MARCH 2020

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SCREAM LEGACY CHALLENGE
Upload your “SCREAM LEGACY” video to YouTube using the Hashtag: #ScreamLegacyChallenge to be included in our SCREAM Compilation and generational time capsule in remembrance of being on earth as we look toward multi-planetary travel. Be as creative as your genius allows, BUT your masterpiece must be respectful.
THIS CHALLENGE IS ON-GOING with no end-date yet established, so get to work!

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


EARTH SONG 🌍


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.


Your 2020 Plan


Coping with Traumatic Events

Overview

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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We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief





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UN health agency developing COVID-19 virus treatment master plan

UN News/Jing ZhangAn infrared thermometer is used to check the temperature of guests at a hotel entrance in Yangon, Myanmar.



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Carlo Clavarino

Carlo Clavarino

RETURN TO GENOA. Carlo Clavarino is Executive Chairman of the AON insurance company’s Europe Middle East and Africa region. 22,000 people work for AON in this area and Clavarino is a member of the executive committee of AON Corporation. He is also president of the Rimini based San Patrignano Foundation, founded and financed by Gian Marco and Letizia Moratti, the largest and most successful drug recovery centre which hosts one thousand three hundred drug addicted people, 72 percent of whom recover.

This interview is also available to listen to as a podcast.

Carlo Clavarino, you were raised in an aristocratic family in Genoa. In your career you worked mainly in Milan, London and Madrid, but is your heart still in Genoa? 

Not only my heart, but my tummy is in Genoa. I have a very strong feeling for my home town. Genoa is not only a great love but also an important point of reference in my life. Since I left in 1982 I’ve been all over the world. I take 300 planes per year and travel so much, but remain very attached to my place of origin. Genoa is the place that gives me stability.

You recently bought and restored the historic Palazzo Spinola in Genoa. Why?

Read full interview…by Alain Elkann



Disrupting Latin American education for disruptive technological change“According to the World Bank Learning Poverty indicator, more than half of the 10-year-old kids in Latin America and the Caribbean can hardly read or even understand a single paragraph … This is unacceptable if we are to dream about a region that adapts to the technological changes or, more importantly, if we are to dream of eliminating poverty and improving the living standards of all people in Latin America and the Caribbean. After all, to improve the welfare of the population, we need to create more jobs and ensure that they pay good salaries, something that will only happen with a productive labor force that has the required skills and education.”-Humberto López


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CORONAVIRUS AND NATURAL PRODUCTS
Beware of Misinformation about Coronavirus and Natural Products
Some dietary supplements or other natural products, such as herbal remedies, teas, and colloidal silver, have been promoted for preventing or treating the new strain of coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China. There is no scientific evidence that any of these are effective, and some may be unsafe. The best way to prevent coronavirus infection is to avoid exposure to the virus. Everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of this and other respiratory illnesses include:Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.Using an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.Staying home when you’re sick and keeping sick children home from school.Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash.Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Find out more

 Investors? Here are three tips to improve your pitches to VCs. –Inc.

Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coulombe, who crafted a distinctive niche in the competitive grocery industry, died on Friday at 89. –The New York Times

The era of passwords will soon be over. Here’s what might replace them. –USA Today

Video: Throughout his remarkable achievements, the late Kobe Bryant understood this tough lesson about success. –Inc.

The newest trend in robotics: giving machines more humanlike features in order to make them liked, not feared. –The New York Times

–Cameron Albert-Deitch
Reporter, Inc.



I Testified Against Harvey Weinstein. He Was Found Guilty, So Why Don’t I Feel Relieved?

“This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning.”DAWN DUNNING AS TOLD TO ROSE MINUTAGLIO Dawn DunningILANA PANICH-LINSMAN/REDUX

Dawn Dunning is a former actress and one of six women who testified that Harvey Weinstein raped or sexually assaulted them. She took the stand on January 29 to describe, in harrowing detail, how the once mighty Hollywood mogul attacked her in a hotel room fifteen years ago. A few weeks later, she said he offered her a movie part—but only if she’d have a threesome with him. Weinstein was not charged with assaulting Dunning, but prosecutors used her testimony to establish a pattern of abuse. Below, she opens up to ELLE.comabout facing him in court—and what happens now that he’s been convicted of rape.

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COVID-19: ‘Top priority’ must be on containment, insists WHO’s Tedros

UN Photo/Loey FelipeAn increasing number of New Yorkers appear to have started wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus. The city recorded its first case 1 March.

Health

Containing the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic should still be everyone’s “top priority”, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

In total, 61 countries outside China have reported 8,739 cases of infection with 127 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General said.

Warmer months ahead for many parts of the planet: UN weather agencyMany parts of the world can expect above average temperatures in the coming months even without the presence of an El Niño event to drive warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. 
Climate Change
As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boostHumanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.
Peace and Security
Declaring commitment to ‘peace and stability’ for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its tollAfter serving more than two years as the UN’s Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé – who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) – handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.  
Peace and Security
New UN initiative to support financial systems that ‘work better for everyone, everywhere’From developed to developing countries, no nation is immune from financial “gaps and vulnerabilities”, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Monday.
Economic Development
Use of religious beliefs to justify rights violations must be outlawed says UN expertLaws underpinned by religious conviction that discriminate against women and the  LGBT+ community should be repealed, and gender-based violence carried out in the name of religion by non-State groups must be addressed, an independent UN expert said on Monday in a report presented to the Human Rights Council.
Human Rights


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World Wildlife Day: UN chief urges ‘more caring’ relationship with nature

WMO/Victor HugoSun rises in Chapala Lake, Mexico.

Life on earth

The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity. It also shines a light on the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature.

“A world of thriving biodiversity provides the foundation we need to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a world of dignity and opportunity for all people on a healthy planet”, concluded the Secretary-General.


Applications Being Accepted for Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Grants

The Great Lakes Commission is requesting applications for the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program for projects to reduce nutrient and sediment loads from agricultural watersheds and to reduce untreated storm water runoff. Applications are due by April 6, 2020. A webinar about this funding opportunity will be offered on March 3. To register for the webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/GLSNRP2020RFP.




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A DAY IN REVIEW AT
NASA to Reveal Name of Its Next Mars Rover
 After a months-long contest among students to name NASA’s newest Mars rover, the agency will reveal the winning name – and the winning student – this Thursday.The name of NASA’s next Mars rover, currently known as Mars 2020, will be unveiled during a live event on NASA Television at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. EST) Thursday, March 5, followed by a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST), about the mission and the naming.The live event will stream on FacebookUstreamYouTubeTwitter, NASA Television and the agency’s website.The Mars 2020 rover was the subject of anationwide naming contest in 2019 that drew more than 28,000 essays by K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory. Nearly 4,700 volunteer judges – educators, professionals and space enthusiasts from around the country – helped narrow the pool down to 155 semifinalists. A second round of judging selected the nine finalist essays that were open to an online public poll before Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, made the final selection.The live event will include:Thomas ZurbuchenLori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA HeadquartersDeanne Bell, founder and CEO of Future Engineers in Burbank, CaliforniaThe student who submitted the winning name and essayThe public can submit questions on social media by using #AskNASA and can follow the media teleconference on YouTube and Ustream as well as at:http://www.nasa.gov/liveThe naming contest partnership is part of a Space Act Agreement in educational and public outreach efforts between NASA, Battelle of Columbus, Ohio, and Future Engineers. Amazon Web Services is a prize provider for the Mars 2020 naming contest.The Mars 2020 rover currently is at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida being prepared for launch this summer. Kennedy is responsible for launch management. The rover is part of a larger exploration program that includes missions to the Moon to prepare for human missions to the Red Planet. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA’s Artemis program.For more about NASA’s Moon to Mars plans, visit:https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars


World Bank Group announces up to $12 billion immediate support for COVID-19 country response

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, the World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak.



World remains a ‘violent, highly discriminatory place’ for girls

© UNICEF/NooraniMarried at 14 years old, the adolescent’s husband abandoned her when she became pregnant. 

Women

Twenty-five years after the historic Beijing women’s conference in China – a milestone in advancing equal rights – violence against women and girls is not only common, but widely accepted, a new UN report revealed on Wednesday.

While there have been remarkable gains for girls in education, little headway has been made to help shape a more equal, less violent environment for them, warned the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with UN Women and the non-governmental organization Plan International in their report, A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress.

‘We can’t stop COVID-19 without protecting health workers’: WHO chiefA shortage of protective equipment is endangering health workers worldwide, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, citing “severe and mounting disruption to the global supply” caused by “rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse”.
Health
DR Congo: With Ebola on the wane, UN agencies prepare to combat coronavirusAfter more than a year of battling an Ebola virus outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people, UN officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the epidemic in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will soon be history as the country gears up to face the emerging threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 
Health
‘Critical’ window of opportunity closing fast in Iraq, Security Council hearsPolitical leaders in Iraq will have to “step up to the plate” and prioritize national interests if the country is to realize a more just and prosperous future, the top UN official there said in the Security Council on Tuesday. 
Peace and Security
No country is free from child sexual abuse, exploitation, UN’s top rights forum hearsChild sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and the use of children in prostitution “are a reality in all parts of the world”, the Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday.
Human Rights
Myanmar doing too little to ensure displaced Rohingya return: UN refugee agency chiefUN agencies together with the Bangladesh authorities have appealed for $877 million to support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where conditions are still not conducive for their safe return, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday.
Migrants and Refugees
UN ‘determined to stand by the people of Syria’ says Lowcock, as grave humanitarian crisis intensifies around IdlibThe United Nations is “determined to stand by” civilians across Syria’s war-torn northwest, as “a grave humanitarian crisis” continues, the UN emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.
Humanitarian Aid

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The Unfinished Business
of Gender Equality

Advancing the rights of women and girls remains one of the most important tasks of the 21st century. With a global upwelling of women and girls demanding equality, an escalating wave of legislation, and a new era of accountability, the time is now to finish this work and build a future where all individuals have the freedom, power and opportunity to shape their lives.

