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Nobody went lower this week than former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who, on Fox News, mocked the separation of a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome from her mother with a “womp, womp” sound effect.

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Getting Older Doesn’t Have to Mean Feeling Old. Here’s How to Stay Vibrant


As much as I’d like to say otherwise, we all get older whether we want to or not.

The good news is, reaching middle age can be liberating and fun.

Sure, we have to think more carefully about things like retirement and long-term investments. But middle age also means we may have a bit more disposable income to spend on things like sports cars or travel adventures.

The key to getting the most out of middle age and beyond, however, is staying healthy enough to enjoy it.

Most of us know to get regular checkups at the doctor and a smattering of yearly medical tests. But learning the nuances of taking care of ourselves as we age is a little more difficult because there’s a lot more to remember.

Fortunately, the New York Times put together a list of just about everything people 30 years and older should keep in mind to stay healthy and active well into their senior years.

The Well Midlife Tuneup offers tips on everything from nutrition and exercise to the importance of staying connected with friends and family as we age.

The list also addresses health issues that we assume are a normal part of aging but that could actually be mitigated or avoided altogether by actively managing our health and fitness.

For example, our hearing naturally decreases as we get older, but a midlife hearing test could catch noise-induced hearing loss before it becomes irreversible.

The tuneup tip sheet also reminds us that Medicare doesn’t cover dental procedures, so being mindful of our dental health can save us money on expensive corrective procedures down the road.

For more midlife health and wellness tips, be sure to check out the entire list on the New York Times website.

I recommend bookmarking it for reference and printing out a copy to keep on hand at home.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys telling readers about affordable ways to stay healthy, so look her up on Twitter (@lisah) if you’ve got a tip to share.

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Hugh Grant, 57, is finally getting married at 57 – to his Swedish girlfriend, 39

HUGH Grant is finally getting married at 57, we can reveal.

The actor, one of Britain’s best-known bachelors, is to tie the knot with Swedish girlfriend Anna Eberstein, 39, later this month.

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Grant played commitment-shy characters in comedy films Four Weddings And A Funeral and About A Boy.

The leading privacy campaigner, who wants to gag Press freedom, has had a number of high-profile relationships in real life.

The engagement emerged in wedding banns posted at Kensington and Chelsea register office, near the couple’s £10million home in West London.

The official notice of the forthcoming marriage was on display on screens in the office at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

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A source said: “This is a day none of Hugh’s friends ever thought would come.

“He will soon be a pensioner and has finally become a family man.”

The star, who has three kids with Anna and two with former flame Tinglan Hong, has dated a string of women.

Best known was his 13-year romance with actress and model Liz Hurley.

They split in 2000, five years after he was caught with Hollywood hooker Divine Brown.

Grant also dated socialite Jemima Khan for three years before she reportedly dumped him in 2007.

The actor was romantically linked to film co-stars Martine McCutcheon and Drew Barrymore, as well as posh PR girl — and former squeeze of Prince Andrew — Caroline Stanbury.

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But after meeting retail director Anna in a London bar six years ago, Grant finally appears to have settled down.

Until now, it was always thought he would be an eternal bachelor — or, as he once put it, “a sad, lonely old man”.

Grant, who plays disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal, which starts on BBC1 tonight, said two years ago marriage was “unromantic”.

He added: “Do I think humans are meant to be in 40-year-long faithful relationships? No, No, No.”

But best pal Hurley says fatherhood has changed him.

She said in March: “Having these kids has transformed him from a very miserable person into a fairly miserable person.”


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Amazon is trying to give its Prime members more reasons to shop at Whole Foods.

The company announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out additional deals and discounts for members of its subscription service at the high-end grocer, which it acquired last year. Prime members will get an extra 10% off the hundreds of items already on sale throughout the store, and the company will offer a deep discount every week on best-selling items.

“That’s significant,” Whole Foods CEO John Mackey told Fortune. “What we’ve seen is when we do special deals for Prime members, we get a lot of traffic.”

The company is launching the new benefits in Florida on Wednesday–$ 10 a pound off on halibut, $ 2 off organic strawberries, for example–and will roll out the program nationally this summer. Prime members will receive these discounts by scanning a Whole Foods app at checkout.

Amazon has been implementing perks for its Prime members in Whole Foods since it acquired the grocery chain over the summer. The moves are, in part, meant to integrate the two companies and further immerse shoppers within the Prime ecosystem. Amazon has launched free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods through its Prime Now service in 10 cities, has Amazon lockers for package pick up at Whole Foods, and is selling Amazon products in stores.

The price cuts are part of effort to help Whole Foods shake its reputation as an expensive place to shop. “We’re going to to become increasingly more price competitive,” says Mackey. “That’s something that’s been a long-time dream of mine. Our merger with Amazon is helping to make that a reality.”

Mackey notes that it’s only been nine months since the acquisition and says the two companies are just now beginning to innovate together.

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3 Things You Should Do Before Getting Remarried

If you’ve found your soulmate after a failed marriage, you’re probably anxious to move forward and turn over a new leaf in your life.

With new love in the air, you may also be thinking of getting remarried. If you are, you could be wondering if there is anything you should do to wrap up your previous marital matters and protect yourself, your family, and your future spouse in case things don’t go as planned.

In this post, find out three important things you should do before saying “I do” for the second time.

1. Make Sure You Are Divorced

This suggestion may seem absurd, but attempting to get married without being properly divorced can happen, especially because the distinction between separation and divorce in the eyes of the law can be unclear.

A separation typically means a couple is not together anymore but it doesn’t mean they’re legally divorced (and ergo, eligible to remarry). So, if you’ve tied the knot before, you’ll need to ensure you are actually divorced—and not just separated—before exchanging your vows with another person.

One way to check if your divorce was legitimate is to go to a vital record’s office in your state and attempt to pull a divorce decree (sometimes called a divorce certificate).

Likewise, individuals who divorce in a foreign country may find they are not actually divorced in the United States. This is because the rules and requirements regarding marriage and divorce in other countries can differ greatly from laws in the States, and other conditions, such as evidence that both spouses had an opportunity to be heard before the divorce was granted, may be required before the divorce can be properly recognized.

Similarly, you may want to check with your local records office to make sure everything is in order.

Weddings can be expensive, so before you say yes to the dress (or suit), pick your cake, and finalize your guest list, you should confirm your legal relationship status.

2. Protect Yourself with a Prenuptial Agreement

A Prenuptial Agreement (often called a prenup) can seem ominous in that it addresses what you and your husband or wife will do after your relationship has ended, but this agreement is actually very useful and is recommended if you:

  • Have children with someone else
  • Want to protect anything that personally belongs to you or belonged to you before your relationship, such as personal property, inheritances, businesses, or investments
  • Want to avoid certain disagreements or misunderstandings about current and future financial responsibilities

When you plan to remarry, it is understandable to not want to be bogged down by the thought of your current relationship failing, but prenups can save a lot of headaches (and heartaches) for you and your husband or wife in case things don’t go as planned.

3. Update Your Estate Plans

Depending on when you originally created your estate plans, your estate documents, like your Power of Attorney or Last Will and Testament, likely reference your previous relationship, and as you enter this new chapter of your life, you’ll want to update these documents.

It’s impossible to know when these documents will be needed, so to protect yourself, your family, and your future husband or wife, you should ensure your estate documents accurately reflect your current situation.

A good rule to follow is to update your estate documents after any major life events (including having or adopting a child, purchasing a home, and more).

Start Your Next Chapter Properly

Although we all want our fairy tale life to start sooner rather than later, without taking the appropriate steps before getting remarried, you can quickly end up the protagonist of your own tragic tale.

Confirming your relationship status, getting a prenup, and updating your estate plans are just three things you should do before getting remarried that can be essential to protecting yourself—and your family—from future problems or mishaps.

Is there anything else you would recommend to someone who’s getting remarried? Let us know in the comments!

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After shamefully apologizing to doctors and anesthesiologists poking around my back for years (hello, I have 5 children and have had several spinals and epidurals), I decided my tattoo had to go.

As a young and impulsive woman, I had rushed into getting what would later be termed a “tramp stamp.” About a month ago I underwent my first laser tattoo removal procedure.

Four short weeks ago I went in for a consultation and came out with one treatment under my belt. It was weird — I went in thinking I would talk to the people about my regretful tattoo and I would come out with a written plan and consent forms and health history papers and a future date to come back. Nope.

The doctor came in, told me it would be $ 250 per treatment and I would need between 5 and 15 treatments (how specific of him), and fired up the laser. And before I could even process all this information we were rolling.

