Wednesday, December 11, 2019

How a 59p tool works as the perfect cleaning hack to unclog hair stuck in your vacuum

We've all been there when the vacuum cleaner suddenly cuts out and household chores are left incomplete.

The horrible crunching sound that means the household appliance is coming towards the end of its life is not welcome.

But one cleaning fan may have a solution to all those vacuum woes with a hack that costs just 59p.

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The most likely cause of the vacuum giving up is because it overheats and cuts out thanks to fluff and hair that clogs up the mechanism inside.

Cleaning influencer Mrs D, who boasts 29,000 followers thanks to her handy reviews and tips, shared a trick to beating the fluff ball into submission.

Sharing the short clip on her Instagram 'Mrs D's Cleaning Reviews' she wrote in the caption: "Top tip for removing hair from your vacuum roller.

"There are many different tools on the market that will help you remove the trapped hair in the bristles of your vacuum roller.

"This solution only costs 59p from @homebargains and its something that is designed for tailors and for people who sew. It's a stitch picker.

"The stitch picker glides through the tangled hair so easy, and it's the only thing I will use to remove the hair from my vacuum roller."

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Mrs D's followers flooded her comments with praise for the tip, with many of them stating they already had the tool but would never have thought to use it on their appliance.

"Great tip I already have a stitch cutter but wouldn't have thought of this so thanks," wrote one.

"Love this tip!! Nearly had a few accidents with scissors," added another.

One gushed: "Bloody brilliant! Thank you so much I am definitely buying one of these!"

The hack comes after a new technique was shared on social media of a motorist revealing their handy solution for getting rid of ice on a car windscreen.

They were seen wiping a sandwich bag filled with warm water across their car’s glass surfaces, instantly removing the ice.

There are also a number of solutions which drivers can concoct to shift the ice. A blend of vinegar and water, salt or water or rubbing alcohol and water can also be effective methods to remove frost

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7am Man Utd news LIVE: Haaland scouted against Liverpool, Rashford held Barcelona transfer talks, Saul LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED'S last two games have ended in victories against local rivals Man City and top four challengers Tottenham.

Now the Red Devils welcome AZ Alkmaar in Europe League on Thursday, having already qualified for the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, with the January transfer window around the corner, the Red Devils are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Leeds-born goal machine Erling Braut Haaland.

Follow all the latest news and updates from Old Trafford below…

  • UNITED target Erling Haaland took out his frustration on a water bottle after Liverpool scored their second goal of the game.

    The in-demand forward failed to make an impact in Austria as Naby Keita and Mo Salah's goals secured Liverpool Champions League qualification.

    Haaland – a transfer target for a host of Premier League clubs – was subbed off after 75 minutes having missed a golden chance to give Salzburg a first-half lead.

    After Mane made it two, the 19-year-old striker was chucked a bottle of water, but too angry to take a swig he instead smashed it on the ground. 

  • MANCHESTER UNITED stars spread some festive cheer as they paid their annual visit to children in local hospitals.

    The likes of Marcus Rashford, Fred and Jesse Lingard pulled on Christmas hats to dish out gifts and put smiles on the faces of kids at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

    United face a hectic schedule over the festive period but they still found time to make dreams come true and raise spirits.

    The club split up the squad and sent different members to separate hospitals around the area, including Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury and The Christie's Palatine Treatment Centre.

  • MANCHESTER UNITED star Jesse Lingard delivered some gifts to young footballers after arriving on a Coca-Cola truck.

    The winger surprised StreetGames players training in East Manchester at the Belle Vue Leisure centre.

    Lingard handed out Christmas presents in celebration of Coca-Cola’s ten-year-long partnership with StreetGames.

    The gifts included footballs, kit bags, football socks and beanies.

    Lingard then joined in for a five-a-side kickabout, much to the delight of the youngsters.

  • ASHLEY YOUNG has been forced to deny a bird pooed in his mouth after being relentlessly teased by his own wife and kids.

    The Red Devils captain, 34, went viral in 2014 after it looked as though a falling glob of bird droppings nestled in the corner of his mouth against Swansea.

    When grilled over the bizarre incident, Young jokingly snapped at the MUTV Podcast host, saying: “It didn’t happen!

    “I’ve said this for God knows how long. It got to a point where I thought 'I need to do an interview to say that this didn’t happen'.

    “But I just couldn’t be bothered. It had gone viral, it’s still going viral I think now.

    “Even my wife and kids say a bird pooed in your mouth, but no it didn’t.”

  • PAUL MERSON reckons Manchester United can “100 per cent” beat Chelsea to a top four spot.

