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Love Parma Violets? Swizzels is giving away a year’s supply to their biggest fan

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Think back to the sweets you used to eat as a child. Lovehearts, Fizzers, Drumsticks – they were the party bag heroes! The tuck shop treats! The perfect way to spend your hard-earned pocket money!

And now retro confectionary company Swizzels is giving away a year’s supply of Parma Violets to the person who loves them the most.

If you take the crown as the biggest Parma Violets fan, not only will you have a healthy stash of the purple favourites but you’ll also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory in New Mills, Derbyshire, where they’re produced. It’s usually closed to the public, making it even more exciting (and very Willy Wonka).

The company asks: ‘Do you love Parma Violets so much that you have a room dedicated to them? Perhaps you are planning a Parma Violets themed wedding? Or do you simply love anything and everything Parma Violets flavoured?’

Jeremy Dee, managing director of Swizzels added: ‘Parma Violets have been instrumental in the success of Swizzels because of their loyal and dedicated fanbase.

‘As a result of this we want to find and reward the biggest fan as a way of saying thank you whilst celebrating one of Swizzels’ most traditional sweets.’

Fancy your chances? All you have to do is fill out this form and tell Swizzels what makes you the ultimate fan in less than 1,000 words.

If you really want to go for it, you can also upload a picture or a video URL.

You’ve got until 10th June 2019 to enter the competition – plenty of time to make an iMovie video montage of your love for Parma Violets.

Good luck!

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Ant and Dec are sitting the ‘wrong way around’ at this weekend’s TV Baftas – as Ant returns after two years

ANT and Dec are sitting the “wrong way around” at this weekend’s TV Baftas.

Fans are outraged that the famous TV duo will be ‘Dec and Ant’ thanks to a mess-up on the seating plan.

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Ant McParlin will sit to the left of Dec Donnelly instead of being on his right as usual[/caption]

Ant is confirmed to be returning to the awards ceremony for the first time in two years as he puts his troubles firmly behind him.

Last year Dec was forced to go solo to the bash at London’s Royal Festival Hall when Ant pulled out of TV work following his drink-drive conviction.

Instead Dec sat in between Ashley Banjo and Thandie Newton.

Today behind-the-scenes pictures revealed Ant and Dec will reunite at the awards do on Sunday night and sit next to Killing Eve writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Billie Piper.

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A behind-the-scenes photo revealed the seating plan at this year’s awards[/caption]

One fan fumed: “They’ve put ant and Dec the wrong way around argh!!!!!!”

Another added: “Ant and Dec are sat back to front.”

They have been nominated for four TV BAFTAs despite their nine-month break.

Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent were given the nod for Best Entertainment Programme alongside Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and Strictly Come Dancing.

The presenters also made the final four for Best Entertainment Performance with SNT and I’m A Celebrity in Reality & Constructed Factual.

Ant and Dec have been nominated for two BAFTA awards for Saturday Night Takeaway this year
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will award the most-celebrated programmes in the last 12 months.

Killing Eve leads this year’s nominations with 14 nods ahead of its much-anticipated return with series two.

Hugh Grant’s A Very English Scandal and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Patrick Melrose followed Killing Eve with 12 and 6 nominations, respectively.

Matt and Luke Goss’s reunion documentary, Bros: After the Screaming Stops, picked up three nominations with five going to BBC’s Bodyguard.

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THE highlights from today’s Television and Television Craft nominations are:

  • 14 nominations for Killing Eve
  • 12 nominations for A Very English Scandal
  • Six nominations for Patrick Melrose
  • Five nominations for Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl
  • Four nominations for Mrs Wilson and Mum
  • Three nominations for Bros: After the Screaming Stops, Bandersnatch (Black Mirror), The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, Sally4Ever, Save Me and Would I Lie To You?

The nominations for the public-voted Virgin Media Must-See Moment are:

  • Bodyguard: Julia Montague Assassinated
  • Coronation Street: Gail’s Monologue on the Suicide of Aidan Connor
  • Doctor Who: Rosa Parks, The Doctor and Her Companions Make Sure Historical Moments Remain
  • Killing Eve: Eve Stabs Villanelle
  • Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale
  • Queer Eye: Tom Completes His Transformation

For the full list of nominations click here.

Good Morning Britain was twice-nominated for its news coverage this year, including GMB: On a Knife Edge and for its Thomas Markle Exclusive.

After winning half the category’s nominations, hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid will go up against Newsnight’s Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons and ITN/Channel 4’s Cambridge Analytica Uncovered.

Hilariously, Piers ranted about being five rows back at the awards do – despite being up for two gongs.

He tweeted @BAFTA: “I’d better be nearer the front than that….”

BAFTA replied: “You’ll sit where you’re told Piers!”, but cheeky Piers hit back by saying: “You clearly haven’t worked with me before.”

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In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Housing, Medical Care

In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs.

The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates of a portion of the senior population, those who will be 75 or older in 2029, with a focus on those in the middle-income range — currently $ 25,001 to $ 74,298 per year for those ages 75 to 84.

And it doesn’t look good for that group because of the rising costs of housing and health care. The researchers estimated that the number of middle-income elders in the U.S. will nearly double, growing from 7.9 million to 14.4 million by 2029. They will make up the biggest share of seniors, at 43%.

By 2029, more than half of the middle-income seniors will have annual financial resources of $ 60,000 or less, even if the equity in their homes is included. Projections put the average annual assisted living and medical expenses cost in 10 years at $ 62,000, meaning that a majority of the middle-income seniors then will not be able to afford an assisted living facility.

Middle-income seniors are a group that Beth Burnham Mace, one of the study’s authors, said has been often overlooked when policymakers and legislators think about housing and care for aging Americans.

“The low-income cohort has been taken care of by tax subsidies, while the high-income cohort is largely self-sufficient. But the middle-income seniors have been ignored,” said Mace, who is chief economist at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care, a nonprofit research group.

The study’s authors said they are probably underestimating the extent of the looming problem. They projected out-of-pocket medical costs of only $ 5,000 a year for seniors.

Deborah Carr, chairwoman of the department of sociology at Boston University who studies aging, noted that Americans “are able to live longer today than they have in the past because of medical technology.” The downside, said Carr, who was not affiliated with the study, is “if they’re living for years with dementia or mobility issues, then they have to pay longer for medical care for the additional years they live.”

Indeed, the researchers projected that 60% of the middle-income seniors will have mobility limitations, while 20% will be considered “high needs,” meaning they have three or more chronic conditions and one or more limitations in activities of daily living, such as bathing or dressing. Eight percent will have some form of cognitive impairment.

Seniors living with mobility limitations, chronic conditions or cognitive impairment are more likely to need care and support such as that offered by an assisted living facility.

But that’s not a reality for many.

In her written response to the Health Affairs study, Jennifer Molinsky, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, addressed the needs of seniors who decide to stay at home as they age instead of going to an assisted living facility. She said these older Americans face a different set of challenges.

“One of the challenges is that most people don’t live in cities,” Molinsky said in an interview. “And most houses in these areas are single-family detached homes. The infrastructure is not set up for safe walking, so you have to drive. People often give up driving as they age. So these locations can be difficult to provide services to people.”

Molinsky said other issues to consider are making homes more accessible by adding ramps for wheelchairs or wall handles in the shower and the cost of these changes.

The other dire warning of the study: While spouses and middle-age daughters have historically provided the bulk of elder care, that is a less likely option in the future because of changing marriage patterns, lower birth rates and the increasing number of adult children who live far from their parents. Some seniors will need to seek paid care.

The study suggests that policymakers could expand Medicare benefits to include access to a wider range of supportive services, or create a new benefit, “Medicare Part E,” that funds long-term care. However, other attempts to set up such a program have run into resistance among lawmakers because of cost.

While Medicaid is the primary payer of long-term nursing home care, right now the program is available only to low-income seniors. Seniors may become eligible if they impoverish themselves. However, lawmakers could also broaden the Medicaid income eligibility requirements or expand options to include home-based care for those with higher-end incomes.

Some seniors are already turning to creative solutions to address their growing need for affordable housing.

Carr said one innovative option she has seen is the Village to Village Network, a community program that allows seniors to stay in their homes but have access to general support services, such as home repairs, transportation, health care and even social activities.

Co-housing, where seniors share a residence, like in the classic TV show, “Golden Girls,” is another solution, Carr said.

Mace said she hopes the study will spark more conversation between public and private sectors for creative ideas to address the issue of housing the growing number of Americans who will turn 75 or older in the next decade.

Her advice to both those seniors and their children is to openly discuss the issue.

“It is a good idea to sit down and talk about what your plan may be,” said Mace. “Talk about what the financial assets are and the housing options. It’s a worthy topic to talk about, though it can be hard, because it helps to avoid putting both children and parents in difficult situations in the future.”

