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October 2, 2013

IBM Teams With Leading Universities to Advance Research in Cognitive Systems

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Photo: On February 20, 2013, IBM inaugurated its IBM THINK exhibit at INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The exhibit shows visitors how technology and systematic inquiry lead to progress and innovation. Shown here is Lee Green, IBM VP Strategic Design and Brand Experience, who designed the exhibit. (Credit: IBM/Ralph Appelbaum Associates).

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Photo: Student presenter at the IBM Watson Case Competition hosted at USC (Credit: IBM/Ralph Cheung).

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2013 — IBM today announced a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems - systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data.

Faculty at the four schools — Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — will study enabling technologies and methods for building a new class of systems that better enable people to interact with Big Data in what IBM has identified as a new era of computing.

“IBM has demonstrated with Watson that cognitive computing is real and delivering value today,” said Zachary Lemnios, vice president of strategy for IBM Research. “It is already starting to transform the ways clients navigate big data and is creating new insights in healthcare, how research can be conducted and how companies can support their customers. But much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise.”

The research initiative was announced at a colloquium held at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center attended by nearly 200 leading academics, IBM clients and IBM researchers to begin a dialog that deepens the understanding of cognitive systems and identifies additional areas of research to pursue. These initial university collaborators will help lay the foundation for a Cognitive Systems Institute that IBM envisions will comprise universities, research institutes and IBM clients.

The initial research topics for exploration announced today are:

  • MIT - How socio-technical tools and applications can boost the collective performance of moderate-sized groups of humans engaged in collaborative tasks such as decision making.

  • RPI - How advances in processing power, data availability, and algorithmic techniques can enable the practical application of a variety of artificial intelligence techniques.

  • CMU - How systems should be architected to support intelligent, natural interaction with all kinds of information in support of complex human tasks.

  • NYU - How deep learning is impacting many areas of science where automated pattern recognition is essential.

“I believe that cognitive systems technologies will make it possible to connect people and computers in new ways so that—collectively—they can act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before,” said Thomas Malone, Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management. “I am excited to be working with IBM and these other universities to understand better how to harness these new forms of collective intelligence.”

“With the explosion of information and the advances in semantic data tools, we are excited to participate in this collaboration to bring the best of human and computing capabilities together in this new era of cognitive systems,” said Selmer Bringsjord, Professor and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“The cost-effective creation of cognitive systems for complex analytic tasks will require fundamental advances in the rapid construction, optimization, and constant adaptation of large ensembles of analytic components. Personalized information agents will rapidly adapt and optimize their task performance based on direct interaction with the end user. I am excited that CMU will be teaming with IBM, MIT, RPI and NYU to explore the future of software architecture for cognitive systems,” said Eric Nyberg, Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

“NYU’s research into neural networks has the potential to revolutionize how we think about machines and the role they play in our everyday lives. NYU has a long history of helping create some of the work’s most important technological breakthroughs, so we are honored to be among the universities collaborating on this research initiative into cognitive computing systems,” said Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost for Research at New York University. “As a research university at the forefront of technology and innovation, we look forward to working with IBM and our fellow institutions to promote basic research into the next era of computing.”

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September 30, 2013

Nissan Celebrates All-Electric LEAF Sales Milestone On National Plug In Day in the USA

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With cumulative U.S. sales passing 35,000, Nissan LEAF brought owners throughout the United States together to share their experiences during National Plug In Day on Sept. 28 and 29.

Nissan — a global leader in electric vehicle sales — is the first automaker to serve as a presenting sponsor of National Plug In Day.

Nissan LEAF sales in the United States are up 317 percent year-over-year since launching the 2013 model in March. Similarly, National Plug In Day has expanded to more than 80 events in cities across the United States and in several other countries. Thousands of EV advocates took part in a variety of activities like EV parades, tailgates, ride-and-drives, live music and games.

National Plug In Day, organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, is a nationwide celebration created to heighten awareness of and highlight the benefits of plug-in vehicles, such as Nissan LEAF.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In 2010, Nissan introduced the all-electric Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now one of the best-selling EV’s.

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September 25, 2013

UN General Assembly Session Opens in New York

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Photo: Media crews have set up operations outside the UN Headquarters complex, to cover events taking place there, including the General Assembly general debate. Broadcast journalists file their dispatches with a backdrop of the UN Secretariat Building. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.

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Photo: Yoo Soon-taek, wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hosted a tea at her residence in honour of the spouses of the Heads of Delegations attending the sixty-eighth general debate of the General Assembly. A close-up of china used during the event. September 23, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Barack Obama (centre), President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. Also pictured (seated on podium, from left): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; John Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly; and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.

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Photo: Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, speaks at a special event entitled, “Delivering on the Global Education Promise”. The event marks the first anniversary of the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), and was co-organized by the Initiative’s Secretariat and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.

