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Showing posts with label 2022. Show all posts

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.

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. 


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.

    10 Ways Parents Unintentionally Harm Their Children

    Parenting is a difficult task, and while we want the best for our children, none of us are void of error. Sometimes, no matter how good our intentions may be, we still cause harm to our children, but thankfully knowledge can be a powerful tool to help us to strive to be better.

    While some of the following things may seem odd, read them through because I promise each item listed has to merit. Children are still in their development phases and because of that, things that we may deem as harmless can leave a lasting mark on them, inside and out. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve done any of the following list items. We all make mistakes, but understanding the mistake can help you to avoid them in the future.

    1. Putting toys in their baby’s bed.

    While it may be tempting to place your little one’s favorite toys in their baby bed, it’s best not to. The reason being is that they may end up placing their face on the toy during their sleep, which could cause breathing issues.

    2. Shaking them.

    Every parent will have a night, or course of nights, in which it’s difficult to get their child to sleep. In turn, rocking them can become vigorous, because you want to do whatever you can to get them to sleep, and it can also be frustrating. However, shaking them too hard, even on accident, can cause shaking baby syndrome.

    3. Over-sterilizing their environment.

    We all want our children to be safe and free from harm, however, there is most definitely such a thing as too clean or too sterile. The reason behind this is that germs are necessary to build your child’s immune system. Without built immunity, they are more prone to asthma, skin rashes, and a host of other problems.

    4. Forcing them to finish their plate.

    Many of us were raised by parents or grandparents that would not let us leave the table without finishing our plate, no matter what our hunger cues were telling us. However, but forcing your child to eat when they aren’t hungry, you are teaching them how to overeat, which will inevitably give them a bad relationship with food. Additionally, they are likely to get sick eating more than they can stomach.

    5. Comparing them to other children.

    Comparing your child to anyone else is a bad idea. Not only does it cause them to doubt themselves, but it can also cause their self-esteem to plummet and create an inherent sense of feeling unworthy.

    6. Not interacting with them enough.

    Children need interaction from their parents and family to properly develop. Without the right amount of play and interaction, their development can become stunted. Additionally, it can lead to mental illness down the road.

    7. Using a digital babysitter.

    Far too often in modern times, parents reach for the convenience of a phone or tablet to soothe their children while they tend to other things. However, the one who pays the price for this – the ultimate price, is the child. Screen time inhibits your child’s ability to socialize normally, and it also stunts their brain development and ruins their attention span.

    8. Forcing them to share.

    While sharing is good, children, especially toddlers, are just beginning to learn their sense of what is theirs and also just learning to navigate throughout the world. It’s normal to not want your child to be greedy, but psychologists say that when you force them to share, you are raising them to be convenient. In turn, they learn that the desires of others are more important than their own.

    9. Rewarding talent, not effort.

    When you reward talent, or gifts, rather than their effort, you teach your child that they are special and entitled to rewards, rather than earning them. In turn, they may be less likely to put forth effort in much of anything, but instead, expect you to shower them with gifts because they are naturally talented. Psychologists say this sends a bad message.

    10. Teaching them to be extremely polite.

    We all want our children to be polite, however, when you teach them to be polite to everyone, no matter what their feelings are, you are sending a bad message. A social experiment was done to study child abductions, and 15 out of 17 children walked away with people who intended to abduct them. Why? Because they wanted to be polite. Rather than focusing on politeness, it may be best to focus on showing them what is safe and what isn’t and allowing them to trust themselves and their feelings about others.

    Murder convict at Karachi jail wins ICAP scholarship


    • Naeem Shah, a murder convict at Karachi's Central Jail, has obtained 954 marks out of 1,100 in intermediate examinations as a private candidate.
    • He rose among top 20 students by securing 86.73% in the exams.
    • Pakistan's premier accounting education institution - the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan has offered him the Edhi scholarship of one million rupees.

    A murder convict imprisoned in Karachi's Central Jail has proved his mark in the education sector by securing high marks in his intermediate examinations as a private candidate.

    Naeem Shah secured an 86.73% with 954 marks out of 1,100 in intermediate examinations.

    Shah was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder. He has served his sentence for 11 years now, maintaining good moral demeanour, according to the management of the Karachi Central Jail. Finding him among the top 20 students in the intermediate examinations, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan has offered him the Edhi Scholarship of Rs1 million. Naeem Shah earlier completed his preliminary education while living within the confines of the prison.

    Hajj policy: Religious affairs ministry issues public alert for intending pilgrims


    Hajj policy

    • Pakistan govt cautions intending pilgrims against paying tour operators for Hajj right now.
    • They have been asked to wait for official announcement of Hajj policy 2022.
    • People or groups collecting money in name of Hajj applications will be punished, stated a ministry message.

    The government of Pakistan has called upon intending pilgrims to wait for the official announcement of the Hajj policy 2022 before giving their money to any tour operator. 

    The Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony issued a public alert after taking notice of complaints that some private Hajj tour operators are garnering money from intending pilgrims.

    The ministry warned that it has not authorised any individuals, banks, hajj group organisers (HGOs) or agents to receive hajj applications and collect money on behalf of the ministry.

    In its public alert notice, the religious ministry urged the masses to be careful of fraudsters, who are deceiving others in the name of Hajj. However, any such person will face consequences as they are operating illegally, it asserted.

