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Everything we’ve covered about IAM over the past seven days – and everything you need to know about the global IP market to prepare for the start of another busy week

Welcome to the new IAM

This week, we launched a brand new IAM platform. It gives subscribers easier and faster access to our industry-leading news, analysis, surveys, data and rankings, as well as a 20-year archive of IP value creation content. Learn more here

The long read

Jeffrey Morton and Thomas Ehrich examine the complex issues surrounding the navigation of freedom to operate as it relates to mRNA vaccines – one of the most important advances in biotechnology in recent years. Learn more here

MONDAY January 10

The agreements with Signify and Samsung Electronics show that Japan’s Panasonic remains an active player in the secondary patent market. Learn more here

AbbVie is heading to the ITC in a final, dramatic battle with Alvotech over an alleged misuse of trade secrets. Learn more here

Eyewear maker Oakley and Deckers Outdoor, which sells Ugg boots, are responsible for a massive nationwide increase in US preliminary injunctions in patent cases over the past 24 months. Learn more here

TUESDAY 11 January

The number of invention and utility model patents granted by China’s National Intellectual Property Administration increased by more than 30% last year, while PCT filings stabilized. Learn more here

The early days of 2022 have already produced three major licensing deals between big pharma and AI-driven drug development innovators. Learn more here

Many EU Member States have a significant shortage of patent attorneys, which will make it more difficult to achieve European leadership in innovation. Learn more here

Recent patent lawsuits involving Nike, Peloton, lululemon and others suggest that an explosion in consumer demand for high-tech workout gear is leading to an intellectual property dispute. Learn more here

WEDNESDAY January 12

Six months after announcing the IP Market’s first VVC Patent Pool, Access Advance has unveiled the 28 organizations that have signed up as the platform’s initial group of licensors. Learn more here

VLSI Technologies, which won a $2.1 billion verdict against Intel last year, has sounded the alarm over what it calls “manipulation and abuse” in a DPI of one of the patents it applied in the case. Learn more here

THURSDAY January 13

SEP licensors will have to reconsider duplicate royalty refund policies following a first-of-its-kind decision by the Düsseldorf District Court. Learn more here

Once again last year, IBM received most patents from the USPTO. However, a 9% drop in the number issued to Big Blue saw Samsung fall within 24 grants of taking the top spot. Learn more here

FRIDAY January 14

Despite a recent Delaware court decision, several significant patent risks and uncertainties remain for companies seeking to bring low-label drugs to market in the United States. Learn more here

Sonos’ recent win over Google at the ITC demonstrates the value of innovators with the ability to stop infringers from practicing their inventions. Learn more here

SATURDAY 15 January

The popularity of Judge Alan Albright’s court in the Western District of Texas is due to the fact that many US patent holders feel they are out of luck elsewhere. Learn more here

Winter is when boot style shines

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Whatever you think snow is all around us right now – some people love how pretty it is; others roll their eyes at the traffic and the hassle it creates – there’s no denying the area of ​​our wardrobes it affects most dramatically: what we put on our feet.

Winter boots must necessarily be practical.

That means weatherproof, safe and warm. But there’s also no good reason why they can’t also look cute and add flair to any look rather than detract from it. So this winter, I hope you’ll join me in taking a stand against ugly boots.

Plus, there’s another dress challenge we have every winter: that there will be many, many people who want us to take our shoes off when we walk into their homes? Hey, I get it – floors are important to protect.

But so does the integrity of an outfit, as Carrie Bradshaw defiantly explained in the original “Sex and the City,” when a stewardess asked her to go without her shoes at the door: But it’s a complete look, she replied, gesturing at her entire outfit (which clearly included her feet).

So, to tackle both of these challenges, let’s get on some of the extra warm and extra cute winter boots right now – many of them worn with pride and aplomb by our favorite celebrities; and let’s also look at some stylish socks. We will therefore have no reason to be embarrassed if someone asks us to take off our boots.

Sorel is a great place to start. The brand was originally based in Ontario (now owned by Columbia Sportswear in Oregon), so the brand’s outdoor credibility is very real. But so is fashion credibility. It has been adopted and styled by celebrities all over the world – like, for example, Elizabeth Olsen.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: (L-R) Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen attend Creators League Studio at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival – Day 3 on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for PEPSICO Creators League Studios)

At Sundance in Utah, she teamed her Cozy 1964-213-W Sorel Cold Weather Boot ($91-$130 at amazon.com) with denim and simple black – a basic crewneck and a blazer with simple buttoning. But your pairings don’t have to be so simple: these classic ankle boots will go with anything that goes in the same everyday-chic spirit, leggings with luxe cashmere sweaters and silk tops with woolen skirts. herringbone.

