Did Prince Charles just accidentally reveal Meghan Markle’s due date?

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Meghan Markle has set tongues wagging over her due date and when we can expect the royal baby to arrive.

Some believe she has already gone into labour, especially after her Suits dad recently jetted to London, but we will continue to question their every move because the Duchess of Sussex has insisted she will not publicly announce the arrival of her little one in the traditional way outside the Lindo wing.

Cue Prince Charles.  Prince Harry’s dad has seemingly hinted to Meghan’s due date and we are losing our minds!

Charles announced he and Duchess Camilla will be jetting off to Germany at the very start of May.

As part of their upcoming trip the duo will embark on a three-day tour across Berlin, Leipzig and Munich before heading back home to the UK.

The couple will be jetting off on May 7, royalcentral.co.uk reported.

This has led people to believe the royal baby will be here within the next three weeks, as the public insist Charles will not leave the country when his daughter-in-law goes into labour, and his grandchild arrives.

Charles and Meghan have a very special bond, with the pair often gushing over one another, with the proof of their strong relationship evident at the royal wedding last year, which saw Charles walk Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day in the absence of her biological father Thomas Markle.

It makes sense therefore that he would want to be nearby.

The countdown is on…

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Democrats Keep Rejecting Corporate PAC Money. But Is It Just for Show?

From former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, who is making a bid for the U.S. Senate, to presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, the refrain du jour among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates seems to be a pledge to swear off donations from corporate political action committees (PACs). It’s a good sound bite to drop on the campaign trail: rejecting corporate and special interest money. But does it really matter on paper?

Steven Billet, who oversees a master’s program in legislative affairs at George Washington University, says candidates who refuse corporate PAC money are basically “giving the sleeves out of their vest.”

“They are giving up nothing because they wouldn’t have gotten much corporate PAC money,” Billet tells Fortune.

A corporate PAC, a type of PAC that raises money in the name of a company, can contribute up to $ 5,000 to a candidate’s campaign per election. To put this in perspective, an individual donor can donate up to $ 2,800 of personal money, and a couple can give up to $ 5,600. So, if a candidate refuses $ 5,000 from a corporate PAC, they could potentially get the same amount from a private donor.

“Corporate PAC contributions are not a big piece of the pie for major candidates,” says Andrew Mayersohn, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics. “There just aren’t enough corporate PACs out there to fund much of an eight-figure senate campaign, let alone a presidential campaign.”

And, according to Mayersohn, corporate PACs specifically “aren’t particularly ideological,” so they tend to give money to incumbents, rather than candidates in open primaries.

“Most corporate PACs don’t make direct contributions to presidential candidates,” he says, “especially when there’s a primary where you don’t know what the outcome will be.”

And even when corporate PACs do give money to a candidate, the sum pales in comparison to other contributions. In the 2016 presidential election, for example, Hillary Clinton raised around $ 250,000 from corporate PACs–constituting less than 0.5% of the total money she raised, data analyst Brendan Glavin told Marketplace. That number was even smaller for then-candidate Donald Trump: $ 26,000 or 0.01% of his total fundraising.

Finding the Loopholes

While corporate PACs might not donate money to a specific candidate who doesn’t want them, they can still donate to a political party. A candidate like Warren could reject the corporate and special interest money, but that doesn’t mean the Democratic Party as a whole will do the same. Money that comes through the party could end up being used to support an individual candidate or to sponsor political events.

But perhaps the easiest workaround is that people who work for corporations can donate on an individual basis, money that many candidates gladly continue to accept. In some cases, candidates may even seek out money from a company’s executives on an individual basis.

Michael Williams, founder of the public policy and communications consulting firm The Williams Group, calls it a “sick irony” that candidates will turn away lobbyist or corporate PAC money, while continuing to accept money from executives at the same companies.

“What’s the difference? If you won’t take a particular bank’s money, but you’ll take the bank executive’s money?” Williams tells Fortune. “Are you really materially changing anything?”

Williams says doing so only perpetuates the myth that money influences policy. If a candidate is completely opposed to an industry, he says, those corporations won’t give them money because they don’t expect money to change a candidate’s position.

“I don’t know anyone who was a ‘no’ on something until they got a contribution and then became a ‘yes,’” he says.

And these private donations tend to add up much more quickly than those from a corporate PAC. Unlike individual contribution limits, which have grown over time, corporate PACs continue to face the $ 5,000 per candidate donation limit–a figure that hasn’t changed since 1974. As such, the total contributions from individuals have skyrocketed as compared to those from PACs.

According to 2017-18 data from OpenSecrets, corporate PAC donations to Democrats totaled $ 149,426,431, while business donations from individuals to Democrats totaled $ 920,808,050–more than six times the total given by PACs.

FEC data for the 2016 presidential election shows that corporate PAC donations to Democratic presidential candidates totaled $ 942,116, and independent expenditures for non-political committees totaled $ 4,582,471.

But not everyone feels rejecting corporate PAC money is misguided. At the very least, the move could be an effective branding strategy.

Brad Smith, a former FEC commissioner and the current chairman of the Institute for Free Speech, a nonprofit that advocates for loosening campaign-finance regulations, calls swearing off corporate PAC money “not meaningless, but a calculation,” and says the advantage of doing so could outweigh the loss of PAC money.

“It might even get them a net increase in contributions if it persuades more individuals to give,” Smith tells Fortune.

What about super PACs?

While not all of the Democratic candidates are aligned in this respect, many of the expected frontrunners–including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren–have disavowed super PACs. But this is tricky in practice.

Super PACs have only been around since 2010, but unlike other PACs, they can accept unlimited contributions from any non-foreign source and can spend unlimited amounts to influence an election–meaning that their potential power is also limitless.

Yet super PACs are intended to operate independently from a candidate: they are legally prohibited from contributing directly to a candidate or party, meaning that their funds are usually used to run ads for or against particular candidates and issues. As a result, a candidate can say that they don’t support a super PAC operating on their behalf, but in practice, there isn’t all that much they can do to stop it.

“Any candidate who swears he won’t accept super PAC money is either ignorant, or assumes the listener is ignorant,” says Smith. “A candidate cannot ‘refuse’ super PAC support. He can publicly ask a super PAC not to spend in his race, but the super PAC can choose to ignore the plea and spend whatever it wants.”

Such a claim, therefore, amounts to “grandstanding,” he says.

In addition to swearing off super PACs, some candidates–like Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Beto O’Rourke, and Elizabeth Warren–have sworn off PAC money entirely, meaning they won’t accept money from labor or ideological PACs, either. Gabbard, O’Rourke, and Warren are also joined by Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar in a pledge to refuse money from lobbyists.

But the pledge that might matter more than the others, according to Mayersohn, is Warren’s. Going a step further than the rest of the crowd, Warren told supporters in a February email that she would not attend high-dollar fundraisers, dinners, or cocktail receptions with donors, in order to provide “equal access.”

Looks like 2020 might become the small dollar donation election, after all.

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A woman’s recent Lyft horror story involving an inappropriate driver has become yet another reminder that safety issues can be hard to navigate when using ride-hailing apps. But as a passenger, you do, in fact, have several different options you can take during and after a bad ride.

Let’s say you’re coming home late at night, alone and with your home address plugged into the app. Using this guide, you can better know what to do if the driver starts harassing you — whether you’re in a Lyft or Uber.

First, if anything life-threatening goes down in a car, call the police on your phone immediately. Uber has its safety center always clickable within the app and a dedicated 911 button. Other safety features introduced last year on the Uber app include a contact list you can set up to notify friends and family about a situation. Read more…

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For how much astronomers know about black holes — it’s a lot, trust me — it’s a bit of a shock that mankind has never actually seen one. Everything science knows about black holes is based on inference rather than actually witnessing one with our own eyes (electronic or otherwise), but that may be about to change.

The Event Horizon Telescope project plans to reveal the first-ever images of a black hole, and the international group of researchers working on the project have something very big to show the world this week. We may be just days away from seeing a black hole for the first time ever.

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Disney just previewed 10 minutes of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – here are all the major spoilers

Avengers: Endgame Spoilers

We’re in the endgame of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame marketing campaign. The two companies seem to be pulling out all the stops in the weeks leading up to what will likely be the biggest movie of 2019 — and I say that being fully aware that the finale of the third Star Wars trilogy is hitting theaters too.

This week alone we saw a Special Look clip that qualifies as a new Endgame trailer considering all the new footage Marvel revealed, as well as a TV spot that contained a few new scenes. On top of that, the Avengers: Endgame scene that was first shown during the Disney shareholders meeting in early March was again shared with a limited audience, this time at CinemaCon 2019. If you though the two companies would stop there, you were wrong.

Disney just shared some 10 minutes of the upcoming Avengers movie with select press members, revealing several major spoilers. If you want to avoid any of that, here’s your chance to walk away. What’s about to follow will surely influence your thoughts about what you think happens in the movie.

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Don’t Let Just Anyone Handle Your Money: Use Caution When Choosing a Financial Adviser

African Americans may do well to check out a financial adviser’s credentials thoroughly before hiring one to manage their investments. New data shows what you need to know before choosing a financial adviser.

Some 48% of Americans mistakenly believe all financial advisers are required by law to always act in their clients’ best interest, a new survey by digital wealth manager Personal Capital shows. The finding comes after the Securities and Exchange Commission this month settled charges against 79 investment advisers who must return over $ 125 million to clients tied to mutual fund sales, with a large chunk of the money going to retail investors, DI Media reports.

The Personal Capital 2019 Financial Trust Report further disclosed that 65% of investors who work with a financial adviser incorrectly believe that financial advisers only make recommendations that are in a client’s best interest, a rise from 46% in 2017.

A startling discovery was that just 44% of Americans know the fee amounts they pay on all their investment accounts. And 20% do not know how their adviser is paid. Personal Capital claims hidden fees can add up to more than an eye-popping $ 400,000 in an investor’s lifetime.

This report stemmed from a CARAVAN survey by Engine among a sample of 2,007 adults—1,004 men and 1,003 women—18 years of age and older. The online interviews were conducted in December 2018 and entailed responses from 202 African Americans.

Though 30% surveyed think a financial adviser is likely to take advantage of a consumer, 97% trust that their own financial adviser will act in their best interests.

A Lack of Awareness When Choosing a Financial Adviser

Accentuating the lack of awareness pertaining to advisers’ legal obligations to clients, 18% were unable to identify if their adviser is a broker/dealer or a fiduciary. The 26% who indicated their advisers are broker/dealers should reconsider if they are receiving unbiased financial advice, Personal Capital says.

Questioned about who they would trust their money with, 28% said a registered investment adviser, 21% a big bank/brokerage firm, 14% a local advisory company, 8% an online platform. Thirty-three of the respondents said none of the above.

On the loyalty front, millennials surprisingly were the most devoted with 80% declaring they would follow an adviser to a new firm. Seventy percent of Gen Xers and 66% of baby boomers felt that way. Respondents reflected on the usefulness of technology in financial services and cybersecurity concerns.

The overall findings come after years of public debate among regulatory bodies over the fate of the fiduciary rule focused on arguing the definition of “best interest,” which Personal Capital claims may be contributing to the increased public confusion.

“While we hope all financial services professionals and firms are working with Americans’ best interests in mind regardless of fiduciary designations, this simply isn’t the case,” said Jay Shah, CEO of Personal Capital. “When it comes to wealth management, anything less than advice that meets the fiduciary standard simply isn’t acceptable. Investors deserve more.”

How to Find a Reputable Adviser

Responding to the Personal Capital report, Kevin Mayeux, CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, said, “Broker-dealers and their registered representatives provide affordable, trustworthy financial services and products to clients at all income levels, from the wealthy to those with more modest means.” The NAIFA is the nation’s largest membership association of insurance and financial professionals.

Mayeux added,  “Fiduciary regulations, such as one imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor before it was struck down by a federal court, can create burdensome and costly requirements that make it difficult or impossible for advisers to provide individualized, human-on-human advice and services to middle- and lower-income consumers. Many registered investment advisers charge fees and require account minimums of $ 200,000 to $ 1 million or more while relegating people who cannot maintain those balances or afford those fees to one-size-fits-all computerized models or call-centers.”

