A Look At Facebook’s Changes Over The Years In What You See

Facebook is once again tweaking what you see to focus more on personal connections and take the spotlight off brands and news articles.

Facebook says it will highlight posts you are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.”

That means cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, including video.

To try to keep you glued to Facebook, it regularly updates the formula that decides what posts you see. With the latest update, the company says it’s focusing on what Facebook is for — connecting with people you know.

Here’s a look at some of the ways the company has changed the posts appearing in users’ customized news feeds, which launched in 2006, as well as some of the factors it uses in deciding what makes up those feeds.

MAKING FACEBOOK “MEANINGFUL”

Last June, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would tweak its formulas to try to boost membership in “meaningful” groups.

Whenever someone spends at least 30 minutes a week in a group, Facebook classifies it as “meaningful.” The company estimates that 130 million of its users are in such groups. It wants to increase that to more than a billion by 2022.

DOWN WITH CLICKBAIT?

Facebook tweaked its news feed in 2014 to clamp down on “clickbait,” posts with grabby headlines like “you won’t believe what happened next” yet ultimately disappoint.

More clicks mean the posts would move higher in people’s news feeds, even if people don’t really want to see them. How does Facebook decide what’s clickbait? For one, it knows how much time you spend reading an article. A quick click generally means you’re not really interested in the post that was shared.

Facebook’s push worked. You’re much less likely to see clickbait these days.

YOUR PERSONAL “NEWSPAPER”

In 2013, Zuckerberg said he wanted the news feed to look more like a digital newspaper, filled with information tailored to each user. The company gave you more ways to decide what you want or don’t want to see.

Later, the company expanded these tools to let you choose the friends and brands whose posts you want to see first. That means a news hound can choose to highlight news articles, for instance. You can also unfollow a specific friend’s posts, while still staying connected on Facebook; you can decide to follow that person again later.

ADS ARE SEPARATE

The changes won’t affect how often you see advertisements, or as Facebook calls them, “sponsored posts.”

However, you can tell Facebook not to show a particular ad again, and Facebook will stop showing you that and will show something else instead. Over time, Facebook will tailor the ads it shows you based on such feedback.

DATA RULES

It’s in Facebook’s best interest to show its more than 1 billion daily users stuff that will keep them interested — and keep them coming back. To that end, the company says it surveys tens of thousands of users each day to get a more complete picture of what people want to see.

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13 Healthy Wellness Retreats to Kick-Start Your New Year’s Resolutions

The number of people taking health and wellness trips this year is expected to double, because it’s one of the best ways to finally make your physical, mental, and spiritual health a top priority.

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The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards air Sunday night on NBC. Here’s which TV shows and movies our critics think will take home the top trophies. Television Best Series, Drama “The Crown” “Game of Thrones” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Stranger Things” Everyone loves the kids, and the series returned for a strong second season. Was nominated…
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While most nominees at the 2018 Golden Globes won’t walk away with one of the coveted statuettes, everyone will still win something.
The 75th annual Golden Globe awards, which air live on NBC this Sunday, are once again giving out swag bags to this year’s attendees that have high-end merchandise ranging from designer bags to upscale beauty product.
The luxe gift bags, which include a men’s and women’s option, have become a staple of awards season — though the Golden Globes gift bags are kicking off the 2018 awards season with some surprisingly affordable options.
MONEY took a look at this year’s gift bags, which was first reported by People, and ranked the items from most to least expensive. Many of the beauty products are items even ordinary consumers can afford to pamper themselves with, like this $ 10 L’Oréal mascara.
And for those who really want to treat themselves, the priciest items on both lists are bags – a Kate Spade studded leather tote retailing for $ 328 for women and an Away Travel carry-on suitcase retailing for $ 225 for men.
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6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’re a few days into the new year, we thought it’d be a great time to round up six books to help you achieve your New Year resolutions for your career. Whether you’re aiming to get a new job, negotiate a good salary for a new job (or ask for a raise), get better at delegating to subordinates, find sponsors at work, improve your executive presence, deal with difficult coworkers effectively, or just improve your job performance, these are worth a read. If you’ve already decided on your career goals for 2018, or you’re still thinking about what you want to accomplish this year, these six books can help you figure out how to do just that.

 


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6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: I Know How She Does It, by Laura VanderkamI Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time (2017) by Laura Vanderkam

I Know How She Does It (not to be confused with I Don’t Know How She Does It, a novel about an overwhelmed working mom) is the product of Vanderkam’s look at the detailed time logs (1,001 days’ worth) of working moms who make at least $ 100,000 a year. From analyzing the women’s schedules, Vanderkam came up with several strategies to share with readers who need help in achieving more balance in their lives. KJ Dell’Antonia, former editor of the NYT‘s Motherlode/Well Family, called it “the most positive take on work and family [she’s] read in a long time,” and its Amazon reviews give it 4.2/5.0 stars. (Note that Vanderkam also wrote 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, which doesn’t focus exclusively on working mothers.)

6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: Never Eat Alone, by Keith FerrazziNever Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time (latest edition 2014) by Keith Ferrazzi

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi (who runs a management consulting firm) focuses on “the power of relationships” and explains how to reach out to people and make connections — not just for your own benefit, but for the benefit of those in your network as well.
Publishers Weekly‘s review noted positively that “no one will confuse this book with its competitors,” and Never Eat Alone has 4.1/5.0 stars at Amazon.

6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: The 12 Week Year, by Brian P. MoranThe 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months (2013) by Brian P. Moran

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions: In The 12 Week Year, productivity expert Moran criticizes the tradition of making annual goals and plans — “annualized thinking,” he calls it — and encourages readers to consider 12 weeks to be their “year” instead. Moran, who claims that his approach can help you get more accomplished in the time you have, explains how to structure your routines to make every day count, set goals, and increase accountability. The book currently has a 4.6 review score at Amazon.

 

6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: Own It, by Sallie KrawcheckOwn It: The Power of Women at Work (2017) by Sallie Krawcheck

As Own It publisher Random House puts it, this book is “a new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism.” Krawcheck, the CEO and co-founder of the women’s investment website Ellevest, explains how women can find success by ignoring and rewriting the “old rules” — to stop trying to act like men at work and to instead rely on your own skills and strengths to advance in your career. You can read excerpts of Krawcheck’s book at the Ellevate Network and at The Globe and MailOwn It currently has a 4.3/5.0 at Amazon.

 

6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: Ask For It, by Linda Babcock and Sara LascheverAsk For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want (2008) by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

In Ask For It, the authors of Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide teach women how to negotiate effectively by explaining their four-phase technique and using real examples of professional women who were able to negotiate successfully. They give advice on developing a strategy, dealing with the answers you end up receiving from your attempts, and more. The book blurb written by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., the author of Corporette reader favorite Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers, says, “Ask for It provides the tangible tools and tips you need to get your fair share of the raises, promotions, and perks you’ve earned — and deserve.” The book has a 4.4/5.0 at Amazon.

 

 

6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions: Feminist Fight Club, An Office Survival Manual by Jessica BennettFeminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace (2016) by Jessica Bennett

As you can guess from the title, Feminist Fight Club, which was named to “best of” lists in 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, and others, takes a bit of a different approach than the books above. (Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer calls it “a classic, f*ck-you feminist battle guide.) The book has advice on dealing with sexism and other gender-related issues at work — including coworkers such as the Manterrupter and the Himitator (otherwise known as a He-peater) — and offers Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheat, and more. It has a 4.6/5.0 on Amazon.

If you’ve read any of these books, would you recommend them to other women? Have you found any other career books to help achieve your New Year resolutions that you’d recommend? What are your career goals for 2018? How did you do with your career resolutions for 2017? 

