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Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Specialty Food Foundation Funds 23 Anti-Hunger Programs

Efforts Focus on Innovative Solutions

NEW YORK (Nov. 30, 2015) – The Specialty Food Foundation has awarded grants to 23 organizations working to break the cycle of hunger across the U.S. In all, the Foundation is granting $400,000 to 23 innovative organizations in 14 states.

This is the second round of grants made by the Foundation, which was established in 2014 by the Specialty Food Association. The initial grants, made last year, totaled $250,000 and were awarded to 14 recipients.

The Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts via grantmaking, education and industry events. It is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive anti-hunger efforts put forth by members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.

Five of this year’s recipients are receiving grants for the second time to continue their work. Among the new recipients are America’s Grow-a-Row, which grows and gleans fresh produce to donate to “food deserts” in New Jersey, and Food Recovery Network, which through 160 chapters unites students on college campuses to recover surplus food and donate it to hunger-fighting non-profits.

The 2015 grant recipients are below. More information is at

“Hunger and food waste are twin problems in our society, and these organizations are addressing them in creative ways in their communities. These grants will help them refine and expand their important work.” says Ron Tanner, vice president, philanthropy, government and industry relations for the Specialty Food Foundation.

The Foundation uses 100 percent of all donations for grantmaking. In January, at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, ticket sales to a special opening night party will be donated to the Foundation. At the end of the show, exhibitors will continue their long tradition of donating the remaining food at their booths to anti-hunger organizations in the Bay Area.

The Winter Fancy Food Show takes place Jan. 17 – 19, 2016, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. It is owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association and is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast.

About the Specialty Food Foundation

The Specialty Food Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts through grant making, education and industry events. The Foundation is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive efforts in the areas of anti-hunger put forth by many members of the Specialty Food Association. Learn more at

About the Specialty Food Association

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers, and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge, and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

Fancy Food Show Press Registration

The Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. The Specialty Food Association provides complimentary press badges to qualified media. Learn more and register.

Inter Press Service (IPS) and iCrowdNewswire In Agreement To Launch Civil Society Press Release And Corporate Communications Network Hub

iCrowdNewswire – Nov 30, 2015 – ROME & MIAMIInter Press Service (IPS) and iCrowdNewswire today unveiled a fully integrated and managed software-as-a-service (SaaS) corporate communications and press release network hub serving Civil Society, NGOs, the organizations of the United Nations and partners, and a wide range of entities and institutions worldwide.

“The goal is to make the communications process more efficient and equally accessible to large, well-funded organizations as well as to smaller agencies that have fewer resources,” said Farhana Haque Rahman, IPS Director General. “By partnering with the technically strong executive team at iCrowdNewswire, we will be able to provide unprecedented global dissemination of news to agencies of all sizes that are advancing goals for sustainable development, climate change, human rights, education, food and agriculture.”

The SaaS platform unveiled today allows users to choose from a variety of news distribution options taking advantage of state-of-the-art dissemination platforms that include guaranteed web postings, RSS directories, databases and content aggregators, social media networks and bookmarking sites, and email distribution. The web network has in excess of 5 million unique visitors and 29 million page views monthly. Initially available in English, the SaaS platform allows a user to go from Sign Up registration to checkout in less than five minutes and includes a variety of security measures to guarantee the source of information. The platform can be accessed from IPS Civil Society Press Release Distribution will be offered subject to approval at no cost until December 31, 2015. Sign Up required.

Launched in 2015, iCrowdNewswire is comprised of a team of senior news, financial services and corporate press release distribution services executives with extensive experience working with Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Business Wire, PR Newswire and Marketwired, among others. The highly experienced team is global in nature and based in Berlin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Singapore. “iCrowdNewswire is a marketing technology and newswire company providing software and technical solutions, technical and operational support as well as marketing and sales services to partners such as IPS,” said Hector Botero, President and CEO of iCrowdNewswire. “The evolution of the press release distribution industry includes supporting high-quality partners in specialized segments to provide services that go way beyond traditional press release distribution. IPS currently receives close to 10,000 unsolicited civil society press releases per month and we are perfectly positioned to make a huge impact on Civil Society and NGO communications worldwide.”

