E-commerce startup ShipBob gets $68 million to fund expansion
ShipBob, a Chicago-based e-commerce logistics company, raised $68 million to fund an expansion amid a pandemic-fueled boom in online shopping.The company aims to help businesses that are a fraction of Amazon’s size ship products to customers at similar speeds. It planned to nearly double its revenue year-over-year, but the pandemic forced it to grow even faster, said CEO Dhruv Saxena.Estimated U.S. e-commerce sales in the second quarter rose 44.5% compared with the same period last year, as overall retail sales fell 3.6%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While some sales may shift back to ...
Australian feminist singer Helen Reddy dies in LA
Sydney (AFP) - Australian singer Helen Reddy, best known for her feminist anthem "I Am Woman", has died in Los Angeles aged 78, according to a statement from her children on Wednesday."It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles," the statement on her official Facebook fan page said.The trailblazing musician from Melbourne shot to global stardom with the 1971 hit "I Am Woman", which became the rallying cry of the women's liberation movement.Born on October 25, 1941, Reddy married three times and...
'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy dies at 78
Singer Helen Reddy, whose best-known song “I Am Woman” served as a feminist anthem during the 1970s, has died at the age of 78.Reddy had reportedly been fighting dementia.She died Tuesday, according to a social media post by her children.“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy … in Los Angeles,” reads the Facebook post written by her children Traci and Jordan. “She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken! But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”Born in Melbourne, A...
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Medtronic product removed from market in Australia, which is now investigating its use
Medtronic has pulled one of its most controversial products, Infuse Bone Graft, off the market in Australia as regulators there investigate why the company was widely selling it without a required safety component.The market withdrawal happened after a former Medtronic employee told regulators that the Minnesota-run medical device company sold Infuse’s bone graft component without the titanium LT-Cage cage designed to hold it in check.Medtronic spokesman Ben Petok said the company’s withdrawal of Infuse from Australia in March had nothing to do with safety issues. The company hopes to return w...
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Illinois governor to isolate for a second time after another staffer tests positive for coronavirusCHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is going into self-isolation for the second time after a third staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor’s office said Tuesday.The unidentified staff member tested negative Wednesday during a routine screening for employees in the governor’s office but was tested again Monday after developing symptoms and that test came back positive, according to the governor’s office.The staff member attended a Wednesday event with Pritzker in Chic...
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Illinois governor to isolate for a second time after another staffer tests positive for coronavirus
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is going into self-isolation for the second time after a third staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor’s office said Tuesday.The unidentified staff member tested negative Wednesday during a routine screening for employees in the governor’s office but was tested again Monday after developing symptoms and that test came back positive, according to the governor’s office.The staff member attended a Wednesday event with Pritzker in Chicago and traveled with the governor to Marion on Thursday and Marseilles on Sunday.Both Pritzker and...
Australia’s China-bashing is self-hurting
Illustration: Liu Rui/GTAustralian Ambassador to Washington Arthur Sinodinos made an outrageous intimidation to Beijing in a recent webinar with Harvard University's Kennedy School. Sinodinos said that Australia was ready to stand up to China, noting that Canberra has "demonstrated a preparedness - at least to date - to wear" economic costs to contest and confront Beijing.This entirely unprovoked latest threat was made against the background of the bilateral relationship between Australia and China being ceaselessly poisoned and exacerbated by the anti-China crusade - something that Canberra i...
Hornets NBA draft candidate LaMelo Ball on his shot, his dad, being his own man
If the Charlotte Hornets end up with LaMelo Ball, you can count on this:He will show no lack of confidence and conviction.In a 24-minute media session Monday, Ball said …— He doesn’t need to fix his shooting form, which was widely criticized from his play last season in Australia.— He is a fit for any NBA team — from the title contender Golden State Warriors to a starless one (such as the Hornets).— He “doesn’t really care” about numerous perceptions of him and his family, which once was the subject of a reality show.As far as his bombastic father, LaVar, he said this in regard to dad calling ...
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Cardinal George Pell, cleared of child sex abuse allegations, will reportedly return to Vatican
Cardinal George Pell is expected to return to the Vatican Tuesday for the first time in three years after an Australian judge overturned his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse in April.Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, is returning in the middle of a scandal over finances, just days after Cardinal Angelo Becciu was fired from his post after being linked to financial misconduct, the Catholic News Agency reported Monday.“The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments,” Pell said in a stat...
New York Daily News
Balancing Act: 5-year-old Alabama girl is in Chicago for life-saving surgery. COVID-19 has complicated every step of the way
CHICAGO — Anne Marie Calligas was born fighting.She arrived two months early, after a complicated pregnancy, and spent her first months of life battling congenital heart defects, hypertension, problems with her kidneys and bleeding in her young brain.Her parents, Catherine and Louis Calligas, and her older sister, Isabel, grew quickly accustomed to the noises and smells and routines of hospitals. Even as Anne Marie aged past infancy and toddlerhood, a common cold could land her in the hospital with breathing problems.In June, a gastrointestinal specialist diagnosed Anne Marie, now 5 years old,...