Day: May 18, 2020

What’s selling like hotcakes right now on Amazon—starting at $40

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Smart shoppers are catching great prices on essential tech. (Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle)
Smart shoppers are catching great prices on essential tech. (Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle)

What are people up to while staying at home?

Well, now that we’ve all piled up as many essentials as possible (from cleaning products to cans of soup to masks to TP), certain tech items are having a moment. It’s interesting to see what the latest tech bestsellers at Amazon are—a good reminder of things that might help us get through this tough time and make our current situation a little bit easier.

Whether it’s about staying on track fitness-wise, upgrading entertainment options, or getting some home improvement done (like that security system you’ve been meaning to install), folks are using tech tools to

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73-year-old woman survives coronavirus after 51 days in intensive care

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jim Eaton held his wife’s hand Saturday afternoon for the first time in 51 days — the longest period the Louisville couple has been separated in more than five decades of marriage. 

When Paula Eaton was wheeled on a gurney out of Baptist Hospital East, more than a dozen nurses created a tunnel to clap and cheer for her as the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” played in the background. 

Paula holds the record for the hospital’s longest amount of time a COVID-19 patient has spent in the Intensive Care Unit before being discharged.

When she was admitted to Baptist East Hospital on March 27, there were only 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. She was within the first 20 reported cases of the coronavirus in the state. 

After 51 days, several rounds of pneumonia, a blood infection, and weeks on a ventilator and tracheal

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Specialist food and drink retailers saw 38% spending growth in April

Consumer spending dropped 36% year-on-year in April, but supermarkets and food and drink retailers continued to grow, according to Barclaycard data.

The biggest reductions were in non-essential spending on fuel, travel, and pubs, which fell 59%, 87% and 97% respectively, as people followed government advice to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.

But supermarkets saw a sales boost of 14% as Brits made larger shops and prepared more meals at home. This has also benefited food and drink specialists – including off-licences, greengrocers, independent convenience stores, butchers and bakeries – which saw 38% growth.

This was helped by Brits continuing to support local businesses, with more than half saying the current environment made them realise how much they value these shops.

READ MORE: UK’s lowest earners have been hardest hit by virus

UK adults are now planning to spend more in local retailers, including butchers (27%), cafés and restaurants (26%),

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England’s anglers cast coronavirus worries aside, return to action

By William James and Ben Makori

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – The whoosh and splosh of fishing lines break the silence of a sunny morning on the banks of an English reservoir as dozens of anglers cast their rods in search of trout, and a few precious hours of escape from the coronavirus crisis.

Days after Britain eased its lockdown restrictions, the bucolic scene at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford, central England, is being played out all across the country as fisheries are allowed to reopen their gates for the first time in seven weeks.

“Today is just a lovely thing to be able to do just given the current state of everything,” said Patrick Quelch a 52-year old part-time primary school teacher.

“You obviously think about the whole COVID thing and how it’s affecting people … But when you’re out here, it’s an escapism, isn’t it? It’s time to not think

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