Day: July 15, 2020

How Covid-19 hit the comedy industry

For comedian Ayo Edebiri the coronavirus pandemic has been no laughing matter – in more ways than one.

People losing their lives to a deadly virus – or Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the shocking death of George Floyd – hardly provided rich picking for jokes.

And then there was the problem with comedy venues closing en masse during lockdown. Back in March she correctly predicted to a Los Angeles audience that her stand-up gig that night was likely to be her last for a while.

Lockdowns meant venues around the world where stand-ups would perform had to shut down – thousands of performances were cancelled.

‘Financial freefall’

For London-based comedian Kate Smurthwaite, this meant a £16,000 loss in bookings – a mixture of stand-up performances, festivals, teaching and workshops – throughout the year.

Also, many travel and accommodation fees were paid in advance, and it hasn’t

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How to pick the right read and host a virtual discussion on Zoom

Here’s something you can still do very well while staying at home to avoid coronavirus exposure: Read a book.

Another thing you can do effectively while quarantined? Participate in a book club.

Sure, it will be different without everyone piling onto the same couch or convening at a favorite coffee shop. But take it from three book clubbers (longtime host Barbara VanDenburgh, regular reader Mary Cadden and newbie Carly Mallenbaum all collaborated on this story), virtual book club has the potential to be a rewarding and intimate meet-up that serves a calendar commitment you’re actually psyched for.

Plus, you can invite people who don’t live in your city, or even your time zone!

So how do you put together a successful book club while in lockdown? We have some tips: 

Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter about how to cope with the coronavirus pandemic

Start with a small guest list

If

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Clarisonic Is Going Out of Business and Having a Huge Last-Chance Sale

It’s the end of an era. 

Following nearly 16 years of launching innovative and often-imitated skin-care devices — most famously its Allure Best of Beauty and Readers’ Choice Award-winning electric cleansing brushes — Clarisonic is going out of business. The brand shocked fans when it announced the news on social media on Tuesday, July 14.

“After more than a decade of game-changing innovation and industry-leading technology, the Clarisonic brand will be shutting down as of September 30, 2020,” an Instagram post reads. “We want to thank all of our loyal customers, dermatologists, and retail partners who have helped put this brand on the map. It has been our absolute pleasure to serve you all of these years.”

The post goes on to announce a major sale: “Please take advantage of our LAST CHANCE 50% OFF EVERYTHING promotion at our authorized retailers, to stock up on your favorite Clarisonic products, while

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Revolut bank offers cryptocurrency through Paxos ‘plug and play’ service

A handful of well-known companies, including Robinhood and Square, already offer Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Now, a crypto startup wants to make it easier for hundreds of other companies to do the same.

On Wednesday, New York-based Paxos announced a new brokerage service that is intended to let merchants offload the technological and regulatory challenges that go with cryptocurrency.

Paxos’s first client is Revolut US, the American division of the online bank that is popular in the UK.

In an interview with Fortune, Paxos CEO Chad Cascarilla likened the new brokerage to a “plug-and-play” service by which companies of all sorts—from retailers to payment firms—can offer crypto to their customers while relying on Paxos on the backend.

“It’s clear many firms want to offer crypto, but are finding it’s difficult to build the regulatory and technological infrastructure to do that,” he says. “This allows anyone, no matter what type

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Hoboken Gets $1.9M For Small Business, $8M For Coronavirus Care

HOBOKEN, NJ — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and other officials announced on Wednesday that Hoboken small businesses can get $1.9 million in CARES Act funding, and that the city will also get $8 million for the city’s coronavirus expenses including testing, food for seniors, costs of disinfecting public buildings, and more. (Find out how to get a coronavirus test in Hoboken at the end of the story.)

Businesses affected by the crisis can apply for grants of up to $20,000 through a program administered by Hoboken and Hudson County.

Some small businesses and schools in Hoboken have already received federal PPP loans, which can be forgiven (see the list here). Others set up GoFundMe accounts for their staff at the beginning of the pandemic. But even those who’ve gotten PPP loans say they still have struggles. READ MORE: Here Are The Hoboken Businesses That Got PPP Loans.

