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    Anyone who reads my column knows I am a big fan of planned sex (for lots of long-term couples, sex simply wouldn't happen unless they make time for it.) But there are many reasons why your sex life will benefit from having more spontaneous sex, too. Doing it right there, right then, reminds you of what sex was like at the heady start. Adding danger gets your heart thumping and causes those (long dried up) sex and love hormones to come flooding back. Doing it when the urge strikes is often the most satisfying time. Delaying by mere seconds usually means the moment has passed, the excitement drains – and opportunity is lost. Having any kind of risky sex pushes you out of your comfort zones - one of the few known ways to keep us interested in sex when we're forced to do it with the same person repeatedly. Seriously, how exciting is sex in your bedroom, just before sleep, ever going to be when it's the thousandth time you've done it? Tracey Cox says spontaneity is usually lacking...
    As Elon Musk confirmed Thursday he has closed the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter and now the question on everyone's minds is what will the social media platform look like under control of the new 'Chief Twit'? Some users look forward to the free speech version of Twitter run by Musk, while others believe the site will be a dumpster fire and 'we are all doomed' under his leadership - even though the new boss announced Thursday that he promises not to turn it into a 'hellscape.'  In interviews and his own Twitter posts, Musk has shared insights on how he would overhaul Twitter when he became boss, including making it a haven for free speech, open sourcing algorithms for developers to make suggestions and defeating spam bots he believes are running rampant on the site. The Tesla CEO has been very vocal about easing content moderation policies, noting in April that if a tweet includes contents that are 'a gray area' it should stay, but Musk is also aware that those with a lot of controversy should not...
    A painting by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian being sold by a private seller is expected to go for over $50 million when it goes to auction at Sotheby's in November, as art prices skyrocket amid a post-pandemic industry boom. Mondrian’s 1930 painting ‘Composition No. II’ would be sold for more than twenty times higher than the last time it was sold in 1983 to a private Japanese collector for $2.1 million, which would be around $6.4 million in 2022 dollars. The sale comes as the art collecting industry sees a revival after the pandemic, with art sales rising 29% from 2020 to 2021 and raked in $65.1 billion, aided by the rise of online sales and traditional public auctions. The Mondrian piece is one of his best works from his most famous era and features his penchant for abstract art combined with signature heavy black lines and primary colors. Piet Mondrian's 1930 painting ‘Composition No. II’ is set to sell for over $50 million when it goes to auction at Sotheby's in November Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by famed American artist...
    HE showed he had inherited his great-grandmother’s famous  stoicism while she took her day in the global spotlight in her stride. This was, for nine-year-old Prince George and younger sister Charlotte, seven, a taste of their life of duty to come. 5Prince George inherited his great-grandmother’s stoicism - pictured George and Charlotte at the funeral of The Queen at Westminster AbbeyCredit: James Whatling 5The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into Westminster Abbey, followed by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the rest of the Royal FamilyCredit: PA 5George — who knows one day he will be King — looked like was he was coping admirably alongside sister Charlotte, the Princess of Wales and MeghanCredit: Getty - Pool They came to say farewell to the monarch they knew as Gan-Gan but, surely, never before can two so young have been centre stage at an event of such magnitude. George — who knows one day he will be King — looked like was he was coping admirably. His sister, in a wide-brimmed hat, cut a diminutive figure with her...
    A WOMAN who was left stunned when £31 million was transferred into her bank account by mistake has revealed what she wanted to spend it on. Ruth Balloon, 35, from Dallas, US, checked her bank balance only to find that she had an extra $37 million (£31 million) at her disposal. 2Ruth Balloon became a multimillionaire in a matter of seconds thanks to the banking errorCredit: ABC13 2Over $37 million US dollars were deposited into her account by mistake Read More in World NewsKILLER IN THE KREMLIN Chilling clues suggest 7 Russian oligarchs were MURDERED by PutinJET INFERNO Watch as Russian fighter jet CRASHES in fireball moments after take-off The mother-of-two was shocked to see the whopping amount and said: "I was like, 'wow, we have a lot of money'!" Ruth said she had wanted to believe "someone really gifted us with that $37 million" but she knew it was too good to be true. The first thing Ruth did was take a breath before getting on the phone to tell her husband about it, reports CBS News. 39-year-old Brian...
    4Lobster diver, 56, is swallowed WHOLE by humpback whale before 66,000lb beast spits him out , , A commercial lobster diver who got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday morning said he thought he was going to die., , Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, told […]Credit: Facebook A DIVER swallowed by a whale has revealed what it’s like being inside one of the massive creatures. Michael Packard was fishing for lobster in the sea off Cape Cod coast in Massachusetts, in the United States, when he had the biblical encounter with the humpback whale. 4Michael Packard was diving for lobster when he was swallowed by the whaleCredit: Facebook 4Michael pictured recovering in hospitalCredit: Packard Family It was 8am and the dad-of-two had gone into the sea for his second dive of the day to pluck lobsters from the ocean floor when 10ft from the bottom he was hit by he said felt like a 100 ton truck. “All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next...
