A view of Green Point in Cape Town with the city’s 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium at left, and Table Bay beyond. The city regularly receives global accolades for its tourist attractions. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane Larcombe World Travel Awards Press and PR Director +44 1892 785071 email@example.com RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA restaurant best in the world • SA a favourite among expats • Dash of Zulu in heart of London • SA shines at world travel showMary AlexanderSouth Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa last night, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories. Despite the pyramids, Egypt, its nearest rival, managed to win only four.For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination, at an awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.Of the 49 categories, six were awarded to multinational entities with a strong presence in South Africa. Kenya, Morocco and Namibia garnered one award each.Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.In 2009 the city was named best destination in the Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s second-best city by Travel+Leisure magazine, the world’s best entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Luxury Travel Awards, and best tourism investor city in the AI Tourism Investor Awards. Cape Town was also named one of the “places of a lifetime” by National Geographic in 2008.The World Travel Awards also nominated Cape Town as the leading destination in the world in 2002, 2005 and 2006.“These awards are an incredible endorsement,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold. “Being recognised by the industry makes all the hard work we put into hosting the Fifa World Cup in Cape Town so worthwhile.“We do believe that Cape Town is one of the greatest cities to live, visit, study and invest in. It’s a place of a lifetime, and it just keeps on getting better.”The World Travel Awards, first held in 1994, is a tourism industry initiative, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the globe voting for the winners.The full list of the 2010 World Travel Awards for Africa winners:Africa’s Leading Airline: South African AirwaysAfrica’s Leading Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Apartment Hotel: The Regent, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: AvisAfrica’s Leading Business Hotel: Hilton DurbanAfrica’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Travel with FlairAfrica’s Leading Casino Resort: The Palazzo Montecasino, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Conservation Company: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Convention Hotel: Sandton Sun, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Destination: Cape TownAfrica’s Leading Family Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Green Hotel: The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Innovative Hospitality Company: Signature Life HotelsAfrica’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & SpaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Lodge: Shambala Private Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Train: The Blue TrainAfrica’s Leading Luxury Villa: Thanda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre: International Convention Centre Durban, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Online Tour Operator: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Port: Durban (Port)Africa’s Leading Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Safari Lodge: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Spa Resort: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Sports Resort: Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Suite: Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Fairmont ZimbaliAfrica’s Leading Tourist Board: South Africa TourismAfrica’s Leading Town House Hotel: Shamwari Town House, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Agency: Club Travel, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Exhibition: INDABAAfrica’s Leading Travel Management Company: Travel with Flair South AfricaAfrica’s Tourism Personality Of The Year: Dr Aupindi Tobie Aupindi – MD Namibia Wildlife ResortsAfrica’s Leading Golf Resort: The Palmeraie Golf Palace, MoroccoAfrica’s Leading Beach Resort: Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaAfrica’s Leading Beach Destination: Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Beach Hotel: Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hurghada, EgyptAfrica’s Leading River Cruise Company: Sonesta Nile CruisesAfrica’s Leading Villa: Queen Cleopatra Villa, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Car Hire: EuropcarAfrica’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise LineAfrica’s Leading Game Reserve Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & ResortsAfrica’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company: &Beyond Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyond
Bold Purpose. But Audacieux. Proposito Audaz. Algharad Jaree’.However you say it, over the past year SHRM has been speaking out around the world on all things work. Before the year ends, our work on immigration and the skills gap will culminate at four international events. As our Head of Global Outreach and Operations, I have the privilege of travelling abroad on SHRM’s behalf, but it’s our collective work that shapes the opinions of the world’s leaders. Let me share how.You may have seen that the G20 Heads of State met last week in Buenos Aires. While the media often focuses on “who talked to or stood by whom”, the real importance of this meeting was the adoption of a Declaration committing the world’s largest economies to addressing challenges confronting our societies – such as the future of work. For the past several years, I have served on a task force of business leaders (B20) that makes recommendations on education and employment issues to the G20. I have