What interesting is that there a good argument to be made that Thanksgiving store hours don actually boost a retailer overall holiday sales. Rather, sales on the holiday simply displace sales that would otherwise have been rung up on Black Friday or later in the season. After an underwhelming back to school period for retailers, Craig Johnson, president of the retail consulting firm Custom Growth Partners, predicted to the Wall Street Journal in late September, the soft sales outlook, we do anticipate a few earlier openings on Thanksgiving.
This is such a heartbreaking loss, because these girls are so bright and so hungry to learn and like Raphina and Rihab, they have such big dreams for themselves. These girls are no less smart or deserving of an education than my own daughters or any of our sons and daughters. The only thing that separates them from our children is geography and luck..
On that day, 135,000 troops and 20,000 vehicles crossed the English Channel and came ashore as part of Operation Overlord the beginning of the major Allied offensive against the Germans that eventually led to victory in Europe.The remains of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches a temporary port constructed of massive concrete blocks towed over from England are reminders of the sheer scale of D Day.Even though many of the Allied targets for the day were not reached, it was largely deemed a success.But June 6 merely marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, which raged for three months before ending when the Falaise pocket in the Dives valley was closed.As events are being held across Europe to mark this summer centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and along the Normandy coast to mark the 70th anniversary of D Day, it seems an appropriate time to visit the region.My partner grandfather had fought in the Battle of Normandy, most likely at the Falaise pocket.But, like many others of that generation, he never talked about it, so we were keen to try and find out what might have happened.Arriving by ferry at Le Havre, we drive inland to the Orne region of Lower Normandy, staying with Sylvie and Frederic Leblond in Sainte Opportune, about an hour south of Caen. The couple run La Bergerie, a converted farm where the barns and outhouses have been turned into guest bedrooms.Former tour guide Sylvie and taxi driver Frederic have combined their talents to come up with a novel way of showing guests this corner of Normandy and the role it played in the Second World War: they conduct tours of the region in a purple London Hackney cab. It fully kitted out with Union Jack cushions, purple interiors and even a solar powered waving Queen on the dashboard.