Prince William model: Royal steps out in velvet on the Royal Selection Efficiency

The prince stormed in a dark, blurry velvet suit at the Royal Variety Performance on November 18th. The annual celebration of music and comedy acts raises money for the Royal Variety Charity.

It supports those who worked in the entertainment industry and are now sick, old or impoverished.

William wore an elegant white shirt, black bow tie and black pants.

The eye-catcher of the ensemble, however, was undoubtedly its regal, eye-catching blue velvet blazer.

But The Royal Variety Performance wasn’t the first time Prince William appeared in a velvet blazer.

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It has become something of a signature fashion choice for the prince.

In today’s coverage of the Royal Variety Performance, it is clear that Kate Middleton is absolutely stunned in green as she wears a floor-length emerald green Jenny Packham dress.

But not only Duchess Kate can wear this color, because earlier this year, in October, William appeared in an emerald green suit at the Earthshot Prize Awards.

According to Boohoo MAN, Google’s demand for “velvet suits” has increased 426 percent since the Duke of Cambridge appeared in his.

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On the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, royal fans took to the comment section to show their love for Prince Williams’ style.

Abadi Hodhod said, “Wow, Kate looks beautiful as always, but Williams’ velvet jacket is amazing!”

@ youwillneverfindanother123 added, “Who would have thought the Duke has so much style?”

Like his wife, William is environmentally conscious and passionate about sustainability, so he likes to wear clothes again.

An Instagram page called Royal Fashion Police asked a question about Prince Williams’ velvet suits: “Blue, green or black?”

Anette Merke said: “My favorite is the green – but it looks elegant in all outfits.”

Nathalia Lizieri replied: “He could be one of the most stylish men in the world! So underrated.”

It is clear that the prince likes to appear in glamorous outfits, as was shown at the Royal Variety Performance.

4 weeks to monetary health: 28 steps to get your cash into form | Cash

It is the start of a new academic year and while that might not be as associated with resolutions as the day the calendar year ticks over, it is not a bad time to make a few changes. For those who have been meaning to get their finances in shape, here are 28 steps to follow – the idea is that you can do one a day for the next four weeks or take it slower. Some will need follow-up actions but as making a start can often be the hardest part, we have included them.

1) Take any “free” pension contributions your company offers

It may sound dull but it could be the best move you make this year. Many workers have the option to top up their pension pot by making additional voluntary contributions from their pre-taxed income. The best bit is that lots of companies will match at least some of what you pay in, with the best putting in up to 50p for each £1 you invest – a free pension top-up.

For higher rate, 40%-band taxpayers, it means you effectively pay in 60p (£1 minus the tax relief) and get £1.50 paid into your retirement fund. Once it is set up you can usually stop, restart or change the monthly payments as you wish, so if you can afford the reduction in your salary now there is no reason to delay.

Get in touch with your workplace pension provider and start the ball rolling. It will usually ask you to fill in a form to send back. It is currently the most rewarding saving you can do.

2) Check you are getting the broadband speed you are paying for

Does iPlayer keep buffering? Are different family members struggling to use the internet at the same time? You may not be getting the broadband speed you are paying for. Broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk will give you an accurate reading – it is worth running a few tests at different times of the day – and you can compare your scores with what you were promised when you signed your broadband contract. If you were told to expect download speeds of about 34Mbps but you are only getting 4Mbps, then complain to your provider. If the company is unable to get the speed up to something close to what it promised, you have the right to leave penalty-free, although be aware that it is worth spending some time trying to resolve the problem if you are on the BT Openreach network, as things won’t necessarily be better if you switch supplier. Broadbandchoices.co.uk has some good advice on how to proceed and contact details.

You may not be getting the broadband speed you are paying for. Illustration: Spencer Wilson

3) Unpackage your bank account

If you are one of the millions of people who has a paid-for bank account, take an hour to work out whether you are getting your money’s worth. Some accounts, such as Lloyds Platinum, cost £21 a month and typically offer world travel insurance, mobile phone and car breakdown cover – all of which can be bought separately for less than £252 a year.

That’s if you even need the policies at the moment. A foreign holiday may be the last thing on your mind, and your lease car might come with breakdown cover included. Are you really going to claim on your mobile insurance if you have to send the phone away for repair, or pay a £100 excess? Downgrading to a free bank account is as easy as a phone call.

4) Unsubscribe from emails selling you things

Often signing up to a retailer’s email list will get you a discount on your first purchase but after that you will just be getting messages designed to lure you back to spend more money. Go through your inbox and get rid of temptation by clicking unsubscribe. As well as saving you money, it will mean you are more likely to spot the genuinely important messages that arrive.

5) Watch a Citizens Advice TikTok video on credit scores

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6) Switch gas and electricity supplier

If you are on your supplier’s default, standard tariff you could soon be paying £1,277 a year (average usage) after Ofgem increased the price cap. Plenty of households will be able to save at least £200 a year by switching and it takes about 20 minutes. Go to Energyhelpline.com or Uswitch.com, and input your existing supplier and household details. Click on filters, and tick the “show me all the plans available” option and choose one. We would opt for a fixed price plan – Green Energy’s tariffs are currently good. Then it’s just a case of heading to the website and inputting a few details. On the day of the switch – usually a couple of weeks later – you take your meter readings, if required, and that’s it. Just don’t forget to keep a copy of your final readings, and to chase your old supplier for any balance you are owed.

