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Fired as a hotel housekeeper when she got COVID-19, she now has no income or healthcare

The Mejia family has been saving money by growing their own vegetables and raising hens for eggs. With less work, parents Liz and Arturo Mejia, both airport employees, worry about losing their home in South-Central L.A. <span class=(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/rKwRPoBkLgfoRqX2i6eTeQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/e9QSal2mSLZGu3hDaO0OWQ–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/878b870815665a997fcf4665692ba698″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/rKwRPoBkLgfoRqX2i6eTeQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/e9QSal2mSLZGu3hDaO0OWQ–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/878b870815665a997fcf4665692ba698″/
The Mejia family has been saving money by growing their own vegetables and raising hens for eggs. With less work, parents Liz and Arturo Mejia, both airport employees, worry about losing their home in South-Central L.A. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Liz Mejia, temporarily laid off from her job as a restaurant server at Los Angeles International Airport in March, knew her family had to cut costs. So she and her husband added vegetables and fruit to their garden in South L.A., and they bought a cow, had it butchered, and shared the meat with relatives to bring down grocery costs.

Elvia Martinez, who lives in a garage with her two children and her mother, was laid off for two month from her airport restaurant job. She’s back at work now but worries about getting the coronavirus from customers and

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  • August 29, 2020
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Is US great again or dystopian? GOP says both

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention begged this question: Why are President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters describing the state of his union as a hellscape?

It was perhaps the central paradox for voters wondering what to believe in the rhetoric, because it defied logic to believe it all. Are Americans living in a dystopia or in an America made great again by Trump?

Four years ago, candidate Trump promised that if he won, “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.”

Now? “I’ve never seen our streets go this bad so quickly,” Pat Lynch, representing tens of thousands of New York police officers, told the GOP proceedings. “We are staring down the barrel of a public safety disaster.” He said this in remarks singing Trump’s praises.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and

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  • August 29, 2020
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No concerts but food boxes for the hungry

Aracely Rendon, 42, with Max, her friend's dog, waits in line Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl, which has been transformed into a drive-through food giveaway site after the coronavirus ended its summer season. <span class=(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/uzoeie6aDdt5KQRp3ofT4A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQzMC41NTM1NzE0Mjg1NzE0NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/2f927dd57c7010ea7df2428ed08bf751″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/uzoeie6aDdt5KQRp3ofT4A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQzMC41NTM1NzE0Mjg1NzE0NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/2f927dd57c7010ea7df2428ed08bf751″/
Aracely Rendon, 42, with Max, her friend’s dog, waits in line Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl, which has been transformed into a drive-through food giveaway site after the coronavirus ended its summer season. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

When summertime is a simpler time, so many of us find sustenance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Whether we come for symphonies or reggae or to sing along to “The Sound of Music,” to fill benches in the back or boxes right up front, to eat paté or popcorn, sip champagne or soda pop, music has a way of bringing us together.

So too, right now, does need.

On Thursday, cars snaked into the Bowl’s parking lot, with a long line stretching for blocks down Highland Avenue.

The sight was at once so familiar and so jarring, so crushing and also so comforting.

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  • August 29, 2020
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Portugal ‘likely’ to lose its travel corridor this week

Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Portugal (pictured) and Greece
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Portugal (pictured) and Greece

Britons in Portugal, or those with a holiday booked, could be in for disappointment as Covid-19 cases in the country rise once again.

Figures published yesterday show the number of cases per 100,000 over seven days – the metric used by the Government to determine which country is on the UK’s travel corridors list – is now at 18.1. 

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, told the Telegraph: “Portugal is likely to go back on the UK’s quarantine list this week and the country itself is now preparing a ‘State of Contingency’ from September 15.

“It has been unable to manage its caseload over the last two weeks as more tourists have entered Portugal, especially Lisbon and Porto.”

