GENEVA and SYDNEY, Jan. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- L'OCCITANE Group today announced the creation of a fund to support ecosystems that are severely affected by natural disasters, such as the devastating fires in the Amazon and Australia. Determined to protect biodiversity for future generations, the L'OCCITANE Ecosystem Restoration Fund aims to respond to climate emergencies on an ad hoc basis. The fund will be financed by a voluntary internal donation campaign among L'OCCITANE's shareholders.
GENEVA and SYDNEY, Jan. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- L'OCCITANE Group today announced the creation of a fund to support ecosystems that are severely affected by natural disasters, such as the devastating fires in the Amazon and Australia. Determined to protect biodiversity for future generations, the L'OCCITANE Ecosystem Restoration Fund aims to respond to climate emergencies on an ad hoc basis. The fund will be financed by a voluntary internal donation campaign among L'OCCITANE's shareholders.
GENEVA and SYDNEY, Jan. 19, 2020 /CNW/ -- L'OCCITANE Group today announced the creation of a fund to support ecosystems that are severely affected by natural disasters, such as the devastating fires in the Amazon and Australia. Determined to protect biodiversity for future generations, the L'OCCITANE Ecosystem Restoration Fund aims to respond to climate emergencies on an ad hoc basis. The fund will be financed by a voluntary internal donation campaign among L'OCCITANE's shareholders.
NASA, SpaceX Complete Final Major Flight Test of Crew Spacecraft
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. This was the final major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The launch escape test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to show the spacecraft's capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency. "This critical flight test puts us on the cusp of returning the capability to launch astronauts in American spacecraft on American rockets from American soil," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We are thrilled with the progress NASA's Commercial Crew Program is making and look forward to the next milestone for Crew Dragon." As part of the test, SpaceX configured Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape about 1.5 minutes after liftoff. All major functions were executed, including separation, engine firings, parachute deployment and landing. Crew Dragon splashed down at 10:38 a.m. just off the Florida coast in the Atlantic Ocean. "As far as we can tell thus far, it's a picture perfect mission. It went as well as one can possibly expect," said Elon Musk, Chief Engineer at SpaceX. "This is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of the SpaceX and NASA teams to achieve this goal. Obviously, I'm super fired up. This is great." Teams of personnel from SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force 45th Operations Group's Detachment-3 out of Patrick Air Force Base will recover the spacecraft for return to SpaceX facilities in Florida and begin the recovery effort of the Falcon 9, which broke apart as planned. "The past few days have been an incredible experience for us," said astronaut Doug Hurley. "We started with a full dress rehearsal of what Bob and I will do for our mission. Today, we watched the demonstration of a system that we hope to never use, but can save lives if we ever do. It took a lot of work between NASA and SpaceX to get to this point, and we can't wait to take a ride to the space station soon." Prior to the flight test, teams completed launch day procedures for the first crewed flight test, from suit-up to launch pad operations. The joint teams now will begin the full data reviews that need to be completed prior to NASA astronauts flying the system during SpaceX's Demo-2 mission. NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Commercial human space transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities for discovery on the orbiting laboratory. The program also has the benefit of facilitating and promoting for America a vibrant economy in low-Earth orbit. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-spacex-complete-final-major-flight-test-of-crew-spacecraft-300989369.html SOURCE NASA
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tight housing inventory tamped down the benefits of the lowest interest rates in years and held back California home sales in December, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(®) (C.A.R.) said today. Meanwhile, the median home price recorded the second highest price of the year and its largest year-over-year increase since May 2014.
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PANAMA CITY, Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. ("Bladex" or the "Bank"; NYSE: BLX) announced today the successful closing of a US$91 million 3-year senior unsecured syndicated loan (the "Facility") for GMG Holding S.A. and subsidiaries ("Grupo Monge" or the "Group"). Bladex was the Sole Lead Arranger and Bookrunner, as well as the Administrative Agent for the Facility.
