‘Football vision’ as important as ball skills, experts reveal

Learning to read the game is as important to young footballers as kicking a ball. A new study, which highlighted Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as stars who incorporated the technique into their gameplay, calls on coaches to spend more time training young players to scan the field and less on ball skills.
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OHMYGOSSIP — ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ are the “most important” shows on ITV.
Kevin Lygo, head of studios at the channel, insists ITV’s two soaps play a huge role in the network’s success, and he personally “loves” ‘Corrie’ – which features the likes of Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) and Helen Worth (Gail Platt) – and couldn’t wait to step foot on the cobbles when he landed his job.
He said: “The soaps are probably the most important things on the channel.
“I absolutely love ‘Coronation Street’. I’ve watched it all my life, I love it.
“The thing I was most excited about when I got the job was I could walk onto the cobbles and say I was in charge.”
Kevin has also revealed Leeds-based ‘Emmerdale’ has a massive 80 per cent share of viewing in the north of England when the show airs, and while ‘Corrie’ is also based up north in Manchester, the soap has a “broader” share across Britain.
He said: “People do sit down as a family with soaps. With ‘Emmerdale’, in the north, because it’s on at seven o’clock, it has something unbelievable like an 80 per cent share of viewing.
“But in London it probably has a 12 per cent share of viewing. That time doesn’t quite fit the lifestyle, it’s obviously a northern thing.
“‘Coronation Street’ is a bit broader. But that’s fabulous for us.”
Kevin joked he is a “pushover” when soap bosses approach him for money, and admitted the channel have invested heavily in ‘Corrie’ and ‘Emmerdale’ recently to ensure they stay at the top of their game.
Speaking at The Edinburgh International Television Festival in Scotland today (23.08.18), he added: “Knowing their place in the schedule, knowing their role within the entire company of ITV was important.
“We’ve put more effort and energy in, we’ve invested a lot of money.
“I’m a pushover when the people run them come to me and say, ‘We need a bit more money.’ I say, ‘Yes!’
“They’re so important it seems mad to penny pinch in that area.”

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Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about The Little Mermaid on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about The Little Mermaid on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again


Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about <em>The Little Mermaid</em> on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

We’re pleased to report that Chrissy Teigen has broken the internet yet again. Thanks to her humor, frankness, and penchant for Twitter rants, Teigen is of our favorite people to follow on social media. Remember when she live-tweeted her disastrous experience flying to Tokyo? Or her savage tweets about Jesus Christ Superstar Live? Well, Teigen’s latest Twitter rant — which happens to be about The Little Mermaid — might be our favorite one yet.

On Sunday, June 10th, the supermodel and cookbook author took to Twitter to raise a VERY important question: “How does Ariel know what ‘reprimand’ means but not ‘feet?’” And now, we don’t think we’ll ever see The Little Mermaid the same way again.

Teigen is, of course, referring to lyrics from the song “Part of Your World.” While wondering about life above the water, Ariel sings, “Bet’cha on land, they understand / Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters.”

We always knew that Ariel didn’t know the words for a lot of objects on land. At various points during The Little Mermaid, she doesn’t know the word for a fork or a pipe, opting instead to call them a “dinglehopper” and a “snarfblat,” respectively. But Teigen pointing out that Ariel DOES know such a big word (you know, relatively speaking) like “reprimand” makes us see the movie in a new way.

We don’t know what prompted Teigen’s Twitter rant about The Little Mermaid — maybe she was watching the movie at home with Luna and Miles? But however she arrived at this thought, we’re grateful that she shared it with us.

Can’t argue with this logic.

In the end, Teigen decided that maybe Ariel just isn’t the brightest Disney princess of the bunch.

After all, the mermaid has lived a pretty sheltered life.

Oh, Chrissy. Never stop tweeting your trains of thought, okay?

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Why Response Time Is So Important for Contractors with New Leads

If you own a home improvement contracting business, you already know how to hustle. But there’s one way you may be letting potential customers down and losing good business: by being too slow to respond to new leads.

Online leads are a powerful source of new business, but only if you have follow-through and the ability to act fast. Leads coming from online contact forms and lead generation services tend to go cold fast, and that window is growing more narrow as technology continues to improve business response times.

To stand out from the crowd, you’ve got to be able to get on the phone and call. And if that means organizing new workflows or hiring new employees, it may be time to make that investment. Need more convincing? Here’s what the data says about lead response time—and how you can improve the call-back times for your business.

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Customers Expect Fast Turnaround

In an ideal world, leads would wait patiently while you finished laying that tile. But that’s just not realistic. Homeowner expectations are influenced by the consumer world, where you can instantly chat with a customer service representative at your bank or cable provider, 24/7.

Customer service outsourcing platform Arise researched the matter and found that 37% of surveyed customers expect businesses to respond within an hour. Less than 20% said they’d be satisfied with a response time over 24 hours. And if past trends continue to hold true, those time frames will only get narrower. You’ve got to be fast if you want to score new customers!

A Fast Response Time Sets You Apart from Competitors

The internet is a big place. If leads can’t get the answers they need from you, they’ll just go somewhere else—most likely to your competitors. Don’t assume that the customers who reach out to you are set on using your services. It’s just as likely that they’re using the contact forms on your competitors’ websites as well.

Of course, if you’re using a lead generation service, the likelihood of another competitor swooping in is increased. You’re probably not the only one with access to those leads. With lead generation, it’s all about the survival of the fittest—or in this case, fastest.

The good news, though, is that your competitors are probably also pretty slow to the draw. When Harvard Business Review studied business response times, they found that many weren’t able to hit that first-hour benchmark. Only about 37% reached out within 60 minutes. Twenty-four percent took over 24 hours, and a surprising 23% never responded at all!

The big takeaway here is that if you can reduce your initial response time to one hour or less, you’ll beat out about two-thirds of businesses. And that will definitely give you a reputation for being outstanding in your field!

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Leads Are More Likely to Convert When You Respond Quickly

Response time directly correlates to lead conversion success rates. Study after study confirms that the faster you answer an inquiry, the more likely you are to land a sale. According to the research, if you can reach customers within one hour of contacting you, you’re seven times more likely to qualify the lead—i.e., set an appointment—than if you call back in the second hour.

It makes sense when you think about it. Homeowners lead busy lives—it’s easy for other commitments to crowd their thoughts and distract them from your business. Don’t let your business drop off their radar. Get out in front of them and get projects rolling as fast as you can. It’s all about hustle!

Tips to Improve Your Response Time and Lead Conversion

Okay, you’ve heard the why—but what about the how? If a fast response time was easy, you’d already be doing it. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can simplify the process and get better lead conversion rates.

  • Use Technology. An automated response is a lot better than no response at all. Use auto-responders to send an instant email to customers who complete online contact forms. That will buy you a little time if you’re not able to call right away.
  • Delegate. Phone calls are very effective for converting new leads, but you probably don’t have a lot of spare time to spend on the phone. If you’re having trouble personally responding to leads yourself, hire a call center employee or administrative assistant who can help qualify leads and set appointments. If it helps you get more business, it’s worth it!
  • Follow Up. It may take another try before you’re able to connect with your lead. If you get voicemail the first time, call them again after a few hours. Don’t trust that leads will return your message—many appointments are booked with a second follow up call to potential customers.
  • Take the Long View. You never know when a lead will convert—maybe homeowner who turned you down yesterday will decide they actually need your services two months from now. Treat every homeowner you talk to with the kindness and consideration you’d show to a potential hot lead, and you may find customers are crawling out of the woodwork to work with you!

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The Rolling Stones along with touring partners and host venues, strongly encourages fans not to bring any type of bag to our live performances. If you do choose to bring a bag, you should be aware that for ALL upcoming European performances, the maximum bag size is:

  • One small clutch bag of approximately A5 size (15cm x 21cm maximum), with or without a handle or strap.

Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items, after proper declaration and inspection.

As a result, the following items are prohibited and you will not be permitted to approach or enter the venue while carrying any bag, or item of luggage larger than the permitted size, including purses, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, rucksacks, bum-bags, cinch bags, computer/camera bags, or coolers of any size – soft or hard sided.

  • No weapons of any kind, or anything that could be considered a weapon (including studded jewellery)
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How Important is ‘Solo’ Pirate Enfys Nest to the Star Wars Saga?

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own risk.

Enfys Nest has been shrouded in mystery ever since there was any news about the character appearing in Solo. Everything from whether Nest was an antagonist or ally, to the character’s gender, has been called into question. It’s not until the climax of Solo that we find out who Enfys Nest really is – a young woman intent on thwarting Dryden Vos’s Crimson Dawn crime syndicate and proving herself a thorn in the side of the Empire. She might also just have proved herself the most significant new addition to the franchise.

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Throughout the film, Nest and her gang of Cloud-Riders are painted as the enemy of Tobias Beckett’s crew, which includes Han Solo. Beckett is attempting to deliver a consignment of valuable hyperfuel coaxium to powerful gangster Dryden Vos, who will pay top dollar.

But at every turn, they’re confronted by Enfys Nest’s gang. It’s a jaw-dropping moment when Nest actually reveals herself to be aligned with Solo. She wants to get her hands on the coaxium not only to prevent it falling into Vos’s clutches but also as a valuable resource to help fund a nascent rebellion.

“It’s the blood that brings life to something new,” she says of coaxium. “A rebellion.”

Significant or Symbolic?


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Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders.

Enfys Nest’s closing words will make the hairs on your neck stand to attention. Could Enfys Nest be a key instigator of the Rebellion – one that to date we’ve heard nothing about? Our knowledge of the early days of the Rebellion is that its founding members were Mon Mothma, Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala. But could Enfys Nest also have had a big role to play? Or is it simply that her particular rebel cell merely becomes integrated into the larger movement at some point?

It’s possible that she and the Cloud-Riders exist purely for thematic reasons. They could be relatively insignificant, instead simply representative of the growing sense of unrest and the early rumblings of rebellion. A bit like ‘Broom Boy’ from the end of The Last Jedi, who director Rian Johnson insists is not important as a character, but exists symbolically to convey the idea of hope.

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But what if she’s more important? Solo takes place 10 years before Rogue One and A New Hope, so Nest could have presumably spent the intervening years laying the foundations for the Rebellion, selling her coaxium haul and spending the proceeds on assembling resources and recruits.

We learn very little about her character, save for the fact that she appears to be cut from the same cloth as her mother, who resisted the Empire when they plundered her home planet for resources. With loose ends left untied and avenues opened but not explored in Solo, the way is paved for a sequel or two in which we could learn more about Enfys Nest. With details about her still sketchy, it seems there’s a larger reason for her concealing her identity with a mask and voice distorter than simply not wanting to be caught. Is she hiding her past? Who was she really, before she became Enfys Nest?

