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Thursday:  November 20, 2014

When Will Chile's Post Office's Re-open? 

(PHOTO: Workers set up camp at Santiago's Rio Mapocho/Mason Bryan, The Santiago Times)Chile nears 1 month without mail service as postal worker protests continue. This week local branches of the 5 unions representing Correos de Chile voted on whether to continue their strike into a 2nd month, rejecting the union's offer. For a week the workers have set up camp on the banks of Santiago's Río Mapocho displaying banners outlining their demands; framing the issue as a division of the rich & the poor. The strike’s main slogan? “Si tocan a uno, nos tocan a todos,” it reads - if it affects 1 of us, it affects all of us. (Read more at The Santiago Times)

WHO convenes emergency talks on MERS virus

 

(PHOTO: Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf, east of the capital Riyadh on June 16, 2013/Fayez Nureldine)The World Health Organization announced Friday it had convened emergency talks on the enigmatic, deadly MERS virus, which is striking hardest in Saudi Arabia. The move comes amid concern about the potential impact of October's Islamic hajj pilgrimage, when millions of people from around the globe will head to & from Saudi Arabia.  WHO health security chief Keiji Fukuda said the MERS meeting would take place Tuesday as a telephone conference & he  told reporters it was a "proactive move".  The meeting could decide whether to label MERS an international health emergency, he added.  The first recorded MERS death was in June 2012 in Saudi Arabia & the number of infections has ticked up, with almost 20 per month in April, May & June taking it to 79.  (Read more at Xinhua)

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Dreams and nightmares - Chinese leaders have come to realize the country should become a great paladin of the free market & democracy & embrace them strongly, just as the West is rejecting them because it's realizing they're backfiring. This is the "Chinese Dream" - working better than the American dream.  Or is it just too fanciful?  By Francesco Sisci

Baby step towards democracy in Myanmar  - While the sweeping wins Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has projected in Sunday's by-elections haven't been confirmed, it is certain that the surging grassroots support on display has put Myanmar's military-backed ruling party on notice. By Brian McCartan

The South: Busy at the polls - South Korea's parliamentary polls will indicate how potent a national backlash is against President Lee Myung-bak's conservatism, perceived cronyism & pro-conglomerate policies, while offering insight into December's presidential vote. Desire for change in the macho milieu of politics in Seoul can be seen in a proliferation of female candidates.  By Aidan Foster-Carter  

Pakistan climbs 'wind' league - Pakistan is turning to wind power to help ease its desperate shortage of energy,& the country could soon be among the world's top 20 producers. Workers & farmers, their land taken for the turbine towers, may be the last to benefit.  By Zofeen Ebrahim

Turkey cuts Iran oil imports - Turkey is to slash its Iranian oil imports as it seeks exemptions from United States penalties linked to sanctions against Tehran. Less noticed, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Iranian capital last week, signed deals aimed at doubling trade between the two countries.  By Robert M. Cutler

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IGDC Solutions, SA’s KIAN Investments Partner to Bring Low Cost Sustainable Housing, Jobs to Africa

(Durban, SA, 1/11/12) - Today IGDC Solutions a US based developer of sustainable & alternative energy efficient housing/habitats has partnered with South Africa’s KIAN Investments to bring innovative and affordable low cost housing & jobs to Africa.  

IGDC Solutions provides developing communities worldwide with education, consulting, and real world expertise in the creation and implementation of energy efficient, affordable, low cost housing and habitats using modular prefabrication and construction processes.

“We work in support of the estimated 1+ billion people living worldwide without benefit of adequate shelter, clean water and sustainable energy.” said John Noller, Chairman of IGDC Solutions, “Our social entrepreneurship licensing model creates living wages and employment opportunities within local populations. Many people have called this century, the “African Century” but without adequate, affordable, and sustainable housing, African populations will never move forward to reach their intended potential.”

KIAN Investments will develop its first IGDC Solutions licensed fabrication facility in Durban, South Africa, creating jobs and local employment to manufacture, construct, and develop green, sustainable, low cost, zero net energy efficient housing and habitats. The facility will also construct mobile clinics, emergency relief shelters, and schools along with other development projects.   

In partnering with a local developer such as KIAN, IGDC Solutions is able to pinpoint the exact needs of local communities and to ensure that essential elements are incorporated into deals, benefitting both the populations being served and the long term prospects for success of these housing and habitat development projects.

The agreement with KIAN provides for the development of multiple fabrication plants throughout Africa where the need for low cost sustainable housing and jobs presents an opportunity.  The projects will guarantee indigenous jobs at each site, providing not just new housing, but skill building opportunities for workers and a living wage which will last long after any one construction project is completed. 

