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Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, is widely expected to prevail over Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, to become Britain’s new leader, replacing Boris Johnson.

A prolonged leadership contest has come down to two sometimes bitter rivals.

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Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the candidates vying to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, campaigning on Wednesday in London.
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Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the candidates vying to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, campaigning on Wednesday in London.

LONDON — Britain will learn the identity of its new prime minister at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday (7:30 a.m. in New York), when the Conservative Party announces the results of a hard-fought contest to replace Boris Johnson. Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, remains the heavy favorite over her opponent, Rishi Sunak, a former chancellor of the Exchequer.

The announcement will end a prolonged, occasionally bitter leadership contest that unfolded against the backdrop of a gathering economic storm. Many Britons worry that their country is adrift, with neither of the two candidates offering adequate remedies for the multiple threats bearing down on it.

Rampant inflation, the specter of a deep recession, labor unrest, soaring energy bills and potential fuel shortages — all will confront the next occupant of Downing Street. Regardless of who emerges victorious, analysts predict a fraught tenure, with the new government likely coming under pressure to intervene massively in the economy to protect vulnerable families from energy price shocks.

The winner will become party leader immediately and prime minister on Tuesday, after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at her summer retreat, Balmoral Castle, in Scotland. The new prime minister will speak at Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon, before announcing a new cabinet and getting to work.

In addition to the economy, the new leader will have to heal a Conservative Party divided after Mr. Johnson’s turbulent three years in office. He was drummed out of power by Conservative lawmakers, including Mr. Sunak, after a string of scandals but remains popular with the grass roots of the party, and some experts predict he could complicate the job of his successor by lobbing opinions from the sidelines. Many members regret his departure.

The unending scandals, and a perception of a government adrift since Mr. Johnson announced in July he would step down, have badly eroded the Conservative Party’s support. The opposition Labour Party now leads the Tories in some opinion polls by the largest gap in almost a decade.

The new leader will also have to deal with a potentially treacherous global environment. Regardless of who wins, Britain is expected to continue Mr. Johnson’s policy of robust support for Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Ms. Truss has been a harsh critic of Russian aggression. She would be expected to visit the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, soon after taking office.

Ms. Truss and Mr. Sunak have both vowed to push through legislation that would upend trade rules in Northern Ireland. The European Union has criticized the bill, saying it violates a treaty between London and Brussels. Analysts warn that without a settlement, the dispute could mushroom into a trade war.

Less than 1 percent of Britain’s people voted on the new prime minister. Here’s why.

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10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence in London.
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10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence in London.

It may come as a surprise, particularly to those less familiar with parliamentary systems of government, that the decision on Britain’s new leader has been made by just a small (and not very representative) fraction of the country’s 67 million people.

Around 160,000 people had the final say in choosing the new leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore the next prime minister. Here’s what to know about those people, how the process played out and what happens next.

How did the leadership vote work?

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned while his party still holds an overall majority in Parliament, the Conservatives could decide on his successor through a party leadership contest.

The initial stages of a Conservative leadership race take place among the party’s members of Parliament, from whom all the potential candidates are drawn. Each needed the nomination of 20 fellow lawmakers to reach the first ballot in July, a threshold met by eight of the 11 who sought to run.

Then Conservative lawmakers, through five rounds of voting, narrowed the candidates to two: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. After that, it was up to the rest of the party’s dues-paying members to decide.

At the time of the last leadership election in 2019, 154,500 party members were eligible to vote. Now that number is estimated to be more than 160,000 — still less than 0.3 percent of Britain’s population. Party members pay an annual subscription of 25 pounds, about $30, and have been voting by mail and online since early August. Voting closed at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Who got a say?

The Conservative Party does not release clear data on the makeup of its membership — even the number of members is not routinely published. But surveys offer a glimpse into just how unrepresentative those voting for this leader are of the broader population.

