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5 Al Fresco Happy Hours To Explore In Philly

Jessica Wong

As the evenings start to lengthen and warm, to our delight, reserve a table at one of these Philly eateries for an outdoor happy hour.

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1. Oyster House

The divine wedding of fresh oysters and a crisp beer is enough to make any seafood lover salivate. Relax at the raw bar, or at the outdoor-seating section, as you savor the fresh $3 oyster shooters with a $3 draft beer. On weekdays, you can catch the happy hour special Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6p.m. For the weekend warriors, be sure to reserve a spot Saturdays

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Should You Travel to Disney Right Now? A Debate

Jessica Wong

For the recurring series, That’s Debatable, we take on a contentious issue of the day and present two spirited arguments—one in favor and other emphatically opposed. Previous installments from the series are here. 

YES, DISNEY PARKS ARE THE DISTRACTION WE NEED NOW

The stretch of I-95 from Pennsylvania to Florida is a long, unlovely drive. But as soon as I was fully vaccinated, it was the first road trip I wanted to take. Destination: Orlando. I’ve been a devoted Walt Disney World fan for the last decade. I’ve made the trek once a year. Many key moments in my life

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Dystopian tales explore altered retirement reality

Jessica Wong

Ever wondered what the future of retirement might look like if the investment industry just stopped caring about its decisions? A series of dystopian-style stories from RisCura explores what this alternate reality might look like.

Investment adviser and service provider RisCura Holdings (Pty.) Ltd. last month released an anthology of stories named “Upshot.” The seven stories, written by well-known authors and curated by award-winning author Lauren Beukes, address topics including longevity and work to convey the need to make responsible investment decisions.

“It’s less relevant in a first-world country where the wheels are going to turn … but when it’s

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Families reunite as Australia-New Zealand ‘travel bubble’ begins

Jessica Wong

Hundreds of passengers from Australia began arriving in New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, a pandemic milestone that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in over a year.

Though most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free visits from New Zealand residents since late last year, New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.

Television footage showed emotional scenes at the airports with families reuniting and scores of passengers thronging the international departure terminals at Australian airports.

“It is the first time in 400 days that

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Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Brings Relief, Elation | World News

Jessica Wong

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elation marked the opening Monday of a long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.

The start of quarantine-free travel was a relief for families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. It marked the first, tentative steps toward what both countries hope will become a gradual reopening to the rest of the world.

The idea of a bubble between Australia and New Zealand had been talked about for months but faced setbacks because of several small virus outbreaks in both countries,

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