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Hollywood Piano Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

first_imgBusiness Districts News Hollywood Piano Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 2:15 pm Herbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Top of the News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Business News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Hollywood Piano in Burbank has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 2nd time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Hollywood Piano with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.“Wow, what an honor. We’re passionate about providing our community with a quality resource for music making, music education and performances in our recital hall. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts by our industry” said Glenn Treibitz president & CEO of Hollywood Piano.The Top 100 designation recognizes:• A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service• Proven community advocacy and support for music education• An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others• Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales• Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives• Engaging and effective use of web and social mediaHollywood Piano is also under consideration to receive the Dealer of the Year award, NAMM’s highest honor for retailers, and seven other “Best of” awards including: Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Music Makes a Difference Award, Best Emerging Dealer, Best Store Turnaround and Best Customer Service. Winners of these categories, as well as Dealer of the Year, will be announced at the July 10 award ceremony in Nashville.Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for a sound business model, resourceful approaches, and effective implementation of best practices. A panel of independent judges scores each entry to determine the Top 100. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.“The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Hollywood Piano is an important ambassador for making music in Southern California and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”About NAMMThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,900 member companies located in 100 countries. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan.For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.For more information on this press release visit Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

County to Explore Opportunities to Treat Larger Population of Homeless Mentally Ill

first_imgGovernment County to Explore Opportunities to Treat Larger Population of Homeless Mentally Ill Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 12:20 pm Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News A motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, directs county agencies to investigate and report back with recommendations on ways the County can expand treatment opportunities to a larger population of homeless mentally ill.Within the County’s chronically homeless population, there is a significant segment of individuals who refuse treatment – but are clearly in need of care,” said Barger. “Their condition prevents them from accepting treatment or providing for their own basic needs – yet they don’t meet the nebulous 5150 threshold of “being a danger to themselves and others.”Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes him or her a danger to themselves, a danger to others, and/or is gravely disabled.“I strongly believe that if someone’s mental disorder prevents them from providing for their own basic needs then they are in fact, “gravely disabled,” and in need of intervention and care,” added Supervisor Barger.With today’s action, the county will review California’s mental health laws to determine the county’s role in providing mental health care for the most hard-to-reach portion of the county’s homeless population and evaluate the 72-hour hold duration period. The analysis by County Counsel and the Department of Mental Health should include recommendations for amendments to existing laws, if necessary, and report back in 45 days. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Bright bridges idea gets go-ahead

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live A DREAM about a beloved cousin lost to suicide which prompted a Limerick schoolgirl to start a suicide prevention project has led to the fulfillment of her dream.Limerick City and County Council have agreed to allow light boxes be placed on Limerick’s bridges, with positive messages of support for people in despair and darkness.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Katie Whelan from Rhebogue came up with the idea and with the help of Cllr Daniel Butler (FG) met this week with council staff to explain the idea and got the go-ahead.‘I’m absolutely delighted,” she told the Limerick Post.“Next step is find someone who will make the boxes for me – they have to be watertight and very durable to withstand conditions on the bridges”.See the next edition of the Limerick Post for full story Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSfeaturedKatie WhelanlimerickSarsfield bridgesuicide center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articlePictures – Action from UCD Marian’s 81-70 win over UL Eagles in National CupNext articlePictures – Action from Killester’s 68-67 win over UL Huskies in Women’s National Cup Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsBreaking newsBright bridges idea gets go-aheadBy Bernie English – January 12, 2015 805 last_img read more

General Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8

first_imgLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Will @LimerickCouncil agree to add all voters who have submitted forms since the last electoral register was published to the Supplementary Register for the General [email protected]_Leader @Live95fmNews @limerickpost @LimerickToday— Claire Keating Green Party Candidate (@ClaireKeatingGP) January 14, 2020 TAGSClaire KeatingGE2020general electionGeneral Election 2020IrelandLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print Email Linkedin Government ‘makes a complete mess’ of pub reopening Advertisement “It’s already been revealed that Dublin City and Fingal Councils will include all new voters from the last year on the Supplementary Register, which is allowed under the Electoral Act. I’m sure all parties would agree that Limerick City and County Council should act now and announce they will do the same.” Twittercenter_img NewsPoliticsGeneral Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8By Cian Reinhardt – January 14, 2020 274 This will be the first time a General Election vote will be held on a Saturday, and candidates are now facing into a four-week campaign.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In holding the General Election on a Saturday for the first time, I do so knowing the inconvenience to families of a polling day on a weekday during school term – time off work, lost income, increased childcare costs. I also want to make it easier for students and those working away from home to cast their votes,” Mr Varadkar said.With progress made on Brexit in the United Kingdom, the Fine Gael leader believes now is the “best time for the country” to hold a General Election.Addressing the short run-in to the polling day, he said, “Brexit is not done yet. In fact, it’s only half-time.“The next step is to negotiate a free trade agreement between the EU including Ireland and the United Kingdom that protects our jobs, our businesses, our rural communities and our economy.“The capacity to do everything else that needs to be done – health, housing, climate action, tax reform – depends on achieving this outcome. And, it has to be done by the end of the year.“There exists now a window of opportunity to hold a General Election and to have a new Government in place before the next European Council meeting in March with a strong mandate to focus on these negotiations into the summer and autumn.”The short campaign was met with some concern from opposition parties and candidates over the fact that some citizens eligible to vote may not have enough time to register.Claire Keating, the Green Party candidate for Limerick County, has called on Limerick Council to confirm that everyone who has registered to vote in the last year will be able to vote in the upcoming General Election.“After yesterday’s revelation that people who registered to vote since the last register was published might not be able to vote if the election is in early February, it’s important that Limerick Council moves quickly to end any uncertainty. Excluding new registrations would be undemocratic, and would be a total waste of Garda time if people need to go back and get new set of forms signed.” Previous articleWins for Thomond, Richmond and Abbeyfeale over the weekendNext articleLimerick Post Show | Metis Music for Mental Health Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Facebook Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision last_img read more

Brundidge focuses on business

first_img Print Article Latest Stories The Pike County Economic Development Corporation stands ready, willing and able to assist with the recruitment of new businesses and industries and the retention of existing businesses and industries.That’s the message Marsha Gaylard, Corporation president, conveyed to the Brundidge City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.Gaylard told the mayor and council members that creating jobs and wealth for the Pike County area is the aim and the goal for the Pike County Economic Corporation. By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content “Our recruiting efforts are based on the assets we have in Pike County,” Gaylard said and listed aviation, food, plastics, information technology and data management, wood products and retail as the primary sectors for attracting new businesses and industries.Gaylard said industry pays higher wages with aviation at the top of the list.“To attract new businesses and industries, we must have available sites and buildings,” she said. “As far as retail businesses, they don’t come into an area to fail. In order for a retail business to come to our area, we must have the population and income necessary for its potential success.” You Might Like Brundidge artist featured on television program Brundidge artist Larry Godwin will be featured today on WVUA’s “Alabama Art Seen.” Brundidge artist Larry Godwin will be featured… read more By Jaine Treadwell The Pike County Economic Development Corporation uses its marketing dollars to the best advantage through trade shows, brochures, Facebook and its website.Gaylard said the Corporation also has a listing of available buildings and land sites throughout the county.“Brundidge is in an enviable position because of its sewer and wastewater treatment capabilities,” she said. “Brundidge is an ideal location for food industries so it is in a good position to recruit those types of industries.”Because existing businesses account for 80 percent of job creation, Gaylard said Pike County Economic Development is available to assist with business expansions in the way of grants, low interest loans and informational seminars. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopencenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Brundidge focuses on business Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Pike County Economic Development Corporation, South Central Alabama Development Commission and South Alabama Electric Cooperative all have funds available for industrial development.“These are revolving loans and they are perpetuating in that, as the funds are being repaid, they can be made available for other industrial and business developments,” Gaylard said.She also highlighted the goals and objectives of the Rural Economic Development Initiative – recruitment, retention and renewal.The Initiative seeks to identify the strengths and weaknesses of rural areas and identify the specific needs of those areas.Pike County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state as it has for the past two years. The county’s unemployment rate as of December 2012 was 6.5 percent.Gaylard said that, while the low employment rate might seem a deterrent to industrial or business prospects, it is just the opposite.“The low unemployment rate says a lot about the work ethic of the people of Pike County,” she said. “It is also an opportunity to grow Pike County by bringing in new people to work the newly created jobs.” 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? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

