Kleenex Maker Joins Greenpeace to Reduce Use of Old-Growth Timber

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Paper products giant Kimberly-Clark joined forces with Greenpeace on Wednesday, pledging to conserve forests by getting wood fiber from environmentally responsible sources and using more recycled fiber. Greenpeace activists had waged a nearly 5-year campaign against the maker of Kleenex and Cottonelle for clear-cutting in Canada’s ancient boreal forest, part of the world’s largest intact forest. (Read more in Reuters) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Teen Collects Books in French for her Second Goodwill Mission to Haiti

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGiselle Osborn was among a handful of youth chosen to travel to Haiti this past August as part of a delegation to build eco-friendly homes. Working side-by-side with the local villagers, they not only had to contend with oppressive heat, humidity and mosquitoes, but also the torrential rains of Hurricane Irene.Giselle laughed off the hurricane. “It was pretty scary for the parents back here to think that we were in a remote village with a hurricane bearing down on us, but it was just one day with a lot of rain.”Despite the miserable conditions, the Georgia teen is headed back again in mid-January to help a group of girls orphaned by the catastrophic earthquake of 2010.Giselle is no stranger to community service work. A Girl Scout since age 5, she has taken on project after project including making blankets for a nursing home and making equestrian equipment for a Girl Scout camp. She traveled to India in 2009 as part of a leadership program where she met and worked with girls in a Muslim Orphanage and in 2010 she was one of 12 girls chosen to represent the United States at the 100th Anniversary of Girl Guiding in Leeds, England. During her trip to Haiti, she was touched most by the children.  “They were amazing, just beautiful and happy. They taught us Haitian freedom songs, we taught them Disney songs and we sang them while working together. I took about 40 pounds of school supplies with me, reams of paper, books, pencils, and book bags. This one little girl, Vanessa, was so sweet; I gave her the book bag that was my favorite when I was little.”“While I was there, I learned about a place called Camp Oasis. It’s a refugee camp for 40 girls who were rescued from the general refugee camps after the quake. These girls had no family left to provide for them and if left in the camps would have been forced into prostitution just to stay alive. This is a group of girls that I know I can help.”And help she will. Not one to sit back and wait for others to fix a problem, Gigi is returning to Haiti to take even more supplies than she did the first time around.“These girls need books in French. 10% of the people in Haiti speak French, but it is the language of the elite, the government, and the media. If these girls hope to become leaders in their community, they have to understand French.”Gigi has been sending messages through Facebook about her project – and her efforts have finally begun to pay off. She came home one day to find a package on her doorstep – Harry Potter in French – sent to her by an anonymous donor.“This is exactly what I need,” said Gigi. “I want books that will make these girls want to learn French.”She laughed, when asked why she would travel a second time when she could easily ship the items and stay safely in the States:“I went to Mumbai just months after the 2008 bombings; I arrived in Iceland on the same day that Norway was terrorized by a gunman. There are dangerous places in the world for sure, but I won’t live my life in fear.”“There was nothing that would have replaced being with the children in Papaye, those are memories that I will carry with me always. I know that meeting the girls at Camp Oasis will be the same. I only know a little Creole, but I do know some freedom songs to sing – and maybe I could teach them some Disney songs.”Gigi will leave for Haiti in mid-January, carrying suitcases full of books in French. Afterward, she plans to start her own non-profit to remove barriers to education for girls in other countries.“HIPPO (Helping Initiate Powerful & Positive Opportunities) will be my way of keeping the project going. First, I need enough money to buy the books for Haiti, and then I have to cover my plane ticket. After that, I need enough money to file my non-profit corporation. It will be a lot of work, but that doesn’t scare me. I don’t give up easily.”Hurricane Irene may not have affected Haiti, but Hurricane Gigi?  Well, that might just be an impact felt for years to come.WATCH the video about Giselle’s travels and humanitarian service below…To donate a book in French, please send to:Girl Scout Troop 27552, PO Box 446, Social Circle, GA 30025-0446Or, donate to the Fundrazr link on the Hippo Facebook page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Food access map demonstrates importance of community design to improving health

