Why aren’t the Love Island girls allowed to be funny?

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Love Island 2018 is going from strength to strength, with this week’s six shock exits and two new additions shaking up the couples and friendship groups.

Drama has undoubtedly built, but strangely, we’re only really seeing it from the girls’ side, and on closer inspection that seems like a theme from the start.

While the boys’ air time has been taken up by a lot of Jack’s impressions and group Yorkshire accents, the footage of the girls has focused on cruel digs and catty arguments.

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Take this week for example when the girls were taken for a day trip to reconnect after Georgia-new-jack-kiss-gate.

The footage flitted between the boys and the girls, with the boys roleplaying as Yorkshire farmers in the sun, while the girls were crying and shouting at eachother.

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The easy answer? The boys get on better than the girls.

That might be the case, with this season’s boys seeming to have a particularly close bond, but why do the girls then have to endure all of the drama?

With Megan, Georgia, Ellie and Laura, there have been a lot of tears and arguing, and of course given the nature of the show, that has to be aired.

But why aren’t we seeing their funny side too? Let’s not pretend that they don’t have one.

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Take Grace for instance – we only saw her sense of humour when she made a dig after her exit, joking that keeping her Love Island water bottle was her highlight.

Why hadn’t we seen her dry sense of humour before? If we had, she might have been spared eviction – all we had seen previously was her cutting hair and saying she liked cashew nuts – It’s no wonder she was voted out.

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The boys keep citing ‘banter’ and ‘good chat’ as reasons for fancying the girls- but we’re yet to see it.

Why? Because it’s not getting airtime – and in this day and age that’s not OK, not to mention it puts them at a greater risk of getting voted off.

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It feels like we’re reinforcing the tired gender stereotype that women aren’t as funny as men, something that considering millions of people tune into Love Island, is actually pretty harmful.

So please Love Island, from a team of funny girls, stop doing us a disservice. You don’t have to lose the drama, but at least give the girls a break and let us see their funny side.

This is 2018 after all, and hopefully be now we all know that girls can do a hell of a lot more than cry and shout.

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Tori Roloff: Zach and I Aren’t Leaving ‘Little People, Big World’

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Tori Roloff and Zach Roloff with baby Jackson.

Staying put! Tori Roloff assured fans that she and husband Zach Roloff will continue filming Little People, Big World amid news of Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s departures.

“We’re not going anywhere!” Tori announced on her Instagram Story Tuesday, July 10. The 27-year-old then engaged in a chat with fans, answering their questions about the TLC reality series.

“Will Z & T be staying with LPBW?” one Instagram user asked.

“YAS! And J too,” Tori replied, referring to the pair’s son Jackson, whom they welcomed in May 2017.

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Tori and Zach Roloff Courtesy of Tori Roloff/Instagram

Another fan asked why the couple — who wed in September 2014 — chose to stay on Little People, Big World. Tori responded: “Because we feel like we’re not done telling our story.”

The reality star reiterated this sentiment when she wrote that her favorite part about filming is “getting to share our story with our fans.”

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, and wife Audrey announced on Tuesday they are leaving Little People, Big World. “After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago, I made the decision that this season would be our last,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun. We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically — the show much go on!”

He added: “That being said, we’re not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the world that the Lord has called us to!”

“We wish Jeremy, Audrey, and Ember the best, and are excited to continue to keep up with other members of the Roloff family when Little People, Big World returns next year,” TLC told Us Weekly in a statement.

Meanwhile, Tori told her more than 700,000 followers that sharing their lives with the world can be weird, but the family does not hold back. “Our philosophy is if we aren’t willing to share something with others we probably shouldn’t be doing it,” she wrote. “Plus something we’re going through can ultimately help others (even though that still baffles me today).”

The TLC star also opened up about what it was like to join the series in 2011: “I was honestly scared. I didn’t want to be the girl who broke Zach’s heart. Once I knew how serious we were I was more open to it because it was a part of his life.”

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These are the things Meghan and Harry aren’t allowed to wear on their wedding day

And wait ’til you see the wedding guest rules

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK – 23 Mar 2018

Royal fashion etiquette is a law unto itself, from dictating which kind of bag Kate Middleton should wear to whether or not Princess Diana was allowed to wear gloves. So it comes as no surprise that the Royal wedding has a very strict dress code.

The wedding invites went out earlier this month, and the formal dress code was set: day dresses and hats for the women; uniforms, morning coats, or lounge suits for the men. But there are a few other rules wedding guests are expected to follow, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so here’s a breakdown which will especially be handy for non-Royal and non-British guests – well, we wouldn’t want a sartorial faux pas from Meghan’s Suits castmates now, would we?

Female guests should wear hats and day dresses for the day

Beatrice and Eugenie didn’t just wear hats to become the meme of the year (well, pretty sure that wasn’t their intention either), they had to. Ladies must wear hats in church as a sign of respect, and the bigger and more jovial the better. However, hats aren’t recommended for the evening, as that’s when the tiaras come out. For the day, dresses are expected to be on the conservative side (it’s a church wedding after all), and colour is encouraged, though of course black and white are discouraged.

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For the evening, expect guests to wear fancier and longer dresses.

Male guests should wear uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits

According to Town & Country,  military men are encouraged to wear their uniforms, but failing that, a morning coat and all the trimmings is a must. Think tail coat, waistcoat, tie etc, though if that’s not their bag, a lounge suit, which despite the name is really just a nice suit, is allowed. However it’s deemed ‘inappropriate’ for men to wear hats, and polished black shoes are a must.

Prince Harry will probably wear a uniform

When Prince William married Kate, he wore his uniform, and as Harry was in the military too, it’s likely he will follow suit as it’s traditional for Royal men to do so.

Meghan Markle’s bouquet will have myrtle

According to Bustle, it’s a Royal tradition to include myrtle in the wedding bouquet, as it symbolises love. It all started when Victoria included a sprig in her bouquet, and it has since been grown in the Royal garden. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and the Queen all had it in theirs.

Meghan Markle will have a classic manicure

No bold colours for Meghan, as only neutral manis are allowed for Royal events.

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The bride’s wedding ring must contain Welsh gold

Another tradition, started by the Queen’s parents. When they got married, they got given a gold nugget from a mine in North Wales, and a bit has been used for each Royal bride since.

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be by a British designer

This isn’t official, but since Queen Victoria, The Queen, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton all wore British designers, it’s safe to assume Meghan will follow suit. Which ties into the whole Erdem designing the wedding dress very nicely indeed.

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Here’s Why More Renters Aren’t Buying the American Dream of Home Ownership


At the top of the latest housing survey from a Federal Reserve Bank branch sits a cheery headline: “Housing continues to be viewed as a good investment.”

It’s not so cheery in you dig into the data behind Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s annual Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey, released last week.

The percentage of U.S. renters who are unwilling to consider buying a home jumped from 16.1% to 19.2% between 2017 and this year. That number is the highest its been since the survey launched in 2014.

A great deal of the change comes from older folks.

The ratio of people 50 and older who want to buy a home declined to about 67% this year from 74% in 2016. That makes sense considering you might not want to take on a 30-year-mortgage when you’re older.

But if you look deeper into the responses to the New York Fed’s questionnaire, you’ll see a bigger problem that is all too familiar to us at The Penny Hoarder: Many people can’t afford to even consider buying a home.

The Crux of the Problem

So why aren’t renters jumping at low mortgage rates and prodding from financially savvy mothers-in-law to buy a home and start building equity?

Nearly half of those surveyed in the New York Fed’s annual housing study cited too much debt and a lack of savings as reasons they wouldn’t be jumping into the housing market. That number is up from 39.9% in the 2017 survey.

