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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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Bandwidth is a calculation of the frequencies used by whichever medium they are being consumed. When it comes to broadcast, especially when compressed, digital TV streams are more powerful than analog ones. This tends to work even though, says UFC, many people on a common cable TV distribution viewing the same show at the same time. On one frequency category also known as a channel, the provider will transmit and all the subscription receivers on that node are tuned to the center frequency of the channel. One source, numerous receivers.

Speaking of cables predominantly, bandwidth is usually referred to as the selection of frequencies that are used for transferring the information over data cables. The wide-ranging the bandwidth the more amount of data it can carry. The standard parameter for measuring bandwidth is cycles per second or Hertz (Hz). Some top-notch cable TV service providers in the US including spectrum TV assure their bandwidth remains intact irrespective of the number of people using it simultaneously.

If you only want to know “You having broadband access and cable television, my access is impacted by utilizing TV,” the answer would be: No. Although some cable TV’s capacity in your home is potentially used, the bandwidth is not the restraining factor for your internet access thus far. Cable TV does consume a part of your bandwidth, but then again it could be deemed as a comparatively smaller share of the bandwidth. For the reason that this is broadcast, and the cable signal for every station is transmitted once and for all the consumers to get it.


If you particularly want to know, “Does cable television broadcast use space that would only be reserved by the internet,” when you searched for ‘Does cable TV use bandwidth?’ the answer is going to be: yes. Cable TV does consume a majority of the bandwidth of the network but should be reckoned as a comparatively smaller part of the bandwidth. The cable signals for every channel is only pushed once when it is transmitted, and all viewers access it simultaneously. However, if both viewers simultaneously were viewing the same TV programs on a streaming service i.e. Netflix, the degree would be greater with the overall bandwidth accessed on the network.

However, on the cable TV system, they do consume the bandwidth. But content providers such as Netflix do have not the same advantage. And if you and your neighbor are watching the same thing from the same internet service provider at the same time, you’re both still having your own Netflix data stream. Fortunately, modern internet service provider’s mechanisms are so fast that much of the time the link is possibly idle, facilitating reuse of the frequency. This ensures that the same data stream from your ISP is processed from both your neighbor’s modem and your modem (i.e. cable, not DSL). Your modem only receives packages sent to it and disregards everything for your neighbors. Moreover, Wi-Fi also functions (simplistically speaking) in a similar manner.

Thus, the frequency of bandwidth that is needed to transfer one analog audio-video one-track stream will provide many consumers with a high speed of the internet. This depends, of course, on the high-speed broadband requirements along with the physical state of the networks. One of the many benefits of modern broadcasting (not the web) is that it transmits the material that is being viewed. If nobody is actually watching MTV on your delivery node, so it may not be passed on, and will not be until anyone updates the station and demands the particular video & audio streaming from their device. When the station is changed again, it no longer needs the content stream down the node, and the sending finishes. It means that a TV network like the cable system will sell thousands of channels which includes names like ABC, central comedy, NBC, but at any given time there will usually only be a few hundred participating subscriber recipients on the node.

Conclusive Notes

The aforementioned discussion specifies that cable TV at its maximum uses a few hundred channels to transmit the stations needed by such receivers. For other forms of data, internet-based data often needs validation, which means there must also be an upstream link. The simplest reply to the title is yes, cable TV does consume a small portion of bandwidth.

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Truth be told, before Covid-19 many people want to stay back in their homes and relax after a long day at the office. One of the things you are afraid of is waking up early to evade looking unkempt and the need to rush on the train. Part of your budget is clothing because you must look your best, presentable, and decent every time.

Unexpectedly, the pandemic broke out, and graciously you did not lose your job. Nonetheless, you are expected to work from home. I believe you find this idea very exciting because all the inconvenience of rushing a train to get to work among many other people are no longer required.

Now, to the main question, Is this how you imagined it?

You need to bear in mind that working from home has disadvantages that may not be glaring to you. The idea of working from home in your pyjamas and working at your pace might be interesting, but endeavor to avoid the following financial issues.

First Problem: Excessive spending on Food Deliveries

We can’t deny the fact that we need to help food vendors and drivers earn a living. Likewise, we need to support small businesses at this trying time. Nonetheless, it would help if you were careful while spending. It would be best if you did not rely on food deliveries all the time.

It’s quite convenient, but you need to know that the delivery fees will accumulate in the long run, and you would be surprised to know how much you have spent on deliveries.

While you are working from home, you can prepare your food, be self-sufficient, and are on your way to saving more at the end.

Second  Problem: Lack of Budget

Keep the excitement about working from home, although it gives you the chance to save more because you don’t have to spend on transportation fare, new clothes, and lunch-outs, which does not mean you can afford to spend more money on things you want.   

You presently need a budget to work on more than ever. You have to save your salary and spread it accordingly on rent, grocery, bills, and amortization. Don’t forget savings and investment when you have a budget you work with it gives you room to be frugal.

Third Problem: Lack of Savings

Many people don’t have the habit of saving, especially during this pandemic period. We can also say your chance of survival is dependent on savings.

Do not allow the pandemic to make you neglect saving habits; always try to place aside part of your salary as savings.

In case an emergency need arises, and you need the money more than anything. Nobody knows how long the pandemic will last, this is when the saying “saving for the rainy day” becomes essential, and it shows having savings is paramount.

Fourth Problem: Terrific Shopping Habits.

Many people are terrified because of the pandemic. You will always meet a lot of people at the grocery store, no matter the time. When it’s your turn to shop, endeavor to go easy on spending and cut out what you don’t need. 

Always make sure you buy essential things, so you don’t run out of groceries and have to go back to get more often. Do not spend on snacks and sweets, it will only make you have more bills to pay. Also, they are not nourishing, and it could be harmful to your health. Remember to pay with cash and avoid paying with credit; it will save you the stress of paying outside.

Fifth Problem: Becoming Too Complacent

Working from the comfort of your home has its benefits, and at the same time, has its disadvantages, which include being complacent. You might feel too lazy and want to be in bed and watch movies all day.

This may sound like having the fun you have ever waited for long to have; you must never forget your responsibilities. You can plan your day by having a schedule for work and relaxation. Do not attempt to work in the bedroom to avoid the temptation of falling asleep on your bed. Mute your notifications on your phone to avoid checking your phone each time the phone chimes.

Urgent financial assistance if you are out of the budget

In case you have not been able to work with a budget during the pandemic and need money for emergency needs, do not worry, you have online lending company. Robocash gives 24 hour payday loan to people who need a money to meet urgent needs. Once you are ready, log on to their website robocash.ph to fill the form.