    The ex-Arsenal man told Sky Sports: “Can Manchester United catch Chelsea in fourth? 100 per cent.

    “There's a long way to go. Chelsea are a young side and are going to have their ups and downs.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How the face of Boohoo went from getting expelled and living with 17 relatives to billionaire playboy pal to the stars – The Sun

WITH his love of designer clothes and private planes, Umar Kamani is every inch the jet-setting playboy.

He rubs shoulders with the likes of Will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez, drives a fleet of supercars and holidays in exotic places.

Not bad for a lad who was expelled from school and grew up in a house crammed with 18 family members.

Umar, 31, is a member of the founding family behind Boohoo, the online clothing retailer that started life as a simple market stall and is now a big name in the fashion trade.

While high street stores such as Debenhams, New Look and Marks & Spencer have seen sales plunge, Boohoo has bucked the trend. In the first half of this year it reported a hefty 43 per cent rise.

The Manchester-based firm specialises in fast, cheap fashion for tweens and 20-somethings and includes offshoots BoohooMAN, PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal, together worth £3.8billion.

Its executive chairman, Umar’s dad Mahmud, and his business partner Carol Kane — who started the business in 2006 — have just had a rather nice Christmas gift of £142.5million after completing a major share sale.

The firm deals not so much in fast fashion, as clobber at lightning speed. Up to 120 new pieces are uploaded to the website every day, and an average of 50 dresses — some costing as little as £5 — are sold every minute.

Celebrities such as footballer Dele Alli, Jennifer Lopez, plus-size model Ashley Graham and Little Mix have collaborated with the brands.

The Kamani family’s story is almost literally a rags to riches tale that started with Umar’s Indian grandfather, Abdullah, a classmate of Mahatma Gandhi, and within just two generations has led to a gilded lifestyle shared by few others.

Abdullah arrived in the UK in the late 1960s. He had already moved from India to Kenya, where Mahmud and his three siblings were born. But enticed by the opportunities Britain had to offer, Abdullah headed for Manchester and began selling handbags on a market stall.

That led to creating a textile business, Pinstripe, supplying fabric to high street chains such as New Look, Topshop and Primark, using their connections in India. By the early 2000s the family firm was selling nearly £50million of fabric a year. And then Mahmud spotted the potential of the internet.

His middle son, Adam, who also helped to found Boohoo, said: “I think my dad realised that online was becoming more of a thing and if someone else could do it then so could we, and we could do it better.”

Today it has offices worldwide, and while Mahmud leads a quiet life, his sons Umar, Adam and Samir enjoy a showbiz lifestyle flaunted on Instagram.

Umar has become the unofficial face of the company. He was named as one of Tatler magazine’s most eligible bachelors, and his contacts book is filled with A-list stars such as Jennifer Lopez, who Umar threw a 50th birthday bash for, Kourtney Kardashian, actor Denzel Washington and Will.i.am.

Umar and the Black Eyed Peas singer once partied at Manchester celebrity haunt Neighbourhood, ordering £500 magnums of champagne, a £1,500 six-litre bottle of Belvedere vodka and a £450 bottle of Don Julio tequila to make shot towers.

Umar said: “Will.i.am is a really good mate — we FaceTime nearly every day — as is P Diddy.”

Umar looks every inch the wealthy playboy, from the platinum streak in his hair to his neatly trimmed goatee and sharp suits, worn, of course, to reveal bare ankles and designer loafers.

He owns a fleet of fancy motors, including a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with a personalised number plate, two Hummers, a £92,000 customised Mercedes G-Class and a £264,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn.

He dines at Nobu in Malibu, California, parties with P Diddy at the Grammys and hangs out with Kylie Jenner at Coachella Festival.

He once said: “I’m a rich man’s son and that’s not what I want to be. So yes, I have got something to prove. I want to be the rich man. I want to be the successful person.”

But the carefully crafted image is part of his strategy. Umar said: “I brand myself like that to make rivals think I’m not a shrewd businessman.

“It tricks them, and I like that. If they think I jet around the world, drinking champagne and hanging out with beautiful women — and nothing else — they underestimate me.”

He is so focused on work that he now shuns dating and alcohol, as he regards them as “distractions”. This summer he split from his glamorous long-term girlfriend Amy Reddish, who is head of brand at PrettyLittleThing.

There is no doubt that Umar’s focus has its foundations in that cramped family house in Chorlton, Manchester, where he lived with his grandparents, parents and cousins.

His brother Adam, 30, said: “There were 18 of us living in this one house and at times it was like a mad house, but I mean that in a good way.