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“America has answered the call, and is ready to answer the 2020 Census,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “With unemployment rates at historic lows, recruiting is a big challenge. I congratulate our recruitment staff, and our community partners for recruiting more than 2.6 million applicants nationwide.”

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce

U.S. small-business confidence was rising. Then, the coronavirus arrived. –The Wall Street Journal

Here are the top 10 office pet peeves among U.S. workers, according to a new survey–and how to avoid them. –Inc.

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car startup, just raised $2.25 billion in its first external fundraising round. –The Verge

Elon Musk has joined a group of Twitter employees showing public support for embattled CEO Jack Dorsey. –MarketWatch

–Cameron Albert-Deitch
Reporter, Inc.


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Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
March 4–July 5, 2020


Violent extremism prevention ‘only effective’ if human rights are enshrined

OCHA/ Themba LindenCivilians foraging near the Mosul University Presidency building, which bears the scars of fighting between Iraqi troops and ISIL militants.(file photo)

Peace and Security

Many global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

“Prevention is an important and necessary tool but it will only be effective when it is practised in a way that protects and affirms rights”, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, said when presenting her latest reportto the Human Rights Council.

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civiliansDifficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. 
Humanitarian Aid
Coronavirus COVID-19 wipes $50 billion off global exports in February alone, as IMF pledges support for vulnerable nationsThe extent of the damage to the global economy caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19 moved further into focus on Wednesday as UN economists announced a likely $50 billion drop in worldwide manufacturing exports in February alone.
Economic Development
Coronavirus update: UN scales back major conferenceThe organizing committee of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a major UN conference scheduled to take place in March, has decided to cut the event down to a one-day meeting, citing current concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Health
Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to ‘sustainable peace’, but international support still keyPositive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.
Peace and Security
Violent extremism prevention ‘only effective’ if human rights are enshrinedMany global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.
Peace and Security
Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expertHuman rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 
Human Rights
©UNFPA Yemen: UN Population Fund stresses women’s needs, amidst world’s worst humanitarian crisis Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA.  
Women

Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expert

Jacqueline FernandesMothers stand up in memory of their sons killed in the context of police operations.

Human Rights

Human rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

“Defenders in conflict settings are courageous men and women who provide emergency relief, ensure access to civilians and document civilian casualties and violations of international law”, said Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.


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This week,

a select group of teachers were announced as the 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award winners. A fifth grade literacy and science teacher in Maine whose students run a seed ‘company’ to raise funds for their school garden and a seventh and eighth grade science teacher in New Mexico whose students apply for ‘jobs’ to oversee their schoolyard chicken coop are a few great examples of how effective agricultural concepts can be in delivering important reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and social studies lessons to students. The real-life connections teachers make by using items students use every day resonates with students. Learn about these eight teachers from around the country that were selected.


NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease

March 5, 2020

The National Science Foundation is working closely with the research community to bolster our national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   

NSF is currently funding 20 research projects across the agency involving COVID-19.  With research programs at more than 2,000 academic institutions across the country, we are ready to mobilize the full force of the scientific community to better understand and develop measures to protect against this virus. 

In response to the urgency of COVID-19 and increasing inquiries from the research community, NSF has issued a letter to researchers inviting additional proposals for rapid response grants related to the virus. This letter welcomes research to help understand COVID-19, inform and educate the public about virus transmission and prevention, and develop effective strategies for addressing this challenge at the local, state, and national levels.

Support for these efforts is made through NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which enables the agency to swiftly process and support research that addresses an urgent need. Previous RAPID awards have helped advance our understanding of past Ebola and Zika outbreaks as well as measures to contain them.  RAPID funds have also enabled research to improve our preparedness for natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey or unexpected events like the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Critical challenges like these often require input from a variety of experts.  As the only U.S. federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, NSF is uniquely positioned to gather a spectrum of scientific input, bringing to bear the best research and researchers on our most complex national concerns.   

Advancing the national health, prosperity, and welfare continues to be a vital part of NSF’s mission.  As Americans take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19, NSF remains a proactive and steady ally.

FAQs About the Coronavirus Disease 2019

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Making a DifferenceCrops grow on fertile farmland. Photo courtesy of iStock.Crops grow on fertile farmland. Photo courtesy of iStock.Big Data Helps Famers Adapt to Climate VariabilityA new Michigan State University (MSU) study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats, both present and future, from a changing climate.The study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to precisely quantify soil and landscape features and spatial and temporal yield variations in response to climate variability. It is also the first to use big data to identify areas within individual fields where yield is unstable.Between 2007 and 2016, the U.S. economy took an estimated $536 million economic hit because of yield variation in unstable farmland caused by climate variability across the Midwest. More than one-quarter of corn and soybean cropland in the region is unstable. Yields fluctuate between over-performing and underperforming on an annual basis.Bruno Basso, MSU Foundation professor of earth and environmental sciences, and his postdoctoral research fellow, Rafael Martinez-Feria, set out to address the key pillars of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Coordinated Agricultural Project that Basso has led since 2015.“NIFA’s collaboration with the Michigan State University team has led to various papers with students and postdoctoral fellows. It supports one of its critical mandates to fund innovative agricultural science and develop the next generation of scientists,” said Scott Angle, NIFA director. Read the full MSU article
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It is human nature to enjoy reward, recognition, and progress. Cybersecurity gamification embraces these motivational triggers to encourage even the biggest stragglers to be in it to win it. During this free webinar,  experts will share cybersecurity secrets on how enterprises are using gamification as a strategy to influence better cybersecurity behaviors.
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Short Course—Exploring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Soundscape
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, March 12, 2–4 pm
Art Study Room, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

In this three-session course led by curators from the Department of Musical Instruments, learn about the musical, technological, artistic, and social environment in which Beethoven’s first performers and audiences experienced his music. The course includes live performances of Beethoven’s chamber music on period instruments and demonstrations on instruments from The Met collection.

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Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP)

STAMP infocard The 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:

3 PM ET: Transfusion in SCD
Visit our sickle cell disease site to register and learn more about upcoming trainings.


NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet
To go along with the stunning 1.8-billion-pixel image, a new video offers a sweeping view of the Red Planet.
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NASA’s Deep Space Antenna Upgrades to Affect Voyager Communications
The antenna enhancements will improve future spacecraft communications, but during the upgrades, Voyager 2 will not be able to receive new commands from Earth.
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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.

Health

School closures in 13 countries linked to the COVID-19 virus epidemic have disrupted the education of more than 290 million students, a record number, the UN education agency UNESCO said on Thursday.

The global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled.

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an essential pillar for peace and securityCountries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security. 
Peace and Security
© UNICEF/Jannatul MawaInternational Women’s Day: progress on gender equality remains slowWomen’s Rights in Review, 25 years after Beijing takes stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented and calls for greater parity and justice.
Women
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the worldJavier Pérez  de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100.
UN Affairs
Guterres calls for ‘immediate and lasting’ end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefireThe UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria’s stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to “an immediate and lasting cessation”, that would protect civilian lives.
Peace and Security
Report reveals nearly 90 per cent of all people have ‘a deeply ingrained bias’ against womenDespite decades of progress in closing the gender equality gap, close to nine out of 10 men and women around the world, hold some sort of bias against women, according to new findings published on Thursday from the UN Development Programmme (UNDP).
Women
‘Unanimous’ ICC gives go-ahead to probe Afghanistan alleged war crimesProsecutors have been given the green light to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan – and beyond its borders – linked to Afghan, Taliban and US troops, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. 
Peace and Security
© UNICEF/Frank DejongWomen and girls still vulnerable to HIV due to gender inequality: UNAIDSGender discrimination and violence, as well as “huge” gaps in education, are among the factors why women and girls remain vulnerable to HIV, according to the UN agency working to end the AIDS epidemic. Women

Women and girls still vulnerable to HIV due to gender inequality: UNAIDS

© UNICEF/Frank DejongIn the center of Chad, 19-year-old Achta holds up condoms during an HIV awareness-raising session in her Moussoro community.

Women

Gender discrimination and violence, as well as “huge” gaps in education, are among the factors why women and girls remain vulnerable to HIV, according to the UN agency working to end the AIDS epidemic. 

In a report launched on Thursday, UNAIDSnoted that almost 40 years into the fight, AIDS is still the leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 49 years, with roughly 6,000 young women aged between 15 and 24 acquiring HIV every week. 



