MyWebGrocer expands Midwest office

first_img### Mi9 Retail,In the last six months MyWebGrocer s customer reach has grown 40%, to 3.8 million monthly grocery shoppers. This expanded consumer demand has seen a matching growth in CPG programs running on the network. To meet this demand, MyWebGrocer s advertising team has promoted Helen Earling to lead an expanding Midwest team.Helen Earling joined the MyWebGrocer team in October 2007 with a decade of industry knowledge and experience. Her continued success and leadership has lead to her recent promotion to Senior Vice President of Western Ad Sales. Earling has been instrumental in helping MyWebGrocer s key Midwest advertisers, Kellogg’s and General Mills. Helen has been a driving force in MyWebGrocer s continued success and I m excited about her building out an expanded team in Minnesota to better serve our Western customers. Alec Newcomb, Vice President, MyWebGrocer.The expanded office is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota and includes a new team member, Colleen Pruyn. Pruyn s background includes work in broadcasting and media advertising fields.With the shift in media spend from offline to online advertising, MyWebGrocer will continue its rapid expansion. MyWebGrocer s grocery network now reaches 3.8 million grocery shoppers every month.About MyWebGrocer: MyWebGrocer is the leading digital services provider for retail grocers since 1999, connecting retail brands to their consumers through ecommerce and online tools.  MyWebGrocer has the largest online grocery-advertising network with 3.8 Million monthly Shoppers.  Advertisers include Kelloggs, Unilever, Nestle, P&G and 60 other leading brands. For more information please visit www.mywebgrocer.com(link is external) or call 1-888-662-2284. Source: MyWebGrocer. Colchester VT, July 1, 2009:last_img read more

Bolivia and Paraguay Agree on Actions Against Drugs and Arms Trafficking

first_img Bolivia and Paraguay agreed in Santa Cruz to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold coordination meetings on the fight against drugs, arms trafficking, and human trafficking, according to a document made public by the Bolivian foreign ministry. The two countries’ foreign and defense ministers “reached agreement to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold periodic coordination meetings at all levels, for the purpose of deepening cooperation” on the mentioned issues. The two countries share a 738-km border, across which there takes place, chiefly, a sizable traffic in cocaine and marihuana. They also “agreed to create an Emergency Council on Natural Disasters, with the objective of promoting the exchange of information and experiences in the area of disaster-risk management and the study of threats and vulnerabilities, especially along the border.” The Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, his Paraguayan colleague, Héctor Lacognata, and defense ministers Rubén Saavedra (Bolivia), and Cecilio Pérez (Paraguay) participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in the city of Santa Cruz, 900 km east of La Paz, within the framework of the Fourth Meeting of the Bolivia-Paraguay 2+2 Dialogue Mechanism. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

Ex-player: I support players kneeling for anthem

first_imgI have been reading about the Niskayuna students protesting during the national anthem. I attended Niskayuna High and played football in the late ‘70s. We had no such protests — professional football players standing on the sideline while the anthem was played is a relatively new development. So while these social injustices existed, no protests were visible.I have come to the painful conclusion that if such protests had happened in my time, and a teammate had kneeled, I probably would have continued to stand; 17 year-old me would not have wanted the scrutiny, and I was too naive about the world. I also realize that I would have eventually regretted my inaction.Older me has seen things. Older me has learned to listen to peoples’ stories and not dismiss them simply because I haven’t had the same experiences. It’s much easier for older me to understand that I simply am not subject to the same actions that people of color (or women) continually face. Older me has had the benefit of serving in the Navy, allowing the concept of shipmate to forge with the idea of teammate. Older me has also learned that there is not just one way to be patriotic.So older me says this to the students: I’m your teammate. Even though I’m not with you in person, I kneel with you in spirit. You are my brothers and sisters. You have every right to protest injustice, and I will have your back while you do it.Tom SwansonFalls Church, Va. (formerly of Niskayuna)More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