“The truth is, insurance and financial advisers are highly-trained and licensed professionals. They are governed by state and federal securities laws, and every securities transaction they complete with a client is subject to compliance reviews by their broker-dealers and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.”

Mayeux pointed out NAIFA members agree to abide by a code of ethics that includes a promise to promote their clients’ interests. He says the vast majority of these advisers build and maintain enduring relationships with clients that often last decades and would not be possible if the advisers were not looking out for the best interests of their clients.

“Nonetheless, NAIFA supports an ongoing effort by the Securities and Exchange Commission that would further require advisers to serve in the best interests of their clients and is working with the SEC to ensure that the final rule benefits consumers of all income levels and allows them to continue to receive needed services and advice.”

A “Staunch Advocate”

Geoffrey Brown, CEO of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, said the findings from Personal Capital’s 2019 Financial Trust Report are not surprising. He said because of efforts to mislead and confuse the public by non-fiduciary financial services professionals, consumers often don’t have the clarity needed to evaluate the relationship they have with their chosen professional.

He added this leads to a lack of understanding about the true cost of the engagement and the duties owed to the client under the law. Since its inception, Brown claims NAPFA has been a staunch advocate for fiduciary principles, something he maintains is the most transparent way of serving the public. The NAPFA calls itself the country’s leading professional association of fee-only financial advisers.

“In today’s marketplace, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish a salesperson from an adviser, or between those advisers who are legally obligated to provide advice under a fiduciary standard versus those who are not. When working with an adviser or salesperson, consumers need to be clear about the nature of the relationship,” Brown says.

 

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WTF?? ‘The Walking Dead’ Just Killed Off 10 People!

If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead comics, you knew this moment was coming. If you weren’t, we know just how you feel. (I, for one, was not prepared.)

The penultimate episode of the show’s ninth season was a jawdropper, ratcheting the horror sky high in advance of next week’s finale on Sunday, March 31. Here’s everything that happened on “The Calm Before” show:

As the episode opens, we see a group of happy Hilltoppers heading for the big fair — only to be slaughtered (and, in one case, scalped) by Alpha (Samantha Morton) before they ever get there. But for the next hour or so, it’s easy to forget the hovering threat of the Whisperers. The fair is a huge success, as the fractured communities come together, healing old wounds, forging new ties. Michonne (Danai Gurira) is welcomed back to the fold, as the community leaders convene to discuss future alliances and come away inspired: they will unite to battle the Whisperers, and beyond! From now on, they agree, the communities will be allies, and an attack against one will be treated as an attack against all.

Meanwhile, Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) smooth things over. Henry (Matt Lintz) plans to take Lydia (Cassady McClincy) on a movie date — much to the delight of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton). Tara (Alanna Masterson) steps fully into her leadership at the Hilltop. And Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Alden (Callan McAuliffe) stroll happily through the fair, young and in love and snacking on candied apples on sticks! Which are, uh, in no way a ghastly foreshadowing of this episode’s horrifying climax. Nope.

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…Okay, we lied.

Because as the celebration carries on, an uninvited guest strolls through the crowd: Alpha, wearing the stolen dress, hat, and blonde-haired scalp (ewwww!) of her earlier prey. And while we don’t know what she’s up to, we do know she’s finished with whatever it is by the time a tracker party, led by Daryl (Norman Reedus) and including Michonne, Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Carol, heads out to locate the Whisperers’ camp. As night falls, the group is set upon by walkers — and when the zombie are dead, the Whisperers emerge. They’re surrounded.

But instead of killing them, Alpha captures the group and holds them until morning. And at first light, she brings Daryl to an overlook. A massive horde of walkers is milling below, her Whisperers among them. But she and her people won’t bother the allied communities, she says, as long as the bounds of her territory are respected — territory she’s marked with a border just north of here.

“You’ll see it as you leave.”

Daryl finds his friends waiting for him in the woods. Then, they find Siddiq (Avi Nash) — tied to a tree, covered in blood. He points. And just as promised, they see it: a border, clearly marked, by ten tall pikes … with ten heads mounted on top. And they all belong to people we knew.

We recognize the Highwaymen first. Dead. Then the camera begins to cut back and forth between the field and the fair, as people begin to realize that their friends are missing.

Their undead eyes are open. Their undead mouths are moving. Frankie. Rodney. Nadia. Tammy Rose.

Enid is next.

Then Tara.

And then, finally—

“No, no!” Daryl screams, running to come between Carol and the last pike, the last head. “Just look at me,” he says. But it’s too late.

She’s already seen.

It’s Henry.

This horrifying moment seems to go on forever, but eventually, we cut — to the memorial several days later, as Siddiq eulogizes the dead. Alpha left him alive to tell this story in the hopes that it would destroy them, he says. But the story he wants to tell is a different one: about how their lost friends fought for each other, down to the last, and died as heroes. That’s what he wants people to remember. And that’s where it ends… for now.

Next week: “The Storm.”

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Mike Thalassitis hinted at secret struggle with depression on social media just months before his tragic death

MIKE Thalassitis liked a series of online posts and articles about mental health in the months prior to his tragic death at the weekend.

The Love Island star, 26, was found hanged in woodland near his North London home following a secret six month battle with depression.

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Mike Thalassitis liked a series of online posts and articles about mental health in the months prior to his tragic death at the weekend.[/caption]

Prior to his death, the former semi-pro footballer liked a post about the condition from brain coach Jim Kwik.

It read: “The truth is, none of us really know how much someone else is hurting.

“We could be standing right beside someone who feels completely broken or facing the battle of their lives and have no idea.

“Be kind, always.”

The popular reality star also liked a Guardian article raising awareness of anxiety and depression.

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He also liked this message about waiting for your time to come[/caption]

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Mike openly spoke to friends about taking anti-depressants[/caption]

Published in January, columnist Gaby Hinsliff looked at how exercise and hobbies such as cooking can have a positive effect on mental well-being.

Another tweet liked by Mike, suggested he was focused on a brighter future.

The post read: “Try not to watch anyone else next year, everyone’s timing is different.

“Your time will come just focus on yourself and have a better year than the last.

“Learn from your mistakes and use them to build yourself.

“If next year’s not your year, make it count towards the year that will be.”

Earlier today The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Mike was secretly battling depression for at least six months before his tragic death.

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The star was excited about his new business outside of the showbiz world Love Island brought him[/caption]

A close friend said the star had been taking anti-depressants since September after an “absolutely horrible” time.

They explained: “Mike was openly talking to people about the awful time he’d been having lately and he had lots of good friends who were supporting him.

“Everybody knew he was taking anti-depressants, but he insisted to friends that he was sorting himself out and things were ‘getting better’.

“Mike was very open and honest about his feelings and admitted life had gone downhill after his Love Island fame had started to wane – but he was looking forward to the future and his new business.

“He spoke about how he longed to return to his old life and play football again with his mates. His old club Margate FC were even open to him coming back as a player.

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Mike longed to return to his roots as a lower-league player[/caption]

“However, Mike was too down; he was convinced he wasn’t good enough, said he wasn’t fit enough and feared he wouldn’t be accepted as a footballer again.”

The friend explained how Mike missed the football world, where he was known simply as ‘Thala’ rather than the ‘Muggy Mike’ moniker he’d gained on Love Island.

Between 2010 and 2017, he played as a striker for teams including Stevenage,  Chelmsford City and Margate.

They explained: “Mike loved the parties and hanging out with his showbiz pals but someone called him ‘Thala’ the other week and he was thrilled. He said: ‘It’s so nice to hear that again.’

Mike on a night out with his brother Nick in December

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He was talking excitedly about his life as a restaurateur[/caption]

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Mike’s new project The Skillet in Loughton was due to open next week[/caption]


“Ultimately, he would have loved to return to playing – but he was just too depressed to make the leap.”

Mike’s pals were astonished by his tragic death because all signs were pointing to a massive change in fortunes for the star.

He had just finished filming the forthcoming series of MTV’s Ex On The Beach.

Also, his beloved restaurant The Skillet, a joint venture with footballer pal Scott Neilson, was due to open which he was hugely excited about – with the pair even having sent out invites to the grand opening.

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He had been obsessed with everything to do with his new venture[/caption]

The pal told us: “Mike was so thrilled about his restaurant and would talk about it non-stop. Everyone was convinced he was getting better as he was so passionate about his new venture.”

They added: “He was involved in everything from the menus to the colour of the walls and spoke about how excited he was about it right up until the night before he died.

“It’s a tragedy that he will never get to see all his brilliant plans come to fruition.”

YOU'RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others.

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Kim Kardashian just revealed her ‘psoriasis face’ in a make up free selfie

And she’s not the first Kardashian-Jenner to voice her skin complaints this year…

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The Kardashian-Jenners’ image is perfection, from flawless skin to unrealistic hourglass figures, but this year, they seem to have been showing a more relatable side.

Yes, when it comes to skin complaints, even the Kardashian-Jenners aren’t immune.

Kendall Jenner has been very open about her struggle with acne and the skin shaming that comes along with it, criticised at last year’s Golden Globes for her acne, something she explained as difficult when growing up as a Kardashian.

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While there are much bigger problems happening in the world, suffering from acne for me was debilitating. It’s something that I’ve dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless and insecure. As humans, I don’t think we share our insecurities enough because we live in a time where being “perfect” is the standard. We curate our life online and pick the pretty moments to post. I’d like to show a younger generation that not everything is perfect. Being insecure about my acne gave me thick skin but I wouldn’t ever wish that feeling upon anyone so after trying countless options, I found something that has been helpful in maintaining clear skin for me. It’s been a long journey but I’m excited for where my skin is now. I didn’t think I’d see the day where I would feel confident posting a makeup free picture. My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity. ❤

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‘That was also kind of a tough thing for me,’ she explained. ‘To look at my beautiful sisters with beautiful skin and be like, ‘Okay, well, why me? What’s wrong with me?”’

Older sister Kim however has posted an honest photo of herself this week on her Insta Stories, bringing attention to her psoriasis, a skin condition that causes red, flaky patches of skin.

Uploading two photos to her Insta Stories this week, Kim showed her psoriasis flare up.

But it’s not the first time the 38-year-old has opened up about the skin condition, with the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star announcing in 2016 that she wasn’t going to hide her condition anymore.

‘Sometimes I just feel like it’s my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it?’ She explained. ‘I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am.’

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Sara Tariq Recaps ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’: When It’s Just a Mykonos Thing

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Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club VIP host Sara Tariq will be recapping exclusively with Us Weekly each week about her opinion on the latest episode. Check back every week for her recap!

Alexa, play “Act Up” by City Girls. This song is a whole mood. You’re welcome.

It’s me, Sara Tariq, back to explain more of my boy drama while I was out in Mykonos. If you’re still trying to figure out why the show revolves so much around it — well, we are in the same boat my friends, because I am too.

The episode starts off with Lindsay Lohan explaining that she just wants us to be happy together and get along … so she puts us on yacht. Sailing through the Mediterranean on a nice-ass boat with unlimited alcohol after all of the emotional turmoil I’ve been dealing with all summer? Sign me up. We were all super excited for this day. All I know is that I wasn’t going to let anything f–k up my vibe because my summer has been everything but smooth sailing thus far. From being called an idiot on television to being blatantly ignored by someone you care about and developed genuine feelings for, in front of his “family”/friends was more than I saw myself getting into prior to signing up for this experience but hey, this is how you party in Mykonos, bitch.

I feel like I finally got to showcase my personality a bit more this episode. I was overshadowed by my Brent drama and relationship the entire season. This is when I started to finally let loose and not have the pressure of walking on eggshells about everything because I was in such a vulnerable place before. But alas, Lindsay thinks I was causing drama when that wasn’t my intention at all. I was just over everything and wanted to have some fun. Cue “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

Why did I kiss Billy? Because he’s cute, duh. Now, do I want to wife him up? Meh, probably not. I mean I kissed Alex too, who’s clearly gay as f–k, but I don’t really care about anything at this point (we all go through that phase after a breakup, right?). So what? I just got out of a relationship and we’re catering to girls/gay clientele every week, not that I prefer pimping myself out to clients, ahem, cc: Brent. But I’m obviously just going with the flow and having fun with it.

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I actually do have a soul, though, and I did feel bad for Brent, yet I decided to be a little selfish this day. There’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you need to think about yourself before others because self-love is important. Frankly, I feel like you can never have enough and I need more of that for myself — still, to this day.