    A CRINGE optical illusion that has tricked thousands into seeing distorted faces has gone viral on social media. Optical illusions sometimes work by using shapes and motion to confuse the human brain. 1A cringe optical illusion that has tricked thousands into seeing distorted faces has gone viral on social media.Credit: Tik Tok / stevepsychology And one TikTok user with the handle @StevePsychology recently exemplified this in a 47-second reel. First, the content creator, named Steve Rathe, warned his users that this optical illusion is "a bit scary." Then he directed his one million followers to look at a cross (+) located in between two image boxes that showed a series of faces. "So what you have to do is look directly at the cross in the middle of the screen instead of looking at the faces head-on," Steve said. Read more on illusionsMIND GAMES You could have dirty mind if you first see X-rated image in optical illusionROARING FUN Can you solve this Lionesses 2022 optical illusion in under five minutes "What you're probably noticing if you're looking...
    America's awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Britain's historic Tower of London, Iceland's Blue Lagoon, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls. For many, visiting these tourist attractions is the trip of a lifetime. But what's it like to work at them… every day? Does it ever get dull? MailOnline Travel spoke with staff from these five world-famous places to discover how they feel about their roles, what goes on behind the scenes and what bizarre sights they've witnessed, from travellers getting arrested for hitting golf balls off the rim of the Grand Canyon to bathers bursting into tears of happiness in the Blue Lagoon. Here's everything they revealed… Peter McGowran, Chief Yeoman Warder - Tower of London Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran reveals what it's like to work at the Tower of London Chief Yeoman Warder Peter, pictured, has been working at the Tower of London for 13 years Did you know that the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London have their own bar? It's a fact that surprises many visitors to the legendary British landmark – officially known as Her Majesty's...
    (CNN)As a recent college graduate I -- like so many others -- am entering the "real world" a bit unsure of myself. Fearful and yet hopeful for the future. However, as a recent graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), I recognize I will be leaving behind my safe space of the past four years -- and entering spaces where I may be one of the few Black people in a room. Of course, these are all things my professors at Howard University have spoken openly about and prepared my classmates and me for. They have told us that being the only Black person in a room often means you'll have to work harder to prove yourself, that it may be more difficult to have your voice heard when pitching a topic or speaking up at all. Some professors also warned us to be hyper-aware of the way we present ourselves -- recounting their own experiences coming of age at a time when doing things like wearing your natural hair could easily prevent a recruiter from...
    It was a parade of head-turning looks on the red carpet of this year's Met Gala but Kim Kardashian undeniably stole the show donning Marilyn Monroe's 1962 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' dress. In addition to making headlines, the 41-year-old reality drew criticism after revealing she had shed 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the iconic look.  Since her admission, Kim has been slammed for 'promoting unhealthy body standards.'  But can you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time in a healthy way? DailyMail.com gets the scoop from The Oleon House Co-founders, Menna Olvera and Carlos Leon.  Kim Kardashian has been slammed for 'promoting unhealthy body standards' for losing 16 pounds in 3 weeks to fit into her Met Gala gown. But can you lose a significant amount of weight in a healthy way? DailyMail.com gets the scoop from The Oleon House Co-founders, Menna Olvera and Carlos Leon Carlos — who does not train Kim — reveals that losing 16lbs in 3 weeks is possible with a strategy that includes reducing calorie intake, exercising and meditation....
    China still holds the cards for global supply chains, whether or not Covid lockdowns frustrate businesses in the near term. An employee works on the production line of the screens for 5G smartphones at a factory on May 13, 2022 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province of China.Zhu Haipeng | Visual China Group | Getty Images
    GARDENING may seem easy but it can end up being overwhelming if you have no idea what to do. An enthusiast has revealed the five things she wished she had known when she first began working on her garden. 3A gardening enthusiast has revealed the five things she wished she had knownCredit: Tiktok/bradsdeals 3She warned against buying flower packetsCredit: Tiktok/bradsdeals BUYING PLANTS IS BETTER Taking to social media, an ambassador for Brad's Deals, which highlights everyday sales, said: "Growing from seeds is more budget-friendly but time-consuming while buying plants is more expensive but it allows for more wiggle room in your schedule." However, if you do decide to start your garden from the ground up (pun intended), you'll want to start them off inside if you live in a colder climate. Once the weather warms up, you can move them outside. SHOP ONLINE If you're looking for more variety, you might want to shop for seeds or plants online. She swears by gardening stores like Park Seed, Breck's, and Burpee. However, the expert warned against purchasing plants off...
    WHAT do you see first when you look at this picture? If you notice the crocodile straight away, then you're someone who "looks at the bigger picture" in life. 2What do you see first when you look at this optical illusion?Credit: Minds Journal 2The answer can tell you whether you look at the bigger picture or notice the small things in lifeCredit: Tiktok/@fullysanchez "You’re someone who doesn’t consider the things that do not seem important to you," Fully Sanchez said in his TikTok video. "You’re probably not a risk taker and you’re very practical." He added that if you saw the crocodile first, you're most likely to be someone who prefers "living on the cautious side instead of making room for new things". But if the boat was the first thing that caught your eye in the picture, you're somebody who "notices the small details" in life. "You're somewhat of a perfectionist," he added. "Also you’re very creative, unique and quirky." Some people even spotted something that Sanchez hadn't spoken about in the video....
