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February 26, 2020

India's Human Resource Development Minister launches Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators.

India Universities, UGC

British Council India

UGC, British Council India

New Delhi, February 26, 2020 — The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, today launched the ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator.’ It is a joint initiative of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the British Council under the auspices of the UK India Education and Research Initiative. Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, MHRD; Prof. D.P. Singh, Chairman, UGC; Ms. Barbara Wickham OBE, Director, British Council India, and other officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission and the British Council were present during the launch of the program.

HRD Minister Pokhriyal said that this is a unique program that will address the critical aspect of enhancing leadership capacity in the mid and senior level functionaries of Indian Universities. He said that the program would be a step towards institutional development in line with our Governments’ commitment to improving the quality of education imparted in our Universities. He added that the program would lead to developing a more global outlook and promote learning for inclusive and internationally connected higher education systems. The Minister also said that the program would serve as a stimulant for the functionaries to improve their performance and capabilities, which consequently shall enhance the institutional profile and reputation of Universities in India.

• The main objective of the program is to train the senior and middle-level academic administrators to enable them to bring about systemic changes with renewed approaches, capacity, tools, and skills in Universities in India. The “Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators” would ensure effectiveness on the part of the administrative functionaries of the Universities.

• The program includes two workshops conducted by UK trainers, which will train about 300 academic administrators in the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar to enable them to bring about professional transformation in the higher education institutions. Further, to make the program sustainable, 30 potential future leadership development program trainers from among the 300 participants will be chosen and will be given additional training to train others.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will conduct this program in collaboration with ‘Advance HE’ as the training partner with globally recognized institutional expertise and leadership excellence from the UK, which is being enabled by the British Council in India.

The UGC has issued the following notification in this connection:

“INVITATION OF APPLICATIONS FROM UNIVERSITIES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR ADMINISTRATORS”

WHO CAN APPLY

Central Universities funded by the University Grants Commission.

State Public Universities included under section 2(f) & 12B of the UGC Act.

TARGET GROUP

Administrative functionaries at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar of the eligible Universities.

HOW TO APPLY

Eligible Universities shall apply in the prescribed format.

Eligible Universities shall nominate 3-5 functionaries in order of preference at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar.

To ensure gender diversity in the program, at least one of the top three nominees should be a female.

The application should be duly forwarded and signed by the Vice-Chancellor/authorized signatory of the university.

The last date for receipt of the application is March 16, 2020.

PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION

The UGC would assess the application based on criteria such as Participating Institution’s commitment to the program; Experience, achievements, and potential of the participants; Clarity of program goals; Potential impact of the program; and Sustainability and transferability beyond the curriculum.

The names of the selected universities and participants, along with the schedule of training, shall be announced by the end of March 2020.

Full notification and the prescribed format for application are available from the UGC.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

— Incidentally, the Editor is a Member of the Association of University Administrators, UK.


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February 24, 2020

President Trump and the First Lady in India

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Photo: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch a flock of birds fly past as they walk near the reflecting pool of the Taj Mahal Monday, February 24, 2020, in Agra, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

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Photo: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo before the reflecting pool of the Taj Mahal Monday, February 24, 2020, in Agra, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

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Photo: Cultural performers on camelback greet guests as they arrive to attend the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, February 24, 2020, at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

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Photo: President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stand together on stage before a cheering crowd at the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

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Photo: President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks at the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the President of United States of America, Donald Trump, and First Lady Mrs. Melania Trump, at Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on February 24, 2020.

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump, and First Lady Mrs. Melania Trump, at Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on February 24, 2020.

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump, and First Lady Mrs. Melania Trump, at Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on February 24, 2020.

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February 23, 2020

Chandigarh University sets National Record in Research & Innovation in India.

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Photo: Flags of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on display at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva. Copyright © WIPO. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod. Image provided by WIPO. [File Photo]

CHANDIGARH, India, February 22, 2020— The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland, informs that Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018. China boosted the overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

“Asia continues to outpace other regions in filing activity for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and other intellectual property rights. And these intellectual property rights are at the center of the global economy,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “China alone accounted for almost half of all the world’s patent filings, with India also registering impressive increases. Asia has become a global hub for innovation.”

