(NEW YORK CITY) NYPD REPORT: A Bronx man has been arrested and charged on Saturday for the murder of a 16yr-old-teen in September #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The victim, Nisayah Sanchez, also of the Bronx, died Sept. 30 after two men jumped out of a gray Honda Accord and shot him in the head and chest…..

#AceDailyNews says according to the NY Post police have arrested a 21-year-old Bronx man in the September shooting death of a 16-year-old gangbanger with a long rap sheep, the NYPD announced Saturday…..

NY Post: By Dean Balsamini: October 16, 2021 | 9:00am

Xavier Rosado, of East 184th Street, was taken into custody at around 1 a.m. Friday and charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, weapon possession, and criminal use of a firearm, the NYPD said.

The victim, Nisayah Sanchez, also of the Bronx, died Sept. 30 after two men jumped out of a gray Honda Accord and shot him in the head and chest on East 187th Street near Prospect Avenue in Belmont in broad daylight on Sept. 29, cops said.

EMS took Sanchez to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police sources told The Post at the time that Sanchez was a member of the Reyway Crew gang, a subset of the Crips, and had been arrested 18 times — 10 felonies and eight misdemeanors dating back to May 2017.

The motive for the gunplay was unclear, but a 23-year-old man who was with the teen was shot in the left arm and right foot — and investigators were probing the possibility that the gunmen may have been aiming for him and not the teen, police sources said.

At the time, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke about Sanchez’s case — and the death of Jaden Turnage, another 16-year-old boy gunned down in Bedford-Stuyvesant.Xavier Rosado was taken into custody at around 1 a.m. Friday and charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, weapon possession, and criminal use of a firearm,Peter Gerber

Xavier Rosado was taken into custody at around 1 a.m. Friday and charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, weapon possession, and criminal use of a firearm,
Xavier Rosado was taken into custody at around 1 a.m. Friday and charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, weapon possession, and criminal use of a firearm,
Peter Gerber

Sanchez had “a rap sheet as long as my arm,” he said. “We are not helping these kids by putting them back on the streets. In fact, what we’re actually doing is encouraging others to carry guns, because you have to, because no one is being removed from the streets. It doesn’t take mass incarceration — it takes common sense and it takes leadership and courage to say we need to fix these laws.”

The NYPD said the investigation is continuing……

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(NEW YORK CITY) JUST IN: A man previously convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002 has been arrested and charged with assaulting a 65-year-old Asian woman in a hate crime, an attack captured on a video that went viral amid a rise in anti-Asian incidents in the U.S #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: They said Mr Elliot, who was living at a hotel that serves as a homeless shelter a few blocks from the scene of the attack, was released from prison in 2019 and on lifetime parole.

New York City police arrest suspect in brutal bashing of Asian-American woman: Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, was the man seen on video kicking and stomping on the woman on Monday.

Posted Yesterday at 12:50pm, updated 12h ago

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CCTV footage shows a man kicking a 65-year-old woman several times in a New York City street.

He was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002, when he was 19. 

He faces charges of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault in the attack, police said.

It wasn’t immediately known whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Mr Elliot was due to be arraigned on Wednesday (local time) on two charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one count of first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said at a news briefing.

“Mr Elliot is accused of brutally shoving, kicking and stomping a 65-year-old mother to the ground after telling her that she didn’t belong here,” Mr Vance said.

“There is no place for these atrocious acts of anti-Asian violence in New York.”

Mr Vance added that his office has more than a dozen open cases and ongoing investigations into apparent hate incidents against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community since the start of this year.

The New York Police Department said its Hate Crimes Task Force had been looking for the assailant since Monday afternoon (local time) and found Mr Elliot through an investigation that included social media and community tips.

Mr Elliot, who was on lifetime parole after serving a prison term for murdering his mother, was arrested without incident at his residence in New York City on Tuesday, police said.

Victim discharged from hospital after ‘unnecessary assault’

The victim was identified as Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old woman who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told The New York Times; the newspaper did not identify Ms Kari’s daughter.

She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after being treated for serious injuries, a hospital spokesperson said.

“We want to extend our sincere well wishes and speedy recovery to the elderly lady for this unnecessary assault,” Wellington Chen, executive director of New York City’s Chinatown Partnership, said.

“Hope this arrest gives her and her family a bit of relief.”

Police on Tuesday had blanketed the midtown Manhattan neighbourhood with wanted posters and offered a $US2,500 ($3,282) reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the man seen on surveillance video brutalising the woman. Loading

The attack on Monday was among the latest in a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, and happened just weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.

