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H&M Foundation invites you to split 1 million euro between five innovations reinventing the fashion industry and protecting the planet

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Cast your vote on any of the five winning innovations: Crop-A-Porter: Making sustainable bio-textiles by using left-overs from food crop harvests. Algae Apparel: Turning algae into bio-fiber and eco-friendly dye that is also good for the skin. Smart Stitch: A dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling a breeze. The Regenerator: Recirculating fashion into new textile fiber by separating cotton and polyester blends. Fungi Fashion: Custom-made clothes made from decomposable mushroom roots. The Global Change Award is desig... Read More »

Forbes’ 32nd Annual World’s Billionaires Issue

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Centi-billionaire Jeff Bezos seizes the top spot for the first time. Bezos has a fortune of $112 billion, up $39.2 billion from 2017, the biggest one-year gain ever. Bill Gates, who has been the richest person in the world for 18 of the past 24 years, drops to No. 2 on the Forbes billionaires list. Gates has a fortune of $90 billion, up from $86 billion last year. This is the biggest gap (in dollars) between the top 2 spots since 2001. Warren Buffett, worth $84 billion, falls to the No. 3 spot. His net worth increased from $75.6 billion in 2017... Read More »

Avera Health achieves significant cost savings and improved patient outcomes in rural areas with Philips eICU program

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Ahead of the 2018 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the Philips eICU program has helped Avera Health, a South Dakota-based integrated health system, enhance care quality and efficiency by partnering to deliver significant clinical and financial outcomes through the ICU division of their telemedicine program, Avera eCARE®. The Avera eCARE ICU program results achieved in the last 12 months demonstrate the bene... Read More »

Welsh grower delivers earliest ever British strawberries

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Tesco’s Bridgend Extra store will today (February 22) begin selling the first strawberries of the season, which were grown by Springfield Nursery, based near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. Tesco strawberry buyer Jordan Blandford said: “Hats off to Springfield who have achieved this fantastic coup with their expertise and innovation. There is always a lot of excitement about the first British strawberries being picked because their arrival means the start of spring is not too far away.  This is brilliant news for customer... Read More »

Making it Easier for Organizations and Businesses to Help People during a Crisis

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Today we’re announcing that organizations and businesses can post in Community Help, so that they can provide critical information and services for people to get the help they need in a crisis. We’re beginning to roll out the feature to Pages for organizations and businesses like Direct Relief, Lyft, Chase, Feeding America, International Medical Corps, The California Department of Forestry and Fire and Save the Children and will make the feature available to more in the coming weeks. Enabling organizations and businesses to post in Commun... Read More »

‘Anything is possible’: Mentor Monday brings young people, advisers together

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At the White Center event, dozens of mentors and mentees gathered around tables in the community room of the Starbucks store and spilled out into the café area. Every 15 minutes for almost two hours, pairs rotated to give mentees a chance to connect with professionals from a host of areas. At the end of one table, Jack Pines, 49, was talking to two young men. “I’m here to tell you anything is possible,” said Pines, a software engineer who was able to build a successful career despite not having a bachelor’s degree. He credits much of his suc... Read More »

Eurozone jobless rate hits lowest level in almost nine years as recovery strengthens

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Unemployment in the Eurozone hit its lowest rate for almost nine years last November, the latest sign of the revival of the single currency area’s economy. Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency said that the jobless rate fell to 8.7 per cent, hitting analyst predictions and down from 8.8 per cent in October. The figures are the lowest since January 2009, when the eurozone was reeling from a deep recession following the global financial crisis. The agency said the number of unemployed fell by 107,000 during the month, taking the total do... Read More »

A nation of knitters: how crafts became Britain’s fastest-growing creative industry

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In an age of Snapchat, virtual reality headsets and Instagram influencers, you could be forgiven for wondering if knitting, embroidery and pottery were set to die out with their older participants. In fact, the industry is in rude health. According to government statistics, crafts were the fastest growing component of Britain’s heralded creative industries in 2016, up 44pc on 2010 and contributing £420m of gross value added to the economy. That might be peanuts compared to the music or film industries, but the numbers are going in the rig... Read More »

London home sellers slash prices at biggest rate since financial crisis

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The prices that London home-sellers are seeking for their properties fell by the most since the financial crisis this month, at a time when prices in most of the rest of Britain are rising, industry figures showed on Monday. London’s once red-hot housing market has slowed for the past year due to a double hit from higher purchase taxes on expensive homes and the June 2016 Brexit vote, which hurt demand from foreign buyers and raised fears of big job losses in the capital’s financial industry. Rightmove, Britain’s biggest property website,... Read More »

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

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Recently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands. Now the second biggest exporter in value of agricultural products after the U.S., the country has managed to cut down carbon emissions and its use of fertilizer and pesticides while implementing cutting-edge technology and increasing yields. The article opens with a vivid description of ... Read More »

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