Saint Mary’s organizations host Fair Trade Holiday Fair

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgEthical purchasing is at the center of a new initiative at Saint Mary’s. Sponsored by the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassador team and the department of justice studies, the Fair Trade Holiday Fair takes place this week in the atrium of the Student Center.Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said the fair is occurring in order to “raise awareness that consumption, which we all participate in as individuals, can be done in ways that are conscientious,” as well as, “to promote some of our local organizations that promote fair trade.”The idea that became the Fair Trade Holiday Fair began at a charity event, DeLine said.“I got to talking with the manager of Ten Thousand Villages, and she said she would love to bring the store to campus,” she said. “I said, ‘I can help make that happen.’”Ten Thousand Villages is a national nonprofit fair trade organization with a location in Mishawaka. DeLine said the event was originally planned to just include Ten Thousand Villages, but it grew into a larger affair with the help of the CRS Ambassador program on campus.“One of the things [CRS] focuses on is ethical consumption,” DeLine said. “We built the fair around both the CRS desire to promote the idea of ethical trade and conscientious consumption and the fact that Ten Thousand Villages was coming.”According to first-year CRS Ambassador Clare Souder, Saint Mary’s is trying to become a certified fair trade campus.“There are multiple steps before we are officially fair trade, but at this point, we’re still on the ground trying to assemble a team and figure out what steps we need to take in order to get to our fair trade campaign resolution,” she said.In addition to vendors, the CRS Ambassador team has a table at the fair with informational resources about the fair trade movement.“A big theme with fair trade is ‘Think global. Buy local,’ which shows how supporting the small local businesses helps the greater good when looking at the environment and the people working,” junior CRS Ambassador Sydney McAllister said in an email.This theme was of great importance in the planning of the event, DeLine said.“The CRS Ambassadors really helped in terms of identifying vendors to bring,” she said. “The Local Cup organized their entire involvement, but a student leader organized the shifts and supplies.”DeLine said four students who serve their federal work-study at the organizations of The Local Cup and Unity Gardens have been instrumental in the fair.“They have been helping staff the tables so we’re not pulling the staff away from those organizations to be here all day,” she said.Other organizations participating in the Fair Trade Holiday Fair in addition to Ten Thousand Villages include Aahaa Chai and J’Monet Customs. With the exception of Ten Thousand Villages, which is a national organization, all of these are local and regional.“By shopping at and supporting these businesses, students and community members gain a sense of awareness and comfort that the goods they are buying have not only been ethically sourced, but the hands and the people that were involved in the process of making these goods have received fair wages and are not forced into making them,” McAllister said.The Fair Trade Holiday Fair opened Tuesday and continues Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.Tags: catholic relief services, ethical consumption, fair trade, Justice Studies, Office of Civic and Social Engagementlast_img read more

The kindest cut

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who has sold a home knows a manicured landscape will sellyour property faster and for a higher price. Pruning trees andshrubs adds value to any home landscape.Proper punning produces landscapes with trees and shrubs thatlook natural and accentuate architectural designs. Mosthomeowners are primarily interested in getting the most flowersand maintaining the size and shape of their trees and shrubs. Butthisrequires a basic understanding of how plants grow and flower.For example, forsythias and azaleas set flowers during theprevious summer, so prune them after they flower. If you prunenow, you’re removing flowers or buds waiting to open.The proper pruning technique for these plants, after theybloom, is called thinning. Thinning will encourage a balancegrowth that allows light to penetrate and air to move inside theplant canopy. Plants with open canopies have more flowers andfewer diseases.Crape myrtlesCrape myrtles, like most plants that flower in the summer, setflowers on the current season’s growth. Prune these plants inlate winter to early spring.Assuming there are no more frosts left this winter and youhaven’t already done it, now would be the best time to prunecrape myrtles.Roses seem to like to be pruned. Look for buds with five leafletspointing toward the outside of the canopy — at the axis of thiscompound leaf is the flower bud. So, the more often you prune,the more flowers you’ll have.In the home orchard, pruning will help you establish and maintainproductive trees. One commercial muscadine grower told me that inthe year after she put some pruning coaching to work on hermuscadines, she had “tons of grapes.” Proper pruning can make ahuge difference in yields.Fruit plantsMuscadines can be pruned anytime they’re dormant. Vines pruned inlate winter to early spring are less likely to be damaged bycold. If you let grape vines go unpruned, they tend to produceheavily every other year, but the grapes will be inferior.Fruit tress must be trained in the early years to develop aproductive scaffold. Once the trees mature, prune to increaseproduction and to keep the overall tree vigorous.Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Proper pruning willassure that the trees will stay healthy while they produce plentyof fruit.To learn more about pruning fruit and landscape plants, contactthe county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service.last_img read more

