April 2020

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“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”

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In 2017, suicide claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Here are 5 steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain:

  • ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  • KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  • BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  • HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  • STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
  • For more information on suicide prevention go HERE

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Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues for better future for all

UNFPAYouth from the Senegalese group Afriyan take a stand for teenage empowerment, following their meeting with UNFPA Regional Director, Mabingué Ngom Mabingué Ngom.

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Coping with Traumatic Events


A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences like natural disasters (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods), acts of violence (such as assault, abuse, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings), as well as car crashes and other accidents can all be traumatic.

Ways to Cope

Healthy ways of coping in this time period include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Spending time with loved ones and trusted friends who are supportive; and
  • Trying to maintain normal routines for meals, exercise, and sleep.

In general, staying active is a good way to cope with stressful feelings.

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Coronavirus update: 290 million students now stuck at home

TheirWorldThe Infinity Classroom installation at the main Plaza at UN Headquarters aims to give visibility to the global education crisis.

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Section NavigationPreventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Practice everyday preventive behaviors! Stay home when sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Frequently wash hands with soap and water. Clean frequently touched surfaces. Learn how to get your household ready

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Pandemic products such as antiviral medicines, vaccines and diagnostics play a critical role in the control and treatment of pandemic influenza. National deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines are national tools which ensure that during a pandemic, processes and structures are functional so that vaccines are rapidly deployed and administered to target populations. The existence of a national deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines is also a pre-requisite in the request process to access vaccines from WHO secured stockpiles. The learning package consists of 10 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments to help countries develop or revise their national deployment and vaccination plans.

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“COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response” now available

In order to assist UN country teams in scaling up country preparedness and response to COVID-19, WHO has developed these learning modules as a companion to the Operational Planning Guidelines to Support Country Preparedness and Response.

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“Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” now available

This course provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as the novel coronavirus, how to identify a case once it occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to HCW or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility.

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“ePROTECT respiratory occupational health and safety” now available

All personnel responding to outbreaks of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) need to have the basic knowledge and skills to mount an effective response. They need to understand what ARIs are, how they are transmitted, how to assess the risk of infection and the basic hygiene measures to protect themselves.



6 Daily Rituals to Improve Your Focus and Raise Your Productivity, Says Research

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  

The emotional impact of an emergency on a person can depend on the person’s characteristics and experiences, the social and economic circumstances of the person and their community, and the availability of local resources. People can become more distressed if they see repeated images or hear repeated reports about the outbreak in the media.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • People who have preexisting mental health conditions including problems with substance use
  • Children
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

Additional information and resources on mental health care can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) NATIONAL Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse

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Reaching ‘beyond the possible’ in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals

ILO Photo/Kevin CassidyThe Hawaiian archipelago in the Pacific is one of the remotest parts of the world.

Economic Development

The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach “beyond the possible” to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.

UN News travelled to the island archipelago, as part of an International Labour Organization (ILO) project, called Dignity at Work, and spoke to the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige

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COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’In an appeal issued on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against  COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind. 
Peace and Security

Water access critical to beating back COVID-19 spread in slum areasAs regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities.

UNICEF sounds alarm over water cuts in Syria as efforts ramp up to prevent COVID-19 spreadThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its relief partners in Syria are warning that water disruptions in the country’s war-battered north-east could exacerbate risks posed by the global coronavirus pandemic. 
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‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological DayFloods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year’s World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.
Climate Change

New global platform to keep information networks ‘safer, stronger’ throughout COVID-19 pandemicThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a new platform on Monday to help global networks under increasing strain and facing rising demand during the COVID-19 crisis to remain “safer, stronger and more connected”, according to the specialized agency’s chief.

UN expert raises alarm over migrant, asylum seeker ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border Greece must take immediate action to end the violence against migrants and asylum seekers at the border between Turkey and Greece, an independent UN human rights expert said on Monday, expressing alarm at reports of violence at the hands of some Greek security officers and unidentified armed men.
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WHOCoronavirus update: WHO and world football launch ‘kick out coronavirus’ campaign, as millions sign up to WhatsApp helplineA new awareness-raising campaign, led by the world’s top football stars, called ‘Pass the message to kick out coronavirus’, was launched on Monday by the UN health agency, WHO, and international football’s governing body, FIFA. 

Reaching ‘beyond the possible’ in Hawaii to meet sustainability goalsThe people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach “beyond the possible” to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.
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Things to do during lockdown in Spring

Colorful spring garden flowers

Spring, also known as springtime, is one of the four temperate seasons, succeeding winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. At the spring (or vernal) equinoxdays and nights are approximately twelve hours long, with daytime length increasing and nighttime length decreasing as the season progresses.

Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic. Cultures may have local names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe...CONTINUE READING Wikipedia



Learning Space With NASA at Home

Looking for space and science activities you can do with NASA at home? Visit the all-new “Learning Space” from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to find instructions for making things like rockets, Mars rovers and Moon landers out of materials you have at home – or with templates you can print out. We’ll walk you through our STEM projects in regularly posted video tutorials hosted by NASA-JPL education specialists. First up: How to make an astronaut lander!

You can also find more DIY projects, slideshows about space, games and links to other things you can do and see with NASA on the Learning Space page. Plus, get answers to questions families might have about learning at home. Be sure to check back. We’ll be adding new projects and videos all the time!
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Huge East Antarctic Glacier Especially Susceptible to Climate Impacts
The shape of the ground beneath Denman Glacier, which is melting from the bottom up, makes it particularly vulnerable to the intrusion of seawater.
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Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret
The ice giant Uranus appears to be losing a bit of its atmosphere to space, perhaps siphoned away by the planet’s magnetic field.
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UN launches major humanitarian appeal to keep COVID-19 from ‘circling back around the globe’To confront the unprecedented worldwide challenge posed by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, top UN officials on Wednesday, launched a massive humanitarian appeal to mitigate its impact, particularly on fragile countries with weak health systems.
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Debt relief milestone in Somalia, as World Bank, IMF, call for global payment suspension in light of COVID-19 The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief. 
Economic Development

UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzMoving forward requires confronting slavery’s ‘racist legacy’: UN chiefIn his message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, observed on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General called for the dismantling of racist structures and institutions so that the world can move forward.
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WFP/Mohammed AwadhUN chief calls for ceasefire as Yemen braces for possible COVID-19 outbreakEchoing his 23 March appeal to warring parties across the globe for an immediate ceasefire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on those fighting in Yemen to end hostilities and ramp up efforts to counter a potential outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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© World Bank/Curt Carnemark‘Concerted efforts’ needed to meet 2030 Global Goals in Asia-Pacific regionAction to reverse the depletion and degradation of the environment across Asia and the Pacific is a top priority if the region is to stay on course to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new United Nations report launched online, for the first time, on Tuesday.

© UNICEF/Roger LeMoyneUN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detentionCOVID-19 has begun to strike in prisons, jails and immigration detention centres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned on Wednesday, as she urged Governments “not to forget hose behind bars” and to protect those working in closed facilities in their overall efforts to contain the pandemicHuman Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Nicolás Maduro Moros and 14 Current and Former Venezuelan Officials Charged with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Criminal Charges03/26/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Fomer President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros, Venezuela’s vice president for the economy, Venezuela’s Minister of Defense, and Venezuela’s Chief Supreme Court Justice are among those charged in New York City; Washington, DC; and Miami, along with current and former Venezuelan government officials as well as two Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) leaders, announced U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of the Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa D. Erichs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

A call to action: Debt relief for the poorest countriesThe World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund urge official bilateral creditors to provide immediate debt relief to the poorest countries facing COVID-19. Read the statement.Go deeper: Learn how the World Bank Group is responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Explore our multilingual portal. Click, bookmark and come back for update.
A sustainable global economy must arise once COVID-19 pandemic is reversed, UN chief tells G-20 summitWorld leaders at the G-20 virtual summit held on Thursday committed to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to counteract the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.HealthUNICEF/BrownLife-saving vaccinations must not ‘fall victim’ to COVID-19 pandemic – UNICEF chiefAround the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is overstretching health services, medical goods are in short supply, and transport disruptions have left supply chains facing “historic strain”, according to the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF.HealthUN News/Assumpta Massoi‘Rapid deterioration’ in global investment flows as Coronavirus spreads: UN trade bodyForeign direct investment flows are liable to drop by 30 to 40 per cent during 2020, into next year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting a far more severe economic blow that initially projected, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Thursday in its latest Investment Trends Monitor report.Economic DevelopmentDepartment of Critical Care Medicine, Guangdong Medical UniversityHuman rights must be maintained in beating back the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘without exception’ – UN expertsDozens of independent UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday that in addition to public health and emergency measures, battling the COVID-19 pandemic, must respect the fundamental human rights of every individual.Human RightsUNAMIIraq: Top UN official calls on political leaders to confront COVID-19 pandemic and uniteWhile the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the political, security, social and economic crises roiling Iraq, the top UN official in the country hopes it will spur leaders to put aside their differences and unite for the common good.

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The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

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Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expertStates and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday.HealthUnited Nations/Reem AbazaCritical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online.UN AffairsUNMISSPeacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countriesUN Peacekeeping radio stations have in recent decades helped build support for peace process in a dozen countries around the world including Cambodia, Croatia, Namibia and Timor-Leste.  Health© UNICEF/OjoUNFPA advocates for women, girls suffering unseen impacts of COVID-19 pandemicThe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is pledging support for those suffering from invisible impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including women and girls whose access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health care may be disrupted. WomenUNFPA ChinaFirst Person: two months of COVID-19 confinement in WuhanMany countries have recently begun to introduce lockdown measures that have led to many citizens having to spend much, if not all, of their time at home. For those in Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated, the period of self-isolation has lasted around two months. UN News spoke to Dizi*, a Wuhan resident, to find out how she has been coping. The interview has been translated.HealthUN News/Daniel DickinsonMigrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha wayMigrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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God Has The Whole World In His Hands

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Notify NYC: NYC students can pick up 3 free meals from 7:30AM-1:30PM M-F at 400 NYC sites.


NASA Selects Mission to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle Storms

Illustration of the sun
A new NASA mission called SunRISE will study what drives solar particle storms – giant surges of solar particles that erupt off of the Sun – as depicted in this illustration. Understanding how such storms affect interplanetary space can help protect spacecraft and astronauts.Credits: NASA
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An array of six spacecraft, each about the size of a toaster oven, will help us understand our nearest star and better protect astronauts traveling beyond Earth.

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Nightly Opera Streams, Week 3 (March 30–April 5)

The third week of our free Nightly Opera Streams offers a wide range of musical and theatrical flavors—from the infectious comedy of Rossini’s classic Il Barbiere di Sivigliato the epitome of the bel canto style in Bellini’s Norma and the grand drama of Verdi’s monumental Don Carlo. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the free streams.