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This is how city workers discriminate


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

How to prepare and take action for COVID-19

At Home Get my household ready

At K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs Get my school and childcare program ready

At Colleges and Universities Get my college or university ready

At Work Get my workplace ready

Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Community and faith leaders, get ready

Large Community Events/Mass Gatherings Event planners, get ready

Healthcare settings Healthcare professionals, get ready

First responders, get ready

Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. The community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.  Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

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The Met 150
Annual Cycladic Lecture—Recent Excavations of the Knossos City Religious Center
4–5 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Examine recent excavations of the Knossos City Religious Center from ca. 1800 BC to Early Christian times and beyond with Athanasia Kanta, Director of the Mediterranean Archaeological Society Centre for the Study of Cretan and Mediterranean Civilization.

Free with Museum admission

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Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias Announce Joint World Tour: “This Is A Special Moment In Latin Music”

The Latin music kings are joining forces and bringing along Colombia artist Sebastian Yatra as a special guest.

JENNIFER VELEZ – Recording Academy/GRAMMYS

Two of the biggest names in Latin music, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, have announced a joint world tour. 

The GRAMMY winners will launch the historic tour on Sept. 5 in Phoenix and will stop in more than 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, Houston and New York. 

Martin and Iglesias have been friends since the start of Igelsias’ career and have thought about going on the road together for some time.


Watching the World breathe from space…


Bsides NOVA | March 6-7


International Women’s Day: Gender equality benefits everyone

© UNICEF/Ashima NarainWomen in a self-help group meeting in Bhatajhari Village, India.

Women

The benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but “for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world”, the chief of UN Women said in her message for International Women’s Day (IWD) at UN Headquarters on Friday, being celebrated in New York, ahead of the official day.

As a “massive year for gender equality”, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said 2020 was all about “Generation Equality”, in which “we’re mobilizing to realize women’s rights, and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action” – the historic and landmark gender equality plan drawn up in the Chinese capital. 

Generation Equality is focussing on issues facing women across generations, with young women and girls at the centre.

Coronavirus update: WHO chief calls for private sector to step up, and, should you take that flight?In his daily briefing to the press on Friday, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic, given that China – the worst hit nation so far – is a major producer of pharmaceutical ingredients.
Health
Rights office concerned over death sentences against 35 Yemeni MPsThe UN human rights office is calling on authorities in Yemen to revoke death sentences imposed against 35 parliamentarians allegedly for treason charges.
Law and Crime Prevention
COVID-19: countries, businesses must safeguard human rights as virus spreads: Bachelet As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN’s top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights “front and centre” when implementing preventative measures. MAP
Health
DR Congo: Agencies appeal for funding for refugee support and Ebola responseUrgent resources are needed to support countries in southern Africa and the Great Lakes region which are hosting more than 900,000 refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and partners said in a $621 million appeal launched on Friday. 
Migrants and Refugees

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OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.

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ePROTECT Infeksi Pernafasan (ID)

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Semua personel yang menanggapi wabah Infeksi Saluran Pernafasan Akut (ISPA) perlu memiliki pengetahuan dan keterampilan dasar untuk menyusun respons yang efektif. Mereka perlu memahami apa ISPA itu, bagaimana penularannya, bagaimana menilai risiko infeksi dan memahami langkah-langkah kebersihan dasar untuk melindungi diri mereka sendiri. Paket pembelajaran ini terdiri dari 4 modul dengan video dan presentasi yang dapat diunduh.

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Pencegahan dan Pengendalian Infeksi (PPI) untuk Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Kursus ini memberikan informasi tentang apa yang harus dilakukan oleh fasilitas kesehatan agar siap merespon kasus virus pernapasan baru seperti novel coronavirus, bagaimana mengidentifikasi kasus ketika terjadi, dan bagaimana menerapkan langkah PPI dengan benar untuk memastikan tidak ada penularan ke petugas kesehatan atau pasien lain dan orang-orang lain di fasilitas kesehatan.

Pelatihan ini ditujukan untuk petugas kesehatan dan profesi kesehatan masyarakat, karena fokusnya ada pencegahan dan pengendalian infeksi.

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新型コロナウイルス感染症(COVID-19)の感染予防と管理

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このコースは新型コロナウイルスなどの新しい呼吸器ウイルス感染症に対応するために、医療施設がどのような準備をすべきか、どのように感染者を見つけ、医療従事者や患者、そのほかの人々に感染を広げないよう適切な感染予防と管理を行うためにはどうすべきか、という情報を提供します。

このトレーニングは感染予防と管理に重点を置いているため、医療従事者や公衆衛生の専門家向けです。

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Formation de l’OMS sur les infections du Syndrome Respiratoire Aiguë Sévère (SARI)

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Bienvenue à la formation de courte durée de l’OMS sur les soins intensifs pour les infections du Syndrome Respiratoire Aiguë Sévère (SARI).

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Bon usage des antibiotiques: une approche par compétences

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Ce cours donnera aux cliniciens qui prescrivent régulièrement des antibiotiques les connaissances et les outils pour améliorer l’utilisation de ces médicaments essentiels dans la pratique clinique quotidienne. A l’aide d’exemples de cas, le cours mettra en évidence la façon dont les principes de bon usage des antibiotiques peuvent être appliqués à des scénarios cliniques courants. Nous verrons d’abord les connaissances cliniques fondamentales nécessaires pour utiliser correctement les antibiotiques. Puis, nous illustrerons comment les cliniciens peuvent intégrer ces connaissances dans la prise en charge des patients atteints d’infections courantes en respectant les cinq compétences principales de prescription appropriée d’antibiotiques. Ce cours fournira un cadre pour aborder chaque rencontre clinique sous l’angle de la lutte contre la résistance aux antibiotiques. Nous espérons que ce cours vous servira et vous inspirera pour devenir un champion sur le bon usage des antibiotiques.

Acknowledgment: La traduction française de Bon usage des antibiotiques : une approche par compétences a bénéficié d’un financement de l’Union européenne.

Acknowledgment: The French translation of Bon usage des antibiotiques: une approche par compétences was supported with funding from the European Union.

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Ebola : Ressources de connaissances pour les intervenants

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Les décideurs et les intervenants en première ligne trouveront ici les ressources sur la maladie à virus Ebola. Ces ressources peuvent être utilisées en tant que rappels ou compléments de connaissances pour les travailleurs expérimentés ou en tant qu’introduction au sujet pour les autres. La plupart des ressources sont disponibles en anglais et en français et peuvent être téléchargées pour un usage sans connexion. Une version en Lingala est également disponible.

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Ebola: Knowledge resources for responders

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(English/Français/Lingala/Swahili) Decision-makers and frontline responders will find a set of resources on Ebola virus disease here. These resources can be used as refreshers for experienced personnel or as an introduction to the topic for everyone else. Most of the materials are available in English and French, and can be downloaded for offline use. Versions in Lingala and Swahili are also available.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach

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This course will equip clinicians who frequently prescribe antimicrobials with knowledge and tools to improve their use of these essential medications in daily clinical practice. Through case based examples, the course will highlight how antimicrobial stewardship principles can be applied to common clinical scenarios. We will first review foundational clinical knowledge necessary to use antimicrobials wisely. Then, we will illustrate how clinicians can incorporate this knowledge into the management of patients with common infections through adherence to the five core competencies of appropriate antimicrobial prescribing. This course will provide a framework for approaching each clinical encounter from the perspective of combating antimicrobial resistance. We hope it will assist you in your practice and inspire you to be a champion of antimicrobial stewardship.

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Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: National Deployment and Vaccination Plans

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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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Grippe saisonnière : Introduction

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La grippe saisonnière est une maladie virale aiguë des voies respiratoires transmise par les aérosols ou les surfaces contaminées des personnes infectées. Ce cours offre une introduction générale à la maladie et est destiné au personnel impliqué dans la préparation et l’intervention en cas d’éclosion de grippe saisonnière.

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Seasonal influenza: Introduction

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(English/French) Seasonal influenza is an acute viral disease of the respiratory tract transmitted via aerosols or contaminated surfaces from infected people. This course provides a general introduction to the disease and is intended for personnel involved in seasonal influenza outbreak preparedness and response.

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Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)

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“Is it a bad flu season?” PISA was developed to assist countries in answering this question because influenza epidemics and pandemics vary in severity. Knowing how severe an influenza season is can help countries respond, adapt control measures and prepare for a pandemic. This course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The target audience of this course is public health professionals at the national level who perform, or plan to perform, national influenza severity assessments and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. The employers and employees of these public health officers would also benefit from this course, as would any other public health professional working on influenza epidemiology.

For more information, please follow this link to the WHO PISA website.

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Competency-Based Learning: Introduction

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World Health Organization (WHO) staff need ongoing learning to equip themselves to deal with modern emergencies. This short course provides an introduction to the WHO Health Emergencies Programme’s learning strategy, the competency-based approach that underlies it and how it can be used to design and deliver training. The learning package consists of two modules, with explainer videos and a quiz at the end.

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Health Cluster Coordination

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Health Clusters exist to relieve suffering and save lives in humanitarian emergencies, while advancing the well-being and dignity of affected populations. Since 2005, the Cluster Approach, including the Health Cluster, has been one of the most commonly used coordination mechanisms to meet the humanitarian needs of affected people in a reliable, effective and inclusive manner, whilst respecting humanitarian principles.

