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Polish retailers seek eastern promise closer to home as coronavirus bites

By Anna Koper and Michael Kahn

WARSAW/PRAGUE (Reuters) – Poland’s big clothing and footwear retailers LPP <LPPP.WA> and CCC <CCCP.WA> are switching focus back to eastern Europe, sizing opportunities to add brick-and-mortar stores as international rivals concentrate on online sales during the pandemic.

LPP – eastern Europe’s answer to H&M <HMb.ST> and Inditex’s <ITX.MC> Zara – has expressed ambitions to emulate its two rivals as a top five global fashion brand.

Those plans have stalled as the pandemic has hit consumer spending, but with eastern Europe weathering the crisis better than Western economies, the retailer sees better prospects in its home region.

“Our approach to expansion has changed due to the epidemic,” LPP’s Deputy Chief Executive Przemyslaw Lutkiewicz told Reuters. “We hope that from the next year we will return to the expansion of new stores, but mainly in the eastern markets.”

LPP’s push comes as some big Western brands

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Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner’s best advice for New York Mets owner Steve Cohen

Here’s a big tip on how to run a successful sports franchise from one born and bred New Yorker to another.

“It’s not very complicated to be a team owner,” Home Depot co-founder and long-time Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. When asked what advice he would give new New York Mets owner and financier Steve Cohen, the Queens-born Blank and author of new book “Good Company” said a tremendous amount of listening needs to be done to make the Mets a winning organization again. Cohen’s listening tour should run from fans’ gripes about the team (and there are many with the Mets) and issues inside the organization.

That approach is the only way the long under-achieving Mets may find success, well, that and Cohen (worth a reported $14 billion) opening up the payroll pocketbook that outgoing owners the Wilpons have mostly kept closed in

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How to Finance Home Schooling Your Children

Ryan Ermey: If the pandemic has you weighing the costs and benefits of homeschooling your children you’re not alone. It’s a complicated and personal decision though. And Kiplinger.com online editor Andrea Browne Taylor is here to help you weigh the pros and cons in our main segment.

Ryan Ermey: On today’s show, Sandy and I discuss what to do with a 401(k) if you’re leaving your job, and we also get into a new batch of our wackiest PR pitches. That’s all ahead on this episode of Your Money’s Worth. Stick around.

Ryan Ermey: Welcome to Your Money’s Worth. I’m Kiplinger’s associate editor Ryan Ermey joined as always by senior editor Sandy Block. Sandy, how are you?

Sandy Block: Good, Ryan.

Ryan Ermey: And today, we are going to be — in our main segment, anyway — talking to Andrea Browne Taylor, because it’s become … Read More

Trump enters campaign home stretch facing a perfect storm of fundraising hurdles

WASHINGTON — Having lost his cash advantage, President Donald Trump has entered the final stretch of his re-election race facing a perfect storm of fundraising headwinds, including a base of big donors who are maxed out, choosing to sit on the sidelines or shifting resources to increasingly competitive Senate races.

Trump raised $210 million in August — a sizable sum, but far short of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s $365 million haul. Despite having a nearly three-year fundraising head start on Biden, at the end of July both campaigns had nearly the same amount of money remaining in their war chests. Neither campaign has released their full financial filings for August.

Now, heading into the final weeks of the race, many major Republican donors have maxed out on how much they can legally give. Others are hesitant to give more after seeing the campaign burn through $800 million this cycle only

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Woman Impacted by 9/11 Takes Out $800K Loan Against Her NYC Home to Give PPE to Pandemic Workers

Robert A. Ripps Rhonda Roland Shearer

Rhonda Roland Shearer is no stranger to helping others obtain protective equipment in times of disaster and emergency.

Just days after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, the New York resident and her daughter, London Allen, showed up to Ground Zero and started the main supply operation to hand out 3M P100s respirator masks and other personal protective equipment to first responders in need.

