Trump signs executive orders; hundreds quarantining in Ga. school district; masks optional at Sturgis motorcycle rally

Christel Deskins

After weeks of stalled congressional negotiations over a new coronavirus stimulus package, President Donald Trump signed a series executive orders Saturday evening as the U.S. was approaching 5 million cases of COVID-19.

Trump, repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as the “China virus,” said the orders would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits, suspend payments on some student loans through the end of the year and protect renters from being evicted from their homes.

“We’re coming back very strong. We’re doing well with the virus,” Trump said, even as the U.S. was leading nations worldwide in confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 and confirmed an additional 50,000 new cases Friday.

Meanwhile, South Dakota was hosting one of the largest events since the beginning of the pandemic – the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an event that is set to attract 250,000 people over the next 10 days, even as experts

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Hundreds quarantining in Ga. school district; masks optional at Sturgis motorcycle rally

Christel Deskins

Florida, ravaged by a historic spike in COVID-19 cases for weeks, is showing signs of progress in statistics such as hospitalizations and positivity rates according to its governor — but stories of the human toll of the virus on young and old in the state continue to emerge this week.

In one case, a 21-year-old who believed he had recovered from a mild case suddenly became gravely ill with multi-organ failure. He’s now sharing his story as a warning of the potential for long-term illness.

And in a heartbreaking story, a 90-year-old man likely caught the virus as he said his final goodbye to his dying wife. After his story gained international attention, he also tested positive and later died. His family says he had no regrets.

Those stories come even as other areas of the country have gone months without serious outbreaks. In South Dakota, low case counts have

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Shop These 10 BIPOC-Owned Jewelry Brands for Your Next Statement Piece

Christel Deskins

Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/Vendors
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/Vendors

The COVID-19 pandemic has got us cooped up indoors, joining Zoom meetings with our cameras off, sweatpants on, and a messy bun to top it off. Now, with work from home policies likely staying in effect for many of us until next year, that work-attire wardrobe is going to keep collecting dust. But there’s still one way we can easily make a statement (and make us want to turn those cameras on): jewelry. 

I’ve personally collected jewelry all my life–earrings, especially, being my favorite collector’s item. I buy them as gifts, mementos, or accessories for every new outfit. I often buy vintage pieces or homemade pairs from artisan markets when I travel abroad.

Last year, I had the unfortunate displeasure of having a pouch of my jewelry stolen at the airport on my way home from a glorious summer trip to Cuba and Panama.

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8 helpful Chrome extensions to improve working from home

Christel Deskins

8 helpful Chrome extensions to improve working from home
8 helpful Chrome extensions to improve working from home

On one hand working from home is truly awesome. Your commute is however far it is from your bed to your laptop, you don’t have to deal face-to-face with annoying colleagues, you can make your own homemade, healthy snacks, and yes, you can work in your pajamas.

On the other hand, working from home turns your cozy sanctuary into an extension of your workplace, and it can be hard to switch off the way you normally would when you leave a physical place.

While there are some things you can do to mitigate this, like finding a place to work that’s not where you play, being strict with cut off times to stop working, and making sure you take regular breaks, there are also some other hacks that we think can help your work-from-home process. These come in the form of

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Barcelona vs Napoli confirmed line-ups ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

Christel Deskins

Lionel Messi promised the Barcelona fans they would go all-out for Champions League success, so it’s time to make good on that vow.

The Catalan outfit host Napoli in the last-16 second leg tonight, with the tie poised at 1-1.

It has been more than five months since the first leg and both teams have had ups and downs since then, with Barca finishing second and Napoli seventh in their respective domestic leagues.

The winner will likely face Bayern Munich in Portugal in the quarter-finals, with the Germans playing their second leg against Chelsea at the same time.

Here’s all you need to know about the game.

When is it and what time is kick-off?

The match will begin at 8pm BST on Saturday 8 August at the Camp Nou.

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and

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69% of Americans think the way they work has changed forever

Christel Deskins

We’re living through a once-in-a-lifetime upheaval, and wherever we end up on the other side won’t be the same place we started from. How we work, where we work, and the skills we need will all change. 

Fortune Analytics got an exclusive look at Salesforce’s proprietary data to learn how the pandemic is impacting workers during—and after—the crisis. 

Since early May, the Salesforce Research Consumer and Workforce Research Series has published biweekly polls of the public. And the company’s Customer & Market Insights group regularly conducts surveys among decision makers (director level or higher). Fortune Analytics got special access to both datasets. 

Here’s what we found.

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The numbers to know 

69%

  • … of U.S. workers say the pandemic will permanently change the nature of work in their own career. 

59%

  • … of U.S. remote workers say they miss going into the office. 63% say they’ve grown closer to
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How the pandemic may be widening the gender pay gap

Christel Deskins

Personal trainer and Cameroonian immigrant Simone Tchouke knows the importance of working hard. She used to train up to eight clients a day, until COVID-19 hit. 

“It was really it was really bad,”  Tchouke said. “We just kind of scaled down to, like, nothing. So enough to, like, pay your rent and pay food and that’s it.”

During the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic, women have suffered more job losses than men. In July, the unemployment rate for women was 10.5% while the rate for men was 9.4%. Women still in the workforce continue to face a grim reality — they make less than men. In 2018, the median earnings for women was $45,097 while men made $55,291. 

Tchoucke says she isn’t able to charge as much as male trainers with the same amount of experience she has. 

“It’s always so weird. Like, I don’t know why, but

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Coolest Cars For Sale On Motorious To Beat The August Heat

Christel Deskins

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We check out some of the most interesting cars up for grabs right now!

The classic and collector car market is a fantastically diverse tapestry of vehicles from every breed and era. Delving into the classifieds reveals some real gems waiting to find a new home with both enthusiasts and serious collectors alike. Every week we’ll be highlighting the top cars in need of a new home that caught our eye.

1971 Pontiac GTO Convertible Is Rare Poncho Muscle

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A lot of people are going stir crazy sitting in their homes at the moment. And while take a drive in your car provides an out, cruising around is much better in a big vintage convertible like this 1971 Pontiac GTO. If you’ve never seen one of these before or it’s been a long time there’s good reason:

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How Schools Missed a Chance to Fix Remote Learning

Christel Deskins

The Clinton Hill School in New York, July 22, 2020. (Mark Wickens/The New York Times)
The Clinton Hill School in New York, July 22, 2020. (Mark Wickens/The New York Times)

With some combination of optimism, anxiety and wishful thinking, many educators spent their summers planning, in minute detail, how to safely reopen classrooms. Teachers stocked up on sanitation supplies as superintendents took a crash course in epidemiology and studied supply chain logistics for portable air filters.

But with the pandemic now surging across a wide swath of the country, many of those plans have been shelved, and a different reality has emerged for the nation’s exhausted and stir-crazy families: Millions of American children will spend their fall once again learning in front of laptop screens.

In places where schools haven’t already reopened — in some, to just as quickly close again — educators are spending the little time they have left before the new academic year moving to focus more fully on improving online instruction,

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Are printers, computers tax-free? 10 states hold sales tax holidays this weekend and some offer a tax break on tech

Christel Deskins

Shoppers in 10 states should file this away: This weekend, you can pick up clothes and school supplies tax-free.

Sales tax holidays kick off Friday in nine states – Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – and Maryland’s tax holiday begins Sunday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee already held their tax holidays. Maryland and Connecticut will offer tax breaks later in August. 

The back-to-school shopping season, the second-biggest period for retailers, behind the holidays, usually kicks off in mid-July and peaks in mid-August. This year, it’s off to a slow start amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts predict the shopping season will peak in late August and spill into most of September.

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