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November 3, 2016

IWC Schaffhausen Launches New Watches

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN. In the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Expedition Charles Darwin’ (Ref. IW379503), IWC Schaffhausen uses bronze in a watch case for the first time ever and upholds its tradition of developing innovative and modern diver’s watches. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (Ref. IW395001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a stainless-steel case, black dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel folding clasp.

IWC Schaffhausen Watch

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (Ref. IW327002) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, silver-plated dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Watch. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC).

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN (Ref. IW389001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a ceramic case, black dial and black calfskin strap (embossed) with a blasted stainless-steel folding clasp.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW377714) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, blue dial and brown calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC Schaffhausen/Chris Jackson). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: IWC brand ambassador and supermodel Adriana Lima takes part in a sparring session with children and others in a local boxing gym in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (PPR/IWC). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: What’s Adriana’s choice? It’s different and unique! Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Harold Cunningham). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches, Karolina Kurokova

Photo: Supermodel Karolina Kurkova attends the exclusive gala event “For the Love of Cinema” during the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. 14 April 2016. New York, NY. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris). Image provided by IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen Watches, Ariadna Romero

Photo: Showgirl and actress Ariadna Romero attends the gala dinner at Ristorante Berton for the IWC Schaffhausen Boutique, Milan, Italy, opening on June 28, 2016. (PHOTOPRESS/DANIELE VENTURELLI/Getty Images for IWC). Image provided by IWC.

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October 29, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Ending Modern Slavery

John Kerry, State Department

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a selfie with an outstanding individual who is fighting to end human trafficking at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2016. (State Department Photo).

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October 18, 2016

UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador

United Nations Habitat III

Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 17, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia — Editor's Choice

Moscow Fashion

Moscow Fashion

Photos: A model walks the runway at the MD MAKHMUDOV DJEMAL show during day three of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 15, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Moscow Fashion

Moscow Fashion

Photos: A model walks the runway at the BELLA POTEMKINA show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Moscow Fashion

Photo: A model walks the runway at the Fabric by Alena Akhmadullina show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Image provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

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October 14, 2016

United Nations — Secretary-General meets with Secretary-General-Designate

United Nations New Secretary General

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-Designate. The UN General Assembly has appointed Mr. Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 13 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 12, 2016

85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Poster of “Son of Saul”, winner of the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actor Danny Trejo (left) and Moderator Christopher Nolan prior to a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actress Amy Brenneman and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson following a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.

The 2016 submissions are:

  • Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director;
  • Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;
  • Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;
  • Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
  • Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director;
  • Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed, director;
  • Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director;
  • Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director;
  • Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;
  • Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;
  • Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;
  • Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;
  • Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, director;
  • China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi, director;
  • Colombia, “Alias Maria,” Jose Luis Rugeles, director;
  • Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez, director;
  • Croatia, “On the Other Side,” Zrinko Ogresta, director;
  • Cuba, “The Companion,” Pavel Giroud, director;
  • Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich,” Petr Zelenka, director;
  • Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director;
  • Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields,” Fernando Baez, director;
  • Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Sebastián Cordero, director;
  • Egypt, “Clash,” Mohamed Diab, director;
  • Estonia, “Mother,” Kadri Kousaar, director;
  • Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” Juho Kuosmanen, director;
  • France, “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
  • Georgia, “House of Others,” Rusudan Glurjidze, director;
  • Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director;
  • Greece, “Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
  • Hong Kong, “Port of Call,” Philip Yung, director;
  • Hungary, “Kills on Wheels,” Attila Till, director;
  • Iceland, “Sparrows,” Runar Runarsson, director;
  • India, “Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran, director;
  • Indonesia, “Letters from Prague,” Angga Dwimas Sasongko, director;
  • Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
  • Iraq, “El Clásico,” Halkawt Mustafa, director;
  • Israel, “Sand Storm,” Elite Zexer, director;
  • Italy, “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi, director;
  • Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Yoji Yamada, director;
  • Jordan, “3000 Nights,” Mai Masri, director;
  • Kazakhstan, “Amanat,” Satybaldy Narymbetov, director;
  • Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home,” Faton Bajraktari, director;
  • Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will,” Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, directors;
  • Latvia, “Dawn,” Laila Pakalnina, director;
  • Lebanon, “Very Big Shot,” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, director;
  • Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day,” Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
  • Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl,” Pol Cruchten, director;
  • Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje,” Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija, directors;
  • Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain,” Tunku Mona Riza, director;
  • Mexico, “Desierto,” Jonas Cuaron, director;
  • Montenegro, “The Black Pin,” Ivan Marinovic, director;
  • Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes,” Said Khallaf, director;
  • Nepal, “The Black Hen,” Min Bahadur Bham, director;
  • Netherlands, “Tonio,” Paula van der Oest, director;
  • New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth,” Pietra Brettkelly, director;
  • Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director;
  • Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir,” Anjum Shahzad, director;
  • Palestine, “The Idol,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
  • Panama, “Salsipuedes,” Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez, directors;
  • Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel F. Molero, director;
  • Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa,” Brillante Ma Mendoza, director;
  • Poland, “Afterimage,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
  • Portugal, “Letters from War,” Ivo M. Ferreira, director;
  • Romania, “Sieranevada,” Cristi Puiu, director;
  • Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
  • Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah,” Mahmoud Sabbagh, director;
  • Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary,” Milos Radovic, director;
  • Singapore, “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng, director;
  • Slovakia, “Eva Nova,” Marko Skop, director;
  • Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” Ziga Virc, director;
  • South Africa, “Call Me Thief,” Daryne Joshua, director;
  • South Korea, “The Age of Shadows,” Kim Jee-woon, director;
  • Spain, “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
  • Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director;
  • Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director;
  • Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” Laha Mebow, director;
  • Thailand, “Karma,” Kanittha Kwunyoo, director;
  • Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar,” Mustafa Kara, director;
  • Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs,” Roman Bondarchuk, director;
  • United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow,” Babak Anvari, director;
  • Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs,” Manane Rodríguez, director;
  • Venezuela, “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas, director;
  • Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,” Victor Vu, director;
  • Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced,” Khadija Al-Salami, director.

