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June 27, 2019

Mastercard introduces 'Mastercard City Key' platform at the United States Conference of Mayors.

Mastercard City Key

Mastercard City Key

Mastercard City Key

Photo: The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Cory Lum/Getty Images for The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon). Copyright © Getty Images. Image provided by The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon. [File Photo]

Honolulu, Hawaii - June 26, 2019 - City leaders convene in Honolulu for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting this week. Here they will experience first-hand how technology can unlock better access to social, economic, and cultural opportunities.

In a new immersive showcase, Mastercard, the City, and County of Honolulu will show how the power of collaboration can create inclusive access to services for city residents. Attendees of the conference will access event venues, local attractions, and transportation options through one single card.

The card, called Mastercard City Key, combines identification, access to city services, and payment functionalities in one tool. It provides residents greater convenience and security while helping the local government find efficiencies in their operations. The platform is a result of City Possible, a global partnership, and co-creation framework pioneered by Mastercard.

“A half-century ago, President John F. Kennedy traveled to O’ahu to speak about civil rights to our nation’s mayors,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “I can think of no better place and time to discuss how we move our country forward through economic inclusiveness and more resilient communities. As one of the founding members of City Possible, the City and County of Honolulu appreciates Mastercard’s leadership in working toward more inclusive and resilient cities.”

MasterCard will present the platform to 1,500 delegates. Then, the city of San Jose will launch Mastercard City Key, enabling it to deliver critical resources and emergency support to its residents more efficiently. The start of this service in San Jose would also allow the service partners to explore its new uses. It could speed-up the distribution of social benefits and improving access to broadband and other digital services.

“As many cities face similar challenges. They could best tackle that through sharing ideas and resources,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“We are proud to support the City and County of Honolulu in welcoming the nation’s mayors. Honolulu is facilitating this important dialogue,” said Michael Froman, Mastercard vice chairman and president of strategic growth. “At Mastercard, we’re deeply committed to enabling cities to improve quality of life for all their residents - and to help cities around the world learn from places such as Honolulu and San Jose. The challenges are too big to think small - or tackle alone.”

Launched in November 2018, City Possible is a new model for urban collaboration to co-create, test, and scale solutions to address cities’ most pressing issues. Its members include more than 25 global cities representing a diverse mix of geography and size. By bringing together a complementary group of companies with unique strengths and resources, Mastercard is leading the way for a holistic approach to inclusive urban development.

Source: Mastercard

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June 25, 2019

The World's First Smart Life Creator Award presented at University of Oxford

Oxford University

Photo: John Frater, Professor, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Ideaslab / Oxford - ‘Reinforcing Critical Systems’ at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger. [File Photo]

Oxford University

Photo: Aoife Bennett, DPhil Candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, during the Session “Future-Proofing the Planet” at the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

Oxford, England — SEED AWARD 2019 - the world’s first creativity award, kicked off its global convening tour’s first leg at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, inviting “those who have a passion of life and are willing to embrace innovative ideas.”

An excellent research team with Oxford alumni showcased at the event their invention of Routemaster systems, a novel combination of deep learning technology and air balloons to observe and predict traffic flows in the often jammed streets of Lagos, Nigeria, to help the city move faster.

Defined as “the world’s first creativity award that highlights the integration of technologies and everyday life,” SEED AWARD, sponsored by Guangzhou-based real estate Seedland Group, aims to encourage the innovative application of technology in everyday life.

SEED AWARD features a grand cash prize of RMB 1 million, three Prizes for Excellence and 30 Talent Awards. It is open to all individuals, teams, research institutions, and start-ups, regardless of age, nationality, or background.

“Contestants will benefit from an expert mentoring program with some of the world’s leading scientists and inventors to help them test and bring their creations to fruition,” said Lu Chuyang, CEO of Fast Company China, business media partner of the award.

Dr. Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB Flash Drive and Eric Frank, a founding member of Uber AI Labs, among other leading figures, are judges for the awarding committee.

Technological innovation is vital for humankind to live a better, more sustainable life, opined Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, co-director of the Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment and Economics Associate of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

During his presentation titled “Technology for a better life” at the event, Dr. Frey walked the 100-strong audience through his research on the transformation of industrial nations to digital economies, and subsequent challenges for economic growth, labor markets, and urban development.

