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Monday, February 29, 2016

Throwing the bouquet...Do we still care about wedding traditions?

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It comes around just once every four years, the day women all over the world can decide to shirk tradition and pop the question to their significant other - as opposed to the other way around. Today, is a 'Leap Day'.

The tradition supposedly dates back to an old Irish legend that states two of Ireland's patron saints, St Brigid and St Patrick, struck a deal after the former complained that women had to wait too long for their partners to propose. They eventually agreed that women would be allowed to propose once every four years, coincidentally falling on the leap day.

A recent study found that Brits, in particular the over 55s, are shunning anniversary traditions in favour of something a little more modern. But what about the actual wedding? Are we still fully invested in some of the time honoured traditions of old when it comes to tying the knot?

To mark the leap year and celebrate the age old tradition, Hallmark Hotels conducted a poll to find out what wedding traditions we've carried in to the 21st century, and what new ones have cropped up.

1.  Spending the night before the wedding apart

Thought to be a time old tradition that most couples still adhere to, the research from Hallmark Hotels found that nationally only 54 per cent of us agree that a couple should spend their wedding evening apart. This could be due to the fact that many couples now live together years before marriage, something that would not have been seen as socially acceptable just a few decades ago.

However, the Northern Irish appear to still be fond of the tradition, with 72 per cent agreeing the bridge and groom should spend the night before in separate beds. Londoners, on the other hand, are the least traditional, with only 44 per cent (10 per cent less than the national average) believing in the tradition.
2.  Avoiding each other on the big day

It's generally thought to be bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before they've walked down the aisle, and this is a tradition we're apparently eager to keep. 

Nationally, 60 per cent said they still believed bride and groom should be kept separate once she's in her dress.

3.  Wearing something, old, new, borrowed and blue

This particular tradition originates from an Old English rhyme - 'Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe'. The four objects the bride chooses to add to her wedding outfit are considered to be lucky charms.
The 'old' is supposed to represent continuity, the 'new', optimism, the 'borrowed' item symbolizes happiness, while the 'blue' stands for love, purity and fidelity.

Despite this, only 45 per cent of Brits said they'd be likely to uphold this tradition on their wedding day. 

4.  Throwing the bouquet

This tradition stems from guests at the wedding - typically women - trying to rip pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in order to steal some of her good luck from themselves. To distract the crowd, the bride would toss her bouquet into the air and flee when her guests turned away.

Nowadays, as weddings can cost a small fortune, brides all over the world can heave a sigh of relief that we no longer think it appropriate to tear their dresses to pieces. Instead, the bride tosses the bouquet to her single guests, with the belief being that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

However, this is quickly going out of fashion too. Only 38 per cent said they threw their bouquet or would consider it at their own wedding. Maybe it's time to bring back dress tearing?
5.  Taking engagement selfies

We're a selfie obsessed society but, apparently, our desire to pucker up for the camera does have a limit.

The survey found that announcing your impending nuptials on social media via an 'engagement selfie' is less popular than you might image, with on 11 per cent saying they would do so.

This one isn't so traditional, but given the fact that today's technology is still relatively knew, in twenty or so years it might very well pick up in popularity and become the newest wedding tradition...

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Gisele Bundchen stuns In Fall/Winter 2016 Spread for Colcci

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Gisele Bundchen looks gorgeous in her latest shoot for Fall/Winter 2016 by Colcci.  The Brazilian fashion model posed alongside actor Scott Eastwood as photographer Gui Paganini snapped them.

Lovely snapshots!

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Obesity linked to poorer memory - Study reveals

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Obesity linked to poorer memory - Study reveals

A new study published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.as shown that being overweight was linked to worse “episodic memory” or the ability to remember past experiences. 50 people between the ages of 18 and 35 were tested. The Body Mass Index (BMI) of the participants ranged from 18 (healthy) to 51 (very obese).

They had to “hide” objects at different times and on different scenes displayed on a computer screen.
They were later asked to recall what they had hidden, when and where.
The results showed obese people’s scores were 15% lower than thinner people.

Overall, the team found an association between higher BMI and poorer performance on the tasks. 

The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and Girton College, University of Cambridge, and the James S McDonnell Foundation.
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8 ways dating may look different by 2040- Infographic

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Dates in the future may not happen in coffee shops. Instead, you might just sit in your living room with a virtual-reality headset, according to a report from Imperial College London and dating website eHarmony. The report predicts how relationships will change over the next 25 years using eHarmony's user data, historical accounts, and interviews with anthropology, technology, and biomedicine experts. 

BI reveals how dating and relationships could look by 2040:

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12 Ways to Fine-tune Your Career

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Spring is the season where new things grow — little by little, color and life seep back into the world. The weather gets warmer, moods lift, and happiness is rediscovered. Think of your job in the same light come this Spring. You can start fresh, in all senses of the word. Below are 12 ways to spring-clean your work, with tips and advice provided by expert, career-minded women.

1. Clean up your office space.

First up on the agenda: clear out your desk.

"Tidy up," says Ashley Stahl, a career and business coach for millennials. "Research shows a jumbled desk links to a jumbled mind. Your ability to think creatively is key, and you'll be better equipped to do that if you clean your space up at work. Those old notes and pens without ink? Trash them."

Be sure to toss any extra clutter — ask yourself if you really need the item, or if it's just taking up room and causing distraction. At the core, does it make you happy? Or is it something you've placed little to no sentimental value in?

