8 reasons why you’ve got foamy urine all of a sudden

But when something is very noticeably off-like if it reeks of, well, urine, or if it looks super-yellow-it definitely gets your wheels turning; and that's a good thing because your pee can actually tell you a whole lot about your overall health.

It's really easy to totally ignore your pee if everything is running according to plan (i.e., a light color, steady stream, and faint smell).

But when something is very noticeably off-like if it reeks of, well, urine, or if it looks super-yellow-it definitely gets your wheels turning; and that's a good thing because your pee can actually tell you a whole lot about your overall health.

If your pee looks like the color of light beer, for example, it could mean you definitely need to drink more water; and if it's cloudy, it might signal that you've got a bacterial infection going on…but what if it looks foamy? Something's definitely up right? Here's what you need to know if your pee looks like it just came out of a steamer.

1. You might just have a super-fast urine stream.

Really, though. "“Some amount of bubbles in the urine is normal and this can be affected by how fast the urinary stream is and how far the urine has to travel before hitting the toilet,” says Yaakov Liss, M.D., a nephrologist at CareMount Medical in New York.

(FYI: a normal urinary stream flows at about 15 milliliters per second-not necessarily helpful information, but still interesting!) So honestly, if your pee looks a bit bubblier than usual, it might just be coming out a little faster, says Liss.

2. Your kidneys aren't working like they should.

Your kidneys work to filter out blood and substances in your urine-protein, specifically-so when your pee looks foamy it could be due to excess protein, which signals something may be off with your kidneys.

“Under normal circumstances, the kidney filters do not permit protein molecules from the blood to pass through and end up in the urine,” Liss says. “An increase of protein in the urine is generally evidence of a damaged and leaky kidney filter.”

Often, though, foamy urine is just one sign of a damaged kidney-other signs include swelling due to fluid retention or weight gain; if you're experiencing any of those symptoms, it's time to see a doctor.

3. You're dehydrated.

Water is one of the substances found in urine (duh), so when you’re not drinking enough, it can make your urine foamy.

“The more dehydrated someone is the more concentrated their urine will be [as their body tries to] conserve water,” explains Liss. This results in foaminess because more substances are excreted in a smaller volume of water. If you spot foamy urine, a good first step is increasing your hydration to see if that helps.

4. You have diabetes or hypertension.

Protein in the urine is at play here once again. Both conditions-diabetes, which affects the body's insulin levels; and hypertension (a.k.a. high blood pressure)-can affect the blood flow to the kidneys, impairing their function.

“This increased pressure [causes] increased stress, which leads to damage and protein in the urine," says Liss, which, again, can result in foaminess.

Again, both diabetes and hypertension have other symptoms, too-diabetes often comes with increased urination and thirst; hypertension can manifest as chest pain or shortness of breath-so if you're experiencing those symptoms along with foamy urine, let your doc know.

5. You have a chronic infection.

Chronic infections-like hepatitis or HIV-can also cause excess protein in your urine, says Liss. Some infections can directly attack the kidney filters; others cause inflammation that can affect your kidney's functioning.

If you’ve been battling a chronic illness and your urine looks soapy or sudsy, check with your doctor-a simply urine test can check for the presence of too much protein in the urine, and your doc can figure out what to do from there.

6. You're in the habit of taking pain meds.

If you’ve been taking over-the-counter painkillers for a while and your urine is looking foamier than usual, those pills could be to blame. Liss says that NSAIDs in particular (think: Advil, Motrin, and Aleve) can cause you to have high levels of protein in your urine. Even worse: Sometimes those pain meds can result in an allergic reaction that causes inflammation in your kidneys.

It’s not a great idea to take any OTC painkillers for an extended period of time without medical supervision, so if you’ve been on a steady regimen of Motrin to combat some kind of ache, it’s probably smart to check in with your doctor to make a long-term plan for pain management.

7. You have an autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune conditions also put stress and strain on the kidneys, potentially causing enough damage to disrupt the filtering process.

“Similar to [chronic viral infections], autoimmune conditions can lead to protein in the urine via the patient’s own immune system mistakenly attacking the patient’s own kidney filters,” says Liss, who notes that these conditions can be exclusive to the kidneys or systemic, like lupus.

