>Govt to fund private tutors
The British government is set to announce a year-long national tutoring program aimed at helping pupils in England catch up on lost learning as a result of school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the plan, schools will be funded to hire private tutors from approved agencies to deliver one-on-one and small group lessons to pupils who have fallen behind with their studies after months out of school. Many have not accessed any remote learning throughout the lockdown.
The catch-up lessons will be available to pupils from all age groups in both primary and secondary and can be accessed by all schools, but will be targeted particularly at those serving disadvantaged communities, where learning loss is likely to be greatest.
>Coin shortage hits US
Just as supplies of toilet paper are finally getting back to normal, the coronavirus has triggered another shortage of something we typically take for granted: pocket change.
Banks around the US are running low on nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies.
And the Federal Reserve, which supplies banks, has been forced to ration scarce supplies.
During the lockdown, many automatic coin-sorting machines that people typically use to cash in loose change were off-limits.
And with many businesses closed, unused coins piled up in darkened cash drawers, in pants pockets and on nightstands, even as banks went begging.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said that the central bank is monitoring the situation closely.
While a growing number of people rely on credit cards or smartphone apps for many transactions today, the coin crunch is a reminder that sometimes you just need change.
>Last Beidou satellite fired
China launched the last satellite in the third-generation network of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province at 9:43 am on Tuesday.
The satellite, the 55th in the family of BeiDou, was sent into space by a Long March 3B carrier rocket, according to the China Satellite Navigation Office.
The launch marked the completion of the in-orbit construction of Beidou, the country's largest space-based system and one of four global navigation networks, along with the US' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.
After a period of in-orbit tests, the new satellite will start formal operations and work with other Beidou satellites, allowing users around the globe to access high-accuracy navigation, positioning and timing services, the China Satellite Navigation Office said.
So far, 59 satellites, including the first four experimental ones, have been launched from Xichang on Long March 3Bs, some having since been put into retirement.
>Travel peak expected over holiday
The domestic tourism market is expected to peak during the coming Dragon Boat Festival holiday later this week, despite recent reported clusters of new COVID-19 infections in parts of the country, industry observers said.
Tourist attractions across the country are expected to see an increase of 226% in tourist spending compared with before the holiday, according to a report by the Meituan Research Institute.
Ten provincial regions are estimated to see the strongest recovery in tourism, while Beijing will see a drop in local tourism due to new clusters of COVID-19 infections that have been reported since June 11.
Price cuts in flight tickets may also increase people's desire to travel.
According to Meituan, airfares dropped 30% compared with the previous Dragon Boat Festival holiday due to the epidemic, causing reservations to increase by 20% year-on-year for the period.
Five cities - Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an and Chongqing - are the most popular destinations for travelers booking air tickets.
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