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Cherry Blossom Tree

Bonsai trees have often been described as "living art"—the goal of growing these trees, that derived from an ancient Chinese horticulture practice, is to create mini replicas of what's found in nature—which, I guess you can say, is an art form. Practicing this technique yourself might not be the easiest in the world, which is why Amazon is letting us test out this ancient art form with instructional $13 DIY kits.

This kit comes with everything you need to grow your own cherry blossom Bonsai tree—including Japanese cherry blossom flowering Bonsai seeds, a ceramic vase, Bonsai potting mix, pebbles, and a handy instruction guide.

Growing Bonsai trees isn't an easy task though—after soaking your seeds for 24 hours straight, you'll need to place them in a wet paper towel in your fridge for at least 4-8 weeks. Those who dare to grow will need to have patience, and a ton of it at that.

Fair warning—this product has some skeptical reviews due to the seeds not sprouting quickly, but keep in mind Bonsai trees tend to take at least three years to sprout fully, according to Bonsai Empire.

The Bonsai tree brand 9GreenBox also states, "Some seeds can take months to germinate, and just the preparation can be a long process. Patience is a required virtue to grow these bonsai. Some bonsai seeds take an especially long time, so dedication is a must."

Good luck!

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Justine Bieber, Billy Eilish

  • Justin Bieber got emotional and even had to wipe away tears while talking about wanting to protect Billie Eilish during his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe.
  • Bieber, booked to talk about his new album "Changes," first teared up thinking about the death of Kobe Bryant and never knowing how many opportunities you get to be with someone.
  • "I don't want her to go through anything I went through," he said, talking about his experiences in the music industry at a young age. "If she ever needs me, I'm just a call away."
Justin Bieber got emotional quickly when talking about feeling protective of Billie Eilish.

During his Beats 1 interview for Apple Music, Bieber promoted his new album "Changes." But when interviewer Zane Lowe asked him about his relationship with Eilish, who has been an outspoken Bieber fan since childhood, the 25-year-od started to cry.

"I don't know how many opportunities I'm going to get," Bieber told Lowe, becoming emotional. "We never know how many opportunities we're going to get with anybody. I'm tearing up thinking about it, just with the Kobe situation, you know."

"Yeah, I definitely feel protective of her," Bieber added when asked if he feels protective of 18-year-old Eilish.


"It was hard for me being that young and being in the industry and not knowing where to turn and everyone telling me they loved me and you know, just turning their back on you in a second," Bieber, who has recently been candid about depression, said. "I just kind of let her do her thing and if she ever needs me I'm going to be here for her."

Eilish posted a clip from Bieber's interview segment to her own Instagram and captioned it "stream changes." The young star has shared childhood photos of her intense Bieber fandom and was starstruck to finally meet him at Coachella in 2019. The two later collaborated for a remix of her hit song "Bad Guy."

"I just want to protect her. I don't want her to lose it. I don't want her to go through anything I went through," Bieber said in his interview. "I don't wish that upon anybody. So yeah, if she ever needs me, I'm just a call away."

[By Insider]

Prophet, African

With the rise of fake men of God, believers have become more alert and keen to avoid falling for their traps. In several photos that have been doing rounds on social media, many have expressed concern and raised brows over a soap product which was reportedly designed by a prophet to help believers wash away their sins.

The soap product branded ‘Lion of Judah soap’ was allegedly introduced to the market by a popular Malawian Prophet Bushiri of Enlighten Christian Gathering (ECG) church.



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To advertise the soap, promoters convinced congregants that the soap allows them to sin all day since the soap is capable of cleansing.

“Free to sin the whole day and cleanse yourself in the evening with this Bushiri soap” read the soap details

Some reports had also revealed that one bar of soap is worth 50 dollars which is an equivalent of ksh5035. This product sparked mixed reactions from social media users who claimed that this was a strategy by the prophet to milk money from the congregants.



In response to these allegations, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri distanced himself from the soap images and termed them as fake. Adding on to his statement the man of God also stated that these photos were simply circulated by his haters with the intention of ruining his Ministry.

“All the images below are fake! They are doing this simply to tarnish our name and the image of our ministry but praise be to God, we are bigger than this small propaganda,” wrote Bushiri on his official Facebook page.

