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first_imgAs students pack Notre Dame Stadium next fall, not only will they be cheering on the Irish in style, but they will also be doing so in a socially conscious fashion. For the first time ever, The Shirt Project is announcing the identity of their vendor: Alta Gracia Apparel. The company will further the tradition of The Shirt Project, promoting both Notre Dame’s tradition and socially conscious identity. Junior Andrew Alea, president of The Shirt Project, said Alta Gracia Apparel went beyond The Shirt’s usual tradition of supporting the Notre Dame community. “The Alta Gracia brand is a socially conscious brand. The shirts are manufactured in a town in the Dominican Republic called Alta Gracia,” he said. “They pay their workers a living wage, which is basically enough to feed, clothe and house their entire family.” Alea said proceeds from The Shirt would go back to students in various ways, ranging from covering medical costs to funding additional clubs and organizations. Revenues would also help pay for students who could not otherwise afford to participate in campus activities, according to the project’s website. “It’s an added message to The Shirt,” he said. “In addition to contributing back to the University, now we are contributing back to the world in a sense.” Alea said he thinks Notre Dame students will appreciate the social significance this year’s Shirt will have. “By supporting The Shirt, you’re not only supporting Notre Dame student body clubs and activities, but supporting a living wage in the Dominican Republic, which is actually a cool message to have,” he said. Alea said The Shirt Project has felt the need to explore socially conscious vendor options over the past few years. This year, the offers were competitive enough to move in such a direction, he said. “Over the past three years, the vendors who have come to present on campus have each been more pushing the socially conscious brands or ideas,” Alea said. “It’s out there, and we felt the time was right to do something about it.” As this year’s vendor inspires a message of social responsibility, Alea said the unveiling of The Shirt is being planned accordingly. “We really want to incorporate the story and the added message to the marketing and unveiling of The Shirt,” he said. Though the vendor and the unveiling may be different this year, Alea said the traditional purpose of The Shirt to inspire Notre Dame fans remains the same. “The design will be based on tradition, it will not be a socially conscious design,” he said. “[There is] the same design process, the same ink process. The Shirt still fits the same. Everything is the same.” Senior Paul Baranay, vice president of The Shirt Project, said the selection of a vendor with strong social concerns ties compelled the committee to make the choice public, a change from previous years. “There has been a lot of discussion about the vendor, and the Committee got the sense the student body was very interested in finding out who the vendor was,” he said. “We think it was a good time to talk to the student body.” Baranay said that although the same vendor has not produced The Shirt every year, Knight’s Apparel, the parent company of Alta Gracia Apparel, has worked with Notre Dame in the past. He said this was crucial in the partnership, citing a level of familiarity behind the choice of a socially conscious vendor. “In some sense, we are getting the best of both worlds,” he said. The Shirt will be unveiled April 20.last_img read more


first_img Alondra Residences is welcoming new residents to its development at Nundah.Research released by Urbis at The Urban Developer conference this month referenced a significant demand for retirement living, with increasing life expectancy for both women and men along with average annual growth of 4.1 per cent in resident populations over the age of 65 since 2011.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIn line with this, more than 6000 retirement units are approved for Brisbane’s development pipeline in addition to the 8000 existing retirement properties. Around 65 per cent of the approvals are for mid to high-rise communities, signalling the continuing appeal of vertical retirement living.Alondra Residences is co-located with Lutheran Services’ Zion aged care community in Union St, with 52 apartments over seven levels with transport and shops close by. The project was inspired by extensive market research and the award-winning communities of Switzerland. To view what is on offer, the public is invited to the opening of Alondra Residences on October 12. Alondra Residences is welcoming new residents to its development at Nundah.The first residents are moving into Nundah’s newest retirement community, Alondra Residences, taking up the project’s industry-leading flexible pricing options.Launched this month as youfirst, the model reinvents the standard fixed-price approach for independent living units and is the vision of not-for-profit and Alondra Residences operator, Lutheran Services.One-bedroom apartments at Alondra are priced from $430,000. Lutheran Services CEO, Nick Ryan, said youfirst responds to the increasing demand for more flexibility and choice when it comes to retirement living.“Alondra Residences is our 12th community and from decades in this industry, we are seeing that downsizers and Baby Boomers want even more from their retirement years,” Mr Ryan said. “The motivation behind youfirst is that we put the real benefits of retirement living back in focus, especially when it comes to how residents pay for their new home.“Youfirst means retirees can choose to pay less when they move in and defer a portion of the purchase price until it’s time to re-sell, leaving more savings for what they love to do. They can also pay more upfront if that works better for them financially.“With the features of Alondra Residences combined with our youfirst model, we are really excited about this new benchmark for retirement living.” last_img read more