Shout-out to having real friends, though. Like everyone in the house who had my back and felt for me while second-hand dealing with my bulls–t/questionable decisions. You guys are the true MVPs. Seeing Jonitta stand up for me the way she did in this episode really tugged at my heart. Being there for your homegirl and standing up for women as a whole never gets old and she was truly a class act after everything she had been through while we were out there as well. So thank you for that, J. She’s a real one.

Even though Lindsay hears things through the grapevine and assumes I’m causing drama. I see it all now and I wish I could have explained myself to her more but you guys will just have to have your popcorn ready and tune in to find out how it all unfolds. Maybe I shouldn’t have taken one out of Brent’s handbook of stirring the pot? I thought we were being rewarded for it so I’m just as confused as you. It’s always risky pulling a you on you. So until then, always have respect for yourself, stand up for yourself and stay classy, my friends!

Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club airs on MTV Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

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Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot will not allow fans to pit women against each other, thank you very much. The Wonder Woman star took to Instagram on March 11th to praise fellow female superhero actress Brie Larson following the success of her new flick, Captain Marvel, released in theaters on March 8th. Gadot wrote, “I’m so happy for you sister! Congrats.” The message accompanied art of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in linked arms by artist Maxy Artwork.

Female superheroes supporting female superheroes.

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The highly anticipated Marvel film, the studio’s first female-led superhero movie, shattered box office records upon its March 8th release. The film earned $ 455 million worldwide during opening weekend, raking in more money than any other 2019 film within the course of just three days. Following the success of Captain Marvel, viewers were quick to compare the film to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. Of course, there were many fans who were not having such nonsense.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins even took to Twitter ahead of Captain Marvel’s release to send some love to the cast and crew. She wrote, “Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend. Love this gorgeous piece by @SamoanJYandall!”

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Better Things Is Back—And Pamela Adlon Is Doing Just Fine

Pamela Adlon’s alter ego Sam Fox, the heroine of her semi-autobiographical FX comedy Better Things, is a woman who speaks her mind. In the show’s season three premiere, which will air on Feb. 28, that candor is briefly directed at her eldest daughter Max (Mikey Madison), just after the college freshman abandons her mom in favor of some new acquaintances. “I want my big, life, This Is Us milestone moment goodbye hug!” Sam whines, her arms outstretched. And she gets it—a long, sweet embrace that melts into a sort of slow dance, then evaporates in a mist of kisses.

The scene comes close to encompassing the range of apparently contradictory elements from which Adlon constructs the show. Better Things doesn’t have a terribly innovative premise: Sam—a journeyman actor and divorced mother of three girls—struggles to maintain an often demeaning career while caring for her close but ungrateful family (including her own declining mom) and intermittently looking for romance. Yet the writing artfully mingles cynicism and sincerity, shaggy storylines, earthy humor and lofty ideas about family and fulfillment. Relationships evolve slowly; it took two full seasons for Max, a mess of teenage anxieties, to reciprocate Sam’s affection. Without straying far from the quotidian, Adlon creates moments of (sometimes simultaneous) transcendence and crisis. Episodes evoke the same range of emotions as, yes, This Is Us but always feel much closer to real life than to melodrama.

It’s a delicate balance, and one that seemed especially precarious after The New York Times published five women’s sexual misconduct allegations against Adlon’s co-creator and champion Louis C.K.—just days before Better Things aired its season two finale, in 2017. Adlon responded by quickly cutting ties with C.K. and the manager they shared, in a bold but worrisome schism. Though her show had always been more humanistic than his bleak Louie, both series had deceptively loose structures, with episodes divided into vignettes that culminated in cathartic, thought-provoking, often controversial set pieces that drew out the stories’ common themes. Since Adlon had also been integral to Louie, as a writer and an actor, it didn’t seem sexist to wonder whether their creative symbiosis was essential to both of their respective successes.

C.K.’s absence is indeed palpable in season three. Those climactic scenes that set social media on fire are his specialty: He has the sole writing credit, for instance, on a striking episode from the second season in which Sam stages her own funeral, forcing her family to finally express some appreciation for her sacrifices. When they collaborated on scripts, Adlon seemed to rein in C.K.’s excesses, emphasizing small, true character beats while avoiding provocation for its own sake. In season two, when they shared writing duties but she began directing every episode, Better Things surpassed Louie, evolving into a comedy with the revelatory quality of meditation.

The third season, for which Adlon hired her first writers’ room, starts out equally thoughtful but less focused. As Sam toils on an unsafe movie set and weathers the physical and emotional indignities of perimenopause, she must attend to her family’s various minor maladies: Sam’s mother Phyllis (Celia Imrie) sinks further into dementia. Max gets homesick. Middle child Frankie (Hannah Alligood) grows increasingly bitter about her parents’ divorce, and takes out that anger on Sam. Even cuddly preteen Duke (Olivia Edwards) bristles at her mom’s obsession with a school bully. Instead of escalating to an apex, the first three episodes meander. The story never accelerates.

Viewers might be tempted to write off the show after a few weeks of this, but for those who already love Better Things, that would be a mistake. Something changes midway through the eight episodes sent to critics: Themes that have recurred since the season premiere, from Sam’s mistreatment at work to Frankie’s cruelty, reach critical mass and become full storylines. A series of healthcare providers, each with a distinct personality, serve as evidence that fiercely independent Sam must finally ask for help. Touching on menstruation, constipation and a colonoscopy, the masterful episode “Toilet” is a symbolic flushing out. (While other TV creators have used candor about women’s bodies to shock, Adlon’s reads as simple honesty.)

It’s an experimental season, one whose subtle shifts seem more suited to film than TV—and might be easier to appreciate on a streaming service than in 12 episodes spread out over three months. But if you watch it at the right pace, two or three half-hour installments a day, it starts to recall the radically organic storytelling of Virginia Woolf and, more recently, Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (Zama, The Headless Woman). In these artists’ work, as in the new Better Things, you barely notice narratives coalescing until they’re fully formed. That lends their plots an uncommon naturalism. And it certainly jibes with Adlon’s recent praise for the late indie film pioneer John Cassavetes’ documentary-like style. Like him, she’s making choices bold enough to alienate some viewers—ones that introduce a voice strong enough to stand on its own.


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Was Baby Sussex’s gender just accidentally revealed?

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in April, and as the Spring draws closer the world is waiting for the first glimpse of Baby Sussex.

The couple has been very open about their happy news, with Meghan sharing details of her due date and Harry revealing whether he is hoping for a boy or a girl.

But has the gender – which has been kept a closely guarded secret – been accidentally revealed?

Earlier this month, Meghan’s BFFs threw her a baby shower in New York. As well as a sparkling guestlist, which included the likes of Amal Clooney and Serena Williams, Meghan also gave those invited some pretty cute gifts to go home with.

Now, a fan Instagram account, harry_meghan_updates, has posted a video clip reportedly from inside the lavish party at Marks Hotel.

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And royal fans are claiming that the short clip reveals Baby Sussex’s gender.

The video shows a gorgeous spread, and there’s a very clear pink colour theme. From the flowers to the cupcakes and macarons, there’s not a bit of blue in sight.

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It all looked very sweet.

But does the pink theme hint that Meghan and Harry will welcome a baby girl?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said that they are waiting until the birth to find out, with Kensington Palace insisting that the couple don’t know whether they’re having a boy or a girl.

Guess we’ll all have to wait until April too!

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Daniel Radcliffe just opened up about turning to alcohol to forget his HP fame

‘I really struggled’

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have come out over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve moved on from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

In fact, us millennials are probably still as hooked as we were when the series was actually still going.

Too many of us own wands, chocolate frogs and clothes emblazoned with our Hogwarts House crest (we’re ALL Gryffindor, OK?) and we can all admit to having debated HP theories deep into the night.

It’s hard therefore to remember that the actors have their own lives, with the three leading stars speaking openly about the realities of having fame thrust upon them at such a young age.

This is something that lead actor Daniel Radcliffe spoke out about this week during an appearance on Off Camera With Sam Jones.

Describing his fame, the 29-year-old recalled: ‘I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel – again it could have largely been in my head but – you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.

‘Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, “oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.”’

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He continued: ’Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time. You have a great job, you’re wealthy, you don’t have a right to not be excited about the thing all the time. I think that’s a pressure as well. You suddenly start to feel, “Man, if I am just feeling some human emotion of sadness, does that mean I’m doing this wrong? Am I not good at being famous?”‘

How did he get through it? ‘I have been unbelievably lucky with the people I had around me at certain times in my life,’ he explained. ‘I met some really key people, some actors some of them not, who just gave me great advice and really cared for me. Ultimately it was just my own decision. I woke up one morning after a night, going, “This is probably not good.”‘

Harry Potter fans are coming out in force to praise Daniel for speaking out on the subject.

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The News of Manny Machado’s Deal With the Padres Surprised the Team. They Just Couldn’t Express It.

Despite being the team that signed Manny Machado, the Padres were even caught off guard by Tuesday’s biggest story.

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The ‘Burberry Noose’ Is Just The Latest Controversy. Why Can’t Fashion Houses Do Better?

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For many, the sight of a model wearing a noose at Burberry’s London Fashion Week show was disgusting, tasteless, and distressing. Unfortunately, it was not all that surprising.

Frustratingly, it felt like a fashion controversy du jour, a story that would dominate the day’s headlines until a new offensive look started trending on Twitter.

After all, before the noose it was Katy Perry’s blackface shoes. Before Katy Perry’s blackface shoes it was Gucci’s blackface turtleneck. Before Gucci’s blackface turtleneck it was Prada’s blackface keychain. Before Prada’s blackface keychain it was Dolce & Gabbana’s bizarre, anti-Chinese ad campaign.

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Samsung’s first foldable phone is no longer a secret. The company showed us a prototype back at its SDC18 developer conference in November, so it could announce the Infinity Flex screen and the One UI user interface that will work on all Samsung phones going forward, including foldable gadgets. But that wasn’t a real launch for the phone, as Samsung wasn’t ready to share its commercial name or tell the world how much it’ll cost. It didn’t even offer us a good look at the phone. The prototype was encased in a bulky protective case, and the imagery it used also camouflaged the phone’s design.

Fast-forward to February 20th, the Galaxy S10 launch day, and a massive leak showed us renders of the Galaxy Fold just one day after a leaker said that would be the phone’s name. Well, Samsung’s Unpacked event is finally here, and the Korean giant just confirmed the Galaxy Fold name and revealed other details about the handset.

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Baseball Player Manny Machado Just Signed Sports’ Biggest-Ever Contract for a Free Agent

(SAN DIEGO) — All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $ 300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said.

Machado’s deal, if completed, would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $ 325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season. Among free agents it tops Alex Rodriguez’s $ 275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17.

Records may be broken soon. Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper could top Stanton’s deal in coming days or weeks.

Speaking at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said: “We do not have a deal with any free agent player. We are continuing discussions, and that’s all we have to say.”

Teams draw a distinction between an agreement subject to a physical and a finalized deal.

However, general partner Peter Seidler, without confirming the deal, said: “Ron and I, we love the city of San Diego, we love sports in San Diego, we’re also well aware of the history. There’s never been a championship … We as an organization, we want to completely change that. We want our franchise to win year after year after year. And we’re going to do whatever we can rationally do to make that happen.”

The Padres haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006. They haven’t won a playoff series since the 1998 NLCS against Atlanta.

And they’ve had the city’s big league sports scene to themselves since the NFL’s Chargers moved to the Los Angeles area two seasons ago.

The Padres have been rebuilding mostly with prospects and draft picks, although they are making a stunning move early in spring training for the second straight year after reaching a $ 144 million, seven-year contract last February with first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Machado is expected to fill the team’s gaping need at third base. He began last year with Baltimore, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the All-Star break and struck out to end the World Series loss to Boston.

With the 26-year-old Machado on board, the next big move for the Padres is expected to be the promotion of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the 20-year-old son of a former big leaguer and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball.

A four-time All-Star, Machado hit .297 last year and set career bests with 37 homers and 107 RBIs. A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, he has a .282 career average with 175 homers and 513 RBIs in seven big league seasons.

The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado.

