The women disappearing in Peru

Cinthia Estrada Bolivar (31), who is eight months pregnant, is seeking justice for the disappearance of her sister Marleny Estrada Bolivar (28).
Cinthia Estrada’s sister Marleny disappeared in July

Cinthia Estrada Bolívar remembers the day her family received a phone call from the community kitchen which her 29-year-old sister Marleny co-ordinated in the Peruvian capital, Lima.

It was 16 July and Marleny had not turned up to cook for the poor, something which was completely out of character for the mother-of-two.

Cinthia, her parents and another sister went to Marleny’s home in a poor neighbourhood of Lima to look for her. They were greeted by Marleny’s ex-husband.

View of the populated hill of the San Juan de Lurigancho neighbourhood
Marleny disappeared in the San Juan de Lurigancho neighbourhood, considered one of the most dangerous places in the periphery of the city of Lima

Calmly, he told them that Marleny had just left. Cinthia remembers being bothered by the fact that he did not seem upset by the fact that the mother of his two children had disappeared.

She was also worried as Marleny had in the past reported her ex-husband for being violent against her and her son.

The following day, still without any news from Marleny, the family went to the police to report her missing.

Cinthia Estrada Bolivar (31) and her three-year-old daughter stand in front of their house accompanied by their relatives.
Cinthia and her family reported Marleny missing

“We had confidence in the authorities,” Cinthia recalls. But she says that that confidence was soon shattered as the family got the impression that the police were not taking the case seriously.

Officers told the family to stay away from Marleny’s home as the investigation was now in the hands of the police.

In August, Marleny’s ex-husband left Lima with their two children, aged three and eight. He has not been seen or heard of since.

Weeks later, Cinthia dreamt that her sister was at home, dead. She managed to convince the police to accompany the family to Marleny’s house.

The last photo of Marleny Estrada Bolivar (28)
The last photograph the family has of Marleny shows her in Peruvian folkloric dress

While the police searched one part of the house with sniffer dogs, Cinthia and her father searched the bedroom.

“The room looked different, there was something different about the floor,” Cinthia recalls.

She and her father took up the floorboards and started digging. While the shovel slid into the ground easily, they found nothing at first.

“My intuition told me that Marleny was down there,” Cinthia says. A horrible smell coming from the hole seemed to prove her right.

The police took over the search and asked the family to leave the room. Eventually, they found Marleny’s body buried a metre and a half down. Cinthia is convinced that her sister’s body could have been located earlier.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Marleny’s ex-husband on suspicion of murder but his whereabouts are unknown.

Cinthia Estrada Bolivar (31) and her 3 year old daughter, in their house accompanied by their relatives
Cinthia and her family want to see justice done

Cinthia wants justice for her murdered sister. She also thinks her family could have been spared weeks of anguish and that they would stand a better chance of tracing her missing niece and nephew if only the police had acted faster.

Not all disappearances end as tragically as Marleny’s but

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RHOC’s Kelly Dodd Slams Rick Leventhal’s Ex-Fiancee Lauren Sivan

Not holding back! Kelly Dodd fired back at her new husband Rick Leventhal‘s ex-fiancée, Lauren Sivan, in a scorching Instagram comment days after tying the knot.

Sivan, 42, shared an Instagram photo on October 17 of herself and Leventhal’s daughter Veronica riding a four-wheeler. “You may have a new stepmom but I’ll forever tell people I had you as a teen. Come back soon,” the reporter captioned the post.

RHOC Kelly Dodd Slams New Husband Rick Leventhal Ex-Wife Lauren Sivan
Rick Leventhal and Kelly Dodd. Courtesy of Rick Leventhal/Instagram

Dodd, 45, replied, “That’s funny because [Veronica] told me and Rick she hated you as a teenager tore your face out of every picture .. too bad you didn’t have your own.”

According to the New York Post‘s Page Six, Leventhal, 60, and Sivan got engaged after one year of dating and had plans to tie the knot in February 2006. However, the pair eventually split.

Leventhal and Dodd were first linked in summer 2019 after Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer introduced the pair. In November 2019, the couple got engaged after just three months of dating.

