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    AS your due date approaches a mix of emotions can wash over you and despite all your planning it's sometimes hard not to feel unprepared - especially if it's your first. While you're excited to meet your little one there are so many unknowns - what should you pack? What's the delivery room etiquette? Is there anything you've forgotten or not thought about? 4Midwives help thousands of women deliver their babies, and are there for support and guidance [stock image]Credit: Alamy Well, worry no more - help is at hand. Independent Consulting Midwife & Co-Founder of Mummy’s Organics Odette Abououf has over 20 years of experience, has delivered over 1,200 babies, and is a mum-of-four. Here, she shares her top tips for delivery, and what to avoid... Pregnancy prep Prep begins before way before you even step into the delivery ward, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming, promise! Odette says: "Nine months of pregnancy gives women plenty of time to plan for the birth of their baby.  Most read in LifestyleHOME AGAIN Queen 'to stay...
    MILLIONS of Americans will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on average this week. Those who were born from the 21st of the month onwards will be sent their check as part of the third round of payments to be deposited this month. 1Millions of seniors will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on averageCredit: Getty Seniors will see a boost of $92 on average as checks are raised to $1,657 from $1,565. Social security for retirees born between the first and 10th of the month will be sent on Wednesday, February 9. Those born between the 11th and 20th of the month will be sent payments on Wednesday, February 16. The maximum social security benefit this year is $4,194. Payments have seen a boost because of the 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase which came into force on January 1. To get the amount, you need to earn six-figure sums throughout your career, work at least 35 years, and delay your claim. Most read in MoneyCASH SECURED Automatic new $821 Social Security SSI check payments being sent in...
    (CNN)Omicron is causing a tsunami, not a wave, of infections in the United States. We've learned a lot about this coronavirus variant since it was identified less than two months ago. We know that Omicron is highly transmissible and now accounts for nearly all new Covid cases, having pushed Delta into the background. Omicron causes far less severe disease than Delta, especially among people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. And it appears that the current spike in Covid-19 cases driven by Omicron may subside nearly as quickly as it rose.But the news isn't as good as it may seem. Rapid increases in cases are leading to increases in hospitalizations and deaths, especially among the unvaccinated, and may continue to increase for several weeks, even after case numbers start to decline. The huge jump in cases is already stressing our health system past capacity, as sick people flood doctors' offices and hospitals that are understaffed because health workers are also falling ill from Covid-19 and unable to work. Omicron cases dip in the US overall, but the wave is far...
    Not being a skier in Colorado is the equivalent of blurting “Voldemort” at Hogwarts. People look at you in shock. How dare you not ski?! The thing is, skiing and snowboarding can be pricey — season pass or lift tickets, skis or snowboard, boots, helmet, and layers of cold-weather gear. Plus, trying to get anywhere in the mountains along  I-70 is so … trying. So what else is there to do, then? Turns out, there’s a lot more to Colorado in the winter than shredding pow. You can snowshoe to a glorious, four-course dinner, spectate at an elite ice climbing competition, soak your muscles in a hot springs, or ride through a snowy wonderland by train. Read on for tips for finding winter fun off the slopes. A competitor loses an edge during the 72nd Running of Leadville Skijoring on March 8, 2020, in Leadville.  Leadville Billed as the highest city in the country, Leadville is surrounded by fourteeners and is home to snow almost year-round. You could try summiting a peak, but this is recommended only if you have...
    MILLIONS of Americans will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on average today. Those who were born between the 11 and 20th will be sent their check as part of the second round of payments to be deposited. 1Millions of seniors will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on averageCredit: Getty Seniors will see a boost of $92 on average as checks are raised to $1,657 from $1,565. Social security payments will be sent on January 26 to eligible Americans born from the 20th onward. The next checks for retirees born between the first and 10th of the month will be sent on Wednesday, February 9. The maximum social security benefit this year is $4,194. Payments have been boosted because of the 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase which came into force on January 1. To get the amount, you need to earn six-figure sums throughout your career, work at least 35 years, and delay your claim. Most read in MoneyCASHING IN Calls for monthly child tax credit extension as ‘$3.6K boost’ may be sent outBIG BUCKS Deadline for...
    Joe Biden's message and the promise he made to the American people from the beginning of his campaign for the presidency was that he was going to 'heal and restore America's soul.' Over and over again on the campaign trail, he spoke and pleaded with the American people in an effort to convey that he alone was the antidote to the divisive chaos of the Trump years.  He promised to be a president for all Americans and to usher us out of what was one of the most divided times in American history. We all know he hasn't done that. By any metric, America is becoming a worse place to live, work, and raise our children. The Fourth of July promise of freedom from Covid was little more than an ill-advised photo op. A new Gallup poll just released Monday shows that in 2021, Republicans went from a 9-percentage point deficit in party identification to a 5-point lead. It is the biggest advantage for Republicans since the 1994 'Republican Revolution.' Biden promised to be a president for all Americans and...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS told Manchester United’s young stars ‘if you don’t want my advice, sort things out yourself’. The 36-year-old superstar has grown frustrated with United’s performances since he returned to the club. 3Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at some young Man Utd players over their inability to take adviceCredit: Sky Sports 3Ronaldo did not single out any players and called it a 'general' complaint but suggested youngsters needs to start getting used to accepting constructive criticismCredit: Getty And he clearly believes a lot of the players can’t handle being told by him what they are doing wrong. Ronaldo said: “I remember when I was 18 some older players spoke with me and I took that as having to improve, they know more than me as they have more bad moments. “This new generation in general don’t accept that if you criticise them. I have kids I know. They do the opposite. "I don't say our players but in the general... “If you don’t want my help and my advice, do your job look at yourself. Do your best to...
