Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

IT Happens: Facebook Sorry For Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Name Gaffe

Facebook apologised Saturday for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese language posts during his much-touted visit to Myanmar. His two-day visit to Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw was the first made by a Chinese leader in almost two decades.

But the historic moment was dimmed by the automatic translation feature on Myanmar's Facebook -- which rendered Xi Jinping's name from Burmese into English as "Mr Shithole" The scatalogical error most notably appeared on the official Facebook page of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"Mr Shithole, President of China arrives at 4 PM," said a translated announcement posted earlier Saturday. "President of China, Mr. Shithole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives," it continued. A Facebook spokesperson told AFP the social platform "has fixed the issue regarding Burmese to English translations" on their site.

"We sincerely apologise for the offense this has caused," they said in an emailed statement. The company said it was unable to give any further details about whether the embarrassing error was due to a hack, software issues or something else.

Tech-nascent Myanmar loves Facebook. The platform is the most popular site for news, entertainment and chat -- many even see it as synonymous with the internet. Politicians and government agencies also use it for official statements and announcements. The site -- which has more than two billion users globally -- is restricted in China.

[ By AFP ]
January 19, 2020

Indian Woman Seeks Divorce From Husband For Not Taking A Bath

Indian Woman Seeks Divorce From Husband For Not Taking A Bath

In a bizarre instance, a 20-year-old woman in India has filed an application with the authorities seeking a divorce from her husband for not maintaining a hygienic lifestyle.

Woman belonging to Bihar’s Vaishali district has claimed in her application that her 23-year-old husband, Manish Ram stinks “because he does not shave, take a bath or brush his teeth regularly,” Times of India reported on Saturday.

Taking action on the complaint filed by Soni Devi, the State Women’s Commission (SWC) gave a two-month ultimatum to her husband to mend his ways or face the legal action for not complying with the orders.

SWC member Pratima Sinha said that the 20-year old petitioner approached the commission on Thursday and said she wanted a divorce from her husband.

“I was taken aback by reasons that was cited for seeking divorce,” the official was quoted as saying.

In her petition, Soni said she married Manish, who is a plumber by profession, in 2017.

“My husband stinks as he does not shave and bathe for nearly 10 days at a stretch. Moreover, he doesn’t brush his teeth. He also doesn’t have manners and follow etiquette,” the petitioner alleged.

The SWC member said that Soni was adamant on separating from her husband.

“I don’t want to live with my husband anymore. I can no longer bear the humiliation. Kindly get me rid of this man … he has ruined my life,” the official quoted the petitioner as saying.

Soni’s husband, however, said he did not want a divorce and wanted to live with her, adding that he would try his best to improve his lifestyle and win over his wife’s confidence.

January 19, 2020

Puerto Rico Emergency Director Fired After Residents Discover Warehouse Full of Hurricane Maria Supplies

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced has fired the island’s emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered on Jan. 18.

The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said.

Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him.

Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of water and other boxes with emergency supplies were found at a warehouse in the earthquake-ravaged city of Ponce.

Several residents were seen opening the rolling metal doors of the building and calling for authorities to distribute the supplies. Families began lining up Saturday afternoon outside the warehouse, hoping to get bottled water, food and emergency radios, CNN affiliate WAPA reported.

Acevedo has denied allegations of mishandling, saying the agency has been actively distributing supplies, according to a statement released through the office of emergency management. No residents have been denied any supplies in the warehouse, including food, diapers, baby formula, and cots, Acevedo said.

He said about 600 pallets of water were distributed when Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Karen threatened Puerto Rico and during a drought that affected the island last year. Nearly 80 of those pallets remain in the warehouse because they expired, he said.

“There have not been orders to seize or destroy those items at any point,” Acevedo said in a statement.

Vázquez Garced has directed Secretary of State Elmer Roman to investigate the allegations and share his findings within 48 hours.

“There are thousands of people who made sacrifices to bring aid to the south and it’s unforgivable that resources have been kept in a warehouse,” the governor said in a statement.


Puerto Rico has been ravaged by a series of earthquakes since Dec. 28. In the last two weeks, tremors and aftershocks have destroyed or severely damaged hundreds of structures and forced thousands of people in the southern area of the island to flee their homes.

More than 8,000 people have been living in outdoor shelters in the cities of Yauco, Peñuelas, Guánica, Guayanilla, and Ponce. Some of those displaced are residents who are too afraid to return home for fear a wall or the roof will collapse.

[ By NTD ]
January 19, 2020

Grandma Becomes a Adult Film Star After Husband Dies & Only Wants to Film With Young Men

Japan’s adult film industry is booming and the high-paying salary has attracted many young girls to become porn stars. However, an 83-year-old woman has shown an interest in becoming a porn star herself!

