July 29, 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016 Competition is Underway
Photo: Alexis Wynne, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Karly Knaus, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Kate Pekuri, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Tammy Vujanovic, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Abby Larson, Miss Utah Teen USA 2016, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
July 20, 2016
QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 Announced
Photo: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Original building, built 1937. Image Credit & Copyright © Bill/USAFA87.
London, July 20, 2016 — Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 see Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.
Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.
Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries - Overall
(Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016)
Rank — Institution — Country
- Tsinghua University — China
- Peking University — China
- Fudan University — China
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — India
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
- Nanjing University — China
- Zhejiang University — China
- Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de Sao Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 6 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
- 15 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
- 19 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
- 22 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India
- 25 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
- 39 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
- 41 — University of Delhi, India
- 54 — University of Calcutta, India
- 54 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
- 68 — University of Mumbai, India
- 88 — Jadavpur University, India
- 89 — University of Madras, India
- 101-110 — Banaras Hindu University, India
- 101-110 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
- 101-110 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
- 111-120 — National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
- 111-120 — University of Calicut, India
- 121-130 — Amity University, India
- 131-140 — University of Pune, India
- 131-140 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India
- 131-140 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
- 141-150 — Bharathidasan University, India
- 151-200 — Anna University, India
- 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- 151-200 — Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), India
- 151-200 — Andhra University, India
- 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar, India
- 151-200 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Mysore, India
- 201-250 — Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
- 201-250 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), India
- 201-250 — National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
- 201-250 — Pondicherry University, India
- 201-250 — Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
- 201-250 — Goa University, India
- 201-250 — Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad, India
- 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya Univesity, India
- 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
- 201-250 — VIT University, India
QS University Rankings: BRICS Top 10 Universities in India 2016 https://t.co/EPjnAWOeAS— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) July 20, 2016
July 17, 2016
Chandigarh Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.
Photo: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland. Image Credit & Copyright © Emiliano.
Photo: Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. It is one of the first and most famous post-modern architectural designs. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Roiability.
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India, has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”.
The Chandigarh Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.
India’s application for World Heritage Site status for Chandigarh Capitol Complex is actually part of an international effort as it involves 17 Le Corbusier buildings from Germany, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and India - all collectively declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
Following is the list of the 17 Le Corbusier sites that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage:
Year Designed: Site
- 1923: Houses La Roche and Jeanneret / Paris, France
- 1923: Small villa on Lake Geneva / Corseaux, Switzerland
- 1924: City Frugès / Pessac, France
- 1926: House Guiette / Antwerp, Belgium
- 1927: Houses in the Weissenhof-Siedlung / Stuttgart Germany
- 1928: Villa Savoye and gardener’s lodge / Poissy, France
- 1930: Building Clarity / Geneva, Switzerland
- 1931: Apartment building at Porte Molitor / Boulogne-Billancourt, France
- 1945: Housing unit / Marseille, France
- 1946: Manufacture in Saint Die / Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France
- 1949: Doctor’s House Curutchet / La Plata, Argentina
- 1950: Notre Dame du Haut / Ronchamp, France
- 1951: Shed Corbusier / Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- 1952: Capitol Complex / Chandigarh, India
- 1953: Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette / Éveux, France
- 1953: House of Culture of Firminy / Firminy, France
- 1955: National Museum of Fine Arts of the West / Tokyo, Japan
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 July closes today. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lale Ulker.
• REACTIVE MONITORING
“Once a site is inscribed on the World Heritage List (and becomes a ‘World Heritage Property’), the State Party has to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation. To do so, States Parties are encouraged to establish services for the protection, conservation and presentation of the heritage, to take appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures to protect the heritage, not take any deliberate measures that directly or indirectly damage their heritage or that of another State Party to the Convention, and finally to provide information to the World Heritage Committee on the implementation of the Convention and on the state of conservation of their properties. To ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent the deletion of any property from the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has adopted a specific process, which is called Reactive Monitoring”.
• CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES
“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself”.
The elephant is the lion’s meat,
With drops of trickling ichor sweet;
Though lack thereof should come to pass,
The lion does not nibble grass.
— The Panchatantra.
July 13, 2016
'Porsche Experience For Women' Event In Leipzig, Germany
Photos: Leipzig, Germany - July 11, 2016: German actresses Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze with Porsche cars 718 Boxster S and 911 Carrera S at the ‘Porsche Experience For Women’ Event on July 11, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany. ((Images provided by Porsche AG. Copyright © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Porsche AG).
Stuttgart & Leipzig, Germany — A Porsche is by far more than just a car: Porsche stands for an outstanding driving experience, timeless design, strong emotions and a special lifestyle. Two German actresses, Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze had the opportunity to find this out for themselves on the Porsche racing track in Leipzig on 11 July. Under the guidance of the Porsche Carrera Cup racing driver, Michelle Gatting, they both demonstrated their skills on Porsche’s own racing track. They both took on the challenging circuit at full tilt and it was clear to see that they were having a lot of fun. “I once sat in a Porsche and ever since then I have dreamt of driving one at full speed. The experience I had with Porsche in Leipzig today was better than I ever could have imagined: unlimited fun while driving, top speeds, pure adrenaline - and yet I still felt completely safe”, said Claudia Eisinger.
July 8, 2016
UN Secretary-General Visits Military Helicopter Peacekeeping Operations Centre in Beijing
Photos: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the China Military Helicopter Centre for Peacekeeping Operations in Beijing. 07 July 2016. Beijing, China. UN Photos/Eskinder Debebe.
“The lion needs, for his appointing,
No ceremony, no anointing;
His deeds of heroism bring
Him fortune. Nature crowns him king.”
— The Panchatantra. Arthur W. Ryder’s Translation.
July 7, 2016
European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers
Photo: Berlin, Germany — Young Fashion Designer and Award Winner Aylin Tamta during the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 at Neues Museum on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for SDBI).
Berlin, Germany — At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by SDBI - Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation).
The Award Winners
- 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester)
- 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester)
- 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
Graduate Projects Category
- 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s)
- 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s)
- 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)
This demanding competition attracts entrants from all over the world and is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. This year, the winning collections were selected from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries.
July 4, 2016
L’ORÉAL STUDENTS FROM POLAND’S WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS WIN L'ORÉAL’S 24TH EDITION OF BRANDSTORM
Photos: L’Oreal Ad and L’Oreal Brandstorm Winners 2016. Images provided by & copyright © L’Oreal.
On June 30th, 44 student teams from around the world gathered in Paris to compete in the 24th International Finals of L’Oréal’s Brandstorm business game. The teams, made up of three students from more than 300 universities around the world, were challenged to put themselves in the shoes of an international brand director of La Roche-Posay and help the brand attract and recruit young new consumers (15 to 25 years old).
The team “Fantasme” from Warsaw School of Economics from Poland won first place with their “Digitologist” concept; a web app that provides 3D skin scanning, online dermatological advice, and customized product recommendation. This “dermatologist in the digital sphere” solution addresses the common misconception among young consumers who associate a visit to the dermatologist with being sick. In addition to clearly understanding the brand values as well as the target, the team also provided a strong performance analysis of their business strategy.
Team “Le Charquican” from Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile came in second place with their extensive digital strategy including the “#BeInCharge” experience focusing on China, a market that represents a vast business potential and experiences air quality issues. Built around a wristband linked to a mobile application along with an educational campaign, the team’s strategy aimed to improve skin condition of young consumers while solving a major environmental problem.
Team “Epicphany” from Singapore Management University in Singapore took the third prize with their “#BeSensitive” concept where they want to encourage young consumers to embrace their sensitive side, both emotionally and where their skin is concerned. The strategy included a one-stop portal for skin evaluation, a “Smart Skincare Companion” mobile application, as well as a World Sensitive Day initiative.
