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January 18, 2019

Making Fun Of Your Partner Can Make Your Relationship Stronger, Study Finds

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Poking Fun At Your Other Half Can Make Your Relationship Stronger, Study Finds


It goes without saying that any healthy relationship pretty much has to have laughter in it.

If a couple can’t make each other chuckle then what’s the point? And what better way of doing that than generally taking the p*ss out of each other?

The happiest couples know how to poke fun at one another and where to draw the line in doing so. Now science has confirmed that having a laugh at each other’s expense can make a couple stronger.

Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas, has conducted 39 studies involving over 15,000 people over the course of 30 years.

An underlying finding from his studies concluded that humour was a critical part of building a successful relationship.

More specifically, Hall goes on to explain that partners should share a similar sense of humour to get the best results from a relationships.



In a statement, Hall delved into the compatibility he explored:

“People say they want a sense of humor in a mate, but that’s a broad concept. That people think you are funny or you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction.What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humor that couples create together.”

“Say you and your partner share a quirky sense of humor, but romantic comedies or sit-coms do nothing for either of you… It’s not that any style or a sense of humor is any better or worse.”


“What matters is that you both see quirky humor as hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter.”

In another of Hall’s articles, Humor in romantic relationships: A meta-analysis, says the ability to laugh at each other builds security between partners.

“Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security”

“Particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.”

This isn’t all to say, go ahead and throw torrents of name-calling at your partner. Hall goes on to issue the warning that pushing things to far will risk alienating your partner.

“Having an aggressive sense of humor is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if the style of humor is used in the relationship. If you think that your partner tells mean-spirited jokes, then it’s likely you’ve seen that firsthand in your relationship.”

By JoyScribe

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

Chinese Zodiac Predictions For 2019

Year of the Pig, Zodiac Signs, Chinese New Year


How will your fortune change this coming year? Will the lucky star shine brightly upon you, or will you be entangled in bad luck? You’re probably looking forward to a joyful 2019. Let's take a look at the analysis of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs in the Year of the Pig. It will help navigate you toward good luck and steer away from bad luck. If you want 2019 to be a good year, don’t miss this one.

Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Rat

RAT
Birth year:1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Your fortune at a glance: Smooth sailing ahead. Good things coming your way, left and right.


2019 Overall:4/5 stars

Don’t let things worry you; good fortune will come to you. In this year, you are well advised to take things as they come, settle yourself down, and savor the things in your life, big and small. The personal connections you have built will give you an exceedingly nice boost. People will show up at the right time to give you a hand when you are in a bind. They will shield you from the turbulences in life.



2019 Love:4/5 stars

Cupid is looking after you, giving you a chance to experience love at first sight. Your charm goes through the roof in this Year of the Pig. You have a chance to showcase your talent in front of the opposite sex. Even if you only put on a little makeup, you will still turn heads. On the other hand, being so attractive, you may need to be on the lookout to avoid unwanted relationships that just may ensnare you and never go away.

2019 Career:2/5 stars

You may just sit back and enjoy the fruits of past efforts; however, if you step out of your comfort zone to take on more challenging tasks, then things might not go your way as much as you expect them to. Since it is primarily a year of keeping what you’ve got safe, it is sensible to follow your routine at work. Think twice before you hop to a new job, start a business, or expand your production capacity.

2019 Wealth:3/5 stars

There won’t be many changes to your wealth. Your salary is stable but you need to be careful in investing and managing your wealth. Don’t overly rely on others, and especially don’t invest in something based on what you heard through the grapevine. When it comes to spending, be careful to avoid a bad romance that may cost you money. You should avoid confrontations with your family over money.

2019 Health:4/5 stars

A little sun in your heart leads your health to improve a fair bit. You will sleep well this year, and positive energies will abound in you. Family gatherings during your off time will cheer you up. Planning a series of exercises and following the plan will fill you with health and joy.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Ox

OX
Birth year:1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Your fortune at a glance: The long rains have finally stopped. Things will look up.


2019 Overall:4/5 stars

As you enter the Year of the Pig, your fortune takes a turn for the better. Be ready to open your door to the unstoppable good fortune coming your way. Your path forward will be much smoother. Set out to accomplish the little goals that you couldn’t achieve last year. Put them on your calendar and you will have a good chance of achieving them.

2019 Love:3/5 stars

Your romantic life will be uneventful this year. If you are single and want to date, try to meet a few people. As you get to know each other, your sharp eyes may unearth good things lying inside one of them and feelings for one another may develop. If you already have a companion, you need to treat every day that may seem bland as a day to celebrate. This will enrich and add romantic sparks to your relationship.

2019 Career :5/5 stars

This is a year of smooth sailing for your career. You can charge ahead hard, demonstrating your talents and leadership. It will be easy for others to recognize your merits. Be sure to take advantage of the abundant opportunities for promotions and raises. As summer rolls around though, you will face new challenges. Though stress may double, remain active and optimistic and your efforts will always bring you bountiful rewards.

2019 Wealth:4/5 stars

As you enter the Year of the Pig, your vigorous career will bring steadiness and growth to your wealth. Financial rewards will be rich as well if you are engaged in out-of-town endeavors. In this year, you will have a high rate of success in your business dealings and you will land a few nice projects. As for investing, it is advisable that you enter into short-term transactions; they will bring you quite a few pleasant surprises.

2019 Health:2/5 stars

You will be prone to minor health issues. Prolonged sitting will put strain on your spine. If you do not get enough sleep, you will be prone to suffer headaches and other problems. Following a simple diet and engaging in more outdoor activities will make you healthier in both body and mind. If you feel mental stress, go on a trip or out for a walk. Do not fall into a downward spiral as big issues will become small, and small issues will just dissipate.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Tiger

TIGER
Birth year:1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Your fortune at a glance: A windy road ahead, with the good and the not so good alternating on your path.

2019 Overall:3/5 stars

Dark undercurrents lie underfoot - you will face troubles and arguments this year. Misunderstanding will follow from a lack of communication. Fortunately, people will help you in times of difficulty. Though the road to success is filled with twists and turns, you will eventually emerge from the challenges successful.

2019 Love:4/5 stars

Your romantic life may require a little extra effort this year. Take time to understand the other person. With real honesty, you will earn his/her heart and get good results. If you are single and dating, you have a chance to tie the knot. If you are married, make sure to leave the negative things at the workplace because such things tend to lead families to discord.

2019 Career :1/5 stars

It will be a busy year. If you don’t work hard, things will go downhill. Someone at work may stab you in the back so watch out. Never allow yourself to be engulfed in feelings of disorder, hurriedness, and anxiety. Reorient yourself at the correct moments and don’t let the outside world sway you; instead, listen to your inner voice.

