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Trump’s stimulus bill bombshell puts new pressure on an ailing economy. Here’s the latest


Americans are cutting back on spending as they plan for a recession that might not end until the coronavirus pandemic is over.

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President Donald Trump’s call for an end to stimulus negotiations on a new stimulus bill presented a wrinkle in the story of the US economic recovery from the deep financial fissures of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His tweet a few hours later urged Congress to pass several of the stimulus measures that had been part of those very discussions. Neither political analysts nor many of the millions of Americans who’ve suffered financial calamity due to the pandemic seem to know what to make of the president’s contradictory messaging.

The relief package under negotiation was expected to include a second stimulus check and renewed enhanced unemployment benefits. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy could experience “tragic” results without significant government support. Without that

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  • October 8, 2020

FL!GHT Gallery debuts 3D virtual tour for its latest exhibition, ‘Tell Me It Haunts You Too’

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Blue Star Contemporary isn’t the only gallery bringing local art into the 21st century.

For its latest exhibition, a solo show by San Antonio artist Angelica Raquel Martinez, FL!GHT Gallery went all-out on technology.

While FL!GHT is open for socially distanced viewings by appointment, to make the exhibition accessible to those unwilling to risk an in-person visit, the gallery teamed up with San Antonio’s Bright and Early Productions to create a 3D tour of the space using the Matterport platform.

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FL!GHT used the Matterport platform to create a seamless 3D tour of the gallery space. - SCREENSHOT / MATTERPORT

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  • FL!GHT used the Matterport platform to create a seamless 3D tour of the gallery
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  • October 2, 2020

Can I visit Wales? Latest advice as two thirds of the population are under lockdown

Two thirds of the Welsh population are living under local lockdown as of October 1 while 15 of the country’s 22 local authority areas are following stricter rules than the nation as a whole.

On September 22, First Minister Mark Drakeford advised people in Wales to only travel it was essential. This guidance has lent further uncertainty to domestic holidays and added to the difficulties facing tourism and hospitality businesses.

“Please think carefully about making journeys, only travel when you need to do so, the fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make the safer we all are,” he said in a message to the nation.

In the areas of the country under local lockdown, people outside of that area cannot visit for non-essential trips. For those with holidays booked in other parts of Wales, Mr Drakeford’s advice may be a deterrent, although, as it stands, they

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  • October 1, 2020

The Latest: Millions of Chinese travel locally for holidays


An Indian health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a student to test for coronavirus after classes started at a college in Jhargaon village, outskirts of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. India’s Health Ministry on Wednesday raised its confirmed total of coronavirus cases to more than 6.2 million.


BEIJING — Tens of millions of Chinese are traveling during the combined National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays, amid continued masking and other safety requirements aimed at preventing new virus outbreaks in a country that has seen no cases of local transmission in more than a month.

Fewer trips are expected, however, out of concern restrictions could be reimposed if new outbreaks occurred.

In Beijing, students and teachers are advised not to leave the city to ensure classes resume smoothly after the break. Partly to compensate, movie theaters and tourist attractions in the capital are being allowed

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  • October 1, 2020

Can I visit Wales? Latest advice on the lockdown rules

The Welsh First Minister has advised against unnecessary journeys, while a quarter of the population is under local lockdown

Only travel if it is essential: that was Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s advice on Tuesday night, lending a major blow to tourism and hospitality businesses in the country.

“Please think carefully about making journeys, only travel when you need to do so, the fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make the safer we all are,” he said in a message to the nation.

There are no further restrictions on Welsh accommodation providers or visitor attractions as it stands, but the Government advice could deter visitors and make it tough for businesses to stay open.

Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio 4’s today programme on Wednesday that it was “a difficult balancing act” given that tourists from England are an important part of the economy, but they needed

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  • September 29, 2020

Love Holidays latest online travel agent to leave Abta

Way out: Quarantine policies are changing quickly (Simon Calder)
Way out: Quarantine policies are changing quickly (Simon Calder)

Another leading online travel agent has quit Abta, the travel association, in a row over refunds for customers affected by government travel changes.

Love Holidays has followed On the Beach in resigning from the leading travel trade association.

Both are unhappy about Abta’s insistence on full refunds for package holidaymakers booked to destinations such as Portugal that are placed on the UK government’s no-go list.

A spokesperson for Love Holidays said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for holidaymakers, which have been exacerbated by frequent changes in travel guidance issued by the UK government.

“The current package travel legislation was never designed to deal with disruption on the scale we have seen since March 2020.

“Unfortunately, as a result of our divergent views on the legal position regarding cancellations and refunds, we have decided that it is no longer possible

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  • September 16, 2020

The Latest Offering of Exclusive Vacation Resorts? Virtual Schooling Initiatives for Kids

In pre-COVID-19 times, diverse wellness offerings and breathtaking vistas were big draws to exclusive, far-flung resorts for many seeking some R&R. As we turn the corner on fall 2020, many of these luxury accommodations are starting to offer a new service that’s more in line with the times: virtual learning options for school-aged children. Resorts with remote schooling are now cropping up to simulate a socially distant classroom environment that allows parents to schedule a (semi-) normal workday—or work-from-holiday day—during these pandemic times.

For Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants—which was already ideating ways to make remote working feasible for its guests—remote learning offerings seemed like a natural mid-2020 fit to streamline arrangements for guests with children.

“We’ve successfully launched ‘Work From Hotel’ packages at a number of our hotels earlier this year, providing a quiet and equipped space for professionals to plug in and focus away from the distractions of home,”

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  • September 15, 2020

The latest “Bill & Ted” adventure is more bogus than excellent, despite some chuckles

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

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Whoa! Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are back! Sure, it seems like the two dudes from San Dimas have been lost in the Circuits of Time for three decades — they have! — and now the teens are middle aged fathers. Bogus! Or excellent?!

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” opens with a brief recap of what the guys have been up to since “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” back in 1991. Their band, Wyld Stallyns, did have a hit single but they also broke up. They married the Princesses, Elizabeth (Erinn Hayes) and Joanna (Jayma Mays), and each had a daughter — Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). Oh, and they still need to write the song that unites the

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  • August 28, 2020

What time is the fight tonight, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?

What is it?

Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin in the WBC ‘interim’ heavyweight title fight. The event had been due to take place in May, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon 2 is also on the card.

When is it?

It is on Saturday August 22.

Where is it?

Gareth A Davies went along to have a look around – here’s what he saw.” data-reactid=”35″Brentwood, Essex – aka Eddie Hearn’s ‘Fight Camp’ hotel. Our boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies went along to have a look around – here’s what he saw.

What TV channel will it be on?

Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491) and Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492). The fight can also be live streamed on the Sky Box Office app.

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  • August 22, 2020

Syracuse students suspended in latest crackdown by colleges

Syracuse University has suspended 23 students following a large on-campus gathering, the latest example of college crackdowns on the kind of socializing that can spread the coronavirus and sink plans for in-person learning this semester.

Syracuse officials announced the disciplinary action late Thursday and said they were reviewing security camera footage to identify additional students seen on video crowding into the campus Quad Wednesday night in violation of rules limiting crowds and requiring masks.

The gathering drew a sharp rebuke earlier from Vice Chancellor J. Michael Haynie, who said participants had undercut efforts to make residential learning possible.

“We have one shot to make this happen,” Haynie wrote in a letter to students. “The world is watching, and they expect you to fail. Prove them wrong.”

Social media has been filled with such gatherings in recent weeks as college students make their way back to campuses nationwide.

Purdue University suspended

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  • August 21, 2020