‘It’s Up to You’

The campaign, overseen by the Ad Council, is billed as one of the largest public education efforts in U.S. history.

For tens of millions of Americans still unsure about taking coronavirus vaccine shots, advertising industry experts and government scientists have a new message: “It’s Up to You.”

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That message and accompanying ad campaign — shaped by months of consumer research and backed by more than $50 million in donated funds — is to be unveiled Thursday across TV and digital video, social media and audio platforms like Pandora and Spotify. It also will include messaging tailored toward Black and Hispanic communities, where studies have found a lack of trust about the coronavirus vaccines and their long-term effects. …


According to The Moscow Times: Blue Russian Dogs Spotted Near Abandoned Factory.

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Feeling blue in the Snow.

A pack of stray dogs with bright-blue fur has caught the Russian internet’s attention.

Photos of the dogs roaming through the snow in the city of the city of Dzerzhinsk 370 kilometers east of Moscow sparked mixed reactions on social media. Some compared the dogs to cartoon and movie characters and others expressed outrage that the stray animals’ health could be at risk.

The dogs may have been exposed to chemicals at a nearby abandoned factory that produced plexiglass and hydrocyanic acid, giving their fur the eye-catching blue color, observers said.

Find out more about the pack of Blue Dogs in The Times of Moscow.


Space Shuttle Columbia was on its 28th space mission when disaster struck. We remember those brave seven crew members who lost their lives in the service of their country and greater mankind.

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“Columbia reentered the earth’s atmosphere on the morning of February 1. It wasn’t until 10 minutes later, at 8:53 a.m.–as the shuttle was 231,000 feet above the California coastline traveling at 23 times the speed of sound–that the first indications of trouble began. Because the heat-resistant tiles covering the left wing’s leading edge had been damaged or were missing, wind and heat entered the wing and blew it apart.”

Read the entire Shuttle story here at History.com


Fleetwood Mac reunites to play “Don’t Stop” at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural ball.

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Fleetwood Mac

On January 19, 1993, the band Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at the recently elected U.S. President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural gala.


Vadim Belyaev shares a visual guide to Finances 2021.

Each image represents a different resolution, here is the list according to the image order:

  • Pay the full credit card balance each month.
  • Pay credit card bill entirely.
  • Sign up for a credit monitoring or identity theft protection product.
  • Check credit score & report more often.
  • Improve credit score.
  • Pay full credit card balance on time.
  • Create a personal budget .
  • Do not open any more credit cards.
  • Stay out of Debt.
  • Create a personal budget.
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St. Petersburg University’s Executive MBA programme gets FT listing.

The Executive MBA programme of the St. Petersburg University (SPbU), has for the first time been listed in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2020 of the world’s 100 best Executive MBA programmes.

SPbU was ranked 93rd in the overall ranking and 48th among European business schools.

The Executive MBA programme is realized at the Graduate School of Management SPbU (GSOM SPbU) — a business school founded with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation.

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In September 2005, President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin initiated the national priority project “Education” whose goal was to create a world-class Russian…


The financial side effects of the current global crisis add an additional level of stress that complicate every kind of money-related decision. All around the world, stock markets have responded to the pandemic by with sharp declines and marked instability. A diversified investment portfolio, varying in size, type, and class of investments, will provide some stability that will withstand the ups and downs of an uncertain market.

Most people make investments because they are enticed by the prospect of making money during a climbing stock market. But when the first signs of decline begin, and the lows seem lower than…


Elements of America’s economic recovery are showing signs of losing steam amid cooler temperatures and a record surge in Covid-19 cases, though others continue to improve.

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Some of the dashboard’s indicators continued to advance…but others deteriorated,

Bloomberg Economics created a weekly dashboard of high-frequency, alternative and market-based data to track the economy’s plunge into recession and eventual recovery. Some of the dashboard’s indicators continued to advance, such as a weekly measure of retail sales, but others deteriorated, particularly those with some of the greatest exposure to virus fluctuations.

The longer-term outlook got a boost on Monday, as preliminary results from the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech…


The outbreak in the country appeared to slow down in the summer, but the number of new infections started to grow rapidly last month.

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“…need to increase production of the first vaccine and the second vaccine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement on Wednesday, during a televised meeting with government officials.

“We now need to increase production of the first vaccine and the second vaccine,” Putin said, adding that the priority was to supply the Russian market with the vaccines.

The peptide-based, two-shot vaccine, EpiVacCorona, was developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia and tested among 100 volunteers in early-stage, placebo-controlled human trials, which lasted more than two months and were…


With a second wave of coronavirus undermining efforts to return to normal, businesses’, households’ and investors’ confidence shaken and little scope for additional monetary policy stimulus, most countries have a long way to go before output reaches pre-pandemic levels.

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Pre-Covid-19.

On eve of IMF and World Bank meetings,The Financial Times looks at the economic effects of the first lock-down, in the shadow of the threat of another, certainly in certain regions around the world.

Vadim Belyaev

Vadim Belyaev is an experienced investor, banker, financier, media manager, and philanthropist, and is recognized as a leading Russian businessman.

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