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Lecture emphasizes advantages of fair trade

first_imgFair trade does not just mean fair wages, John Taylor, a member of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), said Tuesday.The lecture titled “A Piece of Fair Trade” focused on the benefits of fair trade among Central American countries.The talk was held in Carroll Auditorium at Saint Mary’s.  “For each of us who have jobs, or for each of us who are working within a structure … we really care individually about each of these steps,” Taylor said. Taylor, along with fellow CRS member Jessica Howell, said fair trade is beneficial for impoverished nations. “What’s different about the fair trade system is that it’s added value,” Howell said. Taylor said the beans are sent to an exporter, who works to find a place to sell the beans.  Howell encouraged students to get involved in fair trade practices. Other ways students can become involved, Howell said, is to discuss fair trade with families and friends, change the purchasing practices of stores in the area and call on the College to provide fair trade products. “Fair trade is to make sure that these five principals are not shoved aside in order to provide the lowest price for the consumer,” he said. Taylor also said there were five main principals in the fair trade system. Those principals include fair wages, cooperative workplaces, long-term relationships, good working conditions and environmental sustainability.  A broker then works with the exporter to connect with an importer, who brings the coffee beans to the roaster. After the beans are roasted, they are taken to a distributor, who ensures the beans are put in a store to be sold. A retailer then sells the beans to a consumer, and the revenue from the beans is distributed throughout each member of the chain. “It’s pretty powerful to know that when you buy a cup of coffee, or a chocolate bar, or a handcraft that is fair trade certified, you know because there is a fair trade certification system that what you are buying with that money is again not just a living wage for someone, but that there is no exploitative child labor, no harsh environmental conditions,” Howell said.  Taylor said typically, the goal for the consumer for any transaction is to pay as little as possible for the products purchased. However, in a fair trade system, consumers look at the wages that the producer will receive instead of the cost of the product. Howell said fair trade is much more than just creating fair wages for small farmers. Howell said the fair trade system is far less complex and provides more value to the products.center_img Taylor said CRS began to assist refugees coming out of Europe in 1933. Today, CRS focuses on international aid and development.  She also said selling fair trade products and hosting fair trade sales around holidays would be beneficial for fair trade communities. According to Taylor, CRS currently is working in over 100 countries throughout the world to promote fair trade. According to Taylor, free trade is far more complex than fair trade. Taylor explained the process of free, or conventional, trade in relationship to coffee farmers. Coffee farmers begin the process of free trade by producing coffee beans. The beans are then sent to intermediaries, who are responsible for negotiating the price with the farmer. Once the intermediaries agree on a price, the coffee beans are then taken to a processing mill. There, the hull of the bean is removed. “After all, the bottom line is to pay as little as possible, regardless of what the producers or the farmer gets out of it,” Taylor said. According to Howell, there are a variety of ways to encourage fair trade within local communities. Howell said to organize fair trade tastings, film nights or informational events.  Howell encouraged students to purchase fair trade products. Another way to become involved is to learn more about fair trade. “Fair trade ultimately is the realization that there’s a person behind every item that we purchase, and how we choose to buy that item affects that person in a positive or a negative way,” Howell said. Howell added that fair trade worked to strengthen communities by utilizing all of these principals. According to Howell, fair trade also begins with the farmer. After the beans are raised, they are sent to a cooperative, which is a democratically run resource that allows the farmers to receive more money per pound of product. The beans are then taken to a processing mill and then sold to coffee companies. From there, consumers have the capability to purchase the product. Additionally, Howell discussed the ways in which students can participate in the fair trade system.last_img read more

Obama Administration Doubles Clean Energy R&D to $12.8 Billion

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Molly Christian for SNL:The Obama administration wants to double federal investment in clean energy research and development over the next five years to follow through on an international commitment reached with world leaders at the Paris climate summit in December 2015.President Barack Obama released a plan Feb. 6 to boost federal investment in clean energy R&D to $12.8 billion in fiscal year 2021 from $6.4 billion in fiscal year 2016. The proposal is geared toward helping the U.S. meet its commitment to Mission Innovation, an initiative launched by global leaders during the Paris talks to accelerate public and private investment in clean energy innovation.“This investment portfolio spans the full range of research and development activities — from use-inspired basic research to demonstration,” the White House said in the Feb. 6 release.In fiscal year 2017, Obama is seeking $7.7 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy R&D, an approximately 20% increase from the year before. The funding will be spread out across 12 federal agencies.About 80% of the government’s Mission Innovation investment will support the U.S. Department of Energy’s research, development and demonstration activities. One of the largest single DOE funding tranches for fiscal 2017 is more than $1.8 billion for basic research on clean energy production, conversion, storage and use.Sustainable transportation technologies will also get a large chunk — over $880 million — of DOE innovation funding. After focusing on electric power sector carbon emissions in 2015 with the release of its final Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration has turned its attention more to the transportation sector’s role in climate change. The administration on Feb. 4 proposed a controversial $10 per barrel tax on oil that would help fund the transition to a cleaner transportation system.Despite the recent emphasis on transportation, the utility sector factors heavily in the clean energy R&D investment outlook. Research and development of advanced nuclear technologies will receive more than $804 million in fiscal 2017 under Obama’s budget proposal. Nearly $564 million is targeted for developing and deploying carbon capture and storage technologies and improving the emissions performance of fossil fuel-based generation. DOE investment in boosting dispatch and lowering costs for renewable generation will receive over $500 million.Full article ($): bama unveils plan to double clean energy R&D in next 5 years Obama Administration Doubles Clean Energy R&D to $12.8 Billionlast_img read more