According to China Press, the woman, Ogasawara Yuko, grew up with a strict education. Her father was an office worker while her mother was a housewife. She later got married and had two sons and a daughter.

Ogasawara thought that her life would be as simple as her mother’s, but little did she know that things would start to change.

When her husband died at the age of 59 from liver failure, she was devastated and became weak for a while. Two years later, she decided to step out of her misery and opened her own restaurant with encouragement from her family.

One day, a female customer asked Ogasawara if she was interested in starring in adult films. Ogasawara refused at first but was later convinced and followed the woman to the porn filming site.

During the visit, Ogasawara watched a young woman and an old man making a film. She then said, “If I were to become one, I don’t want an old man. I want a handsome young man.”

The producer who heard her immediately said, “If you are willing, we can arrange for that.”

Eventually, Ogasawara officially started her adult film career at the age of 81. The male actors she filmed with were young enough to be her grandsons.

“This is the first time I had sex with a boy other than my husband,” she said, adding that her life is good now and that she enjoys this part of her life very much as it is very fulfilling.

She also pointed out that her son knew she is filming adult films and encouraged her to do what she liked to do.

Well… To each their own.

January 19, 2020

Woman Allegedly Laces Husband’s Beer With Laxatives To Make Him Quit Drinking

laxative beer

Tirer of her husband’s drinking habit, a Mexican woman decided to make him think he had become allergic to booze by lacing his beers with natural laxatives like castor oil and plum extract.

After consulting various internet pages and forums, Michel N., a young woman from Sinaloa, devised a plan to make her husband, José Brayan, quit drinking. She managed to get a hold on a mixture of castor oil and plum extract and started putting a few drops of it into his beer bottles, to achieve a mild, gradual laxative effect. José later told police that he found it a bit strange when his wife offered to pop open his beer and bring it to him whenever he needed one, but he simply “let himself be loved and pampered”.

As the natural laxatives started working their magic on José ‘s bowels, his wife tried to convince him that the diarrhea was a sign of allergy, most likely to alcohol. But the man didn’t let himself be scared into quitting his beer habit, instead popping a stomach pill and continuing to drink as usual. He even jokingly told Michel that the bathroom was a short distance away, so there was no problem.

laxative beer

Michel didn’t really find the humor in her husband’s remarks, and out of desperation to get him to quit drinking, she started putting more laxatives into his beers. By the next morning, José Brayan diarrhea had gotten so bad that he couldn’t even make it to the bathroom. The symptoms, including severe dehydration, were getting so bad that his wife had no choice but to take him to the local hospital.

Questioned about the cause of his diarrhea, the man reportedly told doctors that he would never drink beer again, because apart from the stomach discomfort, he also suffered from serious chaffing that prevented him from sitting down. According to Mexican news outlet Vanguardia, the man’s wife eventually confessed that she had caused the diarrhea by lacing his beer with laxatives.

Michelle was taken into custody by police and will most likely face judicial charges.

January 19, 2020

Chinese Theme Park’s Bungee-jumping Pig Stunt Sparks Anger On Social Media

Bungee-jumping Pig

Chinese social media users have reacted angrily to a video that appeared online on Saturday of a live pig attached to a bungee rope being pushed off a 70-metre-high (230-foot) platform, supposedly to celebrate the opening of a theme park's new attraction, local media reported.

In the footage, which was uploaded to Weibo - China's Twitter-like service - the 75kg (165lb) animal is seen tied to a pole being carried by two men to the top of a metal stairway. Once at the top, the men truss the animal with the bungee ropes, tie a purple cape around its shoulders and push it over the edge.

As the animal plummets to the ground, people can be heard laughing and cheering.

But few people on social media saw the joke.

"I don't see anything funny in it," a person wrote on Weibo. "Why were there people laughing? Just because the animal can't express fear doesn't mean it is not afraid."

Another suggested replacing the pig with the owner of the theme park.

"To tie up its boss and throw him down would be much more entertaining," the person said.

Bungee-jumping Pig

According to a report on, the stunt was arranged to mark the opening of a bungee jump at the Mexin Wine Town theme park in southwest China's Chongqing municipality,

The park's unnamed owner tried to make light of the incident.

"It's our opening day today. We let the pig make the first jump because pork prices have been very high this year and recently they dropped a bit," she said.

Pork is a staple in China, but an outbreak of African swine fever that began in August 2018 and spread across the country wiped out an estimated 200 million animals and caused prices to soar. In December, the meat was almost twice as expensive as it had been a year earlier, albeit 5 per cent cheaper than it had been the previous month.

