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Get Fit In The New Year With This Full Portable Home Gym That Is On Sale For Under $130

The new year is here & if you’re looking to get in shape without leaving your house, look no further because this home gym is on sale for under $150!

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Getting to the gym is nearly impossible and if you’re looking to get fit in the new year, have no fear, because the BodyBoss 2.0 – Full Portable Home Gym Workout Package + Resistance Bands is currently 27% off the retail price of $179 so it can be all yours for just $129.99, saving you a whopping $49. The set comes with all of the tools you need to get a great workout in and it doesn’t take up too much space. You have to act fast if you want to snag this amazing price because the deal won’t last forever!

Get the BodyBoss 2.0 – Full Portable Home Gym Workout Package + Resistance Bands here for $129.99.

This portable gym allows you to participate in all different workouts from your upper body to lower body, (which usually requires a ton of equipment), in just one easy to use product. The tool is super lightweight and compact so it’s easy to fold up and store away when you’re done using it. Included in the kit are the Fold Up VectorFit Platform and a set of cloth-covered resistance bands. Attach the bands to the platform and from there you can use the handles, collapsable workout bar, or the wrist/ankle straps, and you can partake in over 300 amazing workouts.

There’s a reason why over 3,900 people swear by this portable gym and it’s because it actually works. One happy customer gushed, “Purchased this over a week ago and love it! I have already completed many workouts using this product. I love the versatility of it. I can work my all my muscle group and adjust resistance to work for my strength. I originally bought it because of the squat bar! I wanted to be able to do squats at home and was looking at squat racks but HATED that they took up so much space not to mention they were pricey. I saw this and the price was right! The grips on the product are comfortable. It comes with many accessories as well. I have bought countless home gym products and I love the fact that I only need this (although if you have an inclined bench you can even do chest exercises)! I would 100% recommend this to anyone looking to work out at home and doesn’t want to spend a fortune or is limited on space.”


Saint-Hyacinthe: a residence under construction ravaged by a fire

A residence under construction was ravaged by a major fire of unknown origin on the night of Monday to Tuesday in Saint-Hyacinthe, in the Montérégie region.

The fire started shortly before midnight in the building under construction located on Gerard-Duprix Street near Casavant Ouest and Laurier Ouest boulevards, in the Douville district.

When the firefighters arrived, there was a widespread conflagration, as a huge plume of smoke and flames was visible from afar.

In front of the scale of the brazier, a second alarm was triggered, mobilizing more than 25 firefighters, said a spokesperson for the City of Saint-Hyacinthe’s Fire Department.

The damage is estimated at around $ 60,000 and the building still in construction is a total loss, it was added.

Firefighters were still on site Tuesday morning looking for evidence that could advance the investigation into the origin of the fire.

“Yes [les pompiers] do not find the cause of the fire, they will notify us, “said a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

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Olivia Jade, Kendall Jenner & More Stars Under 30 Looking Gorgeous In Bikinis

Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and Olivia Jade have also slayed their sexy bikini looks lately! Check out their best swimsuit looks right here.

While it may not be summer, some of our favorite young stars have been rocking their bikinis over the winter break. Kylie Jenner, of course, is the bikini queen — recently slaying in an ultra-sexy cream top as she went for a dip. Olivia Jade Giannulli and Amelia Hamlin rocked their two piece swimsuits as they enjoyed the California sunshine, while Bella Thorne and Dua Lipa looked incredible as they vacationed in Mexico. See their latest bikini photos below, along with pics from Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin!

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner, 25, sizzled in her bikini while vacationing in Mexico! The model got out of Los Angeles in Jan. 2021 with sister Kylie and other friends for some R&R. She absolutely slayed as she sported a super stringy two-piece with a cross-cross design and matching barely-there bottom. Kendall’s toned body was on full display as she showed off her tight abs and golden tan!

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin, 24, is no stranger to a bikini! The Bare Minerals model looked incredible in a classic black two-piece as she lounged with a hair towel on her head. “everything’s better in the Bahamas,” she wrote in her caption. Standing with her hands on her hips, Hailey rocked a pair of Chanel’s black leather loafers ($1,100) and sunglasses. The designer duds didn’t stop there, as a YSL tote reading “Rive Gauce” sat on a couch behind her.