Psst: In the past we’ve talked about must-read business books for women, the best books for becoming a better manager and becoming a better communicator, helpful leadership resources for women executives, the best reading for women MBA students, the best online women’s management training, the best TED Talks for working women, Kat’s and readers’ favorite podcasts, and Kat’s favorite articles for working women. (We also had a reader discussion of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.)

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Billy Reid Reflects on 20 Years in Fashion

NEW YORK — Billy Reid could be a case study in resilience.
Since he created the first William Reid collection in March 1998, the soft-spoken Southern designer has experienced more than his share of ups and downs.
The ups: He has built his Southern-flavored Americana designer collection into a successful wholesale business at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom and 13 of his own Billy Reid stores. He’s also won four Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.
The downs: His initial foray into fashion, William Reid, failed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, driving the designer and his family from New York back to his home state of Alabama.
But despite the roller coaster that has defined his career, Reid is happy to be at the helm of a $ 25 million brand as he prepares to celebrate his 20th anniversary next year.
“Failure? I’ve been there,” Reid said, sitting on a chair in his showroom on Bond Street here. “Losing everything overnight was so humbling, but it makes you realize what’s important to you and that you can recover.”
Reid’s story begins in the small town of Amite, La., where his mother owned a women’s boutique called T.J.’s for Her that operated out of

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Tips for Making a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

Pledge to shed those same ten pounds every year? Promise that you’re going to quit smoking… or stop drinking? Vow to get out of debt and start saving money? Setting goals and resolutions for yourself for the new year is a healthy activity that encourages self awareness and transformation. But unfulfilled resolutions can lead to disappointment and negativity.

That’s why this year our resolution is to help you keep yours! And we’ve put together a list of manageable tips to help you do it.

First of all, you have to work toward something you actually want. A half-hearted commitment to a goal drastically reduces your likelihood of reaching it. This will take some personal reflection, maybe some soul-searching, and openness to change your point of view. Because it’s not about criticizing yourself, focusing on your shortcomings, or looking to be more like someone else around you. Instead, New Year’s Resolutions should be about embracing yourself and having gratitude for the chance to do something to make your life healthier and happier.

You may have heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Well, the methods used in S.M.A.R.T. can help you to keep those New Year’s resolutions, too!  S.M.A.R.T. teaches that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. (Though we have some additional suggestions for what those letters could mean!)

SMART Starts with Specific. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. You might say you want to “get in shape,” but it’s no surprise that a resolution like this one isn’t one you can stick with for the long haul. Instead, ask yourself the six W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why) and set a goal more like: I want to join a health club in my neighborhood and work out there 3 days a week.

S can also stand for Simple. Overly complicated plans and intentions don’t usually get too far off the ground, so choose something that’s straightforward and not confusing.

Make it Measurable. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the goal you set. When progress is measurable, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience a pride in your achievement that spurs you on to reach farther and do more. Additionally, you might want to set yourself up to have even your smaller successes be visible to others.  Positive reinforcement can be a great motivator.

Assure that it is Attainable. Everyone always encourages you to reach for the stars — and we love the thought — but reaching for something you actually can touch is something we love even more. This means that we encourage you to make resolutions that are realistically possible, because then you will be able to scrounge up the motivation to achieve them and genuinely want to achieve them. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you start figuring out ways to make them come true, whether it’s developing new attitudes, abilities, skills, or the financial capacity to reach them. So we’ll argue that you can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.

Be Realistic. Similar to attainability, resolutions must be realistic, meaning goals that represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Yes, a goal can be both high and realistic, and you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. We’ll suggest you start small. Set goals with the opportunity for short-term success, or success that builds upon itself. A cold-turkey smoking cessation can be daunting, so focus on having just one less cigarette each week  (or each day!) and celebrate each small success as you move forward to cross your next hurdle.

We also like R for Relevant.  Choosing a resolution arbitrarily because it sounds good (or easy!) doesn’t speak strongly to the soul-searching we mentioned above (remember that we’ve decided to strive for something that makes us happier and healthier, and we resolve to change or do something we actually want?!) Without passion and drive, your goals don’t go anywhere, and they can’t make you a better you. So choose something that’s relevant to get you from where you are to where you want to go.

Make Resolutions Timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. No time frame means no sense of urgency. So you want to save for your future, but without a schedule, your deadline stretches into “someday”… which may morph into “never.” Instead, anchor it with a target date or timeframe — which can easily be Dec. 31st, of course —but could also be set in smaller increments, or more manageable chunks.

T can also stand for Tangible.  A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. A tangible goal gives you a better chance of making it specific and measurable… and thus attainable.

In addition to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, some additional general tips that may help you make a New Year’s Resolution you’ll actually keep are to be flexible (allow your goals, and your methods to achieve them, a little breathing room as needed), focus on the positive (tell yourself that you’ll eat one green vegetable every day, not that you’ll cut out all sweets), and do it with a community (working toward a goal with others that have a like-minded attitude toward success not only boosts enthusiasm and commitment, but also creates accountability).

Yes, it’s that time.  Perhaps it’s the perception of starting out with a clean slate, or maybe it’s because you can usually get a better deal on membership programs (like at the gym). Whatever the reason, now is the most popular time for setting a goal, and we hope these tips will help you make a resolution you can keep!

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How to Watch the College Football Playoff Games on New Year’s Day for Free

New Year’s Day 2018 is a big day for college football fans. Two college football playoff games are scheduled for January 1, and the winners of each game will meet up in a national championship game on Monday, January 8.

Here’s how to watch the college football playoff games for the 2017-2018 season.

College Football Playoff #1: 5 P.M. ET January 1 on ESPN
#3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma, at the Rose Bowl

Both college football playoff games, as well as the national championship game, are being broadcast on ESPN. The first game, in which the Georgia Bulldogs face the Oklahoma Sooners, starts at 5 p.m. ET on January 1, 2018.

If you have a cable or satellite TV package with the usual lineup of channels, simply tune in to ESPN to watch the college football playoffs. You may also be able to stream ESPN live by logging in with a valid pay TV account number and password.

If you don’t have cable or another pay TV subscription, it’s still possible to watch by streaming the college football playoffs with a service such as DirecTV Now, Hulu Live, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. All of the services above allow you to live-stream pay TV channels such as ESPN on a variety of devices, and all come with free trial periods for new signups.

So if you just want to watch the college football games on ESPN on New Year’s Day for free, register with one of streaming services above. Remember, however, that you must cancel before the trial period ends if you don’t want to be charged. The normal fees for these streaming TV services start at $ 20 and up per month, and Sling TV is the cheapest (though most limited) of the bunch.

College Football Playoff #2: 8:45 P.M. ET January 1 on ESPN
#4 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

The second game of the college football playoffs, in which the Alabama Crimson Tide square off against the Clemson Tigers, starts at 8:45 ET on January 1, 2018.

Like Georgia-Oklahoma, the Alabama-Clemson game is being broadcast on ESPN. Follow the same directions for how to watch on TV or stream both college football playoff games.

For that matter, the guidelines above will also work for tuning in to the national championship game. The broadcast for that game, featuring the winner of Georgia-Oklahoma versus the winner of Alabama-Clemson, will start at 8 p.m. ET on January 8, 2018, also on ESPN.


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Study Shows New Year’s Money Resolutions Helps African Americans Reach Financial Goals

Is how much you want to save or invest on your New Year’s resolutions list? If not, it might be something to consider to build wealth and enhance your finances in the coming year.

Some 77% of Americans are very or somewhat likely to set financial goals in 2018, more than doubling the 34% who set specific financial goals in 2017, a new Lincoln Financial Group study shows. Plus, 83% of Americans who set a specific financial goal in 2017 feel better about their finances now than they did at the start the year.

