Sometimes an easy way to reach someones heart. If you actually received a gift that you appreciated, you know how it feels. And boy how the connection changes. I remember when I got my first gift from a gf. Just the perfect gift for me: Relic Watches with a white dial. The rush that I got when I was unpacking it… The design was suitable for my style, so it got well with my clothes. When I think of getting a gift to someone, I always ask myself if I should buy them a watch.
Today answering the question ‘what gift to buy’ has never been easier; all the products out there”. Last year I made an experiment and posted on my twitter this question: “what to buy for my parent for Christmas?”. I can make tons of list out of there. And all that ideas from the replyes I got from my followers.
After days of fevered ticket-buying, the Powerball numbers have been chosen. Now, all that’s left to do is figure out who — if anyone — won.
The winning numbers chosen Wednesday night were 2, 28, 30, 36, 39, and the Powerball was 10.
The mammoth $200 million jackpot is the second largest Powerball prize ever, and the third largest jackpot in history. In 1998 the Powerball jackpot hit $295.7 million, and in 2000, the Big Game jackpot reached $363 million.
Long Odds, Longer Lines
Though the odds of picking the numbers for all five white balls and one red Powerball stand at 80 million to one, long lines of people were lining up to buy last-minute tickets Wednesday morning.
The winner stands to receive $200 million over 25 years, or a one-time cash payment of $110.1 million. After taxes, that amounts to roughly $70 million. If there is more than one winner, however, they will have to split the prize.
"They’re already planning now how they’ll spend it," said Dawn Evans, a restaurant manager at Johnson’s Corner Café in Loveland, Colo., where people have been streaming in to purchase tickets.
"I think it’s great to hear what everybody thinks they’ll do if they win," she said. "The best part of all is probably the stories."
Jackpot Draws In New Lottery Players
At the Johnson’s Corner Truck Stop, also in Loveland, salesclerk Eric Sandlin said lottery customers have been streaming in through the morning, usually buying five or ten dollars’ worth of tickets.
He said he normally doesn’t gamble, but the lure of a nine-digit payoff was too much to resist.
"I bought the Power Play for $2," he admitted, describing one of the game tickets.
Some in line were realistic about their chances, even as they dreamed of riches.
"You just sit there after you get your ticket and think, Gosh what if I did win?" said Laurie Ribble, a customer who drove to Colorado from Wyoming to get tickets.
"And then the drawing comes, and then the crushing reality you probably didn’t win anyway."
Colorado became the 21st state to join the Powerball game earlier this month.
Along with the District of Columbia, the other participating states are Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Powerball uses 50 percent of its income from tickets to pay out prizes, including the jackpot. The other half goes to purposes determined by the laws of each state: mass transportation in Arizona, for example, or school aid and crime control in Montana
Going Where the Game Is
Powerball fever has spread farther, however, people from neighboring states pour across state lines to pick up tickets.
In tony Greenwich, Conn., police set up barricades and extra security to deal with the influx of out-of-towners, because neighboring New York does not have Powerball.
At the Powerball studio in West Des Moines, Iowa, officials were up. We try to provide the wealthiest range of newspaper articles in this field, equally past and current, available now for all sorts of readers.
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"We’re here to check and make sure things work smoothly tonight," said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball.
Last week officials had brief technical difficulties with the two machines that shoot out the winning numbers, but officials were confident everything was in order for this evening.
Strutt said previous jackpot winners had many different ways of picking their numbers.
"We had one of our winners who got her number from a cat," he noted.
The lottery director himself, however, will be one Iowan not buying a ticket.
"I can’t play," he explained, referring to game regulations that bar lottery employees from buying tickets.
"My wife reminds me of that hourly now."
ABCNEWS’ Tim Scheld in Greenwich, Conn., and Steve Walsh in Loveland, Colo., contributed to this report.
The praise for this success should go to the private sector businesses and entrepreneurs in our area who are growing their businesses, taking on staff and apprentices and doing their bit as we continue to rebalance our economy away from an over-reliance towards the public sector. In September I held my second Jobs Fair and despite the usual opposition detractors carping on online newspaper blogs, that such events are a waste of time, almost one thousand people attended. Over 40 companies and organisations, large and small, exhibited and the feedback has been very encouraging in terms of job starts.
It is also worth mentioning that staff at Job Centre Plus can, and do, come in for quite a bit of flak but they do an excellent job, sometimes in very difficult conditions. I witnessed this first hand earlier this month when I did some job interview technique sessions and mentoring for jobseekers.
