10 ‘Drag Race’ Queens We Need To See On ‘All Stars 4’

We’re one week away from crowning the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. But after getting two seasons back-to-back, we’re about to go through some major Drag Race withdrawals. The best cure for our post-Ru blues, though, is to simply look to the future in anticipation and excitement. And what better way than to predict which queens will bless our screens when they return for All Stars 4.

We’re naturally hoping the fourth season of the fan-favorite franchise is a little more All Stars 2 (one of the best seasons of Drag Race of all time) and a little less All Stars 3 (#JusticeForShangela). So we’ve taken the liberty of combining a list of the 10 queens we need to see enter the workroom doors once more in order to make it the best All Stars season yet. (Editor’s Note: Miss Vanjie must return for Season 11, so the iconic queen will not appear on this list. But she’s always walking backward through our hearts.)

Kim Chi


Kim Chi

Season: 8 (Runner-Up)
Reason: Kim Chi may not have been the best dancer or actress — in fact, she could barely walk in heels — but the Korean queen made it all the way to the finale anyway. And that’s because she turned out some of the best looks that the show has ever seen. Kim also has a great sense of humor, which popped up a few times during Season 8, but has since found a place to truly shine on social media. Her unique looks and loveable personality already make her worthy of a crown, and if she has improved in other areas, she could truly chop suey the competition once and for all.
Chances of Appearing: High. She’s popular in the Drag Race fandom and has no reason to turn down the higher booking fees that come with an All Stars appearance.

Latrice Royale


Latrice Royale

Season: 4 (4th Place/Miss Congeniality), All Stars (7th/8th)
Reason: This is a dark thought, but there’s a chance that newer members of the Drag Race fandom don’t know who Latrice is, and that is not the kind of world I want to live in. Latrice is one of the most beloved queens in the history of the series, and she has the title of Miss Congeniality to prove it. But at this point, Season 4 was over six years ago and her appearance on the original All Stars was cut far too short. The children need to know the magic of the large and in charge, chunky yet funky queen and she deserves to appear in a season of All Stars that doesn’t pair the queens up for the entire season.
Chances of Appearing: Low. Sadly, producers are likely to cast queens who never appeared on an All Stars. But if Season 1 winner Bebe Zahara Benet can return, surely we can recycle an All Stars Season 1 queen as well.

Miz Cracker


Miz Cracker on 'Drag Race'

Season: 10 (5th Place)
Reason: A huge fan favorite throughout Season 10, fans were less than pleased when Miz Cracker was forced to sashay away right before making it into the final four. But the second she was eliminated, viewers eased their broken hearts by campaigning for her to appear on the next iteration of All Stars. The Jewish Barbie on bath salts seemed like a frontrunner from day one of Season 10, but her penchant for overthinking eventually got her into trouble. If she’s learned from her mistakes after watching herself on the show, she’s easily a contender for the crown.
Chances of Appearing: High. If Season 10 is included in the next round of All Stars, then Cracker needs to be a part of it.

Ongina


Ongina

Season: 1 (5th Place)
Reason: There seems to be at least one queen from the early years of Drag Race on every season of All Stars, and Ongina is the contestant that fans have been calling for. The Filipino queen made history when she came out as HIV-positive in an emotional episode of Season 1, but her talent extends far beyond her diagnosis. Ongina is known for her fashionable looks and for being the first queen to walk the runway without a wig. (Sorry, Sasha.) It’s time for new fans of the series to get to know the beloved bald queen.
Chances of Appearing: High. If they continue to include an OG queen on All Stars, they should give the fans they one they’ve been asking for.

Gia Gunn


Gia Gunn

Season: 6 (10th Place)
Reason: When Gia Gunn hopped off the boat like fresh tilapia and entered the competition on Season 6, Drag Race was never the same. The queen’s hilarious catchphrases (both intentional and unintentional) were a hilarious addition to the workroom. But after exiting the show, Gia came out as trans and has since been an ambassador for the transgender community. It would be fantastic to see her compete again, to get those hilarious one-liners while seeing how she’s grown both as a drag queen and as a woman.
Chances of Appearing: Low. While her time on Drag Race was nothing short of iconic, her early exit may mean she’ll have to wait until at least All Stars 5 or 6 to shine again.

Valentina


Drag Race Season 9 Valentina mask

Season: 9 (7th Place)
Reason: As one of the most polarizing queens in Drag Race history, Valentina is the type of contestant that All Stars was made for. After instantly becoming a frontrunner in Season 9 for her gorgeous looks and mesmerizing smile, Valentina fell from grace when she infamously wore a mask during a lip sync for her life. She didn’t know the words to the song and the moment was one of the most shocking in Drag Race history. Following her elimination, rumors swirled that Val was a diva at events and was rude to her fellow cast members. It may have been an epic fall from grace, but she still has a giant fanbase, so a return to the competition could be the perfect way to solidify her image, one way or the other.
Chances of Appearing: High. This is a no-brainer. The controversial queen must return.

Adore Delano


rupaul drag race adore delano

Season: 6 (Runner-Up), All Stars 2 (9th/Quit)
Reason: Adore is one of the most popular contestants in all of Drag Race history, not to mention one of the most successful. (The party queen is one of the best-selling recording artists to come out of the show.) So, naturally, fans were devastated when Adore quit All Stars 2 in the second episode, unable to handle the pressure of harsh critiques. During the reunion, Adore explained that she was going through a hard time in her personal life and wasn’t mentally strong enough to deal with the competition again. RuPaul gave her an open invitation to return though, and fans are desperately hoping she takes it.
Chances of Appearing: Unclear. Producers would surely love to have her back, but does she feel ready to walk into the workroom once more?

Jasmine Masters


Jasmine Masters

Season: 7 (12th Place)
Reason: Jasmine Masters struggled during her original run on Season 7 of Drag Race and also faced horrific racist abuse on Twitter while the show was airing. While most people were quick to write her off, she has since gained a huge fanbase on social media thanks to becoming a meme queen and hosting hilarious rants on Instagram Live. It would be great to see her in the competition again now that fans realize how funny she is, and perhaps she could enter with a more positive attitude (making her more willing to throw on a beard, if that’s what RuPaul asks).
Chances of Appearing: Low. Seeing as Jasmine released a video in 2016 announcing that RuPaul’s Drag Race has f–ked up drag,” it’s not very likely that producers are dying to have her back.

Shea Couleé


Shea Coulee

Season: 9 (3rd/4th)
Reason: Drag Race fans love to declare that a queen was robbed, and they shouted it from the rooftops when Shea didn’t become the winner of Season 9. The Chicago queen won a whopping four challenges throughout her time on the show, the highest of any queen on her season, but fell victim to the revamped finale format which found the final four lip syncing for the crown. Queens return to All Stars to get their redemption and Shea definitely deserves a second shot at taking the title
Chances of Appearing: High. She didn’t want to appear on All Stars 3 because it filmed only months after Season 9 aired, but now that she’s had some time to process things, she’s a likely bet to return.

Monique Heart


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Monique Heart

Season: 10 (8th Place)
Reason: Facts are facts, America, and the fact is we need more Monique Heart in our lives. The ooh-ahh-ahh sensation lit up the screen in Season 10 with her larger-than-life personality and hilarious quotable moments. And, frankly, she never got the respect from the judges that she deserved. The card dress from the first episode definitely should have been more than safe, and Monique struggled to get in the good graces of the judges ever since. She deserved a main challenge win and we deserve to hear more of her amazing quips and confessionals.
Chances of Appearing: Unclear. While queens who placed higher in Season 10 are more likely to get a shot at All Stars first, RuPaul admitted on her podcast that she didn’t realize how funny the queen was until watching the show back. Even Ru thinks Monique deserves another chance, so let’s make it happen.

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Why You Need Life Insurance for Your Child

Far too many people around the world today are talking and thinking about the nightmare of young people and children dying too soon. The passing of the late Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is but one example and it weighs on the hearts and minds of millions.

As a parent, I can tell you it’s almost impossible to let your mind ‘go there’ and even think about the possibility of losing a child. It’s unthinkable, unnatural, and unbelievable.  Needless to say, it is very difficult to talk to people about getting life insurance for their children  I’m going to have to challenge you, however, to sit with those feelings and quiet your mind so that you can really listen to the reasons why you need life insurance for your child:

  1. The money you build up in the policy can be used for education costs
  2. Your child will have life insurance in the event he/she ever becomes ill and uninsurable
  3. You’re helping your child protect his family and have money for life events like buying a home

Black Enterprise  had a conversation with Christopher Gatty, a financial adviser for Reby Advisors, about this. Gatty explained why it’s important to keep an open mind about insuring your children as part of your effort to create financial stability for your family, for generations to come.

The concept of life insurance for a child is such a difficult topic to bring up when it comes to financial planning. What are some of the things parents should consider?

Gatty: There’s no question the concept of insuring children is morbid, but death is not really the primary purpose for this. Yes, you would get a death benefit to help cover things like funeral costs in the event of your child’s death, but there is so much more that can be done in terms of financial planning for things like education costs. It can allow you to fund future expenses that can otherwise be a shock to your or your child’s overall financial plan.

 Can you elaborate on how a life insurance policy can be used for education costs?

A good option here is a variable universal life policy (VUL). With a VUL, you’re building a cash value.That cash can be invested in different accounts and deliver the returns possible from investing in the financial markets.  If you can, you should invest the maximum allowed by the IRS. As this money grows, it is not taxed as income. Saving for college this way can also allow you much more flexibility than, say, a 529 college savings plan. That money can only be used for qualified education expenses – like tuition, books, and room and board. You also pay taxes when you withdraw money from a 529 plan. The funds you build in your VUL are not taxed.  Another important consideration when you save for college is that, in most cases, the value of the VUL is not considered an asset and does not have an impact on financial aid eligibility.

 In addition to education, you’ve said that a life insurance policy can help children pay for big ‘life’ expenses when they’re older.

Gatty: I’ve done this for my own child. He’s 10-years-old. I’m paying about $ 1,600 a year on a $ 350,000 policy. By the time he is 50, he can cash out the policy and will have enough to buy a house or provide financial security for his own family. It’s important to get over the shock value of thinking of life insurance for a child and think about the benefits it can provide to so many aspects of their lives.

No one likes to think about the possibility that their child will become ill when they’re older, but something could happen that could make them uninsurable. Can you discuss the ways in which taking out a policy when they’re young can protect them if they do become ill.

Gatty: It could be one of the best things you do for your child.  We don’t like to think about the fact that our children could develop disease or illness while they’re young or when they’re adults. The reality is, however, if that happens, they won’t be able to get life insurance for their loved ones and dependents. Think about what that would be like for them and realize how big this insurance can be in their lives.

Gatty adds that when it comes to this kind of financial planning for your children, you’re primarily looking at variable universal life or whole life insurance policies. To understand and maximize the benefits these can offer, it’s important to talk to a financial professional to see how they fit within your overall budget and goals.

-Editor’s Note: This article was originally published July 2015 

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‘Legally Blonde 3’: Why We Need Elle to Take Over the White House

The original feminist icon is back! MGM recently announced that, after 15 years, Elle Woods is finally returning to the big screen with the third installment of the amazing Legally Blonde saga. The film is set to open on Valentine’s Day, 2020.

After becoming the most fabulous lawyer at Harvard in the first movie and then finding her way into Washington politics in the sequel, what’s the next step for our pink heroine to take? Well, it’s pretty obvious that we are looking at the next President of the United States of America.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous President of the United States


The race to the white house won’t be easy for our heroine.
The race to the White House won’t be easy for our heroine.

Reese Witherspoon’s character has seen a lot of growth since the first Legally Blonde film. She evolved from a conceited rich white girl into an empowered woman who does everything her own way without compromising her ideals.

The last scene of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde clearly points us in the direction of the White House. But while it may seem like the next logical step in the franchise, the race to for the presidency won’t be an easy one for our heroine.

But, what exactly should we expect from this third installment?

The White House Definitely Needs a Touch of Pink


Elle will have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, the politicians and even to herself that she deserves to be the next POTUS.
Elle will have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, politicians, and even to herself that she deserves to be the next POTUS.

Even when the Legally Blonde franchise is seen as comedy, the writers behind it have always found a way to shed some light on social issues like female empowerment, unethical treatment of animals, and even the LGBTQ community.

But while the actual plot is still unknown, if the movie were to play it smart, the best thing to do would be to show Elle as a mature and smart congresswoman who decides to become the next President of the United States to fight social injustice.

Our heroine will likely discover that women are not easily accepted in positions of power. She’ll have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, other politicians, and even to herself that she deserves to be the next president. And Elle’s husband, Emmet, will need to be 200% more supportive to help tackle all the things Elle is going to face.

A stereotypical misogynistic male politician is probably going to be the villain of choice for Legally Blonde 3. As such, he will probably try to show that Elle, just by being a woman, is less capable than him of being president. He will probably oppose her with everything he has, including dirty, underhanded, and potentially unethical tactics.

The Social Relevance of a Modern Elle Woods


For Elle to be relevant she will need to be more mature and appealing to newer and more critical audiences.
For Elle to be relevant she will need to be more mature and appeal to newer and more critical audiences.

While strong female movie icons like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor have surfaced in the past, recent years have seen a refreshing lineup of kickass women like Wonder Woman, Okoye, Lara Croft, and Dr Elizabeth Shaw. However, these great role models and examples of empowered women, sci-fi heroines, and superheroes aren’t examples that everyone can follow because of their particular, and sometimes fictional, careers.

In an era where social campaigns like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter are a reality many decide to ignore, a real and approachable feminist icon who works hard to achieve her goals with sheer determination and will is as important as it could ever be.

Elle has never shied away from hard work, confronting powerful men and getting her point across. And that’s definitely the kind of president most of us would love to see gracing our screens.

Is Legally Blonde 3 Too Late?


Legally Blonde 3 has definitely a lot of potential, but it will have to go big or go home.
‘Legally Blonde 3’ definitely has a lot of potential, but it will have to go big or go home.

Even as this sequel comes more than 15 years late, many factors can instill new life into the iconic franchise. A good script and a more realistic and approachable characterization of Elle Woods are going to be the most important elements that will make or break the film.

First and foremost, the cast in this one is also going to be pivotal. Some of the old tropes that previous films relied on, like the dumb blonde or the flamboyantly gay guy, aren’t going to fly this time around. These stereotypes will look bad in the eyes of an audience with high hopes for the movie but who are also more aware and critical of these problematic elements in Hollywood. Likewise, if writers tackle social issues, fans will expect diverse representation of queer, black, and Latino social fighters too.

Not least important is that the movie is to be released in the year of the next US presidential elections. As if that wasn’t enough, the film will also compete against unnamed projects by DC and Disney as well as Nimoma.

Legally Blonde 3 clearly has a lot of potential. But the movie will have to go big and make the right decisions or go home without a chance.

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7 Signs Of Domestic Violence You Need To Look Out For In Your Relationship

Domestic Violence Victim at Safe House in New York

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In a heart wrenching interview with TV One’s ‘Sister Circle,’ Andrea Kelly, singer R. Kelly’s ex-wife, reveals the moment she discovered she was a victim of domestic violence in her relationship.

Kelly revealed her revelation came in a moment of deep pain, when God told her to type ‘domestic violence’ into her computer.

“I’m not that girl,” she said tearfully, typing in the words in disbelief. “I’m not the teeth missing. I’m not the broken bones girl.” But Kelly kept scrolling and stumbled upon a 17 item questionnaire that helped her understand the extend of the abuse.

“They ask has your abuser ever done…and of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me.”

Although the realization was shocking, being able to label the behavior as domestic violence was the key to her freedom.

If you feel you are the victim of domestic violence, here are some things to look out for in your partner’s behavior:

  1. Does your partner keep you from going out or doing things that you want to do?
  2. Does your partner’s behavior make you feel as if you are wrong?
  3. Do you feel obligated or coerced into having sex with your partner?
  4. Does your partner say that if you try to leave, he or she will kill himself or herself or you?
  5. Do you lie to your family, friends and doctor about your bruises, cuts and scratches?
  6. Does your partner criticize you or embarrass you in front of others?
  7. Do you watch what you are doing in order to avoid making your partner angry or upset?

You can take the whole questionnaire here. 

The interview with Andrea is below:

 

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Nurse Alice: What Women Need to Know About Their OB-GYN Appointments

Another lawsuit against a doctor accused of sexual misconduct? Does it ever end?

Six women and former college students at the University of Southern California have filed lawsuits against OB-GYN doctor George Tyndall, who has had numerous complaints of sexual misconduct over the years. Even the doctor’s staff complained about his behavior. What’s even more tragic is that the school was aware of the complaints and did nothing until he was finally removed from his 30-year tenure just last year.

In light of this and all the other sexually inappropriate things happening in society today, what’s a young woman to do?

For many young women away at college, going to your first gynecological appointment without the help or advice of your mother, grandmother, or some other female support person can be scary, awkward, and even overwhelming. Although a woman’s first OB-GYN visit is recommended to occur between the ages of 13 to 15 or when they first become sexually active, it doesn’t usually happen that way. Let’s face it, many young women go to a pediatrician throughout their late adolescence, and probably not even on a regular basis if they’re otherwise healthy.

