Index number – 6 Toros 6 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:23:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Index number – 6 Toros 6 32 32 LatinXcellence: Roberto Larios made his Hollywood dream come true and now helps others to do the same Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:58:00 +0000 The evidence goes back to the age of about 13. Back then, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Sweetest Day – a holiday celebrated in the Midwest, including her native Chicago – meant working in her mother’s flower shop to help with the rush.

Further evidence can be found in his pre-Hollywood turn to health management, when he worked 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and once went seven months in a row without taking a day off. .

Even more evidence is the days he spent driving Lyft – sometimes until 3 a.m. on weekends – while working full-time as an assistant, networking and reading scripts in his spare time, so he can make ends meet.

Larios, a TV agent, knows what it means to work hard, and it got him where he is, at one of Hollywood’s top agencies.

Larios’s parents, immigrants from Mexico, were business owners who still worked, whether it was at the aforementioned flower shop, Mary Kay’s sale, or his father’s sports bar.

The latter, in fact, is where Larios gained great appreciation for cinema. On weekends before the bar opened, he would sit in the middle room of his father’s bar, hook up a VCR to the projector, and mow classics, sometimes joined by early risers. Sunday was also to go to the movies with the family.

Translating this innate love of cinema into his future career, however, took some time. But denying his passion for entertainment – and his loathing for political science, his initial educational pursuit while studying at Notre Dame – didn’t last long.

Larios landed at Hollywood agency Verve after graduating from DePaul University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree and never left, going from the mail room to being an agent.

“I’m from the country, and to be honest that’s the best avenue – being in the trenches to learn from the bottom up and soak up the culture of the company while learning valuable lessons,” he said. -he declares.

The trip, however, would never have happened without the mentorship and encouragement he received early on as an assistant from Verve partners like Amy Retzinger, Adam Weinstein and Bill Weinstein.

Larios describes his trip with pride because it is not a shared story. (“I got promoted in about three years. That doesn’t usually happen to a Latino in this industry,” he said.) Even less is finding bosses who will invest in your success and take action. to do it.

Take, for example, Larios’s side gig as a Lyft driver. When he finally confessed to a boss that he needed to supplement his income by driving, it was a wake-up call about what a living wage really is. While driving, for him, never made the difference between, say, having a meal and no, Larios was honest about his position.

“I told him it had never happened to this point, but what I didn’t want to worry about was making sure I could take care of my bills and be able to go home to return. visiting my family whenever I had a chance, ”he said. “I’ve been in situations and seen my parents being in positions where they literally had no dollars with the need to find a way out of that situation, and I never want to be in that position. again.”

This, he said, is a concern for many newcomers to the industry, especially LA transplants.

“These are the double questions of” How much do I want this? “and” Is that enough to keep me here? “he said.

Verve soon announced salary increases for assistants and was the first agency to do so.

Larios has said in all honesty that he has “the next Roberto” and everyone with similar backgrounds in mind – the first in their family to succeed in a difficult business with little or no resources.

“All partners paid attention once I was honest,” he said. “Their main concern, besides the issue of wages, was, ‘What if we got a call saying you were in an accident? “There’s the idea that everyone is replaceable, but they’ve made me and my colleagues feel like we’re each a unique part of the company’s success.”

Larios would like this humanity and this responsibility to become the norm. It starts, he said, when the agencies look at themselves.

“I would say, take a look at the list of each agency and how many miscellaneous agents they have, but it’s not necessarily a number. What is the ratio and, therefore, the impact ? ” he said.

At Verve, about a quarter of their agents come from various origins.

“That’s a good number, and we’re improving. But, at the end of the day, the ratio reflects a lot more the change – at least in our doors – and what we’re trying to do versus who we’re promoting and who we are trying to represent.

In addition, he said, it should be clarified in which areas of any studio or agency the people of Latinx are employed.

“In any big studio or company, like, if they say to you, ‘Twenty-five percent of our workforce is diverse.’ Well I would ask, are the real decision makers? Can they buy? Can they hire? Are they making a difference, “he said.

Even once in influential positions, Larios recognizes – and has experienced – the pressures of being a Latinx professional in Hollywood. When you’re one of the few Latinx agents in the business, it can come with an equal share of responsibility and scrutiny.

“It’s difficult for someone like me or, you know, like my colleague Gina Reyes, because we’re two diverse Latino agents in one of the major agencies in this industry, but unfortunately the pressure becomes one of feeling that we can’t sign everyone we identify with or who we identify with because of being Latinx, ”he said.“ We’re only two agents out of a dozen Latinx agents, so c ‘is the case. “

Larios believes his greatest responsibility is to do his job and to do it well for his clients, in the hopes of creating more opportunities for others.

