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Mobile Passport Control:

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 11:41 EDT

With many NEXUS applications still in limbo as American and Canadian authorities work to clear post-pandemic backlogs, many travelers without it remain stuck in regular passport control lines. Fortunately, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has introduced Mobile Passport Control to Canadian pre-clearance locations and many US airports and seaports. With the app, inbound passengers can submit information prior to their arrival and have access to a separate line, which ultimately expedites their entry into the country. SHARE THIS ARTICLE While using this app is entirely optional, it's a quick and free way that may save you time at the border. What Is Mobile Passport Control? Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is a free app from United States Customs and Border Protection. The app lets users upload information in advance, which ultimately speeds up their processing time when crossing into the United States. Using the application, travellers can upload their passport information, answer a few questions about their trip, and take a selfie. Once the information is sent, a QR code is generated that is valid for four hours. At the airport, you simply present your passport(s) and the QR code to the border officer, who then processes your entry as per usual. By simply filling in your information in advance and answering a few CBP inspection-related questions, you get to join an express line and spend less time facing a CBP officer. A single submission can be made for all members of a family travelling together, which makes the process less cumbersome and more convenient for everyone. To be clear, MPC is not a trusted traveler program like NEXUS or Global Entry, as trusted travelers are still processed separately at US borders. Furthermore, it doesn't provide any benefit at security lines like TSA Precheck does. Some early data points from community members suggest that the Mobile Passport Control line is much shorter than the regular lines. If you're waiting on a pending NEXUS application, or if you can't be bothered to apply, then this is a free option that saves you time at the airport. Note that only US citizens or Canadians entering the United States on a B1 or B2 visa can use Mobile Passport Control. This includes temporary entry for tourism and business, so it should be applicable to many travellers heading to the United States. Where Can You Use Mobile Passport Control? In total, there are 48 airports and seaports in the United States and Canada where Mobile Passport Control may be used. These include: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Calgary International Airport (YYC) Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Denver International Airport (DEN) Edmonton International Airport (YEG) Dulles International Airport (IAD) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Kansas City International Airport (MCI) Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Miami International Airport (MIA) Miami Seaport Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Oakland International Airport (OAK) Orlando International Airport (MCO) Ottawa International Airport (YOW) Palm Beach Seaport Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) Port Everglades Seaport Portland International Airport (PDX) Sacramento International Airport (SMF) Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) San Diego International Airport (SAN) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) San Jose International Airport (SJC) San Juan Airport (SJU) San Juan Seaport Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Tampa International Airport (TPA) Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Winnipeg James A Richardson International Airport (YWG) It's worth noting that in Vancouver and Calgary, you can also use Express to pre-book a time to go through transborder security. By using Express and MPC, you'll streamline your way into the US, giving you more time to relax before your flight. It's expected that Express will be available at transborder security lines in other Canadian airports in the near future. How to Use Mobile Passport Control Using Mobile Passport Control is quite easy, and it can be broken down into four steps: Step 1: Download the App The app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store . Step 2: Create a Profile Once the app is installed, simply create a profile for each member of your household in the app. This step isn't necessary, but it will speed up the process of generating a QR code, as you won't have to enter in your information every time. You can store information for up to 12 travelers from the same household in the app. Step 3: Fill In the CBP Form & Take a Selfie On the main screen, enter in the details for your entry. You'll need to fill in the method of entry (by air or by boat), as well as the port of entry. You'll be asked to fill in standard information about yourself, and answer a few questions about your trip. You'll also have to take a picture of each passenger travelling with you, which you can do with the app and your device's camera. Once all the information is successfully entered, a QR code will be generated. You can find it in the "Receipt" tab on the app's home page. Step 4: Present the QR Code at the Border At the airport, keep an eye out for an expedited Mobile Passport Control lane. If one is available, you can bypass the regular line, which could result in saving you a bunch of time. At the border, present your passport(s) and the QR code from the app. The border officer will process your entry as per usual, but the process should be faster than if you were to go through the regular process. Of course, it won't help you if you've been tagged for Secondary Security Screening Selection . If that's the case, hopefully you've arrived well in advance of your flight's departure. Conclusion With many NEXUS applications still in limbo, you can use Mobile Passport Control in the meantime to shorten your wait at US entry points. While it's not as beneficial as trusted traveller programs, you still get to join an express line, bypassing the long, snaking queues that are often present at US border clearance points. At some Canadian airports, you can also use Express to pre-book your time at transborder security, which speeds up your entry even more. The service is completely free and doesn't require pre-approval. It's also easy to sign up for and use, so make sure you install it before your next trip to the US. SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Digital Video Systems Partners with CNN International Commercial to Provide Cruise Lines with a New Revenue Stream

