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Islanders 1980s dynasty star and Hall of Famer Clark Gillies dies at 67

Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, a stalwart on the New York Islanders' dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, has died. He was 67.

The Islanders announced Gillies' death Friday night, with team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello saying "the entire Islanders community is devastated by the loss." The team did not say where Gillies died or provide a cause of death.

"He epitomized what it means to be a New York Islander," Lamoriello said. "The pride he felt wearing the Islanders sweater on the ice was evident by his willingness to do anything to win.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/33120161/islanders-1980s-dynasty-star-hall-famer-clark-gillies-dies-67

Trump's new attorney must have AG James (NY) worried

Trump has turned to New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba
A wise decision on his part given her vast array of experience as the former general counsel for a parking garage company

The Sad Price of Winning

https://twitter.com/ivancanfield/status/1482922848041803779

Trump's new Manhattan bar: serving rip-off drinks and a side of narcissism

The bar, named 45 Wine and Whiskey, in a nod to Trump having served as the 45th president, promises handcrafted cocktails in “the most exclusive setting”. Opened in late November, it serves a range of president-themed drinks and is, according to the marketing material, a place to “relax and unwind”.

That may have been the intention, but a recent visit by the Guardian revealed that 45 Wine and Whiskey mainly serves as an ode to narcissism, or as a world record attempt to cram the most black-and-white photos of one man into quite a small space.

Behind the bar alone there are 15 gold-framed photos of Trump, whose penthouse apartment lurks 50 stories above. A giant picture of Trump sitting behind his presidential desk dominates the seating area.

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Given that 45 Wine and Whiskey replaces the “Trump bar” that previously occupied the same spot, it isn’t exactly a new venture. And much like its predecessor, 45 Wine and Whiskey boasts red velvet seating, marble tables and gold flourishes, in keeping with the rest of the building. The seating area scans out across the lobby, over to the famous gold-effect escalator that spewed Trump on to the political stage in 2015.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/12/trump-bar-manhattan-new-york-45-wine-and-whiskey

Report: Rachel Balkovec will manage New York Yankees' low-A minor league affiliate

Rachel Balkovec will manage the low-A team for the New York Yankees this season, making her the first female skipper in affiliated professional baseball, according to a report by The Athletic.

Balkovec, who joined the Yankees as a minor league hitting coach in November 2019, will lead the minor league Tampa Tarpons, according to The Athletic.

A 34-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, Balkovec got her first position in pro ball with the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league strength and conditioning coach in 2012.

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She briefly left baseball in 2018 to pursue a second master's degree at Vrije University in the Netherlands, where she also worked with the country's national baseball and softball teams. She then worked for Driveline Baseball, a data-driven baseball center that has trained numerous major leaguers, before being hired by New York.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33031319/report-rachel-balkovec-manage-new-york-yankees-low-minor-league-affiliate

Happy Coming of Age Day

Today (2nd Monday in Japan) is Coming of Age Day, where the country celebrates all those who are turning 20
All across Japan 20-year olds will dress in Kimonos, or suits (I'm always disappointed to see them not wearing Kimonos)
Coming of Age
Many will return to their hometown and reunite with their friends from elementary and high school (provided they still claim residency in the area -- usually their parents and, or grandparents live there), take photos and listen to speeches from locals of importance.
The pay off is, after the festivities it will be time to go drinking.
At 20, they can also smoke, vote in elections, and get married without parental approval
Unfortunately, with covid and the like, many events will either be very subdued, or possibly cancelled

As a note, Coming of Age Day celebrates those who turn 20 from April 2, of the previous year and April 1 of the New Year
Starting of April 2 of this year some areas may change the event to when they turn 19. Personally, I think it's a bad idea unless they are going to change the age restrictions as well. What's the purpose of doing a ceremony celebrating you are an adult if you don't get any of the benefits?

Tony Blair's Knighthood - Historian's Perspective

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California twins born just 15 minutes apart, but in different years

Two fraternal twins in California were born just 15 minutes apart, yet their birthdays fall on different days, in different months and years.

Alfredo Trujillo was born on December 31, 2021 at 11:45 p.m., the Natividad Medical Center announced Sunday. His twin sister, Aylin Trujillo, was born 15 minutes later — right at midnight on January 1, 2022.

"It's crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays," their mother, Fatima Madrigal, said, according to the hospital. "I was surprised and happy that she arrived at midnight."

Aylin Trujillo was also the first baby to be born at Natividad Medical Center in 2022, the hospital said.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-twins-born-just-15-minutes-apart-but-in-different-years/ar-AASoUxR?ocid=msedgntp

China Evergrande shares suspended amid reports of demolition order

Shares in China’s Evergrande Group have been suspended from trading, the embattled property developer announced on Monday, without giving any reason.

It came amid Chinese media reports that the world’s most indebted developer was ordered by authorities in southern Hainan province to demolish 39 buildings in 10 days because the building permits were illegally obtained.

The order reportedly concerns the huge Ocean Flower project, which is a resort-style development built on islands off the coast of Hainan, according to the Chinese news outlet Cailian.

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Evergrande is struggling to repay more than $300bn (£222bn) in liabilities, including nearly $20bn of international market bonds that were deemed to be in cross-default by ratings firms last month after it missed payments.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jan/03/china-evergrande-shares-suspended-from-trading-in-hong-kong

Those international bond holders may as well kiss their money good-bye. They are always last when any Chinese company defaults

Why news organizations need an editor or proofreader

From msn. An article about a woman in Colorado who was arrested for murder:

She was taken into custody and cooked at the Garfield County Jail.

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