Day: September 17, 2020

New Leadership in MCCSD for the 2020-21 School Year

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Centereach, New York (September 2020)—The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) is proud to announce that it has appointed two new administrators to the district’s leadership team—Dr. Beth Rella as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Mr. Karl O’Leary as Assistant Principal of Newfield High School.

“It brings us great excitement to welcome Beth and Karl to our district’s leadership team as we begin the 2020-21 school year,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of MCCSD. “Both Beth and Karl bring with them years of experience, exceptional credentials and vast knowledge in the education field. I am confident that the two will be tremendous assets in helping us build upon the educational excellence within our district and provide extraordinary experiences for our students.”

Prior to joining Middle Country, Dr. Rella worked in finance and marketing

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Delta Credit Cards: Up to 70,000 bonus miles

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Travel isn’t a priority at the moment, but eventually planes will return to the skies. And when that happens, the airlines are likely to offer some great award sales to get people back onto flights. Ideally you’ll want to have a pile of frequent flyer miles ready to go so you can take advantage.

Fortunately, American Express has just launched several limited-time welcome offers on its Delta credit cards. Right now you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles by signing up for a new personal Delta credit card from American Express, and up to 70,000 bonus miles for a business credit card.

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860,000 Newly Unemployed Last Week; Big Tech Stumbles | Stock Market News

All three major U.S. indices finished lower on Thursday, led by the high-flying Nasdaq, which lost almost 1.3%.

Markets have been volatile in recent weeks, and the most recent announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday seems to have spooked investors further. The Federal Reserve announced intentions to keep rates low through 2023 as it braced the public for what it expects will be a long and uneasy recovery in the labor market.

That reality was underscored by Thursday’s top-line economic numbers, which showed another 860,000 people filed initial jobless claims. Although down from 893,000 the week before, it’s still a harrowing figure, and higher than the 830,000 economists expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 130 points, or nearly 0.5%, to finish at 27,901.

Not playing around. Shares of the game-focused restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (ticker: PLAY) took a 26% hit on Thursday as reports

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4-star safety Braelon Allen reclassifies into Badgers’ 2021 recruiting class | National

The University of Wisconsin football team’s 2021 recruiting class got even stronger Thursday, as Fond du Lac prospect Braelon Allen announced he would be reclassifying from the 2022 class and joining the 2021 group.

Braelon Allen mug


Allen, who orally committed to the Badgers in July, is a consensus four-star recruit, which gives the Badgers a seventh four-star-or-better recruit in the 2021 class. That number is the most in program history, and the Badgers are well on pace to post their best recruiting class in the internet ranking era with the 2021 class.

Allen’s announcement came through social media with a post he captioned “Business decision.”

“I am beyond excited and proud to announce that I will be reclassifying to the class of 2021 and will be enrolling at UW in June. I want to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point and I hope you all continue to

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California expands family leave protections to millions of small business workers

Gavin Newsom | AP Photo, Pool

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news briefing. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday extended job protections to millions of workers at small businesses in California if they need time off to care for themselves, a child or another relative.

Newsom signed CA SB1383 (19R) by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), to expand the California Family Rights Act, which extends unpaid protections to workers who take family leave.


A father of four, Newsom has championed family leave expansion as a priority for his administration. The protection comes in the midst of the pandemic, which has given workers additional need to take time off if they or their families have suffered health effects from the coronavirus.

“Californians deserve to be able to take time off to care for themselves or a sick family member without fearing they’ll lose their job,” Newsom said in a

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Desi Perkins Dishes on Her Due Date & Starting a Brand in a Pandemic

With a baby on the way, Desi Perkins is also giving birth to something else: a brand. 

The YouTube star, who has amassed more than 3 million subscribers to her 7-year-old beauty channel, took fans by storm when she launched her own brand, DEZI, in July. The brand’s introduction to fans centered on a wide-ranging line of sunglasses, but as the mom-to-be explained to E!’s Lilliana Vazquez during an exclusive interview in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month—popularly known as Latinx Heritage Month—this is just the beginning. 

“It is an ‘everything under the sun’ brand is what I always tell Steven [Perkins],” she told Lilliana, referencing her longtime husband. “It’s just my dreams in one. When I was growing up, my mom always told me, ‘Mija, you know, you really gotta focus on one thing that you really love and get really good at that one thing and that

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ProShares Short QQQ ETF: A Timely Trade Idea (NYSEARCA:PSQ)

The stock market rout continues. As I type this paragraph, the tech-rich Nasdaq index (QQQ) has crossed into correction territory intraday, defined as a 10% pullback from the peak – which in turn happened a mere two weeks ago.

On September 4, I wrote about how the Nasdaq had clearly raised a “bubble flag”. Only five times in the past 20 or so years had the index lost more than 3% in value the day after the market reached an all-time high: (1) three times in early 2000, just ahead of the dot-com bubble burst, and (2) twice in 2020, including in early September. This kind of price action suggested to me that bulls had been dictating the pace of the market, but that an army of hungry bears were ready to pounce when given the opportunity.

My fears over a potential tech bubble burst (or even the existence of

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8×8 Recognizes Two Top Master Agent Program Members

Two master agent partners have earned top honors with 8×8 in the last two weeks.

The UCaaS provider Thursday recognized TBI as a platinum partner in its Open Channel Program. The recognition rewards the master agent for selling the Open Communications Platform — a portfolio that 8×8 released in the summer.

Corey Cohen, TBI vice president of marketing, praised 8×8 for helping agents grow their business.

TBI's Corey Cohen

TBI’s Corey Cohen

“By supporting go-to-market and sales enablement efforts to drive new business, upsell and customer retention programs, 8×8 is truly differentiated in the marketplace,” Cohen said. “This allows our partners to help businesses and organizations as they accelerate digital transformation initiatives to ensure business responsiveness and resilience.”

Avant's Drew Lydecker

Avant’s Drew Lydecker

8×8 announced platinum honors for Avant Communications earlier this month. Avant President Drew

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Best Credit Cards for Rental Cars

When you think about rental cars, the rental car counters you see when you exit the airport and the shuttle buses emblazoned with company logos circling the arrivals level might come to mind. In other words, you probably haven’t thought about rental cars for at least a few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic brought air travel to a near halt.

But rental cars are still a good option for traveling, even if you have no plans to fly anytime soon. You may have little faith in an older vehicle so that renting might make sense to go on road trips longer than several hours. You might also want to consider renting a bigger car to accommodate the people in your travel squad or all of the equipment or off-roading required for a socially-distant camping trip. Or maybe you just want to get better gas mileage for the distance you’ll

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3 Artificial intelligence Stocks to Consider as the Trend Heats Up

Working the stock market is a data game. Getting the best information, in a timely way, and knowing how to use it, are keys to success. So, here are some numbers to think about. According to industry market research, artificial intelligence companies and products are on the verge of explosive growth. The sector totaled some $10 billion in 2018; by 2025, the companies, products, value-added, and marketing are expected to reach over $125 billion. You probably already are on it, even if you didn’t realize. AI tech lies behind the growth of digital personal assistants like Alexa and Siri. Most online advertising and pop-ups are powered by AI systems. All of these systems are going to improve, as engineers and developers fine-tune the coding, create new search apps, and update the underlying hardware. And those technological improvements are

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