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August 18, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) urges Pakistan Leader, Imran Khan, to ensure Press Freedom; Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 27, 2011. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jolanda Flubacher.

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, has called on Pakistan leader, Imran Khan, to reverse a deteriorating environment for the independent press in the country.

In a letter to Khan this week, IPI Executive Director urged the former cricket star to set a new course.

“IPI would like to congratulate you and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party PTI on the success in the recent elections. The people of Pakistan have demonstrated faith in you and PTI has emerged as the largest single party in the National Assembly,” the letter said.

“While the citizens of Pakistan are looking forward to a change in the governance of the country and hope that it will be free of corruption and coercion, the IPI network expects that you will restore media freedom and create an environment where journalists and media organizations can function without anxiety,” IPI Executive Director wrote in the letter.

“Excellency, you are well aware that a discordant climate is contrary to both the democracy and the free flow of information necessary for a strong and corruption-free democracy that you have promised to usher in to create a new Pakistan.”

“We, therefore, call upon Your Excellency to do everything possible to ensure that the government reverses the deteriorating environment for the independent press and that the government protects the press from the onslaught of state institutions. Unless strong measures are taken to deter further attempts to influence reporting in the media and to ensure that newspapers are allowed to publish freely, and television channels are allowed to broadcast in Pakistan without any further harassment, it will be hard to establish a vibrant democracy,” the letter stated.

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IPI Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States.

International Press Institute

Photo: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, speaking during the Session “Special Address by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 26, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

International Press Institute

Photo: Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed, USA, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. January 24, 2014. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler.

The North American Committee (NAC) of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, today welcomed coordinated editorials published by hundreds of newspapers across the United States in support of press freedom.

In a statement, the NAC said it “lauded and supported the efforts of 350 American publications to promote a free and robust press.”

It continued: “The editorials, while aimed at critical statements by President Donald Trump, are an effort to remind the American people that the press has a vital role in a democracy. Force or aggression against journalists undermines our democracy. Press Freedom is an issue that speaks to the heart of who we are as Americans - that we need a free and fearless press to be able to function in our democracy. These editorials remind all of us the critical function of the media in our society.”

The editorials came as the U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning “attacks on the institution of the press” and affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”

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August 14, 2018

Preschool Children visit Vice President of India; Greet him on the occasion of the Country's Independence Day

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Photo: A section of a group of preschool children (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) at the residence of the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, to greet him on the occasion of Independence Day of India, in New Delhi, today.

Interacting with the children and their teachers (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) who had come to wish him on the occasion of Independence Day, in New Delhi, today, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said that Mother is the first Teacher to a child, and we should educate the children about Mother, Motherland, and Mother’s tongue. He further stated that we should enlighten them about our traditions and rich cultural heritage. Their education should begin with a good grounding in their mother tongue, he added.

The Vice President advised the teachers to take the responsibility of transforming children into responsible citizens. He further said that Guru plays the most crucial role in building up the future of the nation by educating children. Technology is also necessary, but Google can never replace Guru, he observed.

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India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacting with the school children after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

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August 13, 2018

United Nations Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement

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Photo: Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation (United States), leaves the podium after making a ceremonial call to order to open an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement”, held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Rosa Montezuma, of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous and Miss Panama 2018, makes opening remarks during an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement,” held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 9, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) writes to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh expressing concern over growing intolerance toward independent journalism.

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Photo: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaking during the Session “A New Chapter for Climate Action” at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

Vienna, Austria, August 8, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has expressed grave concern to the government of Bangladesh over recent intolerance towards objective reporting.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, IPI has urged her to take robust steps to prevent this growing narrow-mindedness.

“Thanks to the role of the press, strong public opinion was built across the world in favor of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The writers of the Bangladesh constitution recognized the importance of a free press by guaranteeing press freedom in the constitution. We urge you to keep this spirit in mind and ensure that the government upholds the constitutional protections for the press,” IPI wrote in its letter.

