Day: October 8, 2020

Postmaster General DeJoy hires PR firm to counter House investigation

  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting firm with ties to President Trump to represent him after the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into his private business.
  • The investigation follows a Washington Post report that the longtime Republican fundraiser may have violated campaign fundraising law.
  • Patomak Global Partners was founded by Paul Atkins, a former SEC executive who has advised Trump on financial deregulation and served on his business council.
  • A USPS spokesperson said the work performed by DeJoy’s personal firms, Patomak and RLF Communications, does not relate to his duties as Postmaster General or its main PR agency, Weber Shandwick.
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US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting and PR firm with deep ties to the Trump administration as he faces allegations that he violated campaign fundraising laws as a private businessman and Republican fundraiser, Business Insider has learned.

Since his

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State has fined 11 businesses over COVID-19 mask mandate

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State investigators have fined 11 Washington businesses for allegedly failing to enforce portions of the state’s face mask mandate, according to a release Wednesday from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Mail Express Business Center in Enumclaw got the largest fine, $7,500. Investigators determined customers and employees there were not wearing masks and no signs were posted about the mandate, officials said.

According to L&I, the owner told investigators she did not enforce masking because, “she did not want to be an unpaid agent of the government,” KING-TV reported.

The news outlet talked to an L&I employee named Brian who said the overwhelming majority of businesses named in complaints turned out to be in compliance, or quickly made changes to follow the mandate.

Brian told KING-TV he didn’t want his last name used because there’s a “significant security concern” in his work spot-checking businesses. He

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Music Icon and Business Mogul Master P Named the “I Am Hip Hop” Award Recipient at The 2020 BET “Hip Hop Awards”

2 Chainz, Big Sean, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Jhenè Aiko, Lil Baby, Mulatto, Quavo, Tobe Nwigwe and Ty Dolla $ign Confirmed as Performers

Comedians 85 South (Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean) to Host the 15th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards Premiering Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9PM ET/PT on BET Networks



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Hip Hop’s biggest night returns with new hosts, a superstar lineup of performers and a legendary, music icon at the 2020 BET “HIP HOP AWARDS.” Today BET announces rapper, actor, producer, philanthropist and founder of the iconic hip hop label No Limit Records, Master P, as the recipient of the 2020 “I Am Hip Hop” Award. Additionally, comedians, actors, hosts of the “85 South

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First-time jobless claims rose to 840,000 last week vs 825,000 estimated

The number of people who filed for first-time unemployment benefits reached 840,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had forecast claims would fall to 825,000.

While initial claims have held steady for the past six weeks, they remain at historically elevated levels.

“New claims appear to have settled into a still historically high pattern, numbering in the 800,000 range since late August,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate. “The intermediate-term outlook remains quite concerning for several reasons, although we remain hopeful that the eventual availability of effective and safe vaccines will get us to a better place on a number of fronts.”

Women and minorities, two groups that are over-represented in the service industries, remain the most heavily affected by the country’s sweeping layoffs.

Mothers of young children are shouldering more of the responsibility of online schooling,

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Cheap Core Investment ETFs to Diversify for the Long Term

As investors consider the political ramifications of the upcoming presidential election, exchange traded fund investors should be prepared for what the market implications may be of either outcome and what that could mean for investment portfolios.

In the recent webcast, An Election Playbook for Client Portfolios, Liz Young, Director of Market Strategy, BNY Mellon Investment Management; Chris Lucas, Director of Global Government Affairs, BNY Mellon; David Vandivier, Director of Global Government Affairs, BNY Mellon; and Stephanie M. Pierce, CEO of ETF, Index and Cash Investment Strategies, BNY Mellon Investment Management, warned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over and remains a top risk in today’s market environment. While widespread lockdowns are unlikely, negative news updates will continue through the end of fall. Furthermore, BNY Mellon anticipated that expectations of an opposing party win could continue to cause market weakness ahead.

