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May 17, 2019

Cannes Film Festival 2019 — Celebrity Shots

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: EVA LONGORIA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Red Carpet. 16 May 2019. The American actress looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Boule earrings in yellow & white gold set with white diamonds and brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: RANIA FAWAZ. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Opening Ceremony. 14 May 2019. The Iraqi influencer looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Gypsy earrings in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gypsy ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: AISHWARYA RAI. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of “La Belle Epoque” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2019, in Cannes, France. The Actress chose a pair of earrings from Avakian Jewellery matched with a black diamond ring from the same collection. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images). Copyright © 2019 Getty Images. Image provided by Avakian Jewellery.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. The top French model looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: IRIS MITTENAERE. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 22 May 2019. The top French model and miss universe in 2016 looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Divina by de GRISOGONO earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and a Divina by de GRISOGONO ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. De GRISOGONO Fashion. AmfAR’s red carpet. 23 May 2019. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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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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March 26, 2019

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is President of Un Certain Regard Jury at Festival de Cannes 2019

Festival de Cannes

Photo: Nadine Labaki, director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film “Capernaum,” during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Week: Foreign Language Film” event on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Festival de Cannes

Photo: Oscar nominee Nadine Labaki 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.

Cannes, France, March 26, 2019 — After moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury for the 72nd edition of the Festival.

Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Festival de Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago.

“I remember back when I used to come to Cannes as a film student, I was so excited to experience the world’s most prestigious festival,” she stated. “Back then, it seemed so out of reach to me. I remember getting up early in the morning and the endless queues to get a ticket. It looks like yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago that I filled in the Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation registration form, my heart full of hope and my hand shaking.

“Today, I am the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams. I can’t wait to see the films in the Selection. I can’t wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to find inspiration in other artists’ work,” Nadine Labaki explained.

After graduating in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut, she directed adverts and music videos that frequently won awards. In 2004, she embarked on a Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Residency to write and develop Caramel, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time. Nadine Labaki continued to explore the female condition, and religious tensions in “Where Do We Go Now?”, a bold, universal fable on tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011.

In 2018, Nadine Labaki was selected for Competition with her powerfully moving Capernaum, a poignant manifesto on damaged childhood, refugees and the cracks in a society that turns its back on humanity. Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, that year chaired by Cate Blanchett, and gave an unforgettable speech. Nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to be nominated in this category.

“To the directors whose films have been selected for Un Certain Regard this year, I would like to say that as a child, I would spend hours gazing out of my bedroom window, watching the world go by. These same eyes can’t wait to watch their films!,” Nadine Labaki said.

The Un Certain Regard screenings will kick off on May 15 with an introduction of the Jury in the evening, a day after the opening of the 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes on Tuesday, May 14. The jury will announce the Un Certain Regard winners on Friday, May 24.

Source: Festival de Cannes

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March 25, 2019

Chinook Helicopters inducted in Indian Air Force

Chinook Helicopter.jpg

Chandigarh, 25 March 2019 — The IAF (Indian Air Force) has formally inducted the CH 47 F(I)- Chinook heavy-lift helicopters into its inventory at Air Force Station Chandigarh. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, was the chief guest. Various dignitaries attended the event.

IAF had signed a contract with Boeing in September 2015 for 15 Chinook helicopters. Boeing has delivered the first batch of four helicopters on schedule and would provide the last installment by March next year.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the addition of heavy-lift CH 47 F(I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and capability roadmap. The helicopter has a fully integrated digital cockpit management system, advanced cargo handling capabilities and electronic warfare suite that complement the aircraft’s performance. It is capable of airlifting diverse military and non-military loads into remote locations.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Government of India

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March 20, 2019

Social Media Platforms present “Voluntary Code of Ethics for the 2019 General Election” to Election Commission of India

Elections, Social Media, India

ENLARGE

Photo: The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, and the Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra with the representatives of the primary Social Media Platforms, in New Delhi on March 20, 2019.

New Delhi, 20 March 2019 — The Social Media Platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat and TikTok, and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), today presented a “Voluntary Code of Ethics for the General Election 2019” to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, while appreciating the steps taken, said that formulation of the Code augurs a good beginning. He told the Participants to follow in letter and spirit the commitments made in the Code of Ethics. The Platforms have committed to processing any violations reported within three hours.