According to extensive demographic research from Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London, published in 2018, while members of all major parties in Britain are more likely than the average person to be male, older, middle-class and white, Conservative Party members skewed even more in that direction.

At the time of the research, an overwhelming majority were male (71 percent) and white (97 percent). About 44 percent were over 65. They also disproportionately represented one pocket of the country, with 54 percent living in London and the southeast of England, although this is in line with the other major British parties.

What happens next?

For the duration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year-reign, the monarch has held an audience with her incoming prime minister at Buckingham Palace, her primary residence in central London.

But this time around, the queen, now 96, will be met with both the outgoing and the incoming prime minister at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she is on her annual summer trip. This is the 15th prime minister of her long reign.

Typically, the departing prime minister would make a statement outside Downing Street and then take a final trip as leader to meet the queen and be formally dismissed from the role. The newly elected leader would then meet the queen before returning to 10 Downing Street and make a speech.

Instead, on Tuesday morning, Mr. Johnson will make a speech at Downing Street before traveling by plane to Balmoral to see the queen around midday. Directly after that meeting, the new leader will meet with the queen there and become prime minister, before returning to London to make a speech.

Liz Truss has offered tax cuts, but stayed quiet on efforts to tackle a mounting economic crisis.

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Ms. Truss was greeted last month by Nadhim Zahawi, the chancellor of the Exchequer, and supporters in Birmingham.
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Ms. Truss was greeted last month by Nadhim Zahawi, the chancellor of the Exchequer, and supporters in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM, England — In the race to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, has cemented her status as the odds-on favorite to become Britain’s third female leader, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Once a student activist for a smaller, centrist party, the Liberal Democrats, Ms. Truss, 47, campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union during the 2016 Brexit referendum. But the Foreign Secretary has remade herself as a champion of Brexit causes, pursuing aggressive negotiations with the European Union over trade in Northern Ireland.

The Conservative Party leadership campaign, which will result in the naming of a new Prime Minister, has unfolded amid rapidly deepening economic turmoil. Household energy bills are spiking, inflation has soared into double digits, and the Bank of England warns of a prolonged recession.

However. despite spending a month on the campaign trail, Ms. Truss has offered very few clues about how she would confront a mounting economic crisis in Britain that many experts view as the gravest in a generation.

Instead, she has vowed to cut taxes, discard remaining European Union regulations and shrink the size of Britain’s government — crowd-pleasing measures tailor-made for the members of the Conservative Party, who tend to be older, wealthier, and more right-wing than the party’s voters, to say nothing of the broader British electorate.

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Iran protests: US to ease internet curbs for Iranians

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We are going to help make sure the Iranian people are not kept isolated and in the dark," said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The relaxation of software controls will allow American tech firms to expand their business in Iran.
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The US says it will ease internet curbs on Iran to counter Tehran’s clampdown on protests which were sparked by a woman’s death in police custody.

“We are going to help make sure the Iranian people are not kept isolated and in the dark,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

The relaxation of software controls will allow American tech firms to expand their business in Iran.

At least 35 people have been killed in the worst unrest in Iran for years.

Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma last week, hours after morality police arrested her for allegedly breaking headscarf rules.

Officers reportedly beat Ms Amini’s head with a baton and banged her head against one of their vehicles. The police have said there is no evidence of any mistreatment and that she suffered “sudden heart failure”.

Anti-government protests continued for an eight straight night on Friday, while pro-regime rallies also took place in Tehran and other cities.

Mr Blinken said the partial relaxation of internet restrictions was a “concrete step to provide meaningful support to Iranians demanding that their basic rights be respected”. It was clear, he added, that the Iranian government was “afraid of its own people”.

  • What’s going on with Iran and the internet?

The US treasury said the move would help counter the Iranian government’s attempt to “surveil and censor” its people.

But it is unlikely to have an immediate impact as it “does not remove every tool of communications repression”.

