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6 Things To Look For When Buying Sneakers
SHOPPING, SPONSOR STORY POST

6 Things To Look For When Buying Sneakers

If you are going to buy sneakers for the first time, you should consider a lot of important factors. Since foot each is different, it makes sense to take into account some important elements like size, fit, comfort level, and shape of the shoe before making a purchase. Let's consider some of the primary factors when looking for a good pair of sneakers. 1. Fit It's important to ensure that the shoe is the best fit. Therefore, you should put them on with socks that you usually wear. Besides, you should walk or run for a couple of minutes to get a feel of how comfortable they are. Ideally, the shoe should offer a secure fit around your heel. There should be no slippage at all. In other words, the shoes must have enough space so that your toes could wiggle. You may have to get one size...
8 Gift-Buying Alternatives To Amazon That Support Communities Of Color
Journalism

8 Gift-Buying Alternatives To Amazon That Support Communities Of Color

Ditch the big companies for your last-minute holiday shopping and support these small businesses instead. It’s that time of year again! Retail stores across the country are decked with twinkly lights and tinsel, advertising “the best deals” to eager shoppers as they scramble to get the perfect gifts for their loved ones (to the tune of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, of course.) This holiday season, shoppers are expected to spend an average of $1,536 per consumer. Giant corporations like Walmart, Target, and Amazon will take in a great portion of the $1.1 trillion retailers are projected to make. In 2017, during Thanksgiving week alone, Amazon made an estimated $15 billion. While patronizing these large corporations can get us the latest or biggest gadge...
Middle-Class Millennials With Student Debt Have Trouble Buying Groceries Too, It Isn’t A Problem Just For The Poor
SOCIETY

Middle-Class Millennials With Student Debt Have Trouble Buying Groceries Too, It Isn’t A Problem Just For The Poor

Cassandra M. Johnson, Texas State University When I teach undergraduate and graduate students about food insecurity, I sometimes mention that my perspective is based not only on professional expertise but also on my personal experience. Food insecurity might sound like the same thing as hunger, but that’s not the case. The somewhat technical term food insecurity applies when people can’t get the food they need for themselves or their families because of a lack of money or other resources. Food security, on the other hand, is more of an ideal – being able to access culturally preferred foods to support an optimal diet and health. This is my personal take on the gray area between food security and food insecurity – and how student loan debt blurs the line between low-income and middle-inc...
Here’s how to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19, VIDEO REELS

Here’s how to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic

Wear a mask, but skip the gloves. Don’t sanitize the apples. And if you are older than 65, it’s probably best to still order your groceries online. As a food virologist, I hear a lot of questions from people about the coronavirus risks in grocery stores and how to stay safe while shopping for food amid the pandemic. Here are answers to some of the common questions. Can I touch the tomatoes? What you touch on the grocery shelves is less of a concern than who breathes on you and other surfaces you might come in contact with in a store. In fact, there is currently no evidence of the virus being transmitted by food or food packaging. You may have heard about studies showing that the virus can remain infectious for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 72 hours on plastic or stainless steel. ...
Buying Storing And Shipping A Coronavirus Vaccine Giving It Safely To Everyone On Earth, Will Be Hard And Expensive
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Buying Storing And Shipping A Coronavirus Vaccine Giving It Safely To Everyone On Earth, Will Be Hard And Expensive

Infectious diseases do not respect borders. An estimated 3 billion people in low-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America are likely to lack access to a COVID-19 vaccine for years after it becomes available. In poor nations, many communities lack the health care workers needed to administer vaccines, as well as the capacity to handle vaccines properly by keeping them extremely cold. As a bioethicist studying global access to essential medicines, I’m closely monitoring what wealthy countries, foundations and international organizations are doing about this problem. COVAX The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or COVAX, is a joint effort by 184 countries working with international organizations to make it possible for people everywhere to get affordable access to COVID...
Why Americans are buying more guns than ever
Journalism

Why Americans are buying more guns than ever

Americans have been on a record gun-buying spree in recent months. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, estimates that gun sales from March through July were 8.5 million. This is 94% higher the same period in 2019. Firearms industry consultants estimate July sales alone were 2.0 million units, an increase of 136% over July 2019. These estimates are based on the number of background checks conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The FBI reported that eight of the weeks in this period are in the top 10 highest weeks since the agency began collecting data in 1998. Gun sales typically have seasonal cycles, with more guns being sold in winter months, and increase...