September 2, 2009
Virtuoso Violinist Itzhak Perlman and New York Philharmonic to Join Rotary's Effort to End Polio
Rotary International is joining violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and the New York Philharmonic, led by Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Daniel Boico, to present the Concert to End Polio. It will be a benefit performance supporting the global effort to eradicate this disabling childhood disease.
The Concert to End Polio will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City. Program information will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Orchestra is also renowned around the globe, having appeared in 425 cities in 59 countries on five continents.
Polio eradication resonates strongly with Mr. Perlman, who contracted the disease at age four and overcame serious physical challenges to become one of the world's most celebrated musicians. In this historic, one-night-only performance -- his first with the New York Philharmonic in four years -- Mr. Perlman will help Rotary in its effort to raise $200 million to match a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the resulting $555 million will fund critical eradication activities in developing countries where polio still threatens children.
Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Since then, ending polio has been Rotary's top priority, and tremendous progress has been made.
Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization made up of more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas, with a total membership of 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders.
Source: Rotary International
Posted by Editors at 9:04 AM
August 24, 2009
P&G's Global Pharmaceuticals Business Acquired By Warner Chilcott
The Procter & Gamble Company and Warner Chilcott plc today announced an agreement for the sale of P&G's global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott for an up-front cash payment of $3.1 billion.
Under the terms of the agreement, Warner Chilcott, a leading specialty pharmaceuticals company, will acquire P&G's portfolio of branded pharmaceutical products, including Asacol HD (mesalamine) Delayed-Release Tablets for ulcerative colitis, Actonel (risedronate sodium) for osteoporosis, and the co-promotion rights to Enablex (darifenacin) for the treatment of overactive bladder, as well as P&G's prescription drug product pipeline and manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico and Germany. In addition, the majority of the 2,300 employees working on P&G's pharmaceuticals business are expected to transfer to Warner Chilcott. Both companies expect the transaction to close by the end of the 2009 calendar year, pending necessary regulatory approvals.
"The acquisition of the P&G pharmaceutical brands and employee talent is a transformational, strategic move for us," said Roger Boissonneault, president and chief executive officer of Warner Chilcott. "The acquisition transforms Warner Chilcott into a global pharmaceutical company."
"This move enables us to focus singularly on winning in consumer health care - Personal Health Care, Oral Care and Feminine Care," said Bob McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble.
Warner Chilcott's legal advisor is Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP and lead financial advisors are J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. Also advising Warner Chilcott are BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Barclays Capital Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Procter & Gamble's financial advisor is Goldman Sachs and its legal advisor is Covington & Burling, LLP.
Source: Procter & Gamble; Warner Chillcott
Posted by Editors at 12:46 PM
July 16, 2009
America's Best Hospitals 2009-10 As Ranked By U.S. News Media Group
U.S. News Media Group today announced the 2009-10 publication of America's Best Hospitals, accessible today online and on sale at newsstands Tuesday, July 21.
Now in its 20th year, the multi-platform 2009-10 America's Best Hospitals guide is the most extensive hospital ranking to-date. It includes rankings of 174 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties -- with full data available online for another 1,500 unranked hospitals. In addition, the Best Hospitals "Honor Roll" highlights 21 medical centers that were ranked at or near the top in at least six specialties.
The 16 ranked specialties are cancer; diabetes & endocrine disorders; digestive disorders; ear, nose, and throat; geriatric care; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.
"When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for someone close to you," said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. "These are hospitals that are used to getting the sickest patients."
The 2009-10 Best Hospitals guide also includes a web video series on USNews.com where visitors can watch HealthiNation Chief Medical Editor Dr. Holly Atkinson interview Comarow and Dr. Bernadine Healy, U.S. News health editor, to capture their expertise and insight into the Best Hospitals ranking process. The videos take viewers behind the scenes of the rigorous selection process, include profiles of top winners across categories, and reveal what it takes for a hospital to be named one of "America's Best."
"Over the past two decades, America's Best Hospitals has proven to be an essential resource for consumers facing difficult healthcare decisions," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News & World Report.
Of the medical centers ranked in the 2009-10 America's Best Hospitals, 21 earned Honor Roll status, demonstrating excellence and breadth of expertise by ranking at or near the top in at least six specialties.
The top hospitals in the 2009-10 Honor Roll are:
1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
3. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
7. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
8. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
9. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
10. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
10. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
12. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
13. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
15. Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.
16. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
17. NYU Medical Center, New York
17. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
19. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
20. Methodist Hospital, Houston
21. Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus
In addition to the hospitals that appear in one or more specialty rankings in the print magazine, the 2009-10 America's Best Hospitals package includes an online consumer guide where readers can find information on more than 1,500 hospitals that qualified for rankings, but did not score high enough to be ranked.
Source: U.S. News Media Group
"The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm."
-- Florence Nightingale
Posted by Editors at 11:05 PM
June 17, 2009
A Comfortable Office Climate: Siemens Sensors for Buildings
• Sensors are to become the sensory organs of buildings.
• Siemens scientists are working to unite as many detection and measuring functions as possible on a single chip.
Photo: Siemens Corporate Technology is working on sensors which can monitor the climate in buildings and make it comfortable. The scientists develop sensors not only for measuring light and temperature but also for detecting odors and measuring different gases, such as CO2. (© Siemens AG)
The goal of the Siemens researchers is to develop sensors which act as the sensory organs of buildings and pass on their information to a building management system. These tiny watchmen make the management system know, for example, where aggressive substances have leaked or simply where the lights are to be switched off or the windows opened due to too high a CO2 level in the air.
Today, room climate sensors, air quality sensors and presence sensors can already control the air and light conditions in offices in relation to the number of persons present. And, using optimized control technology, they thus save up to 30 percent more of the energy consumption for heating, ventilation and air conditioning than that is done by any conventional control and regulating technology.
Photo: A lab technician of Siemens Central Research measuring the acidification, impedance and respiration rate of the cell sensors. (© Siemens AG)
In addition to sensors for measuring light and temperature as well as for the detection of different gases, the scientists are currently developing cell sensors which are to be used as an early warning system for contaminated water or bad air. The cells of these "living" sensors react to deviations by changing their metabolism which can be measured. They live in a nutrient on a silicon chip. The chip evaluates the data and sends them to a master process control system. The advantage over chemical sensors: Living cells react to all toxins.
Photo: CAR KEY -- Just how flexibly the tiny measuring instruments can be used is demonstrated by an alcohol sensor in an Automobile Key developed by Siemens. After the driver has blown into the sensor, it measures the level of alcohol in his breath by means of a conductive metal oxide which reacts to the gases. If the value exceeds the limit of 0.5 per thousand, for example, the key switches off and the engine will not start. (© Siemens AG)
This patented electronics system of the Siemens researchers is currently being tested in the field by a vehicle manufacturer.
Source: Siemens AG, Munich, Germany.
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Posted by Editors at 12:22 PM
May 28, 2009
Microsoft Introduces New Search Engine: BING
Bing Helps People Make Better Decisions, says Microsoft.
Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Bing, a new Decision Engine and consumer brand, "providing customers with a first step in moving beyond search to help make faster, more informed decisions".
According to Microsoft, Bing is specifically designed to build on the benefits of today's search engines but begins to move beyond this experience with a new approach to user experience and intuitive tools to help customers make better decisions, focusing initially on four key vertical areas:
• Making a purchase decision.
• Planning a trip.
• Researching a health condition.
• Finding a local business.
This new approach is a beginning for a new kind of search service, which Microsoft is calling a Decision Engine that is designed to empower people to gain insight and knowledge from the Web by moving more quickly to important decisions.
The explosive growth of online content has continued unabated, and Bing was developed as a tool to help people more easily navigate through the information overload that has come to characterize many of today's search experiences, explains Microsoft.
"Today, search engines do a decent job of helping people navigate the Web and find information, but they don't do a very good job of enabling people to use the information they find," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. "When we set out to build Bing, we grounded ourselves in a deep understanding of how people really want to use the Web. Bing is an important first step forward in our long-term effort to deliver innovations in search that enable people to find information quickly and use the information they've found to accomplish tasks and make smart decisions."
Based on the customer insight that 66 percent of people are using Internet search more frequently to make complex decisions, Microsoft identified three design goals to guide the development of Bing:
• Deliver great results.
• Deliver a more organized experience.
• Simplify tasks and provide insight, leading to faster, more confident decisions.
"The new service, built to go beyond today's search experience, includes deep innovation on core search areas including entity extraction and expansion, query intent recognition and document summarization technology as well as a new user experience model that dynamically adapts to the type of query to provide relevant and intuitive decision-making tools," claims Microsoft.
