Adam Levine Breaks Silence On Influencer's Cheating Accusation: 'I Crossed The Line'


 The Maroon 5 singer denied that he had an affair, but apologized to his pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo, for "inappropriate" behavior.

Adam Levine is admitting to “poor judgment” but not a full-fledged affair after an Instagram influencer claimed she carried on an extramarital relationship with the Maroon 5 frontman for months. 

The singer addressed the accusations made by Sumner Stroh, who publicly aired the former “Voice” coach’s alleged dirty laundry in a viral TikTok video that’s now racked up over 15 million views.

“A lot is being said about me right now and I want to clear the air. I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner,” he said in a statement shared on his Instagram account Tuesday. “I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life.”

“In certain instances it became inappropriate. I have addressed that and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family.”

Since 2014, Levine has been married to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he shares two young daughters, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace. The couple are currently expecting their third child, whom Stroh claimed the singer intended to name after her.

“My wife and my family is all I care about in this world. To be this naive and stupid enough to risk the only thing that truly matters to me was the greatest mistake I could ever make,” Levine continued. “I will never make it again. I take full responsibility. We will get through it and we will get through it together.”

In her video, Stroh said she felt “completely manipulated” and “exploited” by their alleged relationship at the time, given Levine’s level of fame and power within the industry.

Let Selena Gomez In Only Murders In The Building Be Your Autumn Style Inspiration




 

There is no shortage of New York City style inspiration in the pop culture canon. There’s Carrie Bradshaw in her John Galliano newspaper dress and Manolo Blahniks. Audrey Hepburn in her little black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s . Ali MacGraw’s oh-so-seventies trench coats in Love Story. I’d like to humbly suggest one more: Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building.

We first meet Gomez’s character, Mabel, as she walks down the street on the Upper West Side. She’s wearing a yellow sweater layered under a faux fur mustard coat, round sunglasses, plaid trousers, and a pair of lace up boots. On her head? A yellow beanie and a pair of cherry-red Beats headphones. (A key accessory, every New York woman knows, for tuning out everything from construction noise to cat-callers.)  


As the show progresses, Mabel starts a true crime podcast about her neighbour’s murder along with fellow residents Steve Martin and Martin Short. All the while, she wears a remarkable array of autumnal pieces. There she is, chasing down a suspect in a green faux fur by Proenza Schouler, or visiting an art gallery in a sheer Dries Van Noten coat. Around her apartment building, the Arconia, she wears an array of chic knits ranging from the classic black turtleneck to argyle.

Then there’s the boots: flat, black, and usually ankle, from Giuseppe Zanotti or Re/Done. (In season one, a footwear highlight was muted yellow Chelseas from Stella McCartney.)


Dana Covarrubias, costume designer for Only Murders in the Building, describes Mabel’s style as Nancy Drew meets Cher from Clueless, with a little dash of Corey Mason from Empire Records. “It’s a combination of cosy and kick-ass,” she says. “I always try to style outfits with things that might be considered stereotypically feminine or masculine and mixing them – bringing harder elements and some softer elements.”

Another major influence on Mabel’s style? The realities of New York City.


Ramen next in line for sharp price hike



Amid soaring food costs, prices of ramen, Koreans’ most favored instant food and a common low-cost meal option, are set for an increase next month, in another blow to customers already grappling with persistent inflation. Koreans consumed the most instant noodles per capita in the world in 2020.

Nongshim, a leading South Korean ramen maker, said Wednesday that it was raising prices for instant noodles and snacks, effective Sept. 15, by an average of 11.3 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively -- an unavoidable surge prompted by soaring global wheat prices, according to the company.  

“We had tried to offset the price hike, removing redundancies in our operations, but that’s clearly not enough,” a Nongshim official said, referring to an operating loss of 3 billion won ($2.2 million) in the second quarter for the home market alone, excluding overseas profit.

It was the first time the ramen maker, which gets about 80 percent of its revenue from instant noodles, has suffered a loss since the same period in 1998. Set up in 1965, Nongshim is a key subsidiary of Nongshim Group, whose business ranges from processing agricultural products to building industrial machines. Assets held by the group came to 5.05 trillion won last year.

Raising noodle prices was needed right away instead of delaying until next month after the Chuseok holiday, but stretching household budgets just before when they need a break the most was worrisome, the company said.

Consumer prices still show few signs of fading, with the latest annual inflation reading in July standing at an almost 24-year high of 6.3 percent, as soring food and gasoline prices strain households and businesses alike. 

According to a Bank of Korea survey Tuesday, consumers revised down their forecast this month for where inflation will be in one year to 4.3 percent, from 4.7 percent in July, which was an all-time monthly high. 

But consumers still expect an interest rate hike in as early as six months, the survey found, and the government has not changed its forecast that inflation will peak in the late third or early fourth quarter.  

“We could see signs of a price slowdown, soon after the holiday,” Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho said this week, noting uncertainties like Russia’s war in Ukraine prevent him from being more certain about the price trajectory. The four-day Chuseok thanksgiving holiday starts Sept. 9.

