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February 25, 2019

The Academy Awards: Oscars 2019 Winners

Oscars 2019

Photo: Ashley Graham arrives on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando, Oscar nominees, arrive on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Nina Hartstone and John Warhurst pose backstage with the Oscar for achievement in sound editing during the live ABC Telecast of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Mike Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi pose backstage with the Oscar for the best documentary short subject during the live ABC Telecast of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Amy Adams, Oscar nominee, arrives on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Olivia Colman poses backstage with the Oscar for performance by an actress in a leading role during the live ABC Telecast of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Mike Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Rami Malek poses backstage with the Oscar for performance by an actor in a leading role during the live ABC Telecast of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Mike Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Ruth Carter poses backstage with the Oscar for achievement in costume design during the live ABC Telecast of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Mike Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars 2019

Photo: Sean McKittrick, Oscar nominee, and guest arrive on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

WINNERS & NOMINEES

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER
RAMI MALEK
Bohemian Rhapsody

NOMINEES
CHRISTIAN BALE
Vice

BRADLEY COOPER
A Star Is Born

WILLEM DAFOE
At Eternity’s Gate

VIGGO MORTENSEN
Green Book

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER
MAHERSHALA ALI
Green Book

NOMINEES
ADAM DRIVER
BlacKkKlansman

SAM ELLIOTT
A Star Is Born

RICHARD E. GRANT
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

SAM ROCKWELL
Vice

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER
OLIVIA COLMAN
The Favourite

NOMINEES
YALITZA APARICIO
Roma

GLENN CLOSE
The Wife

LADY GAGA
A Star Is Born

MELISSA MCCARTHY
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER
REGINA KING
If Beale Street Could Talk

NOMINEES
AMY ADAMS
Vice

MARINA DE TAVIRA
Roma

EMMA STONE
The Favourite

RACHEL WEISZ
The Favourite

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

WINNER
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller

NOMINEES
INCREDIBLES 2
Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle

ISLE OF DOGS
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

MIRAI
Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer

CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER
ROMA
Alfonso Cuarón

NOMINEES
COLD WAR
Łukasz Żal

THE FAVOURITE
Robbie Ryan

NEVER LOOK AWAY
Caleb Deschanel

A STAR IS BORN
Matthew Libatique

COSTUME DESIGN

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Ruth Carter

NOMINEES
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Mary Zophres

THE FAVOURITE
Sandy Powell

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Sandy Powell

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Alexandra Byrne

DIRECTING

WINNER
ROMA
Alfonso Cuarón

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Spike Lee

COLD WAR
Paweł Pawlikowski

THE FAVOURITE
Yorgos Lanthimos

VICE
Adam McKay

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

WINNER
FREE SOLO
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, and Shannon Dill

NOMINEES
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim

MINDING THE GAP
Bing Liu and Diane Quon

OF FATHERS AND SONS
Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, and Tobias N. Siebert

RBG
Betsy West and Julie Cohen

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

WINNER
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.
Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

NOMINEES
BLACK SHEEP
Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn

END GAME
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

LIFEBOAT
Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN
Marshall Curry

FILM EDITING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
John Ottman

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Barry Alexander Brown

THE FAVOURITE
Yorgos Mavropsaridis

GREEN BOOK
Patrick J. Don Vito

VICE
Hank Corwin

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WINNER
ROMA
Mexico

NOMINEES
CAPERNAUM
Lebanon

COLD WAR
Poland

NEVER LOOK AWAY
Germany

SHOPLIFTERS
Japan

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

WINNER
VICE
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

NOMINEES
BORDER
Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Ludwig Goransson

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Terence Blanchard

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Nicholas Britell

ISLE OF DOGS
Alexandre Desplat

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Marc Shaiman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

WINNER
SHALLOW
from A Star Is Born; Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

NOMINEES
ALL THE STARS
from Black Panther; Music by Kendrick Lamar, Mark “Sounwave” Spears and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith

I’LL FIGHT
from RBG; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO
from Mary Poppins Returns; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS
from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

