This Miami startup offers ‘family on demand’ to seniors. The pandemic has boosted need

Salome Cuence-Alfonso knew she needed a job. But little did she know that the connections she’d make at this one would make her new job so rewarding that it didn’t even feel like work.

In May, the 18-year-old started working for Papa, a Miami startup founded in 2016 that provides assistance and socialization to seniors through a phone application, website or 800 number.

Seniors were already a marginalized group before the COVID-19 outbreak, but the pandemic shutdown fueled further isolation. That’s where Cuence-Alfonso and the rest of the Papa staff come in.

The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.

Papa pal cleaning a client’s home. The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.
Papa pal cleaning a client’s home. The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.

Papa founder and CEO Andrew Parker described Papa as a “family- on-demand” service. He

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Fashion Influencers Are Driving an Interiors Boom. How Are Home Brands Responding?

“A lot of people in fashion don’t understand that you can’t easily gift a rug or table. It doesn’t work the same as it does for a dress or a pair of shoes.”

Home is where the #content is — or so wrote Hilary George-Parkin in a 2017 Fashionista story titled, “Why Fashion Bloggers Are Evolving Into Home Decor Influencers.”

Three years later, may I ask: Why were once-strictly-fashion-adjacent influencers venturing into more home-furnished pastures? 

George-Parkin’s reporting is certainly worth revisiting in its own right, but for the interest of this piece, I’ll say the gist was this: With the influencer class having, well, influenced our clothing and accessories to a certain degree of satisfaction, our homes became their next logical frontier with which to express their particular stamps of style.

With the help of an affiliate link or 15, these professional tastemakers have come to establish themselves as bona

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Mississippi Mayor Has A Blunt Message For Coronavirus Conspiracy Theorists

The mayor of a small city in Mississippi is winning praise on social media for deftly calling out all the latest right-wing conspiracy theories. 

Jason Shelton, the Democratic mayor of Tupelo ― the birthplace of Elvis ― posted a message on Facebook to urge his city’s residents to listen to healthcare professionals and wear masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

Last week, Shelton signed an order requiring face coverings for most people in indoor public and business spaces.

“My job as mayor is do to my best to keep our community safe, not make easy or politically popular decisions,” he wrote, then added: 

“Also, ANTIFA is not coming to Tupelo, Elvis statues are not being removed, you are not the target of some type of global conspiracy, it is impossible to erase history and no one has attempted to do so, COVID is not a hoax, you shouldn’t

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Is it safe to travel to Spain this summer? Latest Foreign Office advice and restrictions

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?

At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to Spain.

The ban doesn’t make travel abroad “illegal” as such – but it does invalidate

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Celebrity Endorsement Deals With Insane Payouts

The most lucrative celebrity endorsements pay the world’s biggest stars more money than they make from their movies, concerts, shows or on-field performances — and could become an even more important source of income in the time of social distancing.

From infomercials and soft drink ads to sneaker lines and fragrances, this generation’s stars know they’ve made it once the corporations come calling. Click through to find out which celebrity endorsement deals were worth the most.

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Kylie Jenner: Puma, $1 Million

In 2016, the Daily Mail reported that then-18-year-old — and very rich — Kylie Jenner signed a $1 million deal to serve as a brand ambassador for Puma. According to the publication, this move upset Kanye West, who has his own deal with Adidas. Soon after, Jenner released her Puma Fierce line.

Penelope Cruz: L’Oreal, $2 Million Per Year

According to a report from

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More states close bars, slow reopening plans; Gilead Sciences sets price for remdesivir treatments

More states were slowing reopening plans Monday amid a national boom in coronavirus cases, although one Arizona mayor is unmoved by the ominous trend in his state.

And a drug company has set a steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has proven to shorten recovery times by about 31% for severe COVID-19 patients.

Nashville, Tennessee, will require masks starting Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars in eight counties to close Sunday, days after governors in Florida and Texas issued similar, wide-ranging edicts. San Francisco Mayor London Breed halted its plans for businesses that were scheduled to reopen Monday. The state of Washington paused its fourth and final reopening phase. 

In Arizona, the number of confirmed cases increased by more than 3,850 on Sunday. Meanwhile, the mayor of a town in an eastern part of the state said that he has no plans to cancel a slew of upcoming

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COVID-19 Has Been A Blessing To QAnon. It’s A Warning Of What’s To Come.

Hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity pondered the news on his radio show. It “may be true,” he mused to his audience of millions, that “coronavirus fearmongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest frauds to manipulate economies, suppress dissent and push mandated medicines.”

Once again, far-right conspiracy theories had broken loose from internet dens and shaped mainstream conservative media coverage. Hannity, a close confidant to President Donald Trump, was parroting a known promoter of QAnon, the online fringe movement that claims a “deep state” cabal of Satanist elites is running an international child sex trafficking ring, among an ever-expanding repertoire of other falsehoods.

The COVID-19 emergency has turbocharged QAnon’s ability to spread tactical disinformation and attract new followers. As the movement seizes on public anxiety

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24 Ways To Maximize Your Paycheck This Year

Paychecks come but they go even faster as expenses quickly mount. Though your pay may be limited, the ways you can creatively cut costs and maximize your money are not. If you need a little extra money, here are 24 ways to stretch your paycheck and make it bigger each month through a combination of cost-cutting ideas and methods to earn a little bit more money when you need it.

Last updated: Feb. 27, 2020

Put Your Budget in Writing

One of the best ways to squeeze more money out of your paycheck is to know what your current expenses are so you can decide where to trim your current spending. By writing down a budget, you give yourself a financial framework within which to work. If you can’t see what you’re spending, how can you know where to cut back?

Consolidate Your Debt

After looking at your finances, if

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Stop Buying These 17 Things and Make Them Yourself

With our busy lives, it often seems easier to buy the things we need rather than make them. But some of the things you regularly use or consume can be made from scratch relatively quickly and for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Check out these 17 things money-saving experts recommend you should stop buying because you can make them on your own — without a big time commitment — for much less. Then, decide what to do with all that cash because these easy DIYs will save you tons of money.


Last updated: April 26, 2018

1. Bread

If bread is a staple in your house, you can dramatically reduce the cost by making your own.

“My family likes to eat healthy, organic foods, and I was spending close to $5 per loaf at the grocery store on fancy, pre-made whole wheat bread with no high-fructose

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50 Ways You’re Throwing Money Away

You probably don’t realize all the ways you’re wasting money and leaving free money on the table — and these little missteps can add up to big dollar losses. Fortunately, once you’re aware of these bad money behaviors, you can take steps to change them. Making small tweaks to your lifestyle and spending habits could pay off in a big way.

Keep reading to find out the costly money mistakes you’re making — and how to stop making them so you can keep more money in your wallet.

While layaway might seem like a sensible way to hold onto something you want to buy, it’s not always a smart way to net savings. That’s because layaway locks you into a certain price and — if ultimately financed by a credit card — additional interest charges.

Having a high-interest savings account can help you grow your money and build an emergency … Read More