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March 12, 2021

CUNY SPH to be honored with ASPPH Award for Outstanding Community Service

Cuny SPH

Cuny York College

Photo: Hospital Corpsmen providing vaccinations to New York City civilians as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces the opening of State-FEMA mass vaccination site at York College / CUNY in Queens, New York. February 24, 2021. (Photo Don Pollard // Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo). Image provided by Navy Medicine.

NEW YORK, March 12, 2021 — At its 2021 Annual Meeting this month, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will present the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) with the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service.

The ASPPH Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service acknowledges Dr. Spencer, who had a long-standing commitment to social justice principles focusing on community engagement. This annual award is given to an ASPPH-member and accredited school or public health program that demonstrates a significant institutional commitment to addressing community needs through education, practice, and research.

CUNY SPH said that community engagement is integral to its vision of promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and excellence in education, research, and service in public health. “We embrace a multifaceted concept of ‘community’ that includes half a million CUNY students at its center, exceeding a million when including the students’ families and close social circle. The school engages with its immediate neighborhood in Harlem, broader New York City public health community, government agencies, health care institutions, and academia,” the institution elaborated.

“We are delighted and humbled by the news of this award,” said CUNY SPH Dean Ayman El-Mohandes. “We look forward to continuing our work to partner with our community in New York City and beyond, to advance social justice, and to improve health outcomes for all.”

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (commonly known as the CUNY School of Public Health, or CUNY SPH) is a public research and professional college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system of colleges.

Source: CUNY SPH

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March 11, 2021

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas to Announce 93rd Oscars Nominations

Oscars, Priyanka Chopra

Oscars, Priyanka Chopra

Photo: Priyanka Chopra and Liev Schreiber during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photographer: Aaron Poole. Image provided by & copyright © A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, March 11, 2021 — Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas (“The White Tiger”) and singer, songwriter, and actor Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”) will announce the 93rd Oscars nominations in all 23 Academy Award categories in a two-part live presentation on Monday, March 15. The Academy would broadcast the event via global live stream on,, the Academy’s digital platforms - Twitter, YouTube, Facebook - NY, LA Switch pool ports, and satellite downlink feed.

• First Presentation

  • Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Costume Design
  • Music (Original Score)
  • Animated Short Film
  • Live-Action Short Film
  • Sound
  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • Writing (Original Screenplay)

• Second Presentation

  • Actor in a Leading Role
  • Actress in a Leading Role
  • Animated Feature Film
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Documentary Feature
  • Documentary Short Subject
  • Film Editing
  • International Feature Film
  • Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Music (Original Song)
  • Best Picture
  • Production Design
  • Visual Effects

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 10, 2021

Garnier Officially Approved By Cruelty-Free International

All Garnier products, globally, are now officially cruelty-free. The brand has received the stamp of approval from the Cruelty-Free International Leaping Bunny program, the leading organization working to end animal testing.



NEW YORK, March 9, 2021 — Garnier is one of the largest global brands Cruelty-Free International has ever approved under the Leaping Bunny program. It is a giant leap, not only for Garnier but also for the beauty industry.

” Garnier is a global brand familiar to us all. To work with them to help end animal testing for cosmetics and declare them officially approved under the Cruelty-Free International Leaping Bunny Program is a real milestone. It has taken many months, but Garnier has diligently reviewed every supplier and source, and we are completely confident with the results,” said Michelle Thew, Cruelty-Free International CEO.

Leaping Bunny requires brands to forensically investigate their entire supply chain, including all raw material and different ingredients, for any cases of animal testing. All of a brand’s finished products must receive approval. Individual products cannot get approved in isolation.

For Garnier, this was a case of securing a declaration from more than 500 suppliers, who source more than 3,000 different ingredients from across the world. For many months Garnier and Cruelty-Free International have worked together to secure this evidence and ensure every product within Garnier’s global portfolio can officially display the Cruelty-Free International Leaping Bunny logo. This stringent process ensures that consumers can buy Garnier products with complete confidence, knowing that they meet Leaping Bunny’s strict criteria.

” Garnier has been committed to a world without animal testing. To be officially approved by Cruelty-Free International under the Leaping Bunny program is a real milestone and is an important part of our Greener Beauty mission to be a more sustainable, more transparent brand. Today Garnier takes another Green step in its journey toward Greener Beauty for all of us,” said Adrien Koskas, Garnier Global Brand President.

This announcement from Garnier comes off the back of a landmark year for the brand. In 2020, Garnier announced their commitment to Greener Beauty.

This announcement also comes amidst a wave of sustainable innovations. Each innovation underpins the Greener Beauty commitments of the brand and is now all officially approved by Cruelty-Free International under the Leaping Bunny program:

  • Garnier Green Labs Serum Creams: Vegan formulas, no animal-derived ingredients, free of parabens, mineral oils, and dyes, and made in facilities powered by 59%% renewable energy, and packaged in 100% PCR bottles.

  • Garnier SkinActive reusable Eco-Pads: Zero cotton-pad waste pads for makeup removal.

  • Garnier Whole Blends Sulfate-Free Remedy: Blended with sustainably sourced ingredients and formulated without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes, and gluten, and packaged in 100% PCR bottles.

  • Garnier Fructis Treats: Formulas are 94% biodegradable with 96-98% naturally-derived ingredients packaged in 100% PCR bottles.

  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine: Packaged in 100% PCR bottles.

Garnier, a L’Oréal USA brand, was developed in 1904 in France by hair care expert Alfred Amour Garnier and is now present in more than 65 countries worldwide.

Cruelty-Free International is the leading organization working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.

Source: Garnier

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March 9, 2021

SINGER® Celebrates 170 Years of Global Innovations

SINGER Sewing Machine

LA VERGNE, Tenn., March 9, 2021 — In 1851, before blue jeans or even cola, the world awoke to the clickity-clack of an invention capable of faithfully stitching most any fabric, and the SINGER® brand was born. Seventeen decades later, the sewing industry leader remains just as valued today as it honors its 170-year legacy, releasing six new products in early 2021 and now an endearing vintage version for sewing fans everywhere.

SINGER® household and industrial sewing machines have had a supportive role throughout world history — from stitching frontier essentials in the 19th century to parachutes and bandages in world conflicts, countless commercial applications, and the current mammoth production effort of PPE for the 2020-21 global pandemic. The company behind the iconic brand also donated thousands of machines last year to enable the world to make more masks while encouraging home-based sewing income and hobbies.

