Categories
Kids

Lizzo Reacts to Viral 2nd Grade Teacher Remixing Her Song For Kids

One of the greatest singers of our time, Lizzo, is more than just a mega-talented recording artist. She’s a beacon of self-love and an inspiration to those who are searching for a boost of positivity. For that reason, Dorothy Mallari, a second-grade teacher in Pittsburg, California, taught her students a remix to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” to lift their confidence. Because let’s face it: learning math, finishing homework, and making new friends is not easy. 

‘Truth Hurts’“Let’s be great / ‘Cause I know we are great,” the students sing as Mallari dances on a table. “I just took an ELA test / Turns out I’m 100 percent that smart / Yeah I got math problems / That’s the student in me,” the lyrics went. 

The Los Medanos Elementary teacher had no idea that her classroom’s performance of the PG-rated Lizzo song would go viral. “I didn’t think I’d have that impact, we just try to make learning fun here,” she told NBC Bay Area. But once the video was featured on the Pittsburg Unified School District’s Facebook page earlier this week and garnered more than 6,000 likes as of this morning, the inspiring anthem spread to the far corners of the Internet. Even Lizzo herself signed off on the video with massive approval. 

“Ur right.. this IS the best thing I’ve watched today,” the musician tweeted

 

What’s more, Lizzo surprised Mallari and her second-grade class on Good Morning America with a special message. “You are 100 percent the future,” she said, referencing a quote from the remix. “You’re so bright and so beautiful and so talented, so keep it up and I hope to see y’all one day. I want to drop in on your class, so hopefully we can make that happen,” she concludes, crossing her fingers.

For Mallari, teaching her students catchy lyrics to popular beats is nothing new. According to KTVU, every year her classroom is taught a song that reflects a specific learning experience. Last year, they learned a Drake remix about “flexible seating and classroom culture.” 

If every teacher took a cue from Dorothy Mallari, our little “worker bees” as the lyric goes, would have a way easier time getting out of bed in the morning.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Kids

From Barbie to Matchbox cars, here’s every toy in the Museum of Play’s Toy Hall of Fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame picks names the toys that will stand the test of time. (Photo: Photo illustration)

Ah, the nostalgia of childhood toys.

Every year since 1998, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., has inducted toys into its National Toy Hall of Fame.

The latest additions, announced Thursday, include the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, Matchbox cars and the coloring book.

Last year, it added the Magic 8 Ball, Uno and pinball.

It’s HOF list now includes 71 toys, all of which are housed inside the museum.

Obvious favorite include Atari, Barbie, Candy Land, Etch A Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, Legos and, of course, Play-Doh.

Some might be considered misses like cardboard boxes, blankets and sticks.

The winners – chosen each year by a committee of national experts, including toy collectors, professors and psychologists – stand the test of time, are widely recognized and encourage learning, creativity and discovery through play over generations, the museum says.

Did your favorite make the list? Here is the full list of toys in the Hall of Fame:

National Toy Hall of Fame

Alphabet Blocks

Atari 2600 Game System

Baby Doll

Ball

Barbie

2019 Barbie 60th Anniversary Role Model Dolls. (Photo: Mattel)

Bicycle

Big Wheel

Blanket

Bubbles

Candy Land

Cardboard Box

Checkers

Chess

Clue

Coloring Book

Crayola Crayons

Crayola Crayons. (Photo: Walmart)

Dollhouse

Dominoes

Duncan Yo-Yo

Dungeons & Dragons

Easy-Bake Oven

Erector Set

Etch A Sketch

Fisher-Price Little People

Frisbee

G.I. Joe

The Game of Life

Hot Wheels

Classic Hot Wheels car in a display at Mattel's headquarters. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)

Hula Hoop

Jack-in-the-Box

Jacks

Jigsaw Puzzle

Jump Rope

Kite

LEGO

Lincoln Logs

Lionel Trains

Little Green Army Men

Magic 8 Ball

Magic: The Gathering

Marbles

Matchbox Cars

Monopoly

Monopoly. (Photo: Hasbro)

Mr. Potato Head

Nintendo Game Boy

Paper Airplane

Pinball

Play-Doh

Play-Doh. (Photo: Amazon)

Playing Cards

Puppet

Radio Flyer Wagon

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Rocking Horse

Roller Skates

Rubber Duck

Rubik’s Cube

Scrabble

Silly Putty

Skateboard

Slinky

Star Wars Action Figures

Stick

Super Soaker

Swing

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear. (Photo: Provided by Build-A-Bear)

Tinkertoy

Tonka Trucks

Twister

Uno

View-Master

Wiffle Ball

Follow the latest from USA TODAY Parenting at usatoday.com/life/parenting.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Kids

How Brooke Burke Spoke to Her Children About College Scandal


Talking about the tough stuff! Brooke Burke had a conversation with her four kids about the college scandal.

“This whole private school system and college application, it’s no joke, especially when there’s a lot of money floating around, so I’m trying to teach my children to appreciate who they are and work harder,” the actress, 48, told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon honoring Cindy Crawford and Elyse Walker to support the Women’s Guild Neurology Project on Wednesday, November 6. “If they can’t figure it out, figure it out.”

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among dozens of parents named and charged in March for allegedly paying bribes to help their kids get accepted into high-profile universities, including Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, and the University of Southern California.

As for Burke, the Dancing With the Stars season 7 winner wants to make sure that Neriah, 19, Sierra, 17, Heaven, 12, and Shaya, 11, “have integrity and [are] honest and authentic to what” they believe, she told Us.

The Connecticut native has her hands full raising such a big brood, and she revealed in February that she doesn’t parent each of her children in the same way.

“I raise [them] differently,” she explained to Us at the time. “I truly do. Just when you think you figured it out, you got to tweak your rearing skills.”

The ModernMom.com CEO added, “One of the things I always tell women is, ‘Find your own way.’ Everybody’s going to tell you how to do it. Every mom’s out there doing something better than you. And I think we have incredible women’s intuition and we really have to follow that.”

When it comes to coparenting her son and three daughters with David Charvet and Garth Fisher, Burke “takes the high road” for her kids. “Being a parent is selfless,” she told Us. “Learn how to have a working divorce. Have a better relationship with your ex than you had when you were married. That’s the goal!”

The former model was married to Fisher, 61, from 2001 to 2005 and Charvet, 47, from 2011 to 2018.

With reporting by Carly Sloane

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Science

Secret to a hit pop song revealed by scientists

Secret to a hit pop song revealed: Scientists claim the world’s catchiest tunes contain the perfect balance of uncertainty and surprise

  • Researchers removed elements including lyrics and melody from the songs 
  • They then looked at the brain activity of 79 study participants listening to them
  • Analysing 80,000 chords in 745 songs in the U.S chart between 1958 and 1991 

The secret to writing a great pop song lies in hitting the right combination of uncertainty and surprise, according to an analysis of more than 700 pop songs.

Scientists have learned that a ‘good balance’ between knowing what to expect and being charmed by the unexpected is what makes classic hits – such as James Taylor’s Country Roads, Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It, or The Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – so ‘irresistibly enjoyable’.

Vincent Cheung, a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and lead author of the study, said: ‘Understanding how music activates our pleasure system in the brain could explain why listening to music might help us feel better when we are feeling blue.’

25th November 1963: The Beatles, from left to right Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison, performing on Granada TV’s Late Scene Extra filmed in Manchester

The team, made up of scientists in Germany and Norway, analysed 80,000 chords in 745 songs listed in the US Billboard ‘Hot 100’ chart between 1958 and 1991.

When a song or a piece of music is being played, the listener forms expectations on what sounds – or chords – to expect next.

American singer Tina Turner performing at Wembley Arena, London, during her Break Every Rule Tour, 11th June 1987

Based on this understanding, the team developed a computer model to measure the predictive uncertainty and surprise in songs.

Mr Cheung said: ‘Songs that we find pleasant are likely those which strike a good balance between knowing what is going to happen next and surprising us with something we did not expect.’

The researchers removed elements including lyrics and melody from the songs – keeping only the chord progressions – to rule out other associations to the songs that listeners might have had.

The team then looked at the brain activity of 79 study participants listening to the music, using a technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

They found that brain activity increased in three regions – the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the auditory cortex – when the test subjects were listening to music.

These regions play a role in processing emotions, learning and memory, and processing sound, respectively, the researchers said.

Writing in the journal Cell Press, the team said they found that music evokes pleasure ‘by encouraging the listener to continuously generate and resolve expectations as the piece unfolds in time’.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggest that further studies could explore ‘the combined roles of uncertainty and surprise on humans’ appreciation for other art forms such as dance and film’.

Mr Cheung said: ‘We think there is great potential in combining computational modelling and brain imaging to further understand not only why we enjoy music, but also what it means to be human.’

MUSIC CAN CHANGE THE TASTE OF FOOD 

University of Oxford psychologist Charles Spence has previously explored an effect he calls ‘digital seasoning’, in which different musical genres can change your the taste of your takeaway.

The research found some music genres can enhance the taste of a meal while others seem to have a detrimental impact on the experience.

Indie rock bands like the Arctic Monkeys complements the spice in a curry.

Pop music such as Ed Sheeran’s hit Sing, or Taylor Swift’s Blank Space is perfect for Chinese.

Opera favourite Nessun Dorma, and classical music, such as Vivaldi, boosted the tastiness of Italian food.

Jazz, along with classics by Sinatra and Nina Simone were best for Sushi and Thai Dance.

Hip hop either has no effect or a detrimental effect on the expected enjoyment of food.

But look away Justin Beiber fans: the Canadian star’s hit song Baby had a detrimental effect on the enjoyment of pretty much every dish in the study. 

 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Sport

The NHL seems to disagree about its cocaine usage

Is there a cocaine problem in the NHL? Depends on who you ask.

Several players in recent years have admitted to using the drug — including Oilers forward Zack Kassian and former longtime NHLer Nick Boynton — while others have been involved in higher-profile incidents.

“It’s really the secret that everybody knows,” one former NHLer told The Athletic, adding that ecstasy usage is on the rise, as well. “Guys are just popping molly on the weekends or before a team Halloween party or whatever.”

The topic of drug usage in the NHL made headlines this offseason when Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov denied using drugs after video surfaced of him in a hotel room alongside a few lines of a white powder. Kuznetsov later tested positive for cocaine while playing for Russia at the world championship in May, and was issued a four-year ban by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The NHL suspended Kuznetsov for three regular-season games for what it called “inappropriate conduct.”

While the NHL takes a lax stance to its drug testing — all players are tested, but are not suspended for a positive first test — cocaine has become a cause for concern around league front offices. The Athletic reports that one executive said rumors of top players “developing a reputation” for usage are “rampant.”

“Cocaine is a huge drug now,” Anaheim Ducks forward and former New Jersey Devils star Adam Henrique said. “It seems so casual, that it’s not a big deal; like having a beer almost, which is kinda scary. Where does it stop?”

But for other players, however, the level of concern seems to be much lower.

According to an anonymous ESPN poll, 58% of respondents said the NHL doesn’t have a cocaine problem, with 32% not being sure and 10% saying the league does.

“I don’t think there is a problem compared to the problem outside the NHL,” one player told ESPN. “It’s probably the same. I’d guess some people would use it to party, I’d assume, but what is a problem? How would you define ‘problem’?”

“Has anyone said yes to this question?,” another responded. “I really don’t think there is one, so I’d be shocked if someone said yes.”

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

James Dean to be 'digitally resurrected' for Finding Jack

James Dean to be ‘digitally resurrected’ by CGI to play major role in Vietnam War film Finding Jack… 64 YEARS after actor’s death

  • James Dean has been cast in the forthcoming Vietnam War drama Finding Jack
  • The deceased film icon will be brought back to the screen ‘through CGI visual effects,’ according to Variety
  • Dean’s performance will be created using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), although ‘another actor will voice him,’ said The Hollywood Reporter 
  • ‘This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us,’ said Mark Roesler, CEO of agency CMG Worldwide 
  • James Dean passed away in 1955 at the age of 24, having starred in just three films: Giant, East Of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause 

He died in a tragic car wreck in 1955.

But that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from casting legendary actor James Dean in the forthcoming Vietnam War-era drama Finding Jack, according to Variety on Wednesday. 

The film icon will be brought back to the screen ‘through CGI visual effects,’ according to the industry publication. 

One more time: James Dean has been cast in the forthcoming Vietnam War-era drama Finding Jack, according to Variety on Wednesday. Dean seen here in 1955

Finding Jack is the story of Fletcher Carson, a man who joins the Vietnam War effort in an effort to die, but who finds hope after rescuing an abandoned Labrador. After the war ends, he must find a way to bring the dog home with him. 

Dean is set to play a character named Rogan, ‘a secondary lead role’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film was adapted by Maria Sova from Gareth Crocker’s novel. 

Finding Jack’s co-director/producer Anton Ernst announced via a statement that his company Magic City Films had received the blessing of the Rebel Without a Cause star’s family.

‘We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that [Dean’s] legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact.’

‘The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down.’ 

Beyond the grave: Dean is set to play a character named Rogan, ‘a secondary lead role’ according to The Hollywood Reporter. Seen here in 1955

Dean’s performance will be created using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), although ‘another actor will voice him,’ reported THR.

And the announcement has opened doors for other actors to be posthumously ‘resurrected’ for the screen, according to reps for Dean’s family.

‘This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us,’ said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide. 

The marketing agency represents Dean’s family alongside the states of many other deceased personalities, including Burt Reynolds, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Reeve, and Jack Lemmon. 

