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5 Metabolism-Boosting Desserts That Will Never Cause Weight Gain, According To Nutritionists

5 Metabolism-Boosting Desserts That Will Never Cause Weight Gain, According To Nutritionists

There’s no shame in having a sweet tooth, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it might get in your way. Certain fats, like avocados or olive oil, can be healthy and beneficial to your diet because they help you stay fuller for longer. But unfortunately for us, these are rarely the fats found in our favorite desserts. It’s very unlikely to find a decadent cheesecake that won’t overload your daily sugar and calorie intake.
But don’t worry – there is a way you can still enjoy a sweet treat from time to time without cheating on your diet. We found 5 desserts that are made with beneficial ingredients that can actually boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain.

The 5 Best Metabolism-Boosting Desserts

5 best desserts to boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain

Dark Chocolate
Let's start with the most simple dessert option: the classic dark chocolate bar. No preparation necessary, all you need to do is buy a chocolate bar with the highest percentage of dark chocolate you can find. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and it has less sugar content than other types of chocolate, making it a safe pick for a healthy dessert.5 best desserts to boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain

Low Fat Ricotta And Berries
This easy-to-make dessert recipe uses low fat ricotta blended with honey and vanilla for a sweet flavor that is also rich in protein. The berries add to the sweet taste without requiring any added sugars, so it can give you your sweetness fix without causing an damage.
Recipe: The Chunky Chef5 best desserts to boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain

Three-Ingredient Banana Cookies
Made with bananas, oats and whatever third ingredient you wish to add to enhance the flavor (we recommend dark chocolate chips), this simple cookie recipe is good for you and easy to make. The banana holds all of the ingredients together while the oats provide substance and texture so you really don't need any extra additives. This dessert is rich in healthy fibers and potassium and low in sugar.
Recipe: Tasty5 best desserts to boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain

Halo Top Ice Cream
Another store-bought option, Halo Top Ice Cream is an excellent healthy dessert option because it is high in protein. It is also lower in calories than other kinds of ice cream because it uses natural sugar substitutes and less cream.5 best desserts to boost your metabolism and prevent weight gain
Greek Yogurt Frozen Yogurt
This homemade frozen yogurt recipe only takes five minutes to make and only requires four ingredients, so it is very easy to prep. It calls for Greek yogurt, which is an excellent source of calcium and has actually been proven to prevent your body from absorbing fats.
Recipe: Just A Taste

6 Natural ways to burn fat if you can’t exercise regularly

6 Natural ways to burn fat if you can’t exercise regularly

(Natural News) The lack of exercise can contribute to a wide array of health problems, including obesity and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, around 39 percent of the American adult population is obese.
For people who have sedentary lifestyles, but can’t allot time for exercise, there are natural ways to burn fat that are less strenuous compared to normal exercises. Adopting these small changes may help a person lose weight. Here are five natural ways of burning fat without exercise.

1. Eat protein-rich foods

The body needs protein to repair tissues, maintain bone and muscle health, and a variety of other purposes. Aside from these, some studies have shown that consuming protein helps burn fat.
One review of different studies examining the effects of high-protein diets on body weight, fat loss, and satiety found compelling evidence that high-protein meals helped with weight loss. The studies suggested that high-protein meals reduced energy intake, thereby reducing stored fat. This meant that eating protein-rich foods made a person feel fuller, reducing the urge to eat more.
Protein is found across a wide variety of foods, not only meat and poultry. Some of these foods include:
  • Tofu
  • Nuts & seeds (walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, etc.)
  • Legumes (chickpeas, kidney beans, peas, etc.)
  • Fresh fish (wild-caught salmon, tuna, etc.)

2. Avoid sugary drinks

Even if a person reduces the amount of food intake, drinking sugary beverages can still contribute to weight gain. Sugary or soft drinks contain a lot of calories and little to no nutritional value. ebook Discover how to prevent and reverse heart disease (and other cardio related events) with this free ebook: Written by popular Natural News writer Vicki Batt, this book includes everything you need to know about preventing heart disease, reversing hypertension, and nurturing your cardiac health without medication. Learn More.

