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    SOURCE:Antea Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    Antea Group spotlights Guangzhou-based Michael Liang, Director of EHS Management Services at ESD China, member of the Inogen Environmental Alliance—a global network of EHS&S consultancies that work together to provide EHS solutions to multinational clients around the world.

    Michael has 25 years of experience in his field and has become an expert in evolving Chinese EHS regulations and knowledgeable in that of various South Asian nations. Read his advice for companies that operate in China and much more about his work here.

    About Antea Group

    Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure, urban planning and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Learn more at https://us.anteagroup.com.

    Tweet me:.@AnteaGroup Spotlights Inogen Member Michael Liang of ESD China http://bit.ly/2NNVS77

    Contact Info:

    katie.nordenson@anteagroup.com

    KEYWORDS: ehs, EHS China, China Environmental Protection Law, multinational EHS, antea group, Michael Liang


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    Scotia Global Asset Management becomes a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

    SOURCE:Scotiabank

    DESCRIPTION:

    October 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Scotia Global Asset Management today announced it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

    The PRI is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. It supports a global network of asset owners, investment managers and service providers to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment and ownership decisions.

    "Preserving and growing our clients' wealth is a responsibility we take very seriously, which is why we take all long-term factors into account when making investment decisions. We are pleased to formalize the commitment we have long held to environmental, social and governance issues. Joining a movement of other organizations committed to responsible investment is a natural evolution for us," says Glen Gowland, Executive Vice-President of Global Wealth Management at Scotiabank. Recently acquired firms Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited and MD Financial Management are also signatories of the PRI.

    Scotiabank was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI) last month, recognized for its progress in integrating ESG issues into the business. Scotiabank placed in the top 20% of companies globally, and was one of the largest year-over-year point gainers across the Index itself.

    About Scotiabank
    Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 96,000 employees and assets of $947 billion (as at July 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

    SOURCE Scotiabank

    For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Alex Mathias, Canadian Banking Communications, Scotiabank, alexandra.mathias@scotiabank.com, 416-448-7044

    Tweet me:Scotia Global Asset Management today announced it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). http://bit.ly/2Pbm3lV

    KEYWORDS: Scotiabank, esg, United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, social and governance issues, PRI


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    SOURCE:eBay

    DESCRIPTION:

    Inequalities between citizens of the same country are becoming a greater political concern. Although income inequality between countries has dropped over the last two decades, discrepancies between regions and cities within countries have increased. This is alarming. But it’s not the full picture. Technology is empowering entrepreneurs in more disadvantaged areas, in ways the traditional economy cannot.

    eBay’s Public Policy Lab has studied the geographical distribution of net enterprise growth in the US, UK and Germany. It found that eBay supports business growth in places that the traditional economy does not serve very well. In disadvantaged regions, online platform connectivity can be a source of income and opportunity, where there might otherwise be none.

    Between 2010 to 2014, only 41% of US counties saw an increase in the number of traditional business establishments, according to the EIG. But nearly 75% of counties saw a net in their number of eBay-enabled firms (commercial sellers with at least 10 transactions worth a total of $10,000 annually). Similar results held true in the UK and Germany.

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    Tweet me:eBay supports business growth in places that the traditional economy does not serve very well http://bit.ly/2RruzOX @eBayNewsroom

    KEYWORDS: online commerce, Fight inequality, csr, eBay, helping small businesses


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    SOURCE:ICO Impact Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    October 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - ICO Impact Group client Akoin is proud to be speaking at Serendipia’s Blockchain for Social Impact Summit on October 4th in san francisco.

    Over 150 attendees are set to attend Broadway Studios for insightful talks on how Blockchain can be used to redefine how our societies, businesses and communities are working in cohesion to change the world and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    The social impact momentum hasn’t slowed since last week when New York City played host to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. The week saw several pop-up events one of the most notable being the SDG Blockchain Festival which was organized by Akoin & SAP.

    Ryan Scott, Akoin Co-Founder and CEO will be joined by speakers from WeTrust, Consensys and Dispatch Labs to explore key technological advancements and how they can be a catalyst for global financial inclusion, building decentralized communities, and fueling entrepreneurship in lean economies.

    “It’s great to see the blockchain space coming together with social impact as the glue,” Said Scott. “Our focus with Akoin is to bring together as many great causes as we can to create something truly groundbreaking. We are true believers in the SDGs and in particular goal number 17. As a true embodiment of that we are excited to use the platform provided by Serendipia to spread the word about social change and how at Akoin we are playing our part.”

    Serendipia who believe that changing the world should be a celebration are a lifestyle business and brand with a universal tribe centered around positivity, collaboration, sustainability, mindfulness, lifelong learning and fun & creativity.

    You can learn more about the Serendipia at http://www.serendipia.life

    Visit Akoin.io for the latest news and updates on the Akoin project.

    KEYWORDS: blockchain, ICO Impact Group, Social Impact Summit, SDGs


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    SOURCE:Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

    DESCRIPTION:

    Twice a month the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) highlights their members' beverage industry sustainability insights and ideas in their BIER Member Spotlight series. These spotlights include their answers to questions about their company's sustainability achievements and strategy, practical insights from BIER, interesting facts, and more.

    The first of this month's BIER Member Spotlights focuses on Paul Bowen, Director of Wastewater, Environment, & Sustainability at The Coca Cola Company and participant in BIER's Water, Technology, and Benchmarking working groups.

    Learn more about Paul in this BIER Member Spotlight.

    About BIER

    The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Jackson Family Wines, New Belgium Brewing, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and PepsiCo. For more information, visit www.bieroundtable.com.

