CEO to address Saint Mary’s graduates

first_imgSocial entrepreneur Kyle Zimmer will speak at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 at Saint Mary’s College on Saturday. Zimmer, a 1986 graduate of the George Washington School of Law, is the president and CEO of First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. According to a College press release, she founded and became president of First Book in 1995. Under her leadership, the organization has distributed over 100 million books to children nationwide. “I think we each have an obligation to [support] social justice,” Zimmer said. “It is critical for each of us to leave a positive mark on the world. In my case, I left my career as a lawyer to tackle the lack of books and resources available to kids in need, co-founding First Book with two friends more than 20 years ago. And we’ve been working ever since to develop innovative, market-driven models to address that need.” Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said she is looking forward to Zimmer’s address. Cuevas said she expects Zimmer’s accomplishments will allow her to craft a memorable commencement address. “The excitement beams from my face when I think of commencement and what’s to come after Saint Mary’s,” Cuevas said. “Kyle Zimmer speaking during our commencement will be extraordinary – I am excited to listen about her path to leave a positive mark on the world and become a pioneer for change.” Cuevas said she hopes Zimmer’s success in business and “inspiring” career will motivate her peers to work for social justice. “My peers and I are hoping to be in her shoes someday, as women who know their potential to create something for the greater good of all,” she said. “The college made an excellent choice, the class of 2013 will be itching to go out and be the change ourselves after we hear Zimmer speak.” Senior Dani Haydell said she expects Zimmer’s speech to be inspiring because of Zimmer’s career as a woman working for change. “I am excited for Zimmer to speak at commencement because she is a good example of what women can accomplish when they put their time, effort, and heart into something,” Haydell said. “Also, the fact that the company she is president of is working to make the lives of others better is a good example that women definitely are responsible for a huge part in changing the world and making it better.” Zimmer said she is happy to be speaking at an all-women’s institution where women have had the opportunity to develop their unique skills and to collaborate with one another. “What makes an all-women’s education unique is the opportunity to celebrate and develop each woman’s leadership abilities and to gain an understanding of our own value systems – what’s important to us, what drives us … and the opportunity to make our voices heard and the mutual support we provide each other as we learn together.” She said she values each person for her unique contributions and will encourage graduates to collaborate with one another. “I value collaboration over competition,” Zimmer said. “We can make a bigger impact and develop better solutions together than we can on our own. I also believe there is huge creative power in fun – and so fun has played a role in my work.” Zimmer said she plans to address the world’s need for smart and innovative thinkers in her speech. She said she hopes to encourage graduates to work for social justice by supporting a cause that drives them like her passion for education reform pushes her to action. “We need Saint Mary’s graduates to make their impact felt in the world,” Zimmer said. “The important thing to remember is that we all have contributions to make and we can create positive change on multiple levels: through our families, in our communities, in our places of worship, through our work, and through our volunteer efforts. The critical thing is to take action and not sit on the sidelines.” Zimmer will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College, according to a College press release. “Saint Mary’s’ focus on the importance of social responsibility makes this honorary degree particularly meaningful for me,” Zimmer said. “Knowing that I’m associated with accomplished women of all ages who take this charge to heart, to address problems at home and abroad, is both inspiring and profoundly humbling.” Contact Kelly Rice at krice02@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Governor Douglas to receive the Ordre national du Quebec

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas will be awarded the Ordre national du Québec (the National Order of Quebec) during a ceremony at the National Assembly of Québec on Thursday, March 11. The Ordre national du Québec is the highest honor awarded by the government of Québec.  Instituted in 1984, it consists of three grades – Grand Officer, Officer and Knight – and is presented to Quebecers for outstanding achievements and actions that support Québec, its language and culture.  The Premier of Québec may recommend an eminent individual who is not a Québec resident to be awarded the Ordre.  Governor Douglas will be awarded the Officer’s Insignia.Others who have received the Ordre include former French President Jacques Chirac, scientist and entrepreneur Francesco Bellini, hockey stars Mario Lemieux and Maurice “Rocket” Richard and singer Celine Dion.  For more information about the Ordre national du Québec you can visit is external).Source: Governor’s office. 3.9.2010.###last_img read more

