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COVID-19 business effect: Solstice closes, Mr Friendly’s reopens

Owner Ricky Mollohan’s posts announce closing of popular northeast Columbia restaurant, reopening of Five Points mainstay

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The announcement hit social media around 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 — Ricky Mollohan has closed Solstice Kitchen in northeast Columbia.

Mollohan, who can be outspoken on social media, said in the Solstice Facebook post that money became the main issue. He had closed both Solstice and Mr Friendly’s restaurants in mid-March, as per Gov. Henry McMaster’s orders in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

WLTX’s Whitney Sullivan and I had interviewed Mollohan on March 17 at Mr. Friendly’s in Five Points. It was supposed to be the restaurant’s 25th anniversary but instead marked the last week of operation — until today. More on that in a minute.

The decision to shutter Solstice was not an easy one. Mollohan had applied for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding from the

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The impact of Covid-19 on state economies – analysis

An unfortunate consequence of Covid-19 is the adverse impact on the economy. India’s economy contracted by 23.9% in the first quarter of the fiscal year, according to data from the government. It reveals that all sectors of the economy, except agriculture, shrank in the first quarter. Beyond the national level, however, we are keen to understand how state economies are doing. It might be a while before the data on state economies becomes available, so we used micro-data from the Google mobility report to analyse contractions in economic activity across states.

We studied trends in the retail and recreation sector such as visits to restaurants, malls, commercial centres and so on to gauge the impact of Covid-19 on economic activity. The analysis reveals an overall sharp contraction of approximately 38% that still prevails across India, compared to the period prior to Covid (January 3 to February 6). The time trend

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City of Port St. Lucie opens COVID-19 grant application for residential home repair

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The City of Port St. Lucie has opened applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Repair Grant Program.

The program, which will be administered in partnership with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, may provide up to 10,000 in home repair assistance to qualifying Port St. Lucie residents who have suffered hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re proud to partner with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to provide relief to Port St. Lucie residents during this difficult time,” said City Manager Russ Blackburn. “We hope that these small-dollar awards can help our community build resilience and preserve homeownership.”

Approximately 20 to 35 grants will be available depending on the types of repairs, from a total of $270,00 in money received through the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) administered by the Florida Housing Coalition.

“Having provided critical home repairs for 69 homeowners in need of assistance over the

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Inuvo’s IntentKey Uncovers Changing Home Renovation Audience Behaviors in Midst of COVID-19 for …

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inuvo, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV), a leading provider of marketing technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that serves brands and agencies, today announces how the IntentKey artificial intelligence (AI) technology has built strong brand awareness with new audiences for a national home improvement retailer client by uncovering changing audience behaviors in the midst of COVID-19.

The pandemic has created a boom in home remodeling, as more time at home has changed the way people need their homes to function. Houzz reported a 58% increase in professional referrals for projects year-over-year. In a Porch.com survey, more than 75% of consumers said they plan to take on a new project within the next 12 months. CNBC coverage also boasts record high equity is giving homeowners the financial flexibility and confidence to reinvest in their homes as real estate prices increase amid record low

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Systemic Racism Leads To Disparities In Nursing Home Covid-19 Cases, Deaths

As of September 13, U.S. nursing homes have reported over 230,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 55,400 Covid-19 deaths according to preliminary data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Black, Latino, and Native American or Alaska Native people are overrepresented in overall U.S. case and death totals, and it appears that similar disparities persist in nursing homes.

A new study from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and IMPAQ, a policy research and analytics firm, found that nursing homes with a disproportionate number of non-white residents had more new Covid-19 cases among residents and staff and more deaths among residents.

These disparities arise from the systemic racism that affects Black and indigenous communities and

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Businesses could face billions of dollars in lawsuits from employees who brought Covid-19 home to relatives

Businesses with Covid-19 outbreaks are facing an emerging legal threat from claims that workers brought coronavirus home and infected relatives, which one risk analysis firm said could cost employers billions of dollars.



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The daughter of Esperanza Ugalde of Illinois filed in August what lawyers believe is the first wrongful death “take home” lawsuit, alleging her mother died of Covid-19 that her father contracted at Aurora Packing Co’s meat processing plant.

The cases borrow elements from “take home” asbestos litigation and avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing business to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises.

“Businesses should be very concerned about these cases,” said labor and employment attorney Tom Gies of Crowell & Moring, which defends employers.

The lawsuit against Aurora alleges that Ricardo Ugalde worked “shoulder to shoulder” on the company’s processing line

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UK Home Improvement Market Report 2020: Analysis of the Impact of Covid-19 and Future Implications – ResearchAndMarkets.com

The “UK Home Improvement 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Spending on DIY, Gardening, and Home Improvement has been severely impacted by the Coronavirus crisis in the UK. Utilising a mixture of consumer and company data, this report looks at the performance of the major retailers, at how consumer behaviour and key categories have changed in 2020 (compared to 2019 and prior) and at how this will shape the rest of this year and beyond.

After Brexit, political uncertainty, poor weather, and a slow housing market weighed down on sales in 2019, 2020 briefly got off to a better start until, from March onwards, the Covid pandemic and sweeping restrictions on shops and people had a dramatic impact on spending.

Consumers were encouraged to stay home and many stores were shut (including B&Q, Wickes, and Homebase which, despite being deemed essential retailers’, completely closed their stores for anything

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Israeli kitchens grow in sophistication during COVID-19, designer says

Israelis are looking into improving their kitchens in greater numbers than ever before, Avivi Kitchens main designer Shlomi Cohen told The Jerusalem Post. This is because after the first Passover lockdown, families were forced to spend larger amounts of time in their kitchens and things that might not have been noticed before, such as storage shortage or a lack of electric outlets, now became an issue.  With 50 years of experience in the field, Avivi Kitchens, owned by Itzhak Avivi, caters to private clients and works with builders to ensure that each family gets the optimal kitchen for its needs. For example, introducing a kick-space to utilize the base of the kitchen cabinet means families can easily store their Shabbat hot-plates or Chamotte stone [a heated stone used for baking].Smart Kitchens offers a charging pole that is “hidden” inside the kitchen counter and can be extracted with the press of
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Two charged in deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Massachusetts veterans’ home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two former heads of a Massachusetts veterans home have been indicted on criminal neglect charges for their roles in handling a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 76 people, the state’s attorney general said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags are planted outside the Soldiers Home for the veteran residents who have died during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S., May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey said the criminal case against the former officials at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was believed to be the first yet linked to an outbreak at a U.S. nursing facility during the pandemic.

The case against former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton stemmed from a March decision to consolidate two dementia units, putting COVID-19 positive residents within feet of ones without symptoms, Healey said.

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Criminal charges filed against superintendent, former medical director at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

The superintendent and former medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home face criminal charges in connection with a Covid-19 outbreak at the veteran’s home earlier this year, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.



a building with a grassy area: An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.


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An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The nursing home for veterans in Massachusetts suffered a deadly Covid-19 outbreak in March and April. According to staff and union accounts shared with CNN, the home dealt with systemic issues like short staffing for years.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and former medical director David Clinton, 71, “for causing or permitting serious bodily injury or neglect of an elder during the Covid-19 outbreak,” Healey said.

They are each facing 10 counts: five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

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