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June 10, 2020

QS announces World University Rankings 2021

QS Rankings

QS World University Rankings, MIT


Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image Credit: Mahesh.

LONDON, June 9, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have just released the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. QS World University Rankings are the world’s most-consulted, most-covered source of comparative information about university performance.

The rankings have placed 26 Asian universities among the global top 100 — the highest number ever.

Ben Sowter, QS Director of Research, said: “The American higher education hegemony continues to diminish in the face of increasing competitiveness across the world: competitiveness driven by strategic funding, internationalization efforts, and strong links between education and industry.”

QS bases its World University Rankings on Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Faculty/Student Ratio, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 50

  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. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago — United States
  10. UCL — United Kingdom
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  12. Princeton University — United States
  13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) — Singapore
  14. EPFL — Switzerland
  15. Tsinghua University — China (Mainland)
  16. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  17. Yale University — United States
  18. Cornell University — United States
  19. Columbia University — United States
  20. The University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  21. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  22. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  23. Peking University — China (Mainland)
  24. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  25. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  26. University of Toronto — Canada
  27. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong SAR
  28. The University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  29. Northwestern University — United States
  30. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — United States
  31. The Australian National University — Australia
  32. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  33. McGill University — Canada
  34. Fudan University — China (Mainland)
  35. New York University (NYU) — United States
  36. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — United States
  37. Seoul National University — South Korea
  38. Kyoto University — Japan
  39. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology — South Korea
  40. The University of Sydney — Australia
  41. The University of Melbourne — Australia
  42. Duke University — United States
  43. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong SAR
  44. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) — Australia
  45. University of British Columbia — Canada
  46. The University of Queensland — Australia
  47. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China (Mainland)
  48. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  49. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) — United Kingdom
  50. Technical University of Munich — Germany

• QS World University Rankings 2021: INDIA

QS Rank — Institute

Overall, 21 Indian higher education universities and institutes have found a place in the world’s top 1,000 rankings.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: PAKISTAN

QS Rank — Institute

• QS World University Rankings 2021: BANGLADESH

QS Rank — Institute

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 7, 2020

Cannes Film Festival announces Official Selection 2020

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. May 17, 2019. The American singer, Madison Beer, looked fascinating on the red carpet. She added yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a pair of Millefoglie earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and an Allegra bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds. Besides, she wore an Allegra ring in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gocce ring in white gold set with black quartz drops and white diamonds. [File Photo]

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. May 20, 2019. Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of “La Belle Epoque” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2019, in Cannes, France. The Actress chose a pair of earrings from Avakian Jewellery matched with a black diamond ring from the same collection. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images). Copyright © 2019 Getty Images. Image provided by Avakian Jewellery. [File Photo]

Paris, France. June 7, 2020 — On Wednesday, June 3, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux announced the line-up of the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes, live from the UGC Normandie in Paris.

For the occasion, Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, has unveiled the 2020’s Official Selection, comprising fifty-six films to be delivered by the Festival for release in cinemas and screenings at specific shows.

Check out the Cannes 2020 films!

(or at least selected once before)

THE FRENCH DISPATCH by Wes Anderson (USA) - 1h43

ÉTÉ 85 by François Ozon (France) - 1h40
Production: MANDARIN - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: DIAPHANA.

ASA GA KURU (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase (Japan) - 2h20
Production: KINO FILMS CO - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: HAUT ET COURT.

LOVERS ROCK by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) - 1h08

MANGROVE by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) - 2h04

DRUK (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg - (Denmark) - 1h55
Production: ZENTROPA - International Sales: TRUSTNORDISK - French Distribution: HAUT ET COURT.

ADN (DNA) by Maïwenn (France / Algeria) - 1h30

LAST WORDS by Jonathan Nossiter (USA) - 2h06
Production: STEMAL - International Sales: THE PARTY FILMS.

HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS by IM Sang-Soo (South Korea) - 1h40
Production: HIVE MEDIA CORP - International Sales: FINE CUT.

