Sorry, Devils fans. Hate to be the bearer of disappointing news if you’ve been waiting for general manager Tom Fitzgerald to make a big free-agent splash to speed up a franchise rebuild.

Not happening.

Not this year.

And maybe not next year.

Fitzgerald made that crystal clear in a Sunday morning Zoom call.

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The Devils have a plan to go for it once young centers Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes reach their prime, but not before even though they still are under $18.35 million under next season’s $81.5 million salary cap following three significant weekend acquisitions – defenseman Ryan Murray (4.6M) and left wing Andreas Johnsson ($3.4M) via trades, and goalie Corey Crawford ($3.9M) in a free agent signing

Those additions strengthen the Devils’ depth chart a lot –Murray is

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Infographics used on your website, in blog posts, and on social media can help a business visually communicate information in a creative and succinct way. It’s been shown that people retain information better from visuals than they do from simply reading text. In the past, creating stunning infographics required you to have a budget to hire a designer to do it or have significant Adobe Suite skills. A professional designer can still be useful if your infographic project is complicated, however you can create stunning infographics yourself using online tools. Here are the top five infographic tools recommended for your business use.

VISME

Visme comes packed with free templates, icons, and shapes. It is a versatile tool that allows designers to create engaging visuals such as animation, banners, and presentations. The interface is user friendly with different levels depending on your experience. You’ll find great diversity in the graphics available.

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris tussled Wednesday in the first and only vice presidential debate before the Nov. 3 election, coming as the coronavirus sidelined President Donald Trump at the White House.

A look at how the running mates’ statements from Salt Lake City stack up with the facts:

HEALTH CARE

PENCE: “President Trump and I have a plan to improve health care and to protect preexisting conditions for all Americans.”

THE FACTS: There is no clear plan. People with preexisting conditions are already protected by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, and if the Trump administration succeeds in persuading the Supreme Court to overturn it, those protections will be jeopardy.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order declaring it the policy of the U.S. government to protect people with preexisting conditions, but Trump would have to go back to Congress to work out legislation

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By Mike Dolan

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters)Central banks may not be out of ammunition just yet but parts of their strategic policy rethinks related to inequality and fairness raise questions about the extent they should use it.

Ever since the last financial crisis 12 years ago, investors have fretted about a moment when central banks – having floored borrowing rates to zero or below and ballooned their balance sheets – would simply run out of ways to support increasingly indebted economies and panic-prone markets.

The massive monetary response to this year’s pandemic shock to date showed there’s plenty still in the armoury. Policymakers insist they have more firepower if needed and both the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are now loosening long-term inflation or employment goals as additional policy guidance.

But with borrowing rates already so low, and with a reluctance to go deeply negative for

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MIAMI — Progressive activists backing Joe Biden in Florida say they’ve made millions of phone calls, sent hundreds of thousands of text messages and even written thousands of letters to persuade voters to support the Democratic presidential nominee.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden waves as he departs after speaking with veterans and military families in Tampa, Florida, on September 15, 2020.


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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden waves as he departs after speaking with veterans and military families in Tampa, Florida, on September 15, 2020.

But one thing they’re largely not doing — and growing increasingly worried about — is talking to voters face to face.

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Now, with the number of coronavirus cases down from their July peak in Florida and Election Day less than six weeks away, the state’s largest left-leaning grassroots organizations and political field operations are making a last-minute push to get back in front of voters in a crucial battleground state where President Donald Trump’s campaign has been on the ground since

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Blizzard created one blockbuster franchise after another — “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “StarCraft,” “Hearthstone,” “Overwatch” — while being passed around by a succession of corporate owners. That’s because Morhaime and his original partner sold the company back in 1994 for $6.75 million. All those years, no one at Blizzard — Morhaime included — owned the games they were working on. (The company is now a division of publicly-traded Activision Blizzard.) He stepped down as Blizzard’s CEO in 2018 and left the company altogether last year.

Now Mike Morhaime is back in the game business. With his wife Amy and a handful of Blizzard veterans, Morhaime has founded a game publisher and developer called Dreamhaven. The new company plans to reveal its existence Wednesday and announce it has created two studios populated by Blizzard veterans — Moonshot Games and Secret Door — that are actively working on new undisclosed game concepts.

With Dreamhaven,

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This is part of CNBC Make It’s series on what it’s like to be Black in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley has long been a culture dominated by white men, with a fraught record of following up on commitments to fix its race problem, from major tech companies that have barely moved their numbers on diversity to a lack of funding for Black founders. Here, CNBC Make It spoke with Black professionals to hear their experiences.

Mike T. Brown figured that after he spent four seasons playing professional football — one season in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts and three seasons in another pro league, the equivalent of today’s XFL — he would go on to Rice University in Houston, Texas, to get his MBA.

But then a friend and former teammate told Brown about the legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper (whose investments include Skype, Tesla, Hotmail,

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COMMENT

Credit where credit is due. National can’t be accused of not taking this election seriously with policy.

Name me Labour’s latest policy, and when it was announced. At least National are pumping it out. And put aside whether you agree with it or not, at least it’s out there, at least there is choice, at least there are ideas.

From the $3000 for babies to the $31 billion for infrastructure, most days there has been an announcement.

We have border policy, a plan for Tiwai, and something for small business. That, by the way, with its 90-day trials is the first real example we have seen involving businesses actually being given an opportunity to grow without the endless welfare chequebook being brought out.

We have law and order covered. There was a car insurance policy around third-party cover that would hardly change the world but, once again, a good

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In February, Ashley was touting a similar story, warning that the UK high street is on life support and the time for reform “had long since passed.” Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
In February, Ashley was touting a similar story, warning that the UK high street is on life support and the time for reform “had long since passed.” Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has redoubled his efforts to reform business rates, in the continuation of a long-fought campaign.

In a letter to the prime minister, cosigned by Chris Wootton, CFO for Frasers Group  (FRAS.L) and published by The Times, he said: “We believe that the exchequer is putting the jobs of a significant percentage of the UK workforce at risk.”

Ashley and Wootton requested a meeting or call with the prime minister. They said it could be “at any time of the day or night, to discuss the issue of business rates and potential solutions” for ten minutes.

The pair cited crippling job cuts by retailers such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, while warning of

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Mike Condry dedicated to baseball in Middletown

Four years ago, our family became members of the Middletown Babe Ruth League. When a player’s time ends in Little League, the Babe Ruth League becomes an option to continue the great game of baseball. The advantage of this league; it gives players, of all levels of ability, to compete, and with a major league size infield with similar rules.

The person that has kept this league going successfully for many years now, in the capacity of both president and coach, is Mike Condry. As a former standout player, he brings his expertise, humor, and love of the game to this organization. Aside from the many nuances of baseball I have learned from him, his introductory question to the new players is, “What position do you play?”

The answer should be, “wherever you want me to play coach!” Each player has a chance

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