A first reunion with Real Madrid in the Champions League final is Gonzalo Higuain’s chance to get his own back at his former club for never truly appreciating him and an opportunity to shake his reputation as a big game bottler.The conbative Argentine striker became the most expensive player ever in Italian football when he swapped Napoli for Juventus last year in an acrimonious transfer which left fans who felt betrayed burning replicas of his number nine shirt.His 90 million euro ($100.56 million) price tag, meanwhile, had many observers scratching their heads at the thought of Juve paying so much for a player renowned for failing to put away the simplest of chances when it mattered most.When a wayward header from Germany’s Toni Kroos bounced into Higuain’s path in the 2014 World Cup final, the Argentina striker raked the ball wide of the far post.In the 2015 Copa America final against Chile Higuain slid a rolling pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi into the side netting and later ballooned his penalty over the bar in the shootout.History repeated itself in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final with Chile when Higuain missed a third chance in a third consecutive final, collecting a third straight runners-up medal with his country.Those misses would have chimed with Madrid supporters who remembered his crucial wasted chances in Champions League eliminations by Olympique Lyonnais and Borussia Dortmund.Set against those mishaps were his 89th minute strike to snatch a 4-3 win from 3-1 down over Espanyol in his first season which sparked Madrid’s unlikely title win in 2007 and three prolific campaigns in which he scored more than 20 league goals.advertisementCriticism was never far away when things did not go his way, however, and that weighed heavily on a sensitive, unpredictable character like Higuain, who quit the club in 2013 for Napoli, later admitting he cried when he left Madrid.’Pipita’ had a slow start to life at Juventus after his bitter departure from Napoli but enjoyed plenty of support from the ‘Old Lady’s’ fans and hit form around the turn of the year, scoring seven times in five league games on his way to 24 goals which fired Juve to a sixth straight Serie A title.”Juve is similar to Real Madrid, they prepare you to win,” Higuain said in February. “But the supporters are not as demanding as Madrid. It’s not in their culture to boo their own players.”He showed his gratitude by celebrating his thumping strike at Monaco in the Champions League semi-final first leg by leaping over the advertising boards and crossing the running track behind the goal to salute the travelling fans.His second-half goal doubled his previous count of two in 24 Champions League knockout games, putting Juventus on their way to Cardiff and ending his hoodoo in Europe’s top competition.Now Higuain has the chance to put right his dismal record in finals, against the club that put him on the map but never called him one of their own.($1 = 0.8950 euros)
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London, Dec 25 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra and her singer husband Nick Jonas have become a part of “The Simpsons” family with their own caricatured characters.Priyanka, who is spending Christmas with her family in London, on Tuesday took to Instagram to share “The Simpsons” renditions by illustrators Stefano Monda and Rino Russo.Earlier this month, Priyanka and Jonas had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.Wearing a hand-beaded and embroidered Ralph Lauren gown with a 75-foot long veil, Priyanka looked ethereal at her Christian wedding ceremony. For the Hindu wedding ceremony, Priyanka sported a deep red lehenga, choli and dupatta. She looked every bit the ‘desi’ bride with the chooda, kaleere and garland. Nick ported a sherwani and a turban.In one of “The Simpsons” artwork, the couple is seen standing together as a married couple in a traditional ‘desi’ attire as the Simpson family looks on. And in the second they are seen in Christian wedding dresses with Homer Simpson officiating the ceremony. The two have the perfect Simpson look with protruding upper lips.While fans loved “The Simpsons” twist to their wedding festivities, some fans were wondering about the different skin tone in both the images. One user wrote: “Your skin is changing more colour than that of a white man”, and another wrote: “I am confused. You’re brown skinned in the other and yellow skinned here?”–IANSsug/nv/vmadvertisement
Manchester United Matic calls for quicker VAR decisions: ‘It needs to take 30 seconds’ Dejan Kalinic 13:43 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OLI SCARFF Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United FA Cup After more controversy surrounding the use of replay, the Manchester United midfielder called for the system to pick up the pace Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic insisted he was happy to see the video assistant referee (VAR) system used, but he wants it to be quicker.A Juan Mata strike was ruled out by VAR during United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, but only after a substantial delay and a technical issue. AdChoices广告Matic, 29, said he wanted the VAR to be part of the game, but the Serbian midfielder was unhappy with how long it took to make the decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We saw the goal and we are not sure it was offside but the referee made a decision and they saw it on TV and we are happy that we scored again and that’s it,” he said.”We just waited for the referee’s decision. “We knew that he waited for the people to see it on TV, to analyse it, but it was a little bit strange because you have to wait two minutes to see what happened, but it’s okay. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.”I like it [VAR]. I think it will be better for football, they just have to do it a little bit quicker because we waited so long for the decision. Two minutes is a long time on the pitch but I think, overall, it will be good for football.”It’s normal that referees make mistakes every game and they can refer it to TV, but it needs to be quicker.”They have to do it in 30 seconds because, after two minutes, we are cold and this is the only problem. Other than that, I like it.”A brace from Romelu Lukaku helped United past Huddersfield as they moved into the quarter-finals.Manchester United will face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals and are still alive in the Champions League as well, where they face Sevilla in the round of 16.
