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Do not say these 9 things when giving a wedding toast

Written By kom nampuldu on Kamis, 18 Desember 2014 | 20.49

Much like a unforgettable wedding cake or a delicious signature cocktail, the perfect wedding toast has a winning formula.

The honor of saying a few words to pay tribute to your favorite couple is not to be taken too lightly, nor too seriously. But with a dash of humor, a handful of well-placed anecdotes, and a dose of respect for your friend's lifelong commitment to her hubby, your speech will receive its fair share of laughter, tears, and applause — so long as you avoid mentioned the following nine things:

1. "Back when [insert bride's name here] was single and came home with a different date every night …"

Any reference to your chum's string of one-night stands or more dubious singleton traditions is a surefire way to bring the celebration to a screeching halt.

2. "Though we disliked your husband at first …"

Keeping criticism of your friend's life partner to a minimum is always a safe bet, unless you wish to be excluded from all future celebrations with the couple.

3. "No one thought this day would come!"

Discussing how you thought your friend would become the caricature of a jaded spinster is not the proper way to commemorate the joyous life landmark that is her wedding.

Don't dwell on the past in your wedding day toast. Let's stick to the present, shall we?Photo: Shutterstock

4. "I made a bet you would end up with your high school sweetheart, but I guess I'm out $200!"

The last thing a bride wishes to hear on her wedding day is a reminder of her past relationships.

5. "I suppose I'm your only unmarried friend now; cheers to that!"

No matter your relationship status, the focus should be on the bride and groom beginning their union, not your online dating woes.

6. "Today is indeed a day of celebration, because I just got engaged/found out I'm expecting/nailed my job interview!"

Your friend's wedding isn't about your success; it is about hers.

7. "Thank goodness the wedding planning is over, because you were in danger of becoming quite the bridezilla!"

Planning a wedding — and agreeing to join one partner in holy matrimony for all your days to come — is a fairly demanding undertaking. Give the bride — and her groom — a break, and focus the couple's positive traits.

8. "Now that you have the old ball and chain, I guess we won't be seeing you at impromptu happy hours and clubs anymore!"

The last thing you want to do is insult the bride and groom on their special day with a few tactless jabs.Photo: Shutterstock

Insinuating that married couples lead insipid or dull lives is not only false; it is also one of the oldest jests in the book. If you're going to tease the couple, at least make your comment fresh and novel.

9. "Way to prove online dating haters wrong!"

It's not your job to mercilessly mock the way your friend met her partner, whether it was using modern technology like Tinder or OkCupid, or at her local dry cleaner. However, including sweet meet-cute jests in your speech are well within your rights as a wedding guest and BFF.

This article originally appeared on BRIDES.


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Uber driver ‘raped’ woman: authorities

An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping a female passenger in Boston, authorities said.

Alejandro Done, 46, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the attack, which allegedly took place shortly after he picked the woman up at around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.

When she got into his car and requested to be taken to her Cambridge home, Done told her she would need to pay him in cash, even though Uber trips are pre-arranged using credit-card info.

She got cash from an ATM, and returned to the car. Done then drove to a secluded area, where he hopped in the back seat, struck the woman several times and choked her so she couldn't scream, prosecutors said.

He then allegedly raped the woman, who reported the incident to Cambridge police.

Cops used Uber's records to identify Done. He was arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, assault and battery.

His arraignment came just hours after Uber posted a statement promising new safety standards following a string of incidents involving its drivers.


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BuzzFeed picks new Park Ave South spot for expansion

BuzzFeed has signed a lease for 194,000 square feet at 225 Park Ave. South, The Post has learned.

Asking rent in the building is $85 a square foot — and up.

The news Web site received $4 million in tax incentives from New York state as part of the move, which was tied to the creation of 475 jobs, and the retention of current positions over a five-year span.

The Empire State Development agency stepped in after BuzzFeed looked at potential new headquarter locations in other states, sources said.

Last year, The Post reported that BuzzFeed was moving to a 57,691-square-foot two-year sublease from Tiffany at 200 Fifth Ave., knowing it would be bumped in the fall of 2015.

