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NHS: Teenagers turn to sex therapy after watching pornography online

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NHS: Teenagers turn to sex therapy after watching pornography online

The National Health Service (NHS) has recorded a trebled increase in number of teenagers looking up for sex therapy in two years, The Times reported.

According to the experts, widespread availability of pornography and easy access to smartphones for children are to be blamed.

Statistical data shows that 4,600 children and youngsters aged 19 or under sought psychosexual (sex) therapy in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Muriel O’Driscoll, a counsellor and psychosexual therapist, said: “With the teens, at times, despite introducing them to sex education, they often lose track or expect sex to be perfect every time.”

“They tend to be misled by expecting their potential experience on pornographic films or videos available on Facebook and other portals. They expect people to be able to have orgasms at a blink.”

O’Driscoll also said that his patients, both boys and girls, were sometimes troubled thinking that their genitals looked different or were of different measurement as compared to those they saw online.

A new research conducted by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) showed that teens and children, as young as seven years, are watching and stumbling across pornography on the Internet.

The report also suggested that 75% of parents believed their child would not have watched pornography online, as compared to more than 50% who think they had done so.

Chief Executive of the BBFC, David Austin said: “Pornography is currently one click away for children of all ages in the UK, and this research supports the growing body of evidence that it is affecting the way young people understand healthy relationships, sex, body image and consent.”

Claire Murdoch, the national mental health director at NHS England, said that its becoming clear that other parts of society need to assume responsibility for their actions, practice a proper duty of care and eliminate harmful online behaviour, ensuring the NHS is not left to pick up the pieces.

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Trump Syndrome of Tactless Diplomacy Infects White House

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The US President Donald Trump’s lack of prudence regarding international relations became a bad cake, when the White House put the most erred cherry on top. Trump’s blunders appeared to be spreading like a virus across his administration, after a video went live on YouTube.

On Wednesday, the White House’s official channel on the video-streaming website uploaded a video of a bilateral meeting. However, the social media team was apparently confused about who was sitting next to their President, confusing Iran with Iraq in the video title.

In the clip posted, President Trump was in a meeting with the Iraqi President Barham Salih at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos. In a blunder, the video was titled “President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran”.

After the video went live on a YouTube channel with merely 1.29 million subscribers, it didn’t take long for people to notice the White House’s goof of mistaking leaders of two nations. Besides, the error remained uncorrected for an hour since posted.

The gaffe also remains absurd because the world has not remained a blind-eye to the severing relations between the US and Iran. Besides, the US recently assassinated Iran’s military leader Qassem Soleimani, only to face a retaliatory missile attack on its bases in Iraq. Citing the escalations, it is highly unlikely for Trump to have any known or secret meetings with the “actual” president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Moreover, President Trump can clearly be heard introducing “the president of Iraq” in first three seconds of the video. He said that there was a “whole host of very difficult things to discuss” with Salih during the meeting. Trump also added that “we’ve been friends and the relationship is good”.

Salih, meanwhile, said that he was looking forward to a “very fruitful and candid conversation” with Trump. “We have had an enduring relationship and the United States has been a partner to Iraq and in the war against ISIS. This mission needs to be accomplished,” he said.

Although the mistake was erasable, it probably has left a forever mark of White House’s lack of attention on its diplomatic ties.

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Snapchat Comes to the Rescue of Girl Kidnapped and Assaulted

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Snapchat Comes to the Rescue of Girl Kidnapped and Assaulted

Considered a bad influence on the world, social media became a saviour for a teen kidnapped in California. A 14-year-old girl, abducted by three men, was rescued after using Snapchat to seek help from her friends to find her, authorities informed.

The girl used Snapchat to inform her friends that she’d been kidnapped and had no clue about her location, stated the San Jose Police Department. Her friends used the app to track her location, and then called 911 leading police to the E-8 Motel in San Jose.

Using the Snapchat location, officer found inside a motel room, and arrested a 55-year-old man Albert Thomas Vasquez, as he was seen leaving the room.

