EFCC Gets Court Order To Detain Sen. Shehu Sani For 14 Days


EFCC Gets Court Order To Detain Sen. Shehu Sani For 14 Days

The complainant claimed that he gave $10,000 to Shehu Sani on November 29, 2019 and Sani has since refused to pick his calls and ignored his messages.
 

The EFCC has obtained court order to detain embattled Sen Shehu Sani for 14 days to allow unfettered investigation of his alleged involvement in name dropping and extortion.

The development came just as the Chairman/CEO of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda, debunked the claims of Shehu Sani, insisting that he is relying on complaints against the senator.

The complainant also alleged that Shehu Sani dropped the name of the CJN, asking him to pay N4million which the CJN would give to 4 judges who would ensure that the case by one Abubakar against the ASD boss did not see the light of the day.

The complainant also alleged that the senator demanded another N1million for the EFFC officials.

He added that he paid N5million in the equivalent of dollars for the 4 judges and EFCC officials to Shehu Sani.

He also claimed that the senator came back on Nov 29, 2019, saying that the prosecutor in his case could not do anything about it but he has discussed with Magu who asked him to bring $20,000 to resolve the case.

He alleged that he was shocked on the grounds that Magu is incorruptible. But the senator alleged that Magu is his friend and would collect the bribe.

The complainant further claimed that he gave $10,000 to Shehu Sani on November 29, 2019.

He also alleged that since then, Shehu Sani refused to pick his calls and ignored his messages.

He added that the Senator only refunded his $25,000 on December 24, 2019, after the involvement of the EFCC, following his petition to EFCC.

He alleged that when he told the senator that there was the need to report the development to the EFCC, the senator remained incommunicado until his arrest on December 31, 2019. The said $25,000 cash is now with the EFCC as an exhibit.

The complainant and the senator are now being quizzed by investigators and about to confront each other over the allegations.

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2020 NFL Draft: Raiders make huge trade in first round mock draft


2020 NFL Draft: Raiders make huge trade in first round mock draft

Will Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock make the biggest move in the 2020 NFL Draft?

 

The 2020 NFL Draft offers plenty of intrigue at the quarterback position. Could the Las Vegas Raiders roll the dice and make a huge trade for a new QB?

The 2020 NFL Draft season is officially upon us for 20 NFL teams while the other 12 vie for a title in the postseason.

The final order has been set, but that doesn’t mean the order is going to stay the way it is.

As a matter of fact, for this mock draft, we’re predicting one massive trade to happen. You read it in the headline, so let me explain.

One possible scenario for the 2020 NFL Draft could be the Las Vegas Raiders, who are essentially the hosts of the 2020 NFL Draft, making the biggest trade of the first night of festivities. We’ll talk more about that trade when we get to the Raiders’ selection, but the way this mock draft worked out, it really makes some sense for the New York Giants to move down to accumulate picks and for the Raiders to go all-in on a quarterback prospect.

We’ll see how it all unfolds, but for this first-round mock draft, the Raiders will be operating with the fourth overall pick from the Giants, and the Giants will be operating with the 12th and 19th overall selections.

As for the rest of the league, this mock draft features plenty of fun scenarios to look at, and of course we understand so much of this will change by the time free agency rolls around and teams meet needs in other ways. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Top three picks already set in stone?
  • Riverboat Ron gets a superstar
  • Chiefs offense gets faster?
  • Wide receivers galore
  • Dolphins create new offensive core
  • Packers get Rodgers a new weapon
  • Kyler Murray will be thrilled with his team’s pick…

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Alex Trebek's Wife Shares the Toughest Part of His Cancer Battle


Alex Trebek's Wife Shares the Toughest Part of His Cancer Battle

Alex Trebek's wife, Jean Trebek, is opening up about his cancer journey. 

The Jeopardy! host and his spouse sat down with ABC News' Michael Strahan for a special called What Is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show.

When asked what the "toughest part" has been for both of them, Jean said it was seeing her husband in pain and knowing she "can't help him."

"And when he doesn't eat right," she added, per a sneak peek at the special on Good Morning America, "[and] when he has too much diet soda." 

Alex revealed his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019. He's since continued to host the popular quiz show. In fact, Jean said "it's what feeds him."

"He loves doing Jeopardy!," she continued. "He has his own family over there. They're such a close-knit, beautiful group of people. So, I think that gives him a lot of support, a sense of purpose—that he's just not in bed and can be productive."

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Chipotle is trying to win over Whole30 dieters with new menu items


Chipotle is trying to win over Whole30 dieters with new menu items

Chipotle is trying to win over people trying the Whole30 diet in the new year.

On Thursday, the fast-casual chain announced it is rolling out a Supergreens salad mix and Whole30-compliant chicken option across the US.

The new salad mix will replace the previously romaine-only salad base, and contains romaine, baby kale, and baby spinach. The chicken has been updated to use sunflower oil in its marinade, making it compliant with the Whole30 diet.

Chipotle is also offering free delivery on its Lifestyle Bowls for the month of January. The chain launched Lifestyle Bowls – aimed at paleo, Whole30, and keto dieters – as items exclusively available on its digital menu in January 2019.

