J’aimerais profiter de l’occasion pour souligner le cinquième anniversaire à la Loi sur les services en français. L’adoption de cette Loi marque un point tournant dans le développement de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Depuis la promulgation de la Loi, le 9 décembre 2004, les services offerts en français se sont accrus considérablement, comme par exemple le service téléphonique InfoSanté 811 et le 511 pour les conditions routières, la traduction des communiqués de presse et du contenu Web dans le site du gouvernement, l’affichage bilingue dans les hôpitaux, les services interactifs et en ligne bilingues d’Accès Nouvelle-Écosse et bien d’autres encore. Nul doute que ces services sont importants pour la santé et la sécurité des Acadiens et des francophones de notre province. L’offre de services en français ne serait pas possible sans la participation des communautés. Au cours des derniers mois, j’ai eu le plaisir, en tant que ministre des Affaires acadiennes, d’être témoin de la fierté et de la grande passion des Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’égard de leur culture et de leur histoire. J’ai aussi constaté le dévouement impressionnant des dirigeants de la communauté acadienne et francophone. Ces gens illustrent sans cesse l’importance de la langue française dans leur vie culturelle et économique et dans leur quotidien. Les services en français sont une responsabilité partagée entre le gouvernement et nos partenaires communautaires. Les ministères gouvernementaux et l’Office des affaires acadiennes sont des portails où les citoyens peuvent demander des services, et j’encourage tous les Acadiens et les francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse à continuer à présenter ces demandes. C’est en travaillant ensemble que nous pouvons faire beaucoup de progrès dans l’avancement et la promotion de la langue française pour les générations à venir. À l’occasion du cinquième anniversaire de la Loi sur les services en français, la province demeure résolue à améliorer la vie des familles acadiennes et francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse en leur offrant des services dans leur langue maternelle. Je remercie la communauté acadienne et francophone, la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, le gouvernement du Canada, le Comité de coordination des services en français de la province, le personnel de l’Office des affaires acadiennes et la fonction publique d’avoir soutenu la mise en œuvre de la Loi au cours des cinq dernières années. Grâce à un tel engagement, la capacité de la province à offrir des services en français sera de plus en plus grande. -30-
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Nova Scotians visiting select provincial museums, parks and cultural centres this month can learn the Gaelic names of plants, topography and more from author, broadcaster and educator Roddy Maclean (Ruairidh MacIlleathain). Mr. Maclean is visiting from Scotland for Gaelic Awareness Month to share his knowledge and experience of the Gaelic language and culture, and how they relate to the environment. He will be holding information sessions starting Friday, May 16. “The Gaelic interpretation of nature is unique as Gaels have their own names for native species of plants and animals in the local environment,” said Mr. Maclean. “In many cases, these have unique and fascinating stories and heritage attached to them, and I enjoy sharing that with the people who come to my presentations and workshops.” As the Scottish government’s Gaelic ambassador in 2012-13, Mr. Maclean has been recognized for promoting the Gaelic language to non-Gaelic speakers and developing a greater understanding within Scotland’s Gaelic-speaking population of the relationship between the language and culture to the local environment. “We are very pleased to welcome Roddy Maclean to our province. His work is well known and very highly respected in the Nova Scotia Gaelic community,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. “His work in Gaelic development in Scotland is laudable and we are confident that his visit will further reinforce and build upon our Gaelic language, cultural resources and on the strong and warm ties that exist between Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Nova Scotia.” Mr. Maclean will deliver workshops and presentations at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Museum of Industry in Stellarton and the Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Sydney. For a list of Mr. Maclean’s presentations and other Gaelic events, visit http://gaelic.novascotia.ca/events .