You may be wondering what you have to do to qualify for the loan. Here are the requirements:

  • Generate personal space on the Robocash website. The first thing you need to do is fill a form with personal data.
  • To do this, you need a valid ID and phone number. It takes a few minutes to do this.
  •  Fill in how you want the loan transferred. Robocash works with significant partners in the Philippines for you to receive and pay back the loan in a convenient way.
  • You need to sign a contract with Robocash. You must consent to apply for a loan. You will receive confirmation code on your phone through a text message. You will receive the Robocash loan without any delay.

Here are some of the benefits of getting a loan from Robocash:

– You can request the loan amount from 1000 to 25000 pesos and its duration from 7 to 30 days.

– You can request a loan by filling out the form at any time of day, on holidays and weekends.

– You can apply for a loan without co-borrowers, collateral and references from work.

While working at home, do not forget to search for other means of earning money. Remember to be grateful for what you have as this time is challenging.

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Starting with October 6, Paris will shut all bars completely as the French government raises the city’s coronavirus alert to maximum following a sustained period of high infection rates.

The restrictions will last two weeks, with full details to be announced on October 5, PM Jean Castex’s office announced.

On October 4, France reported 12,565 cases of Covid-19.

The southern city of Marseille closed bars and restaurants last week.

France’s maximum alert level comes into force when the infection rate in a locality exceeds 250 per 100,000 people and at least 30% of intensive care beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients.

The prime minister’s office explained in a statement: “These measures, indispensable in the fight to curb the virus’ spread, will apply to Paris and the three departments immediately surrounding it, for a duration of two weeks.”

Paris restaurants will have to put in place new sanitary arrangements in order to stay open and university lecture halls must be no more than half-full.

Restaurants and bistros that serve food as well as alcohol can stay open, as long as they register contact details from customers and shut their doors at 22:00.

Working from home must be prioritized “now more than ever”, the statement said.

On September 26, Marseille, France’s second city, closed all bars, restaurants and gyms for two weeks. Public venues including theatres, museums and cinemas have also had to close unless they could introduce strict anti-viral measures.

The measure prompted anger from local officials who said they were not consulted.

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On October 4, France reported nearly 17,000 infections, its highest rate since the country started widespread testing.

The French government says it doesn’t want to order another nationwide lockdown, but will enforce tougher measures in those cities where the virus is concentrated.

Elsewhere in Europe, a state of emergency has been introduced in the Czech Republic as the government struggles to control a resurgence in coronavirus. From Monday new measures will be in place for two weeks, including closing secondary schools and limiting restaurants and bars to six customers per table. Primary schools will remain open. Over the past two weeks the Czechs had the second highest number of new cases per 100,000 in Europe after Spain, and the fourth highest number of deaths.

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In a rare disclosure, recordings from the grand jury investigation into the Breonna Taylor police shooting case have been released.

Some 15 hours of audio were made public on October 2, following a lawsuit.

The recent decision not to charge any officers for Breonna Taylor’s killing on March 13 renewed outcry over racial inequities.

Unrest gripped Breonna Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky for days afterward.

With roughly 15 hours of audio released, not all the details have yet been reviewed.

However, early reviews of the tapes reveal testimony from at least two Louisville police officers who said that they knocked several times and announced themselves as police before entering Breonna Taylor’s apartment.

“We knocked on the door, said ‘police’, waited I don’t know 10 or 15 seconds. Knocked again, said ‘police’, waited even longer,” said Louisville police lieutenant Shawn Hoover in an interview recorded on the day Breonna Taylor was shot, later played for the grand jury.

“So it was the third time that we were approaching, it had been like 45 seconds if not a minute,” Shawn Hoover said.

“And then I said, ‘Let’s go, let’s breach it.'”

The officers were so loud, one testified, that a neighbor came outside saying something like “Leave that girl alone,” Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly said.

Whether or not the officers announced themselves before entering has been questioned by Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, and a number of her neighbors.

Kenneth Walker, who fired at police, said he did so in self-defense, believing the officers to be intruders.

In a police interview played for the grand jury, Kenneth Walker said that they had not heard police identify themselves before they entered her apartment. If they had, “it changes the whole situation because there was nothing for us to be scared of,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

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Officer Myles Cosgrove – who the FBI said fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor – described a chaotic scene to investigators, in which he was “overwhelmed with bright flashes and darkness”, and seemed confused by the precise order of events.

“I just sense that I’ve fired,” he said in a recording, according to the New York Times.

“It’s like a surreal thing. If you told me I didn’t do something at that time, I’d believe you. If you told me I did so something, I’d probably believe you, too.”

When police entered the apartment, they encountered a figure who looked as if he or she was holding some type of long gun, said officer Brett Hankinson in a recorded police interview.

Brett Hankinson has since been charged with wanton endangerment for firing shots into an adjoining apartment.

However, Kenneth Walker was holding a handgun, not a long gun.

He told investigators he was “scared to death” when he heard banging on the apartment door, the New York Times said. He said he fired one shot from his gun before he could see who was at the door.

“All of a sudden there’s a whole lot of shots,” he said.

“Next thing I know, she’s [Breonna’s] on the ground… And she’s right here bleeding. And nobody’s coming and I’m just confused and scared.”

Grand jury deliberations and prosecutor recommendations were not recorded, and so were not included in the released material.

The death of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical worker, during a police raid in March has been a high-profile case, prompting protests against police misconduct and racial inequality.

Breonna Taylor was shot dead at age 26 when officers Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove stormed her Louisville home. They were executing a search warrant as part of a drugs investigation.

Last week, Brett Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment, but no-one was charged in connection with Ms Taylor’s death.

The decision not to charge any officer with murder or manslaughter has led to repeated Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville and elsewhere.

It also prompted questions over the handling of the case by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, with critics calling for greater transparency.

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Jimmy Klayton Lauder now admits he set his Houston house on fire while his wife and two little children were inside. Friday morning, October 2nd, we will find out his fate.

For nearly two years Dolcefino Consulting has watched the case closely as the family of the victims seek justice from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

“Everyone in Houston should be paying attention to this case. Protecting crime victims is what Kim Ogg said she was going to do when she was in office. Instead, she has given get out of jail free cards to so many criminals,” said Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

“The District Attorney owes this family justice.”

Jimmy K Lauder, 31, has agreed to plead guilty to the arson at his home while his family was inside, but he refuses to take responsibility for the additional crime of endangering a family member. The family demands the District Attorney fight to send Lauder to prison.

“It is my wish that we get justice and that he gets the time that he deserves for the crime that he’s done and for the pain and suffering that he has put our family through,” said Tessie Fraysur, mother of Lauder’s now ex-wife, during a press conference in February of 2019. The fire was set in December of 2018—that is how long this family has waited for justice.

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Kim Ogg has come under fire recently for her soft on crime tactics and has been criticized by former prosecutors for putting politics before justice. Just this week she was dealt another embarrassment as a judge dismissed the criminal case against Arkema executives. There were allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and other ethical violations by the DA’s office in the case.

At 9 a.m. on October 2nd, 2020, Judge Brian E. Warren will set punishment on arson charges. The hearing will be held virtually in the 209th Criminal Court.

