Another stimulus check for up to $600 for every American adult earning up to $75,000 per year. An additional $600 stimulus check per child for eligible families. Supplemental federal unemployment benefits totaling $300 a week for 11 weeks. $284 billion for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans for struggling small businesses. $15 billion for independent movie theaters and other cultural businesses. $12 billion for minority-owned and very small businesses. $20 billion to provide vaccines for free to those who can’t pay. $82 billion for schools and colleges. $25 billion for rental assistance, including an eviction moratorium extension until January 31. $10 billion for childcare assistance. $7 billion for improved broadband access during the pandemic. While Congress has finally agreed to the aid package, it still needs to be put to an official vote, which is expected to take place sometime today. If that vote passes, Americans could start to see aid from the package by the … [Read more...] about Second stimulus checks will be worth $600: What you need to know
Bonus: The dedicated Gmail newsletter tab This final item isn’t an app but rather a bit of crafty configuration that adds a dedicated section for newsletters into your existing Gmail setup. It’s a fantastic middle ground that lets you separate newsletters from the rest of your email without having to add in any extra apps or complications. … [Read more...] about Don’t clutter your inbox with newsletters. Use these awesome apps instead
Often utilized for historical portraits and dramas, the limited series format has been, well, limited in the number of genres that get the most play. However, one need only to look at British TV to understand how full story arcs can be executed in a handful of episodes across a variety of genres. Take Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag or Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum, both quick-witted comedies featuring a dozen episodes over two seasons—comparable to one season of current American TV. … [Read more...] about Hollywood is redefining Peak TV—for better and for worse
Denounce the acts of sedition at the Capitol While this seems like an obvious step, many organizations struggle with the idea of having to issue a statement denouncing violent and supremacist actions each time events occur. It feels redundant and can be daunting to draw more negative attention from customers and clients who oppose the stance or who believe commerce and governmental/political affairs should be kept separate. But that shouldn’t stop companies from communicating their views clearly. “What many organizations don’t realize is that while they’re playing safe, neutrality communicates a position that your employees hear loudly,” says Charlie Pleasant, founder and CEO of Pleasant Coaching and Consulting, and who serves as a crisis counselor to organizations after traumatic events. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
So far, new variants of the virus have shown relatively few mutations, so the original vaccines should continue to work. “The spike protein is very big—it’s like 350 amino acids, so that’s big for a protein, and what that means is that there are many, many different sites that antibodies can recognize,” Weissman says. The variant in the U.K. had only a handful of mutations. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?