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    ELIGIBLE California residents are receiving more aid beginning today. The next batch of Golden State Stimulus II paper checks is being mailed out ahead of the holiday season. 1Payments of up to $1,100 are being sent out to some California residents The last batch of around 750,000 checks was mailed out on November 15, totaling around $555million in aid, according to the California Franchise Tax Board. The aid is part of the state's ongoing stimulus program, intending to help folks affected by the Covid pandemic. Around 9 million residents are slated to receive checks before the end of the year. Qualifying residents will receive as little as $500 and up to $1,100 depending on their scenario. Most read in MoneyXMAS TOP-UP ‘Surprise’ stimulus check updates – States offer up to $1.1k ‘holiday cash’XMAS BONUS Surprise $1,000 stimulus checks being sent out in five states before ChristmasSANTA STIMULUS ‘Surprise’ $300 stimulus check to be sent out in time for ChristmasACT FAST Urgent deadline for $1,400 'fourth stimulus check' - here's who's eligibleSTIM WIN 'Surprise' bonus stimulus check of $285 for families...
    The largest Social Security cost-of-living adjustment increase in decades is set to go into effect in 2022. The 5.9% pay bump was meant to help seniors cover the cost of rising inflation. If you want to see how future COLAs will affect your retirement, you'll need to figure out how much Social Security you can expect every month.  The size of your payment will be based on your income from your working years, the year you were born and your age when you decide to start receiving benefits. CNBC calculated a wide range of salaries to estimate future benefits for people who currently make $30,000, $35,000 or $40,000 per year but are planning to retire. Remember: Social Security was not envisioned as your sole source of money for retirement, and the totals are always changing. Watch this video for a breakdown of how much you will get and how your monthly benefit will be calculated based on multiple different salaries.  More from Invest in You:How Walmart and other big companies are trying to recruit more teenage employeesAmericans are more in...
    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...
    IN the days before your booster jab, there's potential you'll get struck down with a nasty cold. Eligible Brits have been urged to come forward for their Covid boosters, but can you still have it if you've got the sniffles? 1Winter is well and truly on its way and with it you might get a cold - but can you still get your coronavirus booster jab if you've got the snifflesCredit: PA Covid boosters are being rolled in order to protect the vulnerable from a "challenging winter". Now we are all mingling freely again, germs are being spread at a quicker rate and the classic winter bugs have made a return. The common cold is rife at the moment, with Brits all over the country complaining they are suffering. Many have said it's the "worst cold ever", but in reality it's just that the majority haven't tackled one for a while and so it feels much worse than it normally would. It can be difficult to know what to do to protect yourself and others. Firstly, you should probably...
    STRUGGLING Americans could receive a $1,800 boost by the end of this year as part of the expanded child tax credit payments. It comes as 36 million families received the cash earlier this week as households recover from the economic damage wreaked by the covid pandemic.  1The payments have helped lift 3million kids out of poverty.Credit: Alamy So far the covid era expanded Child Credit scheme has been a success.  After just the first month of receiving the payments, it helped lift three million children out of poverty, according to a Columbia University study.  But not every family is taking advantage of the monthly payments. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Michigan shows that one in every 10 eligible families have not received their child tax credit payments. Eligible families can receive $300 for each child under the age of six and kids above that age, up to 17, can get $250 per child.  The payments have been happening between July and December of 2021 which means a family with one child under six will have received...
    STRUGGLING Americans may be able to get stimulus cash worth up to $10,000 each if they're struggling to pay the rent. Congress first approved a $25billion rental assistance program in December. 1Congress has approved billions of dollars worth of funds for struggling rentersCredit: Alamy This was then followed with another $21.55billion in March under the American Rescue Plan, alongside a third stimulus check worth $1,400. However, just over $10billion of the funds had been distributed by the end of September, according to latest data by the Treasury. It comes after the Supreme Court in August blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a nationwide eviction ban due to Covid. The move meant landlords could start evicting their tenants, putting millions of people at risk of losing their homes. To help renters who are still struggling, support is being distributed by states but you'll need to apply to get it. Below we explain who's eligible, how to apply and how the cash support varies between states. Most read in MoneyPRETTY PENNY Lincoln coins set fetches $2,449 at auction after 1955 coin sells for $1,825IN DESPERATE NEED...
    A SURPRISE stimulus payment worth up to $1,086 will be sent out to families; however, you must first find out if you are eligible for the government assistant. Several states will be helping their residents financially with bonus cash ranging from $500-$2,000. 3Several states across the country are stepping up and offering their residents surprise stimulus paymentsCredit: Getty 3The stimulus payments range from $500-$2,000 depending on which state you live inCredit: Getty The move comes months after the last stimulus check under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. was sent out in March. If you're a resident of New Hampshire, you may qualify for a $1,086 check if your household includes a family of three without an income. Below are 13 other states across the country that are stepping up to offer stimulus checks to their residents. Keep in mind, residents looking for government assistance must meet the state's eligibility rules. ARIZONA In Arizona, out-of-work residents can 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...
