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January 20, 2020

World Economic Forum Presents 2020 Crystal Awards

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Jin Xing, Choreographer and Founder, Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Deepika Padukone, Founder, Live Love Laugh Foundation, India; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Theaster Gates, Founder, and Director, Rebuild Foundation, Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Deepika Padukone, Founder, Live Love Laugh Foundation, India; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Faruk Pinjo.

Geneva, Switzerland, 20 January 2020 - Artist Theaster Gates, choreographer, and media personality Jin Xing, actor Deepika Padukone and artist Lynette Wallworth are the recipients of the World Economic Forum 26th Annual Crystal Award. The award celebrates the achievements of artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change. The winners were honored in the opening session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on Monday 20 January.

“These wonderful cultural leaders are bridge-builders. They connect us. They help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman, and Co-Founder of the World Arts Forum, which hosts the awards.

Award recipients

• Theaster Gates, for his leadership in creating sustainable communities

Theaster Gates is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation, Gates creates works that focus on space theory, land development, sculpture, and performance. In 2010, Gates established the Rebuild Foundation to galvanize communities through neighborhood regeneration and the development of educational and arts programming. Many of the foundation’s initiatives are centered on the revitalization of Chicago’s South Side, creating hubs and archives for the black culture that serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy and is Distinguished Visiting Artist and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College.

“Special thanks to the World Economic Forum for this most prized Crystal Award. The impact of the arts and artists is incomparable when we think about the transformation of cities and towns. I am honored to work as a believer in beauty and creativity and hope the work and the ideals that I lead within Chicago have resonance throughout the world,” said Gates.

• Jin Xing, for her leadership in shaping inclusive cultural norms

Jin Xing is a choreographer, media personality, and China’s most popular TV host. She is the founder of the award-winning Jin Xing Dance Theatre, the country’s first independent dance company. Her television shows, which include Venus Hits Mars, The Jin Xing Show, and Chinese Dating, draw more than 100 million viewers a week and create a space for discussion on contemporary life in China. She is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and received an honorary Doctorate of Dance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“In today’s complex and fractured world, I pursue my mission to be true to the society, to be a true voice for the public, as an artist, a public figure and as a human being. I’m grateful and honored to receive this year’s Crystal Award. This honor encourages me to continue my mission and be crystal clear towards life,” said Jin.

• Deepika Padukone, for her leadership in raising mental health awareness

Deepika Padukone is an internationally acclaimed actor, fashion icon, and mental health ambassador from India. She has acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several awards for her performances. Many of her films also rank among the highest-grossing movies of all time. Padukone was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2014 and sought professional help to aid her recovery. In June 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD). The foundation’s programs and initiatives include nationwide public awareness and destigmatization campaigns, adolescent mental health programs, funding support for treatment in rural communities, general training physicians in common mental health disorders, research, and an annual lecture series featuring the world’s foremost thinkers and achievers.

“With more than 300 million people suffering from the illness, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world today and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. I am humbled and deeply honored to be chosen for this year’s Crystal Award and dedicate the award to the millions around the world who experience stress, anxiety and depression, and other forms of mental illness,” Padukone said.

• Lynette Wallworth, for her leadership in creating inclusive narratives

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations, virtual reality, and film works reflect the connections between people and the natural world. She won an Emmy Award for her virtual reality film Collisions, which the World Economic Forum commissioned, premiered, and executive-produced. Wallworth was named one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for immersing audiences in the destructive power of nuclear weapons. Her 2018 mixed-reality film Awavena, the story of the first woman Shaman from the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil, as well as her most recent works, have been made at the invitation of indigenous communities. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sundance Institute.

“I have sought to use my skills as an artist to bring unheard voices, including indigenous voices. These voices ring out with resilience, persistence, power, and grace. In supporting my work, the creation and the presentation of it, the World Economic Forum has helped me place it in front of those I most wished to impact, those whose decisions help shape our shared future. I am immensely grateful that these works, these voices, have been heard and are being honored by a Crystal Award,” said Lynette Wallworth.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brings together leaders from government, international organizations, business, civil society, the arts and culture and media, foremost experts, and the young generation from all over the world, at the highest level and in representative ways. It engages some 50 heads of state and government, more than 300 ministerial-level government participants, and business representation at the chief executive officer and chair level.