In the meantime, the popular site had to take care of immediate overflow needs by signing a 43,000-square-foot short-term sublease for the sixth floor from AppNexus at the nearby 40 W. 23rd St., where that company has more than 200,000 square feet on floors 2, 5 and 6.

Brian Waterman and Andrew Peretz of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the building. BuzzFeed was repped by Steven Marvin of Olmstead Properties.

None of the parties returned calls for comment.


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Injured construction worker gets record $62M single-plaintiff award

A construction worker who was injured on the job has been awarded $62 million — the largest lawsuit verdict for a single plaintiff in New York state history.

The Queens Supreme Court jury unanimously ruled to dole out the money — $20 million for past pain and suffering, $42 million for future pain and suffering and $60,086.27 for previous medical expenses — to 26-year-old Zeng Guang Lin.

The Chinese immigrant suffered a traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries in a ­20-foot fall off a roof while working a 2008 job in The Bronx for Hutch Realty Partners LLC.

"I was very moved by it. I was very emotional," said Lin's lead attorney, Benedict Morelli, who said the verdict brought his client to tears.

At trial, Morelli showed Lin's CAT-scans and MRIs following the accident and brought in 20 witnesses to prove the construction company did not provide Lin with "proper safety ­devices."

Morelli said he has "no idea" why the court gave $7 million more than he originally asked, but believes it's because "the jury ­understood the case."

The jury consisted of three men and three women, ranging in age from 30 to 70.

Morelli was happily surprised that the translated testimony from Lin and two family members, who speak only Mandarin, apparently didn't sway the jurors against his client.

"It made you feel good that the jury system is still fair and it isn't prejudicial," he said.

Hutch Realty did not respond to a request for ­comment.


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Sanctions partly responsible for economic crisis: Putin

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble.

While using a litany of accusations against the West, Putin acknowledged that Western economic sanctions over Russia's course on Ukraine was just one factor behind the Russian economic crisis, saying a key reason was the nation's failure to ease its overwhelming dependence on oil and gas exports. He estimated that sanctions accounted roughly for 25 to 30 percent of the ruble's troubles.

As Putin spoke, the Russian currency was trading around 62 rubles a dollar, slightly lower than last night but up 12 percent after plummeting to historic low of 80 earlier in the week. Russia's benchmark MICEX index rallied by 5.5 percent by midday Thursday.

Speaking with strong emotion, Putin sought to soothe market fears that the government could use administrative controls, such as obliging exporters to sell their currency earnings, to help stabilize the ruble.

He accused the West of trying to infringe on Russia's sovereignty, adding that the Ukrainian crisis was just a pretext for Western action.

Putin struck a defiant note against America and the European Union, saying that sanctions slapped against Russia after it seized the Black Sea region of Crimea in March were part of a historical campaign to weaken Russia.

"Sometimes I think, maybe they'll let the bear eat berries and honey in the forest, maybe they will leave it in peace," said Putin, referring to Russia's famed symbol. "They will not. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so they tear out his fangs and his claws."

He spelled out his metaphor, saying that by fangs and claws he means Russia's nuclear weapons.

"Once they've taken out his claws and his fangs, then the bear is no longer necessary. He'll become a stuffed animal," he said. "The issue is not Crimea, the issue is that we are protecting our sovereignty and our right to exist"

Despite his tough anti-Western rhetoric, Putin spoke in support for political solution of the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have been battling Ukrainian government troops since April, leaving 4,700 people dead.

Putin said Ukraine must remain one political entity, meaning that the rebellious eastern regions should remain its integral part. He also suggested that the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine should conduct a quick "all for all" prisoners swap before Christmas.

Putin added that he feels sure that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sincerely wants a peaceful solution to the crisis but other forces in Ukraine don't.

Putin urged the Ukrainian government to fulfill its end of a peace deal reached in September and grant amnesty to the rebels and offer broad rights to residents of the country's east.

Putin also held out hope for normalizing ties with the West, saying that Russia still hopes to expand its gas supplies to southern Europe using a prospective gas hub on Turkey's border with Greece.


