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July 10, 2021

Unprecedented Broadcast Coverage and Digital Innovation to Connect Fans Worldwide to the Magic of Tokyo 2020

Olympic 2020, Tokyo 2020

Photo: Two mascot statues unveiled at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters for the 100 days to go until Tokyo 2020. Credit: © Tokyo 2020 and TMG. Image provided by IOC.

Olympic 2020, Tokyo 2020

Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach visits the countdown clock with 100 days to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. Image provided by & Credit: © 2021 - IOC/Greg Martin.

Tokyo, 09 Jul 2021 — While spectators may not be able to attend Tokyo 2020 in person, fans worldwide and in Japan will be able to experience the thrill of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, thanks to new, innovative technologies. Tokyo 2020 will be broadcast globally to a potential audience of over 5 billion people, with more coverage by broadcast partners than any previous Olympic Games across both linear TV and digital:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), working with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Olympic broadcast partners (RHBs), have also created a suite of digital tools as part of the “ Share the Passion” project. It will allow athletes to engage with friends and family in the venues and enable fans worldwide to be actively involved in supporting their sporting heroes.

“ Our ambition is to bring the magic of the athletes’ achievements to the world on an unprecedented scale. Technology will play a critical role and allow us to bring fans ‘ inside the venue’ virtually. It is an important ambition, not just for the fans but also for the athletes as they compete on the world’s biggest stage. The IOC and OBS have benefited from the great partnerships we have with the world’s leading media companies and sponsors and with Tokyo 2020. We also believe these new digital innovations will leave a legacy which we will build on at future editions of the Olympic Games,” says OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos.

For Tokyo 2020, OBS will again push the boundaries of Olympic broadcasting by producing more than 9,000 hours of content, 30 percent more content than for Rio in 2016, in more formats, to assist the world’s broadcasters in bringing the Games to the world. For the first time in Olympic history, the total live coverage will be in Ultra High Definition (4K) HDR with Immersive Audio (5.1.4). In addition, audiences around the world will get introduced to never-seen-before camera angles, 360-degree replays, multi-camera live Virtual Reality (VR) coverage, and more analytical data processed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) than at any previous Olympic Games, including:

In addition, the IOC has developed additional ways to enhance the way worldwide audiences will experience the Olympic Games, including:

Source: International Olympic Committee


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July 9, 2021

Six U.S. States Enacted Legislation Prohibiting Proof of Vaccination, While Ten Others have Banned It through Executive Order — Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer Labor law experts weigh in on the latest Back to Office trends in the news related to returning to the workplace, mask mandates, vaccine passports, and employer liability.

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NEW YORK, July 8, 2021 —

Back to Office (BTO) Trends.

Vaccine Passport USA


Infographic: Wolters Kluwer Labor law experts weigh in on the latest Back to Office trends in the news related to returning to the workplace, mask mandates, vaccine passports, and employer liability. (Graphic provided by Wolters Kluwer)

The latest Back to Office analysis from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. highlights recent trends in state law requirements related to mask mandates, vaccine passports, and employer liability.

Cathleen Calhoun, J.D., a health law legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., observes, “Mask mandates are in decline, and the trend appears likely to continue.”

“With the increasing spread of the Delta variant, employers should carefully monitor for changes in state and local masking mandates. These mandates may lead to potential liability, even in states that have coronavirus liability shields,” says Pamela Wolf, J.D., a senior employment legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer. Pamela tracks and analyzes employment issues, including White House and federal agency developments, federal regulations, court decisions, state and federal legislation, and labor and employment trends.

“As workplaces across the nation continue to reopen, it’s crucial that employers, especially those with multistate operations, understand state and local laws when developing and implementing COVID-19 policies and protocols, particularly as to vaccination requirements in the employment setting.” Pamela Wolf cautions.

Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk, and compliance; and legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer says that it helps its customers make critical decisions by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with technology and services.

Source: Wolters Kluwer

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Poll shows Social Distancing and Masks to Continue despite COVID-19 Vaccination.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

Geneva, Switzerland, July 8, 2021 — A majority of adults said they are likely to continue socially distancing and wearing a mask in public even if they are vaccinated against COVID-19. However, there is mixed confidence across countries in returning to sporting events, eating in restaurants, flying, and using public transport.

These findings come from a new IPSOS/World Economic Forum survey that polled some 12,500 people. They conducted it between June 3-6, 2021, in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In each of these nine countries, more than 75% say that assuming they have received a vaccine for COVID-19, they definitely will continue or may continue socially distancing from others in public places. Depending on the country, between six and eight in ten say they definitely will continue or may continue wearing a mask in public.

