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

Armenians protest introduction of mandatory private pensions

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgProtesters have argued that people should be able to decide what happens to their salaries, and that any supplementary pension payment should be voluntary.Some news sources reported that the protesters have also filed a petition with the Constitutional Court.So far, the government has made no comment on the protests or the petition. Thousands of Armenians have taken to the streets to protest the mandatory funding of the second-pillar pension system, introduced at the beginning of this year.According to reports from French news agency AFP, approximately 6,000 protesters marched in the Armenian capital of Yerevan over the weekend to protest against the government’s controversial decision. Since 1 January, all Armenians born after 1974 have had to transfer 5% of their salaries to newly created pension funds managed by the local subsidiaries of France’s Amundi and Germany’s Talanx Asset Management.According to the AFP, Naira Zohrabyan, secretary of opposition party Prosperous Armenia, described the law as a “racket”, allowing the government to “get its hands into people’s pockets”.last_img read more

Middle Schools Seek Sports Team Equity

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Latest posts by Dick Broom (see all) Latest Posts Park visitation surged in July – August 26, 2020 Dick BroomReporter at Mount Desert IslanderDick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent’s office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected] Biocenter_img BAR HARBOR — The haves and the have-nots in the MDI school system are struggling with how to make sure students in the middle school grades who want to play a team sport have a chance to do so.The “have” is Conners-Emerson Elementary in Bar Harbor, which typically has plenty of students to field teams in every sport offered. The have-nots are the four schools with smaller enrollments that don’t always have enough interested students to put teams together.Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor and Tremont Consolidated School have been pooling players in soccer and certain other sports for several years. But Mount Desert Elementary and Trenton Elementary are struggling, too, and are looking for ways to provide athletic opportunities for their students who want to play.Earlier this summer, the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board asked the five elementary school principals and athletic directors, along with high school athletic director Bunky Dow, to study the situation and recommend an equitable solution. They returned to the board Sept. 12 with four options but no consensus on which one should be adopted.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe five principals have endorsed a “hybrid” or “2-2-1” plan, in which Pemetic and Tremont would join together to form teams and Mount Desert and Trenton would do the same. Conners-Emerson would continue to operate its athletic program separately.Four of the five athletic directors favor a “combined” plan that calls for teams to be made up of students from all five schools.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Gateway to address ‘too many cars’ – August 28, 2020 Acadia campgrounds won’t open this year – August 5, 2020last_img read more

William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate

August 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgShare Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon William Hill has followed counterparts Betfred and Rank Group Plc in issuing an HMRC claim on compensation owed from tax charges related to fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The FTSE bookmaker could stand to secure a multi-million £ tax rebate on FOBT charges issued between 2005 and 2013.William Hill’s HMRC rebate stands from an April High Court ruling that favoured a joint appeal issued by Betfred and Rank which contested HMRC VAT charges on machine duties, as operators could exempt charges in accordance to EU taxation policies and its precedent on fiscal neutrality.The High Court sided with the betting operators on the grounds that HMRC had made no distinction with regards to the ‘supply of games’ until it updated its VAT policy in January 2013.Having lost two separate court rulings against Betfred and Rank, HMRC announced last week that it would no longer pursue further tribunal judgement on the tax dispute.Following the High Court ruling, William Hill became the first bookmaker to seek compensation from the government. Updating investors, William Hill stated that it was examining scenarios related to its rebate fee.“Whilst William Hill currently expects the net cash recovery to be material, its precise quantum remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the board has considered a number of scenarios which suggest a potential net cash recovery of between £125 million and £150 million,” the bookmaker detailed in a statement issued to the media. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more