Shimon Whiteson, professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Chief Scientist and co-founder of Latent Logic Ltd., demonstrated how to design algorithms for computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behavior, learn from experience and reason about their goals and deduce behavioral strategies to maximize their utility.

SEED AWARD tour will also stop at Peking University, China and Stanford University, the United States before the award selection enters its next stage.

According to the organizers, SEED AWARD 2019 will organize its semifinals in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe as a further step in helping creators to bring their ideas to life.

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June 24, 2019

The IOC, The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd announce Joint Worldwide Olympic Partnership to 2032

Olympics, Coca-Cola

Lausanne, Switzerland, 24 June 2019 — The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd today announced that they have signed the first-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement. The partnership combines the non-alcoholic beverage and the dairy categories into a new joint group and brings Chinese dairy company Mengniu into the family of Worldwide TOP Partners.

TOP stands for The Olympic Partners Programme. Created in 1985, the TOP Programme, managed by the IOC, is the only sponsorship with the exclusive worldwide marketing rights to both Winter and Summer Games.

The new joint agreement has a 12-year term running through to the Olympic Games 2032. The deal includes unprecedented investment in traditional and digital media to promote the Olympic values globally.

This agreement extends The Coca-Cola Company’s association with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104-year-long relationship. The Coca-Cola Company is the longest continuous partner of the Olympic Games.

Mengniu becomes the first Chinese fast-moving consumer goods company to become a TOP Partner. The Joint TOP partnership supports Mengniu’s ambitious international growth plans, with the company aiming to become one of the top dairy producers in the world by 2025.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This long-term agreement is another demonstration of the relevance and stability of the Olympic Games in these times of uncertainty. Having our longest-standing partner, Coca-Cola, an iconic American brand, together with a young Chinese company, Mengniu, joining hands under the roof of our Worldwide TOP Programme is an excellent example of the unifying power of the Olympic spirit. This partnership will give another dimension to the promotion of the Olympic values around the world.”

James Quincey, Chairman, and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company said: “We are honored and privileged to be a part of the Olympic Movement that makes it possible for athletes from all over the world to come together to represent their nations, pursue their dreams and be a part of history. A lot has changed since we sold the first Coca-Cola at an Olympic event in 1928. With a fresh approach to our business and our sponsorship, we are proud to join with Mengniu to promote and celebrate future Olympic Games.”

Jeffrey Lu, the CEO and Executive Director of Mengniu, said: “Membership of the TOP Programme will act as a catalyst for Mengniu to grow around the world. Joining the program is a vital step in our international strategy, and we are honored to have the opportunity to build a positive reputation for Chinese food and beverage brands among consumers globally. As a Worldwide TOP Partner, we look forward to using the unique platform of the Olympic Games to promote health and joy to Olympians and fans alike.”

Worldwide Olympic Partners support every National Olympic Committee and their teams, and every Organiser of the Olympic Games, as well as providing support for athletes’ training and development. Also, they promote the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement and help create memorable experiences for spectators and fans around the world.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a presence at the Olympic Games since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. With its current agreement with the IOC ending in 2020, The Coca-Cola Company will now continue its partnership with this new Joint TOP agreement through to the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing, the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris, the Olympic Winter Games 2026, the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles, and the Olympic Games 2030 and 2032.

Yong Zhang, Vice-President of Strategy at Mengniu, added: “The Olympic Movement and Mengniu are naturally aligned. We both aim to bring health and joy to people, and Mengniu’s brand advocates ‘Born for Greatness’ - another natural fit with the Olympic values. Mengniu reaches hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide and will encourage more people to follow and participate in the Olympic Movement, while also contributing ‘China’s strength’ to the global development of the Olympic cause and successful hosting of future Olympic Games.”

Source: International Olympic Committee

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June 23, 2019

UNESCO Creative Cities Mayors discuss "The Ideal City."

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: A busy street in Rome, Italy. At the end of the road is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, built during the time of Pope Sixtus III (432-440 AD). Image Credit: SS Alonso. Rome is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film.’

