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Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Kicks-off 10th Year of PIANO SLAM

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Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami. Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation today announced the kickoff of the 10th year of PIANO SLAM, an education and performance program that features a poetry writing competition combined with classical music to learn core subjects in Miami -Dade public middle and high schools. The PIANO SLAM process begins Friday, October 27th with Miami-Dade teachers receiving innovative training at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Dranoff works with academic officers in core curriculum areas with hundreds of English, Science, Math, Music, and Social Studies teachers to bring new arts integrated learning models to their classroom. Teachers receive continuing education credit from the Florida Board of Education for the training.
“In ten years, Piano Slam has reached 75,000 students from Hialeah to the Beaches and from Miami Gardens to Homestead. This happens by connecting teenagers’ love of music to professional performance artists across creative boundaries – all within their public schools,” said Carlene Sawyer, Executive Director of Dranoff. “PIANO SLAM connects that love of music to a new skill set for writing and language development.” Those newly trained teachers will prepare the teenagers to write poetry about music in their lives or use musical terms in their poetry to describe science or math.“The curriculum developed by the Dranoff Foundation supports a student’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and shows the vital role the community plays in helping our schools, teachers and students,” said Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Artists will bring Live Classical 2 piano performances to 20 Title 1 middle and high schools throughout November. Students, the artists and poets then discuss the music and how to describe what they heard exploring language of music and its various meanings.15 students’ work will be chosen to perform in PIANO SLAM in the Arsht on February 28th, 2018 where final winners will be announced. Contest winners will undergo three weeks of professional coaching and rehearsal with top local writers and performers all directed by internationally acclaimed Director Tea Alagic.Ms. Alagic has directed a number of off Broadway, international theater productions in London, Dublin and Europe. She heads the Directing Theater department at the New School in NYC.For more information on Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation, visit: (photo: Dranoff Foundation)

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C.H. Robinson Makes an Impact in Grand Rapids

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WestwoodWestwood. C.H. Robinson, a global third party logistics (3PL) company, and its Grand Rapids office contributed to a month-long, company-wide, employee-led giving campaign. The campaign raised a total of $791,000 for local, national and global charities. In addition to the Robinson Cares campaign fundraising, employees accumulated more than 1,450 volunteer hours, helping their neighbors in need.The Grand Rapids office hosted internal events, including raffles and onsite food trucks, raising $12,000 for the following charities: Westwood Middle School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Be Nice Foundation and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.“Thanks to the hard work of our philanthropy committee and generous donations from employees and local businesses, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal. It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved, and we couldn’t be more excited to present the charities with our contributions,” said Adam Earle, training consultant at C.H. Robinson.Since 2005, C.H. Robinson, along with its Foundation, has given over $23 million back to our communities.“Our employees are the best in the industry — not just in their supply chain expertise, but their dedication to making an impact in their communities on the issues that matter to them most,” said Angie Freeman, chief human resources officer at C.H. Robinson. “Because of them, we were able to support more than 250 nonprofits working locally and globally.”
At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our knowledgeable people, proven processes and global technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and managed services for more than 113,000 customers and 71,000 contract carriers through our integrated network of 280 offices and more than 14,000 employees. In addition, the company, our Foundation and our employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information, visit (photo: Westwood)

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State Street Honored for Diversity and Inclusion Work

