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Son-in-law accused of stealing $484K from Lower Salford family business | News

NORRISTOWN — A man is accused of stealing more than $484,000 from the Lower Salford business owned by his in-laws while he worked as the company’s chief operations officer, presumably so he could start up his own photography business, according to court documents.

Christopher David Oleksa, 36, of the unit block of Onyx Road, New Oxford, Adams County, was arraigned before District Court Judge Maureen Coggins on charges of identity theft, access device fraud, receiving stolen property, forgery, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between October 2019 and April 2020.

Coggins set bail at $50,000 unsecured and Oleksa was released to await further court action. Oleksa waived his preliminary hearing and his case will proceed directly to county court where it will be listed for trial.

The investigation began in April when Lower Salford police met with John and Holly Firely,

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HID Global launches secure ID financial card production solution | Security News

Be our guest: How to manage visitors with both safety and service

In today’s fraught times, business continuity and success hinges on how you manage the visitors to your company. By prioritising safety and security, and coupling them with top-notch attention and customer service, you win loyalty and gain a reputation that will serve you in years to come. An excellent way to accomplish this is by identifying and implementing the best visitor management system for your company.
And visitor management systems go beyond ensuring the safety of your visitors and staff safety from your visitors. A feature-rich VMS will track your guests’ activities, so you can better understand their preferences for future visits. That way, you can manage visitor experience and tailor amenities and preferences. Both customer loyalty and brand reputation benefit.
Visitor management systems: who uses it, and why is it used?
Visitor management refers to all the

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Money Hacks Podcast: ETFs and unit trusts, what are the differences and misconceptions?, Business News & Top Stories

Money Hacks Ep 79: Differences and misconceptions over ETFs and unit trusts

9:22 mins

Synopsis: Updated fortnightly on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips.

This episode tackles the importance of knowing the pros and cons of ETFs and unit trusts.

Chris Lim hosts Gregory Van, chief executive and founding partner of Endowus, the only digital investment adviser that now has a CPF investment option.

They discuss the following points:

1. What are ETFs and unit trusts and are there big differences between them? (0:45)

2. Are unit trusts and mutual funds the same product? (2:32)

3. Why are ETFs essentially a wrapper for products like funds, Reits or bonds, so they can be traded on exchanges? How does that impact the net asset value? (3:15)

4. Unit trusts are more convenient for investors who do not need intra-day liquidity (4:55)

5. What are the differences between ETFs

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Why are colleges bringing back students despite near-certainty of COVID-19 outbreaks? Money plays a big part – News – The Columbus Dispatch

For months, universities and experts have warned another semester of remote courses could have disastrous effects on student enrollment and college budgets.

Colleges that are reopening campuses this fall know they’re bringing a higher risk of coronavirus to their community.

The questions aren’t really about if or when, but about how bad outbreaks could be — and whether having an in-person experience for students is worth the cost. With so much at stake, some students, parents and faculty are asking: Why take the risk at all?

In many cases, it comes back to money.

For months, colleges and experts have warned another semester of remote courses could have disastrous effects on student enrollment and college budgets.

Colleges already lost billions of dollars when they pivoted to digital instruction in the spring, in the form of refunded room-and-board payments and expensive technology for online courses. Another semester — or year —

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Pethealth to Combine with Crum & Forster Accident & Health; Will Create Fourth Largest Pet Insurance Entity in U.S. Market | News

EATONTOWN, N.J., Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Crum & Forster, Accident & Health (www.cfins.com) announces that Pethealth Inc. (www.pethealthinc.com) will complete a reorganization transaction that will result in Pethealth combining with the Crum & Forster family and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Crum & Forster Holdings Corp, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (www.fairfax.ca). The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Pethealth, also a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax, entered the pet insurance industry in 1998 and has become one of North America’s leading producers of medical insurance for cats and dogs. Combined under the A&H umbrella with the guidance of A&H President Gary McGeddy, Pethealth and Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group will represent a significant force in the pet insurance industry.