A study conducted in Europe found that sugary soft drinks led to a higher risk of all-cause mortality. Specifically, the researchers found that drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks (the “diet” beverages) was linked to deaths from circulatory diseases. On the other hand, researchers connected sugar-sweetened drinks with deaths from digestive diseases.
Some of these beverages include:

Bodies of New Hampshire couple found buried on Texas beach

Bodies of New Hampshire couple found buried on Texas beach

Authorities investigating the area where the couple's bodies were found on Padre Island, Texas.
The bodies of a missing New Hampshire couple were discovered buried on a beach in Texas — days after their missing RV was spotted crossing the border into Mexico, according to a report.
James Butler, 48, and his wife Michelle, 46, both of Rumney, arrived on Padre Island with their truck and RV trailer Oct. 15 — one of many stops on their cross-country camping trip.
When family hadn’t heard from them about a week later, they reported their disappearances to police, who unearthed a disturbing clue caught on surveillance footage, KZTV in Corpus Christi reported.
The video allegedly shows an unidentified driver behind the wheel of their truck as it crossed the border into Mexico sometime between Oct. 20 and 21.
A week later, on Oct. 27, the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office discovered human remains on the beach near the Butlers’ camping site, and an autopsy confirmed their identities.
The couple, who have five grown children, took off on a cross-country excursion about a year-and-a-half ago, touring the States and working odd jobs along the way, according to family.
“They were very good at staying in touch with everybody and awesome at sharing their daily adventures,” James’ sister, Deborah Van Loon told the local CBS affiliate in Boston. “He said ‘I’ve never seen the United States’ and bought a used RV.”
It’s unclear how the Butlers died. Police are searching for their truck and investigating their deaths as homicides.

Mum batters daughter, 8, with belt because she didn’t do her homework ‘properly’

Mum batters daughter, 8, with belt because she didn’t do her homework ‘properly’

A MUM battered her eight-year-old daughter with a leather belt for not doing her homework "properly".
The woman, who lives in Queensland, Australia, defended the assault by claiming the abuse was fine in her native China.  The abuse emerged when the brave girl complained about being hit

The abuse emerged when the brave girl complained about being hit
She pleaded guilty to assaulting a child when armed with an instrument at Ipswich Magistrates Court.
The abuse emerged when the brave girl complained about being hit.
She was taken out of her mum's care after child protection services became involved.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said: "Child Safety took a view of the matter that the children should not remain in her care.

The story behind Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes: Gunpowder, treason and plot

The story behind Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes: Gunpowder, treason and plot

It's nearly that time of year again - when we Britons gather in parks and gardens to watch dummies burn on bonfires and fireworks light up the sky, wrapped up in woolly hats and gloves. 
The jovial atmosphere is a far cry from the origins of November 5, which are shrouded in religious tension and a foiled assassination attempt.

November 5 is a date when Britons commemorate events that nearly changed the course of the nation's history. But what actually happened that night, and what part did Guy Fawkes play?
November 5 commemorates the failure of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot by a gang of Roman Catholic activists led by Warwickshire-born Robert Catesby.
When Protestant King James I acceded to the throne, English Catholics had hoped that the persecution they had felt for over 45 years under Queen Elizabeth I would finally end, and they would be granted the freedom to practice their religion. 

When this didn't transpire, a group of conspirators resolved to assassinate the King and his ministers by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament.
Guy (Guido) Fawkes, from York, and his fellow conspirators, having rented out a house close to the Houses of Parliament, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords - enough to completely destroy the building.

(Physicists from the Institute of Physics later calculated that the 2,500kg of gunpowder beneath Parliament would have obliterated an area 500 metres from the centre of the explosion).
The scheme began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle, warning him to avoid the House of Lords.
The letter (which could well have been sent by Lord Monteagle's brother-in-law Francis Tresham), was made public and this led to a search of Westminster Palace in the early hours of November 5.
Explosive expert Fawkes, who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse, was caught when a group of guards discovered him at the last moment.

Fawkes was arrested, sent to the Tower of London and tortured until he gave up the names of his fellow plotters.
Lord Monteagle was rewarded with £500 plus £200 worth of lands for his service in protecting the crown.

