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Valentine’s Day sees longest kiss in history – 46-hour Thai smooch
Washington, Feb 15 (ANI): A Thai couple has made history with the longest kiss ever during a Valentine’s Day “kissathon” after they locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and nine seconds.
Organizers of the event, which took place at a southern beach resort town, claim it marked the longest recorded smooch in history.
“We didn’t think we would find anybody that could break the record,” CBS News quoted Somporn Naksuetrong, the manager of Pattaya’s Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks museum, which organized the competition, as saying.
Fourteen couples had started off the contest at 6 a.m. on February 13, and by February 14 afternoon, half had already beaten the record and were still smooching away on the corridor of an oceanside shopping mall in Pattaya.
A Bangkok couple, Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat, emerged as the winner, and they were awarded a diamond ring worth 50,000 Thai Baht (1,606 dollars), and a cash prize of 100,000 Baht (3,213 dollars).
According to Guinness World Records, whose officials will have to verify the latest milestone for it to become official, the previous record of just over 32 hours had been set by a couple in Germany in 2009.he rule for the kissathon is that couples should lock lips all the time, and if they wish to have a drink they have to do so using straws while continuing the kiss.
And if they wish to use the bathroom, they have to continue embracing each other, while accompanied by contest monitors. But the harshest rule was no sitting or sleeping. (ANI)
Genital warts warning
The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) is calling for people to be vaccinated against the preventable sexually transmitted infection (STI) as figures show new cases have surged by a third across the country over the last decade.
A vaccine has been on the market since 2007 but is not currently available through the NHS, and this Valentine’s Day BASHH is campaigning to highlight the cost of turning a blind eye to the most common viral STI in the UK.
At least £46 million is spent on treating genital warts cases each year, and a further £4 million treating other rare and serious conditions caused by the infection.
A recent survey of sexual health doctors showed their overwhelming support for vaccinating against genital warts as part of the school-based vaccination programme for 12-14 year old girls, established by the Government in 2008.
The current HPV vaccine Cervarix, which is administered through the NHS’s school-based vaccination programme, only protects against cervical cancer and leaves women at risk of developing genital warts. Nine in ten sexual health doctors say they would advise their own daughters to ignore the NHS treatment and instead seek an alternative vaccine, Gardasil, which protects against both conditions, despite being potentially more costly.
The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham tops the UK chart of genital warts hotspots, with Brighton, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Blackpool rounding off the top five.
On February 16 BASHH will take its appeal to Parliament, to show MPs the clinical community’s support for an HPV vaccine which tackles both cervical cancer and genital warts.
Dr Liz Foley, who conducted the research amongst clinicians, said: “The misery of genital warts could be largely eradicated if young people were given the dual-purpose HPV vaccine.”
Dr Keith Radcliffe, president of BASHH, said: “It’s obviously important that young women should be protected against cervical cancer, but if the Government had purchased Gardasil back in 2008, like almost all other developed countries did at the time, today we could be well on the way to eradicating genital warts.”
Barrack and Michelle are top of the Valentine romance pops
They are one of the most openly-affectionate couples ever to grace the White House.
And now we know why Michelle and Barrack Obama have such a successful union – they keep each other smiling.
In time for Valentine’s Day, Mrs Obama revealed she and the U.S. president maintain the romance in their marriage with ‘a lot of laughing’ – and a ‘little attitude’ from her when necessary.
Keep on smiling: First Lady Michelle Obama says her advice for a good marriage is to make each other laugh – as she does here with husband, U.S. President Barack Obama
She told reporters at a White House luncheon: ‘I think in our house we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.
‘So we still find ways to have fun together, and a lot of it is private and personal. But we keep each other smiling and that’s good.’
Her advice certainly seems to be working so far – the couple have been married for almost 19 years and have dealt with the strains of his political campaigns to become first senator and then president.
In an earlier interview on Live! With Regis and Kelly, the First Lady revealed her husband is ‘very romantic’ – but sometimes even the U.S. President needs a ‘little attitude’ to make sure he remembers important dates.
Birthday treat: Michelle Obama grins as her husband surprises her with a rendition of Happy Birthday. She hugs her daughter Sasha, 9, and elder daughter Malia, 12, is on the right
She said: ‘He doesn’t forget a thing, even when I think he is. I’ll have a little attitude. I give him a little attitude, but he always comes through.
‘Got to keep the romance alive, even in the White House.’
But she said the couple, who have two children – Sasha, 9 and Malia, 12 – do not normally make too much fuss over Valentine’s Day because they are too tired.
She said. ‘We don’t make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day because my birthday was the 17th (of January).’
Marriage tips: Michelle Obama told TV show Live! With Regis and Kelly the U.S. president is ‘very romantic’ and rarely forgets important dates
Noting Christmas was just a few weeks before that, she added: ‘So by February 14, we’re kind of tired.’
