VBSR and Local first Vermont join forces

first_imgIn September 2010, The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) teamed with Local First Vermont to publish a coupon book for the Chittenden, Addison and Washington counties area. The book offers approximately $2,300 in coupon savings, and a business directory of locally owned, independent businesses.‘Most Vermonters know the importance of buying local. This book just helps them to do that,’ said of VBSR. Both consumers and business owners alike reacted so positively to the book that VBSR is in planning for the second edition.Local First Vermont is a group of business owners and citizens who believe in the importance of supporting locally owned independent businesses and has been a leading voice in Vermont’s ‘Buy Local’ movement. They joined forces with VBSR in 2009.‘When we buy locally we are not just benefiting the business, but the community at large,’ said Pfeiffer-Norrell. ‘Local business owners are our neighbors. The Buy Local Coupon Book supports our local economy, and during these economic times I think it’s more important than ever that we support each other.’The 2010 coupon books are still available at the price of $10 and can be purchased at a variety of stores in the three counties; a list of the stores selling the book is available at www.LocalCouponsVT.com(link is external). Coupons are valid until September 2011.For more information, contact at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or Owen Milne at [email protected](link sends e-mail), or by calling (802) 862-8347.The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines ‘ economic, social and environmental. It strives to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state’s residents, while still remaining profitable.Founded in 1990 by a group of business people who believed businesses have as much responsibility to workers, communities and the environment as they do to being financially successful, VBSR is the oldest and largest regional association of values-led businesses in the country. It has over 1,200 members, which collectively employs 13% of the state.last_img read more

WWF Adria is looking for a consultant to work on a program to reduce food waste in hotels

first_imgWWF Adria is starting the implementation of a project to reduce food waste in hotels in Croatia and Serbia, and is looking for a consultant or organization experienced in implementing sustainable solutions in the hospitality sector.WWF will help develop and implement solutions focused on preserving hotel food, based on principles HotelKitchen.”The person we hire will work closely with selected hotels and employees in the process of changing to a zero waste solution strategy.” points out WWF Adria.A description of the required qualifications (see attached), send applications to [email protected] by October 30, and point out “Hotel Food Conservation Program Consultant” as a subject, conclude WWF Adria.Side dish: Job description of a consultant in the Food Waste program of WWF Adrialast_img read more

Gardline Shuts Down Metocean Division

first_imgGardline Group said it has made a strategic decision to close its Metocean department. The company said it has informed its long-term clients and added that it won’t accept new assignments within the Metocean department going forward.“The Metocean department has always delivered work of the highest quality and remains proud of the company-wide achievements to date. “We would like to thank all of our clients, partners and collaborators with whom we have worked over the years for all of your continued support,” Gardline said in a media release on Wednesday.To remind, in August 2017, Boskalis acquired all shares of the Great Yarmouth-based Gardline for a consideration of approximately GBP 40 million.last_img read more

Summary of Legal Opinions re Gay Marriage Bill

first_imgDownload Legal Opinion by Ian Bassett, Barrister (dated 8 March 2013)http://bobmccoskrie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Legal-Opinion-6-March-Marriage-Act-Amendment-Bill.pdfGay Marriage Exemption ‘Unprincipled’, ‘Discriminatory’ – Legal OpinionFamily First Media Release 8 March 2013http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/archives/gay-marriage-exemption-unprincipled-discriminatory-legal-opinionPreviously…Download Legal Opinion by Ian Bassett, Barrister (dated 19 November 2012)http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Legal-Opinion-19-Nov-Marriage-Act-Amendment-Bill.pdfLabour MP’s ‘Legally Wrong’ on Effects of Marriage BillFamily First Media Release 20 November 2012http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/archives/labour-mps-legally-wrong-on-effects-of-marriage-billDownload Full Legal Opinion by Ian Bassett Barrister (dated 27 August 2012)http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Legal-Opinion-Marriage-Act-Amendment-Bill.pdfDownload UPDATE to Legal Opinion (dated 29 August 2012)http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Legal-Opinion-Marriage-Act-Update.pdfChurches Will Have To Host Same-Sex Weddings – WallFamily First Media Release 24 October 2012http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/archives/churches-will-have-to-host-same-sex-weddings-walllast_img read more

