December 1, 2015
QS World's Best Student Cities 2016
Photo: Dance Students in Paris, France. Image Credit & Copyright © Lieven Soete.
Photo: Nursing Student in Paris, France. Image Credit & Copyright © Manuel.
Photo: Art Student in Paris, France, copying an original work of art at the Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums. Image Credit & Copyright © Regan Wright.
LONDON, December 1, 2015 — Paris, the French capital, has again topped the QS Best Student Cities Rankings. It is followed by Melbourne, again second, and Tokyo in the third place.
London stands behind Sydney and ahead of Singapore, with the high cost of living in London being the primary reason it does not feature higher.
QS Best Student Cities 2016
- Paris, France
- Melbourne, Australia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Sydney, Australia
- London, United Kingdom
- Singapore, Singapore
- Montreal, Canada
- Hong Kong, Asia
- Berlin, Germany
- Seoul, South Korea
- Munich, Germany
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Toronto, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Vienna, Austria
- Canberra, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Brisbane, Australia
- New York, New York, United States
- Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe, Japan
- Madrid, Spain
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Beijing, China
- Adelaide, Australia
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- San Francisco, California, United States
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Barcelona, Spain
- Chicago, Illinois
- Buenos Aires , Argentina
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Helsinki, Finland
- Perth, Australia
- Manchester, United Kingdom
- Dublin, Ireland
- Milan, Italy
- Shanghai, China
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Brussels, Belgium
- Los Angeles, United States
- Moscow, Russia
- Coventry, United Kingdom
- Washington DC, United States
- Lyon, France
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Philadelphia, United States
- Santiago, Chile
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Ottawa, Canada
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Gothenburg, Sweden
- Quebec , Canada
- Hsinchu, Taiwan
- Nottingham, United Kingdom
- Pittsburgh, United States
- Atlanta, United States
- Oslo, Norway
- Rome, Italy
- Daejeon, South Korea
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
- Warsaw, Poland
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- Gold Coast, Australia
- Valencia, Spain
- Baltimore, United States
- San Diego, United States
- Brno, Czech Republic
- Toulouse, France
- Monterrey, Mexico
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said: “Paris is proud to be ranked as the best world student city. Our youth reflect our greatest strength… We will continue to support students by offering them opportunities in an open, dynamic, and creative city.”
The United States is the most represented nation, with eleven placed cities. Boston (=13th) and New York (20th) are in the top twenty. It is followed by the United Kingdom (eight cities) and Australia (seven). The expanded rankings shine the spotlight on a series of new cities, such as Oslo and Monterrey.
The ranking are based on five key pillars:
- University Rankings
- Student Mix
- Quality of Living
- Employer Activity
To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 2,50,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 122 cities in the world qualified on this basis, and 75 have been ranked.
The QS Best Student Cities rankings are designed to provide students and parents with a detailed comparison of the various merits of university cities worldwide.
November 30, 2015
Paris Climate Change Conference — COP21
Photo: A view of the Ecole Militaire (Military School) and the Eiffel Tower from the Headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris, France. The UN Secretary-General will be attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: A view of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting with Francois Hollande, President of France, ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) poses for a photo with the artist Naziha Mestaoui, at the special event, “One Heart One Tree: Lighting of the Eiffel Tower”, taking place on the eve of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21).
1 Heart 1 Tree is an interactive artwork created by Ms. Mestaoui that allows people around the world to plant virtual trees on the Eiffel Tower that grow at the rate of each individual’s heartbeat. For every digital tree planted, a real tree will be planted through reforestation programs all over the world. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: Paris, France. November 30, 2015. UN Conference on Climate Change - COP21. Arrival of Heads of States and Governments at Le Bourget Airport. Welcome by Francois Hollande, President of France, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. On the left is Segolene Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France. Image Credit: COP Paris 2015.
November 22, 2015
Monica Bellucci attends SPECTRE Premiere in Rome
Photo: Monica Bellucci, who plays the coveted role of Bond girl in the new 007 James Bond movie, Spectre, poses up in de GRISOGONO jewellery and a black outfit at the Spectre Premiere in Rome, Italy. Image provided by & copyright de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Italian actress and fashion model, Monica Bellucci, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain. © French Select via Getty Images.)