“Ultimately, as representatives, we are here to build careers, raise profiles and, most importantly, fulfill dreams. If we can help, for example, five Latin comedy writers that we represent to be successful, and all five are doing wonders or are about to do so, so the ideal scenario would be that we could sign five more to replicate the success, ”he said. “At the end of the day, it’s not necessarily just the work that I or one of my teammates do, but how receptive the other end of my phone call or email is to our clients. “

He would never be able to do anything, however, if he had never used his voice, he said.

“I think the only thing Latinos in general need to do in this industry is not to be afraid to speak up,” he said. “I think a lot of us, myself included, just appreciate the fact that we’re in the room. Therefore, we don’t say anything and just accept it as is rather than thinking or saying, ‘You know what ? I think it’s wrong ‘or’ I think we can do better. ‘”

Questions and answers

Last name: Roberto Larios Jr.

Employment: Agent TV at Verve Talent and Literary Agency

Clients: “I don’t want to leave anyone behind. We represent ourselves as a ‘we’, not as an ‘I’.”

Years in Entertainment: 4

Mentor: “All of my colleagues at Verve, especially Bill and Adam Weinstein, Amy Retzinger, Chris Noriega, Gina Reyes, Manal Hammad, Melissa Darman, Rich Rogers, Chase Northington Matthew Doyle, Evan Pioch and Jake Dillman.”

Latino … from dónde? : “First-generation Mexican-American, raised in Chicago’s Back of the Yards. ”

Latinx trope I would banish forever: “Whether we all look a certain way or sound a certain way. Latinos have different skin tones and speak differently, even without an accent. ”

Latinx TV Show I wish everyone had watched / watched: “‘Resurrection Blvd.’, which aired on Showtime and ‘Gente-fied’, especially after Season 2.”

I think the Latinx actor / actress will be a big star someday: ‘Erik Rivera and Raiza Licea. They do so much in the comedy scene for Latinos and underrepresented communities. I really wish they could thrive and the world would know who they are. ”

Overused line that executives say when they transmit a Latin project: ” I am sorry. We must succeed. We already have a project of similar scope. Even when in reality it is five degrees apart. I call it the “Highlander” rule. There is a movie called “Highlander” where only one Ultimate Warrior can exist. So when there are two, one has to kill the other. And you hear it. ‘Oh, we already have a show on various doctors.’ But, it’s like, ‘Wait, you have two white savior doctor shows? Can’t you have two different doctor’s shows? ‘”

What I think all executives could do for a better representation of Latinx on TV: “When it comes to hiring writers or actors, there should be more than the same 10 people. When you think of Latin comedy, for a lot of people, it’s either Gloria Calderon or the bust. For example, instead find the next Gloria Calderon and give them a chance. And it’s the same with the actors. “Oh, we couldn’t get Pedro Pascal, so we’re going to delete him. We’re going to change the Latin male lead role to ambiguous. “Go find the next Pedro Pascal. I know it’s all about the money at the box office, but if you can’t get that great lead person, put the spotlight. in the next role or two and give someone else a chance. Believe you can make them a star. ”

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Best cities to live in 2021: Auckland tops the list Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:44:47 +0000

(CNN) – The impact of Covid-19 on global livability has been absolutely devastating.

More than a year after the start of the pandemic, ongoing health crises, border closures and blockages continue to affect millions of people around the world.

But some destinations have fared much better than others in dealing with the virus, meaning those who live there were able to return to some semblance of normal life soon enough.

New Zealand has been greatly congratulated for its handling of the crisis, therefore, it is perhaps not surprising that one of its cities has been named the most livable city in the world for 2021.

Auckland topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Sustainability Index of 140 cities around the world thanks to its success in containing the pandemic quickly, allowing restrictions to be lifted early on.

The annual list was not brought forward in 2020, but Austria’s Vienna, number one in 2018 and 2019, dropped out of the top 10 altogether after heavily affected by the Covid, and now occupies 12th place.

Under domination

Perth was one of four Australian cities to make the top 10.

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New Zealand’s capital Wellington was fourth on this year’s list, tied with Tokyo in Japan, and four cities in Australia, where tough border controls have been in place throughout the crisis, occupy the top 10.

Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane were third, sixth and 10th respectively, while Melbourne is tied with Switzerland Geneva for eighth.

“The cities that have risen to the top of the rankings this year are largely those that have taken strict measures to contain the pandemic,” said Upasana Dutt of The Economist Intelligence Unit said in a statement.

“New Zealand’s strict containment allowed their society to reopen and allowed citizens of cities like Auckland and Wellington to enjoy a lifestyle that resembled life before the pandemic. “

Meanwhile, Tokyo wasn’t the only Japanese city topped the list. Osaka, which was number four in 2019, moved up to second place.