“This stipulation to hire and train locally is a non negotiable element in all our worldwide deals.  We also make it mandatory in our licensing contracts to increase the percentage of female employees and train them for skilled trades such as monitoring the energy grid, jobs that would otherwise be very difficult for them to achieve.” says Toshia Wildasin, CEO of IGDC Solutions “And in Africa, where 34 of 53 nations are listed on the UN index of least developed countries a good yearly income stands at about USD $200. Housing and jobs can be a tremendous catalyst for change.”

For KIAN, the benefit of having a partner with years of experience in green building that possesses the ability to service such large scale needs in Africa is priceless. “With IGDC’s innovative licensing model of reliable, standardized yet innovative construction methods which relies on local labor, education and skill building, combined with their global supply chain and strategic sourcing expertise we can deliver Africa consistent green, sustainable, and affordable housing.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner for Africa’s future,” says William Mason, CEO of KIAN Investments.   

It’s estimated that the initial IGDC Solutions/KIAN Investments licensed fabrication facility will break ground in early 2012.  Financing for projects will be secured as part of a unique public-private partnership in which UN, governmental, and NGO funding will facilitate development projects and job creation. 

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IGDC SOLUTIONS:  Provides developing communities with education, consulting, and real world expertise in the creation and implementation of energy efficient, cost effective, low income housing and habitats in support of all people living without benefit of adequate shelter, clean water and sustainable energy worldwide; they do this while creating living wages and employment opportunities within local populations.  This effort strengthens public-private sector joint ventures that advance sustainable housing and energy development on regional, national, and global levels utilizing a unique educational platform.  IGDC Solutions is committed to developing and creating housing communities that insure clean water and power are available to everyone with long-term affordability in mind, through eco-friendly construction alternatives incorporating zero net energy solutions. IGDC Solutions educational platform is committed to environmental sustainability teaching others to utilize new and innovative processes using recycled and re-purposed materials designed to provide cost effective alternatives to traditional construction practices.  These systems can be utilized as emergency disaster systems following natural disasters, permanent alternatives to refugee tent encampments, mining and industrial housing, schools, and medical clinics that can be deployed anywhere as the need arises.  http://www.igdcsolutions.org

KIAN INVESTMENTSKIAN Investments is a leading Africa investment firm located in South Africa with a focus on Energy, Mining, Telecommunications, Real Estate and Public Company Financing.  The African Energy Sector provides KIAN with the ability to selectively provide capital to a broad range of opportunities which take into account both the size and scale of a project as well as the enormous need for energy projects throughout Africa. KIAN has access to alternative and traditional energy technologies & solutions including and not limited to solar, wind, waste to energy, geothermal, hydro, coal, gas and oil. KIAN targets African countries where there are tremendous opportunities for renewable and conventional energy investment and the firm brings operational and economic maturity along with technology which is best positioned to help Africa bridge its current electricity supply/demand gap (primarily with wind, small hydro, solar and coal energy). KIAN Investments and its people are committed to helping in communities where we work and live, and in places more distant, where our ideas, people and resources can make a difference in solving crucial social and environmental issues. http://www.kianinvestments.co.za/ 

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IGDC Solutions, World Energy Forum and Energy, Water Institute of New York Partner for Holiday Event

(New York, December 14, 2011) – On Tuesday December 20, 2011 IGDC Solutions will host a holiday reception at the New York Waldorf Astoria in partnership with the World Energy Forum, and the New York Institute of Energy and Water.  The event will bring together experts and professionals from organizations such as the United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and sustainability authorities from local and international governments.

The reception will take place in the Saudi Royal Suite from 6p-8p est and will feature brief presentations by Dr. Harold Oh, President and Chairman, Energy and Water Institute of New York and from IGDC Co-Founders  John Noller and Toshia Wildasin. 

The purpose of the event is to provide sustainability decision makers with a chance to mingle, network and get to know each other in preparation for the United Nations 2012 yearly theme `Sustainable Energy For All’ gets underway.  

As the Millennium Development Goal deadline of 2015 looms ever closer the UN has recognized that energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today.  Housing, jobs, security, climate change, food production all require access to sustainable energy as an essential element for strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems and global equity for all peoples.  Today, more than 2 billion people worldwide have no or only intermittent access to electricity and some 2.5 billion people – almost half of humanity – rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating.  Universal access to energy, improved efficiency and enhanced deployment of renewable sources are ambitious goals, and the Secretary-General is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to make them achievable.  The initiative calls for private sector, national and international commitments to achieve success in development and poverty alleviation.

