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UK snow latest: Make sure your car is fully protected from STORM EMMA with these 10 tips

snowStorm Emma currently plagues the UK with frightening winter conditions that are causing havoc across the country, during a cold snap it is important to make sure your car is fully protected.

Car experts at Design 911 have issued Britons with a list of 10 ways to protect vehicles as Storm Emma approaches and is set to rampage the country.
Ensuring your vehicle is serviced and has undergone maintenance checks is vital to prevent it from failing when you need it most.
Blustery winter conditions can have adverse effects on your car’s battery. In addition to reducing its output, the vital part of the vehicle is under added stress from the heater, lights and blower that Britons will turn on in a desperate attempt to warm up.
Making sure tyres have sufficient pressure and meet the required tread depth standards is vital to ensuring your car is suited to the harsh weather.

It is recommended to have a minimum of 3millimetres of depth during winter time - the absolute minimum is 1.6millimet…

Meghan Markle SPEAKS OUT for women in first Royal engagement with the Duchess of Cambridge

MEGHAN Markle called for women to “use their voice” and showed her support of the MeToo campaign in her first joint engagement with the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday.

On her first official appearance with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan supported the movement against sexual harassment and said that people should be encouraged to listen to what women had to say.
The former actress, 36, joined Prince Harry at Royal Foundation Forum in London alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to update the public on their charitable projects.
She will join their work on the Royal Foundation as its fourth patron after her wedding.
As a women’s advocate for the UN, Ms Markle said: “I hear a lot of people saying when speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment...you are helping women find their voices.
“I fundamentally disagree with that, because women don’t need to find their voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged …

Chadwick Boseman Surprises Passionate 'Black Panther' Fans on 'Tonight Show'

T'Challa himself gave a number of fans of his new film a big surprise as they voiced their thanks over the Marvel film.
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman surprised fans as they expressed their feelings of gratitude over the film on Wednesday's Tonight Show.

As fans lined up in front of a poster of T'Challa to voice their feelings, they were unaware that the King of Wakanda himself was listening behind a curtain, alongside Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
One mother, along with her young son, said, "My son’s life has been defined by Barack Obama and now by Black Panther." When Boseman emerged, they were left nearly speechless.
“You are way too kind," said Boseman. "Barack Obama? Come on.”
A young black female aspiring filmmaker said that Black Panther had inspired her to keep chasing her dream, and when Boseman came out to surprise her, she, too, was at a lost for words.

Another man, whose father was from Ghana, said he’s seen the film twice — once on…

White House Comms Director And Longtime Trump Aide Is Resigning

Hicks, one of Trump’s most trusted advisers, has reportedly become a focus of the Mueller probe.
Hope Hicks, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers, is resigning her job as White House communications director, several outlets confirmed Wednesday.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement to The New York Times. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
Hicks is expected to finish out her job in the next few weeks.
Her resignation comes one day after her eight-hour testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. According to reports, Hicks admitted during her testimony that Trump sometimes required her to tell “white lies.”
He…

The unseen power of Hope Hicks

For the journalists covering Donald Trump, there was always Hope Hicks.
From the moment Trump came down that escalator in Trump Tower in June of 2015, Hicks was his right-hand woman, the one constant reporters have always dealt with.

Reporters have always seen Hicks as one of the few people who is actually close to the president and who can telegraph his point of view, or his willingness to participate in an interview. Often it was because she was literally right next to him.
She held immense power, and was able to circumnavigate what would be considered the traditional hierarchies of previous White House communications operations. She was the point person for many of the nation's highest profile reporters and could and would arrange an interview with the president seemingly independent of the rest of the White House press operation.
When now Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey was working at Politico, he and fellow reporter Alex Isenstadt were invited by Hicks to interview Trump…

'Tutu' painting by Ben Enwonwu sells for $1.6 million

A famous painting that went missing for decades before turning up in a London apartment has sold for over $1.6 million (£1,205,000). Often dubbed the "African Mona Lisa," Ben Enwonwu's "Tutu" smashed sale estimates at an auction in London on Wednesday.

