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How to lose your lockdown pounds in the greatest country for food

At L’Albereta, Lombardy’s shrine to gourmet excess, Mark C O’Flaherty rises to the challenge of losing weight     

Some things can’t be done alone. Others can only be achieved in solitude. There was something I desperately needed to achieve recently that was both at once. How to describe this year? Let’s go with challenging. Conundrum-packed. Should you get out of bed? Why do they give out a packet of crisps on a 45-minute flight, inviting everyone to take their masks off simultaneously? Why inflict a 10pm curfew and then close hospitality down entirely, but leave the petri-dish of academia open? And crucially: why did I just eat three peanut butter sandwiches after a giant plate of ­spaghetti carbonara? 

We have all had our own private Room 101s in 2020. Mine came in the form of binge-eating during lockdown 1.0, and then binge-eating some more to celebrate restaurants reopening. Returning to

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  • November 9, 2020
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‘They Have Lost So Much But They Will Not Lose Their Right To Vote.’ Advocates Fight To Enfranchise Americans Displaced by Wildfires

A home burns in Vacaville, CA during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19
A home burns in Vacaville, CA during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19

A home burns in Vacaville, CA during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19 Credit – Josh Edelson—AFP/Getty Images

Early last week, as wildfires approached her neighborhood in Rogue Valley, Ore., Virginia Camberos evacuated her home. After a brief stay at her son’s residence, about an hour’s drive up the mountains, authorities gave the all-clear to return two days later. “I’m fortunate I have a home to come back to,” says Camberos, a regional director for Unite Oregon, a non-profit serving the valley’s mostly-Latino community. “Two blocks down, everything is just burned to the ground.”

Camberos and her neighbors are not alone. Sweeping wildfires in Oregon and California have burned through millions of acres of land in recent weeks—resulting in mass evacuations, a few dozen deaths and the destruction of hundreds of homes. Ten

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  • September 25, 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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Switzerland ‘certain’ to lose travel corridor, Greece holidays are safe for now

Switzerland could soon be added to the UK's 'red list' - Getty
Switzerland could soon be added to the UK’s ‘red list’ – Getty

Switzerland is ‘certain’ to be removed from the UK’s travel corridors list this Thursday, according to a travel industry insider.

Paul Charles of the PC Agency and head of the Quash Quarantine movement Tweeted: “Switzerland certain to be added to quarantine list. Czech Republic possibly. Absolutely no justification for adding Greece, Turkey or Italy to the list in this Thursday’s review.”

This comes after Switzerland’s cases per 100,000 over seven days hit 21.7 – above the UK’s threshold of 20 cases, after which a quarantine comes under consideration.

When Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago surpassed the 20 threshold last week, they were all added to the UK’s quarantine list and the FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the countries. Spain and France have also lost their travel corridors, meaning all arrivals in the UK

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  • August 25, 2020
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Study says students could lose $90,000 over their lifetime

Going to college immediately after high school has been a rite of passage for millions of students. Now, more college-bound students are considering a gap year amid rising coronavirus cases and concerns about the value of college instruction that may be partly or all online.

A new study out this week by SimpsonScarborough finds that 40 percent of incoming freshmen are likely or highly likely to not attend any four-year college this fall. Last week, Harvard reported that more than 20% of its first-year students are deferring enrollment.

But there could be a downside to delaying college by a year: the potential loss of $90,000 in lifetime earnings, according to a recent study from economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That might seem counter-intuitive, given that the pandemic has pushed the jobless rate higher, prompting questions from families about whether it’s the best time to make a

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  • August 14, 2020
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What to do before you lose your job

Job hunters and those about to become job hunters have to worry about challenges on several fronts — they have to find a job soon, the job has to pay an acceptable amount, and they have to pay their bills and put bread on the table in the meantime.

During this time, they also have to handle the stress of not knowing whether they will lose the house, the car, the savings, the retirement account, and possibly the jewelry and the collectibles.

If you are about to lose your job, time is of the essence to take care of your finances. If you do not have another job lined up, your time out of work may be indefinite and your cash flow uncertain.

Do you have an emergency fund to tide you over for three months, six months, or more?

If you don’t, then you must spring into action in

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Reopen or you may lose federal funds

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.

Shortly afterward, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be issuing new guidance next week “that will give all new tools to our schools.” The recommendations will keep students safe, he said, but “the president said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough. ”

Despite Trump’s increased pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to classrooms only two or three days a week and would learn online in between. “Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same

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Reopen or may lose federal funds

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials’ safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.

Shortly afterward, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be issuing new guidance next week “that will give all new tools to our schools.” The recommendations will keep students safe, he said, but “the president said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough. ”

Despite Trump’s increased his pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to classrooms only two or three days a week and would learn online in between. “Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at

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