Kerry King on what the Universe has in store for you according to the cards

EVERY Sunday, our new resident Tarotscope reader Kerry King will be revealing what surprises, challenges and excitement awaits you in the week ahead. Kerry has been practising tarot readings for the last 20 years, starting from reading for friends to amassing an international client list. Using her strong intuition and deep knowledge and understanding of the horoscope, she is able to provide accurate and encouraging predictions for the coming days.Aries - You’re getting in your own way Your cards: Four of Swords, The Chariot, Eight of Swords The Four of Swords asks you to take a ‘time out’, even if just mentally, from a situation that has been stressful and draining. Thrashing away at it will not get you any further any faster right now. The wheels are spinning but the momentum has stalled, so take a step back… The Chariot promises that you will progress, in a bigger and better way, but not not if you carry on like this. Eight of Swords asks for a new approach, a new insight which will help you to see how this situation can be moved on and resolved. You’re likely to have projected an internal anxiety or limiting self-belief outwards, turning it into a tangible external barrier. In truth, this barrier is of your own making meaning you have the power to knock it down. Flat. Take a break, go think about something else, let your subconscious bring you the answer and show you the barrier that you alone can dismantle. Taurus - News is coming! Your cards: Six of Swords, Knight of Coins, Knight of Swords You’re in the process, as shown by the Six of Swords, of moving on from something. Leaving it behind is necessary, you’re well ready, and the actual process of doing so will prove healing - more so than you currently believe. As soon as this place / person / activity moves into the rear-view mirror, expect life to kick into action in a big way! The Knights of Coins and Swords combine to bring in a surge of new Continue Reading

‘Fifty years after we fought for equal pay, it’s really sad that we’re still talking about it’

When Gemma Arterton swept down the red carpet at the BAFTAs last month, she was accompanied by two very special guests. Both were dressed elegantly in black, to support the Time’s Up movement. But unlike many of the other celebrities under the spotlight, neither had splashed out on a new frock. “We wanted to wear black, because that’s the colour of protest,” says Gwen Davis. “But I didn’t buy something new. I’m 85, about to have a second knee replacement – I think this will be my last red carpet event!” Davis and her friend Eileen Pullen were invited by Arterton because in this year of historic milestones for women, they have been at the centre of some of them. Not only is it 100 years since some women got the vote, but it’s 50 years since the pair and 185 other machinists at the Ford plant in Dagenham went on strike – a precursor to the 1970 Equal Pay Act. In 2015, Davies and Pullen were also key supporters for another campaign – which resulted in new legislation which now means all companies with more than 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap, by the end of the month. Already, many are anticipating some shocking results which will re-ignite even more conversations about pay parity between men and women. It is a depressing state of affairs for Gwen and Eileen that half a century since they first raised the issue, it is a conversation we are still having to have today. ‘I’m really sad we’re here again,” says Eileen Pullen. “We were the ringleaders and started the equal pay thing off, but it’s bad it's still going on” Davis says: “Women still don’t have it easy, so you have to keep fighting.” Equal pay and women’s rights have been entwined for more than a hundred years. Those fighting in the early part of the century were not only concerned with suffrage but also equal pay and property rights. Women became an Continue Reading

Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey steals the show on night dominated by women’s voices

Golden Globes 2018: Full list of film and TV winners and nominees Golden Globes 2018: Best dressed from the red carpet Gary Oldman wins first Golden Globe for portrayal of Winston Churchill Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Cecil B DeMille speech - in full ​ Seth Meyers pulls no punches with jokes about Harvey Weinstein Gary Oldman on his Golden Globe winning role in Darkest Hour The most gorgeous Golden Globes dresses of all time Gary Oldman confirmed his position as Oscar frontrunner by collecting the best actor award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill but the 2018 Golden Globes awards will be remembered for the way women dominated the ceremony, both protesting at injustices in the movie industry and scooping a string of major prizes. Films and TV shows with strong female leads such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies captured much of the attention. Women also used the night to demand justice in an industry reeling from the fall-out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. No-one spoke more powerfully than Oprah Winfrey, who became the first black woman to win the Cecil B DeMille award for her contribution to the world of entertainment.  She brought the audience to an ovation by describing the story of a black woman raped in the old South by six white men and who never received justice. "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men," she said.  "But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up."  Oldman was one of the few British successes on the night, along with Ewan McGregor who won for his role in the TV drama Fargo. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, about an enraged woman seeking vengeance for her murdered daughter in a small town, won the Golden Globe award for best drama film, completing an impressive night with four awards. Its star Frances McDormand, supporting actor Continue Reading

Can Washington control high-tech lending?

