June 29, 2016
Porsche India Celebrates Arrival of the New Porsche 911
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Photo: Newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera in Mumbai. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, with a newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Mumbai: Bursting with more power, refined design and increased efficiency, the new Porsche 911 range has arrived at in India showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements in what is the most highly evolved 911 to date.
Now available in a range of model variants including coupe and cabriolet, the new 911 features entirely new turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer. This gives the world’s best-selling sports car a boost in performance alongside significantly improved fuel economy. On the exterior, the new 911 impresses with an evolutionary yet further sharpened design, while inside it features the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system delivering improved connectivity and controls.
Speaking at the launch event of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
June 28, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Offers Most Affordable Convertible in the USA
Photo: 2017 smart fortwo Cabrio. Image provided by & copyright © Mercedes-Benz USA.
Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the 2017 smart fortwo cabrio. Arriving in U.S. dealers this fall, the smart fortwo cabrio will start at just $18,900, launching as the most affordable convertible on the market.
The introduction of the all-new smart fortwo cabrio represents the most expressive variant of the new model series. Last offered as a 2015 model, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only convertible priced under $20,000 available in the United States. Customers can now park virtually anywhere and navigate narrow or city streets and highways effortlessly, all while enjoying the cabriolet lifestyle at an affordable cost.
The open-top two-seater is three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
Quick and convenient to operate, the new power soft top operates at any speed and retracts in 12 seconds.
smart, a part of the Mercedes-Benz USA portfolio, is headquartered in Atlanta. The smart model line consists of eight fortwo models in both gasoline and electric.
June 26, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD
Photo: ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Photo: Rolls-Royce celebrates 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. June 27, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
23 June 2016, Goodwood, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world this weekend at the 57th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire provides the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honouring the occasion with a display of six Bespoke models, hand-built by craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Examples of Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will be on display. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the manufacturing plant, are expected to draw large crowds throughout the three-day event.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from many countries around the world.
June 19, 2016
Internationalization of Higher Education: The Enhanced Role of a Public University in Contemporary Academic Environment
Public Universities play a key role in the transformation of the societies they represent and serve.
Thanks to Information Technology, Higher Education is fast becoming internationalized in all disciplines, and Public Universities, all over the world, have started to recognize this fact.
• “Think Globally, Act Locally” is now the norm here as well. Today, a public university with a penchant for seeking flattery from the locals, would find itself sailed into choppy waters.
Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Library of Congress houses the United States Copyright Office. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.
Our following succinct observation reflects the enhanced role of a public university in contemporary academic environment. This observation has been determined to be copyrightable and has been registered and made a part of its records by the United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
June 17, 2016
Jackal and the Cave That Talked
Illustration: A Jackal.
There was once a lion in a part of a forest, and his name was Rough-Claw. One day he found nothing whatever to eat in his wanderings, and his throat was pinched by hunger. At sunset he came to a great mountain cave and went in, for he thought: “Surely, some animal will come into this cave during the night. I will hide and wait.”
Presently the owner of the cave, a jackal named Curd-Face, came to the door and began to sing: “Cave ahoy! Cave aho-o-oy!” Then after a moment’s silence, he continued in the same tone: “Hello! Don’t you remember how you and I made an agreement that I was to speak to you when I came back from the world outside, and that you were to sing out to me? But you won’t speak to me today. So I am going off to that other cave, which will return my greeting.”
Now when he heard this, the lion thought: “I see. This cave always calls out a greeting when the fellow returns. But today, from fear of me, it doesn’t say a word. This is natural enough. For
The feet and hands refuse to act
When peril terrifies;
A trembling seizes every limb;
And speech unuttered dies.
“I will myself call out a greeting, which he will follow to its source, so providing me with a dinner.”
The lion thereupon called out a greeting. But the cave so magnified the roar that its echo filled the circuit of the horizon, thus terrifying other forest creatures as well, even those far distant. Meanwhile, the jackal made off into the forest, singing and repeating the stanza:
“Joy comes from knowing what to dread,
And sorrow smites the dunderhead:
A long life through, the woods I’ve walked
But never heard a cave that talked.”
— Tales of Panchatantra. Translator: Arthur William Ryder (Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley).