A Triassic to Jurassic arc in north Borneo: Geochronology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Segama Valley Felsic Intrusions and the Sabah ophiolite

first_imgNew field, geochemical, and geochronological data from the Segama Valley Felsic Intrusions (SVFI) of Sabah, north Borneo, shows them to be arc-derived tonalites; not windows or partial melts of a crystalline basement beneath Sabah. U-Pb zircon ages date emplacement in the Triassic and Jurassic: 241.1 ± 2.0 Ma, 250.7 ± 1.9 Ma, 178.7 ± 2.4 Ma, and 178.6 ± 1.3 Ma; contemporaneous with peaks in magmatism and detrital zircons in Sarawak and west Kalimantan (west Borneo). Isotopic data for Sr, Nd, and Pb from whole rocks, and for Hf and O from zircon all show mantle and/or MORB affinities indicating a mantle-derived origin. Enrichment of fluid mobile trace elements and trace element ratios indicate that the most likely setting for this is in a continuation of the Sundaland continental arc. There is no evidence in the field, geochemical, or zircon U-Pb data for continental basement in the Segama Valley region.last_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball Seeks To Surf Past Waves Thursday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday, BYU men’s basketball (15-7, 4-3 in West Coast Conference play) hosts Pepperdine (11-10, 4-3 in WCC play) for a conference match-up at the Marriott Center.Entering the tilt against the Waves, BYU head coach Mark Pope (15-7, .682 at BYU; 92-63, .594 as a collegiate head coach) is 39-3 (.929) at home over the course of the last three seasons at both BYU and nearby Utah Valley.The Cougars currently score 78.6 points per game, ranking BYU 28th nationally in scoring offense.The Cougars have posted 373 assists on the season. This ranks BYU 7th nationally in that statistic.The return of senior forward Yoeli Childs (a team-best 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as well as a team-best 11 blocked shots) to the lineup has galvanized an already strong Cougars squad.He is assisted by senior guard Jake Toolson (15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds per game) and fellow senior back-court mate TJ Haws (13.8 points per game, team-bests in assists [108] and steals [27]) in carrying the load.BYU surrenders 68.5 points per game, ranking the Cougars 165th nationally in scoring defense.In his second stint at Pepperdine, head coach Lorenzo Romar is currently 27-28 (.491) at the helm at Malibu, Calif. Overall, Romar is 69-72 (.489) at Pepperdine and 418-312 (.573) as a collegiate head coach.Pepperdine scores 77 points per game as the Waves are tied for 54th nationally in scoring offense with East Tennessee State and Toledo.Junior guard Colbey Ross leads Pepperdine in scoring (20 points per game) and assists (155).Also scoring in double figures on-average for the balanced Waves are the Edwards brothers,  redshirt senior forward Kameron Edwards (16.9 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) and sophomore forward Kessler Edwards (13.8 points per game, team-bests in blocked shots [32] and rebounding [7.9 boards per game]) as well as junior guard Skylar Chavez (11.8 points per game).Sophomore guard Darryl Polk Jr. leads Pepperdine in steals with 30.The Waves surrender 76.8 points per game as Pepperdine ranks 326th nationally in scoring defense.The Cougars lead the Waves 12-9 all-time and 7-2 at home. Tags: BYU Basketball/Pepperdine basketball January 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Seeks To Surf Past Waves Thursday Brad James Written bylast_img read more

BW Energy: Re-start of Dussafu license drilling campaign offshore Gabon

first_imgBW Energy has a differentiated strategy targeting offshore oil and gas reservoirs through low risk phased developments Dussafu license drilling campaign offshore Gabon re-started. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) BW Energy Limited is pleased to announce the re-start of a three-well drilling campaign on the Dussafu license offshore Gabon consisting of two exploration wells in the Hibiscus area and one production well on the Tortue field. The Borr Norve jack-up rig has been contracted for the campaign.The current campaign will start with the Hibiscus Extension appraisal well (DHIBM-2) which is located about 56 km from the coast in 119 m water depth. The well is planned as a vertical well to test the northern extension of the Gamba reservoir of the already discovered Hibiscus field. If the well is found to be hydrocarbon-bearing, one or two appraisal side-tracks may be drilled to further delineate the field.The appraisal well will provide new input to the ongoing Hibiscus/Ruche development project, which is currently based on the already discovered 46.1 million barrels gross 2P reserve at Hibiscus and the 24.1 million barrels discovered at Ruche and Ruche North East. The development project is planned to consist of a converted jack-up rig tied back to the FPSO with 12 development wells drilled in two phases, with first oil expected in Q1 2023. The additional reserves at Hibiscus, if proven by DHIBM-2, may lead to relocation of the first converted jack-up and the potential deployment of a second converted jack-up to fully exploit the resources in this prolific area of Dussafu. The timing of the first oil from the area would not be affected.“We are excited to begin the next phase of exploration drilling on the Hibiscus field. The Hibiscus Extension is our largest current prospect and has already been de-risked by the nearby discovery from 2019 and subsequent 3D seismic work. Working closely with the Government of Gabon and our license partners, we are looking forward to unlocking the full potential from Hibiscus and continue our development of the successful Tortue field through this drilling programme. The company expects to generate material cash flow over the next decade from the continued development of Dussafu and to deliver significant value to Gabon and the license partnership” says Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Energy.Following the DHIBM-2 well, the rig will move to drill the horizontal production well, DTM-7H, at the Tortue field. Once DTM-7H is completed and hooked up along with the previously drilled DTM-6H well, this will complete the phase 2 development of Tortue and will bring the total number of producing wells at Tortue to six wells.The rig will subsequently move to drill the Hibiscus North prospect, located approximately 6 km north-northeast of the DHIBM-1 well. Hibiscus North is a separate prospect with estimated potential reserves of 10 to 40 million barrels of oil which could further enhance the resource base of the Hibiscus/Ruche area. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Charity Shops