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26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Shots

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Photo: Michelle Williams, winner of the for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, poses with award during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: (L-R) Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses in the press room with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Renée Zellweger, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture award for ‘Judy,’ poses in the Winner’s Gallery during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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NASCAR 2019 Car Shots

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Photo: Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Paul Menard, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Ross Chastain, driver of the #45 CarShield Chevrolet, and Harrison Burton, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Copyright © Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Denny Hamlin, the driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 06, 2019, in Dover, Delaware. Copyright © Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Justin Allgaier, the driver of the #7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, celebrates his victory during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 at ISM Raceway on November 09, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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January 14, 2020

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 will convene under the theme, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies, India; Young Global Leader, speaking during the Session “Future Frontiers of Global Value Chains” in “Situation Room” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: A Participants during the Session “What Should Globalization 4.0 Look Like?” in “Ideas Lab” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, Deutsche Welle, USA, captured during the Session “A ‘Fourth Social Revolution’?” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos Congress Centre. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 14 January 2020 - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, taking place on 21-24 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, will focus on establishing stakeholder capitalism as a way of addressing the world’s most significant challenges. These challenges include societal divisions created by income inequality and political polarization to the climate crisis we face today.

Underpinning the meeting will be the Davos Manifesto 2020. This document builds on the original Davos Manifesto of 1973, which set out for the first time the stakeholder concept that businesses should serve the interests of all society rather than merely their shareholders. The Davos Manifesto 2020 provides a vision for stakeholder capitalism that touches on a range of essential issues of our time, including fair taxation, zero tolerance for corruption, executive pay, and respect for human rights.

“Business has now to fully embrace stakeholder capitalism, which means not only maximizing profits but use their capabilities and resources in cooperation with governments and civil society to address the critical issues of this decade. They have to contribute to a more cohesive and sustainable world actively,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Building on the Manifesto 2020, this year’s program focuses on achieving maximum impact on the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation across six core areas of activity: Ecology, Economy, Society, Industry, Technology, and Geopolitics. More than 160 individual initiatives, each capable of delivering system-wide transformation, are active on the Forum platform. Significant advances in a number of these, especially in the fields of responsible business, the environment, and social mobility, are expected to be confirmed during the meeting.

Among the initiatives to be launched at the Annual Meeting is one that aims to plant 1 trillion trees over the next decade and to equip 1 billion people with the necessary skills in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Nearly 3,000 leaders will participate in this year’s Annual Meeting. Top political leaders taking part include:

Leaders from international organizations include:

More than 1,680 leaders from the private sector will participate in the Annual Meeting this year, including Members and Partners of the World Economic Forum.

Leaders from civil society taking part in the meeting include:

Adding a new dimension this year is the Arts and Culture Festival. Running alongside the Annual Meeting, the Festival will feature several sessions and immersive art installations, including those featuring the participation of the winners of the 26th Annual Crystal Awards and WEF Cultural Leaders.

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Editor's Opinion

The world appreciates World Economic Forum’s unique heroic profession of improving the state of the world and commends its 2020 Annual Meeting’s theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

The world trusts that all companies would read and acknowledge the “Davos Manifesto 2020”, which sets forth “The Universal Purpose of a Company in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

The world expects that the World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting would set the ball rolling by extensively publicizing forceful recommendations that are balanced, universally acceptable, strategic, holistic, achievable, operational, and friendly.


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January 13, 2020

Academy Announces Oscars Nominations. "Joker" Nominated for 11 Oscars.

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Photo: Jorge Gutiérrez before “Akira” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Monday, December 2, 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © Phil McCarten /A.M.P.A.S.

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Photo: Lorene Scafaria attends the Academy’s 2019 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in Hollywood, CA. Image provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey /A.M.P.A.S.

Photo: Actress Rosa Salazar during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of its 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Awards & Live Read on November 7, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & Copyright © Todd Wawrychuk /A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 13, 2020 - Actor-producer John Cho and producer-actress-writer Issa Rae announced today the 92nd Oscars nominations live from the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The Academy nominated “Joker” for 11 Academy Awards, the most of any of last year’s films. The origin story for Batman’s famous foe was closely followed by “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and “1917,” with each movie receiving 10 Oscar nominations.

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

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Thursday, January 30, through Tuesday, February 4.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on A.B.C. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. E.T./3:30 p.m. P.T. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

The best international feature film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

Best animated short film

Best live-action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

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January 4, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India inaugurates the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

Delhi World Book Fair 2020

Delhi World Book Fair 2020

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

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Photo: The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Atul Kumar Tiwari, at the stall of the Publications Division, during the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

New Delhi, January 04, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nisank, inaugurated the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that we are in the midst of the ocean of books filled with thoughts. Thoughts give power to humanity. He said that this book fair is a place where people meet each other and generate and share new ideas.

