I’m 28, have no debt, 401(k), Roth IRA and $45K. My parents want me to save for a home. I want a Tesla Model 3. Who’s right?


Dear Quentin,

I’ve been flip-flopping back and forth between buying a new car or putting a down payment on my first home. With my parents being very money-minded and keeping a careful eye on my finances (still), I’m caught in a predicament.

The original plan was to save up 20% to 30% for a down payment on a condo in the suburbs of Los Angeles and buy into the market within the two years or so, and right now I’m about 40% towards that goal.

However, with the Green Act possibly on the horizon again, the Model 3 has been a temptation, especially with all the extra bonus incentives my state offers, with a net final price of around $27,000. I’m not desperately in need of a new car, but this seems like a great way to save some money on a vehicle with smart features.


With the Green Act possibly on the horizon again, the Model 3 has been a temptation, especially with all the extra bonus incentives my state offers.

I am 28 years old with zero debt as of January 2021. Retirement wise, I am well on my way to maxing out 401(k) contributions this year, and I have already maxed out my Roth IRA contributions, and if everything stays the same, I’ll have about $60,000 in retirement by the end of the year.

In terms of liquid assets and investments, I’m sitting on about $45,000 as of right now. I currently save and/or invest 50% to 60% of my take-home pay, since I moved back home with my parents after being laid off last year, and started a new job remotely.

I don’t know if I should (a) purchase the car straight up and empty out my savings as I will probably have the time to save up the money again before a potential housing crash, (b) not purchase the car and keep saving for the down payment, (c) do both or (d) invest the money elsewhere.

As financial conservatives, my parents are strongly against me buying the car because it’s a depreciating asset, and they believe entering the market should be my priority, so they think that I should have the down payment waiting, to jump into the market whenever I see a good deal.

I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds. Any advice for me?

Pressured by the Parents

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Dear Pressured,

What the hell! Give into your impulse, splash out on the Tesla
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Model 3. You will be empowered by the knowledge that you are using your spending power to get America back on its feet, while making a cool statement that you have finally arrived. Fully embrace the American dream of being smack-bang-wallop in the middle of the eco-warrior, Tesla-driving, tech-savvy zeitgeist. All any of us have is today, after all and global warming is coming for us all in the end.

Cruise the neighborhoods where you would like to buy a home in your 30s, 40s or 50s (it will all depend on how the property market fares between now and then). Take a good look at those homes, assuming they are not obscured by manicured hedges, and enjoy the view. Drive back to your parents’ house, honk the horn so they can marvel at Elon Musk’s bold vision for themselves, and then and only then ask them nicely if they would make space in their driveway for your Model 3.

I am kidding, of course. You have done everything right so far. Buy the house first and the $27,000 electric car later. You already have a destination in mind. Don’t allow an automobile, regardless of how cool you think it would be to drive, to deter you from that destination. Listen to your parents. They have seen more than you have. They are trying to set you on the road to financial freedom. And as nice as they are to drive and to be seen driving, you don’t need a Tesla to achieve that.

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Kasia Lenhardt dead at 25: Model girlfriend of soccer star Jerome Boateng


The ex-girlfriend of soccer star Jerome Boateng has been found dead one week after he announced they split up, police said.

Kasia Lenhardt, who rose to fame after appearing on Germany’s “Next Top Model” in 2012, was found dead by Berlin police in a home Tuesday. Investigators are not treating her death as suspicious, Bild reported.

Berlin police told Bild a “lifeless person” was found in the city’s upscale Charlottenburg section late Tuesday and that investigators believe Lenhardt took her own life.

“Yesterday at around 8:30pm there was a police operation in Charlottenburg on suspicion of suicide,” Berlin police told the outlet. “There are no indications of third-party negligence.”

Lenhardt is survived by a son, the outlet reported. The boy, Noah, is from a previous relationship of Lenhardt’s that ended three years ago, The Sun reported.

Boating has left Bayern’s World Club Cup squad in Qatar following the news of Kasia’s death, his manager Hansi Flick said.

The 25-year-old started dating the Bayern Munich defender more than a year ago, but they broke up on February 2 — with Boateng, 32, confirming the break-up to his nearly 7 million Instagram followers in a since-deleted post, the Mirror reported.

“We will go our separate ways from now on,” the post read. “That is regrettable, but for my family and for me it is the only right one.”

Boateng also apologised to the mother of his children, Rebecca, saying he was “disappointed” in himself as well.

