Month: August 2020

Viral photos of police injured in US protests are actually from Australia

A viral social media post that claims police were injured by Democrats and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. The police are actually Australian and the incidents are years apart: Facebook
A viral social media post that claims police were injured by Democrats and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. The police are actually Australian and the incidents are years apart: Facebook

A collage of images that went viral on social media depicting battered and bloodied police officers – and suggesting Democrats and Black Lives Matter demonstrators were responsible – has been shown to be disinformation.

The social media post included four photos of police officers suffering from various injuries, including one man whose face was wrapped up in bandages.

A post accompanying the photo claims the officers were assaulted by BLM activists and Democrats.

“50 police officers were injured by Dems and BLM rioters over the weekend in Portland, Seattle and other nearby cities,” the post claims. “Pray for their safety.”

OregonLive first reported that while the photos of injured police are real, they’re depicting police officers in Australia, and their injuries

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All the Shoe Brands You Can Buy Now and Pay For Later With Klarna

Times are tough.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, millions of people all over the world continue to grapple with its many rippling effects, which include a tremendous hit to the global economy and, by extension, people’s wallets.

Throughout the six months since the health crisis took hold in the United States, levels of discretionary spending have ebbed and flowed with other macroeconomic trends such as unemployment, government stimulus measures and mandated lockdowns or restrictions.

The volatility has certainly taken a toll on retail but it has also given a boost to the already-rising trend of low-to-no-interest payment options for lower-cost non-essential items such as clothing, footwear and accessories.

Among the most popular providers is Klarna, a “buy now pay later” solutions service brands can deploy in-store and online.

Here’s how it works: A merchant signs up to be a Klarna brand partner — enabling it to offer the service to

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10 things to keep you occupied indoors this fall

These new activities will keep you busy for hours.
These new activities will keep you busy for hours.

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At the start of the pandemic, we all tried to keep ourselves occupied with a random assortment of activities from bread making to learning TikTok dances and keeping up with the trends. But as summer rolled around we had the opportunity to spend some time outside and partake in some socially distant activities and outdoor dining. Now that fall is approaching again and the end of the pandemic is nowhere in sight, we’ll probably be spending more time indoors—but this time we’ll be prepared.

There are a ton of products you can buy to keep yourself busy that go beyond the typical board games and puzzles we all resorted to the first go around. From celebrity taught classes to picking up a

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7 Things You Had No Idea Costco Actually Sells

Most trips to Costco are well-intentioned. You go in for some grocery items with a short list, but end up leaving with a wide assortment of random things you found and couldn’t pass up. With numerous departments and products to choose from, a trip to Costco can have you buying fruit and planning for your own funeral, as the store sells an assortment of coffins and urns for the event. Many of these unusual Costco items fit in with what you would expect to find at the store, but some leave you scratching your head, wondering how they even wound up on the shelves. Here are a few of our favorite unusual Costco items.

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50 pounds of Pecorino Romano

costco pecorino romano
costco pecorino romano

For the serious cheese lovers out there—who also happen to be pretty strong—Costco has the item for you. The warehouse club sells a 50-pound wheel of Pecorino

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What It’s Like to Send Your Kids to College in a Pandemic

Photo credit: FatCamera
Photo credit: FatCamera

From Oprah Magazine

Four years ago, as our daughter prepared to leave for college, these were the questions on our minds:

Are microwaves allowed in the dorm?

How much time will we have to move her in?

What in Gods name is a bed topper?

Last month, as we logged onto a pre-college orientation for our son, here’s what parents asked:

How will you enforce mask-wearing for 40,000 students?

What if my child’s roommate does not believe in COVID?

How will students get to the hospital if needed?

What will you say to students who WILL get COVID?

An hour later, my husband and I shut our laptop and stared at each other. Until that moment, we backed our son’s choice, resting our faith in the school’s plan.

Now we had only one question left: what where we thinking? And were we insane?

Thousands of

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Klarna, Affirm and Brex Make List of Top Fintech ‘Unicorns’

Fintech is on fire, again. After a slump in funding, the financial technology sector is seeing a flurry of fresh investments — even as deal activity is dropping, noted researchers at CB Insights in the firm’s latest quarterly “State of Fintech” report.

In the 89-page report, CB Insights also identified the top venture capital-backed companies and said there are 66 fintech unicorns that have an aggregate value of $248 billion. Thirty-three are in the U.S. alone and include a variety of financial service providers for retail, health care and banking.

Among the list of unicorns, which are privately owned start-up companies with valuations above $1 billion, are companies familiar to the fashion, retail and consumer products sectors such as Klarna, Affirm, Brex and Kabbage.

And while these unicorns eye potential initial public offerings, the fintech sector is already seeing a good number of firms go public. In the second quarter,

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How To Navigate Online Classes

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Prince George’s County students went back to school this week, but not in the usual way. Monday marked the first day of a semester’s worth of distance learning.

Along with pushing classes online, coronavirus has upended typical traditions and altered routine services. Here is Patch’s complete guide to navigating the virtual school year.

Communication

School officials have stressed the importance of communication while students are out of the classroom. Prince George’s County Public Schools will disseminate all major updates on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Families should bookmark their school’s website, which will offer more localized updates. School webpages are posted here.

Technology

Technology also plays a key role in the school board’s communication. Officials say students should keep an eye on their school email. Students can login to their email at this site and reset their password here.

Prince George’s County Public Schools

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‘Antifa hunter’ gets 3 years for online racist threats

A Florida man who called himself “the Antifa hunter” as he waged an online campaign to terrorize and harass those who opposed his white supremacist ideology was sentenced on Monday to more than three years in prison.

Daniel McMahon, 32, of Brandon, Florida, pleaded guilty in April to using social media to threaten a Black activist to deter the man from running for office in Charlottesville, Virginia. McMahon also admitted that he threatened to sexually assault the young autistic daughter of a North Carolina woman who protested against white nationalists.

A federal judge in Virginia sentenced McMahon to three years and five months in prison. McMahon declined an opportunity to make a public statement beforehand, but he heard from his victims during the hearing, which was conducted remotely by video conference.

In a written statement read aloud by a court employee, the North Carolina woman said McMahon methodically “cultivated a

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Ride the Momentum with These 5 Stocks

I know I tend to go on about the long term, and how we must be really careful about buying into a trend that could end real fast, especially since the market’s at unprecedented highs and sentiments are going through the roof.

But that’s basically one side of the story. It doesn’t mean that we must put all our money into stocks that we must hang on to forever. Not at all. The idea of long term buys, dividend stocks, etc is that we provide ourselves some sort of a buffer so we can absorb the volatility in riskier bets.

There are a couple of reasons why I think that we can and should make the most of the volatility in the market.

First among them are the improving macro numbers. So we see that the ISM numbers released earlier this month indicate expansion in the manufacturing sector; the HUD

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Students prepare for the unknown as they start university amid coronavirus

Students prepare to start university amid coronavirus: iStock
Students prepare to start university amid coronavirus: iStock

Many students applied to university before coronavirus and social distancing had entered the UK’s day-to-day vocabulary.

Now, they are preparing to start courses as universities adapt to become as safe as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s definitely not how I imagined going back to university would be like,” Elena Leonard tells The Independent.

The 24-year-old will be starting a master’s degree in London next month, but is not expecting to be on campus as much as she originally thought, as her university – like others – plans on moving towards online teaching as a precaution against the coronavirus.

“It does feel strange to be doing things online and knowing you’re not really going to see people in person for a while,” she says.

While she will miss being able to get to know other students and teachers in person, she

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