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award for development of a Food Access Map for the Hunger Council of Washington County. The SAG award is given annually to a limited number of ESRI’s GIS clients around the world to recognize outstanding work with Geography Systems Technology (GIS) technology in a field of over 100,000 organizations.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a framework using hardware, software, data, and people to gather, manage, analyze, and visualize data. The resulting maps provide deeper insights into data and help users make informed decisions.“Helping the Council visualize food access was a natural fit with the Commission’s GIS skills. The map demonstrates that decisions related to community design can affect people’s health,” said Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission.”Our goal with the mapping tool was to understand where “food deserts” were in our county and how various factors like bus routes, locations of jobs, and types of food available in various stores impacted the results”, said Eileen Pelletier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing and Community Development and Co-Chair of the Hunger Council of Washington County. “With the interactive map tool, we can layer these variables in different groupings to help us strategize solutions.”“Hunger Councils create opportunity for organizations and community leaders to bring their diverse perspectives to the table to address the issue of hunger in their communities. The creative partnership that formed to develop this mapping tool is a prime example,” said Anore Horton, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont.”The Vermont Department of Health, Green Mountain United Way, Downstreet Housing & Community Development, Vermont 2-1-1, and Hunger Free Vermont were instrumental in guiding the map’s development. The Retail Food Access Map and its important contribution to GIS will be showcased at the SAG Award Virtual Conference in July 2020, and at ESRI’s award landing page – www.esri.com/sag-award(link is external). The map is available at http://map.ccrpcvt.org/foodretailaccess/(link is external).The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) assists its 23 member municipalities in Washington and Orange Counties to provide effective local government and to work cooperatively to address regional issues. We leverage the power of people working together to build healthy communities in Central Vermont. Learn more at www.centralvtplanning.org(link is external).The Hunger Councils of Vermont are groups of local, regional, and statewide leaders who come together regularly to address issues related to hunger in their communities. These groups share information, collaborate on projects, and help raise public awareness of the causes of hunger and how we can work together to end it in Vermont. Hunger Councils are led by members of the community, and supported by Hunger Free Vermont. There are ten Hunger Councils covering the entire state of Vermont and the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. The Hunger Council of Washington County was established in 2006.Hunger Free Vermont is the statewide nonprofit organization that advocates and educates to bring a permanent end to hunger in Vermont through systemic change, universal strategies, and community collaboration.ESRI is the global market leader in GIS (Geographic Informational Systems). Its SAG Award recognizes organizations, like CVRPC, that use GIS to improve our world. Visit www.esri.com(link is external) for information.Source: Montpelier, Vermont – June 22, 2020 – The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissionlast_img read more

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Ways to Inflate Your IQ

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it. Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows. The increases are usually so incremental that they’re not immediately perceptible to individuals, and the intelligence-boosting effects of cognitive training can fade after a few months.In the latest study, 33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.On a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age, says Cathy Price, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the center and co-author of the study, published last month in Nature. Another student’s score skidded out of the “high average” category, to 96 from 114.Swings in individual IQ scores are often written off as the product of measurement error or a test subject having a bad day. But MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kids’ skills, Dr. Price says. Although the sample size is small, the study drew wide attention because it is among the first to show how changes in IQ scores may be reflected in actual shifts in brain structure.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Study: Believing you are overweight may lead to further weight gain

first_imgEmail People who recognise they are overweight or obese are more likely to put on weight than those who are unaware that they may be heavier than doctors would advise, according to research by the University of Liverpool.In a study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers looked at the lives of 14,000 adults in the US and the UK through data captured in three studies: the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the UK National Child Development Study and Midlife in the United States.They analysed data from time periods after the children had reached adulthood to find out their perception of their own weight – whether or not it was correct – and their subsequent weight gain over time. LinkedIn Share on Facebook The UK study followed participants from 23 until 45, but the other two studies had shorter follow-up periods, of seven years and nine to 10 years.They found that, those who identified themselves as being ‘overweight’ were more likely to report overeating in response to stress and this predicted subsequent weight gain.Dr Eric Robinson, from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, said: “Realising you are an overweight individual is in itself likely to be quite stressful and make making healthy choices in your lifestyle more difficult. It is a tricky finding for public health intervention work.“You would hope that making a person aware they are overweight would result in them being more likely to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose some weight.”He added: “What is important is to tackle stigma in society. People with a heavier body weight have body image challenges. That is not surprising given the way we talk about weight as a society.”“But the way we talk about body weight and the way we portray overweight and obesity in society is something we can think about and reconsider. There are ways of encouraging people to make healthy changes to their lifestyle that don’t portray adiposity as a terrible thing.”center_img Pinterest Share Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Tenants: we’ll treat you as customers if you pay your fair share

