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Month: July 2020

Black creatives opening businesses

By: Angelica Owens/Culture Editor

Since Coronavirus started, black-owned businesses have decreased in sales. However, small black-owned businesses that are opening have skyrocketed during this time. Following the Black Lives Matter protests, the black community started supporting black-owned businesses even more since that is where the injustice is occurring.

By the time Juneteenth came around, the black people supporting small black businesses have been the highest in a while. Everywhere you looked, you saw another person creating a business. Whether that was lashing, facial products, face masks, clothing, they decided to finally start that business. While the reason behind the quarantine is unfortunate, it was well needed. It has forced everyone to use their skills and start the businesses that they always dreamed about starting. Black creatives are coming out of quarantine, as business owners so one thing, the pandemic taught them, is to go after what they want.

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How Mental Health Metrics Can Protect Employees In An Uncertain World

By Garen Staglin

Across the U.S. and world, employers are doing their best to follow public health data on Covid-19 to try to make the best decisions on how to protect their employees and those they serve. But this data is only part of the story. To safely reopen, stay open, or remain at home, and ultimately recover to whatever the “new” normal will be, organizations also need to monitor and make decisions based on mental health needs.

The most effective mental health metrics will be continuous, providing real-time insights on how the workforce is faring in the midst of Covid-19, protests for racial justice, and other disruptive events. Early research from the World Health OrganizationKaiser Family Foundation, and others have already demonstrated the pandemic’s immense toll on mental health. Now, employers can play a critical role in continuing to assess mental health and ensure employees have access to needed resources.

A new workplace mental health project, the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, co-sponsored by the National Alliance, HR Policy Alliance and One Mind and produced by Total Brain, helps to meet this need. Every month, the Index presents updated findings from a random sampling of hundreds of U.S. workers, across topics like risk for anxiety and depressive disorders, emotional awareness, and negativity. The result is an ongoing, detailed look into how mental health impacts are evolving and where needs are the greatest. For example, data released on July 17 showed that U.S. employees’ risk of Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress and General Anxiety Disorder each increased by at least 40% since February. Interestingly, the reopening of some businesses in June seems to have brought some relief, particularly for women who were the most affected segment in the study. However, the worsening rate of infection and cases across the country means that the numbers are likely to get much worse before the get better.

Even if numbers from June are encouraging, mental illness is an important concern for long-term economic recovery. Even before the pandemic, depression, alone, cost tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in the U.S. each year. Without a concerted response from employers, the costs of mental illness threaten to spike to an unsustainable level in the wake of Covid-19.

Organizations can take three critical steps to protect workers not just from risk of infection, but also mental illness:

Provide tools for employees to assess mental health

There are a wealth of employee mental health assessment tools and applications available; employers just need to decide which is best for their workers and which mental health metrics will help guide decisions. The most effective tools will be easy to use and understand, protect workers’ privacy, and provide actionable findings and resources. However, simply providing or using a tool is not enough. Organizations should also engage their leaders and managers to actively discuss the importance of mental health, share their own experiences, and encourage workers to take advantage of resources. Stigma and fear of discrimination don’t go away easily. It takes a concerted, long-term effort.

Ensure access to mental health resources

Once workers have assessed their mental health needs, they need access to resources, services, and providers to meet those needs. Leading employers are stepping up to bolster these offerings in this area given the challenges of Covid-19. For example, EY provides employees with free access to apps for building emotional resilience, one-on-one or group counseling, and daily drop-in sessions where employees can learn tips for managing anxiety, stress and social isolation. Similarly, PwC is providing access to well-being coaches throughout the pandemic to discuss stressors, while the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a comprehensive toolkit to help leaders support their staff during a national emergency.

Continually improve response with evolving resources and discussions

2020 has shown that stress, life disruptions, and mental strains can change suddenly—and the future remains uncertain. While employers cannot predict the course of Covid-19 or other challenges – which could include national disasters, pandemics, or social movements – they can establish the infrastructure, tools, and conversations to respond effectively to any new mental health impacts, whatever comes next.

