Entertainment UK

Justin Bieber reflects on past DUI and urges fans to forgive their own mistakes

Justin Bieber was in a reflective mood on Saturday as he cast his mind back seven years to the day he was arrested.

The 26-year-old went through a difficult phase in his late teens where he was involved in a number of high profile scandals including the incident which saw him cuffed by cops and lead away – while paparazzi snapped away.

Since then, the chart topping Canadian has gone on to clean up his act and is now a more grounded, married man.

Saturday marked seven years since Justin saw himself shamed by his own actions when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Justin Bieber reflected on his past legal struggles in a candid Instagram update

Sharing a pap shot from that day via Instagram, Justin wrote: “7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour.

“Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god..”

Poking fun at his attire during his arrest, he went on: “I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami.”

Justin – who is famously an attendee of Christian church, Hillson – continued: “All this to say God has brought me a long way.

Justin was arrested in Miami, Florida, in January 2014

“From then til now I do realize something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you.”

Sharing an optimistic outlook, he preached to followers that they should forgive themselves for their mistakes.

He urged: “Don’t allow shame to ruin your ‘today’ let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be. LOVE YOU GUYS WITH MY WHOLE HEART.”

The year 2014 was a difficult one for Justin as he also made headlines following a spat with a neighbour – who accused the star of causing thousands of dollars of damage to their property after throwing eggs at the home.

Justin has turned his life around over the past few years

His January 23rd arrest in Miami sparked a petition which over 270,000 Americans signed, urging then president Barack Obama to deport the pop singer back to his native Canada.

Trouble followed him outside the USA – with a second arrest in September that year over dangerous driving an assault.

Other incidents over the years included fury over reports he abandoned a pet monkey in Germany in 2013, and the same year he was accused of peeing in a mop bucket in a nightclub.

Technology US

GitHub admits ‘significant mistakes were made’ in firing of Jewish employee

GitHub is admitting that a Jewish employee was fired in error and is offering him his job back. The news comes after the company hired an independent law firm to investigate the termination, and found that “significant mistakes were made.” The company’s head of HR, Carrie Olesen, is also resigning.

“Yesterday evening, the investigation reached the conclusion that significant mistakes were made that are not consistent with our internal practices or the judgement we expect from our leaders,” wrote Github CEO Nat Friedman in an internal message to employees on January 16th. He said the company would be issuing a public apology on its blog this weekend.

In the post, GitHub COO Erica Brescia said: “To the employee we wish to say publicly: we sincerely apologize.”

The controversial firing came just two days after the employee warned colleagues in Washington DC to stay safe from Nazis — news first reported by Business Insider. He posted the message on January 6th, the day of the insurrection in Washington DC, as rioters associated with neo-Nazi organizations stormed the Capitol.

The warning sparked criticism from a colleague who took offense at the use of the word “Nazi” and prompted GitHub’s HR team to reprimand the Jewish employee. Two days later, he was fired.

In the wake of the termination, roughly 200 of GitHub’s 1,700 employees signed an open letter asking for clarity as to why the employee was let go. Workers also started using the word “Nazi” repeatedly in Slack, to describe the rioters in DC.

“Others have already said so, but I just want to say it explicitly myself – I think that nazis were present at some protests on Jan 6, and that it’s very scary to see those ideas on display,” wrote one engineer in Slack. “100% Nazis were there, and 1000000000% Nazis are scary as fuck and do not belong anywhere. PARTICULARLY AT GitHub!” responded another.

In his note to employees this weekend, Friedman stressed that employees (which the company calls “hubbers”) are allowed to talk about their fears regarding white supremacists. “Hubbers are free to express concerns about neo-Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment,” he wrote. “And of course, we expect Hubbers to be respectful, professional, and to follow GitHub policies on discrimination and harassment at all times.”

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4 mistakes to avoid when declaring your taxes | The State

Always double-check your details before submitting the form to the IRS.


For many people, it can be very overwhelming and difficult to do their taxes for the first time. And being burdened with filling out these forms can increase the chances of mistakes.

Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to this process and do it very carefully. To help you, here are some of the most common mistakes first-time taxpayers make.

1 – Submit your statement on paper

It has been found that people who fill out paper forms are 20 times more likely to make a mistakeAs reported on Yahoo, so you’d better try to fill the digital format.

