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January 30, 2019

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awards 4th annual Carnot Prize to Piyush Goyal, India's Minister for Railways

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

Photos: India’s Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal, addressing after receiving the ‘Carnot Prize’ of the Kleinman Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, in New Delhi on January 30, 2019.

Piyush Goyal

Photo: The Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal, arrives at Parliament House to present the Interim Budget 2019-20, in New Delhi on February 01, 2019.

New Delhi, January 30, 2019 — The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design formally presented the fourth annual Carnot Prize to Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, Government of India, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Piyush Goyal stated that “it is both a personal honor as well as a tribute to the efforts of all involved in this great work throughout India to be recognized with the Carnot Prize by the University of Pennsylvania.”

The Carnot Prize is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice. The most prestigious award in the energy sector, Carnot Prize is named after French physicist Nicolas Sadi Carnot who recognized that the power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development.

Source: Ministry of Railways, India

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Switzerland Maintains Top Spot Overall, Japan Captures Second Place in 2019 Best Countries Report

Wharton, Best Countries

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Davos, Switzerland

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Photo: Aerial Photo of Davos, the most significant tourism metropolis of the Swiss Alps, captured before the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is in the middle of Swiss Alps and the city for holidays, sports, congresses, health, development, and culture. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2019 — Switzerland is the No. 1 country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2019 Best Countries Report, a rankings and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across a range of categories, from economic influence and military might to education and quality of life, to capture how the public perceives the nations on a global scale.

For the first time, respondents were asked to pick the countries they would prefer to buy goods from as a measure of a country’s brand power. Germany comes out on top with consumers wanting cars, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals from the nation. France is No. 1 for cosmetics and fashion, Italy is No. 1 in food and wine, and Japan is first for technology and electronics. At No. 8 on the overall Best Countries list, the U.S. has some catching up to do, ranking No. 7 in wine, No. 10 in healthcare and No. 11 in food.

“The Best Countries rankings draw on U.S. News’ expertise and global authority in measuring complex institutions, such as colleges and hospitals,” said Eric Gertler, executive chairman at U.S. News. “The report arms citizens, thought leaders, business executives, and government officials with the data to evaluate the global standings of their nations and leadership.”

Key Findings in the 2019 Best Countries Report:

Tumultuous news cycles have made an impact on global opinions regarding media and world safety. Sixty-three percent of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66 percent say internet news and content is dividing us rather than uniting us. Additionally, more than 50 percent agree the world has worsened in the last year.

With data privacy scandals at the forefront of people’s minds, 77 percent of respondents agree that their internet privacy is at risk. However, slightly more than half of the respondents trust private companies to keep their data safe, and 58 percent generally trust private companies more than the government.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed agree that CEOs and business leaders need to be vocal about their views on societal issues.

Japan rises to the No. 2 spot overall as the world anticipates the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The country is perceived as the most forward-looking, and for the first time, ranks as No. 1 for entrepreneurship. The rest of the top five finds Switzerland - viewed as an innovative country - at No. 1 again, with Canada, Germany, and the U.K. following Japan, respectively.

For the second year in a row, the U.S. ranks at No. 8 overall. However, the world’s level of trust in the U.S. continues to decline with the nation now at No. 27 for perceptions of trustworthiness. Perceptions of the U.S. as a country that cares about human rights have also fallen. While these might be signs that President Donald Trump’s strategy on the world stage may not be working, the U.S. is still perceived as No. 1 in power, followed closely by Russia at No. 2.

Nordic countries maintain their strong standing in the overall ranking, with Sweden and Norway both in the top 10 overall. At No. 6 overall, Sweden is the best country for women, to raise children and for green-living. Norway moves up to No. 9 overall, seeing increases in the up-and-coming category and remains No. 1 in citizenship. Belgium makes its rankings debut at No. 17 overall, behind China and ahead of Italy, due to high marks for citizenship at No. 10 and quality of life at No. 11.

Assessing perceptions of countries from North America to Europe to the Middle East, the report finds the U.K. is No. 1 for education, and Canada has the best quality of life. Luxembourg leads in the most business-friendly nations, the United Arab Emirates is No. 1 for countries with up-and-coming economies, and Switzerland is the top to headquarter a corporation.

“This report can help brands understand the potential power they have in connecting to their home nations, and help guide in managing their branding,” said Michael Sussman, CEO of BAV Group.