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Passing the Microsoft MS-700 exam is a mandatory step to getting the Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate certification. As a Teams Administrator, your duties include configuring, deploying, and managing Office 365 platform workloads. These professionals are involved in the process of planning, deploying, and managing chat, channels, apps, live events, calling, audio conferences, and meetings in Microsoft Teams. The certificate validates that you are capable of setting up an effective collaboration and communication system for your company. Let’s now have a closer look at the Microsoft MS-700 test and how to prepare for it with ease.

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The Microsoft MS-700 exam proves that the candidates possess the following skills:

  • Planning and configuring a Microsoft Teams environment – 45% to 50%
  • Managing meetings, chat, and calling – 30% to 35%
  • Operating Teams and App policies – 20% to 25%

As you can see, the ability to set up a Teams environment accounts for the biggest percentage of the questions asked in the exam. Dedicate more time to dwell on this topic area. However, do not ignore other sections as well. They equally have an impact on your ability to get a satisfactory passing score.

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When you feel ready for the certification test, schedule it via Pearson VUE. This Microsoft certified testing partner has the centers located all over the globe. Choose one that is nearest to you or take advantage of the online proctored exam.

The Microsoft MS-700 exam fee varies depending on your location. All payments are made in USD. For those in the United States, the fee is $165. The citizens of other countries usually pay lower than this amount.

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When it comes to preparation materials you can choose from two approaches – free online-based training or paid instructor-led training.

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  1. Free Online Training

Microsoft comes with two self-paced learning paths that are offered to the users at no cost. The first course comprises of five modules and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage team collaboration in Microsoft Teams. The second learning path equips you with the expertise required to move your business from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. You will be trained on how best to plan the upgrade and ensure the coexistence between these two technologies.

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  • Paid Instructor-Led Training

Microsoft maintains its own training guided by the certified trainers. In this course, the students are taken through all the six core elements of Teams management. Choose this option if you have the budget for it, sufficient time to go through the training, and prefer being guided by a more experienced coach.

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Conclusion

As a final point, consider joining the Microsoft Learning Partners, which is some of the best places to get valuable training for the Microsoft MS-700 exam. The vendor has a wide network of partnering the organizations in every corner of the world, so you can find one of them in your country of living. These companies will provide you with a variety of learning solutions and equip you with vital skills to meet the certification demands. Also, don’t forget about practice tests and exam dumps to make your training all-embracing.

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A letter containing ricin poison that was addressed to President Donald Trump has been intercepted before it reached the White House, officials told media.

It was discovered at a screening facility for White House mail earlier this week, the officials said.

They said a substance found inside the envelope was identified as ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans.

The Trump administration is yet to comment on the reports.

The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating where the package came from and whether others have been sent through the US postal system.

“At this time, there is no known threat to public safety,” the FBI told CNN in a statement on September 19.

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One official told the New York Times that investigators believe the package was sent from Canada. Reports say the presence of ricin was identified after two tests.

Ricin is produced by processing castor beans. It is a lethal substance that, if swallowed, inhaled or injected, can cause nausea, vomiting, internal bleeding and ultimately organ failure.

No known antidote exists for ricin. According to the CDC, if a person is exposed to ricin, death can take place within 36 to 72 hours, depending on the dose received.

The CDC said ricin – which has been used in terror plots – can be manufactured into a weapon in the form of a powder, mist or pellet.

The White House and other federal buildings have been the target of ricin packages in the past.

In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending letters dusted with ricin to former President Barack Obama and other officials.

In 2018, a former Navy veteran was charged with sending toxic letters to the Pentagon and White House.

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The family of a 1-year-old in Orlando is mourning his needless death, not from COVID but negligence. The young boy’s body was found inside a parked car on Friday, and authorities believe he died after being left in a hot car by his unnamed parent or guardian.

According to reports, the young boy was supposed to be dropped off at daycare. But that did not happen, and an ongoing investigation is trying to determine what exactly happened on Friday.

With outside temperatures reaching 87 degrees in the Orlando area on Friday, the internal temperature of the car could increase to almost 120 degrees in roughly one hour if it were parked in the sun. At those temperatures, a child who was locked in a car seat would be unable to call for help or free themselves from the vehicle.

A peer-reviewed study published in Temperature found that even if a car were parked in the shade, it would only have a minimal impact on the internal temperature in the vehicle. Florida law recognizes this risk, and it is a felony to leave a child under six in a car by themselves for more than 15 minutes if the vehicle is running. If the engine is turned off, then the parent or guardian is required to bring the child with them and not leave them in the car.

In 2019, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that heatstroke from being left in a parked vehicle was the cause of death for 52 children across the country. Year-to-date, more than 20 children, have met the same fate.


This raises a question. Why do parents or guardians continue to leave their children in parked cars? Granted, this behavior is dangerous on several levels. Still, the risks are particularly acute in the summertime when temperatures soar, and vehicles with their walls of glass become nothing more than hothouses on wheels.

Such an incident is a parent’s worst nightmare, but in the Sunshine State, the combination of the sun and the heat is means that all drivers must be vigilant. This is not to excuse leaving a youngster in a parked car. These deaths should have been avoided.

Beyond the risk of “hot deaths,” road safety is another issue in Florida. In 2017, Teletrac Navman named I-4 from Tampa to Daytona Beach as one of the most dangerous roads, not just in the state but in the country.


Another Florida road that made the list is I-95 to and from Miami. If you have ever driven this stretch of road, then you know the reason as drivers regularly reach triple digits on the stretch of road leading to the Magic City can scare even the most experienced drivers.

This is one reason why Parkland accident lawyers, Zimmerman & Frachtman, noted that a “sad fact of life that automobile accidents are much more frequent than anyone would like to believe or admit.”

While no one likes being stuck in traffic, the reality is that many drivers in South Florida consistently drive faster than the speed limit, and this can increase the risk for everyone on the road.

According to state officials, stricter enforcement of existing traffic laws could help to make Florida’s roads safer. However, the police cannot patrol every mile of road 24-hours a day.

As such, another option is needed to reduce car accidents. This could include the use of technology to monitor traffic, and when possible, to ticket those who fail to follow the rules. However, this approach is not without its drawbacks.

Improving driver education also plays a role. This not only includes teaching inexperienced drivers but also conveying the dangers of texting and driving, as well as continuing drivers’ education for those seeking to renew their driver’s licenses.

Florida is a great place to live and raise a family. However, the awareness of car safety issues continues to lag in the state, whether it be the dangers of leaving children, pets, and the elderly in hot cars, to the reckless driving which is pervasive on our roads.

As Floridians, we need to do better. This can start with supporting the efforts of our local governments and police departments as they try to increase awareness of these issues to driving safely ourselves.

