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Oscars: Academy Unveils Foreign Language Film Shortlist; 9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race; India's entry "Newton" Snubbed

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:53:06 -0500

Photo: Mel Gibson, Oscar nominee, and Rosalind Ross arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S. Photos: Film Director Lazlo Nemes, Hungary, accepts the Oscar from the presenter Sofia Vergara for Best foreign language film, “Son of Saul” from Hungary, during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photographers: Mark Suban, Phil McCarten. Images provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S. LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: • Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director; • Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director; • Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director; • Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director; • Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director; • Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director; • Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director; • South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director; • Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots. Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Meanwhile, “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category for the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, the Hindi language film chronicles the foibles of democracy in the jungles of Chhattisgarh. No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001. Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]

India Government gets 100 applications from educational institutions for the World Class University Tag

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:43:00 -0500


Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at the 94th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, in New Delhi on November 18, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi — India Government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking. Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was 12.12.2017. Overall 100 applications have been received.

Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.

“Overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India”, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India”, Javadekar said, adding that “the selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education, but also propel competition in the entire education sector”.

The selection shall be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions shall be named as “Institutions of Eminence” which will have freedom to choose their own path to become world class institutions. These institutions shall be provided with greater autonomy viz. to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; to recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength; to offer online courses upto 20% of its programmes; to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree; and complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus.

The scheme will enable Indian students to get world class education and research facilities within the country.

Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University, Panjab University and Mangalore University.

From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.

A screening committee will go through the applications and select the institutions.



Sun, 12 Nov 2017 04:10:30 -0500

Photo: Iris Mittenaere, the reigning Miss Universe. She will crown her successor on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. New York, NY - The Miss Universe Organization has announced that the 66TH MISS UNIVERSE competition will take place live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX. Five-time Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey returns to the Miss Universe stage, marking the third time that the multi-talented personality will host the international competition. Nearly 100 women from across the globe will travel to compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss Universe. Iris Mittenaere from France will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live three-hour event. India will be represented by Shraddha Shashidhar from the city of Chennai. Here is the list of the contestants: COUNTRY — HOMETOWN — NAME Albania — Tirana — Blerta Leka Angola — Cabinda — Lauriela Martins Argentina — Buenos Aires — Stefanía Incandela Aruba — Malmok — Alina Mansur Australia — Adelaide — Olivia Rogers Austria — Gänserndorf — Celine Schrenk Bahamas — Nassau — Yasmine Cooke Barbados — Bridgetown — Lesley Chapman-Andrews Belgium — Bassevelde — Liesbeth Claus Bolivia — Pando — Gleisy Noguer Hassen Brazil — Teresina - Piaui — Monalysa Alcântara British Virgin Islands — British Virgin Islands — Khephra Sylvester Bulgaria — Sofia — Nikoleta Todorova Cambodia — Phnom Penh — By Sotheary Canada — Toronto — Lauren Howe Cayman Islands — West Bay — Anika Conolly Chile — Santiago — Natividad Leivi China — Shenyang — Roxette Qiu Colombia — Cartagena de Indias — Laura González Costa Rica — Heredia — Elena Correa Croatia — Slavonski Brod — Shanaelle Petty Curaçao — Willemstad — Nashaira Balentien Czech republic — Zlin — Michaela Habáňová Domican Republic — Santiago De Los Caballeros — Carmen Muñoz Ecuador — Guayaquil — Daniela Cepeda Egypt — Cairo — Farah Sedky El Salvador — San Salvador — Alisson Abarca Ethiopia — Addis Ababa — Akinahome Zergaw Finland — Helsinki — Michaela Söderholm France — Paris — Alicia Aylies Georgia — Rustavi — Miriam Gogodze Germany — Halle — Sophia Koch Ghana — Ajumako Entumire — Ruth Quarshie Great Britain — Leicester — Anna Burdzy Guam — Tomuning — Myana Welch Guatemala — Ayutla, San Marcos — Isel Suñiga Guyana — Essequibo Coast — Rafieya Husain Haiti — Port-au-Prince — Cassandra Chery Honduras — Roatan — April Tobie Iceland — Kopavogur — Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir India — Chennai — Shraddha Shashidhar Indonesia — Jakarta — Bunga Jelitha Iraq — Baghdad — Sarah Idan Ireland — Cobh, County Cork — Cailín Áine Ní Toibín Israel — Ashkelon — Adar Gandelsman Italy — Naples — Maria Polverino Jamaica — Mitchell Town, Clarendon — Davina Bennett Japan — Japan — Momoko Abe Kazakhstan — Almaty — Kamila Assilova Korea — Seoul — Cho SeWhee Laos — Vientiane — Souphaphone Somvichith Lebanon — Saida — Jana Sader Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur — Samantha James Malta — Attard — Tiffany Pisani Mauritius — Curepipe — Angie Callychurn México — Sinaloa — Denisse Franco Myanmar — Yangon — Zun Than Sin Namibia — Rehoboth — Suné January Nepal — Kathmandu — Nagma Shrestha Netherlands — Handel — Nicky Ophe[...]

Style Magazine "GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly" chooses the “GQ Men of the Year 2017”

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:09:43 -0500


Photo: Award winner “Influencer of the Year” Johannes Huebl poses backstage at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 at Komische Oper on November 9, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for GQ. Copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Image provided by GQ.

Berlin, November 9, 2017. At the Comic Opera in Berlin this evening, the German “GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly” style magazine handed out the 19th “GQ Men of the Year Awards.” At the festive gala, honors were awarded in ten categories to leading personalities.

Some 850 invited guests enjoyed the awards ceremony.