Zozobra organizers hope crowd-free event turned profit | News in brief

Organizers of the 96th annual burning of Zozobra are hopeful they turned a profit Friday night despite a lack of attendees.

Each year, revenue is distributed to local nonprofits working with Santa Fe youth.

Event Chairman Ray Sandoval said organizers sold over 100,000 glooms, or short messages that were burned inside the marionette, online for $1 apiece and raised over $10,000 on GoFundMe ahead of this year’s event.

“Our gross income was still over $100,000. After we pay some of our bills, we should be able to give some back to the kids of Santa Fe,” Sandoval said. “That’s not bad considering normally ticket sales are our entire source of revenue.”

Last year, nearly 64,000 people attended the burning, and Sandoval said the event raised around $480,000 and spent around $380,000, leaving around $100,000 for local nonprofits. This year, Sandoval said, 170 performers, volunteers and media members attended the burning.

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As Lehigh Valley restaurant owners take center stage in coronavirus hearing, lawmakers hear of potential consequences for others in the food business

Pennsylvania’s delay on relaxing the operating rules for restaurants and bars amid the coronavirus affects not only risks the economic health of those businesses in the Lehigh Valley and statewide, a panelist said Friday during a virtual legislative hearing among senate Democrats.



a man sitting at a table: Wearing her mask while cleaning, Madison Wilson a waitress at Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown, cleans the bar recently. Democratic state lawmakers heard from restaurant owners and others in the field about the difficulties related to Pennsylvania’s restrictions on reopening restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic during a virtual hearing Friday.


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Wearing her mask while cleaning, Madison Wilson a waitress at Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown, cleans the bar recently. Democratic state lawmakers heard from restaurant owners and others in the field about the difficulties related to Pennsylvania’s restrictions on reopening restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic during a virtual hearing Friday.

Brad Clemens of Clemens Food Group, which owns Hatfield meats that has a plant in Montgomery County, said the restrictions have had a profound affect on “noncommercial” businesses, such as college cafeterias, stadium food services, farmers and more.

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Stornoway getting $170K in taxpayer-funded repairs before Erin O’Toole moves in



Contractors and NCC staff are spending the next few weeks completing more than 20 interior and exterior projects at Stornoway.


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Contractors and NCC staff are spending the next few weeks completing more than 20 interior and exterior projects at Stornoway.

The leader of the Opposition’s official residence in Ottawa is getting $170,000 in repairs and renovations at public expense before Erin O’Toole moves his family in at the end of the month, CBC News has learned.

With Stornoway sitting vacant, the National Capital Commission (NCC) says it has a rare opportunity to complete needed repairs to the 107-year-old heritage building without the work being tied to the new Conservative leader or his predecessor, Andrew Scheer.

Spending public money to maintain official residences for politicians can be politically dangerous, and successive party leaders have stalled such renovations to avoid public criticism. As a result, the conditions of the official residences for the prime minister and the leader of the Official Opposition have deteriorated over time.

The Conservatives

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September 2020 Stocks – Materials, Communications And Consumer Goods

The purpose of this article is to again look at what sort of companies may be appealing for purchase during September 2020. While we’ve seen some recovery, the situation remains only somewhat changed from last month. There are still appealing companies available if the investor knows where to look.

As always, it’s about the responsible allocation of investment capital, as best as I can see it in the market’s current position today. As with other articles in a similar spirit, we’ll focus on 1-3 companies per relevant sector. Some sectors may have more than one appealing company, and I try to offer alternatives wherever possible. However, some sectors either don’t have alternatives or don’t have higher-yielding equities. Here, investors have to make do with one suggestion from my side.

This article is of particular interest to those among you who feel they need to increase their exposure to any of

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Drones Help Insurance Companies Check Windstorm Damage in Iowa

Insurance adjusters who descended on Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the Aug. 10 derecho storm are using drones to check roofs and asking homeowners with less severe damage to take their own photos.

Some of this is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reduced the number of experienced adjusters willing to travel. But the changes also help speed up claims and get repairs done sooner, company representatives said.