Elle Mcpherson is another avowed Sorel fan.

See how she dons her Sorel Joan of Arctic boot ($210 at sorel.com), matching their faux fur lining with a weatherproof winter jacket trimmed with the same color fur, over a black turtleneck, a T white and black jeans. Kate Hudson is another who likes to use winter boots (again, Sorel) as a style anchor for a minimalist look. She’s known for taking a heavy, prisoner-less boot like the Glacier XT Insulated Winter Boot ($185.73 – $327.51 at amazon.com) and making it the centerpiece, paired with jeans and a black Stella bag. McCartney.

Think “LL Bean” and Khloe Kardashian might be one of the last people that comes to mind.

Women’s Bean Boots, 8″ Flannel Lined, Thinsulate (Photo courtesy LL Bean)

But that may change after you see her in snow boots inspired by Bean’s traditional duck boot. The Bean women’s 8-inch flannel-lined boots, Thinsulates ($169 at llbean.com) are designed for all weather, but also made adorable by the bright pink, purple, and blue plaid flannel interior lining.

TYLER ULTRALIFT PLATFORM SLIPPERS by Stuart Weitzman (Photo courtesy of Stuart Weitzman)

Looking to make an even more substantial statement? Check out J. Lo’s black Tyler Ultralift Platform Bootie ($325 at stuartweitzman.com) — a combo of high fashion and high function, if there ever was one. They’re made of water-repellent leather buffed to a puffy effect and can be worn as mid-calf boots or turned down to become ankle boots.

And as for those crucial socks? Look no further than Alexander McQueen’s Stripe & Skull Athletic Socks ($85 at neimanmarcus.com) – the ribbed cuffs ensure they won’t fall under those winter boots, and the striped print on the cuffs keep things beautiful all the way to the top.

  • Alexander McQueen Stripe & Skull Sports Socks

  • Women’s Cashmere Socks Garnet Hill’s

  • Natori’s Abstract Floral Sock

  • Rag & Bone Fair Isle Wool Knee High Socks

For a simpler (yet feminine) approach, opt for Garnet Hill’s Women’s Cashmere Socks ($34-$38 at garnethill.com), which are as soft as they come but sturdy enough in the heel and sole to prevent the unsightly holes to wear after resistant.

And when the occasion calls for a pattern, slip on a pair of Natori’s Abstract Flower Socks ($18 at bergdorfgoodman.com) in dark but pretty neutrals. Or head straight in the opposite direction with Rag & Bone’s Fair Isle Wool Tall Socks ($65 at rag-bone.com), in an unapologetically vibrant purple multi. After all, if everyone is going to see your socks anyway, why not make it as bold a statement as any?

Gut-Behrami wins downhill after Olympic champion Goggia crashes |

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ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lara Gut-Behrami’s season finally got its start on Saturday after two miserable months for the Swiss skier that included illness, accident and coronavirus infection.

Just over three weeks away from her first event at the Beijing Olympics, Gut-Behrami has mastered a tricky course to win the fourth Women’s Downhill World Cup of the season.

“It’s what I needed and I’m happy to have skied the way I wanted,” said the former Swiss overall champion, who has nine medals from major champions but only one from an Olympic event: bronze in the downhill at the Sochi Games in 2014.

“My last two months have been anything but good. I’m happy to get back into the rhythm. It’s cool to have been able to ski at a high level for three consecutive days,” added Gut-Behrami, who had achieved the third best time of the two workouts.

Olympic champion Sofia Goggia had an awkward fall midway through her race.

The Italian, who had won the previous three runs, appeared unscathed and raced down the course shortly after the incident.

Gut-Behrami clocked 1 minute, 45.78 seconds in perfect conditions on the three-kilometre Kälberloch course to beat Germany’s Kira Weidle by a tenth of a second. Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria was 0.44 behind in third.

It was Gut-Behrami’s second win of the season, but his first since missing nearly four weeks of racing after testing positive for COVID-19.

“After (the season opener in) Sölden, nothing went as planned,” Gut-Behrami said. “I was sick in America, then I crashed, then I got COVID. I skied about five days in November and three days in December, which is nothing.

Battling a cold, Gut-Behrami finished 17th and 23rd in two runs at Lake Louise, Alta. She then won a super-G on December 11 in St. Moritz in her native Switzerland, but crashed out in another super-G the following day.

Shortly after, a positive test forced her into self-isolation and she only resumed racing at a giant slalom in Slovenia last week.

“I’ve always struggled trying to get back in shape. That’s what I miss. I’m just happy that I’m already in the condition to ski well,” Gut-Behrami said.

