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May 29, 2020

Trump Terminates Relationship With World Health Organization

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump says the U.S. is breaking off ties with the World Health Organization.

“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump told reporters.

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He claims “China has total control over the World Health Organization.”

“China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has caused more than 100,000 American lives,” Trump added.

He alleged that officials in China “ignored their reporting obligations” to the WHO when the virus was first discovered in late 2019.


Wuhan Virology Laboratory

Virus

For weeks, Trump has been signalling a downhill trend in the relationship between the U.S. and China over the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Americans. During an interview with Fox Business Network in mid-May, he said he was disappointed with China’s efforts to contain the virus.

“They should have never let this happen,” Trump said at the time. “So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me.”

On May 18, Trump told the WHO that he plans on making a temporary funding freeze permanent – and reconsider the U.S.’ membership in the organization — unless “substantive improvements” were made. Those improvements were to be made within 30 days.

That letter accused the WHO of being “curiously insistent on praising China for its ‘transparency’” and failing to call for an independent probe into the origins of the virus.

On Friday, Trump continued to make claims about China and the coronavirus, calling for “transparency.”

He also alleged the Chinese government has used “illicit espionage” to obtain American industrial secrets.

“Today I will issue a proclamation to better secure our nation’s vital university research and to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who we have identified as potential security risks,” Trump said.

In response to Trump cutting ties with the WHO, Canada’s Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, issued a statement emphasizing the importance of multilateralism.

“We are only going to solve the most pressing global health challenges by working together,” she said.

“Now more than ever, a co-ordinated global response based on science and accurate data is essential.”

Her statement also mentioned advocating for “more transparency” within international organizations.

“Our government has been clear that a post-crisis review to assess lessons learned and improve global pandemic response must be made,” she said.

“That is why Canada co-sponsored an EU-led resolution at the World Health Assembly calling for an independent and comprehensive review of the WHO response to the pandemic at an appropriate time.”

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

He also announced removal of preferential treatment for Hong Kong, in the wake of China’s decision to pursue national security legislation for the city — a move that democracy activists and Western nations have warned could reduce Hong Kong’s freedoms.
“China has replaced its promised formula of one country, two systems with one country, one system,” Trump said.

“Therefore I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that gives Hong Kong different and special treatment.”

Hong Kong is a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and has functioned with a high degree of autonomy ever since. China’s parliament endorsed the controversial new security law on Thursday, sparking protests in Hong Kong as well as condemnation by Canada, Britain, and Australia.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and that China should engage in “constructive talks” with the city. But the country hasn’t said anything about taking concrete action if the new security bill is imposed.

Friday’s move will impact the “full range of agreements” between Hong Kong the U.S., including their extradition treaty and their export controls.

The U.S. State Department will also revise its travel advisory for Hong Kong “to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus.”

We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,” he said.

Trump’s 10-minute press conference came the same day he posted a tweet that prompted Twitter to flag it as “glorifying violence,” in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

After delivering his remarks about China, the WHO and Hong Kong, Trump walked away without addressing the ongoing protests in Minnesota.

Later at a White House event, Trump said he had spoken with Floyd’s family. According to Reuters, he also said “we can’t allow” the protests in Minneapolis “to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos.”

— With files by The Associated Press, Reuters, Global News staff

[ By Global News ]
May 29, 2020

Police Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd Has Been Arrested

Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin, police officer accused in George Floyd's death, charged with 3rd-degree murder

The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder.


Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin, who was one of four officers fired this week, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, after the office gathered enough evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Freeman did not have immediate details, but said a criminal complaint would be made available later. The charges come after three days of protests, which had been escalating in violence.


News of the arrest came moments after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the "abject failure" of the response to this week's protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Walz said the state would take over the response to the protests and that it's time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.


"Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard," Walz said, adding. "Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world - and the world is watching."

The governor cited a call he received from a state senator who described her district "on fire, no police, no firefighters, no social control, constituents locked in houses wondering what they were going to do. That is an abject failure that cannot happen."

His comments came the morning after protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned during a third night of violence. Livestream video showed protesters entering the building, where intentionally set fires activated smoke alarms and sprinklers. President Donald Trump threatened action, tweeting "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," which prompted a warning from Twitter for "glorifying violence."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[ By AP / NBC11 ]
May 29, 2020

Foot Fetishist Arrested After Stealing, Having Sex With 100 Pairs Of Flip-Flops


He’s a Birken-stalker.

