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November 22, 2015

Monica Bellucci attends SPECTRE Premiere in Rome

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Photo: Monica Bellucci, who plays the coveted role of Bond girl in the new 007 James Bond movie, Spectre, poses up in de GRISOGONO jewellery and a black outfit at the Spectre Premiere in Rome, Italy. Image provided by & copyright de GRISOGONO.

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Photo: Italian actress and fashion model, Monica Bellucci, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain. © French Select via Getty Images.)

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November 21, 2015

British Bond Actress Naomie Harris Introduces New Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it Premieres in the USA

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Photos: Exclusive images from acclaimed fashion photographer Ben Watts… Land Rover showcases new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in Santa Monica beachside shoot with Bond star Naomie Harris. Images provided by & copyright © Jaguar Land Rover.

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 16, 2015 - Land Rover has unveiled its first luxury compact convertible SUV along the iconic coastline of Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA. SPECTRE actress Naomie Harris was one of the first to view the newest member of the Range Rover family, as it was revealed for the first time ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Following the recent global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, which features vehicles produced by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division, Harris joined the brand to receive an exclusive first look at the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it debuted in the US. Harris, in her role as Moneypenny, has been paired with Land Rover vehicles including the iconic Defender (Skyfall) and more recently the Discovery Sport (SPECTRE).

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November 4, 2015

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland wins the Longines Prize for Elegance

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Photo: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who has been awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Image provided by and copyright © Longines.

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November 2, 2015

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switched On

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: International pop star Kylie Minogue attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: Pop star Foxes attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London, Sunday 1st November 2015 — The countdown to Christmas started today at the Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event broadcast and seen by millions around the globe.

Global pop star Kylie Minogue took to the stage for the 56th annual switch-on moment, illuminating Oxford Street in silver light and 445 gleaming gold baubles. The lighting event marks the official start of the London Christmas shopping season.

For the first time, Oxford Street hosted the highly awaited lights switch-on event on a traffic-free Sunday. Families, shoppers and visitors enjoyed their Christmas shopping in the enhanced space of a traffic-free environment, along with exclusive Christmas offers available from retailers for this special day only.

This year’s spectacular switch on moment and star studded show was more inclusive than ever before as the stage faced down West Oxford Street with a series of on-street screens live streaming all the action for spectators and shoppers alike to enjoy.

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October 30, 2015

The 64th Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant to Air Live from Las Vegas, Sunday, December 20, on FOX

Miss Universe Pageant

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Photo: Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela. Photographer: Fadil Berisha. Image provided by & Copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

NEW YORK - October 30, 2015 - IMG (a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion) and the Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant has been picked up by Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). The three-hour annual event will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET) on FOX.

“MISS UNIVERSE is a unique, global media property and this partnership with FOX marks a new era for the Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP of Original Content, IMG. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, FOX is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show.”

The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Contestants from more than 80 countries will vie to become the next Miss Universe in this year’s special programming event, which will conclude with the current Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia crowning her successor.

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October 13, 2015

Magnus Carlsen of Norway is the 2015 World Rapid Chess Champion

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Photo: Magnus Carlsen is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).

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Photo: Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).

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Photo: A player is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

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Photo: Russian Grandmaster, Sergey Karjakin, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

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Photo: Former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand of India, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.

BERLIN, GERMANY — October 12, 2015 — Magnus Carlsen reasserted his dominance over the chess world today by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship here in Berlin.

The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.

Each day, hundreds of spectators crowded into the playing hall to watch the games, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games.

The tournament had 15 rounds over three days and included nearly 160 grandmasters from 47 countries. Carlsen, a Norwegian, who is the reigning champion at regulation time controls, won the rapid championship last year as well. He thus became the first player to ever win back-to-back rapid championships.

Three players finished one point behind Carlsen: Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.

Two pre-tournament favorites, Viswanathan Anand of India, a former rapid champion, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, had difficult starts, scoring just 2.5 points out of 5 in the first day. Mr. Anand, who is widely known as Vishy, lost to Daniil Dubov and Pavel Pankratov of Russia in the final 2 rounds of the day.

Following is the List of Players who competed in the World Chess Rapid Championship 2015:

World Blitz Chess Championships

The 21-round World Blitz Chess Championships will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (October 13 & 14). Carlsen is the defending champion in that discipline as well. When reports last came in, French Grandmaster, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, was leading with 9.5 points after Round 11.

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Alexander Grischuk of Russia is the 2015 World Blitz Champion.

October 14, 2015 — Today the 5-day World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships concluded in Berlin, with Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk claiming the World Blitz Champion’s title.