    Both Dutch and Japanese people can recognise their fellow countrymen by listening to the sound of their laughter alone, a study has concluded. Researchers led from the University of Amsterdam recorded the sounds of different types of laughter produced by volunteers from both Japan and the Netherlands. They then played these clips to a total of 404 Dutch and Japanese participants, who were able to tell if the laugher belonged to the same cultural group as them. Specifically, Dutch listeners identified the laughter correctly in 73–76 per cent of the time (depending on laughter type) and Japanese listeners 77 per cent of the time. Spontaneous — rather than forced — laughter was rated as most positive by both groups, but Dutch listeners rated Dutch laughter as being the most positive of all. The findings, the team explained, add to mounting evidence that laughter is a rich vocal signal that listeners can use to make various inferences about other people.  Scroll down for videos Both Dutch and Japanese people can recognise their fellow countrymen by listening to the sound of their...
    With temperatures beginning to drop as the winter months approach, it's not just your lips and skin that may start to feel dry. Women often experience 'winter vaginas' due to the dry, cold air causing their genitals to enter 'drought mode', according to experts. Speaking to FEMAIL, health professionals revealed how vaginal dryness can be exacerbated in the winter period, and it can make intercourse unbearably painful. Stephanie Taylor, Intimate Health Expert of Kegel8, explained: 'Winter vagina refers to the female genitalia going into drought mode in the colder months, with cold weather being suggested as something that exacerbates the issue of vaginal dryness. Apparently a lack of moisture in the air is to blame.' Meanwhile Nutritional Therapists Claire Floss said: 'Just like the gut, the vagina has a delicate microbial ecosystem, known as the microbiome.  Speaking to FEMAIL, experts revealed how women may suffer from 'winter vaginas' due to the dry, cold air of the cooler months (stock image)  'Some of our beloved winter habits such as taking hot baths, wearing heavy clothing, and even the dry air from cranking...
    IF you have ever been in a rush and have accidentally left your phone in a Uber or Lyft, there is a way for you to get it back. Uber and Lyft are popular ride-sharing companies that assist consumers in getting to their destinations with the click of a button. 1Rideshare apps Uber and Lyft stickers on the front of a car How to get you phone back from Uber? If you have ever left your phone or other personal belongings in an Uber, you can began the process of retrieving those items by logging into the Uber's app. Once you are logged in, Uber will display your most recent trip. If that trip is the one in which you lost your belonging(s), enter a phone number that can be used to contact the trip's driver. Afterward, Uber will contact that number and then connect you directly with your driver. Once in contact with your driver, you can schedule a place and/or time to get back your things. If they do not answer the phone, you are advised to leave...
    We were in a cafe a few days ago, my friend and I, when our laughter made a nearby group of teenagers turn around. ‘Ugh,’ I heard one of them whisper. ‘They’re talking about sex. At their age!’ Her expression of pained disgust left us, both sixtysomethings, in no doubt about her feelings on the subject. Our discussion, a post-mortem of my friend’s ‘night before’, had ventured into territory assumed to belong exclusively in a world inhabited by the young and beautiful. A world off limits to anyone of my advanced age. However, like it or not, a recent survey found that the optimal age for sex among single women is 66. Although, in my experience, I’d say the best sex is to be found within a long and trusting relationship whatever your age, a healthy sex drive in your 60s is really not unusual. And whatever your circumstances, I think sex at this age is absolutely great. I speak as someone who met her beloved husband — Bob, the love of my life — when I was 19. And,...
    Seattle has become so dangerous that the city can no longer protect its own employees, with security guards now escorting them after they finish work. King County's new 'walking bus' will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening. An announcement on King County's official website says: 'King County is launching a 'Walking Bus' pilot program where county employees can join their colleagues and a Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Escort each evening walking to the King Street Station and the Coleman Dock from the downtown campus.' No provision has been made for private sector workers also based in the same area, which hit the headlines a day after Seattle announced it was cutting $10 million from the city police department's $400m budget. That has outraged both pro-police advocates and defund the police campaigners, after the city vowed to hack 50 per cent off its policing budget after George Floyd's murder.  The walking bus announcement also makes no mention of spiraling...
    APPLE has designed your iPhone so it can be found even if it's turned off. There are several ways to track a lost iPhone – so don't panic if you've misplaced yours. 1Apple has updated its popular Find My app with new featuresCredit: Apple You've got methods of finding it if you've lost it at home, or even if it's further afield. Apple's iPhone is bigger these days, but it's still small enough to misplace. If you forget your iPhone at the office, the Find My Phone app makes it easy to track the device on a map. This even works if the device is off. That's because Apple has built Ultra Wideband tech into some recent iPhone models. So other iPhones or Apple devices that have been nearby the handset will "ping" it to Apple's Find My network. Most read in Tech'THREAT IS REAL' China & Russia spark space war fears as officials warn of 'energy weapons'STOCK TOSS Elon sells '$5B of Tesla shares to pay taxes' after poll tanks market valuePOSSIBLE PARTNERS What to know about GameStop's NFT...
