Plenty of time to read and no bookstores open — such is the situation in Italy under coronavirus lockdown that is making independent booksellers see red.The already struggling sector now questions why they’ve been asked to close while deliveries of books from online giant Amazon.com are allowed to continue on the streets.”Online bookshops are open with their delivery men on the move and employees doing the packing,” said Paolo Ambrosini, a bookseller in Verona and president of the Italian Booksellers Association. “If books are deemed unnecessary, then let them be blocked everywhere,” he said, complaining of inequality in the system. A bookseller in Florence, Umberto Panerai, called the closure until April 3 — and perhaps longer — of all the country’s bookshops “disastrous” and questioned the logic of the decrees that force him to close his shop while other sellers are exempt. “Newspaper kiosks or supermarkets can sell books, while perfume shops remain open,” he said.The March 10 government decree that put all of Italy on lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus shut most non-food shops deemed non-essential, yet exceptions include pharmacies, electronics stores, pet food supply stores and newspaper kiosks. Zero profit Marie-Eve Venturino, who took over a historic French bookshop in the heart of Rome three years ago, said financial viability of independent bookshops “is very fragile, almost at zero profitability”. “In France, the economic model is aided and subsidized. Not in Italy. A business stoppage of more than a month could be fatal for us,” she said, adding that “the big winner will still be Amazon, which will be able to deliver toilet paper, pasta and books.” A first round of government aid to people and businesses did not include any help to the shuttered sector. In Belluno, to the north of Venice, a mayor on Monday allowed the five booksellers in the municipality of 27,000 people to deliver to people’s homes.Thanks to the mayor’s dispensation, Alessandro Tarantola now locks himself in his bookshop, closed to the public, to take calls and deliver books immediately, wearing a mask and gloves. “Reading is a fundamental thing, it opens the heart, the mind, allows us to lose ourselves in a world other than the one in which we live now,” Tarantola said. Customers had been asking for recently released novels, or books for children suggested by their teachers, he said. Among the books most requested? The 1947 classic novel from Albert Camus — “The Plague.” Italian publisher Mondadori said the closure of its 600 or so bookshops had been “partly offset” by the strong growth of online sales which had risen by more than 50 percent. Amazon declined to provide sales figures. Topics :
A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Friends may visit with the family from 3p.m. until time of service. Cremation will follow. Nancy L. Baize, of Brookville, was born on March 18, 1946 in Andersonville, a daughter to Russell and Elizabeth Wingler Quinlan. She married Thomas (PeeWee) Baize and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2008. Nancy worked at Visteon for over 20 years, and was a member of Legacy Christian Church and the Brookville American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her pet bird as well as gardening, cooking and caring for others. On December 3, 2019 at the age of 73, she passed away surrounded by loving family. Survivors include her son, Tim (Kay) Baize of Cabot, AR; daughter, Janeen (Steve) Robertson of Shandon, OH; 7 grandchildren, Nacole Baize, Sheena (Bill) Willis-Sample, Steven (Lila) Robertson, Danitza (Shelby) Sailor, Abby Sue (Alex) Payne, Shelby (Tyler) Bell, and Richard Spivey; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, John (Barbara) Quinlan of Blooming Grove and Roger (Charlene) Quinlan of Metamora and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Melissa Spivey and Tisha Baize; two great-grandchildren, Noah Robertson and Serenity Miller; three sisters, Frieda Masters, Janie Howard and Mary Bruns, and two brothers, Michael and Richard Quinlan. Memorial donations can be directed to FC CAN. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal memory please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Nancy Baize.
The Bruce Family announces with profound regret the home going, in his 96th year, of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr., Liberia’s first modern plumber. He passed away at his home on 20th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, on Friday, April 10, 2015.William T. Bruce, affectionately called “Borbor Bruce,” was born on March 5, 1919 in Plebo, Maryland County. He attended the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, graduating in 1942. He later matriculated to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he studied professional plumbing.Upon his return home, he became Liberia’s first modern professional plumber with a college degree in the field.He served the Ministry of Public Works as Liberia’s first professional Chief Plumbing Inspector from 1958 to the late 1960’s. Mr. Bruce was the founder and president of City Plumbing & Construction Services (CPCS), the largest Liberian-owned business of its kind in the 70’s & 80’s, and was the West African Distributor of all plumbing products from the manufacturer, Kohler of Wisconsin, U.S.A.William T. Bruce, Sr. was musically inclined long before his departure to the U.S. to study plumbing and sanitary engineering. His musical ability was discovered while he was enrolled on St. John’s Mission and the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. His musical colleagues were Hemmieh Jones, Sylvester Thomas, Alake Williams, and Ernest Jones. Following his graduation from The Episcopal High School in 1942, he left Robertsport for Monrovia, and eventually joined the famed Greenwood Singers; his contribution to the ensemble was his fantastic bass voice. The Greenwood Singers were prominent in Monrovia, and were managed by Mr. Jacob Brown; they played and entertained at major venues such as the Sack Towers, the Executive Pavilion, and the Pavilion Mamarina.Several years ago President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf decorated him during an impressive investiture ceremony at the Foreign Ministry.His children, Glen Smith, Yatta Smith, Dada Smith and Moses Bruce, predeceased him.Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Mason-Bruce; his children, Ernest Bruce, William T. Bruce, Jr., (Watchen) Musu Bruce, Willa Bruce, Alma Bruce, Wilfred Bruce, Johnnie Smith, Roderick Smith and William Gibson; his sister, Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox; his brother, Moses Bruce; eight grandchildren, Delores Maxwell, Quadayou Bruce-Thomas, William T. Bruce, III, Casandra Bruce-Lawson, Carlos Bruce, Gabriel Bruce, Sadia Bruce, & Kwaku Bruce; six great grandchildren, Taeshana Bruce, Ceecee Bruce, Anna Thomas, Pia Maxwell, Elon Thomas, Peyton Lawson; and many other relatives.The remains of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral parlor on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. and taken to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Rd. for three hours of wake keeping, from 6-9 p.m.The requiem mass will commence at St. Thomas at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Interment will follow immediately at the Episcopal Church Cemetery on the St. John’s Campus in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The climber taken by rescue 118 helicopter from Slieve League this afternoon has died.The man is believed to have suffered a heart attack while out with another climber.The man was winched from the area and rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital. However he passed away later in the afternoon.The man’s name is not being released until his relatives have been informed. CLIMBER RESCUED FROM SLIEVE LEAGUE DIES IN HOSPITAL was last modified: August 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLIMBERSlieve League