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12 luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip that will make you feel like a high roller without spending like one

These are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas on the Strip in 2021, from the hotel-within-a-hotel The Palazzo at the Venetian to the Four Seasons. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. TripAdvisor Las Vegas hotels offer opulent luxury at surprisingly cheap prices. Many five-star stays on or near the Las Vegas Strip often start under $250 per night. The best luxury hotels in Las Vegas boast spacious suites, private pools, excellent views, and more. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyThere's plenty to gamble on in Las Vegas, but you don't have to risk the odds when it comes to choosing a hotel. Las Vegas is one of the few US cities where a luxury hotel can regularly start under $250 per night, sometimes as low as $75 to $100. Of course, weekends and high seasons will bring increased prices, but with a little sleuthing you might just snag a great deal so you can save those extra dollars for Sin City's casino floors, top-notch restaurants, and world-class entertainment. Browse all the best luxury Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:The best luxury hotels in Las VegasFAQ: Luxury hotels in Las VegasHow we selected the best Las Vegas luxury hotelsMore of the best places to stay in Las VegasThese are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high. Signature at MGM Grand Every room here is a suite with apartment-like features. Tripadvisor Book Signature at MGM GrandTypical starting/peak prices: $89/$320Best for: Families, business travelersOn-site amenities: Pool, restaurants, shopsPros: All rooms are quiet, apartment-style suites with kitchenettes and are close to the action but removed from the party atmosphere.Cons: The walk to MGM Grand is long and some may view the off-Strip location and lack of a casino as a con.The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand's main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There's no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away. We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It's a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.COVID-19 procedures are available here. NoMad Las Vegas The luxe NoMad has its own sleek pool that is private from guests at adjacent Park MGM. Trip Advisor Book NoMad Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $99/$345Best for: Couples, friendsOn-site amenities: Spa, salon, fitness center, restaurants, Moroccan-themed pool deck just for NoMad guestsPros: The hotel feels in-the-know and stylish, hidden away from the throngs filling Park MGM, while still offering easy access to its amenities. Cons: The hotel within a hotel concept is intimate, and lacks the big Vegas punch of other big resorts.Located on the upper four floors of the Park MGM Las Vegas, the NoMad Las Vegas is the third location from the luxury NoMad hotel group with properties in New York and Los Angeles.It's one of many hotel-within-a-hotel concepts that are popular in Las Vegas (and within this list) for a more intimate, boutique-quality that feels rare in this town of mega-resorts. Rooms are decadent and design-forward featuring hardwood floors, velvet furnishings, and standalone soaking bathtubs in the bedroom.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Aria Resort & Casino Aria has a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Trip Advisor Book Aria Resort & Casino Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $107/$359Best for: Groups of friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Casino, 16 restaurants, CityCenter shops, nightclub, huge spa, three pools, fitness centerPros: Rooms boast high-end technology for an exceptionally comfortable stay and the location is very central to the Las Vegas Strip.Cons: Food is pricey on property, as is the resort fee.Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms feature fully tricked-out tech, including a one-touch room control system to adjust lighting, curtains, and more from the touch of a tablet.Hakkasan Group's Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools, including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.Plus, the location is central, close to the City Center, conference events, and all the Strip action.COVID-19 status and policies available here. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Even the cheapest standard rooms are suites with separate living areas. The Venetian Book The Venetian Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $113/$399Best for: Families, first-time visitors, couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, theater, night club, Grand Canal Shoppes, multiple pools, 80 restaurants, bars, spa, fitness centerPros: Even entry-level rooms at this all-suite hotel are impressively large, and it's tough to beat taking an indoor gondola around. Cons: The opulent style might not be to your tastes if you prefer a sleeker, modern look. This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it's best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.There are 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller's Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.The Venetian also connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and guests are granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of The Venetian Encore at Wynn Las Vegas The Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique hotel. Oyster.com Book the Encore at WynnTypical starting/peak prices: $115/$410Best for: Groups of friends, couples, familiesOn-site amenities: Encore-only pool, access to Wynn's mega-complex of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, spa, pools, gym, and even a golf course.Pros: This hotel has a boutique vibe with all the perks of a huge resort that caters to a sleek set.Cons: Room pricing is volatile and can swing dramatically in either direction.Not to be confused with the Wynn itself, the Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique offering. It also comes with all the benefits of being housed within a parent property.While guests of the Wynn can't use Encore facilities, such as the pool, all those booked at Encore are allowed privileges at both. I've scored cheaper deals at Encore, though historically it's sometimes more expensive than Wynn. If you like the glitz of the Wynn but think it feels too overwhelming, or prefer a more intimate approach, the Encore offers a solid alternative.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Nobu Hotel is zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Trip Advisor Book Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las VegasTypical starting price: $116/$447Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Nobu restaurant, pool, spa, the full slate of dining, shopping, and entertainment available at adjacent Caesars PalacePros: The hotel is quiet and private with a gorgeous Japanese-inspired design by noted architect David Rockwell.Cons: There is a steep resort fee of $45 per night plus tax.Inside the blockbuster 85-acre, 3,960 room resort Caesars Palace, the intimate Nobu Hotel is tucked away as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel concept, created by the famed sushi chef of the same name. If Caesars is frenetic and bustling, Nobu Hotel is uber-Zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Staying here feels a bit like being a celebrity, with added VIP perks.Rooms channel Japanese traditions with deep soaking tubs and come with free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Natura Bisse toiletries, as well as priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge. Nobu Hotel guests also have access to a private front desk and lounge, the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, expedited line privilege at OMNIA nightclub, a complimentary Friday social hour, and a dedicated hotel concierge.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Bellagio Las Vegas We love the Bellagio for its central location, designer shopping, and iconic fountain show. TripAdvisor Book Bellagio Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $119/$475Best for: Families, first-time visitors, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, multiple restaurants and bars, nightlife, spa, pool, designer shoppingPros: This is a fashionable hotel with a classy casino, excellent shopping, and a must-try buffet. Cons: You'll have to brave the summer heat to score cheap prices here.The Bellagio draws a consistent crowd for its central Strip location, popular casino, designer fashion, and curated art, including the signature Dale Chihuly glass installation hanging from the lobby ceiling.It's also a huge draw to those craning for a front-row view of the dancing fountains, and there's no better spot than a room overlooking the action. We've reviewed the balcony room facing the fountains and can confirm it's one of the best rooms on the Strip. Plus, in what's clearly a competitive field, they might have one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, though that's subject to change in a post-pandemic world. COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Bellagio Las Vegas Wynn Las Vegas The Wynn is renowned as one of the best on the Strip with world-class amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. Booking.com Book the Wynn Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$497Best for: Groups of friends, couples, families, first-time visitors, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, designer shops, entertainment theater, fitness center, spa, pools, multiple restaurants and barsPros: No detail is overlooked at this stunning resort with a beautiful pool and spa area, beautiful guest rooms, and plenty to keep you on-site.Cons: Some might view the Strip location as far from other attractions, and prices surge in the high season.I once stayed at this luxury resort and casino and was blown away by the level of detail and thoughtfulness in each generously appointed guest room. The design is immaculate with a clean, modern palette and smart-enabled features that only add to an air of sophistication. Since then, the hotel's reputation has only continued to grow as one of the best on the Strip with world-class resort amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. There's a reason it's consistently rated as one of the best places to stay in Vegas and if you can secure a good deal, this might be one of the best places to book.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of the Wynn Las Vegas Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas A posh pool deck strikes a serene tone. Trip Advisor Book the Waldorf Astoria Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $139/$384Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: French restaurant, 3 pools, spa, fitness center, easy access to CityCenter complexPros: The Waldorf is a leading figure in luxury and this location is no exception.Cons: A major renovation was delayed due to COVID.Travelers accustomed to the highest level of hospitality book this five-star property known for immaculate service and spacious rooms that start at 500 square feet with extravagant soaking tubs.With no casino on-site, it's another great option when you prefer a more blissful stay. If you come to Vegas for luxe spas, pools, and dining, this is a great bet.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Palazzo at the Venetian Spread out in standard suites with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, all the amenities of the Venetian. TripAdvisor Book The Palazzo at The VenetianTypical starting/peak prices: $142/$399Best for: Groups of friends, couples, familiesOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, access to the Venetian's casino, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and entertainment.Pros: This is like a higher-end version of The Venetian with close access to all its attractions.Cons: While prices in summer are cheap, expect them to skyrocket at other times when it's more comfortable to visit the desert.While The Venetian is perhaps more well-known, and cheaper, consider a stay at its sister property, The Palazzo.Newer and more low-key but equally refined, even The Palazzo's standard rooms are dubbed Luxury Suites and are not only more up-to-date than entry-level Venetian offerings but significantly larger. Spread out with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, and relish in the fact that your room is just steps from tons of the Strip's best attractions, plus all that the Venetian has to offer.COVID-19 status and policies available here. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection Bold, sleek, decor shines on the casino floor, especially in the signature Chandelier Bar. Tripadvisor Book The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph CollectionTypical starting/peak prices: $150/$500Best for: Groups of friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Celebrity chef-driven restaurants, several bars and lounges, a pool deck with dive-in movie nights, gym, Drybar salonPros: Staying at Cosmo offers the trimmings of a Las Vegas resort in a boutique format. The central location is one of the best on the Strip, and balcony views are hard to come by elsewhere.Cons: In high season, expect the starting rate to at least double.The Cosmopolitan is trendy, hip, and sophisticated, and generally feels like you're hanging out inside a chandelier (likely why they have a bar named after one). It's a favorite among those visiting Las Vegas who want to join in on nightlife action over betting at tables, though the latter is readily available too. Plus, it's one of the few hotels with balconies — request one facing Bellagio for a great view of the fountain show.A member of the Autograph Collection of hotels, it's also a great way for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn and redeem points. Book here if you're looking to blur the lines between a glam getaway and a healthy dose of revelry.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas There's a private, tranquil pool area just for Four Seasons guests, plus all the perks and attention to detail associated with the brand. Trip Advisor Book the Four Seasons Hotel Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $250/$495Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Private pool only for Four Seasons guests, all the bars, restaurants, spa of Mandalay Bay.Pros: Enjoy top luxury accommodations with impeccable service and a private pool that is separate from the more raucous Mandalay Bay.Cons: The Mandalay Bay crowd can be rowdy, and you still have to navigate that space to find the Four Seasons. The location is also at the far end of the Las Vegas Strip.The Four Seasons is a symbol of luxury and one that often comes with an accompanying high price tag. However, I've seen deals around $200 per night at this location hidden within Mandalay Bay, and it's widely regarded as one of the nicest hotels in Vegas.Rooms feel like a scintillating oasis of luxury, cocooned away from the frenetic pace of the Strip, though, it's right there when you choose to seek it out. There's a private, tranquil pool area for Four Seasons guests only, plus all the perks and indulgent attention to detail you'd expect from a Four Seasons.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Luxury hotels in Las Vegas Westend61/Getty Images Where is Las Vegas?Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona. When will I find the best deals on Las Vegas luxury hotels?You'll often find the cheapest hotel prices in Las Vegas midweek in summer, when scorching hot temperatures keep most travelers away, or in the winter, after New Year's Day, when it's still too cool to hit the pool. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise.Much of Las Vegas tourism also revolves around an annual convention calendar, which often drives up hotel prices. Holidays also see an influx of crowds.Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?Because Vegas resorts make most of their profits on the casino floor, cheap room rates are intended to attract guests who will then spend their extra money on slots and tables.As Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it's likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.Though, if you're planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won't be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.Is Las Vegas open?Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.Large indoor events also have masks, testing, and vaccination requirements so check before arriving both with local Las Vegas mandates, the Nevada Health Response updates, as well as your individual hotel and destination.Is it safe to stay in hotels right now?The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. And, with added caution, experts we spoke to said it is safe to stay in a hotel.  How we selected the best Las Vegas luxury hotels All hotels are five-star stays with exceptional luxury service, decor, rooms, amenities, and high-quality attractions.Hotels have been personally visited and/or vetted by our team of reviewers whenever possible, and include accompanying reviews in most cases.Every standard room in this list feels like you've upgraded to a suite or more indulgent offering.Hotels are also loved by guests with top ratings and reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and Hotels.com.All of these luxury hotels are priced under $250 per night to start in the low season. For this guide, we looked for hotels on or right near the Strip. However, you may also want to consider some of the best Vegas hotels off the Strip too.All hotels also have updated COVID-19 policies, which we've outlined below.Hotel rooms are sophisticated and spacious, even for entry-level, standard rooms. More of the best places to stay in Las Vegas Airbnb The best cheap hotels in Las VegasThe best Las Vegas hotels off the StripThe best Las Vegas hotel suites for all budgetsThe best Las Vegas Airbnbs Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

49 of our favorite gifts for new moms, from keepsakes to postpartum recovery kits

