Saving for your child’s foreign education? Invest in US index funds

Thanks to remarkable progress in science and technology, the US has witnessed unprecedented growth in the recent past. It is no surprise that the S&P 500, an index of the top 500 publicly traded US companies is weighted towards prominent American tech giants. Furthermore, looking at the S&P 500 from 2001 to 2020, the average US stock market return for the last 20 years is around 7.45 percent. So, if you invested $100 in the S&P 500 at the beginning of 2000, you would have about $421 at the beginning of…

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Podcast: Holiday tech tips for visiting family

On this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I talk about the one thing that everyone who works in any tech company loves — heading home for the holidays. We really do love going to see family and friends, but at the same time, we are bracing for the inevitable IT duty. Like us, many of you will be the de facto IT guy at at least one relative’s home over the next few days and weeks. During the course of our chat, we will discuss 12 things…

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Where is EdTech working? Leveraging data for better EdTech policies

The World Bank, with support from Imaginable Futures and as part of the broader Global Education Policy Dashboard (GEPD), has created the EdTech Readiness Index (ETRI). The tool will enable countries to: (a) identify good practices and areas where EdTech policies can be strengthened, and (b) monitor progress as countries take action. With initial technical work completed, the Index is now in its implementation phase, and the team is in the process of identifying the countries in which the ETRI could be piloted in 2022. The Why: Context and Why We Need…

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Can a Landlord Keep Your Security Deposit for Breaking Your Lease?

Even if you think you know everything there is to know about your security deposit, one situation may come with new questions: breaking a lease early. If you break your lease, do you lose your deposit? Can a landlord keep your deposit for breaking the lease if they make your unit uninhabitable? Here’s what every renter needs to know. Can a landlord keep your security deposit for breaking the lease? Security deposits are a constant when it comes to renting. Typically equal to one or even two month’s rent, the security deposit…

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Is It Illegal for a Landlord To Not Provide Heat?

When you live in a northern state that has chilly autumns, freezing winters, and cool springs, you rely on proper heating to keep you warm. Even if you don’t live in a state with these seasonal changes, reliable heating can be a key to keeping your home comfortable. The laws determining if your landlord has to provide heating in a rental property can vary from state to state and even city to city. For example, San Francisco requires a landlord to provide heat that can maintain at least 70 degree Fahrenheit in “habitable…

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Career Guidance Portal Now Live For J&K Students

The portal was e-launched by Principal Secretary School Education, Dr. Asgar Samoon SRINAGAR- Department of School Education launched Career Guidance Portal for the students of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday. The portal was e-launched by Principal Secretary School Education, Dr. Asgar Samoon, during a Joint Review meeting here at Directorate of School Education Kashmir. It is a structured and well programmed portal developed to help students in choosing a right career after completing their secondary or higher secondary education. Dr. Samoon, after  the e-launch, revealed that  the initiative is first…

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Ford bans business travel after two employees test positive for COVID-19

Ford is banning all business trips after two of its employees based in China tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that’s sickened over 90,000 people around the world and over 100 in the US. The employees have been quarantined after being diagnosed with the disease and are now recovering, according to Bloomberg. Ford is prohibiting all travel, international and domestic, until March 27th, and will revisit the ban on a weekly basis, Bloomberg says. The automaker is the latest major corporation to ban or strongly discourage air travel as COVID-19…

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Mental health: Crowds gather at Stormont to call for better services

About 200 people have gathered at a protest at Stormont to call for better mental health provisions in Northern Ireland. One of the organisers, Helena Palmer from west Belfast, demanded action from politicians. “We need to better the mental health system in Northern Ireland,” she said. “People are fed up suffering day in day out. Everyone is pulling together here today and we want our voices heard.” Mental health: Young people call for more education ‘It’s scary what can happen if not implemented’ Ms Palmer urged the public to demand…

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Brave new world: the best-designed travel destinations for 2020

Makerere University’s Lumumba Hall, built in the late 60s and opened to students in 1971. Photograph: Timothy Latim Kampala, Uganda: a tour of tropical modernism Under a tree outside Uganda’s National Theatre sits architect Doreen Adengo, sheltering from the sun that beats down before heavy rain at this time of year. It’s here she begins her tours of African or “tropical” modernist buildings in Kampala’s central business district, aiming to increase awareness and appreciation of their architecture. She started last year, inspired by architect Manuel Herz’s book African Modernism – The Architecture…

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Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help

 Across the 65 trusts that supplied data to Labour, 2,357 of the 13,205 under-18s with a mental health problem waited longer than four hours to be seen. Photograph: Hannah Mckay Thousands of young people undergoing a mental health crisis, including those who are potentially suicidal, are having to wait more than four hours for A&E care, NHS figures show. Almost a fifth of the under-18s who seek A&E help in England for psychiatric problems such as depression and self-harm are not seen within the supposed maximum of four hours. Figures released by…

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