Another initiative that is taking off and beginning to get some traction is superfast broadband. North Yorkshire is a large rural county with some very difficult-to-reach areas and ‘not spots’. Poor connectivity is a major disadvantage for households as more and more government services go online and it affects micro businesses in particular, especially as more and more people are working from home. Broadband North Yorkshire is the campaign to get the county connected. It is the first pilot area to start the roll-out of superfast broadband and is the first county in the UK to successfully deploy the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds, which will be used to extend the roll-out of fibre broadband across the county.
The project will reach those areas outside of BT’s commercial roll-out using a partnership approach to ensure all communities have access to the fastest possible broadband speeds. This is the first announcement made by the partnership, following the signing of a contract between the county council and BT in July this year, which saw the creation of Superfast North Yorkshire and a total fibre broadband investment expected to reach around £70 million. Having secured millions of pounds of public money to boost our economy and give residents the same opportunities as those in major towns and cities from being better connected, I was very pleased to officiate at the launch of superfast broadband in one of my villages recently where the community came together to deliver the service and the village pub literally became the hub as the service was delivered via the pub roof! The next few years promise to be exciting times in North Yorkshire when the digital divide between urban and rural communities is narrowed, bringing more companies, jobs and opportunities to our cities, towns and villages. Along with other Members of Parliament, I will now be watching BT and the county council to ensure that they deliver on their promises. Green and pleasant; but the English countryside’s beauty can hide inequality in health spending. Photograph: Alamy
One area where living in a large rural county is currently a disadvantage is in health funding where we suffer from a long term imbalance in our health economy. In the Yorkshire and Humber region, North Yorkshire receives the least amount of NHS funding per head yet we have the largest number of over-85’s across the region. Last year North Yorkshire received £1477 per head compared to £1903 in Barnsley; this is simply unfair. It means that ever since the PCT was created it has accumulated a deficit of around £19m each year. The reason is not profligacy or gross incompetence by management but because the funding formula introduced by the last Government discriminates against rural areas with an elderly population. It is clear that the treatment of elderly patients is more expensive than someone middle aged but the cost of treating an elder population is not given enough weight. I am pleased that we will receive a 2.3% increase in funding next year like everywhere else and that the clinical commissioning board is to review the funding formula as my constituents cannot continue to be discriminated against in this way just because they happen to live in a rural part of the county.
Nigel Adams is Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Strathclyde, the Leader of the House of Lords.
You can read Ed Jacobs , the Northerner’s political commentor, on the Conservative year in the north, here.
The cluster of tents, some swaddled in tarps for extra protection, sprouted up right below the premier’s office in June and slowly grew over the summer.
This week a travel trailer joined the collection.
Forty-seven-year-old Piroska Szucs and her boyfriend bought the trailer to park at tent city because they had nowhere else to go. Szucs works at a local restaurant while her boyfriend has a job at the remote Cantung mine, just across the Yukon border in the Northwest Territories.
Originally from Hungary, Szucs lived in London, Ont. before coming to the Yukon. She was shocked by the lack of affordable housing Whitehorse and the extent of homelessness.
She’s not sure how long they’ll camp beside the government building, but they bought a generator for the trailer so they’ll have heat and power as the temperatures drop.
The encampment is a glaring example of the Yukon’s housing crisis, an issue that’s front and centre for all political parties during the territorial election campaign.
And it’ll be one of the first things the winners of the Oct. 11 vote will have to face when they show up for work.
Sixteen-year-old Ken Shore didn’t even know an election was underway, saying he’s more preoccupied with basic survival. He can’t live with his parents, but he’s hoping he can move in with his girlfriend before the snow flies.
"It’s a just a little damp sometimes," said Shore. "That’s why I’m kind of sick right now."
Shore attends an alternative learning program, partly for the food they offer as part of the package, he said.
Although the government hired a consultant in the summer to help ‘tent city’ residents find permanent homes, since he moved there a month ago nobody has come to talk to him, he said.
Whitehorse has no youth shelter and rental prices just keep on climbing. The average price for a single home in the city reached a new record high of $427,000 between April and June.
