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Meghan and Harry to ‘appear in TV adverts’ after signing ‘profit-making’ deal with bank

Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, have joined fintech company Ethic, which invests in the environmental, social, and governance-focused (ESG) sector, marking yet another major corporate partnership for the couple. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a flurry of corporate deals in a bid to make a living for themselves outside the Royal Family following a split announced last year. Sunrise royal correspondent Peter Ford has since suggested the couple could appear in TV adverts in their new roles.

He said: “They’ve got a new deal and they have joined with Ethic banking.

“This is a wealth asset management group and they are all about investing the money from the bank into good projects.

“It’s a lovely thing and fits in with what they want to do. They’ve put their own money into it.

“But let’s be very clear about this, Ethic investing is not a charity. It’s a profit-making organisation.

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“Harry and Meghan are not doing this out of the kindness of their hearts, they are paid ambassadors and sponsors.

“We are yet to see what that involves. It will be much more than putting out this statement.

“Are they going to appear in TV commercials or print ads? There will have to be more to it.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic, with Meghan describing investing as a “luxury” that “sounds so fancy”.

The pair signed major deals with Netflix and Spotify, thought to be worth in excess of £100 million, after quitting as senior working royals and moving to the US in a quest for personal freedom and to earn their own money.

The company confirmed that Harry and Meghan had become investors in Ethic, and also have investments managed by Ethic as well.

The firm screens businesses and sectors based on social responsibility criteria, including racial justice, climate, and work issues.

The Sussexes hope their involvement will encourage young people to be conscious of the sustainability of their own investments.

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Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl to feature new book during signing, meet and greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub

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August 13, 2021 – 5:30pm

CARSON CITY — Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl and publisher iUniverse have announced the release of her new book, The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself.

Dahl, who has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and was a classroom teacher for 15 years, wanted to produce a book for adults based on the same principles that she’d successfully taught in her signature Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program for teens, YOUTH Positive, which was implemented in a number of schools in Nevada and California. 

“The skills and concepts that we use to cultivate and build emotional resilience are universal,” she notes. “As parents saw how much YOUTH Positive helped their kids, they wanted to learn more about the concepts for themselves. I realized there was an intense thirst for this information, and that I could expand upon it for an adult audience.”

The author drew upon her rich educational background and her passion for lifelong learning to write the book. Dahl holds a certificate of Applied Positive Psychology from the WholeBeing Institute; she’s a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance; and she’s an instructor of yoga and meditation as well. Dahl is the co-founder Mindful SEAD, a nonprofit organization established to support educators in teaching mindful social and emotional learning. She has also taught graduate level courses for Sierra Nevada University on social, emotional, and academic development.

Book reading, meet and Greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub
Please join Molly for a book reading and meet and greet signing at Adams Hub, 111 W Proctor St in Carson City, on Friday, August 13 at 5:30 in the evening. Please contact Molly mdahl@mindfulsead.org or Kassandra info@adamshub.org for more information.Please come out and support a local author. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art of Emotional Resilience is available from Amazon as well as by request from most public libraries.

About Molly
Molly Dahl, M.Ed., is author of The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself (2021) and Youth Positive, Exploring the Unique Genius of Every 21st Century Adolescent, (2015). The 3-book YOUTH Positive series includes a workbook for grades 5-8, a book/journal combination for grades 9-12, and a Teacher’s Guide for easy implementation in an education setting.

Author, speaker, coach, and positive education specialist, Molly offers workshops trainings, and presentation around the county and internationally. She taught the first Social, Emotional, Academic Development (SEAD) certification course through Sierra Nevada University. Molly is co-founder of Mindful SEAD, a non-profit education organization that offers teacher education on Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning and Intelligence. She is a certified teacher of yoga, meditation, and Cultivating Emotional Balance. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from The Wholebeing Institute.

You can find Molly at www.mollydahl.us.

Azerbaijan, Brazil close to signing agreements in education, agriculture sectors – ambassador

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 6

By Jeila Aliyeva – Trend:

Azerbaijan and Brazil are close to signing agreements on education and agriculture, Ambassador of Brazil to Azerbaijan Manuel Adalberto Carlos Montenegro Lopes da Cruz told Trend.

“We have such enormous talent in advanced technology in Brazil, which makes all sense for Azerbaijan. Our solutions are usually not expensive, so now we’re very competitive on the world’s stage, with no need for subsidies because we learned how to make it happen,” added the ambassador.

