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Utah sees signs of a tourism rebound and Zion sets a new record

“This is to protect lives in Utah, to protect the lives of visitors,” said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism. “That’s what our visitors are watching for. They want to know that they’re coming to a place where people are showing personal responsibility.”

After bleeding millions a day in lost visitor dollars early in the pandemic, Utah’s “Might Five” national parks, its hotels and a host of businesses that feed, guide and entertain tourists are starting to see significant improvements, officials said in an online briefing.

Spending and employment in the sector remain between 13% to 17% below last year’s levels, but those trajectories are turning upward at a faster rate than for the nation as a whole, according to Jennifer Leaver, senior tourism analyst at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

The public’s elevated focus on outdoor recreation in wide open and

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  • October 14, 2020
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The 3 Zodiac Signs That Make the Best Friends, Found

Have you ever noticed that all your friends seem to be born around the same time of year? Consider it the universe’s reminder that astrological compatibility isn’t just a matter of romantic attraction: The zodiac signs that make the best friends are basically cosmic soul mates, and there are a few ways you can use your astrological chart to find them.

The easiest method? Look for people who have the same astrological element as you. The signs are coupled into four groups of three called the triplicities, which refer to our temperament: the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), and water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). And, as astrologer and psychic medium Rachel Lang points out, signs of similar polarity tend to relate well to each other, too.

“Air signs relate well to fire signs because they’re signs

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  • October 6, 2020
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AstraZeneca signs $15m deal with Oxford firm to manufacture vaccine

A chemist works at AstraZeneca's headquarters - Retuers
A chemist works at AstraZeneca’s headquarters – Retuers

AstraZeneca has signed a $15m deal with an Oxford firm to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine.

The global pharmaceutical company will pay Oxford Biomedica the sum upfront to reserve manufacturing capacity at its plant.

Two of the manufacturing suites will become operational in the next two months – significantly earlier than originally planned.

Oxford Biomedica could get an additional $35m plus other costs until the end of 2021 under the new 18-month deal.

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Grounded by Covid, Nigerian diners get a taste of air travel

Missing the thrill of air travel during the coronavirus lockdown? A Nigerian restaurant is now offering its customers the illusion of flight without them ever having to leave the ground.

The diners at Urban Air in the Nigerian capital Abuja sit on plush white seats and peruse a flight-themed cocktail menu beside

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  • September 1, 2020
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Here are signs you should bail on yours and how to get your money back

For Kate McCulley, the decision to leave her vacation rental was easy. The owner had advertised a reliable wireless connection, but when she checked in, McCulley could only pick up a faint signal.

“I needed the wireless signal so I could work,” says McCulley, who was staying in an Airbnb in Kotor, Montenegro. “I got there and found out that the internet was actually through a hotel across the street, and I couldn’t access it unless I leaned out the window with my phone.”

You will find most, but not all, rentals as advertised. But now, in the middle of the summer vacation season, is the right time to talk about those that are not. Because if you want to get a refund, there’s a right way – and a wrong way – to leave your vacation rental.

When should you leave your vacation rental?

If a rental property promises central A/C or heating and it's not working, you aren't required to stay there. The same thing goes for hot water and electricity. Reach out to the host and platform within the first 24 hours.
If a rental property promises
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  • August 28, 2020
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26 Signs You’re Actually a Cheapskate

Although there’s value in being frugal, sometimes you can take it too far — and for minimal savings at that. Whether you engage in five-finger discounts or take more than your fair share of mints from the communal bowl, at the end of the day you’re simply stealing from business owners and sullying your image. Make sure you understand when you’re acting thrifty — and when you’re just being cheap.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

The Hotel Heist

Toiletries are among the many free luxuries that frequent travelers enjoy. But frugal folks sometimes cross the line by stealing extra soaps and shampoo bottles to take home.

If you have a habit of hitting up the housekeeper’s cart for extra bars of soap, you’re not only scamming the hotel, but you’re also wasting your time. After all, the savings on a sliver of soap are hardly worth writing home about.

Check

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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough, according to neuroscientists

If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you're getting insufficient sleep at night.
If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you’re getting insufficient sleep at night.

David Prado Perucha/Shutterstock

Most people spend about one-third of their day asleep. While scientists are still unsure exactly why we need sleep, they do know it rejuvenates the body and mind, making it critical for our daily functions. And a lack of sleep leads to cognitive impairments that you might not even notice, which may make it difficult to know if you are well-rested. 

Red flags you’re not getting enough sleep

Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you’re catching enough zzz’s. 

You fall asleep too quickly

“If you’re falling asleep within five minutes of crawling in the bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” she says. Instead, it should

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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough

If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you're getting insufficient sleep at night.
If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you’re getting insufficient sleep at night.

David Prado Perucha/Shutterstock

Most people spend about one-third of their day asleep. While scientists are still unsure exactly why we need sleep, they do know it rejuvenates the body and mind, making it critical for our daily functions. And a lack of sleep leads to cognitive impairments that you might not even notice, which may make it difficult to know if you are well-rested. 

Red flags you’re not getting enough sleep

Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you’re catching enough zzz’s. 

You fall asleep too quickly

“If you’re falling asleep within five minutes of crawling in the bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” she says. Instead, it should

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