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Get dirty this summer (gardening)

first_imgPlanting a veggie garden has an obvious tangible benefit: ie. physical things to put in your mouth. You’re also eating local, have more control over where your food comes from, and even saving a few dollars in the process.But wait! There’s more! Gardening also has less tangible benefits: it’s good for your mental and physical health.Just because you may occupy a smaller corner of the Earth doesn’t mean you can’t plant things. Start a herb garden on your window sill/fire escape/balcony. Or join a community garden! Check out The Quiet Revolution Map for community gardens near you.It Relieves StressA 2011 study found that gardening combats stress better than other leisure activities such as reading. Just 30 minutes of outdoor gardening can do all sorts of things for your mood. Getting out in the sunshine is also great for stress relief and your immune system (just don’t forget the sunscreen).It gets you movingDepending on your living situation you may have more room for your garden to to grow. However, no matter how big or small, there will be hauling sacks of dirt, watering, harvesting and other vigorous activities involved. Exercise and other physical activities are also great stress relievers.It enables you to put better things in your mouthLet’s face it, organic basil/kale/tomatoes are expensive when you buy them at the store. For a summer’s worth of garden veggies(and then some), it’s about 4 dollars per seed packet. So not only are you being financially savvy but you are getting a good healthy foodstuff too.Freelancers, how do you grow and nurture a healthy mind, body, and stomach?last_img read more

How to capture a brand’s tone (without losing your voice)

first_imgLet me begin by saying that I am not, by training or by inclination, a marketing expert. I don’t claim to know everything about branding strategy, nor the intricacies of brand “identity.” All I have is lots of hands-on practical experience. I’ve worked as a copywriter in online/offline content for organizations of every imaginable stripe: from writing dry technical pieces for medical companies, to developing absurdist, funny nonsense for children’s books.One of my strengths as a copywriter – one that has gotten me a lot of work, for which I’m very grateful – is versatility. I’m good at quickly picking up and mimicking a brand’s tone, often while maintaining my own voice; the latter portion is what keeps me most interested. People have authored books and taught entire courses centered around writing on brand; this post does not claim to be so comprehensive. Instead, it’s an attempt to detail my own (fairly uncomplicated) process.A Quick No-Fuss Guide to Capturing Brand Tone**1. Research, research, research **I assume you’ve done a bit of this before you even landed the freelance gig – poking around their current content and picking up tone. Now that you have the job, delve a bit deeper. Some established companies have a Style Guide – although it’s more uncommon than you’d think (and if you’re freelancing with a start-up, odds are YOU’LL be writing the Style Guide).Ask if they have one anyway; at worst, you’ll look eager and conscientious. If they don’t have a Style Guide, look more closely at their current content. What’s the voice they’re using now? Formal, informal? How slangy do they get? How do they normally structure pieces? What are common terms and references? Start figuring out their current “rules” – that’ll be the foundation of your work.**2. Figure out the target audience **In the best situations, you’ll be able to meet directly with your client and ask them specific questions about who they’re trying to reach (and how). How old are their target audiences? What does your client want them to do – click through, share on social media, read, download, take action?Sometimes, this information has been covered in your initial interview – but now is the time to get specific. Do not be afraid to ask. Again, the aforementioned meeting is the optimal scenario, one in which your client has plenty of time and energy. I’ve also been in situations where a wild – eyed, overloaded project manager hires me in a panic, because they need truckloads of content done yesterday – no time for close questioning.On other gigs, the client has looked at me beseechingly: um, what kinds of audiences do you think they should target? In those cases, get the most information you can about your clients’ objectives (even if you can’t have a longer meeting) and take an educated guess, based on their product and the tone of their existing content. Don’t be afraid to check out their competitors’ content in order to pick up some tips on voice.**3. Determine the optimal marriage of existing tone + target **So, you’ve looked at your clients’ existing content and learned a little about their goals. Now find the intersection – how you can nudge tone to meet specific objectives. For example, if clients are trying to reach millennials via sharable social media pieces, that’s going to call for a jaunty, snarky, approachable tone. If they want academics to read a pamphlet, that calls for a more formal, weighty voice.If you can pair the client’s existing “rules” with a voice that appeals to their target audience, you’re golden. Often, that’s a matter of common sense. For example, if a public health non – profit wants to develop blog posts that appeal to readers outside of their field, you’ll need to find a tone that covers the seriousness of a public health issue with an approachable, clear style – broken down into easily-digestible blog form.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member**4. Know that there’s normally wiggle-room **When you’re playing around with tone and personality, it’s easy to slip in some of your own voice – as long as you keep target audiences in mind and follow the basic “rules” of your client. Maintain good communication with your client; when you’re first beginning to write for them, send drafts early to make sure you’re capturing tone. Be ready and willing to revise, if necessary.Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can begin reasonably exploring the boundaries of the brand’s voice. Most clients, in my experience, don’t want an on brand automaton; they want someone who brings their own creative spark. That’s what makes content engaging and fun to read. I’ve never needed to delve much deeper than these 4 steps, personally.This kind of simple process (plus a healthy willingness to revise and adjust according to client specifications) has gotten me plenty of work. In my experience, writing on brand doesn’t have to be a slog; you, too, can capture tone without too much effort – and best of all, you never have to stop playing with it!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Southgate distances himself from Man Utd