7) Improve your data deal

If you regularly go over your mobile phone contract’s data allowance, you are chucking money away each month unnecessarily as the excess charges can really add up. Moving to the right data plan could easily save you £100-£200 a year depending on how wayward you are currently being. In most cases, it’s a call to your existing supplier to add a pre-bought bundle for a few pounds each month. If you are still paying more than £8 for up to 15GB of data a month you are generally overpaying, and it may be worth switching to a new contract.

Equally, if you are still on pay as you go and your charges have risen in recent months, you will almost certainly better off buying a monthly bundle or a sim-only contract.

Many workers have the option to top up their pension pot. Illustration: Spencer Wilson

8) Check subscriptions, direct debits and standing orders

It may sound trite but an amazing number of people rarely, if ever, check what is leaving their accounts. The Consumer Champions inbox regularly contains letters from readers who have suddenly found that they had two Netflix accounts or were paying to insure a boiler or to subscribe to gym, a theatre membership or music streaming service – payments they thought had been cancelled months, and in some cases years, previously.

If you genuinely did cancel and the overpayments are the company’s fault, the direct debit guarantee can be used, and there is no time limit. Beware recurring bank card payments so beloved of firms that take annual subscription payments.

9) Switch one of your savings accounts to a better rate

Savings rates at the moment are pretty terrible, and if you take a look at the interest rate on your bank-account-linked savings account, you may well find you are getting a paltry 0.01%.

However, it is still possible to get more than 1% with a bit of searching around. The Savingschampion.co.uk website is your new best friend, listing most of the UK’s best buy savings accounts. It currently lists a host of providers paying about 1.3% for one-year fixed-rate savings bonds – with Tandem the top payer at 1.41%.

If you prefer an easy access account, you can currently get 0.65%, again with Tandem, or you can earn between 0.86% and 1% with a notice account.

Sort your finance Gift PigRound up gift cards and spend them. Illustration: Spencer Wilson

10) Dig out unspent gift cards

Instead of thinking you might save them for a treat one day, round them up and spend them – you could buy something that you need and put the value aside in cash to buy something fun with no restriction of where you get it.

Several websites exist that let you sell cards, or you can do so on eBay or local marketplaces. So if you really can’t spend one you could at least raise some cash with it. Alternatively, give them to a worthy cause to raffle or ask a local food bank or charity if it can make use of them.

11) Arrange to write – or update – your will

This is one of those jobs that is easy to find reasons to put off but, ultimately, is not as painful as it sounds. You can do it yourself or you can get help – the latter is generally better if your finances or family set-upare at all complicated. Solicitors are regulated and you can find one via the Law Society’s website – look for “private clients – wills” or ask friends for recommendations.

Some charities offer free will-writing services to encourage people to consider them as beneficiaries. Cancer Research, for instance, offers a free service with a solicitor or online. If you are a member of a union, check if it offers a free or reduced price deal. Make the appointment today and you are over the first hurdle.

12) Find out what your pension invests in

Few of us probably know exactly where the money in our workplace pension or personal pension is invested.

If you are in a company scheme, your pension contributions will be going into an underlying fund. Log into your employer’s intranet or go online and it shouldn’t be hard to find the most recent fund factsheet or investment report for your fund.

This will typically give details of how much of your money is in shares, bonds, property and so on (often called the asset allocation) and the top 10 holdings. The last can sometimes be an eye-opener if you find it stuffed with companies you would rather not have your money invested in, such as oil and mining firms and tobacco giants.

13) Look into making it greener

Many schemes offer an ethical or sustainable fund option and will allow employees to allocate some or all of their money to that.

If you are unhappy with what’s on offer, contact the trustees of your workplace scheme to ask how much of your money is invested in – for example – fossil fuels, if there is a divestment option (where money is moved out of things such as oil, coal and gas companies) and, if not, one can be set up.

14) Read: Ten Pence Story by Simon Armitage

Have a day off from financial admin, and enjoy this by the poet laureate. It’s a reminder of how physical money has lots of roles in our lives – and how quickly that has been changing. Phone boxes are now a thing of the past but pre-match coin tosses have not gone cashless … yet.

15) Rationalise your Isas and other accounts

Are you one of those people who chased the best tax-free rates and now have multiple accounts from different tax years with different banks and building societies? There’s a lot to be said to said for having the money in one account for ease of management. Switching is as easy as filling in a few forms. However, it is essential that you arrange your transfer through your new provider – the company behind the account you want the money moved to. If you simply withdraw the money yourself and seek to reinvest it, your savings could lose their tax-free status as a result.

Not all Isa accounts allow transfers in but most will, and it will be stated prominently in the marketing materials. If you want to invest some of the money in shares, there is no limit on the amount you can transfer from a cash Isa to a stocks and shares Isa.

Do the same with your other accounts: close those with tiny sums and move money to the one with the best interest rate. At the same time have a clear-out of ancient payees you have set up on your main account. We’ve heard stories of scammers defrauding people by transferring money to existing payees. If your list of payees includes people who you haven’t transferred money to for years, delete them, and limit the chance of them being used in a scam to get your cash.