Many times, a woman goes to her first gynecological appointment after she has concerns: e.g., heavy or irregular menstruation, concerns about sexually transmitted infections, exploring birth control options, or because they suspect pregnancy. Nevertheless, this is a very important first appointment that includes a general overall health exam and questioning about general health and lifestyle, and then one more focused on the health of your sexual and reproductive organs and system.

Empower yourself with knowing what to expect. Here are eight important things women should know when having their first gynecological appointment.

  1. Familiarize yourself with what to expect. The medical office and provider should instruct you on what to anticipate before you step one foot into the exam room. Examinations should be performed with only the necessary amount of physical contact required to obtain data for diagnosis and treatment. And an appropriate explanation should accompany all examination procedures.
  2. Having a female chaperone present is standard of care unless you decline the offer. But the key here is that you were offered one, regardless of the gender of the provider. You should be allowed to undress and put on a patient gown in privacy. Never dress or undress in front of your doctor.
  3. The doctor should be explaining and educating you throughout the exam so you know what’s happening and why before it happens. The physician-patient relationship can be damaged when this does not occur, and leaves room for misinterpretation of touching during the exam.
  4. Health professionals are expected to wash their hands and put on gloves when doing any invasive exams or procedures and that involve touching bodily fluids. A doctor should never be doing a pelvic or rectal exam on you without gloves.
  5. Both health providers and patients should avoid sexual innuendo and provocative remarks. Sexually offensive or suggestive language or jokes should be avoided. Keep things professional.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the exam, you can stop the exam immediately and tell the doctor you don’t feel comfortable. This also allows the opportunity for the provider to clarify what’s happening should it truly be a misunderstanding.
  7. If you believe there was any misconduct or you feel violated, please notify the medical administrator immediately while the occurrence is still fresh in your mind. This helps you to retell an accurate story and intervene to prevent any potential further misconduct from happening to someone else.
  8. Physicians and medical administration aware of instances of sexual misconduct on the part of any health professional have an obligation to protect the safety of the public by removing said person from patient care immediately and reporting such situations to appropriate authorities, such as institutional committee chairs, department chairs, peer review organizations, supervisors, or the medical board. You can report this as well. And if you do, always do it in writing.

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14 Things You Need to Know About Mortal Engines

This time last year, I traveled to Wellington, New Zealand to check out the set of Universal’s Mortal Engines, the first adaptation of Philip Reeve’s YA book quartet. Mortal Engines is the directorial debut of longtime Peter Jackson-collaborator Christian Rivers, who is supported on all sides by the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit powerhouse trio Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh.

Across two days and seven soundstages, I saw the interiors and exteriors of London, now a traction city, meaning it travels around Mortal Engine’s post-post-apocalyptic world on wheels, devouring other cities for resources. In the slideshow below, you can discover the most interesting things I learned while on set.

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8 Summer Shows You Need to Watch While Your Favorite Series Are on Hiatus

Ah, summer. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and all your favorite TV shows are off the air for three months.

Since we certainly can’t be expected to just sit outside enjoying the sunshine at all times, FANDOM has curated a list of the best shows premiering this season in an effort to help you fill those long summer nights.

Pose

Premieres June 3 on FX
If you regularly quote RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’re probably repeating phrases that were actually first born during the era that Pose is highlighting. That rich history is just one of many reasons to watch Ryan Murphy’s new FX series. (The fact that the cast is primarily made up of trans women of color is another.) The series is set amid the ’80s New York ball scene, featuring LGBTQ outcasts who form their own families and compete within their community on the dance floor.  And it’s not just drag queens who were inspired by ball culture — Madonna’s “Vogue” stems from this era too. Strike a pose!

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Premieres June 7 on Freeform
Attention Marvel fans, there’s yet another entry in the insanely popular comic book universe coming to the small screen this summer. Cloak & Dagger follows two teenagers from different backgrounds who just happen to be burdened with superpowers. The pair team up to become a fearless crimefighting duo as they bond over a common tragedy. We can only hope this leads to a burgeoning superhero romance — a tale as old as time that would surely mirror your own experiences with your high school crush.

Sense 8: The Series Finale

Premieres June 8 on Netflix
When Netflix canceled Sense8 back in June 2017, fans just about lost their minds. After an avalanche of hashtags, emails, calls, and campaigns around reviving the series, the streaming service gave in … a little. Although ratings weren’t high enough to revive it for a third season, Netflix decided to greenlight a finale special that will at least tie up loose ends and deal with the major cliffhanger that Season 2 ended on.

Queer Eye

Premieres June 15 on Netflix
Just four months after the reboot of Queer Eye became a surprise smash success for Netflix, the new fab five are already back for a second season of emotional makeovers. Round two will feature Jonathan, Tan, Antoni, Karamo, and Bobby branching out beyond helping just straight men change their lives — the series will focus on both a woman and a transgender contestant for the first time. But keep your tissues handy. Just like the first iteration, the Season 2 forecast predicts a 100% chance of tears.

Luke Cage

Premieres June 22 on Netflix
Good news, Marvel fans. There’s yet another Marvel entry on this list of summer shows thanks to the return of Luke Cage on Netflix. The second season follows Luke’s transition into a hero of Harlem after clearing his name, but his new status as a public figure comes with complications of its own. Mustafa Shakir also joins the cast as the season’s new villain, Bushmaster, who is slated to be the toughest baddie that Luke has faced yet.

GLOW

Premieres June 29 on Netflix
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are heading back into the ring for a second season of GLOW, so if you missed out on the fun of the popular Netflix series last year then it is time to catch up! Season 2 will focus on the launch of the real-life late-night GLOW TV show, which used to be taped in Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel and Casino. The ’80s-set dramedy will also tackle the timely topic of sexism and sexual abuse, with one of the women having trouble breaking into the boys’ club of the production world and another becoming a victim of sexual harassment.

The Innocents

Premieres August 24 on Netflix
If you can’t get enough of supernatural love stories, then Cloak & Dagger isn’t the only show that needs to go on your watchlist. Netflix is also taking a stab at the genre with its upcoming drama The Innocents. The teens at the center of the series run away from home in order to be together, but the supernatural gift that one possesses ends up unleashing a force that could divide them forever. Nobody said love was easy.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Premieres August 31 on Amazon
Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have all played Jack Ryan on the big screen in the past, but this time it’s John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) who will be portraying the superspy in an Amazon adaptation of the Tom Clancy tale. The 10-episode series follows Ryan’s journey from his CIA desk job to helping prevent a terrorist attack. Amazon must have faith in its new series because it already greenlit a second season back in April — four months ahead of the series premiere.

 

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170,000 birth control packs have been recalled: Here’s what you need to know

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Women who use the birth control pill Taytulla should check their blister packs ASAP.

That’s because 170,000 physician sample packs have been recalled due to a potential mistake in packaging, CBS News reported. Allergan — the maker of Taytulla — issued a nationwide recall earlier this week after becoming aware of physician sample packs with misplaced capsules that could result in unintended pregnancies.

A physician report revealed that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. The packs should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four non-hormone maroon capsules, CNN reported. However, a faulty pack had the four maroon placebos at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s what a recalled pack looks like:

And here’s what it should look like:

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,”Allergan said in a news release. “The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal — considering most women are probably taking Taytulla to specifically prevent pregnancy.

Allergan will be notifying customers via a recall letter. The drug maker is also arranging for the return of all sample pack products marked Lot #5620706 Exp. May 2019, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. If you have a sample pack with the recalled lot number, you should contact your physician to arrange a return.

In the meantime, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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The flattering high-waist bikinis you need to shop for summer 2018

Retro high-waist bikinis are a holiday must-have, so we’ve rounded-up the prettiest styles you need, stat

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High-waist bikinis are no longer frumpy and boring – these pinup-style swimsuits look super chic and are the perfect choice for summer 2018.

Today’s iterations of the high-waist swimwear are miles away from the dowdy bikini styles your grandma probably wore in the 60s and 70s, trust us.

And if you’re feeling a bit unsure about getting the bod out again after the long, cake-filled winter, they’re a good way to ease yourself in and ideal for hiding a multitude of sins. Plus, comfort-wise they are high up there in the style stakes and will give you a great silhouette.

Chosen carefully, the high-waist design can accentuate your curves, define your waist and make your legs appear longer, resulting in you looking mega cute as you loll about the sun-lounger.

And the good news? You really don’t need to spend a fortune to get this Marilyn-esque look.

Try Alexandra Miro for the perfect mix of simple, retro glamour with her tie-fronted tops. Or if you’re after something more minimalist, Sian Swimwear has totally nailed the low key, fuss-free two-piece. Every insta cool girl loves this brand.

Lisa Marie Fernandez for standout playful designs and 50s style shapes. And cult fashion favourite Ganni, as always, has some seriously fun Leopard-print sets, just the suit for when you’re feeling a lil bit sassy.

Here’s our edit of the best high-waisted swimwear for 2018, from our high street favourites to some gorgeous high end picks.

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Are Hot Air Hand Dryers Really Germ Cannons? Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve probably seen at least one news report about the horrors of public bathroom air hand dryers.

A new study published by researchers in Connecticut says “there is evidence that bathroom hand dryers can disperse bacteria from hands or deposit bacteria on surfaces, including recently washed hands.”

To be clear, the researchers — from the University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Quinnipiac University and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center — are talking about public-bathroom germs, if you catch my drift.

Yep, gross.

Many news reports stop there, but there’s a lot more to the story and less reason to freak out than you might think.

Researchers go on to say that the results don’t provide clear information on whether hand dryers give bacteria a cozy place to grow or simply blow already germy air around the room.

In fact, even though bacterial spores were found on bathroom surfaces, researchers can’t conclusively say that air hand dryers were responsible.

This isn’t the first time air dryers have been called out for being spore-spreading wind turbines of destruction.

A 1989 study suggested air dryers could contribute to airborne infections in hospitals,                      and subsequent studies support the idea that air hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care environments.

Yet other research claims “drying hands with hot air dryers is not likely to generate airborne infection.”

In other words, no one knows for sure.

One thing’s for certain: Regular hand washing is a vital part of staying healthy.

If you don’t want to take a chance of getting a blast of bacteria blown in your face by an air dryer (and who can blame you), dry your hands on disposable paper towels, or just let them air dry on their own.

Worried about the environmental impact of throwing paper towels in the trash several times a day? Stock up on hand towels and keep some in your purse or backpack for quick and sanitary drying.

Whatever you do, just don’t walk around with dripping-wet hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doing so can transfer germs to other surfaces and people as easily as if you hadn’t washed your hands at all.

If you’re really skeeved by public bathroom hand-drying options, you can always fall back on hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Just make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.

Until researchers can definitely say whether air hand dryers are wall-mounted germ cannons, try not to get too wrapped up in scary headlines that don’t tell the whole story.

Wash early, wash often and learn some useful alternatives to handshake greetings because a lot of people don’t bother to wash their hands at all.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her favorite stay-healthy alternative greeting is waving at people from 50 feet away.

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Everything you need to set up a nursing station before your baby comes

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I was four days postpartum and felt abandoned. Yes, “abandoned.” At least that’s how my hormone-induced emotional low left me feeling as I sat in the middle of my bed, a mere 15 feet from my showering husband and overly helpful mother-in-law in the kitchen. I felt alone.

I sat precariously on a hemorrhoid pillow, holding my barely sleeping infant, and felt my blood sugar crashing. I didn’t want to yell to my family in fear of waking my baby, but I couldn’t reach my water. I needed food like a starving captive and I felt trapped. I was in pain and moving an inch sent shockwaves through my throbbing lady parts. The tears fell fast and furious as I sat helpless on a donut pillow until my mother-in-law found me.

That was six years and three children ago. I’ve learned some things since then that helped me immensely with babies number two and three. Having a comfortable nursing station set up with everything you need within reach is essential.

Nursing station essentials

1. A comfortable chair: Have a designated nursing chair that fits your body size and type. The most comfortable chair in our house is my husband’s rocking recliner. The only problem is it’s built for a 6′ 3″ man and not someone a foot shorter than that. I liked being able to recline in his chair, but I don’t like that my feet don’t touch the floor.

Given that you’ll be using this chair daily it’s worth spending a little money finding something that fits you. You’ll appreciate being able to stand easily when you are stiff and sore after laboring. You’ll also want to be able to rock and snag a nap with your sleeping baby at times. I like that this one from Angel Line is wide and has an easy-pull lever on the side. (Amazon, $ 299.37)

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2. Support pillows: Everyone is aware of the Boppy pillow and I’ve loved mine. It was great not only for nursing, but later on for supporting my daughter when we did tummy time (when also I took a million pictures of her). It was also helpful when my older children were holding their new baby sister.

I’ve tried the My Brest Friend pillow and the Boppy. I didn’t like having to snap the Brest Friend pillow around my waist. I mistakenly thought that feature meant I could carry my daughter around with me, but it explicitly states on the packaging not to do that. So, for me the Boppy has remained a nursing station staple. (Amazon, $ 39.99)boppy-forest-print

3. Baby blankets: I gave burp rags a chance, but found I just reached for the closest thing available — often a baby blanket, and sometimes even the one my child is in. They do the job. I love the Aden + Anais brand because they’re breathable, and great for swaddling. They come in beautiful prints too. (Amazon, $ 34.95)  aden+anias-blanket

4. Shower caddy: Okay, this may sound a bit weird, but I like their size, shape, and portability. You could use a diaper bag, a cleaning caddy from the Dollar Store or even just a basket to keep your nursing supplies together. But whatever you use, keep it stocked with these items: water bottle, wipes, granola bars (or other easily eaten nonperishable items), binkies, nipple pads, nipple cream (coconut oil works great), and nipple shields, if you need them. The fact that it’s portable makes it easy to take to a second location, like the nursery you spent so much time perfecting.

I liked this one from mDesign because it doesn’t look like your typical shower caddy. It has firm walls, which I prefer to a bag or something that collapses when it’s less full. You’ll want to be able to easily see what you have in there. I like just having one caddy to restock. It’s easier to keep track of what you need. This one looks like it can hold all your essentials, and depending on what you need, maybe some supplies for your baby too. (Amazon, $ 15.99)

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5. A charging station: You’ll want your phone near you. Even if it’s just to capture a picture of your baby in various stages of sleep. Or maybe you want to catalogue your nursing statistics on the latest app. You’ll be thankful to have a spot to plug in your phone. Keep the remote handy too. I usually loved keeping the distractions to a minimum at times when I nursed my babies. But other times I just wanted to zone out with another episode of The Office.

This one allows you to charge multiple devices at once and includes a 4-pack of charging connectors. I like that there is a spot for my Fitbit and I could prop my phone, Kindle, or tablet up if needed. The bamboo looks sturdy too so it won’t get unbalanced easily. (Amazon, $ 25.99)

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These are my essentials. As your body (and your baby’s!) adjusts to nursing, you’ll soon be able to nurse anywhere. But be kind to yourself those first few weeks. You’ll be glad you did.

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What are your nursing station essentials?

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Fascinating travel documentaries you need to watch

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Whether you’ve got a trip coming up, or are just in a constant state of wanderlust, then watching travel documentaries will prove to be both exciting and awe-inspiring. They could spur you on to book another trip or get you riled up for your impending travels. And you just can’t beat a good ol’ travel documentary. So take a look at the top five travel documentaries that we think every jetsetter should watch.

Long Way Round

What could be better than a travel documentary? One with Ewan McGregor in it. This 2004 documentary follows McGregor, Charley Boorman, and their cameraman Claudio von Planta on their travels from London to New York on their motorbikes. During their journey, they traveled across thirteen countries – from the UK, across Europe, through Canada and finishing up in the United States – and crossed over 30,000 km. They have the time of their lives, meeting new people, sharing new cultures, and seeing new landmarks. In true documentary style, they also have some troubles along the way, making it a gripping watch. It’s the perfect adventure.

Blindsight

Many travelers often explore new places to not only find hidden gems in the world, but to also find themselves, and push their limits. Blindsight follows the lives of six blind Tibetan children attempting to climb Mount Everest. They have to find their way across glaciers and climb up steep precipices. This is in a country where blind people are often mistreated, persecuted, mocked and tortured. The spirit of these children and the incredible backdrop of Tibet will undoubtedly inspire you.

Stephen Fry in America

If you’re thinking of traveling to America, it can often be easier to travel to the well-known destinations and get trapped in the typical tourist trap, like the Empire State Building. But in this documentary, Stephen Fry travels to every single state in the country to uncover the hidden gems of the United States. Of course, he does it all in a traditional British black cab. Fry reveals the magic and history that each state has to offer, which many of the residents had even forgotten about. It’ll definitely make you want to go on a road trip across the USA.

Sharkwater

For those of you who love being in the water, you’ll love this one. For those of you who don’t, the idea of filmmaker Rob Stewart spending 200 days of the year underwater might not entice you, but his incredible underwater photography might just change your mind. This documentary follows Stewart’s travels underwater to capture the beauty in some of the world’s most incredible and most hostile oceans. You’ll see schools of sharks, multi-colored fish, and so many fascinating underwater creatures that you’ll never see the ocean in the same way again.

