Каникулы: summer vacation, recess, holiday It’s the start of that most wonderful time of the year: vacation time. In English, there are two main words used for a break from school, work, or everyday life: vacation (mostly American) and holiday (mostly British). At work we get ten vacation days. The kids are on vacation. We went on vacation to Florida. While there are specific words for specific kinds of breaks, basically you can party and play pretty much all you want with vacation and holiday. In Russian — not so easy. The word you use for a vacation depends on who is giving it, who is taking it, and if it’s legislated or not. The loveliest word for a vacation is каникулы, which, in addition to just being a delight to say — try it: ка – ник- ул –ы, like the name of a folk dance or creamy pastry — it … [Read more...] about Take a Vacation, Russian Style
Desperately need a vacation
A homeless Derbyshire mum says she needs a tailored house to stop her autistic child from having to go into care. Sylvia Finnegan said she is "desperate" to find a house suitable for her son Tommy. After problems arising from Tommy's severe autism caused issues with her landlord, Sylvia was told she had eight weeks to vacate her Repton property. She said the property was no longer suitable as there was not an enclosed garden so Tommy, who has no concept of danger, could "never be contained". She left last Friday and has since been sleeping on a family member's floor. The mum-of-one said her eight-year-old son is like a “caged animal” and she cannot take him outside without him escaping or banging things with "both his hands flat". He can be heard in the video repeatedly asking his mum to go outside. Sylvia said she told South Derbyshire District Council five weeks ago that she needed an isolated house with 10ft garden walls and wall padding to block noise and stop Tommy … [Read more...] about Single mum needs 10ft walls around her garden to stop autistic son escaping
Chris Woodyard USA TODAY Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 19, 2019 LOS ANGELES — Skid Row is a tough place to raise kids. Hundreds of this city's most desperately poor wander filthy streets at all hours. Tents spread across sidewalks sometimes for entire blocks, forcing walkers to thread their way along the gutters of busy streets. Trash piles up everywhere and alleys reek of urine. Aware of the dangers, Sarah Hawkins kept a tight grip on daughter Amira, 7, and son Braden, 2, as she emerged onto San Pedro Street from the locked door of the refuge where the family lives, the Union Rescue Mission. A few feet away, a hulking shirtless man assaulted another only minutes before, for apparently just having locked eyes with him. Normally, Amira would be attending elementary school on this rain-drenched day. But the strike by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District has changed those plans for her and countless homeless kids. For Hawkins, keeping Amira out of school was … [Read more...] about L.A. teachers strike: Homeless kids lose stability, food source
Pacific Daily News Published 3:39 AM EST Jan 10, 2019 The government of Guam has not yet implemented a law to tax bed-and-breakfast establishments, and short-term vacation rentals, according to Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, who said it is among several laws she wrote years ago that have not gained any traction. “Unfortunately, many proprietors of this $23 million industry are still operating illegally, and not paying their fair share of tax revenues,” said Muña Barnes, who was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Guam’s weekly meeting at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. More: Tax rollback bills on first day of 35th Legislature, Barnes elected speaker More: Governor visits Rev and Tax on first day of work, wants it to collect unpaid $200M taxes The June 2016 law assesses a 4 percent tax on the room rates collected by registered bed-and-breakfast establishments. It also sets a legal definition for short-term vacation rentals, which are private residences … [Read more...] about Barnes: Implement vacation rental tax and other laws
Jacob Heilbrunn 3 January 2019 11:42 AM 3 January 2019 11:42 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Is Mitt Romney the mouse that roared? Or does he pose a real threat to President Trump? In his Washington Post op-ed, Romney bludgeons Trump: ‘the president has not risen to the mantle of his office.’ Move over Elizabeth Warren. It looks like the real civil war will be in the Republican, not the Democratic, party. Romney has been all over the map when it comes to Trump, seeking his endorsement seven years ago, importuning him for the Secretary of State post, only to denounce him once he’s floundering. Romney’s pious conclusion — ‘the people of this great land will eschew the politics of anger and fear if they are summoned to the responsibility by leaders in homes, in churches, in schools, in businesses, in government — who raise our sights and respect the dignity of every child of God — the … [Read more...] about Is Mitt Romney the NeverTrumpers’ great hope?