While Asia-Pacific cities appear to have excelled, Canada, which had three cities Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto near the top two years ago, has dropped out of the top 10 altogether. At number 16, Vancouver is the city. highest Canadian on the list.

Unsurprisingly, the overall global average livability score has fallen by seven points from pre-pandemic figures.

The index takes into account more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors covering five broad categories: stability (25%), health care (20%), culture and environment (25%), education (10%) and infrastructure (20% ).

Although the categories have not changed this year, a number of metrics have been taken into account, such as stress on health resources and restrictions on local sporting events, when calculating scores for categories health, culture and environment and education.

However, the way each city handled the pandemic, the speed with which vaccines were deployed and the level of border restrictions put in place resulted in major changes in the rankings.

Impact on health care

Tourists pose in front of Osaka Castle on March 5, 2020 in Osaka, Japan.

The Japanese city of Osaka has jumped two places and is now ranked as the second most livable city in the world.

Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global livability,” adds Dutt. “Cities around the world are now much less livable than they were before the start of the pandemic, and we have seen that regions like Europe have been particularly affected.”

In Europe, Germany saw the biggest drops in rankings, especially the city of Hamburg, which dropped 34 places to 47th place on the list.

But despite some social restrictions still in place in Switzerland, the central European country has seen two of its cities progress, Zurich and Geneva moving from 11th and 14th to seventh and eighth places.

Overall health care scores also fell due to the pandemic, with Prague in the Czech Republic, Athens in Greece and Jakarta in Indonesia where the number of cases was on the rise at the time of the survey, marking sharply less than in previous years.

In comparison, the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid performed well in the healthcare category, gaining almost 25 points due to their less strained healthcare systems compared to the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020. .

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, also increased its healthcare score, with an increase of 33 points due to the reduction in the number of Covid cases and good vaccination rate.
In fact, Honolulu was one of the biggest players on the 2021 list, dropping from 46 spots to number 14. Houston jumped 25 spots to number 31, an increase likely related to Texas is one of the first American states lift restrictions on public spaces.

Deterioration of conditions

People rest at a fountain in front of the Karlskirche or St Charles Church in Vienna on April 21, 2021.

The Austrian from Vienna, who was number one for two consecutive years, fell to 12th place.

JOE KLAMAR / AFP via Getty Images

But while there were many significant differences at the top, very little has changed at the bottom of the list.

As Damascus again sits in last place “as the effects of the civil war in Syria continue to wreak havoc”, it is closely followed by Lagos in Nigeria, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Dhaka in Bangladesh, who were all in similar or identical places. in 2019.

These cities have consistently performed poorly over the years due to instability caused by ongoing civil unrest and military conflicts, among other issues.

According to the report, conditions here have deteriorated further over the past 12 months, especially in healthcare, due to Covid-19.

While the successful rollout of vaccination and the easing of restrictions in various countries have raised hopes, the pandemic continues to rage with India currently in the midst of a deadly epidemic.

“Conditions in the poorest cities are likely to deteriorate further, if cities fail to obtain the vaccines they need to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid-19,” the report said. “Weak health systems could be strained, as they did in India.”

That ultimately means we’ll likely see bigger changes in the annual roster starting in 2022, some of the cities that fell may return to their old positions.

“The pace of restoring habitability in most areas will be determined by how effectively the health risks of the pandemic can be controlled, through a combination of vaccination, testing, tracing and monitoring. quarantine, “the report continues.

“Barring huge setbacks, such as the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants, crop and environmental scores should improve. ”

The most livable cities in the world 2021

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Osaka, Japan

3. Adelaide, Australia

4. Wellington, New Zealand

4. Tokyo, Japan

6. Perth, Australia

7. Zurich, Switzerland

8. Geneva, Switzerland

8. Melbourne, Australia

10. Brisbane, Australia

The least livable cities in the world 2021

1. Damascus, Syria

2. Lagos, Nigeria

3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

4. Dhaka, Bangladesh

5. Algiers, Algeria

6. Tripoli, Libya

7. Karachi, Pakistan

8. Harare, Zimbabwe

9. Douala, Cameroon

10. Caracas, Venezuela

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U.S. Coronavirus: States Begin Cutting Daily Reports on Covid-19 Data as Federal Officials Try to Vaccinate More Americans Thu, 10 Jun 2021 01:03:00 +0000 The reduction comes as eight states – all in the northeast – have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents against Covid-19, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The states that have vaccinated more than half of their populations are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Some health officials are calling the reduction premature, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials is urging daily monitoring of Covid-19 data to continue.