I knew laser tattoo removal is expensive, so I was only slightly shocked by the price tag. What I was surprised by was how painful it actually is. I mean, it’s a laser. I was thinking it’s the same concept of those little pointers you see in business meetings and in cat toys, how painful could it be? Well, let me just say this: it’s about twice as painful as actually getting the tattoo.

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Thankfully, thankfully, getting a laser treatment was quick. My tattoo is semi-large and the whole procedure took probably about five minutes.

Here is another thing that surprised me: it takes around six weeks to see the full results of a treatment. SIX! Apparently your body needs time to soak up the ink broken up by the laser. Also, your skin needs time to heal because many people experience pus-filled blisters after the first couple of treatments. Surprise!

Clear signs of fading at 4 weeks post treatment. The butterfly looks like a big blurry mess, as apposed to a big normal mess thanks to those pus-filled blisters turning into scabs.

I like to look at this whole experience as symbolic so I don’t go crazy with regret. In the end, my tattoo cost $ 158 and took a couple of hours. Cleaning up this bad decision I made on a whim will take thousands of dollars and a year of lasers and blistered skin.

*Keep checking back for progress on my tattoo removal journey!

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Basketball Wife Swap: Gloria Govan And Derek Fisher Are Getting Married

Ex-NBA star Derek Fisher popped the question to his girlfriend, former Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan — and she said, “YES!”
TMZ reports that 43-year-old Fisher got down on one knee during an intimate gathering at their Los Angeles-area home on April 7, surrounded by their kids and Gloria’s nephew.

Derek had some of Gloria’s friends take her out during the day so he could decorate the house while she was gone.
Derek and Gloria have been dating since 2015.

Both were previously married…. Gloria to Matt Barnes — which caused some legendary drama between Derek and his ex-Lakers teammate. But Barnes recently said the two are now cool. He also took to Instagram to let everyone know he’s “all for it” (Derek and Gloria’s engagement). That post has now been deleted and this one is in its place:

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Barnes told The Breakfast Club that he and Derek were cool now and that his issue was not so much that he was dating Govan, but that he was living with Govan and his kids and hadn’t told him about it. Barnes said his twin boys told him about the relationship.

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No word on when Derek and Gloria plan on officially tying the knot.

Meanwhile, Basketball Wives is returning to VH1 for another season of wig-snatching drama.

A few new girls are joining Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, Jennifer Williams, Malaysia Pargo, Tami Roman and Jackie Christie, who is still … Jackie, as evident from the trailer below.

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Getting away from it all – 3 of the remotest places on earth

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Life is hectic. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. From the traffic, from the noise, cell phones, email and social media. Maybe you want to walk out into the middle of the woods and be alone? But there are always other people! Maybe you want to just travel to another country? But it’s exactly the same thing there too but in a different language.

If you truly want to get away from it all, to completely disconnect and cut yourself off from all the hustle bustle and noise, you’re going to have to get somewhere far, far away. It won’t be easy, but it is definitely possible to do. Here are three of those places where you can just go and get away from it all.

Point Nemo

Do you love the ocean? Do you want to be on a ship by yourself with a close to 0 percent chance that you will be bothered by a passing ship or any human presence at all? Then Point Nemo is the place for you.

Point Nemo is the point in the southern Pacific ocean which is the farthest away from land in any direction. Named after the Latin word “no one,” the closest island is more than 1,600 miles away.

Just be warned that if you are indeed planning to go spend some time there on your ship, you will need to bring provisions. Due to the fact that the area is so remote (there isn’t anything underwater either!), the area is basically a dead zone without many fish inhabiting the area.

Additionally, whenever a space agency is finished with a satellite and wants to crash it into the earth, they usually crash it into Point Nemo to make sure that it won’t hit anyone. So if you do decide to go there, make sure no space junk is coming for your boat.

Tristan da Cunha

So maybe you want to be in a place with a little bit of land and not be threatened by getting hit by space debris. However, you still want to be completely disconnected, yet the idea of being around a few people doesn’t seem all that bad – so long as there is absolutely no traffic.

Maybe the island of Tristan da Cunha is the place for you! This British colony is the remotest island in the world, being 1,200 miles away from the nearest island and 1,500 miles away from the nearest continent! Tristan da Cunha only has about 290 people living on the island, and the only way to reach the island is from South Africa on either a polar exploring ship or one of two fishing boats. The trip takes about 6 days, and boats only stop on the island about 6-7 times a year.

But never fear! You will truly be alone as there is no cell phone coverage on the island, and the only place to get online is at one internet cafe. Even then, the internet is only fast enough to send emails.

Svalbard

So maybe you want to get away from it all, but you still want to have some way of getting out and going back home. Maybe you also want to be able to call your family to tell them that you are ok. But you still want that feeling of remoteness. Where should you go?

Maybe you can try Svalbard – a group of islands way north of Norway? There are only 2,500 people on the islands, a couple of roads, an airport, and a good amount of ports. It’s easy to just go up into the mountains and see literally no one, but still be able to come back a short while later for some R&R back in civilization.

Maybe you can memorize where the giant seed vault is on the islands. The seed vault holds thousands of seeds for just in case the world takes a turn for the worst and humanity needs to start over from scratch.

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Pregnant Chrissy Teigen ‘Saved’ by a Stranger from ‘Getting Run Over by a Cyclist’ in New York

Chrissy Teigen had a close call with a cyclist on Tuesday night while walking in New York City.

The pregnant mother of one was photographed stepping off a sidewalk with what initially appeared to be an overeager fan reach out towards her.

The photograph had a number of fans both concerned and bemused. One fan tweeted the photo at the model and jokingly wrote, “Hey @chrissyteigen this looks like you have strapped a very small man to your boob. Happy Thursday x.”

Teigen, who is due to welcome a son with husband John Legend in June, also joked back and wrote, “I had the baby.”

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However, when another fan suggested the man was up to no good and called him a “creeper”, Teigen made it clear she is actually in his debt.

The model responded with, “Nah he actually saved me from getting run over by a cyclist. I should have looked before stepping out!”

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The near accident didn’t seem to get the cookbook author down as she later celebrated reaching 10 million followers on Twitter.

“Hello it’s 10:10 and I have 10 million followers!” she wrote.

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Teigen, 32, is in New York City with her husband, as he prepares to star in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on Easter Sunday.

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The singer recently told PEOPLE that he and Teigen were “excited” to welcome their second child but joked that their daughter Luna, who turns 2 in April, might “have some moments where she regrets” having a little brother.

“I don’t think Luna has a concept of exactly what it means to have a little sibling yet,” Legend said. “She’ll figure it out sooner or later, and she’ll probably have some moments where she regrets it! But we’re excited.”

Legend also revealed that while his son’s birth is creeping closer and closer, he and Teigen are still nesting.

“We still have a little bit of work to do — we’ve got to get the new bedroom ready — but we have a few months to go,” he said. “I think after having one, there’s a lot of things you learn the first time that will be helpful this second time around. But I’m sure it’ll add a whole other layer of complexity with two at a time!”

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airs Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 


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Working under the pseudonym The Connor Brothers – two fictional brothers from America, who were brought up in a cult before running away to experience the real world – this artistic duo play with our ideas of truth and fiction on every level. In an era that’s coined the phrase ‘post-fact world’, their blend of retro imagery with tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking slogans is more poignant than ever.

As some of their new prints land in the gallery, we caught up with The Connor Brothers to discuss snappy slogans, political art and future plans…

artrepublic: What’s been happening in the world of The Connor Brothers for the past 6 months?
Connor Brothers: Babies being born. Parents dying. Moving studios. Newly discovered sobriety. Making things. Writing. And so on.

AR: Which current art trends are you following?

CB: We are not really following any trends as such, but currently have a small obsession with David Shrigley.

AR: Who comes up with the witty slogans?

CB: It’s a mixture. Some are quotes from our favourite authors – David Foster Wallace and Miranda July etc – others are our own. Ours tend to be distilled versions of conversations we’ve been having and things we are interested in, and trying to find a way to communicate those things in the most concise non-bullshitty way we can.

AR: In the changing political landscape, how do you navigate the art world?

CB: Oh fuck. We used to be able to make jokey political art like our Redaction series. Now everything is so surreal and dystopian that it’s difficult to send up. It already feels like a bad joke.

AR: Where do you find the ideas for your artwork?

CB: This is one of those ‘where-do-you-get-your-inspiration’ questions in disguise. Sort of impossible to say. ‘Through experience’ is the only meaningful answer.

AR: Finally, what should we be looking out for from the Connor Brothers in 2018?

