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How Nestlé Makes its Billions

By: Caroline Winter of Bloomberg 

Inside, workers wear hairnets, hard hats, goggles, gloves, and earplugs. Ten production lines snake through the space, funneling local spring water into 8-ounce to 2.5-gallon containers; most of the lines run 24/7, each pumping out 500 to 1,200 bottles per minute. About 60 percent of the supply comes from Mecosta’s springs and arrives at the factory via a 12-mile pipeline. The rest is trucked in from neighboring Osceola County, about 40 miles north. “Daily, we’re looking at 3.5 million bottles potentially,” says Dave Sommer, the plant’s 41-year-old manager, shouting above the din.

Silos holding 125 tons of plastic resin pellets provide the raw material for the bottles. They’re molded into shape at temperatures reaching 400F before being filled, capped, inspected, labeled, and laser-printed with the location, day, and minute they were produced—a process that takes less than 25 seconds. Next, the bottles are bundled, shrink-wrapped onto pallets, and picked up by a fleet of 25 forklifts that ferry them to the plant’s warehouse or loading docks. As many as 175 trucks arrive every day to transport the water to retail locations in the Midwest. “We want more people to drink water, keep hydrated,” Sommer says. “It would be nice if it were my water, but we just want them to drink water.”

Nestlé SA started bottling in 1843 when company founder Henri Nestlé purchased a business on Switzerland’s Monneresse Canal. “Ever the curious scientist, [he] analyzed and experimented with the enrichment of water with a variety of minerals, always with a singular goal: to provide healthy, accessible, and delicious refreshment,” reads Nestlé’s website. Today there are thousands of bottled water companies worldwide—there’s even Trump Ice—but Nestlé is the biggest globally in terms of sales, followed by Coca-Cola, Danone, and PepsiCo, according to Euromonitor International. Nestlé Waters, the Paris-based subsidiary, owns almost 50 brands, including Perrier, S.Pellegrino, and Poland Spring.


In this Turkish Town No One Goes Hungry

By: Zeyneb Varol of The Middle East Eye 

Under the glaring sun of a Saturday afternoon in August, a restaurant in a small eastern Turkish town welcomes its “most valuable customers”.

It is only one of the many establishments across the town where those in need are invited to eat free of charge. This well-preserved tradition has been carried down from generation to generation for decades.

Karakocan, a 70-minute drive north of the centre of Elazıg province, has attracted attention in recent years for its tradition of offering free food to those in need. For locals, the custom is a way of fulfilling their responsibility to assist the less fortunate.

Mehmet Ozturk, 55, the owner and manager of one of Karakocan’s busiest restaurants, Merkez, for nearly 35 years, says he always keeps at least three tables reserved for those in need, even during rush hour when his eatery is cramped. According to Ozturk, “the poor never fail to come”. 

On any given day, Ozturk says at least 15 people come to his restaurant to receive a free meal. According to residents, around 100 people eat for free each day across the whole town, which is home to around 28,000 people, according to official statistics.

Galip is one of the familiar faces at the restaurant who has eaten there every day for the last 10 years. “He was here for breakfast and he will probably come for dinner as well,” a young waiter says.

Suffering from mental illness, Galip doesn’t share much.

“The Merkez is my favourite place in town, because the food is great,” he says.

The restaurants offer Galip and others their pick from a variety of choices listed on their menus including kebabs, chicken, soup, rice and salads.

Ozturk says: “The tradition has always been here, even 70 years ago. For us it was a natural thing to do, something we learned from our elders.”


Congressional Black Caucus 2017

Sept 20/2017 – 7 a.m. EST

Today on September 20th people from all over the country will be meeting in Washington D.C. to attend the Congressional Black Caucus. The event started with a press conference lead by Rep. Cedric L. Richmond speaking to the tumultuous current events affecting our country.

The entire week will be filled with spectacular events addressing all the walks of life in which people of color are effect. Universal Citizens Media Network in Tandem With The Revelation Network will bring you events as they unfold. We also will be updating this post as the week progresses so stay tuned !!