LendUp, an online startup based in San Francisco, launched in late 2012 with a whole new model for a financial business. Pitching itself as something between a short-term lender and a credit-improvement service for people with bad or no credit history, it offered small-dollar loans on the promise that borrowers could improve their credit scores by paying them back on time and taking online financial education courses. Compliant borrowers would get progressively better terms on their loans, and eventually become eligible for LendUp to send their credit information and payment history to credit agencies.At least, that’s how it was supposed to work. On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau required LendUp’s parent company, Flurish, to pay $3.63 million, arguing that, among other infractions, LendUp collected data as borrowers repaid their loans but never delivered that information to agencies until February, 2014. California’s Department of Business Oversight order the company to pay an additional $2.79 million in a separate but concurrent settlement.The CFPB’s enforcement action was its first against a new breed of lenders, known as financial technology lending startups, that are eager to blow up the stodgy old banking business, forging quick and easy connections with customers, and in the process re-imagining what the financial sector could look like. Consumers are flocking to lenders that promise quick mortgages over an iPhone; banks, intrigued, are looking at technology themselves, and in some cases partnering with the new firms to help them find clients.As LendUp suggests, this fast-growing industry offers some intriguing new promises—and also poses totally new risks. Mingling credit improvement with small lending is a novel idea that really could work, and provides a service that under-served borrowers don’t get from either their local banks or predatory “payday lenders.” But it also opens the door for Continue Reading

With Women’s March coming this weekend, we asked: What’s the biggest issue in 2018?

A year after thousands of women marched on Washington, D.C., to protest the start of Donald Trump's presidency, organizers of anniversary marches this weekend in Las Vegas, Milwaukee and other cities are focusing on voter registration and mobilization in advance of the 2018 midterm elections.We asked eight women from varying backgrounds to address this question: What is the biggest concern for women in 2018 and what should be done about it?Here's what they said:It's good we're in charge of this By Katie MullenYou’ll probably get this answer from other people, too: How do we channel the momentum of the #MeToo movement — of women finally being heard — into genuine, systemic change?I started trying to write some smart-sounding answers to my own question and ended up typing “I DON’T F---ING KNOW” over and over because it’s more honest. I’ve got some ideas on where to start, but no simple solutions. MORE: Organizer pushes for change with rallies in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire MORE: Power to the Polls: When and where is the women's march in 2018? GET INVOLVED: Join the Solutions for Wisconsin Group  “Now what?” is a good, reasonable question lots of people are asking. Still, something about rushing to try to find answers hasn’t been sitting right with me. I’ve been asked that question constantly since the fall, to the point where I almost get hostile about it now. I keep telling myself that’s not a productive response. But it’s reality.I’m still working through my own experiences and taking in other people’s. And I don’t want to rush past it just because it’s tough. The truth-telling/listening phase of conflict resolution is important. Especially when we’re talking about a problem that’s been around since the beginning of time.Americans love quick fixes. I do, too, sometimes. Too bad the Continue Reading

Welcome to the unique world of the BBC, where staff aren’t fired for ripping their bosses to shreds on TV