The launch coincides with the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11. At this conference, the Parties aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend.

About Civil Society

Civil society is the “aggregate of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens.” In 2009 the number of NGOs in the United States was estimated at 1.5 million, Russia had 277,000 and India around 2 million. There are currently 4,186 (NGOs) in active consultative status with (ECOSOC).

About Inter Press Service (IPS)

IPS is a global news agency set up in 1964 as a non-profit international cooperative of journalists and has general NGO consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations, and the OECD status of ODA eligible international organization. There are currently 4,186 (NGOs) in active consultative status with (ECOSOC). Its main focus is the production of independent news and analysis about events and processes affecting economic, social and political development. Engaging developing country journalists from all the regions of the world, the agency largely covers news on the Global South, civil society and globalization, operating a network that includes: IPS Africa, based in Johannesburg; IPS Asia-Pacific, based in Bangkok; IPS Europe, based in Berlin and London; IPS Latin America, based in Montevideo; IPS North America, based in the United Nations HQ in New York. IPS HQ is housed in the FAO headquarters in Rome.

About iCrowdNewswire

Launched in 2015 by a senior team of corporate communications, news and financial news services executives, iCrowdNewswire is a marketing technology, software and newswire company deploying communications software and technology with key partners in specialized market segments that are largely underserved. These segments include civil society, crowdfunding and global emerging markets. As part of its strategy, iCrowdNewswire licenses its technology platform, support and management services, and operational know-how and experience through white-label solutions empowering partners to launch and grow their own communications services units. Since launching in May of 2015, iCrowdNewswire has been able to enter into more than 20 white-label licensing agreements, ending first-year operations ahead of full-year 2016 goals.

SDSU Rises to No. 15 in Nation for Students Studying Abroad

The annual Open Doors Report ranks SDSU No. 15 nationally and No. 3 in California for sending students abroad.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2015) — San Diego State University ranks No. 15 among all universities in the country and No. 3 among California universities for the number of students studying abroad, according to the latest Institute for International Education’s Open Doors report.

A record 2,119 SDSU students studied internationally in 2013-14, the latest academic year for which Open Door report statistics are available. This number is 14 percent higher than in 2012-13, when SDSU sent 1,812 students abroad and ranked No. 22 nationally. Students studied abroad in programs that include spring break, summer, semester or year-long study at a foreign university, exchange programs and research or internship programs.

“An important mission of SDSU is internationalization, to provide students with many opportunities to experience cultural diversity, gain international awareness and have the ability to learn foreign languages. To be able to experience other nations and cultures through the study abroad programs at SDSU is a crucial part of student success before and after graduation,” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president.

Where in the world?

Students from SDSU studied in 67 different countries across the globe, with the top five most popular countries being Spain, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. With more than 350 study abroad programs to choose from, SDSU students experience academically challenging, professionally relevant and personally engaging experiences abroad.

Increasing the number of students studying abroad is a goal of the university’s strategic plan, Building on Excellence. As part of the student success initiative, SDSU plans to increase the number of undergraduate students studying abroad to 30 percent of the overall student population.

“Students who have studied abroad find their lives transformed,” said Alan Sweedler, assistant vice president for international programs. “These learning experiences cannot be replicated by studying only domestically. They provide students with the ability to navigate the global workplace and make our graduates more desirable to employers.”

According to the Open Doors report, a total of 304,467 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in 2013-14, an increase of more than 5 percent over the previous year. An additional 22,181 participated in non-credit work, internships and volunteering abroad.

The Open Doors report

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education, an independent, non-profit organization, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The annual statistical survey reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities, international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs, and U.S. students studying abroad.