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2018. A record of 1.54 million applications that amounts to 46.4% of the global total. IP offices of the US (597,141), Japan (313,567), the Republic of Korea (209,992), and the European Patent Office (174,397) followed China’s IP office. Together, these five offices accounted for 85.3% of the world’s total.

Germany (67,898), India (50,055), the Russian Federation (37,957), Canada (36,161) and Australia (29,957) also featured among the top 10 offices. All of these offices saw growth in filings, ranging from 7.5% in India to 0.3% in Germany.

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• In India, Chandigarh University has emerged as one of the best educational institutions of the country that have filed the maximum number of patent applications in 2018-19. “We are contributing towards making India self-reliant in developing new technologies and getting a top position in Global Innovation Index,” the University said.

The latest data released by the government of India’s Office of Controller General of Patent Design and Trademarks for the year 2018-19, tells that Chandigarh University had the highest number, 336 patents, filed by its students and faculty. IITs, 23 of them, had jointly filed 557 patents, followed by 336 patents by Chandigarh University alone. India’s leading IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), followed Chandigarh University with 239 patent applications. The fourth position in this list is held by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with 202 patents. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Public Sector Company, got the fifth rank by filing 135 patents.

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Photo: Detailed Chart Showing the Number of Patents filed by Chandigarh University. Image provided by Chandigarh University.

While giving details about the patents filed by Chandigarh University students and faculty, its Vice-Chancellor said, “Department of Mechanical Engineering leads the university departments with 176 patents filed. The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering follows it with 59 patents and the Department of Computer Science with 44 patents.” “The students and faculty of Bio-Technology and Pharmacy have filed more than 25 patents in the field of Health Sciences and Medicine, which is yet another way of contributing towards society”, the Vice-Chancellor remarked.

“Higher Education Institutions or Universities have a major role to play in the field of research which contributes towards the economic prosperity of any nation,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University. “We at Chandigarh University through our intensive R&D initiatives are trying to convert ‘Make in India’ dream turn into a reality so that our country no longer has to be dependent on developed nations for the transfer of technology. The robust work of our Core Research Groups increased the number of patents filed by Chandigarh University from 336 to 500 in 2019.” he added.

According to Chandigarh University, its campus hosts more than 30 ultra-modern R&D Labs and Innovation Centers established by leading companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, SAP Labs, IBM, Honda, Hyundai, Volvo-Eicher, Virtusa, IHG Academy, The Taj Academy, and Piramal Foundation. Here students are given hands-on practical exposure on the new age technologies under the guidance of Industry Experts. The University has earmarked an annual budget for Research & Innovation.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) has awarded Chandigarh University with the prestigious ‘A+’ Grade. (The nearby Lahore Pakistan origin Panjab University has NAAC Grade ‘A’.) Chandigarh University offers more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

— The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that works for the protection of intellectual property throughout the world.

—The Editor is an Alumnus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland.


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February 22, 2020

Flower Show & Garden Competition, New Delhi

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Photo: Tiger made of Flowers. Flower Show & Garden Competition. New Delhi. February 22, 2020.

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Sports Footwear Market Size Worth USD 142.40 Billion by 2026.

Torsional Stability and Flexible Properties of Sports Shoes to Fuel their Demand Worldwide, Says Fortune Business Insights.

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Photos: The sports brand PUMA, and the world’s fastest hedgehog, Sonic, are once again joining forces ahead of the release of the blockbuster movie “Sonic the Hedgehog.” The PUMA x SONIC collection will feature the famous blue video game character in its designs and graphics. That collection blends Sonic’s playfulness with PUMA’s sport style design. The collection consists of the SONIC sneaker in two new colorways with a semi-transparent white or black grid look, bright color pops, and gold accents. Images provided by PUMA.

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PUNE, India, February 22, 2020 — Fortune Business Insights have projected that due to the rising prevalence of sports culture, the global Sports Footwear Market size would reach USD 142.40 billion by 2026. Users prefer Sports footwear due to their physical properties such as motion control or torsional stability, and flexibility. Such benefits have increased the demand for sports shoes in the market worldwide.

Fortune Business Insights have published a report titled, “Sports Footwear Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Gender (Men, Women, and Kids), End-User (Professional Users and Recreational Users), Distribution Channel (Online and Offline), and Regional Forecasts, 2019 - 2026.” According to the report, the market value of Sports Footwear was USD 98.70 billion in 2018. It will rise at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4.8 % from 2019 to 2026, the report says.