And we all know wages have been lagging employment growth. Last year, 40% of those surveyed said they don’t make enough money to start house hunting, while 47.1% said the same in 2018 — a staggering seven-percentage-point increase.

Renters are also increasingly worried about their credit, as the number of folks responding that they didn’t have good enough credit to buy a home jumped to 38% from 20% in 2017. And the percentage of renters who think getting a mortgage would be very difficult grew 12 points during the same time period.

And here’s the kicker: Renters say they aren’t very concerned about housing prices dropping or their job security. In other words, debt is killing the American dream for many renters, not the economy.

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Luckily, at The Penny Hoarder we specialize in all the stuff that appears to be holding renters back from home ownership.

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Do you have 13 minutes? Of course you do. It’s Monday, which means you should be slacking off and daydreaming of next weekend.

Well, take 13 minutes and start planning to pay off your debt, and you could be on your way to getting into the housing game.

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And once you straighten out your finances, make sure you can actually afford to buy a home. Because, once you do, you’re in it for the long haul.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He bought a house last year and spends most of his weekends doing yard work. Yay.

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Dollar Store Groceries Aren’t Gross: Here’s My Shopping List


I. Love. Dollars stores. (Said in my best Oprah “I love bread” voice.) Specifically, I love Dollar Tree. You might know it as a mecca for affordable crafting supplies. But what you might not know is that the discount chain is also a great spot to supplement your grocery budget.

I’m not just talking snack foods, here. Over the years, whether I’ve found myself on an exceedingly strict budget or have just been my normal penny-pinching self, I’ve often seen the neon green storefront as a beacon of respite from the unnecessarily high prices of grocery stores.

Mind you, I won’t sit here and tell you that every food item stocked on the shelves is worth tossing in your cart. There are some definite misses.

Take the $ 1 3.5-ounce ribeye steak the chain has proudly touted in several locations. When I saw this, I was admittedly taken aback. But then, curiosity got the better of me, and I gave it a try; let’s say I did this so that you, my friends, don’t ever have to.

While the thin, tough slice of what was technically ribeye was decidedly not worth the money — I’d sooner hit up the McDonald’s dollar menu for a cheap red-meat fix — there are plenty of Dollar Tree items that are.

Before we get started, there is one thing you should note: as with all things Dollar Tree, these things are not guaranteed to be in every location, though this will give you a good idea of what to expect.

While the company’s practice is not to discuss any specifics about its relationship with vendors, the following are items I’ve found are consistently on the shelves.

Meals

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Spaghetti is one food item you can get at the Dollar Tree for only $ 1. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Pancake mix

For around half the price (or less) than you’ll normally find, the boxed pancake mix here is usually the “just add water” type, so the only other thing you’ll have to pick up is syrup, which can usually be found on the same shelf.

Frozen Full Breakfasts

You may recognize Brown ’N Serve as a freezer-aisle staple for breakfast sausages. These single-serving meals include two pancakes, waffles or French toast, plus sausage links and hash browns.

Bread

Loaves of bread — and other bread products — abound at Dollar Tree. Of course there’s the go-to sliced white bread, but you can also find hamburger and hot dog buns, flour tortillas and even pizza crusts.

Eggs

I was surprised the first time I saw fresh eggs, but they’re there, and the price can’t be beat. Carton sizes vary, but I’ve seen anywhere from eight-count all the way up to 18, all for the same low price.

Cereal

Choose wisely before picking up cereal here. Do buy the 12-ounce boxes of cereal, if available. But don’t be fooled by the mini boxes or bags of brand-name cereals. A 3-ounce package of Fruit Loops is going to cost you a heck of a lot more (by volume) than a normal-size box at full price.

Sliced Deli Meat

This is one of those items that really requires you to have an idea of your local deli prices to determine the value. The four-ounce packs of turkey or ham work out to just $ 4 per pound. I’ve also seen larger (think: 16 ounces), albeit less nutritious, packages of bologna. (C’mon, perfect excuse to justify making a fried bologna sandwich.)

Pasta

A box of spaghetti noodles sold from the Dollar Tree.
Do you like pasta? Spaghetti can be found at the Dollar Tree for only $ 1. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

This is another you’ve got to use a little judgment on. If it’s an immediate need, the price is right for a 1-pound box of pasta, but sometimes local grocery-store sales can score you a better bargain.

Cheese

Yes, you read that right. Dollar Tree sells cheese! My advice: go for the 6-ounce cheese blocks, when available. This is the real stuff, and for such a good price. You’ll probably find shredded cheese too, but just know it’s not going to be “real” cheese, meaning nothing short of nuclear fire will melt it.

Frozen Meats

For the most part, when it comes to meats at Dollar Tree, we’re going to be looking at college-student-style dinners. There’s popcorn chicken and meatballs, individual chicken-patty sandwiches and even White Castle hamburger sliders. Kumar was nowhere to be found.

Frozen French Fries

Not gonna lie, I got super excited when I first saw my local Dollar Tree stocked with sweet potato fries, and I just about cleaned them out. I don’t think those are consistently around, but you should at least be able to find shoestring fries.

TV Dinners

The brands and varieties are in constant flux, but over time I’ve seen macaroni and cheese, orange chicken, spaghetti and meatballs and even biscuits and gravy. (The latter prominently featured the visage of comedian Larry the Cable Guy… yes, him having a brand of frozen dinners is actually a thing.)

Snacks

Soft pretzels

This is my go-to Dollar Tree snack. Just throw one (or two or three) on a cookie sheet and heat it up in the oven for a few minutes. Sprinkle some salt on top and you’re good to go. When I was last there, I even saw a bag of bite-size frozen pretzels, perfect for a gathering.

Pastries

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Mini vanilla cream puffs are one of many desserts you can get at the Dollar Tree for only $ 1. One package contains eight cream puffs. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

You read that right. Before you ask, no, I’m not talking about fresh pastries. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) But check out the freezer section, and you can find things like mini iced eclairs and vanilla cream puffs.

Chips

Unlike most other dollar stores, this place actually has the brands you know and love: Cheez Doodles, Cheetos, Lays, Funyuns, Doritos and T.G.I. Friday’s–brand potato skins chips.

Candy

Without a doubt, Dollar Tree is a mecca of candy. And it’s not just the strange things you’ve never heard of before. They have all brand-name staples, like Twizzlers, Werther’s Original, Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, Haribo and more.

Soda: It’s not surprising to find off-brand 2-liter bottles of soda on the shelves of any dollar store, but I was a little shocked to find the über trendy La Croix adorning shelves when I last visited.

Condiments

Soy Sauce is one of many condiments you can get at the Dollar Tree for $  1.
Soy sauce is one of many condiments you can find at the Dollar Tree for $ 1. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Fixins

You know what I mean. All those sauces and spreads you find in every pantry: ketchup, mustard, relish, hot sauce, soy sauce and beyond.

Spices

We’re not just talking salt and pepper here, people. (Though both are there.) There’s allspice, chili powder, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, paprika and parsley, among others. And before you ask if these are tiny sample-sized bottles, they’re actually the real deal, just like you would find when shopping for, say, McCormick-brand spices (the larger ones) at a regular grocery store.

Cooking spray

I always stock up on cooking spray from Dollar Tree. However, I suggest sticking with the canola or coconut oil sprays and avoiding the butter spray. I’m not a fan of how the latter cooks on higher heat.

Sweetener

I basically live off of coffee (always decaf — I know, I know, but that’s another story) so Dollar Tree’s selection of knockoff Splenda, Equal and Sweet’N Low, plus Sugar in the Raw, is a godsend.

As you can see, this place is not your run-of-the-mill dollar store and, while not a complete substitute for your local grocery store, Dollar Tree can really help soften the blow to your bank account whenever you need some basic pantry staples. (And then some.)

