U.S. readies small-business grants as PPP nears end

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The federal government is preparing to open two new industry-specific small-business relief programs, one of them months in the works, as its signature pandemic aid effort, the Paycheck Protection Program, nears its end.

The Small Business Administration said it hopes to start taking applications by the end of this week for a $16 billion grant fund for live-event businesses like theaters and music clubs. The program, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, was supposed to begin nearly two weeks ago, but its application system malfunctioned and collapsed, stymieing thousands of desperate businesses that have been waiting months for the promised

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Exxon floats $100 bln carbon storage project requiring public, private financing

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A logo of the Exxon Mobil Corp is seen at the Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) on Monday floated a proposal for a public-private carbon storage project that would collect planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. petrochemical plants and bury them in deep under the Gulf of Mexico.

The plan would require “$100 billion or more” from companies and government agencies to store 50 million metric tons of CO2 by 2030, with capacity potentially doubling by 2040, Joe Blommaert, president of Exxon’s Low Carbon Solutions

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3 Tricks to Help You Get Out of Debt Fast, From Financial Planners

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  • Paying off debt doesn’t have to be hard; there are a few simple tricks that can make it easier.
  • Understanding how you got into debt, writing it down, and taking a bird’s-eye view can help.
  • Doing these things will not only keep you on track but encourage you to pay it down faster.
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Dealing with debt can be a daunting task, especially when you’ve piled up a good amount over time. Between student loans, car loans, and credit card debt, figuring out where to even start can be difficult. That’s why

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Tricera Capital Obtains $51M Loan for Metro Miami Project

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Shops at The Press. Image courtesy of Tricera Capital

Tricera Capital has landed a $50.8 million refinancing of its mixed-use adaptive reuse project in West Palm Beach, Fla.


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The refinancing was provided by Monroe Capital LLC and will allow Tricera to replace an existing loan and continue developing The Press, its nearly 360,000-square-foot retail and office project. Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group’s Jason Krane and Simon Ziff arranged the financing, while Polsinelli was Tricera’s legal representative for the transaction.

In February 2019, Tricera acquired the 11-acre site at 2751

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Personal and work-related factors can increase risk for neck pain

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With roughly 80% of jobs being sedentary, often requiring several hours of sitting stooped in front of a computer screen, neck pain is a growing occupational hazard. Smartphones and other devices have also caused people to bend their necks for prolonged periods. But is bad posture solely to blame?

In a recent study, researchers at Texas A&M University have found that while poor neck and head postures are indeed the primary determinants of neck pain, body mass index, age and the time of the day also influence the neck’s ability to perform sustained or repeated movements.

Neck pain is

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Opening Florida for business as COVID-19 variants surge a ‘risky proposition’

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, told News4Jax this week that opening Florida without coronavirus precautions in place is a “risky proposition” as variants of the sometimes deadly virus continue to surge.

Florida has the most documented cases of the U.K variant, a strain that is more contagious compared to SARS-CoV-2 and has the potential to be more deadly.

The variant known as B117, which first emerged in the United Kingdom, has become the predominant strain in the U.S. The U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track

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