16) Make your passwords stronger

Take some time changing any passwords you have had for years and think could be on the weak side (if you have any on the National Cyber Security Centre’s list of most-hacked passwords make them a priority).

“A good rule of thumb is that a password should be at least three (random) words long, to fully protect against the chance of a ‘brute force’ attack,” says Alex Hern, the Guardian’s UK technology editor. This has superseded advice about using capital letters, etc because that produced passwords that people couldn’t remember, which meant they reused them. Not all banks have caught up, though, so you may still be asked for something in that format.

“Even more important than making passwords stronger is not reusing them,” Hern says. “Use the password manager built into your browser, like Chrome or Safari, or download a third-party one like 1Password or LastPass, and make sure that every password you use is unique. Otherwise, if one site gets hacked, you can lose stuff from unrelated sites.”

17) Reclaim credit from your electricity and gas bills

If you pay your energy bills by direct debit you may have a tidy sum sitting on account with your gas and electricity provider(s) – in 2018 the energy regulator, Ofgem, found £1.4bn of surplus payments was being held, the equivalent of £65 a household. The money is typically built up in the summer months when your direct debit remains the same as during the winter but you use less fuel. Ofgem has plans to force energy companies to automatically return the cash, which could come into effect next year. But in the meantime you can request a repayment. Bear in mind that you may want to keep some with the provider if you think you will need it to cover winter bills. But if a large sum has accrued, get it back.

18) Switch credit cards

Had the same credit card for years? It may be possible to get a better deal on your borrowing.

If you pay off your balance each month, look out for a card offering cashback or other rewards. According to Andrew Hagger of Moneycomms, the best deals are the store specific credit cards such as Sainsbury’s Nectar, Tesco Bank, M&S (Shopping Plus) and the John Lewis Partnership card. He gives the example of the rewards possible with the John Lewis Partnership card, which offers 1.25% back in vouchers when you spend in its shops. Say you are planning to buy furniture there and you spend £2,500, then do your main shopping in Waitrose and spend £300 a month all year, after 12 months you’ll have earned £76.25 in rewards vouchers.

Hagger says if you are struggling to clear your balance these days, switching it to a card offering 0% interest “is a savvy move”. When you transfer existing borrowing to one of these cards, it stops accruing interest for a set period. This means you can stop your debt growing and make bigger inroads with your monthly repayments. You can currently get up to 29 months interest-free with Sainsbury’s Bank and M&S Bank – charging one-off balance transfer fees of 2% and 2.75% respectively, while NatWest has an 18-month 0% deal with no balance transfer fee.

All of the big comparison sites offer search tools.

Sort your finance Radio pigIt’s worth tuning in early to Radio 5’s Wake Up to Money. Illustration: Spencer Wilson

The BBC’s daily finance show is a great way to get up to speed on the events, big and small, that may have an impact on your wallet. You can listen live from 5am on Radio 5 or catch up with the podcast version.

20) Check your tax code

Having the wrong tax code will result in you paying either too much or too little to HMRC. You should get a paper coding notice each year, and you can log in to the government website at any time to check it. Or grab your payslip, P60 or pension advice slip and check the row of numbers followed by a letter. The most common tax code is currently 1257L, which means you get the standard personal allowance of £12,570 before you start paying tax, but your code may have been adjusted to take into account allowances such as gift aid on regular charitable donations or deductions to cover perks such as medical insurance. The coding notice will show you how it is worked out. If there are mistakes, or your circumstances have changed, you should notify HMRC online or by phone.

21) Put your loyalty cards on your phone

Reduce the bulk of your wallet without missing out on earning points by putting your loyalty cards on your phone. Most of the big retailers, including Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, have apps you can download and use to collect and spend with their schemes. Nectar says its cardholders can earn up to three times more points using its app than by carrying around the plastic version.

22) Make your charitable giving more tax-efficient

Donating via gift aid means the charities you support can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give without it costing you any extra. You need to make a gift aid declaration for the charity to claim – some charities have an online form you can fill in, some have one on their website to download and send off, but you may need to call any smaller ones to request a form.

If you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between the basic rate and the rate you pay via your tax return – if you donate £100 to a charity and it claims gift aid to make your donation £125, you can claim back £25 (20% of £125). Keep a note of your donations and, when you have a moment, go through your emails and paperwork to check you have a record of ones that you’ve made in the past.

23) Go over your insurance policy details

Grab the documents that go with your policies for your car, house and so on, and check the details on them are correct and you have the cover you think you are paying for. If you have simply renewed a policy for several years you may find your circumstances have changed and you are paying for cover you no longer want or need to update your insurer about a career switch or change in how you use your home or car. Some of these things may lead to more expensive premiums but there may be ways to cut cover and costs – and by making sure the facts on the policy are correct, you can remove the chance of a claim being invalidated in future.

24) Get a pension forecast

Find out if you are on track to get the full state pension – and, if not, what you can do about it – on the government’s website. You will need to have or create a Government Gateway or Verify account but once you have logged in you will get a forecast of how much you will receive each week (at current pension rates) and information on whether you can increase the figure and how.

25) Check your credit score

The three main UK credit reference agencies are Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. They don’t decide whether you get credit – that’s up to lenders – but the data they hold will have a major impact on how you are viewed and the deals you’ll be offered when you apply for any kind of borrowing.

