotels housing college students in effort to social distance

When Bailey Hedges requested where she wanted to live on campus this fall during her first semester at the University of Pittsburgh, staying in a hotel wasn’t an option.

Until it was.

The university followed up with Hedges, 18, after she submitted her initial on-campus housing application to find out if she’d want to live at a hotel instead. She said yes – skeptically.

“I didn’t know if other people were going to be in the hotel that weren’t students,” she told USA TODAY. But it turned out her hotel, the Wyndham University Center, located on campus, would be completely full of first-year students, so “it feels like I’m dorming anyway,” she said. Her room includes traditional hotel room decor like a dresser and desk, but her One Direction shower curtain is a reminder the room belongs to a student.

Hotel chains, including Wyndham, Hilton and Graduate Hotels, are working

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  • August 13, 2020
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The Case Against Inviting Uncle Mike To Your Cap Table

By Fernando G. Russo, MBA MSF, vice president of investment banking at Young America Capital.  Edited by Sean Santa.

So far, you’ve spent a couple thousand bucks. You built the website, got a desk at WeWork, ordered 1,000 business cards to get the volume discount, and yet struggle to explain the value behind your “cloud-based-AI-powered” spreadsheet, offered for an affordable monthly fee of $12.99.

Day 33 of your Kombucha-fueled adventure and you’re ready to go to market. You quickly discover that companies you email answer less than 3% of your messages, return 2% of your calls, and visit your site only when you pay the PR firm housed three sad glass doors away from you to write about how disruptive your technology is.

Day 71 and you are not hitting the sales targets on your insanely optimistic proformas. Bills start to pile up. Not to mention you quit your

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  • August 13, 2020
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Have toilet seat, will travel

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People said we were crazy. We said we’d be careful.

Maybe so, my doctor-uncle warned, but it would only take one moment of carelessness to get infected — one time finding ourselves too close to unmasked people.

Others raised eyebrows in Zoom calls, silently judging our desire to spend a nonessential week at the beach in South Florida, the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

Then I pointed out that we’d be traveling from Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp has steadfastly refused to order mask-wearing, just like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Only Kemp has gone further, saying most coronavirus infections are just like “a stomach bug or a flu or anything else,” and forbidding mayors from doing more than he would to preserve public health.

When it comes to deaths from COVID-19, Georgia is winning this awful contest, with a rate of 36 per 100,000

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  • August 13, 2020