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    (CNN)The White House coronavirus task force expressed concern about virus spread stemming from small household gatherings as coronavirus cases rise across the country and colder months approach. The warnings come as President Donald Trump continues ignoring precautions as he gathers thousands of mostly maskless supporters at rallies across the country in the final sprint before the election. Mitigation efforts -- wearing a mask, social distancing -- in retail settings such as stores and restaurants are working, the task force suggested in its weekly report released to states Tuesday. But the same precautions aren't being taken as smaller groups of friends and family gather in private home settings, which could be cause for alarm ahead of the winter months and the Thanksgiving holiday. "What we're seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings. And particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really...
    A Florida woman is being slammed as 'pathetic' and a 'monster' after she asked the internet to Photoshop her stepson out of a family photo. Natalie, her husband, their two shared biological children, and her husband's son from a previous relationship all posed for professional family photos recently, but Natalie wanted one with just 'her boys' — not her young stepson — so she shared the image in a Facebook group, asking strangers to remove the child for $10. After screengrabs were shared on Twitter last week, they've gone viral, with hundreds of commenters criticizing the woman as 'gross' and 'heartless.' Cruel: A Florida woman is being slammed as 'pathetic' and a 'monster' after she asked the internet to Photoshop her stepson out of a family photo Awful: Natalie first asked her photographer's permission to get the photos edited, saying she wanted one with just 'her boys' Booted:...
    (CNN)Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Senate Republicans will attempt to move forward on a targeted bill to re-start the small business loan program that served as a centerpiece of the coronavirus relief efforts when the Senate returns to session next week -- a sign that prospects for broad stimulus agreement have all but faded before Election Day. "Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families," McConnell said in a statement referencing the small business loan Paycheck Protection Program. "The American people need Democrats to stop blocking bipartisan funding and let us replenish the PPP before more Americans lose their jobs needlessly."The move by Senate Republicans is the latest in months of back and forth between the two parties and the Trump administration -- with the partisan majorities in both chambers passing or attempting to pass their own preferred legislation, only to have it rejected out...
    Online shopping Amazon Australia’s two-day “Prime Day” flash sale is now live, taking advantage of the growth of online shopping. Starting this morning, Amazon’s Prime Day sale will run until 11.59pm tomorrow, October 14th. To access limited time deals, customers need to sign up for Amazon’s Prime plan at a cost of 99 6.99 per month – but using the site’s 30 day free trial can be a sensible workplace.Amazon’s Prime Day runs until 11.59pm on October 14th. (Amazon.com.au)Among the deals on the offer are 40-inch DCL TVs 4 424, Nokia smartphones 4 244, Kindle e-readers $ 149 and Nike Shoes 32 20.32. One aspect of this year’s sale will attract the attention of Australian small businesses, which are struggling to shake off the fall caused by COVID-19, pushfires and drought. Amazon Australia’s Country Manager Matt Furlong said he hopes the flash sale will introduce Australians to brands they have...
    WASHINGTON - As the Trump administration and Congress argue over the scope of a new stimulus package to boost America’s pandemic-ravaged economy, analysts warn that delays will inflict financial pain on vulnerable populations and may delay an economic recovery once the virus is brought under control. With the presidential election just over three weeks away, the status of stimulus talks in Washington remains tenuous. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced he was canceling all negotiations until after the election, a position he subsequently reversed with a call for limited federal aid for a few economic sectors. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, reiterated her party’s insistence on a comprehensive package to assist struggling businesses, consumers, and state and local governments, adding that discussions would continue. Stimulus 'unlikely' On Friday morning, however, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a new stimulus package was “unlikely” to pass the chamber...
    Mark Overly, the owner of Kaladi Coffee Roasters, has worked in coffee for over thirty years. With October's designation as National Fair Trade Month, Overly has more than a few words to share about the history of the Fairtrade certification and his choice to source 90 percent of his beans from Fairtrade-certified producers. “It’s our vehicle to quality,” he says. “It’s the way that we establish relationships directly with farmers so that we can produce the coffee we’re looking for.” Overly says that Fairtrade has always challenged the status quo of the coffee industry because it changed the model of how small farms and buyers interact. Fairtrade gives small farm cooperatives the ability to personally negotiate with buyers instead of going through larger coffee estates. But the co-op model also means that portions of the profit go back into community-chosen improvements rather than directly to individual farmers. This method of...
    Instagram model Laurence Bédard impressed her 2.8 million followers with her recent post. The update, which was posted on Wednesday, October 6, showed the celebrity in casual attire as she wished all of her fans a “Good morning.” Laurence wore a unique black tank top that not only plunged down low and revealed plenty of her ample cleavage but featured a cut-out bottom section. Cropped to show off her toned midriff, two straps also hung down in the front. She teamed this with a pair of faded denim jeans and completed her look with a delicate gold chain around her neck. The first image that she shared showed the outfit from the front as she gave a small smile for the camera. Her dark locks were styled in gentle waves and parted to the side as she cocked her head at a slight angle. The second shot gave a further...
    LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) — President Donald Trump is urging Congress to pass coronavirus aid for airlines and stimulus checks after calling off negotiations on a relief package via Twitter on Tuesday. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday, lines were virtually nonexistent as a small number of passengers checked in for their flights. Without some sort of federal aid, the airline industry faces months of economic pain. Before the pandemic struck, Kaleef Morse flew in and out of BWI every month for work. Wednesday was his first flight back. “If you look around and see all the workers who are not here doing their normal jobs, this airport is a hub for major airlines,” Morse said. “Southwest should be packed right now but nothing is going on right now, it’s empty.” The empty airport speaks to the thousands of airline workers out of work because of the pandemic. Among...
    VIDEO3:2003:20Small business advisor: New stimulus is 'make or break'Squawk on the Street As talks in Washington, D.C. over a new round of financial and economic stimulus continue, Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer and small business advisor David Dodson doesn't like what he sees on Main Street or for the U.S. economy. Dodoson, who once ran for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming and has served as CEO and chairman at multiple companies including an auto parts retailer and trucking company, told CNBC that the fourth quarter is make-or-break for many Main Street owners and the lack of progress on stimulus could lead to another wave of bankruptcies that end up doing significant damage to the national economy. "We knew in April the bridge that we built wasn't going to get us to the other side. We squandered five months during an election process. ... we've got an emergency on our...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, left, listens as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks to members of the media following a meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images A recovery that has lived by stimulus could die by stimulus, or the lack thereof, as the impasse among Washington leaders hits a new phase. With the increasing chance that no broad-based help will happen before the November election, the reality now exists that a record-breaking rebound in the third-quarter will be followed by little or no growth to end 2020 and begin 2021. The ramifications are tangible and brutal, according to economists and business professionals who spoke to CNBC: Billions of dollars a month siphoned out of the economy due to lowered jobless benefits, a holiday retail season shaping...
    Kentucky AG attacks Megan Thee Stallion and Ben Crump after Breonna Taylor case criticisms Chopped judge Marcus Samuelsson: Failure to pass restaurant aid would cost millions of jobs Ikea is opening 50 small-format stores globally as it experiments with new retail concepts in vibrant urban destinations during the pandemic © John Sibley/Reuters Ikea is experimenting with smaller stores in urban centers. John Sibley/Reuters Ikea is opening 50 new smaller-format stores in urban areas around the world as the Swedish furniture retailer experiments with new retail concepts.  According to an Ikea spokesperson, the expansion is part of parent company Ingka's "global ambition to evaluate opportunities within 40 major cities" in order "to introduce their vibrant, urban destinations" to the company's portfolio. In the US, this includes smaller format locations in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the spokesperson told Business Insider.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
    Hundreds of small earthquakes continue to rattle southern California, sending light shaking into San Diego County, as experts raise the odds that a much larger tremor could strike in the coming days.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that hundreds of earthquakes had been reported by Wednesday night in the Salton Trough near Westmorland and more than a dozen more sizeable earthquakes on Thursday.   The swarm has registered only a few 4.5 magnitude earthquakes with many of the tremors falling below 3.0 magnitude. The largest so far was a magnitude 4.9.  The USGS has now listed the possibly of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake hitting in the next few days as one in 300 as a result of the recent activity.  Hundreds of earthquakes swarm southern California raising fears that a larger one is coming. The map above shows the large number of quakes that have hit the...
