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'90 Day Fiancé': Why JoJo Siwa Reached out to Babygirl Lisa Hamme

Babygirl Lisa Hamme is infamous for her 90 Day Fiancé relationship with Usman Umar. Lisa’s often criticized by fans for her treatment of Usman–recently she admitted to calling him the N-word. So why would JoJo Siwa, American teen dancer, singer, and YouTube personality, be reaching out to Babygirl Lisa?

Why JoJo Siwa DMed Babygirl Lisa Hamme

In an interview the controversial 90 Day Fiancé star did with The Domenick Nati Show on May 22, she said JoJo reached out to her to request that she wish her mom a happy Mother’s Day. She says she’s “the sweetest girl.”

“The one that really shocked me, I didn’t know who she was because I don’t watch TV that often, JoJo Siwa. She reached out to me personally on DMs to wish her mother a happy Mother’s Day. So I did that. JoJo is the sweetest girl. She just turned 17, her birthday passed. She said her birthday wish, she was so excited… it amazes me, all these people. Because I’m the one who’s star-struck. They’re the ones who love the show but I’m the one who’s like, ‘Oh my God, all these people! What do I do?’” said Lisa of her newfound reality TV fame.

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Babygirl Lisa has been doing cameos for fans and celebrities alike since her season of 90 Day Fiancé began airing. She particularly enjoyed doing a cameo for Chrissy Teigen.

“It’s funny, Chrissy Teigen, I love her and her husband. Mason is behind doing all the cameo things, you saw Big Ed did a cameo, Usman did a cameo, and Mason had me do a cameo. I said, ‘How hard do you want me to go at Chrissy Teigen on the cameo?’ And we’re texting back and forth, oh my God, and he said, ‘She’s a huge fan.’ I said, ‘Let me have fun with it.’ I wanted to look for a robe, couldn’t find one, was during quarantine. But she loved the cameos. And that was so much fun. I told Mason, I said, ‘If you can get John Legend to do a rendition of my song, how crazy, I’ll do cameos all year long every day for free,’” she said.

Babygirl Lisa Hamme says ‘very famous people’ have been giving her advice about her calling Usman Umar the N-word

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Lisa also said during the interview that “other very famous people” were giving her advice on how to move forward after it came out that she called her husband the N-word.

“My husband accepted my apology but haters don’t. They want to ride it out to no end. Other very famous people that do entertainment, they said just let it die down. Let the haters just subside. And the ones who are riding it are the ones who are trying to become popular, like you,” she said. “That is their goal. And by any means, they’re going to do it. So I’m just going to ignore those haters. I’ve acknowledged it. I’ve made a public apology on another podcast interview and it was posted to my IG. It was seen by all my fans but it’s still not good enough.”

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'Outer Banks': Why Madison Bailey Thinks Kiara Will Be the Glue in Season 2

Outer Banks introduced viewers to the fictional world of Kooks and Pogues. At its core, the Netflix series analyzes the effects that wealth and status have on society, but it’s also a show about friendship. 

Season 1 ended with a traumatic situation that left JJ (Rudy Pankow), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), and Kiara (Madison Bailey) worried about John B (Chase Stokes). Bailey believes Kiara will play an important part in season 2, especially when it comes to keeping the Pogue’s friendship together. 

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Kiara broke the Pogue-on-Pogue macking rule 

In season 1 of Outer Banks, Kiara broke the one rule the Pogues had on hooking up — no Pogue-on-Pogue macking. As the sole female in her group of friends, Kiara was no stranger to the flirtatious vibes JJ, John B, and Pope (Jonathan Daviss) occasionally threw at her. Kiara thought it was harmless flirting until John B made a move. 

After John B finds clues from his missing father about the $400 million in gold, his emotions are all over the place and he kisses Kiara in a moment of passion. There was a mutual understanding of how weird it was, but the kiss did create friction amongst the group later in season 1. During the final episode of the season, Kiara kisses another Pogue — this time, Pope and Kiara locked lips in the emotional moments after John B and Sarah Cameron sail off into a tropical storm. 

Will Kiara have a love interest in season 2?

Another season of Outer Banks isn’t officially confirmed yet, but showrunner Jonas Pate hinted that he was working on season 2. “It turns out being quarantined and writing is practically the same,” Pate told  USA Today. “With all the turmoil over the first season, from the loss of his father to his friends thinking he is dead, there are just so many variables to look at from a thousand-foot overview.” Together with collaborators Josh Pate and Shannon Burke, Pate said the show could become a “four season-novel.” 

RELATED: ‘Outer Banks’: Fans Have Some Questions About the Season 1 Plot

That leaves plenty of time for Kiara to develop a love interest, whether it be in a fellow Pogue or a new character introduced in a later season. 

