first_imgStand-up comedian Tony Law will front a two-week coffee campaign and mini-series, Finding Hannah, in support of Fairtrade coffee.Running from 30 September-13 October, the campaign is designed to connect coffee lovers to the farming communities who grow their favourite beans through a digital treasure hunt and a series of short online films.Starting in a Co-operative store in Clapham, London, Tony instructs others on “Fairdom”. He then meets Hannah, “a Fairtrade novice”, whom he educates and connects to the farming communities.During the two weeks, Fairtrade coffee fans will watch the mini-series to unlock clues, revealing the country Tony and Hannah are visiting. Fans can guess at www.thepowerofyou.org.uk, giving them the chance to win a trip for two to the destination worth £4,000.To improve the chance of winning, entrants can get special codes from any of the four lead campaign partners, Cafédirect, The Co-operative, Greggs and Starbucks, which unlock exclusive film content. Consumers can also win prizes from other Fairtrade coffee brands, as well as learn lessons about the environmental, economic and social impact of Fairtrade for coffee farmers.Commenting on the campaign, Law said: “This campaign is simply about how very small choices around what coffee you drink can help improve the lives of disadvantaged farmers.”Fairtrade works with more than 580,000 smallholder coffee farmers globally who grow their coffee on farms of two hectares or less. Last year, a Fairtrade premium of approximately £23m globally was paid back to coffee farmers around the world for investment in their businesses or community development projects, such as clean water or education.Kate Lewis, Fairtrade coffee genius, said: “You have the power to change the world one purchase at a time through buying Fairtrade coffee. Our farmers always get at least what it costs them to grow their coffee – amazingly, other farmers might not. Only with Fairtrade do farmers receive an additional amount, the Fairtrade Premium. They choose for themselves how to invest it to build stronger communities and businesses.“Last year retail sales of Fairtrade coffee were just over £192m, with an estimated 14 million cups of Fairtrade coffee drunk every day. Fairtrade is a consumer drink of choice and our aim in 2013 is to support more Fairtrade farmers and their communities than ever before by increasing sales and availability.”Coffee was one of the first Fairtrade products to be launched in the UK in 1994, making it and the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th birthday next year.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a place junior Declan Sullivan crossed dozens of times performing his duties as a student videographer for the football team. It was a place the Sullivan family chose as a meeting point after Notre Dame football games. It was a place within sight of Sullivan’s fatal accident almost one year ago. Now, it is a place of memorial. About 75 people gathered Saturday afternoon before the football game against USC to dedicate a memorial to Sullivan, who died last October after a scissor lift from which he was filming football practice fell. A plaque, two benches and some trees now sit between the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and the LaBar Practice Field. Sullivan’s mother Alison addressed the group gathered to honor her son’s life. “We didn’t envision anything that could be more perfect,” Alison said. “I think if [Declan] could see this, he would be in awe. He would say, ‘Gee, this is amazing. I love this. It’s epic.’” The group chuckled at the use of the word “epic,” a word that Declan strived to embody in his life. “He always wanted to be epic, and I think he would look at this and say, ‘Indeed, it is epic,’” Alison said. University President Fr. John Jenkins led the ceremony and asked God to bless the memorial. “Lord God, we ask your blessing,” Jenkins said. “May it be a place of memory, a place of prayer, a place of consolation and a place of hope, so that all who spend time here remember Declan and be inspired by his life.” Jenkins then joined members of the Sullivan family and Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle in sprinkling holy water on the memorial. Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick also presented the Sullivan family with the flag they helped raise at the opening football game of the year, and representatives from video services gave the family a framed photomontage in the shape of the Notre Dame monogram. Inscribed on the plaque is a poem written in honor of Declan and a shamrock logo with Declan’s initials inside. Alison said both components are particularly meaningful. The poem was written by a family friend and refers to Declan’s life as “never ordinary.” Alison said Declan often quoted a line from the movie “American Beauty” when a minor character said, “There is nothing worse than being ordinary.” “That was kind of his mantra,” Alison said. “The reference in here to ordinary is something I think Dec would really get a kick out of.” Alison said Declan would also appreciate the shamrock logo. “From the time Declan was a little