November 21, 2015
British Bond Actress Naomie Harris Introduces New Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it Premieres in the USA
Photos: Exclusive images from acclaimed fashion photographer Ben Watts… Land Rover showcases new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in Santa Monica beachside shoot with Bond star Naomie Harris. Images provided by & copyright © Jaguar Land Rover.
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 16, 2015 - Land Rover has unveiled its first luxury compact convertible SUV along the iconic coastline of Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA. SPECTRE actress Naomie Harris was one of the first to view the newest member of the Range Rover family, as it was revealed for the first time ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Following the recent global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, which features vehicles produced by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division, Harris joined the brand to receive an exclusive first look at the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it debuted in the US. Harris, in her role as Moneypenny, has been paired with Land Rover vehicles including the iconic Defender (Skyfall) and more recently the Discovery Sport (SPECTRE).
November 18, 2015
French President Francois Hollande invokes the unity of all cultures at UNESCO’s Leaders’ Forum
Photo: Mr Francois Hollande, President of France, participates in UNESCO’s Leaders’ Forum. Paris, France. November 17, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.
Photo: Opening of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/N. Houguenade.
Photo: Japanese Tea Ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 13, 2015. © UNESCO/P. Chiang-Joo.
Photo: Japanese Tea Ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 13, 2015. © UNESCO/P. Chiang-Joo.
Photo: Leaders’ Forum, marking UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary. A short performance by the World Orchestra for Peace. Musicians representing 19 nationalities play works by Samuel Barber and Tchaikovsky. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.
Photo: Ms. Smriti Irani, India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, attends Leaders’ Forum marking UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.
Paris, France — November 18, 2015 — The President of France, Francois Hollande, declared his commitment to “freedom, human creativity and intercultural dialogue” in his address at the Leaders’ Forum, which on 16 and 17 November brought together Heads of State and Government from all over the world in the context of the 38th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.
The afternoon session of the Leaders’ Forum, organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, also featured addresses by the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
The French President, welcomed to UNESCO by the Organization’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, was accompanied by the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, the Minister for Culture, Fleur Pellerin, and the Secretary of State in Charge of Development and the Francophonie, Annick Girardin. The French President declared: “I wished to be present at the General Conference because you stand for the unity of all cultures of the world. [ ] And what better place to affirm the need to hold fast than here, at UNESCO, an institution which was born of a Utopia to unite the whole of humanity through science, education and culture and which found a welcoming home in Paris.”
President Hollande paid tribute to UNESCO’s crucial role in protecting cultural heritage and cultural diversity. “Yes, UNESCO is the moral conscience of humanity. What underpinned its foundation was the promotion of the diversity of cultures, a diversity based on the idea that culture links people to their history and to their territory; a diversity anchored in the recognition of the equal dignity of cultures, as every people has a special message to bring to the world.”
Earlier in the afternoon, in a message read by United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, Permanent Delegate of the U.S. to UNESCO, U.S. President Barack Obama thanked UNESCO for its “unwavering commitment to building peace and tolerance around the world.” He encouraged the Organization to pursue its mandate in global citizenship education.
Echoing this declaration, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan invited the international community to bolster its support for the Organization. “More time and resources should be invested into the spread of a culture of peace. UNESCO has the appropriate mandate, genuine experience, and rich assets such as education, culture, sport, communication and science to serve as one of the most effective and shortest ways to prevent conflicts.”
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
— Thomas Paine.
“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — The whole world is one single family.”
— Maha Upanishad.
November 12, 2015
Global Innovation Index 2015: Switzerland, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, USA are Leaders
Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Main Building and the Place des Nations in summer. © WIPO 2011. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.
Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Conference Hall. Foyer of the WIPO Conference Hall featuring volumes and perspectives created by ramps, staircases, railings, landings and mezzanines. The Conference Hall was inaugurated in September 2014. © WIPO 2014. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.
Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Director General Opens “Georgian Heritage” Exhibition at WIPO on the sidelines of the WIPO Assemblies, which met in Geneva from October 5 to 14, 2015. © WIPO 2015. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.
Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. A Member of the Delegation from the Russian Federation attends the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property. The Sixteenth Session of WIPO’s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from November 9 to November 13, 2015. © WIPO 2015. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.
Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States of America are the world’s five most innovative nations, according to the Global Innovation Index 2015, while China, Malaysia, Viet Nam, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Uganda are among a group of countries outperforming their economic peers.