Symptoms of autoimmune conditions vary, but have several things in common (fatigue, joint pain, and recurring fever, for example), so if you see foamy urine and you haven’t felt like yourself for a while, it’s worth checking with your doctor.

8. You have a type of blood cancer.

Multiple myeloma, specifically-a type of cancer that forms in the plasma cells of your blood-can lead to extra protein in the urine (and cause it to look foamy). According to Liss, antibodies that are produced as a result of the cancer "can be highly toxic to the kidney filters and lead to protein in the urine.”

But honestly, this is rare: The American Cancer Society notes that multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon cancer most prevalent in people over 65 and is twice as common in African Americans (though no one knows why). It’s probably not the first thing you should jump to if you have foamy urine, but depending on your age and race it could be a possibility.

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7 ways to use meditation for anxiety relief

Real talk: You can't necessarily stop yourself from ever having them…but you can learn how to manage them (and prevent them from going rogue)-that's where meditationcomes into play.

Anxious thoughts are (arguably) the least pleasant kinds of thoughts-and as soon as they pop up, your main goal is to get them gone (which, honestly, only seems to make them multiply). 

Real talk: You can't necessarily stop yourself from ever having them…but you can learn how to manage them (and prevent them from going rogue)-that's where meditationcomes into play.

Meditation can actually teach you how to recognize anxiety-inducing thoughts, observe them, and then let them go. Basically, you're learning to recognize and respond to your feelings rather than instantly reacting to them, says Andy Puddicombe, meditation and mindfulness expert and co-founder of the meditation app Headspace. (Want to try Headspace? Click here and use the code PRHearst1M for a one-month free trial, or code HEARST for three months free on a year-long subscription.)

Still, it can be hard to know where to start-and, uh, what to do when you're actually feeling anxious. Try one of these seven quick meditation tips for anxiety to help bring yourself back to reality ASAP.

1. Focus on the rising and falling of your breath.


With your hand on your stomach, focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Count your breaths-"one" on the rise, "two" on the fall-as you pay attention to the movement of your body, to bring you back to the present moment, suggests Puddicombe. Do this for 10 seconds, he says, repeating if necessary.

2. Pay attention to how your feet feel on the floor.

Or how your hands feel on your keyboard; or how your back feels against the chair-anything that grounds you to where you are and what you're doing at that very moment.

Allow thoughts to come and go as you normally would (because they will-meditation isn't void of thought), but as soon as you realize you’re lost in the thought, pivot your thinking back to the sensation you were focusing on, says Puddicombe.

3. Do a full-body scan, starting at the top of your head.


Close your eyes and focus on your forehead-then begin to scan down your entire body, stopping at specific parts (like your eyes, your mouth, your neck, etc.) to take note of each sensation-good or bad-that you feel, says Puddicombe.

Don't pass judgement or fixate on any specific feelings-just make a note of it and move on; scanning your entire body two to three times, paying attention to how you feel before versus after the scan is complete.

4. Imagine bright, warm sunlight shining down above your head.

You know how it feels when you're sitting next to a window (or lying on the beach) and a beam of sunshine hits your face just right? Imagine that feeling the next time you're overwhelmed-but instead of just your face, imagine the light beam filling up each part of your body, from your toes to your head, suggests Puddicombe. "Allow the warmth, light, and spaciousness to melt away any tension in the body," he adds

5. Let your mind think about whatever it wants to think about.


Yep, that even means feeling anxious, says Puddicombe. It sounds counterintuitive, but when you sit with your thoughts-without any expectations, sense of purpose, or focus for several minutes-you give your mind the extra space needed to help it unwind, he says.

6. Picture someone you love-and breathe in their anxieties.

All right, this one sounds weird but just go with it: Hold an image of someone you love in your mind, and imagine yourself taking on their anxieties and insecurities with every inhale. On the exhale, think about all of their good qualities and the great times you've had together-kind of like breathing in the bad and breathing out the good.

This exercise of putting the happiness of others before your own is called "skillful compassion" according to Puddicombe, and it's "one of the most effective ways to let go of a strong emotion such as anxiety is to focus on another person," he says.

7. Talk to yourself like you'd talk to a friend.


Ask yourself, “what do you appreciate most in your life?” Once you've got something (or things) in mind, dwell in that gratitude for 30 seconds.

