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    WRITING out Christmas cards can be a long process - and that's without having to then individually seal them all shut. But it turns out there's a very simple time-saving hack when it comes to sealing envelopes - and it'll come in very handy if you haven't sent your Christmas cards off yet. 2Samantha Anchia shared her very handy hack for sealing several envelopes all at onceCredit: tiktok/@bossbabexoxo 2After running the glue over them, she then individually seals them shutCredit: tiktok/@bossbabexoxo Samantha Anchia, who posts under the acronym @bossbabexoxo, took to TikTok and posted a video where she can be seen placing seven red envelopes on top of one another, ensuring to leave the sticky seal on each visible. "Sealing your envelopes quickly for big mailings like Christmas cards, invitations, announcements, etc." she explains. Samantha then simply takes a Pritt Stick and runs the glue over the seals all at once, before individually sealing them shut. She captioned the post: "Work smarter not harder!" The post has since racked up a whopping 1.5 million views and been...
    A quick-moving storm season brought the first accumulating snowfall to the region. Here's a look at some snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service and other sources as of Monday morning, Dec. 12. If you don't see your town listed, post the total in a comment. New York Manhattan Central Park, Trace Queens LaGuardia Airport, 0.4 inches Nassau County Manhasset Hills, 0.3 inches Suffolk County North Babylon, 0.4 inches Islip Airport, 0.4 inches West Islip, 0.2 inches Rockland County Chestnut Ridge, 2.1 inches Orange County Monroe 3.5 inches Westchester Westchester County Airport, White Plains, 2 inches New Rochelle, 1.1 inches Putnam County Brewster, 3.5 inches Dutchess County Poughkeepsie, 3.6 inches Millbrook, 3.6 inches Hopewell Junction, 4.2 inches Red Hook, 4.5 inches Ulster County Kingston, 3 inches Saugerties, 5 inches Greene County Catskill, 5 inches Albany County Albany, 6 inches Saratoga County Ballston Spa, 6 iches Connecticut Fairfield County New Canaan, 3 inches New Fairfield, 3.3 inches Ridgefield, 3.5 inches Bridgeport, 0.8 inches Hartford County West Hartford, 5.2 inches Litchfield County Torrington, 5.2 inches Middlesex County Clinton, 1.7 inches New Haven...
    A quick-moving storm season brought the first accumulating snowfall to the region. Here's a look at some snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service and other sources as of Monday morning, Dec. 12. If you don't see your town listed, post the total in a comment. New York Manhattan Central Park, Trace Queens LaGuardia Airport, 0.4 inches Nassau County Manhasset Hills, 0.3 inches Suffolk County North Babylon, 0.4 inches Islip Airport, 0.4 inches West Islip, 0.2 inches Rockland County Chestnut Ridge, 2.1 inches Orange County Monroe 3.5 inches Westchester Westchester County Airport, White Plains, 2 inches New Rochelle, 1.1 inches Putnam County Brewster, 3.5 inches Dutchess County Poughkeepsie, 3.6 inches Millbrook, 3.6 inches Hopewell Junction, 4.2 inches Red Hook, 4.5 inches Ulster County Kingston, 3 inches Saugerties, 5 inches Greene County Catskill, 5 inches Albany County Albany, 6 inches Saratoga County Ballston Spa, 6 iches Connecticut Fairfield County New Canaan, 3 inches New Fairfield, 3.3 inches Ridgefield, 3.5 inches Bridgeport, 0.8 inches Hartford County West Hartford, 5.2 inches Litchfield County Torrington, 5.2 inches Middlesex County Clinton, 1.7 inches New Haven...
    A little girl who passed away from cancer recorded a touching secret video message for her future sibling - two years before she was even diagnosed with the disease that claimed her life.   Destiny Riekeberg, from Alabama, passed away on September 17, 2020, at the age of nine, after an eight-month battle with hepatoblastoma, a rare type of liver cancer. Now, two years after her passing, her parents have been given a special, but heartbreaking, gift after they discovered a video that she filmed for a potential future sibling hidden away on her phone - just weeks after they welcomed a second child.  In the sweet clip, Destiny - who was just seven years old at the time - explained that she had a strong feeling that her parents might have another baby one day, so she wanted to record a video message for her future little brother or sister. Emotional: A little girl who passed away from cancer recorded a secret message to her future sibling two years before she was even diagnosed with the disease Destiny Riekeberg, from...
    RESIDENTS in Hawaii may still be waiting for their $300 rebates, and it could be due to taxpayer error. In order to score the payments, Hawaiians must complete the application correctly. 1Hawaiians must make sure that all information imputed is correct This includes the correct home address, your current filing status, and your bank account numbers for direct deposit. Another reason for the missed check may be due to taxpayers not filling in the correct financial information like the exemption verification section, money taken out for child support, or garnishment of wages. The payments went out in rounds with the first 100,000 arriving the week of September 12. Hawaii Governor David Ige revealed that around $294million in total is being sent to taxpayers. Read More on Direct PaymentsMAJOR FUNDING Monthly direct payments between $600 and $1,200 to go out to thousandsFIRST DATE Countdown is on for Americans to apply for $1,000 rebate - the form you need According to a press release from Mr Ige, paper refunds will be made in batches of 2,000 until additional check stock arrives. ...
