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July 1, 2015

Miss USA 2015 Registration and Fittings at L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel

Miss Massachusetts USA 2015

Photo: Polikseni Manxhari, Miss Massachusetts USA 2015, with makeup artist Kayla Evans during registration and fittings on Monday, June 29th at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 2015 Miss USA Pageant will take place on Sunday July 12, 2015 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Indiana USA 2015

Photo: Gretchen Reece, Miss Indiana USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Illinois USA 2015

Photo: Renee Wronecki, Miss Illinois USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss Vermont USA 2015

Photo: Jackie Croft, Miss Vermont USA 2015, visits with the children at the Emerge Center on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

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June 29, 2015

Special Event to Mark 70th Anniversary of Signing of United Nations Charter

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Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the United Nations Champions Dinner at the Venetian Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. This special event was a part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco on this day in 1945. 26 June 2015. San Francisco, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Aerial View of San Francisco, California, during the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon trip to Palo Alto to deliver a speech at Encina Hall of Stanford University in California entitled “The UN at 70: A conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon”. 26 June 2015. San Francisco, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. India Signs the United Nations Charter. Sir A. Ramaswami Mudaliar, Member of the Governor-General’s Executive Council and leader of the delegation of India, signs the United Nations Charter. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo/Rosenberg.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. Members of the Delegation from India. Standing (left to right): Sgt. Crickmay, Mr. Ollenbach, Mr. Nagar, Mr. Thampi, Miss Felton, Miss Jones, Miss Hull, Mr. P. A. Menon, Mr. Nair, Capt. Brownsdon. Seated (left to right): General Cawthorn, Mr. Bartley, Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar (Chairman), Sir V. T. Krishnamachari, Mr. K.P.S. Menon, Dr. Thomas. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April-26 June 1945. The signatures of France and Argentina for the Charter of the United Nations. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

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Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April-26 June 1945. The signature of China for the Charter of the United Nations. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo.

United Nations, San Francisco, 70th Anniversary

Photo: The San Francisco Conference, 25 April - 26 June 1945. The United States Sign the United Nations Charter. Tom Connaly, United States Senate, member of the U.S. Delegation, signs the United Nations Charter. 26 June 1945. San Francisco, United States. © UN Photo/McCreary.

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Photo: Picture of a copy of the “Charter of the United Nations”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, 70th Anniversary

Photo: A view of the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival Concert, a global event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter “We the Peoples”. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of UNESCO in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Public Information. 29 June 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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“We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small….And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors…have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.”

— Preamble, Charter of the United Nations.

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“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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June 27, 2015

Times Higher Education's World Academic Summit to be held in Melbourne

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Photo: Clock at University of Melbourne Campus. Picture Credit & copyright © Cobi Smith.

Times Higher Education has announced that its World Academic Summit would take place at the University of Melbourne, Australia, between 30 September and 2 October 2015 and would bring together world leaders from universities, government, and industry to explore the future of world class universities.

The summit will host the official worldwide launch of the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings on 1 October, and will have sessions looking at the development of future Nobel laureates, the changing trends in international student mobility, the civic role of globally-focussed universities, international research collaboration, the development of metrics & indicators of research success, and the teaching innovations required to nurture the future generation of global leaders.

Nicolas Dirks, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, will be one of several high profile keynote speakers. Berkeley is consistently ranked in the top ten universities in the world and is one of the six global university “super brands” identified by the THE World Reputation Rankings. His presentation will encompass Berkeley’s ambitious plans for a new “global campus” in California, and will address the subject: “The future of the world class university”.

Sarah Springman, the rector of Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, the world’s highest ranked university outside of the US and UK, will also take part in the summit. She will be joined by Ed Byrne, the president of one of the world’s fastest rising universities, King’s College London, Kap-Young Jeong, the president of South Korea’s Yonsei University as well as Simon Gaskell, principal of Queen Mary University of London and many others.

Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel prize for physics and an astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, who was this week confirmed as the next vice chancellor of the Australian National University, will also take part.

Phil Baty, editor of the THE’s portfolio of global rankings, will formally launch the 2015-16 results of the THE World University Rankings. According to Mr. Baty, “The Times Higher Education World Academic Summit brings together a truly exceptional group of people from all across the world. There is no better annual gathering for a select group of university leaders from all over the world to unite behind the common goals of top global universities - nurturing the next generation of world leaders, fostering intercultural understanding, pushing forward the boundaries of human knowledge and transferring that knowledge from the laboratories and classrooms to the wider world.”

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June 22, 2015

de GRISOGONO presents NEW RETRO Mens Watch

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Photos: de GRISOGONO’s NEW RETRO Mens Watch. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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Photos: NEW RETRO - LIFESTYLE - THE YARD HOTEL - MILANO - ITALY. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

According to de GRISOGONO, NEW RETRO transposes the aesthetic principles and timeless elegance of the past into the present through a simple design that is made for modern-day individuals of taste and is infused with a sense of broad panoramas evoking the chic style of the past.

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“Whether your time calls you to live or die, do both like a prince.”

— Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia.


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June 21, 2015

UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga

International Yoga Day

Photo: Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the New York Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Yoga Day

Photo: Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs journalists on the first-ever International Day of Yoga, which is being observed on 21 June. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

International Day of Yoga

Photo: UN Celebrates International Day of Yoga. A view of participants at the special event celebrating the first International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters. The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world following the United Nations General Assembly’s recognition of the holistic benefits of this ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN. 21 June 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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“Calming the mind of its oscillations is the essence of yoga.”

— Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga Sutras.


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June 19, 2015

Safe City Market Revenue Worth $226 Billion by 2020, Says Report

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Photo: Cities are Reaching their Limit Infographic (Credit: IBM).

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Photo: Technologies of Tomorrow. © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

DALLAS, TX, June 16, 2015 — “Global Safe City: Industry, Technologies & Market - 2015-2020” is a new research report that says major defence contractors, the ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) and surveillance & sensors industry cannot ignore the fast growing revenues of the safe city market, which will accumulate to $226 billion over the next 6 years.

According to the report, the global safe city market technologies and industry are going through major shifts. Public opinion and political pressures combined with maturing safe city technologies such as video analytics, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Public-Safety Answering Point (PSAP), Distributed Sensors Systems, Sensor and Data Fusion Algorithms, Software as a Service (SaaS), Social Media Emergency Response software, Geo-Design and advanced ICT technologies are creating fresh business opportunities.

This safe city market report examines each dollar spent in the safe city market. The report explains that the safe city market growth is boosted by drivers like cities, towns and communities drive for quality of life and economic prosperity; Governmental funding policy of modern infrastructure; Urbanization; and Citizens expectations of safety from their local elected politicians.

Companies profiled and discussed in this safe city market 2015-2020 research report include —

3I-MIND, 3VR, ABB, Accenture, ACTi Corporation, ADT Security Services, Agent Video Intelligence, AGT international, ALPHAOPEN, Anixter, Aralia System, AT&T Inc., Augusta Systems, Avigilon Corporation, Axis, AxxonSoft, BAE Systems, Bosch Security Systems, BT, Camero, Cassidian, CelPlan, China Security & Surveillance Inc., Cisco, Citilog, Computer Network Limited (CNL), Diebold, DVTel, Elsag Datamat, Emerson Electric, Ericsson, Firetide, GS, General Electric, Hexagon AB, Honeywell, IBM, IndigoVision, Intel Security, IntuVision Inc, iOmniscient, IPConfigure, IPS Intelligent Video Analytics, ISS, MACROSCOP, MDS, Mer group, Milestone Systems A/S, Mirasys, National Instruments, NICE Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation, ObjectVideo, Orsus, Panasonic, Pelco, Pivot, Proximex, Raytheon Company, Salient Stills, Samsung Techwin, Schneider Electric, SeeTec, Siemens, Smart China (Holdings) Limited, Sony, Synectics Plc, Tandu Technologies & Security Systems Ltd, Thales Group, Total Recall, Unisys, Verint, Vialogy LLC, Vigilant Technology, xLOGIC and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