first_imgVAN NUYS – Life in prison without the possibility of parole is the sentence passed today for a man convicted in the 1999 kidnapping and murder of a Woodland Hills businessman. Boris George Graham, 37, was convicted Oct. 5 of first-degree murder for the Feb. 8, 1999, slaying of 30-year-old Christopher Rawlings, who was forced into the trunk of his Bentley and died when the vehicle crashed as his abductors attempted their getaway. Along with murder, Graham was convicted of kidnapping to commit another crime, kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking, residential robbery, residential burglary and evading an officer causing death. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a kidnapping, carjacking, burglary and robbery. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champVan Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz declined the defense’s request for a new trial for Graham. Graham — who has a 1988 assault conviction — is the second person to be tried for Rawlings’ killing. Kirell Taylor was convicted in October 2001 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Two men followed Rawlings to his home, assaulted him and forced him into the trunk of his 1998 Bentley. The pair then entered the victim’s home, took jewelry and other property and started driving off in the luxury car. Rawlings’ wife and their children had been hiding in the home, and the woman called police from the residence. Responding officers saw the suspects driving away and chased after the Bentley, which collided with another vehicle in Tarzana, crashed into a tree and burst into flames. The suspects escaped, but Taylor was arrested soon afterward. Graham was taken into custody in January 2004 in Hollywood, Fla. He had been profiled twice on the television show “America’s Most Wanted,” prompting a tipster to report that Graham was living somewhere in south Florida. That information helped authorities track him down. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Del Norte girls basketball team is through to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals for the first time in school history after picking up a comfortable 59-42 home win on Saturday over No. 7 Urban in the quarterfinal matchup in Crescent City.The No. 2 seeded Warriors bounded out to a 6-0 lead in the first 1:08 of play and never trailed against a scrappy Blues team.The Warriors started the game out strong offensively, scoring on each of their first four possessions. Del Norte …last_img


first_imgMangoes and passion fruit produced bysmall-scale farmers in Kenya andUganda will now be used to makefruit juice for Coca-Cola. MEDIA CONTACTS • Norah OdwessoThe Coca-Cola CompanyEast & Central Africa Business Unit+00 254 207 3390 0350Bongani NkosiSmall-scale fruit farmers in Uganda and Kenya will soon be able to start making good money from their produce, thanks to a multimillion-dollar deal that will see them supply Coca-Cola.The beverage giant has joined NGO TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to form a partnership that will help more than 50 000 small farmers in Uganda and Kenya increase their output and generate a sizeable income.The three organisations have invested a combined amount of R87.5-million (US$11.5-million) to sustain the initiative over the next four years. The new partnership was launched in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on 20 January.Coca-Cola will use mango and passion fruit from the two East African countries to make new fruit juice products for local markets. “This partnership is a great example of sustainability,” Coca-Cola’s East and Central Africa business unit president Nathan Kalumbu said in a statement.“By partnering with tens of thousands of local farmers we can help increase their incomes while meeting our needs for locally sourced fruit, benefiting both the community and our business,” Kalumbu added.Coca-Cola plans to replicate the project in other parts of the world to grow its fruit juice range. One such product in the range, Minute Maid, has already become a global hit. The company, together with one of its bottling partners, invested about R30.4-million ($4-million) in the scheme.Growing fruit juice demandThe beverage company said there’s an increasing demand for fruit juice both in East Africa and across the world, and therefore a critical need to increase production. As part of the deal the small farmers will be supplied with tools to help them increase their productivity.TechnoServe, one of the leading NGOs that help communities grow their own enterprises, will work closely with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a hands-on partner in the implementation phase.It will also teach the farmers how to increase yields and improve quality, and help them gain access to the donor funds.“We are honoured to be a part of this innovative collaboration as it represents a significant step forward for private sector development in Africa,” said TechnoServe president and CEO Bruce McNamer.