London: Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly “dismayed” at the inability of Britain’s political class to govern properly, according to a UK media report. The 93-year-old monarch, who traditionally stays publicly neutral on political matters, is believed to have made the comments at a private event shortly after David Cameron’s resignation as British Prime Minister following the Brexit referendum in June 2016. A royal source described by ‘The Sunday Times’ as “impeccable” told the newspaper that the Queen’s frustration has only grown since then. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I think she’s really dismayed. I’ve heard her talking about her disappointment in the current political class and its inability to govern correctly,” the source is quoted as saying. “She expressed her exasperation and frustration about the quality of our political leadership, and that frustration will only have grown,” said the senior royal source, who claims to have witnessed the Queen’s rare conversation on politics. The revelation comes as there is growing media speculation amid Buckingham Palace and Downing Street holding discussions about how to keep the monarch out of any looming constitutional crisis over Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to leave the European Union (EU) by the October 31 deadline, with or without a deal. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls There are fears that politicians will try to force the Queen to get involved if Johnson loses a no-confidence vote early next month and refuses to step aside. It is feared he would instead call a General Election after a forced no-deal Brexit, leaving MPs with no recourse of preventing the EU crash-out without any agreement in place. UK shadow chancellor John McDonnell has threatened to send Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to Buckingham Palace “in a cab” to tell the Queen that the Opposition party is “taking over” if Johnson were to refuse to resign after losing such a no-confidence vote. Under the UK’s Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the Queen could be required to ask Corbyn or another senior politician to form a government that can command the confidence of the House of Commons. Buckingham Palace has declined to formally comment on what is feared to further mount into a constitutional quandary in the coming weeks.
MONTREAL – Vehicles can’t turn right on red on the Island of Montreal but if the Plante administration has its way, cyclists would get the green light to do so.It is one of various proposed amendments by Montreal lawmakers to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code, which is currently being reworked at the legislature for the first time since 1986.City officials recently outlined a number of would-be changes to the province’s plan, including the right-turn option and rolling stops at stop signs.Treating a stop sign as a yield — known as an Idaho stop — would require cyclists to slow down and yield to others at the intersection, but permit them to continue without coming to a full stop. The measure is used elsewhere, including some European cities.Cycling advocates say it is all about safety.“A cyclist at an intersection is the moment at which they are at their most vulnerable and there are the most accidents,” said Suzanne Lareau of Velo Quebec. “Getting away from that intersection (by turning on a red light) means an added measure of security.”Not being able to turn right on red has been a longstanding grievance for Montreal drivers.Montreal and New York City are believed to be the last jurisdictions in North America to prohibit right turns on red.Montreal has routinely balked at giving its blessing, with the safety of pedestrians and cyclists cited as the main reason for not allowing it. The rest of Quebec has permitted it since 2003.A coalition of 15 Montreal island mayors failed to persuade the city’s former administration to consider a change a little more than a year ago.Groups representing motorists like the CAA-Quebec said allowing right turns for cyclists and allowing the Idaho stop would be risky for everyone involved.“There is a lot of activity on the roads — in Montreal, there’s never been so much activity, there’s never been so many vehicles, there’s never been so many distractions,” said spokeswoman Annie Gauthier.“There’s never been so many situations that put us at risk, regardless of the type of road user we’re talking about.”One resident, Alexandre Laflamme, recently complained to Mayor Valerie Plante, with media present, that she is pushing Montreal’s reputation as a bicycle-friendly metropolis at the detriment of everything else.He said cyclists already don’t follow the rules.But Lareau dismisses the notion that cyclists are the only ones to blame.“What I always say is that there are people who don’t follow the rules — and some are on foot, some are cyclists and some are drivers,” Lareau said. “It’s not just cyclists who have a monopoly on bad behaviour on the roads.”For the city, it’s about striking a balance that would put all road users on an equal footing, including the million or so Montrealers who opt for the bicycle as their preferred mode of transport.The city also wants the province to consider a number of other measures including sideguards on heavy trucks and allowing cyclists to use pedestrian lights to cross, to be able to avoid vehicles.