Billionaire Elon Musk said on Twitter that he would activate his satellite internet firm, Starlink, to provide internet services to Iran in response to Mr Blinken’s announcement.

Starlink provides internet services via a huge network of satellites and is aimed at people who live in remote areas who cannot get high-speed internet.

US officials said that the updated license did not cover hardware supplied by Mr Musk but his firm and others were welcome to apply for permission to the treasury.

Footage shared on social media on Friday showed large crowds of protesters gather in several Tehran neighbourhoods after dark, while other incidents occurred elsewhere the country. In the protests women have defiantly taken off their hijabs and burned them, or cut off their hair in front of cheering crowds.

While spreading across much of the country, many of the early protests were concentrated in western Iran, particularly areas with large Kurdish populations, the group Ms Amini belonged to.

On Friday, reports emerged from Oshnavieh, in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province, which borders Kurdistan, showing widespread protests, as well as suggestions demonstrators had taken control of large parts of the city. The BBC was unable to confirm this.

Videos posted from Oshnavieh showed large crowds of people marching through city streets with no police presence, while loud explosions could be heard.

Friday also saw pro-regime demonstrations in Tehran and other cities, with those present declaring support for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been a target of anti-government protesters.

President Ebrahim Raisi spoke at a pro-government event, saying he would not allow the country’s security to be “threatened”.

“We will not allow people’s security to be put at risk under any circumstances,” he said, shortly after returning from the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Stressing that Iran’s “enemies” wanted to exploit the unrest, Mr Raisi said the government would listen to criticism over Ms Amini’s death, but would not be influenced by “rioting.

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Elon Musk activates Starlink for Iranian citizens after US Sec of State issued a General License

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Elon Musk announced that he was activating Starlink in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s tweet announcing the issuing of a General License to provide the Iranian people with access to digital communications.

“We took action today to advance Internet freedom and the free flow of information for the Iranian people, issuing a General License to provide them greater access to digital communications to counter the Iranian government’s censorship,” Secretary Blinken said.

Currently, in Iran, massive protests are happening as a result of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the morality police for her head scarf not being properly worn. Although she had no known heart-related health problems, the police said she suddenly died of heart failure.

Eyewitnesses said that she was beaten and her head hit the side of a police car. This along with leaked medical scans suggested cerebral hemorrhage and stroke. In response to her death, there have been several large-scale protests across Iran that received international support from world leaders, celebrities, and organizations.

The Iranian government sided with the morality police and has been suppressing the protests, shooting protestors with metal pellets and birdshot, and deploying tear gas and water cannons. The government also blocked access to many apps including Instagram and WhatsApp and limited internet access to prevent protestors from organizing.

This is where Starlink comes in. A few days ago, Elon Musk said that Starlink would seek exemption from Iranian sanctions. This was in response to @Erfankasraie who asked if Elon could provide Starlink to the Iranian people. “It could be a game changer for the future.”

Elon also responded,” OK,” to @agusantonetti who asked if he could do the same for other countries under a dictatorship such as Cuba. This isn’t the first time Elon Musk has intervened to help the people of a nation. He and SpaceX deployed Starlink to Ukraine to support the nation as it faced Russia’s brutal and unethical invasion.

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US relaxes internet sanctions on Iran in support of protesters

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Washington, DC – The Biden administration has issued a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, saying the move aims to “support the free flow of information” for Iranians amid widespread anti-government protests.

The US Treasury Department said on Friday that the decision comes in response to the Iranian authorities choking off internet access in the country to disrupt demonstrations and “prevent the world from watching its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors”.

“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter the government’s efforts to surveil and censor them,” Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a statement.

The ongoing unrest in Iran was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest in the capital, Tehran, for “unsuitable attire” last week.

Iranian police have denied that Amini was beaten in custody, but her case has mobilised demonstrations across the country, igniting a global outcry against Tehran.

