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June 16, 2018

TAG Heuer launches Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition Watch

TAGHeuer, Watches

Photo: In 1968, the Ford GT 40, sporting the orange and blue livery of Gulf Oil, achieved its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France.)

Fifty years later, TAG Heuer, a partner of Gulf, is revisiting the famous race to celebrate this anniversary by launching the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition watch, an automotive model synonymous with performance and speed. Image provided by & copyright © TAG Heuer.

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June 12, 2018

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed launches powerful Policy Resource for Least Developed Countries

United Nations, UNCTAD

United Nations, UNCTAD

United Nations, UNCTAD

Photos: Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, during the launch of the publication, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries. 06 June 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Geneva, Switzerland - Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched a unique policy compendium in Geneva that aims to assist governments of the world’s most disadvantaged countries in boosting prosperity and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The policy compendium, entitled Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), integrates nearly 15 years of UNCTAD research and policy materials in a single source that connects growth objectives with concrete steps and practical actions to reach specific targets of the global goals.

“UNCTAD is, as it always has been, in the forefront of crafting vital policy options needed for the structural transformation of the world’s poorest and most fragile economies,” said Ms. Mohammed, who was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core.

“Without concrete proposals to bring about this transformation, the development prospects of millions of people remain in jeopardy.”

“I welcome this UNCTAD compendium as a powerful resource for countries working to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and for their development partners worldwide,” Ms. Mohammed remarked.

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June 11, 2018

Presenting Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder

Lamborghini, Sports

Lamborghini, Sports

ENLARGE

Photos: Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder. Images provided by & copyright © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Automobili Lamborghini recently presented the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder.

The Huracán Performante Spyder incorporates all the latest developments in the Huracán nameplate and provides enhanced emotion of driving a convertible, said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. He was introducing this new sports car model.

With its unique engine and the permanent four-wheel drive, Performante Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 3.1 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h (0 to124 mph) in 9.3 seconds with a top speed of 325 km/h.

The Huracán Performante Spyder is a super sports car for driving on the road as well as on the track, the company explained.

The visible carbon fiber running throughout its aluminum body produces its lightweight character, contributing to a weight reduction of 35 kg over the original Huracán Spyder.

The Huracán Performante Spyder, with the roof open or closed, is a driver’s car in challenging dynamic situations as well as in thrilling lifestyle experiences, Lamborghini elaborated.

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June 8, 2018

United Nations General Assembly Elects President for Seventy-third Session

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: The United Nations General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, as President of its seventy-third session. She will be the fourth woman to hold the post.

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, is seen congratulating Ms. Garcés (right) following her address to the General Assembly. Also pictured is UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 05 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Mrs. Pandit was the first woman to hold this post.

This picture, taken just after the election, shows Mrs. Pandit receiving the gavel from Lester B. Pearson, of Canada, retiring President. Standing at left is Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations. 15 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Madam Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Madam Pandit is photographed here with U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Madame Pandit was the first woman president ever elected by the U.N. General Assembly. 16 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Albert Fox.

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June 7, 2018

QS World University Rankings 2019 Announced; MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Caltech, Oxford World's Best; IIT Bombay Tops In India; Panjab University Chandigarh Knocked Out

World University Rankings

Harvard University

Photo: Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Image Credit: Jonathan E. Shaw.

London, June 6, 2018 — The fifteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings was released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. QS ranks the world’s 1000 best universities, which come from 85 different countries.

KEY FACTS

  • US institutions retain all of the top four positions (MIT Ist, Stanford 2nd, Harvard 3rd, Caltech 4th);
  • The University of Oxford (5th globally) is the UK’s top university;
  • Both UK and US universities record more improvements than drops, representing stabilization for both sectors after recent regressions;
  • Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich (7th, up from 10th);
  • Asia’s two best universities are the National University of Singapore (11th) and compatriot Nanyang Technological University (12th);
  • China achieves its first top-20 position in the QS World University Rankings: Tsinghua University places 17th;
  • Latin America continues to struggle, especially in QS’s research metric, but Argentina’s Universidad de Buenos Aires reaches its highest-ever rank (73rd, up from 75th);
  • Both Malaysia and Russia record consistent, noteworthy improvements.

