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Red sand fills the cracks, representing human trafficking victims

first_imgReddIt Olivia Wales World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Twitter Previous articleNews Now 2/6/19Next articleWhat we’re reading: Trump vs. Democrats Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedincenter_img Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Facebook + posts Twitter Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Lessons of perseverance printExpecting a typical Thursday morning walk to class, TCU students were surprised by a new color in the sidewalk cracks.An estimated 40.1 million people live in contemporary slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index. TCU students involved with International Justice Mission (IJM), a student organization committed to fighting human trafficking, are joining a national movement to advocate for victims who fall through the cracks.The Red Sand Project  is an artistic statement utilized across the world to demand the attention of individuals to human trafficking.  Last night, around 40 IJM students poured the red sand in the cracks of the sidewalks from Frog Fountain to the Mary Couts Burnett Library for two hours, according to Jeanne Marie King, IJM vice president of advocacy and fundraising.Red sand outside the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Photo by Olivia Wales.“It was really cool to see so many people coming together to make today impactful,” King said. The unexpected dash of red in the sidewalk initially caused confusion among students, but provided an opportunity for questions and clarity. “It’s the first thing I noticed this morning and I was very confused,” said Andrew Pluff, sophomore entrepreneurial management and business information systems double major. After seeing the yard signs TCU IJM placed throughout campus, Pluff believes this is a powerful statement.Signs throughout campus explain the purpose of the red sand. Photo by Olivia Wales.“I think that [the red sand] is a great subconscious reminder of the problems that others face. When you’re in school, it’s easy to let the idea of human trafficking slip through the cracks,” he said. First-year nursing major Elizabeth Rizzuto agreed that the message is effective once students are aware of it. “The sand is everywhere, and in some places there’s less than others,” said Rizzuto. “I feel like this is a good representation of human trafficking.”Other students remember the project and its message from previous years. Mason Priess, a senior kinesiology major, said he immediately remembered the purpose of the red sand and believes it has a powerful message. Photo by enditmovement.comThe purpose of the red sand is to start conversations about human trafficking, which has proven successful.These conversations will be continued today with IJM students tabling at the Founders Statue, drawing red X’s on their hands as part of the national End It movement, and encouraging other students to text or tweet their senators through the Speak Up campaign.“We have the responsibility to speak out and stand up for those who can’t do so for themselves,” said Jordan Jones, sophomore social work major and IJM member. “Putting out red sand was such a small but exciting way to shine a light on those who deserve all of our help.” ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison

first_img Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more Dieu’s trial took place against the background of a tightening crackdown on the free flow of news and information in Vietnam surrounding the five-yearly Communist Party Congress held in January this year, which extended the mandate of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, embodiment of the party’s conservative wing.    News Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms” “RSF demands the immediate release of Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu, whose severe sentence is another sign of the relentlessness with which the Vietnamese government cracks down on independent voices that attempt to keep independent journalism alive in the country,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A Vietnamese court sentenced the journalist and blogger Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years’ imprisonment on April 23. Dieu, who once worked for the state media, began investigating taboo subjects and posting articles on the Internet in order to put her fellow citizens in the picture. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for her immediate and unconditional release. “It is also proof of the nervousness of the Communist Party’s current leadership which prefers to eliminate the messengers rather than tackle society’s structural problems. Such contempt for freedom of the press grossly violates article 25 of the constitution of Vietnamese Socialist Republic.”     RSF_en News Last week, RSF reported that police in the southern city of Can Tho had arrested three journalists, Doan Kien Giang, Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao and Nguyen Thanh Nha, who contributed to the Facebook news page Bao Sach (“The Clean Newspaper”). They were charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 131 of the criminal code.   RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in Phu Yen People’s Court was rushed through in barely three hours (photo: Thanh Nien). April 27, 2021 Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A former reporter at the Phu Yen Newspaper, an official organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Dieu had had her fill of propaganda and decided to provide her fellow citizens with independent and trustworthy news and information via the Internet. She tackled taboo subjects such as official corruption, pollution of the environment, human rights abuses and the lack of response by the Vietnamese Communist Party to intrusions by the Chinese Navy into Vietnamese waters.      Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation Crackdown tightens Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in the People’s Court in Phu Yen province in the south-east of the country was rushed through in barely three hours. She was arrested in August last year and held at a secret location for three months. She was charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 117 of the criminal code after posting stories and videos on her pages on Facebook and YouTube. Newslast_img read more