Last year, they spent the traditional day of romance at the Camp David presidential retreat in
Maryland, but the year before that they went home to Chicago for a quiet dinner at Table 52, owned by Art Smith, former chef to Oprah Winfrey.
But Mrs Obama still had some advice for the U.S. president about what to buy her for Valentine’s Day; she said he ‘couldn’t go wrong’ with jewellery.
Malaysia is Valentine’s Day dark horse, saying it is synonymous with vice activities”
Malaysia on the eve of Valentine blues stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labeling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday’s celebration of romantic love was “not suitable” for Muslims.
Several Malaysian states are planning to carry out checks on hotels to stop young couples having premarital sex.
The anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by the country’s Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005.
Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul AzizDepartment of Islamic Development
Leaflets have been distributed to Muslim university students urging them to avoid Monday’s celebration.
The government-run Department of Islamic Development, which handles religious policies, has launched a publicity campaign called “Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap”.
Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the department’s chief, told state media: “In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.
“Islam would reject anything, even from the Eastern culture, if it contravenes the Islamic teachings.”
He said Islam had never rejected positive things from the West, noting that it had embraced Mother’s and Father’s Day.
But not all Malaysian Muslims agree with the campaign, with some saying Valentine’s Day is harmless.
Other faiths are not affected by the boycott in a country where Muslims make up nearly two-thirds of the 28 million population.
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Hotel workers in Melbourne clear val romance mess
Melbourne was in the grip of a hygiene crisis because hotel workers say they are fed up with cleaning rooms covered in fruits, chocolates and other things.
“For us, Valentine’s Day means flower petals scattered all over the floors, spilt champagne everywhere and some very questionable stains all over the beds, but no extra time to clean,” said one Hilton Hotel room attendant.
“We see exotic fruits and chocolates ground into the carpets, bubble bath all over the bathroom and massage oils all over the bed. And don’t even ask me about the whipped cream,” she said.
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) has planned a protest outside the Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne, where they will be handing out cleaning wipes and asking for a hand.
The union said cleaners get as little as 15 minutes to tidy a room, a job staff say requires about 45 minutes to do properly.
LHMU state secretary Jess Walsh said hotels like the Hilton got a financial bonanza from Valentine’s Day, but were loath to pay room attendants for the extra time required to clean up afterwards.
“Valentine’s Day should be a beautiful occasion for everyone, but hotels like the Hilton ruin it by not giving room attendants enough time to clean rooms properly,” Ms Walsh said.
Hilton South Wharf general manager Michael Bourne said the LHMU had been making allegations concerning the hotel for quite a while, but had refused to discuss the claims.
“I am quite happy to sit down with them … Staff relations are excellent,” Mr Bourne said.
Mr Bourne said Hilton was a very proud employer that treated staff well. He said the hotel catered mainly to guests attending conventions, not those on romantic getaways, so Valentine’s Day should not be particularly draining.
“We don’t have many lovebirds in here,” Mr Bourne said.
Monday marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day by much of the world. But it is a celebration that is drawing protests in some areas.
In Southern India, members of a Hindu political party recently gathered to burn Valentine’s Day cards.
One protestor said he is against what he called the “cultural exploitation” of the day. He added people sharing sexual greetings with each other in public in the name of Valentine’s Day should be strongly condemned.
Many Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, have banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day
In Malaysia, officials have warned Muslims against celebrating something they call “synonymous with vice activities.”
That warning follows plans announced last week by several Malaysian states to crack down on “immoral acts” during Valentine’s Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle.
The head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which oversees the country’s Islamic policies, told state media.”In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.”
Valentine’s Day has been outlawed in Iran as well. Officials say they will take action against those who ignore the ban.
In Dubai, which has traditionally permitted celebration of Valentine’s Day, the tourism authority has banned the sale of alcohol because of the day’s proximity of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, which this year falls on Tuesday, February 15.
University of Leicester ecology and conservation biologist, Dr David Harper, warned has warned that Valentine activities is bleeding Kenya dryat least in ecological terms.
Harper has spent over 30 years researching wetland conservation at Kenya‘s Lake Naivasha and said the growth of the flowers is draining the valuable water supply.
Seventy per cent of roses sold in European supermarkets come from Kenya, most from Naivasha. Harper called on UK supermarkets to show more concern about the health of the environment that the flowers come from.
He said: “A notable few of the farmers sending roses to Europe are showing concern and an eagerness to pioneer a sustainable way forward: the best flower farms have achieved Fairtrade status, which brings money back into the workforce for social welfare improvements. Two farms have even seconded senior managers to help Kenya’s water management agency at Naivasha.”
But he warns that the massive scale of UK supermarket promotions of flowers over Valentine’s Day — and subsequently on Mother’s Day – without concern for where or how environmentally sustainable roses can be grown, will just increase the export of water – the scarcest natural resource in Kenya.
He went on: “There are just a few good farms but many more that don’t care how much damage they do to the lake. Seventy per cent of the roses sold in European supermarkets come from Kenya and the majority of those are from Naivasha, many thus coming without any ecological certification. This has to change for the future of the industry as well as the lake and the country.”