The latest Open Doors report also found the highest rate of growth in 35 years for international students at U.S. colleges and universities. In 2014-15, a total of 974,926 international students came to study in the U.S., an increase of 10 percent from the previous year.

The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week, an initiative to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

More of the Open Doors 2015 information is available on the Institute of International Education’s website.

Sway Will Be There, Will You? All Stars Project’s “Learning from Leaders” Benefit Luncheon to Honor VH1 & Logo EVP Amy Doyle, Ironshore, Inc. CEO Kevin Kelley

MTV News’ Sway Calloway to join in celebration of the growing impact of the All Stars’ Development School for Youth on the lives of inner-city youth

NEW YORK, NY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015: Join Sway Calloway, rapper, reporter, executive producer for MTV News and co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Wake Up Show,” among an audience of business and entertainment luminaries on December 2 at 12:00pm at the New York Hilton. The occasion? The All Stars Project’s “Learning from Leaders” benefit luncheon, shining the spotlight on two key leaders in the expansion of the non-profit organization’s Development School for Youth (DSY). Amy Doyle, EVP of Viacom’s VH1 and Logo, and Kevin Kelley, CEO of Ironshore, Inc. will both be honored for their leadership of this life-changing program for inner-city young people – which has doubled in size across the country over the past year.

“The DSY’s afterschool development model connects inner-city youth with corporate America, enabling the youth to create new relationships and new possibilities for themselves,” said Gabrielle Kurlander, CEO, All Stars Project, Inc. “For corporate participants, this program is the embodiment of ‘involvement philanthropy.’ This growing trend has captured the energies of corporate professionals, who are not only writing checks, but also becoming personally involved in transforming the lives of inner-city youth. In the process, they are doing new things, having new experiences, and growing themselves alongside the youth.”

The Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth (DSY) is a core program of the national nonprofit All Stars Project, Inc., which reaches 20,000 inner-city youth nationwide each year with a range of free, performance-based afterschool development programs. Thanks to its corporate partners, the DSY is proud to have placed 125 graduates in NYC, and 382 young people across six cities, in paid summer internships this year. Today, 180 companies across America are participating in involvement philanthropy through the DSY, including 90 new corporate partners this year alone. Involvement philanthropy is catching on and spreading!

Seeing and acting on new possibilities is development, and it’s what All Stars is all about – Afterschool Development as a new way of engaging poverty by exposing youth to people, places and things beyond what they experience in ordinary life. DSY is an excellent example; inner-city young people learn to perform as professionals. They partner with business leaders from top companies who conduct workshops and provide training in leadership and business, including resume-writing, networking, public speaking and dressing professionally. The DSY’s corporate partners then offer the DSY graduates six-week paid summer internships that prepare them to enter the workforce, pursue educational opportunities and face life challenges in new ways.

Co-chairs of the “Learning from Leaders” benefit luncheon include: Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, Parkwood Entertainment; Charlie Walk, Republic Records; Gemma Postlethwaite, PIRA Energy Group; Douglas Brody, EY; Joseph Boren, Ironshore, Inc.; Fernando Castellanos, Accertify/American Express; and Richard Sokolow, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP. Ticket inquiries may be directed to All Stars Project Sales Director Jenny Zak: 212-356-8441 or

About The All Stars Project, Inc.

The All Stars Project is a privately funded national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. By 2020, the All Stars Project will be recognized as America’s leader in afterschool development, a new way of engaging poverty.

From engaging young people with corporate America through its Development School for Youth (DSY), to the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN), to building better police-community relations through Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, the All Stars Project has seen the power of performance to change lives. ASP is supported by some of America’s leading companies including MetLife, DIRECTV, Viacom and Investors Bank. Led by President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander, the ASP involves over 10,000 young people every year in its afterschool programs in six cities across the country. Learn more at, on Facebook and on Twitter @AllStarsProject.

amfAR Establishes San Francisco-Based Institute for HIV Cure Research

Institute will foster innovation among collaborative research teams, with the goal of developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020

NEW YORK, November 30, 2015 – amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced the establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at UC San Francisco (UCSF). As the cornerstone of amfAR’s $100 million cure research investment strategy, the aim of the Institute will be to develop the scientific basis of a cure for HIV by the end of 2020.

