FreeBalance Shares International Financial Institution Expertise at OCRI Workshop in Ottawa, Canada

FreeBalance Shares International Financial Institution Expertise at OCRI Workshop in Ottawa, Canada











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Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) May 09, 2011

FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, announced that it is participating in the Doing Business with International Financial Institutions (IFI) workshop on May 10, 2011 from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Organized by Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the workshop will be held at the Export Development Canada building, 151 O’Connor Street, 2nd Floor Lounge, Ottawa, ON. Please contact Kirsten Sardelis (ksardelis at ocri.ca) to register for this free workshop.

During the workshop, attendees will learn about:

The types of opportunities financed by the IFIs and other development agencies that exist for Canadian companies
How the IFI landscape has changed in recent years
The new areas of opportunity and the procurement processes
The trends of interest to Canadian consultants and firms
The support mechanisms available for Canadian companies wishing to pursue IFI-financed projects
Strategies and key success factors involved in winning IFI-financed contracts, including recent procurement changes
Techniques to finance your export contracts and mitigate risk when dealing with an IFI

“FreeBalance would like to thank OCRI and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for organizing this workshop,” said Matthew Oliver, Director, Global Marketing & Alliances at FreeBalance. “FreeBalance is a Canadian company that is active in all World Bank regions. Our mission is to help countries leverage technology to support economic growth and aid development through transparent and accountable financial systems.”

Olivier will be participating on the 10:00 – 11 am panel to discuss working with IFI institutions. An IFI is a financial institution that has been established (or chartered) by more than one country, and hence are subjects of international law. Examples include the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank; and the African Development Bank. Other participants on the panel include Stephan Sander, Co-President, Sander Geophysics Ltd.; Boris Jacouty, Business Development Manager, CPCS; and a representative from Export Development Canada. The panel will be moderated by Amber Germain, Trade Commissioner, Office of Liaison with International Financial Institutions, Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.

FreeBalance is active in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others. FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($ US) annual budgets worldwide. More than 70,000 users around the world use FreeBalance software to manage a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.

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The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Announces 2010 Course Schedule

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Announces 2010 Course Schedule












Battle Creek, Mich. (Vocus) January 7, 2010

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) today released its initial training course schedule for 2010. Registration information including dates and locations can be found at http://www.ifpti.org . The schedule represents the Institute’s initial course offerings and IFPTI will be adding new courses throughout the year. Additions to the 2010 schedule will be posted on the Institute’s website.

All costs associated with training and travel will be reimbursed by IFPTI to help state and local food protection professionals overcome the limited funding and travel budgets that often have prevented them from attending training.

Since July 2009, approximately 300 state, local, tribal and territorial food regulators have enrolled in courses delivered through IFPTI. Joanne Sax, Environmental Protection Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, took “Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation” to add wholesale food manufacturing know-how to her existing set of skills related to retail food inspection.

“I appreciated learning more about food laws and safety procedures as well as having the opportunity to network with students from other states,” Sax said. “I performed many hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts taught during the course, and the lessons on report writing I applied in my job immediately.”

“Based on the attendance and response we have received thus far, it is clear there is a need for improved training that meets U.S. food safety standards,” said Gerald Wojtala, Acting Executive Director of IFPTI and Past-President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). “Our 2010 curriculum schedule meets needs across all experience levels in food safety and addresses the critical issues that all food protection professionals face routinely,” he added. Wojtala also noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been instrumental in partnering with IFPTI by providing course instruction to assist state and local regulatory officials.

2010 International Food Protection Training Institute Course Schedule

January    


Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation (AFDO) — Battle Creek, Michigan
An Integrated Food Protection System (AFDO/FDA) — Webinar
February

Food Processing Technology (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
March

Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation (AFDO) — Vancouver, Washington
Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Assessment (U. of Tennessee) — Battle Creek, Michigan
April    

Basic Low Acid Canned Foods (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Equipment Standards (NSF International) — Battle Creek/Ann Arbor
Retail Plan Review (NSF International) — Battle Creek, Michigan
May    

Seafood HACCP- Domestic, Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food GMPs 110 (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Biology and Control of Insects and Rodents (NEHA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
June    

Seafood HACCP- International (Asia), Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — San Francisco, California
Seafood HACCP- International (Central & South America) Train the Trainer (Seafood HACCP Alliance) — Miami, Florida
Produce Traceability (AFDO) — Norfolk, Virginia
Food Inspection Techniques/ Evidence Development (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Managing Retail Food Safety (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Milk Pasteurization Controls and Tests (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
July    