Earlier this week, internet watchdog NetBlocks documented a “near-total disruption” to internet service in western Iran and a partial one in the capital, as well as countrywide restrictions on the social media and communication platforms Instagram and WhatsApp.

“As courageous Iranians take to the streets to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is redoubling its support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people,” Adeyemo said on Friday.

The US license expands sanction exemptions to social media platforms, video conferencing and cloud services, as well as “anti-censorship tools and related software”.

Since former US President Donald Trump nixed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, various sectors of the Iranian economy have been under heavy US sanctions.

President Joe Biden is seeking a return to the pact, which saw Iran scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions against its economy, but diplomatic efforts to revive the deal have stalled.

In recent days, Biden and his top aides have expressed support for Iranian protesters.

“Today, we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights,” Biden told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the US administration also imposed new sanctions on Iran’s “morality police” over the death of Amini and subsequent crackdown on protests.

On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the Treasury’s updated license, accusing Iran of “violently suppressing peaceful protesters” angry over Amini’s death.

“In the face of these steps, we are going to help make sure the Iranian people are not kept isolated and in the dark. This is a concrete step to provide meaningful support to Iranians demanding that their basic rights be respected,” Blinken said in a statement.

 

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US H-1B visa, green card process to get easier, Indians to benefit

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The White House is looking into a presidential commission’s recommendations to cut the processing time for Green Card applications to just six months and to clear the backlogs by April 2023 in a move that could help hundreds of thousands of immigrant families, especially those from China and India.

The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders released its inaugural report on Friday. The report was approved on May 12 and transmitted to the President on August 24 and the White House Domestic Policy Council is currently reviewing its recommendations before they can sent to President Joe Biden for his decision.

The report states because of COVID-19-related closures and staffing limitations as well as the continued effect of the 2017 travel bans, processing green cards up to the annual cap has been difficult.

It recommends that the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) facility should hire additional officers to increase its capacity to process Green Card application interviews by 100 percent in three months from August 2022, and by increasing Green Card applications and visa interviews and adjudicate decisions by 150 percent by April 2023, and reduce the current backlog by the end of 2023.

The committee said in the report that Green Card visa interviews and visa processing timelines should be limited to a targeted goal of six months.Green Card visa interviews and visa processing timelines should be limited to a targeted goal of six months

The commission recommends to reduce the agency’s pending family-based Green Card backlog, US Citizenship and Immigration Services should review their processes, systems, and policies and establish new internal cycle time goals by streamlining processes, removing redundant steps, if any, and automating any manual approvals.

 

 

It says this should improve its internal dashboards and reporting system, and enhance policies to reduce the cycle time for processing all forms related to family-based Green Card applications

Family reunification has been delayed for years due to an increase in family-based immigration backlogs over the past three decades.

 

The report states that out of the 226,000 green cards available, only 65,452 family-based preference green cards were issued in FY 2021.

“If there is a query or more information is needed, USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) and the Department of State (DOS) shall continue to process the applications outside the six-month goal and adjudicate decisions in a timely fashion,”

“If an application is not completed in six months, then it will not be terminated and will continue to be processed in a timely fashion ongoing,”, the report states.

 

The recommendations also include adjudicating requests for temporary work programmes, such as the H-1B and H-2A visas for agricultural workers within a span of two months extending the period of work permit extension to 365 days instead of the current 180 days.

A green card is a Permanent Resident Card issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently while the H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers for specialized positions that call for theoretical or technical expertise.

If accepted and implemented the recommendations could be a big relief to immigrant families especially from India and China.

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US sending ‘dangerous signals’ on Taiwan, China tells Blinken

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Tensions over Taiwan have soared since US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in August.

China has accused the United States of sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” on Taiwan, and has told Washington that it had “no right to interfere” in whatever methods Beijing may use to “resolve” the Taiwan issue.

Taiwan was the focus of 90 minutes of “direct and honest” talks between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, a US official told reporters.