BEST PICTURE

WINNER
GREEN BOOK
Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Kevin Feige, Producer

BLACKKKLANSMAN
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Graham King, Producer

THE FAVOURITE
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers

ROMA
Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers

A STAR IS BORN
Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers

VICE
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart

NOMINEES
THE FAVOURITE
Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton

FIRST MAN
Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

ROMA
Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

WINNER
BAO
Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb

NOMINEES
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Alison Snowden and David Fine

LATE AFTERNOON
Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco

ONE SMALL STEP
Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

WEEKENDS
Trevor Jimenez

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

WINNER
SKIN
Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

NOMINEES
DETAINMENT
Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon

FAUVE
Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon

MARGUERITE
Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset

MOTHER
Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado

SOUND EDITING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker

FIRST MAN
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

A QUIET PLACE
Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

ROMA
Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

SOUND MIXING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin

FIRST MAN
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis

ROMA
Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García

A STAR IS BORN
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, and Steve Morrow

VISUAL EFFECTS

WINNER
FIRST MAN
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm

NOMINEES
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, and Chris Corbould

READY PLAYER ONE
Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, and David Shirk

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

NOMINEES
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins

A STAR IS BORN
Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER
GREEN BOOK
Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

NOMINEES
THE FAVOURITE
Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

FIRST REFORMED
Written by Paul Schrader

ROMA
Written by Alfonso Cuarón

VICE
Written by Adam McKay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 23, 2019

Oval Diamond to lead Sotheby's HK Sale of Magnificent Jewels

Oval Diamond

Oval Diamond

Hong Kong, 19 February 2019 - Prized by kings and queens for centuries and across civilizations, coveted by tycoons and moguls of the 20th century, rare large diamonds have become the ultimate collectibles for modern day connoisseurs. This spring, a spectacular 88.22-carat, D Colour, Flawless, Type Ila, brilliant oval diamond, perfect according to every critical criterion, will lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite on 2 April 2019.

Describing the stone, David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman, International Jewellery Division, said: “For those who have had the chance to see the diamond, one adjective comes back: “breathtaking.” Barely any diamonds of this weight are known to possess the same exceptional qualities of purity and perfection as this remarkable stone which is so full of fire and blinding brilliance.”

Source: Sotheby’s

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February 21, 2019

Indian Educators visit the University of Michigan for Leadership Training

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan — About 30 Indian educators spent a week at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business as part of a new Leadership for Academicians program.

The LEAP program, launched by the India Ministry of Human Resource Development, provides a three-week training program for upcoming academic leaders. The collaboration between the University of Michigan Ross Business School and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, is the first one in a series.

The educators, who come from 15 states across India, spent the first two weeks in India as part of the new executive education program. They attended the final week at University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus to cover areas critical for the development of academic leadership in India.

“Hearing how a higher education institution works in the U.S. has been eye-opening,” said Bhupendra Gandhi, a professor at IIT-Roorkee. “We are looking forward to adapting them in the Indian context.”

At the University of Michigan, the Indian educators participated in several workshops and lectures about best practices in academic governance, technology disruption, student engagement, and innovation in teaching techniques.

“We are pleased to be selected as a partner in this crucial leadership development program in higher education in India,” said M.S. Krishnan, associate dean for executive programs at the Ross School. “We look forward to collaborating and shaping the academic leadership across institutions in India.”

As part of the training, the participants met with several senior University of Michigan leaders, including President Mark Schlissel, Provost Martin Philbert, Ross School Dean Scott DeRue and Dean of the College of Engineering, Alec Gallimore.

“I teach C.K Prahalad’s work to my students,” said Lalitha Ramakrishnan, a professor at Pondicherry University. “To walk the halls where he once taught is awe-inspiring.”

India Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a three weeks Flagship leadership development training programme (2 weeks domestic and one-week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in publicly funded higher education institutions in India. The primary objective is to prepare second-tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future. The programme would provide senior faculty, with high academic credentials, the necessary leadership and managerial skills including skills of problem-solving, handling stress, team building work, conflict management, developing communication skills, understanding and coping with the complexity and challenges of governance in higher education institutions, and financial & general administration.

