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Indonesian president’s lead over election rival cut in new …


JAKARTA, March 20 (Reuters) – A new Indonesian election survey shows President Joko Widodo’s big lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, is narrowing, just weeks ahead of next month’s vote in the world’s third-largest democracy.

The April 17 election will be a rerun of the 2014 race, in which Widodo beat out Prabowo by almost six percentage points.

A survey by pollster Litbang Kompas, which is part of Indonesia’s biggest newspaper Kompas, shows Widodo likely to win 49.2 percent of the vote, surpassing 37.4 percent for Prabowo.

Although still a double-digit lead, the electability gap in the survey between February 22 and March 5 was narrower than the Kompas survey in October that gave Widodo a 19.9-percentage point lead over his rival.

Opinion polls in January by other pollsters, including Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting and Australian-based Roy Morgan, put Widodo at an advantage of about 20 percentage points over Prabowo.

The president’s campaign team is confident he will still win by a big margin, spokeswoman Meutya Hafid said in a statement.

“There’s a number of indications why votes for Jokowi will be higher than in 2014,” she said, referring to the president by a popular nickname.

“Jokowi will be able to grab votes from places that are normally the stronghold of candidate number two (Prabowo), such as West Java,” Hafid said, referring to Indonesia’s most populous province.

The latest Kompas survey showed Widodo’s support may be shrinking among mature millennials aged between 31 and 40, as well as baby boomers.

After a slow beginning, the six-month campaign has picked up pace, with televised debates between the candidates and rallies held across the archipelago of more than 17,000 islands.

Some analysts say the debates were a missed opportunity for Prabowo, who has struggled to land any big blows against Widodo, while the president has appeared workman-like in projecting his achievements in areas such as infrastructure while in office.

But the challenger’s running mate, private equity tycoon Sandiaga Uno, has appeared to generate a buzz on the campaign trail while proving popular online, especially with women and young voters.

Uno attacked Widodo’s track record on education and healthcare last weekend, saying his government would be able to solve Indonesia’s problems in education and large deficits in health insurance.

Last week, the anti-graft agency named a prominent politician backing Widodo’s re-election campaign a suspect in a bribery case, which could further dent his campaign. (Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor and Gayatri Suroyo Editing by Ed Davies and Clarence Fernandez)

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Now considered a necessity, cars have become a part of our daily lives. But there was once a time when it was considered a status symbol, a statement, and a way of life. This was in the mid 1960's up to the late 70's, what's known as the Golden Age of car manufacturing. This was when automobile manufacturer's tried to get a leg up on one another by coming up with cars that were faster, bigger, and more powerful than the last. This was the era of muscle cars.

This era has given us probably the most watched after cars ever in American history. Even now the demand for muscle cars are still very high. Maybe it's their distinct look, their wide bodies, sharp lines, and ridiculous peaks of chrome. A car has to pass a certain criteria for it to be called a true muscle car; first it must be manufactured between the 60's and 70's, it had to be in the mid-sized range, and last but certainly not the least, it should have a V8 engine under the hood. Examples of these are Pontiac GTO and the Plymouth GTX, even the Chevy El Camino, which is technically a truck because it has a flatbed in the rear is considered a muscle car.

Baby-boomers are the ones that were most attracted to these cars, since they give off a feel of rebellion, and of freedom. Bigger was always better at those times, who could can squeeze out more horsepower from the engine and can give a faster time at the quarter mile, was king. Owners customized their rides to be beefier and faster than the other cars, slapping on engine configurations like it's no one's business. But the tide was beginning to turn against these gas-guzzling behemoths.

By the beginning of the 70's the US Congress had begun to take action against deadly vehicle emissions. High-octane leaded gasoline that was used to fuel muscle cars was parked in 1973, so car manufacturers had to comply and design cars that were more fuel-efficient and produced fewer emissions. This need was further hastened by the fuel shortage thought about by the OPEC embargo in 1973; fuel-economy was not really the muscle car's strong suit so their production was ceased.

Even though they are no longer in production, the fans of these cars never seem to stop growing in number. This just proves that muscle cars are not just vehicles, they're a way of life.

5 Ways to Minimize Getting Sick This Holiday Season


In the next few weeks I will begin making the holiday rounds to visit family, friends, as well as some final end of year work trips. This time every year I cringe, not about the stress of seeing family but about walking through airports, sitting in crowded airplanes, hotels, and relatives homes. To me, this represents the pinnacle of germ boxes and makes my skin crawl. The worse thing that happened to me, A couple of years ago I got the flu between Thanksgiving and Christmas, trying to do holiday shopping, getting the house ready for guests while trying to combat the flu was one of the worse Holiday experiences ever. This year I am hell bent on insuring that does not happen. Starting from ensuring I pack the right things in my suitcase, to ensuring that when I return home I do not bring germs with me.