The new service, located at http://www.bing.com/, will begin to roll out over the coming days and will be fully deployed worldwide on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. It is only then that one can find out whether Bing is really a "Decision Engine" as Microsoft proclaims.
Source: Microsoft Corporation
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
-- Immanuel Kant
[Added June 25, 2009]
"Bing is overtaking Google. But Google has the Best Database."
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Posted by Editors at 8:42 PM
April 26, 2009
Whooping Cough: "Sounds of Pertussis" Campaign Spokesperson Jennifer Lopez Kicks Off March of Dimes March For Babies In Miami
Photo: Jennifer Lopez, Honorary Chairperson of the March of Dimes March for Babies 2009, and spokesperson for the organization's new public service announcement (PSA) campaign on the need for adult pertussis immunization, supports walkers at the March for Babies walk in Miami on April 25. (Sanofi Pasteur)
The March of Dimes and sanofi pasteur have launched a U.S. national education campaign to raise awareness about pertussis and help parents learn how they can help protect themselves and reduce the risk of spreading pertussis to their babies, for whom this disease can be potentially deadly.
As part of the Sounds of Pertussis campaign, actress, singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother Jennifer Lopez has kicked off the March of Dimes March for Babies 2009 season as honorary chairperson for this year's event. While in Miami she continued to advocate the campaign's goal to educate families about getting vaccinated with the adult pertussis booster, which can help to protect adults from getting pertussis and transmitting the disease to their babies.
Commonly known as "whooping cough," pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by severe coughing. Pertussis is particularly dangerous for babies who have not yet been fully vaccinated against the disease. Infants are more vulnerable to severe pertussis and face the possibility of serious complications, including death. Researchers looking at how infants have caught pertussis have found that in about half of the cases where a source could be identified, the disease was transmitted by a parent. Parents can help protect themselves from pertussis and reduce the risk of transmitting pertussis to their babies by getting a Tdap booster.
Sources: March of Dimes & Sanofi Pasteur
Posted by Editors at 9:15 AM
February 25, 2009
Gatorade G2 Everyday Athlete: Tennis Star Serena Williams Selects Her Match
Five Semi-Finalists -- All Named Serena -- Share Their Inspired 'Everyday Athlete' Stories For Chance To Appear Next to Serena Williams in G2 Low- Calorie Sports Drink Campaign.
Photo: #1 World Ranked Tennis Player Serena Williams congratulates Serena Cuevas, 23, from San Diego for being selected to appear alongside Williams in the new national "Everyday Athletes" campaign for Gatorade G2 low-calorie sports drink. Emceed by Access Hollywood host and upcoming Dancing with the Stars competitor, Nancy O'Dell, The G2 Everyday Athlete Search selected Cuevas among five semi-finalists - all named Serena.
Top world ranked tennis player Serena Williams -- who just came off winning her 10th Grand Slam Singles Title at the 2009 Australian Open -- teamed up with Gatorade G2 today at Hollywood's famed Roosevelt Hotel to select who will appear alongside her in a new national "Everyday Athletes" ad campaign for the Gatorade G2 low-calorie sports drink.
Emceed by Access Hollywood host and upcoming Dancing with the Stars competitor, Nancy O'Dell, The G2 Everyday Athlete Search featured five semi-finalists -- all named Serena -- who traveled to the event from around the country to discuss their personal stories of how sports and exercise have helped them overcome a challenge or allowed them to reach and accomplish a significant, personal goal.
A casting panel consisting of Serena Williams, and representatives from Shape Magazine and Gatorade G2 selected winner Serena Cuevas, 23, from San Diego, Calif. based on Cuevas' story of growing up with a passion to dance that was sidetracked by a horrific car accident at the age of 17. She was told by the doctors she may never dance again. With determination and passion, Cuevas recovered and went on to compete in national and international salsa competitions, as well as establish her own dance company -- Deseo Dance Company -- in San Diego.
Cuevas will appear with Serena Williams in the national ad campaign beginning this spring that will help draw attention to the Gatorade brand's broadened definition of what it means to be an athlete. If your body is moving, Gatorade considers you an athlete.
The Gatorade Company is a division of PepsiCo.
"Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy."
