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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

ENLARGE

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

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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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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

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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

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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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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September 6, 2016

"Investment in Universities Pays" indicate the just announced QS World University Rankings 2016/2017

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings

Photo: The University of Chicago Campus, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.

QS World University Rankings

Photo: A building at the university campus. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Image Credit & Copyright © Juhanson.

• The thirteenth edition of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, announced today, indicates that investment in higher education - either public or private - is a key differentiating factor between this year’s risers (South Korea, Russia, the US, and China) and fallers (Most of Western and Southern Europe, South Africa, and Latin America).

  • MIT is the world’s top university for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Stanford, 2nd and Harvard, 3rd, follow.
  • US institutions hold all top-three places for the first time since 2004/5.
  • Western European institutions consistently suffer drops, particularly the UK and Germany. The University of Cambridge drops to fourth.
  • Russia and South Korea rise significantly (16 top-500 universities compared to 13 last year).
  • China progresses; Tsinghua (24th) achieves its highest-ever position.
  • National University of Singapore (12th) leads Asian universities.
  • Australia and Canada increase their representation in the top 200, with nine universities apiece, one more than last year.
  • Latin America struggles, but sees a top-100 institution for the first time since 2006. Universidad de Buenos Aires (85th) occupies the second-highest rank ever achieved by a Latin American university.
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo also occupies its highest-ever position (120th).

TOP 20 UNIVERSITIES 2016/2017

  1. MIT (US)
  2. STANFORD (US)
  3. HARVARD (US)
  4. CAMBRIDGE (UK)
  5. CALTECH (US)
  6. OXFORD (UK)
  7. UCL (UK)
  8. ETH ZURICH (SWITZERLAND)
  9. IMPERIAL COLLEGE (UK)
  10. CHICAGO (US)
  11. PRINCETON (US)
  12. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE)
  13. NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (SINGAPORE)
  14. EPFL (SWITZERLAND)
  15. YALE (US)
  16. CORNELL (US)
  17. JOHNS HOPKINS (US)
  18. UPENN (US)
  19. EDINBURGH (UK)
  20. COLUMBIA (US)

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2016/17 — INDIA

QS RANK — INSTITUTION

  • 152 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • 185 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 219 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 249 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 302 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 313 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • 399 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • 481-490 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 501-550 — University of Delhi
  • 651-700 — University of Calcutta
  • 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
  • 701+ — Panjab University Chandigarh
  • 701+ — University of Mumbai
  • 701+ — University of Pune

74,651 academics and 37,781 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind. QS analyzed 10.3 million research papers and 66.3 million citations, indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database.

• Ben Sowter, Head of Research, QS, said: “Institutions in countries providing high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or the public purse, rise. Conversely, Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending lose ground to their US and Asian counterparts.”

The rankings include 916 universities from 81 countries. Thirty-three countries feature in the Top 200. The US dominates, with 48 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia (9), Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).

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September 1, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider

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Photos: The new Fiat 124 Spider. Images provided by & copyright © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The new Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic styling and Italian performance to a new generation.

Designed at the Turin Style Centre, the new Fiat 124 Spider retains several trims and features of the original 1966 car and revisits them in a contemporary key. The Fiat 124 Spider has a slender, timeless silhouette, an attractive, classic and proportioned side panel, a low centre of gravity, a retracted passenger compartment and a long bonnet like a true sports car.

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August 23, 2016

2016 Olympic Games come to a Close as Rio Rocks to Carnival Charm

All the World Records of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Korea’s Jin wins third consecutive Gold in Men’s 50m Pistol.

Italy’s Rossetti wins Gold in Men’s Skeet Shooting.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Men’s Marathon. Photographer: Alex Ferro. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Olympic Boulevard, Orla Conde, Rio de Janeiro. Photographer: Alexandre Macieira. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Canoe Slalom Whitewater Rapids competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Sailing competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. A dancer entertains the crowd at Olympic Boulevard. Photographer: GAEL. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Artistic Gymnastics. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Closing Ceremony. Photographer: JP Engelbrecht. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, threw a spectacular party to celebrate the end of the 2016 Olympic Games. Closer in feel to a rock concert than a ceremony, the high-energy mix of music, dance and physical art neatly summed up the sense of joyful abandon that the city prides itself on.