Olivia Jade

Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, caught some rays as she rocked a Kim Kardashian inspired brown bikini! The YouTube star posed outdoors by a swimming pool for the double photo post on Saturday, Jan. 16 and looked absolutely stunning. “swinter ?!?” she joked in her caption (an acronym for spring and winter), along with a smiley face emoji. Olivia looked so much like her mom Lori Loughlin as she wore her long hair down and straight, showing off her curves with the high-cut bottom and triangle top. She accessorized with layered necklaces and bracelets.

Amelia Hamlin

Amelia Gray Hamlin, 19, stunned in hot pink! The DNA clothing designer rocked the floral print two-piece along with a brown cowboy hat the “Allegra Gold Hoop” earrings by Arms of Eve ($100), and sunglasses as she hit the beach with her sister Delilah Belle Hamlin, 22. “plz do not disturb,” she quipped in here caption, adding a cowboy hat emoji. The 19-year-old — who has been romantically linked to Scott Disick, 37 — teased her getaway via Instagram story the same day. “Sistor [sic] weekend,” she wrote, joking in another video that she was “mixing up the vibes” with her look.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner, 23, is undoubtedly a bikini queen! The makeup mogul sported a cream string top as she went for a dip on Dec. 30. Rocking her bright red hair, she also accessorized with a bold pair of matching cream sunglasses for a old Hollywood vibe. “Swimming into 2021,” she wrote in her caption, adding a second post with just a snowflake emoji. “yes amiga,” her BFF Yris Palmer wrote, while assistant Maguire Mundsen added, “bombshell.” She can say that again!

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, 23, recently enjoyed a trip to Tulum, Mexico with her boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo, 27.  The Shake It Up alum donned several sexy bikinis on the trip, including a string green one shared to Instagram on Dec. 29. Showing off her toned abs, she added plenty of extra bling as she wore three diamond watches for the impromptu photoshoot. Later on in the trip, she stunned in a silver sequin bikini as she caught some sun on her private suite deck.

Dua Lipa 

Dua Lipa rocks a thong bikini in Mexico on Jan. 1. (BACKGRID)

Dua Lipa, 25, was also vacationing in Mexico over the holiday break! The “Levitating” singer enjoyed some R&R with boyfriend Anwar Hadid, 21, while at a resort in early January. Dua slayed in a bright neon bikini while sun tanning on Jan. 1, revealing the cheeky thong cut as she got up. At one point, the brunette — who kept her hair in a half pony tail — also puffed away on a cigarette.

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7 Sexy Red Tops Under $40 You Can Wear For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got 7 tops you can wear to feel your sexiest self — and, they’re all under $40! Come shop with us!

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With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, time is winding down to find the perfect top! On February 14, you want to look your best while serving up the right amount of sexy. We found seven brand-name tops in a variety of sultry styles and shades of red that you can shop in time for the holiday. Don’t worry, we didn’t choose tops with heart-shaped patterns or cheesy sayings. Shop these tops to look and feel your best this Valentine’s Day — no matter what you have planned!

You’ve most likely heard about this brand. This SheIn Women’s Sexy One Shoulder Top is ideal for your V-Day festivities — whether you’re planning a galentine’s day or you’re having dinner with a special someone. This deep red top features an asymmetrical neck, cutout shoulder, and split cuff sleeves, which make it formal and sexy at the same time. It has super soft and stretchy material that’s comfortable and perfect for Valentine’s Day. $22,

We’re loving this Windsor Chic Babe Wrap Front Top for a number of reasons! Our top one is its mid-length fit is ideal when you’re trying to dress with parallel lines. This bright red top cuts right above the waist (but isn’t cropped) and doesn’t cover the top of your pants, jeans, etc. It features a flattering wrap front with a sexy plunging neckline, as well as silky, long bishop sleeves with tapered hems. This top has an overall form-fitting feel and a cute tie front detail. $27,