Sleight of hand: Dean’s performance will be created using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), although ‘another actor will voice him,’ reported THR. James and his beloved Porsche seen here in 1950

Pandora’s box: ‘This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us,’ said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, who also represents the estate of Burt Reynolds [pictured in 1970]

Ernst added, ‘Our partners in South Africa are very excited about this, as this technology would also be employed down the line to re-create historical icons such as Nelson Mandela to tell stories of cultural heritage significance.’

James Dean passed away at the age of 24, having starred in just three films: Giant, East Of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause.

On September 30, 1955, the actor had just finished shooting his final scenes for the film Giant when he decided to drive his Porsche 550 Spyder from Los Angeles to Salinas.

On the way, he collided with another car and died of a broken neck. 

Not Nelson too: Ernst added, ‘Our partners in South Africa are very excited about this, as this technology would also be employed down the line to re-create historical icons such as Nelson Mandela to tell stories of cultural heritage significance.’ Mandela seen here in 1996

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Technology

Airbnb to verify all listings following report of fraud

Airbnb announced Wednesday that it will verify all seven million of its listings following a damning expose on scams on its platform.

All properties listed on the San Francisco-based company’s site will be reviewed by Dec. 15 of next year to make sure they are real and accurately portrayed on the site, chief executive Brian Chesky tweeted Wednesday.

“Starting now, verification of all seven million listings on Airbnb will commence,” Chesky wrote in a staff email. “We believe that trust on the Internet begins with verifying the accuracy of the information on Internet platforms, and we believe that this is an important step for our industry.”

Chesky’s statements come ahead of a planned initial public offering slated for next year — and less than a week after Vice wrote an expose about an apparent Airbnb scam that crossed at least 94 properties in eight different cities.

The scam described was sophisticated, and included fake telephone numbers and email addresses. It had hosts calling guests minutes before check-in to say there’d been a plumbing emergency, and then offering an alternative space so that the reservation isn’t technically canceled.

After one night in a “flophouse,” the guests were booted for good. But since they technically stayed in an Airbnb for one night, it became much harder to get a refund.

The startup will also launch a “24/7 neighbor hotline” so that guests around the world can call with safety issues. The move comes a week after the shooting death of five people at an “Airbnb mansion party” at a posh Northern California Enclave on Halloween.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Health

Breathing techniques to try when you're feeling stressed or anxious

Just breathe.

How many times have you heard that advice when you’re in the middle of a stress-induced meltdown?

The problem, though, is that many of us don’t know how to properly breathe to calm ourselves down.

We know the general in and out thing, but when we’re anxious it’s all too easy to start speed-breathing with no way to stop, or become so self-aware of our body that we forget how to breathe without thinking about it.

Breathwork can be a handy strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety, giving us simple guides to adjust our breathing and thus boost our mood. By encouraging us to count our breaths, the exercise gives us something to focus on and makes sure our breath is properly regulated – rather than being anxious gasps for air.

Below, for National Stress Day and any other time you need them, we’ve chatted to some breathing experts (yes, those exist) to gather some simple techniques we can all master.

Breathing technique for general anxiety: Basic box breathing

This is your go-to breathing technique for dealing with anxiety.

Rebecca Dennis, the author of And Breathe, explains: ‘When people feel anxious they tend to breathe shallowly, in their chest and often hold their breath. Box breathing is a technique that can help calm thoughts, bring us back into the present moment and release tension. It’s a simple technique that’s easy to learn and one you can do anywhere.

‘Box breathing can help handle even the most stressful of situations by focusing on deep breathing. It’s a technique used by SAS to focus and ground in highly stressful situations. You can use this whether you are stuck in heavy traffic, feel some nerves before presenting or taking an exam.’

So, here’s how you do it:

  • Inhale through the nose for a count of four
  • Hold this breath for a count of four
  • Release the breath out through the nose for a count of four
  • Hold for a count of four

Easy, right? You can do this cycle as many times as you like, making sure to focus on breathing from the lower belly instead of the upper chest.

Rebecca suggests placing one or both of your hands on your abdomen or sides to feel the lower part of your belly rise as you breathe in.

 

Breathing technique to de-stress: The Double Calm Breath

The double calm breath is one often used over at Breathpod, a breathwork coaching organisation.

Breathpod founder Stuart Sanderman talks us through the technique, which is done simply by doubling the length of the exhale to the inhale.

  • Inhale through the nose for a count of four
  • Exhale through pursed lips for a count of eight
  • Inhale for a count of five through the nose
  • Exhale through pursed lips for a count of 10
  • Inhale through the nose for a count of six
  • Exhale through pursed lips for a count of 12

If the increase in lengths is difficult, don’t panic. You can stick to inhaling for four and exhaling for eight – do whatever makes you feel most relaxed.

Breathing technique to deal with anxiety ahead of meetings: Bee Breath

The Bee Breth helps you tune out distractions and get you feeling calm and confident. Use it before a social gathering or a meeting to soothe that negative mental monologue.

  • Sit up straight with eyes closed and a gentle smile
  • Place tips of index fingers against the cartilage between your cheek and ear
  • Inhale deep and steady through the nose
  • Exhale, and as you do make a bumble-bee humming sound – ‘mmmm’ rather than ‘buzzzz’
  • Repeat this five times

 

Breathing technique to deal with anxiety in crowds: Alternative Nostril Breathing

Stuart recommends trying this on your commute to feel centred and calm in crowds.

You can do this in a private space, too, though, in case you feel a bit awkward pressing your nose in front of a load of strangers.

Here’s how:

  • Sit comfortably, spine straight, rest left hand on lap and bring right hand to face make a peace sign
  • Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril
  • Pause as you close your left nostril with your right ring finger and open right nostril
  • Release breath slowly through right nostril, pausing briefly at end of exhale
  • Inhale through right nostril slowly and steadily.
  • Pause as you close right nostril with right thumb and open left nostril
  • Release breath slowly through left nostril
  • Repeat for five to ten cycles

Try to keep the length of inhales and exhales consistent – a count of five can help.

 

Breathing technique to unwind after work: 5pm Breathing

Richie, better known as The Breath Guy, says 5pm Breathing is meant for the ‘joyous moment where we get to knock off work, relax, and let our hair down’.

He says: ‘It also stands for five breaths per minute and is designed to help you wind down and de-stress your internal systems.’

  • Start in a seated or lying down position
  • Put one or both hands over your belly button so you can feel the movement of your abdomen
  • Inhale for four seconds through your nose – you should feel your hands rise or move outwards
  • Exhale slowly for six seconds through your nose. No need to empty your lungs all the way, just exhale slowly until your lungs feel comfortably empty.
  • Hold your breath for two seconds
  • Repeat this cycle ten times

Breathing technique to help you get back to sleep

If you can’t drift off or your stress is keeping you up at night, try this technique to help slow the mind and increase calmness.

  • Inhale through the nose for a count of four
  • Hold that breath for a count of six
  • Exhale through pursed lips for a count of eight
  • Repeat four times

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Carjacker ADMITS trying to rob Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil

Moped mugger admits knife-point robbery on Arsenal stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil – that led to mile-long chase through London before players fought them off

  • Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week star Mesut Ozil star was targeted in north London
  • Scooter-riding thugs armed with knives tried to box in his G-Wagon in July 
  • Gunners defender Sead Kolasinac leapt from the car to take on the attackers 
  • Ozil and Kolasinac then fled as two motorbikes chased them for over a mile 
  • They abandoned the car and found safety in a restaurant on Golders Green Road 

A knife-wielding ‘ninja’ carjacker has today admitted trying to steal watches from Arsenal stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil by chasing them for a mile on his moped with a robber friend.

Jordan Northover, 26, has pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to attempting to rob the Premier League stars with Kolasinac running down the pavement trying to fight them.

Ashley Smith, 30, has already admitted his role in the attempted raid to steal the expensive items from the Arsenal footballers in Platts Lane, in Hampstead, north-west London, on July 25. They will be sentenced at a later date.

The footballers were chased for a mile by knife-wielding motorbike riders in an attempted daylight car-jacking in north London in July.

CCTV of the incident showed Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week Germany midfielder Ozil driving in his black Mercedes G class jeep. His Serbian teammate, nicknamed ‘The Tank’, jumped tried to punch the robbers, who wore helmets and wielded weapons.

The best friends then drove for a mile while being chased before taking refuge in a Turkish restaurant after abandoning Ozil’s £165,000 4×4 in the middle of the road.

Sead Kolasinac can be seen taking on one of the attackers who wears a helmet and was armed with a knife as he tried to rob him and Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil (dyed blonde hair) was pictured talking to officers outside Turkish restaurant Likya on Golders Green Road in north London after the attack this summer

Mesut Ozil (far right), his wife Amine Gulse (far left) with Sead Kolasinac and his bride Bella Kolasinac on their wedding day in June in Baden, Germany

Extraordinary footage of the attempted robbery revealed how Kolasinac was swinging punches at the attackers and fending them away from the car despite being threatened with a knife.

His fearless defence of his teammate is unsurprising because the pair have been friends since their teenage years, when Kolasinac looked up to the five-years-older Ozil when they were both at German side Schalke 04. 

They became exceptionally close and last month they were pictured together at Kolasinac’s marriage to Bella, alongside Ozil’s wife Amine Gulse in Baden, Germany.

Indeed, both Bella and Amine wore wedding dresses by the same designer at their recent ceremonies. 

The Ozils’ wedding in Instanbul took place in the same week and Turkey’s President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan was Ozil’s best man.

After the attack, Ozil’s rare luxury car, with distinctive gold trim, was left in the middle of the Golders Green Road with the driver’s door open as detectives investigated.

After police arrived they blocked off the road as other units looked for the motorcycle raiders. 

The brazen attack took place near to the busy Golders Green Road  and tube station in north London.

Ozil and Kolasinac had only returned to London the day before after a successful pre-season tour in America when they were robbed.

Fellow Gunners star Sead Kolasinac was seen warding off the attackers with his bare hands after leaping from the luxurious Mercedes

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as best man to Ozil at his wedding to Amine Gulse by the Bosphorus in Istanbul last month 

Last month Mr Ozil, who was not in court today, described what happened.

He said he and his wife had driven to Kolasinac’s house in north London when two men approached menacingly.

He told The Athletic:  ‘We noticed that they had a weapon and something was going wrong. They obviously saw the big car and because Sead had just handed me something, they must have noticed he was wearing an expensive watch.’ 

‘They told him directly, “Give us your watch!”. Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers. The second one was in front of my car on his moped so I couldn’t drive.’

Ozil admitted he was scared for his wife’s safety and that of his team mate. 

He said his car was blocked by a moped so he tried to edge it out of the way by driving forward and backwards. He then shouted at Kolasinac to jump into the car.

The World Cup winner said the attackers gave chase and he was forced to try and block them with his car. 

Eventually they sought refuge in a Turkish restaurant and awaited the arrival of the police. 

However, the incident had scared his wife who was fearful for their safety. 

The police arrested the suspected attackers within a couple of hours of the incident. Northover and Smith will be sentenced at a later date. 

HOW ROBBERS HAVE TARGETED VIPs IN LAWLESS LONDON

Ozil and Kolasinac are the latest high profile figures to be targeted by armed bikers in London. 

In 2016, then West Ham forward Andy Carroll was chased by two motorcyclists, one pointing a gun at him, as he drove his Jeep Wrangler to the training ground.

They were after Carroll’s £22,000 watch but the terrified striker was able to make it to the West Ham car park as he spoke to police on the phone.

Last month Strictly star Pasha Kovalev was robbed by moped thieves while standing outside a theatre. The robbers reportedly rode on to the pavement and snatched his phone.

Pasha, 39, was unhurt but upset he lost the mobile, which had pics of his pregnant girlfriend, Countdown host Rachel Riley, 33. 

Comedian Michael McIntyre was robbed by two hammer-wielding men on a moped outside his children’s school in Golders Green last year.

The men smashed his car windows with a hammer and snatched his watch before fleeing. 

Former Chancellor George Osborne was targeted by a moped gang that robbed 103 phones in an 18-day reign of terror.

Politician-turned Evening Standard editor Mr Osborne said the raiders made a grab at his mobile as he left BBC headquarters in Portland Place, in May 2017. 

Armed with a hammer and tyre-iron, the trio singled out pedestrians texting or making calls before mounting the pavement and snatching the handsets in central London.

A photographer managed to get detailed pictures of them during one of their raids outside the BBC headquarters.

Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was forced to hide in the vault of a London jewellery store during a smash-and-grab gang raid in May.

The thieves on mopeds smashed their way into The Hour House just minutes after the reality star went into buy a watch.

The only watch not taken in the raid was the one he had gone in to buy, he revealed on Instagram. 

Simon Jordan, who used to own Crystal Palace saw his £127,000 watch taken at gunpoint as he sat in his Masarati in March 2016.

Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, now 88, was seriously injured after he was mugged of jewellery worth £200,000 in November 2010.

He needed hospital treatment after he was punched and kicked to the ground by the robbers, who had waited outside his Knightsbridge home in west London.

Moped muggers tried to steal the watch off the wrist of TV comedian Keith Lemon. The Celebrity Juice host, real name Leigh Francis, at first didn’t realise he was the victim of an attempted mugging.

The thieves made off without the watch, which was just a gold Casio costing around £40.

I’m A Celebrity winner Christopher Biggins had his phone snatched by a hooded cyclist as he waited for a taxi after leaving a posh restaurant in Covent Garden in April.

Susanna Reid revealed last year how she was mugged on the streets of London but chased after her attacker in a ‘dangerous’ bid to reclaim her possessions. She told her GMB co-host Piers Morgan the incident was ‘a long time ago’.