According to the prophet, this is not the first time that people have spread fake news about him. Bushiri mentioned that people also lied that he sells the blood of Jesus as well as anointed pregnancy tests. To conclude his statement, Buchiri also urged his supporters of his Ministry to call out the people misusing his name

“If you support and love our ministry, please share the post to show our enemies how big we are in Christ.” He said.



Check out some reactions here!


[By News-Af]

Cat, Flight Attendant

Angel is a Bengal cat who travels the world with her family. Recently and because two animals died during air transport, one from cold and the other from the crushing of his cage by other luggage, Angel has started a campaign for all animals to travel in the cabin. The motto is precisely "we are not luggage, we are living beings". Due to its large number of followers this cat of 7 kilos expects to have a good impact. For now, a good way to help her is to spread her campaign and her motto.

Let's make this campaign viral all over the world so that airlines know that all users want animals to travel in the cabin.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/we-are-not-luggage-we-are-living-beings-allow-animals-to-travel-in-the-cabin.html?fbclid=IwAR1depVC5Sdi5j13NZz6MXHgx0CUaGRig7fHX9znT-Sxtm-P97j9HRZ6JpA


[By Sos Vox]

Japan Airlines, Planes

Japan's national airline, Japan Airlines (JAL), is giving away up to 100,000 free domestic flights in Japan to international tourists! If you're in Japan for a summer vacation or to see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we highly recommend you enter the sweepstakes! You may be lucky enough to see a new part of Japan with JAL footing the bill. Read on for all the details of the competition, including just how to apply and what you can do if you're ineligible for one of these tickets.


Japan Airlines

In anticipation of the influx of visitors for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is holding a whole range of promotions and events as part of their Your Japan 2020 project. If you're coming to Japan this year, you may be able to save some money or get a little travel inspiration by browsing their offers.

Among these promotions is the Win A Trip With JAL promotion, which is designed to encourage visitors to see more of Japan by offering up to 100,000 seats (50,000 round trips) on domestic flights for free to foreign visitors. These free seats will be available on flights between July 1st, 2020 - September 30th, and unlike similar competitions, there is an interesting twist.

When you apply for the Win A Trip With JAL competition, you'll be shown an assortment of four potential destinations. If you don't like them, or want to try your luck, you can search again to be shown another assortment. Once you have four destinations you like, you can submit your application. JAL will tell you which of the four you've won within three days of your application.

You can apply in a group of up to four, and there is some flexibility on departure and arrival times available to choose from. These considerations should help make one of these free jaunts to an unexpected destination a bit easier to fit into your travel plans!

Points to Keep in Mind

There are a couple of conditions that are important to keep in mind before applying. The first is that you must be a JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) member to apply.

The other important point is eligibility. This promotion is only available for visitors coming to Japan between June 1st and October 31st, 2020. You will need to give your departure date and flight number of your flight into Japan when you apply, so this promotion is definitely geared towards people who are already booked into coming to Japan during these dates. Another factor to keep in mind is that that flights are only available at Haneda Airport in Tokyo or Itami Airport in Osaka. In other words, if your travel plans are already set in stone, or you're nowhere near either parts of Japan, it may not be worth applying.

Unfortunately for Japanese residents, this also means the promotion is only available to non-Japanese residents holding a temporary visitor's visa. Even if you're not a Japanese citizen but are in Japan on a longer-term work, student, or spouse visa, you won't be able to use these promotion tickets. However, if you do live in Japan and are a JMB member, you might be interested to know that this promotion uses the Dokokani Mile (Go Anywhere) system. This system works in a similar way to the Win A Trip With JAL competition and gives 60,000 free miles off the cost of domestic tickets. You can find more info about this service for JMB members in Japanese here.

There are a number of other conditions, so be sure to give them a read before applying to avoid any disappointment!

Conclusion

Japan Airlines

If you're coming to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, or just for a visit, this promotion is definitely a rare opportunity to expand your trip for free. If you're lucky, you may just get a free flight to a dream destination or discover a hidden gem for yourself! Applications will open in late February, so keep an eye on the official site for further updates. If you do choose to enter, we'll keep our fingers crossed for you!

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Tom Holland, Spider Man

Sony is reportedly developing a new Spider-Man/Spider-Verse film that would unite Tom Holland with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield with a bisexual twist.
A source told We Got This Covered that the project, which is in early development stages, would see Holland team up with former Spider-Men Maguire and Garfield. The source claimed that Sony particularly wants to get Garfield in on the action so he can play a bisexual Spider-Man.

