Remembering His Mother

first_imgI stood at the flower shop on Benson Street with a smile on my face. “I need a nice bunch of flowers for my mother; and besides the fact that she loves flowers, today is her birthday.”“You lucky man,” the flower seller, a woman in her thirties, said also with a smile. “This bunch of flowers your mother will love.”I said, “You started this business not too long ago?”“Yes,” she said, “about two years ago.”“How well is it going for you?”“Pretty much,” she replied, “I did not realize that people here love flowers.”“How easy is it to be in such a business?”She kept the smile in place and swept her head back, rolled her eyes, turned to look at me and said, “As I said I’ve been in this business for the last two years and my patrons have been people who love to remember their loved ones, including parents.”“You get customers from all over the country?”“Not all over,” she said, sitting down behind the counter, “There are people here who love flowers and want them on various occasions.”“Quite right,” I said. “I need flowers for an occasion like this, when it is that of my mother’s.”She smiled.I could not hide my appreciation for the woman’s remarkable interest in her flowers.“My family loves flowers,” I told her, “and my mother’s birthday is today. You have a service to send the flowers to wherever you are asked?”“Yes,” she said, and her sweet smile raced across my face.“I want you to send the flowers to my mother.”“Where does your mother live?”“Tubmanburg,” I said, “the address is easy to find.”Still keeping her smile in place, she said, “I know Tubmanburg, a small town. I have a business contact there and we can deliver your purchase to her.”“It’s about eight fifteen,” I glanced at my wristwatch.She said, “Yes, the flowers can be delivered at 2 p.m. today. She will be contacted on her cellphone once the flowers are in Tubmanburg.”“That’s wonderful,” I said.While the discussion went on, I noticed a young boy with a blue shirt and in black trousers standing further away from me, watching me. I became curious when I saw that he had tears in his eyes. I could not figure out what was happening to him and was inclined to find out.So when I concluded the arrangement for the flowers to be sent to my mother, I walked to the boy and inquired from him the reason for the tears.“Today is my mother’s birthday,” he said, “and the woman,” he pointed his right hand to the woman in the flower Shop, “said the flowers cost L$1,000. And I’m just seven.“She would not accept my twenty dollars.” I looked directly in his face, with personal sympathy and told him, “Ok, friend, no need to shed tears I can help you with this.”I took him to the flower shop.“Give this boy the flowers he needs for his mother,” I told the woman, “and I’m going to pay for it.”She said, “Yeah, he’s been here the last couple of minutes but I told him the money he has could not purchase any bunch of flowers.“But since you said so, ok I will let him have what he wants.”The boy looked at me with a grin and lowered his head lifting his right hand to wipe away tears that had formed there.A few minutes later, the woman handed the little boy a bunch of neatly organized flowers.As soon as the boy received them, he began to run to the opposite direction without even saying a word to me. I regarded him with some further curiosity and smiled, remembering when I was his age.Several seconds later, I felt someone pulling at my clothes, and when I turned around, it was the same boy.“’Thank you, mister,” he said with a smile, “for the flowers.” I nodded in anticipation, saying, “No problem, son, have a nice day.”He smiled and ran off. I could not understand the little boy’s interest in flowers, but that the day was his mother’s birthday got me thinking about my mother. I could also not figure out the boy’s need for flowers for his mother. To my knowledge, it was not common for kids to show an exceptional interest in their parent’s birthdays. It was a thought I could not get out of my mind. But in these days of the Ebola virus disease that resulted in many deaths, I could agree that even a child could show gratitude towards his mother. Times were changing, I thought. Meanwhile, I felt a sense of admiration for the little boy and I wished I had known him a little better to know the kind of mother he had. In any case, he was gone and that was it.The Monrovia weather was getting hotter, now that we were in the dry season. In the wake of the declining Ebola infections, people’s confidence was creeping back into their lives. The sun was early and hitting gradually hard and many people were surprised at its early appearance.Thirty minutes later, I made my way towards Slipway, just across from the Gabriel Tucker Bridge. The hot weather was losing its power due to the Mesurado River’s proximity to my location. The river flowed silently into the Atlantic Ocean. The sudden change of weather gave me some courage that nature had its own way of bringing reassurance that all was not lost despite man’s efforts to ruin the environment. I began to think about nature’s provision for our existence and wondered how wonderful things happen to bring changes to the environment for our own good.I was in such deep thought when I was suddenly attracted to the location where a small figure sat before an old cemetery that I thought had been abandoned many years ago.What also got me interested was the blue shirt, for it was clear that it was the little boy I had encountered nearly thirty minutes ago. The boy knelt before what seemed me to be a recently constructed grave in an old cemetery. The boy sat beside a fresh bunch of flowers inserted in front of that particular grave.“What is he doing there?” I asked myself. My curiosity got the best of me and therefore I chose to find out what he was doing alone beside the grave. I descended the steps leading to the cemetery and strolled towards him.Closer, scattered graves came into view and I realized that the most recent graves could be any of the people who might have died, not necessarily from the Ebola virus disease, but from other natural causes that were interred there. But for a seven-year-old boy to be here alone was a mystery that gained my attention, particularly so since I had encountered him earlier.The echoes of my footsteps drew the boy’s attention. He turned around slowly, and realizing who it was, said, “This is where my mother lives,” as he pointed to the grave he sat in front of, “and she is very grateful for the wonderful flowers.”Suddenly, a lump gathered in my throat, as I was overwhelmed by emotions. I could not get over the demonstration of gratitude and love that this little boy had shown by example to celebrate his dead mother’s birthday.Without saying a word, I began to walk away from him, and my destination was of course to the flower shop. I arrived at the shop a few minutes later and met with the beautiful lady who had assisted me earlier.“Have you sent the flowers?”“Not yet,” she said, “they are about to leave the office.”“I will take them with me,” I said, “so that I can personally deliver them to my mother.”She wanted to know why the sudden change of mind, but I was not prepared to go into the details. I felt some guilt about it somehow, especially when I compared it with the little boy’s life lesson that I had just received. The little man taught me a great deal about a child’s love for his mother, even if she was no longer alive. Some questions began to come to my mind, including how many of those whose parents are living really appreciate them?There are some friends that I know who care little about their parents. The little boy’s instructive lesson left a huge mark on me, and I have not been the same since.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OBITUARY Beverly L Howe Harvey 82

