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What’s changed, what does it mean and where can you travel?

Off limits: Croatia has now been deemed a high-risk destination for British travellers: Simon Calder
Off limits: Croatia has now been deemed a high-risk destination for British travellers: Simon Calder

In the latest quarantine shuffle, “no-go” status has been lifted from Portugal after more than five months. But British travellers in Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago will need to self-isolate at home for two weeks if they arrive after 4am on Saturday 22 August.

These are the key questions and answers.

What has changed?

From 8 June until 9 July, the UK government imposed blanket quarantine for arriving travellers from any country on earth apart from Ireland. Self-isolation at home is an arduous undertaking, and the closest most of us will come to house arrest.

From 10 June, dozens of countries and territories were awarded “air corridor” status and placed on the exempt list – meaning travellers need not self-isolate on arrival.

But in response to rising rates of infection in some of those

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  • August 20, 2020
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Market report: Tie-up talk boosts InterContinental

InterContinental Hotels - Newscast/UIG via Getty Images
InterContinental Hotels – Newscast/UIG via Getty Images

Merger whispers lifted shares in InterContinental Hotels, after reports French rival Accor had eyed a tie-up between the two groups.

The FTSE 100 company, which owns the Crowne Plaza brand, edged up 34p to £40.30 following a report in French newspaper Le Figaro.

It said Sébastien Bazin, Accor’s chief executive, had formed a team in June to examine the possibilities of a transaction.

Ultimately, Mr Bazin decided it was not the right time to move ahead, Le Figaro said, but Accor’s board offered support to the project in principle.

A tie-up between the groups – the third and fourth largest Western hotel chains – has been a “regular suggestion”, wrote analysts at Bernstein, who added InterContinental looks to expensive to justify a deal at this point.

Jefferies’ Stefano Bertolini said a merger between the two would create the world’s largest hotel chain,

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  • August 20, 2020
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Weather helping crews but LNU fire in Vacaville, Napa, Sonoma tops 131K acres

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The LNU Lightning Complex Fire is continuing to surge through the North Bay area on Thursday after scorching more than 131,000 acres of Solano, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.

The fire jumped Interstate 80, burned through dozens of Vacaville and Fairfield homes and forced the partial evacuation of Travis Air Force Base on Wednesday. But Cal Fire officials say weather conditions give them reason to believe they can start to control the edges of the blaze on Thursday.

A Vacaville-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. troubleman (someone who helps identify the source of power outages) died while assisting first responders Wednesday, the utilities company confirmed. The troubleman, whose identity has yet to be released, is the first person to have died

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  • August 20, 2020
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Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers & All the Rest’ Project to Be Released in Multiple Configurations This Fall

A project that has long been teased before and since Tom Petty’s death, “Wildflowers & All the Rest,” has finally found its place on the release schedule, with multiple configurations pulling together the rocker’s original 1994 album with a multitude of unreleased songs, alternate versions, live tracks and home demos.

Four different editions of the long-awaited set will be released on Warner Records Oct. 16, raging in size from a basic version with 25 tracks on two CDs or three LPs to the most deluxe packages with 70 numbers on five CDs or nine LPs.

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In heralding the news Thursday morning, Warner and the Petty estate released a recording unheard until now, “Wildflowers (Home Recording).” It’s the third preview track for the collection, following two other similar home demos of the songs “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “There Goes Angela (Dream Away)” that came out

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  • August 20, 2020
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Danni Wyatt keeping positive as England Women look to salvage summer

Danni Wyatt hopes England Women will still take the field this summer after the cancellation of series against India and South Africa left them facing the prospect of an empty season.

It has been been more than 20 years since the women’s side last had a completely blank summer calendar but complications around the coronavirus pandemic has seen both of their prospective opponents withdraw.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is desperate to secure a replacement tour, and meet the attached costs to make it happen, with the West Indies and Ireland understood to be in the frame.

For now, though, Wyatt finds herself in the unusual position of helping to front the launch of England’s latest New Balance T20 kit without knowing when she will don the Three Lions again.