Favorite brand alert! On Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to be dressed in this Express Satin Lace Trim V-Neck Cami. Its sexy red-burgundy color and delicate, black lace neckline will have you feeling flirty and confident all night long. This soft satin tank, that’s also light and breathable, has thin straps and a sultry v-neckline. Style tip: We recommend layering this with a leather jacket, blazer, sweater/cardigan or trench coat. Express elevates your shopping experience with its #ExpressYou social media hashtag, where customers can upload a photo of their look to be featured on the Express website. $39.99,

This Forever21 Ruched Off-the-shoulder Crop Top is one of our sexiest picks for Valentine’s Day — and, it’s super affordable. Its off-the-shoulder neckline, cropped front and waist-cinching ruched detail make it ideal for a night out on the town or V-Day party. This is an independent brand and not a Forever 21 branded item. $13,

It wouldn’t be a sexy Valentine’s day without vegan leather! This Lulu’s Vegas Leather Putt Sleeve Bodysuit is the perfect top to spice up your night. It features soft and comfortable vegan leather that won’t stick to the skin or lock in sweat. Instead, this red-burgundy bodysuit hugs your curves without feeling smothered.  Its sexiest features include a plunging surplice neckline, lightly pleated bodice and short sleeves with puffy shoulders and raw cuffs. Additionally, it has attached stretch knit bottoms with a thong coverage and snap closures. Lulu’s also sells matching vegan leather pants to complete this look! $35,

Another brand we love! This Bar III Mock Neck Bodysuit (Created for Macy’s) is honestly perfect for any occasion — but, it’s especially ideal for Valentine’s Day. It’s soft, stretchy and clings to the body for a super sexy feel. This high-neck bodysuit can be styled in a number of different ways and you can pair it with a blazer, leather jacket, trench coat, or vest. $24,


This New York & Company Choker V-Neck Surplice Top has it all — a sultry (peplum) silhouette, cinched (elastic) waist, flattering lines, quarter sleeves and (our favorite) a choker with an open v-neck. It’s thee Valentine’s Day top that will turn heads wherever you go. Not to mention, it’s on sale right now at a 70% discount! $15,


COVID-19: placentas under the magnifying glass of researchers

Researchers from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) obtained funding of $ 100,000 from the university establishment to carry out a research project that would make it possible to see if it is possible to detect potential pathologies in a patient. newborn by analyzing placentas.

The researchers, Cathy Vaillancourt, Laurent Chatel-Chaix, Jean-Charles Grégoire and Nong Zhu, aim to document and better understand the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women, new parents and infants.

By analyzing placentas, they believe they are able to find clues that identify potential risks of pathologies, from the birth of the child, and be able to intervene in advance and prevent these pathologies as best as possible.

“After birth, we recover the placentas, and we study different aspects of it, including morphology, development and certain genes, including those associated with stress,” says Ms. Vaillancourt, professor at INRS.


She explains that, in the context of the pandemic, several women who are pregnant or who have started pregnancy during this period have been exposed to various stress factors, such as health measures, confinement or, even, the virus.

These stressors can have an impact on the development of the placenta, which can therefore pose risks to the child.

“There are not yet any direct links that are made, but more and more studies show certain types of alterations that are associated with certain problems in children. This is what we want to see, says the professor. The placenta is the mirror of how the pregnancy went. ”

They should be able to share the first results of their work during the current year.

This funding is provided as part of a research support program announced this fall, which aimed to quickly better understand various issues and phenomena related to COVID-19.

Four other projects will also receive funding of $ 100,000, including one that will focus on combination treatments for SARS-CoV-2 and another that will look at the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on lifetimes.