    Jill Justin is trying to figure out the next move for her business, Jill Justin Dance Alliance, after the pandemic cut business in half.Source: Jill Justin Jill Justin had to think fast when the coronavirus pandemic hit. As the owner of Jill Justin Dance Alliance in Middlesex County, New Jersey, she went from having close to 500 students taking classes seven days a week to shutting her studio doors. After taking some time to regroup and change her business model, Justin started offering Zoom classes and asked those who could afford it to continue paying tuition. Her revenue dropped by 50%. Now that her business is back open with restrictions like masks and six-feet of social distancing, and at 50% capacity, Justin is wondering about her next move. "Should I return to my corporate career or take on a part-time position?" she said. "Should I reinvent my business even more...
    APPLE is working on a “mini” version of its new iPhone, according to reports. The palm-sized mobile is one of four iPhones rumoured for launch this month, possibly as early as October 13. Boasting a display measuring just 5.4in, the compact contraption is said to be Apple’s smallest mobile in three years. Whispers of the iPhone Mini have gathered pace in recent months, and now a trusted Apple leaker appears to have confirmed it existence. Jon Prosser, who regularly shares details of Apple devices before they launch, tweeted that the handset is being shipped to shops this week. “Apple’s first shipment of final iPhone 12 units is going out to distributers on October 5th,” the YouTuber wrote on Tuesday. Apple’s first shipment of final iPhone 12 units is going out to distributers on October 5thThe shipment includes: iPhone 12 mini 5.4(Definitely the final marketing name) -64/128/256iPhone 12 6.1-64/128/256Event on October...
    MOVE over cats, Brits are officially a nation of dog lovers with man’s best friend topping the list of popular pets.  It doesn’t matter what breed, it seems our four-legged friends are beloved in every shape and size.  4Unsurprisingly dogs were named as Brits favourite animal The study of 2,000 adults found cats came in second place, followed by robins, horses and then hedgehogs.  Making up the top ten were squirrels, owls, deer, rabbits and butterflies.  Stats showed one in ten Brits considered their furry, scaled and feathered friends as part of the family.  More than half, 55 per cent, liked the affection they gave while 61 per cent said having some company was the best thing about a pet. Brits top 30 favourite animals 1. Dog2. Cat3. Robin4. Horse5. Hedgehog6. Squirrel7. Owl8. Deer9. Rabbit10. Butterfly11. Donkey12. Golden Eagle13. Fox14. Puffin15. Otter16. Duck17. Tortoise18. Bee19. Alpaca20. Parrot21. Blue tit22. Pig23....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a young man shot in the head and killed in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood on Thursday was a teenager. He was identified as 16-year-old Mekhi Partlow. He was found shot in the head on the 7100 block of North 19th Street, around midnight. Investigators say they found eight spent shell casings at the scene. “Near the spent shell casings we found two sneakers. The victim is not wearing any sneakers. So we believe these sneakers belonged to the victim and he may have ran out of these sneakers in an attempt to get away,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police say he was wearing a Burger King uniform when they found him. A Burger King spokesperson told CBS3 in an email, “We’re deeply saddened to hear of the fatal shooting that took place involving a team member. Our deepest condolences go out...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a young man shot in the head and killed in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood on Thursday was a teenager. He was identified as 16-year-old Mekhi Parlow. He was found shot in the head on the 7100 block of North 19th Street, around midnight. Investigators say they found eight spent shell casings at the scene. “Near the spent shell casings we found two sneakers. The victim is not wearing any sneakers. So we believe these sneakers belonged to the victim and he may have ran out of these sneakers in an attempt to get away,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police say he was wearing a Burger King uniform when they found him. A Burger King spokesperson told CBS3 in an email, “We’re deeply saddened to hear of the fatal shooting that took place involving a team member. Our deepest condolences go out...
    (CNN)Rather than "moving the goalposts" it was a case of shortened ones ahead of Thursday's Europa League game between Tottenham Hotspuur and North Macedonian side Shkëndija.Upon inspecting the frame of the goal, Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho sensed something was amiss. It turned out the crossbar was five centimeters lower than it should have been.Mourinho complained to UEFA before kickoff and the smaller goal frame was replaced with one that was regulation size.There was no suggestion of foul play as the game was played in North Macedonia's national stadium in the capital city of Skopje given Shkendija's home stadium was deemed to not meet UEFA regulations. Shkëndija is based in Tetovo, a small city outside of Skopje.READ: Jose Mourinho is the star of the show in new behind the scenes documentary at TottenhamRead MoreJose Mourinho gets his picture taken with the small goal."Before the game was a funny situation because...
    Fact check: False claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci arrested uses doctored and out of context photos McDonalds customers are furious over the loss of All Day Breakfast, but workers and franchisees are pushing for it to disappear forever Top Small-Cap Fund Shuns Cyclical Shares as Australia Reopens (Bloomberg) -- Load Error An outperforming Australian small-cap fund is avoiding shares tied to the nation’s economic revival, cautious of how the recovery might play out. Perennial Value Management Ltd.’s Andrew Smith said he’s maintained a defensive slant in his micro-cap fund since the coronavirus-induced March swoon, as he doesn’t see much upside for Australian stocks in the short term. He’s kept a low exposure to stocks that could benefit from the unwinding of lockdown measures as a Covid-19 resurgence in Victoria state weighs on the economy. Australia’s Worst-Hit City on Track for Easing as Cases Fall “Given the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the third victim in last Sunday’s plane crash in Washington County. Thirty-year-old Grace Addae, from Eden Prairie, was among the three registered occupants of a Cessna aircraft who perished when it crashed into the quarry on Grey Cloud Island near St. Paul Park. Addae’s remains were recovered Thursday night. The remains of the two other victims — 60-year-old Larry Schlichting from Eagan, and 24-year-old Lucas Knight from North Mankato — were recovered from inside the plane Tuesday afternoon. The trio departed from the South St. Paul Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon, and were scheduled to return that evening. Crews found the aircraft wreckage more than 70-feet below water on the island quarry, which is north of the Mississippi River and south of Mooers Lake. The Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation is ongoing.
    Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman L.J. Collier opened up Thursday about his childhood and what he experienced growing up in a small Texas town. Collier grew up in Munday – a town of about 1,300 people, about 190 miles west of Dallas. He told reporters that as a Black child there would be times he wouldn’t be allowed into a White person’s home, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. PATRIOTS' BILL BELICHICK PRAISES RUSSELL WILSON AHEAD OF SUNDAY NIGHT MATCHUP: 'THIS GUY IS A TREMENDOUS PLAYER' “Growing up, most of the Black people in town were kin to me," he said. "We were only known for really sports and stuff like that. Even now, I see it on Facebook. They (some White people in town) don’t take it seriously out there. They don’t take the shootings seriously. They don’t think it’s a real thing. I see it all the time. Not everybody...
    THE Madeleine McCann prime suspect was nicknamed “The Climber’’ as he was so good at breaking into holiday apartments, a former partner-in-crime has revealed. Christian B was also described by Manfred Seyferth as an “evil psychopath” who is “capable of taking a small child”. 12The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been described as an 'expert burglar' Credit: PA:Press Association 12Christian B's former accomplice says he earned the nickname 'The Climber' because he was so good at breaking into holiday apartmentsCredit: Rex Features 12His pal also believes he is guilty of abducting Madeleine McCannCredit: PA:Press Association Drifter Seyferth, 64, believes Christian, 43, is guilty of abducting Brit Madeleine in Portugal. Reflecting on their life of crime together, drifter Seyferth said: “We called him ‘The Climber’ because of his skills. “He was an expert at getting into apartments and hotel rooms. “Christian was athletic and he was strong....
