Norwalk Agency Makes Senior Connection During Coronavirus Crisis

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NORWALK, CT — Nearly one-third of older adults experience loneliness or social isolation, and that was before the coronavirus outbreak. If there has been any benefit that the elderly have derived from COVID-19, it’s that the pandemic has focused increased attention on the importance of keeping senior members of the community engaged.

St. Louis University sociologists Marla Berg-Weger and J. E. Morley, writing in “The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging”, said that,”With sheltering-in-place and stay-at-home orders, many older adults lost usual ways to connect with support networks and health and social service providers and are spending increased time alone. Many of the traditional strategies for engaging older adults have become obsolete in the new normal.”

Family & Children’s Agency, based in Norwalk, serves more than 13,000 people in Fairfield County. A good number of them are seniors, for whom FCA provides emergency alert systems, caregiver support, personal care attendants,

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Athleta, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and more

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100+ retailers selling cloth face masks online
100+ retailers selling cloth face masks online

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Now that we’ve adjusted to the “new normal” in the age of coronavirus (COVID-19)—and now that many states are slowly starting to open back up—staying safe as we venture out to stores, work, and doctor’s appointments is more important than ever. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus when you’re out in public. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted. Not only that, but in light of new data, the CDC recently reported that wearing a mask may actually protect

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Schools Should Prioritize Reopening, But They Need A Lot More Money: New Report

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Schools should try to reopen if they think they can do so safely, prioritizing students with disabilities and children in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to a report released Wednesday. However, schools likely won’t be able to take all the necessary precautions without an injection of resources from states and the federal government. 

The new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which compiles months of research from education and medical experts, offers one of the most comprehensive looks at the costs and benefits of U.S. schools reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Over its more than 80 pages, the report outlines the potentially dire health risks communities could face if schools are reopened hastily and asks school and community leaders to engage in constant risk assessment.

Although the report ultimately stresses the importance of providing students with in-person learning opportunities, it also details the tremendous challenges that

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‘Time To Act’ Podcast: Inclusion During A Pandemic

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Tom Troy, CEO and President of California State Automobile Association (Photo: )
Tom Troy, CEO and President of California State Automobile Association (Photo: )

Conversations around diversity and inclusion can be uncomfortable — particularly in the workplace. In this new podcast, host Y-Vonne Hutchinson — CEO and founder of ReadySet, a diversity and inclusion consulting and strategy firm — speaks with business leaders who are driving discussions within their organizations and taking bold action to advance and accelerate change.

Working with CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion — the largest coalition of CEOs who’ve pledged to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace — Hutchinson discusses topics such as allyship, intersectional divides and mental health inclusion with C-suite leaders who are showing their organizations and their industries that now is the time to act on diversity and inclusion. 

Transcript below:

Y-Vonne Hutchinson, Host: How important is it to have diversity and to be inclusive?

Businesses need to understand like, who their employee

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These Retailers Stand to Gain

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E-commerce is hogging limelight now due to the convenience and safety it is offering amid the ongoing pandemic. E-commerce has revolutionized the retail universe in the recent past. From browsing a product to making quick order, delivery, return, personalization and after-sale service, online shopping addresses all. And COVID-19 jitters are most likely to further transform the online world.

Shedding further light on e-commerce, Americans now prefer e-retailing over physical retailing. Per the Digital Commerce 360 data, total U.S. online sales were $73.2 billion in June, up significantly from $41.5 billion in the year-earlier period. According to the eMarketer forecast, U.S. e-commerce sales are expected to increase 18% this year, with spending of nearly $709.8 billion on e-commerce. This is likely to account for 14.5% of the overall U.S. retail sales. The report also predicts U.S. click-and-collect e-commerce sales to reach $58.5 billion, mirroring 60.4% growth from the initial projection.

As

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Californians reel as shutdown hits again

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<span>Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

California’s dramatic rolling back of reopening after a surge in coronavirus cases has left businesses scrambling to make sense of conflicting orders. And for some, it has meant closing up shop all over again.

