Day: July 7, 2020

New ICE rule will ‘devastate’ USC, global students, and hurt economy, experts say

Issy Rushton had always dreamed of becoming an American college student. Ever since she was 15 and traveled to the states from her native country of Australia for a study abroad trip, she was hooked.

She began classes at the University of South Carolina in 2017 and prospered, becoming the first international student body president in the school’s history. Now a rising senior, she’s just a week away from taking the LSAT to set her up for law school.

Now, through no fault of her own, that dream — and the dreams of other international students who have come to America to study — has come into question.

Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that all international students who are not taking in-person classes must either transfer schools or return to their home countries.

“It’s all very stressful,” Rushton told The State.

The rule will be “devastating” to not

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Skyscanner Shows Tenacity to Overcome Challenges Selling Airline Tickets on Mobile

A few years ago, Skyscanner and other travel price-comparison search brands risked losing relative popularity. Consumers were switching to mobile devices, and metasearch brands don’t make as much money on mobile as a rule. But new e-commerce design tricks may catapult Skyscanner and its peers into more relevant positions again.

Norwegian, Singapore Airlines, Russia’s S7, and Virgin Atlantic will “soon” try to display their products via a new so-called “direct booking” interface on Skyscanner. Consumers will see airline branded fares, such as basic economy versus premium economy.

The contrast of shopping for flights on a phone versus booking lodging is remarkable. When it comes to shopping for and reserving hotels and short-term rentals, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Vrbo, and others have enabled consumers for years to reserve lodging, seeing various options for room types and upgrades, without having to leave their sites and apps. Yet plane tickets remain hard to shop for

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Casper’s massive mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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All About Lily James, the British Actress Hanging Out With Chris Evans

Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips – Getty Images

From ELLE

Lily James and Chris Evans became one of summer 2020’s surprise pairings over the weekend when they were photographed leaving a private members’ club in London together and taking the same cab back to Evans’ hotel, where the two used different entrances to go in. While it’s unclear whether the two are dating or just friends, Evans’ British companion is also an accomplished Disney star with an extensive résumé, a past high-profile public romance, and many famous friends.

Here, what to know about Lily James and her connection to Evans.

Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips – Getty Images

Lily James is a 31-year-old British actress who has been acting in movies and TV shows for over 10 years.

James famously played Cinderella in Disney’s live adaptation of the film that came out in 2015. She also starred as Lady Rose MacClare in

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New York expands coronavirus travel quarantine as U.S. pandemic widens

By Maria Caspani

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visitors from three more U.S. states who travel to New York will be required to quarantine for 14 days to control the spread of coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, as alarm grew over a surge in infections in large parts of the country.

New York state, which had been the early epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, unveiled the travel advisory last month in an effort to prevent a resurgence after the state got its outbreak under control.

Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma, all of which are grappling with “significant” community spread of the virus, have been added to the list, Cuomo announced in a statement, bringing the total number of states under the travel advisory to 19.

New Jersey, which along with New York had experienced the brunt of the early part of the U.S. outbreak, also added the three states to

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European Markets Slip Back, While Halfords gets a Puncture

Markets elsewhere in Asia were slightly less exuberant, with the Nikkei225 slipping back from three-week highs.

To that end markets here in Europe have opened lower with profit-taking kicking in ahead of the peaks that we saw in June. While optimism of a v-shaped recovery still remains quite high it is being tempered by concerns about rising coronavirus cases globally, translating into a similar percentage rise in mortality rates. This doesn’t appear to be happening at the moment, however with the markets back close to their June peaks it would appear that the overriding sentiment is one of ahead of those June peaks.

These types of moves are becoming emblematic of how markets have been moving over the last month. We’ve seen sentiment ebb and flow from being quite bearish, to fairly bullish without ever breaking out of the range we’ve been in since we posted those June peaks.

The

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No refund if local lockdown ruins your holiday, Britons warned

Spain has introduced two local lockdowns - AFP
Spain has introduced two local lockdowns – AFP

British travellers have been warned they may be unable to claim a refund for a holiday lost to a local lockdown, regional quarantine rules or the need to self-isolate on return. 

Overseas trips will be possible once again from this weekend, after the Government revealed its plans for “travel corridors”, but with a number of countries retaining a variety of entry restrictions, Britons risk being a victim of disruption. 

Alex Neill, CEO of arbitration firm Resolver, said he does not expect to see a fall in holiday-related complaints over the summer. “We expect to see further cancellations from providers but at least in those circumstances consumers should get their money back,” he said.

“What isn’t being made clear enough to people booking now is that they are bearing all of the risk. If local lockdowns, holiday quarantine rules or being notified of

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ICE says foreign students can’t take online-only fall classes while in U.S.

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled new fall semester rules for foreign students, including a requirement that they take in-person classes to remain in the U.S., a condition that raised concerns as certain colleges and universities are planning to use online instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new guidelines by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program, foreigners with F-1 or M-1 visas — which are for academic and vocational international students, respectively — will not be allowed to participate in an entirely online fall semester.

The State Department will not issue those visas to students planning to attend schools that will only offer remote learning and Customs and Border Protection officials will not allow such applicants to enter the country, according to a summary of the temporary rule, which ICE said will be published in the federal government’s journal of

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I Got A Medical Tourist Visa To Give Birth In Another Country

The three of us at our temporary home in Bangkok just a few days after my daughter's birth. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Elen Turner)
The three of us at our temporary home in Bangkok just a few days after my daughter’s birth. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Elen Turner)

The phrase “medical tourism” might make you think of getting dental surgery in Mexico or plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic, where the procedures are cheaper than at home. Traveling abroad to give birth? Probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what I did.

Three years ago, armed with a medical tourist visa and a letter of clearance to fly from my doctor, I traveled from my home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Bangkok at 36 weeks pregnant, to give birth.

Unlike some medical tourists, I wasn’t flying to another country to save money or to get an elective procedure unavailable at home. I chose to give birth in Thailand because, given my circumstances, it was the safest option.

I had been

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10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer

10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer
10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer

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Summer is in full swing—but following months of quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it looks a little bit different this year. People have been spending more time in their own backyards, and outdoor recreation—like biking and roller skating—is more popular than ever. Here at Reviewed, we’ve spent the last few months tracking where to buy hard-to-find products, from hand sanitizer and toilet paper at the start of quarantine to bike helmets and loungewear more recently. 

While many of us have now adapted to the “new normal,” there are still some things that are in high demand (and low supply), including bikes, inflatable pools, and face masks. Below are 10 popular products that continue to sell out at retailers across the

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