4 Essential Tips Before You Start Playing ‘We Happy Few’

It can be daunting when first starting We Happy Few. Dropped into a terrifying alternate version of Britain in the 1960s, all you have at the start is the clothes on your back and a dream of freedom. Exactly where do you go from there?

Even though We Happy Few doesn’t rely on its survival mechanics to quite as an extent as it did during the Early Access release, it can still be very important to ensure you’re gathering enough resources from the world around you in order to stay alive and make progress right from the go.

So, let us be your guide in your opening moments in this intimidating new land. Keep these tips in mind in order to survive the psychedelic nightmare that is Wellington Wells.

Fill your pockets with loot

Sure, We Happy Few isn’t the intense survival game it started out to be, but you’ll still need to do a fair bit of scavenging throughout the game. Pretty much everything you gather — whether it’s from sneaking into someone’s house or rooting in the nearest — has a use to you. Food? Water? Bits of old metal? You want it all.



If you do rummage through everything in sight, it won’t be long before you’re inventory is full to the brim with all sorts of components for crafting materials, but there are definitely a few things you should prioritize. One of the absolute essentials is Gilead Petals, which can be picked from the red-flowered bushes dotting the countryside and mushed together to make Healing Balm. It’s always useful to have some of these on you to heal in a pinch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for Bobby Pins, which are needed to create lockpicks. Security is pretty tight in many of the game’s areas, so being able to break in through a back door to avoid the Bobbies is always a bonus. They can also be used to open sealed chests and lockers to yield even more loot, though we would recommend keeping some saved for their main purpose.

Speaking of Bobbies, one other item to loot whenever you see it is Scotch. You can use this as an intoxicating bribe to get past a pesky guard blocking your path, so it’s always worth having a bottle or two with you.

Choose the right skills

In the first act of We Happy Few, you’ll play as Arthur. He’s a pretty terrible fighter, but he’s stealthy and quick on his feet. And while many of the choices on offer aren’t all that exciting, there are a few options that take best advantage of Arthur’s proficiencies.



Sensibly, the game’s tutorial encourages you to take “Sweet Dreams” first, which allows you to choke enemies unconscious from behind or suffocate them while they’re sleeping. It’s an incredibly powerful ability that’ll have you clearing out rooms or entire buildings without making a peep.

Further down in the stealth category, both “Ear to the Ground” and “Tech Friendly” are nice pickups. The former allows you to see an enemy’s footsteps from further away, while the latter means many of the game’s high-tech surveillance options won’t be able to see you. Both make the whole sneaking approach so much easier. In the same branch, “Oh You” is a useful timesaver as it stops people from being suspicious of you if they see you running or jumping about. That’s just what you’re like!

Elsewhere, “Herbalist” is worth consideration if you keep finding yourself getting into scrapes. The bonus healing will significantly lessen the demand on some of your resources. As of the others, they can be avoided unless they really suit your own playstyle. Outside of the handful of standout options, the choices you make on the skill tree aren’t massively impactful.

Don’t be afraid to run

Often you’ll find the stealthy approach is optimal in We Happy Few, given how easy it is to knock out enemies from behind and how clunky the combat can be if a mob of Joy-guzzling citizens descends upon your Downer. And while it may be tempting to wildly swing back at them with a cricket bat, fleeing is often the more sensible approach.

The tactical retreat is especially effective when playing as Arthur in act one. He’s not exactly the greatest fighter, but he does have the ability to sprint away very quickly from his pursuers. Fortunately, anyone who becomes hostile to you doesn’t give chase for too long either. Call it a fault of awkward AI — or maybe all the citizens are tripping so hard that they suffer from rapid memory loss.



Essentially, if you put enough distance between you or duck out of sight for long enough, they’ll return to their seemingly pleasant routines in no time. You can even go back to talk to them and they’ll have forgotten all about you!

Benches can also be very useful blending-in spots if you think you might get caught. If your dose of Joy is about to expire or you think a local is getting suspicious, just take a seat and whip out the daily paper for a quick browse until the moment passes. Or duck into one of the many hideouts across the world for instant safety.

Expand your wardrobe

If you want to make it a lot less stressful to blend into the various regions of Wellington Wells, then it’s important to have a diverse wardrobe. Wherever you go on the island, the locals can be incredibly judgemental folk, deciding whether they want to give you a pleasant hello in return or chase you down with a frying pan with one quick look at your clothing.



The less fortunate souls on the outskirts will want to see you in a Torn Suit, something effortlessly made if you find a rock to scuff the hell out of it. Be sure to save a Proper Suit and Shoes for when you return to the fancier regions, though, or they’ll look down on you as a Wastrel.

We Happy Few offers a number of other more specialized outfits, too. It can be handy to have a Boiler Suit on you when entering municipal or construction areas — no one will think twice about someone fiddling around with electronics wearing that. Fisticuff fans might want to consider the Padded Suit for some extra damage reduction, though it doesn’t seem necessary. On the other hand, a Gas Mask is definitely essential when heading into some locations to avoid damage from toxic fumes.

As for the Rubber Cat Suit? Well, we’ll let you discover all about that one for yourself!

And there you have it: a few words of wisdom for your new life in Wellington Wells. Remember, if it all goes wrong, you can always just pop a Joy and live in blissful ignorance forever!

We Happy Few is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Before we get to Star Wars: Episode IX, there’s the small matter of a couple of other Star Wars films yet to make it in front of fans’ eyeballs. But with The Last Jedi almost upon us (just four agonising months to go) and the Han Solo spin off set for release five months later, our attentions will soon be very much focused on the final instalment of the new trilogy in the main saga. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Episode IX to date. We’ll be updating this article when more news breaks, with the latest details at the top.

Filming Begins

August 1, 2018 — Both director JJ Abrams and star John Boyega acknowledged the commencement of production on Episode IX via social media. Abrams called it “bittersweet” referencing beginning a new chapter without Carrie Fisher, while Boyega was excited to step back into the shoes of Finn, marking the occasion with a string of Instagram stories and a post which shared the same image as Abrams’ tweet and the words: “First day done with @jjabramsofficial leading ! It was dope!”

Carrie Fisher Will Appear


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Carrie Fisher as Leia.

July 27, 2018 — In an official statement from Lucasfilm, it was announced that they will use deleted footage from The Force Awakens of Fisher as Leia. Director JJ Abrams said: “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

The same statement also announced the returning cast, which includes Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels as well as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. While new cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Billy Dee Williams has been confirmed to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

J.J. Abrams Recruited To Direct


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J.J. Abrams is back on board.

September 12, 2017 — J.J. Abrams has been announced as the man to bring Star Wars: Episode IX to the screen. It will be the final instalment in the current sequel trilogy. The statement, released on StarWars.com, follows speculation about who would pick up the reins from departing director Colin Trevorrow.

Abrams, of course, helmed The Force Awakens and is executive producer on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. He’s also on producer duties for the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.