One of a triptych of artworks created by Enwonwu during the aftermath of Nigeria's bloody civil war, "Tutu" disappeared shortly after being painted in 1974. Its whereabouts remained the subject of intense speculation for over 40 years before the portrait was discovered in a family home late last year.
Depicting the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi (abbreviated as "Tutu"), the painting was subsequently authenticated and went under the hammer as part of Bonhams' "Africa Now" sale. The London auction house initially predicted a price tag of between £200,000 and £300,000 ($275,000 to $413,000), less than a quarter of the final bid.

According to Bonhams, "Tutu" was painted…

Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Explains Why He Won't Reference #MeToo And Time's Up

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has said he will not be referencing the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements when he hosts the Oscars this weekend.
The US chat show host has explained he will refrain from talking about the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Hollywood over the last few months, claiming he does not want to distress anyone in attendance.

Speaking to ABC, he said: “This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults.
“It’s an awards show for people who have been dreaming about maybe winning an Oscar for their whole lives.
“And the last thing I want to do is ruin that for someone who is, you know, nominated for Best Actress or Best Supporting or Best Director or Cinematographer, or whatever, by making it unpleasant.”
He concluded: ’I’m not going to... stop any bad behaviour with my jokes.”
However, that does not mean to say Jimmy, who is hosting the Academy Awards for the second year running, will refrain from making political jokes during the ceremony.
He said it was “al…

Georgia teacher arrested after firing gunshot alone in school classroom

An armed high school teacher in Georgia barricaded himself alone inside his classroom, then fired a gunshot when the principal tried to force open the door, but no one was seriously injured, police said after the instructor was arrested.
The shooting, which unfolded as schools around the country remained on edge from gun violence earlier this month that claimed 17 lives in the neighboring state of Florida, unfolded around lunchtime at Dalton High School, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the Georgia capital.

Responding to reports of gunfire at the school, officers from the Dalton Police Department found the teacher in question holed up inside a classroom. He was taken into custody without incident about 30 to 45 minutes later, police spokesman Bruce Frazier told reporters later.
The suspect was later identified as Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, a social studies teacher at the school who police said also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the Dalton High School football team…

#MeToo and #TimesUp have pushed 48% of companies to review pay policies

#TimesUp for the gender pay gap — at least in some workplaces.
In a recent survey of human resources executives from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement service firm, 48% of companies say they're reviewing their pay policies with an eye toward closing the compensation gap between male and female employees.

Colleen Madden, director of public relations at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said the survey was inspired by the ongoing conversation about women's equality in the workplace, one ignited in October when the #MeToo movement swept the nation.
"A lot of our customers were interested in what they should do with their sexual harassment policies, and then we thought the next movement likely would be pay parity," Madden says. "There's a demand for even further equality."
Research shows that women, on average, earn around 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.
The gap is even wider for women of color.
Some companies have sought to correct …

10 best foods for your heart

Keeping your heart healthy is about more than avoiding fast food and overly processed chow. You can also pump up your heart's health by choosing foods that will help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
Which food groups have the most science behind their heart-healthy claims?

Oats and barley
The cell walls of oats and barley contain a special type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which has a host of benefits for human health. Studies show that it blunts the body's insulin response and boosts immunity, and it may be protective during radiation and chemotherapy. But it's its role in cholesterol reduction that counts for heart health.
"Beta-glucans bind to bile acids and cholesterol in the intestines and prevent their absorption into the body," CNN contributor and registered dietitian Lisa Drayer said. "So, if you have high cholesterol, it would be a good idea to incorporate oats or oatmeal for breakfast on a regular basis.&quo…

Thousands of jobs at risk as Maplin and Toys R Us fall into administration - business live

Labour: Devastating news for UK workers

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, is urging the government to help Maplin and Toys R Us’s employees:
“It’s devastating that over 5,500 High Street jobs risk being lost. This latest shock in the retail sector continues a worrying trend for our shopping streets and centres.
“The Government must urgently meet with both the unions and the companies to ensure that these jobs are safeguarded.
“Workers are suffering stress and anxiety not knowing what the future holds for them. In the event of job losses, the Government must act quickly to ensure all workers receive swift redundancy payments and are properly supported.

“The Government must also urgently address problems across the retail sector.”
Maplin falls into administration

BREAKING: Electrical goods chain Maplin has also fallen into administration, in an increasingly dark morning for UK retail.
This puts around 2,500 jobs at risk.
Maplin, which has over 200 stores in the UK, …

Florida school shooting survivors return to school for first time since massacre

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to class Wednesday, with some looking toward the future and others dreading the memories of the past that would haunt their hallways after a gunman burst onto campus and killed 17 people on Valentine's Day.