    Tweet me:Meet Paul Bowen, BIER member and Director of Wastewater, Environment, & Sustainability at The Coca Cola Company, in his Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) member spotlight http://bit.ly/PBBIERSpot

    KEYWORDS: The Coca-Cola Company, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), beverage industry, member spotlight


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    SOURCE:Xylem Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Xylem Watermark is proud to kick off our annual Global Month of Service in October - an entire month dedicated to volunteerism and raising awareness for the necessary improvements to clean water access around the world. Since 2016, Xylem employees have come together in October to participate in activities across the globe with one common mission – to provide and protect safe water resources for communities in need and to educate people about water issues.

    During this month, we encourage all Xylem employees to volunteer in their communities, and we look forward to seeing the impact they have. Our sites are off to great start, with many exciting events already happening. On October 1st, seven of our employees in Axminster, UK started their Month of Service by volunteering at Magdalen Farm. The farm offers education on sustainability and healthy living to children and adults with special needs. Xylem employees planted vegetables, made raised vegetable beds and fed pigs. Thank you for your hard work in participating in such an innovative project! 

    About Xylem Watermark

    Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, provides and protects safe water resources for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities and educates individuals around the globe about water issues. This social commitment reflects Xylem’s ethos of valuing the “triple bottom-line:” financial, environmental and social. The company firmly believes in the notion of doing well by doing good, and dedicates resources to initiatives that demonstrate its commitment.

    Xylem Watermark was founded in 2008 and, with its six nonprofit partners, has provided clean water and sanitation solutions to over three million people in 38 countries. Xylem launched its first Global Month of Service in October 2016 to provide a focused time to inspire employees to get involved and bring the mission of Xylem Watermark to their communities. In 2017, Xylem Watermark launched the Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge to engage employees in solving global and local water issues in ways about which they are passionate.

    To learn more about Xylem Watermark, please visit http://www.xylemwatermark.com.

    Tweet me:.@XylemWatermark kicks off annual #MonthOfService http://bit.ly/2Rp1lR1 #XylemWatermark #MakeYourMark #LetsSolveWater

    Contact Info:

    xylemwatermark@xyleminc.com

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:XYL, Xylem, VOLUNTEERISM & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, water, Make Your Mark, People

        


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  • 10/04/18--05:45: We're Making Time to Vote
  • By Noel White, President & CEO

    SOURCE:Tyson Foods

    DESCRIPTION:

    In my 35-plus years with our great company, I’ve had the chance to spend time with many of our 122,000 team members, from our facility in Pasco, Washington to the one in Jacksonville, Florida. We come from different backgrounds, different cultures and even different countries. We’re hard-working, well-intentioned people, and we want what’s best for our friends, families and communities.

    With my new role comes a new opportunity to empower our outstanding people – to make sure we have the tools to live our best lives and contribute to the broader world. As a company, we’ve already been expanding our workforce education program, Upward Academy. And this week, we’re kicking off our participation in the non-partisan TIME TO VOTE CAMPAIGN alongside other 140 companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and PayPal.

    Here’s what we have planned at Tyson Foods:

    • This week, we’re hosting voter registration drives at our facilities. We're making it easy for team members to fill out a form at work and mail it in.
    • We’ve also set up WWW.TYSONFOODS.COM/VOTE, a one-stop shop to learn about local candidates and get localized information on how to vote, including early and mail-in options.
    • On Election Day, we’ll work with team members to make sure they’re able to take time to vote.

    Each of our team members has a unique perspective to share with government leaders, and it’s important we do that by exercising our right to vote. True democracy requires participation! The reality is voter turnout across the country has been as low as 36% in recent years – and as an employer, we want to do our part to change that.

    I’m glad we’re taking this important step to make it easy for our team members to vote – and I look forward to seeing the impact of the broader campaign in all of the places we call home.

    Tweet me:.@TysonFoods President & CEO Noel White highlights the importance of empowering employees with #VoterRegistration initiative http://bit.ly/2PaBYkk

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:TSN, Tyson Foods, voter registration, Time to Vote


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    By Neil Hawkins and Joe Árvai

    SOURCE:University of Michigan: Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

    DESCRIPTION:

    From the perspective of business, engaging employees is critical to developing and advancing a company’s sustainability goals. The feeling is mutual from the perspective of current, not to mention future employees: A company’s sustainability goals are important to the process of attracting and retaining the top talent.

    But meaningful engagement across the entire spectrum of a company’s operations can be challenging. Many employees are often unsure how their job roles connect with a company’s sustainability programs and strategies, and many companies find it challenging to integrate — and inspire — leadership on sustainability in the day-to-day activities in their workforce. The net result: Employees often end up being an underused and undermotivated resource in a company’s sustainability journey.

    Continue reading on GreenBiz

    Tweet me:READ: Is there a better way to integrate #sustainability into job roles? @DowChemical and @erbinstitute give Sustainability Academy participants the tools they need to be agents of change. https://t.co/SLVPEA13f2 @greenbiz #sustainablebusiness @neilchawkins @decisionlab

    KEYWORDS: Dow, Erb Institute, university of michigan, Joe Arvai, Neil Hawkins, professional development, Leadership, Greenbiz


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    SOURCE:Duke Energy

    SUMMARY:

    • Results in 2017 included delivering more than $5.9 billion in capital investments and more than 12,460 new jobs

    • Expanding electrification team and selection as a finalist for an automaker were critical milestones and learning opportunities for the future

    DESCRIPTION:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - For the 14th consecutive year, Duke Energy has been named to Site Selection magazine's annual list of "Top Utilities in Economic Development."

