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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsWith spring less than a month away now is the perfect time to embark on some great end-of-season, indoor projects to beat those lingering winter blues and get your house in shape before the warm weather comes and the flowers burst into bloom—and spending time stuck indoors will be the last thing on your mind.Obviously you don’t want to undertake something too ambitious when your mobility is limited and it’s still too chilly to go outdoors whenever you want a break. So, you may have to balance what you can do easily over a weekend and what is more time consuming and demanding. But that doesn’t mean you might not want to start thinking about undertaking bigger transformative projects when warmer weather arrives. After all, while you’re inside, take an honest look around at your habitat. Is there something bothering you that you have always wanted to change? A new kitchen? Another bedroom? A more inviting living room? A renovated basement for family entertainment? Maybe you can’t put your finger on it, but something just doesn’t seem right. Feel free to consult your friends at Alure Home Improvements to get inspired.In the meantime, why not consider these:Are you sick of winter grays? Bring some color into your home before the weather lulls you outside. Go to the paint store and bring home a color palette. Or take a fabric sample with you from a pillow or curtain or bed spread in the room you have in mind. See what the possibilities are as you try different combinations. Now is the time to go bold, because those tones can energize your home! At a minimum, your walls may just need a new coat of paint. If you have neutral colored walls, accents on the trim and molding could complement the bright look you’re after with your new decor. But don’t be too impulsive, because you’re going to be living in that space for a long time to come. You may get pretty sick of those orange walls sooner than you thought! To spark your imagination, you can consult websites, such as Pinterest, or talk to your friends at Alure Home Improvements. Just remember that if you paint indoors, you’re going to want to keep the windows open while the paint dries—and that might not be a good idea when it’s cold and windy outside.Are your winter heating bills making you blue? There’s a dozen home improvements you can do now to save energy and money—and they’ll also help you cut costs when you turn your air conditioner on—yes, that time will come, too. You can count on it.So, why not apply caulk around your windows and doors to seal up those cracks and holes? You’re keeping the warm air inside—and keeping out any critters thinking it’s time to come in from the cold. You might also want to seal around the heating ducts in your basement and attic. If you can, add or replace any weather stripping in the windows.If you have tile or wood floors, put down some area rugs. They’ll create a layer of do-it-yourself insulation, which you’ll appreciate if you’re walking around barefoot. Check out your electrical outlets, especially if they’re in the exterior walls of your house. If they’re cold to the touch, they’re letting in outside air. From your hardware store, you can buy outlet covers that you can easily install behind the front plate. You may need to shut the power off in that room to make the switch, but the process is simple and the energy savings are worth it.If you have an open fireplace, you may want to install glass doors to close it off when it’s not in use. Warm air rises through the chimney—and there goes your money! So make sure you keep the flue shut after the fire has gone out.Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsHere’s another simple tip: Insulate your attic door. You can purchase covers that are pretty easy to set up and remove when the weather warms up. If you don’t need access to the attic, then leave them up all year round to cut down on drafts.If you don’t have storm windows for your home, you can still take steps to cut down on the cold. You can buy simple transparent covers that let you see in and out. Or you can add curtains, especially thick drapes, to seal in the warmth.If your garage is part of your house, it’s a major source of cold air. If you can insulate the door to the garage, then do so. Maybe you can add a storm door. Or perhaps you can add a layer of plastic on the side of the door that faces the garage, anything to cut down on heat loss. Garage doors themselves are not insulated as a rule, so if you see any cracks or holes around the windows in the door, seal them up with caulk.And if you don’t have the energy to do those tasks, try something simple when you’re spending time indoors: Clean out your closets and your basements. You may find forgotten treasures. At the least, you don’t need the clutter. More importantly, you’ll create space that will help you improve your life in more ways to come as you get a load off your mind. And, remember: Doing it now will give you more free time when spring comes along!last_img read more

