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    A MARKER in your eye could reveal if you’re at risk of an early death, scientists say. Their discovery means they could predict who may die within a decade before any obvious signs of ill health. 1Scientists say they can predict if someone is likely to die in the next ten years by looking at their eye healthCredit: Alamy Researchers say the retina, tissue which sits at the back of the eye, can give clues about a person’s health. Damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the retina may be an early warning sign of disease. Already it is known that factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and poor diet are implicated in eye disorders, such as macular degeneration. The new research suggests if the retina is ageing faster than the person themselves, it may forewarn an early death. Scientists from China and Australia called this the “retinal age gap”. They tested their “eye-opening” theory on thousands of Brits. Those with the largest retinal age gaps of 10 years were up to 67 per cent more...
    COVID self isolation rules have been altered once again, giving people with the virus freedom after five days. They must test negative on lateral flows in order to come out of isolation - but what happens if they get positive results? 1Self-isolation periods will vary between people depending on their later flow test results and vaccination statusCredit: PA Here we explain everything you need to know… What are the new self isolation rules? In a change to self-isolation guidance from January 17, people in England can leave quarantine after five full days, so long as they test negative on days five and six. But confusing detail means anyone isolating will actually have to do so for six, not five, days. This is because the first full day of isolation is NOT the day you test positive or noticed symptoms - although you must still isolate following either of these events. That day is now known as "day zero", with the next day counting as day one, the UK Health Security Agency confirmed. An example timeline is as follows: Monday = Day 0...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are a mighty underdog against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in their AFC wild-card playoff game. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took it up a notch when he was asked by NBC’s Michelle Tafoya about what adjustments were needed for Pittsburgh to avoid being blown out and possibly upsetting Kansas City in the game. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images) "Quite simply, we gotta play better. We got a lotta respect for (Patrick) Mahomes and his talents and the weaponry that they have but it’s about us – our level of communication, our level to detail, fundamental things like leverage and keeping a lid on it," Tomlin said. "We focused all week on the things that we do and less about what they’re capable of." Tafoya then asked what Tomlin’s "final message" will...
    IPHONE users who wanted to remain on iOS 14 are being forced to upgrade to Apple's latest operating system, which has been riddled with bugs and flaws. This is a complete 180 from the tech giant's original pledge to continue to add security upgrades to iOS 14 for iPhone users hesitant to install the most recent update 2IPHONE users who wanted to remain on iOS 14 are being forced to upgrade to the issue-riddle iOS 15 updateCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2The iOS 15 updates have caused headaches particularly for iPhone 13 uersCredit: Getty Images - Getty Developer DhinakG noticed Apple's subtle removal to remain on iOS 14 at the bottom of the 15.2 update. DhinakG speculated why Apple would do this. "As we don't have any information from Apple, we can only guess, but the reason is probably security," the developer wrote. "Take a look at the 15.2 security content page; quite a number of things was fixed. It's possible Apple wants everyone to update for the patches, but then again, why not just release an update for...
    JAMAL LOWE has revealed how being humiliated by Edgar Davids helped drive him from non-league to the brink of the Premier League. The Bournemouth winger was an 18-year-old rookie at Barnet when Dutch legend Davids, who was player-manager, ordered him off the training pitch for making a mistake. 5Jamal Lowe is on the brink of the Premier League with Bournemouth 5Edgar Davids, humiliated a young Jamal Lowe while he was at Barnet But a decade later he has a chance of going into the top-flight with Bournemouth, having gone close with Swansea last season. Lowe told SunSport: “Davids sent me in from training after I’d done a bad pass.  “I was trying to set him to feet and the ball bobbled up and bounced to his chest. He wasn’t happy with that – and told me, ‘If you’re going to train like that, go home.’ “He told me. ‘Get off the pitch and get changed.’" “It was harsh because you must bear in mind I was only 18. I was devastated and didn’t know how to react. “I thought, ‘Should...
    UP to 100,00 more Californians are set to get stimulus checks before the end of February. Under California’s Golden State Stimulus II initiative, eligible residents are getting payments worth between $600 and $1,100. 1Eligible Americans are getting stimulus checks worth between $600 and $1,100 To be eligible for a stimulus check, Californians must make less than $75,000 per year and generally have filed 2020 taxes before October 15, 2021. For months, California has been sending out stimulus payments in order by zip code. The last batch payments by zip code were issued earlier this week. However, the state’s public fairs office estimates that tens of thousands of more payments will be sent out. “Most of the resulting GSS II payments – estimated at between 50,000 and 100,000 – are expected to be mailed this month or next," it told the Sun.  “These payments will be issued automatically and there is no action required by the taxpayers who will receive them.”  Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND Extra food stamps sent out as emergency $1,504 boost automatically depositedHOPE ON THE HORIZON Double ‘$3,600 stimulus’ payments may be...