Acidified Foods (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food-borne Illness Investigations (FDA) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
September    

Laboratory Investigation of Food-borne Illness (pending APHL approval) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Managing Food Recalls Effectively (AFDO) — Battle Creek, Michigan
GFSI: 3rd Party Standards Awareness for Regulatory Officials (NSF International) — Battle Creek, Michigan
Instructor Development Workshop (NCBRT) — Battle Creek, Michigan
About IFPTI

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to deliver career-spanning food protection training for state and local food protection professionals to assure competency and equivalency in meeting established U.S. federal food safety standards. Working in partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Institute seeks to protect the public’s health by working with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial food protection officials in the creation of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply. Initial funding for IFPTI provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

About AFDO

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) is an international, non-profit organization that is in the forefront of streamlining and simplifying regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at http://www.afdo.org . Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO’s Executive Director Joseph Corby.

SOURCE: International Food Protection Training Institute (http://www.ifpti.org ).

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Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards

Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards










Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The 2011 International Health Promotion Awards Symposium, which recognizes and promotes innovative programs from around the world that significantly improve health, will be in Rome, Italy, December 5-6, 2011. Nominations are being accepted now at http://www.aihpa.org and will be accepted until September 16, 2011.

URAC and the Care Continuum Alliance, two leaders in health care quality and innovation, have partnered to present this global awards program. These awards will find, promote and share real solutions that can be replicated worldwide and put into action immediately.

The awards support the understanding that pressing health problems cannot be addressed by one country or one group alone. By bringing successful programs to wider attention, the International Health Promotion Awards will empower organizations globally to take action and save lives.

“The International Health Promotion Awards fill an important need in global health efforts. By bringing together workplace and corporate-based programs with the community efforts that are meeting local health needs, we can help create partnerships and synergies,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. “We want to be the voice of best practices across the health care spectrum and share them with the world.”

This event will be attended by delegates from internationally recognized health care organizations, governmental agencies, charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care associations and corporations.

“These awards recognize the importance of reaching people where they live and work to promote better health and reduce disease risk, especially at the population level,” said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance. “They also recognize the global nature of the challenges we face in health care and the benefits of sharing our experiences broadly to foster innovation and best practices.”

A panel of expert judges comprising health care professionals and policymakers from around the world will evaluate nominee submissions. Awards will be given in two categories:


    International Community Health Awards honor organizations whose ideas in health promotion and disease prevention have made significant contributions to improving individuals’ lives and well being in local communities. To help continue these efforts, the chosen program will also receive a $ 5,000 award.
    International Workplace Health Awards honor health promotion programs that optimize and maintain overall health and mitigate disease risk in the workplace.

Twelve finalists (six from each category) will receive a complimentary trip to Rome to present their programs at the Symposium where final award winners will be announced.

The IHPA program was established in 2010 and presented its first awards to a distinguished group of organizations including:

    IBM (United States)
    Intel Corporation (Ireland)
    MOL Group (Hungary)
    Basic Health International (United States and El Salvador)
    Centene Corporation (United States)
    Naankuse Clinic (Namibia)

For more information, please contact Jessica Lutz, URAC at +1-202-326-3967 (USA ET) or communications(at)urac(dot)org; or the Care Continuum Alliance, at +1-202-737-5980 (USA ET) or info(at)carecontinuum(dot)org.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

About the Care Continuum Alliance

The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders in the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuum.org.

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International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar

International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar











Battle Creek, Mich. (Vocus) August 27, 2009

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced that it inaugurated its “Emerging Issues in Food Protection” seminar series by co-sponsoring the presentation of, “The Changing Faces of Environmental Sampling,” by Donald L. Zink, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, to more than 70 food regulators and food emergency responders. Seminar co-sponsors included the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Community Health, Association of Food and Drug Officials, and Western Michigan University. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation is funding the start-up activities of the Institute.

IFPTI’s vision of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply is dependent upon building capacity and strengthening the role of state and local food protection agencies. The inaugural Emerging Issues in Food Protection seminar, held August 25, 2009 at Western Michigan University’s Kendall Center, provided local, state, and federal public health and food regulatory officials, emergency management personnel, and Rapid Response Team (charged with responding to food and feed emergencies) with the latest information on the rapidly evolving role of environmental sampling in food protection and emergency response.

In addition to Dr. Zink’s presentation, attendees heard presentations from Brad Deacon, Michigan Dept of Agriculture; Joann Givens, FDA-Rapid Response Team; Roberta Wagner, FDA-Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Stephen Benoit, National Center for Food Protection.