    In the magazine's September edition, it credits Duke Energy's economic development team and its successful collaboration with state and local partners for delivering more than $5.9 billion in capital investments and more than 12,460 new jobs in 2017. Duke Energy has been featured on the list every year since 2005.

    In 2017, the company's economic development team launched new and improved economic development recruitment initiatives, adopted drone technology to help showcase industrial sites and grew the economic development team. In addition, a primary focus for the team last year was expanding Duke Energy's electric vehicle and industrial electrification programs.

    "Electrification and economic development work hand-in-glove with each other when it comes to business recruitment and development," said Clark Gillespy, senior vice president for economic development at Duke Energy. "The two groups complement each other very well, and that's why we strategically placed them together."

    The economic development team was involved in many wins in 2017, including such companies as Egger Wood Products, Pfizer and Corning Fiber. But one of the experiences for the Duke Energy team in 2017 was the effort to recruit a major automaker – Toyota Mazda – to its service territory. Though Duke Energy's territory was selected as a finalist, that project eventually landed in Huntsville, Ala.

    "In the end, Toyota chose to build its facility elsewhere," said Stu Heishman, vice president of economic development, business recruitment and territorial strategies. "But the effort to win taught us indelible lessons about our resourcefulness and creativity, and it opened up new processes to accomplish what was once thought to be impossible — lessons that will no doubt serve us well in competitions to come."

    This further highlights how Duke Energy's approach to economic development is unique in the utility industry.

    "Economic development is a team sport and we are a key position player – working with many local and regional partners in different capacities throughout the economic development process to achieve success," Heishman said. "Our team is committed to the mission of adding capital investment and jobs in the communities across our seven-state service area."

    To read the full article, go to https://siteselection.com/issues/2018/sep/top-utilities-2018-all-things-to-most-people.cfm.

    For more information about Duke Energy's economic development programs, visit locationdukeenergy.com.

    About Duke Energy

    Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

    The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.

    A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

    More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

    Contact: Ryan Mosier
    24-Hour: 800.559.3853

    Tweet me:For 14 consecutive years, @DukeEnergy has made @SiteSelection magazine's annual list of "Top Utilities in Economic Development." http://bit.ly/2P6Ys5J

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:DUK, Duke Energy


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    SOURCE:LIXIL

    DESCRIPTION:

    PISCATAWAY, N.J., October 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ ― American Standard, part of LIXIL, has received a 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of the brand’s years of award-winning efforts to develop and promote WaterSense-labeled products and encourage water conservation across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously named American Standard WaterSense Partner of the Year in 2017 and 2012, and also honored the brand with a WaterSense Excellence in Innovation and Research Award in 2016.

    The WaterSense program, sponsored by the EPA, supports product certification and encourages consumers to reduce water usage through water-saving products, services and simple changes in behavior. The annual WaterSense Awards recognize organizations that are on the cutting edge of water efficiency, innovation, collaboration, and outreach.

    “We are proud of our American Standard brand, which leads the way in designing innovative water technology products to help homeowners save water without sacrificing performance,” said Troy Benavidez, vice president, public affairs, LIXIL Americas. “We constantly strive to integrate water conservation into everything we do here at LIXIL and we are truly honored to be recognized with a WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award from the EPA for our commitment to increasing awareness about water efficiency.”

    The EPA recognized American Standard for demonstrating a commitment to water conservation through the Beauty in Motion truck tour, which showcased the brand’s newest WaterSense-labeled showerheads, faucets, and ultra-high efficiency toilets. These mobile showrooms toured the country and made a total of 173 stops during 2017 reaching more than 6,700 professionals and consumers with their exhibits, a 21 percent increase from 2016.

    The EPA also honored American Standard for several new, water-saving product innovations introduced in 2017, including the WaterSense-certified Spectra shower collection. The comprehensive selection of showerheads and hand showers was designed to operate at 1.8 gallons per minute (gpm) to deliver an optimal showering experience while still conserving water. The collection offers a variety of flexible choices to suit all ages and mobility levels, including the industry-first Spectra Touch and Spectra eTouch showerheads, which allow the user to change spray patterns with the touch of a finger on the outside ring of the fixture itself. The Spectra eTouch also includes a wall-mounted remote that provides easy access for bathers who have difficulty reaching the showerhead due to height or mobility.

    Additionally, American Standard more than doubled the consumer and trade media impressions achieved to build awareness for the WaterSense message. On social media, the brand promoted a giveaway of WaterSense-labeled faucets for the EPA’s 2017 Fix a Leak Week. The brand also produced a variety of YouTube videos, including one highlighting the renovation of the Naomi’s Way family shelter that American Standard supported in 2017, promoting the WaterSense-labeled products that were used.

    American Standard also collaborated with a number of trade groups and technical committees to promote the development of water-efficient technologies. For example, the brand’s technical staff partnered with the Alliance for Water Efficiency to help provide the EPA with information to update WaterSense product specifications.

    Sal Gattone, senior director, product engineering, LIXIL Americas, accepted the award on behalf of American Standard at the WaterSmart Innovations 2018 show in Las Vegas today.

    Since the inception of the WaterSense program in 2006, the American Standard brand and more than 1,900 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 2.7 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount used by all U.S. households for nearly 100 days. Beyond water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have also helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 367 billion kilowatt hours — enough to power more than 34.1 million homes for a year — saving $63.8 billion in water and energy bills.

