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250,000 small UK firms seen closing without more financial aid

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At least 250,000 small British firms could close as government emergency aid package falls short, industry group warns.



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Chicago gunman who allegedly killed 3, wounded 4, posted bizarre videos before rampage: reports

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A Chicago man accused of killing three people and wounding four others in Saturday’s shooting spree posted bizarre videos online leading up to the rampage, according to reports on Sunday. 



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SEA-PAC Cancels In-Person Convention

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SEA-PAC, designated as the 2021 ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, will not take place as an in-person gathering this June.

“The SEA-PAC Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the continuing COVID-19 pandemic situation and has determined that the safest course of action for all is to cancel the 2021 in-person event,” SEA-PAC 2021 Chair John Bucsek, KE7WNB, announced this week. “This…



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2021 AM Rally Set for First Weekend in February

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The 2021 running of the AM Rally will take place from 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 6 to 0700 UTC on Monday, February 8. The annual AM Rally operating event encourages all operators to explore amateur radio’s original voice mode by showcasing the various types of amplitude modulation equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube radios to the latest SDR-based transceivers.

“Participati…



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The K7RA Solar Update

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The K7RA Solar Update



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FCC Invites Comments on Expanding the Number of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators

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In a January 5 Public Notice, the FCC requested comments on whether the current 14 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) are sufficient to facilitate the efforts of their accredited Volunteer Examiners (VEs) in administering amateur radio examinations, or whether up to five additional VECs should be authorized. The ARRL VEC is the largest of the 14 VECs in the US. Comments are due by February …



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Plastic Straws and Single-Use Bags Vanish From China as Ban Kicks In

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In China, 2020 was bid farewell with a flurry of fireworks and the scratching off of 200 million metric tonnes of plastic straws from the nation’s pollution inventory. The anticipated ban comes into effect first with two items, plastic straws and single-use shopping bags, with other single-use plastics to follow. They are one of fewer […]

The post Plastic Straws and Single-Use Bags Vanish From China as Ban Kicks In appeared first on Good News Network.



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Africa: Adele’s SNL Skit on African Tourism Sparks Backlash

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UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly

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In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today’s challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.



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COVID Relief Continues

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From the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Somebody Cares has been serving those impacted. From sending out 90,000 N95 masks to health care workers and first responders to partnering with churches throughout Houston to provide support for those needing extra help during this time, our team has been busy providing aid.

Due to the generosity of a Houston area foundation, Somebody Cares has also been helping Houstonians who are struggling financially from the shutdown. With closures extending from weeks to months, countless people lost income and had increased expenses. Many of those affected by the pandemic were already going through personal crises, such as dealing with the loss of a loved one; losing jobs and not being able to find new ones; contending with a long-term illness; and more.

You can imagine the relief and gratitude of those we are able to help! Read a few of their comments:

  • “As I sit here and finish my application, it helped me realize that God will get us through this. I am truly grateful to this organization and all around the world helping and loving one another. Somebody does truly cares.” Rodrick
  • “I want to thank you for helping us. You have no idea how much it means to me. And a prayer for employment.” Charissa
  • “I wanted to share the extreme level of gratitude and thanks from Ms. Johnson. I spoke with her today which is actually her birthday and she said this was the best ever. Thanks for all that you do.” Rochelle

While we are honored to offer help in their time of need, many are just as grateful for the prayer support! Please join us in praying for so many who are still hurting during this time. Here are a few of their prayer requests:

  • “I would like prayers for stability in this time of uncertainty. And I would like prayers to stay optimistic and not let depression creep in.” Charice
  • “I am getting older and want to be able to continue giving it my all and not feel alone.” Ena
  • “We serve the community. Please pray we can continue to give and not get weary.” Evelin
  • “Prayers for our family to get through this pandemic.” Maria
  • “Please pray for me and my family as I lost my husband due to COVID 19. I’m 78 years old and need all the assistance I can get. Thank you!” Mattie
  • “Pray for my family and everyone else going through this situation.” Veronica
  • “The kids start school in person and I pray there is no break out of COVID around the schools.” Erin
  • “Prayer for another job at the end of the month. Prayer for favor in submitting job applications.” Arrica

We are grateful to the donors and for the local churches that are reaching out to applicants in need of COVID relief. We truly couldn’t do it without “the NET that WORKS.” Somebody Cares has been able to pay 178 bills thus far in the Greater Houston area because of generous donors like you!

Please consider a generous donation to assist with those impacted by COVID, recent disasters like Hurricanes Laura and Sally, and the wildfires out west.

Thank you for caring!

 



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