    A young woman shared horrifying footage of her male neighbor allegedly 'harassing' her and trying to break into her home by smashing a hole through her wall. The US-based woman, named Maddy, who goes by the username @MaddyPanic on TikTok, became terrified after she claimed her neighbor began knocking on her door and trying to get into her apartment. She said the man - who lives across the hall from her - 'stalked' her for 'months' before he attempted to enter her home -  leaving a giant crack in her wall from where he allegedly tried to break through.  According to Maddy, the unnamed man would stand outside her door, rattle her doorknob, and write messages for her, leaving her fearing for her safety with no help from authorities. Maddy claimed she was so scared that she slept with a 'machete' near her at all times, and installed extra locks and alarms around her house. She said she eventually filed an Anti-Stalking Order against him, however, she claimed police told her they take 'reactive measures' not 'precautionary measures' and couldn't...
    SEVEN in 10 American parents are worried their children are turning into internet zombies, according to new research. The study polled 2,000 American parents of school-aged children and found 64 percent are concerned about the amount of time their children spend on the internet. 3Most parents worry about the effect too much screentime can have on their kidsCredit: Getty 3Many parents even revealed they think their kids lie about using technology for homework as an excuse to use itCredit: Getty Another two in three believe their child’s overall behavior has changed as a result of increased time online. While 71 percent said they trust their child is mature enough to roam the web unsupervised, a quarter of parents think a child should be in their teens before allowing this. Still, the average parent surveyed let their child browse the internet independently at 11 years old. Generally, parents think it’s inevitable that their child will see something inappropriate on the internet when they’re not able to monitor them (68 percent) or while they’re at school or doing homework/assignments online (71...
    A corporate TikTok star has turned her daily chats with her 'work bestie' into a viral video series about how to put a 'professional' spin on the things people want to say to their colleagues but can't.   Laura Whaley, 27, from Toronto, Ontario, has earned more than 1.3 million followers on the platform since she started posting content in early 2020 while working from home as an IT consultant.  The TikToker, who is best known as @loewhaley, has been filming her remote conversations with her co-worker — a corporate communications expert — and they have since evolved into her popular 'How do you professionally say?' series.  Scroll down for video   Laura Whaley, 27, from Toronto, Ontario, has earned more than 1.3 million followers on TikTok since she started posting corporate content in early 2020 The IT consultant, who is best known as @loewhaley, has been filming her conversations with her 'work bestie,' who is a corporate communications expert In the videos, she tells her work pal the things she wants to say, and he translates them into corporate jargon that gets the point...
    This month’s jobs report for Minnesota brought some good news: the state’s labor force participation rate was up, to 67.6 percent in January, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment is down, too, to the lowest it’s been in a very long time, at 2.9 percent. But that can be a little misleading in the current economy, because it doesn’t include people who have dropped out of the workforce and aren’t working or actively looking for work. By contrast, the labor force participation rate measures the share of the population 16 and up that is either working or actively looking for work. Because it includes all the non-institutionalized adults in the economy, it says more about the share of the population working than the regular unemployment rate. In the not-so-olden days prior to 2020, a labor force participation rate of 67.6 percent wouldn’t have been good news. Minnesota has historically had one of the highest labor force participation rates in the country, and before the pandemic, that rate stood at about 70 percent. Article continues...
    A Royal Navy warship collided with a Russian hunter-killer submarine in the icy waters of the north Atlantic in what is believed to be the first collision between Russian and British vessels since the Cold War.  The Russian submarine was lurking under the waters 200 miles north of Scotland when the crew of HMS Northumberland was dispatched on a 48-hour mission to hunt it down amid fears it would try to tap into or cut undersea cables essential for communication and the internet. The Royal Navy's Type 23 frigate sailed into the region where the sub was believed to be hiding and deployed its array sonar - a cable covered in hydrophones pulled along behind the hull - to listen for sounds from the sub. But in what a navy source has described as a 'million-to-one chance event', the submarine passed right behind the British vessel and smashed into the sonar cable being towed behind the frigate. The collision, which was caught on film by a Channel 5 TV crew, did considerable damage to the HMS Northumberland's sonar device which was...
    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Eli Manning, 41; Danica McKellar, 47; Mel Gibson, 66; Victoria Principal, 72. Danica McKellar  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)  Happy Birthday: Take hold of situations and boldly move forward. A change that lightens emotional or financial stress will give you a new lease on life and encourage an overhaul that will contribute to a healthier future. Envision what you want and turn it into a reality. Don’t let anyone push you in a direction that doesn’t suit your needs. Your numbers are 6, 13, 22, 26, 37, 43, 49. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll have to be sharp if you want to avoid trouble. Leave nothing to chance or up to someone who tends to be irresponsible. Stay focused on what you want to achieve, and don’t stop until you are satisfied with the results. 2 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Confusion will set in if you let someone manipulate a situation. Be vocal, and follow through by delivering the goods. It’s up to you to set a standard, not succumb to someone competing with you. Self-improvement is...