NEW YORK — Many small businesses will see their labour costs increase in 2019.Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the rising inflation rate. The minimum is also going up in some major cities, among them Oakland and other California cities.Many owners with minimum-wage workers also give raises to their other employees when there is a government-mandated increase. Bosses need to avert any resentment that could arise when some staffers get a bump-up and others don’t.Pay is also expected to be rising, possibly later in the year, for some salaried workers. The Labor Department is expected to issue early in 2019 its regulations on which employees must be paid overtime, and which are exempt. The Trump administration is rewriting rules written during the Obama administration that would have doubled the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime, to $47,476 from $23,660. An estimated 4.2 million people would have been able to begin earning OT under the rules. The new rules are expected to raise the threshold — the question still is, by how much?The overtime rules are most likely to affect workers with jobs like shift supervisor or assistant manager at restaurants and retailers or manufacturing companies. Many owners have already thought about how to protect their margins from a surge in labour costs. Some have said they plan to give affected staffers raises that would put them above the Labor Department threshold. Others have said they will pay these staffers hourly but limit how many hours a day or week they work.MILEAGE RATES GOING UPThe IRS has raised its standard mileage rate for deducting the cost of using a car for business during 2019; it will be 58 cents per mile, up 3.5 cents from 2018. The standard mileage rate is one of two methods for owners to account for how much they spend when they use a car for business; the second is based on actual expenses. Under that method an owner must calculate the percentage of miles the car is driven for business, and apply that percentage to expenses like lease payments, fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance and depreciation.Under the new tax law, employees cannot claim a deduction for the use of their own cars on behalf of their companies._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
To highlight – and help alleviate – the severe lack of donations to the United Nations-led relief effort in Sudan’s Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to contribute to it the $500,000 he was awarded in February by the Zayed Prize for environmental leadership.Mr. Annan had announced on receiving the prize that it would serve as seed money for a foundation he had planned to establish to promote girls’ education and agriculture in Africa. “Given the massive shortfall in contributions to the Darfur relief effort, he now feels that the money is more urgently needed there,” a UN spokesman said in New York, adding, however, that he is still proceeding with plans to establish a fund along the line he had announced.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), only 20 per cent of the funds requested from donors has been contributed for the region, which has been devastated by a three-year struggle between rebels and the Government and its allied militias.Because of the funding gap, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in April that it would have to drastically reduce food rations this month for 6.1 million people all over Sudan, and Mr. Annan said last Friday that he hopes that not just Governments but – as with the Tsunami relief effort – ordinary citizens, corporations and other actors will step forward to help meet the urgent needs. “He hopes his decision will help encourage other donors to contribute,” his spokesman said today.
Box office top 20: ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ edges ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Unbroken’ by The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by The Weinstein Company shows a scene from “Paddington.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company) NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a battle for holiday box-office supremacy, Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” maintained its three-week rule with $21.7 million in ticket sales over the weekend.Disney’s Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” trailed with $18.7 million, with Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” close behind with $18.2 million. Both films in their second week of release couldn’t quite overcome “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which has earned a total of $220.6 million in three weeks.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak:1. “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies,” Warner Bros., $21,732,090, 3,875 locations, $5,608 average, $220,602,017, 3 weeks.2. “Into The Woods,” Disney, $18,728,441, 2,538 locations, $7,379 average, $90,871,655, 2 weeks.3. “Unbroken,” Universal, $18,169,840, 3,190 locations, $5,696 average, $87,651,495, 2 weeks.4. “The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death,” Relativity Media, $15,027,415, 2,602 locations, $5,775 average, $15,027,415, 1 week.5. “Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb,” 20th Century Fox, $14,518,274, 3,802 locations, $3,819 average, $89,847,179, 3 weeks.6. “Annie,” Sony, $11,251,393, 3,166 locations, $3,554 average, $72,460,370, 3 weeks.7. “The Imitation Game,” The Weinstein Company, $7,772,527, 754 locations, $10,308 average, $30,472,090, 6 weeks.8. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” Lionsgate, $7,559,954, 2,505 locations, $3,018 average, $323,734,502, 7 weeks.9. “The Gambler,” Paramount, $6,332,559, 2,494 locations, $2,539 average, $27,601,711, 2 weeks.10. “Big Hero 6,” Disney, $4,754,816, 1,913 locations, $2,486 average, $211,207,036, 9 weeks.11. “Wild,” Fox Searchlight, $4,564,093, 1,361 locations, $3,353 average, $25,880,904, 5 weeks.12. “Exodus: Gods And Kings,” 20th Century Fox, $3,817,643, 2,260 locations, $1,689 average, $61,342,935, 4 weeks.13. “Penguins Of Madagascar,” 20th Century Fox, $2,895,767, 1,585 locations, $1,827 average, $78,116,780, 6 weeks.14. “Big Eyes,” The Weinstein Company, $2,610,026, 1,408 locations, $1,854 average, $9,924,025, 2 weeks.15. “Interstellar,” Paramount, $2,460,071, 1,048 locations, $2,347 average, $182,802,094, 9 weeks.16. “Top Five,” Paramount, $2,139,861, 1,195 locations, $1,791 average, $23,740,325, 4 weeks.17. “The Theory Of Everything,” Focus Features, $1,106,331, 651 locations, $1,699 average, $24,772,350, 9 weeks.18. “The Interview,” Sony, $1,085,515, 581 locations, $1,868 average, $4,960,726, 2 weeks.19. “Horrible Bosses 2,” Warner Bros., $928,619, 702 locations, $1,323 average, $53,063,469, 6 weeks.20. “Birdman,” Fox Searchlight, $860,582, 282 locations, $3,052 average, $25,424,568, 12 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
Orientation Week returns this year with a mix of new activities and old favourites set to welcome Brock University students back to campus.This year’s O-Week – dubbed Brock to the Future – starts Sunday, with eight days of events scheduled from morning to night.“At the end of the day, it’s engaging and welcoming students back to a new year,” said Curtis Bell, Brock University Students’ Union event programmer. “It can be an intimidating and stressful time, not only for students but for families and parents as well, dropping off their kids, so we like to be there with our volunteers, welcoming everyone from residence move-in (which happens Sunday) and keeping up that energy right into the school year going into our fall Reading Week. We’ll have many programs and events planned leading right into Homecoming as well, so we’re really trying to collaborate with many departments at the University and keep that consistency and build those traditions and relationships we know we have here.”Several parties are scheduled for the week. The biggest is the popular Big Ticket Concert on Wednesday at Weather Station Field, which features Bingo Players at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door and free with a VIB card ($85 or $90).After having to turn away students last year, Tuesday’s Comedy Night will be bigger this year. The venue has been moved outdoors to the O-Week Hub and can handle 400 more students. Another popular event – condom poker and dirty bingo – is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Ian Beddis Gym.BUSU special events co-ordinator Kate Hardy said more effort has been taken to incorporate students’ feedback into new O-Week programming. That’s resulted in more and different vendors at the Vendors Fair, which is slated for Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m, plus outdoor yoga Friday (12 noon-3 p.m.) in Jubilee Court.“Yoga seems to be a very popular event this year, and that goes to show you the variety of programming we have to explore and look into,” Hardy said. “Sometimes (events) might not be a hit, but we do have to provide those opportunities and really change it up and be diverse with our programming.“I definitely think we have to listen to (students). From the beginning we’ve kind of been telling ourselves, ‘You can’t program for yourself’. You have to understand there are many tastes here on campus and have to answer to that the best way you can.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEx-nurse, hitman hired to murder Jamaican husband jailed for lifeJune 30, 2017In “Crime”Guyana-born pill-pushing NYC doctor jailedJanuary 14, 2016In “Guyana-born doctor jailed”Former NY State Senator John Sampson sentenced to 5 yearsJanuary 18, 2017In “latest news” A New Yorker, born in Guyana, who spent the last 30 years of his life in prison, is now on his way home for Christmas after the Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office on Wednesday moved to vacate his conviction and to dismiss the charges of rape and robbery laid against him.Mark Denny celebrates as he leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court. (BARRY WILLIAMS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)47-year-old Mark Denny appeared before the Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’ Emic who made the exoneration official.According to New York Daily News, Denny was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project, which had been working on his case since 2009.Upon hearing that he was being freed, Denny smiled and waved to his family and friends who filled the court gallery.“I’m overwhelmed thinking of what I’ll do next to get my life back on track. I have no ill feelings towards the victim. Going to prison was a traumatic experience mentally. There are a lot of people in my position. I appreciate everyone for all they have done for me” said Denny.Denny was accused along with three other persons for a late night robbery and rape committed at Burger King in Kensington on December 20, 1987.They were accused of raping an 18-year-old employee of the establishment after allegedly braking into the place and stealing $3000 in cash.The victim was reportedly blindfolded during a portion of the attack and may have passed out.Denny however, became a suspect in the matter in March of 1988 after he was busted with an unlicenced gun. He had been arrested in a car with the three other defendants, who were wanted for reportedly robbing a Manhattan Burger King.However, the victim at first was unable to identify Denny as the perpetrator when a photo was showed to her but later identified him in a line up.Also during his trial, the victim was vague in her description of him and his actions.According to the New York Daily News, the Guyana-born man was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 19 to 57 years in prison. However, he always maintained his innocence throughout — even through parole hearings.Denny, who migrated to the United States as a child was the 24th person to have his conviction vacated by the DA’s Conviction Review Unit.Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said his review team examined the evidence and interviewed witnesses as well as Denny’s co-defendants in the case.“After a lengthy and extensive investigation into this horrific case, I have concluded that the cause of justice requires that we vacate the conviction of Mr. Denny,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
