Day: July 9, 2020

Tom Hanks Stays Focused on his World War II Mission in ‘Greyhound’

“Greyhound” offers a very narrow slice of World War II combat and aims to tell its story in a way that allows its sailors to stand in for the millions of men who fought during that war. Coming in at a very tight 82 minutes before credits, the film focuses on the perils of battle and how the men respond to combat.

Written by and starring Tom Hanks, “Greyhound” was set to be a big theatrical release from Sony Pictures over Father’s Day weekend. Then Hanks and wife Rita Wilson became the first famous people we knew to become ill from the COVID-19 virus, movie theaters closed and everyone went into quarantine.

Rather than wait for an as-yet-unknown date in the future for theaters to reopen, Sony and Hanks decided to sell the movie to the fledgling Apple TV+ service, and the film debuts July 10. Surprisingly, the Apple TV

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U.S. to announce, but defer, retaliation over French digital tax: USTR

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will announce actions against France over its digital services tax but will defer them while France defers tax collections from U.S. technology firms, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Thursday.

The actions, expected by industry to be announced on Friday, are tied to a U.S. Section 301 probe into France’s digital tax, which Washington says discriminates against U.S. tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple Inc.

The United States last month withdrew from multilateral talks to reach a global solution on digital services taxation, citing a lack of progress in the negotiations.

“We’re going to announce that we’re going to be taking certain sanctions against France, suspending them like they’re suspending collection of the taxes right now,” Lighthizer told an online event hosted by the London-based Chatham House think tank.

Officials from the European Union delegation and French Embassy in Washington were

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Universities scramble to protect students from deportation under new ICE policy requiring in-person classes

The Trump administration has thrown colleges and universities across the country into confusion this week with the unexpected announcement that international students will have to leave the U.S. if their school does not offer in-person classes during the upcoming semester. 

In a press release Monday afternoon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that, under a forthcoming temporary rule, foreign students currently attending a school that plans to operate entirely online during the fall semester will either have to transfer to a different school offering in-person classes, leave the country voluntarily or face possible deportation.

In addition, ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Under normal circumstances, the U.S. does not grant student visas to people enrolled in online-only

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Ford declares war with all-new Bronco as Jeep Wrangler demand spikes

Josh Gracin texted Thad Szott in an attempt to get on a buyer list for the 2021 Ford Bronco.

But there is no list yet, not even for country music singers in Nashville.

“People are so excited to get their hands on the Bronco,” said Szott, co-owner of Szott Auto Group in White Lake Township, Michigan. “Every time I post something on my social media to let them know the timeline, I get about 10 people begging me to get them on the list. They have to go to the Ford website and pick a dealer. But people are, like, ‘Please help me.’ “

These are buyers who see themselves as outdoorsy and adventurous, or people whose parents had a classic Bronco, which was built from 1966 to 1996 and now gets top dollar among collectors.

“I’ve always wanted one as a kid growing up in Westland, Michigan,” Gracin wrote … Read More

Best cycling bib shorts

 Best Bib Shorts
Best Bib Shorts

The difference between a good and bad pair of bib shorts is immense. A badly fitting or poor quality pair can ruin even the shortest of rides, while the best bib shorts can leave you riding comfortably for hours on end.

A well-designed chamois will go a long way to improve comfort but the chamois has to be supported by quality materials that are cut and constructed in a way that keeps everything in place and avoids uncomfortable bunching without restricting movement while riding.

1. Chamois

It is hard to advise on a chamois as everyone’s anatomy is different, however, certain considerations are important when deciding what may work for you. A chamois should fit close to the body with the key areas of padding located in your sit bone area when in a riding position.

It’s not simply the thickness that will indicate comfort but size

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Add 4 Stocks to Watchlist as Enterprise Communication Peps Up

The world has witnessed accelerated digitalization in the last few months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team meetings, conferences, and social interactions have taken to web-based video communication mode courtesy of the coronavirus crisis led work-from-home, stay-at-home, online learning and telehealth care wave.

Apprehensions regarding a second wave of coronavirus with no vaccine yet in sight are likely to persuade people across the world to opt for work from home, until and unless it is absolutely necessary to do otherwise. People are expected to follow social distancing norms, wear masks and limit travel for the foreseeable future.

Thereby, the world is relying on technology more than ever, thanks to robust adoption of digital overhaul, rapid Internet penetration and democratization of cloud computing techniques infused with robust AI and ML algorithms.

Travel restrictions and the growing preference for online-mode conferences bode well for companies like Zoom Video ZM, Microsoft MSFT, Cisco

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Spouse cheating? 10 tech clues to find evidence

Years of marriage will hone a spouse’s instincts, and we often know when something seems funny. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart tech absorb adulterous evidence like a sponge. Once suspicions are aroused, a digital trail could contain many clues about a potential dalliance.

When looking for evidence of a cheater, partners can dig up a lot by looking at what or who a person searches for on the web and social media. On Facebook, you can see every single person someone has searched for if you know the secret.

Tap or click here to get the steps to see (and delete) a person’s search history on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and commonly used browsers.

Let me be clear: The best thing you can do is have a frank and honest conversation with your spouse about your marriage. Couples therapy can work wonders, and during this pandemic, virtual visits are likely covered

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College students on visas fret over ICE ruling that could force them out of US

When University of Southern California student Mage Zhang spent more than $5,000 for a flight home to China in late May, she packed all her belongings and thought this could be a trip of no return.

President Donald Trump administration’s new rule on international students confirmed her worries.

Issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, the new regulation says international students attending colleges in the U.S. cannot stay in the country if their classes are held fully online and not in a classroom.

In a provost letter to students on July 1, USC announced undergraduates will be “primarily or exclusively” taking classes online in the fall term. Zhang said she didn’t expect to return to campus before November.

“The risks and expenses are too high for a returning trip to the U.S., and I’d rather take online classes at home,” said Zhang, who will be a senior this year.

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Lawmakers request monthly COVID-19 misinformation reports from online platforms

“Over the past several months, we have seen a troubling rise of false or misleading information related to COVID-19 disseminated by domestic and foreign actors on platforms such as yours. This disinformation has ranged from false statements about certain groups being immune from contracting the virus to unsubstantiated assertions about masks and vaccines. This type of disinformation is dangerous and can affect the health and well-being of people who use this false information to make critical health decisions during this pandemic.”

The tech giants reportedly agreed to provide the European Commission with detailed monthly disinformation reports back in June, and that’s something the lawmakers noted in their letters. “[W]e request that your company provide the Committee with monthly reports similar in scope to what you are providing the European Commission regarding your COVID-19 disinformation efforts as they relate to United States users of your platform,” they added.

There are plenty

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Virus Spurs Emerging Market Investors to Seek Returns in ESG

(Bloomberg) — Emerging-market investors may have identified the assets that offer sustainable post-pandemic returns. Now they just need to find more of it.

The worst crisis since World War II is prompting some fund managers to rethink their strategies in a world with $13.7 trillion of sub-zero yielding debt and an increasing view that a V-shaped recovery is unlikely. Seeking opportunities in ESG, investments in countries and companies that are improving environmental, social and governance standards, are becoming crucial more than ever as investors navigate the pandemic-stoked market volatility.

“This is a crisis unlike anything we’ve seen and we cannot just go back to our old textbooks anymore that say ‘go buy the dip’,” said Thu Ha Chow, a money manager at Loomis Sayles Investment Asia Pte, who has been investing since Enron’s collapse. “The social and governance elements are going to be more important, but they can be harder

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