Dr. Condoleezza Rice to Receive the 2023 Medal of Glory Award

 The 2023 Medal of Glory Award (MOGA), The Foundation for Democracy in Africa’s (FDA) highest honor, will be presented to Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Tad and Dianne Taube Director and Senior Fellow on Public Policy, The Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State of the United States under President George W. Bush for extraordinary leadership and lifetime commitment and accomplishments in academia, advancing democracy, human rights, and Transformational Diplomacy in Africa.

Born on November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama, the only child of a Presbyterian minister and a teacher, Dr. Rice grew up surrounded by racism in the segregated South.

She earned her bachelor of arts in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1974 from the University of Denver, her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and her doctorate in political science from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. Dr. Rice joined Stanford University as a political science professor that same year.

In 1993, Dr. Rice became the first woman and African American to serve as provost of Stanford University — a post she held for six years. During that time, she also served as chief budget and academic officer.

President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Rice as National Security Adviser, making her the first African American woman (and woman) to hold the post. She also became the first African American woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and the 66th Secretary of State in 2004 and served from 2005 to 2009.

As Secretary of State, Dr. Rice dedicated her department to “Transformational Diplomacy,” with a mission of building and sustaining democratic, well-governed states globally.

In 2009, when her appointment as Secretary of State ended, Dr. Rice returned to teaching. She is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow on Public Policy at Stanford University. Dr. Rice is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

Dr. Rice has published several books with two autobiographies. She received several awards, including the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1984, the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award in 2018, the George C. Marshall Foundation Award for her devotion to the institutions of individual liberty, private enterprise, and democracy 2022 and over fifteen honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Rice also works tirelessly to educate the public on international relations.

The Medal of Glory Award is The Foundation for Democracy in Africa’s (FDA) highest honor awarded, annually, to exemplary leaders for extraordinary contributions to democracy, and good governance, and the advancement of trade, investment, and cultural ties in Africa.

Past recipients of the award, includes President Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi; Dr. Amadou Makhtar M’Bow, Director General of the United Nations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1974 – 1987); Dr. Sarah E. Moten, USAID, Africa Bureau; President Mazire of Botswana; President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria; President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria; Senator Connie Mack of Florida; Dr. Dorothy Height, President of the National Council of Negro Women; Mr. C. Payne Lucas, President of Africare; President Abdou Diouf of Senegal; President Alpha Omar Konare of Mali; President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal; Dennis C Moss, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Florida( retired); Mr. Ato Girma Wake, Ethiopian Airlines; Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; the People of the Republic of Burkina Faso; Congresswoman Ileana Ros -Lehtinen of Florida; Mr. William Talbert III, President CDME, President, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (retired), Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina, President, the African Development Bank Group; Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County (retired); Jean Monestine, Commissioner. Miami-Dade County (retired); Javier D. Souto, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County (retired) and Mrs. Evelyn Wynn (posthumously).

The Medal of Glory Awards will be bestowed during the 24th annual AfrICANDO U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment Conference Expo under the theme The Diaspora: Accelerating U.S.-Africa Trade, Investment, and Technological Innovation, slated for 25-27 October 2023 during the Awards Gala and Dinner on Friday 27, 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Miami.

The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) is a development organization committed to promoting participatory democracy, economic growth, and sustainable development throughout Africa. Founded in 1994, FDA is a 501c 3, not-for-profit, nongovernmental, nonpartisan institution headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Miami, Florida, USA. FDA’s mission is to: (1) implement culturally sensitive programs designed to strengthen and enhance the fundamental principles of democracy, freedom, and economic plurality throughout Africa and (2) integrate emerging African democracies into the mainstream of the global economy, thus cultivating the pathway for peace and prosperity in Africa.

The Foundation for Democracy in Africa
Annette Smith



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HBO And HBO Max Receive 14 SAG Award Nominations, The Most For Television Of Any Network Or Streaming Platform

“Succession” Receives First-Ever Nominations, Ties With 5 For Most Of Any Film Or Television Program;

Jean Smart Leads Performer Nominations With 3 For “Hacks” And “Mare of Easttown”


HBO and HBO Max received 14 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the upcoming 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27.