Napoli (Italy): National record holder Dutee Chand became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event here. The 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to win the gold as she led the race from start to finish. Running at lane number 4, Dutee was the first one out of the eight athletes to blast off the starting blocks and she made most of it to fend of a late challenge from Del Ponte (11.33) of Switzerland. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherLisa KwaYie of Germany took the bronze in 11.39 seconds in the race run past midnight Indian time on Tuesday. The Odisha runner, whose national record stands at 11.24 seconds, thus became the first Indian to win a 100m gold in a global event. She has now become only the second Indian sprinter to win a gold in a global event after Hima Das, who clinched the top spot in 400m in the World Junior Athletics Championships last year. Dutee, who had a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games, is also only the second Indian track and field athlete to win a gold in the World Universiade. Inderjeet Singh had clinched the top spot in men’s shot put event in the 2015 edition. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAfter winning the race, Dutee, who recently admitted to having a relationship with a girl, tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!” She further added: “With years of hardwork and your blessings, I have yet again broken the record by winning the Gold in 100m dash in 11.32 seconds at The World University Games, Napoli. In the pictures (picture of all three medal winners), are the winners too, with a heart of Gold from Germany and Sweden. Earlier on Tuesday, Dutee qualified for the final with a time of 11.41 seconds in the semifinal, which had made her the first Indian sprinter to make it to the final of World Universiade. On Monday, she had advanced to the semifinals from the heats with a time of 11.58 seconds. Dutee has a season best of 11.26 seconds in 100m, recorded in the Doha Asian Championships in April. She could not reach the semifinals in the previous edition of the World University Games in Taipei City in 2017, where Sanjivani Jadhav had won a silver in women’s 10000m race. Dutee is a student at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, a deemed university in Bhubaneswar. She is yet to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October. President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Dutee on her feat. “Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples. This is India’s first such gold and a moment of immense pride for our country. Please keep up the effort, and look to greater glory at the Olympics,” the President tweeted. Dutee replied to the President’s tweet, saying: “Thank you, sir. I will try my best to bring Olympics Gold Medal home. Once again, many thanks for your blessings.” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also applauded Dutee’s efforts. “I’ve been passionately following since my childhood but it never came. Finally, for the first time, a gold for India! Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples,” Rijiju said in his tweet.
TORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet as his Special Representative in Haiti in succession to Hédi Annabi, who died in the earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean country in January. It is the second time that Mr. Mulet, a seasoned Guatemalan diplomat who has been Acting Special Representative since Mr. Annabi’s death, will hold the twin positions of Special Representative and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He first served there from 2006 until 2007, when he was named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and handed over the mission to Mr. Annabi.“In the weeks following the devastating earthquake, Mr. Mulet has demonstrated his remarkable leadership and through his resilience, strength, clear-sightedness and determination has anchored the efforts of the United Nations family, the people of Haiti, Governments of the region and the broader international community,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said in announcing the appointment.Before 2006, Mr. Mulet served as Guatemalan Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, negotiating tourism, trade and economic cooperation, as well as political issues. He also took part in preparing several summit meetings between the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean group.An active political presence in his country since 1976, Mr. Mulet promoted human rights, democracy and the resolution of indigenous issues. When Guatemala was ruled by military regimes, he was forced to leave a number of times and was wrongly imprisoned for a short period in 1981 before winning the first of many elections to Guatemala’s National Congress, where he was active in opposing the military’s “self-amnesty” law. Mr. Mulet, who has also served as Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United States, was educated in his home country, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He later attended Guatemala’s Universidad Mariano Galvez and became a lawyer.Mr. Ban also paid tribute to Mr. Annabi, a Tunisian, who he said ranked amongst the UN’s most dedicated and energetic officers. “Mr. Annabi’s commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped an entire generation of United Nations officers and will continue to be the gold standard against which all who serve in the international civil service will be measured,” Mr. Nesirky said.The quake that destroyed the world body’s headquarters in the capital, Port-au-Prince, claimed the lives of 101 UN staff.MINUSTAH has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. Currently there are more than 9,000 military and police personnel deployed and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. 31 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet as his Special Representative in Haiti in succession to Hédi Annabi, who died in the earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean country in January.
