North GA Moves To Virtual Format For Saturday Of Service

NORTH GEORGIA — The University of North Georgia already planned to expand its Saturday of Service, traditionally held the first week of the fall semester on the Dahlonega Campus, to all five campuses this August. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting large gatherings, the university will employ a “pay it forward” strategy that leads to service throughout the northeast Georgia region, culminating on Saturday.

The virtual event encourages UNG students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in community service and random acts of kindness from Aug. 17-22 and post their efforts on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NighthawksTogether.

“We want to create more opportunities for UNG faculty, staff, students, and alumni to serve,” said Bobbi Larson, UNG’s director of economic development and community engagement.

One example of virtual volunteerism is to read to kids via a virtual platform. Community organizations can submit virtual volunteer opportunities to be considered for

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Trump moves on China apps may create new internet ‘firewall’

A ban by President Donald Trump’s administration on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and WeChat risks fragmenting an already fragile global internet and creating an American version of China’s “Great Firewall.”

Fears about the global internet ecosystem intensified this week with Trump’s executive orders banning the popular video app TikTok and Chinese social network WeChat, following a US government directive to prohibit the use of other “untrusted” applications and services from China.

The restrictions announced on the basis of what Trump called national security threats move further away from the long-promoted American ideal of a global, open internet and could invite other countries to follow suit, analysts said.

“It’s really an attempt to fragment the internet and the global information society along US and Chinese lines, and shut China out of the information economy,” said Milton Mueller, a Georgia Tech University professor and founder of the Internet Governance Project.

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University Of Washington Moves More Fall Courses Online

SEATTLE, WA — The University of Washington is scaling back plans to hold small, in-person courses this fall quarter, citing an “alarming increase” in COVID-19 cases seen in Washington and much of the United States.

In late June, UW unveiled plans that would allow for courses with 50 or fewer students to be taught in large classrooms, while larger classes would be offered remotely. The university prioritized physical instruction for “hands-on” courses, which require time in studios, clinics or labs.

As the number of coronavirus cases and rates of transmission continue to grow in King County and elsewhere, school leadership is adjusting the fall outlook to include even less time spent on campus.

UW sent letters to students, staff and faculty Wednesday, informing them of the latest changes.

“Although conditions continue to be extremely fluid and unpredictable, we write today to provide you with the best information and guidance we

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Smart Money Moves if Coronavirus Forces Colleges Online This Fall

Many college students will find themselves learning in an entirely online or hybrid format this fall as the U.S. outbreak of the novel coronavirus worsens. The pandemic caught colleges and families by surprise in the early months of 2020, but ahead of the fall semester, college students have the opportunity to make a few smart money moves that may pay off in the uncharted months ahead.

With a modified on-campus college experience expected, financial experts say some students may want to consider transferring to a less expensive college to save money this year.

[READ: How to Bridge a Financial Aid Gap This Fall.]

Purdue University–West Lafayette in Indiana, for example, is one of the colleges planning for an in-person semester that will look different. The school will require that everyone, including all students and faculty, wear masks in campus buildings and practice social distancing and robust personal hygiene. Failure

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Got $1,000 in your checking? Make these moves ASAP

So, you’ve been working your behind off and finally managed to save up a little cash. Now what?

While it feels great to see $1,000 in your bank account, you shouldn’t just let it sit there.

If you’re confused about where to start, don’t sweat it. Here are six ways you can meet your financial goals and watch your cash grow.

1. Hire a wealth manager (even if you’re not wealthy)

Everyone always talks about “investing” their wealth, but visiting the financial planner at your bank feels a little old-fashioned. Plus, who wants to waste a Saturday doing that?

There are companies that will act as your personal financial manager, and the great part is you don’t even have to put on your mask and leave the house. Welcome to investing in your sweatpants.

An online financial planning service is perfect for people who want top-of-the-line financial advice without the

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Dave Franco Moves From On Camera to Director’s Chair With IFC Films’ Thriller ‘The Rental’

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Dave Franco has long struggled against being labeled the “kid brother” type, from the time he was an unknown growing up in Palo Alto, Calif. 

“My first job was at a mom-and-pop video store when I was 14, and I’ve always looked young for my age,” says Franco. “People would come in wondering why this 9-year-old-looking boy was renting them ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Basic Instinct.’”

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Deceptive looks aside, he still was not of legal age to work. “They paid me by allowing me to take home as many movies as I wanted. That became my film school,” he says.

That early training, along with some 13 years of professional acting, finally brings Franco to his lifelong dream of the director’s chair for “The Rental,” an IFC Films title that, when it hits on July 24, will represent one

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