“The striking narrative was that everybody had everything they needed, but when you actually were at Ground Zero, people didn’t have it,” Shearer, 66, tells PEOPLE. “So we saw what they needed and went about getting thousands of them.”

Nineteen years later, Shearer is back on the frontlines — this time, with her nonprofit initiative, Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes, as they stand outside dozens of New York City hospitals and public housing complexes to hand out PPE kits to

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How To Know Whether Buying Or Renting A Home Is Right For You

The question of whether to buy or rent has been a topic of conversation, heavily debated among family and friend groups for years. You’ve probably heard the age-old words of advice that “renting is just throwing money out the window” or “buying a home isn’t a good investment decision.” And while both may be true in some cases, the question of which is a better decision is much more nuanced than these generalizations make it out to be.

The answer to this question is entirely dependent on your financial goals, available capital, and your future plans.

To Rent Or To Buy?

First, you want to assess what your financial goals are. Do you want to settle down for 5-10 years in a home that you love? Maybe you want to make an investment purchase through real estate? Or perhaps you’d like to spend less money now and have more money

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Is It Worth Getting Your Home Professionally Organized?

Vivian Johnson for Shira Gill

The more time I dwell at home dodging a global pandemic and responding to emails from my kitchen table, the more I face a brutal realization: I’m not organized. The dysfunctional junk drawer in my entryway — with its myriad of prized items including hand sanitizer, a signed copy of Taylor Swift’s Red album, and the spare key to my car — says it all. But, despite being crafty, I can’t seem to create a stylish and functional oasis on my own.

When influencer couple Aspyn Ovard and Parker Ferris posted a vlog of their kitchen getting professionally organized on YouTube, it was clear I don’t have to create that oasis on my own. My townhouse can feel as magical as the abodes on Pinterest, and my lifestyle can follow suit. I just need the expertise of a magical fairy with an influencer-like eye for

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Two Locust Projects exhibitions tackle themes of home, migration

Miami’s Locust Projects presents two new exhibitions this month, both exploring themes of home, migration and sense of place and community.

Juana Valdes’ “Rest Ashore” and Raúl Romero’s “Onomonopoetics of a Puerto Rican Landscape” will be available from Sept. 12 to Oct. 24 at the nonprofit exhibition space at 3852 N. Miami Ave. The space is open by appointment only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

“Both are dealing with the migrant experience and immigrant experience. Both really give us a moment for pause and reflection,” says Locust Projects’ executive director Lorie Mertes. “There’s a lot of divisiveness and a lot of conversation about immigration, and there are various sides of the conversation, but both of the shows bring a real sense empathy for that person in that journey that someone takes when they make the decision to seek a better life.”

Valdes’ “Rest Ashore” is an

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100 Ways To Work Better From Home

As of March 19, 58% of American knowledge workers were working from home, according to Forbes — and that percentage has likely increased since then. Although many have now spent weeks and months working remotely, you might still be struggling to adjust to the new normal. And with many working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s not too late to take steps to optimize that experience.

From setting up an ideal home office to making the most of available technology and learning to balance parental and office duties — all while staying sane — here are 100 ways to work better from home.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020

How To Set Up a Home Office

If you’re still taking your meetings and sending off emails from your bed every day, you probably don’t have the most efficient setup. Now is the time to create a home office that will

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5 tips to get ready whether at home or in the classroom

Leave it to a pandemic to upend yet another American tradition: Back-to-school shopping. Oh, it’s still happening. It just looks different than, say, every mad-dash parent scramble for school supplies over the last century. It comes with a higher price tag and critical shortages too. 

With so many students starting this new school year at home, the National Retail Federation (NRF) says spending could top $100 billion. That number breaks all kinds of records as parents and college students ditch the No. 2 pencils and trips to Forever 21 for more pricey supplies like laptops and desks. 

On top of it all, there’s a laptop shortage, as supply chain issues and trade tariffs on China add to months-long delays in meeting meteoric demand. 

The good news? There are always workarounds in this day and age, and we’ve put the top five together here to help you get what you want

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