According to the Police, three of the suspects are being held by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID). Over 40 suspects have been arrested over the multiple bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, the Police said.The Police said that 26 of the suspects are currently being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
In a message delivered by Special Adviser Iqbal Riza to the first high-level meeting of the Alliance in Palma de Mallorca, Mr. Annan said: “Trends of recent years have strained relations between East and West. They have notably strained perceptions between Islamic and Western peoples. If unaddressed, these may even threaten stability in our world.””Your High-level Group must assess these alarming developments. And it must propose a collective response to defuse these tensions,” he added.The Alliance, which was proposed by the Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey and whose launch Mr. Annan announced earlier this year, will aim to address the hostile perceptions that foment violence and to bring about cooperation among the various efforts to heal divisions. The high-level group guiding the initiative is expected to present recommendations and a practical plan of action late next year.The participants range from such renowned theologians as Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Karen Armstrong of the United Kingdom, Arthur Schneir of the United States and Mehmet Aydin of Turkey, to administrators of cultural institutions, such as Ismali Serageldin of Egypt’s Biblioteca Alexandria and former UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Frederico Mayor. “Your diverse backgrounds and experiences epitomize what we all must strive towards: an alliance of social, political and civil forces to counter policies and actions which isolate cultures and societies from one another,” Mr. Annan said. “Only by such concerted efforts to come together can we deprive the extremist and the terrorist of the discontent and mistrust that serves as his oxygen.”This is a challenging task. It would be easy to descend into generalities, or adopt inflexible and unbridgeable positions. I trust you will avoid those pitfalls.”The Iberian melting-pot’s lasting legacy was learning and the exchange of ideas that benefited all humanity in the process, he said. Living today in one world, people have no choice but to understand and respect each other, live peacefully together and search for commonality in the best of each of their traditions, Mr. Annan said.
by Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2014 8:41 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – That’s no mirage. The Las Vegas Strip has a new casino in business on the foundations of the old Sahara.A $415 million pleasure palace called the SLS Las Vegas — short for “Style, Luxury, Service” — opened Saturday with midnight fireworks and a party for 3,600 guests as the Strip’s tired north end continues to enjoy a post-recession renaissance.Nearby, visitors will notice that an end of the Strip long associated with empty lots, low-budget motels and frozen construction cranes is expanding once again.A Malaysian conglomerate has announced plans to fold the half-finished Echelon casino into an Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas. Australian casino giant Crown Resorts has purchased land where the New Frontier casino once stood. An open-air concert venue set to house the massive Rock in Rio USA music festival next spring is in the works.“Global gaming companies with deep pockets are investing in the north end of the Strip,” said Michael Paladino, a Fitch Ratings analyst.A new chapter in Vegas life is replacing memories of the Moroccan-themed Sahara, which once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles. Its owners shuttered the 59-year-old casino in 2011 after years of keeping only one of its three hotel towers open and hawking rooms for $1 per night over Twitter. Everything from the slot-machine chairs to the camel lamps were auctioned off in a fire sale.“There were some dark days,” said Sam Bakhshandehpour, president of Los Angeles-based SBE, which owns many hotels, nightclubs and restaurants as well as the SLS. “But we held on.”While $415 million may sound like a lot, it’s not for Vegas. A typical Strip casino overhaul includes a dramatic implosion of the old building, but SBE kept the Sahara skeleton. This meant the work cost about one-tenth of what a ground-up rebuild would have.The casino floor is back, but it’s smaller and spills into the same trendy restaurants that SBE develops in Southern California.This restaurant-centric focus looks like a winner. Analysts say Las Vegas visitors have awakened from their recession slumber less inclined to gamble, but hungry for fine food. They’ll find it at celebrity chef Jose Andres’ Bazaar Meat, gourmet burger joint Umami and The Griddle Cafe, a Los Angeles staple whose larger-than-life pancakes attract epic lines for Saturday brunch.Rooms starting at around $100 a night are airy and modern, with white sofas under windows, mirrors on walls and over the bed, and whimsical details such as monkey prints on the ironing boards.The battered Vegas economy remains an undeniable feature of the Sahara’s SLS rebirth. Bakhshandehpour says they received 117,000 applications for 3,400 positions.“It was absolutely humbling,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Storied Sahara casino renamed, reborn; first major Vegas Strip resort opened since downturn
An image of the bar shortly after the tragedy occurred. Source: Ceasefire Massacre screengrabTo this day, it is unclear why this particular pub was chosen. Irish filmmaker Trevour Birney, who produced a documentary about the massacre said last year:“I don’t think any of the authorities have ever been able to work out why that bar was chosen. There were no links to terrorists in that bar, unlike other bars where there had been some sort of incident before or some sort of knowledge. The police could find nothing that would link the terrorists to that bar and yet, it was the most humble of bars in County Down — [they were] very simple, very proud, but very humble people.16 people have been arrested, 51 searches have been conducted, 605 statements were recorded and more than 2,500 actions raised as part of the investigation but still no one has ever been charged.Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Gareth Talbot described the incident as “a sickening, indiscriminate and completely futile attack committed by terrorists who gave no thought to the innocent lives they shattered, then and now”.He said police remain firmly committed to apprehending those responsible for the murders. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesOn this 20th anniversary, with all its pain for families and survivors and perhaps reflection for those involved, I would ask anyone with information about the murders to come forward and speak to police.The anniversary should bring into focus the fact that it is never too late to do the right thing, to come forward with any information about individuals or events. Police will not give up but what we really need is for people to make statements and give evidence.Anyone with any information can contact detectives in the Incident Room on 028 3751 7390 or by email to MIT8@psni.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, people can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Related: ‘They’d only gone to the bar to support the Irish team, yet they died for their love of the sport’> Source: Ceasefire Massacre screengrabTWENTY YEARS AGO today, six men were shot dead and five others injured by UVF members while watching the Ireland-Italy World Cup match in Heights Bar in Loughinisland.None of the gunmen involved have ever been charged with the murders and today police in Northern Ireland appealed for information, saying a renewed investigation is underway.Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor, Patrick O’Hare and Eamon Byrne all lost their lives that day in the bar which was frequented by both Catholics and Protestants well away from the core areas of violence during the Troubles.