“I struggle a bit with fitness, for sure, because I couldn’t really train,” she added. “We now have two weeks which are going to be, for sure, intense, but what I need to get back into racing mode.

World downhill champion Corinne Suter edged her Swiss teammate by 0.99 in seventh position and defending champion Petra Vlhova finished 2.27 behind outside the top 20 in the Slovak’s first start in a race of speed this season.

Breezy Johnson, who has finished second to Goggia in all three events so far this season, did not race after injuring her knee in a practice accident. Her American teammate, Mikaela Shiffrin, the overall World Cup leader, also skipped the event as she opted to train for the upcoming races.

In a characteristically courageous run, Goggia led the first two splits before losing control of his left ski in the compression of a dark section of the course. Her right ski came off when she lost her balance and the protective airbag under her racing suit inflated before she hit the ground.

The Italian slipped into the backstop with the left ski still attached to her boot but appeared to avoid injury. She sat on the course for a few seconds before giving a thumbs up.

Goggia has won the last seven runs she has contested and set the best time in practice on Friday.

His retirement paved the way for Gut-Behrami, who won both runs last season that the Italian missed with a knee injury.

Gut-Behrami rode a clean run on the challenging course, which opens on a 72% gradient, the steepest start section on the women’s circuit, where riders accelerate up to 120 km/h (74.5 mph) in five seconds.

Gut-Behrami was 0.34 ahead of then-leading Weidle, but lost nearly a quarter of a second when she came out of her tuck on the last jump before the finish.

The former Swiss overall champion claimed her 34th career victory and 12th in the downhill, leveling her with Italy’s Isolde Kostner at eighth on the list of all-time winners of the sport’s fastest discipline. .

A super-G on the same side is scheduled for Sunday.

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Seven original football boots, including Harry Redknapp’s zipper horrors and kicks

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A host of bizarre things have caught the eye in the Premier League over the years.

But in recent years, some original shoes have caught the attention of fans.

Boot deals have even gotten much bigger recently, with the majority of Premier League stars now tied to big deals with huge shoe brands such as Nike and Puma.

The days of the Adidas Copa Mundial and the iconic Nike Total 90s are long gone and sadly they have been replaced by some rather wacky designs.

But none have been as bad as these seven naughty offerings that have popped up over the past few years…

Serafino 4th edge



Serafino’s square toe design was backed by Harry Redknapp and Garth Crooks

Those square-toed Serafino monstrosities thankfully never saw the light of day – but that’s not for lack of trying.

The boot designers launched a Kickstarter campaign and even got support from Harry Redknapp and Garth Crooks for their ambitious boot project.

Unsurprisingly, they quickly discovered that the market for their unique design just wasn’t there.

Balenciaga boot

Would you wear any of the boots on this list? Let us know what you think in the comments section below…



These Balenciaga boots are over £500
These Balenciaga boots are over £500

From bizarre to downright outrageous, fashion designer Balenciaga has designed his own football boot if you can’t wait to watch the game during your kickabout with your friends – it’ll only cost you the sum of £540.

It’s worth bearing in mind that top football boots don’t come cheap. But even for a good pair of wheels, Balenciaga’s price seems more than a little excessive.

When you also factor in that your boots are likely to be beaten while playing in all conditions, it’s hard to see anyone shelling out that exorbitant sum.

Under Armor Projector Pro



Under Armour's Spotlight Pro featured a zipper instead of the traditional laces
Under Armour’s Spotlight Pro featured a zipper instead of the traditional laces

Not to be outdone by Serafino’s outlandish design, Under Armor decided to ditch the laces and hit a ghastly zipper down the middle of their Spotlight Pro model.

Unsurprisingly, this is another design that failed to catch on.

While slip-on boots are definitely a thing these days, there are sleeker, more rounded designs than those introduced by the American sportswear giants in 2017.

Puma evoPOWER MB 9



Puma designed these boots specifically for former Manchester City sniper Mario Balotelli
Puma designed these boots specifically for former Manchester City sniper Mario Balotelli

After tying Mario Balotelli to a big, multi-year starter deal when the Italian striker was at the height of his powers in 2013, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Puma tried to cash in on the partnership.

What the world got as a result of this was the evoPOWER MB 9 – a boot whose design was, quite literally, molded from Balotelli himself.

The infamous “Why always me?” Balotelli’s slogan has been printed on the back of these boots with a tuft of fuzzy material that has been designed to replicate the striker’s mohawk. Iconic.

Gamer Warrior



Featured Warrior's Gambler Boots
Warrior’s Gambler boots featured “glory holes” in the back of the heel

Warrior’s ill-fated foray into the football market all but began and ended with their sponsorship of Liverpool, but they did their best to establish themselves in the crowded shoe market.