A Thai man with an unhealthy obsession with shoes has been arrested for stealing more than 100 pairs of flip-flops, which he admitted to having sex with.

Police in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, first knew something was awry after receiving dozens of complaints from locals over missing shoes, reports Newsflare.


CCTV footage eventually revealed the culprit to be local man Theerapat Klaiya, 24, who was filmed lurking outside his latest victim’s home. Authorities apprehended Theerapat on May 24 at his rented dwelling with 126 pairs of flip-flops that he admitted to pilfering over two years.

The alleged footwear fetishist described how he would wear the sandals, which spanned every make and size, around the house to arouse himself a la shoe-coveting serial killer Jerry Brudos.

And that was just foreplay. Theerapat would reportedly then caress and kiss the well-worn flip-flops, strip down and rub them all over his naked body, and then, eventually, make love to them. Once he was done ravaging his sole mates, he’d toss them aside and look for a new pair.


The sandal vandal admitted to three charges of nighttime theft and snatching at a police press conference where his massive shoe collection was on full display. If that wasn’t bad enough, he was also found guilty of possessing a digital transceiver without permission and violating the coronavirus curfew, reports Newsflare.

Theerapat will be held at the station until his next court date, whereupon prosecutors will decide what to do with the shameless shoe screwer, according to Police Major Colonel Ekkaphop Prasitwattanachai.

This wasn’t the flip-flop copper’s first pedi crime. “We also found out that he had already been arrested last year for stealing flip-flops in another district,” says Ekkaphop.

[ By New York Post ]

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

103-Year-Old Grandmother Beats Coronavirus — Then Drinks a Bud Light to Celebrate!


Jennie Stejna's family was prepared for the worst.

Three weeks ago, the 103-year-old's health quickly declined when she became the first resident of her Massachusetts nursing home to test positive for coronavirus, the family recalled to Wicked Local.

Because people ages 65 and older are at a higher risk of severe illness from the deadly disease, the family said what they thought would be their final goodbyes to her earlier this month. But then, against all odds, Stejna was officially cleared of the virus on May 13.

“We’re truly very thankful,” Stejna's granddaughter, Shelley Gunn, told the outlet.

“This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus,” added Shelley's husband, Adam Gunn.

To celebrate, the staff at her facility gave Stejna something she hadn't had in a long time — a bottle of cold Bud Light.


"She put it to her lips and said, 'Ooh, that's cold. It's good when it's cold,' " her grandson David Stegna told the New York Post.

Stejna, who is Polish-American and grew up in Western Massachusetts, has long been a fan of having a midday drink to cool off.


"She would say, ‘You gotta have a cold beer when it’s hot out during the summertime,' " David recalled to the Post. "Later in the day she would say, 'I think I’m gonna split a beer.' She would never say, 'I am going to have one.' She’d sip about two and would do it sort of on the down-low," he continued.


Stejna — who lost her husband of 52 years in 1992 — has built a legacy encompassing two children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. And after beating coronavirus, she has time to create even more memories with her family.

"Not to get all existential, but I would tell her that 'God has a purpose for you and he’s not done with you yet,' " David said of his grandmother's battle with coronavirus.

"As she pulled through this, I think we might have found her purpose," he continued. "And that is to give people a glimmer of hope. There’s a perception that this disease is a scarlet mark, and if you get it, it’s over."

According to a New York Times database, Massachusetts has seen 94,895 cases and 6,640 deaths attributed to coronavirus as of Thursday night. The country as a whole has experienced 1.7 million cases and 101,502 deaths.

[ By People ]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

Pigeon Is Arrested In India On Suspicion Of Being A Pakistan Spy

pigeon

A pigeon has been handed over to police in India after being accused of being a Pakistani spy.

The alleged spy was discovered by Geeta Devi who lives in the Kathua district of Kashmir after the bird flew into her home on May 24.

It was found having been painted pink and was carrying around on its foot a ring with numbers on.

