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UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) — 2017 Call for Applications is now Open!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:03:05 -0500

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Photo: A Section of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, India. Jaipur was designated a UNESCO Creative City in 2015. Image Credit: David Hamill.

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development.

Today the Network brings together 116 cities from 54 countries, working towards common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local development plans, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level.

The UCCN is a flagship programme of UNESCO for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, at the local level.

UNESCO has invited cities worldwide, who are interested in joining the Network, to submit their applications using the official 2017 Application Form. Applications must be received by UNESCO Secretariat no later than 16 June 2017, midnight CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be evaluated.

Following the evaluation process carried out by internal and external consultations with independent experts and the member cities of the Network, the Director-General of UNESCO would designate the new UNESCO Creative Cities and the announcement of the Creative Cities designated in 2017 will be published on the UNESCO website on 31 October 2017.

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Montreal Replaces Paris as World's Best Student City

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:33:44 -0500

Photo: University Students. Image Credit & Photographer: Francisco Osorio. LONDON, February 15, 2017 — Montreal, Canada, has topped the QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2017. Montreal’s success is the latest of a series of propitious signs for a city beginning to escape a period of economic stagnation, following positive growth forecasts for 2017, and the recent announcement of its selection as the ‘World’s Most Intelligent City’. Its first-place ranking is also the highlight of a series of positive performances from Canadian cities. Paris drops to second place, receiving reduced rank for Affordability and Desirability. While London rises from fifth place to third place suggesting that UK cities remain excellent study destinations in the face of Brexit, with rises in QS’s Affordability indicator a major contributor to all eight of its ranked cities improving their rank. Affordability issues adversely affect American cities: though Boston places eighth, ten of its twelve ranked cities drop. Australia’s high cost-of-living and tuition fees are proving disadvantageous: all of its seven ranked cities drop, with Sydney plummeting from fourth to thirteenth, and Melbourne falling from second to fifth. Seoul is Asia’s best student city, rising to 4th, followed by Tokyo (7th) , Hong Kong (11th) and Singapore (14th). Berlin rises to 6th; while Munich (9th) and Vancouver (10th) complete the top 10. For the first time, two cities from India, Mumbai and New Delhi, get included in the World’s Best Student Cities. This year’s ranking features a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time. Over 18,000 students responded to QS’s inaugural survey for this ranking, providing input about their own student experiences, and, for prospective students, the relative desirability of a city. QS BEST STUDENT CITIES 2017 RANK — CITY — COUNTRY Montreal — Canada Paris — France London — United Kingdom Seoul — South Korea Melbourne — Australia Berlin — Germany Tokyo — Japan Boston — United States Munich — Germany Vancouver — Canada Hong Kong — Hong Kong Toronto — Canada Sydney — Australia Singapore — Singapore Zurich — Switzerland Vienna — Austria Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan Edinburgh — United Kingdom New York — United States Brisbane — Australia Taipei — Taiwan Canberra — Australia Barcelona — Spain Manchester — United Kingdom Shanghai — China Ottawa — Canada Prague — Czech Republic Auckland — New Zealand San Francisco — United States Beijing — China Dublin — Ireland Madrid — Spain Milan — Italy Glasgow — United Kingdom Lyon — France Amsterdam — Netherlands Copenhagen — Denmark Washington DC — United States Coventry — United Kingdom Moscow — Russia Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia Buenos Aires — Argentina Nottingham — United Kingdom Adelaide — Australia Brussels — Belgium Chicago — United States Los Angeles — United States Stockholm — Sweden Lisbon — Portugal Perth — Australia Mexico City — Mexico Warsaw — Poland Gothenburg — Sweden Oslo — Norway Birmingham — United Kingdom Budapest — Hungary Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom Bangkok — Thailand Brno — Czech Republic Philadelphia — United States Helsinki — Finland Pittsburgh — United States Santiago — Chile Riyadh — Saudi Arabia Atlanta — United States Rome — Italy Athens — Greece Toulouse — France Sao Paulo — Brazil Valencia — Spain Istanbul — Turkey Quebec — Canada Bogota — Colombia Christchurch — New Zealand Hsinchu — Taiwan Monterrey — Mexico Sharjah — United Arab Emirates Gold Coast — Australia St. Peters[...]