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Immediate nationwide ceasefire’ needed for all-out effort to counter COVID-19 in SyriaSyria is at “high risk” of being unable to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Monday, reiterating calls for a “complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire” to enable an all-out-effort to counter the march of the new coronavirus.Peace and SecurityDepartment of Critical Care Medicine, Guangdong Medical UniversityCoronavirus necessitates global increase in protective equipment, medical supplies: UN health chiefThe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for stepped-up production of medical equipment and supplies as health facilities and health workers in many countries struggle with increasing and urgent demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.HealthWorld Bank/Curt CarnemarkCOVID-19 stoking xenophobia, hate and exclusion, minority rights expert warnsCombatting the COVID-19 pandemic must also include stamping out what one independent human rights expert has called the “darker sides” of the disease: verbal and physical attacks against Chinese and other minority communities, and excluding them from access to healthcare.Human Rights©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau$2.5 trillion COVID-19 rescue package needed for world’s emerging economiesThe economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to get “much worse” before it gets better for some six billion people living in developing economies, the UN said on Monday, in an appeal for a $2.5 trillion rescue package to boost their resilience to further hardship. Economic DevelopmentUNICEF/Rajat MadhokRelease inmates in Yemen to avert nationwide coronavirus outbreak, experts urgeAn international panel of human rights experts called today for the immediate release of political prisoners and detainees in war-ravaged Yemen to help avert a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19.HealthWorld Bank/Tom PerryUN helps Pacific prepare for COVID-19 pandemic, warns that children are ‘hidden victims’United Nations agencies are working together to provide vital support to Pacific Island countries as they rally to combat COVID-19 outbreaks across the region. Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Today is


In 1973, full-time working females earned a median of 56.6 cents to every dollar males earned. In 2018 (45 years), women earned 81.6, a gain of 25 cents. Read today’s America Counts story.

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First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanolrogist’s view

ILO Photo/John IsaacHawaii’s landscape is largely volcanic. 


The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living or studying aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

NASA, University of Nebraska Release New Global Groundwater Maps and U.S. Drought Forecasts
Satellite data on the movement of water on Earth helps to improve the accuracy of moisture maps and forecasts.
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With podcasts, e-books, DIY projects and more, the agency has lots of fun, informative ways to help you explore the solar system and beyond – no launch vehicle required.
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Notify NYC: Give help. Get help. Visit NYC.gov/helpnow for COVID-19 resources and ways to support NYC.

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National Minority Health Month 2020
OMH Announces Active & Healthy Challenge for National Minority Health Month 2020:
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April Fool’s Day

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WFIRST Will Use Warped Space-time to Help Find Exoplanets
The NASA mission will identify planets with large orbits, similar to our solar system’s far-flung giants, Uranus and Neptune.
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The Man Who Wanted to Fly on Mars
The Mars Helicopter is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA’s Perseverance rover. The helicopter’s chief engineer, Bob Balaram, shares the saga of how it came into being.
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COVID-19 effect casts cloud over weather alert accuracy: UN sky watchers

NASAA satellite, as seen from space, tracks over Earth.    

Climate Change

UN weather experts warned on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic risks disrupting key forecasting services, including early warning alerts around the world.

Low-skilled workers, developing countries at risk of steep economic decline as coronavirus advancesThe global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and may contract even further if restrictions on economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses, according to analysis released today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
Economic Development

UN Mexico/Alexis AubinWHO concerned over rapid escalation in COVID-19 spread as caseload approaches one millionDeaths from COVID-19 have more than doubled in the past week and will soon reach 50,000 worldwide, while the global caseload is heading towards one million, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday.

Video screen shotCOVID-19: International community must step up to prevent pandemic from devastating vulnerable on the runGiven how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading, an outbreak is “looking imminent” in the world’s refugee camps, crowded reception centres or detention facilities where migrant families are sheltering, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

IOM/Muse Mohammed‘Working round the clock’ to aid Venezuelan refugees and migrants during COVID-19 pandemic: UN agencies Two United Nations agencies came together Tuesday to urge the international community not to overlook the on-going plight of millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world. 
Migrants and Refugees

NASACOVID-19 effect casts cloud over weather alert accuracy: UN sky watchersUN weather experts warned on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic risks disrupting key forecasting services, including early warning alerts around the world.Climate ChangeUNIDOCOVID-19: Czech Roma community steps up to face mask challengeWhen face masks stocks began running low in the Czech Republic, minority communities, including the country’s Roma population, were quick to respond, rallying to make fresh supplies, with the aim of slowing the spread of COVID-19.HealthPAHO Barbados/Brenda LashleyProtecting the Caribbean’s most vulnerable people in the face of COVID-19: A UN Resident Coordinator blogThe United Nations is working closely with governments in the Caribbean to protect the region’s most vulnerable people from the impact of the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19. For this latest in our occasional series, Didier Trebucq, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, explains what action they are taking in that region.HealthUNOCHANigeria: UN and partners acting to avert coronavirus spread in displacement campsThe UN system in Nigeria and its partners are working to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus disease in some of the most vulnerable areas in the country: communities and camps housing millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) uprooted by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.HealthWFP/Wissam NassarCoronavirus pandemic threatens to plunge millions in Arab region into poverty and food insecurityCOVID-19 will be responsible for pushing a further 8.3 million people in the Arab region into poverty, according to a new policy brief issued on Wednesday by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).Health©UNHCR/Felipe IrnaldoUN refugee agency ‘rapidly adjusting’ the way it works amid COVID-19 pandemicWith COVID-19 already having a significant impact on its field operations, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has outlined a series of measures it is taking to respond to the public health emergency and prevent further spread. Migrants and Refugees
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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also called plant science(s), plant biology or phytology, is the science of plant life and a branch of biology. A botanistplant scientist or phytologist is a scientist who specialises in this field. The term “botany” comes from the Ancient Greek word βοτάνη (botanē) meaning “pasture“, “grass“, or “fodder“; βοτάνη is in turn derived from βόσκειν (boskein), “to feed” or “to graze“. Traditionally, botany has also included the study of fungi and algae by mycologists and phycologists respectively, with the study of these three groups of organisms remaining within the sphere of interest of the International Botanical Congress. Nowadays, botanists (in the strict sense) study approximately 410,000 species of land plants of which some 391,000 species are vascular plants (including approximately 369,000 species of flowering plants), and approximately 20,000 are bryophytes

Botany originated in prehistory as herbalism with the efforts of early humans to identify – and later cultivate – edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, making it one of the oldest branches of science.

The fruit of Myristica fragrans, a species native to Indonesia, is the source of two valuable spices, the red aril (mace) enclosing the dark brown nutmeg.

Medieval physic gardens, often attached to monasteries, contained plants of medical importance. They were forerunners of the first botanical gardens attached to universities, founded from the 1540s onwards. One of the earliest was the Padua botanical garden. These gardens facilitated the academic study of plants. Efforts to catalogue and describe their collections were the beginnings of plant taxonomy, and led in 1753 to the binomial system of Carl Linnaeus that remains in use to this day.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, new techniques were developed for the study of plants, including methods of optical microscopy and live cell imagingelectron microscopy, analysis of chromosome numberplant chemistry and the structure and function of enzymes and other proteins. In the last two decades of the 20th century, botanists exploited the techniques of molecular genetic analysis, including genomics and proteomics and DNA sequences to classify plants more accurately.

Modern botany is a broad, multidisciplinary subject with inputs from most other areas of science and technology. Research topics include the study of plant structuregrowth and differentiation, reproductionbiochemistry and primary metabolismchemical productsdevelopmentdiseasesevolutionary relationshipssystematics, and plant taxonomy. Dominant themes in 21st century plant science are molecular genetics and epigenetics, which are the mechanisms and control of gene expression during differentiation of plant cells and tissues. Botanical research has diverse applications in providing staple foods, materials such as timberoil, rubber, fibre and drugs, in modern horticultureagriculture and forestryplant propagationbreeding and genetic modification, in the synthesis of chemicals and raw materials for construction and energy production, in environmental management, and the maintenance of biodiversity. WIKIPEDIA

Capital Weather Gang

Idaho was struck by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. This scientist saw it coming.

Geologist Glenn Thackray warned the state a decade ago that it was vulnerable near where the large tremor hit

A rockslide on Highway 21 near Lowman, Idaho, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday. (Tyler Beyer via AP)
A rockslide on Highway 21 near Lowman, Idaho, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday. (Tyler Beyer via AP)

By Matthew Cappucci for the Washington Post.

Popular songwriter Carole King, known for “You’ve Got a Friend” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” was sitting in Idaho shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. All of a sudden, the earth moved under her feet…WP



COVID-19 should not herald rollback in rights for people with autism: UN chief

© UNICEF/Rehab El-DalilMahmoud, who has autism, is holding the letter he was asked to find at the resource room in Egypt.

India: Migrant workers’ plight prompts UN call for ‘domestic solidarity’ in coronavirus battlePervasive challenges remain for hundreds-of-thousands of migrant workers in India whose lives were upended by the sudden lockdown across the country, in response to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, said the UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Thursday.HealthUNOCHA/Giles ClarkeBurkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food securityFood insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Humanitarian Aid© UNICEF/Rehab El-DalilCOVID-19 should not herald rollback in rights for people with autism: UN chiefThe rights of persons with autism must be taken into account in efforts to address the COVID-19 coronavirus: “a public health crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes”, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.Human Rights©IOM/Emrah Özesen‘Everyone at risk’ as coronavirus cases tick up among migrants and refugees sheltering in GreeceWith 23 migrants at an open accommodation site in central Greece testing positive for COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm on Thursday over conditions in crowded reception centres on five Greek islands where the virus risks taking hold.Migrants and RefugeesWFP/PhotolibraryCOVID-19 crisis ‘unlike any we have dealt with’, as new tragedy looms for SyriaThe risk of the COVID-19 pandemic having a devastating impact on war-torn Syria is intensifying, where six million are displaced, living in conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus, the Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Special Envoy to Syria warned on Thursday.Humanitarian AidUnsplash/Adam MarikarKey COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives’With no end in sight to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the UN climate change talks which were due to take place in Scotland later in the year, have been postponed until October 2021.HealthIOM/Sascha PimentelFROM THE FIELD: Sunny days power a better life for displaced NigeriansWater boreholes powered by solar energy are helping to improve life for Nigerians displaced by conflict, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). Economic Development
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Notify NYC: Starting today, 3 free meals will be available for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs, Mon-Fri

Last-Minute Michelangelo

In the last few hours before the Getty Center shut down in keeping with LA’s safer-at-home initiative, we quickly shot a series of short, on-the-fly videos dubbed Last-Minute Michelangelo. In the videos, curator Julian Brooks leads us through Michelangelo: Mind of the Master and offers intriguing anecdotes about some of his favorite drawings. Read Brooks’s personal thoughts about the exhibition and watch the videos here

Everyday Geniuses

Last week we offered our social media followers a playful challenge: re-create your favorite artwork using just three objects lying around your home.