The winner scored 15.5 points in the 21-round tournament.

Alexander Grischuk becomes the first three-time Blitz World Champion. He previously won the titles in 2006 and 2012.

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October 9, 2015

81 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2015 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

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Oscars Hollywood

Photo: Oscar presenter Kerry Washington arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars Hollywood

Photo: Oscar presenter Anna Kendrick arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Mark Suban / © A.M.P.A.S

Oscars, Foreign Language

Photo: Scene from KON-TIKI, Norway, which was a 2012 Foreign Language Film Nominee. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards. Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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September 27, 2015

2015 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

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Photo: Eddie Vedder and Beyonce perform onstage during 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo © 2015 Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen).

Global Citizen Festival

Photo: Actress Kajol Devgan speaks on stage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo © 2015 Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen).

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September 18, 2015

MEDALISTS UNVEILED AT THE 2015 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Actress Michelle Rodriguez prior to the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Animated film winners Nicholas Manfredi (left) and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero prior to the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Thursday, September 17, 2015 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 15 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Mitchell, Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, and the Oscar-winning team behind the animated feature “Big Hero 6,” Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

The 2015 Student Academy Award winners are:

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Animation

Documentary

Narrative

Foreign Film

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.

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July 28, 2015

World Premiere of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Hermione Corfield attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Rebecca Ferguson attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Tom Cruise attends the UK Fan Screening of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the IMAX Waterloo on July 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures. © 2015 Mike Marsland).

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Sara Sampaio attends the New York Premiere of “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Image credit: Aurora Rose © 2015 StarPix.

Mission: Impossible World Premiere

Photo: Hermione Corfield attends the world premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ at the Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper) on July 23, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2015 Getty Images).

“Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” is a 2015 American action spy thriller film. The film is scheduled to be released in North America by Paramount Pictures on July 31, 2015.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie (story).

Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner

Story: Wolves are on the prowl — a new threat, called the Syndicate, has emerged. The Syndicate is a network of operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order. So, joining forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are.

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July 24, 2015

adidas introduces the adigirl Apparel Collection Designed for the Sporty Teen

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Photos: The adigirl Collection campaign photography captures the spirit of the teen athlete, as she goes about her day-to-day training routines. Images provided by & copyright © adidas.

NEW YORK, July 22, 2015 - Today adidas unveils The adigirl Collection, a new apparel line designed specifically for the teen athlete. The line — a first of its kind — combines key performance attributes with street style detailing to create a unique, versatile assortment of pieces that bring sport into everyday life. The adigirl Collection draws inspiration from five team sports - basketball, volleyball, track, softball and soccer — each popular with the teen athlete.

“adigirl was created to specifically meet the needs of the female teen athlete and provides her with versatile options that can be worn for more than just practice,” says Katie Becker, Senior Design Director for adidas Training and Sportswear. “We brought a fashion element to the design process that adds a fresh look and style that is unique to the adigirl Collection.”

Bold color is a key component to the adigirl aesthetic, with a palette that includes bright reds, deep purples, multiple shades of blue and floral prints, in addition to the always essential shades of concrete grey and black. Equally important is the collection’s acute attention to details, many of which are a perfect union of fashion and function.

“The adigirl is an athlete at her core but we have to acknowledge the powerful, multi-faceted teen that she is. This collection intends to address the needs of her demanding lifestyle, uniting sport with style,” says Kate Ridley, Vice President of adidas Training. “The launch of this collection is a part of our ongoing dedication to the female athlete and the way we both speak and create product specifically with her in mind.”

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July 17, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 — The Final In-Port Race — Gothenburg, Sweden

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Photos: MAPFRE and Team Brunel during the final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. Photos by Carlo Borlenghi/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. Images provided by & copyright 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Team Vestas Wind sixth team to arrive in The Hague for a pit stop during Leg 9 from Lorient to Gothenburg on June 19, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Photo by Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. Image provided by & copyright 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

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June 21, 2015

UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga

International Yoga Day

Photo: Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the New York Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Yoga Day

Photo: Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Day of Yoga

Photo: UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga. A view of participants at the special event celebrating the first International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters. The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world following the United Nations General Assembly’s recognition of the holistic benefits of this ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN. 21 June 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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“Calming the mind of its oscillations is the essence of yoga.”

