19th July, 2001
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Further to the recent proposal published by the Aviation Regulation Commissioner to increase landing charges at Cork Airport, Cork Chamber of Commerce convened a meeting of relevant organisations to oppose such changes. Those who attended included representatives from Cork Chamber, IBEC, Irish Hotels Federation, Cork Business Association, Cork/Kerry Tourism, Cork City Development Board, Cork City Challenge, Cork City Tourism, Cork Regional Marketing and the South West Regional Authority. Representatives from this group will now meet the Commissioner to discuss the proposals and the impact they will have on the South West region.
Appointments to Board of Chamber
Cork Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the election of Mr Robin OSullivan as Vice-President of the Chamber. Robin is a well know Public Relations practitioner in the city and is Managing Director of OSullivan Public Relations Limited, a company he founded in 1981.
Roger Flack, a partner with Hamilton Osborne King in Cork, has been co-opted to the Chamber Board. He is currently chairman of the Chambers Local Economic Development Committee.
Chamber Golf Classic
The timesheet for the Chamber Golf Classic at Harbour Point Golf Club on Friday 7th September is now open. Tee times from 8am to 3.45pm are available for members and guests. Further details are available from Helen at tel 4509044.
DANCING IN FOUNTAINSTOWN
There is the woman, who danced with the priest,
A woman with long flowing hair,
Did she really believe, she'd awaken the beast,
And be crushed by the lust buried there?
And the innocent girl in the innocent dress,
As white and as pure as her soul.
Watching each movement, each gently caress,
Felt stirrings she had to control.
And there on the floor, was a man and his wife,
Who together had learned to endure,
And they danced to the tune, with a meaning for life,
That belongs to the wise and mature.
And there is a woman, a spectre in black,
Made poor by the death of her dreams,
And she looks like the clock, she cannot turn back,
Vanquished, and vanished in creams.
And there is a lad, that is vibrant and strong,
Well endowed with his passion and youth,
Embracing the girl, as he leads her along,
Never knowing that she knows the truth.
And there is the girl, with the smile in her eye,
That shelters her fire within,
And she smiles at the boy, who is humble and shy,
And hasn't the courage to sin.
And there is the couple, oblivious to all,
Surrendered to each others charms,
For they are in love, and are having a ball,
And entwined in each others arms.
Oh! Such a night, such a bright summers night,
A night that is warm with desire,
Caressed by the Moon, whose mystical light,
Will ever instil, and inspire.
And here on a lawn by the edge of the sea,
Removed from life's pressure and strife,
We dance to the tune of the powers that be,
We dance to the music of life.
MATERNITY / PATERNITY LEAVE
Continuing our look at Parental Leave in other
European countries we received the following was sent to us from
In Spain, and I am just about to have a baby, we have sixteen weeks to rest from the day we have the baby; but those weeks have to be used as follows:
- six weeks have to be used compulsory after the birth of the baby, which means that the rest of them can be used before the birth or after it.
In case of having more than one baby, you have eighteen weeks to rest.
It also has to be pointed out that in very special cases, men can profit from the maternity leave period.
On the other hand, you have one hour in the day from the birth's date and till the ninth month, to feed your baby. This hour can be used by the mother or by the father.
I hope this information will be useful to you, best regards,
María del Pilar García de Chiclana
EIC ES 203 Sevilla
Comfort for Cancer Support Group Fundraising Ceili
The Comfort for Cancer fundraising ceili will be held in the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on this Thursday July 19th. The support group is a voluntary organisation that meet regularly to help people live with Cancer and are there also to provide comfort to the families of Cancer patients. This is one of the few annual chances for the group to gather some funding to provide their wonderful services all year round. Part of the evening's entertainment will include cabaret performances from some of the Step dancers of the Kiely Walsh Academy of dance, the Attridge Dance Troupe and the Owenabue Valley Traditional group. Everyone is welcome to take to the floor for ceili, old time or set dancing to the music of Pat Cooney and friends. The night will be a spectacle for both locals and tourists alike and runs from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, admission only £3.
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
The European Union commissioners have announced
that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred
language for European communications, rather than German, which
was the other possibility. As part of negotiations, her Majesty's
Government conceded that English spelling had some room for
improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what
will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).
In the first year, "S" will be used instead of the soft "C. Sertainly, sivil servants will reseive this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replased with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replased by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful1 and they would go.
By the forth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by "v", During ze fifz year ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz year, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trobis or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru.
The 1903 Gordon Bennett Race was run on a figure-of
-eight course in the Irish Midlands. In the weeks before the race
a number of entrants were putting in practice runs and it was
only to be expected that they would be joined by exhibitionist
drivers out to create the impression that they too were taking
part in the event. Complaints were heard about " Motor
Scorching" in the locality and about the number of 'hens'
being run over. A semi-official compensation note of Half-a Crown
(12½ p) per hen was fixed, the owner being allowed to keep the
carcass. This only caused the number of hens on the road to shoot
up dramatically, especially when a horseless carriage was heard
chugging along in the distance. There wasn't however a
corresponding rise in the number of compensation payments as the
hens quickly learned something of the art of self-preservation.
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