Inquiring in the second person separates you from your mind and encourages a space of appreciation, free from any overwhelming emotions, Puddicombe explains.

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12 keto diet weight-loss tips Jenna Jameson swears by

12 keto diet weight-loss tips jenna jameson swears by

In fact, she just shared the top things that helped her lose weight, and they’re so, so doable.

Jenna Jameson's been all about sharing her keto diet weight-loss advice over the past few months, but she’s taken it to guru status lately with her new Instagram account @ketocantlose.

In fact, she just shared the top things that helped her lose weight, and they’re so, so doable.

“These things helped make my weight-loss journey successful,” she captioned the list on Instagram. Here’s what she says were the keys to her success:

  • I stopped snacking

  • I allow myself to get hungry

  • I walk to where I need to go

  • I stop eating when I’m satisfied

  • Intermittent fasting between 6 p.m. – 11 a.m.

  • Purged my kitchen of all processed foods

  • I don’t feed my family processed food

  • I barely EVER eat out

  • I accept that slow progress is PROGRESS

  • I take progress pictures to motivate me

  • I consider eating as nourishing not rewarding

  • I treat myself with love and patience


Easy enough to copy, right?

Jenna's lost 80 pounds on the keto diet since starting the plan back in April-so she definitely seems to know what works for her. Jenna says she's hit her goal weight at this point-and is now focusing primarily on maintenance and building muscle. Still, she's sticking to a fairly strict keto plan, and maintaining her regimen of intermittent fasting.

Her motivation to stick with it? Those before-and-after pictures, of course.


Luckily, her commitment to the keto lifestyle means she's regularly posting her favorite low-carb Trader Joe's foods and even giving followers a peek at her go-to low-carb breakfast (arugula salad with eggs-yum!).

Seriously, keto fire, Jenna.

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How long does a hangover last, anyway?

Typically, hangovers only last the morning (like, until you finally get around to eating breakfast)-at most 24 hours.

The first thing you wonder after waking up after a Rough Night-style evening: Uh, how long does a hangover last again?

Typically, hangovers only last the morning (like, until you finally get around to eating breakfast)-at most 24 hours.

But sometimes, that after-effects of a night of drinking stick around way past their welcome-like the dreaded two-day hangover which makes you realize, oh yeah, you're not in college anymore.

Just wondering…why are hangovers even a thing?

“Hangovers are somewhat poorly understood from a medical standpoint,” says Fred Goggans, M.D., the medical director of McLean Hospital’s McLean Borden Cottage in Camden, Maine. For the most part, the symptoms are considered a form of short-term withdrawal and tend to be time-limited.

Your liver also has to work overtime to process alcohol. "The liver needs to first break down alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is toxic," says Anne Boris, R.D., L.D.N., of Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital. "Then, it breaks down acetaldehyde into acetate, which is nontoxic." If a person drinks too much for their body, or if their liver isn't working efficiently, the body can't turn acetaldehyde into acetate quick enough-that's where a hangover comes into play.

Goggans also says that the strength and length of your hangover goes hand in hand with the amount of alcohol you had. Beyond that? “There are also some other factors that are speculated to influence the intensity and duration of a hangover,” he says.

But why do some hangovers last an appropriate amount of time and others…don't?

1. You didn't drink enough water.

“Alcohol has a diuretic effect-heavy drinking may maximize that,” says Vincent Pedre, M.D., author of Happy Gut. Drinking can dehydrate you-even more so if you’re vomiting or suffering from diarrhea. And this, on top of mineral imbalances (from the influx of booze and loss of fluids and electrolytes), can slow how fast your body detoxifies itself, he explains.

Ease the pain by staying hydrated-alternating every glass of booze with a glass of water, he says-and make sure to keep drinking water even when you really don't feel like it the next day.

2. You had a rough night's sleep.

You know that a good sleep can help you feel your best in the a.m. But you might not realize that while a few glasses of wine could put you to sleep, vino certainly won’t help you get your deepest snooze on. “People tend to have interrupted sleep following a drinking episode,” says Goggans.

And it all comes full circle: The more you drink, the worse you sleep, and then, the worse you feel the day after (and sometimes the day after that).