"Get rid of anything on your desk that doesn't bring you joy," says career and life coach Jenn Dewall. "This includes old pictures or decor of people or things that you no longer connect, too. Your cube should be an inspiring and empowering space. Be sure to fill it with things and pictures that elicit that positive mentality."

Additionally, millennial career expert Jill Jacinto recommmends treating yourself to new office decor from Poppin or Etsy once your space is completely clean (just don't go overboard, or you'll undo all your hard work). It'll motivate you to keep your desk looking nice.

If you're simply not the tidying type and find yourself having trouble getting your office neat, consider hiring a Tasker after work or during your lunch break to help out.


2. Declutter your computer.
It's probably safe to assume there's a lot of random junk on your laptop. Most everyone is guilty of letting random files pile up, but it's important you sift through and organize.

"Does your work computer desktop look like a mess?" Jacinto says. "We are all guilty of slacking on our filing. Yes, filing does exist — even in 2016. Make a point to sort your files and efficiently save what you need and trash what you do not."

Furthermore, do some deep cleaning within your inbox.

"Get rid of any unopened emails, or emails that you no longer want to subscribe to," Dewall says. "Instead of taking time each day to delete the emails that you likely aren't looking at anyway, unsubscribe. You will free up time and attention for emails that deserve your attention."

3. Update and reconnect on LinkedIn.

Have you let your LinkedIn gather dust? It's easy to neglect your account — but you really shouldn't.

"Brighten up your LinkedIn with any key achievements you've made in the past six months," says Pocket Mentor Founder and CEO

And remember to spend quality time expanding your profile, which is key in your future professional success.

"You've spent time growing your network, but when was the last time you reconnected?" asks Jacinto. "Don't accept and forget. Your LinkedIn network is as valuable as the relationships you create and sustain. By all means, connect with someone you met at an event or even yoga class. Always give them a reference to remember who you are!"


4. Adjust your attitude — and your lifestyle.

If you've ever fallen into a rut at work, you know how difficult it is to climb out . . . which is why maintaining an optimistic outlook and regularly fostering positive energy is essential.

"We all get into a funk in our careers," Jacinto says. "We get bored, lazy, and lose the drive we promised we'd insert in the new year. Keep a positive attitude when it comes to your career. Any client or boss can smell the negative energy, and it will not score you a promotion."

Tweaking your attitude goes hand-in-hand with healthy lifestyle modifications — so get to modifying!

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5. Make sure you're surrounded by positivity.

It's nearly impossible to keep a good attitude if you're surrounded by unhappy co-workers. Don't be afraid to ask for a change of location!

"Are you surrounding yourself with the right people in your career?" asks Noelle Williams, director of recruiting at

6. Refresh your work style.

A little Spring shopping can go a long way in making you feel like a brand new person. Spend some cash on yourself. You (and your job) deserve it!

"Clean up your work wardrobe — are you wearing the same four dresses or outfits?" asks Jansen. "Buy some new jewelry and bags. Change your hairstyle!"

7. Self-evaulate.

Take time to reflect on your work output, your work objectives, and your overall work satisfaction.

"Another important area to focus on is your own self-evaluation," says Williams. "Are you still working up to your full potential within your career and reaping success, or have you fallen into a routine? You are not growing as a professional if you're completing your work in a redundant manner."

Consider not only your career standards, but also your personal standards, as they often correlate with your overall state of satisfaction.

"In order to know what kind of Spring-cleaning you need in your professional life, it's important to know who you are — professionally and personally," reiterates Hallie Crawford, career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. "What are your personal values, your career values, and how do you want those to be reflected in your job? What are your interests and what kind of lifestyle do you want? The answers to these questions can help you see what adjustments you can make to better honor your values for your well-being."


8. Make a list of goals.

What, exactly, do you want to get out of your job in the shorter term? In the longer term?

"Get out of your comfort zone," Crawford says. "Make a list of three to five goals you would like to accomplish during the rest of the year. Keep your list short and realistic, but make sure to push yourself in one to two areas."

9. Get used to prioritizing.

Effective time management is crucial in high work performance. Dig your heels in and polish your prioritizing skills!

"If you feel overwhelmed at work, try prioritizing your work week," Crawford says. "Take 15-20 minutes at the start of each week to plan and organize your week, and prioritize your most important tasks. Or try logging your time for a few weeks to discover where you are spending the majority of your time at work. Then commit to a plan to use your time more productively."

10. Communicate more.

Practice keeping in touch with your colleagues and your boss, no matter where you're at with projects, reports, briefings, or presentations.

"Research reveals that many leaders and aspiring leaders miss the mark on communicating ideas that generate success for themselves and their teams," Merrick says. "Even the smartest leaders with the best ideas and teams won't win if they don't have good communication skills."

11. Rethink your relationships.

You may not think your personal relationships have anything to do with your career productivity, but trust us when we say it does. It has a lot to do with it, in fact.

"Evaluate your relationships," Stahl says. "Too often we end up in unintentional relationships (friendships, romantic) that don't bring true meaning to our lives. Ask yourself: are the people I'm surrounding myself with supportive to the career path I'm on?

12. Take some time outside of work to invest in your profession.

Last but not least, a little job tightening involves a bit of homework. How much, however, is completely up to you.