This year, the L’Oréal Brandstorm selection jury was made of Nicolas Hieronimus, President Selective Divisions at L’Oréal, Jerome Tixier, Executive Vice-President Human Resources at L’Oréal, Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer at L’Oréal, Brigitte Liberman, Worldwide President Active Cosmetics Division at L’Oréal, Laetitia Toupet, La Roche-Posay International Brand Director at L’Oréal and Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of R&I Tech Incubator at L’Oréal.
Over the years, a total of more than 95,000 students coming from 58 different countries have participated.
Brandstorm is an innovative development Program for students and a recruitment tool for L’Oréal. It enables the Group to get an on-the-job evaluation of participants and to spot the best talents from around the world. Many countries have current employees who were recruited thanks to Brandstorm and who have gone on to have thriving careers. Every year, L’Oréal recruits between 150 to 200 students via Brandstorm.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.26 billion euros in 2015 and employs 82,900 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.
July 1, 2016
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Meet & Examine Nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016
Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would meet & examine nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016. Image Credit & Copyright © Jeremy Brooks.
Photo: Secretariat Building (part of Capitol Complex), Chandigarh, India - Le Corbusier. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would examine Chandigarh Capitol Complex under the following nomination (jointly filed by seven countries): “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”. Image Credit & Copyright © David Quinn.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session (10 to 20 July, 2016), which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ulker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.
The Committee will examine the nomination of nine natural, 16 cultural and four mixed sites, i.e., properties that are outstanding both for their natural and cultural characteristics. It will also examine the state of conservation of 108 sites already on the World Heritage List and of 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
The Following Nominations will be Examined:
- Mistaken Point (Canada)
- Hubei Shennongjia (China)
- Techno-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
- Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Western Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan)
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay—Mukkawar Island National Park (Sudan)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)
- Mountain Ecosystems of Koytendag (Turkmenistan)
Mixed Sites (Natural and Cultural):
- Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Lanscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)
- Stecci—Medieval Tombstones (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
- Roman Urbanism of the Zadar Peninsula with the Monumental Complex of the Forum (Croatia)
- Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece)
- Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara (India)
- Persian Qanat (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
- Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panama City [Significant boundary modification of the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama] (Panama)
- Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
- Phu Phrabat Historical Park (Thailand)
- Archaeological site of Ani (Turkey)
- Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments (United Kingdom)
- Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
Sites Proposed for Danger Listing:
- Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)
- Talamanca Range—La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
- Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)
- Old Towns of Djenne (Mali)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand)
From 29 June to 11 July, Istanbul will host a World Heritage Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from different parts of the world who are committed to the protection of heritage. They will adopt a Declaration which will be presented to the Committee during its opening session.
June 30, 2016
FERRARI AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Photos: Ferrari cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Italy.
Goodwood, England, 24 June 2016 - The Goodwood Festival of Speed opened with another outstanding display of cars from Ferrari. The California T Handling Speciale, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and F12df were all taking part in the Michelin Supercar Run in which cars tackle the famed 1.6 mile hillclimb that features the notorious Molecomb Corner and the famous Flint Wall.
Ferrari 488 GTB - Official video / Video ufficiale - https://t.co/rpLgqGjzAb— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) June 30, 2016
June 29, 2016
Porsche India Celebrates Arrival of the New Porsche 911
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Photo: Newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera in Mumbai. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, with a newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Mumbai: Bursting with more power, refined design and increased efficiency, the new Porsche 911 range has arrived at in India showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements in what is the most highly evolved 911 to date.
Now available in a range of model variants including coupe and cabriolet, the new 911 features entirely new turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer. This gives the world’s best-selling sports car a boost in performance alongside significantly improved fuel economy. On the exterior, the new 911 impresses with an evolutionary yet further sharpened design, while inside it features the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system delivering improved connectivity and controls.