“A man has to take responsibility and act in the interests of his family and I’m doing it now,” Boateng continued. “I wish Kasia all the best.”

The Polish native crashed Boateng’s Mini Cooper last month, leading to a public spat.

Lenhardt, who reportedly had “Jerome” tattooed on her torso, had previously said she ended their relationship due to the World Cup winner’s “lies and constant infidelity,” according to the report.

She later posted and then deleted a photo of them on Instagram captioned: “The devil does his best.”

In her final Instagram post on February 3, Lenhardt wrote: “Now is where you draw the line. Enough.”

Lenhardt’s friend, fellow model Sara Kulka, confirmed her death on Instagram Wednesday.

“Rest in peace,” Kulka wrote. “You wonderful person, I miss you and would have liked to say goodbye. I hope you find your peace now and I hope the truth comes out now, I know how much you wanted it to be.”

TRAGIC DETAILS

Lenhardt was reportedly found dead on her son’s birthday.

The Polish-born model leaves behind son Noah, who she had with an ex from a previous relationship when she was aged 19.

Noah celebrated his sixth birthday on Tuesday without his mum who was left “very upset” by the breakdown of her romance with Boateng, a friend has told the Mail Online.

The unnamed pal said: “Yesterday was her son Noah’s birthday. Kasia was at home on her own.

“A member of her family called the police because they could not get hold of her and they were worried.”

‘REST IN PEACE’

Speaking of her split with Boateng, the friend said: “He said some really nasty things about Kasia. She was very upset by it.”

News of the model’s death was broken by another friend Sara Kulka who said that she one day hopes “the truth comes out now”.

In the cryptic Instagram post, she wrote: “Rest in peace. You wonderful person, I miss you and would have loved to say goodbye.

“I hope you find your peace now and I hope the truth comes out now, I know how much you wished it would.”

Ex-Man City player Boateng announced last week that he and Kasia had separated after 15 months of dating.

This came after Kasia had been involved in an accident in the footballer’s car on January 5, resulting in the vehicle being written off, reports Bild.

In his statement, Jerome said it was time to “draw a line” and “apologise to everyone I’ve hurt”, including his ex-girlfriend Rebecca and their kids.

WAR OF WORDS

Kasia – who had a tattoo with the word ‘Jerome’ on her torso – responded by saying she had ended the relationship because of the footballer’s “lies and constant infidelity”.

According to reports, Kasia’s body was found in a luxury apartment owned by Boateng which is located in Berlin’s posh Charlottenborg area.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Boateng has three children all from previous relationships.

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Lessons for SMEs on revamping your business model during tough times


The events of the past year have ushered in big changes for Australian SMEs, with many having to pivot quickly to adapt to the changing times.

As an owner of a small Pilates business, an agile approach has been paramount to the shifting direction of our business model.

When the pandemic hit and lockdown ensued, it was a huge deal for the company, as we were forced to close all three of our Pilates studios. However, my business partner and I soon realised that the demand for our classes wasn’t slowing, as people sought to continue workouts at home.

We made it our priority to understand exactly what the needs of our customers were and realised that they still wanted to take our classes, but virtually. Through these insights, we made the decision to invest in pivoting our business to an “online-centric” model, to accommodate the changing needs and behaviours of our key audience.

With the demand for Pilates increasing during lockdown, we very quickly revamped our online offering from a single purchase offering to an always-on subscription model, catering to the demand by providing unlimited digital classes to our customers. As a result of reinventing the way customers could access our services, revenue has increased by more than half, and more than doubled compared to last year.

It isn’t easy to make big changes during times of uncertainty, but there are a few key things I believe helped us navigate it well. Here, I want to share my learnings from the past six months on revamping a business successfully, during a challenging climate.

Know your customer

This one is crucial! As a small business owner, the most important thing is to know your audience. When lockdown hit, we had a solid understanding of who our customers were and what they wanted. This meant that we were quickly able to define what our digital offering should be, based on the needs of our customer base.

We knew that there was a demand for easy ways to get fit at home without losing the feeling of being at a class, and that spearheaded our decision to change the way we offered our services online, and then informed the format in which we developed out our refreshed content offering.

Don’t be afraid of change

When the pandemic hit, the prospect of closing our studios – and main sources of revenue(!) – was incredibly daunting. However, we knew that big changes were abreast and that innovation was needed. Our bold approach to revamping our digital offering was scary, but we knew we had to pivot quickly. Don’t be afraid to change things and make bold moves – they often pay off!