Model Carly Zucker, who is married to ex-England footballer Joe Cole, was carjacked by eight thugs on motorbikes outside their home in the Chelsea area of London in 2010. She was hauled from her Audi A4 before the thugs sped off in the vehicle.

 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

Lily Allen RETURNS to the UK despite bold Brexit vow

Lily Allen RETURNS to the UK days after vowing not to come back until Brexit… and concedes she ‘thought we’d have Brexited by now’ following bold promise

  • The Smile songstress, 34, jetted home from the US on Tuesday evening and was spotted arriving at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning
  • Last month, Lily alleged she was not coming back to the UK until Brexit  
  • Sharing a snap of her boarding pass while at NYC’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Lily revealed she was on her way home despite her vow
  • She also confessed that she thought Brexit ‘would be done by now’  

Lily Allen jetted back to the UK on Tuesday evening after insisting she won’t return from America until Brexit is sorted. 

The Smile songstress, 34, took to Instagram to share a picture of her boarding pass with the simple slogan: ‘I’m coming home’, before answering queries from fans and admitting she ‘thought we’d have Brexited by now’.

She has been living it up in NYC with her new boyfriend, Stranger Things star David Harbour, and while she was determined not to return, Lily conceded on Tuesday when she jetted out of the US before touching down the following morning.

She’s back! Lily Allen jetted back to the UK on Tuesday evening days after insisting she won’t return until Brexit is sorted

Lily posted a shot of her boarding pass, which bore her marital name ‘Lily Cooper’, in what was the big reveal of her comeback to her home town.  

Last month, Lily vowed to stay in the US however Boris Johnson now extending the deadline until 31 January 2020, the London-based singer insisted she would be residing in the US for longer than expected – although she has now returned.

The London-based star had previously said she was going to stay in America until October 31 when the UK was due to leave the European Union.

She told her social media followers: ‘Leaving UK till after Brexit. Good Luck Kids. Also what’s the most annoying engagement baiting question caption you’ve read? LMK in the comments’.

She’s back! Lily has returned to the UK and was spotted at Heathrow with piles of luggage

Shocker: The Smile songstress, 34, took to Instagram to share a picture of her boarding pass with the simple slogan: ‘I’m coming home’, before answering queries from fans and admitting she ‘thought we’d have Brexited by now’

Oh! The London-based star had previously said she was going to stay in America until October 31 when the UK was due to leave the European Union

Her romance with David appears to be getting serious and the pair have made a number of public appearances together over the past few weeks.

He has also met Lily’s children Marnie, six, and Ethel, seven, after they flew out to visit her during their half term break.

The actor shared a sweet snap of the pair dressed up during their visit to Disneyland alongside the Smile singer’s daughters.

The actor, best known for playing Jim Hopper in hit Neflix show Stranger Things, dressed as the Beast from Beauty And The Beast, showing off his playful side.

She’s on the case! Lily was laden with suitcases as she arrived in the UK 

Her girls: He has also met Lily’s children Marnie, six, and Ethel, seven, after they flew out to visit her during their half term break

He posted: ‘The prince, princess and the parking lot. That seven dwarves mine ride is the best one in the whole damn park. Go on, fight me. #magic #disney #rulebreakers’.

Lily’s little girls – who she shares with her ex-husband Sam Cooper – also enjoyed a road trip to Space Center Houston in Texas with Lily and David.

The mother-of-two uploaded some sweet snaps as she spent some quality time with her daughters over the weekend.

Lily separated from ex-husband Sam in 2015 after about four years marriage, finalising their divorce in 2018.

Push it! She was making her return from the US with a pile of red suitcases 

Her love: Last month, Lily vowed to stay in the US however Boris Johnson extended the deadline until 31 January 2020

They share joint custody of their two daughters and remain ‘really friendly’ to this day.

During an interview on Loose Women back in 2018, she said: ‘[Our custody agreement] wasn’t really something we discussed, we’re both really friendly, our kids go to school equidistant between our houses, so it works.’

Following their separation, she was in a relationship with grime DJ MC Meridian Dan, real name Daniel Lawrence London. The pair first started dating three years ago, but Lily told How To Fail podcast host Elizabeth Day they had split in December 2018.

Low-key: She went for her usual street style in a black tracksuit and trainers

Bold vow:  David is believed to have split from Fantastic Beasts star Alison Sudol earlier this year after a year and a half of dating

She said at the time: ‘I’m single, for the first time since I was about 15. I’ve just come back from a tour in America, which is where I was when things went wrong with Sam, and the same thing happened in my current relationship.

‘I mean, I didn’t take lots of drugs and have lots of sex with other people. I just became very lost.’

David is believed to have split from Fantastic Beasts star Alison Sudol earlier this year after a year and a half of dating. 

Homeward headed: She was also showing off her spunky raven hairdo 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Technology

Limit population to stop 'untold human suffering' says climate study

Thousands of scientists around the world have added their names to an open letter calling for deep and lasting shifts in the way we all live.

They say it’s the only way to avoid ‘untold human suffering’ as a result of climate change.

In order to limit the amount of greenhouse gases we’re pumping into the atmosphere, the scientists say Earth’s explosive population growth has to be limited. At present, 200,000 people are being born every day and the report – signed by 11,000 scientists from 153 countries – say our planet cannot sustain what comes with that.

Increased amount of meat consumed per person, global tree loss and the fossil fuel consumption from increased transportation needs are all likely to devastate our planet’s natural resources.

‘We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,’ explained the paper published this week in the journal Bioscience.

This new message comes exactly 40 years after scientists from 50 nations met at the First World Climate Conference (in Geneva in 1979) and agreed that alarming trends for climate change made it urgently necessary to act.

Now in 2019, they are saying that not enough has been done.

Analysing publicly available data from the last four decades, the scientists have made a number of suggestions about measures that need to be introduced alongside limiting the Earth’s population.

Here’s what they say needs to happen:

The research states: ‘The climate crisis is closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle. The most affluent countries are mainly responsible for the historical GHG emissions and generally have the greatest per capita emissions.’

Our vital signs are designed to be useful to the public, policymakers, the business community, and those working to implement the Paris climate agreement, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

‘Profoundly troubling signs from human activities include sustained increases in both human and ruminant livestock populations, per capita meat production, world gross domestic product, global tree cover loss, fossil fuel consumption, the number of air passengers carried, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and per capita CO2emissions since 2000.’

In conclusion the paper states: ‘Mitigating and adapting to climate change while honoring the diversity of humans entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.’

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Sport

‘Red flag to a bull’: Daughter’s comment sparked Paralympic comeback

The competitive flame was still lingering for Eliza Ault-Connell a few years ago but it was a simple comment from her daughter that ultimately convinced the former Paralympian that her days in the racing wheelchair were not over.

Ault-Connell, 38, who nearly died from meningococcal disease as a teenager, has returned to top-level competition in wheelchair racing after more than a decade away.

Eliza Ault-Connell is set to return to Paralympic competition after an extended break.Credit:Simon Schluter

It was when she was preparing for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing that Ault-Connell put her sporting career on hold when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.

Then while watching the Paralympics from Rio de Janeiro on TV three years ago – with three kids in tow and explaining to them what Mum used to do – Ault-Connell got the fire in the belly to return to the training track once again.

"I had the Paralympic Games on and my children were watching. I was showcasing what I used to do before they were born," said Ault-Connell, now also the director of Meningococcal Australia.

"They got excited, so much so my daughter said one day, 'I want to be a Paralympian.' I had to break the news to her that she actually had to have a disability.

"It was at that point that she turned to me and said, 'You know Mum, you used to be so cool when you used to do wheelchair racing.' That was pretty much a red flag to a bull. I knew immediately then I had to get back to my race chair and show them what I used to be able to do."

Fortunately the next Commonwealth Games on the calendar was on Australian soil – the Gold Coast early last year – and with the wheelchair marathon one of the events on the schedule, Ault-Connell immediately had her target.

Eliza Ault-Connell tackles the marathon at the Gold Coast Paralympics in 2018.Credit:Getty Images

She returned to international competition in style, winning the silver medal after finishing just 13 seconds behind fellow Australian Madison de Rozario.

Ault-Connell, who had both her legs amputated above the knee just two days after contracting the disease aged 16, is well on track to return to the Paralympic stage in Tokyo next year. But first she'll compete in a range of wheelchair racing distances at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai over the next week.

As a mother of three also juggling a busy job and training commitments, Ault-Connell has to balance her time well.

"My days are pretty book-ended with training, and with work and with children and other commitments now," she said.

"But I wouldn't have it any other way. I think now being a mother … I'm a far better athlete now in my late 30s than I was in my early 20s because I know how important balance is but at the same time I'm also critically aware of time efficiency.

Eliza Ault Connell.Credit:Simon Schluter

"I think looking back now on my 20s there was a level of procrastination that occurred. If I had to train I'd say, 'I'll do this and I'll do this first,' whereas now you don't get that opportunity when your days are busy.

"You just have to take that opportunity and you have to set your alarm early and you have to get up in the mornings. So that level of drive and desire to do what you do needs to be greater than ever.

"I'm loving the process more than ever.”

Ault-Connell plays a role in mentoring and supporting people who become disabled.

"We also need to consider that there are people in their 20s and 30s who somehow acquire a disability that they're never expecting to acquire in their life. They wonder how they're going to get back involved in sport," she said.

"Being an elite athlete is one thing but I believe that everyone regardless of ability has the right to participate in sport in whatever level."

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

Whatever Happened to Ty Pennington, and What Is He Doing Now?

Ty Pennington was a popular face on reality TV shows in the 2000s. He was known for changing people’s lives with his energetic personality on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

However, after the series got cancelled in 2012, people have not heard much from Pennington anymore. As such, many fans might be wondering about what Pennington is doing these days. Is he still on TV or has he retired altogether? Read on below to find out.

Ty Pennington’s life before fame

Before his TV career, Pennington was a college student with an interest in art and home improvements. He studied woodworking and carpentry, though he ultimately decided to focus on specializing in graphic design.

After finishing up college, Pennington went into modeling as he was scouted by an agent. He traveled all over the world and even appeared in ads for brands such as J.Crew, Swatch, and Land’s End.

How Ty Pennington became famous

After modeling, Pennington began working in television. He started out as a set designer for a few shows before he was offered a chance to join TLC’s Trading Spaces. Pennington appeared on the series for a few seasons as a carpenter. Despite not being a main cast member, he still managed to captivate viewers everywhere with his good looks and fun personality.

In 2003, Pennington became a star when he landed a hosting job on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show was a massive hit and grew in popularity year after year.

Pennington also landed a deal with Sears and released a line of home products called Ty Pennington Style.

The success of Home Edition allowed Pennington to have a spinoff called Ty’s Great British Adventure, which lasted for about two years.

What Ty Pennington did after ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

Home Edition was canceled by ABC in 2012 after almost 10 years on the air.

After the show ended, Pennington was able to catch his breath. He told Parade: “My friend recently said, ‘Oh my God, dude. You look rested.’ … When you’re on that show, you’re literally traveling every three days. Everything is on hold until you can get back to it. So I’m trying to reconnect with my own family and breaking ground on a sustainable home I’m building for myself in northern Florida.”

In 2012, he briefly was a part of the ABC show The Revolution, though it was canceled after three months.

Afterward, he branched out into food and hosted two shows: On the Menu on TNT and American Diner Revival on the Food Network. However, both of those failed to capture the same success as Home Edition.

Meanwhile, Pennington began doing a lot of volunteer work as well. In 2014, he worked with Sears on the Building Community Together initiative, which renovated homes and local places. He also teamed up with the Abōd Shelters Foundation to help build sustainable houses for people in need.

What Ty Pennington is doing now

Pennington’s life is rather quiet now compared to before, but fans will be glad to know that they can still catch him on TV here and there.

Since 2018, he has been appearing on the revival edition of Trading Spaces as a carpenter.

In 2020, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be coming back to the small screen on HGTV. This time, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be the host, but Pennington will appear as a guest to assist the renovating teams.

Pennington said in a statement: “I’m honored to roll up my sleeves and relive the magic of the most positive, life-changing show I’ve ever been a part of… Extreme Makeover: Home Edition shows you what amazing things can happen when people work together.”

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Kids

The Best Ways To Get Your Kid's Halloween Candy Out Of The House (& Do Some Good)

Halloween is over. But once the last jack-o-lantern has rotted and the first holiday songs start to play, there’s still a problem many parents face: What to do with all that candy. However you deal with candy in the immediate aftermath of the holiday, many pediatricians and dieticians recommend eventually transitioning your kids to just a few pieces a day as a treat. Many kids will naturally lose interest after a bit, leaving parents with an excess of fun-sized candies to deal with. Another potential source for tons of candy: the candy you bought, not your kid’s free spoils. If you live on a quiet street (or just overestimated your trick-or-treater needs) you may have quite a lot of candy on your hands that will take a long time to disappear if you only dole it out a piece at a time.

In the past few years, a number of organizations have found ways to address this post-Halloween candy excess responsibly. Your own local communities may have their own programs at food banks or shelters as well, but here are a few national options:

1. Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to troops overseas, as well as veterans and first responders. Package contents vary but each one includes a handful of candy. You can read about Operation Gratitude’s guidelines for candy donation, but there are a few things to note: They cannot cover shipping and ask that you don’t send a package where the cost of mailing is more than the value of the candy itself. If you just have a few small handfuls of candy sitting around, this could be a good project to go in on with neighbors and friends. You can also include other donations to Operation Gratitude in the package as long as they are packaged separately from the candy.