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Photo: Data Revolution. Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Shanghai; Young Global Leader, at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town. © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

On similar lines, another research titled “Smart Cities Market by Smart Home, Intelligent Building Automation, Energy Management, Smart Healthcare, Smart Education, Smart Water, Smart Transportation, Smart Security, & Services - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)” consists of the future market trends of smart solutions like intelligent building automation, energy management, smart grids, smart transportation, smart healthcare and many more; it also presents detailed analysis and implementation of new smart city projects. The report focuses on analyzing global trends, future growth, key drivers, opportunities and challenges in smart cities.

These reports are published by and are available from ReportsnReports.com , which is an online market research reports library of 500,000+ in-depth studies of over 5000 micro markets.

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June 15, 2015

Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Presents the New DolceVita Collection

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Photos: Chantilly, France, June 13, 2015 — Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, presents the new DolceVita collection during a Garden Party in the gardens of the Chantilly Castle in France. Images provided by and copyright © Longines.

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June 13, 2015

Signature Panel for Campaign to End Modern Slavery

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Photo: A young visitor to the Palais des Nations in Geneva adds her name to a symbolic signature panel in support of the “50 for Freedom” campaign to end modern slavery. The campaign, which was officially launched today, aims at promoting ratification and implementation of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Protocol on Forced Labour, with the first 50 Member States ratifying it by 2018. The Protocol was adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2014 and calls on governments to adopt stronger measures to prevent all forms of forced labour, of human trafficking, and of modern slavery, affecting about 21 million men, women and children in the world at present. June 12, 2015. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.

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Photo: A visitor to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, signs her name on the “50 for Freedom” panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).

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Photo: Visitors to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, sign their names on the “50 for Freedom” panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).

United Nations, ILO, Modern Slavery

Photo: Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, was the first to sign the ‘50 for Freedom’ panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).

United Nations, ILO, Modern Slavery

Photo: Mr Francois Hollande, President of France, signs the “50 for Freedom” Panel. (Image Credits: Pouteau / Crozet / International Labour Organization).

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“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities.

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“Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.”

— Plato, The Republic.

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

— Albert Einstein.


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June 10, 2015

Progress for Chinese Universities in QS University Rankings: Asia 2015

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QS Asia University Rankings

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Photo: On the day before the entrance exam. The University of Tokyo, Japan. Image Credit: Yasuhiro HATA.

The QS University Rankings: Asia 2015, released today, reveals strong progress for leading universities in China. The nation accounts for a quarter of Asia’s top 100 universities, and of these 25 leading Chinese universities, 16 have this year improved their positions in the ranking.

These gains have largely been driven by improvements in research productivity, reflecting sustained high levels of public and private investment, though this has yet to fully translate into comparably high levels of research impact, assessed by calculating citations per paper.

China’s highest-ranked institution, Peking University, climbs one place this year to reach 7th place. It’s closely followed by Tsinghua University, which has gained three positions to rank 11th.

Meanwhile the National University of Singapore (NUS) retains the overall top spot in the ranking, with fellow Singapore institution Nanyang Technological University (NTU) climbing from 7th to 4th. Hong Kong and South Korea also retain a strong presence among Asia’s higher education elite, claiming the remaining top-10 positions.

Published annually since 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia highlights the top 300 universities in Asia, based on a methodology designed to reflect regional challenges and priorities. After China, which has 74 entries overall, Japan remains the most-represented country in the ranking, with 68 Japanese institutions featured. Next is South Korea, taking 45 places, followed by Taiwan (28), Malaysia (21) and India (17).