“The secretary made crystal clear that, in accordance with our longstanding one-China policy, which again has not changed, the maintenance of peace and stability across the Strait is absolutely, vitally important,” the senior US administration official said.

China’s foreign ministry, in a statement on the meeting, said Washington was sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” about Taiwan, and the more rampant Taiwan’s independence activity, the less likely there would be a peaceful settlement.

“The Taiwan issue is an internal Chinese matter, and the United States has no right to interfere in what method will be used to resolve it,” the ministry cited Wang as saying.

 

Chinese state media said that Wang’s meeting with Blinken addressed China’s position on the “wrong behaviour” of the US towards Taiwan

“We must clearly oppose and prevent ‘Taiwan independence’,” China’s Global Times news outlet cited Wang as telling Blinken.

 

Tensions over Taiwan have soared since a visit there in August by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi – which was followed by large-scale Chinese military drills – as well as a recent pledge by US President Joe Biden to defend the democratically governed island.

Biden’s statement was his most explicit to date about committing US troops to defend Taiwan.

Wang had a similar message for the United Kingdom’s foreign minister James Cleverly during a meeting earlier this week, also on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

Wang said the UK should “honour its one-China commitment and unequivocally oppose ‘Taiwan independence’,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

No change of policy

The White House has insisted its Taiwan policy has not changed, but China said Biden’s remarks sent the wrong signal to those seeking an independent Taiwan.

China sees Taiwan as one of its provinces. Beijing has long promised to bring Taiwan under its control and has not ruled out the use of force to do so.

Taiwan’s government strongly objects to China’s sovereignty claims and says only the island’s 23 million people can decide its future.

In a phone call with Biden in July, Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned about Taiwan, saying “those who play with fire will perish by it”.

The State Department had said earlier that Blinken’s meeting with Wang on Friday was part of a US effort to “maintain open lines of communication and manage competition responsibly”.

Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for Asia under President Barack Obama, said the fact Blinken and Wang had met was important after the turbulence brought by Pelosi’s visit.

Russel said that hopefully some progress would have been made towards arranging a meeting between Xi and Biden on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in November, which would be their first in person as leaders.

“Wang and Blinken’s decision to meet in New York does not guarantee the November summit will go smoothly or that it will even occur. But had they been unable to meet, it would have meant the prospects for a summit in November were poor,” said Russel, now with the Asia Society Policy Institute.

In a speech to the Asia Society in New York on Thursday, Wang said the Taiwan question was growing into the biggest risk in China-US relations.

“Should it be mishandled, it is most likely to devastate our bilateral ties,” Wang said, according to a transcript from the Chinese embassy.

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COAS BAJWA MEETS BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN KARACHI: ISPR

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KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday reached Karachi where he held an interaction with business community, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

According to ISPR, during the interaction, COAS said that the business community has always helped people of Pakistan during various natural calamities including their support in recent floods.

“The business community members acknowledged the role and sacrifice made by the Pakistan Army in providing safe environment for the country’s economic prosperity and assured COAS maximum support for the flood-affected people,” the military’s media wing said.

On Thursday, the Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Wada Mitsuhiro called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ).

Read more: Japan envoy meets COAS Bajwa, expresses grief over flood devastation

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and partnership in humanitarian measures were discussed.

COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan values Japan’s role in global and regional affairs and we look forward to enhancing our bilateral relationship.

The Japanese envoy appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts for assisting civil administration in rescue and relief efforts in flood-affected areas.

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D. Paterson Cope Answers a Common Question: How Much Do I Need to Retire?

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It’s often easy for people to dream about the retirement they want. This might include extensive travel, spending extra time with loved ones, and taking up a new hobby, according to financial planner D. Paterson Cope.

What’s not as easy is actually creating a plan to make that retirement dreams a reality. One of the most common challenges people face in doing this is figuring out how much they’ll need to support themselves financially.

