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    New York (CNN Business)The Covid era of free money is coming to an end. After dropping interest rates to zero in March 2020 to revive the economy, the Federal Reserve is shifting gears and going into inflation-fighting mode.Fed officials indicated Wednesday they plan to raise interest rates in March, launching a series of rate hikes for the first time since 2015.Americans will experience this policy shift through higher borrowing costs: No longer will it be insanely cheap to take out mortgages or car loans. And money in the bank will finally earn something, albeit not much. "Money will no longer be free," said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM US.Read MoreThe US economy grew at the fastest rate in 2021 since the Reagan administrationWhen the pandemic erupted, the Fed made it almost free to borrow in an effort to encourage spending by households and businesses. And to further boost the Covid-ravaged economy, the US central bank also printed trillions of dollars through a program known as quantitative easing and rolled out emergency credit facilities.The Fed's rescue worked. There was no...
    NASA has revealed some of the real word products and services being developed thanks to the innovate technologies it has pioneered. The Spinoff 2022 list includes an air purifier that could grow plants in space, underwear for race car drivers, and new biometric technologies.  It includes details on 45 companies that have made use of NASA technology to advance manufacturing, detoxify polluted soil and improve weather forecasts.   Thousands of patents are held by the US space agency, available for license by a range of companies working in industries from robotics to aerospace. These ideas, products and concepts are born out of NASA's mission of exploration, which requires new technologies, software, and research in order to succeed.   The interior of the Biomass Production Chamber at Kennedy Space Center replicated the closed growing environment astronauts will use in space or on other planets 'The value of NASA is not confined to the cosmos but realized throughout our country,' said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, at the launch of Spinoff 2022. He said it comes in the form of 'hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs to...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki objected when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy tried to rephrase her reply to a question about school mask mandates. At Friday’s press briefing, Doocy asked Ms. Psaki about school boards who are trying to reinstate mask mandates that were rescinded by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Doocy cited the lawsuits, and asked “So who does the President think knows best for students: school board members or parents?” Psaki replied that President Joe Biden “believes that public health officials have the best guidance on what we can all do to protect ourselves, including teachers, administrators, and students.” She reminded Doocy that school decisions are handled at the local level and that according to science, “masks reduce transmissions in school. They are a proven tool that helps keep students and teachers safe from COVID. And they can thus help keep schools open and safe.” Psaki also cited officials in Texas flouting public health guidelines and asked “Why is that? I think that has more to do with politics than it does with public health.” Doocy cited Youngkin’s order and...
    Jeff Bezos is on a mission to conquer aging. He has just recruited Hal Barron from GlaxoSmithKline to help lead Altos Labs, the ambitious new anti-aging company with billions of investment. So what does science really say about this? Could we beat aging? Aging isn’t just a change in how we feel or look, aging happens at a cellular level. In a lab culture dish, adult skin cells divide roughly 50 times before stopping. But skin cells from a newborn baby can divide 80 or 90 times. And on the flip side, cells from someone elderly divide only around 20 times. Aging is also evident in our genes. Our genetic material is modified over time—chemicals can be attached that change which genes are switched on or off. These are called epigenetic changes, and they build up as we age. Another kind of change takes place at the ends of our cell’s DNA. Repeating segments of DNA called telomeres act like the plastic tip of a shoelace, preventing the twisted coils of genetic material from fraying at the ends or knotting...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) argued on Sunday that the Biden administration’s “mealy-mouthed” response to mounting Russian aggression at the Ukrainian border “emboldens and encourages our adversaries everywhere.” Cotton noted two of Vladimir Putin‘s demands — that Ukraine not join NATO and the U.S. not have large numbers of combat troops in Ukraine — are “pretexts.” “There is no plan for Ukraine to join NATO,” Cotton said, adding that the U.S. has not had large numbers of combat troops in Ukraine either. “What [Putin] really wants is to reassemble the greater Soviet Russia empire that he thinks…was a geopolitical catastrophe when it collapsed in the 1990s,” Cotton said. “And he wants to have a non-democratic buffer zone so the Russian people can’t look to places like Ukraine and Georgia and say, ‘If democracy works in those countries why shouldn’t it work in ours?'” Cotton said this has been a longtime goal of Putin’s, but the reason he appears to be acting on it now, by increasing Russian military presence on the border and planning a “false flag” operation in order to...
    TEN years ago, brides-to-be got to delight in showing off their engagement rings to their loved ones one-by-one. But in the social media age, you get one chance to do the big announcement - so naturally, you really don't want to mess it up. 2The jewellery designer showed off her latest ringCredit: TikTok//@gaonasjewelry 2But people were horrified by her overgrown gel manicureCredit: TikTok//@gaonasjewelry That said, one woman's ring reveal has got this reminder forever burned into our brains: ALWAYS GET YOUR NAILS DONE FIRST. Earlier this week, TikTok user Gaonas shared a video of her new engagement ring design. Needless to say, the jewellery expert said she'd be pretty happy to receive it herself. In a video that's racked up over 750,000 "likes, Gaonas showed off the chunky diamond ring - which is flanked by two equally sizeable stones. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED She wrote: "Him: Would you marry me? Me: Yuh." But while people were impressed by the stunning sparkler, most viewers took issue with the woman's gel manicure - which...