“As far as I know, we are still in a public health emergency as a country,” Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive of the association, told CNN Wednesday. “It hasn’t been downgraded yet.”

Most of these states have reduced to five updates each week; Alabama and Kansas fell to three times a week and Florida to just once a week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Real-time public health data is the most powerful weapon against a pandemic,” wrote Beth Blauer, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, in a blog post published Monday. “The decline in the frequency of reporting indicates that many states do not view this past year of investment in data infrastructure and public data reporting as a permanent fixture.”

Daily monitoring of Covid-19 data is expected to continue until the nation’s declaration of being in a public health emergency ends or the nation achieves collective immunity, Freeman said. The United States is still trying to get people vaccinated, Freeman said, so it will be important to compare vaccination rates with other Covid-19 data, such as cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

“An ultimate goal is to get to the point where even those who are not vaccinated are at much lower risk – and no one that I know of has really landed on that number,” Freeman said of herd immunity.

As summer approaches, the average daily cases approach the 14-month low and just over half of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated. About 50.3% of people aged 12 and older in the United States – the cohort eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the country – were fully vaccinated by Wednesday morning, according to the CDC.

The Biden administration is still trying to encourage vaccinations across the country. One of those efforts includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing that they will pay providers a little extra money to administer vaccines at home to those who have difficulty leaving their homes.

“There are approximately 1.6 million adults 65 years of age or older who may have difficulty accessing COVID-19 vaccines because they have difficulty leaving their homes,” the CMS statement said.

CMS will add an additional $ 150 to providers for two-dose vaccinations at $ 75 per dose, the CMS statement said.

Experts push vaccines to fight variants

Experts have warned that a variant of the coronavirus first identified in India and now growing in importance in the UK – the Delta variant, or B.1.617.2 – could pose considerable danger to those who do not are not vaccinated, including those who have already been infected. by older strains.

“We cannot let (the spread of the delta) happen in the United States,” Dr Anthony Fauci said Tuesday during a White House briefing on Covid-19, adding that it was “such an argument powerful “to get vaccinated.

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Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the Delta variant “could be associated with an increased severity of the disease, such as a risk of hospitalization, compared to” the Alpha variant, B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK and was dominant there before Delta recently took it over.
Delta variant is likely to be available Pfizer two-dose vaccines and AstraZeneca, he said, but protection against these vaccines requires following a two-dose schedule.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine is reduced in the single dose,” Fauci said. “Three weeks after a dose, the two vaccines, (AstraZeneca) and Pfizer / BioNTech, were only 33% effective against symptomatic Delta disease.”

Laboratory experiments described in a recent prepublication study also suggest that the Moderna vaccine, as well as the Pfizer product, will provide protection against the Delta variant, although further studies are needed.

Johnson & Johnson researchers on Wednesday revealed that the vaccine generates an immune response against some of the most common and disturbing variants of the virus.

Its effects appear to be somewhat reduced against the Beta variant first seen in South Africa and the Gamma variant which spread rapidly across Brazil, but the immune response appeared to be fully effective against the Alpha variant first seen. in Great Britain and a variant identified in California.

Fauci added that variant-specific boosters could be on the horizon.

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Even those who have had coronavirus in the past should get vaccinated because research shows immunity obtained from vaccination is better than immunity from a previous infection, Fauci said.

Meanwhile, the United States has averaged nearly 14,380 new cases of Covid-19 per day over the past week – the second lowest average since March 28, 2020, according to University data. Johns Hopkins. Only Friday’s average – 14,328 per day – was lower.

And the average number of new Covid-19 hospital admissions per day over a week – just over 2,200 – is well below the country’s maximum average of 16,500 per day on January 9, the director said on Tuesday. from the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

But health experts warn that a recent lag in vaccination rates leaves millions of people unprotected against the variants of Covid-19 that have made their way to the United States from other parts of the world.

Over the past week, the United States has administered an average of over 1.07 million Covid-19 vaccines per day – well below the maximum seven-day average of 3.38 million vaccines per day reached on April 13, according to CDC data.

Vaccine maker says it’s working to extend shelf life

Johnson & Johnson – maker of the only single-dose Covid-19 vaccine allowed in the United States – says it is working to extend the shelf life of its product amid reports that doses in the country may expire before to be used.

Of the 21.4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson dispensed in the United States, about 11 million have been administered, according to CDC data. This vaccine can be stored for up to three months at refrigerator temperature.

Vaccines against coronaviruses likely to expire represent 1-2% of vaccines distributed to states, a source close to the federal vaccination effort told CNN on Wednesday.

As states report hundreds of thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are about to expire, they are looking for ways to use them.

