Wales Women’s hopes of qualifying for 2022 Euros suffer big blow with 1-0 defeat to Norway

Wales Women’s 1-0 defeat to Norway means their hopes of qualifying for a first major tournament are now out of their control.

A superb defensive display and a solid performance from goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan meant Jayne Ludlow’s side went into the break 0-0 at Cardiff City Stadium, but Frida Maanum’s strike after 60 minutes rewarded Norway for piling on the pressure.

Wales headed into their penultimate European Women’s Championship qualifier at Cardiff City Stadium in second place in group C, but a defeat combined with Northern Ireland winning 1-0 against Belarus means Wales’ Euro play-off hopes have taken a real blow.

Northern Ireland have two games remaining in the campaign compared to Wales’ one (against Belarus in December), so they hold a real advantage in the race to finish second in the group, despite losing 6-0 twice to Norway in comparison to Wales’ two 1-0 defeats.

If Wales and Northern Ireland were to finish the campaign level on points, it is Northern Ireland who would edge the head-to-head record on away goals. Finishing second in the group would mean at least a play-off spot.

As for group leaders Norway, taking three points in Cardiff means they have officially qualified for the 2022 Euros.

Wales had started so well, clearly setting up to nullify Norway’s threat and come away with a crucial point, with a wide shot from Jess Fishlock outside the box less than five minutes in displaying their intent.

O’Sullivan made a number of strong saves and decisions, collecting Elise Thorsnes’ low shot after she fired over the bar, followed by a fantastic save from O’Sullivan when left-back Julie Blakstad tried her luck with a 30-yard shot.

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Jess Fishlock momentarily eased the defensive pressure with a forceful run from Wales’ penalty area which Norway halted with a foul, while Caroline Graham Hansen was yellow carded minutes later for a foul on Rachel Rowe.

A scrappy affair ensued in Wales’ box from a Guro Reiten corner before Norway were penalised for offside, but Wales’ defence held up as they headed into the break, having enjoyed a successful tactical opening 45 by frustrating the visitors.



a group of young men playing a game of football: Wales' Jess Fishlock and Angharad James battle for possession with Caroline Graham Hansen of Norway


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Wales’ Jess Fishlock and Angharad James battle for possession with Caroline Graham Hansen of Norway

Norway came out and dominated possession early in the second half, but a low shot from Karina Saevik was blocked by O’Sullivan and captain Sophie Ingle headed away a cross from goal. Fishlock put in an admirable block when Norway right-back Ingrid Wold had a decent chance but fortunately for the hosts it went wayward.

After holding strong at the back for the full hour, it was a defensive error from Wales which ultimately led to conceding a goal at 61 minutes.

When Wales forward Kayleigh Green tried to break for Wales, Frida Maanum stole possession and ran through to strike from the edge of the box. With Elise Hughes unable to intercept due to Thorsnes covering the

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Jessica Simpson Anti-Skid Slippers Are an Adorable Holiday Gift

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When it comes to holiday shopping, slippers are a no-brainer. If you’re particularly stumped on what to get someone in your life, a pair of slippers may be the perfect option! Of course, they also make a great stocking stuffer if you want to spread some extra cheer.

But out of the countless varieties on the market, which pair of slippers is the winning pick? We can’t stop thinking about these gems from Jessica Simpson! They have thousands upon thousands of fans, plus an undeniably cozy style that won’t disappoint even the most frigid of feet.

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These slippers have comfortable memory foam padding in the sole that feels just like a pillow. It doesn’t stop there: There’s fur lining within the shoe for an even more plush effect. The same fur folds over the edge, which contributes to how fluffy and voluminous they look. While the fur is thankfully faux, shoppers claim it feels just like the real thing. The remainder of the shoe is made from a faux-suede material, and is currently available in nine stunning colors.

The bottom sole of the slipper is designed with ridges that prevent slipping and sliding on sleek surfaces. They have a sole that’s thick enough to wear outside, even though they’re labeled as house slippers. Shoppers are enthused, claiming the grip on these slippers is amazing — and they are a pivotal part of the dreamiest self-care ensemble!

 

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Best of all, these slippers are an affordable gift that look more expensive than their modest price tag. Pro-tip: Get a matching pair for everyone in your family if you’re looking for a group gift. They are bound to be a crowd-pleaser, and you can all take a slipper selfie whenever you celebrate!

