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More Throwbacks From Katrina-Vicky'S Maldives Holiday With Friends

A still from Mini Mathur’s video. (courtesy: minimathur) New Delhi: Mini Mathur beautifully curated a set of pictures and videos from her latest Maldives trip. Mini Mathur was in the island nation with husband Kabir Khan, friends Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal, Ileana D’Cruz, Sunny Kaushal, Sharvari, filmmaker Anand Tiwari and wife Angira, Katrina Kaif’s […]



Short-term rental owners and neighbors make their case before Santa Rosa City Council votes on cap

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Short-Term Rental Owners And Neighbors Make Their Case Before Santa Rosa City Council Votes On Cap

SANTA ROSA (KPIX) — Following a flurry of inquiries and complaints about short-term rentals, Santa Rosa lawmakers have voted on whether to limit the number of operations in the city.

Tuesday night’s city council meeting was already heated after hours of public comment leading up to the vote. Finally, council voted to pass an emergency ordinance limiting the number of short-term rentals to 198.

It was a tense evening. The issue created a big divide between the neighbors.

“My problem is that I moved to a residential area and now I live next to a hotel,” said Bernadette Burrell, a resident.

She was one of many residents who spoke out against non-hosted short-term rentals.

Burrell adds, “Every day is a stress. It’s who’s coming, what are they going to do. We’ve been yelled at, we’ve been called names, we’ve been yelled at.”

The city council chamber was filled with fellow citizens who support Burrell. Signs posted on the seats read “homes, not hotels”.

“The unhosted situation is a problem,” said Dale Sessions with Save our Santa Rosa. “There’s no way to really control it except to stop it, ban it all together.”

The concerns raised related to safety during forest fires, the impact on the housing stock and the nuisance for neighbours.

But owners of short-term rentals have also made their point.

“I’m just being harassed. It’s just unbelievable,” said short-term rental owner Harry Albers.

Albers says he rents out his house to help his daughter pay for medical school. He claims his neighbors harassed his tenants to try to drive the tenants out.

“It’s horrible. And when I hear what’s happening to them, it’s really painful,” Albers said.

Owners of short-term rentals feel targeted by a few serious incidents in the city. They believe the order will not solve the problem.

“I feel like they’re trying to fix a problem that doesn’t really exist,” said short-term rental owner Gary Lentz. “We can work collaboratively with the people who have the problem. It’s almost unenforceable what these people are trying to do.”


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Twins fall to Dodgers, slip into tie for first place in division with Cleveland

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Twins Fall To Dodgers, Slip Into Tie For First Place In Division With Cleveland

When the Twins and Dodgers last tangled on April 13 at Target Field, Clayton Kershaw almost threw a perfect game — and he might have accomplished the rare feat if only Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had left him in.

Tuesday’s date with Major League Baseball’s best went a little better than that, but that’s not much consolation for the Twins, who lost 10-3 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. The loss drops the Twins into a tie for first place in the American League Central with the Cleveland Guardians, who have pulled even in the division for the first time since June 24.

“I will put stock into what the standings look like on the last day of the season,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “ … When you’re doing your job and you’re doing it well, you generally don’t look at the standings. You generally don’t worry about other teams. You just worry about carrying on what you’re doing. That’s what we’ve got to find right now.”

But on Tuesday, with some sloppy defense — the Twins (57-52) committed two errors — and a tough start from Joe Ryan, after which he said he felt his execution was not what he was looking for, the Twins were not at their best.

Ryan gave up at least a run — and three in the second — in each of the first four innings, putting the Twins in a hole early. The Dodgers (76-33) hit the rookie pitcher hard, collecting six hits off him with an exit velocity above 100 miles per hour.

“I think (I was) just missing with some pitches and not getting the action, I guess, or location that I was looking for early on with some of the secondary stuff that I wanted to,” Ryan said.

Ryan threw five innings in his start, giving up six runs (five earned) in his effort.

Every Dodger hitter collected a hit in the game — and some multiple — showing off the balanced attack that makes them one of the league’s top-top hitting teams. They finished the day with eight doubles.

The Twins, meanwhile, could do little against Dodgers starter Julio Urías, who allowed one run — it scored on a soft Gilberto Celestino single in the third inning — and struck out eight in his seven-inning start. Byron Buxton’s 27th home run, which came in the eighth inning, brought home the Twins’ other two runs in the loss.