At the end of the day its all about Sanitizing and Sterilizing. Germs have a per-determined half-life. The period of time they can survive on surfaces and other objects. Ensuring you kill them before they can infect you is your best bet to stay healthy this holiday season. Here are couples of things to keep in mind.

1) Packing

a) Bring supplies to clean with you, such as disinfecting hand wipes, and hand sanitizers. While we trust the airlines, airports, and hotels to do their best at cleaning, It is very difficult to keep up with the increase number of passengers and visitors during the holidays and it never hurts to have your own items.

b) Slippers, flip flops, socks. Most likely you will be traveling for at least a day or two, and you should always use flip flops in a foreign tub, and through the security walk through. There are a lot of germs, fungi, and warts that you can catch by walking around barefoot, and using hotel showers regardless of the number of stars.

2) Airport / Airplane

a) You can not avoid being in an airport when traveling. Here are some things to avoid; the escalator railings are germ infested, the elevators buttons are used by the masses. While you cant avoid touching these things, you can avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes until you are able to make it to a bathroom to wash your hands. Before you eat use hand sanitizer to ensure you have disinfected your hands. Lastly before leaving the airport hit the lavatory to wash your hands, and use a tissue to open and close the doors to the stall and bathrooms.

b) On the airplane use your wipes, to wipe down the chairs, tray and everything you will come in contact with. In the airplane bathroom, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING, it's small confined and is not cleaned during flights.

3) Hotel Room

a) Hotel Rooms are made to accommodate the masses, which means long before you checked into the hotel and walked into you room hundreds of other individuals were there before you, even though even your initial inspection the room may look clean, looks can be deceiving .

b) The Hotel televisions remotes, light switches, doors and drawer handles and telephone are small enough that they can be missed by hotel cleaning staff, yet touched enough by guests that they can be teeming with germs. Best to bring along a travel-sized pack of antibacterial wipes and clean the surfaces of these items before you use them.

c) Bedspreads are not washed after every guest, mainly because it is bulky, expensive to wash and a pain for the staff members to carry in and out of the room. If your hotel bed has a comforter or bedspread. I advise you to put it on the floor or toss it on a chair. Duvets covers are a little different as they are easier to wash in between guests.

d) Never walk around your hotel room barefoot. The cleaning staff most lilkely shampoos and sterilizes the carpet once a month. Wear socks or slippers at all times. You can also consider wearing flip flops or shower shoes in the bathroom as well.

4) Relatives Home

a) In the kitchen and bathrooms always wash your hands, but most of all ensure that you are not directly touching the counter surfaces before eating your meals. Do not use bar soaps, bar soaps have a tendency to retain germs, and are re-used by multiple hands. Use hand sanitizing foam soap, this will help keep the spread of germs down.

b) Similar to a hotel, computers, desk and remotes are most likely used by the whole family, these are the things that have the highest probability of spreading germs instead opt for using your own personal laptop. While it may rude to wipe down your relatives remote, its never rude to wash your hands or use your hand sanitizer on a regular basis.

5) Returning Home

a) Once you have return home, based on where you have traveled to, the best and most simple thing to do is wash your hands. Leave your suitcase in your laundry room to isolate any bugs or germs you have brought back. These methods should help reduce some of the stress of the holiday season .

b) Move clothes straight from the suitcase to the Washer Machine if possible

c) Take a shower as soon as you can not only rejuvenate yourself, but it's a great chance to clean off the hotel, airport and taxi grunge.

While it may be difficult to follow all of these steps adopting a few changes in your travel routine can help you stay healthy this holiday travel season.

Senior citizen advocates push for new tax; Mayor Cantrell, BGR advise against it


However, a report from the Bureau of Governmental Research advised voters against it, saying while the funds for the elderly are needed, the way the bill is currently written gives city officials too much spending freedom. Stephen Stuart BGR’ vice president and research director, said it also lacks a plan for how the money would be spent.

Baby Boomer Retirement – What They Plan To Do


The old, traditional idea is that senior citizens do not have to work; they can sit back and enjoy the fruits of years of labor while the young take care of them. The generation of baby boomers created a long of change in the world. Now they are drawing closer to the age of retirement and soon will be retiring in large numbers. Is it possible to imagine them spending a leisurely life at home, doing nothing?

The generation of baby boomers is know for their uniqueness. They have redefined and reshaped several aspects of social culture. They made their presence felt in the past, and they will certainly do so again in the future. Right from the beginning, baby boomers have thought differently and made different types of choices and decisions. Getting old has not changed them in any way.

Close to retirement, they are faced with making a big personal choice again. They have to either retire in the traditional way or continue in the work. Being a baby boomer, he or she will probably prefer to remain in the work as long as possible. In fact, about 76 percent of working baby boomers intend to extend their stay in the work despite they have reached the age of retirement.