Guy Fawkes, Thomas Bates, Robert and Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Christopher and John Wright, Francis Tresham, Everard Digby, Ambrose Rookwood, Robert Keyes, Hugh Owen, John Grant and the man who organised the whole plot - Robert Catesby.
The conspirators were all either killed resisting capture or - like Fawkes - tried, convicted, and executed.
The traditional death for traitors in 17th-century England was to be hanged, drawn and quartered in public. But this proved not to be the 35-year-old Fawkes' fate.
As he awaited his punishment on the gallows, Fawkes leapt off the platform to avoid having his testicles cut off, his stomach opened and his guts spilled out before his eyes.
Mercifully for him, he died from a broken neck but his body was subsequently quartered, and his remains were sent to "the four corners of the kingdom" as a warning to others.

The aftermath

Following the failed plot, Parliament declared November 5th a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.
King James I also sought to control non-conforming English Catholics in England. In May 1606, Parliament passed 'The Popish Recusants Act' which required any citizen to take an oath of allegiance denying the Pope's authority over the king.
Observance of the 5th November Act, passed within months of the plot, made church attendance compulsory on that day and by the late 17th Century, the day had gained a reputation for riotousness and disorder and anti-Catholicism. William of Orange's birthday (November 4th) was also conveniently close.

Remember, remember...

The actions of Guy Fawkes are immortalised in the nursery rhyme 'Remember, remember'. Although several different versions exist, the first five lines remain to same in all.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….
Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.
By god's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys,
Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys,
God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!
Another version, which is said to have been penned around 1870, displays - or perhaps parodies - anti-Catholic sentiment which is said to have risen following the passing of the 5th November Act.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him. 

Guy Fawkes Day today

The Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening. The idea is to ensure no modern-day Guy Fawkes is hiding in the cellars with a bomb, although it is more ceremonial than serious. And they do it with lanterns.
The cellar that Fawkes tried to blow up no longer exists. In 1834 it was destroyed in a fire which devastated the medieval Houses of Parliament. The lantern Guy Fawkes carried in 1605 is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Bonfire night traditions

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, and in a number of countries that were formerly part of the British Empire, with fireworks, bonfires and parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes are tossed on the bonfire, as well as those of contemporary political figures.
Dummies have been burned on bonfires since as long ago as the 13th century, initially to drive away evil spirits. Following the Gunpowder Plot, the focus of the sacrifices switched to Guy Fawkes' treason.
Traditionally, these effigies called 'guys', are carried through the streets in the days leading up to Guy Fawkes Day and children ask passers-by for "a penny for the guy." Today the word 'guy' is a synonym for 'a man' but originally it was a term for a "repulsive, ugly person" in reference to Fawkes.
The fireworks represent the explosives that were never used by the plotters.
In Ottery St Mary, south Devon, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, barrels soaked in tar are set alight and carried aloft through parts of the town by residents. Only Ottregians - those born in the town, or who have lived there for most of their lives - may carry a barrel.
Lewes, in southeastern England, is also the site of annual celebration. Guy Fawkes Day there has a distinctly local flavour, involving six bonfire societies whose memberships are grounded in family history stretching back for generations.
The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is his former school St. Peter’s in York. They refuse to burn a guy out of respect for one of their own.

The origins: fireworks and bonfires

During the 10th century a Chinese cook discovered how to make explosive black powder when he accidentally mixed three kitchen ingredients – potassium nitrate or saltpetre (a salt substitute used in the curing of meat), sulphur and charcoal.
The cook noticed that if the concoction was burned when enclosed in the hollow of a bamboo shoot, there was a tremendous explosion.
Fireworks arrived in Europe in the 14th century and were first produced by the Italians. The first recorded display was in Florence and the first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
The word ‘bonfire’ is said to derive from 'bone-fire', from a time when the corpses of witches, heretics and other nonconformists were burned on a pyre instead of being buried in consecrated ground.
Fireworks should be enjoyed at a safe distance and adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

Here are the 10 firework rules to follow

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

'Anonymous' protests

November 5th has become an important date globally now that political activists all over the world are wearing Guy Fawkes masks to protect their identity. These masks were inspired by Alan Moore's dystopian 'V for Vendetta', the 1988 graphic novel whose main character is loosely based on Guy Fawkes.