Here are some ways that you can figure out how much you need to retire, and the factors that go into figuring out your number.

Save a Multiple of Your Income

One simple way you can use to determine how much you need to retire is to use a multiple of your salary. For example, a starting goal may be to save 1x your salary by the time you’re 30 years old. So, if you earn $50,000 at 30 years old, then you should aim to save $50,000 toward your retirement by that time.

At the age of 67, a good goal would be to save 10x this starting salary. In this case, with a $50,000 starting income, you would hit your retirement goal by saving $500,000 by the time you’re 67 years old.

You can make adjustments to this based on your planned retirement age. If you want to retire at 65, try saving 12x your income. If you plan to retire at 70, you could reduce that multiple a bit.

Work Backward

The above method is simple and straightforward, but it’s not always a great indication of whether you’ll have enough money in retirement. It’s likely your income will increase as you get older, and as a result, how much you’re used to living on will increase as well.

So, another approach is to work backward: Figure out how much you expect you’ll spend in retirement, and then make sure you save that much. Factor in costs for housing, food, health care, transportation and ancillary spending.

Once you come to a monthly number, you can calculate how much you’ll need on an annual basis. From that number, you can figure how much of a nest egg you’ll need to afford that lifestyle.

The Percent Rules

A third option is to use a hybrid approach to figuring out how much you need for retirement. You can do this by following two tried-and-true retirement “rules” — the 80% rule followed by the 4% rule.

The first step, as D. Paterson Cope explains, is to use the 80% rule to figure out how much income you’ll need in retirement on an annual basis. Your income before taxes in retirement should be about 80% of your pre-tax income before retirement. If you earn $50,000 a year, then, your retirement income should be $40,000 a year.

This gives you a good idea of how much you’ll need each year to live in retirement comfortably. From this, you can figure the total nest egg you’ll need by using the 4% rule.

This rule helps you determine how much you’ll need in total to generate $40,000 a year in retirement income. To complete this calculation, divide the desired retirement income on an annual basis by 4%. This example would result in you needing a retirement nest egg of $1 million.

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. The 4% rule assumes that you’ll earn 5% on your investments after inflation and taxes and that you don’t have any other retirement income sources such as Social Security.

Even so, using these rules — or any of the approaches above — will give you an idea of how much you need to retire.

  1. Paterson Cope
  2. Paterson Cope, CFP® is the founder and CEO of Cope Private Wealth, a financial planning and wealth management firm specializing in assisting retirees and people who are about to retire. D. Paterson Cope has been providing financial advice for more than 30 years. He first earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1997. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer Miree Cope, and the rest of his family in Mountain Brook.
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Six in 10 British Factories at Risk of Going Under as Bills Soar

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Soaring energy bills are threatening to put six in 10 British manufacturers out of business, according to a survey that lays bare the extent of the crisis facing the next prime minister.

MakeUK, the lobby group for UK factories, said that nearly half of manufacturers have experienced a jump in electricity bills of more than 100% in the past year.

“The current crisis is leaving businesses facing a stark choice,” the report said. “Cut production or shut up shop altogether if help does not come soon.”

The UK’s new prime minister will be announced on Monday, with Liz Truss expected to beat Rishi Sunak, her rival in the Conservative Party leadership race. The government is under intense pressure to announce a wider package of support to help consumers and businesses cope with an unprecedented surge in global energy costs.

Britain’s factory sector is already in decline, according to a purchasing managers’ index published by S&P Global this week. MakeUK’s survey said that 13% of factories now have reduced hours of operation or are avoiding peak periods, while 7% are halting production for longer stretches.

“Emergency action is needed by the new government,” said Stephen Phipson, MakeUK’s chief executive officer. “We are already lagging behind our global competitors.”