    SCRAPING cooked food off a pan is certainly not something people look forward to when it comes to using a stovetop. Fortunately, an expert says you shouldn’t need to do that anymore and shared an easy trick for knowing if food will stick to a stainless steel pan while cooking. 3A cooking expert revealed her method for knowing if food will stick to a panCredit: TikTok/theasiantestkitchen 3The trick is called the 'water test'Credit: TikTok/theasiantestkitchen “Don’t like cooking with stainless steel because the food sticks? “Do the water test,” text over a video posted to The Asian Test Kitchen’s TikTok account read.   The person in this video then poured some water into a hot pan, which immediately collected into a large droplet. “If the water forms a big droplet like this, then the pan is ready!” the video continued. In the comment section of the video, the creator added: “Once the pan is hot enough, add oil before cooking.  “It doesn’t need a ton, but some oil is needed to create a barrier.” Most read in LifestyleSNAPCHAP I broke my man's...
    A pedestrian walks by a Wells Fargo home mortgage office in San Francisco.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images If you're in the market for a home and haven't locked in a mortgage rate yet, that home just got more expensive.  The average rate on the popular 30-year mortgage hit 3.64% Monday morning, after rising sharply last week, according to Mortgage News Daily. On Friday, the rate was 3.5%, and last Monday it was 3.29%. The real jump happened mid-week, when the Federal Reserve announced it would offload mortgage-backed bonds from its balance sheet sooner than expected. Bond yields also rose on news that the coronavirus omicron variant could spike and then quickly moderate, and with symptoms much weaker than previous variants, economic activity could bounce back rapidly. Mortgage rates follow loosely the yield on the 10-year Treasury. "Last week saw bonds sell off at their fastest pace in at least 9 months on a combination of a hawkish pivot from the Fed and paradoxical omicron optimism," wrote Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at MND. "Corporate bond issuance and looming Treasury issuance...
    MILLIONS of Americans will be impacted by a few changes to food stamp benefits this month. The government benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides no or low-income Americans funds to purchase food. 1There are few changes that SNAP claimants will want to take note of this month Typically, these funds are loaded onto an electronic card and can be used at most supermarkets and grocery stores.  There are more than 42million Americans who are receiving food stamps assistance, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  We unveil the changes this month that you’ll want to make a note of.  Emergency food stamps In April, the USDA announced that an extra $1billion per month would be allocated towards the SNAP program.  This provided a boost in benefits to an estimated 25million low-income households.  How much needy Americans receive depends on family size – but $95 is the minimum households must be given. Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited this weekCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsFEELING LUCKY?...
    AN IRS rule change could see some Americans bank credits worth up to $2,000 a year. The change has occurred thanks to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expanding its eligibility range for the saver’s credit scheme. 1Millions of Americans could be eligible for a tax credit scheme The savings plans that are eligible for the tax credit include 401ks and individual retirement accounts.   Other retirement accounts eligible include 403(b) and 457(b). In 2022, the tax credit will be worth up to $1,000 for qualifying individuals, or as much as $2,000 for married couples filing jointly. In 2022, the tax credit will be worth up to $1,000 for qualifying individuals, or as much as $2,000 for married couples filing jointly. Those who are married and filing jointly must have an(AGI) that does not exceed $68,000.  All others must have an AGI that does not exceed $34,000. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as direct...
    Californians are to receive their final round of $600 and $1,100 stimulus payments, with checks to be sent out in the next two days. The final round of relief money is expected to go out to eligible Americans by January 11. 1The final round of relief money is expected to go out to eligible Americans by January 11Credit: Getty Over 180,000 checks valued at around $127million are being sent to Golden State residents right now. The stimulus checks are meant to provide relief to low-income households affected by the ongoing Covid pandemic. California Governor Gavin Newsom approved about $12billion in Covid relief. The payments began in October 2021 and will continue through January 11, 2022. The checks have been mailed out according to zip code, and the last round of checks being sent right now are for qualifying residents with an area zip code ending in 928-999. The checks started being mailed on December 27, 2021, but the tax board said those who receive a paper check should expect for it to take up to three weeks once they are sent. Most read...
    2022 is shaping up to be a huge year for dating, according to dating app Happn. Furthermore, there are specific traits people are on the hunt for and dating trends that folks looking for a partner are bound to see or experience. 5People are looking for relationships and life partners in 2022, according to a surveyCredit: Alamy 5Plus, a relationship expert claimed there will be new dating trends in the coming monthsCredit: Alamy According to research from Happn, a third of people aged 18 to 34 are ready to settle down and find a partner in 2022. Of those surveyed, 37 percent are simply looking for a relationship, while 32 percent are hoping to find their forever companion and are ready for marriage. And if you have any of the most sought-after traits, love might be a bit easier to find.  According to the study, the top five characteristics people are seeking in a future partner are the ability to be caring, kindness, humor, loyalty, and being loving. Physically, people are attracted to a “friendly smile,” which earned 61 percent...