HBO and HBO Max’s 14 SAG Award nominations this year are:

  • 5 nominations for “Succession” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 3 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin), and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Sarah Snook)
  • 4 nominations for “Mare of Easttown” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Evan Peters), 2 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Kate Winslet, Jean Smart), and Outstanding Action Performance in a Television Movie or Limited Series
  • 2 nominations for “Hacks” (Max Original): Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Jean Smart)
  • 2 nominations for “The White Lotus” (HBO Original): ​​Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Murray Bartlett) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Jennifer Coolidge)
  • 1 nomination for “Scenes from a Marriage” (HBO Original): Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Oscar Isaac)

All HBO and HBO Max nominated programs are available to stream on HBO Max. 

Japan – Hitachi Rail to Receive 100% Renewable Electricity from ScottishPower

With COP26 underway, two Principal Partners for one of the most important climate summits in recent history have come together to agree a new renewable energy deal.

Hitachi Rail has agreed a contract with ScottishPower, part of the Iberdrola Group, for the supply of 100% renewable electricity for their UK operations over the next three years, helping to accelerate the company’s efforts to decarbonise their sites by 2030.

The agreement provides an estimated 21GW of electricity per year for all of Hitachi Rail’s UK maintenance and manufacturing sites.

Jim Brewin, Head of UK & Ireland at Hitachi Rail said: “Today’s agreement to power our UK sites with 100% renewable electricity builds on Hitachi Rail’s progress to decarbonise both our business and the transport sector.

“This partnership with ScottishPower is a major step on Hitachi Rail’s journey to decarbonising our sites by 2030. To do this alongside another COP26 Principal Partner is really special and demonstrates that businesses with shared values and goals can work together to make Net Zero a reality.”

Andrew Ward, CEO Retail at ScottishPower, said: “Companies changing how they source energy, whether through Power Purchase Agreements or through top tier Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin certificates like this one, will make a significant difference to the UK achieving its climate change targets.

“In making this change to green, clean electricity companies are also supporting the future growth of renewables across the UK, something which is much needed if the UK is to realise its climate ambition.

“With COP26 now well underway in Glasgow, we’re really pleased to be able to work with our fellow Principal Partner, Hitachi Rail, helping them to take major steps on their own decarbonisation journey and hopefully encouraging other companies to follow suit.”

Hitachi Rail is one of the UK’s major train manufacturers and maintains over 200 trains at depots across England, Wales and Scotland. It’s regional, intercity and high speed trains carry passengers in the South East, South West, the East Coast and throughout Scotland’s Central Belt. Hitachi trains have already playing a major role in decarbonising transport by replacing previous diesel-only powered fleets.

Hitachi Rail has set itself a target of being carbon neutral at all its sites across the globe by 2030. Last year Hitachi Rail reduced its overall global carbon emissions by more than 30%. Today’s agreement will continue the progress on emissions reduction.

ScottishPower were the first UK integrated energy company to remove fossil fuels from its energy generation, focussing instead on investing in onshore and offshore wind, solar and green hydrogen. They are committed to working with companies to help them reduce their carbon footprint with the ultimate goal of helping the UK achieve Net Zero.

About Hitachi Rail

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are proud of our global achievements, from our world -famous ‘bullet trains’, to our signalling solutions and turnkey projects, state-of-the-art traffic management and digital solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society. www.hitachirail.com

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Hong Kong – Hong Kong scientists receive State Natural Science Awards

