Day: June 26, 2020

How to Buy Sheets You’ll Love Sleeping on Every Night

Photo credit: IronHeart - Getty Images
Photo credit: IronHeart – Getty Images

From House Beautiful

There are so many sheets on the market these days, but how do you know which ones you’ll actually love sleeping on? This easy guide can help you find well-made, high-quality sheets that’ll make you want to hit snooze every morning. Oh, and it’s not all about thread count—but more on that in a sec.

What Is Thread Count, and Does it Actually Matter?

First, the term “thread count” refers to the number of horizontal (aka weft) and vertical (aka warp) yarns per square inch of a fabric, according to Katie Elks, director of design and product development at Brooklinen. And as for whether it matters, the answer is not really. It can indicate higher quality sheets, but it’s certainly not the most important factor. And it’s not unlikely for thread counts to be exaggerated, or at least not what they

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These 12 Countries are Welcoming American Travelers Now (or Will Be Soon)

Note: International travel restrictions and guidelines are changing regularly. The information below is accurate as of the time of publication (Friday, June 26). You should not travel if you are unwell.

After months of staying at home in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some Americans are dreaming of a summer vacation.

Many countries are not currently welcoming international visitors in order to keep their citizens safe and healthy. And others, like the 27 nations that make up the European Union, will likely not allow Americans upon reopening on July 1 due to the U.S.’s inability to contain its coronavirus outbreak. The nation set a new record for daily infections on July 24 with well over 36,000 new reported cases, surpassing the previous high from April.

With the E.U. out of the question for the time being, we put together a list of 12 countries where

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The best credit cards for college students

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College can be an exciting, confusing, and, well, costly time in your life. You’ll need to buy everything from books to blankets to the occasional beer (if you’re old enough), and you get to make those spending decisions all on your own. Assuming you take a smart approach to your money and don’t go over your budget, using the right credit card to make your necessary purchases can make your transition into adult life just a little bit easier.

The best credit cards for college students have a few things in common: They offer forgiving policies, robust

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Dominicans Pitch Diverse Projects at Cannes Marche du Film

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Domestic violence, child trafficking, Caribbean myths, cyber terrorism and psychological thrillers were among the weighty subjects presented at the Dominican Republic’s June 25 online pitching sessions during Cannes’ virtual Marche du Film.

Some projects, however, were inspired by the millions of tourists that visit the country each year and one took on the COVID-19 lockdown that has forced families and friends to share confined spaces for months.

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The pitching sessions were preceded the day before by the DR Film Commission’s pitch to detail the country’s generous incentives and let it be known that it was opening for business on July 1, albeit with health and safety protocols in place. Film Commissioner Yvette Marichal led her team that included lawyer Boni Guerrero and Manuela German who fielded legal and technical questions. They were joined by Pinewood Dominican Republic Studio/Lantica Media COO,

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.

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New Jersey restaurants and

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Google Is Providing Search Data to Air France, Lufthansa, Other Airlines Looking to Decide Which Routes to Restart

Google is rolling out a new tool that provides airline partners with search data that carriers are using to help decide which routes to restart and when.

Unlike existing data from Google for airlines about their own performance across Google products, the newly provided data provides a market-wide view of consumer intent based on flight searches regardless of airline.

Lufthansa and Air France were two partners willing to go on the record about their use of the tool, which is a supplement to performance information already existing in the Google Flights Reporting Center, and airlines’ own data resources.

Dozens of airlines and online travel agencies, and more recently hotels and car rental firms in every region of the world are using the new data tool, Demand Explorer, according to Gianni Marostica, Google’s managing director of business development for travel. He spoke Thursday with Skift exclusively about the new tool, which

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The best travel credit cards of 2020

Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.
Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.

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No matter where you want to go, or how you want to get there, using the right credit card can help make your trip smoother and, in certain cases, help it cost less. Credit card rewards and points can be used to offset the cost of your travel and hotel stays, or can even be redeemed for cash back to help you afford a few extra souvenirs.

If you are planning to head out on the road, these are our

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Here are all the big Pride events happening online this weekend

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Click here to check out all of our Pride 2020 coverage.

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Pride month isn’t over yet. Sunday, 28 June, will mark the reason for the season as we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And that means the biggest events are happening this weekend. Both NYC and Global Pride kick into gear this weekend as well as many other celebrations and performances. Oh, and did I mention these are all online?

The majority of traditional Pride events – marches and gatherings – have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not going to dwell on that here, but instead we’re going to do what we always do: persevere and be fabulous. The festivities are happening online and all

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Rite Aid’s (RAD) Q1 Loss Narrower Than Expected, Sales Up Y/Y

Rite Aid Corporation RAD reported first-quarter fiscal 2021 results, wherein loss was narrower than expected, while sales beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Both metrics improved year over year. The company gained market share and grew double digits in front-end sales as it kept stores open amid the coronavirus outbreak and enhanced its digital capabilities to provide essential services to customers.

Solid growth in prescription deliveries to the tune of 86%, driven by free home delivery services as well as a sturdy performance at Elixir, also contributed to the quarterly results. Further, it noted that the new RxEvolution strategy is on track.

Despite better-than-expected first-quarter results, management did not provide any guidance for fiscal 2021 due to continued uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also anticipates possible adverse impacts on acute prescription volumes, SG&A expenses and Pharmacy Services Segment memberships.

Rite Aid Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Thousands told European trips are cancelled despite air bridges deal

Holidaymakers hoping to make it to Greece this summer faced with wave of flight cancellations - Getty
Holidaymakers hoping to make it to Greece this summer faced with wave of flight cancellations – Getty

UK holidaymakers who have been keeping tabs on imminent air bridge announcements – and had hoped this meant their trips to European destinations including Spain, Italy and Greece would be able to go ahead this summer – could be in for disappointment.

Tui have cancelled 95 per cent of its holidays in July, and easyJet are only running about half of their flights – although in some cases cancellation emails are only going out now. This means that even if air bridges were to be confirmed by the Government at the weekend as proposed, many UK holidaymakers will still not be able to travel on their existing bookings. 

Several easyJet and Tui customers posted news of their cancelled flights for the coming weeks on Twitter yesterday, calling into question whether the proposed air

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