Across the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Mendoza

Across the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Mendoza

The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world and the second tallest after the Himalayas. The Andes Mountain Range extends nearly 7,000 kilometres from Central America to Cape Horn, traversing seven countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.

The border between Chile and Argentina roughly follows the line along the highest peaks of the Andes. One of the most important crossings between the two countries is “Los Libertadores” (Chile) or “Uspallata” (Argentina). In the vicinity of Los Libertadores is Mount Aconcagua (6,962 MASL; meters above sea level). Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, followed by Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America (6,194 MASL), located in Alaska, United States.

The mountain pass across the Andes has historic relevance since this was the route taken in 1817 by the Argentine General Jos de San Martn and his “Army of the Andes”. The army was composed of about 5000 men, heavy artillery, 1600 horses and about 9,000 mules. The crossing of the Andes took almost a month. The soldiers ate dry meat and cheese. They consumed garlic and onion to improve appetite and to prevent altitude sickness. Only 4,300 mules and 511 horses survived. The objective was to end the Spanish domination in Chile,
Across the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Mendoza
restore the independent government and rout the Spanish rule in South America controlled from the Viceroyalty of Peru.

The road on the Chilean side rises in a relatively short stretch with many bends and steep slopes.

The “Los Libertadores/Uspallata” Pass crosses the Andes at an altitude of about 3,900 meters above sea level. At this point is located the seven meter high bronze statue of “Christ the Redeemer of the Andes”. The statue weighs four tons and stands on a four meter high granite pedestal. The monumental sculpture was installed at the site in 1904 to celebrate the agreement of Chile and Argentina about the line that marks the border between the two countries. An inscription on the statue reads: “These Mountains will first collapse before Argentines and Chileans break the peace sworn at the feet of Christ the Redeemer”.

Christ the Redeemer of the Andes, monument erected in 1904 at the border between Argentina and Chile to celebrate the peaceful settlement of a conflict over boundary issues that had brought the two countries to the brink of war.

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The road passing by the monument of Christ the Redeemer of the Andes is rarely used today since a tunnel, also called “Christ the Redeemer”, opened in 1980. The 3,080 meter long tunnel is located at 3,200 MASL. Due to the extreme weather conditions, traffic through both the pass by the statue or the tunnel is often suspended, sometimes for long periods.

The “Los Libertadores/Uspallata” Pass links Santiago de Chile and the city of Mendoza in Argentina. The distance between the two cities is 179 km (as the crow flies), but extends for 364 kilometers including local roads and the winding road through the mountain passes.

Nearing the highest peaks of the Andes, the mountains are covered with snow all year long and storms may cause road closures.

The geography on both sides of the range is quite different. The Argentine section (the border to Mendoza) is three times longer than the Chilean side (Santiago to the border). The road on the Chilean side rises in a relatively short stretch with many bends and steep slopes. On the Argentine side, the slopes are gentler and the road bends are broader. The landscape in the Chilean side has mountains with steep, heavily eroded cliffs, washed clean of sediments. On the Argentine side, the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and low vegetation, creating a beautiful contrast of colors. On the Chilean side, the Aconcagua River bounces down the mountains among large rocks with a steep gradient while in the Argentine side, the Mendoza River flows peacefully along a wide sedimentary valley.

The distance between Santiago and Mendoza is 179 km (as the crow flies), but extends for 364 kilometers including local roads and the winding road through the mountain passes.
Across the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Mendoza

A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career

A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career

You probably think you know how to wash your hands, but Elaine Larson could tell you for sure.

An infectious disease expert who has published more than 200 papers on hand hygiene, Larson is the go to source for commonly asked questions such as whether anti bacterial soaps work better than regular soaps (no), whether alcohol hand sanitizer is more effective than hand washing (yes) and whether you should really wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. (Not necessarily, just be sure to scrub between the fingers and under fingernails.)

The real risks, though, lie within hospital walls. “It doesn’t matter as much when you’re a healthy person in the lay public,” says Larson, the associate dean for research at Columbia School of Nursing, and professor of epidemiology at Mailman School of Public Health. “But in hospitals, the purpose of hand hygiene is different, particularly in an intensive care unit where patients are prone to infections.”