Samba, frevo and choro - dances synonymous with Brazil’s rich musical heritage - all made a welcome bow with thousands of high-class athletes in attendance.

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August 8, 2016

Mastercard Updates its Iconic Logo and Brand Identity

MasterCard, Global Giants

Photo: Attendees visit the MasterCard stand during the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (Carlos Alonso/AP Images for MasterCard). Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.

MasterCard, Global Giants

Photo: New MasterCard Logo. Mastercard is introducing an evolution of its brand identity - simplified, modernized and optimized for an increasingly digital world. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.

Purchase, NY — Mastercard, one of the world’s most recognizable brands, unveiled the evolution of its brand identity, including a modernized and simplified update to its iconic red and yellow logo and new look and feel for branded communications and experiences. It was announced today.

“MasterCard is one of those unique brands that is instantly recognizable around the world,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer. “To thrive in this new digital world where business moves faster than ever, we want to modernize and elevate the brand in a design that is simple and elegant, yet unquestionably Mastercard.”

“We’ve been on a fantastic trajectory, with digital technology being an increasingly important part of our business,” Rajamannar added, “Now it’s time for our brand to embody the company we’ve become.”

Designing a brand mark to work seamlessly across all digital platforms, retail channels and connected-devices, while preserving its heritage was key to the overall effort, which also includes the most comprehensive brand design system ever introduced globally within Mastercard.

The evolved brand identity will be rolled out to all Mastercard products, communications, and experiences, starting with Masterpass later this month, and across Mastercard beginning in the fall.

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August 5, 2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Elects New Officers and Members

Rio 2016, Olympics

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Photo: Ukraine shooter Denys Kushnirov prepares to take a shot to win the gold medal of the 10m Air Pistol Boys Final Competition of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Kent Chow. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rio 2016, Olympics

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offers a toast at the dinner hosted by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), on the eve of the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 04 August 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Rio 2016, Olympics

Photo: On Target. Archery. Marcus D’almeida of Brazil competes during the Men’s Recurve Individual match of archery event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, on Aug. 26, 2014. Image Credit: Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rio 2016, Olympics

Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach arrives in Rio De Janeiro to attend the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. President Bach went directly to the Olympic Village from the airport to meet athletes and view the facilities in the village. Photograph by Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rio 2016, Olympics

Photo: Rio 2016: Olympic Torch Relay: Olympic Museum 29.04.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/A. Meylan. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rio 2016, Olympics

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Photo: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016: IOC President, Thomas Bach alongside the newly elected IOC members, L to R, Karl Stoss, Tricia Smith, Anant Singh, Auvita Papilla, Luis Alberto Moreno, Ivo Ferriani, Sari Essayah, and Nita Ambani during the third day of the 129th IOC Session at the Windsor Oceanic Hotel in Rio De Janeiro ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph by IOC/Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016 — Two new IOC Vice-Presidents were elected along with seven new Members on the Executive Board at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP) and Ugur Erdener (TUR) will replace outgoing Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR) and Sir Craig Reedie (GBR). Five new and returning Members will also be joining the Executive Board: Gian Franco Kasper (SUI), Angela Ruggiero (USA), Sergey Bubka (UKR), Ser Miang Ng (SIN), and Willi Kaltschmitt (GUA). Ching-Kuo Wu and Patrick Hickey are resuming their seats as representatives of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) respectively. The new Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Angela Ruggiero, replaces outgoing Chair Claudia Bokel, following the elections earlier this week. The newly composed EB will begin its work after the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Following a proposal from the Executive Board, eight new IOC Members were elected at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016:

  1. Nita Ambani (IND);
  2. Sari Essayah (FIN);
  3. Ivo Ferriani (ITA);
  4. Luis Moreno (COL);
  5. Auvita Rapilla (PNG);
  6. Anant Singh (RSA);
  7. Tricia Smith (CAN); and
  8. Karl Stoss (AUT).

The newly-elected Members represent a cross-section of expertise from the worlds of sport, culture, medicine, sociology, business, law and management. Gender equality is guaranteed with four women and four men on the list.

Nita Ambani, from India, is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is also owner of the Cricket Team — Mumbai Indians. She is the first indian woman to become member of IOC.

The addition of the new Members brings the total number of IOC Members to 98.

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