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World’s first global photojournalism project recognising the healers of our time launches today

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Hong Kong, October 27, 2020 – The Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT), a pan-Asian think tank, is proud to present a one-of-a-kind photojournalism project that celebrates diverse acts of healing from around the world during the global pandemic: The Other Hundred Healers.

The Other Hundred Healers is the world’s first collection of inspiring photo-stories from 100 countries around the world, representing people who have been working towards healing their communities through selfless acts of caring, kindness and compassion. The Other Hundred Healers expands the definition of ‘healing society’ during a time of social trauma by recognising the contribution of people from people from all walks of life:  delivery workers, cleaners, waste collectors, food sellers, volunteers, teachers, government workers, community heads, village chiefs, practitioners of alternative wellness methods, therapists and, of course, the healthcare and emergency service professionals to whom we owe so much.

To mark its launch, plans are being laid to have exhibitions around the world, starting with Hong Kong.

Chandran Nair, Project Director of The Other Hundred Healers has remarked that “the pandemic of 2020 will be spoken about for decades to come, and this project successfully captures the moment from an entirely unique angle. We have been overwhelmed by the response of the photojournalists and the power of the photo-stories, which we sincerely hope will interest and inspire a global population in the process of healing and creating unity.”

In addition to the 100 photo-stories from all six continents, The Other Hundred Healers features essays from writers and thinkers from different parts of the world. Frederick Tsao, Chairman of IMC Industrial Group, provides the foreword, while essays are presented by South African politician and activist Mamphela Ramphele; former professor of Harvard Business School David Korten; leading Indian investigative journalist Josy Joseph; Chair of the India Institute of Competitiveness, Amit Kapoor; the Bhutan Former Minister of Education Thakur S. Powdyel; and internationally-recognised Chilean writer Lina Meruane.

This edition of The Other Hundred has been enabled by the generous support of AITIA Institute, Octave Institute, DBS, the C.F. and Nancy Tao Foundation, Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Al-Bayan International School, Massaleh Investments, and Annie Chen.

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Monkeypox NOT a Public Health Emergency, but watch out, its changing says WHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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June 27, 2022 – The World Health Organization says while Monkeypox is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (the highest alert the body can give) they are concerned about the rapid spread and data gaps in the current outbreak.

“I am deeply concerned by the spread of Monkeypox, which has now been identified in more than 50 countries, across five WHO regions, with 3,000 cases since the early May,” said Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

There had been fears that the WHO would declare the outbreak an emergency of international concern going into a June 23 meeting. He maintained that the world had neglected Monkeypox research despite the fact that it had been circulating in Africa for many years. He stressed that this approach to neglected diseases must change as the world is an interconnected population. This inter connectivity could prove disastrous for vulnerable people.

“What makes the current outbreak especially concerning is the rapid, continuing spread into new countries and regions and the risk of further, sustained transmission into vulnerable populations including people that are immunocompromised, pregnant women and children,” he said.

In order to combat this he called for the communication and collaboration between member states and a collective response.

So far the disease has been exhibiting different symptoms than usual including rashes localized to the genitals instead of the entire body like usual. This prompted the US Centers for Disease Control to change the requirements advising doctors to test anyone who appeared with a rash seeming like Monkeypox.

Ghebreyesus revealed Monkeypox was an evolving health threat that the WHO was following extremely closely and maintained that countries should use surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, and ensuring health tools were available to at risk populations as ways to control the spread.

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Cash to his Charities donated in Shopping bags; Prince Charles again under scrutiny

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Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, June 27, 2022 – For the second time in six months the Prince of Wales’ Charity is on the defensive after the Sunday Times claimed he received £ 1 million in cash donations from a Qatari Prince stuffed into a suitcase on one occasion and into shopping bags on others between 2011 and 2015.

They claim Charles personally accepted the cash donations from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim on different occasions for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF)

While there were no allegations of illegal actions by the newspaper, the Charity Commission, a regulator for charities in the UK says it will be probing the incident.

Clarence House, which is the Prince’s Office, said there was no wrongdoing.

“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed, Our auditors signed off on the donation after a specific enquiry during the audit. There was no failure of governance.”

Back in February the police investigated claims that a Saudi citizen was promised British citizenship and a knighthood if he donated to the Charity.

No one was arrested but the head of the Charity Micheal Fawcett resigned over the allegations.

The Prince’s press office has maintained that he knew nothing of the situation.

For now the Charity remains in the clear but the optics of the prince collecting bags full of cash is regarded as poor.

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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