The Times of India report that Senior Superintendent of Kathua Police Shailendra Kumar Mishra said: 'We don't know from where it came. Locals captured it near our fences. We have found a ring in its foot on which some numbers are written.

'Further investigation is underway.'

The bird was captured by locals near the India-Pakistan border fence and was eventually passed on to the police by the Indian Border Security Force.

The Telegraph reported that police told the Times of India: 'Though birds have no boundaries and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon's body is a cause for concern as migratory birds don't have such rings.'

pigeon

The pigeon will remain in police custody until they have finished their investigations.

This is not the first time that a spying pigeon has been caught passing between India and Pakistan.

In 2015 another pigeon was intercepted, this time in Manwal village two and a half miles from the border.

It had the message 'Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal' in Urdu stamped on its tail along with some numbers.

The area mentioned is Pakistan's Punjab province.

Though an X-ray was carried out on the bird, nothing suspicious was found.

Police kept it in their custody anyway and listed it as a 'suspected spy'.

[ By Mail Online ]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Taiwan To Fire Up Missile Programme As Tsai Puts Focus On Asymmetric Warfare Against Mainland China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan is expected to step up the development of missiles able to strike mainland China in the face of growing military threats by Beijing.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed during her inaugural speech on Wednesday to bolster the self-ruled island’s defences by emphasising the development of asymmetrical warfare, apparently foreseeing bumpy cross-strait ties in her next four years in office.

In asymmetrical warfare, one side uses non-traditional weapons against a more powerful enemy. Analysts said a boost to Taiwan’s missile programme would mean the island could brace for the mainland’s first advance before the United States came to its rescue.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

“Weapons listed in this [asymmetrical warfare] category include missiles, torpedoes, unmanned aerial and navy drones and cyberweaponry. But missiles are by far the most effective to strike and intimidate the enemy,” said Chieh Chung, senior researcher of national security at Taipei-based National Policy Foundation, a think tank of the opposition Kuomintang party.

He said it was not surprising that Taiwan wanted to step up its missile development programme to ensure it had the necessary ability to strike should a cross-strait conflict erupt, given that the mainland’s People’s Liberation Army was a much bigger power and Taiwan had a limited military budget to stage an arms race with Beijing.


In his annual government work report on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for the resolute rejection of separatist activities seeking Taiwan’s independence and a deepening of ties across the Taiwan Strait towards the goal of peaceful reunification.

Beijing considers Taiwan part of its sovereign territory awaiting reunification with the mainland, by force if necessary. It has suspended official exchanges with Taiwan and staged numerous war games close to the island to try to force Tsai to accept the one-China principle, which she has rejected since first being elected as president in 2016.


Beijing has also warned other countries against supplying arms to Taiwan, making it difficult for the island to acquire weapons.

Taiwan’s National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology – known as the cradle of the island’s missile development – has worked with the military since the 1970s to develop short and medium-range missiles.


In an inspection of the institute in January, Tsai asked the defence ministry and the institute to accelerate plans for mass production of the improved version of the Tien Kung-3 and the supersonic Hsiung Feng-3 missiles to bolster Taiwan’s defensive capabilities.

Last month, the institute test-fired missiles, including the Tien Kung-3 and a land-attack missile capable of striking targets on the mainland.

According to local news media, the Tien Kung-3 surface-to-air missile and medium-range Yun Feng land-attack cruise missile were tested between April 5 and April 23 at the Jiupeng military base in Pingtung, the southernmost part of Taiwan.


The institute declined to comment on the tests, but last month made public the testing dates while warning ships and planes against approaching the announced firing zone.

Local news media said the latest version of the ship-based Tien Kung-3 was test-fired on April 9-10.

Its development was first revealed by legislators during a budget review session in 2014. The missile was listed as one of the 10 indigenous arms development items in the NT$7.02 billion (US$233 million) Chiang Kung – or Enhanced Bow – project. It is expected to go into mass production next year, according to the local Liberty Times.

[ By Yahoo News / SCMP ]
May 26, 2020

China Moving Military Ships Near Taiwanese Coast May Spark US Confrontation


The Chinese Communist Party is readying two new aircraft carriers for deployment off the coast of Taiwan that could lead to a military confrontation with the US ships in the region, as the relationship between the two global powers has become strained by trade issues and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The ships Liaoning and Shandong, part of the People’s Liberation Army navy, are conducting military readiness drills in the Yellow Sea but are expected to move into the South China Sea to Pratas Island for invasion mock battles, CCP-controlled Global Times reported.