Joshua Pramis is a freelance lifestyle writer and editor with a penchant for all things tech, food and fashion. His work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Digital Trends, Conde Nast Traveler, Daily Meal and more.

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Study Proves White Male Employees Aren’t Thrilled When Women, People of Color Become CEOs

Even with Monday’s news of former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall’s hiring as CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, the dearth of African Americans in positions of corporate leadership is a grim reality.

Kenneth I. Chenault’s retirement as the chief executive of American Express earlier this month left only a handful of black CEOs at the nation’s largest publicly traded corporations, all of which are men. Meanwhile, the resignation of former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns in 2016 marked the end of black women CEOs in all of corporate America. These dire statistics reaffirm the well-documented challenges black men and women face when climbing the corporate ladder.

Yet, in still, despite these dire stats, white men feel uncomfortable when a woman and/or person of color is appointed as CEO of their company. New research by Jim Westphal, a finance professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, shows that white male executives had an “unfortunate” reaction to the appointment of a racial minority or female CEO. The study, which questioned over 1,000 top executives at large- and mid-sized U.S. public companies, shows white male managers experienced a lower sense of identity with their company when a woman or ethnic minority was named CEO. As a result, they offered less help to other executives at the firm, especially to minority colleagues.

“They actually identify less, psychologically, with the organization after the appointment of a minority CEO and that reduces their propensity to help their colleagues,” Westphal told MarketWatch. “Our theory is that the appointment of minority CEOs triggers biases.”

Furthermore, the study finds that the elevation of one underrepresented person could indirectly put other women and people of color at a disadvantage. “Our study identifies an important mechanism by which such appointments may, counterintuitively, harm the career prospects of other female and racial minority managers by reducing the amount of help that they receive from their white male colleagues,” said Westphal.

The full study will publish in the April issue of the Academy of Management Journal. For now, be sure to check out Black Enterprise‘s listing of the most powerful black CEOs and other business executives.

 

 

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It’s no secret that the Earth currently has a bit of a space junk problem. There are so many objects floating around our planet that they’re beginning to run into each other, and it’s virtually impossible to track all the defunct bits and pieces of satellites and discarded spacecraft debris. It’s a danger to astronauts and future space missions, and the problem is getting worse with each passing year. With that in mind, it’s probably pretty obvious why Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck’s decision to send a piece of floating “art” into orbit isn’t sitting well with some in the scientific community.

Earlier this month, Rocket Lab conducted a mission to deliver some important satellites into orbit for a number of different clients. The launch went off without a hitch, but along with the satellites was an unexpected delivery in the form of a giant, reflective “disco ball” designed to function as a fake star and be visible from Earth without the use of a telescope. It’s called the Humanity Star, and it serves no purpose other than to sparkle in the night sky.

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10 Played-Out Fashion Trends That Aren’t Invited to 2018

These days, trends rise and fall faster than ever. (Instagram, influencer marketing and Zara have seen to that.) Not that that’s a bad thing. They’re trends. Like iPhones, obsolescence is in their DNA. Each one comes with an expiration (and, in many cases, a renewal) date built into the package.

Every year, certain pieces (Gucci sweatshirts, Bernie-Sanders-referencing Balenciaga scarves) rise to stardom, infiltrating our closets and feeds. And then we tire of them, ship ’em off to consignment stores and survey the runways for new, soon-to-be must-have items to spend our hard-earned dollars on. And the beat goes on.

Of course, it’s important to remember that trends are simply patterns, It pieces come and go and, at the end of the day, fashion is all about cultivating an enduring sense of personal style — screw what other people are wearing.

To help guide you on your closet curation journey, we’ve compiled a list of 10 fashion trends that everyone wore — to death — in 2017. We implore you: let them go peacefully. (Or don’t. Again, feeling good about the way you look in a certain item/style is a good enough reason to wear it year in and year out. Who are we to judge?)

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The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are facing a hurdle before the games begin on Feb. 9: lackluster ticket sales.

Headlines across a variety of news outlets have noted the weak sales throughout the fall as South Korea’s Olympic organizing committee struggled to attract buyers — particularly locally. As of Dec. 10, the Olympic committee had sold 586,400 tickets, or 55% of their sales target. That’s an increase from Nov. 1, when the committee had sold just 31%, but still falls far short of the goal.

South Korea had hoped the Olympics would bring economic growth and an influx of foreign visitors who would cement its status as “the new hub for winter sports in Asia,” according to Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committee president Lee Hee-beom.

But military tension with North Korea, just 60 miles from Pyeongchang, has likely contributed to low ticket sales, as Americans and other concerned foreigners worry about their safety. Some foreign leaders have also expressed concern over safety at the games, including France’s sports minister, who said in September the nation would skip the Olympics if security “cannot be assured.” Recent corporate and political scandals in South Korea dampened local interest in the Olympics, as businesses that would ordinarily buy large ticket packages initially held off, and it’s been difficult to convince even those who live not far from Pyeongchang that it’s worth the trip.

“I think people are too fearful about North Korea, but to be honest it’s not a great tourist destination to begin with,” Brian Peters, CEO of Bucket List Events, a sports-focused travel agency, told the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Olympic organizing committee officials are counting on ticket sales picking up as the games draw nearer. Tickets have already been selling at a faster rate since the Olympic torch arrived in South Korea, Christophe Dubi, executive director of The Olympic Games at the International Olympic Committee, said at a press conference earlier this month. Officials have recently seen increased interest from schools and businesses, and several partnerships are expected to boost those sales further. Late last month, a conglomerate of business associations called the Korean Employee Federation agreed to support the upcoming games through sponsoring events and purchasing ticket packages for their employees, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. The country’s Ministry of Education agreed to buy tickets for school groups as part of a regular field trip program, a result of a partnership established last year, a representative from organizing committee told TIME.

Even if the Olympic committee manages to sell all the tickets, that doesn’t necessarily translate to full stadiums at game time, said James Reese, a ticketing expert and an associate professor and program director of sports management at the American Public University System. “The organizing committee still has to get the people who receive the tickets to show up at the events,” he said. “That way the stands won’t look empty for the televisions broadcasts. This can sometimes be a challenge.”

Empty seats were the subject of scrutiny at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where even Olympic greats like Usain Bolt saw low turnout for their events, according to the Wall Street Journal. Olympic officials said they had sold 87% of their tickets, but it appeared that many ticket-holders decided to stay home due to long lines and traffic.

The one upside of the slow ticket sales is that it’s not too late to decide on a last-minute trip to Pyeongchang. Americans can still purchase tickets through Jet Set Sports and CoSport, which have not said how many tickets remain. To entice visitors, the International Olympic Committee is offering a “New Horizons” ticket package costing up to more than $ 5,100 for the Opening Ceremony, which includes two premium tickets — “even to high-demand events” — and access to an exclusive lounge within the Gangneung Olympic park. And Seoulian, a Korea-based organization aiming to promote commerce and cross-cultural learning, is offering free tickets and accommodations to 500 international visitors who share social media images of them showing pride in their country, Forbes reported. As Mark Balneger, the group’s head of marketing, told the news outlet, “We want to show foreigners a good time.”


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Why Aren’t Hollywood Films More Diverse?

Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? The international box office might be to blame

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
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(THE CONVERSATION) In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.
In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Many actors, activists and newspapers have raised concerns related to diversity in Hollywood films. Several organizations, including blackfilm.com and the Geena Davis Institute, now actively monitor and promote diversity in media.

But was the Sony producer onto something in raising concerns about the biases of moviegoers abroad? Is it possible that the lack of nonwhite and female lead characters in Hollywood films is driven, in part, by economic concerns from movie studios? Our analysis of more than 800 films sampled between 2005 and 2012 suggests the answer is “yes.”

Who’s in the movies

Research suggests that films suffer from demographic disparities.