RHOC Kelly Dodd Slams New Husband Rick Leventhal Ex-Wife Lauren Sivan
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The Bravo personality told Extra at the time that she had “no idea” the Fox News correspondent planned to propose. “I’m very much happily in love,” she explained. “I came into town on Wednesday night, he picks me up at the St. Regis, he takes me back to his house, he has an outdoor terrace … He got on one knee, he said, ‘You are the love of my life,’ and he popped the question.”

The couple later tied the knot on October 10 in a romantic ceremony in Santa Rosa, California. Dodd told Us Weekly in November 2019 that she immediately realized he was The One.

“I knew right when I met him! Ramona introduced me to him. I knew it was fireworks right off the bat,” she said at the time.

Dodd was previously married to Michael Dodd from 2006 to 2017. The pair share 14-year-old daughter Jolie. Leventhal, for his part, ended his nine-month marriage to Beth Shak in 2017. He also shares daughters Veronica and Shoshana with ex-wife Penny Daniels.

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Wealthy Millennial Women Tend to Defer to Husbands on Investing

Many conversations about women’s empowerment are focused on negotiating salary increases, Ms. Porter said. “But what good does that raise do you if you don’t know what your savings plan is going to be with that little bit of extra money?” she said. “What good does it do to climb that ladder and get that next higher-paying job with better benefits if you don’t take the time to invest that retirement fund correctly?”

Sallie Krawcheck, chief executive and co-founder of Ellevest, an investment platform for women, said millennials might not have realized that if they do not have financial equality, they do not have independence.

“Younger women haven’t had as many hard-won lessons,” she said.

The UBS study has limitations: It did not survey the boomers when they were three decades younger, the age millennials are today, so it is hard to conclude to what extent the differing attitudes are because of age and acquired wisdom versus other changes. And the women surveyed, all of whom had at least a quarter of a million dollars in investable assets, may not be representative of their generation over all.

Erin Lowry, a personal finance adviser and the author of “Broke Millennial,” said one reason boomer women may be more likely to view financial independence as essential for equality was that they have witnessed what can happen without it: Many were raised by mothers who were denied loans or credit cards in their names, she said.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as the director of the A.C.L.U.’s Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s, litigated a string of cases that paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, which prohibited creditors from asking about sex, marital status or the use of birth control.

“I know a lot of millennial women who are feminists, liberated and whatever, who let their husbands handle all the finances,” Ms. Lowry said. “It’s very much still an archetype in heterosexual relationships.”

One woman, a graduate student in her 30s, said that when she got married several years ago, her husband made most of the money and handled the couple’s long-term finances. That meant he had more say than she did in decisions like where their daughter went to school and where they went on vacation, she said.

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Donut Lovers Married At Drive-Thru Window

An Oklahoma couple got a little more than breakfast at Dunkin’–they got married at the coffee-and-pastry chain. Sugar Good and John Thompson wed on Oct. 13 at the drive-thru window.

Good had been serving Thompson breakfast at the Dunkin’ drive-thru for a year when she finally made the first move in September 2018. Thompson proposed in the Dunkin’ parking lot a year and a half later in April while dropping Good off for her morning shift at 3 a.m.

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“We knew we wanted to share it with the Dunkin’ family,” Good told the New York Times.

Good wore her Dunkin’ uniform as she married Thompson the same way she met him: standing in the drive-thru window while Thompson sat in his red pickup truck. A pastor stood outside between them to perform the short ceremony.

Misha Goli is the owner of the Edmond store and was happy to host the nuptials. He brought balloons, a doughnut bouquet and pink-and-orange signs to alert customers as to why the drive-thru line was being held up momentarily. Glazed and maple-glazed doughnuts were available for free.

Thompson and Good aren’t the first couple to have a Dunkin’ wedding. Massachusetts Dunkin’ duo Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy broke up as teenagers at a Dunkin’ Donuts in 1992. They married in late 2019 at the same Dunkin’ location, USA Today reports.

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Of Fashion And Film, The El Gouna Film Festival Kicks Off In Egypt

The 4th edition of the El Gouna Film Festival has kicked off in El Gouna, Egypt, and yes, during the pandemic, but, it’s full of life with over 200 international guests and filled with all things film and fashion. Undoubtedly, the festival has become the most important starry industry event in Egypt and for the Middle East. The nine-day event is comprised of the region’s top film artists, as well as the international film community, with a star-studded red carpet and opening ceremony, to the week being filled with screenings and panel discussions.  