A Saw Gerrera Crossover

Her gang is also full of intriguing characters who could benefit from further development. One of which is a Tognath known as Tubes. This is interesting because there are clear links here with a couple of characters introduced in Rogue One. Two of the members of Saw Gererra’s extremist rebel gang are Tognath ‘eggmatesBenthic and Edrio ‘Two Tubes’. If Enfys Nest crew member Tubes has anything to do with these guys, it could mean that future films might explore a crossover with Enfys Nest and Saw Gerrera. Bringing Forest Whitaker’s fan favourite character back into the film franchise.

We demand to know where Enfys Nest fits in now that Solo has seen fit to draw attention to her potentially huge contribution to the entire saga, and look forward to news of a Solo sequel to answer these nagging questions.

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The important reason why people are leaving shoes around cities

The #MillionsMissing campaign wants to give a voice to the thirty million people worldwide who suffer from ME

Words by Je Banach

If on May 12th, you find yourself out and about in Amsterdam, Boston, London, Chicago, Edinburgh, or one of approximately 95 other cities around the world, it is likely that you will encounter a plaza or other outdoor area populated with pairs of shoes.  At first glance you may assume that you have stumbled upon the scene of some conceptual or performance art, but the uninhabited footwear is intended to catch the eye of passersby—and the world—as part of #MillionsMissing, a global campaign including a series of in-person and virtual advocacy events meant to call attention to the millions of people around the world suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis.

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The debilitating condition, also known as ‘ME’, causes pain, nausea, extreme sensory sensitivities, post-exertional malaise, and many other severe symptoms that leave the majority of those who suffer from it unable to work or resume the activities of their previous lives, and many more bedridden. The shoes represent those individuals who are unable to attend events in person due to the severity of their condition—people of varied age, gender, and race who often go unseen both literally, due to the restrictive nature of their symptoms, and figuratively, in terms of the lack of proper recognition and care they currently receive within the global medical community.

The campaign, initiated in 2016 by the ME Action Network, is intended to raise awareness, build community, and, most importantly, move governments around the world to assign proper and much-needed funding for research. While the condition affects a stunning fifteen to thirty million people worldwide and leaves its patients with a poorer quality of life than many of the more highly-funded conditions, funding for ME research remains woefully (some might say disgracefully) low. As a result, patients are forced to become their own activists and advocates while coping with the condition’s devastating symptoms.

Jennifer Brea, co-founder of the ME Action Network, directed an award-winning documentary about her own experiences with ME from her bed and advocates on a regular basis both in person and online. Jessica Taylor Bearman, a young woman featured in Brea’s documentary who has suffered from a severe form of ME since she was fifteen, maintains a blog that captures the reality and complexities of life with ME and recently published a book inspired by her own experiences titled A Girl Behind Dark Glasses. Anil van der Zee, a former professional ballet dancer with Introdans, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Bern Ballet, forced into early retirement by the condition, created #art2CureME, inviting those with ME to choose a song from Unrest that they can sing, dance to, or otherwise perform and share online in an effort to draw a larger audience to the film, to increase awareness and further educate the greater public.

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Many doctors and researchers – such as Professor Ronald ‘Ron’ W. Davis, Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, whose son suffers from a severe manifestation of the disease – also perform regular advocacy work, which necessitates long hours and exhausting travel in addition to their regular daily work in the field. All share the goal of helping to shed light on a misunderstood and puzzling illness in order to create a public narrative that more closely approximates the real and devastating experience of life with this illness: a truer narrative that would almost certainly lead to adequate funding for research and, ultimately, a cure.

The #MillionsMissing campaign is only one example of coordinated events and action taking place during the month of May in order to bring attention to incurable chronic illnesses. The entire month has also been designated as an international awareness month for fibromyalgia (which shares an official awareness day with #MillionsMissing), Lyme disease, and other chronic immunological, neurological, and endocrine diseases. The overlap is a notable one. While advocacy and research efforts in these areas were previously compartmentalized, chronic illness patient-advocates are now, in greater numbers, helping to bring awareness not only to the condition or conditions from which they suffer, but to ‘fraternal’ and similarly misunderstood conditions—conditions that also lack sufficient funding for research.

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Brea and others suggest that those suffering from ME as well as conditions including but not limited to chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, MCAD, Endo, and POTS would benefit from uniting in their advocacy efforts. On Twitter, Brea recently shared a logo of a snake split into segments labeled with the names of several illnesses along with the phrase ‘Join, or Die’—a visual that hits home the dire need for collaboration and cross-over among patients, doctors, researchers, and activists.

Open Medicine Foundation—comprised of a dedicated team of Nobel laureates, National Academy Science members, and medical dynamos led by clinical laboratory scientist and founder Linda Tannenbaum devoted to researching ME, fibromyalgia, and chronic Lyme disease—recently announced that they sense a meaningful shift taking place as public conversations about and more truthful media representations of these conditions increase. At the start of 2018, widespread public conversations around the release of Brea’s film Unrest combined with media attention and lobbying by academics and others allowed the ME epidemic to catch the eye of the philanthropist known as ‘Pine’ of The Pineapple Fund, who subsequently donated $ 5M to Open Medicine Foundation—proof that the correction of misleading narratives about these illnesses (such as the idea of ME as a basic “chronic fatigue syndrome” that only leaves one “tired”) and the dispelling of popular myths (like the notion that a disability must be ‘visible’ in order to be real) have a significant impact on progress, actually speeding increases in funding and improvements in care for those suffering.

Some of the #MEAction team in Birmingham last year. Credit: #MEAction

Stories of the tireless activism of patient-advocates and others in the chronic illness community – perceived as ‘inspiring’ and “motivational’ – are often spun into feel-good narratives about human will and empowerment presented for public consumption. In reality, their required activism is an immense burden that puts further strain on bodies already under attack. Advocacy work should not be left only to those who suffer and their families and caretakers.

Fundraising for research is an absolute necessity, but those unable to give can also help simply by participating in #ConversationsforCures – that is, any dialogue that helps to bring much-needed attention and awareness to these conditions and the suffering of those living with them. These conversations that will almost certainly lead to greater funding for research, a better quality of life for millions suffering around the world, and, quite possibly, cures.

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Facebook just made an important decision regarding the abortion referendum

Facebook has decided to block any foreign ads related to the upcoming abortion referendum to preserve ‘integrity’ of the vote

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On the 25th of May 2018, the Irish abortion referendum will take place. Voters will be asked whether or not to approve the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. According to TheJournal.ie, this amendment will allow repealing (removing) Article 40.3.3 (known as the Eighth Amendment) and replacing it with this line: ‘Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.’

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In December, the Oireachtas (the Irish legislative body) committee on the Eighth Amendment supported the repeal and made a recommendation that abortion without restriction be legal up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. Groups supporting the ‘Repeal The Eighth’ movement, such as the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, have sought to highlight how thousands of Irish women a year are forced to leave the country, simply in order to get access to safe abortion services.

Of course, such a historic vote means that tensions and emotions are running high, and campaigns by both sides are dominating the internet and the airwaves. Facebook, whose value plunged by $ 36bn in the days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was announced, has now taken the step to block any foreign spending on adverts regarding the referendum in order to protect the ‘integrity’ of the vote. As part of this, Ireland has also become the first country outside of the US to receive a collection of ad-tracking tools, (which were promised in early-April.)

Pro-choice protestors in London

In a statement, Facebook said, ‘This is an issue we have been thinking about for some time. Today, as part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue influence, we will begin rejecting ads related to the referendum if they are being run by advertisers based outside of Ireland.’

They continued: ‘What we are now doing for the referendum on the eighth amendment will allow us to operate as though these tools, which are not yet fully available, were in place today with respect to foreign referendum-related advertising.’

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5 important activities you should definitely do on your spa holiday

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There’s nothing we love more than a little bit of relaxation. Whether your job is getting on top of you, your kids are driving you crazy, your husband is getting on your last nerve or you just need a little bit of me-time, a spa holiday is one of the best ideas to relieve your stresses and take a break. So if you’ve booked a spa break, or are yet to decide and need a bit of persuading, check out these 5 things to do on a spa holiday.

Have a massage

If you really want to relieve your body of all the built-up tension, then a massage is the way to go. Many people are put off the idea of a massage as they don’t like the idea of getting undressed – but don’t worry! The whole ordeal is kept completely professional, and your body will always be covered up. If you ever do get uncomfortable, just let the masseuse know, and they shall do everything they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Trust us; you won’t regret having a massage on your spa holiday.

Go for a swim

All good spas will come equipped with a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and maybe even a jacuzzi for you to spend as much or as little time in as you want. These rooms are always kept to the relaxing standards of the spa, with tranquil music, perfect water temperatures, and mood lighting. You also won’t have to worry about someone kicking and spluttering next to you in the water. As swimming releases endorphins, you’ll leave feeling happy and refreshed. Win-win.

Get pampered

As well as giving you relaxing spa goodies, most spas also offer you pamper treatments, such as manicures, pedicures and facials. Some even offer some weird and wacky options like Seaweed Wraps (no, it’s not for lunch) or mud baths! These often come included within the price (or for a small, extra cost), and you normally can choose at least one of them to enjoy; the perfect little extra to your holiday.

Afternoon tea

There’s nothing better than climbing out of the hot tub, wrapping a robe around you, slipping on some comfy slippers, heading out onto the spa terrace and having a spot of Afternoon Tea. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a cup of tea (although you can if you want!). Many spas offer champagne with their service and will give you trays of sandwiches, cakes, and biscuits to enjoy. Yum!

Go to the gym

Okay, so this one might not be for everyone, but (apparently) some people enjoy going to the gym! Many spas also offer free gym use within their spa days or holidays, meaning you can use the facilities however much you want. And you might need it after eating all that cake.

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5 Important Moments From ‘Pokémon: The First Movie’

If you’re looking for a blast from the past that still holds up today, look no further than the 1998 film Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. It focuses on Mew’s clone, Mewtwo, who plans to take over the world by creating super clones of Pokémon. Yet when he invites Ash Ketchum and other Pokémon trainers to New Island to battle, they thwart his plans and teach him a valuable lesson. The movie has several powerful messages about acceptance and nonviolence. As more people stand up for what’s right in today’s world, these messages are as relevant as ever. Here are five important moments from the movie that embody these ideals.

The Pokémon Fistfight

Most of the movie’s action takes off after Mewtwo’s super clones are created. In response to Mew’s claim that showing off powers doesn’t prove anything, Mewtwo blocks all the real Pokémon and clones’ powers and sends them into an all-out brawl against each other. He also begins to fight Mew himself. As the Pokémon fight, the song, “Brother, My Brother” by Blessid Union of Souls plays.

The whole song is inspiring and poignant, but two lines, in particular, stand out: “Tell me, what are we fighting for?” and “Our foolish pride makes us hate this way.” These two lines urge the viewer to consider how ridiculous the fighting is. The Pokémon are fighting because they see their differences as something negative. They think they are supposed to oppose each other. Soon, they see the folly of their ways in this fictional world. But this is something we should question in our own world as well. After all, as the song asks, “Isn’t life worth so much more?”