New moms will feel appreciated with these gifts. Here are 49 gifts for new moms, including baby books, a neck massager, and newborn soothers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Happiest Baby We rounded up 49 gifts for new moms, from humorous parenting books to handy tech gadgets. These gifts are great for relaxing, saving time, and marking milestones. Check out all of Insider Reviews' gift guides. Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience. New moms are suddenly responsible for another human being, and there are quite a few things that can make that job easier. In a very uncertain time, new moms will appreciate gifts that are both practical and luxurious - things that can save them money and time. They also appreciate items that bestow a few precious moments for self-care.Some of these gifts are specifically related to the baby, while others are simply geared toward a mother who is ready for some "me time." New moms are among the busiest people in our lives, and they undoubtedly deserve a meaningful gift. Here are 49 of the best gifts for new moms: A T-shirt that makes a statement Greatwood Boutique/Etsy Gift a Greatwood Boutique Tough as a Mother Shirt, $11.90It goes without saying that moms are tough. Remind her just how tough and resilient she is with this super soft T-shirt. It's available in 13 different colors and sizes XS to 3XL. A letterboard for memorable milestone pictures Target Gift the Pearhead 10-by-10-inch Letterboard Set, $12.99Letterboards help parents say it all with a picture; they're often used for baby's birth announcement picture and to get a snapshot of milestones. This one is just the right size to prop next to baby for a picture. Basic birth recovery supplies Frida Gift the Friday Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit, $49.99After having a baby, things are a bit messy to say the least. Help mom recover with this kit that includes disposable postpartum underwear, instant ice maxi pads, perineal cooling pad liners, and perineal healing foam all stored in a convenient toilet-top storage caddy.  Something to help them stay caffeinated Amazon Gift the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $24.99New moms need all the coffee. If cold brew is their thing, gift this cold brew coffee maker. It makes four servings of coffee. If mom preps it the night before, fresh coffee will be ready at the crack of dawn — right about when the baby wakes up.  A treat just for mom Milk Bar Gift a Milk Bar Fall Assorted Truffle Box, $44Doesn't a mom deserve some time to sit down and indulge a bit? They'll certainly be able to with this assorted truffle box from Milk Bar. It includes three different flavors of cake truffles: Birthday, Chocolate Birthday, and Apple Cider Doughnut Cake. A pick-me-up for her eyes Peach & Lily Gift the Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick for $28With one swipe of this stick, mom's eyes will feel more awake and less puffy. They probably won't have time to put on a full face of makeup, but this will help them feel a little more put together after a night of broken sleep. A smart bassinet Happiest Baby Gift a Happiest Baby Gift Card, from $25This smart bassinet helps new moms and babies get sleep by combining gentle rocking with soothing white noise. The smart technology responds to baby by increasing motion and shushing when it detects fussiness. It also keeps babies in a secure swaddle so they stay safely on their back. The best socks they've never tried Bombas Gift a Bombas Gift Bag or Box, from $69You might be thinking: Really, socks? But having a nice pair can make a world of difference. Bombas spent two years perfecting its gym socks. With thoughtful innovations, like a blister tab and performance cushioned footbeds, their feet will notice the difference. Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased.  A minimalistic diaper bag Kibou Gift a Kibou Bag for $79Moms need their hands free to do all the holding, rocking, wiping, and feeding that comes along with new babies. This small diaper fanny pack is made of high-quality vegan leather and has room for wipes, diapers, credit cards, keys, mom's phone, and more. It even comes with a built-in changing pad. A floral arrangement to brighten their day The Bouqs Co. Gift a The Bouqs Co. floral arrangement, starting at $31These fresh flower arrangements come from farms that minimize waste and recycle water. Choose from classic bouquets like roses or sunflowers or opt for a more unique option that she can plant. The floral arrangement will be a bright spot in her day. Something to help them sleep Amazon Gift a Coop Home Goods Pillow, $60.99I know what you're thinking: Is it really worth $60 for a pillow? The answer is yes. This memory foam pillow is adjustable so it's comfortable for every type of sleeper. New moms need all the help they can get when it comes to sleeping. A virtual baby book Qeepsake Gift a Qeepsake Membership, from $47.88Qeepsake texts parents or caregivers questions to answer about their child. Parents simply text their answer back with accompanying photos if they desire and Qeepsake saves the responses. Then, users can order a book that displays all the questions, answers, and memories. Their favorite quote, framed Minted Gift a Minted Custom Quote, from $38Maybe a new mom has a favorite quote that reminds them of their baby or they're just a lover of words. This gift will be a beautiful keepsake for them to always remember the newborn phase.  A sentimental gift for a lasting memory MainEventUSA/Etsy/Insider Gift a Baby Hand and Footprint Kit, $25.95This gift freezes the littleness of their new baby in time. Nothing shows how fast a baby grows quite like comparing their growing hands and feet to how small they once were. This kit allows new moms to do the prints at home and add two pictures. A treat to satisfy their sweet tooth while supporting milk production Amazon Gift the Munchkin Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites, $21.75These delicious cookies come in prepackaged bags so they can easily grab a snack while nursing. Although more studies examining the benefits of lactation cookies need to be conducted, this convenient treat certainly won't hurt. A nightlight that will help their baby - and in turn, them - sleep well Amazon Gift the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise, $59.99Rest is a nightlight, sound machine, and wake-up alert that grows with children — from soft light and white noise for midnight newborn feeding sessions to a preschooler's nightlight. Parents can customize everything — color, brightness, sound, and volume level — or they can choose from presets recommended by sleep experts.  A neck and back massager they can use any time Amazon Gift a Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, $44.95New moms spend a lot of time hunched over: picking up baby, putting down baby, carrying baby, and feeding baby. This massager has heated nodes that rotate, and moms can move it around to any spot they're feeling tension. A memorable piece of jewelry Marky Baby Milk Jewelry/Etsy Gift the Marky Baby Milk Jewelry DIY Kit, starting at $33.04Moms who choose to breastfeed often face an emotional journey. The piece of jewelry from this DIY kit is made with their own breast milk so they can remember this special time long after their baby has grown up. A personalized beauty subscription Birchbox Gift a Birchbox subscription, from $45 for three monthsNew moms will inevitably be dealing with spilled milk, spit-up, and lots of dirty diapers. Make them feel pampered with a personalized beauty subscription. They'll be able to create her own Beauty Profile, making each box just right for them. A personalized T-shirt Known Supply/Instagram Gift a personalized Fitted Crew at Known Supply, $32 + $10 monogramLet's be honest — they're probably going to be spending a lot of time at home in the first year. What could be better than a cozy, comfortable tee made of Pima cotton? Bonus points if you choose a color that will hide a spit-up stain. Merino-wool sneakers Allbirds Gift Allbirds Wool Runners, $98When you're on your feet all day, a pair of good shoes makes all the difference. Allbirds wool runners won't fail them — they're soft, comfortable, and machine washable. You can't go wrong with the originals, but the new Tree line is similarly light and comfortable.  A variety of Korean sheet masks for an at-home spa day Facetory/Business Insider Gift the Facetory 7 Lux 1-Month Gift Subscription, $19.90They could try a different Korean sheet mask every day of the week if they wanted to. The unique sheets made with innovative ingredients are hard to find anywhere else — Facetory curates only the most interesting and effective in the K-beauty world.  Adorable leather baby moccasins Freshly Picked/Instagram Gift Freshly Picked baby moccasins, from $30These 100% genuine cowhide leather moccasins have a soft sole to help children who are starting to walk. They're easy to put on, will actually stay on your kid's feet, and come in many stylish prints and colors.  An Audible gift subscription Audible/Business Insider Gift an Audible subscription, from $15Do you know what's really hard to do when you're holding a baby, a bottle, and trying to cook all at once? Read a book. What's easier? Listening to one on Audible. They can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and more while multitasking at home or strolling through the neighborhood. A luxurious bathrobe Snowe Gift the Snowe Bathrobe, $100Deemed the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, Snowe's bathrobe is super comfortable and fluffy. It's perfect for a mom looking for moments of relaxation during an otherwise hectic day.  A necklace that symbolizes unbreakable bond between mother and child AUrate Gift the AUrate 14-Karat Connection Necklace, $380This beautiful necklace, available in yellow, white, or rose gold, manages to be simultaneously elegant and bold. The company has ideals they'll support, too: Its ethical solid gold is sourced from conflict-free suppliers and it donates a book to a child in need with each purchase.  A 5-year journal Write to Me Gift The First Five Years Baby Journal, $46.95This linen-bound guided journal prompts parents to record milestones and memories to cherish for a lifetime. They'll be able to look back at all the firsts — first birthday, first haircut, first steps — and beam with pride. A funny book about the realities of motherhood Amazon/Business Insider Gift "The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year," $14.99Any mom knows that motherhood is not all rainbows and sunshine. This book dispenses practical and useful information in a humorous format that will have new parents laughing through the particularly hard days.   A selection of soft, high-quality baby clothing basics Primary Gift a Primary gift card, $25-$250Shopping for baby clothing is easy at Primary, which was founded by two moms. The adorable, colorful, and gender-neutral styles are classic and made from safe Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, soft fabrics. Primary offers sizes from newborn through age 12. A fitness app so they can work out with a trainer at home Kira Stokes/Business Insider Gift a subscription to Kira Stokes Fit, from $14.99/monthFlexibility is paramount for busy moms, and a good fitness app offers just that. The Kira Stokes Fit app has abs, legs, core, and full-body workouts available to stream anytime, on any device, so moms can sweat on their own time.  Crib sheets from an Internet-famous bedding startup Brooklinen Gift the Brooklinen Mini Crib Sheet Set, from $32Adults love Brooklinen sheets, and now babies can enjoy the soft and comfortable experience, too. If they don't yet have a set for themselves, include a gift that will help them sleep as well.  A versatile diaper bag Amazon Gift the Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, from $74.99The lightweight, minimalist design of this diaper bag makes it a versatile option for new moms. The included cubes make it easy to organize diapers, wipes, bottles, and snacks. There's also a convenient changing pad within one of its pockets. Dinner on the table in under an hour HelloFresh/Instagram Gift a HelloFresh Gift Card, from $70Meal kits take the guesswork out of cooking. Food is delivered weekly, meaning fewer trips to the grocery store, and the kit includes easy step-by-step recipes to prepare dinner — a snap when they're basically too tired to function. A long-distance touch lamp Filimin Buy a set of two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, $85-$170A new mom's life is busy and tiring, so they might not always be available to talk and catch up. When you want to let them know you're thinking of them and vice versa without actually saying anything, just tap the lamp to make the other one light up.  Stress relief in a tiny jade package Walgreens/Business Insider Gift Revlon Cool & Depuff Jade Stone Facial Roller, $9.99This facial roller can be used on all skin types to help improve circulation and reduce the puffiness that comes with sleep deprivation. It may temporarily firm skin, too. Most of all, it just feels good, especially when kept cool in the fridge. A modern baby book Artifact Uprising Gift the Artifact Uprising Baby Book "The Story of You," from $99With a sturdy fabric-bound cover (available in seven color/foil pairings), this interactive photo journal is a beautiful way to focus on the everyday moments rather than major milestones. The book is 100 pages and holds 47 photos. Register it online and get a complimentary set of Everyday Prints.  Leggings that feel and look great 90 Degree by Reflex/Facebook Gift the 90 Degree By Reflex High-Waist Power Flex Tummy Control Leggings, from $18We love these leggings because they are versatile, supportive, and silhouette smoothing. They also have a little pocket to hold keys or a credit card if she needs to run out. Available in 13 colors, these leggings are available up to size XXL and run true to size. A moment of zen Chiji Gift a Home of Chiji Energy Candle, from $39.99This brand's motto is "illuminate positivity" and when baby has been crying for hours, a positive vibe is desperately needed. These candles are infused with crystals like amethyst and rose quartz to bring some calm to a chaotic house. A comfortable nursing bra Amazon/Business Insider Gift the Motherhood Maternity Women's Wrap Front Nursing Sleep Bra, from $12.76All a new mom wants is to be comfortable, since chances are they aren't for most of the day. This wrap-front bra is soft, wireless yet supportive, and perfect for wearing all day and all night. A smart home device Amazon Gift the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen), $49.99Hands-free music streaming, news and weather reports, thermostat controls, and alarms for naps or feeding, the Echo Dot does it all. They'll become a multitasking mom in no time with this smart home device. A soothing under eye treatment Sephora Gift Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks, $25These gold foil eye masks provide a soothing treatment for tired eyes. They help with puffiness and dark circles. Best of all, they won't fall off like some sheet masks, so they can hold baby upright while pampering themselves. Bubble bath made from plant-based ingredients Walmart/Business Insider Gift the Hello Bello Bubble Bath, $5.98Hello Bello, the baby line from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, prides itself on making premium, plant-based products like body wash, baby lotion, wipes, and this bubble bath. The gentle, hypoallergenic formula is dermatologist-tested and safe on sensitive skin, so both mom and baby can enjoy a nourishing playful bath. A soothie to keep pacifier off the floor Amazon/Business Insider Gift the Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder with Detachable Pacifier, $14.99This adorable pacifier and holder be used beginning at birth. The pacifier and animal detach from each other, so it's easy and fast to clean both pieces. It comes in a variety of cute critters like an elephant, giraffe, monkey, and seal.  A women's multivitamin subscription Ritual Gift a 1-month supply of Ritual vitamins, $30New moms have a lot to juggle, and eating healthy, balanced meals may fall by the wayside some days. Help them get the nutrients to keep their energy up with these vegan multivitamins, which contain folate, vitamin D3, B12, iron, and magnesium, and are free of artificial colorants, synthetic fillers, and gluten. A reusable smart notebook Amazon Gift the Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook, $27.99New parents live and die by a schedule. This notebook is surprisingly handy — it will send their handwritten notes to the cloud and wipes clean with a damp cloth. It makes sharing with the entire family a breeze, and no more wasting paper. The gift of hydration Walmart Gift the SodaStream Fountain Kit, $49.88Staying hydrated is key, especially for nursing moms. Indulge their sparkling water obsession with this sleek gadget that turns regular water into bubbly bliss in seconds. You'll also be helping to save the planet by eliminating hundreds of single-use plastic bottles.   Stress relief in portable balm form Amazon Gift the Scentered Aromatherapy Balm Sticks Gift Set, $33Scentered's balm sticks come in five functions — Focus, Sleep Well, Love, Escape, and De-Stress — and help them relax wherever they are. Each non-greasy balm contains up to 25 essential oils and is formulated with a blend of moringa and moisturizing shea butter.  A book that helps new moms who have endless questions Amazon/Business Insider Gift "Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool," $14.29If they loved Emily Oster's pregnancy book "Expecting Better," they'll dive right into "Cribsheet." The "data-driven guide" helps new parents with sleep, potty training, and much more.  A pair of embroidered makeup towels Weezie Gift the Weezie Makeup Towels, $40We've personally discovered Weezie's makeup towels are unexpectedly useful, and so will they. Even if they aren't washing off makeup, the fluffy fabric will feel great at the end of a long day. You can even have them embroidered to say "Mama" or a phrase of your choosing. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 22nd, 2021