Health Clusters collectively prepare for and respond to humanitarian and public health emergencies to improve the health outcomes of affected populations through timely, predictable, appropriate and effective coordinated health action.

As the number, scale and severity of humanitarian and health crises continues to increase, so does the need for effective Health Cluster leadership and coordination and to ensure that timely, high quality and impactful learning and training activities are available to Health Cluster/Sector teams, partners and health focal points at the global, regional and country level.

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تعجيل التقدم نحو أهداف التنمية المستدامة المرتبطة بالصحة

 Self-paced العربية

This course is an Arabic language version of the course Accelerating progress towards health-related SDGs, which is also available on OpenWHO in French and Spanish. For more information about this course, please refer to the Course Information section below.

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Management and Facilitation of an After Action Review (AAR)

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An After Action Review (AAR) is a qualitative review of actions taken in response to an event of public health concern. It is a means of identifying and documenting best practices and challenges demonstrated by the response to the event.

An AAR seeks to identify:

  • Corrective actions that need to be implemented immediately, to ensure better preparation for and response to the next event;
  • Medium- and long-term actions needed to strengthen and institutionalize the necessary capabilities of the public health system.

It relies primarily on personal experiences and perceptions of any individuals or entities involved in the response. The process involves a structured facilitated discussion or experience sharing to critically and systematically review what was in place before the response, what happened during the response, what went well, what went less well, why events occurred as they did, and how to improve.

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Comunicação de risco: Recursos para trabalhadores na linha de frente

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Decisores e profissionais na linha da frente encontrarão neste curso um conjunto de recursos dedicados à comunicação de riscos. Estes recursos podem ser utilizados como reciclagem de conhecimento para profisional mais experientes ou, como introdução ao tópico para outros utilizadores. A maioria dos materiais estão disponíveis em Inglês, Francês e Português, e é possível o download para uso offline.

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Communication sur les risques

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L’objectif de ce cours est de fournir aux États membres de l’OMS une introduction à la communication des risques en cas d’épidémies, de pandémies et autres urgences sanitaires, sous la forme d’un support de formation en libre-service.

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Risk communication for Zika virus disease

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Zika virus disease is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause severe birth defects in babies and neurological complications in adults. This introductory course provides the basics of communicating risks of Zika virus transmission. It has been designed for health workers in communities that are currently facing outbreaks of Zika virus disease or which may be affected in the future.

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Risk communication essentials (English/Portuguese)

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Risk communication is a core public health intervention in any disease outbreak and health emergency. It refers to the real-time exchange of information, advice and opinions between experts, officials and people who face a threat to their wellbeing, to enable informed decision-making and to adopt protective behaviors.

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Essential knowledge for outbreak response

OpenWHO is the first WHO platform to host unlimited users during health emergencies. It provides you with a fast and free way to obtain the latest scientific and operation know-how. With a dynamic interface, accessible through your computer and mobile device, OpenWHO offers off-line downloads, peer discussion boards and live briefings from ongoing health emergencies.OpenWHO. Open to all anytime, from anywhere.

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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.

Read more“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.

Read more“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.

Read more“Introduction to Poliomyelitis and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative” now available

This online training will be used to teach and refresh participants on the basics of the poliovirus, introduce the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership, and provide an overview of our core response strategies and the remaining challenges to eradication.

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Music

Demi Lovato Referenced the Jonas Brothers, “Camp Rock” in “I Love Me” Music Video

So much to unpack here.

BY LAUREN REARICK

Demi Lovato Grammys
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After a tumultuous few years that included a drug overdose and a team that once “controlled” her, Demi Lovato is celebrating her grand return to music. The pop star is back, and perhaps stronger than ever, paying homage to self-love and all that she’s been through with the release of her new video and single, “I Love Me.” CONTINUE READING…


Berel Lazar

Berel Lazar

REBUILDING THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN RUSSIA. Berel Lazar is a Jewish Orthodox, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. Born in Italy, he studied in America and began his service in Russia in 1990. He became Chief Rabbi of Russia in 2000.

This interview is available hereas a podcast.

Berel Lazar, as the Chief Rabbi of Russia and the Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities, what is your job and your objective?

My main job is to help people in their life, materially, spiritually; by giving them advice, by showing them what the Torahhas to say, how to live the right kind of life. Sometimes it’s just helping them find a job, a solution to their problems. More than anything it’s bringing people together. My main objective is to rebuild the Jewish community to become vibrant again here in Russia. Before the revolution Russia was one of the largest and strongest Jewish communities in the world. Communism practically destroyed it completely, by closing synagogues, schools, and forbidding any kind of Jewish activity. FULL INTERVIEWby Alain Elkann


PRODUCTIVITY

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

There are things within your control that may transform how you do work.

By Marcel SchwantesFounder and Chief Human Officer, Leadership From the Core@MarcelSchwantes

Want to be more productive during your day or week? Do what some of the world’s most successful people do to gain an edge and get the most out of a day.



Work from home…


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2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition (OFC)REGISTER  

8-12 MARCH 2020 | SAN DIEGO, USA




UN NEWS

Rising number of young people excluded from jobs, education and trainingThe number of young people around the world who are neither employed, studying or in some kind of training, is on the rise, according to a new report released on Monday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Economic Development
Coronavirus update: COVID-19 likely to cost economy $1 trillion during 2020, says UN trade agencyApart from the tragic human consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, the economic uncertainty it has sparked will likely cost the global economy $1 trillion in 2020, the UN’s trade and development agency, UNCTAD, said on Monday.
Health
Amid COVID-19 constraints, UN women’s commission meets to push gender equality forwardDespite constraints imposed by the new coronavirus disease, activists for gender equality gathered at UN Headquarters on Monday for the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to reinforce the message that women’s rights are human rights. 
Women
Atomic agency cites concerns over Iran testing sites, offers COVID-19 assistanceIran’s nuclear capabilities moved back into the international spotlight on Monday as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it had concerns about possible “undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities” in unregistered locations there.
Peace and Security
Sudan Prime Minister survives attempted assassinationSudan’s Prime Minister survived a reported assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum on Monday, tweeting after the incident that he was “safe and in good shape”.
Peace and Security

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March 10-11: CBP Trade Symposium – Anaheim, CA
During this symposium, topics discussed will include issues impacting the trade, global trade enforcement outcomes, e-commerce, and emerging technologies. Participants will provide updates on the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). For more information, click here


March 10-12: Partnering for Compliance – Orlando, FL
These U.S. Export Control Regulations training and education programs are designed to substantially enhance the knowledge and thus the productivity and success of your company’s trade compliance department. For more information, click here.


Ways You Can Get Involved

  • Listen to a complimentary webcast featuring Jeff Brady, M.D., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety: Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 2:00–3:00 PM ET
    Register 
  • Participate in the Twitter Chat co-hosted by the IHI and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine: Improving Diagnosis: A Foundation for Safe Care
    Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 12 Noon–1:00 PM ET
    Use the hashtag  #PSAW19 to join the conversation!

Subscribe to AHRQ’s Patient Safety email update or AHRQ News Now to get the latest information on patient safety.

Follow Dr. Brady  on LinkedIn

Find out more about Patient Safety Awareness Week .

Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 10-16, 2019. ahrq.gov/patient-safety, #PSAW2019

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.  

Event: Cultural Sensitivity Program 

Date:  March 10, 2020

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cost:  $25 per participant

Learn about cultural norms, traveling overseas, cultural understanding with negotiations, and the duty of care for employees. For more information, go to NCBFAA



The Met 150
The Atelier with Alina Cho: Jordan Roth
6:30 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium


Join Tony Award–winning theater producer and fashion influencer Jordan Roth and journalist Alina Cho for a conversation that explores art and costume as forms of self-expression. They discuss how Mr. Roth uses storytelling—both for the stage and in his personal style—as a method to bridge the worlds of fashion and theater.

Tickets start at $40 and include Museum admission.