    Cecilie Arcurs | Getty Images There's about one month until the Oct. 17 tax deadline extension, and experts say filers need to prepare, especially for more complicated returns. An estimated all-time high of 19 million American taxpayers filed an extension for their 2021 returns, according to the IRS. Kevin Brady, a certified financial planner and vice president of Wealthspire Advisors in New York, said tax professionals have faced many challenges, including deadline changes and new Covid-19-related legislation. "When you combine those facts with the understaffing in tax prep and accounting firms and usual tax code complexity, filing for an extension has become more of a necessity," he said. More from Personal Finance:How student loan forgiveness will be applied to your debt5 ways to save amid record food price inflationHow the financial habits of 'super savers' can help you 'build the most wealth' For example, the Paycheck Protection Program and employee retention credit, enacted for businesses during the pandemic, have added a "significant amount of complexity and uncertainty," said Rob Baner, a CPA and tax advisor at The Planning Center in...
    (CNN)Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night in Massachusetts, the Democratic nomination for governor was called for Maura Healey. Healey, the state's attorney general, won more than 85% of the vote; her only opponent dropped out of the primary in June, but remained on the ballot. (Sidebar: That Healey had no serious primary challenge in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts speaks to her political strength in the state.)Read MoreShould Healey win the general election -- and she will be heavily favored given Massachusetts' Democratic tilt and the fact that Republicans in the state chose a Donald Trump acolyte as their nominee -- she would make history as one of the first out lesbian governors anywhere in the country. (Tina Kotek, a Democrat running for governor in Oregon this year, could also join her). Healey would also be the first woman to serve as governor of Massachusetts. For Healey, it wouldn't be the first time she had made history. When she was elected as state attorney general in 2014, she was the first out gay person to hold that job...
    A STUDY has revealed an unusual way to turn women on that you probably haven't tried. It turns out that looks, size or stamina are not as important as most people think in their quest for an amazing sex-life. 1A study has found the best way to turn your girlfriend onCredit: Getty Instead, a Journal of Sex Research study suggested women are turned on by men who do the chores. The research saw 299 Australian women aged 18 to 39 years answering an online questionnaire on relationships and dimensions of sexual desire. Experts were particularly interested in how fairness in a relationship may impact a women's libido. Questions covered housework, who had more leisure time, and "mental load". Read More in HealthPINS AND NEEDLES I’m a doctor and here’s when tingling feet mean you should go to hospital Mental load is a term covering the brain effort involved in running things like a household, family and work - and is often seen as being heavier on a woman. The study found that women in equal relationships (in terms of housework...
    This is the latest for our series on underrated destinations, It's Still a Big World. There is something so very raw and idiosyncratic about Los Angeles. It’s the food (fusion). The people (fusion). The architecture (Spanish Mission Revival, Mid Century Modern, Art Deco, Craftsman… AKA fusion). It’s the sunsets and the way the sky bends to meet the deep, deep blue-green ocean as if they were one and the same. The vibrant, larger-than-life murals by Chicano and Mexican American artists on Cesar Chavez Ave. and throughout the city. I could go on for days because I love L.A. Anyone who knows me, anyone who’s talked to me for even five minutes really, knows this. So imagine my surprise–after so many years visiting and then living in L.A., after all those weeks turned into months just driving aimlessly, wasting gas and filing away little polaroids in my mind of crooked homes on hills and palm trees curling toward the heavens, coyotes on street corners like deer in headlights at dusk, green parrots flying home every evening near Griffith Park–when I learned...
    It’s one of the world’s fastest-growing sports, but there’s a chance you haven’t heard of padel… yet. So what is it? Tennis with walls, essentially. It’s played on an enclosed court about three-quarters of the size of a normal tennis court.  The main twist is that you can play the ball off the glass walls, as in squash – so there’s no such thing as ‘out’. That leads to long, fast rallies.  It’s played as a doubles game, using solid, string-less bats and you serve underarm. Scoring is the same as tennis. When was it invented? In 1969, by Mexican businessman Enrique Corcuera, who wanted a tennis court at his Acapulco home, but didn’t have the space – and was worried about losing the ball into his neighbour’s garden.  His wife Viviana, a former Miss Argentina, helped put together the rules, based on a 1920s pastime played on British cruise ships. Judy Murray (pictured) is a backer of padel tennis, while her son Sir Andy has backed Game4Padel, a firm that builds courts for the sport How popular is it?...
    A Connecticut pizzeria has closed its doors after more than two decades in business. The owners of Bonesse Apizza in North Haven announced in a Facebook post that Saturday, May 14, was the pizzeria's last day of business. The restaurant was located at 36 Middletown Ave.  In the announcement, the owners said they opened the family business nearly 27 years ago and that recent years have brought hardship. "Many of you became our friends-- our family -- as you continued to support us, even when times got rough," the announcement reads. "The last few years have brought a lot of change and uncertainty, and with it, a lack of manpower & help." The owners added that they have decided to begin the next chapter of their lives and retire.  "Thank you for all the wonderful memories... it has been a beautiful experience and we will miss you all," the announcement reads.
    A WOMAN who proudly rocks low rise jeans with a "saggy tummy" has spoken out to remind her social media followers that you haven't got to have a flat stomach to be "sexy." Jessica Blair, who is from the US, shared a short video to TikTok where she can be seen wearing a red crop top and low jeans with her tummy out on full display. 3Jessica Blair, who is from the US, can be seen wearing a red crop top and low jeans with her "saggy tummy" out on full displayCredit: tiktok 3The 23-year-old then reminded social media followers that they don't need a flat stomach to rock low rise jeansCredit: tiktok She explains: "Here's your reminder that you don't need a flat stomach to rock low rise jeans…you don't." Look at me...not a flat stomach in sight, but I'm hot, sexy and beautiful." The 23-year-old captioned the post: "Forcing y’all to see my saggy tummy this summer because I don’t care anymore!" The video has since received a whopping 4.9 million views, 879,000 likes and been inundated...
