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Mother’s Day has just been over, and Father’s Day is just around the corner! It is time to think of a good gift for your dad. It would have to be something special, of course. The gift isn’t just for Father’s Day, but it could be a gift that could also be given on other special occasions such as birthdays or holidays.

 

A Unique Gift for a Special Dad

Not only would the gift be for your dad, but it has to be special as well. Mother’s Day offered something special for your mom, so it should be the same thing for your dad. The gift need not be expensive as well, but it should be something that your dad will cherish and remember for yours to come.

One good gift for your dad would be a perpetual calendar. The perpetual calendar has been made by the Museum of Modern Arts and is magnetically powered. It can also function as a décor. At around $32 to $45 it is something worth getting.

If your dad likes sweets, then the Sugarfina Pale Ale Pints could be the one for him. They are small, citrus-flavored gummies shaped like beer in mugs. Perfect as well if it’s paired with your dad’s favorite brew.

My dad likes tools, and if your dad likes to work around the house, then the aha Tool Pen Mini Aplus Edition could work. The pen is made up of different screwdriver heads, which are interchangeable for different types of jobs.

Dads who like to cook could use the Weber iGrill 3 Thermometer. It is perfect for grills. It is handy and can be attached to the grills so that your dad can see if the steak has been cooked well enough. The thermometer will give out a sound once the desired temperature is reached. The thermometer can be remotely controlled and set through an app.

For those dads who like to view things, there are the Kikkerland Virtual Reality Glasses; this is like a VR headset that can be attached to a smartphone. It is also cheap at only $15, so it isn’t that expensive either.

To complement the Weber iGrill 3 Thermometer, there’s the Football Portable BBQ Grill. The two are a perfect combination, with the grill selling for only $50.

A cool dad deserves something just as cool, and the leather bomber jacket from Bonobos just might be the thing for him. The price might set you back some $798, but then a cool dad deserves nothing less.

Along with a bomber jacket, we recommend that you get your dad the Braun Series 9 electric shaver. This best electric shaver comes in four models. The Braun Series 9 electric shaver is one of the best around; giving that close electric shave that makes it so different from other shavers.

If your dad is the old fashioned type, then there is the Giesen & Forsthoff Timor 1360 Olive Wood safety razor, this is as old fashioned as it can get, with an olive wood handle to complete that old-fashioned look and feel.

 

Conclusion

Your dad is special, and so he deserves nothing but the very best. These gift ideas are some of the best out there. Give your dad that much-needed love this coming Father’s Day. He will be grateful to you for it.

Tips For Your Summer Vacation Plans

Posted by newkosovareport on June 3, 2017
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Category: Travel

Summer is here, and there is nothing more fun than an excursion. For some, they yearn for a wild and spontaneous outdoors and for those who prefer more of a carefree itinerary—perhaps resorts are the thing for you. In the summertime, it is very easy to get caught up in the euphoria of it all: the barbecues, the camping, the fairs, the get-togethers, the variety. How about you, what are your summer goals? That’s one question you need to answer and to narrow it down on where, when and how you want to spend your holiday.  How can you make your trip hassle-free? Check out our tips below:

  • Organize. A little planning doesn’t do any harm.  Remember, an estimate of 45 percent of people in the US go to summer vacations every year so expect surplus in your chosen destination. (Statistic Brain, 2015) Make sure that you have inquired and reserved slots for your hotel and booked summer activities beforehand. The worst-case scenario is that you can always cancel.
  • Budget. Part of organizing your trip is allotting what to spend and knowing what to spend. After covering the essentials of plane fare, food and lodgings, remember that you may get faced with unnecessary situations or delays so it is best to bring extra money. This could also serve as pocket money should you want a souvenir.
  • Compromise. For most vacations accommodate big families so the odds are that you may end up wasting your time where each person wants to go. Try reaching a majority or consensus on what places should be prioritized for a meaningful trip.
  • Know where the package deals are. Along with the summer rush are the tour packages.
  • Research. Before you go to your destination, use the internet to your advantage. Lots of sites and apps allow you to be familiar with the place: its transportation, parks, leisure, night scenes and shopping to suit your needs. Research also means that you are keen to know more about the place.

 

OPTIONS FOR PLANNING

By rating, the most visited places for the summer are as follows: Beach (45%), City (42%), National Parks (21%) and Resorts (14%). (Statistic Brain, 2015) Beaches are nearly crowded with all-nighters and walk-ins so booking needs to be at least a month in advance prior to summer. One of the most popular tourist spots is Disney World. Any chance of wanting to discover the Disney World Secrets?

