Kim Kardashian Is Lashing Back At Critics Saying She Partied While Her Son Was In The Hospital

Kim Kardashian mommy shamed New Year's Eve

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Being a parent is hard enough without having people question your every move. But unfortunately, celebrity moms and dads have to deal with criticism from the public all the time.

Kim Kardashian has had her share of mommy-shaming experiences, and she is clearly not having the latest questions about her parenting skills. Here’s the deal: Kim’s son Saint was hospitalized for pneumonia recently, which she publicly revealed on Instagram on Tuesday.

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Apparently some people accused her of leaving her son alone in the hospital while she partied on New Year’s Eve, People reports. And these accusations were brought to light by one Twitter user who jumped to Kim’s defense:

why do people continuously think KimYe were “partying” New years Eve while saint was at the hospital? Kim & Kanye love their kids so much, so to even THINK they werent around when Saint was sick is really stupid af. Yal love to hate Kim, just to hate her, its dumb at this point!

— Jake (@thejakekardash) January 3, 2018

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Unsurprisingly, Kim shut down those claims really fast.

“I haven’t heard this BUT lets get this straight. I did not leave my son for one minute during his hospital stay,” she wrote on Twitter, referencing a tweet from a fan. “We were [at the hospital] Wednesday night to Saturday. NYE WAS SUNDAY NIGHT. People came over when he was already asleep for the night!”

She ended with this kicker: “Don’t even try me when it comes to my kids.”

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Kim posted several photos of her New Year’s Eve on Snapchat, and it looked like a pretty low-key affair with Kourtney Kardashian and a few friends, including Larsa Pippen and WAGS LA stars Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson. She also shared a video of herself and her friends counting down to the New Year before exchanging a kiss with her husband, Kanye West.

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This isn’t the first time Kim has had to defend her parenting. She fired back at criticism back in August, when people trashed her for posting a photo of Saint facing forward in his car seat as opposed to facing the rear, as is recommended for most children under the age of two. “What people didn’t know is that Saint is now the weight and height requirement to sit forward-facing,” she said on a video on her website. “Saint actually weighs more than North, if that is believable.”

Related: Kourtney Kardashian’s 5-Year-Old Daughter Dyed Her Hair—What Do You Think?

Kim announced on Instagram on Tuesday that Saint is on the mend after his hospitalization. “He’s so resilient,” she wrote. “I’m sure he will still say the ambulance ride was cool!”

Source: Women’s Health Mag

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Jia Yueting defies order to return to China to stay in US and help Faraday Future

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Despite being ordered to return to China by the country’s securities regulator, not to mention having his assets seized by the court system, embattled Chinese businessman Jia Yueting says he’s staying put in the United States in order to secure funding for electric car startup Faraday Future.

“I’m deeply sorry and I blame myself for the huge negative impact the debt crisis of LeEco has brought,” Jia said in message posted to a personal social media account in China on Tuesday, Bloomberg reports. “The financing of U.S.-based FF has made great progress and there is immense work that requires me to guarantee on-time mass production and delivery of FF 91 EV.”

This was Jia’s first announcement since the China Securities Regulatory Commission last week ordered his return to China to meet financial obligations promised to investors of the LeEco electronics and video streaming business. Days after the order was made, Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court seized a number of his assets, including shares in the holding company that controls LeEco.

In a statement issued by the holding company in October, the company said Yueting had promised in 2015 to make two interest-free loans payable in 10 years or more worth a combined $872.6 million, while his sister had agreed to make loans valued at $260.2 million. In a more recent statement, the company said it has not been able to find a solution for its debt issues.

Per Bloomberg, Jia in his social media post mentioned a single late payment in July as leading to the freezing of his assets and a series of early loan recalls. He also cited “false and malicious” reports that led to problems with creditors and suppliers.

However, Jia’s fall from grace can be traced all the way back to November 2016 when he came out with the statement that he was experiencing a cash crunch due to too rapid expansion of his various ventures. Since then his once successful LeEco business has generated a long list of creditors. Some have even taken to camping out in the lobby of LeEco’s Beijing headquarters.

As for Faraday Future, the company has lost a number of top executives and is need of more funds to get production of the FF 91 off the ground. While there have been reports of reprieve at Faraday Future in the form of a $1 billion lifeline, apparently generated by Jia via equity financing, given his current troubles there is plenty of reason to doubt the funds will ever show up.

