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Measles accelerates to second-highest level in US in 25 years and over 100,000 global cases

The number of measles cases in the United States made its biggest jump of the year, with 90 new cases reported in just one week, according to numbers released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast On Trade Tensions, Policy Uncertainty

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed the global growth forecast for this year, citing the trade tensions, weaker business confidence, tighter financial conditions and higher policy uncertainty. The Washington-based global lender cut the growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook, or WEO, which is released twice a year.
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Levi’s VP of Global Innovation Talks Sustainability, Upsides of Hemp

LIVING THE BRAND: Levi’s vice president of global innovation Paul Dillinger spoke quickly and passionately about how the fashion industry can take steps to become more sustainable, closing out the two-day Sustainable Business and Design Conference on Thursday night at F.I.T.
Wearing a white cottonized hemp jacket from the Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown spring/summer collection, he told attendees that by touching it they would understand the possibilities of making the fabric into something lovely and soft (and not scratchy). The company’s first foray into the use of a new form of “cottonized hemp” denim — hemp that’s been altered to feel just like cotton, Dillinger’s embroidered trucker jacket has removable metal hardware for recyclability.
He also highlighted the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. Dillinger stressed the need to embrace circular industrial systems to reduce pollution rather than because “you want an excuse to grow.” Environmental issues such as deforestation and desertification are offshoots of overproduction. Dillinger suggested fashion companies and designers adopt the decluttering mantra from Marie Kondo, asking themselves pre-production if the item will bring people joy.
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Calvin Klein Promotes Three Executives in Global Design and Merchandising Roles

Calvin Klein Inc. has made several key appointments to strengthen the brand’s global design and merchandising structure.
Marcella Wartenbergh has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, reporting to Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein. She will continue to serve in her role as global head of licensing and international markets. Earlier she had been president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe, driving commercial performance of the European business across product categories, countries and channels of distribution, as well as overseeing merchandising and distribution of Calvin Klein products in Mexico.
In this new role, Wartenbergh is expected to leverage her global expertise to improve products’ commercial viability.
Ulrich Grimm has been promoted to global head of non-apparel design. He has been with Calvin Klein for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories.  During his time at Calvin Klein, he has built strong global alignment across the brand’s accessories, including some of the licensee categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He will oversee design for accessories, footwear and home.
Suzanne Barton has been promoted to global head of close to body design. She has been with Calvin Klein for over 10 years, leading the

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain on trade hopes, set for best quarter since 2012

Global shares rose on Friday
amid optimism over trade talks between the United States and
China and were headed for their best quarterly performance since
2012, while bond yields rose after worries about growth led to a
prolonged decline.


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Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people with public policy backgrounds, Kent Walker, Google’s…
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Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve took a more
accommodative stance at its policy meeting, but concerns over
slowing global growth and U.S.-China trade talks are expected to
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Leading a nation in grief, New Zealand’s stoic Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attracts global praise

The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 people, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.


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Scientists back temporary global ban on gene-edited babies

NEW YORK — An international group of scientists and ethicists on Wednesday called for a temporary global ban on making babies with edited genes. It’s the latest reaction to last November’s announcement that gene-edited twins had been born in China, which was widely criticized. Mainstream scientists generally oppose making babies with altered DNA now, citing…
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The iconic singer, songwriter, and activist is using social media to spread awareness of the extreme injustices faced by women and girls worldwide. In honor of International Women’s Day today, she wants you to join her.

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Global peace is impossible without female negotiators

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HRH the Countess of Wessex hosted an exclusive International Women’s Day reception at Buckingham Palace today to shine a spotlight on the vital role women play globally in building peace, and announcing her commitment to championing the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

Over recent months, The Countess has met with several key figures working to support women’s role in the peace-building process, from academics and the diplomatic community, to NGOs and survivors. She also met with those working to respond to sexual violence in conflict – including Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege, who works in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a gynaecologist, where he treats victims of sexual violence first-hand at his clinic.

‘There is nothing like speaking to someone, who, as a gynaecologist, has treated hundreds of victims of the kinds of rape and abuse that defies belief’, she said of the profound effect her conversation with him had had on her.’