The surge in violence has been linked in part to misplaced blame for the coronavirus and former president Donald Trump’s use of racially charged terms like “Chinese virus”.

US President Joe Biden has deplored the surge in anti-Asian violence, saying last week that “hate can have no safe harbour in America”.

Witnesses called out for failing to act

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday’s attack “absolutely disgusting and outrageous”.

He said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that witnesses did not intervene.

“I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker,” Mr de Blasio said, evoking the post-9/11 mantra of “see something, say something”.

The attack happened late on Monday morning outside an apartment building two blocks from Times Square, a bustling, heavily policed section of midtown Manhattan known as the “Crossroads of the World”.


Two workers inside the building who appeared to be security guards were seen on surveillance video witnessing the attack but failing to come to the woman’s aid.

One of them was seen closing the building door as the woman was on the ground.

The attacker was able to casually walk away while onlookers watched, the video showed.

The building’s management company said they were suspended pending an investigation. The workers’ union said they called for help immediately.

“If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can,” Mr de Blasio said.

“Make noise. Call out what’s happening. Go and try and help. Immediately call for help. Call 911.

“This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can’t just stand back and watch a heinous act happening.”

This year in New York City there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim as of Sunday, police said. There were 11 such attacks by the same time last year.


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NYC: ‘ Outbreak of Legionnaires disease claims a number of peoples lives ‘

#AceNewsReport – NEW YORK:Aug.05: An outbreak known as Legionnaire’s disease has now claimed the lives of seven people in New York City, as well as one woman in Michigan, ABC News reported.

Eighty-six people have been infected in total in NYC, 64 of whom had to be hospitalized. The illness infects people when they breathe in air contaminated with bacteria that has taken hold in places such as plumbing and cooling systems.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that officials believe they have found the likely source of the disease in one of five cooling towers in the Bronx that tested positive for the bacteria.


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USA(NYC): ‘ Legionnaires disease spreads with 4-dead & 65-infected in Bronx ‘

#AceNewsReport – NYC:Aug.02: New York City is dealing with a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of severe pneumonia.

Four people have died and 65 have been infected in the Bronx since July 10, Reuters quoted health officials as saying. The outbreak is regarded as very unusual, as it involves five times more cases than the previous one, in which only 12 people fell sick.

The disease is spread by Legionella bacteria, which resides in some plumbing systems, including hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, and humidifiers. People can be infected by breathing in mist from the water.

The bacteria cannot spread from person to person. Outbreaks usually occur in the summer or early fall. Some of the symptoms are coughing, fever, headaches and muscle pain.


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NEW YORK: ‘ Hilton Worldwide Sells Waldorf Astoria Hotel to China ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 08 – The worlds’ biggest hotel operator Hilton Worldwide has sold the iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York to a Chinese insurance company for nearly $2 billion, a record for a US hotel.

The Waldorf Astoria is pictured at 301 Park Avenue in New York '

‘The Waldorf Astoria is pictured at 301 Park Avenue in New York ‘

The deal marks the continued Chinese real estate shopping spree in America.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings sold the historic landmark to Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group for a record breaking $1.95 billion, which is the largest acquisition of US realty by a Chinese buyer.

The hotel will still be operated by Hilton, but is expected to undergo major renovations in the coming years.

Opened in 1931 and offering some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline, the hotel is famed for its elite guest list from US presidents to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

President Barack Obama books the Presidential Suite when he travels to New York City, following the tradition of every US president since Herbert Hoover.

Next time the President stays at the hotel, it will be under Chinese ownership.


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‘ Gang Members of Three Feuding Harlem Gangs Arrested ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK (Harlem) – June 04 – More than 100 members of three feuding gangs were arrested in Harlem on Wednesday in what was described as the largest indictment of gang members in New York City’s history, Reuters reported.

The arrests and indictments were part of a conspiracy investigation that stemmed from the 2011 murder of Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, an 18-year-old high-school basketball star, according to sources.

Members of one gang are reportedly facing conspiracy charges. Tyshawn Brockington, 24, and Robert Cartagena, 23, were convicted for Murphy’s murder and sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.

The gangs are accused of two homicides, 19 non-fatal shootings and about 50 other shooting incidents, according to a brief announcement from the Manhattan district attorney.

Further details were expected to be announced at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have said the murder of Murphy, a nationally ranked point guard nicknamed “Chicken,” was the most widely reported casualty of an often violent feud between gangs from neighbouring public apartment buildings in Harlem.

