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    MILLIONS of seniors will be receiving social security payments worth $1,657 on average in the coming days. Retired workers will see a cash boost because of the 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase. 1Millions of seniors will receive boosted social security payments in the coming days The increase came into force on January 1 as inflation continues to reach record highs, affecting consumers. The COLA is calculated based on data from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which measures changes in the cost of popular goods and services. Retired workers will see a boost of $92 on average, bringing their monthly benefit to $1,657 from $1,565. Those born in the middle of the month, from the 11th to the 20th, will get their payments on January 19. And those born from the 20th onward can expect checks on January 26. The next checks for retirees born between the first and 10th of the month will be sent on Wednesday, February 9. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls...
    (CNN)As hospitals across the US handle record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations nearly two years into the pandemic, staffing shortages are expanding as health care employees face prolonged risks for exposure. With available intensive care beds dwindling across several states, experts are encouraging Americans to remain vigilant and try to avoid Covid-19 as tough weeks lie ahead.Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, warns that because increases in hospitalizations tend to lag spikes in overall cases, "the next three, four weeks are going to be hard" for the nation, which already has more than 156,000 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Sunday from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise"I expect those numbers to get substantially higher. The problem is we are running out of health care workforce, we don't have the staffing. So that is going to be a challenge for many weeks ahead," Jha told Fox News Sunday.While early data from New York, one of the earliest...
    While 2021 saw widespread financial problems as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy, a few markets excelled amid the chaos. The producers of the highest-quality goods for the wealthiest denizens saw a surge in sales across the board last year. Luxury cars Premium automakers such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Lamborghini drove the luxury vehicle industry's record-breaking sales in 2021. Rolls-Royce sold 5,586 vehicles in 2021, the highest number in the company's history, according to company CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös. Lamborghini also reported record-breaking numbers, selling 8,405 models in 2021. Bentley sold 14,659 units in 2021, a 31% increase in sales from 2020. When asked why sales increased, Müller-Otvös said the massive sales are because people have realized "life can be short" and that they should enjoy it to the fullest. MORTGAGE RATES JUMP TO PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS, THREATENING HOUSE DEMAND Boats and superyachts After a significant increase in sales in 2020, the boating industry continued to ride that wave in 2021. The surge in boat sales is attributable to an increase...
    In the United States, the share of total household wealth owned by the wealthiest 0.00001 percent has grown tenfold since 1982, according to a new paper by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. 'Wealth concentration has increased particularly fast during the Covid-19 pandemic,' they write. The richest 0.00001 percent of the US consisted of 18 individuals with a net worth exceeding $50 billion in wealth in 2021, which was a banner year for the ultra-wealthy. In the United States, the share of total household wealth owned by the wealthiest 0.00001 percent has grown tenfold since 1982, rising especially quickly last year Tesla CEO Elon Musk added $121 billion to his fortune last year, the largest in the world at $277 billion as the year ended RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Dogecoin surges 20% after Elon Musk announced on Twitter... 'Blink if Mark Zuckerberg is holding you hostage!' Reese... Share this article Share 'Top-end wealth is large relative to the economy, and therefore a sizable potential tax revenue source,' write Saez and Zucman, who argue...
    Google manipulated the advertising marketplace before pocketing the money and giving it to publishers who gave the company preferred access, it has been claimed. The firm began a secret program called Project Bernanke in 2013 which allegedly rigged the market by dropping the second-highest bids from publishers' advertising auctions.  Google is then said to have pooled money taken from this system before allocating it to publishers who gave the firm favoured access, including those who only used Google's ads. This allegedly gave Google and its bidders an unfair advantage and helped them win auctions they would have lost – something that cost publishers up to 40 per cent of revenue. The California-based firm is thought to have generated nearly £270million a year from Project Bernanke - named after former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke for unknown reasons. Google began a secret program called Project Bernanke to allegedly rig the advertising market The claims emerged in documents filed in Texas as part of an anti-trust lawsuit which accuses the company of running a monopoly in the digital advertising market. And the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re not vaccinated against COVID-19 by now, you never will be, right? Wrong. Not if you ask a South Side pastor who is thinking outside the box to drive up vaccination rates. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas showed us Thursday morning how the pastor is trying to spread his success. READ MORE: 3 Men Steal ATM From Convenience Store In Edgewater Beach“We have gift cards from Walmart,” said Pastor Charles Rogers. Gift cards, sweatshirts, and free rides to this church and back are all among the rewards in Pastor Rogers’ offer to anyone who gets vaccinated at his church’s clinic this Friday. “The church is about saving souls, but also saving lives,” Rogers said. “What’s the point of saving a soul, then losing a life?” The Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church is located at 87th and Laflin streets in Auburn Gresham. In its 60620 ZIP code, just about half the population is fully vaccinated. But Pastor Rogers said thanks to his frequent vaccine drives, all but one of his congregants are fully vaccinated and boosted – for...