The students, some of whom already returned Sunday for a voluntary orientation, will be attending classes in a revised schedule for a half day. Classes will run for 24 minutes, with only the first period running for 30 minutes. Students will be dismissed by 11:40 a.m.
“It’s gonna be rough. We’re gonna need a lot of help, but we have a lot of help,” senior Milan Hamm told WSVN. “Our principal’s helped, and [Broward School Superintendent Robert] Runcie’s helped us, and just officials and people donating money and just giving back to us has helped us so much.”

Runcie also tweeted before classes began: “I pray that today is the beginning of our long and difficult journey from grief, sorrow and anger to a new consciousnes…

Bill Gates Says Cryptocurrencies Have Caused Deaths

Though the philanthropy under Bill Gates’ name has partnered with cryptocurrency firm Ripple in a bid to help the unbanked, the world’s second richest man said Tuesday that the main feature of Bitcoin and its ilk is not a “good thing.”
In previous media interviews, Gates has been quoted saying that Bitcoin is “better than currency,” and that it “is exciting because it shows how cheap (transactions) can be.” That was back in 2014.

When quizzed regarding his views on cryptocurrencies in his sixth Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session Tuesday though, the billionaire focused instead on the downsides of Bitcoin and its peers. Namely, that the cryptocurrencies don’t reveal the name of their holders in the way a credit card statement might—making it easier for illegal transactions to fly under the radar.
“The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity. I don’t think this is a good thing,” he said in the Reddit post. “The government’s ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and t…

Afghanistan offers to recognize Taliban as legitimate 'political party'

The Afghan government is willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a potential ceasefire agreement with the Islamist militant group, President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday.
"We're ready to restart talks about peace with Pakistan again and forget bitter experiences of the past and start a new chapter," he said at the start of an international conference in Kabul.
Ghani proposed starting talks without preconditions, opening the constitution for review and even helping the Taliban open a political office, though it's unclear if it would be located in Kabul or in another country. He also offered to reintegrate and help remove sanctions against Taliban members who engage in peace talks, denounce violence, recognize the Afghan government and respect the rule of law.
But the proposal in its current form could have trouble getting off the ground.
A stipulation that women be part of the negotiations could prove to be a poison pill for a milita…

Hope Hicks refuses to answer U.S. House investigators’ questions about Trump administration

Hicks refused to answer any questions about events and conversations that occurred since Trump took office.

White House communications director Hope Hicks refused to answer questions about the Trump administration that House investigators posed Tuesday as part of their probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But under pressure from lawmakers, she began to offer some details about the transition period Tuesday afternoon, according to House Intelligence Committee members of both parties, who said Hicks and her attorneys agreed to address topics broached with the Senate Intelligence Committee in an earlier private interview.
Hicks, who has already spoken with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as part of its probe, has become a central figure in a dispute between lawmakers and the White House about when and where witnesses can legitimately resist answering questions in a congressional probe.

Democrats and Republicans emerging from the House Intelligence Committee’s…

Japan unveils Tokyo 2020 Olympics superhero mascots

The Olympic and Paralympic mascots don’t yet have names but are said to ‘respect each other’ and are ‘very good friends’

One has an athletic figure and a strong sense of justice. The other is a cherry blossom-inspired superhero.
Meet the new Olympic and Paralympic mascots that the Tokyo 2020 organisers hope will whip up enthusiasm for the Games – and drive merchandise sales.
All up, 2,042 individuals and groups submitted designs that they hoped would capture the public’s affection. Experts whittled the list down to three design pairs, which were then opened up for voting by millions of school students across Japan.
Nearly 600 cheering schoolchildren attended a ceremony in Tokyo’s Shinagawa ward on Wednesday to hear the results of that vote. The winning Olympic and Paralympic mascots have not yet been given names, but they are said to “respect each other” and are “very good friends”.
With a futuristic blue and white chequered pattern, the Olympic mascot is described as having a special…

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, has security clearance downgraded

White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as other White House officials, have had high-level interim security clearances downgraded pending completion of full-scale background checks, government officials said Tuesday.
The downgrade will limit Kushner's ability to view highly classified information, though officials familiar with the move said it will not affect Kushner's ability to do a job that includes diplomatic dealings with other countries.

