– Advertisement – This personal alert wearable is super easy to use. Once you get it, simply create an account on the SOS app. Then, enter your emergency contacts onto the list. In the event of an emergency, press the button on the front of the band. It sends one-click GPS and elevation coordinates to your contacts immediately. And the best part is, you don’t even need to have your phone on you to use this device. The SOS will cover you no matter your phone’s status. So it sounds like a practical gadget pretty much anyone would want to include in their EDC.SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person outdoorsDoes this gadget track your movements?While this personal alert wearable can pinpoint your location when you need help, it doesn’t keep a log of your movements. It only works when you activate it, keeping your movements private and personal. So this is one device, at least, that won’t ask you to rate the bakery you passed during your last bike ride.– Advertisement – The beauty of this personal alert wearable is that it works globally. So you can wear it while you jog in your neighborhood or hike while you’re on a business trip. For now, the SOS Band works in over 213 countries, and more are being added all the time. Check the list before you head out.SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingCan I wear this emergency wristband in the rain?The makers of the SOS Band know that when you’re outside, rain and splashes happen. That’s why they’ve given their wristband a completely sealed design so that it can go with you pretty much anywhere. It’s even saltwater proof, so you can wear it while you’re wakeboarding or doing any other watersport in the ocean. It’s definitely a product you’ll want to take with you on your next beach vacation.SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person paddlingDoes this product take the environment into account?According to the company’s Indiegogo page, this personal alert wearable promotes sustainability since its battery is so long lasting—this cuts down on the use of batteries compared to similar products. Also, the durable material stands up to heavy use. This means you shouldn’t have to replace the band for over ten years. It also means there’s less material manufacturing, putting a smaller load on the planet’s raw materials.SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person throwing a ropeThe SOS Band personal alert wearable is a great gadget for people who exercise alone outdoors. This device is easy to use and provides a truly great service, sending your location’s coordinates to your emergency contacts. And with the millions of sporting accidents that occur in the US each year, it’s a wearable that could prove to be a lifesaver. So it’s a gadget you’ll want to consider getting for yourself and loved ones.The SOS Band global personal alert wearable costs $75, and you can preorder yours on Kickstarter.What other gadgets are you crazy about for your solo adventures outdoors? Let us know in the comments :).SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person walking through the forest SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingHow long does the battery last?You won’t have to worry about running out of batteries with this sports wearable. That’s because the SOS Band‘s batteries last for ten years. That’s right; you won’t need to change the batteries on this wristband for a decade. This is a huge improvement over the typical wearable’s battery life, which only lasts a few days before needing a recharge.SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person huntingWhere does this location-sharing wristband work?- Advertisement – Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. You love exercising in the great outdoors but know it can be dangerous out there. Breathe a little easier with the SOS band. This emergency wearable is easy to use and sends your location’s coordinates to your contacts if you’re in trouble.If you bike or run solo, you know how important it is to stay connected to emergency contact while you’re out. And luckily, today’s wearables are making that easier than ever, especially the SOS Band global personal alert wearable. In the event of an emergency, this wristband shares your coordinates with your contact list. All you have to do is press a button.The SOS Band looks like a sturdy smartwatch or fitness tracker. It has the company’s logo engraved on the front and has a rugged, durable quality. In fact, this wearable is dust, impact, and water-resistant with an IP-69 rated housing case. Overal, it’s a personal safety gadget that looks like it was meant to be worn outdoors, and you’ll feel quite stylish wearing it.How does this alert wristband work?- Advertisement –