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May 15, 2015

The 68th Festival de Cannes Gets Underway

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 13, 2015. Internationally recognized Ethiopian-born actress and model, Liya Kebede, in a Louis Vuitton silver outfit adorned with a de Grisogono Allegra ring and a sautoir necklace. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 13, 2015. Back on the red carpet and in the limelight with a new film that she wrote and directed, American actress Natalie Portman appears in Dior Haute Couture dress and in a set of de Grisogono diamond teardrop shape Gocce earrings, a fan-shaped Jane ring, and a Tubetto bangle. The top-flight film actress has seen her creative talent being awarded with an Oscar. Portman is making her directoral debut with her movie A Tale Of Love And Darkness that will be shown during the festival. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 14, 2015. American actress and screenwriter Michelle Rodriguez walked the red carpet in a Zuhair Murad black embroidered lace gown and a de Grisogono XXL jewel spotted on her finger. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Natalie Portman. May 16, 2015. In her second day ruling the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar winner put on yet another stunning sartorial display in a pair of de GRISOGONO CHIOCCIOLINA briolette-cut diamonds earrings. She once again proves her worth and taste as a talented actress, director and elegant woman. She knows how to do everything more than right. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Natasha Poly. Sunday, 17th May 2015. L’Oreal Paris brand ambassador, Natasha Poly, was spotted on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet donning sophisticated Versace gown and black diamonds POLINA earrings by de GRISOGONO. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Aishwarya Rai. Sunday, 17th May 2015. Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. The Indian actress has chosen a perfect glamour style wearing a mesmerizing Elie Saab dress teamed with a highly colourful cushion-cut blue sapphire de GRISOGONO ring. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet May 20, 2015. Supermodel Joan Smalls poses in de GRISOGONO High Jewellery earrings set with 60 carats of diamonds and rubies. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Portuguese model Sara Sampaio attends de GRISOGONO DIVINE IN CANNES party. May 19, 2015. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

The Opening Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes (13-24 May 2015) took place in the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

After a ballet choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, Lambert Wilson welcomed on stage the Feature films Jury: Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Rokia Traore, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, Jake Gyllenhaal and their Presidents, Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Festival was declared open by Julianne Moore and the Ceremony continued with the screening Out of Competition of Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Tete Haute, with the key members of the movie crew in attendance.

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May 8, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 - Leg 6

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Photo: Newport, Rhode Island, United States - May 07, 2015: Dongfeng Race Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel during the finish of Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on May 07, 2015 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

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Photo: Itajai, Brazil - April 19, 2015: The fleet during the start of Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on April 19, 2015 in Itajai, Brazil. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Itajai, Brazil - April 19, 2015: Dongfeng Race Team during Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on April 19, 2015 in Itajai, Brazil. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Sam Greenfield / Dongfeng Race Team / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

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May 1, 2015

Worldwide Performances Recognize Jazz Music as a Universal Language of Freedom

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Official Poster.

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Poster — Mumbai, India.

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Poster — Algarves, Portugal.

The fourth annual International Jazz Day was celebrated around the world on April 30, 2015, with Paris, France, serving as the 2015 Global Host City.

The International Jazz Day encourages and highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity that promotes intercultural dialogue and unites people from all corners of the globe. The celebration is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The celebration kicked off in Paris, France, with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances, and community outreach. In the evening, an All-Star Global Concert at UNESCO Headquarters featured stellar performances by internationally acclaimed artists.

In other countries worldwide, libraries, schools, universities, performing arts venues, community centers, artists, and arts organizations celebrated the day through presentations, concerts, and jazz-focused programs.

Earlier, a one-hour television special of the first annual International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert was broadcast on Friday, April 10. The concert featured extraordinary performances by more than 40 world-renowned artists who were gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. These artists included Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Chinese Pianist Lang Lang, Wayne Shorter, Angelique Kidjo, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Shankar Mahadevan, Jimmy Heath, George Duke, and Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

According to celebrated American pianist Herbie Hancock, “On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents. I can’t think of a better way to build peace and cultural understanding.”

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March 8, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race's Team SCA with All-Female Sailing Crew Celebrates International Women’s Day

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Team SCA finish at 6th place in Sanya, China. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 11, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in 11 countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

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Photo: Team SCA just off of the coast of Cape Town coming in to complete Leg 1; They’ve beaten MAPFRE for 6th place during the arrivals at the completion of Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town on November 05, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

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Photo: Team SCA crew members (top L-R) Sally Barklow (USA), Annie Lush (GBR), Sara Hastreiter (USA), Justine Mettraux (CH), Sophie Ciszek (AUS), Liz Wardley (AUS), Elodie Mettraux (CH), Dee Caffari (GBR), Stacey Jackson (AUS) and (bottom L-R) Abby Ehler (GBR), Corinna Halloran (USA), Libby Greenhalgh (GBR), Samantha Davies (GBR Skipper) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED) pose for a photo the day before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 on October 10, 2014 in Alicante, Spain. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

Auckland, New Zealand - International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 every year, is particularly pertinent to Team SCA.

This all-female professional sailing team has demonstrated great resilience and courage in so far completing more than half of the Volvo Ocean Race - one of the most demanding sports events in the world - with the hardest part of the race still ahead of them.

It is the first time in 12 years that women have competed in the punishing 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world yacht race - the ultimate test in human endurance. Swedish sponsor SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, is supporting the team as part of its campaign for women to participate fully in all aspects of society, including those usually dominated by men.

Skippered by renowned British sailor Samantha Davies, Team SCA is about to start Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race - from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil - which promises to be the most brutal yet. The crew will be facing fierce winds, deep waves, freezing temperatures, and hazardous icebergs.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October 2014. It will finish at the end of June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Teams:

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February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015: "Birdman" — Best Picture, Eddie Redmayne — Best Actor, Julianne Moore — Best Actress

Oscars 2015

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

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Photo: Eddie Redmayne, Oscar Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for work on “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore, Oscar Winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for work on “Still Alice” pose backstage during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Todd Wawrychuk. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Photo: America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 were presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Here are the Nominees (with Winners in bold):

Best Motion Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Film Editing

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Best Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

Best Original Song

Best Production Design

Best Animated Short Film

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Best Visual Effects

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

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January 6, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 - Start of Leg 3 - Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China

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Photo: “By the time the sun rose, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had lost her lead, ducking behind our stern as we sailed to the Northern tip of Oman during Leg 3 between Abu Dhabi, UAE and Sanya, China.” - Dongfeng Race Team. (Photo by Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Team Alvimedica arrive in Abu Dhabi during the finish of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on December 14, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: The crew of Team Vestas Wind head back to the boat to retrieve everything they can; including ropes, diesel, Inmarsat dome and sails, following the grounding of the boat on a reef on December 03, 2014 in Mauritius. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014. Team SCA finishes at dawn off Cowes to beat the all female round Britain record. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

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Photo: January 3 2015. Team SCA, Foggy conditions at the start of Leg 3, Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) bade farewell to their home port for the hazardous Leg 3 on Saturday by leading the fleet out towards their eventual destination of China from under a blanket of fog.

Light winds are forecast for the first few days of a stage which is expected to take about three weeks before the six boats arrive in Sanya, China.

Few had reckoned on a thick fog for the leg departure from Abu Dhabi (1000 UTC) where the boats had spent Christmas and New Year.

The third leg promises to be intriguing all the way but particularly during the Malacca Strait which separates the Indonesian island of Sumatra and Malaysia.

At some stages, it narrows to 1.5nm and is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“It’s the most challenging part of the whole race,” Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) navigator Will Oxley (AUS) said on the eve of the leg.

“I’m pretty happy dealing with big waves and strong winds, but the complexity of dealing with a narrow channel, and a very large amount of shipping is what causes the problems.

“Some 300ft of steel coming at you at 20 knots is always concerning, particularly if you haven’t got much control over your speed if there’s not much wind.

“Then you have squalls, very violent squalls in the night, and there’s lots of fishermen who are not showing navigation lights and have long nets. You can get tangled in the nets, or worse still, run someone over. So it’s very stressful.”

Here are the Latest Overall standings in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series:

  1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  2. Team Brunel
  3. Team SCA
  4. Team Alvimedica
  5. Dongfeng Race Team
  6. MAPFRE
  7. Team Vestas Wind

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October 11, 2014

12th VOLVO OCEAN RACE Started Today

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Vestas Wind during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Alvimedica and Team SCA during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: October 11, 2014. Team Brunel and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leave Alicante during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante, Spain, on Saturday October 11, for the punishing first leg to Cape Town, South Africa, with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.

Team Brunel took the honours after the fleet bade farewell to a memorable Alicante nine-day stopover before heading out to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar and then into the Atlantic Ocean during the first week of a nine-month, 38,739-mile marathon.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race. Grand Prix sailing by the world’s best sailors, racing day and night for 39,000 miles around the world in nine leg stages.

There are seven teams, 66 sailors and 18 nationalities setting off in identical one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines. The first leg will take the fleet out into the North Atlantic, south across the Equator and into the South Atlantic, on into Cape Town 6,500 miles away. It will take them more than three weeks.

Start: Saturday 11th October, 2014; Alicante, Spain.

Leg 1 - Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa: 6,487 miles.

Leg Duration: 23 days approx.

The Teams:

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