Vermont designates first three Green Grocery Environmental Leaders

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market – Burlington, Hunger Mountain Coop – Montpelier, and Commodities Natural Market – Stowe have been named as Vermont Green Grocery Environmental Leaders by the state of Vermont for their environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. The standards to meet this designation were developed by multi-state environmental agency workgroup members of NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials Organization, as part of the Northeast Sustainable Grocery Environmental Leader program and include energy efficiency, water and waste reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, and facility operations. The State of Vermont’s Green Business Program is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center and is voluntary and free of cost to participating businesses. This program provides assistance to businesses desiring to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental best management standards, going beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations. These standards are posted on the program’s website (www.vbep.org(link is external)).last_img read more

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UWI Vice Chancellor says Caribbean, Haiti, must be respected

first_imgVice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles says the United States must respect the Caribbean, and Haiti in particular.Beckles made the statement as the fallout continues over United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.“The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular, that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected,” said Sir Hilary in a statement on the weekend.Illuminated America’s way“Any nation without a nominal notion of its own making can never comprehend the forces that fashion it origins,” adding that Haiti’s Caribbean vision “illuminated America’s way out of its colonial darkness.“This is the debt President Trump’s America owe Toussaint L’Ouverture’s Haiti,” he said. “It’s a debt of philosophical clarity and political maturity. It’s a debt of how to rise to its best human potential. It’s a debt of exposure to higher standards. Haiti is really America’s Statue of Liberty.Haiti was first “The President’s truth making troops might not know, and probably care little for the fact that Haitian people were first in this modern world to build a nation completely free of the human scourge of slavery and native genocide,” the UWI Vice Chancellor stated.“It might be worthless in their world view that Haiti’s leadership made the Caribbean the first civilization in modernity to criminalize and constitutionally uproot such crimes against humanity and to proceed with sustainability to build a nation upon the basis of universal freedom,” he continued.Haiti defined slavery as a crime“The tale of their two constitutions tells this truth,” he said. “The American Independence Declaration of 2nd July, 1776, reinforced slavery as the national development model for the future. The Haitian Independence Declaration, 1st January, 1804, defined slavery a crime and banished it from its borders.”The UWI Vice Chancellor said Haiti, then, became the first nation in the world to enforce a provision of personal democratic freedom for all, “and did so at a time when America was deepening its slavery roots.USA should bow to Haiti daily“The USA, therefore, should daily bow before Haiti and thank it for the lessons it taught in how to conceptualize and create a democratic political and social order,” he said.Sir Hilary said Haiti was and will remain “this hemisphere’s mother of modern democracy; and the Caribbean, the cradle of the first ethical civilization.“For President Trump, therefore, to define the Caribbean’s noble heroes of human freedom, whose sacrifice empowered and enlightened his nation in its darkest days, as a site of human degradation, is beyond comprehension,” he said. “It is a brutal bashing of basic truths that are in need, not of violation, but celebration.Humanity’s most resilient people“Haiti, then, is mankind’s monument to its triumphant rise from the demonic descent into despair to the forging of its first democratic dispensation,” he added. “It is home to humanity’s most resilient people, who are the persistent proof of the unrelenting intent of the species to let freedom rain and reign.”“Thankfully, many fine souls dedicated to social justice have risen to ‘write this wrong’ into the public record…..In this 2018 White House attempt to diminish Caribbean Civilization, let’s read aloud a part of William Wordsworth’s 1802 celebratory sonnet to Toussaint L’Ouverture of Haiti, the greatest democracy mind of modernity.“’. . . though fallen thyself, never to rise again/Live and take comfort/ Thou have left behind Powers that will work for thee/Air, earth, and skies/There’s not a breathing of the common wind that will forget thee/ thou have great allies/thy friends are exultation, agonies, and love, and man’s unconquerable mind.’”On Saturday, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) joined the avalanche of criticisms about Trump’s reported remarks, saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the use of “derogatory and repulsive language” by the US President.last_img read more

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CFU president warns TTFA of FIFA sanction

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Caribbean Football Union boss Randy Harris believes the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will face sanction from FIFA, after the landmark decision handed down in the High Court here this week against the world governing body.While stressing that he did not speak on the behalf of the Zurich-based organisation, Barbadian Harris indicated that there was precedent for action against the TTFA, as FIFA often tried to discourage member associations from legal disputes.“I can’t really speak for FIFA, but normally that would be the case, suspension of the member association,” Harris said.“FIFA can make that decision of suspension, but it is up to the congress to decide if they would agree with that suspension or not. But I believe that some action will be taken against Trinidad and Tobago. “I’m hoping that won’t be the case, because this is the first time such a decision has been made in the football world and we will all await to see how FIFA deals with the matter.”In a landmark 24-page ruling this week, Justice Carol Gobin concluded that arbitration was not the “appropriate forum” for the settlement of the ongoing dispute.The ruling was a blow to FIFA’s bid to have the dispute with the TTFA heard by the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.“This is a matter which falls squarely within the jurisdiction of the High Court of this country. This is not a matter for the Court of Arbitration for Sports,” the court said.Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association, told i95 FM Sports that the ruling would resonate among member associations, especially since it impacted the established system of governance enforced by FIFA.“But I can tell you, this is a big, big decision in the football world, because all of the MAs (member associations) affiliated to FIFA are at this time believing they play under the FIFA statutes and their governance,” Harris explained.“And this plays a different tune, so we will wait and see what FIFA has to say about it and, of course, I hope that everything runs well for Trinidad and Tobago.“This decision really turns this over on their heads, because all the MAs in FIFA are of the opinion that we follow the FIFA statutes and abide by the rules and regulations of FIFA. FIFA is the world football [governing] body but, of course, we are independent nations. “I have not read the full judgment, but I will await and see how this pans out now for the other MAs playing under FIFA’s jurisdiction.”Harris is also a vice-president of the continental governing body, Concacaf.last_img read more

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Men’s college basketball: BPCC suffers first loss

first_imgThe Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers suffered their first loss Monday night, falling to McClennan Community College 84-70 in Waco, Texas. The Highlanders shot 51.6 percent (32 of 62) from the field. They made four of 17 3-point attempts. Chris Pryor paced McClennan with 21 points. Akili Vining added 17. Charlie Cochran added 13 points and Aaron Gregg 11. BPCC shot 41.5 percent (22 of 53) from the field. The Cavs hit seven of 23 3-point attempts. BPCC was 19 of 27 from the line. center_img McClennan outrebounded BPCC 34-19. E.J. Clark led the Cavaliers with 20 points. He was 11 of 12 from the free throw line. BPCC dropped to 3-1. McClennan improved to 4-2. BPCC faces Jones College at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Billy Montgomery Gymnasium.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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