Day: July 2, 2020

Meet PML, a Playful New Ready-to-Wear Collection From Pommella-Napoli

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It could be said that Gianluca Migliarotti is a man used to wearing many hats. After all, he’s the founder and creative director of Pommella-Napoli and a documentary filmmaker who has captured Italy’s bespoke tradition in films like O’mast and I Colori di Antonio. And yet, Migliarotti expresses a particularly contagious enthusiasm for his latest hat.

“My reversible bucket hat is for people who ride boats, go fishing and ride bicycles in the city—in Italy, not many wear helmets on a bike,” Migliarotti says. “It’s the emergency hat for wherever you are and [whenever you] need to cover your head.”

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The literal hat Migliarotti is referring to—which zips into itself and features an inside pocket for storing cash or cards—is a standout piece from his latest figurative hat, the brand PML. Quietly launched several months ago, PML was

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No One Has Ever Been Able to Crack Rey Rivera’s Mysterious Note

Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix
Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix

From Marie Claire

Rey Rivera, the author who vanished after taking a mysterious call and was found dead in a prominent Baltimore hotel, is the subject of the first episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries. One of the most compelling, strange, and baffling aspects of the case is a long, rambling note that was taped behind the computer, discovered by his wife Allison Rivera behind his desk. Ruled by the FBI not to be a suicide note, it ostensibly reads as random phrases—or a code—that may have been a “red herring,” according to Rivera’s brother, or may have deeper meaning behind what happened to him. It includes references to the Freemasons, among other things.

What does Rey Rivera’s letter say?

His wife Allison says she knows he wrote the note the day he disappeared, because there were “scraps in the trash can.” The font was

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Will I be able to go skiing next winter? A country-by-country guide to Covid restrictions in ski resorts

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Ski holidays in Europe, and beyond, look likely to be back in business next winter as the government shelve air bridges and bring in list of 75 quarantine-free destinations

The nation is poised to see which countries will make it onto the government’s new planned list of quarantine-exempt destinations in the coming days, as air bridges are scrapped.

This list of 75 countries will banish the need for travellers visiting nations deemed as low risk to quarantine on arrival home in the UK, news many have been waiting for for months – although the destination itself could still impose a quarantine.

While initially this new announcement – expected on Thursday or Friday – will provide a lifeline to summer holidays and operators, it also shines a ray of hope on next season’s ski holidays, with the majority of winter destinations in Europe and beyond likely to

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Tiny desert town devastated by wildfire as it battles the coronavirus

Ana Valenzuela stares at the pile of ashes and debris where her home in Niland, Calif., once stood. <span class="copyright">(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Ana Valenzuela stares at the pile of ashes and debris where her home in Niland, Calif., once stood. (Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

For Genesis Palta, the pandemic had already meant a chain-reaction of adjustments.

The stay-at-home orders forced her mother to stop selling Mexican desserts to her neighbors, which cut into the family’s meager income. Her father worried about catching the coronavirus and passing it on to his family. But they depended on the $500 in cash he got paid each week, so he toiled 13-hour shifts in the vast broccoli and cauliflower fields.

To help make ends meet, Palta, 20, used part of her financial aid money for Imperial Valley College to buy toilet paper and masks online when supplies ran short in local markets. “We even started limiting the number of times we used the bathroom to save on toilet paper,” she said. “I’d constantly think:

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California’s unemployment call center is broken. When will it get fixed?

People call California’s unemployment phone line. And call and call and call. And they say that too often they get disconnected.

Or they get through, and say the staffer can’t help them. Or the staffer does help, but getting an actual jobless payment remains elusive.

San Francisco-area consumers told these stories Thursday at a news conference organized by Assemblyman David Chiu and Sen. Scott Wiener, both San Francisco Democrats. Their stories about frustration with the state’s Employment Development Department mirror the dozens of tales from frustrated readers who have deluged The Sacramento Bee.

