Ben & Jerry’s Global Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 5.6.2011 Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,You don’t need to search for it online. It’s true. Ben & Jerry’s gives away free ice cream. The annual event is a way to say thanks to those who have supported the company since the beginning. To continue the tradition, Ben & Jerry’s outlets across the globe will open their doors from noon ‘ 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to serve up the newest, super-premium quality and values-led flavors featuring even more Fair Trade certified ingredients than ever before.This year’s newest flavors being offered in Scoop Shops include:Late Night Snack inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ‘ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream made with Fair Trade certified vanilla, a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade certified cocoa, too)!Bonnaroo Buzz – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces. This flavor, inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is back by popular demand in Scoop Shops and now available in pints!Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl. A long time pint favorite, so popular we made it a scoop shop flavor for the first time this year!And even a top secret flavor for Peanut Butter fans: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, and Peanut Buttery & Marshmallow Swirls!Long before there were crazy chunks and swirls, the two cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield challenged the notion that business had to exploit somebody else to make a profit. In supporting Fair Trade, Ben & Jerry’s appeals to savvy consumers who are very well aware that they support businesses with their purchases. The Fair Trade program works to pay farmers a fair wage, helps support and develop safe working conditions for the farm laborers, works cooperatively to address community needs resulting in schools and health care facilities while it encourages proper environment care and stewardship of the land. That’s what the program is about in a Fair Trade nutshell.Not only is Ben & Jerry’s involving its values via the Fair Trade commitment, but it’s also echoing the company’s philosophy of incorporating fun into everything it does. This year’s modern spin on Free Cone Day means the company will introduce a new, downloadable application for iPhones and Droid users that will add some interactive fun on the go, help provide directions to the closest Ben & Jerry’s free cone location, and even provide a Free Cone Day frame for visitors to send photos to friends and loved ones to see what fun they’re missing.Over the past year Ben & Jerry’s added more specific flavors that use Fair Trade certified ingredients. The company has taken a pledge to transition to use fully Fair Traded fruits, nuts, vanilla and cocoa in all of Ben & Jerry’s products globally by 2013.Get it in your calendar and map out your closest Scoop Shop using the new app or at www.benjerry.com(link is external) for a visit on Tuesday, April 12!About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows. last_img read more

Solar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year

first_imgSolar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVIR:The University of Virginia says it’s leading in higher education when it comes to sustainability. The school’s efforts to go green have resulted in nearly a million dollars saved in utilities per year.One way UVA has become more sustainable is by its roughly 1,000 solar panels scattered across the university. UVA says the solar panels help it unplug from fossil dependency.“At the University of Virginia, we’ve got about 600,000 watts of solar panels on our roofs,” Jesse Warren, the sustainability program manager for buildings and operations at UVA, said. Some of the power goes back to the grid through a partnership with Dominion Energy, and some of it goes back to taking university buildings off the grid.“The thing that really sets us apart here at UVA is how we’re developing and preparing our solar sites,” Warren said. “Here in facilities management, we’ve got great information about all of our buildings and all of our rooftops.” Facilities management has partnered with an environmental engineering class to help identify which rooftops are ideal for solar development. “We’re committed to continuing to grow solar across grounds and anywhere we can bring that together with our students and faculty, we’re going to do it that way,” Warren said.As the University of Virginia’s solar power grows, it will add another 32 megawatts of energy.More: UVA reports solar panels save it money, hopes to implement more in futurelast_img read more