Bella Hadid is new TAG Heuer Ambassador

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:18:06 -0500

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Manhattan, New York, 14 February 2017 - Top model, Bella Hadid, who was voted “Model of the Year” in December 2016, is now the new female face of luxury Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer. The partnership between Bella Hadid and TAG Heuer was announced at Equinox Bond Street, the trendsetting fitness club used during New York Fashion Week. Bella was right at home in the gym with TAG Heuer’s #DontCrackUnderPressure tagline fitting her perfectly. Images provided by & Copyright © TAG Heuer.

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Thrilling Open-Air Driving: Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracan rear-wheel drive Spyder

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:52:44 -0500

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Automobili Lamborghini has just introduced the Huracan rear-wheel drive Spyder.

“The rear-wheel drive Spyder enlarges the Huracan family’s core product range,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali. “It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering. This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. ”

The rear-wheel drive Huracan Spyder features a newly designed front and rear with a dynamic but more aggressive look distinguishing it from the fourwheel drive version.

Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 319 km/h.

The rear-wheel drive Spyder is now available in markets worldwide.

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IWC Schaffhausen at the "Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie" (International Exhibition of Fine Watchmaking) 2017

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:55:44 -0500

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Photo: Olga Kurylenko visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images.

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Photo: Olga Kurylenko attends the IWC Schaffhausen “Decoding the Beauty of Time” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images.

Geneva, Switzerland — At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the arrival of the new Da Vinci collection. Around a thousand VIP guests took up the invitation to Geneva - including numerous high-profile IWC brand ambassadors and global stars, such as actors Rosamund Pike, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden, Sonam Kapoor, Olga Kurylenko, Jean Reno, Naomie Harris, Zilin Zhang, Bolin Chen, Isabelle Huppert, Taylor Schilling and Patrick Stewart, sporting and racing legends Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Fabian Cancellara, Jan Frodeno and Jochen Mass, supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima, and influencers such as Nicole Warne, Kristina Bazan, Xenia Tchoumi and Negin Mirsalehi.

The British comedy star Rob Brydon hosted the gala evening, the motto of which was “Decoding the Beauty of Time”. With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868.

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"Most International" Universities in the World Today

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 02:50:09 -0500

Photo: University Campus Building, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Switzerland. Image Credit: Juhanson. The institutions with the strongest global connections have a ‘cultural disposition’ to think beyond borders. Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the world’s “most international” universities. The ranking is drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. However, it also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. A striking feature of the upper reaches of the 150-institution table is the prominence of universities from relatively small, export-reliant countries, where English is an official language or is widely spoken. The ranking is led by two Swiss universities: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Of all the countries in the ranking, the Swiss representatives also have the greatest average proportion of international staff and internationally co-authored publications: both 62 per cent. • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) has more than 18,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. It boasts Albert Einstein as one of its most notable alumni. Next in the ranking are the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. THE data scientist Billy Wong says that this may reflect the fact that nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland are all “big, global trading hubs”, conditioned to look beyond their borders for personnel and ideas. Below the top four is a glut of institutions from the UK, Australia and Canada: prominent destinations for international students and scholars because of their prestigious universities and their use of English, the global lingua franca. The UK has 13 institutions in the 150, led by Imperial College London at number five. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics also make the top 10. The US is less prominent in this ranking than it usually is in international league tables, possibly reflecting the fact that its size makes it less reliant on immigration to supply it with top student and academic talent. There is only one US institution in the top 30: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at number 22. Harvard University (sixth in the overall THE World University Rankings 2016‑17) is 33rd, Stanford (third) is 36th and the California Institute of Technology (second) is 52nd. However, US institutions are still the most numerous in the international ranking, accounting for 64 places. THE’s Wong thinks that internationalisation activities can boost a university’s global reputation, which has a lot of knock-on impacts. “If they can have more international collaboration and become better known internationally, that can help them in areas such as student recruitment, academic recruitment, attracting international funding and so on,” he says. Following is the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking of the World’s “Most International” Universities 2017 Rank — Institution — Country — Overall Score ETH Zurich — Switzerland — 97.1 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 96.7 University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 96.5 National University of Singapore — Singapore — 96 Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 95.2 University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 94.3 Australian National University — Australia — 93 University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 92.8 University [...]



