State has fined 11 businesses over COVID-19 mask mandate

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State investigators have fined 11 Washington businesses for allegedly failing to enforce portions of the state’s face mask mandate, according to a release Wednesday from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Mail Express Business Center in Enumclaw got the largest fine, $7,500. Investigators determined customers and employees there were not wearing masks and no signs were posted about the mandate, officials said.

According to L&I, the owner told investigators she did not enforce masking because, “she did not want to be an unpaid agent of the government,” KING-TV reported.

The news outlet talked to an L&I employee named Brian who said the overwhelming majority of businesses named in complaints turned out to be in compliance, or quickly made changes to follow the mandate.

Brian told KING-TV he didn’t want his last name used because there’s a “significant security concern” in his work spot-checking businesses. He

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Another 840,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs remain elevated

The number of Americans applying for state unemployment benefits remained historically high last week, indicating the pace of layoffs is still elevated even as the economy slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest jobless claims figures from the Labor Department, which cover the week ending Oct. 2, show that 840,000 workers sought aid last week, about four-times the pre-crisis level. More than 63 million Americans have sought jobless aid since the coronavirus lockdowns began in mid-March.

Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected 820,000 new claims. Last week’s figure was revised upward by 12,000 to 849,000.

The number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell to 10.97 million, a decline of more than 1 million from the previous week.


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The Latest: Biden says Trump ‘looks down on’ working class | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Joe Biden is pitching an economic message as he campaigns in Arizona with his running mate Kamala Harris, telling a union crowd that President Donald Trump “looks down on” working Americans.

The Democratic presidential nominee told a masked, socially distanced crowd at a Phoenix area union training facility on Thursday that the country “deserves a president who understands what the American people are going through. Who sees who you are, what you want to be.”

A key part of Biden’s closing argument ahead of the Nov. 3 election is to pitch Trump as only pretending to care about the working-class voters that propelled his 2016 victory.

He blasted the Republican president for walking away from congressional negotiations for a new pandemic relief package and for asking courts to strike down the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Penny stocks are cheap and often see massive gains, but they’re also very risky. Here’s what you should know before investing.

On the plus side, penny stocks offer a cheap chance to buy a winner; on down side, they can be hard to research and trade. Bill Oxford/Getty Images

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On the plus side, penny stocks offer a cheap chance to buy a winner; on down side, they can be hard to research and trade. Bill Oxford/Getty Images

  • Penny stocks are securities that trade at less than $5 per share, often in unsupervised over-the-counter markets.
  • Penny stocks are considered lucrative but high-risk investments: volatile, illiquid, and often subject to scams.
  • Investors interested in penny stocks should deal with those listed on larger exchanges and sold by established brokers.
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Penny stocks have become more popular than ever, tempting investors with a low cost of entry and the prospect of significant financial gains. Stories of shares making gains of over 4,000% in just months add to their appeal, and new trading technology makes it easier than ever to enter the market.


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But while they can be lucrative,

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Global Standardization Will Be Key to Growth of ESG Strategies

The widespread proliferation of environmental, social and governance investments will require global data standards and regulations to further progress.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest 2020 business and finance outlook report, Sustainable and Resilient Finance, ESG scoring and reporting has the potential to unlock a significant amount of information on the management and resilience of companies, but it will require agreed global data standards and regulations, Forbes reports.

While over $30 trillion has flowed into sustainable investments in some form of ESG investing, over 25% of publicly listed companies around the world are ESG measured and rated, with most companies in the U.S.

The OECD’s analysis underscores the distribution of performance in ESG ratings by different Providers for the same companies across all sectors.

“The use of ESG analysis is fast becoming one of the main tools for investors to manage all kinds of non-financial risks,

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How Microsoft’s customer data tools are competing with Salesforce

  • Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 tools for customer service and financial planning, are becoming an increasingly important part of its business, particularly its customer data platform.
  • Microsoft’s customer data platform is meant to help companies collect customer information in one central place, so that they can use it to improve customer service. 
  • Dynamics 365 as a whole has the potential to become a much bigger and stronger competitor to Salesforce in the customer data space, Futurum Research analyst Dan Newman told Business Insider. 
  • Microsoft’s product is designed to connect to any data collection tool, whether Microsoft owns it or not, which gives customers more flexibility than Salesforce does, he said. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 tools for customer service and financial planning are becoming an increasingly important part of its business and seeing healthy growth, too: Last quarter the product’s revenue jumped 38% year-over-year.

The centerpiece of

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Music Icon and Business Mogul Master P Named the “I Am Hip Hop” Award Recipient at The 2020 BET “Hip Hop Awards”

2 Chainz, Big Sean, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Jhenè Aiko, Lil Baby, Mulatto, Quavo, Tobe Nwigwe and Ty Dolla $ign Confirmed as Performers

Comedians 85 South (Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean) to Host the 15th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards Premiering Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9PM ET/PT on BET Networks



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Hip Hop’s biggest night returns with new hosts, a superstar lineup of performers and a legendary, music icon at the 2020 BET “HIP HOP AWARDS.” Today BET announces rapper, actor, producer, philanthropist and founder of the iconic hip hop label No Limit Records, Master P, as the recipient of the 2020 “I Am Hip Hop” Award. Additionally, comedians, actors, hosts of the “85 South

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3 Tips Every Consultancy Business Needs to Grow Strong

The upheaval caused by the recent global health pandemic has changed the dynamics of the online world. Brands, businesses, and entrepreneurs are turning towards digital mediums to continue their business activities and retain their positions in the industry, sometimes with the help of paid traffic consultancy firms.

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Brandon See has demonstrated how entrepreneurs can find success by using astute decision-making skills and implementing the right tactics and strategies in paid advertising.


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Online consultancy firms have been able to generate massive revenues and cash for e-commerce clients through paid advertising. But for most of these firms, the success they enjoy today did not come easy. They had to spend a lot of money to test strategies and tactics initially to eventually develop their own in-house strategies that would yield results for their clients. Through his firm, Digiceptual, See helps beauty, fashion,

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First-time jobless claims rose to 840,000 last week vs 825,000 estimated

The number of people who filed for first-time unemployment benefits reached 840,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had forecast claims would fall to 825,000.

While initial claims have held steady for the past six weeks, they remain at historically elevated levels.

“New claims appear to have settled into a still historically high pattern, numbering in the 800,000 range since late August,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate. “The intermediate-term outlook remains quite concerning for several reasons, although we remain hopeful that the eventual availability of effective and safe vaccines will get us to a better place on a number of fronts.”

Women and minorities, two groups that are over-represented in the service industries, remain the most heavily affected by the country’s sweeping layoffs.

Mothers of young children are shouldering more of the responsibility of online schooling,

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