“This investment will drive momentum toward reducing poverty across Africa by helping entrepreneurial farmers connect to markets and get the support they need.”The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated R57-million ($7.5-million), said the initiative is very important in the global drive to reduce poverty among poor communities.“Empowering small farmers to increase productivity, improve crop quality and access reliable markets is critical to addressing global hunger and poverty,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program.“Partnerships like this provide farmers with the tools and resources that can help revitalise African agriculture and increase opportunities for small farmers so they build better lives for themselves and their families,” Burwell said.The foundation, formed by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, has channelled more than R10.6-billion ($1.4-billion) into to agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Burwell said. The grants are aimed at strengthening the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds and soil to farm management and market access – to sustain long-term hunger and poverty initiatives.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The EPA and the Corps’ proposal involves two steps. First, the agencies propose to “rescind” Obama’s WOTUS rule and “re-codify,” or re-enter, the definition of WOTUS “that existed prior to 2015” into the federal regulations. The pre-2015 rule would serve as a placeholder until the agencies are able to carry out the second part of their plan. The second part of the plan involves developing and proposing a new definition of WOTUS. This announcement comes several months after President Trump called for either a repeal or revision of the WOTUS Rule in his February 28, 2017 Executive Order (EO). The EO was quickly followed by the EPA and other agencies filing a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (Notice).The WOTUS Rule went into effect on August 28, 2015. The Rule expanded the meaning of “waters of the United States,” or those waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), to include “tributaries to interstate waters, waters adjacent to interstate waters, waters adjacent to tributaries of interstate waters, and other waters that have a significant nexus to interstate waters.” Furthermore, the Rule stated that tributaries are WOTUS when they flow into navigable waters, even if their flow was not constant. The rule also elaborated on the meaning of “adjacent waters.”In the short term, step one of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for a repeal of the Obama Administration’s definition of WOTUS, and a reimplementation of the WOTUS rule that existed prior to 2015. In order to do this, the agencies are proposing a rule. The proposed rule calls for the Code of Federal Regulations—in particular, 33 C.F.R. §328.3, to be amended to reflect the previous definition of WOTUS. Notably, this definition does not include the Obama Administration’s expanded descriptions of “tributaries” or “adjacent waters.” Furthermore, there is no mention of “significant nexus.”In the long term, the second step of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for the agencies to perform a “substantive re-evaluation” of the definition of WOTUS. Any re-evaluation of the definition will likely take Trump’s EO into account, which called for the EPA and other agencies to, in any “[f]uture [r]ulemaking,” “consider interpreting the term ‘navigable waters’” as Justice Scalia did in Rapanos v. U.S. The CWA defines “navigable waters” as “waters of the United States, including territorial seas.” Thus, “navigable waters” and “WOTUS” are one in the same. Scalia’s interpretation rejected the idea that navigable waters and WOTUS could come from channels where water flow was only occasional. Justice Scalia asserted that navigable waters/WOTUS must be, for the most part, permanent bodies of water. Given the language in Trump’s EO, it is likely that the second step of the plan will involve a proposed rule that includes a definition of WOTUS that closely resembles Scalia’s interpretation.It is important to keep in mind that even if the EPA and the Corps successfully repeal and replace the previous administration’s definition of WOTUS, it is still very likely that opponents will challenge any new definition. Furthermore, both the short term and long term parts of the plan have to go through the rulemaking process, including a comment and review period, before they can become effective. As a result, the debate over the meaning of WOTUS is likely far from finished.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the kickoff of the #gotyourback campaign, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is moving the topic of mental health on the farm forward. The initiative, of which Ohio Farm Bureau is a proud partner, was created to let farmers know they are not alone in their struggles and to give them resources to seek professional, confidential help when stresses on the farm become overwhelming.ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda“So many factors in farming are out of the farmer’s control,” said Dorothy Pelanda, ODA director.“Wondering if the weather will cooperate and working long hours alone can all affect a farmer’s mental health and well-being.”Earlier this year, Director Pelanda visited with farmers across the state who were faced with the most devastating economic losses they have ever experienced due to the excessive wet weather during the planting season.