“It’s a problem that there are expiring doses – I imagine in every state. However, it’s a very small percentage of the overall doses that were sent to providers – probably 1-2%,” said source.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is examining whether the expiration date of Johnson & Johnson vaccines can be extended and, if so, how to use the doses, Fauci said Wednesday.

Johnson & Johnson is performing stability testing “in an effort to extend the shelf life of our COVID-19 vaccine before it expires,” he told CNN this week.

In Ohio, 200,000 doses of the state’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to expire before the end of the month, and the state is unable to share doses with other states or countries, the state said. week Governor Mike DeWine.

In Arkansas, the retired National Guard colonel overseeing the state’s vaccine distribution stopped ordering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because the state has so many unused doses it told KATV last week.
The 11 million people vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine represent a small fraction of the 171.7 million people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine in the United States.

Correction: An earlier headline and version of this story incorrectly labeled the latest seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases in the United States as the lowest since March 2020; this is the second lowest since March 28, 2020. An earlier version also incorrectly reported the latest seven-day average of vaccines given per day.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Holly Yan, Amir Vera, Deidre McPhillips, Lauren Mascarenhas, Ryan Prior and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

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Reddit mania, inflation risks are the recipe for a massive sale: BTIG Mon, 07 Jun 2021 23:37:54 +0000

BTIG’s Julian Emanuel believes the Reddit frenzy will play a major role in a market sell-off this summer.

On Monday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation,” Emanuel compared the current backdrop to the end of January, when the craze was in full swing. Weeks later, wild swings put pressure on major indices as retail investors took profits.

“We all know the video game retailer [GameStop] was really leading the charge at that point, “said Emanuel, chief equities and derivatives strategist at BTIG.” Essentially, this threw a month or two violently to the side to curtail activity in the market at broad sense as speculation arose. “

This time around, according to Emanuel, the fallout could be more serious. If the flip side of the Reddit mania plays out as Emanuel predicts, he warns that it will also come amid more intense inflationary concerns on Wall Street.

“We have yellow warning flags,” Emanuel said.

He is particularly worried about the Core PCE, a key indicator closely watched by the Federal Reserve, which rose at a rate of 3.1% faster than expected in April compared to the previous year.

“Anytime that number exceeds 2%, the average monthly return for those periods is -1.6%. [for the S&P 500]”he said.” You associate that with the fact that we had the lowest bearish reading in the [AAII] sentiment survey last week, unheard of since early 2018, just before the Armageddon episode, [and] we believe there is a recipe for a pullback from the long term uptrend just ahead of us. “

Given that Emanuel believes the bull market will be intact until at least the middle of next year, he does not plan to retreat.

“We would look to add weakness to our core overweight positions in energy and financials,” he added. “For now, we prefer more defensive cyclicals such as consumer staples, health care and indeed REITs.”

Emanuel said he believes there is a chance the S&P 500 will drop to 3,770 this summer, matching the 200-day moving average. But he expects the index to climb back to its lowest point and maintain a target of 4,000 at the end of the year.

On Monday, the S&P 500 closed at 4,226.52, up nearly 13% year-to-date.


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LIVE MARKET: SGX Nifty signals positive start for Sensex, Nifty Mon, 07 Jun 2021 06:19:36 +0000

Live Market Updates: Indian markets look set to open the new week on a positive note, amid positive global market sentiment. Developments related to Covid, macroeconomic data and global indices will guide markets today, absent any major national triggers.

In addition, company results, specific developments in stocks and the movement of crude prices could also influence the mood of the market.

Results today

Union Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Mrs Bectors Food Specialties, Jubilant Ingrevia and MRF are among 31 companies due to release their quarterly figures today.

Global indices

Asian stocks rallied on Monday as the dollar wobbled after the long-awaited U.S. wage report in May showed the recovery was on track, but not so hot that it could push forward a policy of reduction by the Federal Reserve.

The MSCI’s largest Asia-Pacific stock index outside of Japan added 0.3% and sought to break three sessions of losses. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1% to its highest level in nearly a month, and South Korea gained 0.7%.

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Could index funds be the key to the retirement of your dreams? Sun, 06 Jun 2021 09:18:00 +0000

When you imagine yourself in retirement, what does it look like? Do you spend your days gardening, visiting your grandchildren, and mingling with your book club members? Or do you see yourself traveling the world and exploring different cultures?

No matter what your ideal retirement looks like, it will take money to make it happen. And while Social Security will provide you with some income, you will need to save and invest independently to increase your cash reserves for your retirement years.

But how exactly do you invest your retirement savings? There are a few different avenues you can take, but here’s why index funds are a solid bet.

Image source: Getty Images.

