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Sharon Osbourne opens up about ‘horrendous’ facelift

Sharon Osbourne said she underwent a full facelift in October.

Sharon Osbourne has said her latest facelift left her looking like a Cyclops.

The 69-year-old TV personality underwent the five-and-a-half-hour cosmetic procedure back in October. However, she was stunned by the “horrendous” results when the bandages were removed, and her face appeared lopsided.
Recounting her initial shock in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, she said: “I looked like one of those f**king mummies that they wrap (with bandages).”
According to Osbourne, the red wing shoes surgery “hurt like hell” and the original result was far from what she expected.
“I’m telling you, it was horrendous. (To the surgeon) I’m, like, ‘You’ve got to be f**king joking.’ One eye was different to the other. I looked like a f**king Cyclops,” the star told the paper.
Osbourne, who is married to Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne, said her husband even offered to fund a correction, telling her: “‘I don’t care how much it costs, we’ll get it redone.'”
Despite her initial displeasure, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge said she decided to allow her face to settle and is now happy with her looks.
Osbourne has previously been open about her numerous cosmetic procedures, including a facelift she had in 2019.
“I had this thing where they lifted up my mouth and then for the first like week I’m like I couldn’t feel my mouth, I can hardly feel my mouth now, to be honest with you,” she said on The Kelly Clarkson Show that year. “I couldn’t find my mouth. It was numb and it was up on one side and I looked like Elvis and all the kids and thorogood boots Ozzy are going, ‘Why are you snarling at me?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not snarling; I’m not doing anything!'”
Osbourne’s latest surgery revelation comes weeks after she announced that she will be hosting a prime-time talk show alongside Piers Morgan on new British TV channel TalkTV.
Osbourne left her regular spot on CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk” in 2021, following a heated discussion about racism with her black co-host Sheryl Underwood, during which she defended Morgan over his controversial departure from ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.”

Here’s what we know about the 40-mile-long Russian convoy outside Ukraine’s capital

For days, residents of Kyiv had been bracing themselves for a 40-mile-long convoy of Russian tanks, armored vehicles, and towed artillery to arrive for an assault on the Ukrainian capital.

Days later, they’re still waiting.
On Thursday, US intelligence suggested that the convoy was still stalled some distance from Kyiv, backing claims made by both the Ukrainian government and UK’s defense ministry.
“We still assess that the convoy that everybody’s been red wing shoes focused on is stalled. We have no reason to doubt Ukrainian claims that they have, that they have contributed to it being stalled by attacking it,” a senior US official told reporters.
Earlier in the day, the UK’s defense ministry said the convoy appears to have stalled some 30 kilometers (19 miles) outside Kyiv and had made “little discernible progress” over the past three days, citing intelligence.
“The main body of the large Russian column advancing on Kyiv remains over 30 km from the center of the city, having been delayed by staunch Ukrainian resistance, mechanical breakdown and congestion. The column has made little discernible progress in over three days,” the UK statement said.
One million refugees flee Ukraine as Russia escalates bombardment of key cities
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday night that while the convoy and Russia’s broader push towards Kyiv “remains stalled,” there was a significant concern “that maybe the window is closing to be able to get aid into cities that may become under siege.”
A senior US defense official told reporters on that although the convoy is suffering shortages of fuel and food, the US has assessed that the Russians “will again learn thorogood boots from these missteps and these stumbles and will try to overcome them.”
The convoy’s stalled progress could create multiple strategic problems for Russia.
First, as the key Russian supply line for any major assault on Kyiv, it is a very large sitting target for Ukrainian forces fighting back against the invasion.
Second, sitting in a 40-mile-long traffic jam for days at a time could take its toll on the morale and discipline of Russian soldiers ahead of a major military operation.
Martti Kari, who previously served as Finland’s assistant chief of defense intelligence, told CNN that being stranded like this is bad for morale for two reasons. “First, the Ukrainians have drones and aircraft that could attack the convoy. Second, when you sit around in the same place rumors circulate that affect your mindset. So you become nervous and tired, which is not a good combination.”
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies show the convoy on February 28.
The convoy is believed to have entered Ukraine via Belarus, a key ally of Putin where Russia had moved huge numbers of troops in recent weeks to carry out what they called joint exercises. When the exercises ended, the troops didn’t leave and satellite images actually showed that Russia increased their military presence in the country.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed on Wednesday night that the fierce Ukrainian resistance had dented Russian morale.
“More and more occupiers are fleeing back to Russia, from us, from you … we are a nation that broke the enemy’s plans in a week — plans those have been built for years,” he said in a Facebook post.
Key city of Mariupol under siege as Russia tightens grip on Ukraine's south
The latest assessments on the convoy comes after the Russian military issued its first casualty figures from the war, saying 498 of its troops had died and another 1,597 had been injured. The UK statement on Thursday said “the actual number of those killed and wounded will almost certainly be considerably higher and continue to rise.”
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov expressed “great sorrow” over Russian military casualties on Thursday morning.
But Russia appeared to be meeting less resistance in southern Ukraine, where the mayor of the strategically important city of Kherson on the Black Sea indicated that Russian forces had seized control, though claims remain disputed.
And the crucial southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol came under siege from Russian forces Thursday, as Moscow seeks to tighten its grip on the south of the country.