3. You drank a darker booze.

Meet congeners-they’re flavoring agents or byproducts of fermentation in booze, and they are linked to hangovers, says Goggans. “It seems like the congeners in the darker liquors and drinks are associated with a longer hangover,” he says.

Stay clear to keep yourself in the clear: Liquors linked to worse next-day pain include whiskey, rum, red wine, and brandy, says Goggans; those less likely to cause a hangover: white wine, vodka, and gin.

4. You're getting older (sorry, but it's true).

If you’re 21, your ability to detoxify alcohol is different than if you’re 40 (or even 28), says Pedre. “As we get older, our cells age, and we might not be able to process toxins as we did when we were younger,” he says. So while three drinks was fine back in the dorms sophomore year, that amount may feel like double that 10 years later.

5. You have a sensitivity, but don't realize it.

Lots of people have sensitivities to certain food or chemicals they don't even know about. Beer, for example, is made with barley and hops (a.k.a., gluten); mixers can be super high in sugar; wine can have sulfites-all of these are things you can be intolerant to, says Goggans, which can really amp up your hangover (yes, even if you only have one glass).

6. You drank on an empty stomach.

Alcohol can irritate the lining of your stomach, which can make any hangover-induced nausea, abdominal pain, or vomiting worse, says Boris.

Booze can also affect your blood sugar, says Cox. "Alcohol is a big surge of calories and simple sugars, it can spike your blood sugar then make it fall," he says, adding that not having food in your stomach before drinking can make those levels spike even more drastically.

The solution? Eating a little bit of something relatively hearty (think: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a garden salad) before drinking to slow alcohol's absorption.

7. You have your period.

Your body's already under a little bit of strain during your period (you are bleeding, after all), and since alcohol can dehydrate you, it can deplete your energy even more on your period, says Cox.

8. You're on medication.

Many medications are metabolized (a.k.a., broken down) by the liver and kidneys-the same organs your body uses to metabolize alcohol, which can leave those two organs working overtime, and possibly not performing their best.

"Pain relievers like acetaminophen, antidepressants, cholesterol medication, and blood pressure medications are ones you want to be especially careful with," says Cox.

Antibiotics can also affect how your body processes alcohol, says Cox. While it's not an issue with all antibiotics, some can cause nausea, liver damage, and high blood pressure when combined with alcohol, says Cox-so it's best to check with your doctor to know if your specific medication interacts with booze.

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How to lose 10 pounds without totally changing your diet

Your solution: tiny tweaks. “Small lifestyle changes can really add up and be pretty easy to implement—if you know where to begin,” says Amy Gorin, R.D.N.,

Yes, intermittent fasting could help you lose a significant amount of weight—but what if you only want to lose like, 10 pounds?

Your solution: tiny tweaks. “Small lifestyle changes can really add up and be pretty easy to implement—if you know where to begin,” says Amy Gorin, R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “They key is finding changes that seem very doable within your day-to-day routine. These can really add up to big weight-loss benefits if you keep up with them over time.”

So which of your daily habits should you start rehabbing first? Here's how to lose 10 pounds the easy way.

1) Remember: A tablespoon is the size of a poker chip.


If your scale's been holding steady at the same number for weeks, you might need to think about portion control. It’s easy to accidentally overindulge, so Gorin says learning to eyeball portions is key.

“I often recommend that clients measure foods at home for a couple of weeks, so they can get used to what serving sizes look like and can better judge,” she says. A tablespoon of olive oil, for example, should be about the size of a poker chip.

The good news is that you don’t have to measure veggies-as long as you’re steaming them or eating them mostly raw, they’re so low-cal you can load up your plate with them.

2) Go easy on the yogurt toppings.


But your Greek yogurt is healthy, right?! Well, it was…until you loaded it up like an ice cream sundae. Gorin says healthy choices like Greek yogurt and oatmeal can quickly become high in sugar, fat, and calories if you’re not careful, so don’t overdo the mix-ins and toppings.

“Choose fresh fruit or dried fruit, but not both, and just one healthy fat add-in, like nuts or nut butter,” she recommends.

3) Try writing down everything you eat for a week.


