I’m embarrassed by my husband’s ‘dressy clothes’

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband never dresses appropriately for events. When our kids graduated from high school, he wore jeans. Out to a nice dinner with friends: jeans. Anniversary dates — yup, you guessed it: jeans. They aren’t even nice, dressier jeans, but distressed, dirty and obviously old. The strange thing is that he buys … Read more

CDC launches quarantine and isolation calculator to prevent COVID-19 spread

article PRODUCTION – 19 January 2022, Bremen: ILLUSTRATION – A man stands at the open window of his apartment. (posed scene) Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa (Photo by Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images) With all the do’s and don’ts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rolled out a new … Read more

Here’s what the Fed’s highest rate hike in 28 years means for you

The Federal Reserve raised its target federal funds rate by three-quarters of a point, the largest increase in nearly three decades, at the end of its two-day meeting Wednesday in an effort to quell runaway inflation. “The motivation for all of this is that prices are going up,” said Chester Spatt, a professor of finance … Read more

Smiling Nicky Clarke looks relaxed in a pair of joggers and a hoody in London

Nicky Clarke looked a far cry from his usual stylish self as he ran some errands in North London on Monday. The 63-year-old swapped his trademark dapper country gent look wearing a pair of black joggers and hoodie while teaming the casual look with a pair socks and sliders. The outing comes after Nicky, who … Read more

Small businesses still struggle to find enough workers | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified workers, even as Americans return to the US job market in droves. Hiring and retaining employees remains the top challenge for small businesses, according to a survey of 1,100 businesses by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices out last week. Ninety percent … Read more

The US economy contracted. Don’t panic

New York CNN — The economic recovery from Covid-19 stumbled in the first quarter, but that doesn’t mean a recession is imminent. Gross domestic product unexpectedly declined at an annual rate of 1.4% during the first three months of the year — the worst quarter for the American economy since the pandemic turned the world … Read more

Even as Inflation Bites, Corporate Profits Remain Flush | Business News

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — What’s immune to high inflation? So far, the profits at big US companies. Businesses are facing higher gasoline and heating bills, just like consumers, in addition to higher expenses for labor and raw materials. But unlike many middle- and lower-income Americans, they’ve been making more … Read more

Russia War Ends Era of Globalization That Kept Inflation Low | Business News

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer For decades, the free flow of trade across much of the world allowed the richest nations to enjoy easy access to low-priced goods and supplies. It meant solid and stable markets. And for households and businesses, especially in the United States and Europe, it meant an entire generation of … Read more

China Tries to Limit Economic Blow of Shanghai Shutdown | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — As millions of Shanghai residents line up for coronavirus tests in the closed metropolis, authorities are promising tax cuts for shopkeepers and to keep its busy port functioning to limit disruptions to industry and trade. This week’s shutdown of most activities in China’s most populous city … Read more

With War Next Door, EU Is Warned on Cybersecurity Gaps | Business News

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine accelerates European Union defense cooperation, a watchdog said Tuesday that EU institutions face vulnerabilities on another front: cybersecurity. The warning by the European Court of Auditors covers the wide range of EU bodies — from the executive arm based in Brussels to specialist agencies located across Europe … Read more