„The new year is a popular time for people to participate in Whole30, so we’re excited that Chipotle’s Lifestyle Bowls continue to take the stress out of healthy eating on-the-go,“ Melissa Hartwig Urban, Whole30’s co-founder, said in a statement. „Convenience is key to staying on track, so I worked closely with the culinary team at Chipotle to create three compliant bowls for the Whole30 community.“

Here is the full rundown of all Chipotle Lifestyle Bowls:

  • Three Whole30 Salad Bowls: Supergreens, chicken, carne asada or carnitas, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, and guacamole
  • Two Keto Salad Bowls: Supergreens, steak or chicken, tomatillo-red salsa, cheese and guacamole
  • Paleo Salad Bowl: Supergreens, chicken, fajita veggies, tomatillo-green salsa and guacamole
  • High Protein Bowl: White rice, black beans, full portion of chicken, full portion of steak, tomatillo-red salsa, cheese, and shredded romaine lettuce
  • Vegan Bowl: Brown rice, black beans, plant-based Sofritas, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, shredded romaine lettuce
  • Vegetarian Salad Bowl: Supergreens, brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, and guacamole
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Julián Castro Ends Presidential Campaign


Julián Castro Ends Presidential Campaign

Mr. Castro, whose keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention elevated him to the national stage, also carved out substantive positions on core issues like housing, education, criminal justice and the economy, while developing unique and specific proposals on police reform, strengthening indigenous communities, protecting animals and eliminating lead poisoning.

He espoused the benefits of universal prekindergarten, which he had instituted in San Antonio when he was mayor, and proposed taxing the inherited wealth held by the country’s top earners. And his focus on how to help the poor — encapsulated by a plan to end hunger — won him support from those who saw him as a fierce advocate for the underserved and underrepresented.

But Mr. Castro never developed much enthusiasm among voters and did not find his footing in the polls, rarely exceeding 2 percent support in national or early-voting state surveys. Although he participated in the first four primary debates, he did not make the cut for those that followed. Weeks before the qualification deadline for the November debate, he warned that if he could not raise more money, he would end his campaign. Although he raised more than $800,000, meeting the goal he had set, he never got the polling boost he needed.

The absence of Mr. Castro’s voice from the debate stage was widely noted, and he gained attention in recent weeks with his call for a reordering of the Democratic primary schedule, arguing that Iowa and New Hampshire, whose largely white populations vote first, did not represent the demographics of the country.

He was outspoken when Senator Kamala Harris of California made a surprise exit from the race in early December, saying that “Kamala was treated very poorly” and had been “held to an unfair standard” by the media.

“The media’s flawed formula for ‘electability’ has pushed aside women and candidates of color,” he said that day on Twitter. “Our party’s diversity is our strength.”

For some, Ms. Harris’s departure bolstered the case Mr. Castro had been making about the primary system. On the day she announced she was dropping out, Mr. Castro had his best fund-raising day of the quarter.

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Los Angeles earthquake registers 4.0 magnitude


Los Angeles earthquake registers 4.0 magnitude

(CNN)A magnitude 4.0 earthquake lightly shook the Los Angeles area early Thursday, striking in the ocean off coastal Southern California.

The quake began at 2:13 a.m. PT, centered in the Pacific Ocean about 15 miles south of Port Hueneme, a city roughly 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey says.

The quake produced light to weak shaking, the USGS says

It felt like a quick jolt in Los Angeles-area communities such as West Hollywood, Marina del Rey and South Gate, people told CNN affiliate ABC

 

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

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Intermittent fasting: The pros and cons behind the latest diet trend


Intermittent fasting: The pros and cons behind the latest diet trend

Fasting is one of the latest diet trends. It was one of the most googled diets in the United States last year. But does it work?

Intermittent fasting involves alternating periods of calorie restriction and normal eating. A study found mice who ate a high-fat diet around the clock developed fatty livers and diabetes. But those who ate the exact number of calories during eight hours were slimmer and healthier.

“Intermittent fasting reduces the inflammatory profile in the blood,” said Anne Haney Cross, MD, professor of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Researchers believe it can help with weight loss and illnesses, such as arthritis, migraines, bowel diseases, and high blood pressure. It might also lower the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. But there are some downsides:

“it's hard. I've tried it myself,” Cross said.

One year-long study found those who fasted had higher cholesterol levels than those who didn’t. The bottom-line? While the jury may still be out, intermittent fasting is a diet that just might stick around.

There are a few different ways you can try intermittent fasting. With alternate day fasting, you fast every other day. The five: two plan involves eating normally for five days a week and limiting calories to 500 or less two days a week. And there's the time-restricted approach where you go 12 to 16 hours restricting food.

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Major changes coming to cigarette laws in 2020, smokers warned


Major changes coming to cigarette laws in 2020, smokers warned

SMOKERS are being warned that major changes will be enforced this year.

Menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco will be banned under new smoking laws due to come into effect in May.

 

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New smoking laws are due to come into place in May this year

The ban will also see the production of click dual cigarettes – such as Sterling Dual – that change from normal to menthol, stopped.

It's part of a four year phasing-out period that stems from the new EU Tobacco Product Directive laws.

So far, flavoured cigarettes were restricted to packs of 20 but they'll be totally outlawed by May 20.

In 2017, smaller packs of rolling tobacco were banned, as well as 10 packs of cigarettes.

New rules

Chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), Deborah Arnott, said the new rules will mean that “no person may produce or supply cigarettes or hand rolling tobacco with:

(a) a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;

(b) a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or

(c) a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.”

Deter youths

Cancer Research UK says that two-thirds of smokers start before the age of 18 - the beginning of an addiction which will kill up to two in three long-term smokers.

According to ASH, the gradual phase-out was started to deter future generations from smoking.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Amanda Sandford, from the charity, said: "There is evidence that menthol cigarettes relax the airways and the flavour masks the harshness of the smoke, therefore younger people find it easier to smoke.

"However, it is an absolute myth that menthol cigarettes are better for you.

"All cigarettes are harmful and menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes."

All cigarettes are harmful and menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes

Amanda Sandford

Menthol cigarettes are flavoured with compound menthol, a substance which triggers cold-sensitive nerves in the skin without actually providing a drop in temperature.

The government hopes the law will reduce the number of smokers across the EU by 2.4 million.

