Police found this in the basement of a Massachusetts home

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Police found this in the basement of a Massachusetts home

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Police broke up an “illegal nightclub” with a full bar and waitress that had been set up in the basement of a Massachusetts residence. A complaint of loud music in a residential area early Monday led investigators to discover the illegal nightclub.

The building had an estimated 100 people inside, along with charcoal hookahs and external propane heaters in use. Police, along with the city’s fire and inspection departments, are investigating safety violations. Fines could be levied against the building’s owner for safety violations.

Authorities are concerned that the “nightclub” may have contributed to the spread of the virus. 


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Stock futures were pointing toward gains this morning, as investors prepare for this season’s busiest week of earnings reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up approximately 28 points today, while the S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.3% and 0.9% respectively.

There will be well over 100 companies reporting their latest earnings data this week, including Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, and McDonald’s.

Also this week, President Joe Biden will likely continue his push of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, though one strategist cautions that this could result in more inflation.

“Right now, watch for signs of inflation as a temporary or more long-term trend,” said Lindsey Bell of Ally Invest. “If it’s just a quick shock, we may see some market weakness without any major Fed action. On the other hand, persistently high inflation may force the Fed to consider raising rates and pulling back their market support.”

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This is how lockdowns are taking a toll on mental health

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Lockdowns and other restrictions across the globe in response to the pandemic are beginning to take a toll on the world’s mental health.

Due to the mental health toll the pandemic is taking, experts are urging businesses to place more of an importance on their employees’ mental health. In a recent survey by Adecco, 28 percent of workers admitted their mental health was declining due to the pandemic. Yet, only one out of every 10 workers felt their employer or manager gave them the support they needed.

Because of this, experts are advising businesses to increase mental health support and resources, as well as allow employees more flexibility in their jobs, even beyond the pandemic. For example, most employees have indicated they wish to split time working in the office and working remotely even when the pandemic is over, which is something experts feel could and should be accommodated. What other ways can employers help address the mental health of the workforce?   


We live in a time where the collective knowledge of all human history is available to us on devices we can hold in the palm of our hand. Yet, many of us never take advantage of that wonderful opportunity. Why? Because we lose focus.

While many of us realize when we’re distracted, the majority of people have no idea how badly they’re managing their time! So what’s keeping us distracted?

For the most part, our technology is a double-edged sword. It makes our lives more comfortable, but it also has a tendency to pull us off-course when we’re trying to maintain focus on the task at hand.

Your smartphone is your biggest productivity killer. Yes, it’s an awesome tool, but it is also one of your biggest weaknesses. That’s why you should consider carefully managing what apps you keep on your phone and monitor the amount of time you use your phone for non-productive things.

If you can manage to utilize your technology to become more productive while overcoming the tendency to get distracted by it, you’ll learn to retain your focus and make better use of your time!


Successful retirement is about more than just money management

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When people really start thinking about their retirement, it’s easy to think about the money aspect of things. After all, money makes the world go ‘round.

But when it comes to retirement (and actually, the rest of life, too) time is money. So, it makes sense that you shouldn’t just think about how you manage your finances – you also need to think about how you’re spending your seconds, minutes, hours and days.

“Managing an abundance of time is as challenging as managing a scarcity of time because it requires you to ask what matters to you,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done.

After all, you can always “win back” lost money. But when time is gone, it’s gone for good.

Here are nine tips for getting the most out of every minute (and dollar) in your retirement

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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