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One of the main settings of 'Friends' was the neighbourhood coffee shop. ― AFP pic
TORONTO, Sept 21 ― While pop-up incarnations have come and gone in cities like New York and London, Toronto has opened a permanent Friends-themed hangout that recreates the iconic New York coffee shop.Ostensibly to skirt possible trademark infringement, the Toronto location doesn't take the original name Central Perk, but instead opened under the name Central Café.To replicate the iconic setting, the Toronto café features a reasonable facsimile of the three-seater brown, fabric, tufted sofa, on which characters like Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler would commiserate about their professional and romantic lives while drinking from oversized coffee mugs.The setting also includes a Persian-style rug and a pair of armchairs flanking the sofa on either side.Elsewhere, however, the café seems rather generic and sparse, with a menu that includes run-of-the-mill offerings like turkey, avocado grilled cheese, assorted cakes and specialty coffees with amateurish foam art.Earlier this year, The Blast reported that Warner Bros. had secured copyrights to the name Central Perk “for coffee shop and café services” sparking speculation that official Friends cafes could be coming our way. ― AFP-Relaxnews View this post on Instagram Gather your friends and come on over to @centralcafetoronto and enjoy a great cup of coffee ☕️. Open until 10:00pm today :)A post shared by Central Cafe - Toronto (@centralcafetoronto) onSep 15, 2018 at 8:42am PDT [...]
After showing in Paris, Miu Miu is taking Resort 2019 to Shanghai. — Courtesy of Miu Miu/Instagram
MILAN, Sept 21 — After staging a spectacular event in Paris at the end of June, the Miu Miu fashion house will show its Resort 2019 collection once again in Shanghai, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reports. The show will be held on November 22.The Asian market is proving increasingly enticing for fashion houses, with more and more labels jetting off to China, Thailand and Japan to show their latest collections. After Chanel, Dior and Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu is the latest label to head East in a bid to woo Asia's fashion-conscious women with its Resort 2019 collection.The Italian fashion house will restage its Resort 2019 show in Shanghai, November 22, aiming “to celebrate the glory of modern-day Shanghai,” according to the fashion news website.It remains to be seen whether the show will be as grandiose as the June 30 Paris event, where Uma Thurman, Chloë Sevigny, Gwendoline Christie, Kate Bosworth, Adwoa Aboah, Taylor Hill, Adriana Lima, Naomi Campbell, Alexa Chung and Kaia Gerber, were notably invited to walk the brand's runway.This season also saw Tommy Hilfiger head to Shanghai to present the brand's latest collections, September 4. Meanwhile, Chanel recently announced plans to show its Cruise 2018-2019 collection in Bangkok, October 31, while Dior will present Kim Jones' pre-fall menswear collection in Tokyo, November 30. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
Julio Edeza still is recovering, still uses a wheelchair, and still has more surgeries ahead.
But more than anything, he wants people to know he is grateful.
“A lot of people helped out,” he said. “It was good.”
Edeza, 42, was burned over 90% of his body in an unprovoked and unimaginable attack from a man who doused him with racing fuel and set him on fire in 2016.
He spent almost a year in a coma, underwent more than 70 operations and has a long road of recovery ahead, but said he is staying positive. He also is somewhat overwhelmed by the support he’s received from people he’s never met.
“I’m so happy,” he said recently, grinning while relaxing in the front yard of the independent living home he shares with about 10 people. “I’m getting so much better so fast.”
The man who set him on fire, Jose Ricardo Garibay IV, was sentenced in July to four life sentences for two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated mayhem. Besides attacking Edeza, Garibay also had severely beaten a fellow inmate while in jail.
Edeza was in a medically induced coma for 11 months the year after the attack. Before he was burned, he scraped by with his own car-detailing business and had been homeless at times, and friends and family members launched online fundraisers to help while he was in the hospital.
Neither fundraiser had more than a few hundred dollars earlier this summer. But after his story was told in the media, including a San Diego Union-Tribune article in July, people were touched by the forgiveness he expressed and his positive attitude. One GoFundMe page jumped to more than US$9,000 (RM37,310) while another older page reached about US$1,400 (RM5,800).
At the time, Edeza had been unable to find a landlord willing to take him in and was unsure how to continue his physical therapy. The donations were twice as high as the goal he had set, and Edeza now hopes to use the money to get a manufactured home.
Donors, who gave from US$5 (RM21) to US$2,000 (RM8,288), wrote to Edeza that they were inspired by his attitude, faith and forgiveness
Edeza pushing his wheelchair to help him keep his balance as he continues working on recovery at a group home in Spring Valley, California, the United States.