Unfortunately, their Gambler boot which was unveiled in 2013 had fundamental marketing flaws.

An opening in the rear heel, designed for flexibility, has been dubbed “gloryholes” by the sportswear brand.

Not satisfied with this, they even went further stating that gloryholes were “for precise adjustment in delicate situations”.

We won’t say more…

Zygo Deztruct



Zygo's Deztruct Boots consisted of a load of miniature suction cups designed to aid ball control
Zygo’s Deztruct Boots consisted of a load of miniature suction cups designed to aid ball control

Australian sportswear brand Zygo tried to hit the market with this unique design featuring a load of “pods”.

The small suction cups have been designed to release energy and help ball control for better grip and power.

Unfortunately, the downfall of these practical benefits turned out to be a rather crazy design that ended up assembling an octopus rather than a football stand.

Adidas Primeknit FS



The Adidas Primeknit FS was compared to an UGG boot with stripes after its unveiling in 2014
The Adidas Primeknit FS was compared to an UGG boot with stripes after its unveiling in 2014

Although laceless and sock-like designs have become a thing in football over the past few years, the Adidas Primeknit FS has been slain.

The design has been compared to a striped Ugg boot despite the German giants calling the boot a “world’s first” in 2014.

It may not have taken off back then, but boots with built-in ankle protection are everywhere you look in 2022.

However, it is Nike, not Adidas, that seems to be the most important in this area with its Magista, Mercurial and Hypervenom lines.

Huge discounts on winter clothing ahead of World Snow Day

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World Snow Day may not be something you’ve heard of before, but something 44 countries around the world will be taking part in this year.

Organized by the International Ski Federation, it is part of an initiation campaign to snow and sports practiced on snow, and will take place this year on January 16th.

As part of this, you might be inspired to get involved in such alpine pursuits and there are a number of garments that will need to be worn for the task.

We’ve highlighted a number of items that would be useful for skiing or other alpine sports, as well as winter clothing in general.

Clothes to buy for World Snow Day

If you are looking for ski specific items then Matches Fashion can help.

For example, a Fusalp Mathilde herringbone quilted ski jacket is well suited to piste conditions and features a wide collar, snow gaiter cuffs and zipped pockets.

A women’s jacket costs £650 on the Matches Fashion website.

Additionally, Fusalp can also supply Pace Eyes logo jacquard ski goggles for £210 and Bogner Chamonix sheepskin and suede snow boots for £470.

If you’re looking for slightly cheaper winter clothes, Asos has a few options for you.

Some options from Asos (Asos)

For example, these XTI Lace Up Snow Boots in Black are currently on an almost half price offer, currently costing £42, down from £80.

They’re not the only well-priced snow boots you can get your hands on, as these high leg snow boots from the black monochrome print Truffle Collection are currently 20% off and costing £30.

Alternatively, if you’re not looking for snow boots, you can pick up this Burton Covert Ski Jacket in Gray for £148, which is currently down from £185.

More options come for ski/skate boots with the Adult Cross Country Skate Boot – XC S Skate Boots 900.

This is 56% off on the Decathlon website at the moment, down from £229.99 to £99.99.

Plus, if you’re looking to get your youngest child interested in snow sports, Selfridges has Toddler Whitney II Logo Snow Boots for ages one to three.

They cost £80 but are woven with 200g worth of insulation and have a removable molded EVA footbed with a micro-fleece top cover.

A-League Women’s Glory signs ex-Matildas striker – FTBL | The homeland of football in Australia – the women’s game

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Leena Khamis will feature in the A-League Women again, having joined Perth Glory on a short-term contract due to injury. The Western Australian club were able to sign Khamis due to the number of serious injuries the team are currently suffering.

Signature of Leena Khamis

  • Khamis signed a short-term injury replacement contract.
  • Three attackers are currently injured in the Perth Glory squad.
  • Matilda, 25 caps, will have been signed in each season of the A-League Women.

You can find more information about the A-League Women on The Women’s Game.

Khamis’ arrival at Perth Glory will mark his 14th A-League season. The 35-year-old made his debut in 2008 with Sydney FC and won the Premiership twice with the Blues and once the Championship.

After ten years with the Blues, the former Golden Boot winner will also represent Canberra United and Western Sydney Wanderers. she did Following over 120 appearances in Australia’s top women’s league and have 25 Matildas caps.

Glory signed a short-term injury replacement contract with Khamis after the team lost Cyera Hintzen, Susan Phonsongkham and Demi Koulizakis to injury. Head Coach Alex Epakis was talking the addition of his new attacker:

“I am really happy and excited to have Leena on board for the next few weeks. She has already had an instant impact on the team and the training environment.

