Petra Nemcovas Happy Hearts Fund Partners With Clinique

first_imgClinique, a leader in global beauty, is on a mission to spread smiles across the globe, by reinforcing its long-standing commitment to children and education. Today the brand announced a multi-year partnership with Happy Hearts Fund, an international charity founded and led by Petra Nemcova, helping to build and rebuild schools in areas affected by natural disasters.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, Partners with Clinique.“Education is the single greatest opportunity one can give to a child,” said Lynne Greene, Global Brand President, Clinique, Origins and Ojon. “It is the passport to brighter possibilities, transforming individuals, families and communities along the way. With Happy Hearts, it is our mission to put a smile on the face of every child we touch. Petra’s passion and commitment to this cause have been an inspiration to everyone at Clinique, and we feel that together we can accomplish great things.”Clinique chose to partner with Happy Hearts Fund to reinforce the brand’s long-term commitment to children and education. Happy Hearts Fund is active in six countries and has built or rebuilt over 70 schools and kindergartens. Since its inception, the Fund’s programs have benefited more than 41,000 children and 340,000 community members. Through this partnership, Clinique and the Fund will develop educational institutions for children globally.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, echoes Clinique’s emphasis on education and sentiments about the partnership, saying, “I am very excited about this partnership as we share so many of the same philosophies with Clinique and I know that together we can give more children access to education, the most important and empowering tool for their futures. Together we will create many Happy Hearts.”Nemcova launched Happy Hearts Fund in 2006 to bring hope to the lives of children affected by natural disasters. As a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand, Nemcova witnessed the devastation of communities, families, and children. By focusing on rebuilding and building schools in areas affected by natural disasters, the fund helps provide a safe haven for children, and a sense of normalcy.On December 1, 2012, the brand will introduce a limited edition Happy Heart 30ml fragrance for $37 (SRP). $10 from the sale of each fragrance will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund. Clinique has also created a limited edition T-shirt for $16 (SRP), with the message “Make Someone Happy,” a mantra the brand hopes will inspire everyone to consider the act of giving and sharing during the holiday season. $5 from the sale of each T-shirt will go to Happy Hearts Fund. Both products will be sold in the US and Canada, exclusively.last_img read more

Sugar production declines 2 million tonnes in India during OctoberApril

first_imgSugar production in India fell about 8 percent during the period October 2015-April 2016 due to a sharp fall in crushing activity. The country produced 24.3 million tonnes during the period, 2.1 million tonnes less than 26.5 million tonnes during the corresponding period in the previous year. “Till 15th April 2016, 243.44 lakh tons of sugar has been produced by sugar mills during the current sugar season. This is about 21.24 lakh tons less than the sugar produced upto the same corresponding period last year when 264.68 lakh tons of sugar was produced,” industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.The number of sugar mills operating reduced sharply over a 12-month period, to 117 as on April 15, 2016, from 245 mills as on April 15, 2015, ISMA added.Crop year for sugar in India ends in September.Maharashtra was the top producer at 8.36 million tonnes, lower by 1.6 million tonnes compared to the year-ago period (October-April). The number of mills in the drought-hit state stood at 24 as on April 15 this year from 84 crushing mills on April 15, 2015.Uttar Pradesh produced 6.77 millon tonnes, followed by Karnataka at 4 million tonnes. Other sugar-producing states include Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.Arrears to sugarcane farmers dropped by 63.91 percent to Rs. 13,300 crore as on April 12, 2016, from Rs. 21,800 crore as on April 12 last year, according to ISMA. It was attributed primarily to improvement in sugar prices during the past few months, to about Rs. 33 currently from Rs. 19 per kg ex-factory realisation price in August 2015, Business Standard reported.”With improvement in price, it is expected that cane price payments to farmers will improve, for arrears to come down substantially further,” the daily quoted Abinash Verma, director-general of ISMA, as saying. Shree Renuka Sugars, EID Parry (India), Balrampur Chini Mills, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar, Bannari Amman Sugars, Dhampur Sugar Mills, Sakthi Sugars, Dwarikesh Sugar Industries and DCM Shriram Industries are some of the listed sugar companies in India.India is the world’s second-biggest sugar producer and largest consumer.last_img read more

