July 30, 2016
International Tiger Day
Photo: Tiger cubs in Mysore, India. 01 April 1987. Mysore, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.
Observed annually on 29 July, International Tiger Day - also known as Global Tiger Day - seeks to promote the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. Some 97 per cent of all wild tigers have been lost in just over 100 years. As few as 3,000 tigers live in the wild today, and a number of tiger species have already become extinct.
With only a few thousand of the species remaining in the wild, mainly in Asia, the UN is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Life campaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
July 29, 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016 Competition is Underway
Photo: Alexis Wynne, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Karly Knaus, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Kate Pekuri, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Tammy Vujanovic, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Abby Larson, Miss Utah Teen USA 2016, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, walks the Red Carpet before the Miss Teen USA 2016 competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Eric Tiu.
Photo: Karlie Hay, Miss Texas Teen USA 2016, reacts to being crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 at the conclusion of the live competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various charitable causes on behalf of The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
July 20, 2016
QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 Announced
Photo: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Original building, built 1937. Image Credit & Copyright © Bill/USAFA87.
London, July 20, 2016 — Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 see Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.
Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.
Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries - Overall
(Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016)
Rank — Institution — Country
- Tsinghua University — China
- Peking University — China
- Fudan University — China
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — India
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
- Nanjing University — China
- Zhejiang University — China
- Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de Sao Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 6 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
- 15 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
- 19 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
- 22 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India
- 25 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
- 39 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
- 41 — University of Delhi, India
- 54 — University of Calcutta, India
- 54 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
- 68 — University of Mumbai, India
- 88 — Jadavpur University, India
- 89 — University of Madras, India
- 101-110 — Banaras Hindu University, India
- 101-110 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
- 101-110 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
- 111-120 — National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
- 111-120 — University of Calicut, India
- 121-130 — Amity University, India
- 131-140 — University of Pune, India
- 131-140 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India
- 131-140 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
- 141-150 — Bharathidasan University, India
- 151-200 — Anna University, India
- 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- 151-200 — Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), India
- 151-200 — Andhra University, India
- 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar, India
- 151-200 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Mysore, India
- 201-250 — Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
- 201-250 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), India
- 201-250 — National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
- 201-250 — Pondicherry University, India
- 201-250 — Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
- 201-250 — Goa University, India
- 201-250 — Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad, India
- 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya Univesity, India
- 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
- 201-250 — VIT University, India
QS University Rankings: BRICS Top 10 Universities in India 2016 https://t.co/EPjnAWOeAS— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) July 20, 2016
July 17, 2016
Chandigarh Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.
Photo: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland. Image Credit & Copyright © Emiliano.
Photo: Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. It is one of the first and most famous post-modern architectural designs. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Roiability.
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India, has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”.
The Chandigarh Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.
India’s application for World Heritage Site status for Chandigarh Capitol Complex is actually part of an international effort as it involves 17 Le Corbusier buildings from Germany, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and India - all collectively declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
Following is the list of the 17 Le Corbusier sites that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage:
Year Designed: Site
- 1923: Houses La Roche and Jeanneret / Paris, France
- 1923: Small villa on Lake Geneva / Corseaux, Switzerland
- 1924: City Frugès / Pessac, France
- 1926: House Guiette / Antwerp, Belgium
- 1927: Houses in the Weissenhof-Siedlung / Stuttgart Germany
- 1928: Villa Savoye and gardener’s lodge / Poissy, France
- 1930: Building Clarity / Geneva, Switzerland
- 1931: Apartment building at Porte Molitor / Boulogne-Billancourt, France
- 1945: Housing unit / Marseille, France
- 1946: Manufacture in Saint Die / Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France
- 1949: Doctor’s House Curutchet / La Plata, Argentina
- 1950: Notre Dame du Haut / Ronchamp, France
- 1951: Shed Corbusier / Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- 1952: Capitol Complex / Chandigarh, India
- 1953: Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette / Éveux, France
- 1953: House of Culture of Firminy / Firminy, France
- 1955: National Museum of Fine Arts of the West / Tokyo, Japan
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 July closes today. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lale Ulker.
• REACTIVE MONITORING
“Once a site is inscribed on the World Heritage List (and becomes a ‘World Heritage Property’), the State Party has to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation. To do so, States Parties are encouraged to establish services for the protection, conservation and presentation of the heritage, to take appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures to protect the heritage, not take any deliberate measures that directly or indirectly damage their heritage or that of another State Party to the Convention, and finally to provide information to the World Heritage Committee on the implementation of the Convention and on the state of conservation of their properties. To ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent the deletion of any property from the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has adopted a specific process, which is called Reactive Monitoring”.
• CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES
“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself”.
The elephant is the lion’s meat,
With drops of trickling ichor sweet;
Though lack thereof should come to pass,
The lion does not nibble grass.
— The Panchatantra.
July 13, 2016
'Porsche Experience For Women' Event In Leipzig, Germany
Photos: Leipzig, Germany - July 11, 2016: German actresses Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze with Porsche cars 718 Boxster S and 911 Carrera S at the ‘Porsche Experience For Women’ Event on July 11, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany. ((Images provided by Porsche AG. Copyright © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Porsche AG).
Stuttgart & Leipzig, Germany — A Porsche is by far more than just a car: Porsche stands for an outstanding driving experience, timeless design, strong emotions and a special lifestyle. Two German actresses, Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze had the opportunity to find this out for themselves on the Porsche racing track in Leipzig on 11 July. Under the guidance of the Porsche Carrera Cup racing driver, Michelle Gatting, they both demonstrated their skills on Porsche’s own racing track. They both took on the challenging circuit at full tilt and it was clear to see that they were having a lot of fun. “I once sat in a Porsche and ever since then I have dreamt of driving one at full speed. The experience I had with Porsche in Leipzig today was better than I ever could have imagined: unlimited fun while driving, top speeds, pure adrenaline - and yet I still felt completely safe”, said Claudia Eisinger.