The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film Oscar winners.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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October 6, 2016

U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

New York City — October 5, 2016 — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”

Joining Mehra in the dedication ceremony were: Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Diwali Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra; India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Member of the United Nations Security Council (Ret.) Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; Sand Hill Group Managing Director M. R. Rangaswami; and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“While this journey may have taken years, the Postal Service has issued a Diwali stamp that will continue to resonate forever,” said Ranju Batra. “Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have supported this stamp. The Diwali stamp will be a matter of pride for generations to come.”

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit.

In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India. Diwali also is celebrated as a major holiday by followers of the Jain and Sikh faiths.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail — 1 Ounce price.

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October 5, 2016

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2017 Announced

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2016 Laureate, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science. Image Credit: Thierry Bouët for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: A trainee at the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talents Training Session, Paris. Image Credit: Stéphane Cardinale for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photos: France L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Awards Ceremony. Images provided by & Copyright © Fondation L’Oréal.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today announced the laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.

Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences.

Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 as reward for her contribution to science.

Unesco Loreal AwardWinners

Laureates are as under:

CONTINENT
Name of the Laureate
Nationality
Designation
Field

• AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Lebanese
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA

Analytical Chemistry
“For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity.”

• ASIA PACIFIC

Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Australian
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Quantum Physics
“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”

• EUROPE

Professor Nicola SPALDIN
British
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND

Solid State Physics
“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”

• NORTH AMERICA

Professor Zhenan BAO
USA
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Material Chemistry
“For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”

• LATIN AMERICA

Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Chilean
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE

Astrophysics
“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”

Through its “For Women in Science” programme, a worldwide partnership with UNESCO, the L’Oréal Foundation motivates girls in High School to pursue scientific careers, supports women researchers and rewards excellence in a field where women remain underrepresented.

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October 3, 2016

Commemoration of International Day of Non-Violence at the United Nations

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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September 28, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best U.S. Colleges Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Best U.S. Colleges Universities

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.

U.S. News & World Report has announced the 2017 Best U.S. Colleges rankings to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category. For the 14th consecutive year, Williams College takes the top spot on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list.

California schools make a strong showing in the Top Public Schools list. The University of California—Berkeley is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities for the 19th year.

Military academies lead the Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes - including graduation and retention rates - which carry the most weight at 30 percent.

In the detailed report, school profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students.

“Research has shown that smaller classes foster a productive and positive learning environment,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With this new index measure, U.S. News takes fuller advantage of the data schools provide and rewards schools that make an effort to better serve their students with smaller classes.”

The college ranking categories in the report are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.

2017 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

National Universities - Top 10

  1. Princeton University (NJ)
  2. Harvard University (MA)
  3. University of Chicago (IL) (tie)
  4. Yale University (CT) (tie)
  5. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
  6. Stanford University (CA) (tie)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  8. Duke University (NC) (tie)
  9. University of Pennsylvania (tie)
  10. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 10

  1. Williams College (MA)
  2. Amherst College (MA)
  3. Wellesley College (MA)
  4. Middlebury College (VT) (tie)
  5. Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
  6. Bowdoin College (ME)
  7. Carleton College (MN) (tie)
  8. Pomona College (CA) (tie)
  9. Claremont McKenna College (CA) (tie)
  10. Davidson College (NC) (tie)