    AS many pregnant women can attest, the fear of accidentally defecating while giving birth is as strong as the fear of labour itself. But a labour nurse has taken to TikTok to reveal she actually finds it "reassuring" when women poop in the delivery room, because it means the muscles are all working correctly. 3Labour nurse Lindsey has opened up about the things she doesn't care about from the delivery roomCredit: @lindsey_thk/Tiktok Lindsey, who has three children herself, shared a video in which she admitted the "things people think I care about as their labour nurse but actually mean nothing to me". "I don’t care if you poop," she said. "I also don’t care if you pee, if you fart, if you vomit." She added that she does "get a little annoyed" if women burp in her face - "because I feel like you can control that", but added: "I don’t care if you burp away from my face." Lindsey continued to reveal that, particularly if the woman giving birth is constipated before going into labour, there...
    Health officials in D.C. are continuing to ask the public to not visit the hospital if they need a COVID-19 test or if they have mild symptoms. It’s adding stress onto a health system that’s starting to see an uptick in capacity. “We’re seeing a lot of individuals that present to the ER, simply not knowing what to do if they get COVID,” said Patrick Ashley, a senior deputy at DC Health. More Local News More D.C. News “The reality is many of them don’t need to be in the hospital, they don’t need to present to the ER, they don’t need to call 911. They don’t need an ambulance to show up to the house, they just need to stay home.” In addition to asking residents with mild symptoms to stay home, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ashley told residents at a press briefing Thursday to stay away from the hospital when they want a COVID test and to continue to visit testing sites at fire stations and libraries all over D.C.  “We do hand out about 20,000...
    MRS Hinch and Stacey Solomon have done their best to add a bit of glam to cleaning, but there are some jobs that are never fun like cleaning oven racks. The trays that slot into the oven can often get encrusted with burnt on grease and grime that's tough to shift. 2Clean fans had a unique hack for shifting grease on dirty oven racksCredit: Getty On a popular, Mrs Hinch inspired, cleaning Facebook group, one woman posed a question to fellow community members. She said: “What’s the trick for getting this [oven rack] sparkling I know to soak it in the bath with something what is that something?" But people didn't say that she should opt for the bath trick she eluded to, they had a completely different suggestion. One said: "Throw it outside in the grass and leave it over night then wipe clean the next day." Another agreed: "Apparently it’s the moist grass that loosens the grease. I’m sure my slugs would have a feast in my garden." A third said: "Put your racks outside on grass for 24...
    The White House stepped in to defend President Biden on Wednesday after he was criticized for characterizing the COVID-19 crisis as a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' despite thousands of breakthrough cases. A former White House testing czar said the president's words were simply 'false' and might undermine public health efforts.   The White House defended the president, saying that the unvaccinated were far more likely to suffer hospitalization or death. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: 'We also know that you are 17 times more likely to die of COVID if you're not vaccinated, and 20 times more likely to be hospitalized. 'So I think in terms of the impact. the dire impact on people across the country, we should be very clear about the impact of not getting vaccinated - people who will be be hurt, be hospitalized and face the threat of death the most, and those are the people who are unvaccinated,' she said.
    Tucker Carlson tore into House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday night over his apparent unwillingness to “punish” Twitter after the social media giant permanently suspended the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Carlson began his interview with Greene by noting that he does not want to pull her into any kind of “feud” with Republican leadership but argued that Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump and Greene requires a stronger response from GOP leadership. “Here is what I don’t understand and I’m trying to channel the frustration, I think, of a lot of people,” Carlson began, adding: “But, Kevin McCarthy, California, super nice guy, he expects to be the speaker, and he will be, because Republicans are about to take control. Not because of what he did, but because of Biden’s screw ups, okay. He is about to be really powerful. He issued a statement, when he gets into power we will do something about section 230. “I am confused, why wouldn’t a guy who think he should be speaker of the house be...
    THERE'S nothing quite like starting a new year with a massive clean out, ridding your home of unwanted items that have accumulated over the past 12 months or more. But if you don't know where to start, organised mum-of-two Steph Pase has revealed the 20 household items you need to bin asap which will help declutter your home. 4Steph Pase has revealed the 20 household items you need to bin asap which will help declutter your homeCredit: justanothermummyblog/Instagram While many people might go years before doing a "cleanse", the Australian mum, who is known for her handy household tips and tricks, says she does it every three months. On her website, Just Another Mummy Blog, she wrote: "De-cluttering your home can be super overwhelming, and I know one problem most people have is worrying about possibly regretting items they have culled later on." But, she added, there are 20 things you will never regret, or even miss, when you get rid of them - particularly now in 2022. Among the items to ditch, stat, are...