“The IPI network is also extremely concerned about your government’s move to replace the ICT Act with the Digital Security Act, provisions of which will restrict the right of journalists to expose acts of corruption that you have consistently promised to eradicate.”

“The bill, if approved by Parliament in the current form, will have a serious, oppressive impact not only on journalists but also on all citizens of Bangladesh,” the letter said.

“We, therefore, urge you to act immediately and take appropriate action to end intolerance towards reporters and hold talks with journalists’ bodies in the country to create a conducive atmosphere for press freedom in Bangladesh, which has been severely compromised by recent incidents,” IPI stated in its letter.

IPI welcomes India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s quick decision to rescind controversial policy.

International Press Institute, IPI, Modi, India

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering his address in Parliament of Uganda, at Kampala on July 25, 2018.

Recently, the International Press Institute (IPI) welcomed the prompt decision by the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, to revoke a controversial policy issued by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued a statement announcing that it would withdraw government press accreditation of those found to have published or broadcast fake news. The announcement did not define what constituted false intelligence. After condemnation by the press in India, primarily by the TV News Channels, who vehemently opposed the move, Prime Minister Modi intervened and ordered the withdrawal of the announcement.

Commending Prime Minister Modi’s immediate decision to uphold media freedom, IPI’s executive director, Barbara Trionfi, said that the new rule would have severely impaired the freedom of TV News Channels in India and their ability to report on crucial issues. ‘’We are thankful for Prime Minister Modi’s quick response to this misguided policy”, she said.

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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

UNESCO, India

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

UNESCO

Photo: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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July 18, 2018

United Nations Headquarters observe Nelson Mandela International Day

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and SDG Global Advocate, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, unveil a new stamp on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, the 2018 observance of which marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela (18 July 1918).

The stamp, released by the UN Postal Administration, pays tribute to the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck and issued in Swiss francs, it features the Nelson Mandela quote (in French): “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs of the City of New York, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Acclaimed Photographer Mario Sorrenti Shoots Supermodel Anja Rubik For Women's Fashion Magazine PORTER's Issue on Protecting the Oceans

Porter Magazine Oceans

Photo: Anja Rubik wears a dress by YSL photographed by Mario Sorrenti for PORTER. Image provided by PORTER.

LONDON — For its Summer Escape issue, women’s luxury fashion magazine PORTER is partnering with Parley for the Oceans, a global collaboration network. PORTER, along with acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, and cover star Anja Rubik, is highlighting the plastic crisis facing the oceans.

For a second year, the title dedicates an entire issue to exploring the beauty and fragility of the oceans. In a 63-page portfolio shot by Sorrenti on Parley’s island in the Maldives, Sorrenti’s excellent fashion photography illustrates the reality and impact of plastic pollution upon the seas.

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July 15, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 Pictures

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Photos: Scenes from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow, Poland, from 12 to 15 June 2018. Images provided by and copyright © UCCN Krakow.

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July 5, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Reaffirms Commitment to Cultural Cooperation for Sustainable Development

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Sydney is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow (Poland) from 12 to 15 June 2018 adopted a “Mayors’ Declaration” on how to advance the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 in cities through culture. Over 350 participants, including 50 mayors and deputy mayors from across the globe, reaffirmed their cities’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The UCCN currently has 180 member cities, from 72 different countries. They work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and actively cooperate at the international level across seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

“In Medellín we understand that cultural and creative industries can generate decent work and economic growth that impacts the entire city, helping to reduce poverty and improving the quality of life. Through art, we can better communicate with the communities and make necessary changes,” declared Lina Botero Villa, Secretary of Culture of Medellin (Colombia).