    A chin plaster that monitors facial movements during sleep has been developed to detect sleep apnoea — a snoring condition that raises the risk of heart disease and stroke. The plaster contains sensors that pick up tell-tale jaw movements that occur during sleep in those affected. The device wirelessly transmits the data it collects to a smartphone app, allowing patients and their doctors to spot signs of the condition literally overnight. An estimated two million Britons have sleep apnoea, where the muscles and soft tissue in the throat relax and collapse during sleep, causing a total blockage of the airway for up to ten seconds. Air is then forced through the narrowed throat, causing the characteristic ‘rasping’ sound snorers make. Nearly 1,000 sleep apnoea patients are using the plaster in a clinical trial at 14 French hospitals and medical centres. A stock image is pictured above [File photo] The lack of oxygen triggers the brain to wake the sufferer, reopening the airway so that normal breathing resumes. Obesity is a major risk factor — excess weight around the neck puts...
    Greta Thunberg, who has turned the air blue while campaigning in Glasgow, has today promised to go 'net-zero' on swearing.  The teenage activist spoke about people being 'p****d off' by protests and was also filmed singing 'You can shove your climate crisis up your a**e' while outside COP26.  But the 18-year-old Swede, who is accompanied by PR advisers and supporters where ever she travels, today made a tongue-in-cheek pledge to compensate for her use of bad language. She pledged to go 'net-zero' - a term commonly used by those aiming to balance out the harm they cause on the environment - by 'saying something nice' every time she swears. Announcing her pledge to her five million followers on Twitter, the 18-year-old said: 'I am pleased to announce that I've decided to go net-zero on swear words and bad language.  'In the event that I should say something inappropriate, I pledge to compensate that by saying something nice.'  Greta Thunberg, who has turned the air blue while campaigning in Glasgow, has today promised to go 'net-zero' on swearing The teenage activist...
    Getty J.C. Jackson When asked about the challenge ahead of him facing second-year quarterback Justin Herbert and his dynamic passing weapons in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, Jackson sounded unimpressed. He told reporters: “I mean, it’s not really a big challenge. I mean, we’ve just gotta do what we do best: Play our football and trust each other, trust our teammates.” “””ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots!“”” What Happened in the Patriots and Chargers’ Last Meeting? The Patriots destroyed the Chargers 45-0 last season in their Week 13 meeting. Bill Belichick’s defense held Herbert to 209 yards passing, no TDs and 2 interceptions. Jackson had one of those picks. The Patriots’ defense held Allen and Williams to a combined 9 catches for 91 yards on 20 total targets. The pass rush sacked Herbert 3 times in what equated to the then-rookie’s worst game of his young career. That was last year, and through the first seven weeks of the 2021 season, the...
    BITCOIN buyers who used their stimulus checks are about to cash out. If you invested the initial April 2020 stimulus check of $1,200 into Bitcoin, it is now worth $11,000 as of Tuesday. 1As of Tuesday, the first stimulus payment is now worth $11,000 in Bitcoin (Stock Image) YOUR BITCOIN PURCHASES ARE WORTH MORE NOW According to data from BitcoinStimulus, the value of this cryptocurrency has seen an astronomical increase since 2020. Since the first round of stimulus checks in April of 2020, the price of Bitcoin has gone up by an impressive 800 percent. THE PRICE OF BITCOIN IS STEADILY GOING UP That means if you used all three of your stimulus checks to invest into Bitcoin, you might be in good luck. The sum of all three stimulus packages, which equals to $3,200, can now be totaled out at $13,000. Bitcoin's value has continued to rise since the first round of stimulus packages were delivered back in April 2020. When the first $1,200 checks were sent out, the price of Bitcoin was between $6,000 and $7,000....
    CRISTIANO RONALDO would reportedly be at risk of being benched by Antonio Conte if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. The Italian gaffer is the favourite to succeed the Red Devils legend should he be sacked following the humiliating 5-0 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday. 3Antonio Conte is a leading contender to replace Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets sackedCredit: Reuters 3Red Devils forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be at risk of being dropped if he doesn't obey Conte's demandsCredit: EPA SunSport understands the 52-year-old is on a four-man shortlist of candidates being considered for the position. Solskjaer is under huge pressure at the Theatre of Dreams with the club eight points off table-toppers Chelsea having lost three out of their last four games. With Solskjaer known for his mild-mannered approach, former Blues manager Conte would be a stark contract in the dressing room. Speaking on talkSPORT, Gabriel Agbonlahor revealed how his ex-Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young lifted the lid on what it is like playing under Conte. Young, who won the Serie A title at Inter Milan with...
    (CNN)I don't love guns. But as a firearms safety specialist, they are the tools of my profession. I respect them, and I teach others to respect them too. After 30 years of working with firearms in the film industry, I've learned one very important lesson: When handled responsibly, firearms are as safe as any other prop on a film set.The difference is firearms require the undivided attention of an experienced expert. There is zero tolerance for error. If actors make a mistake on set, they get another take. If the weapons handler makes a mistake, it could end a life. A recent tragic event has really brought that home. In my experience, an investigation will determine what happened in this case. The tragedies I've learned about are the result not of including firearms on a film set but of a cavalier attitude towards safety. There's no room for disregard of safety protocols in a production. The only cowboys in the film industry should be up on the screen. Prop guns are seen at Independent Studio Services in California on October...
