Walton Arts Center gets creative to help local musicians survive pandemic

Unique performance opportunities give musicians a chance to keep playing.

Fayetteville, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Local musicians now have some extra help surviving the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zac Archuleta and his band Arkansauce had a big summer planned.

“We were booked out through this whole year,” he said.

All those shows are now canceled or postponed.

“We were actually two days into an east coast tour when we heard the news about everything shutting down so essentially just long enough to drive out there and drive straight back,” Archuleta said.

Those shows are how bands like Arkansauce make most of their money. So The Walton Arts Center started Hearts to Homes; an online variety show.

“The whole idea was to keep our audience engaged in the arts during this time period when

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Asian Financial Leaders Agree to Make ‘All Policy Efforts’ to Fight Pandemic | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Financial leaders from China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia vowed on Friday to redouble their efforts to help the region recover economically from the novel coronavirus and to defend a multilateral system of trade and investment.

“We will remain vigilant to the continued downside risks … We are taking steps to reduce vulnerabilities to these risks and are determined to continue to use all available policy tools to support the sustained recovery,” they said in a joint statement.

“We will remain resolute in our commitment to uphold an open and rule-based multilateral trade and investment system, and strengthen regional integration and cooperation.”

The statement followed the annual meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors from China, Japan, South Korea and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The meetings were held via teleconference on the sidelines of the annual gathering of the Asian

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Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on pandemic pains


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Trump’s businesses have charged Secret Service more than $1.1 million, including for rooms in club shuttered for pandemic

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s luxury properties have charged the U.S. government more than $1.1 million in private transactions since Trump took office – including for room rentals at his Bedminster, N.J., club this spring while it was closed for the coronavirus pandemic, new documents show.

The documents, including receipts and invoices from Trump’s businesses, were released by the Secret Service after The Washington Post filed a public-records lawsuit. They added $188,000 in previously unknown charges to The Post’s running total of payments to Trump’s properties related to the presence of Secret Service agents.

In Bedminster this spring, the records show, Trump’s club charged the Secret Service more than $21,800 to rent a cottage and other rooms while the club was closed and otherwise off-limits to guests. The documents don’t give a reason for these rentals. Trump didn’t visit the club while it was closed, but his eldest daughter, Ivanka

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How Emmys Gifting Suite Organizers Innovated Amid the Ongoing Pandemic

As the Emmys have risen to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, so too have the events surrounding the annual awards show. Gifting suites — where talent interact with and receive products in exchange for potential photo placements and mentions — have been a staple of awards season for decades, a chance for brands to get valuable exposure via A-list talent. With no in-person awards show this year, the organizers behind the official Emmys gifting suite for the last seven years told TheWrap they did not want to hold one this year out of an abundance of caution for the talent, vendors and workers associated with such an event. They hope to return next year, circumstances permitting. Also Read: Will the Emmy Awards Have a Red Carpet This Year? While not an official event, events producer Debbie Durkin has held her end-of-summer EcoLuxe lounge for the last 14 years

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Many are chasing the stock market by day trading in the pandemic. It could end badly

  • Bored at home, more people are turning to the stock market for entertainment and profits. 
  • They’re likely to land in the red. 

a close up of a person holding a banana tree: Trying to pick stocks can be risky. Especially these days.

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Trying to pick stocks can be risky. Especially these days.

Bored at home, many people are turning to the stock market and dabbling in day trading for entertainment and profits. 


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However, most individual investors do not have the wealth, the time, or the temperament to make money and to sustain the losses that day trading can bring, according to financial experts.

Day trading has become very popular worldwide since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Activity has “increased dramatically” in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 2019, according to data analyzed by Cerulli Associates. TD Ameritrade reports that visits to its website giving instructions on trading stocks has nearly quadrupled since January. Meanwhile, trading apps like Robinhood are seeing a surge

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Who’s hiring during the pandemic?

Brightway is hiring Customer Service Representatives to start in its new hire training classes slated for October and November.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Jacksonville-based Brightway Insurance has openings for its Customer Service Representative role, which takes inbound calls from customers and agents. 

“If you have a background in customer service, insurance, retail, sales or a related customer-facing field, we encourage you to apply online,” said Brightway’s Senior Director of Human Resources, Linda Hill. “We specifically want people who have great communication and interpersonal skills.”

Brightway is currently hiring to fill the next two classes scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Nov. 9. 

Candidates who want to be considered for the October class should submit their applications this week.

According to representatives for the insurance company, employees enjoy a competitive salary, paid time off and benefits, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance. They also enjoy a 401(k) plan with

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This is what a recession in a pandemic looks like: Staying in, drinking, buying furniture | The Canberra Times

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If a picture paints a thousand words, how many statistics paint a picture? Wednesday’s National Accounts tell the story of the worst set of Australian figures since records started in 1959. While the same records weren’t kept during the Great Depression, it’s believed Australia’s economy dropped 10 per cent in that crash – meaning this year’s 6.3 per cent annual drop is the worst since then. And while the Australian economy has seen recessions since, this set of numbers looks different to those in the past. First, there’s how steep the drop in gross domestic product was. In other downturns the retraction took place over months or years, not a 7 per cent drop in one quarter. Over the previous quarter the economy contracted by 0.3 per cent, meaning Australia experienced the two quarters of negative growth required to be in a technical recession. “As you can

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How digital transfers are breaking down borders for foreign workers during the pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic started rapidly spreading in early 2020, many of the world’s

largest remittance-sending nations
, including the United Kingdom, United States, France and Italy, gradually imposed nationwide stay-at-home orders to slow the infection rate within their borders.

But while these measures may have slowed the spread of the coronavirus by forcing businesses to stop work, they had major implications for foreign workers who relied on wages to provide financial support to families and loved ones abroad. As a result, the
World Bank
that 2020 remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries would decline by 20% year-over-year.

However, contrary to the World Bank’s prediction, certain digital money transfer services have actually seen a sizable uptick in global money transfers. At

, for instance, we saw a 15% increase in both users and transfer activity during March and early April. The CEO of MoneyTransfers.com

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Many restaurant owners turning to food trucks during pandemic :: WRAL.com

— Many in the restaurant industry are now turning to food trucks to help their business survive, and Wake Technical Community College is seeing a higher demand for classes that prepare students to take that leap.

Amrit Narula said he learned his lesson the hard way after opening his Mr. Cheesesteak restaurant during the pandemic on Miami Boulevard in Durham.

“Yeah, we actually opened in the middle of COVID,” said Narula, adding that many customers are more reluctant to come inside a traditional restaurant for fear of coronavirus exposure in a closed space.

“Commonly, we’ll have only two or three of these tables filled,” said Narula, referring to his normal lunch rush.

Fortunately, before opening the restaurant, Narula had the wisdom to invest in and operate two food trucks. The food trucks are what has helped him stay in

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