    'The show must go on' is the cardinal rule of showbusiness; its first and only commandment. And yet Adele, whose record-breaking singing career is a global phenomenon, was today waking up to a huge backlash after deciding that she 'wasn't ready' for a megabucks series of concerts in Las Vegas. Fans, many of whom had paid up to £9,000 for resold tickets and had already travelled long distances for the opening night, were left angry and out of pocket when Adele opted to pull the plug at the 11th hour from the string of concerts that would have netted her £500,000 a show. Gillian Rowland-Kain, 32, was already on her flight to Las Vegas from New York with her twin sister when she found out about the cancellation via social media. The attorney from Brooklyn said: 'I was furious that Adele waited so last minute to make this call.  I recognise it's not a call any artist wants to make but she would've known yesterday that the show wouldn't be ready by tomorrow. 'Her lack of notice is astounding. I'm...
    A TANNING fanatic showed off the sheer volume of mousse she uses to achieve her bronzed look - but that isn’t what has caught people’s attention. Aussie twins Jacqui and Victoria Hondrou are well known for their extreme tanning routine and they’ve once again shocked viewers with a tanning clip.  3She wanted to show off how much tan she uses but that's not what caught everyone's attentionCredit: @hondroutwins/Tiktok 3She did pour out a mountain of mousse to tan her legsCredit: @hondroutwins/Tiktok One of the twins showed off just how much tan she uses in one go, creating an enormous mountain of tanning mousse to dig into. She then applied the tan wearing just rubber gloves, as the twins famously claim this is preferable over using a tanning mit. However, what really stunned viewers was how green her legs looked after applying the tan. The clip racked up 1.9 million views and commenters were almost unanimous in their surprise at the green tone of the woman’s freshly tanned legs. “Sister you’re green”, wrote one viewer, while another agreed: “That’s not tan....
    NEW year, new you...it's a phrase we hear all the time after Big Ben has gonged at midnight and, for some, it often means taking a big style leap and heading to your local salon for the chop. But it’s important to know what you’re asking for as some styles can be instantly ageing.  5Hairdressers know exactly which haircuts are going to be ageing for their clientsCredit: Getty Faye Riley, Lead Stylist at Doll Beauty HQ, has revealed the top haircuts and styles that can instantly age you.  She said: “Like with makeup and clothes, trends come and go. It can be hard to look bang on trend and fresh when still reaching for the hair mousse you’ve used since the ’80s. “With our hair it can be empowering to make changes, try something new and let go of old styles.” She explained that some people feel like they need to try a drastic change to look younger but while they should look for inspiration, it’s important they ask their stylist for advice.  Faye added: “Look for inspiration from...
    Two Colorado cops are being sued by a 79-year-old disabled man who says they tasered him twice and threw him to the ground after he sat in a section of a McDonald's that was closed off due to COVID-19. Clayton Shriver waited for his partner at a McDonald's inside a Walmart in Westminster, Colorado on May 15, 2020. Restaurant staff said he had to buy something or leave, but he couldn't make out what they were saying because of his various impairments, including hearing loss and previous traumatic brain injuries, according to the lawsuit. An officer who was already in the store was called over. When Shriver tried to walk to his car, he was tackled to the ground and tasered, he says. A second officer who arrived for backup allegedly tasered him again.  The incident left Shriver with right hip pain and limited motion in his right shoulder. The Westminster Police Department says the incident, which was caught on video, was reviewed by a civilian review board and independent witnesses who found no evidence of excessive force. The two...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with pupils in a maths class as he makes a constituency visit to Oakwood School on January 10, 2022 in Uxbridge, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing the political battle of his career with a growing rebellion from within his own party after multiple allegations of parties and gatherings of government staff, including himself, during coronavirus lockdowns. An inquiry is currently taking place to establish the nature and purpose of the gatherings and whether Covid legislation at the time was broken. The findings of that investigation are being eagerly awaited as the results could prompt more Conservative Party lawmakers to turn on Johnson and mount a confidence vote and leadership challenge. CNBC has a short guide to a very British political crisis:What's going on?Johnson's leadership is under immense pressure after weeks of media reports of multiple parties and gatherings attended by government staff, including Johnson at times. One gathering in particular has snared Johnson which was held in May 2020 at the...
