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August 19, 2015

Miss TEEN USA 2014, K. Lee Graham, interacts with Cosmo the Dolphin

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photos: Miss TEEN USA 2014, K. Lee Graham, interacts with Cosmo the Dolphin during a visit to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 18. The 2015 MISS TEEN USA Pageant will stream LIVE from Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort on Saturday, August 22nd at 8 p.m. ET on www.missteenusa.com. Reigning Miss Teen USA, K. Lee Graham, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant. The event will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Photographer: Darren Decker. Images provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photo: Geena Cardalena, Miss New York Teen USA 2015, walks the runway during Miss Teen USA Pageant Fashion Show at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Friday, August 21, 2015. Photographer: Darren Decker. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photo: Katherine Haik, Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2015, is crowned Miss Teen USA 2015 by Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham following the Miss Teen USA 2015 Competition in Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Photographer: Darren Decker. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Katherine Haik from Franklinton, Louisiana, is a sophomore at Franklinton High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and was recently selected as a Student Council Representative. Inspired by her grandmother, Katherine has been playing the piano for five years and has incorporated art class into her regular curriculum. A lover of all sports, Katherine has been playing softball and basketball for the better part of her life. As a passionate dancer from a young age, Katherine is on The Dancer’s Edge competition team and her high school’s dance team. Since she began modeling, Katherine has participated in New Orleans Fashion Week for four seasons, modeled for Sherri Hill, and has done print work for many designers.

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August 13, 2015

Commemoration of International Youth Day 2015 at the United Nations

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves to participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The event was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: A view of the United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Chamber during an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: Participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: Participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

— Alexander the Great.


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August 12, 2015

Breitling introduces Super Avenger Military Chronograph — An Elite Force on the Wrist

Breitling, Global Giants

Breitling, Global Giants

A concentrated blend of power, precision and functionality, the new Super Avenger Military chronograph by Breitling certainly lives up to its name. Its rugged steel case, water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 ft), features an ultra-resistant carbon-based black coating. The result is a non-reflective stealth look clearly geared up for the most extreme missions. The equally black dial provides a 24-hour “military time” display to avoid any potential confusion in the heat of action. The strap is made of a durable and comfortable synthetic fabric such as those adopted for their operations by the elite armed forces. A true instrument for professionals, it is equipped with a self-winding movement chronometer certified by Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute - the highest official benchmark in terms of precision and reliability, as well as the only one based on an international norm. Super Avenger Military: an elite force on the wrist.

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“Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none.”

— William Shakespeare.

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“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run, the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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August 7, 2015

de GRISOGONO introduces new Earrings Collection — INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

Photos: de GRISOGONO’s new Earrings Collection — INDIA. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Revealing all the fascination of the distinctive cabochon-cut, de GRISOGONO’s new earrings collection, INDIA, features an exclusive gem-setting technique that creates the illusion that stones are floating in mid-air.

The INDIA collection perfectly pairs generosity of cabochon-cut and timelessness of drops into sculptural and very refined earrings, thus bringing the final touch to the sartorial outfits of the most elegant women on earth.

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August 6, 2015

Amazon Opens Fashion Photography Studio in London

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photos: Corridors inside the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio. Images © Hasselblad H4D.

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photos: Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party in London, England. Suki Waterhouse is the new brand ambassador of Amazon Fashion Europe for Autumn/Winter 2015. (Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Amazon Fashion. Copyright © 2015 David M. Benett.)

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photo: Sarah Ann Macklin arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Amazon Fashion. Copyright © 2015 David M. Benett.)

Amazon has opened its new multi-million pound fashion photography studio in London. British actress Suki Waterhouse attended the opening as the new brand ambassador of Amazon Fashion Europe for Autumn/Winter 2015.

“Our aim is to make Amazon the best place to buy fashion online,” said Sergio Bucher, Vice President of Amazon Fashion EU. “The opening of our new fashion studio, in the heart of one of the leading fashion capitals of the world, illustrates our ambitions.”

The new Amazon Fashion Photography Studio is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. At 46,000 sq ft, it houses 22 individual photography bays, a large state of the art editorial suite, video editing facilities, a creative fashion library, and office space for Amazon’s growing team of fashion creatives.