In short, this Leadership Development Program aims to equip second level functionaries in Public Funded Institutions such as Deans, Heads of Departments, and Directors of Divisions/Schools with the leadership skills necessary for governance roles in higher education institutions.

Alumni Reception: The University of Michigan Alumni Association is organizing a gathering of its members and friends on 26 March 2019. Time: 7.00 P.M. Location: Qutub Hotel, New Delhi, India.

Sources: The University of Michigan and India Ministry of Human Resource Development

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February 20, 2019

India launches Operation Digital Board

India Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addressing a press conference on Operation Digital Board, in New Delhi on February 20, 2019.

New Delhi, February 20, 12019 — The Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, today launched Operation Digital Board (ODB) to leverage technology to boost quality education in the country.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the Minister said that Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching process interactive.

Mr. Prakash Javadekar disclosed that the digital board would be introduced all over the country in government and government-aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions. The process will begin from the coming session of 2019 itself, the Minister explained. He further said that ODB aims at converting a classroom into a digital class with the availability of e-resources at any time and any place to students. It will also help in Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting emerging technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics. An expert committee has worked out the optimum configuration of the Digital Class Rooms under ODB, he said.

The Union Minister explained that the biggest challenge facing the education sector in the country is maintaining acceptable quality standards across the country. Although we have a good number of premier institutions, which compete with the best in the world, a large number of higher education institutions and schools need improvement in quality teaching-learning, as the students coming out of these institutions find themselves unsuitable for the requirements of the society and the market.

Implementation of ODB in Higher Education Institutions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will be the implementing agency for ODB in Higher Education Institutions. UGC has passed a resolution for extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022. UGC proposes to take up 300 universities and 10,000 colleges in the first phase, covering 2 lakh classrooms.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, India

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February 19, 2019

Re-Inventing Delhi — Delhi Master Plan 2041

New Delhi

New Delhi

New Delhi

Photo: Le Meridien, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Image Credit: Maciej Janiec.

New Delhi

Photo: The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, delivering the inaugural address at an International Conference on “Re-Inventing Delhi,” organized for preparation of “Master Plan of Delhi 2041,” in New Delhi on February 19, 2019.

New Delhi, February 19, 2019 — Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs, India, said that in the last few years a more holistic view of urban development has emerged. It focuses on replacing regulatory ‘control’ based environments with a more enabling ‘strategic’ planning framework, active citizen engagement, sustainable green growth principles, compact mixed-use planning of cities, and data-linked governance.

Mr. Puri was addressing a two-day International Conference on ‘Re-Inventing Delhi’ here today. He said the policies of the Government now focus on creating an environment that harnesses not just growth but ‘good growth.’

Mr. Puri said engagements in the preparation of the next planning blueprint for the city of Delhi would help in furthering a process of transformation that has already been initiated by the Government through several progressive policies and projects.

Mr, Puri pointed out that Delhi is symptomatic of the issues that plague metropolitan cities across India — unsustainable development, extreme traffic congestion, air pollution, the general degradation of the quality of urban space, and lack of adequate essential services like water supply.

He said the government policy is expected to create a large number of housing units that will cater to Delhi’s unmet housing demand in addition to becoming centers for new institutions, city level green spaces, commercial areas, cultural centers, and entertainment areas for citizens.

Mr. Puri stated that the government is incorporating conservation and judicious use of resources such as water as an integral part of all its new policies and projects. “This is not just a response to water scarcity in Delhi but symbolic of the original ethos of sustainable and environmentally responsible development we are teaching in the city,” he said.

Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, in his address highlighted the importance of ensuring a quality life for the citizens in any future planning. He said the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 must take into account the need for public spaces, a cleaner environment, water and biodiversity conservation, slum re-development, safety, and maximizing the potential of Delhi heritage and history. Mr. Mishra emphasized on the need to de-congest the city.

