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Bin 23

While visiting Granger last month, I consulted Siri for a list of nearby restaurants and one that showed up was Bin 23. We enjoyed our meal at the wine bar that just opened earlier this year and started with a wine flight and brie & bourbon flatbread with apple, fig spread, brie, chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, bourbon glaze and a balsamic drizzle.

I remember a few years ago when I got a new iPhone, it came with this cool new voice technology. Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, could be asked a variety of questions and in most cases would give you a correct answer or steer you toward what you were looking for.

Smart phones are now way more than just phones. They are truly computers that fit in your hand. Really, my phone probably has more capabilities than my desktop computer. I quickly learned to rely

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Report: NFL ‘Gladly’ Would Put Teams in Hotels for Rest of Season Amid COVID-19 | Bleacher Report

The NFL logo is seen on the field in U.S. Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The NFL would “gladly” have players stay in hotels for the remainder of the season in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

In July, the NFL Players Association declined the option for players to stay in hotels from Thursday to Sunday each week, making it unlikely it would agree to full-time hotel stays for the remainder of the season.

Though the league played the first three weeks of the season without being majorly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, two games have been postponed in Week 4.

The Tennessee Titans have had eight players and eight staff members test positive for COVID-19 this week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, leading to the postponement of their home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers until Week 7. The league also announced Saturday the New England Patriots’ game at the Kansas City Chiefs will

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PHOTOS: Cruise ships broken up in Turkish port show COVID-19 impact

  • Photos show rows of deluxe cruise ships waiting to be dismantled in a sea dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. 
  • Around 2,5000 scrapyard workers are currently working to pull apart five cruise ships for scrap metal sales.
  • Among them was the Carnival Fantasy, a newly-refurbished cruise ship that was recently sold by Carnival Cruise Line.
  • “We are trying to change the crisis into an opportunity,” Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association told Reuters.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

British, American, and Italian cruise ships are being dismantled in a sea dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. 

Five hulking cruise ships are currently being pulled apart for scrap metal in the port of Aliaga, a town 30 miles north of the Turkish city Izmir.

Among them was the Carnival Fantasy, a newly-refurbished cruise ship

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Gamecocks travel to The Swamp

The State’s Ben Breiner is inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Saturday’s South Carolina road trip to face the No. 3 Florida Gators. The game kicks off at noon on ESPN. The Gamecocks are playing a 10-game, SEC-only schedule during the coronavirus-delayed season.

Quiet in The Swamp?

Saturday’s game didn’t sell out even with limited capacity due to coronavirus protocols, and about 12 minutes to kickoff, the crowd looked even more sparse than expected at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Gamecocks travel roster vs. Florida

South Carolina cornerback Israel Mukuamu (groin) is in Gainesville and warming up early with the Gamecocks. He’s expected to play after missing the second half against Tennessee. Among the USC players who did not travel for the game includes sophomore linebacker Jahmar Brown (knee).

Florida working to get fans to fill limited seating

South Carolina had a crowd of 15,009 at Williams-Brice Stadium for its season

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Bali’s unemployed turn to odd jobs, hard labour as COVID-19 ravages tourism sector

DENPASAR, Indonesia: It was barely 7pm and Kuta, Bali’s most famous and vibrant tourism hotspot, appeared desolate and grim. 

Gone were the thumping sound of dance music blaring from its nightclubs, the calls of shopkeepers offering cheap clothes and souvenirs as well as the cheerful laughter of tourists from across the world strolling down its pavements in search of a good time.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide travel restrictions which followed have stopped the tourists from coming.

As a result, nearly all shops and restaurants lining the streets of Kuta had to shut down their businesses temporarily.  

Kuta – an area which before the pandemic was crammed by thousands of travellers and where complete traffic gridlock could be observed at 2am on a weekday – is now completely lifeless.

A general view of Kuta beach amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bali

A general view of Kuta beach amid the spread of COVID-19 in Bali, Indonesia, Mar 23, 2020. (Photo:

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Novak Djokovic cruises into the fourth round

Novak Djokovic continued his serene progress at the French Open on Saturday.

The world number one has lost just 15 games in the first three rounds after dispatching Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0 6-3 6-2. Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini is out, though, after losing to qualifier Daniel Altmaier.

In the women’s draw, Sofia Kenin dropped just two games against Irina Bara while Petra Kvitova staged an impressive first-set recovery to beat teenager Leylah Fernandez 7-5 6-3.

Picture of the day

Daniel Altmaier serves against Matteo Berrettini (Christophe Ena/AP)

Shot of the day

Home comforts

It was no surprise that well wishes poured in when

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Why I’m Buying Cruise Stocks And Luckin Coffee

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The following is excerpted from an article that originally appeared on CapitalWatch 

Most of us know the story of Luckin Coffee (Pink: LKNCY). In a nutshell, the company was supposed to be the “Starbucks of China” giving the American coffee giant a run for its money on the Mainland. The Beijing-based company launched in 2017 and quickly grew its stores and pick-up locations to rival Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) in China. The stock exploded in popularity. And then, it just exploded.


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First, reports emerged in January that Luckin had fabricated its financial data, an allegation which the company, of course, denied. Then regulators launched a probe into Luckin in April and found that the company violated Chinese competition laws by inflating its operational data with false statistics to “deceive and mislead the public.”

Regulators also discovered that Luckin falsely increased its 2019 profit margin

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Which scholarship Gamecocks didn’t travel for the Florida game

Coming into Saturday’s game at Florida, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said COVID-19 had not taken any of his players out of circulation for the game.

The set of available players looked relatively full when the official travel roster came out at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Star corner Israel Mukuamu (groin) was in the building and warming up early with part of his uniform on, meaning he’s almost assuredly going to play. Sophomore linebacker Jahmar Brown wasn’t on the list as he’s been dealing with a knee issue.

Defensive back Dominick Hill made the trip after not dressing for the opener.

At road games the team only releases a travel list, not a dress list. Other scholarship players who weren’t in the building:

? Injured and not expected to travel: Rosendo Louis, Sherrod Greene, Chad Terrell

? Wide receiver Mike Wyman

? Defensive tackles Alex Huntley, Makius Scott, Devontae

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About half the country is on Pa.’s quarantine list. So where is deemed safer to travel?

In the early weeks and months of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Health — along with departments in many other states — began a list of states that, if you travel to them, the department recommends quarantining for 14 days upon return.

Updated every week, Pennsylvania’s list has added and dropped states as the status of the coronavirus fluctuates across the country. As of Friday, 23 states are on the quarantine list — the changes from last week include removing Georgia from the list (maybe go check out the World of Coca-Cola) and adding Minnesota, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming (no Yellowstone camping trips, unfortunately).

So, if you want to fit in some last minute traveling before the winter, which states aren’t on the list?

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
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NFL Week 4: A Statement Game for Drew Brees and the Saints

Update: On Saturday morning, after this article’s publication, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for the coronavirus and would self-quarantine, and a subsequent league statement announced positive tests for players on both the Patriots and the Chiefs. The NFL has postponed the Patriots game against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday; the league will attempt to play the game on Monday or Tuesday, with the latter being the “more likely” option, according to Schefter. In addition, 16 members of the Titans have now tested positive.

We made it almost a month before the pandemic disrupted the NFL season. Sunday’s scheduled matchup between the 3-0 Pittsburgh Steelers and 3-0 Tennessee Titans has been postponed due to multiple positive tests among Tennessee players and staffers. The chain of events began last week, when Titans linebackers coach-slash-defensive coordinator Shane Bowen entered COVID-19 protocols and did

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