Workforce mental health metrics are essential to charting a path forward during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Just as employers are central to mitigating the spread of the virus, they can take an active role to understand and respond to evolving mental health impacts. This will protect workers’ lives and health, speed economic recovery, and lay the foundation for mental health in the workplace on a permanent basis.

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‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Workplace to Be Reviewed by WarnerMedia

(New York Times) The decision to start an investigation followed the publication of articles that included interviews with employees who complained of discrimination and mistreatment.

By Nicole Sperling

  • July 27, 2020

WarnerMedia has started an investigation into the workplace environment of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the syndicated program that has been a staple of daytime television since 2003.

Executives from Warner Bros. Television and the production company Telepictures sent a letter to employees of the talk show last week that outlined the company’s investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the letter.

WarnerMedia’s employee relations department, along with representatives from an outside company, will interview current and former staff members about their experiences on the program, the people said.

The decision to start the review followed the publication of articles that included allegations from current and former employees of discrimination and mistreatment. Warner Bros. Television and a representative for Ms. DeGeneres declined to comment.

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Regis Philbin, Legendary Television Host, Dies at 88

(People) “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the Philbin family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statementBy Brittany King and Elizabeth Leonard July 25, 2020 03:02 PM

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Regis Philbin has died. The beloved star was 88.

The longtime television host died on July 24, PEOPLE confirms. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement on Saturday.

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family says.

In 1988, Philbin began his iconic career as the host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure.

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In 2001, the franchise became Live! with Regis and Kelly, co-starring Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years on-air. (He was replaced by former football player Michael Strahan, who later departed for Good Morning America and was replaced by Ryan Seacrest in 2017.)

Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002. In addition, the New York City native’s hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America’s Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray.

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Born on August 25, 1931, Philbin was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.

After serving in the Navy, Philbin began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called The Regis Philbin Show. Then in 1967, he became widely known as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.

After a string of local talk shows, including A.M. Los Angeles and Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, he moved to New York in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

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Philbin’s accolades include Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as outstanding game show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

Throughout his career, Philbin had various health issues. He underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. In December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.

Child advocates urge parents to be vigilant to protect children from predators

Paula M Naranjo/Parent Editor

by: Quametra Wilborn | Posted: Jul 24, 2020 / 03:48 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 24, 2020 / 04:37 PM CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Child therapists are sending a warning to parents when it comes to keeping their children safe from predators.

Advocates say parents need to keep their ears and eyes open and remain vigilant when it comes to their children.

This warning comes after four men were indicted for sex crimes against children, all under the age of 4.

Investigators say they have statements from the defendants and cell phone recordings as evidence of the crimes. Investigators say in October of 2016, Isiah Hayes admitted he was recorded and directed by Daerius Ice to inappropriately touch a 9-month-old girl.

Hayes was 17 at the time of the incident.

Youth Villages Dogwood Director Colby Jonas says parents and caretakers must be fully aware of the signs of sexual abuse.

“Behaviorally, they could start acting out,” Jonas said. “Physically they could be more aggressive. They could have more sexualized conversations. They could be touching themselves in more of a public setting.”

Jonas says it’s common to see older children sexually abuse younger children, mainly due to unresolved trauma.

“Their boundaries are poor,” Jonas said. “They may have or may not have received treatment when their trauma occurred. So, they’re more susceptible to engaging in risky behavior, abusive behavior as they get older.”

In separate incidents, court documents show both Antoine Wilson And Antonio King admitted to filming themselves committing sexual acts with children. Authorities say Wilson allegedly kidnapped his 4-year-old victim from her yard in southwest Memphis.

Jonas says while predators are lurking, child sex crimes can be preventable with proper vigilance.

“If you are leaving your child in the care of someone else that you know and checked in on who that person is, you’re going to want to know if they are having anybody else over to their home while you are leaving your child with them,” Jonas said.

Child advocates say if you have any suspicions a child is a victim of abuse, you should report it to authorities or a mandated reporter such as a doctor or a teacher immediately.