Larson was drawn to her research in the 1980s, when she was a staff nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. It started with a question: Why didn’t infection rates in patients in the ICU decrease after they were shifted from a large shared room to private rooms with individual sinks where hospital workers could wash their hands? Larson began looking at what kinds of bacteria were growing on the hands of health care professionals and found that the majority of those germs were the ones causing infections in patients.

“Over the years, a very simple question about hand hygiene, which people think is so basic and obvious, led to more questions and answers,” Larson says. Three decades later, her findings have shaped practices in hospitals and the general public.

For a surgeon doing a pre operative hand scrub, using a hand sanitizer is equivalent to at least a five minute scrub with soap. “When I started doing research on alcohols, the infection control community was against it because they worried that people would stop washing their hands,” Larson recalls. Now it’s a standard practice. This summer, Larson became the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology for her contributions to hand washing and other epidemiologic research.

Larson’s work has shifted beyond the germs that cause infection to the behaviors that promote hand washing, specifically, how to get hospital workers to practice better hand hygiene. Infection prevention is crucial the CDC estimates hospital acquired infections cause nearly 100,000 patient deaths a year and cost the health care industry $30 billion. Larson’s research team is conducting studies in a Massachusetts hospital and in three pediatric longterm care facilities in New York using electronic monitoring. Employees receive feedback on how the group is doing. “We don’t record names because we believe that an infection control practice has to be a team commitment,” Larson says. Preliminary results show the monitoring system improves compliance; the team will present some of the findings at “IDWeek,” an infectious disease conference in October.

“I love nursing, and I can’t imagine a better career,” says Larson, who came to Columbia in 1998. “I got interested in science as soon as I started school and published my first peer reviewed paper before I graduated.” Her curiosity has led her to other areas of academic expertise. She chairs one of the Columbia University Medical Center’s institutional review boards and runs a program to train researchers on methods to study infection control. “The fellows are nurses, physicians, computational biologists, microbiologists, epidemiologists,” she says. “What I love about infection prevention research is that by definition it is interdisciplinary.”
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Air monitoring website blowing in soon

Air monitoring website blowing in soon

Real time air monitoring in the Sarnia area is coming soon to a website near you.

A coalition of First Nations, environmental and health branches of government, the City of Sarnia, and local industries under the banner of Clean Air Sarnia and Area (CASA) have been collaborating for two years to improve air monitoring in the Sarnia area and make the data more easily accessible.

Using seven air monitoring stations that cover parts of Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang First Nation, the website plan calls for hourly updates on air quality, including tracking harmful compounds like sulphur dioxide and benzene, while also tracking particulate matter, giving access to archived data and showing how the area air quality compares with the rest of the province.

it is real time, that great, said Aamjiwnaang Chief Joanne Rogers.

The First Nation environment committee and other community members have been part of the CASA discussions.

hear so often our community members saying don know what going on, she said, adding think that a good tool for us to have. third party is developing the site for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) led project, and the ministry and the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association (SLEA) a non profit cooperative made up of 20 local industries are working together to cover operational costs and network improvements, a ministry spokesperson said.

The data is colour coded red, yellow and green, so it easier to interpret when there a problem versus when everything is normal, said Katarina Ovens, a spokesperson with the City of Sarnia.

The seven stations range from LaSalle Line near Corunna, to just south of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, she said.

They have different capabilities, said Dean Edwardson, general manager of SLEA.

Some track meteorological data, others can monitor various compounds. At least one dates back to 1952, he said.

think it timely and we looking forward to moving forward with that, he said about the CASA website project.

The collaborative also includes Health Canada, Lambton Public Health, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Walpole Island First Nation.

Similar websites have been set up in other Ontario communities, said Bryan Prouse, operations manager with the City of Sarnia.

Sarnia version has been under development since early in 2017, said Lindsay Davidson, a spokesperson with Ontario Environment Ministry, in an email.

Plans are also to hold focus groups and improve the website as needed, based on user feedback, officials said.

Network tests are planned in 2018 to see if there adequate monitoring coverage, said Teresa Lannin, another spokesperson with the Environment Ministry.

A new volatile organic compound analyzer was recently installed and another is coming soon, she said.