EL OLVIDO QUE SEREMOS (Forgotten we’ll be) by Fernando Trueba (Spain) - 2h16

PENINSULA by YEON Sang-Ho (South Korea) - 1h54
Production: REDPETER FILMS - International Sales: CONTENTS PANDA - French Distribution: ARP SELECTION

IN THE DUSK (Au crépuscule) by Sharunas BARTAS (Lituania) - 2h06
Production : KINOELEKTRON - International Sales : LUXBOX

DES HOMMES (Home Front) by Lucas BELVAUX - (Belgium) - 1h40
Production: SYNECDOCHE - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: AD VITAM

THE REAL THING by Kôji Fukada (Japan) - 3h48
Production: NAGOYA TV - International Sales: NAGOYA TV


PASSION SIMPLE by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon) - 1h36
Production : LES FILMS PELLÉAS - International Sales : PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

A GOOD MAN by Marie Castille Mention-Schaar (France) - 1h47
Production: WILLOW FILMS - International Sales: PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

LES CHOSES QU’ON DIT, LES CHOSES QU’ON FAIT by Emmanuel Mouret (France) - 2h
Production: MOBY DICK FILMS - International Sales: ELLE DRIVER - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

SOUAD by Ayten Amin (Egypt) - 1h30
Production: VIVID REELS

LIMBO by Ben Sharrock (United Kingdom) - 1h53

ROUGE (Red Soil) by Farid Bentoumi (France) - 1h26
Production: LES FILMS VELVET - International Sales: WTFILMS - French Distribution: AD VITAM

SWEAT by Magnus Von Horn (Sweden) - 1h40

TEDDY by Ludovic et Zoran Boukherma (France) - 1h28
Production: BAXTER FILMS - International Sales: WTFILMS - French Distribution: THE JOKERS FILMS

FEBRUARY (Février) by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria) - 2h05
Production: KORO FILMS - French Distribution: UFO DISTRIBUTION

AMMONITE by Francis Lee (United Kingdom) - 2h
Production: SEE-SAW FILMS - International Sales: CROSS CITY FILMS - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

UN MÉDECIN DE NUIT by Elie Wajeman (France) - 1h40
Production: PARTIZAN FILMS - International Sales: BE FOR FILMS - French Distribution: DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

ENFANT TERRIBLE by Oskar Roehler (Germany) - 2h14

NADIA, BUTTERFLY by Pascal Plante (Canada) - 1h46
Production: NEMESIS FILMS - International Sales: WAZABI FILMS

HERE WE ARE by Nir Bergman (Israel) - 1h34
Production: SPIRO FILMS - International Sales: MK2 FILMS


SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG by Ann Hui, Johnnie TO, Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-Ping et Patrick Tam - 1h53


FALLING by Viggo Mortensen (USA) - 1h52
Production: PERCIVAL PICTURES - International Sales: HANWAY FILMS - French Distribution: METROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT

PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden) - 1h45
Production : PLATTFORM PRODUKTION - International Sales : VERSATILE

SLALOM by Charlène Favier (France) - 1h32
Production : MILLE ET UNE PRODUCTIONS - International Sales : THE PARTY FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES - French Distribution : JOUR2FÊTE

CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (Memory House) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil) - 1h27
Production : MANEKI FILMS

BROKEN KEYS (Fausse note) by Jimmy Keyrouz (Lebanon) - 1h30
Production: EZEKIEL

IBRAHIM by Samir Guesmi (France) - 1h20

BEGINNING (Au commencement) by Déa Kulumbegashvili (Georgia) - 2h10
Production: FIRST PICTURE / O.F.A - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

GAGARINE by Fanny Liatard et Jérémy Trouilh (France) - 1h35
Production : HAUT ET COURT - International Sales : TOTEM FILMS - French Distribution : HAUT ET COURT

16 PRINTEMPS by Suzanne Lindon (France) - 1h13
Production: AVENUE B PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: LUXBOX - French Distribution: PANAME DISTRIBUTION

VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis (France) - 1h35
Production: 10:15 PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: KINOLOGY - French Distribution: REZO FILMS

GARÇON CHIFFON by Nicolas Maury (France) - 1h48
Production : CG CINEMA - International Sales : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE - French Distribution : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE

SI LE VENT TOMBE (Should the Wind Fall) by Nora Martirosyan (Armenia) - 1h40

JOHN AND THE HOLE by Pascual Sisto (USA) - 1h38

STRIDING INTO THE WIND (Courir au gré du vent) by WEI Shujun (China) - 2h36

THE DEATH OF CINEMA AND MY FATHER TOO (La Mort du cinéma et de mon père aussi) by Dani Rosenberg (Israel) - 1h40
Production: PARDES FILMS - International Sales: FILMS BOUTIQUE