2 – Enter the wrong social security number

This may seem like a small thing, but it is an essential step. Have your Social Security card handy and double check your Social Security number is spelled correctly before submitting your application.

3 – Enter the wrong marital status

You must write the correct marital status to make your declaration and so you know how much of the standard tax deduction you can claim and what tax benefits you could qualify for.

4 – Get the accounts wrong

This error is very frequent, and it is very easy to make mistakes with the numbers. So go over your calculations a couple of times to make sure everything is okay.

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Man Utd duo singled out for ‘costly’ mistakes in Man City defeat

Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were blamed for the defeat to Manchester City after ‘costly’ mistakes.

The Red Devils were beaten in their fourth semi-final in a row after a 2-0 defeat to their local rivals on Wednesday night.

It follows their exits in last season’s FA Cup to Chelsea, Europa League to Sevilla and City in the Carabao Cup again.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a strong side against Pep Guardiola.

But former France defender Frank Leboeuf has taken issue with United’s backline.

On the other hand, City pair Ruben Dias and John Stones were commended, while Maguire was picked out for failing to deal with the first goal.

Harry Maguire was blamed for City’s first goal

The England international saw the ball whizz past him from a free-kick but did not react as Stones got a knee on it to score.

“Football is made of mistakes and that’s what it is. You concede goals because you make mistakes,” Leboeuf told ESPN.

“The thing is with Manchester City this season they don’t make mistakes.

“Stones and Ruben Dias have been absolutely fantastic.

“It’s not the case for Manchester United where on the first goal, I want to know what Maguire has to say about that.

“He doesn’t react, the ball comes close to him and he doesn’t react.”

Wan-Bissaka was also blamed by Leboeuf

“The second goal, the first thing you know when you’re a defender is when you kick the ball away you never kick it in the middle of the park.”

Fernandinho scored a fine volley but was set up by a shoddy clearance from Wan-Bissaka from a corner and Leboeuf has taken aim at the full-back.

He added: “The second goal, the first thing you know when you’re a defender is when you kick the ball away you never kick it in the middle of the park.

“You kick it on the side. Wan-Bissaka did it straight to Fernandinho’s feet.

“Manchester City deserved to win. Manchester United suffered physically because they ran after the ball most of the time. That’s what it is. The best team won.

“It could have been otherwise if in the first half Manchester United scored it could have been a different story.”

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Nine interior design mistakes that will make your home look dated

From the stamp duty holiday to people looking to change their lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s a lot of competition in the housing market at the moment,  meaning sellers must ensure to present their homes in the best possible light.

Now Deirdre Mc Gettrick, CEO furniture and furnishing website, revealed nine common interior faux-pas that could well put off prospective buyers by making your property look cluttered, outdated or smaller than it really is.  

Among her top tips are to avoid open shelves that make a room look messy, as well as hanging curtains too low, which creates the illustion of a more cramped space. 

Following trends too closely, such as an explosion of florals if you’re into the ‘cottagecore’ look could also deter buyers, so you might want to consider a lick of neutral paint to attract more interest.   

1. Open-shelves and wardrobes

Deirdre Mc Gettrick, CEO of interior designer retailing website, revealed nine common interior faux-pas that will make your house look dated. She said open shelves look stylish in pictures, but are actually unpractical (stock picture)

Deirdre said that although open-shelves and wardrobes look nice in pictures, they are often unpractical and untidy.  

‘The number one question to ask is how are you going to use the space? Design is beauty, but no amount of design will overcome frustrations if you can’t use a room practically,’ she said. 

‘Although open shelving looks great on Pinterest and Instagram, in reality it’s just not practical,’ she added. 

‘You need to remember that images on social media and in magazines have often been curated by experts and will display only the most beautiful, decorative items. 

In order to be able to do this in your own home, you’ll need ample storage for everything else! 

This is particularly important if you’re looking to sell your home – ensure any mess is hidden from sight as clutter may deter potential buyers and ultimately devalue it. 