US says it has credible information about Russian ‘kill list’ in potential Ukraine invasion

The US has written to the top United Nations human rights official that it has “credible information” that Russian forces are identifying Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” if it further invades Ukraine and occupies it.

“Disturbing information recently obtained by the United States that indicates that human rights violations and abuses in the aftermath of a further invasion are being planned,” Ambassador Bathsheba Nell Crocker, the US Representative to the Office of the United Nations hey dude and Other International Organizations in Geneva, alleges in a letter to Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“These acts, which in past Russian operations have included targeted killings, kidnappings/forced disappearances, unjust detentions, and the use of torture, would likely target those who oppose Russian actions, including Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, journalists and anti-corruption activists, and vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities and LGBTQI+ persons,” reads the letter, which was first reported by The Washington Post and obtained by CNN.
“Specifically, we have credible information that indicates Russian forces are creating lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation. We also have credible information that Russian forces will likely use lethal measures to disperse peaceful protests or otherwise counter peaceful exercises of perceived resistance from civilian populations,” the letter says.
The letter did not say how the US obtained the information. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed that it received the message.
Crocker added that the aim for sharing this information with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was to give “an early warning that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine may create a human rights catastrophe.” She said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised these concerns to the Security Council on February 17. “In particular, he stated that the United States has information that indicates Russia will target specific groups of Ukrainians,” Crocker added.
The Kremlin on Monday denied the claim regarding a kill list and called it “absolute fiction.”
“This is an absolute hoax, this is a lie,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told CNN. Pressed on if he is aware of the existence of such a list, Peskov said, “I know that this is absolute fiction, there is no such list, it is fake news.”
CNN reported on Friday that multiple US and western government officials confirmed to CNN that the US has intelligence that Russia has drawn up lists of current political figures that it would target for removal in the event it invades Ukraine and topples the current government in Kyiv.
Sources familiar with the intelligence said the target lists are red wing boots part of Russian planning to replace the current administration in Kyiv with a more Russia-friendly government, bolstering a previous disclosure by the British government identifying pro-Moscow figures it said Russia planned to install.
The most likely outcome for those politicians and public figures whom Moscow has targeted to be ousted in the event Kyiv falls, these sources said to CNN, is jail or assassination.
CNN has not seen the underlying intelligence intercepts or the documents that name the targets or the purported collaborators and their supposed positions in a pro-Russia administration.
Blinken said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” over the weekend that the US would continue supporting Ukrainians if there is an invasion and a Ukrainian insurgency is left to fight.
“(President Joe Biden) said that we will, in the event of an invasion, double down on our support for Ukraine, and that means in terms of security assistance, economic assistance, diplomatic assistance, political assistance, humanitarian assistance, you name it,” Blinken said.

Jamie Lynn Spears speaks out in a new interview about strained relationship with sister Britney Spears

Britney Spears, left, poses with her sister Jamie Lynn Spears.

After Billie Eilish talks about porn, experts urge parents and kids to have straight talk about sex

Long gone are the days of accessing porn only at the local magazine and video stores. Today, internet and cable television services make pornographic content available to almost anyone. A lot of internet porn is available without charge, and some graphic novels and Japanese anime have incorporated pornographic or nearly pornographic images and plotlines.