NAFCU talks CECL issues, implementation today

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU today will participate in a discussion on the upcoming implementation and current issues regarding credit unions’ compliance with the current expected credit loss (CECL) accounting standard with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Of note, today’s meeting, with the AICPA’s Depository Institutions Expert Panel, will cover the recently clarified CECL effective date for non-public business entities, which includes credit unions.NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long and Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev will attend today’s meeting.In August, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a request for feedback on its proposed update to the current CECL effective date for non-public business entities, making clear that the implementation of the standard is only required for fiscal years after Dec. 15, 2021. The FASB’s proposal would also clarify that operating lease receivables are not covered within the scope of CECL – a clarification welcomed by NAFCU.last_img read more

Polyclinic Bagatin again nominated for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEvery year they organize a conference that brings together representatives of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions. Also, every year they nominate and at the end of the conference award the best clinics in as many as 19 categories. This is not the first time, nor is the Bagatin Polyclinic the only one of our clinics and health institutions that has been nominated and has already received world-class awards. Various certificates, quality systems, and especially recognitions are extremely important because it provides proof of concept at the highest level, the trust of clients coming from abroad and positions Croatia as a top destination for health tourism. No matter what we think, Croatia is still not sufficiently positioned on a global level, especially in the context of health tourism, where it is a special trust of patients because it is a “knife”, ie because it is about health services. This year, the Bagatin Polyclinic also opened a clinic in Split, as part of the Diocletian Hotel & Residence. And that is why every success and recognition should be praised and supported, because being the best on the European or world scene (the nomination itself is already a huge success), and especially in health tourism where there is no playing with nominations, is for every praise and step closer to the success of our health. tourism. For the third year in a row, the Bagatin Polyclinic has found itself in the prestigious society of the best polyclinics in the world according to the IMTJ, and this time they have been nominated in two categories. center_img “We have been nominated in several categories in the previous two years, and in 2017 we won awards for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery and the best marketing initiative. This year they were nominated again in our ‘winning’ categories – for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery and for the best marketing initiative and we hope that this will again be a winning combination for us. ” stand out from the Bagatin Polyclinic. One of the world’s most prestigious organizations for the promotion of medical tourism is IMTJ – International Medical Travel Journal, an independent organization whose main goal is the protection and satisfaction of patients, which is achieved by maintaining quality services and patient safety. Photo: Polyclinic Bagatinlast_img read more

Who funds Cuomo’s Puerto Rico trips?

