Black companies hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

Detroit — Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. But she’s not just concerned about the impact on their bottom line. She’s worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to withstand another wave of economic uncertainty, following decades of inequity…

Jean Kennedy Smith, JFK’s Last Surviving Sibling, Dead At 92

Jean Kennedy Smith, who was the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and who as a U.S. ambassador played a key role in the peace process in Northern Ireland, has died, relatives said Thursday. She was 92. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Smith’s nephew, confirmed her death. She died Wednesday at her home…

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My friend David Lebovitz, OG food blogger and nine-time author, wrote a book on the iconic cocktails, aperitifs, and cafe traditions of France, including 160 recipes, that came out in March. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel like you’ve hopped on a plane to fly to Paris to spend long, leisurely afternoons-into-evenings…

SpaceX may launch today, but weather is a huge concern

Rain rain go away — Anyone who followed the space shuttle program will remember a lot of scrubs. Eric Berger – May 27, 2020 5:10 pm UTC Enlarge / Skies at 2pm ET Wednesday over the launch site were rather stormy.Trevor Mahlmann 4:20pm ET Wednesday: SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and…

Google.org’s $100 million contribution to COVID-19 relief

Google org 100m grants hero.jpg Jacquelline Fuller VP, Google.org Published May 6, 2020 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Google.org committed $50 million in grants focused on the areas where our resources and people can have the most impact: health and science, economic relief and recovery, and distance learning. Today we’re committing another $50 million, bringing…

To work or not to work? UK lockdown loosen up mired by confusion

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a cautious plan on Monday to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings, though his attempt to lift the coronavirus lockdown prompted confusion and even satire. The United Kingdom has one of the world’s highest official COVID-19 death tolls and, after…

We will have summer season tourist season, guarantees EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Safety is a key element of the EU’s proposals – police had to evacuate crowds from the steps of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris on Tuesday A gradual lifting of borders has been proposed by the EU’s executive in an attempt to kick-start a tourist industry hit hard by the…

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