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Good for Him! Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety: ‘Still Not Afraid’ [Photo]

Eminem is continuing on his path of sobriety.

The 46-year-old rapper shared on social media that he’s celebrating 11 years sober with a photo of the medallion he received for his accomplishment.

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The medallion is stamped with the Roman numeral for eleven, “XI,” and the words “Unity,” “Service” and “Recovery.”

“11 years – still not afraid,” Eminem captioned the photo.

Last year, the rapper, who was born Marshall Mathers, also acknowledged the anniversary of his sobriety, sharing a photo to Instagram in between his headlining sets at Coachella.

“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” he wrote alongside the image, in which he held a medallion up to the camera.

Eminem previously revealed he had a near-death experience from an accidental overdose back in 2007 after his addiction got so bad that he was taking up to 20 pills a day.

The star opened up about his near-fatal overdose on Revival, his ninth studio album that was released in December 2017.

On the 18th track, titled “Castle” featuring Skylar Grey, Eminem writes letters to his 23-year-old daughter Hailie Jade, with the third verse talking about her 12th birthday and recalling how he overdosed on methadone and nearly died.

“Your dad’s at the end of his rope/ I’m sliding down a slippery slope/ Anyway, sweetie, I better go, I’m getting sleepy … Love, Dad, s—, I don’t know,” he raps.

Then on the 19th and final track of Revival, titled “Arose,” Eminem continues the narrative of “Castle” by speaking directly to his daughter again, this time as final apologies from his deathbed.

“Just heard they’re unplugging me/ And it’s your birthday/ Jade I’m missing your birthday/ Baby girl, I’m sorry,” he says.

However, the end of the verse is noticeably different: “I’m pledging to throw this methadone in the toilet” he says, referring to a new beginning.

Congrats to Em.

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Mulvaney: Trump Brought Down Drug Prices For The First Time In 50 Years

President Donald Trump announced last month that the GOP will become “the party of health care,” and news reports suggest he intends to make it a top issue in his reelection campaign.

So when Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, touted the administration’s work on prescription drug prices — a hot-button issue that has drawn scrutiny from across the political spectrum, and one that voters say should be a top priority — we were intrigued.

On “Fox News Sunday” April 7, Mulvaney said: “Drug prices in this country actually came down last year for the first time in 50 years. That’s because Donald Trump’s president.”

This statement is particularly hard to prove affirmatively. Drug prices are measured through a host of metrics and affected by all sorts of political and economic forces.

We reached out to the White House for more explanation. Its staff directed us to a report published last October by its Council of Economic Advisers, as well as to data suggesting the consumer price index for prescription drugs declined in January 2019 compared with January 2018.

But experts who reviewed that data said it doesn’t necessarily support Mulvaney’s claim — and certainly not by the magnitude he suggests.

A Broad Brush, And Some Missing Data

We interviewed five experts who all agreed that, no matter which metric was used, evidence is lacking to unequivocally say drug prices decreased last year. The most generous reading came from Matthew Fiedler, a health economist at the Brookings Institution: It’s “within spitting distance of something that’s true.”

But with more examination, the claim’s veracity became murkier.

“Drug prices” can refer to many things: a list price, a net price (what is paid after rebates, or the discounts negotiated by insurers or other payers), the pharmacy’s price or total national spending on prescription drugs.

Let’s start with the latter. Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows total spending on prescription drug prices has climbed during the past several years. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) In 2018, total spending continued to grow, just at a slower pace. That’s a positive trend, experts noted, but it isn’t the same thing as spending going down.

“It doesn’t mean we’re spending less money on drugs than before,” said Stacie Dusetzina, an associate professor of health policy at Vanderbilt University.

We also examined the CPI data the White House provided. It could suggest that in the past year prescription drugs’ list prices have indeed dropped, and even by a meaningful amount.

But the CPI data doesn’t account for whether manufacturers lowering their list prices have also changed the size of the rebates they provide. That’s essential information in understanding if the real price of a drug — what insurance pays and, ultimately, what consumers pay — has actually changed.

These trend lines also vary depending on the 12-month period they cover, argued Walid Gellad, an associate health policy professor at the University of Pittsburgh. January to January could show a list price decrease, but July to July could show an increase.

Plus, the CPI data includes only drugs sold through retail, or about three-fourths of all prescriptions. That excludes many high-priced specialty meds sold only via mail order, argued Michael Rea, who heads Rx Savings Solutions, a consulting firm.

It also paints with a broad brush — obscuring, many said, just how many list prices are continuing to climb.

This year, the list price of more than 3,000 drugs went up, while the price of only 117 went down, according to data compiled by Rx Savings Solutions. Last year, an analysis by the Associated Press revealed that, from January to July, 4,412 branded drug prices went up, while 46 were cut.

So, Mulvaney’s downward price claim didn’t come out of thin air. But interpreting the data to mean that drug prices are down ignores crucial parts of the prescription drug marketplace.

The White House’s Work

Mulvaney also said Trump has played a key role in bringing down drug prices. When we asked the administration what he meant, a spokesman pointed to their efforts to bring more generic drugs to market — a boost the White House said has fueled competition and helped make lower-price alternatives available to consumers.

But there’s no evidence yet to suggest that the boost in generic drug approvals has that effect. Experts said it takes time for these products to reach the marketplace, create competition and demonstrate a measurable impact on prices.

Indeed, many of those generics, while approved, never went to market. This White House assertion also doesn’t account for high-priced, branded drugs that lack a generic counterpart.

Yes, Trump’s tough talk — accusing pharma companies of “getting away with murder” — may have persuaded some drug manufacturers to hold off on increasing their prices — at least temporarily, or until after the government releases key stats on how many prices have gone up, Dusetzina said. But it’s hard to separate that phenomenon from the pressure also levied by Congress and state legislatures.

For what it’s worth, the administration has proposed many new policies meant to curb drug prices, many noted, such as eliminating some kinds of rebates, or changing how Medicare Part B pays for drugs. But none of those have taken effect — so they haven’t brought prices down.

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Mulvaney said, “Drug prices in this country actually came down last year for the first time in 50 years. That’s because Donald Trump’s president.”

At first glance, CPI data could conceivably support the argument that the list prices for some prescription drugs dipped. But that data doesn’t include many high-priced specialty drugs that drive costs up, and the pattern it illustrates can change based on the time frame selected.

The CPI data set obscures the individual drugs for which the list prices have increased — with far more going up than down. It also does not account for a drug’s true “net price.”

Mulvaney’s statement also does not reflect trends showing that, nationally, spending on drugs has continued to climb, even if that growth has slowed. There is also no evidence to support the argument that Trump himself is responsible for changes in drug pricing.

This claim has an element of truth, but it ignores key facts and context that would give a very different impression. We rate this claim Mostly False.

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Wendy Williams Files For Divorce From Kevin Hunter After 22 Years Of Marriage!

Stop the presses!! Wendy Williams apparently has finally awaken from her nightmare marriage and filed divorce papers on Kevin Hunter.

Williams’ attorney confirmed to Page Six on Thursday that it’s OVER and that Williams is divorcing her husband of 22 years. Williams, who filed in Essex County, NJ, served Hunter with divorce papers at 6:30 a.m, according to a source, the site says.

“Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time,” the personal representative for Williams told Page Six in a statement. “Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together.”

Here’s more via Page Six.

The split comes amid renewed rumors that Hunter has been cheating on Williams, 54, with a woman named Sharina Hudson, who gave birth to a baby suspected to be Hunter’s last month.

The divorce news comes after Williams notably flaunted her lack of a wedding bandearly Thursday on her hairstylist’s and makeup artist’s social media.

Rumors of infidelity have plagued the couple for a few years, though Williams never confirmed them. She vaguely addressed her marital woes on her show earlier this year, cryptically telling viewers after she returned from a two-month hiatus that her wedding ring would always stay on her hand.

“I’m still very much in love with my husband,” she said. “Don’t ask me about mine.” Pointing to her wedding ring, Williams added, “It ain’t going anywhere. Not in this lifetime.”

However, her ring apparently did go somewhere. On March 25, upon leaving the sober living facility where she has been staying after receiving help for addiction in Florida (though she previously told viewers she was seeking treatment for her Graves’ disease), the morning show host was spotted without her flashy jewelry. She appeared to put it back on to tape her show later that day, but an insider had told us it wasn’t her real ring.

Hunter’s infidelity wasn’t the only thing rumored to be wrong with Williams and Hunter’s marriage. Previous reports have have stated that Hunter’s allegedly abusive behavior ultimately led to the unraveling that prompted Williams to relapse.

She would hide in the bathroom and tell me to knock on the door when he left the office so she wouldn’t have to see him,” an intern from Williams’ former radio show told The Post, adding that it was common for Hunter to pull Williams into a private room and for staff to hear them fighting.

