Report: Google to expand same-day delivery service
NEW YORK — The war for faster delivery appears to be on. Google is reportedly expanding its same-day business to Manhattan and Los Angeles, according to the New York Post.
The service, called Google Shopping Express, strives to make same-day deliveries from Fairway, Walgreens, Target, Costco and other retailers to anyplace in Manhattan for $4.99 per store, the report states.
The article states that the service, first launched in San Francisco last year, will expand to Brooklyn and Queens in the coming months.
The move clearly takes aim at both Amazon and eBay, who are expanding their same-day delivery services to major cities across the country, including New York City.
WHO issues statement on international spread of polio
GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Health Organization on Monday released a statement concerning the international spread of poliovirus. Members of the emergency committee reported that toward the end of 2013, 60% of polio cases were the result of the international spread of the virus, with increasing evidence suggesting that adult travelers contributed to the spread.
Pakistan, Cameroon and the Syrian Arab Republic pose the most significant risk of further polio exportations in 2014.The WHO advised these states to officially declare the situation as a national public health emergency. Additionally, according to the WHO, these states should:
- Ensure all residents and long-term visitors (those staying greater than four weeks) receive a dose of OPV or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to international travel;
- Ensure that those undertaking urgent travel receive a dose of polio vaccine at least by the time of departure; and
- Ensure that travelers are provided a certificate that serves as proof of vaccination.
States should maintain these measures until the following criteria have been met:
- At least 6 months have passed without new exportations;
- There is documentation of full application of high-quality eradication activities in all infected and high-risk areas; and
- In the absence of such documentation, these measures should be maintained until at least 12 months have passed without new exportations, according to the WHO.
The following states are currently infected with wild poliovirus, but aren’t exporting: Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria.
"The consequences of further international spread are particularly acute today, given the large number of polio-free but conflict-torn and fragile states which have severely compromised routine immunization services and are at high risk of re-infection," the WHO said in its statement. "Such states would experience extreme difficulty in mounting an effective response were wild poliovirus to be reintroduced. As much international spread occurs across land borders, WHO should continue to facilitate a coordinated regional approach to accelerate interruption of virus transmission in each epidemiologic zone."
Ancient Harvest expands line of gluten-free products
BOULDER, Colo. — Ancient Harvest, a provider of organic, non-GMO and gluten-free foods, on Monday announced the launch of new Mac & Cheese and Culinary Ancient Grain lines. The new offerings are supported by new packaging and a revamped website.
"As a registered dietitian, I’m thrilled to offer new options to our health-conscious customers who we know strive to follow an optimal diet without sacrificing enjoyment, taste and culinary authenticity," said Constance Roark, RDN and director of marketing at Ancient Harvest.
The Mac & Cheese line consists of four flavors, including White Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar and two varieties of Mild Cheddar, for an MSRP of $4.29. The Culinary Ancient Grains is made up of quinoa, millet and amaranth, and is available in Sea Salt and Herb, Butter and Parmesan, Spanish Style and Spicy Curry for an MSRP of $3.79.
Consumers can find Ancient Harvest products in natural food stores and supermarkets nationwide.