Weird terms trend all the time. On occasion, however, we get some true gems. Remember “Bear Gall Bladder Uses?” How about “Why Won’t My Parakeet Eat My Diarrhea?” “Is Kevjumba a heterosexual bear wrestler?” certainly follows in that proud tradition. The odd phrase pretty much dominated Google search last night, carrying into this morning, leaving folks who follow such things generally scratching their collective search engine optimizing heads.So, how does a phrase like “Is Kevjumba a heterosexual bear wrestler?” make it to the top of the Google heap? Simple. A popular YouTube video. Kevjumba is Kevin Wu–a former Amazing Race contestant. Upset that Google auto-suggests “Is Kevjumba Gay,” the reality show star suggest a more…manly search phrase. Wu has more than one million followers. The aforementioned video has 180,000 views and counting at the moment. The rest, they say, is viral. Video after the jump.
One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district.Download AudioShe’s stepping down for two reasons.Wrangell Rep. Peggy Wilson addresses the Southeast Conference in 2011. She’s retiring after seven legislative terms. (CoastAlaska News)“My mom hasn’t been well. And I just worried about her so much. And because of session I couldn’t go,” she says. “And since December, I’ve had four great-grandbabies being born and there’s another one on the way. I missed it with my grandchildren and now my grandchildren are having children. I feel like it’s given me a second chance.”Wilson says her own health is fine. But at 68, the long days and late nights are taking their toll.“I don’t want to be falling asleep in committees. And maybe I need to let somebody younger do this,” she says.Wilson’s been in Alaska’s House of Representatives for 14 years. She began as the Wrangell-Petersburg-Sitka representative. Then reapportionment dropped all but Wrangell and added Ketchikan, Saxman, Hyder and Prince of Wales Island.She originally planned to run for re-election this year. But she knew it would be tough.“Ketchikan really is so used to having their own person that they really want somebody from Ketchikan. But they wanted somebody from Ketchikan last time and I made it,” she says.Wilson’s first big issue was education. And she’s continued to push for funding and other improvements.“It was my legislation that got the cost differential into place. And I feel real good about that,” she says.But she’s very concerned about the Legislature and administration’s recent directions. She says focusing on charter, church and home schools will hurt existing public schools.“We do need to make changes in education. But we can’t make them and leave people out. We’ve got to make the changes so that it can ultimately reach everyone and not just a select few,” she says.One of Wilson’s biggest disappointments was the failure of a roads, ferries, harbors, airports and highways infrastructure fund.The retiring Wrangell lawmaker authored bills for the past six years. One measure made it through the House and to the Senate Finance Committee this year. But it remained there when the final gavel fell.She hopes to find someone to carry the ball.“I definitely am going to look for people who will continue, because I firmly believe for the health of Alaska overall, our roads need fixing. We need to have more roads. And it’s not going to happen with the current status quo,” she says.Wilson continues on the job until her successor is sworn in early next year.That’ll cap a 19-year legislative career – 14 in Alaska and five in her previous home of North Carolina.“I’m will miss it. There’s a little bit of emptiness in my heart already and I can feel it. You just can’t walk away and forget it. It’s impossible,” she says.Hear an interview from her last campaign.At least two people are running for Wilson’s House seat.The most recent to announce is Ketchikan Visitors Bureau CEO Patti Mackey, a Republican who ran two years ago. Another is Ketchikan teacher Dan Ortiz, an independent. Others are expected.Wilson, a retired nurse, says she’ll endorse whoever wins the August GOP primary. Wilson won her first Alaska election in 2000, making her the first woman to serve in two states’ legislatures.