Traditional Bonfire Night food

The traditional cake eaten on Bonfire Night is Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, treacle, syrup and ginger.Parkin ginger cake - Credit: Simon Reddy/AlamyParkin ginger cake - Credit: Simon Reddy/Alamy

Parkin ginger cake
Credit: Simon Reddy/Alamy
Proper parkin is a dark, sticky cake-cum-flapjack, not just a gingerbread. It’s good warm with custard as a pudding, perhaps with some poached pears, too.
  • 4 1/2oz /125g butter
  • 4oz/110g caster sugar
  • 5oz/ 140g black treacle
  • 4oz/ 110g golden syrup
  • 8oz/225g medium oatmeal or porridge oats blended in a food processor to a coarse sandy consistency
  • 4oz/ 110g self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 140C/Gas 1. Grease and line a 20cmx20cm cake tin.
Put the butter, sugar, treacle and syrup and heat gently until the butter is melted. Don’t let it boil.
Mix the oats, flour, ginger, spice and salt together in a bowl and add the contents of the pan, stirring well until the dry ingredients are well coated.
Mix in the eggs and milk. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Bake for an hour, checking often that it doesn’t get too dark on top (cover it with paper or foil if it threatens to burn).
Leave to cool in the tin, then wrap it well and store in an airtight container. If you can leave it a few days, so much the better – it’ll get stickier with time.
Cut into squares to serve.
If you can't be bothered to do this, go to a shop and buy a toffee apple.

Bonfire Night isn't the world's weirdest cultural celebration...

In other parts of the globe certain countries commemorate events in their own unique way.

El Colacho (Spain)

Catholics are usually baptised to absolve them of Original Sin, but in the Spanish Village of Castrillo de Murcia, babies are laid on pillows on the street, whereupon men dressed as the devil jump over them to rid them of their sins. The bizarre ritual dates back to the 17th century and while surprisingly there have been no reports of injuries, unsurprisingly it is not advocated by The Vatican…

Setsubun (Japan)

This festival is held each year on the last day of winter, 3rd February, where people throw beans to ward away bad luck and bring happiness into their homes. Traditionally they will throw roasted soy beans called fuku mame (fortune beans), while shouting “oni-wa-soto” (get out demons) and “fuku-wa-uchi” (come in happiness).

Battaglia delle Arance (Italy)

The highlight of the historical carnival of Ivrea is the “Battle of the Oranges,” a medieval reenactment that commemorates the city's defiance against an evil tyrant.Let battle commence!Let battle commence!

Let battle commence!
Teams of orange-throwers on foot fight an army of orange-throwers on horse-drawn carts, adding up to a total of 5,000 people involved in this sweet, sticky mess. It is estimated that nearly 600,000 pounds of oranges are carted up to the northern city, making it one of the largest food fights in Italy.

Surströmming (Sweden)

Ever smelt something so bad you can taste it? Try eating fermented Baltic herring. In the High Coast of Sweden, a festival is held every August where rotten fish is the main event. This noxious culinary 16th Century tradition takes place outside – for obvious stinky reasons – and the tops are literally popped off of the surstr√∂mming (sour herring) tins to the delight of party attendants. Recently cited as one of the most putrid food smells in the world, no wonder it’s an acquired taste. 

Rouketopolemos (Greece)

Translated into "Rocket War"; this annual event celebrates Easter by firing off tens of thousands of rockets. What started as a rivalry between two opposing rival Greek churches on the island of Chios, has turned into a yearly fireworks showcase where over 60,000 rockets are fired into the air, in an attempt to hit the bell tower of the church on the opposing side.
Each side claims victory from hitting the other church’s bell tower, but they agree to settle it next year to continue the Easter tradition another year.

manuka honey controversy : A $100 jar of honey comes between 2 allies

A $100 jar of honey comes between 2 allies

Not just any honey, mind you — this stuff isn’t sold in plastic bear-shaped bottles. It’s manuka honey, a high-priced nectar ballyhooed by celebrities as a health and beauty elixir. (Scarlett Johansson smears it on her face; Laura Dern treats her children with it.)