The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based financial services company just released its Financial Focus: Goals and Reflections of Today’s Consumer report. The study revealed that simply making a New Year’s resolution on finances may bring about increased confidence in a consumer’s financial situation even if they don’t reach their goal. Sixty-nine percent of respondents who set a goal but did not achieve it report that they feel better about their finances versus 64% of those with no financial goal.

The findings are based on a national online survey of 2,500 Americans ages 18 and older in the United States. It included responses from 394 African Americans.

“Every journey begins with a first step and when it comes to our finances the first step is setting a goal,” said Regina Beatty, a private wealth strategist with Mosaic Wealth Consulting and a registered representative with Lincoln Financial Advisors, in a press release. “Regardless of your level of wealth, just making a financial resolution at the beginning of the year can inspire confidence and increase awareness of budgeting, saving, and planning for the future.”

Setting up financial resolutions can be easily done. They can include establishing a goal to save a certain amount in 2018, setting up or adding to an emergency savings fund, boosting contributions to retirement plans as well as examining investment performance and insurance needs. Beatty suggests talking with a financial adviser, who can help create a financial roadmap by setting realistic goals and helping savers stay on track during the year to help achieve their target.

As people get older, the likelihood of making resolutions drops. Eighty-four percent of millennials plan to make a New Year’s resolution in 2018, 71% of Gen Xers, 51% of baby boomers and 43% of Goldens. Plus, some 74% of Americans feel better about their finances than the beginning of 2017 and 84% expect their finances will improve next year.

When it comes to African American financial resolutions, Lincoln Financial provided some intriguing data:

  • Of African Americans who set a specific financial goal for 2017, 60% either reached that goal or exceeded it. Another 22% said they came very close to their goal.
  • Fifty-one percent of African Americans made New Year’s resolutions for 2017, while 49% did not.
  • When asked why they made New Year’s resolutions, 47% said they wanted to keep improving themselves, 45% like to set goals for themselves, and 41% wanted to feel healthy. Thirty percent reported it helped prioritize their future, 29% want to avoid future health problems and 28%  want to improve their financial situation.
  • Asked how well did they do with New Year’s resolutions last year, 61 reported they did very or somewhat well and 23% said they did just OK.
  • Seventy percent are very or somewhat likely to set resolutions for 2018.
  • Asked what category their resolutions would fall into for 2018, 33% reported exercise, diet, weight loss. The other top categories were happiness, relaxation, and spirituality; as well as finances, career improvement and education—each scoring 23%.

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9 New Year’s Resolutions to Follow in 2018

The New Year is finally here and marks a fresh start in many ways. While making New Year’s resolutions may be a tired tradition of yesteryear, here at Who What Wear HQ, we revisited the practice to make specific style-minded goals for ourselves as we embark on the New Year. So instead of the same old song of hitting the gym, flossing, and drinking more water, we’ve spilled the sartorial intentions we’re setting for 2018—from KonMari-ing our closets to taking style risks at work and beyond. In other words, here are our proposals for making 2018 your most stylish year yet.

Keep scrolling to discover the New Year’s resolutions Who What Wear editors are making for 2018.

“As cliché as it sounds, my style goal for the upcoming year is to take more risks with what I wear. It’s so easy for me to get into a routine of reaching for the same jeans and the same T-shirt every day, so I’m going to try to break out of that cycle (and out of my sartorial comfort zone) by trying more creative and unconventional outfits.”
“I want to wear more color! It’s too easy for me to fall back on wearing black, but in the New Year, I vow to go for something a little brighter, maybe even head-to-toe!”
“Every time I take a trip, I end up buying things to wear on the trip that I don’t actually need in life and sometimes don’t even end up wearing again post-trip. I’m going to really try to cut back on that in 2018 and find fresh, ways to wear the pieces I already have when I travel so that I can save my money for things I’ll actually wear on repeat.”
“This year I am vowing to try out and inventive outfit ideas. In 2017, whenever I went out on a limb and wore something a tad out of the box for me, I not only received compliments on the look but also felt more confident than I expected to.”
“In 2018, I’ve resolved to only buy things I really love.”
“I plan to find more of an office outfit uniform I can wear on repeat so I can get dressed in the morning without having to stress about what to wear.”
“In 2018, I resolve to clean out my closet so that I can actually see—and thus wear—all the things I’ve bought in 2017! I’ve found myself just reaching for the easiest or closest thing quite often when getting ready this year and would love to go for the fun, stylish choice instead while also getting more use out of my purchases.”
“My fashion resolution is to pick out my work outfit the night before. I end up wasting too much time in the mornings deciding what to wear, making me stressed about being late for work! It sounds so simple, but I think it will make my mornings a lot less rushed.”
“This year I want to pare back my wardrobe to only high-quality essentials—plus pieces I truly love. I have a bit of a shopping habit so have accumulated many things over the years, including a laundry list of redundant articles I could do without. Moving into 2018, I’m going to resist fast-fashion purchases and event-specific indulgences and rely instead on the wardrobe I’ve already built.” What’s your fashion New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2018? Share it with us in the comments. Opening Image: Collage Vintage

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5 Strategies That’ll Help You Beat Uber’s Surge Pricing on New Year’s Eve

After the ball drops and the bubbly pops to ring in the new year, the last thing you want to think about is how you’re getting home.

But New Year’s is notorious for auto accidents, and about 41% of fatalities on the holiday involve drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I’m not going to tell you not to go out and have a great time with your friends. But New Year’s Eve is one of those events I call an “amateur night”: There’s a lot of alcohol and not a lot of thinking about your own tolerance levels. Everyone’s just focused on celebrating. And that’s cool.

But since we know many people are going to get pretty sloppy, it’s important to plan your New Year’s travel before the big night.

You probably know that if you take Uber after the clock strikes midnight, you’ll likely face surge pricing, the increase in standard rider fees that occurs during high-demand periods (like New Year’s).

But is paying surge pricing the only way to get a safe ride home?

Use these tips to plan what might be the most frugal part of your night out – because let’s be real, you paid way too much to go to that fancy New Year’s Eve party.

1. Play the System

Everyone has a friend who installs every rideshare app imaginable on their phone and flips through them until they find a price they like.

Be that friend on New Year’s Eve.

Download Uber, Lyft, Via, Gett or whichever app floats your boat. Fill ’em up with your billing info so you’re ready to go on the big night, then start scanning the competition. By having multiple options, you increase your chances of avoiding surge pricing.

2. Stock Up on Promo Codes

Have a promo code for a discounted or free ride? Make sure it’s applied to your account before you start cracking bottles of Champagne.

Ridesharing companies may black out some referral codes or promo offers on what is likely their busiest night of the year, but it’s always good to be prepared.

3. Plan Your Trips to Anticipate Costs

Historically, the cheapest times to take Uber on early New Year’s Day are right after the ball drops around midnight and again after 3 a.m.

Want to stay out late, but not that late? Wind down the night at a friend’s place so you don’t spend money at the bar until closing time.

4. Walk a Few Blocks

If you’re with group or in a busy, well-lit area, it may be worth walking a few extra blocks to get a ride in a surge-free zone. Use an app like SurgeProtector to see the surge territory in your area and whether it’s worth hoofing it a bit.

Be prepared for every zone to be a surge zone at some point on New Year’s, though.

5. Take a Cab

Standing on the curb trying to flag a cab after midnight Jan. 1 will be frustrating at best.

Before the festivities begin, find out if your local taxicab commission has an app of its own. You may not save money by hailing a regular ol’ cab from your phone, but you’ll stay warm while you’re waiting — and you won’t have to try to shout over the crowd to call dispatch for one.