June 16, 2016
Revealed: Asia's 350 Best Universities. China Edges Out Japan in Battle for Regional Superiority
Photo: A building at National University of Singapore (NUS). National University of Singapore (NUS) has been declared Asia’s Finest University in 2016 by QS. Image Credit: oncampus.ru.
LONDON — Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global higher education analysts, today released the QS University Ranking: Asia 2016.
National University of Singapore (NUS) is established as Asia’s finest university for the third consecutive year. It is followed by the University of Hong Kong. Nanyang Technological University rises one place to the podium, taking the bronze medal. While, in overall performance, China remains the preeminent nation, ahead of Japan.
Commenting on this QS Ranking, National University of Singapore (NUS) President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Our priority is preparing future-ready graduates and developing top talent, driving innovation and forging strategic collaborations with academic and industry partners, and delivering impact from world-class research. I am heartened that our work is also reflected by NUS continued progress in the rankings.”
In this year’s QS Asia University Ranking:
- 17 nations or territories are featured;
- Hong Kong dominates the top ten with four institutions ranked;
- China, Singapore, and South Korea feature two universities apiece in the top 10;
- China has 82 universities among the 350 ranked, Japan has 74,
- South Korea 54, Taiwan 34, India 23, and Malaysia 20;
- There are 13 Thai universities in the rankings, 11 Indonesian, 10 Pakistani, 8 Filipino and five Vietnamese.
- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have two apiece; Brunei and Macao one apiece.
- This year’s QS University Rankings: Asia are the largest-ever rankings for the region.
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Top 20
2016 Rank — Institution — Country/Territory
- 1 — National University of Singapore — Singapore
- 2 — University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 3 — Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
- 4 — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- 5 — Tsinghua University — China
- 6 — KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — South Korea
- 7 — City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 8 — The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 9 — Peking University — China
- 10 — Seoul National University — South Korea
- 11 — Fudan University — China
- 12 — POSTECH — South Korea
- 13 — The University of Tokyo — Japan
- 14 — Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- 15 — Kyoto University — Japan
- 16 — Korea University — South Korea
- 17 — Osaka University — Japan
- 18 — Yonsei University — South Korea
- 19 — Sungkyunkwan University — South Korea
- 20 — Tohoku University — Japan
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): India
2016 Rank — Institution
- 33 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 36 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 48 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 51 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 66 — University of Delhi
- 78 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 94 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 108 — University of Calcutta
- 145 — University of Mumbai
- 155 — Banaras Hindu University
- 169 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
- 176 — University of Pune
- 178 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 195 — Amity University
- 200 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
- 231-240 — Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
- 251-300 — Anna University
- 251-300 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 301-350 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad
- 301-350 — Andhra University
- 301-350 — Pondicherry University
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Pakistan
2016 Rank — Institution
- 111 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
- 112 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad
- 149 — Quaid-i-Azam University
- 149 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
- 183 — Aga Khan University
- 201-210 — University of Karachi
- 221-230 — Punjab University, Lahore
- 231-240 — COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
- 241-250 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
- 301-350 — University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Bangladesh
2016 Rank — Institution
- 109 — University of Dhaka
- 159 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
June 10, 2016
Porsche Cayenne Expedition to Support Women’s Empowerment through Mobility
Photo: Nidhi Tiwari representing ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ will be driving 4,000 km over 20 days across the Himalayas. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Photo: (l-r) Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, and Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, with the Porsche Cayenne. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Mumbai — Porsche India has partnered with the organisation ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) on a 20-day expedition across the Himalayas. Nidhi Tiwari, founder of the organisation, will showcase “women’s empowerment through mobility” by driving the 4,000 km route through challenging terrain together with her navigator Neha Sadananda. Porsche India will be providing a Cayenne for this trip set to commence on 18 June from Gurgaon. The drive will test the Cayenne’s endurance on some of the highest motorways in the world and test its off-road capabilities across different terrain as well as riverbeds.
‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) is an organization which runs extreme overland journeys (XOL) that push boundaries to achieve empowerment through mobility. As part of its core mission, WBB showcases mobility solutions adopted by women in the remote areas through which they traverse. In keeping with this objective the WBB team will also train local women in Ladakh on the topic of XOL driving to motivate their movement between remote communities. This will be done with the help of the local administration and community participation. In addition, the expedition will also interact with local communities to spread awareness on women’s health in collaboration with a reputed local NGO.