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 11:28 EDT

Digital Video Systems has partnered with CNN International Commercial and its latest digital product CNN Travel Advertising Platform (CNN TAP) to help cruise lines turn the existing Wi-Fi Network on board from a cost center into a revenue generator via brand partnerships. CNN TAP unlocks a new revenue stream for the travel industry by making advertising inventory and customized solutions available for global brands to reach guests on their own devices including laptops, tablets or mobile phones while using onboard Wi-Fi. "We're pleased to be expanding the CNN TAP offering alongside our long-term associates at DVS to facilitate more partnerships amongst cruise ships that benefit both the client and the guest," said Rachelle Peterson, senior director, head of global commercial distribution at CNN International Commercial. "A fully proven and successful product, CNN TAP and DVS have teamed up to expand into new markets including the cruise and airline industries," said Chuck Sackermann, president of Digital Video Systems. "After years of working together with CNN, we are excited about bringing this opportunity to our cruise line clients and giving them a chance to participate in this great product." Sackermann noted that the product is virtually turn-key for cruise lines. "The marketing and sponsorships are managed for the lines by CNN TAP," he said. "From a cruise line's operational standpoint, it's 'set it and forget it.'" CNN TAP is already deployed in hotels, airlines, cruise ships and shopping malls across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. About Digital Video Systems Miramar, Florida-based Digital Video Systems (DVS) has been active in land and maritime system integration and communications solutions since 1975. As a mid-size, minority-owned company, DVS prides itself on quality, expertise and experience. Our unique blend of skills and services makes DVS one of the industry leaders in solving today's complex communication and system integration requirements as an integrator of communications, content delivery, broadcast technologies and services. In 2008 DVS was acquired by Corporate Satellite Communications (CSC), an organization with over 40 years of experience in providing infrastructure communication solutions. In the VSAT segment, CSC's capabilities bring a full range of solutions for voice, data, video, IP bandwidth and consulting services.

Ambassador Bonnie Denise Jenkins to Visit Tuskegee University

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 11:26 EDT

Tuskegee University will close Women's History Month by hosting Ambassador Bonnie Denise Jenkins, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the U.S. Department of State. She is also the first African American to serve as an Under Secretary of State. Dr. Jenkins, who previously served in the Obama Administration as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, coordinated efforts on threat reduction globally and U.S. government programs in chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological security. She also served as a legal advisor to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency where she provided advice to U.S. ambassadors and delegations negotiating arms control and nonproliferation treaties. In 2017, she founded the nongovernmental organization Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation, and in 2020, founded Organizations in Solidarity, where organizations work jointly to combat racism and discrimination in their organizations. "We are honored to be able to host Under Secretary Jenkins at Tuskegee again," said Attorney Crystal James, vice president External Affairs and General Counsel. "She spoke with students at the Biomedical Symposium (now the One Health Symposium) hosted by College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and inspired many to pursue careers in Global Health and Security among other areas relevant to International Affairs." Dr. Jenkins will discuss her work at the Department of State and the role of diplomacy in international security. She will also address opportunities in foreign affairs generally and the U.S. Department of State specifically, said Tuskegee President Charlotte Morris. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in the second -floor auditorium of Foster Hall. "Our goal is always to provide exceptional examples of leadership in different fields to inspire our students as they navigate career options after Tuskegee," said Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Tuskegee provost. "Dr. Jenkins will provide our young women and men an example to learn more about the value in expanding their world view and what's required as an international professional."

Learning Consumer Packaging Preferences Is Vital for Business Growth, says leading packaging provider

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 10:00 EDT

For immediate release March 21, 2023 Learning Consumer Packaging Preferences Is Vital for Business Growth, says leading packaging provider In a highly competitive market, businesses need to stay ahead of the curve to succeed. One way to do this is by understanding consumer preferences and adapting to meet their needs. Leading packaging provider, APackaging Group, is urging businesses to focus on learning consumer packaging preferences as it is vital for business growth. A report released by NielsenIQ revealed that 25% of consumers purchased items from a new brand thanks to its unique packaging, and only 6% of consumers were unwilling to try something different. For emerging brands, this demonstrates that innovative packaging can help them to stand out in a crowded market. Consumer packaging preferences have changed dramatically in recent years. Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and demanding sustainable packaging options. They are also looking for packaging that is easy to use, convenient, and enhances the product's efficacy. Airless packaging is one such example of a packaging trend that is becoming increasingly popular with beauty product users. Airless packaging ensures the product is protected from air exposure, which can degrade the product's quality over time. This type of packaging also ensures the user can access every drop of the product, reducing waste. Brands that switch to airless packaging can benefit from increased customer loyalty, improved product efficacy, and reduced environmental impact. However, making the switch to airless packaging requires expertise and resources, which is why partnering with a trusted packaging provider is essential. "Our team has extensive knowledge of consumer packaging preferences, and we work closely with businesses to ensure they can meet their customers' demands," said Hannah Palese, spokesperson for APG. "We know that businesses that invest in understanding consumer preferences and adapting their packaging accordingly will have a competitive advantage in the market. They can also drive brand loyalty and increase customer retention." Businesses that want to maintain a competitive advantage and meet the evolving demands of their customers should partner with a packaging provider that has the capabilities and knowledge to help them succeed. To find out more about APG, visit https://apackaginggroup.com/ About For almost 20 years, APG has been at the forefront of innovation, offering unique, market-leading solutions for cosmetic, skincare, and personal care organizations. APG strives to develop and manufacture cutting edge products that give customers a competitive advantage in the market, with insights into the latest trends and access to a library of global and utility design patents unavailable with any other manufacturer. Contact Dakota Digital Media contact: Rebecca Appleton Email: Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk Tel: 01623 428996 Tel US: 1 917-720-3025 ## ENDS##