‘Dr Mukwege painstakingly stitches these women back together and does what he can to care for them. It is so desperately sad therefore, that many of them end up back at his clinic only months later. I asked him what the biggest barrier to ending this kind of terror in DRC was, and he told me, “The silence…” This is another reason for holding today’s event. We must ensure that the silence that hides pain and suffering is turned into voices of hope and a reason to continue to act.’

L-R: Dr Sophia Close, Mossarat Qadeem, Irene Fellin, Palwasha Hassan, Sanam Naraghi, HRH The Countess of Wessex, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. Image Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mossarat Qadeem is a Member of the Global Peacebuilder Network, who co-founded an organisation to prevent violent extremism in Pakistan. Speaking exclusively to Marie Claire at today’s event she said, ‘I’ve spent 14 years meeting with extremists, suicide bombers and the women within their families to help bring about peace. A young boy I speak to will tell me his own mother stitched his suicide vest for him. The mothers and women within these communities have been so influenced by certain voices preaching extremism that they are prepared to let their sons die. One boy said to me, “Ok, I understand what you’re saying but what can I tell my mother?” So I replied, “Send her to see me”. First she was angry and told me I was an infidel. But I spoke to her at length, too, about embracing peace and why – today she too has become a peacemaker, working with me. Real change is possible.’

The event focussed on promoting women’s role at the centre of peace processes. This includes as mediators; supporting women building peace at the grassroots level; and helping all survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, including children born of rape.
The event also promoted the role of women peacebuilders in conflict-affected countries and Commonwealth countries highlighting some staggering statistics about how vital it is to have women at the heart of peace negotiations.

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  • When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years.
  • The participation of society groups, including women’s organisations, makes a peace agreement 64% less likely to fail.
  • Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states.
  • Despite women’s critical contributions to security, their representation in peace processes has lagged.

So what’s the UK doing for women peacebuilders?

  • The UK is supporting civil society women peacebuilders at the grassroots level globally through funding to the UN Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund and to NGOs working in each of our NAP focus countries through the International Civil society Action Network and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth office committed £1.6 million to increasing women’s participation in peace processes at the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018, including support to the network of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC), implemented by Conciliation Resources.

Why it matters?

  • We know that societies with representative and inclusive leadership tend to be more stable, secure and prosperous. This is why it is worth making the case and securing support for these women.
  • The event at Buckingham palace brings together leading international peace builders to focus on the role of women in conflict-affected countries and Commonwealth countries. This is in line with the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and Foreign and Commonwealth office objectives on promoting women’s inclusion in peace processes.

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Stocks Move Notably Lower On Global Economic Concerns – U.S. Commentary

Extending the downward move seen in the previous session, stocks saw considerable weakness during trading on Thursday. With the drop on the day, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 pulled back further off the more than four-month intraday highs set on Monday.
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Adtalem Global Education CEO Lisa Wardell on Being Intentional In Your Career

Lisa Wardell is the president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education and is on the 2019 Black Enterprise “The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” list. Wardell is the only black women CEO of an S&P 500 company. 

Intentionality is a term we hear frequently in business, but it’s originally a philosophical term. It’s defined as “the quality of mental states (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) that consists in their being directed toward some object or state of affairs.” To me, that means purposefully putting thoughts into actions to drive measurable results.

I have attempted to be intentional in my career by performing well in my current position, and by consistently seeking feedback and incorporating that guidance into my professional life. I seek out mentors to help me build my leadership skills, and use sponsors to assist me in advancing my career. I also set goals for one, three, and five years out, and regularly revisit those goals to keep myself on track.

As the president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education, I have the opportunity to practice intentionality on a much larger stage, leading a nearly $ 3 billion organization of 18,000 people. I seek intentionality on three focus areas: creating a performance culture, effecting diversity and inclusion, and solidifying our mission-driven focus. Measurement is an important part of being intentional, and in creating a performance culture to meet our objectives, I’ve tied executive compensation to both diversity and inclusion outcomes and to the pursuit of top talent; for top talent is intentional about their own performance and in leading teams that do so with the organization’s mission in view.

Intentionality in our three focus areas is reflected in our financial performance—Adtalem’s stock price has more than tripled in 2.5 years—and intentionality is reflected in our leading education policies, academic standards, and life-long learning programs that contribute to the global workforce in a meaningful way.

Active intentionality isn’t always easy to accomplish; even CEOs get push back. When I said I wanted every recruiting search to include ethnically diverse candidates, I was told there may not be enough qualified candidates to accomplish that goal. Of course, we know better and our organization reflects it. Our board of directors is now 44% African American and 67% combined women and people of color (POC). The Adtalem leadership team has gone from nominally diverse to 40% POC, 47% women, and 80% combined. And our pipeline of talent for future leaders is deep and growing. Recruiting is aided because talented, diverse candidates flock to a talented and diverse workforce.

While there is always more to do as Adtalem drives toward its global education mission, I’m proud our team’s intentionality is delivering improved performance by a workforce that’s reflective of those we serve in global education. Acting intentionally holds power and promise: the power to achieve our professional and organizational goals, and the promise of building stronger global communities.

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IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, named Drake the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2018.

This is the second time that the Canadian rapper is winning the prestigious title, his first being in 2016.

It was the global success of his fifth album, “Scorpion”, that boosted Drake’s sales record.

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Ahead of MWC next week, new data illustrates global smartphone slowdown

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When you consider the latest global smartphone marketshare data from Gartner, which highlights a protracted industry slump in terms of handset sales, it starts to put things in perspective — Samsung, for example, deciding it needs to dramatically shake things up and give something new a try, like a foldable phone.

Gartner’s newly released data shows, among other things, that global smartphone sales was essentially flat during the recent holiday quarter — up just 0.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, with 408.4 million units shipped.

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Nothing against omelets, yogurt or a classic bodega sandwich, but they’re not the only ways to start your day. Just look at other countries’ morning meals: In Korea, for example, brunch might mean a soothing bowl of broth, whereas in Israel, the first salad of the day hits the table at breakfast, not lunch. India…
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U.S.-China Trade Fight Risks Fragmenting Global Market, Says Beijing Ambassador

The trade fight between the U.S. and China risks fragmenting the integrating global market, China’s ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai said in an interview. He was speaking ahead of the summit meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires later this week.
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EMERGING MARKETS-Latam stocks, FX surge on global trade optimism, Brazil shines

Most Latin American stock markets rose on
Tuesday, buoyed by hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal as they more
than recovered ground lost during the previous session, while
resurgent risk appetite strengthened Latin American currencies
against a softer dollar.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he expects to meet Chinese
President Xi Jinping to close a deal on trade at some point,
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Krugman expects to see a global recession this year, warns ‘we don’t have an effective response’

There is a decent chance the world economy is headed for a recession in 2019, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.
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Worries About Trade, Global Economy Weigh On Wall Street – U.S. Commentary

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The former central bank chief cited "slowing global growth" as the biggest threat to the economy she once watched over.
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Influence Peddler: Thora Valdimars, Jeanette Madsen Bank on Instagram for Global Retail Hit Rotate

LONDON — Instagram labels may no longer be a novelty, yet Copenhagen-based influencers Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Madsen have been able to identify a niche in the saturated digital space and turn their nascent concept for dress label Rotate into a success.
Their recipe? Focusing on a single category, sweet spot price points, and a hefty dose of glamour and drama. They also have the backing of retailer Denise Christensen of the Danish retailer Birger Christensen.
They introduced the label just over six months ago, with a tightly edited collection of seven pieces, including short mini dresses with dramatic, puffy sleeves, wrap dresses in candy colors and crystal-embellished blazer dresses. All are priced between 240 pounds and 420 pounds.
The label quickly caught the eye of retailers such as Net-a-porter, Browns and Moda Operandi, which are now the brand’s three main international stockists. Just one season after launch, Rotate Birger Christensen became one of Copenhagen Fashion Week’s hottest tickets, with Mary, the Crown Princess of Copenhagen and influencers galore attending the show and sharing snaps of themselves in the brand’s attention-grabbing dresses. The hashtag #makeitrotate has given rise to a community of its own on Instagram.
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How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming

Many of you may already be familiar with Project Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warning. Project Drawdown (PD) presents the 100 most substantive solutions based on meticulous research by the leading scientists and policymakers around the world.