The Platforms have also agreed to create a high priority dedicated reporting mechanism for the ECI and appoint dedicated teams during the period of General Elections for taking prompt action on any reported violations. Participants have also agreed to provide a mechanism for political advertisers to submit pre-certified advertisements issued by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee. The Code of Ethics also promises to facilitate transparency in paid political ads. IAMAI has agreed to coordinate with participants various steps mentioned in this code. Participants have also committed to undertake voter awareness campaigns voluntarily.

The ‘Code of Ethics” has been developed to ensure free, fair & ethical usage of Social Media Platforms to maintain the integrity of the electoral process for the General Elections 2019. It aims to monitor those indulging in disinformation, fake news, hate-mongering, gossiping, and backbiting. The Code voluntarily agreed upon by the Participants comes into operation with immediate effect.

Source: Election Commission of India

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March 18, 2019

Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claims her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Alpine World Cup Overall Title

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Longines, Skiing

Photos: Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claimed her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski / International Ski Federation) Alpine World cup overall title. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Source: Longines

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March 15, 2019

Sony Pictures Networks India and Olympic Channel to Broadcast Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

International Olympic Committee, Sony India

Photo: Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attends the opening of the new FINA Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © IOC / Greg Martin, photographer.

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2019 — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has awarded the broadcast rights in India and the Subcontinent for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as well as the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 to Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). The Olympic Channel and other IOC digital platforms will also feature highlights and replays of crucial events.

Sony Pictures Networks, an established pay-television network in India, has acquired the rights across all media platforms in India and the Subcontinent, except the free-to-air rights in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. SPN will provide comprehensive coverage across its multiple platforms.

In addition to the coverage on Sony’s digital platform, SonyLIV, the Olympic Channel and other IOC digital platforms will feature highlights and replays of crucial events to supplement SPN’s coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 across India and the Subcontinent.

Further, the IOC and SPN will collaborate on creating a permanent Olympic Channel home within the SonyLIV service. Programming will feature year-round coverage of Olympic athletes and sports, highlighting locally relevant original content produced by SPN and Olympic Channel.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “As a dynamic sports and media market, India and the Subcontinent is an important strategic region for Olympic broadcasting. The IOC is pleased to be working with Sony Pictures Networks India to collaborate to bring the best coverage of Tokyo 2020 and the Youth Olympic Games to fans across the region, on their platform of choice, with the aim of inspiring young people to engage with Olympic sports and the Olympic values.”

MD & CEO SPN, N.P. Singh said, “As an organization, we continue to play a leading role in shaping and meeting the entertainment needs of the evolving consumer base across television & digital platforms in India. The Olympic Games is the largest and most prestigious international sports competition in the world with over 200 countries participating. The addition of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 broadcast and digital rights complements our portfolio of International sports events and properties.”

Source: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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March 13, 2019

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu to be the President of the Jury of the 72nd Festival de Cannes taking place in May 2019

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Alejandro G. Iñárritu poses backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in directing, for work on “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image provided by & copyright © Todd Wawrychuk / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Oscar nominee for Best Picture, for work on “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” arrives with Maria Eladia Hagerman for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cannes, France — “Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career. I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the Jury,” Alejandro González Iñárritu said on being appointed the Jury President. “Cinema runs through the veins of the planet, and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet.”

Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, expressed his delight that the filmmaker has accepted their invitation. “It is very rare for Alejandro G. Iñárritu to agree to take part in a jury, and this is the first time that the Festival de Cannes Jury is to be chaired by a Latin American filmmaker. Cannes embraces all types of cinema, and through the presence of the Babel’s director, it is Mexican cinema that the Festival will be celebrating,” Mr. Lescure stated. “Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, but Alejandro is also a man of conviction, an artist of his time.”

Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to be nominated for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards and the first Mexican filmmaker to receive the Best Director award at the Festival de Cannes.

Iñárritu took home the prize for Best Director, Best Picture as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 87th Academy Awards for the dark comedy, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

The following year, Iñárritu won his second consecutive Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant, a meditation on revenge and brutal colonization of the west through the extinction of the natives, mixed blood prejudices and nature exploitation starring Best Actor Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Festival de Cannes 2019 will take place from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 May.