Murphy was shot three times, in her wrist, hip and chest, at about 4 a.m. in a hallway of her Grant Houses apartment building on Sept. 11, 2011. Her murder came after a long evening of fighting between the gangs, prosecutors’ said at the time.

Tyshawn Brockington, 24, and Robert Cartagena, 23, who were associated with a gang in the Manhattanville Houses project, were convicted for Murphy’s murder and sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.


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`Protestant Welfare Agencies and Catholic Charities Launch New York Anti-Poverty Study ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – May 15 – The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and UJA-Federation of New York Launch Anti-Poverty Research Study.

NEW YORK, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and UJA-Federation of New York, three major NY faith-based organizations, have collectively launched a new research study that will identify public policies that could have a significant impact in reducing poverty in New York City. This collaboration is born out of the shared values and traditions for caring for people in need and the extensive reach of their combined networks in helping all New Yorkers. The study was initiated in March 2014 and preliminary results are due this summer.

The Urban Institute has been retained to conduct the research, based on their work with the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Wisconsin. This is the first time UI will utilise this model in analysing New York City specific data. The Urban Institute will study a set of public policies that focus on core human necessities: work, housing, food and financial assistance, for example, policies on transitional jobs; senior and disability tax credits; increased child care subsidies and supplements for low-wage workers. After receiving the results, the three organizations will reconvene to determine potential next steps.

While New York City and State have enacted numerous anti-poverty measures, poverty remains pervasive and seemingly intractable throughout New York, with 1.7 million people or 21% living below the federal poverty line. This research will use a slightly modified version of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to assess NYC poverty levels. The SPM is a more accurate accounting of poverty than the official poverty measure because it accounts for the effects of important government benefits and taxes, work expenses (including childcare), and medical expenses on households’ standards of living (which the official measure does not.)

“Faith-led organizations have a rich history of addressing the needs of their communities and that’s why it is paramount that we come together to address the needs of NYC’s poorest residents. New York City can become a place where the social and economic well-being of all of its residents is a priority, but this can only be achieved if policies and programs that strengthen our most vulnerable communities are implemented,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.

“In providing help and creating hope for thousands, Catholic Charities encounters obstacles in needless red tape and poorly designed public policies and programs. These impede individuals and families from meeting their basic human needs. This research seeks to understand how well designed policies and properly implemented programs can significantly reduce waste not only in public expenditures but even more importantly in unrealized human potential. Our mission of building a more just and compassionate society founded on our core belief that every person is made in the image of God compels us to do this,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

“Our faith-based groups share a deep, collective, abiding concern about poverty alleviation. Overall statistics of those who live in poverty are alarming, and despite billions of dollars invested by government and philanthropy in this area annually, it is still an immense challenge to effectively help those who live in poverty. We are hopeful that this research will contribute to critical, life-saving, public policy discussions,” said John Ruskay, CEO and Executive Vice President, UJA-Federation of New York.

About FPWA
For more than 90 years, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, (FPWA) has been a prominent force in New York City’s social service system, meeting the needs of New York’s most vulnerable and supporting the agencies that deliver human services. With a membership network of human service and faith-based organizations that operate more 1,200 programs throughout the New York City metro area.  Together, we serve over 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities and denominations each year.  For more information, please visit www.fpwa.org, Twitter and Facebook.

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Catholic Charities, a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York, helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike- with services that protect and nurture children, resolve family crises, assist the hungry and homeless, support the physically and emotionally challenged, and integrate immigrants and refugees. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at catholiccharitiesny.org.

About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 95 years, UJA-Federation has inspired New Yorkers to act on their values and invest in our community for the biggest impact. Through UJA-Federation, more than 55,000 donors address issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jews everywhere, to connect people to their Jewish communities, and to respond to crises close to home and around the globe. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, UJA-Federation is the world’s largest local philanthropy; our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at http://www.ujafedny.org.

SOURCE  UJA-Federation of New York

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CONTACT: Antoinette Isable-Jones, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, 212-801-1316, aijones@fpwa.org; Paul Costiglio, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 646-794-2240 (office), paul.costiglio@archny.org; Emily Kutner, UJA-Federation of New York, 212-836-1800, kutnere@ujafedny.org

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` Remains of Those Killed in 911 Attack are Moved Amid Family Protests ‘

#AceGuestNews – NEW YORK –  The unidentified remains of those killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City were moved into a repository at the bedrock level of Ground Zero on Saturday after a procession through Manhattan streets.