Previous moves

Tobacco products have already been hidden under the counter and stripped of branding.

At the time, four of the world's biggest tobacco firms launched a last-ditch legal bid against the move, but it failed.

They claimed the new regulations violated several UK and EU laws and would destroy their property rights by making products indistinguishable from each other.

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THE GRUDGE Interview with John Cho & Nicolas Pesce


THE GRUDGE Interview with John Cho & Nicolas Pesce

THE GRUDGE Interview with John Cho & Nicolas Pesce

 

Happy 2020, everyone! Back in December, I got the chance to sit down with some of the peeps from the new The Grudge film. It’s not a remake or a reboot, but also not really a sequel? It’s a sequel/reboot. A seaboot? I’m going with seaboot. From the new The Grudge seaboot, I first had the chance to chat with director Nicolas Pesce and actor John Cho, who plays Peter Spencer. Watch the video above to find out what inspires Nicolas Pesce, and what drew John Cho to the script. Come back tomorrow to see my interview with horror icon Lin Shaye where I find out about the secret pneumatic tube that delivers every new horror script directly to her waiting hands.

Check out the film’s trailer and synopsis below.

The Grudge is coming out January 3rd to theaters across the United States. European release dates can be found by clicking here. The Grudge (2020) follows the story of what happens alongside the events of the first American The Grudge (2004). After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Rated R the grudge 2020 - THE GRUDGE Interview with John Cho & Nicolas Pescethe grudge 2020 - THE GRUDGE Interview with John Cho & Nicolas Pesce

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Dies At 77


Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Dies At 77

The NBA credits Stern with growing the league into a global brand.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away at the age of 77 Wednesday. His death was a result of a brain hemorrhage he suffered three weeks ago, according to the NBA.

Stern became the fourth NBA commissioner in 1984 and helped implement the league's salary cap and drug testing policies. In addition, he played a key role in growing the global presence of basketball, as well as in developing the WNBA.

Stern stepped down in 2014 after 30 years as commissioner.

In a statement, current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, "B ecause of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation."

Stern is survived by his wife and two sons. 

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Danielle Staub Drags Margaret Josephs by Her Hair in Explosive RHONJ Fight


Danielle Staub Drags Margaret Josephs by Her Hair in Explosive RHONJ Fight

Things got physical between "Real Housewives of New Jersey" nemeses Danielle Staub and Margaret Josephs on Wednesday's explosive episode of the Bravo series.

The two have been at each other's throats since last season, but it all escalated during a shopping trip, prompting Danielle to yank Margaret by the hair and drag her across the room!

In trying to urge Margaret to back away from an increasingly heightened situation, Jackie Goldschneider reminded her friend that Staub was "not worth it" because "she's a piece of shit." That only made matters worse.

"I'm not worth it?! I'm a piece of shit?!" Danielle hurled at Jackie, waving her finger in her face. Jackie barked back, "Don't f--king touch me."

Margaret, who's been begging Teresa Giudice to see Danielle's true colors all season, leaned in and said to the OG, "Teresa, she's been dragged and ridden hard, and that's all I have to say."

Danielle fired back, "Oh, baby, and so have your f--king titties! You should get 'em done!" And just like that, Margaret dumped her glass of water over Danielle's head. Did we mention they were in a retail store, surrounded by people who were there to shop?

"Did I hit a nerve?! Did I f--king hit a f--king nerve, you f--king c--t?!" a sopping-wet Staub shouted as she leaned over and picked up Josephs' purse. She took out all the contents, slammed them on the table, shoved some of them into a burning candle and broke a lot of things in the process. Melissa Gorga was beside herself, as Teresa tried hard not to laugh. "Ohhh, my God! Are you kidding me?!" she said through chuckles.

"We're f--king even!" Danielle hurled at Margaret, who had silently walked over to the table to collect her things. "Watch your back, bitch!" she added. "You started it? I'll f--king finish it. Don't you ever f--king come for me again, you f--king whore!"

Dolores Catania rushed over to clean up the mess, as a mortified Melissa apologized to the horrified onlookers and employees. "You're embarrassed?" Danielle asked Melissa -- a question that prompted the latter to go from zero to 100. "Yes, I f--king am! This is nuts! Are you not?!" she screeched.

"Did you see what she did to me?!" Danielle fired back, before Teresa got in the middle of the two and up in Melissa's face. "That's your f--king friend!" she yelled, pointing at Margaret. "She started it! You f--king poured the water! Why would you f--king do that?!" Jennifer Aydin urged Teresa not to get involved, which only revved her up more.

"Take your drowned rat self and go back in your hole and go," Margaret said calmly to Danielle, who simply gave the owner of the store a kiss goodbye and told Margaret to "go with your white f--king ponytail."

"You can't even bleach it anymore your hair's so f--king broken! I just can't help myself anymore. I really can't," she added, walking over to Marge and yanking her ponytail from behind. As she dragged Marge across the room, she laughed ominously and the screen went dark.

After the episode aired, Danielle and Margaret both reacted to the shocking footage. While Staub said she had no regrets about what went down, Josephs said the scene was "very painful" for her to relive.

"I would love to know why Margaret feels she needs to pour things on me, throw things at me, yell at me, talk about my past as if she was a part of it, get involved with my marriage, get involved with my relationships," Staub said on the "After Show." "She's affected my life in a very bad way, and all I did was help her fit into the group in the beginning. From where I'm standing, she owes me not only a big apology, but she should give me a lot of gratitude."

"So when it escalated to her pouring water over me, I really just didn't expect it, but I should always expect the unexpected with Margaret," she added. "Thank God it was water because it might've hit a different trigger if it were anything else because I do believe I taught her, 'Honey, you don't wanna throw red wine on this 'cause you cannot afford it. Very expensive outfit, head to toe.' And I have beautiful curly hair, so it didn't bother me at all. Just made my hair look even better!"