In October 2009, the Institute will offer courses in “Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation” and “Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)” in both “trainee” and “train-the-trainer” formats. Most costs associated with course registration, materials, meals, and travel are expected to be covered by the Institute in order to provide much-needed assistance to State and local regulatory agencies. Registration information can be found at: http://www.ifpti.org or http://www.afdo.org.

IFPTI’s inaugural training course, “Managing Retail Food Safety,” was offered in July 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Human Resource Deployment’s ORA U.

About IFPTI

The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization delivering career-spanning certified food protection training to state, local, tribal and territorial food protection professionals that meets established U.S. federal food safety standards. Through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and working in partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Institute seeks to protect the public’s health by working with Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial food protection officials in the creation of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply.

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. For further information on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.wkkf.org. Inquiries about the Foundation can be directed to Joanne Krell, Vice President Communications.

About AFDO

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules and regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at http://www.afdo.org. Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO’s Executive Director Joseph Corby.

About Donald L. Zink, Ph.D.

Dr. Zink is Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Zink received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Texas A&M University. After graduate school, Dr. Zink was a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. In 1980, he moved to the University of Arizona where he was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Food Science and Nutrition. In 1983, Dr. Zink began his food industry career with Campbell Soup Company research and development organization. In 1990, Dr. Zink moved to the Carnation Company (a Division of Nestlé) as Manager of Food Safety for the company’s refrigerated foods division and a year later became Director of Food Safety for Nestlè USA. Dr. Zink left Nestlé in 2000 to become the Vice-President of Food Safety and Research and Development for Future Beef Operations. In 2002, Dr. Zink joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Food Scientist and in 2009 became the Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Zink is active in professional scientific organizations and has served on numerous advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological criteria for foods.

SOURCE — International Food Protection Training Institute

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ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month

ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month











Sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Healthy, Tasty and Local.


Warwick, RI (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

The International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) announces the launch of International Sprout Health & Wellness Month. Combining the efforts of hundreds of local growers, suppliers and retailers, the ISGA is helping consumers discover the unique and broad benefits of sprouts – local, health, taste and variety. During the month of June consumers around the world will be able to taste and learn all about these amazing vegetables, that some have called “Superfood”, and that have been harvested as a low-calorie, high benefit food source for over 3,000 years.

“Our goal is to make consumers aware of the many health benefits, taste and variety offered by the inclusion of both raw and cooked sprouts in our daily diets.”, said Steve Meyerowitz, a Director of the ISGA.

“Sprouts are highly bio-active baby vegetables. They are rich sources of enzymes and living nutrients that are easily digestible. And they are real ‘local’ agriculture. Food doesn’t get any fresher than this unless you grow it yourself.” — said Mr. Meyerowitz.

Sprouts contain super-concentrated levels of natural plant compounds and nutrients that promote health and protect against disease — sometimes up to 50 times more than those of full-grown vegetables.

The broad range of health benefits that come from eating sprouts include:

    Incorporating sprouts into your diet helps combat diabetes and obesity, because sprouts are low in calories and fat
    Alfalfa sprouts contain “saponins” – organic compounds that lower bad LDL cholesterol and stimulate the immune system
    Nutrients, enzymes, and plant compounds in sprouts can help combat coronary artery disease
    Green leafy sprouts contain high levels of anti-oxidants that enhance protection against the effects of aging
    Phytoestrogens in alfalfa, clover, and soy sprouts increased bone density in studies
    Broccoli sprouts produce the anti-tumor enzyme sulforaphane in levels 50 times higher than in the mature vegetable
    Sprouts hold great promise to help prevent, slow and reverse many forms of cancer

The range of health benefits that come from the nutrients and other natural plant compounds in sprouts are just beginning to be understood. Eating sprouts regularly can lead to better health and wellness, and increased longevity.

In addition to being good for your body, sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into any type of diet. There are hundreds of ways to include sprouts in your diet, and consumers and chefs are inventing more ways to enjoy sprouts every day.

According to Bob Rust of International Specialty Supply, “Throughout the month of June, the ISGA will be working aggressively to help people understand the wide range of health benefits that eating sprouts can offer, and show them how to enjoy sprouts in ways that are easy to prepare, and taste great.”

Consumers can learn more about sprouts and find more details on the health benefits and variety of sprouts, as well as great-tasting sprout recipes at http://www.isga-sprouts.org.

About the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA)

The ISGA is an association of sprout growers, suppliers and educators. The goal of the ISGA is to promote information-sharing among its members in the areas of nutrition education, good growing practices, marketing, and recipe development.

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