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Making new friends during a pandemic can be almost impossible for kids. But school staff are finding creative ways to help. – News – providencejournal.com

Making new friends during a pandemic can be almost impossible for kids. But school staff are finding creative ways to help. – News – providencejournal.com

It was a tough day for a 6-year-old. And her mom. Imagine being a first grader in a new school and unable to participate in “Best Friends” day.

Nikki Bourgeois went on Facebook not to complain but to share what it was like for her daughter Mackenna, a brand new Somerset, trying to make friends in remote-learning mode.

“Makenna didn’t have anyone that she could talk about. It was a bit heartbreaking,” Nikki wrote in the post on Oct. 2. “We don’t know anyone in the area, and without her being physically in school, she isn’t able to meet any friends. We have been told that there are kids in the neighborhood that are her age, but we have yet to meet anyone. COVID-19 didn’t help either.”

The social and psychological needs for some students have become a challenge to meet in this COVID-fear-wracked world. Making friendships online doesn’t compare to old-school in-school, face-to-face socializing. And even in the on-site half of hybrid learning, masks and social distancing can reduce the ability of an elementary school age child to make friends, something that is critical for the pre-K through grade 5 set.

Schools and teachers know better than most about this 2020 challenge. And they’re taking action.

Susan Darmody of Westport is a second-grade teacher at the Silvia Elementary School on Meridian Street in Fall River. She’s starting this school year teaching in full remote. Silvia has a mix of remote and hybrid students.

“Tougher for the remote kids,” Darmody said in a text message to The Herald News. “Hybrid kids do a lot of activities with their teachers using social distance in the classroom. Games and outside doing mask breaks. But (the children) are so happy to be in school.

“A few ways we help make the kids feel

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Column: How the Market Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blue Wave – Mike Dolan | Investing News

Column: How the Market Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blue Wave – Mike Dolan | Investing News

LONDON (Reuters) – Just about the only market consensus all year on next month’s U.S. election was that it would be volatile around the vote – but even that’s turning upside down three weeks before polling.

A narrow and disputed election result has been one of the main investor fears for months. Bank of America’s October global fund manager survey still had 60% of its respondents expecting the result to be contested – and three quarters said it was the outcome likely to cause most market disruption.

But with Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s consistent opinion poll lead since May widening into election day, bookmakers’ odds on a clearcut outcome and Democrat clean sweep of the White House and both Houses of Congress are narrowing.

Investment banks and asset managers, who have for decades argued markets would baulk at tax and spend policies and prefer congressional gridlock to curb any excesses, are now positively embracing the likelihood of a clean sweep for a Democratic Party expected to spend big and also raise wealth and corporate taxes.

With less than a month to go, Wall Street stocks are racing to record highs again and long-elevated implied volatilities of the S&P500 benchmark – the VIX ‘fear gauge’ and its November and December futures contracts – are draining to 6-week lows.

Opinion polls now put Biden’s lead over incumbent Donald Trump in double digits, almost twice September levels. Bookmakers in Europe put Trump as the 7/4 outsider, his longest odds of the campaign, and the Democrats are now favorite to take to take key swing states – Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Online market PredictIt puts the chance of a Biden White House as high as 66% and a Democrat clean sweep at 59%.

Far from running scared, the investment world

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Japan’s Suga to Order New Economic Stimulus as Early as November, Nikkei Says | Investing News

Japan’s Suga to Order New Economic Stimulus as Early as November, Nikkei Says | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will order his government to compile extra economic stimulus measures as early as November, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The move would signal the government’s readiness to deploy more support to cushion Japan’s economy from the significant disruption to consumers and businesses by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measures could focus on supporting tourism and the restaurant industry from declining consumption, the Nikkei said.

There was no change to the government’s willingness to roll out economic measures if conditions required it, the top government spokesman said when asked about potential stimulus.

“As for financial matters, there is 7.8 trillion yen in coronavirus reserve funds remaining. We’ll utilise that balance first,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters at a news conference.

