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A Vermont Downtown Mall Is a High School Now
The Downtown Burlington High School opened March 4, about six months after school administrators closed the existing school, just under 2 miles away, because toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs were found in the building and soil during renovations. That left students stuck at home learning remotely for much of the school year during the coronavirus pandemic.
As school officials looked for space where students could attend school in-person, they eventually eyed the empty department store, which closed in 2018. They talked with architects and learned it was a possibility, said Superintendent Tom Flanagan.
The building underwent a $3.5 million retrofit supported by the state that added partial walls for classrooms while keeping some Macy’s remnants, like the sparkly white tile floors, bright red carpeting, and Calvin Klein and Michael Kors signs and a large-scale Levi’s jeans photo on a classroom wall. The library is housed in the former Macy’s china department, with books displayed on under-lit shelves, while the gym is in a former store’s warehouse and is still unfinished.
American composer and music producer Jim Steinman has died at the age of 73
Steinman died on April 19 from kidney failure, but his death has only just become known. This was reported to the Associated Press by his brother Bill.
Jim Steinman was born and raised in New York City on November 1, 1947. He began his career in musical theater, with the score for Bertold Brecht's student production of Man-Man in 1968. Then he released the original musical "Dream Engine" and became famous for his music for the musical "Vampire Ball", which was released in 1997.
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L'abuso del disinfettante per le mani non è una novità
Estratto di vaniglia, sciroppo per la tosse e collutorio contengono tutti alcool, e gli alcolisti a volte ne abusano. Ora il disinfettante per le mani viene semplicemente aggiunto all'elenco.
Da ormai più di un anno l’uso dei gel disinfettanti è diventato una parte integrante della nostra vita. Tali prodotti contengono alcool, e non c’è da stupirsi che a qualcuno sia venuto in mente che poteva usare tali sostanze per “sballarsi” un po’. Il disinfettante per le mani si unisce alla colla, all'aria compressa per la pulizia dei computer, alla vernice spray e ad altri prodotti “innocenti” che si possono comprare legalmente in profumeria o dal ferramenta.
Il fenomeno non è nuovo, e non è cominciato con la pandemia. Nell'aprile 2012, la stampa ha riportato la notizia che sempre più adolescenti nel sud della California venivano ricoverati al pronto soccorso: questi ragazzi avevano approfittato dell'elevata gradazione alcolica del gel disinfettante, bevendolo per sballarsi. Ma si sono ubriacati fino al punto di intossicarsi pesantemente e sono finiti al pronto soccorso. Il personale dell'ospedale e della sanità pubblica ha iniziato a informare i media per avvertire i genitori di tenere sotto controllo il disinfettante per le mani e per far capire agli adolescenti i problemi che potrebbero derivarne.
Sebbene questo problema possa essere una novità per il personale del pronto soccorso e per i genitori, è noto da tempo che un alcolizzato che non può assumere alcool in nessun altro modo finirà per abusare delle sostanze più improbabili pur di soddisfare la propria voglia di bere un drink. Estratto di vaniglia, sciroppo per la tosse e collutorio contengono tutti alcool, e attireranno una persona che cerca disperatamente di placare le proprie voglie. Ora il disinfettante per le mani viene semplicemente aggiunto all'elenco.
Alcuni adolescenti separano l'alcool dal prodotto appiccicoso, mentre altri semplicemente bevono il prodotto così com'è. La triste verità è che fino a quando una persona non risolve la propria dipendenza, qualsiasi sostanza inebriante può sembrare così attraente che la razionalità va a farsi friggere.
“Mondo Libero dalla Droga” è un’associazione internazionale che si batte per ottenere una società nel quale la droga e l’alcool non costituiscano più una piaga sociale. I volontari dell’associazione credono che un giovane informato sui pericoli degli stupefacenti possa decidere, pensando con la propria testa, di stare alla larga da qualsiasi ambiente dove si faccia uso di droga o si abusi di alcool.
Le attività di “Mondo Libero dalla Droga” consistono nell’andare nelle scuole e raccontare ai ragazzi la verità sulla droga: lezioni di due ore che includono video, dati scientifici, dati statistici e testimonianze. Un ragazzo informato sulla droga molto difficilmente ne diverrà schiavo. Anche da adulto, si rifiuterà di diventare un tossicodipendente di sostanze legali o illegali.
La Chiesa di Scientology sostiene la campagna di “Mondo libero dalla Droga” fin dalla sua fondazione: la lotta all’abuso di sostanze stupefacenti è una delle principali campagne sociali della Chiesa. Il fondatore di Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, ha affermato: “L'arma più efficace nella guerra contro la droga è l'educazione.”