    DEAR JOAN: My backyard birdhouse has been invaded and is now occupied by bees. Very small bees. Very small. Not wasps, not hornets, not bumbles. They’re about the size of a dime. What are they? What are they doing inside my tall — actually a decorative — birdhouse? Help! J. K., Pleasant Hill DEAR J.: Your decorative birdhouse has now become a functional bee hive. I’d say the mystery invaders are honeybees, which are smaller than people might think — about a half-inch in size. They also are the only bees we have that form large colonies, or hives. Honeybees are social bees, creating hives that nurture future generations of bees, as well as a stockpile of honey. The majority of other common bees in the area are solitary bees. Although they might hang out together at times, they build their own nests for laying eggs and rearing baby bees, and they don’t cluster together or produce honey. They also are much more mellow than honeybees, which usually are pretty chill unless someone or something threatens the hive. Most of...
    MICROSOFT is continuing in its mission to make Xbox the best place to play by snapping up Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal. Announced in a blog post, Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that Activision's extensive library of games would be added to Xbox Game Pass once the deal closes. 1Microsoft will own a slew of Activision Blizzard properties if the deal goes throughCredit: Microsoft Some of Activision Blizzard's franchises include Call of Duty, Diablo, Overwatch, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft, Tony Hawk, and World of Warcraft. It follows on from Microsoft's late 2020 acquisition of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax Media which cost the company $7.5bn. That's a drop in the bucket compared to almost ten times that on this Activision deal. What does the Microsoft Activision deal mean for gamers? Xbox players will already be familiar with the magic of Game Pass, giving subscribers day one access to brand new titles. Activision's stable of titles will be added to Game Pass when the deal closes, including old and new games from the publisher. Game Pass has just reached 25...
    Michigan Democrats were heavily criticized over the weekend for telling parents that they are not 'clients' of public schools and that public education teaches kids what society 'needs them to know.'   A Facebook post on Saturday shared by the state's Democrats on their official page blasted the idea that parents should be involved in what public school teach their children. The post was taken down on Monday morning following heavy disapproval. 'Not sure where this "parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids" is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,' the post read.  'The purpose of public education in public schools is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught,' the Michigan Democratic Party’s post added. 'It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public.' The Michigan Democratic Party later deleted the post on Martin Luther King Day and retracted its original statement. It is...
    "But if you're asking me do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country? Not until we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us," Palihapitiya explained, adding that "every time I say that I care about the Uyghurs, I'm really just lying if I don't really care. And so I'd rather not lie to you and tell you the truth. It's not a priority for me." When Calacanis argued it's a "sad state of affairs" when human rights as a global concept "falls beneath tactical and strategic issues," Palihapitiya replied that such a stance is a "luxury belief." The Warriors' exec and part owner added that "we don't do enough domestically to actually express that view in real, tangible ways. So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders ... with us sort of like morally virtual signaling about somebody else's human rights track record is deplorable." E63: Insurrection indictments, human rights in the...
    NYC Mayor Eric Adams has been blasted for saying there's only a 'perception' of danger on the city's subway, the day after a passenger was pushed to her death in a seemingly random attack.   Speaking at a press conference in the wake of Saturday's murder, Adams said: 'New Yorkers are safe on the subway system I think it's about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system. 'Think about that for a moment,' he added. 'What we must do is remove the perception of fear. 'Cases like this aggravate the perception of fear,' he said referring to the death of subway rider Michelle Go, 40 — who was unexpectedly killed when suspect Simon Martial, 61, allegedly pushed her in front of an oncoming MTA train on Saturday morning at the station on West 42nd St and Broadway. 'When you see homeless individuals with mental health issues not being attended to and given the proper services, that adds to the perception of fear,' Adams said.  Former Republican mayor candidate and Adam's arch-nemesis, Curtis Sliwa,...
    At least two witness have reported seeing an unidentified flying over South West London earlier today. Video footage recorded at around 4.27pm this afternoon appears to show a grey-coloured object flying directly upwards over Tooting. A long contrail appears behind the object in an area of sky that is often busy with planes approaching Heathrow airport   People on the ground could have seen an optical illusion created by an overflying plane, but one witness claims the object was flying 'directly upwards'/  The bizarre sighting was made by 26-year-old freelance graphic designer Gabriella, who requested her full name not be published.
    During Wednesday’s edition of his podcast, Joe Rogan denied that myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart muscle – is more commonly a side effect in children who have had Covid-19 than it is in children who have had the Covid-19 vaccine. He was immediately fact-checked by his guest Josh Szeps, who said the opposite is actually true. After not believing Szeps, Rogan had his producer look up the information to confirm. Szeps was correct. Here’s their exchange: ROGAN: For young boys in particular, there’s an adverse risk associated with the vaccine. There’s like a two- to fourfold increase in the instances of myocarditis versus hospitalization. SZEPS: You know that there’s an increased risk in myocarditis among that age cohort from getting Covid as well – which exceeds the risk of myocarditis from the vaccine. ROGAN: I don’t think that’s true. It don’t think it’s true. SZEPS: It is. ROGAN: No, no, no. I don’t think it’s true that there’s an increased risk of myocarditis from people catching Covid that are young, versus increased risk of myocarditis from the vaccine....