    Sinenkiy | iStock | Getty Images Social Security beneficiaries are receiving the highest cost-of-living adjustment in decades, thanks to rising inflation. That 5.9% increase went into effect in January. Prices have continued to climb higher since that change was announced in October. The Consumer Price Index, a government measure for price changes for certain goods, climbed 7% in December from the previous year — the fastest increase since 1982, according to data released Wednesday. More from Personal Finance:How rising inflation may affect your 2021 tax bill 4 ways to lessen the pain of inflation at the supermarket Here are the top jobs in the U.S. — and how to land them Excluding food and energy prices, the index was up 5.5% from the previous year. Record-high inflation comes as policymakers and experts are debating whether Social Security's annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, accurately reflects the price increases seniors face. The Social Security Administration uses a specific measurement, known as the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, or CPI-W, to calculate those annual adjustments. New Social Security...
    A San Francisco grocery store.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Inflation is taking a big bite out of workers' paychecks, eroding many of the raises businesses have offered to attract and keep employees in a hot job market. But strong wage growth in certain sectors, such as hotels and restaurants, has eclipsed those consumer price leaps — at least for now. The biggest raises have come in some of the country's lowest-paying jobs, helping insulate cash-strapped households from rising prices for staples like food. More from Personal Finance:Rising inflation may affect your 2021 tax billTax filers should expect delaysBank of America is cutting overdraft fees The Consumer Price Index, a key inflation measure, jumped 7% in December from a year ago, the fastest rate since June 1982, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday. The index accounts for costs across many goods and services, from alcohol to fruit, airfare, firewood, hospital services and musical instruments. On average, a consumer who paid $100 a year ago would pay $107 today. Average pay also jumped significantly in 2021 — to more than...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Road rage: it’s nothing new but it’s becoming increasingly more dangerous. It used to just be resolved with a blaring horn, a hand gesture, or a rolled-down window. READ MORE: First Commonwealth Bank Holding Virtual Hiring FestNow, increasingly, guns are getting involved and it ends with deadly results. It is the unknown that we all have to be on the lookout for, no matter how angry another driver makes us, we have no idea what we are dealing with. The death of a 59-year-old woman, Holly Vadella, in what police described as a road rage incident on New Year’s morning in Rostraver, is just the latest in what has become a disturbing trend. “The fact that someone would actually go to the level of taking a weapon out and then discharging it at another human being for simple driving actions is horrific to think that there are people out there that would think that’s the solution to a problem,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Steve Limani. “It’s horrible. Unfortunately, we’ve seen it more...
    SEAN O'MALLEY has questioned the UFC's latest pay-per-view price hike, asking president Dana White: 'What the hell are we doing here?' Last week it was announced that MMA fans will have to dig further into their pockets to watch UFC pay-per-view shows, which have increased from £51.48 ($69.99) to £55.19 ($74.99). 4Dana White has come in for criticism following the increase in price of UFC pay-per-viewsCredit: GETTY 4UFC pay-per-view events have increased from £51.48 ($69.99) to £55.19 ($74.99).Credit: GETTY 4And rising star Sean O'Malley has questioned the price increaseCredit: GETTY The increase was met with fierce criticism, including from surging bantamweight prospect O'Malley. During a recent episode of his podcast, Suga said: “Dana White raises pay-per-view by five dollars. “What the hell are we doing here, Dana?” O'Malley doesn't foresee the UFC sharing the additional revenue generated by the hike in pay-per-view price. The 27-year-old said: “No, I doubt. But, could be. "It is just so easy to stream it illegally. Not talking from experience, but just saying it. Most read in SportNO RON Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not playing...
    SOCIAL Security recipients will have a 5.9% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase applied to their checks in 2022. This hefty increase is due to the 6% inflation, which is pushing up the cost of goods and services. 1Tens of millions of Social Security claimants are getting a COLA boost this month The average COLA increase will be $92 - from $1,565 to $1,657 a month. However, those receiving the 2021 monthly maximum of $3,895 will get a $230 increase. The exact amount on offer varies based on your employment history and age at which you first claim the support. When is the first Social Security COLA payment? The first payments will be given out on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. However, not everyone will be getting them. The people receiving payment on January 12th are those who have birthdays from the 1st of the month through the 10th of the month. Most read in MoneyFEELING LUCKY? Winning Powerball numbers revealed Saturday with $20million jackpotHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited this weekCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after...
    Dr. Sal Iaquinta  COVID has had many unexpected effects on us. Perhaps the most unpredictable change is the increase in traffic accidents. In 2020, insurance companies reported that about 13% fewer miles were driven than in 2019, yet traffic deaths were up 7%. Then, the first half of 2021 showed an increase of nearly 20% compared to the same time period the year earlier. It seems paradoxical. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a few papers last year describing its findings on crashes. It found that people in accidents were more likely to have alcohol or other drugs in their system compared to previous years. After March 2020, the presence of marijuana in seriously or fatally injured drivers increased 50% and the incidence of opioids almost doubled. Studies looking at the latter half of 2020 found more than half of seriously injured drivers had at least one drug present in their system. Since the start of the pandemic, the sales of alcohol and marijuana have been continuing to climb. The misuse of drugs and alcohol are not the only...
    London (CNN Business)The UK government is coming under mounting pressure to increase taxes on oil and gas companies, including BP and Shell. The aim: to help British households cope with skyrocketing energy bills.The main opposition Labour Party this weekend called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a windfall tax on companies pumping oil and gas from the North Sea, saying that the money raised could be used to cut £200 ($272) from soaring household bills. The party reportedly says the rate of corporate tax the companies pay should be increased by 10 percentage points for a year. That would also allow the government to increase energy subsidies for the poorest households to £400 ($545) per year from £140 ($190).British consumers will pay roughly £790 ($1,075) more to heat and light their homes this year, according to Bank of America, following a dramatic surge in wholesale energy prices that has caused dozens of UK energy suppliers to collapse in recent months. Wholesale European gas prices have jumped by 400% over the previous year and electricity prices have increased by 300%,...
