THIRTY staff at a Ballyshannon supermarket have been left devastated after it closed up for the last time last night.Full-time and part-time staff were called to a meeting on the premises of Frederick Ormston’s Mace at 7.30pm and told the business would not re-open on Tuesday.The family has been trading in the town since 1961. “Some of us were in tears afterwards,” said one member of staff.“I’ve been crying all evening and I don’t think it has even sunk in yet.”Another member of staff said: “This came as a complete shock. There was no hint whatsoever that this was going to happen.“We’ve got children and mortgages and I don’t know what we’re all going to do.” Most of the staff in the Main Street premises are from the area. 30 JOBS LOST AS BALLYSHANNON SUPERMARKET CLOSES DOWN was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:30 JOBS LOST AS BALLYSHANNON SUPERMARKET CLOSES DOWN
Former Milan and Azzurri coach Arrigo Sacchi says Roberto Mancini’s Italy side are an example for all of Serie A. “They win, convince and entertain.” Sacchi gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he heaped praise on Mancini’s swashbuckling outfit, who qualified for Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record. “The Azzurri win, convince and entertain. They left to applause from the Bosnian public on Friday, who admired their quality,” said Sacchi. For decades the legendary coach has been critical of the approach many sides in Serie A take and complaining of the abundance of foriegn players in the league. “Mancini inherited a squad that failed to qualify for the last World Cup and a league that is overflowing with foriegn players, so pessimism was rampant. However the work accomplished by Mancini and his boys is hardly imaginable. They are a positive and courageous example to the rest of the league.” Italy have won 10 consecutive games, breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s long-standing record, set in the 1930s during the second World Cup triumph. “Mancio has set the template for this Italy, his choices are full of skill and optimism. They are devoid of negative, defensive and boring football. They are becoming more convincing with every game. In the match against Bosnia, we saw them pressing as very few teams practice in Serie A.” Italy finish their Group J campaign against Armenia on Monday. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
OTTAWA – An environment professor at Dalhousie University says Canada’s push to lead the G7 into a war against plastic garbage would get a whole lot more heft if the federal government started enacting stronger policies at home.Tony Walker says Canada is actually lagging behind many other countries, at least 40 of which have enacted some sort of national policy to curb the use of single-use plastic drink bottles, plates, straws, and grocery bags.In a new article published in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Walker argues Canada would be sending the right signals if it steps up with a national ban on plastic bags.“I think they could send a message, a very strong message,” Walker told The Canadian Press.Several small Canadian municipalities have banned plastic bags and Montreal became the first major city to do so in January. Victoria will follow suit in July. However Walker says it’s too ad hoc of an approach and doesn’t encourage manufacturers to streamline their products to make for easier recycling. He also notes many attempts at the municipal level to enact bans in Canada and the U.S. have failed, including in Toronto in 2012.Walker says he knows a ban is a heavy handed approach but in our “use once and then discard” mentality, we need to force people to think harder about what happens to their products of convenience.He noted Canada banned the manufacture of microbead plastics already, deeming them to be toxic to human health or the environment, and will ban the sale of shower gels, face scrubs and toothpaste that contain them in June. Given that plastic bags and straws that end up in the ocean have been proven to be toxic for marine life, he wonders why Canada can’t use the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to do with plastic bags and bottles what it did with microbeads.“I don’t know the mechanism how (a plastic bag ban) could occur but I hope they’re very forward thinking and progressive about this,” Walker says.Last week Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was at the World Ocean Summit in Mexico, where she was pushing Canada’s desire to see the G7 nations sign a plastics charter, pledging to work towards 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging.In a call with reporters she noted the equivalent of a dump truck full of plastic is dropped into the ocean every minute of every day, and at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. However she did not cite federal bans on plastic bags as one of the steps the government is currently pursuing.When asked about concrete policies of the government on plastic she talked about helping developing countries finance waste management policies, funding science to make plastic that is easier to compost and public awareness.Canada is already playing catch up to the world to address plastic garbage, including several other G7 nations.The European Union in January launched a strategy to get its member nations to aim for 100 per cent recycling by 2030. In France, all disposable tableware will have to be least 50 per cent compostable by 2020, and 60 per cent by 2025.Great Britain cut its addiction to single-use plastic bags by 85 per cent after implementing a five pence (less than a Canadian dime) charge for getting one in 2015.Italy enacted a ban on non-compostable plastic bags at grocery stores in January, although it got a rough ride from the public as it was executed.China banned plastic bags a decade ago although many reports suggest the ban is not enforced much.Kenya and Rwanda have laws that will see people sentenced to jail time for importing or selling plastic bags. Taiwan announced in February single-use plastics will be entirely banned there by 2030. Scotland is barring the use of plastic straws and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs.It’s estimated about three billion plastic bags are used in Canada each year, and anti-plastics advocates note most are used for less than 20 minutes each but take hundreds of years to break down.Walker says when plastic bags or bottles or straws are tossed away, and end up in the dump, the river or the ocean, they will eventually break down into smaller bits from friction, UV light, or salt water. Plastics account for about 85 per cent of the garbage found in the ocean and can often trap marine life, or be mistaken by fish and turtles as food.In 2015, Australian scientists found more than 90 per cent of the sea birds they studied had plastic in their digestive tracts.Walker says at a round table event hosted by McKenna’s department last month, academics, environment groups, plastic makers and representatives from the food industry all sat down to talk about what can be done and he thinks the government is getting ready to make some big announcements.This coming week, Stephen Lucas, Canada’s deputy environment minister, will be in San Diego at the sixth annual Marine Debris Conference sponsored by the United Nations where he is considered a keynote panellist.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.
YARMOUTH, N.S. – Twelve-year-old Josh Cochrane of Yarmouth, N.S., watched the news of a deadly shooting in Fredericton on Friday afternoon with a heavy heart.He thought of the fear the responding officers must have felt, and the children of the victims whose parents wouldn’t be around to tuck them in at night.Cochrane wanted to do something to help comfort the grieving community, so he wrote and recorded a tribute song, to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” called “A Police Hallelujah.”In the two days since his mother posted his song to Facebook, the video has been viewed more than 300,000 times.“I wanted the song to show the world their braveness and sacrifice they made to save others,” Cochrane said.“I believe music heals people, it helps you see from your heart, it helps bring calmness.”Cochrane said he has received responses from grieving people across the country, including a colleague of Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Mae Burns — the two police officers killed — saying Cochrane’s song is helping him and his colleagues through the difficult time.The young Canadian’s message is just one of many shows of support from people who never knew the victims, but are still grieving with the small New Brunswick city.Police forces across the country lowered flags to half-mast on Friday afternoon, while thousands of people posted on social media with the hashtag #FrederictonStrong.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited families and colleagues of the victims on Sunday afternoon, and told reporters his message to the families was one of solidarity in grief.“When you have a whole community, and indeed a whole country, supporting you through terrible grief, it does make it a little bit easier — not much easier, but a little bit easier,” Trudeau said.For Cochrane’s part, he hopes his song will spread his belief that love and kindness are more powerful than anger and hate — a lesson he learned when he lost someone close to him while that person was serving in Afghanistan.“We have to stop losing lives to violence by changing the world one kind act at a time,” Cochrane said.From the comments he’s received so far, he thinks he has achieved what he set out to do.“I believe the song is doing what I hoped,” Cochrane said.“It has people talking, people knowing that it’s not weak to speak about how they feel, it’s important,” he said.“It is OK to not be OK sometimes. … someone is always there to help them get through, and people do care, even if it is a kid.”— By Nicole Thompson in Toronto and Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.