In a move that would see Sony giving queer people everything they want, Garfield’s Spider-Man will also have a boyfriend, the source claims.

Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield have both called for a more sexually diverse web-slinger in the past.

While the claims are just rumours, Holland and Garfield would likely get behind the project – both have called for a more sexually diverse Spider-Man in the past.

Current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, who has stolen the hearts of countless queer people, told the Sunday Times Culture Magazine last year that Marvel superheroes needn’t always be “a straight white guy”.

When asked if there could ever be a gay Spider-Man, Holland replied: “Yeah, of course.”

"I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation, where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man."

When asked how soon, he said that the future of the character isn’t his to decide.

“But I do know a lot about the future of Marvel, and they are going to be representing lots of different people in the next few years,” he elaborated.

He also said last year that he hopes there will be a gay Spider-Man “one day”.
Garfield has said he would like to see a bisexual or pansexual version of Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, Garfield called on producers to make Spider-Man pansexual in 2015.

“I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation,” he said, “where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man.”

“The richness of the world we’re in, the diversity of the world we’re in; you look at the animal kingdom and you see it reflected,” he told Mic.

“You look all over,” he continued. “What are we so scared of? Why are we so, ‘No, it has to be this way, a man and a woman.’ Why is that even a conversation?”

[By Pink News]

Best friends, Woman

One thing can bring them to tears.

What are the things you’re most sensitive about? It could be something you’re ashamed of, or something that someone close to you did and you feel reflects badly on you.

Sometimes, these sensitive topics are known by everyone; other times, they’re too powerful to share, so we keep them quiet so no one can use it against us. We all have things we’re sensitive about, and when those things are brought up, we can get angry or embarrassed.

Every zodiac sign in astrology has their own issues they’re sensitive about, and sometimes they can be surprising.

You might not think that a certain sign known for their strength is sensitive about whether they’re strong enough. But there’s always a reason why someone is sensitive about an issue, and not everybody is willing to share why an action or word is so upsetting for them.

It can add pressure when someone else knows your sensitivities, and brings it up and won’t let it go. It may feel like you need to tread carefully or else an emotion-bomb will go off.

No one likes to have their personal actions from the past used against them. In fact, some stories are better left in the past, unsaid. Memories can be painful and personal, so here’s what each zodiac sign is sensitive about:

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries are sensitive about how their decision-making process. If someone suggests they didn't put enough thought into making a decision or that they were too impulsive, Aries can get upset.

If Aries feels distressed, there's a chance they may lash out or say something they'll regret later. This zodiac sign can be arrogant, so questioning them on something as important as their decisions isn't a great idea.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taureans are sensitive about being thought of as too materialistic. There's nothing wrong with liking nice things, but Taurus feel as if they're being judged about the money they spend on things like art, home furnishings, or clothes.


They work hard, so why shouldn't they appreciate the fruits of their labor? Yes, Taurus will admit to being self-indulgent and buying expensive items on a whim, but they won't cop to being materialistic.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis are sensitive about being flakes. If they're not going to be able to make an event, they'll cancel, but they have the reputation for not being reliable.

Geminis may be late but it's not their intention to just not show up. They may have their sense of timeliness and tend to be flexible, but they resent it when people accuse them as having a lack of consistency.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancers are sensitive about being moody. Yes, they can be emotional, and sometimes their moods change rapidly, but that doesn't mean their emotions are out of control or are at the mercy of their feelings.

Cancers have self-control and don't appreciate when people make them out to be emotional messes. They feel their feelings and there's nothing wrong with that.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leos are sensitive about being thought of as too full of themselves. Yes, they enjoy being the center of attention, but that doesn't mean they don't consider other people or that they're self-centered. They can be both the star and the leader.

Leo cares about people, and it's not only in relation to themselves. They don't like it when people imply that their ego is so big that it gets in the way of their success.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Virgos are sensitive about what they don't know, which isn't a lot. It bothers them when they're challenged on their knowledge, or if they don't know how to do something.

The last thing you want to do is to make Virgo feel foolish or as if they're not one of the smartest people in the room. Virgos can get agitated if they think someone is trying to make them look stupid or helpless.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

Libras are sensitive about not doing enough. Everyone needs some downtime now and then, and Libras like to take time when they need it. But if someone implies they're lazy or not pulling their weight, their normally calm and pleasant demeanor will change.

