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Trump administration misses deadline on conservation projects, top Democrat says

The Trump administration has failed to meet a deadline to inform Congress about which projects should receive funding stemming from bipartisan conservation legislation that was signed into law earlier this year, a top Democratic lawmaker told The Hill.

The Great American Outdoors Act, enacted on Aug. 4, gave the Interior Department 90 days to prepare two lists of projects that would receive money under two separate conservation funds established by the legislation. Interior has failed to provide one of the lists, according to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

The deadline for submission was Monday.

E&E News first reported that the Interior Department missed the deadline.

The statute permanently provides $900 million in annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which helps the federal government acquire new land for parks and trails and works to protect sensitive forest and endangered species habitat.

It also provides

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  • November 3, 2020

How to get free vehicle tax if you are a disabled driver

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Free vehicle tax for disabled drivers

Drivers with a disability may be entitled to free Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). It’s one of a range of financial support measures designed to help disabled people in the UK.

To qualify, a vehicle must be registered in the disabled person’s name or their nominated driver’s name. It must only be used for the disabled person’s personal needs and cannot be used by the nominated driver for their own personal use. A disabled driver can only have one vehicle tax exemption at any one time.

You can apply for vehicle tax exemption if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

You can claim the exemption when you apply for vehicle tax.

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  • November 3, 2020

How we can stop COVID-19’s diversity brain drain

Just weeks into COVID-19-spurred school and workplace closures last March, I began noticing a worrying trend. Upwardly mobile professionals across my social media networks were opting to pause their careers. They were overwhelmed by the new demands of their work lives and home lives.

The majority of those working parents were women and people of color. And it quickly occurred to me that their pulling back on their careers could pose a major setback for organizations, especially those that have prioritized improved diversity, equity and inclusion among their executive ranks and corporate boards. 

My own background makes me especially sensitive to this perilous time for each of those three groups. I’m juggling childcare responsibilities as mom to four young boys with dual roles of teaching management courses and helping lead my university’s full-time MBA program as an assistant dean.

The latter prompts me, from the organizational perspective, to reflect on

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  • November 3, 2020

Medical supplies company announces Black Friday deals on must-have COVID-19 supplies

Vastmedic LLC will offer seasonal discounts on face masks, hand sanitizers, alcohol prep pads, thermometers, and more

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRWEB) November 03, 2020

VastMedic LLC, an online retailer of high-demand medical and personal care items, wants to make it easier for Americans to travel safely during holiday celebrations this year by rolling out special seasonal discounts on products designed to protect them from COVID-19.

In advance of this year’s holiday shopping season, VastMedic will launch multiple deals tied to Halloween, Black Friday, and the Christmas shopping season. The ecommerce marketplace will offer deep discounts on a number of must-have COVID-19 medical supplies, including disposable and reusable cloth face masks for children and adults, travel size hand sanitizers, 75 percent alcohol prep pads, non-contact forehead thermometers, gloves, and more.

The Cheyenne-based company is a trusted and rapidly growing U.S. supplier with a focus on offering an array of high quality products

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  • November 3, 2020

Centre County election workers process record number of mail-in ballots


Election workers make sure ballots have been removed from envelopes Tuesday at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, which was set up as Centre County’s mail-in voting processing site.

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For 10 years, Peter Jurs could be found in a polling place as a precinct judge on Election Day. But this year, the 77-year-old State College resident volunteered in a different capacity.

After arriving at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center early Tuesday morning, Jurs worked as an extractor — helping pre-canvass over 31,000 mail-in votes cast in the November general election. He was one of more than 100 people there to help open, extract, scan, document and store the record-breaking number of mail-in ballots.

“Because I’m elderly, I decided not to work at the polling place,” Jurs said, citing risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “So, I volunteered here to be part of

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  • November 3, 2020

21 times politicians made surprising TV cameos

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Barack Obama on “SNL” in 2007. NBC
  • Dating back to the ’80s, politicians from the past and the present have made cameos in TV dramas and sitcoms.

  • NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” welcomed a fair number of politicians on the show, including presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden.

  • Hillary Clinton has made cameos in “Broad City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Madame Secretary.”

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Some people say politicians are just “good actors.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who has been on “The Good Wife” three times, agrees: “Acting and politics both involve fooling people. People like being fooled by actors. When you get right down to it, they probably like being fooled by politicians even more.”

So perhaps it’s fitting that politicians have appeared on TV shows ranging from “Cheers” to “Seinfeld.” Sometimes the cameos are hilarious, and sometimes they’re hilariously weird. Sometimes politicians

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  • November 3, 2020

10 of the Best Quarantine Date Ideas for Safely Celebrating Special Occasions and Milestones

No one could have predicted how COVID-19 would transform life as we know it and impact each of us in so many far-reaching ways. But, that’s not to say there’s nothing worth celebrating anymore. And, when things like anniversaries, graduations, promotions, and birthdays come up with your romantic partner, it’s important to commemorate those wins with special dates—even in quarantine. Doing so safely in 2020, though, requires some serious creativity.

Whether you’re in a new partnership or a long-term relationship, “it’s a lot harder to date while staying safe, but not impossible,” says intimacy coach and sex educator Alex Williams of Sexology Bae. And it’s super important to commit to doing so. Below, Williams offers 10 of the best quarantine date ideas for couples to safely celebrate milestones amid this new normal.

10 of the best quarantine date ideas for safely celebrating milestones.

1. Dinner and a movie

If this

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  • November 3, 2020

Reading mulls potential changes to 2013 Open Space plan | Reading


READING – In order to ensure the proposal reflects Reading’s parkland and playground priorities, local officials will update the community’s seven-year-old Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP).

In a recent notice to citizens, Conservation Administrator Charles Tirone asked for residents to take a new survey that asks for input regarding personal experiences at local recreation and open-space sites, opinions about where improvements can best be made, and feedback about how the local government is managing its resources.

Crafted in 2013, OSRP is a tool the Town uses to maintain the benefits of open space and recreational resources and help make important decisions about future open space and recreation opportunities.

The plan must be current and have state approval in order for the Town to remain eligible for state grant and reimbursement programs, which can be used for such projects as creating new parks or acquiring lands with

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  • November 3, 2020

What’s new for this year’s ski season

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When the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the nation last March, life came to an abrupt halt and even ski resorts were forced to close early.

Vail announced on March 17 the closure of its 34 North American resorts and other ski properties that hadn’t already shuttered soon followed.

Some skiers were left wondering if the resorts would reopen in time for their spring ski trips, while others were already worried about the possibility of the cancellation of next season.

“I think a lot of people are worried about the unknown,” said Jamie Storrs, Vail’s senior manager of communications for the Eastern region. “A lot of this is new, but in the end, we’re all going to be

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  • November 3, 2020

English Retailers Fret Over Christmas as Lockdown 2.0 Looms | Business News

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — This year, the annual illumination of the Christmas lights on London’s famous Oxford Street was very much a bittersweet moment.

The lights, which were turned on this week, are celebrating the people who helped during the coronavirus pandemic. They should have symbolized the start of a keenly awaited retail season following a year marked by lockdown restrictions.

But with a second lockdown in England set to come into place on Thursday, shops selling nonessential items such as books and sneakers have been ordered to close, at least until Dec. 2. During the first lockdown they closed for nearly three months until mid-June.

The latest decision, according to Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, represents nothing less than a “nightmare before Christmas.”

With much of the British economy to be mothballed once again as the government tries to contain

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  • November 3, 2020