Qurate And Quarantine: Will Home Shopping Push This Name Higher? (NASDAQ:QRTEA)

Strip malls are history. – Jeff Bezos

Let’s be honest. Many of us have been spending a lot more time in front of our televisions and computer screens lately. Whether you’re watching the Sopranos for the first time or placing your order for next Monday’s grocery pick up, odds are you’ve been glued to your digital devices as well.

COVID-19 restrictions have zapped revenue from physical retail spaces, as consumers have been forced, or chosen in many cases, to remain home. It comes as no surprise that a company that operates popular online and televised brands, like HSN (formerly Home Shopping Network), would be positioned to benefit from this dramatic shift in consumer behavior.

Qurate Retail Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) is a massive media conglomerate in the video and eCommerce spaces in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company employs over 25,000 individuals and oversees brands that reach nearly 400 million households,

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Kennedy Funding Closes $3 Million Land Loan for Portion of Former Murdock Village Site in Port Charlotte, Florida

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A long-promised commercial center in Port Charlotte, Florida, will soon be underway, thanks to Kennedy Funding.

The Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based direct private lender today announced the closing of a $3 million loan to Lost Lagoon Development for the acquisition of 101.46 acres of land located at 17512 Toledo Blade Boulevard in Port Charlotte.

Lost Lagoon Development purchased the property for $3.755 million – and Kennedy Funding closed the loan – at 80% of the purchase price.

“A commercial real estate loan at 80% loan-to-cost, particularly on raw land, is quite rare in the hard money space,” said Kevin Wolfer, CEO, Kennedy Funding. “Knowing the contract contained several contingencies for rezoning and site plan approvals significantly increased this property’s value and made this an extremely unusual and attractive arrangement. Once the borrower secured the approvals, we were able to quickly close.”

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iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 review: iPhone revolution, iPad evolution

Apple spells out the significance of its new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates right in the release notes. iOS 14 “updates the core experience of iPhone” thanks to redesigned widgets that can be placed anywhere on your home screen and a new App Library feature for managing app overload and organization. iPadOS 14 is a bit less grand in scope, with Apple saying that it “introduces new Apple Pencil features and redesigned apps that take advantage of iPad’s large multi-touch display.” One marks the biggest shift for the iPhone in years, and the other continues to augment the creativity and productivity power of Apple’s tablets.

For both platforms, the new software includes a long list of improvements to Messages, Maps, the Music app, Siri, and more. And Apple continues its quest to put privacy at the center of everything, with new protections for your personal data and indicators that

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SCDOT plans improvements for dangerous intersection along Highway 501



a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.


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Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Plans are in the works to make a notorious intersection along Highway 501 safer.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation revealed that improvements will be made to the intersection of Highway 501 and Cox Ferry Road during the widening project.

Numbers from the city of Conway show that from 2017 to 2019, there were more than 100 accidents at the intersection.

RELATED COVERAGE | Family says Conway intersection remains unsafe years after daughter’s deadly crash

A spokesman for SCDOT said that the Ride III project for the highway includes adding a third lane in each direction on Highway 501, a right turn lane onto East Cox Ferry Road from the highway and offsetting the left turn lane on the northbound side onto West Cox

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Google will try ‘hybrid’ work-from-home models, as most employees don’t want to come in every day

  • Most Google employees want to return to the office at some point, but not every day, according to a recent Google survey of its employees’ desires for post-pandemic work.
  • The company said it is planning “hybrid” models for future work, including rearranging its offices, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday.
  • Silicon Valley companies are competing on flexible work options for existing and prospective talent.



Sundar Pichai wearing a suit and tie: Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., gestures while speaking during a discussion on artificial intelligence at the Bruegel European economic think tank in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Pichai urged the U.S. and European Union to coordinate regulatory approaches on artificial intelligence, calling their alignment critical.


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Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., gestures while speaking during a discussion on artificial intelligence at the Bruegel European economic think tank in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Pichai urged the U.S. and European Union to coordinate regulatory approaches on artificial intelligence, calling their alignment critical.

Google is rethinking its long-term work options for employees, as most of them say they don’t want to come back to the office full-time.