Keep up to date with industry trends

Finally, I would recommend that whatever industry your SME is in, to keep on top of the trends within your field.

For us, we are predicting there will be a shift in health and wellness businesses offering digital options for customers to incorporate into a training routine and fitness apps will continue to gain popularity. Our clients are increasingly seeking a hybrid model, as people look to buy blocks of classes at our studios while also training online, due to the convenience. With this intel in mind, we’re already planning the next stage of our business model growth.

My advice is don’t forget how important is to be across the trends gaining momentum. Staying relevant and ahead of the curve during times of big change is – in my opinion – priceless.

Tori Clapham, Founder, Peaches Pilates



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How to reform the attention economy business model of Big Tech


Seeing reality clearly and truthfully is fundamental to our capacity to do anything. By monetizing and commodifying attention, we’ve sold away our ability to see problems and enact collective solutions. This isn’t new. Almost any time we allow the life support systems of our planet or society to be commodified, it drives other breakdowns. When you commodify politics with AI-optimized microtargeted ads, you remove integrity from politics. When you commodify food, you lose touch with the life cycle that makes agriculture sustainable. When you commodify education into digital feeds of content, you lose the interrelatedness of human development, trust, care, and teacherly authority. When you commodify love by turning people into playing cards on Tinder, you sever the complex dance involved in forging new relationships. And when you commodify communication into chunks of posts and comment threads on Facebook, you remove context, nuance, and respect. In all these cases, extractive systems slowly erode the foundations of a healthy society and a healthy planet.

Shifting systems to protect attention

E.O. Wilson, the famed biologist, proposed that humans should run only half the Earth, and that the rest should be left alone. Imagine something similar for the attention economy. We can and should say that we want to protect human attention, even if that sacrifices a portion of the profits of Apple, Google, Facebook, and other large technology corporations.

Ad blockers on digital devices are an interesting example of what could become a structural shift in the digital world. Are ad blockers a human right? If everybody could block ads on Facebook, Google, and websites, the internet would not be able to fund itself, and the advertising economy would lose massive amounts of revenue. Does that outcome negate the right? Is your attention a right? Do you own it? Should we put a price on it? Selling human organs or enslaved people can meet a demand and generate profit, but we say these items do not belong in the marketplace. Like human beings and their organs, should human attention be something money can’t buy?

Is your attention a right? Do you own it? Should we put a price on it? Like human beings and their organs, should human attention be something money can’t buy?

The covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and climate change and other ecological crises have made more and more people aware of how broken our economic and social systems are. But we are not getting to the roots of these interconnected crises. We’re falling for interventions that feel like the right answer but instead are traps that surreptitiously maintain the status quo. Slightly better police practices and body cameras do not prevent police misconduct. Buying a Prius or Tesla isn’t enough to really bring down levels of carbon in the atmosphere. Replacing plastic straws with biodegradable ones is not going to save the oceans. Instagram’s move to hide the number of “likes” is not transforming teenagers’ mental-health problems, when the service is predicated on constant social comparison and systemic hijacking of the human drive for connection. We need much deeper systemic reform. We need to shift institutions to serve the public interest in ways that are commensurate with the nature and scale of the challenges we face.

At the Center for Humane Technology, one thing we did was convince Apple, Google, and Facebook to adopt—at least in part—the mission of “Time Well Spent” even if it went against their economic interests. This was a movement we launched through broad public media-awareness campaigns and advocacy, and it gained credence with technology designers, concerned parents, and students. It called for changing the digital world’s incentives from a race for “time spent” on screens and apps into a “race to the top” to help people spend time well. It has led to real change for billions of people. Apple, for example, introduced “Screen Time” features in May 2018 that now ship with all iPhones, iPads, and other devices. Besides showing all users how much time they spend on their phone, Screen Time offers a dashboard of parental controls and app time limits that show parents how much time their kids are spending online (and what they are doing). Google launched its similar Digital Wellbeing initiative around the same time. It includes further features we had suggested, such as making it easier to unplug before bed and limit notifications. Along the same lines, YouTube introduced “Take a break” notifications.

These changes show that companies are willing to make sacrifices, even in the realm of billions of dollars. Nonetheless, we have not yet changed the core logic of these corporations. For a company to do something against its economic interest is one thing; doing something against the DNA of its purpose and goals is a different thing altogether.