Noting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assertions of territorial control over most of the waterway and lack of respect for the sovereignty of countries in the region, like Taiwan, the “risk of a military confrontation in the South China Sea involving the United States and China could rise significantly in the next eighteen months,” the Council on Foreign Relations said in a report issued last week.

The think tank said the US has a “strong interest” in stopping China from taking control over the South China Sea to keep the waterway open for navigation and secure international supply chains.

“The United States is also at risk of being drawn into a military conflict with China in this region as a result of U.S. defense treaty obligations to at least one of the claimants to the contested territory, the Philippines,” the council said.


President Trump, who has accused Beijing of misleading the world on the coronavirus pandemic, has been sparring with Xi over China’s trade policies, which he said are stacked against US corporations.

“We could cut off the whole relationship” with China, Trump told “Fox Business” earlier this month.

Those comments led to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accusing the US of pushing the two countries to the “brink of a new Cold War.”

“China has no intention to change, still less replace, the United States,” Wang said. “It’s time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization.”

May 26, 2020

‘Prepare For War’: China’s Xi Jinping Tells Army Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


‘Prepare for war’: China’s Xi Jinping tells army to thwart coronavirus impact on national security


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday directed China’s armed forces to strengthen training of troops and to be ready for war amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic’s visible impact on the world’s most populous country’s national security.

State media reports quoted the Chinese premier as saying that it was important to “comprehensively strengthen the training of troops and prepare for war”, “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty” and “safeguard the overall strategic stability of the country”.

Xi’s speech comes amid rising tension with the US, frequent references by local politicians and diplomats of reunifying Taiwan, if necessary by force, and the likely implementation of a new – and controversial – security law meant to crack down on pro-democracy dissidents in the special administrative region of Hong Kong.

Two days back, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi, heavily criticised the efforts of some US politicians to fabricate rumours and stigmatise China to blame it for the pandemic.


The US, Wang said, is pushing relations with China to “the brink of a new Cold War”. Chinese state councillor and foreign minister also rejected US “lies” over the coronavirus.

Tension is also escalating with India with troops from the two countries clashing along different areas along the 3,488 kilometre-long disputed border especially, in Ladakh, in May.

Both armies are said to have deployed additional troops in sensitive areas along the boundary with experts predicting a lengthy standoff.

Xi said that China’s performance in fighting Covid-19 has shown the success of military reforms and the armed forces should explore new ways of training, despite the pandemic.

Xi, who chairs China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), made the comments at a meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF) on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s parliament.

Xi added that it was necessary to make preparations for military struggle, “…to flexibly carry out actual combat military training, and to comprehensively improve our military’s ability to carry out military missions”.

Xi, according to the state media, pointed out “…this epidemic prevention and control struggle is a practical test for national defence and military reform, fully embodies the effectiveness of the reform, and also puts forward new requirements for reform”.

Xi’s strongly-worded speech coincided with a series of “unverified” photographs and videos being uploaded on Chinese social media platforms showing Beijing’s second aircraft carrier -- the country’s first indigenously built one -- leaving its shipyard for a sail on Monday.


“The move, if verified, will mark the aircraft carrier, the Shandong’s first known voyage in five months since being commissioned in December and later returning to the shipyard for maintenance,” a state media report said.

Separately, a military spokesperson said on Tuesday that a moderate and steady increase in the nation’s defence expenditure is right, proper, and necessary.

It was announced last week that China has set its annual defence budget growth target at 6.6%, as compared to 7.5% last year.

China has both economic and military development in mind and national defence should be developed in coordination with economic development, said Wu Qian, PLA spokesperson. Beijing’s homeland security and overseas interests are also facing some real threats, Wu added.

May 26, 2020

Three Brothers Let A Black Widow Spider Bite Them To Get Superpowers

 Black Widow Spider

Three brothers made the mistake of letting a black widow spider bite them so they could gain superpowers, but as you may have suspected, it didn’t work.

