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Singer takes a stylish Italian vacation on behalf of everyone this year

Harry Styles posing for the camera

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Only Harry Styles can emerge from a lockdown looking like a snacc to take a trip around Italy and shoot a music video for a song that released almost a year ago. A few weeks ago, videos of Styles chasing a car with a camera fixed to it emerged online. Fans were quick to guess that the singer was out shooting for his song Golden. Turns out, they were bang on. The international singer dropped the music video of the song from his latest album Fine Line. 

The music video, shot in the picturesque locations of Italy, sees Styles running through a tunnel, driving high-end cars and visiting some breathtaking locations that were part of our vacation plans this year. While we couldn’t live the dream, we are glad that Styles summed it up in a video for us. If the locations weren’t awe-worthy enough, he made sure his style was on point. The singer presented some wardrobe essentials in form of crochet driving gloves, buttoned-down shirt with a pair of shorts and even stepped out shirtless, sporting just a pair of shorts and dives into a lake. To top it off, the video watched the curtain fall with a focus on Styles’ silver and golden manicure. 

Check out Harry Styles’ Golden Music Video below: 

What did you think of the music video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

The music video released around the same time as American Music Awards announced that Styles’ album Fine Line has been nominated for Favorite Album — Pop/Rock. Check out the complete nomination here: American Music Awards 2020 Nominations: The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber receive many nods; BTS bags 2

Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

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How a freelance journalist takes vacation without losing business

  • Lola Méndez is a freelance travel journalist.
  • Two years ago, she took her first real vacation in years — and was miserable.
  • She was operating in a scarcity mindset, fixated on all of the opportunities she might be missing.
  • Here’s how she’s learned to take restful vacations, and shifted towards an abundance mentality.
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Salaried workers have it good in many ways. 

Their benefits often include partially-funded healthcare coverage, 401K matching programs, paid sick days, and even paid time off for bank holidays and vacation. Many people even negotiate their vacation days before accepting an offer for a new role. 

Freelancers get none of these perks. Sure, we get to set our own rates and choose clients that align with our passions and expertise. But when it comes to getting away from it all and going off the grid for a few days, freelancers often struggle to mitigate stress. After all, a day away from work is a day bringing in zero earnings for freelancers who don’t have passive income.

I’m all too familiar with the struggle of vacationing as a freelancer — especially as an independent travel journalist. It’s nearly impossible for me to switch out of work mode when vacationing. I’m constantly searching for story angles, scribbling notes, chatting with locals, and snapping photos. Even when I’m not traveling on assignment, I act as if I am.

Two years ago I booked a week-long getaway on a Cambodian island with very little internet access. It was my first real vacation in years. I had zero obligation to write about the place where I was going. I expected to spend all day sunbathing at the beach, reading in a hammock swaying underneath palm trees, and enjoying all the cocktails my heart desired. Leading up to my trip I got all my assignments turned in on time and alerted my editors that I’d be offline.

I was miserable in paradise. 

After a few hours of truly relaxing, I’d want to work. I love my job and the travel-centric lifestyle I’ve created for myself. Forcing myself to take a vacation didn’t serve me. I was desperate to check my emails. I couldn’t wait to return to the mainland and get back online. I was operating on the scarcity mindset and was afraid of all the opportunities I was missing by being offline.

I’ve since learned how to embrace a short holiday. Spending three to five days offline is my sweet spot. I can truly enjoy my experience without worrying too much about work. Even though I’m typically overseas, I tend to schedule my vacations around US bank holidays, since that’s when most of my clients will also be offline. I know it’s unlikely I’ll have unexpected edits or assignments due over a long holiday weekend.

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Cooking at home? Try new takes on old favorites, or travel the world.

It’s an open secret that many people would rather read a cookbook and order takeout than actually try new recipes. But lockdowns have provided more time to be patient and courageous in the kitchen. And with restaurants closing or serving meals only outdoors, more cupboard doors at home are swinging open these days. Social media feeds have been filled with images of “pandemic baking” – beautiful round loaves of sourdough, elaborately styled finger foods for grazing, and dinners for the family proudly made by teenagers. On cue, here comes a harvest of new cookbooks. There may be no sourdough recipes in this roundup, but there are plenty of invitations to experiment with flavors and transcend the confines of your kitchen.

