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St. Michael’s College becomes first fair trade college in Vermont

first_imgFair Trade principlesFair Trade focuses on strict economic, social and environmental criteria in the production of trade and agricultural products such as coffee, tea, cocoa, bags and clothing, therefore Saint Michael’s College takes the following steps:·Saint Michael’s recognizes that what we purchase, eat, and drink impacts producers and the environment.·Saint Michael’s hopes to improve working conditions of farmers and producers of agricultural and trade goods around the world.·Through this project, Saint Michael’s aims to curtail the evils of child and slave labor which have been found to be prevalent in the production of chocolate and clothing.·Through Fair Trade, Saint Michael’s supports sustainable farming techniques that protect the environment.·Saint Michael’s commits additionally to educate the campus about the importance of Fair Trade.·Saint Michael’s aspires to build on its Fair Trade status by making other Fair Trade products available over the longer term to the members of its campus community. Participants in the Fair Trade Café forum include: Fair Trade Café sponsoring groups include: Saint Michael’s Food Justice, Green-Up, and Peace and Justice Clubs; Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Council, Political Science Department and Environmental Studies Program, and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Fair Trade accepted by students, faculty and administration To be declared a Fair Trade College, Saint Michael’s passed and agreed to a campus wide Fair Trade Resolution and Fair Trade Procurement Policy. These were accepted by the SMC Student Association (10-11-11), the SMC Faculty Assembly (10-21-11), and the SMC Administration (Cabinet) (10-31-11).‘The Food Justice club hammered this resolution out first, and got it passed by the Student Association,’ said Political Science Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Ayres, adviser to the club. ‘Being a Fair Trade College fits our mission of social justice,’ he said. As a Fair Trade College, Saint Michael’s resolves to1.    Work with the college food service contractor to make Fair Trade coffee, tea and bananas available in the dining facilities at all times.2.    Work with the food service contractor to make Fair Trade coffee and tea available for college held events.3.    Commit to integrate Fair Trade information and events into the programs and culture of the college, and ensure that the principles of Fair Trade continue to be part of the policy and social fabric of our communitycenter_img Saint Michael’s College has been named a Fair Trade College, the first in Vermont, and will be granted that official status at a Fair Trade Café ceremony as sanctioned by Fair Trade Universities on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (#315). The community is invited to the Café which includes a forum of speakers, a sampling of Fair Trade products and the signing of the Fair Trade College certificate by President Jack Neuhauser. ·Sandy Wynne’Burlington Fair Trade Network and SMC Alum·Rob Michalak’Ben and Jerry’s Global Director of Social Mission·Gabriela Ochoa Brenneman’Peace and Justice Center Program Director and Burlington Fair Trade Network·Andrew Driscoll’Equal Exchange and SMC Alum About Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external). Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 376 Colleges, and included in the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings.St. Michael’s College. 2.8.2012last_img read more

Nigeria Retains 31st Position in FIFA Ranking

first_imgNigeria’s Super Eagles retained their spot as the world’s 31st team in the World Football Ranking for the month of December.In the ranking table on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria have garnered 1,493 points, same as they had in the November ranking.The ranking still helped the team retained the third spot on the continent, behind Senegal and Tunisia. On the global scene, Belgium are the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking’s Team of the Year for the second successive time after a record-breaking year on the global ladder.The Red Devils have held on to top spot in a December table barely impacted by just 19 friendlies towards the end of the year.It was a year in which 1,082 international “A” matches have been played, and that is an all-time high since the ranking’s inception in 1993.World champions France remain in second place ahead of Brazil in third, the positions they held in December 2018.However, the make-up of the year-end top five has changed.England have climbed one place in 2019 to end the year in fourth, with Uruguay moving up to fifth on the back of a two-spot rise.Argentina (9th) and Colombia (10th) are also in the top 10 at the expense of Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th).Both have slipped four and six places respectively over the course of the year.The ranking’s Mover of the Year, meanwhile, are Qatar who gained an impressive 138 points over the course of the year.The FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts won the AFC Asian Cup and made a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.Besides accumulating the biggest points haul, Qatar have also jumped a year-high 38 places, followed closely by fellow climbers Algeria (up 32 ranks) and Japan (up 22 ranks).Given the teams who have made the most progress in 2019, it is no surprise to find that the regional composition of the top 50 has changed over the year.Along with this is the fact that Europe’s dominance has diminished.UEFA has lost three places in the top 50 compared to the end of 2018, and now has 28 teams.Whereas, Concacaf (4), the AFC (4) and CAF (4) have all gained one spot apiece.But in spite of all the changes witnessed over 2019, the year has ended on a quiet note.It has witnessed only the most modest of movements due to the scarcity of fixtures since the ranking’s November edition.Nonetheless, eight teams have all edged a single rung up the ladder, and will hope to continue that progress in 2020.These are Bahrain (99th), Bolivia (75th), Korea Republic (40th), Lesotho (139th), the Solomon Islands (141st), South Africa (71st), St Kitts and Nevis (139th) and Suriname (141st).(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more