The Institute will support teams of scientists working across the research continuum—from basic science to clinical studies—and will tap into UCSF’s extensive research network across the region. It will involve collaborations with the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology (GIVI) and Blood Systems Research Institute, as well as Oregon Health and Science University; University of California, Berkeley; Gilead Sciences; and the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, Washington.

“We intend to quicken the pace of cure research by supporting a collaborative community of leading HIV researchers in one cohesive enterprise,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost. “The institute will allow them to conduct the science, share ideas, and test and evaluate new technologies and potential therapies in a state-of-the-art environment. And I can think of no better base for such an enterprise than the San Francisco Bay Area, the crucible of technological innovation in America.”

“Furthermore, establishing an institute dedicated to finding a cure for HIV in a city that was once considered ground zero of the AIDS epidemic brings full circle the outstanding work that UCSF’s researchers have been doing over the past 30 years,” added Frost.

Worldwide, it is estimated that nearly 37 million people are infected with HIV. Current antiretroviral therapy (ART) can help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives, but it cannot eliminate the virus. There is general consensus among the scientific community that the principal barrier to a cure is the reservoirs, or pockets, of virus that remain in a person even after they have reached “undetectable” levels of HIV as a result of ART.

The new Institute, headquartered in UCSF’s Global Health and Clinical Sciences Building at Mission Bay, was established with a $20 million grant over five years. It will enable teams of researchers to work collaboratively, across institutions and across disciplines, to address the four key challenges that must be overcome to effect a cure: pinpoint the precise locations of the latent reservoirs of virus; determine how they are formed and persist; quantify the amount of virus in them; and finally, eradicate the reservoirs from the body.

“For those of us who watched helplessly as thousands died, the opportunity to try to develop an HIV cure is truly amazing,” said Paul Volberding, M.D., a UCSF Professor of Medicine who will direct the new amfAR Institute. “We are proud to have been chosen by amfAR as the only amfAR HIV Cure Institute in the nation. We’re ready to end this epidemic.”

“The San Francisco area has a higher concentration of scientific thought leaders in HIV than anywhere else in the world,” said amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston. “The Bay Area has consistently led the way in developing and implementing scientific advances in HIV prevention and treatment, and the potential for this team of researchers to develop a cure is unparalleled.”

Joining Dr. Volberding on the leadership team will be Mike McCune, M.D., Ph.D., Chief and Professor, Division of Experimental Medicine, UCSF; Warner Greene, M.D., Ph.D., Director and Nick and Sue Hellmann Distinguished Professor of Translational Medicine, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF, and Co-Director, UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research; Satish Pillai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF, and Associate Investigator, Blood Systems Research Institute; Steven Deeks, M.D., Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Teri Liegler, Ph.D., Director of the Virology Core Laboratory at UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research; and Peter Hunt, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine in the HIV/AIDS division and a member of the Executive Committee of the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF. They will work in collaboration with Afam Okoye, Ph.D., staff scientist at Oregon Health & Science University.

“This exciting new initiative will bring together the scientific, technological and team-building expertise of amfAR and its Institute partners,” said Dr. Johnston. “We are confident that this new combination approach will enable us to rapidly advance the science around a cure for HIV.”

About amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $415 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Foundation Hosts Private Thanksgiving Dinner for Local Teens

NEW YORK (November 27) — On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Foundation (DRC Foundation) helped to brighten up the holiday season for a group of Harlem teens by hosting a private, chef-prepared, Thanksgiving dinner for the Polo Grounds Community Center Teen Program, an initiative driven by The Children’s Village.

