College retracts invitation to scheduled Commencement speaker

first_imgActivist and author Jean Kilbourne spoke out last week after Saint Mary’s rescinded her invitation to speak during the College’s 2017 Commencement ceremony. The College withdrew its offer once it became aware that Kilbourne had received the Hilda Crosby Standish Leadership Award from Planned Parenthood of Connecticut in 2005, Kara Kelly, special assistant to the president of Saint Mary’s, said in an email.According to Kelly, no contract had been signed before the decision to rescind the offer was made. The College has since continued with Commencement planning and will announce the speaker later this month.Kelly said the President’s Office accepts nominees for Commencement speakers. Those candidates are then reviewed by the Student Affairs Council and are approved by the Board of Trustees, which has the final say in the decision.“There is a difference in a department or student group inviting someone to speak on campus, versus inviting a Commencement speaker,” Kelly said. “Commencement speakers at Saint Mary’s also receive an honorary degree, the College’s highest honor, subject to approval from the Board of Trustees.”Kilbourne said she has spoken at over 50 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada without her award ever presenting an issue.“I’ve spoken to Saint Mary’s in the past,” she said. “I’ve always had a wonderful time. I’ve spoken at Notre Dame.”Although the College extends an invitation to multiple speakers — as scheduling conflicts sometimes occur and a new speaker needs to be selected quickly — Kilbourne said she was not aware of this and thought she would be speaking, as she had accepted the initial offer.“That certainly wasn’t my understanding,” she said. “I received an offer, a contract was drawn up. It had not been signed, but it was in the works. In fact, I turned down another engagement for that day. … As far as I knew and understood, this was an offer for me to be the Commencement speaker, and it was then withdrawn for this reason.”Kilbourne said after her invitation was rescinded, she was told that an alumna or alumnae had found out about her award and put pressure on the College.“I’m sympathetic to the position that Saint Mary’s was put in,” she said. “I just feel like this was really too bad. It’s too bad it’s happening here, and it’s happening other places as well.”Kilbourne said she has no resentment toward the College, but rather is disappointed with the decision that was made.“It makes me sad, it makes me disappointed,” she said. “I really had some important things to say. I’m a graduate of Wellesley College — an all women’s college. I’m very supportive of women’s colleges, so I really had looked forward to speaking to the young women of Saint Mary’s. I was honored by the invitation, and I was looking forward to it.”Kilbourne said this situation is indicative of the times, as many campuses across the country have barred people from speaking because of political issues.“It’s very disturbing, the increasing divisiveness,” she said. “I’m a uniter, I’m not a divider. I really have always tried to bring people together on difficult issues. … This is happening from the left and the right, people being disinvited to campuses because they don’t meet certain tests. I think this is dangerous for education.”Kilbourne said she was not planning on speaking about Planned Parenthood, abortion or even reproductive rights in her speech.“I was going to speak about what I speak about, which is the influence of advertising on all of [us] and trying to help the young women, in particular, to resist the negative images of women in advertising.”Kelly said College departments and student groups go through a different process of bringing speakers to campus than the process used in selecting the Commencement speaker, due to the speaker’s additional honor of receiving an honorary degree at Commencement.“As an educational principle, Saint Mary’s encourages the free and vibrant exchange of ideas, and grants campus groups considerable freedom in determining the speakers who best contribute to a challenging and stimulating academic atmosphere,” Kelly said.Tags: Commencement 2017, Jean Kilbourne, Planned Parenthoodlast_img read more

