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Marianna Hewitt wants to give you that Friday half-day glow everyday. So she started a skincare line along with fellow influencer Lauren Gores Ireland called Summer Fridays. We chatted with Marianna about her line, available at Sephora, plus about how she’s holding up during the quarantine. 

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Why was it important for you to start your skincare brand, Summer Fridays?

[Lauren and I] started working on it back in 2016 and we really felt like when your skin looks and feels good, you feel more confident in your skin. And then if you’re a makeup lover, all of your products just work and look so much better when your skincare is good. Then Lauren was early pregnant at the time and she was cleaning out all of her ingredients from her skincare routine. Things that you really shouldn’t be putting on your body and on your skin. And so that’s kind of where we came up with our clean ingredients and why we use certain things. And that’s kind of a benchmark that we’ve used for the rest of our products.

Did either of you have any background in skincare or any prior experience before you guys started this together?
No, just as influencers. So we say that we’re educated consumers and we’ve tested and tried stuff over the years. So, what do we want to buy? What are we looking for as consumers, as shoppers, and what are we missing in our skincare routines? 

 

 

 

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What was your inspiration for the branding?
When we thought about the brand meaning, we wanted something that was a feeling. You really look forward to that summer Friday feel. New York based companies, they get a lot of summer Fridays off. 

Talk to me about your current skincare regimen, and has it changed since we’ve entered quarantine?
So my current morning routine, I use all Summer Fridays products. I use our Super Amino Gel Cleanser followed by our CC Me Serum, which is for hyperpigmentation and dark spots. And then our Jet Lag Mask as a moisturizer. I just apply it and  really let it absorb it into the skin. And then if I’m going out that day I make sure to apply sunblock. My favorite is from Supergoop!. At night, I have been doing the most. I love my nighttime shower routine. I use our cleanser and then depending on what’s going on with my skin, I’ll use different serums and treatments. So if I am breaking out, I’ll use a serum for that or if I am targeting fine lines, I will do a peel. I’ll just use the Jet Lag Mask and then add in another layer and wear it overnight. 

What other things are you doing to give yourself self-care? I’m sure you’re obviously very busy during the day, like many other people, what do you like to do to wind down?
In the morning, I’ve really been good about spending time for myself. So when I first wake up, I just do a five minute meditation. My favorite app right now is Balance, and I found that it just kind of signaled the start to my day. So instead of just jumping out of bed and going to a workout or jumping into my emails, it allows me a few minutes to just like sit and breathe and think. And it’s something that I’ve made really consistent during quarantine and I’ve tried to do it for most days of the last two months. I feel like it’s really helped me to have that. And then I’ve been doing at-home workouts and my favorites are anything under 30 minutes. So I love Melissa Wood Health. The Sculpt Society or Tone it Up app and the Sweat App are all amazing at home workouts to try.

For people that are maybe new to the brand and they haven’t tried many products or don’t know much about skincare, what would you suggest they start with?
We have an “essentials trio” and it’s a great entry point into the brand. It starts with our Super Amino Gel Cleanser, and then you’ll follow up with our CC Me Serum, which helps with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, acne scars and is also really hydrating. And then it has the Jet Lag Mask. So you can use Jet Lag Mask in the morning and at night. If you really just get this from the brand, it’s a really easy, simple three step routine that you can use morning and night. 

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Try out Marianna’s favorite, the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. This sunscreen promises to be make-up gripping and has interesting ingredients such as a complex derived from meadowfoam seed, red algae and frankincense.

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This face mask for dry, dull skin brings all the hydration you need.

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If you want to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, opt for this serum. Its vitamin C gets the job done.

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This vegan lip mask has a natural vanilla flavor. It moisturizes with shea and murumuru seed butters.

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Summer Fridays began as a brand of three face masks, including this one. “The Overtime Mask is incredible if you’re looking to smooth out your skin, improve texture and fade dark spots,” Marianna says. “It really gently exfoliates your skin, but it also hydrates at the same time. A lot of exfoliants are really drying.”

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Filled with 11 amino acids and a splash of mineral-rich seawater, this gentle cleanser is great for most skin types.

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“It refines your skin, but it also nourishes your skin with a lot of oils,” Marianna says of this mask. “So if you love oils, and serums and hydration, our R + R mask is perfect for you because it’s really hydrating.”

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The Simpsons predictions that came true – from coronavirus to Trump's presidency

The Simpsons has an uncanny knack of predicting the future, so much so, that Disney Plus has launched a dedicated collection to the show’s soothsaying ways.

The list contains 13 episodes in total which have seemingly predicted world events years and sometimes decades before they actually happened.

From the fall of JCPenney earlier this month to Trump’s presidency to even ‘predicting coronavirus’, it seems as though every major news story as of late has already played out in some form in the fictional land of Springfield.

But there are a whole host of news events that the show seemingly predicted – so what else did the creators of The Simpsons already know about?

The coronavirus pandemic

Back in 1993, a sketch showed a mysterious fever sweeping the town, which many fans have since likened to the spread of coronavirus.

‘Marge In Chains’ saw Springfield residents struck down with the ‘Osaka Flu’, after a sick factory worker in Japan coughs into boxes used to ship a juicer ordered by many Springfield residents, including Homer.

A cloud is seen emerging from every box, with the town subsequently coming down with the mysterious flu over the following weeks.

While many fans were quick to draw parallels between the episode and the current pandemic, the co-writer of the episode in question has dubbed the idea that the animated show predicted coronavirus as ‘gross.’