51 gifts dog lovers and their canine companions will love

We curated 51 of our favorite gifts for dog lovers and their very good dogs, including subscription boxes, books, pj's, and custom stickers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Treat your favorite chef to a dog treat maker from Dash. Target We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their dogs. Show them you care with a monthly subscription box, canine home decor, and all sorts of dog books. Here are 51 useful, entertaining, and adorable gifts dogs and their humans will love. As one of the most magical and amusing creatures on earth, dogs are more than deserving of a gift every now and again. And their human guardians? Yeah, they deserve a little something too.In this list, we've curated 52 of our favorite gifts for dogs and the people who love them, including a stylish dog crate, a monthly subscription box filled with toys and treats, and custom pet stickers. Whether you want to add a little doggy decor to your home or give your favorite pet something new to play with, these gifts evoke pure joy of the canine kind.Here are 51 of the best gifts for dogs lovers and their dogs: Dog stickers that are (almost) as cute as the real thing My Sticker Face My Sticker Face Sampler Sticker Face Sheet, available on Amazon, $15.99Give the gift of sticky immortality with these customizable pet stickers. Just upload a photo of their dog and My Sticker Face will create a spot-on version made from vinyl that they can affix to anything that needs a puppy pick-me-up. A monthly box of canine surprises Bark Box Bark Box Monthly Subscription, available on Bark Box, from $23Don't bother trying to figure out exactly what the dog or dog lover in your life wants. Bark Box has done the work for you. Its monthly subscription boxes contain curated collections of toys, treats, and chews based on fun themes like summer camp, magic, and spa days. Send Bark Box as a gift or, better yet, get your own. A pack of dogs to protect their smartphone Society6 Pet Friendly Dog Pattern Phone Case, available on Society6 for both iPhone and Android, from $20.99No more scrolling their social media feeds to find cute dogs. With this smartphone case, there will already be dozens of pups at their fingertips. The pack, which includes corgis, shiba inus, and poodles, can be customized as a slim or tough case for almost any iPhone or Android model. Flannel pants for cold-weather canine snuggling L.L. Bean L.L. Bean Flannel Pants, Dog Print, available on L.L. Bean, $49.95These extra soft flannel pants will keep them warm and cozy on crisp nights. They've been designed for maximum comfort with a drawstring waist and pockets. Choose from three dog-tastic colors and prints and 13 sizes. A stress-relieving coloring book full of dogs Amazon Dog Lover: Adult Coloring Book, by Gina Trowler, available on Amazon, $6.99This charming adult coloring book is packed with 64 pages of intricately drawn black-and-white canines. Go ahead, make your great dane blue and your chihuahua pink. The book's pages are nice and thick so the colors won't bleed through. A mind-blowing book about a dog who 'talks' Amazon "How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger," available at Amazon and Target, $13.99In this fascinating book, speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger chronicles her journey teaching her dog Stella to communicate using programmable buttons. This book not only details Stella's education but breaks down Hunger's techniques so that you, too, can teach your dog to "talk." A pack of doggy chip clips Amazon Kikkerland Doggie Bag Clips, available at World Market and Amazon, from $4.99Reseal your goodie bags with an assortment of canine faces. This posse of chip clips includes a corgi, Boston terrier, bulldog, collie, dalmatian, and shiba inu, each of whom are very good dogs. The clips are made from extra-strong plastic with steel springs. A handsome dog crate to dress up your decor Amazon Diggs Revol Dog Crate, available at Diggs and Amazon, $245Down with ugly dog crates that mess up your decor! Diggs Revol isn't just stylishly designed, it folds flat in seconds and has wheels for rolling out of sight. The crate is available in three colors and comes with a puppy divider and removable, easy-to-clean floor. Fresh pet food to fill their dog's belly Just Food For Dogs Just Food for Dogs, available at Just Food for Dogs, from $5.95Just Food for Dogs uses fresh, human-grade meats and veggies to produce nutritious canine meals across six different recipes. The food is flash frozen and delivered right to their door. Read more about the best fresh dog food in our buying guide. A food puzzle to work the canine brain Nina Ottosson/Business Insider Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $12.50For smarty pants dogs that need a job to do, these food puzzles are a great way to both entertain and work the brain. Pop treats or kibble into the compartments and tap into their dog's under-utilized scavenging instincts.  A book to decode your dog's star sign Urban Outfitters "Dog Astrology" by Stella Andromeda, available at Amazon and Urban Outfitters, $14.99The astrological sun sign under which your dog was born matters, according to this playful book by Stella Andromeda. Find out what an Aries or Leo looks like among the canine set, your dog's luckiest days ,and whether you and your pup are a match written in the stars. Puppy throw pillows to dress up their decor Uncommon Goods Dog Face Pillow, available at Uncommon Goods, $25Accent their home with the friendly faces of adorable dogs. Hook-sewn by hand in the form of three different breeds — golden retriever, pug and Boston terrier — these 8-by-12-inch wool pillows will never shed, drool, or leave muddy paw prints on their sofa. A pack of dogs to keep them dry in rainy weather Reed Evins Art Reed Evins Art Umbrella, available at AKC.org and Reed Evins Art, $29.99Artist Reed Evins hand-cuts paper to create spot on collage portraits of his canine clients. He's selected a couple dozen of his favorites — droopy eared basset hounds, friendly schnauzers, and half-smiling fluffs among them — for his wind-resistant 42-inch umbrella. The water-blocking parasol has a black rubber handle with an automatic opener and comes with a dog-patterned sleeve for storage. A pair of icy bulldogs to keep their highball cool Williams Sonoma Novelty Bulldog Ice Molds, available at Williams Sonoma, $21.95Bring a little canine class to their next cocktail with Williams Sonoma's bulldog-shaped ice cubes. Made from flexible silicone, just fill the two molds with water, freeze, then run under warm water to release the hounds. The long-lasting cubes will keep their shape sip after sip. A pet camera that lets them interact with their pup Amazon Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera, available at Chewy and Furbo, $161.99For those who can't stand to be away from their dog, it's the Furbo dog camera to the rescue. With the free Furbo app, they can monitor their pet from afar with a 160-degree wide-angle view, speak to them through voice chat, and toss them a treat anytime they want.  Rubber boots to wear when it's raining cats and dogs Zappos Joules Raining Cats and Dogs Rain Boot, available at Zappos and Joules, from $29.95Puddles are no match for these rubber wellies by Joules. Covered in hand-drawn pups, umbrellas, and a couple water-loving cats, the mid-calf rain boots have an adjustable side buckle, a dog bone-patterned interior, and thick grippy soles for traversing slippery sidewalks. A pair of Bernie's viral mittens to squeak and tug Bark Bernie's Paw Warmers, available at Bark Shop, $10Bernie Sanders' mittens, one of the standout stars of the 2021 presidential inauguration, are now available in doggy form. Even if they have no upcoming political events to attend, playtime with these wooly squeakers on a rope will warm up your pup with practical, no-nonsense Vermont style. All proceeds go to the state's PAWsitive Pantry, which provides families in need with food for their beloved pets. A way to finally remember if the dog actually got fed Chewy/Business Insider The Original "Did You Feed The Dog?" available at Amazon, $9.95Did you feed the dog? Can't quite remember, can you? But this simple little device, it knows. Just move the button at feeding time and they'll never get taken by their pup's second-dinner-desiring hungry eyes again. Sweet long johns for a winter full of pajama parties Chewy/Insider Toy Story "To Infinity and Beyond" Dog & Cat Jersey PJs, available at Chewy, from $13.35Dress up their pup for the world's cutest pajama party in these "Toy Story" themed PJ's from Chewy's Disney collection. The outfit comes in six sizes so that even the big boys can let their snuggle flag fly. A homemade dog treat maker Target Dash Express Dog Treat Maker, available at Amazon and Target, $29.49Treat your favorite chef to a pup-approved kitchen addition. Fill the waffle iron-like Dash with one of the recipes from the included cookbook (think: peanut butter pumpkin or cheddar bacon) for fresh bone-shaped treats hot out of the oven.  A squeezable dog water bottle for instant hydration UncommonGoods/Business Insider Dog Bowl Water Bottle, available at Chewy, $14.99Offer the dog a drink single-handedly with this unique dog water bottle. Just squeeze the leak-proof canister to fill the attached dish with water. When they've had their fill, the leftover liquid drains back into the bottle for the next time they're thirsty. A hoodie with a kangaroo pouch to keep their pup close Amazon Roodie Pet Pouch Hoodie, available at Amazon, $99Cuddly pups and the humans who love them never have to be apart with this soft cotton-polyester hoodie. The zip-up 14-inch by 9-inch by 4-inch pocket supports pets up to 15 pounds and comes in six colors. A ball launcher for supercharged games of fetch Amazon/Insider Chuckit! Launcher, available at Chewy and Amazon, $4.71It's almost impossible to tire out a fetch-loving high-energy dog before tiring out your throwing arm, that is, unless you have the Chuckit! With just a flick of the wrist, this simple plastic launcher sends the ball farther than puny human muscles alone and is guaranteed not to quit halfway through the game. A matching bandana and face mask for twinning with their dog Goodboy Goodboy x Sock Fancy Bandana & Mask, available at Goodboy, $24Social distance in style with this dog bandana and face mask duo. The pair comes in four machine-washable custom cotton prints and the triple-layer mask has adjustable ear loops and a 3D chin design. A pair of fur-sonalized silver cufflinks UncommonGoods Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks, available at Uncommon Goods, $260They'll wear their heart on their sleeve with these pet portrait cufflinks by designer Erin Harris. The engraved sterling silver accessories arrive with a bonus gift, too: a rubber stamp of their dog to use on anything that needs a bit of puppy love. A collar for tracking their dog's location and activity Chewy Fi Series 2 GPS Tracker Smart Dog Collar, available at Chewy, $149Like a FitBit for the canine set, this smart collar will not only help them keep tabs on their dog's daily activity (and compare it to other pups in the neighborhood) but on their location, too. Using GPS tracking technology, this little device sends alerts anytime a door-dashing escape artist is on the move. Their dog in sock form Chewy Tribe Socks Personalized Pet Face Socks, available at Tribe Socks, $24Wrap their barking dogs in puppy love with a pair of customizable socks. Chewy will pattern a pair with the face of their furry friend using just a photo. Choose from four styles: holiday, tie-dye, mosaic, and dog paw. The one toy every dog needs Kong/Business Insider Kong Classic, available at Chewy, from $7.99Whether they've got a puppy who's learning the ropes, an adult dog who loves a good game, or a slow-moving senior, the Kong Classic is a must for busting boredom and tapping into a dog's scavenging instincts. Just pack the heavy-duty rubber cone with treats, kibble, or peanut butter (among other things) and that big, slobbery tongue will do the rest. An elevated bed to keep their dog cool in the heat Chewy K&H Products Elevated Dog Bed, available at Chewy, from $40.99Make the dog days of summer a little more bearable for their pooch with this elevated cot. Made from waterproof nylon with a mesh center, the raised design promotes airflow that helps keep dogs from overheating when the mercury rises. A sleepy puppy hamper to snuggle their dirty clothes Amazon/Business Insider Fankang Dog Hamper, available at Amazon, $10.99Add a dose of cute to laundry day with this dog hamper. The folding, pop-up basket made of waterproof-coated cotton fabric with handles for ears also makes a great storage bin for toys, whether they belong to a dog or to a dog-loving kid. A bucket list activity journal for dog lovers and their canine compatriots Amazon/Business Insider "Chew This Journal" by Sassafras Lowrey, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $13.99Drawing from 20 years of experience, certified trick dog trainer and doggy writer extraordinaire Sassafras Lowrey's "Chew This Journal" is jam-packed with fun activities for both dog and human. From urban agility and tips on setting training goals to dog-friendly crafts like DIY treat puzzles and tug-toy-making, this book will encourage them to never stop seeking out new adventures. A bag of delicious treats with a minimal carbon paw print Chewy/Business Insider Jiminy's Chewy Cricket Treats, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $9.95Maybe dog treats can't save the world, but Jiminy's cricket treats are doing their part to help our pups live more sustainably. These tasty morsels are hypoallergenic, probiotic, and produce 740% fewer greenhouse gasses than those made with beef. Choose from two chewy flavors, sweet potato and peas or pumpkin and carrot, or crunchy peanut butter and blueberry cookies. A people-approved mattress made just for dogs Casper/Instagram Dog Mattress, available at Casper, from $129Mattress company Casper takes dog bed comfort next level with a memory foam model that rivals those they make for humans. The result of 110 prototypes and 460 hours of lab testing, with this dog bed they'll rest assured their best friend will be getting a good night's sleep.  A dog-splattered dish towel that really sees them Paper Source/Business Insider Dogs Tea Towel, available at Blue Q, $12.99Anyone who's ever loved a dog knows the best people are the fluffy, four-legged kind. And this canine-covered tea towel, it's not afraid to speak the truth. Short-haired, curly-haired, little-legged, and big, they'll be ready to go anytime a dish needs drying.  A custom cookie cutter for making edible puppy portraits SusancraftsShop/Etsy Custom Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter, available at Etsy, from $30If they think their dog couldn't get any sweeter, Bakers Street Cutters begs to differ. Send in a photo and they'll 3D print a custom cookie cutter that makes a perfect impression of their pup every time. A blueprint of their favorite breed's best qualities Etsy Dog Blueprints, available at Etsy, $29.99These vintage-inspired blueprints by canine architects Wet Nose Wiggly Butts break down the characteristics that make different dog breeds unique. Each 16-by-20-inch print features picture-perfect representations of 54 of the most popular pups, from chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. Choose to add their dog's name to the drawing for a personalized touch. A yoga mat covered in stretching Frenchies Society6 Huebucket Frenchie Yoga Mat, available at Society6, $33Flexible Frenchies show off their yoga skills on this adorable yoga mat. Their favorite pose? Downward-facing dog, of course. An honest mug that works as hard as they do Etsy/Business Insider "I work hard so my dog can have a better life" mug, available at Etsy, from $14.45For anyone with lingering doubts about where a dog parent's disposable income goes, this fully customizable mug spells it out in plain English. No one needs to know that dogs work hard to keep us happy, too. Sloppy kisses and dog hair may not pay the bills but they're worth their weight in gold. A lickable mat for anxiety-reducing enrichment Hyper Pet/Insider Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat 2-pack, available at Chewy and Amazon, $14.95Licking a flavor-filled surface doesn't just release calming endorphins in a dog's brain, it gives them something to focus on when their stress levels become elevated. Spread these dishwasher-safe rubber mats with a soft-and-creamy favorite like yogurt, pumpkin, or peanut butter for a snack that will last and last. Read our full review of the Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mats. A flirt pole for tough tugging thrills Ren Volpe/Business Insider Outward Hound Tail Teaser, available at Chewy and Amazon, $16.99Release the hounds — or their energy, at least — with a doggy flirt pole. Like a beefed-up cat wand, this canine version features a squeaking, rattling faux-fur tail strung with durable nylon cord to a long, flexible pole that can be swung around for a high-speed game of chase, jump, and tug.  A collar from a company that supports and empowers Kenyan artisans Ubuntu Life Triangle Dog Collar in lavender, pink, or cobalt blue, available at Ubuntu Life, $59Yes, this fashion-forward collar produced by Maasai women in Kenya's Ngong Hills looks good, but it does good, too. Ubuntu Life is a public benefit corporation that provides sustainable employment, education, and healthcare to its workers and artisans, as well as pediatric health and special needs education throughout the region. The carefully crafted, highly resilient collar is made from leather and glass beads and comes in three sizes and four colors. A playful seat cover to brighten up the car Chewy Molly Mutt Multi-Use Seat Cover, available at Chewy and Amazon, $59Protect their car from doggy dirt and slobber with a fun toile-like dog patterned seat cover. The versatile cotton canvas can be draped over the back seat (the design features seatbelt slots, nonskid backing and adjustable headrest straps), converted into a car hammock or layered over the cargo hold. A 2-in-1 tool to make bath time less stressful Chewy/Insider Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, available at Chewy and Amazon, $24.95Speed up bath time with this flexible water sprayer and massaging scrubber. The tool slips over the palm, leaving their fingers free to reassure their pup or toggle the built-in on-and-off switch. A smiling bouncy ball that doubles as a puzzle toy Chewy/Insider Rogz Grinz Treat Ball, available at Amazon, from $10.95This durable ball will put a maniacal grin on their pup's face. Bounce it on the ground, float it in the water, or fill it with treats or kibble for extended play. It comes in four bright, impossible to lose colors and three sizes. A vet play set to inspire young animal lovers Amazon Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set, available at Amazon, $24.43Encourage the little animal lover in your life with a play set that lets them practice pet care and the empathy and compassion that comes along with it. This kit comes packed with all they'll need to make a house call, including a stethoscope, syringe, bandages, and a cone of shame, as well as two plush pets to practice on. A gallery-worthy portrait of their beloved pet West & Willow Custom Pet Portrait, available at West & Willow, from $65Immortalize their fur baby with a custom portrait they'll cherish for years to come. Choose from a handful of backgrounds and hardwood frames. Each gallery-quality image can include up to three pets. A cashmere turtleneck for cold weather walks The Barkers Fido Turtleneck, available at The Barkers, $89The beatnik vibes are on point with this cable-knit turtleneck from The Barkers. Made from 100% cashmere, this luxurious dog sweater will have them wishing for a human-sized version all their own. A pack of dogs who love a relaxing bath tandemsy/Society 6 Dog Shower Curtain, available at Society 6, $45.49Add a touch of canine couture to their bathroom with a dog print shower curtain patterned in artistically arranged pups. The polyester 71-by-74-inch curtain comes with 12 buttonholes for easy hanging. A combination backpack and airline approved carrier for versatile adventures Petco Sherpa 2-in-1 Travel Backpack, available at Petco, $52.99Up in the air or on the trail, their dog can go anywhere they do with Sherpa's 2-in-1 travel backpack. The cozy, well-ventilated go bag has removable straps that convert it from a backpack to a traditional airline approved pet carrier that fits under the seat in the cabin. A boho bed cover to rest their weary head The Foggy Dog Amani Sea Dog Bed, available at The Foggy Dog, from $65Upgrade their naps with a mud-cloth inspired, upholstery-grade cotton bed cover. The durable, zip-up doggy duvet can be fitted over an old bed, pillow, or pile of blankets, or you can purchase a new memory foam or "Sustainafill" insert for maximum comfort. It's machine washable and sold in three colors. A book for youngsters about a dog's most valuable superpower Amazon/Business Insider "What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition" by Cat Warren, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $7.99In the young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller "What the Dog Knows," Cat Warren uncovers the science behind the amazing canine nose. If you know a kiddo with a love of dogs, this book full of photos and illustrations is sure to intrigue, surprise, and delight. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 21st, 2021