Genya Dana, Head of Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum, said: “The spread of the delta variant is likely causing people to take a pause and proceed with caution. In this dynamic and changing public health situation, it is even more important for trusted sources to be providing timely and locally relevant information.”

World Economic Forum

Graphic: IPSOS/World Economic Forum

Levels of certainty about continued social distancing and mask-wearing in public places vary across countries:

· More than half of those surveyed in Brazil and just under half in Italy, the U.K., France, Mexico, and Germany say they definitely will continue social distancing in public places, compared to only one-third in Japan and the U.S. However, the U.S. shows the highest proportion saying that they will not continue or haven’t been socially distancing pre-vaccination (22%).

· Gaps are even wider when it comes to mask-wearing in public: 57% in Brazil say they definitely will continue, compared to 27% in Germany. Germany and the U.S. have the most considerable proportions saying they will not continue or haven’t been wearing a mask (32% both).

Confidence about returning to various activities

How soon one feels confident resuming different activities after receiving a vaccine for COVID-19 varies widely by type of activity and country. For most activities measured, confidence tends to be most prevalent in Mexico, followed by Spain, Italy, and France, and lowest in Japan.

For relatively common or frequent activities, proportions of those saying they would do so immediately or in a few months range from:

· 59% in Japan to 82% in Italy for eating in restaurants,

· 48% in the U.S. to 67% in Mexico for using public transit, and

· 38% in Japan to 62% in Mexico for attending sports events or concerts.

IPSOS, World Economic Forum

Graphic: IPSOS/World Economic Forum

When it comes to flying, proportions of those saying they would do so immediately or in a few months vary depending on their home country and the destination. They range from:

· 38% in Japan to 72% in Mexico for flying with one’s own country,

· 24% in Japan to 68% in Mexico for flying to other countries where the vaccine is available, and

· 17% in Japan to 52% in Mexico for flying to other countries where the vaccine is not yet available.

IPSOS, World Economic Forum

Graphic: IPSOS/World Economic Forum

These are the results of an Ipsos survey conducted June 3 to 6, 2021, on the Global Advisor online platform among adults aged 18-74 in the United States and 16-74 in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Where results do not sum up to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be +/-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” or not stated responses.

IPSOS is the world’s third-largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Founded in France in 1975, it serves more than 5000 clients across the globe with 75 business solutions.

Sources: IPSOS, World Economic Forum

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July 8, 2021

NewBeauty Puts Focus on Inclusive Beauty in its Summer 2021 Issue

• NewBeauty’s Summer issue, on newsstands now, tackles the importance of diversity in the beauty industry.

New Beauty

New Beauty

Photo: The Summer issue of NewBeauty, featuring cover star Olivia Munn, is on newsstands nationwide in the USA now.

NEW YORK, July 8, 2021 — Today, NewBeauty revealed its Summer issue, featuring a 32-page special section devoted to an expansive and inclusive definition of beauty. ‘Beauty, Redefined’ aims to highlight the vital conversation on diversity in the beauty industry.

Through this editorial, NewBeauty spotlights some of the brands leading the charge and the steps they’re taking to celebrate everyone’s unique beauty. In addition, ‘Beauty, Redefined’ explores a wide range of topics from skin health to the importance of representation. The magazine’s partners, such as BTL Aesthetics, Galderma, Merz Aesthetics, and Cutera, INC., have contributed to this NewBeauty issue. The magazine says they are all committed to delivering the most diverse and wide-reaching beauty experiences.

Beauty, Redefined features experts including:

‘Beauty, Redefined’ can be read in the Summer issue of NewBeauty, which is on newsstands in the USA now.

SANDOW media publishes this magazine. According to the publisher, “NewBeauty is an authority on beauty and the trusted resource for the most affluent and influential beauty consumer. It is the only magazine dedicated 100% to beauty, with more than 5x the beauty edit of any other magazine. It dives deep to provide valuable information founded in research and vetted by experts, empowering women to make better beauty decisions.”

Source: NewBeauty

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July 6, 2021

Pandemic Continues to Erode Strength of Premium Passports

Passports, USA, UK, India, Japan

Comparison: Henley Passport Index 2021 Q3 visa-free scores with no travel restrictions vs. visa-free scores taking Covid-19 travel restrictions into account.

LONDON, July 6, 2021 — The latest results from the Henley Passport Index show that while there is cause for optimism, the reality is that cross-border travel remains restrained. Although there was some progress between January and March 2021, international mobility is just 12% pre-pandemic. Moreover, the gulf between theoretical and actual travel access remains significant.

