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Qurate And Quarantine: Will Home Shopping Push This Name Higher? (NASDAQ:QRTEA)

Strip malls are history. – Jeff Bezos

Let’s be honest. Many of us have been spending a lot more time in front of our televisions and computer screens lately. Whether you’re watching the Sopranos for the first time or placing your order for next Monday’s grocery pick up, odds are you’ve been glued to your digital devices as well.

COVID-19 restrictions have zapped revenue from physical retail spaces, as consumers have been forced, or chosen in many cases, to remain home. It comes as no surprise that a company that operates popular online and televised brands, like HSN (formerly Home Shopping Network), would be positioned to benefit from this dramatic shift in consumer behavior.

Qurate Retail Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) is a massive media conglomerate in the video and eCommerce spaces in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company employs over 25,000 individuals and oversees brands that reach nearly 400 million households,

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Home prices up more than 14% during pandemic in Massachusetts

New real estate data shows that despite the pandemic, real estate prices are experiencing growth not seen since the bubble years of the mid-2000s. After a slow spring, the quest for more personal space during the pandemic has led to single-family home prices climbing more than 14%, according to data compiled by The Warren Group’s August Sales Report.But the communities with the biggest gains are not the usual suspects. For example, Littleton is the Boston suburb with the biggest price increase in August, despite a location that would make a commute into the city more difficult than other suburbs. Home prices there are up 29% compared to a year ago. “People are reacting to wanting less dense places, perhaps to retreat to in times of high infections,” said Timothy Warren, CEO of The Warren Group.According to the sales report, the median price for a single-family home jumped to a record … Read More

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Philippines’ Army of Migrant Workers Retrains for Life Back Home

(Bloomberg) — The Philippine government is trying to retrain hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers who are returning jobless from overseas as the pandemic batters economies around the globe.

Already struggling with unemployment that spiked to record levels when the pandemic hit, the Southeast Asian nation is bracing for nearly 300,000 overseas Filipino workers — like caretakers, maids and seamen — to return home this year. The government is offering free programs to reskill these workers for jobs such as call-center agents, teachers and contact tracers.

More than 5,000 returnees have already applied for the training, with health care, technology and tourism courses the top choices.



a group of people standing in a room: Virus Travel Ban Keeps Thousands Of Philippines' Migrant Workers From Jobs


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Virus Travel Ban Keeps Thousands Of Philippines’ Migrant Workers From Jobs

Representatives from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration assist migrant workers at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City, Feb. 2020.

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Renovation loans get pandemic boost as homeowners want home offices

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Vexed by work-from-home arrangements owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners are taking the long view and rethinking floor plans. The reality is, home offices are no longer a luxury.

In the initial three weeks of public health lockdowns in March, according to Gallup, the percentage of employed Americans working from home doubled to 62%. Of these workers, three in five said they’d prefer to work from home when restrictions are lifted. Homeowners are serious about dedicating room for work.

There’s a mainstay in mortgage finance poised to help in working from home. The Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage insurance program is designed for borrowers to renovate when they purchase or refinance.

For over 40 years with Section 203(k) of the National Housing Act, FHA has been protecting lenders with fully-insured mortgage loans even as renovations are underway. In turn, the program opens access to much-needed renovation capital for borrowers.

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Karen V. Davison’s tips for creativity in the kitchen


Home cooking often means relying on a set of go-to recipes. They are quick, easy, and don’t require a lot of thought. But, cooking the same dishes, day in and day out, can get boring. You may start to feel that you’re lacking creativity in the kitchen.


You’re not alone. Even professional chefs, like Karen V. Davison, have days where they’re feeling less creative than usual. Ms. Davison, from Plano, Texas, has worked as a saucier, a sous chef, an associate chef, and a head chef in various restaurants. While her specialty is in fine dining, she also has an extensive background in home style cooking and is able to create healthy and delicious meals suited to any palette. For home cooks and chefs alike, cooking every day can make it hard to come up with new ideas. Ms. Davison knows that finding inspiration and connecting with your

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Google will try ‘hybrid’ work-from-home models, as most employees don’t want to come in every day

  • Most Google employees want to return to the office at some point, but not every day, according to a recent Google survey of its employees’ desires for post-pandemic work.
  • The company said it is planning “hybrid” models for future work, including rearranging its offices, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday.
  • Silicon Valley companies are competing on flexible work options for existing and prospective talent.



