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Black Friday blockades at Amazon warehouse in Avonmouth – live updates as structures go up



Black Friday blockades at Amazon warehouse in Avonmouth - live updates as structures go up

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Activists Block Amazon Warehouse In Avonmouth this morning as the Black Friday sale kicks off.

Protesters arrived at 4am this morning (Friday, November 26) at the Amazon distribution center near Bristol and have “clamped” themselves to bamboo towers and scaffolding, completely blocking two access roads to the site.

XR Bristol joins international action against Amazon today, with 13 fulfillment centers blocked in the UK this morning, along with centers in Europe.

READ MORE: Best Black Friday deals live as shoppers visit Bristol

The aim of the protest is to disrupt Amazon’s operations on what is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, to force the global giant to change its “deeply climate-destroying business practices.”

Amazon’s own figures from 2020 show that the the company’s CO2 emissions increased by 19 percent year-on-year despite the global shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020, Amazon’s operations emitted the equivalent of 60.64 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, compared to 51.17 million tons in 2019.

The company pledged to be net-zero by 2040 in 2019, but XR activists say there’s “no evidence of how that will be achieved and the commitment doesn’t relate to Amazon’s supply chain.”

XR Bristol has previously deployed scaffolding on College Green
XR Bristol has previously deployed scaffolding on College Green

In addition to the “lock-on” and blockade of Amazon’s Avonmouth warehouse, activists display banners that read “Amazon Crime”, “Infinite growth, finite planet” and “Make Amazon Pay”.

Extinction Rebellion Rebel Elder activist, Gaie Delap, 74, of Montpelier, Bristol said: “International companies of this size should not be laws for themselves. Their leaders bear the same responsibility as national governments.

“We all understand that this kind of super-consumption is unnecessary and destructive. And a growing number of companies are moving away from Black Friday, a day that will contribute to an increase in vehicle and carbon emissions.

“Two weeks after the end of COP26, it’s really shocking that Amazon is actively promoting Black Friday. This is a US “shopping holiday” that Amazon introduced itself in the UK in 2010.

“We will not achieve the radical reductions in carbon emissions, which COP26 has clearly shown are necessary, by simply continuing ‘business as usual’.

“If we want to save the Amazon rainforest, we need to focus on mega retailer Amazon.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “At Amazon, we take our responsibilities very seriously. That includes our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 – 10 years before the Paris Agreement – ​​to provide excellent wages and benefits in a safe and modern working environment, and to support the tens of thousands of UK small businesses that sell in our store . We know there is always more to do, and we will continue to invent and invest on behalf of our employees, customers, small businesses and communities in the UK. We are proud to have invested £32bn in the UK since 2010, creating 10,000 new permanent jobs across the country this year alone and a total UK tax contribution of £1.55bn in 2020 generated.”

The action kicked off at 4 a.m. today and XR has not specified how long it will last.

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189 Best Amazon Cyber Monday Deals in 2021: Jaw-Dropping Discounts on Clothing, Tech, Home Goods, and More





Right on schedule, the best Amazon Cyber Monday deals 2021 has to offer are rolling in strong. Whether you’re looking to melt the world away with noise-cancelling headphones, breeze through your house chores with a robot vacuum, air fry literally everything in your kitchen, level up your skincare and wardrobe game, or get a jump on your holiday shopping, the Everything Store has, well, everything—all at mouthwatering discounts. For the best deals of the bunch, fire up that Prime membership and take a stroll through our highly-curated assortment of limited-time offers below. And don’t forget to check back in, because we’ll be keeping this list updated with the latest and greatest Amazon Cyber Monday deals 2021 all week long.


Persol PO3235S Pilot sunglasses

Timberland Blix slimfold leather wallet

Wrangler Authentics fleece quarter-zip sweater

Dickies Temp-IQ Denim “Eisenhower” jacket

Koolaburra by UGG Bordon slippers

Timex Weekender watch

When you want the most watch for the least money, all roads lead to Timex.

Dockers classic fit easy khaki pants

Easily the best khakis you’ll find for under $30.

Pendleton Shetland wool sweater

Everyone needs a good, classic wool sweater.

Adidas Essentials warm-up 3-stripes track jacket

Gildan crew T-shirts (12-pack)

Calvin Klein cotton stretch multipack boxer briefs

The first and best name in elevated undies.

Champion Powerblend fleece hoodie

Seiko 5 SNXL72 automatic gold-tone stainless steel bracelet watch (was $235, now 50% off)


Merrell Moab 2 mid waterproof hiking boot

Take a hike.