The ambassador noted that the other possible cooperation between Azerbaijan and Brazil, is course scientific exchanges.

“Our impact of publications [impact factor – how many times a research paper gets referenced by other researchers] individually, is, let’s say around 1 percent, but when we do joint publications with Azerbaijan, it goes up to 3.8 percent. From this point of view this is very good partnership,” added the ambassador.



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Ed Woodward ‘heavily involved’ in Man Utd signing Jadon Sancho as chief seals parting gift

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to entice Sanchi to Manchester last summer, Dortmund did the classy thing and struck a gentleman’s agreement with the player, stating he could leave this time around for the right price.

After several rejected bids, that price turned out to be £72.6million, potentially rising to £78m with add-ons.

Sancho will certainly bring something different to United’s attacking contingent, providing a throwback to the days where Reds wingers were assist-first, score later.

It will, however, bring uncertainty for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Daniel James who could all see their minutes tumble as a result.

Author: Charlie Gordon
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport

Manchester City 'close to signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa' as fee details emerge

Manchester City are on the verge of snapping up Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for ‘around £100million’, reports say. The playmaker is currently on international duty with England at Euro 2020. And he looks set to become Pep Guardiola’s first signing of the summer transfer window.

Manchester City won the Premier League title last term, with Guardiola’s side cruising to the prize and finishing way ahead of rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

But, after losing the Champions League final to Thomas Tuchel’s side, they’re now keen to bolster their ranks.

And talkSPORT have claimed City are on the verge of signing Grealish ‘for around £100million’ as they look to defend their title and conquer Europe next time out.

The playmaker flourished for Dean Smith’s side last term, scoring six goals and registering 10 assists in the Premier League.

And with City seeing Raheem Sterling experience a difficult campaign, they’re now going after Grealish with everything they’ve got.

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Tottenham want £150million for their prized asset and, presently, City aren’t prepared to go that high.

Spurs have made it clear it’ll take a record fee to let Kane go and they believe the England international is crucial to their plans going forward.

City have also been linked with Pau Torres.

But whether they challenge United for the signing of the Spain international, who is also at Euro 2020, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Grealish has opened up on playing for England at Euro 2020, insisting he just wants to enjoy himself.

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“There is nothing to say I can’t perform at this level,” Grealish said.

“You all know how much confidence I have in myself to be able to perform and I felt I did that with my assist. I felt I could have still created a few more chances but we got the win and that was the main thing.

“I felt fine out there fitness-wise. It was a good team performance from the boys against a team that hadn’t lost in their two games in the tournament.

“I don’t think it’s pressure at all, I love playing football and that is what I am paid and what I was born to do.

“I just love playing football every day of my life and when I go out there, there is no pressure on me whatsoever. I just enjoy myself like I always do. I felt in the second half I still could have got on the ball a little bit more and tried to dictate the game a bit more from an England point of view.”

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Tyson Fury delivers message to Deontay Wilder after signing contract for trilogy fight

Tyson Fury will now face Deontay Wilder in a WBC heavyweight title trilogy fight after “The Gypsy King” signed a contract to face “The Bronze Bomber” for a third time.

Footage of Fury signing the fight contract was shown live during the ESPN+ broadcast of the Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor title fight in the States, as the WBC champion upheld his side of the agreement after an arbitration court ruled that Wilder was contractually due a trilogy fight following Fury’s seventh-round TKO victory in February 2020.

The pair fought to a controversial split draw when they first met in December 2018, as Fury got up off the canvas late on to take the fight the distance after appearing to outbox knockout artist Wilder for much of the contest.

That fight demanded a rematch, and the pair met for the second time in 2020, where Fury dominated the bout before eventually stopping the American to capture the WBC heavyweight title.

With Fury holding the WBC belt and fellow Brit Anthony Joshua holding the remaining heavyweight titles, the clamour for a unification bout began immediately, with the pair eventually signing a two-fight deal to face each other.

But, hot on the heels of the announcement that Fury and Joshua would meet in a titanic unification bout in Saudi Arabia on August 14, news emerged that an arbitration court had ruled that Wilder’s claim for a trilogy fight should be upheld.

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Fury then asked his entourage, “Are you sure now? Or shall we hijack our way out of here and go to Saudi Arabia and fight somebody else?

“I will sign here, as a man.”

After putting pen to paper, Fury then turned to the camera and delivered a message direct to Wilder as he vowed to finish him once again. 

“Wilder! Contract’s signed. You’re getting smashed!” he said. 

“When I say smashed I mean smash, smash, smash! Bang! 

