May 31, 2010
Everybody's Business: Strengthening International Cooperation in a More Interdependent World
The World Economic Forum today issued one of the most extensive sets of proposals to strengthen international cooperation and governance ever assembled.
• The product of a year-long dialogue and group of task forces involving over 1,500 academic, business, governmental and civil society experts and decision-makers from around the world, the Forum's Global Redesign Initiative report contains 58 specific proposals and nine thematic essays by some of the international community's leading authorities on international economic, environmental and security cooperation.
Entitled Everybody's Business: Strengthening International Cooperation in a More Interdependent World, the Forum's report warns that serious global risks and challenges are accumulating in many areas, and international institutions and arrangements are often ill-equipped to provide a proactive response.
Photo: Brian T. Moynihan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America, USA, captured during the session 'Redesigning Capital Markets' at the Congress Centre of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Michael Wuertenberg).
Photo: Geoff Cutmore (Anchor, CNBC, United Kingdom) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah).
Photo: William H. Gates III, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA, smiles during the 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge' in the Congress Centre of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Sebastian Derungs).
Reminding the international community that in the midst of the financial crisis in late 2008 and early 2009 it "was seized with the transformational nature of our times," the report calls on it to "hold on to that moment of possibility, consolidate its considerable accomplishment in containing the crisis and renew its earlier commitment to renovate the international system."
Drawing a parallel to the 1944 Dumbarton Oaks and Bretton Woods conferences that designed much of the post-war international security and economic architecture over a year before World War II ended, the report concludes that the time has come for governments, companies and other civil society institutions to "rise above their immediate, parochial interests and consider more seriously their long-term stake in a properly structured and resourced global cooperation system for the 21st century."
Writing in the report's overview chapter, Forum Managing Director Richard Samans, Executive Chairman and Founder Klaus Schwab and Vice-Chairman Lord Malloch-Brown conclude: "Even as governments develop their exit strategies from fiscal and monetary stimulus measures applied during the crisis, they should engage in an effort to absorb the larger meaning of the changes that have transformed the international community during the past generation and rendered much of its cooperative architecture not fully fit for purpose."
The Forum report proposes a "blueprint for renovating international cooperation in an era of increasingly complex interdependence, rendering it both more effective and legitimate" based on the many proposals that have emerged from the Global Redesign process.
In particular, it proposes a more results-oriented "multidimensional" approach to international governance and cooperation. Arguing that the international community's increasing interconnectedness and interdependence creates new modes and means of accelerating progress on many global challenges, it demonstrates how pragmatic strategies that take advantage of these additional tools and capacities can be combined to achieve breakthroughs on such issues as climate change, fisheries depletion, unemployment and poverty, public health, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and educational access and illiteracy, even when new multilateral agreements appear to be diplomatically beyond reach.
Photo: Montek S. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India, speaks during the session 'Rethinking Government Assistance' in the Congress Centre of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Remy Steinegger).
Photo: Lawrence H. Summers, Director, National Economic Council (NEC), Executive Office of the President, USA, is captured during the session 'The US Economic Outlook' at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Monika Flueckiger).
The report calls for the "state-based core of the international system to be adapted to our more complex, bottom-up world in which non-governmental actors have become a more significant force." To this end, it urges governments and international organizations to conceive of themselves more explicitly as constituting part of "a much wider global cooperation system that has the potential to overcome the limitations of scale, information and coherence from which they currently suffer by anchoring the preparation and implementation of their decisions more deeply in processes of interaction with interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder networks of relevant experts and actors."
In parallel, the report calls for a stronger sense of ownership and responsibility - a shift in values - on the part of these non-governmental institutions and their leaders regarding the underlying health of the international system.
• Criticizing the "severe price the international community has paid for its complacency about systemic financial and macro-economic risks that were well publicized but nevertheless allowed to accumulate for too long," it calls on "those who educate and select business, scientific, academic, religious, media as well as political leaders - particularly graduate education programs and boards of directors and human resources departments - to redesign their curricula and senior talent development and promotion policies to reflect that they are cultivating not only leaders of functional organizations but also stewards of the international system and the contribution of their professional disciplines thereto."
