South Korea: Plasma Donation by Shincheonji Church Facilitates Development of the Cure for COVID-19

On August 27th, over 1,000 members of religious organization called Shincheonji Church of Jesus participated in donating plasma for the cure of COVID-19. This is the second round of donation from August 27th to September 4th in Daegu by Shincheonji Church, a Christian denomination with 300,000 members globally,

Under the crisis caused by the escalating proliferation of the virus, This is carried out under the invitation of the health authorities in South Korea back on 24th, asking Shincheonji Church to cooperate for donating additional plasma for the development of the vaccine.

Early this year, around 4,000 confirmed cases were found in Shincheonji Church members with most infections from the city of Daegu, while most of them recovered from the virus with 11 deaths.

According to the report from the Korea Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (KCDC) and Shincheonji Church, 562 recovered members from the church registered to donate plasma and 628 completed donation as of August 26th through the cooperation between KCDC and Shincheonji Church. The number of donors from the church will be 1,700 when the donation is finalized in September.

Facing the need for “facilitation of developing a cure through plasma donation and clinical trial”, the KCDC asked another round of a large-scale donation by members of Shincheonji Church on August 24th.

“With the cooperation of Daegu city, Daegu Athletics Center plans to provide the space, and GC Pharma plans to provide the necessary equipment and personnel from 27th August to 4th September. We express our gratitude to the people who participated in donating plasma willingly to save other patients after recovery. We specifically express our gratitude to the congregation members of Shincheonji, Daegu city for providing a location, and Korean Red Cross,” said Mr. Kwon Jun-wook, Deputy Director of the KCDC in his two consecutive briefings on 27th and 29th.

Research and development of the convalescent plasma treatment is underway by National Institute of Health under the Ministry of Health and Welfare in cooperation with Green Cross (GC) Pharma, a biotechnology company in South Korea.

On the same day, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized an emergency use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. Experts say that more data need to be collected to see the benefit of such treatment.

Major challenges of researching the effectiveness and the development of convalescent plasma treatment come from limited supply from donors who must be recovered from the virus.

Chairman Lee, Man Hee of Shincheonji encouraged donation from the members. “Let us lead the effort in plasma donation so that the blood (plasma) of the congregation members can be used for overcoming COVID-19 for the citizens and the country,” he said in his letter to the members on 25th.

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New vLex and Juta partnership brings South African case law to a global audience

Later this year, there will be expanded potential for comparative research of South African case law, in addition to legal information from over 130 jurisdictions, on a single platform.

A recent agreement between vLex and Juta will make an extensive collection of South African case law and authoritative reported series widely available to the legal industry around the world.

This new collection will provide access to around 80,000 cases from Southern African courts, dating back to 1910, including cases from The South Africa Law Reports, South Africa Criminal Law Reports, South African Appellate Division Reports as well as Juta’s Unreported Judgments series.

Artificial intelligence and South African law

Accessing the new collection on vLex’s legal research platform will bring intuitive search and analysis tools to South African legal information. For example, the AI-powered legal research assistant, Vincent, will identify important cases by combining human search behaviour with machine speed. Also, visualisation features such as the Precedent Map and Key Passages will allow for new insights to be drawn from this vast collection of legal information.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Global Markets, discussed the importance of this new collection:
“We are excited to make this significant collection available more widely, and we are confident that researchers and academics around the world will benefit from such comprehensive coverage. South Africa was one of the first regions we had considered to enhance the range of content that we offer from vLex, and we are very happy to have achieved this by having a partner of the quality and pedigree of Juta.”

“Juta is delighted to be partnering with vLex on this important initiative”, says Kamal Patel, CEO of Juta and Company. “It will enhance and broaden the availability of our trusted case law offerings beyond South African borders, bringing new and innovative solutions to the market. As a South African pioneer of technology-driven legal information solutions, this partnership aligns with our digital transformation objectives, and our commitment to contributing to the rule of law around the globe.”

To learn more about this new collection, and how you can access it from vLex, please complete the form available here.

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vLex provides access to a comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex supports thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world.

Our team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts continually strive to deliver up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

About Juta

Established in 1853, Juta is South Africa’s leading academic and law publisher trusted for quality academic, legal, professional and school publications in print and digital format. Meeting legal and regulatory information needs, as well as demands for quality learning resources, Juta matches the power of technology with authoritative African content.