"I decided that if she was going to basically shit all over me again -- last time was red wine -- how far am I gonna let this go without a pushback? No more," she went on. "I was gonna take something that she really loved, and I wasn't sure what I was gonna do with it. And so I decided that I would pour her bag into a candle, and it made me feel happy. I felt happy! Everyone was in shock, and I'm like, 'Oh, that shocks you?'"

Staub added, "All of them, collectively, really are just the most disgusting, vile people ever. I would never be around a group like that again. And you know what? They should be very careful. I do hold secrets of theirs of my own. For a long time I've held those secrets. You never know when it's gonna blow. Just never know. Hell! It could happen today, I don't know."

As for why Danielle chose to pull Margaret's hair after the candle escapade, she explained she simply wasn't finished.

"I feel like she should've been taught that lesson a long time ago," she said. "She crosses every boundary of mine. Every line. Every line, every boundary. And you know how many people have asked me why I haven't done anything to her sooner? And not just asked me, like been adamant about it, almost mad at me about it, that I haven't... But it's just not in me. But I guess you poke at somebody long enough... I was backed into a corner, and I was done. I'm done. I'm done with her."

"So no regrets?" asked an off-camera producer. "Regrets?" Danielle repeated. "Hell no. My only regret is not doing it sooner! She can stretch that neck all she wants to make it hide all those wrinkles, but I think she told me I have a really dark soul one time. I'm not sure if that's racist or not, but I do know that it's more about her than it is me."

For her part, Margaret took to Twitter to wish everyone a Happy New Year and explain her side of things. Not only was she horrified by what transpired, but she said production was too.

"I just want to check in & say while everyone is anticipating tonight's episode it is very painful for me to relive," she wrote in a three-part tweet. "The energy that day frightened me & to this day it still does. I have never hit anyone nor did I after being pushed or being assaulted from behind."

"What I did do after a half hour of a brutal back and forth with my personal space being invaded was to pour water on someone who was clearly looking to assault me and push me into a physical altercation," she went on. "I have been told I deserved it, I asked for it.... I was attacked [for] a full 12 minutes after the fact from behind. My neck was snapped back, easily could have been broken. I could not defend myself. I could have been paralyzed. Everyone was crying including production."

"It was horrific. I wanted to forget [and] move on," she concluded. "To this day devastated."

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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4 Sensitive Superpowers That Can Change Your Life (and the World)


“You were born to be among the advisors and thinkers, the spiritual and moral leaders for your society. There is every reason for pride.” ~Elaine N. Aron

Stop being so sensitive. Lighten up. You’re oversensitive. Stop overthinking. You’re weird.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had those words slung at you like rocks from a slingshot for as long as you can remember. The underlying message is clear: You’re too much. There’s something wrong with you.

Your heart strings have always been like finely tuned antennae, picking up on even the most subtle signals of other people’s heartache and embarrassment. Witnessing someone in intense pain can cause you inner turmoil for weeks on end. And when you feel pain, it’s always intense.

I get it. I can still remember clearly the first time I had my heart broken. We’d moved across the country, and my best friend mailed me a letter to formally let me know that, with me having moved away, we were no longer best friends. She had a new best friend and they had special nicknames for each other.

It’s the kind of playground politics that have been going on since time immemorial, but I didn’t know this. It probably wouldn’t have helped if I did. It was my first time being rejected, and it hurt like hell.

When I went back to that same school a few years later, no one would play with me. My friend was right: She’d moved on. So had everyone else in my class. At recess, I sat alone, eating my tomato sandwiches.

One of the new boys started picking on me, calling me horrible names, while my former friends simply stood by and watched.

My teacher picked up that something was wrong. She called us in and asked what was going on. When we’d shared our stories with her, I was stunned by her reaction.

Instead of using it as an opportunity for learning and healing, she brushed the whole thing off. In that one seemingly insignificant action, she was upholding the message society gives us from the minute we’re born: Being sensitive is wrong. Being vulnerable is even worse. Just harden up already and get on with things.

At the end of that year, when we went off to high school, the other kids voted for me to get the ‘loyalty’ award at prize giving. I wasn’t too young to get the irony.

By high school, I was ready. I’d learned my lesson. Like many people who’d been told all their life they were too sensitive, I’d developed impressive armor. I would go into my teenage years knowing how to keep people out.

By my twenties I’d perfected the art of keeping people at a distance.

Then, in my thirties, I dared to ask myself: What if sensitivity is a good thing? The mere idea felt transgressive. But then again… what if it was? What if, in fact, sensitivity was a gift?

I decided to do an experiment. At that point, I’d been to trillions of job interviews in two years, with no luck. Every time I’d got to one, I’d dress up in the stiff, corporate way I thought told interviewers you were capable. I was putting on my armor. Not this time. If sensitivity was a good thing, how would showing people that side of me be?

I decided to embrace who I was. I dressed in a way that felt authentic to me. Something more artistic, flowy that to me, clearly signalled: Here is a sensitive, creative person. These are the qualities you’ll get when you hire this person.

It worked! It was the best interview ever. We had an actual, meaningful conversation instead of the stilted kind of thing that usually goes on in interviews. They hired me.

Today I’m utterly convinced there are many, many advantages to being sensitive, and I keep finding more. Here are some of the more unexpected gems that I just adore and that make me excited about being a sensitive person. I hope you’ll be just as enthralled.

We’re super observant.

Sensitive people are keenly aware of what’s going on around us at all times. In fact, highly sensitive people should actually be called highly observant people, says psychologist Elaine Aron, who created the scientific model for what it is to be a person with the trait of high sensitivity.

