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September 14, 2013

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2014 Gets Impressive Fuel Economy Rating in the USA

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Mercedes-Benz, Global Giants

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The newest Mercedes-Benz E-Class (the 2014 E250 BlueTEC sedan) has achieved an impressive estimated EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) rating of 45 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 mpg around town.

According to Mercedes-Benz USA, the E250 BlueTEC is powered by high-efficiency turbodiesel engine. The all-aluminum, in-line four-cylinder engine makes use of four valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts with vane-type variable valve timing, producing 195 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

To ensure the E250 BlueTEC meets exhaust emission regulations in all 50 U.S. states, the BlueTEC system uses AdBlue injection to make the diesel as clean as a state-of-the-art gasoline engine.

As modern all-wheel-drive systems become more refined, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the luxury car market. With negligible weight and fuel-efficiency tradeoffs, full-time four-wheel drive provides year-round traction and stability benefits on both wet and dry roads. According to Mercedes-Benz, optional on the E250 BlueTEC, the latest Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC Four-Wheel Drive system can be cleanly integrated into the 7-speed automatic transmission so it fits right into the standard body and utilizes the existing front suspension.

Further, according to the company, it focuses on real-world safety with the goal of accident-free driving, and the new E-Class offers more than 30 standard and optional active and passive safety systems under the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive comfort and safety portfolio. The Driver Assistance Package offers the following content:

DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist: radar-based cruise control system with semi-autonomous steering inputs that can work from 0-124 mph depending on road conditions.

PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian detection: radar and stereo cameras detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of the vehicle and can adjust braking according to the situation, and apply full brakes if necessary.

PRE-SAFE PLUS: rear-facing radar that senses possible rear collisions and prepares the vehicle to help reduce the injury risk for the passengers in a rear-end collision.

BAS PLUS with Cross Traffic Assist: reads cross-traffic encounters with stereo cameras and adds appropriate brake assistance.

Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection: assists by corrective one-sided braking.

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September 10, 2013

QS World University Rankings 2013 Announced

World University Rankings, Global Giants

World University Rankings, Global Giants

World University Rankings, Global Giants

London, September 9, 2013 — QS has announced the tenth edition of its annual World University Rankings.

MIT beats Harvard and Cambridge to retain the top spot.

The US takes 11 of the top 20 positions, but its dominance has eroded since the financial crisis. Of the 83 US universities in the top 400, 64 rank lower than in 2007/8.

The 43 US public universities in the top 400 have lost an average of 20 places since 2007/8, following successive government funding cuts.

In contrast, 70% of the 62 Asian institutions in the top 400 rank higher than in 2007, yet still no Asian institution in the top 20.

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS

International student intake up 9% at top 100 universities.

US takes top 10 places for research citations.

Record survey responses: 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers.

800+ universities ranked.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

UK: Four institutions in top 10; Oxford and Cambridge 1st and 2nd for employer reputation.

Australia : Melbourne (31st) catching up with ANU (27th).

Asia : National University of Singapore (24th) overtakes University of Hong Kong (26th). No Indian university in world’s top 200.

Canada : Toronto (17th) overtakes McGill (21st).

Continental Europe : ETH Zurich (12th) and EPFL Lausanne (19th=) lead as nine of region’s top 10 maintain or improve position.

Nordic Countries: University of Copenhagen (45th) leads as twenty rise.

Latin America : Universidade de Sao Paulo (127th) leads, nine of region’s top ten rise.

Africa/ME: 33 in top 800, led by King Fahd University (216th).

GLOBAL TOP TWENTY

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2. Harvard University

3. University of Cambridge

4. University College London (UCL)

5. Imperial College London

6. University of Oxford

7. Stanford University

8. Yale University

9. University of Chicago

10=. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

10=. Princeton University

12. Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

13. University of Pennsylvania

14. Columbia University

15. Cornell University

16. Johns Hopkins University

17=. University of Edinburgh

17=. University of Toronto

19=. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

19=. King’s College London

Researchers say austerity measures in the wake of the recession have contributed to an “affordability crisis” for students at leading institutions.