The advantage of index funds

Index funds are passively managed funds that aim to match the performance of the various stock market indices with which they are associated. If you buy a S&P 500 Index fund, for example, the objective of this fund will be to achieve roughly the same performance as the S&P 500 index itself, which is made up of the 500 largest publicly traded companies.

There are a number of good reasons to invest your retirement savings in index funds, but the main benefits are:

  • Instant diversification
  • Low fees
  • Little legwork

Let’s unpack each benefit individually.

A diversified investment portfolio could not only protect you in a downturn in the markets, but also allow you to earn higher returns for your retirement plan. The great thing about index funds is that they allow you to own a bunch of different stocks with one investment, so you get that diversification.

Index funds are also known to charge very low fees because, unlike actively managed mutual funds, they do not employ fund managers to select stocks individually. Instead, they just follow market indices that already exist.

Finally, index funds don’t require much of the same research as buying individual stocks. Certainly, you should not choose index funds blindly. Instead, you should research your options and see what fees different funds have charged and what their performance has been like over the past few years, as well as since each fund’s inception.

But researching index funds takes a lot less time than exploring financial data from different companies to determine if they are worth investing. Also, if you’re saving for retirement in a 401 (k), you’ll be limited to funds anyway – these plans usually don’t allow you to invest in individual stocks.

Your ticket to retirement wealth

How much money could you accumulate by investing in index funds? Let’s say you are able to save and invest $ 400 per month over 40 years. If the index funds you choose generate an average annual return of 8% (which is several percentage points lower than what the S&P 500 has generated over the past 30 years), then you will end up with around 1.24 million. of dollars. And that’s not too bad at all.

While you don’t have to limit yourself to index funds as part of an investment for retirement, they are a solid option to consider, especially if you don’t know much about the stock market and aren’t not particularly eager to learn. Stocking up on index funds could help you end your career with a lot of money. And that, in turn, could pave the way for the fulfilling retirement you’ve always envisioned.

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Italy reports record number of daily COVID-19 vaccinations Sat, 05 Jun 2021 17:23:18 +0000

FILE PHOTO: Seniors receiving second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in Pisa, Italy. / VCG

FILE PHOTO: Seniors receiving second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in Pisa, Italy. / VCG

Italy administered a new record number of daily COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, authorities said, placing it second in Europe for the number of people fully vaccinated.

“Yesterday was marked by a record number of injections in 24 hours which touched the 600,000 mark while the number of doses administered crossed the 37 million mark,” the state body in charge said on Saturday. vaccinations.

“Italy is second in Europe in terms of the number of people fully vaccinated, just behind Germany and ahead of France and Spain,” he added.

According to the organization, the increase in vaccinations is partly due to an increase in the number of vaccination centers. The number of such centers stood at 1,500 in March, but it has now reached 2,666, and 800 more are expected to be opened in the coming weeks.

Official government data indicates that 37.06 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and 12.7 million people – nearly 24% of the population over the age of 12 – have been vaccinated.

Despite such steps, the government has been criticized by an expert for failing to vaccinate its most vulnerable citizens, who argued that it has cost thousands of lives.

Italy has gradually eased restrictions related to COVID-19, relaxed the nighttime curfew and opening indoor meals in restaurants and bars, as the number of cases and deaths has steadily declined in recent weeks.

Italy has so far reported 4,227,719 confirmed cases and 126,415 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

(With the contribution of the agencies)

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Goyang: How this South Korean city went crazy for cats Sat, 05 Jun 2021 01:47:32 +0000

(CNN) – Best known for its annual International Flower Festival, Goyang is one of Seoul’s largest satellite cities. But for years, authorities have struggled to differentiate this city of one million from its peers.

The local government had several social media accounts, but no one seemed to care much about the content they produced. Something must be done.

“How about a cat to represent the character of the city?” someone half-jokingly asked at a meeting in 2013, noting the similarities between the city’s name (Goyang) and the Korean word for cat (goyang-yi).

Choi Seo-young, a public relations manager who dealt with the city’s social media, suggested that they test the idea on the city’s very unpopular Facebook page with a cat she drew on a piece of paper.

From joke to reality

In South Korea, cats were once considered clever creatures that bring bad luck. But Choi, among the youngest on the team, wanted to give them a chance.

Goyang’s Facebook account had around 2,000 followers at the time. But barely 24 hours after swapping the profile picture for a cat named “Goyang-goyang-yi”, social media users went mad. The mascot was an instant hit, with people across town and country wanting to interact with the feline character.

Today, the city’s social media platforms, Facebook included, now has more than half a million subscribers. Images of Goyang-goyang-yi even appear in the hall of the town hall.