    For more information on WaterSense labeled American Standard products, visit www.americanstandard.com or call (800) 442-1902. For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

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    FOR  MORE  INFORMATION: 

    Nora  DePalma, O’Reilly DePalma 

    For LIXIL Americas - American Standard, DXV, GROHE 

    (770) 772-4726 

    nora.depalma@betterpr.com

    ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD
    American Standard makes life healthier, safer and more beautiful at home, at work and in our communities. For more than 140 years, the brand has innovated and created products that improve daily living in and around the bathroom and kitchen for residential and commercial customers. It has been recognized with 83 product innovation and design awards in the past five years. American Standard is part of LIXIL, a global leader in housing and building materials products and services. Learn more at americanstandard.com, or follow us at facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing, twitter.com/AmStandard, youtube.com/AmericanStandard01, Pinterest.com/amstandard, Instagram.com/american_standard.

    ABOUT LIXIL
    LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard, INAX, and TOSTEM, as well as specialty brands such as DXV. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in 150 proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day. 

    LIXIL of the LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938), the listed holding company for LIXIL’s portfolio of businesses.   

    Learn more at www.lixil.com, facebook.com/lixilgroup and www.linkedin.com/company/lixil-group.

    Spectra eTouch™ and Spectra Touch™ are trademarks of AS America, Inc.
    WaterSense® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Tweet me:.@AMStandard wins 2018 @EPAwatersense Sustained Excellence Award http://bit.ly/2P95fvT

    KEYWORDS: LIXIL, American Standard, 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award, EPA, Water Conservation

     


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    SOURCE:Astellas

    SUMMARY:

    • Three innovators working to change cancer care awarded a combined $100,000 in grants following live pitch to a panel of judges that included celebrity entrepreneur Bill Rancic.
       
    • Winning idea aims to change the way Nigerians learn and talk about breast cancer

    DESCRIPTION:

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Astellas Pharma US, Inc. today announced that Ebele Mbanugo of Lagos, Nigeria, Run For a Cure Africa Breast Cancer Foundation, has been chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the third annual C3Prize, a global challenge that supports non-treatment innovations aimed at improving the cancer care experience for patients, caregivers and their loved ones. Mbanugo will receive a $50,000 grant and mentoring to help bring to life her winning idea to transform cancer care. The other two Category Winners receive $25,000 grants.

    "The C3 Prize places a spotlight on trailblazing cancer care solutions and exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit I am dedicated to supporting," said celebrity guest judge Bill Rancic. "As both an entrepreneur and the husband of someone affected by cancer, I can truly say that the grand prize winning idea has the potential to make a significant impact on people with cancer and their caregivers in low- and middle-income countries."

    Mbanugo's winning idea is to produce a culturally relevant and easy-to-understand digital audio series—the first of its kind—that addresses common myths and barriers to breast cancer treatment in Nigeria. With the grant money from the C3 Prize, she will bring together local actors and writers in-studio to create a pilot project that tests her prize-winning theory that the Nigerian penchant for good stories will make this entertaining and educational series a success.

    "I am thankful for the opportunity to make my idea—to change the way Nigerians learn and talk about breast cancer—a reality," Mbanugo said. "I've been dedicated to increasing access to cancer care since my mother and her two sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer. The idea I presented is the next step in my mission to fight breast cancer and help erase the stigma surrounding it, through education."

    Mbanugo pitched her idea alongside two other Category Winners to a panel of judges, including Rancic, to whom the topic of cancer is personal—his wife and fellow reality-TV star Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Congress attendees watched him and others choose a winner during the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 3.

    "We are pleased to support all three of this year's C3 Prize Category Winners, whose ideas have the potential to transform the cancer care experience," said Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, Oncology Business Unit at Astellas. "Our past winners have already had a significant impact on the cancer community, and we are excited to see how this year's winning ideas may make a difference for patients, caregivers and their loved ones around the globe."

    This year's challenge awarded three prizes totaling $100,000 (one Grand Prize grant of $50,000 and two $25,000 grants). The other two Category Winners, who competed in Kuala Lumpur are:

    • Support Tools: Do Hyun Kim, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Harvard University. Kim and his classmates, including Emily Dahl and Olga Romanova, developed an outpatient wearable device designed to take body temperature readings of pediatric cancer patients at specific time intervals and alert them of the results via an alarm feedback system.
    • Technology Tools: Richard Levenson, of Sacramento, California, USA, UC Davis Medical Center. Levenson developed an instrument that can provide enhanced, diagnostic-quality images directly and quickly from fresh or fixed tissue—changing the way cancer can be diagnosed.

    In addition to the prize money, all three Category Winners will receive a one-year "nights and weekends" membership to MATTER, a Chicago-based healthcare innovation community, to help bring their innovative ideas to life.

    About C3 Prize
    The Astellas Oncology C3 (Changing Cancer Care) Prize is a global challenge focused on inspiring non-treatment ideas that may improve cancer care for patients and their loved ones. In its third year, entrants were challenged to come up with solutions that transform cancer care in low- and middle- income countries, whose populations bear a disproportionate burden of the global cancer epidemic.1,2,3 New for this year, applicants selected a category under which to submit their application. For more information on the specific categories visit C3Prize.com.

    Entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: extent to which idea reflects application category; plausibility of idea; creativity and originality of innovation; and ability of entrant to operationalize/implement the innovative idea for future application.

    About Astellas
    Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at http://www.astellas.us. You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AstellasUS or LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/astellas-pharma.

    About UICC
    The Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) rapidly increasing membership base of over 1,000 organisations in more than 160 countries, represents the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups and includes influential policy makers, researchers and experts in cancer prevention and control. UICC also boasts more than 50 strategic partners.