Thousands and thousands of re-creations later, we’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor. You re-created a Jeff Koons using a pile of socks, restaged a Jacques-Louis David with a fleece blanket and duct tape, and fashioned costumes out of pillows, shower caps, coffee filters, bubble wrap, and—of course—toilet paper. View highlights of the challenge here and consider adding your own masterpiece to the mix; the challenge is still on!

LISTEN: LeRonn Brooks

All about Getty’s African American Art History Initiative

One of the many outcomes of the civil rights movement was the serious academic study of art of the African Diaspora, including by African American artists.

The Getty Research Institute recently launched an initiative committed to collecting materials related to this field, and so far has acquired artist Betye Saar’s archive and worked alongside four other institutions to acquire the Johnson Publishing Company archive, a trove that includes more than 4.8 million Ebony and Jet magazine images. In Getty’s latest Art + Ideas podcast, LeRonn Brooks, associate curator at the Getty Research Institute, and Kellie Jones, Columbia University professor and senior consultant on the initiative, discuss the urgency of preserving critical archival materials. Listen here.

UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat coronavirus pandemicThere should be only one fight in our world today, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”.HealthUN Photo/Albert González FarranCOVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for nowThe unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by major food importers takes hold, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.Peace and SecurityOCHA/Giles ClarkePolitical prisoners should be among first released in pandemic response, says UN rights chiefThe decision by many Governments to release prisoners to slow the transmission of new coronavirus, was welcomed on Friday by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle BacheletHuman RightsUNICEF/ IOM Bosnia & Herzegovina‘Overwhelmed’ health systems have little room for sick refugees, migrants, UN agencies warnFour prominent United Nations system entities have called on countries to protect refugees, migrants, stateless persons and those forcibly displaced by disasters and conflict – some of the world’s most vulnerable populations – against the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic.Migrants and RefugeesUNAMID/Hamid AbdulsalamCoronavirus restrictions hamper aid access for Sudanese in needThe United Nations and its partners are putting in place alternative plans to ensure the continuity of humanitarian assistance in Sudan, as measures taken by the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having an impact on aid access, deliveries and services.HealthUNICEF/ IOM Bosnia & HerzegovinaCOVID-19: from conflict to pandemic, migrants in Bosnia face a new challengeMigrants and refugees hosted at UN-run reception centres in Bosnia-Herzegovina, are learning to cope with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Migrants and Refugees
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Ten Commandments 

(Hebrew: עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת, Aseret ha’Dibrot), also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in the Abrahamic religions. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Hebrew Bible: in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. The commandments include instructions to have no other gods before him, to honour one’s parents, and to keep the sabbath day holy, as well as prohibitions against idolatryblasphemymurderadulterytheftdishonesty, and coveting. Different religious groups follow different traditions for interpreting and numbering them.

Modern scholarship has found likely influences in Hittite and Mesopotamian laws and treaties, but is divided over exactly when the Ten Commandments were written and who wrote them. WIKIPEDIA

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Palm Sunday

Religions in the world

Stories from the Stage:
You Only Live Once

What is a life worth living? Certainly, a life well lived…because it only happens once. Gianmarco Soresi goes on a harrowing skydiving trip and realizes that sometimes in love we jump too late; at 15, Brendyn Schneider’s dream of a first kiss finally comes true; and Alison Tocci and her family celebrate life and death in wonderful and unique ways. Three storytellers break it down.



America ReFramed: Night School
Night School is an intimate look at a year in the lives of three students: Greg is a single father trying to make a better life for his daughter, unable to get better work without a degree. Melissa left school when she became a young teenage mother; now she’s looking to complete the schooling she abandoned almost 40 years before. And Shynika never saw the value of high school until she realized she needed a diploma to fulfill her dream of being a nurse.


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Data From NASA’s Cassini May Explain Saturn’s Atmospheric Mystery

False-color composite image of Saturn

Lady Gaga curating global event to boost healthcare workers on coronavirus front lineThe World Health Organization (WHO) has teamed up with international advocacy organization Global Citizen, to launch ‘One World Together At Home”, a global television and streaming special, curated by superstar singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, to celebrate frontline health care workers around the globe in their unrelenting battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. HealthWHO SyriaSyria: Warring parties failed to abide by international law over hospital attacksParties to Syria’s brutal civil war, now in its tenth year, failed to abide by their obligations under international law to avoid attacks on hospitals and other civilian facilities that featured on the UN’s so-called deconfliction list, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Peace and SecurityUN News/Anton UspenskyInternational sport day moves indoors, with plea to stay active during self-isolationRunning tracks, gyms and swimming pools may be closed, as part of government-imposed lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is more important than ever to remain physically active. This is the message on this year’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Health© UNICEF/Albert Gonzalez FarranUN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’UN chief António Guterres is calling for measures to address a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” directed towards women and girls, linked to lockdowns imposed by governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.WomenUnited NationsUN backs global action to end violence against women and girls amid COVID-19 crisisThe United Nations is advocating immediate global action to end all forms of violence against women and girls in the midst of a global upsurge related to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. WomenUNICEF/BashaPrison shelling in Yemen kills five women and a child: UN rights chief condemns possible war crimeThe UN has condemned the shelling of the women’s section of the Central Prison in a district of Yemen’s war-torn Taizz Governerate, in the south of the country, which has left at least five women and one child dead, and wounding more than 11, with casualties expected to rise. Humanitarian AidAli IssaRights experts warn against discrimination in COVID-19 responseFearing a needless increase in COVID-19 deaths due to discrimination, UN independent human rights experts on Monday called for Governments to commit to racial equity and equality in their response to the pandemic.Human RightsU.N. Mexico/Alexis AubinHow can the world counter COVID-19 online? UN issues hackers’ challenge to CodeTheCurveThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is inviting young innovators, data scientists and designers throughout the world – especially those whose schools have closed due to COVID-19 – to join a month-long hackathon to come up with digital solutions to the global pandemic. Culture and Education
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Webinar: Consumer Behavior in the Global Marketplace in the Time of Coronavirus

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Professor Carlos Torelli will discuss how a global crisis impacts the psychological responses of consumers in global markets and consider how organizations can overcome and address resulting consumer concerns and needs. He will review the psychology of consumers’ responses to threats associated with infectious diseases, as well as the cultural differences in reactions to safety concerns. Professor Torelli will also address questions from the participants.

“We’ve already seen some of the obvious effects on the market and on companies’ bottom lines, such as shortages and price gouging of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, or the economic shock to the travel industry. What’s not so obvious, though, is the psychology of consumers’ responses to threats associated with infectious diseases and the cultural differences in reactions to safety concerns.” – Carlos Torelli

To register for this webinar: https://go.gies.illinois.edu/COVID-Behavior.
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STAMP program 1The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP) is a collaboration between OMH, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care. STAMP is a free telehealth series taught by hematologists for primary care providers. The program trains primary care providers on the basics of sickle cell disease care such as pain management, hydroxyurea, and preventive services. Trainings this month include:

5 PM ET: Screening Assessments in SCD

Explore Moon Activities for Kids
Whether it’s near or far, bright or dark, the Moon provides a constant source of wonder that can come from simply looking up. Tonight, during the supermoon, the Moon may look especially bright as it hugs the closest curve in its orbit about 222,000 miles away.You can explore more about the Moon at home with these activities from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Follow the links below to watch video tutorials and get step-by-step instructions for making things like a Moon phases calendar, Moon crater and Moon journal!Looking for more activities to do at home for kids and families? Visit Learning Space With NASA at Home for our latest video tutorials and activities. Even more coming soon!
What’s a Supermoon and Just How Super Is It? – Here’s what you can really expect to see during a supermoon and why.
Make a Moon Journal – Find out how to make a journal showing the phases of the Moon by observing the Moon throughout the month and drawing what you see.
Make a Moon Phases Calendar – Like a decoder wheel for the Moon, this calendar will show you where and when to see the Moon and every moon phase throughout the year.
Make a Moon Crater – Make craters like the ones you can see on the Moon using simple baking ingredients.
All About the Moon – Learn all about our natural satellite on the NASA Space Place website for kids!

UN General Assembly: The world’s ‘town hall’ remains open during COVID-19 crisisAlthough it seems the whole world is on lockdown as countries follow health guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19, the global “town hall” at UN Headquarters in New York remains open for business, albeit with a technical twist.UN Affairs

UN Photo/Mark GartenMali: UN mission fulfills mandate, aids battle against coronavirusAs the COVID-19 pandemic plagues the world, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali told the Security Council on Tuesday that the mission continues to fulfill its mandate while doing whatever it can to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from overrunning the country.Peace and Security

UNICEF/Adriana ZehbrauskasChildren vulnerable to abuse and violence during coronavirus lockdowns, UN experts warnIndependent UN human rights experts have called on States to boost child protection measures to help safeguard the welfare of millions of children who may be more exposed to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Health©

UNICEF/Ashima NarainCOVID-19 highlights nurses’ vulnerability as backbone to health services worldwide
Nurses are on the frontline fighting COVID-19 but “an alarming failure” in the global supply of protective clothing and new coronavirus tests – together with “unprecedented” overwork linked to global staff shortages – have highlighted how vulnerable they are, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The development coincides with an impassioned personal message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the world’s medical professionals for World Health Day, marked on Tuesday 7 April.Health

Unsplash/Matteo FuscoFirst Person: ‘Fate’ of Italian nurse, and countless other health workers, depends on protective clothing
A 24-year-old nurse in Italy who is treating patients with the deadly COVID-19 virus has been describing how her “fate” on any given day is dependent on how well she dresses in her protective clothing.Health

UN Photo/John Isaac‘Say no to hate speech and xenophobia’, urges Guterres, marking 26 years since genocide in Rwanda
Remembering the more than one million people who over the course of just 100 days, were systematically killed in Rwanda, 26 years ago, the UN chief underscored on Tuesday that “we must never again let such an atrocity occur”.Human Rights

UN LibyaCourse of coronavirus pandemic across Libya, depends on silencing the guns
Fighting must stop immediately in Libya if it is to have any chance of staving off the COVID-19 outbreak, the top United Nations official in the North African country said on Tuesday as he condemned an attack on a major Tripoli hospital. Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News Updates
Readers can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Notify NYC: NYC is working with manufacturers to create production lines for protective equipement to help combat COVID-19

Exploring American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Data Join this webinar to learn the differences between the American Indian and Alaska Native Population Groups data and the data for Tribal Areas. We will explain various geography levels, explore resources of AIAN data, like the Decennial Census, Economic Census and American Community Survey (ACS), and data tools for accessing AIAN data.
Join UsGray DividerTime: 11:00 a.m. ET
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Presenters: Kim Davis, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Note for Audience: If password is requested to enter the WebEx, please type censusacademy

Inside Rapper Drake’s Manor House in Hometown Toronto

Superstar Drake goes home to Toronto to build his eye-popping pleasure dome

By Mayer Rus

Photography by Jason Schmidt

Styled by Colin King

sitting room with bar
Drake, in a Kapital sweatshirt and 1017 ALYX 9SM pants, with Rafauli in the lounge.