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beverly L. (Howe) Harvey, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on April 8, 2019.Beverly was the beloved wife of the late John R. Harvey, devoted mother of Liane Harvey of Lowell, Diane Maxwell & her husband Dennis, Russell Harvey all of W. Warren, MA, Keila Bartlett of Gilead, ME and the late Donna Harvey Bechard, loving grandmother of Darja, Rachel, Joe, Michelle, Lisa, Steven, Michael, Nicole and Meredith, great-grandmother of Corah, Calli, Audrey, Lionel, Jacob, Mila and the late Sophie, cherished daughter of the late Elwood and Laura (Lavoie) Howe, dear sister of the late Elwood “Sonny” Howe, Robert Howe, Alan Howe and Paulette Kelleher. Beverly is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Beverly L. (Howe) Harvey(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton posts steady rise in organic growth

first_imgIn less than a month from now, luxury goods maker LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will be announcing its decision on payment of interim dividend. The French conglomerate had posted an increase of six percent in organic growth sales for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 2016, up from three percent in Q1 and four percent in Q2, while overall sales came in at €9,138 million.The organic growth was led by perfumes and cosmetics segment that rose 10 percent, while the watches and jewellery segment grew by just two percent.For the nine-month period, the company’s sales stood at €26,326 million, up four percent from €25,288 million in the corresponding period last year.From an organic revenue growth perspective for the first nine months of calendar year 2016, the segments showed divergent trends.The wines and spirits business group grew seven percent, while the fashion and leather goods segment rose two percent. Its perfumes and cosmetics revenues increased eight percent and the watches and jewellery posted four percent growth, according to the company.Curiously, the company is not doing well in its domestic market, France.”Asia, excluding Japan, showed a significant improvement during the quarter. The United States remains well positioned, as does Europe, with the exception of France which continues to feel the impact of a decline in the number of tourists,” according to LVMH statement.At around 7.10 pm (IST), the share price of LVMH was trading at €163.45 per share.last_img read more

JU defers English admission test to July 23

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University has decided to defer its admission test in English scheduled to be held on July 21 to July 23.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress will be observing the Martyr’s Day rally on July 21 and a huge number of people are expected to attend the rally, resulting in choking of public transport. So, the university authorities have decided to push back the dates so that those appearing for the test face no difficulty. The changed date will be notified on the varsity’s website on Monday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The English written test will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm on July 23, instead of 12 noon to 2 pm on July 21. The Bengali test is scheduled from 12 noon to 2 pm on the same day,” a source in the university said. JU authorities, in the Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday, decided that admission tests will be held in six Humanities subject in the undergraduate level- that includes Bengali, English, History, Philosophy, International Relations and Comparative Literature. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt was last Wednesday when the varsity had notified that entrance tests in the six subjects will be held from July 21 to 25 and the final merit list for admission will be prepared on the basis of 50 percent of the total marks secured in HS or equivalent examination and 50 percent of the marks secured in admission tests. Majority of the students of the university had agitated pressing for their demand to bring back admission tests. The EC had earlier decided to scrap admission tests for these subjects.last_img read more

