HNA Group chairman barred from flying, vacationing on firm’s failure to pay court-ordered $5,300

BEIJING (Reuters) – The chairman of cash-strapped HNA Group has been barred from taking flights and high-speed trains and going on vacations due to the Chinese conglomerate’s failure to pay a court-ordered $5,300 in a lawsuit, a court document showed.

The once high-flying company, which owns Hainan Airlines <600221.SS>, is in the midst of a restructuring led by the Hainan government to resolve its liquidity risks stemming from years of aggressive acquisitions abroad.

The group and its affiliates have delayed payments on a few bond products this year.

HNA chairman and legal representative Chen Feng has also been barred from spending at star-rated hotels, nightclubs and golf clubs, and buying properties and high-premium insurance products, an order from the People’s Court in Xi’an city’s Beilin district showed on Tuesday. The order also disallows his children from attending private schools.

The conglomerate declined to comment on the order.

While such court-ordered

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Anne Arundel Teases Hybrid School Plan At Coronavirus Town Hall

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Hybrid schooling may be closer than previously thought. At a Thursday evening town hall, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman announced the framework for what a partial return to school could look like.

The duo understands some parents’ urge to get back in schools as soon as possible. They know that distance learning is hard on everybody, but they notice a heavier toll on younger students.

“The younger they are, the more important it is to get them back,” Kalyanaraman said.
“As the father of a second-grader, I can assure you I know what you’re talking about.”

That’s why Anne Arundel County is examining a phased reopening of school buildings. Under this option, elementary schoolers would adopt a hybrid model sooner than older students.

Kalyanaraman says this idea is rooted in recent findings that explain how coronavirus acts

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Senators Introduce Last-Minute, Bipartisan Bill To Prevent A Census Disaster

Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill to give the Census Bureau badly needed time to finish the 2020 count. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill to give the Census Bureau badly needed time to finish the 2020 count. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON ― Senators unveiled bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to give the Census Bureau more time to finish the 2020 census ― an eleventh-hour effort to prevent a potentially severe undercount of the U.S. population, particularly in Native, minority and rural communities.

The census count, which is conducted every 10 years, was delayed for months because of COVID-19. Now the Trump administration is insisting on ending the count early, on Sept. 30, to meet end-of-year deadlines. The crunched schedule all but ensures that hard-to-reach areas, which are typically poor and minority communities, will be even harder to reach, if they are reached at all. The effects of an even lower count in these regions would be devastating: The areas would

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All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit now without quarantine or Covid certificate

Venice at sunrise (istock)
Venice at sunrise (istock)

The list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return is sadly diminishing week by week.

The latest to go is the Portuguese mainland. As of 12 September, England and Northern Ireland followed Scotland and Wales in removing the country from the travel corridors list.

Other removals included Hungary, Réunion and French Polynesia.

France, Malta and the Netherlands were removed from the exemption list in the middle of August, alongside Monaco, Switzerland, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.

They joined Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas, as well as Spain, Serbia and Luxembourg.

All of these destinations were previously given the green light for travel, but have been removed after reporting spikes in coronavirus cases.

To confuse things further, holidaymakers have to check two different government lists: the Department for Transport’s travel corridors list (so you don’t have to quarantine

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Undocumented workers ‘completely adrift’ as crisis persists

In the waning days of August, Elia had enough money to either pay for next month’s rent or cover back-to-school expenses for her two teenage children. But not both.

It was the latest in a long line of financial dilemmas that Elia, an undocumented domestic worker from Mexico, has faced since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in March decimated her client list. Clients, she explained, discontinued her cleaning services because they worried about her bringing the virus into their homes.

The ensuing belt-tightening has been severe.

“The first thing that you stop buying are personal items. My kids and I, we are making do with what we already have,” said Elia, who asked to withhold her full name for fear of reprisal. “No new clothes, no new shoes. There’s no money for that.”

