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May 22, 2021

WHO Director−General's speech on Global Health Summit − Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission − 21 May 2021.

World Health Organization

Photo: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Image provided by & copyright © WHO.

• The WHO Director−General’s speech on Global Health Summit − Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission − 21 May 2021:

  • Prime Minister Draghi,

  • President Ursula Von der Leyen,

  • Excellencies, dear colleagues, and friends,

  • I would like to thank the Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission for their leadership in initiating the Rome Declaration.

  • We welcome the declaration, especially the commitment to support and enhance the existing multilateral health architecture for preparedness, prevention, detection, and response, with an appropriately, sustainably, and predictably funded, effective WHO at its center.

  • And we welcome the other commitments to strengthening national and global preparedness for preventing future pandemics.

  • But our commitment to the future is measured by our actions today.

  • Yesterday alone, more than 13 thousand people around the world lost their lives to COVID-19 - nine every single minute. Today the number will be similar. And tomorrow, and the next day.

  • And people will continue to die as long as the global disparity in vaccines persists.

  • Yes, the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines is a triumph of science. But their inequitable distribution is a failure for humanity.

  • Almost 90% of all vaccines administered globally have been in G20 countries.

  • We can only end the pandemic if everyone has the tools to stop it.

  • So today, I have three requests.

  • First, end this pandemic with a combination of tailored public health measures and the equitable distribution of vaccines.

  • We call on G20 countries to fully fund the ACT Accelerator, as a matter of urgency;

  • To share more doses faster through COVAX. We thank all countries that have announced generous donations today. It is a very encouraging start towards the hundreds and millions of doses we will need in the coming weeks and months.

  • And to scale up manufacturing as a matter of urgency, through sharing technology and know-how, and waiving intellectual property provisions, focusing on Africa.

  • The G20 has all the means to vaccinate the world, and the world cannot wait any longer.

  • Second, strengthen health security, nationally and globally.

  • We welcome the commitments of the Rome Declaration to support the full implementation of the International Health Regulations and for a multisectoral, all-of-government, all-of-society, evidence-based, One Health approach to health security.

  • WHO is committed to working with all Member States to explore every avenue for keeping the world safer. It includes the proposal for a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response.

  • We believe such a treaty would create a high-level framework for political accountability that redefines the way countries deal with health emergencies - and that would encompass all countries, not just the richest and most powerful.

  • The treaty could address the challenges we’re facing now.

  • And third, drive progress towards universal health coverage in all countries, based on vital primary health care.

  • The pandemic has demonstrated that health is not a luxury but the cornerstone of social, economic, and political stability.

  • It will not be the last pandemic. We might be able to prevent some, but we cannot cease all.

  • Business as a routine will produce the typical result: a world that is unsafe, unprepared, and unfair.

  • But with bold ideas, bold commitments, and bold leadership, we can write a healthier, safer, fairer future for our children and children’s children.

  • I thank you.

  • Grazie Mille, Prime Minister. And back to you.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

• The World Health Organization is a specialized United Nations agency responsible for international public health. WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system and lead partners in global health responses.

• The Global Health Summit took place in Rome on Friday, 21 May. Italy organized this G20 event in partnership with the European Commission.

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May 21, 2021

MotoGP Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing: Jack Miller takes victory at the Grand Prix of France in Le Mans.

  • The second consecutive success for the Aussie rider. Fourth place for Francesco Bagnaia after a remarkable comeback.

  • It’s another one-two for Ducati in France as Johann Zarco closes second with the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.


Ducati, MotoGP

Photo: Jack Miller. Grand Prix of France in Le Mans. May 16, 2021. Image provided by & copyright © DUCATI.

Ducati, MotoGP

Photo: Francesco Bagnaia. Grand Prix of France in Le Mans. May 16, 2021. Image provided by & copyright © DUCATI.

Le Mans, France, May 16, 2021 — Just two weeks after the extraordinary success taken at Jerez de la Frontera, Jack Miller scored another sensational victory at the Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans, where the French Grand Prix took place this afternoon.

The Australian dominated a tough race that saw riders dealing with a bike swap following the “flag-to-flag” rule. As they started with dry conditions, the sky soon became clouded, and after only a few laps, it started pouring rain. On lap five, Miller, who was in fourth place after going straight into the gravel, returned to the pits to make the bike change but managing to rejoin in third place. However, the Ducati Lenovo Team rider had to serve a double long lap penalty for exceeding 60km/h in the pit lane. Jack remained third and, at lap 12, after Márquez crashed out, he overtook Quartararo, taking the lead where he stayed until the chequered flag, securing his second consecutive win this season. Behind him, home hero Johann Zarco finished second with the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.

Excellent performance also for Francesco Bagnaia, fourth today at the finish line in a comeback. The Italian rider, who started with the sixteenth fastest time, had dropped back into nineteenth place on the first lap, but he could rejoin in the eleventh position after the bike swap. Forced to take a double long lap penalty as well, Pecco didn’t lose concentration. Thanks to a steady pace, he could catch up with his rivals, passing them to fourth.

At the end of the fifth round of the 2021 MotoGP season, Ducati and the Ducati Lenovo Team are first in the constructors’ and teams’ standings. In the riders’ Championship, Bagnaia is now second, just one point behind Quartararo, while Miller occupies the fourth position.

• Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 1st

  • “Winning two races in a row is a dream for me, especially after such a difficult race where I even had to take a long double lap and ended up in the gravel. So to be able to get this result is extraordinary! The race was long and tough mentally. I tried to keep my concentration and kept telling myself to stay calm. In this way, I managed the tires well and saved them until the end, managing the advantage over Johann, who was getting very close towards the end. It was a fantastic victory!”

• Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 4th

  • “I got a bad start and made a mistake on the first lap, going wide at Turn 6. Then, there was the flag-to-flag: it was the first time for me! It wasn’t easy, but in a way, I enjoyed it. In the beginning, I didn’t feel completely comfortable on the bike, but in the wet, I was able to find my rhythm right away. Finishing fourth in these conditions is an excellent result, considering that I was very slow in the rain last year. Now I am second in the Championship, just one point behind Quartararo, so I’m delighted”.

• Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)

  • “It was another great day! I’m happy because we have two great riders this year! Both Jack and Pecco did an incredible race, and we could have taken first, second and third today. We need to see what happened in the pit lane when we exceeded the speed limit during the flag to flag. Congratulations also to Zarco for another great podium”.

The Ducati Lenovo Team will be back on track from 28th to May 30 for the Italian GP at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, the first home race for the Bologna-based team in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the premier class of motorcycle road racing events held on road circuits sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

Source: DUCATI

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May 20, 2021

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) asks Companies Worldwide to Tackle Road Safety Crisis.


UNITAR, Geneva


Photo: Participants at a UNITAR International Training Program in Geneva. Image Credit: UNITAR.

UNITAR, Traffic

Photo: Traffic Lights. Image Credit: Víctor Villamarín.



NEW YORK, May 19, 2021 — The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) collaborates with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in a joint effort to curb road traffic fatalities in recognition of the United Nations Road Safety Week (May 17-23, 2021).

UNITAR has asked companies and public entities worldwide to download and implement its “Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit.” The Toolkit provides government officials, road engineers, and urban planners with a proven methodology and evidence-based solutions to address road safety issues in their communities.

The Toolkit is accessible via desktop on UNITAR’s website or as a Learning App in the Play Store and App Store for Android and iOS devices. UNITAR is also providing dedicated training workshops to assist governments in utilizing the Toolkit and designing their action plans to support road safety.

The Toolkit and its app provide practical solutions to improve existing road infrastructure to benefit all road users. Among its features, the app provides a checklist to support users in monitoring their Road Safety management progress throughout the different stages of the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” Toolkit’s methodology. This week, the partnership hosted a virtual workshop with public officials in South Africa to exhibit how to best apply the Toolkit to existing faults in the country’s roads.

“We hope that this Toolkit and Learning App serve as a substantive contribution to advance our shared goal of making cities safe, resilient, and sustainable,” said Dr. Deisi Kuztra, member of the Board of Trustees for UNITAR. “The Agenda 2030 reminds us of the urgency to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, thus improving road safety with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and older persons,” she emphasized.

For Road Safety Week 2021, celebrated on May 17-23, the United Nations has called on policymakers globally to take action in favor of low-speed streets worldwide, limiting speeds to 30 km/h (20mph) in residential areas. The knowledge and materials available in the Toolkit provide governments with a clear framework for practical speed limitations and black spot management, among others.

“As part of our tremendous efforts to expand the accessibility of this Toolkit, we have now made it available in 6 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Portuguese, and most recently in Italian. We hope it will greatly benefit the organizations and governments working to make a positive impact toward improving road safety,” said Catalina Garcia, Global Director of Corporate Affairs at AB InBev. “The app’s methodology has been continuously tested and improved upon through several local projects in countries like Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, India, Mexico, and South Africa. We are certain that its adoption will continue to lead to positive results and save more lives, and especially now that it’s readily available on any mobile device.”

Road traffic-related deaths and injuries have unparalleled health and socioeconomic implications for society, particularly in areas with high death and injury rates. According to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads every year, and up to 50 million more are left injured or disabled, a majority of whom are young breadwinners between the ages of 15 and 29. Because of this, the United Nations has set the ambitious goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by 50 percent by the year 2030 as part of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNITAR and AB InBev’s new app draws from AB InBev’s methodology, collecting data on the number and location of deaths by road user type. It relies on management routines, identifying hazardous and critical road locations where excessive numbers or severity of crashes occur, outlining corrective measures, and implementing and monitoring the appropriate interventions.

The “Management Practices for Safer Roads” mobile app in English is available for free from the App Store for iOS users and the Play Store for all Android devices.

The alliance between UNITAR and AB InBev, through the Partnership for Action on Road Safety, seeks to educate and inform on the importance of road safety. It also facilitates the exchange of experiences and best practices resulting in a long-term collaboration within different factors in society to generate concrete measures that improve mobility and road safety globally and ultimately save lives.