2019 Wealth:2/5 stars

Your wealth may drain like a leaky pale. You may easily lose things when you are out and about, so keep your money and other valuables in a safe place, out of sight and reach of thieves. Fortunately, you may acquire a surprise fortune this year. Get into drawings and you may reap nice rewards.

2019 Health:3/5 stars

You may often feel the illusion of your body being drained empty. You may lose sleep, vigor and appetite. Bring your medication along when you go on business trips in case you become ill in a strange land. Once you notice discomfort, see a doctor immediately. Be optimistic and learn to relieve yourself of stress.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Rabbit

RABBIT
Birth year:1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Your fortune at a glance: Happiness can be found in all facets of your life.

2019 Overall:5/5 stars

Even the gods are behind your fortune. This will be a year of happiness. With good news from all directions, you can’t stop smiling. Experiencing good luck themselves, people will help you with your career and romantic life. You may run into a few small issues come autumn, but don’t sweat. Listen to the advice of people around you and all difficulties will be resolved.

2019 Love:5/5 stars

Cupid will be kind and gentle to you this year. Surprises will fill your love life. If you are single, people making overtures abound, tempting you and making you feel like you are on cloud nine. If you find compatibility with the opposite sex, grasp the opportunity; don’t hesitate. When someone tries to tell you gossip about your mate, you need to be able to tell right from wrong. Don’t blindly believe others. Keep your communication channels with your mate open.

2019 Career:5/5 stars

Your career grows steadily toward a bright future. If you have set your goal and made the plans to achieve it, nothing can stop you from moving forward. This is undoubtedly the best news for you as you have been itching to work hard to advance your career. In the Year of the Pig, people will help you with your career. Be mindful of conversations from people around you who were born in the years of the pig or the goat, because they may hide important messages.

2019 Wealth:2/5 stars

Your wealth will not change this year. Overnight riches are still a daydream for you. Your vigorous career brings you a steady income but surprise fortune evades you. Be conservative with the management of your finances. To avoid losses, never invest blindly.

2019 Health:3/5 stars

Your health will be unchanged this year. Your body is susceptible to seasonal changes. You are susceptible to colds, dizziness, and headaches when seasons change and temperatures during the day and night fluctuate greatly. Staying in air-conditioned rooms in summer degrades your body’s ability to function and lowers your ability to fend off germs and viruses. Be careful not to fall ill because of air conditioning.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Dragon

DRAGON
Birth year:1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Your fortune at a glance: Good things await come spring.

2019 Overall:3/5 stars

Dust off the gloomy darkness of the last year and your fortune will gradually change for the better. Ideas in your mind finally come to fruition, although the path leading to success is not smooth sailing. This is a fortune of bitterness first and sweetness last. Work hard first and you will earn yourself a brighter future.

2019 Love:2/5 stars
Your romantic signals are weaker this year. A strong thirst for graduating from being single does not yield a high rate of success. If you go on blind dates with the intent to marry, you may come across troublesome dates. Avoid dates who were born in the years of the dog or the ox. If you already have a companion and you live too much in the little world inside yourself, you may make your companion feel ignored.

2019 Career:3/5 stars
Skills are learned and grown little by little over time. If you want to be competitive, building up your capabilities, one step at a time, is the most effective approach. Competition comes with stress. Treat the colleagues around you well. They may well be your career boosters to give you a helping hand at just the right time.

2019 Wealth:4/5 stars

Plutus, the god of wealth, will look after you this year. Your ability to pull in money will grow. Good instincts, quickness to smell money from information and a large circle of acquaintances all make it easier for you to make money with the help of your friends and gain the joy of money filling your pockets. You also need to be content and rein in your desires in order to get the real wealth and satisfaction.

2019 Health:3/5 stars

Attention! Fluctuating emotions will directly affect your health. If you are engulfed by negative energy over too long a period of time, you may become susceptible to diseases. Please remain equanimous. Don’t allow anything to spoil your mood. It’s humid in spring, so you may feel tight in the chest. Try aerobic exercises in your spare time to help the circulation of your blood and qi, pushing the unwanted moisture out of your body.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Snake

SNAKE
Birth year:1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Your fortune at a glance: Your support group won’t be there. It’s hard for you to do things alone.

2019 Overall:2/5 stars

This is a year of many variables. There are many obstacles on your path forward. Despite your talents, you cannot find a place to demonstrate them. You can’t find time to do the things that you want to do, or you may be misunderstood by those around you. You can’t pin your hope on others this year. By relying only on yourself do you have the chance to emerge from adversity.

2019 Love:3/5 stars

Have you always felt that nobody knows you? Single Snake, you have many friends of the opposite sex, but none of them is your cup of tea. You have always wanted to find that special someone, that soul mate. Well, you could, though not without a little more effort. If you already have a companion, but hindered by restlessness and anxiety, communication between the two of you has become a little hindered. The two of you often have different opinions.

2019 Career :4/5 stars

Though your overall fortune doesn’t look all that bright, your career is healthy. Your capabilities are well recognized among your colleagues. You are advised not to go for it alone. You don’t necessarily have to collaborate with other people. Working in a team often makes you anxious. You and your colleagues may not always see eye to eye about things, and you may have ideological differences. You need to rein in your temper and adapt yourself to the situation. A high EQ will help you pull through difficulties, time and again.

2019 Wealth:2/5 stars

Your wealth fluctuates with more volatility this year. You may incur unexpected expenditures, such as a wedding gift for friends or taking people out to eat, which adds to your financial pressure. You need to be a little cautious when investing so that you can avoid losing everything.

2019 Health:1/5 stars

You are susceptible to aches and pains this year. You need to pay extra attention to your own health, especially the knee. If you work out of town, be extra careful. If you have a trip planned, you may opt to buy insurance for yourself. Your emotions are easily swayed and unsettled this year. Optimism and self-confidence are very important.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Horse

HORSE
Birth year:1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Your fortune at a glance: Looking for a needle in a haystack with toil and sweat.

2019 Overall:3/5 stars

The harder you work, the more fortunate you become. In the Year of the Pig, your life and your career both need to be advanced with only labor and hard work. If you slack off, you will miss opportunities that are originally yours. You are destined to need to work hard this year. If you come across difficult tasks, hang in there and you will have new harvests.

2019 Love:2/5 stars

There are a few twists and turns in your romantic life. If you are single and you have a strong desire to seek love, you will meet dates who you want to pursue, but your pursuit will often be a struggle. You are married, but because of your work, you have not given your family as much time and love as you would like to. It will be easy for your marriage to fall into a period of fatigue and you can hardly breathe under the pressure of the little things in everyday life. The keyword for your marriage in the Year of the Pig is tolerance.

