December 20, 2014
28 Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Photo: Graz, Austria - UNESCO City of Design. A balloon flying in the city. Photo Credit: ciscommunity.
Photo: Bradford, England - UNESCO City of Film. Photo Credit: Vassilena Valchanova.
Photo: Bologna, Italy - UNESCO City of Music. A concert in progress. Photo Credit: Revol Web/Carlotta Piccinini.
Photo: Curitiba, Brazil - UNESCO City of Design. Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Photo Credit: whl.travel.
Photo: Lyon, France - UNESCO City of Media Arts. The banks of the Rhone - Back home. Photo Credit: Dominique Chanut.
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated 28 cities from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The network aims to foster international cooperation between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and enhanced influence of culture in the world.
The following cities are new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network:
- Bilbao (Spain) - Design
- Busan (Republic of Korea) - Film
- Curitiba (Brazil) - Design
- Dakar (Senegal) - Media Arts
- Dundee (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Design
- Dunedin (New Zealand) - Literature
- Florianopolis (Brazil) - Gastronomy
- Galway (Ireland) - Film
- Granada (Spain) - Literature
- Gwangju (Republic of Korea) - Media Arts
- Hamamatsu (Japan) - Music
- Hanover (Germany) - Music
- Heidelberg (Germany) - Literature
- Helsinki (Finland) - Design
- Jacmel (Haiti) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Jingdezhen (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Linz (Austria) - Media Arts
- Mannheim (Germany) - Music
- Nassau (Bahamas) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Pekalongan (Indonesia) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Prague (Czech Republic) - Literature
- Shunde (China) - Gastronomy
- Sofia (Bulgaria) - Film
- Suzhou (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) - Media Arts
- Tsuruoka (Japan) - Gastronomy
- Turin (Italy) - Design
- York (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Media Arts
“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a tremendous tool for cooperation, it reflects our commitment to support an amazing creative and innovative potential to broaden the avenues of sustainable development,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.
By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.
The Network covers seven thematic areas: Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It aims to promote international cooperation and encourage the sharing of experiences and resources in order to promote local development through culture and creativity.
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December 7, 2014
Washington DC National Press Club to Host Experts Address on Advances, Value and Benefits of Data Innovation
Photo: IBM Debuts Analytics for Everyone. At an event at the Westin Hotel in New York City, IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service that is powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology. Watson Analytics allows non-technical professionals in marketing, sales, finance and human resources roles to make more informed business decisions by analyzing huge volumes of data using familiar business terms instead of technical jargon. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM).
Infographic: Cities Made Smart with Data. Palava, India’s next major planned city will incorporate IBM’s smarter cities technology using advanced analytics and data driven systems to integrate information from all city operations. Strategically located at the junction of Navi Mumbai and Dombivali, Palava City is envisioned to become the largest ever private completely planned development in urban India and one of the top 50 places to live in the world by 2020. (Credit: IBM).
• The Newsmakers Committee of The National Press Club, Washington DC, will host government and industry software experts to address data advances and innovation at a Newsmaker forum in the Club’s Zenger Room at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10th in the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
The group will hold an expert discussion about how data really works, the promise of continued innovation and the need to foster a policy environment that ensures society captures the maximum possible benefit. Innovative new software, vast computing power and connected devices have taken us to a new era of data innovation, changing the way the world identifies and solves problems. The benefits of this innovation extend to nearly every aspect of business, the economy and modern society, but the increasing abundance of data also has raised questions for many people, and it has fed misperceptions.
Newsmaker speakers at this event will include Victoria Espinel, former Bush Administration Intellectual Property Czar; Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Commerce; John Nesi, VP Market Development at Rockwell Automation; and Dr. Jane Snowdon, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM.
This newsmakers event is open to credentialed media and press club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.
(The Editor/Publisher of this website is a Member of The National Press Club, Washington, DC.)
November 27, 2014
What Makes a Great Student City? Discover the Top Cities for Students with QS Best Student Cities 2015 Announced Today
Photo: “University Life”. Photo Credit: Photographer © Francisco Osorio.