2. Matching furniture

Matching furniture tends to make rooms look flat and dated, Deirdre said. She added that it would also make a house look like a showroom rather than reflect its characters (stock picture)

Matching furniture tends to make rooms look flat and dated, Deirdre said. She added that it would also make a house look like a showroom rather than reflect its characters (stock picture)

If you’re buying furniture, don’t be afraid to mix various styles and periods. Selecting furniture that is all from the same range can make a room look flat and dated. 

It will also give the impression of a showroom, rather than a home that has character and is reflective of the owner’s individual style. You want a space that has a mix of materials and colours rather than an overly curated look. 

Bring your designs together using colours and attributes that speak to each other rather than being all matchy-matchy.  

3. Florals

Florals have grown in popularity recently, but when it comes to following trends, less is more, Deirdre said (stock picture)

Florals have grown in popularity recently, but when it comes to following trends, less is more, Deirdre said (stock picture)

Florals have become hugely popular following the rise of the cottagecore trend, but careful consideration needs to be given to how the pattern is used. 

The 80s was all about frills and femininity and saw us cover every wall, window and bedspread in it. Now, for a more contemporary look, it needs to be much more controlled. 

For the perfect cottagecore design, visualise idyllic country life with cosy interiors such as traditional-style fabrics and floral covered prints. 

However, my advice would be to not let a current trend take over; you can make a big impact by just including accents of a trend, which will add longevity to your design.

4. Hanging items too high

Decorative items should always be hung at eye level, and no higher, in order to be tasteful, Deirdre said (stock picture)

Decorative items should always be hung at eye level, and no higher, in order to be tasteful, Deirdre said (stock picture)

Whether it’s a piece of art, a clock or the TV, don’t be tempted to hang the item too high on your wall. The piece should be as close to eye level as possible. 

If you have very high ceilings, you can bump it up a little, but in general try to maintain the centre of art pieces at your eye level. 

You can also use the height of a doorframe or window as a top-level gauge for a large piece of art or mirror.

5. Misplaced curtains

Hanging curtains as high as possible will make your ceilling look higher and your room bigger, Deirdre said (stock picture)

Hanging curtains as high as possible will make your ceilling look higher and your room bigger, Deirdre said (stock picture)

As the cold weather sets in, curtains are a great addition to windows to block out the dark evening and importantly keep the heat in but the position of them can really impact the look and feel of a room. 

You should hang your curtain as high to the ceiling as possible to help with the illusion of having more height in the room. Avoid hanging them just above the window which will make the room feel smaller. 

As a gauge, the curtain rail should be 2 inches away from the ceiling and don’t end the curtain until you hit the floor, ideally they should puddle at the bottom.

6. Ignoring your lighting

Do not forget about the lighting, Deirdre said. The interior expert said small details made a world of difference when it came to showcasing a room's ambiance (stock picture)

Do not forget about the lighting, Deirdre said. The interior expert said small details made a world of difference when it came to showcasing a room’s ambiance (stock picture)

Quite often when people redecorate a room, they don’t change their lighting, but you’d be surprised at how something as simple as this will immediately update the look and feel. 

Research from found that Brits spend 81 hours looking for the perfect lighting and I can understand why, because it makes such a difference to your interiors. Make sure you invest in multiple different sources so you can create various ambiances. 

Don’t be afraid to consider task lighting, such as a desk lamp, so your space works both from a functional and fashionable point of view. This also works well as part of a wider room.

7. Pushing furniture up against the walls

We conventionally push all furniture up against a wall, however bringing the furniture away from them allows a starkly open space to feel cosier and helps create a nice flow of walkways. 

Having everything adjacent to a wall can make the room feel a bit bland and out of proportion. Don’t be afraid to use angles to define an area of use. Bonus points if you can use a rug to define the walkway.

8. The incorrect size

When you know what you want to do with a room, get your measuring tape and know the exact space you have available to ensure your furniture is proportional. 

The pandemic has meant we’ve embraced online shopping like never before, and we’re more confident at buying big-ticket items online without having seen them in the flesh. 

But it’s important to make a rough floor plan first as it always throws up some insights you might have overlooked. Ideally use masking tape to measure out desired items of furniture, using the measurements available online. This way you won’t waste time considering items that won’t fit. 

And if you decide to visit a shop, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape to double check the size of pieces. A contemporary home will be one that has been carefully thought out.