We’re always scanning the environment and people around us in order to understand what’s going on and to make an emotional connection, usually at a speed that would send someone else reeling.

How to use your gift of being observant: It’s no wonder employers report being more satisfied with sensitive workers. Being aware of every single detail—the ones to expect and the ones to eliminate—is a big plus in just about any job, from surgeon to event planner to researcher. It also makes us great with people.

Highly sensitive athletes even report it being a plus on the sports field, where they don’t even have to see everything going on around them—it’s as if they can feel where the other players are, anticipating their next moves.

Whether it’s building a rapport with your neighbors, knowing what your clients need, or noticing the tiny detail that makes all the difference in the product you’re creating, your gift of being observant is a massive plus for your personal life and career success.

We’re deeply joyful people.

When you’re told all your life that you’re “too sensitive” and “too emotional,” it can feel like you’re some sort of mopey Eeyore-type character. I remember being told my personality type was “melancholic,” which even as a child I knew was an old-fashioned word for depressed. Way to make someone feel good about themselves!

Thing is, like me, you’ve probably always suspected that’s not the whole truth.

Like me, you’re likely to be the person who laughs loudest in the cinema. The one whose friends are able to locate them by following their laugh in a theatre. The ones who, when they return after being away for a while, overhear their friends saying, “Aaah—that laugh. I’ve missed that laugh.’

Truth is, sensitive people feel everything deeply—that includes happiness, joy, and exhilaration. We’re the kids who check out the environment thoroughly before using the flying fox or the water slide, and also the ones who feel the most exhilarated after finally taking that plunge.

How to use your gift of joy: Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word these days and for good reason—in these busy times, it’s a great way to lower stress and increase your engagement with the physical world.

When you’re already someone who notices the tiny detail on a leaf or the vivid turquoise of the kingfisher flying over the lagoon, it’s much easier to tap into mindfulness—and joyfulness.

While I don’t like the term “overthinking,” as it feels very negative—seeing all the possible outcomes is a plus in many ways—we can sometimes get stuck in a rumination loop, feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed when faced with making a decision.

This is when our ability to appreciate beauty, art, and joy becomes such a wonderful gift. Take time to notice the beauty around you and to just be, and feel your mood lift. Enjoying that walk in nature often brings clarity, allowing the solution to appear as if out of nowhere.

We make superb leaders.

If you’ve felt beaten down for a long time, it can feel like you’re just not cut out for a leadership role. Truth is, you’re uniquely equipped for this role.

Not only do employers report more satisfaction with their sensitive employees, but studies show we make incredible leaders.

It makes sense really—people want to follow someone they can trust.

“Highly sensitive people miss nothing, while falling back to let team members shine and have the innate ability to say the right thing at just the right time,” says John Hughes, who trains corporate clients on how best to support their highly sensitive employees.

Now that sounds like someone I’d want to follow!

How to use your gift of leadership: We don’t often associate gentleness with leadership, so seeing yourself as a born leader might be hard right now.

In reality, anyone who inspires people by their actions to live a better life is a leader. Right now, you might be an inspiring leader to your friends or your children.

So ask yourself: Is this my season to take on a leadership role? Maybe you want to lead your volunteer group or apply for that management position at work. Maybe you’re in that stage of life when your career is drawing to a close and you want to pass on invaluable knowledge by mentoring younger people.

Don’t be afraid—step up to that leadership position. No one can do this better than you.

We’re innovators.

When you look inside a sensitive person’s brain, you’ll notice that areas for understanding subtle cues are more activated. So are the ones for depth of processing.

Noticing and thinking deeply about things allow us to combine ideas in novel ways. We’re born innovators.

How to use your gift of creativity: The world is absolutely crying out for creative thinkers right now. Everyone from established corporate firms to small start-ups is actively seeking out innovative minds.

The information era is most probably the very best time for a sensitive person to be alive. So, whether you use your creativity to contribute to a supportive workplace, to create your own business, or to raise one lucky family, you have it in you.

If you believe in yourself and work hard, always following your principles and looking after yourself, the sky’s the limit!

You Can Change the World

As a sensitive person, you have unique talents and insights to offer the world.

You’ve come a long way, learning more about yourself and slowly accepting the fact that being a sensitive person is not something to be ashamed of.

In fact, you’re starting to see it as a gift—and you’re excited about the possibilities.

You’re a keen observer, a fantastic leader, a natural-born innovator, a deeply joyful person and someone who benefits enormously from having—and creating—a supportive environment for yourself and others.

With gifts like these, there’s no one better equipped to change the world. All you have to do is step out.

The world needs you right now.

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How to Create a Small Business Website


How to Create a Small Business Website

Starting a business can be scary.

When I decided that I wanted to start my own online retail store, I picked the name, designed the logo, and then thought, “well… now what?”

There are so many factors to consider when creating your business website, from deciding which website builder is best for your business to worrying about how much it will cost to bring your website to life. It can be very frustrating and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.

But creating your business website doesn’t have to be stressful. Really! We’re here to help demystify online marketing for your small business, starting with the central hub of your online presence: Your website.

How to create a small business website

First of all, kudos for recognizing that your small business needs a website. After all, your customers are expecting you to have a website and many of your competitors probably already have one. In this day and age, not having a website can lead your prospective customers to wonder if your business even actually exists. 

And before we get into the action items, let me start by saying, “You can do this!” Seriously, if you’re looking for that final push, well… here it is.

In addition to creating a website for my own side hustle, I also recently worked with Dawn, the owner of La Provence, to update her small business website. I’ll share some of the tips and tricks we used for her site too.