    A RETIRED couple have transformed their house into a festive "fairyland" for local kids - and their 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May Proctor, 71, and her husband Rod, 73, came up with the concept last year, but said this years Christmas enchanted display is "bigger and better" than ever. 12May and Rod Proctor have transformed their home into a winter wonderlandCredit: SWNS 12Pete Kershaw, five, helps his grandparents every year when they transform their home for ChristmasCredit: SWNS 12There is a mad hatters tea party and a mini Santa’s grotto insideCredit: SWNS Kids are free to walk through their mystical garden, where they'll find an intricate "fairy world" complete with miniature shops, pizza parlours and an enchanted forest. But a new surprise awaits visitors inside the couple's home this time, which is kitted out with Alice in Wonderland props and a popular photo booth. Self-confessed fairy fanatic May admitted that she had gone "overboard" with her decorations this year, but said it was worth it for the "magic" the display inspires. She said: "I've always liked to make a...
    Confronted by a pandemic, we suddenly couldn’t find what we needed: Hospitals ran short of N95s and ventilators, auto manufacturers didn’t have crucial components and store shelves suddenly emptied of everything from sneakers to sofas. Kostas Bimpikis, an associate professor of operations, information and technology at Stanford Graduate School of Business, talked with this news organization about how to keep our supply chains reliable – even when the world is upended. His remarks have been edited for length and clarity. Q: What did COVID-19 reveal about our supply chain? A: It revealed two things. The first is how interconnected supply chains are. A disruption in Italy, Taiwan or Korea may be felt all over the world. The second thing it revealed was how fragile the supply chain is. Any deviation from normal operations creates a huge shock all over the world. Q: What got us into this mess? A: One trend is so-called “just in time” manufacturing. Typically, firms produce only as much inventory as they need to satisfy short-term sales. It keeps costs low.  They do not necessarily hold excess...
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema insisted in a rare interview that came out Wednesday that she would not leave the Democratic Party, though bashed progressive activists for 'unfairly and illegally' following her into the bathroom to protest her stance on Biden's Build Back Better bill.  Politico interviewed the Arizona Democrat, who pledged she wouldn't switch parties, despite complimenting Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wit: 'He has a dry sense of humor, it's underrated,' Sinema said.  Sinema also complained about the coverage her sometimes outlandish outfit choices receive. 'It's very inappropriate,' the 45-year-old freshman senator said. 'I wear what I want because I like it,' she said.  In a new interview with Politico, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema complained about the coverage of her sometimes outlandish outfit choices: 'I wear what I want because I like it,' the 45-year-old Arizona Democrat said  During the pandemic, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore colorful wigs, standing in solidarity with people who were practicing social distancing and thus not going into the salon to get their roots colored  'It's not a news story, and it's no one's business,' she continued. 'It's not helpful...
    Diana's former royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed he used to coax the Queen into choosing the Princess' favourite bread and butter pudding by giving the monarch a second choice he knew she would reject. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the royal chef, 59, who spent 15 years in the royal kitchen, explained that he would always run the daily menu with two options past the monarch, and if Diana was visiting, he would make sure her favourite dessert - a cross between bread pudding and creme brûlée - was top on the menu. And menu planning isn't the only process that goes into feeding the royal family, with the Queen's ex-chef Graham Tinsley revealing the food has to be X-rayed as part of security protocol at state banquets. Royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed how Princess Diana (seen in London in 1989) had a favourite dessert - a cross between bread pudding and creme brûlée - and he would coax the Queen into choosing it for the menu by giving her a second choice he knew she would reject...
    Original 1960s Playboy Bunnies have revealed what it was really like to post for the famous magazine and work at the brand's clubs, sharing everything from memories of Hugh Hefner to the strict grooming rules they were made to follow.  Revealing what it was really like during the early days of the brand, Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jaki Nett; Playmate Jeannie Bell and the daughter of the first Playboy centrefold have shared their experiences in a new podcast.  The Power: Hugh Hefner, explores how Janet Pilgrim, whose real name was Charlaine Edith Karalus, helped the Playboy founder create an empire worth millions - despite only being paid around $200.    Despite strict grooming rules and models pouring club soda inside their three-inch heels to numb the pain during eight-hour shifts, one of the models interviewed described working for the private members club as 'nirvana'.  Meanwhile Bell, one of the first black women to appear in Playboy Magazine, said despite Hefner showing off his spinning, vibrating bed during a tour of the mansion, he was a 'nice, great guy'.  The Power: Hugh Hefner,...