“We are excited to welcome

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Uber to Operate Food Delivery Even if Rides Business Forced Shut in California | Investing News

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc

on Monday said it would continue operating its revenue-generating food delivery business Uber Eats even if its ride-hail business should be forced shut in California at the end of this week following a court order.

A company spokesman said Uber’s food delivery unit did not appear to be impacted by a lawsuit filed by California’s attorney general and a subsequent court order that would force Uber to treat its ride-hail drivers as employees.

Uber and smaller rival Lyft Inc

said they would be forced to shut their ride-hailing operations in California if the court ruling goes into effect on Friday morning.

Eats has been a boon to Uber during the pandemic as Americans stay home and many businesses and restaurants remain shut. Delivery orders in the second quarter more than doubled, while ride-hailing trip bookings, in the past responsible for nearly two-thirds of Uber’s revenue,

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Australia Business Conditions Improve, but New Lockdown Slugs Sentiment – Survey | Investing News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A measure of Australian business conditions rose in July as the service sector rebounded from a national lockdown, but confidence was badly hit by a renewed outbreak of coronavirus in the second most populous state of Victoria.

National Australia Bank’s

index of business conditions bounced to 0 in July, from -8 in June. That was up from a low of -34 in April at the height of the pandemic and nearer to the long-run average of +6.

However, the survey’s measure of business confidence fell back to -14 in July, from 0 in June, though it remained well above the April trough of -46.

The index of sales firmed to +1, from -6, and profitability to +2 from -8. Employment improved to -2, from -11 in June.

“Conditions have now recovered to be broadly around their pre-COVID level with improvements across the country,” said NAB Group Chief

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Tsunami of fake news hurts Latin America’s effort to fight coronavirus

<span>Photograph: Martín Mejía/AP</span>
Photograph: Martín Mejía/AP

For months Gustavo Andrade has been battling to convince his parishioners to take Covid-19 seriously.

Related: Desperate Bolivians seek out toxic bleach falsely touted as Covid-19 cure

“This town is full of infected people. Two or three die every day,” said the priest, from the town of Venustiano Carranza in southern Mexico.

Yet for all Andrade’s efforts, many locals remain unconvinced. “Their understanding is that these deaths are from the poison the mayor is spraying as part of the anti-dengue fumigation,” he said.

The culprit for the confusion is fake news.

As Latin America battles the advance of Covid-19, which has now claimed more than 160,000 lives in the region, it is also fending off a tsunami of online disinformation designed to bamboozle and deceive.

From the Mexican state of Chiapas to Ceará in Brazil, social networks are awash with quack cures and fantastical conspiracies that can

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News from around our 50 states

Alabama

Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham talks about his department's budget Tuesday after meeting with the Montgomery County Commission.
Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham talks about his department’s budget Tuesday after meeting with the Montgomery County Commission.

Montgomery: Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham is expecting 10% less funding for his office in 2021 because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He outlined a plan to deal with the cuts during a Tuesday hearing with county commissioners. Cunningham pitched some cost-saving ideas to help, including sharing the salary of a full-time dispatcher with the town of Pike Road, and building and selling cars to other municipalities. “I think we’re still making sure that the equipment and the manpower are going to be there for our community,” he said. He did have one request. He asked the commissioners for hazard pay for some of his officers. “It’s about trying to recognize those that are going over and beyond,” he said. “… These guys and girls, they love their

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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Duo Claudia Rosencrantz & Adrian Woolfe Launch Entertainment News Network LIT

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EXCLUSIVE: Claudia Rosencrantz and Adrian Woolfe, two TV industry veterans who turned Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? into a global phenomenon, are launching a CNN-style entertainment news network as an offshoot of their Studio 1 production outfit.

The duo have gone live with LIT across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and are pitching the U.S.-focused channel as a destination for social media savvy youths who are hungry for a sideways take on news involving their favorite TV, movie and music stars, and online influencers.

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LIT is currently broadcasting live for an hour every weekday, but the ambition is that, within the next three years, it will ultimately evolve into a 24-hour rolling news proposition with operations around the world. As well as broadcasting on social media, LIT is in discussions with most major platforms about distribution, and it

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