Lt. Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, said Delhi Master Plan 2041 must take into account sustainable environment, citizen engagement in planning at local level, universal accessibility, zero waste mechanism, efficient energy use, and constant monitoring and review.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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February 16, 2019

International Press Institute welcomes new Czech National Committee to the global network

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

Photo: Walking to the office building. Prague, Czech Republic. Image Credit: Black Tea.

Vienna, Austria, February 15, 2019 — The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives, and journalists, has welcomed the IPI Czech National Committee into its fold.

Amid the growing threat to independent journalism in Central Europe, the newly formed Czech National Committee aims to defend press freedom and safety of journalists and support independent media in the country.

The Committee’s founding members are Robert Břešťan, Robert Čásenský, Michal Klíma, Veronika Sedláčková, and the institutional member Nadační fond nezávislé žurnalistiky (Endowment for Independent Journalism). Klima, a noted Czech journalist, and senior media manager was elected as the Committee’s first chairperson.

“It is vital that we operate as a representative organization that derives its authority based on national media personalities as well as international prestige,” Klíma explained. “We want to defend freedom of the press, and we will comment on situations when this freedom is restricted or violated.”

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi added: “The founding of the Czech National Committee comes at a critical moment for press freedom and independent journalism in the Czech Republic and Central Europe more broadly, as political and business interests increasingly seek to silence, control or manipulate the news. We look forward to working closely with our members in the Czech Republic to defend quality, independent journalism and the free flow of news and information.”

The IPI Executive Board had approved the formation of the Czech National Committee at a Board meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, in November 2018.

• INDIA

In India, IPI India National Committee represents the International Press Institute (IPI).

IPI India instituted an annual award in 2003 to recognize and honor the best work by an Indian media organization done in furtherance of the public interest.

International Press Institute, Indian Express

The first IPI India award was given to The Indian Express for its reporting on riots in Gujarat in 2002 and their aftermath.

International Press Institute, Tribune

The International Press Institute’s Indian National Committee had named Chandigarh based, English language newspaper, The Tribune as the 2012 recipient of its prestigious IPI India Award for Excellence in Journalism.

IPI India had noted the newspaper’s “outstanding journalistic work during 2011,” specifically “on the looting of Punjab’s public transport by powerful politicians and bureaucrats, leading to a huge burden on the people of Punjab.”

A distinguished jury of editors and publishers chose The Tribune from a list of nominations forwarded to IPI India and commended the newspaper’s investigation, published in five parts, as an example of “crusading journalism in the cause of larger public interest.”

Former chief justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand, headed the jury, which included Mr. N. Ravi, chairman of IPI India and director of The Hindu; Mr. M.K. Razdan, editor-in-chief of the Press Trust of India (PTI); Mr. T.N. Ninan, chairman and chief editor of the Business Standard; and Mr. Riyad Mathew, senior assistant editor of Malayala Manorama, publishers of The Week.

Source: International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria

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February 15, 2019

Philanthropist and investor Jean Case to share her new book "Be Fearless" at National Press Club Headliners event February 27

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2019 — In her new book, “Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose,” Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society, draws examples from her own life’s journey and success stories of ordinary entrepreneurs to explain why - particularly in today’s crowded marketplace of ideas and information - it pays to be fearless. Case will share tips and inspiration at a National Press Club Headliners book event on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This event will take place in the Club’s conference rooms and will feature a presentation by the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

Jean Case co-founded the Case Foundation in 1997 with a mission to “invest in people and ideas that can change the world” through inclusive entrepreneurship and impact investing. Before launching the Case Foundation, Case was a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL) where she directed the marketing and branding that helped to establish and grow the company from a small startup to a household name and utility. Case is currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic Partners and is also on the Board of the White House Historical Association.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 13, 2019

UN Special Event to launch EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health

United Nations

ENLARGE

Photo: Hilaria Baldwin (center), wellness expert, and Alec Baldwin (left), actor and activist, attend the special event to launch the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health. 05 February 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations

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February 12, 2019

L’ORÉAL AND UNESCO ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: A participant at the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Hungary, Portugal, and the Slovak Republic, with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Telecommunication Union. 11 February 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards Ceremony for Women and Science at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: Lauriane Chomaz, Fellow of the French program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women and Science, with high school girls. Photo Credit & Copyright © Matthew Brookes. Image provided by L’Oréal For Girls and Science.

