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For Belarus Leader, a Fading Aura of Invincibility

for belarus leader, a fading aura of invincibility


MOSCOW — The autocratic leader of Belarus, never a stickler for accurate vote counting, boasted early in his 26-year rule that he was so popular that he had to falsify his share of the vote because the original number — 93.5 percent — was too implausibly high. He said he made it 86 percent instead.“Yes, we falsified the last election,” the leader, Aleksandr Lukashenko, said after winning his third term as president in 2006.On Sunday, Mr. Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s last dictator,” claimed yet another victory, his sixth, in yet another presidential election marred by faulty arithmetic, this time to give him an implausible landslide victory with more than 80 percent of the vote.But instead of celebrating triumph in what should have been just another routine rite of popular affirmation, Mr. Lukashenko is fighting for his political life, besieged by protests across his country and a tsunami of international criticism.“He has been falsifying elections for decades. He can’t help himself but this year is different,” said Andrei Sannikov, a former Belarusian diplomat who was arrested after he ran against Mr. Lukashenko for the presidency in 2010.Image Protesters took to the streets of Minsk on Monday. Credit…Misha Friedman/Getty ImagesIndeed, international …


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Local bars worry canceled football season will devastate their already hurting business

local bars worry canceled football season will devastate their already hurting business



Saturdays are about to change for many college football fans as the pandemic forced the Big Ten and Pac-12 to postpone all fall sports.
While fans are bummed, businesses that are already hurting expect it to get worse.
Sports bars like Shoeless Joe’s are used to seeing crowds pile in through the doors to watch college games.
They estimate that in one day alone they bring in about $7,000 to $10,000.
The big moneymaker for them is Ohio State because they’re the main hub for the local chapter of the Ohio State Alumni Association.
The general manager of the Crown Plaza where the sports bar is located, Jim Larkin, said this will be a hard loss to recover from and they hope to see sports pick back up again.
“We will be certainly looking forward to when we can get sports back in a full-time capacity because even now with sports being played without fans, it had somewhat of an impact. There seems to be less enthusiasm about coming out to watch games,” Larkin said.
In an attempt to save the season, players started using the hashtags “We want to play” and “We are united.” As of …


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Sabre Systems presents Women in Technology Award

sabre systems presents women in technology award


Each year Sabre Systems Inc. recognizes exceptional technical professionals through its Women in Technology Awards.Individuals are nominated by their leadership and go through an extensive review process. Nominees and Top Female Tech recipients are selected based on their technical abilities, leadership qualities and contributions to the tech community. 2020 marks our third consecutive year naming Sabre’s Top Female Tech Leaders. These awards allow us to celebrate the incredible drive, character and achievements of our most prominent women in tech. Females continue to be in the minority in the technology space and Sabre takes our role in closing the gap and supporting opportunities for women in the industry very seriously.Sabre Systems Program Manager Maria VanSyckle-Kelly and Elizabeth Deloggio, a systems administrator, were selected as Women in Tech Award nominees, both with incredible experience and expertise in their respective fields. VanSyckle-Kelly provides support to ADMACS at the Naval Air Warfare Center SE & ALRE Group in Lakehurst while Deloggio supports the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office out of the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Jennifer Hansen, an executive director of Cyber Solutions at Sabre supporting the Naval Air Systems Command AirWorks at PAX River, was selected …


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Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant program to provide $750,000 to the local community

harrisonburg business recovery grant program to provide $750,000 to the local community


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The Harrisonburg Economic Development has plans to inject $750,000 into the local community through the Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant program, according to a news release from the City of Harrisonburg.Using funds provided by the federal CARES Act, the city will award grants up to $10,000 for qualifying businesses that apply. These funds can be used to compensate employees, pay for rent or utilities, purchase inventory or provide personal protective equipment related to COVID-19.Applications will open on Thursday and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 27.“Our businesses have endured so much during this pandemic,” Harrisonburg Economic Development Director Brian Shull said. “I am thankful to City Council for allocating these funds to help Harrisonburg businesses cover some of their expenses during these uncertain times. We want to do whatever we can to help them keep the lights on and the doors open.”The amount of funding a business can receive depends on the employment total for the business. The grants will also only be made available to for-profit businesses with anywhere between one and 100 full-time employees.You can read other regulations, as well as apply for the grant, at 2020 WHSV. All rights …


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Your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot

your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot


By Meagan CantwellAug. 12, 2020 , 12:00 PM

Although your hair is much softer than steel, razors typically only last for a handful of shaves. Previously, researchers attributed this to the sharp edge gradually wearing down after each use. But a new study reveals a different process at play.