He told the Hollywood Reporter: ’I don’t like it being used for nefarious purposes. The idea that anyone misappropriates it to make coronavirus seem like an Asian plot is terrible.’

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Fans have drawn other links between the events in Springfield and the current pandemic, highlighting another episode where newsreader Kent Brockman delivers his news bulletin from home, saying: ‘This is Kent Brockman reporting from my own home in accordance with the new curfew for anyone under 70.’

And then of course, there’s Tom Hanks’ cameo in the 2007 Simpsons Movie which saw him self-quarantine – a reference which fans have been quick to liken to his recent situation after he was diagnosed with coronavirus back in March and was forced to self-isolate.

During the scene in question, The Forrest Gump star advertises a ‘new’ Grand Canyon.

Appearing in the ad, he claims ‘the US government has lost its credibility so it’s borrowing some of mine.

‘This is Tom Hanks saying if you see me in person, please, please leave me be,’ he continued.

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Donald Trump becoming the US President

It seems the show predicted Trump’s presidency, a whole 16 years before he entered the Oval Office.

In the episode ‘Bart to the Future’, which aired in March 2000, Lisa becomes US President and comments on the ‘budget crunch’ from her predecessor – none other than Donald Trump

Speaking to Milhouse, who has grown up to be Secretary Van Houten, she says: ‘We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.’

Simpsons creator Matt Groening told The Guardian that placing Trump in the White House was the most ‘absurd’ cameo they could think of.

‘We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but [Trump] was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire,’ he said.

Who else could become the US President? Arnold Schwarzenegger, if the show is anything to go by.

Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl

The Simpsons seemed to know Lady Gaga was fated to perform at Super Bowl before she did, when, in 2002, they featured the pop star performing during the coveted half-time slot.

Even weirder still, the episode – named ‘Lisa Goes Gaga’ – showed the pop princess flying through the air in a harness before landing on stage.

Which is pretty much what Gaga did in 2017, when the Just Dance singer jumped from the roof of the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas.

Needless to say, she was also using a harness.

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Ebola

Admittedly, this one is less of a prediction and more of a flying reference to a then-unknown condition.

Back in a 1997 episode, ‘Lisa’s Sax’, Marge attempts to coax a sick Bart out of bed, telling him to read a book named ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus.’

To which he replies ‘I already did,’ pointing to a drawing on the wall which shows a pile of dead bodies.

While the condition was known inside the medical or scientific community, it wasn’t widely known, so the reference seems oddly prescient, considering the 2014 outbreak which shook the world.

Faulty Voting Machines

When Homer tried to cast his vote for Obama in the 2008 ‘Treehouse of Horror XIX’ episode, he finds the voting machine rigged, and is left with no choice but to vote for John McCain.

After trying to unsuccessfully register his vote six times, he then decides to vote for the opposition candidate as a test, and lo and behold, his vote goes through.

Four years later, in 2012, some voters in Pennsylvania reported having the same issues, when a ‘momentary glitch’ in voting machines switched votes from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.

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The legalisation of cannabis in Canada

In October 2018, Canada legalised the recreational use of cannabis – another news story that show creator Matt Groening seemed to predict, some 13 years before it happened.

That’s right, all the way back in 2005, in the show’s ‘Midnight RX’ episode, Homer, Ned and Apu took a trip to Winnepeg where they met Ned’s doppelgänger passing around a spliff.

‘It’s legal here,’ said Canadian Ned, urging actual Ned to have a ‘puff on a reeferino’.

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JC Penney’s demise

Recently, fans of the show freaked out yet again at the thought the show predicted the fall of JCPenney, which earlier this month filed for bankruptcy.

In 2007 episode ‘Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em’, the Simpsons family is walking through a mall when Marge excitedly exclaims: ‘Ohhh! A JCPenney’s…’

As the family walks closer to the store, it soon becomes clear it’s derelict, with the sign in tatters, prompting Marge to conclude: ‘…used to be here.’

FIFA officials being arrested on corruption charges

In 2014 episode, ‘You Don’t Have to Lie Like a Referee’ Homer is asked to be a World Cup referee, only to be later arrested for corruption charges.

He originally refereed honestly, but soon gave into bribery offers from gangsters who wanted to fix the World Cup game between Brazil and Germany so that Brazil were crowned winners.

In another scene, an official is in the middle of explaining the corruption to Homer when he is swiftly handcuffed and taken away by the police.

The episode mirrors reality in two instances: first, Brazil lost the World Cup to Germany in 2014, and secondly, FIFA officials were embroiled in their own corruption scandal in 2015.

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9/11

In 1997 episode, ‘The City of New York vs Homer’ there is a fleeting reference to the twin towers and date of 9/11, leading many conspiracy theorists to say the show had anticipated the 9/11 attacks.

In the scene in question, the show cuts to a brochure stating ‘New York at $9 a day,’ with the twin towers clearly visible behind the nine, making it look as though it reads 9/11.

Bill Oakley, an executive producer on the show at the time, told The New York Observer in 2010: ‘$9 was picked as a comically cheap fare. I will grant that it’s eerie, given that it’s on the only episode of any series ever that had an entire act of World Trade Centre jokes.’

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The horse meat scandal

Remember the 2013 horse meat scandal, when DNA was found in beef products across the UK?

Well, that storyline had played out in The Simpsons some 19 years before, in the 1994 episode, ‘Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song’, when Lunch Lady Doris mixed ‘assorted horse parts’ into the school’s lunch pot.