The move came as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly seeks to overhaul the security clearance process amid a series of complaints. Two government officials confirmed Kushner's re-classification, but would not comment in detail.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer, said Trump's son-in-law has "has done more than what is expected of him in this process."
"Those involved in the process again have confirmed that there are dozens of people at Mr. Kushner's level…

Facebook Named Live Stream Partner for 'The Oscars: All Access'

The ABC-produced show will feature red-carpet highlights, backstage footage and live look-ins on the awards telecast.
ABC's second-screen Oscars experience is heading to Facebook for the second year in a row.

The broadcaster has inked a deal with Facebook to Live Stream The Oscars: All Access. The show, which will offer red-carpet highlights, backstage footage and live look-ins at the awards telecast, will be available via the Academy's show page on Facebook Watch and the ABC Facebook page, in addition to its usual home at Oscar.com and ABCNews.com.
ABC produces the All Access show as a companion to its live telecast of the Academy Awards. To watch the honors being handed out, viewers will still need to tune into ABC via a cable subscription or a membership to an internet-enabled live TV provider like DirecTV Now or YouTube TV.
This is the second year that Facebook and ABC have teamed to distribute All Access, expanding on a multiyear relationship between the social network …

iQiyi, the Netflix of China, is going public in the US

The Netflix of China is ready for Wall Street.
Video streaming site iQiyi is getting ready for an IPO on the Nasdaq under the stock ticker "IQ." The company filed paperwork late Tuesday to raise $1.5 billion in its offering, but the final amount could end up higher.

iQiyi said the figure was just an estimate for regulatory filing purposes. It didn't give details on the size of the stake it plans to list. Karen Chen, an analyst at investment bank Jefferies, told CNN her team puts iQiyi's valuation at just over $17 billion.
New York is the preferred destination for Chinese tech companies looking to go public, according to financial data firm Dealogic. Baidu, the internet firm that owns most of iQiyi, and Alibaba (BABA), China's biggest e-commerce company, both took their IPOs to the city.
One attraction is that US rules allow founders to keep control of their companies even after their stakes are diluted by selling shares on the public exchanges, Dealogic says.
But…

Close Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies in House Intelligence Committee regarding Russia probe

Hope Hicks, a close aide to President Donald Trump, arrived at the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning for what could be several hours of testimony in its investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

White House communications director Hicks was Trump’s spokeswoman during the 2016 election campaign. Committee members told reporters they did not know before her testimony whether she would answer their questions, or refuse by invoking executive privilege.
Other Trump aides, such as former White House adviser Steve Bannon, have declined to answer many of the committee’s questions for that reason.
Hicks arrived at about 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) for a closed door session with the panel, which is conducting one of three main congressional investigations of allegations that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election to boost Trump’s chances of victory, and whether his associates colluded with Russia.

She came through a back entrance, acco…

Donald Trump WILL run for US President in 2020 as Republican names his campaign chief

Donald Trump has vowed to run for President again in 2020 in a bid to carry out the full eight years of his tenure in the White House, sources close to the US figurehead has revealed.

The 71-year-old has previously hinted at his ambition to run for a second term – and has regularly led campaign-style rallies during his time in office.
Now Trump has reportedly confirmed to conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge that he will definitely stand for the role as the Republican candidate.
It is unusual for a party to throw support behind any other politician vying for the role at the same time at the President, making it likely he will be the Republican representative to battle for the White House in 2020.

He is believed to have already named his campaign manager – Brad Parscale who served as media director in his 2016 bid – and has started to amass campaign funds in preparation for the race.
Parscale was instrumental in managing the social media aspects of the 2016 campaign – managing wha…

Jennifer Lawrence Drinks Rum With Stephen Colbert, Calls Harvey Weinstein a "Horrible Ass Boil"

Lawrence also told her "haters" not to see 'Red Sparrow,' and discussed flirting with Larry David at Amy Schumer's wedding.
Jennifer Lawrence has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind, and she certainly didn't hold back in her appearance on Monday's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

After the Red Sparrow actress and Colbert took shots of rum and removed their shoes, the CBS host asked Lawrence about being "ill-used in the defense of Harvey Weinstein."
Weinstein's lawyers had previously cited both Lawrence and Meryl Streep in an attempt to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him, only to later apologize after both actresses issued statements condemning the move.
"He is just that horrible ass boil that does not go away," Lawrence told Colbert. "You pop the ass boil — he's just the worst. When is it going to end?"
Lawrence explained that she was forced to come up with her response "in…

Apple is leading the race to $1 trillion

It's looking like at least one -- if not more -- American tech giants may soon find themselves worth more than $1 trillion dollars. That's a lot of zeroes. A dozen in fact.

