After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema!

first_imgA 103-year-old woman who visited her local cinema for the first time in more than 80 years told friends “Make sure you bring me to the sequel.”Ruby Druce was last at the cinema when she cycled there in the 1940s.But a combination of married life and working for more than 45 years in a local shirt factory in Co Donegal meant Ruby never got back to the silver screen. All that changed last weekend however, when Ruby’s niece Margo Butler decided to take her to see period drama Downton Abbey.Margo revealed “Ruby used to love the cinema but it must be 80 years she was last there. She used to cycle from her home in Castlefinn and across the border into Strabane in Co Tyrone.“She likes watching Downton Abbey on the television and I just happened to say to her that there was a film of it on in the cinema and she decided she’d like to go.”Owner of Century Complex in Letterkenny, Mark Doherty, heard about Ruby’s special occasion and put on a slap-up meal at the adjoining Backstage Bar and Grill. Margo, who used to work at Century Cinemas, said that Ruby was delighted to meet Mark whom she had heard so much about.“She was treated like royalty and she was so happy to meet Mark. He couldn’t do enough for her asking her if she wanted tea and anything else.“She didn’t bother ordering popcorn or sweets because we’d had such a lovely meal beforehand.“She really, really enjoyed the film and the whole occasion. She even asked us on the way out to let her know when the sequel is on so we can go again,” revealed Margo.However, Margo would have to be quick as bright-as-button Ruby’s diary is filling up fast. She turns 104 on December 31st and has already booked her party night out in another local venue.“She’s a great character. Sharp as a tack and she is so aware for her age. It’s up to the rest of us to keep up with her,” laughed niece Margo.Ruby with the one and only Mark Doherty from Century Complex.After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema! was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:century complexMargo ButlerMark DohertyRuby Drucelast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa and United Nations launch UN Day exhibition

first_imgBrand South Africa and the United Nations will be hosting a six-month exhibition on how the UN helped end apartheid.The Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef City will showcase the United Nations’ efforts in ending Apartheid on UN Day. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Brand South Africa will be joining hands with the United Nations in South Africa to host a six months exhibition at the Apartheid museum from the 19 October 2017-31 April 2018.The exhibition will be launched prior to the UN Day, which is on the 24 October 2017, with the sole purpose of educating South Africans as well as the International communities about the contributions made by the UN in assisting South Africa to fight against apartheid and achieve its liberation.South Africa was one of the original 51 founding members of the UN, which came into existence on 24 October 1945. Since its inception, the membership of the Organisation has grown to 193 States. In South Africa, the UN is committed to enhancing the performance and impact of the UN system in contributing to the development of South Africa.Speaking on the partnership, Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said; “Brand South Africa will get an opportunity to be part of the consolidation, commemoration, and preservation of the historical memory of the country’s apartheid and the role played by the UN”This exhibition will also enjoy a life beyond its six months as it is envisioned that it will travel to other countries. The exhibition will be one that tells a historical but also contemporary story through the use of audio-visual.“It is, imperative that South Africans are reminded that the country’s freedom is attributed to many other African nations whose role in supporting South Africa through its dark days led towards its found liberation, we look forward to the exhibition and call on all citizens to come share and engage”, concludes Ms Mabuza.Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017Time: 14h00 pmVenue: The Apartheid Museum, Corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, JohannesburgRSVP: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comFollow the conversation on @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn knocked out power and buried State Route 571. Sam Sutherly was kind enough to offer an update on the progress since the spill.OCJ: What is the status of the cleanup effort?Sam: The corn was cleared off of the road on Wednesday, Jan. 24, but State Route 571 remains closed by the City of New Carlisle. They decided that it would be easier for the utility companies (AT&T and Dayton Power & Light) to reset the utility poles without the normal flow of traffic. With the extra days, the machinery and semis had better access to the corn nearest to the road. The corn is being loaded quickly and safely to be shipped. The road is supposed to officially open for public use on Jan. 31. OCJ: What is being done with salvageable corn?Sam: The corn was evaluated by potential bidders and buyers. Several company reps were in taking samples and they submitted bids to the salvage company. We had visitors from many states. Once the company was selected, they started to move corn on Friday, Jan. 26. They will continue hauling until the facility is cleaned up. OCJ: What is being done with the unsalvageable corn?Sam: Fortunately, there will be very little that is considered unsalvageable. The corn around the transformer was carefully removed and disposed of, but that was it. Screening machines are on site to remove foreign material, mainly gravel, concrete, and metal. The corn will be screened before it’s loaded into the semis. OCJ: What is the timeline moving forward?Sam: Our grain facility will remain closed until the grounds are cleared and we can evaluate the silos and access any other damage. It will be a while for permanent buildings, but our mobile office will be arriving soon. A friend loaned a bulk truck to us and we anticipate starting on-farm bulk deliveries the week of Jan. 29.The timeline is to reopen our feed mill immediately. We spent the last couple days cleaning out the seed warehouse and a temporary generator was installed to run the feed mill. On Friday, we started filling the first bags. We’ve ordered from our other suppliers and inventory is growing. It won’t be a drive-thru, but we’ll start servicing our customers with bagged feed on Monday, Jan. 29. OCJ: Has a cause for the tank failure been determined?Sam: The bin failure has not been determined yet, but engineers have been onsite. It might be a while before we have any news. OCJ: How has safety been handled during the cleanup effort?Sam: A major unknown from that night was the traffic on 571. It wasn’t until the last bucket of corn was loaded off of the road that we felt relief to know that no car or no one was under that mound of corn. Safety is still our number one concern. For the safety of the residents of New Carlisle, as well as our employees and crews, we’ve installed fencing and hired security to prevent climbing on the corn piles and trespassing.last_img read more

‘What’s Your Call?’ Referee Video Resources

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our first targeted referee video resource collection ‘What’s Your Call?’TFA continue to build video resources available via the website www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia  along with other tools to assist referees, coaches and participants at any level to help develop their Touch Football knowledge. The TFA Strategic Participation High Performance 2011-15 Plans identify the objective to ‘provide quality experiences for everyone in Touch Football’. TFA continues to use the dartfish platform to drive the following key outcomes: 3.b – Innovative processes geared at athlete development (junior, senior, elite, female, indigenous)3.c – A highly valued elite product which is positioned at the pinnacle of our pathway3.d – A strong and supportive refereeing structure to support participant needs3.e – A strong and supportive coaching structure to support participant needs4.c – Development of supportive and innovative information technology systems to support the sport at all levels. What’s Your Call is a free collection of video scenarios for referees, coaches and participants that will be released publically from Monday, 14 December.  It contains a series of videos to develop skills and knowledge of the rules in decision making scenarios. This collection will continue to grow throughout 2016 and beyond. For additional resources information visit the TFA website – www.touchfootball.com.au. Related Fileswhat_s_your_call_resource_launch-pdfRelated LinksWhat’s Your Call?last_img read more

10 months agoSevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first. last_img

4 days agoArsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.” last_img read more