“If you fell out with your friends you still had your family and that mentality has been with us since we were born.”

Joining the family firm was a natural path for the boys. Umar had been expelled from £12,000-a-year Stockport Grammar School for “mischief” and failed to complete his business degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He duped his parents with a fake graduation photo in cap and gown for two years before admitting the lie. Six years after starting at Boohoo, the brothers had enough knowledge to launch their offshoot, PrettyLittleThing.

It has been owned by the Boohoo group since 2016 and last year took £374million in sales. By 2022, PLT is forecast to be worth around £2.1billion.

When it launched in America three years ago, Umar cleverly tempted Kylie Jenner with the offer of a six-figure fee to appear in one of the brand’s bargain dresses at the launch of its LA store.

Afterwards US sales increased tenfold, enabling Umar to buy a seven-bedroom Hollywood Hills mansion.

His younger brothers Adam and Samir share his love of the showbiz lifestyle. Adam, who has also founded a real estate business in New York and a venture capital business, married his wife Charlotte in 2017 in a million-pound bash at Lake Como in Italy. The honeymoon in Africa is also said to have cost £1million.

Samir, the tracksuit-loving boss of BoohooMAN, fills his Instagram with pictures of himself next to football aces such as Brazilian star Neymar and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, as well as model Cara Delevingne and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

And the boys’ mum, Aisha, 53, while not directly involved with the businesses, loves to flaunt her enviable lifestyle too. She dresses in designer gear, travels by private jet and enjoys relaxing in hotels such as the exclusive One&Only Reethi Rah, in the Maldives, which costs £1,500 a night. In her spare time Aisha does charity work — and giving back is something the family is keen on.

Last week Umar had a big gift-giving spree on Twitter, donating clothes, gift vouchers and even holidays to those who answered the hashtag #prettylittlewishes.

Aisha and her sons have previously donated toys and £500,000 to local children in their community in Manchester and last year, Adam ran a social media competition to give away a £20,000 home makeover.

As for Umar, his commitment to living the high life clearly does still have boundaries. He said: “When I get back from LA after a long time, I just want to go to Marks & Spencer and push a trolley round to buy some of their food and pyjamas.”

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Baby Yoda T

Baby Yoda is continuing to steal hearts everywhere — even celebs like Laura Dern can’t stay away from the adorable, mysterious creature. The internet went into a frenzy when the Baby Yoda Funko Pop was announced last week, and while it won’t ship until spring of next year, we found something else to help pass the time while you wait: tons of Star Wars T-shirts based off The Mandalorian character that can be at your door before Christmas.

Thanks to this official Star Wars storefront on Amazon filled with merchandise from the Disney+ show, there are 30 Baby Yoda T-shirts to shop from (yes, seriously). The shirts vary from plain tees with an image of the Child to cute cartoon designs and funny phrases. All the shirts come in men’s, women’s, and kid’s sizes, and up to 10 different colors, including black, light grays, and olive.

Buy it! Star Wars The Mandalorian My Child Can Levitate Your Child T-Shirt, $22.99 on amazon.com; Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Cartoon Poses T-Shirt, $23.50 on amazon.com

While the T-shirts are eligible for free shipping if you’re a Prime member, Amazon notes that they will take longer to deliver since they’re printed on demand. That means it won’t get to your door in two days or less as Prime shipping usually offers — but if you order your favorite today, it can still arrive by next week. So if you’re eyeing one as a Christmas gift, you’ll want to purchase it now!

Buy it! Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child When Your Song Comes On T-Shirt, $22.99 on amazon.com; Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Precious Cargo Pocket T-Shirt, $22.99 on amazon.com

Buy it! Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Protect Attack Snack T-Shirt, $22.99 on amazon.com; Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Floating Pod T-Shirt, $22.99 on amazon.com

And don’t forget to pre-order the super popular Baby Yoda Funko Pop while you’re shopping — it’s currently under $9 if you buy it before its May release.

Buy It! Funko Pop Star Wars: The Mandalorian, The Child, $8.78 (orig. $10.99) on amazon.com

Shop more official Baby Yoda merchandise on Amazon here.

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Billion

THERE’S been a billion-pound spike in arms sales worldwide, as armed conflicts have more than doubled around the globe, worrying figures show.

Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s top 100 firms – excluding China – totalled US$420 billion last year – a 4.6 per cent jump since 2017.


New data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) also reveals that sales of arms and military services by the top 100 firms have risen by a whopping 47 per cent since 2002.

It said that Chinese companies are excluded from the findings as there is a "lack of data".

