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‘Roadschooling’ 101: Families Make Remote Learning Work in an RV

Patricia Winters and her family decided to take advantage of her husband’s remote work arrangement, so they bought a camper. In June, they left their Annapolis, Md., home for a trip out West, with plans to be back in time for school.

“At the end of July, our school district decided to go virtual, so I said, ‘I guess we can keep going,’ ” Ms. Winters said. The family of five has logged 11,000 miles visiting 16 states and 14 national parks. But they weren’t fully prepared for the realities of school on the road, or “roadschooling,” as some families call it.

Many are taking the rare opportunity of remote work and remote learning to see the country—or at least get out of the house for a while. RVshare, which connects RV owners with people who want to rent one, said it is seeing more families traveling this fall. As

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  • September 29, 2020
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UK artist aims to unite with ‘humanity-inspired’ work

British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. 

She performed Friday on the almost-completed canvas measuring just under 2,000 square metres (20,000 sq feet), before it is broken down next week into 60 framed works.

His goal is to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest art canvas and raise $30 million to fund health and education initiatives for children in impoverished parts of the world. 

The 44-year-old contemporary artist says he hopes to double that amount when parts of his “Journey of Humanity” work go up for auction in February 2021.

“They will own a piece of the largest painting ever created, but more than that they’ll own a piece of history and, ultimately, humanity,” Jafri, in paint-splattered jeans and shirt, told AFP.

For seven months

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  • September 25, 2020
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How to work from home when you have children

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many people who were previously used to working in an office environment have had to get used to working from home, setting up home offices and acclimatising to a much quieter workplace setting than they may typically be used to.

During the peak of lockdown, when bars and restaurants were closed, members of the public were expected to avoid all non-essential travel and work from home where possible to help curb the outbreak.

As lockdown restrictions lifted, many returned to their workplaces, some just for a day or two a week to ensure social distancing is stringently observed among colleagues.

On Tuesday 16 September, it was reported that people who work in offices may be given a “work from home” order within the next couple of weeks if the newly instated rule on only socialising in groups of six has little impact on Covid-19 rates.

Many

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  • September 17, 2020
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How does airport testing actually work?

Tests are being carried out at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - Getty
Tests are being carried out at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport – Getty

The Government is coming under increasing pressure to introduce airport testing in order to drop the travel quarantine, which is currently imposed on arrivals from countries such as France, Spain and Croatia.

Today, Heathrow Airport said it is “ready to go” on testing for coronavirus at the airport but is waiting on the Government to give it the all-clear, after passenger numbers plunged in August.

With support from MPs, industry leaders and polling of the general public, Telegraph Travel has launched a campaign, Test4Travel, urging the Government to introduce airport testing.

At least 30 countries offer or accept Covid-19 tests at airports, but what, exactly, does the testing process look like?

Telegraph writer Simon Parker, who has recently travelled to the Portuguese island of Madeira, said: “Within 15 minutes of touching down on the island of Madeira I had

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  • September 11, 2020
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Canyon’s electric car-bike hybrid concept might just be crazy enough to work

As we experience a global pandemic, the ever present climate crisis, and overcrowding in cities, the way we get around isn’t changing because it can, it’s changing because it has to.

Some vehicles of our near future appear to be more certain to succeed than others. Ebikes and electric cars are carving themselves a niche as transport options that are more sustainable than outgoing fossil fuel based alternatives.

Escooter sharing schemes are having a moment, too. It’s too soon to tell how they’ll pan out, but the schemes were recently fast-tracked to British streets to offer socially distanced mobility options amid the coronavirus pandemic.

[Read: The confusing but cute 3 wheel Solo EV is finally in production]

All of these options still come with compromises. Cars are massive and aren’t a great option for traveling through the busy cities. Smaller, more agile, ebikes are great for transporting people, but leave

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  • September 1, 2020
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Can I work from home overseas?

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more of us have been getting used to working from home. With social distancing measures still in force, some companies have suggested workers may not be back in the office until 2021.

So if you’re getting bored of the same four walls, are you allowed to pack up your home office and work remotely from another country?

Can I go anywhere?

Because of the pandemic, not every country is letting in people from the UK right now.

Australia and New Zealand, for example, have closed their borders to anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident.

Many countries have other restrictions. For example, in order to enter Cyprus, a negative coronavirus test result needs to be presented on arrival.

a one-year visa for working remotely that you can apply for online before you travel. It costs $2,000 (£1,500), or $3,000 if you want

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  • August 26, 2020
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4 ways you and your company can make flexible work better

Did you know we have an online event about the future of work coming up? Join the Future of Work track at TNW2020 to hear how successful companies are adapting to a new way of working.

The world of work is fast changing. As life expectancy lengthens and labor markets shift, our working lives have become more complicated. The old expectations about how we work have become unsustainable – not least the expectation that we religiously travel to and from a fixed location ten times a week during rush hour, with all the knock-on effects that this has for carbon emissions.

Flexible work has the potential to solve many issues that see people fall out of the workforce. For employees, this means being better able to fit their jobs around other responsibilities, such as looking after children or elderly relatives. For businesses, this means retaining staff and saving the

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  • August 14, 2020
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Pay promises, threats of jail. How Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line made crew work without wages

As crew members started to make it safely off of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in mid-April, stories about life on board surfaced on social media.

Facebook and Instagram comments described how the company stopped paying working crew on board after it canceled passenger cruises on March 14 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 18, below an Instagram image of the company’s ship with a sunset in the background, came this plea for help: “Through this message we want to ask for help on behalf of 8 Salvadorans stranded on the Grand Celebration cruise…We want to let you know and make it public that we are being forced to work without any remuneration, we have to buy our personal supplies…Help us.”

The retaliation was swift, according to crew reports. Supervisors interrogated the Salvadorans on board about who had posted the message, according to two crew members on board

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  • August 12, 2020
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MGM Resorts’ ‘Work from Las Vegas’ travel package comes with an executive assistant

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts is now luring business professionals to resorts with ‘Work from Vegas’ travel packages that include discounted jet service, rooms as cheap as $100-per-night and a living, breathing executive assistant.

The new program is called Viva Las Office, and it’s the latest example of a Las Vegas company pumping up perks to boost bookings in the wake of coronavirus travel fallout.

“Can we make it work? Are we filling a need that’s really big out there?” said Atif Rafiq, president of commercial and growth at MGM Resorts, in an interview with the USA TODAY Network. “We think so, but we need to try and learn.”

Rooms as cheap at $100 per night

Crews works around the clock to maintain the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas Friday, June 14, 2019.
Crews works around the clock to maintain the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas Friday, June 14, 2019.

The largest hotel-casino company on the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts operates properties like New York-New

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From child care stipends to flexible schedules, companies aim to help parents juggle remote learning and work again this fall

When the state issued its stay-at-home order in March, Gina LaMonica, 39, a partner with Chicago law firm Perkins Coie, had just returned from a work trip.

Overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic turned her Park Ridge home into an office and a school as she and her husband juggled their careers and the care of their two young daughters. Worlds collided, work shifted to all hours of the day and night, and somehow, they made it to the summer, exhausted and fully employed.

“It was very difficult,” LaMonica said. “Those were long days.”

For working parents like LaMonica, the pending start of the school year, which brings the anxiety of new teachers, schedules and courses under even the best of circumstances, is looming as a major source of stress.

A growing list of companies are pushing office reopenings to 2021 and many school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, are nixing even

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