The other Asian countries featured in the top 300 are: Thailand (11 universities), Pakistan (10), Hong Kong (7), Indonesia (7), Philippines (4), Singapore, Vietnam and Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka, Brunei and Macau (1).

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World Heritage Committee to meet in Bonn, Germany

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Photo: World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, the venue of the World Heritage Committee Meeting 2015. Image Credit: RealityFanClub/Man Ki Kim.

The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 37 properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List when it meets at the World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, from 28 June to 8 July 2015. The upcoming 39th session of the World Heritage Committee will be chaired by Maria Bohmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and member of the Bundestag.

Nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List this year include five natural sites, 31 cultural sites and one mixed site, i.e. both natural and cultural.

The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 95 sites already on the List, as well as that of the 46 properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee will examine the nomination of the following sites, listed here in the order in which they are provisionally scheduled to be debated. The order may change during the session:

Natural Sites:

  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas [extension of the property Cape Floral Region Protected Areas] (South Africa)
  • Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (Sudan)
  • Landscapes of Dauria (Mongolia/Russian Federation)
  • Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thaïland)
  • Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park [extension of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park] (Viet Nam)

Mixed Natural and Cultural Sites:

  • Montagnes Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)

Cultural Sites:

  • Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape (Kenya)
  • Nyero and other Hunter-Gatherer Geometric Rock-Art Sites in Eastern Uganda (Uganda)
  • Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
  • Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
  • Tusi sites (China)
  • Susa (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
  • Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its Surrounding Sacred Landscape (Mongolia)
  • Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
  • Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Christiansfeld, a Moravian Settlement (Denmark)
  • Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
  • Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Norway)
  • Climats, Terroirs of Burgundy (France)
  • Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
  • Naumburg Cathedral and the Landscape of the Rivers Saale and Unstrut Territories of Power in the High Middle Ages (Germany)
  • Bet She’arim Necropolis - A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (Israel)
  • Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalu and Monreale ( Italy)
  • Rjukan - Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
  • Monumental Ensemble of Targu Jiu (Romania)
  • La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Wine and Vineyard Cultural Landscape (Spain)
  • Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
  • Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
  • San Antonio Missions (United States)
  • Gelati Monastery [Significant boundary modification of “Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery”] (Georgia)
  • Routes of Santiago in Northern Spain [Extension of “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”] (Spain)
  • Ephesus Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque (Turkey)
  • Renaissance Hydraulic Complex in America (Mexico)
  • Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)

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June 8, 2015

G7 Summit Concludes in Germany

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Photo: Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria’s Wetterstein mountain range, with its delightful scenery, is an attractive backdrop and an ideal venue for this year’s G7 summit. Image provided by & copyright © German Government/Kugler.

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Photo: The heads of state and government of the G7 walking to the group photo. Image provided by & copyright © German Government/Kugler.

The heads of state and government from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America came together with the European Council President and the European Commission President at Schloss Elmau, Germany, for the G7 summit.

In their Leaders’ Declaration the G7 heads of state and government emphasised their common values of freedom and democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and fostering peace and security.

Among other matters, the G7 summit participants discussed economic issues and trade. Also on their agenda was the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP. “We want to have achieved important milestones by the end of the year,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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June 4, 2015

Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way

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Photo: This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. It is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. (A light-year is a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers). Image credit: NASA/ESA.

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June 2, 2015

In Elegant Black: Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition

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Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition. Image provided by and copyright © Porsche India / Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

Stuttgart, Germany / Mumbai, India — Porsche has created a special series of the 911 Carrera: the Black Edition. The combination of black paintwork and black interior emphasises the timeless, classy elegance of the sports car. The 911 Carrera Black Edition is powered by the 3.4 litre flat engine developing 350 hp. It is offered as coupe and convertible versions with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The special edition runs on 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels and features LED headlights. The door sill guards are adorned with Black Edition lettering to indicate this special series.

