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July 30, 2017

MISS TEEN USA 2017

Miss Teen USA 2017

Photo: Autumn Schieferstein, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2017, competes on stage in her evening gown during the MISS TEEN USA Preliminary Competition at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, July 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Phoenix, Arizona. Photographer: Frank L Szelwach. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Teen USA 2017

Photo: Baylee Ogle, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2017, is announced as a top 15 finalist in fashion by Sherri Hill during the opening of The MISS TEEN USA Competition at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, July 29. The Miss Teen USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Phoenix, Arizona. Photographer: Frank L Szelwach. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Teen USA 2017

Photo: Hannah Chisolm, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2017, rehearses on stage at Symphony Hall in Phoenix on Thursday, July 27. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Phoenix, Arizona. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Teen USA 2017

Photo: Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Missouri Teen USA 2017, reacts to winning Miss Teen USA at the conclusion of the Live Stream special event from Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, July 29. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

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July 29, 2017

National Press Club, Washington, D.C., hosts Headliners Events on Two New Books — "Understanding Trump" and "The Smear"

National Press Club

National Press Club, Trump

• Newt Gingrich Discusses New Book “Understanding Trump” at National Press Club Headliners Event, June 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared at a National Press Club Headliners Event on June 16th to discuss his new book, “Understanding Trump”.

In “Understanding Trump”, Gingrich shared what he learned from more than two years helping Donald J. Trump throughout his presidential campaign, during his transition from presidential candidate to Commander in Chief, and in his first few months in office. Gingrich provided a unique perspective on how the new president’s past experience as a business leader has shaped his political agenda and approach to governing the country.

The event featured a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing.

National Press Club

National Press Club, Washington

• Sharyl Attkisson Brings “The Smear” to a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on August 31

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, author of “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote,” will appear at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s Conference Room.

Attkisson is The New York Times bestselling author of “Stonewalled,” a five-time Emmy Award winner, and the host of “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” offered by Sinclair. She is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and has reported nationally for CBS News, PBS and CNN.

In “The Smear,” Attkisson reveals the world of opposition research and the dirty tricks those in power use to influence public opinion. Spin doctors and outside interests use a tactic known as “the Smear” to blindly influence the public, she writes, noting that there is an agenda by those pushing such fabricated stories.

The event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds from the two events would benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which offers innovative, practical training to journalists and communications professionals working in a rapidly-changing media environment.

The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

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July 28, 2017

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Launches in U.S. with New and Improved Real Coca-Cola Taste

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

ATLANTA - July 26, 2017 - According to The Coca-Cola Company, since its 2005 introduction, Coca-Cola Zero has refreshed hundreds of millions of fans across America with its real Coca-Cola taste and zero calories. From its U.S. introduction into the Coca-Cola trademark brand portfolio to its global expansion, the brand is sold in nearly 160 countries around the world.

Now, through in-house innovation and extensive market testing, Coca-Cola Zero is getting a new name, new look and even more delicious taste, said the company. The no-calorie fan favorite will deliver an even better-tasting recipe and now be called “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar”.

“More than 10 years ago, we launched Coca-Cola Zero with a revolutionary recipe that gave fans real Coca-Cola taste without the sugar and calories. The brand grew strongly after its launch and gained millions of loyal fans over time, but we recognized an opportunity to give the brand another boost and to encourage more Coca-Cola fans to try a great-tasting zero-sugar product,” said Stuart Kronauge, business unit president, USA Operations and senior vice president, Marketing, Coca-Cola North America.

“We’ve used our in-house innovation capabilities to make the great taste of Coke Zero even better and a lot like a Coke. To achieve this, we optimized the unique blend of flavors that gave Coke Zero its real Coca-Cola taste in the new and improved Coca-Cola Zero Sugar recipe. It’s delicious, refreshing and our best-tasting zero-sugar Coca-Cola yet,” Kronauge continued.

As the company continues to create new beverages and evolve its recipes, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar represents the company’s latest zero-sugar product innovation. It joins a roster of nearly 250 other delicious no- and low-calorie beverages offered in the U.S.

This U.S. launch builds on the success and popularity of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar already seen in Great Britain, Mexico and more than 25 other markets around the world, the company said.

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July 18, 2017

de GRISOGONO presents New Creations — Vibrant, Radiant, Mobile, and Sensual

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De Grisogono, Jewelry

Photos: The Mediterranean serves as a creative backdrop to de GRISOGONO, providing the jeweller with an endless source of inspiration and expression. From the steps of the Cannes to the Eden Roc cliffs; from the shores of Capri in the Bay of Naples to the fiefdom in Sardinia. These iconic locations symbolise elegance, glamour and timelessness with the atmosphere brimming with joy, energy and colours. (Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.)