The Minister appreciated the fact that the New Delhi World Book Fair is arguably Asia’s most significant book fair, and he was hopeful that this Fair would soon become the world’s biggest book fair.

Over 15 countries including Abu Dhabi, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, are participating in the Foreign Pavilion at the Fair.

New Delhi World Book Fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers from India and abroad. These B2B sessions include CEO Speak, a Publishers Forum to be organized in association with FICCI on January 05, 2020, the New Delhi Rights Table, and a 2-day event to be held on 6 & 7 January 2020. Over 40 publishers from India and abroad will participate in the New Delhi Rights Table. The organizers will hold a National Conclave on Readership and Book Promotion on January 08, 2020, and a Business Meet with Trade Partners on January 09, 2020.

NBT (National Book Trust) has been playing a significant role in promoting Indian books and authors abroad. NBT regularly participates in major international book fairs like Sharjah International Book Fair, London Book Fair, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Recently, India was the Guest of Honour country at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held in April 2019 and at Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, in November 2019. India will also be Guest of Honour country at the forthcoming Paris Book Fair in March 2020.

At the Children’s Pavilion, several activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, and illustrations, among others, will be organized to promote books and reading amongst children and young adults.

This year, the theme of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’ to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, editor, publisher, printer, and institution builder. He wrote extensively in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages. The theme is an attempt to give booklovers a glimpse of how Mahatma Gandhi, a great strategic communicator, inspired and influenced generations of writers and how the writers understood and emulated Gandhi in words.

Some of the well-known writers like Anirban Ganguly, Bhawana Somaya, Kevin Missal, Madhulika Dutta, Manoshi Sinha Rawal, Sudha Murthy, Sumit Dutt Majumdar, among others will engage in lively banters with the visitors at Authors’ Corners. There will be three unique Corners, which include International Events Corner (Hall No. 7A), Reflections (Hall No. 8), and Lekhak Manch (Hall No. 12).

During the Fair, there would be various literary events, discussions, conversations with authors & scholars, book release functions, children’s activities, cultural programs, and film screenings. Well-known speakers, such as Dr. Rakesh Pande, Dr. Varsha Das, Shri Aflatoon, Shri Avinash Dudhe, Shri Firoz Khan, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Shri Suresh Sharma, Shri Rajeev Shrivastava, Shri Rajeev Raj, Ms. Shashiprabha Tewari, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Prof. Rizwan Kaisar, Dr. M William Bhaskaran, Dr. T Ravichandran, Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, former Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar, Ms. Deena Patel, Shri Annamalai, and Dr. Sumer Singh Siddhu, among others, would participate in the programs.

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January 3, 2020

India Ministry of Defence shortlists 16 Tableaux for participation in Republic Day Parade 2020; Snubs Chandigarh for its Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake Tableau Proposal.

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

New Delhi, January 02, 2020 — There is a well-established system for selection of tableaux for participation in the India Republic Day Parade as per which Ministry of Defence invites proposals for the scenes from all States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments.

An Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence comprising of eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and choreography evaluates the tableaux proposals of various States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments. The Expert Committee examines each tableau for its theme, concept, design, and visual impact before making its recommendations. The committee shortlists the best scenes for the ceremony.

This year, the Expert Committee received a total of 56 tableaux proposals. Out of these, it has finally shortlisted 22 designs, comprising of 16 States/UTs and 6 Ministries/Departments, for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020.

• The Chandigarh Administration had proposed themes including Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake to the Expert Committee for its Republic Day Tableau. The committee rebuffed Chandigarh’s proposition.

The tableau of the Indian Navy, to be showcased at the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020, at Rajpath is in pursuance of the Navy Week theme ‘Indian Navy - Silent, Strong, and Swift.’

The forward part of the tableau showcases the might and firepower of Navy in all three dimensions viz surface, sub-surface, and air. The scene portrays models of state-of-the-art assets like Boeing P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft with Harpoon missiles, Kolkata class Stealth Destroyer displaying a Brahmos launch, and Kalvari Class Submarine launching the Exocet missile.

On the trailer, the tableau showcases the indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited, along with its complement of MiG 29K Fighter Aircraft.