Most senior citizens consider retirement as the end. However, baby boomers consider it to be the most important phase of their lives. This does not mean that baby boomers want to continue working at a nine-to-five job till the end of their lives. Some of them would prefer to work part-time, and others want to pursue their dreams of starting an enterprise of their own. Some baby boomers want to take a break and enjoy a life of leisure after working for so many years; others would love to travel because, after all, they have made enough money to spend on traveling.

Several external factors have shaped these decisions made by baby boomers. For one, baby boomers combine the largest section of the population. America's labor force will be very depleted if they retire in large numbers, and the state will find it extremely difficult to pay out so many retirement benefits. The other consequences of boomer retirements are:

Boomers are expected to live long because of the development made by technology and medical science. However, if boomers live longer, they have to spend more, and their retirement funds may not be enough to take care of all their requirements.

Companies that offer pension plans are planning to change their plans and lower retirement benefits to employees. Since boomers are already close to retirement, this leaves them with little time to save for their life in the future.

Medical costs are soaring. Companies expect a ten percent annual increase of boomers seeking medical products or services where they can save or pay on medical costs or services.

These factors greatly influence a baby boomer's decision. They can not depend on their children because their children might have their own families to take care of. Baby boomer retirement, therefore, is a cause for concern not only for baby boomers, but also for the sate.

Baby boomers impact the country's economy in a large way. They were responsible for the rapid rise of American economy when they were working and spending powerfully back in the nineties. When they quit the work in large numbers, the country's economy is bound to suffer. The United States and other countries are now faced with this powerful challenge. And companies and organization have already come up with some solutions.

Baby boomers are more interested in self-welfare than in anything else. A boomer does not really take the other into consideration while he or she makes a decision. If baby boomers decide to extend their stay in the work or quit and start businesses of their own, no force on earth can convince them to change their mind.

In Case It Wasn’t Clear, Olivia Jade Was Not Super Into School


Unfortunately for Lori Loughlin, we’ve got a ways to go before the fallout from Admissionsgate (note to self: find better name) ceases to hold our fascination. Thus, here’s a video of her mentioning the grand sum she obviously wasted on the education of her daughter, Olivia Jade.

In the video, Loughlin wonders about the lyric “England is my city” by YouTuber Jake Paul’s “It’s Everyday Bro” video.

“If you would have said, ‘England is my city,’ I would say, ‘Why did I pay all this money for your education?’” Loughlin joked.

“We’re going to leave it at that,” replied Olivia Jade, who has previously said
“I’m literally never at school.”

What’s peculiar about this whole thing is why anyone felt it was necessary for Olivia Jade to attend USC—an extremely expensive but academically so-so university—when she was already a very successful YouTube and Instagram influencer. So she could contract meningitis from the handle of a dorm toilet? So she could drunkenly make out with a pimple-faced Sigma Chi pledge named Mark whose parents owns a string of car dealerships in Marin County? You can do all that stuff at San Diego State!

While Olivia Jade has been a student at USC since last fall, she’s reportedly mortified by the fallout and wishes she’d just “skipped college like she wanted to,” according to Hollywood Life. If anything, this scandal has illuminated another pervasive lie that seems to have been embraced by Baby Boomers in particular, which is that if you can just get your kid into a good college, it will somehow unlock a successive series of opportunities for the rest of their lives.

It’s not true! You get to bank on your alma mater for two years, tops, following graduation, then you have to go on and accomplish something else. But Olivia Jade was already accomplishing something, and—based on the number of people willing to watch her try on clothes for ten minutes—she was apparently very good at it. No amount of felonious conspiring from her mother was going to get her to close YouTube and go to class.

On the bright side for Olivia Jade, all of this has massively raised her profile, which will translate directly to her follower count. So in the end, maybe her mother did do something useful for her! I hope it was worth it!

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Column | College cheating scandal reveals bad parenting at its worst | Kingman Daily Miner


Bribing your way into college. Who would have thought?

It would have been a way around my rather pedestrian exam scores. My old man did threaten to put a horse’s head in the beds of several admissions officers but, fortunately, the good folks at Villanova University saw their way clear to let me in before my father went all Vito Corleone.

I do wonder what would have become of me had I attended, say Harvard or Stanford. I dream. I dream. Perhaps I would have been secretary of state, or the president of a big company, or a college professor with a column.

I realize I wouldn’t make it farther than the parking lot of either institution in today’s hyper-competitive climate in which parents are willing to do just about anything to make sure their children have a meaningful college experience.

Earlier this week, we learned what “anything” might entail.

An FBI investigation revealed a massive college admissions scam in which parents paid a consultant millions to get their kids into some of the country’s most prestigious universities by any means necessary – bribing entrance exam administrators, paying off people to take tests for their students, phony resumes, doctored exam scores, bribing coaches to say kids were athletes when they weren’t and more.