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Photo: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), speaks at a special event entitled, “Delivering on the Global Education Promise”. The event marks the first anniversary of the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), and was co-organized by the Initiative’s Secretariat and UNESCO. September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.

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Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Bill Gates (left) and Melinda Gates, Co-Chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Unites States Secretary of State John Kerry briefs journalists following the closed-door meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Security Council’s five permanent members with their Iranian, as well as German and European Union counterparts. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.

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Photo: Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, briefs journalists following the closed-door meeting she attended with the Foreign Ministers of the Security Council’s five permanent members, as well as Iran and Germany. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.

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Photo: A wide view of the Security Council as the representative of the Russian Federation registers his country’s abstention on resolution 2117 (2013). The resolution, which was adopted with fourteen votes in favour, expresses the Council’s grave concern at the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in many regions of the world”. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

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Photo: A wide view of the Security Council as it meets on the situation in the Middle East concerning Yemen. The Council was briefed on that country by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar. September 27, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. September 28, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ryan Brown.

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September 24, 2013

The Longines Prize for Precision awarded at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris

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Photo: Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), winners of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision. The Prize has been presented by Alain Henry, Brand Manager Longines France and Prof. Dr. Ugur Erdener, President of World Archery at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

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Photo: The 2013 Archery World Cup Final took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero in Paris.

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Photo: Erika Jones (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

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Photo: Braden Gellenthien (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

As official partner of the Archery World Cup Season, the Swiss watch brand Longines awarded the Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final on Saturday. The two most precise compound athletes of the season, Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA) received this award in Paris.

After four qualifying stages, in Shanghai (China), Antalya (Turkey), Medellin (Colombia) and Wroclaw (Poland), the top athletes were in Paris for the Final of the 2013 World Cup. The competition took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero. Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), the two most precise compound athletes of this year’s World Cup, have been awarded the Longines Prize for Precision. They have scored the most “10s” during the qualifications and the tournament of the season, 379 for Jones and 447 for Gellenthien. They each received a trophy, a Longines watch and a cheque for 5,000 CHF.

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September 23, 2013

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola Kicks Off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIFA World Cup Trophy Will Visit 89 Countries, across all 6 FIFA Confederations in Nine Months.

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Photo: Coca-Cola & Sports - Professional ice hockey player Patrick Sharp promoting Coca-Cola Zero.

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Infographic: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.

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Route Map: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.

In a tour spanning more than 92,000 miles, Coca-Cola and FIFA will take the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy on its longest journey to date. The route for the highly anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will give more than one million people around the world the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize in their own communities.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will be the most inclusive, participatory event ever, inviting fans around the world to get up close and personal with the same trophy that is presented by FIFA to the country winning the FIFA World Cup.

The journey will include the first ever pan-Latin America tour, with events in 39 countries across the region that is home to the host nation, Brazil. The tour will also be visiting 50 new countries that have never had the opportunity to host the trophy before.

“Coca-Cola shares the passion that fans have for football around the world and through our partnership with FIFA we champion the power of football to bring the world together,” said Joseph Tripodi, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.

“Like all football fans, we’re especially excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in the spiritual home of football and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will be our opportunity to take the energy and passion of the host nation, Brazil, and share it with millions of football fans around the world,” added Tripodi.

The global FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the presence of Michel Davidovich, General Manager of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola Brazil, Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director, and five World Cup Champions from each of Brazil’s five wins, Zagallo (1958), Amarildo (1962), Rivellino (1970), Bebeto (1994) and Marcos (2002).

“We are extremely happy to bring the most iconic symbol in football to the world once again. As many countries start securing their spots in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this tour gives us the opportunity to share our passion for the beautiful game with fans across the globe, who are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the trophy up close in their home country. I want to thank our long-term partner Coca-Cola for making this dream come true for many millions of football fans around the globe,” explained FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter.

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September 18, 2013

THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES SATYAJIT RAY RESTORATIONS

19 FILMS PRESERVED BY THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE TO BE PRESENTED IN LOS ANGELES, LONDON AND VIENNA.

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Photo: Front Cover of a book on Satyajit Ray.

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Photo: Actress Sharmila Tagore prior to screenings of “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in celebration of the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films by the Academy Film Archive, is presenting new prints of the prolific filmmaker’s renowned early works. [The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization and is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars.]

The two-evening screening series kicked off with a double feature of 1955’s “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)” and 1956’s “Aparajito (The Unvanquished)” on Friday, September 6 and concluded with 1959’s “Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)” on Monday, September 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Special guests for Monday’s program included actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her film debut in “Apur Sansar,” and Dilip Basu, founding director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Academy has also partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque and the Austrian Film Museum to screen prints from the Academy Film Archive’s collection.