    (CNN)As a Covid-19 testing shortage compounds a burgeoning crisis of new hospitalizations, more states are racing to help hospitals and health care networks with staff and supplies.Staffing shortages are growing as frontline health care workers -- who are at a higher risk of exposure -- are infected and need to quarantine at a time when the spread of the Omicron variant is driving more people to hospitals.What the US can expect next from the Covid surge, according to an expert In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said late Friday that more than 200 National Guard members will be deployed to dozens of testing sites, joining other states that have mobilized National Guard members for medical and non-medical tasks to help overburdened health care facilities. "It really is, right now, a viral blizzard because there's a lot of infections," said Dr. Samer Antonios, chief clinical officer at Ascension Via Christi Health in Kansas, where Gov. Laura Kelly signed a state of disaster emergency this week due to Covid-19 challenges. Nearly 132,000 Americans are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to Department of Health and...
    MILLIONS of retired workers will receive bumper social security payments worth $1,657 on average in just six days’ time. This is because the 5.9 percent cost of living adjustment rise has now come into force. 1Social security payments are mostly handed out to recipients based on their dates of birthCredit: Getty It came into force on January 1 and means retired workers will see their monthly payment increase from $1,565 to $1,657 on average. Recipients whose birthday falls between the 1st and 10th of their birth month can expect to get their monthly benefits on the second Wednesday. This means some seniors will get their first adjusted monthly check on January 12. Those born in the middle of the month, from the 11th to the 20th, will get their payments on January 19. And those born from the 20th onward can expect checks on January 26. Throughout the year, payments will be sent on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The average monthly payment for couples will rise from $2,599 to $2,573 – a jump of $154....
    Retail giants Walmart and Kroger have increased the price of at-home COVID-19 tests after the expiration of a deal with the Biden administration to sell rapid BinaxNOW kits for $14. In September they signed an agreement to sell twin packs of the tests at cost price for 100 days. 'The program ended in mid-December, and while other retailers increased prices in mid-December, Walmart held the $14.00 through the holidays before increasing the price,' spokesperson told FOX Business.  The cost of the tests, made by Abbott, are now $19.98 on the Walmart website. At Kroger, the price is now $23.99. The move sparked anger among consumers, who are already dealing with test shortages.  'I know this remains frustrating - believe me, it’s frustrating to me - but we’re making improvements,' said President Biden on Tuesday as he addressed problems with testing The Walgreens website now sells a twin-pack of Abbott's BinaxNow test for $19.88 after the end of a deal with the Biden administration to cap the price at $14 Singer songwriter Richard Marx was among those who took to...
    Key genetic causes of type 2 diabetes have been discovered by British scientists – revealing the risk of getting the disease is ‘hardwired into our DNA’.  The landmark research found there are two sets of genes which increase the risk of developing the illness.  First, people with a genetic make-up that makes them prone to storing fat in their liver were at a higher risk.  For every 5 per cent increase in liver fat, the risk of type 2 diabetes rises by 27 per cent. The study also found genes linked to having a smaller pancreas increase the risk of developing the condition.  The pancreas is an organ of the digestive system, which produces insulin, the hormone that controls the body’s blood sugar levels.  Key genetic causes of type 2 diabetes have been discovered by British scientists – revealing the risk of getting the disease is ‘hardwired into our DNA’ Diabetes UK said the research, which looked at data and MRI scans from 32,859 people in the UK, is the first to reveal the risk of the condition ‘is hardwired into...
    THE deadline for the $1,657 cost-of-living adjustment social security payment is in three weeks, and here's who's getting the cash. Millions of retired Americans will be receiving more money in the new year following the largest cola increase in 40 years. 1The deadline for Cola social security payment of $1,657 is in three weeksCredit: Getty Starting January 1, 2022, federal employees in the US will receive an average pay rise of 2.7 percent, including the amount set aside for locality pay. The increase comes after President Joe Biden issued an executive order regarding the pay rise on December 22. "Specifically, I have determined that for 2022, the across-the-board base pay increase will be 2.2 percent, and locality pay increases will average 0.5 percent, resulting in an overall average increase of 2.7 percent for civilian Federal employees, consistent with the assumption in my 2022 Budget," Biden said. "This alternative pay plan decision will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified Federal workforce." HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOU RECEIVE? The average social security recipient will receive $93 more a month. The SSA says a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Counties across the Bay Area are reporting an increase in positive coronavirus cases after the holidays.California is in the middle of a winter surge. The last time we saw numbers this high was a year ago."It's alarming," said Dr. George Rutherford and added, "Having rising case numbers is not good, but not having markedly rising or proportionally rising hospitalizations rate is good. What that speaks to is a decoupling between cases and hospitalizations. The omicron variant is milder and causes less severe disease."RELATED: Omicron surge could be over by February, UCSF doctor predictsCOVID testing company Bay PLS is reporting an influx of testing across the Bay Area after the holidays, with a 19 percent positivity rate in San Francisco's Mission site."We are noticing that the numbers are doubling per week," said Salu Ribeiro, Founder of Bay PLS.More than 1,000 people are getting tested a Bay PLS's site in San Bruno.VIDEO: California's COVID test positivity rate quadruples in last two weeksEMBED More News Videos New data from the California Department of Public Health shows the positivity rate...