The partnership’s key objectives are:

  • Contribute to the advancement of Global Road Safety Performance Targets
  • Mobilize stakeholders in support of road safety initiatives
  • Facilitate knowledge and experience sharing
  • Conduct innovative road safety intervention in cities with high road traffic death rates
  • Support and advise governments and other partners with knowledge-related services, as well as practical tools and solutions

The alliance also seeks to develop projects on road safety that incentivize taking measures that reduce the various risk factors, such as exceeding the speed limit and irresponsible driving, and the vehicle and road infrastructure design. The initiative intends to socialize this methodology of road safety with governments worldwide and support them in designing and implementing local solutions.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations, and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for shaping a better future. UNITAR was created in 1963 to train and equip young diplomats from newly independent UN Member States with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate through the diplomatic environment. Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering various training activities. It has become a leading institute in providing customized and creative learning solutions to institutions and individuals from both the public and private sectors. With a strategy fully focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNITAR supports Governments to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Source: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


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May 18, 2021

Tissot presents Seastar 1000 Quartz Chrono Aquatic Elegance.

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Photos: Tissot Seastar 1000 Quartz Chrono Aquatic Elegance.

• Stylish above and below the water

Tissot Seastar 1000 Quartz Chrono is now available as a timepiece. It is already indispensable in the water with a host of valuable features, thanks to its ability to handle pressure up to 30 bar (1000 ft) and its accessible quartz movement, which promises unfailing reliability.

• Features

  • Swiss made
  • Chronograph Quartz movement
  • Screw-down crown, case back, and pushers
  • Anticlockwise aluminum rotating bezel
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • 316L stainless steel engraved case
  • Water-resistant to 30 bar (300 m / 1000 ft)
  • 316L stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp and safety and diver extension or rubber strap with standard buckle
  • Diameter:45.5mm

Source: TISSOT

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May 17, 2021

Oxford University and Oracle Partner to Speed Identification of COVID-19 Variants

The partnership will enable global genomic sequencing and examination through a specialist platform developed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to help mitigate the impact of potentially dangerous COVID-19 variants.

Oxford University and Oracle

Oxford University and Oracle

Photo: Oracle Cloud Manages COVID-19 Vaccination Program in the United States. Image provided by & copyright © ORACLE.

OXFORD, England and AUSTIN, Texas, May 16, 2021 — The emergence of more infectious variants of the COVID-19 virus is threatening to slow the global recovery and potentially thwart current vaccine immunity. To help governments and medical communities identify and act on these variants faster, Oxford University and Oracle have created a Global Pathogen Analysis System (GPAS) combining Oxford’s Scalable Pathogen Pipeline Platform (SP3) with the power of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). This initiative builds on a Wellcome Trust-funded consortium including Public Health Wales, the University of Cardiff, and Public Health England.

“This powerful new tool will assist public health scientists in research establishments, public health agencies, healthcare services, and diagnostic companies around the world. It would help them in further understanding of infectious diseases, starting with the coronavirus,” said Derrick Crook, Professor of Microbiology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford.

“The Global Pathogen Analysis System will help to establish a global common standard for assembling and analyzing this new virus, as well as other microbial threats to public health. It adds a new dimension to our ability to process pathogen data. We are excited to partner with Oracle to further our research using this cutting-edge technology platform,” added Crook.

First used for tuberculosis, SP3 has been repurposed to unify, standardize, analyze, and compare sequence data of SARS-CoV-2, yielding annotated genomic sequences and identifying new variants and those of concern. SP3’s processing capability has been enhanced with extensive new development work from Oracle, enabling high performance and security plus 7/24 worldwide availability of the SP3 system in the Oracle Cloud. The SP3 system will now deliver comprehensive and standardized COVID-19 analyses within minutes of submission on an international scale. GPAS would share the results with countries around the globe in a secure environment.

“The opportunity of applying systematic examination for genetic variants in a range of pathogens will have major benefits for global public health. This program, with Oracle as a partner, takes us a step closer to this goal,” said Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Coupled with the extensive machine learning capabilities in the Oracle Cloud, collaborating scientists, researchers, and governments worldwide can process, analyze, visualize, and act on a vast collection of COVID-19 pathogen data for the first time. It includes identifying variants of interest and their potential impact on vaccine and treatment effectiveness. For example, analytics dashboards in the system will show which specific strains spread more quickly than others and whether genetic features contribute to increased transmissibility and vaccine escape. Already, Oxford has processed half the world’s SARS-CoV-2 sequences, more than 500,000 in total.

“There is a critical need for global cooperation on genomic sequencing and examination of COVID-19 and other pathogens,” said Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. “The enhanced SP3 system will establish a global standard for pathogen data gathering and analysis, thus enabling medical researchers to understand better the COVID-19 virus and other microbial threats to public health.”

The next step will be to extend this service to all pathogens while simultaneously collaborating with scientists from research establishments, public health agencies, and private companies to ensure this work can support decision-making on pandemic response strategies worldwide.

The platform will be free for researchers and non-profits to use worldwide.

Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Its work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a vast network of partnerships and collaborations. Its research’s breadth and interdisciplinary nature sparks creative and inventive insights and solutions.

Sources: Oracle & Oxford University

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Miss Universe MEXICO, Andrea Meza, crowned 69th Miss Universe.

Miss Universe

Photo: Andrea Meza, Miss Universe Mexico 2020, is crowned Miss Universe after the 69th Miss Universe Competition on May 16, 2021, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The new winner will move to New York City, where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

HOLLYWOOD, FL (May 17, 2021) - Miss Universe Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe live on FYI and Telemundo last night from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Andrea will use her year as Miss Universe to advocate for women’s rights and against gender-based violence.

After a National Costume Competition, rounds of interviews, a preliminary competition, and the live Finals, Andrea was crowned with the Mouawad Power of Unity Crown, presented to her by outgoing Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi.

“I am so honored to have been selected among the 73 other amazing women I stood with tonight,” said Miss Universe Andrea Meza. “It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond.” Andrea Meza, 26, is from Chihuahua City and represented her home country, Mexico, as Miss Universe Mexico, in the 69th annual Miss Universe competition. Andrea has a degree in software engineering and is an activist, and currently works closely with the Municipal Institute for Women, which aims to end gender-based violence. She is also a certified make-up artist and model who is passionate about being active and living a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys extreme sports in her free time, including rappelling and sandboarding. Andrea is also the official Tourism Brand Ambassador for her hometown, Chihuahua, promoting the best tourist attractions and rich culture her home offers.

“It is certainly emotional to see the crown begin a new journey tonight with Andrea,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “After a year unlike any other, I am so grateful for the extra months we got to spend with Zozi, and I know Andrea will reign with strength, ambition, and grace.”

The inspiring show was hosted by Access Hollywood’s Mario Lopez and actress and model Olivia Culpo, with an electrifying performance by Grammy-nominated artist Luis Fonsi. Miss Universe 2017 Demi- Leigh Tebow, Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show throughout the night.

At this year’s Miss Universe competition, women representing 74 countries competed in multiple categories. The show aired in over 190 countries and territories across the globe. Andrea will move to New York City to represent the brand and various philanthropic organizations during her reign.

The Mouawad MISS UNIVERSE Power of Unity Crown, crafted from 18-karat gold, is set with more than 1,725 white diamonds and three golden canary diamonds. These hundreds of diamonds are in intricate interplays of motifs of petals, leaves, and vines, representing communities across the seven continents whose bonds unite them in the exact purpose of empowering one another. The crown’s centerpiece is a shield cut golden canary diamond weighing a magnificent 62.83ct. In harmony with the diamonds surrounding it, it inspires the crown’s name, the Power of Unity.

Following countries entered the top 10:

  • Jamaica - Miqueal-Symone Williams
  • Dominican Republic - Kimberly Jimenez
  • India - Adline Castelino
  • Peru - Janick Maceta
  • Australia - Maria Thattil
  • Puerto Rico - Estefania Soto
  • Thailand - Amanda Obdam
  • Costa Rica - Amanda Obdam
  • Mexico - Andrea Meza
  • Brazil - Julia Gama

Miss Universe

Photo: Adline Castelino, Miss Universe India 2020, top 5, taking her final walk on stage before the conclusion of the 69th Miss Universe Competition on May 16, 2021, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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May 14, 2021

Direct Relief Sends Thousands of Oxygen Concentrators to India via FedEx-Donated Charter Flights

Upcoming humanitarian airlift also includes 1.8 million KN95 masks.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief

Photo: A Direct Relief shipment weighing 8.8 tons arrives in Quito, Ecuador. The shipment contained ICU kits filled with essential medicines to treat Covid-19 and oxygen concentrators, protective gear, and other medical items for health facilities in the country. (Photo by Isadora Romero for Direct Relief) [File Photo]

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 14, 2021 — A FedEx-donated Boeing 777 fully loaded with oxygen concentrators and other supplies from Direct Relief is flying this weekend to India — for the second time in as many weeks — to help patients with Covid-19 survive the pandemic’s deadliest surge yet.

Clinicians have correlated drastic drops in the blood oxygen levels of Covid patients with a greater likelihood of death. India has experienced crippling shortages of medical-grade oxygen, in part due to the need to transport oxygen cylinders hundreds of miles via cryogenic tankers, from production plants to hospitals, then back for refilling. According to BMJ, 41% of patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 require supplemental oxygen, while only 2% need mechanical ventilation.

Oxygen concentrators don’t require tanks, just electric power to remove nitrogen from the air and produce purified oxygen. Direct Relief is delivering two oxygen concentrator types — high-flow and low-flow. High-flow oxygen concentrators are used in hospitals to treat patients needing intensive care, providing 10 liters per minute of oxygen. Low-flow concentrators generate 5 liters per minute and help hospitals safely discharge patients who are stable but require at-home breathing support.

The May 15 flight from Newark to Delhi will deliver 286 high-flow oxygen concentrators and 500 low-flow concentrators. It would add to the 3,500 concentrators from Direct Relief transported via another FedEx-donated charter that arrived May 9. Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai cleared the items and distributed them within two days to more than 40 hospitals in the region. This weekend’s flight also includes 1.8 million KN95 masks, 125,000 gloves, and other medical items.

Direct Relief staff and partner organizations in India will distribute the supplies throughout the country to medical facilities caring for Covid-19 patients. Direct Relief has provided medical assistance to India since 1960, working with various partners, from medical outreach camps to rural clinics and hospitals, community-based health centers, and tertiary level facilities in large urban areas.

