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Julie Brocklehurst - Children's Wish

A Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! - Sometimes, real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.   This past weekend, The Children's Wish Foundation hosted a Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! Children were invited to dress up as a princess or superhero and join in a wonderful afternoon at an enchanted castle with some of their favorite Disney Princesses and Comic Superheroes. It was truly a grand affair for both boys and girls. There were fun structured activities for the kids, free massages for parents, an awesome stage show, and lots of surprises!  The Tea Room was decorated in a beautiful fairy princess style that every little girl dreams of. The event organizers concentrated on every detail to make the afternoon perfect for the children and parents in attendance, as well as for the special little Wish Princesses and Wish Superheroes, whose most heartfelt wish will be funded by the event.  All children love to dress up and play make-believe. A witch, a pirate, a police officer or a race car driver - children's imaginations can transform them into whatever they want to be. For many of the children at this magical event, dressing up as a princess or superhero was an escape from their everyday lives, which can be full of medical appointments and hospital visits. Pretending to be a comic book character is a fun way to escape the real world for the afternoon, and let their fantasies and imaginations take flight! When we think of superheroes, we think of people who are stronger than normal,…

Photo : Julie Brocklehurst February 26, 2016

Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Podcast No. 1 - It’s a bit rough, being the first out the gate, but offering here my first Telycast. It is brand new, and part of what might just become a collection of podcasts, adding to the content already being offered by The Telegram. The Telycast will offer clips from interviews conducted for stories found in The Telegram’s Business pages. It will hopefully support and expand on the those stories, providing more for your consideration. You can expect to see a new episode once a month. I’ll be posting show notes to this blog for each episode, providing a space for your comments. I was originally looking to get this one out a couple of weeks back, but a brief bout of illness and couple of tech issues (my fault) admittedly delayed things. But we will be sliding into a steady schedule. Right now, I’m looking for any and all feedback from you. Is there something you want to hear more on? What topics should be tackled? Would you prefer to have each podcast focus on a single topic? Maybe you’d like to recommend someone for us to follow up with? Your tips may go to later podcasts, or in the form of fresh stories in print and online. As always, you can also get me direct, here in the newsroom, at 709-364-2323. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter @TeleFitz and email at: afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com. •••   Podcast No. 1 — Show Notes (Time references, with brief explainers)   0:00 — Intro (Music: “Brand New Bark” by Super_Sigil (c) 2012…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick April 13, 2016

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

The Rise of the Robo-Advisor - Much has been reported in recent months about the inevitable rise of the “Robo-Advisor.” Defined by Investopedia as an “online service that provides automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice without the use of humans,” analysts predict the robo-advisor to be a fav among the tech savvy Millennial and Gen Y consumers. As the definition implies, the robo-advisor has mainly set its sights on the investment side of the financial planning equation thus far. More recently, though, it has turned its attention to the insurance market. With adds promising 24/7, non-medical, guaranteed insurance coverage, quick and easy is clearly the sales strategy here.  Anyone who has ever been through the process of applying for traditional life insurance would admit this does have a certain appeal.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to swap peeing in a bottle for keying in an online app?   Surprisingly, quite a few. A study conducted in March by the research group LIMRA, tested eight different marketing messages pertaining to the purchase of life insurance. The “quick and easy” pitch finished dead last.  While everyone agreed there is a need to simplify the purchase of life insurance, there was a definite uneasiness around making that process too easy. Another study conducted by LIMRA in 2015 confirmed that while the robo-advisor does indeed appeal most to younger consumers, it does not replace the desire for human contact. The study found that while the Gen Y’s and Millennials will use robo-advisors to compare products and prices, when it comes time to act, face to face…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott April 01, 2016

Telegram Photographers - Worth a thousand words

Ironic Nominations by Keith Gosse - There's a slap of irony in a bit of good news that was announced in the Telegram offices this week. Myself and co-worker Joe Gibbons are nominated for awards in the Atlantic Journalism Awards program. I'm nominated in the news photo and feature photo categories while Joe is a co-nominee in the news photo category.
 It's gratifying and humbling to be recognized by journalistic peers for accomplishments in your chosen profession.

 So where's the irony? 

 Each of those categories contains at least one photojournalist who received a lay off notice in March from the Moncton Times-Transcript. You all know the work of at least one of those photographers. Victor Pivovarov is the guy who captured that now infamous image of armed Moncton shooter Justin Bourque who gunned down three RCMP officers. (To see Victor's photo of the Moncton Shooter on the Atlantic Journalism Awards website, click HERE) He is nominated for that same photo in the news photo category with myself and Joe. Another laid off photographer, Ron Ward, is nominated in the same feature photo category as I am. 

In a statement on the CBC's website, Jean-Claude D'Amours, Brunswick News Inc. regional general manager said they are trying to adjust to a new technological reality, helping to ensure that we remain competitive in a media world that is constantly changing. Our reporters now have the technology to quickly and easily take pictures allowing them to provide the essential elements to deliver quality content to our readers. In other words, untrained reporters armed with newer,…

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Photo : Telegram Photographers April 08, 2015

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Free votes … - OK, so there’s a petition making the rounds, asking Premier Dwight Ball to make the budget a free vote in the House of Assembly. MUN political science professor Kelly Blidook diplomatically posted a link to the petition on twitter, saying, “By all means. Please sign this ‘I don't understand our parliamentary system’ petition.” Kelly was probably grumpy because the Jays just lost, but all the same, this kind of thing bugs the hell out of me. In an age when citizen engagement is dismayingly low, when people get fired up about politics and start circulating petitions, it’s super unhelpful to respond by calling those people idiots. And it’s not exactly like it’s easy to understand our parliamentary system. I mean, I cover the damned thing full time (well, at least what passes for a parliament in NL, anyway) and I still get things wrong all the time. I’m about to try to explain how this stuff works, and I’m fairly sure that if Kelly stops watching baseball long enough to read this blog post, he’ll find something to correct me on. But the fact remains that Kelly kind of has a point. Calling for a “free vote” on the budget — no matter how much you dislike it — doesn’t make a lot of sense. Bear with me here, and I’ll explain why. Then check Twitter later to find out what I got wrong. So let’s start with the basics. The province is carved up into 40 electoral districts, and last November, each one of those…

Photo : James McLeod April 25, 2016