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Creative New Year’s Eve Decorating Ideas Using Balloons

It’s that time of year again! Time to resolve to have a better 2018 while making the most of the rest of 2017. If you’ve got a New Year’s Eve party on the horizon and you’re puzzling over decorations, let us help get the creative juices flowing – keep reading for DIY-able decorating inspiration using balloons. 

 

A New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock  

What you’ll need: 12 gold balloons, a helium tank, black self-adhesive vinyl or large number stickers, black curling ribbon, clear tape, black cardstock paper, painter’s tape 

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A Balloon-Covered Ceiling 

What you’ll need: golden balloons, a helium tank, ribbons, scissors (to curl the ribbons, if desired), Polaroid’s 

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A Champagne Balloon Display 

What you’ll need:Mylar champagne balloon, balloon pump, microfilament (fishing line), sewing needle, scissors, balloons in assorted colors and sizes, spray paint, spray adhesive, crafting glitter, painter’s tape 

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Glow Stick Balloons 

What you’ll need: white balloons, balloon pump or a helium tank, assorted glow sticks 

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Confetti-Filled Balloons 

What you’ll need: transparent balloons, balloon pump or helium tank, assorted confetti 

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We hope these DIYs help you blow your guests away this New Year’s Eve! 

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China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago, in what critics say is an effort to restrict freedom of speech and prevent criticism of the ruling Communist Party.

The government says all countries regulate the internet, and its rules are aimed at ensuring national security and social stability and preventing the spread of pornography and violent content.

A report to the on-going session of the standing committee of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said the authorities had targeted pornography and violence in their sweeps of websites, blogs and social media accounts, Xinhua said.

As well as the 13,000 websites shut down, almost 10 million accounts had also been closed by websites, it added. It did not give details but the accounts were likely on social media platforms.

“Internet security concerns the party’s long-term hold on power, the country’s long-term peace and stability, socio-economic development and the people’s personal interests,” Xinhua said.

More than 90 percent of people surveyed supported government efforts to manage the internet, with 63.5 percent of them believing that in recent years there has been an obvious reduction in harmful online content, it added.

“These moves have a powerful deterrent effect,” Wang Shengjun, vice chairman of parliament’s standing committee, told legislators, according to Xinhua.

Authorities including the Cyberspace Administration of China have summoned more than 2,200 websites operators for talks during the same period, he said.

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Creative Applications for Pantone’s Color of the Year at Your New Year’s Eve Party

It’s official! Pantone has dubbed Ultra Violet the 2018 Color of the Year and the masses seem to have mixed feelings about it. The unexpected hue certainly comes as a surprise, especially when compared to the 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, which was famed for it’s nature-inspired subtly. But don’t discount it yet because Ultra Violet has a lot to offer. Symbolic of visionary thinking, unconventionality, artistic brilliance, and spirituality, this positivity-packed hue is bound to make a splash when integrated into your New Year’s Eve decorating scheme. Keep reading for some applications I’m drawn to. 

 

For Your Photo Booth Backdrop 

An Ultra Violet photo backdrop is bound to lend your photos coveted WOW quality. Make sure you booth is well lit to ensure you get the most out of the sparkle.  

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For Your String Lights 

These effervescent fairy lights are chock-full of whimsy, and as an added plus, they’re LED, meaning they’re durable, safe, and worth their price tag. 

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For Your Wall Decor 

This fringy garland works as part of a photo booth backdrop or to cover up the crayon marks your toddler left on the wall. I can also envision it on the backs of chairs, or fastened to the stair railing. I especially like how Ultra Violet is integrated into a fairly classical New Year’s Eve color scheme. 

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Family Affair

Luis Sandoval, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and family medicine specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Ana Medical Offices. He offers these tips to help you set, and keep, your New Year’s resolutions.

When picking New Year’s resolutions, we often focus on goals we can accomplish individually.  However, one of the main reasons we often give up on our resolutions is that we get busy taking care of others and end up not having enough time to take care of ourselves.  My advice this year?  Make family resolutions.  You’re more likely to stick to them when it’s a group effort.  Not only will your health benefit, but so will the health of your children and partner.  Plus, it’ll give you new opportunities to connect and spend time together.

With that in mind, here are four New Year’s resolutions I will be making with my family.  I encourage you to try them too!

  • Unplug (or Disconnect): Whether it’s for work, school or play, we all spend a good part of our day on our phones, computers, game consoles and other electronics.  While they may be necessary to get our jobs done, by using these devices during family time we miss out on valuable time together.  So, how about we declare an electronics-free day every month — if not one day a week — and connect with each other?  Go outdoors, have a game night or do something together everyone can enjoy.
  • Focus on healthy eating, not dieting: Weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution, yet it requires making a life-long lifestyle commitment that includes exercise and healthy eating.  So, rather than trying to go on a diet, commit to making healthy eating a family priority.  Go food shopping together and cook together.  If you must eat out, try affordable restaurants that offer healthy options.  Remember that children who have parents who maintain healthy eating habits have more positive relationships with food, and are healthier and more likely to become healthy adults.
  • Schedule fitness dates: The word exercise can be daunting for both adults and kids. It is best to not think of it as a separate part of your life that has to be fit into your busy schedule.  Go for a family walk after dinner.  If your child plays a sport, go for a run or walk around the field while they are at practice.  Park in the farthest parking spot when running errands and make it a family habit to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Hold a family danceathon with your friends.  Remember: Kids and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Adults, should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week.
  • Get more sleep: It might sound easy, but this is one we all struggle with — and it couldn’t be more important. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, affect your concentration and productivity, and can make you cranky.  Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep and kids — depending on their age — need between eight and eleven hours.

When working with your family to accomplish these New Year’s resolutions, keep in mind that maximizing total health means focusing on a healthy lifestyle — mind, body and spirit.  This will help you and your loved ones achieve your health goals and live a healthier life.  Happy New Year!

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NYC New Year’s Eve Ceremony To Feature #MeToo Founder

NEW YORK (AP) — An activist who started a “Me Too” campaign a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence will start this year’s ceremonial ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment say Tarana Burke will push the crystal button that officially begins the 60-second countdown to the new year.

Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

A flurry of tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts ensued after actress-activist Alyssa Milano urged victims to respond with the phrase “me too.” Milano initially wasn’t aware of Burke’s earlier campaign and has since publicly credited her.

Burke says in a statement that 2018 will bring new momentum to the movement.

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The #1 Trend That Will Be Around for the Next 20 Years

When you think of classic trends, what comes to mind? Chances are you think of items like black ankle boots, trench coats, dark-wash jeans, and so on. Well, there’s one trend that should also be added to this list: leopard print. When you think about it, the spotted print has never really gone away. Though the pattern may seem more prominent in various seasons (FYI—it’s trending this fall and was seen at the runway shows of Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent), it’s always around in a variety of iterations.

This winter, we’re spotting a slew of women in bold leopard-print finds, including gorgeous coats, skirts, scarves, ankle boots, and everything in between. To be honest, if you invest in one of these items now, chances are it will still be in style in 20 years—given the trend’s perennial nature.

Interested in how fashion girls are wearing leopard print this season? Go on to check out our favorite outfits of the moment, then shop our favorite spotted finds.