In one study, researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism analyzed the demographic characteristics of over 11,000 speaking characters in hundreds of films and television series released in 2014. Approximately 75 percent of all actors involved were white. Meanwhile, 12 percent were black, 6 percent Asian, 5 percent Hispanic/Latino and 3 percent were identified as Middle Eastern or “other.”

We looked at the top-grossing films each year from 2005 to 2012, using information from Box Office Mojo, IMDB, The New York Times movie reviews and Rotten Tomatoes. Our data include the 150 top films each year that were distributed domestically and abroad, excluding G-rated and animated films.

Just 28 percent of movies in our sample had a female first lead character. Only 19 percent had a nonwhite first lead character.
These figures are in stark contrast to the demographics of the U.S. population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 51 percent of the U.S. is female and 35 percent is nonwhite or Hispanic.

Consumer tastes

Recently, film studios have facedmore intense competition from independent filmmakers, increased globalization and streaming video sources. In this environment, film studios may be inclined to supply movies with characteristics that appeal to more consumers and increase profits.

Since international box office revenue is now more than twice as large as domestic revenue, the economic incentive for studios to cater to the preferences of international audiences is larger than ever. The top five international box office markets are China, Japan, the U.K., France and India.

Does consumer discrimination in these markets explain the underrepresentation of female and nonwhite actors in Hollywood films?

We analyzed the potential gender and racial biases from the consumer side through their influence on box office revenue, both domestically and internationally. We looked at the relationship between cast demographics and theater audiences, controlling for other factors that may affect a movie’s success, such as production budgets, release timing, genre, critic ratings and star power.

There’s significant evidence that a film cast’s racial diversity negatively affects international box office performance. By our estimates, a 10 percentage point increase in racial cast diversity leads to 17 percent less international revenue, even after controlling for key film characteristics. This effect disappears in the domestic market.

Similarly, adding just one nonwhite lead actor led to a 40 percent decrease in international revenue.

However, we did not find any link between gender diversity and movie revenue. Productions with a female lead character fared as well economically outside the U.S. as those with a male lead.

International audiences

The results provide convincing evidence that studio executives have legitimate concerns about the relationship between diversity and revenue.

The negative effects of nonwhite characters on profits could explain the racial disparity observed in Hollywood films. In that case, it could be argued that consumer prejudice leads to roles that favor white actors more, because the increased revenue is attractive to studio executives.

Most movies make a lot more foreign revenue than domestic revenue, but movies with diverse casts can struggle abroad, even if they are incredibly successful domestically. For example, 2012’s “Think Like a Man” made US$ 91.5 million in the domestic market but just $ 4.5 million in the international market. “The Help,” a 2011 Academy Award-winning period drama, made $ 169.7 million in the domestic market compared to $ 46.9 million in the international market.

This doesn’t mean that preferences of studio executives are not at all responsible for the demographic disparity, but it does suggest that market forces are at least partly responsible.

Consumer tastes are a likely factor driving studios’ preference of nonwhite underrepresentation in movies. The revenue implications of international audience preferences are simply too large for studios to ignore.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/why-arent-hollywood-films-more-diverse-the-international-box-office-might-be-to-blame-86905.

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Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft Aren’t the Same, but We Hate Them Both

I’ll admit it. I got suckered.

I got phished and fell for it.

It was about 10 years ago, and these scams weren’t commonplace just yet. I responded to what looked like an email from my bank verifying my PIN.

Dumb move. My rent money was taken out of my account at an ATM in Romania. Seriously. Luckily, my bank was great about handling it, and it was all resolved.

I told everyone that I had been a victim of identity theft and even went on the local TV station to talk about it. Phishing scams were a relatively new concept back then.

I was wrong. It wasn’t identity theft. It was credit card fraud.

Potato? Potahto? Actually, no. Credit card fraud and identity theft are two different crimes, and the difference is significant. Here’s what you need to know.

Credit Card Fraud Is a Form of Identity Theft

Technically, credit card fraud is one type of identity theft. Legal Dictionary defines credit card fraud as “the unauthorized use of an individual’s credit card or card information to make purchases, or to remove funds from the cardholder’s account.”

That means some shady character has gained access to one of your accounts through a stolen card, account number, PIN or anything else that lets them access your account.

Those card skimmers at the gas pumps are a prime example of how credit card fraud occurs. The skimmers steal your card information when you swipe your card for fuel, then the fraudster sells that information on the darknet or uses it to take or spend money from your account.

A simple way to remember the difference between credit card fraud and identity theft is that credit card fraud involves one account getting compromised.

How to Prevent Credit Card Fraud

There’s no surefire way to prevent all credit card fraud unless you want to go back to only using cash or trading chickens. There are, however, some ways to minimize your risk.

  • Keep your credit cards in a safe place. Keep them in a wallet or purse that’s close to you at all times outside of your home.
  • Shred your credit card bills and unwanted bank statements. Basically, shred anything with your account numbers on it.
  • Do not give your card or account information over the phone unless you initiated the conversation. If you called your favorite store, fine, but if the store called you, how do you know it’s legit? You don’t.
  • If you’re worried about gas pump skimmers, first look for the small seal that shows that the pump panel has not been opened. Then use the “credit” option on your debit card. Never type in your PIN. Even safer, prepay inside the store for your gas.
  • Never give out information via email. Phishing scams are everywhere. Keep in mind that your bank or credit card company will never ask you for your PIN. Also, that prince in Nigeria does not actually have millions of dollars for you. Don’t give him anything.

What to Do if You’re a Victim

If you discover that one of your bank or credit card accounts has been compromised, take action right away. The sooner you react, the better chance you have of saving your money.

  • If you have a card that lets you freeze it easily from your phone or a computer, do it right away.
  • Keep a close eye on your statements for the account in question. You’ll want to look for any new charges you did not make.
  • Call your bank or credit card company and let it know about the issue.
  • Report the theft to the police. They likely won’t do much to help, but having that report could help you get your money back from your bank or credit card company. In any case, it won’t hurt.
  • Change your online passwords. You don’t know exactly what information the bad guys have. You want to change your passwords occasionally anyway. (But not too often.)
  • Call one of the three national credit reporting agencies, Experian, Transunion or Equifax, and file a fraud alert. If you do this with one of the companies, it will automatically alert the others. No need to call all three.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Like the police report, this can help as you try to clean up the mess.

Identity Theft Goes Beyond a Single Account

While credit card fraud is the compromising of one account, identity theft occurs on a broader scale. Identity theft is defined by Legal Dictionary as “the act of stealing another person’s personal identifying information in order to gain access to his financial resources, or obtain access to other benefits, such as money, credit, or insurance benefits.”

In other words, the bad guys have your personal information and can use that to gain access to your accounts, open new accounts or even take out loans in your name.

Or perhaps someone uses your identity to conceal their illegal actions. Maybe they need medical help and don’t have insurance, but you do.

There’s even a problem in the U.S. with child identity theft.

Scary stuff.

If you are getting phone calls or bills in the mail about debts you know nothing about, don’t simply dismiss them. Look into the charges and see if someone is using your information.

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft uses your personal information against you. That means you need to take steps to protect that information from others who might want to use it for their own gain. Here are a few tips.

  • Protecting your Social Security number is crucial. Keep your Social Security card in a safe place and don’t carry it with you. If you happen to lose it, the card could easily fall into the wrong hands. Also, only give out that number when it’s absolutely necessary.
  • Never respond to unsolicited requests for your personal information. Whether it’s a phone call or email, always be wary. If your bank contacts you asking for information, politely decline. Then, call your bank directly and let it know about that phone call or email. Same for any other contacts.
  • Shred all unneeded documents that may have your Social Security number or other personal information on them. When in doubt, shred it.
  • Be smart with your online passwords. Keep them varied and difficult to guess.
  • Order a copy of your credit report. The law requires each of the three credit reporting agencies to provide you with one free copy of your report each year. Look for any old accounts that could be removed or ones you do not recognize.