It might feel like you’ve been making all the right choices, but sneaky things could be adding to your calorie tally. To find out what they are, track your food intake for several days using an app like MyFitnessPal (or pen and paper, if you’re old school like that), and then analyze the results to see where the surplus cals might be hiding.

“Journaling your meals and snacks can keep you both mindful and honest about what you’re eating, and give you an opportunity to reflect about any places you can tweak your eating habits,” Gorin explains.

4) Stick to one alcoholic drink a day.


Kind of like your souped-up Greek yogurt, the ingredients added to many cocktails can make the calories and sugar in one drink skyrocket.

Gorin suggests choosing drinks mixed with a lot of low-cal flavor, like vodka or gin with club soda and lime, or cocktails featuring fresh herbs-like rosemary and thyme-in lieu of simple syrups.

And just FYI: five ounces of wine is about 120 to 130 calories, a vodka soda is about 80 calories per one ounce of vodka, and a typical light beer will come in at 100 calories per 12 fluid ounces.

5) Steer clear of spicy tuna rolls.


Obviously the deep-fried tempura is off-limits, but some common toppings in sushidishes can sabotage your small weight-loss goals, too (like spicy mayo-based sauces).

Instead, stick with veggie rolls, fresh fish sushi rolls or sashimi, salmon-avocado rolls, tuna-cucumber rolls, and yellowtail rolls. Gorin also suggests pairing your sushi order with a seaweed salad to add extra veggies to the meal, and opting for a pickled ginger topping because it’s low-cal and super-flavorful.

6) Get seven to nine hours of sleep every single night.


It might come as a surprise, but something as simple as lack of sleep might be contributing to your struggles.

“Getting enough shut-eye helps you make healthy decisions throughout the rest of the day-and have enough energy to cook healthy meals for yourself and make the time for exercise,” Gorin explains.

To help curb your appetite and drop those last remaining pounds, she recommends putting a calendar reminder in your phone for half an hour to an hour before you’d like to get to sleep so you have enough time to wind down.

7) Keep track of how much salad dressing you're using.


Gorin says that the oil in salad dressing helps you absorb the nutrients from the veggies, so it’s best not to cut it out completely. But you definitely want to avoid overdoing it on the portions, because those dressing calories add up quickly. Since a typical salad dressing serving size is two tablespoons, pouring out an additional two tablespoons on top of that can turn your modest 120-calorie serving into a whopping 240-calorie serving.

Measure your dressing out a few times until you learn what two tablespoons really looks like. If you find yourself consistently overpouring, put equal parts vinegar and oil in a spray bottle, shake, and then mist it over your greens instead.

8) Go buck wild with the veggies.


If your dinner plate is full of meat and grains with a few lonely vegetables on the side, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Half your plate should be filled with veggies, says Gorin, with meat and grains each making up a quarter of the remaining real estate. Steaming, grilling, and sautéing vegetables in broth are all great ways to make veggies the star of the meal (and get tons of filling fiber).

9) Snack on pistachios instead of pretzels.


Here's the thing: Pretzels just disappear when you eat them; pistachios leave behind evidence of how many you've consumed in the form of the shell. That visual cue might help prevent mindless over-eating, says Gorin. (Tip: a good serving size of in-shell pistachios is about a quarter cup).

Gorin’s recommendation is backed by some science, too: in one study in the journal Appetite, people who ate in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent less calories than people who snacked on the shelled version.

10) Load up on beans.


Pulses-think chickpeas, white beans, black beans, and lentils-can work wonders for weight loss with fiber and high protein levels that makes you feel fuller, faster, says Gorin.

Some of Gorin’s favorite recipe hacks for incorporating more pulses into your diet? Blending pureed white beans into a smoothie, adding black beans to a brownie recipe, tossing lentils into your meatballs, and using roasted chickpeas in lieu of croutons on a salad.

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Tech: The Stories Slide Deck: How Stories stack up across social platforms (FB, SNAP)

The Stories Slide Deck

Business Insider Intelligence has compiled a slide deck that looks into how Stories work on Instagram and Snapchat, and how brands and publishers should be using the Stories feature to reach their audiences.

In the last few years, there’s been a major shift as to how consumers interact with social media.

Rather than posting content that lives on the platform in perpetuity, users are now posting and viewing more “Stories,” video or images that live for only 24 hours.