"When is the last time you invested in your personal development, leadership skills, or communication skills?" asks Merrick. "This could be attending a seminar, subscribing to and listening to a podcast, reading a book on leadership, or attending an online course." Your career, after all, is worth it.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wins at the 88th Annual Academy Awards - Check out Complete List of Winners

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The 2016 Academy Awards winners have been revealed.  The event held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28.  Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for Best Actor  in a Leading Role "The Revenant" after 25 years of acting and several nominations.  The complete list of winners at the 88th Annual Academy Awards are:

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
WINNER: Spotlight

Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
WINNER: Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Directing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
WINNER: The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Music (Original Song)
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
WINNER: “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Music (Original Score)
Bridge of Spies
Carol
WINNER: The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
WINNER: Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Short Film (Live Action)
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
WINNER: Stutterer

Documentary (Feature)
WINNER: Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Documentary (Short Subject)
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
WINNER: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Lady Day of Freedom

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
WINNER: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
WINNER: Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Short Film (Animated)
WINNER: Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow
Visual Effects
WINNER: Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Editing
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Film Editing
The Big Short
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Cinematography
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
WINNER: The Revenant
Sicario

Makeup and Hairstyling
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Costume Design
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
WINNER: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
WINNER: The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
WINNER: Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

WhatsApp Messenger to stop working on some devices in 2016

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WhatsApp Messenger to stop working on some devices in 2016

WhatsApp has announced that its popular messaging service will no longer be supported on a number of popular phones such as Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1 and BlackBerry devices, including BlackBerry 10 from the end of 2016.

A statement on the WhatsApp website reads: “As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.

“So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future.

"This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.

"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp."


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New Era:Gianni Infantino becomes FIFA's 9th President

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Gianni Infantino, 45, has been appointed as FIFA's new President. The election was held during Friday's Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich. He becomes the ninth president in FIFA’s 111-year history.

Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot Friday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of U.S. and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.

 In his acceptance speech Infantino said,

"We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us," said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe's soccer body UEFA.

"I am convinced a new era is starting," said the Swiss-born former lawyer. 

Congrats!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Justin Bieber becomes the First Face Of Clash 100

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Justin Bieber becomes the First Face Of Clash 100

Justin Bieber shows off his toned physique in his latest shoot for Clash magazine's 100th issue.

The pop star in his interview said,
“I made mistakes. Part of being a man is owning up to that.”
"I feel like that's why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I'm by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but...It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human."

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Kendall Jenner stuns in her 1960s shoot for W Korea Magazine

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Kendall Jenner stuns in her 1960s shoot for W Korea Magazine


Kendall Jenner is the cover star for W Korea magazine's March 2016 issue.  The reality star looks so unique in the shoot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.  You like?




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Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo gets more than 200m followers on Social Media, thanks fan

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Cristiano Ronaldo shared above image to appreciate his fans for helping him reach 200 million social media followers.  Congrats to him!

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University of Ibadan withdraws 97 students from Seven Faculties

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Academic requirements:  UI withdraws 97 students
The Senate of the University of Ibadan (UI), has approved the withdrawal of 97 students from the University for failure to obtain the minimum academic requirements at the end of the 2014/15 session.

The students were from seven faculties across the ‎university.

The expelled students were at various levels of education pursuit including those in final year.

A special Bulletin released by the institution and signed by its Registrar, Olujimi Olukoya added some of the students had lapsed studentship while three voluntarily withdrew from the institution.

“Senate at its meeting recently approved that the candidates whose names appear on this list should withdraw from the University for failure to obtain the minimum academic requirements at the end of the 2014/2015 session”

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Cleveland Performs First uterus transplant in the United States

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The first uterus transplant in the United States was performed this week at Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Institute during during a nine-hour operation on Wednesday.

A deceased donor's uterus was transplanted into the body of a 26-year-old woman, not identified.

Dr. Tommaso Falcone, an obstetrician-gynecologist and Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Institute chairman said when the study began last fall that women with UFI need another option.

"Although adoption and surrogacy provide opportunities for parenthood, both pose logistical challenges and may not be acceptable due to personal, cultural or legal reasons," Falcone said.

Uterus transplants have previously been done in Turkey and nine in Sweden -- resulting in four births -- but Wednesday's operation was the first in the United States, the Cleveland Clinic said.

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Sunday Oliseh resigns as Super Eagles Coach Due to Contract Violations

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Sunday Oliseh, Super Eagles Head Coach has announced his resignation. He shared the news on social media this morning.  He wrote:
"I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to Play, Captain & Coach this great Nation of ours, Nigeria."
"Due to Contract violations, lack of Support, Unpaid wages, Benefits to my players, Asst. Coaches & myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach"

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Michelle Obama Announces Open E-Books Initiative: A Library of Opportunity

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US first lady, Michelle Obama has launched an application which will allow educators, students and administrators at one of the 60,000 Title I schools and 194 Department of Defense Education Activity schools, as well as any special education teacher, access to thousands of free books via their smartphones or tablets. 

The Open eBooks app was launched on Wednesday.  Michelle said,
“For so many of us, books opened our minds to a world of possibility. Unfortunately, right now, millions of children in America don’t have that chance because they don’t have adequate access to the books they need to learn and dream,” the first lady said in a video. “The new Open eBooks app will change that.”
Open eBooks is not a federal program; it was created by a breakthrough coalition of literacy, library, publishing, and technology organizations who worked together over the past year to make the initiative possible. To learn how to register, visit the Open eBooks site.