Rapid Response Briefing: Helping Food and Farm Businesses Navigate CARES Act Financial Assistance Programs 

When: 4pm EST 

Where: Zoom 


The Gaza Strip (/ˈɡɑːzə/; Arabic: قطاع غزة‎ Qiṭāʿ Ġazzah [qɪˈtˤɑːʕ ˈɣazza]), or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territoron the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km (32 mi) border. Gaza and the West Bank are claimed by the de jure sovereign State of Palestine.

Making a Difference

Woman filling a glass of water. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images.

Woman filling a glass of water. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Research Leads to New Drinking Water Standard in New Hampshire

Reducing Arsenic Results in Substantial Public Health and Economic Benefits

The state of New Hampshire has adopted a new, lower drinking water standard for arsenic after University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers found Granite Staters would be willing to invest in water treatment infrastructure improvements that make drinking water safer and avoid the substantial negative health effects of high arsenic levels.

Arsenic naturally occurs in ground water, surface water, and many foods. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies arsenic as a human carcinogen; consuming water containing arsenic over a long period of time increases risk of bladder, lung, and skin cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. It also has been linked to increased risk of adverse birth outcomes, developmental disabilities, and loss of cognitive skills. …CONTINUE READING

Pentagon reports nearly 1,000 new troops with coronavirus in last five days
The infection rate among troops is gaining on the U.S. populations 1-percent infection rate.
DARPA has a crappy new idea to help soldiersWhen you’re deployed to Iraq and your stomach starts to gak, diarrhea.
Latest Guard COVID-19 update: More than 28,400 troops mobilizedEvery state, three territories and Washington D.C. have activated Army and Air National Guard personnel to assist in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Some DoD medical facilities found vulnerable to ‘violence, sabotage or terrorism’“The security manager at one of the clinics stated that stairwell doors should be exits only, but the commander overruled him.”
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UN mobilizes global cooperation in science-based COVID-19 responses

From leading research and development to assess potential treatments for #COVID19, to supporting the deployment of medical robots in China, the United Nations is mobilizing international cooperation to harness the power of science, technology and innovation to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.ANTÓNIO GUTERRES08 APR 2020 | SECRETARY-GENERAL

“Now is the time for unity”

The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socio-economic consequences. The World Health Organization, with thousands of its staff, is on the front lines, supporting Member States and their societies, especially the most vulnerable among them, with guidance, training, equipment and concrete life-saving services as they fight the virus.  

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In a First, NASA Measures Wind Speed on a Brown Dwarf

Brown dwarf
This artist’s concept shows a brown dwarf, an object that is at least 13 times the mass of Jupiter but not massive enough to begin nuclear fusion in its core, which is the defining characteristic of a star. Scientist using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope recently made the first ever direct measurement of wind on a brown dwarf. 
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Not quite planets and not quite stars, brown dwarfs are cosmic in-betweeners. Learning about their atmospheres could help us understand giant planets around other stars.

Brown dwarfs are more massive than planets but not quite as massive as stars. Generally speaking, they have between 13 and 80 times the mass of Jupiter. A brown dwarf becomes a star if its core pressure gets high enough to start nuclear fusion. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 
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Put women and girls at centre of COVID-19 recovery: UN Secretary-GeneralLimited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over the decades are in danger of being rolled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.Women

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesCoronavirus-driven debt crisis threatens poor countries already at risk, says UN reportAs governments struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of people living in countries teetering on the brink of economic collapse are being threatened further by a looming debt crisis, according to a new UN report released on Thursday.Economic Development

FAO/Carl de SouzaFight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite coronavirus crisis measuresSustained efforts to contain East Africa’s worst invasion of desert locusts in decades are forging ahead, despite limits on the flow of personnel and equipment stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UN food agency said Friday. Economic Development

Hatefree.cz/Lukáš HoudekLiving apart, ‘we must stand together’ to battle coronavirus pandemic – UN rights chiefThe COVID-19 pandemic is a “colossal test of leadership”, the top UN rights official said on Thursday, underscoring the need for “decisive, coordinated and innovative action from all, and for all”. Human Rights

WHO Africa100 days on from advent of COVID-19, more action is needed: TedrosWith Thursday marking 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified about what is now officially known as COVID-19, the agency’s chief said the virus has already infected more than 1.3 million people worldwide, and without action now, poor countries could suffer massive devastation.Health©

UNICEF/GabreezCOVID-19 in Yemen: Saudi coalition ceasefire declared in bid to contain coronavirusA ceasefire declaration by Saudi Arabia in war-shattered Yemen that was due to come into effect on Thursday has been welcomed by United Nations chief António Guterres as a way to promote peace and slow the advance of COVID-19.Peace and Security

WHO/D. Elombat5 reasons the world needs WHO, to fight the COVID-19 pandemicThe World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s health agency, has played a crucial role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, ever since the first cases were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. At a press conference on Wednesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined five ways the agency is leading the global response.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Good Friday 

A Christian holidaycommemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy FridayGreat Friday, and Black Friday.

Notify NYC:

Help your city. Volunteer, donate or partner with the City of New York. Visit NYC.gov/helpnow to learn how to get involved.


Bizarre life-forms found thriving in ancient rocks beneath the seafloor

Scientists broke open bits of oceanic crust and found them full of microbes—suggesting similar life could survive on other planets.




People with Disabilities 

Individuals Experiencing Homelessness 

Social, Behavioral Health and Emotional Well Being

Mental Health, Coping, and Resilience 

Preventing Spread in Homes and Communities

Home Date

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA’s Perseverance Rover
The team also fueled the rover’s sky crane to get ready for this summer’s history-making launch.
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NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome
From podcasts to live Q&A sessions to image galleries, the agency offers an entire world of ways to celebrate and learn more about our home planet.
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UN health agency working on strategies to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictionsThe World Health Organization (WHO) is working with countries on strategies to “gradually and safely” ease stay-at-home restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus told journalists on Friday, though he cautioned against any sudden action.Health

Giles ClarkeCOVID-19 threatening global peace and security, UN chief warnsWhile the COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are more far-reaching and could threaten global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council in a closed video-conference held on Thursday.Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Playwrights Horizons launches “Soundstage,” theater for your ears
Pictures for ElmhurstVISUAL96 New York photographers unite to raise funds for Elmhurst HospitalREAD MORE
House SeatsTHEATER5 theater shows and documentaries to stream onlineREAD MORE
Welcome to the StageTHEATERALL ARTS celebrates Broadway with a marathon of showsWATCH NOW
Video of the DayMUSIC
Meet the musicians who perform
underneath New York City

Capital Weather Gang

As tornado outbreak looms, meteorologists say to put shelter above coronavirus concerns

People should go to public tornado shelters if they’re available and the best refuge, a meteorology group says.

Kim Carmichael picks up items from her daughter’s house, which was damaged by a tornado on Thursday in Harrisburg, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)By Matthew Cappucci

severe weather outbreak, including the threat of widespread damaging winds, large hail and potentially strong tornadoes, is likely this weekend for portions of the South. The storms come as coronavirus concerns have prompted the shuttering of many community storm shelters, since some public officials fear the repercussions of prioritizing tornado safety over social distancing.

In advance of this weekend’s anticipated onslaught of vicious weather, the American Meteorological Society, the scientific organization representing about 12,000 meteorologists, is seeking to prevent people from avoiding tornado shelters due to coronavirus fears.

“Do not let the virus prevent you from seeking refuge from a tornado,” wrote the AMS in a public statement released Thursday afternoon. “If a public tornado shelter is your best available refuge from severe weather, take steps to ensure you follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing and disease prevention.”

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Notify NYC: Enjoy NYC’s parks from home! Visit on.nyc.gov/parksathome for live video tours, meditation, fitness classes, activities for kids & more.

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is a branch of the atmospheric sciences which includes atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics, with a major focus on weather forecasting. The study of meteorology dates back millennia, though significant progress in meteorology did not occur until the 18th century. The 19th century saw modest progress in the field after weather observation networks were formed across broad regions. Prior attempts at prediction of weather depended on historical data. It was not until after the elucidation of the laws of physics and more particularly, the development of the computer, allowing for the automated solution of a great many equations that model the weather, in the latter half of the 20th century that significant breakthroughs in weather forecasting were achieved. An important domain of weather forecasting is marine weather forecasting as it relates to maritime and coastal safety, in which weather effects also include atmospheric interactions with large bodies of water.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979. The agency’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster. The only exception to the state’s gubernatorial declaration requirement occurs when an emergency or disaster takes place on federal property or to a federal asset—for example, the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or the Space Shuttle Columbia in the 2003 return-flight disaster.

Agency overview
FormedApril 1, 1979; 41 years ago
JurisdictionUnited States Department of Homeland Security
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
MottoPrepared. Responsive. Committed.
Employees11,300+ (FY 2020)
Annual budget$28.7 billion (FY 2020)
Agency executivePete Gaynor, Administrator
Parent departmentU.S. Department of Homeland Security

While on-the-ground support of disaster recovery efforts is a major part of FEMA’s charter, the agency provides state and local governments with experts in specialized fields and funding for rebuilding efforts and relief funds for infrastructure by directing individuals to access low-interest loans, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. In addition to this, FEMA provides funds for training of response personnel throughout the United States and its territories as part of the agency’s preparedness effort.

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New Yorkers: Wear a face covering when you go outside and near others. It can be a scarf, a bandanna or one you make at home.

COVID-19 isolation threatens live-saving vaccinations for millions of children globallyAs countries around the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 117 million children risk missing out on measles vaccines, two UN agencies warned in Geneva on Tuesday.

UN Photo/Loey FelipeTesting, tracing, and when to lift restrictions: WHO’s latest adviceThe Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), outlined his agency’s latest advice to countries on Monday in a statement, stressing that a mix of social distancing, testing, contact tracing and isolation, will be crucial to further curb the spread of the new coronavirus already devastating much of the globe. 

UNICEF Pacific/ToangweraDuring this coronavirus pandemic, ‘fake news’ is putting lives at risk: UNESCOUnreliable and false information is spreading around the world to such an extent, that some commentators are now referring to the new avalanche of misinformation that’s accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘disinfodemic’. 

UNICEF/Giacomo PirozziDetained children at ‘grave risk’ of contracting COVID-19 – UNICEF chief Hundreds of thousands of children in detention around the world are at “grave risk” of contracting COVID-19, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, calling for their urgent release.
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Exporting Mechanics Webinars Series II 

The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has partnered with The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NCBFAA), to present an exporting mechanics webinar series focused on more leading and progressive topics.  The series will provide U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with more advanced information that they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment and jobs in the United States.  

  ACE Export Reports for Compliance

Date:  April 14, 2020

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cost:  $25 per participant

Learn how to cover the ACE reporting that will assist in international transactions and staying compliant.   

For more information, go to NCBFAA

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NASA’s Curiosity Keeps Rolling As Team Operates Rover From Home

Members of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission team
Members of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover mission team photographed themselves on March 20, 2020, the first day the entire mission team worked remotely from home.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The Mars mission has learned to meet new challenges while working remotely.

For people who are able to work remotely during this time of social distancing, video conferences and emails have helped bridge the gap. The same holds true for the team behind NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. They’re dealing with the same challenges of so many remote workers – quieting the dog, sharing space with partners and family, remembering to step away from the desk from time to time – but with a twist: They’re operating on Mars.

Online predators put millions of children at risk during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown 

Online predators put millions of children at risk during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown Self-isolation has driven more and more children to move online during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to an unprecedented rise in screen time and raising safety risks for millions of young people, the UN said on Tuesday.

UNICEF/Lisa AdelsonHatred going viral in ‘dangerous epidemic of misinformation’ during COVID-19 pandemicAs the world battles the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and people are searching for clear facts and answers to questions, that could help save countless lives, “a dangerous epidemic of misinformation” is also spreading, the United Nations chief warned on Tuesday.

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderCOVID-19: Growth forecast at -3 per cent, as IMF offers debt relief to most vulnerable nations in Africa, Asia, Middle East and CaribbeanForecasting the “worst economic downturn since the Great Depression”, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that growth for the year was likely to end up at minus three per cent, with a dramatic change evident since the last World Economic Outlook report in January.  
Economic Development

UN ColombiaColombia: Security Council hears of ‘epidemic of violence’ against civil society and ex-combatantsWhile political actors in Colombia are uniting to confront COVID-19, they must also work together to fight “the epidemic of violence” against civil society leaders, human rights defenders and former combatants, the head of the UN mission in the country said on Tuesday during a Security Council meeting held by videoconference.
Peace and Security

WFP/Edward JohnsonCOVID-19: Major relief airlift will reach ‘most vulnerable’ African nationsThe first of the UN’s “Solidarity Flights” carrying urgently needed medical equipment to Africa, has arrived in Addis Ababa, agencies said on Tuesday. 
Humanitarian Aid©

UNICEF/Brian OngoroFROM THE FIELD: The UN’s global fight against COVID-19A global effort is needed now and in the months ahead, to fight the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations, and the organization is demonstrating how cooperation in all corners of the world is helping lessen the effects of the virus on the most vulnerable.

UNICEF SyriaSyria coronavirus threat sparks broad UN containment effortThe United Nations and its partners are doing their utmost to support a comprehensive, multi-pronged effort to stem the impact of COVID-19 in Syria, where the viral disease has claimed the lives of two people, sickened 23 others and presented epic challenges for ensuring the smooth delivery of life-saving assistance.

CDC/David SnyderWorld Chagas Disease Day highlights ‘silent and silenced’ tropical illnessCost-effective interventions such as blood screening, as well as improved hygiene and food safety, could save millions from what the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as a “silent and silenced disease” that mainly affects poor people.

Coronavirus Portal & News Updates

Readers can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Even during COVID-19, art ‘brings us closer together than ever’ – UN cultural agency

© Eric GanzThe Louvre Museum in Paris, France, is an historic monument and home to art from around the world, including the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous masterpiece.    15 April 2020Culture and Education

With billions of people either in lockdown or on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this first celebration of World Art Day is a timely reminder that “art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis”, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday.

“Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art, the importance of which has been made emphatically obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic”, Audrey Azoulay said in her message.

Culture and Education

With billions of people either in lockdown or on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this first celebration of World Art Day is a timely reminder that “art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis”, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday.

“Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art, the importance of which has been made emphatically obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic”, Audrey Azoulay said in her message.

Africa mobilizing to minimize losses as COVID-19 pandemic continues worldwide advanceFrom procuring test kits to promoting debt relief, the UN will stand in solidarity with Africa as it braces against the unprecedented economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres pledged on Wednesday.  

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeWHO reviewing impact of US funding withdrawal amid COVID-19 pandemicThe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday upheld the importance of international solidarity in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: a “dangerous enemy” to all humanity.

IOMMigrants among most vulnerable, as IOM ramps up coronavirus response worldwideThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expanded the scope of its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), to include far-reaching interventions that aim to mitigate the dire health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, the agency said on Wednesday.
Migrants and Refugees©

Eric GanzEven during COVID-19, art ‘brings us closer together than ever’ – UN cultural agencyWith billions of people either in lockdown or on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this first celebration of World Art Day is a timely reminder that “art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis”, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday.
Culture and Education

Ana MazzeoFirst Person: The power of art in a time of coronavirus crisisIn Italy, impromptu concerts, performed from apartment balconies, have become one of the features of life under lockdown. On UNESCO World Art Day, which falls on April 15, a professional violinist told UN News how he is using his talent to help others through the crisis.HealthWang ZhengRelaxing lockdowns without boosting care could lead to new COVID spike: WHOAs some European countries begin to relax lockdown measures following weeks of confinement introduced to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a potential “second wave” of COVID-19 infections. 

UN News/Anshu SharmaCOVID-19 environmental roll back ‘irrational’ and irresponsible’: rights expertCountries must not use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to weaken environmental protection and enforcement, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday.Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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NIFA Contemporary Questions and Answers

02:00 PM

Central Time (US and Canada)   NIFA will hold a webinar to describe recent questions we have received and answers we provided regarding the affects of the current situation on NIFA funding.

This webinar is for our Land Grant University and other science partners to clarify answers to frequently asked questions about how the current situation caused by COVID-19 will affect NIFA programs. Please register if you would like to attend. Also, kindly send any questions that you have, in advance, to Chief of Staff, Bill Hoffman.

CDC Releases New Data on
Hepatitis C Infections and
Updated Screening Guidelines

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report documenting changes in new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, highlighting that additional ages are now at risk. 

Previously, hepatitis C was primarily a concern for the baby boomer generation, as well as people with risk factors, such as injection drug use. However, the new report shows that in 2018, millennials (which were most adults in their 20s and 30s) made up 36.5% of newly reported chronic hepatitis C virus infections.
The data are being released along with CDC’s updated hepatitis C screening recommendations calling for:
One-time screening for all adults 18 years and olderScreening of all pregnant women during every pregnancyTesting for all persons with risk factors, with testing regularly for those with ongoing riskIt is important to screen pregnant women so they can be treated after their pregnancy, so their infants can be monitored and tested for hepatitis C infection, and to prevent the risk of infecting infants during future pregnancies. We urgently need more studies to identify safe and effective treatment options for pregnant women and infants.
Find more information and resources on CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis website


The Bridal Week That Wasn’t: Why Some Designers Are Skipping the Spring 2021 Season


The Bridal Week That Wasnt Why Some Designers Are Skipping the Spring 2021 Season

The spring 2021 bridal season was set to take place in New York this week, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2020

How NASA Observes Earth from Air & Orbit

To understand changes in our world, we need to observe from different perspectives. In time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this month’s show will focus on how NASA monitors global change — from orbit, as you’d expect, but also from closer to the ground, with aircraft, boats and buoys. This webcast show will be conducted via video conference, with speakers joining remotely from home. Watch live via YouTube and submit your questions via the chat.

Preston Dyches & Shannon Forrey

Paul Rosen, Project Scientist, NISAR mission, NASA-JPL

Time: 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT; 0200 UTC)


Click here to watch the event live on YouTube

Click here for the YouTube playlist of past shows

Yemen can’t survive war on two fronts, top UN envoy tells Security Council, as coronavirus outbreak loomsWith the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to deepen suffering in Yemen, now is the time for rival parties to commit to ending their conflict, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Thursday, during an informal meeting via videoconference.
Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Fouad ChoufanyUN chief calls for greater protection for children caught up in COVID-19 crisisThe looming global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could cause hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths this year, effectively reversing recent gains in reducing infant mortality, a new UN report issued on Thursday has revealed.

UN Ukraine/ShuvaevCOVID-19 storm strengthens across Europe, controlling transmission everywhere, essential: TedrosThe storm clouds of COVID-19 still hang heavily over Europe, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Thursday, with reported cases in the last 10 days alone, doubling to nearly 1 million. The continent now accounts for 10 per cent of the global total. 

UNFPA SyriaCoronavirus pandemic threatens crises-ravaged communities, UN appeals for global support A psychosocial counsellor in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp  informed the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday that during the first four days of the COVID-19 lockdown she called beneficiaries to let them know that “virtual support” was available.HealthWFP/Saikat MojumderFROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 poses increased hunger risk for hundreds of millionsBefore the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading around the world, hunger and malnourishment was already a major challenge for hundreds of millions of people. Now, there are serious concerns that the pandemic will make it harder for humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies, to reach them.Health© UNICEF/Thomas NyboFirst Person: DR Congo doctor prepares for latest in long line of health crisesHealth professionals working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in eastern Democratic of Congo (DRC), have been dealing with the deadly Ebola epidemic since August 2018. This experience is helping them to prepare for the latest disease to arrive: COVID-19.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 


NASA Observes Earth Day With Downloadable Art

Earthrise by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, December 1968
Earthrise by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, December 1968. Earth at gibbous phase as seen from the Moon. Credit: NASA
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To honor the day’s 50th anniversary, NASA’s JPL has unveiled posters in which our home planet is the star.

Lady Gaga promises star-studded ‘love letter to the world’ amidst global pain of COVID-19 pandemic

TwitterFrom left to right, Princess Dina Mirad of Jordan, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, mental health advocate and mother of Lady Gaga Cynthia Germanotta and Nigerian songwriter and singer Korede Bello participated in the 2019 Walk the Talk event in Geneva, Switzerland.


This weekend’s “One World: Together At Home” virtual global special will be a “love letter to the world” and a salute to health workers on the front lines of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, pop superstar Lady Gaga said on Friday.

Dozens of the world’s top entertainers have signed up for the six-hour extravaganza that will livestream on social media platforms from 1800 GMT (UTC) on Saturday, to be followed by a two-hour telecast via traditional broadcasters.

