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Premium Title adds remote online notarization (RON) to make loan closings more efficient during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Title and settlement services company Premium Title adds RON option to a full suite of e-close capabilities it has offered customers since 2018

LUXEMBOURG, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Premium Title, a national provider of title and settlement services, today announced it has added remote online notarization (RON) to its suite of e-close capabilities that already includes hybrid e-close and total e-close. The company is integrated with leading electronic web-based closing platforms to help customers digitize the loan closing process so they can more effectively navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Premium Title has always strived to stay ahead of the curve in the mortgage industry and has been providing the convenience of virtual closings for the past two years. Premium Title has completed just over 9,000 purchase transactions using hybrid e-close and total e-close options. The company added RON to its title and settlement services

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Tom Brady Bought His First IWC Watch Because He Lost a Game. Now He’s a Certified Watch Guy.

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Photo credit: Courtesy

From Esquire

For Florida’s newest transplant, Tom Brady, watches are a personal passion that has grown steadily along with his 20-year football career. From the first watch he bought for himself at 24, to his current tie-in with legendary Swiss tool-watch brand IWC, Brady’s schtick has always been sleuthing out watches with the perfect balance of form and function. To Brady, a daily beater is as cherished as a five-figure grande complication Portugieser for date night and an integral part of the style armory. I Zoomed recently with Tom to find out more about his ongoing thing for IWC.

Do you remember your first watch? Was it a Christmas present?

I always got footballs or gold clubs; those were the two things I most wanted. I didn’t develop an appreciation for watches until I was in my early twenties. But over the years I’ve accumulated them. I

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I’m running a ‘Common Sense Camp’ for my kids this summer

Oona Hanson is an educator based in Los Angeles, California. Her story “I’m Running a ‘Common Sense Camp’ for My Kids This Summer,” was originally published on Forge by Medium in June, and is reprinted here with permission.

One of my favorite single-panel comics from Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” features a boy pushing mightily against a door marked “pull.” Above him, a sign announces the building as a “School for the Gifted.”

It’s an image I’ve thought about more than once since becoming a parent. As my kids — now 12 and 17 — got older, it became clear that they were, let’s say, heavy on the book smarts. Sometimes, when my husband and I would observe our children struggling with ordinary tasks, we’d joke that they could benefit from Common Sense Camp.

The joke was never entirely that funny. In her book “How To Raise an Adult,” a

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Why You Should Never, Ever Stop Taking Antidepressants Cold Turkey

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Photo credit: kieferpix – Getty Images

From Prevention

For some people with depression or anxiety, treatment with antidepressants can be a literal lifesaver. But others, depending on any number of reasons—like insurance coverage, unpleasant side effects, or personal preference—may decide to stop taking the drugs.

Teri Biebel, 48, decided to stop venlafaxine (Effexor) with the help of her doctor when she felt like she didn’t need it anymore. “I had severe anxiety, trouble catching my breath, and felt really overwhelmed when I went on Effexor, and it seemed to do the trick,” she says. But 10 years later, “I didn’t feel anxious, I didn’t have depression, I didn’t feel like I needed it.”

But, she says, no one could have prepared her for what it would feel like to stop taking the meds. “It felt like the world’s worst hangover,” she says. “It was painful to lift my head. I

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Tap the Rising Remote-Work Trend With These 5 Stocks

Several companies bore the brunt of the coronavirus-led economic shutdown while only a few flourished. And comprehensibly, the biggest gainers have been the so-called work-from-home or WFH stocks. Notably, many companies involved in video conferencing and cloud storage have seen their shares outpace the broader market so far this year, in some cases doubling or even tripling. 

 

And many experts now opine that the work-from-home trend is poised to continue since there’s no telling how long the pandemic will last. Thanks to the current reopening process, there has been an unabated increase in coronavirus cases in nearly 30 American states. Johns Hopkins University added that the seven-day average for coronavirus cases is currently higher than the 14-day average, an indication that the virus spread is intensifying.