The GII (Global Innovation Index) 2015 looks at “Effective Innovation Policies for Development” and shows new ways that emerging-economy policymakers can boost innovation and spur growth by building on local strengths.
“Innovation holds far-reaching promise for spurring economic growth in countries at all stages of development. However, realizing this promise is not automatic,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, “Each nation must find the right mix of policies to mobilize the innate innovative and creative potential in their economies.”
The GII, co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), surveys 141 economies around the world, using 79 indicators to gauge both innovative capabilities and measurable results.
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
• In terms of innovation quality - as measured by university performance, the reach of scholarly articles and the international dimension of patent applications - a few economies stand out. The US and the UK stay ahead of the pack, largely as a result of their world-class universities, closely followed by Japan, Germany and Switzerland. Top-scoring middle-income economies on innovation quality are China, Brazil and India, with China increasingly outpacing the others.
Soumitra Dutta, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and co-author of the report, points out that “Innovation quality matters. Creating world class universities and investing in research is essential for staying ahead in the global race for successful innovation.”
Regional Innovation Leaders
Rank in Region — Country Name — GII 2015 Rank
Central and Southern Asia
- India — 81
- Kazakhstan — 82
- Sri Lanka — 85
- Switzerland — 1
- United Kingdom — 2
- Sweden — 3
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Chile — 42
- Costa Rica — 51
- Mexico — 57
Northern Africa and Western Asia
- Israel — 22
- Cyprus — 34
- Saudi Arabia — 43
- United States of America — 5
- Canada — 16
Southeast Asia and Oceania
- Singapore — 7
- Hong Kong (China) — 11
- Korea, Rep. of — 14
- Mauritius — 49
- South Africa — 60
- Senegal — 84
The Global Innovation Index 2015 (GII), in its 8th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Published annually since 2007, the GII is now a leading benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.
November 10, 2015
MasterCard Launches New Program that can Turn any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device
Photo: MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence Asia Pacific Region 2014. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.
Photos: Commerce for Every Device: Car Key Fob, Ring, Wristband. Images provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.
Photo: MasterCard partners with designer Adam Selman to design the next generation of payment wearables. In this picture, the payment-enabled dress and accessories are being modeled by Kelly Rohrbach on October 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.
MasterCard is introducing a new program that will bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of consumer products across the automotive, fashion, technology, wearables, and yet to be imagined categories.
• The program gives consumers the freedom to shop using the device or thing that is most convenient to them, with the highest level of security available.
The program will launch with the support of several eminent partners across multiple verticals to fit every lifestyle need. Designer to the stars Adam Selman, automaker General Motors, wearable technology innovator Nymi, smart jewelry company Ringly, and Bluetooth locator TrackR are among the prominent consumer brands enabling their products through the program.
Exclusive designs from Adam Selman and prototypes from GM (car key fob), Nymi (wristband) and Ringly (ring), were on display at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas last month.
The Internet of Things (IoT) - the hyper-connected world where every device from the phone to the washing machine will be connected to the Internet - is transforming the way consumers interact and transact. According to Cisco, there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. MasterCard is establishing the program as the foundation to enable payments for IoT.
“As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything - rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”
The launch of the program puts in place a standard for expanding secure contactless and embedded payment options globally. Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the U.S., with plans to expand to other markets.
November 6, 2015
India aspiring to have a World Class University
Photo: Entrance to Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), New Delhi, India. Picture Credit: Rob Towell.
New Delhi, India — November 6, 2015 — India’s first ever Visitor’s Conference concluded today at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) with an interactive session between Industry and Academia. The President of India is Visitor of 114 central institutions of higher learning.
Participants in the conference included heads of all Central Universities and Indian Institutes of Technology’s.
During the conference, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released a brochure “IMPRINT INDIA” and handed over the first copy to the President of India. Smriti Irani, India’s Human Resource Development Minister, was also present on the occasion.
• The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said, “my constant refrain that we cannot aspire to be a world power without having a single world-class university, has found resonance amongst the institutions, who have now started looking at the international ranking processes in a more proactive and systematic manner.”
“For the first time,” President Mukherjee said, “two Indian institutions have found place in the top 200 positions in QS rankings.” “Indian Institute of Science Bangalore at 147th and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi at 179th place deserve full praise and compliments,” he added.