Working toward collective action

We need deep, systemic reform that will shift technology corporations to serving the public interest first and foremost. We have to think bigger about how much systemic change might be possible, and how to harness the collective will of the people.

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Savage Model 1907: Why Did the U.S. Army Turn Down This Sleek Pistol?


Here’s What You Need to Know: The handsome 1907 Savage pistol lost out to the larger Colt 1911 as the U. S. Army’s new side arm of choice.

In the 1939 movie The Real Glory, elite U.S. Army officers arrive in the southern Philippines to mold the Filipinos into a military force to defend their villages against marauding Moro tribesmen. In one scene, a burly, sword-wielding Moro attacks the Army unit’s commander. The Moro charges through a hail of lead unleashed by other officers, including Dr. Bill Canavan (Gary Cooper), and fatally wounds the colonel before succumbing to the gunfire.

Later, Canavan drops five spent bullets from the Moro’s body on a table in front of his fellow officers and the parish priest. “I thought I missed when I shot at that juramentado, but I guess I didn’t,” Canavan said. “He had enough lead in him to sink a battleship. I wonder what kept the beggar going with all those slugs in him. Must be some drug.”

The scene was realistic. During the Army’s early years in the Philippines, such incidents created a crisis of faith among U.S. soldiers—faith in their weapons. That crisis led the Army to adopt one of the most famous firearms in history, the 1911 Colt, but the outcome might have been very different. Generations of American soldiers might have gone into battle with 1907 Savages instead.

The Need For Increased Stopping Power

The trouble began in 1899. When the United States won the Spanish-American War and annexed the Philippines as a colony, it unexpectedly entered a conflict more costly, longer, and deadlier than the war with Spain had been. The Moro tribesmen of the southern Philippines proved especially difficult to subdue. Fiercely independent, fanatical, courageous in battle, and predatory, the Moros had never submitted to the Spanish and proved no more willing to accept their new American overlords.

A shortage of American troops at the onset of the Philippine insurrection in 1899 delayed a showdown between the U.S. Army and the Moros, but once Emilio Aguinaldo’s rebel forces surrendered in 1901, the Americans moved to deal with the Moros. After diplomatic efforts to conciliate the Moros failed, U.S. troops quickly bested them in open battle.

Unable to defeat the Americans in conventional combat, the Moros resorted to juramentado attacks, a tactic modern military analysts call “asymmetrical warfare.”

Using edged weapons, juramentados attacked and killed American officers. The Moros’ remarkable ability to absorb gunfire and their fanatical determination to kill their victims unnerved American soldiers much as it had the Spaniards. The juramentado might shout, “There is no god but Allah!” as he charged, giving the targeted officer time to draw his service revolver and fire on his attacker, but often the juramentado, due in part to an adrenalin rush and special preparations to slow blood loss, died of his wounds only after killing his victim.

As such incidents mounted, soldiers cursed their standard issue 1892 Colt New Army revolvers and the .38-caliber Long Colt cartridge they fired. Like most Western nations, during the late 19th century the United States adopted smaller caliber weapons for its military small arms. Then current wisdom held that smaller projectiles traveling at higher velocities would inflict at least as much damage on a target as slower moving, larger caliber bullets, while imparting less recoil and enabling soldiers to fire more accurately.

While the 1892 double-action Colt revolver with its swing-out cylinder fired and reloaded more quickly and weighed less than the single-action Colt 1873 revolver it replaced, it also fired a projectile less than two-thirds the weight of the 1873’s .45-caliber Long Colt cartridge. Worse still, the .38 Long Colt delivered little more than half the energy of the .45.

American soldiers did not require technical explanations for the .38 Long Colt’s inadequacies. They observed the results firsthand in combat. Army Colonel Louis A. LaGarde described one such incident. In October 1905, a Filipino named Antonio Caspi escaped from a prison on the island of Samar. During the escape, soldiers fired on Caspi with their New Army revolvers. Three .38 Long Colt bullets fired at close range struck him in the chest, penetrating his lungs. A fourth wounded his hand and forearm. Still, Caspi remained unsubdued until a soldier felled him with a blow to the head from the butt of his carbine.