“The decline in affordable publicly funded education and the increasing dominance of private institutions means many students may now risk being priced out of a world-class education,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter.

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September 9, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York: September 5-12, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway during the Desigual Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 1 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway during the Marissa Webb Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 1 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Nicole Miller Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Noon By Noor Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Vivienne Tam Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 4 on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Libertine fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Libertine fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: Designer Donna Karan walks the runway at the Donna Karan New York fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

Photo: A model walks the runway in an Ellassay design at the Fashion Shenzhen fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, now taking place at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013, draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City.

“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

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September 5, 2013

G20 Heads of State meet in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Photo: President of the United States of America Barack Obama at the second working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 6, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of the United States of America Barack Obama during the official welcome of heads of delegations of G20 member states, invited countries, and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Prime Minister of the Republic of India Manmohan Singh during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia, during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during the official welcome of heads of delegations of G20 member states, invited countries, and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

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Photo: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron and Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at the first working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma’s wife Gloria Bongi Ngema visits the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: City of St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

The participants of the G20 Leaders’ Summit have arrived at their first working meeting. Over the two days, they will discuss the priorities of Russia’s G20 Presidency in 2013 and outline future plans. The Summit is expected to conclude with a joint declaration from the leaders.

Prior to the meeting was the official welcome of the G20 heads of state and government and heads of invited states and international organizations.

Russia assumed the G20 presidency for the first time on December 1, 2012. The G20 is the leading international cooperation forum, focusing on the most important international economic and financial issues. The G20 Leaders’ Summit, being held in St. Petersburg on September 5-6, 2013, is the main G20 event of 2013.

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“There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.”

— Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the United States, from 1913 to 1921. President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910).


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September 3, 2013

Stars Arrive in Style at the 70th Venice International Film Festival

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Clotilde Coureau attends ‘Gravity’ premiere and Opening Ceremony during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Liliana Matthaeus attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Moran Atias attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actor Nicolas Cage attends the ‘Joe’ Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Director Philip Groning attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Maria Roveran attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Director Noaz Deshe attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Madalina Ghenea attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actor James Franco attends ‘Palo Alto’ Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Alexandra Finder attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Miss Italy 2009 Maria Perrusi attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Orizzonti Jury member Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Duoplan watch at the Opening Ceremony of the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Caterina Balivo wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin watch at the ‘Philomena’ Premiere during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

The 70th Venice International Film Festival is being held from 28th August to 7th September 2013.

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August 16, 2013

World Athletics Championships 2013, Moscow, Russia

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Photo: Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) starts in the Men’s 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the Men’s 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

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Photo: Hitomi Niiya of Japan leads the pack in the Women’s 10000 final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Darya Klishina of Russia competes in the Women’s Long Jump final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for SEIKO. Photo © 2013 Getty Images.)

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia competes in the Men’s 20km Race Walk final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Amy Hastings of the United States in the Women’s 10000 final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

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Photo: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 100 metres final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Christina Schwanitz of Germany wins silver in the Women’s Shot Put Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Womens Hepathlon javelin during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

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Photo: Men’s Javelin final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia runs ahead of Francena McCorory of the United States in the Women’s 4x400 metres relay final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Brianna Rollins of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images).

The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships Moscow 2013 are taking place in Moscow, Russia, from August 10 through August 18, 2013.

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August 2, 2013

Maria Sharapova to Represent Porsche

Tennis idol to become brand ambassador of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer

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Stuttgart, Germany — Tennis megastar Maria Sharapova has taken on a new role. Effective immediately, the world class player will be representing the sports car manufacturer, Porsche AG, as brand ambassador.

Born in Russia and living in the United States, Sharapova has achieved victories at all four Grand Slam tournaments in women’s tennis and she was ranked number 1 for a total of 21 weeks.

“Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars,” Matthias Mueller, CEO of Porsche AG, explained.

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July 25, 2013

Daniela de Jesus is the New Face of Maybelline New York

Maybelline New York, Global Giants

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Leading cosmetic brand Maybelline New York announced today that Mexican beauty Daniela de Jesus has been signed to the brand as a spokeswoman.