A cat poster greets visitors and a statue of a masked cat reminds people to keep their face masks on. There is even a “photo zone” where visitors can pose for a photo with Goyang-goyang-yi.

Choi Seo-young, head of Goyang City, poses with the cat she helped conceive.

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The locals also adopted Goyang-goyang-yi.

“In the past, there was a saying in Korea that cats shouldn’t be kept with babies because cats are thieves and demons,” says Kwon Ji-young, a cafe worker and resident of long standing in town. “But those days are gone and I know cats better now. The town’s announcements are friendlier now that they come from a cat.”

“The city had a serious and slightly boring feel to it, but that has been lifted now that it uses a cat,” admits restaurant owner Lee Yeong-sook. “When I see messages from Goyang-goyang-yi, it makes me smile and I remember them more easily.”

Cat power

Cats dominate social media in Asia and the rest of the world, and South Korea is no exception.

Heek, an all-white cat living on the popular South Korean resort island of Jeju, has more than 190,000 followers on Instagram. The stray cat’s fortunes changed when he found a home with only one Jeju resident, Lee Sina.

The feline star doesn’t need to do much to gain the attention of fans. Photos of him lying on a table, walking on the wall, or looking totally oblivious to the world garner thousands of likes. Lee published a book on Heek in 2017 that ranked in the country’s top 100 books for two weeks at South Korea’s leading online bookstore, Yes24.

The new popularity of cats is often attributed to modern lifestyles and the increase in one-person households in South Korea. It is known that cats require less attention and care than dogs. Many people say that watching cat videos gives them a sense of emotional healing.

Park Jung-yoon, a famous South Korean veterinarian, believes that the growing popularity of cats is due to a change in Korean society.

“People loved dogs for their unconditional loyalty, their pack animal nature and their respect for order, much like what South Korean society expected of its members. the image may have become more attractive to people. ”

South Korean cat owners often refer to themselves as butlers, a term that perfectly captures the power dynamic between owner and cat.

A survey released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2019 found that cats are preferred by those who live in one-person households. Another survey released last month shows that one-person households in the country now make up more than 30 percent of all households in the country.

The popularity of cats among one-person households has even led to special house designs.

Pet Heim is a real estate developer who targets pet owners. The company’s promotional video shows a Persian blue cat asking, “Hey, butler, have you found our house yet?” and then presents an apartment equipped with a cat flap, a cat tower, a special cat bathtub and more.

Park Sang-wook founded South Korea's first newspaper devoted solely to cats.

Park Sang-wook founded South Korea’s first newspaper devoted solely to cats.

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Reputation makeover

Until just ten years ago, cats were generally hated in Korea. Stray cats, known as “thieving cats” for their habit of tearing plastic bags to put leftover food in, were seen as carriers of unhygienic germs.

“Until 10 years ago, people thought cats were only good at catching mice,” says Park Sang-wook, editor of Yaong-yi, South Korea’s first cat newspaper, whose publication began in 2015.

“We could see cats being kept on a leash in stores or restaurants for this purpose. I can certainly feel the change. I have interviewed many people who were afraid of cats until 3-4 years ago but since then. the social perception of cats has changed, many say they have come to love cats. “

If they weren’t used as mouse hunters, people had no reason to keep them, so many cats lived on the streets. Cats were supposed to be born, survive by tearing up the bags of food people left outside their homes, and die when they got old or fell ill on the streets.

But things started to visibly change. Park says the number of pet exhibits was less than 10 until 2016, but that number has increased four to five times in 2017 and 2018.

“A lot of businesses that focused on having wedding or baby shows have moved to pet shows,” Park said.

South Korea’s fertility rate is the lowest in the world, standing at 0.84 in 2020. This compares to 1.73 in the United States and 1.42 in Japan in 2018, according to the figures. the most recent available from the OECD.

There are cat stores like K-pop or K-drama star stores.

“Cats are like celebrities now,” Park says.

Seoul cafe owner Noh Hee-jeong says she and her cat Eve clicked because they had “a similar personality.”

“I hear people say that I look tough and strong but I’m soft on the inside and I think Eve is like me,” she said.

Since Eve moved in with her, she has started taking care of neighborhood cats with other restaurant and cafe owners. They feed stray cats and hold meetings to decide what to do when they spot sick cats.

She has launched a campaign called “We are not things” and is trying to change South Korean law which still considers pets to be property, making it difficult to punish those who mistreat their pets.

Not everyone is in love with cats yet …

The great popularity of cats led to more people having cats as pets, and then to more stray cats, with some abandoning their new companions. Many wanderers then become victims of abuse or illness and end up in shelters. RAY, established in 2018, is one of several new cat shelters in Seoul.