Ratcliffe Scholarship

first_imgWhile classrooms offer important skills and opportunities, not all lessons fit within four walls. Real-world experiences can be more valuable to a student’s education than hours spent in lecture halls. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Ratcliffe Scholars Program allows students to expand their education off-campus by offering $5,000 experiential learning scholarships. The program helps support students who want to participate in out-of-classroom experiences, including internships, study abroad programs, research opportunities or other experiential learning activities.This year, four students were awarded this scholarship, and each student is using the scholarship to better their education in their own individual ways.Kameron Landeen, an agriscience and environmental systems major at UGA, is planning on participating in the CAES Food Production, Culture and the Environment May session program in Spain.“This scholarship is helping me build my experiences outside of a traditional classroom that will prepare me as a future 4-H agent,” Landeen said. “With a constantly evolving world, we need to learn how to see from a different point of view, and the Ratcliffe Scholarship is allowing me to do that by studying abroad and working with a community to benefit others.”Justin Stevenson wants to use his studies in environmental economics and management to help build a greener and more sustainable food system. He will use his Ratcliffe Scholarship to spend a semester in Zurich, Switzerland, studying sustainability.“My spring 2020 study abroad to Zurich, Switzerland, will allow me to specialize my passions through specialized environmental education and bring knowledge of green cities and infrastructures back to America for widespread adoption and development,” Stevenson said.While his academic program has prepared him in a more general sense, he hopes his time in Switzerland will give him a specific goal to pursue.Sarah Yount, a third-year entomology major, will use her scholarship to intern in Washington, D.C., during the spring semester.“Participating in this program will allow me to get real-world experience at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit Lab and the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History, both of which are organizations I hope to work for when I graduate from the University of Georgia,” Yount said. “Without this award, the entire opportunity would not be possible.”While in D.C., Yount will dive into subjects such as DNA genetic testing of mosquitoes and identifying scorpions that are not only pests, but dangerous to our military. She hopes that this program will lead to a job with the Department of Defense or the Smithsonian Institution.Justin Peterman, a horticulture major minoring in Spanish, originally wanted to focus his project around improving his Spanish, but found an opportunity to enhance both of his fields of study at a botanical garden in Chiapas, Mexico.“As my interest in horticulture, and life for that matter, seem more and more to be pushing me towards Latin America, the Ratcliffe Scholarship has arisen as a very fortunate catalyst to helping me get started in this endeavor,” Peterman said. “The Ratcliffe Scholarship has provided me an opportunity — the chance to move into a new area to pursue fully an interest of mine.”His project will focus on the “collection and upkeep of plant species within a biodiversity hot spot in an attempt to accurately represent the biodiversity of the region.” He plans on staying in Mexico after the 12-week program is over to continue volunteering in the garden.For more information about experiential learning programs available through CAES, visit read more

Merchants Bank Names New Winooski Branch President

first_imgMerchants Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph L. Boutin today announced the appointment of Darcy L. Cunningham to the position of branch president of the bank’s Winooski office. Cunningham succeeds Darlene Cooper, who is preparing for a direct role in the Bank’s retail banking expansion plans. Cunningham will assume her duties as branch president on October 15, 2002, leading the branch staff that includes Customer Service Representatives Cindy Gilhooly, Kelley Kimball, Lisa Dudley, and Marina Kaye.“Darcy is a fine example of Merchants Bank’s idea of a community banker,” said Joseph L. Boutin. “She provides outstanding service to her commercial and retail customers and has built strong relationships in her community. I am confident that our Winooski customers will benefit from her expertise and her commitment to the community banking ideal.”“I am looking forward to being the branch president at the Merchants Bank in my own community, and helping my Winooski neighbors with all their banking needs,” commented Cunningham.Cunningham joined Merchants Bank in 1987 as a proof operator while she was still a high school student. She became a teller in 1990 and worked her way up to Senior Head Teller. In January, 1996, she was appointed Branch President of Merchants Bank’s North Avenue office. In addition, she served as the loan officer for her market area. She successfully completed the Branch President Leadership Development Courses, Levels I and II, offered through Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. As a Certified Trainer for Merchants Bank, she is responsible for conducting the Bank’s workshops on products and services for all newer staff. A Colchester, VT, native, Cunningham currently resides in Winooski with her family.last_img read more