Formation of Rehart Gesner Fund Providing Voice Lesson Scholarship Opportunities for Las Vegas CCSD Music Teachers

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 09:00 EDT

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Co-Founders Dr. Michelle Latour and Katy Morris announce the establishment of the Rehart Gesner Fund, a scholarship resource to help defray costs of voice lessons for CCSD music educators. Campaign efforts will culminate with the First Annual Benefit Recital, presented on Sunday, April 16 th , 2023, from 5:00-7:00pm, featuring an evening of song showcasing adult students of the LATOUR voice studios, LLC. The Inaugural Rehart Gesner Benefit Recital will be presented at a private residence and will be available to view via livestream. Co-founders Latour and Morris developed the Rehart Gesner Fund with a desire to provide opportunities for CCSD public school music teachers so they may explore their own personal development. There are multiple options for young singers to apply for financial assistance, with very few resources available for music teachers. The Rehart Gesner Fund fills that gap, giving deserved recognition and support to teachers who would like to cultivate their own talent. The formation of the Rehart Gesner Fund and the Benefit Recital event were officially launched on March 1 st , 2023, by co-founders Latour and Morris. Donations are being accepted on our website via Givebutter, with a fundraising goal of $12,000. The campaign has currently received $5,900 in donations. All proceeds will be used to help defray costs of private voice lessons for local music educators. Learn more about the Rehart Gesner Fund or inquire about the application process at www.rehartgesnerartists.com .

SGS SafeGuardS Covers New Zealand's Consultation Over Proposed Regulations on PFHxS and PFHxS-related Compounds

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 07:47 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS covering a proposal issued by the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds as a new persistent organic pollutant (POP). The Stockholm Convention added these substances to Annex A (elimination) without exemptions in June 2022. The New Zealand consultation was then announced in February 2023, with comments being accepted until April 5, 2023. If the proposal is accepted, PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds will be added to Schedule 2A of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act) by mid-November 2023. Stakeholders should be aware, PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds are a sub-category of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They have been used in a wide variety of consumer goods, including: Firefighting foams Metal plating Water, grease and dirt protective coatings in textiles, leather, upholstery, paper and packaging materials Polishing and cleaning/washing agents Coatings and impregnation/proofing, such as those for protection from damp and fungus Manufacture of electronics and semiconductors PFHxS has also been used as a substitute for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in some applications. SGS Chemical Testing SGS offers a comprehensive range of testing services to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure their products are safe and comply with national and international regulations concerning harmful chemicals. In the end, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS Chemical Testing Services . SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full New Zealand Consults Over Proposal to Regulate PFHxS and PFHxS-related Compounds SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Dr. HingWo Tsang Global Information and Innovation Manager Tel: (+852) 2774 7420 Email: cp.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/cp LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products

SGS SafeGuardS on Recent Changes to US Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Act

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 07:36 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule to revise formaldehyde rules for composite wood products. Final Rule 88 FR 10468 was published on February 21, 2023. It revises the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which added Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA Title VI). Changes introduced by the latest Final Rule include: Several voluntary consensus standards updated Reference to section 6.2.2 under ISO/IEC 17065:2021 added, allowing external evaluation resources, such as contracting out inspections to a third party in order to complete the certification process Remote quarterly inspections by a third party certifier (TPC) formally accepted Intermediate range value of 0.038 and upper range value of 0.052 to the equation for when ASTM D6007-14 (small chamber) method added as considered equivalent to the ASTM E1333-14 (large chamber) method (§770.20 (d)(1)(iii)) SGS has published SafeGuardS 030.23 to help stakeholders understand the provisions in Final Rule 88 FR 10468. It includes a table detailing the new voluntary consensus standards and further details of the impact on remote quarterly inspections. Stakeholders are advised to review original SafeGuardS 030.23 to stay informed on the changes and their impact. The final rule came into effect on March 23, 2023. SGS Chemical Testing SGS offers a comprehensive range of testing services to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure their products are safe and comply with national and international regulations concerning harmful chemicals. In the end, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS Chemical Testing Services . SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full US EPA Issues Final Rule for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Dr. HingWo Tsang Global Information and Innovation Manager Tel: (+852) 2774 7420 Melanie Schubert Senior Technical Manager Tel: +1 312 414 9394 Email: cp.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/hardlines LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products