Just as the world turned to its sewing machines during the “Spanish Flu” pandemic, SINGER® sewing machines are stitching countless masks to deliver peace of mind during COVID-19. According to SINGER®, recognizing these global initiatives and other achievements is profoundly meaningful for management, employees, and vendors. That passion has inspired introducing a Limited Edition 170th Anniversary Vintage 15-class cast-iron machine in both black and red versions, the brand said.

SVP Worldwide, the company behind the SINGER® brand, says it consistently modernizes sewing and stays one step ahead of consumer and commercial needs. It says it is leading the sewing industry with many firsts — from the sewing machine’s patent in 1851 to the first free arm machine, electric machines, programmable machines, and now into the future with artificial intelligence.

“The SINGER® brand will continue innovating within the sewing and crafting landscape while celebrating its longevity,” said Dean Brindle, Chief Marketing Officer of SVP Worldwide.

“For 170 years, the SINGER® brand has been synonymous with sewing. From Isaac Singer’s patent on the first consumer sewing machine in 1851 to the world’s first cloud-based sewing ecosystem in 2015, the spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the brand from its beginning continues today,” the company remarked.

Source: SINGER

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Washington is the Best State in the U.S., Says 2021 Best States Rankings

Americans divided on whether their state is handling the COVID-19 pandemic well, a U.S. News survey found.

U.S. News & World Report

Seattle, Washington

Photo: Seattle, Washington State, USA. Image Credit: Ron Clausen.

WASHINGTON DC, March 9, 2021 — Washington State is the Best State in the country, according to the 2021 U.S. News Best States rankings. U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in rankings and civic journalism, evaluated all 50 states across various categories to capture how they best serve their citizens. Washington is among the top 10 states in the infrastructure, education, economy, fiscal stability, and health care categories.

“I am so happy for the people of Washington to take home this honor for the second time in three years because it takes all 7.6 million of us to make this state the dynamic place it truly is,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Washingtonians are motivated to lead and innovate in all aspects of our society, in labor, business, education, health, and so much more. It was that same spirit that helped us bounce back from being the first state in the nation hit by COVID-19, and we are on our way to a robust recovery because of our unique attributes.”

Key Findings in the 2021 Best States Rankings:

  • For the second edition in a row, Washington is the No. 1 state in the country. Washington’s low-carbon energy system and robust secondary education continue to rank among the nation’s best, as does the state’s economy, the fastest growing in the country. Following the Evergreen State in the overall rankings is Minnesota at No. 2 and Utah at No. 3.

  • Hawaii leads the way in health care. At No. 1 overall in this category, the Aloha State also ranked No. 1 in health care quality, No. 1 in health care access, and No. 6 in public health. It also takes the top spot in several health care metrics, including child wellness visits, health care affordability, and preventable admissions.

  • The best states for public safety and corrections are in the Northeast. New Hampshire is the top state for crime and corrections, followed by Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Jersey to round out the top five.

  • Utah is the best state for the economy, with Colorado coming in at No. 2 and Idaho at No. 3. All three states are experiencing growth in different ways: Utah sees an increase in its young population (ages 25-29), Colorado’s employment rate has risen, and Idaho’s overall population is expanding.

  • Americans are divided on their state government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a national survey conducted by U.S. News, 44.15% of respondents agreed that their state handled it well, 40.47% disagreed, and 15.38% were neutral.

  • Other top performers: New Jersey is No. 1 for education, Nevada is No. 1 for infrastructure, Alaska is No. 1 for fiscal stability, Iowa is No. 1 for opportunity, and Hawaii is No. 1 for the natural environment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and evolving social climate of the past year have made a host of critical issues top of mind for Americans. The issues include access to adequate health care and quality education to economic stability and public safety,” says Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “The 2021 Best States report combines data-driven journalism and rankings to help citizens, business leaders, and policymakers see where states stack up on key benchmarks - so that states can learn from each other and target areas for improvement.”

The Best States rankings are the centerpiece of the U.S. News Best States portal, a platform combining analysis, daily reporting, historical information, and photos on state issues. The interactive Data Explorer tool allows citizens and government leaders to draw comparisons between their states and others through more than 100,000 charts. Best States is part of U.S. News’s expanding civic journalism portfolio, including the Best Countries report, Healthiest Communities project, and Cities initiative, the company elaborated.

2021 Best States Rankings

Overall - Top 25

  1. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. Nebraska
  7. Virginia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Florida
  11. Vermont
  12. Iowa
  13. North Carolina
  14. North Dakota
  15. South Dakota
  16. Colorado
  17. Maryland
  18. Georgia
  19. New Jersey
  20. Connecticut
  21. New York
  22. Oregon
  23. Delaware
  24. California
  25. Hawaii

Crime & Corrections

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont


  1. Utah
  2. Colorado
  3. Idaho


  1. New Jersey
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Florida


  1. Hawaii
  2. New Hampshire
  3. South Dakota

Fiscal Stability

  1. Alaska
  2. South Dakota
  3. Tennessee

Health Care

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut


  1. Nevada
  2. Oregon
  3. Washington


  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. New Hampshire

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that help people make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and News, provides consumer advice, rankings, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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March 8, 2021

UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education invites Nominations.

International Women's Day, UNESCO

Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD Convention. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX. [File Photo]

International Women's Day, UNESCO

Photo: Scenes from the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2020, held in the UN General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York on 6 March 2020. Image provided by & copyright © UN Women/Ryan Brown. [File Photo]

Paris, France, March 8, 2021 — On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2021 UNESCO Award for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favor of girls’ and women’s education.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in a context where girls and women have been disproportionately impacted by nationwide school closures, ensuring that girls and women continue learning must be a priority. UNESCO estimates that over 11 million girls and young women may not return to school following the pandemic’s impact. About 128 million girls were already out of school before the pandemic, UNESCO said.

The Prize is more significant in these challenging times than ever before. Highlighting innovations that can help us foster an equal future is key to responding to global challenges around girls’ and women’s education, UNESCO added.


  • “Governments of the UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions, or organizations who have made substantial, innovative contributions in favor of girls and women’s education.

  • “Interested candidates are invited to contact their country’s National Commission for UNESCO/Permanent Delegation to UNESCO or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO for more information.

  • “Nominations must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize. Nominated projects must be established and running for at least two years, show potential to be replicable and scalable, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the Prize.

  • “An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations based on the project’s potential for impact, innovation, and sustainability.

