Gift Ideas On A Budget, For Anyone In Your Life : Life Kit : NPR

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Woman hand balancing present box on index finger

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No matter who you are or what your situation right now, COVID-19 has very likely increased your sorrow. This extended period of isolation, anxiety and trauma has rearranged our lives in a way that is particularly painful, because so much of the joy of human connection feels incredibly out of reach.

I’m here to propose the smallest antidote that’s worked for me: send a gift. When you can’t physically hug, and another video chat or phone call doesn’t really feel like enough, sending a real! physical! thing to your loved one can feel a little bit like a hug, even if it’s just a box of cookies.

But you don’t have to take my word for it! I spoke with Tiffany Dodson, Associate Market Editor at SELF magazine. She’s put together round-ups of gifts for the wine aficionado you know and gifts

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Cloud-based solution from Beghou Consulting helps life sciences companies develop more robust forecasts

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Life sciences consulting firm Beghou Consulting has developed a cloud-based forecasting platform that enables life sciences users to perform complex calculations related to treatment regimens, patient flows, lines of therapy and more. The solution, Mainsail™ Forecast, enables commercial teams to move beyond computational limitations of spreadsheet-based models and build more sophisticated and robust forecasts.

“Spreadsheet-based models run into trouble as calculations become increasingly complex,” said Dan Schulman, associate partner at Beghou Consulting. “But complexity is an inherent part of the forecasting process for life sciences commercial teams. With Mainsail Forecast, we’ve created a platform with the computational horsepower to conduct thousands of interconnected calculations and build more accurate forecasts.”

Mainsail Forecast scales as companies add users, explore new indications and expand into new markets. Multiple users securely interact with the application at the same time, adjusting assumptions and testing scenarios without

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New Retirement Planning Book from The Diamond Group Wealth Advisors Outlines Five Key Principles to Strive to Live Your Best Life

SAN RAMON, Calif., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Retired and soon-to-be retired professionals, executives and business owners can find five key  principles to help reduce taxes and preserve their hard-earned wealth to create a more abundant lifestyle and a greater legacy in a new book, “Retire Abundantly” co-authored by Marilyn Suey CFP TM, Ora Citron MBA, and Scott Keffer.

“Building wealth over your lifetime is one thing. Successfully saving, preserving and passing on your hard-earned wealth is another,” said Marilyn Suey, founder of The Diamond Group Wealth Advisors, based in San Ramon. Calif. “You may only retire once, so let’s plan on getting it right!’

“This is an easy to read book that is a handy reference for many high-net worth families as they take their next steps to retirement,” said Kevin Harrington, an original Shark on the hit TV Show, “Shark Tank” and  inventor

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Insular Life is promoting female empowerment in the Philippines

  • Nina D. Aguas is the executive chairperson of Insular Life, the largest domestic life insurance company in the Philippines.
  • Last year Aguas partnered with the International Finance Corporation to launch InLife Sheroes, a program designed to help Filipino women in areas such as financial literacy and health education.
  • So far, the program has reached close to 3 million Filipino women, almost three times its original target.
  • Aguas has championed female inclusion at Insular Life, where 12 of the 19-strong senior leadership team are female, including the CEO.
  • Because of her work, Business Insider named Aguas to our annual list of the 10 leaders transforming finance in Asia.
  • Visit Business Insider’s Transforming Business homepage for more stories.

With a 30-year career in banking and finance, Nina D. Aguas has broken more than a few glass ceilings, leading major financial institutions both in the Philippines and across Asia Pacific. Currently executive

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Dallas Makeup Artist Launches Life Coaching Business-Beauty 4RM Ashes

DALLAS, TX – November 27, 2020 – Makeup Artist turned Master Mindset Life Coach, Shanesha Scott, has announced the launch of her life coaching business, Beauty 4RM Ashes, LLC.

As a licensed Master Mindset Life Coach, Scott has embarked on a mission to provide women with the knowledge and understanding to be intentional.  She said, “Too many of us go through life taking it as it comes. However, if we want to be successful, we have to be intentional in every area of our life.”

