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A patron saint of the internet? The pope is on it

Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. <span class="copyright">(Acutis family)</span>
Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. (Acutis family)

The good news for anyone praying for a little less online vitriol or a much faster internet connection is that the Vatican is on the case.

Showing that it has one foot in the 21st century, the ancient institution is backing a 15-year-old computer whiz to become the first patron saint of the internet.

Carlo Acutis, an Italian schoolboy who helped spread Roman Catholic teaching online before he died of leukemia in 2006, is the perfect candidate to become the protector of web surfers, said Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Vatican’s saint-making department.

“That’s my hope — he would be an ideal example for all young people,” said Becciu, whose official title is head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Carlo became deeply religious during

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How Instagram became a destination for the protest movement

Gary Chambers Jr. did not expect the Instagram post of his confrontation with a white school board member to go viral.

Chambers, a racial justice activist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, excoriated the board member for online shopping during a recent debate over the name of Lee Magnet High School, which is named for the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. But Chambers didn’t share the video on his Twitter account. Instead, he posted it to Instagram, where his account had 26,000 followers at the time.

The video has topped 1.8 million views since he posted it on Juneteenth, and his Instagram videos now regularly garner tens of thousands of views.

“What it speaks to is that this video is hitting people in their core, that they are feeling something when they see this,” he said. “That speaks to where I think we are as a country.”

Chambers now has nearly 200,000

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why Republicans are set for Florida convention amid pandemic

<span>Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Every four years, Democrats and Republicans stage their national conventions, huge primetime events at which presidential nominations are formally bestowed amid cascades of balloons, in front of cheering crowds.

On 20 August, a little more than two months before election day, Joe Biden will duly accept the Democratic nomination in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A week later, Donald Trump will be crowned by Republicans in Jacksonville, Florida.

Related: Trump mocks ‘basement’ strategy but prudent approach pays off for Biden

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, almost everything else will not proceed as usual. But the two parties will follow radically different paths.

This week, as the US death toll passed 124,000 and cases surged in many states, Democrats announced a slimmed-down convention, mostly online and with physical events staged under guidance from public health experts. Biden’s speech, for example, has been moved to a smaller venue.

Republicans have also

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2020 is ‘the perfect storm’ for online scams

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Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)
Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)

A worldwide pandemic, mass unemployment and nationwide protests over racial injustice — there are many important issues occupying our collective attention. Sadly, this kind of large-scale distraction is fertile ground for hackers.

“We have the COVID disaster combined with the economic disaster combined with the protests,” said Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of CyberScout, to Yahoo Life. ”We are now in the middle of what can be considered a perfect storm for scammers.”

Levin says that the current climate of our nation has set the stage for an online scam trifecta: motive, means, and opportunity.

“The motive for scammers

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Edited Transcript of LEHN.S earnings conference call or presentation 19-May-20 8:00am GMT

Plan-les-Ouates Jun 27, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Lem Holding SA earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00:00am GMT

* Marc E. Possa

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the full year results 2019/’20 conference call and live webcast. I am Shai, the Chorus Call operator. (Operator Instructions) The conference is being recorded. (Operator Instructions) The conference must not be recorded for publication or broadcast.

At this time, it’s my pleasure to hand over to Frank Rehfeld, CEO of LEM Holding. Please go ahead.

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us on this webcast where we would like to review with you the full year results presentation of our financial year ’19/’20. My name is Frank Rehfeld. I’m the CEO of LEM. And I’m together here with Andrea Borla, our CFO; and Andreas Hürlimann, the Chairman of our Board.

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So long to the city! How lockdown created a wave of ‘panic movers’

Chantel Elshout, 39, and her husband, Michael Craig, 45, are moving from Clapham to the Cotswolds - Paul Grover for the Telegraph/ Paul Grover
Chantel Elshout, 39, and her husband, Michael Craig, 45, are moving from Clapham to the Cotswolds – Paul Grover for the Telegraph/ Paul Grover

Cast your mind back to February, just four months, yet another lifetime ago, and Emily Harvey was a committed urbanite. Her PR job meant she enjoyed long lunches in the latest London restaurants, while weekends were spent at hot yoga classes, pop-up farmers’ markets and museums with her five-year-old daughter, Alice. 

Lockdown obviously put paid to all that, but just as it eases, she and her family are fleeing the capital for good.

“We took a rental in the Cotswolds during lockdown and when we returned after 12 weeks, London was like a scene from [the horror film] 28 Days Later, with everyone in masks,” she says. “After a blissful time spent in the countryside we realised we didn’t want to be in a cramped,

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Money Inc: Looking for Deals

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When coronavirus first hit, beauty investors sheltered in place and routed efforts toward their existing portfolio companies to make sure that those brands could weather the storm. But now that reopening has begun and private equity executives are emerging into a changed world—one that has undergone several months of a pandemic and the global swell of the Black Lives Matter movement—their perspectives on beauty deals have, at least somewhat, been altered.

The fundamentals remain the same: Investors want growing businesses in attractive categories with good management teams and solid brand DNA. But other aspects—like profitability and a strong direct-to-consumer connection—have taken on even more importance, sources said. Diversity, too, has become a priority for leaders as they assemble boards and pick the companies they invest in, with several sources saying they will consciously work to invest in black-owned businesses and hire black executives

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JoJo Siwa responds to accusations of blackface in music video

JoJo Siwa is setting the record straight regarding accusations that she featured a dancer wearing blackface in her new music video for her song “Nonstop.”

The 17-year-old “Boomerang” singer and former “Dance Moms” star posted a message on Instagram Friday explaining that the dancer in question was dressed up as a circus animal to go along with the video’s big top theme and wasn’t wearing blackface.

“I need to set the record straight about a few things because some have been irresponsible in recent stories and posts about me, and everyone seems to rush to conclusions without having all of the facts,” Siwa posted.

The big bow-wearing star, known for her appearances on YouTube and hosting kid-friendly shows on Nickelodeon, said she experienced backlash from haters that devolved into criticism of her appearance and sexuality over a costume that was in not intended to depict race.

“My instagram post yesterday

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Accenture is laying people off as Wall Street braces for big cuts next year

 

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Accenture is cutting US staff, and top execs just warned of more pain to come as the consulting giant promotes fewer people and looks to control costs, Meghan Morris and Dakin Campbell first reported. Their story got a lot of attention this week, and for good reason. It could be an indicator for how the firm’s own clients are weathering a downturn, and consulting likely won’t be the only industry to feel the crunch.

We also took a look at who’s most at risk once Wall Street kicks off the tidal wave of layoffs many banks had put on pause — and why boutique firms without a strong restructuring practice

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7 ways cybercrime is evolving amid the coronavirus pandemic

For many cybercriminals, the global coronavirus pandemic has been a golden opportunity for fraud.

And we haven’t even seen the worst of it yet.

Scammers love crises. From the criminal’s perspective, few things are better for cultivating new victims than a natural disaster or a social crisis.

Why? Because scams work best when people aren’t thinking clearly. When people are highly emotional, scared or anxious, as they usually are during a crisis, they tend to make impulsive decisions. This is exactly what the scammers want.

Read more: What to do if your identity has been stolen

A woman uses a smartphone and a mobilephone in front of a laptop on April 3, 2019. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Cybercriminals are opportunists, and during a “normal” crisis — like a natural disaster — the opportunities are often short-lived. But the current crisis (or, rather, crises) is different.

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