Top Public Schools

National Universities - Top 5

  1. University of California—Berkeley
  2. University of California—Los Angeles (tie)
  3. University of Virginia (tie)
  4. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  5. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 5

  1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
  2. United States Military Academy (NY)
  3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)
  4. Virginia Military Institute
  5. New College of Florida

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September 26, 2016

2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

Global Citizen Festival, New York

Photo: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

Global Citizen Festival, New York

Photo: Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs onstage at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

Global Citizen Festival, New York

Photo: Singer Demi Lovato attends the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

Global Citizen Festival, New York

Photo: Actor Hugh Jackman and co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Hugh Evans attend the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

Global Citizen Festival, New York

Photo: Singer Ellie Goulding performs at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

New York, NY, September 25, 2016 - On Saturday, September 24, the 2016 Global Citizen Festival marked its fifth year on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. World and business leaders, nonprofit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens united to further the world’s progress toward achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The Festival featured performances by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Approximately 60,000 Global Citizens attended and millions watched live through broadcast partners MSNBC and YouTube.

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September 25, 2016

General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-First Session

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: A view of the General Assembly Hall as Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the Assembly’s seventy-first session. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a luncheon in honour of world leaders attending the general debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly.

Mr. Ban (right) exchanges a toast with United States President Barack Obama. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: United States Secretary of State John Kerry with Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the UN, during the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: The Security Council adopted resolution 2310 (2016) urging all States that have either not signed or not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so without further delay. The Council also called upon all States to refrain from conducting any nuclear-weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion and to maintain their moratoria in this regard. The resolution was adopted with a vote of 14 in favour, and one abstention (Egypt).

A view of the Security Council Chamber as the representative of Egypt signals his country’s abstention in the vote. 23 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: Documentation for use of delegations at the high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference entitled “Invest in Sustaining Peace”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 21 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) addresses the commemoration event for the 30th anniversary of Declaration on Right to Development. 22 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: A view of the dignitaries’ gallery at the opening of the general debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. Those pictured include (front row, from right): Yoo Soon-taek, wife of the UN Secretary-General; Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States; Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), speaks to journalists at a press conference where the first-ever IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report was unveiled. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

United Nations, UNGA

Photo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of India, addresses the General Debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. 26 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

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September 23, 2016

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 MEDALISTS UNVEILED

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Johnny Coffeen, winner of the bronze medal in the alternative film category for “The Swan Girl,” during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Maya Sarfaty, winner of the gold medal in the foreign documentary film category for “The Most Beautiful Woman,” with actress Daisy Ridley during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

Student Academy Awards, Yvonne Ng, City College of New York

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photos: Alternative film winner Yvonne Ng prior to the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Images Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers.

The 2016 Student Academy Award winners are:

Alternative

  • Gold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
  • Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
  • Bronze: “The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management

Animation

  • Gold: “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, University of Southern California
  • Silver: “The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Bronze: “Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University

Documentary

  • Gold: “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
  • Silver: “Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University
  • Bronze: “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University

Narrative

  • Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
  • Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University
  • Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University

Foreign Narrative

  • Gold: “Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film, Munich (Germany)
  • Silver: “Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University, Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
  • Bronze: “Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz (Poland)

Foreign Animation

  • Gold: “Ayny - My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Germany)

Foreign Documentary

  • Gold: “The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

New this year, the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. All categories had three potential placements except for the Foreign Animation and Foreign Documentary categories, in which only Gold Medal awards were given.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 51 Oscar nominations and have won or shared nine awards.

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September 22, 2016

Times Higher Education announces its World University Rankings 2016-2017

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Photo: Magdalen Tower, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Image Credit & Copyright © Lawrence O.P.

London, September 21, 2016 — The University of Oxford has become the first UK university to top the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 12-year history of the table. It knocks the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place in the World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Oxford’s success can be attributed to improved performances across the four main indicators underlying the methodology of the ranking - teaching, research, citations and international outlook. More specifically the institution’s total income and research income is rising faster than its staff numbers, its research is more influential, and it has been more successful at drawing in international talent.

Two new Asian universities, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, make the top 100. While another four, City University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of China, Fudan University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, join the top 200.

Furthermore, China’s two flagship universities have both made gains - Peking University joins the top 30 at 29th (up from 42nd last year), while Tsinghua University joins the top 40 at 35th (up from joint 47th). Asia’s leading institution, the National University of Singapore, is at 24th - its highest ever rank.

Meanwhile, India’s leading university - the Indian Institute of Science - is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position.

289 Asian universities from 24 countries make the list of 980 institutions and an elite group of 19 are in the top 200, up from 15 last year.

Richard Robison, emeritus professor in the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, said while there are a “small number” of Asian universities “making international strides”, many are much further behind.

He said that Asian universities create a “very pressured environment”, have “a lot of learning by rote” and there is “not a lot of discussion in classes”.