SGS's Frank Kempe re-appointed to AFIRM's LabTAC

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 07:02 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Global Softlines Technical Manager Frank Kempe to the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group's Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (LabTAC). Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Frank joined SGS in 2022. He is responsible for strategic development in sustainability and chemical management across SGS's global textile and footwear divisions. Frank's background is chemical compliance management for the apparel and footwear sectors, and he has participated in various industry groups, including Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the German Partnership of Sustainable Textiles. His work has effected real change across a wide range of quality and sustainability topics, including product safety, sustainable materials and resource efficiency. He was original appointed to LabTAC in 2022. Founded in 2004, the AFIRM Group's mission is a reduction in the use and impact of harmful substances in apparel and footwear supply chains. It offers a forum for improvements in global supply chain restricted substance management, enables better communications about RSL (restricted substances list) and provides an arena in which to exchange ideas about improving RSL management. LabTAC supports AFIRM on test method issues, maintains the RSL, communicates RSL information to supply chain members and facilities the exchange of ideas for improving the RSL. The committee comprises five technical representatives from global laboratory networks, with appointments being made every two years from eligible applications. Frank says: "I am delighted to have been re-appointed to LabTAC and I look forward to continuing my work in helping the apparel and footwear sectors improve chemical management. This is a critical time for manufacturers and suppliers, governments and businesses around the world are under intense pressure to act over climate change and our impact on the environment. Central to this must be the development of better technologies and a move towards the use of safer and more sustainable chemicals. SGS and LabTAC stand at the forefront of this move, helping industry to develop long-term solutions that not only improve chemical management but also enable a better and safer world." For further information, please contact: Keith Tsang Senior Service Development Manager Connectivity & Products Email: cp.media@sgs.com

New research reveals destination wedding budgets are increasing with extended celebrations & luxury villas soaring in popularity

Tue, Mar 21, 2023 04:50 EDT

New research from the wedding venue experts, Wedinspire has revealed that those planning to get married overseas this year are prepared to spend significantly more than couples tying the knot in 2022. Despite the cost of living crunch, extended celebrations, longer haul destinations and luxurious private villas are firmly in favour with today's wedding couples - and they're prepared to up their budgets to secure their dream day. In its latest survey of more than 500 couples planning a destination wedding, Wedinspire's researchers discovered that the number of couples spending less than £15,000 on their wedding has fallen by 30%, but the number of couples budgeting £50,000 - £75,000 has increased by 10%. Those bigger budgets are helping to finance extended getaways, with the majority of modern couples now opting to stretch their nuptials over more than just one day. Over 70% of couples say they plan to celebrate their wedding across a whole weekend, while others are opting for a three or even five-day event. Those who are jetting off to get married will also see some of their budget being spent on luxurious accommodation, with private villas increasingly in demand. 4 in 10 couples will forgo the traditional hotel stay and instead, will splash out on a private wedding villa property for their destination wedding. Wedinspire co-founder Charlotte Ingham said, "Wedding budgets are up, further flung destinations are in demand and celebrations are being extended over multiple days. Our research shows that couples planning to get married overseas this year really are pulling out all the stops to ensure their marriage gets off to a magical beginning with no expense spared. "With wedding villas the most desirable venue for overseas ceremonies, those planning to marry this year will spend significantly more on their celebration than couples celebrating their big day just 12 months ago." Wedinspire is an online platform which connects couples with exceptional wedding venues around the world. Based in the UK, the company has an exclusive portfolio of romantic venues, including intimate retreats and relaxing beach destinations. It aims to make like easy for those in search of the perfect place to exchange their vows by featuring venues and concepts that couples may not have even considered. For more information about Wedinspire, visit: https://www.wedinspire.com/

Albany to Witness Historic Protest of 15,000 Healthcare Workers Demanding Gov. Hochul Stop Cuts & Invest in Care