  • “Deadline for submissions is 26 May 2021 (midnight, Paris time).

  • “Nominations must be submitted in English or French via an online platform, accessible only to National Commissions for UNESCO/Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO.

  • “Based on the recommendations of the Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will announce the 2021 laureates who will receive the award on 11 October 2021 as part of International Day of the Girl Child celebrations.”

Source: UNESCO

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March 7, 2021

Harvard Business School Announces Spring 2021 Cohort of Executive Fellows.

The program engages practitioners to enhance teaching and learning.

Harvard Business School

BOSTON, March 6, 2021 — Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the spring cohort of Executive Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year. The Executive Fellows Program leverages the expertise of outstanding practitioners, including alumni. They all partner with an HBS faculty member to bring their business experience into the MBA program and the School.

The fellows contribute to the School by working with faculty and MBA students on curricular and co-curricular activities, including co-teaching course sessions in the elective curriculum, offering career counseling and development coaching, co-leading Short Intensive Programs, and delivering workshop sessions. They also collaborate with faculty on HBS Online and Executive Education and case development and other research projects. Fellow appointments range from a few months to one year.

“Our inaugural cohort of Executive Fellows provided tremendous insights to our students and shared learnings gained through years of extensive business practice,” says Len Schlesinger, chair of the Executive Fellows Program. “This cohort is equally as impressive and committed to contributing to the HBS community and the School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.”

The Spring 2021 cohort of Executive Fellows includes:

Rob Biederman (MBA 2014)

  • Biederman is the co-founder and chairman of Catalant Technologies. Catalant Technologies enables companies to get from strategy to execution faster. He is also co-author of Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce, which lays out a vision and path for a new relationship between global companies and talent.

  • Biederman is an Executive Fellow in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, co-teaching with Professor Jeffrey Rayport the Scaling Technology Ventures course on funding and accelerating disruptive internet companies’ growth.

Gerald Chertavian (MBA 1992)

  • Chertavian serves on the board of advisors for HBS’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) and is a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council.

  • As an Executive Fellow with HBS’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), Chertavian works with several students and faculty members on various projects.

Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (MBA 1995)

  • Arregui is the co-founder and managing partner of IGNIA. He is the former chairman of the board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), Latin America’s largest microfinance institution, and formerly served as chairman of the board of ACCION International. Álvaro also served as CFO of Vitro; CEO of Farmacias Benavides and CFO of Grupo Elektra. Álvaro is a board member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

  • As an Executive Fellow, Arregui is working with HBS’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) as a panelist this spring in Financial Inclusion and Systems Change sessions.

Daniel Kahn and Leo Tsao

  • Kahn is the chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ), criminal division, fraud section. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.

  • Tsao is the principal deputy chief of the money laundering and asset recovery section of the criminal division at the Department of Justice.

  • As Executive Fellows, Kahn and Tsao are working with Professor Eugene Soltes on the MBA Program Elective Curriculum course, Managing Risk and Uncertainty.

Vladimir Jacimovic (MBA 1992)

  • Jacimovic is a seasoned investor with over 25 years of venture, private equity, and public investing and operating experience. He is the founder of Continuum Capital Partners, specializing in a crossover investment strategy, targeting both venture investments in startups and public companies’ assets. Since beginning his venture career in 1996, he has invested in and helped build more than 30 technology companies. In addition to serving on many public and private boards, Vladimir served on Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and McKinsey & Company.

  • As an Executive Fellow, Jacimovic is working with Professor Karim Lakhani on AI-first businesses’ issues. He will also engage with students and other HBS faculty members on various projects related to digital transformation.

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby

  • El Kaliouby’s life work is about humanizing technology before it dehumanizes us. She is a scientist, entrepreneur, author, and AI (Artificial intelligence) thought leader on a mission to bring emotional intelligence to the digital world. She is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spinoff credited with creating artificial emotional intelligence, or Emotion AI (Artificial intelligence). Her memoir, Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology, follows her journey, growing up in the Middle East and moving to the US to become an entrepreneur.

  • As an Executive Fellow, el Kaliouby works with Professor Lakhani on various AI (Artificial intelligence) and analytics projects. She will engage with both MBA and Doctoral students.

Source: Harvard Business School


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March 6, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Announces U.S. CDC Advisory Committee Recommends First Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults 18 and Older in the U.S.

Johnson & Johnson

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., March 6, 2021 — Johnson & Johnson has announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended its first single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. The committee has prescribed it for individuals 18 years of age and older under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“For more than 130 years, Johnson & Johnson has come to the aid of people during times of crisis. We believe today’s recommendation from the CDC to begin use of our vaccine as part of the U.S. national immunization program will add a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D. He is Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “This recommendation follows the FDA’s decision to grant an Emergency Use Authorization for our single-shot vaccine, which has the potential to play a pivotal role in helping to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Company’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine received EUA from the FDA on February 27, 2021. The terms of the EUA allow the use of the vaccine while more data gets gathered. The Company plans to file for a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the FDA later in 2021.

“Johnson & Johnson is committed to making its COVID-19 vaccine available on a not-for-profit basis for emergency pandemic use. The Company has begun shipping its COVID-19 vaccine and expects to deliver enough single-shot vaccines by the end of March to enable the full vaccination of more than 20 million people in the U.S. The Company plans to deliver 100 million single-shot vaccines to the U.S. during the first half of 2021. The U.S. government will manage allocation and distribution of the vaccine in the U.S.,” the company stated.

Johnson & Johnson also recently announced its submission of a European Conditional Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency and its filing for an Emergency Use Listing with the World Health Organization (WHO) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Also, rolling submissions for the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate have been initiated in several countries worldwide.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine is compatible with standard vaccine storage and distribution channels with ease of delivery to remote areas. The vaccine is estimated to remain stable for two years at -4°F (-20°C), and a maximum of three months at routine refrigeration at temperatures of 36-46°F (2 to 8°C), the company said.

The company’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine leverages the AdVac® vaccine platform. The program had used this proprietary technology to develop and manufacture Janssen’s European Commission-approved Ebola vaccine regimen and construct its investigational Zika, RSV, and HIV vaccines.

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but FDA has allowed its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Source: Johnson & Johnson

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Miss Universe Competition to air live from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Sunday, May 16, at 8.00 PM ET.

