Chicago Moroccan Among Most Influential Women in Business

New York- Moroccan women are becoming the country’s best ambassadors abroad, bringing pride to their fellow countrymen and countrywomen. After young Moroccan-American Nadine Hanafi was recently elected one of the US’s top young entrepreneurs, another Moroccan has added her name to the list of young Moroccan women who shine in their fields.Sophia Fouzia Leaguedi, a Moroccan resident of Chicago, was chosen as part of a group of the 15 most influential suburban women in business. The award was granted by the Chicago-based Daily Herald Business Ledger, which every year rewards women executives and business owners who excel in business management. Leaguedi was awarded during the 17th edition of the award, which was held last week in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago.The Moroccan businesswoman distinguished herself through her work as head of her own company, Ameroc Export Inc., which specializes in providing American companies with services to export their products to different parts of the world.Sophia graduated from Rabat’s Mohamed V University before pursuing a career in management and business at Los Angeles Pierce College.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Tamil prisoners taken to court reremanded

The prisoners had earlier staged a fast onto death but they suspended it after the President gave an assurance he will address their issue by November 7. Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran was with the inmates when the assurance was conveyed. Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament today that there are over 200 political prisoners in the country. Meanwhile some of the prisoners were brought to the Colombo Magistrates Court today hand-cuffed and linked to each other using a chain.While leaving court some of them said that they were offered rehabilitation but only two of them accepted the offer while the others refused and sought their release.Those who rejected the offer to undergo rehabilitation said that President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prisons Commissioner and parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran will need to take responsibility if any harm comes to their lives. Sumanthiran said that President Maithripala Sirisena had given the prisoners an assurance that they will be released by November 7.However the MP said that as of today there was no progress to be seen and the Government must act fast. A group of Tamil detainees were presented to Court today and most of them were re-remanded after they refused to accept an offer to undergo rehabilitation.The detainees, who call themselves “political prisoners” but are not recognized as such by the Government, said that the court, Government and Tamil National Alliance will be held responsible for their lives if they are not freed unconditionally. He said that while the Government does not recognize these people as political prisoners, most of them are political prisoners. Sumanthiran told Parliament today that the President had assured that apart from those facing heinous crimes, the other Tamil political prisoners will be released by November 7.The Tamil political prisoners have been in jail for several years and most of them have not been charged or have been accused of minor offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UK will help safeguard human rights in Sri Lanka

“The outcome is a welcome indication of the resilience of Sri Lanka’s judicial and democratic institutions, and of effective checks and balances between state powers. The UK will continue to stand by Sri Lanka as a close partner and friend, supporting Sri Lanka as it works to deliver sustainable and accountable reform to reinvigorate the economy, improve governance, and safeguard human rights across the country,” he said. The British Government said that it will help safeguard human rights across Sri Lanka.Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said he welcomed progress made towards the peaceful resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka. UK Ministers have made a number of statements since the current outbreak of political tension in Sri Lanka on 26 October, calling on all parties to uphold the constitution and due legal and political process. The UK said it is committed to supporting the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country.The UK is providing Sri Lanka with £8.3 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund funding over three years, to include support for police reform and training, reconciliation and peace building, resettlement and demining in the north of the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