The announcement comes amid renewed attention to emissions from Sarnia Chemical Valley. Ontario Environment Minister Chris Ballard recently committed to revive a defunct community health study, and has proposed tighter restrictions for benzene and sulphur dioxide emissions.

Particulate, metals, hydrocarbons and other pollutants would be sampled at several stations every six or 12 days, Davidson said.
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A winner reflects on career

A winner reflects on career

The chairman of Mercantile Bankshares Corp. has always been a banker. He never wavered from his strategy. He refused to sell out while others did so for huge profits. And he always made money, even when other banks were losing millions of dollars or simply failing.

For someone who began his career counting checks in the back office of Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co., Baldwin’s career has been remarkable in its duration and for its accomplishments. For a quarter century he was Mercantile’s chief executive officer and his results rank among the best in the industry.

Under Baldwin, Mercantile’s net income grew every year even in recession from $9 million to $175 million at the end of 2000. Cash dividends increased 24 consecutive years. And its stock rose from $1.36 per share in 1976 to an all time high of $44.69 in December. Of the top 60 banks in the country, Mercantile ranks first in capital strength, second in profitability and fourth in efficiency.

The numbers are “the best of the best,” said John B. Bowers, the former head of the Maryland Bankers Association. “He has left a very undisputed footprint on the landscape of banking and in the community that he has lived and worked in for 40 plus years.”

In an interview his first since he stopped running the company’s day to day operations Baldwin, 69, a tall and imposing figure, sat in a small conference room on the eighth floor of Mercantile’s headquarters in downtown Baltimore and reflected on his career. Three themes emerged: Baldwin’s strategy for building the bank; his quest for profitability; and the pressure of the job.

Walked into a career

Baldwin was 24 in July 1956 when he took a job counting checks in the proof and collections department at Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co.

He had graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history in 1954, then spent two years in the Marine Corps. Baldwin needed work but didn’t know what field to try. His family banked at Mercantile, so he decided to inquire about work there.

“I just walked in and said, I am coming out of the Marine Corps, and I need a job,'” Baldwin recalled. The head of the banking division “offered me a job and I accepted it. I really didn’t have a clue what a bank did. I didn’t know what a debit and credit meant. I knew I had to get a job.”

He moved soon to teller, worked in the loan cage and posted the general ledger a mammoth, canvas covered book about 2 feet high and a foot and a half wide.

“You had pen and ink, and God bless you if you made a blur or a spill,” he said. “It was a sacred book that you opened. . You stood at a desk . and you posted it by hand.”

Eventually, Baldwin became the bank’s first calling officer and was sent out to drum up business with freshly printed calling cards in hand.

He might not have known a lot about banking when he started, but he was good at it, quickly rising through the ranks.

Baldwin became a director of Mercantile Safe in 1968. Two years later, at the age of 38, he was named president of the bank, and president and chief executive of the parent company, Mercantile Bankshares Corp. Six years later, he was given the additional titles of chairman and chief executive officer of the lead bank.

“All of a sudden, I realized this was fun. By the time I was president, I was hooked,” Baldwin said. “You had the ability to do something and create something, and see things grow.”

Baldwin wasted little time putting his stamp on the bank. Mercantile had been known for its huge trust department. But with the blessing of William E. McGuirk Jr., the parent company’s chairman, Baldwin pushed the bank into commercial lending.

“Nobody had ever gone out and asked for commercial business,” Baldwin recalled. “It seemed to me that is where the growth and profits were. In our case, it turned out to be the right thing.”

Under Baldwin, Mercantile stressed lending to businesses, many of them family run. It also handled their pension plans and cash management, and offered trust services for the owners’ families. The bank helped sell businesses or pass them on to the next generation.

It was personal banking at its best, catering to the needs of customers many of them wealthy and Mercantile stuck with the strategy no matter how simple it was and no matter what other banks did.

Sometimes, though, Mercantile seemed out of stride.

In 1970, it became a multibank holding company. Instead of opening branches in various counties, as other banks did, Mercantile snapped up strong community banks, retaining their names and boards of directors. Not only did the approach keep customers happy because they saw familiar faces, but Mercantile instantly tapped into the market. The arrangement also offered the new partner Mercantile’s expertise and a stock that traded frequently.
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All Eagle Creek Fire evacuations lifted in Multnomah County

All Eagle Creek Fire evacuations lifted in Multnomah County

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Last updated Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

TROUTDALE, Ore. Effective immediately, all Eagle Creek Fire evacuation orders in Multnomah County have been lifted, the sheriff’s office announced Monday afternoon.