He has previously said he wished he directed Episode VIII.

Abrams will be co-writing the script with Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio — which suggests that script doctor Jack Thorne has also left the project.

Finally, the film’s release date was confirmed in the same statement.

Here’s the statement in full:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.

Director Colin Trevorrow Exits


Colin Trevorrow directing The Book of Henry.

September 5, 2017 – Jurassic World and Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow has left the project. This follows the news last month that Jack Thorne was brought on board to action script re-writes. Lucasfilm and Disney announced the news in a statement, published on StarWars.com. The statement reads:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.”

Trevorrow is the latest in a series of directors to be dismissed from helming roles on Star Wars projects. It remains to be seen who will replace the outgoing director but FANDOM has speculated on contenders here.

Episode IX Gets a New Writer


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Jack Thorne is the man tasked with polishing the script for Episode IX

August 2, 2017 – At one time, there was talk of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson taking on scribe duties. Johnson referred to this as “old news” via Twitter on April 24. In actual fact, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow had been working with collaborator Derek Connolly on the script.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, a new writer is being brought on board in the form of Jack Thorne. His task? To knock the screenplay into shape via a rewrite. His credentials? He’s worked on His Dark Materials, the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy saga, as well as Channel 4 show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Sheep. Thorn is also screenwriter on the upcoming Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Past work has included TV series Skins and National Treasure.

It isn’t known how extensive Thorne’s rewrites are likely to be.

‘The Last Jedi’ Director Shoots Footage For ‘Episode IX’


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Rian Johnson on the set of The Last Jedi

June 19, 2017 – Colin Trevorrow tells MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he asked The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to shoot a little something extra for Episode IX during filming for Episode VIII.

“There was one little thing,” he said. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just: ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great.”

We don’t yet know what the “extra thing” was but it echoes Johnson’s request of J.J. Abrams when he was shooting The Force Awakens. A joined-up approach is definitely smart when it comes to Star Wars properties.

Starting Over


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Episode IX was at one point due to focus on Leia

May 24, 2017 – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reveals that the plot of Episode IX had been due to centre around Leia before her death. In the special Vanity Fair Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview, Kennedy said this about Carrie Fisher: “The minute she finished (shooting The Last Jedi), she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!‘ Because Harrison (Ford) was front and centre on VII, and Mark (Hamill) is front and centre on VIII.

“She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly previously: “Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody. We pretty much started over.”

Principal Photography


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May 24, 2017 – It’s announced via Vanity Fair’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview that shooting will begin on Episode IX in January 2018.

Carrie Fisher Won’t Appear


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Carrie Fisher’s involvement will apparently end with The Last Jedi

April 14, 2017 – Following reports that Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, said that the Leia actress would be making a posthumous appearance in the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy refutes the claim. Todd Fisher had said that he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of her.

However, Kennedy says he was confused. “We finished everything in VIII and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie,” she told ABC News. “Unfortunately, Carrie passed away so by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts – we had not written the script yet – but we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. So, sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”

Carrie Fisher’s Image Won’t Be Recreated By CGI


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We’re assured we won’t see this again

January 13, 2017 – Lucasfilm releases a statement saying that they have “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.” This follows news of Fisher’s death in December. It’s also a response to fan criticism of the computer-generated image of Fisher as Princess Leia as it appeared at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

65mm Film Stock


The Force Awakens was shot on traditional film stock

November 11, 2016 – It is confirmed that Episode IX will be shot on traditional film stock. Specifically, 65mm rather than 35mm, which was used for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

Kodak has announced that they’ve added the capacity to handle 65mm in its UK processing facility, and details Episode IX as one of the projects that will make use of Kodak 65mm stock.

Production Begins


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Bob Iger hijacked the announcement of The Last Jedi starting principal photography to tell the world production had started on Episode IX

February 10, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms that production has already kicked off for Episode IX, which is due for a 2019 release. He wasn’t clear on exactly what he meant by that, and made the comment when announcing that filming had begun for Episode VIII, The Last Jedi.

On Location in Space?


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Space shooting is a thing

January 28, 2016 – Colin Trevorrow announces that he wants to shoot some of the footage in space. At a Sundance Film Festival panel, Trevorrow says, “I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars?’, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”

Also on the panel with Trevorrow was Christopher Nolan who said he’d had the same conversation on Interstellar. “There’s incredible footage from space now,” he said.

Colin Trevorrow On Board To Direct


Colin Trevorrow on the set of Jurassic World

August 15, 2015 – At Disney’s D23 Expo, the news is announced that Episode IX has found its director. The chosen one? A certain Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow helmed 2015’s Jurassic World but it was another film of his that sealed the deal.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

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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.

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@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.

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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.

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BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Tuesday, March 27, 2018) – The second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) starts tomorrow with the annual Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition celebrating its 57th year. As is tradition, the event will run from March 28 to April 8, over the Easter Weekend at one of the world’s most iconic surfing locations.

This year’s event will be bittersweet as it will be the last CT event the three-time WSL Champion, Mick Fanning (AUS), will compete in. The four-time event winner will look to end his competitive career the way that it started in 2001, with a win at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach ringing the coveted Bell. Fanning will match-up with Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and 2018 CT Rookie Jesse Mendes (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 12 when the competition gets underway.

“I really love Bells and how pretty this place is with the cliffs and surroundings,” Fanning said. “I also really love the history of this event and how the traditional landowners have so many amazing stories. There are also so many moments in surfing folklore from this place that it just feels special to be here. I first came here in 1998, and now 20 years later, I’m coming here for my last event — I’ve come full circle. It’s my last event, but definitely not my last time here at Bells, I’ll be surfing here for a long time to come.”

Reigning two-time WSL World Champion John John Florence (HAW) is ready for redemption after his shock Round 2 elimination on the Gold Coast. Florence has never made a Final at Bells but thinks it’s time he gets his name on the most iconic trophy in professional surfing.

“The Bell is probably the most legendary trophy in surfing,” Florence said. “I’d be super excited to ring it, but it’s a hard one to win because a lot of guys seem to have this wave dialed. I do feel at home here. It’s a challenging wave, but I love the raw ocean power and how it’s always changing — it keeps you on your toes.”

Lakey Peterson (USA) comes into the second stop of the 2018 CT as the Jeep Ratings Leader for the first time in her career. After a breakout season in 2017, the 23-year-old has a genuine shot at the title and will be a real threat when competition kicks off at Bells. The fact that the Californian earned a solid 3rd place result at this event last year puts her in a prime position to capture her second CT win of the year and strengthen her World Title campaign.

“My fiancé [Thomas Allan] lives about one minute from here, so I’m enjoying being a half local,” Peterson said. “I’ve been spending a lot of time here recently and have a lot of support crew around me, so I’m really looking forward to the event getting started. This will be my first event in the yellow Jeep Jersey so it feels really special, but at the same time, my goal is to be in the No. 1 spot at the end of the year, so I’m not too focused on what’s happening now.”