Source: Motor Authority

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The Home-Built Porsche that Defied Communism

Two brothers on the communist side of Germany had a dream, the will and the used Beetle engine to make their own 356. And Porsche helped.

After the war, the unlucky millions ending up on the Soviet-occupied side of Germany were looking at the same fate as the rest of the eastern block: a planned economy, rationing of food and goods, reading a lot about the “zero percent” unemployment rate and other economic miracles, and trying to remain unnoticed by the cruel secret police. Yet once Germany’s first sports car debuted on the happier side of the border, two engineering students from Dresden decided life wasn’t worth living without a Porsche 356.

Since there was no shortage of decommissioned Kübelwagens in the German Democratic Republic, Knut and Falk Reinmann used Volkswagen’s military truck as a base for their home-build Porsche.


While creating a hand-hammered body was a challenge, coming up with the right engine seemed even more problematic. To find some help, the brothers took a trip to Porsche’s headquarters at Zuffenhausen, explaining their ambitions to Ferry Porsche himself.

A few days later, Porsche sent them a set of used 356 pistons and heads, which the Reinmanns then smuggled back to East Germany. Once the parts made their way into a standard Beetle engine, the GDR Porsche was ready for assembly. Needless to say, once finished, the brothers decided to use their 1954 Whatchamacallit for a road trip across Europe, sporting a fake plate and sharing a single driving license between the two of them.

Oh, the freedom of those pre-Berlin Wall years…

Source: Road And Track

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You Can Thank America for the Manual-Transmission Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche US CEO Klaus Zellmer tells us that the US market buys more stick-shift 911 GT3s than anywhere else in the world.

You get the sense that some people at Porsche stuck their necks out a little bit to make the new, manual-transmission 911 GT3 a reality. Sure, many enthusiasts had been clamoring for such a car, but would they actually buy it?

It turns out, a surprising number of them did. Especially in United States.

On the sidelines of the LA Auto Show yesterday, Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, told Road & Track that a full 50 percent of GT3s sold in the US have been manual-equipped. That’s a lot more than anyone at Porsche expected—including Zellmer, who bet GT3 boss Andreas Preuninger the stick-shift wouldn’t sell.

“I lost of a crate of wine to Andreas over it,” Zellmer told R&T. “I said, ‘well, I think it’ll be 20 percent,’ but I knew 20 percent was probably too little. But I would have never guessed it’d be 25 percent or more.”

Zellmer thinks that manual take-rate for the GT3 could decrease over time, since a lot of early orders were placed by those who’d been waiting for this car, but it’s still a big number. Zellmer told us he’s “amazed” at the response for this car.

Outside the US, manual take-rate for the GT3 is lower. Zellmer didn’t have exact figures when we spoke, but figure around 25 percent of worldwide customers opt for the third pedal.

So what did this strong US demand prove?

“It confirms that we have to listen to our customers,” Zellmer said. He admits that there was a genuine risk in offering a manual for the GT3, but clearly, it paid off.

So once again, you can thank America for the continued survival of the manual-transmission Porsche 911.

Source: Road And Track

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Pound sterling latest: Strong run is over as Brexit fears remain, forecasters predict

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The pound’s stellar start to the year is unlikely to be a sign of things to come for the rest of 2018, according to market strategists.

A Reuters poll published on Thursday shows that forecasters generally think that Brexit concerns will start weighing on sterling’s value, bringing to an end several months of recovery.

On a trade-weighted basis, which examines the pound’s performance against a basket of other currencies, sterling is still around 10.5 per cent below where it was trading before the UK’s June 2016 vote to leave the EU, but it has risen by around 6.5 per cent since October of that year.

Throughout 2017, it was one of the world’s best performing major currencies and it was around $1.39 on Thursday ahead of the Bank of England’s latest inflation report. But sentiment towards the currency appears to be changing.

The median view of more than 60 foreign-exchange specialists surveyed by Reuters over the past week is that the pound will struggle to make headway as the UK hurtles towards its exit from the trading bloc. Forecasters on average expect it to be changing hands at around $1.40 in a month, $1.39 in six months and back at $1.40 in a year.

“The pound has been well-supported this year, largely on the back of stable monetary policy expectations. Looking ahead, we believe the risk of deteriorating fundamentals will remain, while Brexit-related uncertainty might rise again,” analysts at Credit Agricole noted, according to Reuters.

Goldman Sachs forecasters told their clients that “investors should expect a bumpy path towards an eventual Brexit transition deal between the UK and its EU partners”.