The Fruit Hunters

Many people travel the world to sample all of the different foods, cuisines, and cultures of each country. These Fruit Hunters travel across the Hollywood Hills, Miami, Bali, Umbria, Honduras and Borneo in an attempt to find the juiciest, tastiest and rarest fruits in the business. The main aim of this documentary is to encourage travelers to travel with their mouths, and explore what your own town or city has to offer. And there are some incredible scenes and landscapes along the way.

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Ready to temporarily set your personal feelings on the long-lasting effects of colonial imperialism aside to celebrate for the weekend?  So are we! We’ve rounded up a list of everything you need to gather a group of your girlfriends to watch Meghan Markle become an official member of the British royal family this Saturday!

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Decor

Welcome everyone from your fellow honorary bridesmaids to people that just wanna hang and drink with a fun sign featuring the couple’s initials. Try picking up some chalkboard contact paper, or a mini blackboard sign and sticking it to your front door or entryway. Don’t worry about your handwriting here…it’s the thought that counts!Framed blackboard placard sign Flowers are beautiful. They’re also expensive. Ease into the aesthetic of jolly ‘ol England without breaking the bank by heading to your local florist or supermarket for some eucalyptus. They’ll give your place a fresh garden feel and last for days after the last partygoer has headed home. Distribute them strategically throughout around the party are the same way you would mistletoe.

Flower arranged in a glass bowl on stoolYou can even place a few springs in an ice tray to have ornamental ice cubes to use to garnish the champagne bucket.

Directly Above View Of Pink Napkins With Striped Straws On TableMake sure to display your decorative napkins on surfaces throughout the room but stash neutral ones near the food and drink so that any spill can be dealt with without ruining the look of the party.

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Drinks

Put together a mimosa bar by assembling clear carafes of mixers on a table. Having at least three juice options (for example orange, pineapple, and pomegranate) is a great way to ensure that everyone gets something they love. Label the juices with decorative package tags.  

MimosasIt’s also always great to have a non-alcoholic option on deck for those who want to interact without imbibing (like tea or elderflower lemonade). Slip a tuft of cotton candy into your champagne before raising a glass to the happy couple for a Pinterest perfect moment. Home Goods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx usually have affordable cotton candy bins near the cash register.

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Snacks

GettyImages-121799791.jpgKeep things simple with a packaged scone mix and some homemade cucumber sandwiches. Get an affordable cupcake tower to display them on.

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Head to your local Trader Joe’s. They have great pre-made snacks and things you can just pop in the oven. Their Beef Tenderloin Wraps are like mini beef wellington’s and perfect for the British occasion.

Souvenirs

No matter how small or silly the occasion guests always appreciate a little send off. Send your friends on their way with a token of your affection. You can choose anything for this but costume tiaras and ring pops strike the right tone at the right price.

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While red lipstick will always be an icon, pink lipstick sales are higher than ever.

We can’t help but think this is partly down to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products, given that she’s the royal fashion and beauty icon of the moment.

After it was revealed the new royal’s go-to shade is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in pinky-brown Very Victoria, sales of pink lipstick shot up. It’s thought that this was the very lipstick she wore for her official engagement announcement photo call in November last year.

The Spice Girl inspired shade quickly became as popular (if not more so) than the brand’s best seller, Pillow Talk, which is no mean feat.

So, aside from personal preference, how do you go about choosing a pink shade that suits you?

First things first, you need to know your skin’s undertone. The easiest way to find this out is to take a look at your wrist – if the veins show through as blue, you have a cool undertone. If they’re green, you’re warm, and if they’re a bit of both you have a neutral undertone.

Warmer skin tones can pull off shades that are brighter, more orange-based, while cooler skin tones suit blue undertoned lipsticks well.

And if you’re neutral-undertoned, we have some good news: In theory you can pull off just about any lipstick shade under the sun. The lipstick world is your oyster.

But at the end of the day, there are no official rules in the beauty world – if there’s a pink lipstick you’ve got your eye on, you should wear it with pride.

Keep scrolling for the best pink shades of lipstick on the beauty market right now.

Whether you’re looking for a bold statement pink or a subtle nude, there’s a bunch of shades out there for you…

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27 Top Black YouTube Stars From Around the World You Need to Follow

When it comes to the most viewed and popular content, it doesn’t matter how many photos or clever memes you choose to share, video reigns supreme, and many love the options that video-streaming provides. Many of us like to see things live and in action, and the stats don’t lie: According to Google, black millennials “have more than doubled their mobile watch time on YouTube in the last two years,” and they watch “73% more YouTube on mobile per person than the general population of the same age.”

The platform has diversified since its inception in 2005, but the issue of diversity on the platform, as with other popular media, remains a challenge. According to the same Google statistics, users of color want more inclusive ads and want to see themselves represented, and more would like to see brands better represent diversity in their ads. Here’s a list of 27 black YouTube stars, some on the come-up and others already bankable.

27 Top Black YouTube Stars 

BEAUTY

Nyma Tang

Oftentimes you see beauty tutorials that feature lighter complexions for trying out the latest trends, but Ms. Tang changes the game for chocolate sistas who want to know how to use the latest products for their skin tone.



 

Petite-Sue TV

Sue-Ann Gordon is a down-to-earth Jamaican beauty who starts all her vlogs with the most passion-pumping motivational moments along with beauty and fashion looks to inspire young girls of the Caribbean. And you’ll love checking in to vlogs that offer peeks into family and yard life on the island that endear you to a more balanced view than the stereotypical news and entertainment blurbs.



Jackie Aina

A YouTube superstar, Aina had humble beginnings and continues to share her love and life experiences via keep-it-real beauty and conversational vlogs. She also incorporates her Nigerian heritage, one of which she is proud.



The Cut Life

If you’ve always loved short hair, this is the channel for you. From interviews with beauty industry leaders to celebrity features to how-to inspirations for your next new cut, you’ll love what these women have to offer.



Tiarra Monet

This young boss used to shoot videos on her phone before YouTube became the money-making platform it is today. Now she’s grown into a full brand, with more than 600,000 subscribers and an in-demand hair line and beauty salon. Her wigs look majorly realistic, so much so that she’s often booked months in advance, and she’s been a featured influencer on E! and with Revlon.



FASHION

Notorious KIA

She knows how to make a thrift-store find look chic, and has a simple, clean aesthetic. Her vlogs don’t bombard you with endorsements and trendy clichés, and her candid style when describing her fashion picks will make you think she’s your real-life shopping bestie.



KarenBritChick

It can be hard to find consistent, real-woman fashion content on YouTube if you’re not a baby, teen, or millennial. Karen Blanchard’s channel offers something for the woman of style who knows Fashion Nova or Forever 21 are not her cup of tea and likes to add designer and luxury finds to boost her wardrobe.



MsNerdyChica

Bright, bubbly, and explorative, this Haitian beauty loves to share her hair, fashion, and travel experiences with a wide smile and a sophisticated style inspired by her Caribbean roots.



Patricia Bright

A Nigerian Brit, she’s another young woman who went from smartphone YouTube faux pas in the early days to superstardom, with more than 2 million subscribers today, influencer deals with brands including Diet Coke, and she even landed the cover of British Glamour this year.



Chanel Ambrose

A curvy fashionista, Ambrose redefines what plus-sized fashion has to be. Her vlogs are positive, classy, and sleek, offering curvy sistas options to put together looks that slay.



TRAVEL

Oneika the Traveller

Oneika gives you a fun, diverse adventure in her vlogs. She’s traveled to almost 90 countries on six continents, according to her channel, and her vlogs don’t skimp on the tips, the details, and the advice for world treks. She includes content that informs while entertains, so you won’t find just landscapes, photo shoots and selfie videos set to music on this channel.



The Blog Abroad by Gloria Atanmo

A self-professed “adventure junkie,” Atanmo gives honest insights on traveling while black to countries including Germany and Bangkok, and she also offers budgeting tips for aspiring nomads and production tips for those who want to document their journeys on YouTube.



Kellee Edwards

This channel is run by a scuba diver and pilot who hosted her own travel segment on YouTube called “Kellee Set Go” and has now become a correspondent with the Travel Channel. She shares content from her latest adventures on the show and features travel tips for individuals and families.



Charly Cheer

She’s a full-time traveler and teacher who offers vlogs off the beaten path of the usual Caribbean, Middle Eastern, or African leisure locales common among African American vacationers. She gives a real look into life in Asia for a woman of color.



LIFESTYLE/FITNESS

Nia the Light

Once known for her larger-than-life natural curls, she recently took a major brand leap, doing a big chop and refocusing her efforts on self-exploration, spirituality, and travel. The name definitely fits the bill: Each breath-of-fresh-air vlog is filled with positivity and exploration.



Magda Civil Fitness

This channel, hosted by a personal trainer and coach, features workouts and honest conversations about women’s health issues, including miscarriage, fitness while pregnant, and weight loss.



Fit Men Cook

Operating on the adage that “Bodies are built in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym,” this channel offers yummy, healthy dishes and lifestyle content for women and men who want to live at their best. It also helps that the host is motivated by his own journey into living a healthy, fuller life.



Black Men’s Beard

For beard enthusiasts, this channel is like having your own personal barber. You can find tutorials, tips on products and men’s grooming, and even some style features.



At Home with Nikki

If you love interior decor or just need some ideas for your next home makeover, check out Nikki. She gives you Martha Stewart with a dash of Oprah-esque Black Girl Magic in offering tips on organization and design.



NEWS / POP CULTURE

Joulzey

This vlogger’s been offering her spunky and eloquent take on African American culture before it was popular on YouTube. She continues to inspire and make you think with her vlogs, offering fresh, fun, and smart prospectives.



Shameless Maya

She’s fun, energetic, and raw, giving viewers a sense that she’s the girl next door who everyone loves for her take on a variety of subjects from love to investing (bitcoin, anyone?), style, and everyday life hacks.



Desus and Mero

This duo, who had their own show on Vice and Complex TV, offers hilarious banter and engaging dialogue on the latest news in politics, sports, and entertainment.



Kat Blaque

Whether it’s explaining what modern-day anarchy is or the military ban on transgenders, this vlogger doesn’t pull any punches, offering opinions that will have you thinking or at least Googling to expand your understanding.



MONEY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Budgetnista

Tiffany Aliche provides doable tips and offers budget plans for anyone wanting to find financial freedom. Her receipts: She overcame a home foreclosure and an investment that cost her tens of thousands of dollars to boost her credit score and become an entrepreneur and home owner in her own right.



Roberto Blake

If you want to know how to become a creative entrepreneur or how to create content that will help your business progress, this is a great channel to tap into. Blake talks salesmanship, business plans, building a social media following, and much more.



Trials N Tresses

This channel’s “Millennial in Debt” series is entertaining and relatable. You can also find tips on how to pay off your student loan. (She’s done that to the tune of $ 85,000.)



His & Her Money

For all the married couples out there, get your financial fitness fix here. The chemistry between these two is undeniable and they share money tips that will make you want to invite them to the next marriage ministry potluck.



 

 

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Shoppers who don’t want to open yet another credit card to access store rewards have a new option at Macy’s.

The department store announced this month that the Star Rewards program now includes a bronze level that all shoppers can access, regardless of their method of payment.

Bronze-level members are eligible for Star Money Days, special offers and mysterious birthday surprises. Star Money Days allow customers to earn bonus points on their purchases. Earn 1,000 points and redeem them for $ 10 in Star Money, which can be used without merchandise exclusions for 30 days.

Customers can enroll online, in stores or through the Macy’s app.

Is Bronze Star Rewards Macy’s Replacement for Plenti?

Macy’s announcement comes shortly after the news that rewards program Plenti is ending this summer. Macy’s was one of the initial partners in the program, which allowed shoppers who earned 1,000 points at any Plenti retailer to exchange them for $ 10 at a participating store of their choice. Macy’s dropped out of the Plenti program this spring.

American Express services both Plenti and Macy’s credit cards. The silver, gold and platinum rewards levels are reserved for credit card users, who receive discounts, free shipping and other rewards depending on their spending level.  

Macy’s announced in January that it would close 11 stores. Since 2015, the chain has closed more than 120 locations, CNBC reports.

The company has been adding Macy’s Backstage discount departments to existing stores — and a few standalone locations — since 2015.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer covering the retail and grocery industries at The Penny Hoarder.

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New York Just Got a New Fashion Week, but Does It Need It?

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Fashion Month, which includes New York, London, Milan and Paris, has always been one of the most celebrated times on the fashion industry calendar.

Taking place twice a year, from February to March and again from September to October, editors, buyers, celebrities, stylists and other industry personnel gathered in the world’s fashion capitals for the unveiling of top designers new season collections.

These industry festivals are used for buyers to decide what they wanted off of the runways and for editors to figure out what they were going to feature in editorials for their upcoming issues.

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It’s time to forget the Avengers and look ahead at the great movies hitting cinemas this month. Solo is one of them, the second Star Wars story that offers us a different view at the entire Star Wars universe. Then there’s Deadpool 2, a movie that’ll put a smile on everyone’s face.

We’ve got a bunch of new trailers for you for upcoming attractions, including a hilarious Deadpool 2 promo below.

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7 things you need to know about Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber, we salute you. The legs, the wisdom, the hot new Omega watch – we’ll take it all

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As soon as she hit 16 (the legal age limit for models walking on the catwalk, FYI), Kaia Gerber made her catwalk debut at the Calvin Klein show in New York. As the daughter of Cindy Crawford, it was pretty much a given she would follow in her mother’s footsteps into the world of modelling, and last week Kaia Gerber made another debut – working with Omega as the face of its new Tresor timepiece. We met up with the model-of-the-moment to chat style rules, social feeds and what it really means to be a super now.

She’s not a supermodel. Yet…
‘When people refer to me as a supermodel, I think, ‘‘Give me a little time, at least!’’ The word supermodel shouldn’t be used lightly and I definitely think it has to be earned. But it’s an honour to be associated with who was there in the nineties.’


She grew up with Omega
‘To be a Omega ambassador is such a honour for me. My entire family went to the Beijing Olympics with Omega, and I was just in awe of the Omega family. It was on that trip that we got really close and I knew from that moment this was a company I wanted to work with,’ Gerber says, adding, ‘this is the first time I’ve worked with my mom, officially, for Omega; to be able to do shoot together with Peter Lindbergh means the world to me.’ What we would have given to have been a fly on that wall in that shoot, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber together, boom!
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Karlie Kloss gave her the modelling 101…
‘My mom never gave me a catwalk lesson.’ In our heads, the supermodel duo sashay down their hallway all day every day but, alas, non. ‘I’m not catwalking down the hallways of my house, sorry to disappoint you,’ Kaia Gerber laughs. So, apart from her super mum, who else does she admire in the industry? ‘I have always looked up to Karlie Kloss. She started out even younger than my mom, and when I started out she always had the best advice for me.’

…but Cindy is her all-time inspo
It must be pretty inspiring having Cindy Crawford as your mum, Kaia Gerber tells us: ‘She’s so down to earth – that supermodel version of Cindy Crawford wasn’t my mom – she did a really good job of separating her work and home life, and I admire her for that.’

She has a golden style rule and we are SO into it
‘I follow the rule of less is more. I’m a bit of a tomboy, I just like to be comfortable as I’m usually running around. I wear jeans and sneakers every day and look at watches as an accessory, like sunglasses. If it makes you feel good, you should wear it. Watches are a piece of history – that’s what I love about the Omega Tresor – how classic it is. I wanted [the design] to be something true to Omega while giving it a modern twist.’ Hit the full Tresor collection here
Kaia Gerber

She loves a snoop in her mum’s closet
‘As a kid I would go into her closet and find her watches and jewellery and stack them up, literally weighing my wrists down. But now I have my own Tresor watch, which I wear everyday, I don’t have to steal hers.’ She didn’t just stop at watches though… ‘I definitely take a lot of her vintage pieces, they are the most iconic to me.’

She’s just like us on Instagram
Apart from the 3 million followers, obviously… but Kaia Gerber loves the way she can express herself on the app: ‘Instagram is the closest I can get to being who I really am – it’s easy to get caught up in social media but I don’t let it dictate how I live my life. I think when I was about 13 one person started following me on Instagram and I thought, how did they find me?’ And her fave person to follow? ‘ My brother Presley, because I would not know what he’s doing otherwise! When I’m travelling and he’s not responding to me, I have to check to see where he is. You spend so much time looking at other people’ s lives it’ s hard to live life in the moment. Some of the best advice my parents have given me is to be grateful.’ Words to live by? We think so, too.

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What Do You Need to Get a Marriage License?

Marriage celebrations can range from destination weddings, traditional marriage ceremonies in churches or other places of worship, simple ceremonies in a backyard or park, and more. Most couples solemnize their vows with a marriage ceremony to celebrate their love for one another.

The first step to getting married is to get your marriage license. The requirements for a marriage license can vary by state, so it’s important to know the basics of the process to make the experience a little easier. Once you have your marriage license, the marriage ceremony can take place. After all the celebrations are finished, the person who officiated your wedding is responsible for filing a marriage certificate with the appropriate recording agency.

