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    1. Los Angeles-Orange County’s 16.8% joblessness rate highest in U.S.

      Los Angeles-Orange County’s 16.8% joblessness rate highest in U.S.

      Los Angeles and Orange counties in July had the highest unemployment rate among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas as stiff pandemic limitations throttled businesses.

      My trusty spreadsheet, filled with a Bureau of Labor Statistics ranking of 51 regions with 1 million or more residents, tells me L.A.-O.C.’s 16.8% joblessness ranked No. 1 ahead of 16.4% in New York and Las Vegas. All three cities depend heavily on tourism, an industry hard-hit by pandemic-related lockdowns. Boston at 15.5% was next; then came Orlando at 15.3%, another tourism-heavy economy.

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    2. 4 Things To Consider Before Joining A Mastermind Group

      4 Things To Consider Before Joining A Mastermind Group

      Entrepreneurship is full of challenges. The odds seem constantly stacked up against us, and we're often left feeling alone and in the dark. Too many give up. But that's often because entrepreneurs lack a basic resource — something that can help keep us motivated, focused, and full of ideas.

      What's that resource? It's a network of likeminded people who share what they know.

      And where can you find that network? Here's one great way: .

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    3. What’s Open, What’s Closed in Orange County

      What’s Open, What’s Closed in Orange County

      Tuesday’s reveal Orange County could move to the next phase of reopening brings a fresh set of lifts on various operations restrictions.

      Here, a listing by sector of what businesses may reopen in line with state health and safety precautions with OC’s move into the red or “substantial” tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

      Full, industry-specific guidance on reopening with safety modifications and practices can be found here.

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    4. Orange County aims to reopen all schools after Sept. 6 and stay off state watchlist | KTLA

      Orange County aims to reopen all schools after Sept. 6 and stay off state watchlist | KTLA

      All Orange County schools could reopen for in-person classes sometime after Sept. 6 if coronavirus cases and hospitalizations remain below levels required by the state, health officials said Thursday.

      On Sunday, the region took its biggest step yet toward getting rates of infection down and inching closer to reopening indoor businesses and other public places. The county was removed from California’s list of counties being monitored for troubling rates of infection and deaths.

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    5. How to Meditate With a Simple 10-Minute Meditation for Beginners

      How to Meditate With a Simple 10-Minute Meditation for Beginners

      We've all been there: The clock strikes midnight, and our thoughts race on as if we'd just walked into the office with our first cup of coffee . Sleep ? Never heard of her, minus a few quick minutes of shut-eye in between the tossing and turning. This scenario is all too common for many. It's incredibly challenging to calm down a racing mind after a full day of working, parenting, and taking care of other responsibilities, not to mention a pandemic .

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    6. OC Could be Removed From State Coronavirus Watchlist, Potentially Allowing More ReopeningsVoice of OC

      OC Could be Removed From State Coronavirus Watchlist, Potentially Allowing More ReopeningsVoice of OC

      Orange County is slated to be removed from the state coronavirus watchlist if trends hold steady, which could potentially lead to more business and school classroom reopenings.

      “Late yesterday we received confirmation from the State that August 19 was the first day that Orange County is below all of the State’s data monitoring thresholds. As a reminder, we need to maintain this status for three consecutive days in order to be removed from the County Monitoring List,” county health officer Dr. Clayton Chau said in a Thursday email. 

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    7. Do these 5 things and you’ll become happier as you age

      Do these 5 things and you’ll become happier as you age

      Women face a lot as they get older: harmful cultural stereotypes, ageism, misogyny, to name a few. But Pipher urges us to remember we have the capacity to make it a better journey.

      “Women in their sixties and early seventies are crossing a border,” she writes. “And everything interesting happens at a border.”

      Here are the five important insights from her book that may help you navigate your own journey through getting older.

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    8. Economy drops at a 32.9% rate

      Economy drops at a 32.9% rate

      The U.S. economy plunged by an historic 32.9 percent annual rate for the second quarter of 2020, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis in a report released Thursday.