“Drones or aerial imaging helps them estimate the claims,” said Scott Hauptman, vice president for claims for Grange Insurance, of Columbus, Ohio, which is working with Integrity Insurance, of Appleton, Wis., to handle at least 500 storm-related claims in Cedar Rapids. “It’s as efficient as possible and helps them (adjusters) safeguard their health.”

Cedar Rapids officials told The Gazette that 140 buildings are too damaged to be occupied. Several hundred more have non-structural or cosmetic damage.

Before buildings can be fixed and

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Wethersfield healthcare consulting firm Qualidigm to dissolve

Wethersfield-based Qualidigm, a 37-year-old healthcare consulting nonprofit that’s booked tens of millions of dollars worth of federal contracts over the years, announced Tuesday that it will dissolve.

Qualidigm, which has counted area industry notables such as Anthem President Jill Hummel and nursing home owner Paul Liistro as board members, said it will close on Oct. 1 because its operations are no longer financially sustainable.

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Qualidigm’s Wethersfield home, 936 Silas Deane Highway.

In a statement, the company, which focuses on care quality and patient safety, cited a “recent business slowdown due to COVID-19, a shift in the federal administration’s focus, [and] dramatic delays and reductions in federal funding.”

Qualidigm, which was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal’s Innovative Office Spaces awards in 2017, had 79 employees that year.

The company, which is led by CEO Timothy Elwell, reported $10.7 million in revenue for fiscal year 2018, and a

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Legislature Ignores Fire Insurance Crisis

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by Dan Walters September 7, 2020

In summary

As wildfires raged, the California Legislature’s 2020 session ended with no action on the crisis of insurance coverage in fire-prone areas.

As wildfires of record magnitude swept through Northern California last week, destroying thousands of homes and other structures, the Legislature closed its 2020 session without doing something about the fire insurance crisis that afflicts fire-prone areas.

It ranks near the top of a long list of legislative failures this year, right up there with housing shortages and police reforms.

Insurers have sustained massive losses, tens of billions of dollars, from wildfires in recent years and are increasingly reluctant to continue coverage in fire-prone communities, even threatening to quit the market if they cannot increase premiums enough to cover projected future liabilities. Often, homeowners can only buy coverage through the state’s FAIR plan, which is bare-bones and expensive.

The ultimate solution would

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Interferon Biosimilar Landscape Report, 2020 Featuring Zydus Cadila, Reliance Life Sciences, Profarma, Harvest Moon Pharmaceuticals, Dong-A ST, CinnaGen, BioPartners, Biocad, Amega Biotech – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Interferon – Biosimilar Insight, 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This Interferon-Biosimilar Insight, 2020 report provides comprehensive insights about 10+ companies and 10+ marketed and pipeline drugs in Interferon Biosimilars landscape. It covers the marketed and pipeline drug profiles, including clinical and nonclinical stage products. It also covers the therapeutics assessment by product type, stage, route of administration, and molecule type. It further highlights the inactive pipeline products in this space.

Interferon Understanding

Interferon: Overview

Interferons are a group of signaling proteins made and released by host cells in response to the presence of several viruses. In a typical scenario, a virus-infected cell will release interferons causing nearby cells to heighten their anti-viral defenses. Interferon is further categorized in its variants.

Interferon alfa-2b is an antiviral or antineoplastic drug. It is a recombinant form of the protein Interferon alpha-2 that was originally sequenced and

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Do Hedge Funds Love Voya Financial Inc (VOYA)?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the second quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) based on that data and determine whether they were really smart about the stock.

Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 45. There were 32 hedge funds in our database

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MIT Research Examines How Technology and E-Commerce Are Reshaping Two Supply Chain Industries in the Time of COVID: Warehousing and Trucking

New MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future research brief explores the future of logistics

The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future has released a new research brief examining how technology is changing the warehousing and trucking industries and the resulting impacts on employment. The brief is part of a series of subject-specific research projects by MIT faculty that will help frame national discussion and policies about work, technology, and how we can create greater shared prosperity in the country.

By enabling e-commerce, internet technology has sharply increased the demand for logistics services in warehousing and trucking that now require more individualized packaging and shipments. The sharp increase in demand has stimulated automation attempts in both industries. To this point, broad-based automation has proceeded slowly and employment in both industries has increased.

“Our brief explores the impact of current and future automation on each industry’s

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