Meals from pantry staples

Stocking the pantry seems simple enough, but what to make with all of those cans of chickpeas and boxes of pasta? Emily Stephenson offers a friendly guide in “Pantry to Plate: Kitchen Staples for Simple and Easy Cooking” with her recommended 50 staple ingredients and 70 recipes that mix and match only those ingredients. She suggests a pared-down protein list: eggs, bone-in chicken thighs, tuna, Italian sausage, and tofu. But there is plenty here to please the vegetarian cook, too.

Easy-to-follow recipes are grouped into chapters by meal type, including nine recipes that move eggs out of a scrambled rut. Stephenson also curates the recipes for meal planning on the go with categories such as quick weeknight meals, family-friendly, vegan, make ahead, and even dishes to impress dinner guests. If you are a beginner cook or just looking for fresh ideas, this collection will help take the stress out of mealtimes.

Irresistible baked goods 

Advance your pandemic baking repertoire beyond yeasty loaves of bread with Kelly Fields and Kate Heddings’ “The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes, and Cornbread.” Fields, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and owner of New Orleans bakery Willa Jean, reimagines quick breads, muffins, biscuits, cookies, and every kind of pie and tart in such mouthwatering ways you’ll be reaching for those baking pans before turning the last page.

Think chocolate chip cookies can’t be improved? Fields spent two years perfecting her Willa Jean recipe with three kinds of coarsely chopped chocolate and finished with sea salt. She breaks down old favorites like pumpkin pie and builds them back stronger: pumpkin pie with roasted white chocolate cream. See? You can’t resist. Roll up those sleeves and set the oven to preheat. Fields, with her humorous, no-nonsense talk about the best flours, flavors, and strategies will soon have you laughing and baking “ALL the pies.” As she says, baking should be simple and fun.

Cooking by color

Asha Gomez grew up along the beaches of southwest India and today navigates the bountiful displays of the international farmers markets in Atlanta. In “I Cook in Color: Bright Flavors From My Kitchen and Around the World,” by Gomez and Martha Hall Foose, the focus is on color in selecting

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Parth Samthaan is in ‘vacation mood’ as he takes a trip to Goa again; Shares his cool travel look

a man wearing sunglasses taking a selfie in a car

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When you’re planning a trip with your friends in the country, what’s your first travel destination? Well, almost everyone first thinks of Goa, when deciding to take a tour. True, isn’t it? Goa is indeed the most preferred travel destination in India, especially among youngsters. From parties to beaches to resorts to delectable food, Goa has a lot to offer, thus adding to the ‘most loved city.’ 

You’ll find many Goa fanatics around you and looks like we have one in our Telly world also. We’re talking about Parth Samthaan. Yes, Parth’s love for Goa is not hidden from anyone. The actor often takes trips to Goa, whenever he finds time from his hectic work schedule. Recently, after wrapping up the shoot for  Kasautii Zindagii Kay, the Parth had spent some days in Goa with his pals. Now, it looks it, it’s Goa calling again for Parth. 

ALSO READ: Parth Samathaan to Erica Fernandes; Guess who is the MOST followed Kasautii Zindagii Kay actor on social media

Parth has again taken a trip to Goa and gave a glimpse of his cool travel to the Pearl of Orient, earlier today. He took to his Instagram handle to share a video, traveling in a car and revealed that it is ‘Goa again’ for him. In the clip, Parth looks handsome as ever in a brownish hoodie as he gazes out of the window, enjoying the scenic beauty. His neatly brushed long hair and black shades add to his ‘cool look.’ Well, seems like along with the scenic beauty,  Parth was also enjoying some of his favourite songs as we can see him using wireless earphones. 