According to the San Jose Police Department, Vasquez had met the teenager the same day in the nearby city of Capitola. He then gave her drugs until she was incapacitated, and called two other men to help him kidnap the girl.

The two other suspects in the case were 34-year-old Antonio Quirino Salvador and 31-year-old Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga. Police stated that all three kidnappers forced the girl into the car, where Vasquez sexually assaulted. She was then taken to the E-Z 8 Motel and carried into a room on the second floor. Besides, Vasquez allegedly assaulted the teenager for the second time.

San Jose police informed that Vasquez has been charged with kidnapping to commit rape, false imprisonment, digital penetration with a child under 14 years with force, lewd act with a child 14 or 15 years with force and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.

The other two, Salvador and Avarenga were taken into custody and charged with kidnapping and conspiracy the next day.

A case that was solved in a day was credited to Snapchat. The company’s spokesperson stated that they have seen their feature of “Snap Map” being used for similar purposes before. Snapchat highlighted that a user’s Snap Map location can be shared with friends of their choice and that it only updates when the app is open.

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3D Glasses on Cuttlefish: Scientists Find New Method for Vision Study

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A study recently published in the Journal Science Advances has defied previous validations of scientists about the vision of marine molluscs, Cuttlefish. As per the study published on Jan 8, Cuttlefish are blessed with a three-dimensional vision that is enhanced by their brains’ ability to perceive depth.

An assistant professor of ecology, evolution and behaviour at the University of Minnesota and the lead author of the study, Dr Trevor Wardill announced that putting 3D glasses on the cuttlefish was not an easy thing to do.

The main agenda of the task was to see how prior to launching their explosive, tentacle attack on their prey, these marine molluscs figure out their distance from their prey. As per Wardill, the complexities of the cuttlefish vision prove it highly unlikely for them to judge distances like humans.

Based on their research work, Wardill and his colleagues realised they could figure out how the cuttlefish uses stereopsis by making them wear 3D glasses and playing some juicy shrimp movies. As per Wardill, “A lot of people said it wasn’t going to work. They said they’d rip the glasses off. They said there’d be ink in the tank.”

But Wardill and his co-workers found a way. In experiments at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the researchers found that careful treatment, distractions, and a copious supply of shrimp were rewarded with cooperation. “You’ve got to get in the mind of the cuttlefish and make them happy,” Wardill explained.

Post arduous efforts in research, researchers discovered that careful treatment, distractions and an abundant supply of shrimp were rewarded with cooperation. Wardill explained, “You’ve got to get in the mind of the cuttlefish and make them happy.”

As per research, cuttlefish is able to account for the differences it sees between the eyes, this means that they are using visual data from both the eyes for painting an image of what lies in front of them. The process, same as used by humans, is termed as stereopsis.

Attempts to stick the 3D glasses directly on the molluscs’ skin left some of them at dicey angles and risked skin damage in case cuttlefish uses its eight arms for pulling them off. To solve the issue, researchers used a superglued Velcro strip that the glasses are attached to.

Further experimentation revealed that the first one that wrapped around caught excess water, so if the cuttlefish swam backwards, the glasses would fly off. Placed in a tank with an underwater movie screen, displaying moving images of shrimp, the animals stopped playing with their glasses. Consequently, a high-speed video camera helped researchers to understand the vision of cuttlefish.

Moving the images near and far, led to the discovery of the cuttlefish using the technique of stereopsis. As per Wardill, “If you have the images a long way apart, the cuttlefish think the shrimp is really close and they back up and try to shoot their tentacles right in front of them. But if you flip the images around and make the shrimp look like it’s behind the screen, they’ll swim right into it.”

The next step in the research will be to investigate the cuttlefish brain circuits for trying and investigating exactly how stereopsis computation works.

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Australia’s Duo Policy of Saving Wildlife from Fire and Killing Camels Later

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On a mission to save the wildlife from the bushfire crisis, Australia commenced a completely opposite, rather absurd, operation of shooting down one of the most peaceful animals.

