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One college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he’s doing to stay safe

College sophomore Elliot Boz arrived at his parent’s home in San Mateo, California, over the weekend with his bags in tow.



a group of people posing for the camera: Elliot Boz and his family.


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Elliot Boz and his family.

Like many colleges across the country, his school — the University of Michigan — rewrote its academic calendar to end the in-person semester at Thanksgiving, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That means Boz will remain home for the remainder of the year.

But just days before Thanksgiving, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance urging Americans not travel for the holiday.

That left Boz — and hundreds and thousands of other students nationwide — in a predicament: Leave as planned, despite CDC guidance, or stay even though the semester is over? And do the risks of potentially carrying Covid to their parents outweigh the benefits of reuniting with them?

For Boz, making the trek —

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Katie Hoff shares ‘Blueprint’ for a unique swimming career in memoir



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From making her first Olympic team at age 15, Katie Hoff was labeled the U.S.’ next swimming superstar and spent the next decade authoring a distinct career.

Hoff’s memoir, “Blueprint: An Olympian’s Story of Striving, Adapting, and Embracing the Suck,” was recently released and is available here. Here is an excerpt:

Blink.

Go on. Blink your eyes.

How long do you think that took? A fraction of a second, for sure, but what fraction? A quarter of a second? A fifth? A “split” second, whatever that means?

Google it. Google it and you’ll find that for the average person, a blink takes about a tenth of a second. Pretty fast, in other words.

Now let’s put that tenth of a second in context. Say you’re in the Olympics, a swimmer, and you’re racing for a gold medal. The race is 400 meters long, eight lengths of a

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One college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he’s doing to stay safe | Health

“Initially, they were really trying to … stay home,” he said. “Now they take a few more risks. But now with the spike, (in cases), I think they’re staying home and I’m pushing them to stay home as well.”

Even with Boz’s return, Thanksgiving — as expected — was not the same this year because of the pandemic.

The Boz family Thanksgiving traditionally includes Elliot, his parents, his 81-year-old grandparents (who live nearby), his older brother, Shura, and other family friends.

But Shura Boz, a college senior living in Los Angeles, opted not to trek to San Mateo for Thanksgiving this year. The Boz’s family friends are also no longer attending the gathering.

“My grandparents are really kind of the high risk factor in this situation,” Boz said. “How confident can we be that we’re not bringing home the virus or that we’re traveling safely? So in terms of my

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Katie Hoff shares ‘Blueprint’ for a unique swimming career in memoir

From making her first Olympic team at age 15, Katie Hoff was labeled the U.S.’ next swimming superstar and spent the next decade authoring a distinct career.

Hoff’s memoir, “Blueprint: An Olympian’s Story of Striving, Adapting, and Embracing the Suck,” was recently released and is available here. Here is an excerpt:

Blink.

Go on. Blink your eyes.

How long do you think that took? A fraction of a second, for sure, but what fraction? A quarter of a second? A fifth? A “split” second, whatever that means?

Google it. Google it and you’ll find that for the average person, a blink takes about a tenth of a second. Pretty fast, in other words.

Now let’s put that tenth of a second in context. Say you’re in the Olympics, a swimmer, and you’re racing for a gold medal. The race is 400 meters long, eight lengths of a 50-meter pool, and

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New York Liberty team CEO shares her top career advice for women

  • The CEO of the WNBA’s The New York Liberty team, Keia Clarke shared her top career advice: Don’t be afraid to apply for a job you’re not 100% sure you’re qualified for. 
  • She said women need to hear this advice because they are less likely to apply for jobs for which they feel underqualified. 
  • Indeed, LinkedIn research shows women are 16% less likely to apply to a job than men after looking at it.
  • Women are also more likely to report they didn’t apply for a job because they were “following the rules” of who could apply, per data published in Harvard Business review. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Three years ago, Keia Clarke had a big decision to make: apply for a job in the C-suite or pass the opportunity up. She could remain vice president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty team, a job she was

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Boston College bound Ally VanTimmeren of Jenison shares her challenges with dyslexia

Ally VanTimmeren has a goal every time she puts on her Jenison High School basketball uniform.

