Choosing the best business course in the pandemic

A proliferation of MBA formats — part-time or full-time; on campus or online, or a mix of the two — led to a generation of students switching courses before the start of the academic year.

Uncertainties created by the pandemic and institutions’ ability to teach face to face — or offer meaningful online alternatives beyond Zoom — has made many prospective students rethink their choice of MBA. So what is the best course to choose in the current circumstances?

Ashkan Azar had been teaching English as a second language for nearly six years in Qatar and South Korea, as well as Toronto, where he grew up, when he decided to pursue an MBA to move into a management role in the education sector. “I needed a new challenge,” he says. “But I had no formal management training.”

Azar decided to study in Europe, because schools there offered shorter courses. He

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McDonald’s hasn’t served a single salad in almost nine months, and it’s part of a brilliant strategy helping the chain cash in during the pandemic



a clear blue sky: McDonald's salads are off the menu. Irene Jiang / Business Insider


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McDonald’s salads are off the menu. Irene Jiang / Business Insider

  • McDonald’s salads disappeared from the menu in April. Nine months later, they still haven’t returned. 
  • Few customers seem bothered by the loss of salads, and the simplified menu has helped McDonald’s speed up service.
  • McDonald’s declined to comment on the future of its salads but said the chain was still actively exploring opportunities to bring back missing menu items in new ways. 
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McDonald’s salads have disappeared. And no one seems to be missing them too much. 

In late March, the chain announced plans to slash all-day breakfast and many of its less-popular items from the menu, including yogurt, salads, and grilled-chicken sandwiches. The decision was said to be a temporary move to simplify and speed up operations.

Read more: McDonald’s All Day Breakfast might have disappeared forever,

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Federal pandemic business loans saved 3.3 million Florida jobs

The Paycheck Protection Program meant to keep workers employed at small businesses during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic saved 3.3 million jobs in Florida, according to new data on borrowers and loan amounts released by the Small Business Administration.

The program, developed in part by Senate Small Business Committee chairman and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, was part of a massive $2 trillion relief bill that became law in March. The Paycheck Protection Program was designed as a forgivable government loan to small businesses affected by the pandemic, essentially allowing businesses who employ 500 employees or fewer to have payroll and business expenses covered by the federal government for a period of time. (The Tampa Bay Times and its related companies received an $8.5 million loan.)

The Small Business Administration released data in July that showed the program saved 3.2 million jobs in Florida. But the data released

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712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week as pandemic rages

The latest data shows the ongoing pain of the pandemic on the labor market.

Another 712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the labor market.

The weekly jobless claims tally fell slightly after rising for the past two consecutive weeks. It still remains well above pre-pandemic records.

The DOL also said the total number of people still claiming some form of unemployment insurance through all programs topped 20.1 million for the week ending Nov. 14.

1.5 million workers claimed benefits for the comparable week in 2019.

Many of the unemployment benefits are currently set to expire at the end of the month unless lawmakers approve a new stimulus bill.

The states that saw the largest increases

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Pelosi, Schumer back bipartisan $908B pandemic relief proposal as basis for talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday they are endorsing a new compromise $908 billion pandemic relief bill as a framework for negotiations in a sign of movement in a stalemate that has dogged Congress for months.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a joint press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Nov. 12, 2020, in Washington, DC.


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a joint press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Nov. 12, 2020, in Washington, DC.

“While we made a new offer to Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy on Monday, in the spirit of compromise we believe the bipartisan framework introduced by senators yesterday should be used as the basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement referring to their counterparts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“Of course, we and others will offer improvements, but the need to act is

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Online Travel Booking Platform Market to Grow by Almost $ 205 Billion Despite Pandemic | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the online travel booking platform market and it is poised to grow by USD 204.81 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a low impact on the online travel booking platform market. The market growth in 2020 is likely to decrease compared to the market growth in 2019.

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Online Travel Booking Platform Market to Grow by Almost $ 205 Billion Despite Pandemic

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec 3, 2020–

Technavio has been monitoring the online travel booking platform market and it is poised to grow by USD 204.81 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Online Travel Booking Platform Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

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Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a

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Hydrazine Market Size to Grow $151.8 Million Amid the Pandemic | Business Continuity Plan for New Normal

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec 2, 2020–

The hydrazine market is expected to grow by USD 151.80 million during 2020-2024, according to Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hydrazine market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Hydrazine Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Enterprises will go through the Response, Recovery, and Renew phases. Download a Free Sample Report on COVID-19

The hydrazine market will witness a neutral impact during the forecast period owing to the widespread growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. As per Technavio’s pandemic-focused market research, market growth is likely to increase in 2020 as compared to 2019.

With the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, organizations across the globe are gradually flattening their recessionary curve by leveraging technology. Many

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Coronavirus Pandemic Accelerated Cybersecurity Awareness at Mastercard, Rockwell Automation

Businesses are raising awareness of cybersecurity threats and staying in closer touch with employees as they try to defend networks supporting larger work-from-home populations since the Covid-19 outbreak began.

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this year has seen a rise in phishing attempts, Dawn Cappelli, vice president of global security and chief information security officer, said Wednesday at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Executive Forum.

But technology and the awareness programs the company put in place to prevent those attacks are working. “We see our employees, for the most part, not falling for those phishes,” Ms. Cappelli said.

Constant communication with its international workforce has proven to be critical to the automation provider’s cyber protection efforts.

With the pandemic’s outbreak, she said, senior executives were really getting slammed with phishing attempts. But, she said, “every

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Online puppy scams rising sharply in 2020 due to pandemic, BBB warns

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased demand for pets, but that’s also caused a spike in pet scams, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Increased stress, loneliness and increased time at home to train a puppy have all contributed to the surge in the pet market in 2020. However, it’s also led to scams in which an online search ends with a would-be pet owner paying hundreds of dollars or more to purchase a pet that ultimately doesn’t exist.

The Better Business Bureau advises extreme caution when shopping for a pet online, especially in light of scammers’ evolving tactics.

“Scammers modify their cons to take advantage of current events,” said Phil Catlett, President of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan. “COVID-19 has given these scammers another excuse to try to make these sales at arms-length, arguing customers can’t visit the dog in person do to health concerns.”

The BBB

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