-- THOMAS CARLYLE
Posted by Editors at 7:44 AM
June 10, 2008
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Strikes Energy Drink Market With Venom
Venom Introduces New Re-sealable Aluminum Bottle.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group today introduces Venom, an energy drink for those wanting to experience "thrill seeking adventures". Venom is supposed to provide "hard-core energy" and is available in Black Mamba, regular, and Mojave Rattler, low-carbohydrate/calorie.
"Venom will accelerate Dr Pepper Snapple's entry into the fast growing energy drink market by delivering a jolt of energy in new killer packaging," said Charlotte Dimery, director of marketing for Venom. "Its piercing energy that strikes back in a new re-sealable bottle delivers something new and functional in the competitive energy landscape."
Photo: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. Makes a Splash on the New York Stock Exchange -- May 7, 2008; Beverage business separated from Cadbury Schweppes plc to become stand alone company.
Venom's 16.9 ounce re-sealable aluminum bottle allows consumers to enjoy the product during multiple occasions, unlike most energy drinks in cans.
The Venom energy blend contains caffeine, l-carnitine, guarana, ginseng and taurine, the hard-core ingredients that consumers are looking for in their energy drink.
Venom Black Mamba and Mojave Rattler will be available at retailers nationwide USA for a suggested retail price of $2.29.
In addition to Venom, the beverage portfolio of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. includes the flagship Dr Pepper, Snapple, 7UP, Mott's, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada Dry, Schweppes, Squirt, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Penafiel, Rose's, Yoo-hoo, Clamato, and Mr & Mrs T. Based in Plano, Texas, Dr Pepper Snapple Group operates 24 bottling and manufacturing facilities and more than 200 distribution centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Source: Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Posted by Editors at 11:06 AM
June 4, 2008
P&G's Folgers Business to Merge into The J. M. Smucker Company
Photo: Co-CEOs Richard & Tim Smucker welcome Folgers into the Smucker family of brands. (The J.M. Smucker Company)
The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to merge the Folgers coffee business ("Folgers") into The J. M. Smucker Company in an all-stock reverse Morris Trust transaction valued at approximately $3.3 billion, including the assumption of an estimated $350 million of Folgers debt. As part of the transaction, Smucker will issue a one-time special dividend of $5 per share to Smucker shareholders as of the record date, prior to the merger, a clear indication of the strength of the combined businesses. Following this one-time special dividend, P&G shareholders will receive approximately 53.5 percent of Smucker in a tax-free stock-for-stock merger.
Folgers is the leading producer of retail packaged coffee products in the United States with a 150 year history. Folgers' broad portfolio of products are sold primarily under its flagship Folgers(R) brand. This brand joins a widely recognized portfolio of brands that include Smucker's(R), Jif(R), Crisco(R), Pillsbury(R), Eagle Brand(R), Hungry Jack(R), Robin Hood(R) and Bick's(R). The proposed transaction creates a powerful portfolio of brands and an even stronger Smucker Company with annual sales approaching $5 billion, and greater scale that will benefit all of its businesses. With the addition of Folgers, the total size of the categories in which Smucker participates increases to approximately $15 billion as compared to $1 billion in 2002. The addition of Folgers, a billion dollar brand, is consistent with Smucker's strategy to own and market number one food brands in North America.
"Folgers is a perfect strategic fit within our portfolio of leading and iconic North American food brands," said Tim Smucker, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Smucker. "Folgers will become our tenth number one brand in North America and will further enhance the high quality, great tasting, diverse product offerings that consumers expect from Smucker. We are proud to welcome the talented Folgers employees to the Smucker Company where brands and people are about more than making and marketing products. We believe the many common values shared by our organizations represent a great foundation for a smooth integration."
Source: The J. M. Smucker Company; The Procter & Gamble Company
Posted by Editors at 8:13 PM
April 9, 2008
Gerald Genta Creates a One-of-a-Kind Model in Support of the Theodora Foundation
As a partner of the Theodora Foundation for the past two years, Gerald Genta will be contributing to the charity auction organised by Christie's on April the 16th by donating a one-of-a-kind watch. The unique model is a sophisticated and amusing timepiece that plays on the colors of the foundation.
The Theodora Foundation was born in Switzerland, in 1993, at the initiative of Andre and Jan Poulie. It is named in tribute to their mother, Theodora, who brightened Andre's childhood days during an extended hospital stay. The mission of its Dream doctors is to care for sick children through laughter. They currently operate in over 40 institutions around Switzerland and the concept has been taken up in eight other countries. In all, around 30 specifically trained professional artists pay regular visits to 95 hospitals or specialised institutions some 220,000 times a year and adapt their clown shows to the situation of each child they meet..