Olympics: Colombians to watch in London

first_img CALI, Colombia – Keep an eye on these Colombian athletes competing in London: Yuri Alvear, Jamundí, judo: Alvear, 26, will compete in her second Olympics. In Beijing, 2008, she finished seventh in the 70-kilogram (154-pound) class. She won bronze medals in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara; in Buenos Aires in 2009 and Montreal 2007. She won gold at the 2010 Medellín South American Games. María Luis Calle, Medellín, cycling: Calle, 43, will participate in her fourth Olympics. She already won a bronze medal at the point trials during the 2004 Athens Games. She will participate in the omnium and individual time trials in the 29-kilometer (18-mile) race. Juan Esteban Arango, Medellín, cycling: Arango, 26, won the omnium gold medal at the World Track Championship in London last February. In addition, he won gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games (omnium and team pursuit) at the 2010 Central American Games (madison, omnium, individual and team pursuits) and in the Medellín South American Games (individual and team pursuits). In London, Arango will also participate in the individual and team pursuits. Luis Fernando López, Pasto, racewalking: López, a 44-year-old police officer, will compete in the 20-kilometer (12.4 mile) race. He took fifth at the 2009 Berlin World Championship and a bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last year. Mariana Pajón, Medellín, BMX: Pajón, 20, will carry the Colombian flag at the Opening Ceremony. The BMX specialist comes from a family of athletes. Her father raced cars and her brother races karts. Last year, she won the 2011 World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also holds five UCI world titles. Jackeline Rentería, Cali, wrestling: Rentería, 26, won bronze in Beijing in 2008 in the 55-kilogram (121-pound) class. She won the gold medal at the Finland Pre-Olympic Wrestling Tournament in May. By Dialogo July 26, 2012last_img read more

Diversionary workshop aims to promote professionalism

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing Editor There is a new tool in the Bar’s disciplinary diversion tool belt — a professionalism workshop tailored to lawyers whose conduct flirts with or just crosses the line into unethical conduct in violation of Bar rules. The new professionalism diversion workshop is not a substitute for the already established ethics school, anger management workshop, or law office management counseling, but is directly related to behavioral issues that the lawyer has exhibited, including: • Discourteous, rude, and disrespectful comments. • Threatening and intimidating words and acts. • Failure to communicate with clients. • Lack of honesty, integrity, and fair play. “What the professionalism workshop adds is another alternative for grievance committees and Bar counsels to be aware of,” said Deputy State Courts Administrator Blan Teagle, the former director of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism, who helped create the workshop when he worked for the Bar. “The purpose of it is to meet specifically the needs of people who have misconduct problems related to the content of this course.” The objective, Teagle said, is to get those who voluntarily sign up for the course — or are ordered there — to be able to define professionalism and ethics and be able to make the connection of, and distinguish between, the concepts. Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, who helps teach the course, said through peer-to-peer interaction, hypotheticals, and role playing the workshop strives to get the participants to care about professionalism and identify the key topic areas that are frequent sources of grievance complaints and help them establish ways to avoid the common pitfalls in those areas. “We try not to be too judgmental in the discussion; we just facilitate it. . . and it is good to have people who are your peers telling you, ‘Well, no, that is not appropriate,’” Judge Lewis said. Judge Lewis said the instructors make clear up front that they don’t care what leads to the lawyer participating in the class and don’t try to present it as a form of punishment. The goal, he said, is to make the program fun and educational. “Our focuses are on ethics and professionalism issues and the combative effect of persistent unprofessional conduct that [undeterred] usually results in something that rises to the level of an ethical problem for which discipline is appropriate,” Teagle said. The discussion topics for the course were culled from reading hundreds of Bar disciplinary report summaries to learn the main reasons why clients file grievances against their lawyers, including many of those where the Bar grievance committees found no probable cause, but issued letters of advice because “there is some recognition by the grievance committee that [the lawyers] are up to the edge.” Teagle said many of the lawyers referred to this workshop have problems with discourteous and unprofessional conduct, but their rehabilitative needs are not suited to an anger management program or a trust accounting seminar. Teagle said, “We understand many of them don’t want to be there or don’t feel like they should have to be there, but we try to put that behind us and say we have four hours together today and these are the professionalism areas raised most frequently in the grievance process.” The class touches a lot on what constitutes a professional collegial community and the implications of that. “We talk a lot about what it means to be professional, what it means to part of a community of practice,” he said. “Are we part of a community of practice anymore? Are we a profession anymore? Do we want to be? And if we are and we care about it, what are ways to build up the practice and make it better for the public, for clients, for lawyers, for judges, for everybody?” Judge Lewis said he doesn’t know if the participants undergo a complete behavior adjustment, “but you have to think maybe a little — at least they think about it.” October 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Diversionary workshop aims to promote professionalismcenter_img Diversionary workshop aims to promote professionalismlast_img read more