Access to the Dodson, Warrendale, Bridal Veil, and Latourell is limited to residents only, due to road closures on both the Historic Columbia Highway and eastbound Interstate 84. Residents are asked to report to the Troutdale Police Community Center for instructions and permits to access closed roadways.

“A combination of successful firefighting efforts and recent rains has allowed fire crews to continue making progress on the fire lines along the west side of the Eagle Creek Fire,” said Lt. Chad Gaidos.

Evacuation notices in the Hood River Valley have also been lifted. Level 1 notices remain in place for the Cascade Locks area, as well as Wyeth and Viento, due to the flash flood advisory.

The Breitenbush Hot Springs and Breitenbush Summer Homes will remain at a level 3 (Go!) evacuation level because of the risk of thunder and lightning.

The rain may be helping crews fighting the wildfire, but the recent rain could also present new challenges,
All Eagle Creek Fire evacuations lifted in Multnomah County
including an increased chance of landslides.

The latest KGW forecast says Portland and the Columbia Gorge could receive between 1 and 2 inches of rain accumulation by the middle of this week. Geological Survey said the burn areas are highly susceptible to landslides. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen but the likelihood does increase,” he said.

Firefighters focused over the weekend on preparing for the rain, fortifying fire lines, removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to reduce erosion along the fire lines.

Nearby residents also said they were glad to see the rain move in. rain is taking the smoke out. So that cool,” said neighbor Leon Alec. “That feels way better because you can breathe.

Watch: Time lapse of fire growth

The Historic Columbia River Highway is also still closed and has no schedule to reopen. ODOT said rocks and trees are still falling onto the highway and it is not safe for travel.

On the Washington side of the gorge, trucks over 10,000 pounds are prohibited from driving between Washougal and Dallesport on State Route 14 due to the fire. The ban on large trucks will remain in place until I 84 is open.

The Archer Mountain Fire, which started in Washington when the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River, is 100 percent contained, fire officials said.

Get the latest wildfire updates here

There were no changes to evacuation orders on Saturday. The most recent evacuation notices in Multnomah County came on Friday when all Level 3 evacuation orders were downgraded to Level 2. Some areas of Hood River remain under Level 3 evacuations that were put into place Thursday after fire activity increased on the east end Wednesday night.

View an interactive map of the evacuation levels

Four houses have been destroyed by the Eagle Creek Fire. People lived year round in one of the houses. The other three houses were part time residences.

People who evacuated their homes were staying in two temporary shelters, at the Harvest Christian Church Troutdale and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington.


“It clear that fire has hit our state like a wrecking ball, Wyden said.

Photos: Fire in Gorge

The fire is the top wildfire priority in the country, according to fire officials. One third of all acres burning in the West are in Oregon, Wyden said.
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act of kindness helps reunite him with his family

act of kindness helps reunite him with his family

It had been eight years since Danny MacKillop had seen his mother. The 38 year old had spent the better part of those years living in stairwells and alleys in downtown Toronto a world away from the oceanside Cape Breton community where he was raised.

Danny is addicted to fentanyl and heroin and had shut himself off from his family. Homeless and struggling with an addiction, the man with striking good looks and a contagious smile, made his way by hustling.

Last November, Jason Kirkwood, a special constable with Toronto Community Housing withdrew money from an ATM near his work. He was halfway down the road when he heard an man yelling after him, running to catch up.

looks at me and asks me how much money I just took out of the machine, I get a little guarded but tell him the amount, Jason recounts in a Facebook post.

then asks me to count my money. He pulls the 40 dollars out of his pocket and tells me I left it in the machine. He could have easily just kept the money and I would have been none the wiser. People never cease to amaze me, he wrote.

He thought that was the end of it. But this is where the story gets really good.

