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Coronavirus: Big Sur hotel reopens after COVID-19 closure

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is back — or, at least, the lodgings portion of the historic property is.

According to general manager Matt Glazer, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn started renting is famous rooms again in a “slow opening” that began Nov. 22. Reopening the hotel’s popular restaurant could happen by spring 2021, he added.

The inn partially closed its doors in March due primarily to COVID-19 restrictions.

Directors of the nonprofit Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Preservation Foundation announced “the indefinite suspension of the operation” of the inn in August, after smoke from the Dolan Fire near Big Sur forced the inn to cancel advance reservations and refund deposits.

Other factors also played a role in the decision to shutter the Monterey County inn — including the end of a long-term lease between Deetjen’s Inc., which has owned the property for decades, and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Preservation Foundation, which operated

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  • December 1, 2020

Is the Future of Luxury E-Commerce Big or Small? | This Week in Fashion, BoF Professional

Mytheresa is going public. Or at least that seems to be its intention after its Netherlands-based parent company said this week that it had filed paperwork for a proposed initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to market reports, Mytheresa aims to IPO in early 2021 and is seeking a $1 billion to $1.5 billion valuation. This would generate a substantial return for owners Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which acquired the German e-tailer in 2014 via Neiman Marcus (which they then controlled) for about $253 million.

Mytheresa’s backers first began exploring strategic options for the business in April 2019, soon after an estimate by Goldman Sachs valued Mytheresa at $1 billion. But it’s not surprising the company is seizing the current moment to make a move.

Investor interest in online luxury players is riding high after a pandemic-driven e-commerce boom. Farfetch’s share

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  • November 27, 2020

Four Seasons, Part II? Maddow Finds Something Weird In Next Big Giuliani Event

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday announced a state Senate hearing on election issues in Pennsylvania featuring former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is an attorney for the president. 

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow found the event ― like so much else involving the Trump legal effort ― isn’t quite what it appears to be.

“Oooh! A legislative hearing in Pennsylvania!” she said with mock excitement, before turning to the fine print: 

“Do you remember when the Trump folks had their big press conference in Philadelphia and the president said it was at the Four Seasons, but it turned out it was actually in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Landscaping company out by the crematorium and the porn store? Well, same kinda thing here.”  

The hearing, she noted, is not in the state Senate or even in Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg but rather a GOP-only event

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  • November 25, 2020

Why sports betting is the next big investment : Augusta Free Press

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Sports betting has been the subject of continuous debate between people who had been into betting for long and those who see it as nothing but a lose-lose adventure. However, there is nothing wrong to bet on sports as long as you know how to limit yourself.

Most detractors would say that sports betting is completely a waste of money and time. But, for someone who’s familiar with this business, the argument comes opposite. Although sports betting is classified as gambling, every investment you make is worthy with moderation and responsible betting.

Sports betting games like football, basketball, and horse racing that includes a page with all of the

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  • November 20, 2020

Urban Air Adventure Park about to make its big debut in Trexlertown | Lehigh Valley Regional News

TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – After 6 months and 8 feet, you’d never know the building was once a Bon-Ton.

Now it’s a 64,000-square-foot Urban Air. It’s an indoor, interactive amusement park.

Matthew and Nichole Pitz are the owners. They say their kids loved their local Urban Air so much, they wanted to open their own in Trexlertown.

“Every time we come they just have fun, they exercise, they do adventure, they run around with friends they know,” Nichole said.

“There’s nothing like this around here and so that is a big part of it as well but this is a wonderful, growing, thriving community,” Matthew said.

They never anticipated a global pandemic, but they forged ahead anyway.

“Here at Urban Air we want to talk about safety, safety, safety, cleanliness and then having fun obviously,” Matthew said.

The park is operating at half capacity with temperature checks, masks indoors, and indoor

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  • November 20, 2020

Rutgers’ Big Ten schedule takeaways: Most anticipated game, most intriguing matchup, potential Seton Hall game slots, more

The Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule on Wednesday, seven days before opening day. Better late than never. It gives Rutgers and its conference colleagues a month to map out what surely will be a chaotic winter in more ways than one.

