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It’s time to scrap all restrictions on overseas travel

The whole point of Covid travel restrictions – in the case of the UK, a strict two-week quarantine for arrivals from most of the world – is to reduce the risk of imported infections.

We didn’t bother with travel restrictions back in March, when they might have made a difference. Now, when they are as pointless as an ashtray on a motorbike, we seem obsessed with them. The travel corridors continue to come and go (goodbye Liechtenstein, hello Tenerife), there is talk of air bridges with Dubai and New York, and airport testing is slowly becoming reality. 

Unless you live in New Zealand, or some other far-flung island nation, Covid is now endemic. Even a vaccine, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser has confirmed, is unlikely to change that fact. Every country in the world is – at varying speeds, but with steely certainty – approaching the same destination: if not

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  • October 27, 2020
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Opinion | The Art of Holding On, Letting Go and Learning to Golf

I didn’t expect to fall in love during a global pandemic.

On Dec. 31, 2019, I turned to my husband as we readied to ring in the new year in our hotel room in Cairo and asked him about the months ahead. “Maybe this year will be the year I travel a little less?” I said. He smiled. “You have, what, 10 trips between now and May alone?” he asked.

As Egyptologists, my husband and I regularly travel to Egypt. We were there this time with our 7-year-old son to plan our next excavation season. Travel was work for us, but for me it was also a way to escape from my personal problems, a way to hide from myself and my midlife ennui. The next day, over lunch with Egyptian friends, I laughed, ate and enjoyed a fresh start. “Twenty twenty — it’s our hindsight year,” I said, forgetting

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  • October 27, 2020
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5 tips to help plan your budget

Divide your expenses into non-essential and essential spending.

Look at all of your expenses and determine whether they’re essential or non-essential, thebalance.com says. Examples of essential spending include food, utilities and health care, while non-essential spending includes streaming services, cable TV and gym memberships. While you’re at it, don’t forget to factor in money for fun. You may find that your vacation and hobby expenditures go up when you’re retired, simply because you’ll have more time to enjoy these pursuits.

Estimate your income when you’re retired and compare it to your expenses.

U.S. News & World Report suggests listing your sources of income in retirement, such as an annuity, Social Security, a pension and interest from investment accounts. Compare your income to your expenses, keeping in mind that they’re estimates. Your income doesn’t have to equal or exceed your expenses on a monthly basis as long as they balance out

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  • October 27, 2020
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Here’s What Spanish Speakers In The U.S. Need To Know Before Buying Their First Home

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Climate scientists throw cold water on ‘Arctic methane bomb’ report

A research team made a worrisome discovery off the Siberian coast, The Guardian reports. The scientists say they believe they are first to uncover observational evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean have started to be released after determining that methane levels at the ocean’s surface were four to eight times higher than expected.The deposits are considered “sleeping giants of the carbon cycle” and could theoretically expedite climate change, given that methane has a warming effect 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period, The Guardian notes. But while the discovery sounds alarming, it’s also been met with skepticism from some climate scientists.> This story is… unconvincing. First off it’s just two scientists (no publication), one of whom has made similar (unsupported) claims before & ignores the context that permafrost & methane have

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  • October 27, 2020
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Biden defends low-key campaign travel schedule, says he’s ‘not overconfident’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday defended his light campaign travel schedule, maintaining that he’s not overconfident about his odds of defeating incumbent President Trump with one week to go until the November election.

“The reason it looks like we’re not traveling — we’re not putting on superspreaders,” Biden said when asked about his “light” campaign schedule. “We are doing what we’re doing here. Everyone is wearing a mask and trying the best they can to be socially distanced. It’s important to be responsible.” 

Biden’s campaign pledged last week that he was “going to campaign aggressively” in the final 11 days before the election, but since the second and final debate on Thursday night, the candidate has only ventured out of Delaware a handful of times: to Pennsylvania on Saturday and again on Monday for an impromptu event 15 miles away from Wilmington.  