While a basic neutral skirt is great, elevate your look by choosing one in a leopard print.
Sure, the print may seem bold, but if you pair the look with a solid-colored top and simple shoes, it will look effortlessly cool.
Don’t want to go all out? Try the print on a fun accessory like a scarf.
You can’t go wrong with a leopard-print coat—especially when paired with a T-shirt, trousers, and cool flats.
A leopard-print bag is a simple (and chic) way to test out the print. 
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While you could go for a full-on leopard-print coat, an iteration with an accent is a subtle, chic way to test it out.
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Chanel Makes New Year’s Resolutions

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: “Call things by their name.” “Take things in hand.” “Makeup your weaknesses (never your emotions).” So read some of the resolutions outlined by Chanel’s new year’s fragrance and beauty campaign, titled “En 2018 Osez” (or “In 2018 Dare”), which is set to run in the Paris metro system between Dec. 19 and 25.
Each written message is paired with a product: “Stop at red,” features a photo of a Rouge Allure lipstick, for instance. “Make a statement with the most care” is shown with a jar of Sublimage cream, and “Long live love and water” is pictured with the No.5 L’Eau fragrance.
The institutional advertisements are meant to suggest that true independence, freedom and success come only after taking full control of one’s own life, as Gabrielle Chanel did, according to Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur, director of creative resources at Chanel Perfumes Beauty and Watches Jewelry.
Chanel, who famously loved to be where she was unexpected, no doubt would have given the nod to the campaign’s lofty-yet-underground nature.

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Sandusky’s son gets up to 6 years in prison for child sex abuse

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was sentenced to prison Friday after pleading guilty to pressuring a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asking her teen sister to perform a sex act. The Centre Daily Times reported that a Pennsylvania judge sentenced 42-year-old Jeffrey Sandusky to 3½ to 6 years. Sandusky…
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Tiffany Haddish Reveals She Wants To Care For Her Mentally Ill Mom, Despite Years Of Abuse

2017 is definitely Tiffany Haddish‘s year.

Not only was she the breakout star in the summer hit Girls Trip, she made history this fall on Saturday Night Live and dropped her first cable stand-up show on Showtime. While she is prepping for a slew of new movies to come out next year, she is also planning to drop her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.

As to be expected, in her upcoming book, she is keeping it 100.

According to PEOPLE, who received an exclusive first look, it’s pretty clear that the 37-year-old star has come a long way, admitting that she was abused by her mother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“I was told every day I’d never be nothing,” she says. “Now I look in the mirror and say, ‘Tiffany Haddish, I love and approve of you.’ It was all worth it.”

Haddish also writes that the abuse worsened after her mother was involved in a car accident that caused her brain damage.

“After the accident, oh my God, she would say the worst things to me, like ‘You look like your ugly ass daddy, I hate him. I hate you.’”

“She couldn’t get all her words out, so she’d just punch me. Just full on. Because of her I can take a punch like nobody’s business. Teachers would ask, ‘Why’s Tiffany’s lip busted?’ I didn’t say anything. As bad as she was to me, I still couldn’t help but love her.”

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“My mom is still alive, in a mental institution,” she explains in the book.

However, Haddish is clear: She still loves her mother and wants to take care of her.

“My goal is to get enough money to buy a duplex. I want to put her in one of the units and hire a full-time nurse to take care of her. Then I want to get her whatever medications she needs so she can be my mama again. Honestly, that’s all I really want in life.”

The comedienne also opens up about her abusive ex-husband, who she married and divorced twice.

“The relationship got violent. Once at a comedy festival, Tom Green comes over and he is making me laugh so hard. My ex-husband grabbed me. He was like ‘It’s time to go now.’ I had a knot on the side of my head from where he slammed me into the wall and marks on my throat where he’d dug in his nails. When I got onstage, everyone could tell I had been beaten. All those people wanted to help, but all I could do was push them away, and then go back to the dude that was abusing me. Why? Maybe I didn’t know any other way to be loved.”

This is deep. We can’t wait to get our hands on this book!

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Sylvester Stallone Allegedly Sexually Assaulted a Minor 31 Years Ago

Sylvester Stallone is the most recent actor (and likely not the last) to face allegations of sexual assault. First reported by The Daily Mail and later confirmed by Us Weekly, allegations made by a 16-year-old girl in 1986 allege that Stallone and his bodyguard at the time, Mike De Luca, forcibly coerced her into giving both men oral sex. Later, as stated in the police report filed by the girl, De Luca allegedly forcibly had sex with her while Stallone later allegedly ejaculated in front of her.

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According to Us Weekly, the girl filed a police report at the time the alleged criminal act occurred but that report was seemingly not followed up on. This is evidenced by the fact that this appears to be the first time the public is hearing about it since it happened 31 years ago.

The Daily Mail‘s report states that the girl was invited up to the then 40-year-old actor’s hotel room while he was in Las Vegas. From there, “the 16-year-old claimed she had sex with Stallone and he encouraged De Luca to join them [in his hotel room]. At that point, she became ‘very uncomfortable’ with the encounter but felt she had ‘no choice.’ De Luca then forced the teenager to perform oral sex on him before penetrating her, while Stallone made her give him oral sex, according to the police report.”

Worse still, the girl alleged at the time that the actor threatened her if she told anyone about the incident, allegedly saying that both men were married, implying that it would ruin or destabilize Stallone or De Luca’s personal lives. The phrase reportedly used by Stallone was that he would have to “beat her head in” if she told anyone — a stomach-churning turn of phrase, to be sure.

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In a subsequent interview, which was videotaped, the girl was visibly upset and told authorities at the time, “I’m humiliated and ashamed, but I don’t want to prosecute. I don’t want anybody else to have that happen to them, but I don’t want to prosecute. I cannot talk about this anymore. Please leave me alone.”

In a statement to Us Weekly, reps for Stallone’s stated, “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”

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Some of the Android fans who have used facial recognition on Samsung phones like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 will rightly say that Apple hasn’t invented the feature. They may even roll their eyes incredulously if you tell them Apple’s way is better and will probably be copied by their favorite Android device maker. Those people should really read this iPhone X review from an Android blog.

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The battle for Mosul is over, but this hidden ISIS danger could lurk for years

HARI SREENIVASAN: But first: The de facto capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa, in Syria fell yesterday to U.S.-backed forces.

However, the largest city the militants once held was Mosul in Iraq. They were ousted from it in July after a brutal 10-month-long fight that killed thousands.

Now a new major task: finding and destroying the ISIS mines, booby-traps and bombs that litter the city.

Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Iraq.

MARCIA BIGGS, Special Correspondent: It was once a center of learning for over 6,000 students of technology, agriculture, and medicine.

Today, Mosul Technical Institute’s classrooms are burnt to the ground, laboratories reduced to rubble, and books charred and shredded. It’s one of the city’s five universities ravaged by the Islamic State and the battle to oust it.

Now that the battle is over, a new danger looms, the trail of land mines and booby-traps left by ISIS.

So this is the wire, and this is where it was buried.

CHRISTIAN, Team Leader, Janus Global Operations: Yes, they would cut the asphalt, and then they lay the wire in and put the main charge here.

MARCIA BIGGS: We spent the day with Christian, a team leader from Janus Global, a security and risk management firm hired by the U.S. government to sweep and clear major areas of unexploded ordnance and mines.

He’s not allowed to show his face or use his last name, for security reasons.

CHRISTIAN: There’s actually two more on that road before we get to the target building that have to be excavated and/or rendered safe.

MARCIA BIGGS: So, the first building you have to clear, you have got to get rid of the IEDs on the road to that building?

CHRISTIAN: Yes.

MARCIA BIGGS: It’s a long process.

CHRISTIAN: It is, but that’s what makes it interesting.

MARCIA BIGGS: The United States has sunk $ 30 million this year into clearing former ISIS territories all over Northern Iraq. Under this program, Janus has already cleared 727 buildings, removing 3,000 IEDs, which they say ISIS was producing on assembly lines at an industrial scale.