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‘The President threw us under the bus’: Trump’s intel chief blames him for failing to call up Guard

ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHRISTOPHER C. MILLER: Okay, are you guys ready? My statement is just, I made some notes. I went out, you know, met with the General VanHerck today, and his team. Key tasks were, one, kind of get an update on, um, state of homeland defense, two, make sure that we were synced on not just the inauguration threat, because that’s really like…but at this point there’s a machine that’s cranking on that, but just made it…wanted to talk about the rest of the country, you know, and uh, then listened to his team on the stuff that they’re doing. They’re doing some really, really innovative stuff about, you know, competition and how we do things below the threshold of armed conflict, which I think is kind of really, really important. And, uh, it’s kind of the future of the department, even though a lot of people just want to continue doing the same old thing again and again. I think that’s the definition of insanity, isn’t it? Oh, did I say that out loud? Uh, so, and then, one of our key things that we wanted to do when we got here was, recognize transnational threats, counter narcotics, human trafficking, all that stuff, which, for the longest time was like, oh we have a program for this, a program for…It’s all…it’s…you all know at this point it’s international. Fentanyl coming in from China, has a component with human smuggling and all that. And one of the things we wanted to try to do was, kind of…not refocus, but there was a concern that we probably went too far on focusing on INDO-PACOM and China, trying to bring it back a little bit, recognize like, wow, NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, even AFRICOM has some real, significant challenges and also, just to recognize, hey, we probably need to look at these things globally as opposed to, you know, one, one area. So I had a really good conversation about that with him. And that was kind of the intent. Let’s see…I think I covered all my talking points.


Q: So the D.C. Guard, said that on the 12th, they got authorization to be armed in support of the Capitol Police, protect the Capitol, members of Congress. How was that authority passed down? From whom to whom…

ASD MILLER: Right, right, very typical, very standard, typical thing. I felt strongly that, you know, it’s easier to just keep everything at my level and, like, I own it all, but that’s not how we work. And, at least, my upbringing was, you want to get your authorities. I have responsibility for everything, remember, if something goes wrong, I own it. Completely, 110 percent. But the authorities, you want to push down, where the people on the ground that are seeing things happen—when I’m sitting at the Pentagon, or in my plane. So I made that decision to push it down to, uh, Secretary of the Army McCarthy, who’s kind of down there on the ground, so that they could move faster.

Q: Is that the call that you took during the briefing at the Tennessee National Guard?

[Ed. Note: The telephone call the Acting Secretary is referring to took place on Jan. 12, 2021. The call does not reference the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.]

A/SEC. MILLER: I don’t remember.

Q: Gen Fenton had a phone, came up and you were talking, and he said, was that…

A/SEC. MILLER: I think it was.


A/SEC. MILLER: Oh yeah, right, so that was…you know, some people, some of the lawyers were like, oh my gosh, don’t do it, I’m like no, we trust our people, you gotta have them have what they need to move faster. And then, of course, and then my thing is like, you’ve got your left and your right limits. If you’re not comfortable, call me, I’ll give you some guides, but otherwise, get going and move faster. Yeah?

Q: Are you seeking any additional authorities for NORTHCOM for next week?

A/SEC. MILLER: No, they got everything they need. That was one of the conversations that we had. ‘Hey do you need anything?’…We talked through some scenarios, obviously. Yes ma’am?

Q: Um, yeah so I guess…at NORTHCOM, like what were you hoping to see? What…

A/SEC. MILLER: Uh, I needed to look the commander in the eye, because, you know, the president, SecDef, me…I, whatever the correct English is, you guys can clean that up. Should have paid more attention in high school. My wife would be ashamed of me not knowing the proper preposition—and then, uh General VanHerck. So, you know, you just, I said it before, you can have VTCs all day long, you know, but you wanna, like, I wanted to look the guy in the eye and get a sense for his soul and I think he probably needed to do that for me as well. So, you know, that was why I really felt it important to go out and sit down and have a cup of coffee with him, talk about it, small group, think through it, make sure we, kinda, had that mind meld.

Q: What’s the most important thing that you’ve learned about Russian activity beneath the threshold of armed conflict?

A/SEC. MILLER: Russian? I think they’re extremely…uh…I have professional respect for how they do things…I think they’re played a really bad hand of card very, very well. Declining population, single — single source of economic revenue through natural resources. I kind of, you know, like professionally I’m like, wow, they’re doing pretty well, and they’re using a lot of irregular warfare concepts, information, all this stuff, in a way that, you know, like…good on them.


Q: What is the most…the biggest challenge for the Department of Defense to fix, that you’ve learned about?