Arsenal hammered an abject Galatasaray side but could not claim top spot in Group D as Borussia Dortmund avoided defeat in their final group game.The Gunners – criticised for defeat at Stoke on Saturday – responded with three goals inside 30 minutes, Lukas Podolski powering an opener.Aaron Ramsey slotted a second and added a stunning left-footed 35-yard volley.Wesley Sneijder hit a free-kick consolation before Podolski rolled a second with the final kick of the game.It was fitting that Podolski, impressive throughout, ended the night by netting his third goal of the season with a powerful run but light finish.He has only started six times in Arsenal’s faltering league campaign but led from the front as Wenger’s side delivered the response he asked for after defeat against the Potters. Criticism of the Frenchman and his side has at times been stinging this season and though their hosts registered 32 attempts on goal at the Turk Telekom Arena, Arsenal’s dominance was visible.Who can Arsenal draw in the last-16 on Monday?Real MadridBayern MunichAtletico MadridBarcelona or Paris St-Germain PortoMonacoArsenal – sixth in the Premier League – eased off after the interval and counted on captain Per Mertesacker to produce a superb goal-line block to deny Umut Bulut from four yards.The German defender, captain on the night, completed 96% of his passes, a figure only bettered by Mathieu Flamini who completed all of his passes before being withdrawn at half-time as Wenger kept half an eye on the visit of Newcastle on Saturday.Indeed, Wenger had introduced three debutants in Stefan O’Connor, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Gedion Zelalem by the time Wesley Sneijder whipped in a powerful free-kick from 18 yards with a minute remaining. The effort flew past Wojciech Szczesny – who handled efforts well on his return from a four-game absence – but Podolski ended proceedings with a flourish, passing the ball into the net from 10 yards.Arsenal’s bench, with an average age of 18, perhaps underlined that Wenger believed Dortmund would not falter in their final group game against Anderlecht and the Germans duly played out a 1-1 draw which sees them sit top.They will perhaps look at Monday’s draw with an air of trepidation having been handed ties with Bayern Munich at the last-16 stage for finishing second in their group in each of the last two seasons.Wenger may also now further rue what proved to be a decisive loss of a three-goal lead to Anderlecht earlier in the group stage but he can at least be pleased with an emphatic response to harsh criticism.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “When he took the shot I thought that was maybe not the best idea, but the way he took it, it flew in. “The goals he is scoring is linked to his performances at the moment and that certainly helps his confidence to score goals like that.”We won four games, lost one and had one draw. Looking back, we can maybe regret that point at home to Anderlecht.”There’s some great teams in the draw for the last 16 and we need to wait and see who we get.”
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has said his party has agreed to back the proposal to introduce a ban on the farming of mink for the production of fur in Ireland.The Inishowen TD said there has been much public concern expressed around the welfare of animals farmed for fur in recent years.Over a dozen EU member States have prohibited the activity. But Ireland has not imposed a ban and Donegal plays host to two of the farms in Glenties.Deputy McConalogue said “In Ireland, the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) and recently, Veterinary Ireland, have also called for such a ban on animal welfare grounds.“Following discussion with the party’s Frontbench and Parliamentary Party, these proposals have been backed by my colleagues. There was clear agreement that the government should immediately enter in consultation with stakeholders regarding the introduction of a ban on fur farming.“We also agreed that the government must agree a compensation package for the remaining three fur establishments in the State. This precedent has taken place in other jurisdictions e.g. the UK, where this activity has been prohibited. “Today, I have put a motion on the Dáil order paper calling for the government to introduce a ban along with a request for consultation with stakeholders and to bring forward a compensation package for operators.“I am glad that my party is taking a pragmatic leadership role on this issue and look forward to seeing this policy carried through in the time ahead,” he concluded.Fianna Fail call for ban on fur farms but want compo for operators was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banfianna failfurGlenties
Play Your Part is an initiative by Brand South Africa to help increase pride and patriotism, and active citizenship. The Brand South Africa team travels to each province to create awareness about the programme and to encourage individuals and communities to play their part so that they can uplift South Africa socially and economically.Play Your Part’s various campaigns address national issues such as access to education, crime, and other social ills. The core message of these campaigns is how active citizenship can improve lives and build the nation. Play Your Part acknowledges South Africa’s national days of significance while at the same time educating the public about where we come from as a nation and all that we have achieved. Mpumalanga Brand South Africa celebrated women’s month in Mpumalanga where women andgirls were given the opportunity to speakabout matters affecting themLimpopo Brand South Africa recognises the criticalrole of youth in building our country’s global competitiveness.Kwa-Zulu NatalBrand South Africa celebrates Africa Dayin Kwa-Zulu Natal.Port Elizabeth Brand South Africa salutes Cowen HighSchool for winning the Umhlobo Wenene FM debate competition.DiepslootPlay Your Part’s clean-up campaign at Akani primaryCape TownPlay Your Part’ Rugby Activation inKhayelitsha, Cape Town Free StateBrand South Africa in partnership withLesedi FM dialogue in support of 16 Daysof ActivismNorthern CapePlay Your Part and Shout SA will be in thearid Northern Cape, to open a library at theTT Lekalake Primary School in the village ofBathlaros.