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has insisted he enjoys his current role amid speculation linking him with the permanent Manchester United job at the end of this season.Southgate, 48, guided the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years and their first major tournament semi-final since Euro ’96, finishing fourth at the 2018 event in Russia after being knocked out by eventual losing finalists Croatia.The former Middlesbrough coach has since received plenty of acclaim and rumours have emerged that his name has been drawn up on a shortlist of candidates to take over at Old Trafford permanently ahead of next season, when interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to return to Norwegian club Molde. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Southgate asserted his intention to remain the England head coach ahead of the inaugural Nations League semi-finals this summer and Euro 2020.”I’m the England manager and it’s a privileged position to be in,” Southgate told Sky Sports News.”We’ve had the best year for 28 years and we’ve got a [Nations League] semi-final this summer and a European Championship [in 2020] that’s predominantly at Wembley, providing we take care of business to qualify.”So, it’s a hugely exciting time with the team. I don’t think we’ve progressed as far as we can yet. I think there’s room for us to grow.​”I think there is a lot of importance in life about enjoying what you are doing.”I am still a young coach, I’ve managed less than 200 matches, so, for me, it’s an honour to be in the role I’m in and I thoroughly enjoy it.”Southgate also insisted that he did not want to rest on his laurels after the many tributes paid to himself and the England squad following their World Cup performances in Russia.”When you’re having tributes, you’re thinking, ‘Well, the job is not done for us yet, there’s a lot for us to go for and a lot of improvement for us to make’.”England will take on the Netherlands in their Nations League semi-final in June after impressively topping a difficult group containing Spain and Croatia. Portugal and Switzerland will contest the other semi-final.last_img read more

Best year ever for BC Ferries vehicle traffic foot traffic also surges

first_imgVICTORIA – BC Ferries’ year-end results show vehicle traffic was higher than ever last year, resulting in consolidated net earnings of $59.9 million.The company says in a news release that fiscal 2018 also had the highest level of passenger traffic in two decades.Ferries president Mark Collins says the strong fiscal performance helps the company increase service, invest in new vessels and terminal infrastructure, offer discounts and minimize borrowing.The release says BC Ferries provided 1,190 more round trips compared with the year before in an effort to keep up with stronger demand.In April, the fares of most routes, with the exception of the three Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island runs, were reduced by 15 per cent and seniors are again allowed to travel for free Monday to Thursday.BC Ferries announced last week that it would remove a fuel rebate starting June 27 because of high fuel prices on the world market.last_img read more

