What to Look for When Buying a Treadmill

Emilee Geist

There’s no denying that a treadmill is an investment, so if you’re wondering how to buy a treadmill, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re using it to replace outdoor walks and runs or want it to simply complement your current routine, there are a lot of features that can make or break a treadmill. The most important ones to look for when you’re testing a treadmill depend on how you’re planning to use the machine.

When considering treadmills, first think about how you want to use it, says Amina Daniels, trainer and founder and CEO of Live Cycle Delight, an inclusive fitness studio offering indoor cycling, yoga, TRX, mat Pilates, barre, and virtual classes. “Think about what features and intel you want from it now and into the future, and make a list of what’s most important to you.”

Will you usually do a steady-paced run? Walk? Do

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Hip Home Counties: 20 chic places to stay for some Green Belt glamour

Emilee Geist

Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex make up the Home Counties; the girdle that rings London, nipped in by the M25. Increasingly, there are some serious bits of Green Belt glamour tucked into the oft-stereotyped commuter-land, including the brand new Birch in Hertfordshire with its rescue chickens and gong baths. On the other side of London is Beaverbrook in Leatherhead. It’s lavishly, diametrically opposed to Birch in every stylistic way, but just as interesting and enjoyable, with its swimming pool tiled in a diamond pattern and 1920s decor with a touch of sashimi chic.

Even before Covid, London chefs were heading out to the coast to open smaller places with cheaper rents that allow them to experiment along with access to the freshest of ingredients; many, such as The Rose in Deal, also have hotel rooms. Margate has seen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines

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PS5 and Xbox Series X aren’t family-friendly enough, so I’m sticking with the Switch

Emilee Geist

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I got swept up in the preorder madness for an Xbox Series X on Sept. 22 (yes, I was able to get through). I had it in my cart — the Xbox Series S to be precise — and, as I sat and stared waiting for the “complete purchase” button to appear, I changed my mind. 

And it wasn’t because it’s too expensive or there aren’t enough games yet. It was for the same reason I didn’t preorder Sony’s PlayStation 5: Neither is family-friendly enough for me.

It’s about the games and the characters

From the NES and GameBoy to the Switch, a majority of Nintendo’s homegrown games manage to appeal to children and adults. This is well-covered territory, so I’m not going to dwell on it. Suffice to say, when I’ve discussed this point with other families, I’ve simply mentioned my wife, who generally has no interest

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The Best Online University Programs Based On Their ROI

Emilee Geist

As more students turn to online education during the pandemic, they’re becoming increasingly interested in learning about the costs and payoffs of online degree programs. Now, Optimal (formerly the SR Education Group and the host for GradReports.com) has rebranded its Guide to Online Schools as a new source of such information.

The new product is called OnlineU, and this month it released 2021 Best Colleges for Return on Investment Rankings. The rankings are based on major-specific median salary and mean debt numbers gathered from the U. S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

“The pandemic has significantly accelerated the growth of online learning and delivered us into a territory where there is not a lot of qualitative or quantitative information

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India holds digital fashion week amid pandemic

Emilee Geist

AP PHOTOS: India holds digital fashion week amid pandemic

By MANISH SWARUP

October 17, 2020 GMT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Unlike a fashion show, the models aren’t swaying on a ramp in real life. They are depending on digital technology to rescue their annual extravaganza from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Phygital Edition” is India’s first digital fashion week, held from Wednesday through Sunday. It livestreams the spring-summer collections by more than 40 designers under the banner of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week. Ten designers showcase their work each day.

For months, designers, models, make-up artists and film crews worked to create the fusion of the physical and virtual fashion, adapting to the virus restrictions.

The designers have pre-shot films that are showcased online on key digital platforms — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Nikhita Tandon, a designer, is hopeful of a big response, considering everyone is connected in today’s digital

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A grand tour of great European bakes, from Viennese coffee cake to chocolate souffle

Emilee Geist

Deposed royal families, world wars, and communist occupation have all left their mark on the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, but there, in the middle of Europe, the culture of cake still reigns supreme. Citizens of Vienna and Budapest think no more of having their afternoon coffee and pastry (jause, which simply means snack) served on china with real silverware than most Americans think about grabbing a doughnut and coffee to go.