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Renovation loans get pandemic boost as homeowners want home offices

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Vexed by work-from-home arrangements owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners are taking the long view and rethinking floor plans. The reality is, home offices are no longer a luxury.

In the initial three weeks of public health lockdowns in March, according to Gallup, the percentage of employed Americans working from home doubled to 62%. Of these workers, three in five said they’d prefer to work from home when restrictions are lifted. Homeowners are serious about dedicating room for work.

There’s a mainstay in mortgage finance poised to help in working from home. The Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage insurance program is designed for borrowers to renovate when they purchase or refinance.

For over 40 years with Section 203(k) of the National Housing Act, FHA has been protecting lenders with fully-insured mortgage loans even as renovations are underway. In turn, the program opens access to much-needed renovation capital for borrowers.

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UNL students excited to vote, expected to cast ballots by mail | Education

By scanning QR codes positioned around the tent, students were taken directly to Vote.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan platform that allows voters to enter basic information to register to vote in all 50 states and territories, or to check the status of their existing registration.



Voter registration at UNL

A QR code takes students to vote.org to confirm their voter registration.




It’s quick and easy, Collier said, taking just a few minutes in most cases. For students who may not be comfortable with registering online, the voter drive sponsored by the Huskers Vote Coalition and ASUN also had paper registrations for students to register to vote from their campus address.



Voter registration at UNL

ASUN Student Government chief of staff Aiah Nour waits to help students with their voter registration questions outside the Nebraska Union on Tuesday.




Working alongside Collier was Aiah Nour, the daughter of Sudanese immigrants, who said she

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A Mid-South family recalls having their son only six months into pregnancy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The McCain family was very excited when they found out after seven years of marriage, they were expecting.

At the same time, they understood this would be a high-risk pregnancy. Nevertheless, they still saw it as a blessing.

Six months into the pregnancy, Stephania McCain began having contractions. Her son RJ was ready to make his entrance into the world, ahead of schedule.

Stephania said she was caught off guard.

“I was barely six months pregnant,” Stephania said. “I was like, what do you mean?”

Stephania had dilated three centimeters, and there was a tear in the amniotic sack, causing fluid to leak. Her doctors attempted to stop the contractions with no success, and four days later, RJ was born.

He was tiny.

“They were holding him like this,” Stephania said, showing the palms of her hands.

RJ’s doctors knew the best place for him would be

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Will Soldier Field renovation deal deliver late hit to city budget?

In 2011, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that Chicago taxpayers are “not an ATM machine” and can’t afford to be the financial backstop for the $660 million renovation of Soldier Field.

The bonds that financed the Soldier Field project are paid off with part of the city’s hotel tax — but that financing package also assumed hotel tax revenue would grow by a rosy 5.5% a year. When it doesn’t, Chicago taxpayers make up the difference.

Emanuel was bracing for a $1.1 million hit that year, though in the end, the city lost just $185,000 of its state income tax revenue. Emanuel dumped three stadium authority board members and ordered their replacements to change the financing structure. But those changes were never made. The city remains on the hook.

Now, it may be time to turn on the ATM machine once again.

The stadium deal, announced in 2001, included a 2-percentage-point

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Kiwi kitchen designers knock out the competition in London

Auckland kitchen designer Morgan Cronin is one of three finalists for the International Designer of the Year Award. His sculptural "art" kitchen, which was cast in glass-reinforced concrete, has already won major prizes in New Zealand.

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Auckland kitchen designer Morgan Cronin is one of three finalists for the International Designer of the Year Award. His sculptural “art” kitchen, which was cast in glass-reinforced concrete, has already won major prizes in New Zealand.

What is it with New Zealand kitchen designers that makes them do so well overseas?

Two weeks ago, four of our designers were lauded as finalists in the prestigious SBID awards, based in London. And last year Davinia Sutton of Christchurch won the prestigious International Designer of the Year Award. The year before, she took out three awards in the German Design Awards.

And now, two Auckland kitchen designers – Mal Corboy and Morgan Cronin – are two of the three finalists in this year’s International Designer of the Year awards. Both designers have already taken out major NKBA awards this year, and are two of the SBID finalists for 2020.

There are timber accents on the island and benchtops to match the cabinetry and ceiling in the Mal Corboy kitchen.

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