“Still in a bit of disbelief. The one thing I can say — I just told Rick (general manager Han) this and I will tell Jerry (owner Reinsdorf) and our coaching staff and players — I feel we put our best foot forward. Jerry, in particular, really stepped up,” he said.

“If the acceptance of the offer that I’m seeing is true, then actually our offer had the opportunity for Manny to surpass that. But in the end we went after the guy and we didn’t get him. We’re disappointed but, hey, we are positioned . the reason why we were going after him in the first place is because we feel we are positioned to do some good things here going forward. We wanted to accelerate that to a large degree and that’s why we made the overture we did,” he said.

Machado also met with the Yankees, a team that had expressed concern over Machado’s remarks about hustling — not hustling, actually — during the playoffs.

After failing to run out a grounder in the NL Championship Series, Machado said: “Obviously I’m not going to change, I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ and run down the line and slide to first base.”

Machado tried to clarify his remarks after the season, saying, “looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it.”

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado’s initial comments, labeling them “troubling.”

“If we’re interested in any player, to sit down with them face to face and ask him, ‘Where did this come from? What was the context around the entire interview? Was there a point? How do you justify it?’” Steinbrenner said in November.

“Because that ain’t going to sell where we play baseball,” he said.

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This Actor Is Saving More Than $1,100/Year — Just by Switching Car Insurance

When you’re watching the big screen, or the little one for that matter, you probably don’t think about actors’ daily lives. Believe it or not, most of them deal with the same day-to-day hassles you do.

They have to find time to eat and sleep. They continuously search for work. And, just like the rest of us, they have to pay bills.

For Kevin Gerdes, a 32-year-old professional actor living in Los Angeles (whom you might have seen in the 2016 Oscar-nominated movie “Lion”), keeping his bills under control is a constant effort.

“I work in an industry where, when you’re not working, you’re not getting paid,” says Gerdes. “I don’t know when I’ll have another job.”

When his car insurance rates with State Farm climbed from $ 186 per month up to $ 220 in about one year, and then jumped again to $ 240, he knew it was time to find a better insurance company. Is finding cheap auto insurance with great coverage like looking for Harrison Ford’s chops on a B-list budget?

One Company’s Performance Saved Him Almost $ 100/Month

As an actor, Gerdes is used to putting himself out there and competing with other actors to get the part. What’s the key? Simply be the best fit for the part.

State Farm says on its website insurance costs are rising due to distracted drivers, more miles being driven and higher costs to repair vehicles. In other words, Gerdes was supposed to pay more because of factors beyond his control. As he watched his car insurance hike upward, through no fault of his own, late last summer, he decided to let the car insurance companies do the auditioning.

“I thought, ‘This is absurd,’” he says. “I went to all the sites.”

All he wanted was the same insurance coverage without the ridiculous cost.

“I came across Clearcover, and they gave me a quote for the exact same insurance for $ 146,” he says.

That’s a savings of $ 94 per month off his $ 240 rate. That stacks up to $ 1,128 back in Gerdes pocket over a year.

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What Gerdes wanted was to pay for coverage he might need in case he had an actual claim. That’s what Clearcover provides. The company avoids wasteful spending on its end, so its customers can pay less for coverage. Simple, right?

“It was really easy,” he says. “You go to the website, and you can sign up right away. I was like, ‘Whoa, I just signed up for new insurance.’ It’s just done. No phone call.”

Clearcover lets you access your account through its mobile app, so Gerdes can file a claim digitally and get repaid faster if. Plus, it does a lot of cool things you won’t find at other auto insurance companies, such as:

  • The Quick View ID Card lets you keep your insurance ID right on your phone, even when you don’t have cell service — you know, for when you have a fender bender in the forest.
  • Alternate Transportation Coverage gives you $ 50 per day cash in-hand so you can decide how to get around when your car is being repaired. If you want to save a few bucks by riding the bus, that’s your call.
  • Digital Claims let you can file a claim right in the Clearcover app — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even though he hasn’t needed to file a claim, Gerdes liked the idea of alternate transportation coverage. If he

“I like to know that if my car is getting worked on because of an accident…” he says. “I can just use Uber and not put gas in someone else’s car.”

A Lower Bill Helps Him Keep Living His Dream

“I think the one thing with insurance is that it’s not something you really feel until you need it,” Gerdes says. “Until then, it feels like you’re throwing money away.”

He needs to keep an eye on his bills, because paydays are not always consistent. Getting his car insurance under control helps him keep his car on the road so he can make it to work and auditions.

“That savings makes a huge difference in paying my other bills,” he says. “It’s a sense of security for me.”

If you’re looking for car insurance that won’t steal the spotlight or bogart your cash, see how Clearcover can help you save 20% to 40% on your premiums simply by not paying for the stuff you don’t need.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Meet Trump, the Australian Shepherd Who Just Won Big at the Westminster Dog Show

The President of the United States was in Texas on Tuesday, but someone else named Trump made waves in New York.

At the 2019 Westminster Dog Show, one Australian Shepherd named Trump won best of his breed, leaving some fans of the Westminster Kennel Club’s program to interpret the name as a political message of some kind. But Trump’s co-owner and co-breeder, Pat Zapf, tells TIME that the show dog’s name has absolutely nothing to do with the President of the United States. Actually, it has everything to do with a card game.

When the dog was born in 2012, naming him after the ‘trump card’ in bridge — a wild card which changes from hand to hand — seemed innocuous to Zapf, whose grandparents always played the game throughout her childhood. “But at the time, I obviously didn’t know where our political standings would go,” she says.

Upon learning his name, when people react both positively and negatively, Zapf isn’t bothered. “The dog doesn’t know that his name is a controversial topic,” she says over the phone, driving home through the snow to Pennsylvania after Trump’s successes in New York. “He doesn’t care at all. He wants his pets and cookies.” But sometimes, he’ll even have his absolute favorite treat, marshmallows—Trump “has a sweet tooth,” she explains.

The 6-year-old Trump is a star at more than just snacking, though. He won awards of merit in the 2016 and 2018 Westminster competitions and was the No. 1 male Australian Shepherd in 2015. “He’s an old hat at showing,” Zapf says. “He certainly knows what he’s doing out there and he loves his job.”

This will be Trump’s last year competing in shows, but that’s okay—Zapf says the dog will be just as happy laying on the couch and eating potato chips. “He’s had a pretty illustrious career as an Australian Shepherd show dog,” she says, “but more than anything, he’s our pet.”

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Instacart heard the cries of an angered internet and took action. Amazon and DoorDash, on the other hand, seem content to dig in.

It was online anger that led Instacart to change its policy on tips, which were previously used to pay the base wages of the company’s gig-economy delivery workers. As anyone who has ever worked in a service industry will tell you, tips are additive; it’s money you’re paid on top of your base wage.

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Lindsey Vonn Crashed in the Super-G at the World Championships Just After Announcing Upcoming Retirement

(ARE, Sweden) — One of the hallmarks of Lindsey Vonn’s career has been the way she bounces back from major crashes time and time again.

So perhaps it’s fitting that the most successful female skier of all time will enter her last race before retiring following yet another tumble into the safety netting.

Vonn straddled a gate mid-air during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday and ended up sliding down the hill face first.

“I’ve got a bit of a shiner. I feel like I’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler, but other than that I’m great,” Vonn said with a laugh. “My knees are the same as they were before the race. I think my neck’s going to be sore. I got the wind knocked out of me, my ribs are oddly sore. It’ll be fine. Sunday will be great.”

Vonn quickly got up after the fall and skied down the hill under her own power after being tended to by medical personnel. Then she sat and happily answered reporters’ questions during a half-hour news conference.

The 34-year-old Vonn, the all-time leader in women’s World Cup wins, announced last week that she will retire after racing the super-G and downhill at the worlds — meaning that Sunday’s downhill is her final race.

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It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER! I always say, “Never give up!” So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up! I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome. Thank you for the amazing years, for always supporting me, and for making my job so fun. Can’t wait to see some of you in the finish in Åre where I will give it my all one last time. Love always, Lindsey

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“Don’t count me out,” Vonn said. “I’ve got one more chance. Maybe I’ll pull off a miracle, maybe I won’t. … I’m going to try my hardest. Just because I get knocked down, it doesn’t mean I don’t get back up.”

Vonn’s long history of crashes has included frightful falls at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 2013 worlds. Her legs are so battered that she will have knee surgery for the seventh time soon after she retires — to repair the left knee ligament she tore during training in November.

“I need complete reconstruction. That will be fun. Hopefully my last surgery,” Vonn said.

Vonn was planning on retiring in December but moved up her last race upon realizing last month after failing to finish a super-G in Italy that her knees just can’t handle anymore pounding. She has discussed the long-term health risks for her body with her doctors.

“I’m screwed. I’ve known that for three years now,” Vonn said. “It’s only a matter of time. The analogy I was given was, I only have a certain amount of steps left. And I’ve run out of steps at this point. I know I’ll have pain for the rest of my life but I wouldn’t change it. … I got no cartilage, no meniscus, I got rods and plates and screws. There’s a lot going on. My head is still good, that’s all I need.”

It didn’t take Vonn long to process on why she crashed. When she barreled through a gate, the panel fitted between the two poles detached and got stuck on her boots. When she hit the ground she slid downhill face first, using her hands to keep her head from hitting the snow, then came to a stop in the netting.

“I had the right line coming in, that roll or jump had kind of a crown, it wasn’t exactly smooth and I think one of my skis hooked up and sent me into the panel,” she said. “The header into the fence wasn’t the best.

“My immediate thought was ‘What the hell? Why am I in the fence again?’ It was like, ‘Why am I here? I’m too old for this.’”

Vonn was wearing a safety air bag device under her racing suit, which inflated as she tumbled over and softened the impact when she hit the safety nets.

On a highly technical course, many other skiers also failed to finish their runs. American teammate Laurenne Ross also crashed and of the 43 starters, 14 failed to finish.

Mikaela Shiffrin won the race despite nearly making a similar error to Vonn toward the end of her run, correcting her direction in mid-air as she, too, was heading directly into a gate.

“I just squeaked by,” the American said. “That’s the sport. It’s such a fine line between the risk you have to take in order to win and then the risk where you take it’s just a little bit too much.”

Upon seeing Vonn’s crash, Shiffrin looked away from the big video screen in the finish area. Sofia Goggia, who took silver, clasped her helmet with both hands, and the crowd gasped. One American fan appeared to be crying.

“That’s Lindsey. She (goes) 100 percent or nothing,” said Austrian racer Nicole Schmidhofer, who finished 11th. “That’s why she has won so many races and why she’s an Olympic champion.”

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Keeping Score: This Inclusive Pride Flag Just Made History

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“Sometimes you have to be the loser so that the people can be the victor.” Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reflected on her 2018 bid and her political prospects in a conversation with Ava DuVernay at a National Day of Racial Healing event this week.

“I am not here as an emotional vessel. I’m here to make decisions based on data like anybody else.” Arkansas state senator Joyce Elliott talked back when a male member of the chamber insinuated she and her female colleagues were “acting on emotions.”

“For them to tell you, from one day to another—’you know what, this is over, and that is it.’ They change your life from one day to another without thinking. How can they be so cruel as to simply say that it is over after so many years of employment?” Margarita Cruz, an undocumented immigrant and former housekeeper of eight years at the Westchester Trump National Golf Club, opened up to The Washington Post about the circumstances surrounding her sudden dismissal.

“A couple of days after the primary, I was in my neighborhood and I turned around this corner to get on the street and this woman saw me and just started crying. She just broke down crying. And even though I didn’t feel like a different person, I felt this immense responsibility of all of these people’s’ hopes and dreams for our future.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray to talk about her first weeks on the Hill.

“More of us have these stories than you may think. I encourage you to share yours.” Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen told the story of her cervical cancer diagnosis at 27 in Self—marking the first time she has shared it publicly.

How We’re Doing

+ Memo to Hollywood heavyweights: Women-fronted movies are great for business. According to a new study by the Creative Arts Agency and the digital strategist Shift7, the top movies starring women from 2014 to 2017 earned more than their male-dominated counterparts, and films that passed the Bechdel test outperformed films that failed it.

+ The number of uninsured people in the U.S. has increased by 7 million since Donald Trump took office, according to new data from Gallup. The highest number in four years of uninsured Americans—13.7 percent, in 2018—could mark a reversal in the numbers of people securing coverage through private markets and Medicaid expansion programs.