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG headquarters, Berlín, Germany. Image Credit: Pablo G. Pando. Berlin is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Design.’

Fabriano, Italy, 21 June 2019 — From 10 to 15 June 2019, in Fabriano, Italy, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Conference gathered 50 Mayors among 480 participates from some 145 cities worldwide.

Committed to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through culture-oriented policies, the Mayors exchanged ideas on the theme of “The Ideal City,” and shared examples of how their cities are addressing community needs by building on culture and creativity to develop innovative and inclusive urban strategies.

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Gabriele Santarelli, Mayor of Fabriano, and Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities, who opened the Conference on 12 June, emphasized culture’s capacity to connect peoples and communities, to foster dialogue and to bring about positive social, economic and environmental change. “Culture goes beyond all boundaries,” said President Mattarella.

• The cross-cutting power of culture for sustainable development:

Participants explored prospects for the future of their cities by focusing on the role of culture across development areas including education, inclusiveness, environment and economic growth.

City Planners and Mayors are investing significantly in culture to make their cities better and sustainable. As new practices evolve, Creative Cities are emerging as hubs of experimentation that lead to innovative and successful models of sustainable development —

• LAB.2030 - Generating innovative ideas

The Conference provided an opportunity to share the first publication of the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, entitled “Voices of the City: UNESCO Creative Cities moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The book demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace culture in their local policies.

For example, a strategy on transitioning from an industrial to a forward-thinking city is used in Saint-Étienne (France) to explore new paths towards economic development, including innovative solutions for vacant infrastructures. In Santos (Brazil), a Creative Ecofactory has been established to stimulate skills development and boost employability for people from marginalized communities. Other examples include Cairo (Egypt), where new ways of connecting heritage to local economies are emerging, and Sydney (Australia), whose local government is committed to countering gender bias and where the number of female writers has increased in three years from 32% in 2015 to 53% in 2018.

There are currently 180 Creative Cities in 72 countries. While differing geographically, demographically or economically, they are all committed to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.

The Annual Conference in 2020 will focus on the theme of “Creativity, Path to Equality.” City of Santos (Brazil) will host it.

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June 12, 2019

The 2019 Call for Applications of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is Still Open.

Cities worldwide can submit their application until 30 June.

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Detroit, Michigan, USA. Image Credit: Corey Seeman. Detroit is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Design.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Image Credit: Noam Lovinsky. Sydney, Australia, is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film.’

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international co-operation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

The Creative Cities Network is composed of cities committed to pooling their resources, their experiences, and knowledge for the common objectives outlined in the Network’s Mission. The member cities actively cooperate at the international level through inter-city partnerships.

Today the network brings together 180 cities from 72 countries from all regions of the world. The UNESCO Creative Cities have a joint mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their urban development plan to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The timetable of the 2019 Call for Applications

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Pranay Rao. Jaipur is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Image Credit: Leon Meerson. Mumbai is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation.

India has three UNESCO Creative Cities — Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Art), Varanasi (Music), and Chennai (Music).

Mumbai, renowned for the production of Hindi films, is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation. This designation would promote its film industry on the global platform and also reinforce the city’s reputation as a hub of heritage, art, and culture.

[Cities with the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation include Yamagata, Japan; Terrassa, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Sofia, Bulgaria; Santos, Brazil; Rome, Italy; Qingdao, China; Galway, Ireland; Busan, South Korea; Lodz, Poland; Bristol, United Kingdom; Bradford, United Kingdom; and Bitola, North Macedonia.]

According to reports, several cities from India are in the race to join the prestigious network, and they include Mumbai (Film), Indore (Gastronomy), Chanderi (Crafts and Folk Art), Gwalior (Music), Bhopal (Literature), Srinagar (Crafts and Folk Art), Hyderabad (Crafts and Folk Art), Amritsar (Gastronomy), and Lucknow (Music), among others.

Each application is required to include, among other necessary documents, an official letter of intent signed by the Mayor of the City, as well as a formal letter of support by the National Commission for UNESCO concerned. In the case of India, each application would need to be approved by the Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO (INCCU).

National Commissions can endorse a maximum of 4 applications per country, i.e., a maximum of four claims per state is allowed. Further, a maximum of two requests from the same country, and in two different creative fields, would be eligible for the ‘UNESCO Creative City’ designation.