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Disgraced TV star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli could face a minimum of two years in the slammer over the bribes they allegedly channeled to a crew coach to get their daughters into USC, even if they plead out a deal with the feds.

While her fellow accused Felicity Huffman could spend as little as four months inside, Loughlin is likely to face a much heftier jail sentence due to the amount of money she is alleged to have forked out to get her daughters into the elite school.

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LONDON — The long-running British TV soap “Coronation Street” is welcoming its first black family in its 59-year history. The soap opera is set to introduce the Baileys, a family with two sons. It will explore themes of racism and homophobia in sport, with a story line featuring one of the sons, a soccer player,…
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Sherri Shepherd Says Barbara Walters Had Her Crying ‘For Three Years Straight’ On ‘The View’

Former “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd is speaking out about her tenure on the ABC morning show, telling Entertainment Tonight that Barbara Walters had her crying for “three years straight.”

Shepherd’s comments come after the release of the tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch,” which explores all the alleged conflicts between the women of “The View.” Shepherd describes her time on the Emmy-winning daytime talker as “the best experience of my life” but she “cried for three years straight” due to “a very tough taskmaster who I love her to death. It’s Barbara Walters.”

Shepherd was a host of the show from 2007 to 2014. She claims her former boss “was tough on the people that she loved, and she helped me find my voice.”

Adding, “So I will forever be indebted to Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jenny McCarthy for the time that I had on ‘The View,’” Shepherd said, “because what I have now is because of ‘The View.’ ”

As noted by USA Today, “Ladies Who Punch” spills all the messy backstage antics, from a confrontation between Walters and Rosie O’Donnell, to Hasselbeck’s meltdown after Walters’ on-air mistreatment and Jenny’s claim that Barbara was always gunning for her because of her outfit choices.

“When they were at ‘The View,’ some people had some not-so-great experiences, and some people had really wonderful experiences,” Shepherd told ET, admitting that she too had “some fights on the show,” which she didn’t want to discuss. “From my end, it was the best experience of my life,” she said.

Shepherd admitted to ET she hadn’t read the book but she is aware of its content.

“I read some stuff and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot. Oh OK. That’s crazy. Hey Jenny, why’d you say that for?’ OK,” Shepherd said. “But, you know, everybody has their own interpretation of how it happened when they were there.”

McCarthy, a host from 2013 to 2014, revealed in the book that her time on the show was “the most miserable” job she’s had in all of her time in the industry.

“When I’d hear the shuffle of her feet, I knew that Barbara was after me,” McCarthy said in the book “It would get faster. Oh my God – she’s coming! Based on the speed of the shuffle, I would hide or get on the phone.”

However, the former MTV hostess said she has “zero hard feelings” toward Walters, explaining: “I loved her like a grandma. She didn’t know any better.”

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Thirteen Years of YLF

I was 35 when I started YLF, and I turn 50 next year. I can’t believe we’ve come so far, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Helping people to find their personal style, solving style challenges, keeping up with an evolving industry, lifting people up when they’re down about their style, and striving for more diversity and acceptance in fashion, all feels like a calling. I feel I can do this forever because my experience and opinions evolve with each passing year. That keeps things interesting, and the topics fresh.

After 27 years of experience in the international rag trade, I have a lot to say! We haven’t missed a working weekday of posting in thirteen years. But YLF is not about me and my style — it’s about YOU and YOUR style. I do use myself as an example, and I have posted outfits in the past, but I’m not an outfit blogger. It took me two years before I even showed myself on YLF.

You are what makes YLF exceptional. You graciously share your wit and wisdom in blog comments and forum posts. Your thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and insightful contributions enrich my life, make me grow as a person, and provide me with daily inspiration. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU for the support. And thank you for helping me to spread the word that style is not an age, dress size or budget. It’s an energy and confidence that is expressed through what you wear and how you wear it.

I’d love to hear how you found YLF, and how long you’ve been lurking or participating. It blows me away when I think that some have been participating on YLF since its inception thirteen years ago. WOW.


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SAP cloud business head quits after 27 years in latest top departure

Software company SAP said the head of its cloud business group had quit, the latest in a string of top departures as Europe’s most valuable technology company reshapes its operations.


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Relatives of missing boy Timmothy Pitzen have been holding out hope for years. A false claim by an impostor opened old wounds.

Timmothy Pitzen’s family believed their 8-year-long search for him was over when a man claiming to be the missing boy was found roaming a Kentucky neighborhood.


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Black Women Can’t Wait 106 Years for Equal Pay

Today is National Equal Pay Day and it is only right to address the fact that black women work twice as hard as their counterparts, if not harder, yet still earn less. According to research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Research Policy, if trends in the pay gap persist like they have over the last 30 years, black women will have to continue to work hard until 2124 just to receive equal pay.

We spoke with Teresa C. Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, about closing the pay gap and how women can persevere as they work toward receiving equal pay.

What does closing the pay gap mean for women beyond the dollar signs?

The pay gap is really about how we value women. And in this country, we have continually under-valued women. Particularly women of color and particularly black women. So for us, and as a black woman, this is how we place value on who we are and what we bring into our society.

It’s not “just” about the dollars and cents.

Although, it is about the dollars and cents because if you can pay your bills, put some money in the bank, and transfer that wealth to the next generation then that’s critical and that helps to build what our society could look like. If we can start making sure that our women are paid for their worth in our society, it will show and reflect their value. And help them uphold a level of self-confidence they will carry into other aspects of their lives.

How can women be more involved in being a part of the change they want to see?

There is so much going on in life that feels completely overwhelming. And we often ask ourselves, ‘what can any one person do?’ and ‘what can I do because this feels like so much?’

Whether you’re registered to vote; whether you’re able to talk to your manager or supervisor; how you’re able to ask a question; or whether you’re able to mentor somebody, we want women to walk out of this room today knowing that there is something that they can do. And if everyone does something that adds up to a whole lot of things and that’s how we create the momentum for change.

What advice do you have for women as they fight to close the pay gap?

There are a couple of things that we have to come to terms with when we recognize that we’re going to be about making change happen:

  1. It does not happen overnight.
  2. We do not get to be tired. We have a responsibility to those shoulders that we stand on and those generations that come behind us. We have to step in, fight wholeheartedly, and do it with full honesty and integrity to who we are. And, we have to hold other people accountable.
  3. We have to engage with people one on one. We can’t just stand outside and scream at the air—we actually have to start talking with people.

When I think about this fight for pay equity, it is about at this moment in time us finally placing value on women of color. At this moment in time, it is about holding those [people in high places] accountable. This moment in time, it’s about opening the doors so that others can come in behind us and come in strong.

 

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2013, 2019, 2024: Where Did You Think You’d Be By Now? Where Do You Want to Be in Five Years?

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A little more than 5 years ago, we had a post about career plans where basically we asked everyone to look into their crystal balls and tell us where they wanted to be five years from that date (November 2013) — and I promised to revisit the post in 5 years and give everyone the option to update us. (Today I’ll be emailing everyone who originally gave me their email address and permission to email them, asking them to come back and comment as well!) If you commented on the original post — please copy and paste your original comment into this thread — and then update it. If you didn’t comment on the original post, please comment below — have the past five years gone according to plan? (If not, what derailed you or propelled you onto a different path?) Where do you want to be in the next five years (2024)? Please leave your email address and I’ll contact you if/when we do this in 2024!   

Here was the original ask, inspired by a New York Times documentary that looked up women originally profiled in a 2001 article, back when they were all junior associates at a BigLaw firm.  The more recent article/documentary looked up several of the women profiled and found that many had not accomplished their original goals, many pondering whether the gender gap had an impact on them. The thrust of the article was that women were underestimating the extent to which gender issues would affect their careers. Here was my ask of the readers, back in 2013:

I’m going to ask you guys to scroll forward in YOUR Palm Pilots* (tee hee) and tell me: where do you want/think you’ll be in five years — and in ten years? What do you think the major challenges are that you’ll encounter? How much do you think gender issues will play into your success or failure? I’d love to ask that everyone comment with an email address in the address field — I’ll keep your emails private but I’d love to be able to come back to this post in five years (or ten years, God willing) and email a few of you to see where you are, how it shook out. (This is the ambitious part!) (Of course all email addresses will be held in confidence, in keeping with The Corporette® Privacy Policy.)

I can’t wait to hear what people say (and hear how everyone’s 5-year plan went, and how their 10-year plan is going)…

For my own $ .02, this was my answer back in 2013 for my own five-year career plan:

I’m so far off the path right now that this doesn’t seem even fair to myself for me to say.  In five years, I hope I’ll still be running this site as my profession, of course; if not I have confidence that one of my many Plan Bs will work out.  I’m not sure it’s fair to call them “gender issues,” but I suppose that’s what they are — I struggle daily with life/work balance, needing to devote more time to my business, wanting to devote more time (and quality, high energy time at that) to my family — and I struggle with finding time to be the “cruise director” to our lives (e.g., planning educational, age-appropriate weekend outings and vacations, managing our financial investments as well as clothing/food purchases, making family photo albums, etc, etc).  I outsource/assign what I can to my husband, VA, or my mother (my Christmas list this year is a series of thinly veiled research projects!) but I think this “Cruise Director” Syndrome is a uniquely female goal — the goal to manage everything for your family on TOP of killing it in business.