Science Shaky On School Mask Mandates While Harms Ignored

Science Shaky On School Mask Mandates While Harms Ignored Authored by Nathan Worcester via The Epoch Times, Should children be required to wear masks at school? A review of the costs and benefits, including some of the latest science, does not add much to the case for mandating school masks. First, some basics... The risk of death from COVID-19 among schoolchildren is very, very low. How Low? A Nature study estimating the COVID-19 infection fatality rate (IFR), or proportion of those infected who die, found IFRs of just 0.001 percent in children aged 5–9, and IFRs well below 0.01 percent in all those aged 19 and under. That’s less than one in 10,000 among teenagers and less than one in 100,000 in 5- to 9-year-old children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has advocated masking children aged 2 and up, found that only 460 children had died of COVID-19 between late May 2020 and Sept. 9, 2021 across 45 states, New York City, Guam, and Puerto Rico—0.08 percent of the total number of deaths they counted. Looking again across multiple states, the AAP found that COVID-19 cases among children have surged in recent weeks, growing by 10 percent from 4,797,683 to 5,292,837 between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9—a trend that could be related to the start of in-person schooling. Yet the AAP’s own data shows children are just 0.9 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a rate on par with previous weeks, and down from reported hospitalization rates of 3.8 percent in mid-2020. With all that in mind, what are the benefits of masking children? According to the AAP, those benefits include the “protection of unvaccinated students from COVID-19,” as well as “reduc[ed] transmission.” Yet as described above, COVID-19’s risks for schoolchildren have been, and remain, extremely low. What’s more, vaccines have been made widely available or are even mandated among teachers, who belong to age groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than children—and despite efforts to restrict access to ivermectin, individuals may still be able to obtain the drug, identified as an “essential medicine” by the World Health Organization, as well as other potential therapeutics. Like the AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends universal masking in schools, a change from its previous stance that vaccinated students and teachers do not have to wear masks. (Neither the AAP nor the CDC mention natural immunity in their school masking guidance). They, too, point to transmission as a justification for universal indoor masking, citing the highly transmissible Delta variant. Concerns about transmission come down to two questions: First, how much is widespread COVID-19 transmission driven by children in school, and Second, how well do masks and mask mandates limit transmission? While some scientists have provided evidence that children might play a significant role in community spread, researchers generally agree that children, and especially young children, are not the primary drivers of it. An observational study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that children up to the age of 9 attending school were not major contributors to COVID-19 spread, though the study’s findings on teenagers were more equivocal. A 2020 meta-analysis, or analysis of multiple studies, on COVID-19 susceptibility among young children and adolescents concluded susceptibility was lower in those groups than in adults and offered “weak evidence” that they play a lesser role in population-level transmission. More recently, a 2021 meta-analysis on COVID-19 transmission clusters concluded that children infected in school “are unlikely to spread SARS-CoV-2 to their cohabiting family members.” While the Delta variant appears to be more contagious, driving a rise in CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus-related cases and deaths, many have argued that it is less deadly than the original Alpha strain. This would be in line with the hypothesized trade-off between transmission and virulence, which suggests that pathogens evolve in the direction of spreading farther while also becoming less damaging to their hosts. The effectiveness of masks, and mask mandates, in schools is also a matter of dispute, with mask mandates for students apparently lacking clear support. In his July 30 executive order against mask mandates in Florida schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis argued that “forcing students to wear masks lacks a well-grounded scientific justification,” citing a 2021 preprint that found no correlation between mask mandates and COVID-19 case rates among students and faculty across schools in Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. Yet the authors of that study stressed that their research was limited to just three states, meaning their conclusions may not apply elsewhere. They also emphasized that the masking variation they identified in Florida schools could make their findings “even less generalizable to all U.S. students.” A 2020 report by the CDC itself on elementary schools in Georgia noted that “COVID-19 incidence was 37% lower in schools that required teachers and staff members to use masks.” Crucially, however, the CDC found that mask mandates for students did not have a statistically significant impact on COVID-19 incidence. Here too, the study’s authors noted some limitations to their work; notably, their findings were based on self-reporting, and investigators did not directly examine whether people were using masks. What About Masks More Generally? An early randomized controlled trial of 4,862 adult participants from Denmark did not find that surgical masks reduced COVID-19 infection, although the authors noted that some results were “inconclusive.” On Sept. 1, however, researchers released a working paper detailing a cluster-randomized trial of mask promotion across communities in rural Bangladesh, which involved 600 villages and more than 300,000 individuals, that appeared to support masking. After surveying “all reachable participants” and testing blood from symptomatic individuals, the researchers linked mask promotion to a slight reduction in symptomatic COVID-19 infections. Yet similar to the Danish study, the Bangladesh study was explicitly intended to examine mask-wearing among those “who appear to be 18 years or older”—not the young children or adolescents to whom school mask mandates apply. What, then, are the potential costs of requiring children to be masked at school? An obvious one is cleanliness. “We were almost all taught as children that disposable tissues are good because handkerchiefs are unhygienic and disgusting,” wrote Michael Brendan Dougherty in an article for National Review Online. “But for young children, toddlers in particular, the cotton-jersey masks that they most often wear in schools are just that, a handkerchief pulled over their mouth and nose constantly. They often are disgusting at the end of a day of use.” Unsurprisingly, children’s masks may be a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms, some of them potentially dangerous. One recent analysis from the University of Florida revealed that most masks worn by children in 90-degree-Fahrenheit heat were contaminated with parasites, fungi, and bacteria, including a virus known to cause a fatal systemic disease in deer and cattle. Masks, particularly disposable masks, are also harmful to the environment. With billions of single-use masks being thrown out every day, researchers believe that discarded masks and respirators are adding to plastic pollution—a problem to which school mask mandates can only contribute. Masking and other interventions may also have knock-on effects related to the frequency of other respiratory diseases. The recent, out-of-season spike in pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been tied to the COVID-19 response, with infants and young children who would have otherwise been exposed to RSV at an earlier age now falling ill from it. Masking may also have significant psychological and developmental effects on children. A 2004 article on masking in a pediatric hospital, authored long before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the scientific debate on masking, expanded on some of the psychological hazards for children. “Imagine the impact of a hospital filled with “faceless” people on a young child. Who is smiling? Who is frowning? How do I recognize my doctor? How does my nurse recognize me? Why is everyone so scared of me and my germs?…” “When wearing masks, goggles and/or face shields, non-verbal communication is impaired. Subtle facial cues are absent or can be misread and lip-reading is impossible.” More recently, in a roundtable with Governor DeSantis and other scientists, Stanford professor Dr. Jay Battacharya argued that masking children is both medically unnecessary and “developmentally inappropriate.” “I mean, how do you teach a child to read with a face mask on Zoom? I think children develop by watching other people,” Battacharya said. The controversy over the developmental impact of masking children has even impacted the AAP. In August, Internet users unearthed an AAP webpage emphasizing the developmental importance of face time between parents and babies that had apparently been removed from the organization’s website, along with other AAP webpages describing how babies and young children learn through looking at faces. The AAP responded by explaining that the web pages disappeared as a result of website migration, telling Just the News that “some content areas, including Early Brain and Child Development, are still being organized before they go live on the new platform.” Finally, the practice of mandating masks could be argued to compromise individual and parental autonomy. Advocacy groups such as Utah Parents United have spoken out against school mask mandates, saying that they undermine parental rights and are unnecessary for such a low-risk group, particularly given the availability of vaccines to adult teachers and staff. With all that we know so far, how can we answer these parents? If the benefits of mask mandates do not outweigh the costs, it’s hard to find fault with opposition, or at least skepticism—especially for young schoolchildren, who are at the lowest risk of serious illness and death, and who may be most vulnerable to the uncertain and understudied costs of universal masking and other stringent measures. Tyler Durden Mon, 09/20/2021 - 23:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 21st, 2021

Tucker Carlson called mask-wearing "repulsive" and said parents forcing their children to wear masks in public should be reported for "child abuse"

Carlson called those who voluntarily wear masks outside 'zealots and neurotics' and told people to call the police if they see a child wearing a mask. Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged agai.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytApr 27th, 2021

Rep. Pramila Jayapal revealed she contracted COVID-19 and says "Republicans who cruelly and selfishly refused to wear masks" during the Capitol siege are to blame

Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old cancer survivor starting her third term, also tested positive after sheltering during the riots. Rep. Pramila J.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 12th, 2021

Congresswoman says she tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering during Capitol coup attempt with "several colleagues who refused to wear masks"

Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is a 75-year-old cancer survivor who already received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call A New Jersey represent.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytJan 11th, 2021

Congresswoman says she"s tested positive for COVID after sheltering during Capitol coup attempt with "several colleagues who refused to wear masks"

Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is a 75-year-old cancer survivor who already received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call A New Jersey cong.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytJan 11th, 2021

As Biden Releases 12K Haitians Into US, Thousands More Arrive In Panama For Northbound Trek

As Biden Releases 12K Haitians Into US, Thousands More Arrive In Panama For Northbound Trek Thousands of Haitian migrants have somehow made it to Panama, and have passed through the treacherous jungles of the Darien Gap on their way north to the United States, according to Reuters. According to the report which cites two Panamanian government sources, between 3,500 and 4,000 migrants are passing through 'migration reception stations' in Darien and Chiriqui, according to one source - an official with Panama's security ministry. But wait, there's more: Meanwhile, some 16,000 migrants are stuck in the northern Colombian beach town of Necocli, awaiting their turn on limited boat transport toward the Darien Gap, where smugglers guide groups through one of the most dangerous and impassable regions of Latin America. read more Colombia and Panama agreed last month that 500 migrants could cross per day, but local officials have repeatedly urged them to raise the quota, saying it is far too low to keep pace with the up to 1,500 migrants who arrive in town daily. -Reuters Meanwhile, the Biden administration has released around 12,000 Haitians into the United States - unvaccinated, while school children are forced to wear masks and unvaccinated Americans are losing their jobs because... science. More from Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that a significant number of Haitian illegal immigrants who had amassed along the U.S.-Mexico border last week are being released into the United States. About 12,400 out of 17,000 Haitians are having their cases heard by immigration courts, Mayorkas said, adding that about 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Only approximately 3,000 are in detention, he said. “Approximately, I think it’s about ten thousand or so, twelve thousand,” Mayorkas told “Fox News Sunday” when he was asked about the number of Haitian illegal aliens who have been released into the interior of the United States. The number could rise as 5,000 more cases are processed, he remarked further. Mayorkas added that the figure of those being released “could be even higher” and added that the “number that are returned could be even higher.” Striking a defensive tone, Mayorkas said, “What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it.” “Legislative reform is needed,” he said, adding that the U.S. “immigration system is broken.” The Department of Justice in 2017 previously estimated that about 43 percent of illegal aliens released into the U.S. miss their immigration court hearings. When asked about what will happen to the 12,000 who were released in the past week, Mayorkas said that “it is our intention to remove” those aliens. “We have enforcement guidelines in place that provide that individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities, and will be removed,” Mayorkas said. Last week, more than 15,000 Haitians congregated underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, and essentially constructed a shantytown before numerous local officials sounded the alarm that a humanitarian crisis was brewing. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas updates reporters on the effort to resettle vulnerable Afghans in the United States, in Washington on Sept. 3, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) DHS officials, including Mayorkas, on Sept. 24 said that the encampment under the bridge was cleared out. A day later, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that the Texas border crossing will be partially reopened. The agency also said it is planning to continue flights to Haiti throughout the weekend, ignoring criticism from Democratic lawmakers and some progressive groups. The number of people at the Del Rio encampment peaked last weekend as migrants driven by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media converged at the border crossing. While Mayorkas and other White House officials have asserted that the border is closed, Republicans have said that the administration’s decisions to rescind a number of Trump-era immigrant orders have triggered a surge of illegal immigration. All the while, Mayorkas and other senior officials have dedicated a significant amount of time in news conferences condemning some Border Patrol agents who were seen on horseback near Haitians who illegally crossed the border. The photographer who shot those pictures last week said that the agents were not whipping the migrants, as some officials and Democratic lawmakers had claimed. “Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses,” photographer Paul Ratje told local station KTSM, explaining the situation on the ground. “I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” he said, referring to the agents. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.” Tyler Durden Sun, 09/26/2021 - 16:00.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt10 hr. 37 min. ago