World Cup of Darts 2020: Wales whitewash England to win maiden title | Darts News

first_img Cross said Wales deserved to win the World Cup of Darts while Smith felt England did themselves proud England reach sixth World Cup final Price landed this 116 checkout for Wales en route to victory in his singles rubber Clayton had the chance to finish the job against Max Hopp and he made the best possible start with a maximum following by two darts at 58. He soon cleaned up 41 for a 2-0 lead.Hopp was not getting time to breathe against a relentless Clayton, despite a hold of throw in the next leg. ‘The Ferret’ put Wales on the verge of the final with a steely 98 checkout, as Hopp hung on with a 48 finish. There were no doubles needed in the second semi-final either as the Welsh duo of Price and Clayton ended German hopes to reach their third World Cup of Darts final and first since 2017.In a nervy first rubber, Price was let off the hook early doors as Gabriel Clemens failed to capitalise on his chances and when the Welshman landed a spectacular 116 finish, he found himself throwing for the match.But Price squandered three match darts and that allowed Clemens to pounce and make it 3-2. The reigning World Grand Prix champion responded against the throw to nail tops with his fifth match dart to eventually complete the win.

Even itemizers can save by filing early

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNews reports about paying 2018 property taxes in 2017 have concentrated on whether this will save a person money on 2018 taxes. However, even if one decides to take the new, higher standard deduction in 2018 and thus not benefit in 2018 by paying taxes early, a person who itemizes in 2017 could still save a substantial sum of money on his 2017 taxes by paying 2018 property taxes early. In summary, if you will itemize in 2017, pay early.Guy SpiersNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Alternatives to detention must be part of ‘new normal’, govt official says

first_imgUnder the KUHAP, suspects and defendants can also be released on bail or have their detention suspended with or without a guarantor. The discretion largely lies in the hands of the investigators, prosecutors and judges.Read also: COVID-19: Health minister issues ‘new normal’ guidelines for workplacesThe Law and Human Rights Ministry sent a letter on March 24 to the Supreme Court requesting that judges place suspects under house arrest or city arrest as an alternative to detention, citing the KUHAP.Such alternative measures, Prahesti said, would support the government’s decision to grant early release and parole to thousands of inmates to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in detention and correctional facilities.As of mid-May, the government had released more than 39,000 inmates, resulting in a drop in the prison population to around 75 percent above the intended capacity from 106 percent above capacity. According to official records, 125 of the inmates granted early release have been reimprisoned for reoffending.The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General has deemed the policy a success. There is no new data available on COVID-19 cases in prisons, but on May 11, the directorate general had recorded only one confirmed case in a prison in Bojonegoro, East Java.Read also: Prisons less overcrowded thanks to early release of inmates over COVID-19Reza Fikri Febriansyah from the ministry’s Legislation Directorate General said alternatives to detention could help reduce overcrowding in jails and detention facilities, but admitted that law enforcement officers might find the measures difficult to enforce as the KUHAP did not outline clear mechanisms for their implementation.He said the KUHAP needed to be revised to resolve this issue, especially as it had not been revised in 39 years.However, Taufik Basari, a member of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs, said lawmakers had no plans to amend the KUHAP as they were occupied with revising the Criminal Code (KUHP), which is listed as one of the House’s priority bills this year.But activist Genoveva Alicia from the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) said that even without an amendment, the KUHAP provided sufficient means for law enforcement agencies to determine which suspects should be eligible to have their detention suspended. She cited provisions that stipulated that a suspect or defendant must be detained if they face charges that carry a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and above.“Law enforcement authorities can simply play by the book before detaining suspects,” Genoveva said.The Attorney General’s Office, one of the law enforcement agencies with the authority to detain suspects, has been reluctant to embrace alternatives to detention out of concern for heightened risks, according to Agung Purnomo, the head for preprosecution programs under the assistant attorney general for general crimes.”If defendants are placed under house arrest, are there any guarantees they will show up to their trials and not run away? Not to mention the likelihood of the victims accusing us of being unfair,” Agung said.”We are aware that we have the authority to implement alternative measures, but even so, we have to do it very carefully.”Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowdingWhen COVID-19 first hit Indonesia in March, activists were quick to warn the government that failing to act could expose the prison population to the virus.Many put the blame for Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons on the judicial system, the existing Criminal Code (KUHP) and the punitive attitude of the judiciary, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, particularly when it comes to drug crimes.But activists have also warned against speeding up deliberations of the KUHP on the pretext of the COVID-19 outbreak, expressing fear it could lead to excessive criminalization, given that the revised bill still included contentious provisions that would penalize activities in the private sphere, such as consensual sex and cohabitation among unmarried people. The government is preparing measures to increase productivity while keeping workers safe.The prison system, Prahesti said, should be no exception, arguing that the implementation of health protocols in such facilities would be ineffective if the prison and detention population continued to increase.“Therefore, we ask law enforcement authorities to pursue strategies beyond detention to curb the spread of the virus in detention facilities,” Prahesti said during a recent virtual public discussion.She said authorities should not hesitate to enforce different measures, such as house arrest and city arrest, which were regulated in the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP). Law enforcement agencies must look at alternatives to detaining criminal suspects and defendants to aid efforts to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in the country’s overcrowded detention facilities, a government official has said.The country’s 524 penitentiaries and detention centers hold a total of 232,795 inmates and detainees, almost double the facilities’ total capacity of 131,931, according to Law and Human Rights Ministry data from May 24. The country’s 55,089 detainees account for about 24 percent of the total prison population.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) director for legal affairs, Prahesti Pandanwangi, said all sectors of the country needed to adapt to the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently calling on the public to make peace with the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Consumers wary of visiting shopping centers despite relaxed rules: Survey