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3 Ways to Make Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry

Paula M Naranjo/Parent Editor

By Kimi | kimi-eats-gluteen-free

Published on April 5, 2020 

With Easter just around the corner always being the best excuse to get cooking, I thought I would share with you my three go-to gluten free shortcrust pastry recipes I’ve been using for years. Including a classic pastry, a yoghurt based version and a low carb/grain free alternative made with coconut flour.

I know this Spring is unlike any other and I hope you’re all staying safe in these strange times. And if you’re reading this in the future, from the other side of this pandemic craziness, then thank god this is all over! But while many of us won’t get to spend time with family, at least we can all still find comfort in delicious homemade foods this Easter! 🐣

P.S.: These can be used for both sweet and savoury recipes, but feel free to adjust the sugar quantities according to the recipes you’re using or your own personal taste. These are not very sweet at all so if you’re making desserts and like your pastry to be quite sweet, feel free to add more sugar. 👍

Gluten free cream pie topped with sweetened cream cheese and strawberries + mini pumpkin pie with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon + homemade pop tarts made with gluten free shortcrust pastry

My 3 Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry Recipes:

3 Ways to Make Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry 

Author: Kimi

Recipe type: Baking

Ingredients

Classic Shortcrust Pastry:

  • 150g plain all purpose gluten free flour blend (I used Doves Farm)
  • 25g granulated sugar (or less – 1 tsp – in savoury dishes)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional / only if you flour blend doesn’t already contain it)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 70g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white (to use as egg wash)

Yoghurt Shortcrust Pastry:

  • 130g plain all purpose gluten free flour blend (I used Doves Farm)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 40g (2-3 Tbsp) plain Greek style yoghurt
  • 1 large egg (half for the pastry and the other half to use as egg wash)

Low Carb Coconut Shortcrust Pastry:

  • 85g coconut flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • Egg wash (1 egg + a dash of milk / to brush over the pastry)

Notes* MULTIPLY recipes as needed

* The COOKING TEMPERATURE et TIME will depend on the exact recipes you’re making so cook according to the recipes you’re following. 🙂

How to make gluten free shortcrust pastry from scratch

DIRECTIONS

FOR THE CLASSIC SHORTCRUST PASTRY:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a bowl (as well as the xanthan gum, only if your flour blend doesn’t already contain it).
  2. Add the butter (cold, straight out of the fridge) and mix with your hands until you reach a crumb like texture.
  3. Add the egg and mix with a spoon until the dough starts to come together and then wet your hands slightly (to prevent sticking) and knead the dough until you reach a smooth ball.
  4. The pastry will be quite sticky and unmanageable at this point so wrap it up in cling film or store in a container and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to make it more solid.
  5. Take it out of the freezer, dust some flour over your work surface as well as on top of your pastry dough and carefully roll it out.
  6. Use according to the recipe you’re making.

FOR THE YOGHURT SHORTCRUST PASTRY:

  1. Just like the classic shortcrust pastry above, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the butter (it needs to be cold, straight out of the fridge) and mix with your hands until you reach a crumb like texture.
  2. Then beat an egg in a separate bowl and carefully pour half in the pastry (keep the other half to use as egg wash later on).
  3. Add the yoghurt and stir with a spoon or spatula until the dough start to come together and then knead with your hands (slightly wet them first to prevent sticking) until you have a smooth dough ball.
  4. Note: if the dough is way too sticky and hard to manage, add more flour (just a tiny bit at a time) until you can form a sticky but manageable dough ball.
  5. Same as above, the pastry will still be too sticky to use at this point so wrap it up or place it in a container and freeze for about 30 minutes to make it more solid and manageable.
  6. Lightly flour your work surface and knead the chilled dough until smooth, then sprinkle some more flour on top and roll the pastry with a rolling pin.
  7. Use according to the recipe you’re making.