The festival kicked off a glamorous red carpet and opening ceremony on Friday night, with gowns designed by the region’s most talented couture designers from Maison Yeya, Deana Shaaban, Elie Saab and Yasmin Mansour. Aside from film, the festival gives young designers and small brands the opportunity to have a platform to get their name put on the world stage with film stars wearing their creations.

You can’t have a conversation about film without having a conversation about fashion. The two go hand in hand and the El Gouna Film Festival is testament to this. “Fashion and film go very well together. There is a public interest associated with the stars and cinema in general, so we’ve found that they are a good combination when added together,” says Samih Sawiris on the marriage between fashion and film. Designers are benefitting greatly from the social media and media power buzz around the festival that they wouldn’t often get because they don’t have large marketing budgets.

The sprawled out red carpet was filled with the Middle East’s top cinema talent from Amina Khalil, Amr Youssef, Yousra, Nicolas Mouawad, Yasmine Sabri, Stephanie Saliba, Tara Ehmad, Huda El Mufti, and Nesreen Tafesh. The opening ceremony kicked off with Lebanese singer Ramy Ayach

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Remembering Giants 2010 World Series title

The footprints tracing the Giants’ ascent to the 2010 World Series title, the first in the franchise’s San Francisco tenure, still look fresh.

Maybe that’s because 10 years doesn’t seem that long ago.

Or maybe it’s because that team’s character — and characters — remain on the active roster in that playground where nostalgia supplants oxygen. It’s called memory.

Rewind 10 years, and behold the Giants’ superior pitching staff led by twin aces Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, backed by the bullpen’s “Core Four” ensemble featuring closer Brian Wilson.

Veterans such as Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell provided levity and leadership. Rookies Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner began the season in Triple-A and ended it as full-fledged heroes.

“The shared energy of that roster was palpable,” said Bill Neukom, the team’s managing general partner at the time.

Many of these stories will sound familiar. Also pleasant, if you’re a Giants fan.

EXPECTATIONS

The Giants failed to qualify for the postseason for six consecutive years entering 2010. But signs of competence emerged. San Francisco ended a streak of four straight losing seasons by finishing 88-74 in ’09, a 16-game improvement over ’08. Lincecum had established himself among the game’s elite as the National League’s reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner. He was complemented by Wilson, who was in the middle of a four-year stretch (2008-11) during which he recorded 163 saves. Though the Giants ranked 13th in the NL with 657 runs scored in ’09, third baseman Pablo Sandoval performed like a budding superstar that year (.330 batting average, 25 home runs, 90 RBIs).

Dave Righetti, pitching coach: Everybody kind of sensed there might be some urgency. You just couldn’t let these years pass. It wasn’t like we thought we were going to win it all, but we knew we were going to compete. We knew we were going to be in it for the year if we stayed healthy.

Travis Ishikawa, first baseman: We all believed that it was possible. Even though it wasn’t said, you could feel like this team had the makings to do it — to make the playoffs and be competitive in the playoffs.

Jeremy Affeldt, left-hander: Toward the end of 2009 is when it seemed like there were some things clicking, and we started winning and fans started coming to the games. At the beginning [of ’10], it seemed like there were some fans not interested still. But we had hope, especially knowing that Madison and Buster had shown promise at the end of September 2009 and in Spring Training.

MASTERS OF THE MOUND

“When you talk about the 2010 team, to me, the opening sentence better be about the pitching,” Burrell said.

In fact, San Francisco carved out a Major League-best 3.36 ERA. But the starters actually faltered in August, compiling a 5-13 record and a 5.56 ERA in 25 games. An 11-3 loss to Arizona on Aug. 28 prompted general manager Brian Sabean to herd the starters — sans Cain, who was

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Julie Bishop’s ‘hipster’ innovation hub out of fashion at Dfat

It was one of Julie Bishop’s pet projects as foreign affairs minister: an innovation hub she described as a “gorgeous little funky, hipster, Googly, Facebooky-type place”.