Spurred on by this year’s theme “Creative Crossroads” the Creative Cities explored new cooperation prospects. Cities of Joao Pessoa (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Porto-Novo (Benin) envisaged linking their crafts sectors to expand opportunities for their artisans at the international level. “Our role is to promote, guide and enable the emergence of creative forces. This meeting represents a unique opportunity for my city to broaden its international outreach and exchange with my peers,” said Nathanaël Ouedraogo, Deputy Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Five thematic workshops and networking sessions allowed cities to advance the role of culture, mainly through creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development. Among the topics addressed were the need for reliable data collection, measurement, and monitoring processes for culture, the impact of digital technologies in shaping the city of tomorrow, urban regeneration, and youth.

The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, which demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace innovation and culture in their local policies.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is working towards strengthening cooperation on creativity and heritage as a foundation for making cities more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

The city of Fabriano (Italy) will host the next Annual Meeting in 2019 with the focus on the theme of “The Ideal City.”

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June 30, 2018

UNESCO Declares Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai a World Heritage Property

Unesco World heritage, Mumbai

Photo: Elphinstone College, as part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai. Image Credit: Franx.

Manama, Bahrain, June 30, 2018 — India’s nomination of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Manama in Bahrain today. As recommended by the World Heritage Committee, India accepted the renaming of the ensemble as “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai”.

India has secured the inscription of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines.

In the past five years, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second in number after China regarding the number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.

The Ensemble comprises of two architectural styles, the 19th-century collection of Victorian structures and the 20th century Art Deco buildings along the sea, conjoined through the historic open space of the Oval Maidan. Together, this architectural ensemble represents the most remarkable collection of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the world which forms the unique character of this urban setting, unparalleled in the world.

The Ensemble consists of 94 buildings primarily of 19th-century Victorian Gothic revival and early 20th century Art Deco style of architecture with the Oval Maidan in the center. The 19th-century Victorian buildings form part of the larger Fort precinct situated to the east of the Oval Maidan. These public buildings include the Old Secretariat (1857-74), University Library and Convention Hall (1874-78), the Bombay High Court (1878), the Public Works Department Office (1872), Watson&#8217’s Hotel (1869), David Sasoon Library (1870), and the Elphinstone College (1888). The Art Deco styled buildings to the west of the Oval Maidan were raised in the early 20th century on the newly reclaimed lands at Marine Drive and symbolized the shift in expression to represent contemporary aspirations.

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June 24, 2018

Historic Drive by Saudi Woman as Driving Ban Lifts

Jaguar Driving

Photo: Aseel Al Hamad completes a lap of honor in a Jaguar F-TYPE for the first time in Saudi Arabia to commemorate the country lifting the ban for women driving. June 21, 2018. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Fayiz Melibary/Getty Images for Jaguar. © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Jaguar.

Jaguar Driving

Photo: Saudi female racer, Aseel Al Hamad, celebrates the end of the ban on women drivers, and the launch of World Driving Day with a lap of honor in a Jaguar F-TYPE on June 21, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Fayiz Melibary/Getty Images for Jaguar. © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Jaguar.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 June 2018: Female racing driver Aseel Al Hamad celebrated the end of the ban on women drivers with a lap of honor in a Jaguar F-TYPE.

Aseel, the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, had never driven on a track in her home country before.

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June 16, 2018

TAG Heuer launches Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition Watch

TAGHeuer, Watches

Photo: In 1968, the Ford GT 40, sporting the orange and blue livery of Gulf Oil, achieved its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France.)

Fifty years later, TAG Heuer, a partner of Gulf, is revisiting the famous race to celebrate this anniversary by launching the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition watch, an automotive model synonymous with performance and speed. Image provided by & copyright © TAG Heuer.

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May 27, 2018

Round the World Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is the 13th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. It started in Alicante, Spain, and will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 7, from Auckland to Itajai. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town. Image provided by & copyright © Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

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May 21, 2018

Who will become the next Miss USA?