The 2019 Best Countries ranking methodology relies on data gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 20,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. “The report speaks to the value of having a strong global standing as nations compete for investment, tourists and influence in the same way companies compete for consumers’ dollars,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.

2019 Best Countries Rankings

Overall

  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France

To Start a Business

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

For Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Women

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada

For Education

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Canada

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 28, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Universities and Colleges

India, Universities

Photo: India’s Human Resource Development Minister is addressing a press conference in New Delhi. (File Photo)

New Delhi, January 28, 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges. The rules come into force with immediate effect.

The revised special allowance per month for Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Principal in PG College and Principal in UG College is Rs. 11,250/-, Rs. 9,000/-, Rs. 6,750/- & Rs. 4,500/- respectively.

This order would benefit 30000 teaching and equivalent staff in Central Universities and 5500 in Deemed to be Universities and will serve as a benchmark for 7 lakh teachers and staff in State Universities.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 27, 2019

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Detroit, Michigan, January 27, 2019 — Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

In its 31st year as an international event, the NAIAS is the most influential annual automotive event in the world. NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

Source: NAIAS, Detroit

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January 26, 2019

India's 70th Republic Day Celebrations

India Republic Day

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the ‘At Home Reception,’ on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: Five Jaguar fighter planes fly over Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Naval Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Gorkha Brigade Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

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January 25, 2019

First Observance of International Day of Education

International Day of Education

Photo: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs press on the occasion of the International Day of Education (24 January), in recognition of the role of education for peace and sustainable development. 24 January 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

International Day of Education

Photo: A participant speaks at the event “Making Impossible Possible: Unlocking Human Potential through the International Finance Facility for Education.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel. (File Photo)

New York, 24 January 2019 — The United Nations observed the first International Day of Education to emphasize the action required to achieve the global education goals and targets in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The celebration raised awareness of the crucial role of quality and relevant education for peace and development worldwide, including its contribution to poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies. The event brought together the voices of governments, the UN system, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, teachers, academia and youth, united in their call to make education a leading global priority.

Recently, the United Nations General Assembly had proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

Education is a human right, a public good, and a civic responsibility.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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UN Secretary-General: Fragmented Response to Global Risk a ‘Recipe For Disaster’

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sandra Blaser.

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Photo: Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York, captured during the Session “Special Address by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 24, 2019. Congress Centre - Congress Hall. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary.

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Photo: A participant at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Boris Baldinger.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2019. — “If I have to select one sentence to describe the state of the world, I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented. If these are not reversed, it is a recipe for disaster,” warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting today.

Outlining the current risk landscape, one characterized by the megatrends of climate change, migration, digitalization, and protracted conflict, the UN Secretary-General identified climate change as the most critical systemic threat soon and one, he said, “we are losing the race on.”

“Climate change is running faster than we are and we have this paradox,” Guterres observed, “The reality is proving to be worse than what scientists foresaw, and all the large indicators show that, and we are moving dramatically into runaway climate change if we are not able to stop it.”

Pointing to growing complexity in the international community and global trade, Guterres argued that, geopolitically, the world is in a state of turbulent flux. “We no longer live in a bipolar or unipolar world, but we are not yet in a multipolar world; we are in a kind of chaotic situation of transition,” he told political, and business leaders gathered in Davos. “The relationship between the three most important powers, Russia, the US and China, has never been as dysfunctional as it is today and this is true for the economy, and also true in the paralysis of the UN Security Council.”

To address the complexity and interconnectedness of the myriad risks ahead, the real frustrations of the “rust belts of the world” and a trend of “illiberal democracies,” the UN head advocated only one approach. “I am a multilateralist; I am deeply convinced there is no other way to deal with global problems but with global responses. It is also not enough to vilify those that disagree and call them nationalists or populists,” he stressed: “We need to understand the root causes of why large sectors of the population in different parts of the world today disagree with us - and we need to address those root causes and show these people that we care for them.”

Tackling global crises - from combating climate change to developing a set of rules on the “weaponization of AI” - cannot be achieved by any one country, but should be addressed collectively by governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia urged Guterres.

Representing an organization of 100 million people, operating in 40 countries and mobilizing some $15 billion, Guterres said that, in 2019, the UN will be pushing for a surge in diplomacy for peace in some of the world’s hotspots - including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan - and higher spending on mitigating climate change. As part of bureaucratic reform, he added that the UN expects to achieve internal gender parity by 2028.

Turning to the disruptive and transformative impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Guterres suggested engaging more financial institutions to invest in developing countries and promote social and green bonds, dealing with the massive restructuring of the labor force and redesigning our education systems.

“We need to mobilize governments, the business community and civil society to understand what kind of impact the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to have in the next decade and what kind of measures can we start taking, such as in education,” he mused. “It doesn’t matter how many things you learn but how you learn to learn because you will be doing many different things.”

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brings together more than 3,000 global leaders from politics, government, civil society, academia, the arts, and culture as well as the media. It engages some 50 heads of state and government, more than 300 ministerial-level government participants, and business representation at the chief executive officer and chair level. Convening under the theme, Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, participants are focusing on new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 24, 2019

India's HRD Minister inaugurates Workshop on Leadership Development for Vice-Chancellors

India Universities

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Prakash Javadekar.

New Delhi, January 24, 2019 — The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) is organizing a two-day Workshop on Leadership Development in Higher Education for Vice-Chancellors from 24th January to 25th January 2019 in New Delhi. Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the workshop. The workshop will focus on strategies to improve quality education through the sharing of ideas, experiences, case studies, and action plans at institutional and national levels. It will have a particular focus on the role of Academic Leaders in creating incentive system and capacity development of teachers and nurturing a work environment in institutions of higher education.

While addressing the Vice Chancellors, the Minister said that the country has put tremendous faith in us. To meet the expectations, we must have the vision to shape the future of higher education and facilitate institutional transformation. He said our future action plan should focus on improving quality education, developing infrastructure, promoting research environment, and increasing use of technology to take our institutions to the next higher level.

The Minister advised all the Vice Chancellors that as the leaders of their institutions, they must involve all the stakeholders — teachers, administration and students — in any decision making process. He stressed upon the need for the teachers to build a bond with the students to ensure their all-round development. Mr. Javadekar said that there is a need to deliberate upon ways to strengthen the faculty and enhance their competency in dealing with the changed social and technological context of teaching and learning. We need to understand the ways of developing teaching and research skills along with curriculum planning and assessment practices. He said Vice Chancellors should, through this workshop, share their rich experiences and ethical practices.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 23, 2019

Mastercard and Pop Star Camila Cabello Collaborate to Bring Exclusive Experiences to Fans

From behind-the-scenes access to intimate performances, collab brings fans closer to the music.

MasterCard, Camilla Cabello

Photo: Singer Camila Cabello on set filming her new Mastercard ad which will highlight her collaboration and bring to life some of the exclusive experiences cardholders will enjoy. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Mastercard).

PURCHASE, N.Y., January 22, 2019 - Mastercard today announced a deal with GRAMMY-nominated, chart-topping recording artist Camila Cabello focused on the delivery of “truly unforgettable fan experiences for Mastercard cardholders and Camilizers.” Kicking off next month, Mastercard will start to roll out Priceless experiences that reflect the exclusivity, collaboration and access the partnership will provide, allowing fans to experience Cabello’s music like never before.

The first output of this collaboration will be a private show for fans and Mastercard cardholders in Los Angeles leading into the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The intimate show is set to take place at the famed Orpheum Theatre on February 6th and is sure to be an evening filled with the unexpected. Tickets to the Camila Cabello show will be available for purchase with a Mastercard beginning on Wednesday, January 23rd. Information about the L.A. show and ticket purchase will be available on PricelessCities.com.

“I am thrilled to be a part of a collaboration that offers me the opportunity to engage with my fans in a way that brings them closer to the music,” says Cabello. “I can’t wait for fans to see what surprises we have in store.”

The partnership will bring together Mastercard expertise in delivering Priceless experiences aligned with cardholder passions together with Cabello’s global influence and commitment to her fan base to provide something extraordinary. After a tremendous year that includes the introduction of her first solo album Camila, first solo tour “Never Be The Same” and the chart-topping success of her debut album and music, the collaboration between Cabello and Mastercard will focus on exclusive access to co-created content, events, and experiences, as well as fan engagement.

“Consumers today seek real experiences and true interactions with the people who inspire them in their day to day life and as an empowering role model to her fans and beyond we are honored to partner with Camila,” said Cheryl Guerin, EVP Marketing & Communications for Mastercard. “She encapsulates our brand values, and we applaud her commitment and appreciation for fans. We look forward to working together to bring fans closer to their passion for music and inspiring them to Start Something Priceless of their own.”

The collaboration will be supported by a fully integrated marketing communications platform that encompasses a wide-reaching media campaign across social, print, radio, television and digital platforms.

Multi-Grammy nominated Cuban born singer & songwriter Camila Cabello released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first soloist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts in the same week.

Source: Mastercard

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Mastercard and The Rockefeller Foundation Announce ‘Data Science for Social Impact’

Mastercard, Rockefeller Foundation

DAVOS, Switzerland, January 22, 2019 — The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation today announced Data Science for Social Impact. This transformational model for collaborative philanthropy will accelerate the use of data science by empowering non-profit, civic and government organizations with the tools, expertise and other capabilities they need to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The collaborative was announced at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with an initial commitment of $50 million from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Impact Fund over five years and an invitation to other companies and philanthropies to join.

More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. This abundance of data, combined with rapidly advancing analytics capabilities, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people around the world. While businesses have been building and deploying data science capabilities for many years, those on the front lines of social good often lack the resources to do the same. However, governments and non-profits are actively looking for new ways to advance their efforts through applied data to allow, for example, improved access to public transport for underserved communities or the acceleration of disease diagnoses.

Building on The Rockefeller Foundation’s leadership in social impact and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth’s guidance on data philanthropy and governance, the collaborative will identify key priorities and investment opportunities to accelerate data for good, whether that be through research, skill-building or the development of new technology platforms. By growing the data science capabilities of non-profit, civic and government organizations, the collaborative can help local leaders uncover new insights and trends from their data and build more impactful programs for the communities they serve.

“At Mastercard, we believe the digital economy needs to work for everyone. If we can close the gap by providing the non-profit, civic and government sectors with the tools, talent, and investments they need to apply data science effectively, then we have a shot at solving some of the greatest challenges of our time,” said Michael Froman, vice chairman and president, strategic growth at Mastercard. “We see a world where the promise of technological innovation can deliver on our goal of inclusive growth.”

“Like the introduction of science to medicine 100 years ago transformed the delivery of health worldwide, we are poised to take the next big leap bringing data science to social impact,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “We’re excited to invite partners from the public and private sectors to join Data Science for Social Impact and help us inspire a new generation of social sector leaders to use data for good.”

The collaborative’s first activity is $20 million in funding to DataKind, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity that has completed over 250 projects by deploying expert data science volunteers from their network of over 30,000 across five worldwide chapters since its founding in 2011. This support from the collaborative will allow DataKind to transition from a project to a platform-based model, thereby, supporting more organizations on a set of common issues, including community health and inclusive growth.

Source: Mastercard

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January 22, 2019

91ST OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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Photo: Paz Vega arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (File Photo)

LOS ANGELES, CA - Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress-producer-director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 12, through Tuesday, February 19.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

The best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Jane Goodall at Open Forum in Davos

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Photo: The Forums Logo is seen in this Picture taken at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January 2019 - Sessions on escaping extinction and tackling plastic pollution plus the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s special screening of the documentary, The Price of Free, which portrays the rescue of 80,000 child factory workers in India, are among the events open to the public, on a first come, first served basis at the Open Forum Davos 2019.

Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, will be joined in conversation with Jane Goodall during which they will discuss her life’s journey through the world’s last forests and her work with great apes, humanity’s closest relatives.

The extreme swimmer from Davos, Ernst Bromeis, will discuss his journeys across the waters of Europe and what it takes to protect our planet’s most important resource. There will also be an exceptional performance and dialogue with a quartet of the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra, which comprises some of the most talented young African-American and Latino soloists in the United States, highlighting how increasing diversity in classical music benefits everyone.

The Open Forum Davos, now in its 17th year and with a fresh new look, will open its doors to the public from 22 to 25 January in Davos, Switzerland. Leading personalities from business, government, academia, and civil society, as well as young people, will discuss and interact with the Swiss public on critical - and, at times, controversial - subjects, opening a unique window onto the most challenging debates of our time.

Panelists at this year’s Open Forum Davos comprise public figures, chief executive officers, representatives from civil society, experts and academics from Switzerland and around the world, including:

· Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute

· Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, New York

· Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International

· Denis Mukwege, Founder, Panzi Hospital and Foundation

· Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

· Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

· Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

· Heather Koldewey, Fellow, National Geographic Society

· Ernst Bromeis, Water Ambassador, The Blue Miracle

· Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, European Union

· Roger Köppel, Member of the National Council, Swiss Parliament

· Ricken Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Avaaz.org

· Rachel Haas, Managing Director, NO MORE

· Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education and Research and Innovation of Switzerland

· Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences of the United Arab Emirates

· Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology; Head, Silliman College, Yale University

· Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, Mumbai

· Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

· Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust

Open Forum Programme

Tuesday 22 January

09.00 - 10.00 Water for Life

12.30 - 14.00 Plastic Pollution: An End in Sight?