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But the “innovationXchange” – established in 2015 to devise new ideas to deliver an increasingly tight foreign aid budget – may well have innovated itself out of existence. It has been scrubbed from the foreign affairs department’s organisational chat and rebranded on the website.



Julie Bishop standing in front of a door: Dfat says ‘innovation is now an embedded practice across the department’ after the apparent scrapping of Julie Bishop’s innovationXchange as a standalone initiative.


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Dfat says ‘innovation is now an embedded practice across the department’ after the apparent scrapping of Julie Bishop’s innovationXchange as a standalone initiative.

Asked by Guardian Australia about the apparent loss of the standalone initiative, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade explained that innovation had “now been embedded as a practice across the department”.

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While it has been a perennial topic for questioning at Senate estimates hearings, innovationXchange attracted perhaps the most attention in 2015 when it was revealed Dfat had spent more than $1,700 on three beanbags.

This was, Dfat said at the time, part of setting up a “collaborative workspace and a new way of working that encourages creativity and innovation”, which also included a convertible conference table that doubled as a table tennis table.

In any case, the beanbags were deemed “cheaper, more practical and adaptable than a three-seat couch, which was valued at approximately $2,300”.

The current location of the beanbags could not be ascertained at time of writing.

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Beanbags aside, the innovation scheme – with initial funding of $140m over four years – has spawned more substantive projects.

It has, for example, funded a trial in Fiji of a robust, low-cost robot that could help farmers in developing nations. It has also looked at devising new ways to deliver education in crisis-affected countries.

But there are multiple signs of a shift in emphasis from the Bishop-era project.

Dfat’s recently revamped organisational chart no longer includes any middle manager specifically responsible for innovationXchange.

That is a change from July, when the organisational chart still had an assistant secretary-level position in charge of the initiative.

The next piece in the puzzle is the rebranding of the “innovationXchange” section of Dfat’s website to carry the new banner “[email protected]”. Archived versions of the website suggest the old brand was still in use as recently as 9 October.

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A Dfat spokesperson said innovationXchange had been “established to boost innovation across Dfat, and the aid program in particular, by trialling new technologies and services delivery approaches”.

“This has now been embedded as a practice across the department, reflecting the importance of innovation in Australia’s international development program and response to Covid-19,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that there had been

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Tracy Reese’s Hope for Flowers Is Bringing “Heart and Soul” to Sustainable Fashion



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Over two decades, Tracy Reese’s namesake label moved from strength to strength with its playful marriage of bold colors and eye-catching prints with smart, meticulously-cut silhouettes, finding fans in everyone from Michelle Obama to Meghan Markle to Taylor Swift. But after disappearing from the New York Fashion Week schedule for a season, Reese reemerged last summer with a very different proposition. Her new brand, Hope for Flowers, marked a conscious attempt on Reese’s part to press reset on the overproduction and relentless pace of running a brand today, with an emphasis on sustainable textiles, ethical production, and a firm commitment that it would start small and remain small.

All of which—even if she could never have predicted it—left her in stronger stead than most to navigate the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Still, it speaks to her finely-tuned instincts as both a designer and businessperson that she keenly felt an urgent change was needed. “I am hoping that the pandemic has given everyone pause to kind of reexamine why we’re in this industry, and to get back to the parts of it that we love, because I think it’s easy to get taken up with the routine of it and the demands for more and more product, and pretty soon it’s more of a business than a creative enterprise,” says Reese from her studio. “It’s been challenging, but I think ultimately that’s a good thing.”

One of the most notable ways in which Reese aimed to break away from the conventional model for launching a fashion brand was by establishing Hope for Flowers in her hometown of Detroit, as opposed to the city she had spent the entirety of her career up to then, New York. Again, the pandemic made clear that the future of fashion lies in broadening its lens to cities outside of the four major industry capitals. But so too has the experience of working under lockdown affirmed Reese’s gut feeling that building a brand in a city like Detroit is not just a genuinely viable possibility, but an advantage—in large part thanks to the city’s rich and often overlooked design community. “I’m not giving up on New York, I still have my apartment there, and my friends are there, and I still need New York to facilitate parts of my business,” Reese adds. “But I’ve learned that I can do pretty much everything from here, and that’s been a really positive experience.”