Furthermore, cities that have submitted an application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as part of two consecutive calls and that did not receive the designation, shall respect a moratorium of 4 years before presenting a new application.

UNESCO recommends that the candidate cities consult key local experts in the preparation of their applications. GlobalGiants.Com editor is associated with the enhancement of the network since 2014; he can share his complementary cutting-edge expertise with any local (India) city contemplating joining the big-league.

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June 11, 2019

Neil Irwin, New York Times Economics Writer, will discuss his latest book "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World," at National Press Club Headliners event June 26.

National Press Club, New York Times

National Press Club, New York Times

WASHINGTON, DC — New York Times senior economics correspondent Neil Irwin will discuss his new book, “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers” in a National Press Club Headliners book event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

The event begins at 6:30 pm in the conference rooms, and will include a moderated discussion with Irwin, questions from the audience, and a book signing.

You may purchase a copy of the book at the event.

In his book, Irwin draws on data, analysis, and reporting to provide a roadmap for success in a shifting world of work. Irwin argues that successful people bring multiple skills together, acting as a “glue person” among people with different specialties. The book takes insights from behemoth companies such as Microsoft, Walmart, and Goldman Sachs, as well as smaller companies, such as the manufacturer of Jim Beam bourbon to show what it takes to succeed amid technological change and global competition.

Irwin, the author of The New York Times best-seller, “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire,” is a founding member of The Upshot, the Time’s site for analytical journalism. He has an MBA from Columbia University.

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June 6, 2019

Fabriano, Italy, to host UNESCO Creative Cities Conference 2019.

UNESCO Creative City, Fabriano

Photo: A historic site in Fabriano, Italy. Image Credit: Barbara Skinner.

Paris, France, 06 June 2019 — The Italian city of Fabriano will host this year’s UNESCO Creative Cities Conference from 10 to 15 June. A cradle of papermaking in Europe since the second half of the 13th century and throughout the Renaissance, Fabriano joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) six years ago in the field of crafts and folk art.

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy; Gabriele Santarelli, Mayor of Fabriano; Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO; and Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities; will open the first plenary session of the meeting on 12 June 2019.

Some 400 delegates representing the 180 cities of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network will debate this year’s theme, “The Ideal City,” and exchange their diverse experiences and ideas for meeting the challenges of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the city level.

A record 50 mayors will participate in the conference, which will bring together municipal decision-makers from Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), from Dakar (Senegal) to Budapest (Hungary), and from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Wuhan (China). They will examine ways to anchor culture in development frameworks and policies and promote sustainable urban regeneration, social cohesion, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Flagship initiatives featured at this year’s conference will include the Lend a Hand project targeting vulnerable communities in Nassau (Bahamas), a regeneration program promoting green areas and walkability in Porto-Novo (Benin) and an innovative citizen-led project aimed at engaging youth in Geelong (Australia).

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network includes 180 cities from 72 countries focusing on seven fields of activity: crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, and music.

Representatives of the three UNESCO Creative Cities from India — Jaipur, Varanasi, and Chennai — are also expected to attend the conference.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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May 31, 2019

India's New Ministers and their Portfolios

Narendra Modi

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, takes Oath of Office and Secrecy, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019.

New Delhi, 31 May 2019 — The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers:

Shri Narendra Modi: Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Cabinet Ministers

  1. Shri Raj Nath Singh: Minister of Defence.
  2. Shri Amit Shah: Minister of Home Affairs.
  3. Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  4. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  5. Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  6. Shri Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  7. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.
  8. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  9. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  10. Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  11. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar: Minister of External Affairs.
  12. Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’: Minister of Human Resource Development.
  13. Shri Arjun Munda: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  14. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.
  15. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences.
  16. Shri Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  17. Shri Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  18. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.
  19. Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.
  20. Shri Pralhad Joshi: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.
  21. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey: Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  22. Shri Arvind Ganpat Sawant: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  23. Shri Giriraj Singh: Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries.
  24. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of Jal Shakti.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

  1. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  2. Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
  3. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
  4. Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.
  5. Shri Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  6. Shri Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
  7. Shri Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  8. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  9. Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

  1. Shri Faggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
  2. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  3. Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  5. Shri Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  6. Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  7. Shri G. Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  8. Shri Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  9. Shri Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
  11. Shri Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  12. Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
  13. Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  14. Shri Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  15. Shri Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  16. Shri Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  17. Shri Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  18. Shri V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  19. Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  20. Shri Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  21. Shri Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  22. Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
  23. Shri Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  24. Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Source: President’s Secretariat

HRD Minister Nishank

Photo: The new Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, being greeted by the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019.