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Flagship UN study shows accelerating climate change on land, sea and in the atmosphereA wide-ranging UN climate report, released on Tuesday, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, as well as on the health and wellbeing of the global population.
Climate Change
Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peaceThe UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday afternoon welcoming recent steps towards ending the conflict in Afghanistan. All 15 members supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses a joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and an agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.
Peace and Security
FROM THE FIELD: Going the extra mile with vaccinesWhile the medical world rushes to develop an effective and safe vaccine for the deadly coronavirus which is sweeping across the planet, millions of doses of other life-saving immunizations against other diseases, continue to be delivered by the United Nations – albeit at a somewhat slower pace.
Health
Coronavirus update: UN addresses school disruptions, suspends public access to New York HeadquartersIn an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, classrooms have been shuttered across the world, causing a record number of students to miss school, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said on Tuesday.
Health
UN programme to help spare millions from child marriage, extended to 2024Millions of girls have been able to avoid “an unwanted marriage and an unwelcome end to their childhood”, since the launch four years ago, of a joint UN agency programme, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
Women
Afghanistan peace prospects ‘slim’ without women’s participation: Hillary ClintonThere can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday. 
Women
Nicaragua: After two years of crisis, more than 100,000 have fled the countryOver the past two years, more than 100,000 people in Nicaragua have sought asylum abroad, reportedly fleeing persecution and human rights abuses, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.
Migrants and Refugees
© UNHCR/Farha BhoyrooBurundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situationTwo months ahead of Burundi’s planned local and presidential elections, senior UN-appointed independent rights investigators have urged the Government to reopen the “democratic, civil and political space” there.
Human Rights

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NASA: High School Students Vie for a Win in Robotics Competition
After duking it out in the 20th Annual Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, three victors are moving on to the world championships.The tension was palpable as six student-built robots vied for dominance at the Da Vinci Schools arena in El Segundo, California, in the second round of the best-of-three final match. Since the Red Alliance had won the first, the Blue Alliance needed a win the second. But as the two-minute round concluded, it was clear that the Red Alliance’s victory was assured, and the cheers of hundreds of students, mentors and spectators erupted from the stands.This action-packed finale marked the culmination of the 20th Annual Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Regional Competition over the weekend, which attracted 44 teams of high-school students from the L.A. area, Nevada, Chile, Mexico, France, Brazil and Turkey. Mentored by experts from a range of aerospace and engineering organizations, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the students constructed robots to save “FIRST City” from being destroyed by asteroids. CONTINUE READING…

Data.census.gov represents a new chapter in the Census Bureau’s dissemination approach by centralizing data access and allowing for a more rapid response to customers. The Census Academy team is excited to share their favorite tips and tricks about how to find and use Census Bureau data.

Introductory Materials

TourLooking for help on how to start your search for Census Bureau data on data.census.gov? Explore two easy options to navigate the site in this brief video tutorial.
Q & AThis webinar introduces data.census.gov and answers common questions, demonstrating how to use the platform.
Selecting Your Area/GeographySelecting your area is one of the most important steps of every data search. In this brief video tutorial, learn three easy options to select geographies on data.census.gov.
  • Accessing race and ancestry data
  • Accessing Economic Census data
  • Accessing American Community Survey data
  • Customizing, visualizing, and downloading data



CELEBRITY STYLE

Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, and More Stars Will Join Property Brothers’ New HGTV Series

Celebrity IOU will show A-listers surprising their loved ones with a complete home makeover

By Joyce Chen

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Drew and Jonathan Scott’s new show, Celebrity IOU,premieres on HGTV on April 13 at 9 p.m. EST.Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

The Property Brothers are at it again. Drew and Jonathan Scott are set to launch a new HGTV series this April that will feature some major star power. On Celebrity IOU, stars like Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, and Viola Davis will work alongside the brothers to make special renovations for friends, family members, and mentors who have meaningfully impacted their lives on their rise to stardom. CONTINUE READING…


JoJo Siwa

A Design Lover’s Guide to Miami and Miami Beach

Though the two cities have had their ups and downs, they’re both enjoying a golden age for art, architecture, and design

By Laura Itzkowitz

Aerial view of Ocean drive and Miami downtown at dusk
Photo: Matteo Colombo / via Getty Images

Sun, sand, palm trees, and Art Deco buildings—Miami Beach was founded in 1915 and developed by entrepreneur Carl Fisher, who dredged up swamps and mangroves in an effort to transform a peninsula just off the coast of Miami into America’s island playground. And the area is in the throes of a major renaissance. The nonprofit Miami Design Preservation League was founded in 1976… CONTINUE READING…



Five things you should know now, about the COVID-19 pandemic

11 March 2020

Health

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

Coronavirus: Pandemic alert should be trigger for countries to do more against COVID-19Countries must “double-down” on their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the UN health agency said on Wednesday, after announcing that the global emergency can now be described as a pandemic. UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the declaration as “a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.”
Health
Five things you should know now, about the COVID-19 pandemicOn Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 
Health
More support key for counter-terrorism in Africa, where ‘misogyny is at the heart of so many’ groupsThe UN Security Council on Wednesday called for greater international support to African countries in their continued fight against terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in parts of the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin region and the Horn of Africa. 
Peace and Security
Iran: BBC and other broadcast journalists harassed; families threatened – UN experts Threats, unlawful surveillance and harassment by the authorities, are just some of the concerns facing journalists in Iran, prompting a group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday, to once again sound the alarm.
Human Rights
Democracy is sliding away in Myanmar, warns top rights investigatorDaily fighting in Myanmar, widespread internet blackouts and reporting restrictions, indicate that the shift to more democratic rule is “sliding away”, a senior UN-appointed independent rights investigator said on Wednesday.
Human Rights
Brazilian mountain farmers reap recognition, through UN heritage listingFarmers who gather flowers from the Espinhaço Mountain Range in Brazil received well-deserved recognition on Wednesday for their crucial role in enhancing biodiversity and preserving traditional knowledge.
Culture and Education
Educate children in their mother tongue, urges UN rights expertChildren from linguistic minorities should be taught in their own mother tongue, said the UN independent expert on minority issues, presenting his latest report on Wednesday to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  
Human Rights
© UNESCOClimate change: educating students to fight the crisisWith the latest UN climate report containing worrying evidence that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, how can teachers help children and adults to sort through the growing mass of information, avoid being overwhelmed, and come to an understanding of the challenges, and potential solutions, to what the UN Secretary-General has called “an existential crisis”?
Climate Change


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Short Course—Exploring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Soundscape
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, March 12, 2–4 pm
Art Study Room, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

In this three-session course led by curators from the Department of Musical Instruments, learn about the musical, technological, artistic, and social environment in which Beethoven’s first performers and audiences experienced his music. The course includes live performances of Beethoven’s chamber music on period instruments and demonstrations on instruments from The Met collection.

$225 for three-session course (includes Museum admission); advance registration is required.

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The Making of I LOVE ME – Demi Lovato

Billy Porter Tells AD About His Search for the Most Unique Airbnbs Ever

The Pose star also spills on his bold, fabulous personal space and shares his decor tips

By Jordi Lippe-Mcgraw

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Billy Porter will help Airbnb select 10 winners who will receive $100,000 each to build an out-of-this-world vacation rental.  Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Billy Porter is known for his avant-garde fashion and statement-making red carpet looks, so it’s no surprise that his sense of home design is similarly fabulous. And when Airbnb was looking for someone to choose the recipients of the Unique Airbnb Fund—a program the company is launching to find and finance unconventional, creative spaces—the Pose star was a shoo-in. CONTINUE READING…


CDC: CORONA VIRUS 2019 – (COVID19)

MENTAL HEALTH AND COPING

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 (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) 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

People with pre-existing mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.




Virtual Field Trips

In light of recent events, many are being asked to stay at home. While staying at home may seem tedious, Courier Post wrote an article about the different types of activities you can do at home – including watching explore.org livecams!

We invite you to travel all over the world without ever having to leave the safety of your living room. From tranquil tropical reefs to exciting action at the watering hole, you will always find something that inspires you.


War in Syria: ‘Carnage’, flouting of rights and international law, must stop: GuterresUN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that “we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
Humanitarian Aid
Coronavirus update: Countries urged to fight ‘controllable’ pandemicWith the COVID-19 outbreak now a pandemic, countries should not let up on efforts to fight its spread, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Geneva on Thursday. 
Health
Five things you should know now about the COVID-19 pandemicOn Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 
Health
De-escalate now, to steer Yemen off ‘precarious path’, UN Security Council hearsYemen is at a “critical juncture”, the UN Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Speaking via video-link, Martin Griffiths said that the combatants will either move towards de-escalation or greater violence, which would make “the path to the negotiating table more arduous”. 
Peace and Security
Iraq: UN mission urges ‘maximum restraint’ following deadly attack on foreign troopsThe UN mission in Iraq has called for ‘maximum restraint’ following a deadly attack on foreign forces serving under the United States-led coalition against the militant group ISIL. 
Peace and Security

3/13 –


Corona Virus Screening Website


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 

The Met 150
Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia—Ubiquitous Trees and Serpents: Early Buddhist Art of Southern India
5–6 pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Explore the pioneering traditions of early Buddhist art, with a focus on the sculptural and reliquary art of India’s Deccan Plateau from 200 BC to 400 AD, which will be the subject of a major exhibition this fall at The Met.

Free with Museum admission

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SXSW | March 13-22

The Weekend Crossword

From The New Yorker



Coronavirus update: new WHO fund, Guterres calls for ‘prudence, not panic’

UN Photo/Loey FelipeA man wearing a face mask to prevent infection by the COVID-19 virus walks on the streets of a semi-deserted New York City.    

Health

In a video message recorded on Friday afternoon, UN chief António Guterres assured the world that the COVID-19 virus will peak, and the global economy will recover but, until then, “we must act together to slow the spread of the virus and look after each other”.

