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Rio’s ‘Symbol of Hope’: The Incredible Stories of the World’s First Olympic Refugee Team

The Washington Post
By Elahe Izadi

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini. (IOC/Getty Images)

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini. (IOC/Getty Images)

They hail from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They’ve fled war and the destruction of their homelands. They’ve boarded inflatable boats and grown up in refugee camps.

And they are all athletes who will compete on the world’s biggest stage in August.

The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced members of its first-ever Olympic team comprised of refugees. The six men and four women belonging to the Refugee Olympic Team will compete in swimming, judo and track and field events — and they’ll enter the Rio Olympic stadium during Opening Ceremonies wielding the Olympic flag immediately, marching in before host nation Brazil.

“These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

He continued: “This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society.”

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ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2016: Unleashing The Industry’s Potential

In keeping with its theme, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America and ISSA Convention, October 25-28, 2016, at McCormick Place, South Hall, in Chicago, IL, USA, are designed to help visitors unleash their “Untamed Potential.”


Education & Training Re-Imagined
For starters, attendees will find a completely revamped educational schedule, featuring more than 60 seminars, hands-on training workshops, and networking events focused on the industry’s hottest topics and newest trends. During four days of valuable education, showgoers will have more content and format options than ever, allowing for smaller, intimate experiences. In addition to traditional seminar settings, this year’s schedule includes:

  • Deeper dives: In-depth seminars on hot topics, such as infection control
  • Flash sessions: Two, 15-minute sessions in a 30-minute block of concentrated information, including leadership, management, and hiring tips
  • Ask the Experts: Panel discussions where attendees design the content based on their burning issues
  • Workshops: Half- and full-day hands-on opportunities to learn skills, such as floor and restroom care, customer service, supervisor, and auditing, many of which include certification.

More Special Events
Further strengthening the opportunities to learn and network at the 2016 show are several new events being held in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN:

  • Green Sports Alliance Chicago’s Greener Cleaning workshop, Thursday, October 27: Venue operators and partners will gather to learn, share, and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.
  • Green Clean Schools Forum, presented by ISSA and the Healthy Schools Campaign, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 25-26: Focused on pressing topics related to green cleaning for the education sector, this event includes workshops, networking opportunities, and a guided tour of the show floor.

For more information on ISSA/INTERCLEAN and ISSA Convention, visit www.issa.com/show.

Ray Allen Opening Organic Fast-Food Restaurant In South Miami

Miami Herald
By Chabeli Herrera

Move over, LeBron James: It’s another former Miami Heat star’s chance at a lucrative career in Miami’s healthy dining scene.

Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, are trying their hand at nutritious meals with Grown, an organic fast-food restaurant set to open in March in South Miami at 8211 S. Dixie Hwy.

The Juice Spot closed early this year, leaving a vacancy in the field of basketball player-owned healthy eateries in Miami.  12208257_736457803122560_6718164481174088180_n

But Allen’s will be different.

Grown was inspired by his son’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. Nine-year-old Walker’s struggles with managing a busy lifestyle and getting the nutrient-rich food he needs inspired mom Shannon to create her own solution.

“I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us, families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise,” she said.


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