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Meowth of Team Rocket also gets his own clone, Meowthtwo. During the fight, they meet and bare claws at each other, only to back down before making a “clawful mistake.” This leads to some insightful dialogue between them, as Meowth asks, “How can I trust you? You were born different.”

They end up staring at the stars above, which brings Meowth to an important realization. He says, “We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky! Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same, instead of always looking at what’s different, well, who knows?” If everyone can accept each other’s differences and focus on what we all share, then we can work together to make the world a better place.

Pikachu Takes a Stand


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A key moment in the fight is when Pikachu meets his clone, Pikachutwo. Unlike Meowth’s clone encounter, which ended peacefully, Pikachutwo attacks Pikachu. When Pikachutwo reaches the point of exhaustion, he repeatedly slaps Pikachu until he knocks him down. Despite this, Pikachu continues to get back up, but he doesn’t fight back.

Pikachu doesn’t say anything, but he sure does make a statement. While he does hold his ground, he doesn’t retaliate against his clone. He knows that doing so would only perpetuate the hate and fighting, which would only mean more pain for everyone. As Ash says later, “Someone’s got to say no, and refuse to fight, just like Pikachu.” We could all stand to be a little more like Pikachu.

Facing the Consequences


Pikachu tries to wake Ash

The most heartbreaking moment of the movie comes when Ash himself tries to stop the fight between Mew and Mewtwo. As the two Pokémon fire off their powers at each other, Ash runs between them and gets caught in the middle of their attack, which turns him to stone. Pikachu tries to nudge him awake and even uses a couple of electric shocks on him, but it’s useless. It’s only when all the Pokémon cry together and the tears gather around Ash that he’s miraculously revived.

This scene drives home the message that fighting doesn’t solve anything. Mewtwo and all the Pokémon pushed their fighting to the point of self-destruction and death, hitting an innocent bystander in the process. While Ash survived in the end, the real world isn’t as forgiving. Blind rage not only affects yourself but those you care about as well.

Mewtwo Discovers Life’s Purpose


Mewtwo and Mew look down at the stadium

Mewtwo finally learns his lesson after the Pokémon revive Ash. He takes note of how Ash sacrificed himself for the Pokémon and how they, in turn, set aside their differences to come together to save him. Mewtwo tells Mew that “the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” He then flies away with the clones and erases everyone else’s memories of the event.

Early in the movie, Mewtwo was spiteful of the fact that he was “created” as a cloning experiment. It’s what drove him to want to take over the world with clones. But, as he finds out, none of that matters. He is free to determine his own purpose in life, and so are we. If we don’t let outside factors limit us, then we can change the world.

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Even Larry King can’t stop keeping up! The syndicated radio host opened up about the famous family’s influence during an exclusive interview with Us Weekly on Tuesday, April 3.

I think the Kardashian phenomena is a great example of something that is unimportantly important. Why do we care? What do they even do? No matter what people want to say about them, we’re clearly drawn to them,” King, 84, who received his seventh Emmy nomination for Larry King Now in March, explained.

Ryan Seacrest does such an amazing job producing that show,” said the TV veteran, who added that he’s met momager Kris Jenner “and I like her and all the kids.”

King explained that, while the reality star brood “don’t have these fantastic talents we relate to celebrity,” the world still has a “fantastic interest” in their lives. “It’s an overwhelming interest and a great example of the current state of pop culture in America,” he noted. “They don’t do much, but because of the paparazzi, TMZ and the way that we intake pop culture via social media, they are famous and we know about their lives. The Kardashians are the best example of the current state of pop culture in America that we are living in.”

The Larry King Live alum even compared the E! stars’ influence to a baseball legend. “Someone asked me who the best example of the roaring ‘20s was and I said Babe Ruth. He was living lavish, having an indulgent time with his life, eating everything and too much of it, but that was life during that time,” he said. “The Kardashians are the perfect example of the times we are living in right now. They share so much of their lives. We are constantly invited in to every aspect of their lives.”

Referencing his own children, sons Cannon, 17, and Chance, 19, he continued, “I have two teenage boys who spend all their time on their iPhone, consuming information and watching the seemingly mundane parts of people’s lives. That is a great indicator of our current state of pop culture. We like to be let into their lives and follow them in that way. It doesn’t need to be miraculous, there just needs to be a lot of openness, and there surely is that.”

King interviewed Kim Kardashian in August 2010 and he also sat down with one of the long-running series’ producers, Seacrest, 43, in March 2013.

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Rogue Squirrel Almost Derails Very Important Olympic Snowboarder

Not even a squirrelly interruption could throw off Olympic snowboarder Daniela Ulbing of Austria. While putting down a preliminary run in the 2018 Winter Olympics ladies’ snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday, 19-year-old Ulbing was faced mid-turn with an unusual extra challenge in the competition: a rogue squirrel who decided to skitter across the race course just as she was making her way down.

In a dramatically close call, Ulbing avoided hitting the rodent as she veered around it, barely changing her board’s path. Ultimately, Ulbing finished at the top of her heat, advancing to the quarterfinals. Ulbing found success at March’s world championships, so she clearly knew what she was doing on the course — which was lucky for that squirrel. (She eventually lost out to the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka in the quarterfinal round, who would go on to win gold in the event, with no further squirrel disruptions. Ledecka also made history as the first woman to medal in two different sports at Winter Olympics after picking up the super G skiing gold earlier in the Games, to much surprise.)

As for the daredevil woodland creature? It certainly seemed confused following the surprise encounter, pausing briefly before scampering back the way it had come. Hopefully it has learned a lesson about avoiding race courses in the future.

 

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Kendrick Lamar: Music videos as important as the songs

OHMYGOSSIP — Kendrick Lamar has admitted his videos are just as important to him as his music.
The ‘All The Stars’ hitmaker grew up being inspired by visuals and it has always been vital to him that fans get as much from watching his songs as they do from listening to them.
Kendrick told Billboard: “I think from jump it’s always been crucial to me. You know, just being a kid watching BET, I’d be on the phone with Dave, you know my partner that does the videos with me and we’d be watching Missy Elliott videos back in high school and Busta Rhymes videos. They were always big inspirations.
“So by the time we got to the point where we can mass produce visuals on that level, we said to each other that, ‘We all in and that we’ve been waiting for this moment.’
“So, I think it’s something that always inspired us to do it, just being a student and always appreciating somebody being willing to put full impact and full ideas not only into the songs, but when you’re watching the songs.”
The ‘Loyalty’ rapper was officially crowned the ‘New King of the West Coast’ by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and The Game during a surprise appearance at his concert in Los Angeles in 2011.
And Kendrick, 30, said he will gladly pass on the torch when the time comes.
He said: “If we see the same excitement that you see in yourself in somebody else, that’s the key to evolving and giving [back] in terms of hip-hop. Same way they did it to me, I’d do to someone else.”
But he admitted he is not quite ready just yet.
The rapper insisted: “Right now, I feel good. I’ll let y’all know when the final years is coming up when I’m like, ‘OK. This kid is it. He’s from the city. He’s it. He got it.’”

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The 10 Most Important Layering Pieces for Winter

To be honest, looking stylish in the winter months can sometimes be a tall order. How are you supposed to bundle up when the temperatures dip to freezing single digits and also pull together a cool outfit? Looking to fashion girls, we picked up on a few tricks. What it really comes down to is making sure you have a few key essentials in your arsenal. Start with some wardrobe building blocks like a turtleneck or tights that are perfect for layering. Then, add in accessories like a warm scarf in a bold color. And finally, invest in a coat to top off your look—styles like puffers are not only practical but also make a statement for a winter outfit.

Leather pants are a chic way to stay warm.
Wrap yourself in a warm, colorful scarf.
A leather jacket is an essential. Try a less traditional one covered in fringe.
Turtlenecks are the ultimate layering piece. Wear them with everything from high-waisted trousers to skirts and boots.
A patent leather coat is sleek and cool.
Wear tights as a layering piece to stay warm but also to make a style statement. In addition to black, we’ve been seeing opaque tights in an array of fun colors.
A patterned coat is the statement-making piece that can pull an outfit together.
Add a bomber jacket to your outfit but try one in an unexpected print.
Not only are puffer coats warm, they’re also the piece of outerwear every cool fashion girl owns.
Add a jacket to your look in a bold color for an outfit that stands out.

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Black Panther and Storm — A History of Their Marriage & Why It’s Important

Black Panther is arriving in theaters next month and there is a lot to learn from T’Challa’s comic book roots. For instance, did you know that at one point he was married to Storm? While their marriage didn’t last long, their union was powerful, for both Wakanda and the alliance it forged between the X-Men and the Avengers.

Let’s take a look at how T’Challa and Ororo first met, how they fell in love, and how T’Challa finally bent the knee to propose. We’ll also look at how this comic book storyline could play into the MCU, if the X-Men and Avengers do finally merge into one cinematic timeline (as a result of Disney buying FOX).

Young Friends



T’Challa and Ororo first met when they were both children. After Ororo’s parents were killed in Cairo, she was left alone to wander the desert. She spent some time as a pickpocket, forced to steal by Achmed El Gibár. Then she left Cairo in search of her mother’s homeland in Kenya. While on her travels, she came across T’Challa –heir to the throne of Wakanda — who was being kidnapped. Using her newly developed weather controlling powers, she rescued him. The pair had an instant chemistry and became friends. Part of this story was featured in a 1980s issue of Marvel Team-up, although it was retconned later in a Storm mini-series.

The Proposal



T’Challa and Storm went their separate ways and both joined The Avengers and the X-Men, respectively. Their busy schedules kept them apart most of the time, until T’Challa decided it was time to get married. In 2006, in Black Panther Volume 4: #14 and #15, T’Challa took a knee and proposed to Storm. Storm lamented her heartbreak of being separated from him as child and then said yes to his proposal.

The Wedding



The wedding of Black Panther and Storm can be read in Black Panther Volume 4: #18. Their wedding took place during the “Civil War Cease Fire Event.” Most of the Avengers and the X-Men showed up at the wedding, even though they were at odds over the Superhuman Registration Act. The Watcher even showed up to witness this historic event. Calling a ceasefire to witness the union of Storm, a powerful mutant, and T’Challa, a powerful Avenger and king, was a profound message of unity during a time of unrest.

The Divorce



Unfortunately, their union was not meant to least. Six years later, in 2012, T’Challa and Storm ended up on opposing sides of the Avengers vs. X-Men event. When the Pheonix Force returned to Earth, it possessed multiple people, including Namor. Namor led his Atlantian people into battle against Wakanda. The fallout from this comic book event series was brutal. Millions of people around the world began exhibiting mutant powers, Cyclops was imprisoned and The Avengers were left scattered, with Captain America left to create a new team. The damage to Wakanda was severe and T’Challa blamed Storm for siding with the X-Men. It was this event that caused him to annul their marriage.