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BuzzFeed picks new Park Ave South spot for expansion

BuzzFeed has signed a lease for 194,000 square feet at 225 Park Ave. South, The Post has learned.

Asking rent in the building is $85 a square foot — and up.

The news Web site received $4 million in tax incentives from New York state as part of the move, which was tied to the creation of 475 jobs, and the retention of current positions over a five-year span.

The Empire State Development agency stepped in after BuzzFeed looked at potential new headquarter locations in other states, sources said.

Last year, The Post reported that BuzzFeed was moving to a 57,691-square-foot two-year sublease from Tiffany at 200 Fifth Ave., knowing it would be bumped in the fall of 2015.

In the meantime, the popular site had to take care of immediate overflow needs by signing a 43,000-square-foot short-term sublease for the sixth floor from AppNexus at the nearby 40 W. 23rd St., where that company has more than 200,000 square feet on floors 2, 5 and 6.

Brian Waterman and Andrew Peretz of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the building. BuzzFeed was repped by Steven Marvin of Olmstead Properties.

None of the parties returned calls for comment.


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Uber driver ‘raped’ woman: authorities

An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping a female passenger in Boston, authorities said.

Alejandro Done, 46, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the attack, which allegedly took place shortly after he picked the woman up at around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.

When she got into his car and requested to be taken to her Cambridge home, Done told her she would need to pay him in cash, even though Uber trips are pre-arranged using credit-card info.

She got cash from an ATM, and returned to the car. Done then drove to a secluded area, where he hopped in the back seat, struck the woman several times and choked her so she couldn't scream, prosecutors said.

He then allegedly raped the woman, who reported the incident to Cambridge police.

Cops used Uber's records to identify Done. He was arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, assault and battery.

His arraignment came just hours after Uber posted a statement promising new safety standards following a string of incidents involving its drivers.


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Injured construction worker gets record $62M single-plaintiff award

A construction worker who was injured on the job has been awarded $62 million — the largest lawsuit verdict for a single plaintiff in New York state history.

The Queens Supreme Court jury unanimously ruled to dole out the money — $20 million for past pain and suffering, $42 million for future pain and suffering and $60,086.27 for previous medical expenses — to 26-year-old Zeng Guang Lin.

The Chinese immigrant suffered a traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries in a ­20-foot fall off a roof while working a 2008 job in The Bronx for Hutch Realty Partners LLC.

"I was very moved by it. I was very emotional," said Lin's lead attorney, Benedict Morelli, who said the verdict brought his client to tears.

At trial, Morelli showed Lin's CAT-scans and MRIs following the accident and brought in 20 witnesses to prove the construction company did not provide Lin with "proper safety ­devices."

Morelli said he has "no idea" why the court gave $7 million more than he originally asked, but believes it's because "the jury ­understood the case."

The jury consisted of three men and three women, ranging in age from 30 to 70.

Morelli was happily surprised that the translated testimony from Lin and two family members, who speak only Mandarin, apparently didn't sway the jurors against his client.

"It made you feel good that the jury system is still fair and it isn't prejudicial," he said.

Hutch Realty did not respond to a request for ­comment.


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Sanctions partly responsible for economic crisis: Putin

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble.

While using a litany of accusations against the West, Putin acknowledged that Western economic sanctions over Russia's course on Ukraine was just one factor behind the Russian economic crisis, saying a key reason was the nation's failure to ease its overwhelming dependence on oil and gas exports. He estimated that sanctions accounted roughly for 25 to 30 percent of the ruble's troubles.

As Putin spoke, the Russian currency was trading around 62 rubles a dollar, slightly lower than last night but up 12 percent after plummeting to historic low of 80 earlier in the week. Russia's benchmark MICEX index rallied by 5.5 percent by midday Thursday.

Speaking with strong emotion, Putin sought to soothe market fears that the government could use administrative controls, such as obliging exporters to sell their currency earnings, to help stabilize the ruble.

He accused the West of trying to infringe on Russia's sovereignty, adding that the Ukrainian crisis was just a pretext for Western action.

