Of all the innumerable factors that contribute towards a favorable first impression, how we look is undoubtedly the most important. We all “profile” people and label them according to our criteria. We do this instinctively for a number of reasons, including our survival – after all, nobody wants to befriend a serial killer. Our peace of mind plays a role as well – we also don’t want our babysitter to look as ravishing as Jessica Alba – if you’re a married middle-aged woman with an attractive husband even if you trust him completely- and we certainly don’t want our accountant to look like Kramer from Seinfeld.
The clothes we wear and the care we put into our grooming are amongst the most useful tools that we can use to convey who we are to others – if that is our intention. The way we behave ourselves and the eloquence of our speech will only provide the desired effect if it’s not sabotaged by the way we look. No one would respect a police officer dressed as a clown and a schoolteacher would surely have issues controlling his pupils if he decided to wear a Star Trek outfit for work.
The choice is ours for good and bad, when it comes to choose our clothes and groom ourselves. But what happens when we lose the power to do this things? People who become homeless due to any circumstance, lose this privilege the moment they can’t take a shower, shave or wash their clothes. When someone lives on the street for a certain amount of time it shows, weather this person would like to do something about it or not.
This is the story of Jose Alfonso, a Spanish man who has been homeless for over 25 years. Caring little about the way he looked, his long hair and beard gave him the appearance of a castaway who was recently rescued. His clothes were fairly clean and adequate considering his condition. But the stigma of homelessness went with him everywhere he went.
One day, the owner of a hair salon offered him a haircut. It changed his life completely.
After dealing with it for a number of years, one day José got so depressed that he was unable to get up in the morning. The condition persisted and he lost his job and his home as a result. For most of his life, he worked as an electrician in the city of Palma. When he lost his job he begun doing odd jobs here and there barely making enough money to eat. He was no longer able to afford a home.
BECOMING A FAMILIAR PART OF THE LANDSCAPE
As time passed José became part of the familiar landscape of the city. People grew accustomed to seeing him on certain places around town and soon he even received the nickname “Josete” which people used affectionately surely to distinguish him from the other “José’s” in town.
MAKING A LIVING
José managed to work as a parking attendant. It wasn’t a permanent job but whenever the opportunity arose he took it and was able to eat. A woman who was familiar with him, took it upon herself to do something to help José. She made him a proposition and José was game.
Salva García owns a hair salon called “La Salvajeria.” She offered José a complete makeover at no cost. Her offer included a haircut, trimming his beard and new clothes. She wanted him to get a second chance in life and he was about to receive it.
A COMPLETE MAKEOVER
It all began with a haircut. José felt uneasy as soon as he entered the salon. He felt out of place and uncertain. Looking at the mirror he asked his benefactor to allow him an instant to contemplate his face in its present state for the last time and then to remove the mirror and close the door. He wanted to look in the mirror again only after the transformation had taken place and open the door to a new life filled with opportunities. The owner agreed and he took one last look in the mirror before the transformation started.
His hair quite long. Salva García and her team begun trimming it with a clipper. In a manner of minutes his hair was cropped and it was time to move to the next stage.
His beard was bushy and unkempt. It was necessary to trim it with scissors. Care was taken to shape it in a more flattering manner. They wouldn’t remove it entirely, after all beards are quite fashionable these days.
NEW HAIR COLOR
José’s gray hair made him look 20 years older. The stylist decided to dye it brown which was its natural color before it prematurely greyed. It was a long process but in the end it was worth it.
His beard was also dyed brown. It was then conditioned and groomed and the result exceeded expectations.
His eyebrows were plucked selectively and the white hairs dyed to complete the youthful look.
BEFORE AND AFTER
The transformation makes José at least 20 years younger. He looks cleaner and fresher. A new man inside and out.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.
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