“We’re going to play some good teams from here on out,” Baldelli said. “We have some games on the schedule coming up where there’s not going to be any just showing up, play a pretty good game and win. No. You’re going to have to play an excellent game and you’re going to have to play well-rounded baseball to beat these kinds of teams. Today, we didn’t do it.”

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Man stabbed after argument with woman on CTA Red Line platform – NBC Chicago

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Man Stabbed After Argument With Woman On Cta Red Line Platform – Nbc Chicago

A man was stabbed during an argument on a North Side CTA Red Line platform on Tuesday evening.

The man, 37, was arguing with a woman on the train when they came out onto the Fullerton station platform and the woman stabbed him twice in the neck around 10.30pm, police said.

He was taken to Masonic Medical Center in Illinois in serious condition, police said.

No one was in custody.

Earlier Tuesday, a man was robbed from a CTA Red Line train on the Near North Side.

The 40-year-old man was boarding the train around 3:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Clybourn Avenue when someone took his bag, police said. The thief fled with the bag but was later apprehended, police said.

On Monday, a 17-year-old boy was injured in a shootout with another person on Monday near a CTA Red Line stop in Greater Grand Crossing on the South Side. The boy and another person were in the first block of West 79th Street when they opened fire on each other, police said.

Last weekend, in the same block, Diunte Moon, 29, was shot while driving a Red Line train.

The recent spate of attacks comes shortly after police and transit officials announced additional plans to tighten security on L trains and the subway.

The Sun-Times reported last week that the number of violent crimes on the L and buses has jumped to a level not seen in more than a decade. By July 19, 488 attacks had been reported on the transit system – the most since 533 during the same period in 2011.

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7 Benefits Of A Vegan Diet You Didn’t Know About

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The Vegan Diet Is Good For You And The Environment. Here Are Seven Benefits Of The Vegan Diet That You Might Not Know About. Vegan Diet, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegan Food, Vegetarian, Healthy Food, Cruelty-Free, Go Vegan, Organic,

A vegan diet has been proven to be beneficial in many ways, not just in terms of animal welfare, but also in your own health and the environment, too. Many people who have adopted this lifestyle and way of eating have reported experiencing positive changes in their overall well-being, from physical improvements to mental ones. However, there are still many myths about what it means to be vegan or go on a vegan diet that you may have heard from others or even have yourself believed—until now! Here are seven benefits of being vegan that you didn’t know about.

1) Plant-Based Protein

Many people think that you need to eat meat to get protein, but that’s not the case. There are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, such as beans, lentils, tofu, and quinoa. Not only are these sources of protein just as good for you as meat, but they’re also usually lower in calories and fat.

2) Healthier Heart

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A vegan diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease. That’s because it’s naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fiber and antioxidants. All of these things work together to keep your heart healthy and functioning properly.

3) Keeps Blood Sugar Levels Low

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A vegan diet can help keep blood sugar levels low. This is because vegan diets are typically high in fiber and low in sugar. Fiber helps to regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This can be beneficial for people with diabetes or prediabetes, as well as those who are trying to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

4) Gut Health

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The vegan diet is rich in fiber which is beneficial for gut health. Fiber helps to keep the digestive system clean and free of toxins. In addition, fiber aids in the production of short-chain fatty acids which are important for gut health.

5) Better Digestion

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When you cut out animal products, you’re also cutting out a lot of unhealthy saturated fats. This can lead to better digestion and less bloat. In addition, plant-based foods are packed with fiber which helps keep things moving along smoothly.

6) No Animal Cruelty

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The biggest benefit of a vegan diet is that it doesn’t involve any animal cruelty. Animals raised for food are often kept in cramped, dirty conditions and are fed a diet that makes them sick. They’re also subjected to painful procedures, such as debeaking and castration, without any painkillers.

7) Plastic and Environmental Impact Reduction

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It takes a lot of water and resources to produce meat, dairy, and eggs. In fact, animal agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of water consumption in the US. It’s also a leading cause of deforestation and habitat destruction. Going vegan is one of the most impactful things you can do for the environment.

A vegan diet can have some pretty incredible benefits – both for your health and for the environment. If you’re thinking about making the switch, be sure to do your research to make sure it’s the right fit for you. And if you need some inspiration, there are plenty of delicious vegan recipes out there waiting to be tried!