    The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

    About The World Cancer Congress
    The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognized international conference which encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange amongst 3,500 cancer control and public health experts from 150 countries. It aims to strengthen the participants' action and impact on national, regional and international scales through a multidisciplinary program that features the latest successful interventions in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

    The Congress was awarded 'Best Conference Development' at the 2016 International & European Associations Awards and 'Best use of social media' at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.

    The World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) -  which was recognized with Membership Engagement Award - and supports the organization's purpose statement 'to unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda'. It takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC.

    About MATTER
    MATTER, Chicago's premier healthcare collaborative, includes 200 cutting-edge startups from around the world, working together with hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together, the MATTER community is accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit matter.health and follow @MATTERhealth.

    1 Moten Asad, et al. Redefining global health priorities: Improving cancer care in developing settings. J Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 4(1).

    2 World Health Organization. Fact Sheet.  Accessed May 15, 2018. http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer

    3 World Cancer Day. Fact Sheet.  Accessed May 15, 2018. http://www.worldcancerday.org/myth-2-cancer-disease-wealthy-elderly-and-developed-countries 

    For further information:
    Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
    Kelli Teno
    TEL: 847-224-9172
    Kelli.Teno@astellas.com

    Tweet me:.@AstellasUS announces Ebele Mbanugo as winner of the 2018 #C3Prize. Mbanugo will receive support in #breastcancer #awareness audio series tailored for Nigerian communities http://bit.ly/2yfee7l #oncology #cancercare #innovation #entrepreneurship

    KEYWORDS: astellas, C3 Prize, Ebele Mbanugo, Run For a Cure Africa Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer, Oncology, audio series, entrepreneurship, Nigeria


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    As Nevada considers opening up more retail choice, NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez writes about the importance of competition.

    SOURCE:NRG Energy

    DESCRIPTION:

    Throughout our country and in nearly every industry, competition has driven innovation, pushed human ingenuity and unveiled a new dimension of value by empowering consumers with choice.

    We only have to look to the transportation industry to see its impacts. The on-demand transportation model essentially had no competition until Uber and Lyft disrupted it with a compelling consumer experience tailored to the modern traveler. Right now, in the electric power industry, there is a debate over the best technologies, business models and fuel types to power the economy of the 21st century. Competition is at the center of this debate. 

    Even as we’ve made progress in other industries, competition has largely eluded the electric power sector. Power still operates much as it did 100 years ago. There are centralized plants that generate power, poles and wires to transport that power, and a company that sells power to consumers.

    For most of the country, the pieces of this industry value chain are still regulated (the local utility) instead of allowing multiple providers to compete and win business. Today, 32 states participate in competitive wholesale markets and yet only 19 states and the District of Columbia participate in some form of retail competition. 

    Click to continue reading

    Tweet me:As @nrgenergy CEO @NRGMauricio points out, true retail competition is the path to a more efficient, #sustainable and renewable energy future http://bit.ly/2P8TFAD

    KEYWORDS: electricity competition, nevada, Energy, sustainable energy, renewable energy


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    SOURCE:Caterpillar Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Caterpillar’s Code of Conduct – Our Values in Action – defines what Caterpillar stands for and what we believe in, documenting uncompromisingly high ethical standards for our company. The Code of Conduct helps Caterpillar employees every day by providing detailed guidance on the behaviors that support Our Values in Action – Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability.

    Click here to learn more about our corporate governance, risk management process and stance on various public policies and human rights policies.

    Tweet me:.@CaterpillarInc has a strict code of conduct that defines what the company stands for and what it believes in. Interested in learning more about the company's governance and stance on various public #policies? Check out the 2017 #sustainability report: http://bit.ly/2OWJNKm

    KEYWORDS: Caterpillar, public policy, code of conduct, governance, business risk management, EHS risk management, NYSE:CAT


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

    DESCRIPTION:

    With its high-energy lasers and high-power microwaves, directed energy is like the phasers of Star Trek or heat-rays of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds come to life. Dr. David Stoudt has been guiding the evolution of the field and the development of directed energy technologies to support warfighters in combat since the 1990s. He recently became president of the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS), which held its annual Directed Energy Systems Symposium September 24-27 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  

    We spoke with Dr. Stoudt about this field, how his team supports warfighters, and what’s excited and inspired him throughout his career.

    How did you get interested in directed energy?

    I’ve been living this dream for a long time. In the Navy, I was a diver and a submarine nuclear reactor operator, and then I went to college for electrical engineering at Old Dominion University (ODU). As an undergraduate research assistant, I found myself in the lab of Dr. Karl Schoenbach doing pulsed plasma physics and got hooked. After I wrote my doctoral dissertation at ODU on my ongoing research at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia (NSWCDD), I established world-class directed energy programs and facilities there and eventually became the Navy’s first Distinguished Engineer for Directed Energy, a Senior Professional position in the Executive Service. My work at NSWCDD allowed me to drive directed-energy research activities  in a way that supports the warfighter.

    What have been some highlights throughout your career?

    I led many technical programs and worked with highly capable researchers throughout my professional career in directed energy. At the start of the Iraq war, I was contacted by DARPA and asked if there was anything we could do about IEDs from a directed energy perspective. I used my background to come up with a counter-IED concept and formulated a very talented technical team. We built the NIRF system, which uses RF energy to neutralize IEDs. Within 18 months of getting funding, we had the system in theater. I took the system over there in 2005 with 15 civilian technicians and operators that operated the system during combat missions. The 90-day evaluation period became three years, we deployed a second NIRF system in 2012, and we also built stationery versions of the system that were specifically designed to counter the vehicle-borne IEDs. To my knowledge, NIRF was the first time ever that a directed energy system was deployed in combat.