Nassau Gun Buy Back to be held in Uniondale Saturday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Officials at a press conference discussing the Guin Buy Back Program. (Photo credit; Nassau County)Nassau County will hold another Gun Buy Back Program in Uniondale Saturday as part of its strategy to get guns off the street, officials said.Residents who want to exchange their firearms for cash can do so at Bishop R.W. Harris’ Grace Cathedral Church at 944 Jerusalem Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon, officials said.Individuals will be paid $100 for every operable rifle, $200 for each operable handgun and $400 for each operable assault rifle, the county said. Licensed guns, BB guns, air pistols and replicas are not accepted.“Crime doesn’t pay, but turning in a gun to this community-based buy-back event at Grace Cathedral Church does,” said Nassau County District Attorney Rice. “This program is safe and anonymous for anyone who wants to help make our communities safer and stop crimes before they happen, while earning some cash in the process.”“By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation,” added Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.The program, which uses asset forfeiture funds from Nassau police and the district attorney’s office, has already taken nearly 3,000 guns off the streets, officials said.last_img read more

What story are you telling your members?

first_imgStories are all the rage in business now…and there’s a reason why.People don’t buy from organizations they buy from people, and those purchases are driven from relationships.  In the credit union world, you’re selling your brand, your services, and your commitment to help your members be in a better financial position.But are you selling it with the right stories?  Are you sharing the stories internally so that others hear the stories? Are you asking front line employees for their stories of members and their successes?If you want to achieve consistent inbound referrals, from a real word of mouth marketing strategy, then you need to identify, craft, and communicate the stories that matter in your organization. I’m far from a story expert, but I am a referral expert and I can tell you that for every person that chooses to NOT do business with an organization, they have a story. It’s usually a bad one.  However for every bad or negative story, there is a good one. The problem is, as leaders in organizations, we aren’t sourcing these stories enough, we aren’t crafting the story to make it clear, succinct, and focused, and we aren’t sharing them nearly enough.  We need to be sharing these stories everyday and every hour. These stories should be your go to stories around why people do business with you, why your organization exists, why you are focused on certain markets, and why you excel at certain things.  If you aren’t sure what the stories are that you need to be sharing, then simply ask your front line employees what conversations they have had with members in the past week.  These answers will lead you down the right path! At the end of that path is your pot of gold full of great stories that you can begin crafting and sharing.Don’t wait to share the stories until they are crafted well, instead start telling them. They will become more crafted as you share them.  They will find their way to “ease of sharing” which in turn means you will be sharing them much more and so will everyone in your organization!It’s time to start sharing your story! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Ward Matt is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…In 2002 Matt began working with business owners through his website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, to improve their bottom line, gain more clients, … Web: www.Breakthrough-Champion.com Detailslast_img read more

‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’: China thanks international community for support, understanding

first_imgThe countries are the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Hungary, Belarus, Turkey, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.Read also: China sees more patients recover from novel coronavirus infection“The donations speak volumes of their deep compassion. A friend in need is a friend indeed. I’d like to thank them all,” Hua added.She went on to say that China would continue to share information and strengthen cooperation with other countries in an open, transparent and highly responsible manner to safeguard the life and health of the Chinese people and contribute to regional and global public health security.The new coronavirus that appeared late December has claimed 563 lives, infected more than 28,000 people in mainland China and spread to more than 20 countries.Topics : China has responded to the international community’s assistance amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, by saying that while China has “mostly relied on its own strength”, the help it has received enhances its international friendship.“In the face of the epidemic, China mainly relies on its own strength to tackle the challenge. At the same time, we welcome and thank the sincere and friendly understanding, support and help from the international community,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a daily briefing on the ministry’s website.She added that the governments of 21 countries and the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF had donated epidemic prevention and control supplies to China as of Wednesday.last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Orders 3rd Icon Ship from Meyer Turku