The owner said the stunt was also staged to mark the end of the Year of the Pig and the dawn of the Year of the Rat, which begins on Saturday.

Bungee-jumping Pig

China does not have any laws to protect animal rights, but there have been increasing calls from welfare groups in recent years for legislation to prevent abuse.

After its enforced bungee jump, the pig was seen being dragged away from the scene.

A public relations worker at the park said the animal was destined to be served up at a Lunar New Year banquet and that it was "normal" for them to experience shock on their way to slaughter.

Its ordeal was "just a bit of entertainment", he said.

January 19, 2020

A Study Suggests That Husbands Who Have Controlling Wives Live Longer and Are Healthier

husband, wife, couple

We’ve all heard the phrase “happy wife, happy life” but a  study has found “controlling wife, healthier life” to be true. Previous studies have shown that spouses can affect each other’s health and longevity. However, this study shines some light on why wives who are in charge should be appreciated.

Turns out that when men are unhappily married, they have a lower risk of developing diabetes, according to a study led by a Michigan State University sociologist. Even if they do develop it, they have a higher chance of successful treatment, thanks to their wives.

Hui Liu, the lead researcher, said that this may be due to the fact that some wives constantly monitor their husbands' health, especially if the husbands are in poor health or have diseases like diabetes that require frequent monitoring. However, the husbands may feel unhappy with the wives telling them what to do, which they may see as "nagging."

Since diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, this finding is significant. The research, which analyzed survey results from 1,228 married people, aged 57 to 85 years old, over 5 years, challenges the assumption that an unhappy marriage equals bad health and hence a shorter life.

The same study suggested that the reverse is true for women. A good marriage would mean a lower risk of being diabetic 5 years later. Women may be more sensitive than men to the quality of a relationship and thus more likely to experience a health boost from a good-quality relationship, said the researchers.

That being said, it was noted that too much controlling can also create overwhelming stress for spouses. Many studies have shown that unhappy marriages can be bad for the body, heart, and mind. And one particular study followed about 10,000 Danish, for 11 years, and concluded that those with demanding partners had a 50%-100% higher risk of early mortality than those who lived more peaceful lives.

[ By Bright Side ]

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

International Outcry As More Than 5,000 Camels Shot In APY Lands

More than 5,000 camels have been shot and killed across the arid north-west of South Australia, in a controversial feral cull that has drawn plenty of international attention.

It came after a reported spike in the number of camels making their way into remote communities in the drought-stricken Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, causing damage to air conditioners and infrastructure in their search for water.

The APY executive board approved professional shooters to take out thousands of camels from helicopters across the region.

The five-day cull was hailed as a success by APY general manager Richard King, despite opposition from some people living on the lands, animal rights activists across the globe, and the fledgling camel meat industry.

"The fact that we were able to bring our stakeholders together in one place, with one mission, and also get approvals from Anangu to proceed with the cull makes it a success," he said.

"There were long, hot days but we managed to get the numbers that we were hoping they would get, which is great."

Mr King said government sources estimated there were about 600,000 camels in the region, and he conceded the cull was not going to have a huge impact on the population.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't leave a dent at all," he said.

"Killing 5,000 of them is not much really — compared to the grand scheme of things [it's] less than 1 per cent."

Mr King hoped the cull would instead ease the pressure on communities while temperatures soared over the summer months.

APY criticised for not consulting with communities

The cull was met with opposition by some in the APY Lands.

Amata community criticised the APY executive board for a lack of consultation, and ultimately decided not to let the cull go ahead on their traditional lands.

Several people muster, trap and sell camels in the region, and they thought their business would be negatively impacted by the cull.

"It is Aboriginal business, the only business we've got is the camel business," Amata traditional owner and former APY chairman Frank Young told The Australian.

Another prominent community member in Fregon also spoke strongly against the cull.

But Mr King said it was only a small number of people opposed to the measures, with most wanting fewer camels in their communities.

"There were three people in Amata who disagreed [with the cull], and those people all have an interest in catching camels and selling them," he said.

"In the end, whenever you get one or more people saying no, you listen to them."

Mr King warned that those people would be "held to account" for damage caused in the community in the future.

"If camels are devastating an area, those people will be contacted to get out there and sort them out," he said.

International media take interest in the cull

The cull also garnered attention far beyond the APY lands, with national and international commentators criticising it on animal rights grounds.

Many were shocked to see so many camels being killed while more than a billion animals had perished throughout Australia's disastrous bushfire season.

In Turkey, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) criticised the cull of thousands of camels as "not a humane approach".