    A MUM has been praised by other parents online after sharing a game-changing hack for keeping toddlers quiet and occupied in the car. Autumn took to TikTok to share the "easy way" she decks out her car to avoid her daughter having a meltdown when they're on the road. 3Mum Autumn has shared a clever hack for keeping kids occupied while in the carCredit: tiktok/@honestlyautumn 3She put toys, books and markers in a shower caddy which she attached to the car window with suction cupsCredit: tiktok/@honestlyautumn 3The children can then use the markers to write on the window, and it's easily wiped off when the journey comes to an endCredit: tiktok/@honestlyautumn "An easy way to avoid road trip meltdowns is by bringing a shower caddy, some markers and some toys," she said. She attached the shower caddy's suction cups to the window, and loaded it with some books and toys. There were also some markers in the box, which Autumn used to demonstrate how kids could draw on the window. Once they were finished, the drawings...
    A WOMAN has revealed she now travels the world for free with her easy side hustle, and you can too. Juliana Marques, 31, has been to ten different countries, plus her home nation Brazil, all through working as a professional pet sitter. 6Juliana Marques travels the world getting free accommodation by pet-sittingCredit: Mercury 6She's visited nine countries looking after people's petsCredit: Mercury She's travelled to London, as well as Cyprus, Canada, France, Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, USA, and Spain, and works remotely as an executive assistant while travelling. Juliana first started working as a pet sitter in 2019, wanting to live her life as a digital nomad. She said: "I was looking into ways to travel on a budget, because I wanted to take a gap year and travel while working remotely. "When I found out about pet sitting, it almost seemed too good to be true! More on side hustlesWORK IT I started a side hustle aged 18 - I’ve now moved to London & have my own studioSILVER LINING I’m a teenager & made $70k in six months...
    A Florida dog walker needed eight stitches after being punched in the face by a man who asked if he was gay - but cops have declined to charge the case as a hate crime.    James Garcia still has the stitches in his face from the brutal assault on Easter Sunday morning. He says that Maurice Charles, 36, who spent four years behind bars for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2017, came up behind him on April 17 and slugged him. 'Are you gay,' Garcia told Chanel 7 News that Charles asked him before the attack. 'I didn't respond, it just happened so quickly that I didn't have time to react except falling down.' James Garcia suffered 10 stitches and fractures to the cartilage on both sides of his nose after getting slugged on Easter morning Garcia said that his assailant asked if he is gay, the punched him in the face, knocking him down Garcia works in out reach for the New York City mayor, according to his LinkedIn page, and splits his time between Manhattan and...
    Steven Heap/EyeEm/Getty Images It's finally here: April 18 is the 2021 federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. As of April 8, the IRS had received more than 103 million returns and sent 70 million refunds, totaling over $222 billion. But that still leaves millions to be filed with limited time remaining.  Doug Campbell, a CPA and vice president of tax support at Liberty Tax, said there's been a "pretty big spike in returns" that started over the past couple of weeks.More from Smart Tax Planning:Here's a look at more tax-planning news. IRS may tax NFTs, crypto differently. Here's a look Why your refund may be smaller this year Kiss tax breaks for unemployment benefits goodbye "Maybe they filed in May or June over the past year or two, and all of a sudden, they realized they don't have that extra time," he said. Certain disaster victims, taxpayers serving in combat zones and those living abroad may automatically have more time to file, according to the IRS.Just understand you still are going to have to come up with as accurate...
    A gay democratic lawmaker in Missouri challenged a Republican representative over the transgender athlete bill.  Ian Mackey, 35, slammed Chuck Basye, 63, for supporting the Save Women's Sports bill - a transgender athlete bill, which would remove trans-female athletes from women's sports. The state representative largely focused on Basye's family, specifically his gay brother Scott, who was afraid to tell his brother over fear that it would be 'held against him.'  Mackey used Basye's family history to make a point that he, personally, used to fear 'nice people' like Basye, 'who took me to ball games, who told me how smart I was, and then went to ballot voted for crap like this.' 'Gentlemen, I'm not afraid of you anymore,' he said on Thursday night during a debate over the bill. 'I couldn't wait to get out, I couldn't wait to move to a part of our state that would reject this stuff in a minute. I couldn't wait, and thank god, I made it.  'And I think every day of the kids that are still there, who haven't made it out,...
    Also, in 2021, a study of VA patients funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs found anti-androgens to be “associated with reduced incidence and severity of COVID-19 amongst male Veterans.” Proxalutamide is not an FDA approved drug, but because of this research, the FLCCC and doctors who proactively treated COVID used other anti-androgens, such as dutasteride and spironolactone, on COVID patients — particularly for the Delta variant, which seemed to utilize a lot of ACE2 and TMPRSS2. Kintor is the maker of proxalutamide, but unlike Pfizer, Moderna, Merck, and Gilead, which all made billions off drugs that the companies personally made and studied, Kintor doesn’t have the same financial incentive for corruption. The other drugs that were made standard of care are very expensive and come with automatic government contracts, whereas proxalutamide is available in Brazil for just $11 for a full course of treatment. The use of anti-androgens is just one of many examples of how doctors who actually understand pharmacology and biochemistry will innovate to treat ailments rather than allowing people to die. Whether it’s hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin,...
    THREE- quarters of Americans have not yet filed their 2021 tax returns, further delaying possible refunds that are averaging out at $3,536. In 2021, 136 million people filed tax returns but only about 36 million people had filed as of February 18, 2022. 2Only about 36 million people had filed their 2021 tax returns as of February 18, 2022Credit: Getty The IRS reported that 22million tax refunds worth more than $78billion had already been processed this year. Roughly 75 percent of taxpayers get money back but a third is concerned the amount will be smaller for them this year due to changing tax codes, according to a Bankrate survey. It comes despite the rebate for 2022 is about $700 more than last year’s average of $2,815. The 2022 filing season opened on January 24 and the figures from the week ending February 18, compared to the weekend ending February 19, 2021 show 3.5 percent more returns had been received. However, the tax season opened later last year (February 12). Most read in MoneyMEAL DEAL How to...