    Attorney General Bill Barr accused Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists of using a “small number of blacks who are killed” in police-related incidents as “props” Wednesday. Barr made the comments during a speech at Hillsdale University during its Constitution Day. He slammed the BLM movement, saying that activists are using incidents to “achieve a much broader political agenda,” the Washington Post reported. “They’re not interested in black lives,” Barr said according to The Post. “They’re interested in props, a small number of blacks who are killed by police during conflicts with police — usually less than a dozen a year — who they can use as props to achieve a much broader political agenda.” U.S. Attorney General William Barr hears from Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd as Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 28, 2020...
    Jon Nazca | Reuters Facebook is increasing its focus on the small business community, launching a new interface called "Business Suite" on Thursday which is targeted at small businesses that have struggled throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The platform is available exclusively to small businesses at launch, according to a release from the social media and advertising giant, but it will expand offerings to larger businesses next year. "This is a long-term investment to make this the main interface for businesses of all sizes who use Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp," said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a statement announcing the new platform.  The focus on the small business community comes as Facebook has faced a number of challenges. On Tuesday, a group of celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, Michael B. Jordan and Ashton Kutcher, participated in a 24-hour Instagram "freeze" as part of the Stop Hate For Profit movement...
    Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Attorney General William Barr lashed out at the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming that the activists don’t care about Black lives, and dismissing the killings of people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor as a “small number of Blacks who are killed” in police incidents — whom he says BLM uses as “props.” During a news-making speech at Hillsdale University’s Constitution Day event Wednesday, Barr wasn’t content just with comparing coronavirus mitigation efforts to slavery. He also attacked the movement for Black lives that came to a head with the killing of Mr. Floyd, but which has been protesting these killings for years. From The Washington Post: Barr also attacked the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that while he agreed Black lives matter, “They’re not interested in Black lives. They’re interested in props, a small number of Blacks who are killed by police during conflicts with police...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Mike D’Antoni is out, but who should the Houston Rockets hire to replace him as head coach? Another year, another premature playoff exit followed by “one piece away” talk for the Houston Rockets. Mike D’Antoni took Morey-ball further than perhaps any other NBA head coach would’ve been willing to, but even he’s out after a second-round defeat at the hands of Houston’s personnel coming up short in its ultra small-ball approach, its superstars’ notable flaws and the Los Angeles Lakers, probably in that order. Now the Rockets need a new head coach for a very particular brand of superstar in James Harden, without much flexibility to improve the roster around him — a roster that took a massive step backward last year in trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. Harden, Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House...
    A man walks his dog past a placard stating "ALL SMALL BUSINESS IS ESSENTIAL" outside Atilis Gym on May 20, 2020 in Bellmawr, New Jersey.Mark Makela | Getty Images Last week, the U.S. Senate gave up the fight to save America's small businesses. They walked away from negotiations that would have extended a lifeline to grass roots entrepreneurs on the front lines of one of the worst economic catastrophes in U.S. history. But from Colorado to Ohio to Virginia, we have seen communities across the country stepping up where the federal government has failed. As we've been researching an upcoming book about the future of entrepreneurship, we have found cities dipping deep into strained budgets, turning to new technological solutions and coming together in creative ways to save their local businesses, lending hands and providing investment dollars to struggling businesses in their communities. Communities are leading where the Trump administration...
    Ore. families lose everything as fire destroys homes McDonalds Travis Scott campaign is a brilliant marketing ploy that creates massive buzz — without adding a single menu item Report: Houston intends to keep Daryl Morey as GM There have been rumors bouncing around the NBA’s chattering class that Daryl Morey may be in trouble as the Houston general manager going back to before his infamous Hong Kong protestors Tweet and the drama that followed. There was a sense Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta and Morey were not on the same page. © Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images While coach Mike D’Antoni is very likely walking out the door, Morey will be back, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Small ball will be back, too. High-ranking Rockets’ sources dismiss those rumors, saying that Fertitta fully intends to keep Morey. Houston’s commitment to playing a historically small lineup will almost certainly continue next...
    Pastor John MacArthur described the furor over Netflix’s “Cuties” on Thursday as the next step for a nation that has disregarded all notions of sexual morality. In an interview with Fox News host Shannon Bream, MacArthur said, “We’re absolutely where you would expect to be if you had 30 years of trying to destroy morality; if you had 30 years of a sexual revolution, a homosexual revolution, and you thought you were going to be able to stop it at some point and say, ‘Well, that’s far enough, go no further.’ Well, that’s just not possible.” “The slide is greased, and it’s rapidly going downhill at a warp-speed,” MacArthur continued. “And to try to intervene at some point and say, ‘That’s enough,’ you’d have to start a long time ago. This is just the next small step in the disintegration of an entire nation that has no conscience.” Netflix has...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy report released Friday says “Glee” actor Naya Rivera raised her arm and called for help as she accidentally drowned while boating with her 4-year-old son on a California lake. Once his mother had helped him back on to the boat, the boy “noticed the decedent put her arm up in the air and yelled ‘help,’” the report from the Ventura County Medical Examiner says. “The decedent then disappeared in to the water.” Authorities had previously said that Rivera had drowned accidentally after putting the boy, Josey Hollis Dorsey, back on the boat at Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles on July 8, but had not mentioned her shouting for help. Rivera “knew how to swim well,” the report said. The man who rented her the pontoon boat said she declined a life vest, but he put one aboard anyway. ...
    By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy report released Friday says “Glee” actor Naya Rivera raised her arm and called for help as she accidentally drowned while boating with her 4-year-old son on a California lake. Once his mother had helped him back on to the boat, the boy “noticed the decedent put her arm up in the air and yelled ‘help,’" the report from the Ventura County Medical Examiner says. “The decedent then disappeared in to the water.” Authorities had previously said that Rivera had drowned accidentally after putting the boy, Josey Hollis Dorsey, back on the boat at Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles on July 8, but had not mentioned her shouting for help. Rivera “knew how to swim well,” the report said. The man who rented her the pontoon boat said she declined a life vest, but he put one aboard...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small plane crashed and burned in a parking lot near Van Nuys Airport on Friday, killing two people while barely missing parked cars in a narrow space between industrial buildings. The plane went down shortly after 3 p.m. on Hayvenhurst Avenue just west of the airport and two people were found dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether the victims had been on the plane but the Fire Department reported that the aircraft didn't hit any buildings. The crash site is just off of a runway. Televised news reports showed firefighters hosing down the blackened wreckage in the middle of the lot, between some parked cars only feet away. One piece of wreckage appeared to have landed in the back of a pickup truck. The single-engine Navion B had left Van Nuys Airport and was heading to...
    Smoke continued to clog the air in the San Gabriel Valley and parts of eastern Los Angeles on Friday morning as fire crews gained a small toehold on the Bobcat fire after several days of unchecked burning. The blaze has now seared through more than 26,000 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and is continuing to move deeper into the Angeles National Forest. It was 6% contained as of Friday morning. Stephen Cooper, an Altadena resident and fitness instructor, said the smoke was so thick Friday morning that he canceled his outdoor fitness class. A man walks on Santa Fe dam as smoke rises from Bobcat fire in the San Gabriel Mountains above Duarte.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) “This morning I could smell smoke and then looked at the [Air Quality Index], and that was 205 — ‘very unhealthy,’ ” he said. “I’m usually hammering on my...
    A clean beauty expert beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Weisz has spoken out about New York's treatment of small businesses amid the pandemic, insisting that they have been 'left in the dust' and 'forgotten' while 'large corporations' have been 'taken care of'.  Jessica Richards, the owner behind Brooklyn based beauty company Shen, was due to open her new Brooklyn store back in March - before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing to shelve her plans completely.  Now, the entrepreneur has revealed to DailyMail.com the many challenges she faced while fighting to keep her popular business afloat during the pandemic - which has seen dozens of companies forced to shut up shop - while detailing how she went back to the drawing board to re-design her store in order to make it safer for socially-distanced shopping. Design delight: The stunning new 1550 sq ft. space on Court...