In the cyber age, porn is easily accessible to adolescents online. In fact, most porn these days is accessed through the internet, according to a 2016 meta-analysis published in The Journal of Sex Research.
Adolescents who viewed violent, graphic pornography were six times more likely to be sexually aggressive than those who were not exposed, according to a 2011 study cited by a 2012 review of research. Kids aren’t only seeing porn at younger ages these days, but hoka shoes for women they are seeing more porn and more graphic porn than their parents did. Pornography, however, is no substitute for open and honest sex education.
Such was the consensus among some psychologists and educators this past week after brutally honest — and heartbreaking — comments from singer Billie Eilish about exposure to porn at a young age.
In an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on SiriusXM Radio, Eilish said she started watching porn around age 11. “It really destroyed my brain,” she said, adding that graphically violent imagery gave her nightmares and sleep paralysis.
Singer Billie Eilish opened up about  trauma from watching violent porn starting at age 11. She is shown at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival  in Las Vegas, September 18.
“The first few times I had sex, I was not saying no to things that were not good; it was because I thought that’s what I was supposed to be attracted to,” said Eilish, who turned 20 on December 18. Eilish went on to say she “didn’t understand why it was a bad thing” and that she “thought that’s how you learned how to have sex.” When she told her mother, the Grammy Award winner said her mom was horrified by the idea that her daughter was learning about sex this way.
Her comments about being “traumatized” were a painful reminder of how porn and other sexualized media can impact young adults in today’s world, sex educators told CNN.
Emily Rothman, chair of the department of occupational therapy at Boston University who is also a professor of pediatrics and medicine, said Eilish’s comments serve as a wake-up call for parents and other trusted grown-ups to play a more active role in children’s lives.
“Having a conversation with youth about what they have seen, when, where and how many times, can be really helpful to try to prevent future incidents and answer their questions,” said Rothman, who teaches and researches about sex, sexuality and gender and has provided violence-related consulting to state departments of public health and coalitions of domestic violence programs.
“We need to do more to prevent youth from viewing sexually explicit media. And because no matter what we do, some of them will see it anyway, we also need to provide information and education to all youth about the fact that pornography is not an instruction manual on how to have sex.”

Graphic porn is easily accessible to tweens and teens

Eilish described what she was watching as “abusive porn,” depicting violence against women “without consent.” What’s more, her experiences might be more common than most adults choose to admit.
Break the ice with your tween or teen using TV shows, social media and podcasts
Porn “is available all the time on the internet, and even if parents put up blockers, kids are finding ways to access it,” said Michael Robb, senior director of research at Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that publishes entertainment and technology recommendations for families. “Whether they’re seeking it out themselves or they’re accessing it unintentionally through friends or older siblings, it’s there.”
There isn’t much trustworthy and recent research about the intersection of tweens and porn, according to Robb. It’s an area that researchers have had difficulty studying due to ethical questions and lack of participation. Furthermore, Robb analyzes the studies hoka shoes on the subject of kids and porn, and said many of these endeavors have had questionable methodologies.
More reliable data that do exist suggest Eilish’s experiences are typical, Robb said. One he cites often:
A 2017 survey of 1,001 young people and children in the United Kingdom, which indicated that 28% of those 11-12-year olds reported seeing porn, while 65% of 15-16 year olds reported seeing it. Robb said these numbers are likely higher now because of increased screen use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All about education

Of course, as Rothman suggested, the real issue underlying most conversations about porn is education.
Tweens and teens watch the material like Eilish did and think it’s real life, laying the groundwork for distorted reality and associated problems down the road, according to David Ley, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ley added that the real disconnect comes with what porn doesn’t show.
“Healthy sexual interactions require negotiation and consent and honesty and self-control and respect,” he said. “Most porn skips over all of this, and without the proper context, kids who are curious and watch it aren’t going to understand how important all of these issues are to healthy sexual relationships.”
Part of the challenge here is educating kids about healthy sexual interactions, Ley noted.
Sex ed conversations you need to have with your tween or teen
While most formal sex education in the United States doesn’t start until middle school, many other nations start teaching kids about it at a younger age. Ley said the effects of this early exposure are indisputable: In the Netherlands, where the basics of sex education begin between ages 4 and 6, there are lower rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual assault.
“We have this idea and belief that we have if you don’t talk about something it won’t happen,” he said. “The reality is that not talking about it sets up kids for unfortunate lessons.”
These comments resonated with author Peggy Orenstein.
Over the last 15 years, Orenstein has written six books about young people, sexuality and sex, and she’s interviewed hundreds of tweens and teens along the way. In talking to these kids, she said she has learned they are picking up misplaced messages from a variety of media.
“It’s imperative to talk to young people about sexuality that’s legal and ethical and good,” Orenstein said. “The values of male sexual entitlement, female submissiveness and availability, and female performance for male pleasure are prevalent in today’s world. It’s not just porn (where kids see these values). It’s easy to get alarmed about many of the things young people are seeing.”

