Day: June 19, 2020

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The lockdown is turning back the clock on women’s lives in Britain

Studies in 2019 showed that slight progress had been made in closing the gender pay gap in the UK in recent years, but the lockdown has stalled this progress - Joe Giddens/PA
Studies in 2019 showed that slight progress had been made in closing the gender pay gap in the UK in recent years, but the lockdown has stalled this progress – Joe Giddens/PA

SIR – We are concerned that the long-term impact on women is being overlooked in the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

We don’t deny that men have been affected disproportionately by the virus itself, but evidence shows that the damage done to women in Britain during the pandemic could last for years – and set them back decades.

New research by the Fawcett Society and the Women’s Budget Group has already found that the response to the pandemic has had a disproportionately negative effect on women in all sectors and age groups.

According to the Resolution Foundation, women are more likely than men to be working in sectors that have shut down during the pandemic. Mothers are

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Fall in love with the 12 best rom-coms on HBO Max

Fall in love with the 12 best rom-coms on HBO Max
Fall in love with the 12 best rom-coms on HBO Max

HBO Max is here, and gives fans access to previously hard-to-stream Studio Ghibli hits, every Harry Potter movie, and a little sitcom known as Friends. It has also given many popular rom-com movies a new platform.

The streaming service’s expansive library features many longtime swoon-worthy movie favorites as well as modern romantic classics. We’re here to highlight some of the biggest rom-coms across the decades. While a few of the films below can be accessed via HBO Go and HBO Now (explained here), you won’t find them on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+.

Here are 12 of the best rom-coms on HBO Max that you can stream now.

1. When Harry Met Sally

Image: Castle Rock/Nelson/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in this classic romantic comedy about who two University of Chicago grads who meet on a

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It’s not too late. A vision board can help you make those 2020 goals a reality

Looking for a creative, colorful way to make your dreams and goals feel more accessible than ever? Try vision boards, the Pinterest-friendly art project that advocates swear makes you more likely to achieve your goals.

TODAY spoke to two experts in the field, both who have been making vision boards for years, about how the boards can really help you meet your goals and for some tips on how to get started on the project.

Try this creative approach to visualization. (Getty Images)
Try this creative approach to visualization. (Getty Images)

What are vision boards?

A vision board is simply a physical reminder of what you hope to achieve in a certain timeframe. Typically featuring photos, words, and other visual displays, advocates for vision boards say that you can use them for anything from material goals to workplace achievements to lifestyle changes, but emphasize using them to highlight larger dreams.

“I would say, material things are all well

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Athletes With Major Business Empires Outside of Sports

Being a professional athlete can easily make you a millionaire, but these sports stars have expanded their wealth by turning those team paychecks into veritable empires. See how these players have been making bank outside of the sports world.

Last updated: June 19, 2020

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA pro Shaquille O’Neal has invested his money in companies he believes in — and it’s ended up paying off for him. O’Neal formerly owned 10% of Five Guys’ entire franchise portfolio and eventually sold it, telling CNBC that the burger business was “very good” to him. He was also an early investor in Google and invested in Ring before it was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion.

2. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

  • Magic Johnson Enterprises

NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion, according to

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Here’s Where You Can Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online Right Now

Update, May 6, 2020: As stay-at-home orders come to an end and businesses across the U.S. begin to re-open, a number of states are taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to wear a cloth face-covering in public to the next level by making it a requirement. This is in effect in the following seven states so far: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Hawaii.

Update, April 4, 2020: The CDC issued a recommendation that President Donald Trump shared on Friday: they are now advising everyone to wear a cloth face-covering mask in public to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

This story was originally published on April 3, 2020

It seems like each new day of the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a hearty dose of surprising, overwhelming, and sometimes even conflicting information about how to navigate your way through this crisis — and

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Alexis Ohanian has left Reddit’s board in a ‘long overdue’ move. Here’s how he launched Reddit into a $3 billion behemoth and became an outspoken activist in the tech world.

Reddit and Initialized Capital cofounder Alexis Ohanian.
Reddit and Initialized Capital cofounder Alexis Ohanian.

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  • Alexis Ohanian, who cofounded Reddit in 2005, has been called the “Mayor of the Internet.”

  • He and cofounder Steve Huffman built the company over 16 months, then sold it to Condé Nast in 2006 for somewhere between $10 and $20 million. Today, the company is worth $3 billion. 

  • Since then, Ohanian has become a venture capitalist, has helped launch two more companies, and has fought against a bill that would have stifled internet innovation. 

  • In 2015, he met tennis superstar Serena Williams. The couple had a daughter together, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in 2017, and got married two months later. 

  • More recently, in the wake of the protests following George Floyd’s death, Ohanian resigned from Reddit’s board and called on the company to name a Black board member in his place, which it has since done, appointing Michael

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The 2020 ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurs Sunday. Here’s how to watch online.

A “ring of fire” solar eclipse will briefly appear in parts of Africa and Asia this weekend, and if you aren’t out there in person, you can take in the spectacular show online.

Sunday’s solar eclipse is what is known as an annular eclipse, in which the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes between the star and Earth as seen from our planet. Instead, a ring of sunlight will still shine around the outer edge, hence its nickname: a “ring of fire” eclipse.

The time of maximum eclipse, when that “ring of fire” event happens, will be at 2:40 a.m. ET on Sunday when the moon crosses into the center of the sphere of the sun from Earth’s perspective. The eclipse starts at 11:45 p.m. ET on June 20 and ends at 5:34 a.m. ET, according to NASA.

Related: Solar eclipse guide 2020: When, where &

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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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Foreign holidays ‘to restart on July 4’

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beach – Getty

British holidaymakers could enjoy overseas breaks from July 4 under plans being drawn up by the government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on June 29 that agreements have been made for so-called air bridges with a “small number” of countries with low levels of coronavirus.

This would allow families to take foreign holidays without having to self-isolate on their return to the UK. 

People could only travel with members of their household or ‘support bubble’, however, unless rules on social distancing are eased before July. 

They would also have to abide by the rules on social distancing in their destination, meaning that countries with similar restrictions to the UK are likely to be first in the queue.

Ministers want to set up air bridges to countries that are “most advantageous” to the UK economy, which are likely to include popular destinations such as France,

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