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 19:13 EDT

Thousands of caregivers, still reeling from three years of the pandemic, will descend on the Capitol to call on Gov. Hochul and legislative leadership to reverse healthcare cuts and Close the Medicaid Coverage Cap. WHO: - Thousands of 1199SEIU members from across New York State who work in nearly all job titles in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, clinics, research labs, universities, homecare, and other healthcare settings. - Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera, and other legislative leaders. WHAT: A series of marches around the Capitol Building to the MVP Arena as busloads of healthcare workers arrive throughout the morning, followed by a massive rally at the arena. WHERE: Outside the Capitol Building and inside MVP Arena. WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:30AM - Healthcare workers will begin arriving in buses, marching around the Capitol. 12:45PM - Massive rally begins at MVP Arena (51 S. Pearl St, Albany). 1:30PM - 1199SEIU President George Gresham and legislative leaders will speak. WHY: New York's healthcare system is facing an unprecedented crisis. Three years to the month that the first COVID case was confirmed in New York, patients and workers continue to face pandemic's aftershocks. Safety-net hospitals are on the brink of closure, emergency rooms are overflowing, nursing home residents face interminably long wait times for bedside care, and homecare services are becoming ever harder to come by. Gov. Hochul's proposed budget utterly fails to grasp the gravity of this crisis. Rather than making the necessary investments to stabilize healthcare services, the proposed 5% Medicaid rate increase is entirely offset by the elimination of savings from the 340b drug pricing program and the cut to the Indigent Care Pool. The budget includes cuts of $700 million from safety net hospitals, reverses course on a major victory last year raising the pay of homecare workers to $3 above the minimum wage, reduces wages for consumer-directed home health aides by $4.09/hr., and fails to provide adequate funding increases to nursing homes as they struggle to recruit and retain staff to comply with nursing home reform laws. With stagnating Medicaid funding and a depleted and burnt-out workforce, an austere healthcare budget would be devastating to New Yorkers, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families. 1199SEIU is calling on NY's elected leaders to invest $2.5 billion in healthcare in the FY2024 budget, including the following: (The one-house budget proposals recently released by Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins make many of these commitments, and they must be fulfilled in the final budget.) - Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates by 10% for hospitals and 20% for nursing homes, with no offsets. - Restore the $700 million in safety-net funding, and increase it by an additional $600 million. - Address the disparity in reimbursement rates in upstate New York, which are approximately 20% lower than downstate. - Preserve the investment made last year in Fair Pay for Home Care to stabilize the homecare workforce and undo the drastic proposed cuts to wages for workers employed through the consumer-directed program. - Raise the minimum wage to $21.25 by 2027, followed by indexing. Contacts: Mindy Berman, mindyb@1199.org, 518 229-0486 Bryn Lloyd-Bollard, bryn.lloydbollard@1199.org, 732-606-5949 April Ezzell, april.ezzell@1199.org, (716) 449-1620 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.

Nightingale College Receives Full Accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 16:38 EDT

Accreditation grant dated January 13, 2021 March 20, 2023 - (Salt Lake City) - Nightingale College, a national leader in blended and distance education for pre- and post-licensure nursing programs, today announced it has received full accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The College has been working on elevating toward this highly respected accreditation since 2013, undergone the initial Candidacy peer review site visit in 2020, and most recently hosted a follow-up on-site evaluation in October 2022. The College's NWCCU accreditation grant is retroactive to January 2021. "With the mission focused on diversifying the nursing profession to improve health outcomes toward achievement of health equity in the United States, we believe this is a major step forward in bringing the College's unique educational models to a wider geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic audience," noted Nightingale College President Dr. Jeffrey A. Olsen. "The full membership in NWCCU positions the College for closer collaboration with peer institutions in the aligned missions to close educational equity gaps on a national scale." NWCCU accreditation also means Nightingale College is publicly recognized by other higher education institutions for the quality of its academic programs. While the College does not control whether other universities and colleges may choose to accept Nightingale College degrees or credits for transfer, the NWCCU accreditation makes it significantly more likely. "This is something we've been diligently working toward for many years, and we are so excited to reach this important milestone," noted Nightingale Education Group's CEO Mikhail Shneyder. "While this accreditation is meaningful to those of us striving to create opportunity and access to nursing education, it also serves as yet another piece of evidence of educational quality for the College's learners and the community at-large." Since its inception in 2010, the College has graduated more than 1,800 learners from its educational programs, as of January 2023. Nightingale College focuses on improving health outcomes by providing nursing education to underserved and underrepresented communities. For more information about Nightingale College, please click here .

Breaking Tradition: Why More Couples Are Opting for Elopements Instead of Traditional Weddings

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 10:00 EDT

Elopements are becoming increasingly popular among couples who want to break away from the traditional wedding format. According to recent data from one specialist California-based company, the number of inquiries it has received has increased by 800% in the past two years, and by 60% in 2023 alone when compared with its figures from 2022. There are several reasons why couples are choosing to elope instead of having a traditional wedding, says Pacific Vows who crunched the numbers. One reason is the desire for a more intimate and personal experience, as couples can focus on each other and the experience of getting married without the distractions and pressures of a larger wedding. More and more couples are also thought to be choosing elopement as part of a growing trend towards weddings that are unique and reflect their individual values. This trend has also been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic as couples seek safer alternatives to larger, more traditional wedding celebrations. At the forefront of this elopement revolution is San Diego-based Pacific Vows, a husband and wife duo committed to helping couples embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Through their business, Lisa and Simon have combined their talents in photography and planning to create unforgettable and deeply personal elopement experiences for their clients. Their dedication to capturing the essence of each couple's love, against a backdrop of stunning landscapes, has earned them a stellar reputation within the growing elopement market. Lisa and Simon, Co-Founders of Pacific Vows, say: "Elopements today are more than just a simple exchange of vows. Couples are opting for unique, adventurous experiences that reflect their personalities and shared passions. From hiking to breathtaking mountaintops to intimate beach ceremonies, elopements are as diverse as the couples themselves. These tailor-made events have become increasingly popular, as they allow couples to create a memorable day that genuinely represents their love story." In this era of personalized experiences and meaningful connections, the elopement market has become a testament to the power of love and the beauty of celebrating it in a way that truly reflects the couple's unique journey. Pacific Vows is proud to be a part of this revolution, as they continue to help couples create and capture the best day of their lives through their one-of-a-kind elopement adventures. For more information, visit: www.pacificvows.com