    "People are advised never to hand their passport and money to any individual or tour operator until the Hajj Policy 2022 is announced and published at the ministry's website, in newspapers and electronic media. They are allowed to submit their applications only after the ministry authorises banks and private tour operators to receive Hajj applications," the letter stated. 

    The letter urged people to lodge their complaints on the ministry’s hajj helpline numbers 051-9205696051-9206980-82 against the HGOs, individuals in case they insist on collecting money and Hajj applications.

    Pakistan faces alarming surge in diabetes cases: report

    Pakistan records high cases of diabetes

    The prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan has increased significantly as 33 million adults are now living with diabetes in the country with an increase of 70 per cent, according to the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF).

    The report, ranking the world’s top countries for a number of adults (20–79 years) with diabetes in 2021 has put Pakistan in third place with a total of 33 million, after China (141 million) and India (74 million).

    One in four adults (26.7%) in Pakistan is living with diabetes - the highest national prevalence in the world, the report claimed and said that an additional 11 million adults in Pakistan have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT), which places them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    Meanwhile, more than a quarter (26.9%) of adults living with diabetes in Pakistan remains undiagnosed, which means that undetected or inadequately treated diabetic people are at risk of serious and life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and lower-limb amputation.

    These factors result in poor quality of life and higher healthcare costs, the report added.

    Need for accessible healthcare

    Read More: Diabetes may cause eye disorders, say experts

    The IDF says that 537 million adults are now living with diabetes worldwide - a rise of 16% (74 million) since the previous IDF estimates in 2019.

    "The rapidly rising level of diabetes in Pakistan presents a significant challenge to the health and well-being of individuals and families in the country," says Professor Abdul Basit, director of Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology at Baqai Medical University.

    He said that this year marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, noting that the milestone presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of diabetes and highlights the urgent need to improve access to care for the millions affected. He said that an estimated one in two people with diabetes across the world who need insulin cannot access or afford it.

    “We must do more to provide affordable and uninterrupted access to diabetes care for all in Pakistan, and around the world. Joint efforts are needed to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prevent the condition in those at high risk of developing it," Basit added.

    Globally, 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. The rise in the number of people with type 2 is driven by a complex interplay of socio-economic, demographic, environmental and genetic factors while the key contributors include urbanization, an ageing population, decreasing levels of physical activity and increased levels of overweight and obesity.

    Evidence suggests that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented, while early diagnosis and access to appropriate care for all types of diabetes can avoid or delay complications in people living with the condition.

    8 Incredible Things That Happen When You Give Up Alcohol For One Month

    Even if you don’t drink all of the time, if you like to partake in a few drinks here and there on occasion, even you can see the benefits of a dry January. Personally, a dry month here and there has a plethora of benefits for anyone who enjoys drinking. If you don’t believe me, here is what others are saying (including science.)

    1. Better sleep.

    Contrary to what most believe, even though alcohol initially makes you sleepy, the effects do not last. Once you fall asleep, your body begins producing stimulants to thwart the alcohol, and in turn, your sleep quality is reduced. If you’ve ever woke up at 3:00 am after a night of drinking, then you know exactly what I mean.

    2. You feel more hydrated.

    And since alcohol is a diuretic, it causes you to pee pretty much all of the fluid out of your body. Because of that, it makes you dehydrated, which can last for days after a night of even light drinking. This is bad for brain health, kidney health, and it makes your skin look worse than it should.

    3. Your liver catches a break.

    When your liver is metabolizing alcohol, it can’t do much else. This can result in a backup of fat in your liver or fatty liver. Eventually, if you drink enough, especially if you eat a lot of fatty food, you can end up with fatty liver disease or cirrhosis. Giving your body even a 30-day break can prove beneficial against this.

    4. Your risk of heart disease is cut.

    When alcohol is metabolized by the liver, it produces a chemical enzyme called dehydrogenases. And when we drink in excess, the enzyme can cause free radicals which oxidize bad cholesterol, which is then deposited into our arteries. Cutting back for a while can help prevent that.

    5. Effortless weight loss.

    And since alcohol is loaded with calories, it adds to our calorie count, which causes weight gain. Even without the calories, alcohol is metabolized by the liver, which prioritizes alcohol over fat. When this happens, the fact that we have eaten becomes stored rather than burned or used for fuel. Cutting back, especially if you drink a lot, but even if you drink once a week, will likely result in unintentional weight loss.

    6. Less anxiety and depression.

    Despite most people using alcohol to feel good, it’s a depressant. And after the inhibition (which is what makes you feel good) wears off, we are left with the depressing effects that bring our mood down. According to Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, giving up alcohol for even just a month can boost mood.

    7. Improved digestion.

    Perhaps my favorite reason is the digestive reset, giving up alcohol provides. When we drink often, it causes our body to have its digestive enzymes inhibited, which damages our stomach lining and makes it harder for our body to properly digest food. In turn, we end up gassy, bloated, and feeling horrible.

    8. Improved immunity.

    Alcohol consumption can damage our gut flora pretty quickly, making it much harder for us to fight disease, sickness, and infection. Cutting back, even for a short period, can help the gut flora reset and, in turn, help our immunity improve.

    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...