MAY 2020

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

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

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

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

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Coping with Traumatic Events


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

Ways to Cope

Healthy ways of coping in this time period include:

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

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



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

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  

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

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

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

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

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

Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

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

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UN mobilizes global cooperation in science-based COVID-19 responses

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

“Now is the time for unity”

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

4/25 –

Inc. This Morning – Saturday Edition

Your guide to the new $484 billion stimulus

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

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

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

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

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

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noun ˈfāth  plural faiths ˈfāths  , sometimes  ˈfāt͟hz 

Definition of faith

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

faith verb ˈfāth  faithedfaithingfaiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb archaicBELIEVETRUST

Stages of faith development

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

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

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

4/27 –


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

Protect workers during and after lockdowns, urges UN labour agencyMarking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace.HealthUN Photo/Jean Marc FerreTap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security CouncilEven amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries must do more to harness the talents of young people to address the crisis and its aftermath, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Monday during a videoconference meeting to review the five years since its adoption of a landmark resolution on youth, peace and security.
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UNICEF/Fouad ChoufanyCOVID-19: New women-led UN initiative aims to save lives and protect livelihoods Against the backdrop of the unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deputy UN chief briefed journalists on Monday about a new women-led initiative that mobilizes support to save lives and protect livelihoods.  
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UNICEF/@katchyaphotos‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive coronavirus measures hits most vulnerableDisturbing details have emerged from dozens of countries that a “toxic lockdown culture” against the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted drastically on society’s most vulnerable members, the UN human rights Office (OHCHR) said on Monday. The development follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call last week for States not to use the COVID crisis as a pretext for repressive measures, in which he urged Governments to recognize that the threat was the “virus, not people”.
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UNICEF/Marko KokicAfghanistan: Civilian casualties down, but hundreds still killed, despite US-Taliban dealIn the first quarter of 2020, the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan fell by nearly a third from the same period a year earlier, representing the lowest first quarter figure since 2012, according to a UN report released on Monday.
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UNICEF/Mahmood FadhelCOVID-19 putting routine childhood immunization in danger: UN health agencyAs the new coronavirus continues its relentless march across the planet, with nearly 2.9 million cases reported as of Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) remains concerned about the pandemic’s impact on other health services, especially for children.

WFP/Mohammed AwadhYemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says top UN negotiatorThe needs of Yemen’s people should be put first, ahead of actions that risk escalating the already dire situation inside the war-shattered country, UN Special Envoy for the war-weary country, Martin Griffiths, said on Monday.
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Centre hospitalier d’ArgenteuilFROM THE FIELD: How refugees are helping overwhelmed health systems’ COVID-19 responseWith many European health services struggling to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients, many refugees and migrants with experience in the sector, are being drafted in to help respond to the crisis. 

UNICEF/ GilbertsonGreece: COVID-19 pandemic a further risk to refugee child educationUN agencies in Greece have expressed concern at the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the education of refugee children in the country, as a charity partner warns that funding for educational programmes is on the verge of running out.Culture and Education
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

4/28 –

Marine Corps Times

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

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

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

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

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

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


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How this South African is preparing to move to Mars.

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

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


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

Gloved fingers holding vial of blood labeled "HIV Test"Despite similar rates of enrollment in medical care, youth living with HIV have significantly lower rates of viral suppression (reducing HIV to undetectable levels) than adults over age 24, according to a recent analysis. Researchers analyzed data from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), which is funded by NIMHD, NICHD, and NIDA.Among 1,411 youth recently enrolled in treatment centers in the United States, researchers found that only 12% attained viral suppression—a much lower rate than the 32% to 63% suppression rate observed in adults over age 24. The data also suggest that the amount of time between HIV diagnosis and enrollment in care may be an important factor. The findings highlight the need for youth-focused interventions to promote initiation and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in this population.

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

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

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Check out our Response Rate Map and Rankings Dashboard to see how your town is doing. The map is updated every afternoon to reflect the self-response rate of the country and each state, county, city, census tract, congressional district and tribal area.

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The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Requesting Information to Connect Impacted Producers to Purchasing Opportunities.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect affected farmers to potential new purchasing opportunities through various institutions, such as food banks, retailers and more.
Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to using local foods to support the emergency food system, and we are looking to connect producers to food banks and those in need. This information will be provided to the Department’s partners and posted on its website.
If you are a producer with surplus product, the Department asks that you send your name, contact information, and the type of product(s) you have in surplus to Lindsey McMahon at Please provide this information by Monday, May 4, 2020, if possible.
For Additional COVID-19 Information & Resources:
The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has created an official COVID-19 resource page offering details and latest guidance as it relates to agriculture in the state.
The Cornell Small Farms Program is keeping a list of resources for farms to build resiliency through potential impacts from COVID-19.
The Cornell EDEN website is the hub of information for COVID-19 issues and resources.
The Cornell Ag Workforce is a great resource for updates on labor management issues and programs and policies related to agriculture workforce issues and COVID-19.
The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University answers questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained.

Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show ‘Chaos Terrain’ in Crisp Detail
Work is ongoing to refine images NASA’s Galileo spacecraft captured of Europa as scientists prepare for exploration of Jupiter’s icy moon.
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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Will Look at Mars Through These ‘Eyes’
A pair of zoomable cameras will help scientists and rover drivers with high-resolution color images.
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Global health experts advise WHO to identify animal source of COVID-19 virusInternational experts have advised the World Health Organization (WHO) to work to identify the animal origins of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic and its transmission to humans, the UN agency said on Friday.HealthUNDP/Fahad Kaizer‘Rights and dignity’ of older people must be respected during COVID-19 and beyondThe COVID-19 fatality rate for people over 80-years-old, is five times the global average, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday, launching a new policy initiative to address this and many other challenges faced by the elderly, during and after the biggest public health crisis to hit the world in a century.Human RightsUN Women/Ploy PhutphengMillions of missing airmiles: How the UN civil aviation agency is helping airlines take off againIn normal times, the world’s airlines would be carrying nearly 2 billion international passengers this year. That’s 5.7 million a day. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the planet, these are not normal times. In its latest analysis of the economic impact of novel coronavirus on global commercial aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) warns of a potential overall reduction of 872 million to just over 1.3 billion international passengers – if signs of recovery emerge in late May.Economic DevelopmentUN Photo/Mark GartenJournalists provide ‘antidote’ to COVID-19 misinformation, UN chief says ahead of World Press Freedom DayThe UN Secretary-General is calling for greater protection of journalists who are providing the “antidote” to what he has characterized as a pandemic of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.Human Rights© UNICEF/Alejandra PocaterraVaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown put children’s lives at stake: UNICEFHelp is needed urgently to distribute vaccines worldwide amid dramatic shortages because of COVID-19 restrictions, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. It has warned that youngsters’ lives “are at stake” owing to the dramatic decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters.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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Patient Safety Bulletin:

Study Estimates COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Medical Costs, Hospital Use
The spread of COVID-19 in the United States could result in hundreds of billions of dollars in direct medical costs, according to a study partially funded by AHRQ and published in Health Affairs. Using data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and other sources, researchers developed computer models to simulate the financial impact that COVID-19 could have on the U.S. healthcare system. The models also quantified the potential magnitude of the use of resources such as ventilators and hospital beds that would be required under various scenarios. Models based on 20 percent of the population developing symptomatic infections generated a median estimate of 11.2 million hospitalizations, 62.3 million hospital bed days, and 1.6 million ventilators used, costing $163.4 billion in direct medical costs. Researchers also estimated that having 80 percent of the population become symptomatically infected could result in a median of 44.6 million hospitalizations, 249.5 million hospital bed days and 6.5 million ventilators used. In that scenario, direct medical costs could reach $654 billion over the course of the pandemic. Access the abstract

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National Institute of Mental Health: Let's Talk Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9)

In recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, use these resources from NIMH to help raise awareness about the importance of child and adolescent mental health. Share science. Share hope. 

Let's Talk Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Share science. Share hope.

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New York on PAUSE remains in effect until at least May 15th. Non-essential businesses remain closed. Additionally, schools and college facilities will stay closed for the remainder of the academic year (remote learning will continue).

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Star Wars Day:

May The Fourth Be With You

2020 May the 4th LEGO Star Wars Days Sales, Promotions and Offers ...

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are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture. In the Renaissance, the term contrasted with divinity and referred to what is now called classics, the main area of secular study in universities at the time. Today, the humanities are more frequently contrasted with natural, and sometimes social sciences, as well as professional training.

The humanities use methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element—as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences, yet, unlike the sciences, it has no central discipline. The humanities include the study of ancient and modern languagesliteraturephilosophyhistoryarchaeologyanthropologyhuman geographylawpoliticsreligion, and art.

Scholars in the humanities are “humanity scholars” or humanists. The term “humanist” also describes the philosophical position of humanism, which some “antihumanist” scholars in the humanities reject. The Renaissance scholars and artists were also called humanists. Some secondary schools offer humanities classes usually consisting of literature, global studies and art.