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Grok Global Expands Education Services with New Subsidiary in South Asia

Grok Global Services announced it has established a new subsidiary in India, adding to its existing global footprint in China, Malaysia and Vietnam. With initial offices in New Delhi and Chennai, this expansion augments Grok’s global recruitment management and marketing capabilities, and expands Grok’s ability to provide a unified and feature-rich framework for staff deployment across Asia.

Since 2013, Grok has served its clients in India via its India-based partner, Sannam S4. “Since forming this very successful partnership, both Grok and Sannam have expanded. With growing geographic scope and new global service offerings, we are excited that Grok is able to serve clients more fully with its own presence in South Asia. However, Sannam S4 has been, and will continue to be, a key partner for Grok and Grok clients for services in such areas as research and academic collaborations, tax and structural advice, etc.. We look forward to the next stage of our partnership together”, says Kim Morrison, CEO of Grok Global Services.

Grok India will be led by Dylan Hoemsen, who recently joined the organization as Executive Director, South Asia. “I am thrilled to join the great team at Grok and to be able to further build out our solutions offered in South Asia. As a leader in the industry, Grok is showing their commitment to their services and their clients with the expanded presence in South Asia.” says Hoemsen. A familiar face in the region, Hoemsen has spent the last five years living in India where he led the regional recruitment team for Navitas’ North American portfolio.

Grok is pleased to further announce that they will be adding the India-based team of University of Newcastle, Australia to the Grok community. “We’re thrilled to be Grok’s first client institution in India, this is an important market for the University, and we heavily rely on our offshore teams, hosted by Grok, to help us achieve our international goals,” said Hung Truong, Head of International Student Recruitment at Newcastle. “We’ve worked successfully with Grok across multiple geographies for a number of years, deploying representatives in Grok’s China, Malaysia and Vietnam offices. Having the ability to extend this service to India means we are now getting consistent standards of operational support across Asia, and we can work seamlessly to expand our in-country presence across Asia.”

About Grok Global Services
Grok is a professional services firm providing in-country staff, infrastructure and expertise to help education institutions succeed in international markets. Since 2005, Grok has worked with more than 150 clients to extend their reach and improve their outcomes in international engagement and recruitment. Grok’s clients range from globally ranked, large universities to small colleges, schools, and government bodies. Grok serves clients from a range of destinations such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and the experience serving so many diverse clients in locations across Asia gives Grok an unprecedented view into the dynamics and best practices in its delivery markets.

For more information on Grok and the expanded services offered in South Asia, please contact:
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Chic NYC announces that South Florida location will donate hundreds of handmade mask, along with turning its design studio into a Drop Off Station for goods and supplies

Miami, Florida – Chic NYC, a runway fashion company that has been featured at Fashion Week since 2015 has decided to turn its Miami Design Studio into a drop off station for shelf life food, goods, cleaning supplies and financial donations. The fastest growing fashion house has been the one New York City fashion brand to remain open during the quarantine, even hiring during the devastating time. “Now is the time to give back” says CEO Oz Avcioglu. “We have worked with federal and local authority to keep our New York operations open, but our South Florida team has picked up a majority of the work that our team in New York has not been able to accomplish. We feel that South Florida has became our home through the pandemic and we are looking forward to giving back to the tri-county area. We will be handmaking mask to drop off to hospitals, responders, grocery stores and other front line workers, along with turning our Miami Design Studio into a drop off station for the community to drop off canned goods, shelf life food, financial donations and cleaning supplies. From there, 100% of the donations will go to front line workers and families in need.” Says Oz.

For anyone who wishes to donate, all goods can be dropped off Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM at 20855 NE 16th Ave. Ste C19, Miami, Florida 33179.

In addition to accepting donations, CHIC NYC has also created a link on its website where anyone who needs assistance during the pandemic can apply for help. They are reviewing all applications on a first come first serve basis. Please visit

Chic NYC is a fashion powerhouse that was featured at New York Fashion Week in 2015. Since then, the brand has became the fastest growing e-commerce and retail boutique, winning 8 awards. With offices and retail stores now worldwide, the CHIC NYC Runway Fashion Label calls Miami, Florida home to its design studio where it manufactures its very own organic cottons for its clothing and accessories.

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Influential South Asian Diaspora in the UK and US unite to respond to Covid-19

Award-winning international education charity Magic Bus have launched a new campaign – being match funded by the US-based The Dhanam Foundation and championed by influential British-Asian women – in response to COVID-19 and the impact it will have on children and young people across India.