Everyone has a role to play in making Florida a safe place to live.  Will you play your part, or will you read the headlines following another needless hot death or pile up on I-95 and just shake your head? The choice is yours.

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Kim Kardashian West joined dozens of other celebrities announcing they will freeze their social media accounts to protest against the spread of “hate, propaganda and misinformation” as part of the #StopHateforProfit campaign.

The reality star wrote in a statement on September 15: “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact.”

The celebrities will freeze their accounts for 24 hours on September 16.

Kim Kardashian said: “I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation – created by groups to sow division and split America apart.”

“Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy,” she added.

Other celebrities that have agreed to take part in the boycott include Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jennifer Lawrence.

Katy Perry wrote on Instagram: “I can’t sit idly by while these platforms turn a blind eye to groups and posts spreading hateful disinformation.”

Ashton Kutcher, who has millions of followers and is also joining the boycott, said “these tools were not built to spread hate [and] violence”.

The organizers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, which was launched in June, accuse Facebook and Instagram of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation.

The group has focused on Facebook, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp and last year attracted advertising revenue of almost $70 billion.

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Thousands of businesses and major civil rights groups – including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Anti-Defamation League (AD) – have signed up to the campaign.

The group said in a statement: “We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history.

“Facebook’s unchecked and vague ‘changes’ are falling dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy.”

In June, Facebook said it would label potentially harmful or misleading posts left up for their news value.

Mark Zuckerberg also said the social media company would ban advertising containing claims “that people of a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status” are a threat to others.

The Facebook founder said in a statement: “The 2020 elections were already shaping up to be heated.

“During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe [and] stay informed.”

However, the #StopHateforProfit campaign called for more to be done, and more than 90 companies subsequently paused advertising in support of its efforts.

As a result of the boycott, shares in Facebook fell dramatically and media reported that $7.2 billion had been knocked off Mark Zuckerberg’s personal net worth.

Regulators and policy-makers around the world are concerned about the growth of hate speech, not just on Facebook but on all social media platforms, with many countries launching enquiries into how the tech companies are dealing with the issue.

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The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed in her home by police.

Breonna Taylor was 26 when she was shot at least five times on 13 March during a mistaken drugs raid.

The black woman’s name has featured prominently in anti-racism protests in recent months.

Lonita Baker, a lawyer for Breonna Taylor’s family, called the settlement just one “layer” in the effort to seek justice, and praised new police reforms.

“Justice for Breonna is multi-layered,” she said at a press conference on September 15 alongside Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

She called the agreement “tremendous, but only a portion” of what the family hopes for, including the arrest of the officers involved in her death.

“Today what we did here was to do what we could do to bring a little bit of police reform and it’s just a start,” continued Leonita Baker.

“But we finished the first mile in the marathon and we’ve got a lot more miles to go to until we achieve and cross that finish line.”

The settlement includes a series of police reforms in Louisville, including a requirement that all search warrants be approved by a senior officer and giving a housing credit to officers who move to low income neighborhoods they patrol in the city.

In a short statement, Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer called for criminal charges against the officers and asked people to continue to say her daughter’s name publicly in advocacy for police reforms.

The settlement is the largest financial sum paid in a police misconduct case in Louisville’s history, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

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Breonna Taylor’s killing was propelled into the spotlight once again with the death George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May.

George Floyd’s death sparked global anti-racism protests and brought renewed focus on police brutality.

Shortly after midnight on March 13, three officers entered Breonna Taylor’s apartment by executing a no-knock search warrant – a court document that authorizes police to enter a home without warning.

Breonna Taylor and her partner, Kenneth Walker, were reportedly asleep as the commotion began.

The officers exchanged fire with Kenneth Walker, a licensed gun owner who called 911 in the belief that the drug raid was a burglary. The officers – who fired more than 25 bullets – said they returned fire after one officer was shot and wounded.

During the exchange, Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was shot eight times and later died.

No drugs were found on the property.

The lawsuit filed by Breonna Taylor’s family accuses the officers of battery, wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence. It also says the officers were not looking for her or her partner, but for an unrelated suspect who did not live in the complex.

Breonna Taylor’s family has also accused police of leading the raid as a plot to gentrify her neighborhood. Louisville’s mayor dismissed the allegation as “outrageous” and “without foundation or supporting facts”.

One of the officers involved in the raid, Brett Hankison, was fired in June. The other two – Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove – were placed on administrative leave.

Louisville’s police chief was also fired in June after a separate police shooting.

A grand jury could soon decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the officers.

Until Freedom, a social justice organization that has held rallies for Breonna Taylor, released a statement saying: “No amount of money will bring back Breonna Taylor.”

“True justice is not served with cash settlements,” the group added.

“We need those involved in her murder to be arrested and charged. We need accountability. We need justice.”

Earlier this year, Louisville’s city council voted unanimously in favor of banning no-knock warrants. Similar legislation that would ban the warrants nationwide was introduced in the Congress.

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Crowds cheered as a crane removed a statue of a Confederate soldier in Charlottesville, Virginia, the scene of a far-right rally three years ago.

The bronze figure, known as “At Ready”, was removed on September 12.

There has been an increased focus on monuments connected to slavery in the wake of mass anti-racism protests in the US and abroad this year.

A number of statues have been removed as a result.

Memorials to the Confederacy, a group of southern states that fought in favor of slavery against the Union in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, have been among those targeted.

However, there has been opposition to the removal of such symbols, with President Donald Trump saying earlier this year that he would “not even consider” renaming military bases after Confederate generals.

The statue was taken down from its plinth in front of the Albemarle County courthouse, where it had stood since 1909.

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People gathered nearby danced to music as the monument, along with a cannon, were removed.

Albemarle County voted to dismantle the statue in August, the first decision to be made under a new law for removing Civil War monuments in Virginia introduced earlier this year.

In 2017, Charlottesville became the site of the largest white nationalist rally in decades, following a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was later sentenced to life in prison after driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others.

In June, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced that another statue of General Lee would be removed, this time in the state capital of Richmond.

The decision came amid mass protests across the US following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

However, a judge has since granted a temporary injunction to stop the statue’s removal.

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A second lockdown currently in place the Australian city of Melbourne and its surroundings has been extended by two weeks, with officials saying new Covid-19 cases had not dropped enough.

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would be in place until September 28, with a slight relaxation.

A gradual easing of the measures will be implemented from October.

Victoria has been the epicenter of Australia’s second wave, accounting for 90% of the country’s 753 deaths.

Australia has recorded a total of 26,000 cases in a population of 25 million.

The greater Melbourne area entered a second lockdown on July 9 after a rise in cases. A 3 mile travel limit and night time curfew was imposed while shops and businesses were closed.

The current stage four lockdown was originally set to end on September 13.

Melbourne’s curfew will be expanded from 21:00 to 05:00. Single people will be allowed to form a bubble and visit each other, and the current travel limit will not apply to these meetings.