Some international media outlets mistakenly connected the cull to the bushfires, believing it occurred because camels were drinking water that could otherwise be used to fight fires.

Mr King said camels caused a great deal of damage on the APY Lands and their numbers needed to be contained.

He said there was a big disconnect between people who were criticising APY's feral animal management approach and those who were dealing with camels in remote communities.

"When we're sitting in the air conditioning in our homes … people have to realise that in the real world people are living with this real situation," he said.

"I challenge any of those people to sit out there in the community in 50-degree heat, not being able to put their air conditioner on for a day … let's see what their attitudes are then."

APY Lands stance at odds with camel meat industry

Others believe culling camels does damage to a potentially lucrative camel meat industry, one of the few businesses that engages remote communities in the APY Lands.

Windy Hill Export Meats manager Ivan Coulter has bought camels from the region and sold the meat to foreign markets.

He believed it was a "ridiculous situation" that so much camel meat was being wasted, and said communities should be making the most of the increasing number of camels on their land.

"For an animal that's not costing anything to the APY Lands … they're earning funds from an animal they're not actually putting any money into, except for holding yards," he said.

Mr Coulter said the camel meat industry was restricted by a lack of multi-species abattoirs in Australia, but there was huge demand for the product.

"If we were to supply all the camel markets throughout the world — including the Middle East, USA, Canada, Sweden, West Africa — there wouldn't be one live camel left after one year," he said.

But Mr King said there was no future for a camel meat industry in the APY Lands, given the ongoing damage camels caused to infrastructure and the broader landscape.

He called the camel meat industry a "false economy", with freight costs making it too costly to make it a profitable venture.

"The economic returns are just not there — it's not a viable industry at all," he said.

"It costs us more to have camels in the APY than it would if we actually got rid of them. In fact, we'd be making money if we got rid of them."

Mr King said the long-term aim was for more cattle to be run on the APY Lands, and he warned that APY would be "coming down" on anyone farming camels in the region.

[ By ABC News ]
January 18, 2020

Harry and Meghan Will Give Up Royal Titles, Repay U.K. for House Renovation

Harry and Meghan, Queen Elizabeth

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose their royal titles of “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness,” when they step back as senior members of the United Kingdom’s royal family, according to a new statement from Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace. However, the duo will maintain the moniker of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple will also repay U.K. taxpayers for renovating their Windsor home, known as Frogmore Cottage, which they will retain as their base in Britain. They will no longer receive public payment for their royal duties. The changes will take place sometime in the spring, according to Buckingham Palace.

They explained in early January that they had made the decision to work towards “becoming financially independent” and to raise their son between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Markle starred in the TV series “Suits,” which filmed in Canada, and the family is reportedly looking at houses in Canada and possibly Los Angeles, after spending the holidays on Vancouver Island, B.C.

The loss of Markle’s royal title comes amid speculation that she will be returning to the entertainment business in some form. Her mother lives in Los Angeles.

The statement from Her Majesty the Queen reads, “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

Harry and Meghan, Queen Elizabeth

The statement from Buckingham Palace said, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.

With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.

Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.

[ By Variety ]

Friday, January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Japan Confirms First Case Of Infection With New China Coronavirus

China Coronavirus

Japan confirmed the first case of infection from the new China coronavirus that has killed one person and prompted a travel alert from the US State Department.

A man in his 30s from Kanagawa prefecture, next to Tokyo, tested positive, Japan's Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The man had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where there has been an outbreak of pneumonia believed to be caused by the new coronavirus strain, it said.

The State Department issued a health alert update on Wednesday about travel to the Wuhan region. It referenced a Watch Level 1 Alert by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging citizens travelling in the region to avoid contact with animals, animal markets or animal products, among other precautions.

Thai health authorities said on Wednesday they were stepping up monitoring of passengers arriving at airports ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, when 800,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the new virus could spread and has warned hospitals worldwide.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some of the virus types cause less serious disease, while some - like the one that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) - are far more severe.

The Japanese patient returned from Wuhan this month with a fever and was hospitalised. He was released yesterday after the symptoms subsided, according to the ministry statement.

[ By Bangkok Post ]
January 17, 2020

Scientists Discover Cows Talk To Each Other About How They Feel Using Their Moos

COWS USE their moos to communicate with one another about how they feel.

That’s according to a new study from the University of Sydney which found the popular farm animals have individual vocal characteristics that change pitch depending on their emotions.

Researchers found that cows not only use their voice to stay in contact with other members of the herd, but also to express emotions like excitement, arousal, engagement or distress.

The study’s leader author, Alexandra Green said: “Cows are gregarious, social animals. In one sense it isn’t surprising they assert their individual identity throughout their life.”