In Oslo lecture UN envoy examines causes solutions to Middle East crisis

“Ten years later the process of Oslo has collapsed; the institutions it gave birth to are shattered and almost destroyed, and the spirit that fuelled it is being drowned out by violence, recriminations and distrust,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. His remarks came in the lecture entitled, “The Current Crisis in the Middle East: Causes and Solutions,” which he delivered at an annual event hosted by the Nobel Institute. The essential elements of peace – including trust and dialogue – were currently being systematically dismantled, he said. Defining acts of violence had eroded the remnants of trust between the parties and in that atmosphere, dialogue had faltered. At the same time he noted, the living conditions of the Palestinians had collapsed, and the Palestinian Authority institutions had sustained fundamental damage.”We are left with two peoples wracked by violence, a situation in which there is not only no dialogue between the parties and their governments, but where dialogue has been replaced by hatred and fear,” he said. “Unless we exit from the current violence – and quickly – the future for both peoples will be untenable.”Offering a ray of hope amid this grim analysis, Mr. Roed-Larsen said there was a deep international consensus – shared by a majority of both peoples, if not their leaders – on how the conflict must end. During negotiations in Taba last year, “we saw the parties come extraordinarily close to finding a viable compromise,” he said.”That these talks failed was, tragically, a consequence of mismanagement, dysfunctional leadership, and a lack of time – a consequence also of mistakes made by those of us in the international community who sought to help the parties reach their conclusion,” he said. “But it was not – emphatically not – a rejection of peace by either side.”Mr. Roed-Larsen underscored that basic principles on which the Oslo process was based remain valid. Those were: land for peace, based on Security Council resolutions 242 and 338; the end of occupation; total rejection of violence and terrorism; the need for security for both parties; and Israel’s right to exist in security. In the year since Taba, he noted, “the international community has begun in its own right to articulate the principles that we believe can – no, must – form the shape of any sustainable agreement between the parties.”It was widely agreed that peace required providing Israel with real and permanent security guarantees and the Palestinians with real and permanent independence, while removing Israeli settlements, reforming Palestinian institutions, and restoring the Palestinian economy and infrastructure, Mr. Roed-Larsen said. He added that there was also a growing consensus around the mechanisms for reaching those principles, which, he stressed, “are in effect the opposite of Oslo.” Those include “a consensus about where the conflict must end, and this must be agreed up front before anything else can be done,” he said. Secondly, in departure from the principle of bilateralism, the principle for an end of the conflict must be introduced by the international community. And thirdly, he emphasized, “any and all agreements must be guaranteed by the international community.” “What we need now, however deep our distress and pain, is to summon the will to turn our vision into a concrete reality that touches the deepest aspirations of both peoples,” Mr. Roed-Larsen said. “As we did in Oslo in 1993, we again need to animate the spirit of peace.” read more

Razing of shantytowns continue in Côte dIvoire UN refugee agency reports

Non-governmental organizations in Abidjan say that 13 shantytowns have so far been destroyed by either the military or gendarmes, and that up to 30 more are slated for destruction by the authorities, a spokesman for the agency said in Geneva, noting that shelters are razed with little or no advance warning.”Sometimes even when no warning has been given that a shantytown is slated for destruction, bulldozers and other heavy machinery are parked outside the communities, seemingly as a warning that the residents should move elsewhere,” Kris Janowski said.About 200,000 people have been displaced so far since the conflict started in late September. Of about 73,000 refugees in Côte d’Ivoire, UNHCR said it is currently caring for more than 1,100 newly displaced persons in seven sites around Abidjan, while several thousand Ivorians have fled to neighbouring countries. Several tens of thousands of foreigners, including 6,000 French nationals, Malians, Ghanaians and Nigerians have also decided to return to their countries. read more

WHO advises no travel restrictions despite outbreak of respiratory disease

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the current findings on the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) continue to indicate the infectious disease spreads from person to person through close contact, with the overwhelming majority of cases occurring in health care workers and family members who have had direct contact with patients. The number of cases without such close contact remains limited.WHO advised that travel restrictions were not needed, although persons travelling to Asia should be aware of major SARS symptoms and report promptly to a health centre should they fall ill. The infectious disease is characterized by atypical pneumonia symptoms.The vast majority of cases are presently concentrated in Hong Kong and Hanoi, where 13 of the 57 patients are showing signs of clinical improvement. Singapore is currently reporting the third-largest number of cases. All reported cases in other parts of the world are linked to travel within the past 10 days to one of these destinations.The global surveillance system coordinated by WHO is working to prevent the outbreak from becoming a global epidemic. A network of 11 laboratories in 10 countries has been established and has begun data sharing and regular reporting. Efforts are under way to expedite identification of the causative agent, improve diagnostic precision and develop a diagnostic test. read more