The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by 7 million since President Donald Trump took office, new Gallup data released Wednesday shows.<br /> The country’s uninsured rate has steadily ticked upward since 2016, rising from a low of 10.9 percent in late 2016 to 13.7 percent — a four-year high.

+ New research published by the United Nations Development Programme and ICAN, the International Civil Society Action Network, explores the urgent need for gender frameworks in re-integration, re-entry and rehabilitation programs put in place in the wake of extremism. “Invisible Women” lays out ten major takeaways for policy-makers and international actors doing work on-the-ground in communities recovering from extremism, including centering women and girls in national policy and more accountability for keeping women and girls safe from global players. “In every context,” the authors write in the Executive Summary, “the research finds gender dynamics play a critical role.”

+ New polling data from The Hill and HarrisX found that a majority of voters support raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Their survey found that 55 percent of voters support an increase to $ 15, and an additional 27 percent support a lesser increase.

Milestones

+ Former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who infamously lost her job after she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, has been ordered to pay the legal fees of couples who took her to court and has been cited by a judge for “conduct that violates civil rights.”

+ Temple University hoisted the “Progress Pride” flag on campus this week—becoming the first college or university to officially display the inclusive marker encompassing LGBTQ+ communities including queer and trans people of color and those with HIV/AIDS.

The Progress Pride flag, created by Daniel Quasar, incorporates stripes to mark trans folks, people of color and those with HIV/AIDS.

+ Five out female lawmakers just formed the first-ever LGBTQ caucus in the Texas state legislature’s history.

State Rep. Mary González will serve as the group’s chairwoman. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, the El Paso Democrat said she hopes the caucus will advance bills that are “transformative” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans across the state. “We want to honor the moment,” González said, just minutes before her staff planned to file the paperwork making the caucus official. “We want to have an intentional and strategic agenda.”

When González was first elected in 2012, she was just the second openly LGBTQ member elected to the 181-member Texas Legislature in its history, and the only one serving at the time. Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, was elected in 2014. Last year, the number of openly LGBTQ legislators more than doubled with the election of Reps. Jessica González of Dallas, Julie Johnson of Carrollton and Erin Zwiener of Driftwood. These five women represent nearly 20 percent of the Democratic women serving in the Texas House.

The spike in openly LGBTQ members has already prompted other history-making changes. For example, Johnson became the first lawmaker whose same-sex spouse was invited to join the Legislative Ladies Club, a social group made up of the husbands and wives of Texas House members.

“If you would have told me that we would have five LGBTQ members in the Texas Legislature, I would have never believed you,” Mary González said Thursday. “And all women, and all in the House.”

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. , co-host of TRIGGER HAPPY on Binge Networks and co-founder of Argot Magazine. Her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Did Marvel just tease a tragic finale for ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

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We have exactly three months until the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, which means we’re in the home stretch now when it comes to leaks related to marketing. That’s because we expect to see more footage from all the Marvel movies launching this year, and the list includes Captain Marvel, Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, just as we expect more Avengers related products like figurines and Lego sets to spoil parts of Endgame. But we should pay close attention to what anyone working on these movies says in interviews, from Marvel execs to cast and crew members, because as it turns out, everything matters. The latest spoiler comes from none other than Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who may have delivered a huge revelation about the MCU’s future. In the process, he implies that Avengers 4 will include a tragic finale.

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Genetically altered monkeys have been cloned in China, and ethics just can’t keep up

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It was almost exactly one year ago today that Chinese scientists revealed that they had successfully cloned a monkey, resulting in the live births of two genetically identical babies. It was a monumental achievement that brought with it a whole minefield of ethical questions and very few answers, and now things are getting even more complicated.

In a new announcement, also out of China, researchers reveal that they’ve cloned a handful of new monkeys as well, but this time around the donor monkey was genetically modified to exhibit specific disorders associated with hormone imbalance and mental health.

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Amazon ran a surprise one-day sale on Monday that dropped the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite down to its lowest price ever. Now, the nation’s top online retailer is back with another surprise one-day sale and it’s just as good. The All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet is easily one of the best tablets Amazon has ever made. It has a great display, all the features you need, and even hands-free Alexa support. Its worth every penny at $ 80, but snag one today and you’ll only pay $ 49.99!

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Gwyneth Paltrow just made an emotional statement about Chris Martin

‘It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody’

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Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their split in 2013, they have been very upfront about their relationship, the difficulties of divorce and the importance of family – something that was addressed this week.

The former couple, who wed in 2003, issued their separation announcement on the Goop website 10 years after tying the knot, introducing us to the term ‘consciously uncoupling’.

‘It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,’ the couple wrote in their statement. ‘We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.’

The statement concluded: ‘We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.’

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Since announcing the news, both Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have moved on while successfully remaining close friends, extending the olive branch to each other’s new partners and making a conscious effort to stay a family for life’s key moments.

Gwyneth went one step further this weekend, baffling the internet as she insisted that her and Chris Martin were ‘meant’ to have their time together.

‘It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody,’ the 46-year-old said of the break up in a recent interview with ES magazine. ’I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.’

Well, that’s that.

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Kit Harington just revealed the prop he kept from Game of Thrones

And we didn’t see this coming…

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Game of Thrones season eight is on its way – and we officially can’t wait.

Our past few months have been dominated by GoT news and updates, from the emergence of the teaser trailer to theories about what’s to come in Westeros.

But it wasn’t Sophie Turner confessing to being banned from washing her hair during filming or Maisie William talking about her final scene that had the world talking today.

Instead it was Kit Harington that made news when he confessed to Zoe Ball that he had kept one of his GoT props as a momento.

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow

But what did he take with him to remember his Game of Thrones days? His iconic coat? His sword? His direwolf, Ghost?

Nope. As it turns out, Kit opted to take a statue of his character, Jon Snow, that appears in the season 8 teaser trailer.

‘I kept that statue. You know, the one in the crypt?’ he reportedly told Zoe Ball. ‘I kept it. They sent it to my house so I’ve got it in my shed.’

Yes, this is not a drill. Kit Harington has a statue of Jon Snow in his shed.

‘How sad is that?’ he laughed. ‘I was the only one who kept their statue. That’s how narcissistic I am.’

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And as for what he’s planning to do with the prop, he explained: ‘I’m going to turn it into a water feature.’

We wonder how Rose Leslie feels about this!!

Either way, we cannot wait for season eight.

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Kat Von D Beauty just launched the glitter eyeshadow sticks of our dreams

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Kat Von D Beauty just launched the glitter eyeshadow sticks of our dreams

Kat Von D just released her latest “Current Crush,” Kat Von D Beauty Glimmerize LiquiStick Eyeshadows in two shades “Garnet” and “Twilight.” KVD crushes are one-time, limited edition releases that are created in super small batches. And once they sell out, they’re officially gone, so you have to act fast.

According to the brand, “crushes” are made up of “the coolest innovations Kat Von D Beauty has discovered in the lab and fallen in love with.”

Today’s launches are red and gray shimmery eyeshadow sticks that feature a base that’s 36% water, and as the water evaporates, the product dries down to a super glittery, opaque finish that doesn’t budge.

Hurry up and shop the Kat Von D Beauty Glimmerize LiquiStick Eyeshadows in “Garnet” and “Twilight” (or both) below! For only $ 22, you’ll want to snatch these up quick.

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This reddish-pink glitter shadow would look amazing on any skin tone.

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A glitter-loaded, smoky gray shade that you can wear day or night.

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Animal Lover? Pet Sitting Just Might Be the Paw-Fect Side Gig for You

Diana Sanchez grew up surrounded by animals. So much so, her parents used to joke that she grew up in a zoo, complete with six fish, four dogs, two cats and a dove. Whenever she visited an animal shelter, she tried to bring home a potential new pet.

When she left home in Plant City, Florida, to attend the University of Tampa, she could not take her pets with her because dorm life wasn’t an ideal fit for them. But by her senior year, she really missed being around animals. While hunting for a part-time job in 2016, she discovered an ad from Tampa Pet Sitters.

“At first I thought it was too good to be true. ‘I get to pet dogs, and I get paid for it?’” she says. Fast forward to today: Sanchez, 25, is still pet sitting part time when she’s not teaching elementary school students.

Pet sitting as a side hustle is on the rise, according to a Penny Hoarder analysis of U.S. Census Bureau microdata. In 2017, 135,584 people in the U.S. classified themselves as part-time nonfarm-animal caretakers. That’s up from 74,349 in 2007 — an 82.4% increase.

Overall employment for all part-time workers increased only 16% in the same period.

So if you looking for a side hustle and have a love of four-legged furry friends, here’s what you need to know about being a pet sitter.

What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

Pet sitters provide owners peace of mind by watching over their animals while the clients are away. Jennifer Palhete, who works in Lakeland, Florida, about an hour from her home in Tampa, Florida, can’t let her three dogs out during the day. Knowing a pet sitter is going to be there to feed and let them out takes a huge burden off her shoulders.

“I never have to think about it, and the peace of mind that they offer is huge,” she says.

Some of the services offered by pet-sitting companies include midday walks and visits, in-home overnight watches and boarding at the sitter’s home.

For midday walks or in-home visits, a sitter will come to the client’s house to feed and let the pets out for a set period. The visit duration varies depending on the services provided by the company.

During in-home overnight visits, a sitter will stay at the client’s house to feed, walk, administer medication, play with and watch over the pets all night. “It’s very similar to an Airbnb experience, plus a pet to take care of,” Sanchez says.

People who opt for the in-home service do not want to board their pets in a kennel, she adds. All three of Palhete’s dogs were rescued, and one has special needs after suffering severe abuse. She knows putting them in a kennel would be detrimental to the progress they have made toward being comfortable around people.

“The fact that they can stay in their own house, have their own food and stay on the same schedule is such a huge help to me,” Palhete says.

Some services offer boarding where the owners drop their pets off at the sitter’s house instead of having the sitter stay in theirs. This option allows Lisa Peddicord, a part-time pet sitter and dog walker with Tails and Trails in St. Petersburg, Florida, to simultaneously care for the client’s and her own pets.

What’s the Work Schedule and Pay Like?

A woman trains a golden retriever puppy.

According to Sanchez and Peddicord, pet sitting is a flexible side job that works well for their respective schedules.

Sanchez says the demand for pet sitters usually increases during vacation times like spring break, the summer and holidays. This fits in perfectly with her day job as a teacher. Working seasonally, Sanchez says she’s able to make $ 200 to $ 300 in a weekend doing multiple overnight in-house watches or by doing one overnight with several midday visits.

Peddicord, who works in the evenings as a vet tech at an emergency animal hospital, is able to work 10 to 15 hours per week as a midday dog walker. Last year, between dog walking and boarding pets at least once a month, she was able to make just under $ 10,000.

“That’s the difference between going on vacation or buying your first house,” she says. “So it makes a big difference.”

What Makes a Good Pet Sitter?

A golden retriever puppy gets belly scratches from its pet sitter.

Both Sanchez and Peddicord offered some tips and advice to anyone considering becoming a pet sitter.

Build a Trusting Relationship With the Owners

Peddicord says not all pet owners are alike when it comes to trusting sitters. Some need more reassurance than others. To establish that rapport, she suggests meeting the owners with the pet for a “coffee date” or going to the owners’ home to have them demonstrate their routine.

Then during your visits, text the owners pictures of their pets with updates on what they did that day.  “I think that helps you build trust by filling them in on daily activities,” she says.

Be There On Time

Another way to establish trust is to be at the client’s house on time. Sanchez says most services offer a time window so the owner knows when to expect the sitter. For example, Sanchez may tell a pet owner she’ll be there between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you have two or three appointments during that two-hour window, make sure you stay on schedule.

Have Patience

Sanchez says most of the time when you walk through the door, dogs are ready to play and the sitter has to be prepared for them to have a lot of energy. But some dogs require a little more work than others. She recalls working with a dog that was newly adopted from an animal shelter. The dog would vet Sanchez by cautiously sniffing her before exiting the crate. “Every single visit, he would do this thing before I even tried to put a leash on him,” she said. “I made sure he was comfortable.”

Learn About Different Pet Personalities

A woman takes photos of two whippet dogs and a poodle.