Libras don't enjoy confrontation, so they may not confront the person who implied they were a lazy. But it will bother them.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpios are sensitive about being referred to as too intense or obsessed. They're passionate and feel things deeply, but that doesn't mean they're stalkers or go too far in their pursuit of love or revenge.

Scorpios resent it when people assume they're possessive or jealous just because they care deeply about people. They can handle their emotions and don't often lose control of them.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius are sensitive about people thinking they have commitment issues or never stick around long enough to set down roots. These individuals are like other people — they have long-term relationships, they set down roots, and they don't always have to be on the road.

They can have routines and not always have to be traveling to be happy. It's insulting to Sagittarius that people would assume they can't commit to someone.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorns are sensitive about being thought of as boring. Just because they tend to be dependable, cautious, and disciplined, it doesn't mean they aren't fun, lively, and spontaneous.

It's as if Capricorns have a bad reputation for being dull and too focused on their work to have a life. They tend to have a great sense of humor and a wild side to their personality. They can be unpredictable, and it hurts Capricorn to be written off as a downer.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius is sensitive about being thought of as emotionless robots. They have feelings just like everyone else, they just don't feel the need to express them all the time.

Sometimes they can come off as aloof or cold, but that's just their way of dealing with things that may make them feel uncomfortable. If you accuse Aquarius of being a machine and not a human, you're sure to get a huge reaction.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces are sensitive about being escapists. When something stresses Pisces out, they may retreat to the world inside their head. They have a rich fantasy life and often seek refuge in their imaginations.

It's not that they never stand up for themselves or handle their problems, but thinking about things in creative ways helps them to problem-solve by thinking outside the box. Pisces aren't trying to run from their problems, they just have their unique ways of coming up with solutions.

[By Your Tango]


This 3 year-old-boy with Down Syndrome had trouble his all life to make friends because of his condition and he was always lonely.

Humans can be an ignorant, selfish and full of prejudice race, but fortunately this sweet boy found someone way better. Someone who will love him and be always there for him no matter his condition. And that someone is a beautiful and friendly Labrador.

The dog seems to know that the boy has special needs and treats him with love and compassion, and this is so adorable!

It’s amazing how the simplest gesture can have such a big impact!

Loyalty. Friendship. Love.

[By Luxury And Glamor]


CORONAVIRUS continues to sweep across the globe - and is spreading fast.
The disease has already claimed the lives of 1,384 people and cases have been confirmed in 28 countries - including nine in the UK.

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What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is the name for a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Sars.

Coronavirus, named COVID-19, is a new strain that hasn't been previously identified in humans.

Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, causing pneumonia-like lung lesions.

It first emerged about a month ago and is thought to have jumped from bats to humans, via a possible but unknown animal, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from catching COVID-19 is to be aware of the symptoms.

Here, we take you through the early warning signs to be aware of, how to protect yourself and when to get medical help...

What are the early warning signs?

According to the NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO), early symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include:

  1. A runny nose
  2. A cough and/or sore throat
  3. A high temperature
  4. Feeling tired
  5. Difficulty breathing
These symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses such as the flu and the common cold.

However, this new strain is said to more likely to trigger a cough and fever, experts have noted.

And they warn the condition can progress and victims can develop severe complications.


nCoV, Symptoms

These include pneumonia and swelling in the lungs, which can make it hard for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream - leading to organ failure and death.

Severe pneumonia can kill people by causing them to "drown" in the fluid flooding their lungs.

How quickly do symptoms come on?

The virus is transmitted between people in droplets from coughing and sneezing and touching or shaking hands.

Symptoms are thought to appear between two and ten days after contracting the virus.

When should I seek help?

If you have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China (or another significantly affected area) in the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone who has and feel unwell, call NHS 111 for advice now.

You should also call NHS 111 if you have travelled to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath.

Public Health England defines close contact as being within two metres of someone for 15 minutes or more or sharing a room for a prolonged period.

The NHS urges people to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as, if you have the virus, you risk spreading it to others.

Health experts are urging people not to go straight to your doctors' surgery, over fears people will spread the bug there too - but do seek medical help by calling NHS 111.

