gallup.ipub.us http://gallup.ipub.us en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com John Oliver explains why #039;the coronavirus is not The Hunger Games,#039; despite Trump#039;s best efforts "COVID-19 continues to rip around the globe," John Oliver said on Sunday's from-his-living-room Last Week Tonight. But the U.S. now has the most confirmed cases in the world, "and the president has only recently seemed to realize the gravity of the situation." Because the federal government "wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing" and "massively botched the rollout of testing for the virus," he said, our best shot at slowing this outbreak is strict social distancing. President Trump and some of his allies think the cost may be too high. "I'm in no way minimizing the economic suffering caused by the shutdown," Oliver said. "But the idea that people should sacrifice themselves for the economy is absurd. And yet, it actually gained traction this week." Oliver addressed right-wing market-worshippers like Glenn Beck and the lieutenant governor of Texas: "You get that the coronavirus is not The Hunger Games, right? You can't volunteer yourself as tribute. And what you're doing is actually much darker: You're actively volunteering others, including people of all ages with health conditions, to die. And even if these guys are okay with letting the coronavirus kill as many people as it feels like so that the economy's protected — which, again: really?!? — there are — and I cannot believe I have to say this — significant drawbacks to hundreds of thousands of people dying," Among them, such carnage "also tanks the economy," he said. "So relaxing social distancing right now isn't just trading one bad outcome for another; it's trading one bad outcome for both bad outcomes." Oliver ran through some things Trump might have done, and could still do, to forestall a catastrophe. "This was always going to be hard," he said. "But it actually didn't need to be this hard. And that is why it's so profoundly disheartening that we're being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anybody in recorded history." "For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening than this president, and somehow, he's got f---ing stage envy," Oliver sighed. "And look, I know this isn't exactly the first time that I've criticized Donald Trump, but I can't tell you how much I was rooting for him to do this better." If you don't mind NSFW language, watch below. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341925-john-oliver-explains-why-039-coronavirus-not-hunger-games039 Mon, 30 2020 08:56:57 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341925-john-oliver-explains-why-039-coronavirus-not-hunger-games039 Coronavirus pandemic will thrust most economies into #039;deep freeze#039; for up to 6 months, analyst says An intensifying health crisis has meant countries around the globe have effectively had to shut down. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341919-coronavirus-pandemic-will-thrust-most-economies-039deep-free Mon, 30 2020 08:22:53 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341919-coronavirus-pandemic-will-thrust-most-economies-039deep-free The 11 books every millennial should read to get out of debt, learn how to invest, and save more money Personal finance sounds boring, but these books aren't. As a millennial wealth reporter, I've read a lot of books aimed at helping young adults get their financial act together. These are my top picks for millennials who want to get out of debt, learn how to invest, and build wealth. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Forty-five books currently sit on my office desk, and they all share a key piece of advice: how to get rich. As a writer who has been covering millennial wealth and money for nearly two years, it's been easy to accumulate this collection of personal finance books, many of which are specifically geared toward today's youth. And what's not on my desk, I've likely come across during my reporting research. Let's be real: Personal finance can be a dry a topic. But a lot of the books I've come across happen to be real gems for millennials looking to get their finances in shape. Whether you're fighting to pay off student-loan debt, climb your way out of the fallout of the recession, or just don't know what a 401k is, these books will help you kickstart your goals. Written in simple, relatable, and fun styles, they'll help improve your financial literacy, even if you consider yourself non-financially savvy.SEE ALSO: 11 books to read this year if you want to take charge of your finances, learn how to budget, and build your net worth DON'T MISS: 11 new books to help you build wealth and get more done "The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money" by Chelsea Fagan Fagan, founder of the popular personal-finance blog The Financial Diet, brings her wisdom to print with a crash course on all things finance, from budgeting to managing credit. The book summary bills it as "the personal finance book for people who don't care about personal finance." "Millennial Money Makeover" by Conor Richardson Richardson, a certified public accountant (CPA), will help you find your financial footing in six steps, from paying off student-loan debt to budgeting. Geared toward 20- and 30-somethings, the book touches on millennial-specific money issues like making the most of robo-advisers, saving for your first house, and approaching a new type of retirement. "Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances ... And Everyone Else's" by Lindsey Stanberry If anything will inspire you to track your finances, it's this. A spin off from Refinery29's hit series