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Dear Working Women: Before You Go, Negotiate

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to upend the American workplace, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is taking a particular toll on women. 

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce in September, 80% were women. That’s 865,000 women who will no longer be contributing to our economy (or bringing additional funds into their families). And research shows this is just the beginning.

Women are shouldering a disproportionate share of increased housework and childcare responsibilities during the pandemic— approximately 30 extra hours a week, reportedly. We’re now seeing the results of that, as more women begin dropping out of the workforce.

This trend could hit the marketing and advertising industry particularly hard. Not just because women make up two-thirds of the industry, according to a 2019 ANA study, but also because the ad business has been criticized for not being family-friendly.

Unfortunately, this bloodbath is only going get worse. A recent McKinsey/LeanIn.org report found that one-in-four women in corporate America is considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce altogether. That could remove another 2 million women from the workforce, erasing six years’ worth of gains.

While this pandemic will eventually come to an end, the damage it is doing to women in the workplace could last for decades.

How can we stem the losses? Temporary accommodations will help more women stay in the workforce through the pandemic, and in the decades that follow. But not enough companies are offering those. So women have to ask.

If you are thinking about quitting, my message to you is this: Before you go, negotiate. 

Thinking about what you would need to continue supporting your company during this time. Some ideas include:

  • A temporary stipend to help cover the cost of additional childcare
  • A modified schedule to help manage childcare demands
  • A temporary stipend for an office rental so you can get work done outside of your home
  • A relocation bonus if moving somewhere else (for example, closer to family who can help with childcare)
  • An administrative assistant or additional team member to delegate lower impact work to, enabling you to focus on key projects

I’m hearing from human resources professionals that very few women are negotiating before heading out the door. This shouldn’t surprise us. Research done by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows fewer women negotiate than men, and when they do, they have less confidence. This difference is commonly seen as a contributor to the gender pay gap, but during this pandemic we are seeing it contribute to a gender work gap.

Once you figure out what you want to ask for, prepare your ask. Find facts where you can: other companies that are doing this, the additional value it will drive for your company, etc. Then, when asking, put your request in terms of how it benefits the company. For example, the cost of replacing an employee is typically between 125% and 200% of the employee’s

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Women’s clothing boutique relocates from mall to downtown Jackson

JACKSON, MI — A women’s clothing boutique that prides itself on individualized styling will soon re-open its doors in downtown Jackson.

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Apricot Lane plans to have the grand opening of its new location in the Blake Building, 180 W. Michigan Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 7, owner Jenny Murphy said. The locally owned franchise women’s clothing boutique was previously located in Westwood Mall.

Murphy’s shop will take over the spot once occupied by ‘A Frame Above,’ the custom framing shop and boutique that closed in August after 18 years.

Apricot Lane sells women’s fashion and accessories. Murphy said the shopping experience is unique because the boutique focuses on “local community style.”

The store stocks limited quantities of items and stylists work with customers to find more personalized items. If a customer says she’s going to a holiday party, Murphy said stylists will steer her away from popular items to make sure she doesn’t show up in the same outfit as someone else.

“A lot of times people call us their favorite place to shop because we offer more than just a shopping experience,” Murphy said. “You’re coming in, and we’re styling you, we’re having fun with you. We’re hosting lots of different events throughout the year.”

Some events include “sip and shops,” gift with purchase events and more. Murphy said the boutique plans several giveaways for the Nov. 7 opening, including a swag bags for the first 25 customers and a drawing for gift cards.

The shop is also joining several other downtown retailers on Sunday, Nov. 8, for a “Share the Joy” holiday shopping event in the Blake Building’s parking lot that will include food trucks and a heated tent while customers shop. Donations to either AWARE Inc. or Mama Tutu’s Winter Closet will be accepted.

Murphy is excited for the shop’s relocation, she said, because her store focuses on community. She said Apricot Lane used to host events in the mall, when the store opened in July 2019, but could quickly tell the community feeling wasn’t strong. Downtown Jackson, however, is a different story, she said.

“I’ve had so many people just stop in and say hi, and offer me positive things to say. It’s been such a good experience already,” she said. “We did a lot of events on our own in the mall. We don’t have to do that anymore because we already have lots of collaboration from other retailers and restaurants in the downtown district. So I’m really excited to be a part of that. I feel like bringing the store downtown is offering some new motivation and ambition.”

Apricot Lane will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays Online orders with curbside pickup will be available.