2019 Career:2/5 stars

At work, many things just pop up that catch you unawares. You should hold steady. Don’t waver in your course of action. Guard what you already have. Laziness and slacking off only lead to errors and hinder your promotion. You will face opportunities to switch jobs; think twice before you jump ship. Never take a new job for the higher pay alone.

2019 Wealth:4/5 stars

Your financial life will unfold much better than your career. Your pay as an employee is stable, and your past efforts will lead to good rewards. Bonuses will make you smile. You may also have surprise income, reaping nice returns from your investments in stocks and foreign currencies. Even if you encounter unfavorable circumstances, you will emerge from them unscathed. You must not make risky investments.

2019 Health:3/5 stars

Busy work and pressure from life often make you drained. Overtime work eats into your sleep, making the dark circles under your eyes even more serious. That also messes up your endocrinal system and can lead to a few minor conditions. Health is the foundation on which you build everything else, so don’t ignore any minor maladies.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Goat

GOAT
Birth year:1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Your fortune at a glance: Propitiousness and unstoppable good things.


2019 Overall:5/5 stars

The lucky star shines brightly upon you, good news comes in continuously, and good things find their way to you. Your keyword for this Year of the Pig is home. You must mindfully nurture your home and it will become your warmest haven and greatest support to propel you forward. There are a few things that may not go well enough for you in your job but that is the best result that you can ask for. Rest easy; don’t let that bother you.

2019 Love:5/5 stars

This is a superb year for your romantic life. Love is all over you. If you are single, you will have opportunities to meet mates of the opposite sex who are compatible with you in temperament and values. You are dating, and you have a chance to tie the knot this year. Be aware that when the two of you talk about marriage, you will easily get into arguments over different opinions. You are married, and this is a suitable year to welcome a new life into your home.

2019 Career:2/5 stars

Guard and maintain what you have achieved in your career because that is your best choice. This is a year to settle yourself down. It’s not yet time for you to make explosive moves forward, so calm down and learn. Recharging is a must for you. You can’t always accomplish what you want to do on your first try. When you experience setbacks, doing it alone only makes you weaker. Seeking partners who were born in a year of the rabbit will double your good luck.

2019 Wealth:5/5 stars
You are hot in your romantic life, and the same goes for your luck in betting and gambling. This is a year of great wealth. Luck of unknown origin looks after you and gives you a sizable income, especially from surprise sources. In casinos, you will win more than you lose as if the gods were behind you. In drawings, your chances of winning greatly exceed those in the past. Furthermore, many unexpected pleasant surprises await you.

2019 Health:3/5 stars

Your pleasurable life is further enhanced with the arrival of many entertaining events. You will attend more social functions, eating out and drinking more. Be mindful of your health. If you often attend social functions or drink, you need to watch out for health issues with your liver, gallbladder, spleen, and stomach. Cut down on or abstain from hot, spicy and greasy food. Exercise and you will relieve your tiredness from working too hard.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Monkey

MONKEYBirth year:1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Your fortune at a glance: Double the work for only half the reward. Attend to one thing but lose track of the other thing.

2019 Overall:2/5 stars

Your fortune waxes and wanes. The environment is not instrumental for taking actions. Side issues always get in the way of your actions. People don’t recognize your talents, and you lament that you have limited opportunities with which to do the things that you wish to do. Circumspection is the word for you. If you can make a plan of action this year and follow it, you will have good results. Do not waver in your resolve or be swayed by others.

2019 Love:2/5 stars

Your romance will be on the darker side a little. Sparks of romance will only show occasionally. You have opportunities to make new friends of the opposite sex. If you wish only to date and not to be serious, you may run into difficulties in the future in your relationships. Avoid trying to make many friends just to make sure that you have someone to fall back on. If you do that, you will eventually come out empty-handed.

2019 Career:1/5 stars

Hold steady. Only by remaining calm, rational, and unconcerned about winning or losing can you help brighten up your dim fortune. You are prone to make wrong judgement calls when others interfere, and therefore you end up doing the work but getting the blame for it. It is advisable that you remain inconspicuous in your job and do your work quietly so as to remain unharmed by your own actions.

2019 Wealth:3/5 stars

Your wealth is steady with neither pleasant surprises nor big turbulence. If you lower your material desires, you will have a content year. Your regular income will be steady. Seek progress in stability, waiting for your opportunity to meet fortune. Do not speculate, and most especially steer clear of areas that you are not familiar with so as not to lose your savings.

2019 Health:4/5 stars

You do the best in this department this year. Solid health is the foundation of revolutions, but you don’t disregard health management just because of that. You need to keep a good balance between work and leisure to keep yourself comfortable. However busy you may be, eat your meals regularly. During the transition from spring to summer, be especially careful to prevent the flu and enterovirus. Do not ignore small things.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Rooster

ROOSTER
Birth year:1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Your fortune at a glance: Smooth sailing ahead for a leisurely year.

2019 Overall:4/5 stars
It will be a comfortable year for you. Your fortune is as bright as the sun and as pleasing as a light breeze. The annoyances of the previous year gradually go away. Your life becomes better and better. Expect pleasant things to happen. You will get nice help from people in this Year of the Pig. You have a smoother path to examinations and school admissions.

2019 Love:2/5 stars

If you want to date this year, waiting and safeguarding are the key words. Even when you meet a person that you really like and would like to advance your relationship, you will want to take your time and begin as friends. If you already have a companion, you need to see and appreciate the good things about them. Avoid hurtful words in your arguments because even unintentional utterances hurt.

2019 Career:3/5 stars

You are not aggressive in your pursuit of advancement, and you enjoy your current leisurely life. When you see others doing well, you may occasionally feel jealous but your attempt to work harder to advance often lasts but a short time. It’s hard for you to persist. When you want to act but lack vigor, you feel anxious. At times like these, you need to avoid grabbing attention or being forceful.

2019 Wealth:4/5 stars
The floodgate of wealth opens wide for you this year. Regular income does well. Salaried people will get raises and possibly surprise bonuses. Your previous investments in stock and mutual funds all give you nice return this year. People even offer you moonlighting jobs that pay well. If you put your mind to them, they will open up a new avenue to wealth.

2019 Health:5/5 stars

This is a year of excellent health for you. You will be vigorous and you will look great. Your ability to fend off germs and viruses improves greatly, and old illnesses get better. Be cheerful and that will fill you with sunny energies. If you have a chance, go ahead, soak up some sun. Spending time in nature will give you more positive energies.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Dog

DOG
Birth year:1946, 1958, 1970 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Your fortune at a glance: Early sweet rains expels the drought. The new replaces the old.