The income she still pulls in from the handful of clients she has left goes to

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The jobs thunderstorm storm is breaking

Ever since the prime minister sent the economy into an unprecedented lockdown in March, storm clouds have been gathering over the jobs market. Now that storm is beginning to break.

As ever, those looking for signs of the Covid crisis in the headline figures from the Office for National Statistics will be disappointed, even though the official unemployment rate crept higher to 4.1pc in the quarter to July.

The ONS data are a lagging indicator showing the last three months of the full furlough. Its narrow definition of unemployment – to be out of work and actively seeking it – has moreover been artificially dampened by the schemes to support both employees and the self-employment.

The bad news is getting closer to the surface, however. Even while Chancellor Rishi Sunak was paying a full 80pc of the wages of millions of workers, the 48,000 jump in redundancies was the biggest

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Black women again turn to midwives, some fearing coronavirus in hospitals

Midwife Kiki Jordan examines TaNefer Camara during a routine postnatal visit about a week after the birth of her son Esangu. In centuries past, Black midwives often functioned as spiritual advisers and parenting teachers as well as birth attendants. <span class="copyright">(Rachel Scheier / California Healthline)</span>
Midwife Kiki Jordan examines TaNefer Camara during a routine postnatal visit about a week after the birth of her son Esangu. In centuries past, Black midwives often functioned as spiritual advisers and parenting teachers as well as birth attendants. (Rachel Scheier / California Healthline)

From the moment she learned she was pregnant late last year, TaNefer Camara knew she didn’t want to have her baby in a hospital bed.

A mother of three and part-time lactation consultant at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Camara already knew a bit about childbirth. She wanted to deliver at home, surrounded by her family, into the hands of an experienced female birth worker, as her female ancestors once did. And she wanted a Black midwife.

It took the COVID-19 pandemic to get her husband onboard.

“Up until then, he was like, ‘You’re crazy. We’re going to the hospital,’” she said.

As the pandemic has laid

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‘I would just make Ritz crackers and tuna stretch out as long as I could’

Yahoo Life has partnered with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O’Brien for the exclusive premiere of the documentary Hungry to Learn. O’Brien and her team followed the lives of four college students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. She discovered that an astounding 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. This is part two of our partnership, exploring how colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations are helping students who are struggling with hunger during the coronavirus pandemic. Watch O’Brien’s “Hungry to Learn” documentary here.

College and university students are struggling with hunger across the U.S., and the coronavirus pandemic is making it worse. As a result, some schools and nonprofit organizations have ramped up operations to support vulnerable students.

Marissa Nachman, vice president of programs at Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending college student hunger

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How To Sell a Car

When you’re ready to purchase a new set of wheels, you have the option of trading in your old vehicle or selling it privately. Autotrader points out that a dealer makes a trade-in deal simply by handling all the paperwork, but sellers could actually make hundreds or even thousands of dollars more if they sold their vehicle privately.

Click through and to find out how to get the best deal when selling your car on your own.

Last updated: Sept. 15, 2020

1. Prepare Your Car

A picture is worth a thousand words, so you’ll need to take the time to clean and vacuum the car’s interior, as well as wash and wax the exterior. The more attractive the car appears in the photos, the more interest you’ll generate, which might mean a quicker sale. The DMV suggests taking pictures from different angles and including images of the engine, wheels,

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Betting on a V-Shaped Recovery, and Winning

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Market commentators are shaking their heads. Wall Street heavyweights are dubious. Federal Reserve officials are warning about dim prospects for a robust recovery of the devastated pandemic economy. Yet even as the U.S. economy falters and Americans suffer more from Covid-19 than citizens of other developed countries, U.S. stocks are outpacing the rest of the world’s equities by a wider margin than at any time in at least 50 years.

Illogical? Appearances would seem to say so. Loretta Mester, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, said this month that the recovery from the second quarter’s record 32% decline in gross domestic product remains “fragile.” Money management titan Stan Druckenmiller says that the risk-reward calculation for equities is the worst he has ever seen. My Bloomberg Opinion colleague Michael R. Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has warned that strengthening economic

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