Ooof. Yeah. So: not much has changed with my struggles — I still have not figured out life/work balance, as I’ve written about a ton over at CorporetteMoms, including things like why I’m frustrated that family dinner time bumps up against my naturally productive period of the day, why I aggressively delegate or “nope” certain motherhood tasks entirely, and in general all the ways I try to share parenting duties with my spouse. In terms of unforeseen challenges, I definitely did underestimate the effect of motherhood, and we’ve had some family issues come up over the past five years that were totally unanticipated, and without getting into private matters, I will say that the amount of energy, brain power, research, worry, and more has been a huge drain for me, to the detriment of the business; I’ve definitely felt for long periods like I’m treading water and trying not to drown in the middle of a huge ocean. That said, 2017 and 2018 were our two highest years ever for most blog stats that I track (money, traffic), so I am still hopeful that I’ll be running this blog in another five years or that the skills I’ve learned while building the blog will have useful to some other new endeavor. 

Readers, how about you — if you had answered the original question in 2013, where did you THINK you’d be by now? What got in your way or propelled you further? Looking forward to 2024, where do you want to be in terms of career, personal life, and more? What do you think are realistic five-year career goals, and what do you think are stretch goals?

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* Riiiiight. Palm Pilots were an early handheld device that helped you organize notes, phone numbers, to-do lists, and more. They eventually morphed into phones. I was a little bit obsessed with them as the keeper of all my favorite lists.

 

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Apparently, Kate first spotted William when they were 9 years old

The story of the royal couple dates back longer than we thought

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It’s a commonly known fact that Kate and William were first introduced to each other as students at the University of St. Andrews (in case you want to brush up on the unofficial facts, the Lifetime movie William & Kate: The Movie tells the romanticised version of how the two met).

Well it turns out, we haven’t actually been told the full story. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly first spotted her husband-to-be during a hockey match at her prep school when they both just nine years old. At least, that’s what royal correspondent Katie Nicholl writes in her book Kate: The Future Queen.

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‘Although [Kate] wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention. Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St. Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St. Andrew’s to play a hockey match when he was nine years old.’

‘William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year. Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement,’ she added. ‘It was the first time Kate had set her eyes on the young prince, but certainly not the last.’

Well, that’s just lovely!

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Two Years After She Was Fired, Phaedra Parks Open To Returning To RHOA

Phaedra Parks says she is open to returning to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” two years after her she was booted from the hit Bravo series.

“I never say never because that is very final and you never know what could happen,” she recently told Us Weekly at the Hustle & Soul season 3 premiere event in Miami Beach. “I am very happy. I am living my best life. I did for eight years.”

Phaedra went on to describe her time on the show as an “interesting experience.”

“I wouldn’t trade it and I don’t regret it. But I think life is about evolving,” she explained. “That was almost a decade of my life. My children were born on the show. I went on as a newlywed. Got divorced. Now I have a new boyfriend in my life and I am very happy.”

Parks was booted from show after she told Porsha Williams that Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker allegedelly wanted to drug Porsha and have sex with her.

After the drug/rape allegations — which Kandi denied — Phaedra was fired from RHOA, and while she may be unsure about her return to the reality series, one of her former co-stars has made it clear that she wants her back on the show.

“I would love to have Phaedra back,” NeNe Leakes said on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” in January. A source told Us that Leakes was really pushing hard for Phaedra “to be back on the show.”

In related news, we previously reported that Parks’ ex-husband, Apollo Nida, is getting out of prison sooner than expected, as a judge recently reduced his prison sentence by a full year.

Nida, 40, has been serving a 96-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. But after Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. cut the sentence down to 84 months, Apollo will now be released in August 2020. According to The Blast, he will be on probation for several years.

Around the time of his 2014 sentencing, Nida expressed his disappointment that Phaedra “didn’t even f—king show up for my sentencing. I’m still salty about that,” he said.

Parks — who shares two young sons with Apollo — filed for divorce in October 2014. The split wasn’t finalized until July 2017.

She is now boo’d up with Chicago radio host Tone Kapone.

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Lauren Pope quits TOWIE after 9 years

OHMYGOSSIP — Lauren Pope is leaving ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ after nine years to focus on her relationship with boyfriend Tony Keterman.
The 36-year-old reality star has confirmed she has quit the ITVBe show because she wants to concentrate “wholeheartedly” on her Hair Rehab extensions business and her romance with her new millionaire boyfriend.
Speaking to The Sun Online, she said: “After an amazing nine years on ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ I have decided that now is the natural time for me to leave.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities that the show has brought my way and have loved being part of the cast.
“On top of that, Lime [Pictures, who make the show] have become an extended family to me and I’ll be forever grateful for their guidance and support over the years.
“Nonetheless, I feel now is the time for me to move on so I can focus my attention wholeheartedly on my business ventures and personal relationship.”
Insiders also told the publication that the blonde beauty is welcome back on the show any time for a cameo appearance, and that Lauren met up with the cast at the show’s titles shoot recently.
A source said: “She’s always travelling and her business is hugely successful, so she doesn’t have enough time to appear on ‘TOWIE’ full time.”
A spokesperson for the show added: “We wish Lauren all the best as she focuses on her new relationship and growing business ventures.
“She’s been such a big part of TOWIE’s success and will always be part of our ‘TOWIE’ family. We hope to see her back in Essex soon!”

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After Robert Mueller Issues his Report, the Democrats Who’d Waited Two Years for This Moment Stare Into the Abyss

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In what might be the most anti-climactic grand finale since The Sopranos, Robert Mueller found no evidence that President Trump his team colluded with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

That is, at least, according to the summary report issued by Attorney General William Barr on Sunday.

Remember all those Fox News-watching Republicans who woke up the morning after President Obama won re-election in 2012 and were literally stunned by the news? For those who had become convinced that the Mueller report would be the silver bullet that would finally vanquish President Trump, this must be the equivalent of finding charcoal in their Christmas stocking.  

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Trump’s tax cuts will boost the US for two more years at most, says Nobel Prize winner

The U.S. has been a bright spot among advanced economies, partly thanks to President Donald Trump's $ 1.5 trillion tax reform. But the boost can't last forever.
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Rita Ora poses in nude bra after discovering she’s been wearing the wrong size for years

RITA Ora has posed for photos wearing a nude bra, explaining that she had been wearing the wrong size for  years.

The 28-year-old shared her revelation after a recent fitting and urged fans to go and get themselves measured.

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Rita wore nude underwear for the mirror selfie as she showed off her toned figure, tattoos, and full on glam hair and makeup.

“Cozy bra crew. Just got my bra size refitted and realised I was wearing the wrong size this whole time!” she confessed alongside the snap.

She added: “Ladies go measure yourselves you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Unless it’s intentional of course! Wasssss guuuuud? Gota catch my flight! Taipei I’m coming soz!”

Fans of the Let You Love Me singer soon began commenting on the half naked snap, with many complementing her figure.

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Followers wrote: “Damn that body” and “Looking good girl!”

Others jokingly questioned whether her actual bra size was “bigger or smaller” than she first thought.

The singer’s latest snap comes less than a month after she split from boyfriend Andrew Garfield after a whirlwind four month romance.

The Sun revealed that the couple had split earlier this month after the actor, 35, decided to call time on their romance for a more private life.

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He had grown concerned about Rita’s life in the spotlight and recently ended their relationship.

A source close to the singer said at the time: “Rita is cut up about the whole situation.

“Andrew split up with her recently and it’s been hard going as they had spent a lot of time together.

“They spent Christmas together and she thought things were going well between them.

“Her career is going from strength to strength and lives her life in the spotlight but he told her he wanted to lead a more private life.”


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Judge sentences Trump ex-aide Manafort to 3-1/2 more years in prison

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to about 3-1/2 more years in prison for charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, with the judge giving him a stern lecture about his lies and criminal behavior.


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Trump’s budget will project 3% GDP growth over the next few years – defying consensus forecasts

The forecasts will show GDP reaching 3.2 percent this year compared to last year and 3.1 percent in 2020, according to a copy of the projections obtained by CNBC. Growth will then level off at 3 percent through 2024, according to the projections.
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Manafort got 47 months for fraud. Lewinsky says she was ‘threatened’ with ‘27 years’ for hiding affair.