“Leena brings an invaluable amount of experience and competitive attitude and it will definitely add to our competitiveness and our goals over the next few weeks.

“It’s very unfortunate to be without some players who have played well for us so far this season, but I know Leena is relishing the opportunity to make a big impact for us.”

Khamis for his part expressed his desire to return to “Dub”:

“I always had the motivation and the passion to continue and play the 2022 season, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance.

“Alex got in touch with me and we had a really good discussion about the team and how I could possibly help.

“I think these ladies are a special group. They have a very good chance of qualifying for the finals this season and I hope to get there with them.

“We aim to play football in the semi-finals because, according to history, anything can happen once you are there.

Khamis will be available for this weekend’s A-League women’s clash against the Newcastle Jets. Perth is currently in sixth place in the standings, one place behind Jet.

MORE…

Calendar of the 7th day of the Women’s A League

Five games are currently scheduled for Matchday 7 of the Women’s A-League this weekend.

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Women’s A-League match to watch: Matchday 7

Each week, we’ll take a look at an upcoming women’s A-League game and talk about its context in the competition and its potential as a spectacle. This week’s game: Melbourne Victory is looking to bounce back against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

You can find more information about the A-League Women on The Women’s Game.

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I got stuck in a style rut when I got sick and won 4 stones – going from a size 10 to 18

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LIKE so many women struggling with serious illness, Monet Paris has found herself putting on weight from steroids.

Monet, 24, has suffered from Berger’s disease – which attacks his kidneys and immune system – since he was 19.

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After going from a size ten to a size 18, Monet began to live in baggy t-shirts, leggings and Ugg boots, a far cry from his previous stylish outfits.Credit: Fab Daily News UK

The weight of fluids gained from being on a kidney dialysis machine also contributed to her problem as she piled on four stones.

Going from size 10 to size 18 and falling in love with her wardrobe, Monet began to live in loose t-shirts, leggings and Ugg boots – a far cry from her previous stylish outfits.

Monet, who studied social work but is unable to work, had lost his mojo.

She says, “I’m in the hospital all the time, which means I live in my pajamas. When I dress, things often don’t go well because I’m so bloated from the drugs.

“I also have scars on my chest, wrist and on either side of my hips, which go right under my stomach, because I had a kidney transplant on each side.

“It’s hard on me mentally, especially at my age. I struggle a lot.

She adds: “I loved shopping because things were working out. But now I don’t do my shopping on the main street anymore.

Instagram only makes it worse because she says, “I see friends on social media coming out and getting dressed.”

But thanks to a makeover by Fabulous Fashion Director Tracey Lea Sayer as part of our Challenge The Stylist series, Monet has now reached a milestone – as you’ll see in the outfits.

They are great for going into town, hanging out with friends, or taking a stroll.

She says, “When I first saw myself after my makeover, I felt very embarrassed. It was hard because I spent a lot of time not venturing out.

“I always feel insecure because my weight fluctuates and often does. But after a while in the photoshoot after the makeover I started having fun and realized that clothes could still look good on me.

Her favorite outfit was the sequined pants with blazer.

“I AM KINDER TO MYSELF”

She says, “I would never have chosen these pants but I loved them. The boots with the pink jacket were also cute. It gave me a nice size.

“I would never have tried the jacket because I usually stick to black, khaki green, black and a little more black! Now I’m going to put more color in my wardrobe.

At home in Leicester thereafter, Monet cleared his wardrobe.

She said, “I was holding on to clothes that didn’t and never fit. I got rid of it. It felt good.

“This year I’ll be nicer to myself. I have been through a lot and I have to be proud of who I am.

“I live with something incurable but it is life. I wanted to walk around in a top to tell everyone what I’m living with. But not anymore.”

Living with serious illness, Monet lost his fashion mojo. Here’s how we got it back. . .

In the city

Monet wears: jacket, £ 75, shirt, £ 32, pants, £ 50, and bag, £ 44, all of River Island and shoes, £ 35, Asos

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Monet wears: jacket, £ 75, shirt, £ 32, pants, £ 50, and bag, £ 44, all of River Island and shoes, £ 35, AsosCredit: Fab Daily News UK

TRACEY SAYS: “It was Monet’s favorite outfit and mine too. She looks stunning in this oversized tweed blazer, sequined pants and platform sandals.

“She said she would never have tried these pieces in store because she didn’t think they would suit her. But she lit up when she saw what she looked like.

“It was so good to see her confidence grow on set as she tried new things. This is her next date look.

