UK's Labour Party holds annual conference
Party officials had aimed to present Labour as a government-in-waiting but the plan is being overshadowed by Brexit crisis.
The Labour Party is holding its annual conference in the English coastal city of Brighton.
Party officials were hoping to present Labour as a government-in-waiting, with a snap election widely expected in Britain in the coming months.
But that plan is being overshadowed by infighting over Brexit – with some senior figures pressing Jeremy Corbyn to campaign to remain in the EU.
Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from Brighton.
How vapers could cost Donald Trump the presidency in 2020
That’s Paul Blair, the director of strategic initiatives at Americans for Tax Reform, explaining to Axios why President Trump could be in real trouble if he follows through with a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
Axios used this chart to show adult vapers in critical battleground states could make all the difference when the votes are tallied:
As you can see, Florida, where Trump won by a mere 113,000 voters, had, for example, about 8730,000 adults vapers in 2016. In other words, if just a small percentage of them turn on the president, he’ll lose the key state.
According to data cited by Axios, more than 4 million people in swing states were regular vapers in 2016, and that number has only increased since then.
Judging from the reaction on TwitterTWTR, +0.70%from the likes of “Matt From SMM,” many of them could be single-issue voters in 2020:
Michiganders Furious About Mike Pence’s 8-Vehicle Motorcade On Carless Mackinac Island
Vice President Mike Pence didn’t quite get into the spirit of the friendly, laid-back — and carless — Mackinac Island in northern Michigan Saturday. Instead, the strait-laced VP rolled into town in a motorcade of not one, but eight black SUVs for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. And the locals didn’t like it.
Except for emergency vehicles, cars have been prohibited on the island for 121 years. Locals traveling any distance primarily use bikes or horse-drawn carriages. Pence’s motorcade was the first-ever on the picturesque island, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan governors and former presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all visited Mackinac Island — and none needed a motorcade. Ford, the only sitting president to visit, traveled by carriage. The Secret Service reportedly sneaked a car onto the island for his visit but kept it hidden and never used it.
Critics on Twitter berated Pence for his arrogance, insensitivity, and disdain for local tradition and the environment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was hardly surprised. Detroit native and former Associated Press journalist Ron Fournier called the motorcade “obscene.” Former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren was taken aback.
Thomas Cook enters compulsory liquidation, canceling all hotel bookings and flights
Thomas Cook Group PLCTCG, +0.00% said it has entered into compulsory liquidation and is now under the control of the official receiver.
Related: One of the world’s oldest travel agents Thomas Cook is on the verge of collapse
The U.K. business has ceased trading with immediate effect and all bookings, including flights and holidays, have been canceled, the troubled British travel company said Monday.
“A dedicated support service is being provided by the Civil Aviation Authority to assist customers currently overseas and those in the U.K. with future bookings,” it said on its website.
The company has been under pressure from lenders to find an additional 200 million British pounds ($249.5 million) to avoid the collapse of a rescue deal that would see Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd.656, -0.96% inject significant funds.
Thomas Cook has struggled with a decline in tour and flight bookings, higher fuel prices and uncertainty surrounding Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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Walmart Opens First Ever Health Center In Dallas
Retail giant Walmart opened its first-ever cost effective Health Center in Dallas, Georgia. The company will work with local partners to provide key primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services all under one roof.
“The goal is to do for healthcare what Walmart’s supercenter stores did for retail,” the company noted. The company plans to open its second location in Calhoun, Georgia, early next year.
The Walmart Health center will offer primary care, labs, X-ray and EKG, counseling, dental, optical, hearing and community health education. The company clains that all these services are available at low, transparent pricing for local families, regardless of customers’ insurance status. In the center, a child can get an annual check-up for $20, lab tests starting at $10 and teeth cleaning for adults for $25.
The Health center also includes specialized community health resources, online education, and in-center workshops to educate about preventive health and wellness.
The new Walmart Health is adjacent to the company’s newly opened, remodeled supercenter in Dallas. The redesigned store also features an Essentials PetCare clinic.