Vanessa Hudgens flaunts her toned midsection in a crop top and leggings as she picks up a smoothie

Vanessa Hudgens flaunts her toned midsection in a crop top and leggings as she picks up a smoothie post-workout in West Hollywood

She enjoyed a beach day on Monday.

And one day later, Vanessa Hudgens was spotted picking up a smoothie in West Hollywood after a workout at Dogpound gym.

The 31-year-old actress flaunted her flat midsection in a crop top and leggings, adding layers of jewelry.

 Looking good: Vanessa Hudgens was spotted picking up a smoothie in West Hollywood after a workout at Dogpound gym on Tuesday

Vanessa chose a black and white graphic short-sleeved crop top, pairing it with gray spandex bottoms.

She added sneakers as well as a black face mask; the star rocked a gold belly chain with bracelets, necklaces and rings, as well as her diamond belly ring. 

The beauty added small framed sunglasses and pulled her brunette tresses back, opting to go makeup free.

 Her pal rocked black shorts with a tank top, adding sneakers and a face mask.

Smoothie run: The 31-year-old actress flaunted her flat midsection in a crop top and leggings, adding layers of jewelry

Smoothie run: The 31-year-old actress flaunted her flat midsection in a crop top and leggings, adding layers of jewelry

Gorgeous lady: Vanessa chose a black and white graphic short-sleeved crop top, pairing it with gray spandex bottoms

Gorgeous lady: Vanessa chose a black and white graphic short-sleeved crop top, pairing it with gray spandex bottoms

One day prior, Vanessa showcased her toned form in a swimsuit as she posed on the beach.

The brunette beauty rocked a pink bikini with a colorful sarong on top, adding a straw visor.

She rocked her gold belly chains with earrings and layers of bracelets for the snap – as well as an anklet.

Vanessa captioned the gorgeous image: ‘Time for some sun.’ 

Beauty: One day prior, Vanessa showcased her toned form in a swimsuit as she posed on the beach

Beauty: One day prior, Vanessa showcased her toned form in a swimsuit as she posed on the beach

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken give Q&A after splashdown in SpaceX Crew Dragon

Over 48 hours ago NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico inside SpaceX Dragon capsule and today the pair conducted a live Q&A.

The duo took a number questions about the splashdown experience, their first meal and revealed if their long-standing friendship lasted while on the International Space Station.

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise.

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends.

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Over 48 hours ago NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico inside SpaceX Dragon capsule and today the pair conducted a live Q&A

‘Flying Crew Dragon we didn’t have to say anything at time. It was telepathy between us,’ Hurley said.

‘I know that doesn’t always go into the selection process, but when we were selected to fly it gave us a distinct advantage over other crews.’

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station.

The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil.

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise

The press conference, held Tuesday, gave the spacefairing heroes an opportunity to share their once in a lifetime experience with the world.

Most importantly, they shared in detail the exciting return home.

Behnken described the deorbit as going smoothly, saying it was everything he and HUrley had expected.

‘As we descended through the atmosphere, I was surprised at how quickly all the events transpired,’ he said.

‘We didn’t have time to focus on the Earth for a long period of time, but we had a good feeling about how quickly it was moving.’

He continued to explain that his and Hurley’s bodies became attuned with the environment.

‘I recorded audio while we moved through the atmosphere and it doesn’t sound like a machine,’ Behnken said.

‘It sounds like an animal coming through the atmosphere.’

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station. The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station. The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil

One popular character from the mission was also discussed – a plush dinosaur.

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. 

Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS.

‘It is a unique way for Bob and I to share this with our sons,’ said Hurley.

‘I am glad we could take Tremor with us and we are happy to see the response to Tremor.’

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule. Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule. Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule

One question many viewers may have had as they watched the capsule fall into the Gulf of Mexico is, what their first meal on Earth will be.

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule.

Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule.