18.30 - 20.00 Averting “Peak Europe”

Wednesday 23 January

09.00 - 10.30 Escaping Extinction

13.00 - 14.00 An Insight, An Idea with Jane Goodall

18.30 - 20.00 Violence against Women

Thursday 24 January

09:00 - 10:00 An Encounter with the Sphinx Virtuosi

12.30 - 14.00 Loneliness: An Epidemic?

18.30 - 20.00 The Price of Free

Friday 25 January

09.00 - 10.30 Bridging Science with Society

The Open Forum will be held at the Swiss Alpine Mittelschule, Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 20, 2019

IWC CELEBRATES ITS NEW PILOT’S WATCHES WITH A SPECTACULAR GALA

IWC Watches

Photo: IWC Pilot’s Watch, Double Chronograph Edition.

IWC Watches

Photo: Negin Mirsalehi visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Hend Sabry visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen Gala celebrating the launch of the new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Dev Patel visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

Geneva, 16th January 2019 - IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches with an exclusive gala evening at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.

Several well-known IWC brand ambassadors walked the red carpet, including film stars Bradley Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Dev Patel, James Marsden, and Sonam Kapoor; supermodels Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova; sports personalities Valtteri Bottas, David Coulthard and Jochen Mass; and influencers Negin Mirsalehi and Oliver Cheshire.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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January 19, 2019

Prime Minister Modi inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the gathering during the inauguration of National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Dignitaries during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

Mumbai, January 19, 2019 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today.

Many dignitaries were present at the event.

In his address, the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema would provide a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum would have detailed information about the history of the Indian entertainment industry along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.

Mr. Modi said that film and society are a reflection of each other. Whatever happens in the community is reflected by the movies on the screen, while the community mirrors the images from the films.

Talking about trends, he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed.

Mr. Modi said that India is now confident of finding its solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.

The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context, he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs.

He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to the global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a significant role in enhancing India’s soft power, its credibility, and building Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema, critical social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, and sports are now reaching to the people. Cinema plays a vital role in nation building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a vast potential of contributing to the growth of tourism in the country.

He mentioned that the government is working to provide the facility of ‘Ease of Filming’ by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending the Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.

Mr. Modi said that the government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics.

Narendra Modi said that a dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is the need of the hour and urged film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of the market for Indian Cinema.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 15, 2019

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club's new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

Photo: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club’s new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, at the inaugural gala.

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2019 — Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak took the oath of office as the new president of the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The club was founded in 1908. It has 3,100 members worldwide.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner throughout her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak was sworn into office by the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Delivering her inaugural address from the Club’s historic Ballroom, Kodjak urged her fellow journalists to remain steadfast, focused and fearless in their search for the truth:

“Our neighbor down the road attacks our credibility and our character and calls us the enemy of the people,” said Kodjak. “But — those of us here in this room — know better. We journalists are not the enemy of the people. We are the advocates for the people.”

“A free and vibrant press is the basis of a successful democracy,” Kodjak continued. “We can’t have a representative democracy - government by the people - if the people don’t know what their government is doing.”

Kodjak pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide and declared her desire to expand that critical work into the realm of freedom of information.

“Any journalist who covers government knows that - for years now - it’s been getting harder and harder to find out what our public servants are doing,” explained Kodjak. “When I was at Bloomberg — I was part of a team that successfully sued the Federal Reserve to get details about the bank bailouts in 2008. Moreover, at NPR (National Public Radio) we’re turning more and more to the courts to ensure that the Press and public have access to government information.”

Before joining NPR (National Public Radio) as their Health Policy Correspondent in 2015, Kodjak spent two years at the Center for Public Integrity, leading projects in financial, telecom, and political reporting. Before joining the Center, she spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government, and economics, and as part of Bloomberg’s investigative team, reported on the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Kodjak is also the co-author of the book “In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down,” published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi on January 14, 2019.

New Delhi, January 14, 2019 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi.

Prof. Philip Kotler is a world-renowned Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit, and Planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

The Award Citation says:

“Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting, and Finance.”

The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st-century infrastructure for India.”

