Big Sky football coaches eager to kickoff season, but when and how?

The Big Sky Conference kicked off its annual two-day online media day conference Thursday with coaches camped out in their own football offices. There was one pressing theme.

Will there be a fall season?

Will it be a reduced schedule?

Will the coronavirus pandemic that has cast an ominous shadow over athletics and much of society lead to a spring football season or none at all?

There are still no concrete answers, though Big Sky football commissioner Tom Wistrcill said a decision will be made by the end of the month.

“What a handful,” Portland State coach Bruce Barnum said of the issues at hand. “We don’t have answers.”

Uncertainty and concern dominate the football landscape on the eve of what would normally be the start to on-field drills much more than plotting, scheming, conditioning and bonding.

“The biggest challenge is building a culture last year and then not seeing

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Big data may help BOJ guide economy through pandemic pain

By Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) – Big data is providing some surprising results for the Bank of Japan and helping ease concerns about pressure on the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, which could influence the way the BOJ manages the world’s most radical monetary stimulus.

By tapping data provided by Google showing people’s movement via mobile phones, the BOJ found that households’ discretionary spending rebounded faster and more vividly in Japan than in other countries after lockdown steps were lifted in May.

Other big data also showed a marked rebound in durable goods sales such as personal computers, which offset some of the weakness in spending on services including leisure, eating-out and travel.

The revelation helped convince BOJ policymakers to conclude the economy has past the worst and did not need immediate, additional monetary support.

“We expect the economy to recover gradually and steadily,” BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said after

Read More Group releases “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Big Data Report”

SINGAPORE, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international online travel services provider Group has highlighted the latest positive trends in travel in its recently released “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Tourism Big Data Report” for the China market.

With view to the China travel market, which is emerging as an exemplar for recovery of the travel industry, and where Group serves over 300 million users, the report observes a significant month-on-month increase in domestic tourism revenue and trips.

Despite the setbacks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic since late January, the leading travel services provider has observed month-on-month growth from March, which has continued during the recent Dragon Boat Festival public holiday period. According to the report, throughout the first two days of the holiday period, a total of 37.77 million domestic trips were made, generating USD 1.36 billion in tourism revenue, exceeding the same figures for the

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California’s Big Privacy Law Gets Teeth

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  • Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act began July 1, after a six-month grace period on enforcement.

  • The CCPA gives California residents more control over data held by private companies, and many companies have extended the same controls to all U.S. residents.

  • Consumer Reports research shows that people trying to use the mandated controls often run into confusing red tape, and some ultimately give up on the process.

At the beginning of this year, a new law gave consumers in California unprecedented rights to control how companies use and sell their data—and many firms extended those rights to all Americans. But until today, California’s attorney general could not bring the hammer down on companies that didn’t comply.

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act provided companies with a six-month grace period before enforcement started, and thousands of companies have scrambled

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Here are all the big Pride events happening online this weekend

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Click here to check out all of our Pride 2020 coverage.


Pride month isn’t over yet. Sunday, 28 June, will mark the reason for the season as we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And that means the biggest events are happening this weekend. Both NYC and Global Pride kick into gear this weekend as well as many other celebrations and performances. Oh, and did I mention these are all online?

The majority of traditional Pride events – marches and gatherings – have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not going to dwell on that here, but instead we’re going to do what we always do: persevere and be fabulous. The festivities are happening online and all

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Everything You Need to Know About the NBA’s Big Plan to Return This Summer

It was a long, strange spring for sports fans. And you can only imagine how it felt for the athletes who were supposed to be focused on competing, training and/or negotiating new deals, and not a heck of a lot else. 

After the NBA abruptly suspended its season on March 11 when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, with five weeks to go before the playoffs were supposed to begin, the dominoes fell quickly. Within a few weeks practically everything else in the wide world of sports was subsequently shut down or canceled, from March Madness and the Little League World Series to horse racing’s Triple Crown and the 2020 Summer Olympics, with just about every level of competition in between snuffed out as reported cases of the novel coronavirus started to multiply.

Suffice it to say, league officials, organizers and players from all over the world,

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how Big Brother’s arch-villain poisoned reality TV

'Nasty' Nick Bateman in series one of Big Brother - E4
‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman in series one of Big Brother – E4

Last Sunday, E4 kicked off its 20th-anniversary celebrations for the reality series Big Brother with Big Brother: Best Shows Ever. It began with a classic from the inaugural run: the eventual winner, Craig Phillips, confronting the original BB villain, “Nasty” Nick Bateman. Twenty years later, the showdown has lost none of its skin-crawling, adrenaline-juicing power.

On day 35, the housemates – down from 10 to seven – gathered around the kitchen table and sprung Bateman with a surprise interrogation. His crime? Trying to manipulate the nominations for exiting the house.

“Sorry I have to say it, Nick, but [I’m] very disappointed,” Phillips said, thus beginning the most superb telling-off in the history of British TV. 

Phillips accused Nick of “plotting a very dirty plan”, and finished his cross-examination with a dramatic line of questioning: “Please explain to me –

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Big Lots and Intercontinental Hotel Group highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – June 4, 2020 – Zacks Equity Research Shares of Big Lots BIG as the Bull of the Day, Intercontinental Hotel Group IHG as the Bear of the Day. 

Here is a synopsis of the two stocks:

Bull of the Day:

One of the strongest industries lately has been retail. Specifically, Retail – Discount stores. That industry is currently in the Top 21% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Today’s Bull of the Day is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) within this industry. Stocks with positive Zacks Ranks have the strongest earnings trends. These strong trends take months to develop and don’t reverse on a dime like price.

Today’s Bull of the Day is Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) Big Lots. Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company offers products under various merchandising categories, such

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