PD director Paul Hawken says that the genesis for the project was curiosity. Nearly 20 years ago, he began asking experts in climate change and environmental fields a simple question: Do we know what we need to do in order to arrest and reverse global warming? The result is a best-selling book that lays out the solutions that, if implemented in the next 30 years, would get us to reversal—the “drawdown,” the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline.

What’s exciting and hopeful about these ideas is that they are realistic and economically viable. Many are already being enacted by communities around the world. Some may also surprise you—because they address what we might call the intersectionality of climate change.

This past November, TEDWomen asked author Katharine Wilkinson to talk about some of these ideas. She shared three key ways that empowering women and girls can help stop global warming.

I asked Katharine to answer some follow-up questions about her talk, the human rights implications of climate change and how she stays positive in the face of current political backlash. She reminds us that these solutions present a win-win for society and the environment, working towards a more livable and more just planet.

Several years ago at TEDWomen, Mary Robinson talked about the human rights implications of climate change. As you mentioned, the awareness that climate change tends to impact those who are the most vulnerable—women, children and the poor—is growing. And in your talk, I loved how you connected climate change to issues that many may not see as related, such as child marriage, sex trafficking and the under-education of girls around the world. Can you talk a little more about the societal impacts of climate change on women and girls in affected areas? 

Climate change is a justice issue. Mary Robinson articulates that fundamental truth so poignantly. While the impacts of climate change touch everyone, research shows they hit women and girls hardest. That disproportionate effect is due to existing vulnerabilities, especially under conditions of poverty, and to the roles women and girls play in many societies, such as collecting water and fuel or growing food. As just one example, Otto Simonsson’s short film “One Every Second” illuminates the link between climate-related displacement and sexual exploitation in Bangladesh. In very real ways, climate change is violence against women and girls; it thwarts their rights and opportunities. The flip side is that we can advance justice through our responses to global warming. As Mary Robinson has become fond of saying more recently, “climate change is a manmade problem with feminist solutions.”

Your project, Drawdown, highlights the 80 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. In your talk, you focus on three areas in which gender equity and halting global warming are linked: agriculture, education and family planning. What was surprising to me in reading Drawdown was how high up the list these issues are in terms of their potential impact. Educating girls is number six and family planning is number seven. Why are these so vital compared to other solutions like electricity generation and land use?

It’s one of the most powerful insights from our work—that securing the rights of women and girls can have a positive impact on the atmosphere, comparable to that of wind turbines and solar panels and forests. In large part, that’s due to the ripple effects of gender equity on the growth our human family. When girls and women have access to high-quality education and reproductive healthcare, they have more agency and make different choices for their lives. Those choices often include having fewer children.

Both education and family planning are basic human rights, not yet reality for too many. Securing them could mean a global population of 9.7 billion people at midcentury, as opposed to 1 billion people more if we fail to address what girls and women say they want, need and lack.

Want, need and lack bears repeating. This is very different than the tired, repressive trope of “population control” foisted on women. It is choice, not control, that may avoid more than 100 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next three decades. For context: Humanity emitted just over 37 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018.

A big story in the news this week is the Science journal report that oceans are heating up 40 percent faster that scientists estimated they would. Does that affect your rankings in terms of ocean health and solution priorities?

That story was this week’s biggest earth heartbreak for me. (The biggest pure heartbreak was Mary Oliver’s passing. I first encountered her poetry at 16, and it has shaped my life in profound ways for two decades since.) We think about global warming, but oceans are really ground zero. They store more than 90 percent of the excess heat trapped by our emissions-clogged atmosphere. That has huge implications for ice melt, sea level rise, extreme weather and the die-off of coral reefs. That oceans are heating even faster than we thought reinforces what the earth has been telling us: Nothing less than bold, society-wide transformation is needed. We are facing an emergency of unprecedented scale and severity.

Ocean solutions are a critical emerging focus of our work at Project Drawdown. We’ve just launched an effort to analyze the best marine technologies and practices available. For example, kelp sequesters carbon faster than any plant on land and can be grown at massive scale. Oysters filter excess nitrogen and can be farmed sustainably. We wrote about some of these solutions in the book Drawdown, but now we’ll be able to put numbers to their potential impact. And we’ll amplify that potential, with the aim of accelerating investment and action to implement them.