“It’s our mission to use our global logistics network to help deliver critical aid to India, where it’s needed most right now,” said Raj Subramaniam, president, and COO, FedEx Corp. “We’ve been fighting this pandemic from the frontlines since the beginning and will continue the fight until it’s over.”

“Direct Relief is grateful beyond words for FedEx, once again, delivering urgently-needed assistance to people in India at a scale the FedEx team is uniquely able to handle,” said Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President, and CEO. “The decisive action to donate the company’s enormous capacity and exceptional skills is a huge humanitarian force multiplier — and a powerful example of the type of public-spirited leadership needed to get everyone, everywhere, safely to the other side of the pandemic.”

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world to communities in need — without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.

Source: Direct Relief

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May 11, 2021

Miss Universe Contestants arrive at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for the 69th Miss Universe Competition.

Miss Universe

Photo: (L-R) Andrea Meza, Miss Universe Mexico 2020; Amanda Petri, Miss Universe Denmark 2020; Sunniva Frigstad, Miss Universe Norway 2020; and Viivi Altonen, Miss Universe Finland 2020. They have arrived at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for the 69th Miss Universe Competition, wearing Invisi Smart masks. The Miss Universe delegates would be touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs live on Sunday, May 16 at 8:00 PM ET. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

The 69th MISS UNIVERSE Competition would air from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Sunday, May 16, 2021. The competition will broadcast LIVE around the world from 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET.

The three-hour event will feature women representing dozens of countries competing in multiple categories, including the personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The event would end with Zozibini Tunzi crowning her successor.

Seminole Hard Rock’s Safe & Sound protocols follow similar guidelines as enacted successfully during the 2020 MISS USA Competition, produced in Memphis, Tennessee, in November. These policies include mask usage, social distancing, quarantining upon arrival, and rigorous testing in coordination with health officials.

The show will air in over 160 countries and territories across the globe.

Here is the list of the participants:



  • Albania — Paula Mehmetukaj
  • Argentina — Alina Luz Akselrad
  • Armenia — Monika Grigoryan
  • Aruba — Helen Hernandez
  • Australia — Maria Thattil
  • Bahamas — Shauntae Miller
  • Barbados — Hillary-Ann Williams
  • Belgium — Dhenia Covens
  • Belize — Iris Salguero
  • Bolivia — Lenka Nemer
  • Brazil — Julia Gama
  • British Virgin Islands — Shabree Frett
  • Bulgaria — Radinela Chusheva
  • Cambodia — Sarita Reth
  • Cameroon — Angele Kossinda
  • Canada — Nova Stevens
  • Cayman Islands — Mariah Tibbetts
  • Chile — Daniela Nicolas
  • China — Jiaxin Sun
  • Colombia — Laura Victoria Olascuaga
  • Costa Rica — Ivonne Cerdas
  • Croatia — Mirna Naiia Maric
  • Curaçao — Chantal Wiertz
  • Czech Republic — Klára Vavrušková
  • Denmark — Amanda Petri
  • Dominican Republic — Kimberly Jimenez
  • Ecuador — Leyla Espinoza Calvache
  • El Salvador — Vanessa Velásquez
  • Finland — Viivi Altonen
  • France — Amandine Petit
  • Ghana — Chelsea Tayui
  • Great Britain — Jeanette Akua
  • Haiti — Eden Berandoive
  • Honduras — Cecilia Rossell
  • Iceland — Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir
  • India — Adline Castelino
  • Indonesia — Ayu Maulida Putri
  • Ireland — Nadia Sayers
  • Israel — Tehila Levi
  • Italy — Viviana Vizzini
  • Jamaica — Miqueal-Symone Williams
  • Japan — Aisha Harumi Tochigi
  • Kazakhstan — Kamila Serikbai
  • Korea — Hari Park
  • Kosovo — Blerta Veseli
  • Laos — Christina Lasasimma
  • Malaysia — Francisca Luhong James
  • Malta — Anthea Zammit
  • Mauritius — Vandana Jeetah
  • Mexico — Andrea Meza
  • Myanmar — Thuzar Wint Lwin
  • Nepal — Anshika Sharma
  • Netherlands — Denise Speelman
  • Nicaragua — Ana Marcelo
  • Norway — Sunniva Frigstad
  • Panama — Carmen Jaramillo
  • Paraguay — Vanessa Castro Guillén
  • Peru — Janick Maceta Del Castillo
  • Philippines — Rabiya Mateo
  • Poland — Natalia Piguła
  • Portugal — Cristiana Silva
  • Puerto Rico — Estefania Soto Torres
  • Romania — Bianca Lorena Tirsin
  • Russia — Alina Sanko
  • Singapore — Bernadette Belle Ong
  • Slovak Republic — Natália Hoštáková
  • South Africa — Natasha Joubert
  • Spain — Andrea Martínez
  • Thailand — Amanda Obdam
  • Ukraine — Yelyzaveta Yastremska
  • Uruguay — Lola De los Santos
  • USA — Asya Branch
  • Venezuela — Mariangel Villasmil
  • Vietnam — Khanh Van Nguyen Tran

Miss Universe

Photo: Maria Thattil, Miss Universe Australia 2020. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Maria Thattil is a multi-hyphenate. She is a founder, speaker, corporate professional, digital creator, and fierce activist for inclusivity, equality, and empowerment. Before she started training to be an accredited life coach, she graduated with a Psychology degree with Honours and then with a Masters degree in Management. Maria’s biggest hobby is volunteering. She is a member of the United Nations Association of Australia. Maria is an Australian woman of Indian descent, a daughter of immigrants. She believes her upbringing has gifted her with unique experiences that fuel her passion for inclusivity.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization, New York

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May 10, 2021

Indian Army takes over University Hostel, converts it into COVID Hospital.

Chandigarh Hostel

Photo: May 10, 2021. Indian Army Western Command sets up 100 bedded COVID hospital at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Lieutenant General R P Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, announced the operationalization of the 100-bedded COVID Hospital at the hostel for international students in Panjab University in the presence of the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore. Source & Image Credit: Western Command - Indian Army.

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May 9, 2021

Global Citizen's "VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World" mobilizes 26 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses.

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NEW YORK, May 9, 2021 — International advocacy organization Global Citizen tonight announced that the “VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World” campaign helped mobilize over 26 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and $302 million to the ACT-Accelerator to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments, and other medical tools to the world’s most marginalized communities and healthcare workers on the frontlines.

VAX LIVE was taped at SoFi Stadium for a COVID 19-compliant audience composed of fully vaccinated frontline healthcare and essential workers and is the first large-scale music event held at the stadium. The goal of the VAX LIVE campaign was to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to COVID-19 vaccines and inspire vaccine confidence worldwide.

Selena Gomez served as host, and Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, served as Campaign Chairs. Performers included Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, and J Balvin. Special appearances by President Biden, First Lady Dr. Biden, and Vice President Harris along with Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn, and Sean Penn.

The VAX LIVE campaign called on governments to begin sharing vaccine doses immediately. It asked pharmaceutical companies, such as Moderna, to urgently provide millions of doses to the most impoverished nations at-cost pricing. To help ensure equitable access to the vaccine, Global Citizen and its partners led a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds - “dollars for doses” - for the vaccine-sharing program COVAX AMC.

• VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World received messages of support and commitments from:

  • His Holiness Pope Francis
  • President of the United States Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden
  • Vice-President of the United States Kamala Harris
  • President of France Emmanuel Macron
  • Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
  • Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia Andrej Plenković
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
  • Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
  • Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg
  • U.A.E. Minister of State for International Cooperation Her Excellency Reem al Hashimy
  • Minister of Health of Portugal Marta Temido.

Commitments announced through the course of the VAX LIVE campaign and special included:


  • Canada: CAD 375 million [$299.2 million] towards the ACT-Accelerator for COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments to support countries in need.

  • Norway: will share all of its extra doses, an additional 4.5 million doses on top of the 700,000 it has already committed. It translates to one dose shared for every Norwegian Citizen.

  • Spain: will donate 7.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for the Latin American and Caribbean region.

  • The U.A.E.: will donate 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and support the delivery of 25 million doses.

  • New Zealand: will share an additional 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for a total of 1.2M for the South Pacific region.

  • Croatia pledged €500,000 [$600,000] to COVAX and will start donating 50,000 doses before the end of June.

  • Portugal: has committed to providing 1 million doses to Portuguese-speaking countries.

  • Italy: expressed its intentions to make a substantial new pledge to COVAX soon. Italy will also use its G20 presidency to boost global manufacturing capacity.


Philanthropic and corporate commitments raised $39.6 million for COVAX, which was matched by GAVI for an additional $23.6 million, resulting in a total of $63.3 million, enough to acquire 12.66 million vaccines. Combined with government pledges, this amounts to over 26 million vaccine doses to those most in need.


  • Mastercard will be contributing $25 million
  • Cisco will be donating $5 million
  • Procter & Gamble will be donating $5 million
  • The Analog Devices Foundation will be contributing $1 million
  • Seadream Family Foundation will be donating $1 million
  • Stanley Black & Decker will be donating $1 million
  • Coca-Cola Foundation will be donating $500 thousand
  • Spotify will be donating $500 thousand
  • Alight Solutions will be contributing $250 thousand
  • Centene Charitable Foundation will be donating $250 thousand
  • BlackBerry will be contributing $160 thousand


  • Accenture will be contributing $1 million
  • Terumo will be donating $1 million
  • Spotify will be donating $500 thousand

Overall, $65.8M has been mobilized through VAX LIVE by philanthropists, the private sector, and the Gavi matching mechanism in commitments to vaccine procurement, medical tools, and supplies.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support for VAX LIVE, from governments, philanthropists, the private sector, our campaign chairs, and Global Citizens from across the world. They have joined forces to mobilize critical COVID-19 vaccines where they are needed urgently,” said Hugh Evans, C.E.O. of Global Citizen. “But more needs to be done, especially from G7 nations that have yet to commit to sharing any doses. The U.K. alone will have 113 million surplus doses. We need to continue our efforts to urge the chair of the G7, Boris Johnson, the rest of the G7 and G20 nations, and vaccine manufacturers to share additional doses urgently to help ensure equitable vaccine access globally.”

VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World aired on A.B.C., A.B.C. News Live, C.B.S., FOX, and streamed on YouTube, iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio App. VAX LIVE also aired on AXS TV, Albavision across Latin America, Multishow from Globo Group in Brazil, Caracol T.V. in Colombia, T.V. Azteca in Mexico, S3 in South Africa, Canal+ and MultiChoice across Africa, Sky in the U.K., Network 10 in Australia, CSTAR (Canal + Group) in France, the Viacom 18 network across India and South Asia, and Insight T.V. globally. As the exclusive global streaming partner, YouTube also streamed an extended version of VAX LIVE on the Global Citizen channel for a total run-time of 90 minutes.

Global Citizen also announced commitments from the longtime partners of Global Citizen — Live Nation, N.B.A., WNBA, N.F.L., M.L.S., N.H.L., WWE, Formula 1, NASCAR, and MLB. They would commit tickets to some of the most amazing live events of the coming year! These leagues have been working together to follow enhanced COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that audience members can once again enjoy live events safely.

“VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World” was part of Global Citizen’s overall 2021 Recovery Plan for the World, a year-long campaign and series of events that aims to help end COVID-19 for all, end the hunger crisis, resume learning everywhere, protect the planet and advance equity for all. Global Citizen is the world’s most significant movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030.

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May 6, 2021

QS announces USA University Rankings 2021 — The top colleges driving Diversity and Employability.

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QS, University Rankings

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit: Daniel Parks.

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Photo: A building at UCLA campus. Image Credit: Yoshi Huang.

LONDON, May 6, 2021 — Offering unique insight into diversity drives, research excellence, and employability enhancement, QS Quacquarelli Symonds - recognized internationally for their QS World University Rankings portfolio - released their second annual list of America’s top universities. Harvard University remains the national number-one.

The focus on Diversity provides students with information about which universities are doing most to reduce sectoral gender and racial inequities. The University of California Davis and New York University jointly lead in the Diversity indicator.

  • Only six of the top-20 universities also achieve a top-20 score for Diversity & Internationalization.

  • Among the Top-100, the highest student ethnic diversity institutions are UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • All bar one of the top-10 for Student Ethnicity Mix is a public university, indicating that public universities are meeting their social obligations to increase Diversity.

  • Among the Top-100, the institutions with the highest proportion of female staff are liberal arts colleges - Barnard College and Wellesley College, with over 60% female academic staff.

  • Some of America’s top research institutions perform less strongly in gender diversity. MIT, scoring third for Research, has only 28% female staff, and Stanford (second for Research) only records 35% of its staff as female.

  • QS’s data shows that tech-focused institutions still lag behind their peers in terms of widening female workforce participation. Among the ranking’s top 100, the institutions with the lowest ratio of female to male staff are Caltech, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Institute of Technology, and MIT.

The QS USA University Rankings also prioritizes employability and teaching quality as crucial lenses to assess institutional performance.

Jack Moran, a QS Spokesperson, said: “While the overall QS World University Rankings continue to command record levels of interest, we know that the American higher education sector is wrestling with questions that do not fall within the scope of our global rankings - questions of equity, access, representation, and social justice. The QS USA University Rankings shine some independent light on those institutions that are doing most to foster the important relationship between education and social change.”

Containing more than 350 universities, this year’s QS USA Rankings is the largest yet. New York state leads as the most represented state, with 74 universities. California is the next best-performing with 38.

Public universities continue to perform strongly, with two places in this year’s top five and seven in the top 30. If you’re looking to take advantage of the benefits of studying at a public university, any of these institutions would be worth considering.

QS USA University Rankings 2021

• Top 100

  1. Harvard University — Cambridge
  2. Stanford University — Stanford
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — Cambridge
  4. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — Berkeley
  5. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — Los Angeles
  6. Yale University — New Haven
  7. Columbia University — New York City
  8. Princeton University — Princeton
  9. New York University (NYU) — New York City
  10. University of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia
  11. University of Chicago — Chicago
  12. Cornell University — Ithaca
  13. Duke University — Durham
  14. Johns Hopkins University — Baltimore
  15. University of Southern California — Los Angeles
  16. Northwestern University — Evanston
  17. Carnegie Mellon University — Pittsburgh
  18. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor
  19. Brown University — Providence
  20. Boston University — Boston
  21. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — Pasadena
  22. Emory University — Atlanta
  23. Rice University — Houston
  24. University of Washington — Seattle
  25. Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis
  26. Georgetown University — Washington DC.
  27. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) — San Diego
  28. Vanderbilt University — Nashville
  29. The University of Texas at Austin — Austin
  30. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign
  31. University of Rochester — Rochester
  32. Dartmouth College — Hanover
  33. University of North — Carolina
  34. University of California, Davis — Davis
  35. University of Florida — Gainesville
  36. Tufts University — Medford
  37. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) — Chicago
  38. Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta
  39. Stony Brook University, State University of New York — Stony Brook
  40. University of Virginia — Charlottesville
  41. Case Western Reserve University — Cleveland
  42. Rutgers University-New Brunswick — New Brunswick
  43. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) — Santa Barbara
  44. Pennsylvania State University — University Park
  45. George Washington University — Ashburn
  46. University of California, Irvine — Irvine
  47. University of Notre Dame — Notre Dame
  48. University of Miami — Miami
  49. Northeastern University — Boston
  50. The Ohio State University — Columbus
  51. University at Buffalo SUNY — Buffalo
  52. University of Maryland, College Park — College Park
  53. Purdue University — West Lafayette
  54. University of Minnesota Twin Cities — Minneapolis
  55. Boston College — Newton
  56. Michigan State University — East Lansing
  57. University of Massachusetts Amherst — Amherst
  58. University of Wisconsin-Madison — Madison
  59. Syracuse University — Syracuse
  60. Lehigh University — Bethlehem
  61. University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh
  62. Arizona State University — Phoenix
  63. Brandeis University — Waltham
  64. Temple University — Philadelphia
  65. Texas A&M University — College Station
  66. The University of Arizona — Tucson
  67. The University of Houston — Houston
  68. Binghamton University SUNY — Binghamton
  69. Drexel University — Philadelphia
  70. North Carolina State University — Raleigh
  71. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — Troy
  72. University of Connecticut — Storrs
  73. The University of Georgia — Athens
  74. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — Blacksburg
  75. University of New Mexico — Albuquerque
  76. Indiana University Bloomington — Bloomington
  77. Tulane University — New Orleans
  78. University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder
  79. Florida State University — Tallahassee
  80. University of South Florida — Tampa
  81. Illinois Institute of Technology — Chicago
  82. University of California, Riverside — Riverside
  83. University of California, Santa Cruz — Santa Cruz
  84. Howard University — Washington DC.
  85. University of Texas Dallas — Richardson
  86. Santa Clara University — Santa Clara
  87. Wake Forest University — Winston-Salem
  88. University of Maryland, Baltimore County — Baltimore
  89. University of Utah — Salt Lake City
  90. George Mason University — Fairfax
  91. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) — Newark
  92. University of Massachusetts Boston — Boston
  93. University of Kansas — Lawrence
  94. University at Albany SUNY — Albany
  95. Oregon State University — Corvallis
  96. University of Delaware — Newark
  97. University of the Pacific — Stockton
  98. Rutgers University-Newark — Newark
  99. The University of Hawaii at Mānoa — Honolulu
  100. San Diego State University — San Diego

• 101-110

  • University of Iowa — Iowa City
  • The University of Oklahoma — Norman
  • Baylor University — Waco
  • College of William and Mary — Williamsburg
  • Stevens Institute of Technology — Hoboken
  • University of Central Florida — Orlando
  • University of Cincinnati — Cincinnati
  • University of Kentucky — Lexington
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Knoxville
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute — Worcester

• 111-120

  • DePaul University — Chicago
  • Florida International University — Miami
  • Georgia State University — Atlanta
  • Portland State University — Portland
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) — Rochester
  • University of Louisville — Louisville
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln — Lincoln
  • University of New Hampshire — Durham
  • University of North Texas — Denton
  • University of Oregon — Eugene
  • University of San Francisco — San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina — Columbia

• 121-130

  • Fordham University — New York City
  • Loyola University Chicago — Chicago
  • San Francisco State University — San Francisco
  • Seattle University — Seattle
  • Southern Methodist University — Dallas
  • University of Missouri, Columbia — Columbia
  • University of Vermont — Burlington
  • Wayne State University — Detroit

• 131-140

  • American University — Washington DC.
  • Bentley University — Waltham
  • Clemson University — Clemson
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Loyola Marymount University — Los Angeles
  • Pepperdine University — Malibu
  • The University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa
  • University of Denver — Denver
  • University of Rhode Island Kingston
  • Virginia Commonwealth University — Richmond
  • West Virginia University — Morgantown

• 141-150

  • Clark University — Worcester
  • Clarkson University — Potsdam
  • Michigan Technological University — Houghton
  • Rowan University — Glassboro
  • San Jose State University — San Jose
  • Saint Louis University
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Birmingham
  • University of Colorado, Denver — Denver
  • University of Nevada - Reno — Reno

• 151-160

  • CUNY Baruch College — New York City
  • CUNY Hunter College — New York City
  • Hofstra University — New York City
  • Kansas State University — Manhattan
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology — Rolla
  • Oklahoma State University — Stillwater
  • Suffolk University — Boston
  • The University of Missouri, Kansas City — Kansas City
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte — Charlotte
  • Villanova University — Villanova

• 161-170

  • Andrews University — Berrien Springs
  • Auburn University — Auburn
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis — Indianapolis
  • Ohio University — Athens
  • Pace University-New York — New York City
  • Rutgers University-Camden — Camden
  • Simmons University — Boston
  • St. John’s University: New York City — New York City
  • University of San Diego — San Diego
  • Yeshiva University — New York City

• 171-180

  • Chapman University — Orange
  • Dominican University of California — San Rafael
  • Elon University — Elon
  • Loyola University Maryland — Baltimore
  • Northern Arizona University — Flagstaff
  • Nova Southeastern University — Fort Lauderdale
  • University of Memphis — Memphis
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro — Greensboro
  • Valparaiso University — Valparaiso
  • Washington State University — Pullman

