A psychologist explains why people shouldn’t feel guilty taking time off from work during the pandemic

Christel Deskins

While the boundaries between work and life are blurrier than ever, many are realizing that their busiest days are still disguised as “leisure time” because they’re working from the comfort of their homes. This new work-life balance, or lack thereof, is causing some employees to be hesitant to cash in on their hard-earned vacation days.

Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor Jen Hartstein shares ways why taking time off is more vital than ever.

“We’re at this very weird time where work and life are blending all the time. And for many we feel like it’s not the right time to take time off,” she explains. “Maybe we aren’t going anywhere, we’re not traveling, so we kind of figure, ‘Why bother?’” 

However, it’s important for us to take time off because “the more space we create, the better and more rejuvenated we come back to the office and to work,” she

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Here’s how to get early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Christel Deskins

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Get your wallets ready! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially starts on Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 30. Every fashion lover knows that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the retailer’s biggest annual event with massive discounts on new arrivals from top brands like Madewell, Vince, Nike and Ugg.

Although we are still several days away from the beginning of the sale, there is a way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before the public. Believe it or not, starting Aug. 4 until Aug. 13, Nordstrom credit and debit card holders get exclusive access to thousands of new items at reduced prices before the anniversary sale is officially

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Take Back the Economy From Economists

Christel Deskins

When I answer the phone, Zephyr Teachout quickly explains our call might be shorter than planned. Both she and I are at the whim of her two-year-old toddler, who is sleeping and could wake at any time.

Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University in New York, is best known for her runs for governor of the state and for Congress from New York’s 19th district (both races she lost). She has also written numerous books, including her latest, “BREAK ‘EM UP: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money.” Our discussion comes the day after historic Big Tech antitrust hearings in Congress. 

Teachout sees the antitrust discussion as a flashpoint for understanding how democracy and corruption collide. To her, concentrations of private power, as with the Big Tech companies, can’t be fixed with, say, campaign finance reform. These companies are a threat to the public sphere

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How to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4

Christel Deskins

Although gaming doesn’t jump to mind when talking about a virtual private network (VPN), there are myriad uses for one on your PlayStation 4. With a VPN, you can connect to servers around the world, allowing you to shop the PlayStation Store in other regions and pair up with players on the other side of the globe. Plus, a VPN encrypts your internet connection, protecting your personal data from anyone spying on your connection, and it can get past internet service provider speed throttling.

Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t make setting up a VPN on your PS4 easy, but there are some workarounds. Here are the two best methods for how to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4.

Method 1: Use your router

The easiest way to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4 is through your router. By setting up a VPN on your router, you can automatically encrypt all

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3 Candidates Officially Enter Manhattan Beach City Council Race

Christel Deskins

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Three Manhattan Beach residents have been officially verified to run in the Manhattan Beach City Council race. Los Angeles County verified Grettel Fournell, Mark Burton and Steve Napolitano last week. Incumbent City Treasurer Tim Lilligren was also officially verified. He has no competitors to date.

“How does it feel being officially in the race?” mirrored incumbent candidate Steve Napolitano. “As someone who had to run as a write-in candidate 30 years ago because one of my minimum number of signatures wasn’t good, having them verified ever since is always a big relief for me. So I’m happy and ready to get out there and campaign!”

Said Fournell, “I am happy that my candidacy for Manhattan Beach City Council has been verified by the County. We will be launching my website shortly after the filing deadline of August 7; the web address will be grettelfournell.com.”

For his

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Visa, PayPal, Global Payments, Google and Apple

Christel Deskins

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 3, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Visa Inc. V, PayPal Holdings, Inc. PYPL, Global Payments Inc. GPN, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL and Apple Inc. AAPL.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

5 Stocks to Watch as Contactless Payments Gain Traction

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way businesses have been operating so long. Social distancing has become a priority to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. This has also seen a change in the way people carry out transactions.

Contactless payment has become the most-preferred option for safety concerns given its convenience. And this mode of payment is likely to stay since it also saves time.

Contactless Payments

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Dyckman Farmhouse Gets Grant To Help With Virtual Programming

Christel Deskins

INWOOD, NY — The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is getting appreciated aid in its fight against the financial hardships that have come along with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Humanities New York (HNY) organization, which commits itself to strengthening civil society and the bonds of community, recently announced that the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is receiving $2,500 in the form of a grant from HNY’s CARES program.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is located on 4881 Broadway at West 204 Street. It is the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan and opened as a museum in 1916.

The museum is planning to use the Humanities New York grant to help create a free virtual summer camp program, as well as a virtual lecture series called “Talking About Race Matters: Join the Conversation.”

The program will take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of August, and will feature experts in the field, according to Meredith

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University of Maryland students struggle to cancel housing leases

Christel Deskins

When South Campus Commons at the University of Maryland, College Park, canceled its apartment leases in March, Julia Kane called it “the right thing to do” during the pandemic.

By June, the university also gave students the option to cancel their fall housing agreements without penalty. But then South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, the public-private apartments owned by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, told students they were legally bound to their leases.

Capstone On-Campus Management, the entity hired to manage the apartments, told 3,000 students with leases their only options were to re-lease to another student, to pay and live on-campus, or to pay and live at home, Kane said. Kane, a senior studying marketing and operations management and business analytics, managed to cancel her lease cost-free, but it only happened after days of pressure from her father, who is an attorney.

“When I signed this lease back in

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Some parents want to hire tutors, start mini schools this year. Most can’t afford to.

Christel Deskins

CHICAGO – Millions of parents across the nation are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their kids this school year. But the pandemic affects every family differently, for reasons that range from their socioeconomic status to their health to the fields they work in.

Some parents are in a better position than others to ensure their children stay healthy and keep up with schoolwork, and researchers are raising questions about how the pandemic may exacerbate existing educational inequalities.

“Kids who are disproportionately low-income are at highest risk for learning losses,” said Ariel Kalil, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. “When these gaps in learning open up, absent some really serious and sustained intervention, the kids won’t (catch up). That will result in less academic achievement, lower lifetime earnings and even lower productivity in adulthood.”

USA TODAY spoke with more than a dozen

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The best pools and lidos to visit in the UK during the heatwave

Christel Deskins


This week, the Met Office has warned that a heatwave is set to sweep over parts of the UK, with temperatures expected to soar as high as 36C in the south-east on Friday.

With the arrival of warmer weather and many still anxious to plan trips abroad, it is welcome news that outdoor swimming pools were allowed to reopen in England from Saturday 11 July as part of the government’s ongoing plan to ease lockdown restrictions.

Whether you’re a lover of alfresco dips, are looking for an alternative way to get fit or want to fill your summer with some family-friendly activities, a trip to one of the UK’s many outdoor pools should feature highly on your to-do list.

But, as pools begin to reopen, guests should expect some changes, including varied opening times and the need to pre-book. So be sure to check with the venue before visiting.

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