“Innovation is the currency of the future. Innovation converts research into wealth,” the President concluded. “Unless we recognize this reality and start working in a focused manner on creating a strong innovation culture in our country now, we will be left behind in the march to modernity.”
Source: President’s Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan
November 5, 2015
Global Education Community adopts and launches Education 2030 Framework for Action
Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Gordon Brown (left), United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, with an education youth ambassador at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development. 07 July 2015. Oslo, Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France - November 4, 2015 - “Today, with the Education 2030 Framework for Action, Governments from across the world have agreed on how to translate a promise on paper to change on the ground,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at the launch event.
• The Education 2030 Framework for Action was adopted by more than 70 Ministers, representatives of Member States, the United Nations, multilateral and bi-lateral agencies, civil society, regional organizations, the teaching profession, academia, youth, and the private sector.
Ministers and Heads of Delegation took the floor throughout a day-long meeting, which ended with closing addresses by Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, and the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mr Henry Puna.
• The FFA, the result of an unprecedented consultative process, provides guidance to countries for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda. It aims to mobilize all stakeholders around the new global education goal and targets, and proposes ways of implementing, coordinating, financing and reviewing the 2030 education agenda—globally, regionally and nationally—to guarantee equal educational opportunity for all.
“Never before has the world consulted in such depth on a new goal in education, bringing all voices to the table. Never before has the world agreed on such a detailed road-map for the implementation of a new goal,” said the UNESCO Director-General.
The Declaration entrusts UNESCO, the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, to continue its mandated role and lead and coordinate Education 2030.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
November 4, 2015
Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland wins the Longines Prize for Elegance
Photo: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who has been awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Image provided by and copyright © Longines.
November 2, 2015
London Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switched On
Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).
Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).
Photo: International pop star Kylie Minogue attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).
Photo: Pop star Foxes attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).
London, Sunday 1st November 2015 — The countdown to Christmas started today at the Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event broadcast and seen by millions around the globe.
Global pop star Kylie Minogue took to the stage for the 56th annual switch-on moment, illuminating Oxford Street in silver light and 445 gleaming gold baubles. The lighting event marks the official start of the London Christmas shopping season.
For the first time, Oxford Street hosted the highly awaited lights switch-on event on a traffic-free Sunday. Families, shoppers and visitors enjoyed their Christmas shopping in the enhanced space of a traffic-free environment, along with exclusive Christmas offers available from retailers for this special day only.
This year’s spectacular switch on moment and star studded show was more inclusive than ever before as the stage faced down West Oxford Street with a series of on-street screens live streaming all the action for spectators and shoppers alike to enjoy.
October 30, 2015
The 64th Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant to Air Live from Las Vegas, Sunday, December 20, on FOX
Photo: Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela. Photographer: Fadil Berisha. Image provided by & Copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.
NEW YORK - October 30, 2015 - IMG (a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion) and the Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant has been picked up by Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). The three-hour annual event will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET) on FOX.
“MISS UNIVERSE is a unique, global media property and this partnership with FOX marks a new era for the Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP of Original Content, IMG. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, FOX is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show.”
The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Contestants from more than 80 countries will vie to become the next Miss Universe in this year’s special programming event, which will conclude with the current Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia crowning her successor.
October 29, 2015
UNESCO says Education is Key to Eradicating the Scourge of Doping in Sport
Photo: Cyclists participate in a race during the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon on October 10, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images. © 2015 Getty Images).
UNESCO is hosting the fifth session of the Conference of Parties (COP5) to the International Convention against Doping in Sport at its Headquarters in Paris on 29 and 30 October. Celebrating a decade in the fight against doping in sport by 182 State Parties, UNESCO considers that educating young sportswomen and sportsmen about the dangers of using prohibited substances is key to eradicating this scourge.
More than 250 representatives of governments and the sport movement are expected at COP5 in order to discuss anti-doping challenges and propose solutions in line with the Convention to eliminate doping at a time of growing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs by teenagers and athletes.
For the first time during an anti-doping COP, UNESCO will welcome former Olympic medallists, such as Canadian Olympic cross-country champion Beckie Scott and Romanian Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea, who will be available to speak to the press in the morning of 29 October. They will appeal to governments to act for clean sport.
UNESCO’s partners include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Council of Europe, and Interpol. The Convention supports the World Anti-Doping Code in bringing consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within governments and sport organizations across the world.
UNESCO, which also administers a $1.8 million Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, said that the use of performance enhancing substances not only causes serious health problems but also undermines fairness and ethics in sport.