Putin struck a defiant note against America and the European Union, saying that sanctions slapped against Russia after it seized the Black Sea region of Crimea in March were part of a historical campaign to weaken Russia.

"Sometimes I think, maybe they'll let the bear eat berries and honey in the forest, maybe they will leave it in peace," said Putin, referring to Russia's famed symbol. "They will not. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so they tear out his fangs and his claws."

He spelled out his metaphor, saying that by fangs and claws he means Russia's nuclear weapons.

"Once they've taken out his claws and his fangs, then the bear is no longer necessary. He'll become a stuffed animal," he said. "The issue is not Crimea, the issue is that we are protecting our sovereignty and our right to exist"

Despite his tough anti-Western rhetoric, Putin spoke in support for political solution of the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have been battling Ukrainian government troops since April, leaving 4,700 people dead.

Putin said Ukraine must remain one political entity, meaning that the rebellious eastern regions should remain its integral part. He also suggested that the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine should conduct a quick "all for all" prisoners swap before Christmas.

Putin added that he feels sure that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sincerely wants a peaceful solution to the crisis but other forces in Ukraine don't.

Putin urged the Ukrainian government to fulfill its end of a peace deal reached in September and grant amnesty to the rebels and offer broad rights to residents of the country's east.

Putin also held out hope for normalizing ties with the West, saying that Russia still hopes to expand its gas supplies to southern Europe using a prospective gas hub on Turkey's border with Greece.


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Do not say these 9 things when giving a wedding toast

Much like a unforgettable wedding cake or a delicious signature cocktail, the perfect wedding toast has a winning formula.

The honor of saying a few words to pay tribute to your favorite couple is not to be taken too lightly, nor too seriously. But with a dash of humor, a handful of well-placed anecdotes, and a dose of respect for your friend's lifelong commitment to her hubby, your speech will receive its fair share of laughter, tears, and applause — so long as you avoid mentioned the following nine things:

1. "Back when [insert bride's name here] was single and came home with a different date every night …"

Any reference to your chum's string of one-night stands or more dubious singleton traditions is a surefire way to bring the celebration to a screeching halt.

2. "Though we disliked your husband at first …"

Keeping criticism of your friend's life partner to a minimum is always a safe bet, unless you wish to be excluded from all future celebrations with the couple.

3. "No one thought this day would come!"

Discussing how you thought your friend would become the caricature of a jaded spinster is not the proper way to commemorate the joyous life landmark that is her wedding.

Don't dwell on the past in your wedding day toast. Let's stick to the present, shall we?Photo: Shutterstock

4. "I made a bet you would end up with your high school sweetheart, but I guess I'm out $200!"

The last thing a bride wishes to hear on her wedding day is a reminder of her past relationships.

5. "I suppose I'm your only unmarried friend now; cheers to that!"

No matter your relationship status, the focus should be on the bride and groom beginning their union, not your online dating woes.

6. "Today is indeed a day of celebration, because I just got engaged/found out I'm expecting/nailed my job interview!"

Your friend's wedding isn't about your success; it is about hers.

7. "Thank goodness the wedding planning is over, because you were in danger of becoming quite the bridezilla!"

Planning a wedding — and agreeing to join one partner in holy matrimony for all your days to come — is a fairly demanding undertaking. Give the bride — and her groom — a break, and focus the couple's positive traits.

8. "Now that you have the old ball and chain, I guess we won't be seeing you at impromptu happy hours and clubs anymore!"

The last thing you want to do is insult the bride and groom on their special day with a few tactless jabs.Photo: Shutterstock

Insinuating that married couples lead insipid or dull lives is not only false; it is also one of the oldest jests in the book. If you're going to tease the couple, at least make your comment fresh and novel.

9. "Way to prove online dating haters wrong!"

It's not your job to mercilessly mock the way your friend met her partner, whether it was using modern technology like Tinder or OkCupid, or at her local dry cleaner. However, including sweet meet-cute jests in your speech are well within your rights as a wedding guest and BFF.

This article originally appeared on BRIDES.


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