Current Jeep Ratings Leader Julian Wilson (AUS) is also fresh off a victory at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and is keen to continue his run towards a maiden World Title in 2018. Currently nursing a shoulder injury, the natural-footer is feeling rejuvenated after his recent success at this and eying another win to back-up his early lead.

Jordy Smith (ZAF) has always been a contender at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, finishing 2nd and 3rd multiple times leading up to his commanding win in 2017 in near-perfect conditions. Round 1 will see a 2017 final re-match as Smith takes on last year’s runner-up Caio Ibelli (BRA)and Californian Patrick Gudauskas (USA).

“I’m here to try and go back-to-back,” Smith said “I’m going to do everything I was doing last year, and some. We’ve got an incredible pool of great surfers here, so you need to focus on what you can control and not put too many expectations on yourself. This is a right-hand point like what I grew up surfing, so I feel at home and ready to go. It’s sad to see Mick Fanning go, but he’s done so much for our sport. I really hope I can get a heat with him here. Hopefully, we can meet in the Final.”

Reigning two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) has yet to find success at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach but will be on the hunt in 2018. Known for her aggressive forehand attack, the big open walls of the Bells Bowl suit Wright to a tee. She will be one to watch over the Easter Weekend as she comes up against Malia Manuel (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) in Heat 4 of Round 1.

“Bells Beach is such a special place in surfing, so it’s great to be back,” Wright said. “I love it down here and have so many great memories. I’m feeling really good at the moment and am definitely confident leading into the event. I feel like this wave suits my surfing a lot. Winning the event and ringing the Bell is definitely a massive goal of mine and something I’ve yet to achieve, so I’m definitely putting that as my number one goal this year.”

Courtney Conlogue (USA), the two-time, defending event winner, has withdrawn from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event due to a foot injury sustained earlier this month. The 2017 World Title contender will continue to assess her injury in the lead up to the Margaret River Pro next month.

Conlogue will be replaced by Macy Callaghan (AUS), who will make her second appearance as an injury replacement on the 2018 CT. The 2016 World Junior Champion missed out on qualification for the CT by 1 heat at the end of last season and will be keen to make her mark among the world’s best surfers.

11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) has also withdrawn from the event as he continues to recover from a foot injury sustained midway through last year. The three-time Bells winner will be replaced by Michael February (ZAF). In addition to this event, February will surf through the rest of the 2018 CT season as a replacement for the outgoing Fanning.

Yesterday, the Trials took place in pumping surf at the Bells Bowl and was taken out by Phillip Island’s Carl Wright (AUS), who after 10 years of attempts has found himself with a spot on the big stage. Kobie Enright (AUS) took out the women’s Trials to surf in her first ever CT event, while young-gun Mikey McDonagh (AUS) took the Rip Curl Trials win for his 2018 event entry.

Event organizers will convene at  8:00 a.m. AEDT to assess the conditions and determine if the Rip Curl Pro will get underway for its opening day.

Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:

The event window starts off slow, but then a solid SW swell moves in for Fri/Sat, and with favorable conditions for the most part.  More decent size swells stacking up in the longer range.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: 
Filipe Toledo (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Mikey McDonagh (AUS)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA), Carl Wright (AUS)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA), Frederico Morais (PRT), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Jesse Mendes (BRA)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: 
Carissa Moore (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Kobie Enright (AUS)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Caroline Marks (USA)

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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JOHN Boyega has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming this summer.

It comes after the film was delayed due to the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, who portrayed General Leia Organa in the space fantasy.

John Boyega has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming this summer
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While promoting Pacific Rim: Uprising on The One Show, John Boyega revealed when he’ll be returning as Stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn.

Star Wars: Episode IX will see J.J. Abrams return to the directing chair after launching the trilogy with 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Hosts Angelica Bell and Matt Allwright quizzed John on plot secrets, but he revealed: “I don’t know a thing, but I know I start filming in July. They’re prepping and planning.

“JJ has a script, but I just haven’t read it yet.”

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John also opened up about the intense security around the top secret scripts.

He explained: “You have to go to a room where the script is… I can’t lie, sometimes you get to bring it back home.”

Initial scripts for the as-yet-untitled ninth instalment were reported to heavily focus on Carrie Fisher’s iconic role of Leia Organa but her tragic passing in 2016 forced a change in direction.

Last year, a Vanity Fair feature quoted producer Kathleen Kennedy as saying: “She was having a blast… The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’

Because Harrison [Ford] was front and centre on VII, and Mark is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

Carrie Fisher was keen to begin work on Episode IX before her untimely death
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Producers have ruled out using CGI technology or another actress to bring back Princess Leia in future instalments, after a CGI cameo in Rogue One received mixed reviews from loyal fans.

“We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa”, LucasFilm said in a statement.

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in December, 2019.


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PORTLAND, Ore. — Despite the wide availability of effective treatments for depression and a growing effort nationwide to detect and begin treating depression during primary care visits, only about one-third of individuals newly diagnosed with depression start treatment, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

More than 16 million U.S. adults experience an episode of major depression each year, and it is one of the country’s costliest public health conditions. The annual cost of depression-related medical care and lost productivity is estimated at $ 210 billion.

The researchers found that out of a total of more than 240,000 patients who received a new diagnosis of depression in a primary care setting, 35.7 percent initiated antidepressant medication or psychotherapy within 90 days of their diagnosis. Among those with more severe depression, about half started treatment.

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“There was some older, more limited evidence that many people who are diagnosed with depression do not begin treatment, for reasons ranging from stigma to challenges accessing behavioral health services,” said Beth Waitzfelder, PhD, lead author and investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Honolulu. She added that additional evidence has shown that some patient populations are particularly vulnerable to being untreated.

“Our study, which was much larger than previous studies, provides important new evidence about the current scope of the problem among leading health care systems across the country that are striving to improve depression care in primary care settings,” said Waitzfelder.

“Screening for depression in primary care is a positive step toward improving detection, treatment and outcome for depression, but disparities persist. We need a better understanding of the patient and other factors that influence treatment initiation.”

Using electronic health records, insurance claims and demographic data, the researchers studied patients who received a new diagnosis of depression in primary care settings in five large health care systems between 2010 and 2013. These organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and HealthPartners — are all members of the Mental Health Research Network, a consortium of 13 health care systems that, together, provide care for more than 12 million people.

For patients who did initiate treatment, more than 80 percent started antidepressant medication rather than psychotherapy. The researchers found that older patients were less likely to choose psychotherapy, with 25 percent of patients age 18-29 starting counseling, compared to 7 percent of patients age 75 and older. All racial and ethnic minorities were more likely than non-Hispanic whites to start psychotherapy rather than medication — an important reminder that health care providers and organizations need to consider the preferences of patients when developing treatment strategies and recommendations.

