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Christmas return plans for university students ‘riddled with holes’, as questions raised over mass-testing feasibility

Universities have faced coronavirus outbreaks on campus this term (AFP via Getty Images)
Universities have faced coronavirus outbreaks on campus this term (AFP via Getty Images)

Government plans for students to return home for Christmas are “riddled with holes”, a union has said, while the promised mass-testing programme does not yet exist. 

One student told The Independent he was “very angry” at being told to leave university much earlier than planned, after a week-long window for travel was announced. 

Students will be allowed to travel on staggered departure dates between 3 and 9 December in order to spend the Christmas holidays with their families under the much-anticipated plans.

The government has promised to “work closely with universities to establish mass-testing” ahead of the travel window — with priority given to those in hotspot areas. But the requisite capacity does not yet exist, and one insitution has warned it will require a “massive undertaking” to install it. 

Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said it

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  • November 12, 2020
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What if Covid-19 spoils my holiday? Key questions answered, from cancellations to local lockdowns

Life for travellers looks as though it is going to be very bleak this winter. 

Three months after we were given the all clear to go abroad again, non-essential travel will be prohibited in England From 00:01 on November 5. In Wales, all leisure travel is banned; while in Scotland and Northern Ireland it is ‘advised against’.

Should you manage to get away this winter, even on home turf, make sure you’re up-to-date on the key questions:

I live in England, and will be on a staycation in England when the second lockdown begins. Should I hurry home?

You may wish to, but there’s no imperative to, says the Government. It advises: “Those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England not to go out without a reasonable excuse.”

This may benefit those that are booked

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  • November 4, 2020
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Here are answers to NorCal’s frequently asked election questions

Potential voters in Northern California were searching online for answers to questions about the 2020 general election Tuesday, and KCRA 3 has some answers.Here are some of the questions people in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas have been Googling below:Can I drop off my ballot on Election Day?On Election Day, voters can still drop off their ballots at drop boxes, polling places and vote centers.In fact, California voters can still send in their ballots by mail — as long as it’s postmarked by Election Day.The California Secretary of State’s Office said ballots have an estimated delivery window of two to five days to a county election office.USPS also does daily sweeps of processing areas and requires staff to make sure no unprocessed ballot mail remains, according to the Secretary of State’s office.Votes will continue to be counted in California up to 17 days after the election on Nov. 20. … Read More

  • November 4, 2020
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All the unanswered questions explained, from fishing to pantomimes

The new lockdown restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday will place the country back into national measures on Thursday, until at least December 2.

The guidelines address many aspects of life which will be prohibited under the new rules, but also leave many sectors and activities without clarity.

A more comprehensive version of the guidance is expected to be published this week, which should answer many questions about how the rules differ from the first national lockdown and local tier system.

Can I visit a relative in a care home?

Visits to care homes were banned during the first lockdown in March, as it became clear they had become hotspots for the spread of the disease. Visits to homes were only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Under the Tier system, in Tiers 2 and 3 visits are only allowed in circumstances such as end-of-life care, and care home staff

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  • November 1, 2020
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Answers to your questions about how climate change affects winter recreation in Maine

Maine has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who in winter have gone downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. But as climate change makes sub-freezing temperatures and sufficient snowpack less consistent, and as tourists seek out new kinds of experiences, traditional winter outdoor recreation businesses in Maine are having to adjust.

Some ski resorts have suffered through slow winters due to a relative lack of snow, while opportunities to go ice fishing are shrinking as lakes consistently freeze later and thaw earlier in the year.

To share information about the effect of warming temperatures on Maine’s economy, communities and ecosystems, the Bangor Daily News hosted an online event on Oct. 15, bringing together four experts to share their work on the topic. The webinar was the third of four BDN Climate Conversations, which will help shape our coverage of climate issues.

The conversations bring together scientists from the

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  • October 23, 2020
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Can I still travel in the UK during a local lockdown? Your travel questions answered by our expert

‘Can we travel to London for a short break?’