2019 Overall:3/5 stars
You finally say goodbye to the shock of the setbacks from the previous year, giving rise to the beginning of a brand-new year. You rid yourself of melancholy, so your life becomes very comfortable. Your past actions that got stuck in some bottlenecks will be unstuck and will see new life this year. Discarding the old for the new is the key to your success, so you need to toss the old ways of thinking and refuse to obey the set rules in order to open up new frontiers.

2019 Love:3/5 stars

Being single, you have been forced to see your friends gleam with the joy of companionship. You strongly desire to date, but you just can’t find that special someone. People connect you with new friends, but if your goal is companionship and not a real relationship, your dates will be a dead end. In fact, your special romantic someone is hidden among your good friends. Watch out for that person who cares for you tenderly.

2019 Career:4/5 stars

Opportunities abound for you to do great things in your career. As long as you work hard, promotions and raises are on the cards. You will get new assignments on the job, which will be your opportunity as well as your challenge. You must be well prepared and your rewards will not be monetary alone. This opens up new possibilities for you in the future.

2019 Wealth:1/5 stars

When it comes to making money, you are probably more talk than action. Surprise income is few and far between for you. If you want to fill your pockets with money, working hard on your career is a more practical way, than speculation, to achieve that. Steady your regular income. The more you work, the more money you make. Your income is in direct proportion to your efforts.

2019 Health:2/5 stars

No apparent improvements are to be found in the Year of the Pig. You need to pay a high degree of attention to your health and that of your family. Don’t disregard a disease, not even a little cold. It is especially important that when seasons change, you see the doctor immediately when you notice that something is not right. You need to improve your ability to fend off germs and viruses this year, and exercise is a must for you.


Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Dog

PIG
Birth year:1935, 1947, 1959, 1971 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Your fortune at a glance: Hunker down, wait for your moment.

2019 Overall:1/5 stars

You will see big swings in your fortune this year. Defense is your primary course of action. Take a step back and use it as a way forward. Any action may lead to accidents and followed by vexation. When you come across setbacks, you tend to be affected by negative emotions. You lose confidence, and, if it gets really serious, you think of suicide. You need to learn to introspect and release negative energies.

2019 Love:1/5 stars

Romance will hardly come your way this year. If you are single, you will likely feel lonely and empty inside. However, you are fortunate not to fall into a stalemate in romance. If you are married, you will have one marriage issue after another, and you never know what will come up next. It is easy for you to argue with your spouse over money or trivial matters in life. You had better not get into a cold war with your spouse, otherwise your feelings for each other will be diluted and you may become ostensible partners with different agendas.

2019 Career:2/5 stars

You need to be on the ball when it comes to your career. Your competition will deprive you the option of staying put. Only by unceasingly making yourself better can you keep your position in the face of powerful competition. You will encounter many obstacles at work. You need to learn to grow in adversity and always remain optimistic.

2019 Wealth:4/5 stars

Your wealth will increase against all odds this year. As long as you actively seek to advance, your efforts will eventually be rewarded. You will also have unexpected surprises coming your way to add color and shine to your life. People will help you. It is easy for you to see opportunities for wealth during conversations. You should interact with people in order to obtain more information.

2019 Health:2/5 stars

Watch out! In the Year of the Pig, even a small ailment or pain deserves your attention and concern. Go to a hospital for a check-up and treatment as soon as possible to prevent small illnesses from becoming big problems. Put in enough hours for sleep, and cut back occasions for eating out. Otherwise a diet poor in nutrition and hygiene may lead you to enter gastritis and other diseases.

By MSN
Image: Delpixart /科技紫微網
January 17, 2019

Mom Shocked When Security Camera Appears To Show Ghost Of Late Son

camera ghost

A mother who lost her son two years ago due to an accidental overdose believes his apparition appeared on her security camera to let her know he was “happy.”

Jennifer Hodge of Atlanta, Ga., was in bed watching TV with her 21-year-old daughter Lauren when she received an alert from her Nest camera, which is triggered by movement and noise, that a “person” was “spotted” in the entryway last week.

The two women, alone in the house, opened the image and, to their surprise, it seemed to look just like Hodge’s late son, Robbie — down to the beard.

Robbie passed away in 2016 when he was only 23 years old. They believe the cause of death was an accidental overdose from fake Xanax.



“I was laying in bed watching TV with my daughter and I was just about asleep. The phone was lay between us and I got this message notification saying someone was in the kitchen. She was like ‘Mum, there’s a person in the kitchen… Mum, that’s Robbie,'” Hodge said. “She just said, ‘Mum, look! It looks like Robbie.’ I was stunned. And it did look just like him — beard and all.”

camera ghost

Both Hodge and her daughter ran to the kitchen, even though they were terrified. However, no one was there, and there was no sign of a break-in.

“I felt like he was letting me know he is happy in heaven,” Hodge shared on Facebook.

She added: “That brings me some comfort, but I still just think it’s weird. I’m in awe — why did this happen to me? I haven’t seen anything since, and I had never seen a ghost before. Does it look like Robbie? Yes. I would love to see anybody else’s camera where people might look transparent. This is just weird.”

camera ghost

Prior to Robbie’s death, he and Hodge set up a charity to help people battling addiction.

“He had an addiction, and we thought for sure it had to be heroin when he passed away. But the only thing that we could track down is where he was buying Xanax,” Hodge said. “He and I together had started a charity before he died, and it was to turn real estate into a way of saving lives and stopping addiction. … He used to try and help other people when he was in need of help too.”

By Hope Schreiber, Yahoo Lifestyle

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

Scientists Warn 90% Receipts Contain Cancer-causing Chemicals

receipts, cancer, bpa

Up to 90 per cent of receipts contain cancer-causing chemicals, experts have warned.

Receipts which use ink that fade over time are made with 'thermal paper' which contains BPA (bisphenolA).

Studies have shown the chemical can lead to hormone-dependent cancers, and has previously been linked to infertility, autism, ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature births and early onset of puberty.

There are already concerns about the public being exposed to BPA, which is often found in plastics.

We should avoid storing receipts in purses, wallets, or cars, according to Professor Nicolás Olea, from the University of Granada, Spain.

BPA is added to receipts to make their writing darker without using ink, and is also found in plastic water bottles and food containers.

International researchers, led by the University of Granada, analysed 112 thermal paper receipts and tickets from Brazil, Spain and France.

'We can recognize this kind of paper because it instantly turns black if we put it close to a heat source like, for example, a match,' Professor Olea said.

The French government has taken action to the reduction of the use of that chemical compound in thermal paper since 2014.

The researchers warn that we should be careful about handling the receipts.