REMEMBER THE DAYS when, after a long summer, you got ready to go back to school. The new pencil case. The scented eraser, shiny scuff-proof shoes and pristine ankle socks. Feeling full of hope for the year ahead. But then there was the feeling deep down in your tummy. The end of the summer. The year stretching ahead. Who would you be sitting next to? What if no-one wanted to speak to you? Going back to school was a bittersweet time – a bit like going back to work after maternity leave.For some the end of maternity leave is a sad time. The official letter confirming your return to work can be enough to prompt a flood of tears. How will you leave your baby? How will you manage everything? For others it’s something to look forward to. And for many of us it’s a bit of both. Getting ready to go back to work may not be quite as simple as buying a new pencil case, but there are some practical things that we can do to help manage that transition.I thought I was a proI learned the hard way. I thought I was a pro. I’d done this all before. I’m a self-employed training consultant and this was my second maternity leave within two years. Having taken time out, I needed to build my business back up. This is why I found myself agreeing to go to overseas – for eight weeks in a row.I was delivering a series of three-day leadership programmes in places like Moscow and Istanbul. I’d leave on a Sunday afternoon and be back around midnight on a Wednesday. On Thursdays and Fridays I’d be on full-on-mammy-mode whilst catching up with everything in the house and come Sunday I’d be doing it all over again. Before children whilst I wouldn’t work at this rate all of the time, it would have been do-able. But I wasn’t the same person. I had a two-year-old and a five-month-old baby. I completely underestimated what it would do to me physically, mentally and emotionally.By the end of it, I was miserable. I was exhausted, run down and feeling guilty. Guilty that I wasn’t spending enough time with my two little boys, and when I was at home I was often tired and grumpy. During that time I remember I was struck by how difficult and challenging the groups were and how much harder everything felt.I’d expected too much of myselfIt wasn’t until I stopped and took a break over Christmas that I looked back and realised what a fool I’d been. We’ve probably all heard the line ‘it’s not you – it’s me’ through our dating years. But with hindsight I realised that this time it really was me. I’d taken on far too much, too soon. I’d expected too much of myself. The groups weren’t being particularly difficult, I just wasn’t fully equipped to deal with them as I usually would have.My case may have been a little bit extreme – most mums returning to work will be going back to the same office and same colleagues. However that doesn’t make it any less daunting. Many of the mums I meet describe how they’re worried about the smallest of things like how they’ll log-on to their computer; and the bigger things like how they’re going to juggle everything, and cope with being away from their babies.So here’s what I’ve learnt along the way:Buy some new clothes that make you feel good. Whatever your budget – investing in a few new pieces that fit your post-pregnancy body will help with your confidence (a new pencil case and scented eraser are optional!)Arrange a lunch or coffee with your boss and colleagues a week or two before you’re back. It’ll give you the chance to catch and you won’t feel completely like the new girl on day one. It’s also a good opportunity to leave your little one with whoever will be caring for them and to give it a trial run.Get a grip on your guilt. Being a working mum doesn’t make you a bad mum. As long as your child feels loved, safe and is looked after they will be just fine. Focus on the things that you can control. Take time to pick the best childcare option for you – it’s important you feel happy with the choice you’ve made. When you are at home with your children try to spend quality time with them – the housework or emails will wait until later.Find out if your workplace has a ‘return to work mentor’. If there is nothing formal set up, ask someone that you know and trust to be your informal mentor. They’ll be able to give you some advice during your first few weeks back.Have a staggered return to work. Who says you have to start on a Monday? Starting mid-week may feel less daunting. Alternatively you could find out if you can use your parental leave to do shorter working days or weeks.Set realistic goals with your boss. Find out what they want you to deliver in the next few months and discuss how feasible this is going to be. If you’re doing reduced hours your targets and goals should reflect your new hours. Watch out for the ’4-days-pay-but-5-days-target’ trap.Set your boundaries and start as you mean to go on. If you need to leave the office at 4.30pm to do the pick-up, leave on time. From Day 1.Finally be kind to yourself. On average it takes four months to fully settle back in from maternity leave. Things will get easier – just do as I suggest, not as I did!Tracy Gunn is a working mum of two. She is one of the co-founders of Mumager www.Mumager.ie. The aim of Mumager is to support mums returning to work after maternity leave. You can find out more about upcoming workshops and coaching by emailing email@example.comAre you a father that stays at home with the kids? Would you like to write about it? Get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.orgMotherhood and Work: ‘Why do more women than men stay at home with children?’Motherhood and Work: ‘I accept that I’ll never be Superwoman – I’ll be Mediocre Mum’