The woman who had been embroiled in a scandal with President Bill Clinton said on Twitter that she was “threatened w/ 27 years for filing a false affidavit + other actions trying desperately to keep an affair private.”
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Sex Workers Aren’t Buying Kamala Harris’ New Tune: She ‘Put Our Country Many Years Behind’

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During a Thursday night event at The Wing titled “Unpacking Sex Work Stigma & Intersectional Feminism,” a panel of sex workers and activists talked about the deadly aftermath of FOSTA/SESTA and recent pushes toward decriminalizing sex work.

Sen. Kamala Harris recently told The Root that, “We can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed.” But Harris’s stated support of decriminalization hasn’t been fully embraced by the sex working community. The organizer of the panel at The Wing, who asked to be identified by the name of the platform that she founded, @SXNOIR, explained to the audience that, “Kamala isn’t talking about decrim the way that we’re talking about decrim.”

There has been concern that Harris is not calling for full decriminalization, but for a system inspired by the Nordic Model, which criminalizes individuals who purchase sex. Gizelle Marie, the leader of the NYC Stripper Strike, shared her experience attempting to lobby at Harris’s office during International Whore’s Day. “She didn’t want to speak to us, obviously,” Marie recalled. “She had one of her assistants just writing down notes and stuff…The fact that she’s actually trying to speak up about sex work now is kind of strange.”

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What I’ve learned about sex after 10 years of marriage

It’s no secret that I never intended to get married. I never even dreamed about my wedding day as a young girl. Yet, when I met my husband in my junior year of high school, our meeting was shortly followed by the realization, “Crap, I’m probably going to marry this guy.”

Though he was totally different than me, my not-yet-husband complemented me completely. Suddenly, the idea of marriage—or any long-term relationship—didn’t seem so bad. When we eventually did get married, I didn’t find it stifling to be with him. Instead, I was made better by being around him, and it felt like I did the same for him. Though I still know that marriage isn’t for everyone, in a lot of ways, being married has made me a gentler, happier, and wiser person.

One of the topics it has made me more knowledgeable about is sex. Specifically, there are a few truths that I’ve learned after 10 years of marriage. Some of these came to me as epiphanies while others were learned over years of discovering who I am and who my husband is, inside and outside of our sex lives. Embracing these lessons has helped me to grow and thoroughly enjoy my married sex life.

1. Great sex takes time.

I didn’t have my first orgasm until five years into my relationship—shortly after getting married and while pregnant for the first time. Though my husband and I started having sex months into dating, we didn’t really know what we were doing. Neither of us embraced the self-discovery part of our teenage years. All we really knew about sex was the basics, and that we should always pee afterwards. (Shout out to our high school biology teacher for this bit of wisdom that’s kept me UTI-free for 15 years.)

Basically, it took time for us to figure out what we liked and didn’t like. It took time to develop a sexual relationship that was more than just okay. It wasn’t until we allowed ourselves to become more sexually adventurous that our sex life really clicked.

We often hear that, after several years of marriage, people become bored with their sex lives. I’ve discovered the opposite. After being married for 10 years and with my husband for a total of 15, I’m more interested in our sex lives than ever. Which ties into the second lesson I’ve learned.

2. Asking for what you like can save so much stress

You might assume that, if you know what you want, you’re going to ask for it. However, there are plenty of us who have a problem with this concept. In fact, it’s such a common problem that the National Coalition for Sexual Health provides scripts on its website to help lovers speak to each other about wants and needs in the bedroom. Called the Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Health, these tools offer couples the ability to communicate about topics they would otherwise avoid.

Learning my preferences wasn’t as hard as asking for what I wanted. Asking felt like putting myself out there. It made me feel even more vulnerable than I felt when I had sex for the first time. Focusing the attention on myself instead of just hoping for a good shared experience felt shameful. Women often feel the need to follow the lead of their partners, and I did the same. But instead of putting the expectations on my husband to read my mind—which I was definitely guilty of doing at the beginning of our relationship—I had to accept responsibility for my own satisfaction.

However, it’s important to remember that sexual communication is a learned skill, not an inherent talent. While I was able to talk to my husband about birth control, sexual expectations, and my dislikes, it was a lot harder for me to actively ask for what I wanted. I had to work up to that, but it helped knowing that I’m more of a verbal communicator while my husband is more physical. I began giving my husband short and direct feedback in the moment of having sex, and it made me feel in control during an unguarded, vulnerable learning time. Then I began showing him what I wanted while telling him what I wanted, which helped my husband learn.

Being vulnerable was scary but it was essential to our sexy life. I know that allowing myself to be vulnerable in the bedroom has also made it easier to open up in other parts of our relationship.

3. Most media does married sex a disservice.

TV and movies don’t usually paint sex for married heterosexual couples in a positive light—and they’re wrong for this. We’re taught a few toxic lessons under what is usually the guise of comedy. For example, the trope of the frigid, no-nonsense wife who withholds sex to punish her husband is a tired favorite of sitcom writers. It teaches us that sex can and should be weaponized in a monogamous relationship. While no one is guaranteed or entitled to sex, withholding affection as a form of punishment isn’t funny. Teaching people that it’s a normal part of married life is irresponsible.

This common depiction of heterosexual sex in marriage also insinuates that sex is not as important to women as it is to men. While sex is portrayed as a regular human reaction and a regular human need for husband characters, the wives are coded as cold and inhuman. It paints these women as the antagonists in their marriages, a dangerous mentality to enforce.

In my experience, after 10 years of marriage, sex is as important to me as it is to my husband. Yes, his libido is higher than mine—always has been—but withholding sex as a punishment would hurt us both emotionally and physically. Besides setting a toxic tone of monetizing affection, it would condition my husband to think that sex isn’t important to me. And, if it isn’t important to me, why should my sexual satisfaction be important to him?

4. Children change sex—but not in the way you think.

Another trope that is super common to hear about longstanding relationships is that having kids changes your sex life. More to the point, it’s often inferred that they ruin it. I can’t speak for every mom, but having kids has definitely changed my sex life—though not in the ways I thought they would.

With three kids—currently aged 6-10—I have a lot on my plate. Earlier in their lives, I had help from my parents, but there was always a strict “no overnight babysitting” rule put in place. On top of that, we’ve always co-slept, with our youngest still bunking with us more often than not. Sleep deprivation has definitely been a factor in our lives for the last 10 years, but we couldn’t let sleepless nights and kiddos in our bed impact our sexual happiness.

Instead, we had to get creative. Knowing that sex isn’t always an option for us during the night in our bed, we learned to take advantage of any time and place we could steal some intimacy throughout he day. Not having a lot of time also encouraged us to learn what personally creates the quickest and most satisfying sex for us. When you’ve only got 10 minutes before a kid comes barging into the room or a few moments between dinner and bedtime, knowing what works best saves precious time.

5. Sex and other love languages are vital.

Learning how someone shows their love for you will help you to pick up on important emotional queues. For my relationship in particular, sex is a major love language. My husband isn’t someone who is very vocal with his thoughts and feelings. Someone who rarely deals in absolutes, my husband doesn’t feel comfortable expressing himself with words that can be easily misconstrued. For that reason, sexual contact is a clear way to understand how he’s feeling without my own emotions clouding his.

At first, I didn’t understand this. Though I was glad he always seemed so sexually interested in me, I also felt reduced to a mere sexual being. The same way he expressed his love for me through touch and physical love, I expressed mine through verbal communication and non-sexual contact. Eventually, we allowed ourselves to talk about this. We discussed how I need to be valued on more than a sexual level and how he feels most understood while showing instead of telling.

I’m glad to say that this understanding merged into a new love language for us as a couple. We take baths together a few times every week, which lets us recharge our relationship on an emotional and physical level. When the kids have gone to sleep, we slip into our garden tub where we download with each other while enjoying the intimacy of a relaxing bath. He shaves my legs; I tell him about the day’s news. He washes my hair; I suggest weekend plans. During a time in our relationship where communication and privacy are often hard to find, our love languages evolved to find a way.

My husband and I still argue sometimes. I can still be overly aggressive when I’m disappointed and he’s still passive aggressive when he feels talked down to. We have disagreements about his mother, my sister, our children…but our sex life hasn’t ever been a focus of a fight. What I’ve learned most after 10 years of marriage is that any relationship built on passion and strengthened through communication, mutual respect, and a little creativity will be a happy one.

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Liu stole the show Friday night, breezing through a free skate that included two triple axels and dethroning 2018 winner Bradie Tennell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Liu became the youngest winner of an individual title at this event, and after her score was posted, she put her hands over her face, overcome with emotion.

“I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program,” Liu said.

Liu had already landed a triple axel in the short program Thursday, and she was in second place behind Tennell entering Friday. Tennell fell during her long program, and Liu, skating immediately after, seized the opportunity. Her first triple axel was in combination with a double toe loop. Then she landed another triple axel, and by the time she finished her performance — set to “Witches of Eastwick” by John Williams — she was beaming.

