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It is no surprise that the COVID-19 crisis has gravely affected the mental health and well-being of employees. Business priorities and goals all over the world have drastically changed, with key challenges being to keep the business afloat, as well as manage the safety and security of employees.

The social distancing measures implemented by governments within the Middle East region have made people more isolated and uncertain. Homes have turned into offices, playgrounds, gyms, and schools, and changes due to health threats and job losses are not helping to make the situation better. Moreover, in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, our frontliners had to leave the safety of their homes, and make sure that the food is produced and displayed on the shelves of

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Beth D. Benedix, DePauw University and Steven Volk, Oberlin College and Conservatory

(THE CONVERSATION) In their newly released book, “The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College,” Steven Volk, emeritus professor of history at Oberlin College, and Beth D. Benedix, professor of world literature, religious studies and community engagement at DePauw University, call for small liberal arts colleges – that is, those with 3,000 students or fewer – to not just respond to the economic pressures of the pandemic, but to make themselves anew. Here, the authors answer questions about what changes need to occur.

Will COVID-19 be the death of small liberal arts colleges?

Beth D. Bendedix: Dozens of these colleges, which are colleges that offer a broad-based education and are less vocationally centered, already have collapsed.

And anywhere from an estimated 10% to 20% of

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Press release from Independent Business Association of Wisconsin:

Sept. 24, 2020

The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (IBAW) is hosting its 6th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot on October 9, 2020, 11:30am – 4:00 p.m. at Waukesha Gun Club, 23170 Watertown Road, Waukesha, Wis. The event is also open to nonmembers.

IBAW Executive Director, Steve Kohlmann, said, “Join the IBAW for an afternoon of fun and fellowship at our annual sporting clay shoot. Come by yourself and we’ll hook you up with a team or bring your business associates to create your own team.”

“Our event is held rain or shine so dress appropriately. Really bad weather? We’ll still shoot with enclosed five stand stations. Bad weather is NOT an issue. New to shooting? Never shot before? We can add you to a newbie team – no need to miss the fun!” continued Kohlmann.

Shooting fees include shooting time and shells,

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President Donald Trump vowed to smash the Taliban early in his term. Now his policy lies in tatters. The Taliban are as strong as ever and U.S. forces are on their way out. The fractured country is infested with cross-border terrorist groups — even al-Qaida, the organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks.

How different it all looked Aug. 21, 2017, when a recently elected Trump addressed the nation and promised to prevail in Afghanistan, not just hold the line like his predecessors.

Terrorists, he said, “are nothing but thugs, and criminals, and predators, and — that’s right — losers. … Our troops will fight to win.”

Unlike Barack Obama, Trump vowed he would not “announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military options.” The Taliban might have a role in a political settlement, but only

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Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) 3rd Annual Wells Fargo Virtual Consumer Conference September 16, 2020 11:20 AM ET

Company Participants

Scott Settersten – CFO

Dave Kimbell – Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer

Conference Call Participants

Ike Boruchow – Wells Fargo

Ike Boruchow

All right, well, thanks everyone for coming back. We’ve got Ulta Beauty with us, really excited to have Scott and Dave here again; Scott Settersten, CFO; Dave Kimbell, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer. I feel like Dave and Scott a year ago as we sat here, although we were in Laguna Beach, which was nice. The category has just started to crack a bit. I think there were a lot of questions about how you’ve managed that. On one hand, I think you guys have actually managed that pretty well. But on the flip side, I think, the overall environment couldn’t be any less certain than it is right

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Highlights: Colts at Jaguars

The Colts’ running backs were an interesting bunch on Draft Day, but the excitement for Jonathan Taylor was obvious. His Round 5 ADP made him the most popular pick of the bunch. 

No one thought he would rise to a big role as soon as Week 1. And no one thought it would come the way that it did. 

The Colts fear incumbent starter Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles, per NFL Network. That’s a season-ending, if not a career-altering, injury. 

And it leaves Taylor as the Colts’ best running back, even if Nyheim Hines starred on Sunday with two touchdowns.

You already know Taylor as a bruising rusher with track speed and make-you-miss moves. But perhaps the best part is that Philip Rivers’ penchant for throwing to his running backs clearly appears to be in full effect. At

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NEW YORK — Alexander Zverev has continually fallen short of his own expectations on the largest stages in tennis, but he’s playing and thinking as if he’s finally ready to crack the challenging Grand Slam code at the US Open.

Zverev, 23, moved to the semifinal stage on Tuesday, his monstrous serves echoing in the empty reaches of fan-free Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 6-foot-6 power server overcame a wobbly start to win his quarterfinal match against Borna Coric, who held a 3-1 lead in their series and had bolted out front in the match by a set 4-2.

This time, Zverev did not bolt for an exit, another Grand Slam chance wasted.

“I thought to myself at that point [in the second set] that I had nothing to lose,” Zverev said afterward. “It’s not a secret I didn’t play my best, but I found a way to win and that’s

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I’ve leaned bearish on apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) over the years, on balance. However, the stock is generally pretty volatile, so both bulls and bears get chances to get involved fairly regularly. Recently, the company’s earnings sent shares flying higher, and they now trade in the mid-$14 range, right where they topped and swiftly plummeted back in June.

Does that mean it will happen again? Not necessarily. But Abercrombie is being priced like it has fixed its longstanding issues, and I just don’t believe that to be the case.

I always like to look at relative strength for a stock to get an idea of what market participants think relative to all the other choices they have. The company’s peer group – apparel retailers – has been dismal this year, underperforming the broader market by nearly 20%. Abercrombie had been underperforming its peer group until the

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The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) Goldman Sachs 27th Annual Global Retailing Virtual Conference September 10, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Corporate Participants

Craig Menear – Chief Executive Officer

Ted Decker – EVP Merchandising

Conference Call Participants

Kate McShane – Goldman Sachs

Kate McShane

Everyone thank you for joining us for our Virtual Lunch Presentation. My name is Kate McShane, I’m the hardline, broadline analyst here at Goldman Sachs. It’s my pleasure today to introduce the members of the management team from the Home Depot.

Home Depot reported second quarter results recently with comps up over 23% with broad based strength throughout the quarter, all month for over 20% in every region comps double-digit and strong demand was carried through to the first two weeks of August with comps still at similar levels, 13 of 14 merchandise departments posted double-digit comps with DIY still outperforming but Pro accelerating meaningfully versus Q1.


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