October 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHere are some questions for the taxpayers and legislators of New York state. What do you think is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motives are for all these trips to Puerto Rico? Is he allowed to use New York states’ resources, including money, manpower and air transportation, without questions as to who funded these trips? Is there no ethics committee with any guts to question his spending taxpayers’ funds without authorization or file charges against him? Finally, could it be that New York state has a large Puerto Rican population in our state and Cuomo’s using our resources to further his political ambitions? Either way, there must be checks and balances and accountability even for the self-appointed king of New York. Question is, where is it?Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Italy suffers setback to hopes its coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHopes that Italy’s coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat suffered a setback on Thursday when data showed that both the number of new cases and deaths had ticked higher, underscoring how hard it is to halt the disease.Officials said 712 people died of the illness in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,215, well over double that seen in anywhere else in the world, while new infections rose by 6,153 to 80,539.The number of cases is nudging close to the more than 81,000 infections recorded in China where the pandemic began. The relentless rise in Italy is despite stringent lockdown measures introduced progressively since Feb. 23 to try to stop the spread, which authorities had hoped would be having more of an effect by now.There had been slight declines in both new cases and deaths earlier this week, but the northern region of Lombardy, the epicenter of the outbreak, saw its numbers climb on Thursday.”I do not know if we have hit the peak or if we have missed something … all I can say is that I am worried,” Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana told reporters, adding that the situation would soon become clearer.”I think that in two or three days we will understand if the measures we have taken are working,” he said. However, he warned that when new cases finally receded, the government would not necessarily be able to relax the lockdown, which is due to be lifted on April 3.”Even if the number of cases declines, I think we will have to carry on with (the restrictions) until we are quite certain that this contagion has been stopped.”The situation appeared particularly worrying in Lombardy’s capital Milan, which is also Italy’s financial hub, where new infections jumped by more than 800 to almost 7,000.Only the neighboring provinces of Bergamo and Brescia have a higher number of cases.Highlighting the scale of the drama, Bergamo said that over the last 10 years it had recorded on average 45 deaths a week. This ticked up to 64 at the end of February and then soared, hitting a peak of 313 deaths between March 15-21.Anxiety in the south The disease has also taken a heavy toll amongst medical workers, with the national federation of doctors and surgeons saying on Thursday that 40 doctors had so far died, many of them general practitioners in northern towns and cities.Italy’s less developed south is growing increasingly anxious as it sees its own numbers push up, with several regions reporting growth rates in new cases that are above the national average.In an open letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the head of the Campania region, which is centered on Naples, warned of impending disaster.”At this point there is the real prospect that Lombardy’s tragedy is about to become the south’s tragedy,” Vincenzo De Luca wrote. “We are on the cusp of a major expansion of infections that we might not be able to manage.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Students banned from cannabis coffee shops ‘more likely to pass exams,’ Dutch study

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Independent 11 April 2015Students who were banned from smoking legal cannabis in Dutch coffeeshops were found to be more likely to pass exams, specifically maths-based ones, according to researchers. The findings were worked out during a temporary “partial-prohibition” of cannabis cafes in the city of Maastricht, in which people were not allowed to enter on the sole basis of their nationalities.Students who were banned from the 13 coffee shops in the city have been 5.4 per cent more likely to pass their courses, economists at the University of Maastricht found.The effect is “five times larger” for courses requiring quantitative thinking and maths-based tasks, the researchers wrote.Lower performers – who had a pre-study GPA below the median of 6.62 – were most impacted by the ban with a 7.6 per cent increase in probability of passing a course. This may be down to ‘high’ achievers already getting top grades, regardless of cannabis consumption, they added.The study comes after 20 US states legalised the use of medicinal cannabis and 14 others took some steps to decriminalise possession. Uruguay is planning to become the first nation in the world to fully legalise all aspects of the cannabis trade.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/students-banned-from-cannabis-coffee-shops-more-likely-to-pass-exams-a-dutch-study-claims-10169625.htmllast_img read more

Alba blasts Barcelona chief Abidal for ‘throwing s***’ in Camp Nou row

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgJordi Alba has joined Lionel Messi in criticising Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal for comments he made after Ernesto Valverde was sacked as manager from the club. The La Liga giants have been in turmoil in recent days as Messi took to social media to hit out at Abidal after the Frenchman said in an interview: “A lot of players were not happy (under Valverde )and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication.” Jordi Alba and his side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night Messi took to social media to blast Abidal, and speaking to reporters following Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-final Alba appeared to agree with his teammate. “The club gets enough s*** thrown at it from the outside so we shouldn’t be throwing s*** at ourselves,” Alba said. “Abidal was a player, he is loved by the fans and that’s why he should know what it’s like inside the dressing room and how players feel.” Barcelona slumped to defeat against Bilbao following a last-minute own goal by Sergio Busquets, and they have now lost three games in their last seven in all competitions. Messi’s future has been cast in doubt since his comments on Instagram following Abidal’s interview. Read Also: Real Madrid, Barcelona battle Man Utd for £60m-rated Grealish “Players for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don’t play well. “Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions. “Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Time7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today The six-time Ballon d’Or winner said: “I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions.last_img read more