    From Seventies-inspired makeup to sleek Y2K hair, beauty and lifestyle experts have shared the trends set to dominate in 2022.     Speaking to FEMAIL, UK stylists, wellness gurus and fitness influencers have explained how people will be placing a bigger focus on self-care, at-home treatments and hollistic wellness, amid the stress of the pandemic.  In hair, the influence of the early Noughties reigns supreme. One stylist predicts a return to 'done' hairstyles, after years of more natural looks.  When it comes to makeup and aesthetics, there will be a focus on natural beauty, a bronzed, glowing look, and a step back from invasive procedures.  Here, FEMAIL rounds up what you need to know...    HAIR: BACK TO THE NOUGHTIES  Mark Hill said Y2K hair styles such as the one Dua Lipa (pictured) had on the Versace runway will gain popularity throughout 2022 As in fashion, Y2K is set to dominate hair trends in 2022, alongside the classic bob.   One of the defining styles is the ultra sleek down do, as seen on Dua Lipa on the Versace runway.  Hair specialist Mark...
    The growth in Covid hospitalisations in London slowed in the run-up to New Year, new figures have revealed today - fuelling hopes that the Omicron outbreak in the capital may be reaching its peak. There were 319 patients admitted to hospital in London on December 31, a 14 per  cent rise on the same day a week before, and 450 on 30 December which is a 15 per cent rise week-on-week. While a holiday effect may be artificially keeping those numbers low, the rate of increase is well behind the days before that saw a 32% increase on December 29 to 511 admissions. Case numbers in the capital have also been rising at a slower rate, although pressure on testing capacity has tempered hopes that the capital's Omicron Covid infections could be peaking relatively quickly. South Africa's Omicron outbreak saw cases rise at the highest rate ever before peaking within three weeks and then falling, which scientists believe may have been cause by the variant having a shorter generation time in infected people. London's Omicorn outbreak started ahead of the...
    ANYONE receiving COLA social security payments will get their first check of the year in 24 days if your birthday falls between 21st and 31st of the month. Payments this year will be 5.9 per cent larger than in 2021 following the largest cost-of-living adjustment in just under 40 years, representing a rise of $92 for retirees. 2A retired worker will now see, on average, their monthly check increase from $1,565 to $1,657 a monthCredit: Getty The COLA increase is tied to the consumer price index increase as determined by the US Department of Labor Statistics. The Social Security Administration recently announced the schedule in 2022 and here’s when you can expect to get paid. For anyone with a birthday that falls between the 21st and the 31st of the month can expect to get their payment on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Similarly anyone whose birthday falls between the 1st and the 10th can expect to get their money on the second Wednesday of each month. Those whose birthday fall between the 11th and the 20th of the month can...
    THE first COLA social security payments of 2022 will be sent out in 17 days for those with a birthday between the 11th and 20th of this month Payments this year will be 5.9 percent larger than in 2021, following the largest cost-of-living adjustment in just under 40 years, representing a rise of $92 for retirees. 2Social security payments are rising by 5.9 per cent in 2022 Credit: Getty The COLA increase is tied to the consumer price index increase as determined by the US Department of Labor Statistics. The Social Security Administration recently announced the 2022 schedule and here’s when you can expect to get paid: Anyone whose birthday falls between the 1st and the 10th can expect to get their money on the second Wednesday of each month. Those whose birthdays fall between the 11th and the 20th of the month can expect to receive their benefits on the third Wednesday of each month. For anyone with a birthday that falls between the 21st and the 31st of the month can expect to get their payment on the fourth Wednesday...
    A NEW year usually brings with it a lot of changes that could impact your finances - and the start of 2022 is no different. From Social Security to a rise in the minimum wage, we've rounded up a number of key changes that you need to be aware of from January. 1Social Security claimants are getting a payment boost from JanuaryCredit: Getty 1. Last California stimulus checks go out California has issued stimulus checks during the second half of 2021 under the the Golden State Stimulus II program. The final batch is going out between December 27 and January 11 in 2022, marking the end of GSS II. California residents making less than $75,000 per year and who filed 2020 taxes before October 15 are eligible for the payment. It is estimated that a total of nine million people in The Golden State will be getting a state stimulus check, worth up to $1,100, under the initiative. Californians may get another round of stimulus next year thanks to $31billion in surplus funds, but this isn't guaranteed. Most read in...
    White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that many children being hospitalized with COVID-19 are there for reasons other than the virus, and just happened to test positive for it upon being admitted. Fauci appeared in an interview on the Rachel Maddow show Wednesday evening, and was asked about an ongoing increase in children’s hospitalizations with the virus. Hospitalizations have ticked up as the Omicron variant has caused a surge in new cases, but overall deaths are stagnant from the virus. “Quantitatively, you’re having so many more people, including children, who are getting infected. And even though hospitalization among children is much much lower on a percentage basis than hospitalizations for adults, particularly elderly individuals,” Fauci said when asked why there’s been an increase in hospitalizations even though Omicron is more mild than prior variants. “However, when you have such a large volume of infections among children, even with a low level of rate of infection, you’re gonna still see a lot more children who get hospitalized.” “But the other important thing, is that if you look...
