Month: June 2020

Meet Thrilling, An Online Marketplace That Supports Small Vintage Stores

When the pandemic hit, Thrilling, an online marketplace that offers vintage and secondhand clothing from small businesses around the country, cut its commissions for the first two months. After brick-and-mortar businesses were forced to close their doors, and thus lose their main source of income, founder and CEO Shilla Kim-Parker knew that those owners needed every dollar they could make. Thrilling then released custom-printed vintage T-shirts to raise money for the 100+ stores it carries (you can still purchase them or donate to stores here). When protests started around the country, following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police, Thrilling curated a collection of clothing from Black-owned vintage stores — although, as a Black woman, Kim-Parker had amplified these businesses since the start of Thrilling, giving them the exposure they desperately need in a fashion industry that still prioritizes whiteness.

Kim-Parker, whose prior careers were in

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Top ETF Stories of Coronavirus-Induced Q2

The second quarter of 2020 can be attributed to a sturdy market rally despite coronavirus-led lockdowns in various parts of the globe. Since the market hit lows on Mar 23, the S&P 500 gained roughly 40% till early June, marking the best 50-day rally in history.The unprecedented stimulus measures by global central banks and governments pulled the ailing global markets very soon from nadir.

The S&P 500 Index, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq gained about 18.4%, 15.6% and 30.1%, respectively, in the past three months (as of Jun 26, 2020). Let’s take a look at the key ETF events of Q2.

Reopening of Economies

In the second quarter, all 50 states of the United States reopened to some extent after lockdown. Not just the United States, several global economies also started to open from May-end. Rising hopes of a vaccine and some upbeat economic indicators added to the optimism.

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Done with Facebook? Consider MeWe, Parler or old standbys like LinkedIn

MeWe is a social network that says it has no ads, spyware, targeting, political bias, or newsfeed manipulation. In other words, it bills itself as the “anti” Facebook. 

Parler is a social media app with one point of view – conservative. It’s a place for folks who don’t like the spin at Facebook, or as it describes itself, “free expression without violence and a lack of censorship.”

So maybe, like Coca-Cola, Unilver, Starbucks and other corporations, you’ve had it with Facebook and its policies about either not curbing hate speech, or if you’re on the other side of the aisle, censoring free thought. 

Where to go? We have some ideas for you. 

MeWe bills itself as the "anti-Facebook."
MeWe bills itself as the “anti-Facebook.”

Controversy: Trump’s Twitch channel suspended, and Reddit bans pro-Trump online group

Social: Facebook, social media under more pressure from brands over hate speech

LinkedIn

Yes, that network that for years was thought

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Choreographers relish ‘spontaneity’ unleashed by virus restraints

Paris (AFP) – How do you create dance in the age of coronavirus, when dancers are not supposed to touch each other and stay one or two metres apart?

All across the world choreographers are grappling with the challenge of coming up with safe, socially distanced pieces that still set the heart aflutter.

It may be completely counter-intuitive, but the very rigidity of the restrictions has been liberating for some — allowing them to play on the new taboos and the dramatic tension around personal space the virus has brought with it.

“It unleashed spontaneity!” declared the great German choreographer John Neumeier, the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet.

“In ballet, we are so used to being free in the way we touch,” he told AFP.

“Sometimes we take this for granted, because we touch everybody almost everywhere in doing pas de deux, in doing a lift. And now we

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How to Save Money: 101 Genius Tricks

Benjamin Franklin — a man who knew a thing or two about frugal living — once warned: “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

From grocery shopping to impulse buys, the choices we make every day have a huge impact on our budget. With these 101 money saving tips, you’ll learn how to spend less and pocket more no matter the day or time of year. Incorporating as many of these hacks into your life as possible could be a real game-changer for your finances — especially since it’s nearly impossible not to find something new on this list that you haven’t tried before.

Our 101 savings tips fall into the following categories:

Everyday lifestyle tweaks Online shopping apps and strategies Food and drink Travel Regular bills and subscriptions Energy and automobile savings Eliminate fees and interest charges Seasonal savings Plus: How to save money

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South Dakota gov says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration at Mount Rushmore

WASHINGTON — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

“We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing,” Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

State officials have told the people of South Dakota “to focus on personal responsibility,” said Noem, adding, “Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with.”

Trump is expected to attend the celebration and

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Edited Transcript of CMCM.N earnings conference call or presentation 10-Jun-20 12:00pm GMT

Beijing Jun 30, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Cheetah Mobile Inc earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – IR Director

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – Chairman of the Board & CEO

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – CFO

Good Day, and welcome to the Cheetah Mobile First Quarter 2020 Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Helen Zhu, Investor Relations Director of Cheetah Mobile. Please go ahead, ma’am.

Jing Zhu, Cheetah Mobile Inc. – IR Director [2]

Thank you, operator. Welcome to Cheetah Mobile’s First Quarter Conference Call. With us today are our company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Fu Sheng; and Mr. Thomas Ren, our company’s CFO. Following management’s prepared remarks, we will conduct the Q&A section. Before we begin, I refer you to the safe harbor statement … Read More

Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes until at least Aug. 17

PHOENIX — Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes this year until at least Aug. 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday. 

“We also want to bring as much certainty as possible for Arizona schools,” Ducey said. “We’ll continuously reevaluate this target date.” 

The state’s schools usually open in early August, long before Labor Day. But a spike in COVID-19 cases in Arizona has made 2020 an unusual year: Schools are facing difficult decisions in reopening, including whether to offer in-person classes at all.

The state has more than 74,000 confirmed cases, with 3,000-plus new cases reported on five of the past seven days.

People younger than 20 make up about 11% of the cases. 

Nationwide: Younger people are a factor in surge of COVID-19 cases, analysis shows

The announcement means schools will not be able to hold in-person classes until mid-August, but schools could

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Julien Farel’s $1,000 haircut returns with a 1,200-plus wait list

Following New York City’s phase 2 planned reopening, a number of businesses — from beauty salons to in-store retailers — were able to reopen their doors to their clients.

Famous for his $1,000 dollar hair cuts, Julien Farel, Chairman of the Julien Farel Restore Salon Group, reopened his salon and was met with a 1,200-plus wait list on his opening day. It’s something he characterized as “crazy.”

While the business has been closed to the public, Julien and his team kept busy since the business closed doors on Saturday, March 21st. His team began working on changing the business the next Monday, March 23rd.

“We had work on how are we going to regrow,” Farel told Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round.

Farel said he held weekly calls with his executive team and his staff as they pivoted to focusing on growing their online product sales and presence on social media.

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Romance author Roni Loren on the ‘eye-catching’ illustrated cover trend (plus her new cover!)

Yes, and… she hopes you love her new cover.

Roni Loren has been writing romance since 2012, but her next book Yes & I Love You, which hits shelves March 2, 2021, marks a new chapter for the author. After penning erotic romance and an angsty series about survivors of a school shooting The Ones Who Got Away, she’s tip-toeing into something a bit more lighthearted. And she’s got the dreamy illustrated cover, which EW can exclusively debut below, to match.

“I wanted to get readers who maybe wouldn’t necessarily pick up a mass-market couples’ cover book to consider it and pick it up and look at the back and see if they would be interested in it,” Loren says of her new foray into the illustrated cover trend. “Because I think there’s a lot of people who are romance readers out there who don’t realize they’re romance readers.”

Yes

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