Human disciplines like historyfolkloristics, and cultural anthropology study subject matters that the manipulative experimental method does not apply to—and instead mainly use the comparative method and comparative research.

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Announcing “A Moment With the Met”—in Celebration of the First Monday in May

Announcing A Moment With the Metin Celebration of the First Monday in May
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Historically, the first Monday in Mayhas marked an iconic night for fashion and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met gala has long been dedicated to raising funds for the Met’s Costume Institute, and this year, you’re invited to join Vogue in a celebration of Met galas past.


The Problem With Coronavirus Models Is How We Talk About Them | Defense One

Health care of tomorrow, today: How artificial intelligence is fighting the current, and future, COVID-19 pandemic | The Hill

3 Ways The Covid-19 Crisis Has Opened Minds About Technology | Forbes

The Pentagon Will Use AI to Predict Panic Buying, COVID-19 Hotspots | Defense One

Groups Urge Congress to Fund Federal Tech Upgrades in Next COVID Stimulus Bill | Nextgov

UN health agency hails 7.4 billion Euro pledge for COVID-19 treatmentsWorld leaders on Monday pledged 7.4 billion Euros to support research and development for medicines to fight COVID-19 which the top UN health official has hailed as “a powerful and inspiring demonstration of global solidarity”.

UNAMA/Fardin WaeziPress freedom critical to countering COVID-19 ‘pandemic of misinformation’: UN chiefJournalists are key to countering the “dangerous outbreak of misinformation” accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday during a virtual dialogue on promoting press freedom amid the global crisis.
Culture and Education

UnsplashNone of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemicThe “most massive public health effort in history” is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.
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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Which languages will be spoken in space?

How SpaceX’s Starship became NASA’s ace in the hole to get to the moon by 2024

How SpaceX's Starship became NASA's ace in the hole to get to the moon by 2024


NASA has announced the three commercial teams that have been slated to build machines that will return human beings to the moon in four years. They are Dynetics, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Of the three, the proposal by SpaceX has the most potential to land that next man and first woman on the moon by 2024.


In Depth

The regular daily and monthly rhythms of Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon, have guided timekeepers for thousands of years. Its influence on Earth’s cycles, notably tides, has been charted by many cultures in many ages.

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Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC ProsecutorUnabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, warning that war crimes may have been committed.Peace and SecurityUN Photo/Manuel EliasCOVID-19 makes universal digital access and cooperation essential: UN tech agencyAs the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the way in which we work, keep in touch, go to school and shop for essentials – across the world – it has never been more important to bridge the digital divide for the 3.6 billion people who remain off-line.SDGsMONUSCOCOVID-19: UN teams step up efforts to protect rights in prisons, as revolts intensify worldwideAs senior UN officials spread the alarm over the rapid spread of COVID-19 through prisons – where physical distancing is nigh on impossible, and hygiene is often inadequate – UN Corrections, Justice and Human Rights teams are working to protect prison staff and detainees from the ravages of the virus.HealthILO Photo/John IsaacSoap for refugee shelters; a matter of life and death as pandemic continuesHandwashing with soap and water has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an extremely important way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but, in many countries, even basic facilities are hard to come by. On Hand Hygiene Day, marked on Tuesday, we look in-depth at the work that one US-based NGO is doing, providing soap in shelters supported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), in Mexico.Health© UNFPA DRCUN celebrates midwives during COVID-19 crisis because ‘childbirth doesn’t stop for pandemics’With many national health systems totally overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, midwives are demonstrating courage and resilience as they support women and newborns in the toughest of circumstances, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday.WomenWFP/Simon Pierre DioufFood insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hitsWell over 40 million people across West Africa face desperate food shortages in coming months, with COVID-19 restrictions a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.Health© UNICEF/Eyas El BabaUN rights expert urges States to step-up anti-slavery efforts to protect most vulnerable during COVID-19 A UN human rights expert urged governments on Tuesday to increase protection for those millions of workers, who due to the COVID-19 pandemic, risk being pushed into exploitative jobs that are tantamount to slavery.
 Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Jason Fried’s Best Advice After 20 Years of Running a Remote Workforce

Join Inc. for a free virtual event with the co-founder and CEO of remote software maker Basecamp. He’ll discuss the new state of work during the coronavirus pandemic.


1 pm EST

Join Fried for this latest installment of Inc.’s Real Talk Business Reboot–Understanding the New World of Work. In addition to tactical tips for how to work with clients you’ve never met face-to-face and manage people who work too hard, he’ll share insight on how the current crisis is exposing shortcomings in conventional workplaces and new opportunities for professional creativity.

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Coronavirus: Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newbornsThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 116 million babies have been born since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday called for governments to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns that are under increasing threat from strained health services and supply chains.Women

UNRWA/Khalil AdwanAverage of 80,000 COVID-19 new cases a day in April: UN health agencySince the start of the month, an average of 80,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported each day to the World Health Organization (WHO), the agency’s chief told journalists listening in to his virtual press conference on Wednesday.Health©

UNICEF/UNI91025/NooraniCOVID-19 crisis putting human trafficking victims at risk of further exploitation, experts warnLockdowns, travel restrictions, resource cutbacks and other measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus are putting victims of human trafficking at risk of further exploitation, while organized crime networks could further profit from the pandemic, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Law and Crime Prevention

UNMISS/Isaac BillyCoronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recoveryThe COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis.Health

UNHCR/Christophe ArchambaultAmid COVID-19 pandemic, thousands stranded in Bay of Bengal ‘unable to come ashore’In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,United Nations agencies called on Wednesday for South-East Asian governments to show compassion to boats full of vulnerable people adrift in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.Migrants and Refugees

UN Photo/Kibae ParkSenior UN official calls for universal basic income to tackle growing inequalityThe COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens with a universal basic income, to help the millions who have lost their jobs, because of measures to curb the virus, combined with increasing levels of inequality.Economic Development

OCHA/Gemma CortesVenezuelans ‘teetering on the brink of survival’ warn UN human rights expertsUnited Nations independent experts demanded on Wednesday that the Venezuelan Government take concrete actions to tackle the devastating impact on basic human rights of the country’s economic crisis.Human Rights
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Booz Allen Federal Health AI Event Series

What role will artificial intelligence (AI) play as the global public health community responds to COVID-19 and plans for the possibility of future pandemics? Join us for a live online forum where leaders from the Federal Government, Booz Allen, and select industry and academic partners will provide a candid look at how AI is already being applied and explore opportunities to leverage it further.RSVP Now

Webinar Event Details:

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST
  • Registration is free

What you’ll learn:

  • How agencies and industry experts are leveraging AI for COVID-19 response
  • Best practices for data management workflows
  • How to identify and mitigate common challenges
  • Importance of collaboration to overcome challenges related to COVID-19


Confirmed Speakers (full agenda and speaker list coming soon)

  • Dr. John Brownstein
    Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School
    Presentation title: “Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Dr. Kim D. Pruitt, Ph.D.
    Chief, Information Engineering Branch,NCBI/NLM/NIH
    Presentation title: “NLM digital data management and standards to support COVID-19 research”
  • Ms. Catherine Ordun, Dr. Edward Raff, Mr. Alex Hanson
    Senior Associates, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Presentation title: “Exploratory Analysis of Covid-19 Tweets using Topic Modeling, UMAP, and DiGraphs”
  • CAPT Kimberly Elenberg
    Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), COVID-19 Task Force (CVTF)
  • Dr. Amir Mokhtari and Dr. Jeffrey Kriseman
    Senior Associates, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Presentation title: “COVID-19 Simulator: A multi-method approach for modeling infectious disease dynamics in communities”
  • Dr. Thomas Osborne
    Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Director, National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI), VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Mr. Aaron Peters
    Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Data Science Lead, Veterans Experience Office, VA
    Presentation title: “VEO Veterans Signals: COVID-19 Customer Experience Data”

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This image of the rocket-powered descent stage sitting on to of NASA’s Perseverance rover was taken in a clean room at Kennedy Space Center on April 29, 2020. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Stacking spacecraft components on top of each other is one of the final assembly steps before a mission launches to the Red Planet.

Engineers working on NASA’s Perseverance rover mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have begun the process of placing the Mars-bound rover and other spacecraft components into the configuration they’ll be in as they ride on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch period for the mission opens on July 17 – just 70 days from now.

The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2020

Becoming a NASA Engineer

What does it take to become a NASA Engineer? In a sit-down with Tracy Drain, JPL Systems Engineer, we’ll follow her road to her dream job. Using past and future missions as examples, we’ll find out that the path is more cyclical than you think and discover why you should always take your own notes. This webcast show will be conducted via video conference, with speakers joining remotely from home. Watch live via YouTube and submit your questions via the chat.