The Black Edition also comes with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, automatically dimming rear-view mirrors, rain sensor and cruise control, all of which are standard equipment on the 911 Carrera models.

The black interior looks sophisticated. The driver and passenger sit on sports seats embossed with the Porsche crest, and the standard Bose Surround Sound System provides excellent sound quality. In addition, operating the 911 special edition is effortless due to the telephone module and Park Assist at front and rear, which also includes a reversing camera.

All four Black Edition models are available for order at Porsche Centres across India.

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May 27, 2015

Alegoria — The Flight of Beauty — Butterflies

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Photos: Jewelry pieces, earrings, rings, and necklaces, from Carrera y Carrera’s Alegoria collection depicting butterflies in various poses. Images provided by and copyright © Carrera y Carrera.

International Spanish jewelry firm Carrera y Carrera’s new Alegoria collection presents pieces where butterflies are the protagonists.

The jewelry pieces depict butterflies in various poses — sitting on flowers, taking flight, or fluttering.

“Butterflies are fascinating and full of meaning and soul. They inspire stories that give flight to fantasies and desires,” explains the firm. “So, via the Alegoria collection, the master goldsmiths at Carrera y Carrera are paying tribute to eternal femininity with jewels that are characterized by life, harmonious movement, and weightlessness.”

Alegoria is a collection of earrings, rings, and necklaces in white and yellow gold with pink sapphires and diamonds.

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May 21, 2015

World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education

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Photos: World Education Forum 2015, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Images provided by and copyright © UNESCO.

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Photo: Opening of World Education Forum 2015, Seoul. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon centre, at the opening of the World Education Forum 2015, in Seoul. He is flanked by Hwang Woo-yea (left), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea; and Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 19 May 2015. Seoul, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Incheon, Republic of Korea, 21 May 2015 — A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Incheon Declaration was welcomed by the global education community, including government ministers from more than 100 countries, non-governmental organizations and youth groups. It encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all. The Declaration will underpin the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be ratified at the United Nations in September.

“This Declaration is a huge step forward,” stated the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. “It reflects our determination to ensure that all children and young people gain the knowledge and skills they need to live in dignity, to reach their potential and contribute to their societies as responsible global citizens. It encourages governments to provide learning opportunities through life, so that people can continue to grow and develop. It affirms that education is the key to global peace and sustainable development.”

The Incheon Declaration will be implemented through the Education 2030 Framework for Action, a roadmap for governments to be adopted by the end of the year. It will provide guidance on effective legal and policy frameworks for education, based on the principles of accountability, transparency and participatory governance.

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

— Aristotle.


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May 15, 2015

The 68th Festival de Cannes Gets Underway

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 13, 2015. Internationally recognized Ethiopian-born actress and model, Liya Kebede, in a Louis Vuitton silver outfit adorned with a de Grisogono Allegra ring and a sautoir necklace. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 13, 2015. Back on the red carpet and in the limelight with a new film that she wrote and directed, American actress Natalie Portman appears in Dior Haute Couture dress and in a set of de Grisogono diamond teardrop shape Gocce earrings, a fan-shaped Jane ring, and a Tubetto bangle. The top-flight film actress has seen her creative talent being awarded with an Oscar. Portman is making her directoral debut with her movie A Tale Of Love And Darkness that will be shown during the festival. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. May 14, 2015. American actress and screenwriter Michelle Rodriguez walked the red carpet in a Zuhair Murad black embroidered lace gown and a de Grisogono XXL jewel spotted on her finger. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Natalie Portman. May 16, 2015. In her second day ruling the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar winner put on yet another stunning sartorial display in a pair of de GRISOGONO CHIOCCIOLINA briolette-cut diamonds earrings. She once again proves her worth and taste as a talented actress, director and elegant woman. She knows how to do everything more than right. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Natasha Poly. Sunday, 17th May 2015. L’Oreal Paris brand ambassador, Natasha Poly, was spotted on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet donning sophisticated Versace gown and black diamonds POLINA earrings by de GRISOGONO. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Aishwarya Rai. Sunday, 17th May 2015. Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. The Indian actress has chosen a perfect glamour style wearing a mesmerizing Elie Saab dress teamed with a highly colourful cushion-cut blue sapphire de GRISOGONO ring. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet May 20, 2015. Supermodel Joan Smalls poses in de GRISOGONO High Jewellery earrings set with 60 carats of diamonds and rubies. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Photo: Portuguese model Sara Sampaio attends de GRISOGONO DIVINE IN CANNES party. May 19, 2015. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