Madison Bailey thinks Kiara will have to hold the Pogues together next season 

At the end of Outer Banks Season 1, John B and Sarah Cameron sail into a storm. They somehow manage to survive, despite the odds. After being rescued by a passing ship, they don’t think to let the rest of the Pogues know that they’re alive. 

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Season 2 will likely show Kiara, Pope, and JJ back in the Outer Banks picking up the pieces. Not knowing whether or not John B and Sarah are alive will probably create tension amongst the Pogues. I think it’s going to be an interesting balance of Kiara being broken, absolutely shattered, and also being that heart of the group,” Bailey explained to Harpers Bazaar. “I feel like JJ is the type of person to get really detached during all of this, and I don’t think Kiara’s going to let him do that. And I think Pope is just going to be very solemn. I feel like he’s going to kind of become numb, which Kiara is not going to want for anybody.”

Given the influence Bailey had on her role in the first season of Outer Banks, her theories for season 2 are likely to come true.

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Why Brielle Biermann Wishes Her Friends Said Her Lip Fillers ‘Looked Crazy’

Brielle Biermann’s lips are a hot topic of conversation. The 23-year-old reality star is known for her plump pout, but she’s apparently reconsidering “big lips” entirely.

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The KAB Cosmetics cofounder made headlines when she decided to dissolve her lip filler with Board-Certified Physician Injector Thuy Doan, MD, back in January. “2020 new year new me!” she captioned a selfie after the procedure.

But Kim Zolciak’s daughter had them re-injected to subtly reshape her pout. “I had them pumped up just a little bit again at the end of January,” the Atlanta resident told Us Weekly in an exclusive video interview.

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She explained that the expert did just a little bit at a time because when she looks back at photos of her lips from last year, she feels like they were too plump.

Critics and Internet trolls told her they were excessively large, but she didn’t pay much attention to the comments.

These days, the Don’t Be Tardy star wonders why her pals didn’t say anything. “But my friends, I’m like, ‘You guys are terrible. Why did you not tell me that my lips looked crazy?’”

Earlier this month, the star paid a visit to Dr. Doan to get her lips dissolved again amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I’m over the big lips,” Biermann told Us. “I went through it. I’m done looking like that.”

That’s not to say that she intends on ditching the lip fillers completely. “ I love how Dr. Doan does the shape and I still want to go to L.A. and get it filled a little by my guy, but just a little bit, just so I get the pout and the plumpness that I want, but I don’t want to overdo anything.”

The makeup lover’s been getting lip fillers ever since she turned 18, noting that a her lips have been an insecurity of hers since she was “really young.”

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“I just didn’t know when to stop,” she said. “And I think that happens to a lot of people. You get this sense of dysmorphia. The second your lips look a little different, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to go back and get them filled.” And it’s like, actually you don’t.’ And once you realize that, everything will be, you’ll get to a good point, which is where I think I’m at right now.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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John Humphrys: Why Covid could kill off the big city dream…

JOHN HUMPHRYS: Why Covid could kill off the big city dream… and we should all be grateful

He was just what you would expect a New York cop to look like. Big and tough and chewing gum with his gun strapped to his bulging belly and a bored look on his face.

I was a slightly overawed 27-year-old who’d arrived in the U.S. for the first time in his life the night before. It was a sunny Saturday morning and I wanted to explore the city.

‘Excuse me,’ I said politely in my best British accent, ‘can you tell me the best way to get to Central Park?’

He didn’t even glance at me.

‘Buy a f*****g map, buddy.’

John Humphrys (pictured) explains how coronavirus might change the way people look at big cities 

I knew then that when I brought my wife and two small children out from Britain, we would not be living in this city. 

Instead, I rented a house 20 miles away in Irvington, on the banks of the great Hudson River. They arrived a few days before Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, I was flying south to report on a massive earthquake in Nicaragua, riddled with guilt at leaving my family in this strange land where they knew nobody. 

I shouldn’t have. They were immediately adopted by lovely neighbours who treated them as if they were their own family.

This was small-town America.

When Watergate forced us to move south to Washington DC, I chose once again to live in a small town. In the battle between small town and big city, I reckon there’s only one winner.

Big cities around the world — not least London — have been having a hard time of it since Covid-19 went on its rampage. Behind every death lies a personal tragedy.

Cities like London (pictured) have been struggling since the coronavirus pandemic began

Yet Covid is destroying not only life, but the way we live. And perhaps we should not fear those changes but welcome them.

Throughout history, cities have been a magnet. From the late 18th century, people have been abandoning the land and the villages where they were brought up, to find fortune in the big cities of the new industrial revolution, like Birmingham and Manchester. But it was never a bed of roses.