shared SHRM research, news articles and feedback from our Special Expertise Panels with the B20. We should all feel proud that the Declaration includes some of our thinking on equal education and employment opportunities for girls, inclusion of the disabled in the workplace, and migration. We will continue to push these issues forward at the Japanese G20 Summit in 2019.Five years ago, the G20 leaders committed to building apprenticeships and created an organization called the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN). Johnny recently joined the GAN’s board of directors and participated at an event at JPMorganChase in London where we shared the #wearework skills gap video. This work dovetails with work we have done with the Embassy of Switzerland and the U.S. Department of Labor to promote apprenticeships in the United States. Our Northern California staff and members participated in a “Zurich Meets San Francisco” discussion on the role of apprenticeships in the future of work.Also last week, I participated in an off-the-record meeting with 17 governments and international organizations at the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration in Geneva. Although the “Chatham House” rules of this meeting mean that I cannot tell you most of what we talked about, I can share that I was one of only two business representatives, and that our #wearework commercial on immigration, our skills gap data, and the Principles video caught their attention! I’ve attended these meetings several times over the past fifteen years and while the wheels of policy change often move incredibly slow, I am gratified to hear that some of what we’ve been saying is now being echoed by policymakers. Several governments asked me to connect them to their national HR associations which I am able to do because of our role as permanent Secretariat of the World Federation of People Management Associations—WFPMA.This week, I am in Marrakech at separate, but related events. This week governments (including the U.S.), business and civil society will gather at the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit. I co-chair the official business delegation to the Summit (known formally as the Business Mechanism) and will present recommendations for improving employers’ access to foreign talent and ensuring that migrant workers are treated with dignity and respect. Next week, many Heads of State will gather here to adopt the first-ever Global Compact for Migration. Although the US and several other nations have withdrawn from this agreement, it is still a historic step to ensuring that the large movements of migrants around the globe are managed in a safe, orderly and legal process. As with the B20 recommendations, the business input to these events was developed with SHRM research and consultations with our members. And, while these events may not make big news in the United States, you can be sure that the outcomes will have an impact on HR professionals and SHRM members around the world. We will continue working on raising the voice of the HR profession on the Global Stage and move, Together Forward. Ensemble en Avant. Juntos Hacia Adelante. Maeaan ‘iilaa al’amam.Lynn ShotwellSVP and Head of Global Outreach and Operations
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office This week Read/WriteWeb will be featuring a series of posts about the Web Office. Let’s start by summarizing what exactly is a Web Office. In a June post we mentioned that a Web Office suite should have, at the least, the following apps in it: email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. These are the core products of Microsoft Office, the dominant office suite package. You could also make a case for apps like contacts manager, task manager or even project management to be in the core products, but we’ll keep things real simple. Here’s how the main Web Office contenders shape up:Web Office Suite: Core Products Note: Zimbra and Microsoft Office Live don’t have separate names for their appsIt’s certainly over-simplifying, but it helps to get a sense of where all the main players are in creating a basic Web Office suite. Google Apps has everything but Presentations, but that is rumored to be here soon after recent acquisitions in that space. Zoho has the most complete offering so far, including many other apps not listed (Meeting, Wiki, etc). Zimbra also has an impressive offering – like Google it is only missing Presentations. ThinkFree has the main productivity apps, but it doesn’t have email or calendar.A note about Microsoft. Currently it has a number of different offerings, all under the ‘Office Live’ banner – there are 7 products listed on this page, including Office Live Premium and Office Live Groove. But as yet, no sign that Microsoft will risk its massive desktop Office revenues, by offering an online office suite. Indeed, that may never happen – as Microsoft attempts to create a desktop/online hybrid around its ‘services’ strategy. There are signs though that Microsoft is at least experimenting – earlier this month they announced a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite. However it isn’t a browser-based office offering, as was rumored last year.Here’s this week’s poll: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
OpenID has had a lot of big supporters, but this week President Elect Barack Obama’s Change.gov added the ability for users to log in using an OpenID account and to post comments to sections of the website using OpenID. That’s big news and is going to introduce a whole lot of people to the concept of federated identity.Every other major player that has announced support for OpenID has in fact only allowed accounts with their company to be used as an OpenID elsewhere – they have not allowed other OpenIDs to be used to log in to their own sites. That means Barack Obama is cooler than AOL, MySpace, Google (except for Blogger.com comments) and Yahoo!. Maybe you already knew that, though.The site uses the commenting plug-in system Intense Debate, which was recently acquired by Automattic, the makers of WordPress. Change.gov isn’t allowing comments on every blog post they put up, just on particular pages set up to discuss particular issues. Nonetheless, it’s pretty awesome.You can see the OpenID implementation on this page for discussing health care policy. Thanks to Sebastian Küpers for capturing an image of the implementation under Creative Commons on Flickr. Tags:#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