'For example, tickets should not get in contact with food – for instance, meat or fish – while unpacking it in the kitchen,' Professor Olea said.

'Moreover, we should not crumple the tickets to throw them in the trash, play with them, write notes on them, or store them in cars, purses or handbags.

'In short, we should manipulate this kind of tickets as little as possible.

'They are easily identified by the customer since they are those receipts that, after some time, lose what they have printed on them and, when you are going to return the trousers you bought, the cashiers tell you that they cannot see anything.

'Very often, the only thing you find is a fine white powder that comes off when taking them out of the handbag or purse. BPA is, precisely, that white powder that sticks to your fingers.'

Scientists have sought alternatives to gradually replace BPA in an array of items.

BPS was designed as a replacement after mounting concerns over the plastic compound's effect on human health.

France has used BPS as a replacement in its receipts.

However, scientists aren't on board with this chemical either, believing that BPS is also a hormone disruptor.

'Unfortunately, BPS is also an endocrine disruptor, and its environmental persistence is greater than that of BPA, so it's not a valid option,' Professor Oleo said.

The researchers suggested people 'reject' paper receipts until public health measures are taken, noting that the Spanish government promised to remove BPA from its receipts by 2020.


Similar findings were published by Michigan-based non-profit organisation The Ecology Center in January 2018.

The team analysed 207 paper receipts from a variety of businesses collected between January and April 2017, including nationwide grocery and homeware stores, gas stations, theaters, libraries and small independent businesses.

Past research reveals cashiers and waiting staff can handle as many as 30 receipts an hour, and after a shift, have significantly higher BPA and BPS levels in their blood and urine than the average person.

'The protection of hundreds of thousands of young people working as cashiers in supermarkets and other stores is not as strictly implemented as it should,' Professor Oleo added.

By Vanessa Chalmers, MailOnline
January 16, 2019

Year of the Pig: Chinese Horoscope 2019

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Rat
The Years of the Rat are: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032.

Many new opportunities arise during 2019 for the Rat. The Rat will have more responsibilities as he furthers his progress. New Contacts made at this time will prove valuable and useful to his future.

Last year of the snake was a lucky year for the rat, however this year will prove to be somewhat the same, but the Rat has to work harder and be somewhat careful in his activities. The Rat is a survivor and will gain much experience in learning to be patient.

The Rat should be careful with overspending. Keep a track of your expenditures. Do not take on extra commitments. If you are careful managing your finances you may even be able to save a little.

The Year of the Pig 2019 sets for the Rat a new trend for the next twelve years. Even though the Rat may have some set backs, he will find it to his advantage for a new door opens for new opportunities.

The Rat may even decide to return to school to further their career skills. The Rat’s domestic life will take on a glow and he becomes more agreeable to those dear to him. The Pig year may not be the easiest for the Rat, but what he learns will prove to be very valuable to his future.




Ox
The years of the Ox are: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

The Ox will find that some areas of the Pig year will go particular well, while others will be somewhat difficult. He also will gain a lot of knowledge from the experience he has during the Pig year. Some projects and activities may take patience or be delayed during this year.

The Ox will have to adapt to some change that takes place. The Ox will have to flow closely and not be too inflexible. His working situations will have some interesting turn of events.

He may even decide to switch to a different career. In thinking with the right attitude, the Ox will gain much potential success for future projects.

This year will be a year for the Ox to catch up on his well-being, watch his weight and get a sufficient amount of rest. Eat a balanced and healthier diet. Find time to unwind and allow the creative abilities to come though Ox’s are especially creative in music, art and photography.

This is the year for the Ox to balance his activities with pleasurable pursuits. As usual the Ox will take much interest in his home. The Ox will be more socially active and romance will be much on the mind of the Ox. Much pleasure is gained by balancing work with pleasure.


Tiger
The Years of the Tiger are: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.

The Pig year will prove to be a significant year for the Tiger. He will be able to reap rewards from past efforts. This is a very positive year for moving forward. The Tiger should take notice of his present position and how he can move forward. In other words, stay more focused for the opportunities that present themselves. Contacts the Tiger has made in the past will serve him well in the coming year. The progress the Tiger makes will improve his financial situation.

Tigers should make it a point to get away from the daily routine as often as possible. Change of scenery will prove particularly enjoyable. This year shows great potential in traveling as opportunities arise through meeting others while away. Make it a point to get as much exercise as possible.

The Tiger’s domestic and social life will bring much pleasure during the coming year. This year will prove to be a memorable year for celebrations such as weddings or other special events. This will prove to be a promising time for romance and an existing friendship or even a new one will become more meaningful. Many Tigers will become engaged or married during the coming year. This is truly a new and fresh beginning for the Tiger. The coming year is well aspected for a happy and new life.


Rabbit
The years of the Rabbit are: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The year of the Pig will be an active year for the Rabbit and a year of progress especially in the Rabbit’s personal life. He will find himself in great demand and as usual well be meeting and making new friends. The affairs of the heart will be well aspected. This is the year for romance for the Rabbit. The Year of the Pig 2019 will have some surprises and pleasing successes.

He will find opportunities at every door. Contacts from the past pay off this year. Travel is well aspected. Some of the travel will be work related and will prove an excellent way to advance their prospects.

They may find themselves in some interesting situations while away from home. The Rabbit should be careful if a new interest for investing arises. Do not invest in something you have not carefully investigated. As a rule, Rabbits are careful in financial matters.

His year should be a wonderful year on the domestic front with great support from family and loved ones. This year will prove to be a particular busy time so be careful and not overload yourself with too many commitments. Try to make time for personal interests in hobbies and creative activities. It is a way to relax. This will be an enjoyable year for the Rabbit.


Dragon
The years of the Dragon are:1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.

The Year of the Pig 2019 will be a positive year for the Dragon…a year where the Dragon will be able to put his ideas in form. Opportunities arise around work related projects. This is also an excellent year for financial matters with many Dragons receiving extra income. Learning opportunities arise and over the year much satisfaction is gained through his achievements.

Some Dragons will be faced with change around their work environment. Dragons will have an opportunity to add to their experience through new advances with work related matters. Through the experience the Dragon could make change in the direction he is going with his work.

The year 2019 will provide the Dragon with busy times but he should make sure he sets aside time for his personal activities. The Dragon is always supported by loved ones and should listen to the advise of those who care for him. He is independent but he will benefit from the advise of loved ones this year.

The Dragon’s social and love life is favorably aspected and he can look forward to a full active life. If single, romance is around the corner. He should act upon his ideas and follow through even if it means making changes.


Snake
The Years of the Snake are: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037.

The year of the Pig will be an active one for the Snake allowing him to build on past achievements. A great deal of personal activity is on the horizon. Many Snakes have already had changes and are relatively new at what they are doing.

