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As a consumer myself, I can't help but marvel at how online shopping has changed the face of retail, and the convenience it has provided to our life. Everyone is simply a few taps and clicks away to purchase anything they might need or want.
For most of us, an entire year and more of being forced to be a homebody has probably inspired purchases to make life at home much more pleasant. By now, we would have bought most of the big-ticket items such as ergonomic tables and chairs, kitchen appliances or even home workout equipment.
Now, consider these inexpensive and random items to further enhance your home life!
UK health minister Sajid Javid says he is optimistic that COVID-19 measures introduced to reduce the spread of Omicron will be scaled back next week as cases and hospitalisations look to have peaked.Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced so-called "Plan B" measures for England in December in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks in Switzerland on Friday to discuss Ukraine, officials say.Blinken will travel amid concerns voiced by Ukraine and its allies over the tens of thousands of Russian troops amassed in and near Ukraine.
Coronavirus vaccines made using mRNA technology do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies, the European Union's drug regulator says after a review of several studies.The detailed review based on studies involving about 65,000 pregnancies at different stages did not find any sign of higher risk of complications, miscarriages, pre-term births or severe side-effects on the unborn babies from mRNA shots, the European Medicines Agency said.
Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who was held as a hostage for six years by Colombia's largest guerrilla group, says she will be running for her country's presidency.The announcement comes almost two decades after Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia while also campaigning for the country's top office for the Green Oxygen Party, a movement she founded while she was a congresswoman.
At least four people have been killed and 10 others wounded in Somalia's capital when a man in an explosive vest detonated at a teashop opposite a Somali military training camp, the Somali National News Agency reports.The teashop in Mogadishu is frequented by new recruits from the Nacnaca training camp.
Everton have confirmed the appointment of Duncan Ferguson as caretaker manager.Ferguson oversaw training on Tuesday, with the club looking for a successor to Rafael Benitez after sacking the Spaniard on Sunday.
Nepal has registered a record high number of new daily coronavirus infections while Israel starts to distribute millions of free rapid antigen tests and Swedish authorities dropped a requirement for people entering the country to take a test.Nepal recorded 10,258 new infections on Tuesday, government data showed, the highest number reported in a single day as the government projected the tally could double by the end of the month.
All-rounder Nat Sciver says England are feeling "a bit more calm" now after initial frustrations with the strict coronavirus protocols in place upon their arrival in Australia ahead of the Women's Ashes.Sciver knows Australia well having played in the WBBL for Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars but even she took a while to settle in with the tight restrictions.
Rather than shying away from huge expectations, Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz has set himself a lofty goal as he eyes a run deep into the Australian Open.The 18-year-old, who has been dubbed the next Rafael Nadal, wants to break into the world's top 15 by the end of 2022.
"Blue carbon" is among a range of new options that can earn credits in Australia's voluntary carbon market.Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor announced on Tuesday that farmers, businesses and industries can benefit from the new methods of offsetting carbon emissions, as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
While COVID-19 cases numbers have "stabilised" in NSW, the state's chief health officer is again stressing the importance of vaccine boosters as the outbreak death toll climbs.NSW reported 29,830 cases on Tuesday, with just under half diagnosed from antigen tests.
Wall Street's main indexes have fallen as big technology stocks were slammed by rising Treasury yields while Goldman Sachs led declines among banks after posting its quarterly profit below expectations.Two-year Treasury yields, which track short-term rate expectations, crossed 1.
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has given a Nazi salute as he arrived in court for a parole hearing that will decide if he should be released after spending more than a decade behind bars.Breivik killed 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity in July 2011.
Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has appeared for the first time since unrest rocked the republic this month, saying in a video address there was no conflict among the country's elite.Nazarbayev, who ruled the oil-producing country for three decades, said he had remained in Kazakhstan during the worst violence in the country's post-Soviet history.
All the homes on one of Tonga's small outer islands were destroyed in the massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with three people so far confirmed dead, the government says in its first update since the disaster hit.With communications severely hampered by an undersea cable being severed, information on the scale of the devastation after Saturday's eruption - causing waves up to 15 metres high - has so far mostly come from reconnaissance aircraft.
Teen sensation Emma Raducanu has shrugged off an indifferent run of form to fight past fellow US Open champion Sloane Stephens in three sets and reach the second round in her debut Australian Open.Raducanu, 19, has struggled since her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows last year and her first-round clash with Stephens proved a rollercoaster before the Englishwoman prevailed 6-0 2-6 6-1 for her first win of 2022.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied an accusation by his former adviser that he had lied to parliament about a lockdown party, saying that nobody had warned him the "bring your own booze" gathering might contravene COVID-19 rules.Johnson faces the gravest crisis of his tenure after revelations about gatherings during COVID-19 lockdowns, some when British people could not even bid farewell in person to dying relatives and the Queen was mourning her husband.
The Adelaide 36ers ambushed the ladder-leading Perth Wildcats early before surviving a stiff second-half challenge to prevail 87-74 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.Playing their first NBL game in 31 days following multiple fixture postponements due to COVID-19, the Sixers showed minimal signs of rust on Tuesday night, paving their path to victory through a dynamic start when they stormed ahead by 28 points in the second quarter.
Tonga's government has confirmed three fatalities in its first official update since Saturday's volcanic eruption and tsunami, and says the evacuation of some outlying islands has begun after the destruction of homes, including an entire village on Mango island.In a statement on Tuesday, the prime minister's office confirmed the deaths of a 65-year-old woman on Mango Island and a 49-year-old man on Nomuka Island, in addition to a British national.
Keeping "positive vibes" has proved the trick for Alex de Minaur in overcoming an early scare to beat Lorenzo Musetti in four sets and book his ticket to the Australian Open second round.De Minaur has relished his return to Australian soil after a COVID-19 affected 2021, and showed his maturity, recovering from a set down to beat the Italian 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3.