The Future



In the comics, T’Challa and Storm are still divorced. Currently, there are no plans to bring them back together — which is sad — because they were one of Marvel’s strongest couples. However, they could come together in the film universe. Now that Disney owns both and Marvel and FOX, the crossover potentials are endless. While it’s too early to know if the current slate of Avengers will crossover with any of FOX’s current X-Men, it’s possible Black Panther and Storm could have a future. For instance, if the MCU does introduce the X-Men, they could do so via time travel or an alternate timeline, a la J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films.

Would you like to see Storm and T’Challa together in the MCU? Would you keep X-Men: Apocalypse actress Alexandra Shipp in the role or recast?

Black Panther hits screens in the U.K. on February 12 and the U.S. on February 16.

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It’s Important to Diversify Your Portfolio With Human Capital, Too

With any investment portfolio, diversification is critical to maximizing return. Diversification can merely be defined as “not putting all your eggs in one basket.” Here’s an example of why not diversifying is bad: when too-big-to-fail energy company Enron collapsed, so did its employees’ retirement plans. Why? According to The New York Times, Enron’s 401(k)’s asset value was approximately $ 2.1 billion before the collapse, with more than half of its assets invested in the company’s stock. Although employees had the option to choose other financial assets, satisfied with Enron’s financial performance, many invested heavily in the company’s stock. Therefore, when the company’s stock plummeted, employees’ retirement accounts were wiped out in little to no time.

A well-diversified investment portfolio should not only include financial assets but human capital as well. What exactly is human capital? Human capital is the present value of all potential earnings during an individual’s lifetime. So for instance, the compensation you expect to receive during your lifetime is considered your specific human capital.

More importantly, your human capital is, in fact, a traditional asset and should be taken into consideration when diversifying. Like other assets, human capital can be considered either safe or unsafe. A tenured professor at a university may be deemed to be “safe” human capital because he has a steady stream of income. Therefore, it may be more appropriate for that professor to invest in riskier assets, such as stocks. In contrast, a person whose salary fluctuates, such as a retail sales associate, may be considered to have “unsafe” human capital. It may be more appropriate for that individual to invest in less risky assets, such as bonds.

Also, if a person is working for a company and is investing heavily in the company’s stock, that person’s investment portfolio is poorly diversified. If the company has a bad financial year, that employee may be overly exposed to the company’s risks and may experience an economic mishap similar to those experienced by Enron’s employees.

Managing the Risks

Just as there are risks associated with stocks, bonds, and other investments, there are also risks related to your human capital. Human capital is exposed to both earnings and mortality risks. Some things an individual can do to reduce his earnings risk is to establish an emergency fund or create a credit line to withstand periods when there is a disruption of income.

Human capital is also exposed to mortality risk. Mortality risk is the chance an individual may die prematurely at a time when their dependents need their financial contributions the most. Maintaining life insurance is one way to address this concern as it helps protect against the risk of depleting human capital at the time of death.

So, before developing your investment portfolio, take time to understand your specific human capital. Understanding your particular human capital may allow you to build financial freedom for yourself and generations to come.

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‘Family Is the Most Important Thing’: Everything Chip & Joanna Gaines Have Said About Parenting

Not only will Chip and Joanna Gaines be producing a number of product lines, publishing another book, and running their Waco, Texas-based empire, the Fixer Upper couple will also be getting ready for a baby on the way.

The pair has always put family first for their four children: sons Drake, 12, and Duke, 9, and daughters Ella, 11, and Emmie Kay, 7. “Family is the most important thing in the world,” Joanna, 39, told PEOPLE in September.

“I feel a little bit like a drill sergeant sometimes. Some elements of my personality, as a parent, I’m not real crazy about,” Chip, 43, told PEOPLE in December 2016 about his parenting style.  “I grew up in an environment that was pretty much ‘back by dark’ — didn’t generally know what we were doing, and it was all good, clean fun. So I thought, ‘Oh, I’m gonna be a wild parent.’ ”

On the other hand, Joanna admitted that she’s “little more laid back than I thought I’d be,” telling PEOPLE: “ certain things that I really care about, but I think the funny part, with Chip, is just the video games, the TV. That’s where he kinda gets a little strict. It’s, ‘You go play outside.’ ”

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From dance parties in the middle of the night to bonding over arts and crafts as well as playing dress-up, the parents have been documenting special moments with their kids on social media to their over nine million followers.

“I want my kids to date, I want them to go out,” Chip shared. “I just remember great experiences as a kid, you know? Driving your car for the first time, picking up a young lady on a date for the first time. All those were little milestones to some extent.”

Joanna and Chip have previously expressed that they want their kids to have a life away from the national spotlight their fame has drawn. “They’re so young, and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood,” the mother-to-be said.

 

The filming schedule for Fixer Upper was a particularly exhausting one that required Chip and Joanna to film for 11 months out of the year since they began back in 2013.

“ would ask, ‘Mom and Dad, do you guys have to film again today? When is this going to be over?” Chip explained to PEOPLE in October. “The kids were so young when we started. Fast-forward to today and our oldest is almost a teenager — they’re all growing up so quickly,” Joanna added.

Ending their popular show meant slowing down because no matter how much it meant to them, it wasn’t worth risking what’s most important: their relationship and their family.

“Jo and I don’t want to find ourselves years from now realizing there were warning signs letting us know we were exhausted. We would rather stop here, where we still feel we’re in a really good place,” he said.

Back in July 2016, Joanna shared a viral Facebook post about the importance of instilling lessons in children that you hope will stick.

“You sow seeds early on and work hard to be intentional and then over time you move on to new lessons and challenges. Then one day you look up and the seeds you planted in your little children’s hearts are now in full bloom. Be encouraged today to keep pressing in and tending to their hearts. It will be worth it,” she said.

While they had never shut down the idea of expanding their family, the decision to end their popular HGTV series after five seasons may have presented more opportunities to think about welcoming another child.

“We had four babies right before the show started, and then we’ve had zero babies since the show started,” Chip told Houston ABC affiliate, KTRK in November. “For me, I’m really excited to go back and try to maybe . . . try to make some more babies,” he said.

And in June, Joanna shared with PEOPLE that she would consider trying for more than one child. “I would love another baby — or twins! The kids are always asking me, ‘Mom, can you have another baby?’ But Chip thinks we’re done,” she said.

The couple hasn’t ruled out a return to TV, but for now, plan to enjoy time together, time with their kids, big breaks like their recent trip to Italy and pet parenting five dogs, a handful of cats, cows, horses, chickens and goats.


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The film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent traces your life, from your globe-trotting but rather lonely childhood, through your master’s degree at Harvard. What made you turn to cooking?Anthony Bourdain loves to make the point that it was a lonely childhood, but I wasn’t lonely, because I had all these hotel waiters and ship stewards and grand chefs inviting me into the kitchen. So I was highly entertained, but I do accept the contention that if there was a void in my life that I filled it with food.”

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RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant.

Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described

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‘The Walking Dead’: Why Dwight is the Most Important Character in Season 8

The most important character in Season 8 of The Walking Dead isn’t Rick Grimes. It isn’t Negan. It isn’t Daryl (gasp!) or even The Scavengers (aka The Junkyard Gang). As long as he’s alive, it’s Dwight.

Dwight is a member of The Saviors, the baddies who scare the 💩  out of everyone. Toward the end of Season 7, Dwight seemed to turn a corner when one of his wood carvings appeared after a shocking fight between the Alexandrians and The Saviors. The implication was that he’d be willing to help our favorite survivors of Alexandria and The Hilltop Colony. But Dwight is hardly trustworthy and has played both sides in the past. Will he pull through for the survivors, or remain loyal to The Saviors? To predict Dwight’s next few moves, we turned to the best method of character alignment analysis, tried and true: Dungeons and Dragons (5th edition, of course). 🤓

In most role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, every player must choose an alignment for their character. There are 9 alignments, and all include a combination of good and evil, law and chaos. To understand Dwight’s character alignment, we held him up to the ultimate test. Who are the evil characters in The Walking Dead, who are the do-gooders, and where does Dwight fit in? Yeah, we went there:

Morgan Jones



The best way to understand Lawful Good is to think of Obi Wan Kenobi. Like Obi Wan, Morgan fights evil with compassion. He keeps his word, uses Aikido to fight evil, and has a strong sense of honor and duty. However, while we know how things turned out for Obi Wan, we don’t’ yet know if Morgan will stick to his current style of taking down the big baddies. We’ve seen signs of change, but his sense of honor and discipline has yet to wane. Morgan is Lawful Good.

Rick Grimes



Rick Grimes has leadership qualities and comes off as a consistent do-gooder. But (and this is a real doozy when it comes to character alignment), Rick has been lured by evil decisions which have come back to haunt not only him but the people who trust him as their leader. The Saviors have wanted to kill the Alexandrians and Hilltop Colony ever since Rick and his tribe raided one of their compounds and mercilessly killed every single person in the building. Going into Season 8, Rick’s leadership qualities are back intact, only after he spent time disappointing all of his followers by giving into Negan’s demands, and that makes him nothing more or less than Neutral Good.

Daryl, Carol, and Michonne





Nobody fights for a cause quite like a rebel who loves their friends. Whether good or bad, a Chaotic Good character has strong morals, but F society. Personal freedom is important to a rebel, but they will never walk away from fighting for greater good. Much like Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in Battlestar Galactica, Chaotic Good characters are the ones who will save us all, even if it’s at their own expense. Carol, Daryl and Michonne are all Chaotic Good, and we’d bank on at least one of them dying for their friends.

Walkers



Like the Grim Reaper, Walkers have one job to do and one job only: eat people, and brains. They don’t care if they eat the brains of good or bad people. As long as they have a head, they have a job to do, and they’re going to do it. No. Matter. What. Walkers are Lawful Neutral, even if we fear them the most.

Gregory 🙄



Gregory is a lot like Star Wars’ Boba Fett. Like Boba Fett, Gregory will do just about anything to please anyone. It seems evil, but it’s really just what True Neutral characters do best: nothing good, and nothing bad. True Neutral characters lack emotion and conviction. They do whatever they think is best to do depending on the moment. Gregory‘s inability to make real decisions makes him one of the worst leaders on The Walking Dead, and it’s incredibly hard not to throw things at the TV every time he’s on screen. Maybe with a little backstory, his character will become more interesting (?) but right now he’s just another True Neutral, making him the lamest character in the entire series. Gregory is a true True Neutral. Eyeroll.