    Asian-American small businesses have been hit as hard as any other in the city by the pandemic and the lockdowns, but they plainly qualify as the wrong one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “two New Yorks.” You see, these minority-owned biz get no special handouts courtesy of the mayor’s “racial inclusion and equity task force,” co-chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray. Its focus is on boosting women-, black- and Latino-owned firms — and awarding them a special chunk of city-government business. Her recent roundtable on the city’s “support for entrepreneurs of color” didn’t even mention the Asian community. Or, as City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) puts it: “We are sick and tired of constantly having to remind this administration that we exist.” In short, it’s not just schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and his minions who consider Asians to be “white-adjacent”: This ugly racism is endemic in the de Blasio administration....
    CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. When CBS News spoke to Dr. Fitzherbert Harry in June, he said his small physical therapy business in Maitland, Florida wasn't at "break-even" yet, because it was recovering from negative impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Harry, 35, said then that his business could probably survive just another few months before he'd have to seek other sources of income. Two and half months later, Florida is in phase 2 of its reopening, and Harry says things have improved and that his personal case load, which had significantly decreased from 25 clients to three — is now back up to 10 to 20 clients, depending on the week. Though his small staff still has to work other jobs to supplement their work with Harry, he is hopeful that business will improve. Get updates...
    Nearly every structure in a small town in eastern Washington state was destroyed in a raging wildfire on Monday as weather conditions have allowed blazes to grow across the Pacific Northwest. The Whitman County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a blaze dubbed the Malden Fire erupted around noon and was fueled by "extremely high winds," timber and dry fields that allowed a "firestorm" to develop. Within hours, the blaze destroyed 80% of the homes and structures in the small town of Malden, located about 35 miles south of Spokane. "The scale of this disaster really can't be expressed in words," Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said in a statement. "The fire will be extinguished but a community has been changed for a lifetime. I just hope we don't find the fire took more than homes and buildings. I pray everyone got out in time." CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES SET NEW RECORD...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brooklyn’s Caribbean community is keeping some bold and bright traditions on display this holiday weekend even though Monday’s West Indian-American Day parade must be a virtual affair this year. The carnival has been scaled way down to bare bones and brought inside the Flatbush Caton Market, a big-hearted but deliberately small taste of Caribbean culture. The beloved parade that was always eye-poppingly packed pre-pandemic must move online. “We have to make sure that people can remain safe, so virtual events is the way to go and what I’m recommending,” New York City Councilmember Farah Lewis told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. RELATED STORY: Health Officials, Local Leaders Urge Caution As Tri-State Area Residents Plan Labor Day Weekend Gatherings The Flatbush Caton Market in Brooklyn is home to over 30 Caribbean businesses. (Credit: CBS2) Lewis says she’s glad Caton Market, with its 30 vendors, is a place to experience...
    San Antonio – Many - though not all - San Antonio students will be heading back to school on Tuesday after weeks of virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When they return, it will be different than the school environment they’re used to. Plexiglass dividers, small classes, and nearly always present masks await. Behind it, the lurking threat of COVID-19 could end up sending students and staff back home to quarantine if they’re determined to have been “exposed” to a positive case. Two of the city’s largest school districts, Northside ISD and Northeast ISD, are among those allowing some students to return to campus on Sep. 8, though they used different criteria for who is allowed back first. NISD has focused on students in specialized settings - such as use Autism and behavior units - and elementary-level English learners. Secondary-level English learners can return the next Monday, Sep. 14....
    Getty A study of 489 people found that those with untreated vitamin D deficiency were almost twice as likely to test positive for the coronavirus compared to those with sufficient vitamin D levels.  Past research has shown that low vitamin D levels are linked to more severe coronavirus infections and a higher likelihood of death.  Getting enough vitamin D through sunlight and supplements may help protect you from the virus, but there's no proof it can prevent or cure the disease.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. People with untreated vitamin D deficiency, measured as less than 20 nanograms per milliliter, may be almost twice as likely to contract COVID-19 compared to people who get sufficient doses of the sunshine vitamin, a small study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open finds. The study, out of UChicago Medicine, looked at 489 people who were tested for COVID-19 and...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The COVID-19 pandemic has been n0thing short of a financial disaster for most mom and pop establishments in the city – many forced to close for months at a time, or face severe restrictions on their customers to avoid contamination. But for partners John LaPolla and Douglas Amport, business has been as brisk as a frosty fresh pint of home-brew beer as Bitter and Esters never had to close. While they had to restrict customers from coming inside their establishment on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights – the only home-brewing shop in New York City, they already had a powerful web-based operation and a strong local following that had customers from all over lining up to brew their own beers at home. John LaPolla of Bitter & Ester on Washington...
    Indiana farmer offloads fresh harvest of soybeans from his combine in Brownsburg, Ind., Sept. 21, 2018.Michael Conroy | APU.S. trade aid mainly benefited large farms in its latest round, undermining a key pledge by the Trump administration and leaving family producers at risk of collapse as the economy entered a recession. President Donald Trump said the bailout program he rolled out in 2018 would help family farms weather his trade war with China, mostly through direct payments from the government. But roughly two-thirds of those payments went to the top 10% of recipients at the beginning of the year, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture records obtained by CNBC through the Freedom of Information Act. The top half of recipients collected 95% of total payments in the $28 billion Market Facilitation Program, which came after retaliatory actions against the Trump administration led to steep drops in demand...
    On September 1st, 2010, Epic Games released its Citadel tech demo in the Apple App Store. It was a boring thing to actually play — you simply walked around a medieval town in first-person perspective, taking in the sights with no objectives — but this calm debut marked a big moment for iOS, the App Store, and Epic Games. It proved that developers could fit gigantic, richly detailed set pieces running on a smartphone and do it while utilizing Unreal Engine 3, the same engine that powered some of the most popular games in the Xbox 360 and PS3 era of consoles. The devices of choice, if you wanted to get access to mobile games with impressive graphics, were suddenly just the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Citadel demo didn’t come to Android until almost two and a half years later in 2013. The Citadel demo was groundbreaking...
    In a wide-ranging print interview published in NPR earlier this week, author Vicky Osterweil defended looting from businesses in the name of social justice and dismissed concerns about rioters attacking essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies. “When it comes to small business, family owned business or locally owned business, they are no more likely to provide worker protections. They are no more likely to have to provide good stuff for the community than big businesses,” Osterweil told NPR. The left-wing author, whose recent book is aptly titled “In Defense of Looting,” also bizarrely called the idea of respecting small business owners a “right-wing myth,” suggesting that it isn’t true that small business owners create jobs and are part of the community: “It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small business owner must be respected, that the...
    A small gas station in California received a small business bailout money from the Trump administration during the pandemic, then paid for Make America Great Again campaign billboards ahead the election. Large, towering billboards attempting to rally support for President Trump and his quest for a second term began showing up along a desert highway in early August. Signs stamped with 'Make America Great Again' in capital letters or Trump looking wistfully at the sky with a thumbs up appeared along the California-Arizona border.  The small company that funded the sprawling billboards had months earlier received a significant cash loan from the same administration it is now championing, public records obtained by CNN showed.   Ethics and legal experts have said the move highlights the downfalls in the government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Jones 1 Inc., a small company in California, received a PPP loan from the Trump administration in April...