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The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar - Eyewitness News
The blockbusters may be absent, but an eclectic array of titles are in the mix, from a lavish Netflix ode to Tinseltown's Golden Age to a tiny indie drama about Korean immigrants scraping out a living off the land in rural America.
The blockbusters may be absent, but an eclectic array of titles are in the mix, from a lavish Netflix ode to Tinseltown's Golden Age to a tiny indie drama about Korean immigrants scraping out a living off the land in rural America. LOS ANGELES, United States - In a year that saw movie theaters boarded up due to Covid-19, eight new films that did reach our screens impressed Academy voters enough that they are in contention for Hollywood's biggest award -- the Oscar for best picture. The blockbusters may be absent, but an eclectic array of titles are in the mix, from a lavish Netflix ode to Tinseltown's Golden Age to a tiny indie drama about Korean immigrants scraping out a living off the land in rural America. Here are the eight movies battling for the top prize at Sunday's Oscars ceremony: 'THE FATHER' Starring Anthony Hopkins and adapted by French playwright Florian Zeller from his own stage production, The Father takes viewers on a terrifying voyage through the onset of dementia. The film is set in a London apartment where ailing but stubborn father Anthony (Hopkins) has chased off his latest caregiver, forcing daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) to find a replacement before her departure for Paris. But nothing in Anthony's life is quite as it seems, with the audience increasingly questioning his perspective, as his faculties rapidly appear to fade. Widely praised at its Sundance premiere in January 2020, the film has many admirers -- particularly for Hopkins' tour-de-force lead performance -- but is a long shot for best picture. 'JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH' In a year that produced several acclaimed movies led by Black casts and filmmakers, only Judas and the Black Messiah made the Academy's best picture shortlist. A twist on the traditional biopic, the movie tells half of the story of slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) from the perspective of the FBI informant who betrayed him, William O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield). Produced by Ryan Coogler -- director of Marvel superhero film Black Panther -- the 1960s Chicago-set movie follows Hampton's efforts to galvanize activists against police violence, even as the FBI encircled him and his followers. The latest entrant to the Oscars race, having only premiered to critics this February, has made a splash with six nominations but remains an outside bet. 'MANK' No film has more Oscar nominations this year than David Fincher's Mank, a black-and-white prestige drama bankrolled by Netflix that dramatizes -- and heavily fictionalizes -- the making of Citizen Kane. Conceived as a booze-soaked ode to Hollywood's Golden Age, it features a who's who of movie titans of old, including David O. Selznick, Louis B. Mayer and Kane creator Orson Welles himself. The drama centers on aging screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he pens -- apparently single-handedly -- what would become arguably the greatest movie of all time, while mingling with studio bosses and corrupt politicians. Despite its multiple nods and bona fide credentials, Mank has left critics and voters bitterly divided, and its best picture hopes appear to have gone the way of Rosebud. 'MINARI' Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung was on the verge of leaving his film career behind for teaching when he shot "Minari," a final throw of the Hollywood dice, based on his own childhood. Shot in both English and Korean, _Minari _is in many ways a quintessential American story -- of scrappy immigrants trying to carve out a space for themselves, in this case by growing Korean vegetables in 1980s Arkansas. The film -- which brings together Korean-speaking actors from both sides of the Pacific, including Walking Dead star Steven Yeun and veteran South Korean actress Youn Yuh-Jung -- focuses on intimate, family relationships rather than broader issues of race or ethnicity. Almost universally admired if not loved, the film is arguably the least divisive of the best picture nominees and could be a dark horse thanks to the preferential, ranked voting system used by the Academy. 'NOMADLAND' It is rare for a film to dominate the fall festivals and still be the undeniable frontrunner months later at the Oscars, but Chloe Zhao's _Nomadland _has yet to falter this awards season. A daring and distinctive blend of road movie, Western, drama and documentary, _Nomadland _depicts a community of older Americans who live off the grid in run-down vans after losing everything in the global financial crisis. The cast, which features several real-life "nomads" playing versions of themselves, is anchored by a nuanced, earthy performance from Frances McDormand, who helped bring the movie to life as an early producer. Few analysts see any film other than _Nomadland _taking the top prize, and it is likely to earn several other Oscars. 'PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN' With its pop soundtrack, colorful pink costumes and largely unknown director, _Promising Young Woman _is not a typical Oscar film -- but then, it is not a typical film at all. Emerald Fennell's debut feature follows medical school dropout Cassie (Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan) as she plots revenge on the former classmates responsible for the rape of her best friend. While she's at it, Cassie's avenging angel sows broader terror among her hometown's misogynist men and the women who help them -- and bops along to a Paris Hilton song in a grocery store aisle. It has five nominations and could be a dark horse for best picture, although the category's unique voting system tends not to favor polarizing titles like Promising Young Woman. 'SOUND OF METAL' The awards campaign for _Sound of Metal _has had a long gestation -- the movie debuted at the 2019 Toronto film festival and gradually built word-of-mouth buzz to capture six nominations. That alone is hugely impressive for a tiny-budget, indie movie about a rather unfashionable and potentially depressing subject -- Ruben, a drummer (Riz Ahmed) who suffers hearing loss while also battling with addiction issues. Ruben juggles his desire to recover his hearing via expensive implants with the peace he begins to find within his new, deaf community. Among the least likely to convert its best picture nomination,_Sound of Metal _has brought significant attention to the deaf community, and could win in technical categories -- including sound. 'THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7' With its mouth-watering ensemble cast, cerebral writer-director and extraordinary timeliness of release during 2020's mass protests and divisive election, there is no doubting the Oscar credentials of The Trial of the Chicago 7. Steven Spielberg asked Aaron Sorkin to pen a script about the 1968 anti-Vietnam War protests that shook Chicago, and the police violence and bizarre trial that followed. _West Wing _creator Sorkin eventually took on directing duties too, and brought in acting greats such as Mark Rylance and Frank Langella alongside younger A-listers like Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne. If any film is going to unseat Nomadland, Chicago 7 is widely seen as the most likely, having already won the Hollywood actors union's prestigious top prize. Download the Eyewitness News app to your iOS or Android device.