Miss Universe

Photo: Comedian/Writer Nick Teplitz introduces the 2015 Miss Universe contestants during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday, December 7, 2015. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]

Miss Universe

Photo: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, poses for a photo inside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]

Miss Universe

Photo: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018, is congratulated by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss Universe after a three-hour special programming event on FOX on Sunday, December 16, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand. Photographer: Amorn Pitayanant. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]

NEW YORK, NY, March 4, 2021 — The Miss Universe Organization today announced that 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.

“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of MISS UNIVERSE—one that will be memorable, special, and innovative,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss Universe in May.”

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.

“I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other,” said Tunzi. “While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be, this year has opened doors for me I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people worldwide and elevate the causes I care most about.”

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.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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March 5, 2021

Latest global university rankings: MIT & Harvard share the top spot, Russia and China record best-ever performances.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings, Toronto University

Photo: The University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

LONDON, March 4, 2021— QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education think-tank, today released the eleventh edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. It is an extensive independent comparative analysis on the performance of 13,883 individual university programs taken by students at 1440 universities in 85 locations across the world, across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual QS World University Rankings portfolio.

• Global Highlights

  • Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are the strongest-performing institutions across the exercise, ranking number-one in twelve subjects.

  • The United Kingdom’s higher education sector remains resilient. 13 of the 51 subject tables are topped by a British university, with the University of Oxford leading five of those 13.

  • Chinese higher education continues to reach new heights, with the sector attaining a record number of programs now achieving a top-50 rank.

  • No university has a larger number of top-50 departments than Canada’s University of Toronto (46).

  • Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is continental Europe’s top university, achieving number-one spots for Geology, Geophysics, and Earth & Marine Sciences. Based on its share of top-10 ranks, Switzerland is the world’s third-best higher education sector.

  • Australia now possesses its lowest number of programs ranking among the top 10 globally in the last three years. Its total of 13 top-10 departments is fewer than in 2020 (17) and 2019 (18). Two-thirds of Australian National University’s programs have fallen year-on-year.

  • Backed by substantial endowments, two Singaporean universities hold number-one positions: Nanyang Technological University is #1 for Materials Science. In contrast, the National University of Singapore - Asia’s best-performing university - is #1 for Petroleum Engineering.

  • Conversely, Japanese higher education is in relative decline after decades of underfunding for research and Ph.D. students.

  • India’s Institutes of Eminence program struggles to yield results, with no increase in top-100 representation for India’s public Institutes of Eminence.

  • Russian higher education continues to move from strength to strength, with a record number of departments achieving top-20 places.

  • Driven by world-class performances in Dentistry, Petroleum Engineering, and Mining Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) has retained its status as Latin America’s best-performing university in this exercise.

  • The University of Cape Town remains Africa’s most competitive institution, with 24 of its programs placing among the top-200.

Jack Moran, the QS Spokesperson, said: “Observing performance trends across nearly 14,000 university departments enables us to draw some conclusions about the commonalities between nations that are improving and nations that are not. Three factors stand out. First, both in terms of faculty body and research relationships, an international outlook correlates strongly with improved performance. Second, rising universities have received strong targeted investment from governments over a decade or more - particularly in China, Russia, and Singapore. Third, improving relationships with industry is correlated with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”

  • Meanwhile, India’s Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, addressed at the unveiling of QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. Chairman, UGC, Prof Dhirendra P Singh; Chairman, NAAC, Dr. Virendar S Chauhan; Vice President, QS Rankings, Mr. Ben Sowter; and Head of Evaluation, QS Rankings, Leigh Kamolins were also virtually present.

  • 12 Indian institutions have made it to the top 100 of the world - IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IISC Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, JNU, Anna University, University of Delhi, and O.P Jindal University.

  • IIT Madras has been ranked 30th globally for Petroleum Engineering, IIT Bombay is 41st, and IIT Kharagpur is 44th for Minerals and Mining Engineering. The University of Delhi has been ranked 50th in the world for Development Studies.

Sources: QS Quacquarelli Symonds; Ministry of Education, India.

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March 4, 2021

India's Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs releases Ease of Living Index 2020 City Rankings — Bengaluru, Pune, and Ahmedabad are Best Cities.

Rankings for Ease of Living Index 2020 and Municipal Performance Index 2020 announced.

Ease of Living Index

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New Delhi, March 04, 2021 — Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State Housing and Urban Affairs, announced the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 and the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020 here today.

The Government announced the rankings under Ease of Living Index 2020 for cities with more than a million and towns with less than a million people. One hundred eleven municipalities participated in the assessment exercise.

Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million+ category, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai.

In the Less than Million category, Shimla was ranked the highest in ease of living, followed by Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere, and Tiruchirappalli.

Like the EoLI index, the assessment framework under MPI 2020 has classified municipalities based on their population- Million+ (cities having over a million people) and Less than Million Population. In the Million+ category, Indore has emerged as the highest-ranked municipality, followed by Surat and Bhopal. In the Less than Million category, New Delhi Municipal Council has emerged as the leader, followed by Tirupati and Gandhinagar.

The Ease of Living Index (EoLI) is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India based on the quality of life, the city’s economic-ability, and its sustainability and resilience. The assessment also incorporates the residents’ view on the services provided by city administration through a Citizen Perception Survey.

The Ease of Living Index strengthens its scope by consolidating the framework with a Citizen Perception Survey in the index, holding a weightage of 30%. It examines the outcomes that lead to existing living conditions through pillars of Quality of Life, Economic Ability, and Sustainability. That analysis spans 13 categories, including Education, Health, Housing and Shelter, Mobility, Safety and Security, Recreation, Level of Economic Development, Economic Opportunities, Environment, Green Spaces and Buildings, Energy Consumption, and City Resilience. These account for 70% of the overall outcome.

• Ease of Living Index

• Top 25 Cities (Million+ Category)

  1. Bengaluru
  2. Pune
  3. Ahmedabad
  4. Chennai
  5. Surat
  6. Navi Mumbai
  7. Coimbatore
  8. Vadodara
  9. Indore
  10. Greater Mumbai
  11. Thane
  12. Kalyan Dombivali
  13. Delhi
  14. Ludhiana
  15. Visakhapatnam
  16. Pimpri Chinchwad
  17. Solapur
  18. Raipur
  19. Bhopal
  20. Rajkot
  21. Jodhpur
  22. Madurai
  23. Jaipur
  24. Hyderabad
  25. Nagpur

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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March 3, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies invites U.S. Cities to Apply for Grants and Guidance to Transform Streets and Public Spaces through the Asphalt Art Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies will award up to 20 U.S. cities Asphalt Art Initiative grants for arts-driven street redesigns that improve safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage local communities.