In addition to making proposals to strengthen international cooperative structures on problems as diverse as financial stability, international trade, water scarcity, prevention of mass atrocities, Internet security, malnutrition, energy security and many others, the report of the Global Redesign Initiative includes a number of broader proposals for the international community. For example, it:
• Urges the Group of 20 Leaders' process to clarify soon its ongoing purpose and relationship with the United Nations and specialized international organizations, making a number of specific proposals in this regard. In addition, it challenges these leaders to reach a package deal on the currently deadlocked UN climate, WTO trade, Millennium Development Goal funding, IMF and World Bank reform, and global macro-economic rebalancing negotiations, arguing that this kind of systemic leap forward in international cooperation would yield large net benefits for developing, emerging and advanced countries alike and could only be brokered by G20 leaders.
Photo: Peter Westaway (Chief European Economist, Nomura International Plc, United Kingdom) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah).
Photo: H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Global Agenda Council on Education Systems captured during the session 'Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century' at the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010. (© World Economic Forum. Photo by Michael Wuertenberg).
The proposals were developed by the Forum's Global Agenda Councils of leading experts and decision-makers from academia, business, civil society, international organizations and government as well as its Industry Partner communities and Young Global Leader Task Forces.
The proposals were reviewed by the following distinguished rapporteurs, who have written nine thematic summary chapters that set them in broader context and provide additional proposals:
1. Creating a Values Framework - John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University, USA.
2. Building Sustained Economic Growth - Robert Z. Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of Trade and Investment, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
3. Strengthening the International Monetary and Financial System - David Daokui Li, Director and Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics, Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE), Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China; and Suzanne Nora Johnson, Trustee, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA.
4. Creating Employment, Eradicating Poverty and Improving Social Welfare - John McArthur, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Promise, USA; and Dennis J. Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany.
5. Managing and Mitigating Global Risks - Ian Goldin, Director, James Martin 21st Century School, and Professorial Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
6. Ensuring Health for All - Peter Piot, Professor and Director, Institute of Global Health, Imperial College London, United Kingdom; David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health, USA; and Peter C. Smith, Professor, Health Policy, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
7. Enhancing Global Security - Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Moscow Center, Russian Federation; and Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Senior Non-resident Fellow, Brookings Institution, USA.
8. Ensuring Sustainability - Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives, India; and Caio Koch-Weser, Vice-Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group, Deutsche Bank, United Kingdom.
9. Building Effective Institutions in an Empowered Society - Ngaire Woods, Professor of International Political Economy, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
"If we do not want to be caught in a continuous vicious cycle of crisis fighting, we have to analyze the fundamental forces changing our world and formulate policies which take into account the manifold structural changes in geopolitics and geo-economics," said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
• Global Redesign Initiative Report: GET IT HERE
Source: World Economic Forum
"Commendable work though. The report is wanting.
It fails to recognize that its objectives cannot be met without the full-scale involvement of the Principal Catalyst -- The Mainstream Media.
Let the World Economic Forum set up a "Global Agenda Council" on "The Role and the Responsibility of the Media", obtain that council's proposals, and add them to the report.
Is "The Role and the Responsibility of the Media" not crucial, Professor Schwab?"
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May 28, 2010
Tackling City Challenges: IBM Unveils New 'Serious Game'
Photo: Elbphilharmonie -- Hamburg's New Landmark: During a Roofing ceremony on May 28 & 29, the northern German metropolis Hamburg presents with the "Elbphilharmonie" its new concert house to the public. More than 5,000 guests gain an insight into the making of this unique concert house. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, this magnificent building is to become Hamburg's new landmark. (Foto © Hamburg Marketing GmbH).
IBM has announced CityOne, a new "serious game" that can help customers, business partners and students discover how to make cities and their industries smarter by solving real-world business, environmental and logistical problems.
Based on decades of experience in solving business challenges in creative ways, IBM "serious" games are designed to train the workforce of tomorrow.