    When shelter-in-place went into effect across U.S. cities in 2020, so did bar-in-place for many households nationwide. (No judgment, here.) Happy hours started at varying times of day, and the hurdle of finding a designated driver became a thing of the past (unless you needed a chaperone from bar cart to the couch. Again, to each their own!) But we digress. Whether you overserved yourself throughout the pandemic, or plan to overindulge during the holiday season, there is no better time to reset with a Dry January. The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month is the book that’s going to help you (dare we say?) have fun while abstaining from wine, beer, and spirits for the first 31 days of the year, or any other month you choose. If February works better for your schedule, you do you. First things first: why do a Dry Jan? For whatever reason that best motivates you! We know alcohol isn’t exactly ringing up 5-star reviews in the health department, so it’s no...
    IT is officially winter, and that usually means blizzards depending on where you live. Driving through a blizzard is extremely dangerous because your visibility is poor and the roads are icy. 1Vehicle submerged in the snow after a blizzard However, below are three tips that will help you make it home safely. Have an emergency bag in your car Blizzards can last a couple of hours or a couple of days. So, it is important to keep a bag of items in your vehicle that will get you through the storm. It will be best to keep this bag inside your car, perhaps under a seat. You will not want to get out of your car to retrieve it from the trunk because it will be too cold outside. In this bag, you will want to have the following items to help you keep warm and prevent you from getting dehydrated or hungry: Most read in MotorsCRUISE CONTROL How you could be fined £1,000 for common 'fuel-saving' mistakeREBEL REBELS Remarkable rise of edgy and cool Cupra who...
    SOME areas in the country are experimenting with universal basic income (UBI), following multiple rounds of stimulus payments during the pandemic.  UBI is a set of recurring payments that individuals get from the government. 1A few more states will start launching UBI programs this yearCredit: Getty Unlike stimulus checks, they aren’t one-time payments.  Instead, UBI is sent out more consistently; for example, some cities in 2021 launched programs to send monthly payments to qualifying residents for a year or longer.  Many places in the country are using the funds from the American Rescue Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in 2021, to run these programs. Also, most areas appear to be targeting a specific group of residents – particularly those living in poverty. Some areas in the country that launched UBI programs in 2021 include Columbia, South Carolina, and Los Angeles.   Some places that were offering UBI in 2021 will continue to offer it in 2022 and perhaps behind.  Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS $1,657 checks being sent in DAYS in huge cost of living adjustment boostMORE MONEY New $5,200 stimulus checks being sent out...
    MILLIONS of over-indulged Brits vow to ditch the booze at the turn of the New Year after a tipple-heavy festive period. But a big chunk of those who choose to go alcohol-free for a month end up giving up on 'Dry January' well before the 31st. 2Half of Brits trying 'Dry January' give up within two weeks, research showsCredit: Getty Research shows over 50 per cent of UK adults cave by the second week of the month, on January 16. And many know full well they won't go the whole hog before they have even started. A poll of 2,000 UK adults found 21 per cent admit they won't last the month, and three in 10 will be happy if they stick with their pledge for just two weeks.  But it's not only the booze that defeats most over-indulged Brits in the New Year - abstinence from chocolate, smoking, biscuits AND social media also fall by the wayside. Needing a drink at the end of the day, wanting to socialise and not wanting to miss out are among the...
    Winter driving safety is usually about keeping your car on the road in slippery conditions, but sometimes the weather is so severe that drivers get trapped on the road alone or in traffic for hours, sometimes overnight. Snowstorms can trap drivers in their cars for hours when the roads become impassable. (AP) It's a rare but dangerous situation that could lead to frostbite, hypothermia and even death for those who aren't ready to wait to be rescued or for the road to be cleared. The American Red Cross offers several tips to prepare for the worst and what to do when it happens: -First and foremost, it's never a bad idea to have an emergency kit stashed in your car with things like blankets, flashlights, nonperishable foods, liquids and extra batteries. These can come in handy whether your car is stuck in freezing weather or broken down in a remote location. -If you are caught in snow and shelter or help isn't visible within 100 yards, the best thing to do is stay in your vehicle to avoid exposure....
    A psychologist has revealed the 15 questions all couples should be able to answer honestly to recognise whether they are one another's 'long-term match'. Dr Carmen Harra, American author of Committed: Finding Love and Loyalty Through the Seven Archetypes, has revealed exclusively to FEMAIL how to discover if your partner is really 'the one'.   'We should be seeking a partner with values that reflect honesty, integrity, and reliability, qualities that can support a stable relationship in time. "The one" will not be a perfect person, but they will be perfect for you,' explained Dr Carmen. She added that reflecting on the questions in this quiz will help determine the compatibility and durability of your relationship. Here, Dr Carmen reveals the questions every couple should consider if they want to go the distance...   A psychologist has revealed the 15 questions all couples should be able to answer honestly to recognise whether they are one another's 'long-term match' (stock photo) 1. What does your future look like?  Can you imagine building it together? Can you envision yourself growing old with this person?  If your partner possesses...