Paris, February 11, 2019 — On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated on 11 February, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the laureates of the 21st International Awards For Women in Science, which honors outstanding women scientists, from all over the world. These exceptional women are recognized for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science.

Each laureate receives €100,000, and their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of 15 promising young women scientists from around the world at an awards ceremony on 14 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

EXTENDING THE AWARD TO MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation in many domains. However, it is also one of the scientific fields with the lowest representation of women at the highest level. Since the establishment of the three most prestigious international prizes for the discipline (Fields, Wolf, and Abel), only one woman mathematician has been recognized, out of a total of 141 laureates.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have therefore decided to reinforce their efforts to empower women in science by extending the International Awards dedicated to material science to two more research areas: mathematics and computer science.

Two mathematicians now figure among the five laureates receiving 2019 For Women in Science Awards. Claire Voisin, one of five women to have won a gold medal from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the first women mathematician to enter the prestigious Collège de France; and Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University (USA), the first woman researcher to head the International Mathematical Union.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, upholding the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE FIVE 2019 LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Najat Aoun SALIBA - Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professor Saliba is rewarded for her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants in the Middle East, and modern nicotine delivery systems, such as cigarettes and hookahs. Her innovative work in analytical and atmospheric chemistry will make it possible to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges and help advance public health policies and practices.

ASIA PACIFIC

Professeur Maki KAWAI - Chemistry / Catalysis

Director General, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan, member of the Science Council of Japan

Professor Maki Kawai has been recognized for her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, to transform materials and create innovative materials. Her outstanding research has contributed to establishing the foundations of nanotechnologies at the forefront of discoveries of new chemical and physical phenomena that stand to address critical environmental issues such as energy efficiency.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Karen HALLBERG - Physics/ Condensed matter physics

Professor at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre, CNEA/CONICET, Argentina

Professor Karen Hallberg is rewarded for developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter. Her innovative and creative techniques represent a significant contribution to understanding nanoscopic systems and new materials.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Ingrid DAUBECHIES - Mathematics / Mathematical physics

Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, United States

Professor Daubechies is recognized for her exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression. Her innovative research on wavelet theory has led to the development of treatment and image filtration methods used in technologies from medical imaging equipment to wireless communication.

EUROPE

Professor Claire VOISIN - Mathematics / Algebraic geometry

Professor at the Collège de France and former researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Professor Voisin is rewarded for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry. Her pioneering discoveries have allowed [mathematicians and scientists] to resolve fundamental questions on topology and Hodge structures of complex algebraic varieties.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE 15 INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS OF 2019

Among the 275 national and regional fellowship winners Unesco and L’Oreal support each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers, all of whom will also be honored on 14 March 2019.

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Dr. Saba AL HEIALY - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Zohra DHOUAFLI - Neuroscience/ Biochemistry

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Tunisia, Center of Biotechnology of Borj-Cédria

Dr. Menattallah ELSERAFY - Molecular biology/Genetics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Egypt, Zewail City of Science and Technology

Dr. Priscilla Kolibea MANTE - Neurosciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Jacquelyn CRAGG - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Canada, University of British Columbia

LATIN AMERICA

Dr. Maria MOLINA - Chemistry/Molecular biology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Argentina, National University of Rio Cuarto

Dr. Ana Sofia VARELA - Chemistry/Electrocatalysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Mexico, Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico

ASIA PACIFIC

Dr. Sherry AW - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dr. Mika NOMOTO - Molecular biology / Plant Pathology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, University of Nagoya

Dr. Mary Jacquiline ROMERO - Quantum physics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Australia, University of Queensland

EUROPE

Dr. Laura ELO - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Finland, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Dr. Kirsten JENSEN - Material chemistry, structural analysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Biola María JAVIERRE MARTÍNEZ - Genomics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Spain, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

Dr. Urte NENISKYTE - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Lithuania, University of Vilnius