EN ROUTE POUR LE MILLIARD (The Billion Road) by Dieudo Hamadi - (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 1h30
Production : LES FILMS DE L’OEIL SAUVAGE - International Sales : ANDANA FILMS

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS by Michael Dweck et Gregory Kershaw (USA) - 1h24

9 JOURS A RAQQA by Xavier de Lauzanne - (France) - 1h30
Production: ALOEST FILMS


ANTOINETTE DANS LES CÉVÈNNES by Caroline Vignal (France) - 1h35
Production: CHAPKA FILMS - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

LES DEUX ALFRED by Bruno Podalydès (France) - 1h30
Production: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS - French Distribution: UGC DISTRIBUTION

UN TRIOMPHE (The big hit) by Emmanuel Courcol (France) - 1h40
Production : AGAT FILMS & CIE - International Sales : MK2 FILMS - French Distribution : MEMENTO FILMS DISTRIBUTION

L’ORIGINE DU MONDE by Laurent Lafitte (France) - 1st film
Production: TRESOR FILMS - International Sales: STUDIO CANAL - French Distribution: STUDIO CANAL

LE DISCOURS by Laurent Tirard (France) - 1h27
Production : LES FILMS SUR MESURE - International Sales : CHARADES - French Distribution : LE PACTE


AYA TO MAJO (Earwig and the Witch) by Gorô Miyazaki (Japan) - 1h22
Production: NHK / NHK ENTERPRISES / STUDIO GHIBLI - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: WILD BUNCH

FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark) - 1h30
Production: FINAL CUT FOR REAL - International Sales: CINEPHIL

JOSEP by Aurel (France) - 1h20 - 1st film
Production: LES FILMS D’IC I - International Sales: DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: SOPHIE DULAC DISTRIBUTION

SOUL by Pete Docter (USA) - 1h30

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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June 6, 2020

Journalism and Mass Communication Students of Chandigarh University Register Record Placements.

102 National & Regional Media Brands recruit more than 200 Mass Communication students.

Chandigarh University


Photo: Placed students of Chandigarh University in a happy mood after getting an offer from a well-known media house in India.

CHANDIGARH, India, June 5, 2020 — Graduate and Post-Graduate students of the University Institute of Media Studies (UIMS) at Chandigarh University have registered a record number of placements. 102 National & Regional media houses have recruited more than 200 Journalism and Mass Communication students of the last two passing-out batches. The Vice-Chancellor of Chandigarh University announced the placement record of UIMS students. About 140 Bachelors and 60 Master students have been picked up by top-notch media houses, including National & Regional Newspapers & News Channels, Radio Channels, Advertising & PR Agencies, Event Management firms, and Digital Marketing Companies.

While giving details about UIMS students’ placements, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Prominent News Channels such as News 18, Zee News, ETV Bharat, ABP News, India News, News 24, PTC News, and Doordarshan have selected 65 students. In print media, newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Punjab Kesari, Times of India, and Kashmir Times, have selected 50 students.” The Vice-Chancellor further added, “More than 50 students were picked-up by online digital media platforms while radio channels like Big FM, My FM, Red FM, and Radio Mirchi have selected 15 students.”

Besides, Ad-Agencies and PR Agencies recruited about 20 students, out of which ten students bagged government jobs in State Government Public Relations Departments, the Vice-Chancellor said.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “Our Journalism and Mass Communication students undergo academic training as per the current needs of the Media Industry. Experts from renowned media houses are involved in designing the course curriculum and imparting practical hands-on training.”

“Today, media is fast converging towards the delivery of real-time news updates to its viewers. It has created a new age media where professionals must perform multiple roles as journalists working in the field, and we are preparing our students according to the changing dynamics of the Industry,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

Chandigarh University is the youngest university in India to be honored with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and others.

Source: Chandigarh University

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Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw from India named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020

EY, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

EY, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

LONDON, June 4, 2020 — Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of India-based Biocon Limited, was this evening named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 at a ground-breaking, virtual award ceremony. Kiran got picked from among 46 award winners from 41 countries and territories vying for the world title. In the award’s 20-year history, Kiran becomes the third EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winner from India. She follows former Indian world title winners Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank (2014) and Narayana Murthy of Infosys Technologies Limited (2005). She also becomes the second woman to hold the title, following Olivia Lum of Hyflux Limited from Singapore in 2011.