If you get a cough, a high temperature, or you feel short of breath, continue to follow this advice.

Do not leave your house without getting advice from a doctor.

How can I protect myself?

The best way to prevent catching any form of coronavirus is to practice good hygiene, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It says that in order to reduce your risk of infection, you should:
  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  2. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with others.

You should also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze then throw it away and wash your hands.

Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces which you may have touched is also important.

Dr Daniel Atkinson, clinical lead at Treated.com, said: "Hygiene is incredibly important to ward off any viruses.

"Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly - for at least 20 seconds - and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

"If you can, avoid contact with sick people and avoid shaking hands with anyone displaying flu-like symptoms."

Currently there is no vaccine to protect people against the virus.

[By The Sun]

Elevator, Condom
Source: China Press / Daily View

Singapore has declared the country to be on ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition’ (DORSCON) orange level alert on February 7th, just one level below red, the highest alert in the system. There are now a total of 47 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Singapore.


Elevator, Condom
Source: New Talk
In response to this announcement, Singaporeans have gone into a frenzy and rushed to the stores in preparation for an outbreak in case they need to barricade themselves at home. They cleared out the pharmacies and grocery stores by stocking up on essentials even though the government assured them that there is no need to hoard supplies.

Items like masks, hand sanitisers, tissues, non-perishable food items are understandable enough but weirdly, one of the items that are selling like hotcakes is actually condoms. Singaporeans have descended on the condom shelf like a plague of locusts and left it empty and barren. Why though?

Elevator, Condom
Source: Daily View

Based on photos shared by Singaporean netizens on Reddit and Twitter, it is believed that people might actually be using them to protect their fingers when they need to press on any elevator buttons. Whut? Elevators may be a high-risk area to contract COVID-19 but covering your finger with a condom is not very practical or hygienic. Why not use a glove or literally anything else?

Of course, there were some of them who said that people stocked up on condoms because they had nothing else to do when they were staying in with their significant others. Or perhaps if people are really wasting condoms to protect their fingers, then maybe Singapore can expect a population boom at the end of the year?

Elevator, Condom
Source: China Press
Jokes aside, the proper way to protect yourselves from the coronavirus is to always wash your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your face with your hands and wear a mask when you are outside or in crowded areas. Use a tissue if you sneeze or cough as the virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets and contact. Go to the doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath.

Keep calm and stay safe!




Success is something each individual thrives to achieve - in work, in love life, in social circles. Basically, success is a major factor that helps shape the perception of how a person is perceived in the community. Sometimes, it seems like for some people success comes on a silver platter whereas for others, even though they are working hard and non-stop, success seems like a distant star.

What could be the problem? Being at the wrong place at the wrong time, making bad decisions or something entirely else? Well, the stars might have to do something with this. Based on astrology, there are zodiac signs that are destined to be successful. So, are you one of them? Keep on reading to find out.

Libra

Without any doubts, Libra is the sign that comes on top of the list. People born under this sign are very ambitious, hardworking and never stop until they achieve their goals. Plus, they have excellent communication skills and are emotionally mature people who put their family values also high, right beside their never-stopping ambition. This powerful combo makes them the only sign in the Zodiac for which success seems like a piece of cake.

Scorpio

Scorpio people can be very successful, but it depends on the type of people they surround themselves with and the effect these people have on them. Scorpions have a great drive, focus, negotiating skills and these are crucial in determining their path of success. However, they have huge emotional nature as well, which sometimes can be an obstacle in the pursuit of their goals. So, choosing the right partner who will be supportive can really help them get the success they are destined to have.
Taurus

They are stubborn and that is their primary drive towards success. Also, people born under the Taurus sign are known control-freaks, because they dedicate themselves 110% to something they believe will bring them success. Their argumentative side might be a problem, though, because when things aren't moving in the desired direction they tend to raise their voice. However, their extreme charm will always help them achieve what they want.
Aries

The fact that Aries can adapt fast to new situations makes them great challenge achievers whose end-goal is a success. They are courageous and mobile people who know how to manipulate time for their benefit. They are excellent employees, high-performing and with excellent communicative skills. They also are great leaders.

Pisces

For Pisces success means having a comfy life with their family and once they settle in a beautiful house, make a living from an honest job and have their family by side, they feel they have made it. Nothing external is considered worthy to be named success so they leave those struggles aside. Living their time on their own terms is what makes them successful.

