Will NFL, Nike, Twitter and corporate celebrations America make a difference?

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This year’s Juneteenth holiday, which is on Friday, may be the most celebrated in decades.

Amid the backdrop of more than two weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd, major companies and organizations have rushed to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday for their employees or in some fashion. The move has been met as a welcome recognition that Black history is a shared American history but also with a bit of concern that it be more than a short-lived gesture.  

Twitter, Nike and the NFL are just some of the biggest names raising the mainstream profile of Juneteenth by giving their employees a paid holiday to recognize the date.

Some find the fact that companies are scrambling to do so somewhat ironic since Juneteenth – a mashup of the month’s name and the date, the 19th – came to be because of 

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Why Blockchain Doesn’t Fix Online Voting

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With Galaxy Digital now working on an educational course for financial advisers, founder Mike Novogratz told CoinDesk he hopes it will help finally kick-start the institutional use of bitcoin, and turn around the asset manager’s fortunes.

Novogratz, a Wall Street veteran, loves a compelling narrative. “Bitcoin specifically is a story about adoption,” he said a few minutes into our call. “And the next big group that’s going to adopt bitcoin as a store of value, as a digital gold, are the financial advisers.”

Earlier this week, Galaxy Digital announced it had partnered with the educational arm of CAIS, a financial product platform that specializes in connecting institutional investors – financial advisers, hedge funds, private equity – to alternative investments and products.

The tie-up will see Galaxy provide educational content about crypto to wealth managers and financial advisors. Although the course will offer material on the broader digital asset space, as

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Shopping for refurbished kitchen appliances is the smartest way to get more for your money

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When you purchase a refurbished appliance from a trusted seller like eBay or Sears Outlet, you’re getting an item that has been used and then returned within the short return window. It’s then repaired and certified to ensure it’s functioning like new, and sold at a significant discount. (Photo: Getty Creative)
When you purchase a refurbished appliance from a trusted seller like eBay or Sears Outlet, you’re getting an item that has been used and then returned within the short return window. It’s then repaired and certified to ensure it’s functioning like new, and sold at a significant discount. (Photo: Getty Creative)

There are two ways to save money on big purchases like kitchen appliances and home improvement tools: you can wait and wait for the best sales, and then fight your way through the crowds to shop them; or you can buy certified refurbished merchandise for significant discounts. The best part? These refurbished products look, feel and function like they’re brand new.

In the same way that you can return clothes that doesn’t fit quite right when you get it home, you can return appliances and tools too. Those barely-used items go back to the store or manufacturer, but because

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Top tips to save when shopping online in a lockdown

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Buying second-hand goods on Amazon, eBay or Gumtree could save you money during lockdown. (Christian Wiediger/Unsplash)
Buying second-hand goods on Amazon, eBay or Gumtree could save you money during lockdown. (Christian Wiediger/Unsplash)

From abandoning your basket to timing your spree right, a few insider hacks could save you up to £300 a year shopping online.

We all love getting a good deal, especially in lockdown when cashflow is uncertain.

With that in mind, personal finance experts Ocean Finance has compiled 23 insider tips that could help you save up to £300 every year.

Top 10 money-saving tips

1. Save your shopping for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Retailers tend to offer discounts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so if you wait until the middle of the week, you could potentially save a lot of money on the items you are looking for.

2. Check store tags to see what is going to be put on sale

For those who like to look in-store before making a purchase

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Online fashion stocks in vogue as coronavirus speeds ecommerce

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By Emma Thomasson

BERLIN (Reuters) – Shares in online fashion retailers Zalando and ASOS jumped on Thursday after the German company said it expects a big increase in second-quarter sales and operating profit as coronavirus lockdowns accelerate a shift to ecommerce.

The growth rate of online fashion looks set to triple this year to account for 23% of European sales in 2020, levels not expected before 2024 prior to the pandemic, analysts at Bernstein said, adding the market share could hit 37% by 2030.