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July 9, 2017

Ahmedabad (India) declared World Heritage City by UNESCO

UNESCO Ahmedabad

Photo: Temple Architecture, Historic City of Ahmedabad, India.

Krakow, Poland, 08 July 2017 — UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has inscribed three cultural sites in Cambodia, China and India.

The sites added, in order of inscription are:

• Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura (Cambodia):

The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, “the temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, has been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla Empire that flourished in the late 6th and early 7th centuries CE. The vestiges of the city cover an area of 25 square kilometres and include a walled city centre as well as numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal, unique specimens of their genre in southeast Asia. Decorated sandstone elements in the site are characteristic of the pre-Angkor decorative idiom, known as the Sambor Prei Kuk Style. Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces. The art and architecture developed here became models for other parts of the region and lay the ground for the unique Khmer style of the Angkor period.

• Kulangsu: A historic international settlement (China):

Kulangsu is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. With the opening of a commercial port at Xiamen in 1843, and the establishment of the island as an international settlement in 1903, this island off the southern coast of the Chinese empire suddenly became an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges. Kulangsu is an exceptional example of the cultural fusion that emerged from these exchanges, which remain legible in its urban fabric. There is a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. The most exceptional testimony of the fusion of various stylistic influences is a new architectural movement, the Amoy Deco Style, which is a synthesis of the Modernist style of the early 20th century and Art Deco.

• Historic City of Ahmadabad (India):

The walled city of Ahmadabad, founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century, on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati river, presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the Fort city and numerous mosques and tombs as well as important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods. The urban fabric is made up of densely-packed traditional houses (pols) in gated traditional streets (puras) with characteristic features such as bird feeders, public wells and religious institutions. The city continued to flourish as the capital of the State of Gujarat for six centuries, up to the present.

The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (9-12 July), chaired by Jacek Purchla, founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, is inscribing new sites on the World Heritage List.

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July 7, 2017

Marc O'Polo Launches 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sweatshirt in collaboration with Robbie & Ayda Williams

Fashion, Germany

Fashion, Germany

Fashion, Germany

Fashion, Germany

Photos: English singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Williams during the launch of the Marc O’Polo 50th anniversary special edition sweatshirt on July 6, 2017 in Munich, Germany. Images provided by Marc O’Polo. Photos © 2017 Gisela Schober/Getty Images.

In celebration of its 50th birthday, the fashion label MARC O’POLO, founded in 1967, announced a one-of-a-kind design collaboration with pop legend Robbie Williams. The international superstar, whose affection for MARC O’POLO dates back to the early 1990s, has co-created an iconic capsule collection of logo sweatshirts in double-face knit. Robbie’s wife, Ayda, helped to design the women’s styles.

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July 6, 2017

New Leather Jacket Styles at the Berlin Fashion Week Spring Summer 18

Berlin Fashion

Photo: A model poses during the leather jacket brand FN presentation under the motto “Celebrate the Summer of Love” on July 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by FN. Photo © 2017 Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images.

Berlin Fashion

Photo: Model Hana Nitsche is seen at the leather jacket brand FN presentation under the motto “Celebrate the Summer of Love” on July 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by FN. Photo © 2017 Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images.

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July 5, 2017

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Special Edition

Lamborghini Sports Car

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Photo: Automobili Lamborghini is presenting Aventador Miura, a special edition of the current Aventador coupe. Just 50 units of the car will be produced and they will be available in selected markets worldwide.

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June 21, 2017

Conversation on Yoga for Health

United Nations Yoga Day

Photo: A scene from an event entitled “Conversation on Yoga for Health”, on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Department of Public Information. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the UN, offered opening remarks. 21 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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June 14, 2017

Harvard is World's Most Prestigious University

Harvard University

Harvard University

Photo: Section of a building at Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Image Credit: Andreas Metz.

Times Higher Education (THE) has just announced the results of its World Reputation Rankings 2017. These rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands.

Harvard University tops this year’s list of the world’s most prestigious universities, and it does that for the seventh year in a row.

But, while North America continues to dominate the table, several of the region’s most reputable institutions have been outshone by leading Asian brands for the first time. China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University both leapfrogged the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University in the table this year while the University of Tokyo now has a stronger reputation than Columbia University. Meanwhile, Seoul National University is now considered more prestigious than the University of California, Davis.

