Day: July 9, 2020

Zenith’s New Online Store Brings an Exclusive Chronograph to US Customers for the First Time

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Zenith’s newly launched e-commerce platform will give U.S.-based watch-lovers a lot to look forward to––starting with a limited-edition chronograph.

Typically reserved as an in-shop-only style, the Swiss firm will make the Defy El Primero 21 Black Ceramic Boutique Edition exclusively available for the first time in its digital outlet. Limited to a scant 250 pieces, its  El Primero 9004 automatic movement, which keeps accurate time to within 1/100th of a second, is standard-setter in the category.

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Handcrafted with a bold 44mm black ceramic face, this timepiece is an iteration of the Defy 21 with an open dial that reveals the intricacy of the watch’s inner working, which sport an electric blue finish. The domed sapphire crystal across the face protects the delicate components beneath which operate on a 36,000 VpH frequency and offer a 50-hour power reserve.

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Black, female entrepreneurs are changing Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO – In the early days of Zume Pizza, visitors to Julia Collins’ robotic food prep company in Silicon Valley would greet her at the door and say, “Can you grab me a water? I’m here to meet with the founder.” When pitching her business to investment partners at venture capital firms, Collins was nearly always the only woman and always the only black person in the room.

Then, late last year, a hairline crack surfaced in the invisible yet seemingly impenetrable barrier that limits black women’s access to the tech world. A $375 million investment gave Zume Pizza a valuation of $2.25 billion.

It wasn’t just the company she co-founded that reached unicorn status. Collins did, too, as the first black woman whose tech company is valued at $1 billion or more by investors. Now that she’s working on a new startup in regenerative agriculture, investors are calling

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The ‘whatever it takes’ chancellor

He’s been dubbed “Dishy Rishi”, “Britain’s economic Jedi” and “Santa Claus in hazmat” in recent months, but most often he is referred to as a “possible future prime minister”.

Rishi Sunak’s star has been rising steadily since he became chancellor in February. Within weeks he found himself tackling the greatest challenge to face any chancellor since the Second World War: steering the UK economy through the pandemic and the lockdown.

For quite a few people, this teetotal millennial – he had his 40th birthday during lockdown – has appeared to be a reassuringly steady hand at the tiller.

And while he lacks the rhetorical flamboyance of the current prime minister (and prefers a neat coiffure), he’s shown himself ready to push “brand Rishi”.

He has used social media to show himself in a grey sports hoodie at his computer, riding the escalators at John Lewis, and this week helping out

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Inside historic black bookstores’ fight for survival against the COVID-19 pandemic

OAKLAND, Calif. – Inside Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest black-owned bookstore, no one lingers anymore over shelves lined with a diasporic collection of African and African American history, culture, music and literature.

Staffers take phone orders from the safety of their homes. Shoppers keep their distance when darting in and out to pick up purchases. Blanche Richardson, whose parents founded Marcus Books 60 years ago, works alone in the store, putting on a protective mask for curbside deliveries.

Operating in a state of emergency is nothing new for independent black-owned bookstores, which for decades have survived on the margins of the publishing industry. But COVID-19 is posing a new kind of existential threat, Richardson says. Most bookstores have seen a drop in overall book sales even as online sales pick up.

“The pandemic exacerbated the plight of the few remaining black bookstores across the country,” Richardson told USA TODAY.

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Where to Buy Face Masks Online That Are Stylish

The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.

Demand for cloth face mask options has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.

In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care workers, while designer

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U.S. Visa Changes Leave Students in Limbo

Loay Alem, an engineering student from Saudi Arabia who is attending University of California Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, July 7, 2020. (Kendrick Brinson/The New York Times)
Loay Alem, an engineering student from Saudi Arabia who is attending University of California Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, July 7, 2020. (Kendrick Brinson/The New York Times)

LONDON — Oliver Philcox was nearing the end of his first year of graduate studies in astrophysics at Princeton University when the coronavirus outbreak began. Classes were halted in March, and then moved online. By May, he had decided to travel home to Britain.

“In the long run, that was a terrible idea,” said Philcox, 24. “But I had assumed I would be able to go back in September.”

Now, the return to an American institution has been thrown into question for Philcox and countless other international students after a directive by the Trump administration that students whose classes were moving entirely online for the fall would be stripped of their visas and required to leave the United States.

Many universities see the

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The Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses On Amazon Of 2020

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The purpose of blue light glasses is to filter out the blue light from screens before it reaches your eyes. Some of Amazon's best-selling blue light glasses from brands like Sojos and LivHo might be a good place to start. (Photo: recep-bg via Getty Images)
The purpose of blue light glasses is to filter out the blue light from screens before it reaches your eyes. Some of Amazon’s best-selling blue light glasses from brands like Sojos and LivHo might be a good place to start. (Photo: recep-bg via Getty Images)

American adults spend about half their day using screens. And odds are your screen time has only gone up since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when it feels like each day’s breaking news outweighs the last.

All of that screen time adds up to a lot of stress on our eyes, according to the American Academy Of Ophthalmology. Though there’s no scientific evidence that blue light from phones, computers and tablets causes damage to the eyes, there are other ways blue light can affect you.

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Howard County Fair Cancelled, Youth Indoor Exhibits Move Online

HOWARD COUNTY, MD — Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Howard County Fair has been cancelled. The board of directors will be hosting virtual events for 4-H members and still plans to hold the youth livestock sale with numerous precautions in place.

Mickey Day, president of the Howard County Fair Board, explained on the fair’s website that board members met more often and formed committees to see if they could somehow proceed with the fair. Eventually, they realized that the event as a whole could not be safely held.

“As time passed, multiple possibilities and options were presented to the larger board on how to best to proceed. While I do not believe any of us wanted to execute our new possible plans, we could see that the virus was not going away and that we had to prepare for it,” Day wrote.

Howard County fair board members remained in

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State Officials Answer Questions About Schools Reopening Plan

CONNECTICUT — For 90 minutes live on YouTube and Facebook, education and public health officials, with Gov. Ned Lamont joining, answered the public’s questions during a moderated webinar about the state’s fall schools reopening plan. Officials answered questions regarding mask use, parent notification of positive cases in schools and others.

More than 15,000 listened in and participated in the live Q & A and, working off a list of more than 300 submitted questions, and live chat comments and questions, officials offered their responses.
The idea to hold the webinar was to explain the rationale behind the state’s back-to-school plan.

The top line answer, which covered myriad questions, was that the plan is “fluid.”

Education commissioner Miguel Cardona said, “We’re listening. We hear you,” noting that the “wellness and safety” of students and school staff is the priority. “There’s no more important topic right now than how to safely open

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1995 Ferrari F50 Poised To Become Highest-Priced Car Ever Sold Online

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It’s one of only 55 U.S.-spec F50s ever made.

In August, Gooding & Co. will kick off its new platform of online auctions, and it will be swinging for the fences as one of the cars included in this auction is a 1995 Ferrari F50. No estimates have been given as to how much Gooding & Co. is expecting the F50 to sell for, but these Ferraris have been consistently selling for upwards of $2.5 million in recent years including one that sold for $3.2 million range earlier this year. All it would take is a price higher than $2.6 million to break the record set by a 2003 Ferrari Enzo back in June for the most expensive car ever sold online.

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From 1995 through 1997, Ferrari built just 349 examples (total) of its F50 supercar, and

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