Day: July 14, 2020

Loss of international students could damage US economy, experts say

The world of higher education, already struggling to cope amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was rocked last week when the Trump administration issued a regulation that would prevent international students from entering the country in addition to compelling thousands already in the U.S. to leave if enrolled in schools that plan to teach exclusively online in the fall.

“These students and their families have invested so much hope and money — in some cases, their families’ life savings — to get an American education,” Kavita Daiya, an associate professor of English at George Washington University, told ABC News. “By being here, they bring so much talent and knowledge to our communities. To force them to leave is to betray the promise of opportunity and fairness that undergirds American higher education.”

Implementation of the order could cost the U.S. tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, but on Tuesday the

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We Asked Dietitians About The 75 Hard Challenge That’s All Over TikTok

I’ll be honest, I am a woman of extremes. I’ve run two marathons, and I’ve been known to set my alarm for 3 a.m. to “get some extra work done” when getting up at 7 a.m. would suffice. That’s probably why I was intrigued by the 75 Hard Challenge. It’s big on TikTok — the hashtag #75hard has over 34.4 million views on that platform alone. It’s billed as a way to “build mental toughness.” But in my experience, that’s often code for “make money off an extreme program by dangling desirable, pie-in-the-sky results, such as ‘making huge strides in your career’ and ‘feeling confident.’”

The truth is, there are a lot of ways this program can be harmful — one expert I spoke to called it downright “dangerous.” But it is, in fact, “a thing” and there’s certainly a draw people like me who love to push their limits.

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Did Zero Waste Daniel Predict The Death Of Fashion As We Know It?

Like many aspiring fashion designers, Daniel Silverstein found inspiration for what would become his life’s work in the classroom. During his senior year at FIT, Silverstein was asked to design a pair of sustainable jeans. “Everyone said, you know, ‘I’m going to use organic cotton,’ or ‘I’m going to use natural dye,’” he recalls. Silverstein took a harder stance: “If I’m handed a piece of denim, I should use every piece of that denim on that pair of jeans and not waste anything.” The idea for Zero Waste Daniel was born. 

Before it came to fruition though, he had a brief stint as a design intern at Carolina Herrera and then a temp job as an assistant sweater designer at Victoria’s Secret. But it didn’t take long for Silverstein to realize that traditional fashion wasn’t for him. “As a young professional, I got to actually see what wastes we were

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Trump administration reverses new visa guidelines for international students

The Trump administration walked back a sudden policy change that would have potentially blocked hundreds of thousands of international students from remaining in or returning to the U.S. while pressuring universities to resume in-person classes in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Following a week-long fight by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and more than a dozen state attorneys general, the government agreed on Tuesday to “rescind” a policy that would have affected international students who are attending institutions that have opted to go completely remote over the fall.

“For the hundreds of thousands of international students across this country who enrich our institutions and strengthen our communities — we celebrate this victory with you,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “This ICE rule was senseless and illegal the minute it came out, and the Trump Administration knew it didn’t have

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As millions lose health insurance, Trump administration offers little help

President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. <span class="copyright">(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)</span>
President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

As millions of people lose jobs in the coronavirus outbreak, jeopardizing their health benefits, the Trump administration and many states are doing little if anything to connect Americans with other insurance coverage.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department hasn’t launched any special effort to publicize the availability of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or health plans being sold on marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

And federal officials haven’t made any substantial new commitment of money for outreach or to help people enroll in coverage.

In California and 11 other states that operate their own insurance marketplaces, state governments have created special enrollment periods to give people

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As the COVID-19 economic crisis deepens, financially risky MLMs are moving in to fill the employment void

Mary Kay is one of the oldest and most well known MLMs.
Mary Kay is one of the oldest and most well known MLMs.

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  • Stuck at home and unemployed, some people are turning to multi-level marketing companies, or MLMs, to make cash.

  • MLMs promise the opportunity to “work for yourself,” but these companies often require people to shell out for products and training sessions upfront.

  • Women and people of color are most likely to be swayed by the promise of an MLM, according to a survey from AARP.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.


Emily Jones entered the world of MLMs as a customer. It was 2018, she was preparing for a vacation to Europe and looking for inexpensive jewelry to wear. A friend introduced her to Paparazzi Accessories.

The jewelry was cute, she said, so when Christmas rolled around, she ordered additional pieces to give away as gifts. The friend who sold the jewelry to

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How To Balance Activism and Self-Care, According To A Wellness Coach

Yasmine Cheyenne is well-versed in the realm of what she calls “doing your work” — self-care sans the hashtags and the face masks. It’s the art of practicing sustainable methods of self-help and self-exploration in pursuit of personal wellbeing. Through the use of workbooks, online seminars, Skillshare courses, and an all new podcast, Yasmine teaches her broad, devoted community about accessing wellness in the long term. And right now, for folks all over the country, that version of balance can feel more difficult to maintain than ever before.

On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic (the spread of which took a disproportionately high toll on Black Americans) and the senseless killing of George Floyd, among so many others, the Black Lives Matter movement has achieved prominence in a new way. For over a month, protestors across the country have taken to the streets to push for the defunding of police

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How to make a PowerPoint presentation into a video, so that it plays automatically without you having to click through each slide

You can make a PowerPoint presentation into a video in a few simple steps.
You can make a PowerPoint presentation into a video in a few simple steps.

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PowerPoint is an incredibly useful tool for giving presentations. With the click of a button, you can control how fast or slow you want the slides to progress, and when other extras like music or animation come in. 

However, if it is not your intention to give your presentation live and in person, this fact can be more of a hindrance than a help. If you intended, for example, to email it to your coworkers, or to post it online, it might be more helpful to simply have your PowerPoint be a video that people can press play on and simply sit back and watch.

Luckily, this is something that the Microsoft Office team has already thought of, and they make it just as easy to save your PowerPoint as a video as

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U.S. Government Backs Down On In-Person Requirement This Fall

Harvard University sued the federal government to block sa proposed rule change that would have required foreign students to take some in-person classes this fall. File photo

Coronavirus cases are climbing across the country. Multiple states have sued. Universities, from the big names to the small, have voiced their opposition, and in some cases gone to court.

Now the government of Donald Trump is backing down from a rule change that would have required international students in the United States to take some in-person classes or risk having their visas revoked. The rule also would have barred foreign students from entry to the country if they planned to attend programs that will be entirely online this fall.

One day after 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in Boston, Massachusetts, seeking to block the rule change — and less than a week after

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How 5 fashion labels transformed to survive lockdown

Kitri Brora
Kitri Brora

News in the retail sector is gloomy right now, with headlines about falling sales and much-loved brands going into administration. But some small businesses have been clever and nimble enough to make the best of extraordinary circumstances…



Solid gold personalised name bracelet, £550; Vermeil name bracelet, £140; Oval huggies, from £60-£140, all Otiumberg

As chosen by Lisa Armstrong

When the UK went into lockdown, 31-year-old Rosanna and 35-year-old Christie Wollenberg, the sister-duo behind Otiumberg, the stylishly understated source of irresistibly pretty jewellery, had three hours to clear their new showroom of stock.

“I ended up moving hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery to my small flat in south London without proper insurance. It was either that or lose access to it and we didn’t know how long that would be for,” recounts Rosanna. Fortunately, because they specialise in small, delicate pieces, the haul was

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