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    1. Jobless claims hit record 3.3 million as coronavirus clobbers labor market

      Jobless claims hit record 3.3 million as coronavirus clobbers labor market

      Nearly 3.3 million people filed a claim for jobless aid in the week ending March 21, a nearly fivefold increase over the previous weekly record back in 1982. By way of comparison, in the worst single week after the financial crash of 2008, jobless claims stood at 665,000.

      'This represents the single worst one-day piece of labor market news in America's history,' Andrew Stettner, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, said in an email.

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    2. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

      Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

      The Senate passed a historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief package Wednesday night, as it tries to stem the destruction the pandemic has brought to American lives and wallets. 

      The chamber approved the mammoth bill in a unanimous 96-0 vote after days of furious negotiations, partisan sniping and raised tempers on the Senate floor. The bill now heads to the House, which will push to pass it by voice vote Friday morning as most representatives are out of Washington. 

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    3. Should I spend some marketing dollars?

      Should I spend some marketing dollars?

      The Small Business Association suggests companies budget 7% to 8% of revenues for promotion, but the average small business spends 1% or less.  We find that most small companies don’t even have a written budget and have no plan on how they will market or grow their company.

      In this time of fear, during the coronavirus lock-down, many businesses aren’t making any money and are not even considering spending their precious dollars on marketing.  Yet this is exactly when you should be planning your comeback and your marketing campaign should start prior to the start of your business comeback. 

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    4. Democrats infect coronavirus relief bill with poison

      Democrats infect coronavirus relief bill with poison

      Senate Democrats on Sunday night followed Rahm Emanuel's famous advice to never let a crisis go to waste. They filibustered a bill that had been negotiated by senators of both parties to provide relief for tens of millions of people whose livelihoods are in jeopardy and whose small businesses are failing.

      The most important aspect of any legislative response to the coronavirus crisis is to help businesses maintain their payrolls. Employers are making the decision to lay off their staffs every day, and the longer Washington hesitates in its response, the deeper the economic effect of the virus will be.

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    5. Beacon Sales and Marketing Remains Open

      Beacon Sales and Marketing Remains Open

      Coronavirus Update.

      Beacon Sales and Marketing is currently open for business and believes we will continue to be open through the current virus epidemic.  

      We are all working from home, but continue to support our customers promotional products needs.  We are helping our many customers find products that fit their marketing needs AND are available.  Some suppliers have had to suspend manufacturing or are out of stock.  This situation will most likely get worse before it gets better, but Beacon has the resources and tools to find available products and we are taking back orders for items that are currently out of stock but will become available in the near future.

      We all have a lot of questions, but you can contact us, preferable by email, and we will get you answers.

      Best wishes for lasting health,

      Beacon Sales and Marketing

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    6. WHO Coronavirus disease web page updates

      WHO Coronavirus disease web page updates

      On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

      WHO is closely monitoring this event and is in active communication with counterparts in China. In line with standard protocols for any public health event, an incident management system has been activated across the three levels of WHO and the Organization is prepared to mount a broader response, if needed.

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    7. 65 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

      65 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

      There are more than 10,000 Coronavirus cases and more than 150 deaths in the US, according to the CDC. The stock market has taken a hit. Businesses are losing customers, and workers are losing jobs. It has become frightening, frustrating, and even maddening.

      The list includes links to the tools.

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    8. Drive-thru coronavirus swabs start at two Orange County hospitals

      Drive-thru coronavirus swabs start at two Orange County hospitals

      A pair of hospitals in north Orange County are the first two local medical facilities to begin drive-thru swabbing for the novel coronavirus.

      The two sites on Monday, March 16, set up outdoor stations to swab the nose or throat of people seeking to be tested for the infection. Both facilities running the drive-thru testing are part of the Providence health system, but a spokesman for Providence would not confirm the locations.

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    9. Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

      Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

      The best way to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection is to avoid exposure to this virus and follow these everyday preventative actions.

      The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

      The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

      • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
      • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

      These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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    10. Wall Street Has Its Worst Day Since 1987

      Wall Street Has Its Worst Day Since 1987

      The escalating coronavirus emergency Thursday sent stocks to their worst losses since the Black Monday crash of 1987, extending a sell-off that has now wiped out most of Wall Street’s big run-up since President Donald Trump’s election.

      The S&P 500 plummeted 9.5%, for a total drop of 26.7% from its all-time high, set just last month. That puts it way past the 20% threshold to make this a bear market, snapping an unprecedented, nearly 11-year bull-market run. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 10% for its worst day since a nearly 23% drop on Oct. 19, 1987.

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    11. Annual 4 the Fallen Golf Classic

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      4 the Fallen is a 100% volunteer, direct impact non-profit organization in support of our country's heroes. Given a 501(c) (3) designation by the IRS in September 2015, the organization's goal is to create funds necessary to operate critical programs and services. The High Impact Prosthetic, Certified Service Dogs, and Adaptive Sports programs were established to ensure that America's heroes receive services and access at no cost to them. 4 the Fallen is committed to growing these programs which directly impact the lives of injured American heroes who volunteered to serve our great nation.



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    12. Stocks, Dow Sink As Coronavirus Fears Continue Driving Economic Uncertainty

      Stocks, Dow Sink As Coronavirus Fears Continue Driving Economic Uncertainty

      Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its worst week since October 2008 during the global financial crisis. U.S. indexes fell 1.8% following steep losses in Europe and Asia. The rout is driven by fear that the virus that emerged in China will derail the global economy. Investors continue to buy up low-risk assets like bonds, sending yields to record lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 463 points, or 1.8%, to 25,311. The S&P 500 lost 54 points, or 1.8%, to 2,922. The Nasdaq fell 143 points, or 1.7%, to 8,423.

