All The Best Prime Day Deals So Far

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with new early Prime Day deals on Friday, October 9 at 12:00 pm EST.

Amazon Prime Day, the two-day sale event which has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, is now just four days away. Prime Day 2020 officially starts at midnight PST on Tuesday, October 13, and ends when the clock strikes midnight PST at the close of Wednesday. Launching right after Columbus Day and only a few short weeks ahead of Black Friday, this year’s Prime Day is shaping up to be bigger than ever, tempting Amazon Prime members to get their holiday shopping done even earlier than usual.

While some of the most exciting deals won’t be live until October 13, Amazon has already launched dozens of early Prime Day deals on things like TVs, smart home devices, small appliances, fashion finds, and much more. To help

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US man avoids jail in Thailand over bad resort review

The pool of a tourist resort, surrounded by palm trees, at White Sand Beach on Koh Chang.Image copyright
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A US man in Thailand who was arrested for writing a negative hotel review will avoid legal action and jail time.

Wesley Barnes had posted several reviews allegedly accusing the Sea View Resort of “modern day slavery”.

He was subsequently detained and charged under Thailand’s strict anti-defamation laws.

Police said Mr Barnes and the resort had managed to reach an agreement, which included an apology to the hotel and to Thailand’s tourism authority.

He was also told to send a statement to foreign media organisations that had previously written about his then possible arrest, including BBC News.

In it, Mr Barnes said that he apologised for his “repeatedly false and untrue statements… made to maliciously defame Sea View. These reviews were written out of anger and malice”.

The statement said he regretted his actions,

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Find out where Trump and Biden stand on defense and security issues

Arms Control:

U.S. President Donald Trump: The Trump administration has withdrawn the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and (almost) the 1992 Open Skies Treaty. It has loosened the Missile Technology Control Regime’s restrictions on selling armed drones to foreign governments amid concerns about China’s defense relationships in the Middle East. As of press time, administration officials have been unwilling to extend the 2010 New START nuclear pact with Russia, which expires in February, insisting that a new version include Russia’s growing arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons and China, whose smaller arsenal is rapidly expanding and which appears unwilling to sign such an agreement.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden: Favored by arms control advocates, Biden has promised to renew New START and would likely accept Russia’s offer to extend it five years without preconditions. He also said he would rejoin the

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3 reasons the Gamecocks will beat Vanderbilt

South Carolina football will face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday afternoon. Here’s why the Gamecocks will beat the Commodores.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 10, to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in their third game of the season. Both teams come into this week winless, with 0-2 records, so both will have that as motivation to secure their first victory.

The Gamecocks lost last week to the Florida Gators in Gainesville and dropped their season opener at home against Tennessee. Vanderbilt gave Texas A&M a run for its money in the season opener but didn’t finish the job and they were blown out by LSU 41-7 last week.

The Gamecocks should have no problem clinching their first victory on Saturday and are heavily favored to win.

Let’s go over the three reasons South Carolina should put an end to their winless season.

3. History

The

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Woman Gives Birth Midair on India Flight

An IndiGo flight headed from Delhi to Bangalore on Wednesday landed with one extra passenger when a pregnant woman gave birth to a baby boy in the air.

“We are overjoyed to welcome baby Bakshi to the world at 30,000 feet in our lean, clean flying machine!!” IndiGo wrote in a post on LinkedIn accompanied by photos of the cabin crew holding the newborn. “Both the mother and baby are doing fine and we send them our best wishes.”

According to the Indian newspaper Deccan Herald, the passenger started experiencing labor pains an hour into the nearly three-hour flight, and a cabin announcement was made asking for medical assistance.

Thankfully, per reports and fellow passengers on Twitter, a doctor on the flight immediately sprung into action, and flight attendants “acted fast to set up a mini-hospital of sorts within minutes.”

Following the baby’s cries, the plane reportedly broke out

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Cruise: Scenic to offer unique excursions set to transform future holidays | Cruise | Travel

Regardless of which option cruisers choose, Ms Maher encourages travellers to get off the boat and explore.