How do you remain positive in the face of such challenges? 

I think about this question a lot, and I’m still very much figuring it out. Parker Palmer uses a term: “the work before the work” of social change. There’s inner work we have to do, to do good work in the world. I find that it’s easy to become so focused on the need “out there,” that I overlook the needs “in here”—and the way they’re intertwined.

What helps me is time in circle and in community with kindred souls: Time in the mountains and with dogs and horses, to get grounded in the present; time learning from elders like Parker Palmer, like Mary Oliver, like Sherri Mitchell.

Sherri’s recent book Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change is vital wisdom for humanity at a crossroads—”sacred instructions” to “heal one another and reclaim our place within creation.” If we want to shape a life-giving future, we have to cultivate that which gives us life here, now. And I remind myself, as I said in the talk, that it’s ultimately a magnificent thing to be alive in a moment that matters so much.

Can you recommend programs or charities working to improve the lives of women and girls that we should know about and support?

There are many! I really admire the work of Blue VenturesCAREMarie Stopes International, Planned Parenthood, Root CapitalSolar SisterWECANwPOWER Hub… this list could get long. (AUTHOR’S NOTE: I would add Barefoot CollegeAcumen Fund fellowsV-Day and UN Women to that list…) 

The “mothers of invention” featured on the podcast by that name, hosted by Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins, are incredible climate leaders—from food to plastic, litigation to divestment. Many of them are associated with nonprofits or initiatives you can support.

It’s estimated that just 0.2 percent of philanthropic funds go specifically toward women and the environment. Let’s see if we can’t nudge that number upward.

Originally published on Pat Mitchell’s blog. Republished with author permission.

Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. She partners with the TED organization to co-curate and host an annual global TEDWomen conference and is the chair of theWomen’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The first woman president and CEO of PBS, she most recently served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media; she is now a senior adviser to the organization. She is also the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced hundreds of hours of documentaries and specials, which received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Stephen Colbert mocks Trump’s tweet about bringing back ‘global waming’

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Trump tweeted about global warming again.

On Monday night, the president said on Twitter that he wanted global warming wanted to “come back fast,” because of the freezing temperatures that have hit the midwest. Quick to correct him, and his spelling of “global waming,” however, was Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.

“These temperatures are actually caused by global ‘waming’ sir. Polar vortex breaks up and dips out, it’s all predicted,” he said. “Besides, just because it’s cold now, it doesn’t mean climate change is a myth.”

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In shallow warm seas about 247 million years ago in what is now China, an oddball marine reptile flourished in the aftermath of Earth’s worst mass extinction, possessing a duckbilled snout and unusually small eyes that made it resemble a platypus.


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IMF Chair Christine Lagarde cuts global growth forecast for 2019 to 3.5 percent

IMF Chair Christine Lagarde has cut the global growth forecast to 3.5 percent. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she said the move was due to the high level of economic risks that are accelerating around the globe.
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Mr Porter Celebrates Beams F Global Launch With Milan Party

JAPANESE STYLE: Men’s wear online shopping destination Mr Porter celebrated the global launch of the Beams F brand on its site with a cocktail party Sunday in Milan during men’s fashion week.
Beams F, the tailoring line launched in 1978 by storied Tokyo-based retailer Beams, is setting its global distribution exclusively through the e-tailer, where it will launch as a 31-piece capsule collection, including shirts and suits, which the Japanese brand is specialized in, as well as knitwear and outerwear. The lineup will hit mrporter.com on Jan. 28.
“The event was a wonderful celebration of our continued partnership with Beams, which will be launching its Beams F line exclusively on Mr Porter later this month. Finally, our global customers will be able to access the iconic brand for the first time ever outside of Japan,” said Yoox Net-A-Porter Group chief executive officer Federico Marchetti.
“We’ve had a very close relation with Beams for quite a number of years and we obviously carry about four of the brands that they produce…we were like, ‘We do the casual brands so why don’t we do the luxury tailoring brand?’” said Fiona Firth, buying director for Mr Porter at the launch event, noting over the past year

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Keeping Score: We’re 108 Years from Global Gender Parity

In every issue of Ms., we keep score—tracking research on our progress in the fight for equality, cataloging can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and recording milestones for the movement. Starting this week, we’ll be doing the same on our website. Welcome to the first (digital) installment of Keeping Score!