At this private dinner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the DRC Foundation were able to spread holiday cheer, and provide nourishment in a traditional Thanksgiving setting, with a Southern-American holiday meal catered by J. Blair Catering. The group enjoyed an elaborate menu consisting of citrus turkey, honey garlic chicken, fried chicken, yellow rice, baked macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, and more.

Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskin

Dominique joined the teens in the seated dinner, and later spoke to the youth on the importance of staying positive through life obstacles. The teens also had the pleasure of challenging Dominique in a friendly game of basketball.

“I enjoy giving back and supporting youth that are facing challenges in their lives,” said New York Giants cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. “The DRC Foundation is my platform to empower youth to believe they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.”

It is the continued mission of the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Foundation to support underprivileged youth with the resources and tools needed to excel in education and athletics, and develop strong life skills to become productive citizens in the community.

About DRC Foundation:

The Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Foundation Inc. (DRC Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded by New York Giants cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. As a NFL veteran, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is dedicated to using his platform to encourage and empower today’s youth to follow their dreams, no matter the circumstance. The DRC Foundation provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth through programs and events that address the educational needs, social elements, and economic hardship of young people and families in underserved communities.
Web: | Twitter: @DRC_Foundation | Instagram: @DRCFoundation | Facebook: /DRCFoundation

About The Children’s Village:

The Children’s Village serves approximately 10,000 children and families in the New York metropolitan area each year. The organization helps children and families who are struggling become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future families. The success of the organization serving high-risk youth and the unique interventions they deploy are widely recognized.

Leading Energy Companies Join Forces To Enable Near Doubling of Renewable Energy Capacity By 2025

Sixteen of the world’s leading energy and technology companies have come together with the support of WBCSD to enable near doubling of renewable energy capacity by 2025. Four business-led solutions are aimed at supporting the deployment of an additional 1.5TW worth of renewable energy capacity.

  • Co-leads of the Renewables program Acciona, DNV GL, Statkraft and Welspun Energy are joined by ABB, CLP, EDF, EDP, ENGIE, Eskom, First Solar, Iberdrola, NRG Energy, Schneider Electric, State Grid Corporation of China and Vestas to deliver this ambition.
  • The program is part of WBCSD’s Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) which gathers over 140 businesses and 50 partners to accelerate the development, deployment and scale up of game-changing low carbon technologies for ambitious emissions reductions and accelerated technology deployment.

PARIS [THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2015] – Today, world-leading energy and technology companies launch their action plans “Scaling up renewables” to nearly double renewable energy capacity by supporting the global deployment of 1.5TW of additional capacity by 2025. This major announcement comes at the EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) Annual Event in Paris.

The sixteen leading energy and technology companies part of LCTPi’s Renewable Energy program together account for nearly 10% of global installed capacity. They believe that the doubling of renewable energy capacity required by 2025 to stay below 2°C is achievable. They will address barriers preventing the necessary widespread uptake of renewable energy by:

  • Facilitating efficient, reliable, effective and commercially viable integration of renewable energy into grids and electricity markets, including promoting energy interconnections,
  • Facilitating the significant scaling up of green bond finance through a commitment to robust verification and transparency as well as de-risking project pipelines,
  • Working with corporate renewable energy buyers to scale renewable energy procurement and channel demand towards renewable energy,
  • Promoting sustainable electrification of remote areas via accelerated deployment of low carbon microgrids.

Commenting on the launch of the group report and CEO statement, President and CEO of the WBCSD Peter Bakker said:

“Accelerating the development and deployment of renewable energy is a critical part of the 2°C pathway. We are working with the world’s most forward-thinking companies to develop innovative low carbon solutions that can help address the climate challenge.

“Today’s announcement on Renewables shows that businesses around the world are taking concrete action to combat climate change as they see the multiple integrated benefits of investing in a low carbon world.”

