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Retailers hope Amazon’s Prime Day on Tuesday kicks off early holiday shopping season

  • As Amazon Prime Day is expected to hit an all-time record, retailers big and small are looking to “participate in that energy” with their own online deals, said Robby Ohmes, a discount retail analyst for Bank of America Securities.
  • Retailers will use technology to try to manage their supply chains and smooth out the customer experience during a tougher-to-predict holiday season.
  • Target, Walmart and Amazon have hired thousands of additional employees and offered their workforce additional hours to prepare for online demand.



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An Amazon Prime package.

A late Amazon Prime Day means an early start to the holiday shopping season this week. 

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The annual shopping event has become a holiday in its own right, with July 15 — one of last year’s Prime Days — trailing behind only Cyber Monday and Black Friday for online shopping last year, according to retail research firm NPD

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Kamala Harris on the debate stage: Sight of pride and hope for women of color

On Wednesday night, the American people heard a debate and not a shoutfest. Pundits called it a return to traditional debate, but for millions of women of color, it was anything but that. Sen. Kamala Harris, a Californian whose family story includes both Black and South Asian roots, took a place on a stage that had, until now, been reserved almost exclusively for white men.

We do not agree with everything that was said on Wednesday’s stage. Our own vision of justice, dignity, and equity may not align precisely with anyone on the national ticket. We cannot, however, allow these differences to obscure what should be celebrated, not just by South Asian and Black women, but by the entire country.

Regardless of one’s personal politics, South Asians took pride in seeing one of our own on a national ticket. When Harris shared her family’s migration story, we saw our own

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Women cheer on Harris’s ‘I’m speaking’ response in debate: ‘I hope every little girl heard that’

Women on social media cheered on Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOvernight Defense: Top military officers quarantine after positive COVID case | Distracted pilot, tech issues led to F-35 crash It matters: Kamala Harris and the VP debate CDC director says it’s safe for Pence to take part in debate MORE (D-Calif.) over a viral exchange with Vice President Pence during their vice presidential debate Wednesday night.

Harris twice interjected “I’m speaking,” when interrupted by Pence, with clips of the moments being widely shared online and appearing to resonate with many of the women who were watching.

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Nobel winning women hope to inspire a new generation of scientists

On hearing that they had been awarded a Nobel Chemistry Prize for their groundbreaking work on gene-editing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier said they hoped it would inspire a new generation of women in science.  

Charpentier and Doudna are the first all-woman team to receive a Nobel science prize and become the sixth and seventh women to be honoured for their research in chemistry since the first awards in 1901. 

Pernilla Wittung Stafsheden of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which is responsible for selecting the Nobel laureates in chemistry, said the prize to two female laureates was “a historic moment”. 

The Nobel is for the pair’s development of CRISPR-Cas9, a tool that allows scientists to snip DNA and edit the genetic code of animals, plants and microorganisms.

The scientists said they hoped that the Nobel recognition would also help light up a path for young women entering a field

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fashion

Is there life beyond sweatpants? Four ways fashion designers are giving us hope

Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. <span class="copyright">(From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)</span>
Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. (From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)

Things may be dark and dire now, but brighter days are coming. Therefore, put that sharp shoulder to the wheel, keep those polarized sunnies close at hand and stride optimistically toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

Finding hope in the thick of it seemed to be one of the overarching themes of the most memorable spring and summer 2021 collections presented at the mostly virtual Milan and Paris fashion weeks that officially ended Tuesday, and those spirit-buoying collections, whether they ultimately resonate at the cash register six months from now (or not), were a welcome bit of magic-making coming from a luxury fashion world all too often out of touch with the world beyond the runway’s

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The Spanish Princess star Charlotte Hope on why Catherine of Aragon is her 2020 role model

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At first glance, Catherine of Aragon might not seem like the ideal role model for 2020.

But while it may be hard to fathom what the 16th-century queen could possibly have in common with our present moment, Charlotte Hope, who portrays Catherine in the upcoming second season of Starz’s The Spanish Princess, has been finding strength in her character as we navigate a global pandemic and unprecedented challenges.

“She’s actually been a really helpful role model for me in 2020 because Catherine is someone who gets knocked down a lot,” Hope tells EW. “And she keeps getting up and never stops fighting. A lot of 2020, I have felt like I have been knocked sideways, over and over again. Just to remember that somewhere in me, I played this woman that never gave up and that kept on fighting. That exists in my body somewhere, and that’s quite

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Rihanna hopes new fashion show brings “hope” during pandemic

In an epic display rarely seen in the COVID-19 era, Rihanna forged ahead with her new Savage X Fenty lingerie show, which dropped exclusively Friday on Amazon Prime. The superstar said she hoped her fashion’s line performance would provide “a little bit of happiness” because “there’s a lot going on in the world right now.” 



a group of people standing on a stage in front of a crowd: Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video Show & BTS


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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video Show & BTS

The new fashion line, planned pre-pandemic, is Rihanna’s second foray into a live Savage x Fenty show. The first, which premiered at the end of 2019, was one the first in its class to combine a runway show with live performances, as much a showcase as it was a live concert. It received an Emmy nomination in 2020 for Outstanding Choreography For Variety Or Reality Programming

This year, while the adoring audiences were replaced with an empty

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