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  • October 27, 2020
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In his final year of work, this high school ceramics teacher finds a way to inspire

Old teachers learn new tricks to stay current with the times. The best ones make it work.

Take Clint Bodene.

He is in his 31st year in the Sacramento City Unified School District, credentialed to teach math, chemistry, life science and art. He is the last remaining charter faculty member at Rosemont High School, which opened in 2003. Bodene especially enjoys what students gain from fine arts and ceramics, his course load as he concludes his career this academic year.

Bodene isn’t bounding into retirement because the coronavirus pandemic has thrown education for a loop since March. He said he planned years ago to make 2020-2021 his final one in education. But Bodene said he might have considered exiting a year early if his “victory lap” would include potholes in the form of COVID-19.

”When I found out we’d do distance learning last March and then this fall, I was

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  • October 27, 2020
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5 reasons to open a cash back credit card

Cashback credit cards offer plenty of ways to increase your budget or save money on your favorite expenditures. (iStock)

Not all credit cards are created equal. While all credit cards allow you to make purchases without cash, some offer additional benefits that may be worth a second look. Although many people equate credit cards with debt, you can save money or earn rewards if you go through the right company.

Cashback credit cards let customers earn rebates after they make purchases on their accounts. For example, if your credit card offers 1% cashback for grocery purchases, you would “earn” $3 back on a $300 purchase. While the amount may seem small, the rewards can add up, especially if the card offers multiple reward options.

If you’re in the market for a new credit card, visit Credible to find the right credit card for your financial situation.

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  • October 27, 2020
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Kate Bosworth Reveals One Of Her Favorite Places In The World

When the pandemic struck, Kate Bosworth continued to find ways to stay busy. She launched KIND.EST, a lifestyle website that aims to be “the place where it’s cool to be kind.” There, Bosworth shares personal tales, beauty advice, recipes and more.

Like the rest of us, she learned to make the best of the COVID confinement, notably having a Zoom reunion with Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake, her co-stars from the Hawaii-set Blue Crush. The empowering female surfer flick that cast Bosworth in her breakout role marks its 18th anniversary this year. And recently, The Devil Has a Name hit theaters and on demand. Based on a true story, the Edward James Olmos-directed anti-pollution drama features Bosworth as a villainous oil executive.

In between her projects, we talked to Bosworth to glean tips on how to travel with a dog (her French spaniel Happy is

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  • October 27, 2020
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Tropical Storm Zeta whips through Cancun and heads toward Gulf Coast

CANCUN, Mexico  — Zeta has been downgraded back to Tropical Storm status but continues to pose a possible threat to south Louisiana.

As of 10 a.m., Tuesday, the storm has whipped through Cancun and is on track towards the Gulf coast, according to updates from the National Hurricane Center. Weather experts say Zeta is likely to weaken as it heads towards the state and make landfall, possibly on Wednesday evening. 

On Monday evening, Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Zeta’s landfall.

Shortly after this declaration, Edwards issued a statement regarding the storm, saying, “While there is some uncertainty in Zeta’s track, it is likely that Louisiana will see some impacts from

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  • October 27, 2020
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Two candidates vie to replace longtime City Clerk in National City

For the first time in 24 years, voters in National City will choose a new City Clerk in November.

Two candidates are vying to replace longtime City Clerk Michael Dalla, who is set to retire. The contenders are Luz Molina, a contract and grant officer at UC San Diego, and Javier Alvarado, a representative and auditor for the Laborers International Union of North America, LUINA Local 89.

For the record:

11:54 AM, Oct. 27, 2020This story previously misnamed the new deputy city clerk position.

Dalla also works as nonelected, records manager, a position the city will revamp and rename deputy city clerk. City Manager Brad Raulston said the city has made a condition offer to fill the new position.

Both Molina and Alvarado believe their jobs make them qualified to be the next city clerk, a part-time post. The winner will serve a four-year term.

“I work with a

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  • October 27, 2020