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First Response Pregnancy Test Survey Reveals Women Are Putting Off Having Children Due to Increased Uncertainty During COVID-19

OB/GYN Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. offers advice to address pregnancy anxieties

According to a new First Response survey about the current family planning goals of 3,000 US women aged 18-35, nearly 20% say they’re uncertain of their trying to conceive (TTC) plans while 38% are intentionally putting off conceiving during the pandemic due to anxiety and stress. Mary Jane Minkin, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale Medical School tells women to follow simple safety measures when considering getting pregnant during this unprecedented time.

“Women are understandably facing a lot of anxiety when considering their family planning journey and many are waiting for a vaccine before starting or growing their family,” says Minkin. “However, if the time is right to have a baby, go ahead and book an appointment with a medical provider, take extra precautions, utilize telehealth appointments, and implement precautions based on the advice from healthcare providers.”

Dr. Minkin offers the following advice to address pregnancy related anxieties:

  1. Book a preconception appointment. OB-GYN’s, doctors, and nurse practitioners are available via phone and in person to answer all questions and health concerns. If you need help finding a healthcare provider, contact your nearest hospital clinic, community health center external icon, or health department. Medical visits can also be handled virtually by scheduling a telehealth appointment, which can be helpful to address any questions you may have.

  2. When unsure, take a pregnancy test. Stress and anxiety can trigger symptoms that mimic those of pregnancy, like morning sickness, food cravings, mood swings, and fatigue – so the best way to know if pregnant is to use a reliable pregnancy test like First Response Early Result so you don’t need to leave the house until COVID-19 settles down. A test can be revealing up to six days before a missed period. Be sure to call your doctor right away if the test is positive to put a proper plan of action in place.

  3. Be wary of listening to friends or relying on Dr. Google. While the experiences of others or the internet can hold insights, when it comes to making important personal health decisions make sure to consult a medical professional to confirm whether what you’ve been told or read is really true. Other reliable online sources include ACOG.org, CDC.gov, and WHO.int.

  4. Stay current on all vaccines. Pregnancy can alter the immune system and lead to an increased risk of respiratory infections. A flu shot can help mom and baby by causing the body to create protective antibodies (proteins produced by the body to fight off diseases.) The whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine will help protect your baby against whooping cough, which can mimic symptoms of COVID-19.

  5. Maintain overall health. Make sure to have at least a 30-day supply of the medicines you need on hand, stop smoking, eat healthy foods and supplement with folic acid. Try an easy to take pre-natal vitamin like the vitafusion gummy vitamin. It is also important to avoid alcohol and limit caffeine intake

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Bad Bunny On Breaking Down Stereotypes in the Latinx Community and His Dream of Starting a Fashion Line

Bad Bunny is the definition of star power.

Take a look at his eccentric fashion, his hit-making music and “yo hago lo que me da la gana” attitude—which was the essence and title of his sophomore album—and you’ll notice why many want to emulate his path to global fame.

Put simply: There’s just no denying El Conejo Malo is one-of-a-kind. And he knows it, too.

In an exclusive interview with E! News, the 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, opened up about challenging stereotypes, especially in the Latinx community, how he hopes to continue to “motivate people to be free” and more.

Plus, he shared details about his exciting new partnership. The Puerto Rican superstar is using his celebrity for good by joining forces with Cheetos to give back to the Latinx community with the “Deja Tu Huella” (Leave Your Mark) program. Through his Good Bunny Foundation, Bad Bunny and Cheetos have committed to donating $500,000.

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Find out the many ways the star is leaving his mark on the industry and the dreams he hopes to make a reality in the near future in our interview below!

E! News: Tell us why you partnered with Cheetos and what this opportunity means to you?

Bad Bunny: “To be honest, this opportunity seemed very interesting to me, especially because I wanted to do something fun and something that left a mark as an artist. And it was important for me to do this collab with Cheetos because I feel like I’m doing it for the Latin community, not only in the U.S. but for the whole world.”

E! News: You’ve already left such a huge impact on the music world, but especially in breaking down stereotypes typically associated with machismo in the Latinx community. How does it feel to know you’re one of the reasons that has changed?

BB: “It honestly feels good because I’m using my impact for something positive. To lead so many people just by the way I live, by being myself… to motivate people to be free and liberated to be themselves, it feels good. Any time you can make someone feel good, it’s the best thing. It’s infectious, and that’s how you end up feeling good yourself.”