 

Nonetheless, the work-from-home trend that began as a momentary way to keep employees safe is now becoming a permanent initiative for large companies like

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18 Ways to Help Small Businesses Survive Right Now

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Small Business Support

There’s no doubt we’re all aware of the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economy in general, and on small businesses in our own communities even more so. Many small-business owners are struggling to keep their companies afloat. There are, however, ways that each of us can help. From easy actions that don’t cost a thing to suggestions that might require you to open your wallet just a bit wider than usual, here are some ways that could help keep your local corner store or favorite nearby boutique open for business.

Related: Cash-Based Businesses That Must Change to Survive in the COVID-19 Era

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Buy a Dining Bond

The Dining Bond Initiative calls itself “a continuous lifeline for restaurants that are facing challenging times.” It works like this: You click here,

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British retail to lose further 5,000 jobs in blow to economy

By Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s high street faces more than 5,000 job cuts after two of its biggest names said that customers were unlikely to return to their old shopping habits after the coronavirus crisis, in the latest blow to the country’s ailing economy.

Health and beauty chain Boots and department store John Lewis on Thursday joined other retailers in warning that they had to close stores to survive after customers moved online and remained wary of returning to town centres.

Boots, owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance <WBA.O>, announced 4,000 cuts in a blow to British finance minister Rishi Sunak, who announced his latest plan to save jobs on Wednesday, while John Lewis said it could lose 1,300.

Thousands of job losses have already been announced by the menswear shop TM Lewin, department stores Harrods and Debenhams, fashion stores Oasis, Warehouse, and Arcadia, and the DIY outfit Travis

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All-time-low mortgage rates set off a flurry of borrowing

Homeowners and would-be homebuyers have found today’s deeply cheap mortgage rates impossible to resist and have stepped up their borrowing, a lenders trade group says.

Rates have been dropping from one record low to another — in multiple surveys — as part of the financial fallout from America’s worsening coronavirus epidemic. The numbers of cases and deaths have been rising in multiple states, causing investors to worry that it’ll take a long time for the U.S. economy to get back on its feet.

As a result, mortgage rates that are lower than ever are allowing both new borrowers and refinancers to score loans offering huge monthly and lifetime interest savings.

Mortgage demand pipes up

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Mortgage applications increased last week.

Overall mortgage applications rose 2.2% in the week ending July 3, the Mortgage Bankers Association, or MBA, said Wednesday.

Mortgage demand increased last week as rates on

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Facebook bans ‘Roger Stone disinformation network’

Roger Stone
Roger Stone

Facebook has removed a disinformation network it says was linked to “Roger Stone and his associates”.

Mr Stone was a long-time political strategist and is an ally of US President Donald Trump. He was convicted of lying to Congress in 2019.

He has denied involvement with the misinformation network.

Facebook also said it had identified a network of fake accounts run by employees of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

The social network released details of four misinformation campaigns ahead of the July edition of its monthly report on co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.

“Campaigns like these raise a particularly complex challenge by blurring the line between healthy public debate and manipulation,” Facebook said.

What was linked to Stone?

Facebook said it had removed 54 accounts, 50 pages, and four Instagram accounts it had linked to Mr Stone.

About 260,000 accounts followed one or more of the Facebook pages.

The inauthentic

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Samira Abdollah Aboonajmi Breaks Patriarchy and Stereotypes, Leading UAE’s Unique Store-line Gift Land Stores

Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a time, while the world is going through the biggest economical crisis of the century, a woman entrepreneur from the Arab world is taking a stand and leveling the playing field with Gift Land Stores, a specialised chain of department stores in the UAE.

Samira Abdollah Aboonajmi is a young, dynamic entrepreneur from the UAE. She was born in a family and environment where every man was involved in business, but no woman. Yet Samira thrives in a business community where the majority of the ventures are led by men. She has done her MBA majoring in Administrational Management and International Strategic Marketing and now leads one of the most significant ventures in the UAE, Gift Land stores. Being a successful woman entrepreneur in the Arab community, her interests range from sports to dancing, reading, poetry and even psychology & philosophy.

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