Day: June 22, 2020

Austin Testing Site Hours Changed Due To High Temps

AUSTIN, TX — Rising temperatures have forced a change in hours of operation of several testing sites for the coronavirus, health officials said Monday.

Central Health-affiliated CommUnityCare Health Centers announced the shifting of operating hours at all its COVID-19 testing sites to 6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., officials said. The early-morning start will also help accommodate those who can only get tested outside of standard business hours, offiials added.

Hancock, Pflugerville and William Cannon locations will start the new testing schedule on Monday (June 22), while Colony Park, Hornsby Bend, Manor and Del Valle locations will shift to the new hours beginning Monday, June 29.

“By shifting testing hours, we can maintain current testing levels and keep staff safer as they work outside in the heat of summer in full protective gear for hours at a time,” CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier said in a prepared statement. “The situation is constantly

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6 Do’s and Don’ts When Saving Money During a Crisis

Probably the last thing you want to think about during a crisis is working on healthy financial habits like saving money. But if you’re able to save, you can make your eventual recovery easier.

“Every time you put some [money] away, you’re looking out for your future self,” says Saundra Davis, founder and executive director at Sage Financial Solutions, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit that offers financial coach training and services to people across the wealth spectrum.

Whether or not your financial situation has changed since the start of 2020, you may benefit from these saving strategies now or down the road.

Do: Reduce costs, including bills if needed

Common advice to save money is to cut unnecessary costs. During an ongoing crisis such as a pandemic, you might need to redefine what is “unnecessary.”

Start with the cost of bare essentials to operate your household — rent or

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Now Is the Time to Embrace Bold Messaging, Branding Experts Say

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After experiencing a drop in sales earlier this year, footwear companies are trying to capitalize on the new wave of shoppers returning to stores, both online and in store. To do so, businesses need to connect with consumers who are expecting different things from the brands they shop at – making brand communications a critical tool for retail success.

“First, you need to understand who your is brand talking to and what do they care about,” said Heather DeMonte, brand strategist + storyteller at brand creative agency Klique. “This seems so basic but many brands miss the mark and make themselves the hero of their own story instead of their customers. Truly understanding how your apparel satisfies an emotional need for customers is essential.”

Recent studies have shown that consumers are valuing authenticity and transparency right now, as well as favoring brands that

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Creating an online course ‘changed my life’

Like many others, interior stylist Lucy Gough saw her income disappear when the coronavirus hit and naturally felt anxious about her future prospects.

“Within one week the four shoots I’d been prepping for were all cancelled,” she recalls.

However, rather than do nothing, London-based Ms Gough decided to pivot her business and create an online interior styling course after teaching a similar course at London design school Central Saint Martins.

“Even though I’d wanted to create a course for the last year it wasn’t until lockdown was confirmed and all my income evaporated that I started creating it,” she says.

Covering six modules including shoot styling and home staging, Ms Gough launched the self-paced course in mid-May and within two weeks had already attracted 112 students from as far as Canada and Poland. She estimates that the course might make her £20,000 this year.

“It has changed my life in

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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

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Phony COVID-19 ‘Vaccine’ Scammer Ordered To Repay Victims

SEATTLE, WA — A Redmond resident who sold a phony COVID-19 vaccine will be paying up for the scam, including a payment of up to $12,000 to refund his victims.

In April, Washington Attorney General sent a warning letter to Johnny Stine, owner of North Coast Biologics, after learning that his company was selling a fake coronavirus vaccine for $400. No such vaccine exists: while there are many in early stages in clinical tries, none have been approved for widespread use.

After Stine failed to heed the cease and desist, Ferguson filed a lawsuit last week, and as a result won a legally binding agreement that will repay Stine’s victims. Under the consent decree, Stine will pay $8,500 to the state for the cost of the case, and will have to refund all of the patients his company sold the fake vaccine. The Attorney General’s Office is now reaching out

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The Gathering’ has permanently banned cards it acknowledged were ‘racist or culturally offensive’

A player holds a hand of cards in "Magic the Gathering." The company announced in June that it would no longer feature cards that were "racist or culturally offensive."
A player holds a hand of cards in “Magic the Gathering.” The company announced in June that it would no longer feature cards that were “racist or culturally offensive.”

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  • Magic: The Gathering has scrapped several cards that the company acknowledged are “racist or culturally offensive.”

  • Seven cards, one of which features figures donning white hoods, have been banned from the game.

  • “Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else,” a statement from the company says.

  • In the wake of the card changes, some players spoke out online to criticize the company’s lack of inclusiveness and its white male-dominated leadership.

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The “Invoke Prejudice” card first appeared in the popular “Magic: The Gathering” game in 1994.

The card features figures in pointed hoods, which the card game company recently declared as

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What’s mortgage amortization, and how does it determine your monthly payment?

Mortgage amortization is a fancy term for a rather straightforward concept: the process of paying off your mortgage loan in equal installments each month.

It’s something you should understand if you’re among the millions who are buying houses or refinancing their existing home loans to capitalize on today’s lowest-ever mortgage rates.

When you take out a new fixed-rate home loan, you can feel confident that your monthly payment will stay steady for the life of your loan. If it’s a 30-year loan and you live there for the long haul, you’ll pay the same amount every month for all three decades.

But the portion that goes to your principal — the amount of the actual mortgage that you’re paying back — and the share that goes to interest will change from month to month.

Here’s everything you need to know about mortgage amortization, including how a typical amortization schedule is

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Want to wax eyebrows in Pennsylvania? You have to prove you’re a good person first

Courtney Haveman had a drinking problem. From 2011 to 2013, she pleaded guilty to several misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia for smoking pot, according to state records. She reached rock bottom at age 21 when she hit a security guard while drunkenly resisting arrest at a casino.

She joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and now six years sober and the mother of a toddler, Haveman wants to become an esthetician — a cosmetologist who focuses on facial care. She paid $6,000 to take six months of courses at a beauty school, and a salon offered her a job with the condition that she get a professional license. However, because of her criminal record, the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology decided in 2016 that Haveman did not have the “good moral character” necessary to take the esthetician exam and denied her license.

“They picture me as some dark soul,

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Carnival Extends Shutdown Through Sept. 30 Over Coronavirus

MIAMI, FL — Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it is extending its coronavirus shutdown for North American cruises through Sept. 30, but the Miami-based company did not yet announce a new target date to resume service.

“During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in a letter to passengers who booked cruises and travel agents.

Industry trade group Cruise Lines International Association announced Friday that all cruise lines at American ports had voluntarily extended the suspension of cruises until Sept. 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume

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