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Home brewing equipment is flying off the shelves in the summer of coronavirus

MILWAUKEE – Jason Rohloff is an avid home brewer, but only COVID-19 can explain his recent output.

Rohloff, a 40-year-old manufacturing manager from Cudahy, has brewed 100 gallons of beer since the pandemic started. That’s more than what he would typically make in eight or nine months.

“I have beer now that I don’t what to do with, I brewed so much,” Rohloff said. “I can’t imagine the circumstance is unique to a lot of people.” 

The Brewers Association, which includes the American Homebrewers Association, counts 1.2 million home brewers in the country, but hasn’t tracked new brewers since the pandemic began.

However, those who sell home-brewing equipment in Milwaukee say there is definitely a surge.

“There’s nothing to do but drink beer and brew beer,” said Ben Caya, owner of Milwaukee-based Spike Brewing.

He’s kidding, but Spike, which makes premium equipment for brewing at home, saw its best two

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Jamie Nordstrom on COVID Lessons Learned, Doubling Down on Digital + 20 More Hot Topics

FN’s first virtual summit, “The Way Ahead,” continued this afternoon with a candid conversation between Jamie Nordstrom, the president of stores for Nordstrom Inc., and FN Editorial Director Michael Atmore.

Here are edited excerpts from the session, which focused on the department store’s increased focus on culture and service during the coronavirus era and the future of the physical store. The leaders also discussed how Nordstrom is moving quickly to capitalize on digital momentum and accelerate the growth of curbside pickup and returns as well as digital shopping appointments.

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Big lessons learned during coronavirus:

“We’ve come together as a team and had to learn a new way of working. In some ways, there are advantages to this. There are people on my team I talk to a lot more now than when we were in the office together. I have five screens in front of

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A roundup of budget shoes and deals to save you money

The notion of cheap cycling shoes might, to some, feel like hypocrisy, especially because the best cycling shoes nowadays are anything but cheap. 

As with anything, when the price decreases, so does the quality of the materials and ultimately, the performance of the product, but you might not need a hyper-stiff carbon fibre sole on your cycling shoes.

When searching Google for ‘cheap’ anything, you’re probably not intending on finding badly made, poor quality products. What you want is good value for money, or the best product within budget constraints. Therefore below, we outline a few picks of cheap cycling shoes, as well as a roundup of the best deals, all with the aim of helping you get a little bit more for your money. 

Just be careful, while simple in concept, cycling shoes are meticulously scrutinised in operation. Comfort is king but it’s closely followed by stiffness, weight and … Read More

Johnson & Johnson, US cut vaccine deal; Chicago schools to start online; Florida surpasses 500,000 cases

Another pharmaceutical giant announced a vaccine deal with the U.S. on Wednesday, and a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks could soon be in the mail.

Johnson & Johnson said it has a $1 billion agreement to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine candidate to the U.S. government. Also Wednesday, Moderna said it expects to fully enroll 30,000 people for a trial of its vaccine candidate next month. And a day earlier, Novavax released promising results of an early trial. 

While the nation waits for a vaccine that could fully reopen schools and businesses, Democrats and negotiators from the White House say another stimulus deal could be reached by the end of the week. That could be good news for tens of millions of unemployed Americans whose $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits has expired.

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than

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Britain should ‘make this moment count’ in reinstating support for Lebanon, says Tory MP

Ministers have pledged 'technical and financial support' for Beirut - AFP
Ministers have pledged ‘technical and financial support’ for Beirut – AFP

A senior Conservative MP has said the UK should “really make this moment count” in re-instigating British support for Lebanon, having left the country “alone for too long”. 

Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told BBC Radio 4’s World At One that the UK had been “at the forefront of helping Lebanon for the last 10 years”, playing a vital supporting role as the Middle Eastern country offered “extraordinary” levels of support to more than two million Syrian refugees. 

“It is right that we step up once again,” the MP for Tonbridge and Malling added. “To really make this moment count.”