    THE Omicron variant has proved to be one of the most infectious variants with cases on the rise all over the country.  Health experts said that most people who get Omicron experience flu-like symptoms and that the illness is mild compared to other variants. 2The CDC is urging people to be aware of symptoms of the Omicron variant, which presents itself differentlyCredit: Getty Booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic. The main symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC, are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell. Omicron, however, presents itself differently. This is why it’s important to know which symptoms you should never ignore. At the moment, symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat are some of the most recorded. Muscle aches and night sweats are also key symptoms.  If you’ve been working out, you might confuse muscle aches to be sore, which is why it’s important to get tested if you’re unsure. Those suffering from night sweats might not...
    NEARLY eight million Americans receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are set to get more money starting today. The monthly payments in 2022 will be greater to reflect the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to keep pace with inflation. 1The payment increase reflects the cost-of-living adjustment for 2022 The latest COLA will increase by 5.9%. SSI recipients will receive the new payment today, December 30, 2021. That's because the normal SSI payment date is the first of the month and January 1, 2022 is a holiday. The SSI payments for January are always made at the end of the previous December. How much more will you receive? Not everyone gets the same SSI amount. You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment. Most read in moneyFESTIVE CASH Huge Powerball jackpot of $441m drawn before Mega Millions lottoDON'T MISS OUT How to claim $300 from the IRS in January 2022 if you missed a paymentCASHING IN $200 social security and military retirement cash revealed – do you qualify?BIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be...
    CASH-STRAPPED families can start claiming an IRS payment worth up to $8,000 from next month. This is the child and dependent care tax credits, which aim to help working families offset expenses when financially providing for a child. 1Some could be getting a $8,000 check soon thanks to child and dependent care tax credits Specifics that count as qualifying expenses include, transportation, housekeepers, babysitters, before and after school programs, as well as day camps and daycare. In addition to that, they can be used to care for dependents with disabilities. In the past, families were able to just claim $6,000 for two or more children. But thanks to a provision in the American Rescue Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in March, these credits have been expanded. How much you can get Families in 2021 are eligible to claim credits of expenses of up to $8,000 for one child and $16,000 for multiple kids. Most read in MoneyDON'T MISS OUT Child tax credit update – How you can claim $300 in January 2022BIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent out...
    HEALTH experts have warned people to seek emergency medical help if you begin to suffer from a disturbing Covid symptom as the Omicron variant continues to surge in the US. Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds have been listed by the Centers for Disease Control as among the more severe symptoms of the illness that should be considered an emergency warning sign. 1A Covid test being administered on December 27Credit: Getty Yet it comes as experts reveal that the Covid vaccine and its booster are proving effective in fighting the most severe symptoms and are lowering the risk of hospitalizations and deaths. Despite evidence that Omicron is more easily spread, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that preliminary data suggests it is less severe than the Delta variant. Vaccine effectiveness & OmicronExpert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated. While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare. In...
    T-MOBILE has reportedly suffered another cyber-attack, leaving customers' data vulnerable and exposed. Experts warn that T-Mobile users might be at risk of getting their data stolen as the cellphone giant fell victim to yet another security breach on Monday. 2T-Mobile has allegedly faced another data breach T-Mobile faced a massive data breach earlier this year in August, however, this time around, the attackers accessed a much smaller number of customers' accounts, according to documents posted by The T-Mo Report. The reports allege that the affected customers may have fallen victim to SIM swapping attacks (which could allow threat actors to divert SMS-powered two-factor authentication), having their personal plan information exposed, or both. The documents also state that several customers’ billing account names, phone and account numbers, and plan information might have been exposed on T-Mobile's customer proprietary network. T-mobile's Executive Social Media Specialist Kenneth Stone tweeted on Monday: "T-Mobile is taking immediate steps to help protect all individuals who may be at risk from this cyberattack." While the tweet seemingly acknowledges that there was in fact a data breach, the cellphone carrier...
    ALMOST two dozen states have once again extended emergency food stamp support. The extension comes as the Covid pandemic continues throughout the country. 1Food stamp getting accepted at grocery store Back in April 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that an extra $1billion per month had been allocated to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is also known as food stamps. These funds provide an increase in benefits to an estimated 25million people in low-income households that are struggling to put food on the table due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the amount of extra money eligible families may receive generally depends on family size, $95 is the minimum households must be given. The $95 increase was scheduled to expire on September 30, 2021; however, some states have extended the monetary support. Below are the 22 states that have opted to extend the benefits through January 2022: Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent out as $1,000 payments on way THIS WEEKCHECK IT OUT Checks $1,104 being sent out within days...