“Over the last decade, there has been a growing effort to raise awareness about mental health and to integrate mental health care into primary care,” said Waitzfelder. “This is a positive development, since most people receive care from primary care providers. However, our study shows there is a lot more work to do to understand why many depressed patients do not begin treatment.”

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What’s eating all moms of teens? Where do I start?

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Betsy Shaw

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This morning I ran into two mom friends. I talked to each of them for nearly half an hour. Our conversations could have gone on for days. The topic? Parenting teenagers.

I came away thinking, wow, we could really use a club or support group for mothers of teens in this town. Well, maybe I’m projecting.

Motherhood starts out seeming like such a romantic idea. I’m not saying this in a “Oh my God, I hate it” kind of way, but I am saying it in a “How did I not realize this was going to be so relentlessly emotionally demanding?” kind of way.

You get pregnant and you’re the center of attention. You connect with other pregnant women, seamlessly. You talk, you laugh about your new, all-natural boob job, you lament the weight gain, the gas, the fatigue. But you know there’s a baby coming, like a prize in the bottom of the cereal box, so the conversations are generally light.

You have the baby and you’re still the center of attention. Everyone wants to visit. Everyone wants to hold that baby. Everyone wants to hear your birth story and tell you how precious and magical being a mother is. You’ve brought a child into the world. You are a courageous goddess who can do anything. Baby care is hard, but your focus is clear: Food, comfort, love–survival.

Your baby turns into a toddler who becomes the center of attention. Opportunities, real or virtual, to get together with other moms and compare milestones and struggles abound. Online groups, Mommy and Me, story hour, it’s all so new, and everything you do, you do with a sense of infinite possibility. You could live on love and pride and the joy that’s in your curious, naughty child’s eyes alone. You need nothing else.

 

You have a school kid and your social circle becomes your child’s friends’ and teammates’ parents. There’s a ton of support all around you. Moms at school drop off, moms at ballet and recreational soccer games. Your world feels bigger and wilder, maybe a little bit meaner, but can always be made to feel small and friendly again by curling up with a picture book and reading together. You have each other.

Your kid becomes a tween. Things shift. Navigating social life and activities gets tricky. It’s busy, in a good way, mostly. There’s plenty of opportunity for talking with other moms. And there’s still that illusion of control, that sense that all these things you’re doing with and for your kid will somehow guarantee they’ll grow up to be happy, safe, healthy, and maybe even academically, athletically, or artistically accomplished. Sure, social media is a bit of a worry, yet they’re still so young and pliable and, if your lucky, cuddly. You’re still steering the ship, or so you think.

And then your kid’s in high school. While you weren’t sleeping, someone turned up the speed of the earth’s rotation. Time is flying. You try so hard to keep connected with your friends but everyone is so busy. Your relationship with your husband feels more like a tag-team wrestling match than a romantic partnership. There’s a hint of desperation in the air as we all come to the same revelation that these kids we’ve spent so much time on are not ours to keep. They’re growing up and away from us with each breath they take. We are no longer their go-to security blankets or wisdom dispensers.

They have inner worlds we cannot know. They have boyfriends and girlfriends. Maybe they have no friends. They have Instagram. They’ve got grownup body parts and grownup desires yet we know, oh how we know, their brains are unfinished. They spend an absurd amount of time in their rooms. You’re not sure who you should worry about more: your kids, yourself, your job, or your marriage — if you still have one.

And all that instinctual worrying about and doing for and doting on becomes an impediment to the mother-child relationship, if you still have one. They need you, yes, but they don’t want to need you. And you want them to need you but you also need to know they can handle themselves without you.

And you see them struggle and want to snatch them up and curl them back into you, and promise to keep them safe inside your arms. You want to make their world small again, like the ones in those beautiful picture books, because that small world seemed so easy to manage. But you can’t. So while you are trying to trust them and respect their need for independence, you are grieving. And you are petrified you haven’t armed them properly against the elements they are sure to face.

And that is why, when you see another mother of a teenager, you let loose at the very first mention of “How are you?” even if you don’t know them that well. And, most often, they say, “Same here. I know exactly what you’re talking about.” And thank Goodness for that.

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OHMYGOSSIP — It feels so exciting when you fall in love and start a new relationship! New relationships are about hope, some expectations and fresh feelings. But sometimes a new relationship collapses when they hardly starts.

Remamber, a good start determines the further outcome of your relationship! When you just start dating someone it’s very easy to make mistakes and scary the person away. Sure, every relationship is highly individual and unique, but here some universal tips to remember when you start a new relationship.

1. Don’t pursue your boyfriend
I always found it difficult. When I fall in love with someone I want to spend every second with this person to get to know him better. I become literally obsessed with the guy and it’s often the main cause of all my unsuccessful relationships. Such an excessive attention is the sure way to frighten the person off. Try to avoid calling him every hour or typing romantic messages if you’ve just started dating. Guys love when a girl can take the first step, but they cannot stand when the girl is persistent or even annoying. On the other hand, try not to hold him back. Avoid these two extremes and find the golden mean in your communication.

2. Don’t pretend to be someone else
When you like someone it’s natural that you want reciprocity. You want to gain the person’s approval and try hard to correspond to his expectations and preferences. However, you cannot make a different version of yourself. Sooner or later you’ll get tired to play this game and when he gets to know your true self, it’ll break your partner’s heart. When you pretend to be someone else, your guy cannot appreciate your real personality. If you know that your guy loves blue-eyed blondes, but you have beautiful brown tresses, you shouldn’t even think to dye your hair color! Try to be honest and open from the very beginning.

3. Your new boyfriend isn’t your previous one

Never ever try to compare your current boyfriend with your previous ones. Moreover, you should never discuss your previous relationships with your guy. It’s the easiest way to make him suspicious and jealous about all your male friends, which will surely lead to a breakdown. This rule works both ways. While you should keep silent about your previous guys, try not to ask him about his girlfriends as well. You don’t really need to know the person’s past to get to know him better. While dating him you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see everything with your own eyes.

4. Avoid being too fast
You’ve just started dating, but you’re already imagining your wedding and a happy family with 3 kids and a dog. Wait for a second, aren’t you too fast? Don’t cherish illusions as for your common future; everything is very uncertain at the beginning of your relationship and you still need a lot of time to explore each other. If you hint that you have some plans as for your future, be sure your relationship won’t go too far. I’ve noticed that most of my successful relationships occurred when I thought I had no chances with the guy. Remember that your relationship should develop its natural way. Your boyfriend shouldn’t tell you ‘I love you’ on the third date.

5. Don’t be the center of attention
When you want to impress your new boyfriend, you can go too far boasting about your personality, interests, hobbies or whatever else. However, you can get too tiresome and boring. Instead, try to talk about his personality. Take an interest in his work, hobbies, family and past. When he’s talking about something, be a careful and active listener. Guys will never tell you that, but they like to be complimented! Compliments will raise his self-esteem and dignity. Say some kind words about his achievements or personal qualities.