    The Indiana detectives investigating the 2017 Delphi murders claimed on Thursday to have new leads in the case and warned their suspect that they know who he is - but are yet to make any arrests, five years after the two girls died.  Abigail Williams and Liberty German, both 14, died on February 13, 2017.  They had gone for a walk on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana, and one of the last things they did was record a man approaching them on the trail on their phones.  They snapped a photograph of the man and recorded audio in which he was heard telling them to go 'down the hill'.  Five years have now passed since they were found dead and police have made no arrests despite several promising false starts.  The latest was in December, when cops tied a fake Instagram profile to the case, suggesting the girls had been in contact with the person behind it.  The person thought to have created that account is Kegan Kline; he is already in custody on child porn charges, and was...
    Snowfall totals from the powerful Nor'easter that is winding down from west to east Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29, are quickly coming in. Here are some totals from the National Weather Service and other reports as of Saturday around noontime or later in the afternoon. If you don't see your hometown, leave the total by posting a comment below. New York New York City Central Park, 7.5 inches Nassau County Jericho, 12 inches Plainedge, 16 inches  Seaford, 12 inches Suffolk County Centereach, 17.8 inches Commack, 16.2 inches Deer Park, 18.5 inches Islip Airport, 22 inches Sayville, 17.5 inches Westchester County Croton-on-Hudson, 5.1 inches White Plains, 7 inches Putnam County Brewster, 5.5 inches Orange County Monroe, 5.5 inches West Gardnertown, 4 inches inches    Rockland County New City, 2.2 inches Connecticut Fairfield County Bridgeport, 10.4 inches Fairfield, 7 inches Shelton, 8.2 inches Hartford County East Windsor, 7.5 inches North Glastonbury, 7 inches Middlesex County Chester, 8 inches Clinton, 12 inches New Haven County East Haven, 9 inches Woodmont, 8 inches New London County Ledyard Center, 14 inches Niantic, 10 inches Tolland County Coventry,...
    Snowfall totals from a potent quick-moving storm that swept through the region were wide-ranging. Here are some totals from the National Weather Service and other reports. If you don't see your hometown, leave the total by posting a comment below. New York New York City Central Park, 1.35 inches Nassau County Great Neck, 1.84 inches Levittown, 1.63 inches Seaford, 1.65 inches Syosset, 1.65 inches Wantagh, 1.59 inches  Suffolk County Amityville, 1.60 inches Huntington, 1.80 inches Miller Place, 1.76 inches Patchogue, 1.80 inches Ridge, 1.83 inches Stony Brook, 1.62 inches Westchester County Armonk, 1.53 inches Briarcliff Manor, 1.82 inches Eastchester, 1.50 inches Larchmont, 1.64 inches  New Rochelle, 1.54 inches South Salem, 1.51 inches Tarrytown, 1.59 inches Putnam County Brewster, 1.34 inches Carmel Hamlet, 1 inch Cold Spring, 0.88 inches Mahopac, 0.69 inches Dutchess County Poughkeepsie, 1.5 inches Orange County Greenwood Lake, 1.22 inches Middletown, 1.14 inches Port Jervis, 1.45 inches    Rockland County Blauvelt, 1.58 inches Montebello, 1.02 inches Pomona, 1.56 inches Suffern, 1.39 inches Sullivan County Monticello, 1.2 inches Ulster County Kingston, 1.3 inches Connecticut Fairfield County Danbury, 1.60 inches Fairfield, 2.04 inches Greenwich,...
    THE Omicron variant is continuing to spread – with symptoms that you might have not expected. Omicron is now the most dominant Covid strain in the US, and the numbers are still rising. 1Omicron cases are showing symptoms of vomiting and loss of appetiteCredit: EPA According to experts, the new variant is showing symptoms of vomiting and loss of appetite – symptoms that didn't appear with the Delta variant. The UK-based Zoe Covid Study analyzes people's experiences with Covid through an app where the British public upload their symptoms. The app has shown that loss of appetite has been a common symptom in the new infection. Tim Spector, a professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College in London, recently told the Daily Express in the UK that nausea has been listed by many Omicron patients. "Quite a few of them had nausea, slight temperature, sore throats, and headaches," said Spector. The most common Omicron variant symptoms resemble other Covid symptoms. The symptoms, which have been less severe than previous strains, include fatigue, muscle aches, and scratchy throat. The...
    A LASH technician has taken to TikTok to complain after a woman turned up for her appointment with caked-on makeup embedded in her lashes. The beautician shared a video showing the state of her customer's lashes, writing on the clip: "Some might be mad, some might be on my side.  3A lash technician has taken to TikTok to complain after a client turned up with caked-in makeup in her lashesCredit: Tiktok/@ipsbeauty 3It took time and patience to get the makeup out of the lashesCredit: Tiktok/@ipsbeauty "But this is an unacceptable way to show up to your lash appointment!" She added that the residual makeup on the lashes came from "weeks and weeks" of not washing her face. "You can see this client never cleaned her lashes," the user, Ips beauty, continued. "Look how stubborn that make-up is! It’s layers and layers over weeks and weeks!" She concluded: "You can’t be mad when your lash tech has to remove them if you show up like this." The comment section was quickly flooded with people supporting the poster, with...