The Rise of Genderless Beauty: Cosmetics Manufacturer Discusses Appeal of Unisex Products

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 09:44 EDT

Beauty has always been about self-expression and individuality, and with the rise of the genderless beauty trend, cosmetics companies are taking notice. Today, Adonis Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of beauty and personal care products, discusses the appeal of unisex products and the growing demand among consumers for gender-neutral options. The beauty industry has traditionally been divided into male and female categories, with products and packaging designed for specific genders. However, with the evolving cultural and social landscape, consumers are looking for more inclusive options that allow them to express their individuality regardless of their gender. As a result, the demand for gender- products has increased significantly in recent years. According to Adonis Manufacturing, the appeal of unisex products is multifaceted. Firstly, they offer greater flexibility and versatility, allowing consumers to use a single product for multiple purposes. This makes them more convenient and cost-effective for users. Secondly, they promote inclusivity and diversity, which is important to today's socially conscious consumers. Lastly, gender-neutral products provide a sense of freedom, allowing people to express themselves in a way that feels authentic and true to themselves. "We have seen a significant increase in the demand for gender-neutral and unisex products in recent years," said Ann Wilson, spokesperson for Adonis Manufacturing. "As a company, we recognize the importance of providing inclusive options that cater to the evolving needs of our consumers. Our goal is to continue to provide our partners with private-label or custom-formulated beauty products that are not limited by gender, and that promote individuality, self-expression, and inclusivity." The trend of genderless beauty is not just a passing fad, but a reflection of the changing social and cultural attitudes towards gender identity and expression. As more and more consumers seek out inclusive options, cosmetics companies must adapt to meet their needs. Adonis Manufacturing is leading the way in this regard, offering a wide range of unisex products that cater to all skin types and preferences. To find out more about Adonis Manufacturing, visit their website: https://adonismfg.com/

Multi Award-Winning Accessible Website Design Business Celebrates 20th Years At The Top

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 08:20 EDT

Jim Byrne, a pioneer of equal access to websites and digital content for disabled people, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Accessible Website Design & Accessibility Auditing business - and remains as passionate about his mission today as he was on day one. Jim first realised the importance of digital access for disabled people in the 90s, and that realisation forever changed his career path. In 1996 he founded one of the UK's first web accessibility consultancies and was a founding member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS). As the director of GAWDS, he gave feedback on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2) which are now used by governments around the world. "Equal access to websites and digital content for everyone is still my focus," Jim says. "Lack of accessibility is a form of discrimination against disabled people. It was unacceptable back when I started and, with so many services and resources almost exclusively available online, it is unacceptable now." The importance of digital accessibility has grown since Jim Byrne began his work and UK law has changed to reflect this. Under the Equality Act of 2010, website owners are obliged to ensure that their websites are accessible to all users. To help with this, Jim's business offers a WCAG 2 accessibility auditing service to check whether websites comply with the law. Additionally, he offers an accessible website design service and accessibility training for website designers. Ralph Mackenzie, Front-End Website Designer/Developer for the University of Strathclyde, said, "Jim provided us with auditing and training services to help the University's websites and applications meet new government regulations on digital accessibility. His reports were extremely thorough and have provided an excellent basis for the University to offer better services to students, staff and the public. "The training offered gave our staff an excellent insight into designing and developing for users with special requirements, and we look forward to providing an accessible digital experience to all users thanks to Jim's help and expertise." Through its two decades of activity, Jim Byrne Accessible Website Design & Accessibility Auditing has received several awards - including the Global Bangemann Award, presented by the King of Sweden himself. For more information, visit jimbyrne.co.uk

Expanded Tanzania Trade Facilitation Services from SGS

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 06:33 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, announces expanded pre-verification of conformity (PVoC) services for Tanzania. Market opportunities in Tanzania have increased in response to the rapid growth of its economy in recent years. With advances in technology presenting new opportunities for speeding up trade, businesses keen to sell products in the country still need to ensure that regulatory requirements are met in a trusted and expedient way. SGS has been helping businesses in Tanzania since the 1950s, and since February 2012, has provided approved PVoC services. Appointed by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards to run the latest 24-month PVoC program from August 2022, there are now more zones than ever mandated to SGS. This greater geographical spread makes SGS the ideal partner for export and import businesses in the country , and was detailed in webinars held in December 2022 and February 2023. In addition to this, SGS has led the way in technological innovation, enabling clients to access state-of-the-art digital solutions which ease the passage of goods compliantly and securely. e-Trade is a cloud-based trade facilitation platform with many benefits, including full integration with the SGS exporter portal. Certification timelines can be much reduced, leading to improved productivity. Using standard Cloud Blocks and Microservices Architecture, security is ensured via the latest frameworks and aligned with Open Web Application Security Projects (OWASP) guidelines. For further protection, the latest Azure Active Directory with user authentication, is utilized. For more information, please contact: Craig Wilson Contract Manager Trade Facilitation Services, SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

