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Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

The father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has passed away from coronavirus aged 79, the English Premier League club has confirmed. Smith’s father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks…MORE

How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper?

It’s easy for white folks to recoil from Amy Cooper once we’ve had a front row seat to her rage-filled voice turning trembly and fragile when the 911 operator picks up. It might even be easy to recognize the death-dealing potential of her calculated weaponization of racism when the same 24-hour news cycle brings footage…MORE

Beware of bankrupt stocks like JCPenney and Hertz

The bankruptcies are piling up. Hertz and JCPenney are two of the most high profile publicly traded companies to file for Chapter 11 protection since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States. They have plenty of company. Energy firms Diamond Offshore and Whiting Petroleum, retailers Tuesday Morning and Stage Stores as well as satellite firm…MORE

EasyJet to slash workforce by 30% as it prepares for years of weak demand

EasyJet to slash workforce by 30% as it prepares for years of weak demand

Low-cost European carrier EasyJet has announced plans to slash its workforce by up to 30% as it overhauls operations to reflect reduced demand for air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company said in a statement Thursday that it will start a consultation with employees in the coming days to reduce staff numbers. It…MORE

Rock the Vote launches virtual summer initiative to register 200,000 voters

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts the course of the 2020 election, Rock The Vote is spear-heading a summer-long initiative aimed at registering 200,000 new voters. The effort, “Democracy Summer,” will include a series of trainings, campaigns and events to register, organize and mobilize young voters. The kickoff event is on June 18, with young people…MORE

Legal battles over voter roll purges heat up as mail-in ballot fight continues

President Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks on state plans for mail-in ballots as parallel fights are intensifying over whether hundreds of thousands of people on state rolls may be ineligible to vote. Conservative groups have accelerated their litigation to push state officials to purge voter rolls, in moves that could affect who receives…MORE

Nissan to cut production capacity by 20% after suffering worst year since 2009

Nissan to cut production capacity by 20% after suffering worst year since 2009

Nissan committed on Thursday to slashing production capacity by 20% and closing a plant in Spain as part of a sweeping overhaul announced after the Japanese carmaker revealed its first annual operating loss in more than a decade. The company posted an operating loss of 40.5 billion yen ($376 million) for its fiscal year ended…MORE

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