“Maybelline New York is delighted to have Daniela with us, representing the positive spirit, cosmopolitan energy, and fashion edge of the brand,” said Damien Bertrand, Global Brand President of Maybelline New York.

Born in La Paz, Mexico, Daniela was discovered and signed to Major Model Management in 2005 after participating in her country’s national beauty pageant, Nuestra Belleza Mexico. Since then, Daniela has walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier, Giambattista Valli, Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa, Mara Hoffman, Betsey Johnson, and Alexandre Vauthier, among others. She has been featured in advertising campaigns for Emporio Armani, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and Guess.

Daniela will make her Maybelline New York debut in print and television advertising campaigns in late 2013.

Maybelline New York cosmetics are available in over 100 countries.

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July 24, 2013

Supermoon 2013

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Photo: A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington. This year the Supermoon is up to 13.5% larger and 30% brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigee - the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

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July 7, 2013

Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture at the forefront of ECOSOC High-level Segment

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Zeynep Ozbil, Director of Corporate Citizenship, TurkCell, at a side event on “Private-Sector Partnerships in Preparedness and Humanitarian Response” during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Tuesday July 16, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

Photo: ECOSOC 2013. A close-up during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Wednesday July 3, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of the Innovation Fair. Monday July 1, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Elizabeth Cousens, Representative of the United States to the Economic and Social Council, during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Wednesday July 3, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Berna Kasnakli, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva, during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Thursday July 4, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Manjeev Singh Puri, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York, during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Wednesday July 3, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Press conference of the President of Colombia. Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, President of the Republic of Colombia during the press conference. Wednesday July 3, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Rola Dashti, Minister of Planning and Development, Kuwait, during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Tuesday July 2, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

United Nations, Global Giants

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Photo: ECOSOC 2013. Representative of the Dominican Republic during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment substantive session. Tuesday July 3, 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferre. United Nations, Geneva Office.

The High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) substantive session took place at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 1 to 4 July 2013 under the theme “Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals”.

The High-level Segment provided political leaders and experts with the opportunity to network and discuss ways of improving policy and action on linking culture to sustainable development. It also explored the use of innovation, creativity and culture to expand opportunities for inclusive economic growth, job creation, social cohesion, and partnerships among a wide range of actors.

ECOSOC is the United Nations platform on economic and social issues.

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July 3, 2013

Brazil wins the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: David Villa of Spain shoots the post during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Ronald Martinez.

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: Iker Casillas of Spain looks on during the penalty shoot-out during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Italy at Castelao on June 27, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Mason.

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Photo: Fans during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Japan and Mexico at Estadio Mineirao on June 22, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Laurence Griffiths.

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Photo: Brazil v Japan: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. Eiji Kawashima of Japan looks on as the ball enters the goal at National Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

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Photo: Fans of Brazil during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

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Photo: Marcelo of Brazil competes with Gerardo Torrado of Mexico during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil and Andres Guardado of Mexico fight for the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Miguel Tovar.

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil kicks the matchball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Mason.

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Photo: Thiago Silva of Brazil heads to the goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Robert Cianflone.

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Photo: adidas marketing display during the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 between Brazil and Spain at Maracana Stadium on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo Ricardo Ramos/LatinContent/Getty Images).

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: adidas marketing display during the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 between Brazil and Spain at Maracana Stadium on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo Ricardo Ramos/LatinContent/Getty Images).

FIFA, Global Giants

Photo: Fernando Torres of Spain and David Luiz of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for Sony.)

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil controls the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

FIFA, Global Giants

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Photo: Fred of Brazil holds the adidas Silver Boot during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Laurence Griffiths.

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, and was held in Brazil from 15 June to 30 June 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Host nation Brazil successfully defended their title.

Eight national teams (Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay, Japan, Nigeria and Tahiti) played in six different cities during the biggest test before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Brazil won the Cup defeating FIFA World Cup holders Spain 3-0 in the final match.