    Our team at NSWCDD also built the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS), which we deployed on the USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15). This was the first time the U.S. Navy deployed a high-energy laser onto a ship, and what was supposed to be a one-year deployment turned into three years.

    For the last three years of my government career, I worked at the Pentagon and stood up the Naval Directed Energy Steering Group (NDESG). The NDESG was charted by the Undersecretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV) to develop the Department of the Navy’s (DON’s) Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap for directed energy weapons. The DON’s first-ever directed-energy Vision and Strategy were both formally approved by UNSECNAV Work in 2012.

    What excites you about your current work with Booz Allen?

    Since joining Booz Allen in 2016, I get called in on a number of the key programs under development at NSWCDD and at ONR. While at Booz Allen, I’ve focused on increasing the focus on understanding the lethality of directed-energy weapons and the need to develop tactical decision aids to assist warfighters who will use them in combat. To get these weapons in the hands of warfighters, we must understand their capability needs and win their trust. Booz Allen is very proactive in helping to manage expectations and not oversell the capabilities directed energy can provide.

    We’ve been very proactive in assisting the government with developing directed energy capabilities—it’s our job to help make the government very successful. We’ve hosted the Directed Energy Summit for the last four years, and it has had a major influence on the directed-energy community. I’ve been extremely impressed with the impact this summit has had on the technical community, and leaders both in Congress and in the Department of Defense (DoD)—bringing leadership together to focus on the deployment of this critical new warfighting capability.

    What do you see as the future of directed energy?

    DEPS has been doing a lot outreach and education, both in the academic and technical communities, on the Hill, and with senior DoD officials. Now it’s time for  the directed-energy community to focus on the operational needs of the warfighter. We’re at a convergence of where the directed-energy capabilities have developed and the asymmetric threats that are manifesting themselves on the battlefield; threats such as small, slow UAS, which can provide Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) or drop ordnance on our troops. These are a real problem in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and they lend themselves well to directed energy solutions.

    When you talk to warfighters from all the services, they say cruise missile threats are a significant and a tougher problem than many of the asymmetric threats. This problem will only get worse with the advent of hypersonic weapons. We must do more work as a community to get the capabilities to the point that they can be used effectively in combat; today for asymmetric threats, and in the future for higher-end threats such as cruise missiles.

    Today, young engineers and scientists are typically drawn toward digital and cyber activities—but if you really like building things and doing work that’s unique and technically very challenging, the directed energy community is the place for you. We’re not putting lasers on sharks, not yet anyway, but we are building lasers that can shoot down aircraft, mortars, and missiles. We’re also building high-power microwave systems that can disrupt or damage the operation of electronics in weapons and infrastructures. We’re getting new and novel capabilities into the hands of the warfighter. This is truly a very exciting time to part of the directed-energy community.

    To learn more about Booz Allen’s directed energy practice, visit: https://www.boozallen.com/expertise/engineering/directed-energy.html.

    Tweet me:.@BoozAllen’s Dr. David Stoudt on using #directedenergy to help #warfighters http://bit.ly/2zRiI6f #lasers

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, NYSE:BAH


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    AEG’s LA Kings solidify public-private partnership with City of Los Angeles to build and operate Reseda Ice Rink, the City’s first ever year-round recreational ice facility

    SOURCE:AEG

    DESCRIPTION:

    AEG’s LA Kings announced a new partnership with the City of Los Angeles to build and manage a year-round public ice rink in Los Angeles earlier today. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield joined Los Angeles Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify the partnership at Toyota Sports Center, the club’s practice facility, in El Segundo, Calif.

    “This is a tremendous opportunity for the LA Kings to continue to grow the game of hockey in Los Angeles,” said Robitaille.  “We would like to thank Councilmember Blumenfield and the city of Reseda for their hard work and diligent effort in helping make this a reality.  We look forward to seeing the shovel in the dirt and watching the Reseda Ice Rink come to fruition.  The facility is something that will be enjoyed by the community for a long, long time.”

    The project is a key part of Blumenfield’s Reseda Rising initiative which is a multi-front effort to reinvest in the community and enhance Reseda as a center for entertainment and small business. The $26 million facility will be funded by Proposition K, the Kings and through other City resources. When completed, the facility will be owned by the Department of Recreation and Parks, managed by the Kings and will serve kids and residents of the West Valley and the entire region.

    Blumenfield and Robitaille were joined by other integral partners including Kelly Cheeseman, COO of the Los Angeles Kings and AEG Sports; Michael Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks; and Sylvia Patsaouras, President of the Recreation and Parks Commission; in addition to representatives from the American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC), the largest independent owner/operator of ice rink facilities in the United States.

    Tweet me:AEG's @LAKings to build and manage year-round public ice rink in #LosAngeles - the City's first year-round recreational ice facility! http://bit.ly/2E1nvGb

    KEYWORDS: AEG, LA Kings, city of los angeles, Councilmember Blumenfield, Luc Robitaille, Public Ice Rink


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    Celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5th

    SOURCE:America's Charities

    DESCRIPTION:

    Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated annually on October 5th. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is the main framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.

    Around the world, celebrations honoring teachers bring together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, teachers, and experts in the field of teaching. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 is dedicated to advancing education. Since target 4.c recognizes teachers as key to the achievement of the global 2030 Education Agenda, World Teachers Day has become an occasion to mark teachers’ achievements and reflect on ways to address remaining challenges facing the teaching profession, such as an acute shortage of teachers. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 69 million teachers are needed to help us achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.