CB: We have a solo exhibition coming up in May at Maddox Gallery in London. It’s our first solo show in the UK for a couple of years, so that’s exciting. We are also working on a mental health campaign with the charity CALM and Professor Green. Towards the end of the year we’re making our first attempt at a short film – a black comedy about suicide…

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More than 50% of women in the U.S. over the age of 50 are affected by metabolic syndrome, a batch of health issues that include excess body fat around the waist, increased blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Together, they increase a person’s risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

But a new Brazilian research study of postmenopausal women between 45 and 75 years old suggests there’s a way to combat metabolic syndrome.

Make sure you get enough vitamin D.

According to professor Eliana Aguiar Petri Nahas, one of the study’s authors, “We measured the participants’ blood vitamin D levels and also analyzed parameters indicating MetS [metabolic syndrome]. We found that the lower the level of blood vitamin D, the greater the occurrence of MetS.”   

The professor says it’s possible for women to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D.  

The study’s authors acknowledge more research is needed to support the initial results.

Metabolic Syndrome and the Link to Vitamin D

According to the Vitamin D Council, different organizations have different recommendations for the amount adults need. It ranges from 600 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D per day.

If you think you may be vitamin-D deficient, are at risk for metabolic syndrome or suspect you may be symptomatic, schedule an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation.

In the meantime, give your vitamin D levels a boost for free with long walks in the park or anything else that regularly gets you out in the sunlight for a while — just don’t forget the sunscreen!

You can also eat food high in vitamin D, like yogurt, salmon, canned fish and egg yolks.

Vitamin D supplements also are an option, but check with your doctor before you start gulping down fistfuls of vitamins.

According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin D supplements can lead to kidney stones and also adversely interact with various types of medication.

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Black Panther’s Dora Milaje are Getting Comic Book Spin-Off

The Dora Milaje the female warriors who serve and protect the Wakanda kingdom and T’Challa are finally getting a comic book spinoff. Marvel editor Wil Moss announced on Friday that the elite force would appear in a collection of one-shot comics Wakanda Forever.

Nnedi Okorafor will write the comics. In an interview with Vogue Okorafor said of the female protectors, “Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him. Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”

Alberto Alburquerque will do the art. The comics will follow Okoye, Ayo, Aneka and the Dora Milaje as their stories move through Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men. The first issue will see the ladies head to New York with Peter Parker to “investigate a threat to national security.”

In a moment Okorafor said was “coming for a long time,” the first issue arrives in June, followed by X-Men: Wakanda Forever in July and Avengers: Wakanda Forever in August.

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Stand-up comedy specials are strange beasts: They must at once capture a moment, delivering timely jokes on the hot topics of today, but years from now, they will also be the way we remember and revisit the best work of our favorite comic minds.

An hour of televised stand-up is to a comedian what a book is to an author or an album to a band: Part of their legacy. Something to be remembered by.

Which only makes it all the more baffling that so many of today’s most successful comedians—most recently British Office creator Ricky Gervais in his Netflix special Humanity—are wasting so much of their precious time on tired jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and other transgender people.

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All Hail! Queen Elizabeth II’s Fashion Choices Are Getting Bolder

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All hail Her Royal Highness! Long before Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle captured our hearts with their fabulous royal style, Queen Elizabeth II has been nailing it with her sensible skirt suits and elegant handbags. But even the Queen can mix things up every once and while, and she appeared to be having a grand old time in a fuchsia ball gown at a dinner at Windsor Castle on Thursday, March 8, in honor of the Aga Khan’s diamond jubilee as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community.

Ditching her preferred pastels, HRH looked radiant in a long-sleeved hot pink ball gown that subtlety nipped at the waist. The floor-length design included shimmering gold detailing, which the Queen further accented with her metallic accessories.

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While we are used to seeing her majesty with her favorite structured black leather Launer handbag and matching pumps, she chose a shiny gold version of the traditional style for the evening’s festivities —which included a reception and private dinner — and coordinating pointy-toe heels.

Her bling was equally blinding, rocking a diamond necklace, earrings, bracelet and rings that we can only assume Kate and Meg will be clamoring to borrow. She finished off the look with her classic curled coif and a pretty pink lip.

Despite some six decades on the throne, the 91-year-old is still showing no sign of slowing down. She made history last month when she attended London Fashion Week for the first time of her reign wearing a beautiful blue, crystal-embellished Angela Kelly skirt and jacket to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn. And with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge expecting their third child in April and Prince Harry set to marry Markle in May, we will likely be treated to many more fashionable appearances by the monarch!


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There’s tension between the Braxton sisters over Toni Braxton‘s upcoming wedding to Birdmana new trailer for season six of WE tv’s Braxton Family Values has revealed.

The clip shows Toni, Tamar, Traci, Towanda, Trina and their mom Evelyn struggling to keep the peace at home after Toni reveals her hip-hop mogul popped the question

“I have an announcement to make,” she teased her family before yelling, “I’m engaged!” After showing off a massive diamond, she asks Tamar to plan her nuptials…. but their mama has another sister in mind for this task.

“I think Tamar is good, but I think Towanda is good also,” prompting Toni to yell out, “I’m breaking out in hives!”

As reported by E! News, Evelyn has praised the Cash Money Records co-founder in the past.

“I think he is a nice man,” she said in a radio interview in 2016. “I don’t care what others say about him. He is a nice man. He is full of respect…Ever since I’ve been knowing that man, he’s been phenomenal.”

Birdman and Toni first started dating in May 2016, making their first public appearance as a couple at the 2016 BET Awards last June.

Meanwhile, each of the Braxton ladies are dealing with their own personal struggles.

Towanda alludes to relationship issues, telling her mom, “Everything was cool until he found out I was seeing somebody.”

Tamar continues to grapple with the aftermath of her “very public divorce” from music manager Vincent Herbert.

The preview for the upcoming season also reveals that there’s an arrest, a bombshell media leak and a “shocking betrayal” that forces the sisters to “pick a side.”

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We are ALL getting this present on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day

It’s no bank holiday but it’s probably the next best thing…

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The countdown to the royal wedding is officially on, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to wed on May 19th at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The past few months have been consumed by what we can expect from a Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding, with updates on everything from who will be Meghan Markle’s dress designer and how the couple are deciding on their seating plan to who will be performing at the reception – it’s looking like Elton John.

In fact, we know so much about how the royal couple and their guests will be spending the day that we’ve completely forgotten to work out how we will be marking the occasion ourselves.

When Prince William and Kate Middleton married on Friday 29th April 2011, the day was declared a bank holiday as a result, allowing us all to celebrate with street parties up and down the country. It seemed plausible therefore that we might get a day off work for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.

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Unfortunately, for, well, everyone, the couple have chosen to get married on a Saturday so there’s no chance of a day off or a bank holiday, but as a consolation the government has decided to give us all a present to make celebrating easier.

According to the Independent, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that pubs across the UK will have their licensing hours extended over the royal wedding weekend – giving us more time to ‘join together and celebrate’.

‘As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it’s clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of national celebration,’ she announced.

Well that’s something we suppose.

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Parents Are Getting More Involved in Youth Sports in the Wake of U.S. Sexual Abuse Scandals

(SEATTLE) — With Olympic prodigies having just dazzled audiences worldwide, parents in the U.S. are reconciling the thrill of the gold with their fears from recent sexual abuse scandals in elite youth sports.

Shannon Stabbert said her 6-year-old daughter wants to be a gymnast, but the Seattle mother has decided to put her in a martial-arts program instead.

“I have no doubt she will be quite amazing at gymnastics,” Stabbert said. “I just don’t feel like it’s a mentally, physically, emotionally healthy sport for girls.”

High-profile cases of sexual abuse and other predatory behavior in gymnastics, swimming and other sports have jolted many parents who believe athletics can be an important part of their child’s development. Some now feel compelled to be more cautious in monitoring their child’s contact with coaches and other adults.

Experts say the spotty rules and certifications for coaches and glorification of sports culture can make children who feel pressure to achieve even more vulnerable. No longer a casual pastime, sports teams can leave kids as young as 5 in the care of undertrained, undersupervised coaches.

Emmett Gill, a professor at the University of Texas and expert on the personal development of student-athletes, said success often means children leave their communities to compete, which can leave them at more risk.

“It’s clear that the coach’s responsibility, and their permanent goal, is to win, and that can sacrifice protecting vulnerable children,” Gill said. “We really have forgotten about that good, old neighborhood team. Now youth sports is a bunch of strangers on teams with the best athletes, with the purpose of winning.”

One national organization trying to prevent abuse of young athletes is the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a Denver-based nonprofit that formed last year.