Speaking at the launch event of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
June 28, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Offers Most Affordable Convertible in the USA
Photo: 2017 smart fortwo Cabrio. Image provided by & copyright © Mercedes-Benz USA.
Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the 2017 smart fortwo cabrio. Arriving in U.S. dealers this fall, the smart fortwo cabrio will start at just $18,900, launching as the most affordable convertible on the market.
The introduction of the all-new smart fortwo cabrio represents the most expressive variant of the new model series. Last offered as a 2015 model, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only convertible priced under $20,000 available in the United States. Customers can now park virtually anywhere and navigate narrow or city streets and highways effortlessly, all while enjoying the cabriolet lifestyle at an affordable cost.
The open-top two-seater is three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
Quick and convenient to operate, the new power soft top operates at any speed and retracts in 12 seconds.
smart, a part of the Mercedes-Benz USA portfolio, is headquartered in Atlanta. The smart model line consists of eight fortwo models in both gasoline and electric.
June 26, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD
Photo: ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Photo: Rolls-Royce celebrates 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. June 27, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
23 June 2016, Goodwood, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world this weekend at the 57th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire provides the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honouring the occasion with a display of six Bespoke models, hand-built by craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Examples of Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will be on display. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the manufacturing plant, are expected to draw large crowds throughout the three-day event.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from many countries around the world.
June 19, 2016
Internationalization of Higher Education: The Enhanced Role of a Public University in Contemporary Academic Environment
Public Universities play a key role in the transformation of the societies they represent and serve.
Thanks to Information Technology, Higher Education is fast becoming internationalized in all disciplines, and Public Universities, all over the world, have started to recognize this fact.
• “Think Globally, Act Locally” is now the norm here as well. Today, a public university with a penchant for seeking flattery from the locals, would find itself sailed into choppy waters.
Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Library of Congress houses the United States Copyright Office. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.
Our following succinct observation reflects the enhanced role of a public university in contemporary academic environment. This observation has been determined to be copyrightable and has been registered and made a part of its records by the United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
June 17, 2016
Jackal and the Cave That Talked
Illustration: A Jackal.
There was once a lion in a part of a forest, and his name was Rough-Claw. One day he found nothing whatever to eat in his wanderings, and his throat was pinched by hunger. At sunset he came to a great mountain cave and went in, for he thought: “Surely, some animal will come into this cave during the night. I will hide and wait.”
Presently the owner of the cave, a jackal named Curd-Face, came to the door and began to sing: “Cave ahoy! Cave aho-o-oy!” Then after a moment’s silence, he continued in the same tone: “Hello! Don’t you remember how you and I made an agreement that I was to speak to you when I came back from the world outside, and that you were to sing out to me? But you won’t speak to me today. So I am going off to that other cave, which will return my greeting.”
Now when he heard this, the lion thought: “I see. This cave always calls out a greeting when the fellow returns. But today, from fear of me, it doesn’t say a word. This is natural enough. For
The feet and hands refuse to act
When peril terrifies;
A trembling seizes every limb;
And speech unuttered dies.
“I will myself call out a greeting, which he will follow to its source, so providing me with a dinner.”
The lion thereupon called out a greeting. But the cave so magnified the roar that its echo filled the circuit of the horizon, thus terrifying other forest creatures as well, even those far distant. Meanwhile, the jackal made off into the forest, singing and repeating the stanza:
“Joy comes from knowing what to dread,
And sorrow smites the dunderhead:
A long life through, the woods I’ve walked
But never heard a cave that talked.”
— Tales of Panchatantra. Translator: Arthur William Ryder (Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley).
June 16, 2016
Revealed: Asia's 350 Best Universities. China Edges Out Japan in Battle for Regional Superiority
Photo: A building at National University of Singapore (NUS). National University of Singapore (NUS) has been declared Asia’s Finest University in 2016 by QS. Image Credit: oncampus.ru.
LONDON — Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global higher education analysts, today released the QS University Ranking: Asia 2016.