Introducing the SGS QiiQ® remote inspection system

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 06:21 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is proud to present the new QiiQ digital app, giving exporters an interactive and collaborative solution to remote inspections. Traditional ways of doing export business have been challenged in recent years, not simply by the rapid development of new technology, but by global events such as COVID-19. The upside of this has been the advent of new digital tools which have created new ways of saving resources whilst increasing and easing collaboration. QiiQ makes full use of technologies including the internet, smartphones, computers, cloud storage and others, creating a highly interactive application which performs remote visits, inspections and audits. It allows office-based inspection staff to connect with clients in real-time, recording activity to ensure transparency and integrity. Multi-connectivity capable and customizable, the app enables businesses to meet regulatory requirements in a highly controlled digital environment. Originally developed by SGS for use in the commercial and industrial sector, QiiQ is now used in many areas, including industrial, environmental, health and safety, and oil and gas - as well as being increasingly utilized by governments and the private sector. The benefits of QiiQ include increased productivity and efficiency. Remote inspections make supply chain logistics operations faster, safety is enhanced, and greater flexibility in scheduling inspections is possible. Backtracking evidence is provided and risks from corruption are minimized. Legacy documentation ensures the inspection process is fully accessible and transparent. Read more about SGS QiiQ . For further information about SGS QiiQ remote inspections, contact: Gerardo Panopio Global Product Conformity Assessment Technical Manager SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

Uganda PVoC contract awarded for fourth consecutive year to SGS

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:58 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is pleased to announce it has, for the fourth consecutive year, been awarded the contract to provide pre-verification of conformity (PVoC) services for Uganda. Granted by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the new contract starts on March 1, 2023. There is no change to the chargeable fees, which remain consistent with the previous contract and shall apply to all countries of export (net of taxes). Being awarded the contract for a fourth time is a testament to SGS's expertise in providing trusted product conformity assessment (PCA) services that facilitate trade while protecting the environment and safeguarding consumers from harmful, substandard products. The Ugandan PVoC program mandates that products with compulsory standards specification, as guided by the UNBS Act 1983, must be verified as complying with relevant technical regulations, standards and/or approved equivalents. Approved products are issued with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC), which helps facilitate clearance of the certified consignment and allows access to Ugandan markets. SGS has considerable experience in supporting the trade fraternity - exporters, importers and their appointed clearing and forwarding agents - with guidance and solutions that aid compliance with appliable Ugandan requirements. Learn more about Uganda - Pre-Export Verification of Conformity . For more information, please contact: Hellen Aching Regional Manager Trade Facilitation Services, SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

SGS Offers New Combined Textiles PCA Services for Saudi Arabia

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:44 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is delighted to announce the enhancement of their product conformity assessment (PCA) services for textile businesses exporting to Saudi Arabian markets. Exporters to Saudi Arabia are regulated under the requirements of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and must obtain certification under the SABER scheme. Expert interpretation is needed to ensure the challenges of product variety, and the geographical spread of production, supply chains and potentially hazardous raw materials, are interpreted and understood effectively. Without this knowledge, repeat testing, delays and additional costs can be incurred. In direct response to these challenges, SGS have developed their trade facilitation solutions for SABER certification. Testing parameters for textile, leather, footwear and accessory products under the regulations include pH value, color stability, and toxicity. Consolidation of existing services now allows for faster testing times and trusted verification. Information from the client's master list of products (including materials/styles and sources) is analyzed by SGS to assemble an optimized list of items that can then be tested against the SASO regulations. SGS expertise is available at all stages of SABER certification, and this strategic selection of products allows for a faster, and more assured conclusion to the process. Close collaboration with the client is key to this, and the benefits of this optimization include better risk management of the certification process, quicker testing times and resource savings. For more details about SGS's consolidated PCA services for Saudi Arabia, please contact: Gerardo Panopio Global Product Conformity Assessment Technical Manager SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

How Improved Efficiency Can Help Alleviate Effects of Labour Shortages in Logistics, According to Industry Leader