• Highlights of the Report:

The report on the Sports Footwear Market offers a comprehensive overview of the market and its growth parameters, such as drivers, restraints, and challenges. It also focuses on significant industry developments and critical insights into the market. The report presents a detailed segmentation of the market based on factors such as gender, end-user, distribution channel, and regions. The report lists the names of players operating in the market and the key strategies adopted by them to compete for the top position in the market. The report also contains the current Sports Footwear Market trends and opportunities.

The leading manufacturers in the Sports Footwear Market mentioned in the report are as follows:

ASICS
Nike Inc
Diadora S.p.A.
Adidas Group
Puma SE
Converse
Reebok
MIZUNO Corporation
Sketchers, USA Inc.
Armor Inc.

• Major Growth Drivers:

• Increasing Inclination Towards Physical Fitness Will Promote Growth.

The rise in participation in sports activities worldwide is a significant factor in promoting Sports Footwear Market growth. Further, the increasing number of people suffering from health issues due to the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle is propelling the need for physical fitness and exercises daily. Such factors are likely to increase the demand for sports shoes worldwide, thereby accelerating the rate of growth for the sports shoe market.

Moreover, governments of various nations are encouraging sports and recreational activities at schools and college levels. They are organizing numerous sports championships at district, state, and national levels to provide an opportunity for sports enthusiasts and boost the spirit of sports among youth. For instance, the Government of India is investing in programs encouraging the students to participate in sports activities by organizing various platforms such as ‘Khelo India.’

• Regional Analysis:

• The Asia Pacific to Thrive Owing to Government-supported Initiatives

Based on regional segmentation, we could categorize the global Sports Footwear Market into the regions of North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. We could further segment each of these regions into countries. Among these, North America held the most extensive sports shoe market share and generated a revenue of USD 41.12 billion in 2018 and USD 42.89 billion in 2019. The USA and Canada have a vibrant sports culture and high preference for other similar activities.

On the other side, the sports shoe market in the Asia Pacific could witness robust growth on account of the increasing inclination towards fitness and sports activities. Besides this, the growing number of struck-down by disease population has propelled people to give importance to physical activities such as walking, jogging, running, and yoga. It would further promote the sports shoe market demand in the years to come.

Further, governments in developing nations such as India are promoting sports and recreational activities by making it a compulsory subject in schools. Thus, such initiatives will help add impetus to the regional sports shoe market growth in the forecast duration.

• Competitive Landscape:

• Launch of Innovative Products to Intensify Market Competition

Players operating in the Sports Footwear Market are keen on launching advanced products that are both innovative and will fulfill the requirement of the consumer. For instance, a Fast Flexweave running show was launched by Reebok, with the latest cutting-edge technology. Such innovations are encouraging other players to invest more in product development and maintain a strong foothold in the market. The presence of more sports and physical activity enthusiasts is likely to aid in the expansion of the regional market and earn high Sports Footwear Market revenue.

The authors of the report, Fortune Business Insights Pvt. Ltd., have an office in Pune, India. The full story is available from them. According to them, they offer expert corporate analysis and accurate data, helping organizations of all sizes make timely decisions.

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February 19, 2020

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) asks all Universities and Colleges to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on 21 February.

International Mother Language Day

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and the Director-General, UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay signing an agreement during their meeting in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

New Delhi, February 18, 2020 — The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will celebrate the International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on February 21 across the country. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, will be the Chief Guest at the main event to be held in New Delhi on February 20, 2020. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will be the Guest of Honour. The theme of the program is ‘Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage’ reflecting the spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.”

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance forming a part of UNESCO’s calendar of events, held on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. UNESCO first announced it on November 17, 1999. It was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2008. The latter called upon its member states “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world.”

MHRD, along with educational institutions and language institutions, is celebrating International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) for the past three years. This year also the educational institutions will organize activities like Elocution, Debating, Singing, Essay Writing, Painting, Music, Dramatic Performances, Exhibitions, and Cultural Events.

India has unparalleled linguistic and cultural diversity. Therefore the Government of India has decided to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) every year. The government would promote the use of mother tongues to achieve the following objectives:

Meanwhile, India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all Universities and Colleges to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on February 21, 2020.