Manuka-branded honey is so valuable that New Zealand producers have gone to court to argue that they alone should have the right to sell it, in much the same way that only France can claim Champagne with a capital C. They say they are the only source of guaranteed authentic manuka honey, from a single species of bush; their Australian counterparts have marshaled a point-by-point rebuttal that stretches all the way back to the Cretaceous Period.
That has left these two neighbors, so closely bound that Australia’s constitution still welcomes New Zealand to become one of its states, locked in a bitter dispute encompassing science, culture, history and, yes, cold, hard commerce.

“For us, it’s a kick in the guts,” said Bert Seagrave, an Australian farmer with 4,200 beehives in the state of New South Wales. Losing the ability to brand his honey as manuka would cost him half a million dollars a year, he said.
Manuka honey sells for roughly $100 for 500 grams, or about 18 ounces, although higher grades can cost more. It has a nuttier taste than regular table honey, although at that price not many people are likely to be spreading it on their morning toast. Its promoters say it can soothe gastric inflammation and even help treat cuts and burns.
New Zealand makers of the honey have applied for trademarks in their own country as well as in Britain, the European Union, the United States, and China — an especially lucrative market — among other places. Australian producers have filed papers in New Zealand and Britain opposing the applications.

The New Zealanders say they have been compelled to take legal action in part because Australian producers are trying to get away with selling an inferior product.
The dispute revolves around the precise type of bush the honey is derived from. In New Zealand, manuka honey comes solely from the nectar of a plant known as Leptospermum scoparium, commonly called a manuka bush. The Australian honey, the New Zealanders argue, comes not only from that bush but also from dozens of other species in the same genus.

The Australians are “literally selling 80 different species as the same,” said Tony Wright, the general manager for market access at Comvita, one of New Zealand’s largest producers of manuka honey. That, he added, was a bit like “generalizing all the almonds and apricots and calling them plums.”
Producers in Australia, Wright said, are “glossing over the details, and the consumer is getting ripped off, because you can measure all those honeys and measure the antibacterial effect.” The elements of manuka honey are said to be so special that New Zealand makers have even created grading systems to rate their potency — one is called the Unique Manuka Factor.

But the Australians say their New Zealand counterparts are making a distinction without a difference.
They say the Australian bushes in the genus Leptospermum are so closely related to the New Zealand bush as to be nearly indistinguishable, noting that until about 65 million years ago, Australia and New Zealand were part of the same landmass and shared the same species.
Ben McKee, the chief executive of Capilano Honey, Australia’s biggest honey producer, has reams of research to back his product’s health value, as well as Australian news clippings from the 1800s with references to the manuka bush, which until a few decades ago was considered by all parties to be little more than a weed.

Beyond the argument over science, New Zealand producers make a cultural claim, based on the word manuka itself, which originated with the Maori, the country’s indigenous people.
That adds a layer of sensitivity to the issue that cannot be ignored in any discussions with Australian producers, according to John Rawcliffe, a spokesman for the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association in Auckland, New Zealand.
“If you want to come to the table and say manuka is not a Maori word, you will get nowhere,” he said of Australians who have made such assertions.
And then, of course, there’s the money. New Zealand’s manuka honey industry is worth about $220 million a year, and the producers have set a goal of increasing that to about $700 million within the next few years.

Peter Brooks, a chemist in Australia whose laboratories have studied and tested manuka honey from both countries for years, said he believed that New Zealand wanted to achieve that growth by cornering the market.
“They can’t produce more honey,” he said. “If they knock Australia out of the marketplace, they can increase the price of the product fourfold.”
But it is not just about Australia, said Rawcliffe, the New Zealand honey association official.
He said that the trademark actions had been filed because manuka bushes were being planted and harvested in places such as Spain, Serbia, Italy, and China, and that inferior products could flood the market.