Sex as meaningful human connection

Many experts said the best way for parents to engage in conversation with kids about human sexuality is to discuss it as a celebration of the human condition and how people can connect on deeper, more meaningful levels.
This also makes it critically important to recognize different sexual identities.
Aredvi Azad, co-executive director of The Heal Project, a nonprofit that teaches kids about healthy living, noted that any modern conversation about sex, sexuality and gender must extend beyond the heteronormative, cisgendered relationships depicted in most mainstream pornography.
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“If we don’t talk about sex more broadly, we are unintentionally creating a situation where kids who don’t have interests within what is deemed normal can easily descend into a shame spiral,” Azad said.
“We need to help kids understand every aspect of sexual and gender identity, and that asexuality is a thing, too,” said Azad, who identifies as genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns.

For adults only

It’s also important to note that pornography isn’t always considered bad.
A recent op-ed by noted sex educator Cindy Gallop pointed out that porn can be innovative, creative, and even downright feminist if made with a focus on a woman’s comfort and desires.
Chelsea Kurnick, an LGBTQ advocate and community builder in Sonoma County, California, agreed. Kurnick said olukai shoes there is a host of porn outside the mainstream that is “beautiful and instructive and can be empowering for adults to watch.”
In many cases, “queer and trans people, fat people (and) disabled people” can gain useful and helpful knowledge from porn that’s made by and for them, Kurnick said. She added that this material is strictly for adults.
“It is totally true that there are often unrealistic expectations set by porn and that you can find violent or disturbing stuff online,” she said. “It’s also important to remember that porn isn’t made for 11-year-olds, it can be healthy for adults to see, and it’s something real people do for a living.”

What parents can do

The best way parents can respond to children’s natural curiosity about pornography is to be proactive and supportive in the process of discussing it with kids.
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As Gallop wrote in her recent essay, this means parents must commit to talking to kids about sex frankly and straightforwardly.
Orenstein said that for her, it means conversations should focus on the notion that all people are worthy of dignity and respect.
To achieve these goals, parents must strive to create from the very beginning an atmosphere where children don’t feel or experience shame for expressing curiosities as they develop, according to Jennifer Kelman, a therapist and clinical social worker in Boca Raton, Florida.
Parents also should commit to parenting with positivity, answering just about every question that kids ask, Kelman said, even if the answers simply state that children are not yet old enough for more information to satisfy their request.
“Parents need to be open about (kids) possibly being exposed to (porn) and validate their natural curiosity around it, while allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings around sexual intimacy,” Kelman said. “There is no shame in natural growth and curiosity, so (parents must) talk to kids about real love and the harms that pornography can do.”

The Truth About Donald Trump’s Youngest Son

Barron Trump close-up with flags

What’s the truth about Donald Trump’s youngest son? The Trump name is recognized all over the world. Good or bad, Donald Trump, his wife, and his children have capitalized on the reality star-turned-President’s fame, and have launched themselves into positions of power and political authority. It seems that every day, we see the name Trump in the headlines, the stories almost always accompanied by intimate details and inside information.

But if there’s one Trump who’s managed to evade the spotlight, it’s Barron Trump, nfl jerseys the President’s 14-year-old son. The only child of 45 and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, Barron remains a mystery to many. Seldom seen and almost always with his mother, Barron doesn’t occupy the headlines or make much news himself — unlike many other first children, like Chelsea Clinton, for example.

Have you ever wondered what Barron is interested in or what school he goes to? And what was his life like before he called the White House home? Wonder no more: here’s the truth about Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump.

Unlike his famous siblings, Donald Trump’s youngest son largely stays out of the spotlight
Melania, Barron, and Ivanka Trump at Donald Trump's inaguration
Donald Trump’s youngest son is one of five Trump children, all from three different marriages. His older brothers, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are the children of 45 and his first wife, Ivana Trump. Also from Donald’s first marriage is Ivanka Trump, the eldest Trump daughter; she’s an official assistant to the President, and her husband is a senior adviser. And while Ivanka is not the first child of a president to serve in the White House, she did acknowledge the “unprecedented nature” of her role, as noted by USA Today.