boy, he was enamored with shamrocks,” she said. “It’s very significant because it’s a symbol that he really liked.” Jenkins told The Observer the memorial was an opportunity to honor Declan’s memory. “The loss of Declan was a tragedy to all of us in the Notre Dame family,” he said. “This [dedication] was a chance for all of us to come together in a place dedicated to his memory, to memorialize it and to give thanks for his life.” Jenkins also expressed gratitude to the Sullivan family. “The Sullivan family, from the day Declan died to today, have been such an inspiration to all of us, and it is particularly meaningful for me to bless this place with them,” he said. “We are grateful to them for helping us work through the tragedy of Declan’s death.” Alison also thanked Jenkins and Doyle for their help with the memorial and throughout the year since her son’s accident. “I wanted to thank [Jenkins] for giving us a lot of leeway with this and really letting us do what we thought would best memorialize our son and brother,” Alison said. “And [Doyle] for really helping us every inch of the way with everything from the moment of the accident through the past year.” Megan Doyle contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer North Dining Hall now features NDH Marketplace in place of Grab ‘n Go, where students can buy smaller snacks using flex points instead of a full meal swipe. The changes were mainly student-driven.Director of student dining, Scott Kachmarik, said meal counts have been up this semester, as students are coming into both dining halls to explore the changes to the facilities.“ … If you’ve seen the dish line or some of the server-y things, students have been coming in,” he said. “So that’s a good thing. But like I said, we’re trying to figure it out — timings and things — and we’ve got to get everyone settled into a routine.”The meals served at both dining halls will now feature more “plant-forward” and “plant-centered” foods, senior director of campus dining, Chris Abayasinghe said.“Our program is a signatory of a program called Menus of Change University Research Collaboration,” he said. “This is a cross-university collaborative to look at the future of what food is and also being able to kind of be a central voice, if you will, for foods from a dietary perspective … and essentially say, ‘Can we take all of these dining trends as well as concerns with the social, ethical and environmental impacts and have a consolidated response to this?’”Students now enter into South Dining Hall through the dining room, rather than going directly into the buffet area, Kachmarik said.“We were able to take where those severies — where [students] used to enter before — and we’ve now expanded the breakfast area on one side and consolidated our allergen friendly on the other,” he said of the change.In the renovated North Dining Hall, students enter through an automated turnstile system which reads their new ID cards, Abayasinghe said.“Sometimes when [students] go through the turnstile system and they tap the card, they’ll tap again before the gate opens so it’ll deduct a couple of meals,” he said. “So I know that our folks over in card services are working to address this specific issue, including the option of ‘Should we do a built-in buffer?’ so that way if the system reads your card, it won’t read it again for another 10 seconds or something along those lines.”North Dining Hall’s monitors, who previously swiped students’ ID cards upon entry, will begin to work as cashiers or ambassadors in the dining rooms, Kachmarik said.“The ambassadors are really going to play a different role,” he said. “Rather than taking your card and swiping you in, they’ll be roaming throughout the dining room and they’ll be bussing tables and helping clean up — [when] we get spills and things like that — but really to engage the students, more so than what they were doing just at the greeting.”Abayasinghe said throughout the planning process of renovations, campus dining consulted student feedback. The decision to replace the Grab and Go in North Dining Hall with the NDH Marketplace  — where students pay with flex points and Domer Dollars instead of a meal swipe — was “student-initiated” he said.“Through the process, student government identified an advisory council called the student advisory council for us,” Abayasinghe said. “And what we heard was that exchanging [a meal swipe] — and I’m trying to use the exact terminology that the student raised to me — ‘It feels to me like swiping for Grab and Go for a dining hall meal, I just feel like I’ve lost something.’”The suggestion by student government to adjust Grab and Go was not intended as a call to replace the service in North Dining Hall, student body president Becca Blais said.“According to our co-director of student life, Caitlin [Murphy], while the suggestion of improving Grab and Go did come from our office, the suggestion of replacing Grab and Go did not originate from our office or any of our discussions,” Blais said in an email. “We’ve heard quite a bit of student feedback on improvements, and we’re continuing to gather feedback on the changes in order to share with Campus Dining.”Campus Dining remains positive about the change, however, as using flex points or Domer Dollars instead of meal swipes at the marketplace will allow students more flexibility, Abayasinghe said.