    Former Army Major General John Ferrari warned that inflation could have particularly harsh consequences on low-income troops American service members will likely be in a worse financial situation next year because of soaring inflation, despite President Joe Biden authorizing a Pentagon-wide press increase earlier this week, a former Army Major General said on Wednesday. John G. Ferrari, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Fox that 'for Troops at the lowest part of the pay scale, the cost of gas and food may drive some deeper into debt, or they may rely more on food banks.'  On Monday Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual must-pass piece of legislation that sets the next year's Pentagon budget.  This year's spending bill included a 2.7 percent pay increase across both military and civilian Defense Department employees.  But Ferrari feared it may not negate the rising prices at the pump and the grocery store.  'The situation is serious now because we have not seen this level of inflation in decades,' he said. Earlier this month the Labor Department...
    The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reported late Tuesday the number of global coronavirus cases jumped by 11 percent over the last seven days compared to the previous week, with the biggest increase in the Americas. The gain builds on a gradual increase since October. The U.N. health agency delivered an overview stating some 4.99 million newly reported cases around the world from Dec. 20-26. Europe accounted for more than half the total, with 2.84 million, though that amounted to barely a three percent increase over the previous week. It also had the highest infection rate of any region, with 304.6 new cases per 100,000 residents. The Chinese Communist government on Monday also admitted to its worst coronavirus case numbers in over 20 months, as Breitbart News reported. The governing regime acknowledged 200 new coronavirus infections, 150 of them in Xi’an, a provincial capital with a population of 13 million that has been under strict lockdown for the past week. Xi’an has now logged a total of 810 cases, including a 38-day-old infant boy. W.H.O. said new cases elsewhere in the Americas rose 39 percent...
    Only Santa, please!   Oprah Winfrey, 67, hosted a grand welcoming party on December 23 for her best friend Gayle King's grandson Luca, who was born three months ago, but she had a strict 'policy' for her guests to follow - one even her best friend failed to follow.  'Everyone who is spending Christmas at my house has to be vaccinated, boosted, tested, and quarantined,' the star said on Instagram. 'Stedman [Graham] calls it "The Policy" cause I'm that serious about it. 'This was release day for our bubble and we knew we had to throw a welcome celebration for Baby Luca, who none of us had met yet!' she wrote on Instagram.  It seems even best friends don't get to bypass 'The Policy,' as King, 67, was forced to miss out on the Lion King-themed fun because she didn't 'complete the policy!'  It is unclear what step King didn't meet, but she suggested she hadn't received her test results back in time, writing on Instagram the following day: 'Followed all the protocols...test results in! So [I'm] cleared to join the...
    Food items from soup to nuts are expected to get more expensive in 2022 as manufacturers target higher prices and consumers face increasing costs at grocery stores, multiple sources reported. Food prices nationwide are projected to increase around 5% in the first half of 2022, according to data from research firm IRI, The Wall Street Journal reported. “There’s nothing immune from price increases,” Tony Sarsam, chief executive of food retailer and distributor SpartanNash, told the WSJ. Produce, dairy and packaged food like bread and juice are some items that will see a price increase, he said. People wait in line to order at Philippe’s, a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in business since 1908 famed for its “French Dipped Sandwich” in Los Angeles, California, on December 10, 2021. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) Mondelez International announced it would increase prices for its cookies, candy and other snacks by 6% to 7% in the U.S. starting in January, the WSJ reported. General Mills and Campbell Soup also announced consumers should expect price hikes in January 2022. Kraft Heinz announced...
    New York Governor Kathy Hochul pardoned nine immigrants and commuted one on Friday as she announced her plans to refurbish the state's clemency process. Hochul, 63, had selected the group she granted for clemency after a thorough process of choosing those who had fully reformed themselves in spite of their convictions. The governor has since announced that she does not plan to deport the immigrants as she is planning to help those pardoned stay within the country. Hochul also announced her plans to assemble an advisory panel to help her oversee clemency applications as a method of reforming the Executive clemency program.   The nine pardoned include Ana Sanchez Ventura, Juan Vinas, Faustino Reyes, Sandra Williams, Francisco Vargas, Orlando Fernandez Taveras, Hanley Gomez, Juan Suazo and Edilberta Reyes Canales.  Former Jamaican drug convict Roger Cole, 55, had his 125-year sentence commuted after receiving a lengthy imprisonment period for substance-related crimes. New York Governor Hochul, 63, pardoned nine immigrants and commuted one on Friday  Hochul also announced on Friday that she plans to refurbish the clemency process including using an advisory panel...
    Americans are prepared to defy the challenges posed by coronavirus, crowded roads and packed airport terminals to visit their friends, family and loved ones this Christmas, statistics released Thursday confirm. The AAA estimates the 2021 Christmas holiday travel period has already started and nearly 110 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more between now and Jan. 2. UPI reports a year ago, millions of people in the United States spiked plans to travel far from home for the holidays because of coronavirus. Last Dec. 23, there were more than 210,000 new cases nationwide and the United States was in the middle of its worst coronavirus spike of the pandemic. Barely 12 months later that figure is even higher. According to scientists at Johns Hopkins University, there were almost 240,000 new cases nationwide on Wednesday — with new infections fueled overwhelmingly by the Omicron strain, but that hasn’t deterred those who want to be with the people they love to share Christmas cheer. Passengers in Christmas outfits are seen in a terminal at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on...