    BOOK OF THE WEEK LET'S GET PHYSICAL   by Danielle Friedman (Icon £16.99, 352pp) Hovering anxiously outside the Pure Barre studio, Danielle Friedman had to acknowledge that no experience in an adult woman’s life is more likely to reduce her to a sweaty mess of schoolgirl insecurities than a new exercise class. The 35-year-old New Yorker had signed up to the ballet-based classes because she was getting married. Although she had spent her journalistic career ‘making the case that women should be valued for their inner selves and not their appearance’, she still wanted to look good in her strapless lace dress. ‘Even feminists’, she says, ‘sometimes fantasise about facing the world with a flat stomach.’ Danielle Friedman, 35, who lives in New York, explores the history of female fitness in new book Let's Get Physical. Pictured: Jane Fonda Committing to a regime that brutally exposed her to the judgment of her peers, but ultimately boosted her self-esteem, Friedman began to investigate the history of female fitness. She goes back to the 1950s to trace the tensions that continue to exist...
    A NEW internet trend called 'grounding' has influencers walking around barefoot -- but what does science have to say about this practice? Grounding, sometimes known as 'earthing' or 'green footing', seems to have taken over social media apps like TikTok and Instagram, with several influencers claiming it can be beneficial for the body. 2The practice of 'grounding' has people walking barefoot everywhere. The therapeutic practice of grounding (not to be confused with the mental health treatment) consists of walking around barefoot to electrically reconnect one to the earth. One TikTiker by the handle of @AliceAllani told her 661,000 followers that while it initially started as a joke, she now walks around barefoot everywhere, including in the grocery store -- this prompted some TikTokers to express concerns about hygiene as COVID-19 rages on. Although grounding may have just taken over the internet, the practice has been around for quite a while, with scientists taking an interest in the technique since at least the early 2000s. The basic theory behind grounding is rooted in earthing science and physics that...
    He noted that medical issues can be debated and he pushed back against the notion that everyone ought to implicitly trust in the pronouncements issued by the "medical establishment." "And medical matters are completely debatable. This idea that the medical establishment should be able to say, 'Just do what we say. When have we ever been wrong?' A lot would be my answer to that. You’ve been wrong a lot. You told us that the vaccines would get us out of this. Well they didn’t. What they do is they stop death. But you said they would stop transmission of the disease. They don’t stop you from getting it, and they don’t stop you from transmitting it. What they do is stop you from dying if you do get it. Well that’s very different than what you said a year ago. So don’t just stand there in your white coat saying 'We have all the answers.' You don’t. And just to throw in with Dr. Fauci doesn’t mean you’re a morally superior person. That attitude is what annoys people, I...
    A pedestrian walks by a Wells Fargo home mortgage office in San Francisco.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images If you're in the market for a home and haven't locked in a mortgage rate yet, that home just got more expensive.  The average rate on the popular 30-year mortgage hit 3.64% Monday morning, after rising sharply last week, according to Mortgage News Daily. On Friday, the rate was 3.5%, and last Monday it was 3.29%. The real jump happened mid-week, when the Federal Reserve announced it would offload mortgage-backed bonds from its balance sheet sooner than expected. Bond yields also rose on news that the coronavirus omicron variant could spike and then quickly moderate, and with symptoms much weaker than previous variants, economic activity could bounce back rapidly. Mortgage rates follow loosely the yield on the 10-year Treasury. "Last week saw bonds sell off at their fastest pace in at least 9 months on a combination of a hawkish pivot from the Fed and paradoxical omicron optimism," wrote Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at MND. "Corporate bond issuance and looming Treasury issuance...
    Social media users have gone wild after discovering the astounding reasons for everyday items. Collated by US athletics site Sportinal, the gallery revealed how the small 'extra' pocket located inside the jeans pocket is to provide extra support to stop trousers from ripping in their weak spots. And another sartorial surprise came with the fabric swatches provided alongside spare buttons on new clothes, which are there to test your cleaning products on to ensure you won't ruin them. Meanwhile, the tiny hole in airplane windows is to provide ventilation so the glass won't fog up, while the hole next to your iPhone camera is actually a microphone. So, how many of the following products' purposes did you know? A gallery collated by Sportinal has revealed the astounding reasons for everyday items. The tiny hole in airplane windows is to provide ventilation so the glass won't fog up RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next No wonder they're still single! Women reveal the bizarre... Feline sneaky! Owners share photos of their cleverly... Now it's cool to dress...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – One of the trickle-down effects of those surging numbers is the skyrocketing wait times in hospital emergency rooms. They’re being measured in hours, not minutes in many cases. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas introduces us to one suburban family who learned that lesson the hard way. READ MORE: Woman, Infant Killed In Crash On I-80/94 Following Police Pursuit In Northwest Indiana“My uncle is 83-years-old, and my 79-year-old dad brought him to the emergency room.” Maura Dunleavy wrote us about a long wait for her Uncle Edward… at the Palos Hospital ER. She wants everyone to know about what it’s like in an emergency room these days. “Are you telling me to leave? They said yes. So, I left. I left my brother there alone. I didn’t feel very good about it.” Brian Dunleavy brought his brother to the hospital. He believes seniors should be allowed someone at their side. “Old people and babies should have an advocate. And that’s what made me mad.” The other thing that made Brian mad, the wait time for his brother. After some...