Pastry traditions that are centuries old are still part of daily life behind the doors of the grand cafés of central Europe. Glass cases are filled with beautiful cakes and pastries, including Sachertorte, Dobos torte, and all manner of schnitten, the precise cuts exposing what’s inside: the practical artistry and craft that binds the past to the present and brings the flavours together in those beautiful layers.

There’s not a lot of florid, nonsensical decoration on these cakes. Instead, they

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All of Tesla’s 2021 Model Year Updates

Emilee Geist

After some clues hinting at updates to Tesla’s Model 3 and Model X, Tesla today made the changes official in their online design studio. The changes weren’t limited to the Model 3 and Model X, however. All vehicles in Tesla’s lineup have been changed.

The Model 3 was most impacted—gaining range, improved acceleration, and an updated interior. One source within Tesla confirmed that the Model 3 now utilizes a heat pump, a feature Tesla first introduced on the Model Y.

The table below contains all of the known changes. 

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Electrek has reported on a heated steering wheel for the Model 3 but other sources have yet to confirm.

Across the lineup, Tesla has improved range by 6% on average. The only vehicle trim that did not receive an increase to range was Tesla’s Long Range Model S, the company’s longest-range offering.

While it’s tough to make sense of exactly what

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India’s e-commerce battle: Flipkart and Amazon compete for record festive sales

Emilee Geist

But this year is particularly important as the world reels from economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of Indian shoppers are still wary of venturing into physical stores, and Meena expects online sales to grow more than 34% to $6.5 billion this year.

“This is the time when consumers are actually in spending mode,” he said, adding that the roughly one-month sales period is expected to account for 18% of India’s total online shopping for 2020. “That’s why every company wants to win the battle during the festive period.”

Flipkart’s competitive edge during the festive season

Flipkart was India’s single-largest online retailer in 2018 with 31.9% market share, according to the most recent report from Forrester. Walmart bought the homegrown company for $16 billion in 2018.

Flipkart’s seasonal shopping event, Big Billion Days, kicked off on Friday.

The company has built its strategy around selling affordable goods to

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Downtown districts participate in window contest, aim to keep Halloween spirit alive

Emilee Geist

Grass Valley and Nevada City businesses will continue to be encouraged in keeping the Halloween spirit alive in downtown areas through “The Great Halloween Window Contest 2020”.

The contest is a collaborative effort by both Grass Valley and Nevada City’s chambers of commerce, the Grass Valley Downtown Association, and Ben Franklin Craft and Frames.

In order to participate, businesses are simply encouraged to decorate their storefront windows in the spirit of Halloween. Anyone will then be able to vote online — at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXK733H — for their favorite local Halloween window display. Voting is from Oct. 23-30. Grass Valley and Nevada City businesses will have separate categories.

The two winning businesses, one from Grass Valley and another from Nevada City, will each receive $250. The winners will be announced on Halloween.

Robin Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, said, “We’re holding hands with our sister city to

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Statement by AERA, APA, and NCME on Withdrawal of Lawsuit Against Public.Resource.Org

Emilee Geist

Newswise — We are pleased to announce that the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education have dropped their lawsuit against Public.Resource.Org, Inc.  That lawsuit had been commenced to protect our copyright and enjoin Public.Resource.Org’s online publication of the 1999 edition of our acclaimed Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, the joint work product of the three organizations. The 1999 edition has been superseded by the substantially-revised 2014 edition of the Standards, and we recently determined that we would ourselves make the 1999 edition available online without charge for those who wished to view it for historical, scholarly, or other purposes.  In light of our own decision to make 1999 edition freely available, we decided to withdraw our objection to Public.Resource.Org’s online publication of that volume.   

We are continuing to review our policies regarding subsequent editions of the Standards, bearing in

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