They phoned their wives, who they said were thrilled to hear from them along with NASA flight director Anthony Vareha who shared the news on Twitter Sunday.

‘I received one of these calls at the flight director console. It started with an opening line like ‘Hi, it’s Doug and Bob, and we’re in the ocean.’ I think my response was, ‘Yeah, I can see that,’ he wrote in a tweet.

MARKET REPORT: Travel firms take off as Britons book trips to the Med

MARKET REPORT: Travel firms take off as Britons ignore the quarantine threat and book last minute trips to the Med

Travel company shares took off after a buoyant update from budget airline easyJet.

Demand for last-minute summer holidays has been so much better than expected that the company has expanded its schedule.

It had been planning to operate at about 30 per cent of its capacity between July and September.

Take-off: Demand for last-minute summer holidays has been so much better than expected that budget airline Easyjet has now expanded its schedule

But it will now bump this up to 40 per cent, and will be running 1,000 or so flights a day in August. Some of the most popular destinations have been Nice in the south of France and Faro in Portugal, even though Portugal has not yet been included in any air bridge agreements.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren said customers still have ‘an underlying desire and willingness to book and travel’, especially to get away on a beach break.

He also said the UK’s swift decision last month to impose a two-week quarantine on those arriving from Spain hadn’t caused customers to cancel their plans en masse – but said that late bookers were just looking elsewhere at places such as Greece and Croatia.

Stock Watch – Genedrive 

Genedrive surged after the diagnostics firm said it was working on technology to speed up coronavirus testing.

The London-listed company said its collaboration with US-based Beckman Coulter Life Sciences would involve automating the laboratory process to deliver faster results, aiming to process 1,000 tests in eight hours.

Genedrive boss David Budd said he hoped the technology could be introduced in labs in six weeks’ time. Shares rose 27.5 per cent, or 19.5p, to 90.5p.  

Unsurprisingly, the fact that it ran a mere 709 flights in the three months to June, compared with 165,656 a year ago, pushed it to a £325million loss.

This was down from a £174million profit in 2019.

But these figures weren’t what the stock market was focused on.

The change in tone about summer holidays, following news rivals were curbing services to Spain and being hammered by the shock quarantine, was exactly what traders wanted to hear.

EasyJet rose 8.8 per cent, or 44.4p, to 551.6p – and it brought the rest of the sector up too. 

British Airways owner IAG climbed by 7.1 per cent, or 11.55p, to 175.4p on the FTSE 100 index, while Tui rocketed 9.1 per cent, or 26.3p, to 314.2p on the mid-cap index.

The rally helped keep both of London’s top indexes in the black, though only just.

The Footsie rose 0.05 per cent, or 3.15 points, to 6036, while the FTSE 250 rose 0.9 per cent, or 149.58 points, to 17307.7.

The blue-chip index also got a boost from GKN-owner Melrose, which managed to thrash out new terms with its banks that it says will give it ‘considerable headroom and flexibility’.

The company, which makes parts for the hard-hit car making and aerospace sectors, has already scrapped its dividend and says job cuts are inevitable.

But the breathing room sent shares 9.4 per cent higher, up 8.28p, to 96.5p – and straight to the top of the Footsie leaderboard.

Defence contractor Babcock International had a more difficult start to the week.

The company won’t pay a dividend for the past year after profits took a 40 per cent knock in its most recent quarter and revenues fell.

It said this was an ‘appropriate’ decision given that it had been tapping into the Government’s coronavirus furlough scheme.

Doing the honourable thing didn’t do much for its shares, though, with its stock falling 9.4 per cent, or 27.2p, to 261.8p.

Direct Line and Centamin both unveiled better news on dividends. Insurer Direct Line rose 5.3 per cent, or 16.4p, to 324p after pledging a 7.4p per share half-year payout and a one-off 14.4p divi to replace the annual one that it previously suspended.

It came as the number of motor claims dropped by as much as 70 per cent at the peak of lockdown.