first_img“Retailers could adapt [to the situation] with sanitation technology such as contactless sensors to replace buttons on the lift or parking ticket machines. They should also provide sterilization points to disinfect consumers’ groceries,” Nielsen consumer insight director Rusdy Sumantri said in a statement on Monday, adding that shoppers remained wary of the COVID-19 infection risk in shopping centers.The government has begun to relax the PSBB that were implemented to contain the coronavirus spread, allowing shopping centers, among other facilities, to open gradually. The Jakarta administration stated that all malls in the city would be allowed to reopen on Monday despite the increasing number of infections.More than 38,200 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded nationwide as of Sunday afternoon, with the death toll now exceeding 2,100, official data show.Three provinces and four regencies/cities across Indonesia are still enforcing the PSBB, down from four provinces and 26 regencies/cities earlier in June. Retailers and shopping centers should run an extensive public relation (PR) campaign regarding their property’s health and safety standards to lure consumers that are still reluctant to visit retail stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows.According to a study conducted by Nielsen Indonesia, 84 percent of regular shopping center visitors said they would opt to visit shopping centers again once the pandemic is over, while only 67 percent of the regular visitors are interested in coming back during the period of relaxed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the so-called new normal.Read also: Govt pins hopes on restarting economy, despite Tuesday’s COVID-19 surge Rusdy said retailers should run aggressive PR campaigns regarding their health protocol to seek to assure consumers of their well-being during store visits.Read also: ‘Customers will still be worried about COVID-19’: shopping center association“Shopping centers and brand owners must frequently run bold advertisement and position themselves regarding their health protocol to the consumers,” he said.According to the survey, consumer behavior will remain generally the same as it was in the earlier stage of the pandemic, with groceries shopping for daily needs projected to remain the top reason for consumers visiting shopping centers.Previously, the Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) stated that it expected shoppers to continue buying their basic necessities when visiting shopping malls and then returning straight home instead of browsing through shops for leisure, as is the case in normal times.“People are not going to flock to shopping malls straight away [after the PSBB relaxation], because they will still be worried about the pandemic,” APPBI chairman Stefanus Ridwan said during a MarkPlus online webinar on June 9.The number of shopping mall visitors had dropped since the country’s first two COVID-19 cases were announced in March. During the pandemic, no fewer than 190 shopping malls across the country were temporarily closed, APPBI data show.Read also: Holidaymakers begin planning for domestic travel despite COVID-19 fears: TripadvisorRetail sales have dropped 64 percent, according to data from the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, while the Bank Indonesia (BI) consumer confidence index dropped to its lowest level in nearly 15 years in May.Stefanus said customers would still need time to adjust to the health requirements of the “new normal”, including wearing a face mask inside malls, practicing physical distancing and using cashless payment methods.Topics :last_img read more

