Month: December 2017

UAE welcomes New Year in style – Khaleej Times

Nada added she would spending the night around Sharjah until the midnight fireworks. “It’s good to celebrate a new year, but for me, every day is a new beginning that we should seize to work towards our goals.”

Despite being on a wheelchair, Rita Ruhla came all the way from Kanpur, India. “I have heard a lot about the NYE fireworks in Dubai. Even though I struggle to walk, I managed to come to Umm Suqeim beach. It’s my first visit to Dubai and I want to make the most of it.”

Six-year-old Arbaaz Khalid and his younger brother Bilal (2) clutched their mother’s pashmina shawl and stared in awe as the night sky illuminated with a kaleidoscope of colours from the fireworks at the Global Village.

Beaming Burj Khalifa

Hours before the midnight celebrations, thousands of revellers grabbed their spots at the Jumeirah beach facing the iconic seven-star landmark to usher in 2018. The long stretch of sand beamed with LED lights on tents and with people clicking selfies soon after sunset.

More than a little past due, you can now buy Mass Effect 2 & 3’s DLC direct via Origin – PCGamesN


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UCF Knights fans explain their Peach Bowl experience using emojis – Orlando Sentinel

Current UCF student Richard Colon: “The heart eyes because it’s been a really fun experience and I love everything about it right now and the crying laughing one because I’ve been having such a ball.”

Current UCF student Tara Rutkowski: “Definitely a peach and probably like a charge on little lightning bolt or something to symbolize UCF because we’re going to crush.”

Rishil Patel class of 2013: “I would say the happy face emoji because all my friends are here in Atlanta going to the Peach Bowl and it would probably be the opened eyed emoji because I don’t know if we’re going to win or lose. Auburn is a great team.”

UCF Knights fans explained their experience leading up to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta using emojis.

UCF alumni Cole Young: “I pick sunshine because that’s all I see when UCF wins.”

UCF alumni Felicia Nielsen: “The peach and the bowl but hopefully we can add the trophy to that.”

Watch the full video for more responses.

Matthew Bohren class of 2009: “I would choose the happy face because UCF is an excellent college to graduate from. My second one would be the sad face because I am no longer around the Orlando area.

Christopher Hauser class of 2010: “The snowflake emoji because this place is terrible and the dancing guy emoji because I’m going to be dancing on Auburn’s grave tomorrow.”

Gamecocks’ new-look offense still has to overcome stellar Michigan defense – Charleston Post Courier

If the Gamecocks can force Peters to pass early and get to a few 50-50 balls, perhaps they can force some turnovers (their specialty) and give their offense a few more chances. There’s also the “want” factor – there’s no question USC wants to be here with a chance to be just the seventh team in school history to win nine games. The Wolverines may not have that same intensity after another OK season at a school that’s not supposed to have OK seasons.

It’s been quite a season in Columbia. USC can add to that with a win over a notable program to carve itself a piece of history. 

“They like to get an extra hat in the box,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said of USC’s defense. “I mean, a lot of their length shows up there, length, long arms, restrict gaps, because they’re so long and athletic.”

“We’ve been very productive in our practices at home, but also since we’ve come to Tampa. Obviously, game day is important from a calling standpoint, from an adjustment standpoint,” USC coach Will Muschamp said. “Certainly if you make the right calls and the right adjustments, you’re going to be productive, so that is important.”

USC is also without top running back Rico Dowdle, and No. 2 option A.J. Turner is likewise dealing with an injury. The Wolverines allow 125.9 rushing yards per game and have an eye-popping 103 tackles for loss.

The Gamecocks are planning to mount their counter-attack by moving quickly. “Tempo” has been the keyword in Outback Bowl practices and Bentley will be relied on to get rid of the ball as fast as he can. With tight end Hayden Hurst, Turner out of the backfield and slot receiver Shi Smith, USC hopes to get Michigan off-balance enough to get an offensive rhythm.

20 things we loved about Hawaii in 2017 –

After a torrential storm caused the park to close in 2016, it finally reopened again to the public in 2017 after some extensive repairs. Though the larger loop trail that ran along the stream remains closed, visitors and locals are back in the valley, either discovering Iao’s beauty and history for the first time or returning to make new memories.

The kalii, or spear-throwing ceremony, has not been seen publicly for nearly 200 years, but it made an appearance at Hokulea’s homecoming ceremony. A Native Hawaiian tradition done at canoe arrivals with newcomers, it was a ceremonial practice to hurl spears at the arriving chief, who would then dodge all as a show of his worthiness. At Hokulea’s ceremony, the brave warrior acting on the part of the crew, Sam Kapoi, dodged or deflected all eight spears that were thrown at him and caught the last one, stabbing it into the ground.