Leading universities in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands have also lost ground as universities in Asia have become more prominent brands on the global stage.

Overall, 19 countries across Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and Latin America are represented in the seventh annual edition of the table.

World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2017

Top 50

Rank - Institution - Location - Overall Score

  1. Harvard University — United States — 100.0
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 80.2
  3. Stanford University — United States — 76.2
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 69.1
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 69.1
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States — 60.3
  7. Princeton University — United States — 38.5
  8. Yale University — United States — 35.8
  9. University of Chicago — United States — 27.2
  10. California Institute of Technology — United States — 26.0
  11. University of Tokyo — Japan — 25.7
  12. Columbia University — United States — 24.3
  13. University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 22.6
  14. Tsinghua University — China — 20.1
  15. University of Michigan — United States — 18.5
  16. University College London — United Kingdom — 17.3
  17. Peking University — China — 17.2
  18. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 17.1
  19. University of Pennsylvania — United States — 17.0
  20. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 16.7
  21. Johns Hopkins University — United States — 16.6
  22. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland — 16.3
  23. Cornell University — United States — 15.5
  24. University of Toronto — Canada — 15.4
  25. Kyoto University — Japan — 13.4
  26. New York University — United States — 13.4
  27. National University of Singapore — Singapore — 13.0
  28. Duke University — United States — 11.5
  29. University of California, San Diego — United States — 9.8
  30. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 9.4
  31. Northwestern University — United States — 9.2
  32. University of Texas at Austin — United States — 9.1
  33. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 9.1
  34. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 8.7
  35. University of Washington — United States — 8.7
  36. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 8.6
  37. Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 8.4
  38. Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France — 7.9
  39. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 7.6
  40. University of British Columbia — Canada — 7.5
  41. King’s College London — United Kingdom — 7.2
  42. University of California, San Francisco — United States — 6.9
  43. LMU Munich — Germany — 6.9
  44. McGill University — Canada — 6.9
  45. Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 6.8
  46. University of Melbourne — Australia — 6.6
  47. Seoul National University — South Korea — 6.6
  48. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States — 6.1
  49. University of California, Davis — United States — 6.0
  50. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States — 5.8

51-60

  • University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
  • Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
  • Heidelberg University — Germany
  • Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
  • Karolinska Institute — Sweden
  • University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  • University of Minnesota — United States
  • National Taiwan University — Taiwan
  • Osaka University — Japan
  • Purdue University — United States
  • Zhejiang University — China

61-70

  • Australian National University — Australia
  • Brown University — United States
  • University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
  • Free University of Berlin — Germany
  • Ohio State University — United States
  • Pennsylvania State University — United States
  • University of Sydney — Australia
  • Technical University of Munich — Germany
  • Tohoku University — Japan

71-80

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  • Fudan University — China
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  • KU Leuven — Belgium
  • University of Maryland, College Park — United States
  • Michigan State University — United States
  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University - Paris 1 — France
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  • University of Southern California — United States
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
  • Washington University in St Louis — United States

81-90

  • Boston University — United States
  • University of Copenhagen — Denmark
  • University of Florida — United States
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — South Korea
  • Leiden University — Netherlands
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Singapore
  • Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  • Utrecht University — Netherlands
  • University of Warwick — United Kingdom

91-100

  • University of Arizona — United States
  • Durham University — United Kingdom
  • Indiana University — United States
  • Lund University — Sweden
  • Nagoya University — Japan
  • Nanjing University — China
  • Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris 4 — France
  • RWTH Aachen University — Germany
  • University of Sao Paulo — Brazil
  • Texas A&M University — United States
  • University of Zurich — Switzerland

Reputation ranking is not academic ranking. Rather, as Times Higher Education explains, it lists the world’s top 100 universities based purely on their prestige.

THE’s World Reputation Rankings are based on an annual invitation only Academic Reputation Survey. According to THE, this year, the survey received responses from more than 10,500 scholars across 137 countries. Each of these academics represented his country as well as his peers in his field of expertise. The survey had asked experienced, published academics to outline which universities they perceived to be the best for teaching and research in their specialist discipline.

As higher education becomes more international and more competitive, the universities that are succeeding are the institutions that have made their reputation central to their strategy. A good reputation attracts talent, investment and partnerships.

National governments accept that universities now form an essential component of their country’s soft power. For university leaders, donors, partners, faculty and students, the reputation of their institution is the foundation that strengthens and drives their decision making, and highlights the value they place on the university’s research and teaching.