Mar 3rd 2019, 8:00 AM By Hayley Halpin Inside Sweny’s Pharmacy in Dublin Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieUp until last year, the chemist was able to pay the rent out of soap sales and visitors’ donations. However, Sweny’s has said the rent was doubled last July, meaning that it increased by approximately €1,500 per month.In order to be able to keep up with the increased rent, the pharmacy has set up a Patreon account to raise money.For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things they’re already creating. For patrons (people who sign up to donate), Patreon is a way to support and pay the creators for making their products. Beverley and Stanley Mc Bride from Melbourne Austrailia, Rory Nolan from Wexford and volunteer PJ Murphy standing inside Sweny’s Pharmacy Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieSpeaking of what it would mean if the shop was to shut down, volunteer PJ said: “It would have a huge impact because it’s a great, fun place to be in and to be working in because you get people from all over the world. “We made many friendships in the past 10 years.” PJ added that the shop gets a lot of international media attention, which helps attract visitors. He said that just before his chat with TheJournal.ie, two young German students who had seen Sweny’s Pharmacy in German media had visited store. Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM 31,101 Views Short URL Volunteer PJ Murphy standing outside Sweny’s Chemist in Dublin Source: Sam Boal via PA ImagesA 172-YEAR-OLD Dublin chemist which featured in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses has begun fundraising to help pay for its rent after it was significantly increased. Sweny’s Pharmacy, located at 1 Lincoln Place in Dublin 2, first opened in 1847. Its interior has been unchanged since.Since 2009, Sweny’s has been entirely maintained by volunteers who give their time for free, dedicated to preserving the soul of the shop as it was in Joyce’s time. Every day, the volunteers host open readings from Joyce’s work in the building. They also inform visitors about the history of the shop and of Dublin, and sell the same lemon soap which Leopold Bloom buys in Ulysses. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4518989 Dublin pharmacy made famous by James Joyce fundraising to help cover increased rent Sweny’s Pharmacy, located at 1 Lincoln Place in Dublin 2, first opened in 1847. Share346 Tweet Email2
For MoreSee the Sunday Page A1 story to read more of Dusenberg’s war memories (with video).As Harris Dusenbery approaches 101, he still has vivid memories of World War II. He can recall combat in the mountains of Italy, like the night of “shooting stars” he described in his book about the 10th Mountain Division.(Actually, it was German machine gun fire, lighting up the sky with red and green tracer rounds.)He told some of those stories Sunday in The Columbian, joining many other local veterans who have shared their WWII memories … some going back more than 75 years.Dusenbery, however, can go back to an even earlier conflict. As part of a recent interview with The Columbian, Dusenbery described an important chapter of World War I. “I remember Armistice Day,” he said.Dusenbery was born on Feb. 26, 1914 — five months before WWI started on July 28, 1914; his life spans both global conflicts.He was almost 5 years old when the armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918, ending hostilities. His father was a lawyer in Roundup, Mont., the seat of Musselshell County.
Women in the UK who work within the technology sector are offered a median salary that is 9% lower than their male colleagues, according to research by Hired.Its Women, work and the state of wage inequality report, which analysed 10,000 UK job offers within the technology industry across 3,000 candidates and 750 organisations, found that there is a 17% difference in the median salary offered to women by organisations that employ between 201 and 1,000 staff.The median salary offered to women by organisations with less than 200 employees is 9% lower than that offered to men. This compares to 8% for organisations with over 1,000 employees.The research found that women who work in technology sales roles are offered a median salary that is 5% less than male employees, and this increases to 9% for women who work in software engineering.The 9% gap in the median salary offered to women in the UK technology industry compares to 8% in the US technology industry, 7% in Canada, and 5% in Australia.Juney Ham, chief marketplace officer at Hired, said: “It’s been almost half a century since the Equal Pay Act was passed, and six years since the Equality Act that suspended it. Despite this legislation, which made it illegal for men and women to be paid differently for doing the same work, a significant wage gap continues to exist between genders in the UK and around the world. And the issue doesn’t stop at equal pay. British women are still less likely to make it into the boardroom or be promoted than their male counterparts.“By publishing these findings, our hope is to encourage open conversation and debate around this issue. We want to encourage employers to reflect on their own compensation policies and identify possible issues of gender bias that may be present within their organisations.”