Dr. Nurcan TUNCBAG - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Turkey, Middle East Technical University

Source: UNESCO

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February 10, 2019

India Pavilion inaugurated at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival; Actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt visit the Pavilion

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

Photos: Indian actress Alia Bhatt at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on February 9, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Images provided by Berlinale.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Janina Uhse arrives in Audi e-Tron car for the “The Kindness Of Strangers” premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 7, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Tina Rexilius arrives in Audi e-Tron car for the “System Crasher” (Systemsprenger) premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 8, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Michael Beck and his daughters at the Audi Berlinale Brunch during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Lisa-Marie Koroll at the Audi Berlinale Brunch during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin, February 8, 2019 — Mr. Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director European Film Market (EFM), inaugurated the India Pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019.

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, is participating in the Berlin International Film Festival being held from 7th - 17th February 2019 at Berlin, Germany. An India Pavilion is set-up at the Festival to act as a platform to popularize Indian Cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.

The Indian Delegation at Berlinale 2019 aims to promote Indian films across linguistic cultural and regional diversity to forge international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology to accelerate the growth of film sector in India.

The Delegation will also promote the Golden Jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with popularizing the steps taken to ease shooting films in India through Film Facilitation Office that facilitates Single Window Clearance for film-makers and provides the platform for ‘film tourism’ in India. To take advantage of the availability of technicians and skilled professionals, India will be showcased as a post-production hub to promote collaborations for films with international production houses.

The Indian Delegation will meet officials from countries including Israel, New Zealand, France, Italy, China, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the US, Greece, and the UK. The delegation will also meet with officials from Locarno Film Festival, EFM Director, Venice International Film Festival, New Zealand Film Commission, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and China Children’s Film Association, among others.

Over 75 Indian film companies are participating at Berlinale 2019.

Berlin International Film Festival

Meanwhile, the team behind the upcoming movie ‘Gully Boy’ including Mr. Ranveer Singh, Ms. Alia Bhatt, Ms. Zoya Akhtar, and Mr. Ritesh Sidhwani visited the India Pavilion.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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February 8, 2019

Sound On: Mastercard Debuts Sonic Brand

Mastercard Melody to come to life at Mastercard Sensory Lab during GRAMMY Week and in new U.S. ad with Camila Cabello.

Mastercard Sound

Purchase, NY - February 8, 2019 - Setting a new tempo for brand expression, Mastercard debuts its sonic brand identity, a comprehensive sound architecture that signifies the latest advancement for the brand. Wherever consumers engage with Mastercard across the globe - be it physical, digital or voice environments - the distinct and memorable Mastercard melody will provide simple, seamless familiarity. The news comes on the heels of the company’s recent transition to a symbol brand and is part of its continued brand transformation.

“Sound adds a powerful new dimension to our brand identity and a critical component to how people recognize Mastercard today and in the future,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing, and communications officer, Mastercard. “We set out an ambitious goal to produce the Mastercard melody in a way that’s distinct and authentic, yet adaptable globally and across genres. It is important that our sonic brand not only reinforces our presence but also resonates seamlessly around the world.”

Global Resonance, Local Relevance

To ensure the Mastercard melody would resonate with people the world over, Mastercard tapped musicians, artists, and agencies from across the globe, including musical innovator Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

The result, a distinct and memorable melody with adaptations across genres and cultures, making it locally relevant while maintaining a consistent global brand voice. Also, the use of varying instruments and tempos help to deliver the Mastercard melody in several unique styles such as operatic, cinematic and playful as well as many regional interpretations.

The Mastercard melody is the foundation of the company’s sound architecture and will extend to many assets, from musical scores, audio logos, and ringtones, to hold music and point-of-sale acceptance sounds.

“What I love most about the Mastercard melody, is just how flexible and adaptable it is across genres and cultures,” said Mike Shinoda. “It’s great to see a big brand expressing themselves through music to strengthen their connection with people.”