“This is the first time we have been able to analyse voice to have conclusive evidence of this trait.”

A total of 333 cow vocalisations were recorded and analysed as part of the University of Sydney research, published in Scientific Reports.

The data was then used to examine how cows keep and use their individual moos throughout their lives, even when among each other.

Lead author Green analysed the pitch of each cow’s moo to "assess how aroused or excited the animal is in a certain situation".

"It all relates back to their emotions and what they are feeling at the time.”

"They have all got very distinct voices,” she explained.

“Even without looking at them in the herd, I can tell which one is making a noise just based on her voice."

She said animals often spoke to one another during sexually active periods or situations when they were either waiting for or denied food.

They also communicated when separated from the larger herd.

Researchers are hopeful that the findings could one day pave the way for farmers to invest more in the emotional state and welfare of their cattle.

[ The Irish Post ]

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

Pastor Quiboloy Pina-stop ang Pagputok ng Bulkan Taal

Pastor Quiboloy Pina-stop ang Pagputok ng Bulkan Taal

Sa pahayag ni Pastor Apollo Quiboloy sa kanyang TV program na "Ito Ang Buhay" noong January 13, 2020, kung saan kasalukuyan pumuputok ang bulkan Taal, sinabi niya na dapat magsisi ang mga tao at huwag na siyang ibash dahil siya ang hinirang na anak. Hiniling rin niya sa Diyos na tumigil na ang pag sabog ng bulkan Taal.

January 16, 2020

Raging Woman Gets Revenge On Cheating Boyfriend By Switching His Shower Gel With Hair Removal Cream

shower gel, hair remover

A raging woman has dished out the ultimate revenge on her cheating boyfriend by switching his shower gel for hair removal cream and bleaching messages into his clothes.

Twitter user Kianna uploaded a video showing all the ways in which her sister, Becca, decided to take out revenge on her love rat partner after discovering he had cheated on her.

Kiana captioned the video: “Sisters boyfriend cheated on her after having been together over a year and meeting her kids, her Snapchat has me in a kink.”

To start off her revenge, Becca began by using his toothbrush to wipe inside the toilet.

Secondly, she poured away his favourite Lynx shower gel and replaced it with Veets hair removal cream.

Her boyfriend’s ‘prized possession’ was a top from Stone Island, so Becca decided to snip through the garment with a pair of scissors.

Now, this all sounds pretty bad and for some people, that would be enough revenge for them to move on… But not Becca.

Becca then added bleach to a mug before using it to paint the words ‘I am…’, followed by a large penis.

shower gel, hair remover

She also left him a sticky present in his trainers and snipped holes away in his boxers.

Becca was full of creative ideas to satisfy her thirst for revenge, she even added chilli powder to some of his showering products and then wiped a toilet brush all over his football shirt.

So far, Kianna’s video has racked up over 5.1 million views on Twitter.

Of course, people took to the comments and shared their view on whether or not Becca had taken it too far.

“Forget the cost… get a restraining order, this girl has issues.”

Whilst another added: “So she’s cheated on AND is gonna have a lawsuit. 2020 starting strong for her.”

Meanwhile, one groom decided to get revenge on his actual WEDDING DAY after discovering his soon to be wife was having an affair with her brother-in-law.

[ By IGV ]
January 16, 2020

Sugar Baby Reveals She Earns $23,000 A Month From Her 6 Sugar Daddies

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

A sugar baby has revealed she earns up to £18,000 a month from her SIX sugar daddies, who treat her to luxurious holidays, designer clothing and textbooks for her university studies.

Chloe Hyams has been earning an average of £18,000 a month by entertaining her six sugar daddies who pamper her every need, from affluent holidays to the latest designer handbags.

The 18-year-old has claimed that being a sugar baby to her multiple sugar daddies has made it possible for her to embark on her expensive university degree, in which she’s studying psychology and neuroscience.

Chloe who lives in London says she has plans to become a chartered clinical psychologist, which would require both a master’s and doctorate degree.

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

Depending on her university schedule, Chloe sees up to six sugar daddies a month, who she offers companionship and meet-ups with two to four times a month – but insists she doesn’t get intimate with them.

Instead, she has unforgettable experiences from travelling to far-flung destinations including Las Vegas and Asia to dinners at The Shard and the occasional special gift.

Chloe has no issues with her lifestyle choice, but has chosen not to tell her family but says that her friends are very supportive. She has described it as an “incredibly rewarding” job that has allowed her to live an extremely comfortable life in comparison to most students.

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

Speaking to MainOnline, Chloe said: “I decided to become a sugar baby during the summer holidays before I began university as I was very concerned about money and this seemed like a very attractive option.