“The sudden closure of all apparel retail stores across all major global markets has shaken up the channel mix in an unprecedented way this year,” said Bernstein’s Aneesha Sherman. “(It’s) five years’ worth of growth achieved in about six months.”

Zalando, Europe’s biggest online only fashion retailer, said late on Wednesday it expects to significantly beat market expectations for 16% second-quarter revenue growth and an adjusted

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Old-School Money Advice You Shouldn’t Follow Anymore

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If you don’t know much about money, you don’t have to look far for advice. You can always learn from personal finance articles, books and videos or from money-savvy friends and family.

Although there’s no short supply of guidance, money rules can shift over time. For that matter, some old-school advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Here’s what the experts said is some of the worst money advice.

Last updated: June 17, 2020

Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Most people need a mortgage to purchase a home. However, financing a house entails paying thousands of dollars in interest. To reduce interest charges, some borrowers come up with a plan to pay off their mortgages early by making extra payments.

This advice isn’t bad in itself, but according to Paul Moyer, the founder of SavingFreak.com, this advice doesn’t make the same financial sense in our current low-interest environment

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Want to code? This online course bundle is a good place to start.

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Want to code? This online course bundle is a good place to start.
Want to code? This online course bundle is a good place to start.

TL;DR: The Python Power Coder BONUS bundle is on sale for £26.89 as of June 17, saving you 97% on list price.

If you thought data science was just a trend that would come and go, then you are sorely mistaken.

Data influences nearly every aspect of your life, from playlists recommendations on Spotify, to Alexa’s answers, to the skincare products you use on a daily basis. And those who can make sense of thousands of cells of raw data and can consolidate them into actionable insights will find themselves climbing the corporate ladder pretty swiftly.

SEE ALSO: Master photography with this set of online classes

If you can’t go back to school to learn all about data science, then consider diving into the world of online courses instead. They provide the information you need to know

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6 essential pieces of information you need to apply for Social Security online

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To apply for Social Security online, you want to have all the information you need at your fingertips before you log into your account. 

So what information is that, and what steps must you take?

First, you’ll need to log in or create an account at mySocialSecurity. To create an account, the Social Security Administration will ask you a series of questions for verification. Among other things, you should have the following ready: your mobile phone, a credit card, a W-2, and your tax forms.

Once you have a mySocialSecurity account, you can then begin applying for your retirement and spousal benefits. You’ll need:

Date and place of birth: If you were born outside the U.S. or its territories, you’ll need the name of your birth country at the time of your birth and, if you’re not a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident card number.

Marriage and divorce: You’ll need

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Reggie Yates’s Love Island-inspired parable is imperfect, but important

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With the pandemic putting an enforced pause on our TV reality franchises, let’s hope broadcasters are using the time to assess the mental health crisis that has engulfed the genre, turning it from trashy guilty pleasure to downright dangerous. 

In the wake of two Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and the show’s host Caroline Flack all dying by suicide within two years, justifiable concerns have been raised about the impact of fast fame and social media bullying – not to mention the levels of psychological screening and after-care provided by producers. 

Make Me Famous (BBC Three) was a timely one-off drama exploring this issue. Written by Reggie Yates – the radio and TV presenter, documentary-maker and actor – it didn’t entirely work but was admirable in its intent and compelling nonetheless. Rather like the reality shows it portrayed, in fact. 

Grantchester star Tom Brittney slipped out of

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Learn to code (UK deal)

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Products featured here are selected by our partners at StackCommerce.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

The Python Power Coder BONUS bundle is on sale for under £30.
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TL;DR: The Python Power Coder BONUS bundle is on sale for £26.89 as of June 17, saving you 97% on list price.


If you thought data science was just a trend that would come and go, then you are sorely mistaken. 

Data influences nearly every aspect of your life, from playlists recommendations on Spotify, to Alexa’s answers, to the skincare products you use on a daily basis. And those who can make sense of thousands of cells of raw data and can consolidate them into actionable insights will find themselves climbing the corporate ladder pretty swiftly. 

If you can’t go back to school to learn

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