What to Do if You’re a Victim

The steps to prevent and repair identity theft are largely the same as those for credit card fraud, but there are a few added measures.

  • Find and close any new accounts opened in your name. When you report the fraud to a credit bureau, it should be able to tell you what new accounts have been opened.
  • If you think your Social Security number was compromised, report it to the Social Security Administration.
  • If your driver’s license was stolen or compromised, report that to your nearest Department of Motor Vehicles. You may need to get a new one.
  • Suddenly have a police record for no reason? You may have to clear your name of wrongdoing. It won’t be fun or easy, but you can’t ignore it. Call your local law enforcement agency to start the process. You may want to seek counsel from a lawyer first.
  • Keep a close eye on your mail for any other solicitations for payment. School loan notices, medical bills, even letters from the IRS could be signs that you have more issues to address.

The easiest way to get started is to go to identitytheft.gov and report your identity theft case. The site will walk you through all of the steps you need to get the situation fixed.

Protect Your Identity and Your Credit Score

It’s a scary time for these kinds of crimes. We’ve become an increasingly digital society, and our information is out there for the taking. I mean, when one of the three major credit bureaus leaks your information, you know things are bad.

What can you do? Your best bet is to simply keep close tabs on your accounts and passwords, and be smart when you shop online.

If you really want to protect yourself, you can pay a credit monitoring company to alert you if anything looks amiss. Some of them can also help you recover from identity theft.

Credit card fraud and identity theft happen. They’re not the same thing, but they both suck. A bit of diligence now can save you a lot of headaches later.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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How to kiss better: 6 tips that aren’t super-obvious

How to kiss better: 6 tips that aren’t super-obvious


How to kiss better: 6 tips that aren’t super-obvious

Okay — real talk time. As great as kissing is, sometimes it comes with a big dose of pressure. Especially when we’re kissing someone new. And there isn’t a human walking this earth who hasn’t wondered how to kiss better at some time or another.

So if you’re having trouble in the kissing department and have found your way to this article, don’t fret. Many (many) before you have had the same questions and concerns and many (many) people will have them after you.

So in the spirit of discovery, we asked an actual expert about what makes a good makeout, and how one can improve upon their smooching skills. Mary Fisher, a licensed sex therapist and psychotherapist, tells HelloGiggles, “Many people struggle to put words to what they enjoy in a kiss, though many have very strong feelings about what they do not enjoy.”

That being said, there are a few things you can do to make your makeout sessions more satisfying for you and your bae.

1. Less is more.

Or at least until the other person tells you otherwise. Don’t just go around smashing your face into your partner’s and shoving your tongue in there. Approach slowly, and incrementally add heat as the session goes on. It’s better to leave ’em wanting more than have ’em thinking, “too much.”

2. Think about the other person.


Remember that there’s an actual human being behind those puckered lips. Fisher tells HG:

“Good kissing involves getting to know your partner, and having interest in how you impact them. As such, common kissing complaints include a lack of sensitivity and attunement (e.g., opening your mouth too wide and/or using tongue before your partner is delighted by that), defensiveness and inability to hear about what your partner enjoys and does not enjoy, hygiene issues, including bad breath, and facial hair stubble that can be uncomfortable or even painful.”

3. Take (and give) constructive criticism.


We know — this can seem crazy embarrassing. But it’s the only way things will get better. And remember: You deserve to ask for what you want. If your S.O. or even your Tinder date is using too much tongue, or nibbling more than you’d like, let them know. If someone’s beard is killing your skin, find a compromise. This is a team sport.

4. Focus on the good stuff.


Everyone likes positive reinforcement, so when your kissing partner does something you like, tell them! It might also encourage them to tell you the things you do that they like. And who doesn’t love a confidence boost?

5. Remember that it’s not for everyone.


Sadly, kissing is not for everyone. Some people could go without kissing altogether, while others actually need it to rev them up. You have to get on the same page with your partner if things are unbalanced in the kissing department. Fisher tells HG:

“Not everyone enjoys kissing. In fact, only about half of the world kisses for romantic or erotic purposes. So, clearly, it’s not required for intimacy. However, if kissing is an important part of intimacy in your culture, or simply for you, talk with your partner about what they might need to bring kissing into your intimacy repertoire. If kissing is strange or unsavory to you, again, talk to your partner about this, and the variety of ways you can feel physically intimate without kissing.

6. Stop being so hard on yourself.

Don’t worry too much about whether you’re a good kisser or not when you’re making out with someone. As Fisher says, “My advice is to treat kissing as a skill to be learned not just once; but learned anew with every new kissing partner.”

So just relax, be yourself, and pucker up.



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Dogs and cats are at the top of the human-pet love pyramid for a reason — they like people, they’ll willingly live with you, and they’re relatively easy to care for. But if you can’t or don’t want to have a dog or a cat, and have a young child who desperately wants a pet, you may be wondering what other pets might work. Here are some great — and terrible — options.

The worst pets for young children

Mice, gerbils, chinchillas, and hamsters

These sort of “pocket pets” are fuzzy and small, so you might think they’ll be great for your children, who are also small. But these rodents are generally terrified of humans — you can train them to appreciate human touch if they’re handled gently and frequently as babies, but they’re often sold full-grown at pet stores, and parents can’t trust that young children won’t squeeze them too hard — or accidentally let them out of their cage, never to be seen again.

Small rodents also require a surprising amount of care. They need a special cage, food that’s not sold at the grocery store, a water dispenser, something to exercise on, and “bedding” — i.e. wood chips, that the rodents pee on, and you’ll have to change weekly or even more often. Wait, you say you didn’t want a small box of peed-on wood chips in your child’s bedroom? Finally, many of these rodents are actually nocturnal. When you want to pet them during the day, they’ll be asleep; at night, when you’re trying to sleep, they’re squeaking and running on their exer-wheel.

Ferrets

Aren’t ferrets rodents? Why aren’t they included above? Because ferrets aren’t rodents — they’re weasels. And though they are often clever, inquisitive, and playful, they can also be mean. They bite if you don’t handle them just right — and small children will make mistakes. They’re also escape artists and will make a beeline for any open door, and if not neutered, the males spray stinky pee all over your house.

Ferrets also need both a cage and a litter box, hours of attention/training daily, and have one of the weirdest pet habits out there — they form attachments to particular objects in your house, and make little caches of them. So if you wonder “Where are all my socks?” or “Why do my hair ties keep disappearing?” you’ll probably come across a pile of them in a closet in some point.

Birds

Birds are a popular pet because they’re small, relatively easy to care for, and can be friendly to humans. So why are they on this list? Because small kids can’t be trusted to pet birds gently, or close the cage properly so birds won’t fly away. Young children may squeeze small birds, like baby chicks or parakeets, to death, or otherwise injure them.

Birds also make a lot of noise. Even a small bird like a parakeet makes small chirps all day long, and large birds like parrots sing, talk, and screech whenever they’re not sleeping. Perhaps worst of all, birds can carry bacteria, viruses, and diseases that can be spread to humans — and since their cages need daily maintenance, they require a lot of care, too.

Turtles, snakes, iguanas, frogs, and other reptiles and amphibians

They’re cute, they’re small, they don’t have allergy-causing fur, and they can live peacefully in a cage in your house. So why are they a bad choice? Because though cold-blooded reptiles and amphibians may enjoy sitting on you — or a hot rock — they don’t take to being cuddled or hugged, which may frustrate small children. Many reptiles are also small, and can be hurt by children who run around and step on them, or squeeze too hard.

