Vermont Attorney William H Sorrell is leading an effort to preserve federal, state and local control over tobacco products in a proposed Pacific-basin free trade agreement. In a letter released Monday through the National Association of Attorneys General and co-sponsored by Attorneys General Sorrell and Lawrence Wasden of Idaho, the chief law enforcement officers of 44 states and territories are calling upon the United States Trade Representative to exclude tobacco and tobacco products from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently under negotiation. This would preserve the ability of federal, state and local governments to regulate tobacco products to reduce their use and protect the public health.According to the letter, the U.S. Trade Representative’s latest draft proposal addressing tobacco in the Trans-Pacific Partnership would not adequately protect tobacco control efforts in the United States. ‘As the chief legal officers of our states, we are concerned about any development that could jeopardize the states’ ability to enforce their laws and regulations relating to tobacco products,’ reads the letter. ‘Experience has shown that state and local laws and regulations may be challenged by tobacco companies that aggressively assert claims under bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements. ‘¦ Such agreements can enable these tobacco companies to challenge federal, state and local laws and regulations under standards and in forums that would not be available under United States law.’The Attorneys General note that tobacco kills 440,000 Americans every year and, at present rates, will kill more than one billion people worldwide in this century. Their letter stresses that ‘there is no policy justification for including tobacco products in agreements that are intended to promote and expand trade and investment generally.’Source: Attorney General, January 27, 2014
University of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Gail Sheehy, pioneering journalist and world-renowned author, will be the commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree at the University of Vermont’s 2016 spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, on the University Green. A 1958 University of Vermont alumna, Sheehy launched her career in New York as one of the first women journalists in national media in the 1960s, at the birth of the second-wave feminist movement. A prolific writer, she has authored 17 books and hundreds of magazine articles; she is a founding writer of New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. Her seminal work Passages was named by the Library of Congress as one of the 10 most influential books of our times.Gail Sheehy courtesy UVM.Sheehy began writing for the startup New York magazine in 1968, one of a tight cadre of literary colleagues including Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, Nora Ephron, and Clay Felker developing a style of narrative journalism that brought a compelling personal voice to investigative reporting. As a young magazine writer her fearless, exploratory style offered her entrance to the center of her subjects’ milieu. She dispatched reports from inside the radical leftist movement at Columbia University, the internal trials of the Black Panthers, violent prostitution rings in New York City, and from the frontlines of the civil conflicts in Northern Ireland.Later, as a biographer, interviewer, and profiler of world leaders, her work made a great impact on the public’s understanding of what shapes world events and the people behind them. From bestselling biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev to profiles of Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and many others, Sheehy makes complex, powerful figures and their approach to decision making understandable on a human level.Sheehy has won numerous awards for her journalistic work. She is the recipient of the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America, is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for Distinguished Journalism, and was awarded the 1973 National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence for her article on prostitution rings in New York City, to name a few. Most recently she has published her memoir, Daring: My Passages, and launched The Daring Project to highlight stories of women around the world breaking through boundaries to advance social justice for all.For more information about the University of Vermont’s 215th Commencement, visit www.uvm.edu/commencement(link is external).Source: UVM. Very top photo by Sally McCay from 2014 commencement.
IS THERE an unsung grassroots hero in your football club? Well, now is your chance to have them recognised!As part of the National Football Exhibition, which is visiting Letterkenny later this month, the FAI has launched the Grassroots Hero award.Winners will be chosen by the FAI and receive a prize and recognition at the Exhibition. Grassroots Heros should be someone involved at local football level in your area and winner will be chosen by an FAI panel including local Development Officers.You can nominate someone by clicking here: https://www.fai.ie/domestic/the-national-football-exhibition-grassroots-heroDonegal marks the fifth stop on the road and follows on from successful stints in Sligo, Cork, Limerick and Waterford. Finn Harps recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in the League of Ireland and with neighbouring Derry City a short drive from the venue, there should be plenty of supporters coming to relive some memories.Over 2,000 people visited the Exhibition at Waterford City Hall in early August. The first National Football Exhibition Grassroots Hero was named with De La Salle clubman Gavin Lonergan recognised. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, September 20 until Sunday, September 29. Further stops in Dundalk and Galway will come in early 2020 before a return to Dublin for the finals.Here’s a chance to honour the Grassroots Hero in your club! was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)