Henley Passport Index is the actual ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

With the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics just weeks away, and the country in a “quasi” state of emergency, Japan nonetheless retains its hold on the number one spot on the Henley Passport Index with a theoretical visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 193. The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

While the dominance of European passports in the Top Ten has been there for most of the index’s 16-year history, the pre-eminence of three Asian states — Japan, Singapore, and South Korea — has become the new normal. Singapore remains in 2nd place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 192, and South Korea shares a joint-3rd home with Germany, each with a score of 191.

However, compared to the actual travel access currently available even to the holders of top-scoring passports, the picture looks very different. For example, holders of Japanese passports have access to fewer than 80 destinations (equivalent to the passport power of Saudi Arabia, which sits way down in 71st place on the ranking). In comparison, holders of Singaporean passports can access fewer than 75 destinations (equivalent to Kazakhstan, which sits in 74th place).

• Plummeting UK and US passport power

There is a similarly gloomy outlook even in countries with highly successful Covid-19 vaccine rollouts. The UK and the US currently share a joint-7th place on the index, following a steady decline since they jointly held the top spot in 2014. Their passport holders were theoretically able to access 187 destinations worldwide.

Under current travel bans, however, UK passport holders have suffered a dramatic drop of over 70% in their travel freedom, currently accessing fewer than 60 destinations globally — a passport power equivalent to Uzbekistan on the index. Likewise, US passport holders have seen a 67% decrease in their global mobility, with access to just 61 destinations worldwide — a passport power equivalent to Rwanda.

Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners, says the gap in travel freedom is now at its widest since the index began in 2006. For example, Japanese passport holders can access 167 more destinations than citizens of Afghanistan, which sits at the bottom of the index with visa-free access to just 26 countries. “Increasing isolationism and deglobalization will have profound consequences. That includes further damage to the world’s economy, a significant reduction in global mobility, and restrictions on people’s freedom.”

IATA’s Director-General, Willie Walsh, warns that the governments should not restrict international travel to those who have access to vaccination. “The freedom to travel is important. However, we need a secure system to efficiently integrate the checking of vaccines or testing certificates into the travel process. The IATA Travel Pass enables travelers to share their health credentials with governments and airlines securely.”

Exclusive research commissioned by Henley & Partners and published in its latest Q3 Global Mobility Report indicates that since the world administrations declared the pandemic, the EU has seen a drop in tourism of nearly 90%. The UK has had a 73% decline in tourist numbers. The US has experienced a 69% decrease in international visitors. And with Australia and New Zealand slamming their doors shut early in the pandemic, they received only 1% of their March 2019 visitors in March this year.

Robert Maciejewski, CEO of SIP Medical Family Office in Switzerland, says, “A legal obligation to obtain a Covid passport is unlikely in most democratic countries. Yet, not having one will probably result in de facto restrictions of your freedom, whether it comes to travel or daily activities.”

Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley & Partners, says, “ensuring future access to multiple residence options or having dual citizenship has become even more essential for entrepreneurs and investors and their families. It mitigates volatility and reduces their exposure to risk at national, regional, and global levels.”

Source: Henley & Partners

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July 4, 2021

TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition marks the prestigious Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.

TTAG Heuer Monaco Titan

Photo: TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition.

The iconic TAG Heuer Monaco Collection revisits its origins. The TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition, a sporty and lightweight model, marks the prestigious Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.

Source: TAG Heuer

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July 3, 2021

Carnegie Corporation of New York Honors 34 Great Immigrants for their Contributions to the American Democracy

Annual tribute from the philanthropic foundation established by Andrew Carnegie focuses on naturalized citizens who live their lives in service to society.

Carnegie Corporation of New York


Carnegie Corporation of New York

New York, July 3, 2021 — Carnegie Corporation of New York released its annual list of Great Immigrants, honoring 34 individuals who have enriched and strengthened the American society and its democracy through their contributions and actions.

The Class of 2021 represents more than 30 countries of origin. It emphasizes service to society, including honorees recognized for helping others as medical providers and researchers, as advocates for the disadvantaged, disabled, and disenfranchised, and as changemakers in politics, voting rights, climate change, and teaching. Overall the honorees have a wide variety of backgrounds and careers, including the chairman and CEO of Pfizer; the head of Google’s interactive design; the creator of language-learning software Duolingo; winners of the Pulitzer, Nobel, Vilcek, and Beard prizes; and celebrities such as actress Helen Mirren and comedian John Oliver.

