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Citizens Bank Announces Award of Grants for Minority-Owned Small Businesses


Citizens Bank today announced that it has awarded 100 grants of $15,000 each totaling $1.5 million to minority-owned small businesses across its service areas as part of its previously announced $10 million investment to help drive social equity and economic advancement in underserved communities across its footprint.

Through a short essay, applicants shared insight on how they would use the grant to both strengthen and sustain their business and help their community.

The program also includes an opportunity to partner with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. For recipients who opt in, SCORE will match the business with a mentor to help build and sustain success.

“Citizens is highly committed to helping promote social equity and drive economic advancement in underserved communities and this is one of several ways we are bringing that commitment to life,” said Jack Murphy, president

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Swiss reject nationalist plan to limit jobs for EU citizens


Laura Zimmermann, Co-President of Operation Libero, centre, together with Valentin Vogt, President of the Swiss Employers’ Federation, Renato Perlini, campaign manager of Operation Libero, and Stefan Manser-Egli, Co-President of Operation Libero, from left, are pleased with the result of the vote at the meeting of opponents of the popular initiative “For moderate immigration” (restrictive initiative), on Sunday 27 September 2020 at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland.


Voters in Switzerland on Sunday strongly rejected a nationalist party’s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country.

Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported, based on a partial count, that the measure was rejected by 61.3% of voters, with 38.7% in favor. A large majority of the country’s 26 cantons, or states, also rejected the plan proposed by the Swiss People’s Party to give preferential access to jobs, social protection and

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Earth911 Reader: Sustainability, Recycling, Business and Science Articles For Concerned Citizens

Every week, the Earth911 team combs news and research for interesting ideas and stories about the challenges of creating a sustainable world. We pick a few science, sustainability, recycling, and business stories, along with ideas you can act on to support the environment and Earth-friendly initiatives. Sometimes it is good news we can all celebrate, sometimes it is bad news or a seemingly intractable challenge that should make us double-down on finding new solutions. We call it the Earth911 Reader and we hope you find it useful.

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California To Ban Gas and Diesel Car Sales By 2035

The sixth-largest market for cars in the world, California, will ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2035, CleanTechnica reports. Governor Gavin Newsome, who has battled pandemic and wildfire all year, signed an executive order to stop the sale, but not an outright ban on internal combustion vehicles. California’s

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Beijing resumes entry of Singaporean citizens to boost business: analyst

People watch aircrafts flying by during the National Day celebrations at the Merlion Park in Singapore, Aug. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)

Singaporean citizens with valid residence permits for work, private affairs and family reunion in China can apply for visas to China free of charge from Saturday, said the Chinese Embassy in Singapore on Sunday. 

The resumption of entry came after a high-level meeting between China and Singapore, which analysts say is an act to boost trade and business activities.

China suspended the entry of foreigners on March 28 due to COVID-19, with the exception of foreigners who come to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific, technological and other activities, as well as for emergency humanitarian needs.

A nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within five days prior to boarding is necessary for all passengers flying from Singapore to China starting August 28, according to a notice released by the

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