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Photos: Asphalt Art Initiative projects in Norfolk, Kansas, and Saginaw. Images provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

NEW YORK, March 3, 2021 — Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that cities can now apply for Asphalt Art Initiative grants. The grants will provide as many as 20 U.S. cities up to $25,000 each for projects that use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage residents of their communities. This program announced at the Bloomberg CityLab 2021 global cities summit got inspired by work done to improve pedestrian safety and revitalize New York City streets during Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor from 2002-2013.

“Asphalt Art Projects can help cities rebuild from the pandemic by reinvigorating streets and making them safer, while also lifting spirits,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “As we’ve seen through our work in cities around the world, vibrant public artwork and smarter street design can inspire residents, build relationships between artists and the community, and help cities recover stronger than before.”

The grant program creates vibrant new public spaces and builds city capacity for working with artists and community groups on projects involving transportation infrastructure. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities worldwide embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets, with interventions on plazas and sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections, and other transportation infrastructure.

In this second round, all United States cities are welcome to apply from March 2 to April 30, 2021. The program would announce the winning cities in fall 2021.

This next phase comes as the first round of 16 grantees, announced in June 2020, continue to roll out their projects. The cities of Kansas City, Missouri, Saginaw, Michigan, and Norfolk, Virginia, installed projects in the fall of 2020. They have transformed a combined 20,000 square feet of the streetscape with artwork and engaged nearly 1,000 residents and 37 artists in the design and installation process. Kansas City’s redesign of a problematic intersection also reduced overall vehicle speeds by 45 percent, shortened pedestrian crossing distances by 50 percent, and increased the number of pedestrians who feel safe crossing the meeting by 40 percent. The remaining cities, which will install their projects throughout 2021, include:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee;
  • Durham, North Carolina;
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
  • Columbus, Indiana;
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
  • Cincinnati, Ohio;
  • Reno, Nevada;
  • Trenton, New Jersey;
  • Troy, New York;
  • Dubuque, Iowa;
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
  • Richmond, Virginia;
  • Calexico, California.

The first round of the Asphalt Art Initiative grant coincided with the Asphalt Art Guide’s publication. It presents case studies and best practices from cities around the world. The Guide has been accessed more than 4,500 times by governments and other practitioners in all 50 U.S. states and 83 countries.

“Adapting our cities post-pandemic isn’t just a question of engineering or epidemiology, but imagination. By bringing light, color, and creativity to blacktop, asphalt art projects can bring people together after so much time apart and breathe new life into our cities and our streets,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal for Transportation at Bloomberg Associates. “From open streets to outdoor dining, this past year has made the importance of the public realm clearer than ever, and this program will help cities coast to coast make their streetscapes as vibrant as the communities that come together to create them.”

“At a time when the pandemic has limited so many kinds of interaction, asphalt art can provide a safe way to champion and enjoy a community’s creativity,” said Kate D. Levin, Principal for Cultural Assets Management at Bloomberg Associates. “Our inaugural projects have also catalyzed cross-sector collaborations among city agencies, neighborhood groups, and artists that can help support longer-term recovery. We are thrilled to extend this opportunity to more cities.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 810 cities and 170 countries worldwide to ensure better, longer lives for the most significant number of people. The organization focuses on five critical areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.6 billion.

Bloomberg Associates is the philanthropic consulting arm of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies. Founded in 2014, it works side-by-side with client cities to improve residents’ quality of life, taking a strategic, collaborative, and results-oriented approach to making cities healthier, safer, more equitable, and efficient.

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies


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March 2, 2021

L'Oréal Paris Women Of Worth Launches Call For Everyday Heroes

The philanthropic program doubles its grants to $20,000. It would name one woman as this year’s National Honoree, receiving an additional $25,000 for her charitable endeavors.

L'Oréal Paris

NEW YORK, March 2, 2021 — Leading global beauty brand, L’Oréal Paris, seeks the Americans’ everyday heroes by announcing the call for its 2021 Women of Worth nominations. L’Oréal Paris has invited consumers to nominate a woman (at who is selflessly giving back to her community through non-profit leadership for a chance to be named one of ten Honorees, receiving up to $45,000 for her cause.

L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth premiered its new campaign this past Sunday, February 28, during the height of Awards Season, calling on Americans across the nation to place their nominations for this year’s Honorees. Featuring Viola Davis’s voice, as well as images of last year’s National Honoree, Noelle Lambert, and other alumnae, the new advertisement put the spotlight on incredible moments throughout the previous 16 years of Women of Worth.

“In 2021, the philanthropic program continues to bring to life the brand’s iconic tagline, “Because You’re Worth It,” championing women whose unwavering resilience, bravery, and courage show the power of owning one’s worth. This year’s Honorees will join the multifaceted program’s alumnae network of 150 individuals, who champion a diverse range of causes that exemplify embracing their worth and instilling worth within others,” L’Oreal said.

“We celebrate 50 years of our iconic ‘Because You’re Worth It’ tagline in 2021. We welcome stories that reflect not only the power of the Women of Worth who came before them but individuals who demonstrate the intrinsic value and worth of women everywhere,” said Ali Goldstein, L’Oréal Paris USA President. “In this landmark year, we are proud to elevate the next ten extraordinary women who find beauty in giving back, and we can’t wait to meet them.”

In addition to receiving financial support for their organization, Women of Worth provides the Honoree with a national platform to tell their stories and the opportunity to build a network that amplifies their cause.

Last year, Women of Worth launched its first-ever national television special, bringing together L’Oréal Paris’ notable roster of spokeswomen to highlight each Honoree’s unique mission.

In 2021, L’Oréal Paris will double its individual grants to $20,000 to create an even more significant impact. One National Honoree, chosen by popular vote, will receive an additional $25,000 for her charitable work. Each of the 2021 Women of Worth will get recognized as a shining example of how giving back can genuinely change the world.

The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care brand offering luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. For more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has been providing women worldwide with products in four major beauty categories: hair color, haircare, skincare, and cosmetics.

Source: L’Oréal Paris

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March 1, 2021

Toyota Yaris Takes Crown as Car of the Year 2021

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Photo: Toyota Yaris Takes Crown as Car of the Year 2021. Image provided by & copyright © Toyota.

