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Ebola: What you need to know

SOURCE:  The White House

At a time when Ebola is all over the news and it’s easy for misinformation to get interpreted as truth, make sure you have the clear-cut facts.

Here’s what our public health officials are saying about the Ebola virus — get informed, and share this information where everyone can see it.

  1. You CAN’T get Ebola through:
  • Casual contact with someone who has no symptoms of the disease
  • Air
  • Water
  • Food in the U.S.
  1. The only way a person can get Ebola is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease.
  1. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.

As President Obama, leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other senior officials have reiterated, the chances of a widespread Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.

Still, you don’t want to be misinformed about Ebola.

Find out more about how we’re responding to the disease, and the domestic and international efforts to contain and end the epidemic.

You can visit the CDC for more information on our response to Ebola and call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) for additional inquiries.


Laureus World Sports Academy Member Alexey Nemov and Olympic gymnastics star Li Xiaopeng. Photo Courtesy: The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation


  • Olympic gymnastics star Li Xiaopeng says: ‘ This is a great honour and  an unforgettable day for me. I would like to thank all the members of  the Laureus Academy for putting their faith in me’
  • Excited children greet Li Xiaopeng as he visits Special Olympics athletes  in Shanghai and opens HYX/Laureus exhibition at Oriental Pearl Tower
  • Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Shanghai in 2015

SHANGHAI – One of the world’s greatest gymnasts Li Xiaopeng has been named the newest Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He said: “This is a great honour. I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for putting their faith in me.”

Li Xiaopeng, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships, was inducted into the Laureus Family by fellow gymnast and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Alexey Nemov, during a visit to interact with Special Olympics athletes in the Pudong Special Education School in Shanghai.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and is supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Later in the day Li Xiaopeng opened a unique photo exhibiton at the Oriental Pearl Tower on the riverfront in Shanghai, sponsored by HengYuanXiang Group (HYX), the official Host Partner of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai.

Li Xiaopeng said: “To become a Laureus Ambassador and to take part in two such special events in my own country has made this an unforgettable day. Our visit to the school was really emotional and I’m sure it meant a lot to the children that we were able to go and meet them. It certainly meant a lot to me. This is so exciting and so rewarding for me to see Laureus committed to a wonderful project like this in my own country. I was so happy to be there and meet the children and the staff. I look forward to supporting many more projects like this in the future.”

Alexey Nemov, who won 12 Olympic medals in his career, said: “I most warmly welcome Li Xiaopeng as an Ambassador, especially because he is from my own sport. I can tell everyone that he is one of the greatest who ever competed. Our social work in China is only just beginning and I know that he will play a massively important part in expanding that throughout the country.

“We want to be able to carry the message of our first Patron, Nelson Mandela, to this great country that sport has the power to change the world. We will be holding the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai next year, but I hope this visit to Pudong shows that the work we do to improve the lives of young children goes on around the year, not just at the Awards Ceremony.”

During their visit to the school, Li Xiaopeng and Alexey Nemov took part in classroom lessons and shared games time with the pupils. Under the slogan of the 12th Special Olympics Shanghai World Games ‘I know I can’, the school carries forward the spirit of Special Olympics and runs a wide variety of sports including gymnastics, basketball, football, table tennis, golf, bowling and hockey, with the support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Gymnastics is one of the Special Olympics sports in which the school specialises. The school formed its first gymnastics team in 2003 and since then it has won numerous awards. In 2011, the team participated in the 13th World Special Olympics in Athens and won 25 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

The Laureus photo exhibition, which will be held at the Oriental Pearl Tower from October 17-21, consists of four elements: the history of Laureus; the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation; flashbacks of the 15 years of the Laureus World Sports Awards, capturing the glamour and excitement; and the story of Laureus in China.

HYX Group General Manager Mr Chen Zhongwei said: “HYX has consistently shown enthusiasm and experience in successfully sponsoring sports events, so that the co-operation with Laureus, we believe, will be a valuable partnership – what we call harmony in China. This splendid exhibition, which informs people about Laureus, is also a wonderful collection of photographic art and is the perfect start to the build-up to next year’s Laureus World Sports Awards. We are delighted that Li Xiaopeng was able to open this exhibition and we congratulate him on his commitment to Laureus as an Ambassador.”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €60 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. The mission of the Laureus Foundation is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social problems facing young people today such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, social exclusion, landmines awareness and health problems like obesity. Laureus currently supports more than 150 sports-based projects in 34 countries.


Flag Officer Assignment

SOURCE:  Department of Defense

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced the following assignment:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Bret C. Batchelder will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Norfolk, Virginia. Batchelder is currently serving as commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Featured as Top “Style Achiever”
in New Campaign for 2014

SOURCE:  Fur Insider

Known for changing the fashion game of music’s top names, renowned celebrity stylist, author, TV personality and all-around “style architect” June Ambrose has been a go-to style changer for close to two decades.  With a powerhouse lineage of A-list celebrity clients including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake, she has been credited for creating “swag” and style for many of the music industry’s biggest stars.

Further adding to her appeal of being accessible, she’s an enterprising and dynamic wife and mother of two (daughter summer, and son Chance).   Fur Insider .com affirms that June typifies a huge sector of their readers who are fearless, fashionable and real women of today, who work tirelessly, give exponentially and still realize the importance of making a strong personal statement with their daily style choices.

Targeting women who spend on shoes and bags bearing luxury labels like Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes, the objective of the new campaign is to remind women that today’s easy, chic and versatile fur fashions are the “must-have” wardrobe additions, making a bold and beautiful style statement.  The ad portrays a confident, accomplished and sophisticated Ambrose in key real moments in her everyday life and in a range of scenarios, seamlessly incorporating her fur wardrobe into every situation and lifestyle move.

Appearing as a spread in the November issues of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country and as a single-page in the December issue of Elle Décor, the ad features Fall 2014/15 fur looks from designers including Helen Yarmak International, J. Mendel, Libertine and Mathieu Mirano. Striking fur home accessories and accents will also be featured throughout the layout.  This “a day in the life of” concept shoot illustrates the beauty and versatility of fur by highlighting fur in a more casual, lifestyle-driven format reflective of today’s consumer style choices.

About is a daily blogazine created to celebrate the diverse depth and breadth of the luxury fashion industry and fur’s place in it. Consciously developed to be fashion focused but fur friendly, the site features seasonal trend breakdowns, timely reviews and runway looks from the world’s Fashion Weeks, designer collection critiques and celebrity news and updates all mixed with cultural news impacting and influencing the global fashion industry.


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