Q. Susie Parr: “We are due to travel down to London on Friday 23rd October for a social weekend.  It is just my husband and I and we are driving down in our own vehicle. We are  going to a few restaurants, a museum and shopping.  

“Can we do all of this?  We are not meeting anyone, just the two of us.  We live in Derbyshire and I think it may be going up a Tier.”

A. Nick: I don’t think there is anything in the Tier 2 rules which actually forbids you from doing this, but you are “advised” to reduce the number of journeys you make “where possible” when you are in the Tier 2 area, so it would come down to your individual conscience.

‘What about travelling to a Tier 2 area?’

Q. Fern Taylor“My family

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  • October 20, 2020
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Joe Biden Stays Behind After Town Hall, Continues To Answer Questions

Donald Trump likes to refer to Joe Biden as “Sleepy Joe,” but apparently he was the one who got tired first Thursday night.

The two presidential candidates held dueling town halls on rival networks ― Trump on NBC, Biden on ABC ― but it’s what they did after their events were over that is getting the attention.

After the president’s town hall, which lasted an hour, Trump stayed for a few photos but didn’t answer voter questions, according to USA Today.

Biden took a different approach: After his 90-minute broadcast ended, he stayed on at least 30 additional minutes to answer questions to voters who didn’t get to speak during the ABC broadcast.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden answers a question from a voter after an ABC town hall event on Oct. 15.



Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden answers a question from a voter after an ABC town hall event on Oct. 15.

Topics ranged from whether the National Guard should quell protests to the

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  • October 17, 2020
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Trump Deflects Questions About Taxes, but First Debate Has a New Issue

WASHINGTON — The disclosure that President Donald Trump paid little or no federal income taxes for years, including while in the White House, convulsed the presidential campaign on Monday with only five weeks to go and immediately scrambled the equation and stakes of the first debate to be held on Tuesday night.

While Trump tried to deflect the news about his taxes, and his Republican allies generally kept their silence, Democrats pounced and former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s presidential candidate, posted a video noting that the president paid less in income taxes than everyday Americans like teachers, firefighters and nurses.

The report in The New York Times, published online on Sunday evening and in print on Monday, revealed that Trump paid no federal income taxes for 11 of the 18 years examined and just $750 in 2016, the year he won the presidency, and $750 in 2017, his

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  • September 29, 2020
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Small businesses ‘left with more questions than answers’

Rowena Howie, retailer at The Revival Retro Boutique
Rowena Howie, retailer at The Revival Retro Boutique

Rishi Sunak has unveiled a series of measures to shore up jobs and businesses against a second wave of the virus. 

But what do small businesses think of the package? The Telegraph spoke to four business owners on the frontline. 

Rowena Howie, retailer at The Revival Retro Boutique

Revival Retro owner Rowena Howie
Revival Retro owner Rowena Howie

While I welcomed the measures that will help small businesses like mine I was still left with more questions than answers.

I’ve worked so hard to protect jobs, save my business, pay suppliers and build resilience among my network of self employed freelancers, yet still as a director of a company, there is nothing to acknowledge that I’m doing a job and I need to get paid.

Some of the targeted support will definitely benefit my small business, specifically the extension to repayments of my Bounce Back Loan and

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  • September 25, 2020
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Who’s hosting? What’s going to win? Will this be a disaster? All your burning questions about this year’s socially distant Emmys answered

Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)
Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)

Between coronavirus-caused production delays and a glut of new streaming platforms, the future of television is rife with uncertainty right now. But here’s one thing we do know for sure: The (awards) show will go on. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be handed out on Sept. 20, honoring pre-pandemic series like The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, Succession and Watchmen.

But don’t expect to see the stars of all those shows in the same room. This year’s ceremony will be entirely remote, with the eventual winners accepting their statues from their homes. An all-virtual Emmys is a first for television, and you can bet that other awards shows — including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the Oscars — will be watching closely should

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  • September 18, 2020