Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall Had an Impressive All-Female Security Team During Her Visit to the UAE

So Camilla Parker-Bowles is a badass, everybody.


This past week, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the United Arab Emirates to promote religious tolerance and support women in leadership in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain.

Per usual, Clarence House (the royal couple’s official residence) documented the tour on Instagram with a steady stream of photos from their diplomatic engagements.


Palace Hotel, flanked by her badass-looking all-female protection team. Her entourage included eight total women (five of which are pictured), dressed in traditional hijabs and abayas, who had been handpicked from the UAE’s elite presidential guard specifically to accompany the Duchess.

The ladies in the photo are identified in the caption (L-R) as Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi (behind the Duchess), Nisreen al Hamawi and Salama al Remeithi. All of them boast an impressive set of skills which qualifies them for the job, including intensive training in martial arts and combat techniques. Plus, Shaima, Nisreen and Hannan also conquered Mount Everest earlier this year, enduring the grueling two-week trek to the summit.

The photograph underscores the theme of female empowerment, which the Duchess championed throughout her week-long tour.

‘It’s fascinating. It is quite extraordinary to have them,” Camilla Parker-Bowles told the Daily Mail of the women—or “angels” as she called them. “I have never had four women looking after me [and] they are the most incredible women. The first one had climbed Everest. I said ‘how long did it take?’ and she said 16 days! It’s quite remarkable.”

Barcelona lanzará material invisible de Lionel Messi en La Masia

Barcelona ha lanzado un nuevo video que contiene los puntos destacados de la carrera de un joven Lionel Messi en la famosa academia del club, La Masia.


Messi se unió al club español del equipo argentino Newell’s Old Boys en 2001 y se alzó por las filas juveniles para convertirse en uno de los mejores futbolistas de todos los tiempos.

En reconocimiento a su ascenso, los campeones reinantes de La Liga compartieron un video de dos minutos y medio en el día de Navidad, trazando muchos de los grandes goles que Messi anotó durante su tiempo con el equipo juvenil.
Naturalmente, su talento es evidente al pasar por delante de los oponentes con asombrosa facilidad, de la misma manera que ahora trata a los defensores profesionales.

En lo que debe ser una de sus primeras entrevistas, Messi dice: “La temporada pasada estuve jugando un partido, y me lastimé después de unos minutos, estoy de vuelta y estoy muy feliz”.

Después de un buen tiro de meta, un sudoroso adolescente Messi reflexionó. “He marcado cinco goles, y espero seguir marcando mucho más”.

En otra etapa, muestra una afinidad temprana con el Barcelona por burlarse de sus rivales locales: “Es genial estar por delante del equipo del Espanyol U16A”.

El joven Messi todavía tiene inconfundible estilo de drible, así como increíble equilibrio que le hace imposible encoger el balón.

Una y otra vez baila a través de las defensas antes de terminar pasado portero indefenso tras el portero indefenso.

Ha pasado a ser el mejor jugador de la rica historia de Barcelona, ​​y sin duda el mejor de todos los tiempos para gracia del fútbol.

Marcó su primer gol profesional como jugador de 17 años en mayo de 2005, y sólo el mes pasado alcanzó los 500 goles en el club de fútbol en la victoria de Barcelona sobre el Sevilla. Todavía con sólo 29 años de edad, Messi podría muy posiblemente ir a marcar otros 200 en los colores de Barcelona.

Ya tiene 12 goles en 11 aperturas en la liga esta temporada, así como un extraordinario 10 goles en sólo cinco partidos de la Liga de Campeones, incluyendo un hat-trick en la victoria por 4-0 sobre el Manchester City.

Messi también es el máximo goleador en las principales ligas de Europa en 2016, con 51 goles, aunque Zlatan Ibrahimovic tiene la oportunidad de adelantarlo con un juego restante.

Barcelona sigue compitiendo en tres frentes esta temporada: han cerrado la ventaja del Real Madrid en la cima de la Liga a tres puntos, mientras que enfrentan al Paris Saint-Germain en la Liga de Campeones en febrero y al Athletic Bilbao en la Copa Del Rey el próximo mes.

Messi acaba de terminar segundo al adversario Cristiano Ronaldo en el 2016 Ballon d’Or.

Charitable Giving – Costco

Donation and Grant Eligibility Guidelines
In keeping with Costco Wholesale’s giving guidelines our warehouses and regional offices specifically support programs focusing on children, education and health and human services. We would like to respond favorably to all requests however the needs are far greater than our allocated resources. Therefore it is not possible for us to accommodate all requests.


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Our Charitable Contributions Committee is charged with overseeing our charitable giving and encouraging decentralization of charitable giving so that the greatest impact is where Costco’s employees and members live and work. Only 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, which meet our giving guidelines and focus areas, are considered.

What the royal family is trying to hide about Kate Middleton? Prince William caught in struggle between Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess

Will n Kate

Kate Middleton is being chased by several rumors these days including her impending divorce from Prince William plus her secret feud with Queen Elizabeth. These issues, as the rumors have suggested, were fuelled by the things that the royal family has been hiding about the Duchess of Cambridge.