Virgo
As the most detail-oriented people, for Virgos success is a familiar word. Their ambition and hard work in combination with their intelligence are what keeps them focused on the path to success. They push themselves hard and the stopping point basically doesn't exist until they've reached their goals. However, this behaviour can really get them in trouble as things can't always be perfectly arranged to meet their expectations.

Cancer

Finally, a sign that groups people who are helpful, emotional and know how to avoid conflicts certainly deserves a spot on the list. Cancer people place all their trust in their close ones, and here is the source of their success. They are in love with people, not material things.


Girl. Woman, Lonely

Happiness is a tricky thing.

Sometimes it feels so damn close and sometimes it is completely out of your reach.

More times than not, we are unaware of it, even when it is completely present in our lives.

What’s messy in particular is when you have absolutely no reason to be unhappy and yet you can’t seem to bring yourself to feel ecstatic or excited about your current life.

Without a tangible reason, you feel defeated and lost.

Sometimes it feels as if there is something blocking you from feeling good, as if bad energy is surrounding you.

It could be that your negative energy comes from the stars themselves.

Why are you unhappy?

Read on to find out why that might be, according to your zodiac sign.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

You are a goal-oriented person. This, of course, is a virtue but it can keep you from feeling happy, even though you might feel content.

You live your life the way you think it should be lived and you settle for things you don’t actually want.

Let go of your competitive side and go enjoy what you currently have.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

You are unhappy because you seem unable to get out of your comfort zone. You think too far into the future, letting things you simply can’t control dictate your life.

Focus on everything you have and find pleasure in the things you are able to control today.

This will allow you to break your routine and create room for happiness in your life.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

You are way too consumed with what others think of you. This can even go as far as becoming an obsession that can affect your mental health.

You should stop obsessing and in case your mental health needs some help, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

Also, you are usually ignoring your physical health issues and that can very much lead to an unhappy life.

Start taking better care of yourself.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

Oh, do you need a fresh start. Dwelling on the past is your number one issue. Concentrate on your present and stop mourning your past relationships.

Taking care of others is your virtue but overcommitting to the well-being of others is not an award enough to keep you satisfied.

You need to engage your famous ‘helper’ attitude in fixing your own life.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
You are constantly surrounding yourself with people, except when you need to talk about your problems.

Having a bunch of acquaintances to party with is great but forming an honest human bond would do a lot for your happiness.

Find someone you can trust and open up to them. It will benefit you to talk with someone about your deepest secrets which keep you from feeling light and content.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

Your strength comes in handy when dealing with everyday issues but it also creates a huge obstacle on your way to happiness.

Letting go of the walls you have put up between the strong you and the emotional you is crucial.

If you think you are in a rut with your job, try finding other challenges. This will motivate you to get back in the game.

When it comes to you, happiness comes from moving on into being in a stimulating environment, both at home and at work.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

Seriously, stop overanalyzing. You cannot make everything perfect, no one can. Accept that absolute perfection doesn’t exist and make your life perfect for yourself.

Not everyone will like you and that’s a fact. You don’t like everyone either, right? Don’t lose sleep over those people you don’t really care about.

Getting this burden off your shoulders will most definitely help you be happier.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

You get obsessed with things you don’t or cannot have. Just because something is unavailable to you, it doesn’t mean you should devote every waking minute to get it.

You are doing fine. Figure out what it is that you REALLY want and start being happy about what you do and can have.

This will make a huge change to your level of happiness.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

You should start choosing your friends more cleverly. Not everyone is kind and nor does everyone have good intentions.

Some people enjoy putting others down and you should stay away from them, since their unkind words make you miserable and question yourself.

Make sure the people around you really have your best interests at heart. It’s not about having many people in your life, it’s about those people being true to you.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

You are way too focused on staying responsible and productive to be happy. You absolutely need to relax a bit and do something fun.

Go out with friends, take a vacation or simply have a bit of rest.

You can’t do absolutely everything that comes to your mind and the sooner you accept that some of your ideas will have to wait, the happier you will be.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

Whatever happens in your life, you find a way to focus on the negative. You’ve got a beautiful present from your friend but oh, it’s the wrong color!

There is almost no way for you to appreciate the positive side of things but this is something you will need to change if you want to be happier.

