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90TH OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:49:40 -0500

Photo: Emma Stone accepts the Oscar for Performance by an actress in a leading role, for work on “La La Land” from presenter Leonardo DiCaprio during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Scott Diussa. Image provided by & copyright © A.M.P.A.S. LOS ANGELES, CA - Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey, announced the 90th Academy Awards nominations today (January 23) live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream. Haddish and Serkis announced the nominees in 11 categories with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced the remaining 13 categories. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. 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 Tuesday, February 20 through Tuesday, February 27. The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, 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 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards Performance by an actor in a leading role Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread” Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out” Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour” Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Willem Dafoe in “The Florida Project” Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” Richard Jenkins in “The Shape of Water” Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World” Sam Rockwell in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” Performance by an actress in a leading role Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep in “The Post” Performance by an actress in a supporting role Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound” Allison Janney in “I, Tonya” Lesley Manville in “Phantom Thread” Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water” Best animated feature film of the year “The Boss Baby” Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito “The Breadwinner” Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo “Coco” Lee UnkrLaurie Metcalfich and Darla K. Anderson “Ferdinand” Carlos Saldanha “Loving Vincent” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart Achievement in cinematography “Blade Runner 2049” Roger A. Deakins “Darkest Hour” Bruno Delbonnel “Dunkirk” Hoyte van Hoytema “Mudbound” Rachel Morrison “The Shape of Water” Dan Laustsen Achievement in costume design “Beauty and the Beast” Jacqueline Durran “Darkest Hour” Jacqueline Durran “Phantom Thread” Mark Bridges “The Shape of Water” Luis Sequeira “Victoria & Abdul” Consolata Boyle Achievement in directing “Dunkirk” Christopher Nolan “Get Out” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird” Greta Gerwig “Phantom Thread” Paul [...]



Pope Tells Participants Human-Centric Economy Is ‘A Moral Imperative’ as 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Gets Underway in Davos, Switzerland

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:56:29 -0500

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Photo: Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), London, and Shah Rukh Khan, Actor, Red Chillies Entertainment, India, after the “The 24th Annual Crystal Awards Ceremony” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaking during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

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Photo: Hao Jingfang, Writer, China Development Research Foundation, People’s Republic of China, captured during the Session “The Power of Economic Narratives” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 January 2018 - His Holiness Pope Francis helped open the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with a special message, passionately calling on participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalized world.

In a speech delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said: “It is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development and by implementing economic policies that favour the family.”

Echoing the theme of the meeting, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, the Pope said, “The entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labour laws, fighting against … corruption and promoting social justice.” He continued, “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented towards ‘true north’,” represented by authentic values.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting opens today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world. The meeting brings together governments, international organizations, business, civil society, cultural leaders, media, experts and the young generation, at the highest level and in representative ways.

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Designer Franziska Knuppe Presents Her New Collection For Bonita In Berlin

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:14:07 -0500

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Photo: Models presenting the April 2018 Sailor Heart collection during the presentation of Franziska Knuppe’s new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for Bonita at P7 Gallery on January 17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by & copyright © Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Bonita. Image provided by Bonita.

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North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 opens in Detroit, Michigan

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:40:10 -0500

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Photos: North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 is being held in Detroit, Michigan, from January 13 to January 28. Now in its 30th 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. Images provided by & copyright © NAIAS.

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Smriti Irani, India's Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chairs meeting on International Film Festival of India IFFI

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:12:39 -0500

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Photo: Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, addressing at the inauguration of the “Inclusive India Summit-2017”, in New Delhi on September 12, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi, January 6, 2018. Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss about the efforts taken in organizing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 and the steps to be taken to improve the next edition of IFFI.

Ms. Irani apprised the Members of the Committee about the various steps and initiatives taken by the Ministry in IFFI 2017. She mentioned that this time all committees were restructured. She also emphasized that for the first time IFFI officially collaborated with Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. She said that in IFFI 2017, nine (9) Master classes were organized, 197 films were screened, and 493 delegates invited.

Members of the Committee, while appreciating the efforts of the Ministry in organizing IFFI 2017, said that regional films should be given more representation in IFFI. They also appreciated the choice of films and the large participation of the film fraternity this year.