With an estimated one million people around the world moving into cities each week, experts predict population in the world's cities will double by 2050. Today cities consume an estimated 75 percent of the world's energy, emit more than 80 percent of greenhouse gases, and lose as much as 20 percent of their water supply due to infrastructure leaks. As their urban populations continue to grow and these metrics increase, civic leaders will face an unprecedented series of challenges as they modify their infrastructures to meet these challenges.
• In order for urban centers to sustain growth and play a positive and central role in the global economy, cities must grow smart.
With CityOne, IBM is providing a virtual environment that will help tomorrow's leaders learn how to apply advances in technology and better understand how these systems work.
• According to IBM, CityOne will be a no charge, "sim-style" game in which the player is tasked with guiding the city through a series of missions that include the Energy, Water, Banking and Retail industries.
For example, one mission involves a city where water usage has increased at twice the rate of population growth, supplies are becoming strained (and possibly polluted); the municipality is losing as much as 40 percent of its water supply through leaky infrastructure; and energy costs are steadily increasing. To complete this mission, the player would be challenged to institute a Water Management System that would include accurate real time data to make decisions on delivering the highest water quality in the most economical way.
Players who promote a more customer-centric business model to the banks represented in their city will discover how mobile payments, dynamic invoicing, and micro-lending can impact business goals. In all of the missions represented in the game, the player will need to determine the best way to invest to meet the financial, environmental and sociological goals of the city's industries while balancing their budgets and the needs of the citizenry. In parallel, players will learn how the components of service reuse, process management, cloud and collaborative technologies make business models more agile.
"Serious games allow professionals to inherently comprehend system interactions, and accurately model the potential business outcomes that can result, in a way that no other medium can do," said Nancy Pearson of IBM. "CityOne will simulate the challenges faced in a variety of industries so that businesses can explore a variety of solutions and explore the business impact before committing resources."
"Running a metropolis is different from but as tough, as vital, and as honorable as running a country."
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May 24, 2010
NASCAR Sprint Cup 2010
Photo: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, drives ahead of Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, and a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot / Old Spice Chevrolet, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 19, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, races Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Home Depot Toyota, and Michael Waltrip, driver of the #55 Aaron's 55th Anniversary Toyota, side by side ahead of Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #77 Penske Truck Rental/AAA Dodge, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25, 2010 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Z-Line Designs / Operations Helmet Toyota, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Darlington Raceway on May 7, 2010 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Combos Toyota, takes a celebratory bow after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, signs autographs after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway on May 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 US Census Ford, races Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Scotts Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, 2010 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, and Joey Logano, driver of the #20 GameStop Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20, 2010 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: A young fan and her father watch on during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Grand Opening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 11, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR Hall of Fame. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Kyle Busch drives the #18 Toyota Tundra Toyota ahead of Elliott Sadler, driver of the 2 Insignia TV/Best Buy Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR. © 2010 Getty Images)
• The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport - holding 17 of the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the USA. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages.
• NASCAR fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more large corporations participate in NASCAR than in any other sport.
May 22, 2010
SOS LINK Signs Blackboard Content Network Agreement and Launches CAMPUS SOS LINK
• Delivering Automated Enhanced Physical Security Alerts, From Students to Their Helpers or Security Personnel.
SOS LINK(TM) announces it has signed on with Blackboard Inc. as a Content Network Provider. For this agreement, Campus SOS LINK(TM) has been custom designed and launches today adding to the physical safety and security needs of millions of students within global Blackboard communities.
Photo: New "City of Learning" Campus. Print Courtesy of American University in Cairo.
Campus is a software application that runs on selected smartphones. It is now available for download on Apple iTunes for iPhone and Blackberry App World for selected models. Campus retails for $14.99/year per person for a one year membership. The agreement between SOS LINK and Blackboard further results in students being able to access Campus from their Tools menu after they sign in to their Blackboard operated educational facility website.
Using SOS LINK's patented process, students can quickly and automatically issue alerts to their chosen friends, family members or security personnel, who may receive them in as little as 15 seconds.
These alerts include: numerous emailed photos of what the student sees, along with their GPS location, as well as a follow up phone call and text message that is sent to up to four chosen helpers. End-to-end encryption enhances the potential of using these photos as legal evidence, resulting in a new deterrent for perpetrators.
