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Plan to waive liquor license fees could take revenue from Pennsylvania municipalities

Municipal leaders weighed in Friday on a lifeline Gov. Tom Wolf proposed for the bar and restaurant industry a day prior, with some saying it might help businesses but also could take away from revenue at a time when every little bit helps.

“Losing any money right now is big,” Hempfield Manager Jason Winters said.

Wolf, in a Thursday news conference at the LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington, announced he had asked the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to waive licensing fees for the more than 16,000 bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels for all of 2021.

He said the move would save the industry $20 million across the state next year, and he expects the PLCB to take up the issue at its next board meeting.

Restaurant and bar owners derided the

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  • October 23, 2020
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Alibaba Aggressively Expands Its Brick-and-Mortar Presence

Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) generates most of its revenue from its e-commerce marketplaces in China, but it’s also gradually expanded its brick-and-mortar presence in recent years. It opened its first Freshippo grocery store in early 2016, and the chain now operates 214 stores across China.

But that’s not all: It also invested in brick-and-mortar giants like the electronics retailer Suning, the supermarket chain owner Sun Art (OTC:SURRY), and the home furnishings retailer EasyHome. It also formed a joint venture with brick-and-mortar store operator Bailian Group, launched showcase stores for its online products, and acquired the department store chain Intime.

A Chinese family goes shopping in a supermarket.

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That’s why it wasn’t surprising when Alibaba recently doubled its stake in Sun Art, which it initially established three years ago, to 72%. That takeover will give Alibaba control of Sun Art’s 481 hypermarkets and three mid-sized supermarkets across the country. 

Shortly afterwards, Alibaba took a 6.1% stake

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  • October 23, 2020
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The Best Mattress Toppers For Every Sleep Style & Preference

While new pillows or a new set of sheets can do a lot to improve how you sleep at night, those small changes aren’t always enough if there are bigger issues at play, like bad alignment or chronic pain. Of course a new mattress from one of the best brands would certainly overhaul your sleeping experience, but that kind of investment isn’t always on the table. Instead, consider choosing one of the best mattress toppers to help make your bed more comfortable, so you can get better sleep. 

If you’re not familiar with mattress toppers, they’re essentially layers of padding, made of down or memory foam or wool, to add to the top of your existing mattress. And while the first mattress toppers might not have offered much in the way of additional cushioning, today’s mattress toppers can really make a difference in your immediate sleeping surface and the

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  • October 23, 2020
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The 40 Best Jewelry Gifts to Give, from $10 to $10,000

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You know how they say the best gifts come in small packages? That’s because there’s no greater joy than unwrapping a teensy box to find a bright enamel bracelet or timeless rose gold ring tucked inside. See, jewelry is one of the best gifts to give (and receive) because most pieces can be worn daily and are naturally imbued with sentimental meaning—whether it’s a token from your beloved grandmother or a charm that’s a nod to an inside joke with your cousin. Regardless of your budget, here are 40 of the best jewelry gifts for this season, starting at just $10.

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1. Urban Outfitters Modern Hoop Earrings

Any jewelry lover will appreciate a new classic to add to their collection, like these subtle hoops that will only set you

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  • October 23, 2020
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Taxpayers fund waterparks, cafes and golf courses; how much is too much?

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So I like Tom Campenni. A Stuart resident and former City Commissioner, he puts out the weekly “Friends & Neighbors of Martin County” newsletter which, every now and then, takes a polite swipe at yours truly.

Such was the case in his Oct. 17 newsletter, where he disagreed completely with my recent take on Stuart’s Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

The park, I noted, got hammered financially this year because of COVID-19. But the park requires a subsidy every year; plus, Martin County has to spring for periodic upgrades to keep the attraction fresh.

Before it was built, there was a big debate over whether the county should be in the water park business. But that ship has sailed.

Now, I wrote, we should see the water park as an amenity, like any other park. It’s “something to do” in Martin County, where

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  • October 23, 2020
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We sorely need a liberal approach to Covid-19, but it won’t come from the Lib Dems

Covid-19 has inflicted much on us all over the last seven months – illness, separation from friends, family and colleagues, unemployment – plus the hardship and anxiety those things bring. It has also brought with it depressing conformity; both in the way we must conduct our lives and a prevailing belief that the tougher the restrictions you want, the more compassionate you are. 