    A placard states "ALL SMALL BUSINESS IS ESSENTIAL" as demonstrators, employees, and patrons gather outside the Atilis Gym on May 20, 2020 in Bellmawr, New Jersey. The gym has opened for the third consecutive day, defying the New Jersey Governor's mandate that many retail businesses stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Mark Makela | Getty Images As stimulus talks remain deadlocked in Washington, the situation on Main Street is becoming increasingly dire. The window to apply for new Paycheck Protection Program loans has expired and many who have accessed loans have used the funding. As businesses operate with limited capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, new data show many anticipate more aid will be needed or the sector's decimation will continue. Recent data from the National Federation of Independent Business finds that one in five businesses say they will have to shut down if economic conditions don't improve within the next...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A few months ago, few people in the Tri-State area knew about microschools or learning pods, but the coronavirus pandemic is prompting parents in our area to consider the small group instruction method.Abby Brody is one of them. She has hired a teacher through online service SchoolHouse to teach her two children and two children from her neighborhood at her home in Westhampton."My pod is pretty exciting. We have a lot of science kids. We're going to be incubating chickens in our backyard in our pod," Brody said.Brody felt uncomfortable sending her two young children back to the traditional school setting because her son just recovered from a rare pediatric cancer."Even the plans in the private sector do not feel safe to me. That's why we are really drawn to the microschool movement," Brody said.SchoolHouse is an online service which pairs families with a certified teacher...
    BRAD Pitt has been pictured with model Nicole Poturalski, a ringer for his estranged wife Angelina Jolie. The pair have been spotted in the south of France, arriving at at France's Le Castellet Airport on Wednesday. 2Credit: Getty - Contributor They took a private jet from Los Angeles to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport before moving on to the smaller terminal near Marseilles. Thirty miles away is Brad's French home, Chateau Miraval. Nicole wore line trousers and boots, paired with a leather jacket and bowler hat as she stepped off the jet while Brad kept it casual in a flat cap and loose shirt. A security guard carried their tow small suitcases into the jet while the pair had their own smaller tote bags. 2Credit: AP:Associated Press The model has been an ELLE magazine cover girl and is signed to Next model management. She is based in Berlin and has a...
    (CNN)Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released a legislative agenda Wednesday to assist in the Covid-19 economic recovery, including legalizing recreational marijuana. In a press release outlining his agenda, Wolf asked the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana -- with some of the proceeds going to grants for existing small businesses and 50% of the funds dedicated to historically disadvantaged businesses. In addition to the small business grant funding, Wolf also called for a portion of the revenue be used to "further restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization," the release says. He also asked that the General Assembly pursue criminal justice reform policies that would "restore justice" for those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Pennsylvania law now requires officers applying for new jobs to submit previous employment records The governor proposed several other initiatives, including providing hazard...
    By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. banking industry’s second-quarter profits fell by 70% from a year ago as low interest rates and the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic weighed heavily on big and small banks alike. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday that total bank profits across 5,066 insured institutions were $18.8 billion, compared with profits of $62.5 billion in the same period a year ago. It was the second consecutive quarter of steep profit declines as banks set aside billions to cover potentially bad loans back in April. Most of the profit decline was tied directly to the pandemic. Banks are now holding tens of billions of dollars of loans that appeared healthy in March, but are now in forbearance or deferral because those borrowers can no longer pay. Further, the Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates to near zero once...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. banking industry’s second quarter profits fell by 70% from a year ago, the FDIC said Tuesday, as low interest rates and the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic weighed heavily on big and small banks alike. Total bank profits across 5,066 insured institutions were $18.8 billion, compared with profits of $62.5 billion in the same period a year ago. This was the second consecutive quarter of steep profit declines as banks set aside billions to cover potentially bad loans back in April. Most of the profit decline is tied directly to the pandemic. Banks are now facing tens of billions of dollars of loans that appeared healthy in March, but are now in forbearance or deferral because those borrowers can no longer pay. Further, the Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates to near zero once again to stimulate the economy, which limits...
    Luka Doncic and who else went in the top 10 of the 2018 NBA Draft? 30 Fantastic Tiny Homes Built with Recycled Materials Small landlords dip into savings as their tenants struggle to pay rent More renters are unable to make their monthly payments, and that is having an outsized impact on the nation's "mom and pop" landlords.  Nearly a third of renters who live in single-family or small multifamily properties owned by individual landlords were unable to pay their August rent, according to a survey. Individual landlords make up the majority of single-family rental owners. Close to 23 million units in 17 million properties are owned by individual investors, according to the most recent count by the U.S. Census Bureau. © Provided by CNBC Banners against renters eviction reading no job, no rent is displayed on a controlled rent building in Washington, DC on August 9,...
    The company expected to be the first in the United States to operate a small nuclear reactor is facing setbacks that have caused supporters to question whether the novel technology will ever realize its potential as a tool to combat climate change. This month, NuScale Power, an Oregon-based nuclear company, learned its first customer needed to push back the timeline for when it plans to operate the first reactor from 2026 to 2029. The entire plant of 12 individual 60-megawatt reactors won’t be completed until 2030, a slip from an expected 2027 time frame. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, a group of small community-owned utilities in six Western states, cited a rise in expected costs for the NuScale reactors. The group is counting on the nuclear power to provide around-the-clock, zero-carbon electricity to replace a coal plant it plans to close, but its members say they won’t need the new...
    By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For small retailers across the country, the coronavirus outbreak has turned an already challenging business environment into never-ending uncertainty. Amy Witt might have 20 customers on a good day in her Dallas women’s clothing store, and then none the next. “It’s a rollercoaster we ride every day,” says Witt, whose store, Velvet Window, reopened May 1 after being closed since March. “We’re doing everything we can to cover expenses and keep the store stocked with inventory.” Many of Witt’s older customers are still shy about going into stores, especially since the virus has resurged in Texas. As she reopened the store in May, Witt told The Associated Press she planned to use services like private shopping hours to encourage reluctant customers to come in. The strategy has helped but sales remain well below Witt’s expectations. She hopes to boost...
    Weary firefighters and defiant residents in fire-threatened communities throughout Northern California experienced something new early Saturday as they battled to save their homes: hope that progress was being made against the blazes, even as the potential for more dry thunderstorms looms in the near future. Cooler temperatures and the overnight marine layer helped crews grow their containment of the three large complex of fires. The LNU Complex fire, in parts Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties and beyond, has burned 314,207 acres, caused five deaths and destroyed 560 structures, but is now 15 percent contained. On Friday morning, the winds were blowing northeast, which was good news for the resort town of Guerneville, located on the south edge of the Walbridge Fire, one of several under the LNU umbrella, according to Cal Fire PIO Jay Tracy. “We shouldn’t see real explosive growth out that way,” Tracy said, although the fire has reportedly hit...
    BUTLER, Pa. (KDKA) — For small businesses and restaurants, survival is the name of the game. “This is just another nail in the coffin. They just need some good news sooner or later,” said Chuck Moran. Moran is the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, and he’s referring to the most recent bill to hit these business owners. “I am starting to get a few calls from members who are saying what’s going on with the liability insurance markets? My rates for the upcoming year really went through the roof. I spoke to one guy who had a pretty clean record and his almost doubled,” Moran said. So what does the liability insurance cover for these owners? KDKA took the question to the experts. “Most business policies, most business liability policies have what’s called a viral outbreak exclusion meaning if there is an incident where a...
    IF money were no object, we would have our Yankee Candles burning all day, everyday. But as they can cost a small fortune, we always try our best to pace ourselves. Well if you also have an unhealthy obsession with the brand's sugary sweet scents, then we have some VERY good news. 2Clintons is selling small Yankee Candles for 1p when shoppers buy a big jar for £16Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook That's right, Clintons has currently reduced the price of some of their Yankee Candle scents to just 1p - and you'd better be quick if you want to bag this bargain. Posting on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, one savvy shopper shared a photo of the epic savings in her local store in Wolverhampton. "This bargain is in Clintons," she gushed. "If you buy a big Yankee Candle you will get one...
    A PLANE has directly crashed into a house near Connecticut's Groton-New London airport Monday night. Footage of the incident shows the tail of the jet sticking out of the roof. 2A small plane crashes into a home in Connecticut Monday nightCredit: Fox61 Groton police said a small plane crashed into a home on Ring Drive shortly before 11 pm – just two miles from the airport. First respondents are on scene and currently blocking off the area in front of the home. Police said several homes in the area were evacuated in the area due to fuel leaking from the plane.  There is no word on if anyone was injured during the crash or if anyone was inside the home. 2Groton police said a small plane crashed into a home on Ring Drive shortly before 11 pmCredit: Fox61 Most read in NewsVA-VA ZOOMCouple caught having sex on council meeting...