Apple (AAPL) is in the lead right now. Thanks to strong demand for its new iPhones, the company now has a market value of about $910 billion.
The stock only needs to go up another 10% for Apple to top $1 trillion.
But even if Apple gets to the trillion dollar mark first, it may soon have company. Apple rival Alphabet -- aka Google (GOOGL) -- has a market cap just shy of $800 billion.
Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) are also nipping at the heels of Apple and Google. Both of the Seattle-based tech titans are worth more than $730 billion.
And these two companies seem to have more momentum than Apple and Google, whose stocks are up about 6% this year.
In fact, GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a report Monday that he thinks Amazon could get to a trillion dollar valuation within 12 to 18 months.
Amazo…

Four billboards say Serena Williams is the 'greatest momma of all time'

Returning to work after giving birth isn't an east feat, particularly if you're a grand slam tennis champion. But Serena Williams' husband had a plan, and it involved four billboards.
In March, Williams will compete at Indian Wells -- the first time she's played since January -- so husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has installed four giant images of their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with the caption "Greatest momma of all time" along a major road leading into the Californian city.
"These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs," Ohanian wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "@OlympiaOhanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr. #GMOAT"
These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs. @OlympiaOhanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr.#GMOATpic.twitter.com/zRcMmxhgB5 — Alexis Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian…

Global Markets: Asian shares rise to three-week high ahead of Powell's testimony

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares extended their recovery on Tuesday, hitting a three-week high as U. S. borrowing costs eased ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's highly-anticipated first congressional testimony later in the day.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <. MIAPJ0000PUS> rose 0.3 percent, building on its bounce from a two-month low touched on Feb 9.
Japan's Nikkei <. N225> rose 1.0 percent to three-week highs.
On Wall Street, the S&P 500 <. SPX> advanced 1.18 percent on Monday helped by fall in U. S. bond yields.
The 10-year U.
S. Treasuries yield eased to 2.864 percent, dropping further from its four-year peak of 2.957 percent touched on Feb 21, driven by month-end buying as well as position adjustments ahead of Powell's testimony.
Powell's debut appearance is seen as critical for financial markets at a time when many investors are nervous about the Fed's policy normalisation following years of…

Kim Kardashian West's Vogue India Cover Sparks Debate About Representation

Kim Kardashian West has been put on the latest Vogue India cover for its chunky March issue. The double cover teases an ‘exclusive’ interview with the reality TV star and businesswoman, with Kardashian West wearing a couture tulle ‘saree-dress’ by Jean Paul Gaultier and a black slip by Phillip Plein.
Kardashian West’s sister Kendall Jenner faced a backlash when she became Vogue India’s tenth anniversary cover girl, and Kardashian West’s cover has again sparked a discussion across social media (especially Twitter) about whether this profile was the right move for the magazine in terms of representation.
Some have argued that Vogue India should give a voice to Indian women especially, rather than international stars and many of the faces and names the edition promotes are women who are either mixed or light-skinned with Eurocentric features.

I have nothing against Kim Kardashian but @VOGUEIndia is really doing itself a disservice by continually neglecting to portrait brown women in …

Russia's 'humanitarian pause' comes into effect in eastern Ghouta

First daily truce in rebel-held Syrian enclave follows days of artillery attacks and airstrikes

A five-hour truce has begun in the Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta to allow people to escape the area being targeted in a fierce offensive by Syria’s Moscow-backed government.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, ordered the daily “humanitarian pause” in fighting from 9am to 2pm (7am to 12pm GMT) to let civilians leave the area, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since 18 February.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had been largely calm in eastern Ghouta since midnight, though four rockets had hit the town of Douma on Tuesday morning.
The Russian president’s move, announced by his defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, highlighted in stark terms Russia’s primacy in Syrian affairs and the UN’s failure to impose an end to the fighting in the area bordering Damascus.
More than 500 people have been killed in eight days of one of the deadliest bombing campaign…