Consequently, Scott’s primary focus is on helping clients move forward without dwelling too much on the past. She specializes in helping clients stop negative self-talk and empower their thinking using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), shifting root beliefs that lead to suffering using Rational  Emotive Behavior  Techniques (REBT), helping clients develop emotional intelligence to cope with stress, make better decisions and accomplish goals and helping

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Aviva: 9-Month UK & Ireland Life New Business Sales Climb; Declares Dividend

(RTTNews) – Aviva plc (AV.L, AV) reported Thursday that its trading for the nine months to September 30 has been resilient with strong performances in core markets. These were partially offset by declines in manage-for-value portfolio.

UK & Ireland Life new business sales were up 40 percent to 9.2 billion pounds from last year’s 6.6 billion pounds. This was principally driven by 5 billion pounds of bulk purchase annuity sales, compared to prior year’s 2.1 billion pounds.

In UK Savings and Retirement, net fund flows increased 20 percent to 6.0 billion pounds, with continued positive trends in both the workplace and retail platforms.

In continental Europe and Asia, PVNBP was down 21 percent to 9.3 billion pounds due to lower with-profit volumes in France and Italy.

Amanda Blanc, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our trading performance is robust and our financial position is strong with a capital surplus of £11.8 billion.

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Going Pro In Life Launches Book and Virtual Training Seminar to Help College Student-Athletes Land a Dynamic First Job Doing Something They Love

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entrepreneur Andy Dinkin, a former University of North Carolina offensive lineman, has launched a book and a virtual training seminar, “Going Pro In Life,” to college student-athletes to create a strategy on how to land a viable job after college. Surprising, it is the first book ever written on this topic.

Books can be purchased via Amazon or directly via the website,, where you can you can also enroll in the Career Development Seminar.

UNC football coach Mack Brown, Dinkin’s college coach, has written the foreword for the book.

“Andy Dinkin has done a great service to young athletes everywhere,” Coach Brown said. “Although they don’t think of it now, in a few years most of them will no longer be playing in stadiums and arenas for thousands of people; they will be earning a living some other way. It is my fervent hope that

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Normal life affected in central Assam due to 12-hour All Tiwa Students Union bandh- The New Indian Express


MORIGAON: Normal life was affected in Morigaon, parts of Kamrup (Metro) and Nagaon districts on Monday, owing to a 12-hour central Assam bandh called by the All Tiwa Students Union against a contentious legislation.

Officials said shops, business establishments, private offices, educational institutions remained closed and vehicles stayed off the roads due to the bandh from 5 am, to also oppose the recent announcement of election to the Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) without the inclusion of tribal villages in it.

They said that however government-run ASTC buses plied on National Highway-37 with police escorts. The Assam State Election Commission had announced polls for the 36-member TAC would be held on December 17.

The ATSU, during a recent meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, had demanded exclusion of all areas under tribal belts and blocks from the Assam Capital Areas Extension Act, 2017.

In a release, ATSU general secretary

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EGZOTech is Recognized as the Fastest-Growing Central European Company in Healthcare & Life Sciences by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50

EGZOTech officially becomes the fastest-growing Central European company in Healthcare & Life Sciences, 2nd fastest-growing company overall in Poland, 5th fastest-growing company overall in Central Europe (out of 18 countries) in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe. The company over past four years (2016-2019) achieved a 2932% revenue growth. EGZOTech also won the special Impact Stars Award for a clear ethical dimension at the heart of our business model.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe is a programme that recognises and profiles fast growing technology companies in the region. The programme, which is now in its 21st year, ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies. The Technology Fast 50 award winners for 2020 are determined based on the revenue growth over four years (2016 to 2019).

EGZOTech was founded in March 2013 by Dr. Michael Mikulski, a biomedical engineer, who was working on his doctorate

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Life & Banc Split Corp. Declares Class A Share Distribution

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (TSX: LBS) Life & Banc Split Corp. (“LBS”) is pleased to announce a distribution payable on December 14, 2020 to class A shareholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2020 in the amount of $0.10 per class A share.   

This distribution for the class A shares of LBS is being announced for November as the net asset value per unit of LBS as at November 19, 2020 (after taking into account the payment of the Class A distribution) was greater than $15.00. In accordance with the articles of incorporation for LBS, cash distributions may be paid on the class A shares, if after payment of the distribution, the net asset value per unit would be greater than $15.00. Each month, LBS reviews whether the net asset value per unit meets this requirement in order to

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