    THIS Christmas, I urge Sun readers and everyone across the UK to take extra care to protect yourselves and your families against Covid. Omicron continues to surge faster than anything we’ve seen. 3The most important thing is to get a jab 3Omicron continues to surge faster than anything we’ve seen So please keep following the guidance: wear a mask when needed, open windows for ventilation, and take a test before visiting loved ones, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable. But the most important thing is to get a jab. While much remains uncertain, we know two does not give enough protection from Omicron. You need a booster to bolster your immune system and to protect you and your family. So please, if you haven’t already, get a booster. And if you haven’t had a jab at all, or are due a second, it’s not too late. A vaccine is the best Christmas present you can give yourself, and the best thing you can do for family and friends is encourage them to get jabbed. Most read in The US...
    SITTING for hours each day may be putting you at risk of a silent killer you’ve probably never even heard of. It can affect people of all ages, regardless of how fit they feel. 1Sitting all day is bad for your healthCredit: Alamy Pulmonary embolism (PE) is when a blood clot travels to the lungs and blocks a vessel, which rapidly becomes life-threatening. The blood clot usually comes from the leg, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Some 2,300 people die of PE every year, according to 2012 stats from the British Lung Foundation. Dr Karlyn Martin, an assistant professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, says people are not as aware of PE as they are heart attacks, for example. She told the American Heart Association: "Unfortunately, PE can strike people at all stages of life, from the young and healthy to the older and not as healthy. "I think if someone had chest pain, they immediately think, 'Heart attack!' and go to the hospital.  “But they don't similarly think, 'Oh, I could...
    Phynart Studio | E+ | Getty Images You've got about a week left to make sure your 2022 Medicare coverage suits you. The program's fall open enrollment period, which opened Oct. 15, ends on Dec. 7. While you aren't required to take action — your 2021 plan generally would renew for next year — experts recommend determining whether your current coverage remains your best option. Nevertheless, most beneficiaries do not review their plan: 67% had not as of mid-November, according to a MedicareGuide.com survey. That's similar to the findings of recent research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found 71% do not explore their coverage options during open enrollment. More from Personal Finance:How to get a jump-start on upcoming tax seasonMake these investment moves to beat inflationMore than 1 in 3 U.S. adults carry medical debt "It can be a really unpleasant surprise for people who think they're happy with their plan and then in January they have to confront the reality that their plan changed, which has an impact on their care or out-of-pocket costs," said Juliette Cubanski, deputy...
    Chantel Mila demonstrated the wrapping technique in her latest TikTok video  An organised mum has shared a genius way to wrap a Christmas gift when you don't have enough wrapping paper.  Melbourne mum-of-two Chantel Mila, who has gained a following of more than half a million people on TikTok, demonstrated the wrapping technique in her latest video.  Rather than wrapping the Apple MacBook Pro laptop horizontal or vertically, she tilted it and wrapped it diagonally.  The corners of the paper met in the centre of the present and Chantel was able to wrap the gift perfectly.  Scroll down for video Rather than wrapping the Apple MacBook Pro laptop horizontal or vertically (left), she tilted it and wrapped it diagonally (right) 'Hack: save paper when gift wrapping,' she captioned the video, which has already been viewed more than 35,000 times in 13 hours.  The unique wrapping style will not only save you money buying more paper, but the end result looks elegant and professional. On TikTok user said the video was 'so satisfying' to watch, while another dubbed the idea...
    A monitor displays Peloton Interactive Inc. signage during the company's initial public offering (IPO) across from the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday he believes Peloton shareholders should be on the lookout for an off ramp after the exercise equipment maker's "disastrous" quarterly results a day earlier. "Peloton stretched itself too far with this Precor acquisition and people are eager to go back to actual gyms rather than buying equipment at home. Worst of all, management seems uniquely clueless about these problems, talking about all sorts of levers they can pull to keep things under control," the "Mad Money" host said. "But I don't want control, I want growth. That is now something that Peloton lacks, which is why I'd be a seller on the next bounce if you haven't sold it already," he said. Peloton shares plunged 35% Friday and hit a 52-week low, as investors reacted the company's wider-than-expected loss in its fiscal first quarter and weakening sales growth....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you haven't booked your flight for Thanksgiving, you might want to do it soon.Experts say flight tickets are only going to get even more expensive as we get closer to the holidays."If you're planning to travel right now for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you should've booked your ticket like three months ago," said Brian Sumers, an aviation expert and editor-at-large of Skift - a travel industry news site. "It is a mess out there."On Tuesday, the cost of gas in Los Angeles County went up another cent. The average price is now at $4.57.SEE ALSO | Gas hits $7.59 a gallon in CA town Sumers said when fuel prices go up, so do flight costs."Airlines are trying to find that sweet spot," he said. "What's the most money people will pay so we can fill our airplanes?"Experts say traveling on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or non-holiday weeks can help you save some cash. There are also several apps that can help."We love Hopper, which is a way you can go and set an alert on a route...
    GETTING A massage can be a nerve-wracking experience - especially if it’s your first time - but have you ever wondered what your massage therapist is thinking?  Professional massage therapists are always pointing out how they’ve seen it all - and not to worry - but they are still human. 2Massage therapist Sally Chamness reveals what massage therapists are thinking during your treatmentCredit: David Ho Just like the rest of us, they have odd thoughts that pop into their heads while they’re getting down to business.  We’ve spoken to an expert to find out what they’re really thinking and she revealed some of the things that.  Massage therapist Sally Chamness admits there’s nothing better than seeing a client experience pain relief for the first time in a long time.  The massage expert, who has been the Clinic Director of Phoenix Health and Wellness since July 2010, said there are some things that professionals think about when working. She said: “I am a massage therapist based in central Scotland. When the treatment room gets quiet, a massage therapist's mind can run...