Russia's largest arms producer, Almaz-Antey, continued to grow in 2018, due to "strong domestic demand, and continued growth in sales to other countries, particularly of the S-400 air defence system," said the report.

Russian activity in the North Atlantic… is at a post-Cold War high.

The S-400 is an advanced anti-aircraft weapon system, which can reach targets up to 400km away.

SIPRI also found that "for the first time since 2002, the top five spots in the ranking are held exclusively by arms companies in the US."

American firms shelled out $246b last year, "equivalent to 59 per cent of all arms sales by the top 100," the institute added.

THREATS 'PROLIFERATING'

The findings have been released days after the UK's Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Nick Carter, warned in a speech that, "threats to our nation are diversifying, proliferating and intensifying very rapidly.

"Our security, stability and prosperity for several generations continues to be undermined by assertive authoritarian regimes who behave as if their historic right of entitlement is being denied to them.

"We have returned to an era of great power competition, even constant conflict – reminiscent, perhaps, of the first decade of the last century."



Sir Nick said that "Russian activity in the North Atlantic… is at a post-Cold War high."

Meanwhile, "Iraq’s government is fragile after several months of public disorder and there is public disquiet in Lebanon, freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf is being challenged, Yemen remains in conflict and Libya is increasingly a proxy war," he added.

Sir Nick said that, "worryingly, I think, the trends are not positive".

Authoritarian opponents are attacking our way of life and our freedom in a manner that is remarkably difficult to defeat.

For example, the number of non-international armed conflicts have risen from "fewer than 30 to more than 70 in the last few years.

"Daesh, and the extremist ideas it represents, has absolutely not been defeated – indeed the threat from terrorism has proliferated.

"And conditions in parts of the world are not conducive to reducing the growth of extremism."

Sir Nick said that all of this "instability" around the globe is "reflected in the activity levels of our Armed Forces".

The UK's forces are currently engaged in "some 36 ongoing operations".

"Our activity has been focussed on deterrence and reassurance, counter terrorism and the generation of modernised capability.

"We have conducted air policing both in the Baltics and currently in Iceland.

"We have returned to exercising in the High North, and we have seen a growth in maritime activity in the North Atlantic in response to increased Russian surface and sub-surface activity," he said.

Sir Nick pointed out that "the challenge for us in the West" comes from "authoritarian opponents".

They are "attacking our way of life and our freedom in a manner that is remarkably difficult to defeat without undermining the very freedoms we seek to protect."


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Snooki: Okay, Seriously, Why Did She Quit Jersey Shore?!?

Reality television fans still can’t believe it.

In many ways, they remain in shock.

Did Snooki really just up and walk away from Jersey Shore last week? Did she really quit the series that turned her into a household name and, we very strongly assume, also turned her into a millionaire?

Yes. She did.

“I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” Snooki said on Friday’s episode of her iHeartRadio podcast.

As for why she would arrive at such a  decision?

“The main reason is I just can’t do it anymore. Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really hard on me. I try and quit every single day. I just hate being away from the kids.

“I don’t like partying like three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. I want to be home with the kids.”

This seems like a reasonable explanation on the surface, right?

Snooki is the mother to a six-year old named Lorenzo, a four-year old named Giovanna and a baby named Angelo who was born in May.

It certainly makes sense that she’d want to spend as much time with them as possible and it’s conceivable that she thinks she’s made enough money to ensure financial security for maybe the rest of their lives.

And yet…

… how many weeks out of the year does it take to actually film Jersey Shore?

Would she really give up a six-figure paycheck for maybe a couple months of shooting each year, just because she wanted to be home more?

Maybe.

However, insiders tell Hollywood Life that the veteran MTV personality was motivated to quit the show by something outside of family.

Simply put, Snooki has grown sick of all the drama, specifically as it relates to Angelina Pivarnick.

This Jersey Shore cast member got married in mid-November, with reports quickly surfacing afterwards that her co-stars roasted her in very mean fashion during the wedding reception.

Prior to these nuptials, Snooki found herself in the middle of a feud between Angelina and JWoww in regard to how the latter’s boyfriend very clearly flirted with the former during a night out in Las Vegas.

Back in October, Snooki lashed out at the way she had been portrayed on the episodes that focused on this rivalty.

“Editing on a reality show is a bitch,” Snooki said at the time, adding:

“I will speak the truth one day with a full, tell-all documentary. Until then, enjoy your pinot and dramer!”

According to Hollywood Life sources, this was the beginning of the end for Snooki on the program.