6. Don’t gather information

If you have common friends, don’t try to question them about your boyfriend. This is of crucial importance when it comes to his previous girls and relationships. If your guy finds out that (be sure he’ll find out), you will have a great difficulty trying to explain the situation to him. You shouldn’t rely on his social accounts either. What the person pretends to be online and what the person actually is are two totally different things. The best way to understand your partner is communication and spending time together.

7. Don’t be a perfectionist

Many relationships fail simply because you expect too much from the person. Several years ago I composed the list of features I expected from my potential boyfriend. There were nearly fifteen traits of character, if I’m not mistaken. No wonder all my relationships collapsed very soon since I was too high-maintenance and any man could hardly satisfy my needs. However, I’ve realized that I’m not ideal either, so it’s rather dishonest to expect perfection from someone else. Both of you are human beings and it’s natural that you have some shortcomings and imperfections.

A new relationship always gives you a chance to start everything anew. Even though the outcome of your relationship depends on many factors, you can still do a lot to make a good start. Follow the aforementioned tips if you want to start a successful relationship and get married.


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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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‘Tis the season to think bigger than yourself — and so I asked Kate to do a 411 for us on helping charities. Whether you’ve got a little or a lot to give, how can you start donating? What do you need to know? What research should you do ahead of time? (Readers, I’d love to hear from you — where do you donate annually, and then around this time of the year? Do you prefer to give to one organization or spread it out? How have you found organizations in the past?) – Kat

Psst: We’ve previously talked about strategic volunteering, how to get on a board, charitable giving for young professionals, and how to deal with pressure to donate money at the office.

Here are some ways to help charities, whether you want to donate money or time or something else:

Find one charity you care about, and give what you can. Helpful resources to find charities that use their donations wisely include Guidestar and Charity Navigator (the two recently partnered to share information) and Give.org (the BBB Wise Giving Alliance). If you don’t have much time to research potential recipients of your donations, you can easily use a resource like Charity Navigator’s Charities with Perfect Scores (examples: The Equal Justice Initiative and Help Hope Live) or 10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of (examples: Doctors Without Borders, USA and The Rotary Foundation). To claim a charity donation on your taxes, make sure to save the letter or receipt from the organization.

Get involved in a nonprofit organization’s Young Professionals group. Many nonprofits have such groups, which tend to offer one or more of the following: volunteering experiences (such as helping out at a fundraising gala or other special event), educational opportunities (learning about the organization’s mission and activities — through, for example, behind-the-scenes tours), and fundraising events for YPs (such as pub crawls). Bonus: Joining groups like these brings great opportunities for making friends and networking (or, as Kat put it many moons ago, “shopping for boys,” i.e., dating). Kat has previously mentioned the Young Lions (New York Public Library) and the American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council.

Join a nonprofit board. Yes, this feat is often harder to accomplish as a 20- or 30-something than, say, a 60-something who’s well established in her career and relatively prominent in the community, and has plenty of valuable connections (and, well, perhaps more disposable income). However, some nonprofits reserve board spots (or at least one) for young professionals who can bring new perspectives and help reach a younger audience. Joining a board committee (for example, the marketing committee) is another option, as is seeking out new and/or very small charities that may have more trouble getting board members than the more well-known nonprofits in your community. A couple of ways to find out about board openings are signing up for the newsletter put out by your city’s young professionals group and doing a search on VolunteerMatch. For more details please check out our post on how to get on a board.

Collect donations from a nonprofit’s wish list. If you know it’ll go over well at work, and there aren’t any policies against it, tell your coworkers you’re collecting items for a local organization and put a box in your cubicle/office where things can be dropped off. It’s safest to pick a noncontroversial nonprofit, e.g., an animal shelter or children’s hospital, rather than an org whose activities or philosophy might spark debate at the office.

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You have the passion and the drive, but maybe you don’t think you have the money to pursue your dream of starting your own small business. Thankfully, there are many different ways you can start a small business with little or no savings or outside funding. This post goes through some tips on how to start your business as cheaply as possible.

Where Do I Start as a Small Business Owner?

One of the most inexpensive ways you can start a business is by becoming a sole proprietor. Being a sole proprietor means that you and your business are not separate entities, so any debt or costs related to your business are your personal responsibility. Of course, there are other business types as well, depending on whether you have a business partner, the type of taxation you prefer, and growth prospects.

Once you’ve determined what type of business you are going to start, it’s a good idea to hash out your business idea with a business plan (especially if you are planning on presenting your idea to potential investors), and look into a business license if it’s needed for your area.

What Questions Should I ask Myself as a Small Business Owner?

When you’re getting started as a small business owner, you might be concerned with your own personal income and how to differentiate it from your business. In a past post, How Much Should Small Business Owners Pay Themselves, we suggested that taking a minimum salary is probably the best way to start out, and explored some other important questions with regards to balancing your personal and business finances.

Another helpful post for small business owners,3 Legal Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask Themselves, goes through some questions and scenarios for small business owners that you may not have thought of, and how the law may impact your business.

Can I get a Grant or Loan Tailored to Small Business?

There is a plethora of options for funding your small business, so it’s important to go through your options to determine what is right for you and your business. To help you out, here is a short list of federal government resources:

Be sure to check out any local small business resources that your area may offer as well.

Should I Consider Crowdfunding for My Business?

Crowdfunding through sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo is a great way to gauge interest and secure funding directly from customers if you are developing a product that you would like to sell, such as a board game, electronic gadget, or even a film. Since crowdfunding is generally geared more towards bringing these creative endeavors to fruition, you may benefit from doing more research to determine if crowdfunding is appropriate for your business.

Should I Start a Service-Based Business?

A service-based business can be a lucrative option for someone who wants to start a business for as little money as possible, especially if the service being provided doesn’t require an initial investment.

A simple example of a service-based business would be a lawn-mowing business where the customer provides their own lawnmower and gas. The person mowing their lawn could charge less than a professional lawncare company, since the customer would be providing the materials to do the job and the person mowing the lawn would simply be providing the service.

Taking advantage of the service-based business model, such as the example above, can also give you the flexibility you need to invest in your business slowly over time, or save money so that you can invest in achieving a larger goal.

Our Independent Contractor Agreement is available to help you hash out any terms and conditions you might want to include before getting started with your first customer.

Should I use Equipment that I Already Own for My Business?

Starting a business where you can use equipment that you already own will significantly reduce your start-up costs. Using your own equipment means that you might be able to start investing in your business’ future sooner rather than later.

Let’s look at a freelance writer as an example. If the writer already owns a computer, has access to an internet connection, and owns word processing software, they already own most if not all of the tools they need to begin their freelance writing business.

Another example is a computer repair business, which could potentially be run right out of the independent contractor’s home. Upfront costs would just include the tools required to do the repairs.