Lest We Forget

“We have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams.”

Glenn Close delivered an emotional speech at this year’s Golden Globes, winning for Best Actress for her role in The Wife. Close, who had had a storied career for 45 years in Hollywood but, until this week, hadn’t won a major award for her work in film, opened up about the limitations put on women and the urgency of allowing them to carve out their own paths.

“I’m thinking [of] my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her ’80s she said to me, ‘I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.’ It was so not right. I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”

How We’re Doing

+ The 2019 Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum found that we are a depressing 108 years from gender parity worldwide.

Milestones

+ Ms. Executive Editor and Feminist Majority Foundation Executive Director Katherine Spillar was presented with an honorary doctorate at Texas Christian University’s Winter commencement.

+ Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler, the “Godmother of Title IX,” died Saturday at 90. From 1969 to 1971, she served as the Chair of the Action Committee for Federal Contract Compliance of the Women’s Equity Action League, filing 250 federal administrative complaints against colleges and universities across the country for sex discrimination in education—inspiring the first Congressional hearings on the subject and the introduction of the landmark legislation that would change the landscape for women on campuses nationwide. Sandler was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

+ Eleanor Maccoby, the first woman to ever head the Stanford University psychology department who was named one of the American Psychological Association’s 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, has died at the age of 101. Her groundbreaking research addressed the relationship between gender studies theory and childhood development, and she made history for exploring the differences between the sexes.

+ Nancy Roman died late last month at 91. During her time as NASA’s first chief of astronomy—and the first woman to serve in a leadership position at the organization—she earned the nickname “Mother of the Hubble Telescope.”

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. , co-host of TRIGGER HAPPY on Binge Networks and co-founder of Argot Magazine. Her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Global stock markets were heading
into the year-end under a heavy cloud after another rout this
week as U.S. political uncertainty added to heightened concerns
over slowing global economic momentum.
Asian equities were shaky on Wednesday following the plunge
in Wall Street on Christmas eve in the face of a series of
unnerving U.S. political developments, including a U.S. federal
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Trump unleashed: Mattis exit paves way for global chaos

James Mattis just cut the world’s safety net.


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The global turmoil Trump fueled is poised to haunt him as markets fluctuate

US President Donald Trump unleashed a wave of global disruption on the way to the White House in 2016 — and now there are signs the anti-elite tide he surfed to the presidency could come back to hurt him.


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Huawei executive’s arrest puts more pressure on Trump and Xi as they grapple over the global order

While the arrest of Meng Wanzhou did not stem directly from trade talks, it made them more complicated and sensitive. It also served as a stark reminder of the deep frustrations that underpin Washington's relationship with Beijing.
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The 41st President led through a time of sweeping global change, including the collapse of the Soviet Union

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson Jim McGrath.


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Technology is giving China’s retail sector a lead over its global peers, says JD.com vice president

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Lawmakers from around the world on Tuesday excoriated “frat-boy billionaire” Mark Zuckerberg for refusing to testify at their hearing in London — leaving his minions to take a brutal grilling next to an empty chair reserved for the CEO. Politicians from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore converged at the British Parliament…
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‘Venom’ just passed ‘Wonder Woman’ at the global box office

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As if to prove there’s no justice in the real world, Venom is on track to overpower two previous superhero box office titans — and possibly become one of the most profitable movies of its ilk.

After reaching $ 822 million in total global earnings over the weekend, Venom has eclipsed both Wonder Woman‘s $ 821 million and Spider-Man‘s $ 821 million. 

This might be cause for confusion and concern among superhero movie fans, since Venom received quite, uh, “mixed reviews” from critics and audiences alike.

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Trade tariffs, higher interest rates are slowing global economic growth, OECD says

Amid prolonged trade disputes and rising interest rates, the global economy will continue to slow down next year, according to the OECD's latest forecasts. But the Paris-based group doesn't see a recession on the horizon. 
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Interpol Rejects Putin’s Man as President After Global Uproar

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LONDON—The biggest problem facing Interpol comes from regimes abusing the organization to call for global law-enforcement agencies to arrest their political opponents. This tactic of sticking up virtual “Wanted” posters for exiles and dissidents all over the world has rapidly accelerated in recent years, leaving Interpol at risk it will become a tool of dictators and autocrats.