2. Halloween Candy Buy Back

Many dentists opt to buy candy from kids at the rate of $1 a pound. You can see if any dentists or businesses near you are registered with the official program, or contact your kid’s dentist directly to see if they have their own program set up. Dentists are natural partners for these initiatives since candy can contribute to tooth decay. But they’re not just gleefully destroying the candy they buy from kiddos: Those participating will often then send candy to programs like Operation Gratitude.

3. Treats for Troops

Soldier’s Angels does similar care package work as Operation Gratitude and also does a candy donation push around Halloween. Instead of soliciting donations by mail, however, they also allow businesses to register as drop-off locations. You can see if there is a drop-off location in your area. Registration for becoming a drop-off site for 2020 will open next August.

4. Operation Shoebox

Another charity that takes candy donations for troops, they will also accept individually-wrapped candies around Valentine’s Day, Easter, and beyond. See more about donating here.

5. Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities accept nonperishable donations year-round, and some will accept unopened Halloween candy to keep around for sweet treats for families. You should contact your local Ronald McDonald House to learn their policies.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Travel

Where To Meet Santa? Here are the best Santa's Grottos 2019

THERE'S nothing like meeting Santa to get into the festive spirit – and it's an experience that your kids will love.

We've rounded up the best grottos and experiences where your little ones can meet Santa around the UK, and they won't break the bank.

Every year around Christmas, thousands of children are visiting Santa's grottos to share wishlists for presents and experience the magic with their families.

Luckily, there are plenty of Santa's grottos around the UK, so you don't have to travel far to meet the famous man.

We've scoured the web to find the most exciting experiences for your kids that won't break the bank.

Keep an eye out for offers that include adult attractions too, so every member of the family can make the most of it.

City Cruises' Sail With Santa

Fancy doing something different this year? Then City Cruises' Sail with Santa might be just right.

Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa, get a soft drink, festive cookie and even a special gift!

Adults will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a hot drink and a mince pie. Click here to book.

When booked online, an adult ticket costs £28 and kids' are £16.

Departing from Tower Pier, it's also a great way to see the city.

Lapland UK

If you're looking for an immersive story-telling experience, look no further than Lapland UK.

It's an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story, promising to give the most exciting day for the whole family. Book your experience here.

A guided theatrical tour and snow-covered forest will create a magical atmosphere and keep you entertained for the whole time.

The magical land opens up on the 16th of November, and you can book your tickets from £89pp.

Santa's Grotto Workshop at Hamleys

Hamleys is well-know for creating a magical atmosphere, especially around Christmas. Book your spot here. 

This year, Santa's Grotto Workshop will revolve around seasonal activities at the Hamleys North Pole.

Kids will be spending time with Santa, bringing home a special gift and incredible memories.

Available in three locations across the UK – London, Glasgow, and Lakeside – prices start from £20pp and you can check the availability and book tickets here.

Santa Sleepovers at Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor has always been associated with fun, joy and quality family time.

And it's even a better entertainment around Christmas: Elves' Magic Show, LEGO gift building, festive cheer and Father Christmas delivering presents.

It's all going to make sure that you make the most of the magical time.

You can book your stay here.

There's a special package for a family of four that includes access to Legoland rides and shows, plus a personal Father Christmas meet and greet.

You'll also get a one-night stay in a Lego-themed family room, breakfast, Christmas gift for every child and more from £300. Find out more details here.

Father Christmas And His Elves' Camp At The Eden Project

The Eden Project is the largest indoor rainforest, attracting visitors from all over the world.

During the Christmas period, it turns into a magical camp for Father Christmas and his Elves that invites kids to experience a magic world.

Children will be able to see the real life of Elves: bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of kids' letters and all the stockings. Book your visit here.

And there's also going to be a story read beside an open fire to enjoy a special time with the man in red.

You can book your ticket here, and prices starts from £10pp.

Looking for a long-haul summer 2020 holiday? Here are our top choices.

If you love Monopoly, check out a new attraction that lets you play the game in real life.

Here's what you need to know if your kids have a different surname when going abroad.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

Dark secrets of the cast of Today

We’ve always been able to count on the Today show to wake us up with its cheerful — and, admittedly, a little saccharine — morning banter. Like a fresh cup of coffee, Today is a perky little antidote to whatever dark truths are currently plaguing normal, everyday life. 

Yet at the same time, the show’s cast members have been confronting their own dark truths, making them one of the most interesting groups of folks on daytime TV. While the firing of former anchor Matt Lauer made headlines amid allegations of sexual misconduct, a look behind the scenes reveals plenty of other scandals, heartbreak, rivalries, gaffes, and hurt feelings to last a lifetime. 

So, what kinds of things keep the cast members of Today up at night? Today, we’re digging through it all — what went on off camera, as well as in their pasts — to uncover just that. Hang on to your hats and read on to discover the dark secrets of the cast of Today.

Today's Kathie Lee Gifford has suffered from 'crippling loneliness'

If there were ever a perfect morning talk show host, it would be Kathie Lee Gifford, whose bubbly personality left a huge mark on Today‘s fourth-hour time slot. However, she went through her “darkest time” following the deaths of her husband, Frank, in 2015 and her mother two years later. “It dawned on me the other day,” Gifford told AARP The Magazine in March 2019 (via Entertainment Tonight). “I’m a widow, I’m an orphan, because my mother also passed and I’m an empty nester all at the same time.” Her daughter, Cassidy, and son Cody — both in their twenties — are now out of the house.

Gifford went on to reveal that she’s relied on family and friends to help her get through it, saying, “I found myself dealing with crippling loneliness. I had to make moves and spiritual moves. You gotta make new memories or the old ones are going to kill you.”

Carson Daly has dealt with severe panic attacks

Carson Daly, who joined Today in 2013, got candid about his struggles with anxiety in 2018. Joining the ranks of others in media who’ve advocated for mental health, Daly revealed to Today that he’s suffered from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) for years. According to Mayo Clinic, GAD is “characterized as persistent worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events.”

Revealing that he experienced his first panic attack while hosting an episode of MTV’s Total Request Live, Daly told Today that the feeling of panic is terrifying: “At times I feel like there’s a sabertooth tiger right here and it’s going to kill me attack me and bite my head off. I’m scared as if that’s really happening. You feel like you’re dying.”

Having worked with a cognitive therapist, Daly has continued to combat his feelings of anxiety partially with muscle relaxation techniques. Still, he said he can feel the anxiety welling up at times while he’s on air. “If you ever watch The Voice live on NBC — watch on a Monday or Tuesday night, I’m never still,” Daly told Today. “It’s the same thing with the Today show in the morning. Some days I’m just a little anxious.”

This Today show cast member had an accident in public

Everyone loves Today‘s weather anchor Al Roker, probably because he’s never been known to mince words. So, when Roker found himself, well, sharting in the White House of all places, it should have been no surprise that he recounted all the gory details himself on national TV. 

The whole ordeal went down back in 2002, right after Roker’s well-known gastric bypass surgery. In an interview with Dateline over a decade later (via TMZ), Roker revealed that, while covering an event at the White House, he ended up having a mini-emergency: “I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed to. And as I’m walking to the press room, [I’m thinking] well, I gotta pass a little gas here. I’m walking by myself. Who’s gonna know? Only a little something extra came out. I pooped my pants.”

After presumably rushing to the restroom, Roker recalled, “I threw out the underwear and went commando” (via Business Insider).

Al Roker was reprimanded for some off-color comments

The weather anchor on a morning show tends to bring comic relief — but after a while, the suits at NBC reportedly weren’t laughing at Al Roker anymore. According to Page Six, execs asked the Today show star to tone down his commentary in 2014. “He was saying weird things and becoming too idiosyncratic,” a source claimed. “They asked him to act more like a traditional weatherman.”

We suppose this doesn’t seem too unrealistic, considering Roker’s history of hilariously uncomfortable on-air gaffes. And, of course, his White House sharting confession couldn’t have helped matters either. Even though the insider cited by Page Six alleged that Roker “took their comments to heart and is playing ball,” there have been some questionable on-air moments since then. In 2015, he was forced to apologize after taking an “insensitive” selfie with coworkers in front of a car accident. There was also that time in 2019 when he called Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin a “nitwit.”

Still, Roker seems pretty self-aware about his difficulties with being PC. He even defended fellow TV meteorologist Jeremy Kappell for accidentally making a racist slur on camera, tweeting out, “Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands.”

Ann Curry's Today show firing reportedly had Matt Lauer written all over it

While most people remember Ann Curry’s tearful goodbye on Today in 2012, they may not be aware of the long-rumored backstory surrounding her shocking exit. According to The New York Times, Brian Stelter’s tell-all book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, later alleged that the show’s executive producer, Jim Bell, planned to fire Curry as soon as co-host Matt Lauer decided to extend his contract. One staffer supposedly quipped that getting rid of Curry was like “killing Bambi,” leading to reports that her firing had been dubbed “Operation Bambi.”

Once Lauer did renew his contract, Curry was reportedly notified that she was being let go. “Matt’s decision guided everything else,” an NBC exec claimed to Stelter. Curry’s departure wasn’t announced until months later, however, and in the meantime, Stelter wrote that she’d “told friends that her final months were a form of professional torture,” reportedly leaving her both “sad” and “enraged.” According to Today show staffers, Curry was essentially bullied during this time: In addition to her belongings reportedly being thrown in a coat closet, she was allegedly made fun of in the control room, and Bell reportedly commissioned a blooper reel of her worst on-air mistakes, which he has since denied.

Once Curry announced her departure, Today lost millions in advertising revenue, with ratings dropping to 600,000 viewers less than its rival, Good Morning America.

Matt Lauer was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations

One of Today‘s biggest public controversies was the 2017 downfall of one of its most popular anchors, Matt Lauer. After an NBC employee came forward claiming he had sexually assaulted her while they were covering the Sochi Olympics three years prior, the network launched an investigation and fired Lauer.

While NBC released in a statement that this was the first complaint they’d received about Lauer, they “were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident” (via CNN). Indeed, it turns out that various press outlets had already been investigating Lauer for months, including Variety, which later released a story alleging that he’d engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with three other women.

The controversy around Lauer picked back up again in October 2019, when the accuser in the alleged Sochi incident was revealed to be Brooke Nevils. During an interview with Ronan Farrow for his Catch and Kill book, the former NBC News staffer claimed that Lauer had raped her in his hotel room (via Variety). In a lengthy letter to the publication, Lauer rebutted Nevils’ accusations. Claiming they’d had an “extramarital affair” for several months, he wrote in part, “We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual.”

Lauer’s former Today co-hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, later respectively called this development “appalling” and “horrific,” while expressing support for Nevils.

What Curry allegedly knows about Lauer could 'destroy' him

After Brooke Nevils claimed in October 2019 that she was raped by Matt Lauer, Ann Curry tweeted her support of the former: “Brooke Nevils is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent. I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.”

Around that time, a source cited by Us Weekly claimed that Curry knew more details of Lauer’s reported sexual abuse than she’d let on. “Ann has maintained a dignified silence, but a lot of people confided in her years ago and still do to this day,” the insider alleged. “She knows more than most about the man Matt really is, and when she finally speaks out, it will destroy him.”

As of this writing, Curry has not spoken out directly against Lauer. However, she was quoted in journalist Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill claiming that she’d warned NBC higher-ups about Lauer’s alleged behavior long before his firing. “She told me that complaints about Lauer verbally harassing women in the office were well known in her day,” Farrow wrote. “And that once, in 2010, a colleague had pulled her into an empty office and broken down, saying Lauer had exposed himself and propositioned her.” Curry later approached NBC executives on her coworker’s behalf, reportedly saying they had “a problem” with Lauer, but no formal complaint was made in that case.

Meredith Vieira's eco-friendly strategy shocked her Today show castmates

What started as a light discussion about protecting the environment and “going green” turned into a super weird confession from Today‘s Meredith Vieira in 2019. While chatting with co-host Jenna Bush-Hager, Vieira revealed that one way she manages to be eco-friendly is by reusing plastic utensils. And, well .. it gets worse. 

“My friends think it’s kind of disgusting,” Vieira admitted. “But I have plasticware that goes back probably 20 years, because I just wash it … I don’t want to throw it away because I feel, where’s it going?” 

Twenty years of recycling the same plasticware is a long time, but her next confession was even more mind-boggling. “I also wash the paper plates. That’s probably bad, too,” Vieira continued. For her part, Bush-Hager looked incredulous — to which Vieira insisted with a laugh, “Don’t judge me. Do NOT judge me.” She then explained that she simply wipes the plates off and saves them “for kids’ parties. Because, who cares?”

The hidden tension between Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel

Fans who remember Today back in the ’90s will recall how co-hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel were a powerful pair who won over audiences with their playful banter. Yet the funny thing is, reports later revealed that they never really got along. 

A couple of years after he left the NBC morning show, Gumbel implied that Couric got too much credit for the show’s success in a 1999 interview with New York Times Magazine. “I do think the comparison is a little unfair in light of the fact that I won in two different decades with two different cohosts,” he said (via E! News). Meanwhile, a source claimed the two definitely weren’t friends, saying, “There were some Academy Award-winning performances by both of them. I don’t think either one of them wanted to spend one minute together.” 

Two years earlier, Couric herself admitted their relationship might not have been what it seemed on air, telling the print magazine George: “We were never really that close. There was a lot of creative tension. Well, there was a lot of tension. I don’t know how creative it was.”