    A NEW genetic test that uses your saliva could predict if you will get severe Covid-19. The £130 test looks at age, sex, weight and general health, as well as the genes linked to the severity of the virus. 1Traditional coronavirus swabs detect whether or not you have the virus - but a new test could predict your risk of how severely you might suffer with the illnessCredit: Getty Writing in the the journal Epidemiology and Infection experts said an accurate test to predict risk of severe Covid-19 can inform prioritisation of further vaccine doses to those most at risk. They highlighted that it could be useful in regions in which vaccination is not widespread enough to provide herd immunity. The tests work by looking at genes that up your risk of severe Covid. Experts then combine this with information with underlying health conditions which are known to make people more vulnerable to Covid such as respiratory conditions and high blood pressure. By using this information the experts were able to predict with 73 per cent accuracy who was most...
     Dr. Anthony Fauci assessed that Americans across the country can enjoy the upcoming holiday season as long as they and everyone around them is vaccinated. Fauci joined Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week to provide an update on the ongoing national effort to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. She concluded by asking if he would give out Halloween candy this year, and what public safety guidelines he recommends for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “I believe strongly, particularly in the vaccinate people,” Fauci answered. He acknowledged that young children are still not eligible to receive Covid vaccines yet, but “If you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated…You can enjoy the holidays.” You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treating, and certainly Thanksgiving with your family, and Christmas with your family. That’s one of the reasons why we emphasize it’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, but for your family, but also for the good of your community to keep the level of infection down. When you do that, there is no reason at all why you can’t enjoy...
    Has your insurance company ever denied treatment or medication prescribed by your doctor? But does this happen very often? According to a recent poll of Californians conducted in late August by the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation, insurance companies denied access to a medication or treatment deemed necessary by their doctor to 30% of Californians. That amounts to approximately 11.8 million Californians not receiving the healthcare treatment they were prescribed—a number higher than the total populations of 44 states. When your life and health are on the line, you really should not take “no” for an answer. There is a way to fight back. California has an appeals process called an Independent Medical Review (IMR). It is available to most patients denied a doctor-prescribed treatment. Both the Department of Managed Care and the Department of Insurance uses the IMR process. The type of health coverage you have, and the type of medical review required determines which department will accept the consumer’s appeal. Here’s how an IMR works. The California Department of Insurance explains that any individual covered by a health insurer...
    A RING worn around the penis could help men figure out what’s causing their erectile dysfunction, and could even signal a deadly disease. It’s the first ever modern wearable “erection tracker” that gives clues into a man’s health. 2Men can struggle with getting erections for various reasons, but may never find out whyCredit: Getty Erections - or lack of them - can indicate a number of physical and mental health problems.  More often than not men who suffer with erectile dysfunction struggle to work out why, further causing emotional or relationship stress. But while it’s easy to assume erections are a signal of libido or bedroom performance, they in fact reveal a lot more about men’s health, especially as they get older.  The Adam Sensor is attached to the base of the penis with a band and worn overnight. It is comfortable to wear under pajamas and is almost unnoticeable, the creators say. It counts how many erections a man has during his sleep. Night time erections indicate the erection mechanism is in check - even if it does not...
    SOCIAL Security claimants can have their checks cut in value if they have other retirement income. This reduction in Social Security isn't to do with tax or work earnings, but something called the windfall elimination provision (WEP). 1Social Security claimants can have their checks cut in value if they have other retirement incomeCredit: Getty The WEP is a formula that effectively cuts Social Security benefits for certain retirees who receive extra pension during retirement. It applies to Social Security payees whose pension comes from a non-covered job. A non-covered job is a pension paid by an employer that doesn't withhold Social Security taxes from your salary. These are typically state and local governments or non-US employers. It prevents certain workers from collecting full Social Security benefits on top of a pension, without having paid into Social Security for long enough. In December 2020, about 1.9 million people recipients (3% of the total) were affected by the WEP, according to the Congressional Research Service. Most read in MoneyPAYDAY October 'stimulus check' sent out next week as September payment issues reportedCALI...
    COVID boosters are being rolled out for people in specific vulnerable groups. But as the winter season kicks in, so do the colds and coughs we haven't seen so much of in the past year. 1Boosters are being issued for people eligible to get themCredit: PA Now we are all mingling freely again, germs are being spread at a quicker rate and the classic winter bugs have made a return. The common cold is rife at the moment, with Brits all over the country complaining they are suffering. Many have said it's the "worst cold ever", but in reality it's just that the majority haven't tackled one for a while and so it feels much worse than normal. However, it does make it difficult to know what to do when you are ill, but you suspect it is "just" a cold. Firstly, you should probably take a leaf out of the pandemic rulebook and work from home if you run the risk of spreading any germs. Secondly, people who have been vaccinated and those suffering with the Covid Delta variant...