Kiran, 67, founded Biocon, a bio-enzymes company, in 1978 with just two employees and US$500. Since its inception, Biocon has grown to employ more than 11,000 people and become one of the most influential innovation-driven biotechnology companies in Asia with revenues of US$800m for FY19. Biocon and its subsidiaries are making a lasting impact on global health care. Millions of people living with diabetes now have access to affordable insulin. Further, millions more battling cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other debilitating diseases now have access to affordable biosimilars.

Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO of Moose Toys and Chair of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, said:

“Kiran is an inspirational entrepreneur who demonstrates that determination, perseverance, and a willingness to innovate can create long-term value. The judging panel was impressed by her ability to build and sustain growth over the past 30 years, her integrity, and passion for philanthropy that has delivered a huge global impact. She has built India’s largest biopharmaceutical company on a foundation of compassionate capitalism and putting patient needs before profits.”

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of Biocon Limited, said:

“At its core, entrepreneurship is about solving problems. The greatest opportunities often arise at the toughest times, which has been my experience throughout my entrepreneurial journey. My business focus is global health care and the provision of universal access to life-saving medicine; however, my responsibility as an entrepreneur is greater than simply delivering value to shareholders. Wealth creation can be a catalyst for change, and all entrepreneurs have a responsibility to the world around them and the communities in which they operate. Women also play a hugely important role in economic development. We must use EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year to encourage more women to participate in entrepreneurial pursuits. I feel honored to receive this prestigious award.”

Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, said:

“Entrepreneurs are the unstoppable visionaries who inspire innovation and fuel growth and prosperity by building remarkable companies and services. Kiran’s passion for developing low-cost, cutting-edge pharmaceutical alternatives has brought affordable health care to patient communities worldwide. Her drive to innovate has created huge growth for Biocon Limited and helped diversify the company’s portfolio of therapies for chronic diseases. Kiran is a truly inspiring EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner.”

Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader, said:

“With an exceptional record in creating long-term value, Kiran’s clear vision of making a difference to the lives of millions of people around the world make her a worthy EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner. Her impact on improving global health access and affordability will endure for decades to come. She is a beacon for other entrepreneurs to follow.”

A first-generation entrepreneur, Kiran, graduated as a Master Brewer from a brewing school in Australia and returned to her native India in 1975 to find work as a brewmaster. After two years of unsuccessfully trying to overcome the hurdles of entering a male-dominated brewing industry, Kiran started Biocon Limited, producing bio-industrial enzymes in the garage of her rented house in Bengaluru, India. A year later, Biocon became the first Indian company to export proteins to the US and Europe.

Now, Biocon and its subsidiaries are the pioneers in areas less frequented by Indian pharmaceutical companies, including fermentation-based small molecules, human insulin and insulin analogs, biosimilars for essential antibody drugs, novel therapies, and high-end contract research services. The company has customers in over 120 countries. It is a world leader in biosimilars and other specialty molecules. In 2014, Biocon was India’s first biotech company to go public and only the second Indian company to pass the US$1b mark on its first day of listing. The company’s market capitalization is currently over US$4b.

Biocon is also leading the way to universal access to affordable life-saving medicine. For example, in September 2019, the company announced that it would supply RH-insulin at less than US$0.10 per day (for the average 40 units of insulin required per patient per day) to low- and middle-income countries — less than a third of current RH-insulin prices. The company has supplied more than 2 billion affordable doses of biosimilar insulins to patients globally in the last 15 years.

Compassionate capitalism that addresses inequality is at the center of Kiran’s business and leadership philosophy.

Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO of Moose Toys and EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 winner, chaired the independent judging panel. Joining him were:

According to EY, “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth, and prosperity that transform the world.”

Source: EY

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June 5, 2020

Hyundai Becomes Title Sponsor of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Race Weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Sept. 4 - 6, 2020.

Hyundai, Sportscar

Hyundai, Sportscar

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 4, 2020 — Hyundai has announced that its high-performance N Brand will be the title sponsor of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race weekend at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 4 - 6, 2020 in Monterey, California. This year’s IMSA Race Weekend will be the Hyundai Monterey SportsCar Championship. Hyundai will provide N Brand experiences to fans throughout the weekend. The title sponsorship enhances Hyundai’s growing N and N Line portfolio of vehicles, including the Veloster N, Elantra N Line, and Sonata N Line. Hyundai also will be the broadcast title sponsor when the race airs on NBCSN.

Hyundai said its N Brand is a perfect match for the IMSA series and Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course that includes the famous Corkscrew turn. Hyundai sees this partnership as an excellent opportunity to showcase the high-performance N Brand to sports car racing and automotive enthusiasts.