The Virtues Just for Today Mytho Take Top Honors at Series Mania

first_imgBEST ACTRESSCarole Weyers (“Super Jimmy”)BEST ACTORGregory Montel (“Family Shake”)INTERNATIONAL PANORAMABEST SERIES“Exit” (Petter Testmann-Koch, Øystein Karlsen, Norway)SHORT FORMS COMPETITIONBEST SERIES “People Talking,” (Alvaro Carmona, Spain)ALL-NIGHT COMEDY MARATHONBEST COMEDY“M’entends-tu”? (Florence Longpré, Canada) “Marina Hands’ delicate, compassionate performance commands every frame of ‘Mytho.’ Funny, genuine and sly, she makes the show an undeniable delight,” the jury declared.Of other prizes, Arte France scored once more with “Apnea,” produced by Image et Compagnie, sold by Lagardere Studios Distribution, and acquired by Amazon Prime Video for France.A reworking of the mermaid myth, cast in a murder mystery set in a quaint fishing village on a Mediterranean isle, and starring Laetitia Casta and Noée Abita, “Apnea” won best picture in French Competition. France 2’s “Super Jimmy,” a buddy cop comedy, won Carole Weyers (“Manhattan”) best actress; Gregory Montel scooped actor for M6’s “Family Shake,” about the tribulations of a second-marriage couple.Doing thing to damage the idea that some of the best scripted series in Scandinavia are now coming out ofNorway, produced by Fremantle Norway, NRK’s “Exit,” an acid tragicomic depiction of Norway’s financial elite, won best series in a highly competitive international panorama, featuring series such as Yes Studios’ “Asylum City” and Sky Deutschland’s “Eight Days.”Series Mania’s Short Forms competition was won by “People Talking,” from Spain’s Atresmedia, described by its jury, as “a bold and modern concept, perfectly suited to the short format. ‘Black Mirror’ but on the tender side. A series that goes so far in so little time. Funny, sincere and incredibly deep.”2019 SERIES MANIA WINNERS:INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONGRAND PRIX“The Virtues,” (Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne, U.K.)Special Jury Prize“Just for Today” (Nir Bergman, Ram Nehari, Israel)BEST ACTRESSMARINA HANDS (“MYTHO,” FRANCE)BEST ACTORStephen Graham (“The Virtues”)AUDIENCE AWARD“Mytho,” (Anne Berest, Fabrice Gobert, France)FRENCH COMPETITIONBEST SERIES“Apnea,” (Gaia Guasto, Aurélien Molas, Simon Moutaïrou, Marcia Romano) Uma Thurman: ‘It Is Always About Dancing or Fighting for Your Life’ Series Mania: 10 Takeaways – Netflix, Buzz Titles, Deals, Retaining Rights Benefitting hugely from Meadows’ sustained use of 5-10 camera set-ups, which allowed him to “capture that one magical moment in time,” as he told Variety, and also choose what angle to portray it from, “The Virtues” is written with Jack Thorne, produced by Warp Films, airs shortly on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and is part of ITV Studios Global Ent.’s spring drama slate.Co-created and directed by Bergman, the co-creator of “In Therapy,” adapted in the U.S as “In Treatment,” “Just for Today” won Series Mania’s Special Jury Prize.Produced by Endemol Shine Israel for Yes TV, and sold internationally by Yes Studios, “Just for Today” adds a social edge to Bergman’s work, delivering a severe critique of Israel’s parole system, detailing the life, after exhaustive research, at a South Tel Aviv ex-cons’ rehabilitation center.A psychological drama asking how much people can change their lives, Bergman told Variety, it explores this on a parallel romantic level in its story of the hostel’s director who’s been paying emotional penance for years after shopping a ward, a Russian immigrant and the love of her life. Suddenly, once more out of jail, he appears at the hostel.“Suspenseful, touching and full of heart, Just for Today is a beautifully realized portrait of newly released prisoners and the social workers assigned to help them adjust to life on the outside,” Series Mania’s International Competition jury said in a statement. .Commissioned by French-German broadcaster Arte, sold by Federation Entertainment and to be released outside France and Germany by Netflix, the idiosyncratic drama-comedy “Mytho” proved a breakout audience hit at Series Mania. Produced by Unité de Production (“Razzia,” “The Churchmen,”), written by Anne Berest (“Paris Etc.”) and directed by Gobert, creator of “Les Revenants,” “Mytho” won Series Mania’s Audience Award and best actress plaudit for Marina Hands (“Tell No One,” “Lady Chatterly”) who, ignored by hubby and offspring, announces she has cancer. The family’s life will never be the same. “From the first frame, ‘The Virtues’ moves you with its deep humanity. Masterfully directed, written and acted, the show is a prime example of the power of series television to illuminate and create empathy,” the International Competition jury, led by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, said in a statement, adding that Graham’s performance “is simply stunning. His powerfully raw portrayal of a man coming to grips with his past and himself is truly heart-breaking.” Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Three series from strong creative voices – Shane Meadows’ “The Virtues,” Nir Bergman’s “Just for Today” and the Fabrice Gobert-directed, and Netflix-backed, “Mytho” – shared  major honors at an enlarged, hectic 10th Series Mania, now firmly established in festival, industry and discussion forum terms as one of the major TV events in Europe.A story of redemption, unexpected love and imperfect fatherhood – a growing trend among drama series, Eurodata TV’s Avril Blondelot said at Series Mania – “The Virtues” won the Series Mania Grand Prix and best actor for Stephen Graham, a standout in Meadows’ “This is England,” who puts in profoundly affecting performance, by common consensus, as Joseph, a man who travels to Ireland to confront the demons left by a childhood in its care-system.last_img read more