Meredith Vieira has struggled with her husband's MS

Meredith Vieira has established herself as one of Today‘s classiest hosts with her poise and professionalism, and we rarely see her private pain. However, her journalist husband, Richard Cohen, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 40 years ago. In 2019, Vieira opened up to People about the couple’s struggle with the disease, which attacks the central nervous system, describing it as “progressive.” At the time of this writing, Cohen is legally blind and uses a walker, and Vieira admitted that dealing with the chronic illness hasn’t been easy for either of them. 

“We definitely allow each other to vent,” she said. “That’s part of the deal. Certainly he’s allowed to vent, because he’s got chronic illness. But I am too. Because there are days I can’t stand it and the limitations it puts on the entire family. It’s good to say it. But we don’t dwell.”

Indeed, Vieira and Cohen have a lot going for them, considering their successful careers and three children together. As Vieira put it, “You can think, ‘Why us?’ but then it’s like, ‘Why not us?’ So many people are dealing with stuff and it puts it into perspective.”

Today alum Tom Brokaw was accused of sexual harassment

It was a shock to many when former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester came forward with sexual harassment accusations against Today show alum Tom Brokaw in 2018. Claiming that Brokaw tried to forcibly kiss her twice in the mid-90s, Vester detailed his reported pursuit to Variety. Regarding the first alleged incident, Vester claimed, “I jammed myself up against the back of the sofa and I grabbed a throw pillow, because I was trying to signal to him with my body language that I was both frightened and unwilling.” She alleged Brokaw tried to kiss her, but then left — only to supposedly do the same thing the following year.

Brokaw immediately denied the claims in a statement to the publication: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial, and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.” According to Vanity Fair, Brokaw also sent a private email to his friends and family, writing in part, “I write this letter at 4 A.M., the dawn of my new existence as an accused sexual predator.”

As of this writing, Brokaw remains at NBC. In October 2019, Vester slammed the network’s handling of former employees’ NDAs, stating in part (via The Hollywood Reporter), “Women have been through hell with this company.”

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Iran plans to ramp up uranium enrichment as early as tomorrow

Iran plans to ramp up uranium enrichment as early as tomorrow in latest step away from nuclear deal

  • President Hassan Rouhani announced Iran’s latest violation of the nuclear deal 
  • He said Iran would inject centrifuges with gas at the secretive Fordow plant 
  • It comes just a day after Iran said it had doubled its advanced centrifuge supply 

Iran will take a further step away from its nuclear deal by ramping up uranium enrichment at a secretive plant, the regime announced today. 

President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would start injecting uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges as early as tomorrow.

The latest move, which comes just a day after Iran revealed it had doubled its supply of advanced centrifuges, is another violation of the faltering pact with the West. 

Experts fear the technology could allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons within less than a year if it chose to do so. 

However, Rouhani insisted today that Iran would resume its commitments under the deal if it gets the help it wants from European powers.  

Iran has doubled its capacity to enrich uranium, the head of its nuclear programme announced today. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is seen in Tehran last month 

Some 1,044 centrifuges will be injected with uranium gas at the secretive nuclear facility in Fordow, Rouhani explained.  

Iran had agreed to suspend enrichment at the plant near the holy city of Qom, but it will now resume as early as Wednesday, the Iranian leader said in an address carried by state TV today. 

There was no immediate reaction from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN watchdog which monitors Iran’s compliance with the deal.  

Yesterday the head of Iran’s nuclear programme announced that the country was now running 60 banned IR-6 centrifuges, twice as many as before.  

The centrifuges can enrich uranium 10 times faster than the first-generation technology which Iran is permitted under the deal.

The nuclear deal limited Iran to using only 5,060 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to enrich uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

However, Iran is known to be using IR-6 centrifuges and Salehi said the country is now working on an IR-9 which would be 50 times faster than the IR-1.   

Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, boasted that the technology would show Iran’s ‘capacity and determination’.

Iran has already breached the limits on its enrichment levels and uranium stockpiles, and the latest steps leave the deal hanging by an ever more slender thread. 

The pact began unravelling last year when President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama. 

Rouhani and other officials inspect nuclear technology earlier this year in Tehran where the government has accused European powers of failing to live up to their promises 

Washington reimposed sanctions against Iran which had been suspended under the agreement, crippling Iran’s economy.   

Iran has pleaded for help from Europe to dodge the sanctions but efforts by Britain, France and Germany have largely proved unsuccessful. 

Tehran has retaliated with a series of provocative steps to tear up the nuclear deal in the hope of forcing Europe to help.  

On July 1 Iran said it had increased its stockpile of enriched uranium to beyond the 300-kilogram limit set by the agreement. 

A week later, it announced it had exceeded the deal’s uranium enrichment level of 3.67 per cent. 

Weapons-grade uranium needs to be enriched to around 90 per cent, but the time to get there is halved once it reaches 20 per cent.  

In September, the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran was installing new IR-6 centrifuges and today the regime revealed it was using 60 of them. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said dozens of centrifuges had been installed or were being installed at the secretive Natanz plant in Iran.  

The site’s existence was revealed by Western intelligence services and an exiled Iranian opposition group in August 2002.  

Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons, insisting its atomic programme is for entirely peaceful purposes.

On Sunday, Iran’s supreme leader ruled out fresh negotiations with Washington in a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Tehran embassy takeover that sparked a 444-day hostage crisis. 

‘Nothing will come out of talking to the US, because they certainly and definitely won’t make any concessions,’ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. 

The collapse of the nuclear deal coincided with a tense summer of mysterious attacks on Gulf tankers and Saudi oil facilities that the U.S. blamed on Iran. 

It sent Middle East tensions escalating alarmingly as both Britain and America beefed up their military presence in the region. 

Tehran denied any involvement in the explosions, although it did seize oil tankers and shoot down a U.S. military surveillance drone. 

Experts have warned that a crisis in the critical Strait of Hormuz could endanger the world’s oil supply. 

Trump called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic republic downed a U.S. drone.  

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Science

Laser can be used to simulate a human voice and hack into Google Home

Laser can be used to simulate a human voice and silently hack into Google Home, Amazon Echo, Facebook Portal, and other smart devices

  • Laser beams can be used to silently activate voice controls on smart devices 
  • Researchers activated Google Home from a building across the street
  • iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets were also vulnerable to the hack

A group of researchers have published results from a shocking experiment that shows how voice controlled smart devices can be operated remotely using targeted laser beams to simulate human speech.

The researchers announced Monday that they were able to control a Google Home and command it to remotely open the garage door from a separate building 230 feet away.

Also susceptible were Amazon’s Echo, Facebook Portal, a range of Android smartphones and tablets, and both iPhones and iPads.

Scroll down for video 

A number of voice activated smart devices, including Amazon Echo (pictured above), can be hacked using targeted lasers to simulate human voice commands

The experiments were conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Michigan and The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.

‘It’s possible to make microphones respond to light as if it were sound,’ Takeshi Sugarawa, of University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, told Wired.

‘This means that anything that acts on sound commands will act on light commands.’

Sugarawa had made the initial discovery while experimenting on his personal iPad and discovered that its microphone would translate laser light into sound.

Over the next several months he began modifying the intensity and frequency of different kinds of laser beams and found that it wasn’t just his iPad but a whole range of voice activated smart devices that would respond to lasers as if they were human voice commands.  

Researchers believe that as the laser cycles in intensity, it causes the thin membrane around the smart device’s microphone to vibrate in a way that’s similar to spoken commands.

Researchers were able to translate specific sound waves as laser beams that were then used to silently activate smart assistants, including Google Home (pictured above)

Researchers were able to command a Google Home to open a garage door by sending a targeted laser beam from a building across the street

When the membrane vibrates in particular way it assumes a human voice command has been given and activates the device. 

Researchers found significant variation in just how susceptible different smart devices were to the hacking.

With Android phones, for instance, the hacking only worked from relatively close range, around 16 feet or closer.

iPhones could be hacked from as far as 33 feet away.

Smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo were the most susceptible to long range hacking.

The hacks can be triggered silently, but the smart devices all issue an audio cue alerting their users they’ve been activated.

Lasers might also be used to turn the volume off on smart devices so that their owners won’t know that they’ve been triggered

With further experimentation, the researchers believe hackers could find a way to turn down the volume on smart speakers so that their owners never hear that they’ve been activated.

Google and Amazon both acknowledged they were tracking the new research. 

‘Protecting our users is paramount, and we’re always looking at ways to improve the security of our devices,’ a Google spokesperson told Wired.

Amazon said they were working with the researchers to learn more about their work.

WHY ARE PEOPLE CONCERNED OVER PRIVACY WITH AMAZON’S ALEXA DEVICES?

Amazon devices have previously been activated when they’re not wanted – meaning the devices could be listening.

Millions are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that their conversations are being heard.

Amazon devices rely on microphones listening out for a key word, which can be triggered by accident and without their owner’s realization.

The camera on the $129.99 Echo Spot, which doubles up as a ‘smart alarm’, will also probably be facing directly at the user’s bed.

The device has such sophisticated microphones it can hear people talking from across the room – even if music is playing. A hack by British security researcher Mark Barnes saw 2015 and 2016 versions of the Echo turned into a live microphone.

In 2019, Amazon admitted that it had sent around 1,000 audio recordings taken from different Alexa-enabled devices to employees for analysis, part of what it described as an effort to improve the Alexa user experience.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Kids

How To Take Your Car From Chaos To Command Center

Ah, the car: Part form of personal transportation, part dumping ground for the detritus that gets left behind as we travel from point A to point B. If your family car looks like something out of an archeological dig, you’re not alone. (“Ah, yes, the fossilized Cheerio, a primary source of nourishment for the American child at the dawn of the 21st century.”) But just a few key organizational tricks can help corral the mess and create not only a clean space but one more able to serve your needs, from keeping backpacks easy to find to making the phrase “Are we there yet” extinct. (Yes, I’m talking about an iPad holder.) There are lots of purpose-built car organizers out there, and, when possible, an easy DIY with things you may already have in your home are included. The only problem we can’t solve yet: Traffic. But at least you’ll know where your coffee and sunglasses are when the time comes.

Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.

Lusso Gear Front & Backseat Car Organizer

With two large pockets and six addition mesh ones, this can hold whatever you need: snacks, toys, sunglasses, water bottles, and more. Loops on the back also allow you to secrely strap it into the front or back seat with a seatbelt, depending on who needs to access it: you or your mini copilots. The loops also make it easy to carry out of the car if needed as well. 

Lusso Gear Front & Backseat Car Organizer, $22.97 at Amazon.

mDesign Plastic Portable Storage Organizer

While they lack the ability to buckle into place, plastic caddies can also be set up to be an in-car command center. Stock it with snacks, toys, and more. 

mDesign Plastic Portable Storage Organizer, $12.99 at Amazon.

Drop Stop Seat Gap Filler

One of the perks of having kids: their little hands are so much better at retrieving all those things that fall between your car seats. One of the not-so-perks? They’re also more likey to drop things like Cheerios, Legos, and unwrapped hard candies as well. Keep their various sticky and crumby things where you can both see them with a seat gap filler. 

Drop Stop Seat Gap Filler, $19.99 at The Container Store.

lebogner Black Gap Filler

If you also just want more space for storage, you can get a seat gap filler that doubles as an organizer.

lebogner Black Gap Filler, $16.96 at Amazon.

My Specialty Kids Shop Kids Backseat Travel Tray

Keeping kids entertained in a car can be hard, whether you’re running to the library or driving cross-country to Grandpa’s. This lap desk not only creats a spot for storying toys and art supplies, it also folds out into a lap desk. Zipped up, kids can take it with them once they arrive.

My Specialty Kids Shop Kids Backseat Travel Tray, $24.98 at Amazon.

Pottery Barn Classic Mom Hanging Backseat Organizer Gray

Leave it to Pottery Barn to take a backseat organizer and make it classy. A giant plastic pouch lets kids stream shows from a tablet or smart phone, and pouches creat spots for snacks, books, and more.

Pottery Barn Classic Mom Hanging Backseat Organizer Gray, $19.50 at Pottery Barn.

TFY Universal Car Headrest Mount Holder

Of course, nothing will keep your kid entertained better than cartoons. This universal headrest mount will hold both tablets and smart phones and can be hung from a backseat rest for rear-facing carseats or from the back of a front seat headrest.

TFY Universal Car Headrest Mount Holder, $18 at Amazon.

AmazonBasics 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

If you want to do a quick DIY for a backseat organizer, you can also take an over-the-door shoe organizer you’re no longer using and cut it to fit the back of your car seat. Hang it with string looped through the top holes, and stock it with toys and games. 

AmazonBasics 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer, $8.16 at Amazon.

Dexas Slimcase Storage Clipboard

Another quick altenrative to lap desks: Keep a clipboard in your back car pocket. Art supplies can be stored in a pencil pouch. This stoage clipboard also allows you to stock crayons and smaller toys and games in one place.

Dexas Slimcase Storage Clipboard, $10.10 at Amazon.

Rola M.O.V.E. Rigid-Base Trunk Organizer

All the things that go in the trunk — like packages, groceries, and sports equipment — can create a jumbled mess. This creates rigid compartments to keep things separate and keep them from rolling around. This is especially good for families who stock up at buying clubs where you don’t get grocery bags. 

Rola M.O.V.E. Rigid-Base Trunk Organizer, $63.09 at Amazon.

Rubbermaid Travel Size Tissue Paper Dispenser

A spare Kleenex can be a parent’s best friend and the answer to runny noses and stick hands. This mini dispenser attaches to your visor so they’re always close at hand.

