Juliana Sargeant always thought she was too busy to volunteer. But when the South Canterbury woman saw first-hand the importance of volunteering, after she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, she decided to get involved. In the past few weeks, volunteers and the vital work they do has been celebrated in South Canterbury with two events. Joining in the celebrations was Sargeant, now a South Canterbury Plunket co-ordinator, who shared her story to the 50 attendees at Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury’s 15-year-anniversary event. READ MORE: Volunteering a family affair for two Timaru sisters Plunket Timaru to move its six sites into one hub Temuka woman retiring from voluntary role after almost 32 years “Everyone’s too busy these days, too busy working, too busy earning money, but there’s always things you can do,” Sargeant said. “Obviously being a mum of three, it’s hard to find the time do anything.” However, several years ago, she needed help looking … [Read more...] about South Canterbury woman journey from ‘too busy’ to volunteer co-ordinator
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Olivia Newton John's heartbroken daughter Chloe Lattanzi has described her mother as an "angel" in the wake of her death. The 36-year-old singer took to Instagram to honour the Grease icon's memory on Tuesday, after it was announced Olivia has peacefully passed away aged 73 on Monday morning at her ranch in California surrounded by family. Chloe left fans in tears as she uploaded a behind-the-scenes video of the pair singing Window In The Wall side-by-side in the recording studio. The clip showed the strong bond between the pair, with Olivia visibly moved as her daughter began singing. Chloe penned the touching tribute in the caption: "You are my lighthouse mama. My safe place. My heart space. It has been my honour and continues to be my honour to be your baby and best friend. Olivia Newton John's heartbroken daughter Chloe Lattanzi has described her mother as an "angel" ( Image: Chloe Lattanz /Instagram) "You are an angel on earth and everyone touched by … [Read more...] about Olivia Newton-John’s grieving daughter Chloe posts sweet duet clip and calls mum ‘angel’
Published 5 March 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Global restaurant chain McDonald's is to begin reducing the use of antibiotics in its chicken products. It will focus on removing those antibiotics that can have an impact on human health, but keep those necessary for poultry welfare. Chicken served in its US restaurants will be free of such antibiotics within two years, it said. In Europe, McDonald's is also phasing out the use of certain "critically important" antibiotics. There are concerns that the overuse of antibiotics in chicken may reduce the drugs' effectiveness in humans. McDonald's has been battling to win back customers amid slowing sales. Many poultry producers in US give their birds antibiotics to make them grow faster. But overuse of the drugs could lead to them becoming less effective in treating illness and disease in humans. … [Read more...] about McDonald’s to cut use of antibiotics in chicken
Heinz-Glas is one of Germany's biggest glass bottle manufacturers and produces perfume bottles for illustrious brands such as Gucci and L'Oréal. While the industry has weathered many storms, the current gas crisis rocking the country could prove fatal. At the Bavarian plant, almost 70 tonnes of glass are made every day, at temperatures of up to 1,600 degrees. Massive amounts of gas are used, which has become an endangered and increasingly expensive resource. The rise in energy costs is driving up production costs as Vice President Murat Agac explains. "Since the invasion of Ukraine, some gas and energy prices have risen tenfold compared to 2019 while other costs are even 20 times the price they were. "So, prices are volatile, but basically, they are way too high and it's hardly economically sustainable anymore." If Russian gas suppliers were to turn off the taps, the move would prove disastrous for the industry that produces a million of these bottles daily in … [Read more...] about Perfume bottle manufacturer for Gucci and L’Oréal in danger
Published 1 August 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Marine researchers have said a beluga whale has been sighted off the County Antrim coast near Dunseverick. It is believed to be the first time the Arctic species has been recorded in Northern Irish waters. Dr Peter Evans, director of the Seawatch Foundation, said a fall in sea temperatures could be why the whale strayed so far from its usual habitat. "A beluga whale is extremely unusual," he said. "It's the first record that we know for Northern Ireland and in fact there's only been about a dozen in 50 years for the whole of Britain and Ireland. "On the whole, over the last sort of 10 years, certainly the sea temperatures have been generally warming, but at the same time there have been a number of anomalies where you've got actually significantly cooler waters and that seems to be the case here." There … [Read more...] about Beluga whale seen off County Antrim coast near Dunseverick
By Justin Parkinson Published 15 April 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing In 1955 the first McDonald's franchise restaurant opened in the US. Now it is the world's biggest fast food chain, employing 1.9 million people. The word "McJob" has become a term of derision, but what's it like to actually work there? "Hello, can I help you?" asks the smiling young woman behind the counter. Within about 20 seconds of receiving the order, an Egg and Sausage McMuffin is on the counter. The woman smiles again and moves on to the next customer. The restaurant's only part-full but the serving area is still busy. That's the way McDonald's likes it. Staff are set time targets for service. Efficiency and profit margins are key. It's fair to say that, in the 60 years since the first franchised McDonald's restaurant opened, portrayals of its workplaces have not been universally … [Read more...] about What’s it really like to work at McDonald’s?