Six months after tsunami Clinton UN agencies say hardest work lies ahead

“For a period of time everyone focused on saving lives without regard to nationality, politics or anything else,” said former United States President Bill Clinton, the special UN envoy for tsunami relief. “But while the immediate relief effort was unprecedented in its scope, we cannot underestimate the job that remains.”As the operation moves from life-saving relief to long-term recovery, Mr. Clinton said an action plan was needed to ensure that all actors – UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, affected Governments and the private sector – agree on who is going to do what, when and where.As a matter of urgency, he said that local institutions need to be strengthened, livelihoods need to be restored and the displaced need to be moved from tents to adequate transitional shelters. At the same time, greater efforts are needed to protect the most vulnerable, including women and children, as decisions about long-term priorities are made.Having provided 123,000 tons of food to over two million people in the six months since the 26 December tsunami, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was continuing its role as the lead logistics agency for the UN in the tsunami crisis, shipping food, medicine and even vehicles. It is shifting its focus to long-term recovery as well.”We have managed to prevent hunger and malnutrition by getting food on time to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people,” said Mohamed Saleheen, WFP’s Country Director in Indonesia. “Now we’re helping families focus on rebuilding, without having to worry about whether they’ll have enough to eat.” The UN Food and Agricultural Agency (FAO) said it was determined to make sure that the unprecedented resources available for recovery build back better livelihoods for those hardest hit, particularly farmers and fisherman, following its first six months of technical assessments and early recovery assistance.In addition, in the next six months UN agencies, working with government authorities, plan to establish an Indian Ocean early warning system, rehabilitate key transportation infrastructure, provide safe water and sanitation for at least 80 per cent of the population in affected areas of Sumatra and the Maldives, and continue building schools among other efforts, the agencies said in a joint press release. read more

The timesensitive art of producing and selling Hatchimals the latest hot toy

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The overwhelming popularity of this season’s hottest toy, Hatchimals, has taken many by surprise — including its Toronto-based toymaker, Spin Master.The furry, robotic bird-like toy animals that hatch from an egg when rubbed have been selling out at stores across North America, Europe and Japan since its launch on Oct. 7.Some experts say this is a common risk that companies encounter when available stock can’t meet high demand, because perceived value — especially in toys — can be time-sensitive.“These toys tend to be trends and fads. What’s hot this Christmas probably won’t be hot next summer,” says June Cotte, a consumer behaviour researcher and marketing professor at the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ont.Cotte notes that the scarcity of Hatchimals is also helping to fuel its popularity, with some of the toys relisted on websites like Craigslist, Kijiji and Ebay at three to four times the original price. The toys sell for $69.99 in stores.A similar situation occurred in the 1980s with the mania over the Cabbage Patch Dolls and in the mid-1990s with the Tamagotchi and Tickle Me Elmo toys. In these cases, it was reported that shoppers caused stampedes and even broke into fist fights inside stores over the sought-after toys.Scarcity marketing, when manufacturers produce a limited number of products or only offer them for a small window of time, also helps drive hype and the fear of missing out for toys like Hatchimals.According to retail consultancy NPD Group, Hatchimals was the top selling toy in Canada in October.But it’s difficult for toymakers to look into a crystal ball and predict whether their toy will be the hot trend of the year, notes Michelle Liem, the group’s toys industry analyst.The toys that do achieve top status don’t always have similar characteristics. Liem says that small, plastic collectibles based on grocery store items like apples and cookies were the big hit last year.These days the popularity of toys can grow exponentially through word of mouth and social media.“There’s a new toy that comes out and word gets around about how cool the toy is,” Liem says.“The faster it starts going off the shelf, the more people are talking about it and talking about how hard it is to get… It almost perpetuates more demand.”Spin Master co-CEO Ronnen Harary says part of the appeal of Hatchimals, which took the company two years to create, is the element of surprise that comes with each toy.Hatchimals come in 12 different species once hatched, and children must nurture and hold them to help them grow through various stages.“They want to play, that’s the magic of this. There’s something in there,” he says.Spin Master has even credited YouTube videos of children unboxing, caring and interacting with their Hatchimals for the company’s success.Harary says the company has ramped up production overseas and are bringing the toys over by plane, train and freight in the hopes that store shelves will see some stock through to the end of the holiday season.“In a situation like this, it’s very difficult to anticipate exactly what the right amount is (to manufacture),” he says.“If the product didn’t resonate with the kids then we would be left over with a lot of inventory and a lot of stock. That’s very costly for the company. So anticipating the right amount of inventory to bring in is part science and part art.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Hatchimals are shown in this undated handout photo. The overwhelming popularity of this season’s hottest toy, Hatchimals, has taken many by surprise — including its Toronto-based toymaker, Spin Master. The furry, robotic bird-like toy animals that hatch from an egg when rubbed have been selling out at stores across North America, Europe and Japan since its launch on Oct. 7. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Spin Master *MANDATORY CREDIT* The time-sensitive art of producing and selling Hatchimals, the latest hot toy read more