“The number of sugar daddies I see a month is dependant upon my university schedule, during term time I see between one to two a month, however when I am not at university that amount could vary between four to six a month.”

She added: “This career field is highly appealing to me due to its incredibly rewarding nature. In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures.”

Chloe began this career path through an app called Seeking Arrangement, which is where she sources these arrangements with sugar daddies.

She said: “I typically seek an adequate monthly allowance to help fund my lifestyle. This varies from £1500-3000 a month per sugar daddy.

“I also seek shopping treats, the occasional gifts, trips and meals out.

“In return, I offer excellent companionship and see each of my sugar daddies between two and four times a month.

“Although I have not informed my family about my sugar baby lifestyle, the majority of my friends are aware and are supportive of it. I have even helped some of my closest friends to discover the benefits of entering the ‘sugar bowl’.”

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

Chloe has given her career credit for allowing to travel the world so much, as many of her holidays have been treats from her sugar daddies.

She said: “My life has been upgraded through the number of travel opportunities which I have experienced since becoming a sugar baby, including Las Vegas and Asia.

“I visited Greece with one sugar daddy aged around 35. I accompanied him on a business trip, staying in a luxury hotel and receiving a large amount of spending money.”

On the topic of gifts, Chloe said: “I’ve accumulated luxury items, including numerous designer bags, shoes, watches, clothing, and jewellery.

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

“I have received Tiffany and Swavorski jewellery, around £800 of designer shoes, AirPods, a Christian la Croix handbag and university textbooks to the value of £200.”

And Chloe says that being a sugar baby has beneficial in the sense that she has more time than others to study, as unlike other students she doesn’t need a part-time job.

“It has greatly enhanced my life as a student, from being gifted expensive textbooks to no longer having to work long and strenuous bar shifts, which would be detrimental to my studies.”

Although there are a lot of highs to Chloe’s career path, there are some lows, as she explained: “The best part of being a sugar baby is the financial freedom it gives you. However, the worst part is receiving judgement from friends and family who do not fully understand the concept of sugar dating.

 Chloe Hyams, sugarbaby

“All my arrangements have been completely platonic and are based solely on companionship. In future I would like a relationship, but not with a sugar daddy.”

After having so many amazing experiences, Chloe knows exactly what her ideal date would be. The students lists Mayfair as the desired location, but she does enjoy visiting The Shards.

“The best area of London to date is Mayfair, due to its magnetic appeal to wealthy and successful businessmen.

“It also offers a fantastic array of restaurants and bars, in which to work your ‘sugar magic’.

“Undoubtedly, the top place to go on a date in London is the Shard,” she said.

“This is due to its wide selection of restaurants and bars as well as unbeatable views of London city. Another excellent date option is rooftop bars, such as The Rooftop St. James, which are perfect for warm summer evenings.”

Explaining the life of a typical sugar daddy, Chloe said: “The typical London sugar daddy works in finance and/or banking in the city, he’ll take you on your first date to an expensive meal in Mayfair and he’s between 35 and 50 years old.

Meanwhile, a sugar baby is generally “… young, ambitious, and an attractive female, who has clear, outlined goals and desires, and enjoys the company of older and wiser men, whom she can learn from.”

Chloe says when she goes on a date, she opts to wear something “modest” and “classy”, such as a little black dress for a dinner date.

She says an essential is her handbag, that contains her favourite makeup items and perfume so she always maintains a glamorous and fresh appearance. Plus, she never forgets to have mints for that extra fresh breath!

Chloe has plenty of icebreakers for when she meets new sugar daddies so that there’s no awkward tension. She often shares a random and unusual fact about herself, which she believes allows them to connect on a much deeper level.

She says it is also good to keep in mind your body language, by making sure to always remain your eye contact and have an open, comfortable posture.

What Chloe makes sure is a major priority is her safety, she has the ‘Find My Friends’ app which allows her close friends to keep a track on her location and she always insists on meeting in a public place.

She admits that some of the men from Seeking Arrangements have other intentions, rather than being a sugar daddy and having a “mutually beneficial” relationship. These types of men, Chloe describes as a “salty daddy”.

“In my opinion, the best way to avoid “salty daddies” is to be patient,” she said.

“Spend time talking via text or phone prior to meeting. The “salt daddies” will eventually flake out because they have no interest in being a part of a fulfilling arrangement which involves an investment of time and resources.

“Patience is a virtue. Furthermore, if a meeting is to happen, sugar babies can do much to verify POT sugar daddy’s calibre in many ways, from how he treats service staff to his appearance, grammar, manners and more.”