Stop focusing on things that could go wrong and try to enjoy the good things in your life.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Your soft side is what makes you feel everything to the fullest. It’s a positive thing but if you want to be happy, you will need to be tougher than that.

There will always be things around you to be sad about, horrible things happen to good people, but not everyone’s misfortune is your problem.

Stop feeling the pain that isn’t yours and you will be so much happier in no time.

[By Herway]

Physical education teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, Finland, has been devoting a lot of his free time to photography. For the past six years, Valtteri has been shooting his country’s wildlife and captured many magical moments. And this is a story about one of them.

On the 3rd of June, 2013, Valtteri was planning to explore the Finnish taiga around the town of Martinselkonen. As the man was exploring the area, he noticed a bear coming into a clearing with a few small cubs.

Wild Bears Dancing
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
“The cubs behaved like little children,” Valtteri told Bored Panda. “They were playing, and even started a few friendly fights. I felt like I was on a playground in front of my house, where small children frolic around. That’s how much they reminded me of little children. At one point, the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle.”

Valtteri was in a shelter 50 meters (164 feet) away from the adorable action and had the perfect view. “I photographed the cubs with the bear all evening and all night,” he said.
Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
You can bump into a bear pretty much everywhere in Finland except the ร…land Islands. Most of them live in the eastern part of the country and Lapland, but people regularly see these majestic creatures in the southern and western areas as well.

Like the cubs have successfully proven us, bears are agile and strong. They use their forelegs very effectively for both hunting and getting around. Moreover, they’re very good swimmers and climbers. Basically, they’re the whole package.
Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen


However, the fact that Valtteri managed to get such clear shots of the family is really fascinating. Bear will typically try to avoid humans as best as they can. Humans rarely see them in the wild since these animals almost always retreat immediately after detecting our presence. Keen senses and the ability to move silently make them perfect at this game of hide and seek.

According to the latest assessments by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, there were between 2020 and 2130 bears before the 2019 hunting season.
Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Dancing Panda
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen



[By Bored Panda]


Two video bloggers whose dispatches from the heart of the outbreak showed fear, grief and dissatisfaction with the government have gone silent.

China, Wuhan, nCoV
Credit...Chen Qiushi, via Associated Press

HONG KONG — The beige van squatted outside of a Wuhan hospital, its side and back doors ajar. Fang Bin, a local clothing salesman, peered inside as he walked past. He groaned: “So many dead.” He counted five, six, seven, eight body bags. “This is too many.”

That moment, in a 40-minute video about the coronavirus outbreak that has devastated China, propelled Mr. Fang to internet fame. Then, less than two weeks later, he disappeared.

Days earlier, another prominent video blogger in Wuhan, Chen Qiushi, had also gone missing. Mr. Chen’s friends and family said they believed he had been forcibly quarantined.

Before their disappearances, Mr. Fang and Mr. Chen had recorded dozens of videos from Wuhan, streaming unfiltered and often heartbreaking images from the center of the outbreak. Long lines outside hospitals. Feeble patients. Agonized relatives.

The footage would have been striking anywhere. But it was especially so coming from inside China, where even mild criticism of the authorities is quickly scrubbed from the online record, and those responsible for it often punished.

The appetite for the videos reflects, in part, the shortage of independent news sources in China, where professional newspapers are tightly controlled by the authorities. Earlier this month, the state propaganda department deployed hundreds of journalists to reshape the narrative of the outbreak.

But the videos also reflected the growing call for free speech in China in recent weeks, as the coronavirus crisis has prompted criticism and introspection from unexpected corners across the country.

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Credit...Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Several professional news organizations have produced incisive reports on the outbreak. A revolt against government censorship broke out on Chinese social media last week after the death of Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who had tried to warn of the virus before officials had acknowledged an outbreak.

Mr. Fang’s and Mr. Chen’s videos were another manifestation of the dissatisfaction that the government’s handling of the outbreak has unleashed among ordinary Chinese citizens.

“When suddenly there’s a crisis, they want to have access to a wider array of content and reporting,” said Sarah Cook, who studies Chinese media at Freedom House, a pro-democracy research group based in the United States.