Renewable energy is reliable and increasingly competitive, with significant economic benefits extending beyond climate change mitigation. An Impact Analysis by PwC of LCTPi revealed the potential for the initiative to generate over $3.5 trillion worth of investment and up to 15 million jobs. Other benefits range from enhanced energy security and access to increased flexibility and resilience of electricity systems. It also showed that as a whole, the ambitions of the nine LCTPi working groups could deliver 65% of the required emission reductions needed to keep climate change below the 2°C threshold.

To achieve the scale required, business actions need to be supported by the appropriate policy framework. Members of the Renewables LCTPi have developed clear recommendations for policymakers and regulators to enable accelerated deployment of renewable energy. Carbon pricing and forward-looking market and regulatory structures are critical to success. Additionally, ongoing and deeper collaboration between public and private sectors will be necessary to address the climate challenge effectively on both local and global levels.

CEO of EDP Group, António Mexia said:

“Renewable energy is crucial in addressing climate change and presents substantial economic opportunities given increasing cost-competitiveness with other power sources. EDP recognizes the urgency of the need to move towards a low carbon economy and the opportunities associated with this, and has committed to increasing electricity generation from renewable sources to 75% of installed capacity by 2020.

Considerable progress has been made in renewable energy deployment globally, however, the time for a major step-up has come. New business models are needed to enable the scaling up of renewable energy at the speed that is required. The LCTPi framework presents an opportunity for business to work collaboratively to make this happen, and to ensure our companies are well placed to benefit from the resulting opportunities.”

Mr Rui Teixeira, member of Board of Directors for EDP, will be speaking on behalf of the LCTPi group at the EWEA event in Paris on Thursday 19 November.

CEO of Iberdrola, Ignacio S. Galán said:

“Decarbonisation of the world’s electricity generation is a crucial part of the transition to a low carbon economy. Iberdrola began this transition nearly 15 years ago. Today, our specific emissions are 30% lower than the average of the European electricity sector thanks to our reliance on renewable energy. But we can do more, and we have set tough new environmental targets for our generation business with the aim of reducing, by 2030, our CO2 emission intensity by at least 50% from emissions recorded in 2007 and, furthermore, to become completely carbon neutral by 2050.

“Acceleration of renewable energy deployment must take place globally in order to achieve the decarbonisation required to limit climate change to below the 2°C threshold. Businesses and governments alike need to work together to set the right policy framework and remove barriers. Under the LCTPi framework, we are working with other innovative companies and partners to proactively develop business-led solutions to address key barriers which, in addition to ongoing technological innovation driven by the electricity industry, will speed up decarbonisation of the economy.”

Chief Sustainability Officer of NRG, Leah Seligmann said:

“Acting on climate change is not a choice but a necessity. The LCTPi Renewables working group is an opportunity for large users and producers of energy to accelerate the shift to a low carbon future. Driven by business and economic factors as much as societal, corporations of all types have the freedom and the ability to innovate and solve the world’s greatest challenges for mutual benefit. To stay below 2°C, one step we know we must take together is investment in and adoption of clean energy solutions.”

Chairman & CEO of ACCIONA, José Manuel Entrecanales said:

“Renewable energy is ready to match the challenges of Sustainable Development; however, scaling-up and accelerating its deployment is decisive in slowing down global warming. Implementing effective carbon pricing mechanisms and developing initiatives like LCTPi, that addresses future market structures and regulatory frameworks, are key elements in moving forwards to a low carbon economy.”

The Renewables LCTPi will collaborate with the International Finance Corporation, the Clean Energy Ministerial, The Climate Group and the Climate Bonds Initiative in the development and implementation of the action plans. These initiatives will enable leading companies to fully harness the economic opportunities of investing in renewable energy and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Warriors Heart Announces First Ever Private Inpatient Healing Center for Veterans, Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders in 2016


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 09, 2015: In sync with Veterans Day (Nov 11, 2015), Warriors Heart announces the first dedicated private healing center in the U.S. will open just outside San Antonio, Texas, in early 2016. The focus of Warriors Heart is to serve the men and women who are warriors: veterans, military, first responders, police, other law enforcement agencies and civilian warriors.