“If you’re running between classes, or if, for example, you don’t have the time to be able to enjoy a meal in the dining hall, you can go into this place and instead of you losing a whole meal swipe, you can choose to utilize two or three dollars,” he said. “You can choose to utilize whatever amount you want based on what you want so that way you get to make that determination.”Students can now swipe into the dining halls multiple times within a meal period, allowing additional freedom to students, Abayasinghe said. The number of flex points allotted to each student this semester has also increased when compared to the fall of 2016 semester, he said.“What we wanted to do is to say “Well, tell you what. You have x amount of swipes a week. If you choose to utilize all of those swipes within the first two days, that’s your prerogative, because it has to match how you dine,”” Abayasinghe said.Reggie Kalili, assistant director of marketing, said he enjoyed the new environment in the dining hall.“I used to work in North Dining Hall so for me it’s quite the transformation in terms of just the overall atmosphere,” he said. “It’s brighter. It’s more welcoming and from the employee end, if you’re working in a nice new place, it just lends to a better attitude so people are just happy in general.”Tags: dining, Food Services, NDH With the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year came a number of changes to campus dining. Reckers shortened its hours to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, while three additional South Bend businesses — a Pizza Hut off-campus, the Philly Pretzel Factory and Danny Boy Draft Works — have started accepting Domer Dollars. The full North Dining Hall (NDH) facility reopened and both dining halls began operating technology consistent with the new ID cards.last_img read more

first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_img The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas resumed their talks in Havana late on December 5, after a five-day recess. The rebels have called on the Colombian society to embrace this process in order to assure “an enduring peace.” The talks, with the first round held between November 19 – 29, resumed amidst new tensions due to the one-year deadline established by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to negotiate, after a military attack that killed 20 rebels, and a controversy over the FARC’s alleged kidnapping of people. “Our work aims at embracing all Colombian voices in the peace talk process. We believe that this is the only way by which we can create a lasting peace,” the guerrillas said in declarations read by delegate Marcos Calarcá, before starting the second round of talks. The Colombian government’s delegation, headed by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, avoided the press by accessing the premises through a back door in the Convention Palace in Havana, where the negotiations are being held. FARC chief negotiator Iván Márquez, also entered the building through a back door, escorted by Ricardo Téllez and Jesús Santrich while Calarcá was reading the declaration, AFP journalists informed. Meanwhile, Calarcá said, “we have all been both participants and victims of a conflict that has already been a burden to the whole nation. Peace can never be the result of a dialogue held without participation by the Colombian people, by the high commands, by unilateral imposition.” Before departing from Bogotá to Havana on December 4, De la Calle called on the FARC to clarify their position regarding kidnappings, after a guerilla said they are keeping “prisoners of war,” even though in February they claimed to have abandoned those practices. “The FARC must respond to the victims; they must clarify the kidnapping issue,” De la Calle highlighted, after Sandra Ramírez – FARC’s founder Manuel Marulanda’s widow – told the press that her organization was holding Colombian Military and Police officers as prisoners of war. By Dialogo December 07, 2012last_img read more

first_imgOklahoma City National Memorial continue reading » At 9:22 a.m. on April 19, 1995, everything changed for Federal Employees Credit Union (FECU) in Oklahoma City.What started as a normal day for those at the credit union within the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building ended in a horrific attack that killed nearly 200 people, including 18 credit union employees and 100 members.Twenty-five years later, Allegiance Credit Union (formerly FECU) stands strong and continues to serve the Oklahoma City community. The story of Allegiance’s resiliency in the face of adversity is as important today as the nation faces a time of crisis.Looking back 25 yearsAfter the attack, Amy Downs, president/CEO, and Terri Talley, business development officer, were buried in rubble 20 feet from each other. Of the credit union’s 33 employees, they were two of 15 survivors.