• 181-190

  • Georgia Southern University — Statesboro
  • James Madison University — Harrisonburg
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Rollins College — Winter Park
  • Texas Christian University — Fort Worth
  • Texas Tech University — Lubbock
  • The College of New Jersey — Ewing Township
  • University of Dayton — Dayton
  • University of Hartford — West Hartford
  • University of Idaho — Moscow

• 191-200

  • Brigham Young University — Provo
  • CUNY Queens College — New York City
  • California Lutheran University — Thousand Oaks
  • California State University - Fullerton — Fullerton
  • Iowa State University — Ames
  • Kent State University — Kent
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology — Socorro
  • New York Institute of Technology — New York City
  • Stetson University — United States
  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell — Lowell
  • University of Mississippi — Oxford
  • University of Scranton — Scranton
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio — San Antonio
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee — Milwaukee

• 201-250

  • Ball State University — Muncie
  • Boise State University — Boise
  • Butler University — Indianapolis
  • CUNY The City College of New York — New York City
  • California State Polytechnic University - Pomona — Pomona
  • California State University - Los Angeles — Los Angeles
  • The Catholic University of America — Washington DC.
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu — Honolulu
  • CUNY College of Staten Island — Staten Island
  • Creighton University — Omaha
  • Dominican University — River Forest
  • East Carolina University — Greenville
  • Fairfield University — Fairfield
  • Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton — Boca Raton
  • Hawaii Pacific University — Honolulu
  • Immaculata University — Immaculata
  • Ithaca College — Ithaca
  • La Salle University — Philadelphia
  • Louisiana State University — Baton Rouge
  • Marquette University — Milwaukee
  • Marymount University — Arlington
  • Mississippi State University — Starkville
  • Montana State University — Bozeman
  • North Dakota State University — Fargo
  • Northern Illinois University — DeKalb
  • Old Dominion University — Norfolk
  • Rider University — Lawrenceville
  • Roosevelt University
  • The State University of New York at Geneseo — Geneseo
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • Seattle Pacific University — Seattle
  • Sonoma State University — Rohnert Park
  • SUNY Oswego — Oswego
  • Texas State University, — San Marcos
  • University of Alaska Anchorage — Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks — Fairbanks
  • University of Bridgeport — Bridgeport
  • The University of Maine — Orono
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn — Dearborn
  • University of Missouri Saint Louis — St. Louis
  • The University of Nevada - Las Vegas — Las Vegas
  • University of Redlands — Redlands
  • University of St Thomas — St Paul
  • The University of St. Thomas - Houston — Houston
  • University of Toledo — Toledo
  • University of Tulsa — Tulsa
  • University of Wyoming — Laramie
  • Western Illinois University — Macomb
  • Western Washington University — Bellingham
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey — Wayne

• 251-300

  • Adelphi University — Garden City
  • Alfred University
  • Appalachian State University (ASU) — Boone
  • Augsburg University
  • Bryant University — Smithfield
  • CUNY Lehman College — New York City
  • California State University, San Marcos College
  • California State University Northridge Los Angeles
  • California State University Sacramento
  • California State University - Long Beach
  • California State University - San Bernardino
  • Campbell University
  • College of Charleston
  • Gonzaga University — Spokane
  • Illinois State University Normal
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana
  • Manhattan College — New York City
  • Morgan State University — Baltimore
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University — Baltimore
  • Oakland University — Rochester
  • Pacific Lutheran University — Tahoma
  • Providence College — Providence
  • Regis University — Denver
  • SUNY Brockport Brockport
  • The State University of New York at Fredonia — Fredonia
  • SUNY Oneonta — Oneonta
  • Saint Mary’s College of California — Moraga
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • South Dakota State University — Brookings
  • St. Edward’s University — Austin
  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville — Fayetteville
  • University of Evansville — Evansville
  • University of Illinois, Springfield (UIS) — Springfield
  • University of La Verne — La Verne
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • University of New Haven — New Haven
  • University of North Florida — Jacksonville
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of Portland Portland
  • University of South Alabama (USA) — Mobile
  • University of South Dakota — Vermillion
  • University of Texas Arlington — Arlington
  • The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire — Eau Claire
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Western Michigan University — Kalamazoo
  • Wilkes University

• 301-350

  • Buffalo State College (SUNY)
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis — Obispo
  • California State University - Stanislaus
  • California State University Dominguez Hills — Carson
  • Carthage College
  • Central Michigan University — Mount Pleasant
  • Chestnut Hill College — Philadelphia
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Delaware State University
  • Duquesne University — Pittsburgh
  • Eastern University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University — Tallahassee
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Frostburg State University
  • Hamline University — Saint Paul
  • Hampton University — Hampton
  • Jacksonville University
  • John Carroll University — University Heights
  • King’s College — Wilkes-Barre
  • Lamar University
  • Lawrence Technological University — Southfield
  • Lynn University
  • Madonna University — Livonia
  • Manhattanville College — Purchase
  • Marist College — Poughkeepsie
  • Mercer University — Macon
  • Mount St Mary’s College — New York City
  • Nazareth College — Rochester
  • Niagara University
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, — San Antonio
  • Radford University
  • SUNY Cortland Cortland
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Salisbury University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Shenandoah University — Winchester
  • Towson University — Towson
  • Truman State University — Kirksville
  • University of Guam
  • University of Michigan-Flint — Flint
  • University of Montana Missoula — Missoula
  • University of Nebraska - Omaha
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington — Wilmington
  • University of North Dakota — Grand Forks
  • The University of Tampa — Tampa
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Utah State University — Logan
  • Waynesburg University — Waynesburg
  • Wichita State University — Wichita
  • Xavier University of Louisiana — New Orleans


QS evaluated the US universities according to the following 17 metrics. They fall into four broad groupings (Employability, Diversity & Internationalisation, Learning Experience, and Research).

• Employability (24.5%)

  • This category looks at the employment prospects of students graduating from US higher education institutions through metrics that include the results of the Employer Reputation Survey, Alumni outcomes, and salary post-graduation.

• Employer reputation (10%)

  • QS Employer Reputation metric is based on almost 45,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates. The QS Employer Survey is also the world’s largest of its kind.

• Alumni outcomes (10%)

  • QS has been recording the educational background of over 30,000 highly influential employers, sector leaders, and award-winning professionals, as well as individuals.

• Salary after ten years (4.5%)

  • This indicator looks at the average salary of graduates (who received federal financial aid) ten years after first entering university.

• Diversity & Internationalisation (25%)

  • This broad category attempts to understand to what extent a higher education institution is striving towards being as inclusive as possible while promoting an environment that seeks to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 10: Reduced Inequality.

• Gender pay gap (2.5%)

  • One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to achieve Gender Equality through female equality in the workplace and eradicating unfair practices targeting women.

• Faculty gender diversity (2.5%)

  • This indicator is also used against the backdrop of the UN’s SDG to achieve Gender Equality. It aims to capture whether there is equal representation of both male and female employees within the faculty of a higher education institution. Institutions that are moving towards an equivalent model are demonstrating their commitment to progress towards achieving Gender Equality.

• The ratio of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants (5%)

  • This indicator focuses on the percentage of enrolled undergraduate students that got a Pell Grant. The Pell Grant program provides grant assistance to eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial needs to help meet higher education expenses.

• Students’ ethnicity mix (5%)

  • The student fabric of a higher education institution is an important indicator that reflects its openness and attention to nurture a diverse, culturally sensitive, and tolerant student cohort. An institution with a diverse student ethnic mix demonstrates that it cultivates inclusiveness and promotes social mobility while offering its students a diverse student learning experience crucial in today’s global world.

• Number of Fulbright recipients per institution (5%)

  • This indicator looks at which US institutions are top producers of US Fulbright students over a combined period of 3 years. The Fulbright Programme is the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Programme has provided more than 390,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

• The proportion of international students (5%)

  • A highly international university acquires and confers several advantages. It demonstrates an ability to attract students from across the world, suggesting that it possesses a solid global brand.

• Learning experience (22%)

  • This category aims to reflect the overall learning environment provided by a higher education institution to its students through the level of support it offers all its students regardless of background.

• Average instructional expenditure per FTE (full-time equivalency) student (10%)

  • Average teaching spending per FTE (full-time equivalency) student demonstrates how many financial resources a higher education institution spends on average teaching per student. This indicator is used as a proxy to determine how strongly an institution is committed to offering the most effective learning environment possible.

• Retention rate (5%)

  • It is a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage. That is the percentage of the first-time bachelor (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall for four-year institutions. For all other institutions, this is the percentage of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students from the previous fall who either re-enrolled or completed their program by the current fall.

• Pell grant student graduation rates compared with other students (3.5%)

  • This indicator focuses on how well an institution supports students in financial need awarded a Pell grant. The number of grant recipients graduating within 150% of standard time to program completion, compared to the average graduation rate for students that did not receive a Pell grant or Stafford loan.

• Student-faculty ratio (3.5%)

  • Students’ teaching quality is typically cited as the highest importance metric when comparing institutions. It isn’t easy to measure, but QS says it has determined that measuring student/faculty ratios is the most effective proxy metric currently available. This indicator assesses the extent to which institutions can provide undergraduate students with meaningful access to faculty members and recognizes that a high number of faculty members per undergraduate student will reduce the teaching burden on each academic.

• Research (28.5%)

  • This category demonstrates how the Research of a higher education institution is having an impact. It focuses on the quality of the Research, regardless of the size of an institution. How much open and internationally collaborative its research outputs are, whether within academia or with industry.

• Academic Reputation (13.5%)

  • Academic reputation is measured using a global survey. Scholars identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise. The survey collates the expert opinions of over 94,000 individuals in the higher education space. It has grown to become the world’s largest survey of academic thought in terms of size and scope and is an unparalleled means of measuring sentiment in the academic community.

• Citations per paper (7%)

  • Citations per paper focus on the performance of the documents an institution produces that get indexed in Scopus. It assesses the number of citations per Research Paper published, aiming to explain the impact each institution’s research has within the research community.

• International Research Network (IRN) (5%)

  • This indicator assesses the degree of international Diversity in research collaboration for each evaluated institution. The Margalef Index, widely used in environmental sciences, has been adapted to estimate the richness of the selected international research partners for a given institution.