    You've been able to call 911 through Uber for years, but now the company says the majority of Chicago area 911 centers are now able to track your location.911 dispatchers will always ask for your address when you call, but you may not know the answer to that or other crucial details if you need emergency help in an Uber."You may not be able to verbalize the vehicle you're in, you probably don't know the license plate," said Madelyn Walsh, DuPage Public Safety Communications Center dispatcher.Walsh said she and other emergency responders will automatically know those details and an exact location if riders or drivers use the new "slide to call" 911 feature in the Uber app."And it will show us your Uber information, so license plate, car make, model, whoever is calling, their name and phone number," she explained.Her 911 center and others in the area recently launched the Uber 911 app feature, with the use of tech from another company called RapidSOS."As a passenger in a vehicle, many times we don't pay attention to where we are at....
    OH, technology! Most remote workers are so fed up with their faulty work laptops that they would rather throw them out the window. A survey of 2,000 employed Americans found more than half (58 percent) describe their work devices as awful to work on – and two in three want to toss their devices out of frustration because of their poor performance. 3Employees are fed up with work-provided technologyCredit: Getty 3Many believe this tech holds them back from being productiveCredit: Getty While nearly three in five employers (58 percent) issue company laptops to employees, 62 percent of those employees said their devices prevent them from maximizing their productivity. Commissioned by LG Electronics and conducted by OnePoll, the study revealed 47 percent of employees believe having high-quality tech is the key to having a productive workspace. Seventy-one percent said they would enjoy their jobs more if their tech devices were of higher quality. Meanwhile, 59 percent noted that they’re most productive when working in a comfortable environment – and at the center of their comfy workspace is their desk. Nearly nine in 10...
    A NEW set of $600 bonus checks is coming down the pipeline for workers in America's hard-hit agriculture industry. As calls for a fourth stimulus payment ramp up, farmers, meat packers and grocery workers are getting their own round of aid this fall.   1A NEW set of $600 bonus checks is coming down the pipeline for workers in America's hard-hit agriculture industry The $600 stimulus checks to cover "expenses" and Covid costs are part of the Farm and Food Workers program announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month. The department set aside a whopping $700million in grant funding for the program. Of that, $680million is earmarked for farm and meatpacking workers and the remaining $20million for grocery store workers. Unlike previous rounds of stimulus checks, these funds will not be directly deposited by the federal government into Americans' bank accounts. Instead, the funds will be granted to states and non-profit assistance programs that apply for participation and demonstrate the ability to distribute the money effectively. The USDA has yet to...
    Sensors on a person's smartphone can be used to determine if they're high with uncanny precision, according to a new study out of Rutgers University Researchers at the school's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research found that an algorithm that combined sensors tracking movements and GPS location with data on the time of day and day of the week had a 90 percent accuracy rate in determining if someone was stoned. The algorithm could help law enforcement and health professionals more accurately predict if an individual is currently experiencing 'cannabis intoxication,' according to a release. 'We might be able to detect when a person might be experiencing cannabis intoxication and deliver a brief intervention when and where it might have the most impact to reduce cannabis-related harm,' said co-author Tammy Chung, director of the Institute's Center for Population Behavioral Health in the statement.  Scroll down for video Researchers have been able to create an algorithm that predicts whether a regular pot smoker is high with 90 percent accuracy. The system combines GPS and movement data from their...
    Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images There is now so little doubt that our views regarding the coronavirus pandemic break down along partisan political lines that it is widely accepted by the news media — even when it is clearly not this simple — that vaccinated people are overwhelmingly Democrats and unvaccinated are almost all Republicans. But there is almost no cogent analysis for WHY such a deep divide exists on nearly every aspect of Covid, an illness that is not inherently political. After all, the virus obviously does not discriminate based on politics, and you could argue that it is actually a little more dangerous to Republicans, who tend to be older than Democrats. While economic lockdowns would seem to more abhorrent to conservatives, there are elements of the often heavy-handed governmental response, specifically mask and vaccine mandates, which, at least logically, should be far more offensive to pro-civil liberty liberals, especially since racial minorities are statistically less enthusiastic about getting vaccinated. Usually, with a mysterious cultural oddity like this one, there are multiple significant factors which can be cited to...
    MOST of us aren’t the same size we were at 21 years of age. And now an expert has warned it could be putting your risk of a serious health condition, even if you are still a "healthy weight". 1Are your jeans from your early 20s a squeeze? This could mean you're at risk of diabetes Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University said: “As a rule of thumb, your waist size should be the same now as when you were 21. “If you can’t get into the same size trousers now, you are carrying too much fat and therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if you aren’t overweight.” Obesity is a key driver of type 2 diabetes.  But it’s not just those who are obese who are at risk - those who are a larger dress size than their younger years could be too. For example, a female who is a dress size 14 compared to a previous 10 or 12, or a man whose waist size is 36 inches, compared to 32 previously.  Prof Taylor...