Top UN envoy for northern Uganda continues visit in region

In the capital Kinshasa, Mr. Chissano met with President Joseph Kabila and was briefed by the senior leadership of the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, on the situation in the vast nation, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas. Last week, the Envoy traveled to Uganda’s capital Kampala, where he met with President François Bozizé of the Central African Republic. He also visited Juba, in southern Sudan, the site of previous talks between the LRA and the Ugandan Government, for consultations with southern Sudanese and UN officials. Appointed in December 2006, Mr. Chissano – a former Mozambican president – has been tasked with addressing the regional ramifications of the Ugandan conflict, particularly its impact on neighbours such as Sudan and the DRC, as well as its root causes. Thousands of civilians have been killed or abducted since the LRA began its rebellion in 1986, and more than 1.5 million people have become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). During the conflict the rebel group became notorious for abducting children and then using them as soldiers or porters, while subjecting some to torture and allocating many girls to senior officers in a form of institutional rape.This time last year, the Ugandan Government and the LRA signed a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, but a comprehensive agreement has not yet been struck and some senior LRA figures face International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments. In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all sides working to peacefully resolve the conflict between the Ugandan Government and the LRA to ensure the immediate and safe return home of roughly 1,500 women and children still associated with the LRA. The agency noted that progress has been made since last year’s accord, including the 29 June 2007 Agreement on Accountability and Reconciliation, which contained provisions to address the special needs of children, as well as protect the dignity, privacy and security of women and girls. UNICEF called for efforts to return women and children in a timely manner to be reinforced. “We are ready for the children and women to come home. It is time that they come home,” said Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Representative in Uganda. “We will help them go back home and back to school. They have been away for too long.” The agency said that it will provide assistance and protection – in concert with the Amnesty Commission, local governments, traditional and religious leaders and humanitarian organizations – to all returning women and children, the majority of whom are expected to go back to their original homesteads in Uganda. “Placing the centre of support squarely on the shoulders of the community is essential to providing stability for those returning, and to giving back childhood to those children,” Mr. McKenzie said. “Without positive community support, we may easily squander the opportunity for children and young persons, our most precious resource, to grow up in a climate of peace and tolerance.” UNICEF and its partners have assisted over 2,000 children returning from the LRA this year through community-based income generation, peer support and other reintegration programmes. Local government figures show that up to 25,000 children – with approximately 7,500 of them girls – have been associated with the LRA during the conflict. 27 August 2007As part of a tour of the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joaquim Chissano stopped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this weekend. read more

UN rights expert warns against use of religion as excuse for criminal

Speaking before the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee, Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said religious intolerance remains on the rise and the voices of moderation are often marginalized.“The freedom in pursuing one’s religion or belief must be protected and respected,” she said in her statement to the Committee. But, “on the other hand, the rights of individuals have also to be protected from being violated on the premise of religion or belief.“No impunity should be awarded when criminal acts which infringe on the human rights of others are given a religious label. At the same time, all governmental actions should be proportionate, abide by the rule of law and respect the applicable international human rights standards.”Ms. Jahangir urged governments worldwide to avoid knee-jerk responses and to try to focus on tackling the underlying problems instead.“Wise and balanced decision-making at all governmental levels, as well as non-discriminatory legislation, are crucial for addressing the delicate issues involved. Furthermore, an independent and non-arbitrary judiciary is a prerequisite for safeguarding freedom of religion or belief.”Protection must be complemented by prevention efforts, she said, calling for pro-active strategies to deter acts of intolerance and discrimination.“However, specific legislation should be introduced in a cautious manner since any compulsory overregulation may be counterproductive.” 26 October 2007Religious belief should never be accepted as a legitimate excuse for carrying out criminal actions that encroach on the rights of others, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today. read more

