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Amazon Introduces New Mental Health Benefit for All U.S. Employees and Their Family Members

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The FINANCIAL -- Amazon today launched a new mental health benefit, Resources for Living, that provides every U.S. employee, their family, and their household with a single place to start for personalized, convenient, and confidential support for mental health and daily life assistance. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and include access to free counseling sessions in-person or through the phone, video, or text.…

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Amazon Introduces New Mental Health Benefit for All U.S. Employees and Their Family Members

4 mins read

The FINANCIAL -- Amazon today launched a new mental health benefit, Resources for Living, that provides every U.S. employee, their family, and their household with a single place to start for personalized, convenient, and confidential support for mental health and daily life assistance. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,…

Reframing child and adolescent health for the SDG era

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The FINANCIAL -- Over the past two decades, the epidemiology of global child health has changed markedly, alongside our understanding of what works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. As countries seek to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of papers published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)…

Joint Statement by President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin

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The FINANCIAL -- On March 17, President Joe Biden hosted Taoiseach Micheál Martin for a virtual bilateral meeting. The leaders reaffirmed the deep, historic partnership and extraordinary people-to-people ties between the United States and Ireland, and they committed to working together to address areas of shared interest according to The White House.…

Across virtually every key measure of childhood, progress has gone backward

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The FINANCIAL -- One year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the latest available data from UNICEF uncover a devastating and distorted new normal for the world’s children.…

Lockdowns and Restrictions Reduced Time Spent in Green Space

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The FINANCIAL -- Almost two thirds of people, 63%, reported a decrease in time spent visiting green spaces following movement restrictions in the original lockdown period, which began on 23rd March 2020 According to University of Glasgow. Inequalities in green space use were also sustained, and may even have been exacerbated, as a result of lockdowns…

The (robotic) doctor will see you now

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The FINANCIAL -- According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the era of social distancing, using robots for some health care interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between health care workers and sick patients. However, a key question that needs to be answered is how patients will react to a robot entering the…

Climate Change – Challenges for Ukraine

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The FINANCIAL -- We are living in a world that is very different from the one we grew up in. The world today seems buffeted by crises on all sides. Some are immediate, like the unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that is taking human lives and livelihoods. Others are longer term, but…

6 ways to manage coronavirus depression

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The FINANCIAL -- Depression is increasing in the United States, in no small part due to COVID-19. According to recent reports, depressive symptoms are at least three times higher than they were before the pandemic hit, suggesting that the emotional cost of living through this time is enormous. For those who are vulnerable to depression already,…

WHO highlights progress in accelerating access to hepatitis C diagnostics and treatment in low- and middle-income countries

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The FINANCIAL -- Many low- and middle-income countries have reduced suffering from hepatitis C, thanks to increased access to testing and treatment. Some achieved a 20-fold increase in the number of people treated with safe and effective direct-acting retroviral drugs between 2015 and 2018, according to the Global progress report on accelerating access to hepatitis C…

KPMG Survey: 82% of Organizations Are Letting Employees Decide When They Feel Safe Returning to the Office

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The FINANCIAL -- Only 27 percent of employers plan to return office-based employees to physical locations in the near term, with most pushing back the reopening of their workplaces to later in 2021, and some permanently not requiring a return to the office, according to a new KPMG survey, “Return to the Workplace,” of U.S. senior…

Weak and declining government effectiveness contributed to UK, Spain, Belgium and Italy being ravaged by first wave of COVID-19

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The FINANCIAL -- Weak and deteriorating government effectiveness in the UK, Spain, Belgium, and Italy, compounded by failures to strike society-wide consensus, played a key role in these European countries being hit hardest by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).…

Amazon to help 29 million people around the world grow their tech skills with free cloud computing skills training by 2025

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The FINANCIAL -- We will provide training opportunities through existing AWS-designed programs, as well as develop new courses to meet a wide variety of schedules and learning goals.…

2021 EEBA Annual Meeting has been cancelled

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The European Eye Bank Association regretfully announces that the 2021 EEBA Annual Meeting has been cancelled. In view of ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the local organising committee for EEBA 2021 felt that the momentous and unpredictable public health crisis didn’t proffer them with a realistic chance of organising a safe and successful meeting and…

Global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines estimated to generate economic benefits of at least US$ 153 billion in 2020–21, and US$ 466 billion by 2025, in 10 major economies, according to new report by the Eurasia Group

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The FINANCIAL -- As world leaders gather virtually at the Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data published today finds that leaving low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs) without access to vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic will cause significant economic damage that puts decades of economic progress at risk –…

EIB and HBOR create a new €142.5 mln credit line to support Croatian SMEs

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The FINANCIAL — Croatian small and medium enterprises will benefit from a new EUR 142.5 million credit line agreed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) signed today in Zagreb and Luxembourg. This is the second tranche of a EUR 400 million package for SMEs agreed between the…