But State Department officials and experts say the number of unexploded ordnance in Mosul itself is unprecedented.

What’s your first line of attack, in terms of trying to clear Mosul?

CHRISTIAN: Our priority is more the community, rather than the individual, you know, infrastructure. You have got schools, power, sewer, water, so that the area can accept people back into it. And then, once this stabilization phase is over, we can move into the individual homes, so that they can be safer.

MARCIA BIGGS: Clearing Mosul is a process that they say could take years, even decades. So Janus is training local Iraqis to do the job, sending them out as a front-line search team, then investigating and removing any suspicious items themselves.

CHRISTIAN: We’re not going to be here the whole time, so when we — it’s our time to leave, they will have the capacity built from us, and the mentoring we have done, so that they can do it on their own.

MARCIA BIGGS: How are they doing?

CHRISTIAN: They’re — a lot of them are very apt to learn. They’re quick. They’re smart.

MARCIA BIGGS: Fawzi al Nabdi is the team leader for the Iraqi local partner. He’s cleared mines all over Iraq for the last six years.

CHRISTIAN: What you got?

FAWZI AL NABDI, Team Leader, Al Fahad Company (through interpreter): We are ready for this, because it’s my job and I love it. The Americans are here to complete our work and to help us. They have greater experience than we do. If we find any mines, we have to stop and they will investigate it and make a plan to remove it.

MARCIA BIGGS: But he says Mosul is the biggest project he has ever seen, and we’re told it could take at least a month to just get the campus cleared of mines. Only then can they start cleaning it up, so that students can resume classes, this itself a huge task.

ISIS fighters closed the university back in 2014, and used it as a military base. As coalition forces pounded ISIS targets, this seat of higher learning became a battleground.

Ghassan Alubaidy is the institute’s dean.

GHASSAN ALUBAIDY, Dean, Mosul Technical Institute (through interpreter): ISIS used our university to manufacture mines and bombs. For this reason, it was the target of airstrikes in the beginning. They struck the institute nine times, and they struck our workshops, too. Now we can’t use them.

MARCIA BIGGS: The former commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, recently listed 81 locations where bombs were dropped, but had not yet exploded.

Facilities used to make weapons were often on the list of high-value targets for the coalition. So now those places are twice as likely to contain dangerous items.

So, this was once a workshop for electrical engineering students. You can still see the lab tables here. It was hit by an airstrike in 2015. Afterwards, members of the university staff found bomb-making instructions among the rubble. This was likely an ISIS bomb-making factory, and judging by the crater, a high-value target.

Despite the damage, Dean Alubaidy says he will hold classes this fall in alternate buildings, until the campus is ready. He’s expecting registration to be in the thousands, students who lost three years of education during the fighting and don’t want to lose another one.

GHASSAN ALUBAIDY (through interpreter): On our Facebook pages, we found a great number of students posting that they were full of encouragement to come back. For us, it was unbelievable. We couldn’t imagine it, to see how many students wanted to start again, how they were dreaming of the first day of classes, when they could sit in front of teachers again and start to live their lives again.

MARCIA BIGGS: Next door, Mosul University has already started classes. Students even volunteered to help in the cleanup.

But across the river, West Mosul was the site of ISIS’ last stand and bore the brunt of the battle. It’s densely packed Old City, with its flattened buildings, is a challenge for mine-sweeping.

FAWZI AL-NABDI (through interpreter): Most of the homes here were full of mines. And just here in front of us, a man with two kids came back to his home, and when he opened the door, the bomb killed him and his kids.

MARCIA BIGGS: Ahmed Younes fled back in early July with only the clothes on his back. Residents have been virtually banned from returning to his neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City, but Ahmed said he got special permission, in order to retrieve some personal items.

AHMED YOUNES, Local Resident (through interpreter): We came on our own. We got permission to come, but they are not responsible if anything happens to us.

MARCIA BIGGS: Right now, there is no plan to begin clearing the Old City or even to determine how many mines there are. It is still out of bounds to anyone but the Iraqi security forces.

So the Janus team is focusing on progress in the rest of the city, building by building, bomb by bomb.

CHRISTIAN: Whoever made this device had a set goal. And to allow him to win, people get hurt. So you kind of compete against him to be better than him to take it out before it can do any harm.

MARCIA BIGGS: So, you feel like you’re winning the battle against ISIS?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, one IED at a time.

MARCIA BIGGS: For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Marcia Biggs in Mosul, Iraq.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Tune in later.

Frontline’s latest film, “Mosul,” was on the ground filming the fight as it unfolded street by street and house by house. That’s tonight on PBS.

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An American woman won the NYC Marathon for the first time in 40 years

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Shalane Flanagan crossed the New York City Marathon finish line just a few minutes shy of two-and-a-half hours after she started.

It was fast enough to win the women’s race portion of the annual competition, making the 36-year-old runner from Portland, Oregon the first American woman to bring home a victory in 40 years. The last time that happened was in 1977, when Miki Gorman won — for the second year in a row — with a time of 2:43:10.

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During the 2016 World Series the Chicago Cubs, and their fans who had suffered heartbreak for more than a century, charmed the country. Unless you were a fan of their American League opponent, the Cleveland Indians, odds are you pulled for the Cubbies last year. The Series had a clear theme: Go Cubs Go! And Chicago delivered.

The winner is less crucial in this year’s Fall Classic, which the Houston Astros leads 3-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Tuesday’s Game 6 in L.A. (though Astros and Dodgers fans will think differently). But an even more compelling theme has emerged: unprecedented drama, unpredictable zaniness. Though some of the World Series hubbub isn’t so alluring — more on that below — if you love baseball, or just surprising storylines in general, you can’t help but hope the weirdest World Series in memory continues to throw curveballs.

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The Longball Lives

The Fall Classic has seen an historic October power surge. Through just five games, the Astros and Dodgers have combined to smack 22 home runs, which already breaks the prior World Series record, 21, set in 2002. That series, between the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels, went a full seven games. If this series goes the distance, the Dodgers and Astros may hit more than 30 homers. Fourteen different players have hit homers during the World Series, another record.

The Game 5 Marathon

Sunday night’s classic, a 13-12 Houston victory, clocked in at 5 hours and 17 minutes, making it the second longest game in World Series history. The game ended at 1:38 am Eastern Time; fans who fell asleep regretted it. Houston overcame 4-0, 7-4, and 8-7 deficits, and the Astros tied the game on three different occasions with home runs: a three-run bomb one by Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning, another three-run shot the very next inning, from Jose Altuve, the new Mr. October (even the old Mr. October says he’s the best player in baseball), and then a solo blast to left from George Springer in the seventh. The Dodgers trailed 12-9 entering the ninth and rallied for two runs, courtesy of a Yasiel Puig home run, but were still down to their last strike when Chris Taylor punched a single up the middle to score the tying run from third and send the game to extra innings. The instant classic came to a delirious end in the bottom of the 10th; with two out, Houston third baseman Alex Bergman hit a single to left. Pinch runner Derek Fisher, who was on second base, rounded third and sprinted home. The throw: not in time. Minute Maid Park erupted. Houston’s Carlos Correa was downright giddy.

What’s more, two of the the best pitchers in baseball — Cy Young award winners Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel — were the starters for the highest scoring World Series game in 20 years. Good luck trying to figure this series out.