    A group of beekeepers were arrested in Chile when police officers were stung at a protest calling for support for the beleaguered industry.  The keepers swarmed the presidential palace in the capital, Santiago, demanding government help after a prolonged drought, which has ravaged the industry.  Seven officers were stung after being sent in to clear some 60 hives – containing around 10,000 bees – set up to block a main road.  Passers-by were forced to duck and flee as bees escaped when police officers tried to move them. Beekeepers in Chile who demanded government measures to face the persistent drought that affects the country are detained by riot police The beekeepers want government reform to improve honey prices or to provide subsidies to honey producers. They have asked to meet with President Sebastian Pinera. One of the beekeepers, Jose Iturra, told local reporters that the drought in the Colina commune north of Santiago was killing the local bee population. 'Bees are dying,' Mr Iturra said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Olive oil fit for a...
    (CNN)The fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl when an officer's bullet ripped through a California department store dressing room wall has raised serious questions about whether he was justified in firing his weapon at a man suspected of attacking a woman with a bicycle lock in the store.The Los Angeles Police Department unit that was responding to numerous reports of an assault with a deadly weapon and a possible shooting in progress on December 23 was operating under active shooter mode and following police protocols for responding to mass shootings, according to Tom Saggau, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a police union that represents LAPD officers.The incident at the Burlington store in North Hollywood has sparked outrage as the public and family members of the victim demand answers about why the officer opened fire on the suspect who was not armed with a firearm, ultimately resulting in his death and the death of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta in her mother's arms.The LAPD investigation into the incident is in its early stages, according to Capt. Stacy Spell. The...
    Haskins went on to explain how fear of this "cyber pandemic" could be used to usher in a new digital international currency and what this means for your financial security. Watch the video clip below for more details. Glenn’s new book, co-authored by Justin Haskins, hits shelves Jan. 11. Pre-order your copy of "The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First Century Fascism" today. Want more from Glenn Beck?To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.
    There’s nothing quite as exciting as cracking open a pristine new diary, yet, after the past couple of years, we’d be forgiven for feeling a little anxious as we look at its empty pages. Will we finally be able to fill them in 2022? This time last year, I was inundated with requests from newspapers and magazines around the world seeking similar reassurance. Surely 2021 would be better than 2020? The problem was, I simply couldn’t tell people what they wanted to hear. With its series of nasty clashes between Saturn, the strict disciplinarian, and Uranus, the deceitful saboteur, 2021 was always going to be at least as bad, if not worse, than the year before. But 2022? A completely different story. This year, there is good news. Not only are there no major nasty planetary clashes causing havoc, but the most active of the highly influential so-called ‘outer’ planets is Jupiter, which brings luck. Overall, 2022 is a year when change isn’t just possible, it’s almost inevitable — on the world stage, for humanity as a whole, and on...
    Janet Jackson claims her late brother Michael has made her 'guilty by association' after he was accused of sexually abusing children in the nineties. Singer Janet, 55, stood by her sibling when dentist and screenwriter Evan Chandler accused him of sexually abusing his 13-year-old son Jordan in 1993, but she has now admitted her relationship with Michael put 'pressure' on her. In a new trailer for Janet's self-titled upcoming Lifetime documentary, JANET, she said: 'There is a great deal of scrutiny that comes from having that last name.' Speaking out: Janet Jackson, 55, claims her late brother Michael has made her 'guilty by association' after he was accused of sexually abusing children in the nineties When asked if she felt the allegations against Michael affected her career, Janet said: 'Guilty by association. I guess that's what they call it, right?' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Madonna reunites with son Rocco Ritchie, 21, during family... Britney Spears' fiance Sam Asghari reveals they 'love' going... EXCLUSIVE: How Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky's plans... Megan Fox...
    There should be no more 'circling back' to a prior topic in the new year, according to Lake Superior State University's influential annual list of banned words. The work term, a modern alternative to 'I'll get back to you on that', has been used frequently by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over the past year, as she repeatedly dodged questions from reporters. Her overuse of the term has led to several conservative memes and even a rap song compiling all the times she has uttered the phrase. But the term 'treats colloquy like an ice skating rink as if we must circle back to a prior subject,' researchers at the Michigan university advised in their most recent list. And one grammarian says it is 'the most overused phrase in business, government or other organizations since 'synergy,'' which the university also banned in 2002. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been mocked for her overuse of the term 'circle back' at her press conferences. That term is now on Lake Superior State University's annual list of banned words Many of...
    Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? If you are looking for inspiration, then here are some of the tried-and-tested things I have incorporated into my own life, which you, too, could take on to ensure a healthier, happier 2022. Try a keto diet A 2021 survey by Public Health England revealed that nearly half of us have put on around half a stone (just over 3 kg) during the pandemic. So how best to get rid of those Covid kilos? Over the autumn months I put on a few pounds, creeping into the overweight category (my BMI, which for years had been around 24, was 25). I tried a new approach to slim down for Christmas: a short-term ‘keto’ diet — where you cut your consumption of carbs to less than 50g a day, while eating plenty of healthy fats, such as olive oil, oily fish and nuts, plus lots of veg. It forms the basis of my book, The Fast 800 Keto, which has just been published. A 2021 survey by Public Health England revealed that nearly half of...
    BRITS have rejoiced this week as the government ruled that no new restrictions would be implemented, meaning New Year's celebrations can continue. Infections have continued to rise but many people who catch Omicron are reporting cold-like symptoms. 3Brits will be able to celebrate New Year freely but have been urged to be 'sensible' as Covid cases are still highCredit: LNP 3 At the start of this month Boris Johnson revealed the four key numbers that he said would determine if England needed more restrictions. He said: "[We will be] guided by the hard medical data around four - efficacy of vaccines, severity of Omicron, speed or spread and rate of hospitalisations. "We will monitor the data and keep it under review and we need to be humble in the face of the virus. "As soon as it becomes clear boosters are capable of holding Omicron and we have boosted enough then we will be able to move forward as before." A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to...
    Meghan McCain warned Democrats about becoming the “party” that believes parents shouldn’t “have any say” in what kids are being taught in school. “The 2021 census saw a phenomenal growth in homeschooling. Up 5 million from 3.2 million,” the former co-host of “The View” tweeted Monday. “If Democrats want to be the party of parents don’t and shouldn’t get to have any say or control over what their children are being taught in school, your party is going the way of the whigs.” (RELATED: ‘I’m Just Going To Rip The Band-Aid Off’: Meghan McCain Announces She’s Leaving ‘The View’) The 2021 census saw a phenomenal growth in homeschooling. Up 5 million from 3.2 million. If democrats want to be the party of parents don’t and shouldn’t get to have any say or control over what their children are being taught in school, your party is going the way of the whigs. https://t.co/AdqGGpMJlD — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 27, 2021 McCain’s post includes a clip from “Meet The Press” of New York Times writer and ‘1619 Project’ founder Nikole Hannah-Jone,...
    The controversial founder of the 1619 Project, which helped propel the issue of critical race theory to the forefront of political debate, said that parents shouldn't decide what's being taught in schools and claimed she is 'not a professional educator' despite being a tenured professor. Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing the 1619 project for the New York Times in 2019, defended her work and blamed 'a right-wing propaganda campaign' for creating the wedge issue that helped sway the outcome of the governor's race in Virginia this year.   'I don't really understand this idea that parents should decide what's being taught. I'm not a professional educator,' Hannah-Jones said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.  'I don't have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have an expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job,' she added.  Her 1619 project, which offers a view of American history that says the US was founded upon racism and that 1619 -...
    Personality tests are the preferred content for thousands of people on the Internet, and the test we provide below is no exception. This test Viral Psychology can tell you whether or not you are a prosperous person. Take part in it and discover new details about yourself! All you have to do is answer the following question: What do you see first in the picture? Nothing else. As reported MDZ Online, Your answer will reveal how you really are. But be careful, you have to be honest. You do not seem to be lying. There are only two possible options in the description: fire and rooster. Each alternative has a different meaning. Now that you know all this, make a personality choice. You will be amazed by the information given! Image of virus testing 2021 This explanation will help you to know if you are a prosperous person. Tell us what you see first in the picture. Fire or service? (Photo: MDZ Online / Pinterest) Psychological test answers If the fire you first saw in the picture, you have amazing...
    Although carbon emissions in early 2020 plunged thanks to COVID-related lockdowns around the world, they rebounded quite quickly. As we near the end of 2021, many economies are starting to see carbon emissions climb to levels close to or even higher than pre-pandemic averages. The damage of greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere cannot be reversed overnight. Some things are sure to get worse: The world will get hotter, the glaciers will continue to melt a bit, sea levels will rise, storm events will hit us harder, and people will suffer. And yet there were still signs of hope this year that solutions to climate change were on the horizon. COP26, the UN climate change conference originally slated for 2020 before the pandemic pushed it back to this past November, led to some surprisingly optimistic agreements from world leaders to reduce carbon emissions and work together to expand programs that would move national economies toward renewable energies. It also provided new frameworks for building resilient infrastructure to mitigate the effects of climate, provide more resources to developing countries, and invest...