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Industrial unrest

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Dredging Company Pleads Guilty

first_imgA Louisiana dredging corporation – C.F. Bean, LLC (Bean) – pled guilty today to a criminal offense relating to the death of Biloxi mariner Mark Barhanovich, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Rear Admiral David R. Callahan, Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District.Bean admitted improperly marking its dredge operation near Deer Island, in violation of the applicable regulations designed to warn boaters.The felony information charged that the corporation violated federal regulations that required the dredge barge Bean 20 to be marked to alert mariners that it was engaged in dredge operations and for the company to mark its dredge pipeline with appropriate lights at night and in periods of low visibility.The dredge operation near Deer Island was associated with the port restoration project at the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport, which involved dredging and transporting dredge spoil materials to a site at Deer Island near Biloxi, Mississippi.Despite the requirements for properly marking and lighting the Bean 20 and its dredge pipeline, Bean, through its agents and employees, failed to do so.Bean, through its agents and employees, was aware of repeated incidents when mariners struck the dredge pipeline, culminating in the fatal accident when Mark Barhanovich’s boat struck the pipeline on September 16, 2012.Bean admitted that its negligence, violation of law, and inattention to duties resulted in the death of Barhanovich, which is the basis for the charged felony violation of the federal criminal law governing misconduct or neglect of ship officers. The statute is also commonly referred to as the Seaman’s Manslaughter act. A corporation convicted of this offense is subject to a penalty of not more than $500,000 per count.The corporation agreed and was ordered to pay the maximum penalty of $500,000. The corporation was placed on five years of probation and also was ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $400.last_img read more

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Exports to fall in 2009, warns WTO director general

first_imgSuch an agreement would have paved the way for the complex process of turning guidelines into legally binding obligations – or “scheduling as we call it in our jargon,” he told reporters.”Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a financial crisis and a global economic recession of unknown proportions. Some are already beginning to regret the opportunity they lost last year to conclude the Doha deal. Global output and trade plummeted in the final months of 2008, and global growth in 2009 is expected to fall further. “Of particular note is the World Bank’s forecast of a drop in global export volumes of two percent in 2009, the first decline since 1982. Developing countries – who are most in need of economic growth – will be particularly badly hit, with their export opportunities fading because of the recession in high-income countries, the shortage in export credits, and the rising cost of export insurance. This, coupled with reduced foreign direct investment, reduced remittances from migrant workers abroad, and further falls in commodity prices, is likely to be a serious strain on many of their economies,” he says.This means that the WTO, rather than creating new trading opportunities now finds itself struggling to preserve the status-quo, he said.”There’s also the engagement at the political level,” he added. “That’s been stalled in part because of this transition period in the United States. But what was significant last year at the same time these concerns were being raised, was that the combined leadership of the G20 committed very strongly to the importance of concluding the Round. It’s that momentum that we’ve got to build into the London summit. It’s that momentum obviously that we’ve got to engage the new US President in as well.”last_img read more

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Firm puts barristers in website shop window

first_imgA London criminal firm is putting barristers in its virtual shop window in an effort to attract more high-end work.Criminal defence firm Old Bailey Solicitors has set up a website that showcases a selection of top barristers from different chambers selected by the firm. The aim is to draw in clients attracted by the reputation of advocates who will represent them in court. No charge is made to appear on the site.Solicitor-advocate David Osborne (pictured), the firm’s director, told the Gazette: ‘Looking across to the US, they have a fused profession and advocates tend to be in-house and it is the advocate that tends to attract the business.‘Here we don’t have a fused profession but it struck me that we were missing a trick. If people are looking for representation in court they are looking for an advocate and in a sense the litigation side is separate to that.’He said the financial relationship between barrister and solicitors would work in the same way as normal, with the key difference being that it would be the barristers rather than the solicitors’ firm ‘advertising’ services.‘More and more people can now opt to go to a barrister first rather than a solicitor and this is an approach which doesn’t put solicitors and barristers in conflict with each other,’ Osborne said.He added that while more barristers are doing direct access work, few have the set-up to be able to handle client relationships on the model his firm can offer.Old Bailey Solicitors did not bid for a duty solicitor legal aid contract, meaning the firm needed to attract work in a different way.Osborne hopes this model will help the firm attract ‘higher end… higher quality’ criminal defence work.last_img read more

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