The ESSENCE of our following opinion, expressed in 2015, still holds good.

University Reputation Ranking

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June 12, 2017

World Oceans Day celebrated at UN Headquarters

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: Stilt dancers, musicians, and ritual processions came together at the UN Visitors’ Plaza in a new performance piece entitled “Ocean Calling” to mark World Oceans Day (June 8). The marine-centric work was created by artist Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with choreographer Chris Walker, The Brooklyn Jumbies, choreographer and dancer Mei Yamanaka, and Jarana Beat. The event was organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly with TBA21-Academy. 08 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: The Ocean Conference opens with a Fijian traditional welcome ceremony. The UN Ocean Conference took place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aimed to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 05 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: Peter Thomson (right), President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, meets with Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, on the margins of the 5-9 June Ocean Conference. 07 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

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June 8, 2017

QS World University Rankings 2018: MIT Named World's Best University for Record Sixth Year

QS World University Rankings

MIT, QS World University Rankings

Photo: A section of the Stata Center building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.

MIT, UN, QS World University Rankings

Photo: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director of Solve at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), during the recent “Solve at the United Nations” event. Solve is an MIT initiative “connecting innovators with resources to solve global challenges”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

LONDON, June 7, 2017 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, have released the 14th annual QS World University Rankings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year. 959 universities are ranked.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.”

QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20

  1. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US
  2. STANFORD UNIVERSITY US
  3. HARVARD UNIVERSITY US
  4. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US
  5. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
  6. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
  7. UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK
  8. IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
  9. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US
  10. ETH ZURICH CH
  11. NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG
  12. ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH
  13. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US
  14. CORNELL UNIVERSITY US
  15. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG
  16. YALE UNIVERSITY US
  17. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US
  18. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US
  19. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US
  20. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) AU

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings, India

PRESIDENT OF INDIA RECEIVES 2018 EDITION OF THE QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

New Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhavan:

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings brought out by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to find three Indian institutions - IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, which were already in the top 200, and the latest entrant IIT Bombay securing ranks within the coveted top 200 and IISc Bangalore being now ranked 6th globally for Citations per Faculty.

The President said that while in terms of infrastructure there has been considerable expansion in the higher education sector, quality of education in many institutes remains a matter of concern. In ancient times, we had renowned seats of higher learning - Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri - that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these centres of learning in search of knowledge. A reverse scenario exists today. Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Our higher learning institutions are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities.

The President said that during his visits to the universities in his capacity as Visitor to Central Intuitions of Higher Learning, he had been sharing his concerns about the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings. A high rank can boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculty from across the world, and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement.

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May 25, 2017

Observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Jean-Pierre Lacroix (left of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Atul Khare (right of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; pose for a group photo with Force Commanders of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. 24 May 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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May 17, 2017

Stars walk down the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2017

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: SARA SAMPAIO walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Portuguese top model slipped into a red Zuhair Murad gown and styled it with de GRISOGONO high Jewellery white diamond earrings, ring in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, and a white gold FLORINDA bracelet. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Indian actress adorned a de GRISOGONO high Jewellery ring set in white diamonds with a ruby, as well as a unique pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The Indian actress adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set in white diamonds, and a High Jewellery bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds and emeralds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The American actress and top model adorned a GOCCE pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and onyx, as well as an ALLEGRA ring in white gold and ceramic set with black diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: JENAYE NOHA walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 22, 2017. The French top model adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, as well as a High Jewellery ring in white gold set with icy and white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

de GRISOGONO

Photo: SONIA BEN AMAR at Cannes. May 25, 2017. The French model adorned ALLEGRA earrings in pink gold set white diamonds, as well as an INDIA necklace in pink gold set with opals and white diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 13, 2017

Miss USA 2017 Contestants in Las Vegas, Nevada

Miss USA 2017

Photo: Miss USA 2017 Runner-Up and Miss New Jersey USA 2017, Chhavi Verg, answers her final question as a top 5 finalist onstage during The MISS USA Competition on Sunday, May 14. Later, Kara McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, was announced as the new Miss USA at the conclusion of the two-hour special programming event on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

Miss USA 2017

Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

Miss USA 2017

Photo: Adrianna David, Miss Maryland USA 2017, during a photoshoot at Maverick Helicopters on May 7, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2017

Photo: Nancy Gonzalez, Miss Texas USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

Miss USA 2017

Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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May 2, 2017

International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration concludes with Global Concert in Havana, Cuba

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Havana, Cuba - Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a concert streamed worldwide from Havana’s historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nations. Each year, on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert included an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing “Cuba Bop” and “Manteca”. Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padron played Freddie Hubbard’s composition, while the acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her composition “You Move Me”.