One source of anger among Australians in the honey dispute is the fact that the New Zealand government recently stepped in to help fund the legal campaign. Australian beekeepers have struggled to get assistance from their government.
But Australian producers may yet get help from an unlikely source. Tom Walters, the head of the Maori Research Institute, whose tribal lands in New Zealand are leased to honey producers, said he was so aghast at the actions of Rawcliffe and his fellow campaigners that he was reconsidering the terms of those deals.

“I think it is absolutely ludicrous that two countries so blessed with such a wonderful product should be going to court and bastardizing the name manuka,” he said. “Rather, we should put those funds together, collaborate, and put all that money into science and research to supply the world with more honey.”

Instagram model who regularly poses nude & posts bikini snaps says she’s ‘too embarrassed’ to share pictures of her TOES – The Sun

Instagram model who regularly poses nude & posts bikini snaps says she’s ‘too embarrassed’ to share pictures of her TOES – The Sun

AN Instagram star who regularly poses nude and shares bikini photos online has said she's "too embarrassed" to post pictures of her toes.
Martha Kalifatidis shot to fame when she appeared on Married at First Sight Australia and now boasts over 291,000 followers on Instagram.  Martha Kalifatidis shot to fame when she appeared on Married at First Sight Australia

Martha Kalifatidis shot to fame when she appeared on Married at First Sight Australia
Credit: Instagram
But despite regularly uploading racy pictures on social media, Martha says she can't handle trolls commenting on her feet.
Speaking to News Au, the former reality star said: "I'm embarrassed now to take a photo with my toes in it because I had photos with my feet in it and people just went on and on about it.
"I'm like, 'they're feet man, when would they ever look good?' They're feet."
Opening up about how her large Instagram following has affected her confidence, Martha added: "I feel like me a year ago or two years ago, I did have so much more self-esteem and I was probably a little bit more confident.  Martha posted this racy snap for her one year anniversary with her partner Michael Brunelli

Martha posted this racy snap for her one year anniversary with her partner Michael Brunelli
The star has said she'll never post pictures of her toes
"I'd just be in a bikini and I wouldn't care but now I feel like people are going to really try and tear me to shreds."
As a result of the scrutiny she faces from followers, Martha admitted to editing her photos and insisted it's simply part of what makes it "aesthetic".
She said: "I feel like every single image that you see in a magazine or anywhere, any iconic photo you've seen, that you've saved, that you've liked, it's been edited.
"It's just part of making an aesthetic photo. Who wants to see pores in a photo? I don't."
Martha met her partner Michael Brunelli on the reality show and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary by posting a nude selfie.

Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet Explorer

Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet Explorer

Microsoft is refreshing the logo for its Chromium-based Edge browser. The software giant originally unveiled its Edge icon more than four years ago, and it’s fair to say it was a logo that clinged to the past of Internet Explorer. Microsoft’s new logo was discovered as part of a new surfing mini game hidden inside the latest Canary versions of Edge. It looks like a wave, and includes a similar Fluent Design style to the company’s new Office icons.
The logo also spells out the letter e, but it no longer looks similar to Internet Explorer, and looks a lot more modern as a result. Microsoft is clearly breaking from tradition here with its move to a Chromium version of Edge, and it will be interesting to hear why the company picked this particular design.
The Edge icon was revealed in an elaborate Easter Egg hunt where Microsoft employees posted cryptic clues to a series of puzzles and images. Puzzle solvers even had to render an Edge icon as a 3D object, thanks to Obj model code that was hidden in an image. It all led to a series of words discovered in seven clues, which were then inputted into a Javascript function on Microsoft’s Edge Insider website. This revealed which words needed to be pulled from a video for the final instructions to discover the secret surfing game (edge://surf/) and the new logo when you complete it.

The secret edge surfing game is very similar to SkiFree, a classic skiing game that was released as part of Microsoft’s Entertainment Pack 3 for Windows back in 1991. You use WASD on a keyboard to navigate around, avoiding obstacles or threatening octopus tentacles and picking up speed boost and shields on the way.

We’re now waiting to hear when Microsoft will release a final version of its Edge Chromium browser. The software maker released a beta version back in August, and a stable version appeared on the web recently. Microsoft is holding its Ignite conference in Orlando next week, and given the new logo reveal it’s likely we’ll hear more about a release date very soon.