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe Zagreb Tourist Board has announced a public call for applications for co-financing of projects, events, marketing projects, gatherings and candidacies in 2019, whereby applications for co-financing in 2019 are collected through online application form  Special attention will be paid to: quality of project elaboration, ie detailed description, possibilities and independence of implementation, really expected result, involvement of various participants in the project, international impact of the project, contribution of the project to positioning Zagreb as a modern and urban destination and preservation of cultural heritage. the sustainable nature of the project and the innovative way of thinking. Criteria that will be evaluated for approving financial support of the Zagreb Tourist Board for projects and congress activities in 2019 are: Number of arrivals and overnight stays of domestic and foreign visitors related to the project, visitors whose main motive is visit to the event / project, value of media announcements in foreign and domestic media, enrichment of the tourist offer, budget, number of visitors / users of the project, tradition of the project, acceptance and sustainability, ability of the organizers, cooperation with travel agencies and overall assessment of the project and feasibility.Photo: Zagreb Light Festival The aim of co-financing is to encourage the development of existing and create new projects that increase the number of arrivals and overnight stays in the destination, enrich the tourist offer of the destination and promote the tourist product of Zagreb. “In this way, we want to develop the tourist product of the city of Zagreb – both the one that generates arrivals and the one that creates an atmosphere during the stay in the destination. At the same time, the goal of co-financing are projects aimed at promoting the city of Zagreb and projects related to the congress industry. ” stand out from TZGZ. Applications for co-financing in 2019 are collected via the Form located at the following link: http://digitalna-prijava.tzgz.hr , and the last day by which you can apply for the project, ie upload the Form to the online system is September 14, 2018. See the attachment for more details.Side dish: TZGZ Public call for collecting applications for co-financing in 2019last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal teammates after BATE Borisov defeat Mesut Ozil has sent a message of support to his Arsenal teammates (BPI/REX)Mesut Ozil has urged his Arsenal teammates to ‘bounce back’ from their shock Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov.The Gunners slipped to a 1-0 loss in Belarus and will be without Alexandre Lacazette for the second leg after the French striker was sent off late on.Ozil missed the victory over Huddersfield Town at the weekend due to an illness but he did not travel with the squad to Belarus despite training this week.After the defeat, Ozil posted a message of support to his Arsenal teammates and urged them to make amends in the return leg at the Emirates Stadium next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Not the result we wanted, but we still can do it in the 2nd leg and reach the next round!’ Ozil posted on Twitter.‘Let’s bounce back at the Emirates especially for our fans.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 10:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link23Shares Ozil was dropped for the game despite training this week (Getty Images)‘For me, today there was no difference to the performance. We deserved to win but didn’t get the result.‘They were very organised defensively and they found the moment in the game.‘It’s not for one player or another. We can win with every player and lose with the same players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Comment Arsenal slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov (BPI/REX)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery was also evasive when asked after the game if Arsenal miss Ozil’s creativity,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘Every player is okay to play. Today those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that.‘Last week we won and we played with the same players.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 18, 2019 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passing of longtime Pennsylvania House aide, Karen Coates, who served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House of Representatives:“Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to Karen’s family, friends and colleagues, and to Speaker Turzai during this extremely difficult time. Throughout my time as governor, Karen’s leadership and insight helped our state government bridge divides. Her professional rise to become the first female Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House surely has inspired many, and all Pennsylvanians have benefitted from her dedication to public service. A great friend to so many in and around the Capitol, her presence will be greatly missed.”center_img Governor Wolf Statement on the Passing of Longtime House Aide Karen Coateslast_img read more