There are many types of service-based businesses that you can start, and when you’ve established a decent stream of income, you can look into upgrading your equipment or expanding your business. It’s also not unheard of to pivot once your business is off the ground.

What are Some Other Resources I Can Look at for My Small Business?

There are a lot of options and resources available to help you begin your entrepreneurial journey, so you can always benefit from doing your own research. Be sure to take a look at our related posts section as well for more information to help you along.

Do you have any tips for starting a business on a budget? Let us know in the comments!

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The Best New Way for African Americans to Invest In or Start a Business

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Professors, politicians, and prognosticators have—for years—implored the black community to “take all the money you spend on clothes, shoes, and hair, and put it into investing or starting a business.” Equity crowdfunding provides a new opportunity do so.

Many statements about black consumerism are based on a flawed premise. Black people are starting businesses. In fact, African Americans are more likely to start a business than any other community in the United States Black millennials are even more interested in entrepreneurship than past generations, and black women are the fastest growing group of U.S. business owners in the past 20 years.

As the U.S. rate of entrepreneurship has declined in the past 30 years, entrepreneurial activity in the African American community has increased. The problem is access to capital. Black entrepreneurs start businesses, but—often—do not have access to the capital necessary to market and grow those businesses over time.

Barriers to Business Investing

 

Prior to equity crowdfunding, most African Americans couldn’t invest in hot, new companies serving the market, such as MayvennYeKim, or Lonzo Ball’s Big Baller Brand, even if they wanted to; regulations prevented it. More importantly, most black entrepreneurs could not turn to friends or family to invest in their small businesses. Not anymore.

Equity Crowdfunding Money for Ideas (Funding an Idea. Image: Shutterstock)

 

Equity crowdfunding empowers anyone in the United States over 18 to invest in startups in amounts as small as $ 10. Prior to President Obama signing the JOBS Act into law, this privilege was restricted to wealthy accredited investors; about 10% of U.S. households. Risk comes with investing, but unleashing $ 1.2 trillion in black buying power to fund black businesses and real-estate endeavors is one of the greatest wealth building opportunities ever made available to the African American community.

African Americans have historically been frozen out of wealth building opportunities necessary to build generational wealth. Usually, when wealth building opportunities have been made available, it was only after other communities had access. This makes equity crowdfunding almost singularly unique in American history.

The community has found innovative ways to work around the problem in the past, with a mix of personal loans and informal business groups filling the void. One creative way is sou-sou organizations made popular by women in West Africa and the Caribbean.

Now, black investors and entrepreneurs have access from the beginning and can share in the economic gains made by startups growing and hiring. Moreover, black consumers—trendsetters—can use their dollars and influential platform to select which products, services, and solutions get funded from the beginning.

Jetpack CEO Fatima Dicko runs an equity crowdfunding campaign on Republic (Jetpack CEO Fatima Dicko. Image: Jetpack)

 

In an effort to better understand the opportunity, I have interviewed black founders running equity crowdfunding campaigns, including Jetpack CEO Fatima Dicko and WhoseYourLandlord CEO Ofo Ezeugwu. I have also interviewed truCrowd Illinois CEO Florence Hardy, one of the only black, brown, or female executives running an equity crowdfunding platform.

The stories of these founders are inspiring and informative. However, more background is needed to fully understand the opportunity, risks, and outlook.

How Equity Crowdfunding Works

 

Entrepreneurs connect with an equity crowdfunding platform that agrees to host their campaign. Some platforms include; WeFunder, Bolstr, SeedInvest, Republic, and MicroVentures.

Those who want to fund their own businesses file an “offering statement” with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declaring their intent to raise money.

 

Bolstr Equity Crowdfunding Platform Homepage (Bolstr Equity Crowdfunding Platform Homepage. Image: Bolstr.com)

 

Investment minimums vary, some entrepreneurs take the “small dollar” approach, working to collect as many small investments as possible; as small as $ 10. Others, like WhoseYourLandlord CEO Ofo Ezeugwu, prefer to set a higher minimum, say $ 500, to ensure investors make a real commitment.

In most cases, the following investment options are available for investors and entrepreneurs:

SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) 

The SAFE is a financial instrument that gives investors the right to obtain equity in a startup if/when that company sells shares at a future date. This usually happens when a startup raises money from an “institutional investor” that sets a value for the company. However, shares could also be sold if the company is acquired. The SAFE rewards investors (you) for investing early by allowing investors to purchase shares at a cheaper price by using a Valuation Cap and/or Discount Rate. More here.

Convertible Note

The Convertible Note is an unsecured loan. Similar to the SAFE, the ‘loan’ amount converts to equity at a future date. Although the loan is rarely repaid in cash, similar to traditional loans, the Convertible Note has an interest rate and maturation date. If the startup does not raise another round of funding, the loan amount is due on the maturation date. The interest on the loan accrues and can be paid in cash or added to the Note amount to be converted into equity. Similar to the SAFE, Convertible Notes use a Valuation Cap and/or Discount Rate to reward early investors. More here.

Stock

Some startups decide to offer stock at the seed stage. Stock offerings provide investors with shares of preferred stock based on a Pre-Money Valuation or Post-Money Valuation. Pre-Money Valuation sets a value for the company prior to investment. Post-Money Valuation sets a value for the company after the investment.

Debt / Revenue Agreement 

Some equity crowdfunding platforms offer more traditional loan options that provide startups with loans that are paid back based on terms in the Promissory Note. If the startup company has revenue, the loan may be paid back using revenue; often on a monthly or quarterly basis. If the company does not have revenue, the loan amount is due at the maturation date.

Perks

Perk Agreements were made popular on rewards-based crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. Very often, startups raising money via equity crowdfunding will offer products, discounts, or other perks in addition to equity in the company. Perk Agreements are offered in combination with other investment options presented here.

eREIT 

The JOBS Act also empowers non-accredited investors to invest in income-producing real estate opportunities without going through a broker. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have existed for years. eREITs and other new real estate investment products allow investors to invest as little as $ 500 in local/national real estate projects. More here.

The terms of these investment options are set by the entrepreneur running the campaign.
At the federal level, Regulation CF Crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs to raise up to $ 1M/year with 2,000 investors per campaign; 2,000 investors x $ 500 = $ 1M (Regulation D and A+ Crowdfunding have different standards for real estate and more mature companies, and/or accredited investors. Some states also allow entrepreneurs to raise a little more.

 

For Investors:

 

Equity crowdfunding increased the pool of eligible investors in the U.S. by at least 230 million people. Most equity crowdfunding campaigns are run when companies are young, during a company’s seed investment round. Investors in equity crowdfunding campaigns mostly fill the role of angel investors. They invest after the company has some traction, but while the startup is still young.

To get started, prospective investors (you) begin by setting up an account on an equity crowdfunding platform. After setting up an account, review the startups currently running campaigns. Pay close attention to the startup’s disclosures and offering terms.