Fonte queries Marriner appointment

first_imgSouthampton defender Jose Fonte believes referee Andre Marriner should have been dropped after last weekend’s high-profile gaffe. Marseille, Monaco and Getafe have recently been mentioned as possible destinations and Fonte has urged the Southampton board to tie Pochettino down to a new deal. “It is massive, it is one of the main things,” he said. “We players love to play under him, we love his philosophy, style of play and the way he manages is top. He is definitely one of the best I have played under. “We look forward to him signing a big long contract so we can relax and enjoy our time with him. “We have to be honest it is something that we talk about in the dressing room, but when it comes to Saturday and game time we know what we need to do but it is something we talk about.” Many had expected Pochettino to leave the club in January, having previously warned he would follow executive chairman Nicola Cortese out of the club should he leave. He decided to stay and talk of a meltdown following the divisive Italian’s departure did not come to fruition, with the club now moving forwards under a newly-formed board. “We all know the job Nicola did and he took the club to the Premier League, he did a great job,” Fonte said. “We were sad to see him go, of course, as he had been with us for a long time but the transitional period has happened. “We have a new chairman now and we have met him and he looks a very, very nice person, competent, so we look forward to working with him and have successful years in front of us. “We only talked briefly and he said he wants to take the club in the right direction forward like we have been dong lately and he will do his best to achieve that so we wait and see and hopefully we can push this club even higher.” Despite that, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited decided to give Marriner a chance to get over the mistake in Southampton’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Newcastle – a match centre-back Fonte does not think he should be refereeing. “It is a question for debate, personally my opinion is yes (referees should be held accountable for mistakes),” the Portuguese said. “If we make mistakes as players, we are punished. We get dropped. “I think obviously some might argue that it is good or not, but I personally think they should get dropped as well and don’t referee for a couple of weeks to realise what went wrong. “I don’t know, I just think when the mistake is very, very bad you need to stop and think what can I do better.” Fonte’s comments will likely cause ripples, yet he insists the fact Marriner is taking charge is no “big issue” to the players. “He has a tough job to do,” he said. “I am sure he will want to be perfect on Saturday and we players need to focus on our game, so there is not much that we can say about that.” Marriner was one of a number of subjects Fonte spoke about, as he praised former Saints manager, and now Magpies boss, Alan Pardew – “I owe a massive amount to him” – and the man currently at the helm. Mauricio Pochettino’s profile has grown markedly since arriving at St Mary’s a relative unknown at the start of 2013, with speculation continuing to mount over his future. The official was caught up in a bizarre case of mistaken identity in Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat of Arsenal, sending off Kieran Gibbs rather than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a deliberate handball. Marriner apologised for the mistake at Stamford Bridge, which led the Football Association to transfer the sanction to Oxlade-Chamberlain and then overturn the decision as he had not technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity. Press Associationlast_img read more

Keogh has no Ireland regrets

first_img “It’s one to look forward to. The two sets of fans are up there with some of the best in the world, so I am sure it will be a really special night.” It will be particularly special for Keogh if he is asked to partner John O’Shea at the heart of Martin O’Neill’s defence, and far from fearing the mission, he insists he would relish the chance to test himself against strikers he knows well. Keogh said: “It would be something I would really enjoy and really relish. I would relish the challenge of playing – that’s why you are in football, to play big games, and they don’t come much bigger than this. If I am called upon, then I will be ready, and not just me, but the whole group. “They [Scotland] have obviously got good players. [Steven] Fletcher is in good form and scoring goals, but obviously knowing Chris Martin and Jonny Russell from Derby, I know what threat they possess. “But it’s built up to be an exciting game and it should be a great atmosphere.” That atmosphere is something Ward has experienced once before, and he is looking forward to revisiting a stadium which holds a special place in the hearts of many of his compatriots. He said: “I have played there once, in a pre-season friendly. I think there were about 30,000 people there. It’s a very special place and I think any Irish person going there will tell you how special it is to them, so it’s a game we are all really looking forward to.” Richard Keogh is ready to answer his country’s call on Friday night with no regrets over his decision to declare for the Republic of Ireland. The Republic will meet Scotland in Glasgow at the end of a week which has seen a debate over players opting to represent countries other than that of their birth grow increasingly tetchy, with Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy both preparing to return to their native country in the green of Ireland. But 28-year-old Derby defender Keogh, who was born in the Essex town of Harlow, had no decision to make when his time came. He said: “For me, it was a no-brainer. My dad was born in Carlow and moved over to England when he was a bit older, but my nan and grandad lived there all their lives. “I played for the Under-19s and to me, the natural progression was to play for the Under-21s and hopefully the seniors. That was my aim, so for me it was a very proud moment when I got the call to play for Ireland – and it was the best decision I ever made.” Keogh could well line up against the Scots at Celtic Park with Stoke’s Marc Wilson having been ruled out through injury, and the atmosphere is certain to be intense with McGeady and McCarthy seemingly certain to be given a hostile reception. However, full-back Stephen Ward is convinced neither man will be affected if that proves to be the case. Ward said: “I don’t think they have really taken much notice of it. There are a lot of things said coming up to the games in the press, heat-of-the-moment stuff. “They are just training – obviously James is looking to get himself right and Aiden has just trained away. We tend to just concentrate on ourselves and get ready for the game in our own way. “I’m sure they have been booed before. Aiden has played in Old Firm games, James has played in derby games, so it will be nothing new to any player. “But it will be a special occasion, a special atmosphere and I am sure they will savour it as much as anyone else. Press Associationlast_img read more