June 29, 2015
Special Event to Mark 70th Anniversary of Signing of United Nations Charter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Picture of a copy of the “Charter of the United Nations”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
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.
“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.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
June 27, 2015
Times Higher Education's World Academic Summit to be held in Melbourne
Photo: Clock at University of Melbourne Campus. Picture Credit & copyright © Cobi Smith.
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.”
June 22, 2015
de GRISOGONO presents NEW RETRO Mens Watch
Photos: de GRISOGONO’s NEW RETRO Mens Watch. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
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.
“Whether your time calls you to live or die, do both like a prince.”
— Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia.
June 21, 2015
UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga
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.
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.
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.
“Calming the mind of its oscillations is the essence of yoga.”
— Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga Sutras.
June 19, 2015
Safe City Market Revenue Worth $226 Billion by 2020, Says Report
Photo: Cities are Reaching their Limit Infographic (Credit: IBM).
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.
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.
June 15, 2015
Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Presents the New DolceVita Collection
Photos: Chantilly, France, June 13, 2015 — Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, presents the new DolceVita collection during a Garden Party in the gardens of the Chantilly Castle in France. Images provided by and copyright © Longines.
June 13, 2015
Signature Panel for Campaign to End Modern Slavery
Photo: A young visitor to the Palais des Nations in Geneva adds her name to a symbolic signature panel in support of the “50 for Freedom” campaign to end modern slavery. The campaign, which was officially launched today, aims at promoting ratification and implementation of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Protocol on Forced Labour, with the first 50 Member States ratifying it by 2018. The Protocol was adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2014 and calls on governments to adopt stronger measures to prevent all forms of forced labour, of human trafficking, and of modern slavery, affecting about 21 million men, women and children in the world at present. June 12, 2015. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.
Photo: A visitor to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, signs her name on the “50 for Freedom” panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).
Photo: Visitors to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, sign their names on the “50 for Freedom” panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).
Photo: Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, was the first to sign the ‘50 for Freedom’ panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).
Photo: Mr Francois Hollande, President of France, signs the “50 for Freedom” Panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities.
“Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.”
— Plato, The Republic.
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
— Albert Einstein.
June 10, 2015
Progress for Chinese Universities in QS University Rankings: Asia 2015
Photo: On the day before the entrance exam. The University of Tokyo, Japan. Image Credit: Yasuhiro HATA.
The QS University Rankings: Asia 2015, released today, reveals strong progress for leading universities in China. The nation accounts for a quarter of Asia’s top 100 universities, and of these 25 leading Chinese universities, 16 have this year improved their positions in the ranking.
These gains have largely been driven by improvements in research productivity, reflecting sustained high levels of public and private investment, though this has yet to fully translate into comparably high levels of research impact, assessed by calculating citations per paper.
China’s highest-ranked institution, Peking University, climbs one place this year to reach 7th place. It’s closely followed by Tsinghua University, which has gained three positions to rank 11th.
Meanwhile the National University of Singapore (NUS) retains the overall top spot in the ranking, with fellow Singapore institution Nanyang Technological University (NTU) climbing from 7th to 4th. Hong Kong and South Korea also retain a strong presence among Asia’s higher education elite, claiming the remaining top-10 positions.
Published annually since 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia highlights the top 300 universities in Asia, based on a methodology designed to reflect regional challenges and priorities. After China, which has 74 entries overall, Japan remains the most-represented country in the ranking, with 68 Japanese institutions featured. Next is South Korea, taking 45 places, followed by Taiwan (28), Malaysia (21) and India (17).
The other Asian countries featured in the top 300 are: Thailand (11 universities), Pakistan (10), Hong Kong (7), Indonesia (7), Philippines (4), Singapore, Vietnam and Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka, Brunei and Macau (1).
