Dec 08

Latest Women’s Groups News

Women's Soccer World Cup: US lands in tough group
In addition to 10th-ranked Australia, the Group D included No. 5 Sweden, led by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, and No. 35 Nigeria, winners of nine African women's championships. “I think it's going to be a physically challenging group and I certainly …

Women's World Cup: Team USA drawn into the 'Group of Death'
The U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into the Group of Death for last summer's World Cup in Brazil — and survived to reach the knockout stage. Now the U.S. Women's National Team faces a similar challenge after being drawn into the Group of Death for …
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Women's World Cup Draw: Possible Groups of Death
The Ecuadorians are one of eight nations making their debut at women's football's showpiece event, which has been expanded from 16 teams to 24 for the first time ever ahead of the seventh tournament being held all across Canada from June 6 to July 5 …
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Dec 02

Cope Plastics Awarded for Recycling, Education and Design Efforts

Alton, IL (PRWEB) December 01, 2014

IAPD awarded Cope with the Environmental Excellence Award for Best Recycling Program. Cope has expanded its recycling program to include 36 different grades of plastic, which make up nearly 90 percent of the material distributed through or consumed by the company. This increase resulted from opening a supply scrap channel for five different polyvinyl chloride (PVC) types. This new PVC outlet is forecasted to keep an additional 200,000 pounds of PVC scrap out of landfills annually. In 2012, Cope began a concentrated effort to regain scrap from customers. The past 12 months have begun to show the fruits of those efforts. Cope received 141,575 pounds in the 12-month period from July 2012 through June 2013. From July 2013 to June 2014 that number increased to 604,053 pounds and the number of participating customers increased by 129 percent increase.

In July of last year, Cope added a single-stream recycling program for employees to recycle cardboard, post-consumer plastic, steel and aluminum cans and glass and paper containers. This program offers recycling to more than 100 Cope employees who live in communities too small to offer curbside recycling. This program is responsible for an additional 200,000 pounds of post-consumer waste being diverted from area landfills.

Cope has continued its programs to recycle scrap metal, electronics, bulk paper files, oil and coolant, batteries and light bulbs generated through industrial processes. It has also begun recycling old or broken wood pallets through a local pallet manufacturer that takes these unwanted and unusable pallets and turns them into mulch. This program diverts about 9,000 pounds each month from being burned and creates about 100,000 pounds of mulch annually.

Cope was also awarded the Education Circle of Champions Award during this years expo. The IAPD Education Committee established the Education Circle of Champions in 2009 to acknowledge the innovative and exemplary educational initiatives by member firms. It is a special recognition for companies that emphasize continuing plastics education within their organization through the use of IAPDs training and educational resources.

New to this years Expo was the Marketing Excellence Program. Cope was awarded the Silver Award for: contributing educational articles to IAPD publications as well as other industry magazines, creating a NetWorth television spot shown on stations nationwide, engaging in social and environmentally responsible activities, being active on social media, issuing press releases and engaging in many more marketing activities.

Additionally, as a finalist in the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition, Cope presented their application to a Design Review Board in Chicago this October. This competition presents a unique opportunity for companies, individuals and universities to showcase their innovative use of plastics in different applications and tell their stories on a scale that may not otherwise be available. Copes design demonstrates an application for a control panel used on trucks that are exposed to extreme weather conditions. The plastic material of the control panels can hold up in these harsh conditions, decreasing the amount of warranty claims awarded by this particular customer. This design won Cope 2nd place in the competition.

Finally, Copes Vice President of Finance, John Theen received the Pacesetter Award for his efforts in government relations. His contributions have included participating in the 2013 and 2014 Plastics Industry Fly-in events in Washington, D.C., meeting with local and national lawmakers and telling the stories of IAPD members to ensure the well-being of the plastics industry and businesses.

About Cope Plastics

Cope Plastics is the premier distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod and tube across the Midwest delivering solutions to our valued customers since 1946. The company is proud to be a certified Women Owned Business by the NWBOC since 2012. Visit us at

About the IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Visit us at

Nov 29

VAS(SIN) – PLDT(PHI) Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship 2014

Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship 2014 Volleyball Association of Singapore – PLDT HOME TVolution(Philippines) Preliminary round -Pool B 21/04/2014.

Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank(Virtnam) VS Hiramisu Spring(Japan) Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship 2014 Preliminary round -Pool A 18/04/2014.
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Nov 13

Humanitea Time Combines Art and Activism

(PRWEB) November 07, 2014

Humanitea Time, an event that blends socially-conscious performances inspired by Islam with a marketplace of community organizations where attendees can get involved, returns on November 9, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Featured Guests: Imam Suhaib Webb, Dawud Wharnsby Ali, Chicago Dramatists, Mustafa the Poet, slam poet Amal Kassir, Abdi Phenomenal, and Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble.

Humanitea Time 2013 filled to capacity early and similar turnout is expected for Sunday.

Humanitea Time is a dynamic platform for inspiring action around social causes inspired by Islamic tradition. In an informal ambiance, through riveting performances and narratives that illuminate an array of causes, Humanitea Time moves its audience to discover their change-making potential around issues of violence and social justice.