Jadis



Jadis is the leader of The Junkyard Gang (aka The Scavengers) and is very likely the “little birdie” who told Negan about Rick’s plans to fight The Saviors. But can we blame her? With a Chaotic Neutral character alignment, this is to be expected. Jadis is a lot like Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Aside from sharing a most curious way of talking, neither Q or Jadis are actually evil, even when their actions appear to be cruel. Chaotic Neutral is often called “The Free Spirit” because they are anarchists. They do not believe in any form of government, and usually, stay mostly focused on their own well being. Chaotic Neutral characters do not take pleasure in the suffering of others, nor are they motivated by it. These anarchists are curious characters. Jadis is not likely to stay loyal to Negan if he impedes upon the well being of her gang.

Simon (is Negan)



Ugh. Simon. Just, ugh. He’s the worst, and he’s basically the Darth Vader of The Walking Dead. Lawful Evil characters are totally diabolical, but not independent. They will always follow their evil leader, whether it’s Negan, or the Emperor. They are totally loyal to their leader and have no regard for life. Known as “The Dominator,” they are the ultimate follower, making them the stewards of evil and destruction. Lawful Evil characters are obedient; they will follow the code of evil at all times. Yikes. And that smile is terrifying, ffs. Simon is Negan’s most loyal follower, and he DGAF if anyone gets hurt, including other Saviors.

Negan is Chaotic Evil



Negan. Is. Terrifying. If Ramsay Bolton were in The Walking Dead universe, he would be Negan. Chaotic Evil characters are selfish destroyers and have no respect for rules. The rule is whatever a Chaotic Evil decides it is. These evil characters are greedy and take from others. Whether it’s Ramsay taking Winterfell, or Negan taking from, well, everyone he can find on the Eastern seaboard, these are the baddies who deal in pure Chaotic Evil.

So, what about Dwight? Is he evil?



Dwight is the malefactor on The Walking Dead. His backstory shows that at one time he may have been good. When he first met Daryl, back before he looked exactly like Two-Face, he answered the infamous 3 Questions. He told Daryl he’d killed more Walkers than he could count but had never killed a human because “When you kill a person, there’s no going back.”  Later on in the story, we find Dwight with a half-burned face, killing humans without remorse. It’s clear that by deciding to re-join the Saviors in Episode 6 of the sixth season, he left behind any honorable qualities he may have once maintained. Dwight is Neutral Evil, which basically makes him the Littlefinger of Alexandria. He will work for both sides without any real conviction and engages in evil behavior if he thinks he’ll get away with it. Ew.

Dwight is the most important character walking into Season 8 because he is the malefactor in the story. He’s a wrongdoer, who appears to be willing to do right. But, as with all wrongdoers, he cannot be trusted. He’ll engage in mayhem and destruction if he can get away with it, and he lacks a moral code.

Will Dwight go back to who he was before he re-joined the Saviors and began killing humans? If he does, his alignment will surely shift. But for now, Dwight is Neutral Evil. He’s just a bad guy, willing to do bad things at any time, for either side. The side he chooses may benefit, because the survivors are on the brink of all-out war with the saviors, and it won’t be pretty.

What do you think? Are these alignments accurate? Do you trust Dwight? Let us know @getfandom on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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The way you set up automatic bill payments is more important than you think

No one likes paying bills (that I’m aware of?) — which is why automatic payments can be very appealing.

This is when you set up recurring transfers from your bank to pay your bills each month — phone bill, tuition, cable, utilities, mortgage or any other payments you owe on a regular basis.

A lot of people take advantage of this feature because it’s convenient, you don’t have to remember every bill and due date, you don’t have to visit several websites to get everything paid and you don’t risk forgetting to make the payments.

However, there are other risks involved that can lead to major financial problems. While recurring payments may be a great way to keep your payments on track and on time, there are safe ways — and unsafe ways — to do it.

You have two options with automatic, recurring payments:

  • You can set it up through your bank so that your bank initiates the payment each month,
  • or, you can allow the company access to your account to withdraw the money each month to cover your bill.

Most of the companies you do business with probably encourage you to sign up for automatic bill pay – many may even offer you some type of discount or reward.

But if you aren’t always on top of things (and even if you are), you need to know which methods are safe and which ones are not! Because one simple error could leave you with an empty bank account – on top of one hell of a fight to get your money back.

Read more: Debit vs. credit: Pros, cons and differences to know about

Dangers of third-party automatic billing from checking or savings

Here’s how automated debit transactions work: you allow the company to deduct money from your checking or savings account each month by providing your routing and account numbers. The problem is, when you give authorization to regularly draft from an account, it is an open-ended arrangement, regardless of your contract with the company.

In one case involving a Florida health insurance company, customers’ accounts were drafted up to dozens of times when only one payment was supposed to go through. What’s worse is that when you authorize automatic debits transactions, a company could continue pulling money from your account even after your contract for the service has ended. And they have all the information they need to do so.

Another problem with automatic payments is that regardless of how much money is in your account, that charge is going through no matter what. So if you don’t have the funds in there, you’ll end up owing even more due to expensive overdraft fees and any other fees the company may charge.

Bottom line: automatic debit transactions, especially recurring ones, can easily cause unexpected withdrawals to be made from your account, which can potentially cause some major financial damage.

So let’s look at some safer alternatives.

Safe ways to automate & stay on top of monthly bills

1. Online bill pay

This is different from authorizing companies to make automatic debit transactions from your account. Online bill pay is instead set up through your bank, which makes it a safer way to pay your bills electronically.

Here’s why: you don’t need to give your routing number and account number to anyone, because your bank initiates the transaction. That means your information is never provided to any third-party and therefore isn’t at risk. You are also in control of when the payments are made, since they’re done through your bank.

So you choose the amount to pay (based on the recurring monthly bill) and the date the payment is made. That way you know when to expect that specific amount to be withdrawn from your account — plus you’ll have peace of mind knowing that only one payment will go through. If there is an error, you’d much rather deal with your bank than a third-party company and your bank.

Make sure you have the funds available if the bill pay is set up through a checking account!

If you’re using a checking account to make the payments, set up an alert for before the date the payment is supposed to go through, that way you can be sure you have the funds available and avoid any overdraft charges.

2. Use a credit card

Many companies now accept credit card payments online (instead of only allowing debit transactions) — which is a much safer alternative for automating your bills.

Credit cards offer much better protections for you as a consumer, which is why you should always use a credit card (instead of a debit card or drafts from a savings account) for any payments that could potentially cause you problems — like online transactions.

You can set up automatic payments through your credit card to pay each bill before the due date each month.

Then if you see a suspicious charge, you can dispute it immediately — and the process of getting your money back is a lot easier than when you’re hit with false charges on a debit card.

If the charge pulls money directly from your checking, you could be out of a lot of cash — temporarily or even forever.

Here’s a breakdown of your protections with debit cards vs. credit cards.

With a credit card, if you’re hit by over-billing issues, fraudulent charges or other charges you did not authorize, no money leaves your hands. Once you report the error to the credit card company, the process of fixing the problem begins immediately.

When mistakes occur with checking and savings accounts, money does leave your hands — and it can take a while to get it back, and in some cases, you don’t get it back.

Plus, by using a credit card, you also get the added benefits of racking up more rewards!

Bonus tip: Even when automatic payments are set up on a credit card, it’s crucial that you review your statements for any potential errors or false charges. That way you can report it immediately.

Read more: 11 places you should never use a debit card

3. Set reminders for when bills are due

Automatic payments can be convenient, but if you’re worried about the possibility of your accounts being over-drafted or false charges going through, there’s another way to help you stay on top of monthly bills.

Set reminders for yourself for a couple of days before each bill is due, and then right when that alert pops up, pay the bill online with a credit card at that moment! If you wait, you risk forgetting, which can lead to extra charges and damage to your credit score.

You can set alerts using your calendar on your phone, the reminders app or any other app you use to track your finances.

If you have to use a debit card, you can at least check your account to make sure you have enough funds to cover the payment — and then be sure to regularly check the account for any potential errors.

4. Set a reminder to pay your credit card bill BEFORE the closing date

When you pay off your credit card balance before the closing date, your statement will show a $ 0.00 balance due. Then when it’s reported to the credit bureaus, your account will show a zero balance, rather than whatever amount would have shown up on your statement. When the credit bureaus see that you’re using little to none of your available credit, it will help improve your credit score!

Important note: For reminders/alerts to work, you need to pay the bill, check your account or do whatever else the alert is for immediately when it pops up! That’s the best way to keep yourself on track and avoid any potential extra charges or fees etc.

Bonus tip!

The biggest factor that impacts your credit score is your payment history — whether you pay your bills on time. So when it comes to how you pay your monthly bills, you want to figure out a method works best for you so that your payments stay on track. This is the best way to improve your credit score and/or keep it in good standing.

To help you track all of your bills, expenses and overall financial life, we have a list of great apps to try in our Budgeting Guide.

Read more: 6 money tips for people who are unorganized or forgetful

Additional tips to secure your online bill payments

Doing a monthly, or even weekly, check-in of all of your finances is a great way to help you keep track of everything and make sure your money is protected. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Go through your statements: Find any automatic drafts that are coming out of your checking or savings accounts and discontinue them!
  • Paying bills on companies’ websites: Use a credit card, not a debit card, so you can dispute any potential false charges.
  • When you sign up for a new company: Only provide your credit card number for payments. That way you can dispute any bogus transactions that may pop up down the road.

You should also set up a daily alert that reminds you to check your bank accounts — to keep an eye on money coming in, money going out and to spot any false charges that may pop up. If that’s too much for you, then stick with that once-a-week time.

If you haven’t quite gotten in the habit of checking your accounts daily (which you should work on), then just know that charges could be going through without you even realizing it!

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Why the Music Behind ‘The Flash’ Is So Important

While there are many reasons to tune into any show, the soundtrack is often one of the most frequently overlooked. However, it is also one of the most influential parts of the viewing experience. The music helps establish mood, characters, and other elements that an audience may not be immediately aware of. One show that does this well is The Flash

While composer, Blake Neely writes and oversees music for all the Arrowverse shows, he gives each show and their respective characters a unique sound. His work for each show is memorable, but the music for The Flash is unique and just plain fun. Not only does Neely give the Flash a memorable theme, but he also creates a contrasting theme for his civilian identity, Barry Allen.

Every Character Has Their Own Music

The concept of music representing specific characters came from the German opera composer, Richard Wagner. The concept, known as leitmotif, assigned each character, setting, object, and emotion different themes that are heard throughout his operas. These leitmotifs would be distinguished by the instruments performing, the tempo (speed), and the themes themselves. In this way, the audience can think of certain characters or places just by listening to the music—even if they aren’t present on stage.


Just seeing this picture probably makes you think of ‘The Imperial March’.

Leitmotif has become a huge part of TV and film scoring today. One of the most well-known examples in popular culture is John Williams’ Star Wars score. When you hear John Williams’ “The Imperial March”, it’s impossible not to think of Darth Vader. And this is exactly why leitmotif is a crucial element in the way a TV show comes together.

What Does The Flash Sound Like?