PnP is open to buying Cambridge Food – Brasher - Moneyweb.co.za
Outgoing CEO says if the price is right it might consider buying the troubled Massmart grocery chain.
Pick n Pay is open to buying Massmarts Cambridge Food chain says outgoing Pick n Pay CEO Richard Brasher. Brasher, speaking on Wednesday in his final results presentation for the group for the year to end-February 2021, says Cambridge Food would tie in well with the groups move into low- to middle-income growth plans. Massmart did suggest that they are considering these assets to be non-core to them. And you can see from the smile on my face, those kind of assets are core to us. He said looking at the food and grocery retail sector in South Africa, the bulk of the growth would be in what he characterises as the less-affluent part of it. This section of the retail market is not only the largest but is also expected to outgrow the middle and more affluent sectors over the next few years. Low-end focus The more-affluent and middle sectors are expected to grow from the R205 billion in sales generated in 2020 to R290 billion in 2025. By comparison, the less-affluent sector is expected to grow by R140 billion to R530 billion over the same period. Currently, its Boxer chain and Pick n Pay Value stores hold 11% of the less-affluent market, though there are plans to increase this percentage. If the group just held onto it, its share of this market would grow from R42 billion in 2020 to around R58 billion in 2025. Source: Pick n Pay Looked at another way, Brasher said that if it increased its market share in this sector by one percentage point, it would increase revenue by over R5 billion. Although Brasher said Boxer is doing well, he gave little detail as to how well, even making light of how the group would not reveal how much of the 11% of the less-affluent sector Boxer holds. Boxer is cementing its position as the premier food and grocery discounter in Africa. Massive disappointment Though Pick n Pay has enjoyed some success in drawing in low-income earners, the same cannot be said for Massmarts Cambridge and Rhino chains, which together saw sales fall 13.5% to R8.2 billion for the year to end-December. In March, Massmart said it was selling its Cambridge Food, Rhino and Massfresh businesses. Massmart CEO Mitch Slape said at the time the plan to divest from the 64-store Cambridge Food and Rhino chains was a strategic decision. Reality Alec Abraham, senior equity analyst at Sasfin, says if Pick n Pay is serious about buying Cambridge Food it should not be blind to the difficulty the chain is in. He noted that Massmart came to groceries late and has never been successful at it. Even so, Brasher is open to it even though he is no longer in charge of Pick n Pay but only at the right price. [It] doesnt mean we will pay a price for anything, because we are building a business nice and organically. But if the opportunity came along and the price was right, Im sure we would be in conversation. So long The results presentation was Brashers last official act as CEO. Once it ended, Dutch retailer Pieter Boone would immediately take over. Brasher, who was in charge for seven-and-half years after joining from the UKs Tesco, is retiring after 30 years in the retail sector. Abraham said Brashers experience of creating a loyalty card scheme, bringing employment cost under control and moving to a centralised distribution model was exactly what Pick n Pay needed when he joined. Without him guiding the group through these challenges, he said there was a real danger of the group drifting into obscurity, as rivals Spar and Shoprite were moving into markets where Pick n Pay was traditionally strong. In a sense, the experience that Brasher brought to Pick n Pay when he joined is being repeated with the appointment of Boone as the group goes into a new growth phase. Abraham said given Boones background in emerging markets around the world, he has the credentials to take Pick n Pay into the lower-income market. Read: Pick n Pay eyes lower to mid-income communities with new stores