The findings showed that blocking oestrogens might help women suffering from systemic sclerosis. SSc, also known as scleroderma, which means ‘hard skin’, is an autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs and which predominantly affects women. The excessive production of proteins such as collagen by fibroblasts in the body results in the thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly of the hands and face – a defining feature of SSc. The condition increased in women after the menopause as oestrogens – that were found to significantly slow down fibrosis (the thickening of the skin) – decreased. “Inhibiting this oestrogen showed a consistent and significant deterioration of the process of skin fibrosis,” said Jerome Avouac from Paris Descartes University in France.In some SSc patients, disease progression is very rapid, with fibrosis extending beyond the extremities. The widespread fibrosis (thickening) involving the internal organs can prove a survival risk in such patients and can also be considered as a valuable marker of the overall disease severity.
QB Carson Palmer and tight end Jermaine Gresham chat at Arizona Cardinals Training Camp in Glendale Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When asked what he brings to the team, Gresham said he’s “dependable” and the stats back that up. The former Oklahoma star has always been consistent during his time in Cincinnati, only missing six games in five seasons and catching at least 46 passes in each season.Gresham is impressed by the Cardinals offense.“More than anything (I see) explosiveness,” Gresham said. “Larry, Floyd, 12 (John Brown) in the slot and even at the running back position, everybody is explosive.”The tight end’s health has been a question, but he has no doubts on if he could play.“If we were playing for games I’m playing right now. I think the team is taking it kind of slow, being cautionary and seeing things long-term,” Gresham said.His new quarterback is actually an old teammate. Carson Palmer was the QB for the Bengals in Gresham’s rookie year.“He was very hard on me,” Gresham said.“He made me understand football and what I needed to be a pro.” – / 23 LISTEN: Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals tight end The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Jermaine Gresham didn’t get any promises when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals. The former Cincinnati Bengals tight end spoke with Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM about his signing and more.“They didn’t promise me anything,” Gresham said.“They gave me an opportunity to sign, be on the team and be able to contribute,” Gresham said. “They didn’t gas me up or tell me that I was guaranteed to get this or guaranteed to get that.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 6:46 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New study finds fiction reading down, poetry up NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new government study finds that fiction reading is down, poetry is up and adult Americans are renewing their interest in museums, arts festivals and the performing arts.On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts published “U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017.” According to the NEA, the percentage of adults reading fiction dropped from 45.2 per cent in 2012 to 41.8 per cent last year. Meanwhile, poetry reading surged from 6.7 per cent to 11.7 per cent, with the numbers especially strong among those aged 18-24.Poetry sales in recent years have increased, driven at least in part by the rise of such Instagram favourites as Rupi Kaur and Tyler Knott Gregson.“I suspect online platforms and social media have had a significant influence, as well as other robust, often co-ordinated outreach activities at both the local and national levels,” said the NEA’s director of literature, Amy Stolls.“We see really exciting, creative efforts through our grants to publishers and presenters, writers-in-the-schools programs, fellowships to poets and our large national initiatives like the NEA Big Read and Poetry Out Loud, which turn many thousands of students and readers on to poetry each year, sometimes for the first time.”Reading overall is down: The percentage of adults reading a book not required by school or work fell to 52.7 per cent in 2017, compared with 54.6 per cent in 2012 and 56.6 per cent in 2002.“U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading” also showed a reverse of yearslong declines in going to museums and performing arts events, whether jazz concerts, stage musicals or dance and ballet. But attendance levels in most categories remain below those from 2002.The NEA will release a more comprehensive report next year.