Ontario man representing himself in court wins fight over 107 kmh speeding

This Alberta man got a speeding ticket for driving one km over the limit while passing a peace officer Ontario e-bike rider wins court battle after police officer gave him $11,000 in fines over broken pedal Impatient judge was too cranky at trial, review finds, as man’s speeding conviction dropped But the errors from the bench were more consequential than Morillo’s.One key problem was that the trial justice wrongly turned the competing positions of Morillo and the officer into a credibility contest, by deciding whether she preferred the version of the Crown or Morillo, when what she should have done is consider only whether the charge had been proven.Another was that Morillo botched his attempt to highlight inconsistencies in the officer’s testimony from the first trial, which could impeach the officer’s credibility. But he did not have transcripts, and while the trial justice was adamant this was a brand new trial and the old one was not being reheard, the trial justice also suggested ways Morillo could ask about testimony from the previous trial.The effect of this, the Court of Appeal decided, was to unfairly constrain Morillo in his right to cross-examine the officer.The appeal judge failed to recognize this, and added the additional irrelevant observation that Morillo already had “two kicks at the can” and thus perhaps did not deserve a third trial on a matter that, but for his legal inexperience, would have already been resolved on the merits.These two problems were enough to void his conviction, with the Crown’s agreement. At the Court of Appeal, an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, was appointed to guide the court on Morillo’s interests, without actually representing him.• Email: | Twitter: Among the many things that went amusingly wrong in the long-running failed prosecution of a speeding ticket issued to Lindsey Morillo was that the accused, a Toronto accountant, made a terrible mistake when he testified at his second trial.He failed to deny it.Of all the errors ever made in court by self-represented litigants — who have fools for clients, according to the self-congratulatory old lawyer’s joke — this was surely one of the most devastating.But it was not the only mistake in the many proceedings, nor even the worst.A new ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal shows that the judge and justice of the peace who presided over his retrial and second appeal also made errors in applying the law, which, unlike Morillo, they are expected to know.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.So despite his inexpert litigating, Morillo appears to have come out on top. No less an authority than the Court of Appeal for Ontario has now quietly urged prosecutors to let this one speeding ticket slide.The prosecutor might consider whether the interests of justice are served by subjecting the appellant to a third trial“The appeal is allowed, the conviction quashed, and a new trial ordered,” Justice David Watt wrote for the three-judge panel in a Sept. 11 decision. “In the circumstances, the prosecutor might consider whether the interests of justice are served by subjecting the appellant to a third trial on a speeding ticket.”Reached Wednesday, Morillo declined to be interviewed until the case was formally closed. He said he has not had any formal notification since the ruling, but he expects the case is over. It has been more than four years since he was ticketed based on an officer’s radar reading.The effect of Morillo’s failure to deny under oath what he was accused of doing was not obvious until it came time to argue whether the charge of driving at 107km/h in a 70 zone had been proved. Arguing that it had not, Morillo claimed he had looked at his speedometer that day on Highway 2 near Clarington, Ont. This novel claim caused the justice of the peace to interrupt.The trouble was that you cannot introduce new evidence during submissions. This was a brand new claim that went to the heart of the case. So the justice asked whether Morillo had ever made this claim of consulting his speedometer in his own testimony.“Not in so many words,” he acknowledged.It was not the only mistake. For example, Morillo ran afoul of the foundational rule of evidence known as Browne v. Dunn, according to which you have to put a discrepancy to a witness if you intend to use it in argument. You cannot simply spring it on the court. Morillo also required frequent assistance from the trial justice, verging on coaching, on how to properly phrase questions to the witness officer.“This is the last time I’m going to phrase your questions for you because you should be catching on by now,” the trial justice said.Related read more

Olympic iceskating champion pleads UNs case for Sudans displaced children

Forsaking the air-conditioned cool of the ice rink for the torrid heat of Sudan, Norwegian Olympic speed-skating champion Johann Koss is visiting camps for the displaced, schools and clinics to plead the case for youngsters in Africa’s largest country as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “The time for us to act is now, before it is too late. These children should be protected and have access to a good education, better living conditions and sanitation,” the four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner said on a visit to El Fateh camp on the outskirts of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, where crude huts dotting the arid landscape are home to more than 100,000 displaced people.“Basically they have nothing. There is no school, there is no health and there is very little care of the children in this community,” Mr. Koss, whose five-day visit ends today, added. “We have to increase the number of health clinics and nurses so they can be treated for very preventable diseases, so they can survive.” Due to years of conflict and drought in Sudan, an estimated 2 million displaced people are living in camps similar to El Fateh. Having been driven off their land, they now depend on food aid. But a lack of donor funding is hampering humanitarian efforts, and the response to the needs of internally displaced families has been uneven.Many relief agencies and non-governmental organizations have been pulling out due to the shortfall in funding as well as pressure from some local officials. UNICEF and its partners continue to provide food, water and medicine to support the displaced families, who are among the most vulnerable in the world. Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1994, Mr. Koss also visited water points, schools and clinics in Juba, Southern Sudan, and nearby areas, where a peace accord last year ended two decades of civil war that uprooted some 4.5 million people from their homes. read more

LinkedIn pays nearly 6 million in overtime wages damages after Labor Dept

LinkedIn pays nearly $6 million in overtime wages, damages after Labor Dept. investigation by The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2014 2:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.The U.S. Department of Labor said an investigation found LinkedIn Corp. in violation of overtime and record-keeping rules that are part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. It said the violations occurred at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York.Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn said in a statement that it was “eager to work closely with the (Labor Department) to quickly and equitably rectify this situation. This was a function of not having the right tools in place for a small subset of our sales force to track hours properly; prior to the (Labor Department) approaching us, we had already begun to remedy this.”The company agreed to pay the back wages once it was notified of the violations and to take steps to prevent them from happening again.Federal law requires that hourly employees get paid 1.5 times their regular hourly rates for hours they work beyond 40 per week. read more