    HAVE you ever wondered at what stage to shave your legs during the fake tan process? For Tiktoker Patrice McVeigh, 23, from Ireland she has got it down. 6Her method sounds mad but the results speak for themselvesCredit: patricemcveigh/Tiktok Sharing a video on Tiktok, Patrice said: "Gorgeous gorgeous girls apply fake tan BEFORE they shave their legs." She showed off her freshly tanned legs in pink fluffy slippers and cream coloured waffle shorts and showed off her manicured nails as she held up her finger to emphasise her saying the word 'Before.' The video has over 656k views as her 10k followers were shocked at her idea, as one asked what we were all thinking: "Does it not remove your tan tho when you shave?" FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED In another Tiktok on the last day of 2021 Patrice shared her process. She began by showing her legs before showering and filming her hairy legs. She then wrote: "I use conditioner as shaving foam don't @me," as she showed Superdrug's Black...
    SOME parents could land themselves with a bumper child tax credit worth up to $7,200 – but you’ll have to meet the criteria to pocket the maximum amount. Parents that didn't receive the advance credits could receive up to $3,600 per child under the age of six when tax returns are filed next year. This only applies to two children though. 1Taxpayers will have the chance to recover any missed CTC payments from 2021 when they file taxes in 2022Credit: Getty Most families will have received six advance payments worth up to $1,800. Families may have unsubscribed from advance checks because they wanted to receive the cash in one big payment so they could pay for a holiday or car. The amount is up to $3,000 per child for parents with dependents between the ages of six to 17. If you have a newborn baby in December, you will also be able to claim up to $3,600. The IRS said that parents who give birth on December 31 can claim the tax credit for newborns providing the eligibility test is met. Most read...
    valentinrussanov | E+ | Getty Images If you're among the many workers who are headed for the door, be sure not to forget about the retirement savings account you're leaving behind. While there have been signs that the so-called "Great Resignation" has slowed — the rate of workers quitting their jobs declined in October, according to the latest government data — there's speculation that the search for better jobs will pick up steam in the new year. Not all employees have a 401(k) plan or similar workplace retirement option, of course. Yet those who do should know what happens to their account when they leave a job and what the options are — and aren't. More from Personal Finance:How to get back on track after blowing your budgetThere's still time to slash your 2021 tax billProposed retirement system changes are still in play Here's what to know.Leave the money or move it?The first decision for your retirement savings is to leave it in your former employer's plan, if permitted. Of course, you can no longer contribute to the plan or...
    This is the moment an unlucky man slipped on the same set of stairs twice on the same day. Footage taken in Baoding City in Hebei province on August 19 shows the resident slipping down the stairs onto the drenched road. The first time he falls, he is clad in a black t-shirt and shorts and slip-on shoes as he looks down at his phone. In the footage, he stands up slowly and walks back up the stairs into the building, He looks pained as he holds his arm behind his back.   Later on, he is shown on CCTV again, having changed his clothes.  The first time he falls in Heibei province, Baoding City, China, on August 19, he is clad in a black t-shirt and shorts and slip-on shoes as he looks down at his phone This time he is wearing a white t-shirt and jogging bottoms but with the same shoes.  The man looks out as he stares down at his phone again and begins to walk down the stairs. He falls over again but this time hits his...
    Evan Agostini/Invision/AP This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It also contains spoilers for the film Don’t Look Up. Streaming just in time for Christmas, Adam McKay’s decidedly uncheery Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up, finds Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio playing a pair of intrepid astronomers as they try (and mostly fail) to warn the world about a planet-killing comet that’s hurtling toward Earth. From the beginning, the scientists’ efforts are marked by futility, encapsulated in an early scene in which Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) and Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) are brought to the White House to debrief President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) on the impending extinction-level event. Predictably, the meeting goes disastrously. The president’s son and chief of staff (played by Jonah Hill) lounges on the couch, nurses a bad case of coke sniffles, and proclaims to be “so bored” by all the world-ending comet talk. Orlean, exhibiting a similar degree of impatience, interrupts the astronomers’ presentation to ask, “What is this going to cost me? What’s the ask here?” before lamenting...
    NEW Year surprise stimulus checks are being sent out next week but some Americans are being warned to take urgent steps to secure the $1,000 payment. States across the country are helping their residents this holiday season with final bonus payments of the year. 1Connecticut residents have one week to sign up for the state's $1,000 stimulus checkCredit: Getty Some lucky residents are in for a treat as several states now have their own programs to benefit the people who live there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive. In Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont announced the Back to Work program for $1,000 in stimulus checks, starting on May 30, 2021, which will continue until December 31, 2021. “Many workers who were displaced during the early months in the pandemic and faced long-term unemployment are now transitioning back into the workforce and starting to rebuild,” Lamont said. “This one-time bonus payment will help some of those workers pay for the critical things they need to get back to work, including childcare. This is the...