“In case the colleges are closed on February 21, 2020, on account of Mahashivaratri, they may celebrate it a day earlier or a day after February 21, 2020. They should upload the report on the celebration of the occasion on the UGC Activity Monitoring Portal by February 22, 2020, 5 P.M.” the UGC notification said.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

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Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with the students in traditional Indian attires who had welcomed him in 22 Indian languages, on the occasion of Mother Language Day, in New Delhi on February 20, 2020. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’ and the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, are also present.


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February 18, 2020

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin edges Ryan Blaney in Daytona 500

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Photo: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, Josh Williams, driver of the #92 Sleep Well/Harkin Construction Chevrolet, and Brandon Brown, driver of the #68 Larry’s Lemonade Chevrolet, during the running of the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Credit: C. Tilton/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 17, 2020 — With the car of Ryan Newman sliding upside-down trailing sparks behind him, Denny Hamlin joined elite company on Monday night in the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history.

Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line at Daytona International Speedway by .014 seconds, while the driver of the No. Eleven celebrated with a burnout on the infield grass. The emergency crew worked to extricate Newman from his No. 6 Ford, which came to rest on its roof at the end of the tri-oval.

Hamlin—unaware of Newman’s predicament when he started his burnout—went to a subsequent subdued Victory Lane celebration as the winner of two straight Daytona 500s and three of the last five. It tied him for third with Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon in the number of victories in the Great American Race.

• NASCAR Cup Series Race - 62nd Annual DAYTONA 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida. Sunday, February 16, 2020. Top 20:

  1. Denny Hamlin, Toyota
  2. Ryan Blaney, Ford
  3. Chris Buescher, Ford
  4. David Ragan, Ford
  5. Kevin Harvick, Ford
  6. Clint Bowyer, Ford
  7. Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet
  8. Corey LaJoie, Ford
  9. Ryan Newman, Ford
  10. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
  11. John Hunter Nemechek, Ford
  12. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
  13. Justin Haley, Chevrolet
  14. Michael McDowell, Ford
  15. Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
  16. Brennan Poole, Chevrolet
  17. Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  18. Erik Jones, Toyota
  19. Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet

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TISSOT HERITAGE NAVIGATOR CHRONO AUTO 1973

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A year after the overnight success of the first generation of the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973, Tissot launches the second series of its barrel-shaped chronograph. As a traditional innovative brand, Tissot presents this striking timepiece as part of the partnership that unites Tissot and the Kessel Classics vintage car racing team. This comfortable 43mm piece with high-quality finishes again mingles sports elegance with the neo-vintage design language.

Tissot calls it “The true spirit of classic racing.”

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February 16, 2020

FOIL/FOIA as the Last Resort. The National Press Club Journalism Institute to conduct Workshop on Getting Public Information through the Front Door.

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Photo: Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka pose before his luncheon address to the National Press Club, May 27, 2014. Image Credit: Al Teich / National Press Club. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2020 — The National Press Club has announced that its Journalism Institute would organize a workshop where three accomplished reporters would show how to get the “government records you always wanted but weren’t quite sure how to find.”

As a reporter, filing a Freedom of Information Act request should be your last resort. The government documents you need may be hiding in plain sight, the Club Announcement said.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that requires the United States government to fully or partially disclose information and documents controlled by it upon specific request.

The U.S. states have analogous freedom of information laws. A FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request to the New York State, for instance, is similar to an FOIA request to the U.S. Federal Government.

The FOIL/FOIA Workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 19, at:

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
13th Floor, Conference Rooms
Washington, DC 20045.

Panelists:

• Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News.

Zremski will share tactics from his dogged coverage of Rep. Chris Collins’ investments, which led him to a pump-and-dump scheme that caught the attention of federal prosecutors. Zremski will describe how he uses available public records to connect dots and track the work of the congressional delegation he covers for his readers.

• Alex Mann, Crime and Courts Reporter for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Mann has pursued a case in the Capital Gazette newsroom. Mann will discuss how to use court records to keep abreast of a running story, how to discover new ones, and how to question any document that is declared confidential.

• Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, Investigative Editor for the Associated Press.

Kodjak has covered money in politics, the financial crisis, the BP oil spill, and health care policy by digging through government agency records. Kodjak will share tips that fueled her award-winning coverage at the National Public Radio, the Center for Public Integrity, and as a reporter at Bloomberg News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Palm Beach Post.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press. It equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. As the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, the Institute serves as a beacon for journalism in the public interest.