    A savvy couple has renovated an ex-British Gas van into a quirky home for £5000. Laura Evans, and Ed Knight, both 27, set themselves a challenge of making a Caddy Maxi van into a liveable space. 7The couple converted the beloved British gas van into a home 7The van is unrecognisableCredit: Mercury The couple from Kingston-upon-Thames London, deliberately purchased a small van to show others that home on wheels doesn’t always have to be big. The ‘adventure van’ was once used for workers of an energy and home services provider but now it is kitted out with a kitchen and bed. They used repurposed materials such as wood and even made a skyline roof by inserting a square window. Laura, who is a shop assistant, said: “It took four months for us to rip everything out, insulate and convert it into a mini camper. “We wanted to challenge ourselves and be creative as the pandemic put a halt on...
    Donald Trump accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of working to terminate the lease for his Bronx golf course for 'no reason' on Tuesday. De Blasio vowed to break the city's ties to Trump over the January 6 Capitol riot. Part of that includes ending his contract at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point years before its 2035 expiry.  New York gave Trump just until November 15 to clear out.  A heated public hearing on Tuesday saw numerous people criticize the city for ending its lucrative contract over a 'political vendetta,' and a lawyer for the golf course accused de Blasio of trying to saddle New Yorkers with a $30 million tax bill 'just to get rid of the name.' 'He wants to CONFISCATE the project from me for no reason whatsoever, and terminate my long-term arrangement with the city—and to think I just opened a beautiful $10 million clubhouse,' Trump wrote of de Blasio in an emailed statement through his Save America PAC. 'The course has received rave reviews, is considered one of the top ten open...
    Friday begins another day of dissary for Democrats with frustration boiling over after officials were unable to come to a deal on President Joe Biden's multitrillion dollar spending plans, causing the House to abandon a planned vote on an infrustracture deal and leaving moderates and liberals seething as the party's civil war escalated.    Progressive Senator Bernie Sanders ranted about the situation after exiting Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's office, where negotiations were taking place behind closed doors.  'It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi trillion dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what's going on. That's unacceptable,' he said.  Asked if he would sign on to a deal, he responded: 'What deal, what deal? We do not what the deal is.'   The key players - Democratic leadership, White House aides, moderates and liberals - huddled in the basement of the Capitol building late into Thursday night before throwing in the towel shortly before 11 pm, calling off the House's vote on Biden's infrastructure plan and vowing to continue the talks...
    WE love our gardens and have spent £16billion sprucing up outdoor spaces over the past year. But what do our lawns say about us? 2Psychologist Emma Kenny and etiquette expert William Hanson tell Claire Dunwell what your lawn means While many are ditching the mower in favour of the #WildGarden look popular on Instagram, others are turning to the neatness of fake grass. Psychologist Emma Kenny and etiquette expert William Hanson tell Claire Dunwell what your lawn means. ASTRO-TURF: YOU'RE LAZY ASTROTURF sales have rocketed by 60 per cent in the last year and a poll by artificial grass brand LazyLawn revealed 73 per cent of us say the main benefit is having a neat and tidy lawn. But William says: “Astroturf is Instagrammable but awful, and unless you have an allergy to grass, you are super lazy if you have it. Astroturf is for someone who doesn’t like spending time outdoors. "If that’s you then why buy a house with an outdoor space in the first place?” Emma suggests that scrapping turf for plastic – which drives bugs...
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a gathering of about 100 conservatives in north Des Moines on Friday morning that their beliefs are under “assault,” but they can “retake” their country by getting engaged now. “There is an assault on the ideas you all got up to come work hard for — and the candidates you all are working hard for,” Pompeo said in a speech and question-and-answer session for which he earned a standing ovation at both ends. Pompeo’s comments came at the Northside Conservatives Club gathering early Friday morning at the District Venue in the Ankeny neighborhood of Iowa’s capital. The address represents one of the earliest forays of a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2024 into the first state that will help decide who represents the party in the next presidential election. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with conservatives in Des Moines, Iowa. (Matthew Boyle / Breitbart News) “It’s your values that they just don’t like,” Pompeo said. “They don’t like that you practice your faith. We said this beautiful...
    (CNN)As temperatures surged past 100 degrees, Bree Oswill gathered all the blankets and towels she could find and taped them to every window that didn't have a shade. She doesn't have central air conditioning and wanted to prevent every bit of sunlight and heat from entering her home.Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Oswill, 44 and mother to two kids, has become more concerned about the extreme weather changes from wildfires to heat waves she's seeing year after year. She likens it to a pandemic, but never-ending."It's like a lockdown, but we're not going to solve it by putting on a mask or getting a vaccine," Oswill told CNN. "It's just sort of perpetual. It's scary."A historic heat wave is searing much of the Pacific Northwest, and it is not yet July — a month when Oswill and many Portland residents typically experience the hottest days of the year. Read MorePortland set an all-time record high temperature three days in a row. Seattle also bested its own record, set Sunday. Across the border, Lytton, British Columbia, also broke all time records...