I flew American Airlines to Europe for the first time during the pandemic and found it"s back to normal with bad food, uncomfortable seats, and free alcohol

American did a great job of getting me to Madrid on time but the flight was far from memorable. One thing I didn't miss was the bad airplane food. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American Airlines is one of four US carriers flying overseas to Europe and has recently started increasing services as more countries open to American tourists. Transatlantic flights are pretty much back to normal, besides having to wear a mask. Hot meals and alcohol are once again served in all cabins including economy class. See more stories on Insider's business page. American Airlines is one of the leading US carriers flying between the US and Europe, especially from its international gateway in New York. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The summer before the pandemic saw American fly to 23 European destinations from the US. Fast forward to the summer of 2021, however, and that number stood at 11 as American wasn't as quick to rebuild in Europe following its reopening. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: Cirium But even still, American has maintained service to core cities like London; Madrid; and Rome, while opening new routes including New York-Athens. Athens, Greece. Shutterstock Read More: American and JetBlue just unveiled a new partnership with 33 new routes combined— here's what it means for travelers And American has proved to be an inexpensive option when crossing the pond, as I found when planning a recent work trip to Doha, Qatar with flights on American, British Airways, and Qatar Airways. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: Gulfstream just debuted its new $75 million ultra-long-range plane that's also the world's largest purpose-built private jet: Meet the G700 I flew American Airlines from New York to Madrid during the summer of vaccinated travel. Here's what it was like. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I booked a flight on American Airlines despite the airline canceling thousands of flights this summer – here's how I'm preparing for the worst After recent bad experiences on American, I was a bit nervous to fly the carrier overseas. I made sure to do extra research on backup options in case something went wrong, and even arrived at the airport four hours early. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I was stranded in Bogotá airport for 10 hours and it taught me the true value of credit card perks and not taking no for an answer But having flown American internationally earlier in the summer, I knew how to prepare. The first step was to download Verifly, American's preferred health passport service that speeds along airport check-in and document verification. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I submitted all my required documentation and got the green light. As a result, check-in at the airport was less painful than expected as I was able to use a self-serve kiosk to get my boarding pass. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider For those checking a bag, though, there was a bit of a line, as is usually the case in international terminals. I was glad to have only brought a carry-on. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I was instantly relieved once I had my boarding pass and headed straight to the gate with only a minimal line at security. I felt silly having arrived four hours before departure but as the old saying goes, better safe than sorry. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider One benefit of flying out of American's Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is that Bobby Van's Steakhouse is open, and Priority Pass members through Chase can get a free meal. I had the burger and it was delicious. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I used a credit perk to dine for nearly free at an airport restaurant and it's my new favorite travel hack The rest of the concourse was quiet as I arrived before the bulk of the evening overseas departures. Even still, there were shops and restaurants open for business in a good sign for the industry. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I headed straight to the gate after lunch and got my first glimpse at the aircraft taking us to Spain, the mighty Boeing 777-200. American now only flies Boeing 777 aircraft between New York and Europe in a win for business class and first class customers that get to enjoy the airline's best premium cabin products. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Pandemic-era safety measures including social distancing floor placards and plexiglass portions at the gate counter were still on display. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Boarding began around 45 minutes prior to departure in American's standard group boarding procedure. Most US airlines have abandoned back-to-front boarding. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American's Boeing 777-200 aircraft seat 273 passengers across three cabins, with classes of service including business, premium economy, and economy. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: SeatGuru In economy, seats are arranged in a 10-abreast, 3-4-3 configuration that's standard for most airlines flying the 777. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Seat pitch in economy is between 31 and 32 inches, according to SeatGuru, while seat width is a standard 17 inches. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: SeatGuru I booked this flight quite late and there weren't too many seats from which to choose that didn't require paying an extra fee. American isn't alone in the practice of charging for advance seat assignments on long-haul flights but I despise the practice as these tickets are expensive enough as it is. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider But to American's credit, there were a good showing of complimentary aisle and window seats towards the back of the plane from which to select. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider And to my surprise, the most unique seats in economy were available for selection. The last three rows on this aircraft are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration meaning there are six two-seat pairs. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I thought I had lucked out by selecting one of them but my excitement was short-lived. Simply put, these seats were not the most comfortable for a larger traveler. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The small width didn't help and I felt like I was taking up part of the seat next to me. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider One thing that could've helped was if the armrest for the window seat was moveable, but it was fixed in place. I was so close to the seat in front of me that my tray table couldn't even lay flat (a problem I didn't have on the other carriers on which I flew during this trip). Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider My top concern was having enough room once my seat neighbor arrived. But I lucked out and had both seats to myself as nobody showed up to claim the other. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider There was a gap between the seat and the cabin wall which offered some additional legroom and a place to store the pillow and blanket kit left on the seat. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American is quite generous with seat features on its wide-body aircraft. Each seat has an 8.9-inch in-flight entertainment screen with a variety of movies, television shows, games, and music. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The moving map proved handy during the flight to keep track of our location. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider A tethered remote is also available to control the system and act as a game controller or keyboard for the seat-to-seat chat function. It also comes in handy when scrolling through content since the touch functionality is quite poor in that regard. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider In-flight WiFi is also available on the aircraft for a price. And for those using devices during the flight, in-seat power is offered through USB charging ports and 110v C power outlets at seats. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The rest of the aircraft was quite full, which surprised me as it was quite late in the season for transatlantic travel. Some passengers were visiting family and friends while others were starting their study abroad term. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Bad weather in New York wreaked a bit of havoc on the airport but we weren't overly affected. I was quite relieved that our departure was pretty close to on time as I had a connection to make in Madrid. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The storm did, however, make for some great views as we blasted out of New York. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Madrid is quite a short flight from New York and while I wanted to go straight to sleep, I did want to see what the meal service was like. This was the first time I'd had a hot meal on American during the pandemic. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider As I waited for the service to begin, I had a look at what was on offer in the movie department. American had quite a good selection in all categories, and I ultimately picked "The Vault." Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider First attendants started the drink service first with a selection of soft drinks, juices, wine, and beer. Alcohol isn't currently served in economy on American's domestic flights but it flows freely on transatlantic hops. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I ordered a club soda along with some red wine to help ease my sleep after the meal. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Next came the meal service as flight attendants quickly passed out the trays. I felt like I was being served in a cafeteria as one flight attendant curtly asked, "chicken or pasta?" Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I unwrapped the entree to find that not much has changed at all when it comes to American's economy catering. The chicken dish was accompanied by a side salad, cheese and crackers, and a cinnamon dessert bar. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I couldn't describe the chicken beyond that it was served in a tomato-based sauce. I enjoyed the sides more than the main and was glad I had the burger at Bobby Van's before the flight. Next time, I think I'll head straight to sleep. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Flight attendants were very quick to complete the meal service, though, and got it done in under an hour and a half. The flight to Madrid is only six hours and 30 minutes so every second counts. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Ready for bed with a full stomach, I used the pillow and blanket that American had left on the seat and did my best to get comfortable. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Another downside of the two-seat row is that there's a gap between the seat and window, making propping a pillow up against the cabin wall near-impossible. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider But even then, it wasn't too difficult to get to sleep and I woke just before breakfast was served. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Flight attendants once more came around to serve drinks first, followed by a pre-packaged cold breakfast. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider On offer for the optimistic morning meal included Chobani strawberry yogurt, a raspberry fig bar, and coconut cashew granola. All in all, it was quite standard but still enjoyable. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The flight to Madrid was nearing its end and I can't say I was upset to see it go. American did a great job of getting me to Spain on time but the in-flight experience was exactly what I expected it to be. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I did appreciate the modernity of the aircraft and the efficiency of the crew but there wasn't anything memorable about this flight. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Besides having to wear a mask, though, I'd say that American is back to normal on these flights, for better or worse. 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Category: topSource: businessinsider14 hr. 21 min. ago

I"ve tested more than a dozen air fryers and this Philips version is the only one that cooks large dishes with ease - here"s why I"m a convert

The Philips XXL Airfryer can make a number of delicious dishes with ease, and the spacious interior can easily hold up to 3 pounds of food. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Philips Twin's TurboStar XXL Airfryer holds 3 pounds of food, cooks quickly, and is dishwasher safe. It's pricey (normally $350, but currently on sale for $300), but worth it if you often cook large dishes. It comes with an app loaded with hundreds of recipes so you can get the most out of the appliance. Amazon Table of Contents: Masthead StickyTwin TurboStar XXL Airfryer (small)In 2010, Philips introduced the first air fryer at a consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany. Since then, the appliance has taken off with dozens of brands introducing different styles.Related Article Module: The 5 best air fryers we tested in 2021I was hesitant to try the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL for several reasons, including that it regularly costs $350 - it's one of the most expensive options. It's currently on sale for $300 at Amazon, so note that prices may fluctuate constantly. But after using it dozens of times over the past six months, I can say unequivocally that it's the best air fryer on the market.Below, I will explore what makes it better than the competition.SpecsThe Twin TurboStar XXL lives up to the XXL in its name with a footprint of 12 inches wide, 17 inches deep, and 12 inches tall. It has an impressive temperature range of 175 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can adjust the temp in 25-degree increments using the dial on the front. The dial lets you set the timer (between 1 and 60 minutes) and choose among presets, including defrost, chicken, steak, fish, and cake. The large, LCD screen display shows you the temp and time remaining in the cooking process.The air fryer comes with a beautiful recipe book complete with full-color photos. There are more than 30 recipes and you can access over 200 more by downloading the app.Philips backs this air fryer with a one-year limited warranty.Set-up processThe set-up process was effortless.After removing the packaging, I washed the basket and pan with soap and water. I then let the air fryer run for a few minutes to warm up. Within 10 minutes of opening the box, I had potstickers baking. They came out pretty good, but I think I'll stick with the stovetop method. Despite being healthier, they were missing the steamed goodness. However, there were several other plates the air fryer knocked out of the park.What makes the Philips air fryer stand outWhat impresses me most about the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer is that it combines size with fast cooking. The stated capacity of the air fryer is 3 pounds or 4 quarts of food, and in my experience, this is conservative. I had no problem fitting three pounds of chicken breasts in the basket without crowding. There are three food items I test in all air fryers: toast, french fries, and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The chicken breasts just needed 25 minutes, and they tasted juicy and delicious. To test the french fry capabilities, I cut up 2 pounds of yellow potatoes, tossed them with a tablespoon of olive oil and some seasoning, and put them in the air fryer. Every 10 minutes, I'd shake the basket up and see if they were done. The fries took a little less than 30 minutes, which is impressive compared to other models I've tested.The toast was also quite fast by air fryer standards. In less than 4 minutes, the Twin TurboStar XXL evenly toasted a giant slice of my homemade bread, which I'd made in the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker.You can also tell how well an air fryer bakes by how much heat it puts off. If the air fryer is emitting a lot of heat around the exterior, then it's heating your house and not cooking efficiently. The Philips air fryer stays cool to the touch everywhere except the back of the appliance, where it's incredibly hot. Target I've tested a dozen air fryers in the last year, and the recipe books always underestimate how long the dishes will take to cook. This is not the case with the Philips recipe book. I tried recipes for fries, drumsticks, and fish, and they were all accurate and scrumptious. I love that the parts of the air fryer that get the dirtiest - like the basket, mesh bottom, "fat reducer" tray, and pan - are dishwasher safe. They were easy to clean in my dishwasher, and I haven't noticed any wear from using this cleaning method.Cons to considerI did have a little issue with the Twin TurboStar XXL releasing a fair amount of smoke while cooking. This likely had to do with me going a little overboard with the amount of olive oil I used for a recipe. After thoroughly cleaning the unit and testing again, the smoke problem went away. So, the moral of the story is to go light on the oil. I recommend picking up an inexpensive oil mister. Unlike most air fryers, the Philips air fryer doesn't come with accessories, such as a rack or skewers. The company sells these separately. I didn't miss having accessories, but if you're paying $250 for a small appliance, you'd expect it to come with plenty of extras so it seemed like an oversight here.The bottom lineFrom being able to cook family-size meals efficiently to cleaning up easily, the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer hits all the right notes. But should you buy it? Are there more affordable and perfectly serviceable alternatives? Let's explore your options.Should you buy the Philips air fryer?Even though it's the best I've tested, $250 is a lot to spend on an air fryer. However, if you have the money and want the best, the Twin TurboStar XXL is the model to buy, especially if you want a unit that can cook larger quantities of food quickly.Due to its size, it may not be ideal for individuals with smaller kitchens, but it could be a good alternative if you don't have room for an oven.Which model should you get?You can save $100 off the price of the digital XXL by choosing the analog model. The only difference is you don't get the convenient digital interface. Instead, you set the appliance by manually adjusting the time and temperature dials. Philips makes a few other air fryer models, including its XL Collection and compact solutions, but we don't feel they provide as strong of a balance of price and cooking abilities as the XXL air fryers. However, if you really want a Philips air fryer but want to limit your spending, consider the compact Philips Starfish Technology Airfryer, which only costs $120 and has a smaller footprint than the XXL.What are your alternatives?If the Philips air fryer doesn't appeal to you, I've found the following to be excellent alternatives:Secura Extra Large Capacity Air Fryer ($84.99): At less than a third of the price of the Twin TurboStar XXL, the Secura air fryer is a workhorse that can hold 4.2-quarts of food. The oven is 1,500 watts and cooks quickly. The controls are basic analog. Still, this is a terrific alternative if you want to see what air frying is all about but aren't ready to commit to a more expensive unit. You can read my full review here.Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie ($90.99): One of the best-tasting and healthiest foods you can make in an air fryer is chicken. And the Chefman Roaster evenly roasts a whole chicken on a rotisserie spit. While this unit has an impressive capacity, digital controls, and a helpful window for tracking the progress of your food, it heats slowly and inefficiently. Tobox Electric 1500W Digital Air Fryer ($149.99): The Tobox air fryer stands out because it has digital controls, preprogrammed settings, and can hold 3.8 quarts of food. Also, thanks to the well-ventilated design of the basket, the hot air flows freely to efficiently air fry your meal. Unfortunately, the vents make the basket hard to clean. Overall, there are several outstanding alternatives available, but if you have it in your budget, we strongly recommend picking up the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer. You will appreciate how quickly it cooks large meals and how effortless it is to clean up.Pros: 4-quart capacity, TurboStar design facilitates faster cooking, dishwasher safe, digital interface, full-color recipe bookCons: Expensive, doesn't come with accessories, smoking may occur if too much oil is usedTwin TurboStar XXL Airfryer (button)Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 24th, 2021

North Carolina Hospital System Suspends Hundreds Of Employees After COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