The Thompson-LaGarde Tests: “A Caliber Not Less Than 0.45”

Long before the Philippines, the Army knew it needed more effective small arms, and its search for a better military handgun had already begun. The Spanish-American War revealed the Army’s rifles and side arms were less effective and less modern than their European counterparts. In 1900, the Army ordered 1,000.30-caliber Lugers from Germany and 475 Colt model 1900 semi-automatic pistols and issued them to U.S. Cavalry units for field testing. The Swiss Army had adopted the Luger as its military pistol in 1900. Germany’s army and navy would soon follow suit, but the .30-caliber Luger didn’t impress American cavalrymen. During the late 19th-century Indian wars, the cavalry carried most of the burden of combat, relying heavily on their side arms. The elegant, small-bore Luger did not strike the experienced horse soldiers as an adequate man-stopper.

As an emergency measure, the Army reissued the old 1873 Colt single-action revolvers to its soldiers. The Army also ordered 4,600 double-action 1902 Colt revolvers, also called the Philippine Constabulary or Alaskan Models, which were Colt Model 1878 revolvers redesigned to chamber the .45-caliber Long Colt cartridge, as a stopgap handgun. The year before the Caspi episode, LaGarde had already concluded that American soldiers needed a more potent sidearm.

In 1904, LaGarde, a surgeon in the Army’s medical corps, presided over a series of tests to determine the optimum caliber and configuration for a military pistol or revolver. Working with Captain John T. Thompson, who later invented the Thompson submachine gun, the team tested the lethality of various weapons. The Thompson-LaGarde tests were controversial, with some critics contending that the team had rigged the tests to support their preference for a large-caliber handgun. The team also fired bullets into human cadavers and live horses and cattle, practices some found objectionable.

However valid its scientific techniques, the team reported its findings in no uncertain terms: “After mature deliberation, the Board finds that a bullet which will have the shock effect and stopping power at short ranges necessary for a military pistol or revolver should have a caliber not less than 0.45.” The report called for improved marksmanship training, insisting that “soldiers armed with pistols or revolvers should be drilled unremittingly in the accuracy of fire, and that the vital parts of the body, their location, and distribution should be intelligently explained.” It was good advice, but the Army focused on the common-sense conclusion the soldiers had already reached. They needed a pistol firing a bigger bullet.

Colt, Luger, and Savage

With the Thompson-LaGarde tests in mind, the Army invited arms manufacturers to participate in a practical competition to be held in 1906 to select a replacement for the Colt New Army revolver. Only a handful of companies— White-Merrill, Knoble, Bergmann, Deutsche Waffen und Fabriken Munitions (the manufacturer of the Luger), Webley, Colt, and Savage— submitted entries. Following European military trends, most of the test weapons were semi-automatic handguns.

Before the tests began in earnest, the Army rejected most of the entrants as unsuitable and focused mainly on the Colt, Luger, and Savage pistols. After some delays, the pistol trials began in January 1907. From the beginning, Colt’s entry enjoyed an advantage. The Colt Company had existed since 1848 and had supplied revolvers to the Texas Rangers, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy since the Civil War. From the 1870s into the 20th century, Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army and New Army models equipped the U.S. Army.

The handguns Colt submitted to the Ordnance Board following the Spanish-American War were designed by the greatest creative genius in firearms history, John Moses Browning. Under Browning’s guidance, Colt first offered its semiautomatic pistol to the Army in 1900 and constantly supplied improved versions to meet the Army’s evolving requirements. In 1905, when the Army complained that the .38 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) cartridge would not suffice, Colt quickly developed the .45-caliber ACP cartridge and supplied an improved pistol chambered for it. Colt had the experience, brains, resources, and determination to win the Army’s next sidearm contract.

Savage Model 1907: An Art Deco Handgun

Colt’s upstart American challenger seemed a long shot at best. The Savage Arms Company had come into existence only 13 years prior to the Ordnance Board trials. Its founder, Arthur Savage, had designed an advanced lever-action rifle that eventually would become the classic Savage 99. When in 1892 the U.S. Army sought a replacement for its trapdoor Springfield rifles, Savage submitted his modern, eight-shot lever action, but the Army adopted the 1892 Krag-Jorgensen bolt-action rifle instead.

When the pistol trials began, not only had Savage Arms never sold a weapon to the Army, it had never produced a pistol. Seeing the commercial success that Colt’s semi-automatic pistols enjoyed, and the prospect of a lucrative government contract, Savage decided to enter the market. Inventor Elbert Searle provided the design the company needed. Searle had designed and held the patent for the 1907 Savage. His pistol came to Savage Arms’ attention just in time to provide the company a credible entrant into the Ordnance Department’s 1906 pistol trials. Scrambling to perfect and produce a sample handgun for the trials, which the Army had rescheduled for January 1907, Searle completed the first 1907 Savage just under deadline.