    CHRISTMAS is an expensive time of year for many and thinking about how you will afford to buy everything on your list can be very daunting. Shopping for Christmas presents is the dreaded task that comes along at the end of every year. 8Money saving pros share their top tips for saving money on Christmas shoppingCredit: Getty The stress of budgeting and heading into busy town centres throughout the winter takes its toll on a lot of people, and the pros at Net Voucher Codes have shared their top tips for saving money this year. A spokesperson for Net Voucher Codes said: “News has hit that there is likely to be shortages of Christmas presents this year which will stress a lot of parents out but there’s no need to go out into the shops and start panic buying. “Expectations at Christmas are massive, especially if you have little ones, which is why we wanted to highlight different things families can start doing now to minimise the stress of Christmas shopping. “This isn’t new, Christmas shopping is a stress we...
    THE Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent out child tax credit payments on Friday – but some families claim they haven’t received them yet. For October, most families were slated to get up to $300 in child tax credits per child. 1We explain a few actions you can take if you are still waiting on the up to $300 payment.Credit: Getty While some families were set to get $600 in payments if this was their first month claiming. However, a number of families still find themselves still with lighter-than-expected bank accounts. One parent vented on Twitter on Friday: "I didn't get my September and October child tax credit. "I got July and August just fine but I'm missing two months." While another added yesterday: "I did not get my October child tax credit but I’ve gotten the ones previously. Really need this badly right now!" It comes after a technical glitch last month meant around 2% of eligible families - amounting to 700,000 - didn't get the credits on time. We explain a few actions you can take if you have yet to...
    WHILE some families have received a child tax credit payment for the month of October from the IRS, others are still waiting for their cash. The payments, which went out starting on October 15, are worth $300 per child under six and $250 for each child from six to 17. 1This month's checks went out on October 15Credit: Getty The IRS has designated $15billion to go out to around 36million taxpayers as part of President Biden's extension of the child tax credit. The payments are going out in the form of either a paper check or direct deposit into a bank account, with the majority of recipients opting for direct deposit. For those still waiting for the IRS to come through with your cash, here are a few reasons why the agency may be taking its time on your check. IRS BACK-UPS The IRS has been prone to technical glitches and delays in sending out checks during the past few months, so there's reason to believe October's money may also be delayed. The month of September saw a million delayed...
    YOUR iPhone is full of useful health features but some of them are more obvious than others. One particular feature can reveal whether the way you walk is healthy. 1The Walking Asymmetry feature can be found in the Health app You need to open your Health app to view the feature. It's the app already installed on your iPhone that is represented by a red heart. Once you open the Health app, you need to click Browse and then Mobility. Then select Walking Asymmetry. Here you should see a graph that has tracked your walking and an explainer from Apple. Most read in TechBE ALERT Gmail and Outlook users warned to delete emails NOW as experts warn of new threatHACK ATTACK Warning for Chrome users AGAIN as Google confirms 'high-level hacks of browser'CHOCK-A-STOCK Nintendo Switch OLED sold out at Amazon but new stock promised soonCASH BLUSHED Twitch leak reveals earnings of top streamers including Shroud and AmouranthGOOGLE SNOOP US orders Google to TRACK users who search certain terms sparking privacy furyHELL ON EARTH North Korean prison camp found on Google...
    Joe Biden said Thursday the 'bigger story' isn't that thousands of people are losing their jobs, but that the new mandates are increasing the percentage of Americans in the workforce who are vaccinated against COVID-19. 'These requirements work,' Biden lauded during a speech at a Clayco construction site in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The new Executive Order mandates that all businesses with at least 100 employees require those workers to provide proof of vaccination or be subject to compulsory weekly testing. While these new rules have not been implemented yet by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Biden said that the Labor Department is going through the appropriate steps to put the order in place. The new rule, Biden said on Thursday, would 'cover 100 million Americans, about two-thirds of all the people working in America.' 'Let's be clear, when you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story,' the president added, claiming that the 'bigger story' is that more employees in the workforce are vaccinated.  President Joe Biden...
    THE latest round of child tax credit payments worth up to $300 will be sent out next week. American families strapped for cash during the coronavirus pandemic can expect to receive their fourth child tax credit checks beginning on October 15. 1The fourth round of child tax credit payments up to $300 will be sent out on October 15Credit: Getty The deadline to opt out of October's payment has already passed, although there is still time to do so for the next two checks in November and December. The credits are worth $3,600 for kids below six in 2021 and $3,000 for those between six and 17. Families with college students ages 18 to 24 are eligible to receive $500. The IRS rolled out the Child Tax Credit program in July, promising a total of up to $1,800 in monthly payments between July and December of this year. Another check worth either $1,500 or $1,800 per child will arrive after the IRS processes 2021 tax returns in April 2022. The IRS recently announced that a...
    Comedian Kate Quigley has hit out at ex-boyfriend Darius Rucker, after the musician commented on her nearly-fatal overdose which also saw three of her friends killed.  Rucker on Friday gave an update regarding Quigley's health, but made clear that he had no affiliation with his ex-girlfriend's accidental overdose on September 4 when Quigley took fentanyl-laced cocaine at a home near Venice Beach. Fellow comedians Fuquan Johnson, 42 and Enrico Colangeli, 48, along with friend Natalie Williamson, 33, all died as a result of taking the drugs. 'You know, she's doing great. She's coming out of that,' Rucker told People before his performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday.  'I'm glad that she's doing that.' He later added that his 'heart goes out to all the other victims, but Quigley is doing okay.'  Quigley, 39, and Rucker, 55, dated back in 2020. However, Quigley snapped back over the weekend, saying that Rucker had never called to check up on her since the incident.   Kate Quigley blasted ex-boyfriend Darius Rucker on Twitter for making public comments on her health. She...