    U.S. consumer prices rose 5.7% in November over one year ago, the fastest pace in 39 years, stretching American wallets just in time for holiday shopping, according to new Commerce Department figures.  The November increase followed a 5.1% rise for the 12 months ending in October, continuing a trend of monthly increases far above the 2% inflation target set by the Federal Reserve.  The Commerce Department's personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index follows a 6.8% increase in the consumer price index (CPI). The PCE price index tracks the actual purchases consumers are making each month while the CPI follows a fixed market basket of goods. While the CPI is the more widely followed price gauge, the Fed typically relies on the PCE to set interest rates to fight inflation.  Personal incomes rose 0.4% in November, trailing price increases and slightly lower than a 0.5% increase in October. That followed a 1% plunge in September, when federal unemployment benefit expansion came to an end.  The PCE has not risen this fast year-over-year since a 5.8% increase in July 1982.  The Biden administration...
    President Joe Biden said on Wednesday on ABC’s “World News Tonight” that it would “increase the prospect” that he run for reelection in 2024 if former President Donald Trump were the Republican Party’s nominee. During a White House interview, Muir asked, “I want to ask you about something I asked weeks before the election when we sat down. You said you would absolutely serve eight years if elected. Do you plan to run for reelection?” Biden responded, “Yes, but look, I’m a great respecter of fate.” He continued, “Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. If I’m in the health — I’m in now, if I’m in good health then, in fact, I would run again.” Muir asked, “And if that means a rematch against Donald Trump?” While laughing, Biden said, “You’re trying to tempt me now?” He continued, “Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That would increase the prospect of running.” Earlier in the interview, Biden said “accountability is necessary” for those involved in the January 6 Capitol riot, even if it goes into the previous administration. Follow Pam Key...
    President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he would be more likely to run for reelection if former President Donald Trump is again the Republican Party’s nominee in 2024. Biden sat down for an interview with World News Tonight anchor David Muir for a conversation mostly centered on his administration’s Covid response. Muir then steered the discussion to the 2024 presidential election. “I want to ask you about something I asked weeks before the election when we sat down,” Muir said. “You said you would absolutely serve eight years if elected. do you plan to run for reelection?” Biden responded, “Yes, but look, I’m a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. if I’m in the health I’m in now, if i’m in good health then, in fact, I would run again.” Muir then asked, “And if that means a rematch against Donald Trump?” The question elicited a smile from Biden, who said, “You’re trying to tempt me now. Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That’ll increase the prospect of running.” Biden’s comments about potentially running against Trump were offered a...
    Joe Biden joked Wednesday night that the chances of him running for reelection in 2024 would increase if Donald Trump were the Republican nominee again as the president continues to yield questions over if he will seek a second term.  Biden, now 79, is the oldest person ever to be elected as U.S. president. Trump, now 75, would beat Biden's record if he is elected in 2024. Asked by ABC News whether he intended on running for re-election, as his press secretary Jen Psaki has said, Biden replied: 'Yes.' He added: 'I'm a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times.  'If I'm in the health I'm in now – I'm in good health – then, in fact, I would run again.'  Joe Biden, seen on Wednesday at a meeting of his supply chain task force, told ABC News that he did intend to seek re-election if his health remains strong Further pushed on if he would run for reelection if it meant taking on Trump again, Biden smiled, chuckled and replied: 'You're trying...
    SLEEP is imperative to our health and wellbeing and illness can make it difficult for us to get the snooze our body needs. But experts have warned that disturbed sleep could actually be a sign of Covid-19. 1If you're having issues with your sleep then it could be down to having a coronavirus infection, experts sayCredit: Getty - Contributor An estimated one in 12 people will endure sleep paralysis at least once in their life, according to the Sleep Foundation. Those with sleep paralysis experience feelings of being unable to speak and a sense of choking or suffocation.  Throughout the pandemic many Brits have complained of poor sleep or scary dreams. Sleep therapy professionals have now said that people who contract infections - such as Covid-19 could suffer with sleep paralysis. They explained that the infection, combined with the stress caused by the pandemic overall, could cause sleep paralysis. Most read in Health NewsXMAS IS ON! Covid WON'T cancel Xmas, Boris confirms, bringing massive relief to familiesSYMPTOM CHECKER The first 8 symptoms of Omicron you must never ignoreBE ALERT Omicron...
    Last year many us began experiencing intense and longer-lasting dreams due to a lack of stimulation while staying home for days on end during the pandemic.  Experts found two-thirds of us were having 'unusually vivid' dreams and with Covid cases rapidly rising once again, it's no surprise that social media is awash with reports of similar nightmares.  But among these reports are increasing stories of Covid causing sleep paralysis - the temporary inability to move or speak while experiencing hallucinations shortly before a person nods off or before waking.  Social media users have reported the phenomenon, which occurs because your brain is active while your body is still in sleep mode, happening for the first time after catching Covid.   Sleep therapy expert Dr. Kat Lederle, Dr Greg Potter and Hussain Abdeh, clinical director at Medicine Direct, explained to FEMAIL why both stress and viral infection could be a reason for the increase.   Sleep therapy experts explained to FEMAIL why both stress and viral infection could be a reason for the increase in sleep paralysis. Stock image WHAT IS SLEEP PARALYSIS? 'Sleep paralysis is the inability...