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June 27, 2013

Sites in Germany and Italy bring to 19 the number of sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List this year

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Photo: Burgos Cathedral, Spain (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Cathedral of Burgos was begun in the 13th century at the same time as the great cathedrals of the Ile-de-France and was completed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The entire history of Gothic art is summed up in its superb architecture and its unique collection of works of art, including paintings, choir stalls, reredos, tombs and stained-glass windows. Photo Credit: Lumiago.

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Photo: Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Germany (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Miraculously preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine valley, the Church of Wies (1745-54), the work of architect Dominikus Zimmermann, is a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo. Photo Credit: Rita Willaert.

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Photo: The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India (UNESCO World Heritage Site), are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”, which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400-650 CE according to older accounts, or all in a brief period between 460 to 480 according to the recent proposals of Walter M. Spink. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo Credit: Amit Rawat.

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Photo: A view of Himeji-jo from the West Bailey, Japan (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Himeji-jo is perhaps the most well known castle in Japan. It has remained in its current condition for almost 400 years. Unlike other Japanese castles, this one has not been damaged by warfare—and that includes WWII. The “White Heron” castle was originally constructed in 1333, but later improved by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and later by Terumasa Ikeda, a son-in-law of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Photo Credit: Jpellgen.

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Photo: Maloti Drakensberg Tranboundary, South Africa (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Cathedral Peak area trail Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park South Africa. Photo Credit: Jono Hey.

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Photo: Agricultural Landscape of Southern Oland, Sweden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The southern part of the island of Oland in the Baltic Sea is dominated by a vast limestone plateau. Human beings have lived here for some five thousand years and adapted their way of life to the physical constraints of the island. As a consequence, the landscape is unique, with abundant evidence of continuous human settlement from prehistoric times to the present day. Photo Credit: Allie Caulfield.

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Photo: Khami ruins, Zimbabwe (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Khami, which developed after the capital of Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned in the mid-16th century, is of great archaeological interest. The discovery of objects from Europe and China shows that Khami was a major centre for trade over a long period of time. Photo Credit: Lars Lundqvist.

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Photo: Putorana Plateau, Russian Federation (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site coincides with the area of the Putoransky State Nature Reserve, and is located in the central part of the Putorana Plateau in northern Central Siberia. It is situated about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle. The part of the plateau inscribed on the World Heritage List harbours a complete set of subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems. A major reindeer migration route crosses the property, which represents an exceptional, large-scale and increasingly rare natural phenomenon. Photo Credit: Filipp Solovev.

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Photo: Detail of Qutb Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi. Built in the early 13th century a few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the oldest in northern India. Photo Credit: Chaostrophy.

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Photo: Iguacu National Park, Brazil (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The park shares with Iguazu National Park in Argentina one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, extending over some 2,700 m. It is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, among them the giant otter and the giant anteater. The clouds of spray produced by the waterfall are conducive to the growth of lush vegetation. Photo Credit: Claudio Alejandro Mufarrege.

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Photo: Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries. Photo Credit: Matthias Ripp.

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Photo: Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, Burgundy Region, France (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This stark Burgundian monastery was founded by St Bernard in 1119. With its church, cloister, refectory, sleeping quarters, bakery and ironworks, it is an excellent illustration of the ideal of self-sufficiency as practised by the earliest communities of Cistercian monks. Photo Credit: Jim Forest.

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Photo: The Statue of Liberty, USA (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France on the centenary of American independence. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Photo Credit: A Herrero.

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Photo: Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India (UNESCO World Heritage Site). An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Photo Credit: Michael Baun.

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Photo: Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site at the southern tip of Florida has been called ‘a river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea’. Photo Credit: Stig Nygaard.

During the 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which is being held until 27 June 2013, in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia), 19 new sites have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This brings the List to a total of 981 properties being divided into 759 cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties, in 160 States Parties.