first_imgViolet Graham leaves the High Street and explores the lure of the second-hand.Shopping in charity shops is a divisive issue. Whilst volunteering for an hour or two on Saturday during our schools years was one thing, Duke of Edinburgh service points contributing to a glittering CV, (or so we thought), moving pensively between the rails on a Tuesday – perhaps with Grandma and Grandma’s friend from the church – is another. Indeed, the thought of pre-used clothes in their original habitat, on unknown and unnamed bodies, is a little alarming. Our fears of germs and bacteria become suddenly acute in this environment, and arguably not always undeservedly either, since my volunteer friend once unloaded a dead cat along with the nightgowns and old curtains of a bag of donations. Contempt has also formed over the belief that clothes are worn-out and out-of-date, whilst ‘frequently hideous’ demonstrates well the popular view of the ornaments taking pride of place along the back wall.But charity shops should not be snubbed, and indeed recognition of their value is on the rise. No longer are these shops perceived as exclusively for the aged but rather as treasure troves for the popular youth as well. Society has returned once again to our long-established, sometimes suppressed, passion for bargains and to standing out from the crowd: and charity shops, now movements desiring ‘one-off vintage pieces’ have okayed their existence once again, are the haven for just these kinds of find. Disputably, a large part of our contemporary interest in charity shops stems from current fashion trends rather than ethical or moral concerns. Since Moss and Miller first aired their vintage finds – fashionable young starlets grabbing at this opportunity to be different – a vast section of the population has taken to adorning themselves in the unseen and the old – the lacy with the ‘80s clutch, the matronly skirt worn as a dress with a sunhat, and so on. Oxfam has become the focal point of a fashion pilgrimage that others might make to Jack Wills, the super-skinny section of Topman or across the uniformity of JJB Sports: where items are to be had to formulate specific cut-out-and-keep identities.So some believe in shopping in charity shops as if this, in itself, is a statement. But whilst fashion, ever developing but also ever-cyclic, is pulling up the same items over decades – think leggings, high-waists and check shirts, which have all come round again, and again – charity shops can actually throw up statement clothes. This kind of item should not, I think, be about being different but about contributing to and enlivening your wardrobe. The best combinations come from a blending of the old and the new. Quality items are to be found across Help the Aged, Cancer Research, Save The Children and beyond; and these things, like jackets and belts and trouser suits can not only contribute to our outfits but strike a statement of ‘100% cashmere’ or ‘finest quality yarn’ across our Primark infested lives, calling remarkably on the same prices or lower. City charity shops in particular deserve mention, offering extensive variety and quality: a multitude of identities on the rails.And trendy clothes are obviously not the only exciting finds to be had. Paintings, records and jewellery are also to be sifted from the drudge in your regular charity store. Books too, organised alphabetically and by genre – a section of footballers’ biographies alongside Jamie’s eat the world a better place, the classics, war literature and steamy romances – are usually on hand to be considered. Sometimes the keen sifter alights on something old –something antique – something interesting. And just the thing you needed may also be there too: waiting to complete collections or inspire interest – the final ‘Now’ album for your collection perhaps, or a selection of Keats’ poetry to provoke the soul.There is in fact a lot to say in the defence of charity stores as the ideal shopping experience. In the last few years these good purpose shops have in many cases been whitewashed and hoovered. At home, where we have a charity shop collective of over ten stores, a hierarchy has been established amongst them, and Cancer Research – with shining, happy staff, colour coordinated rails and two floors – is in fact up with the best of them: boasting designer clothing and exotic window displays all year round. Shopping in a charity shop has become more of a fast paced experience and bargains are often to be achieved through early starts and queuing. More and more charities are also selling their own, new, items: helping those they support by providing craft-based jobs and buyers overseas in their UK stores; who buy the coffee, ceramic pots and beaded purses along with their second-hand finds.Today, I think, charity shops are more successfully responding to our commercial instincts. At the conception of the first stores – the first Oxfam was on Broad Street in 1947 –  was the notion that people needed to buy things cheaply, post WWII, and that these shops could achieve this whilst also raising money for charity – sometimes the causes were reflected in their buyers. However, in an age of greater consumerism, it is as if stores have only recently really tuned in to promoting their commercial status: that is to promoting the appeal and pull of their stores, rather than hoping and depending on good will as well as need. In buying at a charity shop, the ‘good’ part is enormous. Happy in the knowledge that we will look fabulous at the ball – a beautiful concoction of fabrics, classic cuts and sparkles folded neatly into the carrier bag- we are also giving our twelve pounds to helping the development and issue of medicine and food in conditions of famine. If society is interested, or able, to donate money directly to charity, then this is great. But if we can dress ourselves or inspire our interests, in part, in these stores – and not in money-grabbing high street chains entirely – then this is also a really good thing. By also donating items and clothing – things no longer wanted – we can keep the system going: inadvertently completing others’ perfect outfits in to the bargain, through giving an unwanted scarf, the jeans that no longer fit, the heels that were just too high.So the charity shop is definitely something to be involved with. Whether using them as a source for great fashion triumphs, outrageous 80’ glamour outfits or in the noble pursuit of Jordan’s Crystal at half the price, there is a lot to be gained. There is also a lot to give, and if you still can’t stomach shopping, then maybe the thought of others wearing your clothes or reading your books isn’t so bad – donate and feel involved: charity will always be in.last_img read more