A Digital Brand for a Digital Consumer

With voice shopping set to hit $40 billion by 2022, audio identities not only connect brands with consumers on a new dimension, but they are also tools enabling consumers to shop, live, and pay in an increasingly digital and mobile world.

“Audio makes people feel things, and that’s what makes it such a powerful medium for brands, said Matt Lieber, Cofounder, and President, Gimlet. “With the explosion of podcasts, music streaming, and smart speakers, an audio strategy is no longer a “nice-to-have” for brands - it’s a necessity. A sonic identity — the audio calling card for a brand — is now just as important as a brand’s visual identity.”

Melody comes to life during GRAMMY Week.

In the lead up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Mastercard will launch a new multi-channel marketing program starring GRAMMY-nominated artist Camila Cabello, which will be the first creative output to feature the brand’s sound logo.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Mastercard and being able to offer new opportunities to fans,” said Cabello.

Following the U.S. introduction, the Mastercard sound will head to The BRIT Awards in London and then Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mastercard would announce additional activations and sonic integrations around the world in the coming months.

Source: Mastercard

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February 7, 2019

The Ferrari Monza SP2 named “Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year 2018” at Paris Festival Automobile International

Ferrari Monza

Ferrari Monza

 Ferrari Monza

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Photos: Ferrari Monza SP2. Images provided by & copyright © FERRARI.

Maranello, Italy, February 6, 2019 - The Ferrari Monza SP2 has been named the Most Beautiful Supercar of 2018 by a panel of expert judges at the 34th Paris Festival Automobile International.

The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at the city’s Hotel National des Invalides attended by over 600 guests, including many leading exponents of the automotive and journalism worlds.

The Ferrari Monza SP2, together with the Ferrari Monza SP1, is the forerunner of the new Icona concept inspired by the most evocative Ferrari competition cars of the 1950s. The Monza SP2 is the Prancing Horse’s modern reinterpretation of a timeless style paired with technologically advanced components and the highest performance possible, thanks to the marque’s continuous research and innovation.

“The Ferrari Style Centre’s designers crafted a design so pure and forms so elegantly minimalist that they could be described as a single pencil stroke. The extreme styling of the more recent Ferrari track cars has been bypassed in favor of clean, spare lines. Never before has a car possessed such clear narrative power: this is a model born to deliver pure driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel. An experience that creates a symbiotic connection between man and car,” the company said.

Source: Ferrari

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Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson to discuss new book "Merchants of Truth" at National Press Club Headliners breakfast event, February 14

National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2019 — Award-winning journalist Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver an insider’s look at the transformation of journalism and the business of news at a Headliners breakfast conversation on February 14 at 9 a.m. in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Abramson will discuss and sign her new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.”

Doors will open with a light breakfast of coffee and tea at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

You will also have the option of purchasing a copy of the book, which will be available for pick up and signing at the event.

The book, using the examples of two legacy heavyweights, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and two digital upstarts, BuzzFeed and Vice, dissects the disruption of the news media, its attempts to adjust and its uncertain future amid President Trump’s war on the press.

Abramson, who witnessed the struggles firsthand in senior editorial positions at the Times and the Wall Street Journal, gives readers insight into the biggest players in media including Jeff Bezos, Marty Baron, Arthur Sulzberger, Dean Banquet, Jonah Peretti and Shane Smith.

Walter Isaacson called the book “essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society.”

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 6, 2019

President of India Presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 06, 2019.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 06, 2019.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 06, 2019).

Union Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, senior officers of the Ministry, and many dignitaries from the field of Art & Culture attended the event.

List of Awardees

MUSIC

DANCE

THEATRE

Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry

Overall Contribution/Scholarship

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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February 5, 2019

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 40 years of leadership and innovation with the anniversary edition of its world-famous Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin

Royal Canadian Coin

Photo: The Royal Canadian Mint’s 40th Anniversary Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 5, 2019 — After four decades of innovation and commercial success, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched a special 40th anniversary edition of the Gold Maple Leaf, celebrating the bullion coin that the global precious metal industry has come to accept as the standard against which all other gold bullion coins are measured.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized coinage products and related services on an international scale.

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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