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US Man Throws Joint Baby Shower For 5 Women He Got Pregnant

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A 22-year-old musician from New York City named Zeddy Will recently hosted a joint baby shower for 5 women he got pregnant. According to the New York Post, one of his partners, Lizzy Ashliegh, claimed it on TikTok.

Ms Ashleigh, 29, on the social media platform, shared the party invitations which said the shower would be hosted in Queens on January 14.

The pregnant woman and Mr Will posed for a joined photo on the invitation, which said, “Welcome little Zeddy Wills 1-5.”

 

US Man Throws Joint Baby Shower For 5 Women He Got Pregnant

MsAshliegh also posted pictures of the large untraditional family posing outside their party.

A 22-year-old musician from New York City named Zeddy Will recently hosted a joint baby shower for 5 women he got pregnant. According to the New York Post, one of his partners, Lizzy Ashliegh, claimed it on TikTok.

Ms Ashleigh, 29, on the social media platform, shared the party invitations which said the shower would be hosted in Queens on January 14.

The pregnant woman and Mr Will posed for a joined photo on the invitation, which said, “Welcome little Zeddy Wills 1-5.”

“I guess we’re Sister Wives now,” Ms Ashleigh captioned the video, referring to the popular TLC show that follows the lives of a polygamist family.

Ms Ashliegh also posted pictures of the large untraditional family posing outside their party.

In another picture, Ms Ashliegh revealed in a follow-up video that 5 moms- Ashleigh, Bonnie B, Kay Merie, Jylene Vila, and Iyanla Kalifa Galletti – have “accepted each other” because it is “better for the little ones” to grow up in a “big family.”

“Look at our beautiful family!” she captioned one of the photos. “We love our Baby Daddy! We will not ruin our babies’ lives! Our families have accepted this!”

Will’s co-manager told The New York Post: “Society has shifted, and in turn so has modern relationship dynamics. The essence lies in redefining relationships personally, breaking away from the one-size-fits-all approach and societal pressures to conform.”

The video of the baby shower shows the 5 moms dancing and eating together and enjoying each other’s company.

However, the internet was unhappy with the family’s acceptance of the unconventional life.

“That’s embarrassing, not going to lie,” wrote one TikTok user.

 

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Chocolate prices expected to rise

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By Maytaal Angel and Maxwell Akalaare Adombila, Reuters

Major African cocoa plants in Ivory Coast and Ghana have stopped or cut processing because they cannot afford to buy beans, four trading sources said, meaning chocolate prices around the world are likely to soar.

Chocolate-makers have already increased prices to consumers, after three years of poor cocoa harvests, with a fourth expected, in the two countries that produce nearly 60 percent of the world’s cocoa.

Cocoa prices have more than doubled over the last year, scaling numerous all-time highs.

“We need massive demand destruction to catch up with the supply destruction,” Tropical Research Services’ Steve Wateridge, a world expert on cocoa, said.

Chocolate-makers cannot produce chocolate using raw cocoa and rely on processors to turn beans into butter and liquor that can be made into chocolate.

But the processors say they cannot afford to buy the beans.

A cacao is harvested for the beans inside which are fermented to make chocolate.

Photo: RNZ/Supplied

State-controlled Ivorian bean processor Transcao, one of the country’s nine major plants, said it had stopped buying beans because of their price.

It said it was still processing from stock, but did not say what capacity it was running at. Two industry sources said the plant was almost idle.

They asked not to be named because they were not authorised to speak publicly on the issue.

One of the two sources said more major state run plants could shut soon in top grower Ivory Coast, which produces nearly half the world’s cocoa.

The same two sources said even global trader Cargill struggled to source beans for its major processing plant in Ivory Coast, halting operations for about a week last month. Cargill did not respond to a request for comment.

In No. 2 cocoa grower Ghana, most of its eight plants, including state-owned Cocoa Processing Company (CPC), have repeatedly suspended work for weeks since the season started in October, two separate industry sources said.