    EPSTEIN'S 'Lolita Express' private jet has been found rusting in an airport in Georgia. More than two dozen pictures have emerged of the infamous plane that has hosted former presidents, royalty, tycoons and A-lister celebs. 13Epstein's infamous plane has transported some of the richest, most elite figures in the world - including US presidents and British aristocratsCredit: James McCloskey/NY Post 13The billionaire pedophile allegedly had group sex will underage girls on board the planeCredit: James McCloskey/NY Post An aviation expert who was recently allowed aboard told the New York Post that the Boeing 727 is in a long-term storage area at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, southeastern Georgia, around 70 miles north of Jacksonville, FL. It has been sat at the airport for around five years and has been stripped of its engines. Online records show that the jet, which has tail number N908JE, has been a “deregistered aircraft” since October 2019,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — The coronavirus pandemic has left us with shortages in items ranging from toilet paper to disinfectant wipes and even coins. But, if you’re a pizza lover, the virus-related shortage of pepperoni may be even more troubling. New outlets including, USA Today, report that small pizza shops say they’re seeing higher prices for the popular topping. According to Bloomberg, a South Dakota shop is paying $4.12 per pound for it, compared to $2.87 per pound in January of 2019. Bloomberg also found a New York Pizzeria that says it’s paying $6 per pound, up from $4 per pound earlier this year. The paper reports that large chains like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John’s are not getting hit with price increases because their prices are set in long term contracts. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.
    A scammer is sending bogus emails from the US Small Business Administration to steal personal information from unsuspecting Americans, the feds have warned. The messages direct potential victims to a malicious webpage disguised as an SBA website that the “unknown malicious cyber actor” uses to steal credentials, according to an alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The alleged scam is one of several reported attempts by cybercriminals to pose as the federal agency tasked with distributing billions of dollars in coronavirus relief loans to struggling businesses. The em ails — which have been sent to federal, state and local government officials — are doctored to look like they’re coming from an official SBA account with the subject line “SBA Application — Review and Proceed,” the Aug. 12 alert says. A link in the message leads to a bogus webpage asking the user to...
    Terrified boaters screamed for help as their small boat was overcome with waves and sank after a Trump boat parade roared past. The boat on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon was filled with water after more than 20 boats and personal watercraft flying President Trump flags zoomed south past them near downtown Portland.  The event was part of a planned 'Trump Boat Parade' which departed from Cathedral Park at 1pm on Sunday afternoon.  Trump flotillas - dubbed 'Trumptillas' - have been increasing around the country over the last few months as a way to rally for the president's 2020 campaign while maintaining social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Terrified boaters screamed for help as their small boat (right) was overcome with waves and sank after a Trump boat parade roared past (left) The pro-Trump parade disturbed the waters, causing the small boat to bob up and down and take on...
    SAN ANTONIO – Glenn Gonzales’ school supplies list for his fourth-grade son includes more than paper and pencils. He needs a place for his child to learn without distractions from home while learning virtually. “We wanted to set up a little area, ‘Hey, you are in school, not playing. You don’t get up and go to the fridge,’ We wanted structure where he knows he’s in class,” Gonzales said. Classes will look different for many kids who will be logging in virtually from kitchens and bedrooms. Slouched on the couch or floor is not the most conducive environment for learning. Teachers suggest three primary guidelines for parents creating a school setup at home: a dedicated workspace to help students focus, minimal distractions -- such as the television -- and organization, so all supplies are in reach. A desk or tabletop and an appropriate chair can help create a classroom feel...
    BRITNEY Spears detailed a "spiritual experience" at the beach with boyfriend Sam Asghari. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, the singer said that she "feels so small" while by ocean. 8 Britney posted a photo with her boyfriend on the beachCredit: Instagram 8 She wrote a long caption about what the beach means to herCredit: Instagram The photo showed Britney, 38, and Sam, 26, both sporting face masks as they posed on their bikes in front of the entrance to the beach. The Womanizer singer wrote in the caption: "Going to the beach is always so much fun !!!!! We are all social distancing and wearing masks of course …. "even still there is a sense of togetherness at the beach that brings me peace. I feel so small next to this vast body of water ….. "it takes me back to when I was 6 years old …… the...
    Elon Musk is planning to build a resort near the SpaceX facility in Texas as part of his goal to turn the small Boca Chica hamlet into a '21st century Spaceport'.  The plans were revealed in a job ad posted online at the weekend for a Resort Development Manager whose role will be to 'oversee the development of SpaceX's first resort from inception to completion'.   The latest idea from the eccentric entrepreneur comes after he has repeatedly angered local residents in the area, with some likening the noise of rocket launches to being like living 'in a war zone' and others accusing SpaceX of trying to bully them out of their homes.   Elon Musk is planning to build a resort near the SpaceX facility in Texas as part of his goal to turn the small Boca Chica Village into a '21st century Spaceport' The successful candidate for the newly-created...
    People around the country are complaining of serious mail delays—and the official explanation from the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t sound like the full story. The Postal Service attributes the delays to increased package volume and staff shortages due to coronavirus, but the delays are hitting as the new postmaster general makes changes that postal workers warn are creating problems. Louis DeJoy, the Republican donor Trump put in charge of the USPS despite his lack of postal experience, has eliminated overtime, which is the last thing you'd think you’d do when facing pandemic-driven staffing shortages. If you cared about getting the mail delivered on time, that is—which DeJoy clearly doesn’t. So, for instance, in Shreveport, Louisiana, where a postal worker recently shared images of stacks of backlogged mail, multiple veterans say their medications from the local VA are late. In Chicago, where one resident told local news, “It took us three weeks to get our medication through...
    The confidence of small business owners in the U.S. took a hit in July as coronavirus case surged and reopening plans were delayed or rolled-back, data from the National Federation of Independent Business showed Tuesday. The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.8 points to 98.8 in July. Economists had expected the index to hold its June level of 100. “This summer has been challenging for many small business owners who are working hard to keep their doors open and remain in business,” NFIB’s chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said. The index has generally been riding high during President Donald Trump’s first term but tumbled nearly 20 points in March and April, the biggest ever drop in the index. That slide stopped in May and the index climbed higher in June as the economy began to reopen. Reports of expected better business conditions in the next six months declined 14 points...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government has appointed a former Royal Marine commando to try to stop people crossing the English Channel from France in small boats. The government said Sunday that Dan O’Mahoney, who currently heads the U.K.’s Joint Maritime Security Center, has been named “clandestine Channel threat commander.” Home Secretary Priti Patel said O‘Mahoney would work with French authorities on stronger enforcement measures, including intercepting boats at sea, “to make this route unviable.” Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough amid a surge in the number of migrants crossing the Channel during recent warm summer weather. On Thursday, 235 people were brought ashore, a record number for a single day. More than 650 have arrived so far in August, including babies and unaccompanied children. Patel has said the Royal Navy could be called in to prevent boats reaching U.K. waters, though other senior officials and politicians say that would...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government has appointed a former Royal Marine commando to try to stop people crossing the English Channel from France in small boats. The government said Sunday that Dan O’Mahoney, who currently heads the U.K.’s Joint Maritime Security Center, has been named “clandestine Channel threat commander.” Home Secretary Priti Patel said O‘Mahoney would work with French authorities on stronger enforcement measures, including intercepting boats at sea, “to make this route unviable.” Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough amid a surge in the number of migrants crossing the Channel during recent warm summer weather. On Thursday, 235 people were brought ashore, a record number for a single day. More than 650 have arrived so far in August, including babies and unaccompanied children. Patel has said the Royal Navy could be called in to prevent boats reaching U.K. waters, though other senior officials and politicians say that would...
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 29, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials expect to meet again Tuesday as they attempt to hash out a pandemic aid package. The sides appear to have resolved few of the thorny issues at stake in the talks, even though more than a week has passed since Republicans unveiled a counter offer to the legislation Democrats passed in May. The parties have come close to a consensus in only a few areas such as extending funding for Paycheck Protection Program small business loans, an administration official told CNBC on Monday night. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said Democrats and the GOP agree on the need to send another direct payment of up to $1,200 to Americans.  But neither side has budged...