Snakes have to be fed creepy things, like crickets and live mice; iguanas can grow up to 6 feet long and get mean if not expertly handled; many frogs are so sedentary that you’ve basically bought yourself a frog statue with a tank that needs constant cleaning. But the biggest reason of all to avoid reptiles and amphibians: salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that children under age 5 or people with a weakened immune system should avoid handling reptiles, amphibians, and their environment. Young children: known for handling things even when someone says not to.

Rabbits

They’re soft and fluffy like long-eared cats. But unless your rabbit has been carefully handled all his life, he’ll be scared of people. Even rabbits who aren’t terrified of your family members generally can’t be picked up — as prey animals, they’ll bolt if you try to hold them. Explaining to a 3-year-old that he can’t pick up the adorable bunny will never work — choose an easier-to-handle pet instead for small kids.

The best pets for small kids

Fish

Huh? Fish can’t be cuddled. True, but fish are remarkably calming and beautiful to watch, and they’re a great first taking-care-of-something experience for young kids, because they need to be fed daily, and it’s relatively easy to teach a child age 3 and up how to sprinkle the food delicately on the fish’s water. Explain to your child that too much food can hurt the fish, and keep the fish food up high so your child won’t accidentally overfeed the fish.

You’ll also be the one cleaning the fish tank. And though fish do carry germs and diseases, like salmonella, that can be spread to people, transmission is rare. Think carefully about where you’ll put your tank — you want your child to be able to watch the fish, but not to reach into the water and bother/hurt the fish. Finally, consider that fish do tend to die more frequently than other types of pets. You’ll probably have more than one elaborate fish funeral if this is your pet of choice.

Rats

Yes. Rats! Rats have many of the disadvantages of other pet rodents: they’re nocturnal, their cages need a lot of maintenance, they don’t live a long time (1-3 years). But unlike other rodents, they’re fantastically friendly and smart if they grow up being lovingly handled by human companions. Many rat enthusiasts liken their friendliness to cats — they may sit on your shoulder, let you pick them up and hold them, respond enthusiastically to petting and attention. They play, they can learn tricks, and they’re very fun to feed — they’ll eat many of the foods kids eat (though there are many human foods to avoid), so kids love saving a small strawberry or a spoonful of (unsweetened) yogurt for their little friends.

All that said, rats are very social, so they’re happiest if you get them in pairs, which adds to the work you’ll have to do. Make sure the pairs are same-gender, if you don’t want to wake up to a horde of squeaking ratlings. And since they’re small, watch carefully when rats are being handled by young children to make sure they’re not being squeezed or handled too roughly.

Guinea pigs

They’re as fuzzy as rabbits, and nearly as tiny as other pocket pets like gerbils and hamsters. So they are they on the best list? Because they’re a lot friendlier than these other small guys. They tolerate, often even enjoy, being held and petted by their human companions. They also live longer than rats or hamsters: a healthy guinea pig typically lives 5-7 years, sometimes even longer, so you won’t be saying goodbye to your beloved pet as soon.

They also have a few unique and completely adorable habits. They make a noise similar to purring when they are being held and petted, they make a sweet squealing noise when running and playing, and they do a curious kind of hop called “popcorning” when they’re happy and excited. Here’s what it looks like:

Guinea pigs are so known for their jumping that many people teach them to run courses with hurdles or to jump up stairs. Guinea pigs can also learn tricks — look up “guinea pig tricks” on YouTube for many squee-inducing examples.

Who could resist? Guinea pigs are a go! Of course, like all cage-based animals, the cage needs frequently cleaning, and you’ll be the one doing it unless your child is remarkably responsible or responds well to nagging. They’re also l’il so watch young kids carefully while they enjoy their new friend.

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Why aren’t Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby presenting This Morning, when are they back and who is replacing them?

MUCH-LOVED ITV duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are currently on a break from This Morning during July and August.

While the pair take a rest and catch some sun, This Morning fans will instead be treated to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford taking over Phillip and Holly’s regular Monday to Thursday slots – while a variety of presenters will step in on Fridays. Here’s the lowdown on the summer schedule…

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Why aren’t Holly and Phil on This Morning?

Holly and Phil’s last show before their summer break was on Friday, July 14.

Although they don’t usually present the programme on a Friday, they delighted fans by making a surprise appearance on their day off, with Holly joking: “We’re not usually here on a Friday, but there’s plenty of Friday fun to be had!”

The pair, like many busy parents, are making the most of time with their children as they break up for the summer.

Phillip has two daughters in their twenties with wife Stephanie Lowe, while Holly has three children: Belle, Chester and Harry with husband Daniel Baldwin.

The much loved daytime TV presenters regularly take breaks during the school holidays to spend time with their families, and took a week’s break before Christmas where co-stars Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes took over.

They will return to screens in September.

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Who will be replacing Holly and Phil on This Morning?

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been promoted from the Friday regulars to the weekday anchors of the much-loved ITV daytime show.

Before this, Eamonn was best known for his presenting work on Sky News, a role which he left in September 2016 after serving eleven years with the channel.

Ruth often acts as lead presenter on the panel of Loose Women, alongside co-hosts Linda Robson, Katie Price, Coleen Nolan and others.

In turn, the pair get their Fridays off while a series of other presenters take over.

They will be joined each week by the other This Morning regulars like chef Phil Vickery and soap expert Sharon Marshall.

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What guest presenters will be on This Morning’s Friday shows?

The first two Friday guests hosts were Rylan Clark-Neal and Sarah Greene, and the next week saw Rylan joined by bubbly guest presenter Alison Hammond.

Rylan and Sarah will be reunited on today’s show as they talk to a fitness star who’s turned his life around after previously being one of the world’s fattest men.

There are more names expected to be announced throughout the summer.

Rylan Clark-Neal

Normally, Rylan presents the showbiz gossip segment on the show, however it was not the first time he has presented the main This Morning show.

In July 2016, Rylan and husband Dan Neal made TV history as they became the first gay couple to host the programme, and fans praised both the show and the couple for their great performance.

He has also hosted the show alongside Holly when Phillip was off, and with Alison Hammond.

Besides popping up on This Morning, former X Factor contestant Rylan can be seen hosting Big Brother’s Bit on the Side on Channel 5. Previous jobs include hosting the last series of The Xtra Factor, alongside DJ Matt Edmonson, and taking the reigns of Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side twice a year.

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Sarah Greene

Sarah Greene is old pals with This Morning regular, Phillip, with the pair launching their careers together back in the 80s.

They hosted Saturday morning TV show Going Live! together from 1987 to 1993.

Going Live! featured a range of comedy skits, show segments and games – including the iconic green gunge.

The show ran for six series and 179 episodes before eventually being replaced by the BBC with Live and Kicking.

Sarah later performed in the 2008 competition for Dancing on Ice, which Phil presented with Holly, but was the first to be eliminated.

The pair were reunited in April, when Sarah presented This Morning alongside Phil while Holly was off sick, giving fans of Going Live! a blast of nostalgia.

She was widely praised by This Morning viewers during her first Friday hosting slot, with one tweeting: “@thismorning can we get @RealSarahGreene on more often please? Love seeing her back again. Best stand in ever. Permanent role? #ThisMorning.”

During the episode, Sarah joked that Rylan had “saved her life” after she fell asleep in the bath the evening before.

“I was having a bath quite late last night and I fell fast asleep,” she explained.

“I suddenly heard the sign that a text had come in from my phone which was the other side of the bathroom, and it woke me up with a start. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I was about to disappear under the water!’”

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100 great kids’ books that aren’t Goodnight Moon

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Maggie Downs

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Don’t get me wrong. I love Goodnight Moon as much as the next mama. But the book has sold 48 million copies since it was first published in 1947, and I think about half of them ended up in my nursery as well-intentioned gifts from friends and family.