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ISIS threatens Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey in new Video

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The Islamic state supporters have threatened against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for combating terrorism on their Internet platforms. The video is in response to efforts by Facebook and Twitter to stop terrorist activity on their platforms.

The photographs of both technology leaders appear multiple times in the 25-minute propaganda video released by a group calling itself "the sons of the Caliphatearmy." The images of the two CEOs are targeted by bullets.

The extremist group says it's responding to growing efforts by Facebook and Twitter to suspend accounts and remove posts that the social media services say incite violence and promote terrorism.

Twitter said earlier this month it suspended 125,000 accounts “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.” Facebook has said that it works to ensure that terrorists don’t use the site, and that it removes content supporting terrorism.

The video shows hackers changing profile accounts and posting Islamic State propaganda. They allege they hacked more than 10,000 Facebook accounts, more than 150 Facebook groups and more than 5,000 Twitter profiles. "Many of these accounts have been given to supporters," the video says.


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Eko Atlantic Set to Host Second Beach Polo Tournament

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Eko Atlantic Set to Host Second Beach Polo Tournament Eko Atlantic and the Lagos Polo Club have teamed up once again to host the second polo tournament at Eko Atlantic in Lagos which will be held over four days, from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th April, 2016.

Last year, the city hosted its first polo tournament; the first in West Africa, paraded sponsors such as: Access bank, Eko Energy Estate and Eko Pearl Nigeria Limited, while the likes of Moet and Hennessey, Samsung, Qatar Airways and Coscharis were supporters of the event. To help celebrate the momentous occasion, Access Bank offered new account openers a chance to win tickets to the prestigious Polo tournament at Eko Atlantic. Also up for grabs were a weekend stay for 10 couples at Eko Hotel and Suites, and a weeklong holiday in either Dubai or London for two couples, courtesy of Qatar Airways. The organisers of this year’s polo – Black Opal Limited have promised participants and attendees an unforgettable experience. 

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The tournament consisted of 6 teams playing for the coveted Access Bank Cup. The teams that competed were Teams Access, Caverton, Veuve Clicquot, Lagos Polo Club, Azuri Peninsula and Power Horse with Lagos Polo Club emerging as victors!

Eko Atlantic City, which is a land reclamation project spanning 10,000,000 m2 of land with its state of the art infrastructure and services, is the premier location to live, work and play and it was only fitting that the first ever beach polo tournament held in Africa was held in Africa’s 21st century city.

For more information please contact:

Eko Atlantic Sales Office, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Here are 5 Career Risks Worth Taking

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It's an old adage, but it's completely true: You'll never know the outcome of an action unless you try it. Taking a leap of faith in any area of your life may be risky, especially when it comes to something as important as your career. But some risks are worth taking, and if you play your cards right, you could achieve more than you ever thought possible.

"We always ask ourselves whether ... we should take the risk now or wait until we have the perfect plan," said Mohamed Elgendy, a project manager at Yale University and author of "3D Business Analyst" (Outskirts Press, 2014). "More often than not, we get stuck with the question, 'What's next?' Clarity comes from engagement, not thought, so you don't need to have everything figured out to move forward. Take a leap of faith, believe in yourself and take action."

Business News Daily asked career experts, entrepreneurs and successful professionals about smart career risks to consider taking if the opportunity arises. [Tips For Staying Sane in a Toxic Work Environment]

Choosing a job based on culture rather than salary. It's becoming much more common to take this "risk," especially among millennials. Job seekers today are more willing to sacrifice a big paycheck and a more comfortable lifestyle for a work environment where they are highly valued and given more long-term opportunities.

"When you are happy at your job and you align with the company's core values, you do your best work," said Nate Good, chief technology officer at online ticket sale company ShowClix. "If you find the right culture match, your career — and salary — will ultimately thrive, as well."

Getting a job abroad. If you've ever thought about taking a job overseas (or at least one that requires frequent travel), there's no time like the present to give it a shot.

"Go international if you have the chance," said Douglas Baldasare, founder and CEO of phone-charging kiosk provider ChargeItSpot.com. "The perspective you will build and the people you will meet will stay with you forever."

Working outside your industry hub city. Industries like technology, finance and politics each have their own "mecca" cities with the greatest concentration of jobs in that field. But before you pack your bags for Silicon Valley, you may want to set your sights on a smaller metropolis.

"While it may seem logical to focus on the cities known for your line of work, being a big fish in a small pond can actually have profound effects on your career" Good said. "As a newly graduated computer science major, I was laser-focused on jobs in the Bay Area. But [I] soon came to realize that sticking around in Pittsburgh presented me with the greatest opportunities that I could ask for as a young software engineer right off the bat."

Read Also:Do You Love What You Do? Here are 8 Principles for Career Success


Embracing your weaknesses. While this may sound counterintuitive, focusing on the things you're lacking can force you to come up with creative ways to supplement them, and creativity is a highly prized asset in many companies.

"Embrace your shortcomings, because constraints breed creativity," Good told Business News Daily. "Of course, you should always play to your strengths, but if you're lacking in skills, don't be afraid to ... try creative alternatives."