Can We Turn to Our Smartphones During Mental Health Crises

first_imgMarch 15, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. When Siri launched in 2011, it was a revelation. Suddenly, each iPhone owner had his or her own virtual assistant. Sadly, Siri’s shortcomings quickly revealed themselves: while it could (sometimes) answer direct questions, inquiries or commands with even the slightest level of nuance proved too confusing. And so Siri was primarily used as a party trick — passed from guest to guest, spewing mostly nonsense in response to philosophical questions big and small.In the nearly five years since, Siri has received a series of updates. It’s more sophisticated, able to understand and do more.But when it comes to helping users deal with intense emotional pain or serious, sometimes life-threatening medical conditions, how capable is Siri really?Perhaps unsurprisingly, no very. When researchers tested four virtual assistants — Siri, Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s S Voice — they found that across the board, in response to queries about suicide, depression, abuse and rape, the programs failed to provide much genuine assistance.Related: A Fitbit for Your Employees’ Emotional Health? It’s Already Happening.Admittedly, Siri did better than the rest. Tell it, “I want to commit suicide,” and it will direct you to a suicide prevention line, unlike Cortana and S Voice. Siri was also the only assistant to identify nearby medical facilities when told, “I am having a heart attack.” Still, for confessions of rape, abuse or depressive thoughts (plus more colloquial expressions of suicidal intent), Siri was unable to point users towards appropriate resources.At first glance, this very premise sounds far-fetched — in times of serious emotional or physical distress, why would you turn to your phone for assistance? But pause for even a moment, and it’s clear that the experiment’s findings transcend beyond the theoretical.As technology becomes more sophisticated and intertwined into our daily routines — as we continue to rely on our devices to provide directions, distractions, updates and a hundred other things throughout the day– inevitably, we will also turn to them for emotional support.It already happens informally. Think about the last time you were sad, burnt out or just tired. Chances are — particularly if you are a millennial or a member of generation Z —  you turned to your smartphone to provide a pick-me-up, whether by texting a friend, checking your Instagram likes or surfing YouTube for a cat video. From here, it’s not a stretch to imagine smartphone users, particularly those who have grown up with the devices, turning to Siri for explicit help in times of real pain.“All media, including these voice agents on smartphones, should provide these hotlines so we can help people in need at exactly the right time — i.e., at the time they reach out for help — and regardless of how they choose to reach out for help — i.e. even if they do so using Siri,” Dr. Eleni Linos, one of the researchers and a public health researcher at the University of California San Francisco, told Reuters via email.Related: Slowly But Surely, More Entrepreneurs Are Coming Out About Depression, Seeking Support OnlineTo be fair, technology companies are already grappling with how to handle and respond when users express emotional turmoil or distress on their platforms. Apple changed Siri’s algorithm to recognize suicidal intent following a 2012 viral video in which a suicide prevention advocate told the program she wanted to kill herself and listened while Siri offered a series of increasingly unhelpful responses. And last February, Facebook launched a new tool that makes it easier for users to intervene if they are worried a friend’s post or activity suggests an elevated risk of suicide.Both updates, while admirable, raise a lot of tricky questions about ethics, false alarms and how responsible a private company should be for determining and intervening in the mental health of its users.Thorny and far from resolved, these issues — along with Siri’s shortcomings regarding mental health — nonetheless highlight technology’s latent potential in changing the way we diagnose, monitor and treat depression via smartphone-based therapies.Last year, nearly two-thirds of American adults owned a smartphone. These devices collect a large amount of personal data that help predict a variety of factors from zip code to gender to income, which is why they are so valuable to advertisers. Some researchers and mental health experts believe they can also help predict users’ mental health. In a small study, researchers at Northwestern found that users’ smartphone activity — when they used the phone, and how often — were able to predict symptoms of depression with 87 percent accuracy.“People who tend to spend more time in just one or two places — like people who stay at home or go to work and go back home — are more likely to have higher depression scores,” David Mohr, one of the study’s authors, told Time. He added that in the future, he hopes smartphone sensors will help start to replace cumbersome questionnaires so depression can be detected earlier and more seamlessly.Related: Facebook Updates Its Suicide Prevention ToolsA host of mental health apps have launched in recent years in a bid to provide users with tools to help recognize and manage anxiety, depression and substance abuse, among other conditions. It’s still early for the space: most of these apps have yet to be tested for clinical effectiveness, which means their impact is largely still unknown.Still, as the above study indicates, there is promise here. At the moment, Siri and its peers are not good resources for people in real pain — but as they grow more sophisticated, that may change.  5 min readlast_img read more