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One thing you can do at work today to make your colleagues healthier and happier

“Being thanked more frequently at work can ultimately benefit physical health, according to a recent study involving acute-care nurses in Oregon” writes Meera Jagannathan for marketwatch.com. Receiving expressions of gratitude improved these nurses’ satisfaction with their work, and in turn predicted sounder sleep, more attempts to eat healthy and even fewer headaches.And still-emerging research on the link between gratitude and physical health suggests that people who give thanks could have better heart health and better sleep. Source: marketwatch.com

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‘Operation Clean Money’, Launched After Demonetisation, Has Made No Progress, Shows RTI

“More than 9.27 lakh responses were received giving information on 13.33 lakh accounts involving cash deposits of around Rs.2.89 lakh crore” writes Prasenjit Bose for huffingtonpost.com. Scrutiny of about 18 lakh accounts, prima facie, did not appear to be in line with their tax profile.This author had submitted queries under the RTI Act, regarding the recovery of unaccounted wealth/black money, to the Directorate of Income Tax.Not just that, over the past two years, the finance ministry has made repeated claims regarding the progress made in retrieving black money through ‘Operation…

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Negotiate your rent in 4 easy steps and potentially save thousands of dollars a year

“And “if you can negotiate, you can often save hundreds of dollars a month which adds up to thousands of dollars a year,” Sethi says” writes Megan Leonhardt for cnbc.com. The average rent for one-bedroom apartments across the country is around $950 a month, and in the country’s biggest cities it can be significantly higher than that. Source: cnbc.com

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Are nightmares of the recession still haunting your investing dreams?

“Yet many Americans remain reluctant to invest in the stock market, a scary hangover from the 2007-09 recession” writes Anna-louise Jackson for marketwatch.com. Ignore short-term fluctuations (even bear markets) so you don’t second-guess your long-term investment strategy or worse yet, sell near the bottom.But the share of Americans with money invested in the stock market still hasn’t returned to prerecession levels, according to various studies. Source: marketwatch.com

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Ex-Fox News reporter to tell Congress about network’s role in Trump hush money story, despite NDA

“A former Fox News reporter will tell lawmakers about allegations that the news outlet tried to quash her reporting on the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, her attorney says” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The New Yorker reported last month that Fox News stopped the journalist from reporting on the alleged affair during the election to help Trump. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Post-Katrina promise of oil money leaves states shortchanged

“Lafourche parish is a major seafood and oil industry hub that includes Port Fourchon, the land base for offshore oil and gas services companies” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The shortfall, which federal officials blame on low oil prices, has forced the state to put off critical projects as Louisiana’s congressional delegation pushes for another increase in its share of federal oil revenues. Source: 95kqds.com

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Small-Dollar Donors Could Hold the Balance in 2020 Campaign

“These donors of small sums may hold the balance in the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns, which political operatives and campaign finance wonks say likely will shatter spending records” writes Kate Ackley for rollcall.com. On the other side, technology platforms such as ActBlue and other means of electronic donating have given rise to small donors.FEC set the stage for super PACs, which have offered more pathways for the biggest donors’ money.President Donald Trump also tapped into small-dollar donors, reporting in his FEC filings that more than 25 percent of his…

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Apple has a very blunt response to Spotify’s complaint

“As far as Apple Watch goes, Apple claims it reviewed and approved Spotify’s Apple Watch app, which was submitted in Sept. 2018, “with the same process and speed with which we would any other app.”” writes Stan Schroeder for mashable.com. The company also points out that Spotify’s Watch app is currently the number one app in the Watch Music category.Regarding Apple’s 30% tax that it levies on paid apps, which is the crux of Spotify’s complaint as Apple Music is not subject to it, Apple says Spotify left out a…

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The Modi’s govt’s demonetisation gambit has only caused pain, not profit, shows a close reading of the RTI response and other information.

“More than 9.27 lakh responses were received giving information on 13.33 lakh accounts involving cash deposits of around Rs.2.89 lakh crore” writes Prasenjit Bose for huffingtonpost.com. Scrutiny of about 18 lakh accounts, prima facie, did not appear to be in line with their tax profile.This author had submitted queries under the RTI Act, regarding the recovery of unaccounted wealth/black money, to the Directorate of Income Tax.Not just that, over the past two years, the finance ministry has made repeated claims regarding the progress made in retrieving black money through ‘Operation…

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