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Additional speakers have been announced, and now you really do have to wonder which draws more world leaders to New York – UNGA or CGI?

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President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton to Host 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York City

Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica and President, Carbon War Room; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, The White House; Ashley Judd, Actor, Author; Nnamdi Asomugha, Former All-Pro NFL Player/Chairman & Co-Founder, The Asomugha Foundation; David Leonhardt, The New York Times; Shimon Peres, The Ninth President of the State of Israel; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland; Anders F. Rasmussen, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Gesare Chife, Executive Director, Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme; Andre J. Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense; Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA; Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness; Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO, Rock Creek Group; Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone; Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environmental Initiatives, Apple; Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Incorporated; Alisa Miller, President and CEO, Public Radio International; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Carter Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Wildlife Fund; Bunker Roy, Founder, The Barefoot College; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International and Executive Producer and Co-Creator, The Trials of Spring

New York, NY – The 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will convene more than 1,000 global leaders in business, government, and civil society on September 21-24 in New York City. A schedule of activities open to the press and press logistics are available here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM will open CGI on Sunday, September 21, honoring outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service, and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership, and impact in addressing global challenges. The event will feature musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Harlem Samba, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, and The Roots and appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, and Randy Jackson who serves as music director for the event.

Previously announced participants include: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States; His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Lubna b. K. Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Lauren Bush, Founder and CEO, FEED; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto Company; Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone; Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, U.S. Department of State; Cindy Hensley McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business; and Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN.

On another very important note, this came in for immediate release.

CGI Members Airlift 100 Tons of Medical Supplies to Fight Ebola from JFK to West Africa
Direct Relief, Last Mile Health Join Clinton Health Access Initiative and Other Groups to Distribute Medical Supplies and Protective Equipment

NEW YORK – Ahead of the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Direct Relief and several U.S. aid organizations have made a Commitment to Action to airlift 100 tons of medical supplies to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak in the region. The airlift, the largest single emergency shipment from the U.S. to West Africa to date, contains personal protective equipment and medical supplies valued at $6 million wholesale.

The charter left for Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from CGI and Direct  Relief were joined by philanthropists and representatives from the governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“This airlift, organized by several CGI members and led by Direct Relief, truly exemplifies the spirit of the Clinton Global Initiative – to see a pressing issue in the world, and work together to commit to bringing their specific resources and specialties to bear on the problem,” said Bob Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative. “I also want to recognize the work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Partners in Health in coordinating our response on the ground in Africa. I’m looking forward to seeing the additional work and commitments at our 10th CGI Annual Meeting this week, that will provide immediate and long-term assistance on the ground in West Africa to fight the Ebola Outbreak.”

The airlift contains 100 tons of medical supplies and equipment, including:

  • 2.8 million surgical and exam gloves
  • 170,000 coverall gowns
  • 120,000 masks
  • 40,000 liters of pre-mixed oral rehydration solution
  • 9.8 million defined daily doses of essential medications

Through CGI, Direct Health organized this airlift with several partners, including Last Mile Health, Wellbody Alliance, and Africare. Partners on the ground, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will team up with the respective Ministries of Health to deploy an effective distribution channel to get supplies to clinics, health facilities, and hospitals in regions heavily affected by the outbreak.

In addition, more supplies will be secured in other locations as precautionary and emergency preparedness measures. Beyond the chartered airlift, Direct Relief will continue to mobilize medical resources into West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola.

“We must do all we can to reduce further the human tragedy caused by this deadly outbreak and help communities avoid an even deeper setback than has occurred already,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief.  “Direct Relief mobilized this airlift in recognition that the failure to act now will make the crisis all the more severe.”

Liberia and Sierra Leone are currently facing the worst Ebola outbreak in history and the first outbreak of its kind in West Africa. As of September 6, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 4,293 confirmed cases and 2,296 deaths throughout West Africa. WHO also stated that the outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people.

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Developing Young Readers

Have you ever noticed how some children (and adults!) can get so absorbed in a book that the rest of the world seems to disappear around them? A love for reading can be both fun and educational, and it can start early in a child’s life.

According to the National Institute for Literacy, one out of every five children in the United States will experience a reading or writing problem in school. But children who are read to on a regular basis from infancy are better prepared to learn in school and beyond. In fact, the more words that an adult speaks, reads or sings to a child from birth the better the child’s grasp of language.