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The Flash

During the final credits, you hear a truncated version of the main theme for The Flash and different snippets also appear in each episode. The theme contains two parts: heroic chords in the brass, and a series of fast, constant notes in the strings. As a superhero whose powers revolve around speed, it makes sense his musical theme would move at a quick pace. It sounds like a constant sixteenth-note theme is passed around the string section, creating an endless sense of movement. What are sixteenth-notes? While it depends on the original tempo, they are notes that are commonly associated with fast sections of music, making them particularly fitting for The Flash.


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An example of four sixteenth-notes connected together.

The strings establish a rapid-pace feel with their sixteenth-notes, but Neely also wants to show that not only is the Flash fast, but he’s also strong. He creates this excitement and power through the brass section as they play full-sounding chords on top of the running string line. By combining both sections, the music provides an aural image of the Scarlet Speedster. You can hear these elements in full force on track one, “The Fastest Man Alive / Always Late,” from the Season 1 soundtrack.

Barry Allen’s Personal Sound


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Barry Allen working as a forensic scientist.

Every good superhero has a civilian identity, which is where Barry Allen enters the picture. When the Flash isn’t fighting crime, Barry Allen works as a forensic scientist in a crime lab. Barry actually first appeared on a season 2 episode of Arrow, “The Scientist.” Before he was struck by lightning and received his super speed, Barry traveled to Starling City to research metahumans. While he ended up helping Team Arrow, he was in Starling City to research who killed his mother.

While many viewers were already aware of who Barry Allen would become, the seeds of the superhero theme are a part of his civilian identity. Track 10 of the Season 2 soundtrack, “The Scientist,” displays one of the many variations of Barry’s civilian theme.

The beginning of the track features small, repeated groups of sixteenth-notes in the strings, separated by brief rests. Since Barry Allen has not yet become the Flash, it makes sense that these sixteenth-notes remain disconnected and separate from his alter ego. Here, Neely cleverly sets the stage for the hero he will become.

The sixteenth-note bursts transition into a calm, beautiful theme played on the piano, accompanied by sustained strings. While the brass signifies power and strength in The Flash theme, the soft strings represent peace. The oboe represents Barry’s fun, quirky personality as the music changes between the piano and oboe. Variations on this musical idea are often heard when Barry Allen is present. The music represents a calm, positive forensic scientist who brings humor to difficult situations.

When Hope Comes to Central City


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The wormhole that engulfs Central City at the end of Season 1.

Hope is a central theme in the Flash’s story. The Flash brings hope to Central City, and Barry brings hope to his friends and family. Occasionally, the characters need to find this same trait within themselves to continue fighting the good fight. For the Flash, hope is represented by a wordless choir.

The chorus is heard in the first notes of the Season 1 soundtrack, “The Fastest Man Alive.” This music immediately transitions into the superhero theme, which represents the hope that Flash will bring to Central City.

Climactic moments throughout the series are also met with a chorus. You hear this when Barry closes the wormhole at the end of Season 1, as well as when Iris and Barry discuss what decisions to make at the end of Season 2. The chorus also accompanies sentimental moments between Barry and his father. The music shows the hope that Henry Allen has in his son.

These are just a few musical ideas that represent the Flash. The Arrowverse is full of great characters and musical moments, so when these shows are in the hands of a master composer like Neely, the characters become more real and alive to the audience.

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Money Mondays: Why Homeownership Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

Why we are talking about the housing recovery. 

The broader housing market has been on fire lately. We have seen housing prices in cities across the country rise very rapidly, and in many cases, this trend has made housing unaffordable. Construction has not been able to keep up with demand for houses in numerous zip codes. But the positive news in the housing sector over the last 8 years since the correction has been hiding an ugly truth: Black Americans have been largely left behind. A report released from Harvard University details why there has been a disparity in the housing recovery.

What does this report tell us?

First, it details the factors that caused the Black community to be disproportionately impacted by the housing market correction in 2008. During the creation of the housing bubble, our community was aggressively targeted for subprime and predatory loans. Then, despite the broader economic recovery since the great recession, higher unemployment rates and slower wage growth than other racial groups have remained a problem for Black Americans.

 \What else does the report cover?

This report also outlines what the disparities in the wake of the housing recovery look like. It found housing prices have not rebounded in our communities as they have elsewhere. While average 2016 home prices in the U.S. surpassed the peak reached before the correction, in low and moderate-income neighborhoods home values are still significantly below their pre-crisis highs.

And while other racial groups are once again seeing homeownership rates on the rise, for Black America, the rates have stagnated. Last year, the difference between the Black homeownership rate and the white homeownership rate was the largest seen since World War II. This is important because home ownership accounts for a larger portion of overall Black wealth than it does for other groups.

What steps can we take to rebuild rates of Black homeownership?

 While there are obviously outside factors, we can begin to grow the rates of Black home ownership, and Black wealth, again with the help of sound financial decision-making when it comes to housing. First, remember that your monthly housing expenses should not exceed 30 percent of your take-home pay. For homeowners, this percentage includes your mortgage and insurance, and maintenance cost. If you are renting, it includes monthly rent and insurance.

Second, remember a home’s purpose is to shelter. While buying a home is an investment, a house is primarily a place to live. If you want to save for retirement or your kid’s college, there are better investment options.

Finally, if you are in the market for a house, calculate your price-to-rent ratio. Take the total purchase price and divide it by the total annual cost to rent a home or apartment in that same neighborhood. If the sum is under 15, you can consider moving forward. If it is over 15, you might want to rethink the purchase.

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Catspaw Dagger Is More Important Than You Think

The Valyrian steel weapon that a catspaw assassin used in Season 1 in the assassination attempt against Bran Stark seems to be popping up a lot lately. The blade that fans are referring to as the “catspaw dagger” currently belongs to Petyr Baelish. However, in the preview for Season 7 episode 4, “The Spoils of War“, we see someone unsheathing what could be the same dagger.


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Hello, old friend.

In all likelihood, the person whipping the dagger out is Littlefinger. He was the last one to have it, and the setting (Winterfell), clothes (robe-y), and blingy rings all match the particulars of Littlefinger’s current circumstances.

Wait, that looks familiar

In Season 1 after Cat Stark and Summer dispatched the assassin, Cat took the blade with her to King’s Landing. There, Littlefinger told her the dagger once belonged to him, but later became the possession of Tyrion Lannister.


He’s behind you.

Currently, the weapon goes unnamed in the show but has taken on the name of its most memorable wielder, the catspaw assassin. The last time we saw the actual blade was in Littlefinger’s clutches as he held the blade to Ned Stark’s throat during the memorable betrayal at the end of season one. Since then, the blade has disappeared. More recently, we’ve only seen a drawing of the dagger. For all we knew, it was a meaningless, if finely-crafted, little chunk of steel.

Valyrian steel is not to be messed with

The blade is made of that rare and coveted metal, Valyrian steel, so that alone makes it worthwhile. Valyrian steel is one of the few materials that we know can kill wights. But it is also sufficiently old and unique enough to merit a precise and accurate illustration along with a full page description in a book in the Citadel. We got a glimpse of it there when Sam was researching dragonglass, and the camera lingers ever-so-tellingly on a page with an illustration of this exact dagger.


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Hmm, I feel like I’ve seen that before…

The text, if you look very closely, describes the process of melting obsidian to use it in the decoration of weapons. We also know that the means and method of creating Valyrian steel have been lost. Could dragonglass and dragon fire to melt it be the missing ingredients to manufacture this mythical metal?

 

There will be blood

On a more narrative level, the “catspaw dagger” is important because it is a physical reminder of the circumstances that lead to this civil war. Cat Stark kidnapped Tyrion Lannister because she thought he sent a man armed with this dagger to kill her injured son.


Arya Catspaw

Perhaps more tellingly, in a promotional cover for Entertainment Weekly, a photo of Arya reveals the dagger tucked into her belt. Could this mean that at some point during this season it will come into her possession? Will she be the one to do in Littlefinger or will she simply scare him off?


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A man after Arya’s heart?

More importantly, once she has the “catspaw dagger”, who will she decide to use it on?

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This Entrepreneur Knows Self-Care Is the Most Important Investment

Nowadays, it’s common to see the glamorization of what it takes to be successful—16-hour days, sleepless nights, no social life outside of work, etc. But the reality is, burnout and depression are inevitable if your success plan doesn’t include self-care.

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Simply put, self-care is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. And Christina Rice has made a career out of helping people engage in activities, which nurture their career, mind, body, and spirit. Rice combined her 12-year career in public relations with her passions for travel, yoga, and adventure to launch LuxeLife Adventures, a travel platform that specializes in curating unique and authentic experiences and recently, OMNoire, a health and wellness platform for women of color.

Recently, we asked Rice to provide three self-care tips women should do weekly.

Put Yourself First

 

Whatever that means for you. I always say that “No” is a full sentence and we tend to forget that sometimes and that it’s OK to say no to overextending yourself for friends, family, work, and life in general. I also encourage women to do something that only you own, whether it’s taking a yoga class, going to the spa, spending a few hours reading a book with no distractions, trying something new, conquering a fear, therapy, etc.

Give Yourself Space

 

Step away from careers, significant others, friends, and children, so that you can just take care of you. I’ve learned that I am the best for everyone and everything else when I am the best me possible.

Create 30-day challenges throughout the year. For example, each day I list something that makes me happy. That could be going to the museum solo, cleaning out my closets, calling an old friend, completing a project I’ve been procrastinating on, baking a pie (which I never bake!), etc. We have to remind ourselves that it’s not always about the BIG action, but how those little ones will feed our souls.

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Lena Dunham Just Made A Super Important Point About Mental Health

Lena Dunham has an important reminder about your psychological well-being and this time it’s about burnout.

The actress recently spoke to Glamour magazine about the intense pressure she put on herself when her show “Girls” began.

“Making my deal with HBO as a 23-year-old woman, I felt that I had so much to prove,” she said. “I felt like I had to be the person who answered emails the fastest, stayed up the latest, worked the hardest.”

Dunham revealed that she often gave up rest and moments to recharge in an effort to make it seem like she was deserving of her opportunity.

“As much as I loved my job, I really, like, injured myself in some ways. If I had felt like, ‘You’re worthy of eight hours of sleep, not four; you’re worthy of turning your phone off on a Saturday,’ I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the show,” she said. “But I could have worked with a sense of joy and excitement, rather than guilt and anxiety of being ‘found out.’”

I could have worked with a sense of joy and excitement, rather than guilt and anxiety of being ‘found out.’

Falling into this trap isn’t unique to Dunham. Research shows that excessive stress can put individuals at an increased risk for chronic disease and stroke. Burnout is a real issue, regardless of your career. A demanding schedule, 24/7 access to email and working multiple jobs to make ends meet can all be contributing factors.