In this post, we take a look at the general requirements to get a marriage license and provide some examples of state-specific requirements that you may not have known about.

How to Get a Marriage License in the United States

In order to get married, you need a marriage license. To get a marriage license, you and your future husband or wife need to go to the city hall or county clerk’s office in the city or town where you are planning to get married and pay a fee for the license. Once the application is completed, there can be a waiting period of anywhere from 1–5 days to receive the license.

Once you have your marriage license, you can have your marriage ceremony. Usually, a marriage ceremony needs to take place within 30 to 60 days from the date you got your license, although each state may have their own stipulations on time period.

Examples of general requirements for a marriage license:

  • In most states, you and your partner must be 18 years of age or older in order to get married, and you must be unrelated by blood (you can’t be a direct family member such as brother or sister).
  • All states require you and your fiancé(e) to present proof of identity. This can be any government-issued identification such as your birth certificate, driver’s license, social security number, or passport. Some states and jurisdictions may request a specific type of ID.
  • Proof of termination of any prior marriages may be required to apply for a new marriage license. Usually you can present a divorce decree or final order of divorce as sufficient proof.
  • Decide on your surname so it can be indicated on the marriage license. Neither partner is required to change their surname.

In general, most states also allow you to enter into private agreements prior to marriage. One example would be through a Prenuptial Agreement, which allows the couple to determine things like division of property and/or financial obligations in the event of separation or death.

State Requirements for a Marriage License

Marriage licenses are regulated by each state individually, so the requirements can differ between states.

As an example, Montana requires that women provide proof that they have rubella immunity before the marriage license can be issued. This immunity is usually confirmed with a blood test, and then a doctor’s note would be provided as proof.

This requirement can be waived by providing an informed consent form stating that you both understand the risks of not being tested, but regardless it still needs to be addressed before a woman can marry in the state.

Also, although the majority of states require that the couple be 18 years of age or older in order to apply for a marriage license, Arkansas has more lenient age requirements where the couple can be 16-17 years of age as long as they have parental consent.

It’s in your best interest to understand the state laws that apply to your marriage so you can prevent any surprises or disputes that may occur later on as not all the information is necessarily common knowledge.

Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

As of 2015, same-sex marriage is permitted in all 50 states. This means that lesbian and gay couples technically have the same rights to marriage as opposite-sex couples, so the requirements for a marriage license are generally the same.

A Legal Marriage in the United States

To make sure that you are properly and legally married, it’s important to check your state’s laws to determine what the requirements are. Once you’ve educated yourself on your state’s marriage laws, navigating the marriage process should be a lot easier and potentially hassle-free.

Does your state have interesting requirements for marriage licenses? Share them with us in the comments!

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Some would argue that in a way. we are all photographers these days when cameras are ubiquitous. After all, we can just pull out our phones and take an instant picture of anything we want. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Insta photography, although we’re pretty sure that professional photographers, those who actually went to school and got a diploma, would strongly oppose the notion that each and every one of us is a paparazzo of life.

The theme of lifestyle and especially travel, is one of the most trending themes onInstagram. Hashtag #travel, #wanderlust, #adventure and more words along those lines are being re-used on the social media platform by millions of people around the world. After all, the love for travel and the need for a vacation is the one thing people have in common, no matter where they are from in the world.

Just like different people have different traveling styles, so do photographers have different photography methods, and if they are Instagram photographers, then they use different filtering apps and techniques. It does require a different set of skills to be a social media photographer, and it sure does pave the way for those who want to become professional in that field. Either way, you need a good eye for beauty and aesthetics and that is not something many people have. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Instagram travel photographers that have taken their passion, inspiration and talent to social media, and the results are simply mind-blowing. We have a feeling these people have found the best job in the world, hands down.#filterneeded.

@expertvagabond

Matt describes himself as an ‘adventure travel enthusiast’. He is all into landscapes and everything adventurous like hitch hiking, trekking in remote places, scuba diving with the most dangerous species and more. He has 132,000 followers on his account.

@Kirstenalana

Kirsten Alana is a New York City based photographer who has a very eclectic collection of shots on her Instagram account. Her travels snaps are accompanied by a short blog post telling the story of the picture.

@Travisburkephotography

What better way to explore the world than with the person you love by your side? Together with his girlfriend, Travis Burke likes to capture what national parks have to offer which is basically everything that is naturally stunning: lakes, beaches and more. All you campers out there will love his style.

@Lebackpacker

Johan Lolos has ‘the outdoors’ written all over his face, or Instagram. With a great passion for the wilderness, this young dude has been anywhere from New Zealand to Europe. He likes to consider himself ‘a person who notices beauty in the world.’

@voyage_provocateur

The Polish photographer, Marta Gaska, has one of the most colorful yet aesthetic Instagram accounts we’ve ever seen. As you can see on her account, she is planning to visit Morocco on her next trip. By taking one look at her photos you can instantly notice she has a good eye for details.

@mylifesatravelmovie

You could say that Alyssa Ramos is living the dream. She is a full-time solo travel blogger who has been literally all over the place. She takes her amazing Instagram photos and adds her own tips and insights, which makes it even more authentic. She knows how to live the good life, that’s for sure.

@alexstrohl

With almost 2 million followers on Instagram! Alex Strohl will provide you with the right amount of daily inspiration to keep you motivated. His epic photography of landscapes will make you want to take a break from your daily life today. His snaps are truly magical.

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This week marks the return of Christina Aguilera, yes, but don’t forget about Enrique Iglesias — back with his first English-language single in four years — and Florence + the Machine, revving up for a new album release later this summer. Also: indie singer Jessie Reyez critiques sexual double standards in a sharp, empowering new song; Shawn Mendes and Khalid reflect on gun violence and provide an anthem for the kids in “Youth;” and rapper Desiigner surprise-releases a debut EP that shows off his signature sound.


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But it’s going to cost her. And honestly, I’m kind of tired of watching Lara Croft suffer.

Because in practice, the survivalist story arc of the series reads more like the developers asking themselves: “How can we torture Lara Croft this time? What fresh hell can we drag her through?”

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Everything you need to know about nail art for your wedding day

Everything you need to know about nail art for your wedding day


Everything you need to know about nail art for your wedding day

If you’re searching for a way to help your wedding day manicure stand out in a sea of neutrals, you might want to put nail art on your radar. Enter Paintbox, the New York City-based salon known for turning bare nails into miniature pieces of modern art with inspired designs, two-tone color schemes, and intriguing textures. And, thanks to their brand new bridal menu, their artists now officially offer specific nail art looks that were designed with the bride-to-be in mind. The best part? You don’t have to be planning a futuristic fête to try the trend. “Our bridal look book is broken up into categories to make it super simple for anyone to be able to choose her look based on her mood and style,” explains Julie Kandalec, Paintbox’s Creative Director. Here, she gives a little insight into wedding nail art trends and her advice for brides who want big day manis with a side of Matisse.

The French manicure is on its way out.

At least, it is in New York City, says Kandalec. Instead, women most frequently asked for design like thin lines of glitter, glitter ombré, and crescent slivers. Just as popular? A straight wash of sheer pink or peach—looks like your favorite neutral is safe for another season.

Glitter is on the rise.

“We see a full range of classic to sparkly, but there’s definitely a lot of glitter going on during wedding season!” reveals Kandalec. Not sure what type of glitter to ask for? Look to your engagement ring for the perfect sparkly shade, she suggests. “A bride will always lean towards milky whites, sheer pinks, and pale blush pinks, but I always suggest a bit of sparkle in the same color as her engagement ring.” A lilac base, she adds, is also up and coming.

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Nail art won’t overpower the rest of your look.

So you can rest assured. For brides who want to keep things subtle, Kandalec designed Luxe 03 (solid peach base with two squiggly lines) and Graphic 01 (light pink base with a skinny asymmetrical curve). “I designed Luxe 03 to be more than a solid nail but not overpowering,” she says. “Graphic 01 is so minimal—it provides asymmetrical visual interest that’s more than just an angled stripe.”

Classic brides can get in on the fun, too.

Just because you don’t describe yourself as modern doesn’t mean nail art isn’t for you. Kandalec created the “Classic” range with this specific woman in mind—and recommends she start with Classic 01, which is created with opal foil. “It adds just the right amount of glamour to your nails to still be considered classic,” she adds. “Plus, it’ll softly reflect whatever color you’re wearing, making it the perfect chameleon shade.”

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Nail art can be tailored around any nail length—but aim to grow them out.

“All lengths can be beautiful, but having some length for your wedding nails makes them more elegant for the formal occasion,” she continues. “Also, I love an almond shape—it’s more timeless than square!”

Do this to make your nail art last through the honeymoon.

Get gel, says Kandalec. “Since gel lasts two to three weeks, it’s definitely best to have it for the honeymoon. That way you can focus more on sipping piña coladas by the pool, rather than filing your nails by the pool!”

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Many of us first heard about the disease sarcoidosis when it was revealed comedian Bernie Mac had been diagnosed with it. Since that time, we’ve learned that Tisha Campbell Martin has also been diagnosed.

 In the United States, sarcoidosis is more prevalent among African-Americans, presenting 10 times more common in Blacks, and occurring two times more frequently in Black females than in Black males.

 WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS? ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES?

Sarcoidosis is a disease that causes your immune system to overreact, which can lead to health issues. We don’t know exactly what triggers this over-reaction, but this is a subject of intense investigation in the research labs across the country. While sarcoidosis can affect virtually any organ in the body including the skin, lymph nodes, heart, nervous system, and joints, over 90% of cases include the lungs.

HOW DOES SARCOIDOSIS AFFECT YOUR BODY? DESCRIBE THE SYMPTOMS.

If you have sarcoidosis, the increased inflammation in your body may cause flu-like symptoms such as night sweats, joint pain and fatigue. This inflammation can lead to scar tissue in your lungs while also making them function more poorly. Some people with sarcoidosis also have skin and eye damage in addition to lung disease. Occasionally, those with sarcoidosis develop granulomas and inflammation in their hearts, which can trigger abnormal heart rhythms and problems with heart muscle pumping strength.

WHAT CAUSES SARCOIDOSIS AND WHY IS IT SO HARD TO DIAGNOSE?
No one knows what exactly causes sarcoidosis, but we do know that people over the between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, and women are more likely to develop sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnose because of the range of ways it can show up in the body – from skin rashes to blurry vision to respiratory problems – and some patients never have overt symptoms. In addition, sarcoidosis is a rare disease – estimated to affect 200,000 Americans (i.e. < 0.1% of us) making leading to a lack of knowledge among some physicians. Lung doctors tend to have the most experience with sarcoidosis.

 IS SARCOIDOSIS HEREDITARY?
The incidence rate in African-Americans is threefold to fourfold higher compared to Caucasian patients, however the disease has been characterized in all demographics regardless of age, gender or race.

 IS IT ALWAYS DEADLY OR CAN ONE LIVE A FULL LIFE WITH SARCOIDOSIS?
You absolutely can live a full life with sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a confusing disease in the fact that symptoms can come and go, and range in severity overtime. In most of these cases, the disease improves by itself, and up to 30% of patients with sarcoidosis have symptoms improve without treatment.

It is sometimes said that 1/3rd of patients improve without treatment, 1/3 remain unchanged even without treatment, but 1/3rd tend to have progressive disease that may need treatment. In many people with evidence of organ dysfunction treatment with anti-inflammatory medications can be very helpful.

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH SARCOIDOSIS ON HOW BEST TO MANAGE THEIR DISEASE?
it is very important to involve your doctor in your treatment and management plan with sarcoidosis. By monitoring how your symptoms change over time, you can make sure you are getting the right treatment at the right time, and accessing the support you need.

Sarcoidosis is often treated with the help of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. Because the disease can affect so many organ systems, you may work with healthcare providers who specialize in the treatment of the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, liver, eyes and skin.

Support can come in many forms, and include oxygen therapy for patients with advanced disease who have low oxygen levels in the blood. For such sarcoidosis patients, supplemental oxygen can be helpful to decrease your shortness of breath during everyday activities and feel less fatigued and help keep you active. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can be helpful for those who have experienced muscular deconditioning after a period of significant exercise limitation due to illness. It is important to keep moving.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE SARCOIDOSIS?
Sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnose because of the range of ways it can show up in the body – from skin rashes to blurry vision to respiratory problems – and some patients never have overt symptoms. In addition, sarcoidosis is a rare disease – estimated to affect 200,000 Americans making knowledge leading to a lack of knowledge among some physicians.   However, you should contact your doctor if you think you have the flu or are experiencing any of the symptoms – blurry vision, skin rashes, respiratory issues.

ARE THEY ANY SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH SARCOIDOSIS?
It’s essential to reach out to others in similar situations to talk and support one another. The American Lung Association has Better Breathers Clubs that meet once or twice a month with a respiratory therapist to learn more about their chronic lung disease and connect with others in similar situations. You can find the Club closest to you at Lung.org/better-breathers, as well as information about our online support groups should travel be a barrier for you.

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I want to hit “pause” on my almost-4-year-old son for many reasons. I just love the stage where he is right now, so cuddly and funny and jokey. I already look back on his baby photos and wonder what happened to that little guy. And, oh my goodness, how can it be time to upgrade his car seat to a booster already?

Lately I’ve been researching boosters and wincing at the prices, wondering how I’m going to wedge a new expense in the family budget.

Almost as if by magic, I found this exciting news from Target: In honor of Earth month, Target stores across the country are holding a car seat trade-in event. They’re helping folks recycle their old car seats while saving money on the necessary new ones. This sounded like the perfect way to get rid of the old, faded infant seat that has been gathering dust in the garage.

Why is it important to recycle your car seat? If you have anything older than six years, it’s probably expired or might not meet current regulations. A lot of car seats can’t be recycled through curbside programs. And car seats that have been in accidents should be replaced immediately. But you don’t want them going to a landfill, right?

An infant car seat that is recycled in the Target trade-in program

 

Here’s what you have to do:

Between April 22 and May 5, bring any unwanted car seat to your local Target. It can be any car seat — even if it’s 15 years old, even if you didn’t buy it from Target, even if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist. (Um, especially if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist.)

• Receive a coupon for 20-percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system, or stroller. This is good for any in store or online purchases. (I’ve scoured the terms and conditions, and I didn’t see any off-limit brands. The sky’s the limit!)

• When you go to the store, there should be a big drop-off box in the customer service area, and a Target employee will will give you a coupon in exchange for your car seat.

(Note: The first Target I visited this morning said they were participating in the program, but they hadn’t received their coupons yet. I immediately went to another store, and they had the coupons. So maybe call ahead first just to be sure.)

A cardboard box at Target for the car seat drop-off event.

• You will receive one coupon per seat dropped off.

DEADLINE: The coupon is eligible through May 19, 2018.

The old car seats are recycled through Waste Management and are used to create new grocery carts, plastic buckets, and construction materials. Target has a little bit more info on that, if you’re interested. It’s a pretty big deal. Since launching the program in 2016, Target has recycled more than 176,000 car seats!

This is a win-win-win for me. Because of this program, I can get rid of the old infant seat that cluttering my garage, I know it’ll be used for something instead of sitting in a garbage heap, and the discount takes away some of the sting in buying a new product.

So I guess my son is allowed to grow up just a little more. And then I’ll hit “pause.”

Will you recycle your old car seat?

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When it comes to choosing your next vacation destination, it can often be easier to revisit a place you love, or head to the main tourist destinations. But instead of being caught in this trap, why not explore the rest of the world? Especially the ones that remain unnoticed by the tourist industry. If you need some inspiration, here are some places in the world that are underrated, but are well worth a visit.

Bolivia

Nestled in between the popular countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, Bolivia remains relatively unnoticed and underrated. Just like it’s neighboring countries, Bolivia boasts incredible landscapes. With rolling hills, the largest salt flats in the world, fiery volcanoes and blood-red lakes, there’s so much to see and do. Sure, you don’t get the beaches of Brazil or Peru’s Machu Picchu, but this country offers so much more. And if you’re really brave, you could even try and navigate Yungas Road, the ‘world’s most dangerous road.’

Zhangjiajie, China

If you’ve ever watched Avatar and wondered what a real-life Pandora would look like, you just need to travel to Zhangjiajie. This National Park is nestled in south-central China and was the inspiration for the land of Pandora. With an incredible sub-tropical climate, lakes, waterfalls, rainforests and stunning rock faces and structures, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. The population of Zhangjiajie is split into three different ethnic groups, and the surrounding areas are rife with culture, food, festivals, and varied clothing and architecture.

The Philippines

With over 7,000 islands to its name, you’ll never find another country like The Philippines. Located in the Western Pacific, the beaches here are second to none, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. But the Philippines doesn’t just have amazing beaches. Manila, the capital city, is full to the brim with history and culture, complete with churches, walled cities and ruined military prisons. As if this wasn’t enough, the country also has beautiful Chocolate Hills, Rice Terraces, National Parks and Volcanoes to visit.