“Many of them told me they felt as if they had the weight of the world on their shoulders,” Pelanda said. “Imagine working for an entire year and not being paid. That is exactly what some farmers will face this year.”At a news conference to introduce the #gotyourback campaign and the website GotYourBackOhio.org, Pelanda wanted farmers to know that they are not alone and that help is available to those dealing with the stresses of farming.Highland County farmer Nathan Brown, who represents District 20 as an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, was also a part of the news conference. He shared that even before he began his farming career, mental health and mental wellness had been a part of his life. Many members of his family struggled with depression and he has dealt with anxiety.“For all of us, it can be a challenge to navigate life from time to time and agriculture can magnify those moments,” Brown said. “Farmers sometimes feel that they only have themselves to blame if things don’t go right. It is completely on them if their crops fail or if their farm goes bankrupt and they will very rarely talk with others about what might be going wrong on the farm.”Brown looks forward to working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to bring this statewide initiative to the local level as well. He believes having mental health professionals on the ready in farm communities will be crucial in helping people in rural Ohio that find themselves in a crisis situation.last_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Germany’s Schulte Group has launched Innoport, a dedicated venture capital unit, in an effort to invest in maritime startups.The new unit will operate from Hamburg, Limassol and Singapore.As informed, Innoport will support high-potential early-stage maritime and logistics startups predominantly in Europe and Asia, with the flexibility to collaborate with startups from all geographic areas.“At Innoport, we want to build bridges and open doors wherever possible. In essence, Innoport provides startups with the right network and the right capital, to scale up their business and to bring their ideas into fruition,” Yiannis Sykas, Director of Strategy and Product Development at Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), commented.Potential pilot projects within BSM, sales-partnerships and technical cooperations are some of the options in which the Innoport team acts as a sparring partner for the startups.“Innoport was founded to support early-stage ventures, typically pre-revenue companies at the idea or prototype stage. We invest in breakthrough technology and disruptive business models that address a real pain and have the potential to define new standards in their respective industries,” Haymon Sinapius, Innoport’s Investment Manager for Asia, said.“We want to see founders, who actively challenge the status quo of how the maritime industry works, to make it better, safer and more efficient,” Sinapius added.Speaking about how Innoport differentiates itself from other venture capitalists, Niklas Koerner, Innoport’s Investment Manager for Europe, explained:“Typically, venture capital funds operate on a broader investment remit and they often lack intimate knowledge of the industries.”“At Innoport, we see ourselves as a provider of capital with industry domain knowledge coupled with access to the right people within our organisation and our network to support the portfolio companies we invest in.”Ship owner and manager Schulte Group owns 90 and manages over 600 vessels globally.last_img read more


first_img Turks & Caicos Islands Recognizes World AIDS Day 2014 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:porsha stubbs-Smith, world tourism day Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 –  “My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, today marks World Tourism Day 2016 under the theme “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”.   As tourism throughout the world matures with almost 1.2 billion people traveling abroad each year, it proves to be a major economic driver.  The tourist industry is dynamic, diverse, and highly competitive, thus the need for major promotion of accessible tourism.”  “The Turks and Caicos Islands is a part of the global tourism move, as such, tourism should be attainable to all irrespective of a person’s physical limitation, disability or age, travel is for all to experience and embrace on an equal basis.  It is therefore incumbent upon the Turks and Caicos Islands as one of the top travel destinations in the region to build upon, and improve on accessible tourism products and services; which will only place our country in an even better position as it relates to marketing.  I am confident in the hospitality of our people, and as a country proud to welcome and engage visitors from all walks of life.”“Today as we celebrate Tourism for All! I encourage us as a people to embrace the opportunities available to market our beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands as we work together to ensure each traveler is welcomed and may we identify with everyone as we are all deserving of the many unforgettable experiences that come with the world of travel.”“World Tourism day is celebrated annually on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourisms potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.”last_img read more