Rubbermaid Travel Size Tissue Paper Dispenser, $10.78 at Amazon.

AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

Sticking siliconee baking cups in cup holders makes them easy to clean out. You can also use clean ones as holders for snacks on road trips. 

AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, $7.99 at Amazon.

ChiTronic Headrest Hanger Hooks

Hooks can keep backpacks and purses off the floor and easy to find. Kids can also use the backpack as an entertainment center on car trips and reach in to grab new activities as they get bored.

ChiTronic Car SUV Seat Back Headrest Hanger Hooks, $6.99 at Amazon

X-Large Carabiner Hooks

Placing things like diaper bags, purses, or grocery bags on an extra-large carbiner also allows it to hang from your headrest as well as stroller or grocery cart. 

X-Large Carabiner Hooks, $8.99 at Amazon.

KMMOTORS Car Garbage Bin

If you’re constantly picking up trash off the floor, consider getting a dedicated trash can for the car. This straps to your cup holder to keep it secure. 

KMMOTORS Car Garbage Bin, $9.99 at Amazon.

Rubbermaid Flip Top Cereal Keeper

Another option: Take an unused cereal keeper and place it in a door or on the floor to make a car trash can. Use old grocery bags as a liner. Another use for this tall, flip-top food container: stuff it full of plastic grocery bags and use it as a dispenser when you need a trash bag or for groceries. 

Rubbermaid Flip Top Cereal Keeper, $22.69 at Amazon.

Kiddie Caddy Mesh Car Window Shade

This combines a window shade and organizer in one spot. Kids also may be able to reach this organizer better than one on the back of a car seat.

Kiddie Caddy Mesh Car Window Shade, $19.99 at Amazon.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

Shawn Johnson gives birth to baby girl

Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and NFL long snapper Andrew East have welcomed a daughter.

Announcing a news with a black-and-white family photo Monday, Johnson wrote: “You are our everything. Welcome to the world baby girl.”

She did not give the baby’s name or provide further details.

In April. Johnson, 27, announced she and East, 28, were expecting, about a year and a half after she spoke about suffering a miscarriage.

The couple has been chronicling Johnson’s pregnancy on social media, bumps and bruises included. In October, the one-time “Dancing with the Stars” champ revealed she ended up in the emergency room after breaking her toe.

She later confirmed to fans that she was doing “great” despite the painful incident. “It’s just a perfect excuse to chill out until baby comes,” Johnson said on her Instagram story.

Johnson and East have been married since 2016.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Food & Drink

What to Order If You Want to Eat Healthy at Chipotle

If had a side order of guacamole for every time someone asked me “Is Chipotle healthy?” I’d probably put the avocado industry out of business.

As a registered dietitian, I understand where this question comes from. Chipotle, as a company, has brought ethical eating and farming to the forefront of quick-service food discussions.

While you can applaud the company for pushing food quality values, it’s important to know that how food is raised or grown doesn’t mean that that food is good for your diet in large amounts.

From a nutrition standpoint, Chipotle is like McDonald’s or Panera or Red Robin or any other restaurant and meal: It’s about choices.

AlexPro9500

One of Chipotle’s strengths is customization. That customization can allow you to add more lean protein, more high-quality vegetables, and more deliciousness to your meal. Or it can encourage you to stuff yourself with a 1,500-calorie burrito.

For this reason, it’s best to head into Chipotle with a plan.

Other dietitians agree with me. “With so many choices and their build your own approach to meals, it’s fairly easy to make it a healthy meal,” says Brierley Horton, M.S., R.D. “On the other hand, it’s also easy to go heavy on calories … you need to be aware of what you’re getting.”

Let’s say that you order a burrito bowl with extra chicken, rice, beans, queso, pico, corn, cheese, fajita veggies, and sour cream. It doesn’t sound like much, but you’ve just racked up more than 1,000 calories.

AlexPro9500

Add in chips, guacamole, and a soft drink (or beer) and you’re above 2,000 calories. In other words, when you build your own meal, it’s easy to see how quickly a scoop of this here and a scoop of that there all add up.

So what should you order?

Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness Studios in Virginia Beach VA, advises his clients on how to make smarter, very specific choices when eating at Chipotle. “A healthier option at Chipotle would be a burrito bowl including chicken, white or brown rice, beans of choice, the fajita veggies, and pico, with a bottle of water.” This meal would clock in at around 500 to 600 calories.

Jeol Efthimiou / EyeEm

Another great meal option: a veggie bowl with lettuce, fajita vegetables, pico, corn, rice, and beans. This adds up to about 470 calories.

“Both of these meal options are more balanced on caloric intake for a meal size,” White says.

And when in doubt, Chipotle’s kids’ menu offers good ways to cut back on portions, yet still order many of the same options, says Horton.

And me?

I opt for the veggie bowl and add protein. I use beans as my base (love me some fiber) and the veggie bowl seems to include more than traditional bowls. I prefer guacamole to cheese and sour cream. Protein. Fiber. Healthy fats. Simple. Easy. Delicious.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Jeremy Corbyn wants to ban PRIVATE JETS as Labour launches election vow to clamp down on country’s billionaires

JEREMY Corbyn plans to ban private jets as he launches his election vow to clamp down the country’s billionaires.

Labour will consult with industry chiefs about a date for phasing out the use of fossil-fuel private planes if it gets into No10.

PLANE WRONG

Andy McDonald, the opposition spokesman for the transport sector, said the party was examining a damning report on banning private jets very closely.

He added that the document, by the Common Wealth think, made a “very convincing argument”.

Mr McDonald said: “Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?

Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?

“In just a few years’ time it will be possible for these journeys to be made by electric aircraft – so long as government puts in place the right incentives.

“Labour will examine these proposals closely and consult with industry on the introduction of a phase out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets.”

The private jet pledge comes after a Labour MP said he did not want any Brits to be billionaires.

BAN BILLIONAIRES

Lloyd Russell-Moyle told BBC Radio 5 live: “I think we should have a system where everyone is able to live well and wealthy.

“I don't want this country to work for billionaires. I want it to work for ordinary and normal people."

I don't want this country to work for billionaires. I want it to work for ordinary and normal people.

Mr Russell-Moyle, the Kemptown and Peacehaven MP, also backed his party’s vow to scrap all private schools and force them to sell their playing fields.

Fee-paying schools will lose their multi-billion pound tax breaks and be ordered to sell off their buildings under the radical plans.

And as part of their shake-up of education, Labour also vowed to abolish the schools inspector Ofsted.

Mr Russell-Moyle said: “There is a long-term aim of the Labour Party, that I support, that no one should have to pay for their education.

“That education at all schools should be free at the point of delivery. And that's what everyone should be able to have."

'COMPLETE BUFFOON'

Labour’s pledge to ban private jets and clampdown on billionaires comes after two Brit golf stars blasted Mr Corbyn for attacking the country’s wealthy.

Millionaire golf legends Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood slammed the Labour leader after he said “in a fair society there would be no billionaires and no one would live in poverty”.

Mr Poulter, who owns 12 Ferraris and has homes in Florida and Buckinghamshire, branded Mr Corbyn a “complete buffoon”.

He fumed on Twitter: “No one is allowed to be successful. You can't for one minute be serious. Deluded.”

While Fellow golf star Mr Westwood added: “This tweet is not aging well Jezza.”



Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Science

NASA is sending cookies to space

Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 4

Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 4 are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com

Cookies are headed to the final frontier.

NASA sent a zero-gravity oven to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday to help astronauts make "common and widely consumed foods in space," including chocolate chip cookies.

The oven, which uses electric heat, similar to a toaster, will aim to help astronauts learn about the effects that zero gravity and exceptionally high heat have on the shape and consistency of cookies.

The famous DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookie will become the first-ever food baked in orbit. Credit: DoubleTree by Hilton

"Zero-G Oven examines heat transfer properties and the process of baking food in microgravity," NASA said in a statement on its website. The oven will reach a top temperature of 363.3 degrees Celsius (685.94 Fahrenheit), the space agency added.

The dough was provided by Hilton's DoubleTree hotel, which tweeted about the sweet and tasty mission. Hilton said it is working in conjunction with Zero G Kitchen, a company that "creates appliances for microgravity use in long-duration space flights," according to a press release.

“Hilton has long been an industry innovator, and as we celebrate our 100th year, we’re excited to send our hospitality into orbit,” said senior vice president and global brand head, DoubleTree by Hilton, Shawn McAteer, in the statement. “The simple gesture of a warm Cookie welcome is a favorite of DoubleTree guests around the world, and now we are sharing that moment of hospitality as part of this experiment aboard the International Space Station.”

NASA added that the presence of "fresh-baked food could have psychological and physiological benefits for crew members" on future long-duration missions.

The entire 8,200-pound shipment, which also includes parts for a Lamborghini and a vest to protect against radiation, is expected to reach the ISS, which is currently home to three Americans, two Russians and one Italian, on Monday.

Perhaps Cookie Monster will soon join them.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Technology

Android users warned to delete app that secretly purchases premium content

Security researchers have uncovered a malicious app that secretly signs users up for premium content without their knowledge.

The app has been downloaded tens of millions of times by Android users, despite being removed from the Google Play Store back in June 2019.

It’s called ‘a.i type’ and is a keyboard app that lets you customise the on-screen keyboard of Android phones like those made by Samsung, Motorola or Huawei.

However, in the background it is signing up – and paying for – various premium services that the user may not even be aware of. That’s the message from Secure-D, a team of security specialists from Upstream Systems. They found a huge amount of suspicious mobile transactions and traced it back to the app.

‘Ai.type’s popularity and useful features have been used to disguise systematic and worrying activity,’ the team explained in a comprehensive report.

‘This happens in the background without the user being aware and includes fake ad views and attempted digital purchases. While the activity is partly targeted at advertisers, it affects users in the following ways:

‘Subscribes users to premium services depleting their mobile data and adding charges that eat into their pre-paid airtime. In many emerging markets, using pre-paid airtime is the only way to pay for digital services.

‘Reduces battery life, even when the device is not in use, due to the unseen background activity. May overheat the device and affect its overall performance.’

Naturally, the advice is to delete this app if you’ve got it installed on your phone. But the team concluded it was part of a larger problem of mobile ad fraud run through freely available apps.

‘To avoid falling victim to data theft and unwanted purchases or subscriptions, Android users should immediately check their phones to see if they have any suspicious app installed,’ the authors wrote.

‘In most cases, Google Play is a safer source of Android apps – but even apps from legitimate sources can be compromised. Before any installation, users should check the app’s reviews, developer details, and list of requested permissions, making sure that they all relate to the app’s stated purpose.’

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
World News

Viewers react to Attenborough documentary on rainforest destruction

‘Humans are just terrible’: Viewers are left in tears by upsetting scenes of Borneo’s rainforest destruction on David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds One Planet

  • Filmed compared the rainforest when he first visited in 1956 to what is left today 
  • Much has been logged, causing Borneo’s orangutan population to almost halve
  • One viewer wrote: ‘It’s unreal how much damage humans are doing to the planet’

BBC viewers were left in tears last night after watching upsetting scenes showing the destruction of Borneo’s rainforest during David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds One Planet. 

The film compared the dense, luscious rainforest the broadcaster saw during his first trip to the country in 1956 with today’s equivalent, swathes of which has been left barren and desolate after being cleared for palm oil plantations. 

The resulting collapse in the country’s orangutan population, from 175,000 in the 1950s to around half that today, hit home especially hard with viewers, one of whom tweeted, ‘Humans are just terrible’. 

One clip showed a forest in Borneo that had been hit by an apocalypse – a grey, desolate, wasteland – with a solitary adult orangutan running along the trunk of a fallen tree, pursued by two men brandishing some kind of weapon. The ape eventually fell off the tree 

The resulting collapse in the country’s orangutan population, from 175,000 in the 1950s to around half that today, hit home especially hard with viewers, who responded on Twitter

One viewer wrote: ‘It must be so hard for David Attenborough to return to Borneo so many times over the years and seeing it being destroyed like this #SevenWorldsOnePlanet.’  

Another, Mark Anthony Kelly, tweeted: ‘After you watch a programme narrated by Sir David Attenborough makes you realise there are more important things to sort out on this planet that we as humans are destroying.’

And Mark Lipman added: ‘Just watched Asia’s Episode of #SevenWorldsOnePlanet – phenomenal photography and videography work! It’s incredible and heartbreaking. 

‘We have been warned, unreal how much damage us humans do to this planet. We have so much work to do. Another #Attenborough masterclass!’ 

The documentary showed a forest in Borneo that had been hit by an apocalypse – a grey, desolate, wasteland – with a solitary adult orangutan running along the trunk of a fallen tree, pursued by two men brandishing some kind of weapon.

With the tree virtually the last one left in the scene of devastation, the orangutan had nowhere to hide and, literally, nowhere to run. Particularly when a bulldozer clattered over, its grotesque orange jaws blocking the ape’s path, forcing it to fall off the tree trunk into the undergrowth.

Viewers praised the documentary and said it had helped to highlight and important – and urgent – issue 

Visibly exhausted and desperate, it staggered on for a few steps before the men caught up with it.

It later transpired they were members of ‘International Animal Rescue’, attempting to dart and sedate the orangutan, but the footage still resonated with viewers for depicting the scale of the destruction that has hit Borneo.  

A viewer tweeted: ‘Was really upset at the (2018) video David Attenborough showed last night of the poor #orangutan fleeing man in #Indonesia horrible what we’re doing to the world and the habit of animals. Horrible.’

