‘A return to God’: Prayer event draws hundreds in Central Park | News

ASHLAND Central Park played host to the event “The Return” on Saturday.

The Christian event geared toward revival — and a turning back to God — was part of a much larger event created by Jonathan Cahn, intended to be held at the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C.

Cahn, a Messianic Jew (believing Jesus to be the Messiah), is also the head of the Beth Israel Worship Center in New Jersey and has published numerous religious-themed books.

The Return is intended be year-round, but it focuses on Sept. 21-28, with Sept. 26 being the focal point. Those who could not attend the Washington event were encouraged to have a local event during the same period of time.

John Riley, one of the event organizers, said putting the event together was a collaboration of many people, and many different area churches.

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Japan Upgrades View on Exports and Output but Flags Economic Weakness | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government upgraded its view on exports, factory output and employment in its September economic report but said its overall assessment was unchanged from last month, as the country continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s third-largest economy suffered its worst contraction in the postwar era in the second quarter, but it has shown some signs of life since the government lifted a nationwide lockdown in late May.

With consumers and businesses still cautious as the country battles the virus, the government downgraded its view on consumer spending and business expenditure in the monthly report released on Thursday.

“The economy remains in a severe condition due to the coronavirus impact but it is showing signs of picking up recently,” the government said in the report.

Japan’s economy shrank an annualised 28.1% in the April-June period, contracting for a third consecutive quarter.

The government has sought

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Aiken artists paint picture of creative slump amid COVID-19 pandemic | Local News

As theaters, stages and even an art class or two cautiously begin to reopen, a shadow still lurks over the creative minds of members of Aiken’s arts community.

Many artists have had to practice their craft in more constrictive environments since the coronavirus pandemic began, taking away some of the interpersonal constructiveness they need to thrive in their work and, in some cases, altering the way they create altogether. 

The pandemic overall has created both negative and positive effects on performers and their work, suggests Paul Crook, the executive director of USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center.

“From Broadway to high school drama club, people just can’t practice their craft,” Crook said. “For people where (performing) is their job or career, it’s affecting them …”

However, Crook also notes that artists have had the chance to more thoughtfully work on their art and can use online platforms to stay in touch with

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Trump denies New York Times report detailing his tax returns and financial problems: ‘It’s totally fake news’

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 27, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 27, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

  • President Donald Trump fielded questions from reporters on Sunday following an article by The New York Times that delved into his tax returns and detailed his financial woes.
  • “It’s totally fake news. Made up, fake,” Trump said.
  • Asked by reporters to be transparent about how much he paid in taxes, the president replied: “It’s under audit, they’ve been under audit for a long time.”
  • The Times reported that Trump shelled out only $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, but spent $70,000 on hair styling during “The Apprentice.”
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President Donald Trump on Sunday evening dismissed a damning report by The New York Times on his tax returns as “fake news.”

“It’s totally fake news.

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New businesses opening, Family Video closing and more mid-Michigan business news

SAGINAW, MI — Mid-Michigan has a new furniture store, dental center and coffee shop.

It’s also losing a few video rental stores.

Here’s a look at these and other recent business and community developments you might have missed:

My Community Dental Centers opens in Bay City

My Community Dental Center’s Michigan-based nonprofit is expanding into Bay County and refreshing its brand.

“This is an exciting day, not only for MCDC, but for the communities in which we serve. We recognize that during these unprecedented times, access to quality dental care for families remains our number one priority. In order to fulfill our mission to enhance community health by offering access to quality dental care for all, we must do more,” Deborah E. Brown, chief dexecutive officer of MCDC, said in a statement. “With the opening of Bay City and the launch of this new look, we know we are getting

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With advocacy groups, Cape Cod restaurants seek payouts from insurance companies for COVID-19 losses – News – providencejournal.com

CAPE COD, Mass. — Restaurant owners contend their business interruption insurance should cover pandemic-related losses because the state government ordered them to close.

When a tornado hit Cape Cod last summer, Jeffrey Mitchell and his business partners had no problem collecting on an insurance claim for damage to their restaurant, The Talkative Pig, in Chatham.

The restaurant lost power for three days, the sign fell and a fence was destroyed. In less than a week they filed a claim with their insurance company — which quickly sent a representative to assess the damage — and the restaurant owners received insurance money to help pay for repairs.

But when COVID-19 struck, Mitchell and his partners were forced to close The Talkative Pig, leading to lost business and revenues. They had to submit a 17-point document answering many questions to their insurance company. After two months, the restaurant owners are still waiting

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Milliman analysis: Estimated cost of retiree pension risk transfer increases from 102.8% to 103.2% in August | State News

SEATTLE, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today announced the latest results of its Milliman Pension Buyout Index (MPBI). As the Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) market continues to grow, it has become increasingly important to monitor the annuity market for plan sponsors that are considering transferring retiree pension obligations to an insurer. The MPBI uses the FTSE Above Median AA Curve, along with annuity purchase composite interest rates from insurers, to estimate the average cost of a PRT annuity de-risking strategy.

During August, the estimated cost to transfer retiree pension risk to an insurer increased by 40 basis points, from 102.8% of a plan’s total liabilities to 103.2% of those liabilities. This means the estimated retiree PRT cost for the month is now 3.2% more than those plans’ retiree accumulated benefit obligation (ABO). Accounting discount rates in August rose 24 basis

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Bloomingdale’s Furniture opens at Samanea New York – Long Island Business News

Bloomingdale’s Furniture leased a 25,000-square-foot space at the redeveloping retail complex on Old Country Road.

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Financial Management Services changes its name to Office of the University Controller on Oct. 1: News at IU: Indiana University

Indiana University’s Financial Management Services is changing its official name to the Office of the University Controller on Oct. 1. The office’s primary responsibilities will remain the same, though the unit will have a stronger focus on ensuring university financial compliance, according to Anna Jensen, associate vice president and university controller.

“The Office of the University Controller intends to continue its delivery of quality financial services to our students, employees and university departments,” she said. “However, looking ahead, we are prioritizing the university’s strategic plan objective of Responsible Stewardship by directing our efforts toward mitigating financial risk, implementing strong internal controls, and ensuring fiscal accountability and compliance, as it relates to our broader responsibilities.”

The Office of the University Controller will also launch a new website: controller.iu.edu. The site reorganizes the Office of the University Controller’s functional areas into three main categories to better align with the user experience.

  • Compliance:
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