Brian White

Tracy Drain, Systems Engineer, JPL 

Time: 7 p.m. PDT

(10 p.m. EDT; 0200 UTC)

View online here

Throwback Thursday

UNODC/Ioulia Kondratovitch

COVID-19 causes some illegal drug prices to surge, as supplies are disrupted worldwide

Law and Crime Prevention

Measures by governments across the world to curb the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the widespread disruption of trafficking routes for illegal drugs, mainly by air and on land, upping some prices, according to a new UN report published on Thursday. Audio – 7’18” PlaylistOllivier Girard


African artists take creative approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

Culture and Education

Top artists from across Africa and throughout the African Diaspora have joined forces with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, to save lives and counter misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audio – 8’24” Playlist© OCHA

COVID-19: UN and partners launch $6.7 billion appeal for vulnerable countries

Humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives and halt the spread of COVID-19 in more than 60 of the world’s most fragile countries.

Humanitarian Aid

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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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New York State: “The good news is…we are finally ahead of this virus and we are in control of our destiny”.

Forensic Science

also known as criminalistics, is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. While some forensic scientists travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals.

In addition to their laboratory role, forensic scientists testify as expert witnesses in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense. While any field could technically be forensic, certain sections have developed over time to encompass the majority of forensically related cases. Forensic science is a combination of two different Latin words: forensis and science. The former, forensic, relates to a discussion or examination performed in public. Because trials in the ancient world were typically held in public, it carries a strong judicial connotation. The second is science, which is derived from the Latin word for ‘knowledge’ and is today closely tied to the scientific method, a systematic way of acquiring knowledge. Taken together, then, forensic science can be seen as the use of the scientific methods and processes in crime solving.

  • Art forensics concerns the art authentication cases to help research the work’s authenticity. Art authentication methods are used to detect and identify forgery, faking and copying of art works, e.g. paintings.
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis is the scientific examination of blood spatter patterns found at a crime scene to reconstruct the events of the crime.
  • Comparative forensics is the application of visual comparison techniques do verify similarity of physical evidence. This includes fingerprint analysis, toolmark analysis, and ballistic analysis.
  • Computational forensics concerns the development of algorithms and software to assist forensic examination.
  • Criminalistics is the application of various sciences to answer questions relating to examination and comparison of biological evidencetrace evidence, impression evidence (such as fingerprintsfootwear impressions, and tire tracks), controlled substancesballistics, firearm and toolmark examination, and other evidence in criminal investigations. In typical circumstances evidence is processed in a crime lab.
  • Digital forensics is the application of proven scientific methods and techniques in order to recover data from electronic / digital media. Digital Forensic specialists work in the field as well as in the lab.
  • Ear print analysis is used as a means of forensic identification intended as an identification tool similar to fingerprinting. An earprint is a two-dimensional reproduction of the parts of the outer ear that have touched a specific surface (most commonly the helix, antihelix, tragus and antitragus).
  • Forensic accounting is the study and interpretation of accounting evidence.
  • Forensic aerial photography is the study and interpretation of aerial photographic evidence.
  • Forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology in a legal setting, usually for the recovery and identification of skeletonized human remains.
  • Forensic archaeology is the application of a combination of archaeological techniques and forensic science, typically in law enforcement.
  • Forensic astronomy uses methods from astronomy to determine past celestial constellations for forensic purposes.
  • Forensic botany is the study of plant life in order to gain information regarding possible crimes.
  • Forensic chemistry is the study of detection and identification of illicit drugs, accelerants used in arson cases, explosive and gunshot residue.
  • Forensic dactyloscopy is the study of fingerprints.
  • Forensic document examination or questioned document examination answers questions about a disputed document using a variety of scientific processes and methods. Many examinations involve a comparison of the questioned document, or components of the document, with a set of known standards. The most common type of examination involves handwriting, whereby the examiner tries to address concerns about potential authorship.
  • Forensic DNA analysis takes advantage of the uniqueness of an individual’s DNA to answer forensic questions such as paternity/maternity testing and placing a suspect at a crime scene, e.g. in a rape investigation.
  • Forensic engineering is the scientific examination and analysis of structures and products relating to their failure or cause of damage.
  • Forensic entomology deals with the examination of insects in, on and around human remains to assist in determination of time or location of death. It is also possible to determine if the body was moved after death using entomology.
  • Forensic geology deals with trace evidence in the form of soils, minerals and petroleum.
  • Forensic geomorphology is the study of the ground surface to look for potential location(s) of buried object(s).
  • Forensic geophysics is the application of geophysical techniques such as radar for detecting objects hidden underground or underwater.
  • Forensic intelligence process starts with the collection of data and ends with the integration of results within into the analysis of crimes under investigation.
  • Forensic Interviews are conducted using the science of professionally using expertise to conduct a variety of investigative interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects or other sources to determine the facts regarding suspicions, allegations or specific incidents in either public or private sector settings.
  • Forensic limnology is the analysis of evidence collected from crime scenes in or around fresh-water sources. Examination of biological organisms, in particular diatoms, can be useful in connecting suspects with victims.
  • Forensic linguistics deals with issues in the legal system that requires linguistic expertise.
  • Forensic meteorology is a site-specific analysis of past weather conditions for a point of loss.
  • Forensic microbiology is the study of the necrobiome.
  • Forensic nursing is the application of Nursing sciences to abusive crimes, like child abuse, or sexual abuse. Categorization of wounds and traumas, collection of bodily fluids and emotional support are some of the duties of forensic nurses.
  • Forensic odontology is the study of the uniqueness of dentition, better known as the study of teeth.
  • Forensic optometry is the study of glasses and other eyewear relating to crime scenes and criminal investigations.
  • Forensic pathology is a field in which the principles of medicine and pathology are applied to determine a cause of death or injury in the context of a legal inquiry.
  • Forensic podiatry is an application of the study of feet footprint or footwear and their traces to analyze scene of crime and to establish personal identity in forensic examinations.
  • Forensic psychiatry is a specialized branch of psychiatry as applied to and based on scientific criminology.
  • Forensic psychology is the study of the mind of an individual, using forensic methods. Usually it determines the circumstances behind a criminal’s behavior.
  • Forensic seismology is the study of techniques to distinguish the seismic signals generated by underground nuclear explosions from those generated by earthquakes.
  • Forensic serology is the study of the body fluids.
  • Forensic social work is the specialist study of social work theories and their applications to a clinical, criminal justice or psychiatric setting. Practitioners of forensic social work connected with the criminal justice system are often termed Social Supervisors, whilst the remaining use the interchangeable titles forensic social workerapproved mental health professional or forensic practitioner and they conduct specialist assessments of risk, care planning and act as an officer of the court.
  • Forensic toxicology is the study of the effect of drugs and poisons on/in the human body.
  • Forensic video analysis is the scientific examination, comparison and evaluation of video in legal matters.
  • Mobile device forensics is the scientific examination and evaluation of evidence found in mobile phones, e.g. Call History and Deleted SMS, and includes SIM Card Forensics.
  • Trace evidence analysis is the analysis and comparison of trace evidence including glass, paint, fibres and hair (e.g., using micro-spectrophotometry).
  • Wildlife forensic science applies a range of scientific disciplines to legal cases involving non-human biological evidence, to solve crimes such as poaching, animal abuse, and trade in endangered species.

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from 40 year ‘victory over smallpox’ can be used to combat coronavirus today


As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the 40th anniversary of the historic eradication of smallpox was marked on Friday, with the head of the UN health agency calling it “a reminder of what is possible when nations come together to fight a common health threat”.

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Human Rights

Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.UNDP Syria

Syria violence ‘a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored’: UN human rights chief

Peace and Security

As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as “an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population”.   

Audio – 7′ Playlist

UN chief appeals for global action against coronavirus-fueled hate speech

Peace and Security

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for concerted global action to quash the “tsunami” of hate speech that has risen alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.IOM

UN virus hunters continue search for animal link to human COVID-19 infections


The key work of tracing the animal transmission source of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection in humans is ongoing and must be carried out to prevent future health emergencies, a top UN health agency scientist said on Friday, after the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed more than 3.5 million cases of infection and 250,000 deaths globally. 

Audio – 8’2″ Playlist

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New courses and languages availableWe are pleased to announce three new courses which have recently become available on OpenWHO:

Flutool Plus – using the WHO Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Costing Tool: The aim of this course is to promote the dissemination and use of Flutool Plus, the WHO tool designed to help lower- and middle-income countries in the process of costing of Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Programs.

Standard precautions: Hand hygiene: This course has been prepared to help summarize the WHO guidelines on hand hygiene, associated tools and ideas for effective implementation.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis: how to interpret rapid molecular test results: This training toolkit by the European Laboratory Initiative for TB, HIV and Viral Hepatitis provides a unique combination of practical guidance and expert advice on the interpretation of selected WHO-endorsed tests for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).

COVID-19 resources available in more languages
The platform now has a total of 61 resources for COVID-19 spread across 21 languages, the newest being Bengali, Polish and Urdu, with many more in the pipeline. The most recent translations include:

ePROTECT Respiratory Infections in Arabic

Country preparedness and response in Arabic

Introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses in Bengali

SARI Treatment Facility Design in Italian

IPC for COVID-19 in Polish

SARI Treatment Facility Design in Russian

Introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses in Urdu

New Certificates Available

Participants can now gain a Record of Achievement if they score 80% or higher on the assessments in the following courses:

ePROTECT ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchIndonesian and PortugueseRussian and Spanish to follow.

Introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and RussianMore languages to follow.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

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

A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses (available in ArabicBengaliChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanishHindiHungarianIndian Sign LanguageIndonesianMacedonianPersianPortugueseSerbianTurkishVietnamese and Urdu);

Clinical care SARI (available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese and Vietnamese);

Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanishIndonesian and Portuguese);

IPC for COVID-19 (available in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, MacedonianPolishPortugueseSerbian and Turkish);

COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchIndonesianRussian and Portuguese);

SARI treatment facility design (available in ArabicEnglishItalianPortuguese and Russian);

An introduction to Go.Data (available in English and coming soon in additional languages);

How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in English and coming soon in additional languages); and

Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in English and coming soon in additional languages).

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Women’s Health Week (May 10-16)

Depression is more common among women than men, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women. During National Women’s Health, learn about certain types of depression that are unique to women. 

Depression in women: 5 things you should know

Learn more about women and mental health

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Justice Department Releases $61 Million in Awards to Support Efforts to Combat Violent Crime in Seven U.S. Cities

CDCU.S. Cases

Critical infrastructure workers are an important part of the COVID-19 response. These workers perform job tasks across 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

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Communities, Schools, and Businesses

People at Higher Risk for Severe Illness


State and Local Public Health Professionals

Healthcare Professionals


Resources are also available in SpanishSimplified ChineseVietnamese, and Korean

New Resources in American Sign Language ⬇


Tedros highlights complex challenges posed by COVID-19 resurgence, following easing of lockdowns


The resurgence of COVID-19 cases in South Korea, China and Germany following the lifting of stay-at-home restrictions demonstrates the complexity of easing these measures, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer

‘Urgency to act’ for sustainable development, greater than ever as coronavirus pandemic continues


As COVID-19 upends lives and livelihoods across the planet, the UN on Monday held a wide-ranging policy discussion stressing a range of multilateral solutions to ease the pandemic, while also getting back on track towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Audio – 8’2″ Playlist© UNICEF/UN0222683/Izhiman

UN officials call for release of detained Palestinian children amid pandemic

Human Rights

Three senior United Nations officials in the Middle East are calling for the release of Palestinian children from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at particular risk of COVID-19 infection.© UNICEF/Karin Schermbrucke

UN issues ‘wake-up call’: Don’t sideline AIDS response during COVID-19 crisis


As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus, decades of advances made in the battle against HIV are under threat, noted two UN agencies on Monday, point out that disruptions to treatment could cause hundreds of thousands of HIV-related deaths.
  Audio Playlist Tikki Hywood Foundation

Wildlife trade: Regulated markets involving local communities, ‘essential’ to balance humans and nature.


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Thinking Cap


The Space Station’s Coolest Experiment Gets Astronaut-Assisted Upgrade

Astronaut Christina Koch assists with a hardware upgrade for NASA’s Cold Atom Lab aboard the International Space Station in January 2020. Credit: NASA-International Space Station
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The Space Station’s Coolest Experiment Gets Astronaut-Assisted Upgrade

The Cold Atom Lab is using microgravity to learn about atoms and the quantum world, which could pave the way for new technologies in space and on the ground.

NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory, a facility for fundamental physics experiments on the International Space Station, recently underwent a major hardware upgrade with the help of astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. By chilling atom clouds to just above absolute zero – the lowest temperature matter can reach – Cold Atom Lab enables scientists to directly observe unique atomic behaviors, helping answer questions about how our world works at the smallest scales. The new hardware will dramatically expand Cold Atom Lab’s capabilities. LEARN MORE

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The Coolest Experiment in the Universe

This new site is all about money for military spouses
Check out MilSpouse Money Mission to see if there’s help for your financial journey.
Why veterans need more than Transition Assistance Programs
The transition to civilian life is a difficult process, but the good news is there is much support available, says the author of this commentary.

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COVID-19 pandemic ‘quickly becoming a child rights crisis’: Daily death rate could spike by 6,000 for under-fivesHealth

As the coronavirus outbreak enters its fifth month, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that the health crisis is “quickly becoming a child rights crisis”, requesting $1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the pandemic. And without urgent action, a further 6,000 under-fives could die each day.UNDP Ukraine/Maksym Kytsiuk

UN sustainable energy project in Ukraine finds a new role: fighting COVID-19


A United Nations project to promote energy efficiency among Ukrainian homeowners has found a second life – informing 1.8 million of the nation’s citizens on how to combat the COVID-19 virus.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN chief appeals to ‘common humanity’ across all faiths, in tackling the coronavirus

Culture and Education

Our shared vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic reveals “our common humanity”, the UN chief said on Tuesday during an online meeting with religious leaders on the important role they can play, in limiting the damage caused by COVID-19.
  Audio – 9’14” Playlist WFP/Tabam Mbatelham

Chad’s storytellers take COVID prevention messages off the grid


Traditional storytellers in Chad, known as troubadours, are taking life-saving messages to remote communities in the Sahelian country, as the Government steps up its efforts with the support of the UN to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. Audio – 19’45” Playlist

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The University of Michigan School of Public Health is excited to announce its new online Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences. With this exciting new degree, students will research today’s toughest public health challenges while completing a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary education that will prepare them to be leaders in the field of public health.

The Population and Health Sciences admissions team will be hosting a

Register here

The application for the Fall 2020 cohort of the program is now open. 
The final deadline to apply is June 15. Need answers to your questions? Email our admissions team today at
Learn more


US CENSUS – American Community Survey Administrative Record Research

In this webinar, you will learn about the guiding principles the Census Bureau is implementing for the use of administrative records and research findings for the housing and demographic questions on the survey.

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Training the Next Generation of Health Equity Researchers

Writing Accountability Groups Are a Tool for Academic Success: The Obesity Health Disparities PRIDE ProgramRoland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD, Bettina M. Beech, Keith C. Norris, Elizabeth Heitman, Marino A. BrucePDF HTML Restricted Access295-304
Mentoring Programs by and for a New Generation of Latino Investigators in Behavioral-Social Science HIV ResearchDavid M. Stoff, Maria Cecilia Zea, Carlos E. Rodriguez-DiazPDF HTML Restricted Access305-312
An Examination of Factors Deterring the Pursuit of Advanced Degrees Among Alumni of a Minority Research and Training ProgramGretchen Schneider Burton, Maria da Graça H. VicentePDF HTML Restricted Access313-320
PRIDE Peer Mentor Development Program: Lessons Learned in Mentoring Racial/Ethnic Minority FacultyNatasha Williams, Joseph Ravenell, Andrea F. Duncan, Mark Butler, Girardin Jean-Louis, Adina Kalet

UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19


Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse. Audio – 9’45” Playlist© UNICEF/Rehal El-Dalil

Protecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19, as important as physical fitness


It may seem obvious to an adult, but to a child it may not be so clear that they aren’t to blame if they get sick with COVID-19.

That’s one of the key messages that the World Health Organization – WHO – wants to convey as part of the UN campaign to promote good mental health during this incredibly stressful pandemic, full of unknowns.

Just ahead of the UN’s major update on mental health during the crisis, Daniel Johnson, spoke to Dr Fahmy Hanna, from the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use. Audio – 9’45”  World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski

Coronavirus ‘grim reality’: World economy to shrink by 3.2 per cent, new UN report projects

Economic Development

Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years of output gains, according to a mid-year economic analysis by the United Nations.© UNICEF/Frank Dejongh

COVID-19 threatens to undo global health progress


While more people are living longer and healthier lives, the rate of progress is too slow to realize global efforts to stamp out poverty and inequality by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.UNMISS/Nektarios Markogiannis

South Sudan: Coronavirus cases confirmed inside UN civilian protection site


The South Sudanese Government has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 have been identified inside a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in the capital, Juba, although the world’s youngest nation has been relatively unscathed by the pandemic, with 74 cases recorded so far. Audio – 5’59” Playlist MINUSCA

Take ‘all appropriate public health measures’ to protect detainees from coronavirus, UN urges

Human Rights

UN agency chiefs on Wednesday highlighted the heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 of detainees, and others in confinement, urging Governments to take “all appropriate public health measures” to keep them safe from the deadly disease.  Audio – 19’45” Playlist UN Environment Programme

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific


The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. Audio – 10’6″ Playlist


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Look for these COVID-19 Symptoms
 According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virusPeople with these symptoms may have COVID-19: CoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFeverChillsMuscle painSore throatNew loss of taste or smell This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. 
 If you think you or someone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor about your symptoms and getting tested. Important: Get medical attention immediately if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19  like trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, or bluish lips or face.