Hatchet Coffee Opens its Doors to Boone’s Outdoor Community

first_imgThis September will mark the one-year anniversary of Hatchet Coffee’s slow bar, a countertop-shop and lounge that shares a space with Boone, North Carolina’s local bouldering gym, Center 45 Climbing. Fittingly, the milestone will be celebrated with the second annual Legend of El Volcancito Dyno Competition, an event that encapsulates Hatchet’s core values; community, climbing and coffee.Alongside strong competitors throwing themselves at big moves on plastic, the event will be host to Paulina Schippers of Dos Niñas Coffee Importers, there to represent her father’s coffee farm, Finca San Luis El Volcancito, whose site rests on a (dormant) volcano in Guatemala’s Santa Rosa region. Cultivating relationships, like the one they share with Dos Niñas, is a step in the direction of Hatchet’s ultimate goal; rather than shell out high premiums for certifications and labels, when it comes to sourcing coffees Hatchet’s long term vision looks straight to the source, working in the most direct-trade fashion with the farmers who grow their precious commodity, thereby ensuring that the dollars they pay for the beans end up nourishing the local economies where they were grown.While their brick and mortar shop is soon to be celebrating its first birthday, Hatchet began roasting and distributing in early 2015. The last two-and-a-half years have seen the coffee roasting enterprise come into its own, expanding its roasting operation from the early days of countertop popcorn-popper experimentation, to purchasing a roaster from Chattanooga’s Velo Coffee Roasters, adding the slow bar and lounge space to the original roasting site beside Center 45, to providing wholesale coffee to 30-odd businesses throughout the High Country. Former bakers at Stick Boy Bread Company, the like-minded (and like-named) co-founders Jeremy Bollman and Jeremy Parnell realized their shared passion for quality coffee during late-night bread shifts. That, combined with a desire to contribute to Boone’s committed outdoor community, led the pair to envision Hatchet Coffee Company- a business pursuit flavored with strong outdoor ethos, that could bring fuel to outdoor locals through coffee.With quickly expanding wholesale operations, and a full docket of events, 2017 has seen Hatchet do just that. This spring, Hatchet contributed to the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek and Blood, Sweat and Gears bike races, and the Grayson Highlands Bouldering and Stewardship Weekend. Over the coming months, the young company will be among the sponsors for the High Country Beer Festival and High Country Half Marathon (both scheduled for August 26, 2017). With plans to brew onsite again this year, their presence over the past two years also has Hatchet quickly becoming a fixture at the Southeast’s premier outdoor climbing competition series: the Triple Crown Bouldering Series, three competitive bouldering events held at Boone’s Hound Ears (NC), Chattanooga’s Stone Fort (TN), and Steele’s Horsepens 40 (AL). Longtime climber and past Triple Crown competitor, co-founder Jeremy Parnell says joining the series was an obvious fit for the brand, “I knew in the early stages of starting Hatchet that we wanted to invest heavily in this series. Climbing and coffee go hand in hand and there is no better event to bring those two together. Being able to serve a community that we love by providing delicious hot coffee embodies why we started Hatchet.”In addition to finding Hatchet at outdoor events, locals and visitors can participate in events at Hatchet’s shop; in collaboration with Foggy Pine Books, the space is host to a monthly book club gathering, “Brew the Blue” outings feature hiking, photography and how-tos on brewing coffee outdoors, and recently initiated in-house tastings provide small groups the opportunity to attend “cuppings” of new coffees. To keep pace with their rapidly expanding operation, Hatchet’s staff has grown beyond the two founders. The pair have trained a handful of baristas, and with the heavy demands of roasting, have begun to apprentice local Alan Garvick on their methods. Along with roasting, Garvick’s photography serves the company well and as he says “joining Hatchet has not only been a huge opportunity for me to grow within the coffee industry and learn about coffee sourcing, roasting, and brewing, but also an opportunity to tap into my creative side and hone my photography. As more of an outdoor recreation and landscape photographer I’m lucky in that our branding really reflects who we are and the outdoors we enjoy.” Along with ever-rotating single-origin varietals, summertime at Hatchet means plenty of cold brew. Recently upping their production, Hatchet currently offers it bottled at select establishments, with future plans to can and distribute more widely. The fall season will also see a return of the locally- hailed Hatchet Coffee Porter, a collaboration with Booneshine Brewing.And while product offerings may change seasonally, Hatchet’s plans for the future are more lasting. “The biggest thing I’ve gained through being a part Hatchet is truly setting roots in the community and growing a network of like-minded individuals who love where we live, and are passionate about the things we do,” says Garvick. Echoing these sentiments, co-founder Jeremy Bollman outlined Hatchet’s plans for growth in “continuing to develop our space- transitioning from open lounge space with a slow bar/roasting operation to a full blown cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, pastry case, smoothies and larger espresso bar.”last_img read more