The benign role of the Navy in terms of safeguarding offshore economic assets, as well as rendering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), is portrayed through the murals on the sides. These depict flood relief operations performed in Maharashtra on Mahalaxmi Express in July 2019, escort operations conducted in the Persian Gulf (Operation Sankalp), and the defence of oil platforms by Fast Attack Craft.

Overall, the tableau aims to showcase the Navy as a credible and combat-ready military force, which in service of the nation, protects its economic assets and provides assistance to its populace in times of crisis and natural calamities.

• The maiden landing of DRDO-developed LCA Navy onboard INS Vikramaditya:

January 11, 2020 — After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a successful arrested landing onboard INS Vikramaditya today. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar conducted the first landing. Captain Dahiya was the Landing Safety Officer (LSO) and Cdr Vivek Pandey Test Director on the ship, whereas Gr. Capt. Kabadwal and Cdr Ankur Jain were monitoring the aircraft through telemetry from SBTF. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the LCA Navy.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has congratulated DRDO, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) teams.

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Photos: The tableaux of Rajasthan, Air Force, and Navy pass through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade-2020, in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

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January 1, 2020

India City Cleanliness Survey 2019-20: Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Nashik, Rajkot Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, and Allahabad crush Chandigarh, the Self-Styled "City Beautiful."

Navi Mumbai

Photo: Residential Flats. Navi Mumbai.

New Delhi, 31 December 2019 — India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced the results of Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (Quarter 1 and Quarter 2) here today. Swachh Survekshan (City Cleanliness Survey) 2020, the fifth edition of the annual urban cleanliness survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, scheduled to commence from 4 January 2020 across India, was also rolled out.

The Government of India introduced Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) to sustain the on-ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is conducting SS League 2020 in 3 quarters: April- June, July - September, and October- December 2019, and has 2000 marks for each quarter. The Ministry evaluates cities based on the monthly update. The performance of the towns in SS League 2020 is crucial to their ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2020 due to the 25% weight of the quarterly assessments. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will include the quarterly evaluations in the annual survey scheduled to be conducted from 4 January to 31 January 2020.

As a prelude to encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had conducted the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016, followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January-February 2017 ranking 434 cities. The third round of Swachh Survekshan in 2018 was a quantum leap of scale - conducted across 4,203 cities in 66 days. It became the largest ever pan India sanitation survey in the world, impacting around 40 crore people. The 4th edition covered 4237 cities in a record time of 28 days and was a fully digitized paperless survey. While SS 2016 had seen Mysuru emerge as the cleanest city in India, Indore has retained the title of the Cleanest City in the last three years.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh, the self-proclaimed “City Beautiful,” got 11th position in the first quarter. Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Nashik, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, and Allahabad have all bulldozed Chandigarh.

In the second quarter, more towns, which include a battery of emerging smart cities like Lucknow, Jabalpur, Pune, Gwalior, Nagpur, Vijayawada, and Varanasi, have demolished Chandigarh. That big-mouthed, fake “City Beautiful” is now languishing in the 27th position.

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General Bipin Rawat assumes charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, along with the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, after the ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on 01 January 2020.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, in a group photograph with Army officers, in New Delhi on 31 December 2019.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat inspecting the Tri-Service Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on January 01, 2020.

New Delhi, 01 January 2020— General Bipin Rawat assumed the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), India, here today. As the CDS, General Rawat will be the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all Tri-Services matters. He will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). The CDS will have a crucial role in ensuring optimum utilization of allocated budget, usher in more synergy in procurement, training & operations of the Services through joint planning and integration. The CDS will facilitate the indigenization of weapons and equipment to the maximum extent possible while formulating the overall defense acquisition plan for the three Services.

Ex-Chief of the Army Staff, General Rawat, is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and Higher Command National Defence College. He also attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth in the United States.

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December 31, 2019

Auckland, New Zealand, Celebrates New Year's Eve 2019; Welcomes 2020 in Style!

New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

Photos: Auckland, New Zealand, is the first global city in the world to welcome in 2020 - a brand new decade - and it has made sure to celebrate it in style. Inspired by Auckland’s unique Maori heritage, the sound of a conch heralded the arrival of the New Year and began the countdown activation that captured several Auckland landmarks. Around the harbor city, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge lighted up in unison for the midnight moment, supported by dazzling fireworks and traditional and contemporary street performances.

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December 29, 2019

President of India Presents Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema.

India, Films, Amitabh

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Photos: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan for his outstanding and invaluable contribution to Indian cinema, at a function, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on December 29, 2019.

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December 25, 2019

Season’s Greetings

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December 23, 2019

Vice President of India honors winners for outstanding contributions in Films at 66th National Film Awards.

National Film Awards

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to the Actress, Keerthy Suresh, for Best Actress: Mahanti, at the 66th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on December 23, 2019.

New Delhi, December 23, 2019 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today conferred National Film Awards for the year 2018 in various categories at its 66th edition, held at New Delhi. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting (I&B), Prakash Javadekar; Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Ravi Mittal; Chairperson, Feature Film Category, Rahul Rawail; Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category, A.S. Kanal; Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema, Utpal Borpujari and other dignitaries were also present.

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December 20, 2019

UN General Assembly highlights UNESCO's leading role in the Education 2030 Agenda.

United Nations, Unesco

Photo: Marina Melanidis, Youth leader and Co-director of Youth for Nature, speaks at the press conference on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth for Nature-Based Solutions. At left is Melati Wijsen, Climate Activist. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. [File Photo]

New York, NY, 19 December 2019 — The UN General Assembly resolution ‘Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, introduced by the Group of 77 and China, calls upon the international community to scale up education for sustainable development to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The decision relates to various aspects of culture for sustainable development. It recognizes the gendered barriers faced by girls in accessing education, and the need to deliver quality education to children in conflict and post-conflict situations.

With the adoption of the resolution, the international community has recognized UNESCO’s mandated role in leading and coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda and its position as the lead agency for education for sustainable development.

The resolution emphasizes the importance of further developing and implementing educational programs to address climate change challenges. The decision also notes the significant progress made by the Global Action Programme that has exposed 26 million learners to education for sustainable development curricula and trained two million educators in this domain.

The UN General Assembly has asked UNESCO to assist the Member States in their efforts to promote education for sustainable development. The UN Secretary-General would submit a report on the implementation of the current resolution to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session.

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December 17, 2019

Academy snubs India's Entry 'Gully Boy'; Announces Oscars Shortlists in Nine Award Categories.

Academy Awards

Photo: Indian actor Ranveer Singh at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on 9 February 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Berlinale. “Gully Boy,” India’s entry for International Feature Film Oscar, is out of the Oscars 2020 race. [File Photo]

Oscars, Academy Awards

Photo: 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. Image provided by Berlinale. The Academy has rebuffed “Gully Boy,” India’s entry for International Feature Film Oscar, and the movie is now out of the Oscars 2020 race. [File Photo]

Academy Awards

Photo: Scarlett Johansson attends the Academy’s 2019 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, 27 October 2019, in Hollywood, CA. mage provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

LOS ANGELES, CA, 17 December 2019 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Ten films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-one films were eligible in the class.

Academy invited its members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round. They must have viewed the submitted films theatrically and met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Their seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate and must view all ten shortlisted films to cast a ballot.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Meanwhile, India’s entry “Gully Boy,” starring Ranveer Singh, has crashed out of the Best International Feature Film race at the Oscars.

The movie has failed to make the cut in the top-10 films that will advance to the next round of voting at the 92nd Academy Awards.

With “Gully Boy” out of the race, India’s dry run at the Academy Awards continues as the country has never made it to the top five, except on three occasions.

The last Indian film that made it to the final five was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001.

“Mother India” (1958) and “Salaam Bombay” (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Contestants submitted one hundred fifty-nine movies in the group. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-six films qualified in the group. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Academy would invite all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch to view seven-minute excerpts from each of the ten shortlisted films on Saturday, 4 January 2020. Members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 92nd Academy Awards. One hundred seventy scores were eligible in the group. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Seventy-five songs were eligible in the class. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the relevant motion picture, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-two films qualified in the group. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. One hundred ninety-one films qualified in the group. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. The Academy would invite all members of the Visual Effects Branch to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films online or attend satellite bake-off screenings in January 2020. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, 2 January 2020, and concludes on Tuesday, 7 January 2020.

The Academy would announce the Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards on Monday, 13 January 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, 9 February 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the A.B.C. Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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December 14, 2019

Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh, crowned Miss World 2019

Miss World Jamaica

London, 14 December 2019 — Tony-Ann Singh of Jamaica won the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant held at the ExCeL London today. She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce, from Mexico. Ophely Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India were the first and second runners up, respectively.

