With an Assist From Millennials, Online Auctions Are Thriving in the Covid Era

Elva Mankin

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Some people still balk at buying a pair of designer loafers online and relish the tactility of trying a dress on in person; but a $1.34 million jewel encrusted bracelet or Babe Ruth’s 1921 home-run baseball bat just shy of $1 million, all unseen? No problem. The Covid crisis has created many a new world, and buying blind is one of them. For those with deep pockets, the money is still there, and with buyers itching to spend, the industry has adapted fast.

“Our online sales program launched in 2016,” says Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s vice chairman, where the Cartier bracelet was sold last month. Here, record prices were also achieved for Cognac ($118,580) sold in any auction (including live sales). “What’s new is really the volume and scale of the program: In 2020 to date, we have held 92 online auctions, totaling $150+

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Best micellar waters to cleanse your skin

Elva Mankin

Once a well guarded secret among beauty experts, micellar water is now considered the ultimate skincare staple.

You no longer need to maximise your liquid allowance travelling from France across the channel – filling your case with as many bottles as you can carry. The beauty hero is now ubiquitous, stocked at every drugstore and online retailer with a seemingly endless selection to choose from, all of which boast unique skincare benefits.

What is micellar water?

Micellar water was created in 1991 by Bioderma and immediately shook up the way in which people would remove their makeup. Considered by many to be a one-step solution, it was designed to combine both cleansing and toning in one fell swoop. The liquid removes even the most stubborn of foundations or waterproof mascaras, excess sebum and other impurities like dirt and grime without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.

It contains micellar

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Baltimore teacher delivers for her school families

Elva Mankin

Sarita Sullivan quit her job in Washington, D.C., five years ago and moved to Baltimore to make a difference in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death.

“I felt like I needed to do something more,” she said.

She quickly fell in love with the city, living in Mount Vernon and Charles Village before moving to her current neighborhood, Midtown.

She became a teacher in the hope of making a difference in the lives of the next generation.

As a special education teacher, specializing in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, at Belmont Elementary School in West Baltimore, Sullivan has bonded with her students and their families.

“The whole … school closure was difficult,” Sullivan said. “I didn’t get to say goodbye to my students. Because working in special ed I became close to the families. It was difficult that I couldn’t see them every day.”

She noticed that a number of her students

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China Vows Retaliation After U.S. Shutters Houston Consulate

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(Bloomberg) — China vowed retaliation after the U.S. forced the closure of its Houston consulate, in one of the biggest threats to diplomatic ties between the countries in decades.

The U.S. government gave China three days to close its consulate in America’s fourth-most populous city in an “unprecedented escalation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Wednesday in Beijing. China planned to “react with firm countermeasures” if the Trump administration didn’t “revoke this erroneous decision,” Wang said.

The State Department said it ordered the consulate shut “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” without giving more details. At least two Chinese citizens have been convicted of stealing energy industry trade secrets in Houston in recent years. The consulate is one of five China maintains in the U.S. along with its embassy in Washington.

Asked for specifics on why the consulate was being closed, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo responded

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To fight online child sexual abuse, tech companies turn to a nonprofit startup

Elva Mankin

Thorn, a nonprofit that builds technology to combat child sexual exploitation, launched a tool on Wednesday to help small- and medium-size companies find, remove and report child sexual abuse material.

The tool, called Safer, is designed for companies that lack the resources to build their own systems.

“To eliminate the trade of this material and stop the revictimization of children in these images and videos you need to have blanket coverage of tech companies,” said Julie Cordua, CEO of Thorn, which was co-founded by the actor and investor Ashton Kutcher.

Cordua noted that while large platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have the employees and motivation to build their own tools for detecting this material, smaller companies don’t.

“It’s expensive, it’s a heavy lift operationally and it requires specialist knowledge,” she said. “We saw this gap and thought we could build a shared system to get the rest of the

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This $3 billion online education company is seeing a ‘paradigm shift’ due to coronavirus

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As more and more colleges weigh their options for adding online education in the fall, one online ed company is reaping the benefits of the shift away from lecture halls.