Pursuing what you love. No one wants to be stuck in a job they hate, but many professionals do end up taking jobs that don't let them reach their full potential, at least initially. If there's something you're more passionate about than the work you're doing in your career, find a way to make your passion your work. This may mean taking one of the biggest career risks of all — starting your own business.

"It's never a good time to start a business," said Max Chopovsky, who left a job in real estate to found his company, Chicago Creative Space. "You just have to go for it. Figure out what you love, and go do it. I know that is simplistic, idealistic and a bit impulsive, but that's what I did, and it worked for me. If you go this route, you may very well fail. But in that case, you will never ask yourself, 'What if?'"

As with any other aspect of your life, your career requires risk management strategies in order to thrive, said Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. Taking career risks means being prepared to embrace change, and you need to make sure you're equipped with all the relevant facts before you take that leap.

Before you pursue any career opportunity, Maroney advised asking yourself the following questions, which will help you decide whether you're prepared for it:

What is my tolerance for risk right now? Taking a risk creates disruption in your life. When considering any potential career opportunity, you need to think about it in the context of the rest of your life, especially if you are undergoing significant changes outside of work.

What are the benefits and costs of making this change? You may not be 100 percent certain of the outcome, but do your best to estimate the positive and negative results — both in your career and your personal life — if you were to take this opportunity.

Can I buffer the adverse impacts of making this change? For every downside you identified, think about how you can buffer the negative impact. For example, if the change means longer hours and a worse commute, look into whether the new employer offers flexible work options. 

Can I live with this decision if it doesn't pan out the way I planned? Not all of your career decisions will turn out exactly as you expected, but risk drives wisdom and growth when you accept this responsibility, Maroney said.

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Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Water

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Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Water

It's almost summer and there's nothing heavenly than a chilled glass of water on a warm day. Water is the cure for all human diseases. Water, as I should say, is an ocean of benefits, as it works only when we consume it in the right proportion. Around 60 percent of the human body is made up of water. It's scientifically proven that a normal human should drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water in a day to keep all the diseases at bay. Water in any form is a boon for us. Whether cool or warm, water comes with immense benefits associated with it. You can add various enhancers to increase the taste and effects of water. 

Whether it is for weight loss or menstrual cramps, or you want a healthy glowing skin or a healthy scalp and hair, or an overall healthy and a beautiful you, water is the magic that you need! And the benefits of having warm water are even more when compared to just the regular water. 

So, read on to know how warm water is an essential element for all your health and beauty needs. We'll also tell you how you can add different ingredients to warm water to enhance those extra benefits.

Weight Loss

Drinking warm water fuels up your metabolism and accelerates the blood circulation, thus helping your body to burn some body fat and removing the free radicals present in your body. It also keeps you full and controls your hunger pangs. Squeeze some lemon juice and honey or add a dash of ginger or cucumber for an extra effect.

Detoxifying For A Healthy Skin

Body toxins make you age faster. By drinking warm water, the temperature of the body rises, thereby causing us to sweat more often. All your toxins and free radicals get flushed away with your sweat.

It Clears Your Throat And Nasal Congestion Warm water is a natural remedy to treat sore throat and your common ailments such as cough and cold. It also helps in clearing your nasal congestion. You can add either lemon, honey, ginger, basil leaf juice or some aloe vera.

Relief In Menstrual Cramps

Not only a hot water bag eases out the pain in those days, but even drinking warm water relaxes your abdominal muscles, thus relieving your menstrual pain. Add some raspberry leaf tea to your glass of warm water for an instant relief. 

Drink Water For Soft, Shiny Hair

Drinking warm water will also result in giving you a softer shinier mane. Warm water energises and activates the nerve endings in your hair roots. It restores the natural vitality and health of your hair. Since warm water activates the hair roots, it results in accelerating your hair growth. Add honey and lemon juice to your glass of warm water for a soft, shiny hair. Show Thumbnail

Aids In Better Digestion

Having a glass of warm water every morning on an empty stomach can help your body to detoxify any remaining foodstuffs. It also makes the movement of the particles more smoother and less painful through the intestines, thus helping in a smoother bowel function. Drink warm water with some lemon or ginger juice for a smoother digestion process.

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Kate Middleton Attends Judy Murray's Tennis on the Road coaching clinics in Edinburgh

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The Duchess stops a roll-away ball by using her racket at Craigmount high school in Edinburgh 

The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Tennis workshop on the Road coaching clinic in Scotland. The event led by Judy Murray, was held at Craigmount High School in Edinburgh.  The programme was launched by Jude, Andy Murray's mother in 2014 in an effort to grow “the game at a grassroots
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#Inspiration: 4 Reasons God May Have Closed a Door

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It can be hard to remain hopeful when it feels like every time you get used to something, God snatches it away.

or Every time it looks like things are looking up, here comes a big fall.

or Every time you take a step in the right direction life forces you take 2 steps backwards.

Constantly being pushed back to square one is no fun. At some point it can become stressful and draining, but I can assure you, it’s always for our good in the long run.

Here are 4 Reasons God May Have Closed That Door:

1. A closed door does not necessarily mean a locked door. If it’s meant to be, it will be!

Timing is everything, but we sometimes want it all and we want it right now. But God may be saying…

“slow down”…

“not yet”…

“in due time”…

In fact Ecclesiastes 3:1 warns us that…

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”

God may very well be using your waiting period as a season of preparation. To get you ready for what’s to come. It may feel like torture right now, but it will be worth the wait.