    YOU can bag yourself six months of ad-free music streaming with this cracking offering from Apple. The California iPhone-maker is giving away six months of Apple Music for free to anyone who owns a pair of AirPods or select Beats products. 2You get six months of Apple Music for free when you buy a new pair of AirPods or BeatsCredit: Alamy It's a great way to avoid paying out every month – especially if you've got a subscription to a rival like Spotify or Deezer. Apple Music, which has a library of more than 75million songs, usually costs $10/£10 per month. That means the offer, which kicked off this week, saves you $60/£60 in total. The best part is, your eligible gadget doesn't need to be a recent purchase. To get started, you'll need one of these: AirPods Pro, AirPods, AirPods Max, Beats Studio Buds, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, Beasts Solo Pro. Then, you'll need to sign up as a new subscriber to Apple Music via the Apple Music app or on Apple's website, here. Once that's out the way, you'll...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — People in Naperville can now text 9-1-1 to get emergency help if you aren’t able to talk. Enter 9-1-1 in the “to” field, then put your location and the emergency in the message, before you send it. READ MORE: Student And Staff Data From Area School District Were Dumped On The Dark Web, And Parents And Staffers Had No Clue Our Public Safety Answering Point has integrated texting into its 911 answering system, allowing citizens in need of emergency services in Naperville to reach the 911 dispatch center by text when calling is not an option. Read the release to learn more: https://t.co/eB6K8mIiI7 pic.twitter.com/MhcGTJbHDw READ MORE: Sundling Junior High, 17 Other Illinois Schools Win National Blue Ribbons — NapervillePD (@NapervillePD) September 20, 2021 MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Disappointed In CPS Struggles With COVID Testing, Contact Tracing
    The “FireKeg” is a 5-liter keg of Fireball Whisky Fireball, the infamous cinnamon whisky, will soon release a keg containing over 115 shots that can be accessed from three separate spouts, according to Delish. Apparently, one tap was just not enough. The “FireKeg” was released earlier this week by Fireball in limited supply to stores around the United States. The keg is a bit over 5 liters and priced at $75, which honestly seems underpriced for the mass quantity. So fraternities everywhere can rejoice knowing they can afford cheap shots that will impress the ladies without having to cut into their hazing budget. So, if you’ve been missing the Four Loko craze in its heyday, or maybe wishing you could get a 76 pack of beer again, the FireKeg is the replacement you’ve been looking for. In all honesty, I can’t think of a more appropriate whisky to fill a keg with. However, I must absolutely insist everyone drinks this responsibly. Fireball, a mixture of Canadian whisky, cinnamon flavoring and sweeteners, is produced by the Sazerac company and is 66...
    It really is possible to smell fear, a study suggests, but only if you're a woman. Women's behaviour changed after sniffing an anxious person's sweat, researchers found. The scientists took samples of sweat from anxious people during a public speaking task and from relaxed people playing sports. They asked 214 men and women in total to sniff the samples via a mask while playing five games set by psychologists. Researchers from Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf took samples of sweat from anxious people during a public speaking task and from relaxed people playing sports. (Stock image) Women were found to play in a less trusting and more risk-averse way while smelling the anxiety sweat. For example, in a financial investment game, they transferred less money to other players.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Lack of face-to-face appointments may have led to an 88%... Swathes of countryside to be flooded to prepare for climate... Share this article Share The same game played with computers produced similar results. These effects were not found among...
    Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is demanding Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Mark Milley resign if he did go behind President Trump's back to speak to China Alexander Vindman is calling on Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to resign if the claims in a new book are true that he went behind then-President Donald Trump's back to promise China to warn them if the U.S. planned to attack. 'If this is true GEN Milley must resign,' the retired lieutenant colonel tweeted on Tuesday along with an article about new book 'Peril' which claims Milley was fearful Trump might spark war with China in the wake of his November election defeat to Joe Biden. 'He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It's an extremely dangerous precedent,' Vindman, the star witness in the first impeachment of President Trump, tweeted. 'You can't simply walk away from that.' Thee book, set to hit shelves on September 21, claims Milley made secret calls to his counterpart in Beijing while Trump was...
    AMERICAN families eligible for child tax credits are now able to get catch up deposits if they missed out on one of the $300 payments. The IRS had said parents who missed out on earlier checks may have to wait until the next tax season to see the cash. 1Most of those eligible will not have to do anything to see the cashCredit: Getty But they have since announced that those who make updates to their financial information may now get the previous payments sooner. Parents who missed out can do this by either filing a simplified tax return or using the IRS' portal to update their details. Most of those eligible will not have to do anything to see the cash. But for those who missed out the Treasury Department said in a statement: "Eligible families that did not sign-up in time to receive their Child Tax Credit in this first round of payments can receive increased monthly payments to catch-up for previous months after they sign up." Secretary Janet L. Yellen added: “For the first...