Snakes always like to have a secure base from which to observe and build a strong foundation. This is a year of opportunity for Snakes and should be alert to any offer that comes through. In the year 2019 the Snake should avoid taking risks.

Snakes also need to be careful I his personal life as the Horse can play tricks with his emotions. Romance can bring happiness but also some disappointments. This is a year where the Snake should be aware of the feelings of those he cares about. Snakes who fall in love this year need to go slowly and be considerate if they want the relationship to last.

Snakes will be meeting new friends and attending many social functions. The Snake should give considerable attention to his well-being, get plenty of rest and eat properly. This is not a year for the Snake to take risks with his financial situations, however if he is careful his financial matters improve.


Horse
The years of the Horse are: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.

This will be a pleasing year for the Horse. The Horse can look forward to a promising active year. You will be offered an opportunity to take on extra responsibilities. The horse will have a chance for a higher position.

This is a year to take the initiative and prepare to make the effort to move forward. Some Horse may indeed, have some setbacks but many will find this an opportunity to made a sufficient change in their career.

Some natives will take on extra skills or promote their talent by doing some freelance work. Horse will have an increase in money matters. As horseSheep love to spend what they make this is a year they should be careful and be aware of how they spend their money.

This is a good year for personal matters. You will enjoy many family activities including unexpected outings and short trips. This year 2019 is a year for a rich and rewarding part of his life.

The horse will enjoy many social activities. New friendships formed will prove to be lasting. This year will prove to be a rewarding and successful year for the horse.


Sheep
The years of the Goat are: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Year of the Pig will prove to be a pleasing one for the sheep and more challenging than the last few years. He will find his personal life becoming more settling and his business world taking on more of a glow. In other words, he will be pleased as he puts the past disappointments behind him. His present work he will find a substantial improvement with his working conditions.

He will be offered a chance to take on extra responsibilities and find it easier than ever as he soars upward. The Sheep has the ability to get on well with others regardless of what position he is in. New contacts made now will definitely elevate his social status. All sheeps should take advantage of any new opportunities for furthering their skills.

Sheep, who have felt unhappy or lonely, will certainly have a chance for new friendships and romance. Romance started this year will prove to be permanent. By years end, many sheep natives will be enjoying newfound happiness.


Monkey
The years of the Monkey are: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.

The year of the Pig will bring many rewards for the Monkey. All areas of life will improve for the monkey, including a stroke of luck adding to his uplifting sprit. This year the Monkey will focus on his past accomplishments and give much thought to his future.

Opportunities arise that will give the Monkey a chance to advance, especially with work related issues.

Whether he is looking for a better position or rising to the heights with the present one, he will make the most of his skills. Monkey’s love to have a challenge. This is what motivates them and gives them a worthwhile purpose in life. The whole year contain interesting developments where progress can be made rapidly and successfully.

The Monkey can look forward to an increase in money matters, especially added income. Monkeys will treat themselves well by improving their lifestyle with new furnishings for the home and a new wardrobe. The Monkey will decide it is time to get out and explore mew avenues by doing some distance travel.

Monkey will derive much pleasure in their personal life by spending valuable time with family loved ones and friends. Opportunities arise for new romance especially new friends made during the first part of the year of the Horse or latter part of last year of the Pig. My word of advice for the Monkey is not be too independent. All in all, this year will prove to be one of great rewards.


Rooster
The years of the Rooster are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

The year of the Pig will be one of highs and lows for the Rooster. This year 2019 will be a rewarding year for finances even though the Rooster should be careful of overspending. The Roosters love attention and take great pride in what they wear. With the new trends and fashions coming in this year the Rooster will be the first with a new wardrobe. The Rooster will gain much satisfaction from his personal interest.

The Rooster will gain a great deal from using their creative abilities and properly used can produce some interesting results.

The Rooster at times neglects his well-being because he is so absorbed in other things he forgets about himself. This year is no exception. He should make it a point to look after his health and watch what he eats.

As usual the Rooster will be the center of attention impressing those he meets and extending his social circle. Even though the year of the Pig will be a demanding one for the Rooster he will benefit from all the challenging experiences and achieve some satisfying results.


Dog
The years of the Dog are: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

The year of the Pig will prove to be a favorable year for the Dog. He will find a time for much advancement in both his personal life as well as his professional world. All he has to do is take the opportunity when it is there.

The Dog as a rule tends to be cautious and this year is no exception but the Pig gives him great courage and an incentive to move ahead and take chances necessary to move upward. The Dog is loved by all but this year his superiors will do anything the Dog requests.

The Dog’s home life means much to him. This year is an especially happy one for the standpoint of his personal life. This year is a promising one for social activities, especially smaller groups where he finds himself impressing and winning additional new friends.

The Pig year holds excellent aspects for romance for the Dog. Someone the Dog meets in the early years of the Pig year will come to mean much to their future.

The Dog will have a chance to prove his skills and talents and impress others as he has not done in quite a few years. He will be happy with the results.


Pig
You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

The Chinese think if you were born under the year of the Pig and it is thePig year it is not a good year for you, however I have found it depends on what element you were born in that really makes the difference. In the research I have done I have found that Pigs can look forward to some pleasing successes, some of which he has earned.

Some Pigs will be promoted while others take on different roles. Pigs are hard workers and can make the most of any opportunity. At times when one is in their own year they feel as though they are in a rut and should follow through when chances present themselves.

Money Matters are positive for the Pig and an increase in fiancés occurs usually during the later half of the year. Pigs usually find it helpful to set aside funds for special requirements. He usually adds to his savings during the Pig year. This year 2019 will prove favorable for personal matters. He should share with his loved ones in activities such as his hobbies or projects.

Pigs have a tendency to do it alone. Pigs will need a lot of exercise this year to keep upon his well-being. He loses energy when he gets out of shape. All in all the Pig will move ahead and enjoy the year.

January 16, 2019

10 Short Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Can Manifest Your Perfect Relationship

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We all desire a loving relationship with a partner that will accept as completely and love us unconditionally.

But have you ever asked yourself, why do you desire this? Why do you need such relationship? Why do you need someone else to love and accept you?

Most people desire a relationship because they feel incomplete by themselves. They feel a lack of something and they believe someone who loves them will fill this void they feel.

But the truth is nobody can give you the love that you should give yourself. Nobody can make you feel complete if you don’t realize you are already complete, you don’t lack anything.

These misconceptions make people chase love for all the wrong reasons, it makes them manifest bad, miserable relationships. Here are 10 short lessons you must know.