Of course, the 6-foot-3 senior all-state forward wants to win, but it appears that Vince Lombardi was wrong about winning being the only thing as far as VanTimmeren is concerned.

“I want to see little girls come into the gym and see me working, see me playing, and hopefully, I will inspire them to work just as hard,” VanTimmeren said.

Those little girls should see what VanTimmeren can accomplish in the classroom, too.

VanTimmermen is no stranger to the West Michigan basketball community. VanTimmeren announced in May that she will be continuing her education and basketball career at Boston College, which was one of 27 Power 5 schools to offer her.

But VanTimmeren doesn’t want to be a role model only to girls aspiring to play college ball. She also wants to inspire any

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Why Shares of Niu Technologies Skyrocketed 37% in October

What happened

Rebounding from a 7% drop in September, shares of Niu Technologies (NASDAQ:NIU) climbed 37%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. In addition to the company’s reporting of third-quarter sales, investors were motivated to pick up shares of the Chinese electric-scooter manufacturer after Wall Street shared a favorable outlook on the stock.

So what

While the impact of COVID-19 acutely affected Niu’s first-quarter scooter sales, the company recovered in the second quarter, reporting year-over-year growth in scooters sold of 81% in China, though international sales shrank 62%. 

A toy rocket blasts off in front of a blue background.

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To the delight of shareholders, however, the company reported Q3 year-over-year scooter sales growth in both China and international markets, 70% and 6%, respectively. Although the company credited the rising sales in international markets to “demand recovery in July and August after the severe impact from COVID-19 in the second quarter,” management attributed growth in China

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Asian shares’ valuations drop in October to make them more attractive

(Reuters) – The valuations of Asian shares based on forward earnings dropped to a four-month low in October, boosting the allure of Asian equity markets as the region recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

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The forward 12-month price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) for MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares fell to 15.9 at the end of last month, the lowest since June. That compares with 18.3 for the MSCI World index.

Graphic: MSCI Asia and World index PE

The forward P/E ratio values a stock based on its estimated earnings for the next 12 months, and the ratio falls when analysts project higher growth.

Analysts have raised Asian companies forward 12-month earnings estimates by 1.5% over the past month, with the region witnessing fewer numbers of COVID-19 cases and most

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Matthew McConaughey shares his thoughts on his children following his career path

“Look, I want them to do whatever it is they’re fashioned to do,” he said.

Matthew McConaughey is one proud papa.

After his 12-year-old son Levi made a rare appearance on the personal Instagram of his mother, Camila Alves McConaughey, fans couldn’t help but notice how similar the two looked.

And, during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Monday, the 50-year-old actor could help but gush about his eldest child.

“Levi is the most considerate person I’ve ever met,” McConaughey said. “He’s extremely considerate, and a very, very sensitive young man and really cares — really caring kid. And he, like me, has a very much perfectionist bone in him.”

“He’s a great salesman, he’s a great debater, he’s a great storyteller, he’s becoming a really good storyteller,” he gushed. “He’s becoming

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Shirley MacLaine Shares the Humble Secret to Her Career Longevity

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In many ways, Shirley MacLaine is still a hardworking young ballerina growing up in Arlington, Virginia.

MacLaine, a lifelong dancer, started ballet when she was three years old in an effort to strengthen her weak ankles. She was just 16 when she landed a summer gig as a chorus girl in “Oklahoma!” on Broadway. She’s been a Hollywood heavy hitter ever since.

More than 60 years after leaving her childhood home for the bright lights of New York City, MacLaine credits her career longevity to the lessons she learned as a dancer.

“Even though I tell people the truth, I’m not a diva,” the 86-year-old Oscar-winner recently told Variety. “That comes from my three-year-old ballet training. I’ve got to go all the way back to that and just hard, honest work, with quite a bit of art, if you can muster it, thrown in.”

And

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