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Locked out by COVID, refugees’ lives on hold

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR (Reuters) – When Michelle Alfaro left her office at the United Nations in Geneva on March 13, her job finding homes for the world’s most vulnerable refugees was under control.

Four days later, the new coronavirus had knocked it into chaos. Governments across the world announced border closures, lockdowns and flight cancellations. The United Nations was forced to suspend the programme.

“Everything collapsed that week,” said Alfaro, who manages resettlements for the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.

Millions of people have been thrown into limbo by the new coronavirus. Those Alfaro works with had been promised escape from war, violence, conflict or persecution. After submitting to a review process that can take years, and winning a chance to make new lives in countries such as the United States and Canada, thousands suddenly learned – often by phone – their flights would no longer take off.

Ubah Mohamed

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  • August 31, 2020
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42 Easy Ways To Save For Retirement

recent GOBankingRates survey. Some Americans who haven’t prioritized saving for retirement say it’s because they have too many financial obligations or aren’t making enough money to start saving.” data-reactid=”17″Almost 46% of Americans have no money saved for retirement, according to a recent GOBankingRates survey. Some Americans who haven’t prioritized saving for retirement say it’s because they have too many financial obligations or aren’t making enough money to start saving.

grow your retirement savings to $1 million and beyond.” data-reactid=”18″Although saving for retirement might seem like an impossible task, there are many easy ways to build that fund. You just have to get started or refocus your efforts and keep going. Use these tips to help grow your retirement savings to $1 million and beyond.

1. Put 15% of Your Salary in Savings

Ideally, you’ll

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  • August 31, 2020
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Falling Covid-19 cases create opportunity and peril for Trump

Coronavirus infections are down in nearly every state. That could either give President Donald Trump just what he needs to prime his reelection odds or become another missed opportunity to capitalize on a lull during the pandemic.

The positive trends are real. Covid-19 cases have been falling since late July, including in several battleground states. Hospitalizations have dropped 37 percent in the last month and the daily death count is leveling off.

But that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, even if Trump and his team portray it that way.

The circumstances create a moment to reinforce public health measures like testing, tracing and social distancing that could finally bring the outbreak to more manageable proportions, while the world waits for a vaccine or new treatments.

Trump hasn’t been inclined to go that route, instead pressing states to reopen and slowing down testing. In his closing speech at the Republican

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  • August 31, 2020
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What to Watch: The Second-half Consumer

Retailers often head into the second half with fingers crossed, knowing cooler weather, a change of wardrobe and the holiday season could make all the difference in their annual numbers. ” data-reactid=”19″Retailers often head into the second half with fingers crossed, knowing cooler weather, a change of wardrobe and the holiday season could make all the difference in their annual numbers. 

This year, merchants will also have their lucky rabbit’s foot, horseshoe and four-leaf clover at hand given the coronavirus, a bruising recession, what’s likely to be a nail-biter of a U.S. election and a good deal more than the usual dose of uncertainty. ” data-reactid=”20″This year, merchants will also have their lucky rabbit’s foot, horseshoe and four-leaf clover at hand given the coronavirus, a bruising recession, what’s likely to be a nail-biter of a U.S. election and a good deal more than the usual dose

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  • August 31, 2020
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Uncertainty dominates presidential campaign’s final stretch

NEW YORK (AP) — Within President Donald Trump’s campaign, some privately feared the worst heading into the national conventions.

They worried a strong showing by Democrat Joe Biden, combined with an underwhelming performance by Trump, would lock in the certainty of a blowout loss that would essentially end the election by September.

But as the candidates move beyond trouble-free conventions and into the final phase of the 2020 election season, both sides acknowledge the contest is tightening. And after months of running an almost entirely virtual campaign because of the pandemic, Biden has decided to launch a new phase of in-person events to help blunt any Trump gains.

“This campaign has always known that it’s going to be a close race, it’s going to be a tough race,” Biden’s senior adviser Anita Dunn said, noting that no Democratic presidential candidate since 1964 has earned more than 52.9% of the vote.

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  • August 31, 2020
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Is Trump’s America great again or hellscape?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention begged this question: Why are President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters describing the state of his union as a hellscape?

It was perhaps the central paradox for voters wondering what to believe in the rhetoric, because it defied logic to believe it all. Are Americans living in a dystopia or in an America made great again by Trump?

Four years ago, candidate Trump promised that if he won, “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.”

Now? “I’ve never seen our streets go this bad so quickly,” Pat Lynch, representing tens of thousands of New York police officers, told the GOP proceedings. “We are staring down the barrel of a public safety disaster.” He said this in remarks singing Trump’s praises.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and

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  • August 31, 2020
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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons’

Nick Viall and Rachel Lynn Lindsay in (Mark Coffey/ABC)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/duEDCXU.EMZRkeVnFdAexw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTU0MC41NzE0Mjg1NzE0Mjg2/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/62ce0fa9a5e42a77ea9ec4a13d962ff5″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/duEDCXU.EMZRkeVnFdAexw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTU0MC41NzE0Mjg1NzE0Mjg2/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/62ce0fa9a5e42a77ea9ec4a13d962ff5″/
Nick Viall and Rachel Lynn Lindsay in “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons” on ABC. (Mark Coffey/ABC)

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.

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American Ninja Warrior “All Stars Skills Challenge” (N) 8 p.m. NBC

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Brad Sherwood. (N) 8 p.m. CW

The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Nick Viall, who was one of the finalists in both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of “The Bachelorette,” a contestant on “Bachelor in Paradise” and was also “The Bachelor” is featured in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC

Love Island (N) 9 p.m. CBS

Penn & Teller: Fool Us Featured magicians include Daniel K,

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  • August 31, 2020