Photo: “University Life”. Photo Credit: Photographer © Francisco Osorio.
Photo: London, United Kingdom. “Where am I?”. Photo Credit: Photographer © Daniele Zanni.
Paris tops for the third consecutive year the QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world’s top cities for students, released today.
Melbourne (2nd) gains three places while London drops to the third position.
The ranking, compiled by the team behind the QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria:
- University Rankings
- Student Mix
- Quality of Living
- Employer Activity
To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 2,50,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 116 cities in the world qualify on this basis, and 50 have been ranked.
This year, the number of criteria has increased from 14 to 18, adding in metrics on Safety and Pollution as well as the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index and the Social Progress Index.
29 countries are represented with the most cities in the US (8), followed by Australia (6), UK (4) and by Canada and Japan with 3 apiece.
Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia 9, Oceania 7 and South America 2.
QS Best Student Cities 2015
- Paris, France
- Melbourne, Australia
- London, United Kingdom
- Sydney, Australia
- Hong Kong, Asia
- Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Tokyo, Japan
- Montreal, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Seoul, South Korea
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Vancouver, Canada
- San Francisco, California, United States
- Munich, Germany
- Singapore, Asia
- Berlin, Germany
- New York, United States
- Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Barcelona, Spain
- Vienna, Austria
- Canberra, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Brisbane, Australia
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Beijing, China
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Adelaide, Australia
- Manchester, United Kingdom
- Los Angeles, United States
- Dublin, Ireland
- Shanghai, China
- Kyoto, Japan
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Milan, Italy
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Perth, Australia
- Helsinki, Finland
- Madrid, Spain
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Washington DC, United States
- Moscow, Russia
- Santiago, Chile
- Coventry, United Kingdom
- Pittsburgh, United States
- Brussels, Belgium
- Osaka, Japan
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Mexico City, Mexico
November 23, 2014
Make Sure Your University is Signed Up and Ready for the Latest Data Collection by Times Higher Education for its World University Rankings 2015-2016
Photo: Entrance to the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: © Shinya ICHINOHE.
Times Higher Education (THE) has announced a series of important changes to its flagship THE World University Rankings and its suite of global university performance analyses, following a strategic review by THE parent company TES Global.
According to THE, the methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved and the rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and - uniquely - the teaching environment. But a series of structural changes will ensure that the THE rankings continue to lead the field for rigour, responsiveness and transparency and provide an ever richer picture of the global higher education and research landscape.
The key change is that all institutional data collection, previously outsourced to Thomson Reuters, will be expanded and will now be brought in-house, carried out by a new, dedicated team of data analysts at THE. The team, in partnership with universities, intends to build the largest and most comprehensive database of university data in the world.
Data, including key information such as an institution’s resources and staff and student profiles, at both the institutional and subject level, will be collected from many hundreds of institutions across the world. The data will be used to underpin the overall THE World University Rankings, as well as supplementary rankings, including the THE 100 Under 50, the THE Asia University Rankings and the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings. It will also be used to develop new analyses, in response to sector demand and consultation, including new rankings and analytical services.
• So, to ensure that your university is included in the THE World University Rankings 2015-2016, make sure that it is signed up and ready for the latest data collection by Times Higher Education.
Photo: Call Numbers on Books (Library of Congress Classification). Photo Credit: © CCAC North Library.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of senior academics around the world are being invited to shape the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 and to contribute to the most comprehensive picture yet produced of global teaching and research.
THE, in partnership with world-leading provider of scientific and technical information Elsevier, today launched the 2015 THE Academic Reputation Survey, with a number of key improvements.
According to THE, leading scholars from across the world and across all academic disciplines - those best placed to understand excellence in teaching and research in our universities - have been selected, based on their publication record, to represent their country and their academic field in the exercise, which is the world’s largest invitation-only survey of its kind.
THE does not allow institutions to nominate participants in the survey and does not allow anyone to sign up for the research without an invitation, so those selected to take part will be representing thousands of their peers.