Trump said the new border wall was “impenetrable.” Smugglers are sawing through it.

Trump said the new border wall was “impenetrable.” Smugglers are sawing through it.

President Donald Trump promised a wall on the border would radically change undocumented immigration and customs enforcement. But it turns out newly built sections of the president’s wall aren’t as sturdy as he promised: Smugglers have been using a commercial saw to cut through it, according to the Washington Post.
Smuggling people and goods into the US is a profitable industry for criminal organizations, which is why they are motivated to innovate when it comes to breaching barriers. Of late, smugglers have reportedly been cutting through the wall — which is made of steel bollards that are partially filled with concrete — to make gaps large enough for people and goods to pass through.
To do so, smugglers are reportedly using a reciprocating saw that can be bought for as little as $100. The tool can cut through the wall’s steel and concrete in minutes when fitted with the appropriate blades, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have said.
After cutting the steel bollards, smugglers have taken to returning them to their original positions in hope of reusing the passage without being detected by border officials.
Agents now reportedly patrol the wall in search of defects, which are mended. However, those repaired sections of wall are prime targets for smugglers, as it is easier to cut through the welded metal than it is to make new cuts. And the repair policy has also been targeted by smugglers who attempt to fool agents into believing a severed bollard has been fixed by applying putty to the site of the cut.
All of this should be unsurprising to the Trump administration. NBC News has reported border barrier prototypes tested in 2017 were found to be vulnerable to reciprocating saws. At the time, CBP spokesman Ralph DeSio argued that no wall, however well designed, would be impenetrable.
That didn’t stop Trump from touting the wall as “virtually impenetrable” when he visited a construction site close to San Diego in September, according to NBC News. At the time, he said the wall — which has cost roughly $10 billion so far and has been mostly funded by taxpayers — would successfully block human traffickers from entering the US. He added that not even world class climbers would be able to scale the structure, especially because the materials that comprise it would become too hot to hold in the desert sun.
Yet smugglers have also found ways of climbing the wall. A method that involves using rebar ladders to scale one side and rope ladders to descend the other has become especially popular near San Diego, despite the risk of falling from the height of a three-story-building (the barrier can be up to 30 feet tall).
It is unclear how many breaches there have been so far because the US government has yet to disclose any incidents. Some officials who spoke to The Washington Post anonymously played down the situation, saying there had been only “a few instances” and the wall has “significantly increased security and deterrence.”
The reality, however, is that there is no single physical barrier can completely stop smugglers — even CBP officials acknowledge that. The solution, officials say, is to augment the wall with surveillance technology and border agents on the ground who can combat smugglers. Without such a system, smugglers won’t be deterred, they said.
For Trump, however, this reality may not matter much: The wall’s effectiveness is perhaps less important than its existence, which allows him to truthfully say he has made good on a signature campaign promise.

The wall is still a major talking point for Trump on the campaign trail

“Build the wall!” has been a Trump catchphrase since his time on the campaign trail in 2016. It was a successful slogan that rapidly spread among his base and became an actual policy when Trump became president.
And as his presidency has progressed, he has not stopped talking about the wall: He’s often brought it up during speeches, presenting it as the solution to immigration reform.
Funding it has been an issue, as Mexico has refused to pay for it, despite Trump promising that nation would. Instead, he’s pressured Congress to fund the project, which led to a government shutdown and a declaration of a national emergency in February. He attempted to pull money slated for other projects for the wall, and has faced backlash and lawsuits for doing so. Despite these setbacks, Trump was able to get some funding for his border projects from Congress and appropriations; construction on the wall continues — for Trump, this is a major win.
And it is one that he is not hesitant to discuss when addressing his base. On Friday, for instance, during a rally at Mississippi, Trump said almost 500 miles of the wall would be built by the end of next week — an announcement that received a roar of applause from the audience.
He also, ironically, bragged about the strength of the wall, telling the crowd, “You can cut through steel, but you can’t through the concrete, and then you can’t through the hardened rebar.”
The fact that Trump’s wall isn’t as invincible as he made it out to be is unlikely to hurt the president, however. The wall has always been about his achievements as president — in physical form. He promised a wall, a wall is being built, and voters can expect to continue to hear about it during the 2020 election.