    AMERICANS could miss out on a $1,400 plus-up stimulus payment if they don't take action by next week. The deadline for the IRS' plus-up stimulus payment is quickly approaching less than a week before the New Year. 1Americans could miss out on a $1,400 plus-up stimulus payment if they don't take action by next weekCredit: Getty The payments are part of the American Rescue Act, signed by President Joe Biden in March. Under the legislation, some Americans may receive a $1,400 payment if they’re eligible for a plus-up check. The plus-up payments will be sent out to those who received a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax return or information obtained from the Social Security Administration. To be eligible for the plus-up payment, you must have earned less in 2020 versus 2019. For example, if something changed on your 2020 tax return - like you made less money or added a dependent - you may be eligible for the plus-up payments. TAKE ACTION BEFORE DEADLINE Americans looking to score a surprise stimmy need to act quickly because the IRS has a December 31 deadline for issuing the...
    AMERICANS could face another two years of the Covid pandemic as a top disease expert warns that those who do not follow the scientific advice will “pay the price”. The US is currently battling a surge of Omicron infections as data shows that the strain, first detected by South African scientists, makes up more than 70 percent of new Covid cases. 6The nation's top diseases experts fear hospitals could become overwhelmed as the Omicron variant surgesCredit: AFP 6President Biden revealed that millions of tests will be sent to homes as he ramped up the US' defenses against CovidCredit: AFP 6Bodies were loaded on the back of trucks ready to be transported to crematoriums and cemeteries during the first wave of the pandemic in May 2020Credit: Getty The variant has been detected in at least 89 countries worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden's top coronavirus boffin, said the rapidity of the strain is “unprecedented”, while epidemiologist Michael Osterholm warned a “viral blizzard” of new infections. Experts fear that the variant could overwhelm health services. Professor...
    Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, says he texted Sen. Joe Manchin that he would have a place across the aisle if he decided to switch parties. Manchin, who has been courted in recent days by Republican leadership as Democrats slam his role as the 51st vote killing President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda, would be a welcome addition to the party, the Republican senator said. “Joe, if they don’t want you, we do," the former whip said his Tuesday message to the centrist Democrat read. WHITE HOUSE SPENDING BILL PRESSURE CAMPAIGN ON JOE MANCHIN BACKFIRES Cornyn said Manchin hasn't responded yet, but if he took the offer, it would be “the greatest Christmas gift I can think of.” Republicans have extended numerous invitations for Manchin to switch to their party during his monthslong battle against the high-spending bills backed by the Biden administration, including a recent bid from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said the West Virginia Democrat would “be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a...
    (CNN) — As the highly transmissible omicron and delta coronavirus variants continue to sweep across the United States, health officials warn that more people are expected to get infected — even those who are fully vaccinated — and they need to stay home and isolate themselves so they don’t spread the virus to others. Anyone who has COVID-19 should isolate for 10 full days, according to current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But this holiday season, there has been growing debate around the number of days to isolate if you test positive but don’t have symptoms and are fully vaccinated — or, better yet, got a booster dose. This debate comes as cases rise across the United States. As of Tuesday, the nation is averaging 139,764 new cases each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University — up 16% from a week ago. “We should have as short of a time period needed for isolation as possible for a number of reasons,” Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore City health...
    Yet another Republican lawmaker is extending an invitation for Senator Joe Manchin to cross the aisle after the West Virginia Democrat upended President Joe Biden's plan to pass his sweeping $1.75 trillion social reform and climate change agenda this year. Texas Senator John Cornyn told Nexstar he texted Manchin on Tuesday to tell him, 'Joe, if they don’t want you we do.' He said Manchin switching party affiliations to Republican would be 'the greatest Christmas gift I can think of.'  And on Wednesday, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his invitation for Manchin to join his party. 'Obviously we would love to have him on our team,' McConnell told the New York Times. 'I think he’d be more comfortable.'  Manchin has been under fire from members of his own party ever since he told Fox News Sunday that he would vote no on Biden's Build Back Better bill (BBB), effectively killing the legislation in its current form. McConnell accused the West Virginian's fellow party members of calling him a 'liar' and trying to 'embarrass' him. Progressive Democrats are furious because...
    (CNN)As the highly transmissible Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants continue to sweep across the United States, health officials warn that more people are expected to get infected -- even those who are fully vaccinated -- and they need to stay home and isolate themselves so they don't spread the virus to others.Anyone who has Covid-19 should isolate for 10 full days, according to current guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.But this holiday season, there has been growing debate around the number of days to isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 but don't have symptoms and are fully vaccinated -- or, better yet, got a booster dose. Omicron is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in the US, according to the CDCThis debate comes as Covid-19 cases rise across the United States. As of Tuesday, the nation is averaging 139,764 new cases each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University -- up 16% from a week ago."We should have as short of a time period needed for isolation as possible for a number of reasons,"...
    They go by a few names – emergency bag, go-bag, bugout bag, survival kit, and so on – but whatever name you call an emergency survival bag, I call owning one a good idea. In the event of an emergency that necessitates you fleeing your home, having a bugout bag close at hand could be the difference between a few days of serious unpleasantness and a few days where you have the food, water, basic first aid, and shelter you need to get through OK. (And not to hammer too hard on this, but we could even be talking life or death, so if you’re on the fence about buying one… y’know….) Bugout bags are essential when a sudden disaster strikes, and especially one that cripples local emergency response capabilities, like wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and the like. At other times, as with hurricanes, for example, you see the trouble coming but don’t know how bad it might be. Then there are also those emergencies that only affect a few, like a house fire, but that might nonetheless leave you in...
