A reminder to join Kathryn Mahoney, UNHCR public information officer
in Djibouti, tomorrow for a live Twitter Q&A session. Kathryn is
from New York and has been working in Djibouti assisting and protecting
refugees since May 2009. Send in your questions to her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance, or if
you use Twitters, send a tweet and add the '#askunhcr' hashtag. In North
America, the event will run:
you or your organization are interested in contributing time or
resources to the process of empowering the Somali refugees living in
Djibouti, please visit www.givethemshelter.org
and join UNHCR’s campaign to send them 2,600 much needed tents.[Read More]
Finding safe, healthy and green products is all the rage today.
Considering a lot of our weekly spending goes to food, personal care and
household products, it would be great to be able to learn more about
what we really are investing in and get expert advice on what are the
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The C.D. Howe Institute recently released their recommendations on how
to break the deadlock in the Canadian pension system. With many citizens
not saving enough for retirement, provinces, lobby groups and
retirement gurus alike are looking to increase tax-deferred saving,
improve access to good retirement saving plans, and modernize the rules
retirement income.[Read More]
Mark the date and time on your calendars: Saturday, March 27th at 8:30
pm local time. Join the movement to demand immediate action on climate change and turn off your lights for one hour. Declare your commitment on the Earth Hour website, and add your name to the growing list of people who are pledging their support.
The National Coalition of Organizations has declared February 1-5,
2010 to be Clean Energy Week, as organizations from across the U.S.
hold a variety of events to encourage and support the passage of clean
energy and climate policies now pending in Congress. The objective is
to engage the Administration and Congress in taking action on the top
environmental and economic priorities of the American people:
Check out the wide range of activities taking place on Capitol Hill and across Washington,
DC to bring attention to the policies needed for a clean energy economy.[Read More]
The Pioneer Network,
in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS), will be hosting Creating Home in the Nursing Home, a one-day
symposium, on February 11th in Baltimore. This second national
symposium on culture change will focus on Food and Dining Requirements
and will feature a keynote by Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy
Greenlee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Recommendations from the 2008 symposium, which focused on environment
requirements, resulted in several proposals to the National
Fire Protection Agency and new CMS interpretations of 11 environment
and quality of life regulations.
This year's event offers an
opportunity for eldercare providers, consumers, policy makers and
researchers who are involved in culture change initiatives to explore
barriers to implementing innovations in dining (such as buffet-style
service, diets, and reductions in bib and supplement use). Public
commentary is welcome at open mike sessions. Click here for more information or to register.[Read More]
Susanne Wiigh-Masak has invented a way of turning human
remains into organic waste. Armed with her physics degree and engineering
experience, she has created a device that deep-freezes corpses, shatters the
body into small bits using vibrations, and then vacuums water out of the pieces.
The dry powder that remains can be placed in a biodegradable coffin and buried
just below ground. When moisture penetrates the coffin, the nutrients of the
powder support plant and insect life. The device has been only tested on pigs
so far, but people in 10 countries are interested in purchasing it to use for