Iceland unveils 18 plastic-free Christmas products

first_imgIceland is rolling out plastic-free packaging on 18 products – including baked goods – in its Christmas range.The retailer claimed it will be the only major supermarket to offer customers the choice of plastic-free or reduced-plastic packaging for Christmas dinner this year. The new plastic-free range includes Luxury Beef Wellington, Stuffing Balls and Luxury Black Forest Layered Pavlova.Iceland’s reduced-plastic products feature 97% less plastic packaging than in previous years, said the business, reinforcing the supermarket’s pledge to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-label products by the end of 2023.The retailer also aims to remove all black plastic packaging from its own-label products by January 2020.“We’ve been working hard all year to develop alternative packaging solutions and I’m proud to be offering Iceland customers the choice of plastic-free Christmas products,” said Richard Walker, managing director at Iceland.The supermarket is also offering consumers eight products with significantly reduced plastic packaging.“We know there is a significant appetite for reduced plastic packaging and that plastic consumption increases significantly at Christmas, so we were keen to take on the challenge and demonstrate to the industry and our consumers that it’s possible to have a sustainable Christmas,” added Walker.Since Iceland made its pledge at the beginning of last year, it has removed more than 2,100 tonnes of plastic from its own-label packaging.The plastic-free range will be available online and in-store.last_img read more

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Speakers connect past athletic experiences, values

first_imgChristopher Adkins and Amber Lattner spoke about how their experiences in sports taught them the keys to a high level of ethical performance during “Life Lessons from Sports: Performance and Purpose” at the Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday afternoon.Adkins, the executive director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, said questions of ethics arise frequently in athletics, and it is in these moments when people define themselves.“There are moments where you have to decide if you’re going to play dirty too,” Adkins said. “Are you going to go down to that level, or are you going to up your game? There are moments when you have to dig deep.”Adkins said a high school soccer coach taught him how to look within himself for a performance advantage. The coach emphasized the importance of visualizing a successful game beforehand, Adkins said.“I now realize this was a bit of cognitive behavioral therapy, to script ourselves,” Adkins said.Adkins said this same visualization process is necessary for maintaining a high ethical standard.“We need to figure out those moments when we were at our peak ethical performance, and then establish a trigger, much like when I need to go in the zone on the sports field to make a free throw,” Adkins said. “I need to go to all the moments when I’ve made it, not all the moments when I’ve missed. We need to do that ethically.”Lattner, founder of the Lattner Performance Group, said she first learned about the keys to peak performance as a 9-year-old, when along with playing soccer and going to school, she worked at her family’s McDonald’s franchise and helped care for her family’s cattle.“What I found was that the best of the best, regardless of what domain we’re in, whether it’s academics, athletics, livestock or business, they’ve all got similar traits,” Lattner said. “They have similar work ethics and disciplines and habits of excellence that contribute to them being the best in their respective crafts.”Later on, while playing soccer at Notre Dame, Lattner said her coach stressed the importance of maintaining excellent habits.“He said if you want to be a national champion, you have to act like a national champion, every single day, in everything you do,” Lattner said.Lattner said she soon became very interested in psychoneuromuscular theory, which relates to how our thoughts and emotions affect performance.“Our thoughts affect our emotions, our emotions affect our body’s response and ultimately that’s what’s going to dictate our behavior,” Lattner said. “What we think about is going to impact how we’re going to react and respond to things.”Lattner said the more we think about something, the more protein patterns are grown in the brain corresponding to this topic of thought. This “changes the form and function of your brain,” and consequently, Lattner said, controlling your thoughts is of the utmost importance.“If it is a good thought, keep it, use it, hold on to it, repeat it,” Lattner said. “If it’s not a good thought, guess what we should do? Chuck it.”Tags: Ethics week, Life lessons, sportslast_img read more

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Joel Grey & Stephen Daldry Among 2015 Drama League Award Honorees

first_img View Comments The Drama League will give special recognition to Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Tony and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn. As previously reported, the 81st annual Drama League Awards ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. A host for the evening will be announced soon.Grey will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award. He is perhaps most known for creating the role of the Emcee in Cabaret which won him a Tony Award in 1967 and an Oscar in 1973. He was also Tony nominated for his performances in George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour and for directing the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart. His additional credits include Chicago and Wicked.Daldry will be honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. His productions of Skylight and The Audience are currently on Broadway this season. He won Tony awards in 1994 and 2009 for helming An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot, respectively.Shapiro, CEO of WNET, and Horn, Executive Producer of Great Performances and Director of Performance and Arts Programming at WNET, are responsible for bringing arts education and programming to the New York City region through networks Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV. In addition to these special honors, nominations for the five competitive Drama League categories (Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance) will be announced on April 21.last_img read more

