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October 30, 2015

The 64th Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant to Air Live from Las Vegas, Sunday, December 20, on FOX

Miss Universe Pageant

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Photo: Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela. Photographer: Fadil Berisha. Image provided by & Copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

NEW YORK - October 30, 2015 - IMG (a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion) and the Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant has been picked up by Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). The three-hour annual event will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET) on FOX.

“MISS UNIVERSE is a unique, global media property and this partnership with FOX marks a new era for the Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP of Original Content, IMG. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, FOX is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show.”

The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Contestants from more than 80 countries will vie to become the next Miss Universe in this year’s special programming event, which will conclude with the current Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia crowning her successor.

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October 29, 2015

UNESCO says Education is Key to Eradicating the Scourge of Doping in Sport

UNESCO SPORTS

Photo: Cyclists participate in a race during the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon on October 10, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images. © 2015 Getty Images).

UNESCO is hosting the fifth session of the Conference of Parties (COP5) to the International Convention against Doping in Sport at its Headquarters in Paris on 29 and 30 October. Celebrating a decade in the fight against doping in sport by 182 State Parties, UNESCO considers that educating young sportswomen and sportsmen about the dangers of using prohibited substances is key to eradicating this scourge.

More than 250 representatives of governments and the sport movement are expected at COP5 in order to discuss anti-doping challenges and propose solutions in line with the Convention to eliminate doping at a time of growing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs by teenagers and athletes.

For the first time during an anti-doping COP, UNESCO will welcome former Olympic medallists, such as Canadian Olympic cross-country champion Beckie Scott and Romanian Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea, who will be available to speak to the press in the morning of 29 October. They will appeal to governments to act for clean sport.

UNESCO’s partners include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Council of Europe, and Interpol. The Convention supports the World Anti-Doping Code in bringing consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within governments and sport organizations across the world.

UNESCO, which also administers a $1.8 million Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, said that the use of performance enhancing substances not only causes serious health problems but also undermines fairness and ethics in sport.

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October 28, 2015

Yamaha Reveals New Models at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: PED2 is an EV (electric vehicle) motorcycle concept model designed for hitting mountain trails. This model is equivalent in performance to Class II (50-125cc) mopeds and motorcycles. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: YPJ-MTB is an electrically power-assisted mountain bike that features an electric motor mounted on a high-performance bicycle. It is designed for adults who want to enjoy the freedom of being able to ride on virtually any terrain. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: The YZF-R3 features sporty styling and a liquid-cooled in-line 2-cylinder engine. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: The YZR-M1 is Yamaha’s race machine that competes in MotoGP, the pinnacle class of world championship motorcycle road racing. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: TMAX530 ABS is the latest model in the “TMAX” series that pioneered the “automatic supersport” category. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: TRICITY 125 is the first of Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) models. It features new type of riding enjoyment derived from the feeling of stability provided by the two front wheels and the added comfort they bring to the ride on a variety of road surfaces. The optimized geometry of the two front wheels enables both excellent straight-line performance and light, agile handling with a tight turning radius. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: YPJ-R is electrically power-assisted high-performance production road bicycle. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: YXZ1000R is a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV). According to Yamaha, ROV’s are used for a wide range of purposes, and demand in this category is growing, particularly in North America. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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October 24, 2015

Empire State Building Lighting Ceremony on Occasion of United Nations Day

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Empire State Building to symbolically turn on a switch for the lighting of the building “UN blue” on the occasion of United Nations Day. 23 October 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Some 300 sites around the world will be lit in “UN blue” beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

UN Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights — October 23 and October 24.

Some Sites lit in “UN Blue” on 24 October 2015 —

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Empire State Building, New York, USA. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: J Mattsson / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UNIC Canberra / Christopher Woodthorpe / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Great Wall, Badaling, Beijing, China. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Oriental Outlook Magazine / Guang Yang, Jiang Zhu / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Dhiraj Singh / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Deepak Malik, Freelance Photographer / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UN in Azerbaijan / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: New Arbat Avenue, Moscow, Russia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Nikita Kiselev / United Nations Information Centres.

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October 23, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, Spring-Summer 2016

Editors Choice Fashion

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Photos: Models walk the runway during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia Spring-Summer 2016 on October 21/22/23, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Images © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images for MBFWR).

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October 18, 2015

Ferrari reveals the F12tdf

Editors Pick

Ferrari Italy

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Ferrari Italy

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Ferrari Italy

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Photos: Ferrari F12tdf — the new, limited edition, special series model that delivers track-level performance on the road. (Images provided by & Copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Maranello, Italy).

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October 13, 2015

Magnus Carlsen of Norway is the 2015 World Rapid Chess Champion

World Chess

Photo: Magnus Carlsen is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).

World Chess

Photo: Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).

World Chess

Photo: A player is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

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Photo: Russian Grandmaster, Sergey Karjakin, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

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Photo: Former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand of India, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

BERLIN, GERMANY — October 12, 2015 — Magnus Carlsen reasserted his dominance over the chess world today by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship here in Berlin.

The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.

Each day, hundreds of spectators crowded into the playing hall to watch the games, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games.

The tournament had 15 rounds over three days and included nearly 160 grandmasters from 47 countries. Carlsen, a Norwegian, who is the reigning champion at regulation time controls, won the rapid championship last year as well. He thus became the first player to ever win back-to-back rapid championships.

Three players finished one point behind Carlsen: Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.