Two of the most notorious culprits have been China and Russia.

In a move of spectacular PR naivete, Interpol was expected to replace its former Chinese president with a Russian one on Wednesday.

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Spice Girls Getting Back Together For Mega Bucks Global Tour

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British pop group the Spice Girls are to reform for a comeback tour which is expected to gross them millions, it will be officially announced today.

However, it will be a case of five become four as Victoria Beckham, now a fashion designer, will not be reprising her role as Posh Spice in the ‘girl power’ supergroup that ruled the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1990s with hits like Wannabe (which hit number one in 37 countries) and Spice Up Your Life.

Beckham does stand to make millions from the new tour, however, as a major shareholder in the Spice Girls brand and intellectual property.

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Trump Adds A Global Pricing Plan To Wide Attack On Drug Prices, But Doubts Persist

President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu.

Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television ads to changing the rebates that flow between drugmakers and industry middlemen.

Thursday, Trump proposed having Medicare base what it pays for some expensive drugs on the average prices in other industrialized countries, such as France and Germany, where prices are much lower. The proposal is in the early stages of rule-making and awaiting public comments.

The U.S., Trump said, will “confront one of the most unfair practices, almost unimaginable that it hasn’t been taken care of long before this.”

The proposal was met with hope and skepticism, with several experts saying they were happy the administration was taking on Medicare Part B’s rising drug prices but questioning its approach.

Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh, said in an online post that the administration’s proposed solutions were unclear. And, he said, they would “face insurmountable challenges.”

While some industry watchers pointed to the announcement as a political move, Wells Fargo pharmaceutical analyst David Maris said that this is a broader effort by the president and his administration to attack the root causes of high drug prices.

“The reality is he could very easily not take this on and do what other administrations have done and let the prices keep rising.”

Trump, too, promised more to come and said he will soon announce “some things that will really be tremendous.” On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that, as promised in the blueprint, there would be more changes to Medicare Part D, which covers most prescriptions. Ian Spatz, a public policy expert and senior adviser at Manatt Health, said the overall blueprint was “unprecedented in terms of how many different ideas and areas of ideas that it contained.”

Nothing would happen overnight. The proposal to require drug prices in TV ads could be delayed by litigation and notably, if implemented, does not include any penalties for companies who fail to post their prices.

The proposed rebate rule was delivered to the Office of Management and Budget in July. Matt Brow, president of industry consulting firm Avalere Health, said he expects the administration to publish the rule for comment by year’s end.

Trump’s international pricing plan is not as far along as the rebate proposal. Rather, it is an “advanced notice of proposed rule-making.” The proposed rule could come in spring 2019, and Azar said the new model could begin in late 2019 or early 2020.

Yet, on Friday, Azar signaled the proposal could change, telling an audience at the Brookings Institution that the administration is “open to any number of alternative ideas.”

Avalere’s Brow said there is a good chance the proposal will change significantly.

“The sweeping nature of the proposal makes the stakes higher and makes it harder to implement,” Brow said.

If the administration moves forward, it would bypass Congress and implement a pilot under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s purview. The pilot would phase in over five years and apply to 50 percent of the country. Azar said there would be no changes to Medicare benefits and no restrictions on patient access.

The proposal focuses on drugs covered under Medicare Part B, which are administered in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. It also would alter the reimbursement formula for doctors and providers and would allow private-sector vendors to purchase drugs and then sell them to doctors and hospitals. Medicare would reimburse those vendors at the international pricing level.

Currently, doctors and hospitals administering Part B drugs are reimbursed the average price of a drug plus 6 percent. President Barack Obama’s administration attempted to alter Part B as well but drew intense lobbying opposition and eventually withdrew a proposed pilot project.

Allan Coukell, senior director for health programs at Pew Charitable Trusts, said removing incentives that reward doctors for purchasing costlier drugs and bringing in a new way to control prices “makes a lot of sense.” Drug spending within Medicare Part B reached $ 22 billion in 2015, and drug costs have increased by an average of 8.6 percent annually since 2007.