As the great novelists tell us, many ended up in slums with their hideous overcrowding, their violent crime and their susceptibility to disease. 

Yet they kept coming. And no city exerted more pulling power than London.

In modern times, the new arrivals have been mostly young people drawn to the bright lights. Keen to get on and keen to escape the narrowness of provincial life. And keen to have fun.

Then it changed again. Immigrants arrived to fill the jobs at the sharp end of the service economy. They worked in social care and the NHS. Waiters and hotel staff now had foreign accents.

And the rich came, too. The changing skyline screamed out that this was becoming the financial capital of the world. 

A little over a year ago, the financial services sector contributed a massive £132 billion to the economy of the nation. Roughly half was generated in London.

We don’t yet know what effect the pandemic will have on that financial powerhouse. We do know how it’s affecting those who work in it. As I write, their offices — and thousands more — are empty.

Working remotely began as necessity, but is now becoming a choice. Many company owners are re-examining their leases and asking: what are our vastly expensive offices actually for?

Technology is changing everything. And this is just the beginning. Quantum computers are already being developed. You need to be a physicist even to begin to understand what they do, and I’m not. But they will make today’s supercomputers look like children’s toys.

Mark Zuckerberg, in a rare interview this week, revealed his plans to have half of Facebook’s staff working from home in less than ten years. He called it ‘fundamentally changing our culture’. 

Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) highlighted how change can always happen in society when he announced that he wants half of his Facebook staff to be working from home in ten years

Where Facebook leads, others will surely follow. Twitter already has.

And Covid has given this revolution the motivation it needed. Cities equal crowds. Crowds spread infection. 

And it’s not a straightforward, linear equation. The theoretical physicist, Geoffrey West, has shown that as cities grow, the ‘hazards’ they pose grow at a greater rate — not just the spread of infections but crime, especially violent crime. So if a city doubles in size, the risk more than doubles.

Perhaps a new Charles Dickens will emerge to bring home to us quite how dreadful conditions can be in Covid London beyond the bright lights and the comfortable homes, like mine, on pleasant parks.

Perhaps Covid will make those at the bottom end of the social and economic ladder wonder whether the city game is really worth the candle.

Perhaps Covid, combined with the digital revolution, will finally finish what began with the industrial revolution.

Without social life, London loses its lustre and many will be escaping to the countryside

It is not just the poor who may be having second thoughts. Samuel Johnson wrote: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ Not these days there isn’t.

Even for the middle classes, the indulgences have disappeared. The theatres, the opera, the galleries, the museums, the fashionable restaurants. All closed. And when eventually they open, will they still retain their allure if their patrons are treated as potential lepers?

London without social life loses its lustre. No wonder the wealthy have decamped to the countryside.

Like millions of others, I escaped last weekend. I rested after running through glorious woodland that gave way to pastures full of grazing sheep, their mischievous lambs trotting around, a lone hare spotting me and loping off towards the distant hills. 

Everything bathed in the morning sun. I was 50 miles from London. An hour’s drive away. A century away.

Those forced to live in the polluted mean streets of a big city like London often dream of the rural idyll, and the response of governments to this pandemic has focused many minds on alternatives. 

Commuting is not just boring and wasteful. Now, it can also be life-threatening.

Why not build communities where we can afford to live, and where social divisions are not as extreme as they are in the capital?

Take away the power of the financial services, and much that it dictated begins to wither. Once cities lose their economic function, they go into slow decline. 

Ask Liverpool. It is a wonderful city, but 100 years ago it was the greatest port in the world and the world flocked to it.

Liverpool used to be the greatest port in the world – the way the city has declined in value shows that big cities can be doomed

But can cities really be doomed? Perhaps they will adapt to dangers like Covid. London looks as if it may have the better of it for now, and yet the Mayor is cautious about lifting the lockdown.

And anyway, a pandemic changes the psychology of a city. It’s not just the disease that makes crowds potentially so unappealing. Cities are uniquely vulnerable to many other threats.

When the Cold War ended in 1989, I asked the head of MI6 where the next greatest threat to our way of life might come from. He did not hesitate. Cyber warfare. It seemed fanciful then. It seems prophetic now.

A hostile country, or even some maniac loner, might well bring our economy to a juddering halt by hacking into the essential computer systems that keep it running.

The cities would fall first. And then the ‘crowd’ could very easily turn in on itself. We would not be competing for toilet rolls but fighting for food.

In short, the calculus of city living is undergoing great changes. No one knows where they will lead, but if it ultimately loses its appeal, would that be such a bad thing?

Those outside London and other big cities — fed up with being called ‘provincial’ — might rejoice to see the end of city bragging. A provincial nation might be better prepared for a pandemic.