first_imgMiami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises has signed a deal with Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the construction of its third Icon-class ship.Under the agreement, the new vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2025. To feature 200,000 gross tons, the cruise ship will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).It will join its two sister ships, to be delivered into Royal Caribbean International’s fleet in 2022 and 2024, respectively.“We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Icon-class fleet that affirms our commitment to clean-power technologies at sea,” said Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.“We’ve designed a class of ships powered by liquefied natural gas that leverages the latest, environmentally-friendly applications. We believe that innovative shipbuilding can reduce our carbon footprint and boost energy efficiencies to help to build a cleaner future.”This order is contingent upon financing.The construction of the first Icon ship will begin at Meyer Turku shipyard in the spring of 2020.last_img read more

I should have been more ruthless at the Emirates-Fabregas

first_img Promoted ContentThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Napoli ace and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas “At Arsenal there were fantastic, top, top players, but at Chelsea we didn’t really care if one day we had to win 1-0 by not touching the ball for the whole match. Fabregas, who joined London rivals Chelsea in 2014, highlights the Blues’ desire to win at all costs as the main difference between the two clubs “At Arsenal, and it was maybe partly my fault at some point as the leader and captain that I was, sometimes we forgot that to win leagues and Champions Leagues, you need to win ugly. “When I was young I always wanted to play the beautiful game, but there are always five or six games a season that you need to struggle but win. Read AlsoArteta hopes FA Cup win convinces Aubameyang stay at Arsenal “At Chelsea we did that. We were very competitive and very experienced. That’s the main difference.” After calling time on his four-and-a-half-year stay at Chelsea in January 2019, Fabregas secured a move to Monaco. He has since made 37 appearances for the French outfit, who were in ninth place at the time of its curtailment in April. Loading… Close to a decade after leaving Arsenal, former team captain Cesc Fabregas says he regrets not gingering the team to be more ruthless and ‘ugly’ with a view to winning trophies. The Spaniard insists he is partly to blame for the Gunners lack of success in during his term as captain under former coach Arsene Wenger. Fabregas, 33, spent eight years with the Gunners after emerging from their academy ranks in 2003. The Spaniard racked up 303 appearances under Wenger and was named captain in 2008, but their FA Cup win three years earlier was the only time he claimed silverware in north London. After coming up short in his bid to win the Premier League, Fabregas sealed a dream move to Barcelona in 2011 and got his hands on the Spanish title in his debut season Yet when his time at the Nou Camp came to an end in 2014, Arsenal’s reluctance to use their buy-back clause meant London rivals Chelsea swooped in – and it was a move that proved highly successful. The midfielder got his hands on two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup at Stamford Bridge – and he believes the west London club had a better understanding of winning at all costs than Arsenal “Some teams I played in at Arsenal and Chelsea were similar in terms of talent, but the difference I felt straightaway is that at Chelsea we were ruthless,” Fabregas told The Telegraph. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Rising Sun Regional Foundation scholarship application period open

first_imgRising Sun, In. — The Rising Sun Regional Foundation is prepared to award up to $54,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors. The $1,000 scholarships can be used at any accredited post-secondary school or vocational program.Applications are available online here and are due by March 15, 2019 at 4 p.m. For more information please call 812-438-4490.last_img

UCL, Europa League set for August return

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.Uefa told the 55 associations on Tuesday there was still the possibility of the competitions being played throughout June, July and August. But BBC Sport reported that the latest discussions revolved almost exclusively around a plan to complete the domestic leagues by July 31, with European competition following after that.Nothing definitive has been agreed but Uefa is keen to leave all options on the table for as long as possible given the general uncertainty across Europe and in the knowledge there is no guarantee the season will be finished.However, there is a view that travel restrictions are more likely to have eased in August, which would be necessary for a cross-border competition.Tags: Europa LeagueUEFAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

FIFA ex-Deputy Secretary gets 10-year ban

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA issued a ban on former Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General Markus Kattner for 10 years and a fine of 1 million Swiss francs ($1.05 million), the football’s governing body said Tuesday.FIFA also said the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found Kattner guilty of conflicts of interest and abuse of his position. “The investigation into Mr Kattner covered various charges concerning bonus payments in relation to FIFA competitions that were paid to top FIFA management officials (including Mr Kattner), various amendments to and extensions of employment contracts, reimbursement of private legal costs, and Mr Kattner’s duties as an official,” FIFA said in a statement.Kattner served 13 years at the world football’s governing body during the administration of Sepp Blatter, who was also previously given a multi-year ban.Kattner was dismissed in 2016 on changes of mismanagement.Tags: FIFAIndependent Ethics CommitteeMarkus Kattnerlast_img read more