"There is published government research and many news stories documenting the tens of thousands of reported threats, stalking, assaults and other crimes on campus facilities annually," said Chris Rush, Vice President of SOS LINK. "Smartphones are in widespread use and are usually readily at hand. They are a natural device to use for issuing an alert, notifying those that care about you, and capturing valuable evidence. We believe Campus will contribute significantly to crime prevention. After all, no one wants to get caught in the act."
Campus SOS LINK runs on many smartphones and provides an added layer of security to students when they are commuting, walking between classes, exercising, or traveling - wherever wireless coverage is in place.
SOS LINK provides personal portable security and develops innovative patent-based software solutions for smartphones and other smart-wireless devices that take advantage of their portability and increasing global use.
Source: SOS LINK
May 21, 2010
JEEP: GRAND CHEROKEE 2011
Chrysler Group LLC today released images of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
"Offering timeless design and innovative engineering, the all-new Grand Cherokee redefines the SUV industry, delivering true duality: ultimate Jeep off-road capability and on-road refinement for a premium driving experience," said the company. "Capability highlights include a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain™ systems and towing capability of 7,400 lbs. On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of new independent front and rear suspension systems and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness."
Completely reengineered and redesigned for 2011, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.
May 19, 2010
International Trade: The Global Enabling Trade Report 2010
• Singapore and Hong Kong are the most open economies to international trade in 2010.
• Vietnam gains 18 positions among 125 countries in The Global Enabling Trade Report 2010.
• Turkey, India and Russia drop in the rankings.
Photo: Victorial Harbour, Hong Kong.
East Asian economies - Singapore and Hong Kong SAR - continue to occupy the top two positions in the Enabling Trade Index ranking, followed by Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, according to The Global Enabling Trade Report 2010, released today by the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
New Zealand moves by five ranks to 5th place. Norway, Canada, Luxembourg and the Netherlands complete the top-10 list. Iceland enters the ranking for the first time at 11th position, and Finland drops out of the top 10 to 12th place.
Among the large economies, Germany is the best performer at 13th, ahead of the United States, which drops by three places to 19th. China (48th) and Brazil (87th) remain stable, while Turkey (62nd), India (84th) and Russia (114th) drop in the ranking.
The results mirror the resilience against the threat of protectionism during the economic crisis. International agreements such the WTO framework and pledges by the G20 have contributed to limiting the effect of protectionist pressures on trade barriers. Despite fears of rising protectionism, the report confirms that a large majority of countries did not raise trade barriers.
"Just as trade was a key force spreading the growth slowdown internationally, so can trade be an important driver in diffusing the benefits of recovery across the globe. When individual countries enable trade, they provide benefits not only to themselves but also to other nations with which they trade. Improved market access, more efficient customs, and better infrastructure and business environments offer enhanced opportunities for both importers and exporters. Thus, granting Aid for Trade to help nations implement such measures reflects enlightened self-interest, because it enhances welfare in recipient countries and their trading partners," said Robert Z. Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of Trade and Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA. Professor Lawrence is also academic adviser and co-editor of the report.
• Published for the third year in a row and covering 125 economies worldwide, the report presents a resource for dialogue and provides a yardstick of the extent to which economies have in place the necessary attributes for enabling trade and where improvements are most needed.
Source: The World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.
May 17, 2010
Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks Animation's 'Shrek Forever After'
Photo: Actors Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers arrive at the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" at Gibson Amphitheatre on May 16, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) © 2010 Getty Images.
[Shrek was a 2001 American animated comedy film. Based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, the film was produced by DreamWorks Animation. Shrek was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2001.
The film stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre (a giant or monster in legends and fairy tales) named Shrek. Shrek also features Cameron Diaz as the beautiful but very down-to-earth and feisty Princess Fiona and Eddie Murphy as a talkative donkey named Donkey. The same actors appear in the same roles in the movie Shrek Forever After]
Photo: Actress Cheryl Hines (R) arrives at the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" at Gibson Amphitheatre on May 16, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) © 2010 Getty Images.