Britain slams barbaric death sentence given to pregnant woman in Sudan

first_imgBRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron said today he was “appalled” by the “barbaric” death sentence given to a Sudanese Christian woman for refusing to recant her religion.Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, was condemned on May 15 under Islamic sharia law, which outlaws conversions on pain of death. She was pregnant at the time but gave birth this week in prison.“I am absolutely appalled by the decision to sentence Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag to death,” Cameron said in a statement today.“The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today’s world. Religious freedom is an absolute, fundamental human right,” the Conservative leader said.“I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children.The UK will continue to press the government of Sudan to act.”The Christian Sudanese woman, who was sentenced to hang, was incarcerated with her 20-month-old toddler according to rights activists, and gave birth this week to another baby in jail.She should be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before any death sentence is carried out, legal experts have said.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, and Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband have also condemned the case as “abhorrent”.Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who heads a faith foundation, said justifying Ishag’s treatment in the name of religion was “a brutal and sickening distortion of faith and we must unite in calling for her release.“We must fight to protect freedom of belief, strive to allow people to worship the god they want or to worship none,” he said, according to The Times newspaper.Meanwhile former defence secretary Liam Fox said Britain should reconsider whether it was acceptable to give aid money to countries which allow such treatment.- © AFP 2014.Related: ‘Appalling and abhorrent’: Pregnant woman sentenced to flogging and hanging in Sudan>Read: Pregnant teenager receives jail term after being gang-raped>last_img read more

My business Princess Couture

first_imgBACKGROUND: After studying fashion design I got a job at a bridal label. There I noticed a gap in the market for hand made items for brides. They were looking for personalised garters and head pieces instead of veils and I started making bits and pieces and contacted a couple of stores in Adelaide who were happy to stock my items. CHALLENGES OF THE BUSINESS: It’s been good going through the stockist’s and they will email me or call me with what they need. Normally I will make some samples for the client and they chose what will suit their needs.INSPIRATIONS: My biggest inspiration is the fabrics I use, coming from a bridal background I deal with French laces, silk fabrics, the high-end fabrics. I was always creative, from a young age I was always sketching and making clothes for my dolls. A designer like Alex Perry is an inspiration with what he has done with evening wear and bridal wear. He has made it quite modern, Collette Dinnigan also.FUTURE PLANS: Just recently my business has taken a turn into mainstream fashion by creating head pieces for the Melbourne Cup and the Adelaide Cup but after christening my niece and realising there wasn’t a lot to wear in the christening field, I want to get into that market. WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR TO YOUR WEDDING: I would design my wedding dress myself and I would lean towards a modern, unusual piece, that would feature French beaded lace. I’d love to change dresses from the church to the reception but it’s hard to say as the dress would be designed depending on the location and season of the wedding. But I would definitely wear a personalised head piece.CONTACT: ph: 0412 060 694 email: katherine@ princesscouture.com.au web: www.princesscouture.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Italie une nouvelle espèce de papillon envahit les vignobles du nord