Discovery of the Higgs boson particle

In a 1998 episode of the show, ‘The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace’, Homer seemingly predicted the mass of the Higgs boson, more than a decade before physicists at CERN worked it out.

The episode shows Homer scrawl an equation on the chalkboard which, if solved, according to science author Simon Singh, tells us the mass of a Higgs boson ‘that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is’.

Singh told The Independent: ‘That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson.

‘If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.’

We’ll leave the exact science to the particle physicists, but it is worth noting that the co-writer of that part of the episode, David Cohen, has a background in maths and reportedly consulted other people in the field.

So it wasn’t a totally random guess.

Disney’s takeover of Fox

Every episode of The Simpsons is now available to stream on Disney Plus, after the new streaming service acquired 20th Century Fox last year.

And while the move surprised some, especially after bosses previously said they would rather cancel the show than alter its legacy, it may have came as less of a surprise to some eagle-eyed fans.

That’s right, in 1998 episode, ‘When You Dish Upon a Star’, the show joked that 20th Century Fox had fallen under the Umbrella of Disney, with a scene showing that Fox studio is now ‘a Division of Walt Disney Co.’

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Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack

During 1993 episode ‘$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),’ magicians in a Siegried and Roy-esque show got attacked by their normally-loyal tiger in Monty Burns’ casino.

Ten years later, in 2003, Roy was similarly attacked by one of their white tigers during a live performance in Las Vegas.

He survived the attack but became partly paralysed as a result of his injuries.

Roy sadly died from coronavirus earlier this month at the age of 75.

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Daenerys Targaryen’s plot twist in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season eight episode five is possibly one of the most criticised 90 minutes of the entire series (forgetting the show finale, of course).

The episode showed Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) descent into fury and madness, culminating in her deciding to torch down King’s Landing.

And while the scene shocked fans at home, The Simpsons seem to have once again, called it.

In a 2017 episode, The Serfsons, the family overlook a village being destroyed by a dragon in a scene eerily similar to the Game of Thrones scene which followed two years later.

Star Wars Episode 7

All the way back in 2009, the show seemingly predicted there would be a Star Wars Episode 7 and an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie when they featured a cinema billboard showing promotional pictures for each film.

The shot in question featured in the episode ‘Homer The Whopper’ and did the rounds back on 2015 after it was spotted by a sharp-eyed Imgur user.

In 2015, the two movies – which were decidedly not in the works back in 2009 – competed against one another at the US box office.

Weird or what?

Autocorrect

The show even predicted autocorrect functionality all the way back in 1995 in episode ‘Lisa On Ice.’

In the episodes, Dolph tries to write out a memo to ‘Beat up Martin.’ which then comes out as ‘Eat up Martha.’

It doesn’t sound like much – but in 1995, mobiles were hardly mainstream, and definitely did not feature autocorrect functionality.

However, it’s arguable that the show didn’t predict autocorrect fails, and instead had an instrumental role in refining them.

According to Nitin Ganatra, Apple’s former director of engineering for iOS applications, the team looked to The Simpsons for inspiration when trying to ‘nail’ their keyboard.

He told Fast Company: ‘In the hallways [at Apple] and while we were talking about the keyboard, you would always hear the words “Eat Up Martha,”

‘If you heard people talking and they used the words “Eat Up Martha” it was basically a reference to the fact that we needed to nail the keyboard. We needed to make sure the text input works on this thing, otherwise, “Here comes the Eat Up Marthas.”‘

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Bengt Holmström winning the Nobel Prize

In 2016, when Bengt Holmström and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize in Economics for 2016, fans once again noticed that The Simpsons had already called it.

That’s right, in 2010 episode ‘Elementary School Musical’, Holmström appeared on the nominee list of the Nobel Peace Prize

The episode in question saw Krusty the Clown tricked into thinking he’d won the Nobel Peace Prize so he could fly to Europe where he is arrested for all the crimes he has committed.

In one scene, the show cuts to a sheet of paper showing each character’s choice for the Nobel Prize in each category with Bengt Holmström appearing as Milhouse’s pick.

U.S. beating Sweden for an Olympic gold medal

The show’s’ Boy Meets Curl’ (2010) episode saw Homer and Marge join the US curling team and lead them to victory against Sweden.

Fast forward to 2018 when the men’s US curling team beat Sweden in Pyeongchang.

Weird coincidence or what? Especially considering Sweden had only lost two out of ten games in the run up to the match, so the US team’s win was no given.

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Frankly, the list goes on, begging the question… how has the show managed to predict the future on so many occassions?

Writer Al Jean told BBC’s Radio 1 Newsbeat: ‘If you make enough predictions then 10% will turn out to be right.’

‘We are sort of futurologists in that we write 10 months ahead, so we’re trying to guess what is going to happen,’ added writer Stephanie Gillis.

So whether you want to catch up on the eery predictions from times past, or want to get an idea of what the future could hold, find The Simpsons on Disney Plus, where all series are now streaming.

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North Korea admits that Kim Jong Un can't bend space and time

North Korea admits that Kim Jong Un can’t bend space and time after decades of myth making

  • The move is the latest sign the nation is not mythologising its leaders anymore
  • Instead, Kim Jong Un wants to focus on a humanising approach to his image
  • North Korea’s leader has made significantly fewer public appearance this year
  • This is likely due to Covid-19, analysts say, following speculation the leader had died in April during heart surgery, which has since been refuted by South Korea 

The North Korean state newspaper has admitted that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, cannot bend space and time after years of mythologising him.