Singh, who had secured her place in the top 40 by winning the talent competition at the “Beauty with a Purpose” Gala Dinner in London, advanced to the final round of the contest along with Miss Nigeria, Miss Brazil, Miss India, and Miss France.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan (Official Residence of the President of India) Hosts Conference of Heads of Central Universities / Institutes of Higher Learning.

India, Universities

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice-Chancellors, Directors, and heads of various Central Institutes of Higher Learning, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 14, 2019.

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Photo: Legendary Cricketer, Brian Lara, calling on the President, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 16, 2019.

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December 12, 2019

UNESCO reinforces itself as the Chief Global Motivator for Education, Culture, Artificial Intelligence, and Youth; Adopts a Convention facilitating Universities Exchanges.

Unesco, Paris

Unesco, Paris

Photos: Closure of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, France. 27 November 2019. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 December 2019 — UNESCO’s 40th General Conference concluded after adopting a draft Convention to facilitate student mobility between universities on five continents.

The General Conference, UNESCO’s governing body, meets every two years to establish the Organization’s program and budget. It brings together all 193 Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

“We are entering a phase of renewal,” said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, summing up the fortieth session of the General Conference, which took place from 12 to 27 November. Noting that after more than 20 years of cuts and setbacks, the budget situation had returned to normal, she underlined that, “by accepting an increase in contributions, a rare event in the UN system, Member States have expressed their confidence in the direction given to UNESCO over the past two years.”

As demonstrated by the attendance of so many political leaders, UNESCO is once again a venue for global conversation. Participants included:

Among the decisions taken by UNESCO’s 193 Member States is the adoption of a Convention on Inter-University Mobility, which will enter into force after being ratified by twenty countries. The Convention will foster academic mobility between regions and the establishment of universal principles to improve the recognition of diplomas. It will complement UNESCO’s five regional conventions on the acceptance of higher education qualifications.

At the same time, some 100 ministers of education and as many university representatives participating in the UNESCO Chairs Programme met to promote the emergence of a more inclusive “Global Campus.” The “Global Campus” would facilitate better student mobility by responding to the rapid increase in the number of students enrolled in higher education.

The other major decision of the General Conference concerns the elaboration of an international standard-setting instrument on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Experts selected by UNESCO will be responsible for preparing a project after extensive consultation. Two intergovernmental meetings would be held in 2021 to finalize ethical standards based on fundamental human rights.

Following the ministerial meeting, Mexico announced that it would host a second Mondiacult World Conference on Cultural Policies in 2022. At the first such conference in 1982, the international community had redefined culture as the “set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group.”

The General Conference also decided to celebrate eight new world days - of Art (15 April), Islamic Art (18 November), African and Afro-descendant Culture (24 January), Engineering for Sustainable Development (4 March), Logic (14 January), Mathematics (14 March), Olive Trees (26 November) and Portuguese Language (5 May). It also decided that the first Thursday in November would be the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying.

The General Conference was also a forum for discussions between young people and around ten government leaders on the theme (Re)Generation: Rethinking Multilateralism with Young Change-Makers. Young people from around the world took part in two weeks of discussions to determine how UNESCO could respond to the climate challenge and youth demands. Participants called on governments to step up their efforts to fight climate change, invest more in education, and take concerted action to ensure that technology serves people and their rights.

Member States have agreed on a budget for 2020-2022 of $534 million (+3%). At Sweden’s initiative, the General Conference amended the Organization’s Constitution to suspend the right to vote - as well as the right to run for election to the Executive Board - of States that are not up to date with their contributions.

At the opening of the General Conference, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had warned against the breakup of the international community, claiming that “UNESCO’s action was essential to rally the world.”

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“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

— Mahatma Gandhi.

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“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

— Jawaharlal Nehru.

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“The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”

— John Ruskin.

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“UNESCO cannot work to its full potential unless the world realizes its real significance, acknowledges it as an essential global administrative body, makes it free of all politics, and thoroughly funds it for its crucial mission.”

“UNESCO’s task is to harmonize and uplift humanity, not disturb and demoralize it. Let it prefer to spotlight prominent communities’ contributions and achievements rather than their adverse histories.”


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December 11, 2019

In a historical event, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi swap their machines at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Lewis Hamilton

Photo: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes, riding the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 during the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia on December 09, 2019, in Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped their machinery in an unprecedented experiment between two motorsport icons. Photo by Guido De Bortoli/Getty Images for Monster Energy. Copyright © 2019 Getty Images.