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How to Make Homestyle Dosas: A Primer

When Epicurious approached Tara O’Brady about writing this dosa primer, accepting the assignment was not as simple as saying yes or no. Read O’Brady’s essay about the decision here.

Dosa (alternatively, dhosai or dhosha), a fermented rice and lentil crepe originating in south India, has been a staple bread for at least a thousand years. It was classically a breakfast food, but as its popularity spread across the subcontinent and beyond, demand stretched to 24/7.

The most well-known dosa is made from long-grain white rice, skinned urad dal (black gram), and salt, all of which are soaked and ground with water to form a batter that is then cooked until golden and crisp. Consider this the default dosa: single-named, ubiquitous.

Homestyle Dosas with Tomato Chutney

Tara O’Brady

At restaurants this type of dosa can reach impressive physical proportions, the batter spread thin, then coaxed into rolls that span the width

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This online course sale could help you launch your dream business

This online course sale could help you launch your dream business
This online course sale could help you launch your dream business

TL;DR: Get help turning your ideas into dollars with The Entrepreneur and Business Skills bundle for $29.97, a 98% savings as of July 15.

Do you regularly come up with brilliant ideas for businesses you never follow through with? What’s holding you back?

The trick is knowing the best strategies to not only launch your business idea into the stratosphere but also keep it profitable and competitive in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Of course, you could just wing it and hope for the best, but why risk becoming another Shark Tank failure? Instead, get the push you need in the right direction with this Entrepreneur and Business Skills Bundle.

Through nine courses and 12 hours of content, this training will take you step-by-step through the process of launching your own business, starting with the basics.

Got an idea, but

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Wilton Student Makes Senior Connection During Coronavirus Crisis

WILTON, CT — Nearly one-third of older adults experience loneliness or social isolation, and that was before the coronavirus outbreak. If there has been any benefit that the elderly have derived from COVID-19, it’s that the pandemic has focused increased attention on the importance of keeping senior members of the community engaged.

St. Louis University sociologists Marla Berg-Weger and J. E. Morley, writing in “The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging”, said that,”With sheltering-in-place and stay-at-home orders, many older adults lost usual ways to connect with support networks and health and social service providers and are spending increased time alone. Many of the traditional strategies for engaging older adults have become obsolete in the new normal.”

Family & Children’s Agency, based in Norwalk, serves more than 13,000 people in Fairfield County. A good number of them are seniors, for whom FCA provides emergency alert systems, caregiver support, personal care attendants,

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We Need to Change How We Share Our Personal Data Online in the Age of COVID-19

A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, the web is more central to humanity’s functioning than I could have imagined 30 years ago. It’s now a lifeline for billions of people and businesses worldwide. But I’m more frustrated now with the current state of the web than ever before. We could be doing so much better.

COVID-19 underscores how urgently we need a new approach to organizing and sharing personal data. You only have to look at the limited scope and the widespread adoption challenges of the pandemic apps offered by various tech companies and governments.

Think of all the data about your life accumulated in the various applications you use – social gatherings, frequent contacts, recent travel, health, fitness, photos, and so on. Why is it that none of that information can be combined and used to help you, especially during a crisis?

It’s because you aren’t in control

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Is TikTok a security threat? It’s complicated.

TikTok is one of the hottest apps on the planet among teens and social media addicts. But the app, owned by China’s ByteDance, is under ever-increasing scrutiny from U.S. government officials, including President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who are threatening to ban it, claiming the app is a national security threat.

According to researchers, however, the fear of TikTok being used for some form of espionage is directly tied to the growing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. It’s not that the app collects any more information than contemporaries like Facebook, experts say, but rather that TikTok has ties to China.

“I Think TikTok has been doing a lot of things very, very, very quickly to try to establish that it’s safe for Americans to use,” explained U.C. Berkeley professor Steven Weber, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity. “In this political environment

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