The agencies typically offer several ways, free and paid-for, to check your credit record or score. You can go on to each agency’s website and request a free copy of your “statutory credit report”.

This won’t give you your credit score but the good news is that it is obtainable for free. MoneySavingExpert’s Credit Club lets you access your Experian score. Meanwhile, sign up to a site called ClearScore and it will give you a score based on information provided by Equifax. And subscribing to Credit Karma lets you see your TransUnion score.

Sort your finance passport pigIt’s vital to check whether your passport is valid for travel before departure. Illustration: Spencer Wilson

26) Check when your burgundy passport expires

Not financial, but it will prevent you losing money on a trip you can’t take. Since the start of the year, UK travellers to Europe have been treated like other non-EU visitors and need to have a passport that is less than 10 years old when they travel. This means that if the expiry date isn’t the same as the 10th anniversary of the date that the passport was issued – and this can easily be the case if you renewed your last one in good time – you could get into difficulties. To travel to most EU countries you also need at least three months in hand, too. So if, for example, your passport was issued in December 2011 but says it expires in February 2022 you will need to get a new one for any trip after September.

“It’s crucial that you check whether your passport is valid for travel ahead of departure as meeting country entry requirements is the responsibility of the traveller, and if your passport is not valid you won’t be able to board the plane or claim a refund,” says the editor of Which? Travel, Rory Boland.

27) Find out if you could be claiming any benefits

If you have recently wed, or have been married for some time but one of you has retired or seen a drop in income in recent months, you may have become entitled to the government’s marriage allowance, worth up to £252 this tax year. Or maybe you are claiming the state pension but now need help around your home – this is something attendance allowance might cover. The website Entitledto.co.uk will show you what benefits you might be able to claim – you just need to answer questions about your circumstances. Charities such as Citizens Advice or Turn2us can offer you help through a claim if you need it.

28) Draw up a budget

Sorry, but we couldn’t leave this out. Even if you don’t need to keep a close eye on your spending, it pays to know what’s coming in and going out each month – it makes it easier to spot an untoward change in your bank balance or missed payment, and is a good starting point if you are thinking of buying any kind of insurance to protect your income or life. A simple spreadsheet with an income and bills column might be enough or there are apps you can link to your bank accounts to provide an analysis of where your money is being spent and use to set savings targets. Bring together your statements and bills to draw up the former or try an app such as Money Dashboard or Emma, which have free budgeting services.

These steps might help shield your cash and your info. How a easy electronic mail or textual content message may open you as much as fraud. – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

These steps can help protect your money and information. How a simple email or SMS can open you to scams.

Thoughtful young African American women sit at the PC in the home office and prepare to spend money online with a personal plastic card. Smiling biracial woman making payment by bank transfer on ecommerce website

The pandemic has accelerated identity theft – and the impact on ordinary people is significant. In fact, the Americans have more than lost $ 382 million on fraud related to stimulus checks and unemployment benefits, counterfeit treatments for COVID-19, and more, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Even worse, Black and Latinx consumers are more likely to be victims of fraud than their white counterparts. Because of this, it is important to identify activities that are aimed at stealing your hard-earned money.

JPMorgan Chase is available to help consumers spot suspicious activity – from fake emails and texts to fake claims about ways to stay healthy. We sat down with Jordan King, the local community manager of the Chase Community Center branch on Crenshaw Blvd., to discuss tips and best practices for a better financial future.

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What should consumers watch out for with scammers?

King: Let’s start with emails and texts. Phishing is the fancy name for email purporting to be from legitimate companies – including banks. They really come from criminals trying to get your personal information like passwords and credit card numbers.

The email may ask you to reply or click a link that will take you to a website that is similar to your bank’s website. You will then be asked to provide your username, password, account number, personal identification number (PIN), social security number, or other personal information. In addition, if you click an attachment on this email, software called malware may be downloaded that tracks or steals your information.

So be very careful when clicking on a link in an email. instead go straight to the company’s website. And don’t click attachments unless you are sure they are from someone you know and trust.

Scammers are increasingly starting to contact victims via text or phone, mostly from a number they don’t know, telling them there is a problem with your bank account, including it being closed, frozen, or canceled unless You call a phone number or go to a website listed in the message and provide your personal and / or account information.

Are there any specific signs to look out for?

King: Yes, here are a few surefire ones:

  • Scammers will often tell you that they are a Problem or price. You may say you are in trouble with the government, you owe money, someone in your family is having an emergency, there is a problem with your account, or you won the lottery. Remember – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • After you set up the problem or the price, become scammers urge you to act immediately. They want you to hand over your sensitive information before you have time to think about it. They could threaten you, emphasize a sense of urgency, or say you are running out of time. However, no legitimate business or government agency will pressure you in this way or request your personal information, such as your social security number, bank account, or credit card numbers, by phone or email.

How can consumers protect their money and information?

