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Living in a small place can make it hard to have an extra sleeping space, but that's where sleeper sofas come into play. Luckily, thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to find affordable furniture pieces that will make your home feel bigger. We went on a mission to uncover the most stylish choices that won't break the bank. From luxe-looking velvet picks to midcentury-modern-inspired sleeper sofas, we found 12 choices that look good and are superfunctional. Plus, prices start at just $300, so what are you waiting for? Keep reading to shop them all. Related: The 14 Most Plush and Comfortable Sofas You Can Buy Online
Queen Elizabeth II is famous throughout the world and holds a central role in British life. Given her status and a long life lived in the public eye, you may think you know everything about her. But there are many facts about Her Majesty that
July has been a bit of a roller coaster so far (if you weren't already aware, Mercury was in retrograde at the start of the month). While the stars can help predict what's in store for you, what can you expect when it comes to your dating life specifically? POPSUGAR spoke to Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com , to get some answers on cosmic dos and don'ts this month. Now that Mercury retrograde in Cancer is over (it ended on July 12), communication is back on track. But that's not all - some good energy should be coming your way, too. Venus, the planet of love, will be in flirty (and techy) Gemini all month, "balancing the overall energy by adding its light energy into the mix," said Montúfar. "During this time, sexting and cybersex are at an all-time high, and commitment at its lowest since Gemini is a sign that likes to explore all its options." Translation? Don't expect to get into a long-term relationship right now. Think less committal, but also much more forward. "Mars has been making the dating scene even more interesting since it entered fiery Aries at the end of June, giving most signs the confidence to chase their victim," added Montúfar. Keep reading to see what all that means for your zodiac sign for the remainder of July. Related: Written in the Stars: Check Out Your Summer 2020 Love Horoscope!
The heartwarming moment a bull ran after a truck carrying its friend has been captured in India. The scene took place in the Palamedu area of Madurai, where the bull ran after the cow, which had just been sold, for nearly a kilometre. After
Raven is a 10-month-old Great Dane puppy with a love for adventure. Until it comes to water, that is. Having watched her family playing in the lake, it's clear she wants to join them. Although Great Danes are large and powerful breeds, they
Read along with your favourite STOR14S podcast releases: a full transcript of Flying Colours written by Angela Young and read by Edi Gathegi.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify from July 16th to hear Edi Gathegi reading Angela Mackworth-Young's winning entry to the Yahoo short story competition.
A man caught a two-year-old boy falling from the fourth floor of a residential building in eastern China. In the terrifying video, filmed in the city of Huai'an in Jiangsu Province, the toddler seen clinging on the fourth-floor aircon ledge
Making friends as a grown-up can be tricky. Throw in the fact we’re now living in a socially distant world – and that my family had moved to a part of the UK where we knew no-one just months before lockdown began – and it’s become even harder. In January, my husband and I found ourselves priced out of the Cotswolds, where we’d rented for almost 15 years. There really was only one other option – a move back to the county where I grew up, where buying a rural family house for our four-year-old son and baby daughter was actually achievable. Leaving behind friends we’ve known for decades and the tight-knit mum crew I’d built up was tough, but I felt confident that once we got into the swing of things in our new home, forming a new circle would come naturally. What I wasn’t expecting was a global pandemic to sweep in and crush any chance of meeting new friends whatsoever. Research released last month from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex found that one third of women in the UK have suffered from loneliness during lockdown – up from 11 per cent from before Covid-19 hit – with diminished social relationships being the biggest factor. “Women are more likely to report multiple numbers of close friends,” explained Ben Etheridge, one of the paper’s authors; limits on how many people you can see, and where and when, has thus made us vulnerable to a “decline in mental wellbeing”.