The admission from the Rodong Sinmun newspaper is the latest sign that the country is moving away from propagandizing myths about its leaders, and is instead taking an approach that focuses on humanising the dictator, according to analysts. 

‘In realistic terms, a person cannot suddenly disappear and reappear by folding space,’ the newspaper said this week, denying that members of the Kim family are capable of ‘chukjibeop’ – a hypothetical method of folding space and quickly travelling great distances. 

In Korean, the term is translated as ‘distance-shrinking magic’, and is akin to supernatural speed or teleportation.

Speaking on Thursday, an official from South Korea’s unification ministry said that the secretive regime’s trend of demystifying its leaders – Kim Jong Un and his father and former leader Kim Jong-il – is ‘noteworthy’, according to the Yonhap News Agency. 

‘It appears to stress patriotism and love for the people rather than mystification of the leaders. We will further analyze its implications,’ the official said to the agency.

Since the failure to arrive at an agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump at their second summit in Hanoi last year, Kim Jong Un has taken efforts to show his more ‘human’ side, and has urged people not to mythologise him.

Pictured: Kim Jong Un supposedly makes his first public appearance after 20 days of absence that sparked rumours about his health, and suggestions that he had died as a result of a botched heart surgery

Speaking in March last year after the breakdown in negotiations, state media quoted Kim saying: ‘Mystifying a leader’s revolutionary activity and appearance would result in covering the truth.’

‘Absolute loyalty would spring up when (they) are mesmerized by the leader humanly and comradely,’ he added.

Earlier this month, Kim Jong Un appeared to make his first public appearance after 20 days of absence, which sparked rumours about his health. 

Some reports in April said that he had undergone heart surgery, with one Japanese news outlet saying that the surgery had gone wrong and he was in a vegetative state. Other outlets went as far to say that he had died. 

Since then, South Korean intelligence officials have said there was no sign Kim Jong Un underwent a heart operation, following rumours that he was ‘gravely ill’ or even dead following surgery.

However, Kim Jong Un has made an unusually small number of public appearances in the past two months, once again going three weeks without state media reporting his attendance at a public event, according to analysts, but could be due to the coronavirus. 

Speaking to a parliamentary committee on May 6, the head of South Korea’s intelligence agency, Suh Hoon said there was nothing to indicate the rumours about Kim’s ill-health were true.

‘The NIS assesses that at least he did not get any heart-related procedure or surgery,’ committee member Kim Byung-kee told reporters. ‘He was normally performing his duties when he was out of the public eye.’

‘At least there’s no heart-related health problem.’

Since the failure to arrive at an agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump at their second summit in Hanoi last year (pictured, June 30, 2019), Kim Jong Un has taken efforts to show his more ‘human’ side

But the lawmaker said Kim Jong Un only made 17 public appearances so far this year, compared with an average of 50 from previous years, which the NIS ascribed to a possible coronavirus outbreak in North Korea.

‘Kim Jong Un had focused on consolidating internal affairs such as military forces and party-state meetings, and coronavirus concerns have further limited his public activity,’ Kim Byung-kee said.

‘Though North Korea maintains it has zero cases, it cannot be ruled out that there is an outbreak there given they had active people-to-people exchanges with China before closing the border in late January.’ 

Kim’s low profile comes as North Korea imposes anti-coronavirus measures, although the country says it has no confirmed cases, and follows intense speculation about his health last month after he missed a key anniversary.

Kim has appeared publicly four times in April and so far in May, compared to 27 times in the same period last year.

Since coming to power in 2011, the previous fewest public appearances Kim has made during those months was 21 in 2017, according to a tally by Chad O’Carroll, CEO of Korea Risk Group, a Seoul-based organisation that tracks North Korea.

‘This is not business as normal,’ he said in a post on Twitter this week.

A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency shows Kim Jong Un (picturedd centre, May 1) cutting a ribon at a completion ceremony of a factory, marking his supposed first public appearance in 20 days

As a leader with near-absolute power over North Korea’s 25.5 million people, and access to a growing arsenal of nuclear weapons, Kim’s health and whereabouts are often scrutinized by the international community for any signs of instability.

Information in North Korea is tightly controlled, however, and independently confirmed details on Kim are almost non-existent.

South Korean officials have said they believe Kim’s limited public appearances may be precautions in the face of coronavirus concerns. North Korea has cancelled, postponed, or toned down many major public gatherings because the new coronavirus.

When asked about Kim’s absences, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Friday it is monitoring the situation, but noted Kim is often out of the public eye.

Citing an unnamed South Korean government official, JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported Kim may be carrying out his duties from a favoured villa in Wonsan, on the coast.

But the North Korean leader may also simply be focused on some of the domestic economic and political goals he outlined before the coronavirus crisis struck, said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a former North Korea open source intelligence analyst in the U.S. government.

‘COVID does remain a major concern for the country, but state media coverage of COVID has declined over the past month or so, so I don’t seen regime’s increased concern,’ she said.

Friday marks three weeks since state media last showed images of Kim attending a public event.

North Korean state media reported Kim attended the opening ceremony of a fertilizer plant on May 1. That appearance marked a reemergence for Kim, whose unprecedented absence from a major holiday on April 15 sparked weeks of international speculation over his health and whereabouts.

Since then, state media has carried a steady stream of stories on Kim sending or receiving letters and diplomatic correspondence, but have not shown him attending public events.