Miss USA 2018

Photo: The newly crowned Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, with Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, at a press conference after the MISS USA Competition at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, LA, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Carolina Urrea, Miss Nevada USA 2018, on stage for her final look as a Top 3 finalist during the MISS USA Competition at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, on Monday, May 21, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Brittany Elizabeth Strickland.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Narine Ishhanov, Miss Utah USA 2018, gets makeup done by an artist with The Perfect Face cosmetics upon arriving at the Margaritaville Resort and Casino in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana on May 11, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Marianny Egurrola, Miss Georgia USA 2018, at the Miss USA Welcome Event hosted at the Silver Star Smokehouse on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Alexa Noone, Miss New Jersey USA 2018, during a photo shoot at the Shreveport Water Works Museum on May 15, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

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May 20, 2018

Festival de Cannes 2018 Awards Announced

Cannes Film Poster

Photo: Film Poster of EVERYBODY KNOWS (TODOS LO SABEN), a film by Asghar Farhadi. Festival de Cannes 2018 opened with a screening of this film. Image Credit: Memento Films.

The curtain has come down on the 71st Festival de Cannes, which for the last 12 days has featured artists and films from all four corners of the globe on its screens. Onstage at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the Master of Ceremonies, Edouard Baer, welcomed the Feature Film Jury presided over by Cate Blanchett, for the announcement of the 2018 winners.

The event culminated on the Red Carpet, where the prizewinners and jury were treated to a live musical surprise by Sting and Shaggy.

FEATURE FILMS

PALME D’OR

MANBIKI KAZOKU (Shoplifters), directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

Cate Blanchett awarded the PALME D’OR.

GRAND PRIX

BLACKKKLANSMAN (Black Klansman), directed by Spike LEE

Benicio Del Toro and Chang Chen awarded the GRAND PRIX.

JURY PRIZE

CAPHARNAÜM, directed by Nadine LABAKI

Gary Oldman and Léa Seydoux awarded the JURY PRIZE.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Marcello FONTE in DOGMAN, directed by Matteo GARRONE

Khadja Nin and Roberto Benigni awarded the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Prize.

BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE

ZIMNA WOJNA (Cold War), directed by Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI

Abderrahmane Sissako, Kristen Stewart, and Denis Villeneuve awarded the BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE.

BEST SCREENPLAY PRIZES

Alice ROHRWACHER for LAZZARO FELICE (Happy as Lazzaro)

Jafar PANAHI for SE ROKH (3 Faces) directed by Jafar PANAHI

Robert Guédiguian and Chiara Mastroianni awarded the BEST SCREENPLAY PRIZES.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Samal YESLYAMOVA in AYKA directed by Sergey DVORTSEVOY

Ava Duvernay and Asia Argento awarded the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS Prize.

SPECIAL PALME D’OR

LE LIVRE D’IMAGE (Image Book) directed by Jean-Luc GODARD

Cate Blanchett awarded the SPECIAL PALME D’OR.

SHORT FILMS - COMPETITION

PALME D’OR

ALL THESE CREATURES directed by Charles WILLIAMS

SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY

YAN BIAN SHAO NIAN (On the Border) directed by WEI Shujun

The President of the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury, Bertrand Bonello, awarded the Palme d’Or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE

GRÄNS by Ali ABBASI

PRIZE FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

SOFIA by Meryem BENM’BAREK

PRIZE FOR BEST PERFORMANCE

Victor POLSTER for GIRL by Lukas DHONT

PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Sergei LOZNITSA for DONBASS

JURY SPECIAL PRIZE

CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS (The Dead and the Others) by João SALAVIZA and Renée NADER MESSORA

CAMÉRA d’Or

GIRL directed by Lukas DHONT presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD

Ursula Meier, President of the Caméra d’Or Jury, awarded the CAMÉRA d’Or Prize.

CINÉFONDATION

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury awarded the 2018 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre. Bertrand Bonello headed the jury.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 17 student films, chosen out of 2,426 entries coming from 512 film schools around the world.