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May 27, 2019

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to organize Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey - President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Academy President

Photo: Academy President John Bailey during the Academy’s 2018 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy President

Photo: Oscar nominee Regina King with Academy President John Bailey at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 4, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

New Delhi — In a major initiative to explore possibilities of collaboration, India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing a Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, on May 28, at Siri Fort Auditorium, in New Delhi.

The interaction will not only deliver insights into the thought leadership at Oscars but will also be informative for critical stakeholders attending the event. It will throw light on the nuances behind the craft of cutting edge filming techniques and help develop an understanding amongst the Indian film-makers about creating world-class content.

Mr. Bailey will also be interacting with Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of I&B. The interaction will be an opportunity for the Ministry to highlight financial incentives offered to foreign filmmakers to shoot in India. They will also discuss a single window facilitation mechanism for filming in India, financing co-production of films, and promotion of single-screen theatres in small towns across the country.

Recently, in the 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Mr. Robert Yeoman, renowned Cinematographer, and Mr. Alan Heim, distinguished Film Editor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, had taken Master Classes in their respective fields. This interactive session presents an opportunity to enhance the outreach of the Festival further, and explores the possibilities of collaboration with the Academy for the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI to be held in Goa in November 2019.

John Bailey is the first Cinematographer to hold the position of Academy President. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” As a cinematographer, he is best known for his collaborations with directors Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted, and Ken Kwapis.

In 1985, Bailey shared the Cannes Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award with Eiko Ishioka and Philip Glass for “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” and the Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography for “Forever Mine.”

Academy President

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Amit Khare, presenting the ‘Cinemas of India’ to the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Mr. John Bailey, in New Delhi, on May 28, 2019. In the ensuing interaction with Mr. Bailey, budding filmmakers and students from several Mass Media Institutes got the opportunity to interact with the Academy President.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, and educational outreach.

Academy, India

Photo: Indian Actress, Frieda Pinto, attends the 81st Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 22, 2009. Image provided by & copyright © Jon Didier / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy, Pryanka

Photo: Indian Actress, Priyanka Chopra, arrives at The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

• The prestigious Academy Awards, also known as the “Oscars,” honor the best talent in films, be it Hollywood or International cinema. Although India sends an official entry to the Oscars every year, it only gets snubbed. No Indian film has ever won an Oscar!

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi.

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May 17, 2019

Cannes Film Festival 2019 — Celebrity Shots

Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Cannes Film Festival

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Cannes Film Festival

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May 12, 2019

Delhi Votes

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Moti Bagh, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Virender Nagar, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Rohini, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Source: Election Commission of India

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May 1, 2019

Reno Tahoe, Nevada hosts Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Contests.

Miss USA Teen Nebraska

Photo: Erin Shae Swanson, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss Teen USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA Teen Arkansas

Photo: Maggie Williams, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2019, competes as a Top 15 Finalist in her evening gown during the Miss Teen USA Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Alex Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 North Carolina

Photo: Chelsie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, during a visit to Lake Tahoe on April 24, 2019. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Pennsylvania USA

Photo: Kailyn Marie Perez, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Monday, April 29. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 Kentucky

Photo: Jordan Weiter, Miss Kentucky USA 2019, during rehearsals for the Miss USA Competition in Reno Tahoe on Wednesday, May 1. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019

Photo: Cheslie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, is crowned the new Miss USA by Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers after the two-hour special programming event on FOX from Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Thursday, May 2, 2019. 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. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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April 27, 2019