October 28, 2015
Yamaha Reveals New Models at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
Photo: PED2 is an EV (electric vehicle) motorcycle concept model designed for hitting mountain trails. This model is equivalent in performance to Class II (50-125cc) mopeds and motorcycles. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: YPJ-MTB is an electrically power-assisted mountain bike that features an electric motor mounted on a high-performance bicycle. It is designed for adults who want to enjoy the freedom of being able to ride on virtually any terrain. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: The YZF-R3 features sporty styling and a liquid-cooled in-line 2-cylinder engine. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: The YZR-M1 is Yamaha’s race machine that competes in MotoGP, the pinnacle class of world championship motorcycle road racing. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: TMAX530 ABS is the latest model in the “TMAX” series that pioneered the “automatic supersport” category. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: TRICITY 125 is the first of Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) models. It features new type of riding enjoyment derived from the feeling of stability provided by the two front wheels and the added comfort they bring to the ride on a variety of road surfaces. The optimized geometry of the two front wheels enables both excellent straight-line performance and light, agile handling with a tight turning radius. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: YPJ-R is electrically power-assisted high-performance production road bicycle. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo: YXZ1000R is a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV). According to Yamaha, ROV’s are used for a wide range of purposes, and demand in this category is growing, particularly in North America. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
October 24, 2015
Empire State Building Lighting Ceremony on Occasion of United Nations Day
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Empire State Building to symbolically turn on a switch for the lighting of the building “UN blue” on the occasion of United Nations Day. 23 October 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Some 300 sites around the world will be lit in “UN blue” beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
UN Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights — October 23 and October 24.
Some Sites lit in “UN Blue” on 24 October 2015 —
Photo: Empire State Building, New York, USA. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: J Mattsson / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UNIC Canberra / Christopher Woodthorpe / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: Great Wall, Badaling, Beijing, China. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Oriental Outlook Magazine / Guang Yang, Jiang Zhu / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Dhiraj Singh / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Deepak Malik, Freelance Photographer / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UN in Azerbaijan / United Nations Information Centres.
Photo: New Arbat Avenue, Moscow, Russia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Nikita Kiselev / United Nations Information Centres.
October 23, 2015
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, Spring-Summer 2016
Photos: Models walk the runway during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia Spring-Summer 2016 on October 21/22/23, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Images © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images for MBFWR).
October 18, 2015
Ferrari reveals the F12tdf
Photos: Ferrari F12tdf — the new, limited edition, special series model that delivers track-level performance on the road. (Images provided by & Copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Maranello, Italy).
October 13, 2015
Magnus Carlsen of Norway is the 2015 World Rapid Chess Champion
Photo: Magnus Carlsen is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).
Photo: Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited. © 2015 Getty Images).
Photo: A player is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.
Photo: Russian Grandmaster, Sergey Karjakin, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.
Photo: Former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand of India, is seen at the 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin on October 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by & © World Chess by Agon Limited.
BERLIN, GERMANY — October 12, 2015 — Magnus Carlsen reasserted his dominance over the chess world today by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship here in Berlin.
The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.
Each day, hundreds of spectators crowded into the playing hall to watch the games, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games.
The tournament had 15 rounds over three days and included nearly 160 grandmasters from 47 countries. Carlsen, a Norwegian, who is the reigning champion at regulation time controls, won the rapid championship last year as well. He thus became the first player to ever win back-to-back rapid championships.
Three players finished one point behind Carlsen: Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.
Two pre-tournament favorites, Viswanathan Anand of India, a former rapid champion, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, had difficult starts, scoring just 2.5 points out of 5 in the first day. Mr. Anand, who is widely known as Vishy, lost to Daniil Dubov and Pavel Pankratov of Russia in the final 2 rounds of the day.