Stephen Ubl, president of the industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, said imposing foreign price controls from countries with socialized health care systems would harm patients and hinder drug discovery and development.

Azar, a former executive at pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly, told reporters Thursday that “you may hear the tired talking points” that this will affect innovation. He disputed that idea, concluding that “less than 1 percent of pharma [research and development] could potentially be impacted by this change.”


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Save The Waves Announces Global Contest, The “Dirty Wave Challenge”

SAVE THE WAVES TO HOST THE DIRTY WAVE CHALLENGE THROUGH ENDANGERED WAVES APP

Global contest to identify and clean the dirtiest surf location.

Davenport, Calif., (October 20th, 2018) – Save the Waves Coalition is proud to announce the launch of the Dirty Wave Challenge, a cash prize and a five thousand dollar stewardship fund that will be awarded to the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem identified on the organization’s Endangered Waves App. The challenge opens October 20th, 2018 and closes on November 20th, 2018.

Launched in early 2018, the new smartphone App empowers surfers and beachgoers to monitor the world’s coastlines and surf ecosystems. Winner of best conservation mobile app in the HeroX competition by XPRIZE, the Endangered Waves App is available for iOS and Android devices.

The Dirty Wave Challenge is simple: capture a photo of the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem, upload it to the app, and the winning photo will receive a cash prize and a day of stewardship with Save The Waves and partners to clean it up.

“There are approximately 31 million surfers worldwide, and they are the front line for our coastlines for climate change, trash, sewage, and other issues. Imagine if this entire community was mobilized to track and report coastal threats,” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.

The goal is to collect data and mobilize beachgoers and the surfing community around the key issues facing our coastlines, with this first challenge focusing on marine debris. Save The Waves Coalition plans to use the photos and data collected to better track and prioritize coastal threats, educate users, and share with coastal agencies and partners to take action worldwide.

“The Dirty Wave Challenge will help us fill the gaps in much needed coastal data and broaden our stewardship reach,” said Strong-Cvetich.

To Enter the Dirty Wave Challenge:

  1. Download the Endangered Waves Mobile App: www.savethewaves.org/mobileapp

  2. Using the App, take a picture of a surf ecosystem trashed with garbage, plastic or marine debris and use a common item for scale such as a person, a surfboard, your hand, etc.

  3. Select the Dirty Wave Challenge entry button, write a brief description, select your location, enter an email address, and submit.

  4. Share your submission on social media with the #dirtywavechallenge

  5. Each participant is only allowed 1 entry per challenge, but please have multiple photos of the issues available to validate entry.

 

The Dirty Wave Challenge is proudly supported by MJD Interactive, WSL Pure, and XPRIZE.

 

About Save The Waves Coalition

Save The Waves Coalition protects and preserves the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone, through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action. See more at www.savethewaves.org

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Tech giant Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak was named the co-founder of blockchain-powered venture capital firm EQUI Global. He will work alongside serial investor and EQUI founder Doug Barrowman as well as entrepreneur and EQUI co-founder Baroness Michelle Mone OBE. In his role, Wozniak will head up technology investments and help in finding tech talent for the new technology focused VC fund.
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Global warming could literally drive you crazy, new study reveals

Climate change will literally drive you crazy.

Rising temperatures and increased precipitation have been linked with worsening mental health, according to a new study.

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The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose for the first time in four days on Tuesday, boosted by a rebound in technology stocks, but gains were kept in check after the International Monetary Fund said the Sino-U.S. trade war would slow global growth.


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Russia’s Global Hacking Op Busted, Seven Agents Indicted

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Western governments joined forces to lay bare the inner workings of Russian military intelligence Thursday, with Britain and the Netherlands providing unprecedented detail on how Russia goes about trying to sow chaos in foreign lands and the U.S. indicting seven GRU officers.

The Department of Justice revealed that the GRU targeted U.S. and international anti-doping agencies in cyberattacks, as well a U.S. nuclear energy company which supplied fuel to the Ukraine, leading to charges of hacking, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

The Netherlands named four Russian military intelligence officers for a failed April cyberattack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)—the group responsible for investigating the Sergei Skripal poisoning and a Russia-linked chemical attack in Syria.

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