    NEW parents might have missed out on dependent stimulus checks in 2021, but those with newborns are eligible for the $1,400 stimulus checks in the new year, as well as the expanded child tax credit payment. Parents received payments for dependents under the American Rescue Plan, which means $1,400 was paid out for each child. 1New parents are eligible for a $1400 stimulus checks for their newborn dependentsCredit: Getty However, some couples had not welcomed their newborn when the American Rescue Plan was enacted. Eligible families will need to file their 2021 tax return next year. They will receive their stimulus payment once the tax return is processed. Those parents will then be eligible to declare their new dependent upon filing their 2021 taxes. It should be noted that there is no limit to the number of new dependents claimed, meaning that parents who welcomed more than one newborn will be able to receive multiple payments. There were around 3.6million births in 2020, with the number expected to be fairly similar for this year. Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts...
    TRAVELERS were in full force at airports across the globe over the holiday weekend and with it came lots of cancellations or delays. A TikTok influencer shared her expert advice on what to do if you are bumped from a flight. 2Erika Kullberg shares how you can be owed money if you're bumped from a flight 2Erika, an attorney, said airlines overbook flights An average of two million travelers went through security checkpoints at US airports over the Christmas holiday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Erika Kullberg, who can be found on TikTok as @erikakullberg, has more than 6.5million followers. Erica, who has a law degree, shared a simple tip which could put money in your pocket if you get bumped from a flight She explained airlines can overbook flights. That means the airline sold more tickets than seats on the plane. The airline finds themselves in a bind when all the paid passengers show up for the flight, causing them to bump people to other flights. Most read in moneyBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent...
    NEARLY eight million Americans receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are set to get more money in just days. The monthly payments in 2022 will be greater to reflect the cost-of-living adjustment (Cola) to keep pace with inflation. 1SSI recipients will start receiving larger payments on December 30, 2021 The latest Cola will increase by 5.9%. SSI recipients will receive the new payment on December 30, 2021. That's because the normal SSI payment date is the first of the month and January 1, 2022 is a holiday. The SSI payments for January are always made at the end of the previous December. How much more will you receive? Not everyone gets the same SSI amount. You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment. Most read in moneyBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent out as $1,000 payments on way THIS WEEKCASH WARNING You have just six days to sign up for stimulus plus-up payments worth $1,400HOLIDAY BONUS Surprise New Year stimulus checks are being sent out this weekCASH WARNING You...
    DON'T you hate it when you're baking something and despite doing everything correctly, your food comes out undercooked? Well, this might mean that your oven is not calibrated correctly – but there's an easy way to find out. 4A man revealed that your oven could be uncalibrated without you knowing itCredit: TikTok 4You can use an oven thermometer to figure it outCredit: TikTok A cooking expert, who goes by the name of Paleo Gluten-free Guy, revealed this is a common issue. "First, you start by buying an oven thermometer," he advised in his video. "Super cheap at hardware stores, grocery stores, or online. "Turn your oven to 350 degrees, place the thermometer in the middle of the rack in the middle of the oven and once you think it's reached 350, give it another 10 minutes to make sure. "Then, pull out the thermometer." He then showed how his oven actually heated up to 325, per the thermometer. Most read in LifestyleFAMILY MATTER Shocked Meg & Harry fans all saying same thing about Archie's red hairXMAS CONCERN Intruder...
    SOME American parents could get a stimulus check worth up to $8,000 next year – find out if you are eligible and when you might get the money. The money going out is being made available under the child and dependent tax credit, as part of the American Rescue Plan. 2Cash-strapped American parents could claim the stimulus money in 2022Credit: Getty Parents who have an adjusted gross income of less than $125,000 and who also have at least two children under the age of 13, could be in line to receive a check. The money is designed to give a helping hand to families to provide care and support for their kids by offsetting other costs. How much you can get In 2020 and previous years, the maximum you could claim for two or more children was $6,000. However, this amount has been boosted in 2021 thanks to the American Rescue Act, but it may come as a surprise to many families. This year, parents are eligible to claim tax credits of expenses of up to $8,000 for one child...
    SURPRISE Christmas stimulus checks worth $1,000 have been sent out to eligible Americans across the country. The additional money has been granted to certain people who live in 14 states. 1Various other states run their own programs to aid peopleCredit: Getty Images The batch of stimulus checks started going out on November 29, and the final payments were issued by December 17. The bonus cash comes after three payments have been mailed out as part of Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.  Various other states run their own programs to aid people who live there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive. ARIZONA In Arizona, out-of-work residents are able to take advantage of the state's back-to-work program. Those who go back to work part-time are eligible for $1,000. Those returning to full-time workers could get $2,000. CALIFORNIA California implemented the Golden State Stimulus to residents who were required to have filed their 2020 tax return by October 15. Most read in The US SunON HIS WAY! Santa tracker LIVE -...