Ebernezer Hannah Home founder Shirley Merime, left, and Prof Elain Vlok of Clover Mama Afrika – two inspirational women. Before the laundry at Ebenezer was built, all the washing was done by hand in tubs – and that’s for around 140 people. Mama Shirley and Prof Elain Vlok, with Margaret and Miekie, inspect the work going on in the bakery. Mama Shirley models a child’s graduation outfit, created by seamstress Leaza (left). This group of preschoolers is in the capable hands of Teacher Felicity.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette StokesAccount director, Jenni Newman PR+27 11 506 7300 or +27 82 322 5162• Joelle BerryClover Mama Afrika project manager+27 11 471 1431 or +27 71 355 4285RELATED ARTICLES• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Mandela’s best birthday gift ever• Learn and honour the Children’s Act• Nurturing the children• SA’s child rights heroJanine ErasmusThe Ebenezer Hannah Home in Ennerdale, a suburb in the deep south of Greater Johannesburg, is one of the beneficiaries of dairy producer Clover’s empowerment project Mama Afrika. It’s also one of Brand South Africa’s CSI projects, and deservedly so.The home stands on an undeveloped piece of land just off the N1 freeway. It’s instantly visible because it’s painted bright yellow, and it’s surrounded not by other buildings, but dry veld. Ebenezer is run by the deeply devout and committed Shirley Merime, or Mama Shirley as many know her.She started the initiative back in 1995 but says she’s been involved in the caregiving business for almost 30 years.“We look mainly after old and destitute people, and children who are abused, neglected, orphaned or HIV-positive.”Mama Shirley started off by caring for the elderly, with no facilities except for a hospital – today her home comprises a fully equipped bakery that supplies the surrounding communities with a variety of goods and caters for special events, a laundry, a sewing centre that can produce almost anything, a crèche, nursery school, preschool and aftercare, and the old-age home.Ebenezer might be humble in appearance but the premises are spotless – there are piles of building material around, thanks to Mama Shirley’s husband who likes to get stuck in here and there, but there is no litter to be seen anywhere. Everyone who lives there has a role to play, and they carry it out with pride.Before the laundry was built, washing for 140 people was all done in tubs. Now there are industrial washing machines going all day long and a carefully worked out schedule.Since Clover got involved with Ebenezer in 2006, they have helped to establish the bakery, a food garden and a phone shop with five public lines, and facilitated training in cooking, baking, sewing, health information, first aid, administration, basic financial management, art, and computers.Looking after the helplessMama Shirley grew up in an orphanage and is one of those remarkable people who will always put the needs of others before her own.“We have 59 elderly, among whom are a few psychiatric patients as well as blind people, and 66 children that live on the premises,” says Mama Shirley. “The preschool also takes children from the surrounding communities, and we have 30 pupils in aftercare.”The teachers are properly trained, she adds, and are able to meet the needs of the children with regard to physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.“One of the girls who grew up in my orphanage is now the head teacher – many of the people who live here don’t have any other place to go, but Ebenezer has given them a chance to get their self-respect back.”The frail get the best care possible, but there are no freeloaders among the capable. “If you don’t work, you don’t stay here,” Mama Shirley says emphatically. Ray lives in the old-age home – he used to work in a bank but lost everything, and now he helps with the children’s education and homework. Ouma Poppie is 95 and discarded by her family. Like the others, their care includes regular trips to the hospital and on-site basic medical treatment.The bakery is the main income generator. It’s run by Margaret and Miekie, two long-serving members of the home, who have passed their skills on to dozens of people. To keep up with the unceasing demand, there is a night shift. The home also earns an income from the sewing centre and its manager Leaza, who does alterations and produces aprons, children’s and adults’ clothes, and matric dance dresses at a fraction of a boutique’s cost – “but if the kids can’t afford it we allow them to work at the home in exchange for an outfit.”Ebenezer sits in the middle of a number of informal settlements. However, Mama Shirley has no fear of crime – “The people know that we look after them, so they look after us in turn.”Children are the main focus“Kids are the focus of Clover Mama Africa,” says project founder and leader, the energetic Prof Elain Vlok. “Our mamas are all women taking care of children and the elderly – our society’s most vulnerable.”In the nine years since the project’s inception, it has grown from an initial four women and 1 500 children, to 36 women taking care of 14 000 children and 2 500 elderly people – and is