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.
May 5, 2016
The World's Most Reputable Universities 2016
Photo: Brasenose College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (founded 1509). Image Credit: David Nicholls.
This year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings see Harvard University take the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. The other top four positions are taken up by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.
Launched in 2011, THE World Reputation Rankings offer a definitive list of the world’s most prestigious universities based on their global reputation.
United States has once again dominated the rankings, boasting of 43 institutions amongst the top 100.
US is loosely followed by the UK, which houses 10 universities that made it to the list, along with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
From Asia, there were 17 institutions included in the list, a rise of seven from 10 last year. With Japan’s University of Tokyo standing at the 12th place, China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University were ranked 18th and 21st, respectively.
• India continues to be one of the few nations not to have featured even once in the list.
According to Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, “Reputation is the global currency of higher education”.
World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016
- Harvard University — United States
- Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology — United States
- Stanford University — United States
- University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
- University of Oxford — United Kingdom
- University of California, Berkeley — United States
- Princeton University — United States
- Yale University — United States
- Columbia University — United States
- California Institute of Technology — United States
- University of Chicago — United States
- University of Tokyo — Japan
- University of California, Los Angeles — United States
- University of Michigan — United States
- Imperial College, London — United Kingdom
- University of Pennsylvania — United States
- Cornell University — United States
- Tsinghua University — China
- ETH Zurich — Switzerland
- University College, London — United Kingdom
- Peking University — China
- Johns Hopkins University — United States
- University of Toronto — Canada
- London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
- New York University — United States
- National University of Singapore — Singapore
- Kyoto University — Japan
- Duke University — United States
- University of Washington — United States
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
- Northwestern University — United States
- Carnegie Mellon University — United States
- University of Texas at Austin — United States
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
- University of California, San Diego — United States
- University of British Columbia — Canada
- University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
- McGill University — Canada
- Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
- LMU Munich — Germany
- University of California, San Francisco — United States
- King’s College, London — United Kingdom
- Pennsylvania State University — United States
- University of California, Davis — United States
- University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Seoul National University — South Korea
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland
- University of Manchester — United Kingdom
- University of Melbourne — Australia
- University of Minnesota — United States
- Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
- Heidelberg University — Germany
- Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
- Karolinska Institute — Sweden
- University of Maryland, College Park — United States
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States
- Ohio State University — United States
- Osaka University — Japan
- Purdue University — United States
- Technical University of Munich — Germany
- University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
- Australian National University — Australia
- Ecole Normale Superieure — France
- KU Leuven — Belgium
- Michigan State University — United States
- University of Southern California — United States
- University of Sydney — Australia
- Tohoku University — Japan
- Washington University in St Louis — United States
- Boston University — United States
- Brown University — United States
- University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
- Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Free University of Berlin — Germany
- Fudan University — China
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- University of Pittsburgh — United States
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Texas A&M University — United States
- Indiana University, Bloomington — United States
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
- Leiden University — Netherlands
- London Business School — United Kingdom
- NanyangTechnological University — Singapore
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan
- Pierre and Marie Curie University — France
- RWTH Aachen University — Germany
- Saint Petersburg State University — Russian Federation
- Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- University of Warwick — United Kingdom
- Zhejiang University — China
- Arizona State University — United States
- University of Colorado, Boulder — United States
- Ecole Polytechnique — France
- Insead — France
- Lund University — Sweden
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation
- Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris 1 — France
- University of Sao Paulo — Brazil
- Utrecht University — Netherlands
- Wageningen University and Research Center — Netherlands
April 30, 2016
International Jazz Day: Global Concert 2016 at the White House
Photo: Jazz. Artchipel Orchestra, Torino, Italy. Photo Credit: Torino Jazz Festival 2016, Italy.
Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance.
This year, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert is being broadcast across the United States on April 30th - International Jazz Day - as an ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO.
The 2016 All-Star Global Concert is featuring a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including —
Pianists: Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Pérez and Chucho Valdés;
Trumpeters: Terence Blanchard, Till Bronner, Hugh Masekela and James Morrison;
Vocalists: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting;
Saxophonists: Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson;
Bassists: Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams;
Guitarists: Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour;
Drummers: Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kendrick Scott;
Percussionist: Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain;
Trombone player: Trombone Shorty; and the
Rebirth Brass Band.
Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the city has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On April 30, 2016, Washington, D.C. is joining with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs.