National University of Singapore (NUS) is established as Asia’s finest university for the third consecutive year. It is followed by the University of Hong Kong. Nanyang Technological University rises one place to the podium, taking the bronze medal. While, in overall performance, China remains the preeminent nation, ahead of Japan.
Commenting on this QS Ranking, National University of Singapore (NUS) President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Our priority is preparing future-ready graduates and developing top talent, driving innovation and forging strategic collaborations with academic and industry partners, and delivering impact from world-class research. I am heartened that our work is also reflected by NUS continued progress in the rankings.”
In this year’s QS Asia University Ranking:
- 17 nations or territories are featured;
- Hong Kong dominates the top ten with four institutions ranked;
- China, Singapore, and South Korea feature two universities apiece in the top 10;
- China has 82 universities among the 350 ranked, Japan has 74,
- South Korea 54, Taiwan 34, India 23, and Malaysia 20;
- There are 13 Thai universities in the rankings, 11 Indonesian, 10 Pakistani, 8 Filipino and five Vietnamese.
- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have two apiece; Brunei and Macao one apiece.
- This year’s QS University Rankings: Asia are the largest-ever rankings for the region.
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Top 20
2016 Rank — Institution — Country/Territory
- 1 — National University of Singapore — Singapore
- 2 — University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 3 — Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
- 4 — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- 5 — Tsinghua University — China
- 6 — KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — South Korea
- 7 — City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 8 — The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 9 — Peking University — China
- 10 — Seoul National University — South Korea
- 11 — Fudan University — China
- 12 — POSTECH — South Korea
- 13 — The University of Tokyo — Japan
- 14 — Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- 15 — Kyoto University — Japan
- 16 — Korea University — South Korea
- 17 — Osaka University — Japan
- 18 — Yonsei University — South Korea
- 19 — Sungkyunkwan University — South Korea
- 20 — Tohoku University — Japan
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): India
2016 Rank — Institution
- 33 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 36 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 48 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 51 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 66 — University of Delhi
- 78 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 94 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 108 — University of Calcutta
- 145 — University of Mumbai
- 155 — Banaras Hindu University
- 169 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
- 176 — University of Pune
- 178 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 195 — Amity University
- 200 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
- 231-240 — Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
- 251-300 — Anna University
- 251-300 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 301-350 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad
- 301-350 — Andhra University
- 301-350 — Pondicherry University
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Pakistan
2016 Rank — Institution
- 111 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
- 112 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad
- 149 — Quaid-i-Azam University
- 149 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
- 183 — Aga Khan University
- 201-210 — University of Karachi
- 221-230 — Punjab University, Lahore
- 231-240 — COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
- 241-250 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
- 301-350 — University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Bangladesh
2016 Rank — Institution
- 109 — University of Dhaka
- 159 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
June 10, 2016
Porsche Cayenne Expedition to Support Women’s Empowerment through Mobility
Photo: Nidhi Tiwari representing ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ will be driving 4,000 km over 20 days across the Himalayas. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Photo: (l-r) Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, and Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, with the Porsche Cayenne. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Mumbai — Porsche India has partnered with the organisation ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) on a 20-day expedition across the Himalayas. Nidhi Tiwari, founder of the organisation, will showcase “women’s empowerment through mobility” by driving the 4,000 km route through challenging terrain together with her navigator Neha Sadananda. Porsche India will be providing a Cayenne for this trip set to commence on 18 June from Gurgaon. The drive will test the Cayenne’s endurance on some of the highest motorways in the world and test its off-road capabilities across different terrain as well as riverbeds.
‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) is an organization which runs extreme overland journeys (XOL) that push boundaries to achieve empowerment through mobility. As part of its core mission, WBB showcases mobility solutions adopted by women in the remote areas through which they traverse. In keeping with this objective the WBB team will also train local women in Ladakh on the topic of XOL driving to motivate their movement between remote communities. This will be done with the help of the local administration and community participation. In addition, the expedition will also interact with local communities to spread awareness on women’s health in collaboration with a reputed local NGO.