Parents and caregivers can help create a love for reading in their children by reading a wide variety of books, stories and other materials with their children every day. For parents who find reading books difficult, there are many other opportunities to help build a child’s reading and vocabulary skills. Reading signs out loud while walking through the grocery store, pointing out words on bus ads, or even flipping through a book and talking about the pictures can also help build a child’s understanding of reading. And singing, rhyming and conversation are great ways to stimulate babies’ brains and expand their grasp of language.

Research also shows that when parents or caregivers use “big” words with their children—even if the child seems too young to understand—they are helping their children learn how to communicate more effectively.

 

Resources for Sharing:

  • These articles from PBS Parents offer tips for how to incorporate reading into other daily activities, like riding in the car or taking a bath.
  • Additional fun ways for parents and caregivers to build their children’s literacy skills from Get Ready to Read.
  • This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics explains why vocabulary is important to early brain development.
  • This op-ed by Cindy McCain and Roberto Llamas explains the word gap and how parents and caregivers can help close it.

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Check out this video produced by the staff of Next Generation and Too Small to Fail about favorite children’s books—we dare you not to get a little teary! >>

 

Sensory Play Encourages Thinking—and Fun!

Have you noticed how babies try to put everything in their mouths, no matter the yuck factor? It is one of the many reasons we must remain vigilant around young children, but it’s also a fascinating peek inside their active brains. By using their senses—sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste—young children explore and learn about their world. And this curiosity offers a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to help their children learn.

Even from before birth, children are gathering information about the world around them. Researchers now know that infants in utero can recognize their mother’s voice, and many recognize commonly heard sounds and speech patterns. From birth on, babies use all their senses to catalog what they learn and to develop their thinking skills. It is during this time that “sensory play” (play activities that encourage the use of all five senses) becomes important for later learning.

For example, babies learn to recognize songs they hear from parents and caregivers and eventually learn to sing along. And when a parent or caregiver describes the different textures they encounter—like coarse sand or smooth glass—young children begin to expand their vocabulary to better describe what they feel.

Parents and caregivers can encourage sensory play by offering safe, fun activities inside and outside the home that stimulate baby’s senses. Baskets filled with scarves or plastic kitchen utensils offer safe, fun ways for a baby to use sensory play. Also, parents can use everyday moments—like splashing water during bath time—to encourage exploration of the world around them.

 

Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from NAEYC explains why “babies like boxes best”, and how parents can encourage sensory play in their young children.
  • This article from Kids Health describes how children learn from play and the safe exploration of their environment.
  • Toddlers learn from “experiments”, says this article from ZERO TO THREE.

Video

Kayden became a social media sensation thanks to her excitement at running in the rain. Check it out, here. >>

 

All We Need Is A Little Love (Mostly)

A cuddle. A warm smile. Softly spoken words. All of these things help babies feel comfortable and secure, and help them learn that they can trust the adults around them. The more safe and secure babies and young children feel, the more easily they form healthy relationships with others, and can turn their attention to learning.

Early brain development researchers have found that the emotional and social development of children is as important—if not more important—than their cognitive development. This is because when children form secure attachments (close emotional bonds built on love and trust) with parents and caregivers, they more easily explore the world around them, regulate their own emotions, and can comfort themselves when needed. If a young child has formed insecure attachments (emotional bonds characterized by unpredictability and fear), they may not know how to safely and appropriately interact with other people and their environment.

The bottom line? Secure attachments help a child build the skills they will need to succeed in school and in their adult lives.

Parents and caregivers can help build their child’s social and emotional development in a few simple ways. Even if the reason for crying is unclear, it is important that a parent or caregiver respond calmly and affectionately to reassure the child. Established routines are also important in helping babies feel secure, even if the routines are adapted from time to time to accommodate a child’s needs. And small actions—like looking into a baby’s eyes when talking, or gently stroking their forehead at bedtime—can help increase the sense of bonding for both parents and child.

 

Resources for Sharing:

  • PBS’s special feature “This Emotional Life” explains why emotional bonding is so important for children’s health and well-being.
  • Our blog post on the special role of parents in young children’s lives offers ideas for ways to improve bonding.
  • Bonding with fathers is the focus of this article from Kids Health, which offers ways that fathers can build strong emotional bonds with young children, too.

