Sign 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 ImprovementsBeing housebound in the winter months naturally compels homeowners to take note of their surroundings and start to wonder: Is this the best there is? Can we do something to improve the looks of this place?If you find yourself stuck indoors this time of year, you’re not alone. But if you think you can’t do some timely projects without breaking the bank or running out of precious time to make a difference, you’re wrong. You can do a lot if you take a minute to plan ahead.So, if you need inspiration, just check out the ideas on display at your Alure Home Improvements center.Here are some ideas for you to consider that run the gamut: First, check out your kitchen. You’re probably spending a lot of time there happily over a hot stove, especially if it’s freezing outside. But the recipes we’re talking about here involve doing something for your eyes and your mind, not your taste buds, although good design is a matter of good taste. Thinking big, you might want to contemplate redoing your kitchen. That kind of remodeling project can run from $19,000 on the low-end to more than $100,000 if you’re going top of the line and over the top.Now you don’t have to consider either extreme if you just want to make some small aesthetic changes that add up to a big difference. To fit your budget, you might just want to replace your drawer or door handles and pulls with matching new ones. Then you might want to repaint your ceiling and walls, because those projects are easy on your piggy bank. Next, see about updating your kitchen lights, especially the ones over your kitchen table, the counters and the stove. Try new cover plates over the electrical outlets, too. Little things can move mountains.If your budget allows, consider installing a new backsplash for the walls behind the counters and the stove. Ceramic tiles are great for wiping up grease that splatters from cooking. There’s also glazed porcelain tiles and stone mosaics, if you’re so inclined. They can get pricey, so be forewarned. Next up, maybe it’s time to replace the kitchen sink, or at least the plumbing underneath the sink. Now is the time to fix any leaks and get rid of those rusty old drain pipes. Maybe there’s been some mold under the sink that you never knew was there because all that junk was in the way. Get under there and clean it all out on a Saturday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did!But without a new coat of paint to accompany a new sink, you might not make the big splash you’re anticipating. You may have to think like an interior decorator to get the full effect you’re after. Bring your paint samples home before you dip your brush into an open can of paint. You don’t want to be stuck with the wrong color.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsSometimes you can change the look of your room just by changing the lighting. And colors change indoors whether the sun is shining or it’s nighttime. Also, the wrong paint color may cast undertones on the surfaces of a room, and that could make your white cabinets seem gray or even shades of green. Experts say that lighter surfaces reflect undertones more readily. So go to the paint store and come back with handfuls of color cards. Then just remember that the time of day matters how the color will play out. The same principle applies to your bedrooms and living rooms, too.Anything you do to banish those winter grays will make you feel better!And if you need guidance, don’t forget that your friends at Alure Home Improvements are ready to help!
Staff from the report French Kisses from Croatia, Arte TV The European cultural TV channel Arte TV broadcast a series of reports on the rich cultural heritage of Istria and South Dalmatia in its show Invitation to Travel. These are reports that were created as a result of cooperation and engagement of the Representation of the Croatian Tourist Board in France. U show about Istria we talked to the owners of Istrian restaurants, but also winemakers, who testified to the rich eno-gastronomic value of Istria. They presented Rovinj, which they called Venice in miniature, Pula, where the gladiator games were evoked, but also the interior of Istria, where the picturesque towns of Buje and Motovun are located. The report also mentions the most common traditional vessel in Rovinj, the batana. “Such shows that reveal lesser-known cultural and historical facts of Croatian tourist destinations are our special challenge and imperative in the tourist promotion of Croatia on the French emitting market, since for 60 percent of French people the cultural heritage is the main motive for traveling to a foreign destination ”, said Daniela Mihalić Đurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France. ARTE TV shows are broadcast six days a week and are watched by over 800 viewers a day. The recorded reports are repeated on several occasions, and are also available at the ARTE TV media library. But these are not the only stories about the Croatian coast, which were presented to French viewers. An earlier report on the island of Pag was published, in which the specifics of the well-known bora wind and report on Pazin with which the famous Jules Verne was also enchanted. Source: Croatian National Tourist BoardCover photo: footage from a report on Istria (Arte TV) In another report called “French kisses from Croatia” Napoleon’s rich influence in Southern Dalmatia is shown, and through conversations with historians, the “Adriatic pearls” of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir were presented, which delighted Napoleon himself and his marshals, especially Marmont, so much that they showed the world their superiority by conquering them. Finally, let’s say that the French lifestyle magazine Grazia also published TOP 9 Croatian destinations which should definitely be visited this summer. On that scale were: Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Split, Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Hvar, Korcula and Krka National Park. “This is another way to maintain a presence and visibility in our important markets and further interest the French, but also the Germans, to visit us again as soon as possible.”, commented the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, announcing that the TV ARTE team will record four new reports on Croatia in mid-August and early September.