Gerald Genta, an Haute Horlogerie brand with a fine appreciation for the humourous, supports the Theodora Foundation. For the second year running, it is donating a one-of-a-kind watch to the auction. This self-winding ladies' watch displays the hours and the minutes by central hands, and the seconds on one of the brand's typical retrograde counters, appearing at 6 o'clock. The particularly entertaining dial features a richly colourful and complex composition set against a white-lacquered background. The thirteen individual rings appear on various levels and are individually coloured using a sophisticated technique. This enchanting decorative effect is further magnified by a circle of diamonds set on the bezel of the white gold case.
The "Magnificent Jewels Auction" to be organised by Christie's, will take place in New York in April the 16th and will be preceded by several exhibitions around the world.
Source: Gerald Genta
Posted by Editors at 1:45 AM
April 2, 2008
Energy Drink "Red Bull" Arrives in France
Photo: Launch of Red Bull in France. Location: Paris, France April 1, 2008. (Photocredit: (c)Richard Walch/Red Bull Photofiles)
Red Bull made a spectacular entry into France on Tuesday April 1, 2008. The world's largest energy drink producer celebrated its long-awaited arrival in that country with 150 "Wings Teams" from around Europe forming a magnificent get together as they circled around the Arc de Triomphe in their distinctive blue and silver Minis just hours after a BASE jumper got the "Wings for Paris" day off to a flying start by leaping off the Eiffel Tower and a motorcycle rider made a gravity-defying ride over a 50-meter high landmark arch in the La Defense business district.
Photo: Launch of Red Bull in France. Location: Paris, France April 1, 2008. Athlete: Ueli Gegenschatz. B.A.S.E. Jumping. (Photocredit: (c)Schaad/Red Bull Photofiles)
Just after daybreak, Swiss BASE jumper Ueli Gegenschatz got the Red Bull "Wings for Paris" day off to a dazzling start with his picture-perfect leap off the top of Eiffel Tower, France's 324-meter high national landmark. "It was an exciting climb up and the jump went well with a nice opening," said Gegenschatz, who had made his clandestine ascent up the side of the tower in the early-morning hours under the cover of darkness. "It was pretty cold up there and there was quite a bit of wind. I was glad when the sun finally came up. It's a great way to introduce Red Bull to France."
Photo: Launch of Red Bull in France. Location: Paris, France April 1, 2008. Motorbike Trial. Athlete: Julien Dupont. (Photocredit: (c)Richard Walch/Red Bull Photofiles)
Photo: Launch of Red Bull in France. Location: Paris, France April 1, 2008. Motorbike Trial. Athlete: Julien Dupont. (Photocredit: (c)Dom Daher/Red Bull Photofiles)
About two hours later French trial motor bike specialist Julien Dupont gave countless thousands of rush-hour commuters in Paris's La Defense business district a rush of their own with a gravity-defying motorcycle ride up, over and down the other side the 50-meter-high arched concrete roof of the CNIT center building. "Everything went according to plan on the way up and it was my greatest accomplishment on the bike ever," said Dupont, who was helped by two tall women in short skirts who distracted security. "The roof was a bit slippery so I had to slow down a bit on the way back down the other side. It was tricky getting the (80-kilo) bike over the fence but that all worked out well."
The Austrian company known for its non-conformist style lived up to its reputation on April Fools' Day, picking April 1, of all days, to end the long dry spell for France. The energy drink is already available in over 140 countries with more than 3.5 billion cans sold in 2007.
Photo: Sampling cars drive in circles around the Arc de Triomphe as Red Bull launches its energy drink in France on April 1, 2008 at Paris. (Photocredit: (c)Richard Walch/Red Bull Photofiles)
Photo: Launch of Red Bull in France. Location: Paris, France April 1, 2008. (Photocredit: (c)Schaad/Red Bull Photofiles)
The highlight of the celebrations marking the arrival in Paris was a Red Bull-style car rally around the Arc de Triomphe by the "Wings Teams."