Winter walk

Monet wears: Coat, £ 55, Asos;  leggings, £ 19.99, New Look;  sweater, £ 39.99, H&M;  boots, £ 65, River Island;  bag, £ 24, Next

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Monet wears: Coat, £ 55, Asos; leggings, £ 19.99, New Look; sweater, £ 39.99, H&M; boots, £ 65, River Island; bag, £ 24, NextCredit: Fab Daily News UK

TRACEY SAYS: “It was so gratifying to help Monet get back to fashion. Her face lit up when she tried on this gorgeous faux sheepskin coat from Asos.

“With an oversized Nordic sweater and shiny leggings, I dressed up this look with heels and a squishy bag – perfect for a winter stroll followed by a nice pub lunch.”

Meet some friends

Monet is wearing: jacket, £ 35, Boohoo;  dress, £ 35.99, reserved;  boots, £ 99, M&S

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Monet is wearing: jacket, £ 35, Boohoo; dress, £ 35.99, reserved; boots, £ 99, M&SCredit: Fab Daily News UK

TRACEY SAYS: “Since having had many operations, Monet is quite embarrassed by her stomach, so I opted for a nice empire dress. This cut pulls Monet just under her bust then flares out onto her stomach.

“The thigh-high boots and the funky optical print leather jacket are perfect for Monet to meet up with friends for a laugh.”

Challenge The stylist sees fabulous fashion director Tracey Lea Sayer using her expertise to support readers

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Challenge The stylist sees fabulous fashion director Tracey Lea Sayer using her expertise to support readers

7 winter trails around Toronto that will take you to the top of the snowy world

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Put on your hiking boots and get ready for some incredible views, as these trails near Toronto lead to some towering lookouts.

You can contemplate the frozen valleys and snow-capped trees as you venture into these places, and it’s almost like gazing into a snow globe.

Rouge National Urban Park

Price: Free

Address: Zoo Rd., Toronto, ON

Why You Must Go: This expansive park offers beautiful snow-covered trails, and you can follow the Vista Trail to incredible, towering views as well as a two-level observation deck.

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Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Price: $ 9.50 per adult

Address: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON

Why You Must Go: Take in the views of the winter wonderland below as you follow the Buffalo Crag Trail to the top of a snow-capped escarpment. Remember to book before going to this location.

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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

Address: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne, ON

Why You Must Go: You can explore a frozen canyon and walk to spectacular views at this park on the Cliff Top Trail.

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Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 28, chemin Quarry, Grimsby, ON

Why You Must Go: This enchanting hike near Toronto takes you past two icy waterfalls to a lookout where you can take in all the winter scenery.

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Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

Price: $ 15.50 per day

Address: Harvest Rd., Dundas, ON

Why you must go: This area has two amazing waterfalls and so much winter magic. Dundas Peak Lookout is an amazing place to take in the views in any season, and you can find it by following the very first trail from Tew Falls.

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Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Price: $ 9.50 per adult

Address: 5317 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON

Why You Must Go: This perfect hike will take you through glistening forest to the Brock Harris Lookout, where you can see all the way to the CN Tower.

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Evergreen Brick

Price: Free

Address: 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: Explore the many trails that surround this historic factory and enjoy the views from the vantage point.

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Before you go, check out our Responsible Travel Guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Selma Blair has coffee with her beau Ron Carlson in LA … after revealing that she “feels a lot better”

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Grammy-nominated actress Selma Blair beamed while having take-out coffee with boyfriend – Daytime Emmy-nominated producer Ron Carlson – in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Michigan-born woman – who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2018 – walked impressively without a cane as she held onto the leash of her Scout service dog.

Selma and her Red Fox Lab diploma in the Doggie Does Good Service Dogs team on December 17th after a year and a half of training.

Caffeine fix: Grammy-nominated actress Selma Blair beamed while having take-out coffee with boyfriend – Daytime Emmy-nominated producer Ron Carlson – in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Blair (born Beitner) was dressed in a $ 50 Miss Jones Baking Co. “Bakers Gonna Bake” sweatshirt, red monkey print pants and UGG boots.

The introductory star finished off her casual look with aviator sunglasses and a white manicure.

Selma has been dating her silver fox on and off since February 2015.

Ron – who is the father of 11-year-old Chloe – hasn’t worked since writing and directing the campy 2017 horror comedy Dead Ant, which was released in 2019.

Canine companion: The 49-year-old Michigan-born woman - who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2018 - walked impressively without a cane as she held onto the leash of her Scout service dog

Canine companion: The 49-year-old Michigan-born woman – who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2018 – walked impressively without a cane as she held onto the leash of her Scout service dog

“I’m so happy to have him”: Selma and her Red Fox Lab graduated as a Doggie Does Good Service Dogs team on December 17th after a year and a half of training

Dressed for Comfort: Blair (born Beitner) was dressed in a $ 50 Miss Jones Baking Co.