You always hear people worry that children will emulate what they’ve seen on TV, films or games, but you rarely ever actually see any end product. For the most part, kids know not to play with chainsaws, steal some cars or be a Batman, but of course there are exceptions to the rule.

Three children in Chayanta, Bolivia, were hospitalised after they let a highly venomous black widow spider bite them, in the hope that they would gain superpowers, much like Marvel’s Spider-Man.

As the boys – aged eight, ten and twelve – were looking over their family’s sheep, they noticed the spider and got to plotting. Their mother was around, but rather unluckily she was collecting wood when her sons found the spider.

As news reports stated, the brothers prodded the spider with a stick until it became irate and started to lash out, biting them all. After that, the three started suffering from the usual symptoms, such as muscle pain, stomach cramps, spasms and an increased heart rate.

 Black Widow Spider

When their mother returned, she found the boys crying and writhing in pain, leading to her speeding them to Chayanta health centre as fast as she could. The brothers were given medicine, but their conditions worsened.

After that, they were eventually taken to a nearby hospital before being transferred to a specialist children’s hospital in the capital. The incident became pretty high-profile, with the Head of Epidemiology of the Health Ministry, Virgilio Pietro, weighing in, saying the boys were suffering from muscle pains, sweating, fever, and generalised trembling.

Eventually the boys were given serums and their conditions improved and they were discharged from hospital five days later.

Pietro mentioned the case during a press conference, where he voiced his concerns for the suggestibility of children and warned their parents:

“For children everything is real, films are real, dreams could be real, and they (children) are the hope of our life“.
Don’t let things bite you, people.

[ By The Hook ]
May 26, 2020

China To Deploy 2 Aircraft Carriers Off Taiwan Coast As It Warns US Of ‘Cold War’

China Aircraft Carrier

Days after China threatened to “unify” Taiwan, it is planning to deploy two of its new aircraft carriers off the coast of Taiwan which has further sparked concerns of a potential invasion by the Asian superpower. According to an international media report, for the first time, China has decided to deploy two huge carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong together near Pratas islands.

The aircraft carriers are currently being trained for combat readiness at Bohai Bay and it has reportedly sparked fears among the Taiwan authorities that Pratas islands could be used as the staging point for an attack on the mainland.

This controversial move comes as Beijing threatened to acquire Taiwan again in response to United States President Donald Trump's statement that he could “cut off the whole relationship” with China. While tensions between US-China have intensified over the handling of coronavirus outbreak, Beijing has also warned of a “new cold war” with Washington after rejecting the accusations of the US government as “lies”.

China Aircraft Carrier

'Cover-up' by China is similar to Chernobyl

While the US-China relationship is already strained, recently a senior White House official compared the cover-up done by the Chinese government of COVID-19 pandemic with the handling of Chernobyl disaster in 1986 by the Soviet Union. In an interview with an international media outlet, White House National Security adviser Robert O’Brien said that China was aware of what was happening with the novel coronavirus as it originated in the country in November, but did not tell the truth to the World Health Organisation (WHO) so that it can formulate the global response to the health crisis.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had previously unveiled “Reality Check” of at least 24 “preposterous” allegations that the United States posed at Asian superpower. In the 11,000-word detailed rebuke from US President Donald Trump calling coronavirus as “Chinese Virus”, China took each statement point-by-point. Chinese foreign MInistry gave references to the “truth” and even quoted former US President Abraham Lincoln’s words, "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time".
May 26, 2020

12 Reasons You’re Single Even Though You’re A Catch

You’re awesome but you’re single. What are you doing wrong?? Absolutely nothing. Here are 12 reasons you’re single even though you’re a catch.


1. YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN SETTLING.

You know what type of people settle? The ones who think they’re running out of time to find something real and those who think true love isn’t in the cards for them. However, that’s not the case for you. You know he’s out there and you’re not settling for anything less.


2. YOU’RE WAITING TO MEET SOMEONE WORTHY OF YOUR AWESOMENESS.

You’re amazing, so why would you even bother being with someone who doesn’t equal you in that? I mean, seriously. It’ll totally be worth the wait.


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4. YOU DON’T NEED A MAN TO VALIDATE YOUR EXISTENCE.

You might think it’d be nice to have a partner in crime sometimes, but you certainly don’t spend all your time pining after a guy – and you don’t feel bad about it, either. Instead, you live your life and don’t let it revolve around finding someone.