Given the brand only celebrated its first birthday in June, some of the ways in which Reese hoped to put down more significant roots in Detroit have had to be put on hold for now, but the intent still remains. “The long term plan, which I’m starting to unfurl, is to work with local artisans here in Detroit, and to make one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces too,” Reese explains. “It’s been good to push myself to integrate into the community here, and discover more creative people here

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Zoom both ‘gift and something that’s worn us all out’; here’s what to do about it

Zoom (ZM), Google’s Meet (GOOG) and Cisco’s Webex (CSCO) are all staples of the COVID-19 remote work reality, as millions of Americans clock in from home.

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And while tele-working technology is a “gift” to help the professional class stay productive, the burnout is real, according to one expert.

“Zoom is both a gift and something that’s worn us all out for sure,” Sandra Kuhn, national leader of Mercer’s behavioral health practice, told Yahoo Finance in an interview this week.

With employees scattered across the country — or even the globe — there are less opportunities for candid, organic moments to happen. These include colleagues while quickly grabbing coffee or lunch to discuss work related issues.

However, Kuhn suggested there are other ways that employers can create these sort of interactions.

“Some of the best practices I’ve seen is to build options into the workday for people to engage and potentially do virtual games, have huddles, just talk about day-to-day things. Things that you might have done previously at the water cooler or when going out for a quick lunch,” the expert said.



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‘Probably the biggest issue’

Although a new survey by Mercer (MERC) found that most respondents think WFH policy changes are temporary, soaring coronavirus cases around the globe are more than likely than not to extend the new normal for most workers.

And for people stuck in front of a computer all day, another minute on a video communications platform can feel dreadful, even if it’s just for a quick catchup. For this reason, Kuhn encourages employees to go old school by actually picking up the phone for something other than texting, tweeting or web surfing.

“I think that people sometimes forget that it’s really important to check in with their teams, and it doesn’t have to be by Zoom but can be by telephone, calling up people and asking how they’re doing,” Kuhn told Yahoo Finance.

“Especially for younger people living on their own independently and don’t have the family connections necessarily to support them…forgetting to check in on people for just day-to-day ‘how are you doing?’ is probably the biggest issue,” she added.

She also suggests that employers should review existing programs in place, evaluate the company’s employee assistance program (EAP), and ensure support is in place for managers and supervisors. Also, companies should identify gaps in technology and care programs for employee’s children, and encourage a culture of openness.

Brooke DiPalma is a producer for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeDiPalma.

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The time Shaq took Mark Madsen car shopping (and paid the down)



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Stories about Shaquille O’Neal from his playing days — and even now — describe a guy who could swing between childlike joy and ruthlessness, who loved a prank and had a huge heart. He lived in the moment and make sure his NBA path was fun, not a slog.

He was, in other words, the perfect teammate in a lot of ways.

The amazing Jeff Pearlman — one of the best storytellers we have in sports and a brilliant author — has just released his new book “Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty.” He wrote about it for Basketball News and had this great story from former Shaq teammate Mark Madsen.

“He took me car shopping,” Madsen recalled. “He literally said to me, ‘I’m putting the down payment on whatever car you want.’ I told him I wouldn’t let him, but he negotiated a great deal for me on a Chevy Tahoe.” The next stop was clothing shopping at a big-and-tall store in Beverly Hills, where O’Neal unloaded $2,500 on jeans and Italian sweaters.

Pearlman also gets into how Shaq kept an eye out for Mormon women for Madsen to date.

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Then there was this story from former Laker Mike Penberthy.

When Penberthy arrived for his 2001 Laker debut wearing a suit jacket from Banana Republic, O’Neal pulled him aside. “You don’t have any suits, do you?” he said quietly, so as not to embarrass the rookie. “No,” Penberthy said.

The following morning, the center from LSU picked up the guard from Master’s College and brought him to his personal tailor. He paid for six suits.

“When my father died, Shaq offered to pay for the funeral,” Penberthy said. “He’s that type of guy.”

Shaq is a generous person with his time and his money. He still is a big kid enjoying life, which is part of his popularity — everyone wants to be like Shaq, in some way.

If you like these kinds of stories, you’re going to love Pearlman’s book.

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