Speaking about the project, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with WBB on this unique initiative and see their activities as an essential contribution in the overall progress of women’s empowerment. Through this expedition, we want to support this cause and also showcase the endurance of the Cayenne in some of the most remote places in the world.”
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel provided will be driven across more than a dozen high-altitude passes, including Khardung La and Marsimik La, two of the highest motorable passes in the world. Featuring a powerful three-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, the model produces 245 hp (180 kW) and has a top speed of 221 km/h. Its eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox will be convenient during the on-road sections of the planned route. When leaving the tarmac, the Cayenne’s three off-road modes ensure maximum support for the driver. Assistance systems offering improved traction on loose, wet and snow affected surfaces include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Hill Control, and Porsche Air Suspension Management (PASM).
Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, said: “We are glad to partner with Porsche India for such an initiative. With the spirit of women empowerment, and a sensitive cause of women’s health in the remotest corners of the country, we believe in going beyond all perceived and conventional boundaries. We are equally excited to get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne on some of the most unique roads in the world.”
The 4,000 km expedition will start from Porsche Centre, Gurgaon, north of Delhi, on Saturday, 18th June. Nidhi Tiwari and Neha Sadananda are expected to complete the route in 20 days.
Proverbs of Solomon 31:10 —
• “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (King James Version)
• “Who can find a virtuous and cultivated wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm.” (New Living Translation)
• “Who can find a cultivated wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him.” (The Complete Jewish Bible Translation)
Proverbs of Solomon 21:9 —
• “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a big house with a contentious woman.” (World English Bible Translation)
• “Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation)
June 8, 2016
UNESCO Creative Cities Network focuses on Creativity and Sustainable Urban Development at Beijing Summit
Photo: Beijing, China. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.
Beijing, China — On June 6, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Summit (6 - 8 June 2016) with Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, and Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
More than one hundred participants from all over the world attended the Summit, including mayors and policy-makers of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, academics, and experts. The event served as a dialogue and discussion platform for the implementation of the international development agenda focusing on research and policy-making to explore effective ways to integrate culture and creativity in local development strategies.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 cities from 54 countries, covering Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts, and aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.
May 30, 2016
Miss USA 2016 to be Crowned on June 5 in Las Vegas
Photo: Jessica Strohm, Miss New Hampshire USA 2016; Whitney Sharpe, Miss Massachusetts USA 2016; Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii USA 2016; Bridget Jacobs, Miss Minnesota USA 2016; and Ariane Audett, Miss Alaska USA 2016; pose for photos at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the Miss USA Welcome Event on Friday, May 27th. The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Alexandra Vorontsova, Miss Delaware USA 2016, takes part in filming for the upcoming 2016 Miss USA Telecast upon arriving to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 25, 2016. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Matt Petit.
Photo: Kate Redeker, Miss Wisconsin USA 2016, introduces herself during the MISS USA Preliminary Competition at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 1st. The contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
May 23, 2016
UN Secretary-General Speaks at Columbia University Commencement Ceremony
Photo: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, where he urged students to use their passion and compassion to help build a world in which all people enjoy dignity and peace. 18 May 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
May 14, 2016
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016: RED CARPET
Photo: English singer, dancer, and television personality, CHERYL COLE, in her fancy coloured dress which she adorned with exquisite India pink gold opals and white diamonds bracelet, ring and earrings at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 13, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Indian actress, MALLIKA SHERAWAT, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 14, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: BELLA HADID lights up the red carpet in her Roberto Cavalli dress. She paired a de GRISOGONO high jewelry necklace to a refined FLORINDA bracelet at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 11, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: AISHWARYA RAI in her light pink flowery dress which she adorned with exquisite de GRISOGONO pink gold tourmalines and emerald ring (displayed above) at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Brazilian top model, IZABEL GOULART, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Russian top model, NATASHA POLY, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
May 5, 2016
The World's Most Reputable Universities 2016
Photo: Brasenose College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (founded 1509). Image Credit: David Nicholls.
This year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings see Harvard University take the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. The other top four positions are taken up by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.
Launched in 2011, THE World Reputation Rankings offer a definitive list of the world’s most prestigious universities based on their global reputation.
United States has once again dominated the rankings, boasting of 43 institutions amongst the top 100.