A teacher in Magtulis Elementary School in Barbaza, Antique discusses with her students during a class. The Department of Education in the province has received P20 million to use for the blended learning of its schools this year. MAGTULIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FB PAGE Beriong said they are still negotiating with other media outfits for a free channel or their monthly air time rate. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Provincial School Board has allocated P20 million for the blended learning of its schools for this school year 2020-2021. “I am happy that the Barbaza CATV is giving us a free channel,” she said. The modules that will be developed by the DepEd central office will be mass-produced for the 140,000 learners in this province, Beriong added. Department of Education (DepEd) in Antique division superintendent Felisa Beriong said blended learning will make use of learning modules and the mass media.“We will be purchasing two units of risograph which amounts to P1.4 million each for the mass reproduction of the modules,” she said on June 17. Aside from the modules, the DepEd-Antique is working out with two cable televisions (CATV) and radio stations in this province for possible time slots where teachers could air their lessons. She said they have also initially procured P2 million worth of paper for the modular reproduction. According to Beriong, the risograph machines are brand new and can each reproduce 120 pages per minute with sorter and tucker. The DepEd-Antique superintendent added that they would need a small recording studio in their office since they will be producing learning materials for cable channels and radio.“DepEd will need P400,000 to put up the recording studio,” she said, noting this will be included in their request to the PSB for additional budget. (With a report from PNA/PN)
NEW YORK >> The losses have piled up seemingly by the game, leaving Lakers coach Luke Walton increasingly agitated with negative trends that have not changed.So with the Lakers’ 107-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday at Barclays Center marking their eighth consecutive loss, Walton outlined a message that contrasted his normally calm and constructive style.“Just mentally being soft and calling us out,” said Lakers guard Nick Young, who had 14 points, albeit on 5-of-15 shooting. “We have to step up to the plate. I know I’m not soft. I know my teammates aren’t soft. So we have to show it and prove ourselves.”Former Lakers coach Byron Scott routinely offered such critiques last season as they marched toward their worst record in franchise history (21-61). Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. revealed Walton’s latest message is “not the first time we heard it.” But unlike Scott’s honest critiques, Walton’s feedback struck the Lakers’ locker room with a positive reception. “It’s just regular player-coach involvement,” said Lakers veteran guard Lou Williams, who had a team-leading 16 points albeit on 5-of-12 shooting. “They may look at it is they’re getting on him because he’s always such a cool guy. But I’ve had coaches do way worse. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me.”The Lakers (10-18) sounded unsure about that. After all, the Lakers offered plenty of analysis of their slow starts, poor defensive communications and struggles with a previously injury-laden roster in recent weeks. The latest entailed Walton lamenting how the Lakers fared against the Nets (7-17) in rebounding (61-49), foul shooting (21-of-34) and poor ball movement. Walton only credited Williams for scoring and efforts to move the ball.Although Walton did not disclose his stern post-ame message, he described his team as a “casual group” and said “we have a lot to learn about winning.”“The losses obviously hurt and it’s frustrating. But it’s the fact we haven’t found our way since the injuries hit,” Walton said. “Now we have guys back and are still playing without a purpose for too much.”That contributed to the Lakers struggling in various ways. They shot 38.4 percent from the field. In his third game since returning from his left knee injury, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell had 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting, while posting more fouls (four) than assists (two). The Lakers also closed the final quarter missing their last eight shots.“We’ve been getting mentally outworked. It’s been a lack of focus and knowing our personnel, there’s been a lot of issues we’ve had,” Nance said. “I think the resiliency we’re lacking right now is due to a weakness mentally. I think he’s right.” In recent days, Russell has expressed frustration that the Lakers have not backed up their self-critical analysis with actions. He reiterated that point by saying he hopes the Lakers have a “straight business approach” in Thursday’s practice that entails not talking to each other. “Usually after the game, somebody cusses everybody out and everybody puts their two cents in. Then it doesn’t work,” Russell said. “We come out and still perform the same way.”Walton’s message sounded different, though.“It was the challenge. The best thing about it is we got practice tomorrow and we’ll see who, including myself, takes what he says and goes with it,” Russell said. “Or who takes what he says and it goes one ear and out the other.”Lately, the Lakers have shown the latter. After testing Walton’s patience, though, they vowed to adopt the former. “His coaching staff have been nothing but unbelievable for us. So we have to play our part,” Young said. “Everything is needed right now, whatever it takes to get us out of this. Talking, yelling at each other, everything is needed.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error