But right now, consumers looking to prepare food for the holiday should be ready to spend more, said Korea Price Information, a local research group. A four-people household would have to pay 9.7 percent more at marketplaces and 6.4 percent more at supermarkets on average, the group said Wednesday.

Recent torrential rain that flooded Seoul and left eight dead have sent prices higher, the group added.

The government is currently offering discount coupons to accelerate consumer spending on agricultural and farm products, as part of broader efforts meant to revive demand and ease supply pressures.

“We will absolutely bring down food prices,” President Yoon Suk-yeol said at a weekly meeting on the economy, held two weeks ago at a local grocery store in Seoul. Yoon launched the meeting in early July to solidify his commitment to creating a robust economy for ordinary Koreans. 


 

NASA’s Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet

 

Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

            Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.

Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.

This deep field, taken by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is a composite made from images at different wavelengths, totaling 12.5 hours – achieving depths at infrared wavelengths beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields, which took weeks.

The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying much more distant galaxies behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before, including star clusters and diffuse features. Researchers will soon begin to learn more about the galaxies’ masses, ages, histories, and compositions, as Webb seeks the earliest galaxies in the universe.

This image is among the telescope’s first-full color images. The full suite will be released Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, during a live NASA TV broadcast.

So, What’s the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamin D?

 


You might not give a lot of thought to what time you take your vitamin D supplement. As long as it gets into your tummy, right? Well … not exactly.

It turns out that the time you take your vitamins — and what you take them with — can play a big part in absorption.

Here’s everything you need to know about the best time to take vitamin D.


What’s the best time of day to take vitamin D?

There’s no official best time to take vitamin D. But some peeps prefer to take vitamin D supplements earlier in the day with a meal.

Some people also think that taking vitamin D before bed can mess with sleep. But TBH, there’s no hard-hitting science to back this up.

Still, if you think vitamin D is to blame for your tossing and turning, you should probably take your supplement earlier in the day (more on that in a minute).


Should you take vitamin D with food?

Yes! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in oils or fats. That’s why it’s best to take a vitamin D supplement with foods that have healthy fats (such as olive oil, seeds, nuts, fatty fish, or eggs).

But the jury is still out on whether it’s better to take vitamin D supplements with low fat or high fat foods.

In a 2013 study, 62 older adults took a 50,000-IU vitamin D3 supplement once a month for 3 months. The participants were divided into three meal groups — no meal, high fat meal, and low fat meal.

At the end of the study, researchers found that the folks who took vitamin D3 supplements with a low fat meal had better absorption.

PSA: This was just one small study. We def need a lot more research to find out how vitamin D is best absorbed.


Taking vitamin D in the morning

Lots of peeps prefer their vitamin D dose in the morning. There’s not a whole lot of science to suggest that this makes it more effective. But there is one perk: If it’s part of your morning routine, it can be easier to remember to take your supplements.

Pro tip: Pop a vitamin D alarm on your phone. It can help you remember to take your supps even on those hectic mornings.

Man arrested over murder of security guard in Qatar


Man shot dead in Qatar 2022
A source has told Doha News that the shooter was reprimanded by police within minutes of the attack. 

A security guard at a residential compound in the Al Waab area of Doha, was shot late on Wednesday evening, after allegedly requesting a young man’s man ID upon entry, residents of the compound informed Doha News.

Witnesses said that the shooter was a young Qatari man who attempted to enter the compound, together with a female passenger in the same vehicle, but was denied entry by the security guard for not presenting his ID.

The alleged murderer then reportedly drove away from the compound before returning to shoot the security guard. The victim is believed to have been a Sri Lankan national, witnesses say he and his colleague were shot more than once.

Based on various testimonies by witnesses and residents, the former died at the scene, while the other security guard was rushed to a hospital.

Image circulating on social media on the incident.

Doha News has contacted the Sri Lankan embassy in Qatar, but they declined to comment. A heavy police presence was at the scene late into Wednesday evening, while helicopters were seen hovering above. One resident told Doha News that she was not allowed back into her house for several hours.

According to a Doha News source, police were able to arrest the gunman almost immediately after the attack and he has now been referred to the public prosecutor’s office. The same source told Doha News that the gun used by the attacker was unlicensed and that an investigation is currently underway into how he obtained the weapon.

According to one of the compound’s residents the deceased security guard was a father of three and was supposed to return to his home country later this year, as his contract was coming to an end.

The local community is currently raising money to support the victim’s family. Incidents involving gun violence in Doha are extremely rare, hence Wednesday’s shooting has caught the attention of many.

Earlier this week, the Qatari capital was ranked as the second safest city globally after Abu Dhabi, according to Numbeo’s “


Why Ikaris Flies Into The Sun At The End Of Eternals

Why ikaris flew to sun

At the end of Marvel's Eternals, Ikaris and Sersi's love story came to an end, but why does Ikaris choose to fly into the Sun, and what does it mean?

At the end of Marvel's  Eternals, Richard Madden's Ikaris chooses to kill himself by flying into the sun, but what are his reasons for the suicidal action? While the movie has several big reveals and twists that will have implications for the Eternals and the wider MCU going forward, one of the most shocking was Ikaris's betrayal. Created in 1976 by Jack Kirby, the Marvel comics version of Ikaris is a hero, and he's presented as such in Eternals until his betrayal is revealed at the end of the second act.