FIRST PRIZE

EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion), directed by Diego CÉSPEDES

Universidad de Chile (University of Chile) - ICEI, Chile

JOINT SECOND PRIZE

KALENDAR (Calendar) directed by Igor POPLAUHIN

Moscow School of New Cinema, Moscow, Russia

DONG WU XIONG MENG (The Storms in Our Blood) directed by SHEN Di

Shanghai Theater Academy, Shanghai, China

THIRD PRIZE

INANIMATE directed by Lucia BULGHERONI

NFTS (The National Film and Television School), United Kingdom

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May 19, 2018

Hailey Colborn crowned Miss Teen USA 2018

Miss Teen USA 2018

Photo: Hailey Colborn, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018, is crowned the new Miss Teen USA, by Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough, and Miss Teen USA 2017, Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, LA, on Friday, May 18, 2018. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

Miss Teen USA 2018

Photo: Hailey Colborn, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018, is crowned the new Miss Teen USA at the conclusion of the Miss Teen USA contest held at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, LA, on Friday, May 18, 2018. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

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May 16, 2018

L'Oréal Paris Announces Amber Heard As New Global Spokesperson

L'Oréal Paris, Amber Head

Photo: Hollywood actress and L’Oréal Paris Spokesperson, Amber Heard. Image provided by & copyright © L’Oréal Paris.

Paris: Amber Heard is the new global spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris. “Fearless, witty and smart, defying definition and rejecting convention, meet the Hollywood actress and committed woman making her voice heard,” the brand announced.

A Texas native who grew up training horses, Heard is the first to admit that she never really imagined herself in the world of beauty, though she did dream of beauty pageants as a young girl.

“I have always loved the fun of beauty and the power of transformation,” Amber Heard said. “To become a spokesperson for this dynamic, world-loved beauty brand that has been telling women they were of worth since before I was born, and to join the L’Oréal Paris family of changemakers is such an honor. I feel like these women, my fellow ambassadors, who represent a voice, a power, a movement, and an opinion.”

“Over the years I’ve always thought not just to be an actor, but to use my voice as a platform for making the world a slightly better place and for empowering women in the best way that I can,” Heard elaborated.

Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, L’Oréal Paris Global President, remarked, “Amber Heard is one of a new generation of actresses rewriting the script when it comes to having a voice in the world. The energy Amber Heard brings to her philanthropy, to her advocacy, and to her performances, make her a powerful ambassador for L’Oréal Paris as we take ‘Because I’m Worth It’ beauty into 2018.”

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May 13, 2018

Celebrities Walk the Red Carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival, ROMEE STRIJD

Photo: Dutch model, Romee Strijd, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 8, 2018. Romee looked charming with de GRISOGONO necklace in white gold paired with a high Jewellery ring in white gold. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, RAICA OLIVEIRA

Photo: Brasilian model, Raica Oliveira, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Raica was wearing de GRISOGONO GYPSY earrings with an ALLEGRA ring, all in pink gold set with brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, AISHWARYA RAI

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Aishwarya was wearing a de GRISOGONO DOPPIA ring (see above) in pink gold set with white diamonds and amethysts. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, PRAYA LUNDBERG

Photo: Half-Swedish, half-Thai actress and model, Praya Lundberg, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Praya was wearing a de GRISOGONO VENTAGLIO set composed of earrings and a ring in white gold set with white and icy diamonds paired with a VENTAGLIO bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, Kangana Ranaut

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Indian actress, Kangana Ranaut, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 11, 2018. Kangana was wearing de GRISOGONO ONDE earrings (see above), all in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, Alessandra Ambrosio

Cannes Film Festival, de GRISOGONO

de GRISOGONO, Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Brazilian model, Alessandra Ambrosio, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 14, 2018. Alessandra was wearing a high jewelry set (see above) composed of a necklace and a ring in white gold set with emeralds, onyx and white diamonds. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 8, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala in New York: Deepika Padukone in Attendance

Met Gala, New York

Photo: Indian model and actress, Deepika Padukone, attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Getty Images. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by TASAKI.

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