In India, International Jazz Day is being celebrated at Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy, Sector 15, Gurgaon; Mopin Ground, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Park Hotel, Goa; Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai; The Bandra Base, Bandra West, Mumbai; The Piano Man Jazz Club, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi; and many other venues.
April 29, 2016
UN Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he addressed the “Global Colloquium of University Presidents” on the topic “Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies”. 12 April 2016. New Haven, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) with Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, during a ceremony where he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from the University of Cambridge in recognition of his humanitarian work, support for women’s rights, and achievements in pursuit of global peace and security. 03 February 2016. Cambridge, United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
28 April 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.
The new appointees, who will take office as of 3 May, replace the outgoing 2010-2016 cohort of UNU Council members and will serve for terms of either three or six years.
The main functions of the Council are to formulate the principles and policies of the UNU, govern its operations, and consider and approve its biennial budget and work programme.
Appointed members of the UNU Council serve in their individual capacity - not as representatives of their country’s Government - and are selected with the aim of achieving a geographic and gender balance, with due regard for major academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends, as well as each member’s fields of expertise.
The new members of the UNU Council are:
- Ernest Aryeetey (Ghana), Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
- Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Brazil), Scientific Director, Sao Paulo Research Foundation, and Professor, Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas
- Simon Chesterman (Australia), Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
- Elizabeth Cousens (USA), Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
- Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and lecturer at Harvard and MIT
- Angela Kane (Germany), Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and Professor, SciencesPo, Paris
- Segenet Kelemu (Ethiopia), Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
- Bassma Kodmani (Syria), Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative
- Radha Kumar (India), Director General, Delhi Policy Group
- Irena Lipowicz (Poland), Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (Warsaw)
- Tsuneo Nishida (Japan), Director, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University, and Director, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd.
- Lan Xue (China), Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, and Director, China Institute for S&T Policy
“Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”
“The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”
“Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
— JOHN RUSKIN.
April 25, 2016
Coke Debuts One-Brand Packaging: Red Disc Features Prominently on All Trademark Coca-Cola Products in Mexico
Coke’s new “One-Brand” marketing strategy is officially making its way to store shelves and beverage coolers, starting in Mexico.
Executives unveiled a series of new graphics, which put a contemporary spin on a classic icon by prominently featuring the Coca-Cola Red Disc on bottles and cans of all four Trademark Coke brands - Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Life - tonight at an event in Mexico City.
“Packaging is our most visible and valuable asset,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto, who presented the new packaging within the context of the “One-Brand” strategy and supporting “Taste the Feeling” creative campaign. “By applying the Coca-Cola Red Disc to our packaging in such a bold way, we are taking the next step towards full adoption of the ‘One-Brand’ strategy, uniting the Coca-Cola family under one visual identity and making it even easier for consumers to choose their Coca-Cola with or without calories, with or without caffeine.”
The new designs will help consumers make informed choices, de Quinto explained, by identifying each Coca-Cola product with its signature color - black for Coke Zero, silver for Coca-Cola Light/Diet Coke and green for Coca-Cola Life - and including the product’s unique name and benefits.
The new packaging will be available in Mexico the first week of May. Like the staggered rollout of the “Taste the Feeling” campaign, similar versions of the Red Disc graphics will reach additional countries throughout 2016 and into 2017.
In North America, however, Coca-Cola will not make any changes to packaging this year due to an already packed marketing and promotional calendar.
April 24, 2016
OMEGA’S MASTER CHRONOMETER REVOLUTION CONTINUES AT BASELWORLD 2016
Photo: OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.
Photo: OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm Auto on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.
April 22, 2016
United Nations Headquarters: Signing Ceremony for Agreement on Climate Change
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April at the United Nations. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of State and Heads of Government.
Mr. Ban poses for a group photo with three of the speakers who addressed the opening segment of the signature ceremony. From left: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (from Chad), civil society representative; UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio; Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and youth representative and climate advocate with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly at the opening of today’s signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of States and Heads of Governments, setting a new record for countries signing an international agreement on a single day. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, with grand-daughter in tow, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
April 13, 2016
United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General
Photo: Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly, briefs journalists on the selection process for the next Secretary-General of the UN. The Assembly is holding informal dialogues with eight candidates for the position on 12-14 April. 12 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: A cross-section view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN General Assembly, as Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), current Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), delivers her presentation to Member States regarding her candidacy for the Next UN Secretary-General. The UN General Assembly is holding informal dialogues on 12-14 April with the eight candidates for the position of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 12 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
United Nations, New York, 12 April 2016: Kicking off what he has called a “new and transparent process,” UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General.