Toyota Yaris has been crowned as Car of the Year 2021, beating Citroën C4, Cupra Formentor, Fiat 500, Land Rover Defender, Škoda Octavia, and Volkswagen ID.3.

This year’s Car of the Year award ceremony was broadcast live from Geneva on Monday, March 1, 2021. Despite Geneva Motor Show’s cancellation due to the global pandemic, the competition still took place at the Palexpo exhibition center.

The award, which has been around since 1964, is the most prestigious and coveted in the automotive world. A 59-member jury, made up of automotive journalists from 22 countries, selects the winner from seven models that have made it to the round of finalists in the first round of voting.

“This is a great honor for Toyota, and I’d like to thank the jury for their consideration and recognition. I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize our development teams’ passion in Europe and Japan. This is the best Yaris, and just as Akio Toyoda intended, it is already putting a smile on the face of our customers,” said Matt Harrison, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Europe.

“A worthy winner of this year’s election, who deservedly prevailed against six top-class competitors,” said “The Car of the Year” President Frank Janssen after announcing the results.

The all-new Toyota Yaris has been designed to meet the increasing challenges of everyday urban life. To respond to new consumer demands, the new Yaris brings Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy to the compact car segment for the first time.

Toyota’s new, fourth-generation hybrid technology debuts the principal powertrain for the new Yaris.

The hybrid system features the new 1.5 Dynamic Force three-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with variable valve timing. The machine has the world’s fastest combustion speed, supporting high torque at low engine speeds and fuel efficiency.

As a result, it achieves a 40% thermal efficiency, higher than typical diesel engines, helping secure a more than 20% improvement in Yaris’ fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The new Yaris is also available with 1.5 and 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engines in selected markets.

Source: Toyota

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February 27, 2021

Estée Lauder Signs Actress Ana de Armas as New Global Brand Ambassador

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Photo: Estée Lauder’s new Global Brand Ambassador, Ana de Armas. Image provided by & copyright © Estée Lauder.

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2021 — Estée Lauder today announced that it had signed Ana de Armas, Golden Globe Award-nominated actress and honoree of the 2021 TIME100 Next list, as its new Global Brand Ambassador. Ana will feature in campaigns across digital, TV, in-store, and print. Her first campaign for the brand will debut a new fragrance in March 2021. Ana joins the current roster of Estée Lauder’s global talent, including Anok Yai, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Carolyn Murphy, Diana Penty, Grace Elizabeth, Karlie Kloss, and Yang Mi.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ana to the Estée Lauder brand,” said Stéphane de La Faverie, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies & Global Brand President, Estée Lauder and AERIN. “Her story of overcoming barriers to achieve her dreams and become an accomplished actress is inspiring to women around the world, and her talent, warmth, and beauty will bring a new energy to the brand.”

“I am honored to represent such an iconic brand,” said Ana de Armas. “Growing up in Cuba, I admire and connect with the story of Mrs. Estée Lauder. She understood that you have to work hard to turn your dreams into a reality. Everything she did was inspiring then and continues to be inspiring today. I am proud to become part of that legacy and share her story.”

Ana de Armas is a Golden Globe Award-nominated actress who made a name for herself for more than a decade in Spain and the United States. She has become one of the industry’s most sought-after actresses. Her compelling performances bring warmth, passion, and versatility to the big screen. Born in Cuba, de Armas made her feature film debut in Una Rosa De Francia for the Cuban Institute of Cinematography. Following years of success as an actress in Spain, Ana earned the transition to Hollywood and starred in films such as Blade Runner 2049 and War Dogs, working with some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed actors directors. This year, Ana will reunite with her Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die, the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise. She will also star in Adrian Lyne’s thriller Deep Water and Andrew Dominik’s highly anticipated Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, portraying actress, model, singer, and icon Marilyn Monroe.

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., stylized as ESTĒE LAUDER, is an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The company is based in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and owns a diverse portfolio of brands distributed internationally.

Source: Estée Lauder


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February 24, 2021

Breitling announces Top Time Deus Limited Edition.





Photos: Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition. Images provided by & copyright © Breitling.

Breitling has announced its partnership with Australian lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina. According to the watchmaker, “this partnership is the inspiration for Breitling’s rugged, retro ‘Top Time Deus,’ designed for earth-based gods and goddesses who live and love an adventurous life.”

Breitling is now also the Deus Swank Rally’s official timekeeper - the epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage bikes in diverse locations around the world, including Italy, France, Australia, and Bali.

“Bikers, boarders, surfers, digital nomads … a timepiece for dynamic people of action, purpose, and style. Our versatile Top Time Deus celebrates having the freedom to explore the world your way, at your pace,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern pointed out.

Co-designed with Deus Ex Machina, the Top Time Deus chronograph is a nod to Breitling’s original 1960s edition and a tribute to the nomad spirit. The first Top Time had a clear mission - suiting active professionals’ needs with a range of ultra-modern chronographs.

Bold yet classy, this new version sports a racing-themed calfskin leather strap. Its silver dial displays yellow and orange details, squircle-shaped chronograph counters, and the Deus logo.

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February 23, 2021 Announces the Top-Ranked Public Graduate Schools in the U.S. for 2021.

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 23, 2021 — Job candidates today find that elite companies expect more of their hires, often requiring a master’s degree just to get considered for a job. Career-minded people who want to stay competitive for the most desirable jobs — and for whom cost and proximity are critical considerations — are increasingly looking to public colleges or universities for their graduate degrees.

But which public graduate schools are best? has ranked the 50 best public graduate schools in the USA.

It has identified 302 public colleges and universities that meet its criteria. To be included in this list of best graduate schools, a university needs to satisfy the following four conditions:

  • It must be a public, non-profit institution.
  • It must be fully accredited.
  • It must offer doctoral degrees and a broad range of advanced degrees.
  • It must have a student body of at least 2,000.

