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Portugal likely to miss out as details of ‘air bridge’ deals emerge

Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve - istock
Britons will have to wait to return to the Algarve – istock

Portugal is the most popular destination for British holidaymakers likely to miss out on the first wave of air bridge agreements set to be announced this weekend. 

The country’s tourist board is likely to be deeply disappointed. Luis Araujo, chief executive of Visit Portugal, this week told the Telegraph that he was optimistic the UK would be “fully confident” for Britons to return. “We are very excited to be welcoming them back,” he said. Portugal welcomed 2.5million visitors from the UK last year. 

However, according to sources, the country’s recent spike in coronavirus cases has meant Portugal will have to wait before enjoying friction-less travel with the UK. 

Turkey, Croatia and the US are three other popular destinations not to be included in the first tranche of deals.

France, Spain and Italy, however, will be included in the

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I Tried the Tempo Studio, an At-Home Fitness System That Turns My Dining Room Into a Gym

Photo credit: Tempo Studio
Photo credit: Tempo Studio

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Tempo Studio at-home fitness system

The Tester: Brandon Carte, former frequent gym-goer who has been stuck in a workout rut.

The Brief: The pandemic caused nationwide gym closures and equipment shortages, and it also snatched my drive to stay in shape. To help reignite my fitness journey, I tried the Tempo Studio, a new home fitness system that combines weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, and mobility classes.

Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve maintained a consistent routine of weightlifting at the gym and eating a high-protein diet to gain muscle mass. But when my gym

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Virus Cases Are Soaring in Texas. But Closing Down Again Is a ‘Last Option.’

People wear face masks on a street in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times)
People wear face masks on a street in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times)

HOUSTON — The coronavirus has been testing America’s governors. Few are being squeezed harder than Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

Abbott, the governor of the country’s largest Republican-controlled state, reopened Texas in May, eager to be part of President Donald Trump’s push to restart the economy sooner rather than later. But the reopening has backfired, creating the makings of a political and public health disaster that is putting the lives of Texans at risk, adding ammunition to Abbott’s long-running war with the Democrats who run the state’s biggest cities and drawing unusually sharp criticism from fellow Republicans.

As millions of Texans have emerged from weeks of isolation and headed to shopping malls, movie theaters and beaches, the governor, faced with an alarming number of new cases, did an abrupt about-face

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Teen who pushed boy off Tate viewing gallery seen ‘smiling at children’ moments before, court hears

Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues - HANDOUT
Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues – HANDOUT

An autistic teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the viewing gallery at the Tate Modern was seen “smiling at children” moments before the incident, a court heard, as it emerged he had earlier tried to enter The Shard.

Jonty Bravery, 18, committed the offence in front of horrified onlookers at the London tourist attraction on August 4 last year.

He claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues

Bravery’s victim, who cannot be named due to his age, suffered a bleed to the brain, spinal fractures, and broken legs and arms. Since the incident he has remained in a wheelchair and has had problems eating, speaking and moving.

Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern art gallery following the incident - PA
Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate
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This Guy’s Mental Health Breakthrough Led to a Complete Body Transformation

From Men’s Health

I live in a small city in India, and in 2017, when I was 16, it felt like my whole life had fallen apart. My partner dumped me at the same time that my family was having some financial problems. It felt like it was all piling on and my mental health took a really sharp turn.

I was trying to pretend like everything was fine, because I didn’t have the courage to tell my family or seek any professional help. Because things weren’t great at home, I would walk around my city for hours at a time. My focus was wrecked, and my school work suffered. I barely managed to pass exams.

Some of my friends noticed I was acting different, and asked me what was going on. “Why haven’t you talked to us for the past few weeks?” they asked. I made lame excuses like

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Meet The Beauty Industry Watchdogs Calling Bulls**t On Brands And Retailers

Beauty industry watchdog Estee Laundry, an Instagram account made up of an anonymous collective, is calling BS on the beauty industry — and they’ve got the receipts.  

Estee Laundry has pulled back the glossy curtain on everything from copycat packaging and racial appropriation to bullying and mistreating employees, bringing transparency to a traditionally opaque industry.

“There wasn’t a specific event that triggered us to form the collective,” a representative from Estee Laundry who wished to maintain anonymity told HuffPost in an email. “Over time, we observed a trend of shady, unethical business practices occurring in the beauty industry, but we also noticed there wasn’t an independent and objective entity out there to hold these brands accountable.” 

Estee Laundry’s content is fueled by email and direct message submissions, around 100 a day, from their 172,000-plus Instagram followers. “Once we review all submissions, we collectively decide as a group which ones to

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German Infections Drop; France to Lengthen Job Aid: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Germany’s coronavirus infection rate fell to the lowest in almost three weeks, easing concerns that local outbreaks would prompt a resurgence of the pandemic.

The outbreak worsened across the U.S. heartland, though, as new infections are nearing a peak set in April. A new modeling predicts the virus will kill 180,000 Americans by October.

Qantas Airways Ltd. plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion and cut at least 6,000 jobs as international travel shows no sign of recovering. French President Emmanuel Macron is planning a new furlough program that could see the state covering a large share of lost incomes for as long as two years.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases exceed 9.4 million; deaths pass 482,000Europe is approaching a disastrous economic cliff edgeFear of vial shortage for Covid vaccines prompts flurry of dealsInvestors are favoring firms that let people work from homeCanada is first to lose

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In-person classes, online learning or a mix? Reopening schools will bring new struggles

With the next academic year less than three months away, and no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts face a daunting decision: Reopen the schools they shuttered, or continue to teach students remotely?

Educators across the United States are weighing their options, taking into account the quality of the education they can offer, the need for children to socialize and keeping safety in mind above all else.

So far, a hybrid model that combines some in-person learning and some remote learning has emerged as the most popular proposal for the fall, according to Dan Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, an advocacy organization for the 14,000 superintendents in the U.S.

That could mean a school has as little as 25 percent of its normal capacity in the building at once, which would give students more space for social distancing in their classrooms and

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A Black Photographer’s View of the BLM Protests

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JD Barnes recalls the first protest he photographed in New York following the killing of George Floyd: he and a friend were standing in Union Square, trying to figure out where things might be happening (this was before Instagram really kicked off with protest location information, he says). “As we were talking, literally a protest just materialized,” he says. “They just started walking through Union Square. I looked at my friend and I was like, ‘Well, here we go.’”

Barnes, whose protest images have run on his Instagram and been published in a variety of publications throughout the past few weeks, has a background not in protest photojournalism, but in fashion and beauty editorial photography; he is the chief photographer and a photo editor at Essence, where he has shot several of its most recent celebrity covers, including Lizzo and Regina King.


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Online shopping a steep learning curve for Cuba

Havana (AFP) – When Jorge Noris first tried online shopping, Cuban-style, the products he bought never turned up.

Like most people, the father of two living on the outskirts of Havana was seduced by the convenience of shopping over the internet.

However, Cuba’s catch-up with the world of e-commerce, encouraged by its communist rulers during the coronavirus lockdown, has left many users angry.

“After a month, the store called me to ask if the order had arrived,” said Noris, a 34-year-old technician. He was similarly stunned when he discovered he had to travel into the shop to be reimbursed.

Worldwide, the online food trade has been given a massive shot in the arm by the pandemic. With millions confined to their homes, online consumer activity soared by 300 percent in Italy and Spain, and 100 percent in France, according to pollsters Nielsen.

But the experience is still a novel one

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