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December 7, 2016

IWC PORTUGIESER CHRONOGRAPH RATTRAPANTE

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante (Ref. 3712) from IWC Schaffhausen.

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December 5, 2016

Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn

Unctad, India

Photo: UNCTAD 10th Debt Management Conference. Over 350 participants from over 100 countries, regional institutions and from the civil society participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

UNCTAD, India

Photo: UNCTAD 14 - 1st hearing with civil society. The hearing with civil society, held on 6 April 2016, provided a platform for organizations to contribute to discussions on what UNCTAD’s work priorities should be for the next four years. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

UNCTAD, India

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Geneva, Switzerland — 5 December 2016 - India could save $624 billion a year by 2050 if it adopts circular economy principles rather than following a conventional but more wasteful development path, according to a new report on India produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in association with UNCTAD.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic research and innovation think tank, promotes the concept of a “circular economy”, which is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, is increasingly challenged in the long term. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses are already exploring,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said.

Pilot projects have already shown these practices contributing towards cost savings of hundreds of millions dollars per year.

“Increasing circularity can help unlock efficiencies, opening up urgent investment opportunities and delivering environmental, economic and social gains,” Guillermo Valles, Director for International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, UNCTAD said. “Lessons from this work in India serve as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments in the Paris Agreement.”

India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said: “India is earnestly working towards finding ways to improve the living standards of its citizens, compatible with its resources. Sectors such as mobility, agriculture and construction will play a crucial role in the future growth of India. The suggestions contained in the report are therefore, noteworthy and timely.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “This report builds on the Foundation’s previous analysis of the circular economy opportunity for Europe, by exploring for the first time the potential of applying the circular framework in a fast-growing market context. With its existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone, India can reap significant economic and societal benefits, embarking on a positive development path as it focuses on regenerative practices.”

The report says that better product design and innovative business models could generate cost savings and increase profits for businesses, in parallel with the shift to digitally enabled platforms for asset sharing, such as Zipcar, in which procuring services replaces owning goods.

A shift from selling cars to providing vehicles as a service could create new revenue streams for India’s car industry. Only about 2% of the Indian population currently owns a car, but the demand for mobility is increasing, the report says.

Using data from UNCTAD, the report estimates that India could save costs amounting 11% of its current GDP in 2030 and 30% of GDP in 2050 if proven circular approaches were adopted by the public and private sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 44%.

The report was launched in New Delhi, India, on 5 December, and an international briefing will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 December.

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December 4, 2016

Carrera y Carrera presents Invierno (Winter) "Iceberg" Collection

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Carrera y Carrera, Jewellery

Photos: Carrera y Carrera’s Invierno (Winter) Iceberg collection. To create the futuristic-looking jewelry pieces with unusual geometry of this new line named Iceberg, Carrera y Carrera designers have drawn inspiration from the Palacio de Cristal rising above Retiro pond in Madrid, Spain. (Images provided by & copyright © Carrera y Carrera.)

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December 2, 2016

China and India Lead in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

BRICS University Rankings

Photo: Entrance to the Science Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Image Credit: Milan Tvrdy.

London — India has increased its share of the top universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, but China still has the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year, in 14th place, thanks to an improved teaching environment and greater research influence.

Panjab University, Chandigarh, which had topped in India at No. 13 in 2014, and had later slipped to No. 39 in 2015 and to No. 121 in 2016, has, however, further slipped and is now placed at No. 135.

Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has reached its highest position after climbing three places to 26th, boosted by improved scores across all the five pillars underlying the methodology.

Overall, the country has 27 universities in the top 300 ranking, 19 of which make the top 200 (up from 16 last year), making it the second most-represented nation in the table.

Anurag Kumar, director of the Indian Institute of Science, said that increased government science funding in recent years has enabled the university to enhance grants for new hires, invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure and encourage interdisciplinary research. The institution is working hard to attract more scientists from other countries, he added.

“This growing talent pool augurs well for the country,” he said. “The government is doing its part by enhancing its education and research budget across the board.”

However, Richard Everitt, director of education at British Council India, warns that “reform is slow in India”, and although the country has one of the biggest higher education systems in the world and “some good institutions”, it still “doesn’t perform well on a global platform”.

Despite India’s gains, however, China still dominates the list, taking 52 - or more than one in six - places in the top 300. Six of these make the elite top 10, including Fudan University, which rose 11 places to reach sixth place this year, and Peking and Tsinghua universities, which hold on to the top two spots for the fourth year running.

While the two Asian giants have improved their showing, the performance of the other BRICS nations is waning, largely because of increased competition as a result of expanding the list to rank 300 universities from 41 countries, up from 200 institutions in 35 nations last year.

Brazil no longer has a university in the top 10, as the University of Sao Paulo slips four places to 13th, its lowest ever position, while half of South Africa’s eight universities have fallen.

Russia’s performance is more mixed; while 10 of its 24 universities have dropped places, Lomonosov Moscow State University holds on to third place amid increasing competition from China, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology climbs 81 places to 12th, thanks to an improved performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The THE BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings but are re-calibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.

BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

TOP 10

  1. Peking University — China
  2. Tsinghua University — China
  3. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  4. University of Cape Town — South Africa
  5. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  6. Fudan University — China
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  8. University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
  9. Zhejiang University — China
  10. National Taiwan University — Taiwan

BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

INDIA

BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY

  • 14 — Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • 26 — Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • 35 — Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • =62 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • 71 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • 99 — Jadavpur University
  • 106 — Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  • =107 — Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • =109 — University of Delhi
  • 135 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 140 — Tezpur University
  • =143 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • =157 — Aligarh Muslim University
  • 179 — University of Calcutta
  • =186 — Sri Venkateswara University
  • 195 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  • =196 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 201-250 — Acharya Nagarjuna University
  • 201-250 — Amrita University
  • 201-250 — Andhra University
  • 201-250 — Osmania University
  • 251-300 — Amity University
  • 251-300 — Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • 251-300 — Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • 251-300 — Manipal University

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December 1, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General at New York Society for Ethical Culture

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. On the left is Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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“There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues.”

― Aesop (621 - 564 BC).

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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, King Lear (III, vi, 19-21).


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November 24, 2016

UN Secretary-General Addresses Disarmament Event at NYU

New York University

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General also took part in a Q&A session moderated by Edith Lederer, chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press. 22 November 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

New York University

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General (right) with NYU President Andrew Hamilton on the occasion. 22 November 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.”

— Victor Hugo.

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“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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November 19, 2016

UNESCO names filmmaker & music producer Deeyah Khan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity

Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Deeayah Khan

Photo: Music producer, composer, documentary film director, and human rights activist, Deeyah Khan, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Violaine Martin. Image provided by & copyright © United Nations Office at Geneva.

Paris, France - November 18, 2016 — UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate the Norwegian film director of Punjabi (Pakistani) and Pashtun (Afghan) origin Deeyah Khan a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity. The ceremony will take place on Monday, 21 November at 1:00 pm at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

According to UNESCO, Deeyah Khan is being appointed in recognition of her commitment to promote art as a universal language and a force for development, dialogue and social cohesion, for her contribution to the improvement of fairer and freer societies through her work as a film director, and for her commitment in favour of the Organization’s ideals.

As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Deeyah Khan will promote freedom of creation for artists and the creative industries in developing countries in line with the principles of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread its ideals.

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November 15, 2016

Porsche India celebrates arrival of the turbocharged four-cylinder Macan

Porsche Cars

Porsche Mecan India

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Porsche Mecan India

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Porsche Mecan India

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Photos: Porsche Macan arrives in Mumbai. Images provided by Porsche India.

Mumbai, India - November 15, 2016 — Boasting a specially developed four-cylinder engine, the new Porsche Macan made its highly anticipated national debut at a press conference at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai today. The arrival marks the latest addition to the sports car manufacturer’s model range now available in the country, following the recent introduction of the new 911.

Under the bonnet, the Macan features a turbocharged two-litre engine. With 252 hp (185 kW) from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package), the model demonstrates its true sports car capabilities. With an unladen weight of 1,770 kilograms, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into agile handling.

The high standards of the Macan are raised further in the new model thanks to the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and variety of distinctive interior and exterior features delivered as standard.

Commenting on the arrival of the new model, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “The new addition to the Macan range further evolves an already exceptional sports car line-up in the compact SUV range to new heights, at an attractive price. With a specially tailored engine, sporty design accents and cutting edge technology, the Macan is the definition of a five-door sports car, remaining true to its concept as a car built for a life of adventure. This compact SUV packs just as much punch, and the same outstanding drive comfort, as you would expect from any Porsche.”

The company explained that the four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the entry-level Macan was specifically tailored to the model, ensuring sporty and efficient performance. Its powerful 370 Nm of torque, available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm, allows for fast overtaking manoeuvres. This is made possible by the engine’s two bar of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, petrol direct injection and variable valve timing.

Delivering characteristically sporty driving dynamics in the new model is the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system. It comprises of an electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR). The electronically controlled multi-plate clutch regulates the distribution of drive force between the rear axle and the front axle. Driving conditions are constantly monitored to enable a precise and lightning-quick response to a variety of situations.

The Macan also features the electronically controlled Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The PASM shock absorber adjustment system increases driving pleasure, safety and comfort. It automatically regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Depending on the road condition and driving style, PASM optimally reduces body movements - on gentle stretches, when driving off-road and even when adopting a more dynamic driving style with strong acceleration and braking phases such as on race tracks.

According to Porsche, distinguishing design characteristics and an extensive list of standard equipment make the new Macan an attractive offer for customers in India. Accentuating design elements include side window trim strips and brake callipers in black, the latter shielded behind 18-inch wheels, alongside an exhaust system with two single tailpipes made of brushed stainless steel. In line with many of the S models, the Macan has comfort seats with electric eight-way adjustment on the driver’s side, Alcantara middle seat panels, a lane-departure warning system and a powered tailgate.

The new turbocharged four-cylinder Porsche Macan is now available for sale at Porsche Centres across India.

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November 8, 2016

Superb Shot of Miss Universe

Miss Universe

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November 3, 2016

IWC Schaffhausen Launches New Watches

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN. In the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Expedition Charles Darwin’ (Ref. IW379503), IWC Schaffhausen uses bronze in a watch case for the first time ever and upholds its tradition of developing innovative and modern diver’s watches. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (Ref. IW395001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a stainless-steel case, black dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel folding clasp.

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (Ref. IW327002) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, silver-plated dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Watch. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC).

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN (Ref. IW389001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a ceramic case, black dial and black calfskin strap (embossed) with a blasted stainless-steel folding clasp.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW377714) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, blue dial and brown calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC Schaffhausen/Chris Jackson). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: IWC brand ambassador and supermodel Adriana Lima takes part in a sparring session with children and others in a local boxing gym in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (PPR/IWC). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: What’s Adriana’s choice? It’s different and unique! Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Harold Cunningham). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches, Karolina Kurokova

Photo: Supermodel Karolina Kurkova attends the exclusive gala event “For the Love of Cinema” during the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. 14 April 2016. New York, NY. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches, Ariadna Romero

Photo: Showgirl and actress Ariadna Romero attends the gala dinner at Ristorante Berton for the IWC Schaffhausen Boutique, Milan, Italy, opening on June 28, 2016. (PHOTOPRESS/DANIELE VENTURELLI/Getty Images for IWC). Image provided by IWC.

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October 29, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Ending Modern Slavery

John Kerry, State Department

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a selfie with an outstanding individual who is fighting to end human trafficking at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2016. (State Department Photo).

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October 18, 2016

UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador

United Nations Habitat III

Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 17, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia — Editor's Choice

Moscow Fashion

Moscow Fashion

Photos: A model walks the runway at the MD MAKHMUDOV DJEMAL show during day three of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 15, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Moscow Fashion

Moscow Fashion

Photos: A model walks the runway at the BELLA POTEMKINA show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Moscow Fashion

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Fabric by Alena Akhmadullina show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Image provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

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October 14, 2016

United Nations — Secretary-General meets with Secretary-General-Designate

United Nations New Secretary General

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-Designate. The UN General Assembly has appointed Mr. Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 13 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 12, 2016

85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Poster of “Son of Saul”, winner of the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actor Danny Trejo (left) and Moderator Christopher Nolan prior to a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actress Amy Brenneman and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson following a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.

The 2016 submissions are:

  • Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director;
  • Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;
  • Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;
  • Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
  • Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director;
  • Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed, director;
  • Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director;
  • Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director;
  • Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;
  • Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;
  • Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;
  • Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;
  • Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, director;
  • China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi, director;
  • Colombia, “Alias Maria,” Jose Luis Rugeles, director;
  • Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez, director;
  • Croatia, “On the Other Side,” Zrinko Ogresta, director;
  • Cuba, “The Companion,” Pavel Giroud, director;
  • Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich,” Petr Zelenka, director;
  • Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director;
  • Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields,” Fernando Baez, director;
  • Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Sebastián Cordero, director;
  • Egypt, “Clash,” Mohamed Diab, director;
  • Estonia, “Mother,” Kadri Kousaar, director;
  • Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” Juho Kuosmanen, director;
  • France, “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
  • Georgia, “House of Others,” Rusudan Glurjidze, director;
  • Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director;
  • Greece, “Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
  • Hong Kong, “Port of Call,” Philip Yung, director;
  • Hungary, “Kills on Wheels,” Attila Till, director;
  • Iceland, “Sparrows,” Runar Runarsson, director;
  • India, “Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran, director;
  • Indonesia, “Letters from Prague,” Angga Dwimas Sasongko, director;
  • Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
  • Iraq, “El Clásico,” Halkawt Mustafa, director;
  • Israel, “Sand Storm,” Elite Zexer, director;
  • Italy, “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi, director;
  • Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Yoji Yamada, director;
  • Jordan, “3000 Nights,” Mai Masri, director;
  • Kazakhstan, “Amanat,” Satybaldy Narymbetov, director;
  • Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home,” Faton Bajraktari, director;
  • Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will,” Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, directors;
  • Latvia, “Dawn,” Laila Pakalnina, director;
  • Lebanon, “Very Big Shot,” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, director;
  • Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day,” Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
  • Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl,” Pol Cruchten, director;
  • Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje,” Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija, directors;
  • Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain,” Tunku Mona Riza, director;
  • Mexico, “Desierto,” Jonas Cuaron, director;
  • Montenegro, “The Black Pin,” Ivan Marinovic, director;
  • Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes,” Said Khallaf, director;
  • Nepal, “The Black Hen,” Min Bahadur Bham, director;
  • Netherlands, “Tonio,” Paula van der Oest, director;
  • New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth,” Pietra Brettkelly, director;
  • Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director;
  • Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir,” Anjum Shahzad, director;
  • Palestine, “The Idol,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
  • Panama, “Salsipuedes,” Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez, directors;
  • Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel F. Molero, director;
  • Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa,” Brillante Ma Mendoza, director;
  • Poland, “Afterimage,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
  • Portugal, “Letters from War,” Ivo M. Ferreira, director;
  • Romania, “Sieranevada,” Cristi Puiu, director;
  • Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
  • Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah,” Mahmoud Sabbagh, director;
  • Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary,” Milos Radovic, director;
  • Singapore, “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng, director;
  • Slovakia, “Eva Nova,” Marko Skop, director;
  • Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” Ziga Virc, director;
  • South Africa, “Call Me Thief,” Daryne Joshua, director;
  • South Korea, “The Age of Shadows,” Kim Jee-woon, director;
  • Spain, “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
  • Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director;
  • Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director;
  • Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” Laha Mebow, director;
  • Thailand, “Karma,” Kanittha Kwunyoo, director;
  • Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar,” Mustafa Kara, director;
  • Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs,” Roman Bondarchuk, director;
  • United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow,” Babak Anvari, director;
  • Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs,” Manane Rodríguez, director;
  • Venezuela, “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas, director;
  • Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,” Victor Vu, director;
  • Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced,” Khadija Al-Salami, director.

The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film Oscar winners.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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October 6, 2016

U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

New York City — October 5, 2016 — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”

Joining Mehra in the dedication ceremony were: Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Diwali Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra; India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Member of the United Nations Security Council (Ret.) Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; Sand Hill Group Managing Director M. R. Rangaswami; and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“While this journey may have taken years, the Postal Service has issued a Diwali stamp that will continue to resonate forever,” said Ranju Batra. “Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have supported this stamp. The Diwali stamp will be a matter of pride for generations to come.”

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit.

In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India. Diwali also is celebrated as a major holiday by followers of the Jain and Sikh faiths.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail — 1 Ounce price.

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October 5, 2016

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2017 Announced

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2016 Laureate, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science. Image Credit: Thierry Bouët for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: A trainee at the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talents Training Session, Paris. Image Credit: Stéphane Cardinale for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photos: France L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Awards Ceremony. Images provided by & Copyright © Fondation L’Oréal.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today announced the laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.

Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences.

Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 as reward for her contribution to science.

Unesco Loreal AwardWinners

Laureates are as under:

CONTINENT
Name of the Laureate
Nationality
Designation
Field

• AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Lebanese
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA

Analytical Chemistry
“For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity.”

• ASIA PACIFIC

Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Australian
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Quantum Physics
“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”

• EUROPE

Professor Nicola SPALDIN
British
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND

Solid State Physics
“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”

• NORTH AMERICA

Professor Zhenan BAO
USA
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Material Chemistry
“For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”

• LATIN AMERICA

Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Chilean
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE

Astrophysics
“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”

Through its “For Women in Science” programme, a worldwide partnership with UNESCO, the L’Oréal Foundation motivates girls in High School to pursue scientific careers, supports women researchers and rewards excellence in a field where women remain underrepresented.

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October 3, 2016

Commemoration of International Day of Non-Violence at the United Nations

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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September 28, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best U.S. Colleges Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Best U.S. Colleges Universities

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.

U.S. News & World Report has announced the 2017 Best U.S. Colleges rankings to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category. For the 14th consecutive year, Williams College takes the top spot on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list.

California schools make a strong showing in the Top Public Schools list. The University of California—Berkeley is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities for the 19th year.

Military academies lead the Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes - including graduation and retention rates - which carry the most weight at 30 percent.

In the detailed report, school profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students.

“Research has shown that smaller classes foster a productive and positive learning environment,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With this new index measure, U.S. News takes fuller advantage of the data schools provide and rewards schools that make an effort to better serve their students with smaller classes.”

The college ranking categories in the report are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.

2017 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

National Universities - Top 10

  1. Princeton University (NJ)
  2. Harvard University (MA)
  3. University of Chicago (IL) (tie)
  4. Yale University (CT) (tie)
  5. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
  6. Stanford University (CA) (tie)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  8. Duke University (NC) (tie)
  9. University of Pennsylvania (tie)
  10. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 10

  1. Williams College (MA)
  2. Amherst College (MA)
  3. Wellesley College (MA)
  4. Middlebury College (VT) (tie)
  5. Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
  6. Bowdoin College (ME)
  7. Carleton College (MN) (tie)
  8. Pomona College (CA) (tie)
  9. Claremont McKenna College (CA) (tie)
  10. Davidson College (NC) (tie)

Top Public Schools

National Universities - Top 5

  1. University of California—Berkeley
  2. University of California—Los Angeles (tie)
  3. University of Virginia (tie)
  4. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  5. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 5

  1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
  2. United States Military Academy (NY)
  3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)
  4. Virginia Military Institute
  5. New College of Florida

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