Month: August 2020

1 billion students impacted by school closures; Census to end 2020 counting operations early; Hawaii cases surge

President Donald Trump is considering executive action as congressional leaders and White House officials struggle to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package.

As more schools across the country welcome students back to class this week, some are already temporarily reclosing because of COVID-19 concerns. In Indiana, one school is shutting down two days after an employee tested positive for the virus. In another Indiana school, a student tested positive after the first day back to school.

The United Nations estimates more than one billion students worldwide have been affected by school closures. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Census Bureau will halt all counting efforts by Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned.

  • The NFL and the NFL Players Association set Thursday as deadline for players planning to opt out of the

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Five Democratic candidates battle for two House District seats in northern Miami-Dade County

An open Aug. 18 primary with no Republican candidates running will decide which Democrats will represent House District 107 and House District 108 in northern Miami-Dade County.

Two Democrats are seeking to replace term-limited incumbent Barbara Watson in House District 107, which runs from North Miami to Miami Gardens.

And in House District 108, which covers parts of Miami-Dade County that include Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and part of downtown Miami, incumbent Dotie Joseph is looking to fend off two challengers — including the former state representative she defeated in the 2018 primary.

The novel coronavirus has forced the candidates to find non-traditional ways to reach voters in the predominantly Black districts, both of which lean heavily Democratic. Some candidates are using technology to host virtual events. Others are placing door hangers and fliers outside of voters’ houses — but staying socially distant — and one candidate is using a

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5 ways COVID-19 will change higher education forever, and how colleges can adapt

The coronavirus pandemic is changing higher education. Campuses are closed, students are taking classes online, and the number of colleges announcing budget cuts and furloughs is growing. Students, faculty, staff, families and others are wondering what comes next.

It’s a transformative moment for higher education. But the trends driving the disruption are not new or unexpected.

Higher education has been going through a disruptive phase for at least the past decade, as highlighted by the steady drumbeat of commentary from Clay Christensen and others, who predicted that as many as half of all U.S. colleges and universities would close within the next 15 years.

The disruption has been slow, making it too easy for many in higher education to argue that it wasn’t happening. Now, COVID-19 is accelerating the change at breath taking speed. The trends are speeding up rapidly and will cut deep and in unexpected ways. We will

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How Beijing’s National Security Crackdown Transformed Hong Kong in a Single Month

After Beijing enacted a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong, the city’s leader tried to allay fears of a broad crackdown on dissent by promising the measure would affect only a very small minority of people.

But throughout July, the first full month under the new legislation, the measure featured prominently in a sustained effort to quell political upheaval in the enclave, while also ushering in a transformative climate of fear and uncertainty.

The law’s provisions — which punish crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces — have been used as grounds for disqualifying political candidates, arresting students over social media posts and banning common protest slogans.

The blows to the city’s democracy movement over the past few weeks have extended beyond the far-reaching law itself. Academics who are key figures in the protests were fired from their posts, police raided the office of an

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Edited Transcript of CHGG.N earnings conference call or presentation 3-Aug-20 8:30pm GMT

Santa Clara Aug 4, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Chegg Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:30:00pm GMT

* Andrew J. Brown

Chegg, Inc. – CFO

Chegg, Inc. – Co-Chairman, CEO & President

Chegg, Inc. – VP of IR

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, Research Division – Analyst

Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division – Head of Research & Senior Research Analyst

Northland Capital Markets, Research Division – Senior Research Analyst & Head of Equity Research

Greetings and welcome to Chegg, Inc. Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Tracey Ford, Vice President of Investor Relations for Chegg. Thank you. You may begin.

Tracey Ford, Chegg, Inc. – VP of IR [2]

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining Chegg’s Second Quarter 2020 Conference … Read More

The ultimate guide to reusable face coverings as England changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 24 July, face coverings have been mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing on 31 July. From 8 August, face masks will become compulsory in more indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet,

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Virtual Camp by Walmart Will Teach Your Kids How to Make Slime This Summer (and So Much More)

What’s ooey and gooey and will occupy your kids for hours on end? Slime, of course. The hottest kids’ toy this summer isn’t something you can buy off the shelf. It’s a retro callback to the glorious DIY science messiness of simpler times (anyone remember Nickelodeon’s Double Dare or Slime Time Live?!), and it’s here to stay.

Want to know how to make it at home? It’s really, incredibly easy, especially if you’re using Camp by Walmart on the Walmart app.

Camp by Walmart is a free online destination that just launched this summer and it’s filled with activities, games and challenges for kids and parents. The platform has dozens of fun, hands-on projects—from arts and crafts to science—run by celebrity “camp counselors” (Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore and LeBron James to name a few), and it features dozens of slime activities.

There’s Neon Glow-in-the-Dark Glittery Green Slime, Oozy

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How pandemic pods and zutors are changing home-schooling

When the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in the San Francisco area in early July, mother of one Lian Chikako Chang started a Facebook group to support local families and teachers who were suddenly facing the prospect of schools not opening in person as planned in mid-August.

The “Pandemic Pods” group, which aims to help with childcare and schooling needs, grew to more than 30,000 members within three weeks, as areas across the US were hit by Covid-19 spikes and more schools decided to stay shut.

“Families were left scrabbling for solutions,” says Ms Chang. “Most parents have to work, and most jobs are not compatible with home-schooling”.

And it’s not just Facebook parents are turning to. Matchmaking apps and websites have sprung up offering to help parents connect with other families to form “safe” learning pods, or match them with teachers who can give online lessons, dubbed

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‘Locked in a vicious cycle’

Ebony Jones thought she was one of the lucky ones. Jones, a Black woman in her 30s, inherited a home her grandfather, a World War II veteran, had bought nearly seven decades earlier with the help of his GI Bill benefits.

But when Jones and her two children moved into the house in Compton, California, which was paid off almost 40 years ago, they soon discovered that sewage sometimes backed up in the living room and that the plumbing needed to be repaired. The distressing process of securing a home equity loan introduced Jones to an American reality.

Despite Jones’ good credit score, low debt-to-income ratio, better-than-average income and several thousand dollars of savings, lenders who immediately expressed interest stopped or went quiet when they got to two questions.

What was her ZIP code? Answer: 90220. That’s Compton, 29 percent black, 68 percent Latino.

Was she married? Answer: No.


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Edited Transcript of ZVO.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 3-Aug-20 12:00pm GMT

San Diego Aug 3, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Zovio Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

* Andrew S. Clark

* Kevin S. Royal

Barrington Research Associates, Inc., Research Division – Director of Research and Education & Business Services Analyst

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Zovio Q2 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) After the speakers’ presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to turn your conference over to your speaker today, Alanna Vitucci, our VP of Corporate Communications. Thank you. Please go ahead.

Thank you, and good morning. Zovio’s Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Release was issued earlier today and is posted on the company’s website at Joining me on the call today are Andrew Clark, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Kevin Royal, Chief Financial … Read More