Bali. Tirta Investama, the company that produces Indonesia's oldest and most popular bottled water product Aqua, has just launched the first water bottle in Indonesia made of 100 percent recycled plastic. The new bottle was launched on Friday (15/02) in the tourist island of Bali, marking a milestone in the company's journey toward zero waste in 2025. The company, also known by its trading name Danone-Aqua, said it collects and recycles more plastic bottles than what it produces and sells in Bali. "We are fully committed to be a responsible company, that not only brings healthy hydration but also conserves nature," Corine Tap, Tirta Investama's president director, said in a press conference on Friday. Tirta Investama, controlled by French food giant Danone, aims to have all of its bottles in Indonesia to be 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Working with … [Read more...] about Danone-Aqua’s First 100 Percent Recycled Plastic Bottle Launched in Bali
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By Colin Perkel The Canadian Press Fri., Jan. 25, 2019 The federal government knowingly short-changed hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and RCMP members about $165 million in benefits, a proposed class action filed in Federal Court on Friday asserts. The unproven claim, which seeks $600 million in damages, accuses the government of negligence and breach of contract among other things. It also wants the court to order the government to pay the owed benefits with interest. “Canada’s calculation error has resulted in loss to vulnerable eligible members who rely on benefits to survive,” the suit alleges. “Canada has known about the calculation error for years but it has not taken appropriate steps to rectify its conduct.” The lawsuit, which has yet to be certified as a class action, follows a calculation error the government admits making in 2002. As a result, as many as 270,000 veterans and others receiving a disability pension or … [Read more...] about Feds sued for short-changing disabled veterans and alleged cover-up
By Kate Feldman New York Daily News Tues., July 17, 2018 Sacha Baron Cohen lied about his identity, but he never pretended to be a veteran, Showtime insisted Monday amid controversy. The Borat funnyman debuted his new show, Who Is America?, on Showtime Sunday night, but much of the mockumentary’s advertising was done the week prior by a string of right-wing politicians and celebrities who had been duped by Cohen. Among the loudest complainers were Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and Joe Wilson, radio host Joe Walsh, former Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott and gun rights advocate Philip Van Cleave, who all happily endorsed a program to arm kindergarteners in an attempt to stop school shootings. But it was former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s allegations that Cohen had disguised himself as “a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all” to trick her into an interview, that led to a Los Angeles billboard Monday morning that accused … [Read more...] about Showtime says Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t ‘present himself as a disabled veteran’ on Who Is America?
Cannabis shows inconsistent benefits for pain, PTSD Chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder are among the top reasons given by patients seeking medical marijuana in states where it is legal, but there is little scientific evidence to support its value for treating either condition, based on the results of a pair of systemic evidence reviews conducted by the US Department of Veterans Affair. Data on the use of cannabis and related products to treat PTSD and chronic pain are too limited to assess effectiveness, the researchers noted. In the PTSD study, researchers found no significant evidence to support the effectiveness of cannabis for relieving symptoms. The researchers assessed data from two systematic reviews and three primary studies. One of the larger studies (included in one of the systematic reviews) included 47,000 veterans in intensive treatment programs designed to ease their PTSD symptoms, run by VA 1992-2011. In fact, after … [Read more...] about Cannabis shows inconsistent benefits for pain, PTSD
STATE health insurer PhilHealth on Tuesday launched the “Z benefit package” for children with developmental disabilities to ensure financial risk protection for all Filipinos including persons with disabilities. Developmental disability refers to the manifestation of delays, regressions or deviations in the cognitive-adaptive, sensorimotor, communication, social, emotional or behavioral developmental domains of a child. This condition begins during the developmental period of the child, making timing important in potentially mitigating the impact of such disability. “We are introducing this Z benefit package, which is an improved, rationalized and relevant benefit for children with disabilities mainly to prevent the catastrophic spending of the poor and marginalized who are enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program while ensuring quality healthcare services,” Dr. Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna, officer-in-charge PhilHealth president and Chief Executive … [Read more...] about PhilHealth unveils benefits for children with disabilities