The provenance of such roses is not always clear, he said. Cheap roses are often grown by companies which cut corners to avoid legislation, selling them by auction in Amsterdam so buyers think they come from Holland.
The supermarket chain Asda sources its roses fro Columbia, Holland and Kenya, including a bouquet of premium roses for £18. In a statement it said: “We have very high ethical standards in all the products we source, including roses, and we work closely with all our producers to maintain these high standards of excellence.”
Marks & Spencer is selling a dozen Fairtrade Roses for £10, claiming that the Kenyan red roses “are not only stunning but the Fairtrade premium Kenyan flower growers receive, allows them to invest in their community – ideal if a loved one is passionate about ethical trading.”
As part of its year-round ‘Fairtrade for free’ line Sainsbury’s is selling a dozen roses for £4.99, absorbing the associated price premium itself.
Same Valentine card since 1941
When 17-year-old Harry Ward presented his sweetheart Doris with a Valentine’s Day card as he boarded a train to join the wartime effort on February 14, 1941, he must have been fairly confident his affections would be requited.
After all the couple had been dating since they met in a Bristol café three months earlier.
But little can he have imagined that 70 years on, not only would he still be happily married to Doris, but that every year she would present him with the very same card he gave her at the railway station that Valentine’s day.
Now the card is set to make another appearance on the couple’s mantelpiece as Mrs Ward, 87, dusts it off in time for tomorrow’s celebrations.
“I bring it out of the cupboard and put it on our mantlepiece every Valentine’s Day,” she said. “It’s a special to me now as it was 70-years-ago. Harry has never bought me one since, because I have this one every year.”
The couple married in 1942 and went on to have two daughters, two granddaughters and four great grandchildren. They had met in a café in November 1940 after Mrs Ward, who was in domestic service, had missed her bus home.
“Harry was in the café drinking a milkshake and he said hello,’ she said. ‘He asked me my name and we got talking and we really hit it off.
“He offered to walk me to the bus stop but when we got outside a bombing raid had started and there were flares going off everywhere around us, so we had to run to a nearby air-raid shelter.
“We sat together in there for hours whilst Bristol was being bombed and he even fell asleep on my shoulder.”
During the war Mr Ward was a Royal Marine stationed in Plymouth, while Mrs Ward volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
After he was demobbed in 1946 he joined the fire brigade, while she worked as a non-nursing assistant on the accident and emergency ward at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Mr Ward, now 88, said: ‘I knew Doris was the one for me the moment I met her. It was a heck of a night during the Blitz, but at least it meant we met each other. I gave her the Valentine’s card then and she is still my Valentine now.”
Mrs Ward’s card – which reads “Two hearts entwine this Valentine. True love makes it sincere” – is not the only thing that has endured the passing of time.
“Harry is quite romantic and we are still going strong together after all these years,” she said.
“The secret to our happy marriage is that we never go to bed without a kiss goodnight. We are as still in love as the day he first gave me this card.”
By Patrick Sawer 10:00AM GMT 13 Feb 20
It is supposed to be the day of romantic gestures, but a council has told residents to offer their loved ones sweet nothings for St Valentine’s Day.
Recycling bosses at Central Bedfordshire Council have urged couples to ditch Valentine cards this year, because of their environmental impact.
Instead, the authority suggests people should send each other decidedly less romantic “e-cards”.
Councillor David McVicar said: “Valentine’s day is a special time for everyone to show the one they love just how much they care for them, so why not let it be a time to show just how much you care for the environment as well?”
Mr McVicar and his colleagues have also suggested people make their own chocolates and truffles to avoid the wasteful packaging that comes with shop bought variety.
If couples do insist on giving each other chocolates, the council suggests they only buy items in recyclable packaging and ensure they take their purchases home in a reusable bag.
The Valentine’s Day guidelines – under the heading “Roses are red, Violets are blue, recycling is something we all can do” – suggest that chocolate boxes can be reused “for storing all kinds of things; letters, craft supplies, buttons, beads, buttons, jewellery or use it again by making your own chocolates, truffles or fudge as next year’s gift”.
Fresh flowers also fail to find favour with the council. Its guidelines suggest giving a potted plant instead of cut flowers, as “they will last a lot longer and will continue to grow just as your love does”.
They go on to state: “The pretty coloured and patterned cellophane wrap around flowers could be used as gift wrap over plain paper, make bags for cookies to give as gifts (after a good wash) or wrap around a pot with seedlings to act as a propagator.”
The council also suggests people who can’t resist sending an actual card can make their own cards from spare materials or even put them aside for reuse next year.
A council spokesman said: “Valentine’s Day is a great time for Central Bedfordshire residents to show their love for one another with cards and presents, but it is also an ideal time to show how much you care about the environment as well.
“With more and more St Valentine cards and gifts being sent all around the UK, there is a whole lot of love but it also creates a whole lot of extra waste.”