“EDD is truly failing our state. People are suffering tremendously,” said Chiu. He cited not only the consumer frustration, but the findings in The Bee’s report last week describing how the agency was still awarding contracts to Deloitte Consulting LLP, the firm awarded the contract to modernize the systems a decade ago.

“They had a decade to

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Coronavirus puppy scams ‘seemed legit,’ ensnared dog lovers amid pandemic: Illegal Tender podcast

Everyone has had a different quarantine experience, and many people coping through the pandemic saw a golden opportunity to bring home a new puppy. 

But for the unsuspecting and unlucky, the quest for a dog ensnared them in a scam. Many only found out after a deal had been brokered with an alleged breeder and they had paid for a dog that wasn’t real. 

Season six of Illegal Tender explores the underground world of online puppy scams through conversations with two victims of such scams and one industry watchdog who points out the potential red flags associated with buying a dog online, sight unseen. 

Episode two is a conversation with Elanore, who is a twenty-something student in the U.K. studying biomedical research. 

Her search for a chocolate Labrador retriever started in June. Elanore’s a dog lover, but it’s been over two decades since her family has owned a dog. Her … Read More

Florida Cases Rise Most Ever; Djokovic Is Negative: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Florida’s cases and hospitalizations jumped by the most ever, while deaths rose the most in a month. The cornoavirus may be mutating in a way that may make it easier to spread, said Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease researcher.

Houston reported a 4.3% jump in intensive-care patients, and may need to tap extra beds in less than two weeks. The South Africa province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria may impose local lockdowns and alcohol curbs as cases surge.

New York City plans to reopen its public schools in September. The U.S. labor market rebound accelerated in June as broader reopenings spurred hiring, though recent virus pickups put the gains in jeopardy.

Global Tracker: Cases pass 10.7 million; Deaths top 517,000Life, liberty and face masks: a virus preys on AmericaRights of American workers could change after virusAn unfestive July 4th as states call off the celebrationsDining out … Read More

Jason Brown remains optimistic facing uncertain skating season

For Jason Brown, the last figure skating season began and ended with some unexpected challenges.

On Aug. 22, 2019, the day he arrived for U.S. Figure Skating’s pre-season Champs Camp in Irvine, Calif., Brown was a backseat passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident. He sustained a concussion that compromised his training for several weeks and forced him to withdraw from what was to have been his season debut competition.

On March 16, 2020, the day Brown was to fly from his training base in Toronto to the World Championships in Montreal, he went the other direction, driving home to his family’s home in the Chicago suburbs because the world meet had been cancelled five days earlier over Covid-19 health concerns. His most successful competitive season, with silver medals at nationals, the Four Continents Championships and Skate America, left him feeling both fulfilled and unfinished.

Now Brown, 25,

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Boat and RV dealers are busier than ever, as pandemic prompts new kinds of recreation

Boat and RV dealers have seen an unprecedented sales boom during the past few months, as people look for ways to cool off and have fun this summer while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.

“It’s been record-breaking,” said Bob Bense, the owner of Superior Boat Repair and Sales. “I’ve been in the industry for almost four decades and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, personal watercrafts saw big sales increases this May: up 75 percent compared to 2019. Outboard engine sales also increased. And Discover Boating, an online guide to boat buying, saw a triple-digit jump in consumers searching for boats last month.

“With boating restrictions lifted in all 50 states, and the COVID-19 response dictating where and how far people can travel, the forecast for boating this summer is looking bright,” NMMA representative John-Michael Donahue wrote in an email to The

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California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily.

At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.

The most detailed priority on the list: “The continuing bleed of $$$ to respond to COVID.”

“We’ve been working … on getting rate increases but making that happen sooner than later will help,” the industry advocate wrote.

Increased protective equipment for staff members and testing were the final items on the list.

Those priorities came from Craig Cornett, the CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities, an industry group representing 80 percent of the nursing homes in the state.


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