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April 25, 2017

UNESCO paper shows governments not keeping pace with growing demand for higher education

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Photo: A College Student. Image Credit & Photographer: Francisco Osorio.

A new policy paper from the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at UNESCO shows that the number of university level students doubled to 207 million between 2000 and 2014. Governments are struggling to keep pace with rapidly rising demand and large disparities in access, with a large cost of higher education often falling to families, many of whom cannot afford it.

The new paper, Six ways to ensure higher education leaves no one behind, sets out a series of measures to make higher education more equitable and affordable, including to ensure that student loan repayments do not exceed 15% of a student’s monthly income. Anything more threatens to leave the disadvantaged behind.

“By creating and transmitting vital knowledge, skills and core values, higher education is a cornerstone for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “Demand for higher education is going to continue rising. Governments must respond by introducing a range of new policies that will ensure expansion doesn’t leave the marginalised behind, and that access is based on merit, not privilege.”

Analyzing global trends, the paper also shows that only 1% of the poorest students have spent more than four years in higher education, compared to 20% of the richest.

In South Africa, around one-sixth of blacks and coloreds attended higher education in 2013, compared to over 50% of whites. Similarly, in Mexico, less than 1% of the indigenous population attend higher education. In China, youth from rural areas are seven times less likely to attend university than students from urban areas.

Access to higher education has expanded most rapidly in wealthier countries: Only 8% of young adults are enrolled on average in the poorest countries, compared to 74% in the richest countries. The greatest gender disparities are found among the poorest countries as well. Women made up only 30% of bachelor students in low-income countries in 2014.

“In certain countries with deeply rooted social inequities, affirmative action through quota or bonus systems may be necessary to expand access to underrepresented groups, even if these mechanisms are controversial,” says Suzanne Grant Lewis, director of the IIEP.

Private colleges and universities have expanded to cater to the growing pool of students, enrolling 30% of all students worldwide, rising to 50% in Latin America.

Governments can’t keep pace financially with this expansion and families are left with the tab. Across 26 countries in Europe, households paid for 15% of the cost of higher education in 2011. In other high-income countries, household expenditures were even higher: 40% in Australia, 46% in the USA, 52% in Japan, and 55% in Chile.

UNESCO, the only UN organization with responsibility for higher education, advises governments to use a combination of policies aimed at helping the disadvantaged, such as low tuition fees, need-based scholarships and loans repayments adjusted according to income, to help families manage the costs. The paper draws on a range of examples to show how different countries are expanding and diversifying higher education offerings to achieve greater equity.

“The last thing we want is for higher education to be the ball and chain around students’ ankles,” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report. “Coping with dramatic student expansion is not easy, but there are policy solutions governments can put into place to stop the bill falling to households.”

Six specific recommendations are given to policy makers to make higher education equitable and affordable for all:

  • Keep an eye on the target: Make sure those who need help the most are getting it.
  • Put it into law: Guarantee equity and affordability in regulatory frameworks
  • Step up monitoring: Establish national agencies to ensure equal opportunities
  • Vary admissions criteria: Use different admissions criteria to respond to different individuals’ needs
  • Provide varied student aid: Establish an agency to coordinate different forms of student aid, such as loans and grants
  • Limit student loan repayments to <15% of their annual income.

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April 24, 2017

Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, wins 2017 ZEISS Photography Award

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Photo: Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland. House in Gasadalur. Photographer: Kevin Faingnaert. House in the village of Gasadalur, Population: 16. Copyright: © Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 1st Place, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation.

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Photo: Semi-nomadic life in Kyrgyzstan. Horse Head. Leaving Town. Photographer: Frederik Buyckx. Every morning around 10 o’clock the shepherds leave the little town into the mountains with their herd of sheep to graze. Temperatures are often around -20 degrees celcius in winter. Copyright: © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation.

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Photo: Devotion. Kartik Snana. Photographer: Christopher Roche. During the final day of Deva-Diwali in Varanasi, it is extremely auspicious to take a bath in the Ganges, the holiest river in India. To bathe in its waters is said to wash away one’s sins. Copyright: © Christopher Roche, United Kingdom, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation.