Those who live away from London might just enjoy everyone not bragging about the big cities 

Look at Germany: its biggest city, Berlin, is a third the size of London. One consequence of Covid here could be a resurgent local government.

And maybe those who sneer at ‘the suburbs’ from their metropolitan ivory towers might envy them instead. Especially when there’s no need to spend thousands commuting to the office. Imagine, too, what it will do to house prices.

Both Theresa May and Boris Johnson have talked about ‘rebalancing the country’.

They may not have chosen this new path, but it may lead there. And given how all politicians love a slogan, let me suggest one.

If you love life, leave London.

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Why Are There More Spoilers for 'The Mandalorian' Season 2?

The Mandalorian was one of the biggest hits of 2019 and it was such a welcome surprise for Star Wars fans for so many reasons.

One of those surprises was Baby Yoda, who instantly became an internet meme as well as a beloved character without even having to say a word.

Nobody saw Baby Yoda coming, and that was part of the reason why he got such a good reception. That said, for season 2 of the show, there have already been more spoilers than there were for Season 1. Here’s a look at why that is.

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 spoilers (so far)

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If you want to stay completely unspoiled, then stop reading here. 

Recently, Lucasfilm announced several new cast members for Season 2 of the show. One of the more recent announcements was that Katee Sackhoff will be playing the live-action Bo-Katan in Season 2, and that Temuera Morrison will be playing Boba Fett in the season as well.

Sackhoff notably was the voice actress for Bo-Katan in ‘The Clone Wars’ TV show, and Morrison played Jango Fett, the father of Boba Fett, in ‘Attack of the Clones.’

Earlier this year, Lucasfilm also announced that Rosario Dawson would be joining the cast as Ahsoka Tano. Dawson was not the voice actress for Ahsoka Tano in ‘The Clone Wars,’ but she will be playing the character nonetheless.

Since all three of these characters come from either the movies or the TV shows, their stories coming into season 2 of The Mandalorian are somewhat predictable. For example, the last time anyone saw Boba Fett, he was presumably being eaten by a desert creature on Tatooine. But, since he’s showing up in season 2, then that says to audiences that he somehow survived that encounter. 

Why there are more spoilers for Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’

In the first season of the show, there were two massive surprises that no one saw coming. The first was Baby Yoda, and the second was the appearance of the Darksaber, which is a unique weapon that showed up in ‘The Clone Wars.’ Disney purposefully decided not to produce Baby Yoda toys in advance, and thanks to that, fans weren’t spoiled by seeing Baby Yoda toys show up in stores before the show premiered. 

The Darksaber has been part of Star Wars lore for a while now, so Disney didn’t have to do that same tactic for it. But still, since both the Darksaber and Baby Yoda were physical props, it was also very easy for Disney and Lucasfilm to hide those two surprises from potential leakers. 

Human actors however, are much harder to hide. This is really the main reason why there are so much more spoilers for season 2 than there was for season 1.

Whether it’s paparazzi following actors around, one way or another, casting news will get revealed to the world. So, Disney and Lucasfilm decided to just announce the casting news themselves to get ahead of the leakers.

Are these really spoilers though?

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That said, Lucasfilm isn’t dumb. It knows that Star Wars fans can easily connect the dots between casting news and what might happen in Season 2. That’s why some fans don’t think that these casting news are actually spoilers. 

Like Lucasfilm showed, it could hide the big surprises from audiences if it wanted to. That’s how they hid Baby Yoda and that’s how they hid the Darksaber. What these casting news may also mean is that the real surprises won’t come until season 2 premieres. 

Plus, by announcing casting news, Lucasfilm and Disney can keep the show on people’s minds. This is a really easy way to keep people watching, thinking, and talking about The Mandalorian and the rich universe of Star Wars.

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Why did The Guardian censor David Hockney's opinion about coronavirus?

Smoking row deepens as it emerges The Guardian DID refuse to publish David Hockney’s view on cigarettes and coronavirus because it was too controversial

  • David Hockney wrote to The Guardian about how smokers rarely get COVID-19
  • Findings in France and China say nicotine could protect you from the virus
  • The Mail understands The Guardian chose not to publish the artists’ letter
  • The Guardian believed that Gower’s letter could spread misinformation
  • Key scientific figures say smoking does not help the fight against COVID-19
  • The artist spoke exclusively to Daily Mail editor Geordie Grieg via a Zoom call
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A bitter row over alleged censorship at The Guardian grew last night as it emerged a piece written by David Hockney was discussed at the highest level before being refused by the paper.

The artist became embroiled in a row with the newspaper after it refused to publish his controversial opinion that smoking could protect people from coronavirus.