Tara Lipinski was the youngest women’s champion at nationals after winning at age 14 in 1997, and Scott Allen also was 14 when he won in 1964. Now a commentator with NBC, Lipinski was there Friday when her record fell.

“Records are made to be broken,” Lipinski said afterward. “It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent.”

Earlier Friday, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue took a step toward defending their ice dancing title, finishing atop the standings after the rhythm dance. Hubbell and Donohue will compete for their second straight national championship in the free dance Saturday.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates were second after the rhythm dance, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

The ice dancing competition was one of the most anticipated events of the week, in part because the top teams have plenty of ties to Michigan. Hubbell was born in Michigan, and she and Donohue used to train there. Chock and Bates are from Michigan as well.

Those two teams now train in Montreal under the same coaches — with Hawayek and Baker there as well.

“We’re pretty lucky that we get to train with the best in the world,” Donohue said. “We’re pushing each other. … We’ve got such a unique, incredible atmosphere where we all love each other, we all want to beat each other.”

The women’s competition was without several big names, with Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu and Gracie Gold all missing it for various reasons. Now Liu looks like she could provide a boost for American figure skating. The U.S. hasn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s figure skating since 2006.

“To handle the pressure like she did, and to push the technical envelope as far as she’s pushing it, at such a young age, is truly mind blowing,” Lipinski said. “I think she’s the future of U.S. ladies’ figure skating.”

The U.S. nationals are being held in Detroit for the first time in 25 years. The 1994 event is best remembered for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan after a practice, but there was a 13-year-old who shined that year too — Michelle Kwan, who finished second.

The 4-foot, 7-inch Liu had already turned heads in August, when she became the youngest woman to land a triple axel in international competition. On Friday, she showed poise and ability on a big stage, although international stardom may have to wait a bit. Under the current age restriction, she’s not even eligible to compete at worlds until 2022.

“I’m not too worried about that part,” Liu said. “Because I get more time to work on my jumps, skating skills, spins, and just trying to learn more.”

Liu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third. Bell was the only skater left after Liu, and she fell during her routine.

Tennell stepped out of a triple loop in a combination early in her program, and she fell attempting a triple lutz.

“Obviously, it wasn’t my best skate, and I’m disappointed,” Tennell said. “There’s always something to be learned from skates like this, so I’m excited to get back home and work harder than ever to fix what I made mistakes on.”

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Keeping Score: We’re 108 Years from Global Gender Parity

In every issue of Ms., we keep score—tracking research on our progress in the fight for equality, cataloging can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and recording milestones for the movement. Starting this week, we’ll be doing the same on our website. Welcome to the first (digital) installment of Keeping Score!


Lest We Forget

“We have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams.”

Glenn Close delivered an emotional speech at this year’s Golden Globes, winning for Best Actress for her role in The Wife. Close, who had had a storied career for 45 years in Hollywood but, until this week, hadn’t won a major award for her work in film, opened up about the limitations put on women and the urgency of allowing them to carve out their own paths.

“I’m thinking [of] my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her ’80s she said to me, ‘I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.’ It was so not right. I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”

How We’re Doing

+ The 2019 Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum found that we are a depressing 108 years from gender parity worldwide.

Milestones

+ Ms. Executive Editor and Feminist Majority Foundation Executive Director Katherine Spillar was presented with an honorary doctorate at Texas Christian University’s Winter commencement.

+ Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler, the “Godmother of Title IX,” died Saturday at 90. From 1969 to 1971, she served as the Chair of the Action Committee for Federal Contract Compliance of the Women’s Equity Action League, filing 250 federal administrative complaints against colleges and universities across the country for sex discrimination in education—inspiring the first Congressional hearings on the subject and the introduction of the landmark legislation that would change the landscape for women on campuses nationwide. Sandler was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

+ Eleanor Maccoby, the first woman to ever head the Stanford University psychology department who was named one of the American Psychological Association’s 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, has died at the age of 101. Her groundbreaking research addressed the relationship between gender studies theory and childhood development, and she made history for exploring the differences between the sexes.

+ Nancy Roman died late last month at 91. During her time as NASA’s first chief of astronomy—and the first woman to serve in a leadership position at the organization—she earned the nickname “Mother of the Hubble Telescope.”

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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New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s a time of year when I reflect and set goals for the future. I believe that engaging in radical vulnerability—opening myself up to hard truths about myself—is the first step to healing, which allows me to work authentically with others across our differences and truths so that we can achieve a world where human rights are recognized, protected and celebrated.

I asked myself hard questions as 2018 came to a close: What have I done for social justice? Have I moved the needle? Or have I stayed in my proverbial “lane”? In an act of radical vulnerability, I am sharing what I realized: I have failed to fully show up for immigrant justice.

Activists called for the end the surveillance, deportation and criminalization of undocumented peoples at a Los Angeles rally for immigrant rights last year. (Molly Adams)

Human rights are global. Man-made geographic borders and concepts around citizenship only create the conditions to other our human siblings. Any institution that was created via imperialism, colonization, genocide and slavery is something we should divest from. But at the end of 2018, as I lived in my queer black femme body, I couldn’t deny my positional privilege as an American citizen.

It’s time for me to admit that I haven’t been utilizing my privilege to really show up for immigrants and those fighting for immigrant rights and justice. I have watched quietly from the sidelines and shown my support in the most “slacktivist” ways—saying I support immigrant justice on social media, but then moving on to another social justice issue that feels more comfortable to me. I know that if my activism doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable, then I’m not trying hard enough; being uncomfortable means I am challenging myself in new ways. Not all of our social justice work should be uncomfortable, but if I am serious about liberation, I need to do the hard work of transformation and not merely transaction.

For too long, I’ve unknowingly—or been unwilling to admit—that I have been a social justice advocate working towards liberation in tiers: me first, you second, then everyone else. I have been so focused on black queer feminist liberation, which is necessary and urgent, that I have been missing opportunities to actually achieve collective liberation with all the people who don’t share my identities.

Identity politics matter, but they can’t be the sole vehicle of activism. After engaging in an arduous process of personal interrogation and introspection, I realized that part of my issue was misplaced jealousy.

I wish I could trace my journey to the U.S. As a black woman, my history was taken away from me when my ancestors were taken against their will and forced to come here as property. They were not seen as full human beings. It still hurts. It’s still painful. I am not over it. But through my unpacking process, I realized that I had let my personal pain create a barrier between myself and those who immigrated to the U.S.—assuming that because they may know their country of origin, they were somehow more positively connected to their heritage.

That, of course, was a logical fallacy. There is no one immigration story, and real life is stories are complex. Focusing on what I don’t have—connection to my country of origin—got in the way of recognizing that the same institutional systems—white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, capitalism, state violence—oppress both ancestors of slaves and immigrants.

My focus is now clearer: It’s my responsibility to resist these structures, alongside those most affected, so that we can create new systems that allow us to live free and well.

What now? How can I overcome my guilt, shame and embarrassment and show up for folks who I will surely make mistakes in front of? I know that I have a long way to go. I have been on the other side of this situation. Because of my personal identities, I often have white folks ask me how to show up for racial justice; straight people ask me how to show up for LGBTQ liberation; masculine presenting folks ask me how to support feminist ideology and practice. My initial reaction is a big sigh, and a look to my right and left to see if there is anyone else can field the inquiry, before I offer a list of books to read and a quick list of things to just stop doing. The most important lesson that I teach is to do the hard work of unlearning stereotypes—and to do it with someone who is not from the affected community, because their job is to not relive their trauma for your education.

As a U.S. citizen, I am an ally in the immigrant justice movement. It’s on me to study the history of the movement and divest from institutions that harm the liberation of all immigrants. It’s on me to show up early and stay late. It’s on me to ensure that those directly affected have all that they need to show up and do the work. It’s on me to go back to my comfortable movement spaces and fight for the inclusion of my allied communities’ space as a bridge when I am able.

My liberation is tied up with the liberation of immigrants. I will not be free until all others are free. If I continue to deny my need to show up for immigrant justice, I will never achieve black liberation. As long as immigrants are denied access to health care, living wages, freedom from violence and human dignity, my people will too be denied access to the same things. What’s even more important is that my people are also your people and your people are my people. The separation that exists between my communities and communities of immigrants isn’t real—it was intentionally created to separate us from one another, to control us and our interactions.

I’m making a public commitment to embark on a transformational immigrant justice allyship journey this year. Our collective liberation is too important for me to not show up. I invite you to join me.

We start by asking ourselves one question: What will we do for collective liberation?

Candace Bond-Theriault is the policy counsel at the National LGBTQ Taskforce.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in Los Angeles, whose 640,000 students make it the nation’s second-largest school district, are ready to strike Thursday over a contract dispute that follows teacher walkouts in other states that emboldened organized labor after a critical defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court.

