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  • 1. DILG, DSWD, DepEd, DOH push for adoption and foster care

    The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is tapping local government units to look for families who could be potential adoptive or foster parents. To promote legal adoption, foster care, and other alternative family care, Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento is urging governors, mayors, and even barangay officials to create a system that can help with identifying families suitable to be foster parents or adoptive parents, as well as determine children who are eligible for adoption or foster care. (gmanetwork.com)

    2. Home Alone now a book

    Home Alone bookPhoto from Quirk Books

    Remember when Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) woke up home alone one Christmas morning? He was the child hs family accidentally left out when they left for the holidays. Celebrating its 25th year this year, the story has now been reimagined as a "classic Christmas fable" in a children's book -- yes, classic burglars and brilliant booby traps included. Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Story is illustrated by Kim Smith and is out now via Quirk Books. (mashable.com)


    3. Live-action Ariel has been cast
    Chloe Moretz (from Kick Ass) has been cast as The Little Mermaid in the live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. Richard Curtis will write the script about the mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning, Prince Eric. It is not yet known how similar or different the live-action movie would be from the Hans Christian Anderson story, or if it will be a musical like the animated film. (variety.com)

    4. Cooking with vegetable oil may not be safe
    New research claims that cooking with vegetable oils such as sunflower and corn oil is dangerous. When heated, these vegetable oils that are rich in polyunsaturated fats are said to release toxic chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia. Researchers are now advising to cook with olive oil, coconut oil, butter, and even lard. In their experiments, coconut oil produced the lowest amount of aldehydes. (telegraph.co.uk)

    5. Ant Man star welcomes new baby
    Actor Corey Stoll, who played the villain in the Marvel movie Ant Man (starring Paul Rudd as the minute-sized superhero) just became a dad. He and wife, actress Nadia Bowers, made the pregnancy public last June, and now announced the birth of their baby via a photo posted on Facebook. The photo shows the couple kissing as Corey wore a baby sling with the little one tucked in nicely.

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