“I sent them all replies, thanking them,” he said. “They wrote, ‘Thank you for the inspiration. The way you stay positive helps me look at the positive things in my life. Thanks for helping me learn that it’s better to forgive.’”
Learning to forgive didn’t come easily, however. He remembers being mad about the attack, an understandable reaction, but later realised he had to let go of the anger.
“It’s the positiveness that keeps people going,” he said. “You’re going to have good times and bad times. Why focus on the bad?”
Edeza said he isn’t holding bitterness towards the man who burned him.
“I forgive him and just hope he changes his ways,” he said. “Who knows what he was going through? But I know God can forgive him, and God can help him.”
On the day of the attack, Edeza said he was outside a Rite Aid near Federal Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in Oak Park when he was approached by Garibay, who asked him where he could find a water machine.
Edeza said he walked with him to his truck, then was doused with fuel and set on fire with a lighter. A security camera in the store captured him running inside, engulfed in flames.
Although the attack happened while he was trying to help a stranger, Edeza said he still trusts people.
“My spirit is the same,” he said. “I’ll still go out and help somebody. It’s not going to stop me from being the person I am.”
Repeating a praise he’s said often, Edeza said the attack burned his flesh, but not his spirit.
And his flesh indeed is burned. Skin grafts have left checkered patterns on his arms and hands. One graft has left his right ankle thinner than his left and will have to be corrected with surgery, he said.
Another surgery ahead will relieve constriction that is keeping him from lifting his arm. Pins will have to be placed in his hands to straighten his fingers. He may lose one of his toes.
But Edeza said he’s focused on the progress he’s made.
He can walk about 40 steps while holding onto his wheelchair, and he hopes he’ll be able to get around with just a walker in about a month.
His short-term dream is to be able to make it to a bus stop on top of a nearby hill.
“I want to go to the beach,” he said. “Maybe go fishing.”
While in the hospital, Edeza met and began a relationship with Annie Langefeld, who had known his sister while growing up. They are still a couple, and he said she visits him a few times a week.
“That’s another beautiful thing that came out of it,” he said.
He needs a device to help him reach down to put on his socks, but he is regaining the use of his hands.
“I started handwriting again, and then drawing,” he said. “I like drawing. I like drawing basic sceneries, landscapes and sunsets.”
Looking ahead, Edeza said he would like to go back to work detailing cars. He also learned how to cook through the culinary arts programme at Father Joe’s Villages during a time when he stayed there while homeless in 2008.
For now, he’s encouraged by smaller goals.
“They say I’m doing good, and maybe in six months I should be able to walk with a cane,” he said. “That gets me excited.” – The San Diego Union-Tribune/Tribune News Service [...]
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Khairy pointed out that the nomination method itself is a commitment by the Pakatan government to institutional reforms. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 ― Former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has urged prominent lawyer Azhar Harun to hold off from becoming the Election Commission (EC) chairman, at least until the Parliament has given consent.In a series of tweets, the Rembau MP said Pakatan Harapan's election manifesto promised the nomination of EC members would go through the process of Parliamentary recognition, which he said Azhar's did not."I welcome Art (as Azhar is popularly known) as the new EC chairman. He is a qualified and authoritative candidate, whom I am confident can strengthen the electoral system and guarantee free and fair elections for all political parties in Malaysia."Yet Parliament will reconvene again on October 15. Why could the nomination not be delayed until then? Even without a new chairman the EC can still conduct the Port Dickson by-election. Do not use that as an excuse," Khairy said.He added that in the exhilaration of celebrating a progressive to head an important institution, it should not be forgotten that the nomination method itself is a commitment by the new government to institutional reforms. Saya mengalu-alukan pelantikan Saudara Art Harun sebagai Pengerusi SPR yang baharu. Beliau sudah tentu merupakan calon yang layak dan berwibawa.Saya yakin beliau dapat mengukuhkan lagi sistem pilihanraya & menjamin ‘free & fair elections’ untuk semua parti politik di Malaysia. pic.twitter.com/nKMLzcPI2n— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) September 21, 2018 "Despite the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, I hope Art's commitment to institutional reform will mean he temporarily holds off the nomination until it has been recognised by Parliament."You must not start the process of institutional reforms with an appointment made in total disregard to the very reforms you have promised," Khairy concluded.His tweets have generated a wide range of responses ― from those supporting Khairy's stance to some condemning him for being hypocritical now that he is in the Opposition. A few cynically remarked that a political party is expected to put its own supporters in such positions while it holds power. [...]