The Story of the New Film -- Shrek Forever After:
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
Shrek Forever After opens in theaters on May 21, 2010.
• DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment meant for audiences around the world. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D.
Source: Paramount Pictures Corporation
May 15, 2010
Fashion at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, France
Photo: All that Shines. Guests at L'Atelier Renault. French Car Maker Renault, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival for 27 years, is marking its commitment to one of the world's most important cinema festivals. L'Atelier Renault is taking up residence in Cannes at the Majestic 63 beach. Photo © 2010 Renault.
Photos: Elsa Pataky is wearing Montblanc Bouquet Necklace and Eclat Earrings at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. Photos © 2010 Montblanc.
Photo: Actress Fan Bing Bin wearing Cartier jewelry attends the "Robin Hood" Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images. © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Actress Aishwarya Rai with Swarovski "Mybag", a clutch in Crystal Mesh. "Mybag" features over 700 crystals to give it an incomparable shine.
Photo: Eva Longoria Parker attends the "Robin Hood" Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. Eva Longoria is wearing de Grisogono jewelry. (Photo © 2010 Getty Images)
Photo: Aishwarya Rai on the Martinez Terrace -- Actress Aishwarya Rai wearing an Emilio Pucci dress on the Martinez Terrace during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage. © 2010 Venturelli)
Photo: Actress Fan Bing Bin at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival: May 13, 2010 - 'On Tour' Premiere. As it does every year, Renault is providing more than 100 vehicles to escort stars to the red carpet. (Photo by Stephane Kossmann).
May 14, 2010
2010 QS Asian University Rankings Reveal Top-Class Institutions Throughout Region
University of Hong Kong Tops Table Ahead of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and National University of Singapore.
• QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the research and information specialists behind the QS World University Rankings™, have launched the new research round for the 2010 rankings, in association with partners including US News & World Report and Scopus, the Elsevier database that supplies bibliometric data.
Meanwhile, the excellence of Asia's universities is showcased in the 2010 QS Asian University Rankings, published today. With 11 countries represented in the top 200, highlights of the research include the continued dominance of Japan's universities and the success of Hong Kong's increasingly internationalized institutions, which take three out of the top four places.
Japanese universities occupy five of the top ten places in this year's table. Government-led investment, most recently through the 'Global 30' program, has helped drive up standards by attracting high-quality international students and staff.
Despite scoring highly in the academic and employer surveys, China's top universities, led by The University of Peking (12) and Tsinghua University (16), are again out-performed by their Hong Kong counterparts. Hong Kong's more international university culture is reflected in the international student and faculty measures, for which four of them achieve the maximum score.
Photo: University of Mumbai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India. The University of Mumbai (earlier known as University of Bombay) was established in 1857.
Strength in academic peer recognition helped 15 South Korean universities and seven Indian Institutes of Technology appear in the Asian top 100.
QS Managing Director, Nunzio Quacquarelli says, "The delivery of high-quality research, excellent employer networks and world-class facilities mean many of these top 200 Asian universities are playing an increasingly important role within the global knowledge economy."
Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd.
May 12, 2010
CARE's 2010 Conference
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the importance of empowering women and girls to nearly 1,000 CARE advocates at CARE's Conference in Washington, D.C., May 11, 2010. CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations.
May 10, 2010
"We will do anything to defend the Euro"
• If Europe wants a monetary union, it must promote an economic union.
• Europe cannot afford its social model without economic growth and increased competitiveness.
Photo: Participants captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
Photo: Annette Court (Member of the group Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer, Europe General Insurance Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
Photo: José Manuel Barroso (President, European Commission, Brussels) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
• The World Economic Forum on Europe opened today (May 10, 2010) in Brussels, Belgium. Over 400 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 40 countries are participating. The meeting is being held from 10 to 11 May under the theme Renewed Leadership, New Vision.
In less than 48 hours, Europe took "a historic decision" to provide an unprecedented rescue package in an effort to combat the debt crisis that has swept across Europe and threatened markets globally.
"We have stated that we will do anything to defend the euro. We completed an agreement to respond in a coordinated, fast and effective manner to any difficulties in Member States. Any attempt to weaken the stability of the euro will fail," said José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, Brussels, at the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum on Europe.