A/SEC. MILLER: The biggest?

Q: Yeah

A/SEC. MILLER: What do I think? I think it’s changing our mindset that is focused on…everybody says, ‘oh, all we’ve been focusing on is counter violent extremism, and the Chinese stole a march on us’…Historians will figure that one out…I think it’s not accurate. I think the biggest thing is, we have to come out of the mindset of the Cold War. I know we had that period, but big — big units, big high-dollar weapons systems, you know, just this huge enormous complex. I think the key thing we need to do is we need to start paying attention. That’s why it was so cool at NORTHCOM, like, since they don’t get a lot of money, guess where they put their emphasis? What’s between your ears. And the information environment, domain awareness, using commercial stuff, you know, public-private partnership. That’s the future, you know. But still, it’s like no, we need to buy this many more…and those programs, you see them. Trillions of dollars over the course of…I’m like, come on. So I still think we have a hangover on a lot of that…high tech, very expensive weapons systems. And we need to go smaller, swarmy, mass over…quantity over quality, in some cases. That was my thinking.


Q: I wanted to ask you…Joint Strike Fighter?

A/SEC. MILLER: Which one? F-35?

Q: Yep…say nothing of the littoral combat ship. It’s like the list of flawed acquisition programs…seems endless to me. What is your takeaway about these programs and the Pentagon’s acquisition process?

A/SEC. MILLER: I so…I mean, I cannot wait to leave this job, believe me. But part of me is like, I would have loved to have gotten involved in the acquisition process and try…and you know, talk about wicked problem. I wanted to take that one on….F-35s, the case study. Although, I gotta tell you, yesterday we were talking to some guy, some lieutenant colonel, or colonel, said ‘what are you flying?’ Said ‘F-35,’ I was like that’s a piece of…and he was like…and he laughed, and I was like, ‘no seriously, tell me about it,’ and he was…an F-16 guy, F-35, he said…’unbelievable aircraft,’ I’m not…I…that investment, for…that capability, that we’re never supposed to use, ‘well, we have to deter, blah blah bluh blah…Are we fifth generation? You know we…I think it’s hilarious, you know, right now, you know, ‘well we need to invest in the sixth generation,’ I’m like, we have created a monster, but you know that.

Q: Thank you.  

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Elon Musk’s Plan to Dig Car Tunnels Under Miami Is Filled With Holes

One more tunnel should do it.
Photo: Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Last weekend, Elon Musk claimed that he’d had a conversation with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about his Boring Company project, which builds very short, very small tunnels for cars. “Cars & trucks stuck in traffic generate megatons of toxic gases & particulate, but @boringcompany road tunnels under Miami would solve traffic & be an example to the world,” he tweeted. “If Governor & Mayor want this done, we will do it.” This was at 4 a.m. Miami time, but almost immediately, the city’s mayor, Francis Suarez, tweeted his approval: “Count me in,” he said, calling Musk’s plan a “no brainer.”

Now before we write this off as yet another example of Musk’s perpetual grift of making empty promises to city leaders that are amplified by his 42.6 million followers, let’s consider that there might be a reason why Miami doesn’t have a subway. Or why many of its homes are built without basements. Or why the city has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars just to make its streets navigable to cars today — building a pump system to mitigate the flooding Miami now faces even when no storms are on the horizon.

“It’s the sinkhole capital of the United States, let’s start from there,” says Mika McKinnon, a field geophysicist and disaster researcher based in Vancouver. The ground beneath Miami is a highly dissolvable limestone karst that’s filled with cavities and caverns just like the sea floor. “If you want to have a tunnel, you need to pump the water out of the tunnel as you go,” she says. “And when you hit a cave or you puncture a cavity, it changes the pressure. It’s like popping your car into neutral while you’re on the highway.” There are tunnels in Miami, but they’re astronomically expensive — the Port of Miami built less than a mile of tunnel below a shallow channel for about $1 billion — and cheaper tunneling is the thrust of Musk’s endeavor (although whether or not the Boring Company has truly been able to cut tunneling costs is still up for debate). But the biggest issue is introducing the risk of collapse to what lies above. “I’d be asking them what their legal liability plan is,” says McKinnon. “Because part of the issue with the changing of the water table is that it won’t be a direct cause and effect  — 30 blocks away is what is going to sink. This is not a feasible project without sinkholes, so what will they do when they get sued?” It’s quite possible Musk has convinced DeSantis that he’s thought of all that. Or maybe he’s making the whole conversation up; remember when he claimed to have “verbal approval” for a hyperloop tunnel from New York City to D.C.?

