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AUGUSTA, Maine — The start of a new business grant program will be delayed one more day after the system that handles applications for the funding crashed.

Applications for the Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Recovery Grant Program were supposed to open Wednesday, but statewide power outages pushed the opening to Thursday.

Now, the system that handles applications for the program has crashed.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development said Thursday morning that the online portal to apply for the grant will now be available at 9 a.m. on Friday. The system is used by other states, which are also experiencing difficulties, according to the department.

The new relief program aims to help retail and hospitality businesses that have been hard hit by the economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic. The program takes $30 million in existing funds left over from a $200 million

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  • Facebook announced Thursday it will remove fake claim about COVID-19 vaccines from the platform and on Instagram.
  • Two leading vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna await approval for emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.
  • Health experts warn misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines could discourage Americans from getting immunized.
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Facebook will remove posts sharing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, the company announced on Thursday.

The company will remove claims debunked by public health experts — including ones claiming COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips or that some people will get doses without their consent — from both Facebook and Instagram.

Kang-Xing Jin, head of Facebook Health, said the company will not be able to start enforcing these policies “overnight,” and will continue to update claims removed based on public health guidance. 

“This is another way that we are applying our policy to remove misinformation

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Students at John Carroll University have launched a food truck business that will not only teach them all aspects of running a business, but that will also serve the homeless in need of food.

The school’s Center for Service and Social Action(CSSA) started the program in the spring after receiving a major donation from a JCU alum to purchase a truck. The CSSA provides a wide array of high-impact experiential learning opportunities that connect the campus to the community through service-learning, community-engaged research, and civic engagement.

Fifty students from two entrepreneurship classes have begun, while working as part of teams, to finalize the truck’s menu and pricing, create all point-of-sale marketing, and to define the guest experience. Students are also gathering information as to the best places to set up shop on weekdays in order to maximize business for full-pay lunches, and where they can best

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By: Brenda Pak

Everything has changed. No company is left untouched by the pandemic. And most of the economy is tanking, which includes massive layoffs and life changes that no one could predict. But these reasons could be the very motivators and opportunities that make you successful in the venture you have always dreamed of starting.

Here are five reasons why you should get started on your small business today.

It’s anyone’s game.

This global pandemic has shifted the meaning of work and personal life for all of us. The shift has created gaps and highlighted inefficient systems that are outdated. Now it’s anyone’s game.

You no longer need an arsenal of resources and an army of employees to get something done. You can be nimble, with a small efficient team maneuvering your industry and creating value.

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As news of promising progress on coronavirus vaccines has filled the headlines in recent weeks, labor lawyers say employers have been pressing one question in particular: Once approved, can they require employees to take it?

“Until maybe about a month ago, we hadn’t had many clients asking about it,” said Brett Coburn, a labor and employment partner with Alston & Bird. “We’re starting to see a lot more momentum.”

The news that a coronavirus vaccine could start being distributed within the next few weeks has sent stocks soaring and government officials scrambling to develop plans for the herculean task of distributing it across the country.

For employers, many of which have kept workers home for months, it has opened a complex set of legal and practical issues: Can they require employees to take a vaccine? Should they offer incentives instead to encourage compliance? And what should they do if employees

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Stocks shook off a sluggish start to finish with modest gains Wednesday, nudging the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to an all-time high for the second straight day.

The benchmark index rose 0.2% after spending much of the day drifting between small gains and losses. About 54% of the stocks in the index rose, with communications, financial and healthcare companies driving the bulk of the gains. A pullback in technology stocks, companies that rely on consumer spending and elsewhere kept the market’s gains in check.

Treasury yields continued to head mostly higher, a sign of growing confidence in the outlook for the economy. That confidence has also been pushing stocks higher in recent weeks as traders hope COVID-19 vaccines will start driving a stronger economic recovery. Investors were not deterred by new data Wednesday showing that hiring by U.S. companies slowed last month.

The S&P 500 rose 6.56 points to

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Many people dream away the day, wishing they were their own boss. But not everyone takes a leap of faith to start their own business. For some, it’s because the dream is just that — a dream. For others, they don’t know when the right time to start working towards their goal is.

Quite literally, it’s never too late to start. You don’t have to be young, full of energy, nor do you have to be older, full of business wisdom. No, age has nothing to do with when you should start up your business, so throw away any stereotype about age holding you back.

Instead, you should start up your business when you have the drive and are ready to establish your plan. Passion will motivate you, but a plan will advance you.

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Physical preparations are all well and good, but

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FILE PHOTO: Thyssenkrupp’s logo is seen outside the elevator test tower in Rottweil, Germany, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Liberty Steel, which last month announced a non-binding indicative offer for Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, will soon start looking into its financial records, it said on Wednesday.

“Liberty Steel will shortly begin a detailed due diligence and thus gain insight into key business data of Thyssenkrupp’s steel business,” Liberty said in a statement.

Last week, sources told Reuters that Thyssenkrupp was likely to give Britain’s Liberty Steel, headed by metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta, access to the books of its steel unit.

Gupta’s hand has been strengthened due to consolidation talks between Sweden’s SSAB and Tata Steel that could result in a deal and potentially leave Liberty Steel as the sole bidder for Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe.

Thyssenkrupp, which confirmed it had agreed to open its books to Liberty, has

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Every entrepreneur could benefit from learning how to code. When you can code, you can save thousands of dollars on contract fees, technology, and more since you can just do everything yourself. When you have an idea, you can implement it on your own. When that great new app idea hits you in the middle of the night, you can start building it the next morning. That’s why learning to code is such a boon for entrepreneurs. You can do just that in The Complete Web Developer Coding Bundle.

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This extensive 14-course bundle covers some of today’s most important coding languages, from JavaScript and C# to HTML and Python. You’ll learn from some of the web’s best instructors, like Joseph Delgadillo (4.2 stars) and Avetis Ghukasyan (4.5 stars). The coursework takes a hands-on approach to coding education.


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You’ll learn how to become a full-stack web

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