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Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy

first_imgCommunity News Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, November 16, 2020 | 4:55 pm Community News NWPC-GPA Leader and Former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-BaisleyA local political caucus leader and former councilmember called on the City Council to put a qualified woman in the District 5 seat occupied by Councilman Victor Gordo, who was elected mayor.“We are elated at the election of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female vice president and hope that the Pasadena City Council will share in this momentum to prepare the bench by considering appointing a qualified woman to fill the District 5 vacancy,” said former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-Baisley, who now chairs the National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area (NWPC-GPA).Such a move would be “both an acknowledgement of the historical lack of elected female leadership at the city level as well as the anticipated cost savings to the city by avoiding a special election for this limited term,” Robinson-Baisley said.Gordo upset Mayor Terry Tornek in the Nov. 3 election. Although there remain some votes left to count, Gordo has declared victory and Tornek has acknowledged the loss in a note to the community.Gordo will be sworn in on Dec. 7 and the City Council will have 75 days to replace him or call a special election to fill the seat.The council has used different processes the last two times replacement council members were chosen.To date, only eight women have been elected to the City Council since its founding in 1886. A woman was not chosen to replace either former Councilman Chris Holden, who now serves in the state Assembly, or Tornek, who relinquished his District 7 seat to assume the mayor’s position in 2015. In that election, Tornek beat Robinson-Baisley for the mayor’s seat.Applicants seeking to replace Tornek in District 7 were required to collect 25 signatures and pay a fee. Applicants seeking to replace Holden were not required to pay the fee or collect signatures.NWPC-GPA recently supported and endorsed Councilmember-Elect Felicia Williams (District 2) Jennifer Hall Lee (Pasadena Unified District 2), Kelly Kriebes (Sierra Madre City Council), and Caroline Anderson (La Canada Unified School District).The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multipartisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.In addition to financial donations, the caucus offers campaign training for candidates and campaign managers, as well as technical assistance and advice. The Greater Pasadena Area Caucus was originally founded in the 1970s and rechartered in 2019. GPA serves the cities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, and Glendale.The NWPC-GPA congratulated Gordo on his victory in its statement on Monday.“As final ballot counts continue with the L.A. County Registrar, National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area formally congratulates Mayor-Elect Victor Gordo and wishes him well as he begins his term on December 7.Members of the public are invited to join the next NWPC-GPA Working Council and General Body meeting to discuss this item and others at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 via Zoom with Meeting ID: 839 5028 0262 Passcode: 546003 or dial in +1 669 900 6833 US.For more information, go to facebook.com/nwpcgpa. Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Supreme Court Issues Notice On DMK MP RS Bharati’s Plea Seeking To Quash Criminal Case Under SC/ST Act