The roundabout around the famous arch at the end of the Champs-Elysees might be one of most challenging for motorists anywhere in Europe -- with swift-moving traffic entering and exiting from 12 different avenues. But the "Wings Teams" from 10 different countries across Europe skillfully navigated their Minis into and around the monument -- and after safely parking their cars they surprised curious Parisians by giving them wings -- free samples of the energy drink.
Source: Red Bull
Posted by Editors at 8:51 AM
January 24, 2008
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA -- LILY CLOUDS
Photo: South Carolina artist Jocelyn Chateauvert's created "Lily Clouds" from flax paper and sterling silver wire. "Lily Clouds" is on display, hanging from the chapel ceiling in the Medical University of South Carolina's new 641,000 square foot hospital which will open on February 4. This piece represents only one of 873 pieces of original, contemporary art completed by 54 South Carolina artists created to inspire serenity and a healing environment for patients, caregivers and families.
The value of the integration of arts and a healing environment in a healthcare setting is being recognized by a growing number of leading medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford.
Posted by Editors at 2:24 AM
January 11, 2008
Actress and New Mother Hayek Named Ambassador of Pampers' 'One Pack = One Vaccine' Program Providing Life-Saving Tetanus Vaccines in Developing Countries
CINCINNATI, Jan. 10 -- After the birth of her daughter last year, award-winning actress and "Ugly Betty" producer Salma Hayek is grateful for her daughter's health and, like most mothers, wants other moms around the world to be able to share in the basic medical advances.
To help mothers across the globe, she is teaming up with Pampers and UNICEF to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing nations worldwide. Pampers, a leader in baby care, has announced that Hayek will serve as the North American ambassador for its "One Pack = One Vaccine" global initiative with UNICEF. The immensely successful program, which launched in 2006 in the UK and expanded in 2007 to other countries in Western Europe, and debuts in the U.S. and Canada in spring 2008, has already helped provide UNICEF with funding for more than 25 million life-saving tetanus vaccines distributed throughout Africa and Asia. The goal for the North American campaign is to provide at least 27 million more vaccines, which would bring the total global donations to more than 50 million vaccines.
Pampers is a trademark of Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and the company's largest global brand and is also the world's top-selling diaper brand. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 5:32 AM
January 1, 2008
PEPSI CHINA WESTERN NEW YEAR
Photo: Celebrating Western holidays is relatively new in China, but didn't stop thousands of revelers from dancing in the streets of Shanghai to ring in 2008, the Year of Gold. The large-scale celebration, featuring sponsorship from Pepsi, included live music, fireworks, Olympic athletes, and the whole crowd dancing in the street at stroke of twelve. The evening's theme was, "I-China!" capturing the country's growing sense of passion and patriotism for a successful 2008!. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:20 AM
November 27, 2007
CAPITOL/EMI: John Lennon iTunes Video Album to Debut December 4 at Starbucks
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Capitol/EMI Music Marketing and iTunes will release a new "John Lennon Video Album" on December 4 at Starbucks locations nationwide USA. The "John Lennon Video Album," the iTunes Digital Release card format's first music video release, features 21 of Lennon's music videos.
The collectible cards, distinguished with a silver-toned photo of Lennon, may be redeemed on the iTunes Store for a collection of music videos which includes "Imagine," "Woman," "Happy Xmas," "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me," "Mind Games," two versions of "Working Class Hero" and others, many of which are available digitally for the first time. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 6:54 AM
October 27, 2007
Coca-Cola Company helps in the restoration of the birthplace of the Olympic Games
Photo: Athens, Greece, October, 24 2007 -- Dominique Reiniche (L), president of The Coca-Cola Company's European Union Group, presents a check for US $2 million to Minoas Kyriakou (R), president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, to aid in the restoration of its site in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The site was severely damaged by the forest fires in Greece this past summer. The Coca-Cola Company is the longest continuous supporter of the Olympic Games in a partnership that dates to 1928.
Photo: Forest area around the Pierre de Coubertin monument. Ancient Olympia, Greece -- A donation of US $2 million from The Coca-Cola Company will help restore the forest area around the Pierre de Coubertin monument, a tribute to the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The site, on the grounds of Ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games were first held, was severely damaged by the forest fires that scorched Greece over the summer. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:48 AM
September 29, 2007
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE "alli Experience(R)" Mall Tour to Help Americans Make Informed and Healthier Eating Decisions
Photo: Passers-by stop to receive free weight loss and nutritional advice from registered dieticians at the alli Experience exhibit at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, N.Y. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, the exhibit will make stops in 12 U.S. cities this fall, helping overweight adults learn about healthy, realistic weight-loss approaches.