Theresa May set to be asked to send more troops to Afghanistan

first_imgTheresa May will host Nato’s general secretary in Downing Street and it is expected the UK will be asked to send more troops to Afghanistan.Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister in Number 10 for talks ahead of a summit meeting of Nato leaders in Brussels on May 25.Leaders of Nato countries been told to think about their military levels in Afghanistan as the US looks to increase its presence by sending at least 3,000 extra troops.The US has written to Nato countries about the 13,000-strong presence in Afghanistan and “future contributions” will be considered at the Brussels meeting, a Nato official said.Around 500 British troops are already in Afghanistan in training and mentoring roles as the local security forces continue to battle the Taliban. “These requests are not targeted at only one nation, but are part of our force generation process which concerns all allies and partners.”As regards Afghanistan, it’s premature to discuss specific figures, as Nato leaders will discuss the mission at the May 25 meeting, with a further discussion on details by defence ministers in June.” The issue risks becoming caught up in the heat of the General Election campaign after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested he would be prepared to turn down any Nato request for reinforcements.The Labour leader said “at the end of the day wars are not solved by the presence of foreign troops” as he called for a political solution to the violence in the war-torn nation, while vowing to “look at” any request.A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The UK keeps its contribution in Afghanistan under regular review to ensure it remains suited for the needs of the mission.”A Nato official said: “Nato regularly asks allies and partners to contribute forces for our missions and operations, for instance in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more last_img read more

Zuckerberg makes top 3 of Esquires Style Hall of Shame

first_imgAs a geek my daily wardrobe choice always involves jeans and a t-shirt. Apart from some part-time work in electronics stores in my teenage years I’ve never had to dress smartly for work. The same is true of most tech companies you can work at today: the dress code is strictly casual.But if your name is Mark Zuckerberg, you are worth billions, and own the very successful social network Facebook, people take notice of what you wear. Zuckerberg always wears jeans, a t-shirt and a hoody if necessary. I don’t think we’ve ever seen him in a suit, and why should we? He’s a fellow geek who remains causal at all times.However, Mark is also a bit of a celbrity now that The Social Network movie got released and his company is doing so well. So he is given some attention by the press outside of the tech industry. One such publication is Esquire which does a Celebrity Style Hall of Shame every year. For 2010 Zuckerberg managed to feature coming in at No. 3 behind Robert Pattinson and Russell Brand.So why did Esquire put Mark so high up the list? It seems to be due to an appearance at a black tie event where he wore jeans and a t-shirt. According to Esquire:No matter how much money you have or how many people’s secrets you hold in your digital palm, you cannot show up to a black-tie event in a t-shirt and jeans and expect to be taken seriously. Seriously. We don’t think Mark should get upset about his featuring on this list. He’s remaining true to his geek roots and can smile at the fact he’s worth more than the other 9 celebrities on that list put together.Read more at Esquire’s Style Hall of Shame, via Switchedlast_img read more

Can 3D Gaming Save Nintendo

first_imgNintendo has been a longtime favorite for gamers ever since Nintendo released the NES. However, since more video game console manufactures have gained popularity, the stakes are as high as ever for Nintendo. The company is now saying that all hope is on the new Nintendo 3DS console. Shigeru Miyamoto, who is considered to be one of Nintendo’s best (created Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda, to name a few), is excited about 3D gaming. Miyamoto believes that Nintendo can take 3D to the next level by planning to release games that could boost the declining profits for the gaming giant. The 3DS is the first console to ever support 3D games. Miyomoto also believes that Nintendo could change the face of gaming, just like the Wii did with motion gaming. While Miyamoto does believe that it could change gaming, he also admits that 3D is nothing new to the world. However, we can all agree that it is new to gaming. He also stressed that Nintendo, unlike other gaming manufactures, design games for the hardware that Nintendo builds. According to Miyamoto, that gives Nintendo a better edge against the others. Via BBClast_img read more