EPL: VAR denies Wolves as Leicester’s Choudhury sees red

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Nuno Espirito Santo’s side thought they had taken the lead when Willy Boly headed home in the first half, but VAR stepped in to chalk off the goal for the tightest of offside calls against Diogo Jota. Wolves were furious, but the officiating turned in their favour after half-time as Leicester had a penalty appeal turned down before midfielder Choudhury was sent off for a second booking.Leicester remain third in the Premier League, one point behind second placed Manchester City as they bid to qualify for the Champions League.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will be encouraged by his team’s second clean-sheet in their last 11 league games, especially as they had to withstand a late Wolves barrage.But the sight of Jamie Vardy failing to score for a sixth successive league match meant it was not all good news for Rodgers.Wolves had returned from a winter break in Spain for the 42nd game of a gruelling season that started with Europa League action back in July.But they never looked fatigued in a bruising encounter and climb to seventh in the table.Pedro Neto cut into the Leicester penalty area and found Jota early on, but Wolves winger’s low shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.– Wolves fury –Neto was the provider again when Leander Dendoncker glanced just wide from his corner.Caglar Soyuncu should have put Leicester ahead but he nodded straight at Rui Patricio from James Maddison’s free-kick.Wolves defender Matt Doherty needed lengthy treatment to close a gaping wound that left blood pouring from his head after a clash with Maddison.Doherty was eventually able to continue and played a role in the move that nearly brought Wolves the opening goal in the 44th minute.Neto’s cross was flicked on by Doherty to Boly and he headed home, only for VAR to disallow the goal for an extremely tight offside against Jota, who had passed to Neto in the build-up.Wolves captain Conor Coady was furious with referee Mike Dean as the players walked off at half-time, reportedly shouting “You’re the referee and even you don’t know” at the official.VAR went in Wolves’ favour after the break when Maddison appeared to be shoved over by Romain Saiss in the penalty area, with Dean giving a goal-kick and the review system backing his assessment.And it was Leicester’s turn to suffer at the hands of Dean again in the 76th minute.The scoreboard displays the decision disallowing a goal for Wolves against LeicesterRead Also: Guardiola’s future in doubt after Man City hit with UEFA banAlready on a booking, Choudhury slipped over and lost control of the ball, reacting with a lunging tackle that sent Dendoncker sprawling.Wolves nearly took advantage of their numerical superiority when substitute Adama Traore picked out Raul Jimenez for a header that flashed over.Jimenez was guilty of a worse miss in the closing moments when he again failed to hit the target with a header from Joao Moutinho’s delivery.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?These Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Wolves were controversially denied by VAR and Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury was sent off in a stormy 0-0 draw at Molineux on Friday night.Advertisementlast_img read more

Collision sends 2 to MMH

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOriginal Story:Batesville Fire and Rescue responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of SR 46 and 129, Friday afternoon. Two people were transported to Margret Mary Health with minor injuries. Sunman Fire and the Batesville Police Department also assisted at the scene. Batesville, IN-Update:On Friday, August 30, 2019, at approximately 1:32 pm the Batesville Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 46 and State Road 129. Both drivers were transported to the Margaret Mary Hospital with minor injuries. Skylar Brown, age 18 of Osgood, was westbound on State Road 46 and was turning left onto State Road 129. Skyler failed to yield the right of way to Donna Dean, age 69, of Greensburg, who was eastbound State Road 46; Dean was unable to avoid the collision.last_img read more