    Every day, ACEI supports a network of 50,000 education professionals around the world. Our programs empower teachers with tools to tackle their most pressing education challenges, and include:

    The Center for Education Diplomacy is the first and only initiative to develop and promote Education Diplomacy, which uses the skills of diplomacy to build effective cooperation across sectors and among diverse actors to solve education challenges;

    Global Schools First, a whole- school assessment framework that looks at the integration of global citizenship education in primary schools around the world.

    The Innovation Exchange initiative promotes transformative solutions that meet the needs and challenges of our world. Through our publications, we share innovative trends, ideas, and practices inspiring educators, and education advocates around the world.

    How can you celebrate teachers this year? Below are some suggested ways to honor teachers during the upcoming months:

    • Celebrate teachers during a school assembly and present certificates of appreciation
    • Create social media campaigns honoring teachers and encourage teachers, parents, and caregivers to join
    • Visit or send a card to a current or former teacher
    • Send a card to your child’s teacher
    • Collaborate with others to decorate a teacher’s classroom or a teachers’ lounge
    • Volunteer in a classroom
    • Compile photos from a teacher’s class into a book or video to share
    • Purchase books for the school library and attach bookplates with the teacher’s name
    • Coordinate with local business to provide gift certificates for goods or services.
    • Support teachers by designating a gift to Association for Childhood Education International today!

    Support Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)​ through your employee giving program:

    As a donor, you can support ACEI by donating to them through your employer’s workplace giving program. Payroll pledges made through employer-sponsored charitable giving programs represent a cost effective and near effortless way to support your favorite charities.

    As ACEI's workplace giving partner, America’s Charities can help your company design and implement a program centered on supporting their work - through workplace giving campaigns, employee fundraising, cause-focused signature programs, volunteerism, donation drives, matching gifts, Dollars-for-Doers, In-Kind Giving and other employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. Click here to request a demo and learn how we can help you do this.

    Tweet me:.@AmerCharities: Supporting Education Professionals Around the World on #WorldTeachersDay2018 and Everyday With @ACEI_Info https://impact.ac/2IEtijB

    KEYWORDS: America’s Charities, workplace giving, employee giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, charity vetting, payroll deduction giving, Fundraising, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), World Teachers' Day


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    Applications for community-based organizations open this week, following free limited release screenings in nine markets

    SOURCE:21st Century Fox

    DESCRIPTION:

    LOS ANGELES, October 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Twentieth Century Fox Film and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide underserved and underrepresented young people across the country access to the powerful new film THE HATE U GIVE, as a tool for driving empowerment, empathy, and dialogue. The studio and theatre chain are hosting free screenings in nine metro areas during the film’s limited release – at 11am local time, Saturday, October 6: Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC.  

    Students and youth-serving organizations are encouraged to register for the free screenings; visit amctheatres.com/group/the-hate-u-give to reserve tickets.

    The limited release screenings kick off a campaign to bring up to 50 screenings to communities around the country and amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world. Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for free screenings at screenings.thehateugive.com. Applications are due October 22, 2018, and winners will be selected by October 31, 2018.

    Individuals interested in supporting screenings for classrooms around the country can contribute via donorschoose.org/thehateugivemovie. Parent company 21st Century Fox will match donations up to $25,000.

    In addition to applying for screenings, educators are invited to download a complimentary curriculum guide for middle school, high school and college students at bazaned.com/the-hate-u-give-curriculum-guide. THE HATE U GIVE lesson plans – including video clips, interviews and photos from the film – are designed to meet Common Core and NCSS standards.

    In THE HATE U GIVE, Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, directed by George Tillman, Jr., and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.

    THE HATE U GIVE community screenings campaign follows an effort last year by Twentieth Century Fox Film to expose more youth to Hidden Figures and the previously untold story of the African-American female mathematicians who were pivotal in NASA’s success during the 1960-70s’ Space Race. Over 7,000 groups applied for screenings and 6,300 tickets were given out as part of the program.

    The film will be shown in select theatres beginning October 5, and everywhere October 19.

    About Twentieth Century Fox Film

    One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.

    About AMC

    AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with more than 1,000 theatres and nearly 11,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smartphone apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States' top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the #1 theatre chain in Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK & Ireland. In a joint partnership with The Development and Investment Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, AMC also operates AMC Cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com.

    Contacts:        

    Twentieth Century Fox Film

    Melissa Foran
    Melissa.foran@fox.com             

    AMC

    Ryan Noonan
    913.213.2183
    rnoonan@amctheatres.com              

    Tweet me:.@21CF_Impact and @AMCTheatres have teamed up to offer free screenings of #TheHateUGive to communities across the US: http://bit.ly/2Rppir8

    KEYWORDS: hollywood, 21st century fox, AMC Theatres, The Hate U Give, police shootings, community, classroom, students, Youth, NYSE:FOX


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    SOURCE:Legg Mason

    DESCRIPTION:

    Legg Mason and our affiliate colleagues in the US and UK are helping to ensure that students in our communities are starting the new school year off on the right foot – and have continued support throughout the academic year.

    These efforts are aligned with our primary charitable/philanthropic focus, which is education, particularly in the area of underserved youth.

    Recent Activities

    • Annual Dorm Drive – New York employees sponsored the Bottom Line College Dorm Drive for the 6th year in a row and raised over $6,000 for the purchase of laptops and other necessities for six students. Recipients are from low-income families in New York City and are the first in their family to attend college.
    • KickStart Money – UK colleagues participated in this education program to further financial literacy in primary schools.
    • School Beautification/Clean-Up – HR colleagues across our US locations volunteered at the Crossroads School in East Baltimore as part of a Collaboration Day. The team helped prepare the school for students by painting hallways and organizing classrooms.
    • School Supply Drives – Baltimore employees donated school supplies and backpacks for students and classrooms in underserved communities, including the POWER House in East Baltimore.