Overall, BNY Mellon argued that investors should not

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3 Tips Every Consultancy Business Needs to Grow Strong

The upheaval caused by the recent global health pandemic has changed the dynamics of the online world. Brands, businesses, and entrepreneurs are turning towards digital mediums to continue their business activities and retain their positions in the industry, sometimes with the help of paid traffic consultancy firms.

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Brandon See has demonstrated how entrepreneurs can find success by using astute decision-making skills and implementing the right tactics and strategies in paid advertising.


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Online consultancy firms have been able to generate massive revenues and cash for e-commerce clients through paid advertising. But for most of these firms, the success they enjoy today did not come easy. They had to spend a lot of money to test strategies and tactics initially to eventually develop their own in-house strategies that would yield results for their clients. Through his firm, Digiceptual, See helps beauty, fashion,

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Hilco Redevelopment Partners Provides Details of Proposal to Support Career Connected Learning and Jobs for Philadelphia Public School Students

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hilco Redevelopment Partners today released the details of the Career Connected Learning system presented to the School District of Philadelphia to help prepare Philadelphia School District students for the jobs of tomorrow. The proposal supports real-world classroom readiness training for Philadelphia School District students and prioritizes preparing high school graduates to pursue careers and advancement opportunities. Hilco Redevelopment Partners, the real estate development unit of Hilco Global, remediates and redevelops complex and obsolete industrial properties. 

Philadelphia’s Career Connected Learning system proposal lays out a large-scale plan to pair meaningful, high-quality, on-the-job experiences with classroom training to prepare all students to compete for good jobs and earn industry-valued post-secondary credentials.

“We commend the School Board’s considerable effort to ensure all young people graduate from high school prepared to pursue sustainable careers that pay a living wage and create ongoing opportunities to advance,” says Roberto

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Regal closing leaves few movie theaters in Central Mass. – News –

It was supposed to be the year that James Bond and Wonder Woman duke it out for box-office supremacy, while marking the triumphant return of the Ghostbusters, Godzilla, giant Arrakis sandworms and hotshot naval pilot Maverick on the big screen.

Instead, it turned into a year of darkened movie theaters and pushed back release dates for potential Hollywood blockbusters because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly all movie theaters in Central Massachusetts are shut down.

Regal Cinemas announced this week that all 536 theaters nationwide would be “temporarily suspending” all operations at the end of the day on Thursday, including Regal Cinemas Solomon Pond 15 in Marlboro.

In addition, Cinemagic in Sturbridge, Cinemaworld in Fitchburg, Elm Draught House in Millbury, Entertainment Cinemas in Leominster, Gardner Cinemas in Gardner, Strand Theatre in Clinton, and West Boylston Cinemas have all been closed for months. Showcase Cinema North in Worcester, which is owned by 

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Marchex and Edenbrook Capital Announce Results of Tender Offer for up to 10 Million Shares of Class B Common Stock of Marchex


Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX), a leading conversational analytics company that connects the voice of the customer to your business, announced today the results of joint and equal tender offer with Edenbrook Capital, LLC of up to 10 million shares of Marchex’s Class B common stock (the “ Shares ”) at $2.15 per share and conditioned on a minimum of 3 million shares being properly tendered (the “ Offer ”), which expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on October 7, 2020.

Based on the count by Equiniti Trust Company, the depositary and paying agent for the Offer (the “ Depositary and Paying Agent ”), a total of 10,552,160 shares were properly tendered and not properly withdrawn at $2.15 per share, including 86,461 shares that were tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery.

Due to the tender offer being oversubscribed, Marchex and Edenbrook Capital will accept for payment

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Yelp will now identify businesses accused of racism on its platform

Starting Thursday, Yelp will add an alert on the pages of businesses that have been accused of racist behavior, following several widely covered allegations of racism at U.S. restaurants in recent months.

The crowdsourced review platform is often the first place customers go to sound the alarm about discriminatory or racist behavior at businesses, discouraging other potential patrons from spending their money there.

“Communities have always turned to Yelp in reaction to current events at the local level. As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” said a Yelp blog post.

The new “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” alert, paired with a red icon, will appear at the top of the page for a business that has been

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