WebMD Health Services Launches New, Personalized Experiences for Health Plans and their Senior Members
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Services today announced the launch of WebMD ONE Health Plan and WebMD One Senior, two new programs that build on WebMD ONE's digital platform of innovative well-being solutions for employers and health plan participants. Launched in early 2019, WebMD ONE brings together a comprehensive set of integrated, core well-being solutions and services. Designed with the needs and interests of the consumer in mind, WebMD ONE gives individuals the power to choose the activities, goals and engagement most meaningful and important to them.  With WebMD ONE, people can interact with a well-being program on their own terms, with the choice, control and enjoyment they expect from their favorite digital experiences.  WebMD ONE Health Plan seamlessly integrates into a health plan's member portal, enabling members to access their well-being program as they would other health plan benefits and services. WebMD ONE Senior delivers a personalized well-being experience designed specifically for seniors enrolled or aging into Medicare Advantage. This solution includes a senior Health Assessment validated by the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and meeting requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   With WebMD ONE Senior, health plans can engage their Medicare Advantage populations with digital tools designed specifically for a senior's clinical needs and lifestyle interests while also improving their Star Ratings, which evaluate such factors as member preventive care, medication adherence, gaps in care, and member satisfaction and which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses to set reimbursement levels. WebMD Health Services has earned industry-leading accreditations and certifications for disease management and health products information from the NCQA, including NCQA's Health Information Product (HIP) Certification, and privacy and security certifications from HITRUST. "Earning NCQA's HIP Certification demonstrates that an organization has expertise in gathering and disseminating health care information for health plan members," said Lisa Slattery, Vice President, Accreditation and Recognition Operations.  Leading Edge, Science-Driven Behavior Change Both WebMD ONE Health Plan and WebMD ONE Senior leverage the platform's newest core behavior change tool, Daily Habits, a scientific, clinically based approach that focuses on incremental behavioral change to drive results.  Informed by specific needs of individuals, Daily Habits makes recommendations that are aligned with their health goals, leveraging goal visualization and bringing a new level of individual accountability that reinforces behavior change. Since the first week of January, Daily Habits users have set over 3,000 goals focusing on exercise, nutrition, stress, diabetes and asthma. Within WebMD ONE Senior, Daily Habits also supports the needs of the 65 and older population, focusing on activities and goals supporting fall prevention, sleep quality, social connectedness, medication adherence and cognition. All WebMD ONE programs also offer WebMD ONE's new digital text-based coaching feature, which can support people who may not respond well to traditional telephone coaching but may need ongoing support. This new digital coaching program supports individuals focusing on lifestyle changes, managing a health condition, and delivering a Diabetes Prevention Program as well. "Our new products for health plans and the senior population are founded on our commitment to innovation and personalization, and to the understanding that each individual health and well-being journey is unique," said John Harrison, General Manager, WebMD Health Services.  "With Daily Habits at the foundation, both WebMD ONE Health Plan and WebMD ONE Senior address the needs of our health plan customers, their members, and people 65 and older by delivering seamless, integrated tools and solutions that foster accountability, drive progress and maintain long-lasting results." About WebMD Health Services WebMD Health Services has over 17 years of experience driving positive behavior changes. Consumers trust WebMD for reliable, accurate, and clear answers to their most pressing health-related questions. At WebMD Health Services, we tap into these valuable consumer insights to design and implement successful, engaging solutions to help individuals meet their well-being needs. We understand that there are numerous paths to reach well-being goals. Our expertise, combined with a variety of third-party partner integrations, enables us to deliver unique and personalized experiences across a wide range of industries. See how we support these diverse populations at webmdhealthservices.com. WebMD Health Services is a subsidiary of WebMD Health Corp. About WebMD WebMD Health Corp., an Internet Brands Company, is the leading provider of health information services, serving patients, physicians, health care professionals, employers, and health plans through public and private online portals, mobile platforms, and health-focused publications. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, Jobson Healthcare Information, prIME Oncology, MediQuality, Frontline, Vitals Consumer Services, Aptus Health, MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, OnHealth, Medscape Education, and other owned WebMD sites. WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®, theheart.org®, and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries. About Internet Brands Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Internet Brands® is a fully integrated online media and software services organization focused on four high-value vertical categories: Health, Automotive, Legal and Home/Travel. The company's award-winning consumer websites lead their categories and serve more than 250 million monthly visitors, while a full range of web presence offerings has established deep, long-term relationships with SMB and enterprise clients. Internet Brands' powerful, proprietary operating platform provides the flexibility and scalability to fuel the company's continued growth. Internet Brands is a portfolio company of KKR and Temasek. For more information, please visit www.internetbrands.com.   View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/webmd-health-services-launches-new-personalized-experiences-for-health-plans-and-their-senior-members-300988507.html SOURCE WebMD Health Services