A five-day cull, approved by aboriginal officials in the remote northwest of South Australia, was initiated on Wednesday, to shot dead thousands of camels in a drought-ravaged region from helicopters. It would be carried out professional snipers from Australia’s department for environment and water.

In a memo posted on Facebook, local government of the area, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) stated that “extremely large groups of camels and other feral animals in and around communities” are “putting pressure on the remote Aboriginal communities” as they look for water.

Nearly 10,000 camels and some feral horses are at a risk of being shot and killed as they desperately search for water. The decision was taken after several complaints of thirsty animals endangering locals came up.

Several parts of Australia are currently burning in flames due to rising temperatures as well as the deliberate acts and negligence of certain people. On top of the already blazing wildlife, a sparsely-populated region in South Australia decided to kill more, instead of any other possible solution.

APY is reportedly witnessing severe dry conditions, where the large camel congregations are believed to be threatening its communities and infrastructure

The Executive Board Member of APY, Marita Baker highlighted that the camels are causing problems in their day-to-day life. They are “knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get water through air-conditioners”.

The inhumane cull was justified by saying that the camels are could damage properties, farm settlements and also drink the water required by people living there. Besides, they contribute to climate change by emitting a greenhouse gas, methane.

Australia, the country that has lost 25 people since September in the wildfires, was gifted 85 per cent of its bushfire crisis by humans. It has been getting hotter over recent decades, which will continue further. Australia is also receiving millions from across the world to save animals and human lives. However, it is also the country that will kill thousands of animals for saving water, in a matter of few days.

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You’re Still Hungover and Nicolas Aujula Knows What’s Coming in 2020

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If anyone in the world has superpowers, it isn’t your favourite superhero you saw in movies. In fact, it is the psychic, who is foreseeing what’s coming up, when you’ve just stepped into this year.

The 34-year-old Nicolas Aujula from south London proved to be a step ahead from humans, when various of his predictions, including earthquakes in China and Cuba, fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and even a mass London cabbie protest, turned out to be true.

With the world beginning another revolution around the Sun and humans stepping into another decade of their existence, the ingenious clairvoyant has several predictions for 2020, which will blow our minds if he’s correct.

Nicolas Aujula, who claims of being an Egyptian queen and a lion in past lives, has been sensing spirits and witnessing supernatural visions since childhood. “I’ve had thousands of past lives. I’ve been an Egyptian queen, a maid, a teacher in the French revolution, a deer, a lion and even lived in another universe,” he said.

“Some of the visions I have are through dreams, and others just hit when I am walking around, he said. “The dreams are the strongest, though, as that’s when you are conked out. The logical side of your brain is switched off, giving more room to your intuitive side.”

In 2020, the protests could expand, where people all over the world could be seen taking to the streets. The psychic’s visions assert the protests being more like a “global mass movement”.

He also predicted what the liberal Americans are wishing for— the United States President Donald Trump losing the upcoming elections, “although he won’t go quietly”. Besides, he has also “seen visions of severe weather and very heavy winds in the UK”.

From the showbiz world, Nicolas Aujula had various visions and predictions. “I’ve had visions of Paris Hilton announcing she is having a baby, a scandal around Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Aniston starting a significant new relationship,” he said.

“I’ve also suddenly become very aware of Amy Winehouse, so I wonder if there will be another death of a young female singer in the headlines, perhaps of something surrounding alcohol and addiction,” he continued. “This one is really bizarre and random, but I’ve seen visions of a floral cupcake dress going viral, and people really sitting up and noticing the design.”

Nicolas also had some other notable visions, including a dog winning a talent show, a large fire at a UK hospital and England winning a major football tournament, may be the UEFA Euro tournament beginning in June.

Although he has given us a list of things we can look forward to or expect, but Nicolas Aujula still insists that he is “not special”. Well, he believes it or not, the party animals are still taking time to realize its 2020 already, when the psychic has listed the possible events this year.

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