Jaqi e Kevin Clements aguardavam ansiosamente o nascimento de seus gêmeos. Quando Jaqi entrou em trabalho de parto cedo, porém, o casal feliz temia o pior. No final, os novos pais receberam duas meninas felizes e saudáveis no mundo. Ava Marie e Leah Rose nasceram em 2010. Desde o início, ficou claro que essas garotas eram diferentes. Com a ajuda e orientação de sua mãe, esses bebês prematuros se tornariam modelos internacionais de sucesso.
Os Clemens eram um casal feliz. Eles já tinham sido abençoados com um filho. No entanto, eles sentiram o desejo de expandir sua família. Ambos os pais queriam que uma filha completasse sua família. Quando seu filho tinha 2 anos de idade, Jaqi descobriu que ela estava grávida de gêmeos. Para torná-lo ainda melhor, o casal foi informado de que não estaria tendo uma, mas duas meninas idênticas!
Com uma data de vencimento em agosto, Jaqi ficou surpreso quando ela entrou em trabalho de parto no início de julho. Os gêmeos nasceram 4 semanas no dia 7 de julho de 2010. Olhando para trás, a mãe acredita que sua entrada antecipada foi o primeiro vislumbre de suas personalidades impulsivas e destemidas. Desde o nascimento, estranhos e familiares comentaram a aparência única das meninas.
À medida que as meninas cresciam, o cabelo brilhante, a pele impecável e a estrutura óssea distinta atraíram observações positivas de todos que conheceram. Junto com os elogios, as pessoas muitas vezes pediam a Jaqi que considerasse uma carreira de modelo para seus lindos filhos.
Logo, os Clemens foram abordados por agentes de talentos para agências de modelos. Eles ofereciam contratos lucrativos e promessas de fama e fortuna para as meninas bonitas. Jaqi estava cauteloso. Ela queria que as meninas tivessem tudo o que elas mereciam, mas estava preocupada com o efeito que uma carreira de modelagem de alta atenção teria sobre elas. Ela também temia possíveis predadores que quisessem usar suas garotas e suas imagens para seus próprios propósitos.
Apesar de suas dúvidas, aos 6 meses de idade, as garotas assinaram com uma agência baseada em Los Angeles. A mãe de três filhos descobriu rapidamente que administrar sua carreira e suas tarefas domésticas era uma tarefa difícil. Com ela de 2 anos de idade, tornando-se a tiros e audições tornou difícil manter-se com suas responsabilidades domésticas. Depois de três meses, Jaqi mudou de idéia e terminou sua carreira florescente.
Antes do rápido desenvolvimento de sua carreira, Jaqi e Kevin acharam que seria melhor deixar as meninas terem uma infância normal. Crescer com os colegas na escola lhes daria opções e oportunidades que o estrelato da infância não poderia oferecer. Os gêmeos estavam felizes indo à escola, brincando com o irmão e aprendendo habilidades para a vida.
Conforme o tempo passava, no entanto, Jaqi e Kevin começaram a questionar sua decisão. Eles poderiam estar impedindo sua família de perceber todo o seu potencial sendo cautelosos demais? Amigos e desconhecidos continuaram a pedir ao casal que considerasse uma carreira de modelo para seus gêmeos idênticos. Com o tempo, o casal começou a reconsiderar.
Jaqi percebeu que suas filhas deveriam ter uma palavra a dizer no processo de tomada de decisão. Uma vez que suas imagens e esforços seriam os principais ingredientes para fazer um trabalho de carreira de modelagem, sua opinião deve ser considerada. Quantos anos as meninas precisariam para ser confiáveis com uma decisão tão pesada? Jaqi e Kevin deliberaram essa questão indefinidamente.
Jaqi decidiu deixar sua intuição ser seu guia. Ao longo de toda a sua vida, o número 7 sempre pareceu lhe dar sorte. Como o destino teria, os gêmeos deveriam completar 7 anos em 7 de julho de 2017. Jaqi viu isso como um sinal.
Os gêmeos já estavam ativos na escola e atividades extracurriculares como natação e dança. Perto do seu 7º aniversário, o casal perguntou às suas filhas se elas gostariam de adicionar modelos às suas programações semanais. Mesmo nessa tenra idade, as meninas já estavam ansiosas pelos holofotes. Uma carreira de modelo parecia se encaixar em suas personalidades extrovertidas e ambiciosas.
Ninguém ficou surpreso que as garotas aproveitassem a chance de serem modelos profissionais. As meninas adoraram se apresentar e viram a mudança como uma oportunidade para expandir seu público. Em um esforço para mantê-los longe dos perigos potenciais do mundo da modelagem, Jaqi decidiu começar as garotas lentamente.
O primeiro emprego dos gêmeos veio de um vizinho que possuía uma butique infantil. Eles precisavam de modelos para mostrar sua linha de moda. O trabalho não era apenas seguro, mas dava aos gêmeos a chance de obter fotos profissionais e créditos que poderiam usar para construir sua carreira.
Sua primeira sessão de fotos profissional foi um sucesso perfeito. Jaqi distribuiu fotos para várias agências de talentos, na esperança de encontrar alguém para representar os gêmeos em sua tentativa de retorno. Os pais também começaram uma conta no Instagram para servir como um currículo on-line para agências em potencial. Os gêmeos rapidamente reuniram um grande número de seguidores na plataforma de mídia social.
Sua conta no Instagram atraiu centenas de milhares de seguidores de todo o mundo. Em vez de caçar uma agência para representá-los, os gêmeos viram-se inundados com ofertas de agências e olheiros. Em um movimento estratégico, Jaqi decidiu contratar duas agências diferentes para a crescente carreira de modelo dos gêmeos.
Os gêmeos assinaram com a Zuri Model and Talent, com sede em Los Angeles. Eles também escolheram trabalhar com a Dreamray Model e a Talent em Orange County, Califórnia. Trabalhar com duas agências permitiu aos gêmeos reservar mais shows pagos e ganhar exposição mais rapidamente.
Trabalhar com duas agências nem sempre foi fácil. Em um ponto, os gêmeos receberam um retorno de chamada para a mesma audição de ambas as agências. Foi estranho, mas Jaqi foi capaz de esclarecer a confusão rapidamente.
A modelagem logo se tornou uma busca familiar pelos Clemens. O irmão mais velho das meninas, Chase, começou a se juntar a eles em sessões de fotos. Por fim, ele assinou com as mesmas agências que representavam suas irmãs.
Com o sucesso recém-descoberto no mundo da modelagem, os gêmeos Clemens provaram que 7 é um número da sorte para toda a família. As meninas continuam a encontrar novas saídas para seu talento e paixão. Apesar de seu status de fama instantânea, Jaqi e Kevin continuam protegendo seus filhos das partes menos salgadas do show business.
Jaqi começou um blog detalhando suas experiências em gerenciar carreiras de modelagem e atuação de seus filhos. Em seus posts, ela discute as pressões, técnicas e perigos que suas filhas enfrentam em todos os trabalhos. De posturas excessivamente maduras a muita maquiagem, Jaqi fala sobre como ela protege suas filhas das expectativas irrealistas no mundo da moda.
Os gêmeos e seu irmão mais velho não têm certeza se o futuro os levará. No entanto, com a mãe apoiando-os e protegendo-os, todos eles se tornarão adultos felizes, saudáveis e bem ajustados.
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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