It launched following the initial allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor for USA Gymnastics who will spend his life in prison after admitting he molested some of the nation’s top gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.

The U.S. Olympic Committee developed SafeSport, but it’s now an independent organization that works with law enforcement to investigate abuse allegations for the 49 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

In addition to offering an online link for anonymous abuse reports, SafeSport also provides educational and training material for youth leagues nationwide. The goal is to prevent abuse altogether.

“We have got to get upstream and do more to educate athletes, to educate parents, to educate coaches and to educate sport administrators,” SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl said. “I want every parent to know what questions they should be asking when they sign their child up.”

Since its inception, SafeSport has received 470 reports of either emotional or physical abuse, including 165 reports this year and 222 active investigations overall. In some cases, the organization didn’t have jurisdiction over a youth league to investigate an allegation.

Youth leagues outside Olympic and Paralympic sports don’t have a national organization to investigate reports of physical abuse, harassment, hazing and other issues. Many of those leagues have spent years trying to mute overreaching parents through codes of conduct but now have to walk the line between input and child safety.

“There’s a balance between appropriate parental involvement and engagement, meaning are there overzealous parents who may upset the team dynamic or be inappropriate in terms of their treatment of the coach or athletes, and balancing that with parental due diligence,” Pfohl said. “We want parents to be empowered to not only ask these questions but to hold people accountable.”

Gill, the expert on student-athlete development, urges all sports programs to create safety guidelines that clearly indicate the protocol for adults who suspect abuse. Though teachers and doctors must report it, coaches and volunteers do not.

“If we’re really about youth development and character development, this is going to be in front — and the most important part — of our bylaws,” Gill said.

Even the regulators are not immune. The chief safety officer of USA Swimming, Susan Woessner, announced last week that she was resigning after revealing she had kissed a coach accused of sexual abuse and later assisted in the governing body’s investigation of him.

Sean Hutchinson is under criminal investigation after Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors said he abused her as a minor. Woessner said she wasn’t in a relationship with Hutchinson.

USA Swimming also issued a letter to parents saying it had failed members and its system was “not flawless” and vowing to “ensure that there is never a lapse of a support system again.”

For many parents, they say they will look to set more boundaries and ask more questions.

“Sometimes you kind of wonder: Am I missing something as parent? Am I not looking? Am I not asking the right questions? Am I trusting too much?” said Lara Mae Chollette, a Seattle mother of three.

Chollette, who works in human resources, said she’s also wondered lately whether parents should stay for lengthy practices. If someone else is watching her kids, she finds out the ages of the other siblings who may come along. Her husband also has made a rule against taking responsibility for another child for overnight trips.

As a coach herself of youth soccer and basketball, Chollette said she knows the schedules, other parents and how people come and go from the sports facilities, which is helpful.

“It’s truly a commitment for us,” Chollette said of attending every practice, game and trip. “We see it as an educational element for our kids. There are things in sports that a teacher can’t teach. There are things in sports that life can’t teach.”

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2017 was a great year for T-Mobile, but things are only just getting started

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Last week, T-Mobile reported its results for the last quarter of 2017. Headlining the generally-excellent news was T-Mobile’s subscriber figures, which shows the company added 891,000 postpaid customers in Q4 2017, while keeping “churn” — the turnover of customers, where lower is better — to a Q4 record of just 1.18%.

With strong numbers like that, it’s easy to expect that 2018 will be a slightly flatter year for the company. In fact, T-Mobile’s own projections predict the company will add just 3 million new customers in 2018, down from 2017. But according to analysts’ notes seen by Fierce Wireless, the numbers don’t show T-Mobile slowing down any time soon.

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Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.
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Lindsey Vonn Had a Rough Time Getting to the Winter Olympics

Lindsey Vonn has waited a long time to represent Team USA once more at the Olympics — so a (very) delayed flight wasn’t going to bring her down. The athlete’s flight, which was scheduled to depart from Munich to Seoul at 4:10 p.m. local time, was held back because passengers were told that they needed a new document to fly.

According to ESPN, Vonn and her fellow passengers — which included other Olympic athletes — sat on the plane for three hours before having to get off to board another aircraft.

“I want to sleep so bad but I have to wait until we take off,” she wrote in a text, via ESPN. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Luckily, the 33-year-old made it just in time for the Pyeongchang Games. “After over 6 hours of hanging out at the gate, we’re off!! See you in another 10 hours Korea!” she tweeted on Wednesday night. “We made it!!! It took exactly 24 hours… but we are here!!”

This is Vonn’s first time back at the Olympics in eight years. She had to miss the Sochi Olympics because of her knee injury. The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 9, and her first scheduled event is the Super G on Saturday, February 17.

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Lindsey Vonn Is Having Trouble Getting to South Korea for the Winter Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is on her way to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, but only after encountering a series of delays.

Vonn tweeted to her almost 1 million followers on Wednesday, writing that her Lufthansa plane sat on the runway for nearly two hours without taking off, and that it seemed like incorrect travel documents were to blame.

Two hours later she updated her Twitter feed, saying that the airline had passengers deplane while a new plane was being located.

Ever the prolific tweeter, Vonn also included a play-by-play of her experience on the delayed flight, telling her followers that she caught a man next to her discreetly trying to take a selfie with her when his camera flash accidentally gave him away.

About five hours after getting on the original plane, Vonn tweeted that she was finally on a new plane:

Vonn is trying to get to PyeongChang to participate in this year’s opening ceremony, which kicks off Feb. 9. The Olympics-bound athlete is the most accomplished female ski racer in history, with 78 World Cup wins under her belt.

She had to sit out the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to injury, so this will be her first Olympics in eight years. She said on social media that it will be especially emotional for her due to her grandfather’s passing, saying she would “make him proud.”

 

 

 

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Here’s One Inexpensive Way to Avoid Getting Sick (Hint: It Involves Soap)

Are you reading this article on your mobile phone? There are probably thousands of germs on its screen right now.

And you’re no better off using a computer to read this. Your keyboard and mouse are likely swarming with bacteria, too.

I’m not trying to gross you out, I swear.

I just want to remind you that flu season is particularly wretched this year, and the virus could be lurking on items we handle all day.

Besides being no fun, getting sick is really expensive, so it’s important to avoid accidentally picking up germs as you go about your day.

But germs don’t just hitch rides on phones and computers. They congregate on all kinds of places, including car keys, shopping cart handles and even bars of soap.

Catching the flu is awful, but even a common cold can knock you out for a few days; so for heaven’s sake, wash your hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing with soap:

  • Lowers respiratory illnesses in the general population 16 to 21%
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in the general population by 31%

The CDC recommends washing your hands before eating; after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose or touching a sick person; and before and after preparing food or treating a wound.

Unfortunately, we can’t rely on everyone we meet to wash their hands well — or even at all.

A new survey by Bradley Corporation revealed “just two-thirds of respondents say they ‘always’ wash their hands after using a public restroom. Moreover, 38% report they ‘frequently’ see others leave a public restroom without washing.”

Ewwww.

When it comes to staying healthy, we need to take matters into our own hands, if you will.

The CDC recommends washing your hands with warm or cold running water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Rinse, then dry your hands with a clean paper towel or simply let them air dry.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer will do in a pinch. “[B]ut sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals,” notes the CDC.

Useful Alternatives to Handshake Greetings

Now that I’ve told you there are people out there who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, you may be reluctant to shake hands with people when you greet them.

I don’t blame you.

In fact, 45% of Bradley survey respondents say they avoid shaking hands with people altogether.

Instead they wave hello, fist bump or air kiss.

Personally, I’m a fan of the elbow bump.

It may look silly but I can’t remember the last time I caught a bug by licking my elbow.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She can’t really lick her elbow.

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Maisie Williams fears that her looks will stop her from getting work in Hollywood

‘It’s a very shallow industry’

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Fans are already counting down the days until Game of Thrones returns to our screen for its final season, but with the release date confirmed for 2019, it looks like we’ve got some time to kill.

Luckily for us, the cast are all working on separate projects so in the meantime there’s lots to look forward to – Emilia Clarke is set to star in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lena Headey is starring in Immigration drama The Flood and Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are busy planning their real-life wedding.

One of the stars that is particularly busy is 20-year-old Maisie Williams, who as well as taking on the role of bridesmaid for GoT sister and real life bezzie, Sophie Turner, is also busy on the work-front, set to star in Early Man and Departures this year, with other films already lined up for 2019.

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It makes sense – as one of the stars of Game of Thrones, you’re surely set up for life, right?

Not according to Maisie Williams.

Opening up about the ‘shallow industry’ that is Hollywood in a recent interview with The Irish Times, the 20-year-old actress explained her fears that her looks might actually hold her back.