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice On DMK MP RS Bharati’s Plea Seeking To Quash Criminal Case Under SC/ST Act Srishti Ojha12 March 2021 12:44 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea filed by a DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP R S Bharathi challenging a Madras High Court’s refusal to quash a chargesheet filed against him under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act over a speech made by him.A division bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat posted the matter after two weeks.When the matter was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea filed by a DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP R S Bharathi challenging a Madras High Court’s refusal to quash a chargesheet filed against him under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act over a speech made by him.A division bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat posted the matter after two weeks.When the matter was taken, Justice Rao asked Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing Bharati, “Why is your client insulting judges?”.The judge’s query was seemingly in reference to certain remarks allegedly made by Bharati that Dalits were made judges only because of DMK. Sibal replied that there is a separate contempt of court proceeding pending with respect to such remarks.Justice Rao, on reading the speech, expressed amusement at certain remarks.”What is this first line?”, Justice Rao asked Sibal with a smile.Sibal said that the remarks were against Brahmins and hence cannot be brought under the SC/ST Act.When Sibal pressed for a stay of the proceedings, the bench asked what the stage of proceedings was.On being informed that the trial was at the stage of framing of charges, the bench said that interim order was not necessary. The bench said that it will post the matter after two weeks and that no irreversible damage is going to happen with the next few days.Arguments in the petitionThe petition stated that at a meeting organised by the leaders of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the name of ‘Kalaignar Vasagar Vattam’ to share the ideals of the DMK party, the Petitioner spoke for more than 45 minutes and addressed the crowd about the genesis of the party and its achievements and also mentioned the Dravidian Movement and how it has improved the lives of members of the SC/ST and other downtrodden and backward communities. However, some of the Petitioner’s statements were picked out of context by the Complainant and a complaint was registered against the Petitioner under Sections 3(1)(u) and 3(1)(v) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and multiple FIRs were registered regarding the same incident.The alleged offending portion of the speech was:”..I am openly telling you not even one Harijan has become a High Court Judge in Northern States specially in Madhya Pradesh. But in Tamil Nadu when Kalaignar came to power, he got Varadharajan appointed as a High Court Judge. Afterwards, if 7-8 people belonging to Adi Dravida Community became judges, it was because of the alms of the Dravidian movement…”The petitioner has stated that High Court’s judgment erroneously notes that the statements of the Petitioner is such that it will divide the people and create disharmony in the society, and that the same was in bad taste. However, the requirements under Sections 3(1) (u) and 3(1)(v) of the Act are very specific and being divisive or in bad taste is not an ingredient to attract the offence under Sections 3(1) (u) and 3(1)(v) of the Act.According to the petitioner, the ingredients of Section 3 (1) (u) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 are not fulfilled, as for an offence to be made out under Section 3 (1) (u) of the Act, the speaker is required to promote or attempt to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes.However, in the present case, the statements made by the Petitioner not at all promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. In fact, the Petitioner merely stated the historical fact that the Dravidian Progressive Movement, with which the petitioner is involved since 1960s, improved and uplifted the lives of members of SC, ST and downtrodden communities in Tamil Nadu. The petitioner has further argued that there is nothing to show that the Petitioner had an intention to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes and there is not even an iota of evidence to prove that the petitioner had the requisite mens rea of promoting feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.The plea has stated that the High Court failed to appreciate that the complaint filed was actuated with malafide and the Complainant has vested interests which are politically motivated, as it was brought at the behest of members of the ruling party, as is evident from the fact that the Complainant belongs to AIADMK, while the Petitioner is a well- known leader of DMK, the main opposition party.Further, the plea has stated that the High Court also failed to appreciate that the present proceedings fall squarely under points (1) and (7) set out by the Supreme Court in the case of State of Haryana V. Bhajan Lal, as no prima facie case is made out against the Petitioner and the complaint having been actuated by malafide, the same should have been quashed.The petition has been filed through Advocate Amit Anand Tiwari.Next Storylast_img read more

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YOUNG PIONEERS: Campers learn about history during hands-on activities

first_imgCoral Wolter tried her hand at washing clothes on a wood washboard. Morgan Penn, right, and Hannah Rose Jackson and Colt Taylor waited their turns. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Kelly Ormond, camp director, the kids got into the spirit of Bonnets & Buckles right away as they selected their costumes for the day.“The girls put on their bonnets and the boys chose cowboy hats and we were off and ready,” she said. The campers enjoyed doing the chores of the pioneer children, from fetching water from the creek and feeding the chickens to sweeping the yards and scrubbing clothes on the washboard. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder YOUNG PIONEERS: Campers learn about history during hands-on activities By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Latest Stories Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip “They were enthusiastic about everything,” Ormond said. “They spent time in the log cabin learning about cooking on a wood stove and churning butter. After the butter was churned, the ‘pioneer’ children got to eat their homemade butter on homemade biscuits and they loved it.”In fact, most of the pioneer wannabes asked for seconds on buttered biscuits.“Then, we walked across the covered bridge to the church where Rev. Ed Shirley told the children about circuit riders and how they brought the message of the gospel to people who lived in very rural areas,” Ormond said. Then it was time to go to school. Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 22, 2017 The one-room schoolhouse was very different from the schools the children attend. They learned pioneer children had only one teacher for all grades. They wrote on chalkboards with chalk and even tried their hands at writing with a quill pen and ink. At recess, the children went outside and played games with hoops and sticks.“After lunch, they learned about picking cotton and how the seeds had to be removed so the cotton could be spun into thread and then woven into cloth,” Ormond said. “They visited with the Pioneer Quilters and got to make a pot holder to take home.”Then in was off to catch a pretend ride on the museum’s steam-driven train. However, there was nothing pretend about the ringing of the train’s bell. It rang loud and long.As Bonnets & Buckles began to come to a close, the young Pike pioneers learned about the quiet-time toys that pioneer children enjoyed – toys like a ball and cup, spinning tops and whirly-gigs. They each made a whirly-gig from a string and button to take home for their quiet-time play. But most of all, they took home the memories of a day when they stepped back in time and into the shoes of pioneer boys and girls.“They were tired at the end of the day but they were still enthusiastic about what they had done and learned,” Ormond said. “They were anxious to go home and tell all about Bonnets and Buckles.  I could not have had a better group of kids. Our volunteers and our staff did an outstanding job throughout the day. I can hardly wait to for next summer’s Bonnets & Buckles.” Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Reading about the life of a young pioneer is one thing. Living the life of a young pioneer is whole different experience. The youngsters who participated in the Bonnets & Buckles Pioneer Camp at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Thursday came away from the experience with a much better understanding of what it was like to be child pioneer and a much better appreciation for “air conditioning!!!”The hands-on history, one-day camp was a unique opportunity for kids to sweat a little and learn a lot. NEW ARRIVALS: JCA exhibitors honored with reception The Johnson Center for the Arts hosted a reception for exhibiting artist Michael Vaughn Sims and P. Hope Brannon Thursday… read more You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Majority unwilling to cover costs of ageing population

