Day: July 28, 2020

Venice Director Alberto Barbera Explains How He Programmed a Festival in a Pandemic

It’s been a strange and challenging year for all film festivals, which made this morning’s announcement of the Venice International Film Festival lineup all the more striking. Somehow, artistic director Alberto Barbera assembled a program of more than 50 films from around the world. It’s the first major fall festival to reveal its full lineup.

While Venice may add titles in the days ahead, it’s clear that this year’s edition won’t look like previous ones. The 2019 selection included splashy premieres with Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep; this version of Venice has fewer starry American films, reflecting our current inability to travel to Europe. The Venice selection still offers much to explore with at least one significant Oscar contender, a range of promising new work from international auteurs and newcomers, and nearly 50 percent of its competition featuring women directors.

Barbera spoke by phone with IndieWire about the … Read More

Browns to showcase training camp online

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team will launch ”Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans ”an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni.

The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension.

Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the … Read More

PPP part 3? Everything you need to know about the proposed expansion of the small business loan program

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The emergency funding program for small businesses may be getting a revamp via a new proposal—but this time, loans would only go to the smallest, hardest-hit businesses.

Senate Republicans Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) released a new proposal late Monday that would give small, struggling businesses the option to take out an additional Paycheck Protection Program loan, tapping $190 billion in funds Congress would provide under the proposal.

Sen. Rubio urged Congress to “take action to help industries and businesses, especially minority-owned small businesses and those in low-income communities, that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement. He earlier teased the proposal last week, saying in a video on Twitter that the new eligibility requirements would help ensure that “the

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Aspiration Review: The big bank alternative

Aspiration defies easy labels. It’s almost like this financial company is daring you to categorize it.

It’s not a bank, though it offers accounts that are sort of like checking accounts, sort of like savings accounts. Plus, it has debit cards, offers better-than-the-usual interest, provides cash back and has a do-gooder vibe.

The MoneyWise editorial team developed a grading system — taking into account fees, features and other factors — to prescribe the four-star rating shared in this first-person review. The opinions and writing in this article are solely my own, conveying my experience with Aspiration as a product. Other customer’s outcomes may differ.

MoneyWise Rating: 4 stars (out of a possible 5)

Courtesy of Aspiration Partners, Inc.

As a customer with one of the “Spend & Save” accounts, I’d use quirky to describe Aspiration, and I mean that in a good, likable way. Fees are voluntary, the debit

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This Quiz Reveals Your Money-Saving Personality (and Its Pitfalls To Avoid)

I have a gross confession: I love talking about money—my personal finance goals, my desire to be financially secure, my plan to get there (which is usually discussed while devouring an overpriced takeout dinner with my roommate). I am my own worst enemy, but talking about money with other people helps me as a chatty financial extrovert, one of the eight financial personality types in Fidelity’s Money Personality Quiz. Oh, you didn’t know that there were financial personality types?

The Money Personality Quiz helps diagnose how you navigate the world of finances—and where you might be a little weak. It’s a simple way to overview your common habits and reassess your outlook when needed. For example, it’s good that I seek the wisdom of others; without it, I get a little too deep into retail therapy. On the other hand, not everyone is a financial wizard, and my roommate’s advice

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Destination XL Names Ujjwal Dhoot Chief Marketing Officer

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Destination XL Group Inc. has promoted chief digital officer Ujjwal Dhoot to chief marketing officer, effective Aug. 2.

In this new position, Dhoot will oversee all aspects of DXL’s brand positioning, performance marketing, creative strategy and lifecycle marketing for the company’s 320 stores, e-commerce business and mobile app.

Dhoot joined the Canton, Mass.-based big and tall men’s retailer in December 2019, and served as head of marketing on an interim basis during the pandemic.

“At DXL, we pride ourselves on offering an exceptional fit and brand selection focused solely on the big and tall customer, as well as our best-in-class in-store experience and the close personal relationships that exist with our associates and guests,” he said. “As we evolve digitally, we will expand upon those key attributes, leveraging data and insights to build an even greater understanding of our guests to drive focused

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Many Companies Won’t Survive the Pandemic. Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

The pandemic has upended businesses across the world, but it has been very good for Amazon. Every lockdown “click to purchase” nudged the company a little further toward utter domination of online shopping as total e-commerce sales nearly doubled in May. But if bigger was better for everyone, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos would not be appearing before Congress on Wednesday for an antitrust hearing.

Charlene Anderson, and sellers like her, are one reason why he’ll be there. Anderson is among the many merchants who sell goods on Amazon — and who together account for more than half of sales on the site. But they pay, too: Amazon charges Anderson a $39.99 monthly fee to post her knitting and craft supplies on its site, and it takes a cut of about 30 percent on each item she sells. Anderson’s seller experience has worsened during the pandemic as Amazon exercised

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Miami Man, 29, Spent PPP Money On Lamborghini: Feds

MIAMI, FL — A 29-year-old Miami man has been accused of using $3.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program money to buy a $318,000 Lamborghini Huracan for himself and make other lavish purchases.

David T. Hines, 29, of Miami, Florida, was charged with one count of bank fraud, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and one count of engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds.

“The complaint alleges that Hines sought approximately $13.5 million in PPP loans through applications to an insured financial institution on behalf of different companies,” federal prosecutors said. “The complaint alleges that Hines caused to be submitted fraudulent loan applications that made numerous false and misleading statements about the companies’ respective payroll expenses. The financial institution approved and funded approximately $3.9 million in loans.”

U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of Miami announced the charges Monday along with Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt

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An Expert Guide To Buying & Styling Affordable Art For Your Home

Art is an immense and relative term, making it either a dream or a nightmare for those attempting to navigate it on a buyer’s level. Regardless of if you’re deciding where to hang a print, debating whether or not to pull the trigger on a first acquisition, or still wondering where the hell to even start your search, the artwork-purchasing process can feel like a tremendous endeavor — but, you don’t need to feel intimidated by it. We tapped experts across the online art-space to break down any stigmas still surrounding researching, buying, and home-styling quality pieces as beginners on a budget.

We’ve come a long way from an art world that once felt accessible to insiders only; today the influx of online galleries allows both buyers and artists all around the globe to seamlessly connect across a multitude of mediums, styles, and price points. Ahead, the stylists, curators, editorial

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Trump campaign accused of using ‘pass-through’ vendors to obscure $170 million in payments

An ethics watchdog group has accused President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign of obscuring nearly $170 million worth of campaign spending through so-called “pass-through” vendors linked to campaign leadership instead of disclosing the true recipients of the funds.

In an FEC complaint filed on Tuesday, the Washington-based nonpartisan group Campaign Legal Center said American Made Media Consultants and Parscale Strategy, two companies set up and by run by campaign leadership, including former campaign manager Brad Parscale, have been disguised as providing a variety of services to the campaign, when in reality they have essentially served as “clearing house” firms that dole out contracts and payments to various subcontractors and vendors without revealing the ultimate recipients of the donor money.

Since 2019, the Trump campaign and Trump Make American Great Again committee, a joint fundraising committee with the Republican Party, have reported paying American Made Media Consultants and Parscale Strategy nearly $170

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