“Otherwise they cannot afford the healthcare that they need,” Rogers said. A Miller Trust isn’t something that just anyone can walk into a bank to set up. It requires careful legal advice. Alan didn’t even know a Miller Trust was an option before he talked to Alaska Legal Services. “Since we’ve opened our doors,” Nelson said. “So this would be the first time.” “It was enough to where it became too much for me and my sister to manage on our own,” Borbridge said. “It was pretty obvious she needed 24/7 care.” That meant finding a long-term care option for Cecilia, which wasn’t easy. That many elderly people struggle to secure and afford long-term care is nothing new. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s extensive budget vetoes threaten to make matters worse. Potential cuts to senior benefits and Medicaid have many concerned. But the elder community faces another potential setback – this one tied to cuts to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation. That legal advice might get harder to come by in Southeast Alaska, depending on whether or not Gov. Dunleavy signs HB2001. His vetoes from earlier this summer eliminated state funding for Alaska Legal Services. The House voted to restore that funding, but until the bill is signed into law, the future of legal aid remains in limbo. Alan lives on a fixed income. So without legal advice to help navigate the aging process, he, and many of the people in his community, are wondering where they’ll turn next. Cecilia Borbridge used a Miller Trust to afford the medical care she needed at the end of her life. (Photo/Borbridge Family) But it isn’t a trust like any other: After a person passes, the state can tap the Miller Trust to reimburse itself for whatever it paid out for that person’s care through Medicaid. Rogers advised Alan to set up a Miller Trust for his mother. And it worked. She got into the Pioneer Home, where she lived for three months before passing. Rogers, the attorney in Sitka, says the threat of fewer services thanks to budget cuts leaves people like Borbridge at risk. Nelson says Alaska Legal Services expects to serve 1,393 fewer people statewide without state funding. Three offices will close. She doesn’t know yet which ones. And this elimination of funding is unprecedented. In the Alaska Legal Corporation’s 52-year life, it has always received a state appropriation. Alongside other legal advice for low-income people, she spends a lot of her time helping elderly people afford medical care through something called a Miller Trust, or Qualified Income Trust. That’s what Rogers helped Alan set up for Cecilia. She also helped the Borbridge family manage their assets – another necessary step to qualify. The cuts to Alaska Legal Services could mean fewer people will have access to that support. Alan Borbridge and his sister cared for their mother at home for as long as possible. Cecilia Borbridge wanted to age at home. She came to Baranof Island as a teenager to attend Sheldon Jackson when it was still a high school. And she never left. When Cecilia needed full-time, professional help. Alan and his sister turned to Sitka Pioneer Home in town. His mother required Tier III care at a cost of some $7,000 a month, Borbridge said. Despite being on a fixed income, Cecilia still made too much money each month to qualify for a Medicaid waiver that would defray the costs of care Monthly payouts from her retirement fund put her “way over income” to qualify for that waiver Borbridge said. That’s because, depending on the specifics, Medicaid waivers or Medicaid is often the only way for low-income seniors to get support for long-term care, said Catherine Rogers, a member attorney at the Alaska Legal Services corporation. Without the legal aid the organization provides, people might struggled to afford or access help with things like setting up trusts. For the past ten-odd years, home and family care worked for the Borbridge family. But after a minor stroke earlier this year, Cecilia’s needs began to exceed Alan’s capacity. The fate of the vetoes is currently uncertain: HB2001 restores much of the funding eliminated in Gov. Dunleavy’s line-item vetoes. That bill passed the House and Senate, but awaits the governor’s signature — or a second round of vetoes. “The way I look at it, it was a help-help for us and the state,” Borbridge said. “Everybody’s happy, everybody gets their money.” “People can lose their house, protections, or ability to access healthcare,” Nelson said. “These are people that are already on [the] cusp of not being able to afford things,” Rogers said. “Without someone doing this kind of work you leave vulnerable people unprotected.” Alaska Legal Services faces a loss of about $759,000, or a fifteen-percent of its budget. It might not sound catastrophic, but that money helps Alaska Legal Services operate in rural communities like Sitka, said Nikole Nelson, executive director of the organization. For the Borbridge family, the Miller Trust was make or break. Cecilia had savings, Alan says, but far from enough to consider a stay in the Pioneers Home without Medicaid and the Miller Trust. And there’s no way Alan could have figured it all out on his own. “Minimum $150 or $200 an hour for an attorney, that’s really out of the question for a lot of people,” he said. “You don’t wake up in the morning and say ‘you know, I need to spend a few thousand on attorneys.’” Without insurance through a Medicaid waiver, there was no way the Borbridge family could have afforded the Pioneer Home long-term. A Miller Trust changed that. They could funnel the quote-on-quote “extra” money that pushed Cecilia over the Medicaid limit into a special account. It’s a complicated, but essential, tool for the elderly community, Rogers says.