The 7,930 fragmentary remains in sealed containers were escorted by fire, police and Port Authority vehicles with flashing lights and no sirens from a Manhattan forensics lab to the repository at the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The repository will be under the care of the city’s chief medical examiner, whose office will continue trying to match the fragments to the more than 1,000 victims of the attacks that have yet to have had any remains identified.

The repository is sealed off from exhibition areas by a wall and will only be accessible to the medical examiner’s staff and family members of the victims, who will be able to visit the space even when the museum is closed, the city has said.

Some family members of those killed in the attacks protested the move, saying it was wrong to store the remains at what is essentially a tourist site, adding that the underground repository could be subject to flooding.

They put black bands over their mouths in a silent protest as the procession rolled past.

“The human remains repository is most certainly a part of the museum,” Jim Riches, the chairman of the 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims group, said in a statement.

Other family members have supported the move.



(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jonathan Allen and Tom Heneghan)

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` Mentally ill Veteran was `Baked to Death' in Rikers Island Jail ' as `Temperatures reached over 100 Degrees '

#AceWorldNews A mentally ill veteran was “basically baked to death” in his Rikers Island jail cell last month as temperatures reached more than 100 degrees, a New York City official told the Associated Press.

According to four unnamed city officials, 56-year-old James Murdough reportedly did not open a vent in his cell that would have allowed for cool air to flow in and lower the temperature, something most inmates did.

The officials also stated that no one checked on Murdough’s condition for hours, which constitutes a violation of standard procedure.

Originally placed on Rikers Island for observation purposes, Murdough reportedly took anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medicine. He was previously charged with trespassing, and was located in the prison unit responsible for handling those with mental illnesses.

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` Explosion tears through a building in `Manhattan’s East Harlem ‘ killing one person and injuring at least 16 others ‘

#AceWorldNews One man was killed and at least 16 others were injured today when an explosion tore through a building in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood, collapsing at least part of the structure, authorities said.

“They were right there,” one source told ABC News, referring to the explosion. Another victim is in very serious condition, the source said.

A New York City official said the casualty “numbers are going to change.”

Plumes of thick smoke have engulfed the area around the building at 116th Street and Park Avenue after residents reported hearing a loud explosion around 9:30 a.m. and the smell of acrid smoke was overpowering.

An FNDY source told ABC News that somebody was working in the building before blast.

It was unclear if it was a Con Edison crew, the source said.

The harsh winter has played havoc with utilities, due to the road salt, officials said.

Con Edison was responding to a report of a gas odour in the area just before the explosion occurred.

The FBI was on the scene as a precautionary measure, but there is no indication of terror or crime, authorities said.

Shattered windows in nearby shop-fronts show the extent of the explosion, which may have been caused by a gas leak, according to ABC station WABC-TV New York News

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” Two Dead and Seven Injured as Train Derails in the French Alps”

#AceBreakingNews says `2 dead, 7 injured as train derails in French Alpsfirefighters

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgThere are at least two dead and seven have been injured as a train derailed in French Alps, according to AFP citing the firefighters.

The train, traveling from the coastal city of Nice, was en route to the town of Digne-les-Bains, capital of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, when the accident happened.

According to preliminary information, the train hit a rock on the track and one of the cars derailed, said firefighters.

Three medical teams and a helicopter were sent to the scene. A rescue operation to free those trapped in the train continues.

Photo – Le #train qui a déraillé se trouve a flanc de colline (Nice Matin)#déraillement pic.twitter.com/dK3Mbudo7V

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“Homeland Security says `Flying Spy Drones’ inside the `US’ could be next step to Public Safety”

#AceSecurityNews says `DHS Wants to use Spy Drones Domestically for ‘Public Safety

Spy DroneThe United States already uses surveillance drones on its borders, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a hearing on Wednesday that flying unmanned aircraft inside the US could be the next step to ensuring “public safety.”

Sec. Napolitano weighed in on the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles during this week’s Committee on Homeland Security and suggested that implementing UAVs for domestic surveillance could the next step in the United States’ amazingly accelerating drone program.

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently considering ground rules that will outline how the FAA can govern domestic drone use, and by 2020 they expect to see 30,000 UAVs soaring through US airspace. Speaking before a House panel on Wednesday, though, Sec. Napolitano suggested that deploying UAVs proactively to put an extra set over locales nowhere near America’s border may in fact be the next move.

“With respect to Science and Technology, that directorate, we do have a funded project,” she said. “I think it’s in California, looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster, such as a forest fire, and how they could give us better information.”