Magic Bus runs one of the largest poverty alleviation programmes in South Asia, and in any typical year works with approximately 385,000 children and 9000 trained volunteer mentors in 22 States across India. Magic Bus have responded to Covid-19 by pivoting to prevent loss of life and protect their young people throughout the pandemic. The Magic Bus team of nearly 10,000 staff and volunteers is working on the frontline to deliver food and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of households in the worst-hit areas of India. Thanks to donations to-date, the charity has been able to distribute food and medical supplies to over 110,000 people already, with several hundred thousand more to receive support over the coming weeks. Throughout the lockdown, Magic Bus has continued to support young people with their education, with over 3,000 virtual sessions delivered over the last six or so weeks. Crucially, the charity has even managed to train and place over 680 young people in new jobs in perhaps the most unstable employment environment the world has seen for some time.

The work, however, continues. Funding is needed now more than ever, and Magic Bus has teamed up with several influential and inspiration individuals to bring awareness to the cause over the coming weeks and months. The Dhanam Foundation, the education-focused family foundation of technology entrepreneur Ram Shriram and his wife Vijay Shriram, will match donations to Magic Bus’s COVID-19 Relief efforts 1:1 up to $500,000.

Ram Shriram is a highly successful entrepreneur, based in the United States. His company Junglee was acquired by Amazon in 1998, following which he was an executive at Netscape and Amazon. Ram was one of the founding board members and early investors in Google. Today, Ram and the Shriram family are dedicated philanthropists, focussed on advancing educational opportunities worldwide and improving conditions for marginalised youth in India. Ram has had a long-standing relationship with Magic Bus, since providing seed-funding in 1999 when CEO Matthew Spacie founded the NGO. He has remained an active advisor to the organisation throughout its 21 years of working with street children.

Ram Shriram, President of the Dhanam Foundation commented:

“Dhanam Foundation has made this emergency grant to the kids of the Magic Bus community, all of whom have been badly affected by this pandemic. We hope more supporters will join us in this important mission to preserve the gains made to lift those less privileged into a world of literacy and opportunity to have a job and earn a living wage. This pandemic should not be a reason to disrupt and setback the impact of Magic Bus in communities of need across India.”

The COV:AID campaign is being championed by a group of new influential advocates for the charity. These internationally renowned figures include actresses Seeta Indrani, Mamta Kaash, and Goldy Notay, television and radio presenter Seema Jaswal, comedian Shazia Mirza, Hindi singer Avina Shah, celebrity make-up artist Dimps Sanghani, chef Nitisha Patel, academic Opinderjit Kaur Takhar and footballer Sandeep Tak. The advocates are using their profile and influence to raise awareness of the cause and be an advisory group for Magic Bus UK’s board.

Several of the advocates have already delivered compelling video appeals, shared across their wide-reaching social media channels, including Goldy Notay, Nitisha Patel and Dimps Sanghani.

Magic Bus UK’s Director, Rahul Bissoonauth commented:

“This is a powerful commitment by the Dhanam Foundation and we are incredibly thankful for Mr Shriram’s match-funding opportunity. Our hope is this will encourage other inspirational supporters from around the globe to come forward and make this commitment go further – helping to save thousands of lives in India over the coming weeks and months.

The support of our advocates, such inspirational individuals, comes at a time when it is needed most. Their stories, and their willingness to come forward and support our vital work in India at this time, give us hope and show us the best of humanity; people helping people – through hard-work, creativity, neighbourliness, and charitable giving. We’re delighted to have each of them on board for this new campaign and look forward to working closely with them over the coming months.”

Of becoming a Magic Bus advocate, Shazia Mirza, comedian and writer, added:

“I love what Magic Bus does and stands for in South Asia. Having been a teacher and worked with young people for most of my life, I know education is the answer for the future of these children, especially girls who may be forced to marry young. Education is the key to their freedom.”

To support the COV:AID campaign individuals can donate via Thanks to the support of the Dhanam Foundation, your generous gift to Magic Bus’s COVID-19 Relief efforts will be matched 1:1 up to $500,000.

Organisations wishing to explore how a greater contribution can help Magic Bus scale efforts, can contact the UK Director, Rahul Bissoonauth at

Magic Bus use sport, play and mentoring to keep vulnerable young women, girls and children in education, prevent child marriage, and ultimately help them secure successful long-term employment. With their support, only 5% of Magic Bus girls drop out of education, 97% are free of child marriage, and over 70% find successful salaried work.  In 2019 375,000 children were on this journey of moving out of poverty in 22 states and 80 districts of India, as Magic Bus turned twenty years old. In December they were nominated as one of the top 5 non-profits in education across South-East Asia.

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