“We are sailing into uncharted waters here,” said Mr. Lykketoft addressing the press ahead of the start of the informal dialogues.
Calling the process a “potential game-changing exercise,” he said the informal briefings were part of a “very transparent, very interesting discussion about the future of the United Nations.”
Over the course of the next three days, the official candidates - currently eight of them - will answer questions related to promoting sustainable development, how to improve efforts to create peace, how to protect human rights, how to deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes, and how to resolve challenges defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the end of the process, Mr. Lykketoft said, expressing his personal view, one single candidate could emerge, making it difficult for the Security Council - which is tasked with making the official selection, as stated in the UN Charter - to choose another candidate.
Defining some of the qualities in who would be the “best person” for the job, Mr. Lykketoft stressed independence, strong moral authority, great political and diplomatic skills, and some experience in being at the head of a huge administration.
As part of the informal dialogues, each candidate will have a televised and webcast two-hour timeslot, starting with a short oral presentation. Representatives from Member States will then ask questions, followed by the President of the General Assembly, who will ask a few of the more than 1,000 questions submitted by the general public on social media under the hashtag #UNSGcandidates.
Opening the dialogues, Mr. Lykketoft underscored that as the UN grapples with multiple crises and deals with “fundamental questions regarding its own role and performance,” finding the best candidate to succeed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “absolutely crucial.”
“Much of what we are embarking on today is without precedent at the UN,” he stressed.
“The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”
— Proverbs of Solomon 25:3.
“The earth has a limit,
The mountains, the sea;
The deep thoughts of kings are
— The Panchatantra.
April 8, 2016
New York Times International Luxury Conference explores Current Trends in the Luxury Industry
Photo: Signage at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: President of The New York Times Company, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, speaks on stage during the Welcome Remarks at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member, Global Brands, Adidas Group, speaks during the Strategic Sustainability conference at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Dasha Zhukova, Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, attends the “Stepping into the Culture Gap” conference at The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 5, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Director of Dance at The Paris Opera, Benjamin Millepied, attends The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 6, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Photo: Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development, Facebook and Instagram, attends The New York Times International Luxury Conference on April 6, 2016 in Versailles, France. (Photo © Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for the The New York Times International Luxury Conference).
Innovators and leaders from across the luxury industry and beyond joined New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman and NYT journalists at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles, France on April 5-6, 2016.
Entitled “Luxury Beyond Product”, the fifteenth edition of this invitation-only event explored the dramatic ways the luxury industry is changing in its quest for the hearts and minds of consumers around the world.
April 4, 2016
India's Union Human Resource Development Ministry Ranks Universities of India for the First Time
Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, addressing the gathering at the release of the India Ranking Report 2016, in New Delhi, on April 04, 2016. India Rankings 2016 is a first-of-its-kind indigenous survey of India’s higher educational institutions commissioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, releasing the India Rankings 2016, at a function, in New Delhi, on April 04, 2016. India Rankings 2016 is a first-of-its-kind indigenous survey of India’s higher educational institutions commissioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Indian Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, released the India Rankings 2016 and dedicated India’s first ranking to the nation in New Delhi today. While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make. The Ministry of HRD, she said, has been able to spearhead many a changes in the field of education sector and slowly and steadily the steps taken by the Ministry are bearing fruits.
The Minister said this kind of ranking would empower citizens as it would endow them with the power as to how they observe the institutions to be. Some 60000 observers gave their views about how our present institutions are. She added that these rankings would also help in reaching benchmark of international excellence. The rankings will also help students make informed choices about the institutions they want to join. The Minister added that to ensure a third party validation of the data that we have received and analyzed, the agency like Elsevier was engaged.
India Rankings 2016 is the country’s first exercise to rank the higher educational institutions in the country based on objective, identifiable parameters. This follows the launch of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th September, 2015.
The rankings are arrived at after detailed analysis and validation of the data submitted by more than 3,600 higher educational institutions in the country classified in 6 categories. These ranking follow an Indian approach, where academic institute will be assessed on parameters, including teaching-learning; research; collaborative practice and professional performance; graduate outcomes; placements; outreach and inclusive action and peer group perception. Each of these has been further subdivided into nearly 20 sub criteria to comprehensively assess an institution.
The rankings are a step towards bringing the Indian institutes on a global platform.
Top Ten Institutions
- Indian Institute of Science Banglore
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai,
- Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
- University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
- Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam.
- University of Delhi, Delhi.
- Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh
- Indian Institute of Space Science And Technology, Kerala.