QS evaluates the universities according to the following six metrics:

  1. Academic Reputation
  2. Reputation among Employers
  3. Faculty/Student Ratio
  4. Citations per faculty
  5. International Faculty Ratio
  6. International Student Ratio

QS World University Rankings 2019: Top 20

Institution Name — Country/Territory

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — United States
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — United States
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) — Switzerland
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago — United States
  10. UCL (University College London) — United Kingdom
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  12. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — Singapore
  13. Princeton University — United States
  14. Cornell University — United States
  15. Yale University — United States
  16. Columbia University — United States
  17. Tsinghua University — China
  18. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  19. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  20. University of Michigan — United States

PERFORMANCE OF SOUTH ASIA (INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, SRI LANKA)

KEY FACTS

  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, climb and are in the top 200 of the world in QS World University Rankings, considered one of the most authoritative and prestigious rankings in the world.
  • IIT-Bombay is now the top institute in the country, placed at 162.
  • The Indian Institute of Science (170) is at the second place. IIT-Delhi (172) is at the third place.
  • The number of Indian universities in the top 1,000 increases from 20 to 24.
  • Panjab University Chandigarh gets eliminated while its mother, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, gets placed in the 801-1000 group.
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala (801-1000), Amrita University (801-1000), Amity University (801-1000), and Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (751-800) are new entrants this year. Their achievement is commendable.
  • Excellent performance by University of Delhi (487), University of Hyderabad (591-600), Jadavpur University (601-650), Anna University 751-800), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (751-800), and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (751-800).
  • Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Amity University, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), Banaras Hindu University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Savitribai Phule Pune University, University of Calcutta, University of Mumbai, Vellore Institute of Technology, are all placed at 801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
  • Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) (397) tops in Pakistan, while Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (801-1000), University of Dhaka (801-1000), and University of Colombo (801-1000) lead in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.

INDIA

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY

  1. 162 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  2. 170 Indian Institute of Science
  3. =172 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  4. =264 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  5. =283 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  6. =295 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  7. =381 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  8. =472 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  9. 487 University of Delhi
  10. 591-600 University of Hyderabad
  11. 601-650 Jadavpur University
  12. 751-800 Anna University
  13. 751-800 Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  14. 751-800 Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  15. 801-1000 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  16. 801-1000 Amity University
  17. 801-1000 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  18. 801-1000 Banaras Hindu University
  19. 801-1000 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  20. 801-1000 Savitribai Phule Pune University
  21. 801-1000 Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala
  22. 801-1000 University of Calcutta
  23. 801-1000 University of Mumbai
  24. 801-1000 Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)

PAKISTAN

  1. =397 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
  2. =417 National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad
  3. 551-560 Quaid-i-Azam University
  4. 701-750 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  5. 751-800 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
  6. 801-1000 University of the Punjab, Lahore
  7. 801-1000 University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore

BANGLADESH

  1. 801-1000 Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  2. 801-1000 University of Dhaka

SRI LANKA

  1. 801-1000 University of Colombo

India’ positive performance is symptomatic of a successful year for the country’s higher education system, said Ben Sowter, QS Research Director.

“Indian progress can be primarily attributed to improvements in QS’s reputational indicators, which account for the insights of 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers. Seventeen of India’s 24 ranked universities improve their rank for Academic Reputation, while 13 improve their rank for Reputation among Employers,” Sowter added.

“Most of India’s other universities are struggling to improve their research impact, relative to global competitors. India’s universities are also struggling to internationalize in an increasingly competitive international education market,” Sowter explained.

R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Higher Education, HRD Ministry, expressed his view that the result of the QS World University Rankings 2019 is an affirmation of faith in the premier Indian higher educational institutions and an endorsement of the effectiveness of the measures being taken by Indian Government to improve the ranking of Indian institutions.

The Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that the successes registered by Indian Institutions in QS World Best Universities Ranking 2019 released today is the result of relentless work in the premier institutions and various initiatives of HRD Ministry under the guidance and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. The minister congratulated the Indian Institutes ranked among the top 500 institutions in the rankings.

