Going to a Protest? Here’s How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

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George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police—the latest in a grim drumbeat of similar deaths over many years—has sparked worldwide protests denouncing racism and law enforcement’s abuse of power.

Floyd’s May 25 death may have gone largely unnoticed had it not been recorded by multiple smartphone-wielding bystanders, whose footage forced America to finally reckon with the dangers Black Americans unjustly face simply when leaving their house. And as police departments across the United States have responded to largely peaceful protests with disproportionate violence, smartphone footage has provided crucial evidence refuting official descriptions of harrowing events.

Even as protesters turn to their smartphones as a means to record their experiences on the ground, those same devices can be used against them. Law enforcement groups have digital surveillance tools, like fake cell phone towers and facial recognition technology, that can be used to identify protestors and monitor their movements and

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New York firm helps small businesses emerge from the COVID-19 crisis

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Jessica Larios’ baby arrived a few weeks before her due date at the end of February.

The owner of Bella’s Event – an event planning business in Yonkers, New York, specializing in rentals and sales of all things party-related from wedding gowns to quinceañera dresses, table linens and party supplies – Larios could not afford to take time off during one of the busiest months for bookings.

In a haze of feedings and caring for the baby, Larios plowed through her work. Less than a month later, things ground to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic took hold – and cancellations poured in.

Jessica Larios owns Bella’s Events, which specializes in rentals and sales of everything party-related, such as quinceanera dresses, in Yonkers, N.Y. The Acceleration Project, a nonprofit consulting firm, helped Larios navigate the loans process and adapt her business by moving it online.

“I was so worried

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11 Tips on How and When to File an Amended Tax Return

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Everyone makes mistakes. And sometimes you don’t even realize your errors until well after they’re made. But what if you suddenly realize there’s a mistake on a tax return that you filed months (or years) ago? Or what if there’s a new development that affects the amount of tax you should have paid on a previous return? What do you do now? Whether the mistake or development is in your favor or the government’s, filing an amended tax return is often the next step.

Filing an amended return isn’t particularly difficult, but there are a few things you should know about the process before getting started. It also helps to be familiar with some of the more-common occurrences that can trigger the need for an amended return (in addition to just a mistake). That way, you’ll know to check your previously filed return if and when they happen. Because every … Read More

False Info Spreading About July 4th, Fireworks: MD Fire Marshal

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MARYLAND — A fake online poster about the Fourth of July and social distancing is circulating across social media platforms, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The poster claims that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a directive regarding a specific way to handle sparklers, along with time limits on when people can celebrate outdoors.

“This poster is simply fake and was produced without the authority of the governor’s office or the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We would not direct citizens on a specific time to be outside and recommend the latest CDC guidelines on how to properly socially distance,” the state fire marshal’s office said in a news release. “Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, many applicants have elected to not hold most outdoor displays; however, citizens are permitted to use legal fireworks in approved areas.”

As

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Here’s how to get the most out of your virtual internship

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While some employers have been canceling their summer internships, many have moved online. But these virtual internships come with a new set of challenges for interns.

Instead of impromptu brainstorming with colleagues and morning meetings with managers, interns face isolation, lack of camaraderie, and no in-person lunches with coworkers, making it harder for interns to stand out and to turn internships into full-time jobs.

“These interns need to really prove themselves and work harder than they expected to produce great outcomes and recommendations,” said Jill Tipograph, a career coach and founder of Early Stage Career,. “not to mention lay the foundation for future job opportunities.”

Here are the main challenges that virtual internships pose and how you can overcome them.

Ask people who work there about the company’s work style and protocols for remote work and learn more about the best ways to communicate with your future colleagues. Photo: Getty Creative
Ask people who work there about the company’s work style and protocols for remote work and learn more about the best ways to communicate with your future colleagues. Photo: Getty
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Everything you need to know about visiting France this summer

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As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.

France, as our closest neighbour barring Ireland, makes sense for a first international sojourn.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to France from the UK?

At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to France.

The ban was initially put in place to avoid Britons getting stuck abroad as flight routes shut down; now that airlines are looking to restart summer flying programmes, this could change.

The FCO says its advice is under “constant review”.

Its advice doesn’t make travel abroad “illegal” as such – but it does invalidate your travel insurance and means you may find it tricky

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A wave of people turned to OnlyFans to earn money when they lost their jobs due to the pandemic

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Before the pandemic, Harper, 26, enjoyed her jobs in the Midwest. Working as a

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George Floyd protests lead to reckoning as Black employees speak out on racism and discrimination in the workplace

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Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a video on Twitter announcing a $100-million initiative to fight racism and break down barriers to opportunity, including inside his own company.

Tanya Faison, who is Black and for five years worked in technical support at Apple, says she’s skeptical of these expressions of solidarity from corporations that for years stayed silent on systemic racism while perpetuating racial inequality by failing to hire, promote or fairly pay Black people and people of color.

“It’s very nice that he’s decided to take this moment to start focusing on Black folks, when he is in a company with Black employees who are not being taken care of,” Faison said of Cook.

From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, corporations from nearly every sector of the American economy have taken to social media proclaiming their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and condemning police killings as … Read More

France wants its tourists back

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Diners at a cafe in Paris this week
Diners at a cafe in Paris this week

As chief executive of Europe’s largest car rental group, Caroline Parot is well placed to assess the levels of support that governments are providing for businesses struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

“At Europcar, we lost most of our customers, both leisure and business travellers,” she says from its Paris headquarters. “Getting back up to speed is very slow. For us, the lifting of the lockdown doesn’t mean the crisis is over – it’s going to last for two or three years.”

Europcar has just over a quarter of the European car rental market, with operations in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The group normally buys 400,000 new cars a year, but has cancelled all orders. France is ploughing €8bn (£7.1 bn) into a rescue plan for its car industry, but Renault is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide.

Europcar has

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Wealthy Writer Who Got Through Lockdown by Tripling Her Order of Fresh Flowers Stokes Outrage

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Why didn’t we think of this?

With the Harrods Food Hall closed, a nanny blocking up one of the two spare bedrooms in her expensive London home, and being forced to rely on pricey chess tutors to occupy her children, Shruti Advani, a wealthy writer for the Financial Times, says she was able to relieve at least some of the anguish of lockdown by one simple measure: tripling her weekly order of freshly cut flowers.

Advani became an object of derision, outrage and disbelief on Wednesday after she penned an ill-advised column for the FT’s Wealth section in which she gloated about her holdings and spending power, and bemoaned the irritations of her luxury lockdown.

In one of the most egregious excerpts—which has been widely shared on social media—Advani wrote: “Trebling our usual order from the Freddie’s Flowers delivery service was the obvious place to start… I

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