    AMERICANS can contact the IRS if they have not yet received their latest child tax credit payment. Checks worth up to $300 per child are being sent out from today but officials continue to warn of potential delays as they deal with a backlog of requests. 2Americans can contact the IRS if they have not yet received their child tax creditCredit: Getty Americans should call the IRS if their question has not been answered in the FAQ section of the agency's website. The number to dial is 800-829-1040 if you have an issue with your child tax credit payment. Before you ring, it’s important to have your Social Security number, date of birth, and filing status nearby. These details will be asked at the start of the call for verification purposes. It’s reported that the average waiting time on a call is 27 minutes so Americans are advised to be patient, according to CNET. IRS officials are reportedly busiest on Monday and Tuesday. Throughout the pandemic, the IRS has faced delays as employees have been restricted from accessing the...
    THE Internal Revenue Service has warned some might experiencing delays in their tax refund. The reason is that the agency is currently experiencing a massive backlog of 8.5 million unprocessed individual returns. 2The IRS is dealing with backlog of 8.5 million returnsCredit: Reuters According to CNET, the IRS announced it had 8.5 million unprocessed returns, including 2020 returns with errors and amended returns that require corrections or special handling. Moreover, the agency has also to sort stimulus checks, child tax credit payments and refunds for tax overpayment on unemployment benefits. According to a National Taxpayer Advocate review, the pandemic, three rounds of stimulus payments, paper-filed returns and new tax laws and credits created a "perfect storm." And despite the IRS being open processing mail, tax returns, payments, refunds and correspondence, limited resources continue to cause delays.  If you have filed for the earned income tax credit or additional child tax credit or if your refund is suspected of identity theft or fraud, it could also mean it will be delayed. The "plus-up" stimulus adjustments and the next round of the $300 child...
    There have now been 42 confirmed fatalities after Ida battered the Northeast with historic rainfall and flash flooding. In New York City, more than 3 inches of rainfall fell in Central Park on Wednesday, Sept. 1, smashing the previous record. Here is a look at some rainfall totals from throughout Connecticut compiled on the day after, on Thursday, Sept. 2, by the National Weather Service. Fairfield County Bethel, 4.1 inches Bridgeport, 5.95 inches Brookfield, 6.85 inches Danbury, 6.64 inches Darien, 3.6 inches Fairfield, 5.74 inches Greenwich, 7.65 inches Monroe, 5.17 inches New Canaan, 6.34 inches Norwalk, 6.61 inches Redding, 5.58 inches Ridgefield, 4 inches Sandy Hook, 5.41 inches Shelton, 5.18 inches Stamford, 7.2 inches Stratford, 6.04 inches Trumbull, 5.4 inches Weston, 6.07 inches Westport, 5.94 inches Wilton, 5.37 inches New Haven County Branford, 5.15 inches Guilford, 5.55 inches Hamden, 5.88 inches Killingworth, 5.83 inches Meriden, 4.97 inches Milford, 6.50 inches Naugatuck, 4.9 inches New Haven, 4.54 inches Oxford, 4.32 inches Prospect, 5.40 inches Seymour, 8.72 inches Wallingford, 5.26 inches Waterbury, 5.41 inches Hartford County Avon, 5.66 inches Bradley Airport, 5.2 inches Bristol, 6.06 inches Burlington, 6.93 inches East Hartford, 5.75 inches Farmington, 5.88 inches Hartford, 4.71 inches Manchester, 5.36 inches Plainville, 5.77 inches South Windsor, 5.40 inches West Hartford, 4.96 inches Windsor Locks, 5.86 inches Middlesex County Essex, 6.53 inches Clinton, 8.37 inches...
    An Australian state is testing out a new app that uses facial recognition technology to ensure residents are complying with COVID-19 home quarantine orders. The app, listed as Home Quarantine SA in app stores and unveiled by the South Australian government Aug. 23, uses geo-location and facial recognition software to track those quarantining themselves, South Australia Premier Steven Marshall told ABC News in an August interview. All South Australians ordered to quarantine must download the app. The app ensures citizens comply with quarantine orders by contacting people at random and asking them to provide proof of their location within 15 minutes. Citizens then share their location with the government or provide “live face check-ins” to confirm they are at their “registered quarantine address,” according to the app’s description. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Marshall told ABC News. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: Australia Once Again Proves It Is Basically An Island Of Prisoners With COVID Restrictions) An X5 group representative demonstrates a facial recognition payment system at a self-checkout...
    INSTAGRAM needs to know your birthday and, if you don't tell, you won't be able to use the app. You may have already given Instagram your birthday details, but if you haven't, it's about to start demanding them. 1The photo-sharing app is making changes to protect its younger usersCredit: Instagram Instagram started requiring birthdays in 2019. So if you signed up before then you may have never given your official date of birth. Instagram is bringing in new rules about birthdays in an attempt to protect children online. You'll be asked for your birthday when you open the app. There's a possibility to ignore the requests up to a point and then the app will stop working properly for you. Most read in Phones & GadgetsOFF TRACK Google users warned to delete Chrome NOW after shocking tracking admission'ALL SEEING' I Apple users warned of new update that allows iPhones to SPY on their ownersCANCER BATTLE How old is Technoblade and does he have cancer?SPYWARE SCAM Android users warned over FluBot malware via text about 'missed delivery''STAY STRONG' Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade...