    President Joe Biden admitted on Wednesday night that he wished his plan to send 500 million Covid-19 tests to people's homes came to him earlier - despite promising nearly three months ago to increase the supply by 'nearly 300 million.'  Just two days until Christmas, Americans nationwide are still waiting in long lines for Covid-19 tests and even longer for their results amid a massive spike in demand. Three major studies have already confirmed the Omicron variant is noticeably milder than Delta, the previous dominant strain. In the United Kingdom, Covid patients with Omicron were 20 to 25 percent less likely to need hospitalization, according to one study. Another paper found Omicron was up to 45 percent less likely to lead to hospitalization than Delta, based on 300,000 people in England. But Biden was forced to defend his administration's response to the highly-contagious Omicron variant as it rips through all 50 states. He told ABC host David Muir that 'nothing's been good enough' though repeated his and his top officials' line that nobody 'saw it coming' as rapidly as it...
    A Pennsylvania food pantry volunteer was sentenced to a year's probation for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot after his wife accidentally implicated him on Facebook with a post saying, 'Okay ladies, let me tell you what happened as my husband was there inside the Capitol Rotunda.'  Gary Edwards, 68, of Churchville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to one year's probation, 200 community service hours, and has to be pay a $2,500 fine on Monday.  Additionally, District Judge James Boasberg ordered him to put $500 in restitution toward the $1.5million damages to the Capitol.  The judge ignored the prosecutor's wishes for Edwards to be locked up for two weeks, saying he was 'one of the least culpable people' that's been charged.  Edwards, who does not have social media and had not boasted about his time at Capitol, had phoned his wife of 45 years after breaking into the Capitol. He entered around 3pm wearing a Make America Great Again winter hat after he saw the mob moving toward the building, where Congress was ratifying Joe Biden's victory as president. 'I...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci demanded Fox News’ Jesse Watters be fired “on the spot” for a rant that included encouragement of a metaphorical “kill shot.” Fauci made the demand on Tuesday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day when co-anchor John Berman asked the Biden administration’s chief infectious disease expert to weigh in on comments that Watters made during the speech for Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump organization. Berman did not play the comments for Fauci — “because frankly, I think it’s dangerous,” Berman told Fauci — but instead, described them. He said Watters “suggested to the crowd that they ambush you with what he said was some kind of rhetorical kill shot. That was his exact word.” And a short clip that has been circulating on social media picks up in the middle of what is clearly Watters describing how ordinary citizens could create a viral moment by confronting Fauci in public and filming the result. “Now you’re going for the kill shot. The kill shot with an ambush is deadly because he doesn’t see it coming,” Watters said, and after proposing...
    (CNN)No more monthly payments for tens of millions of families. No universal pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds. No health insurance for more than 2 million low-income Americans. No funneling of billions of dollars into clean energy initiatives.The end of negotiations between President Joe Biden and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia means that these and a multitude of other provisions to strengthen the nation's safety net won't happen -- at least not soon.The fate of the Democrats' $1.75 trillion spending plan is now uncertain. Manchin announced on Sunday that he would not support the current version of the legislation, halting its path through the Senate since the party needs the support of all 50 of its members to approve the package through the budget reconciliation process. It passed the House last month.Manchin has repeatedly voiced concerns about the size of the proposal, which he called a "mammoth piece of legislation" on Sunday. He has objected to the enhanced child tax credit, paid family leave and climate provisions, along with several tax measures. Plus, he said the package could add...
    People wait in long lines to see the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular on Dec, 14, 2021 in New York City. The show announced on Dec. 17 that it is canceling the rest of this season's performances due to rising Covid-19 cases.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images A new surge in Covid-19 infections has led some major event organizers to cancel shows or sporting events. For many, the moves are flashbacks to the aftermath of the initial onset of the pandemic in 2020. This time around, the answers as to what happens next for ticket purchasers may still be unclear. "It's just so dynamic and it definitely depends on the policy of the individual venue or ticket seller," said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com and Bankrate.com. A dramatic uptick in Covid-19 cases in New York City prompted "The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes" to shut its doors for the rest of the season, in a decision announced on Dec. 17. More from Personal Finance: How to refresh your home office as return-to-work plans...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutor tells jury in closing arguments that Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright knew what she did was wrong. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Jake Paul believes the prospect of winning a world title is a genuine possibility after ending his rivalry with Tyron Woodley in emphatic fashion in Tampa, Florida.  'The Problem Child' claimed a unanimous decision victory over Woodley in their first bout in August, but was more decisive in their eagerly-anticipated rematch as he knocked the former UFC champion out cold with a destructive overhand right in the sixth round.  Paul, who overcame a gruesome cut following a clash of heads in round three, took his professional record to 5-0 with the victory and now has knockouts over all four of his opponents.  Jake Paul (right) emphatically knocked out Tyron Woodley (left) as he moved to 5-0 as a boxer Paul (right) celebrated his win in front of the 18,000 crowd while Woodley remained floored RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley 2 LIVE: 'The Problem Child'... 'KO of the year to be honest': Boxing fans go CRAZY for Jake... Jake Paul was AHEAD on all three judges' scorecards before... 'I didn't...