Jake Kanter, provided by Published 1:05 am, Sunday, February 4, 2018 Channel 4 News Imagine brutally calling out your bosses for not paying you fairly and still keeping your job. That's exactly what happened to BBC journalist Carrie Gracie, who is fighting to bridge the gender pay gap at the British broadcaster. It was an extraordinary week for the BBC, with women backing Gracie and journalists interviewing their bosses on television. It's the BBC's worst crisis in years, but the broadcaster remains a brilliant platform for free speech — even if it inflicts self-harm. Now imagine walking away from these outbursts knowing that you're not going to be fired anytime soon. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Report: Whole Foods New Inventory System Is Making Workers Cry Buzz 60 Report: Whole Foods New Inventory System Is Making Workers Cry Veuer American Airlines CEO Shares Thoughts About Recent Troubles Fortune Google Is Hiring Thousands for Data Center Locations Wibbitz These Self-Parking Slippers Roll Back Into Place After You Kick Them Off Ruptly TV Trader: Dow 665-Point Swing "Normal Behavior" Associated Press FOX Business Beat: Super Bowl spending; paychecks increase Fox5DC Roy Orbison to go back on tour... in hologram form Euronews Investors get slice of Apple's pie Euronews This Airline Is Offering Free Airfare For Poetry Written On Airsickness Bags Buzz 60 The notion is ridiculous, isn't it? Almost no employer would stomach this kind of public lashing from a member of staff without retaliating with an axe. But the scenario above is not imagined. It happened this week at the BBC and shows why the broadcaster is not just any employer. BBC journalist Carrie Gracie threw a thunderbolt at her managers last month by publishing a letter about her efforts to secure pay parity with her male peers. She accused Britain's biggest broadcaster of running a "secretive and illegal pay culture." The Continue Reading

Michelle Williams got paid way less than her male co-star; it’s a sad Hollywood tradition

When Michelle Williams attended Sunday's Golden Globes with Tarana Burke, the activist behind "Me Too," the actress adeptly turned the focus of red carpet interviews back on the message she and other celebrity-activists pairs wanted to bolster: It's finally time to end sexual harassment and assault in all industries.It was a resonant statement for Williams, who was up for a best actress Golden Globe for "All the Money in the World," which she had initially filmed with Kevin Spacey. After allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey came to light, director Ridley Scott replaced the embattled actor with Christopher Plummer, and got the cast back together again to reshoot pivotal scenes.But it turns out Williams, billed as the lead actress, got paid way less for reshoots than a supporting actor: Mark Wahlberg. As The Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik reported in November, Wahlberg got paid millions for about 10 days of work. Williams and others earned a fraction of that.Then on Tuesday, USA Today reported some exact figures: Williams earned $80 per diem, adding up to less than $1,000, and less than one percent of the $1.5 million Wahlberg earned. According to the outlet, Wahlberg's team negotiated the reshoot fee. Reps for the movie studio, the actors and their shared agency did not comment to the outlet, nor did they months ago to The Post.Scott had previously told USA Today that the actors did the reshoots "for nothing," and that he also didn't get paid. Williams had also previously said she offered to be "wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort."The details over the pay-gap generated plenty of outrage, including among celebrities. "She has been in the industry for 20 (years)," Jessica Chastain tweeted. "She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary.""This is so messed up that it is almost hard Continue Reading

Debunking myths behind wage gap on Equal Pay Day

For all the naysayers, the people who are convinced that the gender pay gap is a myth, there’s Kerri Sleeman to bust those notions.Factors that may affect a woman's salary — such as education, career choice, hours worked, failing to negotiate starting salary and raises, taking time off during the childbearing years  — don’t apply to Sleeman, 44, of Houghton, Mich.She has a bachelor’s of science in engineering and chose a male-dominated, higher-paying career field, mechanical engineering. She tried to negotiate her starting salary but her employer refused. She didn’t have children, and she worked 50 hours a week. Yet she discovered after her company went bankrupt that she was paid thousands less than the men she supervised, most of whom were right out of college with less experience.On this day, Equal Pay Day, a date symbolic of the amount of time it takes women's pay to catch up with men's from the year before, Sleeman wants people to hear her story, and to know it’s real. She wants people to understand that it’s not acceptable that, decades after the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy, women are still not paid the same as men in this country.“It’s good to keep these stories on the forefront because it’s so easy to say that it doesn’t happen, or that it happens to uneducated women, or it happens only to the highly educated women, or whatever it is to make that excuse,” Sleeman said. “But it happens at all levels, to all women, in all types of jobs.”Nationally, full-time, year-round female workers are paid 79 cents for every dollar full-time, year-round male employees are paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Current Population Survey of workers ages 15 and older. In Michigan, the gap is larger: Women are paid 75 cents for every dollar men are paid, according to the Continue Reading