In her shoes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Liz hasn’t had a weekend to herself for over a decade. She has committed each Saturday and Sunday to her work. But it’s more than just work, it’s the satisfaction she receives knowing that she’s just made someone’s day that little bit more special. Liz is in the wedding and christening business. A business that is filled with love, joy, happiness and plenty of tulle. But what people don’t realise is what goes on in the background and how Liz, and her team of staff, are trained to orchestrate this illustrious performance to ensure the bride, koumbara and nouna, are able to sit back and enjoy. It was during a sojourn in Greece that Liz was exposed to an alternative for the common boumbounieres. When she christened her godchild back in Australia, she decided to import everything from Greece. The reception she received assured her she had discovered an untapped market. Eleven years later in an industry that has seen her help christen and marry many Greek people in Victoria, the passion for what she does is still there; if anything, it’s stronger than ever. “I love working on functions; weddings and christenings. I love decorating and wrapping. I love making everyone’s day special,” says a gushing Liz. “I love how excited everyone gets, when they first bring their babies in to get measured. And all the little touches, like how you are going to decorate the kalathakia that get me excited,” says Liz. It’s this keen eye for detail that sees her at the church and reception centre busily decorating to make sure that everything matches perfectly. Her bright and bubbly personality suits this industry perfectly, but it’s her ability to keep the guest of honour out of harm’s way and absorb some of the pressure herself, that makes her invaluable. In this industry, she believes, you need to have a tough stomach in order to handle any problems that can be thrown at you. “There is a lot going on in the background that people don’t know about,” she says. Liz reminisces about a time she was waiting on an order for a fast approaching wedding, only to receive the wrong items. She managed to get the right goods delivered moments before the wedding and made certain the bride wasn’t privy to the anxiety. “I check the weather forecast for the days my clients are getting married hoping that they don’t get rain or hail,” says Liz going above and beyond for all her clients. Liz at times has to put on the hat of a counsellor too. Brides can throw a hissy fit, disagreeing with the mother-in-law or koumbara. Back in day, the koumbara would pick everything, but now brides are becoming more particular and more involved in all aspects of the wedding, proving to cause more stress for Liz. But she takes it in her stride, laughs it off and says it’s, “part of the job.” Sourcing most of her products from overseas allows Liz to have a variety of stock and gives customers a diverse array of products. She goes as far as changing her range every two weeks in order to keep things fresh. “We aim to be different than everybody else in the industry,” explains Liz. “For weddings we have very modern wedding candles, all types of stephana from the old traditional to the modern Swarovski Crystal. A lot of modern type bombounieres, not your old school salt and pepper shakers. Our flower girl range is beautiful, we use four different companies.” Now with Greek customs creeping into the mainstream, Liz has noticed her clientele has developed and include many other nationalities. “Favours is what they are calling boumbounieres,” says Liz of other cultures now taking on something the Greeks have done for years. And that is to give gifts to the people who have chosen to celebrate their special occasion with them. But what better gift than having the experienced hands of Liz to guide you through your special day? Princess Elle is located at 667 High Street, Thornbury, Victoria. Contact Liz Aravanis on (03) 9484 2528. read more

Jamaica Exporters thrilled at Trade Mission

first_img Bahamas Junior Achievement Leader in country for meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Jan 2015 – What a ting! Success, good prospects and rave reviews coming from all of the Jamaican company owners and exporters during last night’s trade show which was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. From salt and spices to water and salad specialty items like arugula and kale; to paint ideal for Caribbean weather, hair products for natural hair, flavor infused honey, sportswear and uniforms, to woodcraft, poultry, three-in-one coffee/tea, natural bug repellant and cigars. The variety of products made in nearby Jamaica is impressive, and the Jamaica Exporters Association informed us that there are actually over 3500 different products manufactured in the country. There will be highlights of the trade show on my TV show Turquoise Morning, which you can get mobile and which is aired in Jamaica on One Caribbean Television. To see our photo highlights from last night: follow, like, subscribe or link up with Magnetic Media; visit Related Items:beaches resort, chamber of commerce, jamaican exporters, trade Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Finance Minister keeps making headlines; talks tourism, finance and foreign policylast_img read more

Do it center with Weekend Vendor showcase showroom reveal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp North Caicos schools big winners when ‘In the Box’ launched Related Items:Do It Center, vendor showcase Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Aug 2015 – This weekend the Do it Center welcomes professionals and do it yourself gurus from around the United States for an opening and Vendor Showcase at the store in Providenciales. There will be a ribbon cutting and cocktail reception on Friday at 5pm, it is an RSVP event… The public is welcome to the vendor showcase on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Recommended for you POST COMMONWEALTH BEACH OLYMPICS See Vendor Expo & New Showroom at Provo Do it Center on Saturdaylast_img read more