first_imgClubs in next season’s European competitions could be forced to forfeit matches if they fail to inform UEFA of travel restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to guidelines issued by European soccer’s governing body.UEFA said it would publish a list of known travel restrictions between countries before each draw is made. Clubs would then have to inform UEFA of any other unknown restrictions at least 48 hours before the draw, failing which they will be handed a 3-0 defeat.”If a club fails to inform the UEFA administration two days prior to the relevant draw of any restrictions other than those published by UEFA … the club will be held responsible … and the match will be declared to be forfeited by the club in question,” the governing body said. UEFA also said that if a club was drawn against an opponent that was not allowed to travel to the country then it must find a neutral venue for its home fixture. If the home club failed to propose a suitable alternative venue it would have to forfeit the game.The rules will apply for the qualifying rounds and play-offs of next season’s European competitions.This season’s remaining Champions League and Europa League round of 16 second-leg ties that were postponed because of COVID-19 in March will be played in the stadiums of the home teams.The final stages of the Champions League, from the quarter-finals onwards, will be played as a mini-tournament in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany. Topics :last_img read more

first_img Duterte, during his fourth State of the Nation Address last July, has personally asked the Congress to prioritize the bill postponing the 2020 barangay and SK elections. It added that subsequent barangay and SK elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter with the term of office of elected barangay and SK polls will start on Jan. 1, 2023. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the postponement of the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 2022. “The 2020 barangay and SK polls are postponed to a later date in order to allow the incumbent village officials to continue implementing various policies and complete programs that they just started as funds have just been made available, for a more sustainable development of the barangays,” the signed law stated. This will be the third time that the barangay and SK elections will be postponed under the Duterte administration./PN President Duterte signed Republic Act 11462, which defers the barangay and SK polls to December 5, 2022, in a ceremony held at the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday evening. Incumbent barangay and SK officials will remain in office until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.last_img read more

first_imgErnesto Valverde’s future at the Camp Nou is under scrutiny as a result and defeat to Lose Che this weekend could seal his fate.This is a competition Barcelona have dominated, however, winning it more than any other club in Spain.Valverde’s men emerged triumphant in La Liga this season, finishing 11 points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid for their second league title in as many years. However, that achievement was overshadowed by the side’s stunning Champions League capitulation which saw them throw away a three-goal lead to lose to Liverpool in the semi-finals.Barcelona have the chance to make amends this weekend but with Valverde’s future at the Camp Nou under scrutiny, defeat to Los Che could seal his fate.Barca are looking to add to their La Liga triumph by making it a double, while their opponents – who finished 26 points worse off in the league – are aiming to lift their first piece of domestic silverware since going all the way in this competition 11 years ago.Despite making it back-to-back La Liga titles under Ernesto Valverde, this campaign has been a rather mixed one for Barca following their disappointing exit from the Champions League.The Catalan giants led Liverpool 3-0 heading into the second leg of their semi-final on May 7, only to lose 4-0 at Anfield as they crashed out 4-3 on aggregate.It is a result that will go down as one of the worst in Barcelona’s history and it ensures that Valverde will head into the summer with questions being asked of his future at Camp Nou, regardless of this weekend’s result.Barca retained the league title with a 1-0 win over Levante at the end of last month, but since then they have lost at Celta Vigo and Liverpool, while also being held by Eibar last time out. Their only win in four matches was at home to Getafe on May 12.Changes were made for the 2-2 draw at Ipurua last weekend, but there is a fear that Barca’s momentum is drying up at just the wrong time, with their campaign crumbling following the heavy loss on Merseyside.The Copa del Rey is a competition that Barcelona always tend to perform well in, though, given that they have won it four seasons running since losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in a memorable 2013-14 final in Valencia.Barca are the most successful side ever in the competition, winning it 30 times in total and reaching the final an incredible 41 times.As it turns out, the Catalan club’s only other final defeat