“You’ll get knocked out! End of! One round! You’re going. 

“I’ve got your soul, your mojo, everything. I own you! Super smashed!”

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Lando Norris sends F1 title warning to Lewis Hamilton after signing new McLaren contract

Lando Norris has sent a title warning to Lewis Hamilton, after signing a new contract with McLaren. The 21-year-old tweeted: “[I’m] so excited to tell you that I’m staying with McLaren. My goal is to win races and world championships and, over the last three years, McLaren have shown me that they’re able to build a car for me to do that in. Let’s continue what we started.”

The team said the new deal “cements the McLaren driver line-up for the coming years”, with Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo already signed to a long-term contract.

Norris made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2019 and has scored two podium finishes since then. He was previously part of the team’s junior driver programme.

“Having been with the team for almost five years, I feel very much part of the family here and I couldn’t imagine starting the next phase of my career anywhere else,” Norris added.

“McLaren has been a huge support since my days in junior series and I’ve really enjoyed learning and developing as a driver since.

“My commitment to McLaren is clear: my goal is to win races and become Formula 1 World Champion and I want to do that with this team.

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“Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.

“I want to say thank you to Zak and Andreas for the belief they’ve shown in me since the beginning, and to the whole team for giving me such a strong environment to continue my career in.

“We’ve already had some incredible moments together which I’ll never forget – two podiums and securing P3 in the championship.

“Together with Daniel and the rest of the team I’m looking forward to pushing for even more success in the years to come.”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown described Norris as “one of the brightest talents on the F1 grid”.
“I’m delighted with the extension of our agreement with Lando for 2022 and beyond,” he said.

“He’s been instrumental in our return of form here at McLaren and we’re proud of the growth he’s shown since he first started with us back in 2017.

“Lando is one of the brightest talents on the Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.”

Team principal Andreas Seidl added: “Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward. Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see.

“He’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year, has shown he’s a formidable competitor on track.

“Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey for both Lando and the team.

“In Lando and Daniel we have a hugely talented and exciting driver line-up, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter for McLaren from 2022 onwards.”

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Man Utd 'to make £40m Raphael Varane transfer bid' as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands signing

Manchester United are preparing to make a £40million bid to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports. United are intent on signing a top-class central defender this summer and have now decided Varane is the best option available to them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were always going to be on the lookout for a centre-back when the summer transfer market opens on June 9.

But Thursday’s 4-2 defeat by Liverpool at Old Trafford has underlined the team’s weakness in central defence.

Solskjaer was forced to field Victor Lindelof alongside Eric Bailly, with captain Harry Maguire out injured after picking up an ankle injury in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The hosts were shaky at the back, with Roberto Fimino scoring twice and further strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah securing Liverpool’s first win at Old Trafford for seven years.

United have been linked with Varane on several occasions and narrowly missed out on signing him from Lens in 2011, with the Frenchman joining Real instead.

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However, Varane is about to enter the final year of his Los Blancos contract, giving United confidence they can finally land their man.

According to the Mirror, the club have now settled on Varane as their number one target to partner Maguire next season and are readying a £40m bid.

It is claimed that Solskjaer has personally told United chiefs that he wants the defender signed in the summer.

The World Cup winner with France in 2018 has enjoyed a trophy-laden decade with Real but has reportedly told the club that he wants a new challenge.

The 27-year-old has made 40 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, helping Real reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and sit second in La Liga, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with two games left.

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The Manchester Evening News have previously reported that the Spanish giants offered Varane the club captaincy in a bid to hold on to him.

But with Real’s debt at £775m (€901m), with a net debt of £305m (€355m), the contract on the table is not in line with the club’s highest earners.

Real president Florentino Perez recently admitted to El Larguero that ‘some players will have to be sold’ and ‘if someone does not want to be [at Real Madrid], then they leave’.

While Varane has now emerged as their top target, United have been linked to other defenders in recent weeks.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Cristian Romero, who is currently on loan at Atalanta from Juventus, have all been linked with moves.

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Moonpig launches new group card signing service

Author: Emily Downes
This post originally appeared on Breaking UK news and exclusives | The Sun

IF you get sweaty palms at the thought of signing a group card, new guidance has been released to help those suffering from anxiety-led writers’ block.

A new study of 2,000 adults found more than half (52 per cent) feel anxious when it comes to signing a card with friends or colleagues.

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More than half of us feel anxious signing off a greetings cardCredit: Getty

A third (32 per cent) don’t want to write anything cliched and 53 per cent feel under pressure to write something funny.