This is particularly true for women, who are more likely to deal with the imposter syndrome Dunham describes (for good reason: women are assumed to be less competent and held to higher standards, according to research). Women also often deal with the cultural expectation that they must manage the home in addition to their work responsibilities and studies show that this (misguided) norm can take a toll on a woman’s psychological well-being. For example, women are more likely than male counterparts to bend their careers to fit in family life, which can increase stress and burnout.

Dunham offered this advice for women who constantly feel a need to run themselves into the ground in order to prove their worth: Your wellness should always come first.

“There will be nothing if you don’t look out for you,” she said. “And I can’t wait, on my next project, to go into it with the strength that comes from, like, valuing your own body and your own mental health.”

That’s a life goal anyone can get behind.

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Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Vendors

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Wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming. Some brides know exactly what they want and have known since they were little girls and other brides have no idea what they want. Whichever bride you are, you’re going to be overwhelmed. The internet and social media is saturated with wedding ideas. Hashtag after hashtag, vision board after vision board… There is almost too much information out there. Nowadays, it isn’t enough to just see someone’s work online. You have to really investigate and interview your vendors. Now, before we get into some of the essential tools for hiring wedding vendors, HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! I’ve never understood people who don’t hire a wedding planner to handle one of the most important days of their lives.

1. Decide what matters the most. I always ask my clients, “What is the most important aspect of your wedding?” I get everything from the cake to the dress to the food. Depending on their answer, we’ll focus more of the budget on that particular want. Often times, there isn’t wiggle room in a budget. Meaning, if your budget is $ 75,000 you don’t have $ 75,000.01. In that case, you’ll have to pull from one item and add it to another in order to make what you want work for the big day.

2. Be specific when searching hashtags. In the age of Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc, finding the right vendors for your wedding can be overwhelming. Even as a vendor, finding the right hashtag to put your work under is challenging. You have over-saturated categories that don’t always fit the intended need. In a recent conversation with Season Bennett a/k/a The Social Barber, who created a program that generates hashtags based on more concise and specific areas and groups, she stressed the importance of searching detailed hashtags. The more detailed the hashtag, (i.e. city, state, street, landmark) the better your chances are of finding local vendors instead of having to weed through thousands from all over the world in that one group.

3. Do your research. Ask your potential vendors for references. Ask to speak to a few of their previous clients and find out what their experiences were like. One bad review out of 30 isn’t terrible. 1 bad review out of 3 is questionable. Aside from reviews, do your research based on pricing as well. If there is a photographer who you absolutely love and there is one who you just like with a $ 500 difference between the two, pick your favorite. Consult with your planner on how to rework the budget to see where you can cut costs to make up for that extra $ 500.

4. Read the fine print. Every contract has fine print. The most confusing fine print for many of my clients is the venue contract. Luckily for them, I go through and explain the contracts but if you don’t have a planner (WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A PLANNER??!!), make sure to have each vendor explain the entire contract line-by-line.

5. Get options but not too many options. One of the biggest mistakes that I see my clients make is having too much information. Once the planning begins, you’ll drown in wedding information if you’re not careful. Have your planner suggest two options per vendor. You don’t need 10 photographers and 10 videographers because all of that information will be overwhelming and it’s unnecessary.

As a general rule when choosing vendors, if they take a week to respond to your email, they’re probably going to take that long if not longer after you hire them. If that bothers you, as it should, they might not be the vendor for you. Remember that not only will you be working with them on one of the most important days of your life but that you’ll have to deal with them the months leading up to the big day.

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Your Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply: Important Information You Need to Know

Your Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply: Important Information You Need to Know


Most people find thinking about the possibility of disability or death extremely unpleasant; however, planning for these occurrences in advance will reduce potential stress later in life. With the help of this new book, you can take the guesswork out of planning and finally understand the complex processes. The Complete Guide to Wills, Trusts, & Estates will provide you with all the information you need to choose, set up, and execute a will, trust, or estate. You will learn the terminology, including such words as beneficiary, probate, trustor, trustee, assets, guardianship, and executor. You will also learn about trust agreements, trust property, settlement costs, life insurance, durable power of attorney, marital deductions, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, tax deferred accounts, and advance directives. Furthermore, you will learn how to protect your financial privacy, how to plan for long-term care, how to reduce or eliminate taxes, and how to choose beneficiaries and executors. By reading this book, you will understand the differences among living trusts, 529 plans, limited term trusts, life insurance trusts, estate freeze trusts, qualified personal residence trusts (QPRT), privacy trusts, A/B trusts, qualified terminable interest property trusts (QTIP), child’s trusts, and irrevocable trusts. You will know which will, be it holographic, nuncupative, self-proving, statutory, simple, joint, living, mutual, ethical, electronic, or video, fits your needs. In addition, you will be provided with estate planning strategies in easy to understand language that will make the task seem much less burdensome. Whether you are writing yourwill, establishing a trust, or planning your estate for the first time or you are updating or revising your previous plans, The Complete Guide to Wills, Trusts, & Estates will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to decide where your assets will go when you die and to whom.
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Sleep the Single Most Important Determinant in Predicting Longevity

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The most basic change we can make in redefining Third Metric success in our lives has to do with our relationship to sleep and the sleep environment.

Healthy Sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important determinant in predicting longevity, more important than diet, exercise, or heredity.

William C. Dement, founder of the Sleep Research Center at Stanford University, the world’s first sleep laboratory, and part of the team which first identified the different stages of sleep.

Sleep an Important Aspect of our Health

Supporting a Better Sleep

At least a third of us don’t sleep well. Most people wake up tired and the tiredness lasts throughout the day. However, sleep is an essential physiological function; a key research concept is that of Till Roenneberg social jetlag — the difference between when our internal body clock wants us to get up in the morning versus when we are forced out of bed by our alarm clock.

Sleep underpins all aspects of our health; it is when our bodies are designed to recover from the stresses of the day before, and to prepare for the stresses of the day ahead. Poor sleep can lead to an increase in the chronic stress response and thus a reduction in the immune function and further consequences to almost every aspect of our health and wellbeing.

Rested sleep is not just about how many hours we sleep, but also about quality of sleep, and a significant part of the quality is about the sleep environment.

Sleep Environment

Modern advances in sleep research using infrared and magnetic technology have made possible the creation of the optimal sleep environment. The elements of the Kenko Naturest Sleep System are designed to work in harmony together to cocoon you in an advanced, adaptive, sleeping environment, to create the best chance of the highest quality of sleep, the feeling of sleeping in nature in our own homes, and to help achieve the level of sleep for your mind and body to function not just adequately, but with energy and vitality.

When choosing a bed, most people only really give thought to the apparent comfort of the mattress. However, in order to offer the highest quality sleep – and adequate rest and recovery – there are many considerations that need to be resolved in the sleep environment. These include: physical comfort, supportive thermal environment with moisture control, ventilation stimulation, hygiene and energetic environment all designed to support the highest quality sleep.

The Kenko Sleep System> optimizes each of these different factors for each individual, even if they share a bed with a partner who might have significantly different requirements at any one time.

Additional Sleep Tips From the Experts Consulted in Thrive

• Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.
• Practice deep breathing before bed.
• Take a warm bath before bed.
• Exercise or at least walk every day.
• Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.
• Cut down on coffee after 2 pm and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

Creating Our Personal Sleep Revolution

Creating a healthier, happier life doesn’t need to be complicated. By simply incorporating the Kenko Naturest Sleep System into our bed and adding the sleep tips suggested we will begin to create a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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Please share this Third Metric article with your friends and significant others. To find out more about the Third Metric & Sleep read Thrive, Chapter One, ‘A New Blueprint: Time to Renovate the Architecture of Our Lives’. To find out more about the Kenko Naturest Sleep System contact Jackie at; thrive.huffpost@gmail.com

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Important Areas of Compatibility

Many couples come into counseling saying that they have realized they are just not compatible.  One or both partners, but usually the woman, says that these areas of incompatibility are making the relationship hopeless.  However, from my experience, there are usually not too many dealbreaker areas of incompatibility in a marriage.  But there are some.  Here are the five areas of incompatibility that can weaken your relationship.  If you’re currently single or dating, this is an important post for you too, as you can be sure to assess your relationship in terms of compatibility in these domains before choosing to marry or have children with a partner.


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1. Attitudes about gender roles

This is a very important one.  It can be very difficult to move forward if, for example, a man thinks that a woman’s “job” is to be a wife and mother, and that his role is to be a breadwinner, and his wife wants to work full time outside the home.  Often, women will say, “He just wants a woman like his mom, and I never thought that was the case when we were dating.”  Just as frequently, men say, “I thought she wanted to keep working, but it seems she expects me to support her while she stays home with the kids.  I didn’t have any idea she wanted that.” Often, couples do not explicitly discuss what each partner thinks about gender roles prior to marriage (particularly as they apply to division of labor when parenting), so each partner feels hoodwinked and disappointed.

Usually, each partner’s attitude about gender roles stems from early childhood experiences and observations of their own parents.  If compatibility or compromise is to be reached on these issues, it often requires insight-oriented therapy to examine assumptions about gender, including where they came from and how they are currently hurting or helping your relationship.

2. The importance of sex

Note that I don’t say “equal sex drives,” because, especially in long-term monogamy, and double especially after kids, men usually have much higher sex drives than their wives.  However, couples that really struggle have one partner who just doesn’t think that sex is a big deal, and one who thinks it’s essential for closeness.  In two marriages where the wife’s libido is next to nil, the one where this fact bothers the wife will be much happier than the one where the wife is not at all concerned.  Check these guys’ stories out for validation of this.

If you are the partner with the lower sex drive, the least helpful thing you can say is, “It’s just sex!  It’s not a big deal!”  And if you’re the partner with the higher sex drive, the least helpful thing to say is, “Without sex, we’re like roommates.”  Both of these statements invalidate the other person’s entire worldview.  Empathy and validation are key in coming to an understanding in this arena.

3. The importance of romance

Just like how women are more sexual at the beginning of a relationship, men are often more romantic.  This is all biology and makes sense evolutionarily; the man is wooing the woman and the woman is enticing the male, both with the biological imperative to breed with the other (and the woman’s imperative is to keep the male around for a couple of years afterwards, to help her raise a baby).   But when one partner, whom I will call “the man” because, let’s face it’s, it’s often the man, decides that romance is silly once you’re already married, this can come as a tremendous blow to the other partner, who still yearns for this type of connection.

As I discuss above, the issue isn’t so much with couples where the husband isn’t romantic “enough,” it’s when he condescends to the very idea of being romantic or complimentary, and thinks that it is silly for his wife to “need” this.  Often, these types of men were raised in families without a lot of emotional expression, so they are not necessarily “good” at romance.  Instead of trying, and possibly coming off foolish, they deny that romance is important or meaningful.  And instead of realizing that their husbands may just be trying to save face in an arena where they know they may fail, wives often believe that their husbands are just “cold” or incapable of intimacy.