Dressed for Comfort: Blair (born Beitner) was dressed in a $ 50 Miss Jones Baking Co. “Bakers Gonna Bake” sweatshirt, red monkey print pants, and UGG boots

Big smile: The introductory star finished off her casual look with aviator sunglasses and a white manicure

Big smile: The introductory star finished off her casual look with aviator sunglasses and a white manicure

And Blair amicably co-parents her 10-year-old son, Arthur Saint, with her Topanga-based ex-partner Jason Bleick, whom she separated in 2012.

The Far More actress gave her 2.8 million Instagram / Twitter followers a three-minute update on her recovery from the potentially crippling disease on Sunday.

Selma’s candid video revealed that she hired a nurse or nursing technician to help her with “luxurious” intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments at her four-bedroom home in Fryman Canyon.

Greeting from a fan: Selma has been dating her silver fox (not pictured) intermittently since February 2015

Greeting from a fan: Selma has been dating her silver fox (not pictured) intermittently since February 2015

'My Valentines portrait': Ron - who is the father of 11-year-old daughter Chloe (M, pictured February 14) - has not worked since writing and directing the 2017 horror comedy campy Dead Ant, released in 2019

‘My Valentines portrait’: Ron – who is the father of 11-year-old daughter Chloe (M, pictured February 14) – has not worked since writing and directing the 2017 horror comedy campy Dead Ant, released in 2019

‘We love you like crazy’: Blair amicably co-parents her 10-year-old son Arthur Saint (M, pictured December 25) with her ex-Topanga-based partner Jason Bleick (R), whom she sits on. ‘is separated in 2012

Blair jokingly calls the IVIG machine his “Wall-E device.”

“I’m very lucky these days aren’t painful for me – some people are,” the Other Life star explained.

‘I’m fine. But yes, I’m still in it but I feel a lot better. And this is how the days often go by.

'And how are you?'  The Far More actress gave her 2.8 million Instagram / Twitter followers a three-minute update on her recovery from the potentially crippling disease on Sunday.

‘And how are you?’ The Far More actress gave her 2.8 million Instagram / Twitter followers a three-minute update on her recovery from the potentially crippling disease on Sunday.

Help Hired: Selma's candid video revealed she was enlisting a nurse or nursing technician to help her with 'luxurious' intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments at her four bedroom home in Fryman Canyon

Help Hired: Selma’s candid video revealed she was enlisting a nurse or nursing technician to help her with ‘luxurious’ intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments at her four bedroom home in Fryman Canyon

Loud: Blair jokingly calls the IVIG machine his

Loud: Blair jokingly calls the IVIG machine his “Wall-E device”

The Other Life star explained:

'I'm fine.  But yes, I'm still in it but I feel a lot better.  And this is how the days go by often '

The Other Life star explained, “I’m so lucky these days aren’t painful for me – some people are. I’m fine. But yes, I’m still in it but I feel a lot better. And this is how days go by often ‘

Selma felt it was important to check with his fans who supported him because they “always checked on me”.

“My endurance energy had to go elsewhere – family, vacations, recovery, sleep, time for meds. All things, ”Blair explained.

“I didn’t register and I hope you also find the things that make you feel better. Happy 2022! ‘

“Happy 2022!  Selma felt it was important to check with her fans who supported her because they

“Happy 2022! Selma felt it was important to check with her fans who supported her because they “always checked me out”

Blair explained, “My endurance energy had to go somewhere else - family, vacation, recovery, sleep, time for meds.  All the things.  I didn't register and hope you also find the things that make you feel better '

Blair explained, “My endurance energy had to go somewhere else – family, vacation, recovery, sleep, time for meds. All the things. I didn’t register and hope you also find the things that make you feel better ‘

Painful process: The former Cruel Intentions has come a long way since she received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2019, all of which were captured for her Discovery + Presentation doc, Selma Blair

Painful process: The former Cruel Intentions has come a long way since she received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2019, all of which were captured for her Discovery + Presentation doc, Selma Blair

“Sending Love”: Selma’s Instagram post received rave reviews from Rosanna Arquette, Mel B, Michelle Pfeiffer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Helena Christensen, Annaleigh Ashford, Rebecca Gayheart and Ione Sky Lee

The Cruel Intentions alum has come a long way since she received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2019, all of which were captured for her Discovery + Presentation doc, Selma Blair.

Selma’s Instagram post received rave reviews from Rosanna Arquette, Mel B, Michelle Pfeiffer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Helena Christensen, Annaleigh Ashford, Rebecca Gayheart and Ione Sky Lee.