Baxter of California clay pomade

The Ordinary Peeling Solution And Hyaluronic Face Serum

Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm

CeraVe Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid

Roselyn Boutique jade roller & Gua Sha facial tools

Glam Up facial sheet mask 12-pack

Thayers witch hazel toner

Reduce irritation, prevent blemishes, and naturally hydrate your face.

Jack Black turbo body bar

Gentle exfoliation and hydrating ingredients to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar purifying foaming gel cleanser

Dylonic exfoliating brush

Panasonic Arc5 electric shaver

Our all-time favorite electric foil shaver rarely goes on sale. Even if it weren’t the holidays, that’d be reason enough to celebrate.

Calvin Klein CK One eau de toilette

The citrus-y classic still smells as alluring as it did during its late-’90s heyday.

Crest 3D white strips

Show up for the holidays with a diamond of a smile.

Philips Norelco 9000 pecision beard and hair trimmer

L’Oreal Paris Skincare Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum (was $24, now 46% off)


German Nivea creme (was $11, now 36% off)

Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0 professional flossing toothbrush

Hatteker beard trimmer kit


Anker Nebula Capsule mini projector

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook laptop

Anker wirless Qi charging stand

Speck Gemshell clear iPhone 13 case (was $25, now 30% off)

Blue Yeti USB mic (was $130, now 23% off)

LG OLED C1 Series 65” Smart TV (was $2500, now 28% off)


Bose Sport Earbuds

These sweat-proof, bass-thumping buds will help you excel in the gym.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

If you’ve been jonesing for a digital Jeeves, the older version of the Echo Dot is on sale for one of the best prices we’ve seen in a hot minute.

Amazon Fire TV Stick (was $50, now 50% off)


Apple AirPods Pro (was $249, now 29% off)


Fellow Stag EKG electric gooseneck kettle

Zeppoli classic kitchen towels 15-pack

Instant Vortex 5.7 quart air fryer

All-Clad D3 stainless steel frying pant cookware set

Nespresso Vertuo Next Espresso Machine

Smeg 4-slot toaster

Smeg’s coveted retro-style appliances don’t often go on sale, so you’d better hop on this deal while you can.

All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch fry pan with lid

Used in high-end kitchens all over the world, so you can elevate your home cooking into fine dining territory.

Bodum Brazil French press

Lodge 10/25″ cast iron skillet

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker

Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender

Staub braiser with glass lid (was $357, now 58% off)


AeroGarden Harvest (was $150, now 40% off)


Breville Precision Brewer (was $420, now 29% off)

Ninja Air Fryer 5-quart (was $150, now 33% off)


Amazon smart soap dispenser

Bio Bidet Bliss BB200 smart toilet

Flexispot EG1 electric standing desk

Welhome Hudson Organic Cotton Towel Set (6-Piece)

Versanora Creativo Work Desk

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X turntable and Microlab Pro1BT speaker bundle

Dust off those vinyl records and turn up the volume.

Medify MA-40 air purifier

It’s never been more important to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.

Amazon Blink Mini camera

There’s, like, a zero percent chance Bezos isn’t watching the goings-on inside your home. Might as well let Amazon watch (and protect) the outside of it, too.

nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug

Casper Sleep original hybrid mattress, queen (was $1395, now 15% off)


iRobot Roomba 692 robot vacuum (was $300, now 33% off)


Sonneman 2050-63 LED Quattro task lamp (was $240, now 31% off)

Costa Farms pachira plant


Amazon Halo fitness tracker

Under Armour Undeniable duffle gym bag

Balancefrom GoYoga yoga mat with carrying strap

XTERRA Fitness Folding Treadmill

Circuit Fitness Water Rowing Machine

Adidas Ultraboost sneakers

Garmin Vivoactive fitness watch

Rogue speed rope (was $26, now 30% off)


TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller (was $40, now 30% off)


NordicTrack Commercial Series + 30-Day iFit membership (was $3200, now 22% off)


BowFlex SelecTech 552 adjustable dumbbells (pair) (was $550, now 27% off)


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Storm Team 11: Cold weather Monday before a warm-up begins | WJHL




Storm Team 11: Cold weather Monday before a warm-up begins |  WJHL

The Storm Team 11 Forecast calls for a cold Sunday night and Monday. A warming trend begins Tuesday afternoon and continues through the rest of the workweek. There is a small chance of a shower from Wednesday. That little potential continues through Friday and even Saturday. The chance of rain may increase towards the end of the weekend or early next week.