Fashion is one of Amazon’s fastest growing categories and its business is expanding rapidly across Europe with dedicated fashion stores on its UK, France, Italy and Spain websites. Last year Amazon added more than 100 new fashion brands to its offering. Amazon customers can browse thousands of fashion products from specially curated stores for Clothing, Shoes, Jewellery, and Watches - from brands including Hugo Boss, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, 7ForAllMankind, American Retro, Petite Bateau, Levi’s, and Lacoste. Customers ordering fashion items from Amazon benefit from its unlimited shelf space enabling increased stock availability, free returns, and a wide range of convenient delivery options including unlimited one-day delivery with Amazon Prime.

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August 4, 2015

World Leaders to Formally Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September

United Nations Sustainability

Photo: David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, addresses a press conference on the agreement achieved on 2 August by Member States on the outcome document of the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda to be held in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015. Mr. Donoghue, along with Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya, co-facilitated the negotiations leading to the agreement on the document. 03 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations Sustainability

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Barack Obama, President of the United States, in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. 04 August 2015. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda.

The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” states, “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” It continues, “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

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“Dogs bark, but the Caravan rolls on.”

— Arabic Proverb.


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August 1, 2015

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch for Men

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

Photos: de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch for Men. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

The Otturatore from de Grisogono is their most impressive recent watch for men. It is a watch that cannot be fully understood or appreciated unless you actually get to play with one. The Otturatore is as strange as its name sounds, yet somehow it ends up being remarkably desirable.

The Otturatore’s basic feature is a mobile clockwise-rotated dial operated simply by pressing a mechanical pushpiece. Along with the hour and minute hands at the center, the Otturatore displays on demand the seconds, the date, the phases of the moon, and the movement’s power reserve. Its greatest originality lies in the selective display of each of these separate indications that can be switched from one to another at a speed 18 times faster than the blink of an eye!

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“The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”

— Proverbs of Solomon 25:3.

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“The earth has a limit,
The mountains, the sea;
The deep thoughts of kings are
Without boundary.”

— The Panchatantra.


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July 30, 2015

Chevrolet Announces $1 Billion Investment in India

Chevrolet India

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Photo: GM CEO Mary Barra unveils Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV for India.

NEW DELHI, JULY 30, 2015 - As part of Chevrolet’s global growth strategy to ensure long-term profitable growth in the markets where it operates, the company today confirmed that it will make US $1 billion (INR 6,400 crores) in new investment in India. The announcement was made in Delhi during GM CEO Mary Barra’s second visit to the country in 12 months.

Barra, GM Executive Vice President and GM International President, Stefan Jacoby, and GM India President and Managing Director, Arvind Saxena, met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to brief him on Chevrolet’s plans.

Chevrolet announced yesterday that it is making a US $5 billion investment to strengthen its business in global growth markets through the development of an all-new vehicle family that will meet the rapidly changing demands of customers in Brazil, China, Mexico and India. The company has invested US $1 billion in India since 1996.

The new investment is expected to create approximately 12,000 new jobs for GM India and its suppliers. Besides growing the use of the domestic supply base to support increased product localization, Chevrolet will also grow its domestic dealer network to support the greater availability of vehicles and service for consumers nationwide.

GM India is expected to roll out 10 new locally produced Chevrolet models within the space of five years. They include the Trailblazer SUV, which will go on sale in October of this year, and the Spin MPV, which will reach the market in early 2017.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. The Chevrolet portfolio in India includes the Chevrolet Beat, Captiva, Cruze, Enjoy, Sail, Sail Hatchback, Spark and Tavera.

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July 29, 2015

Origen — New Jewellery Collection from Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Jewellery, Carrera y Carrera

Photos: Pieces from Carrera y Carrera’s Origen collection depicting energy and power of fire. Images provided by and copyright © Carrera y Carrera.

Spanish jewellery firm Carrera y Carrera’s new collection, Origen, consists of rings, necklaces, and earrings that represent fire as the source and key element in the creation of the world. A collection for bold, daring, and determined women.

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July 28, 2015

World Premiere of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Hermione Corfield attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Rebecca Ferguson attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Tom Cruise attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Sara Sampaio attends the New York Premiere of “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Image credit: Aurora Rose © 2015 StarPix.

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Hermione Corfield attends the world premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper) on July 23, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2015 Getty Images).

“Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” is a 2015 American action spy thriller film. The film is scheduled to be released in North America by Paramount Pictures on July 31, 2015.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie (story).

Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner

Story: Wolves are on the prowl — a new threat, called the Syndicate, has emerged. The Syndicate is a network of operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order. So, joining forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are.

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“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”

— William Shakespeare.