Industry leader 2U (TWOU) helps big name universities like Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dozens of others offer educational programs online and as its CEO explained to Yahoo Finance Tuesday, business is booming.

“Over the last three months, we’ve spoken to more presidents and provosts than we had in our entire 12-year history,” CEO Chip Paucek told Yahoo Finance’s YFi PM. “So this is definitely a paradigm shift moment for online ed without question.”

As Paucek highlights, many colleges had been caught off guard when the coronavirus pandemic first hit back in March. Shifting to online classes for many meant little more than a Zoom video conference with a professor. With 2U’s tech, the company is offering the prospect

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‘We’re forced to choose between our livelihoods and our lives’

Elva Mankin

Designed to measure fitness, character and competence, the bar exam is a grueling 12-hour test typically administered over a two-day period to thousands of recent law school graduates.

But with coronavirus cases still surging in many parts of the nation, some law school graduates view this communal experience not as a shared rite of passage but as a potentially life-threatening risk.

One person worried about the uncertainties of the in-person bar exam is aspiring child protection lawyer Mollie McGuire of Chicago.

McGuire, along with Dalton Hughes and Steven Tinetti, formally filed a legal petition with the Illinois Supreme Court, asking the state’s highest court to grant 2020 law school graduates diploma privilege, meaning they could practice law without sitting for the bar exam. Nearly 1,400 law school graduates, faculty members, lawyers and health care workers signed on to support the effort.

In its response, the Illinois Board of Admissions to

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Watsonville Students Likely Won’t Return To School This Fall

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WATSONVILLE, CA — The Santa Cruz County Office of Education confirmed Monday that it does not anticipate students will return to in-person classes in the fall.

That’s because Santa Cruz County met the criteria for the state monitoring list, which indicates state public health officials are keeping an eye on concerning COVID-19 statistics, wrote Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez and other county schools officials in an open letter Monday. Of particular concern was the fact that the COVID-19 case count has been higher than 100 cases per 100,000 people for more than three consecutive days, school officials said.

While Santa Cruz County had not been added the state’s list as of Tuesday evening, county Health Officer Gail Newel previously said that she expected Santa Cruz County to join its neighboring counties on the monitoring list.

In order for a school district to open for in-class instruction, it

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What jobs are available post-lockdown?

Elva Mankin

Covid-19 has had an impact on nearly all aspects of life, including people’s work.

The world of work is changing – and some sectors appear to be in a much stronger position than others.

According to the latest jobs market report from employment website CV-Library, the number of job vacancies in the UK fell by 62.7% in the second quarter of 2020.

And for those jobs that are being advertised, competition is stiff, with the average application-to-job ratio rising by 84%.

The report is the latest in a series of snapshots trying to predict – by looking at online job vacancies – where workplace opportunities might be increasing or shrinking.

So, with more people battling it out for jobs, which industries are actually hiring staff? And which face a more uncertain future?


1. IT and digital technology

From software engineers to web developers, to online security

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The Rights Americans With Disabilities Still Need to Thrive

Elva Mankin

Drawing of people with various disabilities including blindness, prosthetic leg, wheelchair user, and people without a visible disability.
Drawing of people with various disabilities including blindness, prosthetic leg, wheelchair user, and people without a visible disability.

July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. I can still remember watching George Bush, Sr. sign it into law on TV. I was in middle school, and my mother was a local disability activist, trying to improve accessibility and inclusion in our small college town. We were both so hopeful about the future and what my life would be like in an inclusive world. I could never have imagined what the next three decades would hold for me: graduating from Stanford University, losing my mom to cancer, moving around the country pursuing my goals, surviving abuse, finding a rewarding career here at The Mighty, and now reflecting on the past 30 years as my life hangs in the balance during a global pandemic.

I’ve experienced the power

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