“Nicole felt the show was heading in a direction that she wasn’t happy with so she left the show,” reads this report. “She did not like how everything played out after Angelina wedding and feels she’s being painted unfairly.”

Snooki has also evolved to the point where Jersey Shore is not her entire life any longer, this same article explains.

“She wants to focus on her family and business and not the drama,” the source states.

It’s true: The Snooki Shop is not just an online clothing and makeup store at this point; it actualy now has a physical location in downtown Madison, New Jersey.

Talk about someone who has come a very long  way in the last decade, huh?

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White Island was 'a disaster waiting to happen': Volcanologist

The moment he climbed off the inflatable dingy and onto White Island’s ash-black soil, Professor Ray Cas knew tourists shouldn’t be there.

Professor Cas is one of Australia’s top volcanologists. He and his research team have visited active volcanoes around the world, studying how and why they explode.

Unlike other volcanoes tourists safely visit around the world, White Island is uniquely unstable.

The volcano in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty demonstrated that instability on Monday when it erupted during a tour group visit from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship. Of the 47 people on the island at the time, 24 were Australians.

Tourism operator White Island Flights captured these images of the White Island eruption.Credit:White Island Flights / Supplied

The island’s landscape meant even small explosions posed extreme danger. It is almost impossible to quickly evacuate. And even the most advanced monitoring cannot perfectly predict when a volcano will explode.

“White Island”, Professor Cas says, “has been a disaster waiting to happen.”

A helicopter destroyed in the explosion.Credit:Waikato Times / Supplied

At the same time, “volcano tourism has been growing rapidly around the world,” says Professor Ross Dowling, a tourism expert at Edith Cowan University.

New Zealand has scientific agencies that monitor volcanoes and issue alert levels. But there are no mandatory cut-offs for when a volcano cannot be visited.

Tour operators need to make the call themselves – and they have an obvious financial interest in pushing the envelope.

On Tuesday afternoon New Zealand police announced they were opening a criminal investigation into the tragedy. The country's workplace safety regulator will also investigate.

A disaster waiting to happen

White Island, also known as Whakaari, is a marine stratovolcano, a volcano slowly built up over time by continuous lava eruptions.

The volcano forms the entire island. About 70 per cent of the volcano is below sea level. The part tourists walk on is, essentially, the volcano’s cone.

Professor Cas, who is based at Monash University, last visited in 2008. He remembers walking into a crater that looked like an amphitheatre sculpted by giants. Gas and steam pour from the ground. Lakes filled with near-boiling water dot the area.

“If there is an eruption, the boiling water that gets thrown at you first – it would be close to 100 degrees,” he says.

The volcano is extremely active and unpredictable. That is driven by two factors.

First, White Island sits atop a tectonic plate boundary. The Pacific plate is being slowly pushed beneath the Australian plate.

As this happens, boiling hot magma is generated and pushed up toward the surface.

Most of White Island sits below sea level. This water is constantly penetrating inside the volcano, where it sometimes comes into contact with the rising magma.

“That’s what makes it so active,” says Professor Cas. “There is magma beneath and a constant supply of seawater that is being superheated to explosive temperatures.”

White Island was in a state of eruption between 1975 and 2000, with major eruptions again in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

The only way to and from the island is via small inflatable dingys; 47 people were on the island when it erupted. “In a big volcanic incident, it would be impossible to get people off quickly,” says Professor Cas.

Who owns White Island? Will they be liable?

The question of who is responsible for the tragedy is complicated.

GeoNet, the agency that monitors the volcano, announced less than a week before the tragedy the current seismic unrest did not pose a direct hazard to visitors.

Multiple tour operators had tourists on the island at the time, some from a nearby US-flagged cruise ship. And, unusually, White Island is privately owned.

The tour and cruise ship operators were the most-likely to be held liable, says Professor Ross Dowling, a tourism expert at Edith Cowan University.

“You can sign any amount of waiver forms, as you do when you go bungee jumping,” he said. “But they are worth nothing when it comes to a point of law.”

But the tourists also bore some of the risk, he said. Part of the attraction of visiting an active volcano was the minor risk that accompanies it, he said.

White Island was originally the site of a sulphur mine, established in 1885. That project ended in 1914 when part of the crater wall collapsed, and a landslide destroyed the mine and the miners’ village, killing 12 people.

After that sharebroker George Buttle purchased the island in 1936, but never developed it further.

He declined offers to sell it to the government, but agreed to turn it into a private scenic reserve in 1953.

The island is now owned by the Buttle Family Trust which is run by his descendants. Tour operators pay the trust a royalty to visit.

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