    After days of rumors swirling among reporters on Capitol Hill, President Joe Biden confirmed it late Thursday evening: The Build Back Better plan is not going to pass this year. Which almost certainly means that the timeline for passing it is never. Biden, of course, denied that "never" is in the cards. Instead, he released a statement to reporters, claiming, "My team and I are having ongoing discussions" with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the primary holdout stopping Democrats from passing the bill through the Senate. "Leader Schumer and I are determined to see the bill successfully on the floor as early as possible," Biden insisted. Still, there's good reason for skepticism. As I note in Friday's Standing Room Only newsletter, the past 11 months have made it impossible to believe that Manchin is negotiating in good faith. Instead, every move Manchin makes suggests that his plan is what skeptics thought it was all along: pull out the few items that he and his rich benefactors approve of to pass through a slim bipartisan bill, and then doom the larger...
    What did Bardem have to say? 52-year-old Bardem — best known for his hitman role in "No Country for Old Men" — had a pointed response in regard to criticism that a Latin American should have been cast instead of him. “I’m an actor, and that’s what I do for a living: try to be people that I’m not,” Bardem told the Reporter. “What do we do with Marlon Brando playing Vito Corleone? What do we do with Margaret Thatcher played by Meryl Streep? Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln? Why does this conversation happen with people with accents?" He added to the magazine, "You have your accent. That’s where you belong. That’s tricky. Where is that conversation with English-speaking people doing things like 'The Last Duel,' where they were supposed to be French people in the Middle Ages? That’s fine. But me, with my Spanish accent, being Cuban? What I mean is, if we want to open the can of worms, let’s open it for everyone. The role came to me, and one thing that I know for...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is doing something pretty rare among Republicans on Capitol Hill — voicing support for the January 6 committee. In an interview with Spectrum News, the Kentucky senator was confronted about recent comments in which he said “it will be interesting to reveal all the participants that were involved” in January 6. “My point was, we’re watching the investigation that’s occurring over in the House. Reading about it just like everyone else. And it’ll be interesting to see what facts they find.” On the Jan. 6 commission – @LeaderMcConnell said he’s watching the investigation as it occurs over in the House. “It was a horrendous event and I think what they are seeking to find out is something the public needs to know.” pic.twitter.com/Bf63sVHS5o — Julia Benbrook (@JuliaBenbrook) December 17, 2021 McConnell punted when asked to evaluate the performance of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as ranking Republican member of the committee. But he added a broad endorsement for the committee’s work. “It was a horrendous event and I think what they are seeking...
    Many users attest that an image can reveal hidden details about your behavior and interesting details about how you are. Next Personality test They have content that attracts more and more people and all the rage on the networks. In the next picture, you need to choose the warmth that best describes you and the answer can be found at the bottom of the content. Some time ago the American psychologist and biologist Roger W. Sperry – Nobel laureate – discovered that the brain and its two hemispheres (left and right) function differently, thus determining which way we think on the two sides. One that dominates the interior. Based on your findings, there are several tests that can define mood and personality traits. Of a person. All you have to do is take a closer look at the picture we will show you where all the options are. As you can see in the chart 4 different types of hugs Between a couple, to get the closest answer to the truth, according to your personality, you have to choose the...
    A BLOKE has caused a stir after showing off a Christmas card he made for his mate’s kid using his foot. Although the green design was intended to resemble a festive tree, people were quick to say it looked extremely rude instead. 1A man showed off the Christmas tree card he made using his foot - but people think it looks rather rude indeedCredit: Reddit The man took to Reddit to explain how he had received a similar card from the young child and wanted to send one back in return. He copied the child’s design and stamped his foot in green paint to look like the tree, and then added stars and baubles. In the caption, the bloke said: “My friends sent me a Christmas card with their kid's foot on it. “I don't have a kid, so this is what they're getting back…” The comical card left internet users highly entertained, and racked up 11,500 likes. Over 350 people commented under the yuletide snap, with some pointing out that it looked very rude indeed. One person said: “Why...
    WASHINGTON -- America's inflation spikes have prompted the Federal Reserve to pick up the pace in normalizing its pandemic-era monetary policy.On Wednesday, the central bank said it will wrap up its stimulus program faster than originally announced, and its updated economic projections show multiple interest rate increases in 2022.The central bank, which first announced in November that it was "tapering" its monthly asset purchases, said Wednesday that it will do so at a quicker pace.Starting in January, the Fed will cut its monthly purchases of Treasury securities by $20 billion and cut its monthly mortage-backed securities buys by $10 billion. That leaves the purchases at $40 billion for Treasury securities and $20 billion for mortgage-backed securities each month.That's consistent with what Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told Congress in late November.EMBED More News Videos Prices for U.S. consumers jumped 6.8% in November compared with a year earlier as surging costs for food, energy, housing and other items left Americans enduring their highest annual inflation rate since 1982. At this pace, the Fed is another two meetings away from completing the...