‘It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,’ Maisie explained.

‘It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualised. Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in awe of Hollywood’s leading ladies. I love looking at those totally jaw-droppingly beautiful women. But I think it’s sad that you only get to see one type of beautiful on screen.’

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Fewer young adults getting HIV tests, here’s why

Young people seem to be less likely to get tested for HIV than older adults, and a new study now reveals the reasons why.


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Minnie Mouse Is Getting Her Very Own Coach Collaboration

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Getting Started with Crowdfunding: The Basics

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Crowdfunding has proven to be a popular way for content creators, individuals, or charities to raise money to either completely fund or contribute to a project or cause.

Although many crowdfunding websites make it easy for you to post your project, actually achieving your goal can be more difficult.

Before you get started, take a look at some of the most popular questions about crowdfunding to help you build a successful campaign.

How Does Crowdfunding Work?

Crowdfunding is when an idea or project – whether it be a product, invention, or business – is posted online to a crowdfunding website to gauge public interest. If someone is interested in seeing the idea come to fruition, the crowdfunding website provides a platform where that person (usually called a backer) can donate or pledge money to help the creator (the person or people running the project) realize their idea.

The creator generally provides the backer with some kind of incentive for their support, depending on what type of project they are crowdfunding for.

As an example, if the creator is showcasing a business, they might give backers special rates or discounts based on how much they donate or pledge to the project.

Is Crowdfunding a Good Idea?

Some content creators have found massive success from utilizing crowdfunding to make their idea a reality. In 2015 the comedy group Broken Lizard successfully funded a sequel to their hit movie Super Troopers through crowdfunding.

That being said, there is always a chance that your crowdfunding campaign will not be successful.

Thankfully, there’s little risk in trying since most websites allow you to try again after your campaign is over.

You can increase your chances of success by making sure that you have a solid foundation for your idea and you have clear identifiable outcomes so potential backers have confidence in your project.

Top crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter, gofundme, and indiegogo generally all have the same recommendations for what to include in your campaign:

  • An eye-catching title and headline. This will help to capture your target audience’s attention by being concise, direct, and including relevant keywords (keywords are certain words that appear often in a search engine like Google, and help your website show up when people search those keywords)
  • Quality images. High-quality images help showcase your product or explain your idea. Avoid using images that are blurry or hidden in too much text.
  • Campaign updates. Providing updates (such as when a milestone is reached) to your backers keeps them engaged and included in the creative process, providing an opportunity for them to see how their donations are helping the progress of the project.
  • Incentives. Giving rewards that your backers will receive once the project is complete provide an inventive to donate.

Which Crowdfunding Site Is the Best?

Choosing the best crowdfunding website depends on the nature of your project.

For example, Indiegogo’s website title states that they are “for entrepreneurs”, so they might be the better choice for business-related endeavors, while Kickstarter showcases more creative-focused projects, such as film, publishing, games, and even food.

If you are looking to promote something more personal or charitable, then gofundme may be a good choice.

How Long Should You Run a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Before you run your crowdfunding campaign, you should have a clear idea of when you will be able to provide your backers with updates or milestones for your project.

Of course, unexpected issues can happen during the course of a campaign, but it’s important that your audience and backers remain informed throughout the process, even if things don’t go as planned.

Kickstarter suggests that campaigns that last less than 60 days are generally the most successful, and recommends setting your campaign date at 30 days or less. However, it is important to note that at least with Kickstarter, once you’ve set the start and end date of your campaign, the dates cannot be changed and if your project is not successful, you do not receive any money from your backers.

Just like when you are choosing which crowdfunding website suits your project the best, it’s important to do research on what similar projects are doing, your target audience, etc. so you have the best chance of executing a successful campaign of your own.

Should I Make a Crowdfunding Campaign?

With little risk involved, it’s easy to see why crowdfunding is a popular choice for budding entrepreneurs, content creators, and charities. Crowdfunding provides an easy, accessible way for anyone to raise funds for countless types of projects, and also gives people the opportunity to contribute to projects that may have otherwise never had the chance to come to fruition.

For more details on crowdfunding including the different types, check out our other post on 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Crowdfunding.

Have you ever run a successful crowdfunding campaign? Let us know in the comments!

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These Cute Work Outfits Will Make Getting Dressed a Million Times Easier

Of all the things I have to do in the morning—among them: coffee #1, breakfast, shower, makeup, coffee #2, etc.—nothing ever seems to take up more time than picking an outfit for work. I don’t know why, but it feels like the fashion-focused part of my brain doesn’t start properly functioning until well after I’ve left the house in the morning. Of course, one thing has helped speed things up a bit: inspo. Whether it’s screenshots on my camera roll, saved images in my Instagram collections, a Pinterest board, or an article (like today’s) bookmarked on my phone, a little outfit inspiration goes a long way. See the cute work outfit ideas I’m loving for this season below to help you get out the door faster in the morning too!

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Marvel’s Black Widow Is Closer to Getting Her Own Movie

Marvel's Black Widow Is Closer to Getting Her Own Movie

Supply is finally coming to the demand for a Black Widow movie. Marvel fans have been hoping for Scarlett Johansson to get a solo effort for years, and soon they may get one. According to Variety, the studio is moving ahead with the project, hiring filmmaker Jac Schaeffer (TiMER) to write the screenplay. Schaeffer also co-wrote the recent Disney animated short Olaf's Frozen Adventure and is writing the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake Nasty Women. 

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These Are the Winter Headbands Getting Us Through the Coldest Days This Season

We still have a couple months ahead of us before spring, meaning many more days of enduring ice-cold temperatures and frozen extremities. Anyone who’s survived a real winter knows that keeping your head—and ears—warm is the surest way to stay comfortable and cozy when you’re braving the cold. Hats, in their many iterations and fabrications, can be a fashion girl’s favorite winter staple, but not always your best bet if you’re maintaining a hairstyle or also wearing a hood. So steps in another cold-weather accessory to consider adding to your arsenal: Winter headbands. Available in a variety of styles that suit different sensibilities while keeping you warm in icy conditions, winter headbands are a fashionable alternative to hats while you’re getting through the coldest days.

Keep scrolling for winter headbands to keep cozy and chic this winter.

This cozy rib-knit headband in Gucci’s iconic stripes is an instant Fashion-girl favorite.
Some quirky cat ears make for a playful touch.
Switch things up with an unexpected fabrication like this corduroy headband.
Go luxe with black satin and vintage-inspired crystal detailing.
When it comes to winter headbands, it doesn’t get more classic than a cable-knit number.
Make a statement in fur—especially in an unexpected colorway.
Pearl detailing adds a beautiful touch.
A clean design with stripes looks sleek and sporty. Need inspiration for the rest of your look? Here are 50 winter outfit ideas you’ll love.

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Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in oceans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is making the world’s oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show.
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Why Trump isn’t getting the credit he thinks he deserves

President Donald Trump is probably right: he doesn’t get due credit for the volume of achievements he’s stacked up during a tumultuous political year.


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Despite Trump’s hopes, US-Russia relations are getting chilly

In the space of a week, the Trump administration has named Russia a “rival power,” sanctioned a close Putin ally, and decided to give Ukraine anti-tank weapons to help in its fight against Moscow-backed militias.


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Your old iPhone really is getting slower

So you weren’t imagining it after all, and now Apple is admitting it. Earlier this week, Primate Labs, the company behind GeekBench, reported that processors in older iPhones slow down and performance suffers as batteries age and lose capacity. Problems worsen if the charge is low or in the cold, the report added. Some iPhone…
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Kids Are Getting Needlessly Exposed to Opioids From Routine Wisdom Tooth Removal

Here’s something about wisdom teeth removal and other routine dental procedures parents might not have worried about before: potential opioids entering their child’s system.

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Black Boy Joy Is This Kid’s Reaction To Getting Accepting Into Harvard

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Most high school students who applied to colleges earlier than most of their peers are starting to receive acceptance letters.

16-year old Ayrton Little is now a viral sensation after a video of his hype Harvard acceptance made its rounds on the Internet. And unlike most college acceptance reveal videos when the kids are with their families, the best part about Ayrton’s was that his friends were in the background and were just as excited as him when he discovered he’d got into the prestigious University.

More students who would be apart of Little’s graduating class of 2022 even reached out and congratulated him on Twitter:

 

But Ayrton isn’t the only one enjoying the viral love from his video. Hit the flip to see Alex The Great’s lit acceptance clip — and congrats to all the students receiving their acceptance letters already.


