1 Jan
2021

Figure skating champion Michelle Kwan commencement speaker at Southern Vermont College

first_imgMichelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in US history (five World Championships, nine US National titles, two Olympic medals), who is also an author and US diplomatic envoy, will add doctor to her already impressive resume, when she receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Southern Vermont College’s 83rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 8. Kwan, a California native, will also address the graduating class as its commencement speaker. Named the nation’s first Public Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department in 2006, Kwan travels widely to speak with youth across the globe about America, its culture and values, and the life lessons learned through sports. She is currently a graduate student at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Affairs.For more than a decade, Kwan dominated the figure skating world, winning a record 43 titles. In the nearly 100-year history of U.S. figure skating, no American man or woman has won more world titles, national titles or Olympic medals. The author of two books, Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion (1997) and The Winning Attitude! (1999), Kwan’s undergraduate education and degree at the University of Denver (2008) focused on international studies, a topic she continues in her graduate work. In her current role as a Public Diplomacy Envoy, she travels throughout the world to meet and speak with young people about leadership and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues.“I am honored to be invited to attend and participate in Commencement Exercises at Southern Vermont College,” said Kwan. “Education has and always will be a very important part of my life. I look forward to speaking to the graduating class, sharing some of my life experiences with them and congratulating them for their own academic accomplishments and success.”“I am delighted that Michelle will address our graduates and receive an Honorary Degree,” said SVC President Karen Gross. “She is the embodiment of someone who has worked hard to pursue a dream, someone who is not afraid to fall down, get back up, and strive for excellence at each and every turn. Her personal story is compelling and inspiring for our graduates, as they enter the next chapter in their lives.”Kwan has earned numerous awards and honors including: the 2007 Billie Jean King Contribution Award and 1998 Sportswoman of the Year Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation; 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Sportswoman of the Year; the prestigious 2001 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America; 2002 and 2003 Kids’ Choice Award and the 2002 Teen Choice Award as America’s favorite female athlete. She has worked at both the state and national level to encourage physical fitness among youth.Michelle Kwan follows recent SVC Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients author Andre Dubus III, who wrote the novel turned film, House of Sand and Fog; Awarding winning journalist Christine Dugas; now at USA Today; and ESPN sports commentator Sean McDonough.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 22 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s intercollegiate athletics teams are part of the New England Collegiate Conference. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Source: Southern Vermont College. 3.25.2010###last_img read more

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23 Sep
2020

Seafood recall due to lack of inspection

first_imgWashington D.C.— Richwell Group, Inc., doing business as Maxfield Seafood, a City of Industry, Calif. firm and the importer of record, is recalling approximately 55,300 pounds of Siluriformes fish products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The frozen Siluriformes items, specifically Sheat fish, were imported from Vietnam to the United States on various dates from April 2018 through December 2018. The products have a shelf life of two years. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]14-oz. clear bag packages containing “Maxfield Seafood SHEAT FISH CA TREN KET” with “EXPIRY DATE” of 200324, 200403, 201007, 201008, 201113, 201115, 201222 and 201227.14-oz. clear bag packages containing “Maxfield Seafood SHEAT FISH CA TREN RANG” with “EXPIRY DATE” (some labels don’t display an expiration date) of 200324, 200403, 201007, 201008, 201113, 201115, 201222 and 201227.These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.The problem was discovered on Jan. 30, 2019 during FSIS surveillance activities of imported products at the distributor facility.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Bradley Martin, General Manager/Vice President, Richwell Group, Inc., at (626) 964-8230.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