Now, Moonpig, which recently launched a Group Card service to allow 20 people to sign a single card online, has enlisted etiquette authority William Hanson to unveil a humorous new video campaign and advice about how to get over those nerves and stand out on the page for all the right reasons.

Hanson’s tips should help the nation, as an average of three minutes and 52 seconds is spent considering what to write in a group card.

Sarah-Jane Porter, head of cards at Moonpig, said: “While millions of us are eager to be back at work and sharing a slice of cake for an office birthday, we wanted to make sure that those who are still set to be apart for some time, don’t miss out on the little moments that can make our day.

WILLIAM’S TOP 10 ETIQUETTE TIPS

Write from the heart – keep it real

Sometimes, it’s easier to just pick up a pen and write whatever comes naturally. This is the best way to ensure a delicate balance between being overly gushy and sterile. If a colleague is leaving and you’re going to miss them, tell them that. But never write anything that isn’t true.

Keep it universal

What may be found funny or acceptable within your friendship circle may lead to some awkward explaining when Great Aunt Ethel is shown the card at the weekend. Whatever you write – or draw – please bear in mind that we need it to be suitable for all ages.

Draft it first

This one is critical – type or scribble your message first before tattooing it on the group card. Check spellings, legibility and tone before your go anywhere near the real thing.

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Do not feel the pressure to contribute to the group greeting card like you’re writing a holiday fiction bestseller. It’s a card. There really is only so much you can do or say in it.

Don’t be greedy

Good manners are about other people, which is vital when it comes to marking your territory on the card. Hopefully, the group card organiser will give you a steer on how many more people are left to sign so you can make sure your signature and message don’t ‘double park’.

Check what you are signing

Never sign the group card when you are distracted. You don’t want to write  ‘congratulations’ when someone’s been made redundant. If in doubt, ask the card organiser what the card’s purpose or background is and sign it when you have a moment to focus.

Is this actually funny to others?

Humour is so subjective and harder to get right in writing. Think twice, if not three times, about whether what’s in your head is funny to others. Ask around if you aren’t sure.

Treat others how you wish to be treated

A good rule is to think about how you wish to be treated when you sign, when it’s your milestone birthday or when you go on maternity leave. Project your own (reasonable) desires on others, and hopefully, it will work out in the end.

Pointing out typos is okay

By all means, have a scan over everyone else’s messages to get inspiration. However, if you spot a spelling mistake or faux pas, don’t tell the person who wrote it – tell the card’s organiser. They can decide whether it’s a significant enough error to start again or let it slide.

You don’t have to sign it if you don’t want to

Of course, there is a chance that a group card comes around for someone you don’t know – maybe even who you actively avoid speaking to in the office due to office politics. If you get offered the chance to sign the card but would rather not, a polite ‘I’m fine, thank you’ is all that’s needed to the card’s organiser. They should ask no further questions.

“This is why we’ve launched this new service to keep the celebrations going, and better yet – you don’t even have to worry about who to give the card to next.

“We also know that some people might feel anxious when it comes to writing in a group card so we have teamed up with William who eloquently explains how to stand out and not worry about signing cards ever again.

“It’s harder than ever before to get everyone in one place, but now you can write your message anywhere, anytime.”

With the new group card service, users pick a design and choose up to 20 people to sign.

They receive their link, add their message and the card is done – find out how to send a Moonpig group card here.

The survey commissioned by Moonpig also found a whopping 56 per cent are anxious when it’s their turn to sign a group card as they feel pressured to find someone else who hasn’t signed it yet.

Other reasons for group card signing anxiety include feeling embarrassed at what others think of their message and not wanting anyone to read their message.

Brits also confessed to writing the wrong message, getting the recipient’s name wrong and some have also wished ‘happy birthday’ to someone when it was a divorce sympathy card.

On the receiving end, just over one in 10 (11 per cent) claim they would find it offensive if someone else signed a card for them with the wrong message.

William Hanson said: “There are many ways to ensure your message stands out on a group card.

“But there is a skill to good card signing etiquette which will leave a lasting impression of warmth and charm and appropriateness.”

Last year, Susie Dent helped Moonpig launch a new range of birthday cards using ancient English insults.

Moonpig also launched a mental health campaign to urge people to ‘see hidden messages’ when speaking to loved ones.

But dozens of unsuspecting customers of the online greetings card company had their accounts “hacked” last summer – with fraudsters ordering booze, sweets and games for themselves.