Largest Retailer Covers 100% of Its Workers’ College Tuition; Kelly Clarkson is Paying $200K Per Month in Spousal Support to Ex; Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Rarely Bathe Themselves and Their Kids; California Teen Survived After Fighting Off a Crocodile; Popeyes Seeks to End Chicken Wars by Donating 1 Million Chicken Nuggets Purchased from Competitors
Largest Retailer in America Covers 100% of Its Workers’ College Tuition
Walmart will cover the entire cost of college tuition and books for some of its US employees, the latest push by the country’s largest private employer to sweeten its benefits package in order to recruit and keep talent in a tight labor market.
Ten academic partners participate in the initiative, ranging from the University of Arizona to Southern New Hampshire University. Participants must continue to work at Walmart on a part-time or full-time basis to be eligible.
Walmart announced Tuesday that it would eliminate the $1-per-day fee previously paid by Walmart and Sam’s Club employees interested in earning a degree and begin covering their books’ cost. Around 28,000 employees are enrolled in the program, which started in 2018. Walmart employs approximately 1.5 million people.
“We feel that eliminating the dollar-a-day investment removes the financial barriers to enrollment, and it will increase access,” Lorraine Stomski, Senior Vice President of Learning and Leadership at Walmart (WMT), said during a Tuesday conference call with reporters.
Walmart also announced four additional academic partners, increasing the total to ten, and expanding the number of certificate programs and degrees available in fields such as business administration, supply chain management, and cybersecurity.
Walmart has a financial interest to grow the program. Employees who have taken part in the program are twice as likely to be promoted and retain their jobs at a “significantly higher rate” than other employees, Stomski added.
The move comes as businesses around the country struggle to fill positions in stores and warehouses. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics statistics, there were 974,000 unfilled retail jobs in May.
Walmart increased compensation for 425,000 US employees to at least $13 an hour earlier this year. Walmart’s minimum pay is $11 an hour, far less than competitors such as Amazon (AMZN) and Target (TGT), which both start at $15. Other stores also increase wages, offer hiring and referral bonuses, and expand benefits to attract and retain employees.
These are the schools participating in Walmart’s program:
Johnson & Wales University
The University of Arizona
The University of Denver
Purdue University Global
Southern New Hampshire University
Kelly Clarkson is Paying $200K Per Month in Spousal Support to Ex Brandon Blackstock
Kelly Clarkson was ordered to pay her husband Brandon Blackstock $200,000 a month in spousal and child support, as well as $1.25 million in attorney fees. The singer’s bitter legal battle with her ex and former manager has become even more contentious due to the costly settlement, which is far greater than that of other celebrity divorces.
According to court documents, the judge issued the order following disagreements over the former couple’s property, children, and monthly income.
Kelly, 39, and Brandon’s finances were detailed in the petition, including the star’s tremendous earnings.
According to reports, The Voice coach gets a whopping $1,583,617 every month. Due to Kelly’s substantial wages, she is compelled to pay Brandon $150,000 per month in spousal support beginning April 1, 2021.
Kelly will also “pay child support to (Brandon) for the benefit of the minor children, River Rose Blackstock, born June 12, 2014, and Remington Alexander Blackstock, born April 12, 2016, for $45,601 per month.”
The American Idol winner has been ordered to pay her ex-husband $195,601 in spousal support per month.
Additionally, the records indicate that Brandon, 44, who has managed Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and other music industry stars, has announced his retirement from the music industry. He plans to be a rancher in his new home in Montana.
Brandon “made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time,” according to the records. According to the publication, his future job aspirations include sponsoring rodeos and working on the ranch.
Kelly had asked permission from the judge to sell the Montana ranch where the family was quarantined, but her plea was denied.
“Brandon will be responsible for making the timely payments for the carrying cost of the Montana ranch, which included handling the mortgage, loans against the property, taxes, and insurance,” the papers indicate. The cost of managing the ranch is approximately $81,000 per month.
Kelly is also obligated to pay $1.25 million in attorney expenses and professional expenditures incurred by Brandon during their protracted divorce.
The music star’s spousal support is significantly more than many of Hollywood’s high-profile divorcees have had to pay.
When Madonna, 62, divorced ex-husband Guy Ritchie, she was ordered to pay $15,000 a month in child support to the director. Britney Spears, 39, was ordered to pay $20,000 per month in child support since 2007 after divorcing Kevin Federline following the birth of their two boys.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Reveal They Rarely Bathe Themselves and Their Kids
It appears as though the Kutcher-Kunis family is economizing on soap use. When the topic of bathing came up on a recent edition of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher confessed that they save a lot of money on soap.
After Kunis admitted that she had “horrible skin” for the majority of her life and had “multiple rounds” of the acne medication Accutane but couldn’t resolve her acne until after giving birth and getting her “hormones balanced in the right direction,” the conversation shifted to bathing and showering.