driven by a team of just three dedicated women.Vlok is the manager of Clover’s corporate services, but is also a highly qualified academic, holding a BSc in Home Economics as well as a B Library Science, BA Honours in Zulu, BA Honours in Communication, a master’s in Zulu, a master’s in Sociology (Counselling), and a PhD in Communication – all obtained with distinction.She started the award-winning project in 2004 and it’s now Clover’s flagship CSI initiative, with the goal of equipping caregivers with skills that they can use to empower themselves and others.Ukwakha isizwe – building the nationClover Mama Afrika takes the traditional notion of communities looking after each other – which is how it has been for hundreds of years – and builds it into an inspirational project that supports, educates and trains women so that they are better able to care for the people in their charge, and earn a living as well.“You can find a woman like that in every community,” says Vlok. And Clover Mamas hail from Ashbury to Alexandra, Mossel Bay to Muldersdrift, Soweto to Somerset West, and Upington to Umlazi.These are women who have established their caregiving operations over several years, but are now looking to become self-sustainable. Just having a dream is not enough to become a mama, says Vlok – there must be tangible results and evidence of hard work.“That’s how we started the project,” says Vlok, “looking for those special women in communities. We spend a lot of time scouring the country for mamas. We have a huge system where our area managers spread the word that Clover is looking for a mama. They know what we’re looking for and they send out the sales force, who keep their ears to the ground.”Prospective mamas are carefully evaluated, and the team pays a visit to the premises to make sure the applicant meets the requirements.Vlok has made it her business to personally know all the mamas and their individual circumstances – she sees the project as an investment for Clover, and to her it’s more than just handing over a cheque and then letting the project trundle along on its own.“I need to be there to keep an eye on the condition of sewing machines, the cleanliness of ovens, etc.” She is involved in training too, and runs quilting courses.Successful applicants are allowed to choose their own skill path – “We don’t tell our mamas what to do. But it must be something in which they know they can become self-sustainable.”In total around 2 000 individuals have been trained, who in turn have trained 4 000 people in their respective communities.“We are managing 252 self-help projects and of those, 174 are creating an income. Almost 500 people are permanently employed through these projects, but we’re working hard to get that number even higher.”A collaborative successClover works with a number of partners including Bernina, Levi Strauss, Proudly South African, Plascon Paints, Aranda Textiles which supplies blankets, and St John Ambulance Services, which gives first aid courses with a focus on children.“There are 30 blue chip companies involved. We receive a lot of goodwill from our partners, in addition to goods. Some of them have even adopted a mama.”For instance, partners help with basic and advanced cooking and baking courses as well as starter kits of kitchen appliances and bigger items of equipment; bread baking courses where the mama receives a mini gas-powered bakery and ingredients for 100 loaves; sewing courses which impart skills and knowledge to make t-shirts, tracksuits or evening dresses; gardening skills, which enables the mama to start up a community vegetable garden; and hairdressing, of which there are now three successful enterprises and another starting up soon.Clover also provides added value skills such as selling airtime for extra income, beadwork, knitting, pottery, and art. The impact is enormous – on the sewing side, 101 women have been trained in sewing, overlocking and embroidery techniques, and these in turn have trained 640 other people and set up 29 sewing centres, while 93 people at the centres receive a monthly salary. Items are available in the online store, although, Vlok stresses, the mamas are not yet at the stage where they can supply in bulk.An important factor in the success story, says Vlok, is the quality of the training facilitators – only the best are selected. “That mama must not only learn the skills herself, but must go home and transfer them to others, so the last thing we want is a mediocre trainer.”The project is a registered trust that’s independently audited by Ernst & Young – this is important also for the peace of mind of donors.Despite challenges such as the perception among community members that the mamas are wealthy and are being bankrolled by Clover, mamas borrowing land for their enterprise – often to their disadvantage because once the property has been upgraded the owner will move back in and evict the mama – a lack of space, and trained staff getting employment and better pay elsewhere, the project continues to grow.“These challenges merely help us to stay focused and keep on going,” says Vlok. “We believe we are contributing towards a better future generation.”