Woman Found Dead In House Containing 140 Snakes

Woman Found Dead In House Containing 140 Snakes

Woman Found Dead In House Surrounded By 140 Snakes

WTHR/YouTube/Laura Hurst/Facebook

A woman was found dead with an eight-foot-long reticulated python around her neck, according to local police.

Laura Hurst was found dead in a house in Oxford, Indiana, owned by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson, a keen snake collector. However, Munton doesn’t live in the house that was found to contain 140 snakes.

Around 20 of those snakes were confirmed to belong to Hurst and she visited the house regularly to see her pets, according to reports in the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

It was Munson who found the 36-year-old’s body on the floor of his home, with the python wrapped around her neck at around 8.51pm local time on Wednesday, police spokesperson Kim Riley told the publication.

While the autopsy was still in progress, he said:

She appears to have been strangled by the snake. We do not know that for a fact until after the autopsy.

Munson told the Journal and Courier Hurst’s death was a ‘tragic accident with loss of human life’,  adding that he was ‘being fully cooperative with everybody’.

‘I’ve given all information to the state police,’ he told the publication.

Riley also told the Associated Press that Munson had renovated his home so he could house the huge number of snakes, however they were caged and secured.

Hurst’s attorney, Marcel Katz, said the snakes were important to her and were listed as possessions in her divorce negotiations, according the Journal and Courier.Woman Found Dead In House Surrounded By 140 Snakes

Laura Hurst/Facebook

She had a real passion for snakes, Katz told the publication. ‘That was a big issue for her.’

The reticulated python is usually found in south and south-east Asia when in the wild. But despite being the longest snake in the world, they’re often distributed as pets.

It is among the three heaviest snakes and like all other pythons, is a nonvenomous constrictor. Many people have been killed by the snakes and at least two people are reported to have been eaten by reticulated pythons.

Rest in peace, Laura Hurst.


How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

Most of us have a lot of photos on Facebook, but don't actually use that platform as a long-term storage solution. Google Photos has become the go-to service for saving digital photographs, and if you haven't yet moved your collection of Facebook pictures to Google Photos, there's never been a better time to finally make the switch. The process can be a bit tricky, so here are a few tips on how to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Products used in this guide

  • The social network: Facebook (Free at Google Play)
  • Digital photobook: Google Photos (Free at Google Play)

How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

The first step of this process begins in the Facebook app. Specifically, you need to download all of your photos on your Facebook account to a local file so you can then upload them to Google Photos. Here's the best way to do that.
  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three lines on the top navigation bar.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Scroll down and tap Download Your Information.
  6. Tap Deselect All.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
  7. Tap Photos and Videos so that it's the only option with a checkmark next to it.
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  9. Tap Medium under the Media Quality option.
  10. Tap High to get the highest-quality download of your files.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
  11. Tap Create File.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
With this done, you now have to wait for Facebook to process your download request. This shouldn't take too long, and once your file is ready, you'll get an email letting you know. In this case, I requested the copy at 8:32, and it was ready at 8:37.
Once your file is ready to be downloaded, here's what you do:
  1. Tap Download next to your file.
  2. Enter your Facebook password and tap ContinueScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
Now, it's time to sit back and wait for your photos to download. Depending on how many you're downloading and how fast your internet connection is, this could take a while. Once it's done downloading, we can move on to the next steps.
  1. Open the Files app on your phone.
  2. Tap the Facebook file (in this case, it's the one titled "facebook-joemaring").
  3. Tap photos_and_videos.
Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
  • Tap the three dots at the top-right of the screen.
  • Tap Extract to....
  • Tap Extract.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
Once everything is done extracting, it's time to move on to the final few steps.
  1. Open Google Photos on your phone.
  2. Tap the three lines at the top-left of the screen.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
  3. Tap one of the new albums from Facebook.
  4. Tap the Back up & sync toggle.Screenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google PhotosScreenshot of how to move photos from Facebook to Google Photos
You'll need to go through and do this for all of the albums you want to back up to Google Photos, and while it is a little tedious, it's the best method we've found for getting everything converted over.
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