Don’t feel the need to purchase everything at once – the average Brit spends 38 days searching for the perfect items of furniture and having spent so much time indoors this year, it’s important that every piece feels just right in the room.

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Stylist Goes Viral On TikTok By Showing The Mistakes We Make When Washing Our Hair | The State

Great furor that has caused a video shared on TikTok by a user identified as @, who He is a stylist by profession and he teaches all the users of this social network how to wash their hair correctly.

The stylist shares a series of tips and advice to have a correct scalp and hair grooming and also shows what most people do when they bathe and that it is simply wrong.


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The steps to follow to properly wash your hair, according to this woman, are the following:

1) Wet your hair well, spread the shampoo over your hands and distribute it evenly throughout the scalp.

2) Moisten the hair well, spread the shampoo on your hands and distribute it evenly throughout the scalp.

3) With your fingertips, massage the entire head. “Do not miss the hairline or the nape”, is the advice he gives.

4) Once you rinse your hair, you must repeat the process but this time focus on the scalp and use the foam to gently pass through the ends.

5) Once you have rinsed again, apply conditioner to the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots, and let it soak in for a minute or two.

6) Finish washing with cold water before drying.



PCU: good faith mistakes will not be punished, says Trudeau

As many as 441,000 Canadians who received PKU during the year must now provide proof that they were entitled to these amounts. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sent them a letter urging them to comply, and to reimburse amounts they would have overpaid, and this before December 31, 2020.

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If these providers fail to reimburse, they could have to pay penalties, according to the CRA. Several people say they are caught off guard, and explain that the rules were not very clear at the start. These providers risk ending up with very large bills.

“The government is asking for $ 14,000, which I do not have,” Valérie Saulnier, singer and voice teacher, told TVA Nouvelles. When you looked at the eligibility criteria for the PCU, it was really $ 5,000 of income and it was not specified if it was gross, net, before, after expenses, “laments the taxpayer.

“It is unfair for the government to come back after the fact and say ‘no, now you have to pay it back’,” said NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Trudeau calms things down

In a press briefing Friday morning, Justin Trudeau assured that the CRA was only doing checks and that people who applied for the ECP in good faith will not have to pay a penalty.

“I can confirm that people who made good faith mistakes that maybe shouldn’t have gotten that payment don’t have to worry about penalties or interest. We will work with everyone. The pandemic is still going on, people are still and continue to be anxious, worried. It’s a Christmas like no other, I don’t want people to be worried about that, ”Justin Trudeau said in a press briefing Friday morning.

Sports UK

Bernd Leno launches scathing attack on Arsenal teammates over “mistakes”

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has slammed his outfield teammates for their “lack of focus” in a staunch defence of under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners are winless in six Premier League games and a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Wednesday evening left them languishing in 15th.

Individual errors have cost Arsenal dearly in recent weeks as they have struggled in front of goal and seen three players sent off in their last five matches.

The latest red card was shown to centre-back Gabriel for two bookable offences against the Saints, leaving the Gunners to play 30 minutes a man down as they battled to win a point.

Leno claimed “the only fault lies with the players”

Leno took aim at his teammates’ ill-discipline as he sought to exonerate Arteta over Arsenal’s meagre tally of four wins from 13 games.

“That’s not an issue at all,” Leno told Sky Sport Germany when quizzed on criticism of Arteta. “The coach can do the least thing for us being in this situation.

“If you look at how we sometimes walked around on the pitch, then the only fault lies with the players. I have to say that honestly. We get red cards, make mistakes, are disorganised.

The goalkeeper came to the defence of under-fire Arteta

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“These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, that’s a lack of focus among the players.

“The coach is not an issue in the dressing room, and there is no criticism of him. We criticise ourselves and the players know that they are responsible.

“We actually have quality, but suddenly this break came. But nobody can attach it to just one person.”

Xhaka was sent off as Arsenal went on to lose 1-0 to Burnley last weekend

Do Arsenal have a problem with discipline? Have your say here.

Leno also sent a stern warning to Granit Xhaka after the midfielder was sent off early in the second half of the defeat to Burnley for grabbing Ashley Westwood by the neck.

The German added: “Granit knows best that he made a mistake. Nobody has to tell him that. The coach made it clear, of course, but that’s that for us.