On Monday Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, ordered all bars to shut down and all restaurants, movie theaters and museums to halt indoor operations. In the 30 counties on the state’s monitoring list, indoor operations at places of worship, fitness centers, hair salons, barbershops and malls were also ordered to shut.

Related: ‘They feel invincible’: how California’s coronavirus plan went wrong

In Alameda county, home to Oakland, public health officials took measures a step further over the weekend by prohibiting outdoor dining after three weeks of al fresco drinks and sidewalk meals. For local businesses, the reversal – which followed updated guidance from the state as to which counties could reopen more swiftly

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Raising taxes would endanger economic recovery, Labour tells government

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Parliament Live
Parliament Live

Raising taxes would be “dangerous” and make it harder for Britain’s economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Labour’s shadow chancellor has said.

Anneliese Dodds on Wednesday warned that Labour’s support would not be guaranteed if the government went ahead with a rise in capital gains tax, warning against “last-minute decisions around tax without appropriate scrutiny and without proper planning”.

Laying out Labour’s preferred economic strategy for the pandemic she told a seminar that the government should prioritise a return to growth, and that tax rises would be counterproductive reducing demand.

“There’s been some suggestion, before today’s news around capital gains tax, that there could be a kind of generalised income tax, VAT, or national insurance rise and/or cuts to public spending,” she told the online meeting organised by the Institute for Government.

“I think that would be really quite a dangerous move at a time when the

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Burberry proposes 500 job cuts as fashion firm posts sales drop

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Burberry is planning to cut around 150 jobs at its London and Leeds offices, it emerged on Wednesday as the fashion company posted a fall in first-quarter sales.

There are also some 350 non-UK roles in shops that could be affected by a restructure, Burberry’s finance chief Julie Brown said.

The plans were outlined as the luxury retailer reported a 45% fall in first quarter sales and showed how Covid-19 has hit the business.

The company was hurt by the Covid-19 lockdown when various countries ordered retailers to shut shops and travel restrictions came in. In England non-essential stores were only allowed to reopen from June 15.

In total Burberry employs 10,000 people, including 3500 in Britain. There are 1350 based in the London HQ.

In the UK Burberry said it wants to “streamline office-based functions”, but Brown said Horseferry House in Victoria will continue to be its HQ. Most

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Credit card spending fell 50% at start of lockdown

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Credit cards spending dropped by nearly half at the start of lockdown as people played safe with their finances and shunned big purchases.

A total of £8.7bn was spent on credit cards in the first full month of lockdown in April, half the level of April last year, UK Finance said.

The banking trade body said this was the lowest level of spending seen since the last economic downturn.

The cancellation of holiday plans is one likely reason for the fall.

Safety-first

Consumers often use credit cards to pay for summer getaways or major purchases such as household appliances, owing to the extra protection available if something goes wrong.

Many people uncertain about the coronavirus effect on their jobs and finances would have put off buying these items, UK Finance said.

The temporary closure of shops and travel restrictions would also have meant many people put these buying decisions on

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Could this new virtual shopping service save John Lewis?

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Hannah Betts hits the (virtual shops) testing John Lewis's new online personal shopping service
Hannah Betts hits the (virtual shops) testing John Lewis’s new online personal shopping service

I am sitting in my flat in my pyjamas sipping tea while my two new best friends guide me through an Aladdin’s cave via Zoom. “The challenge we set ourselves,” beams one “was to build Hannah’s Dream World, full of your favourite clothes, accessories, make up, perfume, boyfriend styling and décor.”

Behold: an array of jewel-coloured satin dresses, the yellow handbag I have been searching for for years, and the cream lace bra I have been too housebound to seek out. All I have to do is click my fingers – or rather my laptop – and this cornucopia will be chauffeured over. As fantasies go, this is pretty much the dizzy height of them.

Four weeks after the British high-street re-opened, the world and his wife – in particular his wife – do not seem

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