In London, the BFI Southbank is presenting “Satyajit Ray” from August 14 through October 5.

In Los Angeles, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, in partnership with the Academy, is presenting “Unlocking the Golden Fortress: Satyajit Ray Restored,” from September 12 through October 21, featuring all 19 of the Ray films that the Academy Film Archive has restored to date.

In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum will present “Satyajit Ray: Early Works” from December 4 through January 8, 2014.

More than 100 screenings will take place between the Academy’s screenings and its partners’ during the months-long celebration.

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest directors of world cinema.

In 1992, after a career spanning more than three decades, Ray received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) from the Academy “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”

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September 15, 2013

IBM Customer Experience Lab Unveils New Innovations for Chief Marketing Officers

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Photo: In Bangalore, India, IBM unveiled a set of new innovations from its Customer Experience Lab, dedicated to helping business leaders transform the way customers experience their products, services and brands through the use of mobile, social, cloud and advanced analytics technologies. Mahmoud Naghshineh (left), vice president, Services Research at IBM, and Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, executive director, IBM Global Business Services, India/South Asia, demo IBM’s new Edge Analytics technology, which connects people with contextual information, enabling a company to deliver real-time, location-based offers to its customers. (Credit: Jagadeesh NV/Feature Photo Service for IBM).

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. and BANGALORE, India: IBM today unveiled a set of new innovations from its Customer Experience Lab, dedicated to helping business leaders gain deeper insights into individual customers and transform the way customers experience their products, services and brands through the use of mobile, social, cloud and advanced analytics technologies.

Since the Lab’s launch in March 2013, IBM Research scientists and business consultants have worked together with more than 100 clients from across the world to co-create a variety of new technologies and services to transform the front office, revolutionizing how companies interact and engage with customers. In this new age of the digital customer, organizations are reassessing how to drive brand loyalty and accelerate business growth by moving away from addressing their customers as mass audiences toward cultivating and creating new value from personalized customer relationships.

To help address these challenges, the IBM Customer Experience Lab team in India has introduced three new technologies, each focused on driving innovation in social, mobile as well as Big Data and analytics technologies to help organizations capture and act on deeper customer insights. These technologies build on the work the team has completed around the Watson Engagement Advisor.

IBM Edge Analytics connects people with contextual information. Once a user has opted in for the service, the tool cross-references the user’s location with the user’s activity to provide useful insights. As users conduct daily transactions, such as buying airline tickets or shopping at the mall, the system sends relevant promotions by email and mobile alerts, per the user’s preferences. An early adopter of the technology, IndusInd Bank in India, has embedded IBM Edge Analytics within its customer channels, such as Internet Banking, ATM, SMS Alerts, Phone Banking and Branch Offices. In addition to helping the bank better understand its own customers, the technology is helping it reach non-customers.

Vibes is an enterprise software solution to help CMOs target consumers and communities that care about and participate in their industry. Individuals are identified by analyzing their interaction on social networks, and then cross-referenced with their purchase history with the company, or information about their interests based on other social networking activity. For example, a retailer can research past purchases of its Facebook fans to better determine what special offers to make to them. Several leading telecommunications providers in India are currently piloting Vibes to identify the right set of candidates for promoting specific products to increase penetration.

Social Media Event Tracker Tool (SMETT) leverages natural language processing, text mining technology and advanced analytics to comb through millions of public social network messages to derive meaningful insights. The tool was used recently by ABS CBN, a television news network in the Philippines, to analyze Twitter chatter in both English and the local language (Tagalog) about candidates in the country’s recent mid-term Senatorial elections. ABS CBN used the analysis, which filtered to them in near real-time, to generate new articles for their website as part of their election coverage. Retailers are also turning to SMETT to find out what people think about their products. The tool’s ability to quickly derive insight about numerous related topics in any language could help a retailer find out why a product is popular or improve its online customer service.

“Customers across the world are using innumerable channels - from social networks to online product review sites - to express their individual experience with products and services. This is fueling an explosion of data and driving a radical shift in how companies must engage with their customers to thrive and stay competitive,” said Ramesh Gopinath, Director, IBM Research - India. “The innovations we are developing with clients in the Customer Experience Lab are enabling companies to transform their front office with speed and at scale, reshaping strategy, operations and offerings to attract, retain and exceed the expectations of an increasingly powerful customer.”

The IBM Customer Experience Lab is headquartered at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., supported by researchers at IBM’s 12 global labs including Africa, Brazil, California, China, India, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, and Texas. The Lab brings together skills across disciplines including service science, industries research, mathematics and business optimization, social, mobile, Smarter Commerce, data mining, cloud computing, security and privacy, cognitive computing and systems management.

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September 14, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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September 3, 2013

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

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.)

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.)

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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.

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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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