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan
- Aligarh Muslim University
April 3, 2016
Nuclear Security Summit 2016, Washington, DC
Photo: The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit provided a forum for heads of state and foreign ministers to reinforce the commitment to secure nuclear material. Washington, DC. April 1, 2016. Image Credit: Ben Solomon/U.S. Department of State. Copyright © NSS 2016.
Photo: Progress on Nuclear Security Since 2009. Image Credit & Copyright © NSS 2016.
Photo: A wide view of the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by the United States. 01 April 2016. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: A cross section of world leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre, third row), pose for a group photo during the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the United States in Washington, D.C. 01 April 2016. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: Prime Minister Modi, head of delegation from India, with President Obama at the White House for Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2016. Image Credit: Ben Solomon/U.S. Department of State. Copyright © NSS 2016.
On March 31 and April 1, President Obama hosted the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. This was the fourth and final in a series of Summits that have brought together leaders from more than fifty countries and four international organizations to highlight accomplishments and make new commitments towards reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Through the Summit Process, the international community has strengthened the international organizations, institutions and multilateral legal instruments that make up the nuclear security architecture, and improved coordination among them.
“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
— Albert Einstein
“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more…”
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
— Isaiah 2:4, 11:6
March 30, 2016
The new Porsche 718 Boxster. For the sport of it.
Photos: The new Porsche 718 Boxster. Images provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Mid-engine concept, lightweight construction and power - the most important features of the new Porsche 718 Boxster models. Developed for driving pleasure everyday.
March 29, 2016
ROLEX at BASELWORLD 2016
Photos: ROLEX Watches at BASELWORLD 2016. Rolex EXPLORER II - 904L STEEL, Rolex Cellini Time, Rolex Air King, and Rolex Lady-Datejust 28. Images provided by & copyright © Rolex.
March 28, 2016
Longines at BaselWorld 2016
Photos: Longines showcases its watches at BaselWorld 2016. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.
Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show is a trade show of the international watch and jewellery industry organized each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland.
It comprises about 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries, including the leading watch and jewelry brands.
March 22, 2016
Academics and Employers Name the World's Top Universities in 42 Disciplines
Photo: Harvard Bookstore, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A privately-owned, independent bookstore serving the university and neighbourhood community since 1932. Image Credit & Copyright © ChenYen.Lai.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016: What's new? https://t.co/6WoXoJDLxG— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) March 25, 2016
The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind.
The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers contributed to the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database.
Harvard and MIT continue to take the lion’s share of top places, leading in twelve subjects each. Sixteen different institutions top at least one of the subjects.
In the six new disciplines ranked, Harvard leads Anthropology and Social Policy and Administration while Cambridge leads Archaeology. Juilliard tops Performing Arts. Colorado School of Mines tops Mineral Engineering while University of Pennsylvania leads Nursing.
Following universities have achieved the most placements within the top-ten:
- Cambridge - 36
- Berkeley - 35
- Stanford - 33
- Oxford - 33
- Harvard - 30
- MIT - 22
- LSE - 13
- National University of Singapore - 13
- Princeton - 12
- ETH Zurich - 11
- Yale - 10
- Imperial College London - 9
- UCL - 9
- University of Copenhagen - 8
- University of Chicago - 7
- University of Hong Kong - 6
- Caltech - 5
- Columbia - 5
- The University of Tokyo - 5
- University of Michigan - 5
- UPenn - 5
- Australian National University - 4
- Karolinska Institute - 4
- NYU - 4
- Delft University of Technology - 3
- King’s College London - 3
- University of Wisconsin-Madison - 3
Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: “Though US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings yet show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, Finland, South Africa, Brazil, and China, can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for Performing Arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, while our top 200 for Business & Management recognizes it in 33.”
In continental Europe the countries with highest number of placements among the top-ten are: Switzerland (11), Netherlands (8), Sweden (6), France (3) and Italy (2). In Asia-Pacific: Singapore (15), Australia (9), Japan (7), Hong Kong (6), Mainland China (5).
Brazil dominates Latin America, with Universidade de Sao Paulo ranking 9th for Dentistry. South Africa leads its continent with Cape Town University 9th in Development Studies.
In the Middle East, the top performing country is Saudi Arabia, with KFUPM, ranked 46= in Mineral Engineering.
March 20, 2016
TAG Heuer Launches New Models
Photo: TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Ceramic Automatic Calibre 5 Watch for Men. Image provided by & copyright © TAG Heuer.