    Some of Britain’s favourite biscuit brands are set to jump in price by up to 5 per cent as inflation soars in the UK. Some of the UK’s favourite brands of biscuits, such as Hobnobs, Jaffa Cakes, Penguin Bars and Chocolate Digestives, are set to see price rises of up to 5 per cent, according to manufacturer McVitie’s. The price hike comes as Brits — and nations across Europe — face the worst inflation in over a decade, with November seeing a 5.1 per cent rise over the previous 12 months, according to the National Office of Statistics. According to a report by The Mail, McVitie’s owner Pladis is blaming the sudden hike on a significant rise in costs faced by the manufacturer, along with a host of other factors. “Omicron disruption, absenteeism, and the rising cost of business going forward present a big challenge for us,” Pladis Managing Director David Murray said. “At the end of the day, like in many other categories, it will flow through to higher prices. I’ve never seen a combination of challenges like this...
    At least a dozen major U.S. cities have set grim new records for homicides in 2021 — and the year is not over yet.  The city that may be the worst among them is Portland — where I'm from. Portland turned over its streets to Black Lives Matter-Antifa rioters last year and allowed the far-left to dictate public policy.  Elected officials in the 'City of Roses' condemned the police, defunded law enforcement and coddled violent criminals in the name of 'anti-fascism' and 'anti-racism.' Now it's dealing with yet another year of surging murders, shootings, riots, homeless encampments, mass looting and violent criminality. In early December, the Portland Police Bureau announced that it would only be responding to the most serious 911 calls involving life or death scenarios. 'Due to critical incidents happening today and PPB's staffing shortage, officers are responding to Priority 1 and 2 calls only right now and response times may be delayed for certain calls,' wrote the PPB as the police department struggled to get enough officers to respond to a violent armed carjacker on a highway...
    (CNN)Even as the partisan battle lines for the next epic political clash were being drawn, President Joe Biden had no desire to engage. "Nope," Biden said matter-of-factly in August when asked by a reporter if he was concerned about the potential for a US default on its debt. "They're not going to let us default." The comments, which bordered on a casual dismissal, came as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was rallying Republicans behind the idea that Democrats would have to approve any debt ceiling increase themselves. Washington, once again, was barreling toward a self-imposed crisis that would rattle markets, threaten the US credit rating and, as has been the case for the better part of a decade, create yet another reason for Americans to question the government's ability to handle the most basic of tasks. In the moment, Biden's brush-off appeared to be a misunderstanding of the dynamics that threatened to overtake Capitol Hill. Read MoreInstead, what it was -- according to interviews with multiple people involved in the events that would take place over the next four months...
    MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Home health aides are asking New York state for a raise. They say the current minimum wage is not a living wage for caregivers, and as a result there is a critical shortage, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Wednesday. READ MORE: Help Wanted: Home Health Aide Shortage Makes It Hard For Seniors To Find CaregiversIt’s an honorable job, but caregivers say the pay is dishonorable. One home health aide earns $14 an hour caring for Mirtelina Morales. Her loving husband of six decades can no longer manage to feed her or move her. “It’s not a job for anybody. Nobody can come out of the street and do work like this. You have to care,” Julio Morales said. And yet, there is a critical shortage of people who care to be home health aides, because they can’t afford to do the work. Even getting to the job, often paying multiple bus and train fares, cuts into already meager pay. Since the pandemic, nearly half of the workforce has vanished. “Is it really true that we do care...
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              by Harry Wilmerding   The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level, soared 9.6% year-over-year as of November, growing at the fastest rate ever measured, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Tuesday. BLS reported that the PPI, which measures inflation before it hits consumers, grew 0.8% in November. As of October, the measure grew just 8.6% on a year-over-year basis and just 0.6% in that month alone, meaning wholesale prices grew more and to a worse yearly figure in November than they did in October. Economists projected a year-over-year increase of the core PPI, which excludes food and energy prices, to be 7.2% year-over-year and a 0.4% increase from October, according to CNBC. Demand for goods was the biggest driver for the surge in producer prices, increasing 1.2% in November, slightly down from October’s 1.3% figure. Final demand services inflation increased 0.7% in November, much faster than October’s 0.2%. “While we continue to expect producer prices to reach an apex in Q4, persistent supply headwinds will keep input and transportation costs sticky and only allow for a gradual moderation in price pressure,” Mahir Rasheed,...
    By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell | Reuters WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved raising the federal government’s debt limit by $2.5 trillion, to about $31.4 trillion, and sent it to the House of Representatives to pass and avert an unprecedented default. The 50-49 party-line vote follows a months-long standoff between Democrats and Republicans, with the latter seeking to force President Joe Biden’s party to raise the debt limit on its own from the current $28.9 trillion level, generating fodder for attack ads during the 2022 congressional elections. A deal last week between Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, set the stage for Tuesday’s vote, bypassing normal Senate rules requiring at least 60 of the chamber’s 100 members to agree to advance most legislation. The Democratic-led House will also need to approve the bill before sending it to Biden for his signature. The chamber was expected to take the matter up later on Tuesday. Schumer said the increase would cover the government’s needs into 2023, through the Nov. 8 midterm elections that...