North Korean media have for years propagandized myths about the Kim family, perpetuating beliefs that they are capable of superhuman feats. Pictured: Residents of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, watch Kim Jong Un’s first supposed public appearance on large screens, May 1

Kim Jong Un has made an unusually low number of public appearances this year. Experts believe this is due to Covid-19, although North Korea claims to have seen zero cases of the virus despite its shared border with China, where the virus is believed to have originated from

Meanwhile, North Korea has halted talks with the United States until the results of the US presidential election in November are known, Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang told news agencies Wednesday.

President Donald Trump has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times at historic summits and voiced admiration for him, although hopes of striking a comprehensive agreement have faded.

‘As for dialogue with Washington, which they deem to be pointless for now, it seems to have been postponed at least until after the US presidential election,’ Ambassdaor Alexander Matsegora told Interfax news agency in an interview.

‘They shall see what happens next,’ he said.

North Korea has fired off a series of rockets as it demands concessions from the Trump administration, which says that international sanctions should remain until the regime fully denuclearizes.

Matsegora said he expects dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang to eventually resume, adding Russia was unhappy with the suspension of talks that could increase tension in the border region.

‘Clearly, Moscow cannot be happy with the deep-freeze in the US-North Korean dialogue, which is fraught with an escalation of tensions in the region adjacent to our Far Eastern border,’ he said.

The ambassador also criticised US sanctions on North Korea which he said were hindering supplies of crucial medical equipment to Pyongyang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in March called for sanctions relief during the coronavirus pandemic, telling G20 leaders it was a matter ‘of life and death’.

Matsegora said sanctions were blocking the supply of medications and medical equipment to North Korea and Washington was ‘hunting down anyone who has at least some trade with North Korea, even if completely harmless things are supplied.’

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Gigi Hadid Debunks Rumors That She's Had Injectable Fillers: 'Never'

Gigi Hadid has a message for those who think she’s had facial fillers! On Wednesday, May 20, the 25-year-old mom-to-be debunked the rumors in an hour-long Instagram Live.

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The model hopped on IG Live with Maybelline makeup artist Erin Parsons to test new products from the beloved drugstore brand — and to discuss how pregnancy hasn’t impacted her face shape.

Parsons hadn’t seen Hadid in a while, so she mentioned that she was curious to see if Hadid’s face shape had changed at nearly six months pregnant.

“I think I have the cheeks already, so there’s not a lot to fill in,” said the California native. “But no, for those wondering, I’ve never injected anything into my face.”

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“I am so happy for everyone to do whatever they want that makes them happy and make them feel more comfortable and good about themselves,” she explained. “Me personally, it terrifies me. I feel I’m too much of a control freak. I’m like, ‘What if it goes wrong?’”

 

Instead of turning to fillers, Hadid’s turned to makeup as a way to make her feel extra confident. “People are like, so fast to do permanent things to their face. I’ve loved being like, I accept myself how it is. That doesn’t mean I don’t have insecurities sometimes. But like, for special occasions, you can sculpt your nose a little bit or do whatever with makeup.”

“Makeup is such a beautiful tool to help you feel your best for special moments but to also accept your beautiful face for exactly how God made it and your mama and dada.”

On Tuesday, April 28, the world learned that Hadid’s expecting her first child — a girl! — with Zayn Malik. “Gigi is pregnant and she and Zayn are so in love,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively. “She’s always wanted to start a family with Zayn.”

Hadid confirmed the news on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 30. “Obviously, we wish we could’ve announced it on our own terms,” she said. “But we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support.”

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Hadid’s mother Yolanda confirmed the news, too! In an interview with Dutch publication RTL Boulevard, she said, “I’m excited to become an Oma in September, especially after I lost my mom so recently. But this is the beauty of life, one soul leaves us and a new one comes in. We feel very blessed.”

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5 Things That Make Pumping at Work Even Remotely Possible

The first few months with a new baby are hard: you’re sleep-deprived, adjusting to a new normal, and getting to know a new family member. But for working and breastfeeding moms, the months after those first few months — when you’re trying to slip back into your career while also feeding your baby on-the-go — present even more challenges.

For many women, needing more support from employers around breastfeeding, including both time and space to pump, are the biggest barriers, according to a new survey by Medela, Mamava, and Milk Stork — the partners behind New Moms’ Healthy Returns.

Of course, making pumping while working more comfortable for moms is a bigger societal conversation too. “The basic crux of the problem is that we are told that if you can, you want to breastfeed your baby for 12 months. But in order to do that as a mom who’s working, you’re going to need to pump or be able to bring the baby to work,” says Lauren Smith Brody, founder of The Fifth Trimester. “If you only have 12 weeks of job-protected leave that is unpaid — which most people can’t afford to take anyway — those numbers don’t always sync up.”

So how can you make the most? Here, non-negotiables for working and pumping parents from moms and industry advocates that make the situation even remotely possible — including how to manage the pumping-while-working situation from home. 

A Written Policy That You’re Aware of Pre-Baby

Four out of five women in the New Moms’ Healthy Returns survey want better breastfeeding support from employers. And while 54 percent of women in the survey felt comfortable talking about breast milk and feeding needs with managers, 30 percent still felt a bit shy and 9 percent said it was awkward. A productive conversation starts with a clear policy surrounding breastfeeding — and an understanding of that policy.

“All employers should have a written lactation policy that mom is aware of before she goes on maternity leave,” says Sascha Mayer, CEO and co-founder of Mamava. “Our research shows that not everyone is comfortable talking about pumping arrangements with their manager or human resources. A clearly articulated lactation policy can help normalize the conversation and eliminate discomfort.” 

