Lisa Schencker Published 6:07 PM EST Dec 18, 2018 Highwood, Ill. -- This holiday season, Nicole Gemmato hopes to settle a long-running family feud, once and for all. What is her family’s heritage? Is her family Irish, Swedish, German, French, Italian, Dutch or all of the above? Her relatives have argued about it for years. The Highwood woman plans to give genetic testing kits to her cousin and sister as gifts. They’ll each spit in a tube, mail it off to be analyzed, and get some answers. “I just think it will be interesting to see what we are for real,” said Gemmato, 41. “We don’t really know what we are.” In recent years, direct-to-consumer genetic tests have grown in popularity, including as holiday gifts. Companies that sell the tests tout them as ideal presents and offer seasonal discounts on their websites. Some tests tell a person where his or her ancestors lived 1,000 years ago and can potentially help the person connect with … [Read more...] about Read this first before giving genetic test kits gifts
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Exclusive PUBLISHED: 12:05 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 07 December 2018 Jessica Hill Bon Collins and Jemma Hardy Archant A Suffolk artist has launched a £150,000 fundraising drive to create jobs for those with disabilities, criminal pasts and mental health issues who are struggling to find employment. Bon Colliins, the Distressed ArtistBon Collins, also known as The Distressed Artist, has set up a Kickstarter page to establish a social enterprise from her studio in Bredfield where she would provide “meaningful work” for the downtrodden.The 40-year-old said: “Having previously worked around advocacy and human rights, I have met a lot of people who should be employed and aren’t. “If they have a physical disability, employers immediately see too many barriers. Or they may have committed a crime, done their time and now want a changed life. They may have struggled with the school system and therefore don’t … [Read more...] about The ‘Distressed Artist’ who wants to enable people with mental health issues, criminal pasts and disabilities to come work for her
Following a promising debut, Split director Choi Kook-hee steps up to the big league with the star-driven period financial thriller Default, a three-strand narrative detailing the calamitous week around Korea's IMF Crisis in 1997, featuring local leading lights Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Ah-in and a big supporting role for French superstar Vincent Cassel. The film borrows heavily from recent global financial thrillers, stirs in a predictable dose of melodrama and attempts to tackle women's equality. In 1997, Korea's exploding economy shows no signs of faltering on the surface, but a pair of people have begun to notice the cracks and they must make their voices heard before the country's financial ruin, but for very different reasons. Han Shi-hyun leads the monetary policy team at the Bank of Korea and expresses her concerns to government superiors. Soon she's in the room with top policymakers to whom she proclaims a devastating forecast: in one week, Korea will default on its mounting debt. … [Read more...] about Review: DEFAULT, Financial Thriller Overdraws Its Trump Card
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ya filthy animals! The Holiday Season is one for families, fuck-offery and generous frivolity, and we here at BMD deemed it appropriate to share what we thought might be great gifts for the weirdo nerds in your life. Being the pop-soaking sponges we are, it was difficult not to dream up those presents we wish were wrapped up under our own trees and bushes, and then hurl them down your fireplace for good measure. Because you're alright, and we're alright, so let's have an alright Christmas together. Alright? In considering your pocketbook, we made sure to try and keep these ten suggestions at a reasonable price point, because balling on a budget is what we're all about. We've also included links in the titles of all these potential presents, just in case you wanna make an impulse buy or three. But don't break the bank, you gift-giving mongrels... ***** True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking (by: Don Coscarelli) There are few genre pioneers whose … [Read more...] about It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: The BMD Holiday Gift Guide Has Arrived!
PUBLISHED: 10:13 17 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 17 November 2018 Daniel Bennett Norfolk County Council are warning the public to be wary after reports 'gift card scams'. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. Archant Norfolk County Council is warning people to be aware of cold callers pretending to represent Trading Standrads who are using ‘gift card scams’ involving the purchasing of fake vouchers. This follows an incident in South Norfolk where a resident received a call which claimed to be from Trading Standards, stating they were going to attend the resident’s property with a cheque for £5,000 due to an over-payment at the bank. The cold caller then said that the resident had to purchase a £100 iTunes voucher in order to receive the cheque and that they would then call back the following day to collect the code from the voucher.The council has said that Trading Standards do not call residents in connection with refunds for … [Read more...] about Warning issued over ‘gift card scammers’ pretending to be from Trading Standards