Following is the List of Players who competed in the World Chess Rapid Championship 2015:
- A.R. Saleh Salem — UAE
- Adhiban Baskaran — India
- Aleksandr Moiseenko — Ukraine
- Alexander Grischuk — Russia
- Alexander Huzman — Israel
- Alexander Morozevich — Russia
- Alexander Motylev — Russia
- Alexander Naumann — Germany
- Alexander Onischuk — USA
- Alexander Riazantsev — Russia
- Alexander Shabalov — USA
- Alexey Dreev — Russia
- Allan Stig Rasmussen — Denmark
- Anand, Viswanathan — India
- Andrei Shchekachev — France
- Andrei Volokitin — Ukraine
- Andrey Gutov — Russia
- Andrey Sumets — Ukraine
- Anton Korobov — Ukraine
- Aryan Tari — Norway
- Axel Bachmann — Paraguay
- Bartel Mateusz — Poland
- Benjamin Bok — Netherlands
- Bocharov Dmitry — Russia
- Boris Gelfand — Israel
- Boris Savchenko — Russia
- Brüdigam, Martin — Germany
- Christian Seel — Germany
- Daniel Hausrath — Germany
- Daniil Dubov — Russia
- Danilo Milanovic — Serbia
- Dariusz Świercz — Poland
- David Anton Guijarro — Spain
- David Navara — Czech Republic
- Demuth Adrien — France
- Denis Khismatullin — Russia
- Dennes Abel — Germany
- Dennis Wagner — Germany
- Dmitry Andreikin — Russia
- Duda Jan-Krzysztof — Poland
- Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli — Venezuela
- Ehsan Ghaem Maghami — Iran
- Eltaj Safarli — Azerbaijan
- Elvira Berend — Luxembourg
- Eric Hansen — Canada
- Ernesto Inarkiev — Russia
- Ernst Sipke — Netherlands
- Esteban Valderrama — Colombia
- Etienne Bacrot — France
- Evgenij Agrest — Sweden
- Evgeny Alekseev — Russia
- Evgeny Romanov — Russia
- Evgeny Tomashevsky — Russia
- Falko Bindrich — Germany
- Filiz Osmanodja — Germany
- Florian Handke — Germany
- Francisco Vallejo Pons — Spain
- Gadir Guseinov — Azerbaijan
- Gawain Cristopher B. Jones — England
- Georg Meier — Germany
- Giovanni Antonio Thornton — New Zealand
- Goran Cabrilo — Serbia
- Grzegorz Gajewski — Poland
- Hagen Poetsch — Germany
- Hannes Stefansson — Iceland
- Helgi Olafsson — Iceland
- Hilverda, Alexander — Germany
- Hirneise, Tobias — Germany
- Ian Nepomniachtchi — Russia
- Ido Ben Artzi — Israel
- Igor Kovalenko — Latvia
- Ildar Khairullin — Russia
- Ilja Schneider — Germany
- Ivan Ivanisevic — Serbia
- Jaan Ehlvest — USA
- Jacob Carstensen — Denmark
- Johann Hjartarson — Iceland
- Johannes Carow — Germany
- Jonathan Carlstedt — Germany
- José Camacho Collados — South Korea
- Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez — Spain
- Jure Borisek — Slovenia
- Kacper Piorun — Poland
- Kateryna Lagno — Russia
- Lars Thiede — Germany
- Lazaro Bruzon Batista — Cuba
- Leinier Dominguez — Cuba
- Leonardo Valdes Romero — Costa Rica
- Levon Aronian — Armenia
- Loek van Wely — The Netherlands
- Lorena Marisela Zepeda Wan Wely — El Salvador
- Magnus Carlsen — Norway
- Marco Aurelio Zaror Cordeiro — Brazil
- Margeir Petrusson — Iceland
- Markus Ragger — Austria
- Martyn Kravtsiv — Ukraine
- Matthias Bluebaum — Germany
- Maxim Dlugy — USA
- Maxim Matlakov — Russia
- Mazé Sebastien — France
- Mher Hovhannissyan — Belgium
- Michael Bezold — Germany
- Michael Richter — Germany
- Michele Godena — Italy
- Miguel Munoz Pantoja — Spain
- Mikhail Antipov — Russia
- Mikhail Demidov — Russia
- Milos Pavlovic — Serbia
- Milos Perunovic — Serbia
- Mohammed Al-Sayed — Qatar
- Namig Guliyev — Azerbaijan
- Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son — Vietnam
- Nikita Vitiugov — Russia
- Ottomar Ladva — Estonia
- Pavel Eljanov — Ukraine
- Pavel Ponkratov — Russia
- Peter Leko — Hungary
- Petr Svidler — Russia
- Polzin, Rainer — Germany
- Predrag Nikolic — Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Radoslaw Wojtaszek — Poland
- Ramil Hasangatin — Russia
- Rasmus Svane — Germany
- Rauf Mamedov — Azerbaijan
- Rene Stern — Germany
- Rinat Jumabayev — Kazakhstan
- Robert Rabiega — Germany
- Ruslan Ponomariov — Ukraine
- Rustam Kasimdzhanov — Uzbekistan
- Sasikiran Krishnan — India
- Sergey Grigoriants — Russia
- Sergey Karjakin — Russia
- Sergey Rublevsky — Russia
- Sethuraman P. Sethuraman — India
- Shakhriyar Mamedyarov — Azerbaijan
- Simen Agdestein — Norway
- Socko Bartosz — Poland
- Stanislav Bogdanovych — Ukraine
- Surya Sekhar Ganguly — India
- Teimour Radjabov — Azerbaijan
- Tigran Petrosyan — Armenia
- Tomas Krnan — Canada
- Vadim Zvjaginsev — Russia
- Vahap Sanal — Turkey
- Vasily Papin — Russia
- Vasyl Ivanchuk — Ukraine
- Victor Bologan — Moldova
- Victor Mikhalevski — Israel