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July 26, 2015

Cadillac and Council of Fashion Designers of America Partner for New York Fashion Week — Men’s

Cadillac Men's Fashion

Cadillac Men's Fashion

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Photo: Cadillac Executive Director Global Design, Andrew Smith, unveils the CT6 sedan - Cadillac’s top of the range entry into the global prestige luxury segment - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at a special event on the eve of the New York International Auto Show in New York, New York. Cadillac has focused on three pillars to deliver a CT6 dynamic experience with higher levels of presence, elegance and technological innovation, to help elevate Cadillac around the world. (Photo by Mike Appleton for Cadillac).

Cadillac Men's Fashion

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Photo: The 2016 Cadillac CT6 elevates to the top of the Cadillac range, and creates a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. Pre-production model shown.

Cadillac Men's Fashion

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Photo: The 2016 Cadillac CT6 Introduced At New York International Auto Show. (Photo by Mike Appleton for Cadillac).

Leading luxury auto brand, Cadillac, has announced a multi-season partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in support of the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The partnership adds to Cadillac’s continued commitment to the growth and unification of the menswear market by supporting both emerging and established designers. Cadillac will also continue as the presenting sponsor of New York Men’s Day (NYMD) for the second consecutive season.

“The rise of menswear in the world of style provides a great opportunity to celebrate those who are true risk takers and innovators,” said Melody Lee, director of Brand Strategy & Planning, Cadillac. “As the presenting sponsor of New York Men’s Day and a supporting partner of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Cadillac will play a significant role in unifying the world of men’s fashion and further enabling those who dare greatly.”

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July 24, 2015

adidas introduces the adigirl Apparel Collection Designed for the Sporty Teen

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

ADIDAS ADIGIRL SPORTS

Photos: The adigirl Collection campaign photography captures the spirit of the teen athlete, as she goes about her day-to-day training routines. Images provided by & copyright © adidas.

NEW YORK, July 22, 2015 - Today adidas unveils The adigirl Collection, a new apparel line designed specifically for the teen athlete. The line — a first of its kind — combines key performance attributes with street style detailing to create a unique, versatile assortment of pieces that bring sport into everyday life. The adigirl Collection draws inspiration from five team sports - basketball, volleyball, track, softball and soccer — each popular with the teen athlete.

“adigirl was created to specifically meet the needs of the female teen athlete and provides her with versatile options that can be worn for more than just practice,” says Katie Becker, Senior Design Director for adidas Training and Sportswear. “We brought a fashion element to the design process that adds a fresh look and style that is unique to the adigirl Collection.”

Bold color is a key component to the adigirl aesthetic, with a palette that includes bright reds, deep purples, multiple shades of blue and floral prints, in addition to the always essential shades of concrete grey and black. Equally important is the collection’s acute attention to details, many of which are a perfect union of fashion and function.

“The adigirl is an athlete at her core but we have to acknowledge the powerful, multi-faceted teen that she is. This collection intends to address the needs of her demanding lifestyle, uniting sport with style,” says Kate Ridley, Vice President of adidas Training. “The launch of this collection is a part of our ongoing dedication to the female athlete and the way we both speak and create product specifically with her in mind.”

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July 23, 2015

IBM Partners with 200 Universities Globally to Train Next-Generation of Cloud Developers

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IBM Software

Photo: Students from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) are using the IBM-developed SuperVessel cloud service to develop cloud and emerging technology applications. These students are part of a growing community of developers contributing to the OpenPOWER ecosystem worldwide. (Credit: IBM).

IBM Software

Photo: Project managers in IBM’s Costa Rica Delivery Center talk with global clients about implementing solutions in the areas of cloud, security, data storage and analytics to optimize their IT infrastructure. Forrester Research named IBM the leading supplier in global infrastructure outsourcing, based on a survey of 13 top firms, noting IBM’s vision for cloud and the rise of hybrid cloud as a priority for clients. (Credit: IBM).

ARMONK, N.Y - 22 Jul 2015: IBM is introducing a new commitment to enable the next generation of developers with the Academic Initiative for Cloud, aimed to mentor and energize them to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries.

“Putting Bluemix in the hands of today’s and tomorrow’s innovators creates the opportunity to foster a new generation of talent in cloud application development,” said IBM General Manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, Sandy Carter. “Our commitment to provide deep cloud expertise to programs aimed at future cloud developers from academics to professionals is necessary to sustain the growth our industry forecasts.”

Introducing the Academic Initiative for Cloud

IBM’s new Academic Initiative for Cloud will introduce students to the latest cloud technologies and solutions as they build the transferrable skills needed to launch their own businesses or become industry leaders in the workforce. This new program continues IBM’s leadership and commitment to closing the skills gap between higher education curricula and workforce needs, which already includes Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing academic programs.