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Trudy Rubin: A trip near the front lines finds Ukrainian troops ready for a battle that could decide the war

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Trudy Rubin: A Trip Near The Front Lines Finds Ukrainian Troops Ready For A Battle That Could Decide The War

SHEVCHENKOVE, Ukraine — A mounting Ukrainian counteroffensive in this southern Black Sea region is building up to a crucial battle that could shape the outcome of the entire war by the end of September.

That is why I was recently rattling down the road from Mykolaiv in an armored Ukrainian military van moving toward the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, as Ukrainian Major Andre (his nom de guerre) explained why the coming battle to retake the city will be critical.

If Ukraine can retake the Black Sea port of Kherson, the only major Ukrainian city that the Russians occupy, it would smash Russian ambitions to seize all of southern Ukraine, including the entire seacoast and the famed port city of Odesa. It would boost the Ukrainian military’s morale and its prospects for regaining more of Ukraine’s southern lands — while badly shaking up the Kremlin.

Perhaps most important, it would prove to the United States and its allies that Ukrainian forces can drive the Russians back — if only they are provided more of the long-range precision weapons that have already made such a difference to this counteroffensive.

So I was hoping to get some insight into Ukrainian military morale and readiness for the Battle of Kherson on this trip.

What I found was a huge boost in military morale compared with my last visit to Mykolaiv in mid-July, a shift fueled by the arrival of 16 HIMARS — highly mobile, long-range multiple-rocket systems provided by Washington. “HIMARS have really changed the situation,” Major Andre told me, as we sped along dirt roads through fields of harvested wheat. (He, like the other soldiers I spoke to, was limited to using only a military nickname or first name, since they were soldiers in active service during a time of war.)

The smell of wheat fields scorched by exploding shells permeated the air.

HIMARS have enabled Ukraine to take out Russian logistics bases in the east and south, as well as to close the vital Antonivsky Bridge over the Dnipro River, which Russian forces used to supply their troops in Kherson.

But to push the Russians back from the wider Kherson region, the major stressed, his army will need more HIMARS with munitions that can target longer ranges, plus air defense systems and planes.

We drove up to a system of bunkers a couple of kilometers behind the line of confrontation. A soldier identified only by his military nickname, “Satan” (bestowed on him after a tough battle), guided me through the underground tunnels. “Of course we can beat the Russians,” he told me as he showed me the troops’ kitchen and bunk room, disturbing a couple of groggy fellow soldiers. Then he stopped to stir a pot of borscht bubbling on a cook stove. He told me he is eager for the Battle of Kherson to begin and plans to marry his girlfriend “if I am not killed.”

“Satan,” who has been at war with Russians for 7½ years, almost since the start of their first invasion of Ukraine’s Donbas region in 2014, oozed disdain for his opponents and their methods. “They were burning their own soldiers,” he told me, referring to reports that the Russian military had set up mobile crematoria to lessen the number of casualties that would return home in body bags.

“The ‘Orcs’ were really active for the past two weeks,” he continued, using the popular Ukrainian slang for Russian soldiers that refers to the race of ugly monsters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” “They were throwing cluster bombs into the fields, and causing casualties in (Shevchenkove) village, where people are very old and can’t leave.”

Russia’s accelerated and deliberate targeting of civilians has fed a seething anger among Ukrainian troops that also stokes morale for the coming fights.

Our van drove through the shattered town of Shevchenkove, once home to 7,000 people where barely 100 remain. Buildings not hit by shells were trashed by Russians. The windows of the school were all broken, and inside every room, furniture and papers were tossed into heaps.

“A lot of civilians died in this town,” Major Andre told me. He stopped to drop off some food for an older couple, Luba, 60, and Lonya, 62, who lost his left leg below the knee. The couple mainly live in their basement because of constant shelling. When I asked Luba why she stays, she smiled broadly, displaying a mouth full of gold fillings, and said: “This is my house, these are my soldiers. If they know I am not here, they have no reason to fight for us.”

Luba’s daughter finally fled the village after her house was destroyed by shells. Luba said her 12-year-old granddaughter’s hair had turned gray from fright.

We left their home in a rush after Major Andre called out: “Let’s go! Let’s go!” He was concerned we may have been spotted by Russian drones.

The major also displayed blistering scorn for the “cowardice” of Russian troops. We drove over grass and dirt roads to a spot where a long line of rusted Russian vehicles — troop carriers and ammunition trucks — lay abandoned, having been hit by Ukrainian fire in March. “They fled, and left their dead behind,” he told me, shaking his head in disgust at the behavior of the Russians.