We’re honoring all of the teachers who have made a difference in our lives—parents and caregivers, too—for World Teacher’s Day on October 5th. Starting Monday, September 29, use #MyFirstTeacher on Twitter to share your best early teacher and what they taught you. We’ll retweet our favorites, so include a photo if you can!

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Parents from the land “Down Under” explain how they bonded—or didn’t—with their young children (including thoughts from actor Russell Crowe!). >>

Here is the link to the C-SPAN video of Hillary’s speech at the Women’s Leadership Forum >>>>

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Too good not to share!  This is a particularly lovely interview.

 

“On the heels of her second memoir, the former first lady and U.S. secretary of state delves into her career, family life, and the hard choices that pushed her to the top”

Hillary Clinton

September 18, 2014 by Dolce Magazine

It has been said many times that Hillary Clinton’s lack of warmth and empathy cost her the 2008 Democratic candidacy. A friend of mine who is a respected editor in Australia told me she finds her smug and cold.

Before I was to meet her I watched her appearance on The One Show, which has been described as “Einstein doing Play School.” I’d go one step further: it was Einstein loving every second of being on Play School — laughing at the frivolity and making everyone else laugh too. Everything she was asked she responded to with firecracker wit and political diplomacy that was charming and at the same time revelatory.

When asked if she prefers the dress sense of Dolly Parton or Angela Merkel, she replied, “Dolly for nighttime, Angela for day.” And when asked who was her favourite president, Bill Clinton or Barak Obama, she said that she was glad to serve Obama, who had taken the worst global recession since the Depression and turned it around and created health care for everyone in the U.S., and glad to be married to Bill, who rebooted the economy and created 23 million jobs.

When Rylan Clark greeted her on This Morning referring to her as “babe” she beamed with delight. She can take anything in her stride. But strength doesn’t mean forbidder
in her case.

I wait for her in her empty suite at Claridges. There’s none of the rude, pushy, sullen security that has been described in the press and on Twitter.

She arrives with her aide, smiling. She is wearing black trousers and a jacket that is white, patterned with tiny black and yellow flowers, and pointed flats. She is so much smaller than you expect. Her presence is so big you expect her to be.

Read more >>>>

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Hillary Rodham Clinton To Visit South Florida For Book Signing

CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Possible candidate for President and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in South Florida for a book signing October 2, 2014.

Clinton, will autograph copies of her new book HARD CHOICES at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Avenue.

Those wanting to attend and have their book signed must purchase a copy from Books & Books or if a copy has already been purchased, a receipt showing the book was purchased at Books & Books must be brought to the signing.

For more information, click here.

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Hillary will speak st the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 2014 Public Policy Conference later this month.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Address CHCI Public Policy Conference

By PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, as part of its 2014 Public Policy Conference, will welcome former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to provide a keynote address at its Leadership Luncheon on Tue., Sept. 30, 12:30 – 2:15 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium Hall.

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Hillary participated in a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress
today.  She told participants that pay equity and women’s economic security should be campaign issues for November.

7 Actions that Could Shrink the Gender Wage Gap

By Sarah Jane Glynn, Milia Fisher, and Emily Baxter | September 18, 2014

The Census Bureau reported this week that the gender wage gap between full-time, year-round working men and women in 2013 remained virtually unchanged, with women earning 78 percent of what men earn. The 1 percent increase from 2012 is not statistically significant, and there has been no real movement in the gender wage gap since 2007. While working women have made great strides since 1967, when they earned only 58 percent of what men earned for full-time, year-round work, there is still a long way to go before true pay equity is achieved.

This means that, although women are the primary, sole, or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of families, dollar for dollar they continue to earn, on average, 22 percent less than their male counterparts, with Latinas and African American women experiencing the sharpest pay disparities compared to white men. There are a number of factors that contribute to the pay gap, including where women work, differences in hours worked, and education differences. But there is also a portion of the pay gap that is unexplained; researchers have estimated that as much as 10 percent to 40 percent of the gender wage gap cannot be explained even when taking into account gendered differences between the occupations, educations, and work histories of men and women.

Read more >>>>

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