Mozambique

When it comes to holiday destinations, Mozambique is probably not at the top of your list. But it should be. The East African country sits along the Indian Ocean and boasts some of the most beautiful coastline and beaches in the world. With over 2,500 kilometers of white sand and secluded beaches, you won’t find it hard to find the perfect relaxing spot. Because of its turquoise sea, Mozambique is quickly becoming one of the most popular diving spots, with its clear sea and multitude of wildlife. The history of this country has been plagued with war and conflict, and although it is safe to visit now, the remnants of these troubles still live on in their architecture, traditional arts, and music.

Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundland is one of the many hidden gems in the world and is the kind of place that feels stuck in time. With its colorful, quaint towns, fishing villages and little pubs, the province is full of character. It is set on some rugged terrain, which is what makes it so beautiful. With rock faces, mountains, icebergs, national parks and farms, this place has everything you could need. Because of this, Newfoundland is rife with wildlife, including the world’s largest population of Humpback Whales.

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Too  many African-Americans languish on bone marrow donor lists because there are fewer African-American donors. For 8-year-old  Darian Smith, that deficiency is a life or death issue. Darian is on the donor list, hoping to find a match, but only if more African-Americans would consider becoming donors.

Darian and his doctor, Alecia Nero, hope that African-American will consider becoming bone marrow donors. One of the common diseases that require bone marrow donors is sickle-cell, a disease that impacts them exclusively.

Darian Smith’s Story:

  • Darian Smith was diagnosed with sickle-cell disease when he was only two weeks old.
  • A bone marrow transplant is the only known cure for sickle-cell disease, which largely affects the African-American population. Approximately 1 in every 365 black children is born with the disease.
  • Since the search for a donor began, two matches have been identified but unfortunately, both were unavailable to donate.
  • Darian’s family has teamed up with DKMS, the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer, to find his lifesaving match and urge individuals to join the registry.
  • DKMS is an international non-profit that recruits bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life and raise funds to match donor registration costs.
  • Approximately every 3 minutes, a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder.
  • More than 170,000 Americans are diagnosed with blood cancer each year.

70% of blood cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant must rely on someone from the national registry as a match.

12,000 new searches for transplants are initiated every year.

 Unfortunately, Darian’s background makes it more difficult to find a match.

While patients find the best match in those who share the same ancestry, minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow registry, greatly reducing their odds of finding a match.

African-Americans,  for example, make up only 7% of the donor registry pool.

There is an urgent need for minorities to join the bone marrow registry to help save patients like Darian, who desperately want to live a “normal kid’s life.” All it takes to register a simple swab of the cheek.

 Registering as a DKMS Donor Is Easy:

One simple swab is all it takes to be a potential lifesaver.

 Registering as a bone marrow donor through DKMS is a very simple process:

§he donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes less than 60 seconds and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant.

This can be done at a drive, or by registering online at dkms.org.

 Anyone in good general health who is between the ages of 18-55 can register.

You can also visit Darian’s virtual DKMS donor drive to register: https://getinvolved.dkms.org/DarianSmith

 Globally, DKMS has registered more than 8 million people.

Local Donor Drive Locations:

Wednesday, April 18 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Donor drive at St Philip’s School

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, TX 75215

Sunday, April 22 from 2pm – 5pm – Donor drive at Joy Tabernacle Empowerment Center

Address: 3203 Holmes St. Dallas, TX 75215

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 World Cup

Miss the Olympics? Well, another major, international, quadrennial sporting event is not too far off: On June 14, the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia — and the competition is expected to be fierce.

The international soccer competition takes place every four years, with fan favorites like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set to compete on their country’s behalf. But for the first time in 32 years, the U.S. will not compete in the World Cup after the men’s national team failed to qualify late last year.

Here’s what to know before players take on soccer’s biggest stage for the month-long competition.

Where and when is the 2018 World Cup?

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A man takes a photo of a statue of Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Manezhnaya square in downtown Moscow on April 2, 2018. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place at cities in Russia from June 14 through July 15. Teams will compete at 12 stadiums in 11 different cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don, among others.

The opening match, semi-final and final World Cup games will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, FIFA announced last year. That stadium can hold around 80,000 spectators.

The final match for the 2018 World Cup is expected to kick off Sunday, July 15.

What are the teams to watch?

Heading into the 2018 World Cup, Germany, Brazil, Belgium and Portugal were among the highest-ranked teams by FIFA in April. Germany returns with hopes of defending its 2014 title, and Portugal’s squad, led by star Cristiano Ronaldo, are hoping to improve on their Euro 2016 win.

France, Italy, Argentina and Spain are also teams to watch heading into the 2018 World Cup.

As with any major sporting event, there’s a chance for a Cinderella story. Iceland will be competing in its first-ever World Cup after its stunning Euro 2016 run, and Panama will make its first appearance as well. Notably, Peru will return to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

Why isn’t the U.S. competing in the 2018 World Cup?

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William Van Hecke—Corbis via Getty ImagesTim Howard of USA stops a ball from Dries Mertens of Belgium during the FIFA 2014 World Cup at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil. William Van Hecke—Corbis via Getty Images

For the first time since 1986, the U.S. men’s national team won’t compete in the World Cup. The team lost 2-1 in the final qualifying round against Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017.

But the loss wasn’t the only thing that kept the U.S. out of the 2018 World Cup. Wins from Panama and Honduras in their qualifying matches over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, secured the U.S.’s missed shot. And U.S. losses against other teams in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) did not bode well for the team’s chances.

Soccer in the U.S. has “been set back by several years” as a result, said Jurgen Klinsmann, who was the team’s coach until November 2016 when he was ousted after its lackluster start, according to ESPN. “That was a huge disappointment.”

The lack of qualification comes after an exciting U.S. run in the 2014 World Cup. In fact, goalkeeper Tim Howard captured headlines when he made a stunning and record-breaking 16 saves against Belgium in the Round of 16. The U.S. went on to lose to Belgium, but Howard was named FIFA’s Man of the Match and excited fans went as far to change Wikipedia’s entry for the U.S. Secretary of Defense to feature Howard.

(Disappointed U.S. fans should remember 2016, when the women’s national team won the World Cup.)

Why is Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup?

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko giv
FABRICE COFFRINI—AFP/Getty ImagesRussian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gives a press conference on Nov. 30, 2010 in Zurich before his country’s 2018 World Cup bid to world football’s ruling body FIFA. FABRICE COFFRINI—AFP/Getty Images

FIFA selected Russia for its 2018 host country as part of a campaign to spread the World Cup to new countries. In 2010, FIFA also selected Qatar as the World Cup’s host city for 2022. “We go to new lands,” Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who has since been ousted from his role amid the high-profile bribing scandal, said at the time, according to the New York Times. “Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time.”

Russia’s bid beat those from England and joint bids from Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Russia bid was riddled in controversy, however, when FIFA investigated claims both Russia and Qatar bribed voters to secure their bids.

Beyond that, there has been growing concern over security as a result of violent clashes incited by Russia soccer fans in recent months. A police officer died from a heart attack after a recent clash incited by Russian fans, according to Reuters. In 2016, violent clashes broke out between Russian and English fans in Marseille during Euro 2016. And in 2017, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was “not at all concerned” about potential clashes at the World Cup, according to BBC.

In April, FIFA announced it charged the Russian Football Union with fan racism that came as a result of a match between Russia and France in St. Petersburg earlier this year, the Associated Press reported. Russian fans reportedly targeted black French players with “monkey” chants. And that’s just the latest charge the country has faced with fan racism in Russian soccer.

Alexi Smertin, the Russian Football Union’s anti-discrimination officer, said it was working to identify those involved in the incident. “If these people’s guilt is proven, then there’s a high likelihood they won’t be allowed to attend World Cup and Russian league games,” he said, according to the AP.

The World Cup comes four years after Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia from competing due to a systematic, widespread doping scheme. Individual athletes from the country were allowed to compete under a nameless flag “under strict conditions.” Still, a Russian curler who initially earned bronze in the 2018 mixed doubles event tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was striped of his medal.

How can I watch the 2018 World Cup on TV?

Viewers can catch all 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup live on FOX Sports. Thirty-eight of those matches will air live, including the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on July 14 at 11:00 a.m. E.T., as well as the championship match on July 15 at 11:00 a.m. E.T.

Viewers with cable can also watch the games on the Fox Sports GO app on their iOS or Android phones, or on their Apple TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox.

Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language sports network, will also air games from the World Cup on its network and Universo, as well as online.

What is this whole ‘cat’ thing?

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Peter Kovalev—Peter Kovalev/TASSDeaf cat Achilles from the State Hermitage Museum plays at the Respublika Koshek [Cat Republic] cat cafe, his new home. Peter Kovalev—Peter Kovalev/TASS

A white, deaf, German cat named Achilles may predict the correct winner of the 2018 World Cup. (You read that right.)

Russian officials announced that Achilles, who lives at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, is slated to predict the highly anticipated event’s outcome.

Indeed, Achilles — dubbed the “feline oracle” by the museum — predicted several matches correctly during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg. For those matches, the cat chose correctly between two bowls of food marked with the flags of the competing countries.

Achilles now joins the ranks Paul the Octopus — an octopus that correctly predicted Germany’s 2014 World Cup win.

Can I still buy tickets to the 2018 World Cup?

Yes, tickets to the 2018 World Cup are still available. The last-minute phase of FIFA’s ticket selling began in mid-April, meaning that tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We would advise football fans to place their order online and as soon as the sales period opens, as high demand can be expected and the most sought-after Tickets are likely to sell out very quickly,” FIFA said on its website.

More than 1.69 million tickets have already been purchased since September 2017.

Who won the 2014 World Cup?

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Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and teammates lift the World Cup trophy to celebrate the country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup win in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alexander Hassenstein – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

The German men’s national team won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in a thrilling 1-0 victory against Argentina. Mario Gotze scored the game-winning goal against Argentina in overtime. (It’s unclear if Gotze will make Germany’s team for the World Cup this year, according to ESPN.)

The German win also meant defeat for Lionel Messi, who is widely known as one of the best soccer players in the world. Despite winning the tournament’s best player award in 2014, Messi grieved over Argentina’s loss. “Right now, nothing can console me — not the award of anything else,” he said after the game, according to FIFA. “Our only goal was to take home the World Cup and enjoy our victory with everyone in Argentina.”

In 2018, Messi is hoping for a chance at revenge. “We feel that it’s now or never,” he said recently, according to Sports Illustrated. He acknowledged, however, that Argentina was not a favorite to win this year. “There are much better teams like Spain, Germany, Brazil and France,” he said.

Where will the 2022 World Cup be held?

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, marking the first time the international event will be held in the Middle East. Organizers have already begun construction on stadiums to prepare for the event.

Meanwhile, FIFA is considering raising the number of teams that can compete in the World Cup to 48 by the event in 2022. That would add 16 teams to those competing, 16 more games and four extra days to the month-long event. The head of the European Leagues has voiced opposition to the plan, since it would extend the event and make the mid-season break even longer, according to NBC Sports.

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Carrie Underwood’s Return and Everything You Need to Know About the ACM Awards

Get ready for one of country music’s biggest nights! Us Weekly has everything you need to know about the upcoming 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

What Time?

The ACMs will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET.

Who’s Hosting?

Reba McEntire is set to host the 53rd ACMs. The country music legend spoke to Rolling Stone about returning as the host for the first time since 2012.

“Since I had turned that duty over to Blake [Shelton] and Luke [Bryan] and then Luke and Dierks [Bentley], they just came back around and asked if I would be interested. I said, ‘Sure!’ I miss it. When you’re sitting at the awards show and you’re out in the audience, once you’ve gotten the honors of hosting, you’re sitting there kind of wondering what’s going on backstage and you miss being a part of that excitement,” she told the mag.

Who’s Performing?

Carrie Underwood is returning to the stage to perform her new single, “Pretty Cry,” for the first time since she revealed she fell down the stairs outside her Nashville home in November 2017. “The Champion” singer told fans in a January blog post that she got “between 40 to 50 stitches” on her face and broke her wrist.

“I’m doing pretty darn good these days!” Underwood wrote on Tuesday, April 10, in another blog post. “My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90 percent there … and the docs say that last 10 percent will come in time. And my face has been healing pretty nicely as well. I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while.”

Other performers include Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Bebe Rexha and Julia Michaels.

Who’s Nominated?

Chris Stapleton leads the pack with eight nominations, but Rhett follows closely behind with six noms. Stapleton, Bryan, Aldean, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks are set to compete for Entertainer of the Year.

The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards air on CBS Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET.

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You Could Save a Life if You Carry Naloxone. Here’s What You Need to Know


Fueled by the growing national opioid crisis, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued a formal advisory this week urging people to consider carrying the opioid antidote naloxone.

What is Naloxone?

People in the throes of an opioid overdose often have dangerously shallow breathing or stop breathing altogether. Brain damage and death can occur within minutes.

Naloxone, also known by the name brand Narcan, temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and restores normal breathing patterns.

Naloxone is packaged as an injectable (primarily for use in hospital environments) and as a prefilled auto-injection device similar to EpiPens used to treat people with severe allergies.

Naloxone is also available as a nasal spray.

What To Know About Naloxone

Unless you’re a medical professional, it may seem intimidating to administer naloxone to someone during an opioid emergency.

But swift action with the antidote can mean the difference between life and death, so keep these things in mind.

  • Naloxone works. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “From 1996 to 2014, at least 26,500 opioid overdoses in the U.S. were reversed by laypersons using naloxone.”
  • If you’re worried you won’t know when to use naloxone in an emergency, know that administering the drug to someone who isn’t overdosing on opioids is will not cause significant harm, according to the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.
  • 40 states and the District of Columbia have Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity laws that protect people who intervene during a opioid overdose.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures says the laws protect people from “arrest, charge or prosecution for certain controlled substance possession and paraphernalia offenses when a person who is either experiencing an opiate-related overdose or observing one calls 911 for assistance or seeks medical attention.”

Where to Find Free or Low-Cost Naloxone

Naloxone is a prescription drug, but it is widely available throughout the U.S. even without a prescription.

  • Learn where to find naloxone near you by typing “[your state] naloxone” into your favorite search engine.
  • Contact your insurance provider to find out whether naloxone is covered under your plan.
  • Medicaid and Medicare will pay for naloxone, but coverage varies by state.
  • Check with your local community health clinic to find out where to get naloxone in your area.
  • People with commercial insurance in Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio can get naloxone for free through drug manufacturer Kaleo’s pilot distribution program.
  • CVS Pharmacy dispenses naloxone without a written prescription in 46 states.
  • Prescription and nonprescription naloxone is available at Walgreens pharmacies nationwide

Once you have a supply of naloxone, make sure you learn how to administer it. Contact your local health department if you have any questions.

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How Many Suits Does A Gentleman Need?

Let us once and for all, definitively, answer the question on how many suits a man needs.

It all depends on your environment, your budget, and other considerations that you have to make. So that’s not very helpful and because of that, we put together four different profiles of different men with different needs and requirements, and we walk you through exactly what kind of suit you need, what style, what color, what fabric, so you always look the part and you have exactly the right suit for the right occasion.

Is It Necessary To Own A Suit In This Day And Age?

I have to unequivocally say yes. We all go to interviews, we go to weddings, we go to funerals, maybe sometimes galas, or evening events, where a suit is required. Also, it’s not a good idea to just borrow a suit last-minute because that will always go wrong and an ill-fitting suit even if it’s a $ 10,000 suit will just look really bad and disadvantageous.

Just the other day, I got a call from an entrepreneur friend who had to attend an evening event that required at least a suit. Now, he didn’t have one. He had a sports jacket and he just thought he can walk into a mall, buy a suit, and that’ll be it.

The problem is, a suit always requires tailoring and alterations which in turn take time and so it pays to always have at least one suit in your closet that fits you at any given point in time.

Four Archetypes Of Men

The Man Who Normally Never Wears A Suit

You’re a student, maybe an IT professional, or just in a job where a suit is not required of you, ever. Maybe you work in a very casual office, or you work from home, but a suit is just never something that has come up. In that case, I suggest you invest in one dark suit.

I suggest you go with a single-breasted suit in a medium to lightweight that you can wear year-round so I suggest between 270 and 300 grams or about 10 ounces. You also should invest in a worsted wool which is a very fine wool but it’s very different than a flannel wool.

Why Do You Need A Dark Suit?

Well usually, the only events that require you to wear a suit are in the evening or they’re quite formal such as a wedding or a funeral, in that case, dark is always your friend. Because of that, I suggest a dark navy suit or a dark gray or charcoal suit. Pretty much between those two colors, you should choose. Do not go with a black suit because black is harder to combine with other items and in a suit, it looks bad when combined with blue tones which are very predominant in menswear.

If you choose a suit that is too heavy, it will drape well but you’ll be too warm in the summer and if it’s too lightweight, it will wrinkle too easily and you look disheveled. Because that, invest in a solid dark suit; make sure you get notched lapels not peak lapels with your single breasted one because it is very traditional. I suggest you go with two buttons, you can also go with three buttons that roll on two. It’s a very classic silhouette.