10 Short Lessons You Need To Learn Before Having A Perfect Relationship:


1. You are already whole.

Most people look for their better half, for that one person who would make them feel whole again. This is because they don’t yet realize they are already whole. Nobody can make you more whole than you can. Learn to be whole by yourself.


2. Your real value comes from your self worth.

Your partner does not determine your value. Nobody determines your value but you. The way you see yourself, think of yourself, speak to yourself, that’s what determines your worth. You don’t need a relationship to find your real value.


3. Be completely comfortable by yourself.

If you can’t be alone with yourself, what makes you think that you can be in a relationship. Deal with your problems before putting them on someone else’s back. The relationships you have are going to reflect all your inner turmoil. So deal with it.


4. Relationships will not bring you happiness.

If you are looking for a relationship in order to finally be happy, you are going to be disappointed. Not because you won’t get into a relationship, you will, but because you’ll realize it does not bring happiness. And you will be more lost than ever.


5. Your purpose is greater than your relationships.

Most people get into a relationship and they forget about their purpose. They put their partner before everything else. It might sound romantic, but it’s not. It’s needy and it comes out of fear, scarcity. Your partner should support your purpose, not overshadow it.


6. Real friends come before romance.

Friendship comes before romance. This does not mean to turn your back to your partner and go out with your friends. It means to honor the friendship you have with your partner, friends, family, more than the romance you get out of the relationship.


7. Real relationships are not a prison.

When you get into a relationship with someone it’s not a start of the game of tolerance. It’s not fighting for your free pass to go out with your friends. Your relationship should not feel like a prison, on the contrary, it should be a platform of trust that liberates you even more.


8. The love between partners is maintained daily.

There is a false idea in society that once you find your special someone you will love each other until the end of time. Love in a relationship is something that’s grown and maintained daily. Getting into a relationship is not a finish, it’s a start of your love.


9. Don’t trade your dreams for a relationship.

Your dreams should be your priority. Everything else it’s just a happening along the journey. Your relationship is not as close as important as your dreams are. You are partners on this journey helping each other follow your dreams while having fun together.


10. You cannot force a loving relationship.

When people love each other you cannot force this love away. It’s the same when this love is gone or when it was not there in the first place. You cannot force a loving relationship, it should develop and unfold naturally. That’s the beauty of it.

By Life Coach Code

Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019

5 Reasons Loving A Chubby Guy Is The Best

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We've told you bald, bearded and shorter men are better. And now comes size. Yes, bigger is better. But not for the reason you're thinking.

If you've been passing up chubby guys for skinny or muscular ones because you assume that they can't be great lovers or they're unhealthy, then listen up. We're here to show you why you need a hefty hunk.

Here are 5 reasons why you've been missing out on total boyfriend material.


1. Chubby could mean that person is comfortable and happy, not lazy and depressed.

Pride

Chubby guys are happy ones! Turns out, the good spirits even last into marriage. According to a study published in Health Psychology, happily married newlyweds are more likely to gain weight after their weddings, unlike their unhappily married counterparts. And who doesn't want a happy marriage?


2. They're understanding about your own weight gain.

Whether you're dating a skinny, muscular, chubby, or obese guy, make sure that if you truly want to be with this person then he won't be shallow enough to judge you for a few pounds here or there. Guys with a little junk in the trunk are more likely to be understanding when it comes to your own weight rollercoaster. Practice loving yourself and your lover no matter how much you both weigh.



3. They're the best cuddlers.

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Sure, six-packs and jacked arms can be nice to gaze at, but when it comes to snuggling up with your guy, you're going to want some cushion. There's nothing like getting enveloped by a bigger man's arms. You have a personal, portable, always-comfy pillow!


4. They may be healthier than you think.

In fact, he'll be around longer. If you're all about health then don't overlook the chubby guys. Researchers for the Journal of the American Medical Associationfound that overweight people (but not obese) may live longer than people that are clinically normal body weight. So if your end goal is to live longer (and whose isn't?) then a guy with a little extra fat may be the perfect partner in crime.


5. They're better lovers.

Uproxx

Does size matter in the bedroom? You know it! But we're talking about belly size here. A study out of Turkey concluded that overweight men with obvious bellies last longer in bed than their thinner counterparts. Chubby guys have more of the female sex hormone estradiol in their bodies, which slows down their orgasms — meaning you guys can get it on all night long. Go big or go home!

By Nicole Weaver, Your Tango

Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019

Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol Than Stupid People

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A study published in Psychology Today says that smart people are more likely to binge drink and get drunk.

It’s an ‘evolutionarily novel’ ability

Drinking alcohol is the latest behaviour to be categorised as “evolutionarily novel” – basically meaning that it’s not what our ancestors did, so the ability to learn it and be able to handle it (despite pretty bad hangovers) is an indication of intellectual ability. Evolution has done nothing to prepare us for getting pissed, so if you’re able to do it, you have outstanding intelligence.

Our experience as humans with consuming fermented fruit (alcohol, duh) is pretty recent – agriculturally we only became able to do it around 10,000 years ago. According to the study this means “more intelligent individuals may be more likely to prefer drinking modern alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and distilled spirits) than less intelligent individuals, because the substance and the method of consumption are both evolutionarily novel”.



Smart kids grow up to drink more booze

The research found that clever children in both the UK and US grow up to consume more greater quantities of alcohol and drank more frequently than less intelligent kids. On the graph shown below they illustrated that children who were found to be “very bright” when tested by the National Child Development Study in the UK grew up to drink more alcohol in their 20s, 30s and 40s, compared to kids that were (this is so harsh) tested and found to be “very dull”. Sad.

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In fact it’s a trend that continues when testing intelligent preteens and teenagers. Those who were consistently at the top end of intellect as a kid drink much more than the dumbest kids – in fact the research found that “very bright” British children grow up to consume nearly 80 per cent more alcohol than their “very dull” classmates. The same was true for Americans – the smarter they were as kids, the more alcohol they consumed as young adults.

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It’s nothing to do with jobs or money

The data carefully controlled other extraneous factors in their research, such as childhood social class and parental education in children from the US and UK. They found that intelligent people do drink more, but it had nothing to do with their social standing or the fact that intelligent people tend to work in high-paying, “important” jobs which require them to drink more alcohol for networking. Instead it was the intelligence itself, not the societal correlations of intelligence, which incline them to drink more.

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Smart people are just less healthy in general (we have more to think of I guess)

Obviously, although it’s one of the most fun things you can do when you’re bored, broke and winging it throughout most of our adult life, getting drunk isn’t good for you. Binge drinking especially, as every patronising PSA will tell you, is A Bad Thing. Intelligent people know this, but the research found it was irrelevant to them – smart people still like booze regardless of how bad it is

Specifically: “It does not predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in healthy and beneficial behavior.”So basically, we might be book smart but we still get drunk and do dumb shit. Sounds about right to be honest.

