How do we tackle the rising tide of pandemic-driven plastic waste?

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The coronavirus pandemic is generating a rising tide in all things plastic.

Some increases have been driven by necessity: Personal protective equipment (PPE) of masks, gloves, gowns and visors have been crucial in protecting medical staff and other frontline workers from Covid-19 transmission.

Other spikes in single-use plastics are a reaction to navigating a new world of potential risks. Plastic bag bans have been reversed or delayed in some countries and in US states due to hygiene fears over reusable alternatives.

Many restaurants and fast food chains have swung to take-out operations, bringing with them a mountain of disposable utensils and containers. Major players, like Starbucks, Dunkin and McDonald’s, have put a hold on bring-your-own reusable cups.

With the price for virgin, or non-recycled, plastic now at historic lows and oil demand reduced, environmentalists fear that producers will pump out cheap plastic to stoke demand and soak up some of

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5 crucial ways to protect yourself from identity theft

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Here's how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)
Here’s how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)

We’re all extra vulnerable these days, and I’m not just talking about COVID-19 itself. Online data breaches have escalated during pandemic-related lockdowns, according to Tech Republic, and everything from your financial information to your identity could be at risk. 

“We’re now in totally uncharted waters, especially when it comes to hacking and identity theft,” Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of Cyberscout, tells Yahoo Life. “Breaches have become the third certainty in life behind death and taxes.” He says that identity thieves “prey on vulnerability and distraction,” like working from home while running a household and other major upheavals in routine.

Meanwhile,

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WhatsApp launches first digital payments option

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San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook on Monday added a digital payments feature to its WhatsApp messaging service, starting in Brazil but with an eye to expanding around the world.

WhatsApp users in Brazil can use the encrypted mobile messaging service to send money or make purchases, Facebook said in a blog post.

It marked the first time the payments platform used at the leading social network was woven into WhatsApp.

People will be able to send money or make a purchase from a local business without leaving their chat, the company noted.

“Payments on WhatsApp are beginning to roll out to people across Brazil beginning today and we look forward to bringing it to everyone as we go forward,” the service said.

Sending money or making payments is a free option for WhatsApp users, but businesses will be charged a processing fee on par with those charged for typically credit

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You’re Never ‘Due’ For Good Cards

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Maria Konnikova is a New York Times bestselling author and contributor to The New Yorker with a doctorate in psychology. She decided to learn how to play poker to better understand the role of luck in our lives, examining the game through the lens of psychology and human behavior. This excerpt is adapted from her new book, “The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win,” which is available June 23.

For many years, my life centered around studying the biases of human decision-making: I was a graduate student in psychology at Columbia, working with that marshmallow-tinted legend, Walter Mischel, to document the foibles of the human mind as people found themselves in situations where risk abounded and uncertainty ran high. Dissertation defended, I thought to myself, that’s that. I’ve got those sorted out. And in the years that followed, I would pride myself

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How Online Platform Tongal Created The ‘Sesame Street’ Pride Image and Other Content During Coronavirus

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Santa Monica based Tongal is an online-platform providing remote content. “Think of us as a virtual studio made up of above- and below-the-line talent from all over the globe,” says CEO James DeJulio.

As a creator in the world of remote content, Tongal was ahead of the game when the coronavirus pandemic halted production and content delivery. Tongal stepped in providing solutions. Their most recent work was with the Sesame Workshop. In celebration of  Pride Month, the Sesame Workshop used Tongal’s community of creators to develop a series of social assets including this Instagram post that celebrates friends and families of all shapes, sizes and colors.

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What conversations did you have regarding the Sesame Street Pride image?

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Edited Transcript of BKIA.MC earnings conference call or presentation 29-Apr-20 7:00am GMT

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Valencia Jun 15, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Bankia SA earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:00:00am GMT

Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating

Bankia, S.A. – CEO & Executive Director

Bankia, S.A. – Deputy General Director of Financial Management

Mediobanca – Banca di credito finanziario S.p.A., Research Division – Research Analyst

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division – Executive Director & Equity Research Analyst

Iñigo Velázquez, Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating [1]

[Interpreted] Welcome to the Bankia results presentation for the first quarter of 2020. Even though we have been in contact with most of you over the last few weeks, we hope you’re still okay. Just like in previous quarters, our CEO, Pepe Sevilla, will talk to us about the main highlights and then our Financial Director will talk to us about the results, and then we’ll give … Read More

Austin Community College Fall Registration Starts June 15

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AUSTIN, TX — Registration for fall classes at Austin Community College District begins on June 15, with most fall courses remaining online, school officials said Monday.

“There are still a lot of unknowns about the Coronavirus, and ACC continues to monitor the situation daily with our local, state, and national partners, but our community needs us more now than ever before,” Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO, said in a prepared statement. “The unemployment rate continues to climb. ACC is here to help. We are committed to providing affordable and accessible pathways for those looking to skill-up.”

The college recommends students register early to ensure they get the classes they need. Summer enrollment is up overall by 7.5 percent, with new student enrollment up more than 11 percent as of Monday, officials said.

The college expects to slowly scale-up in-person classes with new health and safety protocols in place beginning July

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Americans Want To Shop Small, Here’s How To Make Them Customers

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With the prominence of things like Small Business Saturday during the holiday shopping season and the slow food movement attracting customers to local restaurants that also source local ingredients, consumers have grown increasingly aware of the benefits of patronizing businesses in their community.

Now a recently released survey commissioned by Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) and conducted by market research company OnePoll reveals that the global COVID-19 pandemic has heightened that awareness to a new high.

Pent-up Demand

The survey, which was conducted over the first five days of May among 2,000 Americans, showed that 75% of respondents plan to increase their support of local businesses as quarantine lockdown measures are cautiously lifted.

The survey found that the pandemic compelled consumers to confront the tenuous position most U.S. businesses found themselves in as they shut down in the interest of public safety. Not only this, but consumers were also forced to

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3 College Students Raise Money To Help Black Atlanta Businesses

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ATLANTA, GA — Many small businesses in Atlanta have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They were forced to temporarily close in March, until Gov. Brian Kemp announced that businesses and restaurants could resume operations in late April.

For some, reopening wasn’t an option. They had lost so much already. As those businesses who could reopen began to do so, a movement for justice rippled through the country after the death of George Floyd on May 25 in police custody in Minnesota. His death — along with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and other African Americans — sparked demands to end police brutality and racism in America.

Here in Atlanta, protests have taken place daily, for over two weeks. Although many have been peaceful, there were instances where some protesters vandalized and stole from local businesses, according to police. With so many

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E-Commerce Fraud Is on the Rise, Leaving Retailers Vulnerable as They Embrace Selling Online

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The surge in online purchases has also resulted in a greater need for e-commerce fraud prevention, according to a number of industry experts. With many retailers and brands selling online for the first time, or dealing with unprecedented volumes of online orders, they are increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime, which could cause significant damage to their bottom lines.

“Several factors are making it harder for risk teams to spot fraudulent behavior during the pandemic, including changing consumer behavior,” said Jason Cheung, product manager of fraud at Digital River Americas, a global commerce solution. “Customers are shopping online more frequently and at different times, which can trigger false positives within risk models.”

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Other issues could arise from increased bulk buying, whether due to consumers trying to stock up on product or take advantage of discounts (bulk orders have traditionally been a

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