UK parents take control of their children’s education as the homeschooling option becomes the answer to classroom coronavirus fears

Laveta Brigham

Leo and Espen are assisted by their mother Moira as they homeschool and navigate online learning resources provided by their infant school in the village of Marsden, northern England, on March 23, 2020 

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Leo and Espen are assisted by their mother Moira as they homeschool and navigate online learning resources provided by their infant school in the village of Marsden, northern England, on March 23, 2020
  • Homeschooling is on the rise in the UK as uncertainties around the reopening of schools has left some parents feeling like they need to take matters into their own hands.

  • A recent poll found that 30% of UK parents were not planning to send their children back to school, of which 91% said they would continue with homeschooling for the foreseeable future.

  • Reasons for homeschooling vary, whether its fears that schools aren’t opening or because children find it easier to work from home.

  • Professional tutoring and homeschooling groups have also seen a rise in interest, with one group telling Business Insider that there’s been

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How to approach your finances and fears during a pandemic: Money, Honestly podcast

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrown our lives into chaos, whether you’re a college student returning to school or a parent with school-aged children who are remote learning. Many of these changes come with financial — and emotional — repercussions.

Erike Rasure, a financial therapist and associate professor of business and financial services at Maryville University, talks us through what we should do with our budgets and careers in the face of the pandemic and how to work through our worries, fears, and guilt as we do it.

Here’s what she told Cashay.

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Hi, this is Money, Honestly. I’m Janna Herron, and today we have Erika Rasure, a

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Stocks rise, Nasdaq outperforms as strong earnings offset economic fears

Laveta Brigham

Stocks extended gains Friday morning, with the Nasdaq jumping about 1%, after a slew of better than expected corporate earnings results from major tech firms. Each of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Netflix hit record highs shortly after market open.

Tech titans Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), and Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), each reported quarterly results that blew past estimates Thursday evening, affirming these companies’ pandemic-era dominance following a steep run-up in tech stocks over the past couple months.

Facebook grew its revenue 11% over last year as its advertising business remained resilient despite the pandemic-related slowdown across the broader ad industry. Alphabet’s ad business was hit more prominently by that trend, with Google ad revenue falling 8% over last year, though Alphabet’s overall top- and bottom-line results still topped estimates. Facebook’s daily active users jumped 13% to 1.79 billion and monthly active users rose 12% to 2.7% billion as the

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Virus fears force animal sellers online for Muslim festival

Laveta Brigham

Prancing in front of a camera with its blond mane blowing in the wind, “007” is one of thousands of goats being sold online as Muslims prepare for a key religious festival shaken this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of goats, sheep and cattle are slaughtered annually at Eid al-Adha — the festival of sacrifice — one of two major holy days observed by Muslims across the world, including some 600 million in South Asia.

The pandemic has, however, badly hit India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which have shut or heavily restricted major markets, while fears about catching the virus are keeping customers away ahead of the main festival on Saturday.

“We were traumatised by the loss of two of my uncles to COVID-19 and didn’t want to sacrifice an animal,” Saddid Hossain told AFP in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

“But we have to stay within our religious tradition, so we’d

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Donald Trump cancels Republican convention speech over virus fears

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Donald Trump admitted that his speech would be risky because of the outbreak - REUTERS
Donald Trump admitted that his speech would be risky because of the outbreak – REUTERS

Donald Trump has cancelled his Republican convention speech in Florida because of the coronavirus outbreak there, saying he did not want to “take any chances”.

The US president had moved his speech to the state from North Carolina, claiming the governor there would not let him hold one with a big crowd, but now has cancelled that plan.

Mr Trump said he will still do a speech formally accepting his party’s nomination but that the details had not yet been worked out, suggesting it was possible it could be online only.

“I’ll still do a convention speech in a different form but we won’t do a big, crowded convention per se. It’s just not the right time for that,” Mr Trump said.

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EU court voids data-sharing pact with US over snooping fears

Laveta Brigham

The European Court of Justice has ruled an agreement that allows thousands of companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid because its Government can snoop on people’s data.

Its decision to invalidate Privacy Shield will complicate business for some 5,000 companies and it could require regulators to vet any new data transfers to make sure Europeans’ personal information remains protected according to the EU’s stringent standards.

It will no longer simply be assumed that tech companies such as Facebook will adequately protect the privacy of its European users’ data when it sends it to the US.

Rather, the EU and US will likely have to find a new agreement that guarantees Europeans’ data is afforded the same privacy protection in the US as it is in the EU.

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Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

Laveta Brigham

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.

That was just before the coronavirus struck suddenly, forcing them to close. But in May, as authorities eased safety and social-distancing rules, Hungry Pants reopened at smaller capacity, fueled by hope, hand sanitizer and a government loan.

Now, a spike in confirmed viral cases is making Conicella and Marin anxious about the future — for their business and for the region — even as they keep their restaurant open.

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” Conicella said glumly.

For residents across America’s Sun Belt — business owners and workers, consumers and home buyers — the past three months have delivered about the scariest ride in memory. With confirmed

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Pret a Manger job cut fears as sales plunge

Laveta Brigham

A leaked video revealing how sales have plunged at Pret a Manger during the coronavirus crisis has raised fears about job cuts at the sandwich chain.

Boss Pano Christou told staff in a recent online meeting that an announcement about the “job situation” would be made on 8 July.

He said Pret’s global weekly takings had fallen to £3m, just 15% of what they would normally be.

A Pret spokeswoman said staff would be the “first to hear about any changes”.

Pret stores in the UK, the US and France have been hit hard by lockdowns as office workers stayed in their homes.

In May, Pret called in consultants to help renegotiate its rents as it attempted to avoid store closures, and said it was putting a “clear plan” in place to deal with reduced footfall.

That plan could involve job cuts.

In a recent video call to staff, which

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Here are Some Guidelines for Fears of Returning to the Doctor’s Office

Laveta Brigham

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What happens when a pandemic brings in-person visits with your doctor to a grinding halt? While the world grappled with managing COVID-19, millions found routine appointments – for vaccines, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies or other chronic disease management – deferred or canceled. Now, as U.S. coronavirus incidence appears to level off and states begin to reopen, many are wondering when they can safely return to their doctor’s office. This is especially important as it pertains to childhood vaccinations, as vaccination rates declined across the U.S. throughout this first surge of the pandemic.

It’s clear that the coronavirus is here to stay, at least for a while. Epidemiologists predict another surge this fall, with more over the next two years. But during that time, people will still need to see their doctors for preventive care. As physicians specializing in family medicine, we can offer

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