“By bringing together decision makers to an event such as those attending the IGDC, World Energy Forum, Energy and Water Institute of NY holiday gathering, we’re getting a head start on the public-private partnerships which will directly impact the UN’s goals”, said Toshia Wildasin.

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IGDC SOLUTIONS:  Provides developing communities with education, consulting, and real world expertise in the creation and implementation of energy efficient cost effective low income housing and

infrastructure alternatives in support of the estimated 1+ billion people living without benefit of adequate shelter, clean water and inexpensive sustainable energy worldwide; while creating living wages and employment opportunities within local populations.  This effort strengthens public-private sector joint ventures that advance sustainable housing and energy development on regional, national, and global levels utilizing a unique educational platform.  www.igdcsolutions.org

THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND WATER:   The mission of New York Institute of Energy and Water is to generate, disseminate, and preserve knowledge, and to bring this knowledge to bear on the great challenges of the 21st century world in energy, water, and environment; by providing its students with an education that combines rigorous teaching and research which cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, based on relevance to the practical world where actions are taking place. http://nyiew.org/

THE WORLD ENERGY FORUM:  (WEF) focuses on the global energy industry. Tracking news, polls, and developments in the global industry, World Energy Forum is a platform and a regularly held event for collaboration, discussion and creating change. Be it challenges of climate change or technological developments in offshore deep water drilling, WEF is the only website that makes all that possible.  www.wef21.org

 

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*This CSR Cooperative event is taking place on Saturday, September 18, 2010 in the heart of Harlem, NYC at the www.88morningside.com building featuring the emerging designers of Harlem Fashion Row whom the event benefits, and is hosted by David Rabadi of LA Splash & Harlem Talk Radio, Jonathan Valdez of Orange Juice & Biscuits and David C. Melton, stylist; with music by DJ Tygerlilly!

*This CSR Cooperative event took place on Friday, September 10, 2010 in the center of the tents at Lincoln Center during IMG’s Mercedes Benz NYC Fashion Week for Spring 2011 fashion shows.  HUMMedia’s client Angelo Sorrenti launched his `ASIAM’ brand and foundation.

 

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One Love Learning Foundation has a mission to empower students with the tools to satisfy their basic food requirements, while facilitating communication with their peers around the world to stimulate learning, eliminate cultural barriers, and expand their global awareness. This project, titled, "I WANT TO KNOW", was finished in November 2012, and included a rebranding of OLLF's content and website for the purposes of awareness, engagement and fundraising for the organization based in Atlanta, Jamaica and South Africa (`empowering youth with practical educational programs in sustainability, culture and technology to equip them with relevant skill sets that help them excel in the real world') where we led the creative team, produced video, developed the foundation strategy, and  messaging/social media materials.  (Editor, Max Ramming; Producers, Pamela Mcnall, Joy DiBenedetto, Kelli Koogler and Camille Feanny for HUM: Human Unlimited Media (c) 2012)

*This CSR Cooperative production served as HUMMEDIA’s holiday card, 2010 and highlights the work the organization has done throughout the year.

*This CSR Cooperative co-production in partnership with www.palacedigital.com and www.themixxnyc.com highlights the American Cancer Society’s `Relay For Life’ benefitting the LGBT Community and friends; and takes place on Saturday September 25, at the Winter Garden Atrium at the World Financial Center in NYC.  The video features Actor/Director Scott Bryce, writer David Rabadi of LA Splash Worldwide, Actress Jodi Stevens, and Jonathan Valdez of Orange Juice and Biscuits.

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Voices Against Brain Cancer was started in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Soon after his passing, Gary’s family started Voices Against Brain Cancer to raise money and awareness for the fight against this illness. The organization’s mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients and families afflicted with this devastating disease.  VABC founder Mario Lichtenstein says, “The name Voices is not only about the Lichtenstein Family. It’s about all the families all over the world who are fighting this devastating disease.”  The Foundation is driven to finding a cure and with its supporters to fund the research that will directly impact those affected with brain tumors.

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The mission of the Optimal Health and Prevention Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in San Diego, CA is to make a measurable difference in improving individual  health through innovative, science-based, “Personalized Health” programs that encourage and enable life-style decisions and other self-care measures that may prevent the onset of debilitating and life-threatening chronic diseases. The Foundation is now fulfilling its mission by developing the Integrative Optimal Health and Prevention Personalized Self-Care Program. The Foundation’s approach brings together key concepts of two major emerging areas of 21st Century Medicine: a) Personalized, Predictive, Preventive, Proactive and Participatory Medicine, as well as b) Integrative Medicine, which combines the best of “conventional” and “complementary/alternative” medical practices.

THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING’S 2010 - `Giants of Broadcasting' (annual)

The Eighth Annual GIANTS OF BROADCASTING Awards Ceremony and Luncheon took place in New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on OCTOBER 6, 2010, sponsored by the national LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING, which has among its life missions defining and honoring those individuals who played pivotal roles in creating and advancing the electronic arts. CHARLES OSGOOD of CBS Sunday Morning and
CBS Radio will continue in his role as Master of Ceremonies. The luncheon is the Library’s largest fundraising event, providing the resources to maintain the nation’s most extensive broadcasting archives and collection of oral histories. The cocktail reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony begins at noon.

THE CONCEPT FARM IS (past): 

The Concept Farm combines and award winning ad agency, production house and entertainment development group with complete digital marketing capabilities. From creative development through to full-up broadcast and print production, we manage and execute all aspects of a communications program, integrate and design for the web and provide strategic planning. We also develop and produce entertainment content/programming for film, TV and the web.  The Concept Farm embraces that today’s consumer is `always on’ and knows that successful brands need to engage with 1000 points of contact.

The Concept Farm was recently named one of `Ad Age's' Best places to work, 2009; and the firm's clients center around Media, Financial Services, Sports, Non profit (Cause/Activist), and branded products and includes:  Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Homewood Mountain; Allure Magazine; Disney-ESPN; Author  James Patterson; Majesco; News Corp; Nielsen; NYCTV;  Thomson-Reuters; Starz; TNT;  Versus; MSNBC; BNY Mellon; Capital G; Dreyfus; Pershing; SAP; TRW; US Olympic Bid Committee; American Heart Association; Coolin Your Code; Greenpeace; NWLC; UNEP; Estee Lauder; Natural Y Reco; and Windstream.  

 

 

About 88 Morningside: (event) Located on a quiet block directly across from Morningside Park, 88 Morningside is in the center Harlem, NYC.  The modern 12-story building's exterior, created by GF55 Partners, features large, semi-reflective windows providing sweeping views of Central Park, Morningside Heights, the Manhattan skyline and Morningside Park. 88 Morningside’s interior vision was conceived by cutting edge design firm Curated.  Halstead Property Development Marketing is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for 88 Morningside. For more information on the building, visit www.88morningside.com.  The building has teamed with Harlem’s Fashion Row for a Fashion Week event to showcase the up and coming designers from the Harlem community.  On Saturday, September 18th, this stunning backdrop will  highlight designers Telfar, Sammy B, Niiamer, and Viscera NY and will be hosted by the most fabulous David Rabadi of Splash Worldwide and Harlem Talk Radio, the incomparable stylist David C. Melton, and Orange Juice and Biscuits Founder Jonathan Valdez.  Music by DJ TygerLilly and an exclusive art installation by the Creative Team of Harlem’s Fashion Row will complete the scene. Harlem Fashion Row is also giving back to the community with proceeds from many HFR events going to The Brotherhood Sister-Sol, a community based youth mentoring program.

“Miracle Trainer” Angelo Sorrenti, (event ) www.angelosorrenti.com recently featured in Allure Magazine and V Man - who dubbed the fitness guru “fashion’s foremost shapemaker” and his innovative ASIAM Company featuring the Integral Advanced Manipulation program.  Launch event in the heart of the tents at Lincoln Center working with IMG Worldwide producers of `Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Spring 2011’ celebrating his ASIAM juice cafes; ASIAM supplement line and the innovative ASIAM fitness apparel line; and announcing his partnership with Avis Gold Richards, of Birds Nest Productions “LUNCH-NYC” program, airing on Bloomberg NYC this Fall, and Angelo’s own ASIAM Charity Foundation, a partnership of `Birds Nest Foundation’ www.birdsnestfoundation.org/ with the `CSR Cooperative’ founded by H/U/M Media www.humnews.com.  The effort will serve to create local and school based programs designed to encourage young people that exercise and eating right can be fun, and rewarding.

 

lighter living - (past)  Simple wellness solutions with age defying benefits. lighterliving.com and Marjolein Brugman are your guide on your journey to wellness; ultimately we hope to create a happier, healthier and more connected world.

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Media Consultant, `One Young World,’ Euro RSCG - January 2010-February 2010/NY-London-Provided media direction and interview strategy for the world’s first, and largest gathering of under-25 leaders ever, anywhere at the London `One Young World’ Summit.

Media Consultant, News Editor, Sermo, Inc - July 2009-December 2009/Cambridge, Massachusetts Provided the largest group of online social network of doctors with strategic, directive media advice, counseling; special project services relating to media interviews, campaign development, and project implementation specific to the US health care reform debate. Served as daily, managing editor for the network news chosen and provided for this very specialized physicians community as “Healthcare Reform Headlines”.  (past)