THE advises that leading academics should look out for an email from it headed: “Your invitation to influence the outcome of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings”, and, if invited, take part to represent their peers in their respective country and in their respective field.
November 20, 2014
Spanish Jewelry firm Carrera y Carrera launches new Advertising Visuals
Spanish jewelry firm Carrera y Carrera is launching new visuals to reinforce its international advertising campaign and the brand’s image.
According to Carrera y Carrera, its current advertising is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Spain, where the passionate Spanish woman is the star, and the star of this new campaign is international model Alejandra Alonso, a Spanish face of singular beauty.
November 16, 2014
G20 Summit Concludes in Brisbane, Australia
Photo: G20 banners in South Bank, Brisbane, Australia. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: G20 banners in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: The official G20 Leaders’ Summit group photograph signed by G20 leaders. Photograph by Andrew Taylor. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: General view of the G20 Leaders’ Summit opening session in Brisbane. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: G20 Summit Leaders’ reception. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States’ President Barack Obama. Photograph by Rob Maccoll. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
Photo: Entertainment at the G20 Summit Leaders’ reception. Photograph by Rob Maccoll. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.
November 15, 2014
Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014, Tokyo, Japan
Photo: Miss India, Jhataleka Malhotra, competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for ICA. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Miss Korea, Seobin Lee, competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for ICA. © 2014 Getty Images).
November 10, 2014
UN Assembly and Security Council Elect Four Judges to World Court
Photo: The Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, at The Hague, Netherlands. UN Photo/ICJ/Jeroen Bouman.
Photo: Conference officers hold up empty ballot boxes for inspection by designated teller delegates, in advance of collecting member states’ ballots in the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly and the Security Council continued their balloting from the previous day to elect a judge for the fifth remaining vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 07 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly Hall during the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
Photo: Delegates conferring at the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council have elected four judges to seats on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.
After simultaneous rounds of voting in the Assembly and the Council - which met concurrently with but independent of each other - Mr. Mohamed Bennouna of Morocco, Mr. James Richard Crawford of Australia, Ms. Joan E. Donoghue of the United States, and Mr. Kirill Gevorgian of the Russian Federation were elected to nine-year terms on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year.
The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected by an absolute majority in both the General Assembly (97 votes) and Security Council (8 votes). The timing of elections is staggered so that the General Assembly elects a third of the Court once every three years.
According to the Court’s Statute, its judges must be chosen by coordinated actions of both the Council and the General Assembly, with the date of elections determined by the Council.
Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court.
Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ - which is also known as the World Court - settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs.
October 28, 2014
U.S. News Releases Inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings
Photo: Harvard University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Photo Credit: il.irenelee.
U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, today unveiled the inaugural Best Global Universities rankings.
The U.S. prevails as the global leader among research universities, with many U.S. universities dominating the list of top schools. Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3. Of the 500 institutions ranked, 134 are in the U.S. Germany follows with 42 schools, and the United Kingdom with 38 schools. China makes a strong showing, with 27 schools in the top 500.
The publisher said that the 2015 Best Global Universities rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide as well as by region and country. The overall rankings include 500 universities spread out across 49 countries. There are four regional rankings of the top universities in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and Latin America, as well as country-specific rankings highlighting the top schools in 11 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany and Italy. The rankings also feature the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas, including fields such as economics and business, engineering, computer science and clinical medicine.
According to U.S. News, it developed the Best Global Universities rankings to help students accurately compare schools worldwide. “Increasingly, students are enrolling in universities outside of their own countries,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “As higher education becomes more global, our new rankings will set standards and allow students to better evaluate all of their options.”
The Best Global Universities rankings - which are based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions - focus on institutions’ research overall. The methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates.
The 2015 rankings are U.S. News’ first evaluation of higher education institutions worldwide. For 30 years, U.S. News has produced the Best Colleges rankings, which help prospective students identify the best schools for them in the U.S.
2015 U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings
Overall Best Global Universities
- Harvard University (U.S.)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
- University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
- Stanford University (U.S.)
- University of Oxford (U.K.)
- University of Cambridge (U.K.)