In the piece, described by Hockney as a letter, the 82-year-old wrote: ‘Now we have Covid-19, and surprise, surprise, a lot of reports are coming out saying that smokers rarely get it. Could there be something in this?’

Artist David Gower (pictured) told the Daily Mail that the Guardian refused to publish a letter written by him outlining his opinion that smokers could protect people from coronavirus

Following claims the daily newspaper had decided not to run the work, a Guardian spokesman said: ‘We are not aware of recently receiving a letter from David Hockney.’

But the Daily Mail now understands that Hockney’s article was discussed by a number of senior members of staff including the newspaper’s editor before being rejected. 

Hockney was told that The Guardian would not publish the letter because the claims he made that smoking could protect people from coronavirus were ‘pretty questionable’.

The artist was told his opinion ‘would leave [The Guardian] and [Hockney] open to the charge that we’re spreading misinformation’. 

Hockney condemned The Guardian’s decision as ‘cowardly’ and claimed the newspaper ‘cannot face’ aspects of his argument.

Hockney has been a smoker since the age of 16 but his letter was rejected by the Guardian newspaper as it risked spreading misinformation to the public

 ‘It’s shocking that their agenda doesn’t allow them to engage in open debate on this,’ he said.

Hockney wrote in yesterday’s Daily Mail that he has smoked since he was 16 and ‘the only time I gave up for a while was in 1969 because the person I lived with then didn’t like it’.

While speaking exclusively to Mail+ in his first ever Zoom interview, Hockney told Daily Mail Editor Geordie Greig: ‘I wrote that letter to The Guardian and The Guardian has an agenda and that’s what contradicted their agenda, I think. They were cowardly about it I think.’ 

It is understood that Hockney responded directly to The Guardian’s refusal to publish his work by telling the newspaper: ‘I think you’re terrible.’

The artist added: ‘You’re part of the terrible demonisation of tobacco that has gone on in England too long.’

Hockney (pictured) spoke exclusively to Mail+ in a Zoom call with Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig

The artist, who created the artwork ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ (above), has called the Guardian newspaper ‘terrible’ and ‘cowardly’ for not publishing his argument

Defending his viewpoint to the Mail, Hockney pointed out that Greece has seen one of the lowest coronavirus death rates in Europe despite having an above average number of smokers.

He also said: ‘I can remember a time when the first reports of smoking and cancer were published, they also thought it might be petroleum fumes, but they went after the easier option: cigarettes.

‘Who would have given up cars in 1950 – everybody wanted one?’

Hockney’s theory that smoking could prevent coronavirus has split opinion.

Previously Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘It is abundantly clear… that smoking makes the impact of coronavirus worse.’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock disagreed with Hockney’s point of view, by saying that the impact of coronavirus is worse for smokers

And Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty advised: ‘If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it.’

But scientists at Paris hospital Pitie-Salpetriere said they planned to give nicotine patches to key workers to test the theory it could be a preventative ‘treatment’.

That came after a study found that just 5 per cent of 482 Covid-19 patients spoken to were daily smokers, despite the fact that a quarter of French adults smoke.

Research in France and China claimed that nicotine could prevent the virus from reaching certain cells in the body and stop the body’s immune system from overreacting

Neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux, who reviewed the study, said he believes nicotine could stop the virus reaching certain cells and prevent the body’s immune system overreacting. The findings echoed similar discoveries made in China.

But an analysis of 11,590 Covid-19 cases by researchers at the University of California found the risk of disease progression for current and ex-smokers was nearly double that of non-smokers. They were also more likely to die.

A Guardian spokesman said: ‘Our letters desk had no record of receiving a letter from Mr Hockney. 

On further investigation, it appears he offered an article to another Guardian department, which we politely declined.’

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This is why Jon Gosselin doesn’t speak to six out of his eight kids

Jon & Kate Plus 8 alum Jon Gosselin’s sextuplets with Kate Gosselin — Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah, and Leah— turned 16 on May 10, 2020, marking a major milestone in their lives. Unfortunately, Jon celebrated with just two of his sextuplets — Hannah and Collin. Both Hannah and Collin live with Jon and his longtime girlfriend, Colleen Conrad, in Pennsylvania, while the other four live with Kate. “Happy 16th birthday to Hannah & Collin!!! I miss you Leah, Joel, Alexis, and Aaden, Jon wrote in an Instagram message, subtly addressing the separation. “I hope your 16th birthday is just as memorable.”

To rewind a bit, it appears Hannah moved in with Jon and Colleen in 2018, although it could have been early as 2017. “Hannah lives full time with Jon and they are always out and about together,” a source told Hollywood Life in August 2018. “The details of his custody arrangement with Kate are top secret though.” That same month, Jon claimed to have full custody of his daughter.