“The best way to make the most of a river cruise and its excursions is to include a range of different activities and to make the most of your free time,” she said.

“Excursions are what makes the river cruise so memorable for many of our guests. There is no better way to visit a region than with a local, which is why we use local expert guides on all of our Scenic river cruises.

“They offer the perfect balance of interesting and informative tales about the places being visited, as well as insider knowledge that can’t be found in any guide books.”

Of course, in order to satisfy all wants and needs, it takes some planning.

That is where Ms Maher and her team come in, however they couldn’t do it without

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Chairman of a major cruise line says ships will be safer than own neighborhood

The chairman of a major cruise line, Richard Fain, says cruise ships will be made safer than your own neighborhood. Cruise lines are stepping up their effort to get back in business, even as more jobs are lost and more ships are scrapped. Royal Caribbean cruises, one of Port Canaveral’s mainstays, plans to make its ships a COVID-free zone. “We intend to make our ships an environment – a bubble, if you will – that actually presents less risk of transmission than in their home communities on land,” Fain said. Under the cruise industry’s plan, 100% of passengers and crew would be tested before each cruise. No one testing positive would be allowed onboard. Ships would cruise with reduced capacity. They’d have more medical staff and isolation areas for the sick. The industry’s ships are idled by a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order issued March 13. Local businesses that … Read More

Prime Day 2020 Deals You Can Shop Now: AirPods, Instant Pots, 4K TVs

You don’t have to wait for Prime Day 2020 on October 13 and October 14 to take home some must-have electronics at a discount: There are early Prime Day deals you can shop right now. These include significant discounts on the latest Apple iPad Mini, Instant Pot Duo, and 50-inch TCL 4-Series Roku 4K TV.

Instant Pot Duo (6-Quart) — $79, was $100

You haven’t lived until you’ve sat down to a hearty, slow-cooked meal made in an Instant Pot Duo. Simply throw in some ingredients in the morning, season, then leave them to simmer until dinner time. The result? No doubt the tastiest, tenderest meat and most flavorsome vegetables you’ve ever tasted.

Apple AirPods with Charging Case — $129, was $159

The base Apple AirPods are down to their lowest-ever price at Amazon ahead of Prime Day 2020. Recognized by many as the model that kickstarted the true wireless

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Tycoon Running 500 Hotels Warns of More Job Cuts, Closures

(Bloomberg) — Minor International Pcl, which runs more than 500 hotels across 55 countries, may cut more jobs and shut recently re-opened properties as the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions continue to keep guests away.

“We have hotels that can’t even pay for staff or electricity because they’re totally empty,” Bill Heinecke, chairman and founder of Bangkok-based Minor, said in an interview. “We’ve taken a lot of job cuts and we’ll probably have to take more.”

Minor posted its biggest quarterly loss in the three months ended June and has cut thousands of jobs to stay afloat after the pandemic ground to a halt global travel and tourism. Travel for leisure and business remains mostly suspended even in countries with relative success in containing the outbreak. Thailand’s reluctance to open its borders makes it one of the most difficult markets for Minor, Heinecke said.



chart: Minor International losses outpaced Thai benchmark stock index


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Minor International losses outpaced

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Emily Ratajkowski is working on book of essays, ‘My Body’

NEW YORK (AP) – Model and activist Emily Ratajkowski has a book deal. “EmRata,” as her millions of online followers know her, is working on an essay collection called “My Body.” Metropolitan Books will published it in 2022.

According to Metropolitan, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, Ratajkowski will explore “what it means to be a woman and a commodity,” how men treat women and why women permit it.

“Emily Ratajkowski reveals herself to be devastatingly honest, nuanced, and strong – I’m not surprised that she thinks of herself first as a writer,” Metropolitan editor Sara Bershtel said in a statement Friday. “I also admire how outspoken she is, how political, and how unafraid – what force she’ll be!”

Ratajkowski first rose to international attention through her starring role in the “Blurred Lines” music video, in which she appeared alongside singer Robin Thicke. She is an entrepreneur and activist

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