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    13. Coronavirus' Top Targets: Men, Seniors, Smokers

      Coronavirus' Top Targets: Men, Seniors, Smokers

      Viruses can strike one group more severely than another. The 1918 flu, which claimed 50 million lives worldwide, particularly affected young adults. The Zika outbreak that raged through Brazil in 2015-2016 had an especially devastating effect on pregnant women, attacking the brains of the fetuses they carried.

      COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that originated in China, appears to get more dangerous with age, says Michael Mina, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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    14. World Health Officials Deliver Ominous Warning About Spread Of Coronavirus

      World Health Officials Deliver Ominous Warning About Spread Of Coronavirus

      With clusters of coronavirus cases showing up around the world outside of China, the World Health Organization has issued an ominous warning about stopping the growing spread of the disease.

      The warning came on Friday while there were also several developments involving the disease in Northern California — an epicenter in the United States for treating victims who have contracted coronavirus.

      The WHO warned that the clusters not directly linked to travel, such as the ones in South Korea, Italy and Iran, suggest that time may be running out to contain the outbreak.

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    15. China Has Problems

      China Has Problems

      China car sales plunged 92% during the first two weeks of February as the coronavirus outbreak kept buyers away from showrooms.

      It was even worse in the first week, when nationwide sales tumbled 96% to a daily average of only 811 units, the China Passenger Car Association said in a report released earlier this week. Deliveries this month may slide by about 70%, resulting in a roughly 40% drop in the first two months of 2020, the association said. The figures exclude minivans.

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    16. Coronavirus in the U.S.: Map of where the virus has been confirmed across the country

      As the coronavirus continues to spread in China, U.S. health officials are closely monitoring for cases in the United States.

      This map will be updated as more cases in the U.S. are confirmed. As of Jan. 29, there were five: one each in Illinois, Arizona and Washington state, and two in California.

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    17. Chose the Wrong Medicare Plan for 2020? Relief May Be Available

      Chose the Wrong Medicare Plan for 2020? Relief May Be Available

      The chance to choose a better plan

      If your new Medicare plan is more expensive than you thought it would be, and the reason boils down to bad information you received from Medicare's plan finder, you're not necessarily out of luck. While you'd normally need to wait until this fall's open enrollment period to change your coverage, and wait until 2021 for your new plan to take effect, because of widespread problems with the plan finder, Medicare is making exceptions this year. Specifically, it's giving seniors who show that they were misled by the plan finder a special enrollment period to change their coverage.

      Normally, you'll only qualify for one of these periods under limited circumstances, such as if you move outside your plan's service area, move back to the U.S. after living abroad, or lose Medicaid coverage. But this year, you ...

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    18. Is Your Cannabis Safe? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

      Is Your Cannabis Safe? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

      Not all cannabis is created equal. Wise consumers know how to spot the real stuff from the black market poison.

      in 2019, cannabis-related media headlines were dominated by the public health crisis surrounding vaping and other electronic smoking devices. In a majority of the reported incidents, the products were unlawful or counterfeit and purchased from illegal operators.

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    19. A New Year's Checkup for Financial Success in 2020 and Beyond

      A New Year's Checkup for Financial Success in 2020 and Beyond

      As 2020 kicks off, it’s a great time to make sure your savings and investments are aligned with your goals and not creating unnecessary taxes. Here are some key steps. Figure out how much income you’ll need in retirement. You can do it at any age, but it’s especially important in your 50s and 60s. Many people can calculate it themselves using a retirement calculator on the web. Searching for “retirement income calculator” will give you a number of choices.

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    20. These 10 new Orange County restaurants had the biggest buzz in 2019

      These 10 new Orange County restaurants had the biggest buzz in 2019

      Forget the critics for five minutes. Here are the restaurants you were excited about in 2019. We took a look back at our digital analytics to find the 10 restaurant opening stories readers clicked on most and they ranged from food halls to ethnic eateries and steak houses.

      Lots of restaurants have opened since the first of the year, but some of the flashiest and fanciest didn’t even make this list. If you want to know which establishments were heavy hitters according to readers, here’s a recap of what local foodies were buzzing about this year.

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    21. California projected to have nation’s weakest housing markets in 2020

      California projected to have nation’s weakest housing markets in 2020

      California housing markets were voted “most likely to underperform” in a poll of market analysts.

      Zillow and Pulsenomics LLC asked more than 100 real estate gurus to predict what would occur in 2020 housing markets. Collectively, this group saw U.S. home values up 2.8%.

      As for 25 major local markets, those folks polled did not like what they saw in California, with the state home to five of the six U.S. metro areas with the poll’s worst outlooks. Here’s what was revealed …

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    22. Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2019

      Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2019

      News Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2019 2019 Orange County Register 100 Most Influential. (Collage by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) By Todd Harmonson | tharmonson@scng.com | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: December 23, 2019 at 8:50 am | UPDATED: December 24, 2019 at 7:14 am Influencers make their marks in Orange County in myriad ways.

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    23. 9 Types of Real Estate Investments Compared

      9 Types of Real Estate Investments Compared

      Any new investment is intimidating at first when you’re still struggling to learn the vocabulary, challenges, risks, and rewards. But real estate offers some compelling benefits for investors willing to learn the ropes, from asset diversification to passive income to real estate investing tax benefits.

      And you have plenty of real estate investment options to choose from. From a fast one-time payout to ongoing income, hands-on work to complete passivity, you can pick the right investment option based on your personal goals.

      Here are nine popular options to help you start building your real estate empire – or at least add real estate to your portfolio.

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