Benson Shum poses in this undated handout photo. nimating ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ not only means summoning one’s imaginative powers to bring the World Wide Web to life, but it also means tapping into fond memories to recreate beloved Disney characters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Disney, Alex Kang AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2018 7:56 am PDT Vancouver-born animator brings the web to life in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ VANCOUVER — Animating “Ralph Breaks the Internet” not only entailed summoning bold imagination to bring the World Wide Web to life — it also meant tapping into fond memories to recreate beloved Disney characters.The film includes a hilarious sequence featuring classic princesses, and Vancouver-born animator Benson Shum got to meet the actress who voices Mulan in order to draw his favourite cartoon warrior.“There was a lot of pressure to make that character come to life,” said Shum, but he added meeting Ming-Na Wen helped.“My supervisor asked if I wanted to go down to the recording booth to watch her record the lines I was going to animate. I was like, ‘Yes.’ I bolted downstairs to the recording room. … She was just so kind.”The movie, a sequel to 2012 hit “Wreck-It Ralph,” follows the title character voiced by John C. Reilly as he and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) venture into the internet. The web is a chaotic, colourful city filled with incessant pop-up ads and skyscrapers bearing brand names, and the duo meet familiar characters and new friends.In the standout princess sequence, Vanellope stumbles upon a gathering of iconic female characters including Mulan, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Ariel. The group is skeptical that hoodie-clad Vanellope could be a princess, and the scene cleverly sends up the gender dynamics of Disney films past.Watching Wen deliver her lines informed how Shum drew Mulan, a rare non-princess in the Disney canon. Animators try to figure out what voice actors are thinking, he said.“What is going through their mind while they’re saying this line? We try to animate that, and I think that’s what gives the character a lot of layers and makes them feel like they’re breathing and real.”Shum grew up in east Vancouver but now lives in sunny southern California as an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. His journey to his dream job took time: he wasn’t accepted, initially, to his chosen college program, and his career bounced back and forth between animation and live-action visual effects.His advice to those hoping to break into the industry is simple: just keep drawing.“I think that’s still a very important thing to do, even though a lot of stuff we do now is on the computer,” he said. “Drawing will teach you about design, about how to pose a character and see things three-dimensionally.”Though Shum left Vancouver, there’s no shortage of opportunities in the city. It has come into its own as a graphics hotspot with about 60 animation and visual effects studios.“Growing up, the industry wasn’t really here. We had a few studios,” he said, speaking in a Vancouver hotel during a recent visit. “I love to see that my hometown is growing. … There are a lot of amazing artists here.”His other credits at the studio include the original “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Frozen,” and the upcoming and highly anticipated “Frozen 2.” Working on the “Frozen” franchise has been exciting because he grew up watching similar animated musicals, he said.Some 70 animators worked on “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Shum was among six or seven who created a sequence in which Ralph plays an iPad game that involves swiping left and right to feed pancakes to a bunny and milkshakes to a cat.In typical Ralph style, he gets over-excited and stuffs the bunny with too many pancakes, with comically disastrous results.A two-second shot in that sequence took two weeks to animate, so the work can be painstaking. But the finished product makes it all worthwhile, Shum said.“When you see the character come to life, I think that really makes you excited again. It’s no longer a static object,” he said. “That always energizes you again to keep going.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
Airport operator Hermes won the ‘HR Excellence’ award on Wednesday, a prestigious award handed out by the International Airport Council of Europe (ACI Europe).The award, given annually, was created in 2017 in recognition of an HR department that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and human resource management among ACI Europe members.The award ceremony took place in the Limassol marina in the presence of Minister of Transport Vasiliki Anastasiadou and Deputy Minister of Tourism Savva Perdios as part of an official dinner given by Hermes Airports as the host of the ACI Europe conference ‘Transform or Die – the Sustainability Challenge’ which is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday in Limassol.At the ceremony, Anastasiadou and Hermes CEO Eleni Kalogirou expressed their delight with the award.Other airports also received awards, among them Cork airport in Ireland for being the best airport in the category of airports with less than five million passengers, Bilbao in Spain for the category 5-10 million passengers and Rome airport in the category of more than 25 million passengers.The eco-innovation award for excellent environmental performance and innovative approach to environmental management was won by Spain’s Menorca airport, while the accessible airport award was handed to the UK’s Gatwick airport.During the second day of the conference, Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios will be among the speakers in a debate on sustainable tourism.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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