Others were also upset by the scenes, including one who wrote: ‘Eating dinner with the family watching Attenborough on Borneo when I start sobbing into my stew. Crikey.’

One clip showed a forest in Borneo that had been hit by an apocalypse – a grey, desolate, wasteland – with a solitary adult orangutan running along the trunk of a fallen tree, pursued by two men brandishing some kind of weapon

 The bulldozer’s jaws blocked the ape’s path, so it had no choice but to fall off the trunk into the undergrowth 

Another Attenborough fan said: ‘Just watched the second of David Attenborough’s new series – amazing and terribly depressing – our children will experience a world deprived of half its variety and wonder, and our grandchildren the same again.’

And Beth Bradbury added: ‘I really love that David Attenborough’s new series strikes the balance between showcasing natural beauty and also pushing the vital message that conservation is important – only humans can reverse the damage we’ve done and only if everyone does their part #ActOnClimate.’ 

Footage from Attenborough’s original documentary in 1956 showed the 93-year-old going up river in a canoe like an explorer in a sketch from The Fast Show.

Over the 60 years he had returned many times, first noting the start of the decline in a clip from 2012.

But he had never envisaged the scale of the devastation today.

‘Now only patches of forests remain,’ he stated fatefully.’        

It transpired the men were members of ‘International Animal Rescue’, attempting to dart and sedate the orangutan, then move it to somewhere safer

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Science

Meteor Shower to fill sky with 'natural fireworks' on Bonfire Night

Taurid Meteor Shower will fill sky with ‘natural fireworks’ on Bonfire Night TOMORROW – with astronomers predicting up to 10 shooting stars an hour

  • Annual Taurid meteor shower will reach peak visibility on bonfire night this year
  • Earth passes through a debris littered section of its orbit causing shooting stars
  • Five to ten shooting stars will appear every hour, most visible after midnight

The annual Taurid meteor shower will reach peak visibility on bonfire night this year, providing sky watchers with a display of ‘nature’s fireworks’.

As Earth passes through a debris littered section of its orbit, hundreds of meteors will burn up in our atmosphere on November 5, producing shooting stars. 

Around five to ten shooting stars will appear every hour and will be most visible after midnight when the skies are darkest- and not filled with fireworks.

A bright quarter phase moon, known as a half-moon as exactly 50 per cent of the moon’s surface is visible, will fill the skies with moonlight in the hours before this.  

Each year, from the end of October, the skies play host to the meteor shower, dubbed ‘nature’s fireworks’. It is created by Earth passing through debris left behind by Encke’s comet (stock image)

The Taurids display is created by debris left behind by Encke’s comet, named after the astronomer who discovered it’s annual trajectory in 1819.  

Comet Encke is believed by astronomers to be a piece of a larger comet that broke up 20,000 to 30,000 years ago.

Each year, from the end of October, the skies play host to the meteor shower, dubbed ‘nature’s fireworks’.  

Taurid meteors tend to be larger than normal meteors, which means they are bright and penetrate deeper into the Earth’s atmosphere, many being fireballs. 

NASA explained: ‘Taurid meteors can be seen any time the constellation Taurus is above the horizon during the months of September, October, and November.

‘The best time to look for Taurids is after midnight, when Taurus is high in the sky, and when the sky is dark and clear, with no moonlight to mask the fainter meteors.

‘Given the behavior of past Taurid swarms, increased fireball activity may be seen during the last week of October and the first two weeks of November.’

More than 2000 square kilometres of Siberian forest was flattened by a suspected meteor during Tunguska event in Russia in June 1908 (stock image)

 There were reports at the time that the blast was felt as far away as Britain while the explosion lit up the sky in the US

While this usually is a harmless phenomenon researchers from the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Science last year discovered two large ‘doomsday’ asteroids, called 2015 TX24 and 2005 UR, which are part of a previously undiscovered branch of the Taurids’ debris.

The Earth only passes through this potentially dangerous branch once every few years, causing greater numbers of shooting stars.

Future encounters are predicted for 2022, 2025, 2032 and 2039.

The space rocks measure 650 feet to 900 feet (200 to 300 meters) across and have been registered on the International Astronomical Union’s list of ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroids. 

WHAT IS THE TAURID METEOR SHOWER? 

Every year from September-November, the Earth passes through a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke. 

The dust associated with the comet hits the Earth’s atmosphere at 65,000 mph and burns up, creating the Taurid meteor shower.

Most years the shower is weak, and only a few Taurid meteors can be seen each night.

Other years, the Taurids can put on a show. 

Encke’s comet was named after the astronomer who discovered it’s annual trajectory in 1819. 

Comet Encke is believed by astronomers to be a piece of a larger comet that broke up 20,000 to 30,000 years ago.

Taurid meteors tend to be larger than normal meteors, which means they are bright and penetrate deeper into the Earth’s atmosphere, many being fireballs.

Source: NASA 

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Kids

The Mom's Guide to Atlanta


Cosmopolitan but Southern to the core, Atlanta has it all: shows, museums, funky downtown neighborhoods. And when you’re traveling with kids, you can make the family vacation super-simple by staying downtown and visiting the half-dozen attractions right off Centennial Olympic Park. Or explore further inside and beyond the Perimeter (that’s what locals call the interstate circling the city) to get to know the town even better.

You’ll probably need a car, unless you plan to stay near your hotel, plus a dose of patience for the sheer number of streets named “Peachtree.” The payoff is big, though. Huge, actually. Atlanta has one of the country’s largest metro area in terms of land size, so there’s plenty for kids to discover. Ready to take it on? Here’s what you can’t miss.

Georgia Aquarium

Not to say bigger is always better, but when it comes to aquariums, it can’t hurt. The 10-million-gallon Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium this side of the globe, has plenty of room for whale sharks, octopuses, manatees and beluga whales. Visit the touch tank to let the kids meet stingrays, starfish and anemones. Then try the Aquanaut Adventure, an interactive quest customized for different ages. Make sure to leave time in your day for the live shows starring adorable sea lions and bottlenose dolphins.

World of Coca-Cola

You can’t visit Atlanta without paying tribute to the city’s most refreshing legend at the World of Coca-Cola. It’s a nostalgic trip through old-time ads, international souvenirs and free hugs from the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Kids will love the 4D ride that takes you on a fun if improbable journey to find Coke’s secret formula. Other exhibits let them mix flavors and play games. Of course, you’re really here for the finale, an unlimited tasting spree of Coke products from around the world. Bottoms up!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

View this post on Instagram

Join Alma Mexicana at Children's Museum of Atlanta for a special celebration of the Day of the Dead on Sunday, November 3. Originating in Mexico, on Day of the Dead family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. ⁠ ⁠ Celebrate the music, movements, and traditional clothing of Dia de los Muertos with guest performer, Alma Mexicana Danza Folklorica, an Atlanta-based dance group that presents traditional Mexican dances. Join the Imaginators on stage for a fabulous storytime with Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and look for fun Dia de los Muertos crafts in our studios. If you like to dance, join the Imaginators for a Skeleton Family Dance at 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM! See link in bio for more information.

A post shared by Children's Museum of Atlanta (@childrensmuseumatlanta) on

Education meets play at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. From the serious stuff, like anatomy and robotics, to the silly, like sandcastles and a massive indoor treehouse, it’s all about sparking kids’ imaginations. There’s even designated spaces just for toddlers and babies, built to their learning level.

Centennial Olympic Park

All three of the attractions mentioned so far have one thing in common: They each border Centennial Olympic Park. The 21-acre green space boasts two playgrounds, one focusing on accessibility so anyone can play, and a fountain made for splashing. You’re also walking distance from the Center for Civil and Human Rights, SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel and dozens of restaurants. Try Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria for build-your-own pie, hailed by Atlantans as the best pizza in town.

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

If you want to be in the middle of it all, it doesn’t get much better than the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. You’re just steps from the Football Hall of Fame, behind-the-scenes tours of CNN’s headquarters and Centennial Olympic Park itself. The fun starts at check-in with the free Omni Kids Crew program. Young explorers get a backpack with an activity book, binoculars and other goodies, plus milk and cookies delivered to the room that night.

Atlanta History Center

This place has enough to keep families by for the whole day, from Native American artifacts to a posh 1920s mansion. Your Atlanta History Center ticket even gets you into the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown and the Atlanta Cyclorama, opening at its new Buckhead location in February. While you’re there, grab lunch at Souper Jenny’s, a colorful cafe with healthy options, like lentil kale soup or a turkey avocado wrap, varied enough to please even picky eaters.

Skyline Park

One of Atlanta’s newer attractions in historic Old Fourth Ward, Ponce City Market is a hipster paradise with boutique shops and food stalls convenient to the pedestrian-friendly BeltLine. Take the freight elevator to the rooftop to show the kids what throwback carnival fun looks like at Skyline Park. After a rousing game of skee-ball, ring toss or mini golf, stay to watch the sunset for panoramic views of Midtown.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Nearby, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site preserves historic buildings like MLK’s birth home and chronicles the Civil Rights movement in a series of compelling exhibits. Kids 9 to 12 can participate in a unique way by promising to uphold Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence and being sworn in as official Junior Rangers. It’s all free, even the parking.

The Varsity

An Atlanta institution since 1928 and the world’s largest drive-in restaurant (though you can dine inside, too), The Varsity keeps their menu simple. Think fresh burgers, chili dogs and onion rings. This is not the place to skimp on dessert either. The hot fried pies and milkshakes have a well-deserved cult following among locals.

Stone Mountain Park

Just east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is an agritourism destination built around the world’s largest hunk of exposed granite. There’s a farmyard, ropes course, splash park and four-level indoor playground where children can let their energy loose. The walk to the top of the mountain is fairly moderate and takes about an hour, but if you’re bringing a stroller, opt for the cable car instead.

The Center for Puppetry Arts

It’s so much more than Muppets. See a family show at the Center for Puppetry Arts and stay to tour the museum, showcasing marionettes and puppets from around the globe. Children as young as 2, accompanied by an adult, can even create their own puppet to take home, all included in the price of your ticket.

Zoo Atlanta

Beloved for its gorillas and twin toddler giant pandas (who are just as cute as they sound), Zoo Atlanta goes the extra mile for kid-friendly entertainment. They have events throughout the day geared toward youngsters. Check the schedule they give you to plan your day. Don’t forget a ride on the train and, always popular, tunneling through the naked mole rat playground.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Lifestyle

From discounts to bonus payments, here’s four tips and tricks to keep your heating bill under control this winter – The Sun

WINTER is coming but some families and pensioners already face a struggle to pay their heating bills. One British home in ten is in debt to its energy supplier, owing an average of £115, uSwitch has revealed.

Many of those battling to pay off the balance plan to cut back on food and Christmas presents. Today Mr Money looks at the bonus payments and tricks you can use to get help and keep costs under control.

Warm home discounts

THIS £140 reduction in energy bills is mainly aimed at over-65s who don’t have big private pensions. Other vulnerable folk, including some single parents, might be able to get it too.

The “core group” eligible are pensioners who get what is known as the “guarantee” element of pension credit — a top-up that boosts their weekly income to £167.25, or £255.25 for couples.

Low-income households who get certain benefits may also qualify. Contact your energy supplier if you are unsure. Around 40 suppliers out of 64 offer it, including all the Big Six firms. Companies must take part once they have 250,000 customers.

When to apply: If you are in the core group, you should receive it automatically. Most suppliers are inviting applications from low-income families now. Check their websites for details.

Saving: £140 a year

Winter fuel payments

PENSIONERS get annual winter fuel payments of between £100 and £300. To qualify, you need to have been born on or before April 5, 1954, and have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 16 to September 22.

How much you get depends on your circumstances. If you are aged 80 or more and live alone, you get £300. Younger pensioners living alone can get £200 and couples get £100.

When to apply: Usually, you do not need to claim winter fuel payments. You should get them automatically if you are eligible. Call the payment helpline on 0800 7310160 for assistance.

Saving: £100 to £300

SPONSORED CONTENT: How to save £219 a year off your energy bills

BEAT energy price rises year after year with Switchcraft. It's free and it could save you an average of £219 a year.

  • Sign up, easily compare tariffs and switch
  • Once you sign up, Switchcraft will automatically find you a cheaper deal when a better tariff comes up, saving you time, hassle and money.
  • It takes just 3 minutes. That's it!
  • Click here to get saving!

News UK has a brand partnership with Switchcraft.

Cold weather payments

WHEN the temperature drops below zero in your area, you might be entitled to £25 a week in cold weather payments. The temperature must stay that low for seven days in a row, which is rare. The scheme runs until March 31.

You may get this payment if you receive pension credit, income support, jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance or universal credit but it depends on your circumstances.

When to apply: Payments should automatically be made to your bank account within 14 days. If you don’t get a payment you have been expecting, get in touch with Jobcentre Plus or your pension centre.

Saving: £25 per cold snap

Check Benefits

MORE than a million pensioner households are struggling because they are not getting pension credit, the income-related benefit designed to lift them out of poverty.

Typically, those with weekly income less than £167.75 if single or £255.25 as a couple get a top-up. Often, OAPs get this amount from their state pension. But some don’t if they haven’t paid enough national insurance. Four in ten OAP households are entitled to pension credit but don’t get it. The average payout is £58 a week.

Citizens Advice can help you check if you aren’t getting the benefits you are entitled to, such as those for disabilities, carers and unemployment. Some energy suppliers, such as SSE, do this too.