US is loosely followed by the UK, which houses 10 universities that made it to the list, along with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
From Asia, there were 17 institutions included in the list, a rise of seven from 10 last year. With Japan’s University of Tokyo standing at the 12th place, China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University were ranked 18th and 21st, respectively.
• India continues to be one of the few nations not to have featured even once in the list.
According to Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, “Reputation is the global currency of higher education”.
World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016
- Harvard University — United States
- Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology — United States
- Stanford University — United States
- University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
- University of Oxford — United Kingdom
- University of California, Berkeley — United States
- Princeton University — United States
- Yale University — United States
- Columbia University — United States
- California Institute of Technology — United States
- University of Chicago — United States
- University of Tokyo — Japan
- University of California, Los Angeles — United States
- University of Michigan — United States
- Imperial College, London — United Kingdom
- University of Pennsylvania — United States
- Cornell University — United States
- Tsinghua University — China
- ETH Zurich — Switzerland
- University College, London — United Kingdom
- Peking University — China
- Johns Hopkins University — United States
- University of Toronto — Canada
- London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
- New York University — United States
- National University of Singapore — Singapore
- Kyoto University — Japan
- Duke University — United States
- University of Washington — United States
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
- Northwestern University — United States
- Carnegie Mellon University — United States
- University of Texas at Austin — United States
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
- University of California, San Diego — United States
- University of British Columbia — Canada
- University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
- McGill University — Canada
- Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
- LMU Munich — Germany
- University of California, San Francisco — United States
- King’s College, London — United Kingdom
- Pennsylvania State University — United States
- University of California, Davis — United States
- University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Seoul National University — South Korea
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland
- University of Manchester — United Kingdom
- University of Melbourne — Australia
- University of Minnesota — United States
- Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
- Heidelberg University — Germany
- Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
- Karolinska Institute — Sweden
- University of Maryland, College Park — United States
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States
- Ohio State University — United States
- Osaka University — Japan
- Purdue University — United States
- Technical University of Munich — Germany
- University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
- Australian National University — Australia
- Ecole Normale Superieure — France
- KU Leuven — Belgium
- Michigan State University — United States
- University of Southern California — United States
- University of Sydney — Australia
- Tohoku University — Japan
- Washington University in St Louis — United States
- Boston University — United States
- Brown University — United States
- University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
- Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Free University of Berlin — Germany
- Fudan University — China
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- University of Pittsburgh — United States
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Texas A&M University — United States
- Indiana University, Bloomington — United States
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
- Leiden University — Netherlands
- London Business School — United Kingdom
- NanyangTechnological University — Singapore
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan
- Pierre and Marie Curie University — France
- RWTH Aachen University — Germany
- Saint Petersburg State University — Russian Federation
- Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- University of Warwick — United Kingdom
- Zhejiang University — China
- Arizona State University — United States
- University of Colorado, Boulder — United States
- Ecole Polytechnique — France
- Insead — France
- Lund University — Sweden
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation
- Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris 1 — France
- University of Sao Paulo — Brazil
- Utrecht University — Netherlands
- Wageningen University and Research Center — Netherlands
April 30, 2016
International Jazz Day: Global Concert 2016 at the White House
Photo: Jazz. Artchipel Orchestra, Torino, Italy. Photo Credit: Torino Jazz Festival 2016, Italy.
Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance.
This year, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert is being broadcast across the United States on April 30th - International Jazz Day - as an ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO.
The 2016 All-Star Global Concert is featuring a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including —
Pianists: Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Pérez and Chucho Valdés;
Trumpeters: Terence Blanchard, Till Bronner, Hugh Masekela and James Morrison;
Vocalists: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting;
Saxophonists: Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson;
Bassists: Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams;
Guitarists: Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour;
Drummers: Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kendrick Scott;
Percussionist: Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain;
Trombone player: Trombone Shorty; and the
Rebirth Brass Band.
Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the city has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On April 30, 2016, Washington, D.C. is joining with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs.
In India, International Jazz Day is being celebrated at Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy, Sector 15, Gurgaon; Mopin Ground, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Park Hotel, Goa; Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai; The Bandra Base, Bandra West, Mumbai; The Piano Man Jazz Club, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi; and many other venues.