“Seeing Hyundai and their N performance brand combine with one of my all-time favorite venues is fantastic news,” said Bryan Herta, co-owner of Bryan Herta Autosport.

Hyundai will be mounting an all-out assault to win the 2020 Laguna Seca race and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge championship with three Veloster N TCR cars and six drivers. Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis, who co-drove the #98 Veloster N TCR to the 2019 IMPC Drivers championship, will be split up for 2020. Michael Lewis will remain in the #98. He, with Mason Filippi and Mark Wilkins, will also co-drive with Harry Gottsacker in the #21. The new third entry, the #33 Veloster N TCR, will be driven by open-wheel standouts Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman.

Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Source: Hyundai Motor America

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June 4, 2020

World Economic Forum to Convene a Unique Twin Summit "The Great Reset" in January 2021.

The twin summit will be both in-person and virtual, connecting key global governmental and business leaders in Davos with a global multistakeholder network in 400 cities around the world for a forward-oriented dialogue driven by the younger generation.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the Opening Concert: An International Call for Unity and Joy, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Christian Clavadetscher. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 June 2020 - “The Great Reset” will be the theme of a unique twin summit to be convened by the World Economic Forum in January 2021. The 51st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will bring together global leaders from government, business, and civil society, and stakeholders from around the world in a unique configuration that includes both in-person and virtual dialogues.

“We only have one planet, and we know that climate change could be the next global disaster with even more dramatic consequences for humankind. We have to decarbonize the economy in the short window remaining and bring our thinking and behavior once more into harmony with nature,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

“To secure our future and to prosper, we need to evolve our economic model and put people and planet at the heart of global value creation. If there is one critical lesson to learn from this crisis, we need to put nature at the heart of how we operate. We can’t waste more time,” said HRH, The Prince of Wales.

“The Great Reset is a welcome recognition that this human tragedy must be a wake-up call. We must build equal, inclusive, and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global changes we face,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York.

“A Great Reset is necessary to build a new social contract that honors the dignity of every human being,” added Schwab. “The global health crisis has laid bare the unsustainability of our old system. We lack social cohesion, equal opportunities, and inclusiveness. Nor can we turn our backs on the evils of racism and discrimination.”

“COVID-19 has accelerated our transition into the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have to make sure that the new technologies in the digital, biological, and physical world remain human-centered and serve society as a whole, providing everyone with fair access,” he said.

“This global pandemic has also demonstrated again how interconnected we are. We have to restore a functioning system of smart global cooperation structured to address the challenges of the next 50 years. The Great Reset will require us to integrate all global society stakeholders into a community of common interest, purpose, and action,” said Schwab. “We need a change of mindset, moving from short-term to long-term thinking, moving from shareholder capitalism to stakeholder responsibility. Environmental, social and good governance have to be a regular part of corporate and governmental accountability,” he added.

According to the World Economic Forum, this innovative summit will be a very different Annual Meeting. It would reflect the spirit of the Great Reset. It will provide a unique opportunity at the beginning of 2021 to bring together the critical global government and business leaders in Davos. It would be a worldwide multistakeholder summit driven by the younger generation to ensure that the Great Reset dialogue pushes beyond traditional thinking and is genuinely forward-oriented.

To do so, the World Economic Forum will draw on thousands of young people in more than 400 cities around the world (the Global Shapers Community), interconnected with a robust virtual hub network to interact with the leaders in Davos. Each of those hubs will have an open house policy to integrate all interested citizens into this dialogue, making the Annual Meeting open to everyone. Also, global media and social media networks will mobilize millions of people, enabling them to share their input while also providing them with access to the Annual Meeting discussions in Davos.

HRH, The Prince of Wales, and Professor Schwab announced the Great Reset during a virtual meeting. Statements by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva followed the announcement.

All stakeholder groups of global society supported the above statements. The Great Reset supporters include:

In the run-up to the Annual Meeting, the Forum will host a virtual series, The Great Reset Dialogues. These dialogues are a joint initiative of the World Economic Forum and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Source: World Economic Forum

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June 2, 2020

EarthX to Celebrate World Oceans Week in Partnership with the National Geographic Society.

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival.