How Bees Do It.

first_imgThe world’s first manufacturers of sweets and plastic are still hard at work, contributing more than $144 million each year to U.S. food production. If you see them in your yard, don’t kill them. Colonies move in swarms Killer bees not in Georgia The flying swarm can cluster on a tree branch or other object while scout bees search for a nest site. “A hanging swarm may take on any shape, depending on the surface where the bees are clustered,” Delaplane said. “Most hanging swarms are round or oval, about the size of a basketball and dark brown.” Swarms in your yard? Honeybee swarms may move in If honey bees swarm in your yard, you have several options: Don’t disturb them. If the swarm poses a real risk to people or animals, find a local beekeeper who will remove it. Not all beekeepers collect swarms, and some may charge a fee for the service. Your county Extension Service agent can refer you to local beekeepers who collect swarms. Swarms search new sites If the swarm is safely away from animals and people, wait for it to fly away on its own.center_img “Each year honey bee colonies reproduce by a process called swarming,” said Keith Delaplane, an Extension Service entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “During midwinter, the queen begins laying eggs and the colony’s population grows,” Delaplane said. “By spring, the nest is congested with many new bees. The colony raises a new queen, and the old queen flies away, accompanied by more than half the bees.” If Africanized bees, commonly known as killer bees, are known to be in your area, report the swarm to your county Extension Service agent or the state Department of Agriculture. Fortunately, Africanized bees aren’t known to be anywhere near Georgia. For more information on bee swarms, contact your county Extension Service agent. Or see the bee-related publications on the Web at BEES ARE GOOD — REALLY! Many homeowners see bee swarms or hives as a threat, but Marco Fonseca, an Extension Service agent in Cherokee County loves to get calls about bees. “The callers see (bee) swarms as a problem. But I see them as great, because I know we’re increasing the wild bee population.” More bees means more effective pollination in gardens and crop fields. Clustered swarms of honey bees are relatively gentle and usually won’t sting. Still, treat them with caution. In about 24 hours, they will move on to their new home. Unfortunately for some people, the bees’ new home may be inside your walls. “Wall voids are attractive to honey bee swarms looking for a home,” Delaplane said. “This is especially true if the cavity has had bees in it before.” To prevent bees from nesting in walls, caulk potential entry sites, including known holes, gaps in siding and openings around plumbing or electric wires. If you need ventilation around the openings, cover them with window screening. “Africanized honey bees are probably the biggest anticlimax of the decade,” Delaplane said. “They first entered the country in 1990 in Texas. To everyone’s surprise, they began moving west. “They’re now found in southern New Mexico, Arizona and California,” he said. “But they haven’t even moved as far east as Houston. We can start relaxing a little bit.” M. Fonseca, UGA CAESlast_img read more