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A Giant Statue of Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Is Getting Attention for Its Questionable Appearance

A 12-foot-high statue of soccer legend Diego Maradona has become the latest dodgy depiction of a player to provoke online ridicule.

The 57-year-old Argentine unveiled the bronze likeness at a charity event in Kolkata, India on Monday. The statue was supposed to feature a 25-year-old Maradona, sporting curly locks, and clutching the World Cup trophy he captained his country to in 1986, ESPN reports.

Judging by the online reaction, however, there is little likeness to Maradona. Twitter users have suggested the statue more closely resembles basketball Hall-of-Famer Larry Bird, ex-England soccer manager Roy Hodgson, Welsh soul singer Shirley Bassey, or “someone’s gran.”

The statue’s dubious likeness to its subject has drawn comparisons to a questionable bronze bust of Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo, which had to be reworked earlier this year after fierce criticism.

Last year, a bronze statue of late actress Lucille Ball was replaced in New York after a viral campaign to remove the original, dubbed “Scary Lucy.”

Maradona, who has credited divine intervention for his famous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup, showed a distinct lack of hubris at the unveiling. “I am not god of football but a simple footballer,” he told the gathered crowd via an interpreter. “I’m happy to be here in Kolkata again. It’s amazing to have my statue here.”


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Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’ in the way the US government is structured.


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Southern States Are Getting Hit the Hardest By the Flu This Year

It’s shaping up to be an intense flu season.

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Watch Fun, Exclusive ‘Just Getting Started’ Clip

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William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control

William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control


William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control

It seems as if Twitter is an endless meme machine. Meaning to say that now Twitter’s made even a William Carlos Williams poem go viral. Do we know why his famous “This Is Just To Say” poem was the latest meme to take over the Internet? No. But the plums in the icebox are suddenly everywhere. And, honestly, we’re kind of loving all the crazy tweets inspired by them.

With this newest Twitter meme, the best part is how it makes very little sense at face value. And how it seemed to come completely out of nowhere. That’s probably why Twitter loved it, to be honest. Everyone had their takes and everyone wanted to make sure they were heard. Some of the best, though, came from those users who decided the poem needed the musical treatment. From song lyrics to just questioning the sanity of the work itself, everyone seemed to have quite the take on William Carlos Williams’ infamous plums in the icebox poem. The main question, though, is why were there plums in the icebox at all? And why did someone put them there to save for breakfast?

Either way, Twitter had fun and didn’t exactly lighten up very quickly. They loved this poem and all the jokes they could make.

Because William Carlos Williams’ plums were just so sweet, so cold.

First, this user just didn’t want Jolene to eat her plums. Steal her man, that’s fine. Just not the plums.

But then, of course, there’s the initial telling your friend that you did, in fact, eat the plums.

And finally, the dreams this user had about a man and woman eating the plums while he was sick to his stomach. You know, because he’s the Mr. Brightside of plum loving.

People had all kinds of takes.

And they just couldn’t stop.

Overall, the memes are just incredible and yes, it is strange that suddenly a William Carlos Williams poem is back in the forefront of our minds. But this is Twitter after all.

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The Parisian Woman, the electrifying new play by ‘House of Cards’ creator Beau Willimon, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Clybourne Park, starring Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman in her Broadway debut, opens on Broadway tonight, November 30, at Hudson Theatre 141 West 44th Street. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus check out interviews with the cast below
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Chance the Rapper Is Getting His Own Starbucks Gift Card

Starbucks and Spotify have revealed plans for a trio of limited-edition holiday gift cards. Taking their themes from the realm of popular music, the three items revolve around Chance the Rapper, Metallica and Lady Gaga; each card will benefit a different charity of each act or artist’s choosing. While Lady Gaga chose to benefit the Born This Way Foundation and Metallica went for All Within My Hands, Chance went for his own non-profit, SocialWorks.

“Grammy-winning musician and producer Chance the Rapper has been a social activist, helping connect young people to jobs and raising more than $ 2.2 million [USD] for Chicago Public Schools,” reads the official press statement. “His non-profit SocialWorks helps empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement in his hometown of Chicago.”

“Our goal at SocialWorks is to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement,” Chance explains. “Many thanks to Starbucks and Spotify for working with us to create more opportunities to build dreams, inspire creativity, and let the youth be themselves!”

You can take a look at Starbucks and Spotify’s new limited-edition holiday gift cards above; starting tomorrow, November 28, consumers can pick up their own at a local Starbucks location.

Outside of his retail collaborations, Chance is also working on new music and recently hosted — and performed on — Saturday Night Live.

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The Morphe brushes all your favourite beauty influencers are using are getting the Black Friday treatment

YES.

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As one of the most in-demand beauty brands of the year, chances are you’ll have seen your favourite YouTubers busting out their pot of Morphe brushes or scrolled past pictures of their impeccable 35 shadow palettes. Luckily, Beauty Bay is offering 10% off a bunch of their products and they’re easily the best Morphe Black Friday deals we’ve seen around. See our edit of the best below.

Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 12 Piece Black and White Morphe Brush Set

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You’ve seen all the big beauty vloggers and influencers using these brushes and now it’s your turn. Beauty Bay are offering 10% off an entire pot of Morphe brushes which come in a chic black and white striped travel case, with handles and bristles to match. It’s a favourite with professional makeup artists and has everything from a liner through to blending brushes, so you’ll never have to reach for another tool again.

It’s available for £22.50 down from £25 and plus, Beauty Bay’s offering free UK next day delivery on all Morphe products so you won’t have to wait till Christmas to bust these open. (Heads up: you can only get two of these per person.)

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 35OM 35 Colour Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

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If you’re serious about your earthy eyeshadow tones, then you won’t have to look much further than this extravagant Morphe palette. Featuring 35 different deeply pigmented shades from a autumn-friendly ochre to smoky blacks and a champagne for a dash of highlight, it’s an all matte version of one of their best-selling palettes. (Which, by the way, has unfortunately sold out in the BF sale so you’re going to need to jump in on this soon.)  JUST THINK OF ALL THE COLOUR COMBINATIONS. I can’t wait for mine to arrive in the mail.

You’ll now be able to snag it for £20.70 with free delivery. It’s limited to one per person, sorry to those hoping to buy in bulk.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 35C 35 Multi Color Matte Palette

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Life’s boring without colour and this rainbow palette will definitely bring a ray of sunshine to any day. Whether you want to play with toned down neutral look or go for an on-trend smoky red shadow, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 35 different matte shades to choose from.

Like the Nature Glow palette, it’s now dropped to £20.70 with free shipping included.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 9C 9 Colour Highlight & Contour Palette

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Get ready to serve face with this contour and highlight palette, which will have you beamed and baked in no time flat. With nine different shades for you to play around with, it’s small enough to fit into a purse and combines both matte and shimmery tones depending on what kind of mood you’re in.

It’s now £20.70 (10% off) and you’ll be able to buy two per person with free delivery.

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While we’re utterly in love with everything above, there’s loads more Morphe on available on Beauty Bay – seriously, it’s palettes galore over there. We’ve also done the work for you and combed through their other brand bargains, so take a look at our curated Black Friday beauty deals, Black Friday makeup deals and Black Friday clothing deals pages if you’re looking for a cute outfit to finish off your look. We’ve got our eye on the Black Friday ball for you, don’t worry guys.

Keep checking back in with us as we’ll be combing through everything that comes your way, with everything from the high street, designer brands through to indie cuties you definitely need to have on your radar. It’s a hard job essentially putting together our Christmas wish list, but somebody’s got to do it.

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Say What Now? Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Resigns After Getting Caught Having Sex with a Man in His Office

Wes Goodman, the Republican state legislator for Ohio, who is married to a woman that happens to be the assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as March for Life, has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office.

Wes is locally known for his deep Christian faith and anti-LGBT viewpoints.

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The right-wing legislator, who pushed “family values”, was reportedly witnessed having sex with a man inside his office who was not employed by the legislator.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the observer told Ohio House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe what had happened on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Dittoe responded by telling House Speaker Republican Cliff Rosenberger who in turn met with Mr Goodman.

The 33-year-old, who has been branded the “conscience of the conservative movement”, resigned for “inappropriate conduct” shortly after the meeting took place.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027”, has regularly claimed “natural marriage” occurs between a man and a woman. 

“Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness,” reads his campaign website which has now been taken offline.

“The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.”

Mr Goodman was elected to represent the 87th District, in north-central Ohio, just last year. Prior to that, he worked as an aide to US Representative Jim Jordan, a highly conservative, anti-LGBT Republican. 