- Vidit Santosh Gujrathi — India
- Vitaly Kunin — Germany
- Vladimir Akopian — Armenia
- Vladimir Belov — Russia
- Vladimir Dobrov — Russia
- Vladimir Fedoseev — Russia
- Vladimir Kramnik — Russia
- Vladimir Malakhov — Russia
- Vladimir Onischuk — Ukraine
- Vladislav Kovalev — Belarus
- Wojciech Przybylski — Poland
- Yasser Seirawan — USA
- Yuri Vovk — Ukraine
- Yuriy Kryvoruchko — Ukraine
- Zaur Mammadov — Azerbaijan
- Zhigalko Sergei — Belarus
- Zhong Zhang — Singapore
- Zoltan Almasi — Hungary
World Blitz Chess Championships
The 21-round World Blitz Chess Championships will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (October 13 & 14). Carlsen is the defending champion in that discipline as well. When reports last came in, French Grandmaster, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, was leading with 9.5 points after Round 11.
Alexander Grischuk of Russia is the 2015 World Blitz Champion.
October 14, 2015 — Today the 5-day World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships concluded in Berlin, with Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk claiming the World Blitz Champion’s title.
The winner scored 15.5 points in the 21-round tournament.
Alexander Grischuk becomes the first three-time Blitz World Champion. He previously won the titles in 2006 and 2012.
October 9, 2015
81 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2015 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR
Photo: Oscar presenter Kerry Washington arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Oscar presenter Anna Kendrick arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Image Credit: Mark Suban / © A.M.P.A.S
Photo: Scene from KON-TIKI, Norway, which was a 2012 Foreign Language Film Nominee. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards. Paraguay is a first-time entrant.
The 2015 submissions are:
- Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director;
- Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;
- Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;
- Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director;
- Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director;
- Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;
- Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;
- Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanovic, director;
- Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;
- Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;
- Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar, director;
- Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux, director;
- Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín, director;
- China, “Go Away Mr. Tumor,” Han Yan, director;
- Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra, director;
- Costa Rica, “Imprisoned,” Esteban Ramirez, director;
- Croatia, “The High Sun,” Dalibor Matanic, director;
- Czech Republic, “Home Care,” Slavek Horak, director;
- Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm, director;
- Dominican Republic, “Sand Dollars,” Laura Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas, directors;
- Estonia, “1944,” Elmo Nuganen, director;
- Ethiopia, “Lamb,” Yared Zeleke, director;
- Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Haro, director;
- France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Erguven, director;
- Georgia, “Moira,” Levan Tutberidze, director;
- Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
- Greece, “Xenia,” Panos H. Koutras, director;
- Guatemala, “Ixcanul,” Jayro Bustamante, director;
- Hong Kong, “To the Fore,” Dante Lam, director;
- Hungary, “Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes, director;
- Iceland, “Rams,” Grímur Hakonarson, director;
- India, “Court,” Chaitanya Tamhane, director;
- Iran, “Muhammad: The Messenger of God,” Majid Majidi, director;
- Iraq, “Memories on Stone,” Shawkat Amin Korki, director;
- Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach, director;
- Israel, “Baba Joon,” Yuval Delshad, director;
- Italy, “Don’t Be Bad,” Claudio Caligari, director;
- Ivory Coast, “Run,” Philippe Lacote, director;
- Japan, “100 Yen Love,” Masaharu Take, director;
- Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar, director;
- Kazakhstan, “Stranger,” Yermek Tursunov, director;
- Kosovo, “Babai,” Visar Morina, director;
- Kyrgyzstan, “Heavenly Nomadic,” Mirlan Abdykalykov, director;
- Latvia, “Modris,” Juris Kursietis, director;