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Tesla Updates Model Y Interior Design


The improvements are already being produced and the first models will be delivered at the end of January 2021.


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Elon Musk’s car company Tesla has updated the interior design of the electric Model Y.

On the Chinese page of the vehicle company, you can see the new images. What will be innovative? This is a new wood panel on the front door, it will also have a new center console with an integrated cordless phone charger.

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Tesla has started production in the Asian country but it is expected that in the near future it will be manufactured in the United States, according to the Electrec portal.

As for deliveries, they will begin this January but only in China. Tesla confirmed that the Model Y will cost $ 52,000 (more than a million Mexican pesos), in a more “economical” version. For the Model Y Performance, with a long-range dual engine, it will have a value of $ 56,600 (one million one hundred and thirty thousand pesos, approximately).

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According to the outlet, the price is competitive in China against other electric car companies such as Nio and Xpeng.



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Alexander Wang accused of sexual assault by several model ‘victims’


Alexander Wang is facing allegations of sexual misconduct after multiple accusers came forward on social media accusing the fashion designer of drugging and assaulting them, according to a new report. 

The 37-year-old New York City designer was accused of being a ‘sexual predator’ by several anonymous accusers, many of whom claimed Wang had drugged their drinks with MDMA and sexually assaulted them at events in recent years, WWD reported. 

Wang, who became known for his star-studded parties following the success of his fashion label launch in 2005, declined to comment on WWD’s report on Tuesday. 

Representatives for Wang did not respond to DailyMail.com’s repeated requests for comment.

Alexander Wang, who rose to fame in the mid 2000s following the launch of his fashion label, has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple individuals, according to WWD. He is pictured above with Naomi Campbell and Janet Jackson in January

The NYC fashion designer (pictured at the 2018) Met Gala with Kylie Jenner  is known for his hard partying lifestyle and for hosting star-studded events.

Wang pictured with model Bella Hadid in 2018

Wang, 37, declined to comment on the allegations on Tuesday. The NYC fashion designer is known for his hard partying lifestyle and for hosting star-studded events.

The allegations against Wang went viral on Monday, when industry watchdog Sh*t Model Management posted stories from several different accusers on Instagram (pictured)

The allegations against Wang went viral on Monday, when industry watchdog Sh*t Model Management posted stories from several different accusers on Instagram (pictured) 

Allegations against Wang went viral on Monday after they were shared on Instagram by industry watchdog, Sh*t Model Management, who urged the public to boycott his label, according to the report. 

‘Alexander Wang is an alleged sexual predator, many male models and trans models have come out and spoken about the alleged sexual abuse that Alexander Wang has inflicted upon them,’ the post read. 

‘It is important to show your support to these victims by unfollowing Alexander Wang and boycotting his clothing line.’

Included in the post was a video clip by model Owen Mooney, who had earlier uploaded a TikTok video claiming he had been ‘touched up’ by a ‘really famous’ fashion designer in 2017. 

Although Mooney did not initially name his alleged abuser, he later uploaded a follow-up TikTok following speculation from viewers and confirmed he had been talking about Wang.

In the video, which has since gone viral, Mooney claimed he had been at a crowded New York City club where he and a few friends had gone to watch rapper CupcakKe perform. 

Model Owen Mooney, who told his story on TikTok, claimed Wang had groped him at a crowded NYC club in 2017

Model Owen Mooney, who told his story on TikTok, claimed Wang had groped him at a crowded NYC club in 2017

One alleged victim also claimed Wang had done the same 'Molly water trick on me

Another accused him of drugging two friends in 2014

One alleged victim also claimed Wang had done the same ‘Molly water trick on me’, while another accused him of drugging two friends in 2014.

Fashion advocacy organization Model Alliance released a statement on Tuesday in support of Wang's accusers

Fashion advocacy organization Model Alliance released a statement on Tuesday in support of Wang’s accusers

‘I was by myself at one point and this guy next to me obviously took at advantage of the fact that no one could f**king move,’ Mooney says in the video.

‘And he just started touching me up. Like, fully up my leg, in my crotch. It made me freeze completely me because I was in so much shock. 

‘And then I look to my left to see who it was and it was a really famous fashion designer and I just couldn’t believe that he was doing that to me,’ Mooney added.