Money Diaries, this book chronicles weekly spending accounts from women across the country alongside advice on how to get rich and enjoy life. Bonus: There are money challenges throughout the book to help you save $500. "Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money" by Erin Lowry Lowry is the founder of the personal finance website Broke Millennial. This book is the follow-up to her first, "Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together." Millennials are more risk-averse than other generations, but Lowry makes investing seem less scary by breaking down the basics, whether it's advice on managing stocks or explaining confusing investing terms. "I Will Teach You to Be Rich" by Ramit Sethi Sethi's book, which was updated in 2019, isn't specifically geared toward millennials, but it's one all members of the generation should read if they want to build wealth. In it, he details a six-week modern-day financial plan that will help you lay the foundation for getting rich and more. That includes paying off debt, paying for a wedding, and negotiating a raise. Not only does he offer strategies and tips, but he backs them up with psychological insights. "You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth" by Jen Sincero Sincero's book is more of a financial confidence-booster than a step-by-step guide to building wealth. Her personal essays are meant to shift your mindset around money by helping you figure out how you want to maximize your income and by taking a look at the attitudes of successful people. "The Millennial Money Fix: What You Need to Know About Budgeting, Debt, and Finding Financial Freedom" by Douglas and Heather Boneparth The Boneparths blend history, personal experience, and pop culture references to lay a financial groundwork for younger generations. While they offer advice for a variety of money situations, they provide solutions for two concerns specifically facing millennials: the evolving job market and the higher education bubble. The best part is that the book reads conversationally, which makes tackling personal finance seem less daunting. "You're So Money: Live Rich, Even When You're Not" by Farnoosh Torabi This book is all about living your best life — within your means. In it, Torabi shows you when it's worth splurging on something, the best ways to grow your money, and how to have it all. It's a realistic look at how to prioritize expenses based on what you want the most. "100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job" by Chris Guillebeau One of the best ways to increase your income is by maximizing your income channels — like taking on a side hustle. True to the book's name, Guillebeau features 100 stories of everyday people who transformed their side gig into a money maker. These case studies are sure to inspire you. "Money Honey: A Simple 7-Step Guide for Getting Your Financial $hit Together" by Rachel Richards Richards, a former financial advisor, retired at age 27 and now makes $10,000 per month in passive income — so it's safe to say she knows her stuff. Look no further than her book if you want to clean up your financial act. From consolidating student loans to cutting your expenses in half, she helps you manage your money in a simple, fun way.  "Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties" by Beth Kobliner This New York Times bestseller has been around for 20 years, but it consistently undergoes revisions to cater to the latest cohort of young Americans. In the most recent version, Kobliner teaches millennials how make the most of the murky financial waters the economy put them in, from handling taxes to navigating apartment rentals. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341283-11-books-every-millennial-should-read-get-out-debt-learn-how Sun, 29 2020 20:03:00 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341283-11-books-every-millennial-should-read-get-out-debt-learn-how GameStop Is Telling Employees To Wrap Their Hands In Plastic Bags And Keep Working According to a report from the Boston Globe, GameStop employees have been instructed to wrap their hands with plastic bags in order to keep stores open for curbside pickup, despite not being an essential service. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341233-gamestop-telling-employees-wrap-their-hands-plastic-bags-and Sun, 29 2020 18:29:31 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341233-gamestop-telling-employees-wrap-their-hands-plastic-bags-and Henrik Stenson: #039;I don#039;t feel the rush to practise and play#039; The former Open champion, whose coach has tested positive for coronavirus, understands it may be some time before he is back on the courseAs Henrik Stenson spent Thursday evening on the Sawgrass range, the frustrations of a 74 to begin the Players Championship dominating his thoughts, he knew nothing of impending shutdown. The PGA Tour’s flagship event lasted 18 holes on 12 March, with coronavirus sharply halting golf at the top level. Stenson has not had any notion to strike a ball since.“I don’t feel the rush to practise and play,” the Swede says. “Five weeks out is when I’ll start digging in hard because I’ll have something on the horizon. I want to be ready and prepared when we get the go-ahead because this is going to impact so many things in this sport.” Continue reading... http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341197-henrik-stenson-039i-don039t-feel-rush-practise-and-play039 Sun, 29 2020 18:00:00 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3341197-henrik-stenson-039i-don039t-feel-rush-practise-and-play039 Coronavirus pandemic causes Beethoven#039;s #039;Ode to Joy#039; rendition to go viral With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe, nearly all live events have understandably been postponed or canceled, as countries attempt to "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of COVID-19. But thanks to technology, the Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra has gone viral and bucked the trend. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340971-coronavirus-pandemic-causes-beethoven039s-039ode-joy039-rend Sun, 29 2020 15:17:51 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340971-coronavirus-pandemic-causes-beethoven039s-039ode-joy039-rend GameStop reportedly told employees to wrap their hands in plastic bags while they continued working during the coronavirus outbreak (GME) Across America, non-essential services and businesses are temporarily shuttered as people stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Embattled retailer GameStop, the world's largest video game retail chain, argued it was "essential" and stayed open until March 21.  While the company is still operating a "delivery at door" service for in-store pickup, employees told the Boston Globe that they're not being given proper safety equipment to operate during a pandemic. In a memo from GameStop's corporate office, employees are instructed to "tape a GameStop plastic bag over your hand and arm" while handling customer credit cards. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While the coronavirus outbreak caused all "non-essential" businesses and services to pause indefinitely, GameStop, the world's biggest video game retailer, kept its stores operating far longer than most and even argued its business operations were "essential" because they "enable and enhance our customers' experience in working from home." The company only walked back standard operations on March 22, and introduced a "delivery at door" service where customers can order products online for pickup at the door. Employees still working during the ongoing pandemic say that proper safety measures aren't being taken to ensure they don't get sick. According to a memo sent to GameStop managers and reported by the Boston Globe, employees were reportedly told to cover their hands am arms with plastic bags when interacting with customers.  "Lightly (you want to be able to get it off easily) tape a Game Stop plastic bag over your hand and arm," the memo read. "Do not open the door all the way — keep the glass between you and the guest's face — just reach out your arm." COVID-19 is spread primarily through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beyond disinfecting surfaces and washing your hands, the number one way to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus is through so-called "social distancing" — staying away from other people so you can't breathe in their potentially infected droplets. A GameStop manager who spoke with the Boston Globe highlighted the discrepancy between those guidelines and what he's being asked to do by his employer. "I have to make a choice between doing a job that nobody needs during a pandemic and not being paid, and possibly infecting people or being infected," he said. Across the last year, the company's stock value dropped by two-thirds — from about $15 in January 2019 to under $5 by January 2020 — and it reshuffled its C-suite. Like Blockbuster Video and Tower Records before it, GameStop faces major challenges to its business model from the internet. As more people buy video games through digital storefronts, fewer buy games on physical discs from GameStop, leaving the company struggling to modernize its business.  GameStop representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.SEE ALSO: GameStop wants to keep its stores open, describing itself as 'essential retail' amid the novel coronavirus outbreak Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340889-gamestop-reportedly-told-employees-wrap-their-hands-plastic Sun, 29 2020 14:16:07 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340889-gamestop-reportedly-told-employees-wrap-their-hands-plastic Uplifting scenes of coronavirus solidarity around the world - CNET National landmarks light up. Citizens applaud and serenade medical workers from balconies and rooftops. See how people around the globe are showing gratitude and friendship in these difficult times. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340335-uplifting-scenes-coronavirus-solidarity-around-world-cnet Sat, 28 2020 23:45:00 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340335-uplifting-scenes-coronavirus-solidarity-around-world-cnet New Jersey golfers collect supplies to donate to local hospital amid coronavirus outbreak A private New Jersey golf club aims to pay it “fore”-ward, collecting bottled water and Gatorade Sunday morning to donate to emergency room workers at a busy nearby hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340182-new-jersey-golfers-collect-supplies-donate-local-hospital-am Sat, 28 2020 22:12:34 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3340182-new-jersey-golfers-collect-supplies-donate-local-hospital-am World Health Organization under the microscope: what went wrong with coronavirus? As coronavirus started seeping from its origins in a Wuhan wet market in China late last year – fast spawning the rest of the globe – the information coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) was one of dismissal, in line with the Chinese Communist Party's muzzling of the disease's potency. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3339431-world-health-organization-under-microscope-what-went-wrong-c Sat, 28 2020 11:38:25 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/3339431-world-health-organization-under-microscope-what-went-wrong-c