July 8, 2016
UN Secretary-General Visits Military Helicopter Peacekeeping Operations Centre in Beijing
Photos: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the China Military Helicopter Centre for Peacekeeping Operations in Beijing. 07 July 2016. Beijing, China. UN Photos/Eskinder Debebe.
“The lion needs, for his appointing,
No ceremony, no anointing;
His deeds of heroism bring
Him fortune. Nature crowns him king.”
— The Panchatantra. Arthur W. Ryder’s Translation.
July 7, 2016
European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers
Photo: Berlin, Germany — Young Fashion Designer and Award Winner Aylin Tamta during the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 at Neues Museum on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for SDBI).
Berlin, Germany — At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by SDBI - Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation).
The Award Winners
- 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester)
- 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester)
- 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
Graduate Projects Category
- 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s)
- 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s)
- 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)
This demanding competition attracts entrants from all over the world and is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. This year, the winning collections were selected from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries.
July 4, 2016
L’ORÉAL STUDENTS FROM POLAND’S WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS WIN L'ORÉAL’S 24TH EDITION OF BRANDSTORM
Photos: L’Oreal Ad and L’Oreal Brandstorm Winners 2016. Images provided by & copyright © L’Oreal.
On June 30th, 44 student teams from around the world gathered in Paris to compete in the 24th International Finals of L’Oréal’s Brandstorm business game. The teams, made up of three students from more than 300 universities around the world, were challenged to put themselves in the shoes of an international brand director of La Roche-Posay and help the brand attract and recruit young new consumers (15 to 25 years old).
The team “Fantasme” from Warsaw School of Economics from Poland won first place with their “Digitologist” concept; a web app that provides 3D skin scanning, online dermatological advice, and customized product recommendation. This “dermatologist in the digital sphere” solution addresses the common misconception among young consumers who associate a visit to the dermatologist with being sick. In addition to clearly understanding the brand values as well as the target, the team also provided a strong performance analysis of their business strategy.
Team “Le Charquican” from Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile came in second place with their extensive digital strategy including the “#BeInCharge” experience focusing on China, a market that represents a vast business potential and experiences air quality issues. Built around a wristband linked to a mobile application along with an educational campaign, the team’s strategy aimed to improve skin condition of young consumers while solving a major environmental problem.
Team “Epicphany” from Singapore Management University in Singapore took the third prize with their “#BeSensitive” concept where they want to encourage young consumers to embrace their sensitive side, both emotionally and where their skin is concerned. The strategy included a one-stop portal for skin evaluation, a “Smart Skincare Companion” mobile application, as well as a World Sensitive Day initiative.
This year, the L’Oréal Brandstorm selection jury was made of Nicolas Hieronimus, President Selective Divisions at L’Oréal, Jerome Tixier, Executive Vice-President Human Resources at L’Oréal, Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer at L’Oréal, Brigitte Liberman, Worldwide President Active Cosmetics Division at L’Oréal, Laetitia Toupet, La Roche-Posay International Brand Director at L’Oréal and Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of R&I Tech Incubator at L’Oréal.
Over the years, a total of more than 95,000 students coming from 58 different countries have participated.
Brandstorm is an innovative development Program for students and a recruitment tool for L’Oréal. It enables the Group to get an on-the-job evaluation of participants and to spot the best talents from around the world. Many countries have current employees who were recruited thanks to Brandstorm and who have gone on to have thriving careers. Every year, L’Oréal recruits between 150 to 200 students via Brandstorm.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.26 billion euros in 2015 and employs 82,900 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.
July 1, 2016
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Meet & Examine Nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016
Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would meet & examine nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016. Image Credit & Copyright © Jeremy Brooks.
Photo: Secretariat Building (part of Capitol Complex), Chandigarh, India - Le Corbusier. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would examine Chandigarh Capitol Complex under the following nomination (jointly filed by seven countries): “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”. Image Credit & Copyright © David Quinn.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session (10 to 20 July, 2016), which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ulker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.
The Committee will examine the nomination of nine natural, 16 cultural and four mixed sites, i.e., properties that are outstanding both for their natural and cultural characteristics. It will also examine the state of conservation of 108 sites already on the World Heritage List and of 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
The Following Nominations will be Examined:
- Mistaken Point (Canada)
- Hubei Shennongjia (China)
- Techno-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
- Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Western Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan)
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay—Mukkawar Island National Park (Sudan)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)
- Mountain Ecosystems of Koytendag (Turkmenistan)
Mixed Sites (Natural and Cultural):
- Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Lanscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)
- Stecci—Medieval Tombstones (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
- Roman Urbanism of the Zadar Peninsula with the Monumental Complex of the Forum (Croatia)
- Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece)
- Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara (India)
- Persian Qanat (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
- Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panama City [Significant boundary modification of the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama] (Panama)
- Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
- Phu Phrabat Historical Park (Thailand)
- Archaeological site of Ani (Turkey)
- Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments (United Kingdom)
- Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
Sites Proposed for Danger Listing:
- Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)
- Talamanca Range—La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
- Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)
- Old Towns of Djenne (Mali)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand)
From 29 June to 11 July, Istanbul will host a World Heritage Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from different parts of the world who are committed to the protection of heritage. They will adopt a Declaration which will be presented to the Committee during its opening session.