- California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
- University of California—Los Angeles (U.S.)
- University of Chicago (U.S.)
- Columbia University (U.S.)
Best Global Universities in Asia
- University of Tokyo (Japan)
- Peking University (China)
- University of Hong Kong
- National University of Singapore
- Kyoto University (Japan)
Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand
- University of Melbourne (Australia)
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland Australia
- Australian National University
- Monash University (Australia)
Best Global Universities in Europe
- University of Oxford (U.K.)
- University of Cambridge (U.K.)
- Imperial College London (U.K.)
- University College London (U.K.)
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)
Best Global Universities in Latin America
- Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
- Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
- University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
- National Autonomous University of Mexico
October 25, 2014
Japan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.
Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.
Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.
Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the YUKI TORII INTERNATIONAL designed by Yuki Torii during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.
October 11, 2014
12th VOLVO OCEAN RACE Started Today
Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Vestas Wind during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images/Volvo Ocean Race.
Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Alvimedica and Team SCA during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.
Photo: October 11, 2014. Team Brunel and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leave Alicante during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.
The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante, Spain, on Saturday October 11, for the punishing first leg to Cape Town, South Africa, with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.
Team Brunel took the honours after the fleet bade farewell to a memorable Alicante nine-day stopover before heading out to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar and then into the Atlantic Ocean during the first week of a nine-month, 38,739-mile marathon.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race. Grand Prix sailing by the world’s best sailors, racing day and night for 39,000 miles around the world in nine leg stages.
There are seven teams, 66 sailors and 18 nationalities setting off in identical one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines. The first leg will take the fleet out into the North Atlantic, south across the Equator and into the South Atlantic, on into Cape Town 6,500 miles away. It will take them more than three weeks.
Start: Saturday 11th October, 2014; Alicante, Spain.
Leg 1 - Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa: 6,487 miles.
Leg Duration: 23 days approx.
- Team Alvimedica [USA/TUR]: skipper Charlie Enright [USA], crew from United States of America, Australia, France, Italia, New Zealand.
- Team SCA [SWE]: person in charge Samantha Davies [UK], 100% female crew from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and The Netherlands.
- Dongfeng Race team [CHN]: skipper Charles Caudrelier [FRA], crew from China, France and Sweden.
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing [UAE]: skipper Ian Walker [UK], crew from New Zealand, Ireland, UAE, Australia, Spain.
- Team Vestas Wind [DEN]: skipper Chris Nicholson [AUS], crew from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, the Netherlands.
- Team Brunel [NED]: skipper Bouwe Bekking [NED], crew from the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Denmark.
- MAPFRE [ESP]: skipper Iker Martinez [ESP], crew from Spain, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom.
October 10, 2014
83 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2014 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR
Photo: Hollywood Costume Private Luncheon presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and hosted by Annette Bening, Crystal Lourd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Wiatt on October 8, 2014 at the Wilshire May Company Building. Sponsored by W Magazine and Bang & Olufsen. Pictured: Cameron Diaz. Photo Credit: Jordan Murph. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
LOS ANGELES, CA - A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.