April 29, 2016
UN Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he addressed the “Global Colloquium of University Presidents” on the topic “Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies”. 12 April 2016. New Haven, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) with Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, during a ceremony where he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from the University of Cambridge in recognition of his humanitarian work, support for women’s rights, and achievements in pursuit of global peace and security. 03 February 2016. Cambridge, United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
28 April 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.
The new appointees, who will take office as of 3 May, replace the outgoing 2010-2016 cohort of UNU Council members and will serve for terms of either three or six years.
The main functions of the Council are to formulate the principles and policies of the UNU, govern its operations, and consider and approve its biennial budget and work programme.
Appointed members of the UNU Council serve in their individual capacity - not as representatives of their country’s Government - and are selected with the aim of achieving a geographic and gender balance, with due regard for major academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends, as well as each member’s fields of expertise.
The new members of the UNU Council are:
- Ernest Aryeetey (Ghana), Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
- Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Brazil), Scientific Director, Sao Paulo Research Foundation, and Professor, Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas
- Simon Chesterman (Australia), Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
- Elizabeth Cousens (USA), Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
- Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and lecturer at Harvard and MIT
- Angela Kane (Germany), Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and Professor, SciencesPo, Paris
- Segenet Kelemu (Ethiopia), Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
- Bassma Kodmani (Syria), Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative
- Radha Kumar (India), Director General, Delhi Policy Group
- Irena Lipowicz (Poland), Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (Warsaw)
- Tsuneo Nishida (Japan), Director, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University, and Director, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd.
- Lan Xue (China), Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, and Director, China Institute for S&T Policy
“Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”
“The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”
“Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
— JOHN RUSKIN.
April 25, 2016
Coke Debuts One-Brand Packaging: Red Disc Features Prominently on All Trademark Coca-Cola Products in Mexico
Coke’s new “One-Brand” marketing strategy is officially making its way to store shelves and beverage coolers, starting in Mexico.
Executives unveiled a series of new graphics, which put a contemporary spin on a classic icon by prominently featuring the Coca-Cola Red Disc on bottles and cans of all four Trademark Coke brands - Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Life - tonight at an event in Mexico City.
“Packaging is our most visible and valuable asset,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto, who presented the new packaging within the context of the “One-Brand” strategy and supporting “Taste the Feeling” creative campaign. “By applying the Coca-Cola Red Disc to our packaging in such a bold way, we are taking the next step towards full adoption of the ‘One-Brand’ strategy, uniting the Coca-Cola family under one visual identity and making it even easier for consumers to choose their Coca-Cola with or without calories, with or without caffeine.”
The new designs will help consumers make informed choices, de Quinto explained, by identifying each Coca-Cola product with its signature color - black for Coke Zero, silver for Coca-Cola Light/Diet Coke and green for Coca-Cola Life - and including the product’s unique name and benefits.
The new packaging will be available in Mexico the first week of May. Like the staggered rollout of the “Taste the Feeling” campaign, similar versions of the Red Disc graphics will reach additional countries throughout 2016 and into 2017.
In North America, however, Coca-Cola will not make any changes to packaging this year due to an already packed marketing and promotional calendar.
April 24, 2016
OMEGA’S MASTER CHRONOMETER REVOLUTION CONTINUES AT BASELWORLD 2016
Photo: OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.
Photo: OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm Auto on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.
April 22, 2016
United Nations Headquarters: Signing Ceremony for Agreement on Climate Change
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April at the United Nations. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of State and Heads of Government.
Mr. Ban poses for a group photo with three of the speakers who addressed the opening segment of the signature ceremony. From left: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (from Chad), civil society representative; UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio; Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and youth representative and climate advocate with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly at the opening of today’s signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of States and Heads of Governments, setting a new record for countries signing an international agreement on a single day. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, with grand-daughter in tow, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
April 13, 2016
United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General
Photo: Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly, briefs journalists on the selection process for the next Secretary-General of the UN. The Assembly is holding informal dialogues with eight candidates for the position on 12-14 April. 12 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: A cross-section view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN General Assembly, as Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), current Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), delivers her presentation to Member States regarding her candidacy for the Next UN Secretary-General. The UN General Assembly is holding informal dialogues on 12-14 April with the eight candidates for the position of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 12 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
United Nations, New York, 12 April 2016: Kicking off what he has called a “new and transparent process,” UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General.