California’s new SB 142 law, which went into effect on January 1, actually requires employers to have such a policy in place, she notes. Ask your company what their policy is to start the conversation. If a policy or support is not available in your workplace, visit Medela’s New Moms Healthy Returns site, where there’s a letter you can print out to give to your HR manager to ask for time and space to pump.

A Private, Locked Room with Basic Requirements

According to the New Moms’ Healthy Returns survey, one in four women pumped in closets, bathrooms, in views of cameras, or not in a specific room set aside for pumping. “Breastfeeding moms need a dedicated space for pumping — not a shared multi-function space, like a wellness or a conference room, that constantly needs to be negotiated. Expressing milk is a physiological necessity and requires a space that’s available when moms need it. Period,” says Meyer.

A secure place to pump with a door that locks, access to a sink to wash pump parts, and access to a refrigerator to store breastmilk during the day should all be nonnegotiables, adds Amanda Glenn of Exclusive Pumping. “The law says ‘free from intrusion’ but lots of women still get walked in on if there is no lock.”

Unfortunately, these are not things every woman has access to at work. “I work at a Fortune 15 company and the ‘pump’ room is an old broom closet,” says Rachel, a 32-year-old mom in Boston, MA. Jill F., a mom of three based outside of Philadelphia, PA adds: “You wouldn’t believe how many times I would go to the communal fridge to put pumped milk and there was no room or my cooler or lunchbox would be moved or tipped over.”

Easy Access to the Space

No one’s complaining about a beautiful, well-designed, fully-stocked space to pump in but if it takes a long time to get there (read: it’s on another floor or five buildings away), it’s almost easier to not use it, says Smith Brody. It’s essential that lactation rooms be accessible.

Time

In the New Moms’ Healthy Returns survey, 35 percent of women said limited time was the hardest struggle in producing milk at work. “My non-negotiable requirement is carved out time to actually pump,” says Lydia Stubbs, 30, a PR manager in Dallas, Texas. “I was grateful to have an incredibly supportive boss who made pumping a priority for me. I never felt judged or ostracized because I needed to feed my baby.”

It’s not just the number of breaks throughout the day (every three hours is ideal), but it’s the length of the pumping breaks that’s most important, explains Jacqueline Kincer, an international board certified lactation consultant for Holistic Lactation. “Many employers will give lactating employees 15 minutes for a pumping break. This doesn’t account for the time it takes to walk to the pumping room, set up the pump and supplies, clean up, store the milk, and walk back to their workspace. In my professional opinion, allowing lactating parents 25 minutes of time for pumping breaks is a non-negotiable.”

Flexible Work Setups

“Since becoming pregnant, I took advantage of my employer’s remote work option and have continued to since I went back to work after 12 weeks of maternity leave,” says Aubrey Wessolowski, a 32-year-old in Jacksonville Florida. “I work from home most days, unless there’s a specific reason or meeting that requires me to go in. This makes pumping and storing milk so much easier.”

Wessolowski says she usually pumps at her home desk because it’s tough to be away from her laptop. “I’m usually wearing my pumping bra, attached by cords and switching between pump modes, answering emails or calls, writing contracts, checking my daughter’s daycare app for pictures.”

To this extent, Smith Brody notes that making a pumping space a space where a woman could also continue to work (i.e. there’s Wi-Fi or phone service) could “shake off some of the stigma that a lot of women feel taking time that is seen as a ‘break’ to go pump,” allowing them to feel more comfortable at work.

This article was created by SheKnows for Medela. 

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Waterproof Bath Books That Are Perfect for Splashing Around

For little ones who don’t like bath time, bath books can help hold their attention during one of their least favorite parts of the evening. Bath books can function as both a toy and an educational tool. They’re made of soft, waterproof materials, which make them fun to touch and interact with. Unlike your child’s paper books, they are designed to take many, many dunks in the water. The pages are also rounded, so your child won’t hurt themselves on sharp edges.

The books aren’t only made for splashing mom with bath water, though. They’re usually brightly illustrated to keep your child’s focus. Bath books usually teach kids about letters, numbers, colors or one specific topic, like the ocean, for example. You can recite the words on the pages and show your child the corresponding illustration to engage their brains and help with cognitive development. 

Sometimes, these bath books come with a set of toys. While your child is playing with a polar bear, you can flip to the polar bear page and teach them what that means. They’ll also enjoy making this bear zoom around the water, of course. When playtime and learning are combined, your child is the most engaged.

We found the best bath books for kids, including bath book sets. Your little one will enjoy bringing these books into the water.

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1. Melissa & Doug Float-Alongs: Three Little Duckies

This waterproof book from Melissa & Doug comes with three yellow rubber ducks to help your child learn while they play. The ducks are attached to the book in a mesh tube, but the mesh tube can be cut off if you want the book to float in the bath with your baby. The focus of this bath book is to help your little one learn how to count to three with the help of some baby ducks. The baby ducks don’t have holes in the bottom, like most rubber ducks, so they won’t become moldy and waterlogged like their toy cousins.

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Numbers Bath Book and Squirty Toys Set

If your kiddo (and you) love Eric Carle’s beautifully illustrated kids book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll want to incorporate that iconic little caterpillar into your child’s bath time. This waterproof and submersible book is not the same as the bedtime story. It’s much shorter and is specifically a counting book. It comes with five fun bath toys, including a caterpillar, seahorse, elephant, polar bear and duck. Each of these toys have the ability to squirt, so bath time might get wetter for you, because you know that your kid is going to aim that water-filled seahorse at you.