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UK PM Election Results 2022 LIVE Updates: Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss? Winner of UK PM race to be announced shortly

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The final countdown in the over six-week-long gruelling campaign for the governing Conservative Party to elect a new leader who will succeed ousted Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister is now underway, with the winner between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to be declared on Monday around 5:00pm (IST)

If she wins, Truss will become the UK’s third female prime minister following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher.

 

On Wednesday at 12 noon (local time), the newly elected leader of the Conservative government will address their first Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

 

Later on Tuesday afternoon, the newly appointed Prime Minister will arrive back at Downing Street to make his or her inaugural speech before getting on with the task of announcing key Cabinet posts.

 

Hours later, his successor will arrive separately in Scotland to be formally appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II at her Balmoral Castle residence — marking the first time in history that the appointment is made outside of England and Buckingham Palace as the 96-year-old monarch reduces her travels with age.

 

On Tuesday, the day will begin with a farewell speech by outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the steps of his Downing Street office one last time before he is flown out to Aberdeenshire in Scotland for his audience with the Queen to formally resign as the head of government.

 

The rest of Monday will involve the winning candidate putting the final touches to his or her Cabinet posts.

 

The newly elected Tory leader will make a brief acceptance speech soon after at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London — near Downing Street.

 

The two finalists in the race will find out around 10 minutes before the public announcement as to who between them has clinched the top job at 10 Downing Street.

 

The 47-year-old pitched her campaign on the pledge of immediate tax cuts to tackle the cost-of-living crisis facing the country, in contrast with Sunak’s approach of wanting to focus on fighting soaring inflation and using targeted measures to offer support for the crisis.

 

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who came in second in ballots of Tory MPs, has dominated the race among the wider party electorate who have been voting online and by post to elect their new leader.

 

If elected, 42-year-old Sunak will go on to make history as the first Prime Minister of the UK of Indian heritage — whose Indian grandmother migrated to Britain over 60 years ago from East Africa.

 

Since the launch of his campaign, Sunak was a clear frontrunner for his parliamentary party colleagues who voted him through as a finalist in the race to succeed Johnson.

 

The winner will be announced at 1700 IST by Sir Graham Brady — chair of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs and returning officer of the leadership election.

 

The final countdown in the over six-week-long gruelling campaign for the governing Conservative Party to elect a new leader who will succeed ousted Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister is now underway, with the winner between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to be declared on Monday.

 

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A Free Kids Clothing Checklist For Fall And Winter

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Introduction

 

Fall is around the corner which means there will be again a shift in your wardrobe. Stashing away all your spring and summer clothes and bringing out the bags with warm clothes. This is the process that you have been following all your life right? But what if you need to check whether you kids have all the important clothes to keep them safe from the colder season or not? Firstly, do you know that custom clothing is something that has been evolving over time and changing the way people wear clothes. And this is not only true for young people but adults and old people as well. And the second thing; do you have a checklist for your kid at all? 

 

If you are clueless then don’t be stressed because it is not only you but a lot of newly made parents who do not have the idea. And we help them out with a checklist that determines the same. Also, we have some additional help in which we suggest what you should buy and other stuff. So, here we present to you a bucket list or a checklist that you should have for your “kid’s clothing” for the upcoming fall and winter. Maybe for the future too!

  • Long sleeves sweatshirts

 

Okay, so let’s start with the topwear as it should already be on your clothing checklist for kids right? One of the most important outfits that you should buy well in advance is a long-sleeved sweatshirt. You can put some regular clothes on and then use these sweatshirts on the top. It not only keeps them warm but also gives them comfort. A fleece jacket is another similar item that you can replace with sweatshirts. It is one amazing outfit to keep your child stylish and warm at the same time. 

  • A windproof and waterproof jacket

 

Unpredictable rains will not only drench your children while playing outside but also make them a bit uncomfortable. When wet clothes stick to the body it annoys kids and you would not want them to get annoyed. For keeping such situations at bay, we suggest that you should put a waterproof or a windproof jacket in your checklist. There are multiple manufacturers who create one outfit that has both these qualities. It might cost you a bit but would be worth every penny.