Figures at the end of last month showed that the UK economy grew marginally stronger than expected in the final quarter of 2017, but Britain is still growing more sluggishly than its G7 counterparts.

The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast UK growth to slow to 1.4 per cent this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019, reflecting weaker household consumption due to higher inflation and weak investment from firms due to Brexit-related uncertainty.

Source: Independent

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9 Thoughts Every Woman Has While Starting A New Diet

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After all of the eggnog lattes and cookie exchanges that dominated your December, it’s natural to want a fresh start. You want a new diet to take you out of bloat city, make you feel invincible, and help you lose weight. This will be the year you stick with your resolutions and make them a reality!

If you’re trying to make 2018 your healthiest year yet, that’s amazing. But, here’s the thing, most women don’t embark on their weight-loss journeys in a way that is sustainable. Instead, they plunge in with a “go hard or go home” mentality that veers toward the “go home” option once reality sets in.

Sounds like your M.O.? Then you’ll majorly identify with this list of the thoughts that will course though the brains of new dieters everywhere.

When you find yourself thinking these common diet thoughts (and yes, we’ve all been there!), follow our tips to flip the script, learn how to start dieting the right way, and up your chances at success.


‘Brace yourself for what the scale says, sister.’

Your pants may seem like they fit tighter, but your weight may leave you pleasantly surprised. Research shows that Americans only gain a little over a pound around the holidays. Any more than that is likely residual water weight from all of those holiday sweets.


‘Diet starts tomorrow… so I might as well polish off this pint of gelato tonight.’

Even Kim Kardashian goes for the “last supper” mentality (her indulgences of choice: pizza and ice cream). But rather than making your diet all about following stringent rules, focus on making little diet tweaks that you can stick with for good. Plus, knowing that you can still have some of your favorite foods even while meeting your goals can help nix a binge in the bud.

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‘Let’s do this! This diet has nothing on me.’

Your goals—and the thought of the future, healthier you—have you feeling empowered. Nothing’s going to stand in your way. Besides, by now, you’re sick of junky foods. You had your fill, the gelato is gone, and you’re ready to bring on all the fresh veggies. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!)


‘I totally never need to eat sugar again.’

Nixing entire food categories might seem like a streamlined way to add clear-cut rules to your diet, but you can enjoy the sweet stuff and still lose weight. Just follow these rules.

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‘Do honey and maple syrup count as sugar?’

‘Wait, I can take a day off, right?’

Maybe. Research shows that planned cheats can help sidestep diet boredom, helping you better stick to the plan.

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‘The veggie bowls on Instagram look way better than mine.’

They always will. But yours will taste just as good. We promise.


‘Seriously, green juice is nasty.’

If you’re on a diet where you’re trying to eat foods that you think are healthy for you but taste atrocious, you’re probably not going to stay the course for long. Add in foods that make you feel great and are delicious, too.

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‘Are we there yet?’

Losing weight, and keeping it off, in a healthy way isn’t about crossing a finish line. It’s about forming habits that will follow you throughout your entire life to help you live you happiest, healthiest life possible. If you’re already hating your diet, it’s probably not the one for you. Answer these questions to find out what diet is best for you.

Source: Women’s Health Mag

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The 2018 Audi SQ5 Has a Super Trick Rear Differential

A new 3.0 liter turbo V6 makes it quicker than ever.

The old Audi SQ5 was cool, but only if you got it in Europe. That’s because it was available with an air suspension and had a diesel V6 that was a torque monster. The US version wasn’t available with either, which made it more of a very tall Audi hatchback than anything that felt as special as it should.

Opportunity, missed.


The new SQ5 aims to change that. Of course, the new one doesn’t have a diesel for obvious reasons, but it does have a new 3.0 liter, turbo V6 with 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a run to 60 of just 5.1 seconds, one tenth quicker than the old model.

Hey, progress is progress, right?

Underneath is where the best changes are. The new SQ5 has Audi’s air suspension available, which lowers ride height by 30 millimeters and allows for height and damper adjustment. It also can have Audi’s sport differential, which is a torque vectoring rear diff that can send nearly 100 percent of the power to one wheel.


Otherwise, this has the changes you’d expect that make the plain old Q5 into the SQ5 like a new grille and wheels, a flat bottom steering wheel, and sport seats. The techy features of the standard Q5, like virtual cockpit, remain.

The SQ5 will be available in the spring.


Source: Road And Track

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