MotoGP: Márquez Storms to Victory at Argentine Grand Prix

Spaniard leads from First to Last and Wins by Personal Best Margin.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez celebrates after winning the Argentina MotoGP at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez of Spain rounds the bend during the Warm Up at MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas on April 14, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Andrea Dovizioso at MotoGP World Championship 2019, Stop 03 - Austin, Texas, United States. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Brad Binder races at Argentina MotoGP Moto 2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marco Bezzecchi races at the Argentina MotoGP Moto2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP world champion, Marc Márquez, destroyed the field at the Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina to win by a distance from Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Argentina GP result

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 41m 43.688s
  2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Monster Yamaha +9.816s
  3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team +10.530s
  4. Jack Miller (AUS) Pramac Racing +12.140s
  5. Alex Rins (SPA) Suzuki Ecstar +12.563s

2019 MotoGP rider standings:

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) 45 points
  2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 41
  3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) 31
  4. Alex Rins (SPA) 24
  5. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 20

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April 25, 2019

International Jazz Day 2019 at The Piano Man, Gurgaon, India, on 30 April

nternational Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

Photos: International Jazz Day 2019 Posters from Gurgaon (India), Portugal, Spain, Mumbai (India), Washington DC, and Bangkok (Thailand).

New Delhi — On 30 April, celebrating International Jazz Day 2019, the new Piano Man Jazz Club in Gurgaon, jointly with UNESCO New Delhi, will bring on stage young jazz talent from all over India and the world. India’s leading Latin Jazz Pianist, Pradyumna Singh Manot will drive The Piano Man Gurgaon’s first performance. Elena Diletta Friedrich Sciubba on voice, Kunal Netrapal on drums, and Sonic Shori on bass will accompany him.

The UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt and the founder of the Piano Man brand, Arjun Sagar Gupta, will take the stage with the band to welcome all the guests on the occasion of International Jazz Day, which will also be celebrated at other locations in India — including Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as the International Jazz Day in 2011, upon a proposal made by legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. The Day aims to recognize the power of jazz music to promote peace, dialogue, and mutual understanding, and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This year the global celebration will take place in Melbourne, Australia and International Jazz Day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

“Jazz has its roots in the struggle for freedom and resistance against oppression. This music, with its various styles, has been embraced and integrated into many cultures, morphing into new forms of expression, infinitely resonating with the diversity of song and sound across the globe,” says UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay in her message on the occasion of International Jazz Day 2019.

The Piano Man first location in New Delhi has hosted almost 1,400 concerts in the three and a half years since its inception, including some of the finest musicians from all over the world. The opening of a second Piano Man location in Gurgaon marks the beginning of a new journey for the brand and its mission.

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April 22, 2019

Original Earth Day Organizer, Denis Hayes, will Announce Major Global Mobilizations for 2020 as Earth Day turns 50 at National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club

Earth Day

Photo: A section of the gathering during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert held on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 18 April 2015. Washington DC, United States. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the concert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. This first Earth Day sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Twenty years later, one of Earth Day’s original organizers, Denis Hayes, appeared at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. He announced the launch of Earth Day as a global organization, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Denis Hayes will again return to the National Press Club to announce major global mobilizations ahead of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, including “Vote for the Earth,” “Earth Challenge 2020,” and the 2020 theme for Earth Day, which will focus on global demand for transformative climate action.

This news conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Club’s Zenger Room and is open to credentialed media and members of the Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.


• River Ganges Initiative 2019 Kickstarts India’s Earth Day 2020 Plans as Part of the 50th Anniversary Great Global Cleanup.


Clean Ganga

Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, performing the Ganga Pujan, at Prayagraj, in Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018. [File Photo]

Washington DC/New Delhi — A landmark citizen-led cleanup of the iconic River the Ganges is to be launched by the Earth Day Network as part of comprehensive plans to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The initiative gets underway as part of Earth Day 2019 high in the Himalayan mountains at Devaprayag where two glacier-fed streams meet to form India’s most famous and sacred river.

This first phase will evolve over the next 15 months to encompass 100 cities and towns close to the Ganges—known as the Ganga in India- as it meanders to the famous Sunderbans Delta.

Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, said: “The project on the Ganges will serve as a lightning rod for many more countries and communities to get involved worldwide. As we transition into Earth Day 2020, we will mark the anniversary with a myriad of events including what we are calling the Great Global Cleanup.”