It was announced in 2017 that “Moana,” the Disney animated movie starring Aulii Cravalho, will get an olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language) version of the film. A collaboration between The Walt Disney Studios and the University of Hawaii, the film will be re-recorded with a cast of fluent olelo Hawaii speakers, but fans will be happy to know that Cravalho will reprise her role as Moana. Once completed, it will become an invaluable language tool for Hawaii’s public schools.

An epic journey that started in 2014, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage took the Hokulea, a traditional double-hulled canoe, around the world to 150 ports in 23 nations and territories, including Auckland, Havana, Cape Town and New York. In June 2017, it came to an end when she completed her mission of bringing attention to ocean stewardship and made her way home to Hawaii. Thousands gathered to greet her and the many crewmembers at Magic Island in Honolulu, with Hawaiian flags flying proudly.

All eyes, and cameras, were locked on Kaimana Beach after Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal and regular visitor to Waikiki’s shores, gave birth to her pup, nicknamed Kaimana. For more than a month, the world watched (from a distance) as Kaimana lounged on the beach with mom, swam in the water, played with a beach ball, and got stuck inside the nearby Waikiki Natatorium twice, before being relocated to a more remote location on the island.

It spewed into the ocean in early February.

Avoid the $300000 retirement mistake – KFVS

The rules can be complex, but there are a few general guidelines that can help you optimize your benefits in most circumstances. Start by making sure that your earnings record is accurately reported. Your Social Security earnings are calculated based on your top 35 years of earnings, adjusted for inflation. If one of your top earnings years is reported incorrectly or missing, your monthly benefits will be reduced accordingly.

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Cuomo, on LI, heralds start of state’s paid family leave law – Newsday

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, in his remarks introducing Cuomo, said the new tax law made the end of the year less relaxing for residents.

“They were scrambling around trying to figure out whether they should pay their property taxes early,” Bellone said. “That was a new one for us.”

“Everybody should have the right to be there when their spouse is giving birth,” Cuomo said at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 office in Hauppauge. “Everybody should have the right to be there when their father or mother is sick and needs help.”

Cuomo, who signed an emergency order allowing all property owners to prepay 2018 taxes, said the federal law meant the process of issuing tax warrants that usually took months had to be done in a week.

The program is paid for through payroll contributions of up to $1.64 per week, depending on a worker’s income. Full-time employees at private companies who have worked at least 20 hours a week for at least half a year are eligible. Part-time employees are eligible for the benefit after working 175 days.

Cuomo signed the program into law in 2016. The amount and duration of the benefit increase in 2019 and 2021.

Cuomo touted the program as one of three improvements for working and middle class New Yorkers. The minimum wage on Long Island increased Sunday to $11 per hour from $10. New state tax rates that are being phased in will save the average Long Island taxpayer $301 in 2018, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“These are crazy days … the county had to figure out all the numbers and get the offices opened, people had to come out of their homes and get on line,” Cuomo said.

New SHS head brings health and law interests to post – Corvallis Gazette Times

Boysen said he believes his major challenge will be dealing with declining reimbursements for services. He said that will mean every department will need to be focused on efficiency.

Boysen has been a guest lecturer at Oregon State University, Pacific University and Western University of Health Sciences and is an adjunct faculty member at Oregon State and Pacific University.

“We already have a well-integrated system and we are providing a high level of care,” Boysen said. “If we can be extremely efficient and provide services more affordably for our communities, that will help keep us going forward in the future.”

“We had gone back to the Midwest in part to be closer to our families,” Boysen said. “What we learned is that we love the mid-valley and we’ve become Oregonians. We have made our home here. We appreciate the people of the communities we serve. It was a very good learning opportunity about where we belong.”

“I had always thought about going to law school,” Boysen said. “After my internship in the hospital in college, I found a way to do both at Iowa.”

He volunteers with Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Trout Unlimited. He also serves with the Corvallis Vision 2040 Implementation Group.

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence –

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Don’t flood 999 on New Year’s Eve, police urge as public officers prepare for busy night – Sunderland Echo

“We hope that the public can work with us so that we can make sure those people unfortunate enough to be involved in serious incidents can receive police assistance as quickly as possible.”

Northumbria Police said it creates a huge demand on the staff working in the communications centre who often have to deal with non-police matters instead of genuine emergencies.

“We put plans in place to try and manage that demand but we do want to ask the public to help us by only calling us if they need urgent police assistance.

“There you will find other numbers for agencies who may be more appropriate to deal with your query. You will also find an online reporting form where you can submit a crime report without having to call us.”

Chief Inspector Stewart added: “Hundreds of calls come into our communications centres every day and we want to be able to deliver an outstanding service to everyone who gets in touch.

The public should always call 999 in an emergency, which is when a life is at risk or a crime is happening.

Now police have asked the public to consider reporting non-emergency incidents online – and to only call if they need urgent assistance from police.