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June 4, 2018

United Nations: Dialogue on Sport and Development with Olympic Athletes

United Nations Sport

Photo: Chantelle Sladics, Professional Snowboarder, participates in a dialogue on the theme “Let’s talk about sports! Why sports and development go hand in hand”. 29 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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May 30, 2018

World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2018

Oxford University

Photo: Flowery trees, Balliol College. Balliol College, founded in 1263, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, England, United Kingdom. Image credit: Piers Nye.

London, May 30, 2018 — The most valuable asset in a crowded market is reputation. Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the World Reputation Rankings 2018 comprising the world’s top 100 most prestigious universities.

According to Times Higher Education, its World Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey, a unique piece of research.

“The Academic Reputation Survey, available in 15 languages, uses United Nations data as a guide to ensure that the response coverage is as representative of world scholarship as possible. It is also evenly spread across academic disciplines,” THE elucidates.

The reputation table ranks institutions according to an overall measure of their esteem that combines data on their reputation for research and teaching.

World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2018

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  1. Harvard University — United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. California Institute of Technology — United States
  12. Columbia University — United States
  13. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  14. Tsinghua University — China
  15. University of Michigan — United States
  16. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  17. Peking University — China
  18. Cornell University — United States
  19. UCL — United Kingdom
  20. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  21. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  22. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland
  23. University of Toronto — Canada
  24. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  25. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  26. New York University — United States
  27. Kyoto University — Japan
  28. University of Washington — United States
  29. Duke University — United States
  30. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  31. University of California, San Diego — United States
  32. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  33. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  34. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  35. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  36. University of Texas at Austin — United States
  37. Northwestern University — United States
  38. University of British Columbia — Canada
  39. Paris Sciences & Lettres - PSL University — France
  40. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  41. McGill University — Canada
  42. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  43. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  44. University of California, San Francisco — United States
  45. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  46. Seoul National University — South Korea
  47. University of California, Davis — United States
  48. University of Melbourne — Australia
  49. LMU Munich — Germany
  50. Pennsylvania State University — United States

51-60

  • Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
  • KU Leuven — Belgium
  • Heidelberg University — Germany
  • University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  • University of Minnesota — United States
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Singapore
  • National Taiwan University — Taiwan
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States
  • Purdue University — United States
  • Sorbonne University — France

61-70

  • University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
  • Australian National University — Australia
  • University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  • Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
  • Karolinska Institute — Sweden
  • Michigan State University — United States
  • Ohio State University — United States
  • University of Southern California — United States
  • Technical University of Munich — Germany

71-80

  • Brown University — United States
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
  • Leiden University — Netherlands
  • University of Maryland, College Park — United States
  • Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  • University of Sydney — Australia
  • Texas A&M University — United States
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
  • Zhejiang University — China

81-90

  • Arizona State University — United States
  • Free University of Berlin — Germany
  • Fudan University — China
  • Indiana University — United States
  • Osaka University — Japan
  • University of Science and Technology of China — China
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  • Tohoku University — Japan
  • Utrecht University — Netherlands
  • University of Warwick — United Kingdom
  • Washington University in St Louis — United States

91-100

  • Boston University — United States
  • University of Colorado Boulder — United States
  • University of Copenhagen — Denmark
  • École Polytechnique — France
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel
  • University of Helsinki — Finland
  • Indian Institute of Science — India
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation
  • University of Pittsburgh — United States
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey — United States
  • RWTH Aachen University — Germany
  • Uppsala University — Sweden
  • Wageningen University & Research — Netherlands
  • University of Zurich — Switzerland

The World Reputation Rankings are based on an invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics, who were asked to name no more than 15 universities that they believed were the best for research and teaching in their field.

From India, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has made it to the list in the 91-100 band. The last time it was featured was in 2011.

Commenting on IISc Bengaluru’s accomplishment, Phil Baty, editorial director of Global Rankings for THE, said, “Only 100 institutions in the world make it to this annual list of the most powerful university brands. So it is a highly significant achievement to be included. And it is fantastic to see an Indian presence this year.”