3. teytoy My First Baby Bath Books

With this set of six bath time books, your little one will learn words related to a single topic. The topics of the books are the ocean, vegetables, fruit, traffic, animals and numbers. Each book has tabs at the top to integrate a more tactile way for your child to learn. This set of books, which are made out of non-toxic plastic fiber and cotton, will give you lots of options to bring into your child’s bath, so they will never get bored.


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Facemasks in the works that light up if you have coronavirus

Face masks that LIGHT UP under a scanner if you have coronavirus are in development and could be used to identify infected people in hospital waiting rooms and airports

  • Sensors in masks are able to detect signs of the virus in saliva after three hours
  • When they detect the virus the mask then emits a very faint fluorescent glow 
  • This glow can then be picked up by cheap handheld scanners called fluorimeters
  • Developers of the masks hope to have them ready for distribution at the end of the summer but say they have a small team so it may take longer than that 
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Facemasks that give off a fluorescent glow if you have coronavirus are being developed and could help slow the spread of the virus, its developers claim.

Researchers from MIT and Harvard are working on adapting a technology that was first developed in 2016 to quickly and cheaply detect signs of the Zika virus.

They are building sensors into the masks that lets off a glow that is too faint to see with the naked eye but can be picked up with a handheld scanner.

The MIT-led team say this could allow officials in airports, train stations, offices and hospitals to quickly detect people infected with the deadly virus. 

Lead researcher Jim Collins said it would be useful as a more reliable alternative to temperature checks already in use in some public places like airport terminals. 

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Hospitals and public places such as airports currently rely on temperature scans to detect signs of COVID-19 but these scans pick up any illness that results in a fever. Researchers say this test would only detect the COVID-19 virus

Currently, testing involves taking samples from the nose and back of the throat and then sending them off to a lab to be analysed – this can take up to 24 hours 

By contrast, the face mask sensor could return a result within three hours of someone wearing their mask, the study authors say.

Collins and his team say they have adapted the 2016 technology to detect SARS, measles, hepatitis C and the flu, and are now working on spotting COVID-19. 

The sensors can be built into paper, quartz or plastic and freeze-dry genetic material into the fabric that remains stable at room temperatures for months.

They are then activated from the moisture coming from breath as someone puts on the mask; saliva or mucus with the virus is picked up and gives a positive reading.

This then triggers the glowing fluorescent light that can be picked up by scanners known as fluorimeters. 

A fluorimeter costs about £1 to buy according to Collins, who says they could be brought in bulk and used in most public places where large groups might gather after lockdown measures are ended. 

The team say they are still at a very early stage of development but should be able to demonstrate the first prototype in a few weeks, before starting real-world trials.

They would need to test the mask on confirmed coronavirus patients to ensure that they get regular positive readings before rolling it out more widely.

‘As we open up our transit system, you could envision it being used in airports as we go through security, as we wait to get on a plane,’ Collins told Business Insider.

‘You or I could use it on the way to and from work. Hospitals could use it for patients as they come in or wait in the waiting room as a pre-screen of who’s infected.’ 

He said doctors may even be able to use them to diagnose patients on the spot – without having to send samples of saliva off to a laboratory.

Someone would have the mask placed on their face and then they would be scanned by the fluorimeter to determine if they have the virus.

At the moment a sample is taken from the back of the throat and nose, sent off to a lab and then a delay of hours or even days follows while they wait for a result.

Collins says real-world and rapid testing could help not only slow the spread of the disease but also help prevent future major outbreaks.

They are working on whether to embed the sensors inside a mask – requiring people to have a specific mask – or whether it can be attached to any over the counter mask.

‘We initially did this on paper to create inexpensive paper-based diagnostics,’ Collins said. ‘We’ve shown it can work on plastic, quartz, as well as cloth.’

The team say it would be useful in airports and other public places and the sensors could be added to existing over the counter masks 

Currently testing involves taking samples from the nose and back of the throat and can take up to 24 hours to get a result. The facemask sensor could return a result in under three hours

The sensors are designed to have a relatively long shelf-life – potentially lasting at room temperature for months and still be able to detect the virus when worn.

In order to detect signs of the virus, Collins’ team needed to wait for the COVID-19 genome to be sequenced – something done by a Shanghai laboratory in January.

He said they only needed a small segment of the sequence to spot the virus.

It’s not an immediate test though – it would need to be worn for between one to three hours before it would give off its fluorescent glow – so they are better for environments like airports and hospitals rooms where people are waiting.

In 2016, the Zika sensors cost about $20 to produce, and the test to check for the glow cost less than $1. It is thought the COVID-19 sensor could be cheaper. 

Collins hopes to begin manufacturing his COVID-19 masks for public sale by the end of the summer – in time for many schools to return.

‘Right now we’re time-constrained and talent-constrained in that we’ve got a relatively small team,’ he said. 

‘We’re limited in how many we can have in the lab working, and they’re all working as hard as they can.’  

The original 2016 research was published in the journal Cell. 

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PM warns that scientists may NEVER find a coronavirus vaccine

Boris Johnson issues grim warning that scientists may NEVER find a coronavirus vaccine

  • Prime Minister warns that a vaccine for coronavirus ‘is by no means guaranteed’
  • Boris Johnson says we may be living with coronavirus for a long time
  • The PM said that the Government was putting ‘huge sums’ into finding a vaccine 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Boris Johnson last night warned that there was no guarantee the world would find a coronavirus vaccine.

