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Thomas Cook relaunched as online-only tour operator

The company is currently only selling holidays to beach resort destinations with no quarantine or FCO restrictions - Getty
The company is currently only selling holidays to beach resort destinations with no quarantine or FCO restrictions – Getty

Thomas Cook has risen from the ashes of its collapse last year, and recommenced selling holidays as an online-only travel company. 

Relaunching today, Thomas Cook will sell holidays via its website and over the phone – but will not have a presence on the high street, nor operate its own flights. Its destinations are, understandably, limited too: the company is only offering trips to beach resort hotspots with no quarantine or FCO restrictions – such as Italy, Barbados, and some areas of Greece. 

The brand is now operating under the ownership of Chinese firm Fosun Travel Group, which acquired the name and other intellectual property assets for £11 million last year. The collapse of the 178-year-old company left 150,000 holidaymakers stranded overseas, sparking Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation effort. 

The new owners

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Is this new online-only private school the future of education?

boy studies on laptop
boy studies on laptop

As a parent of a teen facing her final year of GCSE study after months out of school – often with patchy teaching – I’m feeling decidedly nervous. Although the Government has promised to open schools in September, a new study says a lack of an effective track and trace system means this might not be safe.

Adding to the chaos, a dreaded ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 may also lead to unpredictable local or national lockdowns. It’s not just parents like me who are concerned. As Scottish children mourn their disappointing GCSE grades, a new study, Life After Lockdown, from the nation’s leading youth programme NCS (National Citizen Service) has found that 67 per cent of teens aged 16-17 are worried about their education.  

The result? More and more parents are looking for alternatives to traditional schools. 

Across the UK, Google searches for the term’ online

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Herman Cain dies; Trump suggests delaying election; Miami schools defy Gov. DeSantis and go online-only

President Trump suggested delaying the November election Thursday, saying reliance on mail-in voting due to the pandemic would be “inaccurate and fraudulent.”

The Commerce Department issued a record-breaking report of the U.S. economy, announcing that the gross domestic product contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period. A surge in virus infections and deaths that has slowed business reopenings in many states could signal more bad news ahead.

In Florida, reeling from rising daily death reports, the state’s largest school district announced that it will begin the school year virtually on Aug. 31. This despite a push by Gov. Ron DeSantis to have school districts provide an in-classroom options.

And in Washington, D.C., Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials said they were far apart on a $1 trillion stimulus package. Without it, there won’t be another round of $1,200 stimulus checks or another cash

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Trump suggests delaying election; Miami schools defy Gov. DeSantis, go online-only; FDA sets at-home test rules

President Trump suggested delaying the November election Thursday, saying reliance on mail-in voting due to the pandemic would be “inaccurate and fraudulent.”

The Commerce Department issued a record-breaking report of the U.S. economy, announcing that the gross domestic product contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period. A surge in virus infections and deaths that has slowed business reopenings in many states could signal more bad news ahead.

In Florida, reeling from rising daily death reports, the state’s largest school district announced that it will begin the school year virtually on Aug. 31. This despite a push by Gov. Ron DeSantis to have school districts provide an in-classroom options.

And in Washington, D.C., Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials said they were far apart on a $1 trillion stimulus package. Without it, there won’t be another round of $1,200 stimulus checks or another cash

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Miami schools defy Gov. DeSantis, go online-only; talks stall on $1 trillion stimulus; FDA sets at-home test rules

The Commerce Department issued a record-breaking report of the U.S. economy on Thursday, a day after the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 150,000.

The U.S. gross domestic product contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period.

In Florida, reeling from rising daily death reports, the state’s largest school district announced that it will begin the school year virtually on Aug. 31. A decision on when to allow in-person instruction will be based on data from infections and hospitalizations.

And in Washington, D.C., Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials said they were far apart on a $1 trillion stimulus package. Without it, there won’t be another round of $1,200 stimulus checks or another cash bump in unemployment benefits.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The U.S. surpassed 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

  • Attorney General Bill Barr tested negative for COVID-19 after a brief interaction

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Which Online-Only Bank Is Best?

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Tired of looking for a branch or navigating a clunky app when you need to manage your bank account?

For anyone who’s ready to walk away from traditional branch banks, an industry of online challenger banks has blown up over the past decade. Technology companies have swooped in to respond to the need for more mobility, better apps and lower fees.

Varo and Chime, two of the top players in the online banking space, compete for customers with no-fee bank accounts and high-yield savings you can set up and manage from your smartphone.

Which is a better fit for you? See how they compare:

Varo vs. Chime Comparison & Features

Varo (previously Varo Money) and Chime each offer checking and

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ICE Says Foreign Students Need To Leave If Their Classes Are Online-Only

ICE is warning international students that they need to transfer or leave the U.S. if their school is only holding online courses

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, U.S. colleges and universities are now facing a big decision: Whether to hold in-person classes in the fall, or ask students to continue virtual learning to promote better the kind of social distancing that can be difficult on campus. Some schools, like Harvard, have already announced that their classes will be online-only for the coming academic year. For international students at those institutions, ICE has an ominous message: Transfer to a school with in-person classes, or leave the U.S.

Students on F-1 and M-1 visas that allow them to study in the U.S. who attend school that are offering only online classes “must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful

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