• Partnerships with Employers per Faculty (3%)

  • This indicator uses Elsevier’s Scopus database to establish which universities collaborate successfully with global companies to produce citable, transformative research. This year’s ranking accounts for university collaborations with 2,000 top global companies listed by Fortune and Forbes. The figure is adjusted to account for the number of faculty at each university.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds


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May 5, 2021

HeiQ launches a high-tech mask featuring ground-breaking copper technology shown to deactivate the COVID-19 virus.

HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask

HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask

HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask

Photos: HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask with an antiviral copper coated surface that deactivates 97.79% SARS-CoV-2. (Images provided by HeiQ).

ZURICH, May 5, 2021 — HeiQ, a global leader in textile and materials innovation, has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a futuristic-looking, high-tech surgical mask that destroys all viruses and bacteria tested, up to 100% efficacy, the company announced.

HeiQ MetalliQ doesn’t only look metallic. The mask with a patented design contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapor deposition process, called HeiQ MetalliX, which converts a minute amount of copper into a vapor that deposits evenly to surround each fiber. HeiQ MetalliX is a patent-pending technology created by HeiQ’s innovation partner, Australian materials technology company, Xefco.

According to HeiQ, studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia (Doherty Institute) showed that fabrics treated by the HeiQ MetalliX technology significantly deactivated the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) in as little as 5 minutes.

The testing protocol simulated the real-life interaction of aerosol droplets contaminating textile products such as face masks. Each sample was exposed to a high loading of SARS-CoV-2 followed by 5, 15, and 30 minutes incubation at room temperature before the amount of remaining infectious SARS-CoV-2 viruses was measured. The fabric samples treated with HeiQ MetalliX indicated a virus reduction of over 97.79% in five minutes, 99.95% in 15 minutes, and around 99.99% in 30 minutes, relative to the inoculum control.

“Our team of experts continues its vital work to minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus,” Dr. Julie McAuley, Senior Research Officer at the Doherty Institute, stated. “Testing the ability of different surface treatments to reduce the infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is one way that our research can help provide insights towards helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. McAuley added.

Copper is a naturally occurring element present in the earth’s crust, soil, oceans, lakes, and rivers. It is also a trace element that occurs naturally in all humans, plants, and animals. Copper has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties demonstrated by laboratory studies. According to HeiQ, HeiQ MetalliX treated materials release copper ions which deactivate viruses and bacteria.

HeiQ Medica in Spain manufactures HeiQ MetalliQ. Here, HeiQ also conducts R&D activities for medical devices.

“You can pretty much ‘heiq’ everything to add additional functions to an everyday product. This time we up our game once again in antiviral protection, with an upgraded and premium appearance. Spring is calling. As we emerge from lock-down, we want to be extra protected and protect the others. HeiQ MetalliQ provides that extra level of confidence. Further, it gives an edgy look, making it an improved alternative to surgical masks in many ways,” said Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group.

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and listed on the London Stock Exchange, HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation, creating effective, durable, and high-performance textile technologies. HeiQ says its mission is to improve the lives of billions of people through pioneering textiles and materials innovation. With a total capacity of 35,000 tons per year, HeiQ manufactures its products in the USA, Switzerland, and Australia, supplying its specialty chemical products in over 60 countries worldwide.

Source: HeiQ

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May 4, 2021

International Jazz Day 2021 Concludes with Spectacular All-Star Global Concert Featuring Performances from Cities Across the Globe

Hosted by Michael Douglas at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Concert Caps Extraordinary 10th Anniversary Celebration Spanning More than 190 Countries.

International Jazz Day 2021

Photo: A Jazz Day Poster.

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2021 — With more than 190 countries participating, the International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary celebration concluded with a thrilling All-Star Global Concert reaching millions worldwide. Hosted by Michael Douglas and led by Herbie Hancock and musical director John Beasley, the concert brought together renowned artists from over 20 countries. It was made possible by Lead Partner Toyota, with United Airlines serving as Airline Partner.

The 2021 Global Concert featured memorable moments illustrating the unifying power of jazz. From New York, Veronica Swift and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen opened the program with “Sing,” an uplifting tribute to the positive change that music can bring to the world. Other standout performances included pianist and composer Jacob Collier in London, Beninese songstress Angélique Kidjo in Paris, Japanese pianist Junko Onishi in Tokyo, Ivan Lins in Rio De Janeiro, and vocalist/trumpeter Mandisi Dyantyis in Cape Town. Capping the remarkable presentation from Los Angeles was a sensational interpretation of “God Bless The Child” by vocalist Andra Day.

Anchored by Academy Award winner Michael Douglas from UN Headquarters in New York, the 2021 concert showcased jazz as a truly global art form. As United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted, “Ten years ago, we launched the very first International Jazz Day in the United Nations General Assembly Hall at the initiative of UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. With every passing year, this has been a joyous celebration - not only of music but also of freedom, diversity, and human dignity. These are the values the United Nations works to protect and promote around the world.”

UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz presented free educational and outreach programming throughout the day. In one of the most anticipated events, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock engaged in a moving dialogue on the history and legacy of International Jazz Day.

International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities on all seven continents to honor the international art form of jazz. The event is celebrated with thousands of concerts and jazz-related programming worldwide each year on April 30, highlighting its essential role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination, and promoting human dignity.

Source: Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

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May 3, 2021

The Empire State Building to Celebrate 90 Years

New Historical Tours, Giveaways, and Other Year-Long Anniversary Celebrations Planned

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Photo: The Empire State Building as seen from the “Top of The Rock.” Image Credit: Joe Shlabotnik.

Empire State Building


Photo: The Empire State Building is illuminated in red to celebrate the landing on Mars of NASA’s Perseverance rover, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in New York City. Photo Credit: (NASA/Emma Howells). [File Photo].

NEW YORK, May 01, 2021 — The World’s Most Famous Building, the Empire State Building (ESB), celebrates its 90th anniversary on May 1, 2021.

“The Empire State Building, the international icon and symbol of dreams, was a record-breaker and trendsetter 90 years ago,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “Today, she is fully modernized for the 21st century, a world leader in energy efficiency retrofits in the built environment, indoor environmental quality, and on building health practices.”

“Since we first opened our doors 90 years ago, the Empire State Building Observatory has been the must-visit for travelers from around the world,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Observatory. “We’ve welcomed everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Christmas (Mariah Carey) through our doors, and our most important visitors are our Observatory guests from around the world who today visit our brand new, $165 million recreation of our entire experience. With New York reopened as of July 1, we look forward to visits from our fans near and far who can safely travel to celebrate this important anniversary.”

• Brand-New Offerings for Visitors

To mark 90 years, the Empire State Building will kick off a wealth of new offerings, with more announcements throughout the year-long festivities.

  • Birthday Lighting: ESB’s world-famous tower lights will sparkle in white with a special “90” illuminated in the mast throughout the night.

  • New Historical Tour: The new 90 in 90 Tour will take guests on a 90-year journey in 90 minutes as they explore the building’s rich history. Treated like a VIP with their own ESB Ambassador at their side, guests quickly become insiders and go behind the scenes at the Empire State Building.

  • 90th Anniversary Collectors’ Items: The Empire State Building’s gift shop will offer limited edition 90th Anniversary items available only on-site.

  • Birthday Giveaway: With the purchase of a Sunrise, Premium, or All Access ticket to the Observatory, guests will receive a complimentary, celebratory 90th-anniversary tote bag.

  • David Yurman Window Display: America’s foremost luxury jewelry brand David Yurman will launch its new “Empire Collection” of women’s jewelry and men’s accessories with a window display in the building’s famed Fifth Avenue lobby.

  • Sweeping Views with Starbucks Coffee: For the entire month of May, guests who show their Observatory ticket at the 34th Street Starbucks located inside ESB before or after their visit will receive a $0.90 tall, hot or iced coffee and a Starbucks reusable cup while supplies last.

• A Reimagined Guest Experience

Since its construction, the Empire State Building has taken pride in its status as the World’s Most Famous Building - an international symbol of technology, imagination, and ambition. Recent renovations and a reimagined visitor experience serve as examples for other buildings and attractions across the globe.

  • Reimagination of The Observatory Experience: A five-year, $165 million overhaul of the visitor journey to the 86th Floor Observatory was completed in 2019 and introduced a new dedicated guest entrance at 34th Street, an immersive 10,000 square-foot museum, and additional exhibits on the redesigned 80th Floor. A brand-new 102nd Floor Observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows completes the redo.

  • Sustainability Retrofit: Over the last ten years, the Empire State Building underwent a ground-breaking energy and efficiency retrofit as part of the $550 million Empire State ReBuilding program that transformed it into one of today’s most efficient historical landmarks. The building is in the top 20 percent of all Class A commercial assets in the nation. As a result of these efforts, ESRT earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition for sustainability performance in real estate and was named a Fitwel Champion for healthy, high-performance buildings. ESB looks forward to a more sustainable future with a recently announced target to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • Updated Tower Lights: In 2012, the Empire State Building upgraded its world-famous tower lights to display more than 16 million colors. The new lights debuted with the building’s first music-to-light show set to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind.” The building recently brought back the classic show during 2020 to bring a moment of joy to all New Yorkers during the pandemic.

  • Restoration of an Art Deco Classic: In 2009, the Empire State building fully restored its Fifth Avenue Lobby celestial ceiling mural. The project used aluminum leaf and 23-karat gold, the same materials from 1931, and took more than 20,000 person-hours. Just last year, the building restored its silhouette to the original design that influenced various architectural styles. With the removal of multiple antennas and a new coat of silver waterproof paint, ESB sparkles like new.

“Over the past 90 years, the Empire State Building has been the undisputed landmark of the New York City skyline, with its iconic tower lights that shine as a symbol of hope, strength, and perseverance,” said Mr. Malkin. “We will continue to innovate and push boundaries in technology, sustainability, and tourism to ensure that the Empire State Building remains America’s Favorite Building for the next 90 years as well.”

