Day: September 24, 2020

Independent music venues fear they’ll be forced to close forever

Music venues were among the first businesses to close due to the coronavirus pandemic and they’ll likely be among the last to reopen.

They’ve been shuttered for six months and, with experts predicting live music won’t return until spring or later in 2021, that doesn’t seem likely to change soon.

Owners of nearly 3,000 venues have formed a new group, the National Independent Venue Association, to lobby for federal assistance to help stay afloat. Among them are stages that have played vital roles as springboards in musicians’ careers and music culture. Washington, D.C.’s iconic 9:30 Club, where The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Dylan famously played, and Minneapolis’ First Avenue, which was featured in Prince’s film “Purple Rain,” are among NIVA’s charter members. Others include: the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Elton John became a rock star; Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance

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Should I Fill Out FAFSA if My Parents Make a Lot of Money?

If you’re planning to be in college next fall and are even considering applying for financial aid, Oct. 1 is a very important date for you.

That’s the first day you can submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka FAFSA) for the 2021-22 school year. And the earlier you get it in — think within days — the better, as there’s likely to be more competition for those financial aid dollars, especially the free ones.

In fact, 38% of parents who didn’t plan to apply for federal aid now say they plan to apply, according to a survey by Discover Student Loans.

“Our survey found that 48% of parents lost income as a result of the pandemic, and 44% said they can’t afford to pay for as much of their child’s education as they had originally planned,” said Manny Chagas, vice president of Discover Student Loans, in a

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Amazon launches Luna cloud gaming service competing with Microsoft and Google

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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks With Over 7% Dividend Yield

Markets are volatile, there can be no doubt. So far this month, the S&P 500 has fallen 9% from its peak. The tech-heavy NASDAQ, which had led the gainers all summer, is now leading the on the fall, having lost 11% since September 2. The three-week tumble has investors worried that we may be on the brink of another bear market.The headwinds are strong. The usual September swoon, the upcoming election, doubts about another round of economic stimulus – all are putting downward pressure on the stock markets.Which doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities. As the old saw goes, “Bulls and bears can both make money, while the pigs get slaughtered.” A falling market may worry investors, but a smart strategy can prevent the portfolio from losing too much long-term value while maintaining a steady income. Dividend stocks, which

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Ponzi-style schemes to pay bookings

The Grand Palladium resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was a swank respite in March for Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter until they got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. 

Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its phone lines – and refused to pay the hotel for the room even though Belcher had paid the agency in full for the trip.

On the spot, Belcher had to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the upscale hotel, which threatened to call authorities and advised the front-gate attendants to make sure no one escaped without paying. When she and her daughter tried to head home to Lexington, Kentucky, they had to shell out more money; their flight had been canceled, and the airline wouldn’t allow them to change it since it, too, was booked by

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Millie Bobby Brown Just Wore the Cutest Shearling Jacket (And FYI, You Can Still Buy It Online)

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8 Brides On What They Wore To Their Micro-Weddings

This spring and summer, as the pandemic took hold of the country, people were forced to press pause on many aspects of their everyday lives. College classes were canceled, restaurants closed (some permanently), and vacations were postponed. For the thousands of people who planned to get married in 2020, stress from the pandemic was heightened even further. As concerns over large gatherings grew by the day, many couples had to rethink their nuptials. With how quickly event spaces book up, some had already waited a year or even two to get married when COVID hit. Now, having rescheduled their dates to next year, they would be waiting even longer. The uncertainty of it all, though, led some couples to ditch their original plans to say “I do” in front of 200 of their closest friends and family, and instead, opt

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Mastercard Widens Co-Branded PayPal Business Cards’ Acceptance

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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks With Over 7% Dividend Yield

Markets are volatile, there can be no doubt. So far this month, the S&P 500 has fallen 9% from its peak. The tech-heavy NASDAQ, which had led the gainers all summer, is now leading the on the fall, having lost 11% since September 2. The three-week tumble has investors worried that we may be on the brink of another bear market.The headwinds are strong. The usual September swoon, the upcoming election, doubts about another round of economic stimulus – all are putting downward pressure on the stock markets.Which doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities. As the old saw goes, “Bulls and bears can both make money, while the pigs get slaughtered.” A falling market may worry investors, but a smart strategy can prevent the portfolio from losing too much long-term value while maintaining a steady income. Dividend stocks, which

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Square is positioned to be a winner by helping small businesses digitize post-pandemic: Oppenheimer

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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks With Over 7% Dividend Yield

Markets are volatile, there can be no doubt. So far this month, the S&P 500 has fallen 9% from its peak. The tech-heavy NASDAQ, which had led the gainers all summer, is now leading the on the fall, having lost 11% since September 2. The three-week tumble has investors worried that we may be on the brink of another bear market.The headwinds are strong. The usual September swoon, the upcoming election, doubts about another round of economic stimulus – all are putting downward pressure on the stock markets.Which doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities. As the old saw goes, “Bulls and bears can both make money, while the pigs get slaughtered.” A falling market may worry investors, but a smart strategy can prevent the portfolio from losing too much long-term value while maintaining a steady income. Dividend stocks, which

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18 Online Shopping Traps and Scams To Watch Out For

Online shopping can help you save money and access a wide variety of products, but there are downsides, too. Hackers and other online criminals are constantly trying to scam shoppers by offering fake deals and discounts. In fact, according to a recent Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker report, online purchase scams are the second-riskiest type of fraud after employment scams.

Although shopping online doesn’t always result in identity theft, there are other risks, too. You might lose money, get a bogus product or not get anything at all — and you might even be convinced to spend more than you planned to.

By knowing the most common scams and traps that online shoppers encounter, you can set your finances up for a better future.

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2020

Requests To Pay With Wire Transfers

Sound the alarm if a retailer asks you for a wire transfer, a money order

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50 Easy Ways To Make Money From Home

Whether you’re between jobs, a stay-at-home parent or just want to make some extra money without leaving the house, these work-from-home jobs can boost your income, helping you make ends meet, pay down debt or reach savings goals.

Legitimate work-from-home jobs do exist but beware of scams that require you to pay upfront for the chance to earn extra money.

Find out how you can easily make extra money from home.

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2020

1. Pet Sit

If you love animals, getting paid to watch other people’s pets is a dream job.

Sites like Rover connect pet sitters with pet owners. You’ll need to set up a profile explaining why you’d be a great pet sitter, but once you’re approved, you can set your own rates and hours. You could earn up to $1,000 per month, according to Rover.

2. Sell Stock Photographs

If you have a knack

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How to use Google Meet on a PC to create, schedule, or join online meetings

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Google Meet is simple to use on any PC.
  • To use Google Meet on your PC, you simply have to open the Google Meet website.

  • There’s no app to download, as you can log into Google Meet right from your browser.

  • You can also join a Google Meet meeting from your browser by clicking the Meet link that’s sent to you.

  • Once you join a Google Meet, you can control it using the overlay at the bottom of the screen.

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Google Meet has become a popular tool for staying in touch with colleagues and friends. Google allows as many as 100 people to join a Meet at once, and calls can be up to 60 minutes long (though Google doesn’t always enforce that time limit). 

Using Google Meet on a PC is easy — all you need is

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