Premier Andrews said at a news conference: “There is only one option and that is to do this in a series of steady and safe steps. You can’t run out of lockdown. Because all you are doing is running into a third wave and we’ll all be locked up again.

“We can’t open up at this time. If we were to we would lose control very quickly… I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way, these steps are the only way that we will get to that point.”

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If the daily average number of cases is between 30 and 50 by September 28, Melbourne will enter stage three of restrictions.

Under this stage, public gatherings will increase to five people from two households and there will be a staged return to schools for some years and specialist schools.

If the daily average number of cases falls below five by October 26, then the curfew would be ended.

Outside of the greater Melbourne area, the rest of Victoria State will have restrictions eased slightly quicker.

From September 13, up to five people from two households will be able to gather outdoors. Outdoor pools and playgrounds will open and religious services can be conducted outdoors with a maximum of five people.

The announcement comes a day after anti-lockdown protests were attended by hundreds of people across Australia.

In Melbourne, about 300 people marched through the city in defiance of the measures.

 Premier Andrews said: “It is selfish to protest and it is unlawful. Any behavior from anyone that contributes to more virus than less and more restrictions than less is not in anyone’s interests.”

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Hurricane Laura’s winds battered Louisiana killing at least six people.

Winds of up to 150mph caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.

However, the feared 20ft storm surge was avoided as the hurricane, Louisiana’s biggest, tracked further east.

Laura has now been downgraded to tropical storm status.

The hurricane has since crossed into Arkansas. At 19:00 local time on August 27, the National Hurricane Center said the storm had weakened to maximum sustained winds of 40mph , but was still bringing heavy rainfall.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the state “did not sustain and suffer the absolute, catastrophic damage that we thought was likely,” but stressed they had still suffered “a tremendous amount of damage” and warned people to remain vigilant.

He tweeted: “Now is not the time to let your guard down. #Laura has left hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife in our communities that no one should take lightly. Everyone needs to remain vigilant and be safe. #lagov #HurricaneLaura

At least six people are known to have died after the storm crashed into the US, Gov Edwards told reporters.

Of those, four were killed by falling trees. One man drowned in a boat that sank and another died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in his home, authorities said.

There was more structural damage from winds than anticipated, but the water damage was less than feared.

A barge had collided with a bridge in the city of Lake Charles, quite close to where a suspected “chlorine chemical fire” at an industrial plant was being attended by emergency services.

Governor Edwards said people should stay off the roads where possible, as outer bands of the storm were still causing high water levels and winds.

Some 1,500 people, including National Guard troops, are being deployed in rescue and clean-up missions.

President Donald Trump was briefed at the FEMA in Washington and said he would go to the area at the weekend.

The president said he had been prepared to postpone his speech at the RNC on August 27 to travel to the region but added: “We got a bit lucky. It was very big and very powerful but it passed quickly.”

Vice-President Mike Pence, who joined President Trump at FEMA, said: “While this was a major storm with devastating impact it was not as bad as it could have been.”

President Trump will visit the states affected at the weekend.

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Laura and another storm, Marco, earlier swept across the Caribbean, killing 24 people.

Nearly 900,000 homes and businesses lost power as the storm hit the US.

Hurricane Laura was one of the strongest to ever hit the US Gulf Coast, striking as a category four with winds of up to 150mph .

Governor Edwards said it was even more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people.

It made landfall shortly after midnight local time near the district of Cameron, in Louisiana. It tracked north, just east of the Texas-Louisiana border.

As yet, there have been no casualties confirmed in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott toured the area hit by the storm with the US Coast Guard on August 27, and said the state was “ready to help communities rebuild”.

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Around the world, there are many areas where attention must be paid to basic human rights. From the right to life and liberty to freedom of work and education, there are many areas where human rights can be improved. Aseil Al-Shehail,  independent consultant and human rights advocate, shares the meaning of being a human rights advocate. She explores the most critical human rights issues and explains how basic protections can help people live healthy and dignified lives.

Human Rights Advocacy

Human rights advocates must be able to promote their initiatives using their communication skills. They need to be compassionate toward disadvantaged people and have respect for all individuals. Human rights advocates need to have diplomatic skills and the ability to promote their causes by contacting governments and those that can help affect change. Finally, human rights advocates need to possess a deep conviction to support their causes despite potential opposition.

Focus Areas for Human Rights Advocates

In many countries, liberties are being curtailed and people have become victims of violence and oppression.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

One important area of focus, for human rights advocates, is economic, social, and cultural rights. People must be allowed to work in satisfactory conditions. They also need an adequate standard of living and to have their physical and mental well-being supported. Finally, everyone should have the right to education and cultural freedom.

Economic rights are another crucial piece of the puzzle. Every citizen needs to have the right to work and the right to choose their own jobs. They must not be compelled to work in specific capacities at the government’s choosing. They must receive fair and equitable pay for their efforts, and they must have safe and healthy working conditions.

A living wage is another important institution. Many countries do not mandate that full-time workers receive a wage adequate to support themselves with a decent living. This is an area that requires significant change.

Workers have the right to reasonable working hours, time off for vacations, rest days, and family leave, as needed.

Employees should have the right to form and participate in trade unions. These unions need to be able to organize on a national and international level, as desired. Workers need to have the right to strike when their rights are not being respected.

Family rights are essential as well. All young people must be respected regardless of their parentage. Families need to be supported, and marriage must be a matter of free will for both parties. The age of legal marriage needs to be restricted to protect young women from exploitation. Expecting and new mothers need to be accounted for in the workplace.

All children should have the right to special measures of protection. They should be protected from social and economic exploitation. If they are able to work, the conditions must be strictly observed. Countries need to set age limits for working youth and to restrict their hours to allow for economic and social development.

Civil and Political Rights

Civil and political rights are another key area of focus. The United Nations holds that every person should have the right to freely determine their political status. Governments need to take their citizens’ rights into consideration when planning policies. They need to respect their citizens as human beings while helping them participate in the political process. This applies not only to democratic countries, but to governments of all types.

All people should have the right to practice their political beliefs and to avoid oppression from government sources. Political and civil rights must be given equally without regard to race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion, national origin, property, or birth. There are many countries around the world where these rights are under assault, and human rights advocates like Aseil Al-Shehail are instrumental in preserving them for everyone.

People must be able to dispose of their own wealth and resources in any way they see fit. They must not be denied their means of subsistence.

When rights are violated, there must be clear direction for recourse. The case must be heard by a competent legislative, administrative, or judicial authority, and fair remedies should be prescribed.

The right to life is also protected by the United Nations and by human rights advocates. It is imperative that no human being be deprived of their life arbitrarily. While some countries, like the United States, have not abolished the death penalty for serious crimes, strict rules must be followed. Additionally, military service must be performed under certain rules, and where countries require compulsory military service, the rights of conscientious objectors need to be respected.