Source: Festival de Cannes

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March 9, 2019

Combat War Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth to deliver major foreign policy speech ahead of 16th anniversary of US-led invasion of Iraq at National Press Club Headliners event March 13

National Press Club

National Press Club

Photo: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth to deliver major foreign policy speech ahead of 16th anniversary of US-led invasion of Iraq at National Press Club Headliners event March 13.

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2019 — As America approaches the 16th anniversary of the war in Iraq, combat Veteran, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will speak at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Wednesday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. She will talk about how she feels the U.S. Congress is failing in its duty to provide the U.S. troops with the moral and legal backing they need and deserve to most effectively wage war.

In her remarks, Duckworth will lay out her vision for how Americans can ensure their military remains the strongest in the world. She will argue that America can no longer view its national security interests as separate and distinct from its domestic policies. She will make a case for investing in progressive priorities like healthcare, education and green energy as a means to bolster America’s national strength and better serve its military readiness.

This news conference will take place in the Club’s Holeman Lounge, and is open to credentialed media and members of the National Press Club.

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

• Club member Waterfield plans to publish history about London at War.

National Press Club

Larry Waterfield, a member of the National Press Club, is looking forward to seeing his book, Metropolis at War: London, published in New York and London.

“There was terror on a grand scale,” Waterfield wrote, explaining that we may live in the “age of terror” but in World War II, London, the biggest city in the world at the time, faced five years of terror bombing, terror rockets, the threat of invasion, occupation, starvation and a submarine blockade that cut off food and supplies.

The city struggled on, the large newspapers printed, the movie studios made films, the BBC broadcast worldwide in dozens of languages, he said.

Waterfield notes there is new information because key bits were kept secret until recently: a plan to invade Ireland, and a plan to control India.

The publisher is Austin Macauley Publishers.

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

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Director of U.S. National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, to speak at National Press Club Headliners Luncheon April 23

National Press Club

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2019 — The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the record in 2018 for the most significant daily point gain with investors’ spirits buoyed by low unemployment rates, high GDP growth, rising corporate profits, and a significant roll-back on banking regulations and the corporate tax rate. The Dow also broke records last year for the largest daily point loss as Trump’s ongoing trade war with China and fears of interest rate hikes tested investors’ nerves.

On Tuesday, April 23, Larry Kudlow, the Director of the National Economic Council under President Trump, will speak on the recent trend in market volatility and what other factors may affect the US and the Global Economy at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

Lunch will be served in the Club’s Holeman Lounge at 12:30 p.m. with remarks beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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

• Former Attorney General Eric Holder and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss their battle against gerrymandering at National Press Club Headliners event, March 26

National Press Club

Photos: Former Attorney General Eric Holder and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2019 — Two of America’s most prominent voices against gerrymandering will share the stage for the first time on March 26 immediately following oral arguments in two anti-gerrymandering cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General, and Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will discuss why they believe redistricting reform is crucial to the future of US democracy at a National Press Club Headliners event on March 26 at 12:30 p.m.

This bipartisan dialogue comes as the Court considers whether the Republican gerrymandering in Rucho v. Common Cause and the Democratic gerrymandering in Lamone v. Benisek are unconstitutional. A decision by the court could accelerate the state-by-state movement to draw good maps in the 2021 redistricting process.

This event will take place in the Club’s Holeman Lounge, and is open to credentialed media and members of the National Press Club.

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

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

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Prime Minister Modi launches modern infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad

Photo: Shopprix Mall, Vaishali, Ghaziabad.

Ghaziabad, March 08, 2019 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today, visited Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and launched various development projects. He unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of Civil Terminal of Hindon Airport. He then laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System.

The Prime Minister also visited the Metro Station in Ghaziabad and flagged off the metro rail from Shaheed Sthal Station to Dilshad Garden Station. He also took a ride in the metro.

Addressing a huge gathering, the Prime Minister said that Ghaziabad is today know by three C’s; Connectivity, Cleanliness, and Capital. He mentioned the elevated road and metro connectivity in Ghaziabad, its 13th rank in Swachh Survekshan rankings, and its stature as a business hub of Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister said that with the new Civil Terminal in Hindon Airport, people of Ghaziabad could take air travel to other cities from Ghaziabad itself, instead of going to Delhi.

The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System, built at the cost of Rs. 30000 crore, is the first of such transport system in India, Prime Minister Modi said. He stated that the modern infrastructure in Ghaziabad would ensure Ease of Living for the people in the city and nearby areas.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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