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Nikon Announces Z 6II and Z 7II: Small But Meaningful Improvements

Nikon has just announced the second generation of their full-frame mirrorless bodies, updating the Z 6 and Z 7 to Z 6II and Z 7II. These feature updates improve some crucial areas of camera performance, but is it enough to keep them competitive? Check out the features that have changed and decide for yourself.

Firstly, the bodies are the same. Other than some slight differences to accommodate things like the new vertical grip (finally!), all the buttons and controls have remained in the same positions. This makes interoperability between cameras a breeze, but also reflects the very small degree of change involved in this update. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s actually changed.

Dual Processors

The cameras now feature dual EXPEED 6 processors. These power a number of the camera’s features, so more power is always welcome. In this case, the greater available power has allowed

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Small Kitchen Ideas – Which?

Wouldn’t it be great if all our kitchens were as big as those gracing glossy magazines and TV screens? In reality, many of us have to make do with a kitchen that’s far more compact than we would like.

But with a little planning, there’s plenty you can do to transform your small kitchen into a beautiful but practical space that works for you.

If you want to invest in a new kitchen, find out which are the best and worst fitted kitchen brands, as rated by thousands of customers.

How to get a small kitchen design right

Whether you’re designing from scratch or improving what you already have, start by thinking about how you use your kitchen so you can shape the layout to fit your lifestyle. For example:

  • do you need more worktop space?
  • which gadgets or utensils do you use regularly?
  • can you move easily between
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Why bankers are so worried about their small business loan books

That means that 57 per cent of people whose home loan deferrals were due to expire in September – some 22,900 borrowers owing a total of $8.7 billion – felt they were now in a position to meet their loan repayments.

As a result, the Commonwealth Bank has seen a gratifying improvement in its home loan book in the past month alone.

At the end of August, 9.8 per cent of its giant home loan portfolio (measured in terms of value) consisted of loans in deferral. By the end of September, this had dropped to 8.0 per cent. (This translates into some 93,000 home loans, with a combined value of some $37 billion.)

What’s more, October is likely to see a further steep fall in deferred home loans, with deferrals due to expire on some 52,000 home loans (worth a combined $20 billion).

If more than half of home loan

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Small Bathroom Ideas – Which?

Just because your bathroom is small it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or function.

From compact baths to clever storage ideas, read on for design suggestions to help you create a space that meets your needs without feeling cramped.

Small bathroom designs

Small bathroom suites and shower rooms

If you’re pushed for space, look for smaller fixtures. Compact sinks and slimline toilets both start at about 30cm wide. You can also get corner sinks designed to fit into tiny spaces.

Standard baths are usually 1.7 x 0.7m, but you can buy tubs measuring 1.5m, 1.4m or even just 1.2m long. If you’re considering a small bath, take a look in a showroom first to make sure you can comfortably fit in it.

If your room is too small for a bath, fitting a shower cubicle instead will free up a lot of space.

A wet room is

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Richfield’s Economic Development Authority Authorizes Second Round Of Coronavirus Small Business Forgivable Loans

September 30, 2020

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.4 million small businesses have either closed of suspended operations according to a study by Oxxford Information Technology Ltd. It is expected that as many as four million small businesses could be forced to shut down permanently by the end of the year, or about 13 percent of the country’s small businesses.

Richfield’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is doing everything it can to provide financial assistance to the city’s small businesses as they try and weather the global health crisis. The authority has authorized a second round of small business forgivable loans.

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes are seeing a drastic reduction in income during the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Richfield Chamber of Commerce Chairman Greg Worthen. “Richfield was one of the first cities in Minnesota willing to help its small businesses through this crisis in the form of a

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Small homes made of Maine materials could boost economy, aid climate, council says

The Maine Climate Council has suggested a strategy that draws on the potential for constructing fuel efficient, modestly priced homes with locally sourced wood to help address the state’s affordable housing shortage while boosting the economy.



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Sustainably harvested wood – particularly when transport is minimal – is more sensible when compared with steel and concrete, which have a denser carbon footprint, Stephen Shaler, associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, told the Maine Monitor.

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Using locally sourced wood to build homes could expand job opportunities in construction, design and forest products, revitalize former mill towns, help trade school programs and strengthen university research and development, the climate council reported.

While Maine is known for producing traditional hardwood from spruce and pine, engineered wood like laminated strand lumber is a newer industry. Wood fiber

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A Small Business Guide to Independent Contractors vs. Employees



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The independent contractor vs. employee debate is about as hot and steamy as the tax world gets.

Most of the time, it’s easy to discern an independent contractor from an employee. However, sometimes the nature of a worker’s role lies in a gray area between the two classifications. If that’s why you’re here, read on.



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What is an independent contractor?

Independent contractors provide their services to clients for a fee. Businesses bring on independent contractors to complete projects that require capacity and expertise not found in their workforce.

For small businesses, two of the most common types of independent contractors are lawyers and accountants. Since their services aren’t constantly needed, it’s more cost-effective

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Temporary contractor mistakenly discarded ‘small number’ of mail-in ballots cast for Trump in Pennsylvania

A temporary contractor working in Pennsylvania mistakenly tossed a “small number” of military mail-in ballots cast for President Trump — an incident recently seized on by the White House in a bid to cast doubt on the security of voting by mail in November



In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday, Sept. 17, handed victories to the Democratic Party in an election-related lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the battleground state’s fledgling mail-in voting law.


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In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday, Sept. 17, handed victories to the Democratic Party in an election-related lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the battleground state’s fledgling mail-in voting law.

“Democrats are playing games, you see that, they, you see they found ballots in a wastepaper basket, they found ballots dumped in a stream,” the President said during an appearance in Atlanta on Friday.

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri in a statement also

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Fitbit’s Versa 2 small improvements add up to big results

The Versa 2 is mostly a sidegrade from the Versa, but it all adds up to the best all-around fitness wearable for $180.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 isn’t a huge upgrade from the original — in many ways it’s just a modest “sidegrade” — but it still brings nothing but improvements. A year ago I called the original Versa “the best fitness tracker and wearable you can buy right now.” A lot has changed since then, including Apple’s dramatically improved Watch Series 4 and Series 5. But does The Fitbit Versa 2 still have what it takes?

I’ve spent the last two weeks with the Versa 2 and being a hardcore Fitbit fan and gym-goer I have some thoughts about it. Find out why despite its flaws as a true smartwatch, it’s still one of the best wearables for most people.

When the Fitbit Versa 2 launched, it started at $200.

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Lowe’s, ‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John launch effort for small businesses

As many small businesses face challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, Lowe’s is giving them a shot to get their products on its store shelves and website.

Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the home improvement retailer is teaming up with Daymond John, a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to mentor entrepreneurs across diverse backgrounds, listen to their pitches and narrow the pool to standouts. The initiative will ultimately culminate in a one-day pitch competition judged by Lowe’s executives and hosted by John.

“Although we’re a big company, we’re fortunate to be classified as an essential business, we understand that the success of our broader macro economy is going to be the small businesses and the ability for small businesses to continue to grow and thrive,” Ellison said. “We understand that Covid-19 has created an incredible strain on the economic viability of many of

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