    A MORTGAGE adviser has been branded 'out of touch' after mocking those who blame the government for them not being able to afford their own house, saying it's a 'victim mentality'. Ewa Brzeska, from Cumbria, has used TikTok to ridicule people who bemoan not getting on the property ladder. 3Ewa has been slammed for being 'out of touch'Credit: Kennedy News In the videos she's posted, she's pointed out the range of help available, including lifetime ISAs and mortgage guarantee schemes. However, the 25-year-old was blasted by hundreds of angry commenters who labelled her video 'tone deaf' when it went viral. Critics of the video, which has gained nearly 200,000 views, blasted Ewa's suggestions by pointing to high house prices as a reason why the government schemes aren't enough for first-time buyers. Despite the outcry, Ewa stands by her belief that people shouldn't expect the government to do everything for them and that people should work towards saving up for their first home. She emphasised that it should be 'easy' to own your own house like many seem to expect as otherwise,...
    President Joe Biden tore into unruly passengers who have defied federal mask mandates during air travel – following a string of reports of confrontations between passengers and flight attendants. 'Show some respect!' he told rule-breakers in a speech from the White House. Biden delivered the admonishment as part of a speech where he repeatedly went after unvaccinated Americans who 'overcrowd our hospitals' and elected officials who 'undermine' public health guidelines. The tough tone comes as the president confronts a surge in infections and coronavirus deaths, fueled by roughly one quarter of the country that has declined to take vaccines despite the US having a plentiful supply of free doses.  'Show some respect,' President Joe Biden told air passengers as he announced a doubling of fines for passengers who refuse to comply with federal mask mandates 'Tonight, I'm announcing that the Transportation Safety Administration, TSA, will double the fines on travelers that refuse to mask. If you break the rules, be prepared to pay,' he intoned. 'And by the way, show some respect. Anger you see on television toward flight...
    YOU can now buy 'the most expensive house in Spain' – complete with open-air cinema, a Turkish bath, and two infinity pools. A seven-bedroom villa dubbed Spain’s ‘most expensive home’ has hit the market for £65million as Brits flock to Majorca to escape the UK. 8The most expensive house in Spain is now for saleCredit: Jam Press 8Private living rooms, dining rooms and even a cinema are includedCredit: Jam Press The 2,300sqft property, named Villa Solitaire has panoramic sea views across Palma Bay at the highest point of Son Vida - an exclusive area in southern Majorca. Aside from two kitchens, seven bedrooms, and six bathrooms, the designer villa also offers an open-air cinema, a Turkish bath, bar, and wine cellar - along with a satellite kitchen for entertaining parties behind the scenes. Large glass-walled living spaces on the ground floor, including an informal and formal dining room, open onto a giant terrace that surrounds the expanse of the property and two infinity swimming pools. A ‘welcome atrium’ includes a glass elevator to the bedrooms and other living spaces, just...
    A BAKER unveils the giant cinnamon roll which may well make you roly poly if you dare to eat it. Ashley Baker thinks the challenge of scoffing the 3lb treat will defeat all-comers. 4Ashley Baker is willing to offer his giant £20 cinnamon roll for free to anyone who can finish itCredit: Caters 4A baker puts the giant cinnamon roll in the ovenCredit: Caters The 8,000-calorie pastry is being sold for £20 at his bakery in Redditch, Worcs. But it is free to anyone who can polish it off on their own. Ashley, 33, said: “We wanted to create a giant version of one of our products. “I don’t know anyone who could finish one to be honest. I wouldn’t fancy doing it.” Most read in The US SunCOMIC DEAD Fuquan Johnson dies from 'cocaine laced with fentanyl' & friend is recoveringDRUG TRAGEDY The Wire star dead in suspected overdose as nephew who found body seen weepingCHECK IT OUT More stimulus checks are on the way if you live in these 10 statesSCOTT SPLIT? Kourtney fans suspect her ex Scott,...
    TWO lots of child tax credit installments have been sent out so far - but here's what to do if you have received the wrong amount of money in July and August. The expanded child tax credits are worth up to $3,600 for each child, and are automatically issued as monthly payments worth up to $300. 1The first advance child tax credit payments landed on July 15 and August 13 The first advance payments landed on July 15 and August 13, with the rest set to go out on September 15, October 15, November 15 and December 15, unless you choose to opt out. The other half - worth up to $1,800 per child - is given as a lump sum next year after you've filed your tax return. But some Americans received the wrong amount in July and August. If you didn't receive the amount you expected, you'll want to quickly verify your eligibility through the IRS Eligibility Assistant. The main reason why parents are getting the wrong payments appears to be that their adjusted gross income or number of children...
    Heartwarming footage shows a disabled kitten whizzing around on a wheelchair made from a plastic bottle and toy car wheels.  Constanza Hernandez, 37, discovered little Angelito lying in a puddle in Colombia at just 15 days old. He was emaciated and had deformed rear legs.  Vets advised her to put the tiny white kitten to sleep, after he was diagnosed with an untreatable spinal defect.   But she nursed 'Angel' back to health and now, thanks to the prosthetic wheels, the cat is living a full life. Constanza Hernandez, 37, discovered Angelito lying in a puddle (pictured together). The 15-day-old kitten was emaciated and had deformed rear legs The cat, who Constanza calls Angel, gets around thanks to a wheelchair device created by his owner in Colombia The contraption allows Angel to play with toys  and other cats in Constanza's home  She worked with her mother to create an amazing contraption, using a plastic bottle and wheels from a toy car, to help him get around. Footage shared by Constanza shows Angelito as a kitten wearing a nappy...