      That decline is the worst since the Commerce Department started measuring the gross domestic product in 1947. The effects of the coronavirus are being blamed for the downturn. “We expect it will take years for that damage to be fully recovered,” said economist Andrew Hunter.

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    9. Education board in California's Orange County votes to reopen schools without requiring masks | TheHill

      Education board in California's Orange County votes to reopen schools without requiring masks | TheHill

      The county Board of Education in Orange County, Calif., on Monday voted to approve school reopening recommendations that do not require masks for students or social distancing in schools.

      In a 4-1 vote, the board approved recommendations that include frequent hand-washing, daily temperature checks and nightly disinfection of facilities and vehicles, but did not include mandatory masks for students,

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    10. What I see:

      What I see:

      I just finished watch my typical Sunday morning new shows.  And, here is what I think:

      We are in for a nasty 9 months, or until we have a vaccine plus 3 months.

      • The infection rate continues to climb, and there is no reason to think it will stop.
      • Trump shows no signs of changing his position of opening up business.  I think businesses may limit what they open, but they will do what is in the best interest of their bottom line, which is what a business is suppose to do.
      • It appears the virus is weakening in it's ability to kill, but is becoming more transmittable.  More sick, but a lower percentage of deaths.  Can't figure out if the number of deaths is going up or down?  Should know more in a month.
      • Still a lot of people will not wear mask.

      So, I think, basically ...

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    11. Coronavirus cases are rising, but Covid-19 deaths are falling. What’s going on? - Vox

      Coronavirus cases are rising, but Covid-19 deaths are falling. What’s going on? - Vox

      There is something confounding about the US’s new coronavirus spikes: Cases are rising, but the country is seeing its lowest death counts since the pandemic first exploded.

      The numbers are genuinely strange to the naked eye: On July 3, the US reported 56,567 new Covid-19 cases, a record high. On the same day, 589 new deaths were reported, continuing a long and gradual decline. We haven’t seen numbers that low since the end of March.

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    12. How Strict Should Schools Be About Masks? In Orange County, The Question's Part Of The Reopening Debate: LAist

      How Strict Should Schools Be About Masks? In Orange County, The Question's Part Of The Reopening Debate: LAist

      If Orange County public schools resume in-person instruction in the fall, the county's Department of Education has advised schools to 'encourage' students to wear masks and face coverings 'to the extent feasible.'

      But several members of Orange County's elected Board of Education have voiced skepticism about the scientific consensus that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 — and they think the department's guidelines don't strike the appropriate balance.

      Board members are now moving to publish their own set of guidelines that — according to this document — will advise OC schools that 'requiring children to wear masks during school is not only impossible to implement but not based on science and could be potentially harmful.' Another guideline: social distancing is 'unacceptable.'

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    13. Majority on O.C. School Board talk against masks, social distancing for next school year

      Majority on O.C. School Board talk against masks, social distancing for next school year
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      When the Orange County Board of Education met this week to talk about how schools should reopen from the coronavirus shutdown, one of the central subjects of the debate was conspicuously missing: facemasks.

      In a spacious room with at least 40 people – in front of an online audience that over the course of the evening grew to more than 700 – only one board member, Beckie Gomez, as well as county employees and a handful of attendees, wore facial coverings.

      All the missing masks aligned with the agenda set by the board’s conservative majority at its forum Wednesday night in Costa Mesa.

      Though the Orange County Department of Education recently released its official suggestions for how school districts should re-open – emphasizing guidance from public health sources – the board’s conservative majority wanted to discuss other ideas, emphasizing less social distancing and more traditional in-class education.

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    14. Orange County Moves Into Stage Two of California’s Resilience Roadmap

      Orange County Moves Into Stage Two of California’s Resilience Roadmap

      The City of Irvine announced on May 23 that Orange County had officially been given permission to move into the second stage of California’s Resilience Roadmap.

      Stage One was the Safety and Preparedness stage in which local businesses were shut down and face coverings were made mandatory for entry to all still-open businesses.