Extended: NIMHD Bingo Challenge for National Minority Health Month!Last month, NIMHD invited everyone to celebrate National Minority Health Month (NMHM) by sharing and completing the Active & Healthy Bingo Challenge! This challenge focused on healthy activities that individuals can complete every day in and around the home to keep our minds and bodies active, consistent with the social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Thousands of people nationwide participated in this activity to stay active and healthy in April, so we are extending it into May!Did you know that a lot of what you do every day counts as physical activity? Gardening and cleaning the house are great ways to keep your body and mind active and healthy while you do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. NIMHD has compiled a list of some healthy activities that you can do in your home!Visit the NMHM page to download your bingo card in English or Spanish and mark the squares of the activities you complete. Five in a row means BINGO! Be sure to share your completed board on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ActiveandHealthyBingo! Show your friends, your family, and us how you are staying active and healthy at home.Active and Healthy Bingo Challenge
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New courses and languages available

We are pleased to announce three new courses which have recently become available on OpenWHO:

  • Standard precautions: Waste management: In this course, you will learn about the different categories of waste and the process for waste management. Health care waste includes all waste generated by health, research and laboratory facilities in the course of providing health care services. Health care waste in a facility should be managed from the point of generation to final disposal and removal.
  • Tobacco product regulation: Basic handbook: Although tobacco use is a major public health problem, tobacco products are one of the few openly available consumer products that are virtually unregulated in many countries for contents, emissions and design features. In this three-part series, you will first review the basics of tobacco product regulation and international guidance (Sections 1-2), steps to assessing regulatory needs and capacity and regulatory considerations (Sections 3-4), and finally, implementation and potential challenges, novel, new and modified tobacco or related products, and testing and disclosure (Sections 5-7).
  • Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity: In recent years, health authorities have become increasingly interested in the potential of tobacco product regulation to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use. This course provides practical, stepwise approaches to implementing tobacco testing to improve tobacco product regulation. Such guidance is relevant to a wide range of countries in various settings, even those with inadequate resources to establish a testing facility.

COVID-19 resources now available in 25 languages!

OpenWHO now has a total of 72 resources for COVID-19 spread across 25 languages, the newest being Amharic, Hausa, Odia and Swahili. Since last Thursday the 7th, 9 new language versions have been added:

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

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

© UNICEF/Zhang Yuwei

Presidents and prime ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’, free to all


UNAIDS, the UN agency fighting against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus, has initiated a petition from global leaders requesting that when a successful COVID-19 vaccine is developed, it be made available free of charge to all. Audio – 18’28” Playlist© UNICEF

Peace in Yemen may be ‘within close reach’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Peace and Security

UN Special Envoy for war-weary Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council on Thursday, that he believed an end to the fighting “is within close reach”, but cautioning that he had come “yet again to express hope, instead of to report success”.OCHA/Gema Cortes

UN rights chief warns against mishandling the lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns

Human Rights

The UN Human Rights High Commissioner on Thursday warned of potential risks as more countries move to lift lockdown measures put in place to contain COVID-19 spread.© UNICEF/Sukhum Preechapanic

UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19


Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse. Audio – 9’45” Playlist© UNICEF/Rehal El-Dalil

Protecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19, as important as physical fitness


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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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Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF


Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis. Audio – 11’22” Playlist© UNICEF

Philippines typhoon recovery, complicated by coronavirus concerns

As Typhoon Vongfong slammed the Philippines on Thursday, tens of thousands of people fled to cramped shelters, raising fears that without proper safety precautions in place, evacuation centres could become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, the UN emergency humanitarian relief agency (OCHA) said on Friday.©UNICEF/Tanya Bindra

Coronavirus lockdowns in Central America, exploited by criminal gangs

Migrants and Refugees

Chronic violence, insecurity and now COVID-related restrictions have put tens of thousands of Central Americans at risk of increased hardship and even death, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.© UNHCR

Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

Migrants and Refugees

After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading. Audio – 9’45” Playlist

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Artists of Instagram
Meet 2D artist Taylor Yingshi Wang, who creates introspective works 
It’s a Rembrandt
500 Rembrandt images to explore virtually at the Morgan Library
What to StreamVISUAL5 NYC institutions that highlight the city’s cultural heritageREAD MORE
Weekend Viewing
Never in New York’ continues with the four-part play ‘FIM’
In Case You Missed ALL ARTS TALKS
ALL ARTS spoke with cultural leaders about arts and recovery
May Marathon….STREAMING
ALL ARTS celebrates New York City institutions with a marathon of documentaries and performances
On Our Calendars EVENTS
What’s streaming this weekend? An ongoing list of arts and culture events to watch
Artist Stories IGTV SERIES
‘ALL ARTS at Home’ shares candid perspectives from the arts community
The latest from our news teams covering the coronavirus pandemicREAD MORE

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How “High School Musical” Series Star Sofia Wylie Is Finding Peace at Home

Cooking, walking her dog Violet, and face masks are a part of her daily routine.


Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day focused on addressing the violence, discrimination, and repression experienced by LGBTQ communities around the world.
As the coronavirus pandemic ignites anxieties and fears for people everywhere, we took a moment to talk with Arcus’ International Social Justice Program Director Adrian Coman—a movement leader and human rights advocate for over 20 years—on how fear affects us, how phobias are learned, and what we can do to dismantle ingrained biases.
Click below to read our full interview with Adrian. We wish you health and safety today and always.
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Free Trip to Egypt is a journey into the unknown, a film about the transformational power of human connection, and a remarkable experiment in kindness and empathy.

But it’s more than just a film. On this site, you can find out how Free Trip to Egypt has sparked a movement to encourage all of us to leave our baggage behind and reach beyond fear and hostility towards a kinder and more compassionate world.  

Sit back and enjoy a feel good documentary about unexpected kindness in the world. Remember to get your tickets today for the YouTube screening at 7PM EST tonight. 

Get Tickets

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Department of Justice Announces Jeffrey Ragsdale to Head the Office of Professional Responsibility


is an interdisciplinary research area at the interface of computer science and engineering. Robotics involves design, construction, operation, and use of robots. The goal of robotics is to design intelligent machines that can help and assist humans in their day-to-day lives and keep everyone safe. Robotics draws on the achievement of information engineeringcomputer engineeringmechanical engineeringelectronic engineering and others.

Robotics develops machines that can substitute for humans and replicate human actions. Robots can be used in many situations and for lots of purposes, but today many are used in dangerous environments (including inspection of radioactive materials, bomb detection and deactivation), manufacturing processes, or where humans cannot survive (e.g. in space, underwater, in high heat, and clean up and containment of hazardous materials and radiation). Robots can take on any form but some are made to resemble humans in appearance. This is said to help in the acceptance of a robot in certain replicative behaviors usually performed by people. Such robots attempt to replicate walking, lifting, speech, cognition, or any other human activity. Many of today’s robots are inspired by nature, contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics.

The concept of creating machines that can operate autonomously dates back to classical times, but research into the functionality and potential uses of robots did not grow substantially until the 20th century. Throughout history, it has been frequently assumed by various scholars, inventors, engineers, and technicians that robots will one day be able to mimic human behavior and manage tasks in a human-like fashion. Today, robotics is a rapidly growing field, as technological advances continue; researching, designing, and building new robots serve various practical purposes, whether domesticallycommercially, or militarily. Many robots are built to do jobs that are hazardous to people, such as defusing bombs, finding survivors in unstable ruins, and exploring mines and shipwrecks. Robotics is also used in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as a teaching aid. The advent of nanorobots, microscopic robots that can be injected into the human body, could revolutionize medicine and human health.

Robotics is a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture, and operation of robots. This field overlaps with computer engineeringcomputer science (especially artificial intelligence), electronicsmechatronicsnanotechnology and bioengineering.


Women ‘pay price’ of increased strains caused by COVID-19 pandemic


Somalia is a land facing problems on many fronts, from severe floods to desert locust swarms and terrorist attacks, but there’s an even darker threat, too: rising sexual violence amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the horrific rape of a young girl last week in the capital Mogadishu, it’s something that the UN wants to help the Government put a stop to more than ever, as Anders Thomsen from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.Audio – 6’4″  UN News

Covid-19 crisis closes 90 percent of museums globally, UNESCO plans for reopenings

Culture and Education

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, museums have not been spared, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, International Museum Day, revealing that nearly 90 per cent of the treasured cultural institutions have had to close their doors, while almost 13 per cent are under serious threat of never reopening.B.R. Villacruel

Coronavirus impact on world’s indigenous, goes well beyond health threat

Human Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the world’s indigenous peoples that stretches well beyond the immediate threat to their health, the new UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples said on Monday. Audio – 19’45” PlaylistUnited Nations

Renewed trust and cooperation could finally ‘unlock progress’ toward peace in Syria – UN envoy

Peace and Security

Renewed trust, confidence, and cooperation between international players and Syrians could finally “unlock progress”, putting the country on a political path towards lasting peace, the UN Special Envoy for Syria told the Sescurity Council on Monday.Christophe Wu

‘Bold and daring’ action needed against COVID-19, WHO Goodwill Ambassador urges world leaders


Set piece speeches need to be set aside by world leaders attending the World Health Assembly this week, in favour of “bold and daring” action to end the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health.