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May 27, 2018

Round the World Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is the 13th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. It started in Alicante, Spain, and will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 7, from Auckland to Itajai. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town. Image provided by & copyright © Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon. Image provided by & copyright © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race.

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May 21, 2018

Who will become the next Miss USA?

Miss USA 2018

Photo: The newly crowned Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, with Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, at a press conference after the MISS USA Competition at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, LA, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Carolina Urrea, Miss Nevada USA 2018, on stage for her final look as a Top 3 finalist during the MISS USA Competition at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, on Monday, May 21, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Brittany Elizabeth Strickland.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Narine Ishhanov, Miss Utah USA 2018, gets makeup done by an artist with The Perfect Face cosmetics upon arriving at the Margaritaville Resort and Casino in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana on May 11, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Marianny Egurrola, Miss Georgia USA 2018, at the Miss USA Welcome Event hosted at the Silver Star Smokehouse on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

Miss USA 2018

Photo: Alexa Noone, Miss New Jersey USA 2018, during a photo shoot at the Shreveport Water Works Museum on May 15, 2018. The Miss USA contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Tune in to the 2018 MISS USA Competition at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 21, live on FOX from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana to see who will become the next Miss USA. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

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May 20, 2018

Festival de Cannes 2018 Awards Announced

Cannes Film Poster

Photo: Film Poster of EVERYBODY KNOWS (TODOS LO SABEN), a film by Asghar Farhadi. Festival de Cannes 2018 opened with a screening of this film. Image Credit: Memento Films.

The curtain has come down on the 71st Festival de Cannes, which for the last 12 days has featured artists and films from all four corners of the globe on its screens. Onstage at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the Master of Ceremonies, Edouard Baer, welcomed the Feature Film Jury presided over by Cate Blanchett, for the announcement of the 2018 winners.

The event culminated on the Red Carpet, where the prizewinners and jury were treated to a live musical surprise by Sting and Shaggy.

FEATURE FILMS

PALME D’OR

MANBIKI KAZOKU (Shoplifters), directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

Cate Blanchett awarded the PALME D’OR.

GRAND PRIX

BLACKKKLANSMAN (Black Klansman), directed by Spike LEE

Benicio Del Toro and Chang Chen awarded the GRAND PRIX.

JURY PRIZE

CAPHARNAÜM, directed by Nadine LABAKI

Gary Oldman and Léa Seydoux awarded the JURY PRIZE.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Marcello FONTE in DOGMAN, directed by Matteo GARRONE

Khadja Nin and Roberto Benigni awarded the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Prize.

BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE

ZIMNA WOJNA (Cold War), directed by Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI

Abderrahmane Sissako, Kristen Stewart, and Denis Villeneuve awarded the BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE.

BEST SCREENPLAY PRIZES

Alice ROHRWACHER for LAZZARO FELICE (Happy as Lazzaro)

Jafar PANAHI for SE ROKH (3 Faces) directed by Jafar PANAHI

Robert Guédiguian and Chiara Mastroianni awarded the BEST SCREENPLAY PRIZES.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Samal YESLYAMOVA in AYKA directed by Sergey DVORTSEVOY

Ava Duvernay and Asia Argento awarded the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS Prize.

SPECIAL PALME D’OR

LE LIVRE D’IMAGE (Image Book) directed by Jean-Luc GODARD

Cate Blanchett awarded the SPECIAL PALME D’OR.

SHORT FILMS - COMPETITION

PALME D’OR

ALL THESE CREATURES directed by Charles WILLIAMS

SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY

YAN BIAN SHAO NIAN (On the Border) directed by WEI Shujun

The President of the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury, Bertrand Bonello, awarded the Palme d’Or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE

GRÄNS by Ali ABBASI

PRIZE FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

SOFIA by Meryem BENM’BAREK

PRIZE FOR BEST PERFORMANCE

Victor POLSTER for GIRL by Lukas DHONT

PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Sergei LOZNITSA for DONBASS

JURY SPECIAL PRIZE

CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS (The Dead and the Others) by João SALAVIZA and Renée NADER MESSORA

CAMÉRA d’Or

GIRL directed by Lukas DHONT presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD

Ursula Meier, President of the Caméra d’Or Jury, awarded the CAMÉRA d’Or Prize.