    THE IRS’ child tax credit deadline for Congress to extend $300 payments for families into 2022 is in four days.  The December 28 deadline looms as Congress musk come to a decision while families push for another year of $300 monthly payments. 2There's only four days left for Congress to come up with a decision on CTC payments, according the IRS' deadline The IRS has already started shutting down CTC which runs out on December 31. December 17 was the last of the payments that families had received and many parents are wondering if they’ll get any more.  The $1.9trillion coronavirus relief bill was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March, helping families who qualified received $300 a month per child in 2021. But the relief was only planned to last through the end of 2021. Democrats are pushing for Congress to renew CTC payments in 2022 but West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has opposed the idea. Now, there’s a deadline by the IRS to pass a package to ensure on-time payments for mid-January. Most read in MoneyBABY...
    (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,"...
    LET'S drop the pretence for a moment... everyone secretly thinks their child is a genius. Every parent looks out for little signs to indicate that their bundle of joy is one step ahead, even if they try to be chill about it. 1The words 'mama' and 'papa' are thought to be most baby's first words, but they're actually notCredit: Getty It could be watching for advanced climbing skills or co-ordination, or it could be listening for that all important first word. But when it comes to the first official word from your tot, it's hard to know when they've gone from babble to words. Speech language pathologist Sharon Weisz, said that "mama", "papa" and "dada" are often not actually children's first words. She explained that they are not saying them as recognition of their parents, but just because they're easy sounds for a baby to make. The Canadian speech expert said that m, p and b sounds are the first to form, usually in when the child is between six and nine months, but at that stage they...
    STIMULUS checks worth up to $3,000 have been sent out to thousands of students across America – just weeks before Christmas. Nearly $40billion worth of pandemic relief was distributed to students and institutions under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. 2The payments are to help cover the expenses of college students, if they meet the specific requirementsCredit: Getty The stimulus checks have been sent out to students to help cover their expenses. George Washington University received $9.1million during the first batch of payments last May, and around $14million in the second and third rounds. Students who had enrolled at the university on or after March 13 2020 were eligible to apply for the funding. Nearly 10,000 applicants have received the payments, The Hatchet reports. Lexi Plaisted, a freshman, received around $800 and said she was “surprised” by the grant. She said: “I honestly did not think I would get anything because I’m sure other people have been affected much more than I have, but I thought that it was just worth a shot so I...
    AMERICAN families could be in line to receive a “New Year” stimulus check in 2022 worth a possible $1,400. Families across the US have been receiving the much-needed money under President Joe Biden’s $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan which was signed into law in the spring. 2Some families could get a stimulus check in 2022 worth up to $1,400Credit: Getty While there have been calls for a fourth round it is looking unlikely that Congress will pass such a Bill any time soon as the economy starts to make a recovery after being ravished by the coronavirus. However, some families could get a payment in early 2022 as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hasn’t completed sending out the third round of Economic Impact Payments. The last lot of checks are due to go out when eligible taxpayers file their 2021 tax return in spring next year. Those eligible for the money would include parents of kids born in 2021 but they have to file their tax returns first. The eligibility for the third round of direct payments which went out earlier...
    With the news that more than one million Britons are likely to be isolating with Covid on their own on Christmas Day, it's hard to get into the festive spirit with plans in disarray for the second year running.  With this in mind, top party planners have shared their advice on how to make the most of your Christmas period whether you're locked down with a few people or alone, with minimal planning or cost.  For those on their own on the 25th, creating a packed schedule of solo board games, cocktail making to Christmas music and writing yourself a bucket list could be a way to spend the day.  If you're isolating in a couple the experts suggested inventing fun festive games, awarding each other vouchers or having a 'sharing Christmas dinner' of canapés throughout the day rather than focusing on one big meal.  Here, Femail reveals advice from leading event planners on enjoying the Christmas even if you're stuck at home isolating.   Party planners have revealed their advice on how to enjoy Christmas if you're isolating after news...
    SURPRISE Christmas stimulus checks worth $1,000 are being sent out to eligible Americans across the country. The additional money will be granted to certain people who live in 14 states. 1Various other states run their own programs to aid peopleCredit: Getty Images The batch of stimulus checks started going out on November 29, and the final payments are expected to be issued by December 17. The bonus cash comes after three payments have been mailed out as part of Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.  Various other states run their own programs to aid people who live there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive. ARIZONA In Arizona, out of work residents are able to take advantage of the state's back to work program. Those who go back to work part time are eligible for $1,000. Those returning to full time workers could get $2,000. CALIFORNIA California implemented the Golden State Stimulus to residents who were required to have filed their 2020 tax return by October 15. Most read in...