In an interview with UN News, James Chau, told Maoqi Li, what he expected from the truncated annual meeting of the WHO in Geneva.Audio – 10’15”  WHO/Christopher Black

UN chief renews call for COVID-19 solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk


A “massive” and combined effort by all countries is needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as UN health agency head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insisted that “the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus”. Audio – 10’15” PlaylistMatheus Affonso

Unite against hate and violence targeting LGBTI people: UN officials

Human Rights

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for people everywhere to support the right to live free and equal, in line with his message for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, observed on Sunday.WHO

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF


Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis. Audio – 11’22” Playlist

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is the production of products for use or sale using labor and machinestools, chemical or biological processing or formulation and is the essence of secondary industry. The term may refer to a range of human activity from handicraft to high tech but is most commonly applied to industrial design, in which raw materials from primary industry are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Such finished goods may be sold to other manufacturers for the production of other more complex products (such as aircrafthousehold appliancesfurnituresports equipment or automobiles), or distributed via the tertiary industry to end users and consumers (usually through wholesalers, who in turn sell to retailers, who then sell them to individual customers).

Manufacturing engineering or manufacturing process are the steps through which raw materials are transformed into a final product. The manufacturing process begins with the product design, and materials specification from which the product is made. These materials are then modified through manufacturing processes to become the required part.

Modern manufacturing includes all intermediate processes required in the production and integration of a product’s components. Some industries, such as semiconductor and steel manufacturers use the term fabrication instead.

The manufacturing sector is closely connected with engineering and industrial design. Examples of major manufacturers in North America include General Motors CorporationGeneral ElectricProcter & GambleGeneral DynamicsBoeingPfizer, and Precision Castparts. Examples in Europe include Volkswagen GroupSiemensFCA and Michelin. Examples in Asia include ToyotaYamahaPanasonicLGSamsung and Tata Motors.

The Last Dance

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the clinical characteristics of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, how cases have been diagnosed and treated, and how clinicians are responding to recently reported cases associated with COVID-19.
If you are unable to attend the live COCA Call, the recording will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event ends. It will be available for viewing on COCA’s Facebook page immediately after the live event ends at 3:30pm ET.
The slide set will be available under the “Call Materials” tab on the COCA Call webpage.
Due to the high demand we anticipate for this COCA Call, we encourage participants to consider viewing it on Facebook Live.
Continuing Education will not be offered for this COCA Call.
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm (ET)Please click this link to join the webinar
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,,1602255337# or +16468287666,,1602255337#Or Telephone: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666
Webinar ID: 160 225 5337International numbers available
Advanced registration is not required.

CDC’s Live Stakeholder Call Schedule (Click the links to register for each call.)


 Youth Programs and Camps During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Patient Safety Bulletin
AHRQ ImageNew AHRQ Views Blog Post: AHRQ Tools Can Boost Healthcare Teamwork During the COVID-19 CrisisDuring the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare providers may want to review the AHRQ team training curriculum TeamSTEPPS®, according to a new AHRQ Views blog post by Jeff Brady, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. TeamSTEPPS, developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense, improves patient safety by guiding organizations’ efforts to increase collaboration and communication among healthcare professionals. In the blog post, Dr. Brady reviews TeamSTEPPS elements including the Essentials Course, Pocket Guide App, and webinars. Access the blog post.


NASA Wins 4 Webbys, 4 People’s Voice Awards

Webby award
NASA took home eight wins at the 2020 Webby Awards, including a juried prize and People’s Voice award for the “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign. The Webby Awards logo is seen here against an illustration of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Winners include the JPL-managed “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign, NASA’s Global Climate Change website and Solar System Interactive.

WHO countries agree ‘equitable and timely access’ to coronavirus vaccine, ‘comprehensive evaluation’ of responseThe World Health Organization (WHO) concluded the annual World Health Assembly on Tuesday, adopting a resolution that calls for an independent review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the agency’s own performance.Health

Syria: UN relief chief appeals for renewal of lifesaving cross-border aid operationThe UN’s top aid official has urged the Security Council to renew a mechanism that provides lifesaving assistance to millions of desperate people in northwest Syria, through cross-border deliveries from Turkey.Humanitarian Aid

Guterres encourages Member States to reach agreement over Ethiopian Nile dam projectUN chief António Guterres is encouraging Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to persevere with efforts to overcome their differences and reach agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.Economic Development

‘Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurityThe civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.Peace and Security©

Coordination essential to beat coronavirus, keep development goals on trackAs the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc across the world – with the most vulnerable suffering the most – the UN chief said on Tuesday that the task of eradicating poverty and achieving the development goals “has never been more challenging, more urgent and more necessary”.SDGs

Post-pandemic ‘green shift’ in transport could create up to 15 million jobsTransforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report published on Tuesday.Economic Development

Building a cinematic bond with refugees, in a time of crisisA Brazilian filmmaker is hoping that the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will generate more empathy and solidarity towards others, including refugees, an optimistic position also held by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the South American country.Migrants and Refugees
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Post pandemic green shift could create 15 million jobs

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CDC’s Live Stakeholder Call Schedule (Click the links to register for each call.)

Schools and Childcare Programs: , FROM 4-5 PM ET


Decision Tools for Schools and Childcare Programs:

• Childcare Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cornell CAL – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ⬇
COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward”
Agricultural workforce specialist Richard Stup prepared the following overview of how all NYS businesses need to have a written safety plan that details how they will prevent and manage COVID-19. This post appeared first in The Ag Workforce Journal.
New York State’s plan to begin re-opening will be in phases, as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of this New York Forward plan is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19.
All Farms Need a Plan
All farms are required to have a written plan, this includes essential, food-producing farms (e.g., dairy, fruit, vegetable) that have been open all along, and non-food-producing farms (e.g., ornamental horticulture, equine). The state provides a Business Safety Plan Template that farmers can use to meet the requirement. Completed safety plans do “not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must (be) made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.” If a business already has a prior written plan that addresses some or all of the issues in the safety plan, then that plan can be updated to current guidelines and used as the safety plan. A Cornell Extension team is working to develop further educational resources to help farms with safety plan compliance.
New Guidelines for Non-Food Farms
Detailed Guidelines for Non-Food Agriculture (e.g., ornamental horticulture, equine) is part of the New York Forward plan. These businesses may re-open as of May 15 if they are in a region that meets the state’s metrics, they have a safety plan developed, and they are actively carrying out all aspects of that plan. Note that the state instructs farms at the end of the guidance document to “affirm that you have read and understand your obligation to operate in accordance with this guidance.”
It is not entirely clear at this time how the state will enforce the New York Forward guidance but most likely enforcement will be complaint driven as incidents arise. The New York Forward plan includes an online form and phone number for anyone to file a complaint, the NY State Department of Labor has a separate online form for employees to file COVID-19-related complaints against their employers. Certainly, businesses will need to provide their safety plans in the event of an actual COVID-19 case or outbreak in the business. Enforcement, however, should not be the primary motivating factor. Farm businesses should develop safety plans and continue safety practices to protect employees, customers, services providers, neighbors, and communities because it is the right thing to do.

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.© UNICEF/Alajandra Pocaterra

Only Venezuelans can resolve Venezuela’s deepening crisis, hears UN Security Council

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Negotiations remain the only way to overcome the ongoing political deadlock in Venezuela, especially given the potentially far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.UN News/Daniel Dickinson

Tedros hails WHO ‘landmark resolution’ to accelerate COVID-19 response


With  “unprecedented solidarity”, the World Health Assembly adopted a “landmark resolution” on Tuesday, which sets out a “clear roadmap” of the actions needed to sustain and accelerate the COVID-19 response at both national and international levels, the UN health agency chief told a press briefing on Wednesday, the day after the meeting concluded.  Audio – 6’4″ Playlist

Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet

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Tens of millions of people in Africa could become destitute as a result of COVID-19 and its catastrophic impact on fragile economies and health systems across the continent, human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission warned on Wednesday. WFP/Glory Ndaka

Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief


The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.

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CDC’s Live Stakeholder Call Schedule (Click the links to register for each call.)

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Air Deliveries Bring NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Closer to Launch

A NASA Wallops Flight Facility cargo plane transported more than two tons of equipment – including the rover’s sample collection tubes – to Florida for this summer’s liftoff.

Progress continues to speed along as NASA’s Perseverance rover readies for its launch this summer. On May 11, the rover team at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida received the tubes tasked with holding the first samples collected at Mars for eventual return to Earth. A week later, the Atlas V launch vehicle that will hurl Perseverance to the Red Planet arrived at the launch site. Working together, personnel from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and United Launch Alliance in Centennial, Colorado, were also able to extend the rover’s launch period by six days, from Jul. 17-Aug. 5 to Jul. 17-Aug. 11.

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr Regarding the U.S. Department of State Global CTO Roundtable on 5G Integrated Open Networks
Attorney General William P. Barr was invited to address corporate leaders and government officials yesterday at the U.S. Department of State’s Global CTO Roundtable on 5G Integrated Open Networks (ION).  Unfortunately, at the last moment, the Attorney General was unable to attend. 