In a transcript of the secretary’s testimony made available after her address, Napolitano admits that the US has expanded their use or surveillance drones on America’s border with Canada in recent years, now letting UAVs monitor 950 miles of Washington State’s boundary line.

Despite growing opposition from the American public of drones largely centred over privacy objections, the United States has continuously ramped up its drone program in recent years, both domestically and abroad. During the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York City earlier this month, activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that US military now owns around 7,500 drones, which makes up around one-third of the Air Force’s entire arsenal.

“The FAA can give drone licenses to any agency that can prove that they can use them safely,” the EFF’s Trevor Timm told the crowd. Despite dozens of permits being handed out to law enforcement agencies and educational institutions in recent years, though, neither the security nor safety of these aircraft are believed to have been fully examined. In just the last few weeks, a Texas professor hacked a UAV in front of representatives from the DHS and, separately, a military drone crash-landed just outside of Washington, D.C.

Despite these incidents, the FAA and DHS are still spearheading an accelerated drone program.

Given Sec. Napolitano’s latest statements, though, the domestic use of drones for proactive surveillance could be coming sooner than previously though.


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State of Palestine and the Holy See – Participated this Weekend in ‘The People’s United Nations p(UN)’ Event at the Newly Re-Opened Queens Museum

Mme. De Valenzuela, R. Reyes Jr., R. Reyes, J....

Mme. De Valenzuela, R. Reyes Jr., R. Reyes, J.M. Eder, R.J. Maller (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

#AceWorldNews says in Queens, New York where the United Nations General Assembly met during the late 1940’s, a Mexican artist is testing his hypothesis that ordinary people, through creative approaches, can find solutions to world problems facing the current world body.

One-hundred-ninety-five New Yorkers who are immigrants from or have family connections to the 193 UN Member States and two observers – State of Palestine and the Holy See – participated this weekend in ‘The People’s United Nations p(UN)’ event at the newly reopened Queens Museum.

“This is a privilege to be asked to be a part of this bold artistic endeavour by Pedro Reyes,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, referring to the artist who created the event and exhibition which will run through March 2014.

Opening the installation event on Saturday, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal paid tribute to the borough hosting the Museum, calling Queens “a microcosm of the United Nations” with residents from more than 100 different countries speaking at least 138 different languages.

“It is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places on the planet, a place where people from all backgrounds are able to live side by side,” said the UN’s top communications official.

Unisphere at Flushing Meadows COrona Park

Unisphere at Flushing Meadows COrona Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1946, the spot from which he spoke was the meeting place of the UN General Assembly, which gathered at the then-New York City’s Pavilion, until 1950. The diplomats would move across the East River to the now iconic 39-floor UN Headquarters building in Manhattan in 1952.

“It’s a reminder that the UN is connected to its host city in so many ways, and has been for years,” Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said.

The Museum overlooks the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, and the steel globe Unisphere which has since become a symbol of the borough.

The artist, Mr. Reyes, is hoping to evoke the Organization’s history for the installation, which according to its Facebook, included instruction to delegates such as: ‘Imagine in a perfect world, you open the newspaper and see an ideal headline from your country. Write that headline.’

The “representatives” from Bahamas, Benin, Denmark, and Zimbabwe wrote, “Education on the Go, College on Wheels.” The team which included Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Philippines, Rwanda and Somalia chose: ‘The Philippine Government Partners with the Vatican to Open Free Abortion and Birth Control Clinics.’

English: From top left: Midtown Manhattan, Uni...

English: From top left: Midtown Manhattan, United Nations headquarters, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Lower Manhattan with the Staten Island Ferry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Sun Welcomes Japanese Nuclear Reactors” and “From year 2130: Remembering Our Nation’s Separation into North and South Korea and Celebrating 50 years of Unity”, were among some other answers.

Over the course of two days, the experimental group used theatre games, group therapy, and techniques from social science to grapple with a set of surprising and provocative proposals as well as real-life problems, according to the Museum website.

“It is precisely the light-hearted spirit of play that allows the participants to engage in subjects whose magnitude would otherwise overwhelm us,” Mr. Reyes is quoted as saying.

Highlighting the parallel activity around him, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said he hoped the world leaders took note of the willingness and eagerness with which the delegates engaged with each other “to learn, to play, to argue and to dream together as part of the People’s United Nations.”

Mr. Reyes’ exhibit also includes a series of art work on display for the next four months.