Take a look at Parth’s Instagram story here: 

A post shared by aarav (@parthsfamsquad) on Oct 20, 2020 at 11:35pm PDT

Meanwhile, Parth recently began shooting for his web show ‘Main Hero Bol Raha Hoon’ where he plays the role of a gangster. Interestingly, Parth’s former KZK co-star Erica has also taken a trip to Dubai. What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comment section below. 

ALSO READ: Erica Fernandes jets off for a trip to Dubai with friends and former KZK co star Shubhaavi Choksey; See posts

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Jim O’Heir on the ‘Great’ COVID Reunion and ‘All It Takes’ To Bring the Cast Together

From the day Parks and Recreation went off the air in 2015, audiences have begged for a reunion or revival. They got just that in 2020, when a new episode, filmed entirely virtually, aired. Read on to learn what one star said about why the TV special worked so well, and what it would take for another one like it.

‘Parks and Recreation’ aired for 7 seasons on NBC

The hit NBC series premiered in 2009. It starred Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an employee at her Indiana town’s Parks Department, and her interactions with her friends and staff. The popular cast also included Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, and Jim O’Heir.

Parks and Rec came to a close after a successful seven seasons, allowing co-creator Mike Schur to end it on his terms. The cast has moved onto other notable roles in the years, but the show remains a fan-favorite, with many disappointed when it left Netflix for NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.

The cast reunited for a ‘Parks and Recreation Special’

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‘Parks and Recreation Special’ | NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

After years of discussing revival possibilities (plus a reunion at PaleyFest 2019), the cast got together for something a little smaller: A Parks and Recreation Special. The 30-minute episode saw them return to their characters to raise money and provide relief during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We had no intention of doing that,” explained O’Heir in a 2020 interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “People are on our butts all the time [about a reunion].” After Schur and the cast agreed to do a table read, the creator came around with another idea. “He goes, ‘You guys, what if we do a new episode?’ And we were blown away.”

Jim O’Heir is ‘really proud’ of the 2020 episode

Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich in 'Parks and Recreation'
Jim O’Heir as Jerry Gergich in ‘Parks and Recreation’ | Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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“I think it came out really well,” O’Heir continued of the episode, noting that they “raised over $5 million” for Feeding America. “People got to see what they love about each character that they’ve known and grown to love,” noted the actor of what he feels was “so smart about that reunion episode.”

Of course, it wasn’t just the main cast that fans enjoyed. O’Heir specifically called out recurring Parks and Rec stars like Jay Jackson (Perd Hapley) and Mo Collins (Joan Callamezzo, who he deemed “a pandemic mess.”) “I think it came out great,” O’Heir reiterated of the special. “We were really proud of it.

Why another reunion could happen in the future

Could there be another Parks and Rec reunion on the horizon? O’Heir says he would join if Schur comes up with another idea. “We always joke because people are like, well, it’d be so tough to get you guys together now because everyone’s got careers,” he said, specifically citing Pratt’s franchise

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Miami Springs takes aim at homeless in hotel

A Miami Springs homeless camp located under the city’s entrance bridge known for drug use and prostitution.

A Miami Springs homeless camp located under the city’s entrance bridge known for drug use and prostitution.

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Some of the county’s most needy citizens sought refuge at a Miami Springs hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic, but city leaders now want them out.

“The county has contracted with two of our Miami Springs hotels to provide housing for the homeless,” Councilwoman Maria Mitchell said at a Sept. 14 council meeting broadcast via YouTube. “Out of two hotels with 200 rooms each being designated for the Homeless Trust, this last week we were able to get the county to remove one of the hotels from their list.”

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The Miami Springs Mayor and City Council address homelessness and crime about the city at a recent meeting broadcast via YouTube. Courtesy of YouTube

Mitchell said that 80 percent of the county’s homeless population resides in Miami Springs hotels, and that they are violating the city’s code by offering “meals and counseling and other things.” Since they are not being used for their “designated” purpose, Mitchell wants the city attorney to step in.

“There are about 2,500 people in shelters about the county,” said Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book, an influential lobbyist and father of Florida state Sen. Lauren Book, who represents District 32 in Broward County.