FOR THE COCONUT SHORTCRUST PASTRY:

  1. Mix the coconut flour, xanthan gum, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
  2. Add cold butter (still solid, but preferably left to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes) and mix with your hands
  3. Add the 2 eggs and mix with your hands, kneading until you have a smooth dough ball.
  4. Then add one or two teaspoons of warm water and keep kneading the dough until smooth. It shouldn’t be overly sticky, but it also shouldn’t be so dry that the pastry is impossible to roll without cracking all over the place. Feel free to add more water (1 teaspoon at a time) if necessary.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface and sprinkle a bit on top of the dough as well to prevent sticking. Note: be careful not to put too much as it could make the dough too dry. If that happens, don’t worry, just add a tiny bit of water to the dough and restart.
  6. Carefully roll the dough as thin as possible and correct any cracks with your fingers as you go along (especially around the edges). Note: as I said above, if the dough is dry and unmanageable, this is a sign that you need to add more water.
  7. Use according to the recipe you’re making.

Hope you enjoy these!

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‘They Go to Mommy First’

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How the pandemic is disproportionately disrupting mothers’ careers.

Jessica Grose

By Jessica Grose

  • Published July 15, 2020 Updated July 16, 2020
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Maggie Levine was on maternity leave from her job as a children’s librarian in Boston for the first few months of the pandemic, but she started working again in the middle of May. She and her husband, James Maher, an engineer, had no outside child care between mid-May and early July, while she was working from home and he was working part time from home and part time from the office. They were both caring for their baby, who is now 9 months old.

“I’m usually expected to do 35 hours a week, and I have been hitting, I would say, 10,” Levine said, “which would be a really generous way of thinking about the time I’m able to put in.”

When I asked Maher how many hours a week he worked in pre-pandemic times, compared to how many hours he works now: “My usual is around 40, and I’m probably hitting around 40,” he said.

Levine and Maher are representative of a nationwide trend. A pre-print of a study soon to be published in the academic journal Gender, Work & Organization showed that in heterosexual couples where both the mother and father were continuously employed and have children under 13, mothers “have reduced their work hours four to five times more than fathers.” This has exacerbated the gender gap in work hours by 20 to 50 percent, the study found.

William Scarborough, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Texas and a co-author of the study, said that he and his colleagues analyzed data from the Current Population Survey, because that data set followed the same group of families from February to April.

“It created this good empirical opportunity to see what mothers’ and fathers’ work hours were prior to the pandemic, and how they changed at the peak when schools and day cares across the country closed down,” Dr. Scarborough said.

While the parents examined in this study were not a nationally representative group — they are dual earning, straight married couples who tended to be middle or upper class, and many had jobs that could be done from home — the study’s findings were consistent with other research about who handles the majority of child care during the pandemic.

Syracuse University research brief examined data from the Census Household Pulse survey, conducted in late April and early May, and found that over 80 percent of U.S. adults who weren’t working because they had to care for their children who were not in school or day care were women.

Dr. Scarborough said that their study did not examine why women whose work circumstances were the same as their husbands were doing more of the child care. However, he said that his co-author, Caitlyn Collins, an assistant professor of sociology at Washington University, speculated that part of the issue may be that “when a child needs help, they go to mommy first,” and over days and weeks, that has a cumulative, undermining effect.

Nick Kahl, the dad of a 2-year-old in Portland, Ore., and a lawyer in private practice, said his son doesn’t interrupt him as much as he interrupts his wife, Jenny Smith, who is the communications director of a state agency.

Terri E. Givens, a mom of two boys in Menlo Park, Calif and the chief executive and founder of a company that provides career development for academic leaders, had another explanation for the gender disparity: Moms are the emotional barometers for the household, and they’re managing an unseen amount of extra work, thinking about child care, dentist appointments and the happiness of their children, even when men are making an effort. “My husband is one of the best you’ll find,” she said of her spouse, who is an engineer. “But it’s that emotional labor that’s really hard to quantify.”

Sandi Villarreal, the executive editor of Sojourners, a Christian social justice magazine, said that her husband, Michael Middaugh, a pastor of a Lutheran church in Silver Spring, Md., is doing the same amount, if not more, of the caretaking for their three children, ages 6, 4, and almost 1, because his schedule is more flexible than hers — for now.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen when church starts to reopen in August,” Villarreal said. Her husband will no longer be able to solely telecommute and he will have to go in for services. They have a nanny coming one day a week right now, but the situation is not sustainable.

“I think at some point it’s going to give,” Villareal said of their tenuous arrangement. “I think the hard part is there’s no end in sight

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