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Could these Brits shake up awards season?

Could these Brits shake up awards season?

Entertainment
PA/GettyBritish actors Riz Ahmed, Carey Mulligan and Michaela Coel were among the nominees for this year's Independent Spirit Awards.The awards honour the best in independent film; and often indicate who could win an Oscar.Ahmed was nominated in the male lead category for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer struggling with losing his hearing in Sound Of Metal.Mulligan was recognised for her role as Cassie in Promising Young Woman.The film - the directorial debut by star of The Crown and best director/best screenplay nominee Emerald Fennell - sees Mulligan's character seeking to avenge her best friend's rape.Getty ImagesAhmed is nominated in the same category as the late Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The drama, about a blues singer, is up against First Cow and Minari for...

Biden’s stimulus proposal would boost these tax credits for families

Finance
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware on January 7, 2021, to announce key nominees for the Justice Department.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesPresident-elect Joe Biden's stimulus proposal includes a bevy of tax credits aimed at stabilizing the finances for American families.Biden's pandemic aid plan, which he unveiled Thursday night, calls for an expansion of key tax credits families currently receive to help contend with the cost of raising children.Those proposals are significant for low-income families, which have suffered the most amid the pandemic as the hospitality and retail industries have shed jobs over the course of 2020."In the world of people who care about low-income children, this is really big news," said Elaine Maag, principal resea...
Believe it or not, these figures show every UK adult could get a COVID vaccine by mid-July

Believe it or not, these figures show every UK adult could get a COVID vaccine by mid-July

Technology
For a few hours this week, we were given an insight into the closely-guarded secret at the centre of the UK's vaccination programme.It came courtesy of the Scottish government, which published its vaccination plan on Wednesday. The plan included detailed figures for the number of vaccines that would be supplied to Scotland by the UK each week until the end of May.The UK government objected, saying the publication of the figures would create difficulties for the pharmaceutical companies, and the offending page was quickly removed - but not before some clever internet users were able to save a copy.This is what those numbers showed: ...

People do crazy things with money. Avoiding these blind spots can help prevent future regrets

Finance
AscentXmedia | iStock | Getty ImagesWhen it comes to managing money, most everybody has doubts as to whether they're doing it right.So you may breathe a sigh of relief to know that no one is crazy, according to Morgan Housel, author of the book "The Psychology of Money."That goes for both the person you know who saves every penny to the person who spends like there's no tomorrow."People do all kinds of crazy things with their money," Housel says."There are things that I do with my money and there are things you do with your money that completely make sense to us that might look crazy to someone else," he said.Even two equally smart people can disagree on how to manage their assets and what financial plan is best.The reason comes down to where each person grew up and when, how they were rai...

Avoid these mistakes when divvying up assets in a divorce

Finance
Courtney Keating | E+ | Getty ImagesTalk to anyone who's gone through divorce and they'd likely say the experience was no walk in the park.Yet the notion may be weighing on more spouses during the pandemic, some research shows. For instance, based on Loanry.com's internal data, there's been a 62% increase in loan inquiries related to divorce expenses in the last 12 months, the company said.However, that may not translate into a higher divorce rate in 2020, even if more people are exploring the idea."We all had predicted it, but we're not seeing it yet," said Elizabeth Lindsey, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards"I think some people are waiting to see how long this [pandemic] is going to last," Lindsey said. "There may end up being s...