Researchers used a powerful electron microscope to observe how the razor blades change after shaving. Instead of the razor slowly and evenly losing its sharp edge, they instead saw the formation of tiny cracks, then large chips of steel flaking off the edge of the blade.

By observing this cutting in action under a microscope (above) the researchers discovered the roughness of the blade’s edge made it vulnerable to splitting. Steel, although hard overall, varies in hardness throughout its microstructure. When the hair pushed on a softer region bordered by a harder region, the stress on this boundary fractured the blade, the team reports this month in Science.

Now that they understand why razor blades fail, the scientists hope to develop longer lasting alternatives. They are experimenting with using high pressure to mold steel into a sharp, even edge—and soon plan to test its durability. 


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How Is Peapack-Gladstone Financial’s (NASDAQ:PGC) CEO Compensated?

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View photosDoug Kennedy has been the CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:PGC) since 2012, and this article will examine the executive’s compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also assess whether Peapack-Gladstone Financial pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns. View our latest analysis for Peapack-Gladstone Financial How Does Total Compensation For Doug Kennedy Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?At the time of writing, our data shows that Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation has a market capitalization of US$330m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$2.2m for the year to December 2019. That’s a slight decrease of 5.8% on the prior year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$695k.On examining similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations between US$200m and US$800m, we discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$1.2m. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation pays Doug Kennedy north of the industry median. What’s more, Doug Kennedy holds US$2.1m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they …


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Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness

robotic pets used to remedy loneliness


Posted: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT
/ Updated: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT

Officials in Alabama may have come up with a solution to ease the feeling of loneliness during the pandemic.

The solution is pets. Now these special, furry pals contain sensors that allow them to respond to presence and touch.

Some of these pets have been spending time with seniors in Alabama and according to research, it made a huge difference.

The study is ongoing, but 70 percent of seniors’ emotions improved after cuddling with pets.


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Few Black educators win prestigious White House teaching award

few black educators win prestigious white house teaching award


Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching winner LeShundra Young and her advanced placement biology students at Germantown High School

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By Jeffrey MervisAug. 12, 2020 , 11:15 AM

Diversity isn’t an official criterion for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). But the three Black educators named to this year’s class of 107 winners announced last week say receiving the nation’s highest honor for precollege teaching makes them even more committed to fostering a more inclusive U.S. technical workforce.

“As a female and an African American, I hope I can be that face to students and teachers [from groups underrepresented in science] around the country,” says LeShundra Young, a biology teacher at Germantown High School in Madison, Mississippi. “It’s harder to relate to someone who doesn’t look like you.”

The lack of diversity in the 2019 class—the other Black educators selected are Pamela Hytower, a middle school math teacher in Georgia’s Carroll county, and Ashley Kearney, a high school math teacher in Washington, D.C.—isn’t unusual for the award. Winners are drawn from a pool of finalists submitted by each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. …


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Auto Financial Group Announces Q2 2020 Results

auto financial group announces q2 2020 results


HOUSTON, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Auto Financial Group (AFG), one of the nation’s leading sources of residual based financing and vehicle remarketing for financial institutions, announced results for Q2 2020 today.
In the second quarter of 2020, in spite of the challenges due to the coronavirus lockdown, AFG signed five new credit unions to its residual based financing programs: AmeriCU Credit Union, Bridge Credit Union and National JACL Credit Union signed up for the AFG Balloon Lending Program and Associated Credit Union of Texas signed up for the AFG Leasing Program. The five credit unions represent combined assets of nearly $3 billion and a reach increase of over 8.4 million consumers across five states.
“At AmeriCU, we’re constantly working to improve our products, services, and the ways we do business,” said Nick Cray, Vice President of Member Relations & Marketing for AmeriCU Credit Union. “We’re grateful that we can now offer our members an auto-buying alternative to leasing or conventional financing.”
Learn more about AFG’s programs at
About Auto Financial GroupAuto Financial Group (AFG), a Houston-based company, provides an online, residual based, walk-away vehicle financing product called AFG Balloon Lending, as well as vehicle leasing and vehicle remarketing to financial institutions …


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