Suspected Pirates Detained after More Attacks off Somalia

first_imgImage Courtesy: EU NAVFORSix suspected pirates were detained following attacks on a 52,000 tonne containership and a fishing vessel, which reportedly took place on November 17 and 18 in the Southern Somali Basin.EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) informed that its Somalia flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginio Fasan, apprehended the six crew of a motor whaler, acting as mother ship, and detained a skiff after the events in an area known for piracy incidents occurred.During the incidents a number of rocket propelled grenades were fired at the containership. However, adherence to BMP4, the presence of a security team on one of the vessels, and good seamanship avoided any damage or injuries, and all crew and vessels are now safe, EU NAVFOR informed.The suspects were seized after their vessels were located and positive visual verification was made.A legal process was launched for the suspected pirates to be transferred to the appropriate authority for prosecution.last_img read more

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Aupito William Sio (Labour)

first_imgThank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity. I want to, firstly, acknowledge that there are people in the stands here who have taken great interest in this issue. I also want to acknowledge that there are people listening to this debate, and I just want to acknowledge that this is an issue where many people have a variety of views. Within the Pacific communities themselves, I am aware that there are those who do not support this cause, there are those who support it, and there are those who have no view on it because of the fact that when we talk about death we also must talk about birth, or the creation of life. From a Pacific perspective—or from my perspective—can I say that when we talk of death, there is a tendency for many of us to acknowledge that death is only a pathway to another life. But I want to lay out for this House, and particularly for those members who have joined this House this year, some of the background that I think is important for people when making their decision.There have been two first reading debates in Parliament on similar bills on this particular issue. Both were unsuccessful. In 1995, members voted 61 to 29 against Michael Laws’ Death with Dignity Bill. In 2003, members voted 60 to 58 against Peter Brown’s Death with Dignity Bill. On 23 June 2015, this Parliament received a petition by the Hon Maryan Street and 8,974 others, requesting that the House of Representatives investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation that would permit medically assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition that makes life unbearable. The Health Committee, which received this petition, formulated its own terms of reference in considering that petition. Since the petition asked for a change to existing law, the committee’s terms of reference were wide and comprehensive. To fully understand the public’s attitudes, it set out to consider all the various aspects of the issue, including the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical, and philosophical implications.The Health Committee received more than 21,000 written submissions from individuals and organisations. They heard from the petitioner of the petition on 14 October 2015. They agreed to hear from more than 1,800 submitters who had initially indicated that they wished to appear before that Health Committee. Submitters were invited to meetings held in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. Those who were unable to make these venues were heard by teleconference. They began hearing from submitters on 24 August 2016 and concluded oral hearings on 5 April 2017. The committee spent over 108 hours of hearing. In the meantime, Mr Seymour’s bill entered the ballot in October 2015 and was drawn on 8 June this year.I considered voting in support of this bill to go to the select committee, but based on that information, which is available for all to see, I believe that I’m able to make a decision not to support this bill going into the select committee.My personal experiences are probably irrelevant for what Mr Seymour is attempting to do, but from a Samoan perspective—who have grown up to value life and that there is a purpose to life and that if people do not experience the pain, they’re also unable to enjoy what joy is. If people do not accept the reality of death, they cannot then see the purpose of life. And for those reasons, I believe that there’s been sufficient consultation on this matter.I want to finally say that our laws follow values. Our laws traditionally follow traditional values. I believe that one of the most fundamental values that we need to uphold is the value that life is sacred, and when we’re dealing with suicides, this is one issue that doesn’t balance out our desire to keep life valued.last_img read more