In the face of a health crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes, said the Secretary-General, it is natural to feel anxious, worried and confused. The most vulnerable in society are also the most affected, and the social and economic fallout will affect most of us for months to come. CONTINUE READING…

More support needed for victims of sexual abuse by UN personnelAlthough measures to support victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) committed by UN personnel are proving effective, there is still room to do more, the senior official leading these efforts told journalists in New York on Friday.  Law and Crime Prevention
Many Mozambicans still struggling to get back on their feet, one year after cycloneMany of the people who lost everything when Cyclone Idai swept through central Mozambique a year ago, continue to face devastating hardship, the UN food relief agency said on Friday.
Humanitarian Aid
©UNICEF/Abdulaziz Al-DroubiAs Syrian conflict enters 10th year, ‘brutal truth’ is, there is little protection for families Although a fragile ceasefire agreed in northwest Syria is still holding, UN humanitarians on Friday warned of dire conditions for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict, now in its tenth year. 
Peace and Security
UN human rights chief: racism and xenophobia are ‘contagious killers’ tooThe coronavirus outbreak may have forced millions around the world already into “social distancing”, keeping a metre apart to prevent its spread, but it will not stop them from uniting to combat racism, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights declared in Geneva on Friday. 
Human Rights

UN human rights chief: racism and xenophobia are ‘contagious killers’ too

UNDPLACYoung women from the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Human Rights

The coronavirus outbreak may have forced millions around the world already into “social distancing”, keeping a metre apart to prevent its spread, but it will not stop them from uniting to combat racism, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights declared in Geneva on Friday.


3/14 –




Celebrate Pi Day with NASA

NASA Pi Day Challenge, Pi in the Sky 5 Promo
 Celebrate Pi Day With NASANASA is joining schools, students and science centers across the U.S. as they celebrate one of the most well known and beloved numbers: 3.14, or pi. Used throughout the STEM world – especially for space exploration – pi is the number that results from dividing the circumference of any circle by its diameter. Pi can be and often is rounded to 3.14 even though its decimals never end, which is why the date 3/14 has been designated National Pi Day.Looking for educational resources and activities to add to your Pi Day celebration? Check out these free offerings from the Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:NASA Pi Day ChallengeEach year, the JPL Education Office creates an illustrated Pi Day math challenge that features real-world problems NASA scientists and engineers solve to explore Earth and space. The 2020 challenge will be available as both a standards-aligned lesson for the classroom and as an activity students can do on their own. Answers will be released Monday, March 16. Explore our collection of lessons and problems from previous years’ challenges at the links below, and check back on March 6 to participate in the 2020 NASA Pi Day Challenge!The 2020 challenge goes online Friday, March 6!› For Educators: NASA Pi Day Challenge Lesson Collection› For Students: NASA Pi Day Challenge SlideshowMore Pi ResourcesArticle: How Many Decimals of Pi Do We Really Need? – While there are those who have memorized more than 70,000 digits of pi, JPL engineer Marc Rayman explains why you really only need a tiny fraction of that for even the highest-accuracy calculations at NASA.
Read more Article: Oh, the Places We Go: 18 Ways NASA Uses Pi – Whether it’s sending spacecraft to other planets, driving rovers on Mars, finding out what planets are made of or how deep alien oceans are, pi takes us far at NASA. Find out how pi helps us explore space.
Read more Article: 10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with NASA – Whether you’re doing it for the nerd cred or the pie, here are all the ways you can celebrate Pi Day with NASA.
Read more Share: Pi Day – What’s Going ‘Round – Tell us how you’re celebrating Pi Day this year.
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#MetKids Blog

#MetKids illustrated map

Did you know the #MetKids digital feature has its own blog—made for, with, and by kids? Follow along with the Museum’s young visitors from around the world.


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March 15-18: International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA) – San Diego, CA
The ICPA Spring Conference was established to serve the needs of international trade compliance professionals. The ICPA is a non-profit, global trade compliance community whose mission is to provide networking opportunities and resources to individuals involved in international trade compliance.). For more information, click here.


Mario Testino

Mario Testino

CIAO! Photographer Mario Testino has created his personal love token for Italy’s people, art, food, and fashion in the form of a new book published by TASCHEN.

This interview is also available to listen to as a podcast here.

Mario Testino, why Italy?

When I was a young guy I managed to get an Italian passport because my grandfather was of Italian origins. He was born in Italy and was from Lavagna in the Liguriaregion. He moved to Peru with his family, and my father was born in Peru and so was I. It is thanks to this Italian passport that I managed to have the career I’ve had.

Why do you say that it made your career?

As a Peruvian it was hard to travel freely through countries, and with the Italian passport I could travel anywhere at the drop of a hat. When I started my career jobs didn’t come with a lot of time in advance, they happened at the last moment. I had to have some way of being able to go to Milan or Paris or New York overnight, and an Italian passport allowed me to do that, even though I had never lived there.

Do you feel a bit Italian, not just because of your passport? READ THE FULL INTERVIEW… by Alain Elkann





Sunday at The Met—Unearthing the Past: Met Excavations in Egypt
2–3:30 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Explore The Met’s current projects in Dahshur and Malqata, which have yielded a wealth of new information about ancient Egyptian art and culture, with Met curators.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more 


WEBINAR: Representation in participatory processes
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2020 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)REGISTER  

15-19 MARCH 2020 | NEW ORLEANS, USA

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3/16 –



China shows COVID-19 Coronavirus can be ‘stopped in its tracks’

Photo courtesy of Yingshi ZhangMedical equipment supplied by the World Food Programme (WFP) arrives in Beijing. 

Health

China’s experience in containing the spread of the new coronavirus could serve as a lesson for other countries now facing the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) has told UN News in an in-depth interview. 

While more than 153,00 cases of the respiratory illness have been recorded globally as of Sunday, it is on the decline in China, demonstrating that the course of the outbreak there has been altered, according to WHORepresentative in the country, Dr. Gauden Galea. 

 “It is an epidemic that has been nipped as it was growing and stopped in its tracks. This is very clear from the data that we have, as well as the observations that we can see in society in general”, he told UN News in the capital, Beijing, on Saturday.  

CONTINUE READING…

UN Population Fund sounds alarm over dire situation facing women and girls in Syria after 10 years of war The UN sexual and reproductive health agency UNFPA, is expressing increasing concern about the women and girls trapped in Syria’s dire and escalating humanitarian crisis, especially in the north-west, where hostilities have caused mass displacement, human suffering and damage to civilian facilities.  
Women
Khaled Abdul Wahab‘You cannot fight a fire blindfolded’: WHO chief blasts slow virus testing response“The most effective way to prevent infections and save lives, is breaking the chains of transmission. And to do that, you must test and isolate”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at Monday’s COVID-19 press briefing, held at the UN health agency’s headquarters in Geneva: “Once again, our message is: test, test, test.”
Health
Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed; Mission deplores ‘heinous act’A United Nations peacekeeper from Burundi was killed on Sunday while attempting to stop an armed militant attack in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a statement released by the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA.
Peace and Security
UN COVID-19: Mental health in the age of coronavirusSince January when the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be a “public health emergency of international concern”, stress levels everywhere have continued to mount.
Health
Five things you should know now about the COVID-19 pandemicOn March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 
Health

3/17 –

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION / GLOBAL NEWS

OpenWHO
New course materials and languages now available!We are pleased to announce that new courses, new course materials as well as new language versions of courses related to the COVID-19 outbreak have been released on OpenWHO.

In the English course Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control:A new course video has been added to “Module B2: Laboratory Investigations” which can be accessed by navigating to the “Learnings” tab on the course navigation toolbar. Language versions of this course have been released in:Serbian Persian Turkish Russian Arabic Portuguese – New course video materials now available for modules A, C1 and C2! Spanish Simplified Chinese French Coming soon: Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Vietnamese

The course Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection is now available in: French Russian English Coming soon: Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

The course Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available in: Serbian Italian Portuguese Spanish Indonesian Japanese Russian French English – New course video materials now available for all three modules!Coming soon: Arabic, Chinese, Macedonian, Persian


The course ePROTECT Respiratory Infections is now available in:Portuguese Indonesian Russian French English Coming soon: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese

The course COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response is now available in English, but additional language versions are coming soon in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Russian, Italian.


In the midst of the outbreak, we are also pleased to announce that new materials on other health topics have been published:

Introduction to Poliomyelitis and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in EnglishVariole du singe:

Introduction (Monkeypox: Introduction) in French

Hoping to count you among the participants, we wish you a successful training!

Talking to your children about coronavirus: Let them know you’re listening, remind them you care

© UNICEF/Meng CuiUNICEF offers tips on how to speak to your children about COVID-19.

Health

As many adults are overwhelmed and anxious about the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations shined a light on how children may be feeling and urged parents to have open, supportive discussions to help them cope.

Amidst a deluge of information and with more and more people being confined to their homes, it is not surprising that children are also feeling anxious. 

And although they might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing online or on television, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEFpoints out that “they can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness”. 

UNICEF offered tips on how to engage your child in a meaningful discussion on this daunting issue.

New report from UN Economic Commission for Europe measures progress on global goalsAs all eyes, hearts and minds focus on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) garnered attention on Tuesday when a new UN report revealed that only ten countries in the European region have levels of air pollution below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended limit. 
SDGs
South-East Asian countries urged to ‘do more’ to fight COVID-19With South-East Asia reporting more than 480 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for countries to “act now” and urgently scale-up “aggressive” measures to tackle the disease. 
Health
Talking to your children about coronavirus: Let them know you’re listening, remind them you careAs many adults are overwhelmed and anxious about the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations shined a light on how children may be feeling and urged parents to have open, supportive discussions to help them cope.
Health
Coronavirus update: humanitarian work must continue, ‘no exceptions’ for bold action in Europe, ensure sufficient medicine stocksUN humanitarian agency issues reminded that millions need humanitarian aid, WHO Europe want countries to take “bold steps” to stop coronavirus, and a UN-backed narcotics body calls for sufficient stocks of medicine to be maintained.
Health
COVID-19: Agencies temporarily suspend refugee resettlement travelA “vital lifeline” for vulnerable families forced to flee their homelands has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic as two UN agencies announced on Tuesday that they are temporarily suspending resettlement travel for refugees. 
Migrants and Refugees

Where is this going?