Disney World has four major theme parks, all of which represent a particular fantasy world. The Avatar-inspired Tree of Life that houses a 400-seat theatre, the technological hub—Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios (an ode to movie-making) and Magic Kingdom, that is based on traditional romantic Disney animation. Tourist reviews could say that it is the best moderate Disney resort. But in an example as such, all information about Disney and their hotels can be found in their websites as well as special information for tourists.

Nandi Cain, center, answers a reporters question concerning the alleged beating he received from a Sacramento Police officer two weeks ago during a news conference Monday, April 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

Nandi Cain, center, answers a reporters question concerning the alleged beating he received from a Sacramento Police officer two weeks ago during a news conference Monday, April 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP)

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for Nandi Cain, who police said was jaywalking, also named the officer as a plaintiff and identified him as Anthony Figueroa, said Cain’s lawyer, John Burris.

Cain told reporters that his memory of the event is blurry because he suffered a concussion and could barely see because of a black eye and that his nose was broken.

Burris said Cain was guilty mainly of “walking while black” and that the incident reminded him of the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King in Los Angeles. Four white police officers were acquitted in King’s beating 25 years ago, sparking days of deadly rioting.

Police who had criticized the officer’s actions during the widely publicized April 10 event captured on video had not identified him, saying only that the officer was a two-year member of the force placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Officer Matthew McPhail, a department spokesman, said the department wasn’t commenting because of the pending lawsuit.

Figueroa also did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment about the lawsuit or the April 10 incident, which officials have said happened when Cain was told by the officer to stop because he had jaywalked on a residential street in California’s state capital.

McPhail and Cain’s attorneys said they did not know the race or ethnicity of the arresting officer.

Cain, 24, refused and challenged the officer to a fight, officials have said.

Video taken by a police cruiser dash camera and bystanders captured Cain complaining the officer was stopping him “for nothing” and telling the officer, “if you were a real man you would take your gun away and fight me like a real man.”

The officer then lunged at Cain and tackled him, punching him repeatedly, according to the video released by the police department. Video of the confrontation filmed by a bystander went viral and generated outrage across the U.S.

Cain was handcuffed for suspicion of resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant, authorities have said. Police said he continued resisting by kicking the interior of a patrol car and was restrained with a leg hobble.

After being brought to a jail, Cain was repeatedly kneed in the ribs by corrections officers who also used their knees to pin him down while stripping off his clothes, said the federal lawsuit filed Sunday in Sacramento.

“I’ve been embarrassed and discriminated against when all I’ve been trying to do is go home from work,” Cain told reporters.

Cain cried out in pain while he was naked on the floor of the jail and was mocked by the corrections officers, the lawsuit said.

It said he was left alone in a cell without medical attention, food or the ability to make a phone call.

The allegations about Cain’s treatment in the jail “will be investigated accordingly,” a sheriff’s department spokesman, Sgt. Tony Turnbull, said in a statement. “I would like to reiterate that these are only allegations, and before people jump to conclusions, let the investigation speak for itself.”

Cain was released from jail after nine hours and no charges were filed against him.

Since then, Cain said he has been depressed with nightmares and cold sweats and unable to sleep or eat regularly. He said he is still receiving medical treatment for the concussion.

Cain speculated that he might still be in jail if a bystander had not initially posted video of the confrontation.

“Racism is still alive, and you would think, it’s 2017 that it would die, but it still exists,” Cain said, adding that he had been racially targeted before but that this event marked the first time it was captured in images.

He added: “Now that we brought it to surface, justice will be served and we will make sure that this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

The police department and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg have previously called the officer’s behavior disturbing and unreasonable.

Burris contested the allegation that his client was jaywalking.

“But jaywalking in and of itself does not and should not ever result in a person being beaten about his face and head without a justification for it,” he said.

Lorenzo McCullough

Lorenzo McCullough  (Dotham Police Department)

Police in Alabama say a man is charged with abuse after allegedly locking two young children inside a trash bin container where authorities found them covered in ants.

A statement issued Monday by Dothan police says 25-year-old Lorenzo McCullough is being held without bond.

Police say a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old were found early Sunday inside a brick structure that contained trash bins. The children were covered by ants, and both were taken to a hospital.

Authorities had received a call earlier from someone saying McCullough was suicidal and threatening to harm the children. Officers found him hiding in a closet and located the children later.

Court records aren’t available to show if McCullough has a lawyer. Police haven’t said whether there’s a relationship between the man and the children.