Finally, one of the most basic human rights, that is still being withheld in some places, is slavery or forced labor. This practice must be abolished globally.

Supporting Fair Conditions for All

When human rights advocates work together, they will be able to enhance living conditions globally. Basic human rights will be protected, and people will be able to live their lives free of oppression. For many, this may simply be an idealized vision of the world, but human rights advocates, like Aseil Al-Shehail, it is not just a vision, it’s a responsibility.

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South African Fredie Blom, who was thought to be the oldest man in the world, has died at the age of 116.

His identity documents showed he was born in Eastern Cape province in May 1904, although that was never verified by Guinness World Records.

When Fredie Blom was teenager, his entire family was wiped out by the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. He went on to survive two world wars and apartheid.

Fredie Blom spent most of his life as a laborer – first on a farm and then in the construction industry – and only retired when he was in his 80s.

Although he gave up drinking many years ago, he was a regular smoker.

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However, a coronavirus-related lockdown imposed by the South African government reportedly meant Fredie Blom was unable to buy tobacco to roll his own cigarettes on his 116th birthday.

His family said he died of natural causes in Cape Town on August 22.

“Two weeks ago oupa [grandfather] was still chopping wood,” family spokesman Andre Naidoo told AFP news agency.

“He was a strong man, full of pride.”

But within days Fredie Blom shrank “from a big man to a small person”, he added.

Andre Naidoo said the family did not believe his death was related to Covid-19.

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Even in the wake of the massive Texas Tech University women’s basketball scandal, TTU’s Senior Associate General Counsel Ronny Wall continues to fight to keep some of the ugly truth a secret.

Ronny Wall is now stalling the release of the personnel file of former Texas Tech women’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Ralph Petrella.

Ralph Petrella resigned at the end of the basketball season and is now accused of harassing five players on the women’s basketball team.

In her response to Ronny Wall’s ongoing abuse of the Texas Public Information Act, Dolcefino Consulting Director of Operations Kelsey Galbraith questioned Wall via e-mail, asking: “Are you just ignoring the purpose and spirit of the Texas Public Information Act like Texas Tech ignored the Marlene Stollings issue?”

Ronny Wall fought for a year to keep the exit interviews of the basketball players from the public. It was those interviews that blew the scandal wide open a few weeks ago. They are an ugly review of what was allowed to go on in Lubbock for two years.

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RonnyWall has been busted twice for overcharging for public records in the Dolcefino Consulting legal battle. Tech has been trying to block the planned sworn testimony of Ronny Wall on the subject of who destroyed records relating to the firing of former head football coach Mike Leach.

In both cases public records were released accidentally. The records accidently released in the Dolcefino Consulting case expose the shoddy investigation, the manipulation of sworn testimony, and the conspiracy to cheat Leach out of $2.5 million dollars.

The legal fight over the Leach records has been going on for two and a half years and Dolcefino Consulting has already spent a quarter of a million dollars to expose the unfair firing of Coach Leach. Austin Judge Paul Davis is set to rule next month on a request to punish Tech for refusing to let us put Ronny Wall under oath.

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The widening scandal in the Texas Tech women’s basketball program is highlighting the significance of the two-and-a-half-year legal fight over Coach Mike Leach records.

The Houston based investigative media firm Dolcefino Consulting has now asked an Austin judge to hold Texas Tech in contempt for fighting the sworn testimony of University lawyer Ronny Wall.

Tech has fought Ronny Wall’s testimony since it was ordered in January, and he faces tough questions about the destruction of records in the Leach case and the overcharging of public records.

One of the journalists who broke the Tech women’s basketball scandal fought for a year to get Ronny Wall to release public records exposing the scandal.

“The only reason why they fired Marlene Stollings was our story came out,” says Daniel Libit of the Intercollegiate news website.

“It is a culture of retrenchment (at Texas Tech) where you protect at all costs and circle the wagons at all costs.”

While Associate General Counsel Ronny Wall refused to turn over the records, female players continued to complain of abuse and fear of retaliation.

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“How much alleged suffering could have mitigated?” Daniel Libit complained in a recent blog on the Tech scandal.

That is exactly what Mike Leach has been fighting to expose at Tech for ten years.  In his case, it was the contrived firing of the winningest coach in school history after a shoddy investigation that included lies to donors and fans.

“My records aren’t the only ones that Texas Tech is covering up, they’re covering up any records that they feel like covering up which has nothing to do with democracy, the constitution or the legislation around open records, and so no, all those records should be revealed,” Mike Leach said.

Austin Judge Paul Davis has set a hearing for September 11 to deal with the motion for sanctions against the University as well as a motion to disqualify the Texas attorney general.

Ronny Wall has been busted twice for overcharging Dolcefino Consulting for public records. The administrative judge in West Texas has failed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the illegal withholding of some regents’ phone records.

“It is time for someone to expose how ridiculous this game of hide and seek is,” says Dolcefino.

“We are supposed to complain to the Texas attorney general when a state university hides public records but in this case they are the school’s lawyers. This is the most ridiculous conflict of interest and it is past time for the attorney general to get out of the way in this fight, because they certainly have no interest in helping the public right to know.”

“I feel like there’s something clearly endemic going on a Texas Tech at just the level of what happened with Marlene Stollings and some of the other things,” Daniel Libit said.

“There does seem to be like an issue there, a cancer.”

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The City of Houston wants to keep critical safety information about the coronavirus pandemic a secret. Wait till you find out one of the reasons why.

Dolcefino Consulting asked for records on any events or locations where contract tracers found community spread.  It was part of our investigation into any real evidence Houston bars had been linked to coronavirus outbreaks. We didn’t ask for patient information, just locations, like the huge protest rallies downtown and other large gatherings.

The City of Houston Legal Department and the City Attorney are now refusing to tell you where coronavirus outbreaks have happened. Why? One reason, according to the City, is Homeland Security.

“The release of this information could alert a criminal or terrorist to potential vulnerabilities in the Cities emergency response plan to COVID-19,” said City Attorney Rebekah Wendt. Wendt went on to claim that the release of certain information could “allow a criminal or terrorist to have intimate details concerning the City’s evolving plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and allow them to exacerbate COVID-19 and future disasters.” 

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is also keeping the contact tracing results a secret, even though the taxpayers are the people footing the bill. In the span of just two hours, the County Health Department claimed they had no records of congregate settings related to the coronavirus. An hour and a half later, the County Health Department did admit that they had records but claimed that they were too busy with the spread of the coronavirus to tell us where the coronavirus was spreading.

“On one hand we have a statewide order and a local order telling us that we have to wear masks to wear masks to control the spread of the coronavirus and we are spending millions of dollars to try to keep people safe but meanwhile our local government won’t tell us which places we need to avoid,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

“The public has every right to evaluate how the government is handling this pandemic and the City of Houston and Harris County Health Department should be ashamed of themselves.”