      Stage Two involves re-opening certain, low-risk workplaces with certain adaptations. In a press release, Orange County stated that businesses such as in-person dining reservations, retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup, manufacturing, offices (when working remotely is not possible), outdoor museums and limited public services such as buses will be allowed to reopen.

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    15. The Facts Behind 7 Common Face Mask Misconceptions

      The Facts Behind 7 Common Face Mask Misconceptions

      Myth 1: You don't need to wear a face mask if you don't feel sick.
      This was the prevailing advice at the beginning of the pandemic, but not anymore. Experts have learned more about the coronavirus and how it spreads, and now the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is that everyone — including people who feel perfectly healthy — should wear a face covering in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain at least 6 feet of space from other people. Think: grocery stores, pharmacies, retail shops, hair salons, crowded parks and more.

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    16. Tsunami or ripple? Forecasting the 2nd wave of coronavirus

      Tsunami or ripple? Forecasting the 2nd wave of coronavirus

      As some states see declining COVID-19 cases and some see an increase in cases,  infectious disease experts warn that a second wave of COVID-19 is inevitable, though the extent of the resurgence remains unclear.

      "I think people mistake the idea of society reopening with the idea that society is safer, but things are no safer today than they were weeks ago when we were in full lockdown," said Dr. Lawrence Kleinman, MD MPH of Rutgers University.

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    17. Orange County rescinds coronavirus mask mandate

      Orange County rescinds coronavirus mask mandate

      Orange County residents no longer have to wear masks in public, officials announced Thursday — an abrupt shift in health orders following weeks of debate over the use of face coverings to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
      Masks will go from being required to being strongly recommended in public settings under a revised order from new Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau.

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    18. What to Make of the Rebound in the U.S. Jobs Report

      What to Make of the Rebound in the U.S. Jobs Report

      The job market halted its pandemic-induced collapse in May as employers brought back millions of workers and the unemployment rate unexpectedly declined.

      Tens of millions remain out of work, and the unemployment rate, which fell to 13.3 percent from 14.7 percent in April, remains higher than in any previous postwar recession.

      But employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, the Labor Department said Friday, defying economists’ expectations of further losses and offering hope that the rebound from the pandemic-induced economic crisis could be faster than forecast.

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    19. Knee Cartilage Repair Market: Arthroscopic chondroplasty is projected to be a highly lucrative procedure

      Knee Cartilage Repair Market: Arthroscopic chondroplasty is projected to be a highly lucrative procedure

      The global knee cartilage repair market was valued at approximately US$ 4.0 Bn in 2017. It is projected to expand at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% from 2018 to 2026, according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled ‘ Knee Cartilage Repair Market Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018–2026.’ The report suggests that an increase in the number of bone and joint injuries, enhancement in technology, and rise in awareness about health care are expected to propel the knee cartilage repair market in the near future. Additionally, increase ...

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      Mentions: Australia India China
    20. Lake Mission Viejo is Open

      Lake Mission Viejo is Open

      We are pleased to announce that the Lake Mission Viejo Association Board of Directors has approved the following Re-Opening Plans:   
      Phase I:  Facility opened to private boat and watercraft usage May 15th.   No Guests permitted.
      Phase II:  North Beach park, beach and swim areas opened May 26th with a limited occupancy of 500 members per day.  No Guests permitted at this time. 

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      Mentions: Local Business
    21. Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

      Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

      Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who died while serving in our . This three-day weekend is also the de facto celebratory kickoff to spring and summertime fun, and every veteran I know likes the idea of having a party to celebrate the fallen. Honoring and celebrating are what soldiers call Battle Buddies. They go hand-in-hand; they are teammates, and you need both to do it right. So how do we honor and celebrate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms?

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    22. California Reopening Guidance | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      California Reopening Guidance | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      This article and link takes you to the US Chamber of Commerce web page for California's opening up information:

      To help track the differences across each state and provide the latest guidance and information to America’s employers, we have launched the following interactive state map and state guides. Below, you will find the latest guidelines, timelines and other critical information for businesses aiming to restart safely and sustainably amid the pandemic, as well as (at the bottom of each state profile) a link to the latest information for employers in that state.

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