The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, represents more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and expert communicators worldwide.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

The Editor is a Member of the National Press Club, Washington, DC.


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February 15, 2020

OMEGA Tresor. In Full Color.

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OMEGA Tresor has boosted the watchmaker’s historic reputation for luxurious women’s watchmaking. Omega Tresor timepieces reflect a classic design with modern touches and are a trendy choice.

Now Omega Tresor has unveiled a unique model in red and white. The new timepiece includes a polished 36 mm case crafted in stainless steel.

The innovative combination of colors is the most distinctive feature in this model. The lacquered white dial is surrounded by transferred Roman numerals in red, while the matching strap stands out in red leather.

On the crown, you’ll find another single diamond, this time surrounded by a red ceramic flower made from five OMEGA logos.

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February 14, 2020

Kyle Busch is 'Letting M Do The Talking.' 2019 NASCAR Champion Shares New M&M'S Personality-Filled Packs with Friends and Fans.

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Photo: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota, practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 11, 2019, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

DAYTONA, Fla., February 13, 2020 — The M&M’S is encouraging people to celebrate, connect and find humor in life’s everyday moments - on and off the track - through the voices of the popular spokes candies.

As a part of the M&M’S Messages program, the brand launched 36 uniquely-themed packages with messages ranging from, “You make mama proud,” to “Congrats on that thing you did.” M&M’S has a saying for every person, feeling, and occasion - plus, you don’t have to say anything, you can ‘Let M Say it for You.’

“M&M’S Messages are perfect for thanking your fans for their unwavering support, having fun with your fellow drivers, or even bonding with your pit crew,” said Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota. “I have a few favorites, including “I just want to apologize for whatever I do in the future” that I’ll be distributing to my fellow drivers. And “Don’t say I never did anything for you,” which I intend to share with Coach Gibbs later this week.”

M&M’S Message packages are available in the United States for a limited time in four core varieties, including Milk Chocolate, Peanut, Peanut Butter, and Caramel.

Mars, Inc. is a family-owned business with more than a century of history-making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With more than $35 billion in sales, Mars produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s, SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, IAMS, EXTRA, ORBIT, SKITTLES, UNCLE BEN’S, MARS DRINKS, and COCOAVIA.

Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars Inc. operates in more than 80 countries.

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February 13, 2020

Renault Classic Vintage Cars at Retromobile Exhibition in Paris.

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Photos: Renault Classic Vintage Cars at Retromobile Exhibition in Paris. February 04, 2020. Images provided by & copyright © Antoine PASCAL / RENAULT S.A.

Paris, France — French Car Maker Renault took part in Rétromobile from February 5 to 9, 2020, at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition in Paris.

For the first time, the Renault stand at Retromobile hosted a participatory exhibition. Enthusiasts had chosen 10 of the cars on display from a selection of 40 vehicles from the collection offered by Renault Classic.

Cars exhibited included:

Pre-war Cars:

Post-1960 Cars:

The Renault Classic Collection includes more than 750 vehicles that bear witness to the inventiveness and know-how of Renault, founded in 1898 in France.

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February 11, 2020

The President and the First Lady of the United States of America would pay a State Visit to India.

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Photo: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are escorted from Marine One to Air Force One by the United States Air Force Col. Rebecca Sonkiss and Anthony Charles at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Monday, January 13, 2020, before their trip to New Orleans, La. Official White House Photo. Image provided by The White House.

New Delhi, February 11, 2020 — At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, His Excellency Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, will pay a State Visit to India on 24-25 February 2020. It would be the President’s first visit to India.

During the visit, President Trump and the First Lady will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and interact with a broad cross-section of Indian society.

India and the U.S. base their comprehensive strategic partnership on trust, shared values, mutual respect, and understanding. Warmth and friendship mark the connection between the peoples of the two countries, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The relationship has further evolved under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, with significant progress in all areas including trade, defense, counter-terrorism, energy, coordination on regional and global issues, as well as people-to-people ties. The visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review progress in bilateral relations and further strengthen our strategic partnership, the Prime Minister’s Office stated.

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February 10, 2020

Oscars 2020: “Parasite” wins "Best Picture" as well as the "Best International Film". Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor for Joker and Renée Zellweger is Best Actress.