The Prime Minister said we may be living with the disease for a long time – despite the UK being at the forefront of efforts to defeat it.

However, the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance gave a more optimistic appraisal, saying he would be ‘surprised’ if a vaccine wasn’t found.

In a foreword to his blueprint to relaxing the lockdown rules, published earlier, Mr Johnson said the Government needed to plan for a ‘worst-case scenario’ where scientists did not find a vaccine

Mr Johnson said at the daily press conference: ‘I hope, hope, hope that we will achieve a vaccine that can defeat the virus.

‘I’m hearing some very encouraging things from what’s going on at Oxford to achieve a vaccine.’

But he added: ‘This is by no means guaranteed. I believe I’m right in saying that even after 18 years we still don’t have a vaccine for Sars.

‘What I can tell you is that the UK is at the forefront of concerting international activity to try to deliver a vaccine.’

Scientists are pictured above working on a coronavirus vaccine prototype at a laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand

He said the Government was putting ‘huge sums’ into finding a vaccine, but added: ‘If you ask me am I absolutely certain that we won’t be living with this for a long time to come, I can’t say that.

‘It may be that we have to become ever more flexible, ever more agile, ever smarter in the way that we tackle, not just this infection, but potentially future infections as well.’

In a foreword to his blueprint to relaxing the lockdown rules, published earlier, Mr Johnson said the Government needed to plan for a ‘worst-case scenario’ where scientists did not find a vaccine.

‘It is clear that the only feasible long-term solution lies with a vaccine or drug-based treatment,’ he said. 

‘But while we hope for a breakthrough, hope is not a plan. A mass vaccine or treatment may be more than a year away. Indeed, in a worst-case scenario, we may never find a vaccine.

‘So our plan must countenance a situation where we are in this, together, for the long haul, even while doing all we can to avoid that outcome.’

A busy London tube train is pictured above this morning. Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics published a study showing 136,000 people in England were currently infected, equivalent to 0.24 per cent of the population

At last night’s press conference, Sir Patrick said of the prospect of a vaccine: ‘It’s a tough thing to do.’

But he added: ‘I’d be surprised if we didn’t end up with something.’

He also revealed that data shows that in London, around 10 per cent of people tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, showing they have had the virus. 

Across the country however, he said that amount was around 4 per cent.

Oxford University is one of the leaders in the global race to find a vaccine for the disease and has paired up with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to manufacture it.

Its drug reached the human trials stage at the end of last month and is one of the hopes for developing a workable vaccine.

Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics published a study showing 136,000 people in England were currently infected, equivalent to 0.24 per cent of the population.

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Ultra-Strong Trash Bags That Lock in Odors

What would we do without trash bags? They’re an item that have been on your essentials list for years, and while they may not be the most exciting thing to shop for, you’ve got to get them one way or another. However, if you’re not in love with your smelly trash bags that rip by just poking a water bottle slightly to the side, discovering strong and quite possibly amazing scented ones will change your life.

Trash bags (and cans) have gotten way more innovative over the years. So much, that trash cans have become a fashion statement in a sense from rose gold colors to Alexa-compatible versions, they’ve kind of become mini computers in a sense. But without a reliable trash bag to keep them clean and the garbage contained, they’d be useless. To save your house from smelling like a land fill, it’s a wise idea to invest in strong and even scented bags that will make taking the trash out a lot more pleasant. Below, we’ve rounded up the best trash bags so you don’t have to plug your nose every time you step near the garbage.

1. Simplehuman Drawstring Bags

If you have a Simplehuman trash can, congrats — you’ve already made the first step into the innovative trash can world. Simplehuman has completely changed the trash can experience for good, thanks to its smart bag-coding system. Each trash can pairs with a specific type of bag, coded by a letter, so you get a snug-tight bag that has no chance of falling on itself inside the can. These drawstring bags are completely hidden when the lid is shut, so you don’t have to think about the trash that’s underneath it.

2. Glad Bags

The number one culprit of trash can anxiety is no doubt leaks. Not only can they leave a trail of unknown messes around the house that you’ll find dried a week later, but they just smell downright horrible too. These strong trash bags are no match for leaks, so you can worry about actual things you have to take care of. These 13-gallon bags feature a clean scent, too, so it’ll cover up the compilation of smells from all the items you have in the trash. The diamond design allows these tall bags to stretch at the top, while the reinforced bands hold the bulk in the middle. That way, you won’t have leaks or rips.

3. Hefty Bags

Just as the name suggests, these trash bags are just as durable and strong as you can find. Powered by a delightful lavender and vanilla scent, you might actually enjoy taking the trash out now. Made with special technology, these strong bags have plenty of stretch to prevent rips and leaks. The secure-grip drawstring fits nice against the trash can, so you don’t have to see unsightly trash bags when the lid is closed (and they won’t slide down into the bin).


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11 Products That Will Make Your Food Last Longer

Our trips to the grocery sure look a whole lot different than they did just a few months ago. We’re trying to cut back on trips to the grocery store altogether which means we’re buying a lot more than usual.  And because we’re being so much more at one time and trying to make that last for weeks instead of just for a few days, we now need our fruits and veggies to last longer than they usually do. It sounds like an impossibility, but it turns out that there are a lot of different products on the market that can extend the life of your produce by days, and in some cases, even weeks.

Luckily, all of these items are affordable and will ship right to your home so you don’t have to make any additional trips to a store. Whether you want to keep avocado halves green, keep berries from getting moldy, or prevent lettuce from wilting, these produce storage solutions will help keep the contents of your fridge fresh for longer.

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