Barron’s two older brothers are often in the spotlight due to their leadership in The Trump Organization. Additionally, all three of the elder Trump children made appearances during their father’s campaign; they spoke at both the 2016 and the 2020 RNC. At hoka shoes each convention, the siblings were joined by their sister, Tiffany Trump (from 45’s marriage to Marla Maples), who made speeches supporting her father.

While Barron is significantly younger than his siblings, his low profile at these important political events is notable. After all, he does live in the White House.

Donald Trump’s youngest son and Melania Trump speak her native language Slovenian together

Barron and Melania Trump walking outside

Thanks to his mother’s native country and language, Donald Trump’s youngest son is multilingual; he speaks both Slovenian and English, as noted by Bustle. Additionally, his mother told People in 2009 that Barron Trump also speaks French, making him at the time a trilingual toddler.

According to Mary Jordan, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Art of Her Deal (a book about Melania Trump and her life), Barron continues to speak to his mother in Slovenian to this day. This even happens in front of the Secret Service, a unique fact of life in the White House. “There’s a unit within the family unit, and it’s Melania, her mother, her father, and Barron,” Jordan told CBS News. “And they all speak Slovenian.” That means that no one in the Secret Service can understand what they’re saying, either.

Jordan also revealed how Barron and Melania’s conversations in Slovenian impact the President, who unlike his son, did not learn his wife’s native language. “He has said it annoys him sometimes, ’cause he has no idea what they’re saying,” Jordan added.

Donald Trump’s youngest son appears to be a sneakerhead

Barron Trump wearing a T-shirt in 2017

Like many other American teenagers, Donald Trump’s youngest son appears to be a sneakerhead. In fact, Barron Trump has made sneakers one of his notable fashion statements since moving into the White House. As for what his favorite pair of kicks appear to be? According to Footwear News, Barron is a fan of the 574 Core sneakers from New Balance.

Barron has sported those sneakers on more than one occasion, too. For one, he salomon boots was photographed in early 2020 wearing the sneakers in black, paired with black jeans and a bomber jacket. A couple of weeks earlier, he was spotted wearing a different pair of the shoes with what appear to be reflective detailing. Then, during the Thanksgiving festivities in 2019, Barron again rocked an all-black edition of the sneakers. Finally, in March of 2019, Barron was seen wearing a camel-colored version of the same style, after wearing a grey and white pair the year before. It’s safe to say that Barron has found his footwear of choice!

Donald Trump’s youngest son and his mother lived in New York for the first six months of the Trump presidency

Melania and Barron Trump at an Easter event in 2018

Children are no strangers to the White House. Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had two young daughters when he took office, and both children and teens have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during past administrations.

But when Donald won the 2016 election, Melania Trump made it clear that she and Barron Trump would not immediately be moving from their Manhattan penthouse. That’s because she didn’t want to interrupt Barron in the middle of his school year, according to The New York Times. Officials also said that Melania and Donald Trump’s youngest son would remain in New York for at least six months.

While Melania also worried about exposing Barron to the scrutiny of the press, the pair finally moved to Washington, D.C. in June of 2017. However, Melania remained cautious of the decision. According to People, she was reluctant to relocate in not just because of Barron’s schooling, but also due to her love of New York City.

Justin Bieber posts about Jesus’ love instead of Hailey’s on anniversary

Justin Bieber chose to post about his relationship with God over wife Hailey Bieber on their wedding anniversary.

The singer — who tied the knot with Hailey in 2018 — shared two separate posts to Instagram on Thursday, neither of which acknowledged his and his wife’s special day.

“Jesus loves me,” read one post, shared to both his feed and Instagram Story. “That’s as good as it gets.”

Justin also shared a lengthier message about how God has “forgiven” him for steve madden shoes his past actions and is currently guiding him on the right path — whatever that may be.

“I believe God is in control of every aspect of my life. I believe God loves me and that I’m always on his mind,” a second post read. “I believe I am being lead by God’s spirit and that I am protected and hidden from the enemy.”

“I believe I am forgiven for every wrong action or thought in my past, present and future,” the post continued. “God is working everything that the enemy meant for evil and he is working it together for good.”

Justin, 27, captioned the post, “GOD HAS BEEN WITH US THIS WHOLE TIME 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺.”

Fans of the couple quickly caught on to the oddly timed posts, with one bluntly asking, “How can you humiliate your wife on your wedding anniversary so badly. So publicly. That’s not a man of God. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

A rep for Justin did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

The pair first quietly wed in fall 2018 but threw an official bash in South Carolina on Sept. 30, 2019.