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 8: General view of Syracuse Orange basketball game against Cornell Big Red on November 8, 2013 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.With 6:33 left in the game, a Justin Bibbs jumped gave Virginia Tech a 63-50 lead. After that play, Syracuse outscored Virginia Tech 22-7 to end the game, with Michael Gbinije scoring seven points in that stretch. Gbinije, who has struggled from the free throw line all season (46.7%), hit both shots from the line to tie the game at 70 with 19 seconds left. After Trevor Cooney baited Tech into a turnover on the ensuing inbound, Gbinije hit a floater to give SU a two point lead, leaving just 0.1 seconds on the clock. At 15-7, with one of the hardest stretches of games in the country approaching, Syracuse needs to finish strong to go dancing this March, but the Orange will live to fight another day after Gbinije’s shot.[Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician]
Fun Academy Motion Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming animated family film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected and generous non-profit institutions, are co-hosting the world premiere of the animated family feature as a fundraising event to benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights on Tuesday, March 27 at the Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13Red carpet is 4:30 p.m.; with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and screening at 6:00 p.m.Tickets and event sponsorships are available to allow kids from underserved L.A. communities to attend the premiere. All net proceeds will be donated by Fun Academy to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, which has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1941.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Stubby is the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.On March 28th, the day following the world premiere, Fun Academy and Variety – the Children’s Charity, will co-host screenings in 14 cities across the U.S. and Canada – a first in the charity’s 90-year history – to further benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.“We are delighted to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity to host the world premiere screening and multi-city tour of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” said Richard Lanni, director of Sgt. Stubby and founder of Fun Academy. “We are excited to host 500 children and their families from organizations supported by Variety SoCal, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights, at our world premiere to enjoy this dog’s eye view of American history that kids will love, parents and educators will appreciate, and all ages can enjoy together.”“Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California is honored that Fun Academy Motion Pictures will premiere this heartwarming story to benefit children with special needs in our community. The children whom Variety supports overcome adversity every day. The inspiring story of Sgt. Stubby is one that the kids will really enjoy,” added John C. Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California.The March 28th screenings locations are spread across North America and benefit causes selected by each local chapter (or “tent”) of Variety – the Children’s Charity:UNITED STATES:• Cathedral City, California – Variety Tent #66: D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre 14 • Redwood City, California – Variety Tent #32: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 • Deltona, Florida – Variety Tent #70: Epic Theatres of West Volusia • Wheaton, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Studio Movie Grill • Gurnee, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Marcus Gurnee Cinema • Grand Rapids & Lansing, Michigan – Variety Tent #27: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North / Celebration! Cinema Lansing • Chesterfield, Mississippi – Variety Tent #4: Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine • Downtown, Nevada – Variety Tent #39: Brendan Palms 14 • Williamsville, New York – Variety Tent #7: Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 • Brooklyn, New York – Variety Tent #35: National Amusements Linden Blvd. Multiplex • Harker Heights, Texas – Variety Tent #17: Cinemark at Market Heights • Fairfax, Virginia – Variety Tent #11: Cinema Arts TheatreCANADA: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero• Alberta, British Columbia – Variety Tent #61: Westhills Cinemas • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Variety Tent #58: Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg • Vancouver, British Columbia – Variety Tent #47: Scotiabank Cineplex TheatreOpening on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) and Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Thor, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin III, Tom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the true story of Sgt. Stubby will resonate with parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.
APTN National NewsThe federal government is taking aim at health providers allegedly involved in abuses of the non-insured health benefits program.That program provides health benefits to First Nations and Inuit people not covered by provincial or private health plans.Documents obtained through the Access-to-Information Act show that several pharmacies and First Nation health centres across the country are under investigation and in some cases the RCMP have been called to investigate.At least of two of those cases involve First Nations in the Maritimes.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has been following the story.
Source:https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-november-14-2018/on-demand-biologics.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018Many life-saving medicines, including insulin, antibodies and vaccines, are derived from living cells. These “biologics” can be difficult to obtain and store on the battlefield or in remote areas. That’s why scientists are trying to develop portable systems that can quickly manufacture small batches of protein therapeutics on demand, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchPharmaceutical companies manufacture large batches of biologics by growing cells that are genetically engineered to produce a therapeutic protein in huge bioreactors. Growing the cells and then purifying the proteins takes several days, and switching a system from making one molecule to another can require months, writes Senior Correspondent Celia Henry Arnaud. Once produced, many biologics must be refrigerated to remain active, which is often impractical in remote areas. To overcome these issues, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has challenged researchers to develop systems to manufacture biopharmaceuticals in less than 24 hours, so that the drugs can be produced onsite, as needed.A team of DARPA-funded researchers at MIT has designed a benchtop biologic manufacturing system called Integrated Scalable Cyto-Technology, or InSCyT, that can be easily reconfigured to produce different biologics using yeast. Another DARPA-funded team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has developed a system, called Biologically-derived Medicines on Demand (Bio-MOD), that fits inside a suitcase and uses freeze-dried cell extracts to make proteins. On-demand approaches like InSCyT and Bio-MOD could not only produce much-needed medicines in remote locations, but they also could reduce the need for drug stockpiling and enable personalized medicines, experts say.