Huawei membership restored by SD Association WiFi Alliance

first_img Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use “Huawei’s membership was never cancelled, it has been temporarily modified to ensure compliance with the US Department of Commerce Order,” a spokesperson for the SD Association said in an emailed statement. “The name was missing from our website earlier due to a technical issue.”This sentiment was echoed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which said via email that Huawei’s membership “was not revoked.” Huawei’s participation in specific activities was “temporarily restricted” to comply with the Commerce Department’s order, it said.The company was also restored by JEDEC, which oversees semiconductors, and the Bluetooth standards group, CNET Espanol noted.The strain in the relations with Huawei came after the Trump administration banned the company from using US-made technology on May 15, following years of allegations that it’s linked to the Chinese government. As a result, companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel and Arm suspended their relations with Huawei.Neither Huawei, JEDEC nor the Bluetooth standards group immediately responded to requests for comment.First published May 30 at 3:49 a.m. PT.Update, May 31 at 1:30 a.m.: Adds Wi-Fi Alliance statement. What is going on between Huawei and the US? Phones Tech Industry 4:59 Huawei 36 Photos Share your voice Post a comment 0 Huawei seems to have gotten back into a pair of US groups. Angela Lang/CNET Two tech standards groups that severed ties with Huawei apparently changed their minds pretty quickly.The Wi-Fi Alliance and SD Association last week apparently restricted and removed the embattled Chinese phone maker respectively, but Huawei reappeared on both organizations’ list of members this week.The Wi-Fi Alliance promotes and certifies Wi-Fi technology, and the SD Association sets the industry standards for SD memory cards. Losing its membership didn’t prevent Huawei from using these technologies, but silenced its voice in developing standards in future. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Shipping Minister assures pay revision in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Major ports retired officers and Welfare Federation representatives (Retired Class-I and Class-II Officers) met Central Shipping Minister, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, in New Delhi at Ministers Chambers on Thursday. The Federation representatives requested the Minister to solve the long pending issue of retired Class-I and II officers pending revision. The Minister assured the federation representatives that as early as possible, the Ministry would sort out the issue. Federation president G Ramanjaneyulu, general secretary S V Bhaskara Rao and other members participated in the meeting.last_img read more

6G Internet Huawei Begins Research On Next Level Connectivity From Their Canada

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HUD Offers Over 39 Million Toward Fighting Housing Discrimination

first_img Under the department’s 2015 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), HUD outlined in a grant notice on Thursday that it is making $39.2 million available to fight housing discrimination.“The funding is part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to giving our fair housing partners the vital financial resources they need to create sustainable, inclusive communities of opportunity,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD’s assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Organizations dedicated to this work are an essential component of our efforts to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination and these grants make their work possible.”HUD makes funding available each year to support organizations interested in the enforcement of fair housing laws and policies as well as educating the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.This year’s funding notice will also create six new types of grants that support fair housing capacity building, education, and outreach activities, as well as testing in rental and sales transactions.HUD added that they will accept applications for the grants until August 26, 2015.The categories of grants being made available today are:Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – $29,275,000 available. HUD awards these to help local non-profit fair housing organizations carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – $3,500,000 available. HUD awards these to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – $6,425,000 available. HUD awards these to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly organizations that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups, such as rural and immigrant populations.The new categories of grants being made available today include:FHOI:Special Emphasis Component – Up to $350,000 per grant – These grants will strengthen the enforcement activities and capacity building efforts of organizations and help them pursue cases that investigate systemic patterns of discrimination.National/Regional Testing Component – Up to $500,000 per grant – These grants will enable organizations to develop and support a national/regional testing program to identify discrimination in rental and sales transactions.EOI:National Programs Component – Sex Discrimination – $500,000 per grant – Organizations will use this grant to conduct education and outreach projects that counter sex discrimination in housing, including domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender stereotyping or discrimination based on gender identity.National Programs Component – Sex/Familial Status Discrimination- $500,000 per grant – This grant will enable organizations to conduct education and outreach projects that focus on one or more forms of sex or familial status discrimination.National Programs Component – National Origin Discrimination- $500,000 per grant – Organizations will use this grant to address one or more forms of national origin discrimination in rental, sales, or lending.National Programs Component – Disability Discrimination- $500,000 per grant – This grant will enable organizations, using the results of recent discrimination studies, to conduct education and outreach activities that address discrimination based on disability, particularly discrimination experienced by individuals with mobility impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive or mental disabilities.Click here to read HUD’s 2015 funding notice.  HUD Offers Over $39 Million Toward Fighting Housing Discrimination Share July 23, 2015 443 Views center_img Discrimination Fair Housing Initiatives Program HUD Notice of Funding Availability 2015-07-23 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more