Cold tonight and Monday
Tonight there will be some clouds. Quite cold with a minimum between 20 and 23 degrees.

Mostly sunny Monday. Some high clouds. Cold with a high of mid-30s to nearly 40 degrees throughout the area, about 42 to 44 degrees in the Tri-Cities.

Monday night mostly clear to partly cloudy. Occasional clouds nearby. Still cold with lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Heat up
Plenty of sunshine for most of Tuesday with the possibility of more clouds later in the day and into the night. Softer in the afternoon. The maximum temperature is around 54 degrees in the Tri-Cities with higher 40 degrees to almost 50 degrees elsewhere.

Next rain chance?
We will be in and out of the clouds from Wednesday and it looks like it will be with periods of sunshine for the rest of the week. Moisture seems to be quite limited in our region. However, there is a very small chance of rain most days on this stretch due to a few weak systems nearby. It looks like our best chance of rain won’t be until Sunday or next Monday. Stay tuned as we gain confidence in the prediction. It’s becoming clearer that warmer air will settle in mid-to-late week with peaks in the mid-’50s to lows of the ’60s.


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NYC Holiday Dining Is Back To ‘Normal’, Restaurant Owners Say




NYC Holiday Dining Is Back To 'Normal', Restaurant Owners Say

Last year, when Daniel Posner went to Manhattan for dinner over the holidays, he had no trouble getting a table as many people continued to avoid public gatherings around the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, however, the Rye resident is making reservations before heading into town. “Restaurants are overcrowded,” he said. “I go in more often and it is bustling with crowds, both inside and out.”

He is not alone.

Nyack resident Amos Friedland ate occasionally in Manhattan last fall and winter, but only outside, usually “mid-afternoon, freezing cold under stoves.” This year he is back, but this time he eats inside.

Some dishes at Trattoria Dell'Arte, opposite Carnegie Hall in Manhattan.

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“I am especially grateful that New York City has made vaccination mandatory for everyone who eats or works indoors,” he said. “My new favorite is King Restaurant [in the West Village] and I’m super excited that one of my favorite restaurants in the world, Le Coucou, (in SoHo) has finally just reopened.”

The City Winery pop-up near Rockefeller Center was pretty quiet in this December 2020 photo.

What a difference a year makes

Last holiday was a bleak season for many restaurants, with people ordering or staying at home. Because the government mandate for indoor eating and vaccinations is not widely available to the general public, all six of the Fireman Hospitality Group’s locations, including Bond 45 New York, Café Fiorello, Brooklyn Delicatessen, Brooklyn Diner, Redeye Grill and Trattoria Dell’Arte temporarily closed during the 2020 holidays.

NYC's Redeye Grill was one of Fireman Hospitality Group's restaurants that closed over the holiday season of 2020 last year and is now back and "busier than ever," according to founder (and veteran restaurateur) Sheldon

“The season was cold and dark for us and many other New York City businesses,” said Sheldon “Shelly” Fireman, Firestone’s founder and veteran restorer.

However, now that dining options are close to cultural institutions and entertainment venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Broadway, his spots are busier than ever.

“There is life and energy in the streets again,” he said. “New Yorkers and visitors are in town and want to get together with friends and celebrate.”

It helps, he said, that Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Broadway are also back in business.

With vaccinations on the rise and all guests dining inside required to show proof of the vaccine, diners have returned to New York City restaurants and other attractions like the Rink at Rockefeller Center.

“The city is back,” agrees Chris Heywood, executive vice president for global communications at NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. “People are ready; they’ve been on hold for so long that they’re now giving themselves permission to go out.”

Bernard Collin, Operations Director of Restaurants in the Upper East Side, La Goulue, Orsay

and Bar Italia, attribute the rise to New York’s strict vaccine policies and people wanting to get back to “normal.”

It was fully booked for Thanksgiving over a month ago and is already taking holiday bookings.

Vaccine policies, which require individuals 12 and older to identify and prove they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, has also made many diners feel safer eating indoors in New York. .

Bernard Collin, director of operations for the La Goulue, Orsay and Bar Italia restaurants on the Upper East Side, said New York City's strict vaccine policies and people wanting to return to "normal" has brought people back to his restaurants.

Not to mention, Heywood added, New York City is a food mecca. And the holidays are an iconic time to visit. It also helps that the city has reinvented itself, he said, with a myriad of outdoor dining options. And it also helps that foreign tourists have started to return.

There’s also the fact that restaurants in Manhattan are, well, restaurants in Manhattan.

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