O’Connell focused on job in hand

first_img Captain O’Connell admitted his competitive spirit has underpinned a 13-year Test career as he gears up for his 100th Ireland cap against Wales on Saturday. Ireland can set a new national record with an 11th consecutive Test victory this weekend, and move within touching distance of a first Grand Slam since 2009. Ireland will not be “distracted by the bigger picture” of chasing Test records and the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday, according to Paul O’Connell. O’Connell believes Wales will pose a bigger threat than England offered in Ireland’s 19-9 Dublin victory of March 1, so will fall back on boss Joe Schmidt’s now well-versed routine of shutting out the weekend’s wider context. “It’s very hard to keep winning: if you focus on a match-winning record or you focus on a championship, then you get distracted from what you need to do,” said O’Connell. “When we jog out onto the pitch tomorrow, it’s either going to be their kick-off or our kick-off and you’ll have a job to do. “And you just keep trying to repeat all those little jobs, trying to win as many of those little moments as you can, and that’s all you can do. “I enjoy that way of preparing, I know Joe prepares all his teams like that, but it’s probably something I’ve only stumbled on in recent times. “But it does avoid you getting distracted and it does avoid you suffering from maybe the pressure of the bigger picture. “While the England game was a great result I think there were a lot of things we would like to improve on. “I think England are a great side but I don’t think they played well against us and of all the teams Wales, later in the championship, playing at home in the Millennium Stadium – we’re going to come across a great side tomorrow that are probably going to play great as well. “That’s going to be a bigger challenge I think than England, given the performance they produced two weeks ago.” O’Connell’s Ireland peers have hailed the talisman Munster lock as better now than at any point in his career, despite his advancing years. The tight-five enforcer will equal Mick Galwey’s record as Ireland’s oldest captain at exactly 35 years and 145 days this weekend. O’Connell admitted experience has helped him hone his approach, but conceded his sheer will to win has kept him in the sport. “I’m very competitive, that would be my biggest strength,” said O’Connell. “I certainly can’t run over people or unlock defences with my footwork, or whatever, but I’m certainly very competitive. “I enjoy being part of a team and helping drive teams on, trying to make them successful and trying to get the best out of people. I’ve always enjoyed a leadership role whether I’ve been captain or not. “It’s part of my personality that’s featured in my rugby for most of my career. “And that probably has helped sustain my career, it’s never been a chore for me. “I think that happens to some guys maybe towards the end of their careers, but I’ve always enjoyed it and I still enjoy it. “I enjoy it more than ever and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m still playing. “I think there’s certain things about my game that continue to improve. “Physically I’m probably not where I was, but that’s the challenge I suppose – to try and get to where I was when I was 25 or 26. “I’m probably not there at the moment; I think there’s still work to do in that regard. “But there are other parts of it. I think experience certainly counts. I think it’s something you don’t have a lot of respect for when you’re young, but there is a lot to be said for it.” O’Connell scored a try on his Test debut, against Wales in the 2002 Six Nations. The seven-cap British and Irish Lions lock partnered Galwey that day, but cannot even remember scoring as he had played on after being knocked out. O’Connell pledged to park the nostalgia to face Wales though, prepared to look back on his career highlights at a later date. “It’s obviously a great honour, but it’s obviously something you look back at in time rather than dwelling on it now,” said O’Connell of joining Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and John Hayes in Ireland’s century club. “I think in some ways, your first cap is probably a more nerve-wracking experience I suppose. “I’ve been through it before, but it is a great honour and it’s a nice little group of Irish guys who have done it before that I’m joining, so I’m very honoured.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

Hurricanes buy out Patrick Marleau’s contract

first_img Blues team pup Barclay drinks in his Stanley Cup celebration — and it’s adorable Patrick Marleau’s brief stint with the Hurricanes is officially over. Carolina general manager Don Waddell announced Thursday that the team is buying out Marleau’s contract.  The #Canes have bought out Patrick MarleauDetails » https://t.co/VDS0wno20m pic.twitter.com/GQ8hfL39tN— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 27, 2019The forward will receive his $3 million signing bonus plus $833,333 that will be split over the next two years. NHL trade news: Golden Knights deal Erik Haula to Hurricanes for prospect, draft pick Last season, Marleau played in 82 games and recorded 16 goals and 37 points for Toronto.He spent the first 19 years of his career with the Sharks, who picked him second overall in the 1997 NHL Draft before. He signed with the Leafs in 2017 as a free agent. Seattle’s new NHL team to have AHL affiliate in Palm Springs, report says Marleau, 39, was traded to the Hurricanes on June 22 by the Maple Leafs, along with a conditional 2020 first-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round selection, for a 2020 sixth-round choice. Related Newslast_img read more