For her part, Hailey, 24, posted a series of black-and-white dr martens boots photos from their South Carolina wedding on Instagram, simply captioning the carousel, “9.30.”

The two married for the second time in a lavish ceremony at the Montage Palmetto Bluff waterfront resort in 2019 — about a year after they quietly said “I do” at a New York City courthouse.

The “Lonely” crooner and Hailey got engaged at a resort in the Bahamas after only a few weeks of reigniting their romance. The duo had been friends since childhood and had an on-again, off-again relationship.

Porsha Williams Reveals She Spoke To Investigators About A SHOCKING, Sexual Encounter She Had With R. Kelly!

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Porsha Williams

Porsha Williams is speaking out about her experience with R. Kelly and explaining why she wanted to tell investigators her story. 

“I realized it was my opportunity to help anyone who’s salomon boots been hurt by him,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum told PEOPLE. “There had been so many other instances where I had been abused by men that my mentality [at that time] was of an abused person and that it was okay for me to be treated like that.”

Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking in September.

Porsha met a friend of the R&B singer in 2007 and was flown to Chicago to personally connect with Kelly, to explore a professional relationship amid an interest in a music career. Porsha, who was 25 at the time, explained that she expected to sperry shoes be transported to Kelly’s studio, but was instead driven to his home. 

Porsha was introduced to Kelly and was led to his bedroom where she sat alone for hours. Kelly finally joined her and told her to get undressed. 

“I’ve already put myself in this position,” the reality star wrote in her upcoming memoir. “This is what you’re supposed to do. You have to. There is no turning back.” 

Porsha explains in “The Pursuit of Porsha” that she saw Kelly two more times and crossed paths with several other young women who were staying at his home. Porsha revealed that she cut ties with the singer after she heard a woman being beaten in another room. 

Porsha kept her experience a secret for years. 

“It’s not something you want to tell your mom, because my mom is a very strong woman and she did her very best in raising me,” Porsha shared. “And I think for bluetooth headphones any woman or man who’s been in an abusive situation, you don’t want to tell your parents because you don’t want them to think that they had let you down in any way. I don’t want her to think that she had done anything wrong. And so I took it upon myself.”

Porsha Williams

“But I was glad when I did, she was glad that I told her and we talked about it,” Porsha added. “She told me some of her experiences. And we just talked about how this should be told so other women don’t have to go through it.”

Porsha’s memoir will hit the market as her new spinoff series premieres on Bravo.  

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Porsha’s Family Matters” premieres on November 28, and will feature her family taking the reality star to task over her sudden engagement to her co-star’s ex, Simon Guobadia.

Porsha Williams

The new limited series will feature Porsha’s extended family and their outspoken opinions about the RHOA alum’s personal life. Bravo described the banter as family members chiming in with “unfiltered opinions” which cause “tensions” to rise.  

Truckers make the world go round. Invisible truths you didn’t know about trucking in America

What’s the journey of all the goods we consume? Trucking is dangerous, difficult and in demand. Here’s the story behind an industry on the cusp of major technological change.

In May 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic in its infancy, a chain of colorful big rigs parked along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC, for nearly three weeks. Horns blared as idling truck drivers protested sinking pay, rising insurance costs and lack of transparency bluetooth headphones from the brokers who set their rates to transport goods. In a Roll Call video, an organizer described what it was about: “All the things that were brought to the stores … [truckers] brought it, and they’re the ones who got screwed in the end.”

The modest-size demonstration went largely unnoticed by the American public. But it represented something much larger that affects us all.