    VIDEO2:5602:56Bus industry lobbies for billions in next coronavirus stimulus packageWorldwide Exchange Glenn Every's lot is loaded with buses sitting idle. "We're devastated," said Every, the owner and operator of Tonche Transit, a small bus company in Mount Tremper, New York. "It's like someone turned a switch off on March 13, and with the exception of one trip, we have not turned a wheel since." Every took over the business from his dad, but since the pandemic, he has furloughed or laid off almost all his employees, including his own son. Reservations aren't coming in to charter any of his seven motorcoaches. Passengers are worried about coronavirus, and maintaining a social distance on a bus is difficult. But Every knows it's more than that.  "If you can't go to a Broadway show in New York City, if you can't go to a casino in upstate New York, there's a problem.  Where do...
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A small training plane crashed into a village coffee shop in northern Greece Monday, injuring the teenage pilot and causing minor damage, authorities said. Police said the accident occurred during a morning training flight. The 19-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, apparently lost control of the light aircraft and hit a large tree in the main square of Proti, a village in the Serres area east of Thessaloniki. The tree broke the force of the crash and the plane proceeded to hit a first-floor balcony above the coffee shop before settling with its tail on the ground against the building’s facade, without catching fire. The coffee shop was closed at the time. The pilot was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, while nobody else was hurt. Police said that the young man lived in a nearby village, and that his mother, who works in...
    The number of new jobless claims last week was 1.43 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday, marking a second consecutive week of higher claims. Jobless claims for the week ending July 18 were 1.4 million, an increase from the 1.3 million claims that were filed the week prior, a troubling sign of danger for the economic recovery and job creation. Contributing to the increase in jobless claims is the surge of virus infections that has re-closed businesses in recent weeks in several parts of the country and prompted worry in the small-business sector. Two-thirds of small business owners fear the pandemic will force them to close their doors, according a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll. The level of concern about shutting down is particularly high, 85%, for businesses that suffered through the economic shutdown earlier in the year and then struggled to reopen. The threat of shutting down again...
    AMAZON boss Jeff Bezos had his company compared to a "heroin dealer" during a historic anti-trust hearing today. On Wednesday, Amazon boss Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc – Google's parent company – Apple's Tim Cook were accused of squeezing out competitors and small businesses. 4The four witnesses are sworn in via video link Credit: AP:Associated Press 4Bezos denied bulling sellers after their relationship with Amazon was likened to a 'heroin dealer'Credit: House Judiciary 4Zuckerberg denied cloning and copying other company's featuresCredit: House Judiciary The highly successful tech moguls were all sworn in to address lawmakers at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Congressman David N. Cicilline said small businesses the committee had spoken to compared their relationship with Amazon to that of heroin pusher or "drug dealer." "[Amazon is] exploiting its monopoly power,"Cicilline said. "It's dual role [with sellers]... is fundamentally uncompetitive." Likewise, Zuckerberg...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Varsity Brands Creator and Memphis Entrepreneur Jeff Webb to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Webb discussed his motivation for the recent endorsement of Tennessee Senate candidate Dr. Manny Sethi. He noted that although both candidates were on the same side of the issues, Sethi would be the senator that would go to bat for small businesses. Leahy: We are with our good friend Jeff Webb. It’s kind of fun to be broadcasting live from (Webb laughs) our studios on Music Row, isn’t it? Webb: Nashville is just going crazy. Great studio. Great neighborhood. Nashville is just going crazy. Leahy: Isn’t that a great feeling. Webb: It’s just...
    PRINCE Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas has tied the knot with her fiance Harry Wentworth-Stanley in a small countryside ceremony. The actress previously dated the Duke of Sussex for three years before breaking off their relationship in April 2014, and has since found lasting love with estate agent Harry, who is also son of Marchioness of Milford Haven. Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple. 4 The couple rode off together on horseback after a small countryside ceremonyCredit: Instagram The pair opted for a low-key private ceremony over the weekend. A small group of the couple's closest loved ones gathered to watch them wed in a private countryside ceremony, which saw the happy newlyweds ride away on horseback side by side. Cressida's brother, Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, shared a photograph of the happy couple on Instagram while What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong played. He...
    This is the moment an otter and cat's friendship blossomed when they cuddled up next to each other and fell asleep. Sakura the otter and Mochi the cat were filmed lying next to each other in adorable footage taken in Japan. Owner Mako bought three-year-old Sakura in 2018 but says this is the first time the otter and cat have cuddled each other. He posts daily videos of the small-clawed otter on social media and has more than 400,000 subscribers on YouTube. Sakura the otter cuddles up to Mochi the cat as the animals sleep in adorable footage taken in Japan  The three-year-old small-clawed otter hugs Mochi while lying on top of owner Mako's blanket at his home RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Me after lockdown!' Heartwarming moment rescued otter... No fat cats here! Moggy loves to lie on his owner's... ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation got another dose of bad economic news Thursday as the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose for the first time since late March, intensifying concerns the resurgent coronavirus is stalling or even reversing the economic recovery. And an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits, provided by the federal government on top of whatever assistance states provide, is set to expire July 31, though this is the last week recipients will get the extra funds. It is the last major source of economic help from the $2 trillion relief package that Congress approved in March. A small business lending program and one-time $1,200 payment have largely run their course. With the count of U.S. infections passing 4 million and the aid ending, nearly 30 million unemployed people could struggle to pay rent, utilities or other bills, and economists worry that overall consumer spending will drop,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Business at Summer Street Barber Shop is down about 90% with area office buildings sitting mostly empty. “I’m going to be here even if I have no business. No one comes but I’m still coming in to keep Boston strong,” said Ali Kiswani. The clothes on the bottom rack at Utopia Cleaners have been there for months. They belong to people who haven’t returned to their office buildings since the coronavirus pandemic began. Like Summer Street Barber Shop, Utopia Cleaners will continue to close early until foot traffic picks up. According to a survey released Thursday by the MassINC Polling Group, only one-in-three Massachusetts small businesses are fully open. Most say income dropped 25% in the first half of the year. The pandemic is forcing downtown caterers like Fresh Food Generation to shift its business model to keep the money coming in. “Office building...
    Quest Diagnostics CEO Steve Rusckowski answers reporters' questions after taking Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders on a tour of the Quest Diagnostics' laboratory facility in Marlborough, MA on March 19, 2020.John Thlumacki | Boston Globe | Getty Images U.S. laboratory company Quest Diagnostics is eyeing hospital labs and smaller diagnostic facilities for potential acquisition as the coronavirus pandemic sets the state "to help drive industry consolidation," CEO Steve Rusckowski said Thursday.  Rusckowski said he expects more hospitals to "be open to discussions" in the months ahead. Quest recently acquired "substantially all" of the diagnostic labs from Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System. Hospitals across the country face new and pressing challenges as they stretch to meet the demands of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, which continues to expand in a number of hot-spot states. "At the same time, we all know that...
     A seven-year-old boy died on Wednesday after a boat he was in with 'over nine people' capsized in the Chicago river.  Victor Lobato, from Little Village, was on the boat as it capsized at around 6.40pm near the 1500-block of South Lumber Street in Chinatown.  Police share that the boat capsized and drifted three blocks down to 18th Street by the time first responders were able to rescue the occupants, ABC 7 Chicago reports.     Victor Lobato, from Little Village, died on Wednesday after the boat he was in capsized in the Chicago River Walt Disney Privacy Policy 'If you look down the river the accessibility of where we actually found the victim versus where we retrieved everyone else. We're talking almost three block down river,' said Deputy District Chief Carmelita Wiley-Earls, CFD. According to fire officials, there were at least nine people on the 'small craft' and it...
    smallest 4G phone and that comes equipped with the operating system Android 10. “data-reactid =” 12 “> With a screen of only 3 inches and with a size similar to that of a credit card, the Chinese company Unihertz presented the Jelly 2 cell phone, which promises to be the smallest 4G phone and that It comes equipped with the Android 10 operating system. The device measures 9.5 centimeters high and 4.9 wide, and weighs just 110 grams, dimensions considerably smaller than the iPhone SE 2020 or the Google Pixel 4, two of the best small phones released in 2020. Kickstarter. “data-reactid =” 14 “> The company assures that the Jelly 2 is designed to act as a complementary device to the regular phone, for situations such as a night out or when exercising. For this reason, its launch price It is $ 129 dollars through the Kickstarter platform. Read...