Next to move in with Jon was Collin, who had been enrolled in a live-in facility before the switch to address his “special needs,” as Kate claimed to People in August 2016. However, when Jon won full custody of Collin in December 2018, he denied his son has special needs (via Us Weekly).

Considering Jon has a great relationship with Hannah and Collin, it’s fair to wonder why the same can’t be said for his other children.

Jon Gosselin still struggles to co-parent with Kate

Jon Gosselin revealed to Entertainment Tonight in May 2020 that he “hasn’t really spoken with his other children,” and noted that he’s “not stopping” the siblings from “getting together.” He didn’t elaborate any further in his new interview, although he did speak about it in-depth during a 2016 chat with the outlet. Jon ultimately blames Kate Gosselin for the disconnect, claiming that “she’s trying to actively remove me from the family.” His about the strife all goes back to one thing. “I think it’s about money,” Jon told the outlet. “I think it’s about filming and money — that if I get any right, I’m not going to sign for my kids to film, and I think that’s her fear. Because then she’ll have no income. It’s like taking your job away.”

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Kate faced legal troubles in 2019 when Jon accused her of defying a court order to film a TLC special featuring the sextuplets. Kate was found in contempt of court in December 2019 and was ordered to pay $1,500 in legal fees to Jon.

Another supposed issue? “Their chores supersede their homework,” he told ET. “Their chores supersede any activity. Their chores even supersede my custody, so if they don’t get their chores done, they’re not coming to my house.”

But wait — the drama doesn’t stop here. Stick with us to find out how Collin Gosselin dissed his mom Kate.

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What is the R rate and why is it so important? – The Sun

BRITAIN is scoring an "R value" consistently below one according to the latest coronavirus figures and scientific statistics, which means social distancing is working and the spread is being curbed.

But what is the R value and why does it matter so much?

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What is the R value?

R0, or R nought, refers to the average number of people that one infected person can expect to pass the coronavirus on to.

Scientists use it to predict how far and how fast a disease will spread – and the number can also inform policy decisions about how to contain an outbreak.

For example, if a virus has an R0 of three, it means that every sick person will pass the disease on to three other people if no containment measures are introduced.

It's also worth pointing out that the R0 is a measure of how infectious a disease is, but not how deadly.

Taking London as an example, with a current R value of 0.4 for coronavirus, it means that every for every ten people who have the virus, it will be passed on to only four more people.

The low R value means that if everyone continues lockdown and social distancing measures, London would theoretically be virus free in two weeks.

 

What does it mean for Covid-19?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated at the start of March that the coronavirus R0 stood somewhere between 2 and 2.5.

The UK is now generally below that because of the lockdown and the social distancing measures we have been doing over the past two months.

In comparison, the seasonal flu is estimated to be roughly 1.3 while measles has a reproductive value of between 12 and 18.

Despite this, these figures are not set in stone because a given pathogen's R value changes with place and time.

Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, told The Telegraph: "R0 is an indication of how much an infectious virus will spread in a population, and various things impact that value.

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"The susceptibility, size and density of the population that the infection is introduced into matters, as well as the infectiousness of the virus itself."

Predictions of the R0 for Covid-19 are currently varied because no one knows exactly how many people have been infected in total.

According to modelling published by Imperial College London, the R value stood somewhere between 3 and 4.6 in Europe before lockdowns came into effect.

What is the R rate in the UK?

The most recent estimate of the nation-wide R-rate is said to be between 0.7 and 1.

Below R1 wh is the important bit because it means there's no virus spread, but things are generally worse in the North to the point that it the trend could reverse.

New data released May 14 from Cambridge University suggests that in the North East and Yorkshire the R rate – the average number of people an infection person can pass the virus on to – is feared to be at around 0.8.

The South West has an R rate of 0.76, slightly more than the North West which has a rate of 0.73.

Both the East of England and South East have a rate of 0.71, followed by the Midlands with 0.68 and finally London with 0.40.

On May 10, 2020, Boris Johnson urged the British public to help reduce the R value.

In his address to the nation, he said: "It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down."

He added: "We must make sure that any measures we take do not force the reproduction rate of the disease – the R – back up over one, so that we have the kind of exponential growth we were facing a few weeks ago.

During one of the Downing Street press conferences, Sir Patrick Vallance revealed that it was "highly likely" there is an R value in the community of less than one.

This means that every infected individual passes the disease to less than one other person.

This shows the lockdown has had a positive impact on the coronavirus outbreak as to bring an outbreak under control the R0 value needs to fall below one.

However, when the number remains higher than one, the epidemic will grow.

 

 

Sir Patrick admitted that the R0 value could be higher in some care homes and hospitals.