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India's Human Resource Development Minister releases All India Survey on Higher Education

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:19:30 -0500

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the final report of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17, in New Delhi on January 05, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice Chancellors of 17 New Central Universities set up under the Central Universities Act, 2009, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, on January 06, 2018. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, is also seen. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India. India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, released the 8th All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17 in New Delhi today. On this occasion, he also launched the Survey for the year 2017-18. Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar informed that there is an increase in overall enrolment. He further informed that Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, has improved from 0.86 to 0.94 to the corresponding period. To give a further boost to girl-students, the Minister announced that a supernumerary quota in IITs will be increased. Javadekar informed that the number of institutions of higher education listed on AISHE portal has also increased significantly - from 621 universities in 2010-11 to 864 in 2016-17 and from 32,974 colleges in 2010-11 to 40,026 colleges in 2016-17. He said that the government’s vision for the higher education is based on three important aspects, namely Quality, Autonomy, Research & Innovation. The survey covers almost all the Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in the country including Universities, Colleges and Stand-Alone institutions. Identified nodal officers from each institution are primarily responsible for collecting and uploading the data on AISHE portal in a secured environment. It needs a lot of efforts in a survey of this scale to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies. The survey is also unique in the sense that it is a participatory effort between State Governments, Regulatory Statutory Authorities and the Ministries of the Government of India. The Survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. The main items of data collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Result, Infrastructure, Scholarships, and Foreign students. The AISHE data is the main source of information for “Know Your College” portal. |GlobalGiants.Com| All India Survey of Higher Education Report has detailed information on 864 universities and 40,026 colleges The portal based survey method has reduced the time-lag in bringing out the report to a bare minimum. #AISHE #SabkoSikshaAcchiSiksha pic.twitter.com/6oZld4ScV9— Ministry of HRD (@HRDMinistry) January 5, 2018 [...]



Do Consumers Know Exactly How Much They Are Paying? New Research from Ivy League Columbia Business School shows the Impact of Hidden Fees on the Shopping Experience

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:23:38 -0500

• Researchers reviewed consumers’ purchasing trends when a product’s price is divided into a base price plus one or more mandatory surcharges • Consumer transactions are more likely to involve an additional surcharge now than they were two decades ago • Researchers, public policy makers, and marketing managers need to understand the psychological processes underlying consumer spending to effectively utilize partitioned pricing NEW YORK, December 4, 2017 — Value-added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), Airline baggage fees, fuel surcharges, hotel resort fees, online shipping options and mobile phone service fees are just a few examples of discrete pricing elements that are now the “new normal” of our shopping experience. As the practice - called partitioned pricing (PP) - becomes more widespread, new research from Ivy League Columbia Business School sheds light on how consumers react when they encounter PP. “From regulatory efforts to pricing strategies, policy makers, researchers and marketing managers need to better understand the way that consumers evaluate and feel about partitioned pricing,” said Eric Johnson, Norman Eig Professor of Business and director of the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School. “Our research identifies six different dimensions by which consumers experience partitioned pricing, and this framework can be instrumental as companies plot their competitive positioning and segmentation strategies.” The research, entitled “The Price Does Not Include Additional Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges: A Review of Research on Partitioned Pricing”, introduces a framework that involves six interrelated stages: Stage 1: Attention to different PP price components If consumers don’t know of - and comprehend - the multiple pieces that compose total price, they are more likely to underestimate the total cost. Stage 2: Attitude toward the use of PP for this product From feelings about the fairness of surcharges to their perception of the seller, consumers come to the table with pre-conceived views about PP. Stage 3: How consumers combine price components to form a perception of total cost Whether people ignore surcharges or factor them into the total price, consumers arrive at an overall perception of a product’s total cost. Stage 4: How consumers evaluate product benefits When consumers evaluate a product, they may consider other attributes besides price, which may affect their perception of PP in overall cost. Stage 5: How consumers competitively evaluate the overall product offer This is the combination of stages three and four by which the consumer forms a full picture of the product. Stage 6: Post purchase perceptions of the firm and buying experience If consumers perceive PP to be unfair following a purchase, they will be more careful with future purchases that use PP. The study has important practical implications for marketing managers, specifically those who seek to use PP to increase demand or reduce price sensitivity. By understanding which stages to focus on, they will want to intervene before - not after - consumers have formed perceptions on pricing. Public policy makers, such as national and state governments, can use this framework to establish regulations to improve consumers’ understanding of PP, so long as they first understand at what stage the misunderstanding originates. Finally, consumer researchers who seek to study a certain effect of PP will want to know at what stage of the process that effect is likely to occur. Columbia Business School is a world-class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic th[...]



UN Security Council Considers Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:54:38 -0500

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the UN Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: A view of the UN Security Council as Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad, India

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:54:35 -0500

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Photos: Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad, India. November 28-30, 2017. (From top) Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the USA, at GES 2017; Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the USA, attending GES 2017; Manushi Chhiller, the newly crowned Miss World 2017 from India, attending GES 2017. Images provided by & copyright © GES 2017.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit was held for the first time in South Asia in Hyderabad, India, from November 28-30. It was co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and India. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the summit along with Advisor to the President of the USA, Ivanka Trump, who lead the U.S. contingent to GES.

This was the eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the preeminent gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world. With the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All,” this was the first GES in which women were in the majority.

More than 10 countries were represented by an all-female delegation, including from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. A number of leading female voices, which included tennis champion Sania Mirza, spoke at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops.

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