- Lebanon, “Void,” Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Zeina Makki, Tarek Korkomaz, Christelle Ighniades, Maria Abdel Karim, Salim Haber, directors;
- Lithuania, “The Summer of Sangaile,” Alante Kavaite, director;
- Luxembourg, “Baby (A)lone,” Donato Rotunno, director;
- Macedonia, “Honey Night,” Ivo Trajkov, director;
- Malaysia, “Men Who Save the World,” Liew Seng Tat, director;
- Mexico, “600 Miles,” Gabriel Ripstein, director;
- Montenegro, “You Carry Me,” Ivona Juka, director;
- Morocco, “Aida,” Driss Mrini, director;
- Nepal, “Talakjung vs Tulke,” Basnet Nischal, director;
- Netherlands, “The Paradise Suite,” Joost van Ginkel, director;
- Norway, “The Wave,” Roar Uthaug, director;
- Pakistan, “Moor,” Jami, director;
- Palestine, “The Wanted 18,” Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan, directors;
- Paraguay, “Cloudy Times,” Arami Ullon, director;
- Peru, “NN,” Hector Galvez, director;
- Philippines, “Heneral Luna,” Jerrold Tarog, director;
- Poland, “11 Minutes,” Jerzy Skolimowski, director;
- Portugal, “Arabian Nights - Volume 2, The Desolate One,” Miguel Gomes, director;
- Romania, “Aferim!” Radu Jude, director;
- Russia, “Sunstroke,” Nikita Mikhalkov, director;
- Serbia, “Enclave,” Goran Radovanovic, director;
- Singapore, “7 Letters,” Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, K. Rajagopal, directors;
- Slovakia, “Goat,” Ivan Ostrochovsky, director;
- Slovenia, “The Tree,” Sonja Prosenc, director;
- South Africa, “The Two of Us,” Ernest Nkosi, director;
- South Korea, “The Throne,” Lee Joon-ik, director;
- Spain, “Flowers,” Jon Garano, Jose Mari Goenaga, directors;
- Sweden, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson, director;
- Switzerland, “Iraqi Odyssey,” Samir, director;
- Taiwan, “The Assassin,” Hou Hsiao-hsien, director;
- Thailand, “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” Josh Kim, director;
- Turkey, “Sivas,” Kaan Mujdeci, director;
- United Kingdom, “Under Milk Wood,” Kevin Allen, director;
- Uruguay, “A Moonless Night,” German Tejeira, director;
- Venezuela, “Gone with the River,” Mario Crespo, director;
- Vietnam, “Jackpot,” Dustin Nguyen, director.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
October 7, 2015
The L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO Reveal the Laureates of the 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards
Photo: Doctor Vanessa D’Costa. Immunogenetics of Infectious Diseases. International Rising Talent 2015, North America (Canada). Image © Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue. Copyright © All rights reserved by L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science.
Paris - The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today revealed the five winners of the 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the field of Life Sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on 24 March 2016 in Paris.
Nominated by more than 2,600 leading scientists, 2016’s five laureates were then selected by an independent and international jury of 13 prominent scientists in the international scientific community. This year’s President of the Jury is Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2008 Laureate L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science and 2009 joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The jury announced the winners of the 2016 edition, five women scientists who will be awarded on 24 March 2016 at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris. Each laureate will receive a Prize of €100,000 in recognition of her contribution to science.
Professor Emmanuelle CHARPENTIER
Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany.
- Biological Sciences/Molecular Biology.
Professor Jennifer DOUDNA
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America.
- Biological Sciences/Molecular Biology.
AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
Professor Quarraisha ABDOOL KARIM
Professor, CAPRISA, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa.
- Medicine and Health Sciences/Women’s Health.
Professor Hualan CHEN
Professor, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin, China.
- Biological Sciences/Veterinary Sciences.
Professor Andrea GAMARNIK
Professor, Molecular Virology Laboratory, Fundacion Instituto Leloir, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Biological Sciences/Virology.