‘Buy one, get one free’ airline tickets? Ryanair hopes fliers say yes, as it warns hundreds of jobs at risk

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Irish airline Ryanair on Thursday launched a “Buy One, Get One Free” offer on its flights for the first time in its history.

The offer applies to Value Fare bookings and allows travelers to take a friend or family member along on the same flight free.

But consumers will have to be quick. The offer, which expires at midnight on Sept. 24, applies on 1,600 routes across Ryanair

‘s network and will be valid from Sept. 25. until Dec. 14. 2020.

For the first time in Ryanair

history, we have a “Buy One, Get One Free” offer landing. Anyone would be crazy to miss it,” said Alejandra Ruiz, Ryanair’s head of communications.

The move comes as Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said Britain risks losing hundreds of thousands of travel and tourism jobs

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Pandemic darkens postdocs’ work and career hopes

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Eight out of ten postdoctoral researchers say that the global coronavirus pandemic has hampered their ability to conduct experiments or collect data. More than half are finding it harder to discuss their research ideas or share their work with their laboratory head or colleagues, and nearly two-thirds believe that the pandemic has negatively affected their career prospects, according to Nature’s first-ever survey of postdocs worldwide (see ‘Disruption and distress’).

The pandemic has shuttered or reduced the output of academic labs globally, slashed institutional budgets and threatened the availability of grants, fellowships and other postdoctoral funding sources. The fallout adds up to a major challenge for a group of junior researchers who were already grappling with limited funds, intense job competition and career uncertainties.

Nature’s self-selected survey, which ran from mid-June to the end of July and drew responses from 7,670 postdocs working in academia, included detailed

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Stocks book fresh round of records, Dow ends 1.5% shy of all-time high, on hopes of COVID treatments, cures


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U.S. equity benchmark indexes closed in record territory Wednesday, as investors drew hope from progress in the development of tests and vaccines for COVID-19.


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Investors largely ignored a mixed batch of economic reports, including a private-sector jobs reading that came in weaker than expected, suggesting only a slow recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

How did the benchmarks perform?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)surged 454.84 points, or 1.6%, ending at 29,100.50, or 1.5% away from its Feb. 12 closing high of 29,551.42. The S&P 500 index (SPX) climbed 54.19 points, or 1.5%, to settle at a record 3,580.84, its 22nd record close this year. The Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) advanced 116.78 points to close at a record 12,056.44, a gain of 1%, and its 43rd record close of the year.

On Tuesday, the Dow rose 215.61 points to end at 28,645.66, or

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