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Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’

Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’

Sports
There is a moment at an Olympic Games, some point after the opening ceremony and around the time where everything around you is drama and smashed records and new heroes, when you look around and think: there is no other square mile or so of the planet that has as many people staring at it as this. That's what the summer Games do. They make you feel like you're at the centre of the world. And it's why it took the International Olympic Committee so long to realise that Tokyo 2020 had to be postponed, and why there could be no other decision.The IOC has the history, the power and the self-regard to pull off something as complicated, expensive and vainglorious as an Olympics. Those same characteristics can also lea...
Comedian Tom Papa: Audiences are ‘craving sincerity right now’

Comedian Tom Papa: Audiences are ‘craving sincerity right now’

Entertainment
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Comedian Tom Papa, whose fourth hourlong stand-up special, You're Doing Great!, streams Tuesday on Netflix, said he takes "pride in not being a cynical comedian." Papa, 51, co-host of What A Joke With Papa And Fortune on SiriusXM's Netflix Channel, told UPI in a recent interview that the title of You're Doing Great! is meant to be taken at face value, without a trace of irony. "I actually take pride in not being a cynical comedian," said Papa, who is also a writer and performer for nationally syndicated radio show Live From Here. "I think most comedy lives in the negative space. I'm naturally an optimist, and I realized I can be positive and hopeful and be funny at the same time. That's what I want people to realize. 'You're doing great' actually means that you are winnin...
This is the right amount of bitcoin to keep in an investment portfolio

This is the right amount of bitcoin to keep in an investment portfolio

Finance
eclipse_images | E+ | Getty ImagesIf you can't beat the crypto crowd, it might be time to join them, experts say.Virtual currency and its underlying technology, blockchain, are here to stay – and that means both will play some role in investors' lives."It's actually very hard to decouple blockchain and bitcoin," said Sunayna Tuteja, head of digital assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT) at TD Ameritrade.She spoke at the TD Ameritrade LINC conference in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday."On the one end, how do we commercialize the value of DLT and blockchain to bring more innovation to traditional markets?" Tuteja asked. "On the other end of the spectrum: How do you tap into this nascent asset class?"Cryptocurrency – at least bitcoin – has staying power. "Because there's a fixed number
How do toy shops pick the right Christmas toys?

How do toy shops pick the right Christmas toys?

Business
It can be stressful deciding what toy to buy for kids at Christmas.Imagine, then, deciding what toys to buy to fill the shelves of Hamleys on London's Regent Street, where more than 650,000 shoppers have already walked through the doors this December.It is a mammoth task that starts at the beginning of the year, according to Sumeet Yadav, who runs the retail business of Reliance Brands, which owns Hamleys.He says the stores' buyers visit toy fairs all over the world to decide what children will want for Christmas, when Hamleys makes about a fifth of its money.It's "a bit of science and a bit of luck", Mr Yadav says, describing their process.The science is identifying and matching social trends with the toys being made by manufacturers.This year, a lot of ...
Choosing Medicare is a high-stakes decision. How advisors can make sure clients get it right

Choosing Medicare is a high-stakes decision. How advisors can make sure clients get it right

Finance
A senior citizen holds a sign during a rally to protect federal health programs at the 8th Annual Healthy Living Festival on July 15, 2011 in Oakland, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesFor most people, signing up for Medicare is a retirement rite of passage.But as they turn 65 and sort through their Medicare Part A, B, C and D choices, many individuals can also be vulnerable to costly mistakes.Even done the right way, it's a high-stakes choice. Medicare beneficiaries will need as much as $ 400,000 for health expenses per couple, according to 2018 research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. That is up from $ 370,000 in 2017."People do feel overwhelmed and baffled by Medicare," said Katy Votava, president of Goodcare.com. "But there are some basic things that an advisor can...