first_imgItalie : une nouvelle espèce de papillon envahit les vignobles du nordBaptisée Antispila oinophylla, une nouvelle espèce de papillon s’attaque aux vignobles du nord de l’Italie. Ce lépidoptère sévit depuis plusieurs années, mais vient seulement d’être identifié après avoir été confondu avec une espèce de papillon américain.Depuis 2006, les vignes du nord de l’Italie sont envahies par une espèce de papillon. D’abord confondue avec un insecte nord-américain se nourrissant de vigne vierge, cette espèce a été baptisée Antispila oinophylla après que des analyses génétiques ont montré qu’il s’agissait d’un papillon différent.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Jusqu’à présent trouvé dans les vignes des régions de Trento et Vénétie, il s’est propagé et sa population a augmenté depuis qu’il a été enregistré, rapporte la BBC. Le ravageur pond ses oeufs dans les feuilles des plantes, et ses larves se nourrissent de parenchyme, des tissus végétaux constitués de cellules vivantes. Elles engendrent alors une défoliation des vignes qui s’affaiblissent. L’insecte serait venu d’Amérique du Nord où il est également présent. Toutefois, dans les régions du nord de la Géorgie à l’Ontario où il a été observé, il ne s’attaque pas aux vignes. Les chercheurs ignorent comment cette espèce est arrivée en Italie, mais le Dr Van Nieukerken, du Centre pour la Biodiversité des Pays-Bas, explique qu’il est très facile pour les cocons contenant des larves d’être accidentellement transportés avec des matériaux végétaux. “Ils sont très petits et exactement de la même couleur que les feuilles. Donc, si vous portez des plantes, vous ne les remarquerez probablement pas” souligne-t-il.Le 3 mars 2012 à 15:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever

first_img Watch: Girl Gets Hit in the Face By Bird During Roller Coaster RideWatch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You This tiny bird deserves a much-needed rest: For the first time, biologists have tracked a migration of up to 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) made by the 0.42-ounce blackpoll warbler, one of the fastest declining song birds in North America.Biologists from the University of Guelph said the bird made an epic journey between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin. It’s one of the longest song bird migrations recorded.In a paper published in the journal Ecology, the researchers describe the bird’s “great circle route,” which recorded the bird arching across North America and making a transoceanic flight to South America.A blackpoll warbler outfitted with a tiny geolocating “backpack.” (Photo Credit: Vermont Centres for EcoStudies)For the study, researchers outfitted the birds with tiny geolocating “backpacks” that tracked them from four boreal forest sites across northern Canada and Alaska.Scientists had long suspected that the blackpoll warbler took this epic circle route on its annual migration, but had not yet proved it until now.“It’s amazing,” said University of Guelph Ryan Norris, who led the research team. “A bird weighing a couple of loonies [Canadian one-dollar coins] travels from the western edge of North America all the way to the Amazon basin — and, in between, traverses the Atlantic Ocean.”Total southward migration took about 60 days on average over distances ranging from 6,900 km (4,287 miles) for birds breeding in Churchill, Manitoba, to 10,700 km (6,648 miles) for populations on the western edge of the continent in Nome, Alaska, according to the researchers.Blackpolls from Nome took 18 days to fly across North America to the Atlantic coast of the Carolinas. There, the birds spent almost a month fattening up to double their body weight before a non-stop, 2 ½-day flight across open water to overwintering grounds in northern Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil.They covered between 2,250 and 3,400 km (between 1,398 and 2,112 miles) for that transoceanic hop, without stopping.According to Norris, blackpoll population numbers have fallen in recent years, perhaps caused by habitat loss and declines in insect prey related to climate change. “To understand what’s causing the decline, we need to know their full annual cycle,” he said.In the paper, the researchers say climate change may make extreme coastal weather events more frequent and more extreme, with unknown impacts on long-distance migratory birds.More on Geek.com:Scientists Solve the Mystery of Cassowary’s Strange HeadgearThis Bird Attracts a Mate With His Heart-Shaped Throat SacWorld’s Rarest Bird Thought to Be Extinct Gets New Home Stay on targetlast_img read more