Among honorees working in service to society:

The Great Immigrants initiative aims to increase public awareness of immigration’s role in the United States, reflecting the priorities of Andrew Carnegie, a self-made industrialist. In 1911, he established Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grantmaking foundation dedicated to the causes of democracy, education, and international peace. To date, the Corporation has honored more than 600 outstanding immigrants.

The 2021 honorees, who mark the 16th class of Great Immigrants, will be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in the New York Times on the Fourth of July and through a social media campaign.

Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York

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July 2, 2021

New Data for Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine demonstrates Strong Neutralizing Antibody Activity against the Delta Variant

Johnson & Johnson Vaccination

Johnson & Johnson Vaccination

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 1, 2021 — Johnson & Johnson today announced data demonstrating its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine’s robust and persistent activity against the rapidly spreading Delta variant and other highly prevalent SARS-CoV-2 viral variants. In addition, the data showed that the durability of the immune response lasted through at least eight months, the length of time evaluated to date. The two preprint study summaries have been submitted today to bioRxiv.

“Today’s newly announced studies reinforce the ability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to help protect the health of people globally,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “We believe that our vaccine offers durable protection against COVID-19 and elicits neutralizing activity against the Delta variant. In addition, it adds to the robust body of clinical data supporting our single-shot vaccine’s ability to protect against multiple variants of concern.”

“Current data for the eight months studied so far show that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine generates a strong neutralizing antibody response that does not wane; rather, we observe an improvement over time. In addition, we observe a persistent and particularly robust, durable cellular immune response,” said Mathai Mammen, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head, Janssen Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson. “With each new dataset, we build on our solid foundation of evidence that our single-shot COVID-19 vaccine plays a critical role in ending the pandemic, which continues to evolve and pose new challenges to global health.”

• Demonstrated neutralizing solid antibody activity against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant

A preprint submitted by the Company today to bioRxiv contains a new analysis in the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE study. These data showed that the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 Vaccine elicited neutralizing antibody activity against the Delta variant at an even higher level than what it did for the Beta (B.1.351) variant.

A single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine generated neutralizing antibodies against a range of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, which increased over time. For example, the average neutralizing titer at eight months exceeded that average at 29 days, including against the increasingly prevalent and more transmissible Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, the partially neutralization-resistant Beta (B.1.351), the Gamma (P.1) variants, and others, including the Alpha (B.1.1.7), Epsilon (B.1.429), Kappa (B.1.617.1), D614G, as well as the original SARS-CoV-2 strain (WA1/2020).

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is now available in many regions and countries on a not-for-profit basis during the emergency pandemic period.

The vaccine received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States on February 27 and Conditional Marketing Authorization (CMA) by the European Commission on March 11, 2021. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued Emergency Use Listing on March 12, 2021. In addition, the Company received an interim recommendation by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization for the WHO on March 17, 2021. Many more authorizations have been granted in countries worldwide, and regulatory submissions are ongoing.

• Storage and Distribution

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine is compatible with standard vaccine storage and distribution channels with ease of delivery to remote areas. The vaccine is estimated to remain stable for two years at -4°F (-20°C) and a maximum of 4.5 months at average refrigeration temperatures. The Company will ship the vaccine using the same cold chain technologies it uses today to transport other medicines.

• Important Safety Information


Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Source: Johnson & Johnson

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July 1, 2021

Breitling announces the Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection for Women.

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling,pastel paradise

Breitling’s latest seasonal creation for women is a fresh reincarnation of a classic. What started as a 1950s divers’ watch has evolved into a fashionable timepiece for women ready to jump into summer!

The Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection is all about color, proportion, and substance. Its 38-mm stainless-steel case features a rotating bezel and bold indices. It’s the very essence of summer style, Breitling announced.

“This modern-retro tribute to the original SuperOcean is an exciting addition to the Breitling family of ladies’ watches. Of course, it’ll look great at work. Still, its fun-in-the-sun vibe might make you want to spend a weekend at the beach,” said Breitling CEO Georges Kern, noting how the highly-coveted original was a nod to the rising popularity of seaside leisure in the 1950s and 1960s.

Breitling said the palette for this seasonal women’s Capsule Collection is summer white, aquamarine, mint green, and iced latte - all with tone-on-tone dials, bezels, and straps. But the real show-stopper is the rainbow tangerine version. With hour markers and hands coated in Super-LumiNova, it sings in hues of yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, red, and orange. If you want a custom color combination, you’ll love the quick-exchange system for swapping out the luxe Saffiano calfskin leather straps, which also come in lemon and raspberry sorbet.

Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in developing the wrist chronograph, and its commitment to design excellence.


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