[ By IGV ]
January 16, 2020

Heavy Rains Finally Hit Fire-stricken Australia, Bringing Desperate Relief

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Over the past few weeks, Australia has been the victim of intense wildfires. The nation's emergency response resources were put to the test as sadly many animals succumbed to the bushfires and citizens were forced to flee their homes. Now, the country has finally received some temporary relief in the form of heavy rainfall. Months worth of rain has poured down on the areas affected by the wildfires, helping firefighters catch a much-needed break. Despite this, forecasters have warned that long-term relief is not set to arrive until later this year, hopefully by the month of March, The Telegraph reports.

Eastern Australia was most benefitted by the rainfall that poured down on Thursday. More wet weather is in the forecast for the near future, but the country's emergency response services should not rely solely on the rainfall to control the current environmental crisis. Further to this, rains that can actually douse out all the blazes currently burning through Australian wildlife should only be expected in March, experts suggest, when a more sustained rainfall is predicted to help control and perhaps even terminate the bushfires. In the meantime, the hot weather hyphenated with an occasional period of light rain has actually done more harm than good.

Nonetheless, the downpours in the state of New South Wales have brought new hope. Firefighters believe the dozens of fires still burning can thus be brought under some control in the short-term. The state's Rural Fire Service affirmed in a social media post, "Relief is here for a number of firefighters working across New South Wales. Although this rain won't extinguish all fires, it will certainly go a long way towards containment." The weather forecast predicts even more rain on Friday as well as over the weekend. If the rainfall does occur, it will be the longest sustained period of rainfall to pour down on Australia ever since the crisis began in September last year.

Sadly, forecasts following this week include more periods of dry and hot weather. On a yearly basis, the months of January, February, and March are typically the hottest in Australia. But from March 1 through to May 30, the weather is expected to cool down. According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, there is a 50 percent probability that a large chunk of the country's eastern regions will receive average rainfall throughout this period. However, in order to recover from three years of drought in this region, more rains will be required. The Bureau explained in an email statement, "While outlooks for drier than average conditions have eased compared to those issued for late 2019, several months of above-average rainfall are needed to see a recovery from current long-term rainfall deficiencies." Hopefully, these forecasts serve as a much-needed wake-up call to Australia's government about the problematic role of humans in the devastating effects of climate change.

[ By Upworthy ]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

More Than 130 Dead As Severe Weather Hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

Pakistani Kashmir was the worst-hit area, with 62 people killed and 10 others missing

Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded by heavy snowfall.

At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan -- with several still missing -- while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, according to officials in both countries.

Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.

Pakistani Kashmir was the worst-hit area, with 62 people killed and 10 others missing, the State Disaster Management Authority said in a statement.

In Kashmir's Neelum Valley, heavy snowfall triggered several avalanches, including one that killed at least 19 people, "An avalanche hit their village, 10 people are still missing," the SDMA said.

Frequent avalanches and landslides occur in Kashmir during the winter, often blocking roads and leaving communities isolated.

Authorities have shuttered schools, while several highways and roads were closed across the country's northern mountainous areas, according to officials.

Across the border in Afghanistan, more than 300 houses were either destroyed or partially damaged throughout the country, said Ahmad Tamim Azimi a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management Authority.

"A cold snap, heavy snowfall and rains that started two weeks ago have caused damage," he said, adding that most casualties were caused after roofs collapsed under thick snow.

[ By Agence France-Presse ]
January 15, 2020

Christian School Expels Teen After Rainbow Sweater And Cake Deemed ‘Lifestyle Violations’

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A 15-year-old girl was expelled from her Christian high school after administrators said a photo of her family birthday party in which she is wearing a rainbow sweater next to a rainbow cake is a "lifestyle violation."

“She was happy. She looked beautiful,” the teen’s mom, Kimberly Alford, told NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville. “Of course, as a mom, I took her picture blowing out her candles, and I posted that on my Facebook page.”

But the celebration and smiles came to a halt when Alford received a letter from the head of Whitefield Academy, where her daughter, Kayla, was a freshman.

“The WA Administration has been made aware of a recent picture, posted on social media, which demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs,” said the letter, signed Jan. 6 by Head of School Bruce Jacobson. “We made it clear that any further promotion, celebration, or any other actions and attitudes that are counter to Whitefield’s philosophy would not be tolerated. As a result, we regret to inform you that Kayla is being dismissed from the school immediately.”

While rainbows can have many meanings, including just being a part of normal weather, they have served as a universal symbol of gay pride, acceptance, and support. 

Whitefield Academy
Whitefield Academy, located in Louisville, Kentucky, told NBC News the rainbow-filled photo was the last straw following two years of student code violations.