The 2014 submissions are:
- Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
- Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
- Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
- Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
- Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
- Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
- Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
- Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lon?arevi?, director;
- Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
- Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;
- Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;
- Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
- China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
- Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
- Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
- Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mrši?, director;
- Cuba, “Conducta,” Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
- Czech Republic, “Fair Play,” Andrea Sedlakova, director;
- Denmark, “Sorrow and Joy,” Nils Malmros, director;
- Dominican Republic, “Cristo Rey,” Leticia Tonos, director;
- Ecuador, “Silence in Dreamland,” Tito Molina, director;
- Egypt, “Factory Girl,” Mohamed Khan, director;
- Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
- Ethiopia, “Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director;
- Finland, “Concrete Night,” Pirjo Honkasalo, director;
- France, “Saint Laurent,” Bertrand Bonello, director;
- Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
- Germany, “Beloved Sisters,” Dominik Graf, director;
- Greece, “Little England,” Pantelis Voulgaris, director;
- Hong Kong, “The Golden Era,” Ann Hui, director;
- Hungary, “White God,” Kornel Mundruczo, director;
- Iceland, “Life in a Fishbowl,” Baldvin Zophoníasson, director;
- India, “Liar’s Dice,” Geetu Mohandas, director;
- Indonesia, “Soekarno,” Hanung Bramantyo, director;
- Iran, “Today,” Reza Mirkarimi, director;
- Iraq, “Mardan,” Batin Ghobadi, director;
- Ireland, “The Gift,” Tom Collins, director;
- Israel, “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
- Italy, “Human Capital,” Paolo Virzì, director;
- Japan, “The Light Shines Only There,” Mipo O, director;
- Kosovo, “Three Windows and a Hanging,” Isa Qosja, director;
- Kyrgyzstan, “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director;
- Latvia, “Rocks in My Pockets,” Signe Baumane, director;
- Lebanon, “Ghadi,” Amin Dora, director;
- Lithuania, “The Gambler,” Ignas Jonynas, director;
- Luxembourg, “Never Die Young,” Pol Cruchten, director;
- Macedonia, “To the Hilt,” Stole Popov, director;
- Malta, “Simshar,” Rebecca Cremona, director;
- Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
- Mexico, “Cantinflas,” Sebastián del Amo, director;
- Moldova, “The Unsaved,” Igor Cobileanski, director;
- Montenegro, “The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street,” Nikola Vukcevic, director;
- Morocco, “The Red Moon,” Hassan Benjelloun, director;
- Nepal, “Jhola,” Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director;
- Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
- New Zealand, “The Dead Lands,” Toa Fraser, director;
- Norway, “1001 Grams,” Bent Hamer, director;
- Pakistan, “Dukhtar,” Afia Nathaniel, director;
- Palestine, “Eyes of a Thief,” Najwa Najjar, director;
- Panama, “Invasion,” Abner Benaim, director;
- Peru, “The Gospel of the Flesh,” Eduardo Mendoza, director;
- Philippines, “Norte, the End of History,” Lav Diaz, director;
- Poland, “Ida,” Pawe Pawlikowski, director;
- Portugal, “What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto, director;
- Romania, “The Japanese Dog,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director;
- Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
- Serbia, “See You in Montevideo,” Dragan Bjelogrli, director;
- Singapore, “Sayang Disayang,” Sanif Olek, director;
- Slovakia, “A Step into the Dark,” Miloslav Luther, director;
- Slovenia, “Seduce Me,” Marko Santic, director;
- South Africa, “Elelwani,” Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director;
- South Korea, “Haemoo,” Shim Sung-bo, director;
- Spain, “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” David Trueba, director;
- Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
- Switzerland, “The Circle,” Stefan Haupt, director;
- Taiwan, “Ice Poison,” Midi Z, director;
- Thailand, “The Teacher’s Diary,” Nithiwat Tharathorn, director;
- Turkey, “Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
- Ukraine, “The Guide,” Oles Sanin, director;
- United Kingdom, “Little Happiness,” Nihat Seven, director;
- Uruguay, “Mr. Kaplan,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
- Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
October 5, 2014
U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission
Photo: The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020, will make global measurements of the causes and consequences of a variety of land surface changes on Earth. Image Credit: NASA.
Photo: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Chairman K. Radhakrishnan of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signing documents in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2014 to launch a joint Earth-observing satellite mission and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. Image Credit: NASA.
In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency leaders met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration. They also signed an international agreement that defines how the two agencies will work together on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020.
“The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and the world.”
The joint Mars Working Group will seek to identify and implement scientific, programmatic and technological goals that NASA and ISRO have in common regarding Mars exploration. The group will meet once a year to plan cooperative activities, including potential NASA-ISRO cooperation on future missions to Mars.
Both agencies have newly arrived spacecraft in Mars orbit. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at Mars Sept. 21. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India’s first spacecraft launched to Mars, arrived Sept. 23 to study the Martian surface and atmosphere and demonstrate technologies needed for interplanetary missions.