    FAMILIES in one Texas County are being urged to apply for a monthly stimulus payment program worth up to $4,500 in 2022. Parents in Fort Bend County are being urged to check if they are eligible for the new vouchers, as many have not yet taken advantage of the program. 2Families in one Texas county can apply for a child care voucherCredit: Getty So far, about 700 vouchers for the child care program have been sent out, but according to ABC 13, more than $1million is still left to allocate. The county is allotting $500 per child through the program and families can use the voucher for up to three children, which means families could get $1,500 per month. The voucher will also renew for up to three months, so families with three children could get $4,500 towards child care assistance in total. You can check here to access the Fort Bend County childcare voucher application.  The Fort Bend program is one of many across the country aimed at helping Americans financially amid the ongoing Covid pandemic. Federally, Child...
    RETIRED Californian Candy Powell has missed out on $600 stimulus checks in the Golden State due to "unfair rules" for those on a low income. The 67-year-old earns around $1,400 a month - the majority comes from Social Security - which works out as less than $17,000 a year. 2Candy Powell (pictured right), 67, has slammed California's stimulus check rulesCredit: Candy Powell This means she doesn't have to file a tax return, yet California legislation requires one to be submitted in order to to get support under its two stimulus programs. Candy, who lives alone in a rental home in Hemet in California, was medically retired in 2010 after getting injured at work. She told The Sun: "It's sad how Governor [Gavin] Newsom discriminates against people that don't make enough to file taxes in order to get the Golden State stimulus checks. "I am a senior with disabilities and I'm very low income. I think it's really unfair." "Someone like me with zero income, we could use that money." Candy, who hasn't filed taxes in 10 years, said she...
    CHRISTMAS just wouldn’t be Christmas without arguing, would it? What will dominate much of this year’s disputes will doubtless be about having unvaxxed people in our homes.  3Ulrika Jonsson is fed up with the 'anti-vax squad'Credit: The Sun 3Ulrika, pictured with her four children, says un-vaccinated people are banned from hers this ChristmasCredit: INSTAGRAM If, God willing, BoJo and his fellow Downing Street ravers, do actually let us spend time together. I surround myself by sensible people.  All my close friends and family have done their bit for society and against Covid.  They have duly rolled their sleeves up when required; have tested regularly and have isolated or quarantined when asked to do so. I’m utterly fed up with the anti-vax squad.  Many of them I’ve come across are the younger generation. They’re conspiracy theorists.  They believe it’s all a myth or a lie and that we’re being controlled....
    BRITS who are test positive for Covid as of today will have to spend Christmas in self-isolation under Government rules. Everyone who catches the virus has to go into mandatory 10-day quarantine even if they're fully vaccinated. 1NINTCHDBPICT000699374487Credit: Alamy That could see thousands potentially miss out on December 25 with friends and family as Omicron rips through Britain. The new wave of could also see many Brits who come into contact with a positive person having to test daily or isolate. Here are the latest rules on self-isolation and contact tracing: WHAT DO I DO IF I TEST POSITIVE? If you test positive on a lateral flow test, you must self-isolate immediately and order a follow-up PCR swab to confirm the result. The same is also true if you develop symptoms of Covid such as a high temperature, cough or loss of taste or smell. Provided the PCR comes back positive you must then self-isolate where you are currently staying for 10 days. During that time you shouldn't have any visitors or see anyone outside your household, including family who...
    RESIDENTS who may be eligible for a surprise New Year stimulus check must take immediate action if they wish to get a $1,000 payment. States across the country are giving back to their residents this holiday season with bonus payments. 1Connecticut residents must take immediate action if they wish to qualify for their state's $1,000 surprise stimulus paymentCredit: Getty 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 latest tool in our toolbox to maximize...
    THOUSANDS of motorists in Michigan could receive a stimulus check worth $400 in the coming months. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said refunds should be issued to drivers no later than May 9 next year. 1Thousands of drivers in Michigan could receive a stimulus boost of $400 in the coming monthsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Democrat revealed earlier this month that checks will be sent for every vehicle with insurance that was covered by October 31. Motorbikes and recreational vehicles (RVs) are also covered providing they have the minimum insurance requirements. Whitmer called on bosses at the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to send payments to cash-strapped motorists after they recorded a $5million budget surplus, Fox2 reports. She said: “Michiganders have paid into the catastrophic care fund for decades, and I am pleased that the MCCA developed this plan so quickly after unanimously approving my request to return surplus funds to the pockets of Michiganders.” Drivers do not have to apply to claim the checks as refunds will be issued by the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Several states have...