    Most of us can differentiate between foods that are good for us, and those so empty in nutritional value they are simply on a fast track to our hips. But evidence is emerging that when we eat can be as important as what we put in our mouths. Irregular mealtimes are thought to contribute to diseases such as high blood pressure and obesity — so much so that scientists in China suggest that eating the right food at the 'right' time of day may reduce the risk of an early death by up to a third. Their study found that making the wrong dietary choices increased participants' chances of dying of cancer or heart disease by more than half — and recommended plenty of fruit for lunch and a vegetable-based dinner. So what should we eat and drink — and at what time — to look, feel and function at our best? ANTONIA HOYLE investigates the best way to eat and drink in our hour-by-hour guide. Most of us can differentiate between foods that are good for us, and...
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks during a news conference about inflation on Capitol Hill on May 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images You're not imagining it. Things don't merely seem more expensive these days – consumer prices are actually accelerating at their fastest pace in 13 years. This higher inflation doesn't just affect the price you pay at the register. It can also have an impact on your major purchases, investments, and more. And for communities of color and the income-constrained, that impact may be magnified due to higher levels of debt and structural unemployment, both of which may make the experience of inflation more challenging. Here's how inflation may affect you and what you can do about it. According to financial expert and CEO of Torch Enterprises, Dr. Pamela Jolly, while the impacts of inflation may be felt across all income levels, "People who are either income constrained or have inconsistent income streams will feel the most impact." Though the overall Consumer Price Index rose by 5% year-on-year in its latest reading, not all consumer...
    Alex Kalogiannis/Insider Table of Contents Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. Unboxing the VeloCore To lean or not to lean All about the JRNY A few minor nitpicks Should you buy it? What are your alternatives?  The bottom line Unboxing the VeloCore To lean or not to lean All about the JRNY A few minor nitpicks Should you buy it? What are your alternatives?  The bottom line If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. With Bowflex's VeloCore stationary bike, users can lean left and right during a ride to add more of a workout. After trying the bike myself, I found it makes a big difference in a workout, so long as you actually use it. Overall, the VeloCore is an effective stationary bike featuring impressive versatility and a unique...
    Joe Biden is eyeing breaking up his Build Back Better initiative into smaller bills his Chief of Staff Ron Klain told a group of progressive lawmakers Wednesday night as the president hopes he can get at least part of his jobs plan more easily passed in Congress. Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders met with Klain at the White House Wednesday morning, the group's Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal told Politico Playbook, to discuss Biden's next legislative agenda: jobs. The far-left Democrats are demanding a commitment from the president that the plan will still address transportation, climate, health care and family infrastructure – such as child care and paid leave – even if it is broken up into smaller bills. They are also insisting it includes tax hikes, especially on the wealthy. Jayapal, who represents Washington state in the House, said her party will have to prioritize whether it wants to address the climate crisis or work with Republicans. 'We can either go green, or we can go bipartisan, because I just don't think that Republicans are ready to have a transformative package —...
    The coronavirus pandemic has upended much of the work world, but digital copywriting is one skill set that has grown in demand. You could forge a career in this industry and gain the skills needed to prosper with this premium digital copywriting training bundle. You’ll get five different courses and 169 individual lessons to help you become a copywriter that employers will want to hire. The 13 hours of training will give you the skills you need to succeed. The series of lessons begins with courses on how to become a good copywriter, which is more of an overview of the skills needed. This course uses visuals, and a concept called expression to help you to think like a copywriter. You’ll learn the elements of copywriting and see how they all fit together. The second class teaches the essentials of effective copywriting in a straight-to-the-point way and with real-world examples. You’ll learn about target audiences, writing drafts, and the keys to writing effective headlines. Next, you’ll learn the keys to becoming a freelance copywriter, how to land contracts, and how...
    There are a lot of things Tom Brady doesn’t allow himself to eat, and that list grows even longer during training season. But guacamole? Sure, that’s OK for Super Bowl Sunday. Tortilla chips, however, are still very much off the table. "The TB12 Method," Brady’s 2017 tome on fitness and nutrition for "peak performance," features a recipe for chunky guac that even the six-time Super Bowl champ would approve of. After all, "guacamole is a staple of the TB12 diet," according to "The TB12 Method." (His beloved avocados are also the base for TB12's infamous avocado "ice cream," which his teammates may or may not enjoy, depending on who you ask.) Guac is "a staple" of Tom Brady's diet, according to his TB12 nutrition manual. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TOM BRADY'S HYDRATION METHOD MAY BE DANGEROUS, NUTRITIONIST WARNS Wanna learn how to make guacamole that the quarterback has, at least one time in his life, allowed himself to enjoy? Keep reading for the recipe, then find yourself some veggies or "sweet potato toast" to dip into the stuff, because in no way would...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida legislators and local education officials are trying to pinpoint what happened to nearly 90,000 “missing” public school students, as public school enrollment estimates have dropped amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A mid-school-year estimate by state economists projects that 87,811 fewer students have enrolled in public schools than were predicted to sign up for the 2020-2021 academic year. “Imagine a school district just closing. That’s the size of this problem,” House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, told The News Service of Florida on Monday. The Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research released the latest student-enrollment projection on Jan. 25, but it remains unknown how much of the drop can be attributed to students leaving traditional public schools for private schools or homeschooling. “I hope it turns out that they’re all being homeschooled or in private school, and their parents just forgot to turn in a piece of paper,” Fine said, adding that he suspects a number of students aren’t being educated at all. “We could have 9-year-old elementary school dropouts out there,” Fine...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida legislators and local education officials are trying to pinpoint what happened to nearly 90,000 “missing” public school students, as public school enrollment estimates have dropped amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A mid-school-year estimate by state economists projects that 87,811 fewer students have enrolled in public schools than were predicted to sign up for the 2020-2021 academic year. “Imagine a school district just closing. That’s the size of this problem,” House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, told The News Service of Florida on Monday. The Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research released the latest student-enrollment projection on Jan. 25, but it remains unknown how much of the drop can be attributed to students leaving traditional public schools for private schools or homeschooling. “I hope it turns out that they’re all being homeschooled or in private school, and their parents just forgot to turn in a piece of paper,” Fine said, adding that he suspects a number of students aren’t being educated at all. “We could have 9-year-old elementary school dropouts out there,” Fine...