FILE: United Airlines planes seen at the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.

FILE: United Airlines planes seen at the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.  (AP)

A United Airlines fight on Monday made an emergency landing in Costa Rica after one of its engines reportedly overheated over the ocean.

Time magazine, citing a reporter who was aboard the plane, reported that Flight 1516 was headed for Houston from Libreria, Costa Rica. The magazine citied local reports that said the plane took off from Daniel Oduber International Airport and landed back about two hours later after circling.

The airline did not immediately respond to the magazine. A fire supervisor from Costa Rica confirmed the overheating incident. The plane was identified as a Boeing 737-800.

One of the passengers aboard the flight reportedly said that the plane “about crashed in an emergency landing before the pilot quickly pulled up. So scary.” Another passenger said it was the “most frightening thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as trans than Republican

Caitlyn Jenner told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that President Trump has “kind of disappointed me in the first hundred days” on LGBT issues.

The former Olympic gold medalist, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, told host Tucker Carlson that Trump initially “looked like he would be pretty good on all LGBT issues,” but she criticized the administration for revoking the Obama administration’s guidelines allowing public school students to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

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Jenner also hit Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to prosecute the murders of transgender women as federal hate crimes and criticized Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark Green for anti-transgender comments.

“I need to tell Mark Green I don’t have a disease, OK?” Jenner said. “He talked about fighting the bathroom issue as ‘The Bible tells me I have to go after evil,’ you know? And I’m not an evil person.”

“There’s a lot of issues out there for our community that I’m fighting for and I want the Republican Party to do a better job,” Jenner added.

Jenner said she was on the “Republican-conservative side” politically, but added “what I’m fighting for is my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there, because there are many of them.”

However, Jenner denied she was a “one-issue voter” and said that “I believe in limited government [and] in our Constitution.”

“I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive economically,” she said.

File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake)

File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake)

Last month, while setting a record for the most spacewalks by a women, astronaut Peggy Whitson lost her debris shield. Although initially concerned, NASA soon determined that the blanket had floated far enough away from the International Space Station to not pose any immediate danger. Instead, it went on to join the very debris it was intended to protect against.

In the grand scheme of things, Whitson’s shield is insignificant, but it ironically showcases the growing mass of space debris orbiting our planet.

In under 25 years, the amount of junk big enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, the Agence France-Presse reports from the seventh European Conference on Space Debris in Germany this week.

“We are very much concerned,” said Rolf Densing, who heads operations at the European Space Agency (ESA).

The big concern is that accumulating space debris may lead to something called the Kessler syndrome, a chain reaction of collisions that exponentially increases the amount of junk. A collision between two satellites may make thousands of smaller objects. Those thousands of objects could collide into millions more objects, and so on. The end result is an impenetrable cloud of debris that would make space travel treacherous.

But this isn’t science fiction. The amount of space debris is already in the hundreds of millions, according to experts.

“Today, we find in space roughly 5,000 objects with sizes larger than one meter (3.25 feet), roughly 20,000 objects with sizes over ten centimeters,” said Holger Krag, who heads ESA’s space debris office, “and 750,000 ‘flying bullets’ of around one centimeter.”

“For objects larger than one millimeter (0.04 inch), 150 million is our model estimate for that,” he added. “The growth in the number of fragments has deviated from the linear trend in the past and has entered into the more feared exponential trend.”

Krag told the conference that ESA receive a collision alert on its ten satellites about every week, and each has to shift position to avoid collision about once or twice a year.

Over the past few years, organizations like ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have been researching methods to clean up space debris, including corralling the debris with massive nets and attracting junk with magnets. Unfortunately, JAXA failed in its attempt earlier this year.

The scientists will spend the next few days discussing the problem and reviewing tentative solutions.

Alnylam staff member Chris Theile works on signs for this weekend’s March for Science.

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Alnylam staff member Chris Theile works on signs for this weekend’s March for Science.

The March for Science, happening Saturday in more than 600 cities across the world, is an explicitly political movement. But it’s trying hard to be seen as nonpartisan.

“The goal of the march itself is to highlight the valuable public service role science plays in society and policy and demonstrate the deep public support for science,” the organizers say on the March’s website. “We take strong stands on policy issues based on the best available scientific evidence, but we will not let our movement be defined by any one politician or party.”

Still, the idea for a science march originated after the election of President Donald Trump, whose views on climate change (calling it a hoax perpetuated by China), vaccines (repeating discredited claims about their safety) and aid workers helping fight Ebola in Africa (“People that go to far away places to help out are great — but must suffer the consequences!”) have rattled the scientific community.