Published 23 October 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A whopping 73% of all restaurants in one part of Wales are selling fast food, it has been revealed. Blaenau Gwent tops the UK league table - with 55 out of 75 outlets takeaway venues. Wales has seen a rise of 48% in fast food outlets from 2010 to 2018, ahead of the UK average increase of 34%, according to the BBC Shared Data Unit . Obesity specialist Prof Nadim Haboubi described the rise as a "disease" for Welsh communities. Caerphilly has second highest proportion of take-away restaurants at 66%, and Rhondda Cynon Taff is number four in the UK with 63%. Wales has had 670 fast food outlets open in the past eight years, with Neath Port Talbot seeing its numbers more than double from 50 to 105. The numbers are based on figures from the Office of National Statistics. More takeaways on high … [Read more...] about Takeaway Wales: Britain’s fast-food capital?
A new sinking lid policy for pokie machine numbers in the Mackenzie District does not go far enough according to the Problem Gambling Foundation. An extraordinary district council meeting in Fairlie on Tuesday adopted changes to its Class 4 Gambling and TAB Venue Policy, following the decision to revoke the existing policy in June 2021. Class 4 refers to pokie machines in clubs, pubs and TABs – locations other than casinos and previously council had a 65 machine limit with 36 operating and no sinking lid policy. The council had sought feedback on three options - to impose a sinking lid, to lower the overall number or to impose no change or opt for another option. READ MORE: Problem Gambling Foundation says south Auckland pokie machine profits cause for concern Wellington council poised to start ditching 'dirty money' pokie machines Pokie machines continue to blight South Auckland More could be done to ensure decline of gaming machines, says Problem Gambling … [Read more...] about Pokies gradually on the way out in Mackenzie District
Published 8 April 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A fast food chain's oldest employee in Europe has turned 90 and says he has no plans to retire. World War Two veteran Bill Dudley of Connah's Quay celebrated with a party at the Mold McDonald's restaurant where he works. The great grandfather started working part-time in customer care nine years ago after becoming bored pottering around the house. Mr Dudley, who served in the Navy, said: "I still love coming to work." A day of celebrations took place at the store Wednesday for the former crane driver, whose wife calls him "Old McDonald". The restaurant's franchisee Stewart Williams said he admired Mr Dudley's "constant enthusiasm". "We are all incredibly proud to work alongside him as he's such an inspiring member of the team. I look forward to celebrating his birthday again next year," he added. … [Read more...] about Europe’s oldest McDonald’s worker, Bill Dudley, turns 90
Will Smith’s ex-wife Sheree Zampino recalled the shocking moment when her former husband smacked Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022 over a joke he cracked on Jada Pinkett Smith. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 54, told Us Weekly that she “couldn’t make sense” of the King Richard actor’s headline making move. “It was one of those moments where I froze,” Zampino told the outlet. “The first thing you do is you try to make sense of it in the [moment].” “And when it doesn’t make sense in the moment … we didn’t even really have time. I didn’t even deal with it,” she added. Zampino, who was married to Smith, 53, for three years from 1992 to 1995, went on to say that even though she “couldn’t make sense of it” later on, she thinks the reunion of Smith and Rock would be a “powerful” moment. “When Chris and Will can come together and heal in a public way and extend forgiveness to one another?” Zampino said. “Do you know how many people that’s gonna help and set free? … [Read more...] about Will Smith’s ex Sheree Zampino recalls the moment he slapped Chris Rock: ‘I froze’