CINÉFONDATION

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury awarded the 2018 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre. Bertrand Bonello headed the jury.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 17 student films, chosen out of 2,426 entries coming from 512 film schools around the world.

FIRST PRIZE

EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion), directed by Diego CÉSPEDES

Universidad de Chile (University of Chile) - ICEI, Chile

JOINT SECOND PRIZE

KALENDAR (Calendar) directed by Igor POPLAUHIN

Moscow School of New Cinema, Moscow, Russia

DONG WU XIONG MENG (The Storms in Our Blood) directed by SHEN Di

Shanghai Theater Academy, Shanghai, China

THIRD PRIZE

INANIMATE directed by Lucia BULGHERONI

NFTS (The National Film and Television School), United Kingdom

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May 19, 2018

Hailey Colborn crowned Miss Teen USA 2018

Miss Teen USA 2018

Photo: Hailey Colborn, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018, is crowned the new Miss Teen USA, by Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough, and Miss Teen USA 2017, Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, LA, on Friday, May 18, 2018. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

Miss Teen USA 2018

Photo: Hailey Colborn, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018, is crowned the new Miss Teen USA at the conclusion of the Miss Teen USA contest held at George’s Pond, Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport-Bossier, LA, on Friday, May 18, 2018. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

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May 16, 2018

L'Oréal Paris Announces Amber Heard As New Global Spokesperson

L'Oréal Paris, Amber Head

Photo: Hollywood actress and L’Oréal Paris Spokesperson, Amber Heard. Image provided by & copyright © L’Oréal Paris.

Paris: Amber Heard is the new global spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris. “Fearless, witty and smart, defying definition and rejecting convention, meet the Hollywood actress and committed woman making her voice heard,” the brand announced.

A Texas native who grew up training horses, Heard is the first to admit that she never really imagined herself in the world of beauty, though she did dream of beauty pageants as a young girl.

“I have always loved the fun of beauty and the power of transformation,” Amber Heard said. “To become a spokesperson for this dynamic, world-loved beauty brand that has been telling women they were of worth since before I was born, and to join the L’Oréal Paris family of changemakers is such an honor. I feel like these women, my fellow ambassadors, who represent a voice, a power, a movement, and an opinion.”

“Over the years I’ve always thought not just to be an actor, but to use my voice as a platform for making the world a slightly better place and for empowering women in the best way that I can,” Heard elaborated.

Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, L’Oréal Paris Global President, remarked, “Amber Heard is one of a new generation of actresses rewriting the script when it comes to having a voice in the world. The energy Amber Heard brings to her philanthropy, to her advocacy, and to her performances, make her a powerful ambassador for L’Oréal Paris as we take ‘Because I’m Worth It’ beauty into 2018.”

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May 13, 2018

Celebrities Walk the Red Carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival, ROMEE STRIJD

Photo: Dutch model, Romee Strijd, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 8, 2018. Romee looked charming with de GRISOGONO necklace in white gold paired with a high Jewellery ring in white gold. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, RAICA OLIVEIRA

Photo: Brasilian model, Raica Oliveira, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Raica was wearing de GRISOGONO GYPSY earrings with an ALLEGRA ring, all in pink gold set with brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, AISHWARYA RAI

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Aishwarya was wearing a de GRISOGONO DOPPIA ring (see above) in pink gold set with white diamonds and amethysts. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, PRAYA LUNDBERG

Photo: Half-Swedish, half-Thai actress and model, Praya Lundberg, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 12, 2018. Praya was wearing a de GRISOGONO VENTAGLIO set composed of earrings and a ring in white gold set with white and icy diamonds paired with a VENTAGLIO bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, Kangana Ranaut

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Indian actress, Kangana Ranaut, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 11, 2018. Kangana was wearing de GRISOGONO ONDE earrings (see above), all in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival, Alessandra Ambrosio

Cannes Film Festival, de GRISOGONO

de GRISOGONO, Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Brazilian model, Alessandra Ambrosio, walks the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. May 14, 2018. Alessandra was wearing a high jewelry set (see above) composed of a necklace and a ring in white gold set with emeralds, onyx and white diamonds. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 9, 2018

Mumbai among World's Best Student Cities for 2018, London Tops the Ranking

London, Best Student City

Photo: Tower Bridge, London. Image Credit: Tuomo Lindfors.