COVID-19: Rights experts highlight LGBTI discrimination, antisemitismNew guidance from the UN human rights office, issued on Friday, sets out key actions to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people against discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.Human Rights©UNICEF/Bernardino SoaresCoronavirus economics: Debt-laden countries at risk, as financial markets screech to a haltEconomists and finance experts are warning that countries with “high” or “distressed” public debt levels are at risk of severe economic shocks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and calling for restructuring plans based on the principle of solidarity.Economic DevelopmentIOM/MohammedUN human rights office calls for compassion following Rohingya deaths at seaThe UN human rights office (OHCHR), is calling for compassion for people desperately seeking shelter, after 30 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar died on a boat in the Bay of Bengal that had spent nearly two months at sea.Migrants and RefugeesUN Photo/Evan SchneiderUS must improve COVID-19 strategy to keep tens of millions from falling into poverty, urges rights expertThe United States must take urgent additional steps to prevent tens of millions of middle-class Americans hit by the COVID-19 pandemic from being “plunged into poverty”, according to an independent UN human rights expert.Health© UNICEF/Shiraaz MohamedCeasefire during COVID-19 pandemic essential, to safeguard 250 million childrenThe head of the UN children’s fund UNICEF warned on Friday that 250 million children around the world living in the “waking nightmare” of conflict desperately need warring parties to stop fighting as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Denali (/dɪˈnɑːli/) (also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name) is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. With a topographic prominence of 20,156 feet (6,144 m) and a topographic isolation of 4,629 miles (7,450 km), Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.


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What natural disasters  does  Wyoming have? Wyoming’s most common disasters include wildfires, floods, severe storms, landslides, droughts, winter storms, and earthquakes. Other less significant disasters include tornadoes, volcanoes, and power outages.

These Natural Disasters Can Occur in Wyoming! Are You Prepared? – Crisis …

 It’s one of the states where natural disasters affect a smaller number of people because their population is the lowest amongst all other US states.


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Department Of Justice Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Trade Winds Mission & Business Forum:Indo-Pacific Business Opportunities April 20-27, 2020 Increase your market share in the Indo-Pacific region. Join Trade Winds, the largest annual U.S. Government-led trade mission. It will be hosted in Hong Kong this April. Register now.

The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 

Displaced and stateless women and girls face heightened risk of violence amid coronavirus pandemic

©UNHCR/Ruben Salgado EscuderoDisplaced women and girls face an increased risk of gender violence due to the coronavirus pandemic.    


As COVID-19 continues to take lives and change communities around the world, the virus is also creating massive protection risks for women and girls forced to flee their homes, a top official at the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday, stressing that global protection staff are on high alert and adapting life-saving support programmes for those subjected to violence. 

“We need to pay urgent attention to the protection of refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls at the time of this pandemic,” said Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

UN issues appeal to bolster COVID-19 ‘logistics backbone’, warns global response could stutter to a halt The heads of major UN humanitarian agencies and offices have launched an urgent appeal for $350 million to support global aid hubs to help those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.Health© IFAD/Rodney QuarcooCOVID-19: Actors Idris and Sabrina Elba launch new UN fund for rural farmersA new global coronavirus relief fund launched on Monday by actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and actress, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba on behalf of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), aims to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on farmers and rural communities in developing countries.Economic Development©UNICEF/Abdul Sami MalikUN agencies pledge scaled-up efforts to protect uprooted children as pandemic upends livesTwo UN agency chiefs are pledging to accelerate work to expand refugee children’s access to protection, education, clean water and sanitation, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe.  Humanitarian AidUN Nigeria/Oluseyi SoremekunBringing Nollywood star power to Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blogAll of the UN bodies in Nigeria are working closely together, to ensure that the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is effective, and saves as many lives as possible. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon.HealthUN Photo/Loey FelipeLifting lockdowns does not signal the end of COVID-19: WHO chiefThe World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated its stance on the lifting of lockdown measures aimed at protecting the public against the spread of COVID-19.HealthUN Photo/Cia PakOnset of COVID-19 pandemic boosts support for international cooperationInitial results of a UN initiative to help decide the future direction of the Organization have revealed overwhelming support for international cooperation, which has grown significantly since COVID-19 began spreading around the world.UN Affairs©UNHCR/Ruben Salgado EscuderoDisplaced and stateless women and girls face heightened risk of violence amid coronavirus pandemicAs COVID-19 continues to take lives and change communities around the world, the virus is also creating massive protection risks for women and girls forced to flee their homes, a top official at the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday, stressing that global protection staff are on high alert and adapting life-saving support programmes for those subjected to violence. Women
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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The Sunday night premiere of The Last Dance, the documentary series about Michael Jordan and the legacy of the Chicago Bulls, scored huge ratings for ESPN, according to CNN. NPR’s Linda Holmes says the doc succeeds because it cares really, deeply, intensely about NBA basketball.

The family members of four people who died in the helicopter crash that killed basketball great Kobe Bryant are suing the owners of the helicopter that crashed. 

NPR Books reviews three young adult novels about girls pushed to their limits. 

A new HBO series, The Plot Against America, presents an alternate history in which America does not fight against the Nazis during World War II. 

— Suzette Lohmeyer contributed to this (NPR) report. 

Notify NYC: When home isn’t safe, domestic violence survivors can find services 24/7 at nyc.gov/NYCHOPE, 1-800-621-HOPE(4673) or 911 for emergencies.

Notify NYC: REMINDER: All people must wear a face covering in public where social distancing is not possible.

As famines of ‘biblical proportion’ loom, Security Council urged to ‘act fast’The world is not only facing “a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe”, the UN food relief agency chief told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link.Humanitarian Aid© FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael TeweldeKeep critical food supply chains operating to save lives during COVID-19, urges new UN-backed reportA new study on food insecurity by an alliance of UN, governmental, and non-governmental agencies analyzes what is fueling global food crises and examines how, among other emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic is perpetuating downward cycle for millions.Humanitarian AidMan AihuaUN condemns killing of WHO staffer in Myanmar transporting COVID-19 samplesA World Health Organization (WHO) worker has been killed while driving a vehicle carrying COVID-19 samples in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations country office confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. Peace and SecurityU.N. Mexico/Alexis AubinCOVID-19 to cause biggest economic contraction ever in Latin America & CaribbeanThe COVID-19 pandemic will herald the worst economic contraction in the history of Latin American and the Caribbean, with a projected -5.3 per cent drop in activity this year, according to a report by the UN office for the region, ECLAC, published on Tuesday.Economic DevelopmentUNICEFStartling disparities in digital learning emerge as COVID-19 spreads: UN education agencyWith most of the world’s students now at home due to COVID-19, the pandemic is revealing startling divides in digitally-based distance learning, data from the UN education and cultural agency, UNESCO, and partners has revealed.Culture and EducationUN Photo/Michael AliAssistance ramped up to DR Congo’s South Kivu as floods kill dozensAid is being rushed to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where deadly flooding has swept away people and homes and affected tens of thousands more, including many displaced by violence, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on TuesdayHumanitarian AidUN Photo/Mark GartenGuterres vows support for island States in twin fight against COVID-19, climate crisisIn an era of new challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres is pledging the UN’s continued support to small island States – longtime leaders in the global fight against the devastating impacts of climate change.Climate ChangeManahas Farquhar Matthew MorganFROM THE FIELD: ‘Green practices’ boost blue economyThe introduction of “green” or sustainable practices supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the “blue economy” of an Indian Ocean archipelago to thrive.Economic Development
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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NASA: Activities for Learning About Earth

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and NASA put together a collection of activities kids can do at home to learn about and explore our planet! Using simple materials, kids can make water filters, a layered volcano and a planet cutout, as well do experiments to investigate Earth science and our changing climate. Written by NASA educators, these activities can be done as independent projects for kids or family fun. Explore the collection at the link below, plus check out more Earth Day resources from NASA.
Explore Earth Day Activities

› More from Learning Space With NASA at Home

More Earth Day Resources

  • NASA Space Place: Earth – Explore videos, games and articles all about Earth for kids in grades 3-6.
  • NASA Climate Kids – Kids in grades 3-6 can learn about our changing planet through the eyes of NASA missions studying Earth.
  • Earth Day at Home With NASA – Explore all the ways you can participate in Earth Day at home with NASA.


Economic impact of coronavirus threatens hard-won progress across Africa’s Great Lakes regionSweeping preventative measures seem to be curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but the economic impact of the global pandemic threatens hard-won gains made along the long road back to peace and stability, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the region said on Wednesday.Peace and SecurityWMO/Kabelo TamochaFall in COVID-linked carbon emissions won’t halt climate change – UN weather agency chiefAn expected drop in greenhouse gas emissions linked to the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is only “short-term good news”, the head of the UN weather agency said on Wednesday. Climate Change© UNICEF/Francesco Spighi / The FlorentineStill ‘a long way to go’ in coronavirus battle, WHO chief warnsThe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against complacency as countries continue to confront COVID-19 and citizens grow weary of stay-at-home measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.HealthUN News/Daniel JohnsonUN rights chief rejects killings acknowledged by Cameroon, and Iran’s execution of child offendersThe UN’s human rights chief has been weighing in on recent killings committed by State authorities, or by rogue members of State military forces, emphasizing that all Governments must strictly abide by international law and hold those who serve, accountable for any violations.Human RightsNASACOVID-19 pandemic, an ‘unprecedented wake-up call’ for all inhabitants of Mother EarthIn his message for International Mother Earth Day this Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged that all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he flagged as “an unprecedented wake-up call”Climate ChangePhoto: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtieCOVID-19: 5G broadband conspiracy ‘a hoax with no technical basis’, UN telecoms agencyThe latest generation of fast broadband, commonly known as 5G, is in no way responsible for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies – confirmed on Wednesday.HealthIOMFROM THE FIELD: Migrants use digital ‘fab labs’ to address Djibouti health protection shortagesWith Djibouti’s health system under enormous strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, young migrants in the country are using 3D-printers to make face shields, and ease the shortfall inside medical facilities in the Horn of Africa country.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/23 –

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

is the revenue service of the United States federal government. The government agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, and is under the immediate direction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, who is appointed to a five-year term by the President of the United States. The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code, the main body of federal statutory tax law of the United States. The duties of the IRS include providing tax assistance to taxpayers and pursuing and resolving instances of erroneous or fraudulent tax filings. The IRS has also overseen various benefits programs, and enforces portions of the Affordable Care Act.

IRS originated with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, a federal office created in 1862 to assess the nation’s first income tax, which was to raise funds for the American Civil War. The temporary measure provided over a fifth of the Union’s war expenses and was allowed to expire a decade later. In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified authorizing Congress to impose a tax on income, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was established. In 1953, the agency was renamed the Internal Revenue Service.

Though the IRS brings in most of the revenue needed to fund the federal government, its resources have been cut year after year. In 2016 the American College of Tax Counsel wrote to the Congressional leadership stating, “We have watched the agency struggle with significant decreases in funding that have caused staffing and morale issues. In our practices, we have seen the negative impact this has had on our clients, the taxpayers.”