    VERMONT is offering as much as $7,500 for bartenders, nurses and custodians to move to the state as it hopes to attract frontline and hospitality workers. Amid a nationwide labor shortage, the northeastern state has seen its businesses suffer and some have even had to temporarily shut down or cut their operation hours. 2In the middle of a nationwide labor shortage, Vermont is offering as much as $7,500 as an incentive to take a job in the stateCredit: Getty Images 2Many businesses have been forced to temporarily close or cut down their hoursCredit: Getty The popular pizzeria Stone's Throw Pizza was forced to close its Fairfax location after the pandemic saw its workforce go from 26 to 13 people. "We are desperately looking for kitchen help. Send anyone interested our way ASAP!" plead another popular spot, the Church Street Tavern in Burlington, on Instagram. The state's commissioner of economic development Joan Goldstein told CBS MoneyWatch she has received complaints from business owners who say they don't have enough people interested in employment. Goldstein noted she has seen a trend of...
    Tetra Images | Tetra images | Getty Images Before you claim Social Security early, you may want to think about how the move would impact your spousal benefits. To begin with, not all early filers can access those benefits immediately — and for those who are able to, the decision may not mean getting a bigger monthly check. It's also easy to misunderstand what you're entitled to as a spouse. Part of the reason for confusion is that the rules applying to spousal benefits for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1954, were changed under 2015 legislation, said David Freitag, a Social Security expert and financial planning consultant with MassMutual. More from The New Road to Retirement:Here's a look at more retirement news. Biden tax plan may lead to more Roth retirement accounts How to handle Covid-related withdrawals from retirement accounts 3% of near-retirees can answer all these Social Security questions "That's when all of the creative filing went away for younger [beneficiaries]," Freitag said. While it can seem complicated, two things to remember about spousal benefits in general are:...
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) delivered a blistering speech Tuesday in which she called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the disastrous U.S. exit from Afghanistan. Boebert spoke alongside fellow members of the House Freedom Caucus at a press conference aimed at demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) call Congress back from recess to vote on impeachment and resignation resolutions. “It is time for action,” Boebert said. “Impeach Biden, impeach Kamala Harris, and throw in the secretary of state if you can get him back from vacation,” she added in reference to the Washington Post timeline that revealed Blinken was away at the Hamptons the Friday before Afghanistan’s government collapsed. Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD) and Ralph Norman (R-SC) introduced articles of impeachment last week against Blinken for his role in the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which concluded Monday, just days after a deadly terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport. Last Thursday, two explosions outside the airport resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, including 13 U.S. servicemembers, as well as injuries of...
    Researchers at the University of Technology in Delft and Munich have developed a new technique that allows a single protein to be stored for hours for detailed testing – a million times longer than previously possible. This new NEOtrap method allows scientists to examine proteins more closely, which will lead to new discoveries in biomedical science, biotechnology and more. Although proteins play an important role in many processes in our body, little is known about their different forms and how to convert them. Research by Delft University of Technology and scientists in Munich hopes to transform this with a newly developed technology: the nanopore electro-osmotic trap (NEOtrap). This allows scientists to accurately measure how proteins change shape. NEOtrap technique is a combination of two separate technologies called nanoparticles and DNA origami. Nanoholes are tiny holes used by scientists as sensors to detect molecules such as proteins. Typically, the protein stays in the hole for only a few microseconds, so little information is collected for scientists. However, scientists were able...
    (CNN)With Covid-19 infections at their highest levels since January and hospitalizations at a level not seen since the winter surge, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending indoor masking even for vaccinated people. While new studies show that the Covid-19 vaccines continue to provide excellent protection against severe disease, the data suggest there may be decreased protection against the Delta variant. There are many people who are fully vaccinated and want to be responsible members of society. They are wondering, what can and should they continue to do? What about getting together with friends, dining indoors, and going to the gym? Can vaccinated grandparents still get together with their unvaccinated grandchildren?To help answer these questions, we spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She's also author of a new book, "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health." CNN: How should people be thinking differently about risk given the rise...
    Savage LoveCourtesy I’m a woman who recently went out on a third date with a man. I invited him back to my place and we started making out, which led to him going down on me. Moments later he took off his pants and to my surprise he had a micro penis. I was shocked and turned off. I did not want to continue, but knowing how sensitive men can be, I maintained a poker face, did my best to not let on that I was turned off, and he was able to orgasm. Is there a nice way to let someone know you do not want to continue to have sex because of their penis size? And is there a responsibility on the part of a person with a micro penis to disclose that fact before sex? I think I would’ve been less turned off if I wasn’t so shocked.—Smaller Men And Lessons Learned I don’t believe you, SMALL. I don’t think you would’ve been any less shocked or turned off if this guy brought up the size of...