    The Cleveland Browns host the Las Vegas Raiders in their rescheduled Week 15 NFL game. Due to an internal COVID-19 outbreak, the Cleveland Browns‘ home game vs. the Las Vegas Raiders was pushed back two days from Saturday evening to Monday evening. Cleveland was not the only NFL team with COVID issues entering Week 15. The Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Football Team had to have their games from Sunday rescheduled to Tuesday. With the league adopting new COVID-19 testing protocols, it is doing everything in its power to make sure these games do not get postponed for more than a few days, or outright cancelled. Here is how to watch the Raiders at Browns game on Monday night.Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns: How to watch game onlineDate: Monday, Dec. 20Time: 5:00 p.m. ETLocation: Cleveland, OhioVenue: FirstEnergy StadiumTV Info: NFL NetworkLive Stream: fuboTV, SportSurgeRadio: Raiders Radio Network, Browns Radio Network Kickoff from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio will be at 5:00 p.m. ET. The national broadcast can be found on the NFL Network. The available live streams can be...
    An essay in the LGBTQ Nation online magazine has hammered Republican members of their tribe, insisting that they vote “against their own community.” Arguing for unthinking homogenization into a single voting bloc, an essay in the San Francisco-based news magazine calls the existence of LGBTQ Republicans “one of the enduring mysteries in politics.” In his December 17 essay titled “Why are some LGBTQ people Republicans?” John Gallager says the GOP “caters to the religious right, which is working to roll back LGBTQ rights,” and judges LGBT Republicans traitors to the cause. One problem is that “gay and lesbian Republicans don’t feel that their sexuality is that big a deal,” Gallagher writes, citing a study by FiveThirtyEight which found that “most LGB Republicans see their sexuality as separate from — or secondary to — their political identity.” Contrary to gay and bisexual Democrats, who consider their sexual proclivities “a very important aspect” of their identity, a 2020 study from the Williams Institute found that “54 percent of LGB Republicans said their sexual orientation was an ‘insignificant’ part of their identity,” Gallagher...
    Joy Reid said on Friday that people should listen to health experts as the Omicron variant spreads, and should avoid entertaining the opinions of both former President Donald Trump and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, as both are indifferent to human life. Reid welcomed guests Dr. Vin Gupta and former Republican Rep. David Jolly (FL) to discuss both the spread of the variant and those in more conservative areas of the country that have chosen to go on about their lives normally as the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic ends. Carlson said on his show the night before that Covid-19 is no longer “an interesting topic for your private life.” Therefore, he concluded, “So let’s stop.” Turning to Gupta, Reid said, [I]t does feel like there are kind of two kinds of people who are over Covid. In my experience, it’s the people in my life who have gotten vaccinated and gotten boosted, and are like, “If these red state people want to die of Covid, let them. I’m over it.” They have compassion fatigue. So they are going...
    CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said he feels 'terrible' for his good friend Chris Cuomo after he was fired by the network, but admitted it was the correct decision during an uncomfortable segment with late-night host Stephen Colbert. 'Look, I don't want anything bad to happen to somebody who is a colleague and a friend of mine, and I feel terrible for him and his family,' said Cooper as he stammered in wriggled in his seat during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday. 'That being said, journalists have strict ethics and strict rules that we are to abide by and if you don't abide by them, there are repercussions. I wish Chris the best, and I'm sorry how all this played out.'  Cuomo, 51, was fired from the network's top-rated show on Dec. 5 after the New York Attorney General's Office released transcripts and exhibits that revealed he helped his sex pest brother Andrew Cuomo battle sexual harassment allegations to a greater extent than he admitted.   The host of Anderson Cooper 350 said he was not tipped off...
    MANY parents will be planning their kids’ Christmas presents - but how many is too many? Australian parenting author and educator Maggie Dent has revealed why being overly generous can be bad for your child. 3Child expert Maggie Dent said you should avoid buying too many presents for your kids as it can lead to an addiction to ‘stuff’Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3Maggie said too many toys can limit a child's creativityCredit: SUPPLIED Speaking to Fabulous, Maggie, creator of the Parental As Anything book and podcast, said: “We now live in a very consumerist society and parents and kids are heavily marketed to. “This has put huge pressure on well-meaning parents to feel they need to buy toys and other gadgets which they believe will stimulate their children and help with their development. “But actually too many toys can limit a child's creativity and lead to an addiction to ‘stuff’, which children can tend to get bored with easily. “Children, particularly little ones, don’t need a lot of bells and whistles and they certainly don’t need a lot of...