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18 Jan
2020

RPAL Convenes National Rubber Congress

first_imgAs the year 2014 approaches its halfway mark, an advocacy group for the rubber sector, the Rubber Planters Associations of Liberia (RPAL) with concentration in the rubber sub-sector is prioritizing its resolutions or work plans, by skillfully putting in gears to jump start their development agenda and making show so that everything as envisaged is materialized before the year goes into oblivion.With this concept in mind and not leaving any stone unturned, this non-governmental organization, in designing its work plan which has cardinal and pertinent issues is convening a National Rubber Congress where Dr. Florence A. Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture is expected to serve as Keynote Speaker.The congress, an annual event held on a rotational basis was not held in 2013 because of economic reason. But, in 2014, as the economic condition of rubber farmers and the natural rubber as a whole on the downward trend, the congress is now being convened in Gbarnga, Bong County from 23 – 24 May.A few days prior to convening the congress, at a news conference, the Executive Director of the RPAL, Mr. Simeon Z. Woheel said this year’s event is the Fourth of its kind, in post-war Liberia and would gather from across the country 300 participants and representatives  including politicians and stakeholders in the rubber industry.Mr. Woheel said, “The group attending the congress is composed of individuals coming from rubber farms or factories irrespective of the size of their farms or the factories. But they must be rubber plantation owners, planters, processor, buyers or stakeholders”.Executive Director Woheel disclosed that the Congress, with the theme, “Our Rubber – Our Future”, will give an impetus to greatly discuss in length those meaningful and issues relevant to the Liberian natural rubber industry including declining rubber price, rubber theft, the availability of improved planting materials and support for the RPAL.The RPAL was organized by the Liberian rubber farmers and trans-nationals and has been in existence for more than half a century.  It was eventually enacted into Law by the National Legislature in 1966 as a body to represent, foster and protect the interest of the farmers, who are engaged in the Liberia rubber industry by either planting or processing rubber.Mr. Woheel said, “RPAL, during the Congress will seize the opportunity for its members to go to the poll and elect a new code of 25-member officers who will steer the affair of the Association for the next two years”.A major issue for discussion also during the Congress will be centered on the efforts being made by RPAL to solicit assistance from the Government of Liberia and friendly organizations.The Agenda of the Congress will also focus on the setting up of five working committees that will use an eagle eye to pin-point weaknesses and successes of the Association particular on the Liberia natural rubber industry in general; perhaps with the intention to finding amicable solutions to problems affecting the RPAL on one hand, and rubber industry as a whole on the other hand.Committees will be set-up at the Congress which will include Committees on Nursery Development, Decentralization, Subscription, Pricing and Rubber Farm Registration as well as Identification Cards and Rubber Theft.“One cannot predict the steadfastness of the work of the committees. But one thing that is hoped for is that resolutions from the committees’ room will create an avenue for a greater and speedy development of the Association” and the rubber sub-sector, said one small-scale rubber farmer who asked for anonymity.At the moment, RPAL finds itself in a state of financial barb wire that has caused strangulation to the point that it has considerably reduced its staff members and employees from 10 to five in the last four years.The financial situation of RPAL is worsening day after day thus reducing the capacity of the Association to implement planned field activities around the country, especially in the area of nursery development and extension activities.Critics have it that if nothing is done very soon to bring the association from financial crisis, the association will find itself almost to a zero operational level.Presently, Mr. Roger Sherman is the President of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia. He has been serving in the position since 2008, a time when the Association held its last Congress at the same venue where it is taking place this year.  Mr. Sherman is being assisted by Mr. Emery Dennis as Vice President. The issue of rubber theft has been and still is one cardinal problems that bothers the President of the Association, who himself is a rubber plantation owner.In his last inaugural address, Mr. Sherman put it this way, “The issue of rubber theft is high because of the mobile buying stations operating in the country.  The thieves are physically prepared to combat anyone trying to halt their operations.  But we will do everything that is humanly possible to protect the interest of the RPAL thus enabling every rubber farmer to substantially benefit from the proceeds of their labor”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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