A return visit to the Vacaville, California, Costco by a crew accused of stealing from the store weeks earlier led to the four Vallejo residents being arrested Friday.An employee of the Costco on Hume Way called the Vacaville Police Department just after 6 PM to report that a crew believed to have stolen more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store was back, according to a post on the department’s Facebook site.Officers were able to place three individuals inside the store under arrest on charges of burglary and conspiracy, as all three were identified by employees of the store as having been involved in the previous theft. Arrested were… The Reporter- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018For adults over age 65, surgical complications can dampen not only their physical health but also their mental sharpness, with more than half of high-risk cases declining into delirium.In research published this week in the journal Brain Stimulation, Duke University scientists show in a mouse model that a current treatment for seizures can also reverse brain inflammation, such as inflammation after surgery, and the subsequent confusion or cognitive decline that results.The therapy involves minimally invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve using small electrical pulses comparable to a cell phone’s vibrations.The scientists used a Doppler ultrasound to guide the placement of a needle that delivers the electrical pulse, avoiding nearby delicate structures such as the carotid artery. Researchers hope to refine the technique into a completely non-invasive approach to preventing cognitive decline when seniors and other at-risk patients have surgery.Related StoriesBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitInhibition of CRMP2 phosphorylation promotes axonal regeneration after optic nerve injuryTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence”Delirium is now recognized as the most common complication in older adults after surgery,” said Niccolò Terrando, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke and the study’s senior author. “For most patients, it lasts a few days and resolves on its own. For some, it can lead to severe complications and even contribute to long lasting cognitive deficits, like dementia.”Terrando noted that these cognitive complications have a huge impact on quality of life and can be expensive, with health care costs for delirium reaching $164 billion a year according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.”So far, there is no therapy for this kind of cognitive complication after surgery,” Terrando said. Anti-inflammatory drugs have many side effects and work broadly, he said, and they don’t adequately target the inflammation in the brain that scientists believe triggers cognitive complications.The vagus nerve helps the brain communicate with the heart, lungs, gut and other parts of the body. Vagus nerve stimulators have been surgically implanted in epilepsy patients for more than 20 years to reduce seizures.In recent years, U.S. doctors have also prescribed at-home, non-invasive stimulators for severe headaches. However, there is not substantial evidence that the devices are stimulating the vagus nerve and not other structures near it, said Warren M. Grill, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering at Duke.For the experimental model, mice with inflammation received one nerve-stimulating treatment lasting several minutes. The researchers monitored for signs of vagus nerve activation, such as a slower heart rate and twitching of muscles around the larynx, and found improved cognitive outcomes and reduced brain inflammation after this treatment.”This minimally invasive approach is already exceedingly benign, but in the long term it would be desirable to have an entirely non-invasive approach and we are beginning that work,” Grill said. Source:https://corporate.dukehealth.org/news-listing/nerve-stimulation-mice-suggests-new-way-reduce-delirium-after-surgery
Source:https://www.crick.ac.uk/news/2019-01-23_science-and-music-whats-the-connection Jan 24 2019Science and music have a reputation for going hand in hand. But for Crick postdoc and professional musician John J. Williamson, the synergy goes much deeper than their basis in patterns.Depending on who you ask, music and science are poles apart, or peas in a pod. On the one hand, schools in the UK have traditionally specialized early, channeling students into ‘the arts’ or ‘the sciences’. On the other, people are often unsurprised to find that I work in both science and music, and might even correctly guess physics. Why?Einstein and his violin, or Brian Cox and his keyboards, perhaps. Closer at hand, I know of several working musicians in London who have at least flirted with science (Ant Law, Caroline Scott, Oli Hayhurst, and Tom Green come to mind). For many people, such examples point to some underlying, mysterious connection between the two fields.I’m not going to say that doing science makes you better at music or vice versa, because it isn’t true. But there is something to be learned by comparing them. Yes, both disciplines are full of patterns but, for me, there are also other, more unexpected connections to be made.Music as maths?Music theory lets us analyze and use musical patterns. It deals in intervals between notes, the rhythmic order they appear in, and so on. For example, C to G is a ‘perfect fifth’ interval – think of the first two notes of the Star Wars