    A snowy owl has been spotted in Central Park for the first time in more than a century, sending birdwatchers into a frenzy.  Nearly 100 people gathered in the park Wednesday with binoculars and long lens cameras after the arctic owl landed on a baseball field in the early afternoon.  The last time a snowy owl was spotted in the park was way back in 1890, with one birder describing Wednesday's sighting as a 'historic occurrence.' Snowy owls are native to the Arctic tundra, with their speckled black and white feathers allowing them to blend in to the wintry habitat.  But while the birds sometimes fly south of Canada, they usually land along sandy beaches and almost never reach Manhattan.  'Yesterday's snow and cold to our north likely encouraged this snowy owl to fly south in search of better hunting conditions,' the Manhattan Bird Alert account posted on Twitter.  'These owls like flat lands and beaches, so the Central Park North Meadow, flat and with sand-filled fields, might have appealed.' A snowy owl has been spotted in Central Park...
    Tempo Table of Contents Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. An emphasis on quality A full gym stored in a cabinet The huge touchscreen is the star of the show One. More. Rep. Artificial intelligence keeps its eye on you Not the first to do it but arguably the best Is it worth it?  Drawbacks to consider Should you buy it? What are your alternatives? The bottom line An emphasis on quality A full gym stored in a cabinet The huge touchscreen is the star of the show One. More. Rep. Artificial intelligence keeps its eye on you Not the first to do it but arguably the best Is it worth it?  Drawbacks to consider Should you buy it? What are your alternatives? The bottom...
    Kevin Drum Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Ten years ago I wrote a short essay for the magazine about the tea party phenomenon. The gist was that it was nothing new: every time Democrats come into power, some sort of conspiracy-minded right-wing movement blossoms. It happened with FDR, it happened with JFK, it happened with Bill Clinton, and at the time it was happening with Barack Obama. I happened to reread this piece a couple of days ago and I was startled at how relevant it still sounded. Here’s an excerpt, right after I noted that each movement was larger than its predecessor: Beyond sheer numbers, though, right-wing extremist groups are also becoming more effective. The Liberty League withered after it failed to make even a dent in FDR’s 1936 reelection campaign. The Birchers improved on that record, winning lots of local campaigns and eventually helping Barry Goldwater win the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, before collapsing under the weight of...
    Bet $1 on any NHL moneyline Wednesday night and win $100 if either team scores a goal* This Beloved Furniture Chain Is Closing All But 1 of Its Stores These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © lev radin / Shutterstock.com In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in his garage in Seattle. On Jan. 12, he celebrated his 57th birthday as one of the richest people in the world with a personal fortune estimated at more than $182 billion. Read: How Amazon Changed Our Shopping Habits — For Better and Worse Amazon began as just another tech startup during a time when much of America didn’t really understand what the internet even was or what it did. Buying things still involved either a store or a catalog in virtually all circumstances. The turn of the new millennium, however, wiped out scores of dot-com hopefuls — and their investors — as the tech bubble burst and...
    Crashed websites, lines and scams frustrate Floridians looking for vaccinations Air Traffic Control Breach Probed After Threat To Avenge Soleimani Killing Alipay is like a supercharged version of popular US apps like Venmo and PayPal rolled into one, and now President Trump is banning it. Heres what you need to know about the app that is used by more than 1 billion Chinese residents. © Provided by Business Insider President Donald Trump and Alibaba and Ant Group founder Jack Ma in New York in January 2017. Evan Vucci/AP Ant Group, the giant Chinese fintech company, was ready to embark on a historic IPO when China intervened and shockingly ground the event to a halt, a move that was reportedly issued directly by President Xi Jinping. The firm's prized app, Alipay, is used by over 1 billion Chinese residents and is like a "combination of some of the most popular American apps," one expert said, allowing people to make payments, get a credit card, buy insurance, and even hail a taxi. Americans can't use Alipay without a Chinese bank...