United Teachers Los Angeles said its 35,000 members would walk off the job for the first time in 30 years if a deal wasn’t reached on higher pay and smaller class sizes. The Los Angeles Unified School District says the union’s demands could bankrupt the school system, which is projecting a half-billion-dollar deficit this budget year and has billions obligated for pension payments and health coverage for retired teachers.

Negotiations are continuing, but little progress is evident. The two sides rejected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s offer to broker a deal.

Thousands of teachers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles last month to demand a new contract. They wore red shirts, banged drums and carried signs that read “Stand With LA Teachers!” as they marched.

They are hoping to build on the “Red4Ed” movement that began last year in West Virginia, where a strike resulted in a raise. It moved to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Washington state, spreading from conservative states with “right to work” laws that limit the ability to strike to the more liberal West Coast with strong unions.

“What you’re seeing with unions is real enthusiasm and a belief that you can actually be successful,” said Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois. “The educational sector is rife with deep grievance and frustration, but there’s now a sense that you can actually win.”

Actions elsewhere emboldened Los Angeles teachers, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said.

“Each state is different, but the commonality across all states is teachers, and parents are sick of schools not being invested in,” he said.

But unlike other states, schools will stay open if a strike happens. The district has hired hundreds of substitutes to replace teachers and others who leave for picket lines. The union said it’s “irresponsible” to hire substitutes and called on parents to consider keeping students home or join the marchers if a strike goes forward.

It comes as unions are stinging from a Supreme Court ruling last year that said government workers can’t be required to join unions and pay dues.

Larry Sand, a retired Los Angeles and New York City teacher who heads the California Teachers Empowerment Network, said he believes the Los Angeles union sees its showdown with the district as a public “sales pitch” for organized labor now that teachers have a choice about joining.

Sand, whose organization describes itself as a nonpartisan information source for teachers and the public, said overly generous benefits for teachers in the past have overburdened the district.

Teachers earn between $ 44,000 and $ 86,000 a year depending on their education and experience, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The district says the average teacher salary is $ 75,000, which reflects the older, more experienced workforce.

The district has offered a 6 percent raise over the first two years of a three-year contract. The union wants a 6.5 percent hike at the start of a two-year contract. Health care fully paid by the district and a pension plan would be unchanged under both proposals.

The union also wants significantly smaller class sizes, which routinely top 30 students, and more nurses, librarians and counselors to “fully staff” the district’s campuses in Los Angeles and all or parts of 31 smaller cities, plus several unincorporated areas.

The union argues that the district is hoarding reserves of $ 1.8 billion that could be used to fund the pay and staffing hikes. The district said that money is needed to cover retiree benefits and other expenses.

Schools Superintendent Austin Beutner, an investment banker and former Los Angeles deputy mayor without experience in education, has become a lightning rod in negotiations.

The union says Beutner and school board members who voted him in are trying to privatize the district, encouraging school closures and flipping public schools into charters. Charter schools are privately operated public schools that compete for students and the funds they bring in.

Beutner, who attended public school, has said his plan to reorganize the district would improve services to students and families. He and his supporters on the board envision an education system with a “portfolio approach” — public and charter schools under the same leadership.

Sand of the California Teachers Empowerment Network said Beutner is “the right man for the job” because his business background gives him an understanding that “there’s a bottom line that has to be acknowledged.”

Both sides say they don’t want a strike, but John Rogers, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, said one seems inevitable.

“I would be surprised if a strike doesn’t come about, because I think each side has a real interest in demonstrating the dominance of their positions,” Rogers said.

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A hidden world in the NES ‘Legend of Zelda’ was just uncovered 30 years later

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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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A meeting Friday between President Donald Trump and newly powerful Democrats ended in continued stalemate as a partial government shutdown wears on. Both sides emerged sounding entrenched, rendering an end to the impasse elusive.


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‘Glass’ Interview: M. Night Shyamalan, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Discuss The Year’s First Major Movie

'Glass' Interview: M. Night Shyamalan, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Discuss The Year's First Major Movie

Fans of M. Night Shyamalan's groundbreaking super-powered movie Unbreakable were completely surprised when the ending of his 2016 thriller Split — spoiler warning — revealed itself to be an Unbreakable sequel. Shortly after the film debuted, M. Night announced that his next film would be one 18 years in the making — a third installment in the series, titled Glass, that would bring the central characters from both Unbreakable and Split together for an event film that would expand on the…

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Shay Mitchell revealed that she had a miscarriage in 2018, and called on fans to make this uplifting New Year’s resolution

Shay Mitchell revealed that she had a miscarriage in 2018, and called on fans to make this uplifting New Year’s resolution


Shay Mitchell revealed that she had a miscarriage in 2018, and called on fans to make this uplifting New Year’s resolution

For Shay Mitchell, 2018 was definitely a big year—after all, she got to spend it starring as Peach Salinger in Lifetime’s You. But behind the scenes, something else was going on in her life, and she hadn’t filled her fans in on it until now.

In honor of the New Year’s holiday, Mitchell opened up about something heartbreaking that happened to her in 2018: a miscarriage. While sharing the highlights of her year on her Instagram Story, she also revealed that her year hadn’t come “without some hardships,” which included losing a baby.

Not only did Mitchell share a sonogram photo (with a broken heart emoji), but she also offered up a lengthy caption about how her miscarriage affected her and what she hopes her fans will do in the year ahead.

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“We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life. And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity,” Mitchell wrote. “Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams.”

She went on to encourage her followers to show a little extra empathy to the people in their lives in 2019, because it’s hard to know exactly what someone’s going through based only on what they choose to share with the world online.

“In the spirt of the new year, I think that we need to remember that we are all on this journey together—in good times and in bad—and to remind ourselves that we seldom really know or understand the struggles and hardships that other people are going through,” Mitchell continued. “So, for 2019, let’s all try to be a little more compassionate, empathetic, patient, and thoughtful with each other.”

This is just another reason we love this former Pretty Little Liars star. We’re crossing all our fingers and all our toes that she has the 2019 of her dreams.

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It’s so easy to party to excess at the end of the year — to get caught up in the year-end revelry and the excitement of turning a page on the calendar. Some people get so caught up in the fun they go out and get hammered. Others gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop while they try not to freeze to death. Meanwhile, the arm of the US military that oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal decided to get in on the fun in its own way — by sending out a humorous tweet about how big its bombs are. A tweet that, okay, wasn’t actually funny at all. It has since been deleted and the military has also taken the extra step of apologizing for it.

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Rob Zombie Zings Ozzfest New Year’s Crowd: ‘Put Your Phones Away and Enjoy the Show’

Ozzy Osbourne rang in the new year in Los Angeles, headlining the festival he founded, Ozzfest, at the Forum. The one-off show kicked off early, with the venue grounds transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with food trucks and an outdoor stage which featured sets by Wednesday13, DevilDriver and Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath. L.A.’s […]

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PARIS — Virginie Morgon, chief executive officer of Paris-based investment firm Eurazeo, was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian decoration, on New Year’s Day.
With a portfolio of roughly 15 billion euros in assets under management, of which 9 billion euros is from third parties, Eurazeo is a shareholder in Moncler, Farfetch, Vestiaire Collective, Nest Fragrances and Pat McGrath Labs, among others.
Others associated with the fashion and retail worlds who were promoted to Knight of the Legion of Honor in the annual list included Jean-Luc Déchery, owner and ceo of leather-goods brand Camille Fournet, and Franck François, founder of hair salon chain Vog.

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Happy New Year’s Day, guys! May you have an absolutely wonderful 2019. I thought I’d start an open thread and do a sale round-up… have you found any great deals? I keep buying things from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, and the other sales I’d hit first are in bold below. 