5. YOU’RE TOO BUSY LIVING YOUR LIFE.

You have trips to take, people to meet, projects to tackle, and you have a goal to go to 30 countries before you turn 30. Your schedule is pretty damn packed.


6. YOU’RE FOCUSED ON YOUR CAREER.

It may sound like some sort of copout or a cliché, but this is 2015. What woman isn’t focused on her career to some degree? You love what you do and you’re good at it. That’s worth being proud of, for sure.


7. YOU’VE GOT GREAT FRIENDS TO DISTRACT YOU FROM ROMANCE.

Once you get a boyfriend, the time you spend with your friends is immediately cut in half. Boyfriends are great and all, but friends are a whole other level of great.


8. GUYS AREN’T AS INTO COMMITMENT AS THEY ONCE WERE.

We live in a culture where hooking up seems to take precedence over serious relationships. While hooking up is fun and one-night stands are a blast, it’s hard to find commitment in a sea of men who just aren’t into it. In this particular case, your singleness is totally out of your control.


9. YOUR CONFIDENCE IS REALLY INTIMIDATING.

It’s true! Even the cockiest of men will second guess themselves before even daring to approach a woman of your caliber.


10. YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON YOU FIRST.

Before you can share your life with someone else, you first need to know who you are, what you want, and in what direction you’re headed. It’s not fair to offer only half of yourself to someone when you’re still not completely whole.



11. YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE TIME TO MEET PEOPLE.

You didn’t even have time to eat lunch today, let alone set up an online dating profile. In fact, you’re not even sure you have time to swipe more than once or twice on Tinder.


12. YOU’RE TOO IN LOVE WITH SINGLE LIFE.

When your life is perfect already, it’s hard to want to bring someone else into the mix. While you may want a boyfriend, there’s the fact that having one will change the life you’ve made for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with change, but it’s also something you need to do on your own time.


13. YOU’RE NOT READY.

So why push something you’re not 100% about it yet?
[ By Bolde ]

Monday, May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020

6-Year-Old Instagram Sensation Stuns Internet With His Chiseled Physique

Arat Hosseini

“Chiseled physique” is not a phrase you would normally use to describe the appearance of a 6-year-old boy, but in the case of Arat Hosseini, the shoe fits perfectly, as they say.

Instagram star, soccer prodigy or expert gymnast are just some of the flattering labels people have used to describe Arat Hosseini over his short but very eventful life. He first made headlines around the world a couple of years ago when a video of what many originally assumed was a girl dribbling opponents on the soccer pitch went viral on social media. That ‘girl’ turned out to be a long, dark haired Iranian boy whose father had been training to become an athlete since before he could walk. Soon pictures of his tiny six-pack abs and videos of his training routines were doing the rounds on the internet, and Arat’s career as an international social media star took off.

Arat Hosseini

Arat’s father, Mohammad, has been training him ever since he was a toddler. He started doing gymnastics since he was only 9-months-old and by the age of two he had already appeared in international publications. But that was only the beginning, as Arat soon discovered soccer and proved very adept at it, wowing the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with his talent. But the thing that always gets him the most attention is his physique.

Having started training at such a young age, it’s normal for Arat to be in great physical shape, but it’s not everyday that you see a 6-year-old with a prominent six-pack. His biceps, shoulder muscles and pectorals look pretty impressive as well, prompting many of Arat’s fans to crown him the world’s strongest 6-year-old.

Arat Hosseini

Arat, who was born in Iran but now lives in Liverpool so he can train at Liverpool Academy, is also one of the most famous kids on Instagram. He has over 4 million fans and routinely gets over 1 million likes on his posts, most of which show of his physique or his training.

“After realizing my son’s talents, at the suggestion of those around me, I opened a page on Instagram, which was extraordinarily welcomed not only in Iran but also abroad,” Mohammad Hosseini told Iran Front Page.

Arat Hosseini

Mohammad has been accused of pushing his son too hard and depriving him of his childhood for financial gains, but Arat’s father has often disputed these accusations, saying that Arat has always been an active child and interested in athletic activities. As a father, he only helped guide Arat by training him. He has always claimed that he has acted in the best interests of his son.