Starting this fall, universities around the world will commence more than 250 courses and programs that will utilize educational materials, technologies and methodologies from IBM with a focus on using Bluemix in a variety of courses ranging from computer science, information technology, analytics and data science to mobile and entrepreneurship. The list of over 210 marquee institutions includes:

  • Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Imperial College of Science (England)
  • International Institute of Information Technology (India)
  • National College of Ireland
  • National University of Singapore
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Stuttgart
  • University of Tokyo

The use of Bluemix in the classroom will allow faculty to extend their teaching beyond theory and into practice.

“Leaders in business and higher education must come together to foster a new generation of digital-savvy talent,” said Kevin Werbach, a professor and expert on gamification at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s great that IBM is so committed to connecting with top universities like ours, and to giving students and faculty exposure to the latest cloud technologies and business concepts. This experience will help prepare our students as they enter the marketplace.”

Additionally, IBM is launching a new Student Developer Community that helps students get started on their journey of cloud education, and provides quick access to learning resources and information on how students can join Bluemix U, where students can showcase their accomplishments and the impact of their real-world projects.

Supporting Girls Who Code and ReBoot Accelerator to Diversify the Tech Talent Pipeline

Diversity drives innovation. With only 14% of computer science graduates being women today, down from 37% in 1984, IBM is committed to innovation-driven cloud development by supporting programs that empower women in technology and address the lack of women in technology professions.

As such, IBM is working with Girls Who Code to introduce the next generation of women developers to cloud innovation by hosting a class of female high-school students in New York City for a seven-week summer immersion program. For 2016, IBM has committed to further expand its relationship with the organization to support additional programs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, alongside continued support for the New York City summer immersion program.

IBM is also announcing a new collaboration with GSVlabs on the ReBoot Accelerator for Women, a program designed to help women become current, connected, and confident as they return to work after a multi-year sabbatical. IBM will host several instructional sessions that will focus on cloud development using Bluemix, aimed at demystifying coding and making it more approachable. IBM will also be providing mentorship and assistance with job placement strategies in hopes of attracting more women back to the workplace, including at IBM.

IBM is also working to create programs for developers to help them transform industry and enterprise.

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“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

— Thomas A. Edison.

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“When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”

— Thomas A. Edison.

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“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

— Thomas A. Edison.


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July 22, 2015

Conakry named World Book Capital for 2017

World Book Fair New Delhi

Photo: World Book Fair 2006, New Delhi, India. Image Credit © Maruthu Pandian.

Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, has been named World Book Capital for 2017. The decision was made by an international committee of experts during a meeting at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

The selection committee singled out Conakry “on account of the quality and diversity of its programme, in particular its focus on community involvement” as well as “for its well-structured budget and clear development goals with a strong emphasis on youth and literacy”.

While welcoming the quality of all applications received by UNESCO for the title of World Book Capital 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, endorsed the Committee’s decision to designate Conakry World Book Capital for 2017.

In congratulating Conakry, the Director-General said, “Books, learning and reading are key to human life. The strong investment of the Republic of Guinea in promoting books and literacy bears witness to a clear vision of culture and education as drivers of development and recovery, and UNESCO is determined to support these efforts.”

The World Book Capital is selected every year by the international organizations that represent the three major sectors of the book industry: the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The year starts on 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day, and brings together the city’s publishers, writers and book industry to promote and celebrate books and reading over the next 12 months.

Conakry is the 17th city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014) Incheon (2015) and Wroclaw (2016).

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“Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.”

— Anatole France.


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July 20, 2015

Report of Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Launched

UN Global Report

Photo: A special event was held on the new report, “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance”, issued by the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN, the Stimson Centre, and The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

A view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. Karel Jan Gustaaf van Oosterom (centre on dais), Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, with Madeleine Albright (second from left), Co-Chair of the Commission and former United States Secretary of State, during the event. 14 July 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemy’s.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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July 17, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 — The Final In-Port Race — Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo Ocean Race

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Volvo Ocean Race

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Photos: MAPFRE and Team Brunel during the final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. Photos by Carlo Borlenghi/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. Images provided by & copyright 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

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Photo: Team Vestas Wind sixth team to arrive in The Hague for a pit stop during Leg 9 from Lorient to Gothenburg on June 19, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Photo by Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. Image provided by & copyright 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

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July 15, 2015

Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati re-enters India

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Photo: Maserati GranCabrio MC Centennial Edition. Image provided by & copyright © Maserati.

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Photo: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Image provided by & copyright © Maserati.

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Photo: Maserati GranCabrio MC Centennial. Image provided by & copyright © Maserati.

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Photo: Maserati re-enters India. L to R Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East, India and Africa & Bojan Jankulovski, Head of Operations for India. Image provided by & copyright © Maserati.

Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati has announced its re-entry into the Indian market. The renewed focus on the Indian market is in line with Maserati’s growth strategy as the market bears significant potential for the brand over the medium term.

Maserati has grown its worldwide annual sales to 36,500 units in 2014 through entering new markets and new additions to its product portfolio. The GranTurismo and GranCabrio were joined by the 6th generation of the Quattroporte and the new Ghibli - Maserati’s first four-door sports executive sedan in the E-segment. All models are being produced in Maserati’s native Italy.

Maserati enters the market using the synergies of the Group and will operate out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India (FCAI). Three dealerships are planned to open in the major hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the third quarter of 2015. AMP Supercars Pvt. Ltd., Bagga Luxury Motorcars LLP and Jubilant Autoworks Pvt. Ltd. will be representing Maserati in the respective areas. Dedicated Maserati service facilities, which are fully in line with Maserati global standards, are also planned for all locations. All showroom and service personnel will be trained by authorized Maserati Trainers.

The newly appointed Head of Operations for India, Mr. Bojan Jankulovski, commented on the announcement: “Driving a Maserati is like wearing a tailor-made suit in a world of uniforms. Our re-entry into the Indian market is a commitment to our customers as there is a definitive demand for exclusive luxury products, including cars, in the market. By entering India, and other new markets around the world, we are able to grow by expansion.” Mr. Jankulovski brings with him over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry covering the areas of sales, after-sales and network development in particular. Under his lead, Maserati has established itself in five markets in the Middle East and South East Asia in the past two years.

Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East, India and Africa, was present at the announcement press conference and shed further light on the Trident brand’s plans: “Maserati stands for Italian design, performance, craftsmanship and heritage, and of course uniqueness. This new market entry is a significant step for our brand in its over 100 years history. We will focus on exclusivity and hence our goal in terms of annual sales in India will be in the two-digit range.”

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July 13, 2015

Olivia Jordan is Miss USA 2015

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Photos: Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown. Photographers: Phil McCarten, Darren Decker. Images provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

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July 10, 2015

MIRTO Spring Summer 2016 Mens Collection in Colour Blue

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Photo: A fashion collection for the summer is full of different colours and textures. The MIRTO mens collection for next season is as well. However, to celebrate the usability and versatility of its garments on the catwalk, this brand from Madrid, Spain, has decided to play with the colour blue and all the varieties of its shades and hues. Image © Hugo Camera.

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July 9, 2015

World Heritage Committee inscribes 24 New Sites

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Photo: Forth Bridge from South Queensferry (U.K.) has been inscribed to the World Heritage List. This railway bridge spanning the estuary of the Forth River in Scotland is the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. It opened in 1890 and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge was an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel. Image Credit © Historic Scotland.

Bonn, Germany, 8 July 2015—The World Heritage Committee ended its meeting today. During this year’s session the Committee, which was chaired by Maria Bohmer, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office and member of the Bundestag, inscribed 24 new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and approved extensions to three existing sites. It also added three World Heritage sites to the List of World Heritage in Danger and took one off that List.

The following sites were added to the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • Hatra (Iraq)
  • Old City of Sana’a (Yemen)
  • Old Walled City of Shibam (Yemen)
  • Los Katíos in Colombia was taken off the List of World Heritage in Danger to which it had been added in 2009.

The Committee inscribed a new mixed, cultural and natural site, to the World Heritage List: Blue and John Crow Mountains alongside 23 cultural sites:

  • Tusi sites (China)
  • Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement (Denmark)
  • The Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
  • The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (France)
  • Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
  • Susa (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Necropolis of Beth She’arim—a Landmark of Jewish Revival (Israel)
  • Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (Italy)
  • Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
  • Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
  • Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
  • Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (Mexico)
  • Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape (Mongolia)
  • Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
  • Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
  • Ephesus (Turkey)
  • Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
  • Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)
  • The Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
  • San Antonio Missions (United States of America)

The World Heritage Committee approved extensions to three sites:

  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (South Africa)
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Frances and Routes of Northern Spain (Spain)
  • Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (Viet Nam)

The new inscriptions bring to 1031 the number of sites inscribed in 163 countries on the World Heritage List.

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