A few days later, he gets a friend request from Danny asking Kirkwood to tag him in the Facebook post so that maybe his will see and know (he not such a bad guy. I add him on Facebook and it takes about a month for him to get back to me, and I tag him, says Kirkwood. all of sudden, emails, and posts and everything from his family and friends was overwhelming, exciting. It was fantastic, especially his friends. of course, Danny mom, Mary MacKillop also saw the post and immediately replied.

my God! Somebody knows where he’s at and then I just immediately called Jason and I was just so happy, Mary told CityNews from her Cape Breton home. I mean he’s alive and he’s well and he’s doing good things! used to call home regularly, but two years ago he stopped after he bailed on a rehab opportunity in Ottawa.

just said he had had enough of lying to me. Pretending that everything was okay and he was doing well, Mary recalls.

She and her sister hopped on a plane without a goal but to find Danny and get him help. The problem was, they didn know exactly where he was, and they didn really have a plan.

just walked, we went to all the soup kitchens, Mary says. were nice to us, they let us sitin the back so we could watch people come in. It was cold so they opened up extra hostels and we checked there too. they didn have much luck. The two women marched up down the streets and parks near Queen and Sherbourne, armed with a dated picture and hope that was slowily waning.

They had given up for the day and were determined to start their search again in the morning.

just walking and all of a sudden this person says “I know you, you’re my mother.” I didn’t even see him, he saw me, Mary recalls.

I wouldn’t have recognized him anyway, he was so thin, lots of facial hair. He had a hoody on, and a big backpack and it took me a few minutes to recognize that it was him. He was just dirty, that’s all. this is where his chance for a new start and a cleaner life began. With the support of his mother, he not only physically cleaned up, but he is on his way to recovering a life he once had.

Mary got him on a bus to meet up with his close friend in Calgary who drove him to a Vancouver rehabilitation centre this weekend.

a three year program, Mary explains. could be done earlier, but there the option to stay for three years. hope is once he completed the program, he return to Nova Scotia to be with his family. 67 years old and this was before I went to my death bed, I needed to known where my sons are. Kirkwood isn family, he hopes the best for Danny.

him to even give me back the money, it totally unexpected, he could have used it more than me. I very proud of what he has done. I rooting for Danny. I hope he makes it.
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A Nutritionist’s Take on Halo Top and Other ‘Healthier’ Brands

A Nutritionist’s Take on Halo Top and Other ‘Healthier’ Brands

OK, I’m just going to say right up front that as a nutritionist, I would never categorize ice cream as health foodper se. But lately several seemingly healthierversions of the sweet stuff have appeared on themarket, and a few brandsare flying off supermarket shelves. Before you grab a spoon anddig into any of these better for youpints, here’s a look at a few popular options, and what you should keep in mind.

Adding nutrients doesn automatically make ice cream healthy

Halo Top made headlinesthis month when it became the best selling pint of ice cream in the country, surpassingtop brands like Ben Jerry’s. In addition to milk, cream, and eggs, Halo Top’singredients includefiber, milk protein concentrate, and the sweeteners stevia and erythritol. The latter is a type of sugar alcohol, which tastes sweetbut doesn’t get absorbed like regular sugar, or raise blood sugar levels.

As a result, a pint of Halo Top containsjust 240 calories, with up to 24 grams of protein, and nearly 50% of the Daily Value for fiber. That’s a better nutritional profile thantraditional ice cream. But still, Halo Top is atreat just one with less sugar, fewercalories, andmore protein and fiber.

In other words, it’s not a good idea to polish off a pint every night or to eat one in place of dinner (which a few of my clients admit they occasionally do). Anothercaveat: Erythritol can cause bloating and gas in some people.

Enlightened, which is marketed as”ice cream that’s good for you,” is similar to Halo Top. The product’s makers start with skim milkand add milk protein isolate (to bump up the protein), fiber, erythritol, and monk fruit extract another natural, no calorie sweetener that has become popular alongside stevia. Anecdotally, some of my clients find that the intense sweetness actually stokes theirsweet tooth, rather than satisfying it. And some say they don’t like the aftertaste.

Snow Monkey, which is currently only available in two flavors (cacao and goji berry), is a dairy free ice cream alternative made from bananas, hemp seed protein powder, sunflower butter, and either fruit or maple syrup as the sweetener. While not that low calat about 400 calories per pint, it provides 20 grams of protein, and nearly half of the daily recommended fiber intake. A full pint of the cacao also packs over 60% of a day’s iron and vitamin C needs. Impressive, but remember, polishing off a pint in one sitting doesn’t qualify as healthy eating!