The Empire State Building, “The World’s Most Famous Building,” is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Empire State Realty Trust, Inc owns it. The $165 million reimagination of the Empire State Building Observatory Experience creates an all-new experience with a dedicated guest entrance, an interactive museum with nine galleries, and a redesigned 102nd Floor Observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows. The journey to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory, the only 360-degree, open-air Observatory with views of New York and beyond, orients visitors for their entire New York City experience and covers everything from the building’s iconic history to its current place in pop culture. Officially opened on May 1, 1931, and now celebrating its 90th anniversary year, the Empire State Building welcomes more than 4 million annual visitors from around the world.

Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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May 1, 2021

United Way Worldwide Announces Launch of India COVID-19 Relief Fund

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United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide

Photo: Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide (center) with Student United Way Award Winners (L-R): Alicia Meyer, Campus Adviser of the Year, Montana State University; Krystal Draper, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Hoa Bui, President of Student United Way at the University of California Riverside; Caasi Algazi, Founder of Student United Way at the University of California Riverside; and Elizabeth Collins, Student Leader of the Year, Montana State University. United Way Community Leaders Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. May 2, 2012.

Students on more than 60 campuses across the United States are improving their local communities. This powerful force is known as Student United Way, the student voice of the worldwide United Way movement. Image Credit: Neil Parekh. [File Photo]

ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 01, 2021 — United Way Worldwide today announced that it had established a relief fund for United Way India to provide immediate assistance in containing the coronavirus and responding to the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The India COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate help in medical equipment for hospitals, including oxygen supplies, ventilators, beds, Bipap Machines, and more. The Fund will also supply hygiene and food kits for communities to prevent further spread of the virus.

As India experiences the world’s worst outbreak, United Way India will distribute donations from the Fund to support the most acutely impacted in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi NCR, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, and Bihar.

Just this week, India reported the most significant single-day spike of new COVID-19 cases at 379,000 and more than 200,000 deaths, 3,000 occurring in the past 24 hours alone. These numbers have overwhelmed the healthcare system, particularly in highly populated cities, devastating the most vulnerable population.

“The resurgence of the COVID-19 virus and the devastating impact on India’s healthcare system highlights that the fight against the pandemic is far from over and shows how vulnerable communities are still at risk,” said Neeraj Mehta, Interim President and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “I am heartened by the work of the United Way India network and am confident that we can provide much-needed critical support to alleviate the suffering of marginalized populations.”

Over the past year, the United Way India network of seven local United Ways has supported more than five million people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provided infrastructure enhancement to more than 100 hospitals. The United Way India network has raised and distributed $60 million in relief funds to more than 60 cities throughout India.

Through the work of 100,000 volunteers, United Way has distributed over 291,951 food kits and served more than 555,886 hot meals. Additionally, the United Way India network has provided 146 hospitals with infrastructure reinforcements, including additional beds, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and medical supplies. It has also distributed 804,154 N-95 & 3-Ply masks and 346,104 personal protection equipment (PPE) kits.

Response efforts are led locally by United Ways in the cities of Baroda, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata.

United Way said it fights for every person’s health, education, and financial stability in every community.”With global reach and local impact, we’re making life better for 48 million people annually. United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit, working in 95% of U.S. communities and 40 countries and territories. That’s why we’re the mission of choice for 2.5 million volunteers, 7.7 million donors, and 45,000 corporate partners. In the wake of COVID-19, we’re helping people stay in their homes, stock their pantries, and protect their lives and livelihoods. And we’re working to build resilient, equitable communities,” United Way elaborated.

Source: United Way Worldwide

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April 30, 2021

World Intellectual Property Day 2021 - "IP and SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market"

World Intellectual Property

Geneva, April 29, 2021 — Small and medium-sized enterprises take center stage at this year’s celebration of World Intellectual Property Day. WIPO Director General Daren Tang described them as the “unsung heroes” of the global economy and an engine for growth in a post-pandemic world.

In a video message celebrating World IP Day, which occurs each April 26, Mr. Tang said that SMEs account for 90% of all companies worldwide and 70% of global employment. That’s why World IP Day 2021 is carrying the theme “IP and SMEs: Taking your ideas to market.”

“SMEs are the engines, the unsung heroes of our economy. And yet for many of them, there is still a lack of knowledge about how IP can help them translate their ideas into products, and how IP can be a powerful tool for them not just to survive, but also to compete and grow,” he said.

“SMEs face different challenges in different parts of the world, and how we help them will need to be customized to the needs of your part of the world. But it will be a powerful message for us to send the signal that together we will be supporting them,” said Mr. Tang.

Mr. Tang, who took office as WIPO’s Director-General in October 2020, has made supporting smaller enterprises a priority. In one of his first actions as Director-General, he established the “IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector” as one of the Organization’s eight sectors, with a remit to support SMEs, entrepreneurs, and researchers in commercializing IP and using it for business growth.

“Whatever help we can render to our SMEs will help that we render to the bedrock of your economy and the backbone of the global economy. Ultimately, it will help our world to build back better,” after the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

WIPO is coordinating a global campaign to highlight the importance of intangible assets to SMEs and the value of IP in supporting SMEs to grow. The Organization has published a series of case studies worldwide telling stories of SMEs that are using IP rights to turn ideas into business opportunities and generate value. WIPO has also provided a wealth of practical information on the best ways for SMEs to protect their intangible assets.

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 - the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 - as World Intellectual Property Day to increase general understanding of intellectual property (IP). Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others worldwide to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO, Geneva


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April 29, 2021

Carnegie Corporation of New York Announces 26 Andrew Carnegie Fellows.

$5.2 million in philanthropic support for significant scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

New York, NY, April 28, 2021 — To apply scholarly perspectives to some of society’s most important issues, Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The philanthropic foundation will grant each fellow $200,000 to fund significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities that address critical and enduring issues confronting our society.

The Corporation launched the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in 2015 as an initiative conceived by the late Vartan Gregorian, who was president of the foundation since 1997. Gregorian, a former professor of history and past president of Brown University, aimed to advance and elevate the fellows’ work to reinforce the importance of the social sciences and humanities in academia and American life.

The most generous stipend of its kind, the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program has funded a total of 216 scholars, journalists, and authors, representing an investment of $43.2 million. It focuses on subjects such as U.S. democracy, the environment, technological and cultural evolution, and international relations. The criteria prioritize the originality and promise of the research, its potential impact on the field, and the scholar’s plans for communicating the findings to a broad audience.

Among this year’s winning research topics:

  • Law enforcement: developing tools to analyze policing data, including large volumes of body-worn camera video, to monitor racial bias and suggest evidence-based reforms.

  • Pandemic recovery: studying the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable families and women in the workforce to identify policies that will help rebuild a more just society.

  • Voting access: analyzing strategies to modernize the U.S. electoral system, including mail voting, same-day registration, and calls for a National Accessible Election law.

  • Racial justice: telling the story of mid-19th-century Black New Yorkers who campaigned to desegregate public transit with pioneering civil disobedience strategies.

  • Rural opportunity: exploring the history of agricultural property law and the views of American farmers to develop a more inclusive and sustainable land ownership system.

  • “Me Too” movement: documenting the cultural history of the campaign and social media’s ability to expose offenders and hold them accountable.

  • Immigration: exploring the immigration detention system and its multiple, unseen sites within and outside U.S. borders to understand policies and their impact on migrants.

  • Climate-change: developing inclusive approaches to climate policy by gathering indigenous knowledge.

Georgetown’s DeGioia, who has been a member of the jury since the start of the program, replaced the founding chair, Susan Hockfield, professor of neuroscience and president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council, stepped down after three years of service on the fellows’ jury when she joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as deputy director for science and society. Today, the jury comprises 14 distinguished scholars and academic and intellectual leaders from some of the USA’s most prominent educational institutions, foundations, and scholarly societies.

Carnegie Corporation selected this year’s class of 26 fellows from 311 nominations. The group comprises 18 women and eight men. The program seeks to include emerging and established scholars from across the country and represents public institutions of higher education and private colleges or universities.

As part of the nomination process, 700 individuals — including heads of independent research institutes, societies, and think tanks; university presidents; directors of major university presses; and editors of leading newspapers and magazines — were invited to recommend up to two individuals. All proposals undergo a preliminary, anonymous evaluation by leading authorities in the relevant fields. The top recommendations are then forwarded to the jury for a final review and selection.

The award is for up to two years, and its expected result is a book or major study.

• Class of 2021

  • Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat: Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Beth Bailey: University of Kansas
  • Richard Bell: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Deborah A. Boehm: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Kristina Maria Guild Douglass: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Tanisha M. Fazal: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Christine Folch: Duke University
  • Shana Kushner Gadarian: Syracuse University
  • Kali Nicole Gross: Emory University
  • Françoise N. Hamlin: Brown University
  • Adria L. Imada: University of California, Irvine
  • Jeanne-Marie Jackson: Johns Hopkins University
  • Dean Knox: University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Laurison: Swarthmore College
  • Sonali Shukla McDermid: New York University
  • Léonce Ndikumana: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jessica A. Shoemaker: University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Stefanie Stantcheva: Harvard University
  • Susan C. Stokes: University of Chicago
  • Neel U. Sukhatme: Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kevin J. A. Thomas: The University of Texas at Austin
  • Salamishah Tillet: Rutgers University-Newark
  • Caroline Tolbert: University of Iowa
  • Jessica Wilkerson: West Virginia University
  • Gillen D’Arcy Wood: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Gabriel Zucman: University of California, Berkeley

• Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Jurors

  • John J. DeGioia: President, Georgetown University (Chair)
  • Joseph E. Aoun: President, Northeastern University
  • Jared L. Cohon: President Emeritus and University Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robbert Dijkgraaf: Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Jonathan F. Fanton: President Emeritus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Amy Gutmann: President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rush D. Holt: CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Alberto Ibargüen: President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Ira Katznelson: Interim Provost and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
  • Arthur Levine: President Emeritus, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Earl Lewis: Founding Director, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan; Former President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Marcia McNutt: President, National Academy of Sciences
  • Louise Richardson: Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Pauline Yu: President Emerita, American Council of Learned Societies

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered to be of paramount importance: education, international peace, and a strong democracy.

Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York

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April 28, 2021

International Leadership Association Announces Its 2021-2022 Fellows

International Leadership Association

International Leadership Association

Photo: Responsive and Responsible Leadership. Brian T. Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Corporation, USA, speaking during the session: Responsive and Responsible Leadership at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

SILVER SPRING, Md., April 27, 2021 — The International Leadership Association (ILA) work is made possible by the power of its members’ curiosity, creativity, and desire to make an impact. Each year, it recognizes a select group of expert members who desire to give back to the field of leadership as ILA Fellows.