theme. Combining C, E and G gives us the settled, stable harmony of a C major chord. Using music theory, we can steer towards a musical aim, rather than picking notes at random until something sounds good.Some people, especially composers or arrangers, have a massive, organized and explicit knowledge of theory. Others understand it more implicitly, building up over years an internal link between what they hear and what they do on their instrument. Most do a bit of both.This theory isn’t precisely scientific, but can feel quite mathematical – counting an unusual rhythm, deducing the harmonic role of a certain note in a chord, and so on.It’s not all about patternsPerhaps this is why some people think the music-science connection is natural. Scientists tend to be good at analyzing patterns and at least comfortable with maths; and music is just patterns and maths, right? Wrong. In fact, to focus on this narrow similarity is to misunderstand not just music, but science too.Related StoriesStudy reveals how staying in shape is crucial for reproductive success of cellsWorld-class scientific leaders join Crick boardsAntibiotics can wipe out early flu resistance, study findsIt’s easy to point out that music needs emotion, creativity, and intuition – not just an analytical knowledge of its various rules. And applying music theory in practice requires instinct, habit, and luck.But this is also true in science. No new idea gets off the ground without an initial spark of inspiration. Finding that spark is often the hardest bit. The rest might flow remarkably freely: doing the calculations, collecting the data, like a composer fleshing out the accompaniment for a melody which only came to them, seemingly at random, after days of deadlock.There’s beauty in bothPerhaps the closest similarity that occurs to me is in the personal experience of actually being a scientist and a musician.In both, there’s a strange dichotomy. The core of the work – the practice, the preparation, the experiments, the weeks of calculation and pondering – is private. That’s true even in collaborative research, even if you play in bands rather than solo. It can be isolating; it can foster self-doubt. It can feel obsessive, and to an extent maybe it needs to be.And yet the result of the work – publishing a paper, giving a seminar, playing a gig, releasing an album – is public. Its success is in large part evaluated by its being public. Will the peer-reviewers accept my manuscript? Will people like my new recording? Will I mess up on stage in front of everyone? In both science and music, this public/private duality is stark and can be difficult to deal with. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that both fields are turning focused attention to mental health.And in both there is the shared joy of things coming to fruition, of pieces slotting into place aesthetically. Beautiful music and beautiful science appeal to us because they are beautiful. The real fundamental reasons why human beings pursue them seem just out of reach, yet irresistible.So yes, perhaps some analytical and pattern-decoding aspects of science and music appeal to similar people. But the connections are far deeper and more complex than that.
This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 19 2019The Medicaid work requirement plan devised by Arkansas and approved by the Trump administration backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence the target population gained jobs, a new study finds.In fact, the requirement had only a limited chance for success as nearly 97% of Arkansas residents ages 30-49 who were eligible for Medicaid — those subject to the mandate — were already employed or should have been exempt from the new law, according to the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Yet the state’s mandate — the first of its kind in the nation — resulted in 18,000 of the 100,000 targeted people falling off the Medicaid rolls. And despite administration officials’ statements that many of them may have found jobs, the study by researchers at Harvard found no evidence they secured either jobs or other insurance coverage. In fact, it noted a dip in the employment rate among those eligible for Medicaid.The researchers said the uninsured rate increased among 30- to 49-year-old Arkansans eligible for Medicaid from 10.5% in 2016 to 14.5% in 2018, while the employment rate fell from about 42% to just below 39%.While the thousands of Arkansas residents losing Medicaid coverage has been documented since last year, the Harvard study is the first to provide evidence that the change left them uninsured and did not promote employment.The results, based on a telephone survey of about 3,000 low-income adults in Arkansas, concluded that the law befuddled enrollees and that its mandatory reporting requirements led many to unnecessarily lose coverage.”Lack of awareness and confusion about the reporting requirements were common, which may explain why thousands of individuals lost coverage,” the researchers wrote.Asked whether the findings mean the administration should pull the plug on work requirements, co-author Benjamin Sommers, a professor of health policy and economics at Harvard, replied, “It’s time for them to pump the brakes at the very least.”As millions of nondisabled adults gained Medicaid coverage following the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives pushed for requiring people to work or do other kinds of “community engagement” to keep their Medicaid, much as food stamps and welfare cash benefit programs do. The Trump administration embraced that ideal and has made Medicaid work requirements a central feature of its plan to restructure the federal-state entitlement program, which has more than 70 million enrollees.Arkansas put the plan into action in spring 2018.But in March, a federal judge struck down Arkansas’ mandate and a plan to begin one in Kentucky. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled the work requirement violated federal law because it failed to meet the core objective of Medicaid — getting medical coverage to the poor.The Trump administration is appealing that ruling and, meanwhile, has approved similar plans in eight other states, including New Hampshire, which is scheduled to start cutting coverage in August for those not meeting the rules. New Hampshire’s law also is being challenged in court by Medicaid advocates.Six more states have pending applications to add work mandates.Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, defends the work requirements, saying they “are not some subversive attempt to just kick people off of Medicaid. Instead, their aim is to put beneficiaries in control with the right incentives to live healthier, independent lives.”Arkansas officials disputed the thrust of the study, noting that the requirement was short-lived because the judge intervened before it was in effect even a year and researchers did not find out why people who were dismissed from Medicaid didn’t reapply.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsExperts release scientific statement on predicting survival for cardiac arrest survivorsIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new study”So you cannot describe this as the robust evaluation that we want and expect of a demonstration project that truly has national significance,” said Amy Webb, a spokeswoman for the state’s Medicaid program. “The best way to get answers to everyone’s questions about the impact of work and community engagement requirements would be to let Arkansas continue what was started and conduct a true evaluation that follows people over time.”Under the Arkansas law, targeted enrollees were notified by the state via mail and informational flyers that they were required to work 80 hours a month, participate in another qualifying activity such as job training or community service, or meet criteria for an exemption such as pregnancy, a disability or parenting a child.If they were out of compliance for three months during a calendar year or failed to report their status to the state through online reports, they could lose coverage.For the first several months of its new mandate, Arkansas required enrollees to use an online portal for that reporting, a problem since 20% lacked internet access and another 20% lacked fast broadband. The state online portal also was unavailable after 9 p.m. each day.The study found one-third of individuals subject to the policy had not heard anything about it, and 44% were unsure whether the requirements applied to them.The findings back up arguments from advocates for the poor and nonpartisan experts that many Medicaid enrollees already have jobs. They also directly contradict claims by federal and Arkansas officials that many of those who lost coverage found a job.In a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee earlier this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar noted that only 1,452 of the 18,000 people who lost coverage because of the work requirement rules reapplied for Medicaid. He added that likely meant most no longer needed the government assistance.”That seems a fairly strong indication that those people got a job and insurance elsewhere and didn’t need the coverage,” Azar said.Sommers said the Arkansas experiment answers many questions about how work requirements could function nationally, although he acknowledged that other states might do a better job promoting the program and making it easier for enrollees to report their status.”There are just not that many people [enrolled in Medicaid] who aren’t working but could,” Sommers said.He noted Arkansas added the work requirement feature without adding new funding for job training or child support to help people who want to work.Federal officials who approve the waivers allowing states to use work requirements should take note of the results, he said. “It does not make sense to keep approving the same waiver without doing anything differently,” Sommers said.
©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Amazon Prime discount coming to all Whole Foods (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-amazon-prime-discount-foods.html Explore further Coming to a Whole Foods near you: Discounts, if you’re an Amazon Prime member that is. Prime members, who generally pay $119 a year for membership, will receive a discount at all Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods 365 stores nationwide beginning Wednesday, June 27, Amazon announced Monday.The members-only discount launched this spring and has grown quickly, Amazon said. The company announced in May the first Whole Foods discounts in Florida. Earlier this month the perk was extended to Whole Foods in 10 additional states.Now all Prime members can take advantage of the discount.”Our weekly Prime member deals are a hit and we’re excited that Prime members across the U.S. will now be able to take advantage of these savings in our stores,” said A.C. Gallo, President and COO at Whole Foods Market.Starting Wednesday, Prime members will receive a 10 percent discount on some sale items and a discount on select items including some meats, fish, fruits and bulk items like nuts and granola.Discounts and loyalty programs have long been a common strategy among grocery stores, serving a dual purpose. Discounts lure shoppers in and return visits provide the store with data on their shopping habits.To get the Amazon Prime discount, customers must download the Whole Foods Market app, sign in with the Amazon account and then scan the app’s Prime code at checkout. Or, customers can give their mobile number to the cashier.Customers will also receive a discount when they order Whole Foods groceries through Prime Now, Amazon’s delivery service for Prime members. Free grocery delivery on orders of at least $35 is available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Virginia Beach.Grocery delivery will continue expanding throughout 2018, Amazon said. Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.