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E! News: What advice do you have for people who want to follow in your footsteps and become more comfortable being themselves?

BB: “In the same way I said you should be yourself, I believe you should do things with your heart. You should do things that evoke a feeling, so you can leave your mark no matter what. It should move you, and with that attitude, you’re going to leave a mark. I always do things from the heart, with intention and with passion. And I think that’s how I will continue to make my mark.”

E! News: You are also known for your fun and bold style. How has your fashion evolved, especially during

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Carter’s to Shutter 200 Stores as Retailer Concentrates on Open-Air Shopping Centers

Children’s apparel retailer Carter’s plans to close at least 200 of its locations — about 25% of its store fleet — by taking advantage of expiring leases and kickout provisions. The announcement was made on an Oct. 23 earnings call by Chairman and CEO Michael Casey, during which he also told analysts that the closures would be approximately 60% complete by the end of next year, and 80% complete by the end of 2022.

The planned
closures are located in declining shopping centers and are “less likely to
support our focus on high-value omnichannel customers,” Casey said. “Open-air
centers provide a better, more convenient experience for same-day pickup and
curbside pickup of online purchases,” he added. “We plan to continue
opening stores located in more densely populated areas and plan to close stores
in more remote and declining centers. We currently plan to open less than 100
co-branded stores over the next five years.” Currently, 85% of Carter’s
U.S. stores are located in open-air centers.

Carter’s also
announced its Q3 financial results. Net sales decreased $78.2 million,
or 8.3%, to $865.1 million, compared to $943.3 million in Q3
of fiscal 2019. U.S. same-store sales declined 3.5%, but were partially
offset by ecommerce growth of 17.2%. Ecommerce sales represent the brand’s fastest-growing and
highest-margin business.

“We exceeded
our sales and earnings goals in the third quarter,” said Casey. “The quarter
got off to a strong start with our Fourth of July holiday retail sales up 7%.
We saw less robust demand in August during the back-to-school shopping period,
with many children beginning their school year at home and learning virtually.
We had the strongest level of demand in September, with our Labor Day holiday
retail sales up 15%, our best performance in three years.”

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The Startups Building A Future Of Zero Fashion Waste

Guest Post by Lindsay Trombley

Never in the history of the planet has clothing been so cheap and so plentiful. On average, we’re buying five times as much clothing per person as we did thirty years ago. At the same time, average household spend on clothing has plummeted. So how is it that while other consumer prices have risen, clothing prices have dropped so sharply? 

The problem of overproduction in fashion

Over the past three decades, the global fashion supply chain has become ever more diffuse and opaque. As the supply chain has globalized, fashion brands’ ability to take advantage of cheap labor in developing markets has translated into a precipitous drop in clothing prices. Overseas garment factories are incentivized to keep their production lines operating as close to 100% utilization as possible, so they offer fashion brands extreme bulk discounts for booking large order quantity production runs. While it’s very expensive on a per-unit basis to produce 100 units of a single style, the per-unit price to produce 10,000 units is shockingly cheap. 


Most brands typically overproduce by 30-40%, and of the more than 100 billion new garments produced every year, 20% are never sold at all. 


In practical terms, this means it’s cheaper for fashion brands to overproduce—knowing they won’t sell through everything—than it is for them to produce smaller runs in quantities they know they can sell. Most brands typically overproduce by 30-40%, and of the more than 100 billion new garments produced every year, 20% are never sold at all. 

Meanwhile, the fashion industry produces about 10% of global carbon emissions globally—more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Given the volume of overproduction and waste, it’s clear that tackling these issues would make a huge impact in helping the industry reduce its carbon footprint.

Consumer behavior is changing in response to climate change

Consumer awareness about the climate impact of our various consumption habits is on the rise, and so is willingness to change individual behavior. Consumers say they’re reducing their plastic consumption and eating less meat. In a recent study conducted by the company, Wovn (of which the author is a founder), 99% of consumers said that it was at least somewhat important to them that their fashion choices be sustainable, and over half of them said they’re buying fewer clothes as a result.


Consumer awareness about the climate impact of our various consumption habits is on the rise, and so is willingness to change individual behavior.


The fashion industry is already in for a reckoning over COVID-19. Clothing spending has dropped sharply, and a wave of high-profile bankruptcies has ripped through the industry. If the industry doesn’t address its overproduction issues and adapt to changing consumer views on sustainability, many more brands are likely to fail. 