Anil Arora, Director of Partnerships, Earth Day Network, added: ‘’This is a people’s movement that will help those at the grassroots level understand that keeping the Holy Ganges clean is beneficial to them. It will make them a part of the campaign to keep it clean. While on the policy level, the government has several schemes in place to clean the Ganges, this will be a bottom-up approach in support of the government initiatives.’’

Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network’s Regional Director Asia and Country Director in India, added: “Clean up of the Ganges has a potentially significant role to play. Take plastics as just one barometer - according to the World Economic Forum, ninety percent of plastic pollution in the ocean comes from ten rivers, eight of which are in Asia and two in India - including the Ganges.”

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April 20, 2019

The Art of Technicolor from de GRISOGONO

DDe Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

Photos: High Jewellery rings by de GRISOGONO. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

For the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, jeweler de GRISOGONO is presenting its Haute Joaillerie creations in technicolor mode. As a preview, five High Jewellery rings appear attired in dazzling hues and vibrant creations set with primary colors.

de GRISOGONO is offering these electrifying new Haute Joaillerie creations as a tribute to the two traditions of cinema — TECHNICOLOR and HOLLYWOOD.

Source: de GRISOGONO

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April 16, 2019

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting and Breaking News Photography.

Pulitzer Prize

Photo: Outside the Columbia School of Journalism building. Image provided by & copyright © Eston Bond.

NEW YORK, April 15, 2019 — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. It is for the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associated Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation, and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”

“While it’s gratifying that we got recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler.

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day.

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

Local Reporting
The staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press.
The staff of Reuters. Critical contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Commentary
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

Fiction
The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Drama
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

Biography
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

Poetry
Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Music
PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Columbia University in New York City administers it. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board awards a gold medal to the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition.

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 15, 2019

Biggest ever International Athletes Forum ends with concrete proposals to further increase the support to athletes at all levels

International

Photo: Lausanne, Switzerland. 12 April 2019. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends International Athletes forum welcome festivities. Photography by Greg Martin/IOC. Image provided by & copyright © IOC.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2019 — Some 350 athlete representatives from 185 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), 50 International Federations (IFs), five continental Athletes Commissions (ACs), the ACs of all the Organising Committees of the upcoming Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Olympians Association (WOA) met over the past three days in Lausanne for the 9th edition of the International Athletes’ Forum (IAF). It was the biggest ever gathering of official athlete representatives. Also attending was IOC President Thomas Bach, Olympic Champion in fencing in Montreal 1976 and member of the first IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981.

“This IAF was empowering, exciting and unifying,” highlighted Kirsty Coventry, IOC AC Chair.

“We had a very productive meeting,” said IOC AC Vice Chair Danka Bartekova, who led the discussions. “The IOC Athletes’ Commission will take the proposals to the IOC Executive Board. The IOC President has told me in our discussions during the Forum that he will fully support our recommendations.

“We look forward to their implementation, which will ensure that the support for athletes at all levels is improved even further.”

Source: International Olympic Committee

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April 10, 2019

THE ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2019 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS COMPETITION

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Josann McGibbon before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Narrative film winner Hua Tong before the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Lauren Graham before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Marit Weerheijm, winner of the bronze medal in the narrative film category, with actor Andy Serkis during the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 12, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2019 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who make their films within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution.

The international competition allows two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to “CILECT” member schools presenting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.

For the fifth year, students are asked to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival, and competition platform.

The 46th Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, October 17, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global filmmakers by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Past winners have gone on to receive 62 Oscar nominations and have won 11 awards. Student Academy Award winners include filmmakers Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 27, 2019

Advance screening of upcoming film 'Peterloo,' exclusively for National Press Club members

National Press Club

National Press Club, Peterloo

Washington, D.C. — Amazon Studios is inviting National Press Club members (and one guest) to attend a free screening of the historical documentary “Peterloo” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. N.W., Thursday, March 28, at 7 P.M.

A Q&A will follow the movie with director Mike Leigh. Julian Borger, Editor at The Guardian, will moderate the Q&A.

The producers describe the documentary as “an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of more than 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. The forces killed many protesters and injured hundreds more, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.”

(The screening is at the Landmark ‘E Street Cinema’ at 555 11th St NW, and not at the Club.)

Source: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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