In the 2017 fiscal year, the IRS processed more than 245 million returns and collected more than $3.4 trillion in gross revenue, spending 34¢ for every $100 it collected.

On June 28, 2018, Bloomberg News wrote, “The agency has been reeling from budget cuts. The current budget of $11.43 billion is less than in fiscal 2008, and the IRS pared about 15 percent of its workforce over the past five years. The enforcement staff has plunged by more than 25 percent since 2010.”

In the 2018 fiscal year, the U.S. federal government spent $779 billion more than it brought in. It is estimated that in fiscal year 2019 the loss will be close to $1 trillion. In fiscal year 2019 the IRS plans to cut an additional 2,200 employees.

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Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer (ṣalāt) in the mosque, and reading of the Qurʾān. God forgives the past sins of those who observe the holy month with fasting, prayer, and faithful intention. 

Ramadan | Fasting & Traditions | Britannica – Encyclopedia Britannica

Celebrations: Community iftars and Community prayers

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2020 – Sat, May 23, 2020

Ends: At the last night of the month of RamadanFrequency: every year (lunar calendar)Number of days: 30Observed by: Muslims

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Wealth Strategy Presentation

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Human rights ‘uplift everyone’; must guide COVID-19 recovery response, says UN chief The coronavirus pandemic is not only a critical public health danger, it is also a human, economic and social emergency that is “fast becoming a human rights crisis”, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy brief on shaping an effective, inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Human RightsWFP‘Leave no one behind’ mantra matters more than ever, as coronavirus threatens all humanity: GuterresSecretary-General António Guterres issued a three-point global “Call to Action” on Thursday to cushion the colossal fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, pressing Governments to unify around a defining moment in history, as the new session of the UN’s Financing for Development Forum got underway. SDGsWFP/Aurélia RusekProtect civilians in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, urges UN refugee agencyAn upsurge in military action against armed groups in West Africa’s vast Sahel and Lake Chad regions has prompted the United Nations refugee agency to call on all warring parties to protect people caught up in the violence.Peace and SecurityUNRWA/Khalil AdwanCommon coronavirus enemy, forges some Palestine-Israel cooperation, but West Bank annexation loomsThe COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for cooperation that Israelis and Palestinians must embrace to sustain Middle East peace efforts and bring an end to decades of conflict, the United Nations’ top envoy in the region said on Thursday.Peace and SecurityOCHA/D.PalaniveluIntensifying shelling and COVID-19 pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’ in LibyaIn Libya, ongoing heavy fighting has raised concerns yet further, about the likely devastating impact of the new coronavirus on people there, particularly those repeatedly forced to flee violence.Peace and Security
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/24 –

OpenWHO: Responding to COVID-19: New courses and languages available

OpenWHO is pleased to share 3 brand new courses that were recently launched to support the response to COVID-19:

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Treatment Facility Design: This training package has been developed to meet the operational needs emerging with the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a thorough understanding of the principles driving the design process of COVID-19 screening areas for health care facilities, community facilities and SARI treatment centres, including how to repurpose an existing building into a SARI treatment centre. (Also available in Arabic and Portuguese)
  • Introduction to Go.Data – Field data collection, chains of transmission and contact follow-up: Go.Data is a field data collection platform focusing on case data (including lab, hospitalization and other variables though case investigation form) and contact data (including contact follow-up). This briefing package provides an orientation to the purpose, benefits and utilization of Go.Data, consisting of 7 modules with a narrated walkthrough of the key features of the Go.Data web-based platform and mobile application.
  • COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE): This is a guide for health care workers involved in patient care activities in a health care setting. It aims to show the type of personal protective equipment or PPE needed to correctly protect oneself.

More languages available

In addition to the new courses, OpenWHO is continuing to work with WHO regional and country offices, educational entities and volunteers to produce COVID-19 resources in as many languages as possible to help localize the response.

The platform now has a total of 52 resources for COVID-19 spread across 18 languages, with many more in the pipeline. The most recent translations include:

New certificates available

Many of the COVID-19 courses are now offering a Confirmation of Participation for participants who complete the specified amount of course material: ePROTECT Respiratory InfectionsIPC for COVID-19Clinical Care SARISARI Treatment Facility Design and Introduction to Go.Data.

In addition, the introductory COVID-19 course and the country preparedness and response course now offer a Record of Achievement for participants who score 80% or higher on course assessments.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

The Weekend Crossword: 

by Natan Last

4/25 –

Inc. This Morning – Saturday Edition

Your guide to the new $484 billion stimulus

President Trump signed a new $484 billion coronavirus relief bill into law Friday, adding $320 billion specifically to the Paycheck Protection Program. While the money is expected to run out quickly–just like the program’s initial $349 billion–if you need a loan you should definitely still apply.

To help you navigate the process and answer your most pressing questions, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce again convened a panel of experts online for an exclusive National Small Business Town Hall Friday. Among one of the most important takeaways on the new legislation: it may not be the final stimulus measure aimed at helping business owners, said Chamber executive vice president Neil Bradley. 

Watch the full webinar: PPP Round 2: The Next $320 Billion

Read a quick summary of our experts’ best advice: The New PPP Funds Will Run Out Quickly. Apply Anyway

More Answers to Key Questions
Don’t have time to watch the full video? We broke it down into clips on some of the most important topics: What the New $484 Billion Stimulus Package Means for Small BusinessesRound 2 of PPP May Go Fast. Here’s Why You Should Still ApplyHow to Check the Status of Your PPP Application Why There Could Be a Round 3 of PPP Funding For morekids clips and ongoing coverage, check out our full Stimulus Q&A resource center.

Graham Winfrey
Senior editor, Inc.

4/26 –


noun ˈfāth  plural faiths ˈfāths  , sometimes  ˈfāt͟hz 

Definition of faith

 (Entry 1 of 2)1a: allegiance to duty or a person LOYALTY lost faith in the company’s presidentb(1): fidelity to one’s promises(2): sincerity of intentionsacted in good faith2a(1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God(2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religionb(1): firm belief in something for which there is no proofclinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return(2): complete trust3: something that is believed especially with strong convictionespeciallya system of religious beliefsthe Protestant faith on faith: without questiontook everything he said on faith

faith verb ˈfāth  faithedfaithingfaiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb archaicBELIEVETRUST

Stages of faith development

James W. Fowler (1940–2015) proposes a series of stages of faith-development (or spiritual development) across the human life-span. His stages relate closely to the work of Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg regarding aspects of psychological development in children and adults. Fowler defines faith as an activity of trusting, committing, and relating to the world based on a set of assumptions of how one is related to others and the world.

  1. Intuitive-Projective: a stage of confusion and of high impressionability through stories and rituals (pre-school period).
  2. Mythic-Literal: a stage where provided information is accepted in order to conform with social norms (school-going period).
  3. Synthetic-Conventional: in this stage the faith acquired is concreted in the belief system with the forgoing of personification and replacement with authority in individuals or groups that represent one’s beliefs (early-late adolescence).
  4. Individuative-Reflective: in this stage the individual critically analyzes adopted and accepted faith with existing systems of faith. Disillusion or strengthening of faith happens in this stage. Based on needs, experiences and paradoxes (early adulthood).
  5. Conjunctive faith: in this stage people realize the limits of logic and, facing the paradoxes or transcendence of life, accept the “mystery of life” and often return to the sacred stories and symbols of the pre-acquired or re-adopted faith system. This stage is called negotiated settling in life (mid-life).
  6. Universalizing faith: this is the “enlightenment” stage where the individual comes out of all the existing systems of faith and lives life with universal principles of compassion and love and in service to others for upliftment, without worries and doubt (middle-late adulthood (45–65 years old and plus.

No hard-and-fast rule requires individuals pursuing faith to go through all six stages. There is a high probability for individuals to be content and fixed in a particular stage for a lifetime; stages from 2-5 are such stages. Stage 6 is the summit of faith development. This state is often considered as “not fully” attainable.

4/27 –


NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon’s Darkest Craters

Protect workers during and after lockdowns, urges UN labour agencyMarking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace.HealthUN Photo/Jean Marc FerreTap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security CouncilEven amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries must do more to harness the talents of young people to address the crisis and its aftermath, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Monday during a videoconference meeting to review the five years since its adoption of a landmark resolution on youth, peace and security.Peace and Security© UNICEF/Fouad ChoufanyCOVID-19: New women-led UN initiative aims to save lives and protect livelihoods Against the backdrop of the unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deputy UN chief briefed journalists on Monday about a new women-led initiative that mobilizes support to save lives and protect livelihoods.  Humanitarian Aid© UNICEF/@katchyaphotos‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive coronavirus measures hits most vulnerableDisturbing details have emerged from dozens of countries that a “toxic lockdown culture” against the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted drastically on society’s most vulnerable members, the UN human rights Office (OHCHR) said on Monday. The development follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call last week for States not to use the COVID crisis as a pretext for repressive measures, in which he urged Governments to recognize that the threat was the “virus, not people”.Human Rights©UNICEF/Marko KokicAfghanistan: Civilian casualties down, but hundreds still killed, despite US-Taliban dealIn the first quarter of 2020, the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan fell by nearly a third from the same period a year earlier, representing the lowest first quarter figure since 2012, according to a UN report released on Monday.Peace and SecurityUNICEF/Mahmood FadhelCOVID-19 putting routine childhood immunization in danger: UN health agencyAs the new coronavirus continues its relentless march across the planet, with nearly 2.9 million cases reported as of Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) remains concerned about the pandemic’s impact on other health services, especially for children.HealthWFP/Mohammed AwadhYemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says top UN negotiatorThe needs of Yemen’s people should be put first, ahead of actions that risk escalating the already dire situation inside the war-shattered country, UN Special Envoy for the war-weary country, Martin Griffiths, said on Monday.Peace and SecurityCentre hospitalier d’ArgenteuilFROM THE FIELD: How refugees are helping overwhelmed health systems’ COVID-19 responseWith many European health services struggling to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients, many refugees and migrants with experience in the sector, are being drafted in to help respond to the crisis. HealthUNICEF/ GilbertsonGreece: COVID-19 pandemic a further risk to refugee child educationUN agencies in Greece have expressed concern at the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the education of refugee children in the country, as a charity partner warns that funding for educational programmes is on the verge of running out.Culture and Education
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/28 –

Marine Corps Times

In letter to the Corps, top Marine says Confederate battle flag ‘has the power to inflame feelings of division’

Shawn Snow

Notify NYC:

8 US Air Force Thunderbirds and 7 US Navy Blue Angels will be flying over parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island to honor Essential Personnel.