The model went on to describe the incident as ‘really f**ked up’, saying he then had to ‘slowly move away’ from the designer. 

Mooney’s account was one of at least seven included in the post on Monday, the majority of which were shared through screenshots of allegations sent in by anonymous users, according to the report. 

The allegations against Wang were also reported by The Daily Beast.  

Wang, who launched his fashion label in 2005, formerly served as the creative director of Balenciaga

Wang, who launched his fashion label in 2005, formerly served as the creative director of Balenciaga 

Wang, who is openly gay, is seen at the New York City Pride March on June 24, 2018

Wang, who is openly gay, is seen at the New York City Pride March on June 24, 2018

One accuser claimed their friend, who is a trans man, had been riding in a limo with Wang after a party ‘a while ago’ when the designer offered him water and made sure he drank it all.

‘A few moments after, they noticed they were rolling and had been giving molly water,’ the anonymous person claimed.

‘This was a regular occurrence because a year after being told this story, I also heard other people confirm that they also got drugged on the way to any after party.’

Another alleged victim also claimed Wang had done the same ‘Molly water trick on me’, while another accused him of drugging two friends in 2014. 

On Tuesday, fashion advocacy organization Model Alliance, released a statement in support of Wang’s accusers. 

‘We at Model Alliance stand in solidarity with those who have shared accusations of sexual abuse by Alexander Wang,’ it said in an Instagram post.  

‘Lets be clear: The fashion industry’s lack of transparency and accountability leaves all models vulnerable to abuse, regardless of their sex or gender identity.’  

Wang  and Nicki Minaj in 2017

Wang  and Nicki Minaj in 2017 



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Nikita Mazepin Haas statement, driver seat secured, Instagram model Andrea D’Ival, grope car


The Haas Formula One team confirmed on Wednesday that Russian driver Nikita Mazepin would drive for them next season after concluding an internal investigation into his recent conduct in an online video.

Mazepin signed a “multi-year” deal with Haas at the start of December after a successful season in Formula Two.

He will line up alongside Mick Schumacher, the son of the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, in an all-rookie partnership.

Shortly after the announcement, a video surfaced on the Russian’s Instagram account of him making a seemingly unsolicited attempt to touch a woman’s breast.

Haas were quick to condemn the 23-second video clip, shot by a front-seat passenger in a moving car with Mazepin and the woman in the back seat and opened an internal inquiry which they now say has ended.

“Haas F1 Team would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will form its driver line-up for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship,” the team statement read.

“As per the team’s previous statement regarding the actions of Nikita Mazepin (9 December) – this matter has now been dealt with internally and no further comment shall be made.”

The 21-year-old son of billionaire Dmitry Mazepin apologised for his “inappropriate” behaviour.

“I admit that I failed in my duties to myself and to a lot of people. I promise to learn from this,” he said.

But his survival has been met with more anger from the F1 community.

WTF1 presenter Matt Gallagher tweeted: “I’ve never been so disappointed in the sport I truly love. What a f***ing disgrace.”



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A Multisystemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments


Date/Time:

Location: Virtual

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NIMH Division of Extramural Affairs

On January 14, 2021, Michael Ungar, Ph.D., founder and director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, will be the guest speaker in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director’s Innovation Speaker Series, which focuses on innovation, invention, and scientific discovery.

Using examples from his research and clinical practice, Dr. Ungar will explore the nature of young people’s patterns of resilience in contexts where children and adolescents are affected by social marginalization, migration, violence, and mental disorder. His work is demonstrating that resilience can be assessed with sensitivity to culture and context, identifying factors that are most likely to have the greatest impact on behavioral outcomes at different levels of risk exposure. Dr. Ungar’s program of research provides support for an ecological, culturally sensitive interpretation of what resilience means to young people who experience extreme forms of adversity.

In this lecture, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience results from both individual abilities to overcome adversity and the capacity of social and physical ecologies, including mental health care providers, to help young people navigate and negotiate their way to the resources they need to build and sustain well-being. Finally, aspects of hidden resilience (maladaptive coping) will be discussed as reasonable ways young people protect themselves from risk when growing up in challenging contexts.

Dr. Ungar is the former chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who continues to work with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. His international series of studies spans six continents and has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between individuals and their social, institutional, built, and natural environments, including health and social services.

Background

NIMH established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thinking. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their initial area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

Registration

Online registration for this free event is required.

