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April 8, 2019

International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day to deliberate on linking Education & Clinical Practice with Research

Kent, Homoeopathy

Photo: Dr. James Tyler Kent, Professor of Homeopathic Materia Medica at Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago. Dr. Kent is considered the father of modern homeopathy. He published his Repertory in 1897.

World Homoeopathy Day

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, addressing at the International Convention on the World Homoeopathy Day, in New Delhi on April 09, 2019.

New Delhi, April 08, 2019 — On the occasion of the World Homoeopathy Day, a two-day convention is being organized on 9-10th April 2019 at Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, an autonomous research organization, and the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. The World Homoeopathy Day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann.

Mr. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary of AYUSH, Mr. Roshan Jaggi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, and Mr. Nilanjal Sanyal, Chairman, Board of Governors, Central Council of Homoeopathy, will grace the Convention.

To recognize exemplary work in Homoeopathy, AYUSH will confer awards relating to Homoeopathy for Life Time Achievement, Best Teacher, Young Scientist, and the Best Research paper. Students will be awarded scholarships under the Short Term Studentship in Homoeopathy and ‘Quality MD Dissertation in Homoeopathy.’ The government will sign MOU’s with some Post-Graduate Homoeopathic Colleges. The vision behind the agreement would be to provide impetus to research infrastructure, which, in turn, would further orient the students towards research.

The convention will cover a wide range of topics —

  • Linking education and clinical practice with research
  • Homoeopathic Education
  • The utilization of existing research by clinicians
  • Drug Development & Validation
  • Research initiatives by students under Scholarship schemes
  • Documented clinical experiences
  • Homeopathy in public health
  • Fortifying theories and clinical practice with research
  • The road ahead for Homoeopathy
  • Skill development in scientific writing
  • Strengthening research infrastructure in educational organizations
  • Drug Provings and Guidelines for Publishing Research

The convention will also hold Round table discussions on:

  • Drug Regulations in Homoeopathy: Current scenario and Way Ahead
  • Homoeopathy Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for the Manufacturers/Traders
  • Homoeopathic Pharmacopeias Standards and Harmonisation
  • Promotion of Homoeopathy at the state level
  • Homeopathy doctors in public service: Roles & Responsibilities

The Convention will also review the path trodden so far, take stock of the challenges faced, and formulate future strategies for development of Homoeopathy. According to the convention organizers, there is an imminent need to focus on improving the quality of education and enhancing the success rate of an average practitioner. There is also a need to ensure the production and availability of high-quality homeopathic drugs in the market.

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April 3, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues clarification on its recent orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Central Universities.

HRD Ministry, India

Universities, India

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting the Awards and Gold Medals to the Students during a University Convocation in New Delhi in December 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, 03 April 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued a clarification on its recent orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities.

The order had also included revised special allowances per month for Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and College Principals.

The Ministry has now clarified that its orders are also applicable to Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars, Deputy Controllers of Examinations, Assistant Controllers of Examinations, Deputy Finance Officers and Assistant Finance Officers in Central Universities and Centrally funded Deemed to be Universities.

The order benefits 30,000 teaching and equivalent staff in the Central Universities and 5,500 officials in Deemed to be Universities.

The order is also a benchmark for 7,00,000 teachers and staff in the State Universities of the country.

Any corresponding increase in the allowances in a State University, however, is possible only if the State Government overseeing that university has sufficient funds at its disposal.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has, meanwhile, published the lists of Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, and Private Universities in India.

The University of Delhi, University of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University, for example, are Central Universities. While Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala, and Himachal Pradesh University Shimla, for instance, are State Universities.

Fast-rising universities, such as Amity University, Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, and Lovely Professional University, are Private Universities.

The Pakistani-origin Panjab University of Chandigarh is the only academic institution that holds the dubious legal status of ‘Interstate Body Corporate.’ It survives on an Annual Grant from the University Grants Commission while the Finance Department of the Punjab Government controls the Pay Scales of its officials, teachers, and employees.