He said: "As I’ve said, it’s not true that the R is necessarily below one in every hospital or in every care home, and that’s the important area that we now need to look at and make sure that the appropriate measures are in place to try and reduce the R there.

"But it doesn’t change the overall view that I’ve described, that the R overall is below one and therefore we expect to see the slowing and the turn of the epidemic."

What can reduce the R rate?

There are lots of infection control measures experts can use to push this number down and reduce the spread.

A study in the Lancet in April, for example, estimated that travel restrictions in Wuhan caused R0 to drop from 2.35 to 1.05 after just one week.

Sir Patrick said that the draconian social distancing measures introduced in the UK have had a substantial impact so far.

This is because as less people come into contact with one another, there is less chance for the virus to spread.

He said on Thursday, April 16: "The social distancing measures are needed to reduce the levels right down to a low level.

"At that point there may be decisions about which ones to relax and which ones not to relax.

"It’s important to keep the R below one, and this is all about trying to reduce contacts, particularly between households, reduce transmission and keep the levels low across the community."

 

And Sir Patrick added that even small changes in the measures that are in place "could lead to the R going above one."

According to a pre-print study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the average number of people an individual comes into contact with each day has dropped by 73 per cent since the UK’s lockdown began.

“This would be sufficient to reduce R0 from a value from 2.6 before the lockdown to 0.62 during the lockdown, indicating that physical distancing interventions are effective,” the study, which tracked over 1,300 adults and has not yet been peer reviewed, concluded.

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Why You Should Watch Netflix's The Untamed Today

Now that the passage of time is feeling more imaginary than ever before, finding something to focus on for an extended period is becoming something of an art form. Let’s face it: Re-watching the full series of The Office for the millionth time or speeding through something nostalgic like The X-Files all over again was fun when this all started, but we could use something new to take our minds off things for more than just a few hours at a time–or, better yet, something that is so new it doesn’t immediately become background noise as you zone out and gaze into the void (or tend to your Animal Crossing island).

Enter: The Untamed, or Chén Qíng Lìng (abbreviated CQL–this is a world with lots of alternate titles, abbreviations, and acronyms. Don’t panic, you’ll get used to them).

If you’re on social media at all, there’s a good chance you’ve seen rumblings of this show in some form or another. The Chinese historical-fantasy drama, which originally aired on YouTube back in the summer of 2019, was given official English subtitles and later picked up by Netflix late last year. And while this ease of access certainly played a role in the fan boom, it quickly became apparent that it was more than just the ability to watch for free that made The Untamed so special.

Based on the novel Mó Dào Zǔ Shī (“The Grandmaster Of Demonic Cultivation,” abbreviated MDZS), The Untamed is a sprawling, densely packed story in the Xianxia genre, which essentially means it’s a fantasy story based thoroughly on Chinese mythology, Taoism, and other traditional beliefs. Part of what makes The Untamed so engaging is the fact that it’s steeped in genre traditions that are wholly unique to Xianxia works. These stories typically focus on “cultivators,” or people who are working to cultivate (get it?) their spiritual powers and abilities with the goal of attaining immortality or enlightenment through rigorous study and practice.

It’s not specifically high-fantasy–for example, there are no orcs or elves running around. But it’s certainly not gritty or grounded. In The Untamed, ancient China is populated by various cultivation sects with different worldviews and methodologies, training students who, in turn, venture out into the world and use their spiritual power to help common folk deal with pesky supernatural nuisances. You know, resentful spirits, curses, demons and the like.

Naturally, with different sects all vying for power and influence, the political landscape is a bit of a nightmare. It’ll immediately ping associations to things like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Game Of Thrones, and it’s easy to see why. The sects are often coded onscreen by colors, and they each have their own specific home bases (some with incredibly cool names like “The Unclean Realm” or “The Nightless City”), and there’s enough machiavellian betrayal and political puppeteering to make your head spin.

But that’s just the story at its most macro level. The worldbuilding serves to prop up the most important part–the core characters themselves and their deeply meaningful and outstandingly complicated relationships. If you’re the sort of person who loves novels that come with a glossary of terms and a fold-out family tree, this show is for you.

Reductively, I could tell you that The Untamed is about two cultivators from diametrically opposed worldviews coming together against astronomical odds and falling in love. This is true–but that’s only part of the story. Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji (played by pop idols Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo, respectively) serve as a sort of narrative throughline and if you’re only interested in heartbreakingly tender romance, then great news: There’s plenty of it. While The Untamed, on paper, was forced to remove the majority of the source material’s textual queer romance (MDZS is what’s known as a BL, or boy’s love, novel, which means exactly what it says on the tin) to appease China’s strict censors, the subtext remains so obvious that if you didn’t know the love story had been truncated, you probably wouldn’t realize it at all. In fact, if anything, the clever ways the romance is communicated in the story just serve to make it hit you directly in the heart even harder.