A group of actors were recruited by a pair of pranksters to join them in randomly staring at strangers in an attempt to give them anxiety in this fascinating social experiment. Duo Alex Stifler and Jad Khawandi, the faces of HowAboutBeirut,
Make-up artist Rose Gallagher shares her favourite tips, tricks and products to get a timeless 90s supermodel beauty look. She takes us through how to master your base, eyes and lips. Rose said: "Whenever I want to feel especially glamorous, I find myself retracing make-up techniques of the 90’s supermodels. "There was something so polished about make-up in this era; everything was feline and feminine. "The lovely thing about this style is that the colour palette is very neutral, so no matter how daring you tend to go with your make-up, you’ll find elements of this that feel comfortable to you. "
A travel corridor – which would exempt British holidaymakers from UK quarantine – is imminent, suggests Maldives tourism leader The Maldives reopened to international tourists on July 15; Britons are not required to quarantine on arrival or present a negative Covid-19 test. As resorts gradually reopen and airlines increase services, British holidaymakers can enjoy a stay on one of the 1,192 coral islands, albeit facing quarantine on their return. The Maldives is excluded from the Foreign Office (FCO) advisory against all but essential travel, making it less arduous to secure travel insurance for a trip there. However, the country has yet to be included on the UK Government’s travel corridors list, which means those travelling from the Maldives to the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days. This could soon change. Mr Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation, told Telegraph Travel: “With the Maldives High Commission in the United Kingdom and the government of Maldives, discussions are underway to ease the travel restrictions for travellers from the UK. We hope that the Maldives will soon meet the conditions required for an easing of [the UK's] travel and border measures." Tour operators have urged for the inclusion of this Indian Ocean nation, which lends itself to socially-distanced holidays – think overwater villas for two and private beach dining. Mapped: The countries you can actually visit right now "It's time for the UK government to adopt a more pragmatic approach to its air bridge and quarantine advice, to help the travel industry,” Brian Young, managing director of tour operator G Adventures, told Telegraph Travel. "Places like the Maldives are perfect for those wanting a remote holiday, with secluded accommodation, private villas and small sailing options [...] providing an ideal option for those wanting to create a physically distanced ‘bubble’ holiday with close friends or family.” There are further signs that the Maldives could be included in the Government’s next batch of travel corridors. An amendment to its FCO advice page mirrors a note added to each of the countries included in the first batch of exemptions in the days before the first official announcement of travel corridors. Derek Jones, chief executive of Kuoni, told Telegraph Travel that he is hopeful there will soon be a Government update on Maldives travel advice .“As it stands now we see no reason why it shouldn’t be added[...] The destination has done a lot of work with hotel partners to create plans for keeping customers safe.” The tourism industry accounts for nearly 30 per cent of GDP in the Maldives, so its reopening has been a priority. Abdulla Shahid, the archipelago’s minister for foreign affairs, referred to “a sense of relief and excitement as the country welcomes back tourists”. Among a population of 540,000, the country has recorded 2,831 cases of the virus and 15 deaths. Below we answer the key questions for those considering a holiday in the Maldives. Can I visit the Maldives? Yes, Britons can holiday at a resort without having to quarantine on arrival. All international tourists can enter the Maldives without quarantine on arrival at Velana International Airport in Malé, as of July 15. Visitors are not required to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, or to pay any additional fees. The Maldives requires passengers on flights to the country to wear face masks, with exemptions for children under six and those with certain medical conditions. Tourists are required to fill out a Traveller Health Declaration Form 24 hours before departing for the Maldives. They are also encouraged to download the Trace Ekee contract tracing app before landing in the country. Temperature and screening checks are set up for arriving passengers with quarantine facilities installed for any suspected cases of the virus. Those displaying symptoms on arrival are required to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at their own cost or at the cost of the tourism facility where they due to stay. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travellers. Are flights operating? Yes, airlines are offering a handful of flights to the Maldives with connections in the Middle East. Emirates and Qatar Airways are running services between London and Malé. Malé Velana International Airport is on Hulhulé Island and serves as a gateway for international tourists. Transfers to your resort will be by boat, sea plane or a domestic flight. Return flights are available in July with Emirates, starting from £620. Qatar Airways resumed flights to the Maldives on July 15 out of Doha, offering connections through major hubs, including London. Etihad resumed flights from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives from July 16. Turkish Airlines is tentatively starting flights from July 17. Which resorts have reopened? Initially, international tourists will only be able to stay at resorts. Hotels and guest houses located on inhabited islands will be allowed to open from August 1, 2020. Of more than 150 resorts in the Maldives, at least 40 are set to reopen in the latter half of July. This includes resorts that have stayed open throughout worldwide lockdowns and travel restrictions. Among the popular resorts to have resumed business are: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, three Four Seasons resorts (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa; Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah; Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru), Soneva Fushi (the original barefoot Maldives retreat) and Soneva Jani. More will follow suit in August; around 50 more will resume business in September and October. What rules will I have to follow in the Maldives? Tourists are only initially allowed into island resorts, with the exemption for those transferring from the international airport to their hotel. Despite the resumption of tourism, the country extended its state of public health emergency until August 7. However, restrictions have been eased with government offices and businesses, including shops, cafes and restaurants having reopened since July 1. Rules vary among island resorts. The Maldives Government has given “Safe Tourism” licences to businesses that meet legislation and safety rules, such as having a medical professional on call or the required stock of PPE. Some rules vary by resort. Guests of Soneva properties, for example, will be issued a mask on arrival and be tested for Covid-19. They will then be required to self-isolate in their room or villa until the results come back, which could be up to 24 hours. If the test comes back negative, they will be free to move around the resort, but will need to undergo daily temperature checks and another test on the fourth day of their stay. “You might consider that this is excessive and that we’re being overcautious,” said Sonu Shivdasani, chief executive of Soneva, in a video explaining the process. He said the aim was “to make all our private islands Covid-free environments so the guests can truly relax and engage with our hosts (and) fellow guests.” Hilton is slowly reopening its properties on the island nation - its guests will have their temperatures checked, but will not be required to take Covid-19 tests. The company has rolled out new guidelines called Hilton CleanStay for all of its properties. Measures include increased cleaning of public spaces and putting a seal on the doors after cleaning a room to show customers that nobody has since entered. Meanwhile, Marriott International, which plans to reopen its Maldives resorts in October is putting in new policies, such as requiring guests to sit at the same table each day for breakfast.
Iceland is inviting people to “let it all out” by screaming into its untouched landscapes.A new campaign encourages participants to record themselves screaming while looking at one of the country’s untamed views – including beaches, waterfalls and lakes – on the website.