Humanitea Time is sponsored by Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), a Bridgeview-based 501(c)3 international charity that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. The goal of ZF is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world using the charitable dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of kind-hearted donors of many faiths.


AMAL KASSIR is one of the strongest, and perhaps youngest, voices speaking about the Syrian crisis. Described by fans as a “force of nature”, her rhymes and delivery are so powerful they often have her audience in a breathless silence. She led her Denver slam team to win 1st place championship in the 2012 Annual Brave New Voices Grand Slam Final against 500 poets from around the Unites States. Amal’s rising fame and her flair for freedom has gained international distinction. She has been featured on PBS, the Denver Post, Oakland North,, Westword, 303 Magazine, and others news outlets. She describes her poetry as a prayer of justice. Whether for the Syrian, the south side Chicagoan, or the Ugandan, it is oppression that fuels her pen. Of her purpose, Amal says “people think the worlds problems are not their responsibility. I want people to know that activism is the price you pay for living on this planet.”

DAWUD WHARNSBY ALI is a Canadian-born poet and songwriter. His career as a troubadour has yielded fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the worlds most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several of the worlds most celebrated artists (including Irshad Khan, Danny Thompson, Stephen Fearing, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, Hadiqa Kiani and Zain Bhikha). In true folk-music tradition, Dawuds songs have spread around the world – ringing out in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies and conventions – with words that have found their way into listeners hearts, regardless of age. His work and reputation as one of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time have been referenced in publications affiliated with both Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (Jordan) has included Dawud on their list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims each year since 2009 for his international artistic efforts.

ABDI PHENOMENAL hails from the land of poets, reviving the great poetic tradition of his Somali forefathers. He is a spoken word artist, teaching artist, actor and community activist. At the age of three, Abdi fled Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya – currently the largest refugee camp in the world, home to over 450,000 Somali refugees. Abdi Produced the Voices of Dadaab Documentary, in which gives a voice to refugees’ by sharing their stories with the world. The documentary features vulnerable, yet happy, people who have lost all they have loved on the road to survival. As an activist, he builds youth leadership and literacy through the art of spoken word. He has been featured in AL-Jazeera English and the Star Tribune, New York Times and has led art workshops for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Abdis performances have reached multiple leaders across the globe including President Obama and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

KUUMBA LYNX (KL) is an arts education and youth development organization founded in 1996 by three women who were frustrated with the cuts to public schools arts funding and the increased implementation of a harsher criminal justice system. KL utilizes urban arts pedagogy with a social justice framework. They engage youth in a variety of art making and art learning experiences, while working to nurture their literacy, social consciousness, and emotional development. KL uses Hip Hop in its historically original form – as a vehicle for expressing identity, culture and community experiences as well as a resistant force against all forms of injustice. The Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble will be performing at Humanitea Time to spotlight issues around police aggression and school push-out rates impacting people of color in the U.S.

MUSTAFA THE POET (Mustafa Ahmed) is a 17-year-old spoken word artist, actor and emcee based in the city of Toronto whose art touches hearts, minds and inspires younger generations to be more active in the world. Writing from the young age of 10, Mustafa uses the tool of words to express challenges, changes and the gentrification that he witnesses in his Regent Park neighborhood – North America’s first and largest existing housing project. It was after a feature in 2009 in the Toronto Star that he exploded onto the arts scene. Mustafa has opened up for artists such as Jhene Aiko and Pharaohe Monch and has performed alongside Margaret Atwood and Samantha Nuitt. He has also worked with Nelly Furtado, Broken Social Scene, and poet George Elliot-Clarke. Mustafa has been featured in CBCs Metro Morning, JAZZ FM live, Globals 16×9, Globals Walk the Walk, Childrens’ Aid Society, Stand Up Young Mens Conference, Stem Cell Foundation, CAMHs Cafe Scientifique, People for Education Official Gala, Salon Camdens Why Am I So Poor, Pathways to Education Gala, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, the Mayors Art Ball, Metro Hall for the Forgiveness Project, Aveda, Martin Luther King Memorial day at the Roy Thompson Hall, NYCs Nuyorican caf

Nov 10

Latest List Of Women’s Organizations News

Sex Trafficking and China's One Child Policy
Despite criticisms from human rights organizations, the Chinese government claims the policy has successfully prevented over 400 million births and has helped China achieve its impressive economic growth. When Beijing announced in November 2013 that it …
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Would-Be Reality Star Nick Di Iorio Loses To Carolyn Maloney
And now with the help of the EMILY's List community – three million members strong – she can take that leadership to the next level. There is huge momentum for women's leadership in New England, and that's a trend that is here to stay.” "Maura Healey …
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News Briefs: Nov. 7 to 13, 2014
Continuing a south Charlotte tradition, the Piper Glen Women's Club (PGWC) is collecting gifts and raising funds for the nonprofit Safe Alliance to provide a brighter holiday season for women and children residing at The Clyde & Ethel Dickson Domestic …
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Highlighted events from Nov. 6-14
For a full list of events, visit * November Meeting with Jim Harlan, 1-3 p.m., Nov. 10, Richmond … Featuring organizations from the campus and community as well as the Homecoming Court. * Teen Advisory Board, 3:30 a.m …
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