    IPHONE fans are being urged to update their devices after Apple on Tuesday rolled out a major software update. The free upgrade to the iOS operating system adds a handful of useful new features as well as some vital security tweaks. 2Apple is rolling out a major update to the iPhone's iOS operating systemCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett What's new in iOS 15.2? Among the tools added to iPhones worldwide is Apple's long-awaited App Privacy Report, which is available in your settings. It gives users an overview of what information their apps have access to and what they're sharing. For instance, the report shows the number of times an app has accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more. To find out who your data might be shared with, you can also view which other web domains the app is contacting. It's designed to give users a better idea of exactly who is seeing the data collected by their favourite apps. But that's not all that iOS 15.2 has to offer. Most read in TechRED ALERT Urgent Google Cloud...
    Elon Musk - the richest person on Earth - says 'civilization is going to crumble' if declining birth rates continue and also claimed drugs age people during a Wall Street Journal event. The tech mogul insisted that the world - with a global population of 7.9 billion - is in dire need of more humans during an  interview with journalist Joanna Stern on Monday.  'There are not enough people,' the 50-year-old said of a planet populated by 7.9 billion earthlings. 'I can't emphasize this enough, there are not enough people.' He made the comments after discussing how companies such as Tesla could over time begin using robots as a substitute for human workers, calling labor 'the foundation of the economy.' 'I think one of the biggest risks to civilization is the low grow rate and the rapidly-declining grow rate,' he continued. 'And yet so many people - including smart people - think there are too many people in the world and think the population is growing out of control. It's completely the opposite.  'Please look at the numbers, if people...
    BRITS have been encouraged to stay at home if they are feeling unwell as the Omicron variant gathers pace in the UK. Professor Tim Spector said people with cold-like symptoms should isolate, at least for the first few days of their illness. 1People have been told to self isolate if they have any tell-tale symptoms of CovidCredit: Rex “That’s when you’re most contagious, that’s when you’re most likely to transmit,” the professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London told Times Radio. “Whether it’s a respiratory virus, you’re just giving someone a cold, or you might be giving them Omicron or Delta, then it’s those first few days. “And so we should really be encouraging people not to come in to the office, not to go to that Christmas party if they’re feeling unwell. “We want to tell people that if you don’t feel well that day, don’t go out, don’t go to work, work from home, because the start of that sniffle, the start of that sore throat, that headache could be a mild dose of Covid that is...
    Vladimir Vladimirov | E+ | Getty Images After a weekend of holiday shopping, Americans will be shelling out for charity on Giving Tuesday, which produced $2.47 billion from U.S. donors in 2020. But many don't realize there's a tax break for cash gifts in 2021, even if they don't itemize deductions on their federal return. Introduced as part of the CARES Act of 2020, Congress provided charities a boost by offering an incentive for Americans to make cash gifts. Lawmakers extended the write-off for 2021. Single taxpayers can claim a deduction for cash donations up to $300 and married couples filing together may get up to $600 in 2021, according to the IRS. More from Invest in You:How a government shutdown would affect Dec. 15 child tax credit paymentsSwitching jobs can lead to higher pay. When to put yourself on the marketThis millennial saved $100,000 and quit her marketing job by age 25 "This is a unique opportunity to take advantage of a temporary tax benefit," said Juan Ros, certified financial planner at Forum Financial Management in Thousand Oaks, California....
    Depending on your age and where you live, multilevel marketing schemes (also known as MLMs) might be ubiquitous in your life. Or you might be thinking: Wait, those still exist? They do exist, although companies get away with not being pyramid schemes largely thanks to legal technicalities. Some of the older brands in the MLM game include companies like Amway and Tupperware (yes, really), and those fancy knives people used to sell at parties out of their living rooms (Cutco). But between the pandemic and social media, MLMs have gotten a fresh hayday—and that’s fundamentally dangerous for absolutely everyone involved. Picture this: You log onto your Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or even YouTube. You see a person—probably a woman, white, young—who is talking about making an income working from home. Specifically, from their phone. Specifically, in small pockets of time. They may even call themselves a stay-at-home mom and feature their little ones in the background of videos and photos where they’re talking about this miraculous essential oil, or a protein shake, or leggings, or a deep conditioner. Maybe she really does love...
    (CNN)I delight in finding the perfect gift for a loved one and experience joy in thoughtful personal purchases. But I bristle against spending for the sake of spending, especially for manufactured "holidays" like Black Friday.Decisions about dollars are complicated. "The consumer dilemma is the idea that the planet clearly needs us to reduce our consumption, but our economy needs us to consume more and more every year," said James MacKinnon, author of "The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves."Holidays are most exhausting for moms. Heres how to address thatThe pandemic revealed how vulnerable our economic system is to any kind of disturbance in people's appetite to shop, MacKinnon noted. "We have created a system that is dependent on us acting as consumers. It's almost as though it limits our freedoms to choose how we want to live and determines what our social role will be." There may be financial circumstances that drive a person's need to make purchases on big sale days, but if you experience the financial freedom that allows you to...
    (CNN)I delight in finding the perfect gift for a loved one and experience joy in thoughtful personal purchases. But I bristle against spending for the sake of spending, especially for manufactured "holidays" like Black Friday.Decisions about dollars are complicated. "The consumer dilemma is the idea that the planet clearly needs us to reduce our consumption, but our economy needs us to consume more and more every year," said James MacKinnon, author of "The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves."Holidays are most exhausting for moms. Heres how to address thatThe pandemic revealed how vulnerable our economic system is to any kind of disturbance in people's appetite to shop, MacKinnon noted. "We have created a system that is dependent on us acting as consumers. It's almost as though it limits our freedoms to choose how we want to live and determines what our social role will be." There may be financial circumstances that drive a person's need to make purchases on big sale days, but if you experience the financial freedom that allows you to...