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And that presents a bit of a conundrum for the drug industry — dependent on support for science, but heavily regulated by the government.

“A march on Washington under the idea of a march around science could be considered a partisan protest of the Trump administration,” said Brian Skorney, an analyst with Robert W. Baird. “I think the industry’s careful that they don’t want to be seen as an opposition force.”

Drug companies have a lot at stake when it comes to the U.S. government, Skorney pointed out. They depend on the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate their products, and are already enduring onslaughts of pressure around their pricing.

So they’re proceeding with caution. But they are proceeding.

The March for Science in Boston counts biopharma companies Intellia Therapeutics, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals and Warp Drive Bio among its sponsors. In San Francisco, Alphabet’s life sciences company Verily is on the list.

And it’s not just younger, smaller life science companies supporting the march. Drug giant Pfizer is in, too, producing a video proclaiming: “Let’s not imagine a world without science. Our scientists are the cornerstone of what we do. We’re proud to stand behind the #ScienceMarch.”

China stocks tumbled more than 1 percent on Monday and looked set for their biggest loss of the year amid signs that Beijing would tolerate more market volatility as regulators clamp down on shadow banking and speculative trading.

Recent signs of stability in China’s economy “have provided a good external environment and a window of opportunity to reduce leverage in the financial system, strengthen supervision and ward off risks,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.

Investors in action at an exchange hall on April 10, 2017 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. China stocks looked set for their worst day of the year.

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Investors in action at an exchange hall on April 10, 2017 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. China stocks looked set for their worst day of the year.

“Over the past week, interbank rates trended higher, bond and capital markets suffered from sustained corrections and some institutions faced liquidity pressure. But these have little impact to the stability of the broader environment.”

The Shanghai Composite Index slumped 1.6 percent to 3,123.80 points by the lunch break, after posting its biggest weekly loss so far this year last week.

The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.3 percent to 3,423.11. Barring a rebound, the indexes looked set for their biggest one-day percentage loss since mid-December. Daily declines of more than 1 percent in the indexes have been rare for notoriously volatile Chinese markets this year.

“Even the better-than-expected Q1 data could not boost the market, as investors are concerned about regulatory risks,” wrote Larry Hu, analyst at Macquarie Capital Ltd, referring to stronger-than-expected 6.9 percent economic growth early in the year.

In the latest of a flurry of regulatory measures, China’s insurance regulator said on Sunday it will ramp up its supervision of insurance companies to make sure they comply with tighter risk controls and threatened to investigate executives who flout rules aimed at rooting out risk-taking.

The banking regulator said late on Friday that growth in Chinese wealth management products (WMPs) and interbank liabilities eased in the first quarter, suggesting authorities are making some headway in containing financial risks built up by years of debt-fuelled stimulus.

But while the clampdown is expected to continue, most analysts believe moves will be cautious to avoid hitting economic growth.

Investors are already concerned that the economy could lose momentum in coming months as local governments launch more stringent measures to cool heated property prices.

“Market risk appetites could continue to decline if financial regulation keeps tightening,” said Gao Ting, Head of China Strategy at UBS Securities.

“Investors seem to mostly be responding by adjusting their positions, particularly by rotating into high-quality blue-chips.”

Banking is the only main sector that ended the morning in positive territory, while small-caps suffered massive sell-offs, with an index tracking start-up stocks falling nearly 2 percent.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, stocks dipped slightly, with the bearish sentiment from China largely neutralized after the market’s favored candidate won through the first round of the French election, reducing the risk of a Brexit-like shock.

The Hang Seng index dropped 0.1 percent to 24,016.23 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index was unchanged at 10,045.78.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC on Thursday the prospect of getting rid of the Dodd-Frank banking regulations has been a driver of higher stocks and would continue to be.

“If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy,” he said on “Squawk on the Street,” from the sidelines of the IMFWorld Bank meeting of finance ministers in Washington.

“In my judgment, that’s where the surge in the stock prices has come from. It’s very difficult to find anything other than that, which I find really positive,” argued Greenspan, who served nearly two decades as Fed chairman from 1987 to 2006.

In February, President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury and other financial regulators to review the banking and consumer finance rules created under Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law crafted in response to the financial crisis two years earlier.

The tighter rules aimed at preventing taxpayers from having to bailout “too big to fail” banks in the future included higher rainy day capital requirements, which critics say stifle lending and hurt economic growth.