There have to be other wonderful books for babies and young children, right?

That’s what Michelle Franke of Los Angeles thought too. Her son was just a few months old when she made a plea on Facebook, soliciting suggestions for beloved baby books. Goodnight Moon just wasn’t cutting it.

Illustrated page from Goodnight Moon that has black and white drawings and says "Goodnight mittens"

“I noticed the colorful pages he was locked on, but when we got to the black and white pages, he would just look across the room,” she said. “It wasn’t something that engaged him.”

The suggestions that Franke received on Facebook surprised her. The post garnered hundreds of comments, and not just from parents. They came from aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends without children — essentially people who had deep and abiding connections with children’s literature for one reason or another.

“Almost everybody remembers the books they loved as children,” Franke says.

Two girls reading with arms around each other while standing in a sunny field

Here’s the cool twist. Franke is the executive director for PEN Center USA, an organization that works to protect the rights of writers worldwide, strives to stimulate interest in the written word, and helps cultivate and support literary communities. So she and her staff culled books from the sourced Facebook post and compiled the suggestions into a reading list for children.

“People ask us for reading lists all the time, especially when we go out into schools or in the community, so we wanted to create a valuable resource,” Franke said. “It’s especially important because we have seen firsthand the effects of a reading life on young people.”

The list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good starter for any parent, teacher, or relative looking for children’s book suggestions.

You can find the Google document with the complete list here.

Cover art of Dragons Love Tacos that depicts a red dragon on his back with a mouth full of tacos

If you don’t have time to peruse the whole list yet, here are a few favorites that Franke reads at home with her 7-month-old son:

Little Blue Truck: A little blue truck makes pals with farm animals as it makes its way along a muddy country road. The story weaves in fun animals sounds, truck noises, and rhyme. “It’s interesting how children progress through visuals as infants and then toward more auditory engagement,” Franke said.

Goodnight Gorilla: It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? “Even more than putting on pajamas or anything else, this book has come to symbolize the end of the day for my child,” Franke said.

Corduroy: A small, imperfect teddy bears waits on a the shelf of a department store for the friendship of a child. “This is one of those books that I remember from my own childhood. But when I read it again in the last six months, the themes in that book about friendship and self-esteem, it made me choke up. I definitely shed a tear or two,” Franke said.

Dragons Love Tacos: It’s a little-known fact that dragons love tacos. But when you add spicy salsa, watch out! “This one is always so much fun to read aloud,” Franke said.

Did your favorite children’s book make the list?

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Just FYI, Russell Wilson And Ciara Aren’t Having Sex

We haven’t heard that much about Russell Wilson and Ciara’s relationship, until now. 

The pair, who made their public debut as a couple back in April as they walked the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner together, were rumored to have ended their romance as soon as it started. But it turns out that’s not the case. In a Q&A with San Diego pastor Miles McPherson at The Rock Church on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback got really, really candid about the couple’s sex life, or lack therof

“He has anointed both of us and I know that he’s calling for us to do something miraculous,” Wilson said. “I told her … If you can really love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody.” 

Wilson was talking about not having sex, just in case that wasn’t totally clear. 

He said the 29-year-old singer agreed with him, adding, “I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now. I need y’all to pray for us! I know you seen her on the screen … If there’s a 10, she’s a 15. Pray for me. Keep my mind clear. Keep my heart clear.”

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The Most Meaningful Careers Aren’t Always Blissful

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Like most millennials raised on the “world is your oyster” parental movement, I graduated college thinking that career would be one big party. Stepping off into not-so-adult adulthood with an empty bank account and a shoebox full of graduation cards, I might as well have tattooed Joseph Campbell’s words on my heart:

“Follow your bliss and the world will open doors where there were only walls.”

Naturally, starting my own life coaching business at 23 would be a fairy tale. I imagined my schedule book miraculously filling with “soul mate-like” clients and my PayPal retirement fund blossoming overnight. I had found my purpose, by golly — my bliss — which meant the success part should follow suit, right? Piece. Of. Cake.

Wrong. Love her as I may have, my business gave me no sympathy (and certainly no cake).

My lovely purpose gave zero hoots about: the post-recession economy, my student loans, my spells of inspiration drought, nor my waves of childlike ambiguity. Like a painfully quiet spectator, she watched with indifference as I could barely pay my bills. As I reached for the discounter shampoo in the toiletry aisle, my purpose couldn’t even be bothered about my increasingly frizzy hair.

Nothing had ever felt so right and yet boy did I ever want to shake that Joseph Campbell like a prophetic rag doll. “I’m living my calling, Joseph… but where’s the flippin’ bliss?”

My purpose gave only the rudest of silence.

The Myth of Bliss
These days, I think bliss-following should probably come with a more accurate disclaimer:

“So you want a career that flutters your heart and floods your veins with pride like golden honey? Follow away! Side-effects may include: depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight loss, weight gain, mania, vitamin D deficiency, cystic acne, shame and embarrassment, loneliness, brain fog, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, relationship issues, hair challenges, identity crisis, and/or extreme poverty.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still “Team Bliss'” biggest cheerleader, it’s just that everyone left out the second half of the story. The part that tells us that bliss is like lusting after the most beautiful woman in the room who just so happens to be challenging and cruel and — oh yeah, totally out of your league.

Because despite what all of those endearing graduation cards might have said, passion-chasing was not a foxtrot down a hall of open doors. If only I had known that following my bliss would force me to become exactly what I’m capable of…

Growing Pains
There’s this assumption in many a self-help circle that if following your bliss is messy, then you must be doing something wrong. That when we are living the “right life” it should feel fantastic. And look like over-night success. And smell like fresh-cut roses on a Sunday afternoon (not “I haven’t showered in two days because entrepreneurship is hard” smell). Some would even say that when we are living our authentic mission — “the life we were born for” — we should attract abundance and happiness and all kinds of karmic loveliness. My generation in particular is known for that sort of “stubborn optimism” that success will eventually find us.

It turns out I’m not entitled to a comfortable life. It turns out, bliss or not, the universe doesn’t owe me riches or happiness (not even life! — I learned, after an earth-shattering, near-death experience). The only thing I am entitled to is the opportunity to become the person I came here to be. And while that might sound like a pretty lame birthday present from life, I’ve come to see it as the most beautiful gift of all.

Maybe purposeful work is supposed to be tough. Maybe “hard” doesn’t always mean you’re on the wrong path, but is sometimes a sign you’re on the best path. Maybe you don’t just develop a career… maybe the greatest career will develop you. We’re not just chasing job titles, salaries, or recognition, we are growing — growing into the people capable of mastering our dreams. Into the truest, happiest, most brilliant version of ourselves. Into professionals: people who can sustain the prizes we crave and who can love themselves and love their work with their whole darn hearts. That stuff ain’t pretty.

Career is Hard, Generation Y
I remember my 23-year-old self — already defeated by career-building, reading HuffPost in her PJs at 3 p.m. on a Monday, contemplating the existential woes we millennials call “quarter-life crisis” — and I wish that I could tell her a “career-knight in shining armor” isn’t coming.

“Don’t wait for your dream job to appear on Monster.com. Don’t pray to be discovered by a publisher or validated by ‘likes’ or for the magic SEO Gods to deliver your golden opportunities. You will never have the perfect resume or bio. You will never be good enough or smart enough or ready enough to pick up the phone. It will never be the ‘just right’ time to quit the job or start the blog or go get your booty out there.”

Today I know your purpose is not your savior. It knows exactly what you’re capable of and would expect nothing less. Your purpose will let you fail — often publicly, sometimes miserably — until you learn to see your own strength. Your purpose will make you sit and stew and brew in those excuses until you see the mind’s folly, until you see your own truth.