For your trousers or pants, I suggest you go with either a pleated front or a flat front and cuffs because the weight of the cuffs pulls down the pants. If you want to, you can also add a matching vest or waistcoat which allows you to wear a three-piece suit which is more formal. You can also skip the vest and just have a two-piece suit and it simply gives you more options but it doesn’t cost a whole lot more to upgrade.

Unless you go with a custom tailored suit, you will always have to have alterations. They’ll cost you usually between 50 and 200 dollars depending on where you live and what extent you need in alterations.

The Man Who Rarely Wears A Suit

You maybe work at a very casual office but every once in a while, when you have client contact or a business event, you’ll need to get out some suits. In that case, it pays to have at least three suits otherwise, it would look like you only have one suit and you wear the same outfit over and over again which is never advantageous.

Navy DB suit with pink shirt and black double Monks Polo SS 2013

Navy DB suit with pink shirt and black double Monks Polo SS 2013

Dark Navy & Dark Charcoal Suits

I suggest you get one of them in double-breasted because it’s more formal and another one single-breasted with notch lapels because it’s less formal. Ideally, you want maybe the navy suit to be double breasted because you can wear it as a blazer separately. With those two suits, you’re covered for summer and spring weather, as well as for fall and for a winter, they work very well, they’re unpretentious, they’re very professional, and you’ll always be well respected and look at the part. For the gray flannel, you want something a little heavier about of 350 to 400 grams. For the worsted navy suit, you go something with a little lighter about 270 to 300 grams just like in the other suit before.

 

A More Casual Suit

Brown tones are ideal for a more casual suit. It could be a Glen check with an over plaid, it could be a small houndstooth or just something that’s a little lighter in color that has a pattern.

The Man Who Wears A Suit To Work

You need a larger rotation of suits because you can always get them stained and if you let your suits rest, they will actually last you longer. No, by that I don’t mean that they just last longer because you wear them less frequently but let’s say you have a rotation of 10 suits, they will last you about twice as long as if you would buy an individual suit, wear it out, and buy nine more. Yes, you invested the same money in the same number of suits but with the rotation, that will last you just longer. That aside, you will also look better and that’s the reason we wear a suit in the first place.

So if you are a VP, an executive, or a white-collar professional, suits are your office attire, or your uniform, or the wardrobe that you have to wear. For most men in this category, it’s enough to own 10 business suits because that’s a two-week rotation. With ten suits, different shirts, ties, and shoes, you can create many outfits and it will never look like you’re just repeating the same one over and over again. If you’re starting out, you may not be able to afford 10 quality suits right from the bat and because of that, it pays to slowly build up that rotation, starting with the most versatile solid ones that we mentioned earlier. So what are those ten suits?

 

Suit Staples: Charcoal Flannel Suit & Navy Worsted Suit

First of all, again, the charcoal flannel suit, maybe in single breasted or the navy worsted suit in double-breasted. They’re just staples and classics that you can wear over and over again.

Navy Suit With Peak Lapels

So if the first suit was Navy and single breasted with notch lapels, the third suit should be Navy with peak lapels and double-breasted. You always want to maximize different kinds of looks you have and being able to choose between those two, you can just make a difference on how it’s perceived. Peak lapels look more powerful and are more formal, notch lapels or a little less formal.

Glenn Check Suit with a Glenn Check tie from Fort Belvedere

Glenn Check Suit with a Glenn Check tie from Fort Belvedere

Glenn Check Suit

If you want versatility, I suggest going with a more muted overplaid or without one in the first place. Also, I think it’s a good idea to go with a worsted fabric here and whether it’s single breasted or double breasted, is up to your taste. Ideally, you have an even number in your wardrobe but of course, you can choose if you prefer double-breasted, you can have maybe seven double breasted and three single breasted or the other way around. Some people even go all single breasted or all double breasted. It’s a preference. I suggest though that you have at least one double-breasted at least one single breasted suit in your wardrobe that way, you’re just more flexible.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit, purple paisley bow tie and cornflower boutonniere from Fort Belvedere

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit, purple paisley bow tie and cornflower boutonniere from Fort Belvedere

 

Medium Gray Suit

The fifth suit should be a medium gray, can either be a solid or a fresco or maybe a herringbone pattern.

Fresco Suit Mid Grey

Fresco Suit Mid Grey

Lighter Gray Or Lighter Blue Suit

Again, it can be in a fresco if you’re in a warmer climate or something with a little more texture such as a sharkskin or hopsack.

Chalk stripe suit with navy tie and White Irish Linen Embroidered Contrast Framing Pocket square

Chalk stripe suit with navy tie and White Irish Linen Embroidered Contrast Framing Pocket square

Striped Suit

Generally, I suggest to go with a lighter stripe on a dark background, a very popular one is a white or off-white stripe on navy, sometimes you also see gray, but Navy is definitely a classic. If you go with a double-breasted pinstripe or rope striped suit, a lot of people will have associations with the 30s or some gangsters, so keep that in mind when you make your selection. If you want more subdued stripes, I suggest going with chalk stripes which are less pronounced, softer, but very elegant, sophisticated, and classic.

Brown Suit

If you want to wear it more to casual outings, I suggest going with a medium brown maybe with a herringbone pattern, something that is distinctly different from your dark office suits. On the other hand, if you still want to wear it to the office, maybe a charcoal brown suit with a needle head or pinpoint is the better choice.

Windowpane Tweed Suit with cuffs

A unique windowpane tweed suit with cuffs

Casual Suit In Tweed, Fresco, Linen, Or Cotton (Depends On Location & Climate)

If you live in a colder climate, a tweed suit is really perfect. If you live in a warmer climate, again I suggest going with a fresco suit or a linen suit or a cotton suit. In terms of colors, you can be a little more daring; you can go with something in green, or petrol blue, or maybe cream, or beige. Keep in mind that lighter colored suits are more prone to stains and adjust your selection accordingly.

Sven Raphael Schneider in Black Tie Tuxedo

Sven Raphael Schneider in Black Tie Tuxedo

Tuxedo

If you’re in this position, chances are you’ll have to go to evening events where black tie is a dress code and then a tuxedo is the right thing to wear.

The Suit Lover

At this point, we can’t talk about need anymore and the sky is the limit. It’s all about how many suits you want and the limiting factor is likely the amount of closet space you have. You guessed it, that’s me and I’m a suit lover. My goal has always been to build a complete wardrobe not just for suits but overall. So I have a complete white tie outfit, I have several black tie outfits, I have several morning coat outfits, I have a stroller outfit, I’ve suits, overcoats, and so forth; and to me, dressing and clothing in suits is just a hobby. Of course, it’s also a big part of my business so it’s very easy to justify more purchases.

How many suits do you own? Share your favorite looks in the comments section below!


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The Coachella Capsule: The Only 9 Pieces You Need to Pack

Coachella newbies and seasoned veterans alike know they’re in for a weekend (or two) of great music, toasty temperatures, and, most important, trendsetting festival style. So if you’re starting to plan what to pack for Coachella this year, we’re here to help. While in years past, it was boho details that dominated, things are shaping up to be different in 2018. With trends like leather jackets and dad caps dominating street style, we can expect these staples to trickle down to festival dress as well.

Below we’re highlighting nine major trends we consider to be the clothing styles to try this festival season. Each has a practical purpose, but it manages to offer up some major style, too—how can you say no? So whether it’s Beyoncé or the Bleachers you’ll be dancing the night away to, you’ll be doing it in style.

Check out our nine must-wear pieces for Coachella below.

Since things can get chilly in the evenings, you’ll want to pack a jacket. Leather jackets feel effortlessly cool, and trying them in a bold color or unexpected shape is especially fresh this year.

Want to stand out? Try something sparkly. Available in sizes 1 to 3. 
Swap a standard black jacket for a bold hue instead. Available in sizes 00 to 10. 
A jacket that’s perfect with a grungy band tee. Available in sizes XS. 
This isn’t your average back-to-school style.
A streetwear take on the backpack.
Okay, who can resist cute cats?
You’ll be sunburn-free in this hat.
Swap your wide-brimmed hat for this sporty style.
Want a high-fashion take on the baseball cap? This hat will do the trick.
Side-striping sets these shorts apart. Available in sizes 25 to 32. 
Swap your standard denim for these white shorts instead. Available in sizes 27 to 29. 
For an edgier look, try a high-waisted black pair. Available in sizes 12 to 20. 
Show a little shoulder with this pretty top.
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If you need a little heel, this style is chic, but it will still be comfortable. Available in sizes 5 to 12.  Need more packing advice? Here are five festival trends to avoid this year. This post was updated by Aemilia Madden.

When you’re out all day at the festival grounds, you’ll want to be prepared. A stylish backpack will come in handy when it comes to carrying water, sunscreen, and snacks.

Keep your face out of the sun, while also making a fashion statement in a cool but under-the-radar dad hat.

No festival would be complete without a pair of denim shorts. This year, keep an eye out for higher-waisted styles that you can easily wear with boots or sneakers.

A relaxed yet feminine white top is a 2018 respite from the more bohemian styles of past years.

When it comes to festival dresses, opt for loose-fitting floral styles.

For a day when only jeans will do, swap out your usual skinnies for a relaxed cut instead. Styles with a high-waist and loose fit will be especially appropriate for a day outdoors.

If you’re ready to retire your flower crown, consider going for statement earrings instead. They stand out but feel refreshingly fashion-forward.

When you’re spending a long weekend dancing in the dust, there’s nothing that can compare to a great pair of Western boots.

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Vitalie Taittinger: ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things’

Champagne businesswoman Vitalie Taittinger is next in our Women Who Win series, giving us some insight into how tough you have to be to hack it as a woman in the alcohol industry…

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You may not have heard of Vitalie Taittinger, but you will definitely know her Champagne house, producing Taittinger Champagne since 1734.

But if you were about to dismiss Vitalie as an heiress, you can think again – only choosing to join the family business when her father bought back the 300-year-old brand after it was broken up and sold against his will.

Now, with her father and brother by her side, Taittinger has gone from strength to strength, becoming the ultimate family business – but there’s no doubt that a lot of that is down to Vitalie, proving herself to be an inspiring businesswoman, boss, mother of four – and did we mention that she’s absolutely lovely?

But how does she do it all?

According to Vitalie, it’s all about mindset and elegance. ‘I don’t want to be a man’, she told us. ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I’m really conscious that I’m a woman and that’s a beautiful thing’.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Vitalie Taittinger and her unwavering optimism and love for her work and colleagues is that in a nutshell.

We sat down with Vitalie to find out how tough you have to be to survive as a female Champagne boss nowadays and how to use being a woman to our advantage in the workplace…

The Taittinger family

The Taittinger family. Credit: Taittinger

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made?

Deciding to follow my father into the family Champagne business – it totally changed my life. I would have loved to have been an artist – I studied art and that was my plan – but I was so impressed by my father’s dedication to re-buying the family company that I asked to work for him instead. He kept it a secret and the people that knew doubted him – he was quite alone in the project. But he did it, and it wasn’t for ego or money, for him it was something to transmit to the next generation and I was, and I still am, very impressed by that. I had to reorganise everything and accept another life – it was one of the biggest decisions I ever made.

How often are you discriminated against?

I think that women are respected in the Champagne industry. We work in a different way to men – and that’s great. What I’m really trying to do is push the feminine side in business. I don’t want to be like men. I’m really conscious that I am a woman and I don’t want to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I don’t need to be a man.

How do you overcome struggles?

It’s all about teamwork. When I’m in a team working towards a goal, I am no longer a Taittinger family member or a woman, I am simply someone who has a job to do – I try to be super dedicated about the objective.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Someone once told me that if you want to be in good health, you have to love yourself and tell yourself that every day – and I really think it’s true. You have to empower yourself every morning. Instead of seeing your face and telling yourself “I feel old, I have dark eyes, I can see wrinkles”, you have to look at yourself as a beautiful person. It is such good advice – and like all good advice, I never actually manage to follow it, but I do think it is important.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

What do you refuse to compromise on?

I refuse to compromise on honesty and trust – they are so important to me. If I promise someone I will do something, I will always follow through and if I get behind something, I get behind it 100%. I will only hire people that I trust – that and authenticity are the two most employable traits and I always take them into consideration when building my team.

What quality do you deplore in others?

Negativity. I need positivity – that is the dynamic that I like and thrive in. I actually wouldn’t be able to work in a negative environment – you can make mistakes, you can have problems – but you have to go on and try to find some positivity – just try it again, correct it – and feel better. When people around you are of the same belief, it is so much easier.

What is your superpower?

I think my superpower is love and joy – I love people, I love my family, I love life. And in the workplace, there’s no greater superpower – when you love people and you love what they are doing, they are so much more encouraged – they want to prove and they want to give. The more generous you are, the more people are generous with you.

When are you at your most productive?

I think I’m the most productive when I’m alone. No day is the same for me and I’m always thinking about a million things in depth and jumping from one to the other. It is hyper challenging, so for me it’s very important to have time to myself to be able to process. I try to make the most and take the benefits from each moment alone, just breathing and taking some distance.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

How should women ask for more?

I’m really bad at asking for more – I never ask for anything – I have always been a believer in being patient and letting things happen. I really do feel that if you deserve something, you will get it, but it is important to know your worth. My advice is to go in with the right attitude – don’t voice your frustration, instead explain what you do and the value that your involvement brings. Most importantly, try not to insist too much, go about it in an elegant way.

When are you proudest?

I am super proud when I see my children. I’m proud of what they are and who they are becoming. I love watching them – picking up on their humour, seeing how they evaluate things, watching how they drive themselves. They are becoming individual people and one day they are going to fly. Being a mother is definitely the most valuable act I have done in my life – it does make you feel a bit older though!

How do you celebrate success?

I love celebrating by surrounding myself with the people I love – being with my husband, seeing good friends or staying at home with all of my children. For me it’s kind of success enough to stay in the home I love with the people I love. But a bit of rest, Champagne and good food can help too.

Finish the statement ‘Women should…’

Women should embrace the fact that they are women. Our society has changed so much and we’ve come so far that we’ve almost started to forget that being a woman is a beautiful thing. There are so many things that only we can do – we are so many characters in one. We can be mothers, we can be workers, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to represent strength and authority all of the time, it’s OK to be tender and creative. Being a woman is a wonderful thing.

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New Medicare Cards Mean New Scams: Here’s What You Need to Know


Last year we told you about the new Medicare card recipients would be getting in 2018.

The new cards will no longer include Social Security numbers, gender or signatures, and will instead use a computer-generated series of letters and numbers to better protect recipients’ identities against scams.

And as soon as the announcement was made, scammers started using the new cards as bait for new identity theft tactics.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Medicare scams are nothing new, and these particular scams are the same wolves in different moo-moos.

Scammers will call up Medicare beneficiaries and tell them that to get their new card, they need to provide their Social Security number and banking information.

From there, the scammer can use the Social Security number to open bank accounts, get medical care, and steal benefits or tax refunds.

This is unfortunate, but the new cards are long overdue. In instances of fraud, Social Security numbers are difficult to change, but if someone shady gets hold of your Medicare unique identifier, that can easily be switched up.

There are 58.5 million Medicare cards being mailed out between April 2018 and April 2019, which is a lot of opportunity for these scammers. To save you or someone you know the hassle of identity theft, here are the facts about getting your new Medicare card.

1. You Don’t Need to Do Anything to Get Your New Medicare Card

The government is busy enough. Medicare isn’t going to call you asking for information it already has. The only thing you need to do is make sure your mailing address is up-to-date and just sit around wait for your card.

If you’re worried your address may not be up-to-date, you can update it one of three ways: online, over the phone (by calling 800-772-1213) or at a local Social Security office.

2. Don’t Expect Your Card Right Away

Speaking of sitting around and waiting for your new card, you may want to get up and walk around a little.

Medicare is mailing out cards by geographic region over 12 months. You can check its website to see where you fall on its delivery schedule.

3. Your Current Card Is Good Through the End of 2019

Don’t panic if you don’t see your new card soon.

Current cards will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2019. When you do get your new card, immediately shred the old one and start using the new one. New cards don’t need to be activated and will be accepted immediately upon delivery.

4. Medicare Advantage Cards Aren’t Changing

Don’t expect a new Medicare Advantage card. They already use unique identification numbers, so those won’t change.

5. Reporting Fraud Helps Everyone

You might get one of these calls and just hang up, but considering reporting it. The more information there is on these scammers, the fewer people they can deceive.

If you’ve received one of these new senior scam calls, report it online to your state’s Senior Medicare Patrol or by phone to the Medicare Fraud tip line at 800-MEDICARE. If you’ve been a victim of this type of fraud, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives tips for saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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As Passover looms at the Pickle Guys shop on the Lower East Side, the tools of the trade for making their famous horseradish are a grater and a gas mask. That’s right. Workers don gas masks as they hand peel, grate, brine and package traditional horseradish — a Passover Seder staple that signifies the bitterness…
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This is What Expecting Parents Need to Know About Toys R Us Baby Registries


It’s not just generations of Toys R Us kids who are bummed about the retailer’s upcoming closure of more than 800 stores.

Expectant parents are now realizing their baby registries are kaput.

As Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores around the country prepare to liquidate, people are rushing to adjust their methods of requesting baby registry gifts from family and friends.