Hong Kong scientists receive State Natural Science Awards


     Hong Kong researchers have won three second-class awards in the 2020 State Natural Science Awards (SNSAs) announced by the National Office for Science and Technology Awards in Beijing today (November 3).
     The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, said, “The awards received by the Hong Kong researchers again highlight our excellent strength in basic and applied research, and bring great motivation to their fellow researchers. We congratulate the awardees on their achievements and hope they will continue to scale new heights in their research, and foster more talented young people in the future.”
     The SNSAs are one of five categories of awards under the State Science and Technology Awards organised by the State Council. As China’s most prestigious award in the field of natural science, the SNSAs aim to reward individuals and organisations for academic excellence in basic and applied research in natural science.
     Two of the three projects which won second-class awards in the 2020 SNSAs were nominated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. Details are as follows:
     Professor Yu Jun of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was awarded for her research project on “Integrative Research on Natural History, Mechanism, Potential Diagnostic and Therapeutic Targets for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and its related Hepatocellular Carcinoma”. Other core members of the CUHK research team for the project include Professor Vincent Wong, Professor Henry Chan, Professor Zhang Xiang and Professor Joseph Sung.
     The 18-year-long project involves the systematic research on the understanding of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with major breakthroughs in the key mechanism, therapeutic targets, non-invasive diagnosis and natural history of this disease. These breakthroughs include (1) systematically elucidating for the first time the key molecular mechanisms and clinically applicable therapeutic targets of the progression from simple steatosis to steatohepatitis (NASH) / liver fibrosis; (2) revealing for the first time the mechanism of NASH progression to NAFLD-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and discovering their therapeutic targets; (3) identifying for the first time multiple diagnostic biomarkers, inventing a clinical scoring system, and establishing a robust platform for non-invasive diagnosis of NASH / liver fibrosis; and (4) elaborating the natural history of NAFLD and its associated risk factors and formulating international guidelines for NAFLD prevention and treatment. The findings of the series of studies on NAFLD and NAFLD-related HCC has remarkably improved public understanding of the occurrence, development and risk factors of these diseases, and followed by identification of potential therapeutic targets. Moreover, the project pushed forward the research and development of prevention, non-invasive early diagnosis, assessment and treatment for NAFLD and created a profound impact on the development of NAFLD-related basic research and its clinical translation.
     Professor Charles Ng of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was awarded for his research project on “State-dependent Constitutive Framework for Unsaturated Soils and its Applications”. Other core members of the research team included Professor Lee Chack-fan of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Professor Dai Fuchu of Beijing University of Technology, Professor Abraham Chiu of Shantou University and Dr Zhou Chao of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
     Unsaturated soils are a complex three-phase (i.e. solid, water and gas) material which is the carrier for all buildings and the composing material for slopes. The moisture condition and stress state of unsaturated soils are affected by climate change and human engineering activities which would in turn greatly affect their engineering properties. The project team has conducted systematic and thorough research on unsaturated soils, and discovered for the first time the stress dependency of seepage characteristics, suction-path dependency of deformation behaviour and suction dependency of dilatancy and strength. Based on these important findings, the project team has developed a novel state-dependent elasto-plastic constitutive framework for analysing seepage-deformation-stability coupled man-made and natural problems commonly occurring in unsaturated soils. The research outputs provide a profound theoretical basis for the scientific design and safe construction of slopes, landfill covers and pavements, and helped societies face challenges such as climate change.
     Meanwhile, the project “The Emeishan Large Igneous Province and its Mantle Plume Origin” in which Dr Wang Yan of HKU participated also won a second-class award. It was nominated by institutions in the Mainland.
     The HKSAR Government was invited by the National Office for Science and Technology Awards to submit nominations from the HKSAR. The nominations were co-ordinated by the Education Bureau with the assistance of the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre.

Make My Wish True App

 Hopeitz Software Pvt. Ltd. works on market scenarios and public needs. It works in mobile apps development for more than 11 years and constantly provides services to clients.

Hopeitz Software brings a new app named – Make My Wish True which assists its users in gaining a new frame of mind on earning their wishes through a meditation app. It includes a platform where you save your wish and initiate manifestation.

This app is a free-to-use meditation app that provides its users with the power of concentration.

They have been working on this app for the last 8 months to present their users with an exceptional app.

They intend to help those who feel demotivated by the amount of stress in their regular life. This free meditation app provides a way to fulfill their wishes through meditation with music.

Upon using this app, a user releases all the build-up stress and anxiety out of his system. It will enhance the positivity to strive towards the goal by relaxing the mind with music meditation.

Those who lack the positivity to keep working on their dream, Make My Wish will compel users to earn their wishes.

This app is now available on Google Play Store for all Android users.

Hopeitz Software Pvt. Ltd.

Neha Kumawat






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