In Eternals, Ikaris is shown to have murdered team leader Ajak (Salma Hayek) upon learning that she wished to defy their creator, Arishem, the Celestials, and their plan to prepare Earth for the "Emergence." The Emergence would bring forth the birth of a new Celestial (Tiamut) but at the cost of Earth's destruction. While most of the other Eternals empathize with humans and resolve to save Earth, Ikaris chooses to stand by his principles and remain loyal to Arishem. Ikaris turns against his family, who are no match for him, till he approaches Sersi (Gemma Chan)to kill her. Finding himself unable to do so due to his unending love for her, he allows himself to become part of the Eternals’ Uni-Mind, which turns Tiamut into marble, saving Earth.

Guilt-ridden over his hurtful actions against the other Eternals, especially Sersi, Ikaris flies into the sun, killing himself. He still doesn't think that remaining loyal to the Celestials was wrong, but his actions that stemmed from that position have consumed him with regret. He’s sorry for what he's done and yet can't bear to face the other Eternals. He also can't fulfill the purpose given to him by the Celestials. He's lost everything, and therefore in his mind, the only remaining option available is that of oblivion. Ikaris's death is a poetically appropriate demise for the character, given that in the MCU, it was Ikaris who inspired the legend of Icarus in Greek mythology. Eternal Sprite (Lia McHugh) made up the tale about a boy who flies too close to the sun, melting his wax wings and dying as a result. The cautionary tale of overambition proved to be prophetic for Ikaris, though in his case, he chose his death rather than it being an accident.

When Eternals was first released in theaters, there was some debate among fans whether Ikaris's decision to fly into the sun would actually kill him. Eternals are, after all, extremely powerful and durable, especially Ikaris. Unlike his DC counterpart Superman though, Ikaris's powers are not derived from the sun, meaning that he wouldn’t be able to survive the unimaginable heat and pressure within the star. Eternals co-screenwriter Kaz Firpo has since put an end to the debate, confirming that Ikaris does indeed die. In the early days of the script, Ikaris was first going to be exiled (either self-imposed or by the other Eternals), though, during the course of making the film, it was decided that his fate needed to be definitive.

While Ikaris's decision to fly into the sun appears to have sealed his fate, the MCU's Multiverse is now in full swing. There is, therefore, always the chance that a future movie or Disney+ show could include a Multiverse variant of Ikaris to enable the Eternals character’s return to the MCU. Additionally, with the Eternals being essentially robots created by the Celestials in the World Forge, another Ikaris could potentially be made (albeit without his memories).

Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic

Billionaires in 2022


Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic, according to Oxfam, exacerbating economic inequality as the pandemic pushed millions of people around the world into poverty.

Using data compiled by Forbes, Oxfam says in a new report that the total wealth of billionaires jumped from $8.6 trillion in March 2020 to $13.8 trillion in November 2021, a bigger increase than in the previous 14 years combined. The world's richest 10 men saw their collective wealth more than double, shooting up by $1.3 billion a day. 
The report was released ahead of the World Economic Forum's online Davos Agenda, which will take place this week after the group's annual in-person meeting was delayed due to Omicron. Oxfam argues that governments should tax gains made by the super-rich during the pandemic and use the money to fund health care systems, pay for vaccines, fight discrimination and address the climate crisis.
“Billionaires have had a terrific pandemic. Central banks pumped trillions of dollars into financial markets to save the economy, yet much of that has ended up lining the pockets of billionaires riding a stock market boom," Gabriela Bucher, Oxfam's executive director, said in a press release.
The combined wealth of the top 10 billionaires — including Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk and Amazon (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos — doubled during the pandemic and is now six times greater than that of the world's poorest 3.1 billion people, according to the report.
"Inequality at such pace and scale is happening by choice, not chance," Bucher said. "Not only have our economic structures made all of us less safe against this pandemic, they are actively enabling those who are already extremely rich and powerful to exploit this crisis for their own profit."
The World Bank estimates that 97 million people worldwide fell into extreme povertyin 2020 and are now living on less than $2 a day. The number of the world's poorest also rose for the first time in over 20 years.
Vaccine inequality has become a major issue as many of the world's richest countries hoard shots, buying up enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times over and failing to deliver on their promises to share them with the developing world.
Billionaires are being asked to use their wealth to help the less fortunate. 
David Beasley, director of the United Nations' World Food Programme, called on billionaires including Bezos and Musk to "step up now, on a one-time basis" to help solve world hunger in November.
    The call-out got a direct response from Musk, who later said on Twitter that if the organization could lay out "exactly how" the funding would solve the issue, he would "sell Tesla stock right now and do it."
    The CEO did not publicly respond when the UN released a plan.

    Adam Levine Breaks Silence On Influencer's Cheating Accusation: 'I Crossed The Line'

      The Maroon 5 singer denied that he had an affair, but apologized to his pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo, for "inappropriate" beha...