This was highlighted yesterday as just one MP voted against rules allowing police enforcement of self-isolation. As new, stricter, rules came into force on Merseyside last weekend, a video circulated on social media of police officers stomping through pubs to make sure people were complying with Tier 3 “meal and no mixing” regulations. The official Merseyside Police Twitter account responded to the clip by saying “our officers have a responsibility to ensure compliance with the law.” I’ve heard barely a whimper from politicians against such moves. 

There

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  • October 23, 2020
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Sacha Baron Cohen character ‘Borat’ mocks Giuliani amid scandal

“Borat” has come to the mocking defense of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiShift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash Biden swipes at Trump ally Giuliani at debate: He’s ‘being used as a Russian pawn’ Trump strikes different tone as debate opens, then grows more combative MORE after a video of him engaging in explicit behavior with a young woman came to light.

The footage, filmed as a mock interview between Giuliani and a woman posing as a young journalist, will be included in the upcoming Borat sequel “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” starring Sacha Baron Cohen. In it, Giuliani appears to compliment the “reporter” — who is also Borat’s teenage daughter, played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova — and follow her to a bedroom where he is shown reaching into his pants.

After word of the scene leaked last week, Giuliani defended himself in a series of tweets, in

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  • October 23, 2020
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Manitowoc Eternal Flame fund closes in on goal, Veterans Day event set

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Published 11:26 a.m. CT Oct. 23, 2020 | Updated 11:26 a.m. CT Oct. 23, 2020

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Manitowoc celebrated the completion of the Waldo Boulevard project with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday with state and local officials.

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An effort to keep Manitowoc’s Eternal Flame burning is closing in on its $200K goal

The Save the Flame fund to keep the Manitowoc Eternal Flame burning is now at about 75% of its $200,000 goal, according to Manitowoc County United Veterans Council Chairman Tom Hoffman.

The Eternal Flame is inside the Soldiers and Sailors monument on North 18th Street in Manitowoc, near Evergreen Cemetery. The monument was erected in 1923 to honor Manitowoc County veterans, and the flame was added in 1969. Later, in 1986, the Manitowoc County Veterans Memorial, across the street from the monument, was dedicated.

The flame has been turned off in

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  • October 23, 2020
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Montblanc Unveils 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition With Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner wearing the latest 1858 Geosphere that honors him.


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Climbing legend Reinhold
Messner
has signed on to Montblanc’s latest 1858 Geosphere watch, literally, with a limited edition of 262 pieces bearing his signature.

The 42mm 1858 Geosphere Messner Limited Edition (US$6,500), in a bronze alloy with a gradient blue dial, pays tribute to the Italian mountaineer and explorer who was the first person to climb all 14 of the world’s peaks that are more than 8,000 meters. In 1978, he and his climbing partner,
Peter Habeler
, were the first to summit Everest without using supplemental oxygen. Two years later, Messner became the first man to make the climb solo, also without supplemental oxygen. 

Messner’s thirst for adventure is not limited to summiting the world’s highest peaks. He and the German explorer
Arved Fuchs
were the first to trek across Antarctica and Greenland on foot in

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  • October 23, 2020
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COVID-19 Will Make Face-to-Face Conferences a Luxury Experience

For a lot of business leaders, particularly those involved in outward-facing roles, conferences have been a staple of working life for decades. Whether by the shores of a frozen lake in Colorado or in the ballroom of a soulless hotel in Topeka, Kan., we can all recognize the props and stage setting: the name tags, the printed list of delegates, the sponsorship banners, the awkward conversations at the bar among people trying to skip straight to level two or three of acquaintance.

It doesn’t matter if your usual milieu is the World Economic Forum at Davos or the Kansas Association of Mappers (Capitol Plaza, Topeka—genuinely), the effects of the pandemic have been a great leveler. We have all been grounded, confined and locked down, unable to travel anywhere or mix in large groups. Into the sudden void have stepped online platforms, like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, and what were going

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  • October 23, 2020