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Sept 20/2017 – 3 p.m. EST An event titled : Improving Correctional and Reentry Outcomes Through Career, Technical, and Adult Education presented with Augustus Hawkins Foundation  was provided for those curious about the subject. For those who are unfamiliar with the topic of discussion, The CBC app writes

Incarcerated individuals face numerous barriers during and after incarceration. People in prison have  lower literacy and numeracy levels than people outside of prison. Crowded and under–resource prisons lead to  idleness and lapses in education, training, and skill development. Transportation, housing, employment, and education are vital components to a person’s success after their time in prison. Upon an individual’s return to the community, many of these needs go unmet or unfulfilled, resulting in the return to prison. This session examines how career and technical education (CTE) supports return citizens. Presenters will discuss efforts to reauthorize both the Carl D. Perkins Career and the Second Chance Act, the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES initiative and theU.S. Department of Education’s OCTAE Reentry Education Project and the Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program as well as local initiatives to help to improve educational opportunities in correctional facilities and upon reentry for incarcerated individuals

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The Panel included an astute group of presenters. Which included:

Lisa R. Ransom from the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation

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Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator (D-VA)

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Kim R. Ford, Acting Assisting Secretary/DAS,
U.S. Department of Education

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Melanie M. Shaw Geter, Judge, Maryland
Court of Special Appeals

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Kamau Bobb, Constellations Center of Equity
in Computing, GA Tech

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Lul Tesfai of CNA Institute for Public Research

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Yariela Kerr- Donovan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,SWP

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David Clements of House of David, Advocates for Fathers, Inc.

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Pic 2 CBCThere was also as guest appearance of Rep. John Lewis who added some soft words to lighten the mood.

Protest In St. Louis Continue After Officer Is Acquitted 

By: Susan Hogan of  The Washington Post 

After a third night of violence and unrest in St. Louis, about 100 protesters marched in silence along downtown streets Monday during the morning rush hour. Once they reached City Hall, the silence gave way to chants for justice.

The city has been marked by protests since Friday, when former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted on charges of murdering a black motorist after a police chase in 2011. Stockley is white.

Overnight Sunday, police arrested more than 80 people after a peaceful protest turned violent as night fell. In a concentrated area downtown, some protesters smashed windows and overturned trash cans, while others threw chemicals and rocks at police, authorities said.

“After the demonstration, organizers announced that the daytime protest was over,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said in news conference at about 1 a.m. Monday. “But a group of agitators stayed behind, apparently intent on breaking windows and destroying property.”

Some protesters complained that police were unnecessarily aggressive. Further inflaming tensions, a St. Louis photographer reported he and others heard police chant “whose streets, our streets” after making some arrests.


German Teenager Who Ran Away To Join Isis Faces The Death Penalty 

By: Julian Robinson 

A German teenager who ran away to join ISIS may yet face the death penalty, Iraq’s Prime Minister has warned.

Linda Wenzel was dragged from the rubble in Mosul as Iraqi forces liberated the city in July and is now being held in Baghdad where her fate rests in the hands of the country’s court system.

The 16-year-old, who left her home in Pulsnitz, eastern Germany, last year to join the terror group, is desperate to return to Europe amid fears she could spend years in jail.

But Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has now said Iraq’s judiciary will decide if the teenager will face the death penalty.

‘You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing innocent people,’ al-Abadi said.

Iraqi intelligence officials told the Associated Press that the teenager allegedly worked with ISIS’s feared police force.

The German is being held in a prison at Baghdad’s airport together with other foreign women found in Mosul, including citizens from Belgium, France, Syria and Iran. 

Teenager Rescues Over Dozen Victims Of Hurricane Irma On Air Mattress 

Compliments of ABC

Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, flood water is up to your eyes and you’re pushing an air mattress behind an apartment building. You’re pushing through water and debris, staying calm, trying to rescue families screaming for help and also you’re 13 years old.

13-year-old Virgil Smith rescued 17 of his neighbors during Hurricane Harvey.

When flood waters poured into his apartment complex in Dickinson, he and his mom, Lisa Wallace, took shelter at a stranger’s second floor apartment.

Virgil says he got a call from his friend in another building.

“He was like, VJ, can you come help us because you know that we can’t swim,” says Smith.

Smith says he swam back to his apartment, pulled out the air mattress his family uses for guests, and went to work, rescuing his friends.

“I put him, his two sisters, one baby and his brother, and I had my other friend by the hand right here, and I set his momma and his step-dad on the air mattress,” said Smith.


Bangladesh Accepts 700,000 Refugees From Myanmar 

By: Tribune Desk of Dhaka Tribune 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh can feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees.

“We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 refugees,” the prime minister at a programme after visiting the The Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.

After visiting the refugee camps and distributing aid, Sheikh Hasina spoke of the 10 million Bangali refugees during the Liberation War and said: “We have let the Rohingya in on humanitarian grounds and I ask the people of this country to help ease their suffering in whatever way they can.”

Violence erupted again in Rakhine State of Myanmar on August 24, forcing almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh totalling the amount to 700,000 so far.

The prime minister went on to say: “I ask the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.