Convoy of trucks
  • A convoy of trucks converged in the nation’s capital at the start of the pandemic to protest low freight rates, as drivers had to keep loads of toilet paper and essential supplies moving.
  • What would happen if all the 3.5 million truck drivers in the US stopped working for just three days? It wouldn’t take long for America to resemble a sci-fi dystopia: Grocery store shelves would go bare, hospitals would run out of medical equipment, computer and vehicle parts would dry up, fuel tanks would go empty. Consider some of the shortages we witnessed through early COVID-19 times, like meat and cleaning supplies, but in an exponential ripple.
  • “The world would come to a stop,” said Ricky Rodriguez, a flatbed truck driver who works 12 to 14 hours a day hauling steel, aluminum and lumber through the Midwest. Paul Marhoefer, aka “Long Haul Paul,” a veteran trucker and host of the eight-part Over the Road podcast, was equally blunt in response: “The biggest effect would be on the psyche of the nation.”
  • Trucks are the linchpin of the economy, responsible for moving 72% of all the goods we consume. They’re a critical link in the supply chain for both goods arriving in ships from abroad and those made in the US. Every product that goes from an American port or factory to your doorstep rides on a truck at some point. Like intrepid pilots of the highway, truckers collectively travel 450 billion miles each year sperry shoes to haul those loads for consumers, carrying 11 billion tons of merchandise, electronics, supplies and produce.
  • “Trucks will continue to be the dominant freight transportation mode for the foreseeable future,” Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, said before a Senate committee in May.
  • Still, many of us don’t think beyond our one-second “Buy Now” click, or how our online shopping builds a demand for freight carried by trucks. We just want our mass-produced items, the bulk of which are made overseas, cheaper and faster, as CNET reporter Ian Sherr spells out in the opening story of our Made in America summer series.
  • So what do we really know about the invisible life behind the wheel? And as manufacturing continues to be outsourced and as vehicles shift to natural gas and electric, will America just keep on truckin’ in the same way?
  • To find out the answers to those questions and more, I spent time talking to truckers, industry experts and executives from companies specializing in self-driving vehicles. With so much hype around new robots on wheels replacing the jobs of millions of truckers, I wanted to understand how these hauling machines have evolved, how they’ll survive seismic shifts in automation, and how some truck drivers are working 80 hours a week and still going broke.
  • Every product you use travels on some type of truck
  • The first thing to know is that there’s not just one kind of truck, nor is there an “average truck driver.” As consumers, we tend to have the most direct contact with the parcel and delivery workers from UPS, FedEx or Amazon who hand us our packages. But they’re just a subsection of the trucking industry.
  • There are trucks that haul combined shipments from different businesses and those that transport specialized or dangerous goods like heavy equipment, trash, gasoline or chemicals. There are local and regional drivers who make short trips to service stores and retail outlets. Then there are port truckers who collect cargo in the colossal shipping containers at the docks, and intermodal workers who move freight between different modes of transport, like rail, ship and plane. Backup of trucks on a highway
Traffic delays are regular frustration for truckers, like those waiting here to enter the Port of Long Beach to pick up loads. Most long-haul truckers get paid by the mile, not hourly.If you’re on a barren highway at nightand you see a halo of headlights, or you’re boxed into the slow lane on the interstate by an 18-wheeler, it’s probably an over-the-road driver. These long-haul truckers spend weeks or months crisscrossing the country over vast distances from production sites to distribution centers. They’re carrying what are called “full truckload” shipments of more than 10,000 pounds on a 53-foot trailer, which will be either a “dry van” or a “reefer” (a trailer with a refrigeration unit).

Those kinds of big rigs are named “semis” because a detachable rear-wheel trailer attaches to the tractor towing it. And they shaped the American economy in a profound way.

During World War I, the semi truck offered an alternative to the congested railroad for the transport of salomon boots military cargo, and their use boomed during the Great Depression, in large part due to food. As families were struggling to feed themselves cheaply, the budding trucking industry allowed farms and businesses to get their goods faster and more directly to market than trains could. Soon, trucking became the dominant mode of freight transport, and with the launching of the interstate highway system in 1956, trucks could carry goods from coast to coast without a hitch.

Today, the rail, aviation and ocean shipping sectors couldn’t survive without trucks acting as the connective band between them. And that’s become more critical with the boom of e-commerce and just-in-time manufacturing, which reduces inventory costs, cuts waste and calls for the production of what customers want in the timeframe they want it. But it also means that any interruption to the country’s lean and fragile supply chain has a burdensome impact on workers, who have to keep producing and delivering without delays.

A trucker in the cab of a truck goes through a checklist.
Trucking routes were a challenge for drivers due to COVID-19 supply-chain bottlenecks as well as restaurant and restroom closures.The pandemic took a heavy toll on truckers, who kept everything rolling: emergency goods, medical components, electronics, food and basic supplies. They risked their safety and health traveling through areas hit hard by the virus. Market disruptions from international lockdowns and clogged ports, combined with consumers panic buying, clobbered the global supply chain and every link in it, as CNET’s Kent German points out in his Made in America story.

That meant drivers were subjected to intense bottlenecks and prolonged hours to pick up and deliver freight. Rodriguez told me it was also stressful dealing with shippers’ quarantine restrictions because he didn’t know if he’d be given access to their facilities.