Sources: Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission.

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April 1, 2019

United Nations Dims Lights, Participates in Earth Hour 2019

United Nations Earth Day

Photo: The United Nations participates in Earth Hour, a global lights-off event coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other volunteer organizations. Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is one of the world’s most massive grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet. 30 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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March 29, 2019

United Nations Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution on Preventing Financing of Terrorism

United Nations, New York

Photo: Marshall Billingslea, President of the Financial Action Task Force, briefs the Security Council on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The meeting focused on preventing and combating the financing of terrorism. 28 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York

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Photo: A comprehensive view of the Security Council chamber during the meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The meeting focused on preventing and combating the financing of terrorism. 28 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, New York, 28 March 2019 — The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide.

Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem, the UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal sources of funding.

Underscoring the necessity for active collaboration and targeted efforts, to achieve “concrete results” in the fight against terrorism and terrorist financing, Mr. Voronkov said that Resolution 2462 on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, pulls together previous resolutions to create a consolidated document that also covers several critical emerging issues.

The resolution calls for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to play a leading role in identifying ways to suppress terrorist financing. The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was set up in 2017 to strengthen the Organization’s ability to implement s global counter-terrorism strategy.

Mr. Voronkov identified three priorities. The first is expanding the focus of the UNOCT to cover intelligence sharing, risk assessments, and public-private partnerships. The second priority is the development of a comprehensive approach to the problem.

The third priority is to work closely with the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body which sets standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system and regional regulators.

Marshall Billingslea, President of the Financial Action Task Force, and Mercy Buku, an expert in the countering of terrorist financing, also briefed the Security Council on the subject.

Source: United Nations, New York

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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

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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

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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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India’s first F1 driver beats his record as Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks the lap record at Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi

Porsche, Sportscar

Porsche, Sportscar

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Photos: Porsche cars. Images provided by Porsche.

Porsche, Sportscar

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Photo: Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 Driver, sets a new lap record for street legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in the 911 GT2 RS.

New Delhi, March 20, 2019 — Organised by Porsche India, Narain Karthikeyan set a new lap record for street-legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, a suburban city of Delhi. India’s first ever F1 driver beat his own fastest lap time when he claimed the honor in a 911 GT3 on the track last year November. Yesterday, Narain went even faster in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, taking the racer just 2 minutes 00.266 seconds to complete the 5.14km of India’s only FIA certified track.

This new record lap time beat Narian’s previous best of 2 minutes 07.629 seconds by 7.363 seconds. The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), a long-standing member of the FIA, has certified the time.

Discussing Narain’s achievement, Pavan Shetty, Director at Porsche India, said: “This record establishes Porsche as the fastest automobile brand in India. In a matter of months, Porsche 911s have now broken the lap record twice at the Buddh International Circuit. With its incredible 700 hp and maximum torque of 750 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, the 911 GT2 RS has underlined again that it is the fastest 911 on the market. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Narain on a job well done as this was a true showcase of Porsche’s ability to manufacture highly moving sports cars that are at home on the race track.”

The 3.8-liter bi-turbo flat engine can catapult the two-seater vehicle - which weighs 1,470 kilograms - from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds under optimal circumstances. While setting the record, Narain took advantage of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), an innovation from motorsport featured in the 911 GT2 RS for the first time. The high-performance engine transmits its power via an automatically switching seven-speed gearbox on the rear axle, without interrupting traction. Cornering speeds were also on a par with those achieved by super sports cars. The 911 GT2 RS conquered the 16 turns of the Hermann Tilke designed track using its flawless racing chassis.

The 911 GT2 RS is a concentration of Porsche’s motorsport expertise in one high-performance sports car that offers superior dynamics on the racetrack while being a versatile road car like any other Porsche model.

Source: Porsche 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

Longines, Skiing

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 14, 2019

United Nations: Press Briefing on High-Level Event on ‘Women in Power’

United Nations, New York

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (left), President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, poses for a photo with (from left to right): Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia; Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland; and Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago, after a press briefing on the high-Level event on ‘Women in Power’. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: Kersti Kaljulaid (left), President of the Republic of Estonia, and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia, brief the press on the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago, briefs press on the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. At right is Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, briefs press on the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia, briefs press on the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, briefs press on the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. 12 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York

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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 10, 2019

U.S. News Unveils Speakers for Workforce of Tomorrow Conference

U.S. News, National Press Club

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Photo: A scene from the 2018 U.S. News conference. Image provided by & copyright © U.S. News & World Report / Brett Ziegler, photographer. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2019 — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Universities and Best Colleges, will host the eighth annual U.S. News STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Solutions Workforce of Tomorrow forum on May 22, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Leaders from government, education, industry, nonprofits and more will come together to share ideas and best practices for developing a modern workforce with the skills needed for a shifting jobs landscape. This year’s one-day summit will examine the future of work, the impact of automation and artificial intelligence, diversity in the workplace, education innovation, lifelong learning and reskilling, and more.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Byron G. Auguste, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work
  • Christine Bastian, Senior Vice President, Engineering Human Resources, Cisco Systems
  • Earl Buford, Chief Executive Officer, Partner4Work
  • Oren Cass, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; author of “The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.”
  • Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States
  • Rosanna Durruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn
  • Molly Elgin-Cossart, Director, Rework America Task Force, Markle Foundation
  • Lorraine Hariton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
  • Gregory H. Johnson, National Innovation and Strategy Advisor, Boy Scouts of America
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Michael P. Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Topcoder; Global Head of Crowdsourcing, Wipro
  • Michelle Murphy, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition, Ingersoll Rand
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Julia Pollak, Labor Economist, ZipRecruiter
  • Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University

“As we enter a new industrial revolution, it’s crucial that workers possess the proper skills to utilize developing technologies like artificial intelligence,” said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report. “The Workforce of Tomorrow forum brings together the leading voices in STEM education and workforce development to explore the evolving labor needs of today’s - and tomorrow’s - employers.”

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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March 7, 2019

President of India presents Swachh Survekshan (Clean City Survey) Awards

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 at a function in New Delhi on March 06, 2019.

New Delhi, March 06, 2019 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Swachh Survekshan (Clean City Survey) Awards 2019, an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, at a function held in New Delhi on March 6, 2019.

The President said that India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation. Today, a city or village is identified by its emphasis on cleanliness. By winning the first prize in all the four surveys so far, Indore has set an example for other urban centers.

The President said that cleanliness should be integral to the behavior of every citizen to make it practical and sustainable. Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is essential for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat. He urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation.

Swachh Survekshan (Clean City Survey) 2019 National Ranking

Top 25

  1. Indore
  2. Ambikapur
  3. Mysore
  4. Ujjain
  5. New Delhi (NDMC)
  6. Ahmedabad
  7. Navi Mumbai
  8. Tirupati
  9. Rajkot
  10. Dewas
  11. Bhilai Nagar
  12. Vijayawada
  13. Ghaziabad
  14. Surat
  15. Jamshedpur
  16. Kolhapur
  17. Khargone
  18. Nagda
  19. Bhopal
  20. Chandigarh
  21. Singrauli
  22. Gandhinagar
  23. GVMC Visakhapatnam
  24. Karnal
  25. Jabalpur

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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March 6, 2019

India's Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, felicitates 'Web Wonder Women'

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Photo: The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, felicitated the winners of the ‘Web Wonder Women’ contest organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in New Delhi on March 06, 2019.

New Delhi, 06 March 2019 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development hosted a felicitation event for Web Wonder Women, a campaign organized to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving social reforms via social media. As many as 30 women, who were selected after an extensive research process, were honored by the Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, in New Delhi, today.

Organized in collaboration with Twitter India and Breakthrough India, the event aimed to recognize the courage of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer a change in society.

“Women online, though niche, are a compelling voice. #WebWonderWomen was a campaign to recognize, honor and encourage such voices that have in their capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms,” said Maneka Gandhi.

The WCD Minister, along with a panel of 10 judges, finalized the names of 30 women who have impacted and influenced society through social media. The women were selected from over 240 nominations received under the categories media, awareness, legal, health, governmental, food, environment, development, business and art.

WEB WONDER WOMEN AWARDEES

  1. Adhunika Prakash
  2. Afreen Siddiqui Sherwani
  3. Ankita Anand
  4. Archana KR
  5. Chavi Vohra
  6. Dr. Angela Chaudhuri
  7. Dr. Saundarya Rajesh
  8. Dr Anubhuti Yadav
  9. Dr. Debarati Halder
  10. Dr Laxmi Gautam
  11. Japleen Pasricha
  12. Madhulika Choudhary
  13. Nmami Agarwal
  14. Paromita Bardoloi
  15. Parul Mathur
  16. Sagina Walyat
  17. Dr Shruti Kapoor
  18. Shweta Pathak
  19. Smt. Sonal Goel
  20. Sonal Kapoor
  21. Srilekha Chakraborty
  22. Supreet K. Singh
  23. Vinita Deshmukh
  24. Ritu Maheshwari
  25. Kirthi Jayakumar
  26. Urvashi Sarkar
  27. Sohini Chattopadhyay
  28. Manu Khajuria
  29. Rishika Sharma
  30. Rakshita Dwivedi

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March 2, 2019

The University of California terminates subscriptions with the World’s Largest Scientific Publisher Elsevier: Pushes for Open Access to Publicly Funded Research

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University of California

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Sather Tower is the third-tallest bell-and-clock-tower in the world. One can hear its 61-bell carillon many miles away. Image credit: Christian Ortiz.

UC Office of the President, Friday, March 01, 2019 — As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California (UC) is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s fundamental goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

In negotiating with Elsevier, UC aimed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by ensuring that research produced by UC’s ten campuses — which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output — would be immediately available to the world, without cost to the reader. Under Elsevier’s proposed terms, the publisher would have charged UC authors large publishing fees on top of the university’s multi-million dollar subscription, resulting in a much greater cost to the university and much higher profits for Elsevier.

“Knowledge should not be accessible only to those who can pay,” said Robert May, chair of UC’s faculty Academic Senate. “The quest for full open access is essential if we are to uphold the mission of this university truly.” The Academic Senate issued a statement today endorsing UC’s position.

Open access publishing, which makes research freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, fulfills UC’s mission by transmitting knowledge more broadly and facilitating discoveries that build on the university’s research and scholarly work.

“I fully support our faculty, staff, and students in breaking down paywalls that hinder the sharing of groundbreaking research,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “This issue does not just impact UC, but also countless scholars, researchers and scientists across the globe — and we stand with them in their push for full, unfettered access.”

Elsevier is the most significant scholarly publisher in the world, disseminating about 18 percent of journal articles produced by UC faculty. The transformative model that UC faculty and libraries are championing would make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in an open access environment.

“Make no mistake: The prices of scientific journals now are so high that not a single university — not the University of California, not Harvard, no institution — can afford to subscribe to them all,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and economics professor at UC Berkeley, and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Publishing our scholarship behind a paywall deprives people of the access to and benefits of publicly funded research. That is terrible for society.”

Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s reasonable contract terms, which would integrate subscription charges and open access publishing fees, making public access the default for an article by a UC scholar and stabilizing journal costs for the university.

“The university’s, and the world’s move toward open access has been a long time in the making. Many institutions and countries agree that the current system is both financially unsustainable and ill-suited to the needs of today’s global research enterprise,” said Ivy Anderson, associate executive director of UC’s California Digital Library and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Open access will spur faster and better research — and greater global equity of access to new knowledge.”

Source: University of California

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