The UK Government has said that 20 cases per 100,000 over seven days is the threshold after which

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  • August 29, 2020
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Concern for Portugal holidays as cases rise

Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Portugal
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Portugal

Britons in Portugal, or those with a holiday booked, could be in for disappointment as Covid-19 cases in the country rise once again.

Figures published yesterday show the number of cases per 100,000 over seven days – the metric used by the Government to determine which country is on the UK’s travel corridors list – is now at 16.5. 

The UK Government has revealed that 20 cases per 100,000 over seven days is the threshold after which travel corridors are reassessed. 

Grant Shapps announced on Thursday that Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Jamaica have been removed from the UK’s travel corridors list after crossing this threshold. Anyone returning from these countries must now go into quarantine for 14 days. Cuba, where cases are on the decline, has been given the green light for holidays.

Yesterday, Portugal recorded 401 cases of Covid-19, the

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  • August 29, 2020
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everything you need to be ready for university

So you’ve made it through the coronavirus crisis (so far), you’ve survived the chaotic U-turn on A-level grades and the mad scramble for university places, and you’ve ruled out deferring for a year.

You have secured a place for this autumn and you are going to uni.

After navigating that assault course, some of the other stuff – such as sorting out your student finance – should be a doddle.

Well, OK, maybe not a doddle – there are clearly a lot of extra challenges and issues to consider this year because of the pandemic, and it is a fast-moving situation. Some universities have been in turmoil, with all of them preoccupied with how to best ensure the welfare of students and staff.

And then there’s the question of what is going to await students when they get there. How is the teaching and learning going to be delivered? What

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  • August 29, 2020
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How to realistically completely change jobs during the pandemic

Although the current job market is 'tricky' there are still opportunities out there. Photo: Getty
Although the current job market is ‘tricky’ there are still opportunities out there. Photo: Getty

Changing jobs is never an easy task, but it’s particularly difficult now. The UK is facing a huge economic downturn because of coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown, with unemployment predicted to spike at 2.5 million by the end of the year.

With so many people furloughed, made redundant or working in industries hit hard by COVID-19, changing careers or jobs isn’t always a choice. And while finding a new job might be hard right now, but it’s not impossible — if you’re willing to be flexible. 

“Many of the furlough schemes are ending and the UK is entering into what’s set to be the biggest recession of our lifetime, so it is definitely a tricky job market,” says career and business coach Emily Button-Lynham.

“However that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there. “Some industries

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  • August 29, 2020
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A Working Mum’s Quarantine Story

Staying at home with a young child—and not being allowed to go out at all—can be such a test of many things. But for working mum, Goh Yiping, a partner at a venture fund, juggling work and parenting when you’re stuck in a hotel room for 14 days brought about even more demanding challenges especially when you have a toddler with you. Read: quarantined with a toddler.

In an interview with theAsianparent, Yiping shared her experiences throughout the mandatory stay-at-home notice (SHN) she served with her husband and their 2-year-old child at a designated hotel upon returning home to Singapore from Spain.

Quarantined With a Toddler

Though her family has already experienced being forced into lockdown together for months during the circuit breaker period earlier this year, Yiping said being quarantined with a toddler in a hotel room was an experience like no other.

Despite the Government’s advice to defer

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  • August 29, 2020
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What’s open this weekend and Labor Day at beaches and parks in Southern California

Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. <span class=(Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/41W7GpsMOy6V1eGrRgYIJg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUxMC4wNzc1MTkzNzk4NDQ5NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/41W7GpsMOy6V1eGrRgYIJg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUxMC4wNzc1MTkzNzk4NDQ5NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″/
Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing and Gov. Gavin Newsom easing pandemic restrictions in some counties, Californians face a dizzying mix of openings and closures in coming days.

Still coping with fires in many areas and coronavirus just about everywhere, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options. Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain have found ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you make plans, choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• On Friday, Newsom unveiled a new set of rules for reopening the state. Because

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  • August 29, 2020