Melissa Orseno of St. Petersburg, Florida, suspected something was wrong with her Babies R Us registry several weeks before Toys R Us announced its bankruptcy filing.

She spent three hours in the store scanning items she wanted. But she kept noticing things were being discontinued in the weeks to follow.

Then last weekend, shortly after Toys R Us announced it would close all its stores, Orseno logged back into her registry. Every single clothing item was out of stock. She checked again later; the diapers were out of stock, too.

Current Babies R Us registry holders may access their registries, but a press office email autoresponder noted, “We encourage you to save or write down the products on your registry as soon as possible so you will have a list of those products you wanted before the registry is turned off.”

While the store stated that new registries could not be created, the option to do so is still available on the retailer’s homepage.

Orseno said she hasn’t received any notification from Babies R Us about the status of her registry. In the meantime, she’s transferred everything over to Buybuy Baby and told upcoming baby shower guests — she’s due in June — that she’s moved her wish list.

New Parents Must Seek Registry Rewards Elsewhere

Shopping at Toys R Us and Babies R Us came with perks.

The “R”Us rewards program offered one point for each dollar spent at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. After earning 125 points, participants received a $ 5 reward coupon.

The chain’s press office noted that rewards coupons are no longer valid as of March 22; users may see points accruing in their account, although they’re not valid.

Meanwhile, Babies R Us shoppers could earn 10% back on purchases made through their registries. New parents automatically received an electronic gift card about 12 weeks after their baby’s due date.

Endless Earnings e-gift cards will be accepted through April 21. Orseno suspects she’ll never see the $ 124 she had already earned. She said the rewards program, along with store availability, had made Babies R Us the best choice for her.

Affected stores are notifying customers who have items on layaway, letting them know they have 21 days to pay the balance or get a refund on their deposits.

“If the customers don’t take any action, the liquidators will have the right to sell the product as part of the liquidation after the 21 day notice period,” the email stated.

Gift cards for both stores will be honored through April 21, but all purchases made during the liquidation process beginning March 23 are final sale.

Parents have several alternatives. Buybuy Baby is offering free pacifiers to those who transfer their registries to the store, which is a part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family. The Washington Post also noted that online registry hub Babylist is offering a $ 10 credit to those choosing their next best option.

Target, Walmart and Amazon also offer baby registries.

Orseno said that while BuyBuy Baby’s prices are slightly higher than Babies R Us, its registry is “so much easier to use. It’s fast,” she said, “and it provides a list for thank-you notes.” She said deliveries from Babies R Us had taken weeks to arrive.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

Shawn Mendes drops his first new music since last year’s hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” making a case for his versatility as an artist coming into his own. Beyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle release a carefully calibrated, precociously smart debut album in the style of their mentor. Diplo teams up with Lil Xan for a woozy, party-ready house track off new EP California. Synth-pop duo Marian Hill return to form on the sharp new song “Differently.” And Justin Timberlake’s show openers, The Shadowboxers, find a catchy groove.


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The Kooples: 8 hot spring buys you need in your life

The fashion brand The Kooples made stylish everyday couples famous. And now the label is 10 years old! Read on to find out how the designers can tell a real couple from a phony one – and check out the best new pieces to snap up now…

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Fashion brand The Kooples immediately grabbed the public’s attention with their ad campaigns featuring hot real-life couples. Candid and effortlessly cool, who wouldn’t fancy themselves as one of the trendy pairings?

Run by three brothers, designers Laurent (womenswear), Alexandre (menswear) and marketing director Raphael Elisha, the notion of friends and family is the beating heart at the centre of fashion brand The Kooples, which is ten years old this year (or should that be ten years young…). The name was the result of the brothers playing with the French pronunciation of the word ‘couples’. ‘It seemed too easy, we couldn’t believe that it hadn’t been done before,’ laughs Raphael.

The label captures a sense of Parisian chic, laid-back South of France style, mixed with an indie rock ‘n’ roll LA vibe, bringing together influences from their upbringing and travels. Born into the business, the siblings’ parents were the founders of label Comptoir des Cotonniers and as children at home in the South of France the boys hung out with Jean-Paul Gaultier. The family later moved to LA, where they describe themselves as the kids who always dressed differently. As big rock ‘n’ roll lovers, they decided to start the label because they wanted to dress their musician friends. Finding willing couples to shoot, however, was a challenge at first. ‘We were just stopping people on the street, and they’d be suspicious, like, “I don’t want to do your dodgy porn!”‘ remembers Raphael.

Now, with stockists everywhere from Sweden to Australia and a fan base including Beyonce, it’s a different story. Asking Emily Ratajkowski to collaborate on a bag collection was an obvious choice for them. Always one to surprise, you only have to look to when Emily Ratajkowski married to see she’s an it-model with laissez-faire spirit. ‘She’s a strong, feminine, feminist risk-taker and we like strong people,’ says Laurent. ‘You either love her or hate her, but you always want to know more about her. A bit like us.’

Featuring guitar strap-like handles, hidden pockets, plus studs and embroidery a-plenty, the second collection of Emily x The Kooples has just launched and it’s every bit as lust-worthy as the first. Inspired in part by Ratajkowski’s own collection of vintage bags, the designs are simple, but rock ‘n’ roll.

‘Our collections always mix a very chic, Parisienne spirit with a grungy, LA rock side,’ says Laurent. ‘A lot of silk and a bit folk, with oversized sweaters. If we had to sum up our label in one item? It would have to be a leather jacket.’

Reckon you have what it takes to be a loved-up Koople? There’s no fooling these guys. Raphael has a trick lined up especially for sorting the real from the fake. ‘I ask them to get really close, nose-to-nose. Then I wait ten seconds, while I pretend to adjust my camera. If they’re really together, they kiss, they smile. It’s impossible to stay long like that with someone you don’t know.’ Imposters, you’ve been warned.

Our Summer Wish List

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Mini Emily Bag in Burgundy Mock Croc Print, £378

Designed by Emily Ratajkowski, ‘The Emily’ is the bag you’ll want by your side from morning to evening. This mini format is perfect for throwing over an outfit for everyday chic.

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Black Biker Jacket, £395

A Kooples wardrobe essential, you really can’t go wrong with a black biker jacket. This super soft style is a classic investment piece and you’ll be bringing it out season after season. To shop more of the season’s coolest buys, just look to our leather jackets edit.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Rosa Rosa Print Dress, £318

This beautiful floral dress has us dreaming of hazy sunny days. Buy now for your instant boho update.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Black Leather Skirt with Fringing, £265

Channel a western-inspired look and embrace our favourite fringing trend from the best summer fashion trends 2018.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Red & Black Striped Cashmere Jumper, £295

For Parisian-chic, a striped jumper is your go-to. We’re loving the buttons along the shoulders of this cashmere style for a more rock ‘n’ roll touch.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Red Patent Leather Boots, £293

Strike a pose in these fiery red leather boots. Stand-out staples, they’ll add an injection of fun and colour into your wardrobe instantly.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Cherry Love Black Silk Top with Ruffles, £190

Cherries, delicate ruffles, and a wrap neckline – this silk top has a rock ‘n’ roll 60s spirit, and we’re loving it.

Fashion Brand The Kooples

Pink Embroidered Velour Kimono, £440 

For a more bohemian 60s spirit, this Kimono is the perfect choice. Lounge-wear has never been so stylish.

 

Koople, couple, or stylish-singleton, there’s something here for everyone.

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Free Flu Shots Benefit Those Most in Need

The number of people sick with this year’s brutal flu continues to decrease across the nation, but experts warn the season is not over yet.

“Many states are still experiencing high influenza-like activity,” said Kalvin Yu, MD, chief integration officer and physician lead, community benefit and public health, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “As long as flu viruses are circulating, people of all ages should still get their flu shot if they haven’t already.”

To help boost the public’s protection during the worst influenza season to hit the United States since 2009, Kaiser Permanente Southern California teamed up with the California Department of Public Health to expand an innovative approach to deliver free flu shots to areas of need.

Kaiser Permanente recently received more than 1,300 surplus flu vaccines from the CDPH to distribute to nearly a dozen safety net clinics throughout Southern California. The collaboration is in addition to Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with the CDPH to offer free flu shots to children in financially disadvantaged schools.

“Our support of, and partnership with safety net clinics is integral to expanding access to care and improving the health of low-income, medically underserved and uninsured populations,” said Sandra Silva, MSL, director, community benefit, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “This opportunity to partner with the CDPH is one of several efforts to help reduce health inequities in our region’s under-resourced communities.”

Safety net clinic officials say the free flu vaccines will be put to good use.

“Resources for adult vaccines are very limited, especially for the uninsured,” said Maria Chandler, MD, chief medical officer and pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach. “The donation of flu vaccines means that more resources can be shifted to purchasing other highly needed vaccines for them.”

Jack Tsai, MD, interim medical director and a family medicine physician at The Children’s Clinic, said the free flu shots will also benefit their homeless patients whose medical follow-up is often irregular.

“Preventative measures like vaccinations are among the most helpful interventions that we can provide to these patients who are at higher risk for communicable diseases,” said Dr. Tsai.

Challenging flu virus continues to circulate

The timing of the flu season is unpredictable. The 2017-2018 season began early, and public health officials anticipate flu viruses will circulate for at least a couple more months, perhaps not subsiding until May. This year’s hard-hitting, widespread virus has claimed numerous lives across the country and left thousands more home from work and school fighting body aches, high fevers and other flu symptoms.

With rare exception, the annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Public health officials particularly encourage people at high risk for developing flu-related complications to get the shot, including:

  • Children over six months and under age 5
  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain chronic health conditions

Getting a flu shot is one of the most important things we can do to stay well and protect ourselves and loved ones against the influenza virus,” said Dr. Yu, who  practices as an infectious diseases physician at the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. “We will work with the CDPH to potentially expand the program next year to even more people in underserved areas.”

Reducing influenza in schools

Smiling Hispanic man and woman and African American girlInfluenza is more dangerous than the common cold for children, whose immune systems are still developing. To help decrease the incidence of flu in communities and school absenteeism, Kaiser Permanente also teamed up with the CDPH, eight Southern California school districts, and local nursing programs to offer the program, “Teach Flu A Lesson.”

With their guardian’s permission, more than 8,500 children at 112 schools across four counties – Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego – received free, on-campus flu shots last fall through the program, regardless of their insurance status. Kaiser Permanente selected the sites based on data it collected to identify below-average flu vaccination rates in those geographic areas.

“Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children,” said Kathy Kigerl, RN, MN, and chief administrative officer, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Next flu season, we are looking to expand to a few additional school districts to participate in the successful program.”

For the latest updates and recommendations regarding the flu, please visit the Kaiser Permanente or CDC websites.

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WHAT IS COLORECTAL CANCER?                                                                                                                                                        Colorectal cancer is a cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum make up the final part of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, which processes food for energy and rids the body of solid waste (fecal matter or stool). Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over time (usually 10 years or more), but not all polyps become cancer.

 WHAT’S ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT COLORECTAL CANCER?

Getting screened for colorectal cancer can save your life. People don’t know that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, yet it is preventable. Prevention is within our control.

IS COLORECTAL CANCER PREVENTABLE? IF SO, HOW?
Yes, colorectal cancer is highly preventable. Colorectal cancer can be prevented through screening and lifestyle.

Screening. Screening tests that detect and remove adenomatous polyps are the most reliable method of preventing colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is the gold standard but there are many other screening methods that are less invasive. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you—and when you should have it.

 Lifestyle: The food choices we make and how much we move could prevent 50% of cases that occur in the US every year, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Strong evidence shows that:

  • being physically active decreases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming whole grains decreases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming foods containing dietary fiber decreases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming dairy products decreases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • taking calcium supplements decreases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer
  • consuming one or more alcoholic drinks per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer

 HOW MIGHT SOMEONE KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO GET CHECKED OUT FOR COLORECTAL CANCER?
 Many of the following symptoms may indicate that you should be checked for colorectal cancer

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days.
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

HOW DOES IT IMPACT THE BLACK COMMUNITY?
Colorectal cancer dramatically impacts the Black community.

  • An estimated 17,240 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to occur among blacks in 2016. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both black men and women. Incidence rates (or “new cases”) are higher in black males and females compared to whites (27% and 22%, respectively) (Table 5, page 8).
  • From 2003 to 2012, incidence rates for colorectal cancer decreased by 3.0% per year among black men and by 3.1% per year among black women, compared to 3.3% and 2.9% per year among white men and women, respectively.
  • Prior to 1989, incidence rates were predominantly higher in white men than in black men and were similar for women of both races. Since 1989, however, incidence rates have been higher for blacks than whites in both men and women.
  • This crossover may reflect racial differences in the trends of risk factors for colorectal cancer and/or greater access to and utilization by whites of recommended screening tests that detect and remove precancerous polyps (Cancer Facts and Figures for African-Americans 2016-2018).

WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THERE IS SO MUCH SENSITIVITY AND SHYNESS AROUND THIS DISEASE?
Studies indicate that people who are fearful and embarrassed about colon cancer screenings were three to 10 times less likely to get screened. People are embarrassed to talk about their recent bowel movements with their doctor or expose their bottom for a colonoscopy. People are ultimately dying of embarrassment.

 WHAT’S THE COLORECTAL CANCER ALLIANCE DOING TO HELP? 
 The mission of Colorectal Cancer Alliance is to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. Working with our nation of passionate allies, we diligently support the needs of patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; eagerly raise awareness of preventive screening; and continually strive to fund critical research. Our goals are to save 100,000 lives, invest $ 10 million in critical research, and double the number of patients and families we serve.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance offers the following resources:

  • Free Helpline: The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is your place to call for help and advice on how to cope with a colorectal cancer diagnosis, treatment, and more. Dial (877) 422-2030.
  • Blue Hope Nation: Blue Hope Nation is a private Facebook community where you can connect with thousands of allies who know exactly what you’re going through.
  • Buddy Program: Our Buddy Program matches volunteers with patients, caregivers, or family members to provide a unique support system. Buddies have first-hand experience with colorectal cancer and can provide hope and encouragement.
  • Clinical Trial Finder: Answer a few questions about your diagnosis, and we’ll tell you about applicable clinical trials.
  • For more information, please visit: http://ccalliance.org/get-support

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD YOU START GETTING CHECKED?
 Because colorectal cancer often doesn’t cause symptoms until it is advanced, the American Cancer Society recommends regular colorectal cancer screening for most people starting at age 50. People with a family history of the disease or who have certain other risk factors should talk with their doctor about beginning screening at a younger age.

Because African-Americans are at in increased risk for developing CRC, recommendations are to initiate screening at the age of 45. Screening tests find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

Christine Molmenti is a cancer epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Molmenti has been integrally involved in the design and conduct of cancer chemoprevention clinical trials and epidemiologic pooling studies specifically focused on colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps/adenomas, and risk factors related to colorectal cancer.

Dr. Molmenti is a member of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Medical Scientific Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Peer-review grants program.

Dr. Malmenti answers your “Text Tom” questions below:

Can coffee cause one to have OAB?

Coffee has been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, regardless of it being caffeinated or not. Regarding the relationship between coffee and overactive bladder (OAB), coffee is a diuretic and stimulant and will trigger an increase in bladder activity and urine production. Please consult your physician to discuss risk factors related to OAB further.

For additional information on the association between coffee and other dietary factors related to colorectal cancer, please visit American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR):

http://blog.aicr.org/2017/09/07/new-colorectal-cancer-report-your-faqs-answered/

http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/coffee.html

http://www.aicr.org/press/press-releases/2018/coffee-does-not-need-cancer-warning.html

 Hi Tom, I’m 46 years old and just had my first colonoscopy last month. The doctor who performed it said they are asking that black people have their colonoscopy closer to 45 and 46 now rather than 50 years old. Is that right?

Yes, there are guidelines from several professional gastroenterology societies that African-Americans should start screening around age 45 because they have a higher risk of colorectal cancer than whites.

Please see the link to screening information provided by the colorectal cancer alliance below for additional information:

https://www.ccalliance.org/get-screened/

Had first colonoscopy at 50. Now I’m 54. Surgeon removed non-cancerous polyps. How frequently should I have colonoscopy?

It depends on the type of polyp and their size. If they are 1-2 adenomatous polyps and they are small with no worrisome histologic features then a 5-year follow up is typically recommended but if there are 3 or more or if any are large (more than 1 cm) or have worrisome histologic features, the follow-up interval is 3 years.

There are similar guidelines for sessile serrated polyps. If they are very small hyperplastic polyps in the lower colon and rectum only, the recommendation could be for a 10- year follow-up. The recommended follow up interval should either be on the endoscopy report or a recommendation sent to your primary care provider. If not, call the surgeon’s office to find out what the follow up recommendation is.

Can narrowing of stool also be from hemorrhoids?

It can, but narrowing of the stools should be evaluated with a flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and not attributed to hemorrhoids without an endoscopic evaluation of the cause.

This is for the doctor. My mom died from colon cancer. My insurance still made me wait until age 50 before they would pay for my colonoscopy. Then, the doctor found 9 polyps and charged me for removal. The insurance said that the polyps changed it from preventive to a procedure.

