Clothing is back in fashion for the holidays. But not all retailers will benefit from the trend

David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images A customer lifts a shopping bag at an Old Navy Inc. store in San Francisco. One takeaway from this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza is that there will be a lot more sweaters and coats under the tree this year. Shoppers are turning up at stores such as Lululemon, Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy and Urban Outfitters this holiday season to buy clothing for themselves and for others. It’s a stark contrast from the years that followed the Great…

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Ethiopia, Kenya to benefit from $169m U.S. food aid

The United States has extended food and health aid totaling $169m, the U.S. government’s humanitarian relief agency, USAID, has announced. The bulk of the funds will go to Ethiopia who are set to benefit to the tune of $137 million with the remaining going to neighbouring Kenya. Part of Ethiopia’s fund includes enough food to feed 3 million people. According to a USAIDstatement, the Trump administration approved the aid principally to feed people starving in both countries. With this new funding, the United States is scaling up emergency food assistance, while providing…

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Older adults benefit from laughter during exercise programs

They say laughter is the best medicine, and researchers say incorporating intentional laughter into exercise programs increases their health benefit for older adults. Simulated laughter techniques added to a strength, balance and flexibility workout improved older adults’ performance in an exercise program and significantly improved their enjoyment, making it more likely they would participate in physical activity and classes more often, report researchers at Georgia State University. Laughter has physical benefits, and in many cases has an effect on the muscles used during exercise programs designed for older adults, the…

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Labour MP to table 30 changes to education bill to benefit students

A Labour MP has promised to table more than 30 amendments to a higher education bill in an attempt to ensure that students get a better experience from their degrees as tuition fees continue to rise. Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North and former president of the National Union of Students, said he wanted the higher education and research bill to include a “students’ bill of rights”. The bill, about to enter the committee stage of scrutiny in the House of Commons, has already attracted criticism for not doing…

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