2. Rejection is SOMETIMES God’s Protection.
We may not realize it at times, but some of our decisions can turn out to be very dangerous ones. I for one have a history of picking all the wrong guys to date. I’ll admit that. But, I can’t tell you how many times God has stepped in and protected me in some of those relationships and possibly from marrying the wrong guy. He always managed to show me exactly who they were just when I needed Him to. When this happens, I find myself reminded of Psalm 91:11…

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.”

In some of my business dealings, when I felt like doors were just being slammed in my face, I later found that God had protected me from scam artists, thieves, and just down right bad business deals.

3. Sometimes closed doors are God’s way of getting us to focus on the things we should have been focusing on all along.
If we’re not careful, we can began to idolize something or someone. We become so fixated, that this thing or this person becomes our entire world (so to speak). They have our undivided attention and usually consume most of our time and energy. Whether it be our careers or a relationship. These things began to serve as more as a distraction than a blessing. Leviticus 26:1 tells us…

“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.”

We shouldn’t give anything more praise than we give God. There should be nothing or no one else that holds the number one place in our hearts.

4. Sometimes closed doors are God’s way of saying… “It’s time to move on.”

As Christians, A comfort zone is a bad place to be. Most of you know the story of how this blog came into existence. God closed a door for Dreana (the Founder). It all started when she was fired from her job almost 5 years ago. Although she didn’t know it at the time, God was simply moving her out of her comfort zone into something more fulfilling. Every time I read her story, Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

That’s how awesome God is. He knows how to take us from “0 to 100 real quick”. Yeah, the process may not be a pleasant one. It may even hurt a little, but one thing is for sure, You’ll thank Him later!

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Monitor your blood pressure to prevent hypertension

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Mention the phrase ‘blood pressure,’ and the average adult is likely to stand still. For all reasons, issues relating to blood pressure readily arrest attention because it’s one aspect of personal health that determines whether or not you stay alive — and in sound health.

Physicians say the normal blood pressure is below 120/80mmhg (millimetres of mercury). Pre-hypertension is diagnosed between 120/80–139/89; Stage 1 hypertension is between 140/90–159/99; and Stage 2 hypertension is a blood pressure above 160/100, hence the need to monitor your blood pressure religiously once you hit age 40.

Blood pressure and health

Cardiologists say about one in three adults has high blood pressure. And, as scary as it is, they warn that the condition usually presents with no signs or symptoms. As such, you may be walking around blissfully unaware that your days are numbered because of uncontrolled high blood pressure!

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Peter Olumide, warns,“You can have hypertension for years without knowing it. During this time, the high blood pressure can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other organs in your body.”

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, Olumide counsels; even when you’re feeling fine. “If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your physician to keep it that way. On the other hand, if your blood pressure is too high, treatment may help prevent damage to your body’s organs,” he says.

The age, sex factors

Physicians warn that blood pressure tends to rise with age. However, they add, following a healthy lifestyle helps some people to delay or prevent rise in blood pressure altogether.

“People who have high blood pressure can take steps to control it and reduce their risk for related health problems. Key steps include following a healthy lifestyle, having regular medical check-up, and following your treatment plan,” General Practitioner, Dr. Folabi Awolaye, counsels.

In terms of gender, experts say men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102cm); while women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89cm).

Good life, good BP

Of course, those whose blood pressures are high are advised to keep in constant touch with their physicians, just as they are also counselled to imbibe healthy dietary habits and lifestyle that will not only return their blood pressure to normal, but also keep it at healthy level.

So, what is the natural way to realise a healthy blood pressure level? Here…

Lose weight
Olumide says there’s no arguing the fact that unwieldy weight poses health risks any day. He warns that the heavier you are on the scale, the more likely is your risk of high blood pressure; and that by losing weight, you are doing your blood pressure a world of good!

He also reveals that if you’ve been placed on some blood-pressure medications, losing weight would make the drugs more effective.

Lower your salt intake

Olumide notes that people with family history of high blood pressure could have blood pressure that is particularly salt sensitive. Nutritionists corroborate this, saying since there is no way to determine if an individual is sodium sensitive, it is advisable for all of us to lower our sodium (salt) intake.

A nutritionist, Mrs. Tolu Afuwape, says the problem is with the “hidden salts” rather than with using a salt shaker.

“When you habitually eat processed or canned foods, you unwittingly consume more than the recommended daily salt intake, because processed foods such as bacon, salami, cured meat, barbecued meat, etc.; or canned foods of all categories, contain added salts that are meant to preserve them from going bad.

“Loading yourself with such foods will ruin your health in no time; so, avoid them like the plague that they are,” Afuwape advises.

Take tea
Generally, tea is good for the body; but when it comes to lowering high blood pressure over a period of time and keeping it at healthy level, nutritionists recommend hibiscus tea.

For instance, researchers from Tufts University say “the phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure when taken as tea.”

They are of the view that many herbal teas contain hibiscus and should therefore be adopted as healthy drinks because they are known to reduce blood pressure in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.

Again, a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medical, Dr. Linda Van Horn, says consuming potassium-rich fruits such as beans, baked potato, green leafy vegetables, plain yoghurt, salmon fish, avocados, bananas, cashews, walnuts, coconut water, watermelon seeds, home-made orange juice, sweet potato, fresh tomatoes, etc., will boost your blood pressure-lowering efforts.

