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Black Friday border police on patrol to stop people in England nipping to sales in Wales

BLACK Friday border police will be sent out on patrols to catch people from England nipping into Wales to snap up a good bargain.

Welsh shops have been allowed to reopen, but with England still in lockdown many will have to make do with the online sales.

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People in Cardiff queue up for Black Friday sales

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People in Cardiff queue up for Black Friday salesCredit: Matthew Horwood
It is illegal to cross from England, which is still in lockdown, into Wales

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It is illegal to cross from England, which is still in lockdown, into WalesCredit: PA:Press Association

South Wales Police said it will use their powers to make sure visitors to Cardiff city centre were not in breach of any coronavirus rules.

In Wales people are not allowed to travel to areas with lower infection rates – and anyone living in England must have a “reasonable” excuse to travel across the border.

And Black

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  • November 27, 2020
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It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

Just an hour from Seattle lies Snoqualmie Pass, home to several ski areas and vast backcountry skiing terrain. The ski tour to Pineapple Pass is a classic for its quality terrain and gorgeous setting. Starting from the parking lot of the Alpental Ski Area, you ski up following the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River into Pineapple Basin. The basin is ringed by the thousand-foot walls of Bryant Peak, Hemlock Peak and the Tooth. It is a spectacular landscape.

After skinning up Pineapple Pass (the upper section can be wind loaded and avalanche-prone), there are views to the south of the massive profile of Mount Rainier. The scenery is rewarding enough, but another highlight awaits on the 1,800-vertical foot ski descent back the way that you came. “The ski touring is moderate but the terrain is spectacular,” said Mr. Volken. There are many options for expanding the tour to venture

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  • November 27, 2020
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Greece puts faith in online schooling

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — There’s just 10 minutes left to come up with a story using items scattered on the prep table: Leaves and ferns from the schoolyard, scissor-cut scraps of colored paper, a glue stick, and two hand puppets — a long-tailed squirrel and a blue hedgehog.

When class begins, two teachers put on raspy play-voices and let the puppets, Jo the hedgehog and Joo the squirrel, greet their preschool students — except the desks in front of them are all empty.

As European governments double down on restrictions, Greece has taken the additional step of moving all school and university tuition to remote classrooms to cope with an alarming rise of COVID-19 infections.


Jo and Joo, hovering over a laptop camera, bob to music and welcome 4-year-olds as they appear onscreen: “Hello Marios!”…“Oh Theodora, you have the Christmas tree up already.” Finishing each other’s sentences: “There is this

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  • November 27, 2020
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Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

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Evelyn Maysonet looks at the food delivery from the Weber-Morgan Health Department Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Ogden, Utah. Maysonet has been isolating with her husband and son in their Ogden home since all three tested positive for COVID-19 over a week ago. None of them have been able to leave home to buy groceries so Maysonet said they were thrilled to receive the health department’s delivery.

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Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table.

That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired seamstress. Ana Martinez died at 78 on April 1 while recovering at a nursing home from a knee replacement.

The family is having their traditional meal of

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  • November 27, 2020
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What to make of the A-League’s dismal Champions League results

Australian football has it’s A-League fixture for 2020-21, while its federation will soon have a new name. That, plus young player minutes, the Asian Champions League, and more is on tap for a bumper ESPN Australian and New Zealand Football wrap!

A Message from the Emperor

Arriving with preparations that could, at best, be described as chaotic, Australian clubs have struggled in the Asian Champions League: Sydney FC, Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory all failing to record a win so far. It’s almost inevitable that, for the third year in a row, Australia won’t have a representative in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Of course, there’s no fremdschamen here. None of the three have been outright embarrassed in any of their contests and Perth and Sydney could have easily beaten Ulsan and Jeonbuk. But, you know, horseshoes and hand grenades.

– Five players to watch in the ACL: Iniesta,

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  • November 27, 2020
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Gifts everyone will love.

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Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Amazon.

In search of the perfect gift? Read more of Slate’s holiday gift guides here.

It’s a wonderful feeling when you discover a great all-purpose gift you can give to multiple people on your list, perhaps even year after year. Since everyone needs a few of these presents up their sleeve—after all, you’ve got to get something for your picky sister—we’ve collected Slate staff’s favorite one-size-fits-all gifts.

Everyone in your life can use a MiFi right now. Seriously! What’s a MiFi, you might ask? It’s a device that allows you to go anywhere that

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  • November 27, 2020
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Americans travel home for Thanksgiving despite coronavirus surge

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the roads ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring petrol on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.



Travellrs arrive at Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport, New York (John Minchillo/AP)


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Travellrs arrive at Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport, New York (John Minchillo/AP)

Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020 landscape at the nation’s airports: plexiglass barriers in front of the ID stations, rapid virus testing sites inside terminals, masks in check-in areas and on board planes, and paperwork asking passengers to quarantine on arrival at their destination.

While the number of Americans travelling by air over the past several days was down dramatically from the same time last year, many pressed ahead with their holiday plans amid skyrocketing deaths, hospital admissions and confirmed infections across the US.

Some were tired of more than eight

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  • November 26, 2020
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Cult favorite brewery moves to online sales amid coronavirus pandemic, but there’s a catch

Everything’s going digital, even beer.

Beer fans have very specific tastes, so when they find a drink they like, they stick with it. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however, one popular, yet limited, brew won’t be able to make its traditional debut. To make up for this, the brewery is offering the beer online… but with a catch.

Beer fans will normally travel to Russian River Brewing Co. to purchase its highly popular triple IPA called Pliny the Younger, which is released in limited quantities, SF Gate reports. Unfortunately, this year, the brewery won’t be selling the cult favorite in person, for obvious reasons.

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According to the news outlet, this will be the first time the brewery has sold its popular beer online. While this would normally

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  • November 26, 2020
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Record holiday spending projected from more disposable income due to pandemic | Business

A side effect of the pandemic could make merchants a little merrier this holiday season.

Because consumers have more money to spend from not traveling, lower fuel costs and a recovering job market,  the National Retail Federation projects shoppers will lay out a record amount on gifts and other trappings of Christmas this year.

The trade group this week predicted spending on gifts and decorations will rise between $755 billion and $767 billion during November and December, an increase of 3.6 percent to 5.2 percent over last year.

Underpinning the record retail sales projection are a surging stock market, strong home sector and higher savings boosted by government stimulus payments, according to the federation.



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Shoppers clutch bags of recent purchases as people pack King Street in downtown Charleston on the weekend before Thanksgiving to take advantage of early-season deals. Brad Nettles/Staff


Add to that the psychological factors of people wanting

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  • November 26, 2020
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New Jersey’s American Dream mall could use a Black Friday boost

“How the holiday season goes could make or break whether retailers on the brink of bankruptcy are forced to liquidate,” said Vince Tibone, a retail analyst at commercial-property data firm Green Street. “Black Friday is not going to be the giant in-person shopping event that it has been in prior years.”

It’s not just the stores that face challenges. Like many new shopping centers, American Dream was designed around experiences, including an indoor ski slope and a water park. Those perks, which are open under limited capacity and health protocol restrictions, don’t hold the same appeal in the age of Covid-19.

The stakes are high. The Ghermezian family, which owns the mall through its Triple Five Group real estate company, borrowed billions to complete the project, using prized assets in the retail portfolio as collateral. Almost $1.7 billion of construction loans were backed by equity interests in West Edmonton Mall

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  • November 26, 2020