There are currently some facilities that offer a healing “track” for Warriors, but the treatment is mixed with other citizens. Warriors Heart will be the first to offer treatment to just warriors.

Warriors Heart is providing a peer-to peer based solution to help the over 13 million American Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders faced with the self-medicating struggles of alcohol addiction, prescription and drug addiction and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), With decades of experience in addiction healing, military service and law enforcement, the 3 Warriors Heart Founders are dedicated to serving warriors. Successful Private Treatment Facility Providers, Josh and Lisa Lannon and former Special Forces Tom Spooner (Green Beret, Delta Force Operator) are leading the team on this special mission of “warriors healing warriors.”

Warriors Heart programs will include Residential Treatment, Day Treatment, Outpatient and Sober Living for 18 and older men and women, built by a strong clinical team. A Warriors Heart Foundation has also been set up to help those who deserve additional assistance in paying for private treatment. Anyone can donate and/or buy Warriors Heart merchandise now to support the foundation.

Through a partnership with Operation Overwatch, founded by Former Marine Brice Cavanaugh who has done Presidential K9 Support and is an expert in training dogs, Warriors Heart will also have Service Dogs. These specially trained dogs will help warriors during treatment, and they will have the option to take them home afterwards if a Service Dog will assist in their healing.

Warriors Heart has teamed up with Mission 22 as the solution side to their awareness campaign. Mission 22 brings the awareness of 22 veterans committing suicide a day to our communities with Warriors Heart providing the addiction and PTSD treatment option for those suffering.

And here are just a few of the reasons why Warriors Heart is so desperately needed in the U.S.:

  • It is estimated that over one million US veterans take prescription opioids for pain, and nearly half of them use the drugs chronically. (Human Rights Watch)
  • Drugs or alcohol are involved in one of three Army suicides, and the VA estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. (Human Rights Watch)
  • It is estimated that 1 Law Enforcement officer commits suicide every 17 hours (Jean G. Larned, “Understanding Police Suicide,” Forensic Examiner, 2010)
  • According to a 2014 RAND study, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression, and 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment.
  • Out of the 50% that seek treatment, only half of them get “minimally adequate” treatment (RAND study).
  • 19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI) (RAND Study).

This is not just a military or law enforcement problem, it is an American problem and Warriors Heart is proud to be a part of the solution to assist those who have selflessly served.

About the Warriors Heart Founders:

Josh and Lisa Lannon have a strong WHY for opening Warriors Heart. The couple founded Journey Healing Centers (residential treatment centers in Arizona and Utah) in 2002, which was later sold to Elements Behavioral Health in 2013. Warriors Heart will be their 7th healing center.

Josh Lannon ran award-winning nightclubs in Las Vegas. After too many benders, his wife and former Law Enforcement Officer Lisa Lannon gave him the ultimatum to go to treatment or else the marriage was over. After Josh completed his treatment, the Lannons dedicated their lives to helping others heal from addiction.

Special Forces Tom Spooner joins the Lannons as the third founder of Warriors Heart. Tom knows first-hand the pain of the warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving 21 years in the U.S. Army, Tom has dealt with PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). During Tom’s military career that included 3+ years of direct action combat deployments, he was able to accomplish what less than .001% of US military personnel have by becoming a Delta Force Operator. After retiring from the military, Tom cofounded Mission 22 with Magnus Johnson and Mike Kissel.

In addition to these rock solid founders, retired Law Enforcement Officer Chris DeMeo is the Warriors Heart Admission Advocate. While the Warriors Heart facility is not yet physically open, help line calls are currently being answered by Warriors 24×7, and the team can help those seeking treatment through their referral network today.

Warriors Heart Hotline for veterans and first responders: 844-448-2567.