The schedule also makes good fodder for fan predictions and beat writer prognosis on what lies ahead for the Scarlet Knights.

Here are nine Rutgers 2020-21 Big Ten conference schedule takeaways:

Toughest stretch

Sunday, Dec. 20: Illinois at Rutgers

Wednesday, Dec. 23: Rutgers at Ohio State

Tuesday, Dec. 29: Purdue at Rutgers

Saturday, Jan. 2: Iowa at Rutgers

Tuesday, Jan. 5: Rutgers at Michigan State

Saturday, Jan. 9: Ohio State at Rutgers

In six games, Rutgers faces three of the projected top four teams in the Big Ten, an Ohio State team with a high ceiling twice, and the tough-as-nails Boilermakers. Brutal.

Easiest stretch

Sunday, Feb. 21:

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  • November 19, 2020

Sackboy: A Big Adventure review: Whimsical platformer is gentle by-the-numbers fun – JC Suttun

The arrival of the PlayStation 5 brings with it the return of beloved PlayStation mascot Sackboy for a new, big adventure, unsurprisingly titled Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

This latest entry in the LittleBigPlanet franchise tweaks the format slightly, going from 3D graphics on a mostly 2D plane to a fully 3D platforming experience.

A Big Adventure sees our fabric-based hero embark on an epic quest to save his fellow Sackfolk and their planet Craftworld from the villain Vex and his plot to use a machine called the Topsy Turver to harness the nightmare energy of the Uproar. So far, so 80s Saturday morning cartoon.

Sackboy returns to save Craftworld

The Uproar can only be dispelled by Dreamer Orbs, which you are tasked with collecting from an array of different lands. Aiding you on your quest is Scarlet, your mysterious advisor who also educates you on the legend of the Knitted

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  • November 18, 2020

Big Ten teams have lost home-field advantage without fans. Can Rutgers get it back against Michigan?

As he thought about returning to take over the Rutgers football program last fall, Greg Schiano envisioned running out of the SHI Stadium tunnel to 50,000 screaming fans.

That dream will have to wait.

“You don’t envision running out to an empty stadium as a coach — that’s just not what goes through your head,” he said. “We miss our fans. I can tell you that. I’m sure every team does.”

Indeed, Schiano isn’t alone in yearning to see fans packing stadiums. While leagues such as the ACC, the Big 12 and the SEC allowed their teams to fill stadiums at 20 to 25 % capacity this season, the Big Ten mandated that only a limited number of family members of players and coaches will be permitted into stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic and safety precautions.

At Rutgers, it meant a crowd totaling 500 fans for recent home games

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  • November 17, 2020

Why the U.S. Could Be the Big Loser in the Huge RCEP Trade Deal Between China and 14 Other Countries


Representatives of signatory countries are pictured on screen during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that is being held online in Hanoi on Nov. 15, 2020. Credit – Nhac Nguyne—AFP/Getty Images

When 15 nations across the Asia-Pacific region inked the largest regional free trade agreement ever on Nov. 15, there were no handshakes or state dinners—but the significance of the deal was no less dramatic for it.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), signed via videoconference due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, brings together countries that comprise some 2.2 billion people and 30% of the world’s economic output.

The signatories are Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.) The pact is meant to reduce trade barriers and make it easier for the regional neighbors to do business—and

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  • November 17, 2020

BENEE Breaks Down Her Very Big Year – E! Online

E!: Do you think what you’re experiencing in COVID, with virtual and electronic collaborations, will enable more collaborations in the future and make it easier for artists to collaborate? 

B: I would say so. I kind of realize how easy it is to get someone to send you a track. I mean, it does take time, but it’s not that hard. You just record it and you can send a file, which I think is so brilliant. You don’t have to be in the same place at the same time as anyone. So, yeah, it’s definitely the future, maybe, for some people who can’t travel, you know? 

E!: You’ve started your own label. Tell me about what you hope to achieve with it?

B: Well, I started it very, very recently. I’ve only just announced it, and I’m working with this woman called Trieste and also my friend Poppy who

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  • November 14, 2020