this decade also came at Valencia’s home when losing 1-0 to Madrid in 2011.Losing finals is not something that tends to happen when Barcelona are involved and, having won the La Liga title with such ease, they will head into this match as strong favourites to secure the domestic double for a ninth time.Unlike in 2009 and 2015, though, there will be no Champions League to add to those crowns. That, ultimately, is what the 2018-19 campaign will be best remembered for.Valencia finished fourth in the La Liga standings to ensure that Champions League football will be played at the Mestalla next season, and Marcelino will now be looking to pull off a major upset to add an eighth Copa del Rey to the collection.Los Che finished their league campaign with three wins in a row, scoring 11 goals during that run as they held off Getafe for the fourth and final Champions League spot.However, Valencia were dealt a major blow in the Europa League earlier this month as, like Barcelona, they suffered a semi-final defeat on the continent to English opposition.Arsenal won the first leg 3-1 and followed that up with a 4-2 victory in Spain, which only highlighted Valencia’s defensive frailties in recent weeks.Three goals were also conceded against Atletico Madrid, a couple against Huesca and another against Alaves. Despite keeping just two clean sheets in 13 matches at the end of the season, though, only Barcelona can boast a better defensive record in the Spanish top flight.Valencia only lost seven league games all season and went unbeaten across their two matches with Barcelona, so Valverde’s men will know that nothing can be taken for granted.On their run to the final, Valencia have seen off Ebro, Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Real Betis, earning a 3-2 aggregate victory over the latter to make it all the way for the first time since 2008 when beating Getafe 3-1 to lift the cup.That was the most recent of Los Che’s seven Copa triumphs, which places them fifth in terms of the competition’s most successful clubs, behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona.Victory this evening would top each of those past successes, while also potentially hammering the final nail into Valverde’s coffin.Barcelona Clement Lenglet has been talking about today’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia and says that Barcelona are aiming to win in order to finish the season on a high.Valverde’s side will be hoping to do the double for a second year running by beating Valencia, and Lenglet is keen for the team put aside their Champions League disappointment.“It’s not easy to reach the final of any competition. We suffered a lot along the way but now we can win another title and we’ll do everything we can to make sure we do,” he said.“These are not easy times either for the FC Barcelona players or fans after getting knocked out of the Champions League.“We’re hoping to get our game back in time for such an important match. It’s the last game of the season and we want to go off on our holidays on a high.”Lenglet was part of the Sevilla team thrashed 5-0 by Barcelona last season, but he will be hoping he can be on the winning side this season and win the Copa del Rey for the first time in his career.Meanwhile, Juan Antonio Pizzi believes that this weekend’s Copa del Rey final will be a close-fought contest but expects Lionel Messi to be key, given Barcelona’s recent dependance on him. The former Chile boss finds the tie hard to call, but thinks his former player Arturo Vidal has a part to play.“Undoubtedly, the Champions League blow can have a big impact on them but I think they’ve performed very well this season. They won LaLiga Santander with games to spare and got to the Copa del Rey final.”“They’ve grown more and more happy and qualified for the Champions League again so now they want to win the Copa del Rey. It’ll be a close match.”Asked if Messi will be too isolated considering that Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and maybe Philippe Coutinho.“If you look at the squad you see some of the best players in the world around Messi, but it’s true that they’ve been completely dependent on him at times. He’s central for them. The team that uses it best will win. Barcelona’s main weapon is control, so Valencia will want to take it away from them,” he said.Barcelona are chasing a fifth consecutive triumph today with Valencia in their first final in 11 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona are out to make up for their Champions League disappointment by securing a domestic double when they meet Valencia in the Copa del Rey final todayThe 117th Copa del Rey final takes place at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville this evening as Spanish champions Barcelona face Valencia.Not many clubs can secure a league title and still have their season deemed a failure. But Barca could achieve that, with their stunning Champions League capitulation against Liverpool overshadowing their La Liga triumph which saw them finish 11 points clear of second place Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

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