Windows Phone 7.5 ( Mango ) is in the process of being sent out to all existing Windows Phone users, but Microsoft is rolling it out at an extremely slow speed. Only 10 percent of users are getting it in the first two weeks and it could be more than a month before all WP7 owners finally get the upgrade. As such, we were very happy when we read that a reader of WPCentral figured out a neat glitch that allows everyone to get the Windows Phone 7.5 update immediately. Yesterday, we successfully performed the steps below and loaded Windows Phone Mango onto a Samsung Focus. So far, we like it, but haven’t had time to explore its new features entirely (we’ll have a video comparison coming soon).
Okay, so there are three updates that you’ll need and they are numbered 7392, then 7403, then 7720, so you’ll have to perform the steps below at least twice to get all of the updates. It takes some time, but once you get the hang of it, you’re golden.
Steps to forcing the Windows Phone 7.5 update:Connect your Windows Phone to your PC and load the Zune softwareIn the Zune software
, go into Settings > Phone > Update. If the software tells you that an update is available, then great, you are already eligible for Mango
. If not, continue onClick on another Settings button (like “Linking”) and then re-enter Update. Count the number of seconds until the Zune software tells you that you’re up to date. This could be 3 seconds or 15 seconds. For us, it was usually 14.Once again, click on another Settings button and then re-enter Update. Now you need to shut your internet connection off about 2 seconds before the “Your phone is up to date” message keeps showing up.If you succeeded, after about 30 seconds (more or less), the Zune software should say “An update is available for your phone.” Turn your internet back on, wait till it’s connected, and then press the “Update” button to receive the update. (You will fail at this and have to retry. It took us about a half hour to get it right.)After the first update is done, you should be on version 7392. Some people have gotten prompted immediately to upgrade again and get the rest of the updates, but if you don’t, then you’ll have to do this process over again to get version 7403 and 7720. Once you have 7720, then you’re all good. You’ve got Mango, son.Enjoy your Mango!Thanks to whoever discovered this wonderful glitch in the Zune software. Enjoy your Mango. Some of its new features can be found here
The 32-year-old has only recently returned to rugby after a six-month sabbatical from the game, playing 80 minutes of a lower level club match and making cameo appearances off the bench for the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby playoffs.
McCaw had been expected to play the full 80 minutes of a warm-up match last Friday, but while he was rested for the second half Hansen is confident the openside flanker would be up to the rigours of test match rugby.
McCaw played throughout the All Blacks’ victorious World Cup campaign with a broken foot and barely trained at all during the tournament in New Zealand but managed to lead his team to the Webb Ellis trophy through sheer bloody-mindedness.
He will face a severe test against a young Wallabies loose forward combination that is likely to start with New South Wales Waratahs openside flanker Michael Hooper, with the equally impressive Liam Gill expected to come off the bench.
Uncapped Ryan Crotty could make his debut off the bench after Hansen named the Crusaders inside centre among the replacements.
The 24-year-old was brought into the squad earlier this week with injury concerns over Ma’a Nonu and extended training group member Francis Saili, then moved into contention with Daniel Carter being ruled out for up to a month with a calf strain.
Carter, 31, who began his international career at inside centre, had been expected to cover the number 12 jersey if there were injuries during the game, but his enforced absence created a selection quandary for coach Steve Hansen.
"It will give us some food for thought," Hansen told reporters on Tuesday after Carter had been ruled out.
Hansen had signalled several positions in the team had been settled by Wednesday, with hooker Dane Coles and scrumhalf TJ Perenara named in Wellington’s team in the opening match of New Zealand’s domestic provincial competition.
Loose forward Steven Luatua was also released to play for Auckland. Wider training group members Frank Halai and Jeremy Thrush were also released to play for their provinces.
Coles, who was given every opportunity to replace stalwarts Keven Mealamu and Andrew Hore ahead of the 2015 World Cup, told local media that a calf strain in Super Rugby was the reason he would not travel to Sydney.
The 26-year-old hardly appeared in the closing weeks of the Super Rugby season and only played 40 minutes in the All Blacks’ warmup match against the Canterbury and Wellington provincial teams last Friday.
Hore will start at hooker, with Mealamu on the bench under new scrum laws that are designed to reduce the initial impact and reduce the number of collapses.
"They will take some time to bed in, which is to be expected, but we believe they will bring great benefits for the game in the long term," Hansen said.
New Zealand: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 11-Julian Savea, 10-Aaron Cruden, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Charlie Faumuina, 19-Brodie Retallick, 20-Sam Cane, 21-Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22-Beauden Barrett, 23-Ryan Crotty
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)