Day: June 24, 2020

6 key financial questions you should ask your dad on Father’s Day

This Father’s Day will be a bit different than usual, as people try to keep their distance from aging family members.

Many of us will celebrate over video chat, buy our dad brunch using a meal delivery app and try to make small talk without our go-to topic of sports.

Instead of rambling about the weather, you would be wise to take this opportunity to have a frank chat with your dad about money.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the economy, and millions of Americans’ financial situations have changed as a result — particularly those who are nearing retirement.

Though you might feel awkward speaking with your dad about money, it’s never been more important to check in with him about his finances and make sure that he’s prepared for the future.

Here are six questions you should ask him this Father’s Day.

1. Is your retirement

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the online hustle to be everywhere

Dave Basulto had a good business going with sales of his iOgrapher iPhone case for filmmakers, selling thousands to schools across the country, based on in-person demos and meetings with teachers. 

Then the pandemic hit, and he couldn’t travel, thus eliminating a huge chunk of his income. 

So he was forced to get creative, hustling from home to create a new gig –  online seminars – and he turned to all the usual tools to sell them. Not just one – as in Facebook or Twitter –  but everything: Instagram, YouTube, the “free e-book,” lead generator, blogging, vlogging, LinkedIn. You name it. 

“I was very stressed when this started,” he says. “Our bread and butter are schools. I had to get the word out on something different.”

Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case
Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case

And with working at home eliminating in-person calls or appearing at trade shows

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I’ve Been Sick With COVID-19 For Over 3 Months. Here’s What You Should Know.

The author on her couch receiving oxygen in June 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Ann E. Wallace)
The author on her couch receiving oxygen in June 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Ann E. Wallace)

Today marks my 100th day being sick with COVID-19. My symptoms began on March 17, two days after I published an essay on HuffPost Personal about facing difficulties getting my 16-year-old daughter Molly tested for the virus.

Despite the strict criteria for testing in my home state of New Jersey at that time, Molly and I were finally both tested on March 22 because we were deemed high-risk: me, because I have multiple sclerosis, and Molly, because she had been displaying symptoms for two weeks and was therefore a health risk to me.

Back then, two weeks sounded like a very long time to be sick with COVID-19.

We had no idea.

From the start of our journey, I’ve shared our experiences on social media and via various publications in the hopes of helping

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British Land, Intu, Hammerson and more face ‘reckoning’ on COVID impact

People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Wednesday (24 June) marked the second quarterly rent day of the year for shops in the UK.

Quarterly, rather than monthly rents, are a British peculiarity dating back to a time when landlords used to drive a horse and cart around their properties to collect rents. Takings this quarter are likely to be historically light.

Retail landlords collected only around 50% of rents due in the first quarter of 2020, according to the British Property Federation, and the collection is expected to be even lower this time around.

“I can see it being historically low — I could see 10-15% of rent paid,” Jonathan De Mello, executive director of retail property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs, told Yahoo Finance UK.

Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto
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The best gas cards of 2020

Heading out on the road? The best gas cards can help you save at the pump
Heading out on the road? The best gas cards can help you save at the pump

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent $1,968 on gasoline, other fuels, and motor oil in 2017—a number likely to be even higher with the recent price increases at the pump. So having a credit card that offers good rewards for your gas purchases can help you rack up some serious rewards. But, if you’ll be on the road a lot, these cards can offer more benefits than just savings. For example, if you occasionally rent cars,

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Nick Cordero’s Wife Sees Him For First Time Since Coronavirus Hospitalization

Coronavirus-stricken actor Nick Cordero’s wife was able to visit him and hold his hand for the first time since he was hospitalized months ago for COVID-19 complications.

Personal trainer Amanda Kloots has been keeping fans abreast of what’s been happening with the Broadway star’s health on Instagram, updating followers with a heartfelt photo over the weekend showing her holding hands with Cordero.

It was the first time she had seen him in person in 79 days. Many hospitals ― including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where Cordero is being treated ― had restrictions on visitors because of the pandemic.

Kloots captioned the emotional photo with lyrics to Andy Grammer’s song “Don’t Give Up On Me.”  

Cordero, 41, had no preexisting health problems before he fell ill and was hospitalized. His wife said the “Bullets Over Broadway” star had his right leg amputated because of blood clots, lost 65 pounds,

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Wauwatosa To Approve Local Business Plans In 72 Hours

WAUWATOSA, WI — Businesses looking to make on-the-fly adjustments to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic received a boost this week after city officials found a way to cut down the time needed to get city approval for local businesses.

“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the Wauwatosa small business community. The Common Council approved the ‘Tosa Restarts’ program as a way to expedite review and approval processes for a variety of activities,” Wauwatosa officials said in a statement this week. “The goal is to generate vibrancy within Wauwatosa’s commercial districts, as well as eliminate or reduce fees where allowed.”

Under previous city policy, certain approvals would take weeks. Under the new plan, following the submission of an application, city staff say they will review and provide appropriate approvals within 72 hours or less.

Some of the activities could include:

  • Outdoor seating on sidewalk, public property, or private property in

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Domestic abusers use tech that connects as a weapon during coronavirus lockdowns

<span class="caption">Technology plays a major role in violence against women and girls.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/sad-teen-with-a-phone-in-her-bedroom-royalty-free-image/820379104" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images">AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images</a></span>
Technology plays a major role in violence against women and girls. AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has driven much of daily life – work, school, socializing – online. Unfortunately, perpetrators of violence against women and girls are also increasingly turning to technology in response to the pandemic.

Globally, violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions, with one in three experiencing an act of physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Most of these acts of violence are perpetrated by intimate partners and family. In the United States, women are at increased risk of violence from a current or former intimate partner, and they are more likely than men to suffer injuries, be treated in emergency rooms and be killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

Violence against women and girls is costly for victims and their families, communities and society. The problem is

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10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome

We made it to June! Yes, celebrations are hard right now – hard to pull off and sometimes difficult to enjoy – but we don’t want to forget about our amazing dads, equally awesome new grads and all the summer fun the best gadgets around can make even better. 

If pandemic times have taught us anything about our gadgets, it’s that we don’t need every new-fangled techy-toy to come along. Just the ones that help us stay healthy, connected, and having a blast, no matter what. Here at the 10 best gadgets you can still get in time to help with all of those goals.

Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)
Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)

Keep it clean

One of the hottest new gadgets around is a hairbrush-size, cordless, handheld UVC sterilizer called the Monos CleanPod ($90). Charge it up, then pack it in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment, and you’re good to

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City to let people getting married see their partner’s abuse history

Domestic violence laws were only introduced in China in 2016
Domestic violence laws were only introduced in China in 2016

A city in eastern China is introducing a system that lets people getting married check if their partner has a history of abuse.

Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, is launching an inquiry service that will be available to residents from 1 July.

Popular news website The Paper says that people who are arranging to get married will soon be able to fill out a form, and see if their partners have any history of violence, “either between family members or during cohabitation”.

All they need to do is provide a formal form of ID, and personal information on the person they are set to marry.

One person is allowed to make a maximum of two inquiries a year, it is reported.

Praise online

Zhou Danying, a member of the women’s federation in the city, has welcomed the move, saying the system

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