Part of the motivation behind Suarez’s sycophancy may be that he’s trying to reinvent Miami as a tech utopia by wooing remote-working founders newly untethered from corporate campuses. Musk’s arrival would be yet another selling tool to lure startups away from Silicon Valley. But a strategy to inundate the city with more residents at this particular moment also comes with grave concerns, notes McKinnon. “Miami is arguably one of the most vulnerable cities for sea-level rise,” she says. “It’s a lost city. It’s a zombie city. Buying coastal property in Miami is like throwing your money into the ocean.” By 2100 it’s estimated that a large portion of Miami-Dade County will be rendered uninhabitable by up to five feet of rising ocean. Nearly one million residents are likely to be displaced.

But let’s pretend, for a minute, that Musk, who claims to want to address the problem of climate change, does understand the basic science behind it. Now he’s peddling false hopes for stopping climate change to a city that’s already suffering the very worst consequences of this future? It’s the transportation equivalent of building luxury towers high above the threat of sea-level rise while leaving the rest of the population to drown. Which is exactly what Miami is doing as well.

There may finally be a light at the end of this tunnel. The Boring Company’s rise was directly enabled by the Trump administration, particularly when Musk got his tunnels name-checked as one of the “transformative” — read: speculative bullshit — projects that would get $20 billion in federal funding in the announcements for a never-realized infrastructure plan. This was followed by former Transportation secretary Elaine Chao’s very targeted loosening of regulations around those so-called emerging technologies “such as potential advances in tunneling technology and hyperloop.” Joe Biden’s incoming Transportation administration (hi, soon-to-be-confirmed Secretary Pete!) should train a close eye on how Musk is using his power — and, recently, significant profits — to make what are already very serious problems for cities even worse.

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Act Fast Because The Famous Amazon Jacket With Over 14k Reviews Is Currently On Sale For Under $100

Just in time for winter, the famous Amazon coat is currently on sale for under $100 & you can shop it right here!

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If you’re looking for the perfect new winter coat but don’t want to break the bank, look no further than the Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket. This jacket has become famous in the past two years and was even knows as the “Upper East Side Moms Coat.” The down coat took the world by storm because it’s extremely cozy, stylish, and affordable. Luckily, the jacket is currently 65% off the retail price of $246.99, so it can be all yours for just $86.39, saving you a whopping $160.60 – how amazing is that!?

Get the Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket here for just $86.39.

The jacket comes in 13 different colors and two different styles – with or without a faux fur hood. It;s made from 100% Polyester and it has an oversized fit that’s extremely cozy. The jacket is stuffed with 90% duck down and 10% duck feather, plus, the hood is lined with soft sherpa. The coat has six pockets – two secret breast pockets, two massive zippered pockets on the front, and two pockets behind the large zippered compartments to keep your hands warm and to store more essentials. The sides have zippers that go all the way up to the arms to make the coat more breathable and make it fit looser.

There’s a reason why over 14,900 people gave this coat positive reviews and it’s because people absolutely love it. One happy customer gushed, “SO WARM. So stylish! I am so in love with this coat. It seems very well put together and heavy and sturdy. I am usually a size L/XL in everything and the large fits perfectly with the zippers up on the sides. It gets a bit narrow around the hips but it’s adjustable so it’s fine! Absolutely love this coat.”

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Under what circumstances will the IRS mail you a second stimulus check even though you asked for direct deposit payment? | The State

The IRS began distributing the second coronavirus stimulus check last December.

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Some beneficiaries of the second stimulus check of $ 600 approved last month in the United States Congress They have complained that despite having requested that the payment be deposited to their bank account, it was or would be sent by post.

He Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explained that there are at least two reasons why the stimulus check that you were expecting by direct deposit was sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The first cause would be that your payment was already in process when the bank information was entered into the IRS system. A second cause that would explain the arrival of the paper check is that the bank rejected the deposit either because the bank information it provided to the agency appears invalid or the account is closed.

If you are eligible, you do not receive the second check or both, you can request the funds by filing this year in the form of a “Recovery Refund Credit”.

Should the IRS Online Tool “Get My Payment” specify that the payment was sent, but you never receive it, you must then choose a “fingerprint” or “payment trace”.

“Get My Payment” or “Get My Payment” It is a free service from the IRS through which you can verify the status of your “Economic Impact Payment”, if it has already been sent and by what means.

Given the possibility that under the new Joe Biden Administration a third stimulus check for $ 1,400 dollars is approved from the federal Congress as announced by the president, the authorities recommended requesting in the tax refund that the refund be deposited to a bank account. In this way, the chances that the stimulus check will arrive faster electronically are greater.



Vietnam: Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, a unique ecosystem under threat

Nestled in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle, Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, open to visitors for eight years, is a model of ecotourism, but this unique ecosystem is threatened by tourism projects.

This underground maze, dug and eroded for millions of years, rises in places to 200 meters high: it could contain a block of New York buildings with 40-story skyscrapers.

Inside, a tunnel more than five kilometers long, a 90-meter-high calcite barrier – the “Great Wall of Vietnam”, gigantic stalagmites and stalactites …

In 1991, Ho Khanh, a local forager, accidentally discovered the entrance to the cave, hidden in the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

He tries to return, but is unable to find the hole, hidden in thick jungle, and the site lapses into oblivion for nearly 20 years.

In 2009, Khanh and a team of British researchers spotted the entrance again and the cave was finally listed. Four years later, a part is open to tourists.

” Protect ”

Since then, only a travel agency, Oxalis, has been authorized to show it around, a good way to limit the number of visitors.

The objective: not to repeat the same mistakes as in some emblematic places of the country, such as Ha Long Bay or the beaches of Nha Trang, threatened by mass tourism before the coronavirus pandemic.

Only a few hundred visitors enter Son Doong each year.

The precious sesame comes at a price: between 50 euros per visit and 2,500 euros for four days of exploration.

I told the young people who show the cave that “their first duty is to protect the environment so that the exploitation (of the site) also benefits our children”, reports to AFP Ho Khanh, now elderly. 52 years old.

The economic spinoffs mainly benefit the local population, a boon in this remote and particularly poor central region of the country.

In the past, young people would enter the national park to illegally chop the precious agarwood, used in making incense. Others hunted endangered species of civets and porcupines.

“We were always under threat from the rangers (and) we were not doing anything good for nature,” said Ho Minh Phuc, a former woodcutter who became a porter for the groups authorized to explore the cave.

Guides, porters, owners of small accommodation for tourists: some 500 locals live today thanks to Son Doong and the other gigantic cavities in the national park.

Cable car

But threats to the site remain great, as UNESCO points out in a 2019 report.

A cable car project to Son Doong has been abandoned, but another to get to a cave 3.5 kilometers away is still under consideration.

This will cause “a radical change in the nature of the tourist offers on offer (…) and will certainly have irreversible impacts on the largely virgin environment” of the site, warns UNESCO.

Experts are equally worried.

The pandemic is hitting tourism in Vietnam hard: the number of foreign visitors fell by nearly 80% in 2020 compared to 2019, when the country welcomed 18 million foreign visitors, a record.

The economic stakes are such that, as soon as the health crisis ends, Vietnam could give in to the sirens of the promoters and develop infrastructures around the cavities of the park, warn the experts.

The authorities have put in place “very good protection policies, but often they ignore them” and do not take them into account in reality, notes Peter Burns, a consultant who worked on a sustainable tourism project in Vietnam.

For wearer Phuc, it is crucial that the post-pandemic does not drag Son Doong into mass tourism.

“That would be terrible,” this natural wonder will shrivel up in a few years and our livelihood will disappear, he warns.