Here are the things you need to consider when creating your small business website:

1. Decide which website builder is best for your small business website

There are many website builders out there that can help you get your website online. Some depend on a basic understanding of code and design while others, like Constant Contact’s Website Builder, take care of that for you.

If you’re looking for a simple, professional, and easy website, Constant Contact’s Website Builder is a great choice.

Since La Provence was already using Constant Contact for her email marketing, it was a no-brainer for Dawn to use our Website Builder, too. Now her email marketing and website work together to reveal more about her buyer’s behavior than ever before.

2. Buy a domain name

If you want to gain credibility online and show customers you’re the real deal, your business needs a domain name. Having your own domain name protects your brand and also helps you rank higher in search results.

Think of your domain name as the web version of your street address. It’s how people will find you on the internet.

So, what should your domain be? When purchasing your domain name, try to keep it as simple and relevant to your business as possible. Make sure that it fits your business, is easy to find, and hopefully easy to remember so customers will keep coming back (and even tell their friends!)

There are some things to avoid when choosing your domain name, such as numbers, hyphens, and abbreviations. And, of course, it’s always important to make sure your desired domain is available for purchase! There’s nothing worse than getting your heart set on a domain name, or even going so far as to grab all of the usernames for this domain name on social media, only to find out that it’s taken already.

For Dawn, her website had long been known as www.laprov.com and we didn’t want to lose that recognition and power in search engine ranking. For that reason, we simply moved her domain over to her new site. However, we did also purchase a secondary domain name, www.laprovencerockport.com, to redirect to her main site as well.

Once you’ve purchased your domain name, it’s time to move on to the next step.

3. Design a logo

If you don’t have one already, now would be a great time to create a logo for your business.

Your logo is one of the most important parts of your brand’s visual identity. It provides a visual and virtual representation of your business. Whether it’s on your website, social media, signage in your store, employee uniforms or more, it is often the way customers are easily able to identify that something is related to your company.

If you are just starting your company or want to refresh your logo, Constant Contact’s LogoMaker is a great, free resource for small businesses to easily create a logo. Using the power of A.I., the LogoMaker takes your brand name and slogan and creates a large selection of logo options. You can click on any of the options to further customize the colors, icon, text, and size.

If you already have a logo for your business, now would be a great time to gather all of the files into one place for ease of use. 

4. Create your website content

When people visit your website, they are looking for answers to their questions. Your website should have at least three pages: a homepage, your about page, and a contact page.

Your homepage

Think of the homepage as the front door of your website. This is where you get to make a good first impression and showcase what your product or service is all about. Remember — people don’t have a lot of time and opinions about your website are made in only 0.05 seconds (!!!) so keep it clear and concise. 

An important question to keep in mind when creating your homepage is “who is it for?” This applies not only to your site but to your business in general. If you serve a specific group or industry, make sure that it is apparent on your homepage. You can convey this via imagery or text (or preferably, both). 

Finally, make it clear what you want your visitors to do next. Are you trying to drive sales, get them to call you, or sign up for your email list? Your homepage shouldn’t be the last page they visit or the last step your visitors take.

For La Provence’s website, sales are the main goal. As a result, we focused most of the buttons on driving traffic to the online shop. The homepage outlines what La Provence is, what they offer, and what sets them apart from their competitors. Plus, the imagery helps bring the quaint, whimsy of the physical store onto her website. La Provence french goods websiteThe La Provence homepage has a brief description of the company, featured items from the store, and an email newsletter sign up form.

Your about page

Every small business owner has a story. Why did you get started? What problem are you trying to solve? Why is your business important to you? Your about page is where you should tell this story.

Talking about yourself can feel awkward or forced sometimes. However, sharing your small business story helps potential customers or supporters learn about you in a way they may not have a chance to otherwise. It tells them why they should care about what you do and what makes your business different from all the rest. 

Be sure to share photos and videos too, if you have them. Despite being a familiar face here at the Constant Contact office, Dawn at La Provence isn’t a big fan of being photographed or sharing pictures of herself. While we recommend having a picture of you and your team on your about page, we opted to showcase La Provence’s iconic front door instead. Alongside the image, Dawn shares the background story of how the shop got started, how she became the owner, and where you can find the shop. La Provence website about pageLa Provence’s about page provides a more in-depth history of the company. It’s a great idea to include reviews and testimonials on your site as well!

Your contact page

There is really only one reason for a contact page: to allow your customers to get in touch with you. It’s important to be clear on what the visitor should expect when they contact you. When will you get back to them? What are you hoping they’ll submit? What information is important for them to include in their message?

It’s a good idea to also include information regarding where customers can find you and when they can reach you. While most people will likely take advantage of your contact form, some people may need an immediate answer and would prefer to call or visit you instead. Including your address, hours, and phone number on this page will help ease that process. Your contact form should be clear and concise. Only include fields that you absolutely need in order to speed up the process and avoid collecting unnecessary information.

5. Test your site before promoting it

It’s always a good idea to get a trusted second opinion.

When you’re working on something for your business, it’s easy to overlook things that may seem obvious to you but aren’t as clear to someone who is just learning about your company. Showing your site to a trusted confidant and asking them to click around it is a great way to gather information on how someone may move around your site and which things they may get stuck on.

For example, when we were working on Dawn’s website, we realized that while some of her repeat customers may know what “Le Cadeaux Melamine” is, new customers who are looking for beautiful French plates may not think to click on that. For this reason, we used the store category feature to nest these products under a “For the Kitchen & Home” heading, allowing them to be discovered by new customers and repeat customers alike. Things like this can be easy to overlook when you don’t test your site first. La Provence french goods online store.Here you can see that La Provence’s online store uses categories to filter through products with ease.

6. Get your new site out to the world

It’s finally time. The moment has come. 

You have to click publish.