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new yorkNew York. State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today that it has received several honors for its diversity and inclusion work from the Association of ERGs & Councils, Working Mother magazine and OUTstanding.The Association of ERGs & Councils presented State Street with its 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™ in recognition of its Professional Women’s Network (PWN). The award is the only annual, national award that recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Councils. This is the second consecutive year that State Street’s PWN has been recognized by the association. “The 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award recipients are a diverse combination of US organizations representing most sectors, geographies and sizes,” stated Fernando Serpa, executive director of the Association of ERGs & Councils. “We had a record increase in applications this year representing 1,330 ERGs, BRGs, Diversity Councils and their chapters. This is by far the most competitive and exciting field to date.” State Street’s PWN has 12 chapters, spanning 26 offices globally, and focuses on networking, developing public speaking and other professional skills. The group is the largest employee network at State Street with more than 4,000 members.State Street was also recently named to Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list in the US and India in recognition of its history of creating progressive programs for its workforce in the areas of advancement of women, work flexibility, childcare and paid parental leave. This is the fourth year State Street has been included on the list in the US.In addition, four of State Street’s executives have been honored by OUTstanding, a professional network for LGBT+ executives and their allies.State Street Chief Marketing Officer Hannah Grove and Kim Newell Chebator, executive vice president and Chief Administrative Officer in Europe, Middle East and Africa, were named to OUTstanding’s LGBT Leading Ally Executives list. Steven Chan, managing director and regional head of regulatory, industry and government affairs in Asia Pacific was named to the Leading LGBT+ Executives list, and Marion Bentata, assistant vice president in Credit Risk EMEA and APAC, was named to the Future Leader list. The executives were named to the lists in recognition of their support and leadership in the LGBT community. The lists, presented by the Financial Times, were compiled through nominations from peers and clients.

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Sleep Number Named 2017 Tekne Awards Finalist

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MinneapolisMinneapolis. The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Sleep Number, the leader of sleep innovation, as a finalist for the 2017 Tekne Awards in the Internet of Things Award category. The awards ceremony will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, November 15.The Tekne Awards honors Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior innovation and leadership. The category honors the development of Internet of Things technology, from the use of sensors to wearable solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to customers.Sleep Number is being recognized for its most advanced innovation to date – the Sleep Number 360™ smart bed powered by SleepIQ© technology. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience. Built on an advanced Internet of Things architecture, the technology and data gives users knowledge about how they are sleeping and the power to adjust variables that impact their sleep.“Sleep Number is honored to be recognized by the 2017 Tekne Awards for the Sleep Number 360 smart bed,” said Annie Bloomquist, chief product officer at Sleep Number. “For three decades, Sleep Number has revolutionized the industry as a pioneer in sleep technology with a passion for improving lives through better sleep. To be named finalist for this award reflects our commitment to innovation and developing life-changing technologies for quality sleep and wellness.”“Each year, MHTA honors the most innovative companies in Minnesota advancing technology at home and around the globe,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “Sleep Number, along with all of this year’s finalists, are impacting the way people live and work, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements.”Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.

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New randomized controlled study confirms the efficacy and tolerability profile of Sativex in the treatment of multiple sclerosis spasticity resistant patients

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Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourParis. Almirall, S.A. (ALM) announces that Prof. Markova (Thomayer Hospital, Prague, Czech Rep.), primary investigator, has presented at the 7th Joint ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS Meeting in Paris, the top line efficacy results of a new randomized placebo controlled clinical study, SAVANT, that further confirms the efficacy and tolerability profile of Sativex® (THC:CBD oromucosal spray cannabinoid based medicine) in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) resistant spasticity (muscle rigidity) for patients who have not responded to first line therapies.SAVANT study is the first randomized clinical study with Sativex® on multiple sclerosis resistant spasticity management since 2014. Its primary objective was to evaluate the efficacy of Sativex® as an add-on therapy in patients with moderate to severe spasticity who had not gained adequate relief during treatment with two optimized standard antispasticity medications. Secondary objectives were to evaluate the effect of this treatment on spasticity and associated symptoms, and to further characterize its tolerability.The results of this study demonstrate that Sativex® is an effective and well-tolerated add-on option for treating patients with resistant multiple sclerosis spasticity, as well as burdensome associated symptoms instead of just adjusting again the first line options treatment.191 patients entered the study, of which 106 were randomized and after 12 weeks the clinically relevant responder rate was 77.4% within the Sativex® patients group, vs 32.1% within the placebo group (p<0.0001). There were also statistically significant improvements in favour of Sativex® at week 12 in the mean changes of the overall spasticity score, Ashworth spasticity score, and pain score. 22.6% of the Sativex® patient group and 13.2% of the placebo patient group reported one or more mild or moderate adverse events. No serious adverse events were reported.

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