Among them the “Drone Dove”, which merges the form of an unmanned military drone and a dove of peace, as well as the “Colloquium”, a sculpture of delicately interlocking marble panels which, on close inspection, turn out to be blank cartoon speech bubbles communicating without words.

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UN Call in Copenhagen for Clean Energy for a Sustainable Future

United Nations United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a clean energy transformation to help put the world on a more sustainable path, stressing that this will require innovation, investment and collaboration by all partners.

“Achieving a clean energy transformation will need the joint efforts of governments, multilateral investment banks, private finance, civil society, the knowledge community and the private sector,” Mr. Ban said in a keynote <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7218“>address at the Third Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen. “We are partners on a path to sustainability… But we have no time to waste.”

He noted that the way energy is produced and used is “the dominant cause” of climate change. “The impact on our global economy is increasingly clear. We count the cost in human lives and economic loss,” he stated. “But, we are forging solutions together all over the world.”

In September 2011, the Secretary-General launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix.

“Each of these objectives serves a common end: clean, low-carbon growth. This is critical for sustainable development,” said Mr. Ban.

He highlighted the world is fast approaching a triple deadline. The target date for achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) falls at end of 2015. World leaders have also agreed on 2015 as the year for establishing a new sustainable development framework and reaching an agreement on climate change.

“2015 thus represents a historic opportunity to set the world on a sustainable path,” Mr. Ban stated. “To do that we must eradicate extreme poverty and hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“These objectives are mutually reinforcing and interdependent. Achieving them will require significant global momentum – beginning with a concerted push to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

“On that foundation we must agree an inclusive post-2015 development framework with poverty reduction at its core and sustainable development as its guide. And to support these efforts, we must increase action and ambition on climate change.”

To that end, Mr. Ban has proposed convening a Climate Summit next September to bring together government, business, finance and civil society leaders from around the world to mobilize political will for the climate negotiations, deliver concrete new commitments and spark “a race to the top” in climate action.

He asked leaders to bring solutions and initiatives with targets, deliverables and investment plans. He also urged them to raise their level of ambition by scaling up the investments and financial flows necessary for making the transformation to a low-carbon economy.

“We need large amounts of capital for the rapid development of low-carbon infrastructure,” he stated. “We are seeing progress – but not fast enough; and not at sufficient scale.

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to sustainable development. Yet, too often, one important fact gets lost amid the fear: addressing climate change is one of our greatest opportunities,” he noted.

UN-Energy“With enlightened action, we can create jobs, improve public health, protect the environment and spur sustainable green growth. In the coming year we should all do our utmost to unlock the barriers to climate finance that exist across the global economy.”

The Secretary-General said he is personally engaged in trying to move the financial actors, regularly meeting with financial actors and investors. Today he attended a meeting with pension fund executives, at which he <“http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=3143“>asked them to help in unlocking new opportunities for capital investment in climate and development.

He also noted, in the meeting, his intention to include pension fund leaders in the Climate Summit, and discussed the possibilities for using the event as a unique opportunity to leverage unprecedented financial, political and organizational capital.

“I will continue to engage and challenge pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds to look beyond the fossil-related segments of the global economy. Less than 1 per cent of pension fund assets are currently invested in sustainable infrastructure projects,” Mr. Ban told the forum.

“Our hope is that greater investment can move towards low-carbon assets, for the good of the world and the long-term financial health of investors. At the same time, development and commercial banks can and should unlock capital to enable low-carbon investments. And regulators can break barriers to facilitating these flows.

“There are enormous untapped investment opportunities in developing countries. All financial actors have to work together to create the mechanisms for making these investments possible. Companies and countries have to make sure that bankable projects are ready, when the money is available.

“With focus, resolve and ambition, we can lower the global thermostat and raise the level of economic opportunity for all – from the poorest households to the largest enterprises.”

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Live Webcasts – Dalai Lama – New York

Gendun Drup, 1st Dalai Lama

Gendun Drup, 1st Dalai Lama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and talk during his visit to New York City on October 18-20, 2013. English, Russian and Mandarin languages will be available. Live webcasts can be viewed athttp://dalailamany.org/livestream

All time Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = GMT-4.00)

October 18-19: Teaching
His Holiness will teach on The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, and the Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Times: October 18: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
October 19: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

October 20: Public Talk
His Holiness will give a public talk on The Virtue of Nonviolence at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

For times in your region 9:30am EDT on October 18th in New York City is the same as 7:00pm IST on October 18th in New Delhi; and 2:30pm BST on October 18th in London, England.

Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shaking hands with members of the audience at the conclusion of his public talk at the Convention Center in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

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