    Tripadvisor user @alessandrofL127YD has posted 358 reviews in 2021 so far, averaging a whisker over one a day. That's one of the many fascinating facts that the platform has revealed in its 2021 Year in Review, alongside many others, from the destinations that have seen surges in bookings and searches to the experiences travellers have been 'obsessed' with. The hard graft of user @alessandrofL127YD at the typeface didn't go unnoticed, with Tripadvisor revealing that their reviews received a whopping 26,259 upvotes from fellow travellers. Punta Cana (pictured), Dominican Republic, saw a 96 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020 And the ranks of users on the site were swelled enormously, with 44million new travellers joining the Tripadvisor community in 2021 and 2.5million travellers posting a review for the first time this year. Other new additions to the Tripadvisor mainframe included 309,270 new accommodations, 109,110 new experiences and 175,286 new restaurants. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Can't persuade your kids to learn French? Combining relaxed... Herefordshire... a food lover's bite-sized tour: Historic... ...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters following a Senate Democratic luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images Congressional Democrats will move to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday, one day before the Dec. 15 deadline that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned could mark the start of the first-ever U.S. default. The effort will start in the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is expected to advance a debt-limit resolution early Tuesday afternoon. That procedural green light will mark the start of 10 hours of Senate debate allowed for under the resolution, split between the two parties. Schumer said Tuesday morning that Democrats will likely yield some portion of their debate time to speed up the process. While a vote could slip to the evening hours if Republicans use all their allotted time, the chamber's Democrats are expected to pass a debt-ceiling increase before the end of the day. The bill would then go to the House, where the narrow Democratic majority is expected to approve it and...
    The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level, soared 9.6% year-over-year as of November, growing at the fastest rate ever measured, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Tuesday. BLS reported that the PPI, which measures inflation before it hits consumers, grew 0.8% in November. As of October, the measure grew just 8.6% on a year-over-year basis and just 0.6% in that month alone, meaning wholesale prices grew more and to a worse yearly figure in November than they did in October. Economists projected a year-over-year increase of the core PPI, which excludes food and energy prices, to be 7.2% year-over-year and a 0.4% increase from October, according to CNBC. Demand for goods was the biggest driver for the surge in producer prices, increasing 1.2% in November, slightly down from October’s 1.3% figure. Final demand services inflation increased 0.7% in November, much faster than October’s 0.2%. (RELATED: Republican Leaders Slam Biden As ‘Inflation Contagion’ Plagues The Nation) Producer Price Index (PPI) came in at 9.6% y/y, higher than the estimate of 9.2% and Oct’s 8.8%. New record high....
              moreby Eric Lendrum   On Friday, the Minneapolis city council approved a budget that would increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), restoring the department’s budget to what it was prior to the beginning of the “Defund the Police” movement, as reported by the Epoch Times. The $1.6 billion budget, approved by the city council and Mayor Jacob Frey (D-Minn.), includes an allocation of $191 million for the MPD, marking a dramatic shift from just one month earlier when activists were on the verge of completely eliminating the department altogether. Minneapolis became ground zero for the far-left movement to defund and abolish police departments across the country, which started in the summer of 2020. The movement was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died of a fentanyl overdose while in police custody last May; his death was blamed on the arresting officers, most prominently former officer Derek Chauvin, who arrested him for disorderly conduct after he attempted to use counterfeit money to make a purchase. Race riots subsequently broke out all across the country, with...
    A change in tone, increase in blink rate and 'fake' smiling are three common tell-tale mannerisms of deception, according to 'human lie detector' Steve van Aperan. With Christmas just over a week away, Mr van Aperan, who worked in the criminal investigation branch of the Victoria Police Force and is a certified Forensic Polygraph Examiner, said these body language signs can be used to determine if someone dislikes a gift or feels uncomfortable 'The easiest way to identify if someone is not being truthful is to look for conflicting body language,' the Melbourne body language expert told Daily Mail Australia. A change in tone, increase in blink rate and 'fake' smiling are three common tell-tale mannerisms of deception, according to 'human lie detector' Steve van Aperan (stock image) Steve van Aperan (pictured) has worked in the criminal investigation branch of the Victoria Police Force and is a certified Forensic Polygraph Examiner  'We tend to know our loved ones quite well, so any changes from their normative behaviour can indicate that they are uncomfortable and feel the need to lie.' It comes after...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) about the cost of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act as “fake” during her Monday press conference. Psaki was asked by Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy about a new CBO report which shows Biden’s landmark agenda could increase the deficit by $3 trillion over a 10-year period. The projection was put out at the request of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) last week. Doocy asked, “I have another question about Build Back Better. So, the president says that the Build Back Better is not going add a penny to the deficit. The CBO has this new score where they assume that social programs are going to be made permanent and in that case it would add almost $3 trillion. So, does that mean that President Biden will commit that these programs are not going to be made permanent?” Psaki took issue with the pretext of Doocy’s question, which was the source of the new report. “Well, first of all, what you’re talking...