Chocolate, pigs or mass weddings: Valentine’s Day around the world

first_imgFebruary 14 is one of the most special days of the year in the calendar of lovers. During this day, millions of couples give gifts to express the love and affection they have for each other. And although there are many couples who decide not to do anything special during this day, many others celebrate it with a romantic getaway or dinner for the occasion.In every corner of the globe it is known that Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love as a couple. However, the way to celebrate it varies depending on where we are. While flowers and chocolates are typically given in the vast majority of countries, there are some other countries in the world that celebrate this day in a most peculiar way. Valentine’s day in different parts of the world Japan: In Japan, women are in charge of giving away Valentine’s Day. There, the usual thing is for women to give chocolates or chocolates to men with whom they have an emotional relationship. That is, in addition to their partner, they give a gift to their relatives, their friends and even their boss and co-workers. Image: iStock Czech Republic: Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day in February they do it on May 1. That day, couples living in Prague, go to Pet? Ín park and kiss under a cherry blossom. The origin of this tradition stems from a poem called “Maj”, May in Spanish.Welsh: The Welsh celebrate January 25 on St. Dwynwen’s Day. During this day, men give their partners hand-carved wooden spoons. This custom was born as a result of the fact that the sailors carved wood for being so long at sea and then gave it to their loved ones.Finland: Instead of celebrating February 14 on Valentine’s Day, they celebrate friendship day. During this day cards and gifts are given to all loved ones, in addition to the couple.Denmark: Valentine’s day in Denmark is one of the most original. Women receive a funny poem, known as gaekkebrev, which is signed instead of with the name with dots for each letter of their name. If the one who receives a gaekkebrev, guesses the author’s name, receives an easter egg.Estonia: In Estonia, friendship day is also celebrated on Valentine’s Day. In addition, in this country we can find the love bus in which anyone can access to find a partner there.Germany: In this country, Valentine’s Day has a most peculiar characteristic. In addition to finding classic gifts, such as chocolates or flowers, couples exchange pigs that represent good luck.Ghana: One of the most outstanding productions of Ghana is cocoa. Ghana is one of the countries that produces more cocoa in the world and therefore they want their consumption to increase. To achieve this goal, they decided to turn Valentine’s day into chocolate day.Philippines: February 14, is the most desired day for couples who want to get married. Faced with this situation, every year that passes, massive weddings are held on this day in which hundreds of couples participate.center_img Valentine’s Day is celebrated differently in each countrySome countries on Valentine’s Day is not celebrated in Februarylast_img read more

Jovic is ‘reset’