    Fears of dangerous winds from Henri never materialized for most of this region after the storm weakened significantly before making landfall, which wound up being about 50 miles farther east than earlier projections. But the storm, though disorganized, did manage to cause dangerous flooding in many areas, with drenching downpours at times over the course of nearly 48 hours. A total of just over 8 inches of rainfall were recorded in New York City (in Central Park). Here's a rundown of totals early Monday evening, Aug. 23 in Connecticut from reports by the National Weather Service and other sources: Fairfield County Brookfield, 2.39 inches Danbury, 3.63 inches Darien, 3.6 inches Fairfield, 2.30 inches Greenwich, 3.41 inches New Canaan, 2.5 inches Ridgefield, 2.75 inches Shelton, 2.99 inches Stamford, 3.3 inches New Haven County Bethany, 2.93 inches Branford, 2.33 inches Meriden Airport, 2.85 inches New Haven, 2.4 inches Milford, 2.18 inches Naugatuck, 2.36 inches Wallingford, 2.55 inches Hartford County East Granby, 3.0 inches Hartford, 2.6 inches Manchester, 4.56 inches Rocky Hill, 2.60 inches South Windsor, 4.50 inches Tolland County Columbia, 3.12 inches Storrs, 2.1 inches Middlesex County Durham, 3.54 inches East Hampton, 2.5 inches Saybrook Manor, 2.49 inches New...
    Fears of dangerous winds from Henri never materialized for most of this region after the storm weakened significantly before making landfall, which wound up being about 50 miles farther east than earlier projections. But the storm, though disorganized, did manage to cause dangerous flooding in many areas, with drenching downpours at times over the course of nearly 48 hours. A total of just over 8 inches of rainfall were recorded in New York City (in Central Park). Here's a rundown of totals early Monday evening, Aug. 23 in Connecticut from reports by the National Weather Service and other sources: Fairfield County Brookfield, 2.39 inches Danbury, 3.63 inches Darien, 3.6 inches Fairfield, 2.30 inches Greenwich, 3.41 inches New Canaan, 2.5 inches Ridgefield, 2.75 inches Shelton, 2.99 inches Stamford, 3.3 inches New Haven County Bethany, 2.93 inches Branford, 2.33 inches Meriden Airport, 2.85 inches New Haven, 2.4 inches Milford, 2.18 inches Naugatuck, 2.36 inches Wallingford, 2.55 inches Hartford County East Granby, 3.0 inches Hartford, 2.6 inches Manchester, 4.56 inches Rocky Hill, 2.60 inches South Windsor, 4.50 inches Tolland County Columbia, 3.12 inches Storrs, 2.1 inches Middlesex County Durham, 3.54 inches East Hampton, 2.5 inches Saybrook Manor, 2.49 inches New...
    AS American families await their second Child Tax Credit aid on Friday, many are dealing with specific reasons why they have yet to receive their first payment. There are various issues hampering the federal cash credit collection including being paid the wrong amount, an erroneous omission for those families with an immigrant spouse or some families may be entitled to collect the money but failed to file a 2020 tax return.  3NINTCHDBPICT000672752061Credit: Alamy The last reason is perhaps most persistent since these advance monthly payments are based on the most recent filing or unless your 2019 taxes are the latest year of returns. “Half the total credit amount will be paid in advance monthly payments and you will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return,” according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It’s very possible that if you filed, the information may be outdated or incomplete.  Meanwhile, a number of mixed-status families missed out because of an agency glitch. In a statement, the IRS acknowledged that "some taxpayers who filed tax returns" with immigrant...
    MILLIONS of Americans have been left furious over months-long delays to their 2020 tax refunds. A report by the Taxpayer Advocate Service in July revealed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was dealing with a record backlog of around 35 million unprocessed returns. 2The IRS blamed the delay on staffing shortages and Covid-19 restrictionsCredit: Alamy The accumulation is a result of the pandemic restricting IRS employees from accessing the agency's facilities because they're all working remotely and dealing with a significant workload. The IRS deals with the tax return rollout as well as sending out stimulus checks and calculating other tax credits, as well as refunding unemployment compensation. Staff shortages and new tax laws have also played a part in delaying returns, the agency said. Late last month, the government agency said it had processed 15.6 million more returns, meaning around 20 million Americans are still waiting for their cash. Addressing the ongoing issues, the agency posted a statement to their Where's My Refund? on their website. It read: "Covid-19 Processing Delays. It’s taking more than 21 days for us to issue refunds...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has been sounding the alarm, and directly blaming the 93 million unvaccinated Americans for allowing COVID-19 the time and room to mutate — potentially into a variant that could “push aside” the Delta variant and “challenge” current vaccines. The potential for new and more dangerous variants has long been a concern, but Fauci ramped up the urgency of those concerns in new interviews, including one with McClatchy. Fauci discussed the current explosion in cases and the risks posed by the Delta variant — and warned of what could come next: “If we don’t crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter, giving it ample chance to get a variant which, quite frankly, we’re very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants — particularly against severe illness,” Fauci said. “We’re very fortunate that that’s the case. There could be a variant that’s lingering out there that can...
    AMERICANS eligible to receive expanded child tax credits under the America Rescue Plan are being warned they may not receive their check if they haven't filed their taxes. The majority of US households have already received their first enhanced check after payments began being issued by the IRS on July 15. 1The first checks were sent out on July 15 Those payments covered around 60 million children, according to the government agency. However, a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities last week warned that up to 4 million children in low-income households might miss out on credit this year because IRS has no information to issue checks to those families. With the next payment slated for August 15, action needs to be taken soon for any families who fall into this bracket. HOW TO GET PAID Ahead of the child tax credit rollout, the IRS launched a separate portal deliberately targeted at low-income families. Some low-income earners think that they are not eligible to claim child tax credits if they do not file a tax return. You...
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