    As many as 76,000 small businesses in New York City - a third of the 230,000 citywide - may never reopen after forced to close during the COVID-19 lockdown, business leaders have warned.  The Partnership for New York City, a not-for-profit organization that connects business leaders with local government, predicted that 76,000 small businesses will never be able to reopen in a report produced by 14 consulting firms.  'Borough chambers of commerce estimate that as many as a third of local small businesses will permanently close as a result of COVID-19. 'Most small businesses have less than three months of cash reserves, the entire length of NY PAUSE.  'That means that funds to restart, pay back rent and buy inventory are exhausted, leaving tens of thousands of entrepreneurs at risk, particularly business owners of color,' the report reads.  It also pointed to the loss of revenue from the 65million tourists the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY GREG DAVID AND JOSEFA VELASQUEZ, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Jul 16 at 6:52pm EDT by THE CITY.   Last week, Ralph Fasano got the news every nonprofit that relies on state aid fears.  The state Office of Mental Health told Fasano, the executive director of Concern for Independent Living, that he needed to be prepared to return some of the funding he had just received to pay for the housing and services his organization provides to the mentally ill and others in supportive housing. Similar nonprofits upstate that have contracts with local counties saw 20% of their most recent reimbursement withheld because of the state’s budget crisis. “They said it could be comparable to the 20% withheld from the counties and said it could be less...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As the city of Chicago reopens slowly, its 60,000 business license holders are trying to find ways to adapt in this new economy.On Thursday, the city's Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosted its first Remote Small Business Expo."COVID-19 has created a new world of challenges and one ripe with opportunity for innovation," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.E-commerce experts offered examples of businesses that transitioned online and used targeted marketing, social media and even texts to get the word out about their new options online.That included a bakery in California that makes baked goods for Filipino celebrations. Their focused posts let customers know what's available, and business is up 60%.Local business owner Chef Cliff Rome shared his own hesitations with technology and urged small business owners to ask for help if they need it and to be brave with new things."We have to make a conscious decision to do...
    Lowe's customers wear masks as they load building supplies into their truck during the coronavirus pandemic in New York.Mark Lennihan | AP Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison said the retailer had unique advantages that helped it weather the pandemic in its early months: More stores in rural areas and a large base of do-it-yourself customers. As the pandemic stretches on and Covid-19 cases spread beyond big cities, however, the home improvement retailer said it's seen the struggles of small businesses in rural areas. It's looked for new ways to serve and market to customers in a time of social distancing. On Thursday, Lowe's pledged $25 million towards grants for small businesses in rural communities, including some home professionals and contractors that shop at its stores. It will also turn a few of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters, an idea that may expand to more locations. Lowe's Chief Brand and...
    US coronavirus: Officials seek options for when hospitals run out of ICU beds The recipe tweak that ruined McDonalds fries NASCAR takes small leap into unknown as fans attend All-Star Race at Bristol track BRISTOL, Tenn. -- In an unprecedented sports year, Bristol Motor Speedway was the capital of strange Wednesday night. © Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports NASCAR fans look at souvenirs outside Bristol Motor Speedway before the All-Star Race. Once inside, people were required to wear masks unless seated in the grandstands. Bristol had one of the smallest crowds in its almost 60-year history. A crowd that, at the same time, perhaps marked the largest attendance at a sports event in the United States since the coronavirus stopped virtually all sports in March. It was that kind of strange on a muggy evening in the eastern Tennessee mountains. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top...
    Amanda Kloots has continued to be open and honest with her followers on social media after losing her husband, Nick Cordero, last week to COVID-19 complications.  And the actress opened up to her followers about how 'scared' she was regarding her 'new normal,' on Sunday morning.  The 38-year-old said she held a beautiful small memorial service for her late husband on Saturday evening and was 'hit hard' when one of their favorite songs played.  Opening up: Amanda Kloots took to social media on Sunday where she confessed that she was 'scared of her new normal' following the death of her husband, Nick Cordero 'We had a small memorial yesterday with close family and friends,' she began the lengthy post. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Zach Braff, 45, seen with girlfriend Florence Pugh, 24, just... Garry Marshall Theatre in Los Angeles pays tribute...
    Roger Sollenberger July 10, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) Alex Brady and Serena Tara contributed to this report. Charter schools across the country tapped the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for what could have been more  than $1 billion, according to a preliminary analysis of Treasury Department data. One network alone, the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), appears to have pulled somewhere between $28 million and $69 million in taxpayer dollars. : Another network of publicly-funded, privately-run schools, Achievement First, appears to have taken in between $7 million and $17 million in PPP loans. The network also received $3.5 million from a special $65 million federal grant that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos awarded to 10 charter management organizations in April, weeks after the PPP was passed, to "fund the creation and expansion of more than 100 high-quality public charter schools in underserved communities across the country. Citizens of the World Charter Schools in Los Angeles received $1.7 million of the DeVos grant, and also took between $2...
    The Kushner family, large chains backed by private equity, Wall Street investors, Kanye West, members of Congress, and the law firm that represented President Donald Trump during the Mueller probe were among the thousands of beneficiaries of a Covid-19 relief program aimed at rescuing struggling small businesses and keeping workers employed, according to new federal data released Monday. While the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) data disclosure reveals just a fraction of recipients of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, critics voiced concern that large, wealthy firms were able to readily access millions of dollars in relief funds as more vulnerable companies frequently received less money than they applied for—or nothing at all. “We cannot allow those small businesses that were grossly underfunded or disadvantaged by the program to disappear and not have their stories told and rectified.” —John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority “Serious questions remain about whether PPP funds were equitably distributed to minority-owned businesses, and there is an...
    Apple is going to do something unique this year, something that no one has done for a long time in the form of a very small and very powerful smartphone. The screens of the smartphones have not stopped growing and at the moment it is really difficult to find a powerful and compact device, everyone exceeds the 6-inch jig. Apple wants to make a change and this year it will present an iPhone 12 with a screen of only 5.4 inches. But as small as it is, this iPhone will have the best specifications on the market. We will have an OLED screen with hardly any frames, Face ID and two completely renovated rear cameras that point very high. Without seeing it, it is true that it is difficult to get an idea of ​​how compact the device will be, but thanks to some leaked iPhone 12 mockups Now we...
    Diane, a nurse from Houston, Texas, sunbathes at the beach next to her husband, both wearing facemasks, in Miami Beach, Florida on June 16, 2020.Eva Marie Uzcategui | AFP via Getty Images The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak. With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small. Health experts agree this will be a pivotal moment in determining whether the nation slides into a deeper mess. The fear is that a weekend of crowded pool parties, picnics and parades will fuel the surge. "We're...
    The A’s have a history of slow starts. And it’s not just the Moneyball-era teams. Even this current squad carries a bit of a stigma with them into the upcoming 60-game coronavirus-shortened season. Oakland reached the playoffs each of the past two seasons, playing in the A.L. wild-card game. But both appearances required a lot of catching up after slow starts. After 60 games in 2018, the A’s had a 31-29 record. They played .647 ball over the final 102 games. Last season the A’s were at .500 after 60 games, then played at a .657 clip the rest of the way. The consequences seem more dire in retrospect. In both 97-win seasons, the A’s fell short in the wild card game — unable to get within breathing space of the top-seeded, fast-starting Houston Astros to fight for a division title. The cause? Some within the organization ascribe...