The accused include a couple of actresses – Felicity Huffman, of “Desperate Housewives,” and Lori Loughlin, one of the stars of “Full House.” Say it isn’t so, Lori!

Nine college coaches were also charged. The head women’s soccer coach at Yale, said investigators, took a $400,000 bribe to admit a student, who apparently didn’t know a soccer ball from polo mallet, as a student-athlete. The student was, in fact, admitted. This little transaction cost the parents more than $1 million.

The ringleader of the scheme, William Rick Singer, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering, money laundering and other charges said he facilitated 761 “side doors” to admission.

“They want guarantees, they want this thing done. They don’t want me messing around with this thing,” he said, according to court documents. “And so they want in at certain schools.”

There are a lot of storylines here – the Hollywood angle, the money-is-no-object-when-it-comes to-my-baby narrative, the athletic recruitment scam.

But one of the interesting things about this case is that no students were charged because, according to the FBI, they didn’t know what their parents were up to.

And herein lies the irony.

Parents are so desperate to create a meaningful college experience for their precious children, they are willing to cheat to do it which, of course, makes the whole pursuit meaningless.

We can fool ourselves and believe that this is the kind of thing that happens only within elite circles but it’s actually happening all over the country, on a much smaller scale, and it’s usually not about the children.

In her book, published in 2015, “How to Raise an Adult,” Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean at Stanford, asks a key question about parenting, specifically among baby boomers.

“Did Boomers’ egos become interlaced with the accomplishments of their children to such an extent that they felt their own success was compromised if their children fell short of expectations?”

The answer is “yes.”

“Our kids’ accomplishments are the measure of our own success and worth; that college bumper sticker on the rear of our car can be as much about our own sense of accomplishment as our kids’,” writes Lythcott-Haims.

What the FBI revealed this week was a byproduct of something much bigger than a scheme to buy a college degree. This case, sweeping as it is, only highlights the problem.

We use our children as chess pieces. We plan their every move, without their involvement.

We help them avoid conflict. We intervene on their behalf. We make all the bad things go away.

And I’ve spent enough time in and around higher education to see the consequences – young people unprepared for adulthood, terrified of independence, unable to manage time, unable and unwilling to take constructive criticism, unable to deal with rejection and disappointment.

If any good is to come from this latest scandal, perhaps it is the realization that our young people are the ones who will have to deal with the results of our overparenting.

Hopefully, at some point, we’ll realize that the bumper sticker isn’t worth it.

Type 1 Diabetes – 3 Great Tips for Teens


Diabetes mellitus also known, as diabetes is a common life-long health condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. The levels of the glucose in the blood is too high because the glucose in the body is not turned into energy which means it only lasts in the bloodstream. This is because a diabetic person's body is not producing enough insulin or no insulin is being produced at all. If the glucose level is to high, problem such as kidney failure, heart disease, foot damage, and eye complications can result. Diabetes is definitely on the rise among teenagers because studies show that there are over 215,000 young people below 20 years old who are diagnosed with diabetes. These teens are mostly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes and juvenile diabetes. Type 1 diabetes means that the body does not make enough insulin or none at all because the body's own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Diabetes is a challenging disease, but it's definitely more challenging for any teenager to have this disease. If you're a teenager who's recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you can follow these 3 great tips that will help you with your diabetes management:

1) Consult a Certified Diabetes Educator

One of the most important things that you must do if you're diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is to learn all the things that you need to know about the disease that's why it's very important that you consult a certified diabetes educator as soon as you can. Consulting a certified diabetes educator will let you learn and understand all of the things you need to know about your treatment options and other best ways that will help you see improvement in your diabetes management.

2) You Must Make Lifestyle Changes

Making necessary lifestyle changes will absolutely help you see great improvements in your health and will certainly help you live a longer and healthier life. It's very important that you try your best to exercise, make healthy food choices and make sure stay at a healthy weight. These are some of the changes that you need to make because these might sound pretty challenging, but you will definitely help yourself a lot if you'll choose to do these things.

3) Be Optimistic

Diabetes is a struggle for anyone, but you should bear in mind that you should not allow this chronic disease to stop you from living a normal, healthy and happy life. You should be optimistic at all times because this will definitely help you stay motivated and encouraged to do the things that you need to do in order to help you with your diabetes management. Remind yourself at all times that you are not alone and you can certainly get help from your family, friends and support groups. Optimism will certainly bring great changes to a life of a teenager with type 1 diabetes.

Follow these three great tips and you can assure yourself to live a healthy, happy and long life. It will be a challenge to follow these tips but keep in mind that all of your hard work in managing your diabetes will certainly pay off. Good luck and best of health to you and your family!