Roosevelt Teen Charged With Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager was arrested for stabbing a man in Roosevelt over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Eric Amaya got into a fight with a 21-year-old man at his Smith Street home, where the suspect stabbed the victim three times shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening stab wounds to the back, leg and arm.Amaya was charged Sunday with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Police violated procedures by using helicopter to disperse rally: Ombudsman

first_imgRead also: ’Student deaths possibly unlawful killing’Read also: Civil movements in Indonesia fail to form resilience after #ReformasiDikorupsi: ObserversAn officer, identified AM, was named a suspect during the investigation into the incident. He was charged under Article 351 of the Criminal Code on assault, as well as articles 359 and 360 on negligence causing death, which carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. The officer is still being tried at the South Jakarta District Court.He previously underwent disciplinary hearings, with five other officers, for carrying firearms at the student protest. The six officers received a sanction of 21 days in jail, written warnings, the postponement of salary, rank promotion and were required to undertake education.In response to last Saturday’s incident, the police’s internal affairs division said it was currently questioning five officers who “operated” the helicopter during the rally. “We will see whether an ethics violation occurred after asking for clarification from the officers,” said the division head, Sr. Comr. Bambang Satriawan, on Monday.Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ferry Walintukan, meanwhile, claimed the officers took the initiative to fly the helicopter themselves, without securing permission from their superiors. (Vny)Topics : The ombudsman, he said, would look into the case and seek clarification from the Southeast Sulawesi police chief, Yan Sultra Indrajaya, about the matter.Hundreds of university students reportedly staged a rally in front of the Southeast Sulawesi police headquarters last Saturday to commemorate the deaths of students La Randi and Muhammad Yusuf Qardawi.The two students, who studied at Halu Oleo University in the province’s capital in Kendari, were killed during clashes between protesters and police in front of the provincial legislative council building on Sept. 26, 2019, during a demonstration against several controversial bills under deliberation at the House of Representatives, including a revision to the Criminal Code.Randi died at the scene after being shot in his chest, while Yusuf died the day after suffering severe head injuries.  The Southeast Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesian Ombudsman has condemned the police’s use a helicopter to disperse a student rally in front of their headquarters.According to a report, a police helicopter was seen flying low over a protest last Saturday, forcing the crowd to scatter to avoid flying dust and debris.“The police have allegedly violated their operating procedures, as regulated in National Police Regulation No. 2/2009 on the handling of riots,” said head of the Southeast Sulawesi ombudsman office, Mastri Susilo, on Sunday. last_img read more

EIOPA to launch consultation paper on personal pensions

first_imgEIOPA is expected to present its findings to the European Commission in February 2016, and a proposal in shape of a Regulation could follow.The Commission identified personal pensions as one of the areas in need of reform to develop a Capital Markets Union (CMU).As early as his confirmation hearing last October, Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial stability, identified the “underdeveloped” personal pensions market as a hurdle to the CMU’s development. Bernard Delbecque, director of economics and research at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), said the consultation would be an important step towards achieving a single personal pension system that would augment retirement savings options for the EU citizen.One major benefit of a harmonised system, he said, would be the potential for scale, creating efficiencies in investment management in particular.  This, in turn, would achieve higher returns than would be feasible under smaller nationally based equivalents. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) aims to boost the personal pensions market with the imminent launch of a consultation paper setting out a common European approach.Gabriel Bernardino, the supervisor’s chair, told a recent PensionsEurope conference that the initiative’s aim was to put in place an optional, common EU scheme to provide personal pensions for European workers, particularly those whose careers take them across EU national borders.Bernardino said the consultation was expected to start on or around 1 July and would run for three months.“At present, the pension situation is fragmented,” he told delegates. “It is clearly necessary to achieve a more common approach to personal pensions.”last_img read more