U.S. Energy Policy Under Trump Puts China in Charge

first_imgU.S. Energy Policy Under Trump Puts China in Charge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vice:When people look back at Donald Trump’s first year as president, they’re likely to be perplexed by his actions on climate change. They will see an administration that put climate deniers in senior government positions during a year of record-breaking natural disasters, did everything it could to save a dying coal industry as jobs in renewables exploded, and exited from an international climate treaty that both environmental activists and Fortune 100 companies supported. And this is all despite the release of a government report that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for climate change other than human activity—more evidence, if you needed it, that this is a problem that urgently needs attention.“People would look back and think, ‘Boy, that was certainly an aggressive effort to go directly in reverse’” of the direction we should be heading, Todd Stern, the United States special envoy for climate change under Barack Obama, told me. No matter how you interpret it, Stern said, 2017 is a “pretty bad” year for federal US climate policy.Future observers will be even more perplexed when they look at what China was doing during the same time period. The top geopolitical rival to the US announced $361 billion in spending on renewables, moved to shutter hundreds of coal plants, mulled a ban on gas and diesel-powered vehicles, and officially stated its intention to be a global climate leader. “The policy direction is very clear,” said Li Shuo, the Beijing-based climate policy advisor at Greenpeace East Asia. “[Low-carbon technology] is an area where through policy support [China] can really get an upper hand economically.”Trump has said he is putting “America First” with his actions on climate change. But in reality he is willingly surrendering vast political and economic power to China. “It’s hard for me to identify a strategy in much of what this administration does,” Joseph Aldy, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard and a former Obama administration official, told me. Yet the contrast between China and the US on climate change could not be clearer. “One of the countries has a leadership that’s operating in the 21st century and the other is operating in the 20th,” Aldy argued.This only recently became the case. During the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, China blocked US efforts to create a globally binding treaty, arguing that it would unfairly restrict China’s economic growth. But China was struggling with horrific air pollution. It was also investing billions in low-carbon technology. Stern began meeting in secret with negotiators in China and “we found a way to work together,” he said. Those discussions resulted in a historic joint promise from the US and China in 2014 to strengthen “bilateral cooperation on climate change.”That may sound like diplomatic jargon. But this unlikely alliance between the US and China was a massive step forward in the global fight against climate change. It made possible the international climate treaty that was negotiated in Paris in 2015. After Trump won the US election and vowed to exit from the Paris treaty, observers wondered if China would also pull out. But any doubts were dispelled in early 2017 when China’s President Xi Jinping said that “the Paris agreement is a milestone in the history of climate governance. We must ensure this endeavor is not derailed.”China backed that up with a promise to invest $361 billion in renewable energy sources by 2020. Its National Energy Administration predicted this would create over 13 million jobs. China is also investing in clean energy outside its borders, spending $32 billion in 2016 alone, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. China now owns the biggest wind turbine manufacturer in the world and five of the six biggest solar module builders. “It really sees this as a new and emerging sector,” explained Li, and its goal is to “gain an upper hand globally.”More: Trump Is Quietly Surrendering to China on Climate Changelast_img read more

Bar receives clean audit opinion

first_img February 15, 2006 Regular News Bar receives clean audit opinion Bar receives clean audit opinion The Florida Bar has received a clean audit opinion for its 2004-05 fiscal year financial statement and is, pursuant to recommendations from outside auditors, preparing an emergency plan.Audit Committee Chair Clif McClelland presented the audit findings to the Board of Governors at its December meeting.He noted that outside auditors earlier had recommended the Bar prepare an emergency plan, and said the committee has begun that work.He said the plans will focus on a Bar response to four potential catastrophic problems at the Bar headquarters: hurricanes, fires, a computer system failure (perhaps due to a virus or similar problem), and personal security for Bar employees and operations.last_img read more

3 Mother’s Day ideas that will arrive just in time

first_imgWell it’s almost Mother’s Day! You’ve got exactly 5 days to find that special gift for mom. You may not be able to go out and shop like you normally do, so I’ve found a few ideas that you should be able to have shipped to your house (or your Mom’s house for that matter) in plenty of time for mom’s special day. Here are three ideas you can start with as you begin going down the gift search black hole known as Amazon Prime…The Echo Show: Maybe your mom is already a pro at using FaceTime, but more than likely she holds the phone waaaaay too close to her face. I mean I’m sure it’s not just my mom. But regardless, If your mom loves being in the kitchen like a lot of mom’s do, The Echo Show is the perfect gift for your mom to stay in touch with her loved ones, all while whipping up a cake her neighbor’s birthday. It’s available right now for $79.99.Custom Mother’s Necklace: These necklaces are customizable so you can give your mom a necklace that has you and your siblings’ birthstones, or you can add in all her grandkids’ birthstones as well. Moms love jewelry and you can basically make it look however you’d like it to, so she’ll definitely love something custom designed for her. The price varies based on what you design, but check it out right now starting at $39.00.Something to read: If your mom is working from home right now, then she may have some extra time to read something like Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming (available right now for $11.89). If your mom is retired right now, then she definitely has time to read every book Amazon sells. Here are few Mother’s Day book ideas for your mom. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Fenchurch seeks trusting partners