Ellen Voie, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Women in Trucking Association, said drivers weren’t brooks shoes provided with personal protective equipment when supplies were limited and that many states also closed their rest areas. Voie noted that it was particularly difficult for women — who make up just 10% of all truck drivers — to find a bathroom or a shower. Overall, she noted, women drivers face higher risk and have to be “especially sensitive to being situationally aware to protect themselves.”

Yet one woman trucker I spoke with saw the COVID-era as a beckoning for a fresh career. Nasrin Naderi, an immigrant from Afghanistan, went to trucking school and got her commercial driver’s license, or CDL, in 2020 after she realized she could no longer rely on her previous employment in restaurants or hotels, or with Uber and Lyft.

Pfizer says its COVID-19 antiviral pill reduces risk of serious illness: What we know about US approval

The oral drug, called Paxlovid, reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by almost 90% in early tests, according to Pfizer.


Pfizer has asked for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 antiviral pill could be up consideration.

A day after Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics received approval in the UK for their COVID-19 antiviral pill, Pfizer said Friday it has an antiviral drug that can cut the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID by 89%, according to data from clinical trials.

Called Paxlovid, Pfizer’s pill would be taken orally to skechers outlet fight the severe symptoms. Currently, the only antiviral medication authorized in the US requires a health care professional to administer the medication intravenously, through a needle, over five to 10 days. An easy-to-take pill could become part of a growing toolkit that doctors could use to fight COVID, which already includes the three COVID vaccines authorized for use in the US.

In September, data from Johns Hopkins University showed that around 1 in 500 Americans have died from the coronavirus. While the available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, millions of Americans have not been vaccinated. According to a September report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are over 10 times more likely to get hospitalized and die from the disease than fully vaccinated people.

Here’s what we know about Pfizer’s antiviral pill. We’ll update this story as more details emerge. For more on COVID-19, here’s the latest on vaccine mandates, keeping your vaccine card hanovembndy and this year’s flu season.

What is Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral drug?

In the US, the three approved COVID vaccines from ModernaPfizer and Johnson & Johnson can protect you from infection. But for those already infected, antiviral drugs could reduce the chance of serious illness and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death.

If approved, Pfizer’s drug won’t replace the need for vaccines. Health officials see the vaccines and antiviral drugs working in tandem to nike outlet tame the pandemic: Vaccines can prevent infection and lessen the severity of illness if you get infected. Antiviral drugs can lessen the effects of the illness, including for those unvaccinated.

In clinical trials, Paxlovid reduced  the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% when taken three days of symptoms for those who are at a higher risk of serious infection, Pfizer said.

The pharmaceutical giant said it intends to request emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration “as soon as possible.” During its clinical trials, Pfizer said, reported side effects between those taking the antiviral drug and those taking the placebo were about the same.

How does it compare with molnupiravir, Merck’s COVID pill?

Merck applied for an emergency use authorization of its antiviral pill with the FDA in mid-October.

If given the go-ahead, the Merck antiviral drug molnupiravir would be the first approved in the US to be taken orally at home. Merck has said its pill can reduce the risk of hospitalization and death by 50% if taken within five days of the onset of symptoms for people who have tested positive and are at higher risk of serious illness.

An FDA advisory committee plans to meet at the end of November to consider Merck’s emergency use application for molnupiravir.

When could Pfizer antiviral pill be available in the US?

The New York Times reported that Pfizer’s pill could be available in the next few months, if approved by the FDA.

What would be Pfizer treatment course for its antiviral pill?

During Pfizer’s tests on the drug, patients took the pill orally every 12 hours for five days.

Will Pfizer’s drug be free?

Pfizer expects to produce enough pills for more than 180,000 people by the end of 2021 and for more than 21 million people by the middle of 2022, The New York Times reported. The US government is negotiating with Pfizer to buy enough pills for 1.7 million courses of treatment.

Pfizer hasn’t said whether that deal keen shoes means that the pill will be free to patients in the US. A Pfizer spokesperson told CNET: “Pfizer’s goal is to deliver safe and effective oral anti-viral therapeutic(s) as soon as possible and at an affordable price, subject to regulatory authorization.”

Separately, the US government is purchasing 1.7 million courses of Merck’s antiviral drug to provide if and when it is approved by the FDA.

For more on COVID-19, here’s the latest on COVID-19 vaccines for kids, what to know about mixing and matching vaccines and what is happening with booster shots.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.