The government may also consider extending a “Go To Travel” initiative to subsidise domestic tourism as part of the stimulus, the Nikkei reported, without saying how it got the information.

Japan has already rolled out $2.2 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the health crisis, including cash payouts to households and small business loans that were partly funded via two supplementary budgets.

The government could decide in late December on a draft of a third extra budget to fund the expected measures, when it draws up plans for next fiscal year’s budget, the Nikkei said.

The world’s third-largest economy has started to recover from the impact the coronavirus has had on demand at home and abroad, including the hit to global trade that hurt Japan’s exports of cars and other manufactured products.

The government last Wednesday said economic activity likely stopped contracting in August.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim, Christopher Cushing and Tom Hogue)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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Ocreative Marks the Launch of Their New Website with Ten More International Creative & Marketing Awards | News

Ocreative Marks the Launch of Their New Website with Ten More International Creative & Marketing Awards | News

HARTLAND, Wis., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To earmark the launch of their new website, Ocreative, an integrated marketing agency, also announced they’ve been generously recognized by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) for their outstanding work in traditional and digital marketing. With over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies spanning the globe, the Communicator Awards are one of largest awards of its kind in the world.

“We have the opportunity to work with some really incredible, innovative clients,” says Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Andrea Koeppel. “They trust us with their business, and we work hard to honor their vision, goals, and messaging with top-tier work.”

Working closely with clients and creating an environment of transparency and open communication are paramount to Ocreative’s success, she explained. So much so, that they chose to center their new website around their client relationship philosophy. “We really wanted to let businesses and organizations of all sizes know that cutting-edge web design and development and inventive marketing are accessible,” Koeppel continued. “We want to educate and guide and we’re thrilled that organizations like AIVA choose to highlight our work. It lets us know we’re always moving in the right direction and gives our clients confidence and peace of mind.”

Ocreative’s new website boasts a detailed series of case studies in their portfolio to help potential and existing clients get a better handle on the agency’s marketing experience and capabilities. “We want to show people how marketing strategies can work and provide real outcomes,” Koeppel said “But we really wanted our creative team to run with it, no holds barred. Let’s really show them what’s possible.” The new website balances vibrant colors, graphics, and animation with real photos of their team and office, located in Hartland, WI.

Alongside their portfolio,

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Fast Take: U.S. Consumer Inflation Muted, Just Don’t Buy a Used Car | Investing News

Fast Take: U.S. Consumer Inflation Muted, Just Don’t Buy a Used Car | Investing News

(Reuters) – U.S. consumers on balance paid only a little bit more for goods and services last month as supply chain disruptions that contributed to a bump up in inflation over the summer began to ease, a welcome respite for the millions who remain unemployed.

While that easing pressure on pinched consumers might offer a benefit to Republican President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects against Democratic challenger Joe Biden, it does come with a big “on the other hand” caveat: It is the latest sign of fading momentum in the rebound from this spring’s record-setting economic slump.

A bit of inflation typically is an indication of strengthening demand, an encouraging signal that consumers have reliable sources of income allowing them to contribute to growing an economy that hinges extensively on their spending. But with roughly 11 million still out of work and desperate for a new round of COVID-19 relief from Washington, September’s modest uptick in prices is no such signal.

Here’s Jefferies chief financial economist Aneta Markowska’s take: “After several months of above-trend gains, price pressures are finally normalizing. Both headline and core CPI increased by just 0.2% (month-to-month) in September, with the underlying details painting an even weaker picture.”

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In fact, she notes prices would have been unchanged but for one thing: The largest monthly increase in used car and truck prices since 1969. And with cash-strapped consumers increasingly reliant on their own transport to get to an on-site job, that’s no welcome development.

Food price increases, too, are moderating after a big run up in the spring, but where you eat makes a big difference.

If eating at home, as millions without work have no choice but to do, then food prices were lower for a third straight month.

If

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