Fellows engage with ILA’s mission across sectors and disciplines to do worthy work at the intersection of leadership research and practice. They contribute to special initiatives that help drive the ILA’s mission to advance leadership knowledge and practice for a better world.

This year’s Fellows include the new Fellow roles of Executive in Residence and Scholar in Residence

ILA Executive in Residence

  • John Heiser is a transformational, global, and relational executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical, technology, and manufacturing organizations.

ILA Scholar in Residence

  • Gill Robinson Hickman is Professor Emerita of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, one of the first institutions with a multidisciplinary faculty devoted to the study of leadership.

ILA Fellows

ILA’s 2021-2022 Fellows include thought leaders from around the world. Together they will share their knowledge and expertise, explore today’s challenges in dialogue with other leaders, and apply their practical wisdom to inform and inspire. They are:

  • Scott J. Allen, Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management, John Carroll University
  • Keith Grint, Professor Emeritus, Warwick University
  • Maureen Metcalf, Founder, CEO, & Board Chair, Innovative Leadership Institute
  • Stella Nkomo, Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Pretoria
  • Erwin Schwella, Dean, School of Social Innovation, Hugenote Kollege
  • Katherine Tyler Scott, Principle, Ki ThoughtBridge

Maureen Metcalf, returning for another term as an ILA Fellow, will continue her partnership with ILA to produce a series of 12+ podcasts on global leadership, part of her weekly Innovating Leadership show. The ILA adds another podcaster to its Fellows group with Scott Allen, the host of Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leadership. Scott will work with ILA to produce weekly episodes of Phronesis under the banner of “ILA’s official podcast.” Scott shared his excitement for the partnership, writing: “ILA has played a central role in my growth and development as a leadership educator and scholar. I have moderated the listserv, chaired a member community, and served on the board. As an ILA Fellow, I’ll have the opportunity to engage in a new and exciting way! I am thrilled to partner with ILA to bring inspirational and thought-provoking content to people all over the globe.”

ILA Fellows, Keith Grint, Stella Nkomo, Erwin Schwella, and Katherine Tyler Scott will share their insights via blogs looking at the challenges of today through a leadership lens. Grint, Schwella, and Tyler Scott are experienced bloggers, having contributed several pieces to ILA’s blog in 2020 including, “Leadership in Times of Crisis,” “The Fire Next Time,” and “The Global Pandemic: A Trigger for Deeply Systemic Disruptive Social Innovation? Or an Inevitable Global Apocalypse?” Echoing other fellows, Katherine affirmed that “ILA has been instrumental in my professional development, leadership, and service as a scholar-practitioner. I have been privileged to serve as Chair of Leadership Development, Conference Weaver, Vice-Chair and Chair of the ILA Board.” She added, “The honor of being selected as an ILA Fellow is another opportunity to contribute to this special community of learners.”

“We are thrilled to be working with this year’s group of outstanding Fellows,” noted Cynthia Cherrey, CEO & President of the ILA. “Their commitment to ILA and contributions to the field of leadership are unparalleled and will be appreciated for years to come.”

The International Leadership Association is a worldwide professional association committed to advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. It accomplishes its mission by creating trusted leadership resources. The synergy that occurs by bringing people together in the charged space of its conferences and events produces a multiplier impact on leadership and change. For more than twenty years, the ILA has convened extraordinary talent across sectors, cultures, disciplines, and generations.

Source: International Leadership Association


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April 26, 2021

Oscars 2021: 93rd Academy Awards Winners List

Oscars 2021

Oscars 2021

Photo: Oscar nominee Garrett Bradley arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2021

Photo: On behalf of Denmark, Thomas Vinterberg poses backstage with the Oscar for International Feature Film during the live A.B.C. Telecast of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2021

Photo: James Reed, Pippa Erlich (L), and Marlee Matlin pose backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Feature during the live A.B.C. Telecast of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2021

Photo: Chloé Zhao poses backstage with the Oscar for Directing during the live A.B.C. Telecast of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2021

Photo: Oscar nominee Will Berson and guest arrive on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The 93rd Oscars were held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The event was televised live on A.B.C. The Oscars were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nomadland won big at the Oscars as it won the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress awards. Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor for The Father. David Fincher’s Mank, which led the way with ten nominations, took home awards for cinematography and production design.


• Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal”
  • Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Anthony Hopkins in “The Father” — WINNER
  • Gary Oldman in “Mank”
  • Steven Yeun in “Minari”

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  • Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah” — WINNER
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami…”
  • Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal”
  • Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Andra Day in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
  • Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a Woman”
  • Frances McDormand in “Nomadland” — WINNER
  • Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman”

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
  • Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy”
  • Olivia Colman in “The Father”
  • Amanda Seyfried in “Mank”
  • Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari” — WINNER

• The best animated feature film of the year

  • “Onward” Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae
  • “Over the Moon” Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou
  • “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” Richard Phelan, Will Becher, and Paul Kewley
  • “Soul” Pete Docter and Dana Murray — WINNER
  • “Wolfwalkers” Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

• Achievement in cinematography

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” Sean Bobbitt
  • “Mank” Erik Messerschmidt — WINNER
  • “News of the World” Dariusz Wolski
  • “Nomadland” Joshua James Richards
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Phedon Papamichael

• Achievement in costume design

  • “Emma” Alexandra Byrne
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Ann Roth — WINNER
  • “Mank” Trish Summerville
  • “Mulan” Bina Daigeler
  • “Pinocchio” Massimo Cantini Parrini

• Achievement in directing

  • “Another Round” Thomas Vinterberg
  • “Mank” David Fincher
  • “Minari” Lee Isaac Chung
  • “Nomadland” Chloé Zhao — WINNER
  • “Promising Young Woman” Emerald Fennell

• Best documentary feature

  • “Collective” Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
  • “Crip Camp” Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder
  • “The Mole Agent” Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez
  • “My Octopus Teacher” Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, and Craig Foster — WINNER
  • “Time” Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino, and Kellen Quinn

• Best documentary short subject

  • “Colette” Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard — WINNER
  • “A Concerto Is a Conversation” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
  • “Do Not Split” Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook
  • “Hunger Ward” Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman
  • “A Love Song for Latasha” Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

• Achievement in film editing

  • “The Father” Yorgos Lamprinos
  • “Nomadland” Chloé Zhao
  • “Promising Young Woman” Frédéric Thoraval
  • “Sound of Metal” Mikkel E. G. Nielsen — WINNER
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Alan Baumgarten

• The best international feature film of the year

  • “Another Round” Denmark — WINNER
  • “Better Days” Hong Kong
  • “Collective” Romania
  • “The Man Who Sold His Skin” Tunisia
  • “Quo Vadis, Aida?” Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Emma” Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze
  • “Hillbilly Elegy” Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson — WINNER
  • “Mank” Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff
  • “Pinocchio” Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Da 5 Bloods” Terence Blanchard
  • “Mank” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • “Minari” Emile Mosseri
  • “News of the World” James Newton Howard
  • “Soul” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste — WINNER

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” — WINNER
  • Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas
  • “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  • Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
  • “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”
  • Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson
  • “Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”
  • Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
  • “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”
  • Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

• Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Father” David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers
  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers
  • “Mank” Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
  • “Minari” Christina Oh, Producer
  • “Nomadland” Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers — WINNER
  • “Promising Young Woman” Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell, and Josey McNamara, Producers
  • “Sound of Metal” Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

• Achievement in production design

  • “The Father” Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton
  • “Mank” Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale — WINNER
  • “News of the World” Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan
  • “Tenet” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

• Best animated short film

  • “Burrow” Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat
  • “Genius Loci” Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise
  • “If Anything Happens I Love You” Will McCormack and Michael Govier — WINNER
  • “Opera” Erick Oh
  • “Yes-People” Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

• Best live-action short film

  • “Feeling Through” Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
  • “The Letter Room” Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
  • “The Present” Farah Nabulsi
  • “Two Distant Strangers” Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe — WINNER
  • “White Eye” Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

• Achievement in sound

  • “Greyhound” Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman
  • “Mank” Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin
  • “News of the World” Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett
  • “Soul” Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker
  • “Sound of Metal” Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh — WINNER

• Achievement in visual effects

  • “Love and Monsters” Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt, and Brian Cox
  • “The Midnight Sky” Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon, and David Watkins
  • “Mulan” Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steve Ingram
  • “The One and Only Ivan” Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, and Santiago Colomo Martinez
  • “Tenet” Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher — WINNER

• Adapted screenplay

  • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimmer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad
  • “The Father” Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller — WINNER
  • “Nomadland” Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao.
  • “One Night in Miami…” Screenplay by Kemp Powers
  • “The White Tigers” Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani.

• Original screenplay

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
  • “Minari” Written by Lee Isaac Chung
  • “Promising Young Woman” Written by Emerald Fennell — WINNER
  • “Sound of Metal” Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Written by Aaron Sorkin

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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April 25, 2021

U.S. National Security Advisor speaks with his Indian counterpart on the current COVID-19 situation in India.

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Photo: Magnolia tree blooms are seen Friday, March 26, 2021, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz).

• Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of India.

  • APRIL 25, 2021

  • National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, expressing deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Mr. Sullivan affirmed America’s solidarity with India, the two countries with the greatest number of COVID-19 instances globally. Building on the seven-decade health partnership between the United States and India —including battles against smallpox, polio, and HIV — they resolved that India and the United States will continue to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic together. Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need.

  • To this end, the United States is working around the clock to deploy available resources and supplies. The United States has identified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India. To help treat COVID-19 patients and protect front-line health workers in India, the United States has identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will immediately be made available for India. The United States also is pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis. The U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is funding a substantial expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE, the vaccine manufacturer in India, enabling BioE to ramp up to produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. Additionally, the United States is deploying an expert team of public health advisors from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to collaborate with the U.S. Embassy, India’s health ministries, and India’s Epidemic Intelligence Service staff. USAID will also quickly work with CDC to support and fast-track the mobilization of emergency resources available to India through the Global Fund.

  • The two National Security Advisors agreed that the U.S. and India would stay in close touch in the coming days.

Source: The White House Briefing Room

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