On May 17, Knopf will release Blair’s 320-page literary debut album, Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up.

'It's personal.  This is my story and designed with love! '  On May 17th, Knopf will release Blair's 320-page debut literary album, Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up.

‘It’s personal. This is my story and designed with love! ‘ On May 17th, Knopf will release Blair’s 320-page debut literary album, Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up.

How the students at this rural charter school ate lunch

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It’s hard to think positively about the pandemic, but for a small charter school at the foot of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, COVID has helped spark a big change.

There is now a school lunch program that serves approximately three-quarters of the school’s 80 students. Sometimes even more on pizza days.

The launch of last August’s lunch at Crestone Charter School took place with the help of COVID-era relief funds and close cooperation from the local Moffat school district nearby. Staff run the lunch program, prepare daily meals and transport food 27 km to the charter school in a specially equipped Ford Econoline van.

Christina Lakish, who has a second and fourth year at the charter school, said the lunch program has been of huge benefit to her family. She estimates that this saves her $ 100 per month, money that she was able to invest in items like better winter boots for her children.

Lachish’s 10-year-old son, a picky eater, was not an instant convert to school meals after years of mom-packed lunches. It took an on-the-spot conversation about inflation and rising food prices to convince him to participate.

“I explained to him that everything costs more right now and I’m not making more money, so we all take hits for the team,” said Lakish, who is an emergency medical technician for the department. local ambulance.

Students at Crestone Charter School line up for a special Thanksgiving meal prepared by local district staff and served with the help of parents.
Courtesy of Michael Pancheco

The school meals program is free to all students in the charter school and the only school in the district, as much of it comes from low-income families. Saguache County, where Crestone and Moffat are located, has one of the highest child poverty rates in Colorado.

Thomas Cleary, principal of the charter school and former teacher at the school, has said for years that the K-12 school has chosen to focus its spending on field trips and learning opportunities by l experience to align with its educational goal. But some students came to school hungry.

“They couldn’t learn and COVID exacerbated it,” he said.

The pandemic has represented a “perfect storm in a positive sense,” providing the funding and a growing sense of urgency to feed students, Cleary said. It also happened as principals were doing more to ensure equity and inclusion in schools. They didn’t want the lack of meals to be a deciding factor for interested families.

Melanie Beckwith, business manager for the Moffat Consolidated School District, said she has long wanted to provide lunch for Crestone Charter students, but can’t get the finances to work. While the federal government subsidizes the cost of school meals, districts must manage meal programs with care because the margins are so slim.

Moffat Consolidated and the charter school both injected some of the money for the new lunch program using federal COVID relief dollars for schools. The district spent approximately $ 27,000 to purchase food serving and storage equipment and to modify the lunch van to keep the food at the right temperature for the half-hour drive. The district also pays half the cost of the employee who delivers lunches to the charter school and brings back the dirty dishes for washing.

The school, which donated an old pickup truck from its ski program for food transportation, paid out about $ 35,000 this year, partly towards the salary of the driver of the pickup and to pay for an additional waiter.

School and district officials recognize each other for a flexible partnership that has produced an increasingly popular lunch program. When the program started in August, approximately 40 students participated. Now it’s up to 60 or more.

“So far everything has gone really well,” said Beckwith, who eventually hopes to add a breakfast program to the charter school.

Two boys from Crestone Charter School eat their school's Thanksgiving meal at an outdoor lunch table.

Students at Crestone Charter School enjoy a special Thanksgiving lunch in November.
Courtesy of Michael Pancheco

“When I went up there the kids are so excited, they are so grateful, they are so grateful,” she said. “That alone makes your heart beat faster. ”

Of course, there were a few bumps in the lunch schedule process. Once, when the usual van driver was out and Beckwith had replaced him, she quickly realized that a seat belt was not enough to keep a large insulated container of chicken noodle soup in. place on a hilly road with sharp bends. The soup spilled and Beckwith ended up washing the seats of the van.

Some charter school parents were initially nervous about their children eating processed, non-organic, non-local foods, or items high in sugar. Cleary said the school sends out lunch menus in advance so parents know what will be served, make sure vegetarian options are available, and provide white milk and almond milk, but no chocolate.

District Food Services Manager Tina Serna and her team make much of the food from scratch, including lasagna, smothered burritos, and chicken stir-fries. She also uses green vegetables from the district school greenhouse to mix them into the salad.

Every week, Cleary sends out polls asking parents to give their opinion. While some still occasionally express concerns about school lunches, he said, “Usually the kind of feedback I get is, ‘Thank you for feeding my children. ”