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Kaley Cuoco Wore COVER FX Blurring Primer on Her Wedding Day

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When it’s time to go all out and do a full face of makeup, we really go for it. We know we have to get started super early, because every little detail takes extreme precision, and we could be sitting in front of the mirror for a while, swiping, blotting, powdering, blending — all that jazz. The issue is when we finally finish and everything is already starting to crease and fade away!

That’s why, before anything else, it’s so important to own a good primer. Even on days when you’re going for an ultra-minimal look, a primer is the one product that could take your skin from sad and drab to smooth and stunning. But which one to buy? Why not one that’s proven it can stand the test of time?

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This primer keeps selling out, and we know one of the reasons why. It’s responsible for upholding Kaley Cuoco’s gorgeous wedding glam back in summer 2018 when she tied the knot with husband Karl Cook. Makeup artist Jamie Greenburg has earned her spot among the stars by choosing fabulous products such as this one, and we thank her for sharing her secrets!

This primer has a super silky and lightweight texture, so you can glide it across your skin with ease. Remember to moisturize first, and use your fingertips to blend the product from the center of your face outward. The result? This primer claims to provide a “soft focus effect,” which basically means it’s like real-life air-brushing (though it looks more natural)!

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With the help of butterfly lavender, this primer aims to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while the infused vitamin E is there to fend off damaging free radicals. Shoppers say it provides “amazing coverage of pores” too and that it actually “goes well with any foundation,” so you can stick with your current fave. They say it makes their face look and feel “velvety smooth” and that it’s absolutely become a “holy grail” in their beauty routine!

This vegan and cruelty-free blurring primer is amazing for so many reasons. First and most obvious is that it’s wonderful for prepping skin before applying makeup. It’s also great on its own though when you want to take it easy! Even less expected is that you can actually use it over makeup too in case you need to retouch!

This COVER FX primer is essential for any makeup lover. If you’re buying yourself nice makeup, you need to make sure you have just the right product to bring out its full potential — and help it last all day!

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Google’s president of commerce shares how retailers can get discovered online this holiday season by using the tech giant’s revamped Shopping platform

  • Because of the pandemic, more retailers and shoppers will be going online for holiday shopping this year.
  • Google has released several updates to its Shopping tab to make it easier for merchants to list their products on Google and get discovered by consumers.
  • Business Insider spoke with Google’s President of Commerce Bill Ready about how merchants can best take advantage of Google’s free tools for retailers.
  • Ultimately, business owners should make sure all their inventory is listed and kept up to date online to aid in discovery and capitalize on consumers’ desires to shop their values and go local this year.

Many of this year’s holiday shoppers will be swapping aisle browsing for website scrolling for the first time ever. And many retailers, especially small businesses, will be moving their sales online for the first time, too.

In time for the big digital season, Google has made some big changes to its Shopping tab in an effort to make its listings more accessible to small and medium-sized retailers, which could be a huge benefit to businesses as the industry enters its longest holiday shopping season ever.

Back in April, Google made it free for all retailers to list themselves on the Shopping tab for the first time. More recently, the tech giant added a “nearby” search filter in September for consumers to find local merchants to buy from. These changes should make it easier for consumers to discover products they want on the Shopping tab.

“We felt we needed to make sure that consumers could find the best products, at the best prices, from the best sellers on Google,” said Bill Ready, Google’s president of commerce, in an interview with Business Insider. “And also to make sure that merchants were able to fully participate, regardless of whether they’re a large retailer or a small business.”

Business Insider spoke with Ready about ways that retailers can build up their online presence on Google Shopping this holiday season, so they can reach customers in a crowded digital marketplace.

Be present

“Given that there’s a much greater number of consumers going online for shopping journeys, first, just be present,” Ready said.

That’s primarily why Google made it free for merchants to get online this year — the company wanted to give merchants the ability to be present online without worrying about cost, while also giving consumers broader search results.

Ready explained the easiest way to be discoverable during a crowded holiday season is for retailers to “make sure they’re making the full catalog and full set of inventory available, which you can do in the Google Merchant Center for free.”

Though new retailers who are making the transition to e-commerce for the first time this holiday season might want to focus on making their website sleek and intuitive for customers, Ready said taking the time to upload their products to Google will aid with discovery of their product and shop.

“When consumers come to Google — as hundreds of millions of consumers do

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