THE World University Rankings 2016-2017: Top 10

2016-17 Rank — Institution — Country

  1. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  2. California Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  6. Harvard University — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland
  10. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  11. University of Chicago — United States

INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA

2016-17 Rank — Institution

  • 201-250 Indian Institute of Science
  • 351-400 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • 501-600 Jadavpur University
  • 601-800 Aligarh Muslim University
  • 601-800 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 601-800 University of Calcutta
  • 601-800 University of Delhi
  • 601-800 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • 601-800 National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  • 601-800 Panjab University Chandigarh
  • 601-800 Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • 601-800 Sri Venkateswara University
  • 601-800 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • 601-800 Tezpur University
  • 801+ Acharya Nagarjuna University
  • 801+ Amity University
  • 801+ Amrita University
  • 801+ Andhra University
  • 801+ Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • 801+ Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • 801+ Manipal University
  • 801+ Osmania University
  • 801+ SASTRA University
  • 801+ Sathyabama University
  • 801+ SRM University
  • 801+ Vellore Institute of Technology

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September 18, 2016

Peace Bell Ceremony in Observance of International Peace Day

UN, International Peace Day

UN, International Peace Day

Photos: Students carrying Members States’ flags during the annual Peace Bell Ceremony held at UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September). 16 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photos/Laura Jarriel.

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“You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.”

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September 17, 2016

Athens named UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018

Athens, UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: Athens City, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.

Athens, UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: The Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, has named Athens World Book Capital for 2018 on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee.

The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed programme includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals. The aim of the programme is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of the Advisory Committee also praised Athens’ cultural infrastructure and its expertise in organizing international events.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April).

The Advisory Committee brings together representatives of UNESCO, the International Publishers Associations (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It recently met in Paris, at UNESCO’s Headquarters, to examine a record number of candidacies for the title of World Book Capital.

Athens is the 18th city to become World Book Capital. It was preceded by Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016) and Conakry (2017).

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September 13, 2016

de GRISOGONO sparkles at the 73rd Mostra di Venezia (Venice Film Festival)

de GRISOGONO Venice Italy, Mostra di Venezia

de GRISOGONO Venice Italy, Mostra di Venezia

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Photos: Venice, Italy - September 3, 2016 - On the occasion of the Premiere of In Dubious Battle, American actress and model Ashley Greene graces the Red Carpet of the Venice Film Festival in black and white pair of de GRISOGONO Ventaglio Earrings perfectly matching her Alberta Ferretti dress. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Venice Film Festival, Mostra di Venezia

Photo: Venice, Italy - September 3, 2016 - Actress Ashley Greene poses in the Jaeger-LeCoultre lounge before attending the premiere of her movie In Dubious Battle during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Hotel Excelsior on September 3, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Image provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre, copyright © Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

Venice Film Festival, Mostra di Venezia

Venice Film Festival, Mostra di Venezia

Photos: Venice, Italy - Italian actress Blu Yoshimi attends the Piuma press activities during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Images provided by Venice Movie Stars Lounge 2016, copyright © Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.

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September 10, 2016

UNESCO’S Creative Cities’ Network to meet in Ostersund, Sweden

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Bank Palace, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Anders.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Trees, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Darcy Parks.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Students, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Joel V.

The tenth Annual meeting of UNESCO’s Creative Cities’ Network (UCCN) will take place from 14 to 16 September in the Swedish city of Ostersund, which is a member of UCCN in the field of gastronomy. The event will bring together more than 250 representatives of the Network’s 116 Creative Cities, including 20 mayors.

AnnSofie Andersson, Mayor of Ostersund, will open the meeting with Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, and Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Creativity.

The Annual Meeting is held to define the Network’s activities, support urban policies in favour of culture and creativity and foster partnerships between the members. It will provide the opportunity to affirm the role of the Network as an enabler of sustainable development in urban environments, in line with UNESCO’s Culture and Sustainable Urban Development Initiative and the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Every Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network represents an opportunity to strengthen the ties between its members,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “The Network today comprises 116 cities in 54 countries and its diversity enhances its cooperation potential. The Network is a unique platform that helps place culture, creativity and innovation at the heart of sustainable urban development in the spirit of the 11th Goal of the 2030 Agenda.”

The main cultural urban policy achievements of the Creative Cities will be presented in several sessions and thematic workshops during the meeting.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts. Creative Cities work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the core of their local development plans and cooperate internationally through partnerships.

On 15 September, a creative business workshop will gather local and regional businesses as well as international guests to develop their networks and exchange views on the creation of new businesses.

Just ahead of the Annual Meeting, from 11 to 14 September, Mid Sweden University (MIUN) will hold a conference, “Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development”, which will examine ways to maximize the potential of urban-rural connections.

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