Photo: Francine Lacqua (Anchor and Business Reporter, Bloomberg TV, United Kingdom) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
After a meeting in Brussels lasting more than 11 hours, the Economic and Finance Council, comprising the EU's economic and finance ministers, reached an agreement in the early hours of Monday morning on a loan package of more than 720 billion euros over three years to defend the euro and to cover the needs of European Member States that, according to Barroso, are "living beyond their means". Stock markets, which fell to near three-month lows last week over rising concerns about debt contagion from Greece, rallied on Monday in response to the substantial emergency loan package from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.
Referring to the bailout package as a "consolidation pact" for the eurozone, Barroso pledged to broaden surveillance of the EU's economic imbalances, reinforce competitiveness and push for a permanent mechanism to deal with economic crises. "If there is one lesson we have learned from this crisis, it is this: if you want a monetary union, you need to promote an economic union. This means reinforced economic governance and respect of all obligations Member States have under the Stability and Growth Pact."
Photo: Chander P. Gurnani (Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Satyam, India) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
Photo: Jeffrey Joerres (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manpower Inc., USA) captured at the World Economic Forum on Europe held in Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2010. © World Economic Forum. Photo by Youssef Meftah.
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, praised European leaders for their "great act of European solidarity" and noted that this historical moment represents a "critical juncture" for the future of Europe.
Source: World Economic Forum
May 9, 2010
KODAK Introduces New Consumer Digital Photography Products
Eastman Kodak Company has introduced new consumer digital photography products.
"We believe that the real 'KODAK Moment' happens when you share," said Betty Noonan, Director and Vice President, Business to Consumer Marketing, Kodak. "The simple act of sharing a picture can spark an emotion, encourage a smile, ignite a laugh or even elicit a tear. We put this important element at the forefront of our product designs to help people connect with one another, relive special memories and enrich their lives."
Photo: KODAK SLICE Touchscreen Camera Lets You Share and Relive Moments Instantly.
The KODAK SLICE Touchscreen Camera lets consumers carry a personal photo album worth sharing and reliving at all times. With a sleek and intuitive 3.5-inch touchscreen, and the KODAK SLICE Search Feature, consumers can find the pictures they want from up to 5,000 that can be stored on internal memory. Then, they can easily share those pictures right from the back of the camera.
"Kodak knows that consumers want the ability to share life's memories at a moment's notice, whether it's pictures that evoke a tear or just the funny everyday moments," said John Blake, General Manager, Digital Capture and Devices and Vice President, Kodak. "The power of sharing and reliving life's moments drove the development of our new SLICE Camera. It provides instant access to all of your KODAK Moments, and it's right at your fingertips."
Photo: The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera is specifically designed for consumers with active lifestyles, allowing them to capture full 1080p HD video with the touch of a button.
The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera is waterproof up to 10 feet and features built-in software and USB cable output so users can edit and easily share with family and friends through sites such as YouTube and Facebook. The KODAK PLAYSPORT also features electronic image stabilization and KODAK Imaging Science for sharper videos with vibrant colors and less blur.
The KODAK EASYSHARE M Digital Camera line makes it simpler for consumers to share their pictures with one touch of the Share Button. The cameras include Kodak's new Face Recognition feature so consumers can find the pictures they want, and Smart Capture feature so they can take the perfect shot in a variety of lighting conditions without worrying about camera settings. KODAK EASYSHARE M Digital Cameras come in a sleek and compact design, and are available in a variety of stylish colors.
KODAK EASYSHARE M530:
Photo: KODAK EASYSHARE M530 Digital Camera features 12MP, 3X Optical Zoom Lens, 2.7-inch bright LCD with KODAK Color Science technology, and more.
KODAK EASYSHARE M580:
Photo: KODAK EASYSHARE M580 Digital Camera features 14MP, 8X SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Wide Angle Lens, 3-inch Bright LCD with KODAK Color Science technology, HD video capture, built-in HDMI connector, and more.