‘Chasing the virus’: How India’s largest slum beat back a pandemic

first_imgWhat they came up with was coined “Mission Dharavi”.Each day, medical workers set up a “fever camp” in a different part of the slum, so residents could be screened for symptoms and tested for coronavirus if needed. Schools, wedding halls and sports complexes were repurposed as quarantine facilities that offered free meals, vitamins and “laughter yoga” sessions.Strict containment measures were deployed in virus hotspots that were home to 125,000 people, including the use of drones to monitor their movements and alert police, while a huge army of volunteers swung into action, distributing rations so they didn’t go hungry.Bollywood stars and business tycoons paid for medical equipment as construction workers built a 200-bed field hospital at breakneck speed in a park inside Dharavi.By late June, more than half the slum’s population had been screened for symptoms and around 12,000 tested for coronavirus.So far Dharavi has reported just 82 deaths — a fraction of Mumbai’s more than 4,500 fatalities. With a dozen people typically sleeping in a single room, and hundreds using the same public toilet, authorities realized early that standard practices would be of little use.”Social distancing was never a possibility, home isolation was never an option, and contact tracing was a huge problem with so many people using the same toilet,” Dighavkar told AFP.An initial plan to conduct door-to-door screenings was abandoned after Mumbai’s searing heat and humidity left medical workers feeling suffocated under layers of protective equipment as they combed the area’s cramped alleys for cases.But, with infections rising fast and fewer than 50,000 people checked for symptoms, officials needed to move quickly and get creative. ‘Brink of victory’ “We are on the brink of victory, I feel very proud,” said Abhay Taware, a doctor who saw around 100 patients daily in his tiny clinic at the height of the crisis.The 44-year-old father-of-two also had to fight his own battle against coronavirus when he contracted the disease in April, but told AFP he had “no doubts” about returning to work.”I thought I could show my patients that a positive diagnosis does not mean the end,” he said.Although doctors like Taware worked to reassure worried residents, the stigma persists.After an isolating 25-day spell in hospital and a fortnight in quarantine, Sushil — not his real name — said he now feared discrimination if people found out about his diagnosis.The 24-year-old also struck a note of caution, warning of a potential resurgence in infections.”People need to take as many precautions as possible. The numbers might have come down but they can swiftly rise again”, he told AFP.  ‘No escape next time’With Mumbai and Delhi struggling to accommodate coronavirus patients as India’s cases surge past half a million officials are also wary of celebrating too soon.”It’s a war. Everything is dynamic,” said Dighavkar.”Right now, we feel like we are on top of the situation,” he said. “The challenge will be when factories reopen,” he added, referring to the billion-dollar leather and recycling industries run out of Dharavi’s cramped tenements.And some in the slum fear their community might not be as lucky next time.On a blazing morning, as car salesman Vinod Kamble lined up to have his temperature taken, he recalled his terror when the virus landed in Mumbai.”I felt like Dharavi would be destroyed, and nothing would be left,” he told AFP, describing the near impossibility of avoiding infection in the slum.”We need better infrastructure,” the 32-year-old said.”Otherwise the next time a disease like this emerges, I don’t think Dharavi will be able to escape.”center_img Topics : When coronavirus claimed its first victim in India’s largest slum in April, many feared the disease would turn its narrow, congested streets into a graveyard, with social distancing or contact tracing all but impossible.But three months on, Mumbai’s Dharavi offers a rare glimmer of hope with new infections shrinking, thanks to an aggressive strategy that focused on “chasing the virus, instead of waiting for disaster”, according to city official Kiran Dighavkar.The sprawling slum has long been a byword for the financial capital’s bitter income disparities — with Dharavi’s estimated one million people scraping a living as factory workers or maids and chauffeurs to Mumbai’s well-heeled residents.last_img read more

10 of our most popular Waste Not Want Not campaign stories

first_imgFor £10-15m the government could fund the redistribution of 100,000 tonnes of edible surplus food and drink per year. Good, tasty food currently ending up in the ground, spread on crops or burned in incinerators could instead be eaten by some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, while saving the charities on which they rely hundreds of millions.Back in January we launched our petition to help fund the cost of redistributing edible surplus food to charity and outlined a six step plan to rescue 1000,000 tonnes of edible food from the rubbish bin.  In May last year, Asda was slammed by consumers and charities for its decision to halt the sale of loose fruit and veg in its fresh aisles. We looked at the reasoning behind the move to see if there was method in the madness. You have until 3 May to sign our petition with FareShare to #FeedPeopleFirst 4. Is the wonky veg revolution happening at last? 6. How is new technology tackling food waste? In spring 2016, Tesco launched its new Perfectly Imperfect range and said UK consumers were being won round by supermarket efforts to sell so-called ‘wonky’ fruit & veg.The retailer claimed the new lines were “flying off shelves”, two-and-a-half years after it admitted to a House of Lords EU sub-committee on agriculture that it was struggling to shift misshapen fruit & veg because consumers “always pick the cream of the crop”. In June last year, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s suspended their partnership with the Real Junk Food Project following an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards. The café chain, which serves surplus stock, was under investigation for redistributing out-of-date food.  1 in 8 people go hungry in the UK, yet perfectly good food is wasted every day in food production. Agree we should #feedpeoplefirst? Add your voice to the campaign: sign the petition telling the Government to get food to those in need Months after a grassroots campaign kicked off to fight the “scandalous and absurd” waste of food in French supermarkets, the country’s Senate had given the plan its seal of approval without a whiff of protest.In this article from May 2016, we explain exactly how France forced its supermarkets to act and how the UK can learn from its example.  Sign our petition to get more surplus food to charity 2. Tesco to offer free food to staff in bid to eliminate waste 5. Sainsbury’s to hand out 1 million free fridge thermometers An initiative stemming from its food waste trial in Swadlincote, in Autumn 2016 Sainsbury’s launched its first nationwide food waste event.  Nearly two years ago we launched our Waste Not Want Not campaign to tackle the mountains of food waste piling up in the UK. Now we’re approaching our biggest milestone yet. There’s only one month left to sign up to our petition and get more surplus food to the thousands of vulnerable people in that need it, rather than it being binned or burned.We’ve gathered together some of our most popular WNWN content to inspire you to join the fight and sign our petition.,10. Waste Not Want Not: How to turn food waste into gold 1. How France is leading the way on food waste Earlier this year Tesco launched Colleague Shops – a scheme which would give staff the opportunity to take food home if it was unable to find a charity that needed it.  In May 2016 The Grocer is launched a major campaign to unite the industry, both retailers and manufacturers, to help reduce the huge amount of food waste identified in the landmark Wrap report.  3. Why did Asda decide to stop the sale of loose fruit & veg? 7. Waste Not Want Not: major new Grocer campaign to fight food waste 8. Sales of wonky fruit & veg are ‘flying’ at Tesco From apps connecting surplus food with charities, to biodegradable best- before dates and even exotic flies, the ways in which tech is tackling waste are hugely diverse. In this article from November 2016, we take you through initiatives fighting food waste and who is behind them.  9. Sainsbury’s and M&S suspend links with under-investigation Real Junk Food Project Five years after red tape relating to cosmetic standards was binned, we explored why the excuses kept on coming from the biggest supermarkets and revealed exclusive research from supermarket store managers on their thoughts about cheap wonky veg. last_img read more