Danger awaits migrant children returned to Mexico and Central America during pandemicMigrant children forcibly returned from the United States to Mexico and Central America are facing danger and discrimination aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Migrants and Refugees

WB State Inter Agency Group on Disaster Management.Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in Bangladesh and IndiaUN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. Humanitarian Aid

UN launches new initiative to fight COVID-19 misinformation through ‘digital first responders’A new UN initiative aims to push back against the tide of lies and hate that has risen in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, by empowering people worldwide to share accurate information to help save lives and promote global solidarity.Health

Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisisThe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.Peace and Security

FROM THE FIELD: Nature ‘strongest ally’ to building sustainable planetNature is humankind’s ‘strongest ally’ to help build a sustainable planet, according to a Malaysian biodiversity expert, whose organization is supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).Climate Change

International Tea Day: Trusty cuppa represents ‘crux’ of today’s issues – UN General Assembly president
Art, culture, heritage, and a source of livelihood for millions. Because tea is so much more than just a drink, on Thursday, at a virtual event commemorating the first-ever International Tea Day, the president of the UN General Assembly lauded the plant for its role in pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.SDGs

Asia-Pacific nations commit the whole region to ‘defeat’ COVID-19Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.Health©

UN agencies join forces to protect forcibly displaced during pandemicTo strengthen and advance public health services for millions of forcibly displaced people globally, two United Nations signed an agreement on Thursday to better protect some 70 million from COVID-19.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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CDC’s Live Stakeholder Call Schedule (Click the links to register for each call.)

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The importance of hydration. Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. Sep 28, 2017 news



Water, a substance composed of the chemical elements hydrogen and oxygen and existing in gaseous, liquid, and solid states. It is one of the most plentiful and essential of compounds. A tasteless and odourless liquid at room temperature, it has the important ability to dissolve many other substances. Indeed, the versatility of water as a solvent is essential to living organisms. Life is believed to have originated in the aqueous solutions of the world’s oceans, and living organisms depend on aqueous solutions, such as blood and digestive juices, for biological processes. In small quantities water appears colourless, but water actually has an intrinsic blue colour caused by slight absorption of light at red wavelengths…Learn More




Yemen: Coronavirus transmission likely widespread, decimating ‘collapsed’ health system, UN warnsWar-torn Yemen’s health system has ‘in effect, collapsed” under the strain of a widening COVID-19 outbreak, with epidemiologists estimating that the virus could spread faster and more widely than in many other countries, the UN warned on Friday.Humanitarian Aid©

UNICEF/Zhang YuweiExperts underscore COVID-19 threat to global progress on child immunizationGlobal experts in health and child welfare have again highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting access to routine immunization services worldwide, putting millions of young lives at risk of killer diseases such as diphtheria, measles and pneumonia.Health

UNMISSVictims of intercommunal violence in South Sudan deserve ‘justice, truth and reparations’: BacheletThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned a fresh wave of intercommunal violence in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, that has left hundreds dead across 28 villages in Jonglei State, according to local authorities. Human Rights©

UNEP/Jessica KerrShrinking forests need bold action to safeguard their biodiversityAmidst alarming rates of deforestation and land degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests, according to a new United Nations report, released on Friday.SDGs

UNDPBuild back better and preserve biodiversity after COVID-19 pandemic: UN chiefRecovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must also lead to countries uniting to preserve the natural world, in line with global commitments to achieve a better future for all people and the planet, top officials with the United Nations said on Friday, the International Day for Biological Diversity.Climate Change
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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Now at The Met

​Explore rich articles and multimedia features about the Museum’s current exhibitions, events and performances, announcements, behind-the-scenes activities, and more.

Timeline of Art History

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art Historypairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through The Met collection.

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. This religious Eid is the only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. Wikipedia

Observances: Zakat al-Fitr charity, Eid prayers

Celebrations: Eid prayers, charity, social gatherings, festive meals, gift-giving

Date: Sat, May 23, 2020 – Sun, May 24, 2020

Significance: Marks the end of Ramadan fasting

Featured in religions: Islam

Type of holiday: LebaranReligious holidayIslamic holiday

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#AdventureAtHomeWith Us
Join Us As We Go Virtual!Little girls playing in water
Join DEC and State Parks by taking an #AdventureAtHome. Over the next few weeks, DEC will be sharing ways for you to enjoy the outdoors close to home. Follow along on DEC’s websiteFacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube on how to enjoy some of your favorite outdoor recreation activities while you #RecreateLocal and even how to pick up a new activity. #RecreateLocal – Safely and ResponsiblyRecreate Local poster
DEC and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are encouraging New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. DEC and State Parks recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. In addition, DEC and State Parks launched a new hashtag-#RecreateLocal-and encourages New Yorkers to get outside and discover open spaces and parks close to home. Use DECinfo Locator to find a DEC-managed land nearest you.

DEC Island Campgrounds

Water-access campsites at DEC campgrounds remain closed to overnight camping until DEC’s campgrounds reopen. This includes, but is not limited to:

Saranac Lake Locks
  • Saranac Lake Islands Campground;
  • Indian Lake Campground;
  • Lake George Islands Campground;
  • Tioga Point Campground;
  • Forked Lake Campground; and
  • Alger Island Campground.

Boaters and other day users should continue to socially distance on the water and on shore and avoid crowded sites. Boaters and day use visitors should use mainland bathroom facilities before going out on the water, as outhouse facilities at DEC day use sites and campsites are not currently maintained or sanitized.

Primitive tent sites outside of DEC campgrounds remain available for those who are recreating locally but are limited to a maximum of three nights with nine people or less from the same household. You can find additional information about camping on DEC’s website

Women peacekeepers from Brazil and India share UN military gender awardFor the first time, the UN Military Gender Advocate award has been awarded to two UN peacekeepers: Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer, and Major Suman Gawani, of the Indian Army.Peace and Security

ILO Photo/John IsaacFirst person: ‘I am nothing without my culture’A master practitioner of the Hawaiian hula dance has told UN News that he is “nothing without my culture.”Culture and Education

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeMozambique school children face ‘catastrophic’ fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blogSchool children in Mozambique are facing what a senior United Nations and World Bank official in the southern African country are calling “catastrophic outcomes” from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, and Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director.Health
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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The coronavirus pandemic is pushing schools into a financial meltdown that could set back an entire generation of students. Schools get nearly half of their funding from their states, but that funding is dependent on state income and sales tax revenues, which have been crashing. One expert predicts, “We’re about to see a school funding crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern history.” (Listen here or read the story)

A New Research Report fromJoint Special Operations UniversityThe Culture They Keep:The Role of Legal Professionals in Restoring Accountability and Legitimacy to SOF CulturebyJason DeSon  
Joint Special Operations University has released a new JSOU Press publication available to the public electronically on the USSOCOM Research Library website: DeSon_Thumbnail
In this award winning paper, Lieutenant Colonel Jason DeSon looks at Special Operations Forces (SOF) culture and how the legal professionals within USSOCOM can help restore an ordered value system. He asks the question, “If a disordered value system is truly the source of the current ethical and cultural shortcomings of SOF—where individual and team considerations come before ethical standards—then what role, if any, does the legal professionals of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps supporting SOF have in enabling the commander to overcome those shortcomings and promote a culture of adherence to those high standards of ethical and professional conduct?” Lt Col DeSon proposes a four-step process to help clarify the SOF culture problems and develop solutions. This paper will be of benefit to SOF leaders as they reinforce the very highest ethical and professional standards within the special operations community.