Shepard explained that he has been attempting to persuade co-host Monica Padman to quit washing her entire body with soap daily and instead focus on specific places, such as “soles and holes,” to preserve the body’s natural oils. Kutcher and Kunis concurred, stating that they only wash vitals on a daily basis.
Kunis agreed with Shepard, stating that she does not wash her “body with soap on a daily basis” but instead concentrates on the essential parts.
Padman was taken aback to discover he was in the minority of people who did not wash their bodies daily and said, “Who taught you not to wash?”
“I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower very much anyway,” Kunis explained, noting that her casual attitude toward self-care stems from a lack of hot water as a child. However, she stated that she washes her face twice daily.
“I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else ever,” Kutcher explained. Additionally, he “has a tendency to throw some water on his face after a workout to get all the salts out.”
And the same is now true for her and Kutcher’s two children, Wyatt, six, and Dimitri, four.
“I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns, ever,” Kunis said.
And, as they grow older, Kutcher explained, they’ve developed a method.
“If you can see the dirt on them, clean them,” he said. “Otherwise, there’s no point.”
If Kutcher ever travels to space, we know one critical item he will almost certainly leave behind.
California Teen Survived After Fighting Off a Crocodile That Dragged Her Underwater, Steps Away From a Mexico Resort
A teen’s summer vacation in Mexico became horrific when she claims she was dragged underwater by a 12-foot-long crocodile outside her Marriott resort. According to ABC affiliate KGO, Kiana Hummel was on a pre-college trip when the frightening occurrence occurred just before midnight at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.
Hummel and a friend had opted to swim in the ocean outside their Resort late at night. Hummel told KGO that when she was standing on the beach, the enormous reptile appeared from the ocean and grabbed her right leg, dragging her into the water.
Despite being dragged underwater, Hummel maintained her composure and proceeded to strike the reptile with all her might until it freed her leg. The teen thought she was on the verge of escaping at one point, but the crocodile grabbed her left ankle and dragged her back beneath the surface, she told KGO.
“I didn’t think I was getting out that second time,” Hummel recalled to the outlet from her hospital bed at MarinHealth Medical Center. “That was just really bad.”
As Hummel fought, onlookers heard the girl’s screams and hurried to assist, according to KGO.
“I just remember saying, ‘Please don’t leave me,'” Hummel shared with the outlet.
Sarah Laney, a St. Louis vacationer, and her friends were among those who came to provide a hand. She told KGO that they successfully removed Hummel from the crocodile’s grip and brought her to safety.
Hummel immediately called her mother, Ariana Martinez, who jumped on the next flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta upon learning of the frightening events.
Surprisingly, Hummel did not lose any limbs in the attack — but did have “extensive muscle and tissue damage,” according to a GoFundMe campaign established on her behalf by a friend to assist with medical expenses.
Marriott representative Kerstin Sachl tells PEOPLE that the Resort is aware of the incident.
“The safety and security of our guests and associates are our top priority. At the Marriott Puerto Vallarta, we have appropriate signage, as well as night, patrolling, and red flags to indicate caution in the area, and all were and are properly in place,” says the spokesperson.
Popeyes Seeks to End Chicken Wars by Donating 1 Million Chicken Nuggets Purchased from Its Competitors
Popeyes is requesting a halt to the chicken battles. After selling out of their incredibly famous chicken sandwich two years ago and igniting a fun spat with their competitors, Popeyes is about to offer another that is sure to have customers lining up for a taste.
Beginning Tuesday, the fast food company added chicken nuggets to its menu. The nuggets are covered in the same batter as their famous sandwich. The newly announced menu item is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Popeyes is launching the “We Come in Piece, 8 Piece” donation campaign to promote the new nuggets. Through the Popeyes Foundation, the chain will purchase the monetary equivalent of one million nuggets from competitors such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, and Burger King, and will donate the proceeds to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Customers may also participate, since Popeyes has pledged to match donations made through the Popeyes Foundation’s website up to $25,000.
Popeyes entered the chicken sandwich battles in 2019, launching its own sandwich and taking on Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, and others. The fast-food restaurants traded barbs on social media, such as when Popeyes reacted to a Chick-fil-A tweet praising their “original” sandwich with the phrase “y’all good?”
Wendy’s later added, “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich.”
Popeyes responded as follows: “Sounds like someone just ate one of our biscuits. Cause y’all looking thirsty.”
Wendy said, “lol, guess that means the food’s as dry as the jokes.”
However, Popeyes hopes to put any lingering ill will behind them with their new campaign. “The launch of our Chicken Sandwich was incredible, and we’re humbled by the amount of love and positive reviews, but at the same time many claimed that it started the chicken wars,” said Bruno Cardinali, Popeyes’ chief marketing officer.
“Now, it’s time to say goodbye to the chicken wars and celebrate our new Nuggets, because we come in piece, 8 piece to be exact,” he added.
Orders for the new Popeyes nuggets start at four pieces and go up to 36 pieces if placed in a Popeyes location. The 48-piece set is available for purchase through the Popeyes app or online ordering.