‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Is Popular During The Pandemic, But Is It Safe?

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Buy now, pay later: If you’re shopping online with a tight budget, it seems like an offer that’s hard to refuse. And in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, when money is tighter than ever for many people, companies such as Afterpay, Klarna and Sezzle can help you avoid using high-interest credit cards.

But BNPL options also push shoppers into engaging in retail therapy when they don’t have the cash on hand.

According to a

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How to Create the Perfect Dating Profile During COVID

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I am newly single and just joined a few dating apps. This pandemic has made me realize I would really like to find my soulmate, but I feel clueless when it comes to setting up my dating profile to find the right guy — how much is too much to put out there? What kinds of photos should I use? On top of it all, I’m pretty conservative when it comes to social distancing and going out, so I feel like I need to choose my suitors carefully. All of it is giving me a lot of stress. Where do I start? —Looking for Love In the Time of Coronavirus


Many relationships have become a casualty of the virus — just look at all the celeb breakups in the past few months. The good news is that the online dating world is

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10 Films and Panels to Watch at the 2020 Edition of the ‘Black Sundance’

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Dubbed by members of its community as “the Black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival has become a significant annual event celebrating the visual and storytelling traditions of not only the African diaspora, but also of global communities of color as well. With a lineup primarily composed of short films and feature-length debuts, the nine-year-old festival is also a major window into emerging talent, and this year is no different.

Typically held in Philadelphia, the week-long program (running August 20 through 26) will take place entirely online this year, as has been the case for most festivals since the beginning of the pandemic that shut down much of the country.

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But even in a virtual space, BlackStar will present more than 80 films — representing over 20 countries, and including 24 world premieres — an array of live panels, and special events, bringing together some of the most

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Ontario back-to-school plan is ‘safest in the country,’ Ford asserts

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Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 4,600 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 121,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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6 Top Online Consignment Shops for Selling Your Clothes

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Online consignment shops make it simple to unload rarely used outfits and make money at the same time. Thanks to online consignment shops, Addie-Jane Lynn has found an affordable way to dress her children in brand-name clothes. The 33-year-old real estate agent from Charleston, South Carolina, says she “churns” her kids’ clothes, selling the outfits they outgrow and using the proceeds to buy newer items from favorite brands such as Matilda Jane Clothing, Hudson and Shrimp & Grits Kids.

“I heard from a friend about Facebook groups,” Lynn explains. With names like Smocking Hot Mamas, the Facebook groups were her first foray into the world of online selling. Since then, Lynn has discovered online consignment stores and apps like Poshmark and Kidizen, which make it easy for her to update her and her children’s wardrobes on a budget.

As people tighten their financial belts during the COVID-19 pandemic, now might

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Inside the life of Natalie Mariduena, YouTube star David Dobrik’s assistant and childhood best friend who has helped grow his business

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  • Natalie Mariduena has over 4 million followers on Instagram and is known online as YouTube star David Dobrik’s childhood best friend and assistant. 

  • When she’s not appearing in Dobrik’s vlogs or TikToks, she is working beside him to help design items of merchandise or plan out content. 

  • Her involvement in the business started a few years ago as an intern, when Dobrik asked her to come out to Los Angeles and help him out.

  • Mariduena spoke with Business Insider about what it’s like to work for Dobrik and explained how his business works.

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Fans of YouTube star David Dobrik know Natalie Mariduena as “David’s assistant Natalie,” and his childhood best friend from Chicago.

Officially, Mariduena is an executive assistant of David Dobrik LLC, and when she’s not appearing in Dobrik’s vlogs

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Ohio University’s identity crisis shows the struggles of regional public universities

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This article about higher education in Ohio was produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This is part 5 of the Colleges in Crisis series.

Given current circumstances, Richard Vedder, an economics professor emeritus at Ohio University, is teaching his fall course, “Economic History of Europe,” for a salary of $1. Plus, a parking sticker.

“It will take a little bit of burden off the university,” said Vedder, a national expert on higher education finances. His career — he began teaching at O.U. in 1965 — spans the robust rise of public higher education and, now, its shakiest chapter.

The coronavirus crisis has hurt colleges everywhere. But for schools like O.U. — nonflagship public campuses in Ohio and across the Midwest that were already struggling — it has hastened a reckoning. The campuses have become heavily reliant on

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The five most common tech support questions in America answered

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When our gadgets work, they’re nothing short of miraculous. They keep us informed, connected and entertained and have become so integral to our lives we often break into a cold sweat at the mere thought of going a day without them. 

When our personal electronics don’t work, our reactions can range from panic and frustration to true anger. Eight out of 10 Americans experience some type of tech frustration every single day, according to a study by global technology support company Asurion. It’s even worse now that our devices provide such a critical lifeline with work, school, family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve seen a giant surge of IT-related questions,” says Gina King, senior tech category moderator at consumer question-and-answer site JustAnswer.com. “As states start to reopen or even reclose, people are getting desperate for simple, affordable, on-demand IT support at home.”

Making video meetings more fun: Social

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Edited Transcript of 2170.T earnings conference call or presentation 7-Aug-20 10:59am GMT

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Chuo-Ku, Tokyo Aug 19, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Link and Motivation Inc earnings conference call or presentation Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:59:00am GMT

Link and Motivation Inc. – President & Representative Director

Link and Motivation Inc. – Director

Link and Motivation Inc. – Director

Hideki Sakashita, Link and Motivation Inc. – President & Representative Director [1]

I am Hideki Sakashita, President and Representative Director of the Board of Link and Motivation. Today, I’m going to present our Q2 results on behalf of Mr. Ozasa, Chairman of Link and Motivation, who has been hospitalized for a leg injury.

So let’s get started with our second quarter earnings briefing. Here is today’s agenda. First, I’m going to give you an overview of our company. Second, I’m going to report on the consolidated financial results for our second quarter. Third, I’ll touch upon the dividend payout and revisions to … Read More

30 Essential Money Habits

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What are you doing every day that can help you grow your bank account? If you can’t answer that question, it’s time to develop some new money habits.

Just like with your physical health, your financial health depends on the daily decisions you make every day. While healthy habits such as eating better and exercising keep you fit, certain money habits can keep you financially comfortable and help you establish wealth. Click through for money habits you should be doing on a daily basis if you want to be rich.

Last updated: July 20, 2016

1. Spend Less Than You Earn

This habit is Personal Finance 101. It’s always going to be true that you’ll never get ahead financially if you always have more money going out than coming in. The great news is there are two ways you can work on this habit: Focus both on growing your income

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