As Sanchez notices more people getting into the field, she encourages potential sitters to become familiar with animal behavior. She says you may know what works for your dog, but that may not work on other people’s dogs. “There are so many pets out there that want attention in different ways, so familiarize yourself with different animal behaviors. It will make your job so much easier.”

Don’t Have Experience? Volunteer

If you don’t have much experience with animals beyond your own pet, Sanchez recommends volunteering at an animal rescue or shelter. Also, if you have a friend who owns a pet, offer to pet sit if they go out of town. That way you can see how pets respond when their owners are not around.

She says, “The more patient and friendly people we can get into pet sitting, the better.”

Matt Reinstetle is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He writes about side hustles and the gig economy. Follow him on Twitter @MattReinstetle.

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, January 13th to January 19th: Be patient—the year has only just begun

Your HelloGiggles horoscope, January 13th to January 19th: Be patient—the year has only just begun


Your HelloGiggles horoscope, January 13th to January 19th: Be patient—the year has only just begun

We’re in the last week of steady, reliable Capricorn before we zoom off into the territory of those forward-thinking madcap scientists, otherwise known as Aquarius. So use this week to keep working towards your goals. The key is consistency. No matter what the weather’s like outside, the mountain goat keeps climbing that mountain.

Jupiter square Neptune on the 13th forces us to get real about our dreams, which might mean creating a daily discipline to make the most out of our artistic visions. Sticking with a routine will help you to maximize results with minimum time. Remember: even incremental actions can add up to awesome breakthroughs. Writing a paragraph, taking a 30-minute YouTube dance class, reciting lines on the subway—these are all small things that can ultimately lead you where you want to go. No matter what social media might have us believe, there are no shortcuts when it comes to making dreams come true. It takes practice, steadfastness, and 10,000 hours. Focus on what you want and keep at it. Jupiter square Neptune will also shatter any idealized illusions we might be holding onto when it comes to a project or a relationship. Don’t be afraid to let go of something that is no longer working for you. Or maybe you just need to put in the time to make your desire a reality.

Here’s what else the stars have in store for you in your weekly horoscope.

CAPRICORN

Your vision of how you want your life to look has changed, Capricorn. That’s okay. Change is good. Not everything has to go according to plan. Allow yourself to move in a radically different direction. Adventure beckons; answer the text.

 

AQUARIUS

Focus will help you determine which direction to go, Aquarius. You tend to get distracted by the next great idea, but this will only lead you towards chaos and you’re more about calm this year. Pick one. You can’t get it wrong.

 

PISCES

Clarity is one of your most basic tenets, Pisces. It helps your head stay above water. But sometimes the Universe, and humans, aren’t very cooperative with what you want. Which is why you need to give yourself clarity. You already know the answer.

 

ARIES

Cut yourself a break, Aries. It’s only January and you’re already thinking that you’re behind. Take a load off. Get yourself off the subject of what you’re desperate to achieve, and live a little. Life happens when we’re busy making other plans.

 

TAURUS

You might be stuck in the comparison game, Taurus. That is no bueno. You already have everything you need. If you can’t see that, then it’s time to make a list of your most amazing qualities and achievements. You were born for greatness. Remember that.

 

GEMINI

You’re ready for take-off, Gemini. Whether it’s a literal journey or a new venture, you’re ready for transformation and change. Be careful that your busy mind doesn’t forget the details that this entails, including contracts and the feelings of others.

 

CANCER

You’re longing for closeness, Cancer. While you enjoy your independence and isolation, you’re feeling lonely. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Maybe that’s reaching out to friends or going on a dating app. It’s okay to say you need people.

 

LEO

This is the perfect time to get a sense of what you want for the rest of the year, Leo. Where do you want to go? Which projects do you want to work on? How do you want your relationships to feel? Knowing what you want will help get you where you want to go.

 

VIRGO

You’re all business this week, Virgo. Organizing and planning are things that bring you joy. You don’t need Marie Kondo. But you might need a little fun in your life. Because when we relax a little, we allow new things to enter our lives. Get a little messy.

 

SCORPIO

Your energy is a little heavy this week, Scorpio. You’re identifying what brings you the most peace and what doesn’t. You might be thinking of turning your life upside down. Do what you do best: investigate, research, and meditate until you feel lighter.

 

SAGITTARIUS

You’re in the middle of a whirlwind, Sagittarius. While it’s easy to cast blame, if you take a step back, you’ll see that everything you’re experiencing is a result of your thoughts and actions. Take responsibility and see how things change for you.

 

We’re still getting the hang of this year, bbs. So be gentle and patient with yourselves, and keep working towards your biggest dreams. We’ve still got 11 more months to make them happen!

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Bella Hadid went pants-less in New York City this week, but the gall it took for the model to bare her legs in 30-degree weather was surprisingly not the most audacious part of her ensemble.

More daring than Hadid’s refusal to wear black tights like the rest of us do when it’s cold was the neon green vest the model threw over her shirt.

Comparisons to construction workers were inevitable, especially since paparazzi photos of Hadid were artfully taken in front of a traffic cone and rental truck.

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One of the more remarkable things about the original Nintendo is that many of the console’s more popular games — from Super Mario Bros. 3 to Tecmo Bowl — are still playable and thoroughly enjoyable. Sure, the 8-bit graphics can’t hold a candle to what you’ll find on more modern-day consoles, but the wild success Nintendo saw with the NES Classic underscores just how much fun many of those older games are.

Of course, if we’re talking about some of the greatest NES games of all time, there’s no denying that the Legend of Zelda needs to be part of the discussion. The original Legend of Zelda — which was released all the way back in 1986 — was such an iconic hit that it would go on to spawn well more than a dozen offshoots across a number of different consoles.

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It’s that strange bit between Christmas and New Years where you aren’t quite sure what to do/who you are/when you should finally get changed out of pyjamas. We’ve overdone the leftover sandwiches, we have watched every Netflix Christmas film and we’ve done all our post-Christmas sales shopping from the comfort of the sofa.

But what are the royals up to?

This year, the family went to Sandringham where they enjoyed a huge feast (just take a look at what’s on the table for the royal Christmas dinner) and Prince George and Princess Charlotte broke royal tradition in the cutest way.

And we also found out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child may be arriving a lot sooner than we all thought.

Over Christmas, Meghan went for a Christmas Day stroll with Harry and her in-laws, Kate Middleton and Prince William. She stopped for a chat with some people in the crowd who were waiting to see the royals, and when on fan asked if she was excited to welcome their first child, Meghan reportedly said: ‘We’re nearly there.’

When they made the announcement, Kensington Palace revealed that the little one is expected to arrive in Spring, which many have taken to mean any time between March and May.

Could Meghan be suggesting that baby Sussex will be here a lot sooner than we all initially thought?

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The Perfect Weekend Getaway? It Might Just Be Puerto Rico

When you’re wandering around Old San Juan, you’ll feel worlds away from the United States.

Quaint cobblestone streets. Murmurs of Spanish. Centuries-old fortresses.

But the capital of Puerto Rico is just a few hours by plane — and because the island is a U.S. territory, you won’t need a passport to get there.

You can also use your cell phone and spend U.S. dollars, and since almost everyone speaks flawless English, you won’t need to worry if you don’t speak Spanish (though most people will happily let you practice).

I recently spent 10 days in this tropical paradise. It makes a perfect weekend getaway for Americans seeking exotic sights, sounds and tastes without having to travel far from home.

What to Expect

As you probably know, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The storm caused $ 90 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Many residents went without power for almost a year.

Given all the negative news coverage, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What would it look like? Would there be hot water and electricity? Would restaurants and hotels be open?

When I hopped off the plane, I was surprised to see that San Juan looks, well, normal. Restaurants, hotels and attractions are open, and the city has been welcoming cruise ships for months.

I’m not saying the work in Puerto Rico is done. It is $ 71 billion in debt, and the island faces myriad challenges. While I hope you’ll take some time to learn about the territory before visiting, that’s not what this article is about.

So, instead of diving into Puerto Rico’s politics and history, I’ll just assure you: The average tourist can have a perfectly lovely visit.  

And you should, because one of the best ways to support the island is to spend money there. Puerto Ricans are some of the friendliest people I’ve encountered in my travels; they will likely welcome you with a smile.

When to Go

A photo of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.

The temperature in San Juan is around 75 to 85 degrees year-round.

High tourist season lasts from mid-December to mid-April and comes with bigger crowds and prices. Spring’s shoulder season (mid-April to June) has fewer crowds.

It’s hurricane season from June to November, though that shouldn’t necessarily deter you from visiting. The weather can still be great, and you can find discounted rates on hotels, according to U.S. News & World Report.

What to Do

You won’t find yourself hurting for activities while visiting San Juan. Here’s a sampling of offerings in this historic seaside town.

Old San Juan

For most visitors, simply wandering the charming streets of Old San Juan could provide days of entertainment.

With 16th- and 17th-century architecture, swaying palm trees, blue cobblestones and stray cats sleeping on stoops, you’ll feel far removed from big-box stores and strip malls.

Stop into stores, sit in one of the many plazas, grab a cup of world-class coffee from Cuatros Sombras and watch the world go by.

Museums and Attractions

History lovers, rejoice! San Juan’s museums are incredibly affordable.

Entrance to the San Juan National Historic Site, which includes the 16th-century El Morro Fort and Fort San Cristóbal, is $ 7. La Casa Blanca, the oldest continuously occupied house in the western hemisphere, costs just $ 3 to enter.  

Ready to spice up your day of history? Take a $ 15 historical tour of the Bacardi rum distillery.

Beaches

A view of the water taken in Puerto Rico.

When it comes to beaches, you usually have to get out of the city to find beautiful ones. But that’s not the case here.

Neighborhoods like Condado, Ocean Park and Isla Verde all have pristine beaches and are just minutes from Old San Juan. Many visitors choose to book waterfront hotels here.

But even if you don’t stay by the beach, set aside at least a half day to enjoy the sun, surf and white sand while pretending you’re in a Puerto Rican postcard.

Day Trips

To get out of the city, the most budget-friendly option is to rent a car. (When I looked, it was only $ 17 per day.)

You can then cruise 30 miles to El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Most of its trails closed after Maria, but they’ve been steadily reopening. Even so, you can always take in its lush surroundings and waterfalls.

On your way back, hit up Piñones, a beachside town famous for its laid-back food kiosks.

Where to Eat and Drink

A photo food sitting on a table at a restaurant in Puerto Rico.

Although you don’t hear about it as much as other foodie destinations (yet!), Puerto Rico’s culinary scene has got it going on.

Its most famous dish is “mofongo”: garlicky fried plantains, sometimes shaped into a bowl and filled with meat and broth. You can find it anywhere from hole-in-the-wall establishments to fine-dining restaurants.  

As far as budget options go, here were a few of my favorite spots:

Lote 23: This industrial lot is filled with over a dozen food kiosks — it’s an absolute must visit. Be sure to try manchego croquettes at Croqueteria (two for $ 4) and homemade cashew milk lattes at Cafe Regina ($ 7). El Jangiri’s poke bowls ($ 8-$ 12) are also excellent.

La Bombonera: One of the oldest restaurants in San Juan, this bakery has been open since 1902. Its most famous offering is the “mallorca”, a flaky pastry filled with cheese and topped with powdered sugar ($ 3.95). Yum.

Café Manolín: Stop by this unpretentious local joint to sample chicken mofongo ($ 10.95) and “empanada de lomillo”, or breaded beef steak ($ 11.95).

Señor Paleta: In San Juan’s tropical climate, you’ll probably get a hankering for something cold. This gourmet popsicle shop has a range of inventive flavors; my favorite was Nutella-filled strawberry ($ 4).

Barrachina: This restaurant claims to have invented the piña colada. Although another bar in the area claims it, too, all you really need to know is the piña coladas here ($ 8) are delicioso. Sit at the bar in the courtyard, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

La Placita de Santurce: For a fun night out, grab a beer ($ 2) and wander around this lively bar area, where the streets fill with locals and tourists alike. It’s perfect for people-watching — and if you stay late enough, you’ll undoubtedly see some spontaneous salsa dancing.

Where to Stay

A hotel room in Puerto Rico.

When deciding where to stay in San Juan, you’ll face a tough decision: old town or the beach. While Old San Juan offers plenty of charm, staying at the beach is, well, staying at the beach.