Is there already a CURE for COVID19? Scientific claims of a CURE 2 weeks ago!!!

We as the developing world who have managed much greatness can continue to do so without falling apart. Leadership needs to collect their composure.

3/18 –

Webinar: NIH Research Training Opportunities in Global Mental Health
Hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Please register to participate.
9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT


The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America — 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) More at Whitehouse.gov.

Coronavirus Situational Update

SPRING BREAK 2020

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COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.

Cases in U.S. Situation Summary 

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Road To Recovery







NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY DAY IN REVIEW
GRACE, GRACE-FO Satellite Data Track Ice Loss at the Poles
Greenland and Antarctica are melting – but how quickly and which areas are most affected? Nearly 20 years of satellite data provide key insights into these questions.
Read the full story

New Spinoff Publication Shares How NASA Innovations Benefit Life on Earth
From lasers to rovers, the technology JPL develops for space often has unanticipated uses much closer to home.
Read the full story

Swift policy action, strong leadership can save millions of jobs, ‘avert the worst’ amid COVID-19 pandemicAs dire forecasts about the global economy add to the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s labour agency (ILO) on Thursday offered a range of urgent measures, which, if governments act quickly, can help to protect workers in the workplace, stimulate the economy and save millions of jobs.
Economic Development

UN health chief announces global ‘solidarity trial’ to jumpstart search for COVID-19 treatmentJust 60 days after the genetic sequence of COVID-19 was shared by China, the first vaccine trial has begun, the UN health chief said on Wednesday, calling it “an incredible achievement” and urging the world to maintain “the same spirit of solidarity” that has helped fight Ebola.
Health

Still ‘early days’ to assess COVID-19 impact on women, children – UNICEF officialShortly after the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNICEF was among the first United Nations agencies to step up and deliver much-needed medical supplies including masks to China.  
Health

Women plough the way to peace in South Sudan resettlement projectWomen who had been displaced by fighting in South Sudan are sowing seeds of peace, with support from the UN mission in the country, UNMISS
Peace and Security

UN agriculture agency staff continue to strive for a better world amid Italy COVID-19 lockdownItaly has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with nearly 28,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 2,503 deaths, according to latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).  While a national quarantine has the country in lockdown, it has not halted the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in the capital, Rome. 
Health

Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinksA blueprint for how countries can keep carbon in fragile land-based carbon sinks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been unveiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 
Climate Change

FROM THE FIELD: Surviving a coronavirus scare in ChinaA young woman who works as an intern for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in China has been talking about the anxiety she faced after being hospitalized for several days with a suspected case of coronavirus or COVID-19.
Health

Treat migrants with dignity and respect during pandemic: UN migration agencyThe importance of treating migrants with dignity and respect has not changed, UN migration agency (IOM), spokesperson Joel Millman has told UN News, adding that the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on migrants, highly represented in the food industry, which is now seeing widespread shutdowns, is ‘a huge concern’ to the agency.

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3/19 – 🐲🌱🐣HAPPY SPRING🐇💐🐝



Engineers Roundtable: Strong Applications to Fund Municipal Water Infrastructure

Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center (EFC), NY Water Environment Association, and the New York Section American Water Works Association are hosting an engineers roundtable on Thursday, March 19, 2020, to discuss the application process to obtain funding for municipal water infrastructure projects. The roundtable will be held at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Syracuse, NY. For more information and to register, go to Syracuse University EFC’s website.


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NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY DAY IN REVIEW
NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Gets Its Sample Handling SystemThe system will be collecting and storing Martian rock and soil. Its installation marks another milestone in the march toward the July launch period.With the launch period for NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover opening in a little less than four months, the six-wheeler is reaching significant pre-launch milestones almost daily at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rover had some components removed prior to being shipped from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California to the Cape in early February. Last week, Perseverance’s assembly, test and launch operations team integrated two components that will play key roles in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity’s first samples from another planet: the Adaptive Caching Assembly and the Bit Carousel.The Bit Carousel contains the nine drill bits Perseverance will use to sample Martian rock and dust. Attached to the top front of the rover on March 7 and resembling a flying saucer, it also is the gateway for the samples to move into the belly of the rover for assessment and processing by the Adaptive Caching System.Installed on March 3, the Adaptive Caching Assembly consists of seven motors and more than 3,000 parts, all working in unison to collect samples from the surface of Mars. A chief component of the assembly is the Sample Handling Arm, which will move sample tubes to the main robotic arm’s coring drill and then transfer the filled sample tubes into a space to be sealed and stored.The installation and testing of the electrical wiring for both the Adaptive Caching Assembly and Bit Carousel were completed on March 11.”With the addition of the Adaptive Caching Assembly and Bit Carousel, the heart of our sample collection system is now on board the rover,” said Matt Wallace, deputy project manager of the Mars 2020 mission at JPL. “Our final but most crucial elements to install will be the sample tubes that will contain the first samples that will be brought from another planet back to Earth for analysis. We will keep these pristine until we integrate them in a couple of months.”Currently, the coronavirus has not impacted the Mars Perseverance rover launch schedule. Launch preparations are continuing.The Perseverance rover is a robotic scientist weighing just under 2,300 pounds (1,043 kilograms). It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize Mars’ climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and help pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. No matter what day Perseverance launches during the launch period, which extends from July 17 through Aug. 5, it will alight on Mars’ Jezero Crater just after 3:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. PST) on Feb. 18, 2021.JPL, which is managed by Caltech in Pasadena, is building and will manage operations of the Mars Perseverance rover for NASA. The agency’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management. The Mars 2020 project with its Perseverance rover is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans.For more information about the mission, go to:https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/For more about NASA’s Moon to Mars plans, visit:https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars

Disaster Preparedness

‘Solidarity, hope’ and coordinated global response needed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic, says UN chiefAs public fear and uncertainty grow around the COVID-19 pandemic, “more than ever before, we need solidarity, hope and the political will to see this crisis through together,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday in his first virtual press conference.
Health

COVID-19: WHO working on supply pipeline for protective equipment and testsFor the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began last December, China has reported no domestic cases of the disease, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday, calling it “an amazing achievement”.  
Health

UN, an ‘ally’ in Kenya in fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blogThe United Nations is working closely with the Kenyan Government to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19. By Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.
Health

© UNICEF/Khudr Al-IssaPreventing discrimination against people with disabilities in COVID-19 responseUnless Governments and communities take action, discrimination against people with disabilities could increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert with the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. 
Health

UN body underscores priority of health, safety during ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 challengesConfronted with widespread human, social, and economic ramifications surrounding COVID-19, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) stressed the priority of ensuring “the health and safety of people”.
SDGs

UN official applauds move by Central African Republic to prevent child recruitmentA senior United Nations official has welcomed the move by lawmakers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to criminalize child recruitment.
Peace and Security
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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 



Census Bureau Hosts 2020 Census News Briefing
NEW TIME: 1 p.m. EDT
What: The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a telephone news conference to share updates on the status of the 2020 Census. Topics of discussion will include updates on 2020 Census operations including the impact of COVID-19 and the upcoming release of the 2020 Census Response Rate map. Media Q&A will follow the briefing.
When: Friday, March 20, 2020, at 1 p.m. (EDT)Who: Census Bureau leadership
Access: The news briefing will consist of an audio conference only. Conference call information will be provided to media upon RSVP.  Please dial in 15-30 minutes early to allow time for registration. Question and answer participation is limited to media only following the presentation.
RSVP: Members of the media that would like to attend this telephone news conference, please RSVP here.

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COVID-19 resources are now available in American Sign Language (ASL) on CDC’s YouTube page: 
COVID-19 Prevention Tips in ASL

10 Things You Can do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

What is my Risk for COVID-19

What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19

Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019
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NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
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!
Learning Space

UN aid teams work round the clock amid COVID-19 pandemic to ensure humanitarian support to millions As the global humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues at breakneck speed, UN assistance remains critical for some 100 hundred million people living in emergency situations, and life-saving food aid is essential for 87 million people across the world.
Health

Another ‘tragic milestone’: Reported cases of COVID-19 pass 200,000, says UN health chief It took three months to reach the first 100,000 cases of COVID-19 but only 12 days to double that, to reach over 200,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Health

FIRST PERSON: The ‘inseparable bond’ between Hawaiian culture and native plantsThe 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 aspects of the goals in their everyday work.
Climate Change

UN chief congratulates Uzbekistan on decision to end statelessness for 50,000 peopleUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated Uzbekistan on the passage this week of legislation set to end statelessness for some 50,000 people in the Central Asian country.  
Migrants and Refugees

UNHCR delivers much-needed aid to Sudanese refugees in ChadNearly 94 tonnes of emergency aid has been airlifted into Chad to support thousands of people who have fled ongoing violence in Sudan’s West Darfur state, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Friday.
Humanitarian Aid

UN campaign to tap into personal connections in bid to protect religious sitesThe United Nations will soon launch a campaign highlighting the personal connections of individuals with religious sites as part of its efforts to protect places of worship around the world.  
Peace and Security

UN rights chief urges South Sudan authorities to address inter-communal violenceAuthorities in South Sudan must address intercommunal violence if the nation is to achieve lasting peace, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday, in response to a recent escalation in fighting in the east and central parts of the country.  
Human Rights
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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Space food is a type of food product created and processed for consumption by astronauts during missions to outer space. The food has specific requirements of providing balanced nutrition for individuals working in space, while being easy and safe to store, prepare and consume in the machinery-filled weightless environments of crewed spacecraft

Modern astronauts have a greater variety of main courses to choose from, and many request personalized menus from lists of available foods including items like fruit salad and spaghetti. Fresh fruits and vegetables that can be safely stored at room temperature are eaten on space flights. Astronauts sometimes request beef jerky for flights, as it has an extended shelf life and a strong flavor.Rehydratable Shōyu flavoured Japanese ramen from JAXA.