Many platforms have introduced some form of Stories format — whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp. Snapchat was the company to introduce it to the world, but Instagram has surpassed it in terms of volume and perhaps usability.

Business Insider Intelligence has compiled a slide deck that looks into how Stories work on Instagram and Snapchat, and how brands and publishers should be using the Stories feature to reach their audiences.

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SERAP, EiE, BudgIT ask Buratai to disclose Army’s spending on military operations

SERAP, EiE, BudgIT ask Buratai to disclose Army’s spending on military operations

The groups also urged Buratai to furnish them with the amounts released and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE), and BudgIT have sent a joint Freedom of Information request to Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, requesting him to use his good offices and leadership position to urgently provide information on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation reports of the Nigerian Army, including the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the various operations the Army carried out.

The groups also urged Buratai to furnish them with the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for: Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Python Dance, Operation Ruwan Wuta, Operation Delta Safe, Operation Mesa, Operation Harbin Kunama, Operation Awatse, Operation Tsera Teku and Operation Crocodile Smile.

In the FOI request sent last week and signed by Bamisope Adeyanju of SERAP, Seun Akinyemi of EiE and Atiku Samuel of BudgIT, the groups said: “Transparency of the budget process and its implementation is an essential condition to achieve good governance. The reports, if provided and published, will shed light on military spending and put to rest once and for all the perceived lack of transparency and accountability in the spending of military budgets, which has been a subject of intense public debate and concern.”

Warning to Buratai

According to the groups, “several billions of naira allocated to the military to defend the country and protect its people have neither contributed to improving the ability of Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram and other armed groups nor provided the much-needed security especially for Nigerians in the North-east of the country.”

They also said “If the requested information is not provided within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, ourorganizations shall take all appropriate legal action under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”

The FOI request read in part: “The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act. The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, would serve the national interest, public welfare, public interest and peace, human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability.

“By virtue of Section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, we are entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation reports of the Nigerian Army, and the amountsreleased (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the various operations listed, which have yielded no tangible result.

ALSO READ: Buratai says no Army can ever have enough equipment

“Also, by virtue of Section 4(a) of the FOI Act, when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or agency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received.”

The Freedom Of Information Act which was signed to law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, seeks to make information on the activities of government institutions available to the public on request.

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Lifestyle: Meghan Markle wants Prince Harry to skip the royals' Christmas shoot because she hates blood sport

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

According to The Sunday Mirror, Meghan Markle refuses to wear fur and is anti-blood sports.

  • Prince Harry will skip the traditional royal Christmas shoot at the request of his wife, Meghan Markle.
  • According to The Sunday Mirror, Markle refuses to wear fur and is anti-blood sports.
  • If Harry does not take part in the shoot, it will not be the first time he has sat out because of Markle.

Meghan Markle has asked Prince Harry to skip the traditional royal Christmas shoot because she hates hunting, according to The Sunday Mirror.

The British newspaper revealed that Harry will not take part in the Boxing Day pheasant shoot, a tradition he has participated in since he was young, out of respect for his new wife's views.

Markle refuses to wear fur and is anti-blood sports, according to numerous reports. Citing royal sources, the Sunday Mirror said she has expressed concern about Harry killing "defenceless animals."

If Harry does not take part in the Christmas shoot, it will not be the first time he has sat out at his wife's request. The Sun reported last year that he missed the Christmas 2017 shoot, while he also reportedly ducked out of the annual grouse hunt at Balmoral over the summer.

Read more: A bitter rift is opening in the royal family with Harry and Meghan on one side and Kate and William on the other, according to more and more reports

The Sunday Mirror speculated that the decision could exacerbate tensions between Harry and his brother William. "In his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife," a source told the paper.

According to a series of reports in respected UK outlets, rivalry and tensions have emerged behind the scenes as Markle was integrated into the royal household.

They say changes at Kensington Palace — the branch of the royal household to which Prince Harry, Prince William, and their families belong — put the two brothers and their wives, Markle and Kate Middleton, at odds, sometimes spilling over into anger.


Strategy: Africans are applying for the jobs they are not qualified for

Africans are applying for the jobs they are not qualified for

This is caused less by a shortage of jobs, but a fundamental misunderstanding of job requirements, both from employers and candidates.

