Passover sweets: Brownies and cookies from alternative flours provide comfort during these tough times
At sundown Wednesday, Jewish families will celebrate the first night of Passover by retelling the story of the exodus from serfdom, the promise of redemption and the decades of the Israelites’ desert wandering.Although Passover will be occurring in a much different world this year, Jewish people do have a history of one long narrative of resilience. Whether you are interfaith, just Jewish, Jewish adjacent, celebrating solo, or with a bare minimum of family seated far apart, we all need grounding. And so we move on, recasting a holiday that has been upended by COVID-19.The first of the four que...
Pandemic hits M&A activity in India, Asia Pacific
By Atul RanjanNEW DELHI, NNA - Corporate deal making in India is facing the brunt of the global Covid-19 pandemic as merger and acquisition (M&A) activity involving Indian companies fell 14 percent to $23.2 billion in the first quarter of 2020, according to financial market data and infrastructure global provider Refinitiv.Only 433 deals were sealed, a drop from 504 in the corresponding period last year to its worst performance since 2016.“Corporate deal making activity in India has been hampered as the coronavirus pandemic drew and redirected the attention of the global community and spurred ...
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Martin Schram: A combative case of brotherly love
The TV news screen was wall-to-wall with Cuomos Monday night. CNN anchor Chris was in the left box, where he belonged, because this was his “Cuomo Prime Time” show. New York Gov. Andrew was in the guest’s box on the right. The Cuomo brothers were busy giving each other the business, New York Italian style. Which is to say, Cuomo style.And my mind’s eye began focusing on two other guys we couldn’t really see — Lava Libretti and Connie Cutts. I was sure they were watching and beaming too. You don’t remember them?Lava Libretti, a young 6-footer, played on the New York area’s Catholic league baske...
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The Week Ahead: Gauging the early potential of a jobs bounce-back
The American job market has been waylaid by COVID-19. Job cuts have been fast and deep. Almost 10 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment insurance over the past two weeks. Never before as the U.S. labor market experienced such a sharp drop in demand for people.It was a much different story just eight weeks ago. In January, U.S. companies had 7 million job openings. There were more jobs than people looking for work. It was a good time to be looking for work.No longer. In the week ahead, we will begin to see how companies have adjusted to the economic consequences of fighting the sp...
Danny Westneat: End of the republic? Washington state is No. 1 in voter turnout — for a reason the president thinks is 'crazy'
Everyone’s been focused on how the coronavirus has infected the economy. But it’s also sickening democracy, with primaries postponed and plummeting voter turnout in the few elections that have been held.Not in Washington state, though. It has a built-in immunity. Its citizens do social distancing even in their elections.It turns out Washington’s recently concluded presidential primary had the highest voter turnout among all the states that have voted in the 2020 election so far — 49.6%.Ranked by percent of registered voters casting ballots, Washington is first among states that have voted thro...
The Seattle Times
Philadelphia teen fires up his 3D printers to create face shields to donate to hospitals
PHILADELPHIA — Skiing season was over. Golf courses were closed. Baseball was on hold.Louie Beardell was feeling kind of bored, what with his school on spring break and no chance to get outside and play sports with his buddies.He decided to try to save the world.Or one person, anyway. Or maybe 50. Or 100.“My goal is to make 1,000,” said Beardell, 14, of the face shields for area hospital workers that he has been producing using 3D printers in the basement of his parents’ home in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.Beardell and his parents dropped off 25 face shields to Chestnut Hill Hosp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
After 39 years and more than 30,000 hours in the air, a pioneering female pilot retires
PHILADELPHIA — Capt. Pati Marsh pulled the American Airlines Airbus 330 into the gate at Philadelphia International Airport 10 minutes early, having just arrived from Madrid. On any other day, the smooth landing would not have been memorable to Marsh. But this one was very special.After 39 years of flights to 18 countries and 44 states, of furloughs and airline mergers, 30,000-plus hours in the air, one dramatic emergency landing, and a “really big” comfort pig as a passenger, Marsh was retiring.Not out of choice, but because she’s out of time. She has reached the FAA-mandated retirement age o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Phillies' Andrew McCutchen still be elite after return from knee surgery? Even medical experts don't know for sure.
PHILADELPHIA — Andrew McCutchen batted .709 as a high school senior. Of the 1,501 players drafted in 2005, he was taken 11th. He’s a five-time All-Star, a Gold Glove Award winner, and the 2013 National League MVP.And he did it all after blowing out his right knee at age 16.Let that serve as context for McCutchen’s response to a Feb. 17 question about feeling nervous that he will make an equally successful recovery from having the torn anterior cruciate ligament in the middle of his left knee reconstructed with a tendon grafted from his quadriceps last June.“No, (because) there’s no ‘hope’ in m...
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Kevin Acee: Games without fans do not make financial sense for baseball
SAN DIEGO — As soon as possible, baseball wants to be what it often has been.After world wars and 9/11 and every summer and fall.“We want to give everybody something to look forward to,” Padres pitcher Craig Stammen said this week. “Hopefully that’s baseball.”Multiple players and fans have expressed similar sentiments in recent weeks. So have people from Major League Baseball and executives with the MLB Players Association, in private conversations and conference calls and interviews.“The one thing I know for sure is baseball will be back,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN last week. “Wh...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Larry Printz: Cleaning your car of the coronavirus
By now, you know that the surest way to defend against COVID-19 is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counsels.So, what about your car? Think about all the surfaces you or your passengers touch; this is especially important if you’re a ride-sharing provider.With a little effort, you can professionally clean, disinfect and detail your ride. It takes a couple hours, but most likely you have the time right now.Start insideBegin by cleaning the inside of the vehicl...
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