The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS have announced Belgian photographer, Kevin Faingnaert, as the winner of the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond”. Faingnaert is recognized for “Foroyar”, a stunning photography series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands.

Now in its second year, the theme of ZEISS Photography Award was ‘Meaningful Places’ which challenged professional photographers to look past the ordinary and everyday and submit a body of work that captured extraordinary aspects of the world we live in.

More than 31,000 images were submitted by 4,677 photographers from 132 countries to the 2017 award. Kevin Faingnaert’s winning work was selected by an expert panel of judges.

The judges also recognised the work of nine other photographers:

  • Anna Filipova, Bulgaria/ UK
  • Mario Adario, Italy
  • Christopher Roche, UK
  • Sonja Hamad, Germany
  • Ben Bond Obiri Asamoah, Ghana
  • Frederik Buyckx, Belgium
  • Nicholas White, UK
  • Fabian Muir, Australia
  • Nicky Newman, South Africa

As the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award winner, Kevin Faingnaert receives €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 in travel expenses to complete a photography project.

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April 18, 2017

Five University Teams reach finals of the “Fly Your Ideas 2017” Global Student Competition

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Photo: The first Airbus A320 for Atlantic Airways - delivered in December 2016 - will be deployed on routes from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS S.A.S. 2016 - photo by C. BRINKMANN.

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Photo: Airbus’ widebody A350 XWB and A380 were among the commercial jetliners on display - flying and static - during the Farnborough International Airshow. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS GROUP 2016 - photo by P. PIGEYRE / master films.

Five student teams from Australia, China, France, Nigeria and the United Kingdom will compete in the final round of the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas global challenge, organised in partnership with UNESCO. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing different nationalities and universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is a key driver of innovation and performance. The students, competing for a €30,000 prize, also demonstrate a wide variety of disciplines from Natural Sciences to Engineering and Business.

Their inventive ideas, which were selected from over 350 entries, had to answer one of five challenges identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions. The innovations proposed by the five finalist teams look at alternative business models, passengers’ experience and flight operations.

The five finalist teams will soon travel to Toulouse, France, where they will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with personal guidance from Airbus. At the end of their week at Airbus, the students will present their innovative projects and the newly developed prototype in front of Airbus and UNESCO experts and personalities from the aerospace and academic world. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students worldwide, working in diverse teams of 3-5 members, to develop valuable skills, including teamwork, project management, communications and presentation, and to get involved in engineering.

The ideas competing for the final prize are:

• Airborne Earth Observation - Team SkyVision
University of Surrey, UK
A radical concept that turns a commercial airliner into an ‘Earth Observation Device’ by installing equipment into the belly of the aircraft to monitor ground activity during flight. An alternative to satellite imagery, it opens up new opportunities such as ecology analysis and urban planning.

• Improving Airport Taxi Flow and Efficiency - Team Nevada
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
An airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms for automated Ground Traffic Control, both in the tower and on the aircraft, to significantly improve aircraft traffic at airports and thus reduce emissions.

• Compact Luggage Strategy Mobile App - Team PassEx
Institut d’Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse, France
A revolutionary boarding system that uses a real-time mobile app to assign boarding status to passengers according to their luggage size. The Compact Luggage Strategy (CLS) addresses current storage issues in over-head compartments by distributing passengers across the aircraft according to the size of their baggage.

• Private Stowage Compartment - Team DAELead
University of Hong Kong, China
A clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passengers’ feet, utilizing the space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling.

• A400M Aerial Firefighting Platform - Team Aquarius
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
A fire-fighting solution that incorporates modular systems using pressurized fire retardant containers fixed to fast-loadable pallets for a network of Airbus A400M aircraft, to create a system of aerial firefighting platforms that can be used for rapid wildfire suppression.

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April 12, 2017

Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding drives new Range Rover Velar in New York

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Photos: The all-new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular U.S. debut with an exclusive live performance from Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center, which was broadcasted live online to a global audience on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Images provided by Jaguar Land Rover. Copyright © 2017 Getty Images).

New York, 11 April 2017: The new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular US debut with an exclusive live online performance from Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding. The chart-topping singer’s New York show precedes a charity auction of the hotly anticipated new mid-size SUV at the East Side House Settlement Annual Gala later this week.

Goulding brought a touch of British glamour to the Velar’s US launch party when she arrived in Manhattan to be the first person to drive the new Velar and to sing for a global online audience.

Her performance of ‘Love Me Like You Do’ opened the reveal event.

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