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Be open to new opportunities, explains Peter Mansbridge, host of CBC Television’s The National, during a presentation at TRU on Jan. 19, 2012 as art of the TRU Students’ Union Common Voices speaker series.
His big break came as a baggage handler at the airport in Churchill, Man. One day the local CBC radio station manager heard Mansbridge on the public address system, asked him to join the station. Nineteen at the time, Mansbridge thought is sounded like something interesting to do. He started as a music deejay, before suggesting a local news show. The rest, as they say, is history.
Opportunities for Mansbridge have taken him to covering Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s, a 40-hour-plus shift covering 9/11, and two years ago becoming the first Canadian broadcaster to interview a sitting American president (Barack Obama).
Gigi Donelli 14th Connect.Euranet debate on investing in youth for the future of Europe
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In cooperation with the European Youth Forum, Connect.Euranet went face to face with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Multilinguism, Androulla Vassiliou in a live debate. Young journalists and youth leaders from all across the EU quizzed the high profile politician on the EU’s plans for investing in youth. Hot topics ranged from promoting democracy and participation, with an emphasis on the 2014 European Parliament elections.
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Skerries – County Dublin, Ireland
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As far back as the 2nd century there are references to an anchorage at Skerries when Gauls, Picts and Britons who had landed at Lambay put their men ashore at Skerries. By 1315 the harbour was known as the port of Holmpatrick and the Sheriff of Dublin had appointed guards to ensure that no ships departed without the Kings permit. In the 15th century the convent and prior of St. Patrick of Holmpatrick were granted permission to construct a fortified harbour and wall at Skerries in response to concerns about Lambay Island providing shelter for pirates.
Forces sent by Henry VIII to quell the rebellion of Silken Thomas raided Skerries in 1534. Later the harbour passed into the possession of the Earl of Thomond and then on to the Hamiltons of Hacketstown in 1721, who later renovated the pier. The fishing industry reached its peak in Skerries around 1784 when the harbour was one of the premier fishing ports in Ireland.
In 1916 part of an English regiment landed at Skerries to defend the naval radio station at Millfield. During the Second World War the Loughshinny fishing fleet moved to Skerries as their boats were too big for the harbour there and work started on extending the harbour in 1968. (Source: Christopher Fox, Skerries Harbour – A Short History)