Day: July 24, 2020

UK ‘more attractive’ for Russian dirty cash after property tax climbdown

Expensive homes in London, where wealthy overseas investors have long invested their cash. Photo: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment
Expensive homes in London, where wealthy overseas investors have long invested their cash. Photo: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment

The UK government has been accused of undermining efforts to tackle illicit Russian cashflows into Britain after it watered down a planned tax on overseas buyers.

An extra stamp duty charge for non-residents comes into force in England and Northern Ireland next April.

The government approved a 2% ‘surcharge’ in little-noticed documents published without fanfare on Tuesday (21 July), the same day as MPs’ heavily critical report on Russia.

But the Conservatives had promised a 3% levy as recently as November – and the low-key reduction of the planned rate has faced little scrutiny.

A financial crime lawyer warned in the wake of the Russia report that reducing the rate risked making Britain “more attractive” for money laundering.

Little-noticed watering down of party pledge

In the run-up to the election last year,

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5 emergency documents that can protect you during the pandemic

As the U.S. continues struggling with how to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s critical to consider whether you have the right emergency documents.

No matter if you live in a coronavirus hot spot or don’t know anyone with COVID-19, there’s never been a better time to understand how different legal documents can protect you.

Here are five types of emergency documents that will help you and your family make essential health care decisions and manage your finances during an unexpected illness or accident.

1. Last will

Your last will is a document that communicates your final wishes after your death. Every adult should have a will. Otherwise, the courts decide what happens to your possessions and who will take care of any minor children who survive you.

You don’t need a lawyer to create a will, but if you have a high net worth or many different types of

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This start-up works like a dating site for therapy

Mental health challenges are on the rise — a serious concern of health-care professionals around the world. 

A report from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that while only 69% of Americans reported feeling stress in 2018, nearly 85% now say they are feeling generalized anxiety. 

In April alone, about 20,000 people texted a hotline run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency for people in emotional distress. That’s a 1,000% increase.

It’s a growing trend amid, particularly when seeing someone in-person is a challenge. 

Enter Kendall Bird, CEO of Frame, a company helping match therapists and prospective clients.

Bird, who previously worked in technology at both YouTube and Snapchat, has been in therapy for more than 15 years. When she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, she had to change therapists, and finding one was no easy task. Bird said it took her

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An award-winning cam girl explains how online porn has changed in 18 years, from shaky webcams to six-figure salaries

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  • HottyTEEN69 has been a host on ImLive, a site where people can pay to watch cam girls, for nearly 18 years. 

  • She joined to help pay for her university fees in Romania back when the company was founded in 2002. 

  • Though camming sites like OnlyFans and IsMyGirl have caught the popular imaginary now, the early aughts were like the ‘wild west’ for adult entertainment sites. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Camming — live-streaming sex shows, typically from a bedroom — has grown into one of the most lucrative parts of the adult entertainment industry, earning models upwards of $100,000 a year.

In fact, the pandemic has fueled the multi-billion dollar camming industry, as lockdowns created an audience (people who couldn’t go out), and new models (people who lost jobs and sought ways to make money from home).

But long before the pandemic, and long before

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Jim Gaffigan Is the Hero Dork Dads Deserve

In his latest comedy special, premiering Friday on Amazon, Jim Gaffigan recalls the one time he tried his hand at being cool by staying up past his bedtime to see Drake perform in Sin City. It goes without saying that Gaffigan, of the dad-bod, the comb-over, the gently self-effacing stand-up, isn’t your typical pre-dawn Vegas reveler. Drake’s inebriated fans noticed. “They all looked at me like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s Drake’s accountant,’” says Gaffigan.

The thing is, Gaffigan doesn’t care. He’s the quintessential dork dad, and he owns it, corny weather jokes, fish stick dinners, and all. He’s not here to dazzle you with his worldliness or edginess or caustic commentary. Instead, he’s the master of subtle observational comedy, put to solid use in the two-part The Pale Tourist, which has him riffing on Canada and Spain, seen through the eyes of someone discovering both places without an agenda.

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Top back-to-school gear: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

‘What back-to-school tech does my kid need?’

We’re halfway through the summer, and that means the back-to-school season is in full swing. And with many schools expected to start the school year with remote learning as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, students are going to need new tech more than ever.

We’re talking laptops, Chromebooks, and routers to help get work done, and a few other gadgets for the inevitable down time.

Here’s the gear you’ll

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As ADA turns 30, finding just-right mobility for the disabled is a challenge

We cover all kinds of mobility at Autoblog, not always just cars, and this weekend we’re noting the 30th anniversary of one of the landmark laws of our age, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA on June 26, 1990. Years later, he himself became disabled with Parkinson’s disease. At some point in our lives, many of us will confront a disability and will benefit from the sweeping changes and rights secured by the ADA, but unlike Bush, disability can sometimes strike when we’re young. As it did to my wife.

Alicia’s ability to walk has degenerated. At first, she used a cane, then trekking poles, then a “rollator,” one of those walker-like frames with wheels. But she was losing the ability to use even those. About two years ago, we reluctantly and grimly started shopping for wheelchairs. 

Now, if you haven’t known

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25 Common Activities, Ranked by Coronavirus Risk

States are reopening in the face of COVID-19 and school planning has begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to go out or to attend. So you’re staying home in quarantine as much as possible. Yet the pandemic isn’t going to end anytime soon. At some point, you’re going to need to take some risks. Which are the safest?

Your personal risk of catching the coronavirus depends first and foremost on community transmission rates. If you live in Florida, your risk of picking up COVID-19 is much higher than if you live in Wyoming. However, you can’t only consider your family’s risk of catching the virus, but also how sick they’ll become if they do. Older people, particularly those over 65, and anyone with underlying conditions is at particularly high risk. And if you work in a job with potential exposure, going out means you could spread the virus around

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Looking for a Personalized Shopping Experience in Coronavirus Times? 5 Online Retailers You Need to Know Now

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Everyone’s doing it — shopping online. As the pandemic continues to escalate, e-tailers will have access to more consumer dollars than ever before. However, brands and retailers that offer enhanced shopping experiences with free services such as personal stylists to fit specialists are likely to grab a bigger share of this burgeoning market.

While most sites attempt to make the buying process as seamless as possible by posting lengthy lists of frequently asked questions (FQA) and answers, others take shopping to the next level with live chats by online or by phone, with knowledgable customer service representatives.

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Meanwhile, some continue to lure shoppers with free shipping offers and liberal return policies. In one go-the-extra-mile example, Lands’ End noted a customer recently discovered an item purchased in 2000 that was misplaced during a move. The company took it back and

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Are you really getting another $1,200 stimulus check? Here’s what we know

Officials in Washington are inching closer to providing Americans with more financial relief from the coronavirus, and it’s sounding more and more likely that a new aid package will include another round of direct payments — you know, those popular “stimulus checks.” (Not to mention direct deposits and debit cards.)

How much will you get? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin indicates you’ll receive the same amount as last time, which was $1,200 for most people. That’s even though Senate Republicans had wanted new relief to go only to lower-income Americans.

Here’s a look at what is known right now about the next aid measure.

Mnuchin: Stimulus checks will be ‘exact same’

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Mnuchin indicates the new stimulus checks will be in the same amounts as the first ones.

After a negotiating session on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Mnuchin said the government is looking to do a repeat

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