first_imgOn May 3, 2019, AS announced that Real Madrid had a new striker. Luka Jovic (21 years old), the Eintracht scoring sensation, signed for the white club in exchange for 60 million euros. A significant amount for a young player, but with 26 goals in 44 games at the time, it was one of the most sought-after ‘pieces’ on the market. Barça knocked on his door, but the Serb ended up opening it for Madrid. Expectations were enormous. After the bleeding caused by Cristiano’s departure to Juventus, Zidane’s team received a transfusion of goals. A year later, nothing is as it was supposed to be. Jovic, by adaptation or bad fario, has not been uncorked, is a player with an almost residual weight (only two goals in 770 minutes) and has been marked by controversy. The last, being accused of breaking the rules of confinement in Belgrade after traveling to his country in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This Monday, as confirmed by this newspaper, the Serb returned to Madrid to undergo medical examinations in the next few days, resume training and start again. Darkness, controversy and starting from scratchIn the midst of that darkness and uncertainty, and in the midst of the international crisis caused by COVID-19, the Serb traveled to his country, where he ’caused’ another upset: he escaped the confinement rules and was severely criticized by the Government. Even the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, indirectly warned him that if he left his home again in violation of government orders, he would be arrested. Jovic asked for forgiveness and devoted himself to strictly following the physical plan that Gregory Dupont prepared for him and spending time with his partner and son. In his mind there is no other option than to get on the Zidane train and succeed in Madrid. Mirrors have a place to look. After moments of anxiety, the French coach managed to get Courtois (from whistle to savior), Vinicius (he has worked a lot with him the shots after training and gained confidence), Isco (he revitalized him after his depression with Solari ), Kroos (unknown last year, recovered his spirits and tone this year) …“I have told him a couple of times that he really has everything to be a huge attacker. Playing at Real Madrid also carries a lot of pressure, responsibility and all that, but again I say that he is young, he has many seasons and football ahead ”, confessed Mitrovic, Fulham striker and Madrid teammate in the national team before being ‘set apart’ by Tumbakovic. A position that is sustained in the Bernabéu. AS published on April 12 that in Madrid they have no doubts about Jovic’s future: “Luka is at the perfect age to grow as a footballer and as a person, he signed a contract until 2025 and we have him. The first year is not easy for anyone because of its adaptation to a new country, language and culture, but we know its potential and nobody doubts its possibilities here. “This Monday he returned to Madrid to resume training, just one year after giving know his transfer to the Madrid club. A kind of year II begins for Jovic in which he starts from scratch … Why Jovic’s thing from now on is a fresh start. Gone is a season that has been a roller coaster for him. He has gone from exciting signing to be viewed with suspicion. A mystery that has yet to be solved. Jovic has found more obstacles than goals (only two, one every 385 ‘): the lack of adaptation to the team’s game and command of Castilian, bad luck (he shot twice to the post) and the VAR (two goals canceled for offside). Even the Bernabéu turned his back on him. “The public was very tough,” he said after “breaking free” with a goal against Leganés. Zidane wanted to plug him in and threw several cables at him: “It is the future, he is 21 years old, he is going to score many goals and he is very good. You have to be patient,” he said at a press conference. A patience that the coach seemed to begin to lose before the break due to the coronavirus: he left the last three league games off the list, including the Clásico where he did summon the forgotten Mariano, who with his performance ‘pointed’ to Jovic: he left a minute against Barça and scored a goal …last_img read more

Leicester’s bargain-buys and cast-offs

first_img Kasper Schmeichel: The son of title-winning Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper is a Denmark international who has played for Leicester since 2011, when the club was in England’s second division. He has 15 shutouts this season in the league. GOALKEEPER Wes Morgan: The Leicester captain did not play in the Premier League until two years ago, at the age of 30. He has a powerful and combative style of defending and alongside Schmeichel has formed the core of a stubborn defence by playing every league match for Leicester so far. Robert Huth: One of the more recognisable names in the Leicester ranks, Huth has experience of winning the Premier League with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, as well as 19 appearances for Germany. He partners Morgan in the centre of Leicester’s defence and is dominant aerially. LEICESTER, England (AP): They are the bargain-buys and cast-offs from bigger clubs now on the verge of becoming Premier League champions. Leicester play Manchester United on Sunday, one victory away from the title after being one of the favourites to be relegated at the start of the season. Here is a guide to some of the key players in a team seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games remaining: Danny Drinkwater: Incisive passing and tough tackling led to Drinkwater making his England debut last month. A former Manchester United trainee who could not break through at Old Trafford, he has flourished in central midfield at Leicester. N’Golo Kante: The club’s first signing last year from French team Caen when Claudio Ranieri was appointed manager, Kante has been one of the best midfielders in the league. Like Drinkwater, he made his international debut in March for France and scored. Riyad Mahrez: Mahrez was an unknown when he joined from French club Le Havre in January 2014. The Algeria winger is now officially England’s top player after being voted player of the year by his fellow professionals this month. While adding inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, Mahrez has contributed 17 goals and 11 assists in the league campaign. STRIKERS DEFENDERS Jamie Vardy: Four years ago, Vardy was playing for Fleetwood Town, a team outside the four professional leagues in England. Now he is a Premier League record breaker after scoring in 11 consecutive matches this season. He has spearheaded Leicester’s title charge with 22 goals and is now set to go to the European Championship with England. Shinji Okazaki: Japan’s third highest scorer with 48 goals in 100 appearances, Okazaki signed for Leicester in 2015 from German club Mainz. He has weighed in with some important goals, including an acrobatic strike as Leicester edged Newcastle 1-0 in March. Leonardo Ulloa: Bought from second-division team Brighton in 2014, his goal tally of 13 helped Leicester retain its Premier League status last season. His role has been reduced with the arrival of Okazaki this time around, but his decisive strike in the 1-0 win against Norwich in February could prove crucial to securing the title. MIDFIELDERSlast_img read more