EarthX, National Geographic

DALLAS, June 1, 2020 — EarthX and the National Geographic Society will convene virtually to celebrate World Oceans Week from June 9-11 at EarthxOcean will bring together cross-disciplinary innovators driving solutions to the most pressing threats facing the oceans. Conversations, film screenings, and extended reality experiences would explore these solutions using the power of science and storytelling. It would unlock the impact potential of communities across cultures, generations, and ideologies.

Trammell S. Crow, Founder of EarthX, Michael L. Ulica, President of the National Geographic Society and Danni Washington, Conference Moderator, would introduce ‘Protecting the Life Systems of the Ocean.’ A welcome note from Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford would follow the introduction. Later, Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford would introduce their environmental film series ‘The Way of the Rain - Reflections on Earth.’ The conferences will bring together leading voices in ocean conservation, including renowned National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Enric Sala and Dr. Sylvia Earle, and conservationists Julie Packard and Fabien Cousteau. The three-day program will cover some of the most critical issues threatening the most significant life source of the planet.

• High Seas Protection

As the region of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas include some of the least protected and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world. EarthX offers a platform for members of the High Seas Alliance and mission-aligned partners. They work together to inform and engage the public, decision-makers, and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and conservation.

Musical storytelling with the EarthXR presentation of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project would further explore the lawlessness of the high seas. The session will feature visuals from this lawless realm alongside music produced for the project. It features rhythmic sounds to raise awareness and stoke a sense of urgency about human rights, labor, and environmental abuses that occur at sea. EarthxFilm will showcase Watson, the story of Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, who has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat.

• Coral Reef Conservation & Restoration

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species on the planet but make up only 0.1% of our ocean. Rising water temperatures, acidification, destructive fishing practices, and pollution are destroying an essential source of life in our ocean’s ecosystem. EarthX is assembling leading ocean conservationists across the world to address these threats and introduce solutions at an industry and individual level.

EarthxFilm will bring this issue to life through the screening of Chasing Coral, an ocean adventure directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Coral is a mission to discover why reefs are disappearing and revealing the underwater worlds of our changing oceans. EarthXR will also transport audiences to the depths of our ocean through virtual dives with National Geographic Explorer Erika Woolsey and Underwater Earth Co-Founder Christophe Bailhache. They would immerse viewers in the underwater worlds of coral reefs while illustrating the importance of their conservation.

• Ocean Plastic Solutions

With over 8 million tons of plastic dumped in our ocean every year, plastic waste has become ubiquitous. It has found its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat - with the average person ingesting the equivalent of 1 credit card a week in microplastics. EarthX will host leaders in ocean plastic solutions to highlight this critical issue and introduce innovative solutions across categories including technology, policy, and activism in a session featuring youth leader and Founder of Bye-Bye Plastic, Melati Wijsen.

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed research boundaries, investing in bold people, and transformative ideas. It has provided more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings and engaging audiences worldwide through signature experiences, stories, and content.

Source: EarthX

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June 1, 2020

Canon U.S.A. Announces Crowd People Counter Software To Capture Crowd Sizes In Real-Time.

Software Aids in Social Distance Monitoring, City Planning and Crowd Control at Stadiums, Airports, Train Stations, Houses of Worship, and Other Large Venues.

Canon USA

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 1, 2020 — Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the Crowd People Counter. This video content analysis software can quickly provide event management teams and law enforcement agencies the ability to gather crowd size data in real-time. The gathering and analysis of this data can help detect overcrowding and potentially prevent accidents at a variety of locations, including stadiums, airports, train stations, houses of worship, and other venues. An additional application of the software is the ability to support city planning projects.

“Now more than ever, cities and venues are extremely conscious about crowd control and social distancing,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become essential to monitor the density of crowds. Our new Crowd People Counter software can help to manage crowds in real-time and will provide valuable data to help keep people safe once large gatherings and events return.”

The Crowd People Counter software can detect humans using as little as 15 pixels and can detect up to approximately 88,000 people in maximum resolution (5472 x 3648) and 9,000 people in Full HD (1920 x 1080), respectively. Designed to aid with event management by identifying trends in crowds, the software data can help to determine the appropriate number of police officers, security guards, emergency medical personnel, and ambulances needed in a given area. The real-time crowd analysis allows security and staff repositioning during events in large venues, helping to increase safety while managing crowd size. The crowd data also supports staff optimization for future event planning.

The Crowd People Counter software works in tandem with Canon and Axis Network Cameras and Windows-supported devices using both Webview and VAPIX protocol for live streaming, Canon said.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and Latin America. With approximately $33 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2020.

Source: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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