Speaking about the project, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with WBB on this unique initiative and see their activities as an essential contribution in the overall progress of women’s empowerment. Through this expedition, we want to support this cause and also showcase the endurance of the Cayenne in some of the most remote places in the world.”
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel provided will be driven across more than a dozen high-altitude passes, including Khardung La and Marsimik La, two of the highest motorable passes in the world. Featuring a powerful three-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, the model produces 245 hp (180 kW) and has a top speed of 221 km/h. Its eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox will be convenient during the on-road sections of the planned route. When leaving the tarmac, the Cayenne’s three off-road modes ensure maximum support for the driver. Assistance systems offering improved traction on loose, wet and snow affected surfaces include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Hill Control, and Porsche Air Suspension Management (PASM).
Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, said: “We are glad to partner with Porsche India for such an initiative. With the spirit of women empowerment, and a sensitive cause of women’s health in the remotest corners of the country, we believe in going beyond all perceived and conventional boundaries. We are equally excited to get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne on some of the most unique roads in the world.”
The 4,000 km expedition will start from Porsche Centre, Gurgaon, north of Delhi, on Saturday, 18th June. Nidhi Tiwari and Neha Sadananda are expected to complete the route in 20 days.
Proverbs of Solomon 31:10 —
• “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (King James Version)
• “Who can find a virtuous and cultivated wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm.” (New Living Translation)
• “Who can find a cultivated wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him.” (The Complete Jewish Bible Translation)
Proverbs of Solomon 21:9 —
• “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a big house with a contentious woman.” (World English Bible Translation)
• “Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation)
June 8, 2016
UNESCO Creative Cities Network focuses on Creativity and Sustainable Urban Development at Beijing Summit
Photo: Beijing, China. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.
Beijing, China — On June 6, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Summit (6 - 8 June 2016) with Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, and Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
More than one hundred participants from all over the world attended the Summit, including mayors and policy-makers of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, academics, and experts. The event served as a dialogue and discussion platform for the implementation of the international development agenda focusing on research and policy-making to explore effective ways to integrate culture and creativity in local development strategies.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 cities from 54 countries, covering Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts, and aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.
May 30, 2016
Miss USA 2016 to be Crowned on June 5 in Las Vegas
Photo: Jessica Strohm, Miss New Hampshire USA 2016; Whitney Sharpe, Miss Massachusetts USA 2016; Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii USA 2016; Bridget Jacobs, Miss Minnesota USA 2016; and Ariane Audett, Miss Alaska USA 2016; pose for photos at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the Miss USA Welcome Event on Friday, May 27th. The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Alexandra Vorontsova, Miss Delaware USA 2016, takes part in filming for the upcoming 2016 Miss USA Telecast upon arriving to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 25, 2016. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Matt Petit.
Photo: Kate Redeker, Miss Wisconsin USA 2016, introduces herself during the MISS USA Preliminary Competition at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 1st. The contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
May 23, 2016
UN Secretary-General Speaks at Columbia University Commencement Ceremony
Photo: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, where he urged students to use their passion and compassion to help build a world in which all people enjoy dignity and peace. 18 May 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
May 14, 2016
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016: RED CARPET
Photo: English singer, dancer, and television personality, CHERYL COLE, in her fancy coloured dress which she adorned with exquisite India pink gold opals and white diamonds bracelet, ring and earrings at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 13, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Indian actress, MALLIKA SHERAWAT, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 14, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: BELLA HADID lights up the red carpet in her Roberto Cavalli dress. She paired a de GRISOGONO high jewelry necklace to a refined FLORINDA bracelet at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 11, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: AISHWARYA RAI in her light pink flowery dress which she adorned with exquisite de GRISOGONO pink gold tourmalines and emerald ring (displayed above) at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Brazilian top model, IZABEL GOULART, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Russian top model, NATASHA POLY, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.