This is a common problem that some insurers change the code for colonoscopy from screening to a diagnostic procedure if polyps are removed. Many insurers are not changing that policy and I would recommend appealing that decision to your insurer and get help from your endoscopist.

 Is having high amounts of mucus in your stool is that a sign of possible colon cancer?

Typically not. Mucus is a normal secretion from the colon and seeing some mucus on the stool is common. If there is blood, a change in bowel habits or abdominal pain, the symptom complex should be evaluated. If you are over 50, you should have screening and I would recommend colonoscopy, since it will also evaluate causes for excess mucus on the stool.

What about Oscar Mayer now making lunch meat without nitrites and nitrates, the cancer-causing agent? What should we take from that?

It is not clear if the carcinogenic potential of processed meats is totally due to the nitrites and nitrates and it is not clear what Oscar Mayer is using for preservatives in place of nitrites and nitrates. Therefore, it may or may not change the cancer causing potential of processed meats.

However processing may also involve smoking, which leads to formation of cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which may increase colorectal cancer risk.

For more information on red meat consumption and risk of colorectal cancer, please visit AICR at:

FAQ: http://www.aicr.org/reduce-your-cancer-risk/diet/red-and-processed-meat.html

Information from the latest AICR report on colorectal cancer: http://www.aicr.org/cancer-research-update/2017/09_20/cru_processed-meats-increase-colorectal-cancer-risk-new-report.html

Helpful swaps from the AICR blog: http://blog.aicr.org/2015/11/04/tasty-swaps-to-help-you-eat-less-red-and-processed-meats/

 What about constipation?

Constipation is common and it can be a symptom of colorectal cancer but other causes are much more common. If it has been going on for a long time (years) and is intermittent, it is unlikely to be due to colorectal cancer. If, on the other hand, it is of recent onset, is persistent or progressive, it should be evaluated and one of the potential causes could be colorectal cancer.

Are there risk of colon or rectal cancer if you take a lot of laxatives?

There is no known risk of colorectal cancer from taking laxatives. The overlap between laxative use and colorectal cancer risk is that people take laxatives for constipation and recent onset constipation can be a sign of colorectal cancer, but the laxatives don’t cause the cancer.

Why do they not test early? I have a friend that died at 38 because they never checked for cancer. He had symptoms for years and they said it was everything but…then it was too late. What age should they start looking?

Symptoms of rectal bleeding, or recent onset, persistent or progressive change in bowel habits, abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss should be evaluated at any age. Those with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or large polyps should start screening at age 40 or earlier.

I recommend talking with your provider about your family history of cancer when you start with the practice and again at age 40 and decide what age your screening should begin.

Is colitis a direct indicator of colorectal cancer? Some insurance companies will increase premium if you get this diagnosis.

Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) are associated with and increase risk of colorectal cancer, but other types of colitis are not known to be a risk for the disease.

For additional information and support, please contact the Colorectal Cancer Alliance:

  • Free Helpline: The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is your place to call for help and advice on how to cope with a colorectal cancer diagnosis, treatment, and more. Dial (877) 422-2030.
  • Blue Hope Nation: Blue Hope Nation is a private Facebook community where you can connect with thousands of allies who know exactly what you’re going through.
  • Buddy Program: Our Buddy Program matches volunteers with patients, caregivers, or family members to provide a unique support system. Buddies have first-hand experience with colorectal cancer and can provide hope and encouragement.
  • Clinical Trial Finder: Answer a few questions about your diagnosis, and we’ll tell you about applicable clinical trials.
  • For more information, please visit: http://ccalliance.org/get-support

The above information has been provided by:

Christine L. Sardo Molmenti, PhD, MPH, RD and Dennis J, Ahnen, MD

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How amazing would it be to have an entire day dedicated to celebrating the less official parts of life that are way too underrated? Apart from the usual holidays that are marked in our calendar, whether it’s a digital one or an actual calendar where you can write things in, there are hundreds of days, 365 to be exact, that you semi-official to be considered a holiday. Some are more fun than others, some are dedicated for important causes and others are simply hilarious.

We all go through our days, weeks and months and just living life as it is, grabbing what it has to offer and rarely do we ever pause and think about how we can change certain patterns or behaviors, until something big happens that makes us want to change something in our life. Maybe it has to do with the routine of things, or maybe it has to do with lack of time, but maybe, just maybe, if we dedicated a part of the day, even a small part to something that is way out of our way, maybe then we could find some peace. Now, these national or international holidays are not meant to be a heavy issue, they are just there, in our opinion, to mark something out of the ordinary, to pause and act out of the daily box, to celebrate life as it should be, really.


We have selected 7 days that we believe are worth celebrating, for all kinds of reasons, and so when you look back at the end of the year and reflect on the things you should have or shouldn’t have done, you won’t say ‘darn, I wish I would have dedicated an hour of my day to celebrate the existence of Lasagna in my life’.

January 17th – Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

We all know that New Year’s resolutions are prone to not being realized at the end of the year, or at that time that you set them for. It’s more about making yourself feel better at a point in your life that you might be more emotional, motivated and very hopeful for the new things coming your way. If you accomplish even 20% of what you expected of yourself, then you should be very proud. Therefore, we think that having one day to throwing away your New Year’s resolutions and giving yourself a break, might be exactly what you need.

February 9th – Pizza Day

Do we really need to go into details as to why this is probably the most awesome day of the year for all you pizza lovers out there. Imagine there was actually a day that was dedicated to that cheesy slice?! Well, there is and it can’t be any more perfect. It’s time for you to get really creative with your choice of toppings, and whether you like to be in the kitchen and show off your master chef skills, or whether you like your pizza delivered straight to your door step, either way, it’s your day to let all those midnight pizza craves rest.

April 27th – Tell a Story Day

We’re busy all the time with telling stories, mostly with our phones. It can be an Instagram story, a message or a Facebook post, but how often do we really sit down with our friends, family or colleagues and tell them face-to-face stories. This day is usually celebrated in Scotland, the U.K and the U.S, and its purpose it to celebrate the idea of oral storytelling. It can be in the form of book reading, tale telling, ghost story telling or any sort of story you feel like sharing with your community.

May 27th – Cellophane Tape Day

You may not realize it, but cellophane tape has changed life as we know it. How would we wrap a gift or our children’s school books if it wasn’t for cellophane tape? this tiny and sticky treasure really seals the deal and it has been helpful in so many ways that it has to have its own day. By the way, for all you DIY people who love to unleash their inner Martha Stewart from time to time, there is a trendier take on the traditional scotch tape and it’s called washi tape.

June 18th – International Picnic Day

Life’s no picnic, but you can certainly dedicate one day for having a picnic outside. It will give you a chance to do something else in the outdoors and feel the air, especially when you are used to sitting inside a cold office all day long. It’s also a good time to be creative with your culinary choices and. A picnic is usually associated with something fun and some sort of a celebration, so why not celebrate it at least once a year.

July 16th – Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

These fuzzy little creatures are way underrated. Guinea pigs have actually been domesticated thousand of years ago in South America and they serve as a small but a very meaningful companion to many children and their households. Just look at these soft bodies, adorable ears and kind eyes, who wouldn’t want to cuddle with that? It’s time to spread the love and show these little animals just how much they mean to us.

August 10th – S’mores Day

Do we need to say s’more? is there any better trio combo in the world than graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and melted chocolate? we didn’t think so. This amazing dessert can be both be made at home and outside when camping. It’s the perfect treat to bring people closer together. Did you know that the first recipe for S’more can be found inside the recipe book that was published by in the 20’s by the Campfire Marshmallows company?

October 2nd – Name Your Car Day

If you haven’t done it already, then October 2nd is the day for you to do so. If people name their boats or their private planes, why can’t others name their vehicles? Think about it, if you own a car and you use it on a daily basis, it’s pretty much the space where you could potentially spend a lot of time in, especially in traffic. This machine has been so good to you in so many ways, it literally changed your life and helped you lead a better one, so if you don’t already have a good name, you have a few months to choose a proper one.

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For those of you who don’t know your Cosby Show history, Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable, had a contentious relationship with Bill Cosby in real life. Cosby was also allegedly upset Bonet became pregnant by Lenny Kravitz and did a nude scene in the 1987 movie Angel Heart. She was reportedly fired from the sitcom in April of 1991, due to “creative differences.” Bonet has never appeared at any of the multiple Cosby Show reunions and she has barely spoken about her former boss — until now.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Bonet didn’t hold back when discussing the 80-year-old who has been accused of sexual misconduct by countless women. When asked if the Cosby allegations “tainted” her memories of The Cosby Show, she said, “No, it’s exactly as I remember it.” She also made it clear she was not aware of him being an alleged sexual predator, but she did sense a “sinister, shadow energy.”

“There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” You sensed a darkness? “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”

She also added, “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”

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‘Sea of Thieves’: Everything You Need to Know About Trading Companies

Sea of Thieves isn’t like other shared world adventure games. In Destiny or The Division, if you get left behind by a group of your friends, it’s hard to catch up. Levelling is tied to gear, and gear is tied to in-game rewards from events, end-game activities and (a lot of the time) straight up luck. Unless you can sink a lot of time into the game, you’ll get left behind.

Rare prides itself on the fact that Sea of Thieves’ progression system is something a little different – relying on something the development studio likes to call ‘horizontal progression’. There is no overall level to speak of, and all customisation options are purely cosmetic. If you see a pirate decked-out in gold with a fancy rifle and rare parrot on their shoulder, that means nothing: they have all the same tools and weapons as you. They’ll likely just have a better reputation with one of Sea of Thieves’ Trading Companies.

“We wanted to build a game where the value of sharing a rich and diverse world with other players is much more meaningful than ever-increasing stats,” design director Mike Chapman tells us on a studio visit to Rare. “We wanted to create an experience where there are no barriers for players, nothing keeping them from playing with each other. Doing that would really be against the vision of our game.”


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RARE wants players of all skill levels to be able to enjoy quests with their friends.

The in-game result of this design philosophy is that Sea of Thieves players can purchase voyages (read: quests) in the game from one of the three Trading Companies, and then all crew members get to cast a vote on which of their voyages they want to tackle together.

In honour of fairness, majority wins in Sea of Thieves’ voting system, so don’t ever worry about being forced to undertake a random quest. The flat way that any player can offer up a quest with any other player able to vote on it means even the most weathered pirate can opt to join in on hunts for booty with greenhorns, or will even allow a fledgeling pirate to tackle the most dangerous end-game quests too.

Completing these voyages will award gold, titles, ranks, and cosmetic items – if you can return the booty to the hub outposts. These rewards will be evenly split across the crew, something Rare is intentionally doing to combat toxicity in the title, are a part of Sea of Thieves‘ progression system.


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Taking part in treacherous sea battles is one way to gain favour with your chosen Trading Company.

The more voyages you complete, the more you’ll rank up the Trading Company that offered it to you. The higher the rank of the Company, the more challenging (but rewarding) the voyages will be. Complete enough of these challenges and you can hit end-game status and start chiselling away at the Pirate Legend content – and of course you can share that with your lower level friends, too.

Each Trading Company has come to the Sea of Thieves with their own motivation, their own goal in this aquatic frontier. Each style roughly reflects a different playstyle, too, so if you want to sample everything Sea of Thieves has to offer, you’re going to want to dip in and out of each Company’s quest lines.

GOLD HOARDERS


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Looking to become the most pimpin’ pirate on the seven seas? The Gold Hoarders have you covered.

The Gold Hoarders outlook is simple: having been founded by legendary treasure hunters, they want to amass as much wealth as possible. To this end, the Trading Company will send you out on treasure hunts, offering you riddles to complete to find the rarest treasure in the game. These riddles will usually require teamwork and tenacity (as well as a pretty good knowledge of the in-game world) to unpick and will reward you with bigger hoards of lost treasure.

You level up this Company by bringing back chests and selling them to the greedy vendors – in return, you can acquire cosmetics that usually have a pretty bombastic feel to them… think Pirate Bling, if nothing else.

THE MERCHANT ALLIANCE


Sea Of Thieves The Merchant Alliance
The Merchant Alliance is where you’ll find the game’s more er, ‘out there’ quests.

The Merchant Alliance wants to control trade in the game. They’re preoccupied with the idea of controlling the world’s economy, paying pirates to scout out supplies and ferry resources such as animals and gunpowder across the sea. Fulfilling contracts, delivering on time and making sure all your cargo makes it to the required location earns you handsome rewards… but if you’re willing to take on more ‘complicated’ stock, those rewards could be even better.

Sea of Thieves has live animal wildlife in-game, and knowing where different breeds of animals live, and how best to get them from one place to another, is a fundamental part of Merchant Alliance gameplay. Want to deliver snakes? You better have one member of your crew dedicated to playing music to calm them.

Want to deliver pigs? Make sure it stays fed. Want to deliver chickens? Good luck, because they like to pop overboard…

THE ORDER OF SOULS


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While most of RARE’s pirate epic is fairly light-hearted and colourful, The Order Of Souls represent the game’s darker side.

Finally, the Order of Souls is set on mastering the ancient and mysterious magic of the game’s lore, and is willing to use you as a vessel to achieve that. The conjurers and seers of this mysterious sect have learned how to recapture magic from the skulls of former pirates, and will reward anyone bringing them back to the Order.

This is the most combat-focused of the Companies: quests on behalf of this odd bunch will see you charged with taking down infamous skeleton pirate crews, using a variety of combat tactics to come out on top. As you progress higher into the ranks of this Company, you’ll be asked to take on Skeleton Forts – massively challenging outposts home to some very important loot.

These forts will contain more loot than any one ship can carry – so will you split the rewards with other crews, or will you make a round trip, determined to hoard the treasure for yourself?

Though the voyages guide you towards completing a certain task in order to get specific rewards, Sea of Thieves is also keen for you to explore: you can find artefacts, treasure, mysterious skulls and more out in the world, or in the possession of other players. Nabbing these more emergent style rewards can still push you along the path of your chosen Company, and can do so without impacting your freedom.


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Rare hints at much more to come in ‘Sea Of Thieves’.

But that’s not all. Whilst Rare plans to launch with three companies, our conversations with the developers at the studio would suggest there’s still far more to come. “The Golden Age of Piracy is still yet to come” smiles Mike Chapman, when asked about what Rare has in store for us in the future.

Rare suggests there will be seasonal content coming to the game too, with specific new Trading Companies perhaps linked to certain times of year or  in-game events that will offer new quest opportunities and cosmetic items.

It’s clear Rare plans on keeping this game alive for the foreseeable future, and that’s great news – because the studio has made it abundantly clear that this is only the beginning, and these Trading Companies are merely the foundation of something much, much bigger.

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We Need to Talk About Jadis’ Artwork in ‘The Walking Dead’

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 10 titled “The Lost and the Plunderers.” Proceed with caution.


The Walking Dead doesn’t mess around. Losing Carl in Season 8 Episode 9 wasn’t easy for fans, but it was time to close one arc so another could begin. And what better time to start telling new stories than the middle of a season? As everything burned behind Carl, Rick, and Michonne in the mid-season premiere, new stories were seeded to grow and become a new chapter.

Thanks to Jadis and Simon, the latest developments were also the most shocking moments of Season 8 Episode 10, “The Lost and the Plunderers.”

Jadis Says

It’s been a while since we were intimate with Jadis. Back in Season 8 Episode 7, “Time For After”, we all scratched our heads at Jadis painting in the nude, taking NSFW Rick pics. Since then, we’ve watched her double cross both Rick and Negan while speaking in weird pidgin english devoid of pronouns, quietly wishing she’d just STFU and help Rick beat The Saviors. But Jadis had a different idea of what success looked like for The Scavengers, and it didn’t include saving their lives.

It did, however, include a meat grinder.

After Simon murdered her entire colony and they turned to zombie, Jadis lured them all to a giant meat grinder and turned them all into mush on a conveyer belt.

Before pulverizing her new zombie colony, Jadis explained the origin of The Scavengers to Rick and Michonne while wearing a white dress, splattered in blood.

I used to come here to find things to paint on. Metal sheets. Fabrics. And then after everything changed, I realized this whole place was a canvas – but we were the paint. We could create something new. We could become something new. We did. This was our world, apart from everyone else, in every way. — Jadis

If post-apocalyptic leaders are opportunistic colonizers, Jadis was certainly the most creative. More importantly, Jadis started speaking in complete sentences for the first time, making this the most shocking moment of the episode.

Meanwhile, The Whisperers have been rumored to be making an appearance in The Walking Dead TV Series. Left alone to her own vices, this shocking plot twist may have just set the stage for Jadis to create and lead them.

Was this episode our last glimpse of Jadis, or are her complete sentences indicative of her next art project?

Idiots Rule

Simon has always had crazy eyes, but his allegiance to Negan always seemed to keep his loco in check. At every turn, Simon appeared to be Negan’s best Lieutenant. A lawful evil character in nature, Simon was scary because he did what he was told without asking why. Turns out that was fake news. Simon showed his true colors in Season 8 Episode 10 and went full Chaotic Evil.