Audit Office looking to finalise report on D’Urban Park

first_imgDCIM100MEDIADJI_0043.JPG-as info submitted by Ministry being verifiedAfter much delay owing to its difficulty accessing pertinent information, the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) is in the process of finalising its report into the controversial, multi-million dollar D’Urban Park Project.In a brief interview with this publication, Auditor General Deodat Sharma confirmed that they are in the process of wrapping up the probe. He revealed that of late, the Public Infrastructure Ministry submitted some information to his office, which is being verified.“I think lately they did submit some information, which I’ve passed to my engineers to look at to see if those are the records. I’m about to finalise the report with the response, so I will incorporate what I have and issue the final report,” Sharma said. On the question of possible criminal liability, Sharma was in support of a “wait and see” outlook.Funding for the D’Urban Park Project has been a contentious issue, with money from the Lotto Fund being used by the APNU/AFC Government in the project. In his 2015 report, the AG had listed some $36.5 million in Lotto Funds being used for rehabilitative works. As a consequence, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Irfaan Ali, had previously requested that further probing be done by the Auditor General.Ali had stated that these requests were in relation to follow-ups from the findings that had been included in the AG’s 2015 Report. In his 2015 report, the Auditor General had said that following checks on the accounts, it was found that while Government transferred $1 billion of the Lotto money to the Consolidated Fund in 2015, it held onto just over half a billion dollars to remain under the control of the Ministry of the Presidency and it spent $305 million on various activities.But the audit into the D’Urban Park Project has always been hindered by a lack of access to pertinent information, with the Audit Office being forced to write to the Public Infrastructure Ministry requesting documents.The controversy surrounding the D’Urban Park Project exploded when it was revealed to the public that now Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine sat as a Director of a secret company, which was established to collect funds from private companies to develop the Jubilee Park.This information was initially omitted by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson when he was being drilled by Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly in 2016.Additionally, Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill has been behind efforts to have the Public Procurement Commission investigate the D’Urban Park Project. In a letter to the Commission’s Chairperson, Carol Corbin, Edghill had identified aspects of the Project the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was most concerned about.The Opposition had noted that despite promises to the contrary, no account of donations received between September 2015 and January 2016 was made public. It, therefore, queried the procurement process used for works on the project.The scope a private company has to engage contractors and receive funding for a public project also came into question. The party queried the budgeted and actual cost throughout the project, as well as the final cost. In addition, the party had demanded information on what payments were made to individuals and contractors up to June.last_img read more

FC Groningen v QPR: Lynch starts for Rangers

first_imgSummer signing Joel Lynch starts against FC Groningen in the final game of QPR’s pre-season trip to the Netherlands.Lynch, who did did not feature in Friday’s game against PSV Eindhoven, plays in a back four which also includes young full-backs Darnell Furlong and Cole Kpekawa.Tjaronn Chery plays against his former club and will play just behind Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who leads the line for the R’s.QPR: Ingram; Furlong, Caulker, Lynch, Kpekawa; Henry, Doughty; Petrasso, Chery, El Khayati; Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Lumley, Onuoha, Hall, Polter, Borysiuk, Gladwin, Grego-Cox, Bidwell, Luongo, Prohouly, Kakay, Shodipo.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Warriors HQ: What Kevin Durant’s injury means for game six against Rockets

first_img00:00 – Intro1:00 – No one does it better than Draymond Green in the fourth quarter02:00 – Kevin Durant’s calf strain injury04:25 – The Warriors template to win without Durant … 05:40 – Green and Looney’s “inspired” defense08:15 – Rockets normalizing pass interference10:50 – Rockets are ready to win game six11:30 – Kevon Looney, Jonas Jerebko and the bench will have to carry the load with Durant out13:45 – Jacob Evans can wash away a season of bad basketball in game sixlast_img

