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February 16, 2019

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

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• INDIA

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

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

International Press Institute, Indian Express

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

International Press Institute, Tribune

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

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

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

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

Source: International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria

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February 15, 2019

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

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

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

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

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

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 14, 2019

India Government announces Safe City Project

Mumbai

Photo: Victoria Terminus. The Metropolitan City of Mumbai.

New Delhi, February 13, 2019 — With a view to providing safety to women in public places, the Government of India’s Empowered Committee of Officers for Safe City Project has approved pilot Safe City Projects in the following eight Selected Metropolitan Cities:

  1. Delhi
  2. Kolkata
  3. Mumbai
  4. Chennai
  5. Bengaluru
  6. Hyderabad
  7. Ahmedabad
  8. Lucknow

The total cost of the projects would be Rs. 3,000 crore approximately.

The cost of the projects would be shared between the Central Government and the concerned States in 60:40 ratio. The Central Government would fully fund the Safe City Project in Delhi.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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February 12, 2019

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

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

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

Unesco, L'Oreal

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

Unesco, L'Oreal

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

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

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

EXTENDING THE AWARD TO MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

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

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

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

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

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE FIVE 2019 LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Najat Aoun SALIBA - Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

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

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

ASIA PACIFIC

Professeur Maki KAWAI - Chemistry / Catalysis

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

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

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Karen HALLBERG - Physics/ Condensed matter physics

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

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

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Ingrid DAUBECHIES - Mathematics / Mathematical physics

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

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

EUROPE

Professor Claire VOISIN - Mathematics / Algebraic geometry

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

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

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE 15 INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS OF 2019

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

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Dr. Saba AL HEIALY - Health sciences

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

Dr. Zohra DHOUAFLI - Neuroscience/ Biochemistry

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

Dr. Menattallah ELSERAFY - Molecular biology/Genetics

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

Dr. Priscilla Kolibea MANTE - Neurosciences

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

NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Jacquelyn CRAGG - Health sciences

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

LATIN AMERICA

Dr. Maria MOLINA - Chemistry/Molecular biology

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

Dr. Ana Sofia VARELA - Chemistry/Electrocatalysis

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

ASIA PACIFIC

Dr. Sherry AW - Neuroscience

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

Dr. Mika NOMOTO - Molecular biology / Plant Pathology

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

Dr. Mary Jacquiline ROMERO - Quantum physics

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

EUROPE

Dr. Laura ELO - Bioinformatics

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

Dr. Kirsten JENSEN - Material chemistry, structural analysis

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

Dr. Biola María JAVIERRE MARTÍNEZ - Genomics

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

Dr. Urte NENISKYTE - Neuroscience

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

Dr. Nurcan TUNCBAG - Bioinformatics

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

Source: UNESCO

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February 10, 2019

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

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

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

Berlin International Film Festival

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

Berlin International Film Festival

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

Berlin International Film Festival

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

Berlin International Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Over 75 Indian film companies are participating at Berlinale 2019.

Berlin International Film Festival

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

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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February 7, 2019

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

National Press Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 6, 2019

President of India Presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

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

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

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

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

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

List of Awardees

MUSIC

DANCE

THEATRE

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

Overall Contribution/Scholarship

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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January 30, 2019

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

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

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

Piyush Goyal

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

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

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

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

Source: Ministry of Railways, India

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

Wharton, Best Countries

US News

Davos, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

Key Findings in the 2019 Best Countries Report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Best Countries Rankings

Overall

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

To Start a Business

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

For Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Women

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada

For Education

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Canada

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 27, 2019

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

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

Source: NAIAS, Detroit

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January 26, 2019

India's 70th Republic Day Celebrations

India Republic Day

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

India Republic Day

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

India Republic Day

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

India Republic Day

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

India Republic Day

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

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January 25, 2019

First Observance of International Day of Education

International Day of Education

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

International Day of Education

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

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

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

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

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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January 23, 2019

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

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

MasterCard, Camilla Cabello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Mastercard

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January 22, 2019

91ST OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

The best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute

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

· Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International

· Denis Mukwege, Founder, Panzi Hospital and Foundation

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

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

· Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

· Heather Koldewey, Fellow, National Geographic Society

· Ernst Bromeis, Water Ambassador, The Blue Miracle

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

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

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

· Rachel Haas, Managing Director, NO MORE

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

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

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

· Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, Mumbai

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

· Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust

Open Forum Programme

Tuesday 22 January

09.00 - 10.00 Water for Life

12.30 - 14.00 Plastic Pollution: An End in Sight?

18.30 - 20.00 Averting “Peak Europe”

Wednesday 23 January

09.00 - 10.30 Escaping Extinction

13.00 - 14.00 An Insight, An Idea with Jane Goodall

18.30 - 20.00 Violence against Women

Thursday 24 January

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

12.30 - 14.00 Loneliness: An Epidemic?

18.30 - 20.00 The Price of Free

Friday 25 January

09.00 - 10.30 Bridging Science with Society

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

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 19, 2019

Prime Minister Modi inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

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

India Cinema

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

India Cinema

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

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

Many dignitaries were present at the event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 15, 2019

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

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

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

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

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

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

The Award Citation says:

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump Exchange Greetings

Modi with Trump

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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