first_img Comments are closed. Majority unwilling to cover costs of ageing populationOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The majority of Britons expect to retire later in life, but they areunwilling to pay for the rising costs of an ageing population, according to anew report. A survey of nearly 3,000 people, by consultants Watson Wyatt and marketresearchers YouGov, found that while the majority understand UK demographictrends, less than one in five is willing to pay more than 2 per cent extra intax or National Insurance to fund the costs of an ageing society. An additionalexpenditure of an estimated 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) islikely to be required simply to maintain current living standards for theelderly. The survey also found that more than 50 per cent of the respondents expectthat ‘significantly more’ people will have to work to later ages in the future,while a further 38 per cent expect ‘slightly more’ people to have to worklater. Less than 7 per cent believe fewer people will end up retiring later. The UK population will age significantly over the next 20 years. Currently,people aged over 60 make up about 21 per cent of the total population. Andaccording to United Nations population projections, this number will rise to 28per cent in 2023 and will reach 33 per cent by 2033. Watson Wyatt’s analysis of the survey results found that those expectinglittle in the way of retirement income from the state were the least willing topay more in tax and national insurance to ensure the standard of living forpensioners is maintained. Those who are out of the labour market, olderindividuals and those anticipating longer life expectancies, are willing to paymore. “It appears that individual responses are based, to a large extent, onwhat is in their personal self-interest,” said Jonathan Gardner. “Those who will gain the least from higher benefits because they expectto rely mainly on private savings in retirement are the least likely to bewilling to pay more taxes to pay for the elderly. Those out of the labourmarket who will gain the most from state subsidies are clearly most in supportof higher taxes to pay for the elderly.” By Quentin Readelast_img read more

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Lipid content and composition of cultured Penaeus merguiensis fed with animal food

first_imgThe lipid content and composition of cultured Penaeus merguiensis were examined by lipid extraction, thin-layer chromatography and capillary gas chromatography. The lipid content, 1.99% fresh weight, was higher than in other penaeids, but not especially so. The major lipid classes were phospholipid (47% total lipid), free sterol (27%) and triacylglycerol (17%), with smaller amounts of alkyldiacylglycerol, partial glycerides and free fatty acid. The fatty acid composition was moderately unsaturated and there were no signs of the accumulation of plant fatty acids typical of prawns fed diets supplemented with seed soils. In the light of these results, and of previous feeding studies on penaeids, it is concluded that animal lipid is probably an essential component in the diet of P. merguiensis, enabling it to maintain a normal lipid class and fatty acid composition.last_img read more

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Purplebricks founder Kenny Bruce’s next job? Mowing the grass!

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks founder Kenny Bruce’s next job? Mowing the grass! previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks founder Kenny Bruce’s next job? Mowing the grass!Multi-millionaire reveals he’s not yet ready to reveal his next ‘project’ as he concentrates on gardening and football.Nigel Lewis13th August 201903,747 Views Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce has revealed his new lifestyle after leaving the company in June, including a somewhat more relaxed approach to living.The multi-millionaire, who is the younger of the two siblings, stayed on for several months longer than his brother Michael to run its customer service division in the UK before leaving on June 21st this year.The 44-year-old reveals that he has thrown himself into gardening at his opulent home in Northern Ireland, celebrating with his father whenever the football team he supports, Larne FC, wins and taking his son to football matches.Bruce has also said that he went on holiday to Crete last month with his family for two weeks without doing any work while he was away; clearly a first.Post PurplebricksThe more laid-back approach life comes despite his pledge to ‘not let the grass grow under his feet’ back in June and a heavy hint that he and his brother had another project under way.This is on top of a ‘multi-million pound’ investment in Larne football club, which has been spent on redeveloping its Inver Park stadium and which is part of his promise to fans to ‘leave a legacy’ in the town.Bruce says he wants his millions to help the club reach the Premier League, and told the BBC recently that he will ensure ‘whatever it takes financially’ to achieve that.larne fc Purplebricks Kenny Bruce August 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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TEENS, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO OPEN A BOOK?