New lockdown measures have been imposed in the Australian state of Victoria after a surge in coronavirus infections.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would come into effect on August 2 at 18:00.

Under the new rules, residents of the state capital Melbourne will be subject to a night-time curfew.

Melbourne’s stay-at-home order will be enhanced, giving residents fewer exemptions for leaving home.

Residents will not be allowed to travel further than 3 miles from their home, exercise will be restricted to once a day, and one person will be able to go shopping for essentials at a time.

After early success in suppressing the new coronavirus, Australia has had fewer cases than many other countries, recording about 17,000 infections and 200 deaths.

However, cases are rising rapidly in Victoria, accounting for many of Australia’s new infections in recent weeks, promoting the return of lockdown restrictions in early July.

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On August 2, Victoria reported 671 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths. Those increases brought the totals to 11,557 infections and 123 deaths.

PM Andrews said the lockdown measures introduced in Victoria – Australia’s second most populous state – were working but too slowly.

“We must do more. We must go harder. It’s the only way we’ll get to the other side of this,” he said at a news conference.

He said the changes to lockdown rules announced on August 2 will remain in place until at least September 13.

PM Andrews said Melbourne will move into stage-four restrictions on August 2, placing further limits on the movement of people.

That will include a night-time curfew, which will be implemented across Melbourne from 20:00 to 05:00 from August 2.

The only reasons for leaving home during these hours will be work, medical care or care-giving.

Melbourne residents will only be allowed to shop and exercise within 3 miles of their home. Exercise outside of the home will only be allowed for one hour at a time.

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When you look for the ideal packaging or your products, there should be nothing standing in the way of getting exactly what you want. That’s the future, and that’s what digital printing delivers. This versatile process gives you access to all of the desirable features of flexible packaging you could ever want, and then some. A case in point: stand up pouch custom printing. You get a durable packaging option that stands up on the shelf and enables you to create the message you want to your customers. You can tell the story of your product and why it is not like other products. The premium look and feel comes from durable materials and high-quality films. Photo-quality print technology comes with the colors and lettering that allow you to design a truly attractive presence on the shelf or on the computer screen. These options have been a long time coming, but they are here now, and there’s much more.

An Extraordinary Level of Customization

With the digital printing process, your packaging can include just what you want on the front and back. Highlight the name of your brand, or feature a new product or flavor. Publicize contest or reward campaigns. Change course if the supply chain lets you down. It’s all doable with short runs and a quick turn-around time. Just as importantly, you can incorporate the following features into your packaging:

  • Hang holes
  • Tear notches
  • Size options
  • Spot embellishments
  • Transparent or clouded windows
  • Different closures

Just pick what works best for your product. The printed packaging film works well on rollstock, too, giving you more choices for customization. Once the design is sent in, rollstock can be printed out in 10 days, easily beating the time to market for conventional printing methods. You’ll also be able to choose size and material options, film structure selections and recyclable or compostable films. You can also feel confident that the packaging will keep your products fresh for a long shelf life.

A Long List of Benefits

With stand up pouches or flat pouch packaging you get all of the performance you demand to show your product in the best light possible. But the benefits don’t stop there. Flexible packaging is lightweight and cuts down on wasted space. This makes it much more efficient during the transportation process, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to a healthier planet. The low runs mean you don’t have to worry as much about wasted product. This is also a plus for the environment.

The digital printing platform supports low print orders which allow you to reduce costs, lower inventory demands and minimize obsolete packaging. A shortened time to market enables your company to take advantage of new products and consumer trends. You also have the flexibility to run multiple SKUs in one job; this lets you order what you want when you need it. Finally, you get to customize, even personalize, your packaging, which gives you a more intimate relationship with your customers. The bright future is here for the packaging needs of small to medium-sized businesses.

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We’re still in the early stages of going back out into the world. There’s no certainty when this will all be over and we are being propelled to the new normal. Some are already back at it while some are still being very vigilant and would prefer working from home.

Well, if they have the means and luxury to make a living in the comforts of their home, why not? In this era of Zoom birthday celebrations, we’ve become more creative in gift-giving. And these ones are perfect for your friends you haven’t seen in a while and are grinding in their home offices during this time.

1. Starbucks Gift Basket

Caffeine is a staple in the office and Starbucks is, well it doesn’t need an introduction. This gift basket holds all the Starbucks essentials like chocolate truffles, cookies, shortbread, and a signature tumbler.

It’s a practical gift that can fuel them for work, gaming, or if they just want to kick back and recharge.

 2. Smart Neck and Shoulder Massager

This is a gift anyone needing some pain relief will love and not just people who work from home. The neck and shoulders are usually the most strained during long hours in front of the screen, so a little massager that they can wear and use during breaks will be a lifesaver.

3. Exercise Mat

The rise of Youtube at-home workouts urged a lot of people to finally get on the fitness bandwagon. Although it’s seen as a fad, any fad that’s eventually good for you, is always a good thing.

Whether your friend is just starting out or you want them to start out so you can have a workout buddy, this is a nice gift that they can use not only for exercise but also for yoga and stretching as well.

4. Headspace Subscription

Allow their minds to breathe in this guided meditation app. We know how sometimes it can be confusing for the mind to set a boundary between the office and home.

And even if we’ve created a separate workspace, an office inside the house can be an overwhelming change for someone used to going out for work.

So, even if they can’t physically go out. Their minds can momentarily leave the thousand thoughts inside the head and relax.

5. Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

Some work from a laptop, others in PC, some in a huge desktop, while others mix and match according to their mood. If your recipient is like the latter, they will appreciate a Bluetooth keyboard they can carry around the house and connect with any of their devices.

6. Scented Candle

Help them feel more relaxed after a day’s work with scented candles that can transport the mind to whatever scent it’s infused with; the woods, the mountains, or the beach.

It can also be an instant booster or a manifestation tool much like when you make a wish and blow out a candle on your birthday.

7. Sleep Mask

This isn’t a typical sleep mask. It has a memory foam that totally blocks out ambient light. You know what this means? Your giftee can take power naps during the day and have a full night’s rest.

There’s both beauty and challenge in working from home. What you can do to show your care aside from checking up on them is to treat them with these gifts that will keep them balanced and on top of their game.

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There are a lot of ideas you can use to help make your home better, and it is so important to make sure you take the time to get this done properly. Try to think about what it takes to make the home better, and one of the key ways of being able to achieve this is to make sure you have insurance procedures in place. This is important for the future, and you need to look at what you can do to protect your home.

Try to make sure you focus on the best ways of being able to achieve this moving forward. There are a lot of things that play a part in this, and it is so important to make sure your home has some degree of protection. You need to think hard about what it takes to make your home better, and these are some of the essential reasons you need to have insurance.