Mimbai, Best Student City

Photo: Gateway of India, Mumbai. Image Credit: Wessel Venter.

College Student, QS Best Student Cities

Photo: College Student. Image Credit: CollegeDegrees360.

LONDON, May 8, 2018: London is the world’s best student city. The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, released today, sees London replace Canada’s Montreal as the world-leader.

London rises to the first position primarily as a result of increasingly positive responses to QS’s student survey, which asks students about the quality of experience in a city, and their willingness to remain there after graduating.

Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, said: “The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London. The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and excellent lifestyle opportunities. These factors mean that the capital remains a great place to study despite eye-watering costs - as more than 50,000 student respondents to QS’s survey have made clear.”

The QS Best Student Cities index, published annually, showcases the best urban destinations for international students. The index assesses cities for its University Rankings, Student Mix, Desirability, Employer Activity, Affordability, and Student View.

Key Observations:

  • Tokyo reaches 2nd, its highest-ever position.
  • Melbourne rises from the 5th to the 3rd position.
  • No US city achieves a top-10 rank.
  • US cities see declines in their ranks for Affordability, Employer Activity, and Student Mix.
  • Zurich (8th) enters the top ten, rising five places.
  • Germany and Australia both achieve two top-ten ranks.
  • Latin America’s best student city is Buenos Aires, which rises from the 42nd to the 25th position.
  • In total, QS rank the world’s top 100 cities.

Methodology

QS use six indicator groups to compile the ranking, each analyzing a different aspect of concern to prospective students.

  1. Rankings
  2. Student Mix
  3. Desirability
  4. Employer Activity
  5. Affordability
  6. Student View

QS BEST STUDENT CITIES 2018

RANK — CITY — COUNTRY

  1. London — United Kingdom
  2. Tokyo — Japan
  3. Melbourne — Australia
  4. Montreal — Canada
  5. Paris — France
  6. Munich — Germany
  7. Berlin — Germany
  8. Zurich — Switzerland
  9. Sydney — Australia
  10. Seoul — South Korea
  11. Vienna — Austria
  12. Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  13. Boston — United States
  14. Toronto — Canada
  15. Singapore — Singapore
  16. Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  17. Vancouver — Canada
  18. New York — United States
  19. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
  20. Taipei — Taiwan
  21. Brisbane — Australia
  22. Canberra — Australia
  23. Auckland — New Zealand
  24. Manchester — United Kingdom
  25. Buenos Aires — Argentina
  26. Beijing — China
  27. Amsterdam — Netherlands
  28. Moscow — Russia
  29. Shanghai — China
  30. Prague — Czech Republic
  31. Barcelona — Spain
  32. Madrid — Spain
  33. Stockholm — Sweden
  34. Dublin — Ireland
  35. Los Angeles — United States
  36. Milan — Italy
  37. Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
  38. San Francisco — United States
  39. Perth — Australia
  40. Chicago — United States
  41. Adelaide — Australia
  42. Lyon — France
  43. Glasgow — United Kingdom
  44. Coventry — United Kingdom
  45. Copenhagen — Denmark
  46. Ottawa — Canada
  47. Nottingham — United Kingdom
  48. Brussels — Belgium
  49. Budapest — Hungary
  50. Lisbon — Portugal
  51. Birmingham — United Kingdom
  52. Mexico City — Mexico
  53. Warsaw — Poland
  54. Bangkok — Thailand
  55. Aberdeen — United Kingdom
  56. Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
  57. Gothenburg — Sweden
  58. Philadelphia — United States
  59. Stuttgart — Germany
  60. Washington DC — United States
  61. Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman — United Arab Emirates
  62. Atlanta — United States
  63. Brno — Czech Republic
  64. Santiago — Chile
  65. Oslo — Norway
  66. Rome — Italy
  67. Istanbul — Turkey
  68. Pittsburgh — United States
  69. Christchurch — New Zealand
  70. Sao Paulo — Brazil
  71. Cape Town — South Africa
  72. Riyadh — Saudi Arabia
  73. Hsinchu — Taiwan
  74. Tomsk — Russia
  75. Helsinki — Finland
  76. Athens — Greece
  77. St. Petersburg — Russia
  78. Toulouse — France
  79. Johannesburg — South Africa
  80. San Diego — United States
  81. Bogota — Colombia
  82. Ankara — Turkey
  83. Monterrey — Mexico
  84. Vilnius — Lithuania
  85. Graz — Austria
  86. Daejeon — South Korea
  87. Gold Coast — Australia
  88. Nanjing — China
  89. Quebec — Canada
  90. Balti — United States
  91. Valencia — Spain
  92. Brighton — United Kingdom
  93. Nagoya — Japan
  94. Cairo — Egypt
  95. Manila — Philippines
  96. Novosibirsk — Russia
  97. Houston — United States
  98. Montpellier — France
  99. Mumbai — India
  100. Miami — United States
  101. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil

Mumbai (99th) represents India in the QS top 100 student cities for 2018. Located on the west coast at the site of a deep natural harbor, Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is India’s commercial, financial and entertainment capital. It is home to the Bollywood film industry and the highest number of millionaires in India.

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May 8, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala in New York: Deepika Padukone in Attendance

Met Gala, New York

Photo: Indian model and actress, Deepika Padukone, attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Getty Images. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by TASAKI.

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May 5, 2018

When Women Speak Up at the Cannes Film Festival 2018: Welcome to the Worth It Show by L'Oréal Paris

Cannes, L'Oreal

Cannes, L'Oreal

Cannes, Loreal, Deepika

Photo: Deepika Padukone at Cannes in 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO.

PARIS, May 3, 2018: L’Oréal Paris, the official makeup partner to the Cannes Film festival, is creating The Worth It Show, its first talk-show inspired by the brand’s iconic slogan.

Ophélie Meunier, the new star of French television, will conduct this talk-show to honor women’s empowerment in cinema, beauty, and beyond. The show would be open to the public, from May 8th to May 14th, every night, at 8:30 P.M. It would be an entertainment-packed half-hour starring L’Oréal actress ambassadors and other personalities present at Cannes.

‘WORTH IT’ — THE SHOW TO EMPOWER WOMEN

According to L’Oréal Paris, while it has been making beauty to empower women for over 40 years, it is now creating a public-facing talk-show beyond the glamorous red carpet images. It would be “A platform to share the real people and stories behind the picture-perfection and inspire women everywhere to triumph in self-worth,” the brand explained.

TONIGHT, ON THE WORTH IT SHOW!

Join Ophélie Meunier for the Worth It Show! After her meteoric rise, Ophélie Meunier, the current face of French television, is a committed woman defending today’s societal causes. Every night, this intrepid presenter would reveal the real women behind the stars of the festival.

PROGRAM:

Ophélie Meunier meets L’Oréal Paris’ actress and actor ambassadors to discuss their careers, upcoming projects, and much more.

May 8th — Isabelle Adjani - the rebel French screen icon who has just joined the L’Oréal Paris family.

May 9th — Julianne Moore & Leila Behkti - the Academy Award-winning actress will join the French cinema sweetheart.

May 10th — Deepika Padukone - the Bollywood superstar.

May 11th — Aja Naomi King - the influential young rising actress.

May 12th — Aishwarya Rai & Helen Mirren - the ultimate Indian goddess will join the unconditional queen.

May 13th — Nicolaj Coster-Waldau - the discrete but irresistible new hero.

May 14th — Jane Fonda - the screen icon.

Find out each show’s lineup of guests and entertainment day-by-day during the festival. The Worth It Show by L’Oréal Paris, live from Cannes. From May 8th to May 14th. At 8.30 pm. Martinez Hotel Beach. Open to the public.

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United Nations celebrates World Press Freedom Day

World Press Day, United Nations

Photo: Scene at a special event entitled “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law” at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

World Press Day, United Nations

Photo: On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, Nicole Stremlau, head of the program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, addresses a special conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The event was titled Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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April 29, 2018

French Car Maker Renault celebrates its Love Story with Cannes Film Festival

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya RAI and Renault TALISMAN. May 13, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Laurent CAMPUS / Groupe Renault.