CPC said it is operating at about 20 percent of capacity because of the shortage of beans.

Disruption at the farm gate

The price rally has derailed a long-established mechanism for global cocoa trade, through which farmers sell beans to local dealers who sell them on to processing plants or global traders.

Those traders then sell beans or cocoa products – butter, powder and cocoa liquor – to global chocolate giants such as Nestle, Hershey, and Mondelez.

In normal times, the market is heavily regulated – traders and processors purchase beans from local dealers up to a year in advance at pre-agreed prices. Local regulators then set lower farmgate prices that farmers can charge for beans.

However, in times of shortage like this year, the system breaks down – local dealers often pay farmers a premium to the farmgate price to secure beans.

The dealers then sell the beans on the spot market at higher prices instead of delivering them at pre-agreed prices.

As global traders rush to purchase those beans at any price to meet their obligations with the chocolate firms, local processors are often left short of beans.

Ivorian and Ghanian authorities normally try to protect local plants by issuing them with cheap loans or by limiting volumes of beans that global traders can purchase.

This year, however, plants are not getting the cocoa they pre-ordered and cannot afford to buy at higher spot prices.

Already, chocolate-makers have raised prices. US retail stores charged 11.6 percent more for chocolate products last year compared with 2022, data from market research firm Circana shows.

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) expects global cocoa production will fall by 10.9percent to 4.45 million metric tons this season.

Grindings – a measure of demand – will fall by 4.8 percent to 4.78 million as processors struggle to buy beans, and supply less butter at a higher price to chocolate-makers, which in turn raise prices.

The supply-demand mismatch will leave the market with a deficit of 374,000 tons this season, up from 74,000 tons last season, according to the ICCO.

This means processors and chocolate firms will have to draw on cocoa stocks to fully cover their needs. The ICCO expects global cocoa stocks to fall to their lowest in 45 years by the season end.

Wateridge of Tropical Research said the cocoa market could post another deficit next season based on the severity of bean disease in West Africa.

The market has not seen four successive years of deficit since the late 1960s, ICCO data shows.

– This story was first published by Reuters
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Rebel group in Indonesia’s Papua to release kidnapped New Zealand pilot

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A rebel group in Indonesia’s eastern region of Papua said on Wednesday it will release a New Zealand pilot it has held hostage for a year.

It was unclear when the pilot, Philip Mehrtens, who was kidnapped exactly a year ago when he landed a small commercial plane in a mountainous area, would be released.

Terianus Satto of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), one of several groups fighting for Papua’s independence from Indonesia, said in a statement that Mehrtens will be released to “protect humanity and… human rights”.

“TPNPB will return the pilot Philip Max Martherns [sic] to his family through the jurisdiction of the Secretary General of the United Nations,” he said.

A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Winston Peters said: “New Zealand continues to work with all parties on securing Mr Mehrtens’ safe release. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has no further comment at this time.”

A low-level but increasingly deadly battle for independence has been waged in the resource-rich western half of the island of Papua since it was controversially brought under Indonesian control in a vote overseen by the United Nations in 1969.

Indonesia’s government and military, which have struggled to stamp out the separatist movement, had said they were in negotiations to free the pilot.

This story was first published by ReutersAdditional reporting by RNZ.

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Covid-19 update: 8040 new cases, 324 people in hospital

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There were 8040 new cases of Covid-19 reported last week with almost 5000 being reinfections, Te Whatu Ora says.

As of midnight on Sunday, 324 people were in hospital with the virus, six of them in intensive care.

The number of people who had already had Covid-19 before getting it again was 4992.

There were 77 new deaths attributable to Covid-19 reported this week.

The number included deaths that occurred between 23 December and 11 January.

These were unable to be attributed due to a break in cause of death coding over the holiday period, the ministry said in its weekly statement.

There were 6558 new cases reported in the week leading up to 8 January and of them, 3999 were reinfections.

There were 355 people in hospital and six were in intensive care at midnight on 7 January.

 

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