Financial Protection

One of the major reasons why you need to make sure you have the right insurance for your home is because this is one of the best ways of being able to achieve financial protection. There are a lot of elements that you need to keep in mind here, and it is important to make sure you focus on getting this right. Try to make sure you do as much as you can to improve the process, and this is something you have got to make sure you keep in mind as much as you possibly can right now.

Different Types of Insurance Cover Different Things

Another thing you need to consider is the fact that there are a lot of different types of insurance cover that you will want to think about as a homeowner. Basic home insurance is important, but you’re also going to have to consider things like fire protection and flood insurance are also essential. Then you have policies that cover contents insurance, and some that will pretty much cover you for everything. So, you need to make sure you consider which types of insurance policies suit your needs as a homeowner.  

Always Be Prepared

You have to make sure you are always prepared and that you have planned and readied your home in the event of disaster. Just as things like basement waterproofing repair services are essential for any home, you also need to make sure you have the right insurance premiums in place right now. There are so many things that play a part in this and you need to make sure you are focused on improving the home and looking after it as much as possible.

There are a lot of things you need to think about when it comes to improving the home moving forward, and this is something that you are going to need to work on as much as possible. You have to do as much as you can to protect your home in an array of different ways, and this is something you should look to consider right now.

Twitter announced that it was banning 7000 QAnon accounts and limiting the spread of 150,000 others in an effort to address violations of their terms of service, and how Qanon activities on Twitter often led to harmful actions in real spaces beyond the internet.

The social media giant said it would also stop recommending content linked to QAnon and block URLs associated with it from being shared on the platform.

QAnon is a sprawling conspiracy theory whose followers support President Donald Trump.

Twitter said it hoped the action would help to prevent “offline harm”.

In a statement shared on the platform, Twitter said it would permanently suspend accounts that violate its policies while tweeting about QAnon.

The suspensions will be applied to accounts that are “engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension – something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks,” the statement said.

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The suspensions are expected to impact about 150,000 accounts worldwide. More than 7,000 accounts have been removed in recent weeks for violations, Twitter said.

Followers of QAnon believe “deep-state” traitors are plotting against President Donald Trump. The conspiracy theory has jumped from fringe social media sites to mainstream attention.

QAnon supporters have been linked to numerous other false claims that have spread online, including a bizarre conspiracy theory involving a US furniture company and allegations of child trafficking.

In 2019, the FBI issued a warning about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” and designated QAnon a potential domestic extremist threat.

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Hiring the best employees is critical to your business’s long-term success. But how can you ensure that you’re hiring the right people? When broken down into its most basic components—creating a job listing, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, then hiring the individual you like most—it might seem like hiring is fairly straightforward and difficult to get wrong. But there is actually a strategy to finding the most qualified people to bring onto your team. 

Before you hire anyone else, implement these steps into your recruiting process so you can hire top-quality candidates who will be an asset to your business.

Step 1: Do Your Research 

Before you create a job description, it is advisable that you set aside some time to research the duties, experience level, and expectations for the role. This will help you craft a detailed job description that clearly communicates what you will need a prospective candidate to be able to do and set a realistic standard in their mind. Even when you’re just hiring freelancers, this process is important because you want to have someone who you can trust with the tasks at hand—plus, you never know who could become a part of your full-time team in the long run. Having a clear and informational job listing will also help you remain competitive against other companies who are looking to fill this same position. 

This step is especially important if you’re hiring for a brand-new type of position or it’s your first time hiring someone in general. 

Step 2: Have a Vetting System in Place

One of the biggest mistakes a business can make when hiring is neglecting to vet candidates thoroughly. Why is this important? First and foremost, it can confirm that applicants are being truthful about who they are and their experience. Additionally, it serves as a safety measure. If candidates have a criminal record, especially one that involves violence or theft, it can put your employees and customers at unnecessary risk. 

Criminal background checks for employment can provide reliable reports on prospective employees. If you are going to also search candidates online and review their social media profiles, tread carefully. The information found on these platforms can give you access to information (sexual orientation, religion, etc.) that might be considered a basis for discrimination if you turn them down for the job. 

Another useful vetting measure is conducting phone interviews before bringing candidates into the office. During a phone interview you can ask a few key screening questions that can help you make a quick decision as to whether the applicant is worth investing sit-down interview time in, or if they are no longer in the running. 

Step 3: Make a List of Must-Haves

When it comes to sifting through large stacks of applications, it can be difficult to narrow down your candidates to the few you’ll actually interview—especially if you posted a highly specific listing. One thing you should do before reviewing applications is create a succinct checklist of must-haves for each category.

For example, this could be two years’ experience, the ability to use a certain program, typing speed, etc. This will allow you to quickly go through and disqualify applicants who don’t meet your criteria. This can be done quickly with a search function. Then, you can do a more in-depth evaluation of those applications that made the initial cut. This method should help you cut down on time and effort. 

Step 4: Ask the Right Questions 

The one-on-one time you have with a candidate is limited, so make the most of this opportunity by asking direct questions that will yield useful information about them.  Ask them about specifics like their experience with a program, to give examples of problem-solving skills in a certain situation, and what they believe their best asset is to bring to the table. Most importantly, make the questions you ask relevant to the qualities they need to possess to perform well at their job.

Keep in mind that personality is also an important factor to consider when comparing candidates. Someone who fits your company culture, takes criticism well, and is easy to collaborate and communicate with will likely transition into the position more easily and may even be more likely to remain onboard for longer.

With these four steps in mind, you can refine your hiring process to help you find highly qualified candidates who can help your company reach the next level.

Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are among many prominent figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam.

The official accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kanye West also requested donations in the cryptocurrency.

A tweet from Bill Gates’ account said: “Everyone is asking me to give back.

“You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”

Twitter said it was a “co-ordinated” attack targeting its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”.

The company said in a series of tweets: “We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.”

Twitter added that “significant steps” were taken to limit access to such internal systems and tools while the company’s investigation was ongoing.Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.”

Twitter earlier had to take the extraordinary step of stopping many verified accounts marked with blue ticks from tweeting altogether.

Password reset requests were also being denied and some other “account functions” disabled.

By 20:30 EDT on July 15, users with verified account started to be able to send tweets again, but Twitter said it was still working on a fix.

Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cyber-security company CrowdStrike, told Reuters: “This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet.”

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On the official account of Elon Musk appeared to offer to double any Bitcoin payment sent to the address of his digital wallet “for the next 30 minutes”.

“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” the tweet added, along with a Bitcoin link address.

The tweets were deleted just minutes after they were first posted.

However, as the first such tweet from Elon Musk’s account was removed, another one appeared, then a third.

Others targeted included: Kim Kardashian, Mike Bloomberg, Apple and the ride-sharing app Uber.

The Biden campaign said Twitter had “locked down the account within a few minutes of the breach and removed the related tweet”.

A spokesman for Bill Gates told AP news agency: “This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing.”

Last year, Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked, but Twitter said it had fixed the flaw that left his account vulnerable.