And gold miner Centamin rose 2.1 per cent, or 4.3p, to 211.8p, after the coronavirus-driven surge in gold prices so far this year helped push first-half profits from £45.6million last year to £146million.

It increased its divi by 50 per cent to around 4.6p per share.

Bereaved families being denied mortgage holidays

Bereaved families and struggling homeowners being denied mortgage holidays

Struggling homeowners are being refused more time off mortgage payments, despite the banks being under orders to support customers through the pandemic.

Banking trade body UK Finance insists ‘all customers’ can put off mortgage payments if they ask for help. 

But brokers say those in need are increasingly being denied – especially if they are requesting their second mortgage holiday.

Banking trade body UK Finance insists ‘all customers’ can put off mortgage payments if they ask for help. But brokers say those in need are increasingly being denied

At the start of lockdown, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said homeowners struggling due to coronavirus could have a three-month payment break on their mortgage. 

And in May it announced borrowers could get a further three-month extension to October.

The regulator also told banks it expected them to support customers who need help.

In the first three months of lockdown, more than 1.9 million mortgage holidays were granted. 

Of these, 1.2 million were approved in the first three weeks. But three months on, experts say lenders are taking a tougher line.

When Kat Chadwick’s husband died of coronavirus in April she applied for a three-month mortgage holiday on their home in Rochdale. For the past three years she had been a carer to Philip, 77, who had Parkinson’s.

Last week she asked for a three-month extension to let her get back on her feet.

Kat, 57, and her late husband put their second home on the market in February to allow them to pay off both mortgages. But after the property market froze following the virus crisis, the couple were unable to sell.

Halifax did not offer Kat any support this time.

She says: ‘Unlike the furloughed workers, I don’t have 80 per cent wages and I also don’t have anybody to rely on for help.

‘I feel crushed in every possible way — emotionally, physically and now financially.’ Following Money Mail’s involvement, Halifax apologised and agreed to grant Kat an extension.

How to stay afloat in a tsunami of job cuts: Millions face redundancy

How to stay afloat in a tsunami of job losses: As millions of Britons face the grim reality of redundancy… here’s our guide to weathering the storm

  • latest predictions say unemployment could rise to 10% by the end of the year 
  • Pizza Express warned 1,100 jobs are at risk, while Currys PC World axed 800 staff
  • Winding down of the furlough scheme at the end of October may be a cliff edge
  • Here a range of experts explain how to navigate an unforgiving labour market 

For many, it doesn’t bear thinking about. But millions of Britons are facing the grim reality of redundancy in the coming months, possibly for the first time.

This country has faced mass job losses before but rarely on this scale. The latest predictions say unemployment could rise to 10 per cent by the end of the year.

Just yesterday, Pizza Express warned that 1,100 jobs are at risk, while Currys PC World plans to axe 800 staff.

Will it be worse than 2008? Shocked workers leaving Lehman Brothers in London’s Canary Wharf after the firm collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis

The only advantage we have is that we can see the storm coming.

The winding down of the Government’s furlough scheme at the end of October may be a cliff edge, but it also gives time to prepare.

That’s why Money Mail is today launching a jobs crisis special to guide you through every stage. We have spoken to a range of experts who explain how to navigate an unforgiving labour market and focus on a job search.

The two-week series will also offer a ray of sunshine amidst the gloom. Redundancy can provide time to reassess and reorientate your life around a new career. We’ll tell stories of those who have turned loss into opportunity — and offer advice about how to do the same.

And we will explore how some have taken the plunge and started their own business from scratch after losing their jobs.

Boris Johnson says his approach to the pandemic is to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. It might be a good mantra for the jobs market, too. So what can you expect if the worst does happen?

WHAT WILL I BE PAID?

You should receive redundancy pay if you’ve been working for your current employer for two years or more.