Photo: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady 300M Quartz Full Ceramic Watch for Women. Image provided by & copyright © TAG Heuer.
Photo: The TAG Heuer Monza Chronograph 2016. Image provided by & copyright © TAG Heuer.
March 10, 2016
Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder: Performance and Lifestyle under the Open Sky
Photos: Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder. Images provided by & copyright © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
March 6, 2016
You're Missing Out if You Haven't Yet Seen the Lamborghini Centenario
Photos: The Lamborghini Centenario. Images provided by & copyright © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
The Lamborghini Centenario is currently on display at the 2016 International Geneva Motor Show.
The body of the Centenario is built entirely in carbon fiber. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and from 0-300 km/h in just 23.5 seconds, the Centenario’s top speed is more than 350 km/h. Braking distances are equally impressive: from 100-0 km/h in just 30 m and from 300-0 km/h in 290 m.
According to Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, while demonstrating new Lamborghini technologies and outstanding performance, the Centenario has immediately proved itself as a desirable collectors’ car.
February 29, 2016
Oscars 2016 — Leonardo DiCaprio takes home the Oscar for Best Actor
Official Portrait: From left, Presenter Liev Schreiber, Film Editing winner Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max - Fury Road”, and presenter Priyanka Chopra at The 88th Oscars in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Andrew Eccles / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Laszlo Nemes poses backstage with the Oscar for Best foreign language film of the year, for work on “Son of Saul” from Hungary during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Oscar-winners Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander pose backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in acting during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Alejandro G. Inarritu poses backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in directing, for work on “The Revenant” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn arrive at The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Aaron Poole / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Margeret Sixel (middle) poses backstage with Priyanka Chopra, Liev Schreiber, and the Oscar for Achievement in film editing, for work on “Mad Max: Fury Road” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Presenter Priyanka Chopra arrives at The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: James Gay-Reese and Asif Kapadia pose backstage with the Oscar for Best documentary feature, for work on “Amy” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image Credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - The 88th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Here are the Nominees and the Winners
Best motion picture of the year
- “The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
- “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
- “Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
- “The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
- “The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
- “Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
- “Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers — WINNER
Performance by an actor in a leading role
- Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
- Matt Damon in “The Martian”
- Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant” — WINNER
- Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
- Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
- Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
- Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
- Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
- Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies” — WINNER
- Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
- Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
- Brie Larson in “Room” — WINNER
- Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
- Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
- Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
- Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
- Rooney Mara in “Carol”
- Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
- Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl” — WINNER
- Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”
Achievement in directing
- “The Big Short” Adam McKay
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
- “The Revenant” Alejandro G. Inarritu — WINNER
- “Room” Lenny Abrahamson
- “Spotlight” Tom McCarthy
Best animated feature film of the year
- “Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
- “Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
- “Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera — WINNER
- “Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
- “When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in cinematography
- “Carol” Ed Lachman
- “The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
- “The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki — WINNER
- “Sicario” Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
- “Carol” Sandy Powell
- “Cinderella” Sandy Powell
- “The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan — WINNER
- “The Revenant” Jacqueline West
Best documentary feature
- “Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees — WINNER
- “Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
- “The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
- “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
- “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor
Best documentary short subject
- “Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
- “Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
- “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
- “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy — WINNER
- “Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Achievement in film editing
- “The Big Short” Hank Corwin
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel — WINNER
- “The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
- “Spotlight” Tom McArdle
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Best foreign language film of the year
- “Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
- “Mustang” France
- “Son of Saul” Hungary — WINNER
- “Theeb” Jordan
- “A War” Denmark
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin — WINNER
- “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
- “The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
- “Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
- “Carol” Carter Burwell
- “The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone — WINNER
- “Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
- “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
- Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
- “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
- Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
- “Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
- Music and Lyric by David Lang
- “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
- Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
- “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre” — WINNER
- Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Achievement in production design
- “Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
- “The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson — WINNER
- “The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
- “The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Best animated short film
- “Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala — WINNER
- “Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
- “Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
- “We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
- “World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt
Best live action short film
- “Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
- “Day One” Henry Hughes
- “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
- “Shok” Jamie Donoughue
- “Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage — WINNER
Achievement in sound editing
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White — WINNER
- “The Martian” Oliver Tarney
- “The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
- “Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord
Achievement in sound mixing
- “Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo — WINNER
- “The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
- “The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Achievement in visual effects
- “Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett — WINNER
- “Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
- “The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
- “The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
- “The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay — WINNER
- “Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
- “Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
- “The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
- “Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
- “Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
- “Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
- “Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
- “Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy — WINNER
- “Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff