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July 30, 2015

Chevrolet Announces $1 Billion Investment in 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

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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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July 26, 2015

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

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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).

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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.

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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

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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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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).

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

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July 22, 2015

Conakry named World Book Capital for 2017

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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.”

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July 20, 2015

Report of Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Launched

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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.”

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July 17, 2015

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

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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.

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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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July 8, 2015

China Dominates QS University Rankings: BRICS 2015

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QS University Rankings

Photo: An ivy-covered building at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. UCT was established in 1829. Image credit © Danie van der Merwe.

The QS University Rankings: BRICS compares the Top 200 institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Released today, the 2015 edition of the QS University Rankings: BRICS reflects the increasingly strong global presence of leading Chinese universities - with the top three spots going to Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University.

While all five BRICS countries are represented within the top 20, China’s dominance is clear throughout the ranking. Driven by strong performance in the two global reputation surveys of academics and employers, Chinese universities take seven of the top 10 spots and almost half of the top 50. With 53 institutions in the top 200, Russia is second only to China, which has 67 universities featured. Yet only seven Russian institutions make the top 50, compared to China’s 21, Brazil’s 10, and India’s 9.

Russia’s leading entrant, Lomonosov Moscow State University, falls one position this year, but retains a highly respectable fourth place. India’s top representative, the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, follows immediately behind in fifth. Brazil makes its first appearance with the Universidade de Sao Paulo in ninth place, while South Africa’s leader is the University of Cape Town in 14th - both having fallen slightly since last year.

Now in its third annual edition, the QS University Rankings: BRICS was developed to track the relative progress of leading universities in the five fast-developing BRICS countries - all of which have made investment in higher education and research high national priorities.

As a recent OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report showed, China now spends more on research and development than any country other than the US. It is forecast to overtake the entire European Union and the US on this measure by the end of the current decade.

Meanwhile recent years have seen the Russian government step up efforts to internationalize its higher education, with a focus on gaining ground in the global rankings. More than 10 billion roubles (US$300m) has been committed in grants for leading Russian universities, with the “Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities” established to monitor progress and guide the project.

India likewise has its eye on the international stage, with the government’s “brain gain” policy aspiring to establish 14 world-class universities.

QS UNIVERSITY RANKINGS: BRICS 2015 — TOP 20

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  • 01 — Tsinghua University — China
  • 02 — Peking University — China
  • 03 — Fudan University — China
  • 04 — Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
  • 05 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore — India
  • 06 — Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  • 06 — University of Science and Technology of China — China
  • 08 — Nanjing University — China
  • 09 — Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
  • 10 — Beijing Normal University — China
  • 11 — Zhejiang University — China
  • 12 — Universidade estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) — Brazil
  • 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) — India
  • 14 — University of Cape Town — South Africa
  • 15 — Saint-Petersburg State University — Russia
  • 16 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) — India
  • 17 — Wuhan University — China
  • 18 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) — India
  • 19 — Novosibirsk State University — Russia
  • 20 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) — India

QS UNIVERSITY RANKINGS: BRICS 2015 — INDIA

BRICS RANK — INSTITUTION

  • 05 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 16 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 18 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 20 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 24 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • 46 — University of Delhi
  • 50 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 52 — University of Calcutta
  • 58 — University of Mumbai
  • 78 — University of Madras
  • 93 — Banaras Hindu University
  • 95 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 97 — Manipal University (Manipal Academy of Higher Education)
  • 101-110 — University of Calicut
  • 101-110 — University of Pune
  • 111-120 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  • 111-120 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  • 131-140 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar
  • 141-150 — Amity University
  • 141-150 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  • 141-150 — University of Mysore
  • 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  • 151-200 — Andhra University
  • 151-200 — Anna University
  • 151-200 — Bharathidasan University
  • 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar
  • 151-200 — Jadavpur University
  • 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 151-200 — VIT University

The QS University Rankings: BRICS is based on eight key performance indicators that relate to global reputation, internationalization, academic staff levels, research production, and impact. This year more than 500 universities in the BRICS countries were considered for inclusion, with the top 200 published.

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Press Note issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Mansion), New Delhi, India —

PRESIDENT OF INDIA EXPRESSES HAPPINESS OVER IISC COMING IN FIFTH PLACE AND 31 INDIAN INSTITUTIONS FIGURING IN TOP 200 IN THE QS BRICS UNIVERSITIES RANKING 2015.

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July 1, 2015

Miss USA 2015 Registration and Fittings at L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel

Miss Massachusetts USA 2015

Photo: Polikseni Manxhari, Miss Massachusetts USA 2015, with makeup artist Kayla Evans during registration and fittings on Monday, June 29th at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 2015 Miss USA Pageant will take place on Sunday July 12, 2015 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Indiana USA 2015

Photo: Gretchen Reece, Miss Indiana USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Illinois USA 2015

Photo: Renee Wronecki, Miss Illinois USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Vermont USA 2015

Photo: Jackie Croft, Miss Vermont USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

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June 29, 2015

Special Event to Mark 70th Anniversary of Signing of United Nations Charter

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

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Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the United Nations Champions Dinner at the Venetian Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. This special event was a part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco on this day in 1945. 26 June 2015. San Francisco, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Aerial View of San Francisco, California, during the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon trip to Palo Alto to deliver a speech at Encina Hall of Stanford University in California entitled “The UN at 70: A conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon”. 26 June 2015. San Francisco, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. India Signs the United Nations Charter. Sir A. Ramaswami Mudaliar, Member of the Governor-General’s Executive Council and leader of the delegation of India, signs the United Nations Charter. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo/Rosenberg.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. Members of the Delegation from India. Standing (left to right): Sgt. Crickmay, Mr. Ollenbach, Mr. Nagar, Mr. Thampi, Miss Felton, Miss Jones, Miss Hull, Mr. P. A. Menon, Mr. Nair, Capt. Brownsdon. Seated (left to right): General Cawthorn, Mr. Bartley, Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar (Chairman), Sir V. T. Krishnamachari, Mr. K.P.S. Menon, Dr. Thomas. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April-26 June 1945. The signatures of France and Argentina for the Charter of the United Nations. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April-26 June 1945. The signature of China for the Charter of the United Nations. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. The United States Sign the United Nations Charter. Tom Connaly, United States Senate, member of the U.S. Delegation, signs the United Nations Charter. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo/McCreary.

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

Photo: Picture of a copy of the “Charter of the United Nations”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, 70th Anniversary

Photo: A view of the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival Concert, a global event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter “We the Peoples”. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of UNESCO in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Public Information. 29 June 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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“We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small….And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors…have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.”

— Preamble, Charter of the United Nations.

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

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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June 27, 2015

Times Higher Education's World Academic Summit to be held in Melbourne

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Times Higher Education has announced that its World Academic Summit would take place at the University of Melbourne, Australia, between 30 September and 2 October 2015 and would bring together world leaders from universities, government, and industry to explore the future of world class universities.

The summit will host the official worldwide launch of the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings on 1 October, and will have sessions looking at the development of future Nobel laureates, the changing trends in international student mobility, the civic role of globally-focussed universities, international research collaboration, the development of metrics & indicators of research success, and the teaching innovations required to nurture the future generation of global leaders.

Nicolas Dirks, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, will be one of several high profile keynote speakers. Berkeley is consistently ranked in the top ten universities in the world and is one of the six global university “super brands” identified by the THE World Reputation Rankings. His presentation will encompass Berkeley’s ambitious plans for a new “global campus” in California, and will address the subject: “The future of the world class university”.

Sarah Springman, the rector of Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, the world’s highest ranked university outside of the US and UK, will also take part in the summit. She will be joined by Ed Byrne, the president of one of the world’s fastest rising universities, King’s College London, Kap-Young Jeong, the president of South Korea’s Yonsei University as well as Simon Gaskell, principal of Queen Mary University of London and many others.

Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel prize for physics and an astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, who was this week confirmed as the next vice chancellor of the Australian National University, will also take part.

Phil Baty, editor of the THE’s portfolio of global rankings, will formally launch the 2015-16 results of the THE World University Rankings. According to Mr. Baty, “The Times Higher Education World Academic Summit brings together a truly exceptional group of people from all across the world. There is no better annual gathering for a select group of university leaders from all over the world to unite behind the common goals of top global universities - nurturing the next generation of world leaders, fostering intercultural understanding, pushing forward the boundaries of human knowledge and transferring that knowledge from the laboratories and classrooms to the wider world.”

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June 22, 2015

de GRISOGONO presents NEW RETRO Mens Watch

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Photos: de GRISOGONO’s NEW RETRO Mens Watch. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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de GRISOGONO's NEW RETRO Mens Watch

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Photos: NEW RETRO - LIFESTYLE - THE YARD HOTEL - MILANO - ITALY. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

According to de GRISOGONO, NEW RETRO transposes the aesthetic principles and timeless elegance of the past into the present through a simple design that is made for modern-day individuals of taste and is infused with a sense of broad panoramas evoking the chic style of the past.

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“Whether your time calls you to live or die, do both like a prince.”

— Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia.


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June 21, 2015

UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga

International Yoga Day

Photo: Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the New York Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Yoga Day

Photo: Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Day of Yoga

Photo: UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga. A view of participants at the special event celebrating the first International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters. The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world following the United Nations General Assembly’s recognition of the holistic benefits of this ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN. 21 June 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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“Calming the mind of its oscillations is the essence of yoga.”

— Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga Sutras.


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June 19, 2015

Safe City Market Revenue Worth $226 Billion by 2020, Says Report

Safe Smart City

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Photo: Cities are Reaching their Limit Infographic (Credit: IBM).

Safe Smart City Market

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Photo: Technologies of Tomorrow. © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

DALLAS, TX, June 16, 2015 — “Global Safe City: Industry, Technologies & Market - 2015-2020” is a new research report that says major defence contractors, the ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) and surveillance & sensors industry cannot ignore the fast growing revenues of the safe city market, which will accumulate to $226 billion over the next 6 years.

According to the report, the global safe city market technologies and industry are going through major shifts. Public opinion and political pressures combined with maturing safe city technologies such as video analytics, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Public-Safety Answering Point (PSAP), Distributed Sensors Systems, Sensor and Data Fusion Algorithms, Software as a Service (SaaS), Social Media Emergency Response software, Geo-Design and advanced ICT technologies are creating fresh business opportunities.

This safe city market report examines each dollar spent in the safe city market. The report explains that the safe city market growth is boosted by drivers like cities, towns and communities drive for quality of life and economic prosperity; Governmental funding policy of modern infrastructure; Urbanization; and Citizens expectations of safety from their local elected politicians.

Companies profiled and discussed in this safe city market 2015-2020 research report include —

3I-MIND, 3VR, ABB, Accenture, ACTi Corporation, ADT Security Services, Agent Video Intelligence, AGT international, ALPHAOPEN, Anixter, Aralia System, AT&T Inc., Augusta Systems, Avigilon Corporation, Axis, AxxonSoft, BAE Systems, Bosch Security Systems, BT, Camero, Cassidian, CelPlan, China Security & Surveillance Inc., Cisco, Citilog, Computer Network Limited (CNL), Diebold, DVTel, Elsag Datamat, Emerson Electric, Ericsson, Firetide, GS, General Electric, Hexagon AB, Honeywell, IBM, IndigoVision, Intel Security, IntuVision Inc, iOmniscient, IPConfigure, IPS Intelligent Video Analytics, ISS, MACROSCOP, MDS, Mer group, Milestone Systems A/S, Mirasys, National Instruments, NICE Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation, ObjectVideo, Orsus, Panasonic, Pelco, Pivot, Proximex, Raytheon Company, Salient Stills, Samsung Techwin, Schneider Electric, SeeTec, Siemens, Smart China (Holdings) Limited, Sony, Synectics Plc, Tandu Technologies & Security Systems Ltd, Thales Group, Total Recall, Unisys, Verint, Vialogy LLC, Vigilant Technology, xLOGIC and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

Safe Smart City

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Photo: Data Revolution. Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Shanghai; Young Global Leader, at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town. © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

On similar lines, another research titled “Smart Cities Market by Smart Home, Intelligent Building Automation, Energy Management, Smart Healthcare, Smart Education, Smart Water, Smart Transportation, Smart Security, & Services - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)” consists of the future market trends of smart solutions like intelligent building automation, energy management, smart grids, smart transportation, smart healthcare and many more; it also presents detailed analysis and implementation of new smart city projects. The report focuses on analyzing global trends, future growth, key drivers, opportunities and challenges in smart cities.

These reports are published by and are available from ReportsnReports.com , which is an online market research reports library of 500,000+ in-depth studies of over 5000 micro markets.

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