Because your purpose wants you to have your dreams, but only like the parent who lets you ride your bike solo before you think you’re ready. Who doesn’t always let you win. Who sometimes makes you wait your turn. Who knows that a little broken heart today will let you love even bigger tomorrow.

Because It’s Worth It
Today, I love my career with every ounce of my being because it broke my heart (a million plus one times).

Hammering nail after nail into that foundation until the day those few lousy boards became a house. (Became a home. Became a village.)

Until the day I took a chance on myself. (Until the day they took a chance on me.)

Until the day my quiet spark became two. (Became three. Became a blaze.)

Until the day the person I thought I knew became the person I had always wanted to know.

Yep, that must be the real miracle, Joseph Campbell. You were right all along: bliss hand-delivered me opportunity after opportunity — to become my own hero.

So cue the panic attacks. Don’t forget the rejection letters, sweaty palms, and the very worst of hair days. Just give me a real 21st century career, please: true and hard, but so very beautiful.

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11 Beaches That Probably Aren’t for You

By Kelsie Ozamiz for the Orbitz Travel Blog

1. Bayahibe, Domincan Republic

Thanks, but no thanks.

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2. Nosy Komba, Madagascar

Wouldn’t even be caught dead here.

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3. Oahu Island, Hawaii

Umm no. Just no.

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4. Nice, France

LOL…no.

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5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This is literally your worst nightmare.

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6. Big Sur, California

WTF is this? No.

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7. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

You’d probably just rather not.

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8. Jekyll Island, Georgia

How could anyone stand this?

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9. Pranang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

Clearly, this is a miserable, miserable place.

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10. Santa Cruz, California

Okay, this is starting to get awkward. Nope, nope, nope.

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11. Bocas del Toro, Panama

Never in a million years.

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‘Little Ballers’ Documentary Teaches Us That Black Boys Aren’t Monolithic

Different players across the NBA have something in common: they once played basketball with the AAU, aka the Amateur Athletic Union, a non-profit organization that provides sporting activities for kids across the country. One film sheds light on the dreams, challenges, wins and losses of youth in the program.

“Little Ballers,” a 2013 documentary that premieres Wednesday on Nickelodeon, focuses on the New York-based AAU basketball team New Heights as they fight their way to the national championship. Four boys in particular, Judah, Tyriek, Cole and Kevin, pepper in their opinions on basketball and life in general, noting their personal goals of making it to the NBA.

At 11 years old, these boys evoke the raw emotion of childhood innocence, which is counterbalanced by the adults of the movie — including their Coach Billy, current and former NBA players like Carmelo Anthony and Walt Frazier, and cultural pundits such as Travis King and Roland Martin — who stress the idea that dreams also have a layer of reality to them.

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In addition to its all-star cast, “Little Ballers” is directed by author Crystal McCrary, who happens to be one of the team moms, and executive produced by recording artist Lupe Fiasco and NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire.

McCrary was just a mom with a camera in her hand when the idea of the documentary blossomed. “I didn’t know where the story was going to go,” the director told The Huffington Post, adding that she’s a “filmmaker, sports fanatic and a lover of children,” which were all factors leading to her telling New Heights’ story.

Throughout filming, McCrary encountered a slew of emotions, including on-court tantrums, locker room tears and, of course, the unabashed boys who tell it like it is. “Since the boys hadn’t had any real disappointments in their 11-year-old lives, they believed they could scale Mount Everest, they believed that they are going to make it to the NBA, despite the fact that the odds are overwhelmingly against them,” she said. “And that’s inspirational.”

However, there are underlying themes within “Little Ballers” that bring up society’s ongoing interaction with black boys and men. The film illuminates the issue of street and gang violence, and how the AAU helps kids avoid dangerous situations, allowing them to make safer decisions.

Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah’s initiative, the Noah’s Arc Foundation, aims to mentor gang members and encourage them to make better choices for their future. He speaks in the film about the importance of extracurricular activities, which McCrary said was a focal point in the movie. Noah mentioned that there isn’t much for the gang members to do other than inflict violence in their community, and McCrary agreed that any sort of activity provided for inner-city youth outside of school is crucial.

“I’m not one of those people that says basketball replaces education, nor am I trying to sell a pipe dream,” McCrary noted, saying that while basketball is a popular attraction, there are other avenues of expression when it comes to extracurriculars. “So, that could be a chess club, debate team,” she said, adding, “It’s just important to show that there are so many attributes that kids can acquire by being on an organized team.” This includes life skills, healthy lifestyle choices, discipline and structure, all of which can promote a better future when instilled in kids at, say, age 11.

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Further, McCrary touches on another overarching tone: the stereotypical notion that black people, especially men and boys, are monolithic characters in America — especially in the social and political climate following the killings of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and several others.

New Heights wasn’t just a “black team,” as its members had different backgrounds, but the film mostly focuses on black players and coaches, which has more meaning than just race. “It’s about these four boys that come from diverse family and economic situations,” McCrary said.

One of the kids, Tyriek, lives with his single mother in the gang-ridden Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. McCrary talked about him throughout the conversation. “Typically, when society sees a kid like Tyriek walking down the street in his community, he’s immediately written off as some sort of statistic or some sort of other — so the kid is not destined to achieve,” she said.

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However, there’s always more to the story. “Just because you are being brought up in poverty, that doesn’t make you a criminal,” McCrary added. “It also doesn’t mean you’re not brought up in an environment that’s filled with love, just as much as that kid that lives in the suburbs with two parents and a white picket fence, who also is brought up with love.”

More importantly, McCrary felt like the boys’ different upbringings prove that in the face of diversity, there can be common ground. “So, we as people of color in this country come from all different backgrounds and all different family situations, so we’re not monolithic,” McCray said, but the team’s commitment to each other combats stereotype.

“I also found inspiration in the bond that they developed as brothers,” she noted. “For these young men, race, class and culture really meant nothing, but what did mean something was the brotherhood they developed playing together as teammates and getting to know each other off the court.”

“Little Ballers” premieres on Nickelodeon on Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. EST. Check your local listings.
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7 Skin Savers That Aren’t Vaseline

Every winter we always hear about a magical product that seems to be the key to everyone’s dry skin — and no, it isn’t coconut oil. At this point, you already know what we’re talking about, but we might as well name it: Vaseline.

From head to toe, the petroleum-based formula helps our skin recover from cracked heels, harsh winds and excessive nose blowing. Yet as wonderfully useful as it is, Vaseline isn’t the only magical balm out there.

So, if you’re sick of that huge tub of clear gunk, or you just want to try something new, here are some products that you should introduce to your moisturizing routine. And don’t worry, your head, shoulders, knees and toes will still survive through the season.

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‘Too Long; Didn’t Listen’ Ep. 6: ‘Women Aren’t Funny’ With Bonnie McFarlane And Marina Franklin

HuffPost Comedy Editors spend all day looking at funny things on the Internet. Now, they have a podcast. This is, “Too Long; Didn’t Listen.”

In a special sixth edition of “TL;DL,” Katla McGlynn sat down with the very funny Bonnie McFarlane and Marina Franklin ahead of their New York Comedy Festival panel entitled, “Women Aren’t Funny: Debunking The Myth” on Nov. 6 at Caroline’s.

Instead of our usual segments, comedians Bonnie and Marina offered their thoughts on the viral catcalling video and the comedy community’s various responses to it, then moved on to discuss the unfortunate misconception that women aren’t as funny as men.

Listen to Bonnie and Marina talk about their experiences as women, both on the street in NYC and on the stage as comedians in the episode below. Be sure to check out Bonnie’s documentary on the same subject, “Women Aren’t Funny,” and Marina’s all-female podcast, “Friends Like Us,” both on iTunes. Tickets are available for their NYCF panel featuring Blair Breard, Lea DeLaria and Judy Gold here.


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