“We have left Lebanon alone for too long.”

Ministers have pledged “technical and financial” support for the country, which is reeling from a massive explosion by Beirut port yesterday evening, in which at least 100

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Schools seeking alternative to remote learning move classes outside

DETROIT — With just days to go before the start of the new academic year, schools around the country are rushing to gather materials they never thought they would need: plexiglass dividers, piles of masks and internet hot spots to connect with students remotely.

And then there are schools that have an even more unusual list.

The Detroit Waldorf School in Michigan is buying carriage bolts, berry bushes and 8,000 square feet of cedar wood.

The San Francisco Unified School District has been busy gathering tree stumps.

And the Five Town Community School District in Maine is buying tents, yurts and enough all-weather snowsuits for each of its elementary school students.

These schools and districts are all laying the groundwork to move at least some instruction to outdoor classrooms. They’re making a bet that the lower risk of disease transmission in the open air, and the extra space outside for

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Stimulus package deal expected by end of week; US nears 5M cases; Clorox wipes shortage could stretch into 2021

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks? Maybe.

Top Democrats and negotiators from the White House say a stimulus deal could be reached by the end of the week and approved as early as the following week, That could be good news for tens of millions of unemployed Americans whose $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits has expired.

“We have to have an agreement, and we will have an agreement,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Novavax Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, became the fifth vaccine developer to release promising results of an early trial. The federal government is paying $1.6 billion to Novavax for 100 million doses.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Democrats, White House optimistic stimulus deal could be reached this week after both sides make concessions.

  • A group of voters backed by Republican lawmakers sued Minnesota state and local officials to try to block a face mask requirement at

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Mature matches, slightly different clientele

eharmony vs. EliteSingles: Mature matches, slightly different clientele
eharmony vs. EliteSingles: Mature matches, slightly different clientele

Online dating is great — it’s like window shopping for a date! — but there’s a slight shudder factor attached to the practice now that everyone and their mother (literally) has some sort of profile. The biggest advantage, obviously, is the potential to meet thousands of eligible singles who you likely wouldn’t have known existed otherwise. But whether those singles use their profile regularly or are even on it for the right reasons is another question — thus, the terrifying edge that can cause singles genuinely searching for the real thing to shy away from such a valuable tool.

When the dating pool is so deep, it’s important to narrow down your options to dating sites that are most likely to attract a very specific type of person and introduce you to people who have the same intentions that you do. Whether

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Booking.com Relaunches a Scaled-Down Attractions Vertical Powered by TUI’s Musement

Booking.com has quietly rolled out its new attractions business in partnership with Tui’s Musement brand, Skift has learned.

In a July 31 memo obtained by Skift, Booking.com Vice President of Attractions Lawrence Hester informed staffers that its new attractions’ homepage went live a couple of weeks earlier with 400 attractions in 20 destinations. Musement powers Booking.com‘s relaunched attractions category.

“So in March, we paused all of Attractions’ online presence,” Hester wrote after noting that the pandemic forced the “complete shutdown of attractions, tours and activities in most countries around the world.”

Prior to partnering with Musement in March, Booking.com offered thousands of attractions on its own globally. It had started to restructure its attractions business late last year because it realized the “build-your own” strategy was way too slow, and wouldn’t enable it to approach the scale of much-larger competitors such as Viator and GetYourGuide.

Hester said in the memo,

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 preview

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Nordstrom is hosting its Anniversary Sale this month, offering shoppers low prices on fashion, home and beauty items in stores and online for a limited time. Fashion brands featured include Ugg, Madewell and Adidas, plus home and beauty brands like Anthropologie Home and Clinique. The sale has clothing to get kids ready for back-to-school, fall fashion must-haves like coats and boots and beauty items from skincare to haircare. You can preview items being offered during the sale now before it opens to the public on Aug. 19 — and if you’re a Nordstrom cardholder or member of the Nordy Club, you can begin to

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