About 90% of applicants across Africa applied for job positions they are not qualified for, according to research conducted by ROAM (Ringier One Africa Media).

ROAM attributes this to the fundamental misunderstanding of job requirements, both from employers and candidates.

The research, according to ROAM comprises of sets of data from more than 12 million users, as well as from more than 100,000 employers, across Nigeria and Kenya active in the last two years.

Matthew Page, ROAM Head of Jobs, while speaking on the background of the research, said, “We have recently conducted a data review and were shocked by this huge gap. Our initial hypothesis was that this is due to a shortage of jobs, gaps in the labour markets, and desperation. However digging deeper into our database, our analysis found that many candidates were indeed qualified for other available jobs, but did not necessarily apply for these. African employers and our clients indeed face a challenge in hiring the right people.”

Hiring the right competency upfront typically returns 3x productivity for the employer. It also minimises the onboarding time required to get an employee up to speed. That is why we have launched smart employer products in the last months. These facilitate a smooth hiring experience for employers, through tech-enabled shortlisting and matching products that identify the best candidate for the best position”, adds Matthew Page.

Clemens Weitz, CEO of ROAM elaborates on the potential for economic growth: “Our research clearly shows that the education of the African job market has a long way to go – both on the seeker and employer side. Solving this challenge will unlock tremendous latent economic potential. Imagine an efficient economy, where all employees sit in the job that is a perfect, natural fit for their individual nature. Productivity and satisfaction would skyrocket. AI and machine learning have tremendous potential, and we plan to fundamentally solve this challenge in 2019.

The company’s research further brought to light that an average job listing receives about 140 – 160 applications. This showcases that there are huge hiring efforts involved in the application and recruitment process, even before the interview. This is both on the candidate side, to launch this large number of wrong applications, as well as from the employer, to identify the 10% off right candidates, amidst a large number of unqualified requests.

ROAM (Ringier One Africa Media) is encompassing the market-leading job portals in West Africa (Jobberman) and East Africa (Brightermonday), as well as Executive Recruitment and HR Solutions firm The African Talent Company.


Charlyboy weds wife in church after 40 years

Charlyboy weds wife in church after 40 years

Charlyboy and Diane exchanged marriage  vows on Saturday evening at the Chapel of Sisters of Jesus the Redeemer Catholic Church in Gwarimpa, Abuja.

Popular Nigerian showbiz maestro and activist, Charlyboy, known by his real name Charles Oputa has formally walked his American wife, down the aisle.

After 40 years of marriage with three children, Charles remarries Diane in low-key.

Charlyboy and his wife exchanged vows on Saturday, December 15, 2018 in the evening at the Chapel of Sisters of Jesus the Redeemer Catholic Church in Gwarimpa, Abuja.

The low-keyed wedding which was officiated by Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Bishop Mathew  Kukah. Among some other clergymen, the Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan was present.

Also had in attendance close friends and relatives of the couple, including the mother, Mrs. Margaret Oputa.

They thereafter signed the marriage register as the couple exchanged the “I do” vows amidst cheers from the congregation.


Onaiyekan, in his exhortation, hailed the couple for staying together for over four decades.

He, however, urged them to be committed to their marriage vows by showing mutual love, understanding and respect for each other.

”I specially congratulate Charles and his wife for this Godly decision, and I pray God to keep them together.”

According to NAN, Charlyboy said on the sidelines that he and his wife decided to wed in church to honour his aged mother who had been ‘pleading that we do the right thing’.

He further said that he got married as a teenager in 1974, and secured divorced after the union produced one child.

He noted that the Catholic Church observed a strict marital doctrine.

This is not that kind of marriage with fanfare; I am doing it to please my aged mother and meet certain demands of the society.


”She has been pleading that we do the right thing, saying this is the woman I have been living with for 40 years.

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”We have been following through with the process of annulment of my last marriage, and my former wife who has since remarried cooperated very well, and then in 2017, the marriage was formally annulled.

”My mother actually got the wife for me at the age of 19 because I was a little rascally with women as a young man; she thinks it would curb my sexual excesses,” he said.

Charlyboy, who is 67 years, has nine children from different women, and has 16 grandchildren.

He has, however, always regarded  Diane as the mother of all his children. 

Source: entertainment