DiskMax PC cleaning software review by Martin Brinkmann on September 23, 2017 in Software – 10 commentsDiskMax is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may run on devices running Windows to clean the computer system.Computer users have two main reasons for wanting to clean old or temporary files from their devices. First, because it frees up disk space that they may use for other data, and second, because it removes traces from the system.Lastly, some may also like the feeling of having a lean and clean system, but that is more a psychological thing.DiskMaxDiskMax is a free system cleaning software for Windows. The program is compatible with all recent versions of Microsoft Windows, and needs to be installed before it can be run on a target machine.The interface lists the four available scan profiles on start. These are: user, all users, system, and system+.The icons on top highlight the areas that will be scanned and cleaned by the application when you make a selection or hover over the profile.The two user scans limit the scan to user related data that is temporary (temporary files, logs, caches, and so on).The two system scans include user scans and scans that target other system areas.User ScanThe first configuration page General opens when you select the user scan profile. It lists various user related locations and types of temporary data that you may scan for files that you want removed from the Windows PC.This includes crash dumps, diagnostic logs, a scan of User Registry locations, and Microsoft Office temporary files.After you have made the selection on the screen, the browsers configuration page opens. The program supports Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. It can remove the Internet cache, clear the browsing history and cookies, clear form data, and optimize databases for each browser.There is no option unfortunately to add specific browser profiles or non-supported browsers to the list of supported web browsers.DiskMax will run the scan and the deletions afterwards. There is no option to go over the scan results first before the removal operation starts.The all users scan is identical to the users scan profile; the only difference is that the scan runs on all users of the Windows machine and not only the current user.System ScanThe system scan includes a scan of all user scan locations plus additional items. It may empty the Windows Recycle Bin, and scan the main drive to remove additional temporary files from them.This includes Windows caches, .Net Framework logs, Internet logs, repair information or orphaned installed files.The next page lists Windows Update items that you may clean. You may remove downloaded update installers, clear the Windows Update Event cache, or clear the Windows Update history on that page.The System+ scan profile adds additional scan locations to the process. It adds an option to clean the event log completely, and to optimize the drive.Closing WordsDiskMax runs the operation automatically once you hit the start button. One downside of the program is that it will run the cleanup operation automatically after the scan; it does not support an option to display the results of the scan first to give users options to deselect locations or items.Another shortcoming is that you cannot add custom locations, other browsers for instance, to scans.The application is well designed however and ran without any issues. It displays a report in the end that highlights how much space it recovered.Now You: Do you use disk cleaning softwareSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 6 votes Software Name DiskMAxOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax/ Advertisement
Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, announced on 21 April that Canada will support a new trade mission to bolster groups that have historically been ignored. Groups included are the LGBTI community, Canada’s Indigenous population, and women. This announcement came as part of a speech promoting the liberal government’s progressive trade plans at the party’s national convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The speech‘In 2018, Canada will lead a women business ministerial trade mission. We will also lead the first ever LGBTQ trade mission, and the first ever trade mission devoted to Indigenous business owners and entrepreneurs,’ Champagne said in the speech. Though he offered no additional details, these new trade missions are meant to begin later this year.‘We want everyone in Canada to succeed,’ he said. ‘We are going to lead the way in the world, making sure that every community reaps the benefit of trade.’Champagne noted that marginalized populations like the LGBTI community haven’t fully reaped the benefits of the economy, which is why such an agenda is necessary moving forward.‘Canada will fight for free trade, fight for the rules we need to govern it, and most importantly for the right and capacity of more Canadians from all walks of life to compete and win on the world stage,’ Champagne said.‘Now is the time for a new approach to trade, and for more Canadians to have the tools to capitalize on it.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade for Canada GAYSTARNEWS- Government supports Travel Gay Canada’s work to attract more LGBTQ2 touristsITB Berlin recognizes industry pioneersCanada works on niche tourism effortsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/canada-government-announces-intent-to-boost-lgbti-owned-businesses/
1. Scuba diving Santa, Osaka, JapanAlthough Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, many people celebrate the occasion. Every year, for six weeks, five times a day at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Santa goes scuba diving. See him swim with whale sharks, give presents to dolphins and play the Japanese version of paper-scissors-stone with onlookers. Seriously. Find cheap flights to Osaka2. Chocolate Santa, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, USAAt the very American (and rather surreal) theme park, Hershey’s Chocolate World, meet Hershey’s version of Santa. Surprisingly enough, it’s a chocolate bar, which (who?), with its creepy, goggle-eyed resemblance to Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo from South Park, is more likely to give the kids nightmares than what they want for Christmas. Find cheap flights to Philadelphia3. Running Santas, Edinburgh and Nottingham, UKThe big man needs to get in training for getting up and down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve. See hundreds of Santas put through their paces in the Great Santa Run, held in Edinburgh and Nottingham in aid of the Wish Upon A Star charity that takes sick children to meet the real Santa Claus in Lapland. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh and Nottingham4. MC Santa, Somerset, EnglandThe small town of Wells in Somerset doesn’t have a traditional association with Christmas. Or at least, it didn’t before resident Paul Toole transformed his humble bungalow into a festive wonderland to rival Lapland. Visitors can admire illuminated penguins and polar bears, and see Santa conduct the music that accompanies the jaw-dropping display. Find cheap flights to Bristol5. Flying Santa, onlineA unique way of seeing Santa is online, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD has been tracking Santa’s night-before-Christmas flight for over 50 years, ever since a child from Colorado rang the wrong number for a department store’s ‘Santa hotline’ and the US government aerospace agency kindly played along.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map If the kids weren’t impressed with Santa’s grotto down your local shopping centre, Skyscanner suggests five ever-so-slightly strange ways to see the big old bloke with the white beard. RelatedThe 10 best Christmas holidays with kidsIf you can’t face another turkey dinner with the in-laws, why not get away with the family this Christmas? You could spend the festive season nosing around Berlin’s Christmas markets, skiing down Austrian slopes or lazing on a beach in Barbados.5 of the world’s wackiest Christmas traditionsFrom scary Santas to pooping logs, we bring you five of the weirdest festive traditions from around the world.Explore Komodo National Park in IndonesiaHere be dragons…if you thought giant lizards only existed in Game of Thrones, think again. Komodo National Park in Indonesia is the only place on Earth you can see the fascinating Komodo Dragon in the wild. Throw in world-class diving, snorkelling and coral-pink beaches, and you’ve got a holiday destination…
NEW YORK/HONG KONG – Hot in the pursuit of the world’s most intriguing destinations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the landmark entry of W Hotels into China with the grand opening of W Hong Kong. Located in a glittering, new waterfront skyscraper in the heart of the city’s vibrant new commercial, entertainment and cultural district, W Hong Kong features 393 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 42 suites. The hotel also introduces Asia’s first Bliss® Spa and boasts two signature restaurants, the city’s most highly elevated hotel swimming pool, a 73rd floor modern fitness facility, 8,200 square feet of convertible, state-of-the-art meeting and event space, and the quintessential W lounge experience. Owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties, W Hong Kong serves as the centerpiece for the rapidly expanding West Kowloon district nestled among modern splendor, oriental markets and colonial cool. As the most anticipated hotel opening in Hong Kong in years, W Hong Kong marks the W brand’s third property in Asia and celebrates W Hotels’ ten year tradition of innovative design, signature amenities and warm, whimsical style.“We are delighted to bring the W brand to China, continuing our global expansion into the world’s most exciting and intriguing destinations,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “Hong Kong’s dynamic mix of style, culture and modern design make it the perfect backdrop for the W brand. The abundance of world-class restaurants, art galleries and luxury retailers in the city contribute to Hong Kong’s emergence as a vibrant international business and leisure destination.”Offering a sensory multiplex of contemporary design and comfort, W Hong Kong embraces the heritage and mysticism of traditional Chinese culture. The hotel’s lead designers, Yasimuchi Morita of Glamorous Corp. and Nic Graham of g+a, have created an environment that offers unique and complementary interpretations of Mother Nature in their respective spaces within the hotel. Elements of wood, stone, water, fire and metal used generously throughout the hotel’s colorful spaces and rooms seamlessly blend with the W brand’s signature design elements. The hotel also showcases original works by several renowned artists including Lee Bul from Korea as well as Daniel Crooks and James Angus from Australia.“W Hong Kong is certainly one more great reason to visit this exciting city,” said Vice Chairman & Managing Director Thomas Kwok speaking on behalf of Sun Hung Kai Properties, owner of W Hong Kong. “Its positioning and attractions are unique additions to our extensive portfolio of first-class hotels in Hong Kong, and given Starwood’s professionalism and passion for the W brand, we have great confidence in W Hong Kong’s future. I am sure that the chic, contemporary design, convenient location, personalized service and overall lifestyle approach of the first W Hotel in Hong Kong will impress both our international and local guests.”Offering unobstructed views of Hong Kong’s dazzling skyline, W Hong Kong serves as the centerpiece in the new 92-story Cullinan complex, just minutes from the galleries in Soho and Canton Road’s luxury retail center. W Hong Kong is uniquely positioned as the closest luxury hotel in Kowloon to Central Hong Kong Island and is within minutes of both the International Commerce Centre and the city’s newest exhibition space, AsiaWorld-Expo. The hotel connects directly to the one million square foot Elements luxury shopping mall and offers easy access to the City Golf urban driving range, a host of al-fresco restaurants and bars, some of the city’s most prestigious residences and the Pop TV Arena.