Motorcyclist 24 killed on Highway 14

first_imgA 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed early this morning on Highway 14.The crash happened at about 2:50 a.m., as the motorcyclist was riding east on the highway near Evergreen Boulevard. He attempted to change lanes, lost control of the bike and hit a guardrail, according to a Washington State Patrol news bulletin. The rider was ejected and his motorcycle landed 800 feet east of the crash scene, blocking both highway lanes, the state patrol said.The highway was blocked for more than three hours following the crash.Speed was listed as a factor in the crash, though the state patrol is still investigating.The motorcyclist, who lives in Vancouver, hasn’t been identified, pending notification to his family.last_img

Metropolitan Police to discuss the business case for diversity at Employee Benefits

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Adam Gibson (pictured), strategic workforce planning leader at the Metropolitan Police, will discuss how diversity and inclusion strategies can be used to improve an organisation’s bottom line and address gaps in the workforce at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, titled ‘Championing a diverse and inclusive culture in benefits strategy’, will form part of the diversity and inclusion conference stream on Wednesday 11 October.During the session, Gibson will discuss how a diversity and inclusion strategy can have visible impacts on an organisation’s bottom line and economic success by tackling potential gaps in its workforce. He will highlight how longer recruitment processes linked to the UK’s current skills gap could be a drain on an employer’s financial resources, however, training up diverse employees who have job role potential could stem the skills gaps in businesses.Gibson will also link this approach to the working age gap, which he predicts will be 1% by 2030 when the UK’s highest population group will start retiring from the workplace.In addition, he will explore why previous messaging around creating a diverse and inclusive workforce has not proved successful with UK businesses, explaining that taking an economic stance to diversity will help business leaders better absorb and take in how this type of strategy can have a positive impact for an organisation.He said: “The case for diversity is that if all of this hinges on the current levels of economic participation, then those groups who are under-represented in terms of employment are the areas that if [employers] tap into it, [they] can bridge the gap. [They] can bridge the gap in terms of the conceptual working age, but also if [they are] prepared to build capabilities, as in go out there, recruit someone based on potential and then train the skills in to them, then that’s [the] easy way to bridge the skills gap.“Both of the problems, the current problem of skills and the problem of sufficient people of working age, can be overcome easily by doing something different in terms of diversity and inclusion. It really is that simple. […] The narrative hasn’t worked and we need to try something different.”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF CVS Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentines Day

first_img(Editor’s Note: CVS has a Minute Clinic location at its pharmacy at 222 Main Street.)WOONSOCKET, R.I — As part of its ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health recently announced it will be offering no cost “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.The company also announced it has extended its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign with a new three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education. CVS Pharmacy customers will have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a donation at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 23.According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one’s risk.“Women tend to put others before themselves, but it is imperative that women make their heart health a priority. The stark reality is cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. But by empowering women to be aware which includes knowing your numbers move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure, we can change that fact,” said Jennifer Mieres, M.D., an American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women medical expert.Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by TYLENOL , to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long, with 1 in 2 Americans living within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.“Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health, which is why we’re pleased to be offering no cost Know Your Number screenings at all of our MinuteClinic locations on Valentine’s Day, and every Thursday during February,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. “Health starts at the community level, and that’s why we feel we can make a real difference by increasing access to cardiovascular screenings and providing customers with an opportunity to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are affected by cardiovascular disease.”To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk.CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red for Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide or online at http://www.cvshealth.com/GoRed through February 23. Additionally, 3M is proud to support the 2019 American Heart Association’s Life is Why We Give Campaign by donating $100,000.About CVS HealthCVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from CVS Health.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCVS Opens 1,000th Minute Clinic In United StatesIn “Business”ANOTHER Wilmington Pharmacy Change Coming: CVS Buys Target’s PharmaciesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: CVS Fights Rise In E-Cigarette Use, Donates $1M+ To Tobacco-Free Policies On College CampusesIn “Business”last_img read more

