‘I’m Making a Personal Request’

Liz Porter

Grammy-award winning artist Sheryl Crow is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2006, and since being in remission, has worked to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.

Life looks very different right now. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to adjust to quarantine or step up to serve our communities as essential workers. And many of us are struggling with the impact of these changes – especially women, who are experiencing an increased burden, as we have been required to take on even more stress and responsibility in our home and professional lives.

Times like these remind us what’s really important in life – love, family and living life in harmony. Like many of you, I’ve been home over the past few months – helping my sons navigate online schooling and generally looking for ways to find peace and joy amidst

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Marseille claim Gonzalez received death threats after personal phone numbers circulated in Brazil

Marseille have defended Alvaro Gonzalez from accusations that he racially abused Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and say the defender has received death threats after his phone number was leaked online. 

Neymar claimed the centre-back made a racist comment as the Brazil international left the field after being shown a red card for his part in the mass brawl that saw four more players sent off near the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win on Sunday.

Gonzalez took to Twitter to defend himself and deny the accusation, while PSG have given their backing to Neymar and called for an investigation into the matter.

Marseille, meanwhile, are standing by their player and claim he has been threatened in the wake of the match.

The statement read: “Olympique de Marseille is proud of yesterday’s competitive victory over Paris Saint-Germain. This victory, obtained in a fair way, was played out on the pitch thanks to

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How to build a personal brand, to help you land your next job role

Photo credit: Louisa Parry / Jemima Hetherington
Photo credit: Louisa Parry / Jemima Hetherington

From Cosmopolitan

At risk of sounding like your grandma, we’ve never been more searchable online. From Instagram and Twitter to Depop and your 2005 Bebo account, a quick Google of your name will bring up hundreds of results. Which, if you’re waiting for a long-lost summer romance to get in touch, is great! But if you’re hoping to land your next career move, you might find how you come across online is holding you back (hello *those* pictures from #Ibiza2k12.)

A Monster Jobs study revealed 77% of executive recruiters use search engines to find out about their candidates, so having an internet presence that’s in line with where you’re hoping to go professionally is key. “Social media can be a powerful tool for career development when used in the right way,” Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, explains. “But it’s important to be

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Hey Siri, are you really ’20x’ more on top of it this year? Apple personal assistant getting new look in iOS 14

Apple will stage its traditional post-Labor Day product reveal on Tuesday, where it is expected to tout new editions of the Apple Watch and iPad.

Along the way, there will be new things for Siri to do as well on the iPad, as part of the iOS mobile operating system upgrade. Siri is the oft-maligned but heavily used personal assistant.

This year, Siri will tout a “completely new look,” with “over 20x more facts than just three years ago.” Yes, Apple actually says this, on the promo page for the iOS 14 upgrade, which has traditionally been made available in September. (We first met Siri way back in October 2011, on the iPhone 4S.)

I downloaded iOS14 this week from Apple’s Beta site to give it a spin and engage in that great parlor game of asking Siri (and Alexa and the Google Assistant) multiple questions, to see if I

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You Don’t Need Perfect Credit to Get a Personal Loan

A low credit score doesn’t have to stand in your way if you want to get a personal loan to cover an emergency or consolidate your debts.

Borrowers with bad credit, which is a FICO score below 630, may need to put in some extra work to qualify for a personal loan. But taking these steps can not only help you get approved, they could also get you a cheaper interest rate.

Clean up your credit, shrink your debt

Before you apply for a personal loan, get a copy of your credit report to see what the lender will see on it, says Adrienne Ross, a Washington-based certified financial planner. You can get one free copy of your report from all three major credit bureaus at

The details on your credit report can show you why your score is low and signal how to address the issues before a

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Majority of Parents Want High Schools to Teach Personal Finance

A late August survey from U.S. News & World Report shows that more than 83% of parents believe high schools don’t do enough to help their kids become financially savvy.

But that doesn’t mean parents don’t try to do their part to educate their children about money. When asked which money concepts they’ve taught their kids, more than 68% of survey respondents focused on the importance of saving, and 53% had tackled the concept of budgeting.

Here is a breakdown of results for other concepts:

— Comparison shopping: 45.3%.

— Avoiding online scams: 41.2%.

— Using credit: 27.8%.

— Investing: 27.5%.

Only 19% of parents say they haven’t tried to help their kids become financially literate. When you think about the huge decisions high school seniors have to make about financing college, the more they know about personal finance and debt, the better.

[Read: Best Secured Credit Cards.]


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40 Fashion-Forward Face Masks To Express Your Personal Style

Fashion has always had a way of taking our core wardrobe essentials — outerwear, underwear, and everything in between — and turning them into statement pieces. Consider the trusty trench coat, for example, which was originally created to shield soldiers from the elements but, over time, turned into one of the most distinctive utility apparel items a person could own. And don’t get us started on how the functional bike short has morphed into a top streetwear trend that will not go away (even after its initial rise and fall in the ’90s). It’s no surprise, then, that the protective face coverings we’ve been advised (and in some cases, ordered) to wear outdoors to curb the spread of the coronavirus have quickly been embraced and beautified by the fashion world.

“It just felt like there was a need [for a stylish face mask],” says Hillary Taymour, founder of the sustainable

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Amazon has a new fitness tracker and wants to get personal

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the company that made shopping from a La-Z-Boy possible, is going into the fitness-tracking business.

The company started selling a wrist band Thursday that tracks workouts, sleep and body fat. It can also listen to your voice and tell you when you sounded happy or sad.

Amazon might already know what books you like and how often you need toilet paper, but the fitness tracker may give the company a wealth of new information about its customers, although Amazon says it won’t use the for marketing or advertisements or to sell you stuff.

Jon Reily, global chief strategy officer at Dentsu Commerce and a former Amazon executive, says that the microphones in the tracker could help it listen to how people talk, which could make its voice assistant Alexa smarter by detecting moods and providing better responses.

To measure body fat, Amazon is asking users

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What you need to know before you hire a personal trainer

Boris Johnson has hired Harry Jameson to help him get in shape - Jeremy Selwyn
Boris Johnson has hired Harry Jameson to help him get in shape – Jeremy Selwyn

They stride the gym floor like Titans, prowling for the weak and flabby. They shout orders. Sometimes they make people cry.

These are the personal trainers, or PTs. The men (and sometimes women) whose job it is to whip us into shape for an hourly fee of around £30 to £65, or up to £1,000 if you happen to be a famous actor and need to achieve the superhero look for your next movie.

Once viewed as indulgent eye candy for bored housewives with too much leisure time on their hands, they have become commonplace. For many, a session with a PT is as much a part of a rounded fitness routine as a treadmill and kettlebells. During lockdown, the nation even had its own personal trainer, Joe Wicks, whose chirpy daily online sessions helped

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10 fat loss lessons a personal trainer learned throughout her 8-year fitness journey

Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now. 

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Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now.
  • Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer, former bikini competitor, and influencer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • She has been on a “rollercoaster” fitness journey, through fad diets, extreme cardio, over-restriction, and bingeing, and her weight has fluctuated by 22 pounds as a result.

  • Mack is now “all about being healthy, balanced, and happy,” she told Insider.

  • In a YouTube video, she highlighted the 10 main lessons she wishes she’d known when setting out on her fitness journey eight years ago.

  • Mack explained each lesson — like how quick weight loss fixes never work, and you can’t spot reduce fat — to Insider

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who inspires her 141,000 Instagram followers with her workouts, recipes, and healthy fat loss tips.

The 26-year-old

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