new UK scheme risks running a repeat of ID card controversy

Laveta Brigham

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Is the UK government planning to revive identity cards for the internet age? The decision to scrap its national ID cards and database in 2010 means the UK is one of the few developed countries not to have such an identity scheme. While this was seen as a victory for civil liberties campaigners, some now argue that the lack of a simple way to prove who you are, especially online, is holding back the digital economy and improvements to public services.

With this in mind, the government recently announced plans to pave the way for a new digital identity scheme, which some media outlets have called digital ID cards.

In reality, there’s no single agreed definition of what a digital ID is or looks like, so saying the new system will be similar to the unpopular card scheme is misleading. However, the UK government is a long way from

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The race is elite-only this year, but here’s how to start running for 2021

Laveta Brigham

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The pandemic has put a stop to sporting events across the UK and one of the biggest to be cancelled is the London Marathon.

The event – which would have been its 40th anniversary – was due to be held on Sunday 26 April, but this date was postponed until October 2020. This year’s race will still go ahead on 3 October, but it will now only involve elite athletes, meaning the other 45,000 runners will not be able to take part.

The 2021 marathon has also been moved from its traditional April date to October, in order to give as many runners as possible the chance to partake in the race.

In April, to mark the original date of this year’s marathon, people were encouraged to join in on the 2.6 challenge. The idea was to complete an activity related to the number 26 (as that’s the amount

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A running list of companies that have filed for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic

Laveta Brigham

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For some, the pandemic was a chance to open a new chapter. But for many businesses, the swift and stark economic shutdown led straight to Chapter 11.

“We are seeing an acceleration in bankruptcies that is unprecedented,” James Hammond, CEO of New Generation Research, which runs BankruptcyData, previously told Fortune.

For 2020, he says, “I’m pretty confident we will see more bankruptcies than in any businessperson’s lifetime.” Ranked by assets alone, says Hammond, the magnitude of bankruptcies this year has already surpassed that of 2008.

Below is a running list of companies that have filed for bankruptcy during the pandemic. We’ll add to this list as more Chapter 11 filings are announced.

Lord & Taylor

Though the storied department store traced its roots back to 1826 when

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What It’s Like Running Your Own Business

Laveta Brigham

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own your own food business? Whether you see yourself working in a restaurant, serving up tasty street food from a food truck, or catering weddings as a side-hustle, all food businesses take an immense amount of time and dedication. Here’s some words of advice from three Vermont women making their culinary dreams a reality.

Meet Our Interviewees!

Chelle Hall is the owner of Buku VT, a pop-up company that prepares and sells bento boxes in the Stowe and Burlington areas. Her Japanese heritage and creativity inspired her to bring novel Japanese foods to Vermonters. Hall opened her business two months ago and plans to expand to more locations within the coming months.

Janina Kotulich is the owner of Red Poppy Cakery in Burlington, VT. She opened the bakery in April 2019 after moving to Vermont from Connecticut in 2017. She designs a

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Schools Can’t Reopen Safely Without A Lot More Money. Congress Is Running Out Of Time.

Laveta Brigham

WASHINGTON ― In a matter of weeks, millions of children will head back to school in the middle of a pandemic, leaving millions more parents filled with anxiety about risking their child’s health ― not to mention school staff ― to get an education.

Public schools cannot safely reopen without a massive infusion of emergency funding from Congress, which is already dangerously late to this. Think of all the things a single school needs: Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes for classrooms. No-touch thermometers. Regular deep cleanings, which means hiring more custodial staff. Ensuring that every school has at least one full-time nurse (25% of schools have no nurse at all). Someone on every school bus to screen kids’ temperatures before boarding. Gloves and masks for staff. Masks for students who don’t bring one from home. Resuming before- and after-school child care programs with new cleaning protocols.

That doesn’t even factor

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Biden facing pressure within party as running mate search enters final phase

Laveta Brigham

By Joseph Ax and Trevor Hunnicutt

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing pressure from contending groups inside his party as he prepares to interview a shortlist of women for the most important hire of his political career: his running mate.

Biden, who committed to choosing a woman for the job he held for eight years under President Barack Obama, said this week he expected the background vetting process to conclude around July 24. He would then interview each finalist before making a decision, expected by early August.

The selection of the vice presidential candidate has taken on outsize importance this year, reflecting the desperation to defeat Republican President Donald Trump among Democrats, who have agonized over which candidate would give Biden the biggest boost in the Nov. 3 election.

Biden leads in national and battleground-state opinion polls as voters fault Trump for his handling of the coronavirus

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

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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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Government loans helped save millions of jobs, but the money is running out for many

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Server Conor Susi, center, takes orders from a dine-in group at Faith & Flower in downtown Los Angeles on June 6. <span class="copyright">(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Server Conor Susi, center, takes orders from a dine-in group at Faith & Flower in downtown Los Angeles on June 6. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The surprising jobs rebound in May, which fueled hopes for a fast recovery from the pandemic recession, was almost certainly due in large part to tens of billions of dollars of forgivable government loans to small businesses.

Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative — part of the much larger COVID-19 relief package enacted by Congress when the pandemic first began pounding the economy — has to date lent more than $512 billion to struggling small businesses, including about $67 billion in California. The money does not need to be repaid if funds are used to keep workers on the payroll and other conditions are met.

The novel idea to discourage layoffs has no precedent in past economic crises.

And without it,

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T-shirts, pillows, running shoes and even underwear are being sold, some of it through Amazon

Laveta Brigham

By now you’ve probably seen the T-shirts and face masks bearing George Floyd’s name and image. But have you seen the “Justice For George Floyd’’ running shoes?

Or how about the “Call for Justice for George Floyd’’ throw pillow?

Or the “George Floyd R.I.P.” underwear?

Yes, underwear, $18 for three pair.

The death of Floyd, an African American man who was suffocated under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, has done more than set off protests and soul searching across the United States. It also has triggered the selling of an array of merchandise, much of it listed on Amazon.

“Clearly opportunists,’’ said James Thomson, an adviser for brands selling online. “All these people selling T-shirts, they’re basically along for the ride, making money on it.

“Whether they care about the social aspects, it’s just the surfboard to jump onto and ride as long

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