A Second Classic

Amazingly, Game 5 outshone Game 2, a 7-6 Houston win in 11 innings on Oct. 25; that contest alone had enough twists to fill an entire series. Los Angles took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 8th; but Houston scored a run in both the eighth and the ninth, when a leadoff home run from Marwin Gonzalez off of Dodger All-Star reliever Kenley Jansen tied things up at 3-3. In the top of the 10th, Altuve and Correa hit back to back home runs to make it 5-3 Houston. (check out Correa’s bat flip). But then Dodgers responded with a Puig home run and an RBI single from Enrique Hernández. Onto the 11th: Springer hit a two-run blast to make it 7-5 in the top of the 11th, and though the Dodgers added a run in the bottom of the inning — on a home run, naturally — Puig struck out swinging to end it.

Justin Verlander, and three Houston relievers, gave up just three hits through nine innings; but they were all home runs. Houston’s first non-home run hit — Hernandez’ game-tying single — came in the 10th. All sorts of other stuff happened in Game 2. For example, a Houston pickoff attempt hit an umpire, preventing a runner from advancing. A base hit bounced off Taylor’s cap in center — he was trying to make a diving stop — and bounced right to left fielder Joc Pederson. The deflection likely saved the Dodgers a run.

Houston’s Game 2 win was the first World Series victory in the the 56-year history of the franchise. It was worth the wait.

An Ugly Incident

Add a little controversy to the World Series mix. During Game 3 Gurriel, the Houston first baseman, made a racist gesture directed towards Yu Darvish, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who is of Japanese and Iranian descent, after hitting a home run off Darvish. Gurriel also uttered a racial slur. Houston won the game, 5-3, but Gurriel’s antics overshadowed the action. Gurriel apologized and Darvish expressed a desire to “move forward rather than focusing on anger.” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Gurriel for five games, but his punishment starts at the beginning of the next season, not in the World Series. Manfred’s decision raised eyebrows; Gurriel got off fairly easy, and he hit a crucial home run in Houston’s Game 5 victory. If Houston holds on to win the title, we may be debating Manfred’s call all offseason.

Slick Baseballs

As if 2017 wasn’t already loaded with oddities, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated dropped a report after Game 4 explaining how pitchers and coaches from both teams were complaining that the baseballs used in the World Series were slicker than usual. The slicker surface makes the balls more difficult to grip, especially when trying to throw a slider. Verducci pointed out that in Game 3, not a single batter swung and missed Darvish’s slider. That hadn’t happened in 34 prior starts. In Game 4, Jansen gave up his first home run of the year on a slider. Dodgers hitters swung and missed on Verlander’s slider just once in Game 2, equaling the fewest whiffs on a slider against Verlander in any start of two innings or more this year. Major League Baseball has said that the only difference is the gold stamping on the ball, which is a switch from a blue ink in the regular season.

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When it comes to doing makeup, if there is one facial feature that makes or breaks a look, it’s eyebrows. As if it wasn’t enough to notice how awake, sad or vampy we look when we fill them out in certain ways, we now have scientific proof that our face is perceived quite differently based on, you guessed it, the color and shape of our brows.

Thanks to this study, we now know that having light, sparse or shapeless brows makes us look older in the eyes of others. It’s all about facial contrast and makeup artists know this all too well. This is why most beauty experts agree that brows are also the most challenging feature to get right.

Add eyebrow trends to this equation (90s thin, 00s defined and angled and, lately, full and natural) and it seems that we are bound to be on the wrong side of beautiful at one point or another. Even celebrities have sported some questionable eyebrows over the years.

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However, not all who wander are lost, and we do admit that wandering through the brow makeup aisles can be overwhelming sometimes, so to make things a bit easier, we’ve put together a list of the best eyebrow powders you can dip your brush in. Brow powders are also the perfect product to experiment with if you are just starting out with makeup, as they give the most natural look and the formulas are quite forgiving if you make a mistake (of course, your hand is going to shake now that you know how important brows are).

How to choose the best eyebrow powder for you

When selecting a shade, the key is to match it to your hair color but to make sure it works on your skin tone too. One tip that may be the perfect starting point is to choose a color that is one to two shades lighter than your hair color. This will leave you enough room to build the color up as you fill out and shape your brows, without making them too dark.

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You’ll get the most out of your eyebrow powder if you apply it with an angled brow brush, using light, short strokes. You can correct any flyaway hairs with a spoolie, eyebrow pomade or eyebrow wax – we’ve included some brow kits containing all of these in our list.

Whatever style you like, be it soft and smudgeable or precise and thick, you can accomplish it with the right brow product. Click through the slideshow above to discover some of the best eyebrow powders out there.

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Justin Timberlake Will Headline Next Year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson cause a national controversy.

The NFL announced Sunday night that Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota.

This will be the third time for Timberlake to perform at halftime, the most for any entertainer. Timberlake performed at the 2001 Super Bowl with N’Sync, and he sang “Rock Your Body” with Jackson in 2004 in Houston. That performance concluded with Timberlake ripping her costume to reveal her right breast bare except for a nipple shield.

That drew CBS a $ 550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission that was later overturned.

Timberlake has won 10 Grammys, and the Tennessee native also has won four Emmys.


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TV legend Sir David Attenborough reveals he wants to keep presenting past his 100th birthday — despite being on television for the past 65 years

TELLY legend Sir David Attenborough is planning to carry on broadcasting past his 100th birthday.

The 91-year-old is not considering retirement with a packed schedule of nature documentaries on the way.

It has been 65 years since Sir David Attenborough joined BBC television in 1952
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His new series Blue Planet 2 hits our screens on Sunday. Sir David said: “I see no reason whatsoever why I can’t live past 100.

“Earth has enough wonders to make more than three Planet Earth series.”

He also has films prepared on ants, extinct sea-dragons, eggs and the elephant that inspired Disney film Dumbo. He added: “The beauty of natural history programmes is they can appeal across all ages and all conditions and people can take out of it their own particular interests.”

Sir David has already spent 65 years on TV. He has journeyed to some of the most remote parts of the planet, come face-to-face with cannibals and spent time with a colony of gorillas.

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But he has no interest in going further afield. He added: “There’s no life in space. Here we’ve got this wonderful kaleidoscope, this fantastic world.”

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Time kids spend on mobile devices has tripled in past 4 years

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A report released Thursday by Common Sense Media reveals some interesting — and concerning — trends about about screen time for kids ages 8 and younger.

The nonprofit organization, which focuses on helping children, parents, and educators thrive in the world of media and technology, released a report titled The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight. For this report, 1,454 parents of children 8 and younger took part in an online survey in January and February about how their kids use media. Its findings show that young children are spending an average of 2 hours and 19 minutes per day on screen media.

“The report actually shows that kids’ overall media use has stayed about the same since our 2011 report (2:19 versus 2:16). What’s changed is how they’re using it,” James Steyer, chief executive officer and founder of Common Sense Media,  said in an email to CNN. “Mobile is totally taking over — it now makes up 35 percent of screen time, compared to 4 percent in 2011.”

Here are some other key stats from the new report:

• The amount of time 0- to 8-year-olds spend on mobile devices each day has tripled. It’s gone from 5 minutes in 2011, to 15 minutes in 2013, to 48 minutes in 2017.

• Nearly half (49 percent)of kids ages 8 and younger have screen time within an hour before bedtime. This includes watching TV, play games, using a smartphone and more, and it goes against pediatricians’ recommendations.

• Ninety-eight percent of kids 8 and under live in households with mobile devices — compared to 52 percent in 2011 and 75 percent in 2013.

• Forty-two percent of kids 8 and under have their own tablet device, compared to 1 percent in 2011.

• Families with young kids are more likely to subscribe to a video service like Netflix or Hulu (72 percent) than they are to have cable TV (65 percent.)

Along with the release of this report, Common Sense Media is highlighting simple ways families can help make media a positive influence during the early years. Part of this effort includes a series of PSAs starring Will Ferrell, which aim to encourage parents and kids to ditch their devices during dinnertime. You can watch the first PSA in the video, below.