More Information:

NIMH will provide sign language interpreters. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program should contact the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. Submit general questions to the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series mailbox.



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Model Zaine Pringle sues Princess Alexandra Hospital over hand surgery


A Brisbane model who has posed in underwear and swimwear campaigns claims a “surgical error” on his injured finger has affected his confidence, self-esteem and future career.

Zaine Alan Pringle has only done two photo shoots – for headwear, such as hats and sunglasses – since the allegedly botched hand surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital in June 2018.

The 29-year-old is 6ft 1in (185cm) with blonde hair and blue eyes and began modelling when he was 18. He has been repeatedly used by surf, skate and street fashion retailer City Beach.

FiveTwenty Modelling agency started managing him in 2014, and in 2017, he won the national male modelling competition Manhunt Australia to represent the country in Thailand.

Mr Pringle is suing Queensland’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service for $592,803.79 including general damages, past and future loss of income and superannuation, past and future gratuitous care and assistance, and future medical treatment and medication.

He claims the PA Hospital in Woollongabba owed him a duty of care through “reasonable care and skill in the provision of medical services”.

According to his statement of claim, filed in the District Court last week and obtained by news.com.au on Thursday, Mr Pringle injured his left hand playing AFL in late 2017.

For the next five to six weeks, he “experienced pain in his left ring finger with minimal strength and movement” before his first surgery in March 2018.

The second stage of tendon reconstruction was performed on June 5 that year, involving a tendon graft harvested from his left forearm, his claim states.

However, Mr Pringle claims: “The proximal tendon graft end was attached to the superficial flexor, whereas in fact; it ought to have been attached to the deep flexor tendon stump.”

The alleged error was discovered in July 2018 and he had corrective surgery in November.

“By reason of the surgical error, the plaintiff required three additional surgeries, has sensitivity in the left ring finger, suffers pain at the bottom of the thumb and palm, has reduced functionality in the left hand, has scarring of the left and right forearm and down the finger and palm, and has suffered an adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood,” his statement of claim reads.

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Mr Pringle claims the duty of care was breached as a result of the alleged mistakes and a failure to ensure the proper supervision of the surgeon.

Due to his extensive rehabilitation, he “could not commit to many shoots” and attended two for a total of $824.40.

“The plaintiff was able to participate in these shoots as they were for headwear such as hats and sunglasses,” the document states.

“Additionally, the plaintiff began experiencing psychological symptoms related to his injuries, including depression and low self-esteem about the way his hand looked, and anxiety and lack of confidence in relation to social interaction.

“These factors impacted the plaintiff’s ability to return to modelling and ultimately, the plaintiff was unable to maintain his paid work as a model due to his injuries.”

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Prior to the incident, he also worked as a passive fire technician with FVS Fire Pty Ltd installing doors, which he says involved a “significant amount of heavy and sometimes awkward manual work”.

Mr Pringle claims he missed a performance appraisal due to his medical appointments and continues to experience “an ongoing impairment to his ability to work due to his injuries”.

This includes difficulty lifting and carrying materials and equipment, repetitive hand movements such as cutting, screwing and joining fixtures, and using hand and power tools.

“The plaintiff is slower and less efficient at work both due to his physical symptoms and his psychiatric symptoms,” the court document states.

He also had plans to grow his modelling portfolio in Japan.

His claim for $310,000 in future economic loss includes the 38 “prospective working years remaining”, which would take him to the age of 67 – the pension age from 2023 onwards.

Mr Pringle claims he has limited transferable skills and future work options and is not academically inclined or suited to office-based employment.

He is being represented by Shine Lawyers.

A spokeswoman for Metro South Hospital and Health Service told news.com.au on Thursday as the matter is before the court, no comment would be made.

RELIEF CLAIMED BY ZAINE PRINGLE:

• $51,530.00 for general damages in pain, suffering and loss of the amenities of life.

• $80,575.16 for past loss of income.

• $7654.64 for past loss of occupational superannuation benefits.

• $310,000 for future loss of income.

• $36,580.00 for future loss of occupational superannuation benefits.

• $41,898.31 for past gratuitous care.

• $50,000.00 for future gratuitous/paid care and assistance.

• $13,275.30 for future medical treatment, medication and other expenses.

• $180.75 to refund Medicare Australia.

• $1109.63 for out-of-pocket expenses.

• Interest on out-of-pocket expenses calculated at the prevailing 10-year bond rate.



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