An additional 1,020 live on the streets, bringing the county’s current homeless tally to 3,520, according to Book. As of Oct. 9, Miami Springs housed 89 people, at one hotel, or 2.5 percent of the county’s homeless population.

“We did a heroic thing and worked aggressively to protect them,” said Book, who noted that many are over age 65 with underlying health conditions that places them at high risk for COVID-19 infection.

As for offering meals and counseling to the impoverished at the hotel, Book said the program has compassionately and dutifully provided both.

Mitchell said she put the county’s emergency aid on the agenda after three people complained about homelessness and crime on the city’s east side.

“Our neighborhood has just become a hoodlum area,” said Genevieve H. Steffen, 74, of Miami Springs. “People are sleeping on the bus stop. I believe they are homeless, and they have made that their home.”

Another caller pointed to the hotels.

“We have a lot of individuals walking down our streets; we had our bicycles stolen from our backyard,” said Isabel Fulton, 48, of Miami Springs. “The common denominator here is the transients living over at the hotels off 36th Street.”

Miami Springs sits near Miami International Airport.

About 10 years ago, Miami Springs pushed for more hotels along Northwest 36th Street to keep its property-tax rate low. An unintended consequence of rapid hotel expansion has been a surge in crime including drug dealing, shootings and sex offenses.

Last month, the Runway Inn, at 656 East Drive, was raided and closed in order “to end the nuisance caused by prolonged criminal activity on the property,” police said.

In a 70-page complaint filed Sept. 16

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As Jobless Claims Set Record, Senate Takes Long Vacation

Spring breakers.
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Last week, roughly 3 million Americans lost their jobs. Until today, the all-time record for weekly unemployment claims in the U.S. had been 700,000. Now it is 3.3 million (in seasonally adjusted terms). That record is likely to last exactly seven days, as economists widely believe that more Americans were laid off this week than last.

Meanwhile, confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. just crossed 1,000. In some cities, hospitals are already running out of beds for the severely ill and morgue space for each day’s dead. Some have taken to storing the deceased in refrigerated trucks. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still growing exponentially, while much of the country is failing to observe the CDC’s recommendations for containing the virus’s spread. If current trends continue, the United States may soon be the epicenter of both a global pandemic and economic depression.

And the Senate has decided that now would be a good time to take a monthlong vacation.

On Wednesday night, the upper chamber passed a $2 trillion economic rescue package (weeks after one became urgently needed). To keep America’s drowning small-business sector afloat, the law tasks the Small Business Administration with distributing $367 billion in subsidized loans in a manner that ensures all eligible enterprises will remain solvent — a task that the SBA is ill-equipped to execute and which is quite likely impossible regardless. To keep ordinary Americans fed and housed while the economy is in hibernation, the Senate did pass a robust expansion of unemployment insurance. But unemployment benefits aren’t going to do much for workers who were between jobs or recent college graduates trying to break into the labor market in historically adverse conditions. And all the Senate did for those Americans was approve a single $1,200 check — that won’t arrive in their bank accounts for weeks if not months. The legislation provided states with some federal aid, but not nearly enough to prevent state governments from being forced to actively deepen the recession by laying off public workers and paring back spending. Beyond these substantive shortcomings, the nearly 900-page legislation was subject to frantic last-minute revisions, making it all but certain that the bill will require technical corrections.

And the Senate has decided that now would be a good time to adjourn until April 20.

The (disproportionately elderly) legislative body’s desire to isolate themselves in their homes is understandable — especially when one considers that some in their ranks subscribe to a conception of individual liberty so sociopathic, they feel entitled to swim in public pools while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. But teleconferencing exists. The least these people could have done was formally approve remote voting before skipping town.

All this said, the Senate did manage to ensure that one struggling American constituency will receive the benefit of uninterrupted aid and real-time policy adjustments. Before heading home, the upper chamber empowered the Federal Reserve to make roughly $4 trillion worth of subsidized loans to

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