  • 6PM.com – New Year’s Sale, lots for $ 20.19! 
  • Amazon – Coats under $ 50, dresses under $ 25, boots under $ 50… lots of options! 
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off all sale styles, 40% off full-price styles.
  • Ann Taylor Factory – End of season sale, lots for 50%, 60%, and 70% off! Must have sale styles starting at $ 17.99.
  • Anthropologie – Winter tag sale — now an extra 40% off sale items!
  • Banana Republic – Today only, extra 19% off, plus three more can’t miss deals. 
  • Banana Republic Factory – Up to 75% off original prices!
  • Boden -Further reductions, up to 50% off sale!   (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale! Up to 40% of limited time value end January 2. Through January 1, get an extra 15% off.  
  • Dillards – New Year’s Day Clearance, save an additional 50% off!
  • Express – 100s of new styles, take an extra 40% off clearance for up to 70% off!
  • J.Crew – Extra 60% off all final sale styles!
  • J.Crew Factory – Extra 60-70% off clearance! Online only. 50% off everything else. 
  • Last Call -Extra 30%-80% off everything! 
  • L.K. Bennett –  Up to 70% off! Tons of great markdowns for work. 
  • Loft – Mystery flash sale — check to see what YOUR crazy-good deal is.  (Mine was 50% off everything.) 
  • Neiman Marcus – Last Call Winter Sale, up to 70% off!
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly Sale! Save up to 50% through January 2. See our favorites from the sale here
  • Reiss – Further reductions, up to 50% off!
  • Talbots – Happy New Year’s Day Sale — now an extra 50% off markdowns! (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)
  • Victoria’s Secret – The semi-annual sale — 40-60% off 2000+ styles. 
  • Zappos – The Winter Sale Event! Huge selections from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Free People, Frye, and Kate Spade New York (100s of options!), and lots of other good options from 1.State, Aerosoles, Aldo, Adrianna Papell, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, Blank NYC, Born, Botkier, Coach, Clarks, Cole Haan, Cosabella, Dansko, Dooney & Bourke, Dr. Scholl’s, Fly London, Free People, Hue, Hanky Panky, Jag Jeans, Kut from the Kloth, Karen Kane, Lodis Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nic + Zoe, NYDJ, Naturalizer, Nine West, Paul Smith, Rieker, Rockport, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Three Dots, Under Armour, and ZAC Zac Posen. Try this link to already be limited to those above brands for women, then limit by size from there… 

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New habits are hard. The best way to make them stick? Start slow, says “Atomic Habits” author James Clear. He recommends a two-step approach: Establish the baseline of your desired behavior, then build on it. “You have to standardize before you can optimize,” he tells The Post. The goal: Run four times a week On…
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At an eco-lodge in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, New Year’s Eve is celebrated around a campfire, surrounded by snow, endless forest and wolves

“Hello,” I called. “Anyone there?”

I was beginning to lose hope I’d ever find the Algonquin Eco-Lodge. It was as dark as a coal mine on the thickly wooded trail, the temperature around -25C. A sign about 15 minutes back said it was a 2.5km walk from the parking lot. There had been a few forks in the path and now I thought I might have taken a wrong turn. My phone had no signal – par for the course in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, thousands of square kilometres of wilderness 234km south-west of Ottawa and 18km from the nearest town. Fortunately, I was dressed for the occasion — ski pants over long underwear, thermal socks, proper winter boots, and several layers under my jacket.

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15 U.S. Towns with Wacky New Year’s Traditions

While New Year’s Eve is typically observed with raucous parties and freely flowing libations, some towns veer away from tradition to embrace oddball festivities that reflect their distinct personality. If the Times Square ball drop is too tame for your tastes, venture to any of these off-the-beaten-path cities where peculiar pastimes on the eve—or the first day—of the new year are sure to make your celebration memorable.
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2019 is going to be another big year for movies, but it may be the biggest year ever for Disney. The Mouse House is expected to roll out one major title after the next, including new installments in four of their most popular and recognizable franchises spread across their four main movie houses: Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios), Toy Story 4 (Pixar), Frozen 2 (Disney Animation) and Star Wars Episode IX (LucasFilm).

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(PERTH, Australia) — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.

The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.

“I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”

Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.

His playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.

Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history.

Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.

“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.

By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.

“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”

Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.

“I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game: footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.”

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5 Fun, Alternative Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve

Who says going out to a party is the best way to ring in the New Year? Some of the most satisfying moments in life are when we’re having fun in an intimate setting with friends and family. Below, we’ve rounded up a few unique ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve.

 

Plan a game night. 

Whether you want to put an adult twist to one of your favorite childhood games, such as Jenga and Tic-Tac-Toe, or opt for a new game like Black Card Revoked; an Afrocentric trivia game; there are plenty of fun options to keep you having fun into the early morning hours of New Year’s day. Add some delicious food and spirits, and you’re in for a great New Year’s Eve.

Host a New Year’s Eve dinner party with friends.

 A classic way to bring in the New Year, but classic doesn’t mean boring, right? A New Year’s dinner party with family and friends is a great way to reflect on the past year and chat about plans for the New Year. Perhaps you can host a cook-off or prepare a tasting menu of festive finger foods. Check out a few New Year’s Eve recipes on Food Network and MarthaStewart.com. And, for champagne cocktails–check out Bustle.com.

Host a masquerade party. 

Plan an evening of mystery and magic with a themed masquerade party. Beyond requesting that guests wear masquerade masks, you can ask them to bring their favorite dish and bottle of champagne, or you can feature several drinks from around the world.

Attend church. 

From plays and musical concerts to games and speakers, many churches plan a series of watch-night events to usher in the New Year.

Plan the ultimate date night.

Looking forward to some quality time with your sweetie? Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic evening of food and bubbly at a great city restaurant, or a bonfire on the beach with a sparkling fruit sangria, there are several great ways you can ring in the New Year with your love. Check out PopSugar for a great list of fun and sexy date ideas.

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Michelle Mone reveals Christmas engagement to billionaire Doug Barrowman after two years of dating

MICHELLE Mone has revealed she is engaged to billionaire Doug Barrowman after two years of dating.

The entrepreneur, 47, shared her happy news on Instagram this morning with a snap of the pair, adding: “I said YES.”

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The happy couple shared their engagement on Instagram this morning[/caption]

Despite wanting to tell her 400,000 followers about her festive engagement, Michelle chose not show off her engagement ring.

Instead she hid her left hand as she snuggled up to her fiancé and posted a ring and a champagne glass emoji.

The Ultimo founder has previously gushed about her relationship with the rich 53-year-old businessman who owns more than 50 companies,  a private jet along, six homes, 15 cars and a 183ft yacht.

She told Hello! magazine: “My mum told me, ‘You won’t find love if you’re looking for it’, and honestly, it was the last thing I was looking for.

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Tycoon Michelle met Doug two years ago at a business dinner and has previously gushed about their fairytale relationship[/caption]

“But as you get older, you realise what you want from a relationship and I couldn’t deny there was a true connection. I feel like I’m in a fairytale, a beautiful dream I don’t ever want to wake up from.”

The “bra queen” who is now known as Baroness Mone of Mayfair has already moved in with her beau into a huge mansion on the Isle of Man.

It boasts an enormous home gym, swimming pool and spa.

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The couple live in Isle of Man together and are now planning their future as husband and wife[/caption]

The pair first met at a business dinner and are now planning their future as husband and wife.

They have seven children from previous relationships, but aren’t planning on having any more.

Michelle’s followers were delighted about her engagement, sharing messages of congratulations.

One joked: “Congratulations ma’am, and yeah he’s well punching, still a lovely photo though”.


Another commented: “Huge Congratulations Lady Michelle & Doug may ye have a fabulous future together.”

One wrote: “Amazing !

“Huge congratulations”.

A fourth added: “All the very best wishes and good fortune to you both.”


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From electronics to fashion, trends are constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up sometimes, especially when it seems like they change as soon as you’ve embraced the last one. Traveling is no different. Traveling trends alter year on year, including popular destinations, ways to travel, and our favorite activities. Here are some of the trends which are on the rise in travel at the moment. We’re likely to see these get big over the next couple of years.

The world’s natural beauty

One trend which has been on the rise for a number of years is sustainable traveling. Eco-travel involves staying in environmentally friendly locations and enjoying foods and activities which don’t harm nature or animals. Many of these trips are situated in densely populated areas of greenery and wildlife, like jungles and savannahs. These sorts of vacations are immensely enjoyable for nature lovers, seeing as many of the activities include bird watching, trekking, photography, and kayaking. With eco-traveling, you can enjoy a fun trip, while knowing that you’re not contributing to the damage caused to the environment.

Micro trips

Going away for a weekend rather than a couple of weeks has become incredibly popular recently and shows no signs of slowing down, with 53% of global travelers admitting that they’d like to take more micro trips in the coming years. These are a fun and cheaper way to travel, where you can explore different places and activities without spending too much money or taking weeks off of work.

Love for the cold

Supposedly, an up and coming trend is the winter season. It has been predicted that in years to come, winter will become the peak season over summer, where people will enjoy activities like skiing and arctic tours rather than your typical sunbathing and swimming vacations. Some locations are now hosting winter festivals and even reindeer herding trips, so winter traveling is set to become the new craze.

Keeping fit

Wellness traveling includes a range of attractions, such as mountain hikes, cycling, trekking, and sports, and is likely to become much more popular over the next few years. It might be best for you to get in on this trend now, before it takes over the travel industry. These vacations combine exploring new places with getting active, and it’s the perfect way to boost your happiness and health.

Learning while you travel

Volunteering trips are also set to gain popularity, with more people now wanting to help others, while also having fun. Volunteering includes working at animal sanctuaries and helping underdeveloped countries. If you love helping other people and the environment, then a volunteering vacation can be the perfect way to get involved and make a difference to something you’re passionate about.

These travel trends will no doubt become game-changers in the travel industry in the next two or three years, with people becoming more concerned about their health and the environment, as well as wanting to explore something different. They’re fun and innovative ways to travel and could make your next trip the best one yet.

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