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Photo: Margaret Qualley arrives on the red carpet of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Salma Hayek arrives on the red carpet of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Regina King and Brad Pitt pose backstage with the Oscar for Actor In A Supporting Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Laura Dern and Renée Zellweger pose backstage with the Oscar for Actress In A Supporting Role and the Oscar for Actress In A Leading Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Renée Zellweger accepts the Oscar for Actress In A Leading Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / © AMPAS.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Joaquin Phoenix poses backstage with the Oscar for Actor In A Leading Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2020

Photo: Han Jin Wan and Bong Joon Ho pose backstage with the Oscar for Original Screenplay and Directing during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 09, 2020 -“Parasite” won the best picture Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first foreign-language film ever to win the award.

“I’m speechless,” producer Kwak Sin-ae said to a standing ovation for director Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed film. “We never imagined this ever to happen. We are so happy.”

Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for “Judy,” Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for “Joker,” Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for “Marriage Story.”

• Nominations and Oscar Winners

• Best picture

• Best actress

• Best actor

• Best director

• Music (original song)

• Music (original score)

• International feature film

• Makeup and hairstyling

• Visual effects

• Best film editing

• Best cinematography

• Best sound mixing

• Best sound editing

• Best supporting actress

• Documentary short feature

• Documentary feature

• Best costume design

• Best production design

• Live-action short film

• Best adapted screenplay

• Best original screenplay

• Animated short film

• Animated feature film

• Best supporting actor

The 92nd Oscars were held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and were televised live on ABC. The Oscars were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

No film from India has ever won an Oscar!

The Academy had snubbed India’s official entry, “Gully Boy,” starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.

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February 6, 2020

UNESCO Director-General Commends India for Promoting Education of Girls

UNESCO, India, Universities

Photo: Amer, Rajasthan, India, February 05, 2020. The students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amer, Rajasthan, presented the UNESCO Director-General her pencil sketch showcasing their promising artistry.

UNESCO, India, Universities

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Photo: The Director-General, UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay meeting the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, in New Delhi. February 04, 2020.

New Delhi, February 06, 2020 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has commended India for successfully promoting the education of girls in the country. On a three-day official visit to India, Ms. Azoulay spoke to the media today. She said that India had influenced the vision and objectives of UNESCO through the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. She expressed confidence that India and UNESCO would carry forward this relationship further to realize their shared goals. Terming her earlier meeting with the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, as a very fruitful one, she said she was delighted to see India’s efforts at making quality education available to every section of the society.

Ms. Azoulay noted India’s work with satisfaction and said that India’s role is crucial for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. She appreciated the programs for the management skills of teachers. She was also pleased with India’s efforts at ensuring inclusion in education and the use of technology in this field.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, is in New Delhi for a three-day visit to India from the 4th to February 06, 2020. Her visit re-emphasizes India’s close ties with UNESCO. She visited the city of Jaipur yesterday.

The Director-General also called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit.

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February 5, 2020

Pink City, Jaipur, receives 'UNESCO World Heritage City' Certificate.

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UNESCO, India,

Photos: Jaipur, India, February 05, 2020. UNESCO Director-General at the “Ceremony for Dedicating UNESCO Heritage Certificate” to Jaipur.

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Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Roberta Zouain.

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Photo: Amber Fort, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Patrick Rosenberg.

Jaipur, India, February 05, 2020 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, today presented the UNESCO World Heritage City certificate to Jaipur, the “Pink City.”

“I have brought a message from UNESCO’s Paris headquarters. The global community has recognized the efforts of the people of Jaipur for the preservation of cultural heritage. It’s a matter of pride that UNESCO has listed Jaipur City in the World Heritage List. Jaipur is known for its specific planning. Its architecture, forts, and palaces make it a wonderful city. This inscription is a joint commitment to preserving this cultural heritage.” Ms. Azoulay stated.

“Jaipur has its own unique identity in all dimensions related to heritage. Its architecture reflects a spectacular inclusion of Persian, Mughal and Hindu designs. The Amber Fort is a perfect example of this,” she added.

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February 4, 2020

Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, in New Delhi

Unesco, India

Photo: India’s Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahalad Singh Patel, presenting the souvenir Charkha (Spinning Wheel) to the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

Unesco, India

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, signing the second operational agreement of MGIEP, during their meeting, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

Unesco, India

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Photo: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, met with the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020. Other dignitaries, including the Higher Education Secretary and the UGC Chairman, were also present.