“I posted a picture of the shirt on my Instagram yesterday and I did think to myself ‘when will

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  • August 20, 2020
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Trey Songz Denies Allegation of Sexual Misconduct and Intimidation: ‘Believe What You Want’

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No Jumper podcast, Aliza, a friend of OnlyFans model Celina Powell, spoke about an alleged sexual encounter with the “Nobody Else But You” signer, 35, when she said he took away her phone and purse and wouldn’t let her leave a hotel room.” data-reactid=”21″In a recent interview with the No Jumper podcast, Aliza, a friend of OnlyFans model Celina Powell, spoke about an alleged sexual encounter with the “Nobody Else But You” signer, 35, when she said he took away her phone and purse and wouldn’t let her leave a hotel room.

“I kept asking, like, ‘When can I leave, what time is it?’” Aliza said. “And he just, like, wouldn’t answer, he would just f——- ignore me. And

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  • August 20, 2020
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This Embroidered Boho Top Will Make You Feel Like You’re on Vacation

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Although an Instagram-worthy vacation at a grand beach resort may not be in the cards this summer, there’s an easy way to recreate those vibes at home: your outfit! Free-flowing and boho-chic clothing is the ideal style when you want to feel like you’re far from the daily grind, relaxing and having a cocktail by the beach.

All of these elegant embroidered tops from AK are instantly eye-catching. The second you throw one on, you’ll be transported somewhere far, far away — even if you’re just having a socially distanced backyard barbecue at your neighbor’s house!

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  • August 20, 2020
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How to celebrate your child’s GCSE success in lavish style

How to celebrate your child's GCSE success in lavish style - Getty
How to celebrate your child’s GCSE success in lavish style – Getty

Good GCSE results are something to celebrate, especially under the current circumstances. With results being given based on predicted grades this year, the hope is that hardworking students will still get the marks they deserve. 

For some parents, it is tradition to attach a price tag to each good grade; an exciting incentive which could see their child ‘earning’ a hefty final sum.  This year, it has been reported that some students were promised as much as £500 for each Grade 9 they received (the equivalent of an exceptionally high A* ), meaning the highest achievers could have bagged as much as £5,000 when the results came out today.

But some parents prefer to be more creative with their gifting ideas. These are the finest options for your high flying kids. 

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  • August 20, 2020
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How eBay and Etsy Became the Menswear World’s Most Important Stores

The best-dressed men appreciate clothes with character and a good story. And in the wee hours of the morning, many of them can be found doing the same thing: scouring eBay and Etsy. Sometimes it’s with a purpose, and sometimes not—that’s part of the fun. The boxes that mysteriously surface days or weeks later, depending on how far-flung the search terms went (often to Japan), arrive with a sweet sense of victory that new clothes rarely have. That safari jacket from the 1970s looks better than what you’ve seen lately because, in many ways, it is. These guys know that. They also know how to track these pieces down and make them look modern, which is the art of wearing anything vintage well.

Boxes with handwritten labels from Kansas to England show up at my house regularly, filled with what seems like the entire archive from Ralph Lauren’s Polo Country:

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  • August 20, 2020
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Inside Capital One’s new partnership with Microsoft to fight fraud

MSFT) Q4 earnings call last month, CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that the company was working with Capital One (COF) in a partnership to improve fraud detection for credit card transactions. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Finance, Capital One’s head of fraud, Sarah Strauss, explained exactly what that means for consumers and the companies. ” data-reactid=”32″During Microsoft’s (MSFT) Q4 earnings call last month, CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that the company was working with Capital One (COF) in a partnership to improve fraud detection for credit card transactions. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Finance, Capital One’s head of fraud, Sarah Strauss, explained exactly what that means for consumers and the companies. 

The partnership between the two companies allows Microsoft and Capital One to use their data to determine if a transaction is legitimate, which has a few major benefits. First, better fraud detection means less fraud and

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  • August 20, 2020