    The House of Representatives, in what could be a foreshadowing of things to come in the next Congress, split the coronavirus relief and government funding legislation passed Monday into two separate votes -- allowing members to vote against the part that included military and Homeland Security funding without putting the package carrying the economic stimulus money in jeopardy. The successive votes Monday night both passed. The government funding package, which included defense spending and money for enforcing immigration laws, passed 327-85, with 41 Democrats and 43 Republicans voting against it. The coronavirus relief bill passed 359-53, with 50 Republicans and two Democrats against it. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were the only Democrats to vote against the package with the coronavirus relief. They both voted against the first package that included defense and immigration spending as well.  CONGRESS HAD SIX HOURS TO READ A 6,000 PAGE BILL, AOC CALLS IT 'HOSTAGE-TAKING' The Democrats who voted against the first package spending represented a wide cross-section of the party, including freshman and veteran lawmakers, moderates and progressives. Among them were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn,; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.;...
    In the winter, Cecilia Blomdahl has to brave freezing temperatures and complete darkness 24/7. Cecilia Blomdahl/TikTok Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is one of the easiest places in the world to move to as foreigners don't need a visa to live and work there. However, it's incredibly cold, completely dark for four months straight, and a tough place to live. Cecilia Blomdahl has lived there for five years. She recently posted a video on the struggles of simply walking her dogs on Svalbard, proving that life there may not be for everyone. Her TikTok, aptly titled "When walking your dog is an expedition," has gotten 1.5 million likes. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Svalbard is closed to visitors from the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Walking the dog can be such a hassle. But imagine having to put on multiple North Pole temperature-resistant layers, grab your rifle in case of polar bears, and...
    Speed ​​fine New limits in urban areas A sign forbidden to drive faster than 30 km / h. If you are a driver and live in Spain, you must mark this date in red on the calendar: May 12, 2021. It is the day on which the new general speed limits on urban roads, one of the main novelties of the modification of the General Traffic Regulations (RGC), recently approved by the Council of Ministers by royal decree. As of that date the speed limit is lowered to 30 km / h for urban single lane roads per direction of traffic, which represent 80% of all streets of the Spanish cities and in which currently the generic limit is 50 km / h. The royal decree enter into force on January 2, 2021, although the modification of article 50 of the RGC (referring to speed limits on urban roads and crossings) will not apply until six months after its publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE) so that citizens know the new limits adequately...
    Hillsong pastor and former Justin Bieber adviser is fired for ‘moral failures’ British grocer Sainsburys is cutting 3,500 jobs and closing more than 80% of Argos stores Looking Into Adopting a Pup? Heres Exactly What It Will Cost Every Year. Dogs make our lives more joyful, show us about unconditional love, and give us unexpected surprises every day, like learning new tricks or even just how cute they look with Snapchat filters. © Getty / Alena Kravchenko / EyeEm Looking Into Adopting a Pup? Here's Exactly What It Will Cost Every Year. If you're looking into adopting a pup of your own, you're in for a wild, adventurous ride that will be pure, (possibly) messy, and one of the best decisions you'll ever make. But, it's important to know exactly what having a dog will cost you, so you can be prepared. Dogs can be pretty expensive, so being aware of all the costs you'll be dealing with in a year will save you stress and future worries. That way, everything is accounted for, and you can just...
    It’s an issue that dates back to World War II: Making sure American servicemen and servicewomen have the ability to cast a vote in a presidential election, no matter where they’re stationed. With the passage of the Soldier Voting Act of 1942, it was settled: Military members would be given easy access to vote. And ahead of Election Day, Specialist Tiauana Moran said she wanted to ensure her voice was heard. “I just want to vote, to make sure my community and family are taken care of, and since I serve the nation, this is a right that should never be denied to me,” Moran said. Moran, who’s currently deployed in Poland, cast her first-ever absentee ballot for this year’s election. “This will not be my first time voting, but it will be my first time voting overseas, and the stakes were too high to just sit back and not vote because of a lack of knowledge,” she said. Although voting is a common task for many Americans, for most soldiers, it is a very unorthodox method -- voting overseas,...
    As the quintessential outsider who snowballed her talent, one unconventional role at a time into a cinematic delight, Bhumi Pednekar never ceases to be a delight. She essays the small-town girl kinda roles to the T, nailing the nuances every single time. A recent testimony of this versatility is her role as Kajal Yadav aka Kitty in the recent Netflix streaming film Dolly, Kitty Aur Wo Chamakte Sitare. A brief promotional stint saw her stun in a hot pink slip dress but add edginess with a denim jacket. A perfecting brilliant glam sealed this glamorous deal. Styled by Pranita Shetty, Bhumi added this style to her usual string of off-screen trailblazing fashion arsenal. A poster girl for all the curvaceous girls out there with a carefully crafted style game, Bhumi is not only a stylist’s delight but she curates and makes a serious case for fancy drapes, silhouettes, fabrics, and cuts all of which flatter her petite frame. Bhumi’s style mantra is breezy and effortless, just like this hot pink-hued one. Let’s recap. Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Movie...
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