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, named Mr Jordan in their Hall of Shame in 2014 for attempting to block marriage equality in the District of Columbia.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter is now private and whose Facebook page has been taken offline, expressed his commitment to so-called family values in a statement back in 2013. “Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you,” he said.

The lawmaker acknowledged he was stepping down in a statement. “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he said. 

“That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” he continued. “For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behaviour related to his state office,” Mr Rosenberger said in a statement. “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”

When we first saw this headline we were hoping said lawmaker was Mike Pence — but unfortunately it wasn’t. Not this time.

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This year, Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Poppy Delevingne are just a handful of the celebrities who have stepped forward to donate their most treasured pair of shoes to be auctioned off for the Small Steps Project. With previous celebrity donors including Helena Christensen and Oprah Winfrey, this is an unmissable opportunity to get some celebrity-endorsed footwear.

The charity was founded by former showbiz journalist Amy Hanson, who quit her job to launch the charity after a life-changing visit to Cambodia seven years ago.

‘I had just turned 30 and was looking for something more meaningful to contribute in life,’ says Hanson. ‘After seeing so many homeless kids scavenging barefoot on rubbish dumps filled with broken glass and sharp objects on Cambodia’s largest landfill site, I was heartbroken and an idea just came to me. I thought, perhaps I could use the experience and contacts I have through my job to make a positive change to their lives.’

And from her bedroom in north London, the world’s biggest celebrity shoe auction was born.

Today, Amy spends her time travelling between various Small Steps projects in Nicaragua, Romania and Laos to oversee how the funds are spent. What began as just giving out shoes, has developed into providing children with what they need to make the small steps out of poverty and into education, breaking the crippling cycle of scavenging for survival.

‘Thousands of Manolos could have been gathering dust in celebrity wardrobes all over the world, but instead they’ve helped fund nurseries, mother and baby units, medical, nutrition and education programmes and really transform lives,’ says Hanson. ‘And we’re just getting started.’

Celebrities from all walks of life have been sharing their reasons for contributing to the project. Legendary fashion designer and eco-warrior Vivienne Westwood has voiced her backing for the Small Steps auction, saying, ‘I am proud and happy to be on board.’ Ed Sheeran added, ‘I am really proud to be able to support such a great charity that is not only close to the hearts of Glastonbury but to myself and the many artists that take a small step to help children with no shoes at all.’

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Here are just some of the celebrities who have taken part in previous years:

Kate Moss: ‘I’ve donated these mother of pearl heels because they are special and precious like the children that London charity Small Steps Project help. I love to support charities that are close the my heart and home.’

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Natalie Portman: ‘These are vegan sneakers you can hike or play soccer or dance in – all my favourite activities.’

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Sienna Miller: ‘I am happy to be donating my shoes once again to such an amazing charity that really makes a world of a difference in the lives of less fortunate children and their families.’

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Helen Christensen:Small Steps is a wonderful organisation to be an ambassador for. I’ve been donating shoes for years. This year, I’m donating my favourite red Miu Miu heels.’

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Here’s why my kids are only getting gifts cards this Christmas

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See that featured photo above? That is what a typical Christmas in our house looks like. As in excess, excess, excess. As in, mountains of gifts my kids open, play with for a few hours, then throw in a pile.

Of course, we are beyond lucky to be able to give them Christmases of excess. But this year, I just don’t want to do the holiday this way.

Maybe it’s because we lost a baby this year, and I view everything through a different lens. Either way, this year, Christmas is about us together as a family, really being present and feeling grateful for what we have. Not tearing open gift after gift and then going on with our lives.

So this year, we are giving our kids an experience instead of gifts. We are taking them to Disney World.

But they still need something to open on Christmas morning; I get that. Thus, the lazy gift my husband and I decided upon: gift cards.

Christmas at Disney

Seriously, gift cards. That’s it.

There are so many reasons why giving our children gifts cards makes sense:

  1. They’re travel-friendly. And I’m not scrappy enough to figure out how to sneakily pack a bunch of gifts among my packed clothing to take on the plane.
  2. I don’t feel like going Christmas shopping. I’m just not up for it this season. The stores are already crowded and picked over. And in the past I’ve spent forever standing around in the aisles, figuring out who should get what, and deciding whether the kids are all getting an equal number of gifts, and on and on.
  3. My kids have a million, gazillion toys already. As stated above, seriously, enough already!
  4. Gift cards allow the kids to pick out their own gifts. And take the onus off of me to do it. They get what they want. Done.
  5. This season is meant to be more about what we already have. We have each other, and we are so fortunate. We don’t need to spend hours opening gifts to count our blessings.

Taking our kids to Disney this Christmas but not getting them gifts

We’re not depriving them or teaching them some life lesson about frugality by taking them to the Happiest Place on Earth for the holidays, I realize. But that’s not the point.

What I am aiming for is a holiday that focuses on family and being together instead of mountains of gifts. I want to be in those moments with my kids, on the rides or at a meal or at the hotel pool. I want to hear their giggles, see their delight, feel their hugs.

Opening gifts will be there whenever. But this time when the kids are little and we can be together as a family, and they want to be with us, is fleeting. And I plan to treasure it, rather than spend my time standing in store lines, and wrapping a zillion gifts, then sitting around for hours opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Besides, my kids think gift cards are credit cards, and feel like grown ups handing a store cashier their own forms of payment. So everybody wins!

Would you give your kids gift cards for Christmas?

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It’s summertime in Calabasas, which means new beginnings for all three of the Kardashian sisters.

On Sunday’s episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim, 37, launched her KKW Beauty line, Khloé, 33, brought her boyfriend home for the summer, and Kourtney, 38, tried to set some boundaries with Scott Disick, 34, after he wasn’t invited to Khloé’s surprise birthday party.

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After spending the majority of the basketball season with her boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson, in Ohio, Khloé, reveals to Kim and Kourtney that she and the NBA star will be spending the summer in Los Angeles.

“I love that Tristan was like, ‘I want to be there this summer,’ ” Khloé explained to her sisters. “We’re always in Cleveland. He literally can’t come here and hang out with you guys. He’s like, ‘I want to be a part of your family and do stuff as a group.’ ”

The Good American founder continued, “He was like, ‘I want to be with your family more,’ and he really wants to hang out with all of us more. We’re going to be here, but we also want a house in the city.”

Khloé stresseed over finding a rental in Los Angeles for the pair to spend the summer so Thompson, 26, could be closer to UCLA, where he did twice-daily workouts. “Trust me, nobody in L.A. wants to sit in traffic for over two hours every single day,” she said.

The Revenge Body host added that she wanted to make sure Tristan was comfortable on her coast since he’d done the same for her in Cleveland. “Tristan has always gone out of his way to make me feel at home,” she said. “And in Cleveland he’s gone above and beyond, so in L.A. I want to do the same for him.”

Without the help from mom Kris — who was busy coordinating Khloé’s surprise birthday party with Thompson — Khloé ultimately decided to have Thompson live with her at her Calabasas home.

“After talking with Tristan we have come to the conclusion that I’m crazy,” she recounted. “I don’t know why I was stressing myself out when we have our beautiful home in Calabasas. All Tristan really wants is to be with me and for us to enjoy our summer together. That’s really all that matters.”

Party time!

Just as she settled on a living situation, Khloé got caught off guard when Thompson surprised her with a birthday party with her family and friends in L.A.

“I’ve never had a surprise party ever,” Khloé said. “We were at dinner and Tristan was so calm. He was as cool as a cucumber. He’s good at surprise parties because I had no clue.”

Thompson gave a sweet speech at the gathering and shouted out fellow basketball player Brandon Jennings, who originally set him up with Khloé on a blind date. “I’m very honored and glad to be a part of your journey,” Thompson told his girlfriend in front of the attendees.

Khloé was swept away by the touching evening he organized. “Tristan is just incredible,” she gushed. “I’ve never been this happy. I am so lucky to be with someone that is so thoughtful and so sweet.”

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No invite for Scott

But Disick didn’t feel as satisfied with the evening since he wasn’t on the guest list.

“I didn’t even get invited to her birthday,” he complained to Kim and ex Kourtney. “I’m family!”

Knowing Kourtney was the reason he didn’t get to go, she offered him a weak excuse: “I didn’t want you to coming to the birthday and be photographed going in.”

“Photographed going in is your concern?” Disick responded. “My concern would be … to be there for your sister who I love and cared about for the past 10-12 years and been there for through thick and thin and marriages and all these different things.”

Kourtney had been adopting a positive outlook and later divulged to Khloé over a workout that she was taken aback by the confrontation.