The good news is that most options are fairly close together, and by choosing one, you’ll probably only be a $ 5 to $ 7 car ride from the other.

Since Old San Juan is small, its accommodation choices aren’t as robust as elsewhere in the city. Some reasonably priced options I found were the Fortaleza Guest House and the Decanter Hotel.

You can also choose an Airbnb, but be mindful that it isn’t always best for a city’s residents.

Large, resort-style hotels abound in Condado, a touristy beach area a few miles east of Old San Juan. I’d recommend staying a little further afield, though; you’ll get more for your money, and won’t, be sleeping at a Holiday Inn in Puerto Rico.

Here are two wonderful options:

Nomada Urban Beach Hostel

This trendy hostel is located just a few blocks from the beach. It has a fabulous rooftop — complete with hammocks and lounge chairs — that overlooks the ocean. It also has a shared kitchen, allowing you to cook meals to save money.

Even though I’m past the point of sleeping in dorms, I often still book private rooms at hostels. They’re a great way to enjoy the low rates and sociability of a hostel without listening to other people snore.

Here are its nightly rates:

  • Dorm bed: $ 32 and up
  • Rooftop tent: $ 45 and up
  • Private room: $ 64 and up
  • Deluxe private room: $ 88 and up

The Dreamcatcher Hotel

This boutique vegetarian bed-and-breakfast feels like it’s out of an Instagram catalog. (I know that’s not a thing, but if it were, this hotel would play a starring role.)

Each room is uniquely decorated with vintage finds, and the grounds, filled with plants and hammocks, ooze tranquility. Rates depend on which room you book but start at $ 89. You can opt for fresh vegetarian breakfasts ($ 11) and also make use of a shared kitchen.  

How to Get to San Juan

A building view with umbrellas in the air taken in Puerto Rico.

Many airlines, including Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue, offer daily departures to San Juan. (Note that with Spirit, you’ll have to pay extra for all luggage, including carry-ons.)

When looking at flights about a month out from my trip, here are some round-trip rates I found:

  • From Chicago O’Hare: $ 279 (Spirit)
  • From Newark: $ 307 (JetBlue, direct)
  • From Baltimore: $ 331 (JetBlue, direct)
  • From Atlanta: $ 182 (Spirit)

Once you get there, renting a car isn’t necessary if you’re just staying for the weekend.

Ubers and Lyfts are plentiful and cheap — with the exception of arriving at the airport, when you’ll have to take an official taxi to your hotel. Within the city, walking and biking are great options; some hotels even offer free bike rentals.

Although you won’t get to see everything in Puerto Rico in a weekend, you can always save things for your next trip. Because, once you go — there will always be a next trip.

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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Cassie Kisses Mystery Man In Pic She Posted Just After Diddy Declared His Love For Her!

It looks like the two are not getting back together after all! After Diddy took to social media to declare his love for his ex, Cassie, the woman did not waste any time before she decided to post a pic of her and a mystery man kissing!

Cassie shot the rapper’s love message down without mercy as she did not beat around the bush and let people guess if they will reunite or not.

She posted a photobooth picture that featured her and an unknown man locking lips as well as her mother! What?

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As fans may know, earlier today, Diddy posted a stunning black and white snap of Cassie on his Instagram Stories, writing over it: ‘I <3 Cassie.’

While this initially gave their shippers the hope that they would rekindle their romance, in the end, all that was shattered when Cassie proved she was not interested and that she had moved on with a new man.

Still, his gesture was also seen as a way to comfort the woman since her grandmother had passed away just six days prior.

But as it turns out, if he was also thinking they would reunite, Diddy was very wrong since she already had someone to comfort her while mourning.

Cassie did pay tribute to Diddy’s late ex, Kim Porter when the news that she had unexpectedly passed away made its way online.

She posted on her Instagram account: ‘No words. There are no words…. An amazing mother to her beautiful family, lit up every room she entered and now the most beautiful angel 💔 Sending so much love and my condolences to the Porter and Combs family.’

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Amazon on Wednesday announced that this past holiday shopping season was its most successful season ever, with more items ordered worldwide than ever before. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering how good the deals were this year across all of the most popular categories on Amazon’s site. Amazon didn’t share any specific numbers as far as sales go, and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since the company never shares specific sales volumes. It did announce some of its best-selling products across various categories though, and we’ve got some awesome news: Amazon’s best-selling products from this past holiday shopping season are still on sale right now.

Fire TV and Echo devices were popular this year, as they have been every year. Amazon also listed best-sellers from other categories like toys, where products like the L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll with 7 Surprises and Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster topped the charts. In the ever popular electronics category, six items topped the list and it just so happens that they’re all still on sale!

The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones were top-sellers this year, and they’re still available right now for $ 50 off, which is the same exact deal we saw on Black Friday and during Cyber Week. Samsung’s UN65NU8000FXZA Flat 65″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV is also still on sale for more than $ 500 off, and Apple’s Space Gray iPad with 32GB of storage is still discounted as well, though it’s not as deep as it was during Cyber Week. Want to see what else topped Amazon’s list this year in the electronics category? You can check everything out below.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling

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  • Alexa-enabled for voice access to music, information, and more
  • Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear sound and voice pick-up
  • Balanced audio performance at any volume
  • Hassle-free Bluetooth pairing, personalized settings, access to future updates, and more through the Bose Connect app

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling, with Alexa voice contro…: $ 299.99

Samsung UN65NU8000FXZA Flat 65″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV

  • HDR Plus: See movies and shows just as the director intended in stunning high dynamic range
  • Ultra Slim Array: The Ultra Slim Array dynamically fine-tunes the deepness of the blacks, to the brightness of the whites, for a picture with sensational contrast
  • Dynamic Crystal Color: Discover an expanded world of colors where millions of shades HDTVs can’t replicate make all the difference
  • Motion Rate 240: Enjoy smooth, crisp action even in the fastest scenes
  • Smart TV with Bixby Voice: A revolutionary way to help find streaming and live TV shows with a Universal Guide, one remote and voice assistance.Sound Output (RMS): 15W x 2
  • Please note the differences between the UN65NU8000 and the UN65NU800D. NU8000: Eclipse silver bezel color, 550 nits HDR sustained brightness, Supreme UHD micro dimming. NU800D: Carbon silver bezel color, 530 nits HDR sustained brightness, UHD Dimming.

Samsung UN65NU8000FXZA Flat 65″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018): $ 1,197.99

Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) – Space Gray

  • 9.7-inch Retina display
  • A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Two speaker audio

Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model): $ 289.00

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  • Control from anywhere. Plug in a Wemo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and control your lights and appliances from your phone and your voice through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Only needs Wi-Fi. No hub or subscription required
  • Compact size. Wemo Mini features a sleek new form-factor that allows you to stack two Mini Smart Plugs in the same outlet
  • Schedule automatically. Never come home to a dark house. Schedule the fan to turn on before you arrive. Sync lamps and devices to sunrise, sunset, or pre-set times automatically
  • Randomize Lights. The Mini Smart Plug protects your home better than a mechanical timer. “Away Mode” will turn your lights on and off randomly to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Pair with voice built-in devices like Apple Homepod or Google Home and control your lights and appliances with your voice
  • Wemo works with Apple HomeKit automatically. Download the latest version of the Wemo App and follow the steps to connect your Wemo Mini connected devices to the Apple Home app

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Enabled, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit: $ 22.49

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  • Tri-capsule array – 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation.
  • Multiple pattern selection – cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo.
  • Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output. Power output (RMS): 130mW
  • Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls.
  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM(remove existing and upload).

Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout: $ 99.99

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera

  • Works with Alexa: Ask Alexa to show your front door, kid’s room, or anywhere else you have your Wyze Cam
  • 1080p full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision (up to 30 feet away). Works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi)
  • Motion Tagging technology detects and outlines motion in both live stream and playback video modes. Operating system supports ios 8.0 and android 5.0 or later.
  • Motion and sound detection with free rolling 14-day cloud storage. Use the Wyze App (iOS and Android) to manage and share multiple cameras. Add a microSD card (up to 32GB max size) for local storage.
  • Magnetic base, 6-foot power cable and included adhesive metal plate let you mount your Wyze Cam anywhere – no screws required

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with…: $ 25.98

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Why pay $50 for Philips Hue’s smart LED bulbs when these $17 bulbs are just as good?

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I have Philips Hue smart LED lighting all throughout my home and I love it. To be honest though, every time I expand my setup and add new bulbs in new places, I kick myself a little for having committed to such an expensive solution. If you want to add smart lighting features to your home but you don’t want to spend $ 50 a bulb, we’ve got just the thing. MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulbs cost just $ 17 each and they have all the best features from Philips Hue bulbs, including support for voice commands with Alexa and Google Assistant.

MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulb, Dimmable, Multicolor, Wake-Up Lights, No Hub Required, Magic…: $ 16.95

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First ‘Hellboy’ Trailer Arrives Just in Time; Here’s Everything We Know

First ‘Hellboy’ Trailer Arrives Just in Time; Here’s Everything We Know

There’s a new Hellboy on the block. Summit Entertainment’s reboot of the comic book movie franchise promises to be different style-wise than Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 take, but we can still anticipate a similar mix of brawn and banter from the titular demon-spawn character.

Darker is the supposed direction of this Hellboy, though that doesn’t show so much in the first trailer. David Harbour’s version of the big, red not-a-monster antihero is humorous, and the…

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China bought 500,000 tons of U.S. soybeans. But that’s just a drop in the U.S. export bucket

China is back in the market for U.S. soybeans, but the recent purchases represent just a fraction of sales American farmers have lost since the Trump administration embarked on a trade war with Beijing in July.  
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11 Smart Financial Tools Made Just for Your Type A Personality

I’m a proud Type-A.

I have this innate drive to get things done — and get them done correctly and on time. I’m not happy coasting along; I want to climb that ladder, baby. If I’m running behind, I’m probably impulsively biting my nails off. I don’t think I’m competitive until I’m competing. Then it’s like some weird instinct kicks in, and I don’t know who I become.

I can be impatient with my Type-B counterparts, who are a little, well, too laid back for my taste.

OK, I kind of sound super high-strung. I promise I’m tolerable… ask my boyfriend. (Errr, well, maybe don’t.)

Although I have this innate love for to-do lists, color codes and all-things organization, some parts of my life are, well, not as tidy. Like my finances.

I can procrastinate the crap out of any financial matters. I get stressed out, so I push tasks to the side. Oh, I’ll check my retirement account… tomorrow. Oh, I’ll update my budget… never.

But don’t fret just yet. There are a number tools out there that can help us Type-A people organize our finances — without losing hours to get everything just so.

1. Check Your Financial Grade

Checking her credit score

While most of my classmates hated the day grades came out, I loved it. Luckily, most of mine were good, but I also just loved gauging my performance — knowing how I was doing and where I could work harder.

In real life, you don’t get grades. Your manager might offer feedback, but that’s about it.

What about finances? How do you know how you’re doing there?

Luckily, Credit Sesame offers free credit scores and credit report cards.

The easy-to-understand report outlines how you’re doing financially. You’ll get a big-picture view of your open accounts, your debt and any items sitting in collections. And, perhaps even better, it’ll offer actionable tips to help you improve your credit score.

2. Consolidate Your Financial Stress

If you’re juggling several unpaid credit card bills, or any form of debt for that matter, don’t panic. There’s an easier way to keep tabs on your outstanding balances — and even pay off your debt faster.

Try consolidating it into one manageable bill through Fiona, a financial technology company that helps match you to a personal loan that meets your needs. Consolidating your credit card debt could also help get you a lower interest rate and save you thousands while you pay it off.

Fiona searches the top online lenders to match you with a personalized loan offer in less than 60 seconds. Its platform can help you borrow up to $ 100,000 (no collateral needed) with fixed rates starting at 4.99% and terms from 24 to 84 months.

Now, breathe a sigh of relief. No more juggling approximately 293,003 bills this month. You’ve just got one!

3. Optimize Your Retirement Plan

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Got a 401(k)? You’re on the right track. Now it’s time to clean it up by making sure it’s doing exactly what you need it to.

However, tapping into that account and deciphering the information — or lack thereof — can take hours. Not to worry: There’s a robo-adviser for that. Blooom, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, will optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you.

