Opinion | Martin Regg Cohn: Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good

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In the dying days of the last Liberal dynasty, I documented how fundraising had reached a fever pitch — with frenzied ministers weighed down by donation quotas adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep their seat at the cabinet table. Pressured into action, then-premier Kathleen Wynne imposed tough new rules to reform Ontario’s “wild west” of fundraising.

In 2016, her government prohibited corporate and union contributions. It backed up the ban with a requirement that all donors sign a formal declaration that they weren’t getting around the ban by slyly funnelling big money through individual donations from various corporate officers of the same company.

Upon taking power, the Ford government bizarrely revoked the required declaration. It’s still illegal to subvert the ban yet, strangely, the Tories no longer require you to pledge compliance in writing (lest you be held to it?).


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Carnival is selling 18 cruise ships amid the covid-19 pandemic

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In the market for an abandoned cruise ship? Carnival Corp. — the parent company of nine cruise brands, including Princess, Costa, and Carnival — announced in a third-quarter earnings filing that it plans to sell 18 cruise ships in 2020, which amounts to 17 percent of the company’s ships.

The move comes amid a halt in cruises since March, when the lines stopped sailing the day before a no-sail order went into effect in the United States.

Carnival Corp. has already sold eight older-model cruise ships. It has not disclosed the cruise lines the ships are from or to whom they are being sold. The company will also delay delivery of new ships scheduled for 2021 as a cost-saving measure.

“We are in the process of removing 18 ships from our global fleet with several ships already

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BBB warns college students of COVID-19 scams

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According to the BBB, scammers are using phishing emails to get college students’ personal information.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Better Business Bureau wants college students to be on the alert for COVID-19 scams. Research shows younger people aged 20 to 30 lose money to fraud more often than older consumers.

According to the BBB, scammers are using phishing emails to get college students’ personal information. The email claims to be from the school’s “financial department.” But, the email is not connected to the financial department.

The email encourages students to click on a portal link to get a message about a COVID-19 economic stimulus check. After clicking on the link, students are required to submit a university login.

The BBB is strongly encouraging students to avoid opening the email or clicking on the “log-in” link. If not, students’ could be giving their user name, password, or other personal information to

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Football must face up to stark realities of financial future after COVID-19 crisis

Football needs to take radical steps to avoid financial meltdown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, pursuing a path of root-and-branch change in order to enjoy a viable future, a leading sports business expert has told ESPN.

With the 2020-21 season less than two weeks away in England, and other major European leagues also set to launch their new campaigns this month, football continues to be seriously affected by the coronavirus situation, which has created huge uncertainty across all areas of society for much of 2020. While the majority of the top leagues and UEFA club competitions were able to play the 2019-20 season to a conclusion — France, Scotland and the Netherlands chose instead to cancel their league competitions — the game is returning with stadiums still empty, or with just a handful of paying spectators in the stands. As preseason continues, positive COVID-19 tests among players —

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Pernod Ricard Profit Tumbles as Covid-19 Hits Sales. Here’s Why The Stock Is Rising.

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Pernod, which also owns Jameson whiskey, Martell cognac and Jacob’s Creek wine, said sales fell 9.5% to €8.5 billion in the year ending Jun. 30.


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stock climbed on Wednesday, despite the French spirits maker reporting a profit and sales slump due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The spirits giant said it had taken a €1 billion ($1.19 billion) impairment charge, particularly relating to Absolut Vodka, as the result of the pandemic, which closed bars and restaurants around the world for several months. Full-year net profit fell 77% to €329 million as a result, while profit from recurring operations fell 13.7%, beating analysts’ expectations as cost control measures took effect.

Read:Absolut Vodka Parent Could Lift Investors’ Spirits With Its Revamp

Pernod, which also owns Jameson whiskey, Martell cognac and Jacob’s Creek wine, said sales fell 9.5% to €8.5 billion in the year ending Jun. 30,

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ITV suffers steepest advertising fall ever due to Covid-19 lockdown | Business

ITV has been hit by the steepest decline in advertising in its 65-year history, a 43% fall in the second quarter, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic looks set to push the broadcaster out of the FTSE 100 in next month’s reshuffle.

The broadcaster, which has scrapped paying an interim dividend to fortify its balance sheet, reported a 50% fall in adjusted profits to £165m in the first half. The company said advertising revenues fell 21% in the first six months, a drop of £178m to £671m, including a 43% decline in the second quarter.

Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of ITV, said that while the worst was over, the ongoing uncertainty in the market meant the company would not issue performance guidance for the remainder of this year.

“This has been one of the most challenging times in the history of ITV,” she said. “While our two main

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COVID-19 Impacts: In-Game Advertising Market Will Accelerate at a CAGR of Almost 20% Through 2020-2024 | Increasing Popularity of Mobile Gaming to Boost Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the in-game advertising market and it is poised to grow by USD 10.97 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 20% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions-

  • What was the value of the in-game advertising market in 2019?
  • Technavio says that the value of the market was USD 7.58 billion in 2019 and it is projected to reach USD 18.55 billion by 2024.
  • At what rate is the market projected to grow during the forecast period 2020-2024?
  • Growing at a CAGR of almost 20%, the market growth will accelerate during the forecast period.
  • What is the key factor
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Shen Beauty Founder Jessica Richards Reopens Beauty Shop During COVID-19

My architect and design company worked to design all of our own makeup displays. We want customers to focus on buying what’s right for you, not on buying by brand. It’s more important for me that you walk away with a foundation that’s right for you, rather than focusing on the brand. Another of my big focuses was adding enough mirrors so that everyone could see their full reflection. I also wanted to change the lighting so that clients could see what that makeup look or lipstick look looks like in the morning, in the daytime, in the evening, and the dark.

In addition to the redesign, we had a pandemic to consider. God, I’ve done so much to prep the store for COVID. We added a sink to the store, and there’s a sink in each treatment room. We have a thermometer that takes the customer’s temperature when they

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Six financial lessons from six months of COVID-19

It’s been six months since the financial fallout from COVID-19 infected the U.S. economy. During this time, I have heard from thousands of you, some who are still struggling with a financial crisis. Many others are okay, but need guidance on how to navigate various money issues. Here are my six financial lessons (so far) from the pandemic.



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Lesson 1: Go Back to Basics. When dark times loom, it’s best to get back to basics. Start by assessing cash flow: what’s coming in and more importantly, what’s going out. Never has it been more important for everyone to get comfortable with electronic bill paying, tax filing and record keeping.

Lesson 2: Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate. If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get. If you’re struggling with bills, let your lenders know and negotiate with them. You have more control than you think you do,

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COVID-19 infecting fundraising efforts of local charities

CLEVELAND — Bob and Anita Markling understand life with ALS. Known officially as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more common as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord. It eventually leads to muscle weakness and paralysis. 

There is limited treatment and no cure.

“It’s quite devastating for not only the person who has it but the family, Anita, being the caregiver, I mean it changes everybody’s world,” Bob says.

Bob received his diagnosis two years ago and has already experienced a decline in mobility. The couple sold their home for a ranch to prepare for the day Bob can no longer walk up stairs. They received a lift from the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter.

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“The northern chapter has been a godsend our hero, they’re loaded with information and resources and equipment,” Bob says.

They

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