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Jessica Wagner, CPA, CMA recently announced the release date of her first book in the “Family Who Reads Together Stays Together” series: Kevin, the Money Master.

Kevin, the Money Master, makes learning about personal finance fun for kids.

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2Many adults have big problems with money management. Most experts agree this is at least partially the result of poor education about money as children. The good news is Don’t Stop Publishing, LLC has stepped up to educate kids in this area with the April 15, 2018 marketing release date of author and financial expert Jessica Wagner’s new children’s book Kevin, the Money Master: How a Little Boy Learned to Master Money and How You Can Too. The new book is aimed at six- to ten-year-old children and will help them learn the basics about managing money.

“I worked in finance and accounting for many years, and after starting a family of my own, I realized how important it is to apply financial knowledge at the household level,” Wagner said. “This book is written to stimulate proactive money discussions within families and to provide parents with a tool to teach personal finance at an early age so that children can grow into financially literate adults.”

Kevin, the Money Master, tells the story of eight-year-old Kevin, who was irresponsible with his money until he learns the simple (but potentially life-changing) lessons revealed in the book. Delivered in a fun and engaging way, Wagner opens the door to early financial literacy and will help establish a financial dialogue between children and their parents, grandparents, or other loved ones who read the book with them and take the time to answer questions kids may have about the principles within the story. Keep Reading

Violent wife guilty of husband’s murder

Sharon Edwards and the kitchen knife Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Sharon Edwards stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife two months after they got married

A woman who regularly beat her newly-wed husband has been convicted of his murder by stabbing him through the heart.

Sharon Edwards, 42, denied killing solicitor David Edwards at their home in Chorley, Lancashire, in August 2015.

The 51-year-old was found dead in bed with a chest wound, two months after the pair married in Las Vegas.

At Manchester Crown Court she was jailed for life and will serve at least 20 years.

Mr Justice William Davis told Mrs Edwards she had a "bullying and violent nature" which had "robbed people of a decent man".

He added: "This deadly attack was the culmination of long-term bullying by you on this respected member of the community."

The court heard she was "domineering" and had given her husband a black eye before their wedding day. Mrs Edwards claimed he had hit himself in the face with a bedside phone in their Vegas hotel. Keep Reading

Johnson says EU gag email was ‘cock-up’

Media captionBoris Johnson: "Nobody has been gagged, I was only made aware of this edict very late last night"

Boris Johnson says an email telling his senior staff to back him over the EU referendum has been withdrawn.

The London mayor, who is campaigning to leave the EU, said the memo to deputy mayors and senior advisers was "a cock-up, and not something I agree with".

It told them to "either advocate the mayor's position or otherwise not openly contradict it" when not at work.

The email was sent 24 hours before Mr Johnson accused pro-EU campaigners of trying to gag opponents.

It was sent by his chief of staff, Edward Lister.

"Nobody has been gagged, I was only made aware of this edict very late last night and it ceased to be operative as soon as I was made aware of it," Mr Johnson said.

"All I can say is it obviously hasn't been operative because my advisory team take a very different view from me." Keep Reading

Bid to speed up jail smoking ban fails

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Image caption Smoking is currently allowed only in prison cells and exercise yards

The ban on smoking in public places does not apply to state prisons, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Judges allowed a government appeal against a High Court ruling that the 2007 ban covered all public places and workplaces in England and Wales.

The government says it means it can carry on with its plans to roll out a ban gradually "in a safe and secure way" rather than rushing it through.

An inmate who wanted quicker implementation had brought the case.

He and some other prisoners and staff argue state prisons should never have been exempted from the 2007 ban on smoking in public places.

Smoking is currently allowed in prison cells and exercise yards. The ban already applies to private prisons as they are not Crown premises.

The government eventually intends to make all 136 state prisons in England and Wales entirely smoke-free to reduce health risks to staff and inmates. Keep Reading

Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco

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Image caption Unesco gathered examples of how textbooks could limit girls' expectations

Sexist attitudes are "rife" in school textbooks used in developing countries, according to Unesco.

The United Nations agency, marking International Women's Day, says negative stereotyping undermines the education of girls.

It says too often female figures are represented in textbooks as "nurturing drudges" in domestic roles.

This is a "hidden obstacle" to gender equality, says Unesco's Manos Antoninis.

What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day has been held on 8 March every year since 1913, and has been recognised by the United Nations since 1975.

The UN says it's a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The theme of this year's day is "Planet 50-50 by 2030" – aiming to achieve global equality in areas such as education and end all forms of discrimination. Keep Reading

Legal fears over EU-Turkey migrant plan

Media captionThe BBC's Ian Pannell: "For many migrants the fear of staying behind outweighs the fear of the journey they must take"

The UN has expressed concern over a radical EU-Turkey plan to ease the migrant crisis, saying it could contravene international law.

Under the plan, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey would be returned and for each Syrian sent back, a Syrian in Turkey would be resettled in the EU.

The UN's refugee agency said any collective expulsion of foreigners was "not consistent with European law".

Amnesty International called the plan a death blow to the right to seek asylum.

The deal, discussed at a summit in Brussels on Monday, has not been finalised and talks will continue ahead of an EU meeting on 17-18 March.

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. Last year, more than a million people entered the EU illegally by boat, mainly going from Turkey to Greece.

Most of them were Syrian, fleeing the country's civil war. Another 2.7 million Syrian refugees are currently in Turkey. Keep Reading

Carney says EU has helped UK economy

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The governor of the Bank of England has said that Britain's membership of the EU has reinforced the "dynamism of the UK economy".

In a pre-hearing letter to the Treasury Committee, Mark Carney said that the relationship had helped the UK to grow.

In a sometimes fractious exchange with MPs on the committee, Mr Carney denied claims he was "pro-EU".

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg accused him of making "pro-EU" comments "beneath the dignity of the Bank".

The referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union is to be held on Thursday 23 June.

Mr Carney emphasised that the Bank was not taking sides in the EU referendum.

"We will not be making, and nothing we say should be interpreted as making, any recommendation with respect to that decision," he said. Keep Reading

Millions bust alcohol limit in a day

Man drinking beer

Around 2.5 million people in Great Britain – 9% of drinkers – consume more than the new weekly recommended limit for alcohol in a single day, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The 2014 data predates the new limit of 14 units of alcohol per week for men which began in January.

Although habits may start to change, experts say the figures are concerning.

The chief medical officer says there is no safe level of regular drinking.

The ONS figures show 58% of people – 28.9 million – drink some alcohol in a typical week.

This figure is lower than a decade ago but has remained stable over the last few years.

Young people are less likely to have consumed alcohol in the last week than those who are older. Keep Reading

Burberry shares rise on bid speculation

Cara Delevingne attends the Burberry Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 show Image copyright Getty Images

Shares in luxury clothing retailer Burberry have risen nearly 6% on speculation an anonymous investor might be about to launch a takeover bid.

Burberry is reportedly attempting to identity the mystery investor who has built up a stake of nearly 5%.

Shares in the upmarket retailer were nearly 6% higher at 1453p at midday.

The Financial Times reported that Burberry had asked HSBC, the custodian of the stake, to reveal the identity of its client.

Under City rules most shareholdings above 3% must be made public, but investment managers have a partial exemption that allows shareholdings of up to 5% to remain private.

The shareholding briefly went above 5% in February but was quickly reduced to below the threshold.

According to the FT, rival luxury groups such as LVMH or private equity investors could be behind the stake. Keep Reading

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