He showed me a large area of disturbed earth where, he said, Ukrainian paratroopers “dug up 50 bodies of dead Russians, so we could exchange them for ours.”

This scorn for Russian troops convinces Ukrainian soldiers that their skills and motivation can offset Moscow’s dispatch of tens of thousands more troops and weaponry to the Kherson region.

“One Ukrainian soldier is equal to 10 Russian soldiers,” the major said firmly. He believes the Russians may flee Kherson, now that their supply lines have been cut off by HIMARS, rather than stand and fight. “They are in a panic, locals don’t support the occupation, and Russian fake news doesn’t help them.” (Of course, the Russians may choose to use Kherson’s remaining residents as hostages, making it more difficult for Ukraine to fire at the city.)

The major believes the Russians won’t be able to hold an undoubtedly rigged referendum in Kherson in September, intended to endorse the city’s annexation by the Russian Federation. However, Ukrainian officials have expressed hope of taking back the city before the fake vote.

Ukrainian resistance inside Kherson is well-organized, Major Andre said, even though the Russians are trying hard to crush it. “We constantly get information from people in Kherson. We know who is eating what, sleeping where,” he said, “and we are documenting rapes.”

The high military morale doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t depression over casualties, and anger at Western aid that comes too little, and too late.

Yet this military thirst for justice opens the possibility that Ukraine can win the Battle of Kherson. All will depend on whether the West understands it must deliver the necessary HIMARS and other vital weapons, not in months or years, but in the coming crucial weeks.

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Children’s author ‘The Snowman’ Raymond Briggs dies at 88

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Children'S Author 'The Snowman' Raymond Briggs Dies At 88


LONDON — British children’s author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, whose designs include ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’, has died. He was 88 years old.

Briggs’ family said he died on Tuesday and thanked staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, near his home in southern England, “for the kind and caring care they gave Raymond at the during his last weeks.

“We know that Raymond’s books have been loved and touched by millions of people around the world, who will be saddened to hear this news,” the family said in a statement released Wednesday by publisher Penguin Random House.

Born in London in 1934, Briggs studied art and worked briefly in advertising before beginning a decades-long career as a children’s illustrator. He won a Kate Greenaway Medal – considered the Oscars of children’s publishing – in 1966 for illustrating a nursery rhyme book, “The Mother Goose Treasury”.

He polished a fairy tale story with ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’, published in 1970, and won a second Greenaway Award for ‘Santa Claus’. Published in 1973, it featured a grumpy but genial Santa and, like many of Briggs’ books, was adapted for television.

“Fungus the Bogeyman”, which charted a day in the life of a creepy underground monster, disgusted and delighted children in equal measure after its publication in 1977.

The following year came “The Snowman,” a bittersweet tale in which a boy’s winter creation magically comes to life. The wordless book has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide and a 1982 animated adaptation has aired on UK television every Christmas since.

Far darker was 1982’s ‘When the Wind Blows’, a melancholy and angry story about the aftermath of a nuclear attack on Britain. It was adapted into an animated film in 1986, with music by David Bowie and others.

Briggs’ anti-nuclear stance made him unpopular with members of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. So did “The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman,” an illustrated satire on the Falklands War.

Later works include “Ethel & Ernest”, a poignant graphic novel based on the lives of Briggs’ parents, published in 1998.

Briggs’ books were poignant but never sugary, shot through with the tangy humor that reverberated beneath her inquisitive public persona. Despite creating several seasonal classics, he always claimed to hate Christmas and once said of children, “I try to avoid them as much as possible.”

“Raymond loved playing the grumpy professional, but he will be remembered for his stories of love and loss,” Briggs literary agent Hilary Delamere said. “From the many letters he received, I know how much his books and animations have touched people’s hearts.”

Francesca Dow, general manager of Penguin Random House Children’s, said Briggs was “unique” and “has inspired generations of picture book, graphic novel and animation creators”.

“Raymond’s books are illustrated masterpieces that address some of the fundamental questions of what it is to be human, addressing adults and children alike with remarkable economy of words and illustrations” , she said.

The Briggs family said he “lived a rich and full life” and felt lucky to have had both his late wife and late partner for over 40 years.

Briggs’ wife, Jean, died in 1973 and his partner, Liz, died in 2015. He is survived by a son-in-law and daughter-in-law and their families.


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