Two pre-tournament favorites, Viswanathan Anand of India, a former rapid champion, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, had difficult starts, scoring just 2.5 points out of 5 in the first day. Mr. Anand, who is widely known as Vishy, lost to Daniil Dubov and Pavel Pankratov of Russia in the final 2 rounds of the day.

Following is the List of Players who competed in the World Chess Rapid Championship 2015:

World Blitz Chess Championships

The 21-round World Blitz Chess Championships will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (October 13 & 14). Carlsen is the defending champion in that discipline as well. When reports last came in, French Grandmaster, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, was leading with 9.5 points after Round 11.

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Alexander Grischuk of Russia is the 2015 World Blitz Champion.

October 14, 2015 — Today the 5-day World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships concluded in Berlin, with Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk claiming the World Blitz Champion’s title.

The winner scored 15.5 points in the 21-round tournament.

Alexander Grischuk becomes the first three-time Blitz World Champion. He previously won the titles in 2006 and 2012.

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October 9, 2015

81 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2015 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

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Oscars Hollywood

Photo: Oscar presenter Kerry Washington arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars Hollywood

Photo: Oscar presenter Anna Kendrick arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Mark Suban / © A.M.P.A.S

Oscars, Foreign Language

Photo: Scene from KON-TIKI, Norway, which was a 2012 Foreign Language Film Nominee. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards. Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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October 7, 2015

The L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO Reveal the Laureates of the 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards

L'Oreal UNESCO Awards

L'Oreal UNESCO Awards

Photo: Doctor Vanessa D’Costa. Immunogenetics of Infectious Diseases. International Rising Talent 2015, North America (Canada). Image © Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue. Copyright © All rights reserved by L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Paris - The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today revealed the five winners of the 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the field of Life Sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on 24 March 2016 in Paris.

Nominated by more than 2,600 leading scientists, 2016’s five laureates were then selected by an independent and international jury of 13 prominent scientists in the international scientific community. This year’s President of the Jury is Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2008 Laureate L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science and 2009 joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The jury announced the winners of the 2016 edition, five women scientists who will be awarded on 24 March 2016 at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris. Each laureate will receive a Prize of €100,000 in recognition of her contribution to science.

THE LAUREATES

EUROPE

Professor Emmanuelle CHARPENTIER
Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany.
- Biological Sciences/Molecular Biology.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Jennifer DOUDNA
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America.
- Biological Sciences/Molecular Biology.

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Quarraisha ABDOOL KARIM
Professor, CAPRISA, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa.
- Medicine and Health Sciences/Women’s Health.

ASIA/PACIFIC

Professor Hualan CHEN
Professor, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin, China.
- Biological Sciences/Veterinary Sciences.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Andrea GAMARNIK
Professor, Molecular Virology Laboratory, Fundacion Instituto Leloir, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Biological Sciences/Virology.

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October 6, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Unveils Second Annual Best Global Universities Rankings

US News University Rankings

US News University Rankings

Photo: Entrance to the Memorial Hall, Harvard University. Photo Credit: Photographer © Michael Kappel.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges for more than 30 years, today released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. The rankings help students evaluate higher education options worldwide as well as by region, country and subject. U.S. universities remain the global leaders among research institutions, with Harvard University claiming No. 1, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2, the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3 and Stanford University at No. 4. U.K. universities take the next top spots with the University of Oxford at No. 5, followed by the University of Cambridge at No. 6.

The following countries have the most ranked institutions out of 750 schools on the overall Best Global Universities list:

“Students are increasingly looking outside their own countries for educational opportunities,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “As international education continues to evolve, U.S. News will be at the forefront of the conversation - providing comparable information across global institutions and presenting it in bite-sized pieces for students and their families, just as we have done for three decades in the U.S.”

The second edition of the Best Global Universities rankings are more comprehensive, including rankings of the top 750 universities - up from 500 last year - spread out across 57 countries. U.S. News has published new university rankings of larger countries including India and Brazil, and smaller countries such as Belgium, bringing the total number of country-specific rankings up to 32. The 2016 edition also debuts a regional ranking for Africa, adding to the previous four regional rankings, and features a new subject ranking for arts and humanities, bringing up the total to 22 subject rankings.

These countries, listed in rank order, performed best in the following subject rankings:

The Best Global Universities methodology - which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions - weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology.

“We have designed the rankings to be a starting point to help students and their families identify institutions that speak to their specific needs, whether they are planning on staying close to home or traveling abroad for college - or whether they are seeking a specific academic degree,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News.

U.S. News 2016 Best Global Universities Rankings

Overall Best Global Universities

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. University of California—Berkley (U.S.)
  4. Stanford University (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  7. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  8. University of California—Los Angeles (U.S.)
  9. Columbia University (U.S.)
  10. University of Chicago (U.S.)

Africa

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  3. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  4. University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  5. Cairo University (Egypt)

Asia

  1. University of Tokyo (Japan)
  2. Peking University (China)
  3. National University of Singapore
  4. Tsinghua University (China)
  5. University of Hong Kong

Australia/New Zealand

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland Australia
  4. Australian National University
  5. Monash University (Australia)

Europe

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University College London
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Latin America

  1. Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  3. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
  4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Country Specific

India

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  2. Panjab University, Chandigarh
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  6. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  9. University of Delhi, New Delhi
  10. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  11. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  13. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  14. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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