“Animals were able to survive in their own ecosystem but with all of these developments they need our help. It’s time for humans to take care of animals now,” said Kim Eun-hee, founder of RAY.

The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency launched a project in 2016 to catch stray cats, sterilize them and bring them back to where they lived, all with public funds.

However, this is not enough and many shelters are overcapacity. RAY is no exception with around 90 cats living in a small two-story apartment building north of Seoul. Kim is hoping to be able to move to a larger facility where the center can expand to save more cats.

Many cat lovers claim that more protection for pets and stray cats is badly needed, but no one can deny that the status of cats has been elevated beyond recognition.

Goyang city official Choi recalled that she had “never dreamed of a cat becoming an official figure in the city because of its unpopular image.” And that was less than ten years ago.

South Korea is well known for its fast-paced society, but even by these standards, this successful cat makeover looks surprising. From “dirty thieves on the streets” to pampered pets and social media stars, South Korean cats can experience changes even faster than the country itself.

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After AMC’s crazy week on Wall Street, theaters hope to scare off a hit box office with ‘The Conjuring’ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:02:00 +0000

The Warner Bros. is expected to gross around $ 20 million at the North American box office this weekend – a solid performance for a theater company still trying to find its place after the pandemic. (Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.)

Theater owners are hoping that a horror sequel can provide a much needed boost to the lucrative summer movie season. If this sounds familiar to you, it should be, as it’s the same storyline as last weekend’s box office.
Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II,” another horror sequel, exceeded expectations last weekend by earning $ 48 million, which was the biggest national start to the pandemic to date.

The Conjuring Universe, whose stories center around gruesome hauntings and paranormal activity, has grossed nearly $ 2 billion worldwide on six films since 2013, according to Comscore. The franchise is particularly profitable as most of the brand’s films are made on a low budget, reaching out to a loyal fan base. For example, “The Devil Made Me Do It” has a production budget of just $ 39 million.

If the film brings a solid box office and “A Quiet Place Part II” doesn’t drop too much in its second weekend, it will give Hollywood studios and theaters more confidence than the strong performance of the weekend. last was not a coincidence and that the public does indeed want to return to the cinema.

Bigger box office tests await: Marvel’s “Black Widow,” the next Fast & Furious movie, “F9,” and next week’s “In The Heights” are slated for release in the coming weeks.

That said, the box office numbers may not tell the whole story of “The Devil Made Me Do It,” as audiences may choose to watch it at home on HBO Max. The film aired simultaneously on the streaming service and in theaters on Friday.

A successful weekend for “The Devil Made Me Do It” would also put an exclamation mark on an absolutely crazy week for AMC (AMC)– the largest chain of cinemas in the world.
Shares of the company have hit record highs in recent days, thanks in large part to Reddit’s army of retail investors. AMC used the increase in shares to sell shares, which brought hundreds of millions of capital to the company.
The wild week for the movie chain stabilized on Friday with the company’s shares – which have risen 2,000% this year – up about 4%.
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Louisiana State Parks Offer Free Entry to People Vaccinated Against COVID-19 as State Strives to Bring Summer to Louisiana Thu, 03 Jun 2021 22:04:32 +0000

As part of an effort to bring summer back to Louisiana and encourage people to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19, free admission to Louisiana State Parks is now offered to anyone vaccinated, Governor John Bel Edwards and Lieutenant. Governor Billy Nungesser announced today. Those vaccinated can access all 21 Louisiana state parks for free until July 31. This offer is available to all visitors to Louisiana and elsewhere who have been vaccinated, regardless of when they were vaccinated. This offer does not extend to tourist groups.

With new and improved facilities, there has never been a better time to enjoy Louisiana’s beautiful state parks. Many sites also offer paddling pools for children. Visit LAStateParks.Com for a full list of sites. These perks are part of the Louisiana Summer Bring Back initiative, which will announce more fun rewards in the near future.

“Louisiana State Parks are beautiful, educational, and now free for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, which is a great way to help bring Louisiana back and celebrate our state this summer,” said said Governor Edwards. “I appreciate Lt. Gov. Nungesser’s support for the Bring Back Louisiana campaign and for making admission free for those vaccinated,” Gov. Edwards said. In addition to offering free entry to Louisiana state parks, a number of national companies are offering incentives to their customers and employees who take the COVID-19 vaccine. Today we announced new benefits for people who have been vaccinated, but we have more announcements planned for the coming weeks, so people should go for the vaccines now so they don’t miss a thing. Currently, nearly 32% of our population is fully immunized, and that number is expected to continue to increase. “

“As we open our doors to tourists from all over Louisiana and the world, we are pleased to participate and offer this incentive, which will bring visitors to our beautiful state parks,” said Lt. Gov. Nungesser.

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