Sundar Pichai wearing a suit and tie: Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., gestures while speaking during a discussion on artificial intelligence at the Bruegel European economic think tank in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Pichai urged the U.S. and European Union to coordinate regulatory approaches on artificial intelligence, calling their alignment critical.


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Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., gestures while speaking during a discussion on artificial intelligence at the Bruegel European economic think tank in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Pichai urged the U.S. and European Union to coordinate regulatory approaches on artificial intelligence, calling their alignment critical.

Google is rethinking its long-term work options for employees, as most of them say they don’t want to come back to the office full-time.

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A Mid-South family recalls having their son only six months into pregnancy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The McCain family was very excited when they found out after seven years of marriage, they were expecting.

At the same time, they understood this would be a high-risk pregnancy. Nevertheless, they still saw it as a blessing.

Six months into the pregnancy, Stephania McCain began having contractions. Her son RJ was ready to make his entrance into the world, ahead of schedule.

Stephania said she was caught off guard.

“I was barely six months pregnant,” Stephania said. “I was like, what do you mean?”

Stephania had dilated three centimeters, and there was a tear in the amniotic sack, causing fluid to leak. Her doctors attempted to stop the contractions with no success, and four days later, RJ was born.

He was tiny.

“They were holding him like this,” Stephania said, showing the palms of her hands.

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Will Soldier Field renovation deal deliver late hit to city budget?

In 2011, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that Chicago taxpayers are “not an ATM machine” and can’t afford to be the financial backstop for the $660 million renovation of Soldier Field.

The bonds that financed the Soldier Field project are paid off with part of the city’s hotel tax — but that financing package also assumed hotel tax revenue would grow by a rosy 5.5% a year. When it doesn’t, Chicago taxpayers make up the difference.

Emanuel was bracing for a $1.1 million hit that year, though in the end, the city lost just $185,000 of its state income tax revenue. Emanuel dumped three stadium authority board members and ordered their replacements to change the financing structure. But those changes were never made. The city remains on the hook.

Now, it may be time to turn on the ATM machine once again.

The stadium deal, announced in 2001, included a 2-percentage-point

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SCDOT plans improvements for dangerous intersection along Highway 501



a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.


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Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Plans are in the works to make a notorious intersection along Highway 501 safer.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation revealed that improvements will be made to the intersection of Highway 501 and Cox Ferry Road during the widening project.

Numbers from the city of Conway show that from 2017 to 2019, there were more than 100 accidents at the intersection.

RELATED COVERAGE | Family says Conway intersection remains unsafe years after daughter’s deadly crash

A spokesman for SCDOT said that the Ride III project for the highway includes adding a third lane in each direction on Highway 501, a right turn lane onto East Cox Ferry Road from the highway and offsetting the left turn lane on the northbound side onto West Cox

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The 10 Best Mixing Bowls No Kitchen Should Be Without

Any true chef or baker, whether a pro or amateur, knows the importance of finding the best mixing bowl. Scrap that—anyone who spends time at all in the kitchen, no matter how fleetingly, can appreciate the value of a good mixing bowl. These versatile kitchen must-haves make an appearance on a daily basis, whether you’re baking a cake, tossing a salad, mixing granola, or whisking eggs for an omelet. It’s important to find bowls that will last the wear and tear of daily use, even if their sole purpose is to hold potato chips while you watch Netflix. But with so many versions on the market, which mixing bowls can withstand the test of time and daily rendezvous with the dishwasher?

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best mixing bowls everyone should own, according to reviews:

What’s the best mixing bowl material?

Mixing bowls come in an array of materials,

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