If this describes your relationship, it is often very helpful to have a discussion about romance and the role, if any, that it played in your life growing up. Did you see any romance at home?  Did you yearn for it?  Was it mocked by one or both of your parents or your culture as a whole?  These types of conversations can be a great jumping off point for couples to be able to see one another’s perspective about this sensitive issue.

4. The role of extended family

When you have a husband who calls his mom for childrearing advice every day and a wife who prefers to be independent and does not ask her family for much, there can be a great deal of conflict.  This also extends to areas where one partner feels “obligated” to her family in various regards (whether it’s weekly dinners, daily phone calls, vacations together) and the other feels that decisions should be made primarily as they impact the nuclear family.  Sometimes, one person has not individuated much from their family of origin, and this can be frustrating for the other partner, who feels they have married a child and not an adult.

This type of conflict can become even worse when one partner’s family starts criticizing the other partner, either outright or passive-aggressively, and this person does not defend the partner.  In-law “drama” can sometimes be the death-knell of a relationship, particularly when it is extensive and one partner feels that the other does not understand the severity of the problem.

Both individuals who are enmeshed with their families of origin and those who want a great deal of distance likely have unresolved childhood issues.  These issues emerge at a subconscious level, and are likely informing their attitudes toward the current involvement of extended family in their lives.  Family issues can be very sensitive, hot-button topics, and can benefit from introspection and counseling targeted toward helping a person see the impact of their behavior on their relationship.

5. Finances

If one partner is anxious without a cushion of savings and the other is an impulsive spender, this can lead to an extremely conflictual relationship.  One partner feels stifled and the other feels terrified.  This sort of imbalance can really become toxic if one partner feels financially dependent on the other, such as if a mother takes off work for a few years to stay home with her kids.  Then, any differences in how the partners choose to spend money will become highlighted and can lead to tremendous hostility.  Just as in the other areas, the way that you were raised greatly impacts your views about money and how to spend it.  Conversations about the role of money in your upbringings, and attempts to use empathy and validation in your discussions, can make this area easier to talk about.

Now, even if you are incompatible in one or more of these areas, it does not mean that your entire relationship is doomed.  Counseling can often help partners clarify their needs and goals in relationships, and one or both may be able to become more flexible with introspection and effort.  Never lose hope!  Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist That Says “Incompatibility” is Usually Not The Main Issue, It’s When Partners Aren’t Willing To Change.

For more, visit Dr. Rodman at Dr. Psych Mom, on Facebook, and on Twitter @DrPsychMom.

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Listen Up, Everybody, Ramsey The Husky Puppy Has Some Important Things To Say

Is that a puppy you’re holding, or an adorable — if slightly hairy — child?

Before you weigh in, know this: The fuzzball in Kayla Cagnola’s arms is named “Ramsey,” and he’s already well on his way to speaking like a human. Apparently he burps like a human, too, though unfortunately there’s no video evidence of this unique trait.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Cagnola said Ramsey was about eight weeks old in the video, and had just received a scolding for eating her roommate’s dog’s food.

“When we told him to stop eating it that’s when he started ‘talking,'” Cagnola explained. “I guess he was trying to tell us that he was mad at us for not letting him eat the other dog’s food!”

This story has been updated with comments from Kayla Cagnola.

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Listen Up, Everybody, Ramsey The Husky Puppy Has Some Important Things To Say

Is that a puppy you’re holding, or an adorable — if slightly hairy — child?

Before you weigh in, know this: The fuzzball in Kayla Cagnola’s arms is named “Ramsey,” and he’s already well on his way to speaking like a human. Apparently he burps like a human, too, though unfortunately there’s no video evidence of this unique trait.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Cagnola said Ramsey was about eight weeks old in the video, and had just received a scolding for eating her roommate’s dog’s food.

“When we told him to stop eating it that’s when he started ‘talking,'” Cagnola explained. “I guess he was trying to tell us that he was mad at us for not letting him eat the other dog’s food!”

This story has been updated with comments from Kayla Cagnola.

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Taking a Hard Look at What’s Important: Validating our Values

When someone asks what our values are, we can probably start listing things that seem important to us in life right away. These things will determine how we assess our level of success, and so getting them right is very important.

However, as we eagerly list those values we may not quite as readily step back to decide which of those are actually ours and not ones that have been handed to us over the years. These ‘hand-me-down’ values are still very valid, so much so, that by now making that distinction may seem like a bit of a struggle.

I first noticed this when talking to students at the business school about their careers, goals and aspirations. What they considered to be important to them as they thought about their new post MBA lives was strikingly similar. It made sense; a set of like minded, highly driven individuals with similar backgrounds were likely to have common values. But equally, they were also very different people, and though I didn’t get this information the first time, after a bit of prodding I found out that:

Jo, had lost his father when young and grown up in a small home in Kansas, Peter was dealing with huge financial burdens and was born and raised in London, and Emily came from a long line of doctors in Kenya and was breaking away from her family tradition to pursue her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. So, I pushed further and asked about their backgrounds and what that meant in terms of who they wanted to be, and how they defined success.

Soon the validation started trickling in,

I mean sure, when I say making an impact, of course I am talking much more than money.

When I said I’d never move back to Kansas, I mean I guess, if my mother needed me to, I would… It’s actually not so bad.

Hearing the students start to modify that initial checklist inspired me to do the same. Which of the values I held most dearly were ones I actively chose? It made me think about how far away from my Mediterranean origin I had come, and more so about the fact that I never really chose a fast paced, big city lifestyle, but yet here I was, allowing the city to define what success meant to me.

While we busily chase what everyone else chases, and make comparisons based on selective information through things like social media, it may be hard to really take the time to examine what really matters to us, personally. It gets even harder if it directly conflicts with what matters to those around us, or more accurately what appears to matter. I suppose we can call this, ‘value pressure.’

For the business students it was as important as ever to perform that validation, as they thought about their future careers and continued to define success for themselves, but I worried that might not happen. What I also realized was that we are all at risk of pursuing a path assuming it will define success for us. Without taking the time and being flexible enough to examine those values constantly and checking to see which hold true, and which lost value along the way, we may stop really remembering or trusting what we believe. It is then that we risk that all the effort we put into our endeavors, career and projects lead us down a path where our values just aren’t valid.
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Put Down That Smartphone!: Your Eye Contact Establishes Who Is the Most Important Relationship for You at any Given Moment (really, really)

Dear Ms. Huffington:

I believe that my wife can thrive — and reach her maximum potential — by attending the Thrive Third Metric event in NYC; and also reading your book on the subject. In fact, I am convinced that she is in dire need of understanding your Thrive Third Metric model.

My wife has many things in common with you: brilliant, enterprising, accomplished, devoted, kind; and possesses the sort of inner light, depth, and true elegance of special beings. However, she frequently is unable to disconnect. She seems to misplace her “off switch.” Often, she is a slave to technology. Far too often, a ring tone or vibration, from her smartphone elicits her immediate attention. She needs to understand your Third Metric “manifesto.” And she needs to understand that her eyeballs signal very potently, at every moment, who has the true priority of her quite formidable, yet human, attention span.

I bought a ticket for my wife to attend the Thrive Third Metric event on Thursday and Friday of this week. My wife was reluctant to take time from her duties to be in NYC for 48 hours. It wasn’t until you “touched her” that she relented. I am thankful to you. You see, my wife’s well-being is monumentally important to me. So much so, that I took the huge liberty of attempting to reach you “cold,” to ask for your help. My wife is capable of doing great things to benefit the communities she belongs to; if she doesn’t burn out. If she thrives.

All indications are that my wife will be at the New York City Center on this next Thursday and Friday. Thank you for taking the time, and making the effort, to send an email to my wife. And thank you for raising consciousness that the Third Metric is essential to thriving.

Sincerely,

Manuel R.D.J. vW.
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The 3 Most Important Questions You Could Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed

Do you secretly thrive on stress?

While none of us would like to openly admit it, we sometimes indulge in the feelings that come from a tense situation. Whether it’s pushing our work back until we’re on the brink of a deadline or even just immersing ourselves in a friend’s personal drama — we all get a motivating energy from the adrenaline-pumping emotions that come with a high-risk situation.

While research has proven that a little stress may actually be a good thing, like anything else, too much of it can have its damaging effects. Heidi Hanna, a fellow at the American Institute of Stress and the author of Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress, says that many of us even can form a stress addiction. “When it comes to stress, there’s a chemical response happening in the brain that keeps us amped up and we become reliant on that stimulation,” Hanna tells The Huffington Post. “It can become like any other addiction. We are hardwired to be overstimulated.”

So how do we move beyond our natural tendency to feed into stress? When it comes to managing its energy, whether it’s an overwhelming negative or a little motivational, there are simple coping mechanisms we can employ so our brains stay flexible during times of trepidation. Below find three questions Hanna suggests asking yourself when you’re feeling stressed in order to get yourself back on track.

1. “Is this stress I’m feeling mine or someone else’s?”
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At the first signs of stress, we should identify the source of the energy right away, Hanna says. Are you stressed because of your own situation or is that energy really coming from somewhere else? By possessing an awareness of the source, we’re able to target how to handle it. “It’s important to understand that we do pick up stress from other people because the brain is so sensitive to our environment,” she explains. “We notice someone’s breath rates or that they’re talking really quickly and we pick that up and mirror that.”

2. “Am I able to help?”
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Once you’ve identified where the stress is coming from, the next way to handle it is to realistically asses whether or not you’re able to help or change the situation. If the negative energy is a result of other people and you’re suffering from secondhand stress, Hanna says you need to realize there is only so much you can feasibly do in order to dissolve it.

That goes for your own stress and the stress caused by others. “Having a go-to trick to manage stress is common sense but it’s not always common practice,” she advises. “We’d all love to help everybody but if we’re feeling drained, it’s just not always possible. It’s important at the first sign of stress that you have go-to strategies, like practicing gratitude. It allows your brain to stay more flexible so you can think more positively.”

3. “What boundaries do I need to establish?”
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When dealing with stress, particularly in the workplace, Hanna suggests establishing your own sacred spaces or breaks. Going for a walk, taking a few minutes for some breathing exercises or even just grabbing a coffee can allow you to remove yourself from the situation and help you avoid expanding your stressful thoughts. “Be protective of your boundaries. That recovery time is just as important as any other appointment or meeting you schedule throughout your day,” she explains.

Overall, when it comes to overcoming your attraction to stressful energy, Hanna says it’s all about training yourself just as you would for any other routine or habit. “Think of relaxation training like training any other muscle in the gym,” she advises. “Most of us have unknowingly trained ourselves to be dependent on stress and now is the time to change that.”
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Big Data Application Architecture Pattern Recipes: A Problem-solution Approach to Get an Answer to the Most Important Question..how to Select the Best End-to-end Architecture to Solve Your Big Data Pro

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Shoe Box Learning Centers: Addition & Subtraction: 30 Instant Centers with Reproducible Templates and Activities That Help Kids Practice Important Math Skills-Independently!

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