“Inaccurate media reports are circling stating that the student in question was expelled from our school solely for a social media post,” the statement said. “In the fall, we met with the student to give her a final chance to begin to adhere to our code of conduct. Unfortunately, she did not live up to the agreement, and therefore, has been expelled.”

Alford said Kayla had been on probation since October for “some behavioral issues,” including cutting class and being caught with an e-cigarette. She said school administrators, “in a roundabout way,” told her that the probation was not about her daughter’s “sexuality.”

Alford said a school counselor gave her daughter the book “Gay Girl, Good God,” whose author, Jackie Hill Perry, is a formerly identified lesbian who claims God stopped her from being gay. That counselor had been meeting weekly with Kayla to discuss the book before she was expelled.

Whitefield Academy’s student handbook says a “homosexual orientation” household would not be considered “in harmony” with the school’s beliefs.

“On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter or in opposition to the Biblical lifestyle the school teaches,” the handbook says. “This includes, but is not limited to, sexual immorality, homosexual orientation, or the inability to support Biblical standards of right and wrong.”

Alford filed an appeal with the academy, arguing that her daughter should not be “held accountable for a cake that I purchased with no intention of promoting a posture of morality and cultural acceptance that contradicts that of Whitefield Academy.”

Alford said the school refused to meet with her.

However, administrators did agree to change Kayla's expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal so it would no longer be on her record.

Kayla started public school Friday.

[ By Wand TV ]
January 15, 2020

Two Weeks After Wedding, Imam Discovers He Married A Man

Two Weeks After Wedding, Imam Discovers He Married A Man

A Ugandan Imam has been suspended for getting married to a fellow man.

According to Daily Monitor, a Ugandan online news outlet, Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba of Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque in Kayunga District tied the knot with his ‘wife’ Ms Swabullah Nabukeera two weeks ago after they met in the same mosque.

However, the couple which had not had any sexual intercourse before marriage also spent two weeks of their marriage, without enjoying conjugal rights as the “bride” claimed she was in her menstruation periods.

Mr Mutumba said after his wife claimed to be in her menses, he became patient and waited for her to get better.

However, Nabukeera’s luck ran out after Mr Mutumba’s neighbour claimed that his newly wedded wife had jumped over a wall and stole their television set and clothes.

Mr Mutumba rents a two-roomed house where they had been staying with Nabukeera. However, the wall that separates the two rental rooms did not reach the iron sheets.

The neighbor reported the case at Kayunga Police Station before detectives were dispatched to arrest Ms Nabukeera.

“It was when he was been searched by a female officer that the suspect had stacked clothes in the bra to hoodwink that they were breasts. On further search, we discovered that the suspect had male genitals,” said Mugera.

During interrogations, Nabukeera revealed that his real name is Richard Tumushabe and that he duped Mutumba so as to get his money. He was charged with impersonation, theft and obtaining goods by false pretence.

Nuuru Nabukeera, Tumushabe’s alleged aunt, was also arrested and admitted that Mutumba had paid dowry including two goats, two bags of sugar, a carton of salt and a Koran.

She claimed that she did not know her ‘niece’ was male as she got to know him when he was already an adult.

[ By Vanguard ]
January 15, 2020

WHO Says New China Coronavirus Could Spread, Warns Hospitals Worldwide

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There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to SARS. A Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus, Thai authorities said on Monday, the first time the virus has been detected outside China.

In all, 41 cases of pneumonia have been reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which preliminary lab tests cited by state media showed could be from a new type of coronavirus, and one patient has died. There have since been no new cases or deaths, Wuhan health authorities said on Tuesday.

"From the information that we have it is possible that there is limited human-to-human transmission, potentially among families, but it is very clear right now that we have no sustained human-to-human transmission," said Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO's emerging diseases unit.

china mystery virus

The WHO is however preparing for the possibility that there could be a wider outbreak, she told a Geneva news briefing. "It is still early days, we don't have a clear clinical picture."

Some types of the virus cause less serious diseases, while others — like the one that causes MERS — are far more severe.

The U.N. agency has given guidance to hospitals worldwide about infection prevention and control in case the new virus spreads. There is no specific treatment for the new virus, but anti-virals are being considered and could be "re-purposed," Van Kerkhove said.

With Chinese New Year approaching on Jan. 25, when many Chinese tourists visit Thailand, the WHO called on Thai authorities, the public and holidaymakers to be on alert.

Richard Brow, the agency's representative in Thailand, said anyone with a fever and cough who had spent time in Wuhan should get checked out by a health worker.

[ By Reuters ]