Go easy on booze
While the debates have continued unabated about the pros and cons of alcohol use, Awolaye is categorical in warning that alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. “It can also reduce the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications you may be using,” he notes.

His advice? “As much as possible, avoid alcohol; the disadvantages outweigh whatever advantages you may be told it has.”

Reduce your stress level

Increased stress can mean increased blood pressure, at least temporarily. If you’re at risk for high blood pressure due to being overstressed, you’ll want to pay particular attention to lowering your stress.

Many activities can help you stay calmer in the face of daily life stressors. Many of the same healthy actions that are good for your blood pressure — like eating right and exercising — can also be stress preventers.

In addition to exercise, other forms of relaxation like meditation or deep breathing can also be helpful, physicians say.

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KIMYE's Son, Saint West is so Adorable

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KIMYE's Son, Saint West is so Adorable

Kim Kardashian West shared her second child, Saint West's photo on social media.  It was the first time the family is letting us see the three month old's face.
“Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all,”
Kim and Kanye welcomed Saint in December, 2015.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Tips For Staying Sane in a Toxic Work Environment

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It is not an unknown fact that many people are stuck in jobs that they don't particularly love. For some, it gets even worse because their work environments are pretty much toxic. Whether it's a nasty boss, dramatic co-worker, or offensive company policies -- it is no fun!

Quitting immediately isn't always an option so they have to find a way to stick it out. If this is you, and you are trying to make it last (at least for right now), then it is time you start being proactive about your work environment.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to not take things personally and realize the difference between things you can change and things you can't. Don't let all of the negativity of the environment or the people take you out. Reconnect with your bigger purpose and what you are working towards.

Don't let your toxic job win by giving into the negativity.

Because this is easier said than done, I have included these 11 tips to help you protect your sanity when in a toxic environment.

1. Don't Take Work Home With You

Listen, if you have already identified your work environment as toxic, why would you welcome that energy into your home space? It's like opening the door and inviting a cloud of darkness into your happy space. Don't do it. Let that negative energy stay at work where it belongs. Set a rule for yourself that you don't talk about work in your home. Make sure you do NOT check your email after you get home for the evening. If your mind starts to think about work while at home, go distract yourself with something else. Protect your happy space!

Read: 8 Tips to Create a Winning Career Growth Plan for 2016


2. Have Someone You Can Vent To (Outside of Your Office!)

Having a support system is so key, especially if you want to follow tip #1. This way you can vent and release your pent up frustration without bringing it home with you. Ask a friend who you trust if they would be willing to let you vent to them once in awhile. You can even let them know you don't need a response, but just a safe space to release pent up frustration.

3. Look For the Positives, ANY Positives

Are you at a point where you have lost all motivation and are basically checked out? Well this is the perfect time to try and figure out any positives to your situation and focus on those. Perhaps there are professional development opportunities that could help train you for a future position. Take advantage of those and think about how this job is just a stepping stone to something more. Find any positive or ways to make your job a positive and only focus on that.

4. Create An Exit Strategy

I don't care if you plan to stay at your job for two more years or two more months, you can still create your exit strategy for when the time comes. The reason this is important is because it will signal to your brain that this won't last forever. It will reassure it that you will move on to brighter pastures one day. Remind yourself of what you are working towards and what you are creating instead of what is happening right now.

5. Establish Boundaries

This one is a real challenge for most people. Learning to say no can be really difficult, but I promise it's worth it. Boundaries look like actually taking your lunch break. Not coming in early or staying late. Not working on the weekends or from home when you are off. Not responding to your boss at all hours of the day. Boundaries are not only healthy for you, but also for the people you work with. You can set an example for others and show them that it is okay to take care of yourself and let your job come second.

Read AlsoIf You Didn't Choose Your First Career, Don't Be Afraid to Change It Plus 5 CEOs Best Advice for Career Success

6. Create A Positive Work Space

Whether you have a cubicle or a corner office, you can make your work space exude positive energy if you want. Hang posters that are relaxing to you. Put up pictures of people you love where you are having a great time. Post positive quotes as your desktop background or around your space. Do what you need to do to remind yourself that your job is not everything and that you still have a happy life outside of it.

7. Stay True To Yourself

This might seem simple at first, but so many times I see people lose themselves in their jobs. They stop being authentic and sacrifice what matters to them in order to survive in the toxic environment. I know sometimes this feels easier than fighting it, but really you are just destroying yourself in the process. Don't let others make you change yourself, unless you genuinely want to change.

8. Find Outlets For Stress Relief During The Day
Because quitting tomorrow is probably not an option, try to find some way to give yourself a break once in awhile so that you can recharge. Go for lunch with a friend. Go for a walk around the building. Do a 5-minute meditation. Read a quote book. Whatever it is that helps you decompress, consider incorporating that into your work day even if only for a few minutes.

9. Focus on the Facts, Not the Stories

It can get really easy to get wrapped up in all of the stories being told or portrayed. It can be easy to make these stories mean something about you. I really encourage you to take a step back, breathe for a second, and focus on the facts. What is really happening here and what is not happening? Don't waste your energy trying to hypothesize why or why not something did or didn't happen. Focus on the facts, don't make it mean anything about you, and stay grounded in reality.