Seed Investment Equity Crowdfunding (Image: Shutterstock)

 

For national campaigns, most investors making $ 100,000, may invest $ 2,200 across all securities offered under Regulation CF per year. If the investor’s annual income and net worth are at least $ 107,000, then an investor may invest the lesser of 10% of their annual income or 10% of their net worth.

Investors may invest up to $ 107,000 in any 12-month period using new equity crowdfunding rules. Some states have more progressive regulations allowing investors to put $ 5,000 into startups using equity crowdfunding.

All investments have risks, and while the potential economic upside of an early equity position in a hot startup is significant, investors can lose their investment. Equity crowdfunding isn’t a get rich quick scheme, it’s a wealth-building opportunity. Debt and revenue sharing investment options, and some real estate opportunities can provide monthly income for investors. However, the biggest gains to be made will be seen in years, not months.

 

For Entrepreneurs

 

Jetpack CEO Fatima Dicko, who, to date, has raised $ 230K from over 700 investors on equity crowdfunding platform Republic, sums up the potential for startups using equity crowdfunding like this: “allowing people who would actually use the product to invest in our company.”

Converting fans and consumers into investors is the key for entrepreneurs interested in running equity crowdfunding campaigns. Entrepreneurs should first decide that equity crowdfunding is right for their business. Analyzing the investment options and the amount that may be raised is a good place to start. The amount to be raised must be declared at the beginning.

Startups running equity crowdfunding campaigns must disclose a significant amount of financial information. This is necessary for investors to make informed decisions. This information will be made publicly available on the crowdfunding platform during the life of the campaign.

After starting a campaign, creating content that compels fans and consumers to invest is critical. Startup founders and their teams will spend a significant amount of time creating marketing products, pitching stories to journalists, and answering questions from potential investors.

WhoseYourLandlord CEO Ofo Ezeugwu ran an equity crowdfunding campaign on See Invest (WhoseYourLandlord CEO Ofo Ezeugwu. Image: WhoseYourLandlord)

 

Because so much time will be spent creating marketing products, many startup founders decide to run parallel fundraising campaigns using the traditional pool of accredited investors. If an equity crowdfunding campaign is going well, founders can point to the traction received when pitching angel investors, and, eventually, institutional venture capitalists.

Equity crowdfunding campaigns require a significant amount of time to launch and run. Entrepreneurs should do a cost/benefit analysis. If a campaign is not successful, entrepreneurs face a public failure that may impact the company in the future. However, for many black/brown entrepreneurs that lack other options, equity crowdfunding presents a significant new opportunity to fund a business.

Equity crowdfunding brings the positive impact of entrepreneurship, investing, and wealth creation closer to being realized at scale. PartPic, a black-owned business in Atlanta, used an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest to jump-start a $ 1.5 million seed round of funding, grow the business, and was acquired by Amazon. 

Success like this requires effort—investors must analyze investment options and entrepreneurs must create compelling campaigns. The reward for that effort is, for the first time, mothers and fathers investing in a daughter’s business, influence on which products make it to market, and unleashing black buying power to build wealth.

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How to start a travel blog

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Blogging has become an extremely profitable hobby over the last few years, with some bloggers even quitting their jobs and writing full time. One of the most popular blogging niches recently has become travel blogging. Imagine getting paid to travel the world and blog about your experiences?! If this sounds like the ultimate dream, then read on… We’re going to explain everything you need to start your own travel blog.

Hosting and domain

First up, we’re going to get a bit techy. You’re going to want to choose a domain name, which will double up as your blog and brand name. Pick something that explains who you are and what you do, without making it too long. For example, FlorencesBlogAboutTravel is a little bit too long. Whereas FloTravels rolls off the tongue and will be easier for people to remember. Use a domain name tool to check the domain name you want isn’t taken and snap it up before someone else does. Most people opt to use WordPress as a platform for their blog, as it’s easy to use and customize. Find a hosting company that offers WordPress hosting within your budget, then add your domain. You’re (almost) ready to go.

The right equipment

If you’re going to become a travel blogger, then it’s imperative you have the right equipment. First up, you’re going to want something to blog on. A laptop will be handy, just make sure it’s compact and light enough for you to take with you on your travels. Alternatively, you could blog on a tablet (like an iPad), but you might be slightly restricted in terms of what you can do. The next thing any top travel blogger needs is a decent camera! How are you going to share photos of all the fabulous places you’ve been to if you don’t have a camera? If you’ve got the budget for it, get the best camera equipment that you can. However, you can also use your phone camera if it’s good enough – when you’ve started making money travel blogging, you’ll then be able to upgrade.

Social media

No wannabe travel blogger will ever get anywhere without social media. Separate your blog and personal accounts, so that you attract the right audience. People interested in travel don’t necessarily want to see the pajamas you got for Christmas. Instagram is the ultimate social network for travel bloggers, as it’s very image heavy. However, you may also want to consider a Facebook and Twitter account, as more of these social network users are likely to click on your blog. If you’ve got a camera that can record video, it may also be worth setting up a YouTube account so that you can vlog some of your adventures.

Get traveling

Now all of the basics are in place, it’s time to start traveling! You’re going to want a little bit of money behind you when you first start, as it could take a while before brands notice you; meaning you’re not going to get paid to travel from the get go. You don’t need to quit your job and go all out in the beginning. Simply blog about the travels you’ve already been on, your weekend getaways, and those summer vacations. Before long, you’ll be bringing in enough followers, readers, and engagement to start contacting brands.

Travel blogging is a tough thing to get into if you don’t have the patience. Free vacations aren’t just going to fall into your lap straight aware, so be prepared to put the hours in and work hard. Take great photos, write great tips about each place your visit, and engage with your fans. It won’t be long before you’re traveling the world and getting paid for the privilege.

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Graduation season is just a few short months away, with only a semester to go for most seniors. Give your new grad a financial head start. Instead of a trip or a car, consider graduation gift ideas that will start your new grad off with the right attitude about managing their money. Here are some suggestions:

 

Give gift subscriptions to business and financial magazines

 

Gift subscriptions to business and financial magazines will teach new grads about handling money, fan the flames of entrepreneurial thinking, and inspire them with career and business role models and strategies. Of course, I recommend that at least one of those subscriptions be Black Enterprise, which can be delivered as a printed magazine or digitally to a computer or mobile device. Best of all, this is a gift that will not bust your budget; you can easily get multiyear subscriptions to several magazines for under $ 100.

 

Make a dent in their debt 

 

If you’re really serious about giving your new grad a financial head start, how about offering to make a lump sum payment on her college loan?

Another option: give her a clean slate by offering to wipe out her credit card debt, along with scheduling meetings with a credit counselor so she can learn how to keep that slate clean. Make any loan payments conditional upon her attending these meetings. You can find free or low-cost certified credit counseling services in your area with the help of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at DebtAdvice.org.