You’ll get:

  • Half a week’s pay for each full year you worked if you’re under the age of 22.
  • One week’s pay per year, age 22 to 40.
  • One-and-a-half week’s pay per year aged 41 or older.

The payout is capped at 20 years and a maximum of £538 per week. You may get more under your particular work contract. The first £30,000 is tax free.

If you have been on furlough or maternity leave, your redundancy pay should be calculated based on your full wage. As a rule, being furloughed does not affect your rights.

You should receive the money by your final payday at the latest, unless agreed beforehand.

Just yesterday, Pizza Express warned that 1,100 jobs are at risk, while Currys PC World plans to axe 800 staff

Just yesterday, Pizza Express warned that 1,100 jobs are at risk, while Currys PC World plans to axe 800 staff

WHAT NOTICE WILL I GET?

  • At least one week if employed between one month and two years.
  • One week for each year employed between two and 12 years.
  • Twelve weeks if you’ve been in your employment for 12 years or more .

Check your contract. Your employer may give you more than the statutory minimum.

Your employer should either pay you through your notice period or pay you in lieu of notice. ‘Gardening leave’ means you are not working for your employer, but you are still employed, so you cannot start elsewhere yet.

HOW TO CHALLENGE IT

If the employer is making fewer than 20 redundancies, there are no rules about how they should carry out a consultation. 

For between 20 and 99 redundancies, consultation must start at least 30 days before any dismissals. It must be 45 days if there are 100 job cuts or more.

Discussions must cover ways to avoid layoffs, reasons for the cuts and how to keep numbers to a minimum. You can appeal by writing to your employer if you feel you’ve been unfairly selected. The next step is an employment tribunal.

WAS IT FAIR?

The grounds cannot be discriminatory: for example, based on age, disability, race, gender or religion.

Commonly used selection methods include ‘last in, first out’, asking for volunteers, and staff appraisals. You may be asked to reapply for your own job

NEW ROLE OFFERS

You may be offered ‘suitable alternative employment’, for example if it is similar to your current job. You may lose your right to redundancy pay if you turn down a suitable role without good reason.

You can make a claim to an employment tribunal if you think the alternative job is not suitable.

You are entitled to a trial period.

TIME OFF TO LOOK 

If you’ve been employed for two years, you’re allowed time off to look for a job elsewhere or for training. Your employer has to pay up to 40 per cent of a week’s pay for this.

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Short cuts to making long-term gains 

 By MARTYN JAMES of consumer complaints website Resolver

With up to half of all working Britons worried about losing their jobs, these are stressful times. But with a few simple steps, you can head off the worst of the storm by battening down your finances.

BUDGETING BASICS

A simple spreadsheet is all you need, or just a blank piece of paper. List when regular payments are due and, in a separate column, your food bills, entertainment and takeaways. Then total up the cost and compare it to what’s coming in.

Check your bank statements, going back 13 months, and ask your bank to cancel payments you do not recognise, and reclaim money if unauthorised.

CONTACT CREDITORS

If you’re struggling financially, lenders, utility firms and banks should offer solutions to buy you some time. They should also consider suspending interest and charges for a short period. 

Loan and credit payment holidays are available, too. If you are yet to take a mortgage holiday, the deadline to apply is October 31, but they do seem to be harder to get.

Prioritise your debts in order of the most serious consequences. For example, non-payment of council tax carries a three- month prison term. You could lose your home if you fall behind on your mortgage.

GET A (FREE) PLAN

Never pay for a debt management service — there are many free options, such as the debt charity StepChange. They’ll contact your creditors and negotiate payments you can afford.

SWITCH AND SAVE 

Energy price reviews happen around August, so this is a good time to switch providers. Take your meter readings and ask for a revised bill. While you’re at it, check if you can find cheaper mobile, broadband or annual insurance.

AND FINALLY…

The Government has banned home repossessions during this period. If you need help with living costs, you could be eligible for Universal Credit — go to gov.uk/universal-credit.