Unesco, India

ENLARGE

Photo: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, visits Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. Humayun’s tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Ms. Audrey Azoulay is in New Delhi for a three-day visit to India from the 4th to February 06, 2020. India enjoys close ties with UNESCO since its inception in 1946 and shares with it the ethos of the promotion of peace and intercultural dialogue.

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February 3, 2020

UNESCO Cities, Innovative Hubs for Local Sustainable Development" - Panel Discussion at ChangeNOW Summit 2020.

UNESCO, PARIS

Photo: Celebration of International Education Day at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. 24 January 2020. Image provided by and copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 2 February 2020 — The international Summit ChangeNOW was held under the emblematic glass dome of the Grand Palais in Paris from 30 January to 1 February 2020. It gathered hundreds of urban actors and solution-makers from around the world. They all shared their experiences and responses to shape a better urban future for the Planet.

During the Summit, there was a panel “UNESCO cities: innovative hubs for local sustainable development” held on 31 January. In that discussion, UNESCO presented its UNESCO Cities Platform (UCP), which comprises eight programs and networks of cities across the areas of education, the sciences, culture and communication, and information. Commenting on UCP, Denise Bax of UNESCO Culture Sector said that the Platform strengthens synergies through a shared vision and actions among the Organization’s cities programs and networks.

UNESCO representatives illustrated innovative urban practices to highlight the Organization’s transversal work on and with cities. They explained how the UNESCO Cities Platform (UCP) works for cultural heritage, lifelong learning, natural resources management, creativity, technologies, and social inclusion.

UNESCO representatives shared concrete experiences from partner cities. That included the rehabilitation of the river in Manila (Philippines), the urban flood management in Bangalore (India), innovative educational programs in Hamburg (Germany), participatory platforms for social change in York (United Kingdom), and the linkages between heritage and urban regeneration in Fez (Morocco).

The special guest of the panel, Ms. Lucienne Redercher, Vice-Mayor of Nancy (France) and Vice-President of the European Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ECCAR), emphasized the need to re-humanize cities, by reconnecting them with the people who live there. “We need to unite before acting and think together to build the future,” she articulated during her intervention on the initiatives for social inclusion implemented in Nancy.

In line with the UN Agenda 2030, ChangeNOW 2020 focuses on eight action areas to tackle the world’s urgent environmental and social needs. It addresses issues such as clean air and clean water, health and food security, sustainable and accessible energy, biodiversity, sustainable consumption and production, global citizenship education, and well-being.

ChangeNOW 2020 provided a significant opportunity for cities, partners, and stakeholders to discuss and raise awareness of the most pressing urban challenges. The forum advocated a people-centered and place-based urban development approach equipped with innovative urban solutions from around the world.

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Photo: “One Planet, One Ocean” open forum at “Unesco Campus,” UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. 31 January 2020. Image provided by and copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

• Diversity of Cultural Expressions Committee to focus on investing in creativity and creative digital content.

The annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee that oversees the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters, from 11 to 14 February.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), former beneficiaries will discuss the importance of investing in creativity and the long-term impacts of their projects. Discussants will highlight how such investments foster the means to create, produce, distribute, and have access to a diversity of cultural expressions.

This debate will address challenges in accessing cultural and creative content in the digital environment and making informed choices in the face of increasing content. Participants will explore how online distribution platforms are revolutionizing the entire value chain, from creation to consumption, and why access to a wide variety of cultural content is a prerequisite for the emergence of new sustainable business models for the cultural and creative industries.

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February 2, 2020

OMEGA introduces new Constellation Gents’ collection

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OMEGA Constellation Gents’ collection is now welcoming its 5th new generation of models.

There are 26 new models to choose from in the diverse selection, all sized at 39 mm and crafted from the most exquisite materials, such as 18K yellow gold and 18K Sedna gold and stainless steel. They all exude a refined sense of luxury and elegance.

Omega has upgraded all of the 39 mm models in the Constellation Gents’ collection to Master Chronometer status - achieving the Swiss industry’s highest certification for precision, performance, and magnetic resistance.

Speaking about the newly released collection, Raynald Aeschlimann, the President, and CEO of OMEGA, said, “Men who wear OMEGA timepieces expect sophistication and excellence. These new Constellation models deliver these exact qualities and much more.”

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