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ECCB’s Public Expenditure Review Commission approves management of government finances

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews ECCB’s Public Expenditure Review Commission approves management of government finances by: – August 19, 2011 Tweet Logo of Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Photo credit: antiguaobserver.comDominica’s cost of debt is among the lowest in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States, according to Mario St. Rose, the Head of the Public Expenditure Review Commission of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.The Commission is meeting member territories to sensitize them on public finances and to make recommendations on the way forward.“There are a lot of success stories about Dominica. Amongst the target area we are looking at Dominica has the lowest cost of debt, I think it’s about 2% or 3%. You were not always like that. There were times when your cost of debt when you borrowed on Trinidad and Tobago market was all like 10% and 11% percent but you have done something about it,” he said.Meantime he says the debt level of many of the ECCB member states should be cause for concern.“One of our members has the highest debt levels in the world. St Kitts is 150 percent of GDP,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Sports Ministry Lauds Kick Boxing Federation on Constitution

first_imgThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD), has commended Chief Superintendent of Police Abubakar Yakubu led Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN) for having a working constitution ahead of the deadline it gave federation to produce the working document for their members.The commendation was made by the representative of the sports ministry Mrs Nkana Mbora, during the federation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Friday July 26, 2019 at the Media Centre of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.She also gave special commendation to Yakubu for not only providing a working constitution for his people, but for his charismatic leadership which is responsible for the fast growth of kickboxing as a sport in the country and the return of the sport to the National Sports Festival( NSF) holding in Benin City,  the Edo State capital next year. She noted that in fighting which was the hallmark of Nigeria kickboxing is now a thing of the past and gave kudos to the president of KBFN for sanitising the sport.The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), which was represented, by Mrs Kemi Obidaunsi,  also commended CSP Yakubu for his exemplary leadership of the federation.In his welcome address at the Annual General Meeting, the kickboxing federation president praised his board members and other stakeholders for an encouraging turnout which was the first of its kind in the history of kickboxing meetings.Most of the states in the country as well as clubs and other stakeholders were well in attendance at the AGM. “That on its own shows that all the stakeholders are equally interested in developing the sport,” the president said.Yakubu capitalised on the opportunity of the AGM to appeal to the federal ministry of sports and the corporate world  to come to the aid of kickboxing through funding since its executive committee  cannot shoulder the responsibility all alone.He charged all stakeholders to make discipline their watchword in order to take the sport to the Zenith.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Extension for papers for Greek conference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The deadline for papers for the 10th International Conference on Greek Research has now been extended until Friday 19 April. The conference will be hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture and the Department of Language Studies at Flinders University and supported by The Foundation for Hellenic Studies, and presented concurrently with the 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land. It will be held at the Bedford Park campus of Flinders University, located in Adelaide, South Australia, on 27-30 June 2013. The inter-disciplinary conference will explore themes from Greek and Cypriot studies and generational perspectives on ageing. It is open to academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers. A vibrant program will be dedicated to papers and posters relating to Greek, Cypriot studies and Ageing in the Migrant Diasporas that will continue the tradition of the international conferences on Greek Research and will include the following areas of research: Ancient Greek Philosophy; An Exploration of Digital Environments; Classical Studies; Cyprus from 1960-2013: 53 years later; Education; Generational Perspectives on Ageing; History and Migration; Literature and Language; Two day Professional Development for Teachers in Modern Greek; Online Learning; and Society and Culture. To submit an abstract (up to 200 words) use the on-line Abstract form available on the conference website. All abstracts must be received by Friday 19 April, however early submissions are encouraged. Oral presentations – 20 minute papers will be followed by 10 minute discussion time at the end of each session. Poster presentations also welcome. For more information on the 10th International Conference on Greek Research visit www.flinders.edu.au/greekandageingconferencelast_img read more

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