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‘It’s just time to leave’: Columbia superintendent explains decision to part ways with district earlier than expected | Local News

For Tom Strickler, serving as Columbia Borough School District’s lame duck superintendent just wouldn’t work.

The school board earlier this month hired Ashley Mercado, principal of Wickersham Elementary School in Lancaster, to replace Strickler. Instead of sticking it out until the end of the year when his contract expired, Strickler went on paid administrative leave.

It was an unconventional exit for a man whose unconventional rise — from corporate executive to school board president to superintendent — perturbed some, including a number of current Columbia Borough school board members, who wanted a leader with a stronger education background.



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Now they have one in Mercado waiting in the wings.

The 60-year-old Strickler, meanwhile, is looking for a new start.

“The board decided what direction they wanted to go, and my best option was to let them go that way and not be in their way,” said Strickler, who will

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  • October 30, 2020
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Employees easier to find than resorts’ expected

Lift operator Tom Burne scans skiers and snowboarders as they wait for first chair at the Treasure Stoke chairlift on the first day of skiing for the 2018-2019 ski season at Wolf Creek Ski Area. (Provided by Christian Murdock via Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Don’t expect to hear an array of international accents on the slope this year. With coronavirus restrictions in place all over the world, the crowd and usual seasonal staff at ski resorts will be getting a lot more local.

In June, President Trump restricted H-1B, L-1, H-2B and J-1 temporary visas, the latter two the most important for people seeking seasonal work, especially for ski resorts. While the act was overturned on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 1, it doesn’t necessarily help ski resorts and the restaurants and hotels in them.

“We had to make plans months ago,” said Ryan Huff, director

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  • October 26, 2020
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England expected to get green light for tour to South Africa

England’s winter is starting to take shape with the South African government privately giving the go ahead for a tour next month and the Indian board meeting this weekend to discuss a Test series in Mumbai next year.

The South African government has told its cricket board it will issue visa waivers for the England team that allow them to enter the country despite the UK being on the list of countries with high covid rates. The England & Wales Cricket Board expects to confirm the itinerary next week with the team set to spend ten days in a soft quarantine at the Vineyard hotel in Cape Town where they will be allowed to train and prepare for three ODIs and three T20s to be held at Newlands and in Paarl. The ECB has agreed to foot the bill for private charter flights to South Africa.  

The BCCI are due

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  • October 16, 2020
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‘Zoom-worthy’ pieces are selling though jewelry expected to take a COVID-19 hit

People who are working from home are still getting dressed up from the neck up for videoconference meetings, and Signet Jewelers Ltd. Chief Executive Virginia Drosos says earrings and pendants are selling as a result. But the jewelry category is expected to take a hit in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Drosos told MarketWatch that “Zoom-worthy jewelry” and bridal pieces like engagement rings continue attract consumers during the pandemic.

“Consumers are buying jewelry that represents the times,” Drosos said, highlighting things that are top-of-mind for consumers these days like good health and strong relationships. “We aren’t celebrating by going out to dinner or on a big vacation so buying something that memorializes where we are is important to people.”

Many shoppers, even those buying jewelry, are heading to e-commerce sites to make a purchase or do research. “Jewelry is a category that has moved slowly to online,” Drosos said.

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  • October 5, 2020
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Small Businesses Got Emergency Loans, but Not What They Expected

A dress on a mannequin at the office of Caroline Keefer, a clothing designer, in Los Angeles on July 18, 2020. (Nolwen Cifuentes/The New York Times)
A dress on a mannequin at the office of Caroline Keefer, a clothing designer, in Los Angeles on July 18, 2020. (Nolwen Cifuentes/The New York Times)

For nearly 70 years, the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief program has helped companies recover from catastrophes including wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes. But it has never faced anything like the coronavirus crisis.

Besieged by more than 8 million applicants — and operating in the shadow of the hastily assembled Paycheck Protection Program — the disaster relief effort has given out more money in the past few months than it had in its entire history.

But the demand has created a problem that is hobbling hundreds of thousands of applicants: The agency, afraid of running out of cash, capped its coronavirus loans at a fraction of what companies can normally borrow — even though the program has handed out less than half the $360 billion

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Tropical Storm Watch issued for South Florida; Isaias expected to become a hurricane

South Florida was put under a tropical storm watch Thursday afternoon with Isaias expected to approach Florida and the Bahamas as a Category 1 hurricane by Saturday.

In an 11 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Isaias will see some loss in forward speed over the next couple of days and then a turn north-northwest.

The center of Isaias is forecast to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas late Thursday night, then move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

The storm has already crossed the mountains of Hispaniola while flooding roads and homes in Puerto Rico and blowing roofs away in Haiti.

The tropical storm watch is in effect from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet, Florida, Thursday afternoon.

Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and

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Air travel not expected to recover until 2024

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global air travel is recovering more slowly than expected and it will take until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels, the trade association for the airline industry said Tuesday.

The International Air Transport Association pushed back its prediction by one year due to the slow containment of the outbreak in the U.S. and in developing countries.

The industry is seeing a rebound from the depths of the shutdowns in April, but the bad news is that any increase “is barely visible,” IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said during an online briefing for journalists.

Pearce said that air travel is not rebounding along with rising levels of business confidence in Europe, the U.S. and China. Traffic was down 86.5% in June from the same month a year ago, compared with a drop of 94.1% in April, measured as revenue passenger kilometers, or the distance traveled by all

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Air travel expected to not recover before 2024

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global air travel is recovering more slowly than expected and will take until until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels, the trade association for the airline industry said Tuesday.

The International Air Transport Association pushed back its prediction by one year due to the slow containment of the outbreak in the U.S. and developing countries.

The industry is seeing a rebound from the depths of the shutdowns in April, but the bad new is that any increase “is barely visible,” IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said Tuesday during an online briefing for journalists.

Pearce said that air travel is not rebounding along with rising levels of business confidence in Europe, the U.S. and China. Traffic was down 86.5% in June from the same month a year ago, compared with a drop of 94.1% in April, measured as revenue passenger kilometers, or the distance travelled by all

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