    CALIFORNIANS will soon get their surprise stimulus checks between $600 and $1,100 by the end of the week. This recent round of checks started going out on November 29 with the final payments scheduled to be issued by December 17. 2The checks are part of California's Golden State II program signed by Gov Gavin NewsomCredit: Getty Around 800,000 paper checks will be sent out along with 3,000 direct deposit payments.  It’s all part of California’s Golden State II program thanks to the around $12billion in coronavirus relief approved by Governor Gavin Newsom.  "The Golden State Stimulus is key to lifting up those hit hardest by the pandemic and supporting California’s economic recovery, putting money directly in the hands of folks who will spend it on basic needs and within their local communities," Newsom said when announcing the program. People who qualify for the stimulus check will typically get it using the refund option selected on their tax return. Direct deposits usually show up in bank accounts within a few business days.  Paper checks can take up to three weeks to drive, however. Most read in MoneyPAYDAY...
    SOME drivers could receive a $400 refund check by May 2022 — here's how to find out if you're eligible to get the cash. Residents of Michigan who pay auto insurance will be receiving the refund money for each insured vehicle. 2Checks will be sent to insured drivers with personal injury protectionCredit: Getty 2Residents of Michigan who pay auto insurance will be receiving the refund money for each insured vehicleCredit: Getty And the money will be sent out to Michigan drivers by May 9, 2022, at the latest, WZZM13 reports. Checks will be sent to insured drivers with personal injury protection and the type of insurance provider doesn't play a role in eligibility. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Monday: "Michigan used to have the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. "But we worked together to put Michiganders first, significantly lowering the cost of insurance and putting $400 per vehicle back in driver’s pockets while continuing to provide access to the most generous benefits in the nation. "I am pleased with how quickly the plan was developed and appreciate...
    THE last round of Golden State Stimulus II checks is set to be delivered in the coming weeks. Around 900,000 checks worth up to $1,100 are expected to be delivered before New Year's Eve. 1Checks worth up to $1,100 are being sent out to eligible residents California has estimated that around 9million people are eligible to receive the checks. The latest round of payments began December 10 and included nearly $575million in funds. About 803,000 total payments have been or will be issued this round, including about 9,000 direct deposits worth about $6.1million and 794,000 paper checks worth more than $568million. In total, California has issued or announced 8.1million Golden State Stimulus II payments worth more than $5.8billion, a spokesperson for the California Franchise Tax Board told The Sun. The payments began in October and will continue through early January. As payments have been sent out by zip code, there is just one round left to be issued. From December 27 through January 11, 2022, those living in a zip code ending in 928-999 can expect to receive their...
    A DATING expert has revealed that singles have become more picky about their potential love interests - claiming that they’re now concerned about ‘pink flags’ that could lead to ‘red flags’. It’s bad news if you love watching TV with your partner, British relationship expert and founder of Wingman Tina Wilson claimed, as it could mean you’re running out of things to talk about.  3Dating expert Tina warned that watching too much TV together could be an issueCredit: Getty 3She also said to watch out if only one of you is taking pictures of you as a coupleCredit: Getty She also said that never posting pictures together on social media could mean your partner doesn’t want people to know about you. Tina spoke to FEMAIL about subtle signs that your relationship might not work long-term.  She said: “With so many couples breaking up during the first lockdown and realising that they didn't even like each other, it’s highlighted the fact that we really need to choose wisely who we spend our time with. “Daters are smarter than ever and less...
    AMERICANS living in certain parts of the country may be in for a surprise this Christmas in the form of another stimulus check. The bonus cash will be sent to certain groups living in 14 states in the coming months. The payments come off the back of a $1,400 check sent as part of Joe Biden's America Rescue Plan in March. 1More cash is on the way for in-need AmericansCredit: Getty A number of 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. ARIZONA In Arizona, out-of-work residents are able to take advantage of the state's back-to-work program. Those who go back to work part-time are eligible for $1,000. Those returning to full time workers could get $2,000. CALIFORNIA California implemented the Golden State Stimulus to residents who were required to have filed their 2020 tax return by October 15. About half of the nine million residents received their checks as of October 31, and the remaining checks are being sent by mail....
    andresr | E+ | Getty Images For many Medicare beneficiaries, a supplement plan — aka, Medigap — is an appealing way to cover some out-of-pocket costs. These policies at least partially cover the cost-sharing aspects of Medicare — deductibles, copays and coinsurance. However, there are limitations. For example, Medigap plans don't cover costs associated with prescription drug coverage (unless, perhaps, the policy was issued prior to 2006.) Nor do they help you pay for services that are excluded from Medicare's coverage, generally speaking, such as dental or vision. More from Personal Finance:How to get a jump-start on upcoming tax seasonMake these investment moves to beat inflationMore than 1 in 3 U.S. adults carry medical debt And, while the coverage offered by these policies is generally standardized regardless of which insurance company sells them and where you live — available plans are designated A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N — each of those options offers different levels of coverage. Also, the premiums for same-named plans can vary significantly from insurer to insurer and among locations. "It's...