Even “vegan” isn a license to eat unlimited portions

NadaMoo! is another ice cream alternative made with coconut milk and water; inulin, a prebiotic fiber linked to digestive health; andagave. A pint contains about 20 grams of fiber. Some flavors are “cleaner” than others in terms of the ingredients, and calories vary considerably, ranging from 240 in a pint of vanilla to 600 in a pint of chocolate peanut butter. But inmy opinion, the coconut milk base in NadaMoo!creates a richness that makes ahalf cup portion (which is ideal) feel just right.

Splurges are perfectly fine every once in a while. But whole, fresh foods should be the main sources of your nutrients (including protein and fiber) not dessert.

Are these healthier options better than traditional ice cream? That depends on how much you have, and how often.

If ice cream is an occasional “extra,” and you feel more satisfied with a smaller portion of the real thing, go for it. On the flip side, if you find these doctored up versions just as satisfying as regular ice cream, and you feel better about eating them, that’sA OK. Just remember to enjoy them as an occasionalindulgence rather than an everydaytreat.

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Akron Beacon Journal

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She’s dealing with heart failure, but doing well on her meds. I am 70, an only child, married, retired and live six hours away.

We go to see her four times a year and stay for a week in our RV. We talk on the phone once a week and email a couple times in between phone calls.

Mom says she’s staying in her house as long as she is able. She has nice neighbors who will do anything for her, plus a lawn/snow service. We have told her she’s welcome to come live with us, but she loves her independence and has the cat to take care of.

She goes to her church group, senior citizens group and gets her nails done every three weeks. She’s busier than I am socially. But I feel consumed by guilt that she’s so far away and afraid that each visit may be our last.

My husband says he isn’t moving, and he has his own activities and health issues. He doesn’t want to stay with Mom more than a week because we end up watching QVC with her all afternoon. When we left last week, she said,
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“My friends told me I hardly ever see you, and I hope you can come more often.”

I don’t know what to do. Am I doing enough? We pay her taxes and phone/cable/internet and any big bills (car repairs). But I’m not there to drop in the way most of her friends’ children do, who never moved away after high school. GUILT RIDDEN IN MARYLAND

DEAR GUILT RIDDEN: You are doing as much as you can for your mother. Her friends should not judge because their family situations are not the same as yours. You stated that you email her in between phone calls. Ask your mother if she would be open to video chatting (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) in between those phone calls. That way you could see each other’s faces, and it might help her feel less distant from you. We lost our car, our home and filed bankruptcy. Thankfully, we now have some savings and no debt other than our new home.

It has been 10 years since we had a real vacation, so we are planning a cruise. My problem is I mentioned it to some friends and family members. Four of them have now asked us to bring back souvenirs for them. I feel it’s presumptuous. I don’t want to spend my vacation running around buying other people stuff.

Am I being overly sensitive or are they being impolite? And how can I politely refuse? FRUSTRATED IN THE USA

DEAR FRUSTRATED: You are not overly sensitive. Tell those folks that your excursion schedule will be tight and you won’t have time to do much shopping even for yourselves. It’s the truth, I’ll bet.
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AAA Handbags Expand Range Of Designer Inspired Handbags For Holi

AAA Handbags Expand Range Of Designer Inspired Handbags For Holi

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according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

All of the Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment

All of the Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment

Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman have all been hit with claims of sexual harassment or assault.

The rapid fall of media mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey following reports of sexual harassment and assault shook the entertainment world and has prompted the airing of allegations against other Hollywood power players.

Ben Affleck, 45, known for Argo and Good Will Hunting, was accused of groping MTV host Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on Total Request Live. He issued an apology on Oct. 11, tweeting, acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize. His apology came a day after he condemned Weinstein behavior towards women.