I know, I know — It’s scary. But think about how amazing it is that your customers will be able to see your beautiful new website no matter what device they are using. They will be able to make purchases from your small business even when your door is locked and you’re fast asleep at home. You can literally start making money while you’re dreaming.

Once your website is live, it’s time to tell people about it. Consider sending an email to your contacts announcing your new website and share a post about it on your social media accounts. Scream it from the rooftops — just maybe not literally.
La Provence french goods mobile store.Dawn was so excited to share her new website with her followers on Facebook! This is a great way to make sure your customers know to check out your new site.

And trust me — you can still promote your website even when it feels like you have no time.

7. Maintain your small business website regularly

Now that your website is published and has been revealed to the world, you need to make sure you are properly maintaining your website. Have your hours changed due to the season? Are you offering new products or services this month? Do you have a new promotion going on? All of these things would be reasons to update your website.

Want to take your small business website to the next level?

There is always room for improvement. By following the steps, pro advice and guidance outlined in our free online marketing guide, The Download, you can make sure your website checks off all the boxes and works as efficiently for you as possible. 

We want to see your brand new websites! Tweet us @ConstantContact to share them with us.

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Meet AWeber’s NEW WordPress Plugin


Meet AWeber’s NEW WordPress Plugin

Meet AWeber’s NEW WordPress Plugin

 

WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. (Nearly half of all websites use it!) So it’s no surprise that it’s also one of AWeber’s most used integrations.

That’s why we rebuilt our AWeber for WordPress plugin to make it even more powerful and simpler to use to help you find greater success with email marketing. Here’s what’s new with our WordPress plugin.

It’s now easier to add sign up forms to WordPress.

You now have three “easy as pie” ways to add your sign up form to your WordPress website using the AWeber plugin.

Widgets

You can add your sign up form to your WordPress theme using the widgets in WordPress, which means it’ll be added to every page on your website. For example, consider adding your sign up form to your blog sidebar or website footer.

 

You can only place the AWeber widget in one widget area. If you want to add it to other widget areas, you can use the next method: shortcodes.

Shortcodes

Shortcodes are snippets of WordPress code that allow you to add your sign up form anywhere on your site. You don’t have to create these; WordPress automatically creates them for each of your sign up forms.

You’ll find your shortcodes inside the AWeber plugin under Forms.

 

If you want to add your sign up form to your entire site, simply copy the code and paste it into a text widget.

 

You can also add the shortcode to a specific page or blog post using the WordPress page editors, which we’ll cover next.

In the WordPress editors

To add an AWeber sign up form to a page or blog post using WordPress’s classic editor, simply paste the shortcode, or use the built-in AWeber button inside the formatting menu.

If you’re using WordPress’s Gutenberg editor, simply click the “plus” icon to add a custom AWeber block. Alternatively, you can also add a shortcode block and paste your shortcode.

 

Automatically add commenters and WordPress users to your AWeber email list.

We’ve also made it easy for commenters and users to subscribe to your email list.

The AWeber for WordPress plugin now allows you to add a checkbox to the comment section, where users can opt into your email list when adding comments on your pages or posts.

 

You can also apply tags to new commenters and users who join your list so you can segment your subscribers and send them more personalized emails in the future.

Easily see where each sign up form is being used on WordPress.

You can also quickly view where all of your forms are being used across your WordPress website.

If you ever need to remove or change the form you’re using on a particular page, you can quickly access that page right from the AWeber for WordPress plugin.

Track your sign up form performance without leaving WordPress.

One of the biggest benefits of the new AWeber for WordPress plugin is that it saves you from having to toggle back and forth between your AWeber and WordPress accounts.

Quickly track how your sign up forms are impacting your email list growth without ever leaving WordPress. You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not, so you can optimize your sign up forms for better results.

Check to make sure the plugin is installed correctly.

You don’t have to be a technical whiz to use the new AWeber for WordPress plugin.

Easily make sure your plugin is installed correctly by using the ‘System Info’ screen to view the compatibility details.

Need help troubleshooting a problem? We’ve put all of the necessary info in the System Info screen. Share this with our 24/7 Customer Solutions team and we can get you back on track in no time.

How to get started with the new AWeber for WordPress plugin

Already an AWeber customer? Download the AWeber for WordPress plugin today, and connect it to your AWeber account.

Plus, check out a recorded demo of the AWeber for WordPress plugin inside our customer community on Facebook.

Once you’ve had a chance to try it out, we’d love to hear your feedback. Leave us a review in the WordPress marketplace.

Not an AWeber customer yet? Start your free 30-day trial today and start using the AWeber for WordPress plugin.

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9 Strategies for Working Parents to Reduce Stress and Get Control of Mornings


9 Strategies for Working Parents to Reduce Stress and Get Control of Mornings

Stress less with these morning routines that work.

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Kicking off the day with a positive outlook and an organized mindset is integral to running a business or being successful at work. If you’re a working parent, you likely deal with some morning madness, and if you have younger kids (or teens!), morning meltdowns.   

Aside from establishing good morning eating habits, and eliminating unnecessary TV and social media scrolling in the morning, below are 9 tips for reducing morning stress by saving time, all while keeping your kids in a positive mindset.

1. Do everything the night before

Lay out your clothes, the kids’ clothes, pack lunches, ensure that homework is finished and in the folders and even have some breakfast items prepped such as cut-up fruit or hard-boiled eggs. Everyone has a different routine but the key is that we adapt to routines and kids especially do too. Even plan for little things such as knowing where essentials like car keys, glasses, and Bluetooth headphones are. (To make the time for this prep, give up some screen time or these other habits that can destroy your productivity.)  