North Carolina Hospital System Suspends Hundreds Of Employees After COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times, A North Carolina health care system said it suspended hundreds of its employees after the firm implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, adding that workers who refuse to get vaccinated after five days will be fired. “Beginning this week, approximately 375 team members—across 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities—have been confirmed to be non-compliant and are not able to report to work,” stated a press release from Novant Health, which is based in North Carolina but operates in other states. “They will have an opportunity to comply over a five day, unpaid suspension period,” the release said. “If a team member remains non-compliant after this suspension period, he or she will have their employment with Novant Health terminated.” The firm then claimed that about 98.5 percent of its workforce are compliant with the policy, meaning they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers who started a two-dose vaccine series have until Oct. 15 to get the second shot, Novant said. Employees who have an exemption are required to get weekly COVID-19 testing, as well as wear N95 masks and eye protection, it added. In a similar move, 125 workers with Indiana University Health, the biggest hospital system in the state, parted ways with the company, according to a news release issued last week. Those workers, it said, did not comply with the firm’s vaccine mandate. “Indiana University Health has put the safety and well-being of patients and team members first by requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1,” the company said in a Sept. 16 statement. “After a two-week unpaid suspension period ending Sept. 14, a total of 125 employees, the equivalent of 61 full-time employees, chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have left the organization.” It comes as President Joe Biden on Sept. 9 announced he would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to penalize companies with 100 or more employees if they do not comply with his administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Under the mandate, details of which have not been released, private-sector workers would have to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing. The president also said he would mandate that all health care workers who are employed at facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding get vaccinated. Republican leaders, as well as some union bosses, have criticized Biden for the announcement and said it’s tantamount to federal overreach. Some governors and state attorneys general have threatened to file lawsuits against the mandate. What happened to "heroes!"? Tyler Durden Thu, 09/23/2021 - 18:20.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytSep 23rd, 2021

Following Mandate, United Airlines Says 97% of U.S. Employees Are Fully Vaccinated

United Airlines says more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now that there is less than a week before a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The airline said Wednesday that the new figure does not include a “small number” of employees who are seeking a medical or… United Airlines says more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now that there is less than a week before a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The airline said Wednesday that the new figure does not include a “small number” of employees who are seeking a medical or religious exemption from vaccination. “Vaccine requirements work,” United said in a memo to employees. The airline said last month that up to 90% of pilots and nearly 80% of flight attendants were vaccinated, but it did not give a companywide figure at the time. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] United said it will start termination proceedings against unvaccinated employees as soon as next Tuesday. The airline is among a small group of companies that announced they would require vaccinations even before Sept. 9, when President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly testing for the virus. Last month, United set a deadline of Sept. 27 – next Monday — for its 67,000 U.S.-based employees to get vaccinated or face termination. However, employees who apply unsuccessfully for an exemption could get more time. They will have five weeks after their denial to get vaccinated. Chicago-based United declined to give a precise figure for how many workers have asked for an exemption and whether any requests have been granted. Employees who win an exemption will be placed on leave beginning Oct. 2. Some could come back if they wear masks and are tested weekly, although the timing of their return is uncertain......»»

Category: topSource: timeSep 22nd, 2021

The $500 iPhone 11 is the new king of budget iPhones

Even though it costs $100 more, it's now easier to recommend the iPhone 11 than the iPhone SE for most people. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The purple iPhone 11’s glass back Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider Apple reduced the price of the iPhone 11 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13. The iPhone 11's lower price and superior design, camera, and battery life makes it a better deal than the $400 iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is still the obvious choice for people who specifically prefer smaller screens. In a smart move to draw in anyone who likes a good deal, Apple kept the iPhone 11 on its roster and reduced its price from $600 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13. Back when the iPhone XR was still around as the "big budget iPhone" option, it was easily argued that the iPhone SE 2020 posed better value. Mainly, the iPhone SE had a newer and more powerful A13 Bionic processor compared to the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR also didn't sweeten the deal with extra camera performance, and it had a single-lens camera, like the iPhone SE 2020.Indeed, the $500 iPhone XR was an awkward phone to recommend when the iPhone SE 2020 was $100 less and had a better processor. Apart from a larger screen, longer battery life, and a newer design, the iPhone XR didn't really have that much going for it last year.The iPhone 11, originally released two years ago in September 2019, has dethroned both the iPhone XR and SE as budget iPhone king. It has the same A13 Bionic processor as the iPhone SE, and comes with suitable reasons for costing $100 more, which isn't a terrible amount to even save up for.iPhone 11 (small)Here's why the iPhone 11, not the iPhone SE, is the new king of budget iPhones for most people: The iPhone SE 2020 is for people who like smaller screens, whereas the iPhone 11 is for 'most people' The purple iPhone 11, shown held in hand, is arguably the perfect size that can please those who prefer smaller screens, as well as those who prefer larger screens. Crystal Cox/Business Insider The iPhone SE 2020 and its 4.7-inch screen is a dream come true for iPhone fans who like the smaller form factor. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 and its 6.1-inch screen suits a wider range of users. It's the "Goldilocks" screen size that fans of both smaller and larger screens can feel comfortable with. That's why we say the iPhone 12, not the iPhone 12 Mini, is the best iPhone "for most people." The iPhone 11 has better battery life The glass back of the yellow iPhone 11. Crystal Cox/Business Insider The smaller the phone, the shorter its battery life. Reviewers and users alike have noticed that the iPhone SE's battery life often has them wanting more. We found that the iPhone SE would last about a work day with above-average usage, but we'd need to charge it so it would last until the end of the day more comfortably. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, lasted us a day and a half before we felt the need to plug it in. The iPhone 11 has better cameras than the iPhone SE Taking a photo of a purple flower via the iPhone 11's camera app on-screen viewfinder Crystal Cox/Business Insider The biggest difference between the two phones' cameras is that the iPhone SE has a single camera, while the iPhone 11 has a dual-lens camera that includes a standard wide lens and an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. That ultra-wide lens gives the iPhone 11 more versatility for taking beautiful photos, but the iPhone 11 also takes better photos in general. We found that the iPhone SE's camera is similar in quality to the 2018 iPhone XR. That's to say that the iPhone SE's camera is still pretty good, but not as good as the iPhone 11's. There's no comparing the selfie camera between the two phones, either. The iPhone 11's 12-megapixel selfie camera with Smart HDR takes decidedly superior selfies than the iPhone SE's 8-megapixel selfie camera without Smart HDR. The iPhone SE's design really is getting old The iPhone 12 Mini on the left and iPhone SE 2020 on the right shows how the iPhone SE's design is dated. Business Insider/Lisa Eadicicco You could easily mistake the iPhone SE 2020 for the iPhone 6 that came out in 2014. The big borders above and below the screen give the iPhone SE a dated look that doesn't really belong in 2021. Some people won't care, but the reality is that more people do. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 looks like a modern iPhone with its edge-to-edge screen. The iPhone SE is still a great budget phone that shouldn't be dismissed The iPhone SE's Touch ID sensor. Apple The iPhone SE has a time and a place for those of you who "just want a new iPhone" for as little as possible, and don't mind so much about fancy ultra-wide cameras or edge-to-edge displays. Plus, there's a small but vocal minority who do not like Face ID on the newer iPhones and swear by the old-fashioned and reliable Touch ID. Chances are there won't be another iPhone released with Touch ID.iPhone 11 (small) Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 22nd, 2021

Halloween store looks for a treat after cruel COVID trick

Adelaide Polsinelli is looking to work her magic on the Halloween store at 808 Broadway. COVID has been the final nail in the coffin for Halloween Adventure in the East Village (pictured top), which has been the ghostly go-to for New Yorkers for two decades. With revelry cancelled, the local... The post Halloween store looks for a treat after cruel COVID trick appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. Adelaide Polsinelli is looking to work her magic on the Halloween store at 808 Broadway. COVID has been the final nail in the coffin for Halloween Adventure in the East Village (pictured top), which has been the ghostly go-to for New Yorkers for two decades. With revelry cancelled, the local haunt has lost an estimated $2 million in sales and announced earlier this year that 2021 would be its last Halloween at the store. The owners have tapped Polsinelli to sell their ground floor, block-through, retail condo that currently houses two floors jam-packed with costumes, props, masks and magic, confirming they will be spirited away when a new owner takes over. “The pandemic dealt a major setback to New York City and the shift in retail shopping patterns to e-commerce, added a double blow to an already struggling retail market,” said Polsinelli, who nevertheless, sees a silver lining in the upheaval. “We are finally seeing signs of a strong resurgence as more retailers commit to long-term positions,” she said. “This boost in activity is just what Manhattan needs to remind retailers and investors that we are in a once-in-a-cycle opportunity and, as we turn the corner on COVID, more businesses will be placing bets on real estate.” Polsinelli expects the retail condo at the base of 808 Broadway, also known as 104-110 Fourth Avenue, is likely to cast a spell on a market rising from the ashes of COVID. “It’s an exceptional opportunity,” she said of the unit. “With 80 ft. of frontage on Fourth Avenue and 40 ft. on Broadway, it’s ideal for multi-tenanted use as well as any combination of owner-user possibilities. The expansive size along with 16 ft. high ceilings, makes it suitable for not only retail, but also medical, educational and office uses.” Located at the crossroads of Greenwich Village and the East Village, the property has entrances on both Avenues. Situated midblock, on Broadway between 11th and 12th Streets, its’ close to Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, the Greenmarket and the Union Square transit hub. Right at the center of NYU’s campus, it’s also near Beth Israel Medical Center and the new tech hub at 1 Union Square. All in, the retail condo totals 25,000 s/f, of which, 18,000 s/f is legal retail selling space. 10,000 s/f is ground floor retail which is duplexed with an 8,000 s/f lower level. There is another 7,000 s/f of sub- basement space. The building was constructed in 1887 with Gothic Revival detail by James Renwick Jr., who also designed the adjacent Grace Church and iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The present seven-story, block-through building was converted to apartments in 1981 and renamed The Renwick, in honor of its architect. Family owned and operated for over 65 years, New York Costume Halloween Adventure is the largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of Halloween costumes and accessories in the world. The company has two other locations in Pennsylvania. Busy Philipps as Sheba Goodman in the Halloween episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt filmed inside the 25,000 s/f retail condo. Image via Netflix. As well as being a local landmark, the Broadway store is a star in its own right, appearing in movies Six Degrees of Separation and The Dummy and featuring as a backdrop in an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In an episode of Friends, Joey pays a visit to the store during a search for a Christmas costume. Polsinelli has listed to condo at $15.95 million. The post Halloween store looks for a treat after cruel COVID trick appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklySep 22nd, 2021

Amazon has handed $100,000 cash prizes or cars worth as much as $40,000 to 8 employees who proved they were vaccinated against COVID-19

Amazon and Whole Foods workers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter a company sweepstake to win prizes of up to $500,000 in cash. A worker packs a customer order at an Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images Amazon said it's handed cars or $100,000 cash prizes to eight of its frontline workers. The winners entered a sweepstake restricted to employees who prove they're vaccinated against COVID-19. Two grand prizes of $500,000 each are still up for grabs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon said it's handed cars or $100,000 cash prizes to a handful of frontline workers who entered a company lottery restricted to fully-vaccinated employees.In recent posts on Amazon Vest Life, an official Instagram account for Amazon associates, the retailer said it had awarded eight prizes as part of its "Max-Your-Vax" sweepstake.Amazon does not mandate vaccinations for its workers but appears to be using Max-Your-Vax to encourage frontline employees to get the shots. The company employs 950,000 people in the US.According to a post Monday on Amazon Vest Life, four warehouse workers and one Whole Foods employee were each awarded cars worth up to $40,000. A post shared by The Amazon Vest Life (@amazonvestlife) Last week, the same account said two Amazon workers and one Whole Foods employee had each been awarded $100,000 cash prizes, and were the first winners in the sweepstake.Last week's post said two grand prizes, each of $500,000, would be awarded on October 7 and 14. To enter into the sweepstake, Amazon and Whole Foods hourly frontline staff in the US must upload proof of full vaccination to the company's internal portal. There is a maximum of one prize per participant, according to the rules.Amazon launched Max-Your-Vax in August. The sweepstake also offers vaccinated employees the chance to win a vacation valued at $12,000 plus 40 hours of paid time off.Bloomberg reported in August that Amazon estimated the program would cost it about $2 million overall.In July, an Amazon spokesperson told Insider it was scaling back on-site testing for COVID-19. The retail giant still requires workers to wear masks inside its warehouses, even if they're vaccinated.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 22nd, 2021

Some of the best hotels in Las Vegas aren"t on the Strip - here"s where to find a great stay starting at $30