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya RAI and New Renault Espace. May 17, 2015. Image provided by & copyright © Laurent CAMPUS / Groupe Renault.

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Marion COTILLARD and Renault TALISMAN. May 18, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © Stéphane KOSSMANN / Groupe Renault.

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Clotilde COURAU and Renault TALISMAN. May 18, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © Stéphane KOSSMANN / Groupe Renault.

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Fahriye EVCEN and Renault TALISMAN. May 22, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © Stéphane KOSSMANN / Groupe Renault.

Ranault, Festival de Cannes

Photo: Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Eva LONGORIA and New Renault Espace. May 18, 2015. Image provided by & copyright © Laurent CAMPUS / Groupe Renault.

The Cannes Film Festival is joining forces with Renault for the 71st edition of the event, taking place between May 8 and 19, 2018. 300 Renault vehicles - 170 Renault Espace and 130 Talisman will constitute the official fleet. A “brand image” fleet will also be present, with Renault Trafic SpaceClass, New Renault Koleos, and the electric touch of Zoé and Twizy. Based on a schedule spanning the entire fortnight, drivers will take VIPs for film viewings and interviews, from the Croisette promenade to the red carpet. Over 20,000 journeys will take place during the Festival.

Since 1983, Renault is the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival.

The line-up for Cannes 2018 includes 18 films with the spotlight on France, Asia, and Italy. Directors, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Christophe Honoré, Spike Lee, Jafar Panahi, Lee Chang-Dong, and Kore-Eda Hirokazu are back on the scene. The festival will open on May 8 with Asghar Farhadi’s Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows) starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

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April 25, 2018

Cate Blanchett to head the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes

Festival de Cannes

Photo: Australian actress, producer and 71st Festival de Cannes jury president, Cate Blanchett. Here she poses backstage with her Oscar at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Image provided by & copyright © Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

Festival de Cannes

Photo: Russian director, writer and 71st Festival de Cannes jury member, Andrey Zvyagintsev. Here Andrey Zvyagintsev is pictured at Hollywood, CA. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / A.M.P.A.S.

Festival de Cannes

Photo: Canadian director, writer and 71st Festival de Cannes jury member, Denis Villeneuve. Here he arrives with a guest on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.

The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes, to be held from May 8 to May 19, 2018, is composed of 9 members from 7 countries. The jury will declare the winners on May 19.

THE JURY 2018

Cate Blanchett, President
(Australian actress and producer)

Chang Chen
(Chinese Actor)

Ava DuVernay
(American writer, director, and producer)

Robert Guédiguian
(French director, writer, and producer)

Khadja Nin
(Burundian songwriter, composer, and singer)

Léa Seydoux
(French actress)

Kristen Stewart
(American actress)

Denis Villeneuve
(Canadian director, and writer)

Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russian director, and writer)

The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury

Bertrand Bonello will chair the short films and Cinéfondation Jury. This Jury will pick the “Palme d’or” short film awardee from 8 shortlisted films.

This Jury will also pick three winners from the 17 student films shown as part of the Cinéfondation selection.

THE JURY 2018

BERTRAND BONELLO
French director, writer & composer

VALESKA GRISEBACH
German director, writer & producer

KHALIL JOREIGE
Lebanese filmmaker & artist

ALANTÉ KAVAÏTÉ
French-Lithuanian director & screenwriter

ARIANE LABED
French actress

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April 23, 2018

World Photography Organisation names Alys Tomlinson Photographer of the Year

Photography

ENLARGE

Photo: Landscape. Christian pilgrimage site, France. Copyright © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom. Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

The World Photography Organisation has named the overall winners of the prestigious 2018 Sony World Photography Awards at a London ceremony.

The jury has selected Alys Tomlinson, a London-based photographer, for the coveted Photographer of the Year title for her series Ex-Votos (religious offerings) found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland). The jury praised her work for its beautiful production, technical excellence, and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a higher power.

2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London will display Tomlinson’s work.

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