Valentino Rossi

Photo: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ during the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia on December 09, 2019, in Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped their machinery in an unprecedented experiment between two motorsport icons. Photo by Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images for Monster Energy. Copyright © 2019 Getty Images.

Valencia, Spain, December 09, 2019 — In a historic moment for both Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi, and their respective sports, the pair completed a fantastic track day as each swapped machinery yesterday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Valentino Rossi drove The Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+, a car that won the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at the hands of Lewis Hamilton. And Lewis rode the 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 bike that only weeks earlier had been piloted by Valentino at the very same circuit.

The pair was able to complete multiple runs on each other’s machinery and share insights and learnings about each other’s craft.

The six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton:

“It’s so awesome to see a legend like Valentino in the car. I’m excited for him to discover the car for the first time. It reminds me of my first time in an F1 car. When you see all the team around you, it’s just a different animal.”

Of his time out on track riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 with Rossi, he added, “It was so cool to be out on track and see Valentino ahead of me on the same bike.”

For the nine-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi:

“I was a big fan of Lewis’ before, but now I am even more. We had a fantastic day where the two top classes of motorsports not only met but worked together. I felt like a real F1 driver for a day. I didn’t want the day to end.

“I also rode the YZR-M1 on track with Lewis. It was a proud moment for the team to share our passion with him. Technically, Valencia is a hard track, and today was windy, so at one point, I thought it would be difficult for Lewis to continue, but he was brilliant on the bike, and his position on the M1 was great. I think he had loads of fun, which is the main thing.”

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December 10, 2019

Broadcast Journalist, Executive, and Educator Michael Freedman elected President of the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

National Press Club

Photo: Invitation to the National Press Club members for attending the inauguration of the new president.

National Press Club

Photo: The United States Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, speaks during a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Image Credit: JBLM PAO. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, 10 December 2019 — Michael Freedman, Journalist in Residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Executive Producer of The Kalb Report, was elected the 113th president of the National Press Club, The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists, on Friday, 6 December 2019.

Freedman, a 35-year broadcast journalist, network executive, and teacher will officially assume the duties of the presidency in January 2020.

In his acceptance speech before his fellow members, Freedman acknowledged the opportunities and challenges the coming election year would bring to the journalism profession, and pledged to uphold the Club’s vital role as both a beacon for press freedom and a champion of journalistic excellence:

“At the National Press Club, we protect press freedom, we protect reporters around the world, and today, we must also protect the reputation of journalism.”

Invoking Edward R. Murrow’s legendary “lights and wires in a box” speech, Freedman challenged his colleagues to keep their heads down and remain steadfast in their quest for the truth and their commitment to the journalist’s creed:

“Today we live in a digital world; one in which we have more information at our fingertips than perhaps even Ed Murrow could have imagined. At the same time, readers, listeners, and viewers on all platforms are asking: ‘Who do you trust?’ The National Press Club is an indispensable platform to educate, inspire, empower, and protect. I pray tonight that we join together over the next year to use it to those ends.”

Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network, vice president and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, a vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University, and journalist in residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

For the past 25 years, he has also served as executive producer of the multi-award-winning public broadcasting series “The Kalb Report” with Marvin Kalb. He has the distinction of having produced Walter Cronkite’s final programming for CBS News. Freedman and his teams have won more than 85 honors, including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is the co-author of The Broadcast Voice Handbook, a contributing writer for Broadcasting Through Crisis, The Encyclopedia of Journalism, and Responsible Journalism, and a contributor to Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley.

A Detroit native, Mr. Freedman, is a graduate of Wayne State University. He spent 15 years as a reporter, sportscaster, anchor, and news director in Detroit radio before moving to Washington.

Also elected in Friday’s Club elections were: Lisa Nicole Matthews (Associated Press) as vice president; Kimberly Adams (Marketplace) as treasurer; Emily Wilkins (Bloomberg Government) as secretary; and Eileen Drage O’Reilly (Axios) as membership secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Herb Jackson of CQ Roll Call, Mark Schoeff, Jr. of Investment News, Gillian Rich of Investor’s Business Daily, freelance journalist Menachem Wecker, and Lindsay Law Murphy of American Forest & Paper Association.

The Club has planned an Inaugural Gala for the New President on 18 January 2020.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, located in Washington, D.C., is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It has more than 3,100 members worldwide.

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