Here's where to stay off the Strip in Las Vegas, including cheap and luxury hotels near Downtown, Fremont Street, Summerlin, Henderson, and Red Rocks. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Tripadvisor The Las Vegas Strip draws millions, but locals know that's not the real heart of the city. Downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and suburbs are more authentic with cheaper casinos and hotels. Some of the best Las Vegas hotels are off-Strip, from retro motels to luxury amid the Red Rocks. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyThe Las Vegas Strip is the city's glitzy, showy draw, luring millions of tourists each year. But it's hardly the sole attraction.As a Las Vegas local, I want you to know there's much more to this wonderful city than just what you'll find along Las Vegas Boulevard. And while you can (and should) enjoy time on the Strip, going off-Strip will show you a part of the city you've never experienced, one that's neighborhood-centric, artsy, outdoorsy, and filled with character.As such, the next time you're looking for a Las Vegas hotel, consider an off-Strip hotel. From historic Fremont Street hotels that lean into a vintage Vegas aesthetic to luxurious desert escapes with spas and pools, these off-Strip hotels also boast lower prices and gaming minimums than their Las Vegas Boulevard counterparts. Browse all the best off-Strip Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:The best off-Strip hotels in Las VegasFAQ: Las Vegas hotelsHow we selected the best off-Strip hotels in Las VegasMore of the best places to stay in Las VegasThese are the best off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high. El Cortez Hotel & Casino This property dating back to 1941 is the longest continuously-running casino in Las Vegas. Tripadvisor Book El Cortez Hotel & CasinoCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: Downtown Typical starting/peak price: $30/$125Best for: Groups of friends, solo travelers, couplesOn-site amenities: 24-restaurant known for its shrimp cocktail and prime rib, bars with live entertainment, spa, beauty salon, old-school barbershop, casino, sportsbookPros: This is a very budget-friendly option in the heart of the trendy Fremont East District that will be enticing to history buffs. The 1941 era property is the longest continuously-running casino in Las Vegas.Cons: This is an older property that is showing its age. You will either find it charming or hopelessly dated. There's also no pool.Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the El Cortez and its pink neon cursive sign harken back to the early days of Las Vegas. The Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture stands out in a city increasingly defined by steel and glass.Step inside and find a dimly lit casino, a lobby bar with a live piano, and no-frills rooms. Amenities are limited. There's no pool and the retail space is just a small general store.Most people who appreciate the El Cortez do so because they either like the history or the low prices. For something more modern, book a room at the El Cortez Cabana Suites, the 64-room sister property across the street with tufted white headboards, green walls, marble bathrooms, and a fitness center.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino Vibrant, bright colors create a tropical look on the aptly named Citrus Pool Deck. Tripadvisor Book Downtown Grand Hotel & CasinoCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak price: $33/$217Best for: Couples, groups of friends, locals On-site amenities: Lively rooftop pool, bars, restaurants, live entertainment, meeting and event spacePros: The 3rd Street location gives easy access to stellar restaurants and the Mob Museum is just across the street. Also, the hotel's rooftop pool has dreamy views come sunset.Cons: The on-site Art Bar, which has paintings hanging from the ceiling, used to be an under-the-radar cocktail lounge, but in recent years, the resort has served continental breakfast there, which feels like a downgrade.Can't decide between the raucous Fremont Street Experience and the slightly more chill East Fremont District? Then try the Downtown Grand, which expertly straddles that line.The recently expanded property (the hotel's 495-room Gallery Tower opened in September 2020) still feels boutique despite the budget price tag. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with white walls, geometric accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows.The real highlight is the Citrus Grand Pool Deck, which was voted the best of Las Vegas' best Downtown hotel pool in 2020. When I first moved to Vegas, I whiled away many a desert afternoon at this rooftop oasis; I love the cocktail program and the city views. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Oasis at Gold Spike Known for its party scene, the pool at Gold Spike is a lively one. Booking.com Book Oasis at Gold SpikeCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak price: $35/$149Best for: Groups of friends, solo travelers, young professionalsOn-site amenities: Pool, bike rentals, restaurant, bar, coworking space, fitness center, backyard area with gamesPros: This hotel is vibrant and social. It's not just close to the party; this is the party. Plus, unique rooms include a solar-powered trailer and the penthouse where the 31st season of The Real World was filmed.Cons: This hotel can be very loud (especially on weekends) and rooms are small.Like a lot of things in Downtown Las Vegas, the Oasis at Gold Spike (formerly the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino) used to be a little bit seedy. Now, it's a millennial/Gen Z hangout with a vinyl soundtrack, a coworking space that turns into a house party at night, and 130 hotel rooms. Notably absent: a casino.Staying here is like staying at a deliberately cool hostel, minus the bunk beds. You'll have your own room, but it'll be small and basic, simply a place to crash after staying out all night. Then you'll wake up, grab a cocktail from the 24-hour bar, and hit the pool.The Oasis at Gold Spike is also steps from all of the bars and restaurants on Fremont Street, so there's much to explore within walking distance, although to be honest, on most nights, the best party is right here.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Plaza Hotel & Casino An iconic mural keeps watch over the pool at this equally iconic hotel. Tripadvisor Book The Plaza Hotel & CasinoCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak price: $39/$145Best for: Groups of friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Rooftop pool with pickleball court, an outdoor equestrian center that hosts rodeos, bingo, bars, restaurants including a steakhouse that was seen in the movie "Casino"Pros: This budget-friendly hotel has a prime Fremont Street location with unique amenities (name another Downtown hotel that hosts the National Finals Rodeo; you can't) and great views.Cons: The Plaza opened in 1971 and despite a $35 million renovation in 2010, the property still shows signs of wear, particularly in guest hallways and rooms. Nearly every Las Vegas local (and many a visitor) has taken a photo beneath the twinkling gold lights at the entrance to The Plaza. This backdrop, like the hotel itself, is classic Las Vegas.The 995-room property excels by leaning into the 70's vintage vibe hard. From the banana-leaf wallpaper at the coffee shop to the retro Palm Springs-inspired rooftop pool lounge, The Plaza will feel like a Killers music video if you're a young traveler (Spoiler: It was actually in a Killers music video) and you will unironically enjoy the bingo, smoky casino, and showgirl-bespeckled carpet.In some places, The Plaza feels retro in all the right ways — the steakhouse overlooking Fremont Street, the colorful pool area — in other places, such as the 325-square-foot Deluxe rooms, it feels dated and spartan. Spring for a renovated room (especially one of the Pool Patio rooms which includes a private covered patio) or request one of the newer Luxe rooms, which come with voice-activated Amazon Echoes.COVID-19 procedures are available here. M Resort Spa & Casino The 100,000 square-foot pool complex has two infinity pools including a family-friendly pool and a separate day club pool that hosts parties. Tripadvisor Book M Resort Spa & CasinoCategory: Luxury Neighborhood: HendersonTypical starting/peak price: $78/$345Best for: Families, localsOn-site amenities: Pool with summer parties, spa, fitness center, restaurants including a steakhouse and artisan bakery, lounge with UFC viewing partiesPros: M Resort has a locally-loved pool and a location that is convenient for activities in the Henderson area. Rooms are quiet and have unique views.Cons: The surrounding area isn't much of a destination — think suburban sprawl.A staycation favorite among locals, M Resort has a 100,000 square-foot pool complex with two infinity pools. There's a family-friendly pool and a separate day club pool that hosts parties that allow guests to have the option of both a party environment and a more mellow one.Because the property is located south of the Strip in the Henderson area, rooms feature unique views. They're modern and luxe, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, power blinds, and raw wooden decor. On-site restaurants are also a bright spot; find everything from a deli to a steakhouse, and a Raiders-themed bar and grill, which is a popular recent addition.The M Resort is not a place to stay if you want to be close to the action of the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, but odds are if you're choosing this hotel, a respite from the mayhem is what you're seeking.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino The pool complex here is expansive, with restaurants, bars, and even a 200,000-gallon shark tank. Tripadvisor Book Golden Nugget Hotel & CasinoCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak price: $79/$179Best for: Couples, familiesOn-site amenities: Expansive pool complex with a 200,000-gallon shark tank, wide selection of restaurants and bars, nightclub with patio overlooking Fremont Street, spa, salon, fitness center, retail shopsPros: Multiple fine dining options and comfortable rooms make this a great base, and it's also dog-friendly (not as common Downtown as it is on the Strip). Plus, the shark tank with a slide going through it in the pool area is a fun perk.Cons: Golden Nugget is not as budget-friendly as other Fremont Street hotels and the nightclub may not dazzle guests who are used to the Strip's more opulent ones.Before Circa, the Golden Nugget was the correct answer to, "where can I stay Downtown if I like the vibe of the Strip?" The property, which is in the center of the Fremont Street Experience, has marble floors, upscale restaurants, and a large casino.A large number of the rooms were recently renovated (the Carson Tower and Gold Tower rooms were renovated in 2018 and 2015 respectively) and feature neutral decor, comfortable mattresses, and lots of space. The Rush Tower rooms with California King beds and 439-square feet of space are an excellent value (expect to pay $109-$229 approximately). The pool complex is huge, and even has a shark tank with an adjacent water slide.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Signature at MGM Grand Every room here is a suite with apartment-like features. Tripadvisor Book The Signature at MGM GrandCategory: Luxury Neighborhood: Near StripTypical starting/peak price: $99/$599Best for: Business travelers, couplesOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, fitness center, lounge, cafePros: All rooms are suites with balconies, which is a real rarity in Las Vegas. It's also slightly removed from the Strip while offering easy access to it.Cons: There are very limited on-site food and drink options unless you walk to the adjacent MGM Grand.If you want to be near the Strip without being directly on the Strip, the Signature at MGM Grand is one of the best options you'll find. This non-gaming property, which is less than a mile from the Strip, is connected to the massive playground that is the MGM Grand (you won't even have to go outside to walk to it) but still feels completely separate.The lobby is tranquil and elegant, and rooms come with kitchenettes, separate living room areas, and in some cases, balconies. Upgrade to a Deluxe Balcony Suite to secure one. They also have spacious spa bathrooms with a rainfall shower, a deep soaking tub, and a TV.While sunning on your balcony, don't be surprised if the view is of a rowdy pool party at the nearby Wet Republic Ultra Pool.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino This family-friendly resort is located in one of Las Vegas' most desirable suburbs. Tripadvisor Book Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and CasinoCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: HendersonTypical starting/peak price: $99/$500Best for: Families, locals, foodiesOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, salon, arcade, restaurants, bars, fitness center, concert, event spacePros: Family-friendly and Vegas don't always go hand-in-hand, so the kid-friendly amenities such as the Cyber Quest arcade are a nice touch. Also, locally-acclaimed restaurant Pizza Rock has a location here, which is not to be missed.Cons: Guests complain about long check-in times and long distances between parking areas and rooms. The Las Vegas neighborhood of Green Valley is attractive with locals due to its safety, proximity to the Strip (about a 15-20 minute drive), and The District at Green Valley Ranch, an open-air shopping and dining area. Travelers staying at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino, which is just a five-minute walk from The District at Green Valley Ranch, will appreciate these same things.The well-manicured property feels as big as some Strip resorts and has a similar scope of amenities too, including high-end restaurants. Italian restaurant Bottiglia offers a lively brunch with bottomless mimosas, Borracha Mexican Cantina has fresh fish tacos, and Tides Oyster Bar has an outstanding fresh seafood selection.The rooms at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino are nothing out of the ordinary, with beige and chocolate brown accents and flat-screen televisions, but they're a good value. Just expect to pay more on weekends.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton Bright, bold rooms are stylish and new and suites are especially spacious. Virgin Hotels Book Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by HiltonCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Near StripTypical starting/peak price: $111/$500Best for: Groups of friends, couples, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Live music venue, beach club, pool, spa, fitness center, meeting and event space, sportsbook with interactive games, bars, restaurantsPros: The aesthetic throughout the property aims to please, and rooms are bright and modern with just a bit of quirkiness.Cons: Near Strip is definitely not on-Strip. Expect a 25-minute walk to Las Vegas Boulevard if you dare to go on foot. The brand new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas emerged on former the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site in 2021 and has made a strong case for a pilgrimage away from the Strip. Though, it is a solid mile away from Las Vegas Boulevard.The hotel is colorful and inviting with jewel-toned furniture and bold accent walls. Rooms are white with pops of color and interesting, modern light fixtures. The property also scores major points for embracing its desert location. You'll be greeted with cacti at the entrance, and once inside, you're met with an infusion of color.Dining and drinking feature venues from Todd English and Nobu Matsuhisa, and as long as you aren't counting on an easy stroll to the Strip, this property will impress. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Circa Resort & Casino The epic pool complex dubbed Stadium Swim is a sight to behold. Tripadvisor Book Circa Resort & CasinoCategory: Luxury Neighborhood: Downtown Las VegasTypical starting/peak price: $139/$639Best for: Groups of friends, couples, locals on staycationOn-site amenities: Year-round pool deck with a massive outdoor screen that broadcasts live sports games, swanky 60th-floor rooftop lounge, three-story sportsbook, the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street, restaurantsPros: Circa opened in 2020 as the first newly-built hotel-casino in Downtown Las Vegas in 40 years, and it shows. Everything feels fresh, from the art installations in the parking garage (which the resort calls Garage Mahal) to sapphire and gold accents in guest rooms. This is a hotel for people who want a luxury Strip resort but in Downtown Las Vegas.Cons: This hotel still comes with a Strip resort price tag; Circa can be pricier than nearby Fremont Street properties.Located on the former site of the Las Vegas Club, Circa dominates the Downtown Las Vegas skyline with an angular design that looks distinctly modern compared to neighboring hotels.The property, owned by locally famous Derek Stevens who also runs the nearby The D Casino and Hotel, is flashy and upscale. For example, there's a display case containing 1,000 ounces of gold on the rooftop lounge and suites come with Balmain products in the bathroom.Instead of one rooftop pool, there are six spread across three levels. Dubbed Stadium Swim, it features six temperature-controlled pools, two swim-up bars, and a 143-foot diagonal, 14-million-megapixel LED screen, always playing the day's biggest sports games and events. Like most Vegas locals, I am partial to Vegas Vickie's, the casino bar that features Vegas Vickie herself, a beloved neon cowgirl who stood watch over Fremont Street for more than three decades. In a hotel that's so intensely modern, it's nice to see this nod to the neighborhood's past. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Red Rock Casino Resort Spa Red Rock's pool complex is serene and lush, lined with palms for ample shade. Hotels.com Book Red Rock Casino Resort SpaCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: SummerlinTypical starting/peak price: $139/$600Best for: Couples, familiesOn-site amenities: lush pool, upscale restaurants, movie theater, bowling alley, spaPros: This hotel is a convenient jumping-off point for outdoor adventures in Red Rock Canyon, and is within walking distance from shops and restaurants in Downtown Summerlin. Plus, the pool is beautiful.Cons: Red Rock Resort is far from the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. It can also be expensive.Red Rock Resort and Hotel is a true desert escape, located on the western edge of the city near the soaring cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. One could easily spend a day hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking in the desert and then return to Red Rock for a spa treatment, a margarita by the palm-shaded pool, or fresh pasta from Osteria Fiorella.Conversely, this is also the kind of upscale hotel that makes it easy to spend an entire weekend without leaving the property. It has everything: great room service, cloud-like beds, views of the desert and the Strip, a nice selection of restaurants, and even a bowling alley and movie theater.The pool, in particular, is one of the best in the city and if you're looking for the opposite of a wild Strip pool party, this tranquil oasis is it. Should you feel inclined to wander, shops, restaurants, and even a weekly farmers market are steps away in Downtown Summerlin. COVID-19 procedures are available here. JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa offers a respite from the desert landscape with abundant greenery. Marriott Book JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & SpaCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: SummerlinTypical starting/peak price: $163/$311Best for: Couples, business travelers, golfersOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, fitness center, golf course, restaurants, business services, meeting spacePros: The Mediterranean-inspired landscaping with trees and waterfalls is beautiful and there is a shuttle to a nearby award-winning golf course.Cons: The on-site Rampart Casino feels notably shabby compared to the high-end feel of the resort.Every time I set foot in the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, it's an immediate escape from the harsh desert landscape. The greenery and water features are abundant, making the resort feel like a haven.I also love the restaurants, especially Jade Asian Kitchen which is great for sushi and cocktails, and Hawthorn Grill, which has an amazing waterside patio shrouded with trees.The rooms are simple and elegant with jetted tubs and large workspace areas, making this a good hotel for business travelers. The concierge can help arrange golf reservations and the surrounding Summerlin area is similarly upscale. The nearby Italian-inspired Tivoli Village offers open-air shopping and dining. Red Rock Canyon is also close. COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Las Vegas hotels What is the best time of year to visit Las Vegas?The shoulder seasons — fall and spring — bring perfect desert weather and are the best time to visit Las Vegas. Expect pleasant, sunny days with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Of these two seasons, fall tends to be quieter, with spring bringing spring break crowds.Despite the very hot weather, summer is very busy and you may see higher room rates during this time. Winter is the least busy season in Las Vegas (except for New Year's Eve) and it can also be surprisingly chilly, so you might not get that pool day.Which off-Strip neighborhood should I choose?Stay Downtown or near the Strip if you want to still experience the casinos, restaurants, bars, and delightful mayhem that makes the city so special. Or choose Downtown if you want to experience historic Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and go where the locals go. Choose near-Strip if you want access to Las Vegas Boulevard without the noise and traffic.If you are traveling for business or with young children (or are sensitive to loud noise) consider the suburbs of Henderson or Summerlin. Henderson has outdoor shopping malls, big box stores, quiet neighborhoods, and nice city parks where families picnic. Summerlin will speak to you if you're the outdoorsy type, as Red Rock Canyon is just a stone's throw away. What is there to do off-Strip in Las Vegas?There's a whole world outside of the Las Vegas Strip (not to mention a couple of million people who call Clark County home). You can browse the shops at the Downtown Container Park, catch an intimate live concert at an East Fremont Street bar, or check out First Friday in the Arts District.Dine at a neighborhood restaurant that rivals the ones on the Strip and hit the trails at Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, or Valley of Fire. From art galleries, museums, boutiques and craft cocktail bars to hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, there's much to explore in Southern Nevada.Why should I stay off-Strip?If you've visited Las Vegas a million times and only ever experience one street, you owe it yourself to see another part of the city at least once. You might also find lower rates, though not at every property. Don't expect to pay less for a room at Red Rock Casino than you would for a room at a budget Strip property like Excalibur.You may also find fewer crowds, less vehicle traffic, less noise, and less price-gouging when you shop, eat, and drink. Whether it's your first or tenth time to Vegas, if any of that appeals to you, consider going off the beaten path.Staying off Strip also balances the experience of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Hike through the stark, wild beauty of the desert complemented by a fancy dinner at a sleek steakhouse. An intimate cocktail bar in the Arts District can serve as a prelude to a crowded evening at a nightclub. Is it worth staying off-Strip in Las Vegas?You can still find all of the classic Las Vegas amenities you love such as pools and poolside bars, spas, casinos, buffets, and sportsbooks, plus other surprising extras, like movie theaters, bowling alleys, kid-focused amenities, and community events.And if you miss the Strip, it's not hard to get there. You can be as close as a half-mile away if you stay near Strip, or as far as 12-15 miles away if you stay in Henderson or Summerlin.Do off-Strip hotels have resort fees?Sadly, you would be hard-pressed to find a hotel in Las Vegas without a resort fee. Every hotel on this list with the exception of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas charges one. Some properties may waive these fees for special promotions (M Resorts is currently offering a no resort fee stay to locals on staycation), but for the most part, you can expect to shell out an extra $20 to $40 on average per night. What are current Las Vegas COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols? Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.Large indoor events also have masks, testing, and vaccination requirements so check before arriving both with local Las Vegas mandates, the Nevada Health Response updates, as well as your individual hotel and destination. How we selected the best off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas As a Las Vegas local travel writer, I'm personally familiar with every hotel on this list and stand behind all of these hotels. I have either stayed at the hotel or have spent significant time exploring the property and the surrounding neighborhood. Hotels are located in desirable Las Vegas neighborhoods, including near-Strip, Downtown, Summerlin, and Henderson. Each hotel holds a TripAdvisor rating of between 3 to 4.5 (the average rating on this list is 4 out of 5) with a high volume of recent honest, unbiased reviews.Rates range between $30 and $163 to start and do not include resort fees. Las Vegas room rates fluctuate based on the season and major events usually drive up prices. Las Vegas room rates tend to fluctuate wildly. On one night a room might be below a hundred dollars, on another night it might be approaching a thousand. This is why value is so key.Standard hotel rooms at each property are known to be comfortable with classic or unique Vegas views.    The hotel features must-have Vegas amenities, such as a pool, great on-site restaurants and bars, a casino, spa, fitness center, plus entertainment offerings, and events.You don't want to stay in a quiet, spa-like environment if you've come to Vegas to party, and you don't want to stay in the middle of a party if you're traveling with small kids. We've noted who we think would enjoy each hotel, such as solo travelers, groups of friends, couples, families, business travelers, and locals on staycations.The hotel keeps guests safe by instituting COVID-19 policies in accordance with the most recent CDC guidelines. More of the best places to stay in Las Vegas Prayitno/Flickr The best Las Vegas luxury hotels on or near the StripThe best cheap hotels in Las VegasThe most incredible hotel suites in Las Vegas for every budgetThe best Las Vegas Airbnbs Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 21st, 2021