Recently, as per Celeb Dirty Laundry, Kate and William were facing divorce rumors and several reasons have been presented. But until now, those rumors have never been confirmed nor were they denied. The Palace did not issue any statement on this so far.

But people were speculating if Kate is really still happy with the royal family or something is going on. It can be recalled that she cancelled several of her royal engagements this year and even the past years. People are really wondering for the reasons.

It has been reported before by Radar Online that the Palace is actually hiding things about Kate Middleton. Since she is already a part of the royal family, much is expected of Prince William’s wife. So because of this, there are some things which should not be anymore exposed to the public.

The report elucidated some of these secrets like Kate’s topless photos, pole dancing classes, overspending, hiring a voice coach to teach her to speak in a posh accent, decreeing that she must bow to “blood princesses” and low number of royal and public engagements.

Those secrets that the royal family is trying to hide about Kate Middleton upset Queen Elizabeth so much but how about Prince William? And because rumors are rife that the Queen cannot anymore handle all these things, she feels the need to encourage William to split from commoner Kate. But if this will happen, Kate would really feel that she has been betrayed.

So because of this request by the Queen, Prince William is caught in a struggle between his grandmother and Kate Middleton. But people hope these are just rumors and will remain rumors completely.

The royal family is just protecting Kate Middleton and Prince William most especially today that they face divorce rumors and without forgetting the demands from Queen Elizabeth.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Says Women ‘Can No Longer Be Ignored’

Women “can no longer be ignored,” Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announced in Havana on Wednesday.


Grégoire Trudeau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent three days in Cuba reinforcing the relationship between Canada and Cuba. While the Prime Minister met with President Raúl Castro to discuss issues like climate change, gender equality, regional safety and security issues, Grégoire Trudeau also championed gender equality while speaking on a panel in the capital city.

Grégoire Trudeau noted it’s not just a matter of women standing up for women, telling the audience at San Geronimo University that men, particularly in countries with a culture of machismo, need to teach boys to respect women.

“Our boys need to look up to older people around them, especially male figures, to be able to express their full person and potential, but that is only possible if they are raised in a culture that celebrates men and women with the same equal rights, freedoms and respect,” she said.

The Prime Minister and his wife identify as feminists and have stated they are committed to raising their sons as feminists as well.

Trudeau urges police to ‘enforce the law’ on marijuana

A “frustrated” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to enforce the law and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries.


A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to “enforce the law” and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries — even though weed legalization is looming.

“People are right now breaking the law,” Trudeau told the Star’s editorial board on Friday.

“We haven’t changed the laws. We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will. We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals.”

But the spread of storefront “dispensaries” — scores of which have popped up on Toronto streets this year — is clearly a concern to the prime minister.

“It’s a situation that is frustrating and I can understand people’s frustration on this,” Trudeau said.

“The promise we made around legalizing marijuana was done for two reasons … that I was very, very clear about: one, to better protect our kids from the easy access they have right now to marijuana; and, two, to remove the criminal elements that were profiting from marijuana,” he said.

“We believe that a properly regulated, controlled system will achieve both of those measures. But we haven’t brought in that properly regulated, controlled system because it’s important that we do it right in order to achieve those two specific goals.”

That new regime will be unveiled next spring. The blueprint for the legislation is a report by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan’s task force of medical and legal experts, which be released within days.

Until the new law is enacted some time in 2017, Trudeau stressed “the current prohibition stands.”

“So, I don’t know how much clearer we can be that we’re not legalizing marijuana to please recreational users,” he said.

“I mean, that will be a byproduct. We recognize that that is something that’s going to happen when it happens, but it’s not happened yet.”

While Trudeau said he had not yet pored over the McLellan panel’s report, he has clearly been thinking about the age limits for recreational marijuana use.

“It’s been highlighted many times that the effect of cannabis on the developing brain is particularly problematic,” the prime minister said.

“I’m not going to venture too much further into the science but I think there is a consensus that, yes, perhaps up until 21 or 25 it’s not as good as past that age. But I have a sense that the worst damage is in the 12-, 13-, 14-year-old range,” he said.

Trudeau emphasized Ottawa would “work hand in glove with the provinces,” which suggests there could be different age limits across the country.

“The federal drinking limit is set at 18 but if provinces want to make it 19 — as a few have — it can be 19.”

Currently, marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes with a prescription from a medical doctor.

It can only be supplied by the 36 Health Canada-licensed producers and delivered by registered mail or homegrown in small amounts.

Storefront dispensaries that claim to be supplying medicinal marijuana are not federally licensed and are breaking the existing law.

Asked what municipalities could do to deal with the scourge of such pot shops, Trudeau did not mince words: “You can enforce the law.”

Police, however, have been trying to do that in places like Toronto and Ottawa, with raids of dispensaries, but with middling effect.

Because the federal law will eventually be amended, some entrepreneurs appear willing to risk fines as a cost of doing business before outright legalization.