Mario Batali, 57, a celebrity chef, was accused of sexual harassment and groping by multiple women. Beginning with an Eater article published on Dec. 11 that detailed multiple allegations against Batali, the chef stepped away from operations at his Batali Bastianich Hospitality Group and was fired from the ABC cooking show, The Chew, with the Food Network scrapping plans to air new episodes of his hit ’90s cooking show, Molto Mario. Batali later issued a controversial apology in his newsletter, owning up to his misconduct against women before ending his message with a recipe for “Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.”

David Blaine, 44, a magician, faces an allegation of rape from model Natasha Prince, who says the celebrity illusionist assaulted her shortly after she turned 21 in 2004. Prince reported the alleged incident to the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command at London’s Metropolitan Police in November 2016 and it was later referred to Scotland Yard. In September, investigators contacted Blaine’s lawyer, Marty Singer, to request that Blaine travel to the United Kingdom for an interview. Blaine’s attorney denied the claim to the Daily Beast which published Prince’s account in October. There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes in Great Britain.

Nick Carter, 37, a musician and actor who rose to fame as part of the boy band Backstreet Boys, was accused of sexual assault by Melissa Schuman, formerly a member of the pop group Dream. In a Nov. 2 blog post, Schuman alleged the incident happened shortly after they were cast in the 2004 TV movie The Hollow when she was 18 and he was 22. She shared her story wider via Twitter on Nov. 19, using the hashtag MeToo. In a statement to USA TODAY, Carter denied assaulting Schuman and expressed that any interactions were consensual. (Louis Sz 50, an actor and comedian known for his vulgar humor, was accused of sexual misconduct by five woman in an expos published by on Nov. 9. exposed himself and started masturbating in front of her and fellow comedian Julia Wolov in his hotel room during a comedy festival in 2002. masturbating during a phone conversation with him in 2003. Comedian Rebecca Corry claims the comedian asked if he could masturbate in front of her while they were appearing on a television pilot together in 2005; she declined. The anonymous accuser claims she was working in production at The Chris Rock Show in her 20s when the comedian repeatedly ask her to watch him masturbate. 10, admitting to the acts described in the Times piece. “These stories are true,” he wrote. lost a host of jobs, including his gig with the upcoming Secret Life of Pets sequel.

David Copperfield, 61, a magician, has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Brittney Lewis, a then aspiring model who was just 17 at the time of the alleged assault in 1988, she told The Wrap. Lewis says after she competed in a modeling contest in which Copperfield was a judge, Copperfield, then 32, invited her to a show in California and later poured something into her drink in a bar. Lewis says she blacked out, but remembers him taking off her clothing and performing sexual acts on her in a hotel room. A representative for Copperfield had no comment, but on Jan. 24, the illusionist preemptively expressed support for the Me Too movement on. In the same statement, he referenced a time when he was falsely accused of rape, which ended with his accuser being arrested and charged in a separate incident that was strikingly similar to what she said happened to her with Copperfield.

Andy Dick, 51, an actor and comedian (Road Trip), was accused of “groping people genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production, on the set of the independent feature film Raising Buchanan, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. In an interview with the news outlet Oct. 30, Dick denied groping claims, but admitted to licking and propositioning people. He has since been fired from his role in Buchanan. On Nov. 1, director Frankie Ingrassia and producer Jed Rhein confirmed to Vulture that Dick was let go from another film on Oct. 18 due to similar behavior. 18. Braudy claims that while working for Douglas’ production company in the late ’80s, he subjected her to sexually charged comments about her appearance and his mistresses, and masturbated in front of her during a private script meeting in his apartment. Douglas told Deadline on Jan. 10 that a former employee had spoken to THR about his alleged harassment, denying Braudy’s account before her article published.

Richard Dreyfuss, 70, of Jaws and Mr. 10. In a statement to the news site, Dreyfuss denied exposing himself to Teich, but admitted that “at the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an assh , the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. But I am not an assaulter.”

Charles Dutoit, 81, a conductor and artistic director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was accused of sexually assault by three opera singers and a classical musician in a report published by The Associated Press Dec. 21, 2017. The New York Times later reported that Dutoit stepped down from his role conducting a series of New York Philharmonic concerts in January following the allegations.