Saving: Varies

Total savings: Up to £465 with one cold snap

Hot tips

  •  SWITCH energy provider to cut your bills. Enter some basic details via a price comparison site and it will show you the best deals out there.
  • Even easier, sign up to an auto-switching service such as Look After My Bills and Switchcraft. They will do the work for you each year.
  • Don’t automatically pick the very cheapest one. Consider customer service, too. Citizens Advice keeps tabs on this.
  • If you are entitled to the warm home discount, make sure you select a ­supplier that offers it.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Celebrities

Demi Moore reveals she waited to release her memoir for daughters

Demi Moore reveals she waited to release her memoir until daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah were old enough to hear her stories

  • Moore, 56, said she waited so long to release her memoir to protect daughters
  • The actress spoke on the Present Company with Krista Smith podcast 
  • Star’s kids Rumer, Scout and Tallulah appeared with her on Facebook Watch series on Monday
  • Tallulah ‘could sense that her eyes were shutting a little bit more’ in tough times
  • Rumer said tension rose in the family as Demi dealt with her demons 
  • Trio are Demi’s daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis  

Demi Moore has revealed she waited so long to release her tell-all memoir Inside out in order to protect her daughters.

Speaking on the Present Company with Krista Smith podcast, the 56-year-old told host Krista Smith she felt her daughters had previously been too young to be exposed to the book’s content.

‘There’s things in there…it’s not that I wanted to keep it from them or hide anything, it’s just stuff that you don’t necessarily, well, when they’re younger, want to bring forward,’ said the actress. 

Her whole world: Demi Moore has revealed she waited so long to release her tell-all memoir Inside out in order to protect her daughters

Demi Moore’s daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah had opened up about the star’s past addiction battles in a family appearance on Red Table Talk Monday.

The Ghost star appeared with the trio on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, as a preview of the conversation turned to how the family coped with Demi’s past addiction battle, which was fueled by alcohol and painkillers.

‘It was like a monster came,’ Tallulah, 25, said. ‘I remember there’s just the anxiety that would come up in my body when I could sense that her eyes were shutting a little bit more, the way she was speaking. Or she would be a lot more affectionate with me if she wasn’t sober.’


The latest: Demi Moore’s daughters Rumer, 31, Scout, 28, and Tallulah, 25, opened up about the star’s past addiction battles in a family appearance on Red Table Talk Monday 

Moore, in her memoir Inside Out, said she drank heavily and used cocaine in her 20s, before a mid-1980s rehab stint led to stay sober for nearly 20 years.

She said that she had a relapse amid a miscarriage during her 2005-2011 marriage to Ashton Kutcher, and had a seizure at a party in 2012 as result of consuming nitrous oxide and synthetic cannabis. 

Rumer described the gamut of emotions she experienced when her mother was under the influence, on the series with Smith, 48, her daughter Willow, 18, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, 66. 

‘It was very weird, and there were moments where it would get angry,’ Rumer said. ‘I recall being very upset and kind of treating her like a child and speaking to her like a child. It was not the mom that we had grown up with.’

 Candid: The 56-year-old Ghost star appeared with the trio on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series

Earlier this month on The Talk, Rumer lauded her mother for the strength and candor she expressed in Inside Out, the Ghost star’s candid memoir on the ups and downs of her life and career.

‘I’m so proud of her vulnerability,’ the Paducah, Kentucky-born actress said, adding that her mom has been a ‘beacon of strength’ for women over her decades in Hollywood. 

‘I think so many women have watched her, and just as her daughters watch her, as … this kind of leader … and I think, what I really respect about her is that she is never the victim in her stories,’ Rumer said.

Strength: Moore, in her memoir Inside Out, said she drank heavily and used cocaine in her 20s, before a mid-1980s rehab stint led to stay sober for nearly 20 years

Difficult: Rumer described the gamut of emotions she experienced when her mother was under the influence 

Frustrated: Rumer said, ‘I recall being very upset and kind of treating her like a child and speaking to her like a child’

Realization: Rumer said, ‘It was not the mom that we had grown up with’

Moore, in her book, touches on personal topics including past infidelities, being cheated on, and threesomes she had with Kutcher.

Rumer, who played English actress Joanna Pettet in this summer’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, said her mom ‘takes accountability’ for her actions, for better or for worse.

‘She takes responsibility, and mind you, this is her perspective, her story, and she’s the first one to say that,’ said the Dancing with the Stars alum. 

Difficult: Tallulah said Demi ‘would be a lot more affectionate with me if she wasn’t sober’

Staple: Jada Pinkett Smith has hosted a number of revealing interviews on the Facebook Watch series 

Showbiz royalty: The high-profile families converged for the telling interview on Facebook Watch 

Rumer said Moore’s ‘allowing herself to show everyone that you can go through some really difficult, hard things, and you can still be someone who is thriving, and taking accountability, and just being a strong survivor.’

Rumer is older sister to Scout, 28, and Tallulah Belle, 25, from Demi’s marriage to actors Bruce Willis from 1987 to 2000. Demi was also married to musician Freddy Moore from 1980 to 1985, and to Kutcher from 2005 to 2013.

Moore’s new book Inside Out is available in stores now; Red Table Talk airs on Facebook Watch Mondays.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Sport

South Africa beat England to win 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan

SOUTH AFRICA WIN RUGBY WORLD CUP: Heartbreak for England as Handre Pollard’s kicking masterclass and late tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe earn 32-12 victory for Springboks

  • South Africa have won the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating England in a bruising final in Yokohama 
  • Handre Pollard delivered a kicking masterclass for Springboks, scoring six penalties and two conversions
  • England’s Owen Farrell was also impressive from the tee, scoring all of his side’s points with four penalties
  • South Africa struck a fatal blow to England when Makazole Mapimpi finished off a sensational attack with a try
  • Things went from bad to worse for Eddie Jones and his team when Cheslin Kolbe scored another late on 

Cancel the victory parade. Cancel the endorsements. Cancel the party. England were battered in the Rugby World Cup final as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.

South Africa’s name was already being etched onto the trophy with three minutes left to play, but in reality the engraver could have started the job even earlier.

England were strangled and suffocated in Yokohama.

England suffered heartbreak in the Rugby World Cup final as they were beaten by South Africa in a brutal contest in Japan

South African captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Web Ellis Cup aloft as Springbok players go wild after becoming world champions

South Africa players spray champagne other each other with their celebrations now expected to go long into the night

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi touched down to complete a sensational attack and put his side on the brink of victory

Cheslin Kolbe then danced through England’s defence to ensure South Africa won their first World Cup title for 12 years

Handre Pollard was in sensational form off the tee, scoring six penalties to keep his side in the lead throughout the contest

England suffered heartbreak in a Rugby World Cup final once again after losing to South Africa back in France in 2007 as well

England coach Eddie Jones watches South Africa lift the trophy after losing his second Rugby World Cup final as a coach

England: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May (Joseph), Ford (Slade), Youngs (Spencer); M Vunipola (Marler), George (Cowan-Dickie), Sinckler (Cole), Itoje, Lawes (Kruis), Curry, Underhill (Wilson), B Vunipola.

Tries: None

Conversions: None

Penalties: Farrell (x4)

South Africa: Le Roux (Steyn); Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk (Jantjies); Mtawarira (Kitshoff), Mbonambi (Marx), Malherbe (Koch), Etzebeth (Snyman), De Jager (Mostert), Kolisi (Louw), Du Toit, Vermeulen. 

Tries: Mapimpi, Kolbe

Conversions: Pollard (x2)

Penalties: Pollard (x6)

They knew South Africa’s power game was coming but they could not stop it. They were dominated at the scrum and battered in the contact area. Their white shirts were stained with blood as their fairy-tale run in Japan came to a painful end.

Perhaps Warren Gatland was right after all. England played their best game against the All Blacks in the semi-final and here they were unable to rediscover the magic touch.

Side by side, Owen Farrell and Kolisi led out their teams before kick off. Two captains, two entirely different backgrounds. Farrell, the son of globe-trotting rugby league great Andy, has always been rugby royalty. Kolisi grew up in a township. He watched his grandmother die and his favourite toy as a child was a brick.

Here, his father had left South Africa for the first time in his life to watch his son beat the world. One day, by which time some of the English heartbreak will have eased, it could be turned into a movie.

Many of South Africa’s team grew up surrounded by tragedy, and they tapped into the country’s psyche of violence on the pitch. Physicality and pain is the name of the game and prop Kyle Sinckler was on the end of that inside three minutes.

Both teams stood to sing their respective national anthems before the action got underway on Saturday in Yokohama

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, flew into Japan specifically for the final and was exchanging pleasantries beforehand

South Africa’s fly-half Handre Pollard missed the first penalty of the game, pushing his effort from distance right of the posts

Things didn’t go to plan for Eddie Jones early on as prop Kyle Sinckler appeared to be knocked out after a head collision

Sinckler received treatment from a number of medics on the sideline but wasn’t cleared to return to the pitch

Manu Tuilagi tried to break through the rigid South African defence as England struggled to get on the front foot early on

After Handre Pollard missed an early penalty, Sinckler went in with Maro Itoje to tackle Makazole Mapimpi. The prop was knocked out cold. His armed locked into position – the medical term is ‘fencing’ – as a motor response to force to the brain stem.

Dan Cole replaced him in the third minute and his first job was a scrum. Not for the first time, England were shunted back. Outgunned and out muscled at the set piece. A painful sight for English eyes

If last week’s semi-final against the All Blacks was a start from the Gods, this was the start from hell. It was not helped by the fact that England were 15 minutes late to the stadium.

Willie Le Roux ghosted outside George Ford, before England dropped the ball trying to run from their dead-ball area. Pollard beat Ford in the air, before Billy Vunipola’s pass hit the deck and Owen Farrell conceded a penalty. Error after error, before Pollard kicked his side ahead.

Jones issues some instructions through his microphone as he watches on from the stands at the Yokohama Stadium

England forward Maro Itoje launches himself towards Faf de Klerk’s kick at the back of the ruck but couldn’t block it

England struggled to put their stamp on the game but finally put together an attack that ended with Farrell kicking a penalty

The Red Roses weren’t level for long though as Pollard struck another penalty just minutes later to restore South Africa’s lead

South Africa’s Lood De Jager suffered a nasty injury to his left shoulder and had to come off midway through the first half

Maro Itoje stretches for a line-out but the Saracens man couldn’t quite reach the ball as England continued to struggle

On Friday night, Farrell addressed his team at the hotel. One of his constant messages is about doing the basics to perfection. That message went out of the window. At the first attacking lineout, Farrell joined the forwards in the lineout, before Ben Youngs was spooked and threw a pass straight into touch.

The set piece fell to pieces. Eben Etzebeth stole lineouts, while Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira utterly was dominant at the scrum. ‘There’s three necks on the floor… it’s health and safety,’ Mako Vunipola told the referee at a scrum. No one was safe.

Whenever England tried to attack, they ran into a wall that seemed to be built out of South African steel. They banged on the Springbok door but could not break through.

They tried to match the Boks for physicality – as Mbongeni Mbonambi was knocked out and Lood de Jager sent walking from the pitch with his left arm hanging out the socket resembling a Halloween character. England won the odd penalty but they failed to score a single try.

Winger Jonny May very rarely had the ball in hand during the first half but the winger looked his menacing best when he did

England were struggling at the scrum and another penalty just after half-time allowed South Africa to make it 15-6

Joe Marler came on and briefly halted the momentum, helping England win two penalties of which they could only take one

The kicking duel continued between Pollard and Farrell, exchanging penalties again to make it 18-12 with 20 minutes to play

Mapimpi kicked the ball down the wing before exchanging passes with a team-mate and sprinting across the line for the try

It was South Africa’s first-ever try in a Rugby World Cup final and gave them an unassailable lead England could not recover

The errors continued. A kick off slipped through the fingers of Maro Ioje, Ford kicked straight into touch and England were imploding. At least, after 34 minutes, they strung together 26 phases in the red zone, but bodies were thrown backwards. Even Vunipola was dumped onto his backside.

Daly failed to field two kicks and Pollard added two more penalties to the scoreboard before half time. England sent on reinforcements. They had no choice. But so did the Boks. George Kruis came on to help out the lineout and, after another Pollard penalty, Joe Marler came on to shore up the scrum. Ben Youngs rallied up the players before, out of nowhere, Marler won England’s first scrum penalty of the match.

Throughout sporting history, England have always made hard work of finals. In 1966, Geoff Hurst scored the winning goals in extra time. In 2003, Jonny Wilkinson kicked his drop goal in extra time. Earlier in 2019, it took a Super Over for Jason Roy to finally run out New Zealand.

As England tried to make some sort of recovery Kolbe picked the ball up and ran through their defence to score another try

The winger roars in delight after securing his country’s third Rugby World Cup title and first since beating England in 2007

There was pure delight among the South Africa players after they were confirmed as winners of their third World Cup title

Former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he prepares to hand it over to the South Africans

England players look miserable as they collect their runners up medals from World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont (R)

Kolisi beams with delight as he lifts the trophy with his team-mates in the centre of the pitch as England watch on

Momentarily, England found some of that life, before the door was slammed back in their face.

Pollard and Farrell continued to exchange kicks but, after 67 minutes, South Africa scored the try they had been threatening for so long.

After Faf De Klerk spotted space down the blindside, Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi linked up with slick chips and offloads to score down the left wing.

Nothing was sticking for England. Anthony Watson fumbled the ball in attack. Then Henry Slade knocked on running out of his own 22 and Cheslin Kolbe – South Africa’s very own Jason Robinson – sent a troubled nation into raptures with the try that sealed the World Cup.






Share this article

Source: Read Full Article