KODAK EASYSHARE Z981:
Photo: The new KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 Digital Camera is where creativity and versatility come together. It zooms in faster, wider, and closer than ever, giving you sharp, steady shots.
Source: Eastman Kodak Company
May 7, 2010
Daiichi Sankyo and Students 2 Science Help Students Learn Through Hands-On Experience
Innovative Program Encourages Local Students to Excel in Science.
Photo: Newark Science Park High School students work in a lab alongside a science mentor, Matt Wong, to conduct a series of scientific experiments. Thirty students participated in a day of hands-on learning during Students 2 Science "Supercharged Science" program, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Company Daiichi Sankyo.
Students 2 Science, Inc. (S2S) hosted students from Newark Science Park High School for a day of hands-on science as part of its year-long "Supercharged Science" program. During the 'day of science,' students worked in a lab alongside mentor volunteers to conduct a series of scientific experiments, including:
• "Copper Electroplating," where students plated an iron nail with copper using electrolysis and compared results against theory;
• "Name that Salt," where students identified six different types of salt using visible spectroscopic flame test;
• "Sulfur identification," where students identified sulfur using an igniter; and a titration in the presence of a color indicator;
• "Molecular Structure identification," where students identified various sweeteners using infrared spectroscopy.
According to S2S, these experiments and curriculum taught students the fundamental principles of chemistry and also tapped into problem solving skills.
The "Supercharged Science" program is one of many integrated full-year science education programs offered by S2S that provides students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional scientists to perform hands-on experiments using sophisticated laboratory instrumentation.
"At a time when our school systems are facing significant resource challenges, we are excited that socially responsible companies such as Daiichi Sankyo are focusing philanthropic initiatives around science education," said Paul A. Winslow, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Students 2 Science. "Their commitment underscores the importance of fostering science education among middle and high school students. When students are intrigued by a new idea, they are compelled to discover more. We believe this is an essential component that leads to creativity and a heightened state of exploration and excitement."
• Students 2 Science, Inc. is a New Jersey, USA, non-profit corporation inspiring, motivating, and educating students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). While Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of global pharmaceutical innovator Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
• Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd., Japan, has subsidiaries in the USA, England, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Brazil, and Venezuela. Recently, Ranbaxy Laboratories, India's largest pharmaceutical company, became a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo.
Source: Daiichi Sankyo
May 6, 2010
Connect. Create. Entertain. Nokia Introduces New Smartphone -- N8
Nokia N8, Nokia's latest smartphone, intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs.
The Nokia N8 has a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an built-in editing suite.
People can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. Further, Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic.
Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. For example, people can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single application directly on the home screen.
Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.
• Nokia N8 would be available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010.
Source: Nokia Headquarters, Finland
May 1, 2010
Newest COVERGIRL: Taylor Swift
Photo: Taylor Swift strikes a pose on the set of her very first COVERGIRL print advertisement. (Procter & Gamble)
Taylor Swift, singer-songwriter and GRAMMY award-winner, has just finished shooting her first advertisements for the beauty giant P&G, and will represent a new line of luxury products for the brand COVERGIRL.
"With millions of fans worldwide, Swift has achieved remarkable success since first entering the country music scene in 2006," the company notes. "To date she has sold more than thirteen million albums and is the top-selling digital artist in music history. This year, her album FEARLESS won the GRAMMY Award for Album of the year."
"With her fresh beauty and authentic style, Taylor is a wonderful addition to the COVERGIRL family," said Vince Hudson, General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. "Through all her success, Taylor remains a grounded and sincere woman who connects with fans everywhere just by being true to who she is. She personifies the iconic image of the brand while representing the next generation of both inner and outer beauty."
Photo: Actress Dania Ramirez became the new face of COVERGIRL cosmetics in August 2009.
Photo: COVERGIRL Ana De La Reguera.
Photo: COVERGIRL Jaslene Gonzalez.
• P&G is one of the world's largest beauty and grooming companies with more than 100 brands available in nearly 130 countries. Since its introduction in 1961, the COVERGIRL brand has been "celebrating women's inner and outer beauty, and their drive to look and be their best selves".
Source: Procter & Gamble