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (NYSE:GSK) has launched the "alli Experience" mall tour. The "alli Experience" mall tour will stop in 12 major U.S. cities to educate overweight adults on healthy weight loss strategies as well as introduce them to the alli program.
Launched in June 2007, alli (orlistat 60 mg) is the only FDA-approved weight-loss product available to overweight adults without a prescription. It is the first clinically-proven over-the-counter weight loss product to be combined with a comprehensive support program (www.myalli.com). The "alli Experience" tour will speak to current alli users, consumers considering the product and those who tried the program and decided they weren't ready to commit.
"Based on consumers' positive feedback of the 'alli Experience,' the initial installation in New York City earlier this year where over 10,000 people visited in 19 days, we have decided to continue the momentum and take that unique experience to others across the U.S." says Steven L. Burton, vice president, Weight Control, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. "We want to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to experience this unique educational exhibit which will provide them with extremely useful information on the alli program so they can make a fully-informed decision whether they are ready to commit to trying alli. We chose to take the alli Experience to malls across the country as the environment provides a perfect setting for us to talk to consumers in a place that's convenient and comfortable."
The "alli Experience" mall tour is designed to help overweight adults adopt the principles of modest, gradual weight loss. The multi-media exhibit, divided into 3 zones, encourages visitors to embrace a more realistic approach to diet and exercise for improved health. The exhibit will also help overweight people who want to lose weight determine if they are ready to commit to trying alli. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:40 AM
September 13, 2007
Abbott Awards Arizona Mother $135,000 in National Similac(R) Contest
Infant formula maker recognizes hard-working moms for the second consecutive year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 13 -- Amy Kaminski, a mom from Tucson, Ariz., is the grand prize winner of $135,000 in the second annual "Similac Mom's Payday" contest, sponsored by Abbott. Kaminski earned the title after her entry was chosen from more than 30,000 photo essays.
According to a recent survey by Salary.com, a typical mom like Kaminski should earn $135,000 per year based on her daily activities -- a $5,000 raise over last year's figure. The Similac Mom's $135K Payday contest invited moms and moms-to-be to submit a photo showing their favorite "mom job," along with a brief caption.
An early childhood educator and owner of the Tucson-based Whole Child Learning Co., Kaminski drew inspiration for her entry from the myriad of activities she performs every day while caring for her 7-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Kaminski's entry won over the panel of mom-judges with its witty caption and humorous photo. Her winning caption reads:
All in a day's work: Accountant, activities director, chef, chauffer, counselor, delivery service, dispatcher, emergency responder, financial planner, judge, life coach, maid, music instructor, nurse, personal shopper, photographer, record keeper, rent-a-techie, rodeo clown, secretary, set designer, teacher, travel agent; whatever you call it, this Mom's favorite job is juggling!
Abbott is a global care company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. |GlobalGiants.com|
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September 4, 2007
The New Coca-Cola Contour Bottle
Photo: New Coca-Cola 20-oz. Contour Bottle.
ATLANTA, Sept. 4 -- Coca-Cola North America today announced the launch of a newly designed 20-ounce PET (polyethylene terephthalate) contour bottle for all of its Coca-Cola(R) brands, with a new 'easy-to-hold' and 'easy-to-open' design. According to the company, the "innovative new bottle" offers enhanced on-the-go convenience to people looking for immediate refreshment. |GlobalGiants.com|
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September 3, 2007
Nestlé completes its acquisition of Gerber : GlobalGiants.com
Nestle Headquarters, Vevey, Switzerland -- 3 September 2007 - As a result of the successful conclusion of the regulatory process, Nestlé completed its acquisition of Gerber, the iconic US baby food brand, on 31 August 2007 with effect on 1 September 2007. Consequently, the integration process of Gerber will now begin as about 4,500 Gerber employees, with their specific know-how and expertise, join the Nestlé Group.
This is a major step in Nestlé's transformation into the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company: it gives the Group the number one position in the largest single baby food market worldwide, the USA, and clearly establishes Nestlé Nutrition as the global leader in this sector.
The acquisition of Gerber comes in the wake of the Jenny Craig and Novartis Medical Nutrition purchases. |GlobalGiants.com|
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