“Everyone is frustrated right now. He wasn’t in control of the situation.

“It is not pointed to anyone internally, everyone has screwed up here at one point or another.

“Mistakes like this happen, but they shouldn’t be repeated. Even after being sent off, we still had the chance to equalise and win the game.”

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Kubrat Pulev identifies Anthony Joshua's mistakes ahead of world title fight

Pulev is looking to write his name in the history books when he takes on WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua in their showdown at the SSE Arena on Saturday

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The 5 most common mistakes when cooking pasta | The State

Preparing pasta is very simple and accessible. Discover the most common mistakes when cooking it and create the most delicious dishes.

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Is there anything more comforting and delicious than a good plate of pasta? Probably not, that is why pasta is one of the favorite foods of many people around the world. Pasta is considered one of the basic products most consumed, it is accessible, immensely versatile Y delicious. Based on this it is probably one of the first courses that all we learned to prepareIt is so noble that in a certain way we usually trust ourselves when preparing it and we assume that it will look good. However that does not mean that we are cooking pasta the right way.

The first thing to understand is that cook a perfect pasta and contest worthy, it goes way beyond adding a packet of spaghetti in boiling water and pour a jar of processed sauce. In such a way that cooking a rich pasta al dente, is synonymous with a much greater attention to details and that is why there are some fairly common mistakes that without a doubt we can avoid. ¿Have you ever really thought how much water you need? What is the perfect time to place the pasta? Should the pasta be constantly stirred? It turns out that all these culinary questions have answers. correct and incorrect. Take note.

1. You don’t use enough water

One of the most common mistakes and that we go unnoticed, is to add little water to cook the pasta. The first rule to cook in His point Y seamless texture a paste, is to ensure a adequate proportion between water and pasta. In such a way that if we use very little water, the paste will become rubbery or very starchy. The correct technique: the rule is simple, you will need four liters of water for every pound of pasta. Therefore, if you plan to use a pot with a capacity of 8 quarts (which is generally the largest pot in a home kitchen) the right thing to do if you plan to cook a pound of dry pasta, it will fill it halfway.

Pasta with tomato.
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2. Adding the pasta to the pot too soon

Simpler impossible: pasta that is added to a pot in which the water is not boiling, it will never look good. Whatever happens never add pasta to cold water, is a lousy habit what increases cooking time and gives him a less granular texture. Many chefs and of course the Italian grandmothers, consider this terrible custom a true sin. The correct technique: use plenty of water and always wait for the first boil to add the dry pasta.

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3. Add oil to the cooking water

One of the most common and recurring it is add a touch of olive oil to the pasta water, with the popular belief what will prevent the paste from sticking. However we have a bad news for you, you’ve been doing it badly for years, one of the basic rules for cook a pasta well it is never add oil to the cooking water, either fresh or dry pasta. The reason? The oil makes it difficult for the sauce to stick to the pasta. The correct technique: cook the pasta in enough water and add it to the pot once it is boiling with big bubbles, is the infallible technique for pasta never stick. Thus forget about the oil and instead add salt, is an important element in cooking.

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4. Overcooking pasta

When we traditionally speak of a pasta “Al dente” is a culinary concept that goes beyond a fashion, it is about him perfect cooking state of the pasta and that refers to a cooked pasta what offers resistance to being bitten. One of the most common mistakes and that spoil any pasta recipe it is cook it too much, which makes it fall apart, make it unsteady and it makes it difficult to add any ingredients or sauce, so it ends up breaking. The correct technique: a great suggestion from famous chefs is reduce the cooking time of the pasta box, between a minute to a minute and a half.

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5. Discard the water from the pasta when straining it

For the most people, it is a measure of the most normal strain all the water from the pasta over the sink once it’s ready. But nevertheless do not add the pasta water in the dishes we cook is a very frequent mistake Y atrocious. To take advantage of some of the cooking water is a great opportunity area to add flavor to recipes, keep pasta hydrated and dilute the sauces naturally. The water obtained from cooking pasta adds a slight salinity and the water starcha helps bind sauce and pasta together, creating a uniform plate. The correct technique: always keep a little of the pasta cooking water to add in sauces or at the end of preparation.

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