The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, which, according to it, “have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 10, 2019

Twitter and Women & Child Development Ministry of India launch “Web-Wonder Women” Campaign

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Photo: The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, with the Facebook officials, in New Delhi on October 29, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, January 09, 2019 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, ‘Web-Wonder Women.’ The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development; Mr. Colin Crowell, Global Head, Public Policy, Twitter; and Ms. Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough, were present during the launch.

Through the campaign, the Ministry and the Campaign’s Partners aim to recognize the courage of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive & niche campaigns to steer a change in society. This Campaign will recognize and acknowledge the efforts of these meritorious Women.

At the launch, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, said, “Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard work, experience, and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a compelling voice. Web-Wonder Women is a campaign to specially honor and encourage such voices that have in their capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms. The Ministry is glad to partner with Breakthrough and Twitter India on this.”

The Campaign invites Entries via Nominations from across the world, as per the laid out criteria. Nominations are now open till 31st January 2019. Indian-origin women, working or settled anywhere in the world, are eligible for nomination. The shortlisted entries will be open for public voting on Twitter, and a specialized panel of judges will select the finalists. The Campaign has invited submissions to several categories that include Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental Protection, and Fashion, among others.

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India

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January 9, 2019

Mastercard Evolves Its Brand Mark by Dropping its Name

MasterCard

Photo: Mastercard Circles. The Mastercard Symbol will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds.

Las Vegas - January 8, 2019 - Mastercard today announced that it is dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts. The interlocking red and yellow circles referred to as the Mastercard Symbol, will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds, and significant sponsorship properties. “As the consumer and commerce landscape continues to evolve, the Mastercard Symbol represents Mastercard better than one word ever could, and the flexible modern design will allow it to work seamlessly across the digital landscape,” the company said.

“Reinvention in the digital age calls for modern simplicity,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communication officer at Mastercard. “And with more than 80 percent of people spontaneously recognizing the Mastercard Symbol without the word ‘MasterCard,’ we felt ready to take this next step in our brand evolution. We are proud of our rich brand heritage and are excited to see the iconic circles standing on their own.”

According to Mastercard, the red and yellow interlocking circles have been the hallmark of the Mastercard brand for more than 50 years, symbolizing the brand’s promise to connect people to Priceless possibilities. The instantaneously recognizable circles are a powerful symbol that brings people closer to their passions and gives them the confidence and trust that their transactions are secure, the company stated.

“We live in a time where, increasingly, we communicate not through words but icons and symbols. Mastercard has had the great fortune of being represented by two interlocking circles, one red, one yellow, since its founding in 1966, said Michael Bierut, a partner at Pentagram. “Now, by allowing this symbol to shine on its own, Mastercard enters an elite cadre of brands that are represented not by name, but by a symbol: an apple, a target, a swoosh. Mastercard’s two interlocking circles have always expressed their commitment to connecting people. Now, that commitment is given greater presence by Mastercard’s status as a symbol brand.”

Source: Mastercard

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January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump Exchange Greetings

Modi with Trump

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the President of United States of America, Donald Trump, and the first lady of USA, Ms. Melania Trump, at White House, in Washington DC, USA, on June 26, 2017. [File Photo]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Donald Trump of the United States exchanged greetings in a telephonic conversation last evening.

They expressed satisfaction at the progress in India-U.S. strategic partnership in 2018. They appreciated developments such as the launch of the new 2+2 Dialogue mechanism and the first-ever Trilateral Summit of India, the U.S., and Japan.

The two leaders took positive note of growing bilateral cooperation in defense, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening India-U.S. bilateral relations in 2019.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 7, 2019

India's Chief Election Commissioner in Chandigarh to review Election Preparedness for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections.

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Photo: The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, reviews the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, in Chandigarh on January 07, 2019.

Chandigarh, January 07, 2019 — Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner of India, today reviewed the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.

The Commission began the review with a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh. He discussed the provision of Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling Stations. He also considered strengthening of workforce and infrastructure of CEO’s offices, filling up of all vacant positions of elections functionaries at the field level, and the availability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Chief Electoral officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh briefed the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) about the progress of Special Summary Revision (w.r.t 01-01-2019), Voter Helpline (1950), and other IT related Applications.

The CEC had a comprehensive discussion with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Home Secretary, and other senior officials of Punjab, Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh on arrangements for smooth conduct of elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner directed the CEOs to ensure that all Contact Centers with a uniform number -‘1950’ shall be made operational as a single point contact for all election-related information to the voters.

Source: Election Commission of India

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