James Franco, 39, an actor known for movies including The Disaster Artist and Pineapple Express, was accused of sexually exploitative behavior by five women in a report published in the Los Angeles Times Jan. 11. Franco’s accusers include four former students, and one who said he was her mentor. Franco’s attorney,
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Michael Plonsker, disputed all of the women’s claims in statements to the Times. 10 on Medium. Edwards says he first met Goddard when he was 12, and served as a leader for Edwards’ group of friends. “Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception,” Edwards wrote. “My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.” Goddard’s press representative Sam Singer put out a statement on Nov. 10 “unequivocally” denying Edward’s charges.

David Guillod, a manager, producer and Co CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment (Atomic Blonde), was accused by actress Jessica Barth of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 when he was working as her manager, she confirmed to The Wrap on Nov. 2. Barth said she she reported the incident to the LAPD after it happened. She then said that Guillod threatened her with a lawsuit to keep her from pressing charges. Following the allegations, Guillod’s attorney said charges were fully investigated at the time, but he has taken a leave of absence from the company, reports Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. She alleges he raped her after luring her back to his Manhattan following a film premiere in 2013. He has filed a countersuit accusing her of extortion. Three other women have since come forward anonymously to The Associated Press to accuse Haggis of rape or other sexual misconduct, in a detailed story published Jan. 5.

Dustin Hoffman, 80, an Oscar winning actor known for Rain Man and The Graduate, was accused of sexual harassment by Anna Graham Hunter in an article published by The Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 1. Hunter alleges he groped her and talked about sex in front of her while she was a 17 year old intern on the set of his 1985 TV movie adaptation of Death of a Salesman. Hoffman apologized in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation It is not reflective of who I am. The following day, Hoffman’s second accuser, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis came forward, telling Variety that he made verbal advances and tried to convince her to go to a nearby hotel when she was a playwright in her 20s. 24 by former bandmate Alice Glass in a lengthy letter posted on her website, Vulture and The Huffington Post report. She claims the abuse lasted for almost 10 years, starting when she was 15 years old, and that this was the reason she left the band, which she co founded with Kath, in 2014. In a statement to Pitchfork via his attorney, Kath denied the allegations. “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship, the statement reads. there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.

Andrew Kreisberg, 46, executive producer of CW superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, was fired by Warner Bros., USA TODAY confirmed Nov. 29. The firing comes after he was suspended on Nov. 10 after Variety published a story in which 15 women and four men alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact. At the time, Kreisberg denied any inappropriate touching or massages, telling Variety, have made comments on women appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will take a six month leave of absence following what he called “missteps” in a memo obtained by USA TODAY on Nov. 21. The news broke as The Hollywood Reporter was compiling a report into alleged sexual misconduct, which published later that day citing sources who remain unnamed “out of fear that their careers in the tight knit animation community would be damaged.” The insiders told the industry publication that his behavior went beyond hugging to kissing, making comments about physical attributes.

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Matt Lauer, 59, the TV journalist who co anchored NBC’s Today show for more than 20 years, was fired by NBC on Nov. 29 over a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” According to NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk, there are as many as eight accusers, though tallying is difficult as the accounts have been anonymous. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement following his firing. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”

James Levine, 74, a longtime conductor with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, was

suspended pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The action came in December, a day after the New York Post reported that one of Levine’s accusers claimed he had sexual contact with Levine as a teenager. The New York Times reported similar accounts from two other men with Levine.

Peter Martins, 71, a longtime ballet chief of the New York City Ballet, was removed from teaching at the School of American Ballet while an independent two investigation was conducted into accusations of sexual harassment against him. Martins, asked to respond, said: “The company has already addressed it.”

Benny Medina, 59, a manager who currently represents Jennifer Lopez, was accused of attempted rape by Sordid Lives star Jason Dottley in an interview published by The Advocate on Nov. 10. After throwing Dottley onto a bed in Medina’s Los Angeles mansion in 2008, Medina his tongue down my mouth, Dottley alleges in the interview. Nov. 20 report from The Wrap. Perrineau, who alleges the incident occurred in 2012 when she was 17, filed a report at the West Hollywood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Nelson Rios confirmed to USA TODAY. Miller’s attorney, Matthew B. Walerstein, sent USA TODAY a statement in which his client denied Perrineau’s allegations. Girls creator and star Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner issued a statement Friday in support of Miller, which she later apologized for after receiving criticism.
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