“We are thrilled with the opening of W Hong Kong, our first W hotel in China! This hotel is truly an exciting addition to the W brand’s growing international footprint in the world’s most exciting cities and emerging destinations, including Barcelona, Istanbul, Athens, Guangzhou, Bali, Shanghai, Koh Samui, Santiago, Dubai and Doha,” said Miguel Ko, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial capitals and a major business and cultural hub. Its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, music and traditions, truly a great fit with what the W brand has to offer. We are excited about the tremendous opportunities and demand for the W brand in this exciting gateway city of Asia!”W Hong Kong’s 42 luxurious suites all feature dazzling views of the Western Victoria Harbour while offering exclusive amenities that take hotel accommodations to a new level of luxury. In a city known for its posh presidential suites, W Hong Kong’s Extreme WOW suites offer guests a dining table for eight, an oversized bathing pool, walk-in closets, Swarovski crystal bath fixtures and an in-room aquarium. All 393 guest rooms and suites at W Hong Kong feature the latest in technology offerings from Sharp, Bang & Olufsen and KEF, while color schemes and design alternate floors, depending on the designer. Guest rooms also feature the W brand’s signature bed with feather-top mattress, 350-thread count cotton sheets and goose down comforter, an oversized desk, Tivoli clock radio with CD/DVD player, MP3 docking station, high-speed wireless and wired Internet connection and high-definition 42” inch TVs, creating the ultimate urban escape.Modern sophistication meets sublime design at W Hong Kong’s two signature dining experiences under the culinary supervision of renowned New Zealand Chef, Michael Poutawa. Tempting the taste buds with an array of diverse, Australasian compositions served in an intimate setting, the first of W Hong Kong’s two signature restaurants offers a luscious menu featuring prime steak and seafood that’s grilled to thrill. Designed by Glamorous Corp., the space features a chic main dining area, two glass-walled, semi-private rooms and a private table for up to 16 guests. W Hong Kong also features a modern bistro, located on the property’s g+a-designed 6th floor, offering a stylish, open kitchen experience with views of Victoria Harbour through breathtaking, wall-to-wall bay windows. This sleek restaurant redefines comfort food and features artwork by the celebrated Australian artist Hany Armanious.The opening of W Hong Kong marks the debut of the first Bliss Spa in Asia. Bliss Hong Kong will boast two floors of tension-fighting facilities, featuring a retail beauty boutique, two movie-while-you-manicure (and pedicure) loungers, nine treatment suites (including two for couples), men’s and women’s lounges, and relaxation rooms – perfect for a post-treatment catnap. Trademark Bliss touches include a cleverly compiled menu of super effective services, rhythm and blues tunes and the legendary brownie buffet. In addition to superior spa-ing and exclusive in-room sampling, W guests can look forward to ‘BIP’ (that’s Bliss Important Person) perks, including exclusive sinkside Bliss amenities in-room.Meeting the heightened demand for event, meeting and conference facilities in West Kowloon, W Hong Kong has designed its high-tech function space for medium-sized groups who seek the highest level in audio/video technology. The hotel offers 8,200 square feet of total function and pre-function space, which includes eight meeting rooms and two private dining rooms. W Hong Kong also features the signature W lounge experience where guests can socialize, relax and mingle while sipping cocktails, a full-service, ultra modern fitness facility and the exclusive W Hotels The Store.Already featured in authoritative travel magazine Destinasian’s 2008 Luxe List, W Hong Kong is the ultimate insider’s escape, welcoming a variety of leisure guests, celebrities, business executives and those who desire exclusive access to the latest in fashion, art, technology and entertainment. With 26 properties in the world’s most vibrant destinations and nearly 20 W Hotels currently in development throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, W Hotels is the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world.About W Hotels Worldwide W Hotels is a global luxury lifestyle brand with 26 properties in the most vibrant destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access. Each hotel offers a unique mix of sophisticated design, chic comfort, and cultural influences from fashion to music, pop culture to art, and everything in between. W Hotels are unique and individual expressions of modern travel and stylish living, featuring world-class cuisine, destination bars and signature spas. In North America and Latin America, W Hotels have been announced in Austin, Buckhead Atlanta, Downtown Atlanta, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Downtown New York, Santiago, South Beach, and Washington, D.C. In Europe, W Hotels have been announced in Athens, Barcelona, London, Manchester, Milan and St. Petersburg. In Asia, W has announced properties in Bangkok, Guangzhou, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama. In Africa and the Middle East, W has announced properties in Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City, Dubai-The Palm and Marrakech. W has plans to open W Retreat & Spa properties in Bali, Koh Samui, Vieques Island and Verbier, the latter of which will serve as W Hotels’ first ski retreat. For more information, visit “http://www.whotels.com/”
Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Pancyprian Ecological Agricultural Association (Poas) warned on Monday.The association condemned “the outrageous and illegal use of pesticides that are on the rise during this period, which have a series of negative effects, which, with the way we are going about it, may be irreversible.”The worst negative impact on biodiversity is the disappearance of the bee.“It should be noted that some areas have seen the disappearance of more than 85 per cent of the bee population,” the announcement said.“Unfortunately, the lack of education and good management of any pesticides, and the lack of competent authorities, intensify this huge problem of the growing disappearance of the bee.”This would mean that basic foods such as fruits, vegetables and herbs are endangered, as in the absence of bees there will be no pollination.The root cause of the rapid disappearance of bees on a global scale is the misuse of pesticides and the gradual destruction of the planet.According to scientific studies, the phenomenon of bee population decline is also due to electromagnetic radiation, with the DNA of useful insects being significantly affected. Much of the radiation comes from the use of wireless technology and telecommunication.“At the end of the day, if no immediate action is taken, once again the state will come up with solutions which are too late and without meaning,” the association concluded.Researchers have found that bees pollinate 70 per cent of the around 100 crop species that feed 90 per cent of the world’s population and honey bees are responsible for $30 billion in crops.You May LikeTripOnMag.com24 Amazing Tattoos for Travel LoversTripOnMag.comUndoNewsXoXo6 Reasons of Heart Arteries Start Clogging You Never Knew!NewsXoXoUndoYachting MagazineThe World’s 20 Largest Yachts – Yachting MagazineYachting MagazineUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoby Taboolaby Taboola