The Opening Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes (13-24 May 2015) took place in the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

After a ballet choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, Lambert Wilson welcomed on stage the Feature films Jury: Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Rokia Traore, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, Jake Gyllenhaal and their Presidents, Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Festival was declared open by Julianne Moore and the Ceremony continued with the screening Out of Competition of Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Tete Haute, with the key members of the movie crew in attendance.

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May 12, 2015

UN Security Council Discusses Cooperation Between UN and Regional Organizations

UN Security Council

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Photo: A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security. 11 May 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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May 8, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 - Leg 6

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Newport, Rhode Island, United States - May 07, 2015: Dongfeng Race Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel during the finish of Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on May 07, 2015 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

Volvo Ocean Race

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Photo: Itajai, Brazil - April 19, 2015: The fleet during the start of Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on April 19, 2015 in Itajai, Brazil. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Itajai, Brazil - April 19, 2015: Dongfeng Race Team during Leg 6 from Itajai to Newport on April 19, 2015 in Itajai, Brazil. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Sam Greenfield / Dongfeng Race Team / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race).

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May 5, 2015

Tree-planting Ceremony Commemorates End of the Second World War and Founding of the United Nations

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Photo: The UN Secretary-General joined the President of the UN General Assembly and other UN officials to plant the tree of peace and unity to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (WWII) and the founding of the United Nations. 05 May 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, 70th Anniversary

Photo: A special ceremony was held to commemorate the return of the Peace Bell to its original location in the Japanese Garden, at UN headquarters. The Bell had been moved temporarily to the East River esplanade during the renovation of the UN headquarters under the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, speaks at the ceremony.

06 May 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, 70th Anniversary

Photo: A special ceremony was held to commemorate the return of the Peace Bell to its original location in the Japanese Garden, at UN headquarters. The Bell had been moved temporarily to the East River esplanade during the renovation of the UN headquarters under the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Children performing a violin composition during the ceremony.

06 May 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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May 1, 2015

Worldwide Performances Recognize Jazz Music as a Universal Language of Freedom

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Official Poster.

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Poster — Mumbai, India.

International Jazz Day

Photo: International Jazz Day 2015 Poster — Algarves, Portugal.

The fourth annual International Jazz Day was celebrated around the world on April 30, 2015, with Paris, France, serving as the 2015 Global Host City.

The International Jazz Day encourages and highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity that promotes intercultural dialogue and unites people from all corners of the globe. The celebration is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The celebration kicked off in Paris, France, with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances, and community outreach. In the evening, an All-Star Global Concert at UNESCO Headquarters featured stellar performances by internationally acclaimed artists.

In other countries worldwide, libraries, schools, universities, performing arts venues, community centers, artists, and arts organizations celebrated the day through presentations, concerts, and jazz-focused programs.

Earlier, a one-hour television special of the first annual International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert was broadcast on Friday, April 10. The concert featured extraordinary performances by more than 40 world-renowned artists who were gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. These artists included Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Chinese Pianist Lang Lang, Wayne Shorter, Angelique Kidjo, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Shankar Mahadevan, Jimmy Heath, George Duke, and Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

According to celebrated American pianist Herbie Hancock, “On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents. I can’t think of a better way to build peace and cultural understanding.”

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