  • Waterproof pants

 

It is not only the upper body that gets drenched during rain but even the bottom wear can make things uncomfortable. To protect your baby from catching cold after getting wet, help them enjoy rain at their best, go out in the rain to explore the weather, or anything else-waterproof pants would turn out to be a wonderful purchase for you. Several manufacturers in today’s world create custom clothes for kids and that includes waterproof pants as well.

  • Boots or shoes

 

We live in a world that has evolved and developed immensely even in the fashion industry. It might surprise you a bit but the children’s wear section has immensely evolved as well. Which is why you will get multiple boots and shoes for young children. Not only that, there are segments in which manufacturers have introduced waterproof shoes for kids. Yet again this will not only help your child to stay away from soaking their feet but also isolate them during colder days. 

  • Warm socks

 

Okay so this is no brainer right? Having warm socks is something that you might have already put in your bucket list or checklist. But if there are any reasons that you haven’t, we suggest that you go for it. Also when it comes to warm socks you have to keep in mind the versatility and multiple use of the socks. For example, you will have to buy slimmer and warmer socks for wearing in their shoes. On the other hand, you will also have to get some socks for home wear. Which means thicker socks that your child is going to wear when they are at home. Because at home kids prefer walking bare feet. 

  • Innerwear

 

Call it innerwear, body warmers, inner lining, or whatever you wish to. But with this we want to suggest that you get some warmers that are worn by people under their shirts or outfits. For kids it is not only the upperwear but also the bottom wear that matters. They can catch a cold by any exposed part of the body. So you need to keep them warm from head to toe. While buying innerwear we would suggest that you go for good brands because they have mastered the art of making warm clothes by keeping them as thin as possible. This will not buff up your kid unnecessarily.

  • A hat or a cap

 

Didn’t we tell you that your children need to be protected from head to toe? So that means you will have to spend on headgears as well. Why? Because this will keep your child away from catching cold from the head. If you have a young child, it becomes so much more important to prevent them from catching a cold. This will warm their heads and ears, so make sure that you get something that covers both these things. On the other hand, you can also try getting something that can be tied on the chin. It will cover the complete face and we also suggest that you too get something like this for yourself. Actually, to make your child wear such caps you will have to motivate them this way.

  • Gloves

 

If you live in a place that gets snow or extra cold then it will be a mandate to have gloves for you kids. Motivate them to keep wearing it and stay away from snow. You can surely let them enjoy it for some time but don’t miss out on the gloves at any cost. Put it in your bucket list so that you can cover the hands of your children. 

  • Snow suit

 

This is an exception that is only for those who live in a place that receives snowfall. A snowsuit is a wonderful problem solver that has topwear and bottom wear attached to each other. It is like a one-piece suit that’s easier to wear and comfortable. And not to forget warm enough. But it is not warm enough to wear alone. Make sure your child has worn enough warm clothes already. You can also use a hoodie under a snow suit so that your child stays protected. 

  • Muffler

 

You must have already seen that kids nowadays have become so much centric to the new-age trends. They are more attracted towards the upcoming or popular fashion that is available in the market. If you are looking for something to improvise on their overall look, try getting a cute kid’s muffler. Yes, you heard that right! There are manufacturers who have designed and created mufflers of this kind. Even your kids can flaunt their taste and give away some amazing fashion statements. Don’t you think so? Try getting some mufflers for them. Try some printed, colorful, or any other type of mufflers that your kid might like.

 

Conclusion

 

We believe this blog would have helped you right in all the ways (maybe most ways if not all). This is not only a checklist but one way to ensure that your child is completely protected during cold and that they have all the necessary items. So, we strongly suggest that you can make the additions according to your need or desires but do not compromise with what we have mentioned. And if you are clueless, where to go for custom children clothes, then there are many online manufacturers who can deliver top-notch products at your doorsteps. 

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