The latest inscriptions are:

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany). Descending a long hill dominated by a giant statue of Hercules, the monumental water displays of Wilhelmshöhe were begun by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel in 1689 around an east-west axis and were developed further into the 19th century. Reservoirs and channels behind the Hercules Monument supply water to a complex system of hydro-pneumatic devices that supply the site’s large Baroque water theatre, grotto, fountains and 350 meter long Grand Cascade. Beyond this, channels and waterways wind across the axis, feeding a series of dramatic waterfalls and wild rapids, the geyser-like Grand Fountain which leaps 50m high, the lake and secluded ponds that enliven the Romantic garden created in the 18th century by Carl’s great-grandson, Elector Wilhelm I. The great size of the park and its waterworks along with the towering Hercules statue constitute an expression of the ideals of absolutist Monarchy while the ensemble is a remarkable testimony to the aesthetics of the Baroque and Romantic periods.

Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy). Twelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its patronage of the arts. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, they represent an innovative system of rural construction in harmony with nature and dedicated to leisure, the arts and knowledge. The villas embody an innovative form and function, a new type of princely residence that differed from both the farms owned by rich Florentines of the period and from the military might of baronial castles. The Medici villas form the first example of the connection between habitat, gardens, and the environment and became an enduring reference for princely residences throughout Italy and Europe. Their gardens and integration into the natural environment helped develop the appreciation of landscape characteristic Humanism and the Renaissance.

Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (Poland) is an extension to the Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978, which is now to be known as the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. The Wieliczka Saltworks Castle used for the management of the property was also added to the site. The rock salt deposit in Wieliczka-Bochnia has been mined since the 13th century and is the oldest of its type in Europe. Spread over several levels, it has 300 km of galleries with underground chapels, storerooms and more. It includes altars and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past of a major industrial undertaking that developed over 700 years.

Hill Forts of Rajasthan (India). The serial site, situated in the state of Rajastahan, includes six majestic forts in Chittorgarh; Kumbhalgarh; Sawai Madhopur; Jhalawar; Jaipur, and Jaisalmer. The ecclectic architecture of the forts, some up to 20 kilometres in circumference, bears testimony to the power of the Rajput princely states that flourished in the region from the 8th to the 18th centuries. Enclosed within defensive walls are major urban centres, palaces, trading centres and other buildings including temples that often predate the fortifications within which developed an elaborate courtly culture that supported learning, music and the arts. Some of the urban centres enclosed in the fortifications have survived, as have many of the site’s temples and other sacred buildings. The forts use the natural defenses offered by the landscape: hills, deserts, rivers, and dense forests. They also feature extensive water harvesting structures, largely still in use today.

Five natural sites were inscribed:

• Xinjiang Tianshan (China)
• Mount Etna (Italy)
• El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
• Namib Sand Sea (Namibia)
• Tajik National Park (Tajikistan)

Fourteen cultural sites were inscribed:

• Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada)
• Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, (China)
• Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Democratic People’s Reublic of Korea)
• Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji)
• Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany)
• Hill Forts of Rajashtan (India)
• Golestan Palace (Iran)
• Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy)
• Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (Japan)
• Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger)
• Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland / Ukraine)
• University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia (Portugal)
• Al Zubarah Archaeological Site (Qatar)
• Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Ukraine)

Three sites received extensions:

• Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Kenya)
• Maloti Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site (Lesotho / South Africa)
• Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (Poland)

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June 25, 2013

The United States and India Announce Awards Connecting Universities to Solve Global Challenges

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opens a Higher Education Dialogue in New Delhi, India, on June 25, 2013. State Department Photo.

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with young Indian leaders who have participated in programs in the United States as he arrives at Lodi Gardens in New Delhi, India, on June 24, 2013. State Department Photo.

In a continuation of the educational partnership between India and the United States, the U.S. State Department has announced eight institutional partnership projects for the second round of 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards:

U.S.-led Partnerships:

Harvard School of Public Health
Project Title: Harvard-India Nutrition Initiative
Partner Institution: St. Johns Research Institute, Bangalore

Ohio State University
Project Title: The STEM Faculty Project: Training the Next Generation of STEM Faculty at Higher Education Institutions in India
Partner Institution: Aligarh Muslim University

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Project Title: Inclusive Universities: Linking Diversity, Equity and Excellence for the 21st Century
Partner Institution: University of Pune

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Project Title: Partnering for Success: Advancing Sustainability Research and Education in India
Partner Institution: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Indian-led Partnerships:

Annamalai University
Project Title: Tamil Nadu Energy Futures: Mapping Uncertainties and Risks
Partner Institution: Tennessee Technological University

Assam Agricultural University
Project Title: Engineering ADP - Glucose Pyrophosphorylase (AGPase) enzymes for heat tolerance in rice
Partner Institution: Washington State University

Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women
Project Title: A Sustainable ‘Response to Intervention’ model for successful inclusion of children with disabilities - A India-US Partnership
Partner Institution: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

National Institute of Technology - Trichy
Project Title: Cognitive based Curriculum Development Tool for emerging areas of Computer Engineering and Management Studies for improving Teaching-Learning Process
Partner Institution: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and President Barack Obama of USA had announced the Obama-Singh Initiative in November 2009 as an affirmation of their commitment to building an enhanced India-U.S. partnership in education. The next request for proposals for the Obama-Singh Initiative grants will be announced in July 2013.

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June 23, 2013

PANDORA Unveils a Contemporary Charm Bangle Bracelet

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Jewelry firm PANDORA has announced that it is debuting a signature sterling silver bangle that is “classic yet striking in its simplicity”. According to PANDORA, the bangle is uniquely customizable, allowing each woman to tell her unforgettable story or showcase her individual style by adding PANDORA charms.

Made of sterling silver with a round barrel clasp, the new bracelet works the same way as a traditional PANDORA charm bracelet. The bangle is very flexible allowing consumers to twist the end piece to one side to slide the bracelet on or off the wrist. The metal memory ensures the bracelet springs back into its shape.

“We’re really excited to add the new PANDORA bangle to our bracelet offerings,” said Angel Ilagan, Vice President, Marketing, PANDORA North America. “We have heard from lots of women who wanted to combine the look of a more traditional bangle bracelet with our charms.”

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA employs over 6,200 people worldwide, of whom more than 4,200 are located in Gemopolis, Thailand, where the company manufactures its jewelry. PANDORA jewelry is sold in over 70 countries in over 10,200 locations, including approximately 900 PANDORA branded concept stores.

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June 18, 2013

G8 Summit 2013 concludes in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

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Photo: One of the lodges at the Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; the venue of the UK’s Presidency of the G8 Summit 2013. © G8 UK Presidency.

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Photo: UK Prime Minister David Cameron and United States of America President Barack Obama visit school. © G8 UK Presidency.

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Photo: UK Prime Minister David Cameron and United States of America President Barack Obama visit school. © G8 UK Presidency.

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G8 is a forum that brings together 8 global leaders to address international issues and tackle the most pressing global challenges.

The G8 (Group of 8) is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and the UK. The EU is represented by Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council.

The Presidency of the G8 rotates each calendar year and the country holding the G8 Presidency is responsible for hosting and organising the annual summit, with a number of preparatory meetings leading up to it. At the summit, the G8 leaders discuss important global issues of the day.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has the presidency of the G8 Summit 2013. Other G8 members who attended the summit are: Canada — Prime Minister Stephen Harper, France — President Francois Hollande, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy — Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Japan — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russia — President Vladimir Putin, United States of America — President Barack Obama, European Union — Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The Lough Erne Declaration from the G8 Summit 2013 sets out agreed principles for the future. It focuses on private enterprise, which drives growth, reduces poverty, and creates jobs and prosperity for people around the world. It also sets out that governments have a special responsibility to make proper rules and promote good governance. In addition, fair taxes, increased transparency and open trade are vital drivers of this. The G8 leaders will make a real difference by acting on the principles in the declaration.

In the preamble of the communique agreed to by G8 leaders at the 2013 summit, the leaders write:

“As leaders of the G8, we are committed to open economies, open societies and open governments as the basis of lasting growth and stability. We have today agreed concrete steps to play our part in ensuring a safe and prosperous world.”

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June 17, 2013

MISS USA 2013 - Erin Brady from Connecticut

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Photo: Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady of East Hampton, is crowned Miss USA 2013 at the conclusion of the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. She receives the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown and will represent the USA at the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Competition on November 9th from the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Greg Harbaugh.