King: Here are some best practices:

  • Protect your online information. Download and update antivirus software for your computer, and do not enter sensitive information on public computers or on unsecured networks. Also, be careful about disclosing your financial username and passwords online – this includes financial websites and apps that offer tools to help you manage your accounts, invest, or prepare your taxes.
  • Only buy from safe websites. Look for a lock symbol in the address of a website. This helps protect your credit card number, expiration date and three-digit CVV.
  • Change your passwords often. Change your passwords frequently and use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Don’t use your pet’s name, your child’s name, or anything else that is easy to find out.
  • Create a separate password for each financial institution. This offers an additional level of protection in the event that a problem occurs at an institution.
  • Monitor your accounts. Log into your accounts regularly – even daily – via online banking or your mobile banking app to monitor transactions and your account balance. Look for transactions that you don’t recognize. You can also view your monthly statements and contact your bank immediately if you have any problems.
  • Set up an additional confirmation. The correct name is two-factor or multi-factor authentication. It just means you have to take an extra step or two to access your information. For example, you can request that a text message with a code be sent to the cell phone number that you previously provided to the company. The first time you log into your Chase account electronically or with a device unknown to us, we will ask for your username, password and a temporary identification code. And we will send it to you by phone, email or SMS.
  • Destroy sensitive documents. Destroy bank records, checks deposited through mobile banking, and other documents that contain your account information. Keep monthly checking and savings account statements in a safe place until you file your taxes and then destroy them as well. Chase and other banks offer paperless statements so you can view the information online without having to worry about paper.
  • Check your credit report. Read your credit reports carefully at least once a year. You can request a free annual credit report from any of the three national credit reporting agencies, even if you do not suspect any unauthorized activity is on your account. visit annualcreditreport.com.

A businessman shops online using his cell phone and credit card

How does Chase protect customers from fraud?

King: We see it as a partnership; We help protect your accounts and information, and so do you. We monitor all of our accounts 24/7 including the use of security measures that you cannot see.

Even if we find or flag a transaction that you have not authorized, we offer Zero Liability Protection, which means you will not be held responsible for it.

Stop by our Crenshaw Blvd store or our other locations to learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to customer safety through our fraud prevention and protection tools. I look forward to working with you.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kate Middleton Steps Out in Type at Wimbledon After COVID-19 Scare

A royal source said CNN that the Duchess will be tested for COVID-19 with lateral flow tests twice a week and that the tests she took prior to their engagements last week, including her July 2nd trip to Wimbledon, were negative. Kate also followed mask-wearing rules across Wimbledon, the insider added.

Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty won her first Wimbledon title after beating the Czech player Karolina Pliskova at the event on Saturday.

“What an incredible match and an incredible performance for both athletes!” read a message to Kate and William Instagram Page. “Congratulations @ashbarty on crowning the #Wimbledon champion. It was amazing to see the atmosphere and support from fans reverberate through Center Court. Congratulations to @Wimbledon and the staff for continuing the championships to such a great extent make a special event. “

Kate’s sister these last few days Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews, the parents of the siblings Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, Williams pregnant cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the Duke and the Princess’ aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her cousin Zara Tindall and husband Mike Tindall were all spotted at Wimbledon.

Hailee Steinfeld channels ’90s type as she steps out in NYC

Hailee Steinfeld was inspired by her decade of birth on Saturday when she performed in Manhattan’s West Village in an impressive cast from the 90s.

The 24-year-old star couldn’t be overlooked thanks to her pink coat that popped on her otherwise black outfit.

The actress was seen in a moment of downtime before her schedule skyrocketed with season three of her hit Apple TV + series Dickinson and starring on the upcoming Marvel series Hawkeye.

Girls from the ’90s: 24-year-old Hailee Steinfeld took inspiration from her decade of birth on Saturday when she stepped out in Manhattan’s West Village in an eye-catching,’ 90s-inspired pink ensemble

Hailee’s long, double-breasted suit fell below her knees and had wide lapels.

She showed off a hint of her washboard abs underneath with her black top.

The 5ft8in beauty matched her shirt with low-key black leggings, and she increased her stature with a pair of black platform combat boots.

She covered her brunette locks with a black and white warped plaid bucket hat from Kangol, which sells for $ 65 on the hatter’s website.

Pretty in pink: Hailee’s long double-breasted pink coat reached below her knees and had wide lapels

Back in black: she showed off a hint of her washboard abs underneath with her black crop top that matched her leggings and platform combat boots

Back in black: she showed off a hint of her washboard abs underneath with her black crop top that matched her leggings and platform combat boots

Hailee dropped a few strands of hair to frame her face, which was covered in a black mask to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Though she never needs an excuse for a flashy look, she revealed that she chose the pink coat in honor of her second EP, 2020’s Half Written Story.

The True Grit star shared a close-up of herself, her eyes flashing and smiling from behind her mask as she laid her face on her hand.

“Pink for the first birthday of half-written history,” she captioned the photo.

Striking: She covered her brunette locks with a black and white warped plaid bucket hat from Kangol, which sells for $ 65 on the hatter's website

Striking: She covered her brunette locks with a black and white warped plaid bucket hat from Kangol, which sells for $ 65 on the hatter’s website

Anniversary: ​​Though she never needs an excuse for a flashy look, she announced that she chose the pink coat in honor of her second EP, Half Written Story 2020

Anniversary: ​​Though she never needs an excuse for a flashy look, she revealed that she chose the pink coat in honor of her second EP, 2020’s Half Written Story

Second Career: The expanded piece was Hailee's second major musical release, coming out five years after her debut EP Haiz and receiving mixed reviews from critics

Second Career: The expanded piece was Hailee’s second major musical release, coming out five years after her debut EP Haiz and receiving mixed reviews from critics

The expanded piece was Hailee’s second major musical release and came out five years after her debut EP Haiz.