    CHRISTMAS is at risk unless people get their Covid booster jabs, experts say. Cases are on the rise once again, according to study, and many people will be unaware they are infected because the disease is being masked by cold symptoms. 6People have been urged to get their vaccine doses to save Christmas. Pictured: Shoppers in LondonCredit: LNP 6Covid prevalence (how many people have the disease) across the UK The ZOE COVID Study estimates 76,728 new people are getting symptomatic Covid in the UK each day - 18 per cent higher than the 65,059 last week. Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the study, says it’s “far too high” and it's “up to us to save Christmas”. He said: “Seeing cases on the rise again is really disheartening and the recent ups and downs, unlike previous waves, is making it hard to predict where things will be from week-to-week.  “However, for me, the message is that cases are still far too high. Although we  appear, for now, to be faring better than some European countries in terms of case numbers,...
    An MSNBC medial contributor asserted Tuesday on "The ReidOut" that only those who have been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot should be around others. Dr. Lipi Roy told Joy Reid during the segment that people should "practice every possible mitigation measure, before adding that "if people are fully vaccinated and even boosted, you can be around other[s]" who have done the same.  Reid also asked Roy a variety of other questions regarding boosters, vaccination, including whether or not senior relatives could attend Thanksgiving.  JOY REID SAYS KYLE RITTENHOUSE ACQUITTAL TRACES BACK TO 'SLAVE CATCHERS,' BLM ACTIVISTS SHOULD BE 'AFRAID' "As long as they are fully vaccinated and boosted, it’s safe to be around other people," Roy responded. Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks off the She the People Presidential Forum with political analyst Joy Reid in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (REUTERS/Loren Elliott) She then added that in the event you are unsure about other guests’ vaccination status, vaccinated individuals should wear a mask or have others...
    A worker helps a customer at the Presidente Supermarket in Miami on April 13, 2020.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Workers across the U.S. are wondering how rising inflation might be impacting their take-home pay. Inflation has risen more than expected. In October, consumer prices increased 0.9% and pushed the year-over-year gain to 6.2%, hitting a 30-year high, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the second month in a row that inflation was higher than what economists anticipated. The consumer price index in September jumped 0.4% on the month and 5.4% on the year. That report prompted a 5.9% cost-of-living increase for people on Social Security, the largest jump in 40 years. So if you don't get a 6.2% raise this year, is that technically a pay cut? Not necessarily, according to some financial experts. "It's a lot more nuanced than that," said AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. "It depends on your basket of goods as a consumer." More from Invest in You:The 'Great Resignation' is burning out those who stayUse...
    A NEW round of child tax credit payments go out today, but if you haven't received a payment this year, the deadline to sign up is today. The last payment to parents or guardians for 2021 is on December 15. 1The IRS allow you to update your information online The payments are part of the American Rescue Plan, with the child tax credits (CTC) started going out in July. The credit gives up to $300 per month per child under the age of six, which totals $1,800. Parents with children ages six to 17 receive up to $250 per month per child for a total of $1,500. Half the total child tax credit is being paid this year. The other half will be paid to eligible recipients when they file their 2022 tax returns. If you're still waiting on money, there are a few things you can do. Most read in moneyPRETTY PENNY Check here to find out real value of your pocket changeIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as calls grow for more mortgage reliefCASH TO...
    Gene Simmons laid into anti-vaxxers on Wednesday, saying they have “this delusional, evil idea that you get to do whatever you want.” Speaking with the TalkShopLive podcast, the 72-year-old KISS rocker said “If you’re willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy.” His comments came less than a month after a 53-year-old guitar tech for the band died of Covid-19. Some of the group’s roadies cited “lax Covid protocols” as a possible cause. The band claimed some crew members hid illnesses and carried forged vaccination cards. “I don’t care about your political beliefs,” he continued. “You are not allowed to infect anybody just because you think you’ve got rights that are delusional.” “You don’t have the right to go through a red light,” he added. “If they tell you you can’t smoke in a building, you can’t smoke in a building. And that’s not because they want to take away your rights, that’s because the rest of us hate it. We don’t want to smell your smoke.” “I don’t want to catch your disease,” said Simmons. “I...
    IF YOU ever felt left out of the member-exclusive wholesale food chain Costco, you may want to listen up. An expert has revealed the trick that will let you shop at Costco without being a member. 3A shopping expert has shown his followers how to shop at Costco without being a memberCredit: TikTok @zacharyburrabel 3It all has to do with how you buy the itemsCredit: TikTok @zacharyburrabel The expert, named Zachary Burrabel, took to TikTok to reveal the useful hack. “Do you know if you have a Costco gift card or you wanted to buy one as a gift for somebody, that you don’t have to be a member to use it?” he asked his followers. He then proceeded to show Costco’s Shop Card FAQ page to prove his tip true. “Nonmembers, as well as members, may use Costco Shop Cards to shop at any Costco location in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico, as well as online at Costco.com and Costco.ca,” the site reads.  Plus, you can even use the shop card on gas, which is notoriously cheap at...