• 100 Best (Influential) Public Grad Schools of 2021

  1. University of California, Berkeley — Berkeley, CA
  2. The University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, MI
  3. University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  4. University of California, San Diego — La Jolla, CA
  5. University of Washington — Seattle, WA
  6. The University of Texas at Austin — Austin, TX
  7. University of Wisconsin-Madison — Madison, WI
  8. University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN
  9. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign, IL
  10. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, VA
  11. Purdue University — West Lafayette, IN
  12. University of Maryland — College Park, MD
  13. University of Arizona — Tucson, AZ
  14. University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA
  15. University of California, Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara, CA
  16. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill, NC
  17. University of California, Davis — Davis, CA
  18. University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, PA
  19. The University of Utah — Salt Lake City, UT
  20. Pennsylvania State University — University Park, PA
  21. Michigan State University — East Lansing, MI
  22. Arizona State University — Tempe, AZ
  23. University of California, Irvine — Irvine, CA
  24. University of Florida — Gainesville, FL
  25. University of California, Santa Cruz — Santa Cruz, CA
  26. University of Massachusetts Amherst — Amherst, MA
  27. Stony Brook University — Stony Brook, NY
  28. George Mason University — Fairfax, VA
  29. Ohio State University — Columbus, OH
  30. The State University of New York at Buffalo — Buffalo, NY
  31. University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder, CO
  32. Florida State University — Tallahassee, FL
  33. University of Oregon — Eugene, OR
  34. Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta, GA
  35. University of Missouri — Columbia, MO
  36. University of Georgia — Athens, GA
  37. Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, VA
  38. Texas A&M University — College Station, TX
  39. North Carolina State University — Raleigh, NC
  40. The City College, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  41. University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Knoxville, TN
  42. Temple University — Philadelphia, PA
  43. Indiana University Bloomington — Bloomington, IN
  44. University of California, Riverside — Riverside, CA
  45. University of Houston — Houston, TX
  46. The University of Illinois at Chicago — Chicago, IL
  47. University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, NM
  48. University of Kansas — Lawrence, KS
  49. University of Oklahoma — Norman, OK
  50. University of Connecticut — Storrs, CT
  51. Hunter College, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  52. Iowa State University — Ames, IA
  53. University of Cincinnati — Cincinnati, OH
  54. San Francisco State University — San Francisco, CA
  55. University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa, AL
  56. Wayne State University — Detroit, MI
  57. The University of South Florida — Tampa, FL
  58. Louisiana State University — Baton Rouge, LA
  59. Binghamton University — Vestal, NY
  60. William & Mary — Williamsburg, VA
  61. Oregon State University — Corvallis, OR
  62. University of Colorado Denver — Denver, CO
  63. University of Delaware — Newark, DE
  64. University of Kentucky — Lexington, KY
  65. University of Massachusetts Boston — Boston, MA
  66. Florida International University — Miami, FL
  67. University of Central Florida — Orlando, FL
  68. Auburn University — Auburn, AL
  69. University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Lincoln, NE
  70. San Diego State University — San Diego, CA
  71. Colorado State University, — Fort Collins, CO
  72. Washington State University — Pullman, WA
  73. Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  74. University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  75. University of South Carolina — Columbia, SC
  76. University of Vermont — Burlington, VT
  77. The University of Texas at Dallas — Richardson, TX
  78. Utah State University — Logan, UT
  79. Virginia Commonwealth University — Richmond, VA
  80. University of Mississippi — University, MS
  81. Texas Tech University — Lubbock, TX
  82. Georgia State University — Atlanta, GA
  83. Ohio University — Athens, OH
  84. West Virginia University — Morgantown, WV
  85. University of Montana — Missoula, MT
  86. University of Maine — Orono, ME
  87. California State University, Long Beach — Long Beach, CA
  88. University of Rhode Island — Kingston, RI
  89. Kansas State University — Manhattan, KS
  90. The State University of New York at Albany — Albany, NY
  91. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — Milwaukee, WI
  92. Florida Atlantic University — Boca Raton, FL
  93. Miami University, — Oxford, OH
  94. University of New Hampshire — Durham, NH
  95. Naval Postgraduate School — Monterey, CA
  96. Illinois State University — Normal, IL
  97. Portland State University — Portland, OR
  98. California State University, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  99. University of North Texas — Denton, TX
  100. New Jersey Institute of Technology — Newark, NJ

“Many students and working adults are seeking advanced degree programs that balance excellence with affordability. Often, a public grad school is the wisest choice,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

While some graduate programs offer tuition remission and stipends to students, many do not, especially in business, law, and medicine. Public universities still retain an advantage over private universities when the cost is an issue.

“But don’t let financial factors obscure the true value of a public grad school degree; alumni and faculty at the top-ranked public grad schools have had a major influence in a diverse spectrum of fields,” adds Macosko. “Students attending these schools receive a superior education and earn the credentials to make their impact on the world.”


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Technology and Media Entities join forces to create Standards Group aimed at Building Trust in Online Content.

Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, and Truepic form a coalition to develop an end-to-end, open standard for tracing digital content’s origin and evolution.

Microsoft, Adobe, BBC

SAN JOSE, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 22, 2021 — A group of influential technology and media companies have partnered to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), a Joint Development Foundation project established to address the prevalence of disinformation, misinformation, and online content fraud through developing technical standards for certifying the source and history or provenance of media content.

Founding members Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, and Truepic, seek to establish a standardized provenance solution to combat misleading content.

C2PA member organizations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents. These technical specifications will include defining what information is associated with each type of asset, how that information is presented and stored, and how evidence of tampering can be identified.

The C2PA’s open standard will give platforms a method to preserve and read provenance-based digital content. Because any online platform can adopt a free measure, it is critical to scaling trust across the internet. Besides the inclusion of varied media types at scale, C2PA drives an end-to-end provenance experience from the capturing device to the information consumer. Collaboration with chipmakers, news organizations, and software and platform companies is critical to facilitate a comprehensive provenance standard and drive broad adoption across the content ecosystem.

The formation of the C2PA brings together founding members of the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and the Microsoft-and-BBC-led Project Origin, unifying technical specifications under a single entity. The CAI is building a system to provide provenance and history for digital media, giving creators a tool to claim authorship and empowering consumers to evaluate whether what they are seeing is trustworthy.

Project Origin has its roots in the production and distribution of news. The effort has focused on tackling disinformation in the digital news ecosystem by attaching signals to a piece of content to demonstrate its integrity and making this information available to those using it. The founding of the C2PA would unify technical standards. Meanwhile, these two entities would continue to pursue adoption, prototyping, and education within their respective communities.

Today’s C2PA announcement builds on several recent advances in content provenance, including Project Origin’s efforts to develop a pipeline for signaling, certification, and tracking the history of news content; the CAI’s first-ever end-to-end demonstration of provenance for captured media online; and Truepic’s development of the first native integration of hardware-secured photo capture smartphone technology.

Designing standards and technologies that can certify the source and provenance of online content is crucial in addressing rising concerns about manipulating and manufacturing news and information.