But if romance isn’t your particular bag, that’s fine too. The Untamed takes place over 50 (yes, 50) hour-long episodes, and when it’s not asking you to wax poetic about the existence of soulmate level bonds, it’s throwing nonstop twists and turns at you. It’s one part murder mystery, one part political thriller, and one part family drama, all with the high-camp, charmingly low-budget feel of your favorite ’90s adventure classics. If you were a fan of Xena: Warrior Princess, or more recently, Netflix’s Witcher TV show, the action and melodrama will feel like comfort food. There are plenty of monsters to fight, evil leaders to assassinate, political coups to execute, and families being torn apart. People carry magic swords and cast spells with enchanted instruments. There’s an entire subplot across three episodes that takes a hard turn into dark, psychological horror and another that makes The Red Wedding look relatively tame.

Best of all, once you’ve completed your 50-hour journey, there’s plenty more to consume. MDZS has been adapted as an animated series, a manhua comic, and an audio drama. And while only the animated series has been officially subtitled in English, fan communities have been hard at work providing unofficial translations for virtually every adaptation. In addition, the live action universe is still, technically, in progress, with spin-off films being released as recently as March of this year, that focus more on the show’s many side characters. With any luck, they’ll soon be made available with English subtitles as well.

As we progress into a summer where more and more events are canceled, keeping yourself occupied is key, and that’s exactly what a head-long dive into The Untamed will help you with. The sheer volume of content to consume, mixed with the level of attention it will ask you to pay to follow its intricate web of stories, characters, and relationships, on top of the thrill of learning the ins-and-outs of a rich genre full of its own conventions and traditions, make it a triple threat. It’s the ideal binge and the perfect gateway to a brand new obsession.

The Untamed is streaming in its entirety on Netflix and YouTube.

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Why Jason Bateman Almost Walked Away From Acting in 'Ozark'

With the polarizing success of Ozark Season 3, it might come as a surprise that Jason Bateman was almost not the lead in it. Fans cannot imagine the character of Marty Byrde being anyone other than the Arrested Development star. However, he had another direction he wanted to go before agreeing to star in Ozark.

‘Ozark’ Season 3 is more popular than ‘Tiger King’

Bateman and Laura Linney’s Ozark opened to an audience that was triple the premiere-day ratings for Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, according to Variety. The two shows dropped on Netflix within one week of each other — during what was the start of lockdown measures for the United States due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While Tiger King was generally an unknown crime documentary series, Ozark launched with a built-in established fan base. Many fans compare the crime thriller series to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

RELATED: Is ‘Ozark’ The New’ Breaking Bad’?

Ozark Season 3 received a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most reviews call it the best season yet. The series gets an overall score of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb.

Bateman wanted to direct rather than act in ‘Ozark’

When Bateman signed on to the series, he jumped in as the executive producer. He planned to direct all 10 of season one’s episodes. 

“Acting changed for me a while ago when I started to become disenchanted with pretending to be other people,” Bateman told AP News. “I’m not interested in tricking you into thinking I’m somebody else. My challenge with acting has now changed into a different goal: to give me another hand on the wheel, along with directing, to steer the audience through the story.”

RELATED: ‘Ozark’ Season 4: The Most Likely Fan Theories to Play Out When Marty and Wendy Byrde Return

Directing is Bateman’s passion. During that first season, it became logistically impossible for him to direct all 10 episodes, but he did direct the first two and last two.

“That’s what got me vibrating,” he said. That chance to direct the series “was the draw.”

If he wasn’t able to direct Ozark, it doesn’t sound like he would have starred in it at all. The acting job was secondary to the director role.

Bateman didn’t prepare for the role of Marty Byrde in ‘Ozark’

“I’m trying to not do ANY acting,” Bateman emphasized. “I’m trying to not be distracting at all. I don’t want to rock the boat. I don’t want to do anything where the audience goes, ‘Oh! Look at that performance!’ I’m just trying to service the story. I’m trying to be as natural and invisible as possible.”

RELATED: ‘Ozark’: Fans Argue Over the ‘Single Dumbest Plot Point in the Whole Show’

The actor turned director did not prepare for the role of Marty at all. He didn’t research money laundering or drug cartels. Bateman still isn’t sure what the underworld economy even is. 

Instead, he focused on the casting, crew, and locations for Ozark. Although he prefers directing the show instead of performing in it, Ozark is still his lifetime best experience, ever.

“I’ve had a long career and a lot of jobs that I’ve absolutely loved, and this is A-No. 1, for sure,” Bateman concluded.

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