More rain and thunder on way as Flood Alert remains in force

first_imgView gallery Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFurther rain and thunder are expected in the coming days – as a flood alert remains in force for a large area of Staffordshire. The latest Met Office weather forecast for the West Midlands region, which includes Stoke-on-Trent forecasts some showers in the area over the coming days – with thunderstorms and heavy rain expected on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday. The forecast states:  “Fine start on Tuesday but some showery rain arriving, becoming heavy and thundery overnight. Turning drier and brighter from the west through Wednesday then a few showers on Thursday.” Shortly before 5pm today (Sunday June 16)  the Environment Agency confirmed the Flood Alert for the Rivers Penk and Sow remained in force this evening – following flooding around Stafford in recent days. The alert states: “River levels remain high in the River Sow and Penk catchment as a result of heavy rainfall over the past few days. Flooding is affecting low-lying land and roads along the Rivers Sow and Penk and their tributaries. “Further showers are forecast over the next 24 hours. Please take care near watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast.” Across the border in Cheshire, the council have tonight confirmed that Clay Lane in Haslington and Whitehaven Lane in Burland have reopened.  The roads were among a number in the area shut due to flooding – which also saw firefighters in Cheshire rescue a number of motorists who had become stranded in floodwater. Read MoreArsonists torch car parked on driveway in late night blaze Driver named following fatal collision A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Thunderstorms has been issued for a large portion of England – including most of the West Midlands, the East Midlands, the South East, East Anglia and parts of Yorkshire and South West England. At present that warning, which is in force from 6pm on Tuesday June 18 until 9pm on Wednesday, only covers small areas of South Staffordshire and East Staffordshire. The warning states:  “Through Tuesday evening there is potential for thunderstorms to break out, initially across parts of southern England, before developing more widely overnight and then clearing through Wednesday morning. Read MoreCannabis plants recovered after police raid home   “The thunderstorms may merge into areas of more prolonged and widespread rain for a time on Tuesday night and at first on Wednesday. Widely 15-30 mm of rain may fall, with up to 50 mm in a few locations. “After a drier interlude, further thunderstorms may develop in a few places during Wednesday afternoon, mainly southeastern parts of England. Whilst rain and flooding is likely to be the largest impact, hail, lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.” Heavy rain has caused flooding in a number of areas – with parts of Lincolnshire seeing almost three months of rain in just three days. Firefighters from Staffordshire are among those working in that county to deal with the impacts of the flood – with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sending a high volume pump crew from Rugeley to the county. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Flooding around Stafford – in pictureslast_img read more

Sabres flight planning technology adopted by LATAM Airlines Group

first_imgSabre’s flight planning technology adopted by LATAM Airlines GroupSabre’s flight planning technology adopted by LATAM Airlines GroupSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has expanded its long-term technology agreement with LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline group in Latin America, with the implementation of Sabre´s Flight Plan Manager and broadening the adoption of Software-as-a-Service solutions from the Sabre AirCentre operational suite.Sabre´s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager, which provides fully-automated flight planning capabilities and significant productivity savings, will help the group unify flight operations and fuel policies across its domestic operations in seven countries – in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay – as well as its international network.Sabre’s Flight Plan Manager brings together real-time information on a number of key variables – including weather, air space restrictions, aircraft performance and schedule information – and then calculates the most optimal flight route. Sabre’s technology aims to help LATAM Airlines Group to deliver a wide range of enhancements in flight planning and operational efficiency, including a subsequent reduction in CO2 emissions.“Sabre is fully committed to helping LATAM Airlines Group optimize its operation across its network to deliver efficiencies and fuel savings,” said Kamal Qatato, vice president of Sabre AirCentre. “Sabre and LATAM have a strategic relationship across the Sabre Airline Solutions portfolio and with this new agreement we are confident that our leading solution will help improve its flight planning.”Jorge Ihnen, LATAM Operations VP, said: “LATAM Airlines Group is committed to adopting the latest technology – such as Sabre’s Flight Plan Manager – to deliver improvements and efficiencies for our operation.  As the leading airline group in the region, we will continue to work with partners such as Sabre to identify further advancements”.The airline group will also benefit from Flight Plan Manager’s integration with other software from the Sabre AirCentre operational suite, including Movement Manager, which enables operations controllers to easily monitor the status of flights, and Flight Explorer, which provides data for real-time fleet monitoring.Since 2010, LATAM Airlines Group is one of a growing number of airline groups using Sabre airline technology, and has also selected Sabre as the technology provider for its combined reservation system. SabreSource = Sabrelast_img read more

TIFF widens jury pool for its Platform program lo

first_imgTIFF widens jury pool for its Platform program, lowers prize amount to $20,000 TORONTO — Organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival are shaking up the composition of the jury for the competitive Platform program.The three-member panel, which traditionally was built with filmmakers of global renown, has broadened its scope to include more voices from the entertainment industry.This year’s jury will feature movie director Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hollywood trade publication Variety’s international film critic Jessica Kiang and Carlo Chatrian, the newly appointed artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival.The change comes as TIFF organizers reduce the Platform best film prize amount to $20,000 from its previous $25,000 value.TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey says the juror changes mark a “natural progression” for the program, while fellow co-head Andrea Picard added that organizers expect the composition will “shift the focus of the jury discussions.”Now in its fifth year, the Platform program features up to 12 works that have high artistic merit and a strong directorial vision.Past films which showed in the program include Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” which won the best picture Oscar, and Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman.This year’s Platform lineup will be announced in August.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5-15. Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Press Organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival are shaking up the composition of the jury for the Platform program. Actor Louise Grinberg from the film “Cities of Last Things” accepts the Toronto Platform Prize on behalf of director Wi Ding Ho during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Awards ceremony, in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2019 1:00 am PDTlast_img read more

India and Nepal next stops for Cypriot scientists Pee Power journey

first_imgThe Pee Power project that uses urine to generate power and headed by Cypriot scientist Yiannis Ieropoulos is headed for India and Nepal after being set up in Uganda and at the summer’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK.The technology was developed by Ieropoulos and his team at the Bristol BioEnergy Center (BBiC) at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). So far Pee Power has powered lights and charged mobile phones.In Uganda scientists from BbiC, with the assistance of the local staff, students and workers, installed toilets which are lit with the use of power supplied by urine. The toilets were installed at Sesame Girls School in the small village of Kisoro. Microbial fuel cells (MFC) were installed in a separate room and the human urine feeds the cells in order to generate power.This power is sufficient for the lighting of the exterior of the building and the path that leads the students to the toilets. Each toilet cabinet now features motion sensors that turn on when needed.Two scientists from Dr Ieropoulos’ team have now travelled to India and Nepal to assess the situation on the ground to ensure that Pee Power will potentially be another success there as well.“We will be able to give more information about these two missions soon,” Ieropoulos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Before taking the technology to Uganda, the Pee Power was featured at Glastonbury Festival last July. The project was introduced there two years ago.This year, Ieropoulos’ team took two units – one by the ‘Cider bus’ close to the Pyramid Stage that could accommodate up to 40 people at any given time.The second unit was located at the area known as the ‘Inter stage’ near the press enclave and performers’ area.“The implementation at Glastonbury helped us to a great extent because we had the chance to test this technology in real conditions despite the fact that it was for a short period of time. Trialing at the festival prepared us for any unforeseen eventualities we might have been faced within Uganda,” Ieropoulos said.But referring to Uganda, he added “it is a big step towards achieving our goals, this was the principle of implementing the project in real-world conditions, outside the laboratory. The feelings are of course those of satisfaction but with a grounded view of reality, when considering the poverty that fellow human beings live in”.With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as sponsors the team is now looking at other countries in the developing world.“We work responsibly so that this technology will benefit as many people as possible in poor countries of the world,” Ieropoulos said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more