One of the working group’s objectives will be to explore potential coordinated observations and science analysis between MAVEN and MOM, as well as other current and future Mars missions.
“NASA and Indian scientists have a long history of collaboration in space science,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for science. “These new agreements between NASA and ISRO in Earth science and Mars exploration will significantly strengthen our ties and the science that we will be able to produce as a result.”
The joint NISAR Earth-observing mission will make global measurements of the causes and consequences of land surface changes. Potential areas of research include ecosystem disturbances, ice sheet collapse and natural hazards. The NISAR mission is optimized to measure subtle changes of the Earth’s surface associated with motions of the crust and ice surfaces. NISAR will improve our understanding of key impacts of climate change and advance our knowledge of natural hazards.
NISAR will be the first satellite mission to use two different radar frequencies (L-band and S-band) to measure changes in our planet’s surface less than a centimeter across. This allows the mission to observe a wide range of changes, from the flow rates of glaciers and ice sheets to the dynamics of earthquakes and volcanoes.
Under the terms of the new agreement, NASA will provide the mission’s L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), a high-rate communication subsystem for science data, GPS receivers, a solid state recorder, and a payload data subsystem. ISRO will provide the spacecraft bus, an S-band SAR, and the launch vehicle and associated launch services.
NASA had been studying concepts for a SAR mission in response to the National Academy of Science’s decadal survey of the agency’s Earth science program in 2007. The agency developed a partnership with ISRO that led to this joint mission. The partnership with India has been key to enabling many of the mission’s science objectives.
NASA’s contribution to NISAR is being managed and implemented by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
October 3, 2014
Commemoration of International Day of Non-Violence
Photo: A wide view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York, during the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. October 2, 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.
October 2, 2014
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 show US strength on the Wane
Photo: Main Quadrangle, University of Chicago, USA. Photo Credit: Luiz Gadelha Jr.
According to Chris Parr of Times Higher Education, despite the California Institute of Technology’s claim on the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, evidence is emerging of a decline in the power of US universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015.
And, according to him, despite the fact that Harvard (second), Stanford (fourth), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (sixth), Princeton University (seventh), the University of California, Berkeley (eighth) and Yale University (joint ninth) all make the top 10, there is evidence of an overall decline for US universities, with significant losses further down the league table. This includes the University of Chicago, which slips from ninth to 11th.
The US has 74 universities in the top 200, down from 77 last year. Some 60 per cent of those institutions rank lower than they did 12 months ago, with an average fall of 5.34 places per university.
It is a similar story for Canada. While the University of Toronto retains 20th place and the University of Victoria joins the top 200 in joint 173rd place, all other Canadian top 200 universities have lost ground.
The UK, meanwhile, has lost three universities from the top 200 (the University of Reading, the University of Dundee and Newcastle University), and now has 29 top 200 institutions, down from 31.
Conversely, the leading Asian institutions continue to rise, and the continent now has 24 universities in the world top 200, four more than last year. Two Asian universities make the world top 25 (the University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore), while six feature among the top 50.
“Western universities, in many cases starved of vital public funding, are losing ground,” said Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, who added that there was “something approaching a crisis” for US state institutions.
Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, said that the “serious hit” in funding to the “great American public universities” had major implications for US science and competitiveness.
He added that on average Canada had a better higher education system than the US, without the “peaks nor the valleys” found among the ranking positions of American universities. “[Canada’s] top universities are excellent, but could easily be even better if they had the additional funding - and probably the competitive spirit - needed,” Dr Altbach said.
In Europe, Germany gains two new top 200 representatives (Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen and Technische Universitat Dresden), to overtake the Netherlands as the third most represented nation behind the US and the UK.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 — Top Twenty:
Rank — Institution — Country
- California Institute of Technology — US
- Harvard University — US
- University of Oxford — UK
- Stanford University — US
- University of Cambridge — UK
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology — US
- Princeton University — US
- University of California, Berkeley — US
- Imperial College London — UK
- Yale University — US
- University of Chicago — US
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — US
- ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland
- Columbia University — US
- Johns Hopkins University — US
- University of Pennsylvania — US
- University of Michigan — US
- Duke University — US
- Cornell University — US
- University of Toronto — Canada
September 30, 2014
Global Citizen Festival To End Extreme Poverty
Photo: Sesame Street muppets Raya (L) and Elmo attend VIP Lounge at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and Hugh Jackman speak onstage at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Adrian Grenier (L) and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg attend VIP Lounge at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim (L) and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon attend the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Katie Holmes (L) and Connie Britton speak onstage at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival. © 2014 Getty Images).