Drowned Starlings Puzzle Scientists

Drowning has emerged as a mysterious cause of death amongst groups of young common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), according to research by a team of scientists led by international conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

Drowning as a cause of death amongst wild birds is comparatively rare and normally involves single rather than multiple animals. Starlings, however, have been observed to drown in groups of 10 or more, prompting scientists to investigate these unusual occurrences.

The team studied 12 separate incidents of starling drownings recorded between 1993 and 2013, finding that on 10 of these occasions, more than 10 birds drowned. All of these incidents, which usually involved juvenile birds of just a few months old, occurred during the spring and early summer months. In all cases, scientists found no evidence of underlying disease as a cause of death.

Dr Becki Lawson, lead author and wildlife veterinarian at ZSL, commented: “Drowning appears to be a more common cause of death amongst younger birds, as they may be inexperienced in identifying water hazards. This combined with the fact that starlings are a highly social species could potentially explain why multiple birds drown together.”

“Members of the public from around Great Britain have been instrumental in bringing this unexpected cause of starling mortality to our attention by reporting these incidents. With starling numbers declining in general across the UK, we need to learn more about how and where these phenomena happen, in order to better understand why,” Dr Lawson explained.

Rob Robinson, co-author and Associate Director of Research at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said: “Starlings are a Red-listed species in the UK, under threat from issues including loss of nesting sites and a lack of insect food sources – so much so that their population has declined 79 per cent in the past 25 years. Whilst drowning is an unexpected cause of death, it’s not thought to be a conservation threat as – fortunately – these incidents are currently relatively rare. However, we still need to better understand factors such as disease that might be contributing to this decline. We would therefore ask people to keep up the good work by reporting incidents of starling death, whatever the apparent cause, via the Garden Wildlife Health website.”

Water can be a valuable resource for wild birds, particularly during the summer months. Providing water sources such as ponds or bird baths is still recommended as a way to support garden wildlife. However, experts also recommend adding a sloping exit or ramp to water features, in order to help birds and other animals easily access and exit water sources.

People across Britain who spot sick or dead wildlife in gardens can help scientists learn more about their cause by reporting these incidents via the project website:

Mattel, Inc., American Girl, Seventh Avenue and Swiss Colony Deliver Toys & Holiday-themed Gifts to Help Children’s Hospital Patients Experience Joy & Play

(WASHINGTON, DC) — In an effort to bring more joy and play to thousands of hospitalized children and their families this holiday season, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), its subsidiary American Girl, along with Seventh Avenue and Swiss Colony of Colony Brands, Inc. are donating over $3.5 million in toys, dolls and holiday-themed gifts to children’s hospital members of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).

Now through the end of December, Mattel will donate one Mattel or Fisher-Price brand toy for each toy purchased online through its Share the Play program. Through the end of November, American Girl will match any 18-inch doll purchase made online, in-store, or via phone with a second doll donation (up to 1,000 dolls each day)—worth nearly $3 million. These toys and dolls will bring comfort to thousands of children receiving care in any of CHA’s 200 member hospitals across the country.

This month and next, Colony Brands, Inc. catalogs Seventh Avenue and Swiss Colony are delivering thousands of Roscoe the Reindeer plush animals and pre-assembled gingerbread houses to children’s hospitals to share with patients. Colony Brands, Inc. and its catalog subsidiaries provide customers with furniture, home décor, apparel, entertainment products, gifts and collectibles. The family-owned company is one of the largest direct marketers in the United States.

“For patients and families who must spend time in children’s hospitals through the end of December, the opportunity to be in the holiday spirit through play will be realized thanks to these toy and gift donations,” said Amy Wimpey Knight, CHA chief operating officer. “On behalf of the nation’s children’s hospitals we thank our corporate partners Mattel, American Girl, Seventh Avenue and Swiss Colony, for their tremendous generosity and support of the mission of children’s hospitals.”

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