Istanbul: Each year in the run-up to the New Year draw, thousands of people flock to the most famous lottery stand in Istanbul, drawn by the promise on display: “Nimet Abla will make you win.” For 90 years, the lottery booth has drawn large numbers of Turks, filled with hope in these troubled economic times, largely because it has convinced people that it is there that they have the best chance of winning. And so the people flock to the booth, ignoring what is a growing chorus of the pious who consider gambling a sin. Excited customers take a selfie in front of the ticket counters in Eminonu district, close to one of the most beautiful Ottoman mosques in Istanbul, Yeni Cami. A dozen security guards form a cordon around the stall to stop queue-jumpers, redirecting them towards the end of the queue which extends for several hundreds of metres. With a waiting time of up to three or four hours at the weekend, those wishing to buy tickets have to be patient. Fortunately for … [Read more...] about Turkey’s ‘Big Sister Nimet’ lottery selling hope for 90 years
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By Paul Hunter Feature reporter Sat., Sept. 16, 2017 BELLEVILLE, ONT.—His voice is reed-thin — best you lean in to hear it — and there is the occasional pregnant pause to recover his breath but not his thoughts; this is a man who knows exactly what he wants to say. Ninety-four years of life, with its joys, heartbreak, triumphs and hard lessons, has imbued him with wisdom he feels compelled to share. Now Harry Leslie Smith is imploring you, all of you, to listen. So he writes books and newspaper columns, goes on university speaking tours, takes to Twitter (117,000 followers) and, in hope his message touches today’s youth, records passionate podcasts. On platforms that didn’t exist during his first 80 years, Smith preaches about preserving democracy and the welfare state, creating a just society and living a life of compassion, all from an enthusiastically leftist perspective. And he rails against Donald Trump, Brexit, inequality, … [Read more...] about Why millennials are lapping up every tweet and podcast from 94-year-old agitator Harry Leslie Smith
SINGAPORE: She had written many letters to agencies before, but this one to SP Services was a matter of life and death.The family of five that Ms Nalini Ramachandran was helping was having trouble paying the bills. They had a child on a ventilator 24/7, without which he could not breathe.While they were already receiving financial assistance, the bills were coming up to S$500 a month. It was up to the social assistance manager from the Social Service Office in Chua Chu Kang to ensure their electricity supply was not cut off.And this she did.But that successful intervention was still just one step. The 50-year-old also wanted to help increase the utilities assistance for the family.To her relief, her superior, assistant general manager Sajahan Jainulabdeen from the same office, agreed. Even then, Ms Nalini knew her work with the parents - both unemployed – was not done yet.For all the assistance that she and her colleagues at the Social Service Office in Chua Chu Kang render to … [Read more...] about Advocates for those in need: The Social Service Office where social and job assistance come together
Look almost 20 years younger in 2 months? Meet Sisley’s new firming serum Who doesn’t want firmer, younger-looking skin? That’s the question being answered by Sisley, the luxe French phyto-cosmetology brand that combines the best plant-based ingredients with the latest advances in science. Sisley’s Asia-Pacific export director Sue Lewis was recently in Manila to introduce Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum, a reformulated product in Sisleya’s anti-aging range with a new name. “A long time ago the Sisleya range was not called L’Integral,” she notes. “We have a new evolution so L’Integral means added benefits.” The technology behind L’Integral is based on Nobel prize-winning advances that were discovered on telomeres, a cellular component that affects aging. Sisley’s scientists came up with a “magic combination” they call Phyto-complex Pro-Firm … [Read more...] about Look almost 20 years younger in 2 months? Meet Sisley’s new firming serum
By The Associated Press Fri., March 16, 2018 WATERBORO, Maine — A letter from Jesus Christ might be the affirmation Oprah Winfrey needs to run for the presidency of the United States. WGME-TV reported that an 83-year-old Maine woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ said she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace. Christ said she sent the letter to Winfrey because she likes her, but had no idea it would get so much attention. Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, who is also one of the hosts of CBS This Morning, posted about the letter to Winfrey on Instagram on Wednesday, asking if it was the sign the former talk show queen was looking for. Winfrey played down any notion of running for president during a 60 Minutes interview, where she mused that if God wanted her to run for president “wouldn’t God kinda tell me?” Christ said she didn’t know there was speculation about Winfrey running for … [Read more...] about Oprah got a letter from a woman named Jesus Christ — is it the sign she’s been looking for?