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:00 EDT

According to a report by the Financial Times, the surge in online shopping and the departure of foreign labourers, as a result of both Brexit and the pandemic, have dealt a severe blow to the logistics industry. In response, leading logistics firm Midland Pallet Trucks has said that improving efficiency with the increased use of high-quality materials handling equipment could help mitigate the effects of these labour shortages. As the industry struggles to attract new workers, Midland Pallet Trucks believes that enhancing efficiency is key to meeting growing demand for logistics services. With the increasing importance of e-commerce and rising consumer expectations for fast delivery times, the need for improved efficiency has never been greater. According to Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, one way to boost efficiency is through the use of pallet trucks. "Our trucks can reduce the need for manual handling, which can be time-consuming and laborious. By automating this process, logistics companies can save time and reduce the risk of workplace injuries, while also improving productivity and reducing costs". The provision of superior materials handling equipment to warehouses across the UK is a top priority for Midland Pallet Trucks. Their diverse range of products, such as hand pallet trucks, electric pallet trucks, and weighing scale trucks, assists their clients in improving their logistics and meeting the requirements of the supply chain. Midland Pallet Trucks is not alone in recognising the challenges facing the logistics industry. The report by the Financial Times highlights that four major companies - Amazon, Maersk, Asda, and Tesco - have each contributed £30,000 to a TikTok-based campaign aimed at promoting careers in the logistics sector. As UK industries urge the government to ease restrictions on foreign workers, beginning with relaxed regulations for the construction industry, it is evident that companies must also implement measures to tackle the shortage of labour. Phil adds: "As the logistics industry faces growing demand and a shrinking pool of workers, it is essential that we find ways to work smarter. By using technology like pallet trucks, we can streamline our operations and ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our customers". To find out more about the wide range of lift equipment available from Midland Pallet Trucks, visit https://www.midlandpallettrucks.com/

New Training Centre To Cater For The Shortfall Of Labour

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 04:54 EDT

BMS Services is proud to announce the opening of a new training centre, the first of its kind, aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the busbar installation niche market. With the construction industry booming since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for skilled workers has never been higher. BMS Services is stepping in to bridge the gap and provide a new generation of skilled professionals to the industry. The training centre, located in Basingstoke, will offer a comprehensive 4-week course in Busbar installation, electrical safety, and hands-on training. The course is designed to guarantee employment with a starting salary of £30,000 upon successful completion of two theoretical and one practical exam. BMS Services has taken the initiative to provide opportunities for six young men, four of whom were previously on benefits, to attend the training program at a cost of £2800 per attendee. BMS work directly for leading manufacturers such as Schneider, Siemens, and Legrand, to provide the program. A spokesperson from Legrand, who delivered a presentation for the course, says, "The UK construction market is suffering from a huge skills shortage across all platforms, causing delays to projects and risks to business owners, who want to deliver a good reliable service to their customers. I was fortunate enough, to be invited to attend a Busbar training session with BMS, where they have taken the protective approach to start a busbar installation and commissioning training programme, investing in people from various backgrounds for the future of their business. This is a great programme, which more companies should embrace, to help close the skills shortage gap in the UK market." BMS Services is proud to announce the launch of its comprehensive new training course aimed at addressing the pressing labour shortage facing the industry. The course has been specifically designed for new engineers, providing them with a comprehensive A-Z training that covers all aspects of the installation process for busbar and switchgear. The course is a crucial step towards ensuring that installations meet the manufacturers' installation manual and the client's satisfaction. With many failed installs in the industry resulting from companies looking for the cheapest installations, BMS Services' new training course is a welcome development that guarantees quality and reliability. David Hookins Eta-com General Manger UK & Ireland said, "We had the pleasure of attending the course ourselves and were thoroughly impressed with the level of detail covered. From bare routes to installing anchors into concrete and identifying the required supports, the course equips engineers with the knowledge and skills required to tackle any installation project. "As a leading brand in the industry and the original IP68 Case Resin Busbar manufacturer, Eta-com is proud to support this proactive approach by BMS Services towards addressing the labour shortage in the industry. With no recognized industry standard for installing busbar and switchgear, BMS Services' training course is a critical step towards ensuring the future of quality installations that will last for years to come. "We wish BMS Services every success with this new initiative and offer our continued support towards this essential course." Carol Sullivan, HR and Finance Director, says, "It is BMS Services' goal to have this training program accredited by the Joint Industry Board and the Electrical Contractors' Association under the electrical industry. Currently, there is no recognised training program for Busbar and Switchgear installations in the UK, and the company is committed to filling this void and providing a much-needed service to the industry." The training centre will also have the capacity to offer bespoke training programs tailored to individual company needs, and with the support of the manufacturers, the potential to train people from all over the world. With many poor installations of Busbar systems, BMS Services is determined to provide high-quality training to ensure safety and prevent fatal incidents. The company is excited to offer this new opportunity to young people looking for a career in the electrical industry and is confident that this training centre will play a key role in addressing the labour shortage in the industry. For more information visit: https://bms-services.co.uk/the-1st-busbar-training-course/ For Bespoke training courses for companies visit: https://bitslimited.co.uk/busbar-training-for-contractors/ For individuals looking to enhance their career visit: https://bitslimited.co.uk/busbar-training-for-individuals/