2014 Global Citizen Festival held In Central Park, New York City, on September 27, 2014 was a part of the Global Citizen movement to end extreme poverty. Musicians and celebrities joined dignitaries and philanthropists on the Great Lawn in Central Park to urge world leaders to make commitments in the issues of vaccines, education and sanitation.
September 29, 2014
Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2014 — Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance.
Photos: Yana Kudryavtseva (Russia), winner of the 2014 Longines Prize for Elegance at the 33rd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Izmir, Turkey.
Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia clinched the World Championships all-around title at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2014 in Izmir, Turkey, on Friday, September 26, 2014.
Yana Kudryavtseva was also awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance. The gymnasts under consideration for this prize are evaluated according to a number of complementary criteria. In addition to technical considerations, each athlete’s performance is judged with respect to emotional appeal, beauty, charm as well as grace and harmony of movement.
September 22, 2014
Massive Architectural Projections on UN Headquarters
Photo: A view from the street of the 30-story architectural show, “illUmiNations: PROTECTING OUR PLANET”, being projected on to the side of the UN Secretariat building in New York. The special audio-visual presentation, organised in partnership with the Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura Digital to inspire global citizens to take climate action, is part of the lead-up to the Climate Summit, taking place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
September 16, 2014
QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 Announced
Photo: University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Photo Credit: Saikofish Lou.
The global emphasis on high-impact scientific and technological research is the key driver of leadership in the QS World University Rankings 2014 announced today in London.
MIT leads for the third year and increased its year-on-year citations per faculty by 14%. Imperial College also reported a 14% increase in this metric compared to 11% by Cambridge and 2% by Harvard. The average increase amongst the top 10 was 7%.
Caltech remains the world’s top university for research citations.
All the top ten institutions achieve excellence in academic reputation, employer reputation, student faculty ratio or measures of international faculty and students. The performance of Imperial College in citations per faculty has helped it become the biggest climber in the top 10, leapfrogging Harvard, UCL and Oxford to rank second equal in the world, tied with University of Cambridge.
QS World University Rankings 2014 — Top Ten
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] (US)
- University of Cambridge (UK)
- Imperial College London [UCL] (UK)
- Harvard University (US)
- University of Oxford (UK)
- University College London (UK)
- Stanford University (US)
- California Institute of Technology [Caltech] (US)
- Princeton University (US)
- Yale University (US)
31 countries are represented in the top 200; The US is the dominant nation, with 51 institutions, ahead of the UK (29), Germany (13), The Netherlands (11), Canada (10), Japan (10) and Australia (8).
Following institutions from India have found a place among the top 800:
RANK — INSTITUTION
- 222 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 235 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 300 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 322 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 324 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
- 421-430 — University of Delhi
- 461-470 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 551-600 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 551-600 — University of Mumbai
- 601-650 — University of Calcutta
- 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
- 701+ — University of Pune
- NA — Indian Institute of Science
- NA — Jawaharlal Nehru University
According to Ben Sowter, QS head of research, “Tech-focused institutions are the focal point of a global race for innovation. With budgets from public sources coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research in science, technology and medicine.”
September 15, 2014
Nail Care Company Exhibits Unique Designs
Photos: CND Spring/Summer 2015 at The Metropolitan Opera House and Milk Studios on September 7 & 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photos by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND. © 2014 Getty Images).
CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.), a global leader in professional nail care, showcased dreamy nail designs at a Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. CND is based in Vista, CA, USA.
The nails presented at the show were a collaborative effort between the elite artists of the CND Design Lab Team and celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.