As I was reading through these stats, I kept nodding my head thinking, “Yep, that’s my family.” My 6-year-old and 3-year-old each have their own tablets. (Our 1-year-old does not.) And although we don’t have cable TV, we do have Netflix, Amazon Video and sometimes Hulu. We also allow tour kiddos to chill out to the TV between bath time and bedtime each night.

It’s not surprising to me that mobile devices are making up increasingly larger percentages of screen time. Heck, I didn’t even have a smart phone back in 2011. But now? I’m not sure what I’d do without one. With that said, I’m sure we could all benefit from carving out more strict, no-screen time with our families. Because our kids are watching and taking cues from us. And they’re more than worth it.
 

What do you think of this report? Do the stats align with what’s going on in your household?

Click here for more info on healthy screen time for kids.
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‘It Started When I Was 13 Years Old.’ Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says U.S. Team Doctor Molested Her

Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Gymnast McKayla Maroney has alleged she was molested by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, adding her voice to the #MeToo movement where people are sharing experiences of sexual harassment and assault and becoming the most prominent athlete to go public with her claims against the physician.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Maroney, 21, alleged she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. “People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood,” she wrote, in reference to the allegations about producer Harvey Weinstein.

“It started when I was 13 years old, and it didn’t end until I left the sport,” Maroney continued. “I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting.” Maroney ended her involvement with the sport in 2016.

Several of Maroney’s teammates have accused Nassar of abuse while they were minors, but Maroney is the highest profile gymnast yet to come forward. Nassar, who was team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, is due to stand trial over charges of sexually assaulting nine girls, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Nassar, an osteopath, allegedly abuses gymnasts under the guise of “treatment” that included inserting his bare finger in the vagina.

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges this summer and is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing. In addition to the charges for which he is facing trial, Nassar is the subject of hundreds of lawsuits accusing him of sexual abuse. Nassar’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In response to Maroney’s revelation, USA Gymnastics issued the following statement. “USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nasser is accused. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”

Investigations by the Indianapolis Star in 2016 revealed that the national governing body failed to alert proper authorities when they received complaints of sexual abuse. The organization has said it was not aware of allegations against Nassar until July 2015, at which point he was no longer part of USA Gymnastics.

Maroney was one of the group known as the “fierce five” who won gold in the team gymnastics competition at the London 2012 Olympics. Later in the tournament an image of a “not impressed” Maroney with her lips pursed became an online sensation. She had just won the silver medal in the individual vault finals, following an uncharacteristic fall. Maroney wrote that her most harrowing experience with Nasser occurred when she was 15. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. [Nasser had] given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a “treatment.” I thought I was going to die that night.”

The #MeToo hashtag has been tweeted hundreds of thousands of times in the last few days after actor Alyssa Milano called for people affected by sexual harassment to speak out in solidarity after the Harvey Weinstein revelations. The hashtag has been taken up by people from all walks of life, illustrating the magnitude of sexual harassment.

Said Maroney: “Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back. And remember, it’s never too late to speak up.”


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The worst flu epidemic for 50 years is on the way to the UK

The UK is on the brink of one of the worst flu epidemics for half a century. Here’s what you need to know about the so-called ‘Aussie flu.’

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Health experts have warned that Britain could soon be dealing with one the worst flu epidemics for 50 years. The warning comes after a winter in Australia that saw over 170,000 cases of influenza. Now the so-called ‘Aussie flu’ virus – which caused a number of deaths in Australia, including mother of two Jennifer Thew – is expected to spread to the UK.

What is Aussie flu?

Aussie flu is a particularly vicious winter bug, also known as H3N2. The virus brings on severe flu symptoms, including a sore throat, headache and fever, though sufferers have also complained of arthritic-style joint pain and fatigue. In some cases the virus has led to additional complications, such as pneumonia. Without complications, the flu tends to last for about a week.

Is there any way Aussie flu can be prevented from coming to the UK?

Due to global travel the flu virus is very likely to be spread to the UK from Australia this winter. ‘There is no point in trying to close the borders’ Professor Robert Dingwall, a health expert at Nottingham Trent university told the Daily Express. ‘It’s almost inevitable this will come to us. This is potentially the worst winter since the Hong Kong flu outbreak of 1968. Lots of people have been very badly affected in Australia and whilst their mortality rates are not out yet, we suspect this is a more severe strain than most other years.’

Is there an Aussie flu vaccine?

There is, but as Dr Chris Steele explained on This Morning, there’s a question over how effective it will be. A vaccine against Aussie flu was developed in the UK in March, made using the virus hitting Australia, but it’s estimated that by time the flu comes to the UK the strain will have mutated, potentially putting ‘huge pressure’ on the NHS. However, he still recommended that as many people as possible, particularly over 65s or pregnant women, get a preventative jab (Boots offer free vaccinations for people at risk.)

What else can you do to prevent catching Aussie flu?

NHS guidelines recommend obvious but simple prevention tactics: washing your hands regularly with soap and water, using tissues to cover your mouth when you sneeze, putting used tissues in the bin as soon as possible and regularly cleaning surfaces such as keyboards, phones and door handles. They also recommend staying off work if you feel unwell to prevent the flu’s spread.

How is the UK preparing for the flu’s arrival?

Last month, NHS chief Simon Stevens announced the aim of freeing up 3,000 beds. ‘The signs from Australia and New Zealand, who are just coming out of winter, are that it has been a heavy flu season and many of the hospitals have struggled’ he said, ‘In some parts of this country there are real pressures, so we are using the next six to eight weeks to really be clear what the plan needs to be. The plan to free up 2,000 to 3,000 beds relies on significant improvement in that area.’

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Rapper Kodak Black Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges, Faces 30 Years in Prison

Rapper Kodak Black has been indicted by a South Carolina grand jury on charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges stem from an incident in that took place back in November.

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According to a sheriff’s office incident report cited by the station, the rapper, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, assaulted a teenage girl at a hotel after his concert at the Treasure City nightclub. The girl first reported the assault to her school nurse; a school official notified the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. Octave, 20, was released from the Florence County Detention Center on Dec. 1 on a $ 100,000 bond.

Beattie Ashmore, Octave’s attorney at the time of arrest, was not available for comment when his office as contacted by Variety on Monday.

Clements told WPDE that if Octave is convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. No trial date had been set at press time. 

Octave recently completed an anger-management program related to a different case: Violation of house arrest resulting from a February probation-violation charge, which stemmed from a May 2016 arrest on charges including armed robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a delinquent and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

The rapper recently announced dates for his “Project Baby” tour, which begins Oct. 21 in California and continues through the end of the year.

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Cheryl Tweedy and Simon Cowell reunited on X Factor 9 years after first working together

X FACTOR boss Simon Cowell and Cheryl Tweedy have reunited for the first time in two years.

The stars were pictured in Nice, France, where the Geordie singer is Simon’s special guest for his Judges Houses round on the ITV show.

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And it didn’t take long for the pair to talk about their new common ground – babies.

A source said: “Simon and Cheryl bonded over parenting during a private jet and helicopter flight to the house.

“She curtsied for him she first got onto the plane – it was her way of breaking the ice.

“Despite the break they’ve had from each other, they’re still clearly very close.”

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There are rumours that Cheryl may replace Nicole Scherzinger on X Factor

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New mum Cheryl, 34, is making her first appearance on the X Factor since she ended her second stint as a judge in 2015.

There is talk the former Girls Aloud singer, who had first son Bear with One Direction star Liam Payne in March, could return to the show permanently as a judge next year, potentially replacing Nicole Scherzinger.


 

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