2. Give your kids time to save time 

We don’t like to be rushed, and especially kids. If your kids can “chill” a little bit in the morning, they are more relaxed and this will minimize meltdown. On the same note, if you are someone that likes to journal, read the news or enjoy your cup of coffee, rather than just slamming it down in the car or commute, it is game-changing to prioritize waking up 15-30 minutes earlier, so long as you get in bed at a decent time.

3. Bypass the morning breakfast blitz

A lot of time can be wasted trying to figure out what to make for breakfast, and it can’t always be pop-tarts on the go if you want your children (and you!) to thrive throughout their day. I like to prep the cut-up fruit (because this takes time!) have hard-boiled eggs on hand and toast or bagels are easy for kids to make themselves. One favorite in our household is tasty egg muffins that can be made over the weekend and are great for just pulling out of the fridge, on-the-go, and even for packing into lunches. 

4. Take care of yourself first  

Just like the airplane oxygen mask analogy, you need to take care of yourself first to function best. So whether it’s exercise, meditation or cleaning out your inbox while you sip your coffee and eat breakfast, ensure that you put your armor on before you take on responsibilities for getting the kids ready.

5. Divide and conquer with your partner

As with many tasks at the office, it’s the teamwork that eases the load for everyone and drives success. So why not do the same at home? Identify your strengths and weaknesses and devise a plan with your partner. For example, I like to work out first thing in the morning and can get up and go. My husband prefers to take his time, work early and enjoy his coffee. He spends time with our boys, makes them breakfast, and then I come home in time to finish up the lunch boxes that were prepared the night before, drink a post-workout protein shake and get myself together, before getting the boys out the door for school. For single parents, aim for preparing as much as you can the night before and teaching your children to help out with breakfast and packing their bags.

6. Build an army with your kids

Teach your children to help out. Our kids are 8 and 11 and we have taught them to make simple breakfasts like toast bagels and spread cream cheese on them, toast waffles or get things like yogurt and cut up fruit out of the fridge. For some families, a “chore chart” helps keep them organized and depending on the ages of your kids, it’s best to create a routine for them that includes boxes for them to check for when they: get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, comb their hair (we like to skip this one), pack their backpacks, etc.  When you give your children ownership and responsibility, you empower them with confidence and independence that will pay off in the long run

7. Build a cubby system

The last-minute hunt for homework, shoes, after school activity gear or anything else is an immediate stress trigger. Be it hooks and cabinets or an actual shelving cubby system near your back door, this “launchpad station” for everyone helps foster organization. At our home, we each have our own cubby and it’s a place where we keep shoes and have backpacks and paperwork. My personal cubby has my gym bag packed and ready to go (even with car keys inside of it!) the night before so that I can just grab it early morning and quietly sneak out the door. 

8. Shop online

Amazon Fresh, Instacart, Brandless, or whatever you like, find effective online shopping sites and skip the trips to the store.  We rely heavily on Amazon Fresh and by using their “Past Purchases” drop-down tool, it’s simple to reorder staple grocery and home items.  Going to the grocery store mid-week is difficult for many working parents and online grocery delivery has redefined the shopping experience. 

9. Stay calm

No one has ever calmed down when they are yelled at to “Calm Down!” right?  While we are all guilty of yelling, it’s very counter-productive to getting out the door. Kids sense tension and anxiety and if you are not calm, neither are they.  And why should your kids be rushed? For the benefit of all, including yourself, focus on using a calm voice and keeping a positive attitude as you explain to kids why you need their help.

As entrepreneurs and parents, jam-packed days are inevitable, yet keeping anxiety levels low is crucial to your health, well-being and success. Make the most of the limited family time in the mornings and evenings and try to truly be with them and minimize the multi-tasking.  Whenever possible, have a back-up plan, get a good night’s sleep and allow for some flexibility. Happy less-stressed parents will lead to happier and less-stress kids. There’s no debate about that.

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The UK's top-earning CEO bags record $422 million payday


The UK's top-earning CEO bags record $422 million payday

Bet365 Chief Executive Denise Coates poses with her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal

Denise Coates, the U.K.'s highest-paid CEO and founder of global gambling business Bet365, took home a record-breaking £323 million ($422 million) paycheck this year.

Coates, believed to be Bet365's highest-paid director, paid herself nearly £277 million for the year to the end of March 2019, according to the company's accounts which were published on Tuesday.

 

This increased from the £220 million she earned last year, retaining her crown as the U.K.'s highest-earning boss.

Coates also took home half of the company's £92.5 million total dividends, from her 50% stake in the business.

Altogether this worked out at a £323 million paycheck for the gambling boss, equating to £1.3 million per working day of the year, which was widely reported to be a record paycheck for a U.K. director.

Coates' base earnings were more than 9,000 times the U.K.'s average salary of £29,400.

 

Forbes estimated Coates' net worth at $12.2 billion, sitting 244th on its Billionaires 2019 list.

Bet365 saw net profits increase by 18% to £685 million in the year to the end of March 2019.

The company made an £85 million donation to the billionaire's charity the Denise Coates Foundation this year, an increase on the £75 million donated the previous year.

Coates, 52, has a first-class degree in econometrics, the application of statistical methods to economics, from the University of Sheffield.

She originally trained as an accountant and worked in her father's betting shops. Then in 2000, noting the growing popularity of online gambling, Coates launched Bet365 from a building in a carpark near one of her father's shops.

 

Bet365 also owns British soccer team Stoke City, of which her father, Peter Coates, is chairman.

Her father is also a co-founder of the business, while her brother, John Coates, is co-chief executive.

According to an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, back in 2012, Coates originally failed to get funding from venture capitalists to get the business off the ground. Instead, she borrowed the money from her family and British bank the Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

Coates said she and her family bet "everything" on the launch of the company, saying they were the "ultimate gamblers."

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