The disappearance of the two men also underscores that the ruling Communist Party has no intention of loosening its grip on free speech.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, said last month that officials needed to “strengthen the guidance of public opinion.” While Chinese social media has overflowed with fear and grief, state propaganda outlets have emphasized Mr. Xi’s steady hand, framed the fight against the outbreak as a form of patriotism and shared upbeat videos of medical workers dancing.

More than 350 people across China have been punished for “spreading rumors” about the outbreak, according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, an advocacy group.

Mr. Chen, a fast-talking, fresh-faced lawyer from eastern China, was already well-known online before the outbreak. He traveled to Hong Kong during the pro-democracy protests last year and disputed the Chinese authorities’ depiction of the demonstrators as a riotous mob.

The Beijing authorities summoned him back to the mainland and deleted his social media accounts, Mr. Chen told his followers later.

But when the coronavirus led officials to seal off Wuhan last month, he raced to the city of 11 million, citing his duty as a self-declared citizen journalist. “What sort of a journalist are you if you don’t dare rush to the front line?” he said.

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Credit...Getty Images

In his videos, which drew millions of views on YouTube, Mr. Chen interviewed locals who had lost loved ones, filmed a woman breaking down as she waited for care and visited an exhibition center that had been converted into a quarantine center.

He was blocked from WeChat, a major Chinese social media app, for spreading rumors. But he was adamant that he shared only what he himself had seen or heard.

As time went on, Mr. Chen, usually energetic, began to show strain. “I am scared,” he said on Jan. 30. “In front of me is the virus. Behind me is China’s legal and administrative power.”

The authorities had contacted his parents to ask for his whereabouts, he said. He teared up suddenly. Then, his finger pointing at the camera, he blurted: “I’m not even scared of death. You think I’m scared of you, Communist Party?”

On Feb. 6, Mr. Chen’s friends lost contact with him. Xu Xiaodong, a prominent mixed martial arts practitioner and a friend of Mr. Chen, posted a video on Feb. 7 saying that Mr. Chen’s parents had been told that their son had been quarantined, though he had not shown symptoms of illness.

Unlike Mr. Chen, Mr. Fang, the clothing salesman, was fairly anonymous before the coronavirus outbreak. Much of his YouTube activity had involved producing enthusiastic videos about traditional Chinese clothing.

But as the outbreak escalated, he began sharing videos of Wuhan’s empty streets and crowded hospitals. They lacked the slickness of Mr. Chen’s dispatches, which were often subtitled and tightly edited. But, as with Mr. Chen’s videos, they showed a man growing increasingly desperate — and defiant.

On Feb. 2, Mr. Fang described how officials had confiscated his laptop and interrogated him about his footage of the body bags. On Feb. 4, he filmed a group of people outside his home, who said they were there to ask him questions. He turned them away, daring them to break down his door.

In his final videos, Mr. Fang turned explicitly political in a way rarely heard inside China, at least in public. Filming from inside his home — he said he was surrounded by plainclothes policemen — he railed against “greed for power” and “tyranny.”


His last video, on Feb. 9, was just 12 seconds long. It featured a scroll of paper with the words, “All citizens resist, hand power back to the people.”

Despite the worldwide audience for Mr. Fang’s and Mr. Chen’s videos, it is hard to know how much reach they had domestically, said Fang Kecheng, an assistant professor of journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Both men relied heavily on YouTube and Twitter, which are blocked in China.

But unlike the torrent of grief and anger online in response to the death of Dr. Li, news of Mr. Chen’s and Mr. Fang’s disappearances has been swiftly stamped out on Chinese social media. Their names returned almost no results on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, on Friday.

Still, Ms. Cook said the power of Mr. Chen’s and Mr. Fang’s videos, as well as the reporting done by professional journalists in Wuhan, should not be underestimated.

She pointed to the Chinese authorities’ decision this week to loosen diagnostic requirements for coronavirus cases, leading to a significant jump in reported infections, as evidence of their impact.

That decision might not have come “if you didn’t have all these people in Wuhan sending out reports that what you’re hearing is an underestimate,” Ms. Cook said. “These very courageous individuals can, in unusual circumstances, push back and force the state’s hand.”

Mr. Fang, in one of his last videos, seemed struck by a similar sentiment. He thanked his viewers, who he said had been calling him nonstop to send support.

“A person, just an ordinary person, a silly person,” he said of himself, “who lifted the lid for a second.”

China, Wuhan, nCoV
Credit...Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

[By Ny Times]