  • Chinese: In October 2003, the People’s Republic of China commenced their first manned space flight. The astronaut, Yang Liwei, brought along with him and ate specially processed yuxiang pork (simplified: 鱼香肉丝; traditional: 魚香肉絲}}), Kung Pao chicken (simplified: 宫保鸡丁; traditional: 宮保雞丁), and Eight Treasures rice (simplified: 八宝饭; traditional: 八寶飯), along with Chinese herbal tea. Food made for this flight and the subsequent manned flight in 2007 has been commercialized for sale to the mass market.
  • Italian: Commercial firms Lavazza and Argotec developed an espresso machine, called ISSpresso, for the International Space Station. It can also brew other hot drinks, such as tea, hot chocolate, and broth. On 3 May 2015, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti became the first person to drink freshly brewed coffee in space. While the device serves as a quality-of-life improvement aboard the station, it is also an experiment in fluid dynamics in space. The brewing machine and drinking cups were specially designed to work with fluids in low gravity.
  • Japanese: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have developed traditional Japanese foods and drinks such as matchayōkanramensushisoups, and rice with ume for consumption in orbit. The foods have been produced in collaboration with Japanese food companies such as AjinomotoMeiji Dairies, and Nissin Foods.
  • Korean: In April 2008, South Korea’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, was a crew member on the International Space Station and brought a modified version of Korea’s national dish, kimchi. It took three research institutes several years and over one million dollars in funding to create a version of the fermented cabbage dish that was suitable for space travel.
  • Russian: On the International Space Station, the Russian crew has a selection of over 300 dishes. An example daily menu can consist of:
    • Breakfast: curds and nuts, mashed potatoes with nuts, apple-quince chip sticks, sugarless coffee, and vitamins
    • Lunch: jellied pike perch, borscht with meat, goulash with buckwheat, bread, black currant juice, sugarless tea
    • Supper: rice and meat, broccoli and cheese, nuts, tea with sugar
    • Second supper: dried beef, cashew nuts, peaches, grape juice
  • Swedish: Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang was not allowed to bring reindeer jerky with him on board a shuttle mission as it was “weird” for the Americans so soon before Christmas. He had to go with moose instead.

NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project (AFT) is researching ways to ensure an adequate food supply for long-duration space exploration missions. WIKIPEDIA



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NY Gov Andrew Cuomo


simulation is an approximate imitation of the operation of a process or system; that represents its operation over time.

Simulation is used in many contexts, such as simulation of technology for performance tuning or optimizing, safety engineeringtestingtrainingeducation, and video games. Often, computer experiments are used to study simulation models. Simulation is also used with scientific modelling of natural systems or human systems to gain insight into their functioning as in economics. Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action. Simulation is also used when the real system cannot be engaged, because it may not be accessible, or it may be dangerous or unacceptable to engage, or it is being designed but not yet built, or it may simply not exist.

Key issues in simulation include the acquisition of valid sources of information about the relevant selection of key characteristics and behaviors, the use of simplifying approximations and assumptions within the simulation, and fidelity and validity of the simulation outcomes. Procedures and protocols for model verification and validation are an ongoing field of academic study, refinement, research and development in simulations technology or practice, particularly in the work of computer simulation.


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Damien Hirst

By Alain Elkann

Damien Hirst

CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PARIS 

Damien Hirst talks about his life and the new paintings on beauty, life and death that he plans to exhibit at Fondation Cartier.

This interview with Damien Hirst is also available to listen to as a podcast and on YouTube.

Damien Hirst, there are four artists that stand out as influences in your life and work: Marcel DuchampPablo PicassoFrancis Bacon and Jeff Koons.  CONTINUE READING…


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Dear Fellow New Yorker, 

I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is gripping our state and our nation. As you may know, in order to slow this pandemic, I put New York on PAUSE. That means non-essential businesses are closed and gatherings of any size for any reason are canceled. All New Yorkers are directed to practice social distancing — by staying home and keeping six feet of space from others when in public.  Stay Informed: Get nightly updates from New York State with the latest news on our response to the pandemic by signing up here. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores and other essential businesses will remain open. For a full list of essential businesses that will remain open, click here. For more information on New York’s COVID-19 protocols, visit the Department of Health’s Coronavirus website. I did not make these decisions lightly. They are necessary to reduce the spread of this virus and save lives. We know that many New Yorkers are suffering financially as a result of this pandemic — which is why I issued a 90-day moratorium on evictions and on mortgage payments. The deadline to file taxes has been postponed. We will continue to take action to help New Yorkers who are facing economic hardship.  Sign up for nightly emails with the facts you should know about the novel coronavirus pandemic. Today I went to the Javits Center in New York — where we are gathering medical supplies and beginning construction with FEMA on a 1,000-bed temporary hospital. We are working closely with the federal government to expand hospital capacity by thousands of beds. Right now we are facing a generation-defining challenge. But America is America because of our ability to overcome adversity and challenges. I believe that to the bottom of my soul. We will overcome this and we will get through this and we will come out even stronger. 

Ever Upward, 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 


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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

Why are the Sustainable Development Goals important to Hawaii?

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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.
Health

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. 
Humanitarian Aid

‘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.
Health

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.
Human Rights

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. 
Health

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.
Economic Development
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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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

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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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Enable ‘all out effort’ to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy 

© UNICEF/MebrahtuUNICEF blankets and food supplies are about to be distributed in Lattakia, Syria, as the UN calls for a country-wide truce.

Health

The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“I am appealing specifically for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to suppress COVID-19 in Syria”, Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said in a statement.


G-20 summit provides chance to rally strongly against coronavirus threat: UN chiefThe COVID-19 crisis presents an “extraordinary opportunity” for the world’s leading economic forum to respond to the numerous threats the disease poses to people everywhere, the UN Secretary-General has said.
Health

COVID-19: Lockdown across India, in line with WHO guidanceIndia’s decision to impose a 21-day lockdown, which was announced on Tuesday, comes after a call from the UN health agency, WHO, for the country to take “aggressive action”.
Health

Amidst pandemic, now is the time for action to also beat tuberculosis, urges WHOAs countries across the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Health agency reminded everyone on Tuesday, World Tuberculosis Day 2020, that TB remains the world’s most deadly infectious disease.
Health

Ease sanctions against countries fighting COVID-19: UN human rights chiefAs the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an easing of sanctions against countries such as Iran to allow their medical systems to fight the disease and limit its global spread. 
Human Rights

Enable ‘all out effort’ to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Health

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderCOVID-19: UN health agency advice informs decision to delay Olympic Games for first time since 1944The International Olympic Committee declared on Wednesday that it is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics which were due to take place in Japan, based on information provided by the UN health agency, WHO, on the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Health

UNIC LagosUN in Nigeria strengthens COVID-19 containment and care, mobilizes $2 million for key support to GovernmentThe United Nations system in Nigeria has mobilized $2 million to help the Government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and care for those in the West African country stricken by the virus. 
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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BIOLOGY

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WEBINAR: Legal frameworks for participation
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UN Photo/Mark GartenUN 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.Humanitarian AidWFP/Georgina GoodwinDebt 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 DevelopmentUN 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.Culture and EducationWFP/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. Peace and Security© 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.SDGs© 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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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 
MULAN

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APRIL 2020 😁 Schedule An Appointment

National Minority Health Month 2020
OMH Announces Active & Healthy Challenge for National Minority Health Month 2020:
Active & Healthy 

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WEBINAR: Capacities for mutually beneficial engagement
16:00 – 17:00 CET
Register for the webinar
Meeting password: Participation123

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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 

4/14 –

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.  


Event:
  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

4/17 –

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 

4/20

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.

4/24 –

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 

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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

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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

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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

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6/1 –

INVESTMENT SUMMIT

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.

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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.

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JANET JACKSON BLACK DIAMOND TOUR

BLACK DIAMOND TOUR kick-off in Miami

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WELCOME TO LA JOLLA, CA

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.

LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL

July 24-25, 2020

HOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM AWARDS™

Global Recognition

THE CANNES OF THE FASHION FILM WORLD

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

THE INDUSTRY LEADER

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

THE VENUE

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

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

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(619) 889-3238

submissions@ljifff.com

http://www.LJFFF.com



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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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