It gives you an initial 401(k) checkup for free, and you’ll get to know your account a little more intimately. Find out if you’re paying too many hidden fees, have the appropriate amount invested in stocks versus bonds, that kind of fun stuff.

After that, the tool is $ 10 a month to use to continue to monitor your retirement account. Let Blooom know your target retirement age, and it can help you get there by investing more and less aggressively.

4. Compare Yourself to Others — and Be the Best

Ah, got a competitive streak like me? Sometimes life turns into a competition. I’ve got this insane drive to be The Best. It’s hard to make it stop.

If you want to use that force for financial good, tap into Status Money, an app that allows you to anonymously compare your financial situation with your peers without asking those awkward, prying questions.

Link an account to tap into this database and you’ll be able to compare your income, debt, interest rates, credit score, spending… you name it.

By seeing how others are doing, you can see what you need to work on — or where you can sit back a little and just breathe easy.

5. Make Your Money Work as Hard as You Do

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Listen, you work hard for your money, so it should work just as hard for you. It shouldn’t be just sitting around. How dare it?

Make it work for you with an interest-earning bank account from Radius Bank.

The Radius Hybrid Checking account earns .85% APY on balances of at least $ 2,500 with no monthly fees or minimum balances after the initial $ 10 to open an account.

Sounds better than what you’re getting with your checking account at that big bank, right?

6. Strike a Budgeting Balance

As a Type A, it’s easy to get stuck in the details. Sometimes I’ll fixate on my pennies and dimes — versus the big-picture dollars.

But a budget can help you strike this balance. It allows you to keep track of those daily expenses in a way that’s future-thinking.

That’s where Empower comes in to help you organize and track your financial goals.

Simply link your accounts, and every time you log in, you’ll see a simple snapshot of where you stand on your monthly budget. Are you above or below the line? In one second, you’ll know whether you’re on track or need to dial things back a bit.

You can set goals, and Empower will keep you accountable.

7. Keep Overachieving — and Saving Money

Man driving his car

You’re most likely an overachiever, so of course you do your due diligence to hunt down great deals. But some bills fall to the wayside… When’s the last time you compared rates on your car insurance?

Your premium can creep up on you several times a year, if you’re not monitoring it.

The Zebra, an online car insurance search engine that offers “insurance in black and white,” compares your options from 204 providers in less than 60 seconds to help you find the best rate.

If you’re beating its top pick, you know you’ve beat the system. If not, go ahead and secure the best rate.

8. Get Rewarded for Your Ability to Hit Deadlines

Your mom probably gave you an allowance for washing the dishes and sweeping the floor when you were a kid. (You were really good at it.) Now all you get for doing it is a kitchen that’s clean for, like, 15 minutes.

As an adult, you don’t typically get rewards for doing things that are expected of you… until now.

This app kind of rules them all: MoneyLion, a free all-in-one app for managing your personal finances.

MoneyLion offers rewards to help you develop healthy financial habits and will literally pay you for logging onto the app.

You can earn points in the rewards program by paying bills on time, connecting your bank account or downloading the mobile app. You can redeem those points for gift cards to retailers like Amazon, Apple and Walmart.

If credit cards aren’t your thing, MoneyLion is like having a rewards credit card without the temptation to overspend.

The app also connects with all your bank, credit card, student loan and other financial accounts. Based on your income and spending patterns, it offers personalized advice to help you save money, reduce your debt and improve your credit.

9. Dig Into Your Deep-Seated Clutter

Woman pulling out a sweater from her closet

Although I’m innately Type A, there are some deep, dark corners of my life that are, well, less than tidy. (Ask my boyfriend about the bomb that recently went off in my closet… Yikes.)

If you need some motivation to declutter even the darkest corners of your home, turn it into a fun side gig.

For example, if your closet looks anything like mine, consider cleaning it up and creating a “for sale” pile. You can list any items on Letgo, an easy-to-use app that allows you to snap a photo and list your unneeded items to folks in your area. It’s 100% free to use and removes a lot of the hassle of selling online.

For your technology (uh, yeah, for some reason I collect old phones in my bedside table…), get free estimates from Decluttr, a site that’ll buy your old CDs, DVDs, video games and even phones.

Just download the Decluttr app and start scanning the barcodes on your media to get immediate quotes. It’s completely free to use, you won’t pay listing or seller fees, payment is super fast and even shipping is free.

10. Tidy up Your Subscription Services

For the most part, I love subscription services. I can get whatever I need to my front door each month. Vitamins? Check. Feminine products? Check. Beauty products? Why not…

Yeah, with my Type A comes compulsion sometimes, so I can go overboard. Every now and then I like to check in and see which subscriptions I’m getting billed for each month — clean things up a bit.

Download TrueBill, an app that’ll negotiate your bills, refund your bank fees and, yes, cancel unwanted subscriptions. The app will remind you of all those sneaky subscriptions you’ve signed up for through the years, so you can cancel what you don’t use and reclaim your monthly budget.

On average, Truebill says it helps customers save more than $ 700 a year by lowering their bills, canceling necessary subscriptions and getting refunds.

Signing up and using the service is free, though there are some paid premium services that are totally optional — but could totally be worth it.

11. Track Your Lofty Goals With Colorful Pens

Bullet journal planning

If you want to get a little more creative, set up goals and track them with a bullet journal. A bullet journal is great for the more creative Type A folks — the ones who love color-coding and drawing the straightest line possible.

You can set up a debt payoff plan, track your expenses or set up an annual savings plan. The Jihi Elephant blog has some great ideas to get you started.

In the end, embrace your Type-A tendencies. They’ll help you become financially happy and healthy.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves the feeling of crossing off items on a to-do list.

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Versace just revisited that iconic J Lo dress

We all remember THAT Jennifer Lopez Versace dress. A bit like the safety pin dress Liz Hurley (also by Versace) wore back when she was with Hugh Grant, it became an instant icon and you couldn’t think of it of one without the other.

As you recall, the singer wore the tropical print dress with a deep v neck to the 2000 Grammy Awards and obviously stole the show.

Now Donatella has decided to take us all down a trip down sartorial memory lane by re-issuing that very dress, with a 2018 twist.

At her pre-fall 2019 show in New York, the designer sent Amber Valetta down the runway in a plunging maxi made of silky fabric.

This season, it’s taken on a different theme though, with pretty metallic hearts adorning the dress, a nice nod to the 80s trend.

Don’t know about you, but I was into it then, and I’m even more into it now.

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Kering’s 10 years of fighting anti-women violence (not just making fab clothes)

The Kering Foundation is 10 years old! The owners of Gucci and Saint Laurent do a lot more than set catwalk trends…here’s how they’re combating violence against women – and the partner organisations doing amazing things

The designer group Kering owns some of the world’s hottest brands – Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to name a few – and produces some of the world’s most fashion-forward clothes. But the luxury group, headed by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (or Monsieur Salma Hayek, as he’s known in certain circles), is also trend-setting in another, even more important, way.

Mr Pinault and Kering take their social and ecological responsibilities seriously – devoting significant resources to finding new ways to make their brands more sustainable, and funding studies and an open-source system that allows the industry as a whole to share information on issues around sustainability. One of the company’s biggest achievements is its charity arm, The Kering Foundation, which celebrated its 10th birthday with a cocktail reception in Paris last week. It was set up in 2008 with the specific aim of combating violence against women – an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women worldwide. At the event, Mr Pinault (bel0w) shared his pride at the work already done: “For the past 10 years, we have contributed to weakening the taboo around violence against women by openly addressing it in our awareness campaigns.” Looking to the next decade, he said: “We will continue the fight. I want The Kering Foundation to explore new fields of action. Prevention, for example, by raising awareness among men about violence against women. I also keep in mind the fate of children, who are often direct or indirect victims of this violence.”

Over the last decade, they’ve worked with NGOs and grassroots initiatives that aim to prevent and tackle anti-female violence, everywhere from the UK to France, Italy, South America and China. The company launched the White Ribbon campaign in 2012 to raise awareness of the subject. Previous campaigns have starred Kering designers including Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele (below)

This year’s has just been unveiled – and will target younger ‘Gen Z’ consumers and the issue of cyberbullying, with accompanying hashtag #IDontSpeakHater. Women are 27 times more likely to be bullied online than men.

Here, the Foundation’s Executive Director Celine Bonnaire (below) tells us about the successes of the charity so far – and what they’re planning next.

“We favour an approach that focuses on partnership, and work closely with a limited number of partners. I’m very proud of one of our NGO partnerships, with ‘La Maison des Femmes’, a haven based in France’s Saint Denis, that offers care and medical, psychological, and emotional support to vulnerable women. It’s particularly dear to my heart as we co-built it with other foundations, mixing private and public funding. “

Another achievement Bonnaire is especially proud of is the Foundation’s work to combat domestic violence, via the workplace. Working with specialist organisations – Womens’ Aid in the UK, NNEDV in the US, Solidarite Femmes in France and D.i.Re in Italy – they’ve designed training sessions for employees on the impact of domestic violence at work, and making the workplace a supportive environment for survivors. Kering have put their money where their mouth is (so to speak) – since 2010, over 1,200 Kering staff have attended sessions, including the Group’s Executive Committee.

Bonnaire remembers meeting a woman whose life had been directly affected by the work of the Foundation: “She was a mother of three who had flown from Algeria to escape domestic violence. She was a lawyer there but once in France, she couldn’t work, had no papers, and had to cope with her three little kids as well as her trauma from violence. And from time to time, with the ex-husband who was ‘visiting’ her in France. This could happen to any of us. Owing to her courage and the support she received at La Maison des Femmes, she rebuilt her life, got her papers, and stabilised her situation.”

Bonnaire is also excited about innovative new developments in the field. Last June, seven social entrepreneurs were awarded a six-month incubation programme, with two years of Kering mentorship and a grant. Hera Hussain of Chayn closes the critical information gap to help domestic abuse survivors, especially younger women from immigrant populations, find safety with crowd-sourced, expert-informed online resources.

Callisto, launched by Jessica Ladd, is an online reporting system for sexual assault survivors that can detect any serial sexual predator in the United States. The safe and secure platform means survivors are five times more likely to report an assault and do so three times faster than the national average.

She also believes it’s time to work not just with the victims themselves, but with men and boys to combat violence against women. “We partnered with an organisation called Promundo and its programme Manhood 2.0, which tackles how gender norms harm young men and women; it engages young men in recognising some of the harmful ideas around ‘masculinity’ that can have negative consequences on health, relationships, sexual violence, bullying and mental health.”

So what would she like to see more of, when it comes to fellow fashion companies? “I’m convinced it’s important for any industry and company to tackle the issue of violence against women by talking about it, making sure the workplace is a safe and supportive environment for survivors and promoting gender equality.”

We can all get on board with that…

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When Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced a lower-priced Model 3 a few months ago, he deducted thousands in federal tax incentives from the sticker price. On Monday, according to Reuters, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the subsidies for electric vehicles from Tesla and other carmakers would end in 2020 or 2021.

Trump’s administration has long floated the idea of eliminating the tax break. Last week, he said he was thinking about cutting electric vehicle subsidies for General Motors after it announced plans to shut down five U.S. car plants.  Read more…

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Meet the 12-year-old New Yorker who just won ‘Top Chef Junior’

This tiny toque is really cooking with gas. New Yorker Nikki Bidun, 12, was crowned the champ of “Top Chef Junior” on the reality show’s season finale Saturday night, winning a cool $ 50,000. She took the crown by whipping up a three-course meal of pork soup dumplings, short rib ragu with fresh fettucine and homemade…
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Next 3 Michael B. Jordan Movies: ‘Just Mercy,’ ‘Wrong Answer,’ ‘A Bittersweet Life’

Next 3 Michael B. Jordan Movies: 'Just Mercy,' 'Wrong Answer,' 'A Bittersweet Life'

Michael B. Jordan first gained notice as a teenage drug dealer in David Simon's superb series The Wire way back in 2002. He stood out again on the small screen in both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood before his startling turn in Ryan Coogler's charged, true-life drama Fruitvale Station. That led to his sterling starring role as Adonis Johnson in Coogler's gritty and surprising sports film Creed.

Earlier this year, Jordan showed his range with his gripping, villainous…

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