Time: 12PM

Hudson RiverNet
News from the Hudson River Estuary Program
The Virtual Hudson RiverPicture of a woman holding a camera to film herself in front of a map.As schools have shifted to online learning, DEC’s Hudson River estuary educators are finding new ways of connecting with students, teachers, and families. Each week, educators are creating opportunities to discover the Hudson River virtually. The Virtual River introduces the natural world of the Hudson through educational videos, interactive lessons, and activities for those now schooling from home. The content is developed for a mix of ages so families can learn together about their local environment online. There are even opportunities to submit questions that the education staff will answer in future online presentations. Until we can visit the Hudson River estuary with students, teachers, and families again, we invite everyone to enjoy the Virtual River. Dip your toes into the virtual river!Many other great resources for families can be found on DEC’s webpage, Caregiver Resources While At Home. There are tips for transitioning into remote learning, quick family activitiesenvironmental education lesson plans, links to National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom, the American Museum of Natural History’s Ology: A Science Website for Kids, and much more. Explore them all!

Notify NYC: This a challenging time for all New Yorkers. If you need help coping, contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline: nyc.gov/nycwell.

UN leads bid to help 135 countries get vital COVID-19 medical kit, amid severe global shortagesA major UN-led initiative is under way to secure supplies of key medical equipment for 135 low to medium-income countries facing down the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.HealthUN Photo/Tim McKulkaSudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering’, Bachelet urges sanctions reliefIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday.Human Rights© UNFPA SyriaCOVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies, new UN-backed data revealsOngoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in seven million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to data released on Tuesday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.WomenWFP/Simon Pierre DioufParallel threats of COVID-19, climate change, require ‘brave, visionary and collaborative leadership’: UN chiefTo combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the “looming existential threat of climate disruption”, the only credible response is “brave, visionary and collaborative leadership” anchored in mutilateralism, the UN Secretary General António Guterres, said on Tuesday, during an international discussion focused on climate change.Climate ChangePhoto: IRIN/Hannah McNeishAs pandemic encroaches on Abyei, tensions rise over disputed territory straddling Sudan, South SudanSudan’s efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, are delaying the deployment of fresh United Nations police units in Abyei and the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN’s peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on TuesdayPeace and SecuritySang HuachaoProtect workers during and after lockdowns, urges UN labour agencyMarking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace.

Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/29 –

The hierarchy of the sciences is a theory formulated by Auguste Comte in the 19th century. This theory states that science develops over time beginning with the simplest and most general scientific discipline, astronomy, which is the first to reach the “positive stage” (one of three in Comte’s law of three stages). As one moves up the “hierarchy”, this theory further states that sciences become more complex and less general, and that they will reach the positive stage later. Disciplines further up the hierarchy are said to depejnd more on the developments of their predecessors; the highest discipline on the hierarchy is the social sciences. According to this theory, there are higher levels of consensus and faster rates of advancement in physics and other natural sciences than there are in the social sciences.

Plant Protection Today

Series of photos of a seed as it germinates in phases.

Cultivating a New Approach to Seed Health

To be competitive in today’s global market, U.S. producers need access to diverse varieties of healthy seed from around the world. They also need sufficient safeguards to protect their industries against the introduction and distribution of damaging seed-borne diseases. That’s why USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program has been working with the U.S. seed industry, international and domestic partners, and scientific organizations to develop smart regulatory strategies that will help reduce pest contamination during seed production and facilitate healthy seed trade. Read more.

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Every day, USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) employees collaborate with many partners, cooperators, and stakeholders to protect plant health. To stay on the leading edge, PPQ explores scientific frontiers, develops new plant protection methods, and makes critical advancements. These efforts safeguard our nation’s agricultural and natural resources while facilitating the safe global trade of agricultural products. Plant Protection Today highlights some of PPQ’s most successful and impactful programs and activities. Please send your feedback and comments to:


Alabama High School Student Names NASA’s Mars Helicopter
Vaneeza Rupani’s essay was chosen as the name for the small spacecraft, which will mark NASA’s first attempt at powered flight on another planet.
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Q&A with the Student Who Named Ingenuity, NASA’s Mars Helicopter
As a longtime fan of space exploration, Vaneeza Rupani appreciates the creativity and collaboration involved with trying to fly on another planet.
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NASA Receives 12 Webby Award Nominations for 2020
You can cast your ballots through May 7 for this year’s nominees, which include six JPL websites and social media efforts.
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World health experts will meet Thursday to assess COVID-19 pandemicInternational health experts will convene on Thursday to evaluate the evolution of the COVIpD-19 pandemic and advise on updated recommendations, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday during his latest virtual press conference from Geneva.Health© UNICEF/KaliyevCOVID-19: Act now to avert ‘hunger catastrophe’ for millions missing out on school mealsWith classrooms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two UN agencies are urging governments to act now to shore up the futures of the 370 million children worldwide who depend on school meals.Culture and Education© UNICEF/Khalil AshawiSyria: As coronavirus threat intensifies, ceasefire more urgent than everSyria desperately needs a nationwide ceasefire to enable its war-weary citizens to access the equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19, the UN’s top envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.  Peace and Security© World Bank/Dominic ChavezFROM THE FIELD: Women act as ‘agents of change’ in climate emergencyWomen around the world can act as “agents of change” and find solutions to the challenges provoked by the global climate crisis, according to the UN’s specialized gender agency, UN Women.
 Climate ChangeUnsplash/Markus SpiskeCoronavirus lockdown casts harsh light on our data and privacy onlineA third of all nations lack laws to protect their citizen’s online data and privacy, despite an 11 per cent uptick in the global adoption of data protection and privacy legislation since 2015, the United Nations’ trade, investment and development body (UNCTAD) said on Wednesday.Law and Crime Prevention
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/30 –

Sky World News Live

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries the name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the ‘Red Planet‘. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars’ surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

The days and seasons are likewise comparable to those of Earth, because the rotational period as well as the tilt of the rotational axis relative to the ecliptic plane are very similar. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano and highest known mountain on any planet in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, one of the largest canyons in the Solar System. The smooth Borealis basin in the northern hemisphere covers 40% of the planet and may be a giant impact feature.[19][20] Mars has two moonsPhobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped. These may be captured asteroids,[21][22] similar to 5261 Eureka, a Mars trojan.


NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized by FDA for Emergency Use
The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed the device for coronavirus patients with rapid production in mind. The license is being offered for free to manufacturers.
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Meet the People Behind NASA’s Perseverance Rover
These are the scientists and engineers who built NASA’s next Mars rover and who will guide it to a safe landing in Jezero Crater.
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NASA Space Laser Missions Map 16 Years of Ice Sheet Loss
Ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland account for roughly a half-inch of sea level rise between 2003 and 2019.
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UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, unity and hope’ in battling COVID-19 pandemicAmidst the destruction of the of COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations chief expressed concern over a lack of “sufficient solidarity” with the world’s developing countries, that need support in responding to the worst economic and social crisis in generations. HealthUN CubaLift Cuba embargo or risk many lives lost to COVID-19, UN rights experts warn USThe United States must urgently lift its blockade on Cuba to save lives amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday, emphasizing that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food and other goods essential to surviving the pandemic.Human RightsPhoto UNICEF/Maxence BradleyUN committed to a ‘brighter future’ for Haiti, as independent rights experts call for more action on behalf of cholera victimsA group of 13 independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the UN chief, António Guterres, to “urgently step up efforts” to fulfill a UN pledge to help victims of a nine-year-long cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed over 10,000 citizens.Human Rights© UNICEF/Radhika ChalasaniGreta Thunberg launches campaign to support UNICEF protection efforts against COVID-19Climate activist Greta Thunberg along with Danish NGO Human Act, on Thursday launched a child rights-driven campaign to support the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in protecting young lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.HealthUN Photo/JC McIlwaineCOVID-19 can’t stop the music on International Jazz DayAs people worldwide remain in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being encouraged to invite some of the world’s top musicians into their homes this Thursday, International Jazz Day.Culture and EducationUNDP Bangladesh/Fahad KaizerCoronavirus and human rights: New guidance highlights support for persons with disabilitiesNew guidance issued on Thursday sets out key actions, to counter what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the “double risk” faced by persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic.Human Rights© UNICEF/Alessio RomenziHow can schools open up again safely? The UN has some new guidelinesAs countries grapple with severe disruptions to education caused by COVID-19, several UN agencies – as part of the Global Education Coalition – issued new guidelines on Thursday to help Governments make decisions on safely reopening schools for the world’s 1.3 billion students affected by ongoing closures.Culture and EducationSamuel Akoehomen/IOMUN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast NigeriaIn northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN’s migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have ‘devastating consequences’ for those who have been displaced. Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

MAY 2020😁

Schedule An Appointment

5/1 –

The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 

5/4 –

Met Gala has been postponed. Please stay tuned for updates!

5/8 –

The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 

5/11 –

5/15 –

The Met 150
Fellows Colloquia
Fridays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 10 am–2 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

During a series of nine colloquia this spring, The Met’s current fellows present brief papers on their research and explore related scholarly questions.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 

5/29 –

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JUNE 2020😁 Schedule An Appointment

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Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 1-3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The Investment Summit is the top business investment event in the United States. Not only do participants hear from industry experts, C-Suite executives, and government leaders – they find and create business opportunities.

Apply now to join the “environment of entrepreneurship.” We also encourage you to explore additional opportunities to maximize your experience at the Investment Summit through Spinoff Events, SelectUSA Tech, and more.

6/4 –

MetFest—The Met’s 150th Anniversary Weekend Celebration
Thursday, June 4; Friday, June 5; Saturday, June 6
The Met Fifth Avenue

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of The Met’s founding with an extraordinary weekend festival! Kick off this unforgettable weekend on June 4 with a gala black-tie dinner and dance party made possible by our individual and corporate supporters. On June 5 and 6, connect with artists and community partners through art, scholarship, performances, interactive workshops, storytelling, and more. On Saturday, June 6, be a part of an inspiring, artist-led, people-powered parade through Central Park that culminates in a celebration on The Met’s iconic plaza steps. Drop in for an hour or spend the whole weekend with us.

Learn more 

6/5 –

6/24 –


BLACK DIAMOND TOUR kick-off in Miami

6/30POP UP – Travel Expo

JULY 2020 😁 Schedule An Appointment

7/24 –


La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the First International Fashion Film Festival founded in North America.
All events take place in and around La Jolla’s pristine coastline, parks, bays and famous Prospect Avenue, offering attendees a world-class seaside resort experience.


July 24-25, 2020


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Be Part of a Collaborative Global Creative Community • Get recognized • Network in Hollywood’s Hangout


“Dominates the fashion industry scene as the leading international marketplace for fashion film” – George Leon for FilmCast Live


La Jolla’s new home: The world class “Conrad”. 85 million dollars, 50K square foot performing arts center 

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International Convention of Psychological Science will be held in Brussels, Belgium, March 25–27, 2021. Learn more at psychologicalscience.org/conventions/icps.










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