Lowe’s new top communicator addresses tech, DE&I and the post-COVID era

This year wasn’t exactly what Ben Boyd had in mind when at the beginning of the year he “put it out in the universe” that he wanted a challenge.

“I wanted to be stretched,” he says with a rueful laugh over the phone . He’s been announced as the new top communicator for Lowe’s, leaving his role at BCW to take on a different kind of challenge, one that has him buzzing about the future. His first day at Lowe’s is Oct. 26.

“I’m a guy who could not be more over the moon about change in my life and the challenge that I’m taking on,” he says.

It’s a reminder that challenges can be positive forces in our lives as well, even when facing an extraordinarily tough year of mind-bending disruption and change.

A time for communicators to shine

When asked about the top challenges communicators are facing in

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Watch Carlos Vives Play A Tiny Desk From Home : NPR

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music presents four very special Tiny Desk Home Concerts recorded especially for this week.

Vocalist Carlos Vives kicks things off in high gear on this Tiny Desk (home) concert with his trademark sound: a celebration of the music from his beloved home country of Colombia, mixed with rock and other Latin music styles.

Spirited champeta dance grooves from the country’s Pacific coast permeate his classic 1995 hit “Pa’ Mayte,” and if you look closely you’ll see two of his backup vocalists also playing traditional gaitas Colombianas (flutes). They are used to spectacular effect as a transition between the title

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Shoe Repair Shops Put Best Foot Forward Despite Pandemic

NEW YORK – It’s something Nelson Yanza has been doing since he was a youngster growing up in Ecuador — repairing shoes. 

His hard work that started working at his brother’s shop has paid off. When he came to the United States, he worked at a Midtown Manhattan shoe repair shop for 15 years.


What You Need To Know

  • Nelson Yanza and Wife Yesica bought Yanz Leather Services on the Upper East Side three years ago
  • Nelson Yanza worked at a Midtown Shoe and Leather Repair Shop for 15 years before buying his own place
  • The Yanzas met while working at The Leather Spa in Midtown
  • Nelson Yanza learned shoe repair as a youngster at his brother’s shop in Ecuador

It’s where he met his wife Yesica. Now, they own their own shop on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side. 

At any given moment, the Yanza’s can be rescuing

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Lowe’s Canada Presents a Total of Over $2.1 Million to More Than 235 Hero Organizations Across the Country

284 Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot stores and five distribution centres in the Lowe’s Canada network joined forces as part of the largest Lowe’s Canada Heroes Campaign to date

BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Lowe’s Canada, one of Canada’s leading home improvement retailers, is proud to announce that a total of over $2.1 million will be donated to more than 235 non-profit organizations and public schools across the country whose actions make them true heroes in their communities. This year, for the very first time, 47 stores affiliated with the RONA banner and five distribution centres in the network joined Lowe’s, RONA, and Réno-Dépôt corporate stores in this flagship campaign. Throughout September, 289 Lowe’s Canada network sites joined forces to raise funds in support of their chosen partner organization’s mission or specific project. As in the past, 50% of the amounts raised were matched by Lowe’s

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Analysis: Major Improvements In iPhone 12 Pro Cameras

“The photographer’s phone” is what Apple calls the iPhone 12 Pro, and almost the entire presentation of that model (and its larger iPhone 12 Pro Max sibling) focused on the cameras.

The iPhone 12 Pro has the same 6.1in screen with XDR technology as the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest screen ever in a 6.7in iPhone. They use the same ceramic crystal glass that should be four times more durable than iPhone 11.

The frame around the body of the phone is made of stainless steel that has been coloured and polished to an extreme sheen, and Apple says the gold-coloured model has a lustre that is more reminiscent of actual gold than ever.

Another novelty is even better sealing: the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max both offer an IP68 water-resistance rating to a depth of 6m.

But the really big improvements can

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Home Library Design

Once thought of as space for academics to smoke cigars and sip whiskey, the era of covid-19 has transformed home libraries into now cozy places of refuge. Those who’ve grown tired of Netflix and election coverage might find solace in curling up with a book. From a reading nook with a small chaise to a grand room with a fireplace and soaring ceilings, five local designers offer inspiration for creating a home library.

Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design

Whether ornate or minimalist, design ideas for accommodating one’s personal taste abound, says Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design in McLean. “When it comes to home libraries, the customization options are endless,” she said. “Some of my favorite things to include in libraries are art light sconces that illuminate the books, a built-in bar, closed storage, a built-in reading nook or even a secret bookcase door.”

A literary retreat need not lack elegance,

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Covid-19 isolated nursing home residents. Now it may keep them from voting.

Nursing home residents have always faced challenges voting — because of limited mobility, physical infirmity and the restrictive reality of institutional life. But there were many ways to get help: Residents who were mobile and had access to transportation could vote at general polling places, families could freely visit to help residents vote by mail, and, in some states, election officials conducted voting in nursing homes. Now, the novel coronavirus has changed much of that: In-person voting risks infection, and visitors who might help with mail-in voting are barred from many homes. Short-staffed and still concentrating on other challenges posed by the pandemic, facilities do not seem ready to step up.

“Facilities throughout the state have made little or no efforts to assist residents” to vote by mail in “what may be the most important election in their lifetimes,” representatives of a dozen community advocacy groups wrote to Pennsylvania health

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5 Times a Home Equity Loan Makes Sense

Taking out a home equity loan for the wrong reason or at the wrong time could cost you big.

If you owe less on your home than it’s worth, you have equity. With a home equity loan, you borrow against that equity and pay the loan back in equal monthly installments for a preset number of years (typically, five to 30 years). The amount you can borrow is usually capped at 80% to 85% of available equity. For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $200,000, you have $100,000 in equity. That means you may be eligible to borrow $80,000 to $85,000 in a home equity loan.

When you take out a home equity loan, your home acts as collateral, meaning a lender can repossess your house if you fail to make payments. Home equity loans can be useful, but it is crucial to consider whether you

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The Future of Hotel Design

At Virgin Hotels in Chicago, Dallas and Nashville, and coming to Las Vegas early next year, the company’s app was made more robust this year to control room lights, temperature and television. Room configurations separate the back bedroom from the dressing room near the hallway with a barn door behind which guests can remain, allowing attendants access to make deliveries without contact.

“We don’t make you sign the room-service check,” said Raul Leal, the chief executive of Virgin Hotels. “That’s an archaic accounting tool.”

Not every hotel can offer outdoor dining year-round. Neither can their restaurants thrive with the capacity restrictions forced by social distancing requirements. The solution: Make the entire hotel a dining area. And throw in robotic servers.

“This is meant to be an answer to how do you deconstruct the restaurant experience so you don’t have to eat in one small place,”

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Nikon Announces Z 6II and Z 7II: Small But Meaningful Improvements

Nikon has just announced the second generation of their full-frame mirrorless bodies, updating the Z 6 and Z 7 to Z 6II and Z 7II. These feature updates improve some crucial areas of camera performance, but is it enough to keep them competitive? Check out the features that have changed and decide for yourself.

Firstly, the bodies are the same. Other than some slight differences to accommodate things like the new vertical grip (finally!), all the buttons and controls have remained in the same positions. This makes interoperability between cameras a breeze, but also reflects the very small degree of change involved in this update. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s actually changed.

Dual Processors

The cameras now feature dual EXPEED 6 processors. These power a number of the camera’s features, so more power is always welcome. In this case, the greater available power has allowed

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