AIM Debuts Lifestream Twitter Client

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#AOL#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… AOL just announced AIM Lifestream. The service allows AIM users to check and update their Facebook, Twitter and AIM lifestreams from an AIM mobile and desktop dashboard. Users can send SMS and IM messages directly from the desktop and connect with friends across multiple platforms and using multiple mediums. While this may appear to be a basic life streaming client for Twitter and Facebook, one of the great features of this service is the fact that it allows users to drag and drop images, URLs and text directly from the browser. While the company will be hard pressed to get users to switch from their loyal desktop lifestreaming clients, this drag and drop functionality may be the best case to switch. The service is available by downloading AIM 7. As announced at today’s TechCrunch 50 Conference, the Lifestream iPhone app is currently in the App Store approval process and will be available shortly. last_img read more

NBA: Toronto Raptors Hiring Spurs Staffer and Star Player Kawhi Leonard’s Friend

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Toronto Raptors are hiring San Antonio Spurs staffer Jeremy Castleberry, a close friend of Kawhi Leonard to a position on their coaching staff, according to ESPN.The Raptors acquired Leonard and Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick last month.Per ESPN:“THE RAPTORS WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER LEONARD A FIVE-YEAR, $190 MILLION CONTRACT NEXT SUMMER. IF LEONARD LEAVES THE RAPTORS, HE COULD SIGN A FOUR-YEAR, $141 MILLION DEAL WITH A TEAM WITH THE AVAILABLE SALARY-CAP SPACE.HIRING CASTLEBERRY CERTAINLY WON’T HURT TORONTO’S CHANCES OF KEEPING LEONARD.SO FAR, LEONARD’S PREFERENCE IS TO SIGN IN LOS ANGELES WITH EITHER THE LAKERS OR CLIPPERS NEXT SEASON, SOURCES TOLD WOJNAROWSKI.”The smart money is still on Leonard bolting next summer to go to Los Angeles, but if the Raptors are able to change his mind it will not be one big thing but a thousand little ones. And a lot of wins. But hiring Castleberry is a start.Also Read-NBA: Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs, Gregg Popovich, San Antonio fans in letterlast_img read more

Virat Kohli an unstoppable force, says David Warner

first_imgVirat Kohli, who smashed 113 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore flatten Kings XI Punjab in a rain-truncated game last night, has drawn rave reviews from the likes of David Warner and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Kohli is now the only man with four hundreds in a single T20 tournament. He is also the leading run scorer in the Indian Premier League with 4002 runs of which a record-breaking 865 have come this season. (Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable! )Here’s how the Twitter reacted to kohli’s sensational run.Even if they used a marble @imVkohli would still see it as a balloon. #seriousplayer nothing can stop him David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 18, 2016@imVkohli you are just unreal.You can’t stitch yourself up and do this.????? Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) May 18, 2016It’s getting ridiculous.Virat Kohli and his performances in this year’s IPL is/are arguably the greatest batting achievements I’ve ever seen Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) May 18, 2016This guy @imVkohli is abusing that form he in. the kookaburra can’t take any more punishment…#RCBvsKXIP #VivoIPL Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) May 18, 2016Don’t know what more write or say about this guy @imVkohli imVkohli just stand up and just clap ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????God bless Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) May 18, 2016I’m sorry, but Virat Kohli can’t be normal. Four centuries in an IPL season!!!!!!!??????????????? ian bishop (@irbishi) May 18, 2016Times like this you just need to sit back & admire the genius that’s unraveling in front of you. @imVkohli #masterclass Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) May 18, 2016Very happy for u bro @imVkohli . Too see you conquered the cricket world with so much class!!?????????advertisement Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 18, 2016Away from all the Ipl action. Seems like I’ve missed a very special one from @imVkohli. Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 18, 2016You are a Genius @imVkohli !!! How do you do it ??? #RCBvKXIP Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) May 18, 2016Hundred no 4 incredible batting @imVkohli and world boss is back @henrygayle tough task for @lionsdenkxip but anything can happen incricket yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 18, 2016Is he for real? As a batsman, off days are normal in T20 cricket! @imVkohli clearly doesn’t know that! Salute to his consistency! #RCBvKXIP Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) May 18, 2016How does @imVkohli keep making the right decisions? How important is mental preparation for each game. Why is he so hungry for runs? #freak Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) May 18, 2016last_img read more