Here are 10 Strategies for Career Longevity
10. Don't Participate In Drama

I feel like this should be old news; however, for so many it appears they never left high school. I am sure you have those co-workers who bring you right back to that time of your life. Unfortunately you can't do anything to change them, but you can decide not to participate. Don't get caught up in gossip or the drama.

11. Clear Up Any Misunderstandings Right Away; Communicate!
Don't let problems fester. If something needs to be discussed then make sure to do it immediately and professionally. Don't let the problems grow or they might turn into something they never needed to. Communication is key just like in any relationship.

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Incredible! She married her cats after a painful breakup

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Holy catrimony: Woman marries her two cats

48-year-old web designer Barbarella Buchner got married to her male moggies, Spider and Lugosi 10 years ago in an online cermeony.  She believes she's found happiness, companionship and emotional fulfilment after after her seven-year relationship ended.

"They’re the loves of my life," she claims. "I have no regrets and I don’t care what people say."

Cat-mad Barbarella has always been an animal lover. "As a child I was surrounded by cats," she says. "Our family regularly owned at least one or two. They were my favourite animal."

At 34, Barbarella finally got the chance to adopt her own cats, and she took the opportunity very seriously.

"For me, it was like when you know you’re having a baby," she says. "Before you have a baby or adopt a child, you look on the internet to learn as much as possible and read lots of books. That’s what I did before I got my cats."

In March 2000, Barbarella adopted two eight-month-old tabby cats from the same litter at an East London animal shelter.

"It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on my boys, Lugosi and Spider," she recalls. "I’ll never forget that day. They were rubbing against the cage and purring.

"I knew I wanted those cats… I could tell the feeling of love was mutual judging by their purrs and the way they were brushing their little faces against the bars. That was it; they were coming home with me!"
Holy catrimony: Woman marries her two cats
Her certificate of marriage to her two cats

Holy catrimony: Woman marries her two cats

Barbarella – who now lives in Lanzarote – has had a few long-term relationships with men, but never wanted to marry.

She explains, "I didn’t know if I had it in me to be a wife. Some women are built to clean up after their men, and I’m not like that. But I never minded being my cats’ servants. I’m not a submissive person but I’ll do anything for Lugosi and Spider."

Barbarella says the cats were a comfort to her after her most serious relationship with her boyfriend of seven years broke down.
Holy catrimony

"My ex was the most important person in my life until things stopped working between us," she says. "He’d come home and we’d argue over something, or he’d want to chat when I didn’t want to. We ended up sleeping in separate rooms. I thought there was hope for us but in the end, there wasn’t.

"It was so painful breaking up with him. I cried for weeks after we split up, but the cats really helped me through the process. I would cry into Lugosi and Spider’s fur. They were on the sofa with me all the time and I felt calm.

"After my boyfriend left, Spider and Lugosi were still there for me, helping me get through the separation anxiety and feelings of sadness. I have loved and lived with a couple of partners before but I realised that my love for my fur babies is so much deeper than anything I have felt for a human."

In 2004, Barbarella decided to make their love official and looked into ways to marry her cats. She found a website called Marryyourpet.com. The site has a list of rules they expect the human marrying their pet to adhere to – such as ‘You are not allowed to mistreat your pet in any way’ – and once Barbarella had been approved and had paid a small fee of about £20, she tied the knot with Lugosi and Spider in a quickie online ceremony, where she clicked on the words ‘I do’.

"Marrying Lugosi and Spider was something I had to do, for myself," she says. "Some people may call me a bigamist for marrying two cats or even call our marriage incest because they’re brothers. But I’ve never been one to care about what other people say or think, especially when it has anything to do with my cats and the unusual relationship I have with them.

Holy catrimony: Woman marries her two cats
To celebrate their three-year anniversary, Barbarella got a tattoo of her two tabbies on her right leg.

"Obviously I don’t have sex with my cats. It’s just pure, spiritual, unconditional love on both sides, as simple as that."

"I wanted something of Lugosi and Spider on my body. If they died, I would never marry another cat. They’re my first cats and no other cat in the future can change that.

"If a man ever approaches me, I just tell them straight off, “Sorry, I’m married to my cats.” If they think it’s odd, I don’t care."

She says that married life with her moggies is easy.

"As much as my relationship with my ex worked in the first few years, he then became lazy. I’d come home and his clothes would be strewn across the living room floor. I was always cleaning up after him.

"My relationship with Lugosi and Spider is different because I accept that they’re cats; they can’t take me to the hospital if I’m ill and they can’t make me dinner. They’re my companions."
No limit to her love

Barbarella spoils her feline hubbies and admits she would happily go bankrupt for them.

"My cats eat better than me. I want them to stay healthy so I’ve put them on a pricey, raw meat diet. Their food is far more expensive than mine.

"One cat’s meals cost £17 per week. I also mix vitamin powder into their food which is £50 per bag. I would take out a loan to save my cats or borrow money if they needed an operation. There’s no limit to what I’d do."

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#FENTYxPUMA: Check out Rihanna's Collections

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Rihanna celebrated her 28th birthday at the weekend. She shared some photos from her new clothing collection #FENTYxPUMA from New York Fashion Week on twitter.  The fashionable footwear comes in three solid shades: red, black and white, and feature an extra-long tongue, subtle heel and neoprene finish.

Rihanna has been a "creative director" at Puma since 2014.  Check them out below:


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