Autonomy to Educational Institutes in India

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:31 -0500

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Photo: Elphinstone College, Mumbai. Established in 1856, Elphinstone College is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai. It is reputed for producing luminaries like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Badruddin Tyabji, Pherozshah Mehta, Jamshedji Tata, and illustrious professors like Dadabhai Naoroji. Image Credit: Franx.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has implemented a scheme of “Autonomous Colleges” with a view to bring in quality reforms in higher education. The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges. The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges currently under a University can apply for award of “Autonomous Status” to UGC under this scheme.

This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today.

• Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made an appeal to universities in the country to aspire to be among the top 100 globally. There is no Indian university among the world’s top 100 universities, Modi said, adding, we feel “ashamed”.

“I invite 10 public and 10 private universities to come forward and take a pledge to make a place for themselves in the top 100 universities of the world. “Those who will come forward will get special economic assistance. They will be given relaxation from seeking various approvals. There will be an open field for them,” he promised.

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Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, crowned Miss Universe

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:25:34 -0500

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Photo: Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France, is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion The 65th MISS UNIVERSE Competition on Sunday, January 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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Photo: Miss Universe France, Iris Mittenaere, the winner of the 65th Miss Universe Competition, just concluded in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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Photo: Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France 2016, is announced as a top 9 finalist in Yamamay swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during The 65th MISS UNIVERSE Telecast airing on FOX on Sunday, January 29, from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Anthony Yu.

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89TH OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:13:52 -0500

LOS ANGELES, CA - Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards nominations today. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories, i.e., actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, and the like. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21. 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 will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Following are the Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards: Performance by an actor in a leading role Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge” Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” Denzel Washington in “Fences” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea” Dev Patel in “Lion” Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals” Performance by an actress in a leading role Isabelle Huppert in “Elle” Ruth Negga in “Loving” Natalie Portman in “Jackie” Emma Stone in “La La Land” Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” Performance by an actress in a supporting role Viola Davis in “Fences” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” Nicole Kidman in “Lion” Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures” Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea” Best animated feature film of the year “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer Achievement in cinematography “Arrival” Bradford Young “La La Land” Linus Sandgren “Lion” Greig Fraser “Moonlight” James Laxton “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto Achievement in costume design “Allied” Joanna Johnston “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine “La La Land” Mary Zophres Achievement in directing “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson “La La Land” Damien Chazelle “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins Best documentary feature “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish Best documentary short subject “Extremis” Dan K[...]



Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:33:48 -0500

Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos, Switzerland. Images provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo / Valeriano Di Domenico. Photo: Interaction during the session: Davos Insights: Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. Photo: The New Lead Characters. Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, India, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek. Photo: Ask About: The Psychology of Populism. Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary. Photo: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India, “Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico. Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - January 20, 2017 — The accelerating pace of change driven by emerging technologies threatens to create wider income and opportunity gaps, warned business and technology leaders in a session on preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “We are at a point where it is possible that technological development can accelerate and increase digital refugees,” warned Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce in the US. Added Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US: “We have to put in an extra effort so that we don’t create a bigger society of have-nots. That means a deep commitment to education and to addressing the displacements.” The key to preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution lies in the technologies themselves, argued Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries in India. “These technologies really are all-inclusive and will benefit all. In a sense they are great equalizers.” The rapid growth of e-commerce and digital cash in India is an example, he observed. “And the fastest way to transmit education in a big country like India is through technology.” Making these technologies inclusive will require designing them so that they benefit everybody and not just a few, Sikka said. “That requires empathy. I’ve always wondered why every company isn’t a technology company.” Focusing on education and promoting innovation are not new solutions to the challenges of inequality and marginalization. “Education and entrepreneurship are the answers,” Sikka stressed. “We just haven’t been doing enough of it.” And what is required are fresh approaches or new models shaped through debate and collaboration among all stakeholders, Benioff said. He proposed that CEOs each adopt a public school. For initiatives to be effective will require building trust and articulating a vision, explained Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company in the US. “You need to be incredibly transparent for people to have trust.” To prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leaders will require radar to pick up on displacement and discontent and a compass to set the values and vision needed to succeed, Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School o[...]



IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN LAUNCHES NEW DA VINCI WATCHES

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:21:25 -0500

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Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva,Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

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Photo: Model Monika Radulovic visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

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Photo: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen “Decoding the Beauty of Time” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen revisits the iconic design of the 1980s and presents the 2017 Da Vinci collection, once again with its classic round case. The Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are tailored to women, while the Da Vinci Automatic is a unisex model. Two Da Vinci timepieces feature newly developed IWC-manufactured calibres that innovatively combine and integrate complications.

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THE 65TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:46:34 -0500

Photo: Miss Universe Chile, Catalina Paz Caceres, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Ecuador, Connie Jimenez, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Russia, Yuliana Korolkova, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Turkey, Tansu Sila Cakir, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Argentina, Estefania Bernal, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Bolivia, Antonella Moscatelli, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Colombia, Andrea Tovar, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Hungary, Veronika Bodizs, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photo: Miss Universe Georgia, Nuka Karalashvili, at the photoshoot for the 65th Miss Universe Competition held at Chinatown, Philippines, on January 15, 2017. (Photo by Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Iceland, Hildur Maria Leifsdottir, poses with a teddy bear at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, Philippines, on January 14, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Nicaragua, Marina Jacoby, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to com[...]



Nearly 50 Automobile Mobility Startups from Around the World Showcase Mobility Innovations at Detroit Auto Show

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:43:44 -0500

Photos: Some latest car models being exhibited at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. DETROIT — Nearly 50 startups from around the world are participating and showcasing their innovative mobility platforms as part of “AutoMobili-D” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). “Through our ground-breaking “AutoMobili-D” showcase, the North American International Auto Show is the first auto show to feature a dedicated startup expo featuring companies from around the world that are tackling every aspect of future automotive mobility,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman. “Of the startups featured in “AutoMobili-D”, close to 90 percent of them are currently working with global automakers and suppliers to bring their technologies and concepts to production, a truly remarkable achievement.” Auto Mobility Startup Companies include: • Civil Maps - cognition for cars, enabling autonomous vehicles to crowdsource a comprehensive map for safe, smooth driving. • Donut Media - digital media central for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts. • LISNR - ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio. • Mapbox - platform used by developers to power maps and location for hundreds of millions of users. Mapbox Drive is a full solution for mobility, from open source libraries for Android and Qt to telemetry-based road topology data to enable self-driving cars. • PolySync - products and services that simplify and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars. • Spatial - artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real time social data. • SPLT - focused on moving people efficiently and sustainably in urban and suburban areas. Now in its 29th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:59:54 -0500

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Leading academics from across the world are being invited to help Times Higher Education (THE) develop unique new insights into the global teaching and research landscape by highlighting the most prestigious institutions in their field.

THE has launched its 2017 Academic Reputation Survey, which asks published scholars to outline which universities they perceive to be the best for teaching and research in their specialist discipline.

Each respondent is asked to identify institutions worldwide and in their own country and will be representing many of their peers from their fields and their nation.

The survey results will make up two of the 13 performance indicators used to create the THE World University Rankings 2017-18, and related regional rankings, and will form the basis of the “THE World Reputation Rankings”.

The survey, run in partnership with Elsevier, is invitation-only to ensure a representative statistical sample. It is available in 15 languages, and to ensure a fair and balanced response, it is distributed using United Nations data on the geographical distribution of researchers globally. Universities cannot nominate respondents and individuals are not able to volunteer to take part.

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UN Security Council Debates Conflict Prevention, Sustaining Peace

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:42:25 -0500

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Photo: A view of the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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Photo: A view of the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, addresses the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) addresses journalists with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council for January, on the Council’s open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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

—Napoleon Bonaparte.