“Bangladesh wants to maintain peace and good relations with its neighbouring countries, but it cannot accept unjust acts of the Myanmar government. We will do all we can to ease the suffering of the Rohingya refugees.”

Asking for peace, the prime minster said: “Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience? How can they displace hundreds or thousands of people because of a few?”


Toyota Collaborates With Children’s Hospital To Reduce Blood Infections 

Compliments Of Toyota Driving Seat

Partners in Problem Solving — TSSC Advisor Scott Dickson joined forces with Amy Taylor, clinical manager of Gastroenterology, and other members of the staff at Children’s Health in Dallas to find a solution to the problem of central line-associated blood stream infections.
Scott Dickson has enjoyed a very rewarding career over his 15 years with Toyota, including the past five as a senior advisor in the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC).
 But he’s happy to admit that his collaboration with four children’s hospitals in 2016 was especially meaningful.

 “When you see a sick child at a hospital, it gets pretty emotional,” says Dickson. “If there’s any way we can do something to help them, we’re going to do it. I felt very blessed to get to do this.”

 In this instance, Dickson’s work put him in partnership with Children’s Health in Dallas, Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughter in Norfolk, Virginia. All shared a similar challenge: Far too often, young patients fitted with a central line – a plastic tube placed in a large vein that routes to the heart – were contracting infections. In medical speak, such events are referred to as Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections or CLABSIs.

 According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, approximately 250,000 CLABSIs occur annually at hospitals across the country. These infections are serious but often can be treated successfully. However, such countermeasures cost more than $6 billion annually, according to a study published in the Journal of Infusion Nursing.


Drug Research Exposed: Cancer Drugs Cost Significantly Less To Develop Than Claimed 

By: Peter Dockrill of Science Alert

It’s no secret that developing and clinically testing drugs to treat conditions like cancer is a long and rigorous process. But the financial costs could be dramatically less than many people think.

An oft-quoted figure used by the pharmaceutical industry and once even referenced by President Trump puts the outlay at about US$2.7 billion in 2017 dollars to bring a drug to market, but a new analysis suggests that’s way more than what it actually costs.

Researchers investigated US Securities and Exchange Commission filings for 10 separate cancer medications, and found the median cost of drug development was US$648 million – not pocket change, sure, but a fraction of the $2.7 billion figure which pharmaceutical companies use to justify expensive medication pricing.

The drugs involved in the study weren’t exactly quick wins either, taking a median time of 7.3 years in research and development (R&D) – but that effort paid off handsomely, bringing in US$67 billion in revenue for the companies in total after, on average, four years of sales, from R&D spending of US$7.2 billion total.

The researchers say that “extremely lucrative” discrepancy needs to be recognised by patients, and hope their figures serve as a wake-up call for the healthcare industry at large.

“The amount of money drug companies are skimming off the top is substantial,” says one of the team, oncologist Vinay Prasad from Oregon Health and Science University.

“The costs of these drugs are, in many cases, crippling to patients. And the cost is not justified by R&D spending.”

It’s a noble cause – especially since cancer drugs can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars annually – but the researchers acknowledge their small sample can’t necessarily be taken as representative of the industry at large.

Marriot Life Boat leaves Tourist Without Hotel Reservations on The Islands As Hurricane Irma Approaches.

By: Abigail O’Leary 

Terrified tourists stuck on the Caribbean Island of St Thomas during Hurricane Irma were left ‘stranded’ when a Marriott rescue ship refused to allow non-hotel guests to board.

As 185mph winds unleashed devastation across the tropical islands, killing a total of 22 so far, holiday makers were astonished when staff onboard the ship said they could not accommodate those who had not booked a Marriott stay.

Pier lights were then turned off in an attempt to disperse the stranded group.

As darkness fell and killer winds from departing Irma and approaching Hurricane Jose picked up, tourists turned to social media to reveal their disgust at being left on the dock as the rescue boat departed with a reported 200 free seats.

They faced being left on the devastated US Virgin Island, much of which had been cut off from main water supplies, electricity and gas.

Roads became impassable as debris from falling buildings and trees littered the streets and part of the International Airport terminal was torn to the ground.

Tourists were also left desperate for food and water after local shops and hotels sold out of provisions and many hotel rooms were flooded.
In a video showing the moment the ship departed, she can be heard saying: “They shut the lights off here in order to get us to go.

“This was a decision of Marriott who did not let us get on this boat so we could get on flights home.

“Instead we have to ride out Hurricane Jose when we just went through Hurricane Irma a few days ago.

“We don’t have food or water, we are stranded.”