Lebanon to allow hard-hit students abroad to get dollars from home

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese parliament has passed a law allowing students abroad to transfer $10,000 out of Lebanon at an official exchange rate far below the street rate, a move to help those struggling to pay foreign fees amid a deep economic crisis.

Lebanon’s banking system has been paralysed since last year, as a liquidity crunch left the nation unable to repay its massive debts. Lebanon’s pound crashed, while banks severely restricted dollar withdrawals, blocked transfers and cut card spending limits abroad down to as little as $15 a month.

This left many Lebanese students around the world struggling to pay fees or meet daily expenses.

Many Lebanese remain sceptical banks will deliver even with a new law, after a year in which the banks have tightened controls on transfers even without legislation in place.

The street value of the Lebanese pound — officially pegged at 1,500 to the

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Home Improvement: Simple ways to improve a kitchen pantry – Salisbury Post

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People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry. A pantry is a room or closet where food, beverages and linens or dishes are stored. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful pantries. Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly.

• Maximize vertical storage. Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in undershelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners

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HEDSouth’s Jan Vitrofsky On Incorporating Wellness Into Your Home

When Jan Vitrofsky started his career in the electronics industry in 1975, he had no idea it would lead him where it has. Since then, he has worked with some of the most prolific companies in entertainment, including CBS, Columbia Pictures, Sony, Disney, ESPN and ABC, and even installed a TV system in the White House during former President Bill Clinton’s administration and home theaters in television executives’ homes.

It wasn’t until 1997 he founded his company, HEDSouth. Based in Coconut Grove, Florida, less than 30 minutes outside Miami, Vitrofsky installs high-tech systems for entertainment, security, lighting, air conditioning, wellness, window shades and electrical wiring. He works with both commercial properties and multimillion-dollar residences, including those of celebrities and high-profile executives, primarily in Florida and California.

According to Hanley Wood, 75% of people consider housing as essential or extremely important to their

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In Palm Springs, Bob Hope’s former home seeks $1.5 million

A piece of Palm Springs history just surfaced for sale in the desert as the longtime home of Bob Hope has hit the market for $1.5 million.



a view of a house: The remodeled ranch known as "Home of Hope" wraps around a deck with a swimming pool and citrus trees. (Realtor.com)


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The remodeled ranch known as “Home of Hope” wraps around a deck with a swimming pool and citrus trees. (Realtor.com)

Hope and his wife, Dolores, owned the 1930s home for more than half a century. They bought it in 1946, and after both had passed away, their estate sold it in 2013, according to a plaque on the front gate identifying the property as the “Home of Hope.”

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It’s not Hope’s most impressive Palm Springs home; that’d be found a few miles south, where a Modernist masterpiece built by John Lautner is nestled up against the mountains. The dazzling, futuristic gem broke a record when it sold for $13 million in 2016.

This one’s a bit humbler, fitting five

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All 16 New ‘Masked Singer’ Cast Costumes Just Dropped, and We Need to Talk About the Baby Alien

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I know we’re all going through a lot right now, but the time has come to check in on America’s (other) national nightmare: The Masked Singer. It seems like just yesterday that the Egg and the Banana landed on the hellscape known as planet Earth, and yet somehow, we’ve already endured three entire seasons of the show. And now, it’s confirmed: We’re gonna have to deal with a fourth. Which means (a) a whole new batch of “celebrity” contestants who need to fire their PR people and (b) a whole new batch of foods/animals that’ll be forever ruined. Truly, I can never eat a taco again thanks to THIS clearly evil criminal mastermind:

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Because it’s best to keep our friends close and our enemies closer, here’s everything we currently know about The Masked Singer season 4.

Season 4 Will Air in the Fall

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Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas – Salisbury Post

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People have spent more time at home in 2020 than they likely have in years past. This has provided homeowners with plenty of time to ponder potential upgrades to their homes. After taking inventory of their lifestyles, surroundings and furnishings, people have embarked on construction projects or home interior design renovations in record numbers. Holiday gifts that cater to projects around the house are likely to be highly valued this holiday season. Here are some ideas for home improvement-related gifts.

• Home improvement retailer gift card: Home improvement centers are one-stop shopping for do-it-yourselfers. To help offset the cost of supplies, gift-givers can give a gift card to a neighborhood hardware store.

• Magazine subscription: There are plenty of ideas on the internet, but a subscription to a home remodeling or interior design magazine puts inspiration right in homeowners’ hands. Pages can be marked or cut out and

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5 Stocks to Tap Rising Demand in Retail Building Products Space

Favorable housing market trends have brightened up matters for the Zacks Building Products – Retail industry. The space, which mainly caters to home renovation and construction needs, is also gaining from accelerated DIY projects undertaken amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These apart, players are gaining from elevated trends in the digital arena, and are investing in enhancing omni-channel offerings.

Continuation of such upsides are likely to benefit industry participants like The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW), Fastenal Company (FAST), Builders FirstSource, Inc. (BLDR) and Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. (LL).

About the Industry

The Zacks Building Products – Retail industry comprises U.S. home improvement retailers, manufactures of industrial and construction materials and distributors of wallboard and ceilings systems. Some of the industry participants also offer products and services for home decoration, repair and remodeling, and in-home delivery and installation services.

The industry players provide a wide array of

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Ongoing Vigilance and Improvements Characterize the State of Cybersecurity in 2020, New CompTIA Report Finds

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Organizations are building confidence that their cybersecurity practices are headed in the right direction, aided by advanced technologies, more detailed processes, comprehensive education and specialized skills, new research from CompTIA finds.

Eight in 10 organizations surveyed for CompTIA’s State of Cybersecurity 2020 report said their cybersecurity practices are improving.

At the same time, many companies acknowledge that there is still more to do to make their security posture even more robust. Growing concerns about the number, scale and variety of cyberattacks, privacy considerations, a greater reliance on data and regulatory compliance are among the issues that have the attention of business and IT leaders.

Two factors – one anticipated, the other unexpected – have contributed to the heightened awareness about the need for strong cybersecurity measures.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been the primary trigger for revisiting security,” said Seth Robinson,

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Colorful Kitchen Inspiration – Press Release

5 Impactful, On-Trend Cabinet Stylings

MISSION, KS / ACCESSWIRE / October 1, 2020 / The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and careful planning is a necessity when it comes to redesigning this essential living space. Picking out cabinetry – and a color for those cabinets, in particular – can be a challenging process.

Photo courtesy of Wellborn Cabinet

Everything from the style of your cabinets to the amount of natural light your space receives are key factors to consider when choosing an updated hue. While white cabinets are an everlasting choice, and wood-stained cabinetry once held 70% of the market, painted cabinets now account for 70% of sales, signaling a significant shift among homeowners and their preferences.

While there are virtually no limitations when it comes to the paint, stain, and glaze options available to complement your overall kitchen design, the current stylings reflected in Wellborn Cabinet’s annual

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August construction spending up 1.4%, led by home building

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in single-family homes.



A new home under construction is shown Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Houston.  U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in spending on single-family homes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


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A new home under construction is shown Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Houston. U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in spending on single-family homes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The gain was double the 0.7% increase in July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, and the August gain was better than economists had been expecting. In an additional sign of strength, the government revised higher its earlier estimates for spending in July and June.

Spending on residential construction rose 3.7% ,with a 5.5% rise in spending on single-family homes offsetting a 0.1% dip in apartment construction, a smaller an more volatile sector.

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