By Roisin Lanigan, Babe
January 13, 2019

California Nuns Stole $500k School Funds For Vegas Gambling, Travel

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper, Lana Chang

Two Catholic school nuns in California have admitted to embezzling around $500,000, and using the funds over years for travel and gambling in Las Vegas, their order has said.

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees and donations at St James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles.

"We do know that they had a pattern of going on trips. We do know they had a pattern of going to casinos, and the reality is, they used the account as their personal account," an attorney for the school told parents and alumni at a recent meeting, local media reported.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the missing money was discovered during a routine audit and it is believed the nuns operated their scheme over at least a decade.

Kreuper was principal at the school for 29 years until her retirement earlier this year. Chang was a teacher for 20 years and she also retired this year.

"Our community is concerned and saddened by this situation and regret any injury to our long relationship with the families of the school," the Sister of St Joseph of Carondelet, the nuns' order, said in a statement sent to AFP.



"The Sisters of St Joseph both desire and intend to make complete restitution to St James School."

Parents were informed about the nuns' misdeeds in a 28 November letter from the school's pastor, Monsignor Michael Meyers.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, states that Kreuper and Chang had taken a "substantial" amount of school funds for their personal use and the matter was uncovered during an audit conducted after Kreuper's retirement.

"Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Lana have expressed to me and asked that I convey to you, the deep remorse they each feel for their actions and ask for your forgiveness and prayers," Monsignor Meyers wrote.

"They and their order pray that you have not lost trust or faith in the educators and administrators of the school."

He added that no other school staff were implicated in the theft and that police had been alerted.

Meyers said the school did not wish to pursue criminal proceedings against the pair, who spent decades as students' moral enforcers.

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper, Lana Chang

However, Adrian Alarcon, the head of media relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told AFP on that the Archdiocese did not want to just let the matter drop and planned to "become a complaining party".

The nuns allegedly got away with their crime by depositing some cheques made out to the school for tuition and other fees into a bank account different than the one used by the school.

Monsignor Meyers told parents in his letter that the two Sisters were cooperating with an investigation to determine the full amount of misappropriated funds.

"I want to assure you that the investigation has disclosed that, notwithstanding this misappropriation, no student or programme at St James has suffered any loss of educational resources, opportunities, or innovations," he added.

"In sum, the education of your children has not and will not be affected by these events."

By RTE News

Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 12, 2019

Deputy Mayor, 73, Marries Filipino Internet Bride Who Is Four Decades His Junior

Kit Owen, aiza

A DEPUTY mayor aged 73 has stunned locals by marrying his girlfriend – who is four decades his junior.

Widower Kit Owen town chief of March, in Cambridgeshire, met his Filipino bride, Aiza, online.

After a year of finding love on FaceTime and Whatsapp Kit flew to Asia so the pair could meet in person.

He hit it off with her family and popped the question before the pair married in his hometown yesterday.
Kit, who has been mayor of March five times, tied the knot with Aiza, who’s in her 30s, at the library before going on to a reception at Ye Olde Griffin Hotel with ten close family and friends.

The Tory, who "can't remember" how he proposed, said that the couple were very happy.

Asked to plant a kiss on his new wife, Kit told photographers "behave", before pecking Aiza on the lips.



Councillor Owen said: "We had a meal and there was some drinking but no dancing or anything like that."

He added: “We have known each other for a very long time and this seemed like the best, logical next step for us both.”

Kit has two children, Lisa and Jonathan, with his former wife, Beverly Owen, who died in 2008

Beverly was well-known for being crowned Miss Hunstanton in 1967 and qualifying for Miss Anglia several times in her beauty pageant career.

Kit Owen, aiza

In October 2017 Councillor Owen was unanimously cleared of making a racist remark when he allegedly said “Muslims all have sharp knives” at a meeting about Christmas lights.

He denied ever making the comment.

Local bar worker Andrew Woollard, 64, said: “I’m very pleased for him as long as he’s happy."

By Rob Pattinson, The Sun

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

Artist Shows The Dark Side Of Zodiac Signs With Creepy Sketches


For too long now, astrologers have pulled their punches when it comes to the zodiac. They’ve sugar-coated the message in an attempt to protect us from the harsh realities of life. This has never been more obvious than with the sun sign symbols being depicted as friendly animals or majestic humans or, in the case of Libra, a benign pair of scales. Well, Ohio artist Shawn Coss has decided it’s time to show us what really lurks behind the astrology veneer, and his 60,000 Instagram fans can’t get enough of it.


 As Shawn has methodically re-created the symbols representing each of the 12 signs of the zodiac – he’s been inundated with requests from people to get them tattooed on their bodies. “I love the creepy, and I love the unsettling,” says Shawn. “Probably why I never enjoyed painting scenery of flowers and mountains.” For those who like their astrology with a touch of vinegar, check out Shawn’s zodiac art below… and our helpful descriptions alongside.


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Aries make excellent leaders and the type of people you’d want by your side in a scrap. But if you’re down and you want someone to indulge your fears and insecurities, don’t call an Aries.


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Taureans are solid, hardworking and stubborn. But if you have a roommate who’s a Taurus, be sure to put your name on all your food. Or better still, lock it in a safe.


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The Gemini twins are great at talking. They make excellent debaters, lawyers, politicians and actors. A lot of what comes out of their mouths is wonderful, but it’s so difficult to shut them up.



Cancerians are creative and sensitive. Too sensitive. They cry A LOT. They’re probably crying reading this.


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Leos are the best partiers in the zodiac. Also, if you think astrology is rubbish, find the nearest Leo in your office and look at their hair. Tell us it doesn’t resemble a mane.


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Virgos can’t stand people with sloppy workspaces or minds. Those born under this sign have enormous potential which they won’t fulfill because they’re obsessed with the small stuff.


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Libras are always weighing up the pros and cons. Right now, they’re pretty sure this article is a joke. But it could also be serious. Too hard to say.


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Scorpios are an emotional tidal wave. And if you don’t treat every one of their problems with the attention they think it deserves, then get ready to be stung.


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Sagittarii are sweet, witty and clumsy. If you see a person tripping over nothing – then they’ll be a Sagittarius. But the chances are they’ll make a hilarious joke out of it before you do.


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Capricorns are rich, but they can’t dance and are often cranky. You know those people who grumble in the comments section? All Capricorns.


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Aquarius are smart, creative and excel in the arts. You might think your Aquarius friend is sweet, but know this – he or she thinks they’re better than you.


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Pisces are dreamers. Look up from your computer. See the person staring out the window? Pisces.

By Diply