 

Give books about money, investing, entrepreneurship and wealth

 

Great money books to start with include The One-Week Budget by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dr. Dennis Kimbro.

Encourage new grads to commit to their own financial literacy by reading at least one book about money a month. Helping them to make a habit of ongoing self-education about money will not only provide a financial head start, it will keep them ahead of the game.

 

Pay for an initial consultation with a certified financial planner 

 

A consultation with a financial planner is a great gift that will introduce the importance of seeking qualified professionals to help achieve financial and life goals in adulthood. This is especially helpful to those starting new jobs after graduation, and who need help understanding job benefits and why it’s so important to start saving for retirement now, not later.

The point is to help young people get off on the right path with their finances. Giving them a financial head start could be the most valuable graduation gift they get, one that will continue to pay dividends for years to come.

 

 

 


Black Enterprise Executive Editor-At-Large Alfred Edmond Jr. is an award-winning business and financial journalist, media executive, entrepreneurship expert, personal growth/relationship education coach, and co-founder of Grown Zone, a multimedia initiative focused on personal growth and healthy decision-making. This blog is dedicated to his thoughts about money, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship. Follow him on Twitter at @AlfredEdmondJr.

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7 reasons you should start using reusable snack bags right now

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Reusable snack bags are a staple item in our home. We use them for everything from snacks (duh) to Little People to makeshift toiletry bags.

Instead of wasting a plastic baggie every time you pack a snack for your children, consider switching to reusable snack bags.

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Here are 7 reasons you should be using reusable snack bags:

  1. The environment
  2. Cost
  3. Fun
  4. Easiness
  5. New “no waste” policies at schools
  6. Versatility
  7. Long-lasting

Let me explain…

The environment

Reusable snack bags are just that, reusable. If I put dry snacks in a reusable snack bag I simply shake it out and put it away. If I put fruit or something that might make crumbs like muffins, I simply toss the bag into the wash along with our dish towels. This is a much better choice for the environment than using and throwing away one or many plastic baggies every day.

Cost

One large reusable snack bag might run you about $ 5, which seems like a lot when you can buy a whole box of disposable plastic ones for a couple of bucks. But consider that I invested $ 20 in five reusable snack bags six years ago and haven’t had to buy plastic baggies since. I have bought a few more since then, but in general they are a great longer-term investment!

Fun

My kids love their reusable snack bags and get compliments on them all the time. Being a kid is about having fun, and they love their Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, and Super Mario Brothers’ reusable snack bags. As an adult, I love opening my lunch box to find my colorful reusable snack bag inside.

Easiness

Reusable snack bags are easy to use. You don’t have to worry about plastic baggies that rip or are hard to open. All the ones we use open and close with a zipper that is easy enough for even my 2-year-old to handle herself.

New “no waste” policies at schools

Plenty of schools have or will soon adopt “no waste” policies. This means children are instructed to bring in lunches that will have no waste, or trash. Reusable snack bags are a great way to adhere to a school’s “no waste” policy without having to stick your child’s snack in a bulky plastic container that will just take up room in the dishwasher at the end of the day.

Versatility

Like I mentioned, reusable snack bags aren’t good only for snacks! My kids often have to sit through their siblings’ sports’ practices so I like to pack little trinkets and things in reusable snack bags for them to play with during those times. I have also used our reusable snack bags as a makeshift toiletry bag, for makeup on the go, to store pens in my purse, etc. You can buy them in various sizes, but the size large is my favorite. They can be used for so many things!

Long-lasting

My original reusable snack bags are going on six years right now and still look practically brand new. A plastic baggie, on the other hand, is only good for one use. Invest a few dollars now to get years and years out of your reusable snack bags.

While there are several brands of reusable snack bags on the market, these are my absolute favorite:

Bumkins (Amazon, $ 4.99-5.95/bag)

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Itzy Ritzy (Amazon, $ 9.99/bag)

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Yummi Pouch (Amazon, $ 14.99, set of 3)

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Wegreeco (Amazon, $ 11.99/set of 3 sizes)

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Come over to the dark (bright!) side with me and start using reusable snack bags. You won’t regret it.

Do you use reusable snack bags?

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What time does Trust Me start on BBC One tonight, who’s in the cast with new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker and what’s it about?

WITH the world eagerly anticipating her debut as the latest incarnation of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker’s latest role actually sees her play a nurse.

The actress stars in new BBC One drama Trust Me. Here’s what we know so far…

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When is Trust Me on BBC One?

The second episode of new BBC drama Trust Me airs TONIGHT (Tuesday, August 15) at 9pm.

The series is a four-part drama and is bound to have viewers gripped, especially with such a stellar cast in the mix.

Episode one goes head-to-head with Seven Days in Summer: Countdown to Partition on BBC Two, Midsomer Murders on ITV, Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera on Channel 4 and Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5.

If you miss an episode you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Jodie’s character Cathy takes on her friends identity and moves to a hospital in Edinburgh after being sacked as a nurse
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What is Trust Me about?

Trust Me is set in Edinburgh and tells the story of Cathy – played by Jodie Whittaker, recently announced as the next Doctor Who – who is a hardworking and skilled nurse, who loses her job for whistle-blowing and is forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter.

Out of desperation, Cathy seizes the opportunity to steal her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and start a new life in Edinburgh.

The story follows Cathy as she buries herself deeper and deeper in the imposter persona and realises she could get everything she ever wanted – the job, the man, the dream.

However, her old life threatens to destroy her new situation and the series follows Cathy’s efforts to protect it.

The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison plays Cathy’s husband in the drama
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Who else is in the cast?

Blake Harrison

Blake is best known for playing Neil Sutherland in hit show The Inbetweeners but is switching his comedy hat for a more dramatic one with Trust Me.

The actor plays Cathy’s ex-husband Karl, who is also the relatively useless father of their daughter Molly.

Having sorted his addiction problems, Karl is keen to be a better dad to his daughter – despite relying on handouts from Cathy.

Emun Elliott

Scottish actor Emun is best known for playing John Moray in BBC One period drama, The Paradise, as well as creepy businessman Alistair McDermid in BBC3 drama Clique.

In Trust Me, Emun plays Andrew Brenner, an easy going doctor who is committed to his job at the Edinburgh hospital where Cathy gets a job.

The pair grow close as they start to work together and embark on a passionate fling, but viewers will have to see how far their relationship can go considering Cathy has fed him a string of lies.

Sharon Small

Sharon Small is best known for playing Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries as well as appearing in Silent Witness and Midsomer Murders.

The actress plays Brigitte Raynes, Cathy’s overworked new boss who is nothing short of perplexed as to why a seemingly overqualified consultant such as Cathy would want to work at her underwhelming West Lothian Trust.

Brigitte takes Cathy under her wing, but will she figure out why her new employee behaves so strangely at times?

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