The pandemic-era music received mixed reviews from critics.

Hailee seems to be more focused on her acting lately as she has a lot of television projects on the series.

Her next big series is likely to be the Marvel superhero show Hawkeye, which is slated to be released on Disney + later this year.

She plays with Jeremy Renner, Kate Bishop, who is being trained in combat and archery by Renner’s title character, in the hopes that she will take on his role.

The move also leaves open the possibility that Hailey could play a more prominent role in future Marvel films, or even be part of a reconstituted Avenger down the line.

Coming Soon: Your next big series is likely to be the Marvel superhero show Hawkeye, which is slated to be released on Disney + later this year

Coming Soon: Your next big series is likely to be the Marvel superhero show Hawkeye, which is slated to be released on Disney + later this year

Marvelous Debut: She plays Jeremy Renner as Kate Bishop, who is being trained in combat and archery by Renner's title character in the hope that she will take on his role

Marvelous Debut: She plays Jeremy Renner as Kate Bishop, who is being trained in combat and archery by Renner’s title character in the hope that she will take on his role

In the near future, she will also be shooting the third season of her acclaimed Apple TV + series Dickinson.

The second season premiered in January and the show has already been lit green for a third season.

She plays the poet Emily Dickinson, and critics have praised both her performance and the show’s bubbly atmosphere, especially on the final season, which many described as an improvement on season one.

On Friday, Hailee posted a photo of herself in a dressing room hiking up her skirt to reveal her long, stocking leg.

“Identity crisis … @dickinson,” she wrote, suggesting the next season might not be too far away.

Risqué: On Friday, Hailee posted a photo of herself in a dressing room walking up her skirt to reveal her long, stocking leg

Risqué: On Friday, Hailee posted a photo of herself in a dressing room walking up her skirt to reveal her long, stocking leg

Three steps to cut back your stress about cash

Women are stressed out about money, not least thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic. This is according to a recent survey by Fidelity which found that 70% of women are stressed out about their long-term savings and investments.

Fidelity interviewed 1,902 U.S. adults, including 951 women, to investigate the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women.

Overall, 60% of women surveyed say they were much more stressed during the pandemic, with a number of factors contributing to their stress. These factors include their children’s emotional and mental well-being, everyday finances, and long-term savings.

Additionally, Almost 40% of women are considering cutting their hours or leaving the workforce The survey found that the responsibility for caring has increased.

Even so, many women take steps to take control of their finances. Fidelity saw a 41% year-over-year increase in women using Fidelity services alone rather than through their employer.

To help clients manage their finances and reduce their money-related stress, Fidelity recommends three key steps.

1. Build emergency savings

If there is one thing that can be learned from the pandemic, it is important to have a pillow of emergency money on hand.

First, build up enough emergency savings to cover expenses for three to six months, says Lorna Kapusta, head of women and loyalty at Fidelity Investments. It is important that these funds are readily available to insure you in the event of a job loss or an unexpected emergency, she adds.

Some women choose to put aside One year worth of expenses because it makes them feel more comfortable, says Kapusta. That’s fine too. Make sure your plan works the best for you and your goals.

2. Try to save more than 10% of your salary for retirement

It’s never too early to retire. Contribution to a Employer Sponsored 401 (k) Plan This option now allows you to put away part of your salary and defer paying taxes on those savings until you withdraw them when you retire. It is also likely that your employer will offer you a match for a certain percentage of your contributions, which is essentially free money.

If you can’t save the recommended 15% of your salary right away, start with what to put aside. However, try to save at least 10% of your income.

Women who save 10% of their salary or more felt less stressed about their financial future, Kapusta says. And saving 15% of your salary during your career should help you meet the recommended goal of saving 10 times your salary for retirement, Kapusta adds.

If you don’t have access to an employer-sponsored 401 (k) plan, there are other retirement accounts that can help you plan for the future and get tax benefits, such as: B. traditional or Roth IRAs.

3. Create a roadmap for your goals

No matter how high or small your salary is, you should always develop a financial plan or roadmap for yourself or with your partner, Kapusta says.

“The idea is to know what you want today in five years and have an idea of ​​where you want to be 30 years from now,” she explains. “And then you set up your money to achieve those goals.”

Regardless of your goals, having a plan can help you better manage your finances and stay on track to meet those goals. That goes for everything from short-term goals like big purchases to long-term goals like buying a home.

“Knowing where your money is, what you owe, and how it works for you has significantly reduced women’s stress levels about their finances,” says Kapusta.

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CDC provides cruise traces subsequent steps to renew crusing | Arts & Leisure

ORLANDO, Florida – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued new cruise ship engineering guidelines to continue the return to sailing.

All major cruise lines departing from U.S. ports are subject to the CDC Conditional Sailing Ordinance, which was enacted last October in lieu of a no-sail order issued in March 2020. This includes setting up a test infrastructure on board and on land as well as performing simulated trips before a line can sail again with paying customers.

However, the cruise industry has asked for more guidance on how to get to these steps. The new guidelines promise to bring cruise ships closer to a return to business.

“CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising when it is safe to do so,” said a statement on the new technical guidelines.

The next steps, which the CDC is now referring to as Step 2A of a four-step plan, is that the cruise lines must have:

– Increase in reporting frequency of COVID-19 cases and diseases from weekly to daily.

– Perform routine tests of all crew members based on the color status of each ship.

– Updated the color coding system to classify ship status related to COVID-19.

– Reduced the time it takes a “red” ship to go “green” from 28 to 14 days based on the availability of onboard tests, routine screening test protocols and daily reports.

– Prepare planning documents for agreements that need to be approved by port authorities and local health authorities to ensure that cruise ships have the necessary infrastructure to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak on their ships that are exposed.

– Prepare a plan and schedule for vaccination of crew and port personnel.

The new guidelines are the first mention of vaccination and do not require the crew or port workers to be vaccinated.

However, in its statement, the CDC suggests that the more potential port workers and passengers are vaccinated, the faster this process will happen.

“The COVID-19 vaccination effort will be critical to the safe resumption of passenger operations,” said the CDC. “As more people become fully vaccinated, the step-by-step approach enables the CDC to incorporate these advances into planning to resume cruise shipping when it is safe to do so. CDC recommends that all eligible port workers and travelers (passengers and crew) receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if one is available to them. “

Cruise ships have been at the center of several deadly outbreaks in the first few months of 2020, including several ships preventing passengers from disembarking. One of the worst was Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess, which killed 14 people. These issues resulted in both the cruise industry voluntarily closing last March, as well as the CDC sails-no command.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a discussion in Port Canaveral last month with cruise guides from Royal Caribbean, Disney, Norwegian, Carnival, MSC Cruises and other politicians calling on the CDC to take the next steps to reopen the industry. He pointed out that several lines have already started the safe resumption of sailing in other markets around the world. That discussion was based on a letter signed by two Florida senators and other elected officials to the CDC asking for more guidance.

At the beginning of March, the Cruise Lines International Association asked the CDC to completely cancel the conditional sail order by July. However, the CDC replied that it intended to keep the order, which doesn’t expire until November 1, 2021, but would see some changes.

The new guide maintains its 74 points, but means that cruise lines now have at least the next few steps towards the ultimate goal of a full return.

“Driving safely and responsibly during a global pandemic is difficult,” the statement said. “While cruises always pose some risk to the transmission of COVID-19, following the phases of the (conditional sail order) ensures that cruise ship passenger operations are carried out in such a way that crew members, passengers and port staff are protected, especially if new ones emerge COVID -19 worrying variants. “

Waymo CEO John Krafcik steps apart as co-CEO’s take over

After five and a half years as a guide for Waymo alphabet John Krafcik, a subsidiary that develops autonomous propulsion technologies, has decided it is time for someone else to run the company. In fact, two top Waymo executives, Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov, will become co-CEOs of the company.

He explains his decision in a blog post Krafcik wrote to step down as CEO but remain at Waymo as an advisor.It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to hand over the baton to Tekedra and Dmitri as Co-CEOs. “

Tekedra Mawakana is moving to the top position four years after joining Waymo and was most recently Chief Operating Officer. Dmitri Dolgov started his career at Waymo in 2009 when the company was founded and known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project. He becomes Co-CEO after most recently as Waymo’s Chief Technology Officer.

In a joint statement to Waymo employees, Mawakana and Dolgov wrote, “We are determined to work with you to develop, deploy and commercialize the Waymo Driver and drive the success of our incredible team and this road and opportunity ahead of us.”

While Waymo has established itself as a leading developer of autonomous vehicle technology with more than 32 million kilometers driven on public roads and more than 32 billion kilometers driven in simulation, the company’s conservative approach to expanding operations has frustrated those who rely on Self-drivers hope vehicles across the country. This deliberate approach was central to Krafcik’s tenure as CEO.

In meeting with reporters, Krafcik regularly stressed the importance of Waymo’s autonomous vehicles being as safe as possible. In March 2018 after a pedestrian was hit and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle that was tested on a public road in Arizona, Krafcik told CNBC, “Part of our responsibility at Waymo is to help the world and cities in that we act to secure and the regulators that regulate these cities understand our technology. “

Waymo One autonomous hail service has been offering rides in the Phoenix region since 2017. It has evolved from a pilot program with a limited number of pre-selected customers to a publicly accessible hail service that uses a fleet of vehicles that drive without a driver. While Waymo has discussed expanding the Waymo One Autonomous Public Use Program to other cities for public use, the company has not come up with a final plan for it.

In the meantime, Waymo Via, which is designed for the autonomous transport of goods, is being tested with truck hubs in Arizona and Texas. At the end of last year, Waymo and Daimler’s Freightliner signed a contract to develop fully autonomous trucks.

– CNBC’s Meghan Reeder contributed to this article.

EU steps up vaccine exports guidelines and pressures AstraZeneca over deliveries

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

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LONDON – The European Union has tightened strict regulations on the export of Covid vaccines while putting pressure on it AstraZeneca to deliver more footage to the region.

It is because the sluggish introduction of vaccines in the region is under scrutiny, even as the EU continues to export millions of coronavirus shots abroad.