first_imgby Danny TyreeCall me a nuanced curmudgeon.I’m not so bothered by the AMOUNT of time that teenagers spend with the internet and/or digital devices as by the lack of QUALITY of their pursuits.I’m reacting to the recent Drudge Report headline “A third of teens haven’t read a single book in past year.”Researchers from San Diego State University, analyzing four decades’ worth of data and publishing the results in the journal “Psychology of Popular Media Culture,” show traditional reading devastated by texting, social networking, aimless web surfing and addictive video games.For instance, in the late Seventies, 60 percent of 12th graders read a book or magazine almost daily; by 2016, even with the availability of Kindle and similar devices, only 16 percent did.Printer John Peter Zenger risked prosecution for seditious libel in order to hold the colonial governor of New York accountable. Abraham Lincoln read by firelight. Sequoyah painstakingly developed a symbol for each syllable in the Cherokee language. Today’s kids? “Wash… hands… after… using… restroom. Do those 25-year-old fossils think we have all day to read these interminable instructions? ”Sure, my generation had shortcuts such as “Classics Illustrated Comics” and Cliff’s Notes; but some of us were glad that Shakespeare’s immortal words were more complex than “Just hanging out. You?”Yes, we had to learn a lot of things the hard way; but we also benefitted from the accumulated knowledge of prime ministers and explorers and inventors. We pondered the commandments brought down from the mountaintop on two tablets. That’s a far cry from hanging on every word of some nitwit who brings out two Tide pods on YouTube.We used to be able to take lifelong lessons from even the driest literature. I direct you to the movie “Dead Poets Society.” But now we’re more likely to hear, “Seize the day? I can’t even seize my car keys. I’ve got carpal tunnel syndrome from texting.”Older Americans share a priceless common bond when we can remember where we were when we first saw newspaper photographs of the Kent State riots or John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his fallen father. Fifty years from now, today’s adolescents will probably reminisce, “Remember that girl who sent a topless photo to that boy she sort of liked, and it went viral? Should’ve won a Pulitzer! Should’ve won a Pulitzer!”Sometimes you need something substantive that makes you THINK. And I don’t mean like “Your post on Snapchat made me think… that I’d better get a catheter, so I don’t miss one minute of the big videogame tournament!”Don’t get me wrong. A number of teens (including my son the sophomore) do share my passion for reading. They learn something from essays and sermons and manuals and investigative pieces and manifestos.And herein lies the real division of “haves” and “have nots” in our country in the coming years.Youngsters who “get” reading will have life more abundantly. The willfully ignorant will miss out on all the jokes and literary allusions that zoom over their heads. They’ll be blindsided when history repeats itself and throw a hissy-fit when no one tells them about the town hall meeting to discuss zoning ordinances.Maybe they’ll really get a comeuppance in the ROMANCE department.“Want me to play the Naughty Librarian, handsome?”“What’s a librarian?”“Never mind. *Sigh* What’s the Cherokee phrase for ‘Get lost, loser’?”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Geary’s £1m bakery set to double loaf production

first_imgLeicestershire-based Geary’s Bakeries is to relocate to a new site and double production of its loaves, following a £1m investment.Joint managing director Tony Marriott told British Baker that Geary’s hopes to be up and running at its new bakery, in Barrow upon Soar, by the end of March 2010. “The company is reloca-ting from its original site in Ratby where it has been for 104 years,” he said. The move is due to the increasing logistical difficulties of, for example, getting supplies, such as flour silo deliveries to the bakery, which is currently located in the centre of a village. “It’s also now a very old building,” said Marriott.The move will enable the bakery to ramp up its production. “We currently produce around 700-800,000 speciality rolls a week and about 50,000 loaves a week and we are expecting to be able to produce 100,000 loaves a week,” he said.The firm has been working on getting the new site ready since June last year, including extensions to the building. The new bakery, based in Hayhill Industrial Estate, is only 10 miles from the old site, but was not previously a bakery, so there has been a lot of work involved, explained Marriott. “Travelling ovens are being put in at the moment, and the provers are already in,” he added.Geary’s had been looking for a suitable site for about three years. Marriott said it had been important to find one close to the original bakery, so that the existing staff could easily move with the firm.The bakery employs around 70 staff at present, but Marriott said there are hopes to employ around 110 staff when the new site is fully up and running.Geary’s predominantly produces bread and rolls for major retailers and sandwich pro-ducers, including Samworth Brothers and Uniq.last_img read more