    ​ Mentoring Programs

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters –​ Colleagues in New York are partnering for the 11th year to mentor middle school students through a bi-monthly workplace program at our New York Times office. In Baltimore, employees mentor students from Patterson High School where students come to our office once a month. Both programs focus on various life-skill development activities through quality time spent with their mentor.
    • Cristo Rey– Cristo Rey students work in our Baltimore and New York offices weekly during the school year as part of the Corporate Work Study Program, where students gain job experience during the academic year. . Cristo Rey has been a Legg Mason partner since 2007.
    • Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County– 2018 marks the 11th year that colleagues in Stamford, Connecticut, will participate in a very successful program with Childcare Learning Centers whereby volunteers read to preschoolers twice a month.
    • Crossroads School– For the third year, Baltimore colleagues are mentoring middle school students twice a month at the Crossroads School. Mentors focus on academic, life-skill and relationship development with their respective mentees.
    • Urban Alliance– Since 2009, we have partnered with Urban Alliance to host Baltimore City high school students working in our Baltimore office several days a week. The program is supplemented by a corresponding professional development program.

    More about Legg Mason’s focus on education:

    We believe grassroots enterprises with a strong local presence can benefit most from our contributions. Given that focus, we provide our key community partners with both financial resources and employee time and effort.

    The needs we strive to serve:

    • Scholarship funding for underserved children
    • Strong and innovative principals

    • Well-trained teachers with appropriate resources

    • Funding high-quality early education and after-school programs
       

    Additional resources:

    Tweet me:.@LeggMason prepares students for success throughout the academic year. http://bit.ly/2O3qi6q

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:LM, legg mason


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    Research to Mitigate Health and Economic Risks

    SOURCE:Black & Veatch

    DESCRIPTION:

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa,  October 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been tasked by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to implement an electronic system that enables the inventory and management of biological materials at Kruger National Park in South Africa. In partnership with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Black & Veatch will support the Office of the State Veterinarian in preventing and controlling animal diseases.

    Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, spanning more than 2 million hectares. The Office of the State Veterinarian services the park’s 137 mammals and more than 500 bird varieties. Black & Veatch helped develop DTRA’s Pathogen Asset Control System (PACS) software that will provide detailed tracking of biological samples from these animals to diagnose, research and control zoonotic diseases, including the control of disease-carrying species that move in and out of the park and related risks that could affect the South African export market and in-country meat safety.

    “Our long-term partnership with DTRA and proven track record of quickly implementing PACS solutions for state-of-the art laboratories around the world has helped us expand our work in South Africa with this critical animal health program,” said Tom Wahl, Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Black & Veatch Federal Business. “Our biological asset protection expertise takes on a new role in this project when the assets at hand are serious pathogens that must be handled and analyzed with care.”

    Officials at Kruger undertake regular surveillance patrols to observe and sample various animal species.  Ante- and post-mortem investigations are regularly conducted where suspicion of disease exists, and various diagnostic samples are taken for further testing and analysis at laboratories. The Office of the State Veterinarian is also involved in numerous research projects, such as studying controlled or notifiable diseases.

    “As part of DTRA’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), implementing PACS at Kruger National Park will improve biosecurity by tracking samples in real-time on a consolidated dashboard, enabling detailed traceability of an entire sample’s lifecycle and unique characteristics,” said Dr. Louis van Schalkwyk, Office of the State Veterinarian.

    ***

    Editor’s Notes:

    • In South Africa, three institutions have adopted PACS, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). NICD studies human infections and dangerous pathogens. Using PACS, the institution is able to effectively track and manage biological agents, many of which are stored in freezers at multiple sites.
    • Black & Veatch has worked with DTRA on its CBEP program since 2004, which emphasizes cooperation and collaborative research with institutes and scientists to strengthen the detection and diagnosis of highly infectious disease outbreaks and related biothreats.

    About Black & Veatch
    Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

    Black & Veatch Media Contact Information:
    BEATRICE LIVIOCO | +1 571-366-6984 P | +1 240-401-5504 M | liviocob@bv.com
    24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

    Tweet me:A new software program being implemented at @SANParksKNP will help prevent and control animal diseases at one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Learn how: http://bit.ly/2DWjdzK #DTRA #animalhealth #PACS

    KEYWORDS: Black & Veatch, Kruger National Park, Animal Health, animal disease, biological data, advancing medical research


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    As many as 12,000 students in metro Atlanta are taking part in a program called Inner Explorer, which involves daily audio sessions that focus on their emotional development.

    SOURCE:LG Electronics USA, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    By Jennifer Leslie

    Right after recess, fifth-grade students at Northwood Elementary School in Roswell gather around the front of the classroom, while the lights go off and a soothing voice fills the air.

    "Breathe in, breathe out," they hear from a program playing on the smart board.

    The program is called Inner Explorer. It's a series of daily 5-10 minute audio sessions that focus on students' emotional development.

    The program is free for two years through a sponsorship by LG Electronics USA.

    It's part of a new company initiative called “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness."

    Already, about 12,000 students in Roswell, Johns Creek and Griffin are taking part in the program to reduce stress and anxiety levels and create "sustainable feelings of happiness."

    Click here to read the full article

    Tweet me:.@LGUS #ExperienceHappiness initiative sponsors @Inner_Explorer program to help students manage stress, improve mental health http://bit.ly/3BLIEinATL via @11AliveNews

    KEYWORDS: KRX:066570, LG Electronics, Inner Explorer, Life's Good: Experience Happiness


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