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June 11, 2013

Asian Universities set to Dominate Global Rankings Within Two Decades

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives an honorary doctorate degree during a ceremony at Jamia Islamia University in New Delhi, India. 27 April 2012. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Asian universities could overtake their western counterparts within two decades, say the compilers of QS University Rankings: Asia, released today.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology tops the rankings ahead of National University of Singapore and Hong Kong University, which tie for second place. Peking University moves up one place to fifth, its highest ever position.

2013 QS UNIVERSITY RANKINGS ASIA: Top 10

QS RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

1 — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
2= — National University of Singapore — Singapore
2= — University of Hong Kong — HK
4= — Seoul National University — South Korea
5 — Peking University — China
6 — KAIST — South Korea
7 — POSTECH — South Korea
8 — The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
9 — The University of Tokyo — Japan
10= — Kyoto University — Japan
10= — Nanyang Technological University — Singapore

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38 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
39 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
49 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
51 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
58 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
66 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
80 — University of Delhi
89 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
140= — University of Mumbai
143= — University of Calcutta
181-190 — University of Pune

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119 — Quaid-i-azam University
120 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad
151-160 — Aga Khan University
191-200 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
201-250 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
201-250 — University of Karachi
201-250 — University of the Punjab (Punjab University), Lahore

“Asian higher education is undergoing a rapid transformation. Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea are at the forefront of the assault on the global academic elite,” says Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit, which also compiles the QS World University Rankings.

“There are already 17% more Asian universities in the global top 200 since the recession, and the next two decades could see leading US and European universities objectively overtaken.”

“As Western governments struggle to maintain funding levels, Asian institutions have rapidly increased their ability to attract the world’s best faculty and students,” says Sowter.

QS University Rankings: Asia also shows a five-year surge in international students studying at ranked institutions in the region, from 175,286 in 2009 to 255,212 this year. Total international faculty has grown from 21,223 to 35,677.

According to QS, among the universities established since 1963, Asia boasts five of the world’s top six such institutions, a forecast of a future realignment of the global balance of power from West to East.

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June 8, 2013

World Oceans Day 2013

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Photo: Volvo Ocean Race. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand. On the final leg of their 2000 mile qualifier approach Auckland, New Zealand. Photo © Chris Cameron.

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Photo: Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France at the finish of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Photo © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images).

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Photo: Bay of Bengal, near Chennai, India. Fishermen sail at dawn in their catamarans, consisting of four or five pieces of balsa wood tied together. Madras, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.

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Photo: Orange fin anemone fish wards off predators that might eat the host anemone. Tuamotu, French Polynesia. Photo © Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation/Michele Westmorland.

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Photo: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation scientist, Badi Samaniego, conducts a reef fish survey in French Polynesia. Photo © Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation/Michele Westmorland.

World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and is now celebrated on 8 June each year.

The theme for World Oceans Day 2013-2014 is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!”, which focuses on “getting involved with ocean conservation in our personal lives, within our communities and globally”.

According to United Nations, this day is celebrated to remind people about the shared ocean of the world and their personal connection to the sea. The day is also celebrated to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in people’s lives and the important ways in which they can help protect it.

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June 6, 2013

World War Z - World Premiere

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Photo: The ‘World War Z’ Fan Screening at Cine Capitol in Madrid, Spain, on June 21, 2013. (Photo © Juan Naharro Gimenez /Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of atmosphere inside the theater during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of the film poster displayed next to the entrance to the Lido cabaret during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt (rear R) meet with fans as they sign autograph upon their arrival for the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Dutch film producer, director and actor Ludi Boeken attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A general view of the crowd during the Muse performance at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Lucian Capellaro/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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June 5, 2013

World Environment Day 2013

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World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign.

Think.Eat.Save. aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.

Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to data released by FAO. “Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages - harvesting, processing and distribution - while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain.”

“In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense - economically, environmentally and ethically,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

“Aside from the cost implications, all the land, water, fertilizers and labour needed to grow that food is wasted - not to mention the generation of greenhouse gas emissions produced by food decomposing on landfill and the transport of food that is ultimately thrown away,” he added. “To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need a transformation in the way we produce and consume our natural resources.”

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