“I’m a little bit caught off guard and I just said that I didn’t want to be photographed even though that’s really not what I meant,” Kourtney admitted. “I just try to be positive. And I didn’t want to say I just didn’t want you there. So if I can’t say anything nice, I just won’t say anything at all.”

With Khloé’s advice, Kourtney came clean to the father of her three kids about the real reason why she didn’t want him at the birthday affair. “There’s times when I want you to come and there’s times that I don’t,” she told Disick bluntly.

Disick understood and admitted hanging out with a string of various women in Cannes prior to the party wasn’t the best look. “Obviously I’m not able to handle everything that well,” he said. “I don’t have the best support team. I can try to f—ing be a better person, but it’s not the simplest thing.”

The conversation eventually took a lighter turn, and Disick joked, “When do you think were gonna get married by the way, like 40?”

Kourtney responded, “You think when I turn 40 I’m gonna go, hey I’ve been looking for this drunk guy and he has a bunch of dirty sh— stained underwear?”

Kim’s beautiful venture

Kim’s stressors didn’t come from the man in her life. In fact, she said husband Kanye West actually helped her plan the launch party for her KKW Beauty line.

“Kanye saw the plans and it was so helpful his input,” Kim said. “He called the florist and we made that whole flower rose room last minute, and that was honestly like the biggest attraction.”

Kim hosted beauty bloggers and industry titans at her house to support her cosmetics line, which she had announced at the Forbes Women’s Summit in June.

“It’s so exciting to do something on my own,” she said. “Basically for the past almost decade my sisters and I have always had a licensing deal but going from being a licensee to an owner is such a big deal and it’s so much more responsibility. I feel like this has been what I’ve been working for for 10 years.”

But the mother of two was nervous about doing the interview with Forbes’ editor-in-chief at the summit, as she was still easing into doing press after her October 2016 robbery.

“I’ve been like slowly taking my time to come back and this is a serious, sit-down, major interview,” Kim told Kris, 62. “This isn’t … I don’t know how something like this could go. If they want to ask me crazy questions, it’s Steve Forbes. It’s hard for me to get back out there.”

But in the end — after releasing new promotional images because fans thought she was wearing blackface in the originals — Kim was happy with how the launch party turned out. “There’s such amazing press on this launch party,” she gushes. “And I’m so happy we made so many changes so it would be perfect.”

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The NYC attack shouldn’t lead to getting rid of the diversity lottery program

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The NYC attack shouldn’t lead to getting rid of the diversity lottery program

On Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted that the New York City attacker arrived in the U.S. under the “diversity lottery program” and that his administration would seek to end it. But Trump is totally wrong about the diversity lottery program for a few reasons, the biggest one being that getting rid of the diversity lottery program wouldn’t have changed anything about the attack on Tuesday afternoon.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed late Wednesday that the New York City attacker entered the U.S. in 2010 with a passport and a valid diversity immigrant visa, according to the Washington Post. But NYPD and law enforcement said in previous statements that he was radicalized after coming to the U.S., so for that very simple reason, changing the immigration policy wouldn’t have worked in this particular case. Aside from that, the diversity lottery program allows many immigrants to come to the U.S. who otherwise wouldn’t be able to, and closing those doors might not be the best thing for the country.

Trump said in a press conference, also Wednesday, that the diversity visa lottery program is not “nice.” “It sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good,” he (sort of) explained. But it’s not like someone over at DHS spins some Bingo machine and randomly gives away free tickets to immigrants. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

The program was started in 1990 as a way to help immigrants come to the U.S. from countries that normally don’t have a lot of immigrants coming our way.

Recipients of the program come from countries that have fewer than 50,000 immigrants in the U.S. already and come from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America (other than Mexico), Oceania and South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

It’s supposed to fill in the gap for people who can’t get visas through employment or family connections. According to CNN, one million green cards are issued by the U.S. per year and last year, 45,664 of them were diversity visa recipients.

To even apply for the visa, they have to have at least a high school education or equivalent and have had at least two years of work experience that required training within five years of the application date. They also have to have an in-person interview and be “admissible” to the U.S., which means they have to disclose past criminal behavior, including associations with terrorists. They take fingerprint scans and require a medical check up, too.

Again, no one’s scratching some magic DHS lotto ticket in a foreign country and getting a free ride to the U.S.

It’s called a lottery because the odds of getting one, given the number of applicants, are worse than the odds of getting into Harvard University, according to Vice.

Trump wants to get rid of this path to citizenship entirely and make immigration solely “merit based.” But the requirements for a diversity visa are already pretty high. Instead of scrapping the program, the State department could also look into revising how they screen people coming in, especially since the political environment has changed a lot since President George H.W. Bush signed it into law.

There might be better ways to screen people, but blocking immigrants from smaller countries from coming here just because they already don’t have a job lined up or family members living somewhere in New Jersey just seems backwards. Think of all the talent and interesting human beings we’d be missing out on.

That being said, the diversity visa lottery program hasn’t always been popular and there have been a handful of terrorist plots associated with the program, though only Tuesday’s was fatal. The others are associated with the program only because there were very tangential actors in the plot who had the visa. Given the number of diversity visas given out every year, that seems more like probability than the visa program actual being a cause of terrorism.

Although the diversity visa lottery program was passed with bipartisan support back in 1990, there was a move by Democrats to overhaul immigration legislation back in 2013. Funny enough, New York Senator Chuck Schumer was a member the group who came up with an immigration reform package that would have eradicated the diversity visa program in the name of a 13-year pathway to citizenship for all immigrants.

On Wednesday, Trump seemed to have forgotten that part of immigration history, calling the diversity visa lottery a “Schumer beauty.” (Isn’t it nice to live in a world where the president erroneously blames the senator of the state that just experienced a terrorist attack? But anyway…)

Back in 2013, Politico reported that the bipartisan immigration reform bill would “revamp every corner of U.S. immigration law, establishing a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, with several security benchmarks that have to be met before they can obtain a green card.” The reform bill would have also required a mandatory workplace verification system for employers and increase security on the borders.

Obama lauded the reform bill as a perfect example of compromise. The measure would not only increases security along the border, but requires a mandatory workplace verification system for employers, trying to ensure no jobs are given to immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States. As with so many other pieces of bipartisan legislation during the Obama era, the bill died in Congress.

Immigration reform and national security are important, nuanced issues that should be dealt with by Congress. But we shouldn’t allow emotions to take over and implement policies such as Trump’s elusive “extreme vetting” program (what does that even mean?) because of one single instance. Given that the most recent terrorist attacks in the U.S. were perpetrated by people who were radicalized after they moved here. Getting rid of the diversity visa lottery doesn’t address that one, very important aspect of terror attacks that happen here.



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Getting Out More O. J.? The Juice Seen Having A Pepsi At A Wine Bar

We knew it was only a matter of time until O. J. Simpson got tired of staying in the shadows.

Earlier this week he did something about it. The former NFL running back, actor and now prison parolee after nine years, took a break from his not so bad private world of playing golf, etc and stepped out for some leisure time … with regular people.

Wednesday afternoon, he was spotted hanging out and posing for snaps with anyone who asked at Grape Street Cafe & Wine Bar in Downtown Summerlin, Nevada. And surprisingly, or not surprisingly, depending on one’s point of view, there was no shortage of people who wanted to rub shoulders with him.

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One bar patron told The Blast that Simpson was a total gentleman when he asked the guy if he could grab the open seat next to him. The man says he quickly recognized Simpson, who even offered to take a photo with him, along with everyone else in the bar.

Simpson seemed very happy and spent a good amount of time bragging about his kids, according to another bar patron.

The story goes that The Juice sat with a few friends who kept ordering rounds of drinks, but O.J. mostly stuck to Pepsi. Lots and lots of Pepsi.

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Bar sources say Simpson mentioned how rough it was not being able to drink Pepsi for 9 1/2 years.

Some speculate an endorsement deal could be imminent, but we’d be beyond shocked if Pepsi and OJ hooked up.

What do you think?

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When writer David Litt was 21, he fell in love. This wasn’t romantic love (at least not as part of this story), but he was seriously smitten with a presidential candidate.

Like many people, young and old alike, Litt fell hard and fast for then-candidate Barack Obama. Unlike most people, Litt later worked in the Obama White House, eventually as a speechwriter for the president. And now he’s written a book all about it.

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (A Speechwriter’s Memoir) may have a title nearly as long as the former president’s two terms, but the memoir reads more like a series of stories told by an old college friend over a few beers. Litt, who has a talent for both succinct writing and comedy (he writes for Funny or Die these days), is just as earnest in his retellings as he is realistic. Yes, this is a love story, but it’s also a story of a young man growing up and learning hard truths.  Read more…

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