    Savage Love I'm a 35-year-old gay guy who’s about to get married. My fiancé and I decided to open our relationship recently and had a wonderful, slutty summer. Not long ago, one of my fiancé’s hookups made me feel jealous. The next time we had sex, just the two of us, I asked my fiancé to worship my body like he worshipped our buddy’s body. My fiancé got impatient, I got frustrated, and then I asked him to stop, which killed the mood. We talked and I asked him to be brutally honest. I asked him if he was attracted to me, and it turns out that he is not. He only has sex with me to make me happy. I died inside. He insists that he loves me deeply and wants to be with me. But I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with someone who isn't physically attracted to me. (Yes, I can get enthusiastic sex outside the relationship, but I want that from the man I love.) We both freaked out and cried. Now, here I am,...
    On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) said that he can’t understand why some Congressional Democrats want to wait for a CBO score on the reconciliation bill and said that “If you’re for Trump’s vision that we should have tax cuts for the very wealthy and shaft the working class again, then don’t vote for it. But don’t hide behind CBO and this bureaucracy.” Host Jake Tapper asked, “Josh Gottheimer and other members of the moderate wing of the Democratic Party said, all right, well, can we get the CBO to score this? Which is a pretty basic thing to have happen when it comes to legislation, much less legislation this big. Can you understand why they would want that?” Khanna responded, “No, I can’t. Because the Joint Committee [on] Taxation has scored it. The actual deficit is the bipartisan infrastructure bill. That adds to the deficit. This actually raises revenue. And frankly, the economists working for the president are much better than many of the economists at the CBO. I mean, it’s not like the...
    HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 09: Employees speak together at a Chipotle Mexican Grill on June 09, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Menu prices at the Chipotle Mexican Grill have risen by roughly 4% to cover the costs of raising its' minimum wage to $15 an hour for employees. The restaurant industry has been boosting wages in the hopes of attracting workers during a labor crunch. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Brandon Bell | Getty Images News | Getty Images Inflation has increased as the U.S. economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, pushing up prices on goods such as food, gasoline and cars. In September, consumer prices rose 0.4%, more than expected, and pushed the year-over-year gain to 5.4%, nearly hitting a 30-year high, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The uptick in inflation has already hurt consumers, who are likely feeling the higher costs of certain items on their wallets. It also prompted a 5.9% cost-of-living increase for people on Social Security, the largest jump in 40 years. Especially at the end of year, people may be...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden gave Pope Francis a deeply personal challenge coin during his trip to the Vatican on Friday, marking the gift with a moment of light-heartedness that nods to a long tradition in the US military.In video footage provided by Vatican Television, the two men were seen exchanging a number of gifts, including what's called a challenge coin -- historically collectable pieces of recognition that originated in the military. Biden said the coin he handed Francis included insignia of the 261st Signal Brigade unit in the Delaware Army National Guard, the unit in which the President's son, Beau Biden, served as a captain. "With your permission I'd like to be able to give you a coin. It has a US seal on the front, but what's different with this coin, usually -- I know my son would want me to give this to you because on the back of it I have the state of Delaware and the 261st unit my son served on," Biden said, handing the Pope the large gold coin. Beau Biden died in 2015 at...
    MILLIONS of WhatsApp fans may soon have to verify their identity before using one of its most popular features. A beta version of the US chat app recently released to users indicates that they may be asked to provide documentation before using WhatsApp Payments. 1WhatsApp users may soon to be asked to verify their identity with official documents such as their passportCredit: PA:Press Association That's the in-app money transferring system that allows people to send cash to their contacts at the tap of a button. Payments launched in Brazil and India last year. It is not yet available in the UK or US, though it's expected to roll out to these regions eventually. In India, users of the tool currently verify their identity by providing the phone number linked to their bank account. In Brazil, WhatsApp Payments uses Facebook Pay to validate credit or debit card information. According to XDA Developers, the recent v2.21.22.6 beta release suggests that the verification procedure is about to get a lot tighter. Code within the beta suggests that WhatsApp could soon ask for identification documents...
    ELIGIBLE Brits have been urged to come forward for their coronavirus booster shots. The additional vaccine is currently being rolled out to the most vulnerable in society as we head into the winter months. 3Brits have been urged to come forward for their booster dose of the coronavirus vaccineCredit: AFP 3Health minister Edward Argar said people no longer needed to wait to be invited to get their boosterCredit: Sky NeWs At the start of the booster rollout last month, those eligible were told that the NHS would contact them for their appointments. Health minister Edward Argar this morning said people no longer needed to wait to be invited to get their booster coronavirus vaccine if the right amount of time had passed. Speaking on Sky News, he said: "We've made a change, which is it's not just about waiting to be invited. "If you get to the six months plus one week, go on the national booking system and book yourself in. "There's also the other factor which does not delay but phases the rollout, which is the JCVI's current...