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World Heritage Committee to meet in Bonn, Germany
Photo: World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, the venue of the World Heritage Committee Meeting 2015. Image Credit: RealityFanClub/Man Ki Kim.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 37 properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List when it meets at the World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, from 28 June to 8 July 2015. The upcoming 39th session of the World Heritage Committee will be chaired by Maria Bohmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and member of the Bundestag.
Nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List this year include five natural sites, 31 cultural sites and one mixed site, i.e. both natural and cultural.
The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 95 sites already on the List, as well as that of the 46 properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Committee will examine the nomination of the following sites, listed here in the order in which they are provisionally scheduled to be debated. The order may change during the session:
- Cape Floral Region Protected Areas [extension of the property Cape Floral Region Protected Areas] (South Africa)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (Sudan)
- Landscapes of Dauria (Mongolia/Russian Federation)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thaïland)
- Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park [extension of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park] (Viet Nam)
Mixed Natural and Cultural Sites:
- Montagnes Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)
- Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape (Kenya)
- Nyero and other Hunter-Gatherer Geometric Rock-Art Sites in Eastern Uganda (Uganda)
- Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
- Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
- Tusi sites (China)
- Susa (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
- Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its Surrounding Sacred Landscape (Mongolia)
- Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
- Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
- Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Christiansfeld, a Moravian Settlement (Denmark)
- Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
- Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Norway)
- Climats, Terroirs of Burgundy (France)
- Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
- Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
- Naumburg Cathedral and the Landscape of the Rivers Saale and Unstrut Territories of Power in the High Middle Ages (Germany)
- Bet She’arim Necropolis - A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (Israel)
- Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalu and Monreale ( Italy)
- Rjukan - Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
- Monumental Ensemble of Targu Jiu (Romania)
- La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Wine and Vineyard Cultural Landscape (Spain)
- Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
- Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
- San Antonio Missions (United States)
- Gelati Monastery [Significant boundary modification of “Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery”] (Georgia)
- Routes of Santiago in Northern Spain [Extension of “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”] (Spain)
- Ephesus Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque (Turkey)
- Renaissance Hydraulic Complex in America (Mexico)
- Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)
June 8, 2015
G7 Summit Concludes in Germany
Photo: Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria’s Wetterstein mountain range, with its delightful scenery, is an attractive backdrop and an ideal venue for this year’s G7 summit. Image provided by & copyright © German Government/Kugler.
Photo: The heads of state and government of the G7 walking to the group photo. Image provided by & copyright © German Government/Kugler.
The heads of state and government from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America came together with the European Council President and the European Commission President at Schloss Elmau, Germany, for the G7 summit.
In their Leaders’ Declaration the G7 heads of state and government emphasised their common values of freedom and democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and fostering peace and security.
Among other matters, the G7 summit participants discussed economic issues and trade. Also on their agenda was the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP. “We want to have achieved important milestones by the end of the year,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.
June 4, 2015
Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way
Photo: This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. It is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. (A light-year is a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers). Image credit: NASA/ESA.
June 2, 2015
In Elegant Black: Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition. Image provided by and copyright © Porsche India / Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.
Stuttgart, Germany / Mumbai, India — Porsche has created a special series of the 911 Carrera: the Black Edition. The combination of black paintwork and black interior emphasises the timeless, classy elegance of the sports car. The 911 Carrera Black Edition is powered by the 3.4 litre flat engine developing 350 hp. It is offered as coupe and convertible versions with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The special edition runs on 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels and features LED headlights. The door sill guards are adorned with Black Edition lettering to indicate this special series.
The Black Edition also comes with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, automatically dimming rear-view mirrors, rain sensor and cruise control, all of which are standard equipment on the 911 Carrera models.
The black interior looks sophisticated. The driver and passenger sit on sports seats embossed with the Porsche crest, and the standard Bose Surround Sound System provides excellent sound quality. In addition, operating the 911 special edition is effortless due to the telephone module and Park Assist at front and rear, which also includes a reversing camera.
All four Black Edition models are available for order at Porsche Centres across India.