  The Army is planning a mass recruiting drive this summer
(Army Times) The general helming Army Recruiting Command is preparing a massive virtual hiring event this summer after the Army’s 245th birthday on June 14. Like the other military branches, the ground service is fighting the anticipated dent to manpower after the coronavirus shuttered recruiting stations across the country this spring.
  As Rangers face isolation and stress, Army chaplain goes to new lengths to reach them
( Army Ranger Chaplain Maj. Jon Knoedler walks across a narrow beam 35 feet above Victory Pond at Fort Benning, Georgia, to offer perspective to soldiers wrestling with the uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  Army’s 1st Cav stresses MOPP gear as it resumes training amid COVID-19
( The 1st Cavalry Division will emphasize use of chemical and biological hazard MOPP gear as the first unit to train for the possibility of joint warfare in the new era of pandemics, the famed division’s deputy commander said Thursday.
  Inside a fatal Super Hornet crash in Star Wars canyon
(Navy Times) A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet was flying “too fast and too low with respect to the surrounding terrain” before it struck the wall of Star Wars canyon in California’s Death Valley National Park last summer, according to an internal investigation obtained by Navy Times.
  Naval Academy holds its first-ever virtual graduation event
(The Associated Press) In its first-ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony, the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday welcomed a new class of officers into the Navy and Marine Corps as the sea services steer through the coronavirus crisis.
  US warship fries drone with powerful new laser
(Breaking Defense) In a first, the USS Portland took down a target drone with a new solid state laser this week, the first step in the Navy’s quest to get the powerful weapon on more ships in the future.
  She’s doing well:’ Esper discusses young sailor who took down Corpus Christi gunman
( The FBI is crediting sailors at a Texas air station with “potentially saving many innocent lives” when they thwarted what the agency has called a terrorism-related attack at their base Thursday.
  USS Zumwalt fires first rounds from onboard gun in test off California
(Stars & Stripes) Sailors aboard the USS Zumwalt fired the first rounds recently from the destroyer’s high-velocity cannon, another waypoint on the ship’s segue into naval service.
  Navy trumpets seven of its 11 aircraft carriers now underway after beating back coronavirus
(Stars & Stripes) The Navy on Friday touted the fact that seven of its 11 aircraft carriers are now underway after coronavirus and maintenance issues had beset the fleet in recent months.
  Undersea explorers find wreck of USS Nevada, the ship that almost escaped Pearl Harbor
(Washington Post) The stricken battleship loomed out of the smoke and wreckage that morning, hurrying past sunken and burning ships, straining to get out of Pearl Harbor and into the open sea.
Air Force
  Coronavirus forces Air Force to cancel PT testing until October — or later
(Air Force Times) The Air Force has extended its coronavirus-driven suspension of fitness assessment testing until the beginning of October, at the earliest.
  In bid for more female pilots, Air Force removes height requirement
(Air Force Times) The Air Force has removed the initial height requirements for officers who wish to become aviators, which it feared was discouraging women from even applying to become pilots.
  Pathfinder paves way to a more ready Air Force
(Air Force Magazine) A readiness task force spanning several major Air Force organizations is looking at new ways to measure fleet readiness other than the controversial mission capable rate.
  The Air Force Is Now Accepting Bids to Build R2D2-Like ‘Skyborg’ Copilots
( The U.S. Air Force has launched the bidding process for its next-generation “Skyborg” program, aimed at pairing artificial intelligence with a human piloting a fighter jet.
  Bombers take center stage in Air Force’s new force employment strategy
( It’s an image synonymous with the U.S. Air Force: a fighter jet streaking across the sky, tipping its wings and igniting its afterburner to boost thrust as it climbs.
Marine Corps
  Marine corporal receives medal for saving injured motorist
(Stars & Stripes) When Cpl. Andrew Tate saw an overturned car at the side of the road in a national park in California, his Marine instincts and trauma aid training kicked in and allowed him to save the life of the badly injured driver, he said.
  One of the Marine Corps’ most elite units has the most solemn of missions
(The Drive) There are a few jobs within the U.S. military in which most days are their own mini-Memorial Days. One of them is the Marine Corps Body Bearer.
Space Force
  There’s value in the new competition to host space command HQ, general says
( The head of U.S. Space Command says there is value in going back to the drawing board to look for a new base to host the Defense Department’s newest combatant command.
National Guard
  125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic
(The Hill) More than 120 Republican and Democratic lawmakers have signed a letter urging the Trump administration to provide additional support to National Guard troops during the pandemic.
Coast Guard
  These stick figure comics will change how you see the Coast Guard
(Task & Purpose) If you ask Brian Runion what he thought of his time at the Coast Guard Academy, he’s not going to sugarcoat his answer.

Yemen aid lifeline near ‘breaking point’: UN food agencyHumanitarian aid projects to war-torn Yemen are reaching breaking point, and some $870 million is needed to continue giving life-saving assistance to millions of vulnerable people for the next six months, the World Food Programme (WFP), warned on Tuesday.Humanitarian Aid©

UNICEFFirst Person: The struggle to protect human rights in East Africa during the pandemicSince the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing.Health

WFPMaking education safe for children with albinism in MalawiIn Malawi, where children with albinism face attacks, and even ritual killings, going to school can expose them to life-threatening dangers. The UN is helping to make schools safer for these vulnerable students. Culture and Education
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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Streaming Live TomorrowVISUALALL ARTS Talks Recovery preview: How artists are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemicREAD MORE
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J.K. Rowling is releasing a new children’s book she had stowed in her attic online for free

EVENTS5 free events to stream, from the Met’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ to New York City Ballet’s digital spring seasonREAD MORE
Virtual TheaterTHEATER‘Never in New York’ continues with ‘Alarme,’ based on Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Queen of ScotsWATCH NOW
Video of the DayORIGIN OF EVERYTHINGThe fascinating history behind why we eat popcorn at the moviesWATCH NOW
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COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violenceInnocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.Peace and SecurityILO Photo/Marcel Crozet‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chiefFurther evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.Economic Development©

UNICEF/Zahara AbdulCountries need to do more to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, says UNDespite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. Health

UN Photo/JC McIlwaineOn Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operationsIn observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948.Peace and Security

UNICEF/Andrew EsieboWHO Foundation to broaden funding base for global health investmentA new foundation launched on Wednesday will generate funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners by tapping non-traditional sources, including the public.Health

UN Photo/Elma OkicUS states ‘manipulating’ COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts chargeIndependent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.Human Rights

IOM PeruUN agencies welcome donor pledges for Venezuelan refugees and migrantsThe UN refugee and migration agencies have welcomed $2.79 billion pledged by donors at a solidarity conference aimed at supporting Venezuelans who fled the protracted crisis in their country for host communities across the region. Migrants and Refugees

UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky‘Business as unusual’: How COVID-19 could change the future of workMillions of people around the world have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and now experts are asking whether this “business as unusual” could be the future of work, at least for those people whose job doesn’t require them to be tied to a particular location.Economic Development
Coronavirus Portal & News UpdatesReaders can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

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RSVP: Staying Inspired and Connecting With Customers During a Crisis with Kendra Scott
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Six years before George Floyd was killed in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, protestors in New York City demonstrated against the police shooting of Michael Brown.
US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African AmericansThe UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.Human Rights

WFP/Giulio D’AdamoCOVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chiefUnless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development.SDGs

WFP/Miller CholesLatin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemicSome 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).Humanitarian Aid

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSecurity Council: Paralysis and ‘political infighting’ must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the “infighting”, and step up to the challenge, the European Union’s foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday.Peace and Security©

UNICEF/Moohialdin FuadYemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemicUN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Humanitarian Aid
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.
Food assistance programmes in Chad promote sustainable agriculture and strengthen incomes and livelihoods.

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President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Concludes Hearing on Rural and Tribal Justice, Begins Hearing on Community Engagement05/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT
Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on the Death of Mr. George Floyd05/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Making a Bomb Threat to a Clinic and Lying to the FBI05/29/2020 12:00 AM EDT

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Protests over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, continued in Minneapolis for a third straight night. Businesses have been looted, buildings have been torched and protestors burned down a police precinct station Thursday night. The unrest prompted Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to activate the National Guard on Thursday to bring calm to the streets

President Trump responded to the escalating violence in Minneapolis early Friday, calling the demonstrators “THUGS” in a tweet“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump said, prompting Twitter to flag the message for “glorifying violence.” Twitter’s warning label on the president’s tweet came less than 24 hours after Trump signed an executive order to weaken social media companies.

Peacekeepers exemplify ‘service, sacrifice and selflessness’, in face of pandemicTo honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers’ memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers.Peace and Security

Credit : Jennifer A. Patterson / ILOCOVID-19: Countries support ‘one-stop shop’ to share science and researchThirty countries and numerous international partners have underlined the need to make tests, treatments and other technologies to fight COVID-19, available to people everywhere.Health

World Bank/Peter KapuscinskiMore ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in NepalShocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind.Human Rights

UN PhotoUN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence onlineThe UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday.Human Rights

Unsplash/Sebastiaan StamNine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHOTobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease.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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Urban Planning 

is a technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportationcommunications, and distribution networks. Urban planning deals with physical layout of human settlements. The primary concern is the public welfare, which includes considerations of efficiency, sanitation, protection and use of the environment, as well as effects on social and economic activities. Urban planning is considered an interdisciplinary field that includes social sciencearchitecture, human geography, politics, engineering and design sciences. It is closely related to the field of urban design and some urban planners provide designs for streets, parks, buildings and other urban areas. Urban planning is also referred to as urban and regional planningregional planningtown planningcity planningrural planningurban developmentphysical planningurban management or some combination in various areas worldwide.

Urban planning guides orderly development in urban, suburban and rural areas. Although predominantly concerned with the planning of settlements and communities, urban planning is also responsible for the planning and development of water use and resources, rural and agricultural land, parks and conserving areas of natural environmental significance. Practitioners of urban planning are concerned with research and analysis, strategic thinking, architecture, urban design, public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management. Enforcement methodologies include governmental zoningplanning permissions, and building codes, as well as private easements and restrictive covenants.

Urban planners work with the cognate fields of architecture, landscape architecturecivil engineering, anI d public administration to achieve strategic, policy and sustainability goals. Early urban planners were often members of these cognate fields. Today urban planning is a separate, independent professional discipline. The discipline is the broader category that includes different sub-fields such as land-use planningzoningeconomic developmentenvironmental planning, and transportation planning.

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

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

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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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BLACK DIAMOND TOUR kick-off in Miami


JULY 2020 😁 Schedule A Virtual Appointment / Join Us on Microsoft Teams

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


July 24-25, 2020


Global Recognition


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


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


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

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival


(619) 889-3238

7/31POP UP – Agritech Expo


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










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