“We are sailing into uncharted waters here,” said Mr. Lykketoft addressing the press ahead of the start of the informal dialogues.
Calling the process a “potential game-changing exercise,” he said the informal briefings were part of a “very transparent, very interesting discussion about the future of the United Nations.”
Over the course of the next three days, the official candidates - currently eight of them - will answer questions related to promoting sustainable development, how to improve efforts to create peace, how to protect human rights, how to deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes, and how to resolve challenges defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the end of the process, Mr. Lykketoft said, expressing his personal view, one single candidate could emerge, making it difficult for the Security Council - which is tasked with making the official selection, as stated in the UN Charter - to choose another candidate.
Defining some of the qualities in who would be the “best person” for the job, Mr. Lykketoft stressed independence, strong moral authority, great political and diplomatic skills, and some experience in being at the head of a huge administration.
As part of the informal dialogues, each candidate will have a televised and webcast two-hour timeslot, starting with a short oral presentation. Representatives from Member States will then ask questions, followed by the President of the General Assembly, who will ask a few of the more than 1,000 questions submitted by the general public on social media under the hashtag #UNSGcandidates.
Opening the dialogues, Mr. Lykketoft underscored that as the UN grapples with multiple crises and deals with “fundamental questions regarding its own role and performance,” finding the best candidate to succeed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “absolutely crucial.”
“Much of what we are embarking on today is without precedent at the UN,” he stressed.
“The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”
— Proverbs of Solomon 25:3.
“The earth has a limit,
The mountains, the sea;
The deep thoughts of kings are
— The Panchatantra.
April 8, 2016
New York Times International Luxury Conference explores Current Trends in the Luxury Industry
Photo: Signage at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: President of The New York Times Company, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, speaks on stage during the Welcome Remarks at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member, Global Brands, Adidas Group, speaks during the Strategic Sustainability conference at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Dasha Zhukova, Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, attends the “Stepping into the Culture Gap” conference at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Director of Dance at The Paris Opera, Benjamin Millepied, attends The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 6, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development, Facebook and Instagram, attends The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 6, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for the The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Innovators and leaders from across the luxury industry and beyond joined New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman and NYT journalists at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles, France on April 5-6, 2016.
Entitled “Luxury Beyond Product”, the fifteenth edition of this invitation-only event explored the dramatic ways the luxury industry is changing in its quest for the hearts and minds of consumers around the world.
April 4, 2016
India's Union Human Resource Development Ministry Ranks Universities of India for the First Time
Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, addressing the gathering at the release of the India Ranking Report 2016, in New Delhi, on April 04, 2016. India Rankings 2016 is a first-of-its-kind indigenous survey of India’s higher educational institutions commissioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, releasing the India Rankings 2016, at a function, in New Delhi, on April 04, 2016. India Rankings 2016 is a first-of-its-kind indigenous survey of India’s higher educational institutions commissioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Indian Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, released the India Rankings 2016 and dedicated India’s first ranking to the nation in New Delhi today. While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make. The Ministry of HRD, she said, has been able to spearhead many a changes in the field of education sector and slowly and steadily the steps taken by the Ministry are bearing fruits.
The Minister said this kind of ranking would empower citizens as it would endow them with the power as to how they observe the institutions to be. Some 60000 observers gave their views about how our present institutions are. She added that these rankings would also help in reaching benchmark of international excellence. The rankings will also help students make informed choices about the institutions they want to join. The Minister added that to ensure a third party validation of the data that we have received and analyzed, the agency like Elsevier was engaged.
India Rankings 2016 is the country’s first exercise to rank the higher educational institutions in the country based on objective, identifiable parameters. This follows the launch of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th September, 2015.
The rankings are arrived at after detailed analysis and validation of the data submitted by more than 3,600 higher educational institutions in the country classified in 6 categories. These ranking follow an Indian approach, where academic institute will be assessed on parameters, including teaching-learning; research; collaborative practice and professional performance; graduate outcomes; placements; outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these has been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institution.
The rankings are a step towards bringing the Indian institutes on a global platform.
Top Ten Institutions
- Indian Institute of Science Banglore
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai,
- Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
- University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
- Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam.
- University of Delhi, Delhi.
- Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh
- Indian Institute of Space Science And Technology, Kerala.
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan
- Aligarh Muslim University