The 6-year-old wonder-boy dreams of one day playing for Spanish soccer club Barcelona and has already been praised by his favorite player, Lionel Messi.

May 25, 2020

Pastor Quiboloy kay Vice Ganda: Bakit ka Umiiyak?

Pastor Quiboloy kay Vice Ganda: Bakit ka Umiiyak?

Sa programang Powerline ni Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, may matindi siyang banat kay Vice Ganda:


“Alalahanin mo, naghamon ka, hinamon mo ako noon. Ang saya-saya niyo noon. Naghahalakhakan kayo.

“Meron pang isang kasamahan mo na lalaki, pati ngala-ngala niya, nakita ko sa katatawa, e. Halos mabali ang leeg niya.”

“Iyan ang sinabi ko sa inyo, ang kayabangan, nakikita ng Diyos ‘yan. Kapag binigyan kayo ng pabor sa buhay, huwag kayong ganoon.

“O ngayon, nakita mo na, may Diyos sa langit, tapos nakita mo na Siya ang tumitimbang sa lahat ng mga tao dito sa lupa kung ano ang ginagawa nila. Hustisya ang Diyos, Vice Ganda, hustisya.

“Siguro sa iba, naloloko mo, niloloko mo, pinagtatawanan mo, e, wala naman kinalaman sa Diyos sila. Nakakaligtas ka doon, pero binibilang din ng Diyos ‘yon. Pang-aapi ‘yon.

“Pagkatapos isinama mo pa ako. Ngayon, napatunayan mo na meron akong Diyos na nagpadala sa akin,”

“Kasi yung lahat ng pinagsasabi mo, puro imposible. ‘Sige nga, Quiboloy, punta ka sa EDSA, pahintuin mo ang traffic. Sige nga, Quiboloy, pahintuin mo ang Probinsyano. Abangan…si Quiboloy lang ang makakapagpahinto sa Probinsyano.'”

“Nag-prophesize ka, Vice. O ngayon, wala na yung programa mo, wala na yung network mo. Malinis na ang EDSA. Dapat masaya ka sapagkat natupad ang lahat ng hamon na ginawa mo.”

“l di ba? Ako ang nagso-showtime. Pero tingnan mo, sa kinamalasan na tinanggap mo, hindi ako tumatawa.”

“Ngayon, naniniwala ka na, karma is real. O, bumalik sa ‘yo, di ba, at ngayon, umiiyak ka. O, bakit hindi kayo humahalakhak?”

“Bakit ka umiiyak ngayon at nalulungkot? Tanungin mo ang sarili mo. Yun ang dahilan, Vice, yun ang dahilan para patotohanan lang ng Diyos sa ‘yo, si Pastor Apollo Quiboloy ay hindi pumunta rito sa kanyang sarili lang. Lesson ‘yan. I hope that you learned your lesson,”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

20 Early Signs Of Stroke

20 Early Signs Of Stroke

In the U.S. and Canada, stroke is the third-leading cause of death. A stroke occurs when blood flow into the brain is interrupted (ischemic stroke) or when blood vessels in the brain rupture (hemorrhagic stroke).

Even when a stroke is not fatal, there are often lifelong effects. Stroke survivors may have difficulty paying attention, suffer memory loss, or find it hard to express themselves.

Fortunately, there are several early signs of stroke. If you experience one of these signs or are worried about your health, call 911. The Heart and Stroke Foundation advises against driving your car. It's safer to rely on an ambulance.

If you witness someone having a stroke, call for help and wait for the ambulance to arrive. Ask the person to lie down, or help them lie down. Make sure their airways are clear. The 911 operator will be able to help you.


➽ Sagging face

The acronym FAST can help you easily identify the common first signs of stroke in men and women. Each letter represents a symptom. “F” stands for the face that may sag or go numb, usually on one side more than the other.

Someone manifesting this symptom will be unable to smile normally. One corner of their mouth will tend to droop.


➽ Inability to lift your arms normally

The second letter of the acronym FAST, “A”, refers to the arms—the inability to lift and hold them up as usual. A stroke sufferer may also feel numbness or weakness in one of their arms. If they are asked to lift their arms to a horizontal position, one of their arms will be less straight than the other.
No longer able to pronounce simple words correctly

Speech is the third sign from the acronym FAST. People suffering a stroke will have difficulty with language, specifically articulating simple words.