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Mexico surpasses 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, actual toll unknown

first_imgTopics : Mexico surpassed 700,000 confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday even as health authorities cited what they described as nearly two months of slowing infection rates.On Monday, the Health Ministry reported 2,917 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the Latin American country, bringing the total to 700,580 as well as a cumulative death toll of 73,697.According to a Reuters tally, Latin America has recorded around 8.7 million coronavirus cases and over 322,000 deaths, both figures being the highest of any region. While Brazil is the hardest-hit country in the region, Peru, Colombia and Mexico have also seen severe outbreaks.Despite aggressive lockdown measures in many countries across the region, as well as widespread compliance in mitigation strategies such as masks and social distancing, experts suggest that the region’s rampant poverty and large informal economies have made containment difficult.In Mexico, senior health authorities like Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the public face of the government’s coronavirus strategy, have conceded that the real number of cases in the country is significantly higher that the official figures indicate.Still, he argues that the outbreak in Mexico has shown signs of slowing over the past couple of months.center_img “We now have eight consecutive weeks of a falling [caseload],” Lopez-Gatell told reporters at a regular briefing on Monday evening.He previously cited falling rates of new hospitalizations and deaths.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was criticized early on for minimizing the health crisis, encouraging families to go out to restaurants even as other countries were imposing lockdown measures. He has very rarely used a mask in public. last_img read more

Aston Villa should have beaten Arsenal by more, reckons Jack Grealish

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jul 2020 10:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link221Shares Aston Villa should have beaten Arsenal by more, reckons Jack Grealish Advertisement Jack Grealish reckons Aston Villa should have won more comfortably against Arsenal (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish says his team should have beaten Arsenal by more after their shock 1-0 win in the Premier League on Tuesday night.The Villains picked up a crucial three points which saw them climb out of the relegation zone with just one game left to play and put their fate in their own hands.If Villa can win at West Ham on Sunday then they will remain in the Premier League next season, which had looked unlikely before they picked up seven points from the last nine available.Despite battling relegation, and Arsenal beating both Liverpool and Manchester City in the last week, Grealish feels Villa should have beaten the Gunners by more than the solitary Trezequet goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was unbelievable, I think it was deserved as well, I thought we were outstanding today,’ Grealish told Sky Sports. ‘Everything about us: game management, defensive display, the way we counter attacked‘The only problem was that we probably should have got another goal but we”ll take 1-0 against a great team like Arsenal, we saw what they did to Man City at the weekend.’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 CityGrealish may have been disappointed with his forwards not taking chances, with substitute Keinan Davis missing a clear chance with 15 minutes left on the clock, but he was full of praise for his defenders and how they have improved since the coronavirus break.‘We had certain things before COVID that we were struggling with, one of them being set pieces for example, conceding goals, but we’ve had zoom calls twice a week, once we were back we’ve been working in training every single day and since we’ve been back we’ve defended brilliantly and been brilliant from set-pieces, so it shows we’ve been working hard.’MORE: Brighton to make move for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-NilesMORE: Mason Mount is better than Jack Grealish and James Maddison, reckons Phil NevilleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

German pension pioneer Bernhard Wiesner dies

first_imgAt the IPE Awards in Berlin in 2016, Wiesner was presented with the Gold Award for Outstanding Industry Contribution.One judge commented at the time: “An impressive record and outstanding career, creating a pioneering role for the Bosch scheme in Germany and Europe.”Wiesner was the brains behind restructuring the pension plans at the German Bosch Group by making pension payouts more flexible.Following his studies in law, Wiesner started at Bosch in 1985 as an employment lawyer. In 1991 he went on to head the department for company benefit plans. In 2002 Bosch set up the first Pensionsfonds for a German industrial company and Wiesner became its first chief executive.Apart from his roles at Bosch and aba, Wiesner also was the first employer representative on EIOPA’s Occupational Stakeholder Group (OPSG).Wiesner was never shy to discuss his ideas in public. For IPE he was an important partner in understanding German pensions, promoting new concepts and cross-border pensions.In his post-retirement interview with IPE at the end of 2015 he said: “A lot has already been done in Germany to bring occupational pensions up to date but there is still very much to do. I am an optimist and in this role I have contributed my fair share.”IPE expresses deepest sympathies to Wiesner’s family, friends and colleagues. The European pension sector has lost one of its most active participants, an important promoter of cross-border pensions and a pioneer in modernising occupational pension systems: Bernhard Wiesner died last weekend aged 62 in an accident on his motorbike in Mallorca, his chosen retirement refuge.In 2015 Wiesner announced his intention to retire after more than a quarter of a century in pensions.He retained his position on the board of the German occupational pension association (aba), which he had held since 2003.On behalf of aba, chairman Heribert Karch issued a condolence note on the “tragic accident” and expressed “deepest sympathy” to Wiesner’s family.last_img read more