4 Tips for Attracting GoogleQuality Software Engineers

first_imgMarch 14, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals According to the latest Glassdoor survey, you don’t need to pay Google salaries in order to attract Google-quality software engineers.The online recruiting platform found that 52% of software engineers are likely to accept less money in order to enjoy a better work culture, while 51% are likely to take a lower salary in order to work on an attractive product or service. The average annual salary for software engineers in Silicon Valley is over $111,000.“The general perception, if you will, is that software engineers are in such high demand that you need to throw cash at them to hope to reel them in,” says Glassdoor director Samantha Zupan. “The big takeaway is that money isn’t everything.”And given that one in four software engineers plans to start looking for a new gig in the next three months, small businesses and startups looking for great software engineers may be in luck. Zupan shares four top tips for attracting software engineers:Related: Yelp, Yahoo Partnership Goes Into EffectNo. 1: Communicate your company’s story.Zupan says the survey findings underscore how important it is to software engineers to work on projects they feel strongly about.“They never know when that hot new startup is hiring that is in an area they feel passionate about, so they are always keeping their eyes and ears open,” says Zupan.To take advantage of this, Zupan says it’s important that recruiters and hiring managers do a terrific job articulating what is special about the business.“What’s your story? What are you trying to do? What’s the vision for the company?” asks Zupan, listing some of the important questions recruiters should keep in mind. Recruiters should also think about how they want to portray the company culture.No. 2: Get personal.When reaching out to potential candidates, Zupan says it’s important to get personal.“It’s a turnoff when you get a generic email from a recruiter. It shows they’re not not paying attention to who that person is or why they might be a right fit,” says Zupan. Being able to speak specifically about the work that a particular candidate has done in the past will make your company stand out, and speak highly about the office culture.Related: SEO – Y Care? Basics for Business OwnersNo. 3: Discuss long-term plans.Zupan says many software engineers are eager to know what the long-term trajectory looks like at a company before taking the job.“What’s the type of work that I will have once I finish this project?” asks Zupan, citing an important question many engineers have. “There needs to be a career advancement pipeline.”No. 4: Remember that attractive benefits aren’t one-size-fits-all.While many startups receive attention for in-office parties and catered meals, Zupan says perks that may be attractive to one engineer might not be all that appealing to another.“If you are a software engineer that has two or three kids … on-site amenities that allow you to stay longer at work are not the thing you want to have. You want things that help you be a great mom or dad and allow you to spend time with your kids, like telecommuting,” says Zupan.Related: 5 Top Cities for Starting a Business 3 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESSlast_img read more

Its business as usual Jamaicas Minister of Tourism says MoBay is safe

first_img Monday, February 5, 2018 “It’s business as usual”: Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism says MoBay is safe & secure Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — “There’s no need to worry, it’s business as usual,” says the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, who arrived in Toronto last week to ease concerns in light of the island’s current State of Public Emergency.The alert, which applies to Montego Bay and the surrounding St. James Parish, was implemented on Jan. 18 following a significant uptick in violent crime. In response, the Canadian government revised its travel advice for Jamaica, advising Canadian travellers to stay in resort areas, to not venture off-property, and to use organized tour operators for excursions and airport transfers.But despite concerns across the travel industry, Bartlett maintains that the State of Emergency, or the recent wave of violence, does not impact Montego Bay’s resorts.“Montego Bay is divided into two sections: the resort area on the coastal strip, and the residential area in the mountains where people live,” he tells Travelweek. “Montego Bay is situated on a hill; while security forces are up there, it has nothing to do with what’s down here.”Bartlett says the situation in the Parish is well under control, confirming that there have been no reports of violence in the last several days. In fact, ever since enhanced security measures were implemented due to the State of Public Emergency, the affected area has seen only one major incident.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“This tells us that it’s working,” says Bartlett, adding that the State of Public Emergency was intended primarily to cauterize the situation before it got out of hand and started affecting the wider nation. “Our security forces operate much like Canada’s with limited power. The State of Emergency is a mechanism to give them greater powers to act within prescribed geographical areas. They wouldn’t have had this power to do so unless a State of Emergency was enacted.”Bartlett says that “we’re far beyond that now”, reporting continued growth in tourism despite the ongoing situation. In fact, in January when the State of Emergency took place, Jamaica saw a 6.8% increase in arrivals; during the period when enhanced security was implemented, arrivals grew by 7.6%.Much of this growth can be attributed to the Canadian market, which has experienced significant growth in the last two years. To December 2017, Canadian visitation broke the 400,000 mark, representing a 9% uptick over 2016.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNow, Bartlett has his sights on a new target: 450,000 Canadians in 2018, and 500,000 by 2020.“What we want to emphasize is that we regard the Canadian market as being very vital to us. It’s the second largest market for Jamaica (after the U.S.),” he says.To continue this growth, Bartlett notes that an entire series of market initiatives involving tour operators, travel agents and media will be implemented. Part of this will also include the cruise segment, which grew by 16.2% in 2017, from 1.6 million passengers in 2016 to 1.9 million.Moreover, Jamaica will welcome an additional 1,000 hotel rooms this year, with a projected 10,000 more by 2021.“The Canadian market has shown an enormous understanding for the current situation because they know Jamaica,” he says. “Jamaica is historically a safe and secure place that has been giving constant high value for the dollar.”To read the full interview, check out the upcoming Feb. 15 issue of Travelweek. Tags: Feature Story, Jamaica << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more