Switching to greener options

first_imgYou open your eyes in the morning, stretch out to grab that little plastic containing device you cannot live without. You check the time, forcefully widening your eyes to rub off the sleepiness while scrolling mindlessly through the envious lives of virtual friends, put on your plastic slippers and head to the bathroom. You take a seat on the plastic, answer to nature’s call, grab your plastic toothbrush, squeeze toothpaste out of the plastic tube onto the plastic bristles. You brush, rinse, take a squeeze of face wash from that plastic dispenser. Also Read – A special kind of bondYou turn on the shower. Or maybe if you’re water-conscious, you fill up that plastic bucket and use a plastic mug, rub the chemical-laden soap that came packaged in plastic within a plastic-coated paper onto your body, take a squeeze of the shampoo held inside the plastic bottle. And maybe, if you want no tangles, even take a bigger squeeze of that conditioner from the plastic bottle. So ponder: In these first 30 minutes or so of the day alone, how much plastic have you already come in contact with? You probably, already have some inside of you, as well. Also Read – Insider threat managementRhea Shukla, co-founder of The Switch Fix in Gurugram, went through a similar experience and was aghast to see just how entrenched plastic has become in our daily lives. She found it ironic that the products meant to be used once are made of materials that will outlast us all. Do the Switcheroo Globally, the issue of plastic waste scourge has accentuated the need for a wholesome dialogue. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), it has been estimated that since 1950, more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. Of that, 60 per cent has ended up in either a landfill or in the natural environment. Likewise, Shukla and Abhishek Kumar, founders of The Switch Fix, were also aware of the harmful effects of plastics. They believed that their generation’s insatiable “need” for convenience and throw-away culture were adding to the problem. This propelled them to launch The Switch Fix in January 2019 and encourage people to switch from plastics and adopt sustainable alternatives. Following a series of research and experiments, out came their first shampoo bar. The manufacturing partner sources 70 per cent of ingredients locally, which in turn decreases the carbon footprint of the products, the duo claimed. The start-up currently sells personal care items such as soaps, shampoo bars, hair blends and bamboo toothbrushes. Eight months on, they now have a vibrant presence on social media to disseminate information, receive feedback for further improvisation. The uniqueness of The Switch Fix lies in their immense effort that has gone into making their ‘packaging’ plastic-free — right from sourcing organic materials to requesting delivery partners to refrain from using plastic. When one orders online, the products are shipped in cylindrical boxes wrapped in Kraft paper and paper tape. The bars come wrapped in the wax paper while their hair concentrates come in glass bottles with aluminium caps, cushioned by crinkle paper inside the box. The cylindrical boxes are made from recycled paper, and the idea behind its use is to cut down unnecessary plastic wrapping that gets discarded once delivered. The boxes are designed such that they could be re-used creatively by customers afterwards — from storing their art supplies and jewellery to serving as a travelling case. While their products are currently sold online, they also allow voluntary pickups from their office in Gurugram. “Through Switch Fix, we want to show people that their contribution towards the issue of plastics can be as simple as a switch. Simple steps like refusing disposable items, adopting a healthier, sustainable lifestyle, etc., is the answer”, Shukla says. Are they feasible Competing against commercial manufacturers is not easy since markets dealing in eco-products are still at a nascent stage in India. Besides, viable alternate resources are limited which makes the manufacturing process and supply chain costlier than their conventional counterparts. The start-up has had a challenging interaction with vendors because of their order volume and unique requirements. “The box alone accounts for 10-30 per cent of end product cost depending on the order volume and convincing vendors of our business model is a difficult task but despite the challenges, we believe that increasing awareness among consumers will escalate the demand for such alternatives and so will the supply,” Kumar adds. Their products cost Rs 325-825 and currently, they receive 15-20 orders a day from metropolitan cities of India. In the future, the team plans to collaborate with like-minded enterprises by sharing a platform to simplify the switch journey. The road to sustainability is not straightforward, simple or quick. Everyone has a proactive role to play. Most of the time, an individual’s efforts may seem trivial. For instance, a person using approximately 5-6 toothbrushes a year, may think that their actions will not have any detrimental environmental consequences. But when seen collectively, (7.7 billion), the total amount of used toothbrushes a year roughly translates to 38.5 billion, globally. Imagine where these (almost) imperishable objects end up year after year. So yes, a simple switch today — ‘however minuscule it may appear’ — to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush (not the bristles, mind you) or a plastic-free soap or shampoo could help fix the plastic menace. On another note, given the rate at which increases in population, income levels and changing lifestyles are occurring throughout the world, it is no surprise that the plastic packaging industry may touch $72.6 billion this financial year in India itself. By interweaving the concept of sustainability, responsibility and social welfare, enterprises such as The Switch Fix offers and induce customers to choose and become eco-conscious. Such initiatives provide a stratagem to build a circular economy and decouple growth from excessive resource exploitation, production, consumption and wastage. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

9year old Treaty 6 girl pens book about Treaties

first_imgcstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchris Chris StewartAPTN NewsThere are many books published about Treaties in this country.But now there’s one that was written from the perspective of a nine-year-old.Bella Morrisseau says the idea started from a speech.“I really like writing,” she said. “Ever since I can get pen to paper, I think I started to write when I was three.“I would write every day.”Watch Bella’s full speech herelast_img

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more