One way to know if you are really seeing early signs of a stroke is to ask the person to repeat a simple sentence several times. Make sure it's a sentence they are usually able to say. If they are incapable or their health worries you, call for help. In fact, the “T” in FAST stands for time and means that you should call 911 right away.


➽ Confusion

In addition to losing the ability to pronounce simple words, someone suffering a stroke will appear confused. They will have difficulty finding the right words to express themselves and will be unable to understand what others are saying. This confusion is caused by insufficient blood flow to the area of the brain responsible for language.


➽ Difficulty seeing

Strokes can sometimes affect your vision, suddenly causing blurry vision or partial or complete vision loss. One or both eyes may be affected.


➽ Difficulty walking

A stroke occasionally impairs the areas of the brain responsible for balance and coordination. Stroke victims can find it difficult to walk or stand. They may suddenly feel dizzy.

Problems with your ears may also result in a loss of balance. Either way, a sudden loss of equilibrium warrants an immediate trip to the doctor.


➽ One side of your body goes numb

Stroke victims may experience sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.


➽ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Some early signs of stroke that deserve particular attention occur more often in women. Women often experience symptoms that are less “traditional” than those exhibited by men. For example, women may have difficulty breathing or feel short of breath before the onset of a stroke.

Respiratory problems do not occur only in cases of stroke. Nevertheless, if this symptom appears suddenly and without a good reason (you've just run to catch the bus, for example), it's best to seek help.


➽ Hallucinations

Hallucinations are a sign of stroke seen more often in women than men. Some women continue to experience hallucinations several weeks, or even years, after suffering a stroke.

Violent headaches

In some cases, strokes cause violent headaches that are, in general, more painful than usual. This symptom occurs in both men and women.


➽ Nausea

Few people associate nausea with strokes. Other, more common causes come to mind, like indigestion, stress, and pregnancy. Nevertheless, several women (fewer men experience this symptom) who have had strokes report feeling nauseated.


➽ Vomiting

Sometimes, nausea becomes so severe that it causes vomiting. When it comes to strokes, this symptom is particularly worrying because, according to one study, patients who vomit have a higher mortality rate than those who don't.


➽ Hiccups

People don't usually panic when they get the hiccups, and why should they? Hiccups are rarely lethal. However, when they occur in combination with other symptoms described in this article, hiccups may indicate the onset of a stroke, especially in women. So, pay attention to your hiccups.

Pain in your face or limbs

Occasionally, numbness and weakness in the face or limbs is accompanied by sudden, unusual, or severe pain. Women are slightly more likely to manifest this symptom than men.


➽ Behavioural changes

Friends and family of someone who has suffered a stroke may have difficulty recognizing them. Often, a stroke victim's behaviour will change, as if they have become another person. In one study, researchers discovered that 44.2% of women and 24.1% of men experienced a “mental status change” before suffering a stroke.


➽ Memory loss

Have you forgotten your cat's name? Can you no longer remember where you live? One of the early signs of stroke is memory loss. Stroke victims are no longer able to recall what they would normally remember. One study suggests that women may be at a higher risk of presenting this symptom during a stroke.

➽ Drowsiness

Before suffering a stroke, you may feel fatigued for an unknown reason. Stroke victims may even fall into a coma if a large part of the brain stem stops receiving blood. Comas can often have prolonged effects. Obviously, if you see someone fall into a coma, don't hesitate to call 911.


➽ Difficulty swallowing

Difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia, is not a common early sign of stroke. Data from one study showed that only 6.5% of women and 5.8% of men say they found it difficult to swallow prior to suffering a stroke.

On the other hand, the Stroke Association found that after having a stroke, half of all patients experience difficulty swallowing.


➽ Agitation

Women are more likely than men to be agitated during a stroke. Feeling upset may strike suddenly and without cause. When agitation is accompanied by other symptoms mentioned in this article, it's a good idea to seek help.


➽ Muscle soreness

Muscle soreness can sometimes occur along with numbness and pain in the limbs. Some people even lose feeling in their arms or legs.

[ By Expresso / MSN ]