“Adobe is proud to be a founding member of the C2PA along with our partners in technology and media. With this group’s collective expertise, we will accelerate the critical work of rebuilding the public’s trust in online content through the broad and open adoption of a provenance standard at scale. We welcome everyone to join and participate in this effort so crucial to us all,” said Dana Rao, General Counsel, and Content Authenticity Initiative executive sponsor, Adobe.

“It’s vital that news providers play a part in the battle against disinformation. We welcome the opportunity to participate in the C2PA provenance work, which has the potential to support audience confidence in the news at a time when trusted sources of information are more important than ever,” said Jatin Aythora, Chief Architect, BBC.

“There’s a critical need to address widespread deception in online content — now supercharged by advances in AI and graphics and diffused rapidly via the internet. Our imperative as researchers and technologists is to create and refine technical and sociotechnical approaches to this grand challenge of our time. We’re excited about methods for certifying the origin and provenance of online content. It’s an honor to work alongside Adobe, BBC, and other C2PA members to take this critical work to the next step,” said Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer, and Project Origin executive sponsor, Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft Corporation

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February 22, 2021

OMEGA Chronograph for America's Cup

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Omega, America's Cup

Omega, America's Cup

Omega, America's Cup

Omega, America's Cup

Photos: OMEGA Chronograph for America’s Cup. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

To celebrate its role as Official Timekeeper for America’s Cup, OMEGA has launched a race-ready timepiece that delivers extraordinary precision under pressure.

The current edition of America’s Cup yacht race will occur in Waitemata Harbour of Auckland between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli of Italy.

The “Defending Club” is the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, responsible for organizing America’s Cup match itself, whose team won the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. The “Challenging Club” is Circolo Della Vela Sicilia, whose team won the selection series - the 2021 Prada Cup.

With its new chronograph lock-system, quick-change strap, and water grip pushers, the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph is a fitting tribute to the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA.

The 44 mm timepiece has a blue ceramic dial and bezel ring, which features a white enamel diving scale. To get a better handle on the watch in high swells, OMEGA has included soft-touch rubber pushers, ergonomically designed to work efficiently in the wet and stylishly picked out in red and blue.

Its laser-engraved wave-pattern dial includes a ‘regatta countdown indicator ring’ in red anodized aluminum. It features an hour disc underneath the subdial and a red anodized aluminum minute and rhodium-plated small seconds hand inspired by a boat hull’s shape.

OMEGA’s exclusive CHRONO LOCK system secures the chronograph functions when needed. A must when marking time on the water since sailing at high speeds leaves no room for error.

As with all commemorative watches, the event and year appear marked in bold. On the Alveol shaped case back, engravings filled with blue lacquer spell out “36th America’s Cup” and “Auckland 2021”.

Source: OMEGA


OMEGA Official Timekeeper of the 36th America’s Cup.

First contested in 1851, America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in world sport. In 2021, OMEGA celebrates its role as the Official Timekeeper of the 36th edition with a brand new sailing chronograph. Engineered with the very best materials and precision, it’s a fine tribute to Earth’s most fantastic sailing competition. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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February 21, 2021 Releases Rankings of the Top Private Colleges & Universities in the U.S. for 2021

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University Rankings, Caltech

Photo: California Institute of Technology Campus. Pasadena, CA. Image Credit: Michael Adams.

FORT WORTH, Texas, February 20, 2021 — Prospective college students face a tough decision: choose to attend a private college or a public one. The advantages of private colleges and universities include smaller student-to-teacher ratios, student-centered communities, and more intimate settings. But which private college to pick?

To address the needs of the more than 400,000 incoming private college students each fall, releases its ranking of the leading American private higher education institutions:

“Our ranking of private colleges and universities not only includes some of the most desirable schools in the country, but it also accounts for their influence worldwide,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “The schools featured in our ranking system stand out due to their influential faculty and alumni, and for their many unmatched accomplishments in academics.”

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost at private universities is nearly $43,000, compared to $20,000 at four-year public universities. However, about one in five students chooses a private, non-profit higher education over the public option.

“Many students prefer the smaller communities and specialized studies that private schools offer compared to their larger public counterparts, and they are willing to pay for that privilege,” adds Macosko.

Private colleges are independent, non-profit schools that receive their funding through endowment income and student tuition fees rather than public tax dollars. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of private vs. public college, consider that private colleges are often smaller, offering more individualized experiences, including opportunities for dynamic classroom discussions, independent research, and one-on-one relationships with your instructors. said it had identified 755 private universities in the United States. This list is composed entirely of private universities and colleges that offer four-year undergraduate degrees. To be included in that list of the best private colleges and universities, a school needs to satisfy the following three conditions:

  • It must be a non-profit institution.
  • It must be fully accredited.
  • Its student body must have at least 1,000 students.

• 50 Best Private Colleges and Universities of 2021

  1. California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA
  2. Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  4. Stanford University - Stanford, CA
  5. University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  6. Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
  7. Columbia University - New York, NY
  8. Yale University - New Haven, CT
  9. Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
  10. Duke University - Durham, NC
  11. Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA
  12. Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  13. Amherst College - Amherst, MA
  14. Rice University - Houston, TX
  15. Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
  16. Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  17. Sarah Lawrence College - Bronxville, NY
  18. Reed College - Portland, OR
  19. University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
  20. Brown University - Providence, RI
  21. Barnard College - New York, NY
  22. Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
  23. Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT
  24. Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY
  25. Hampshire College - Amherst, MA
  26. Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
  27. Georgetown University - Washington, DC
  28. Tufts University - Medford, MA
  29. Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA
  30. Williams College - Williamstown, MA
  31. Cooper Union - New York, NY
  32. Pomona College - Claremont, CA
  33. Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH
  34. Bryn Mawr College - Bryn Mawr, PA
  35. Yeshiva University - New York, NY
  36. New York University - New York, NY
  37. Bard College - Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
  38. Haverford College - Haverford, PA
  39. Washington University in St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
  40. Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
  41. George Washington University - Washington, DC
  42. The New School - New York, NY
  43. Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, CA
  44. Emory University - Atlanta, GA
  45. The Catholic University of America - Washington, DC
  46. University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
  47. Morehouse College- Atlanta, GA
  48. Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
  49. Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
  50. University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

How does determine the best private colleges & universities?

“The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. It is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.”

“Using concentrated influence allows small and mid-sized schools to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size,” explained.

Suppose you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree. In that case, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

“Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes,” elaborated.


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