ByKevin Sheekey

Future of Urban Innovation.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Funds City Programs to Build New Urban Solutions

Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the innovative solutions of 15 cities to try to get others to use them as blueprints to battle the world’s urban problems.

The winners of this year’s Global Mayors Challenge, announced Tuesday, span 13 nations and will make their solutions available to cities worldwide to replicate. They will each receive $1 million and technical support to help develop and expand their programs.

“As the world works to address the profound public health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, cities can implement innovative ideas at a pace that national governments simply can’t match,” said Mike Bloomberg.

The 15 winners are: Amman, Jordan; Bogotá, Colombia; Butuan, Philippines; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Hermosillo, Mexico; Istanbul, Turkey; Kigali, Rwanda; Kumasi, Ghana; Paterson, New Jersey, USA; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Rochester, Minnesota, USA; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Rourkela, India; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Wellington, New Zealand.

With the most applicants to date, mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their boldest ideas to the 2021-2022 competition, nearly twice the number of cities that applied to the last Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge in 2018.

The most common themes of the winning innovations focus on reducing unemployment, improving health, and addressing climate change.

“Each of the winning teams took a people-first, novel approach to improving their community. I am looking forward to seeing the long-term impact generated by these projects around the world,” said Mellody Hobson, who co-chaired the Mayors Challenge selection committee and is the Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments.

Click here for more details on the 15 winning Global Mayors Challenge ideas.

Gov. Hochul Says ‘Clouds Are Parting’.

New York Cases Continue to Drop

In New York City, average daily cases have fallen by 31% over the past week, state health department data shows. Across New York state, cases are also down about 31% from one week ago.

The seven-day average of daily new cases in New York has been declining since hitting a record high of 85,000 per day on January 9, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“Overall, the prognosis, the forecast for Covid is much brighter than it has been before,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a briefing on Friday, giving one of her clearest messages yet that the crush of cases caused by the Omicron variant might be beginning to lift.

The UK is also seeing a decline in cases: In London, cases are down about 45% from one week ago and across the UK, cases are down about 38% in the same period, according to government data.

A review of the UK’s so-called ‘Plan B’ curbs, which include mandatory Covid passes for clubs and large events, requirements to wear masks on public transport and advice to work from home, could come as soon as this week according to government officials.

The UK government is also looking at ending mandatory self-isolation for positive Covid cases from as early as March, saying it would be “perverse” to keep the measure in the long term, according to The Guardian. It could be replaced by guidance to self-isolate instead.

What I’m Reading.

HeroTexas Rabbi Recounts Dramatic Escape From Synagogue, Credits Security Training For Safe Exit

Measuring the DrapesInside The Plot to Build the House of Trump Under a ‘Speaker McCarthy’

In a warning for Democrats: Kevin McCarthy is signaling he’ll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America.

Hope for DemocratsAmerican Youth Turn Left, Oppose ‘Party of Trump’

Looking to the FutureWhy Gina Raimondo is the Real Future of the Democratic Party

Bank EarningsCiti Bankers Post 43% Gain, Traders Disappoint as CEO Signals Reorganization

Talent WarsJamie Dimon Vows to Pay What It Takes As Wall Street Talent Competition Heats Up

Today in TechApple’s New Virtual Reality Headset Delayed Until 2023

Arts in Los AngelesAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures Partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to Improve Digital Engagement Platforms

Katherine Oliver, a principal at Bloomberg Associates and member of the Academy Museum Board, said: “Bloomberg Philanthropies is pleased to support this initiative, which will help expand the reach and impact of the museum.”

Best of Late Night.

“Google is claiming that Apple’s practice of using blue bubbles in their iMessage app to highlight other Apple users leads to peer pressure and bullying of Android users, while Apple says Android users could easily solve the problem by not being so dumb.”
— Colin Jost, on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update

“Domino’s is reducing the number of chicken wings included in their meals. And I really wish I had known that before I had my delivery guy fired for stealing.”
— Michael Che, on Weekend Update

“Delta Airlines said that this winter’s Covid surge cost them more than $400 million in cancelled flights after 8,000 employees caught coronavirus. This would never happen to Spirit Airlines employees, because when you fly Spirit, they keep the windows open.”
— Colin Jost, on Weekend Update

“During a speech on the Senate floor, Florida Senator Marco Rubio described the life of a typical Liberal as watching MSNBC, morning Peloton bike rides, drinking caramel macchiatos and eating avocado toast. Are you kidding me? Do you know how many calories are in a caramel macchiato? I’m not going to throw away my Peloton ride like that.”
Seth Meyers

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