In order to gain a stronger negotiating position with pharmaceutical companies that fail to meet delivery targets, the bloc has expanded its strict rules on vaccine exports.

Before approving shipments from Covid-19 The EU will examine whether the recipient country has any restrictions on vaccines or raw materials and whether it is in a better epidemiological situation.

“We want to make sure that Europe gets its fair share of vaccines. Because we have to explain to our citizens that companies that export their vaccines around the world are fully committed to their commitments and are not taking any risks.” Security of supply in the European Union, “said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Thursday.

We all know we could have been a lot faster if all the pharmaceutical companies had fulfilled their contracts.

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

The data released on Thursday showed that the EU has exported 77 million cans of Covid shots to 33 countries around the world since December. At the same time, 88 million were delivered to EU countries, of which 62 million were managed. As such, the EU has exported more shots than it has previously given its citizens.

However, some EU countries have raised concerns about stricter export regulations, with countries like Belgium and the Netherlands wanting supply chains to remain open. There is a risk that stopping vaccine exports will trigger a trade war and other parts of the world – which produce the raw materials needed to make vaccines – stop shipping to Europe.

Pressure on AstraZeneca

The EU has also quarreled with the Swedish-UK drug maker over not firing as many Covid shots as the bloc expected.

The 27 nations waited for 90 million doses of this vaccine in the first quarter and 180 million in the second quarter of 2021. However, AstraZeneca said that due to manufacturing issues, only 30 million doses can be dispensed by the end of March and 70 million between April and June.

The reduced delivery targets are a problem for EU countries, some of which wanted more of this vaccine as it is cheaper and easier to store than others. Further delivery delays to Europe could affect the broader rollout plans.

“We all know we could have been much faster if all pharmaceutical companies had fulfilled their contracts,” said von der Leyen on Thursday.

During a press conference, she added that AstraZeneca “needs to catch up, respect the treaty with European member states, before it can export vaccines again”.

A deal with the UK

The EU’s stricter export regulations could become a problem especially for the UK, which has received vaccines from the EU. The vaccination rate is higher than that of the block based on the number of first doses given.

European Commission figures show the UK has received 21 million doses of vaccine block-made – the highest share of EU exports yet. The UK has so far given its population 31 million doses of Covid-19 syringes, suggesting that around two-thirds of the vaccines used in the UK come from the EU.

“We discussed what else we can do to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between the UK and the EU on Covid-19,” the two sides said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

“Given our interdependencies, we are working on specific steps that we can take in the short, medium and long term to create a win-win situation and expand the supply of vaccines to all of our citizens.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference on Thursday that a vaccine deal between the EU and Great Britain could be announced on Saturday.

Sharon Osbourne steps up safety | Leisure

Sharon Osbourne increased her security after receiving death threats.

The 68-year-old star was embroiled in heated discussion during an episode of ‘The Talk’ last week when she asked her co-host Sheryl Underwood to “educate” her about why her friend Piers Morgan – who had her – made remarks made defended after leaving the British TV show “Good Morning Britain” – about the Duchess of Sussex were racist.

And after the air dispute, Sharon was reportedly inundated with angry news on social media and received calls into her home threatening the safety of her, her family and even her dogs.

According to TMZ, because of the threats, Sharon hired a private security team and posted workers outside her Los Angeles home all week.

Meanwhile, the former “X Factor” star also turned off commenting on her latest Instagram posts because things had gotten so hot.

‘The Talk’ is currently on hiatus while CBS investigates the incident. However, insiders told the site that Sharon has not yet been in contact with the network or the show producers while they investigate the dispute, and she has not spoken to Sheryl either.

The argument started on ‘The Talk’ when Sharon was talking about the defense of Piers – who said he didn’t believe Duchess Meghan when she said she had suicidal thoughts – and prompted Sheryl to say, “While you stand by yourself, your girlfriend, it seems that you are confirming or offering a safe haven to something he uttered that is racist. “

Sharon replied, “Educate me, tell me when you heard him say racist things?

“I feel like I’m about to be put on the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist. So that makes me a racist?”

“How can I be racist towards anyone or anything in my life?”

The show then went on a commercial break, but when it came back pushed Sheryl further to explain what was racist about Piers’ comments, adding, “And try not to cry because if someone should cry, it should be me . “

The next day, the former “X Factor” star apologized for her remarks.

She said, “I’m really sorry. I panicked, felt blind, got defensive, and let my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.”

Earlier this week, however, Leah Remini accused Sharon of using derogatory terms against fellow “The Talk” stars Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert.

According to the actress and other sources, showbiz matriarch Julie – the Sino-American – had dubbed “Wonton” and “Slanty Eyes” and Sara, who is a lesbian, “P **** Licker”. and “fish eater”.

But Sharon branded the allegations “crap” and insisted that after their argument with Sheryl, people simply “try to add fuel to the fire”.

She said: “[They’re] Crap, all crap. Everyone has an opinion or a story like the Wonton story. It’s like damn your damn wonton story. F *** off!

“Everyone has an opinion and everyone has a vote – it’s fine. It’s about knowing that someone has been called about something and then someone else says, “Yeah !! I will add something too. ‘

“Of course it’s a bunch. People want to add fuel to the fire and it comes with the territory and that’s fine. “