I Tried Lab-Grown Fish Maw. Here’s Why It Could Help Save Our Oceans

I’m an avid surfer and a certified scuba diver, and spending so much time in the water means that I’m keenly aware of the impact that human activity is having on the ocean ecosystem. It sometimes feels like it’s more common to see plastic bags in the water than sea life. So, I was excited… I’m an avid surfer and a certified scuba diver, and spending so much time in the water means that I’m keenly aware of the impact that human activity is having on the ocean ecosystem. It sometimes feels like it’s more common to see plastic bags in the water than sea life. So, I was excited this week to try lab-grown fish—a new product that could help address at least one major problem facing the world’s oceans: over-fishing. Hong Kong-based Avant Meats offered a public tasting of cultivated fish, which its scientists had grown in their laboratory using the cells of real fish. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Startups around the world are racing to raise money to commercialize cultivated animal protein—ranging from beef to kangaroo. While lab-grown beef might help offset carbon emissions and reduce animal cruelty, the rollout of cell-based fish protein, shellfish and other seafood could be an important innovation to protect the ocean’s incredible biodiversity. One of ‘four treasures’ of Chinese cuisine Avant Meats has a unique approach to its lab-grown seafood business. Not content to just mass-produce lab-grown fish fillets, it has focused on developing prized delicacies, especially fish maw. Fish maw, sometimes referred to as the swim bladder, is an organ that helps a fish control its buoyancy. It’s considered one of the “four treasures” of Chinese cuisine. (The others are abalone, sea cucumber and shark’s fin, the consumption of which has caused shark populations around the globe to plummet). “We are the first company working on cultivated fish in Asia,” says Carrie Chan, the co-founder and CEO of Avant Meats. “We wanted to do something very emotionally connected with the people in this part of the world.” Aria Chen and Abhishyant Kidangoor–TIMEAvant Meats fish maw in a soup on Sept. 14, 2021. Fish maw is mostly eaten on special occasions; I tried it years ago at a friend’s wedding banquet dinner. Fish maw itself doesn’t have a strong flavor. Instead, it tends to pick up the flavors it’s cooked in. The yellow croaker fish maw in the soup chef Eddy Leung had prepared for us on Tuesday tasted similar. It had a spongey, chewy texture. “The texture is similar to the real fish maw before it’s cooked…It is sticky, it has gelatin,” says Leung. “But when you eat it, it doesn’t yet have the kind of stickiness the real ones do.” Avant Meats also let us sample a cultivated fish fillet, derived from a grouper. As a former vegetarian, I’m still squeamish about eating living things. But I didn’t feel guilty about eating meat that was never actually a living, swimming fish. The fillet tasted like the real thing, but it still has a way to go. Instead of flaking like real fish, it had a starchier consistency, more like gnocchi. To make the food we tried, the company took cells from a real fish, fed them nutrients and incubated them until they began to replicate. Some of those cells were then placed on what’s called scaffolding—plant-based materials that give the cells shape as they grow. Read More: Why This Year Is Our Last, Best Chance for Saving the Oceans Scaling up production, scaling down cost One of the biggest challenges facing cell-based companies is that, like most new technological developments, it’s really expensive to produce. It initially cost Avant Meat around $900 to produce a pound of lab-grown fish. The company has already brought its cost down to about $70 per pound, and Chan believes Avant can reduce its costs to $14 to $18 per pound in the next 12-18 months as production scales up. “The key is: Can you produce enough fish from cellular production that you displace wild capture or traditional or conventional farmed fish?” Arlin Wasserman, the founder of the sustainable food consultancy Changing Tastes, tells me. This is where focusing on fish maw and other high-end ingredients could make lab-grown seafood economically viable faster. A bowl of fish maw soup in a nice restaurant in Hong Kong costs around $30, while braised fish maw at the city’s three Michelin star Lung King Heen restaurant costs around $470. Read More: The World’s Oceans Are in Trouble. And So Are Humans, Warns U.N. Report Over-fishing crisis If cell-based seafood takes off, it will be good news for the world’s oceans. More than 30% of stocks are now being fished at biologically unsustainable levels, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Massive quantities of unwanted fish and other creatures like sea turtles and dolphins are accidentally captured while fishing for species meant for human consumption. Fish maw has had especially devastating ripple effects. The swim bladder of the totoaba fish, native to Mexico, is especially prized; it’s sometimes referred to as the “cocaine of the sea” for its astronomical prices. Totoaba fishing was banned in 1975, but illegal gillnets are still common. They also ensnare vaquitas, the world’s smallest porpoise. Now, it’s estimated that there are only nine vaquitas left in the world. Avant Meats’ innovation could help relieve the pressure that growing demand for rare delicacies has put on ocean habitats all over the world. Texture aside, I’m excited to see cell-based meats getting closer to becoming a reality. Avant Meats’ concept will be put to the test very soon. At a time when most companies are still working to bring their products to consumers, Avant Meats plans to sell its first products to the public sometime next year. The company is also working on a fish-based ingredient to be used in skincare products, and it plans to branch out into other meat, including sea cucumber, soon. —With reporting by Aria Chen / Hong Kong.....»»

Category: topSource: timeSep 21st, 2021

Coronavirus links: sick societies

A coronavirus-focused linkfest is still a weekly feature here at Abnormal Returns. Please stay safe and find a vaccination site near you.... Booster shotsThe FDA advisory panel has recommended booster shots for those 65+ and at high risk of disease. (statnews.com)WHO is pushing back against vaccine booster for the general population. (statnews.com)Whatever the FDA and CDC decide about boosters they need to be clear in their messaging. (nytimes.com)Israeli data show booster shots boost immunity. (biopharmadive.com)What's the right dose for boosters? (marginalrevolution.com)How some people are already getting booster shots. (theatlantic.com)VaccinesThe Moderna ($MRNA) seems to be holding up better. (npr.org)The U.S. is buying another 500 million vaccine doses to be distributed around the world. (washingtonpost.com)Canada has given full approval to the Moderna ($MRNA) vaccine. (ft.com)The UK is going to give 12-15 year olds one dose of the Pfizer ($PFE) vaccine. (bloomberg.com)Vaccine hesitancyVaccine hesitancy is a symptom of a much bigger problem. (ft.com)Wellness influencers have jumped on the anti-vaccine bandwagon. (washingtonpost.com)Vaccine mandatesOSHA is at the center of any vaccine mandates. (washingtonpost.com)A CEO on why companies should embrace a vaccine mandate. (fastcompany.com)Southwest Airlines ($LUV) is boosting incentives for staff to get COVID-19 vaccines. (businessinsider.com)How the prospect for vaccine mandates is playing out in tourist-dependent Las Vegas. (politico.com)Italy is going wide with vaccine passports. (nytimes.com)How mandates could harden opposition to the vaccines. (theatlantic.com)EndemicityWhat we need to rethink in a world where SARS-CoV2 is endemic. (theatlantic.com)Emily Oster, "In the end, the message here is that there is no world of “no COVID” and if you are waiting for some external sign that the pandemic is over, you will be waiting forever." (emilyoster.substack.com)InfluenzaIt's time to get a flu shot. (nytimes.com)Are we facing a viral immunity deficit? (labroots.com)Long CovidHow long Covid is like chronic fatigue syndrome. (unchartedterritories.tomaspueyo.com)Breakthrough infections could cause long Covid, but it is less likely. (npr.org)ResearchThe long history of mRNA research. (nature.com)Why children fight off Covid better than adults. (scientificamerican.com)The next pandemic may not be so susceptible to vaccines. (theatlantic.com)Health careHospital acquired Covid infections are on the rise. (arstechnica.com)The American health care system wasn't built with a pandemic in mind. (vox.com)Why this wave feels so much worse for health care workers. (scientificamerican.com)The pandemic has exacerbated already existing problems in nursing homes. (marketwatch.com)The U.S. is buying more doses of monoclonal antibody treatments. (biopharmadive.com)Data1 in 500 Americans have died from Covid. (washingtonpost.com)The percentage of deaths among non-Seniors are on the rise. (wsj.com)The U.S. ranks 40th on this list of vaccine uptake. (gizmodo.com)StatesIdaho's hospitals are rationing care. (npr.org)Idaho's issues are spilling over into Washington state. (nytimes.com)Oregon hospitals are delaying surgeries and cancer care. (npr.org)A look at the crisis facing ICUs in the South. (nytimes.com)MaskingContinued masking will help with other respiratory illnesses like flu and RSV. (fastcompany.com)The weight of the evidence is that masks work. (scientificamerican.com)The best mask is one your child will wear. (wsj.com)ChildrenThe case for pressuring the FDA to approve vaccines for children. (theatlantic.com)Covid has made us all risk managers, especially for children. (nytimes.com)When it comes to schools, testing best self-isolation. (sciencedirect.com)PodcastsAndy Slavitt talks with Ed Yong about how this pandemic eventually ends. (omny.fm)Charlie Skyes talks with Dr. Scott Gottlieb about his new book "Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic." (plus.thebulwark.com)Earlier on Abnormal ReturnsCoronavirus links: what success looks like. (abnormalreturns.com)There's only one way through the pandemic tunnel. (abnormalreturns.com)Why we are eventually going to need digital health passes, i.e. vaccine passports. (abnormalreturns.com)The 'Swiss cheese model' and the importance of avoiding single points of failure in pandemic and life. (abnormalreturns.com)On the challenge of holding two competing thoughts on the pandemic in your head a the same time. (abnormalreturns.com)Mixed mediaModeling a pandemic is challenging, in part, because human behavior changes. (wired.com)The politicization of public health is a disaster happening in plain sight. (washingtonpost.com)A Q&A with Scott Gottlieb the author of "Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic." (washingtonpost.com)What it's like to get a breakthrough infection. (npr.org).....»»

Category: blogSource: abnormalreturnsSep 21st, 2021

Republican House leaders condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene"s "appalling" comparisons of vaccines and masks to Nazism

Greene has repeatedly argued that those who refuse to wear masks or get vaccinated are being persecuted in the same way Nazis persecuted Jews. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is seen with her face mask pulled down a.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytMay 25th, 2021