Taking risks with talents

first_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Image via: mong17.wordpress.comThe parable of the talents has always appeared to sanction a lack of fairness. The servant who receives the least and takes precautionary steps to keep it safe gets a thorough dressing down for his trouble; and the parable itself ends with the cryptic saying, that those who have will be given more, and from those who don’t have, even the little they have will be taken away.What was so wrong of the servant to play it safe? Perhaps he had little faith in banks or the stock market. He may have told himself: putting my money there is a risky business – who knows if the bank will fail or the market collapse (and of course both have done so): at least, in the ground I know where my money is, and I’m the one in control. This option is entirely risk-free.The real import of the parable lies just here, I think. It’s not really about finance or investments. In that world, prudence may be better than gambling, but what talents here refer to is our human potential, the basic endowment each of us receives from God. This is a matter of variety and diversity. Different people receive different things in different measures, less here, more there; one has this, another that. The real question is: how is any human potential actualized, whatever the amount received?It’s not by burying it or playing it safe. Human potential is realized by risking. The mostcommon risk that most people take, for instance, is getting married. What’s the risk here? They do not know what form the future will take. Speaking very strictly, the future is both unknown and unknowable. Why play around with it therefore? Isn’t it imprudent to mortgage one’s life to a future one can have no idea about? Isn’t it safer to hold back, to say yes, I know I love you, but I can’t tell what or where I will be in ten years time, whether I will be healthy or paralyzed, or a host of other things. Given that indeterminacy, isn’t it more prudent not to get into anything that speaks of permanence? Perhaps so, but if that’s your choice, where does it leave you? You remain solitary not only now but prospectively. A shadow is cast over the life you’ve had till then. In the words of the parable, that life is “taken away.”Consider again, someone feeling called to do something significant for others, to serve some cause larger than their own interests. We have had several examples of this in our own lifetime. Before embarking on their summons, perhaps even during the course of it, they must no doubt have asked themselves: why am I doing this? I have no idea where it will take me; I have no idea who will take it on; it may be just my private obsession, quite possibly a huge waste of time.Before you venture out, before you risk, you can’t see (you don’t see) anything. Or rather, what you see is in your heart – a location that’s equally invisible. So the temptation is to say: why not settle for a safer life, why put oneself through all the struggle, all the inevitable frustration? The person who feels called to something, however, and backs off, is like the man who put his talent in the ground. He’s playing it safe. Often such persons remain forever haunted by a road not taken, a dream unfulfilled, a possibility unexplored. And when they are, at such moments, the life they chose instead, that life is taken away.When the summons is obeyed, on the other hand, they find heightened life where they anticipated only frustration and trial. To him who has, more is thus given, and he will have even more than before. And from him who has not, even what he has is taken away.God gives us the human potential we’re all initially endowed with. This is our vocation in the most fundamental sense. We increase our endowment by risking, that is, losing ourselves (giving ourselves away), not by playing it safe. When you play it safe you think you have a handle on things, but things slip through your fingers; indeed, your own life slips through. When you risk on the other hand you find an amplified life, and the increase is always proportionate to the risk, twenty or fifty or a hundred fold. By: Father Henry Charles Phdcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Taking risks with talents by: – November 14, 2011last_img read more

Man stabs bro to death

first_imgThis prompted Alvin to stab Elmer, thereport added. Police identified the suspect asElmer’s 45-year-old brother Alvin. It was not immediately establishedwhat triggered the altercation. According to police investigators,Elmer and Alvin were harvesting in a sugarcane field when a heated argumentensued between them around 11 a.m. on Monday. BACOLOD City – A sugarcane worker wasstabbed to death in Barangay Linao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.center_img The 25-year-old Elmer Pedro ofBarangay Uloc, Lawaan, Antique died of stab wounds on the body, a police reportshowed. Alvin was arrested and detained in theKabankalan City police station’s custodial facility. Charges will be filedagainst him./PN Elmer was rushed to the Lorenzo D.Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City where the attending physiciandeclared him “dead on arrival.”   last_img read more